How Do You Know Summer's Almost Over?

What event signals the beginning of the end each year for you?

All year it feels like we look forward to summer — and then, in a flash, it's over.

Does it feel that way to you, too?

All my life, when I see the Hampton Classic tents go up over in Bridgehampton, I'd start to say, "The summer's over," mainly because I knew school was right around the corner. The feeling stayed with me even-post college. And, by the way, they were up last week.

What event triggers that same feeling for you? Perhaps you are looking forward to Labor Day, when the traffic eases and the beaches become less crowded.

Hopefully, we've made the most of it so far and can treasure the few weeks we have left.

tony August 13, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hampton Classic
Patrice Dalton August 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Ripe apples on the trees near my sister's house in Baiting Hollow.
Jerry S August 13, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Going to EHHS for School Sports Physicals! A sure sign summer is wrapping up.
tito August 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
When the ospreys start to leave.
ViralGrain August 13, 2012 at 01:41 AM
All the good looking girls from Europe who are here on their J-1 visas start heading back.
Pat August 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
When i realize that the sun is setting before 8 p.m. and I need to reset the timers for my outside lighting and I have the thought that by the end of August I will need to reset them again as the sun sets before 7:30 p.m. :( Where did summer go?
Hamptons4Health August 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM
When you see the mums at the roadside stands
Lois Moore August 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM
The height of the corn stalks in the fields. When my sons were much younger, they would recognize that summer was ending when the cornfields in Sagaponack began to die back.
tom August 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM
The cornfields, yep. Such a sad, sad site knowing that it will be next summer before we have the wonderful local vegtables again.
lutheranliar August 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM
M. Pierre Friedrichs August 13, 2012 at 01:00 PM
There are so many signs that summer is coming to an end, but the main one is the sun. How quickly the days light starts to shorten after the summer solstice. in the morning how late the sun come up and in the evening how early it goes down. It is now dark when I get up in the morning.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Via East Hampton Patch's Facebook page: Amanda Lynn Smith: "The unofficial, but well known, "tumbleweed Tuesday." Twyla'andJody Anderson: "the non Bonackers going away." Sam Lester: "Amagansett fire dept chicken bbq is the official end of summer" Amy L Salle: "The visitors LEAVE and we have our towns and beaches back!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!" Patricia Dunne Hafen: "The Hampton Classic."
A Huge Jerk August 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
When I can swing by Waldbaums in to pick up three or four items and it doesn't take two hours of my time anymore.
Hbjoker August 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
when it gets cold
dont care August 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
When you can make a left turn !
S.B. Bonacker August 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Pumpkins.....and tumbleweeds blowing down the road the day after Labor Day. Can't wait to see either!
Sophie7 August 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Calvary Baptist BBQ...means just a few weeks left of the worst month of the year, then comes the best months of the year!
karen norrby August 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I'm with hamptons4health the mums is a sure sign the summer is over. Happy and sad!
Ian Grossman August 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The non residents leaving and the restaurants shutting down from East Hampton to Montauk.
Barbara Goldowsky August 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
How true! That is a sure sign, as our driveway goes directly onto Route 27. All summer I have to make three rights to make a left.
Sean H August 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I start to see articles asking how we know that summer is about over.
Sheila Guidera August 13, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The signs are up for the Pow-wow at the Shinnecock Reservation.
Dana Lester August 15, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I can't say that I have seen a tumbleweed in East Hampton in at least 25 years. I miss those after Labor Day Tuesday mornings when you wouldn't see a car on Main Street except in front of the News Co. The "School's Open" signs are up all over town reminds me that summer's over now.
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