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Just Write: For now, walking in a Western Pennylvania summer wonderland is just fine

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

While I prefer wintry days filled with Christmas carols, holiday lights and snowmen, the truth is, summer around these parts isn't too bad, either.

I don't mind trading whimsical window displays under Kaufmann's Clock at Macy's for several days of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, or watching Kennywood Park transform from a winter wonderland into an oasis of thrills.

The region is chock-full of summer fun, from wave pools to street fairs and evening ball games at PNC Park.

I've never hated summer; I've always found plenty of ways to entertain myself and make memories with friends and family the same way I do in the winter.

This summer is no exception as I've spent most weekends since late May enjoying outdoor events and restaurant patios.

With its geographical and meteorological locale, Pittsburgh gets a bad rap for its sometimes-blasé weather forecasts. We all can picture Channel 11's Scott Harbaugh repeating himself with, “Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers” for much of the summer.

Maybe it is a bit more cloudy and dreary in the epicenter of the Rust Belt than it is in Seattle.

Then weeks such as this pop out of nowhere with days of humid weather, a great deal of sunshine and the always-possible late afternoon strong-to-severe thunderstorm.

Winters don't always provide the ample amounts of snowfall and cold temperatures I yearn for, so I don't expect summer to offer extreme heat for much of the season, either.

Maybe causing quite the juxtaposition is my love of Christmas music and warm-weather attire.

I'd imagine seeing a man in boat shoes and shorts blasting B.E. Taylor's “Feel the Love of Christmas” from an iPod might get a few double takes. Then again, maybe not with Christmas in July right around the corner.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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