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Erin Elise Enyinda

While this may surprise you, summer is not one of my favorite times of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I love socializing, events, and fashion; however, I don’t love the heat and humidity. Growing up in Southern California and knowing dry heat for the first 25 years of my life never could have prepared me for Southern summers. They are indeed one of a kind. My very first summer in Savannah, Georgia, was one that I will never forget. It was sweltering and the worst possible time for me to move to a new state across the country. If I had not moved down there for school, fall would have been a more ideal time to have started my transition to Southern living. Upon opening the front door of my apartment, I was met with heat and humidity as thick as a blanket, and then came the worst of it all.

The effects that it had on my naturally curly hair. Now if you don’t have naturally curly hair, you may not understand what I am about to say, but if you do, then you don’t even need me to continue with what I am about to say. After getting ready all morning long, I would walk outside and find that my hair had shrunk about four inches and expanded rapidly. Have you ever seen a baby Alpaca? Yeah. It was certainly not the look I was going for. My first few summers down South taught me to be very strategic in preparing for my day and my activities. Most summer days, outside of work, I am not socializing until long after the sun has gone down. So, while we still have these final moments of spring, I plan to enjoy her thoroughly. Here are a few fun things happening around town.

Food Truck and Trailer Rallies

When: Friday from 5-9 p.m.

Where: Big Spring Park, Huntsville

Price: free; food and beverages are available for purchase.


The Food Truck and Trailer Rallies are a staple in the Huntsville community. Presented by Meta, the food trucks and trailers visit Big Spring Park the third Friday evening of each month during the season.

Water Lantern Festival

When: Saturday from 5-9 p.m.

Where: Big Spring Park west, 420 Church St. SW, Huntsville

Price: $26.98 to $55.99


Water Lantern Festival is filled

with fun, happiness, hope and memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

This family friendly event can be

shared by everyone.

Rocket City and BBQ Soul Fest

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Where: NSS Conference Center, 6001 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville

Price: $20 general admission, $75 VIP; children 12 and younger admitted free


The event fuses the vibe of a backyard barbecue with competition, soul and a touch of luxury. Vendors of all types will sell food and a variety of products and services while attendees savor the flavor.

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