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The most glorious time of day, in my opinion, is a summer evening in New England.

The sun is softer but still high in the sky, the lighting starts to dim and the sky changes colors, and the air still remains warm and comfortable enough just begging you to spend time outdoors. It is nearly impossible for me to say “no” to a cocktail on a deck on a summer evening whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday. Every night in the summer feels like a weekend night to enjoy.

Our summer doesn’t last long here in New England so we need to savor every moment. This means saying “yes” to plans, spending time in nature, and basking in every moment of extended sunlight that we have to hold onto.

A lovely way to spend a summer evening is with a cold beer or glass of wine surrounded by a beautiful garden and live music as the sun sets. Doesn’t that sound magical?

Thursday Summer Evenings at The Garden

You could spend every single Thursday night like that if you wanted to. According to a recent press release by New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, the Boylston, Massachusetts garden is kicking off its Thursday summer evening events.

The garden will be open late on Thursday evenings from now until August 25 with live music, craft beer, wine, small bites, lawn games, and various events and classes inspired by nature. These classes range from botanical mixology to sunset yoga, as well as nature photography classes, and firefly walks, all things that get you outside and fully immersed in New England's beautiful scenery.

Summertime is always my time to come home to myself, ground myself, and feel a sense of oneness with myself and the nature we are blessed to live in. This sounds like a wonderful way to do that and a lovely way to take advantage of the summer nights while we have them.

The evenings are included with the cost of a General Admission ticket and will be held rain or shine. Stroll the gardens, hike the trails, dance to the music, sip on craft beer, and bask in the gorgeous glory of New England in the summer.

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