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When does summer end? I mean, I know when Autumnal Equinox takes place. But things are different here in New England.


Summer is my favorite season. Why? Because it’s the best damn season if you live in New England. “Yeah, but it’s hot!” Yeah, but THE OCEAN. “Right, but the water is so cold!” You poor, pitiful person. That’s the whole point! Cold water to refresh you on a hot day. Let me be brutally honest: if the summer weather in New England is too hot for you and the ocean water in New England is too cold, you probably don’t belong here. Move to California, you’ll be much more comfortable.


I’ve spent this summer as I spend every summer: body surfing at the beach and swimming in lakes and hiking and crushing cold beers while watching summer sunsets. And stargazing! Did you catch the Perseid meteor showers last month? Magnificent. That’s summer in New England, baby. I love the weather, I love the pace, I love the routine, I love the extra time with my kids. I wish summer would go on forever. Alas, it does not. And that’s what were getting into for this week’s 12-Inch Poll.


When Does Summer End?

Technically, the aforementioned Autumnal Equinox signals the end of summer and beginning of fall. But for some, summer ends before that. Do you close the book on summer when the kids go back to school? Is Labor Day Weekend summer’s last hurrah? Or are the final nails in summer’s coffin those fall food products that seem to pop up in stores earlier and earlier every year? I’ve shared a short summer-themed playlist to mark each of these below, so scroll through those and cast your vote in this week’s Poll. You can probably guess what I’m voting for.

  • Pumpkin Spice Sightings

  • Allston Christmas

  • Labor Day Weekend

  • Back To School

  • Autumnal Equinox

  • Other

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