photographs by Richard Israel
Even when it’s sticky-hot humid, Charlotteans love to find an excuse for a summertime outing — even if it’s a short-lived one. We sent photographer Richard Israel out with one mission: Show us summer in the Queen City. He confirmed a few things we already suspected: Ice cream makes it better. So does a big, shady tree (thankfully, we have a few around here).
Two scoops of relief: When it’s a daily serving of hot and humid with thunderstorms on the side, folks flock to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Park Road Shopping Center for some cool refreshment.
Strike up the band: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra warms up at Symphony Park. Somehow, it’s easier to forget how hot it is when there’s live music, friends and family. Symphony Park gives neighbors a place to hear the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on a perfect summer evening.
Made for shade: Did you know that standing in the shade can feel 10-15-degrees cooler than standing in the sun? It’s easy to get active at Freedom Park, then cool down under an old oak tree. Or simply pack a picnic and hang out with family and friends.
Shiny and new: Sycamore Brewing, second row, glistens in the sun along the Rail Trail in South End.