Hot fun in the summertime. Alas, July is here, my favorite month of the year, when the sun is hot, the breezes are warm and the ocean has finally warmed up enough for you to submerge your whole body—and not just your big toe. For those looking for a great beach getaway this summer, try Jones Beach. My family has been going there for years, and this year has been no exception.

Our first foray was over Memorial Day weekend, where we were lucky enough to catch the air show. The precision with which those flyboys navigated their jets through the air was amazing. Maneuvering fantastic stunts takes more than skill, it takes sheer guts. We continued to venture back on successive Saturdays, even when the sky wasn’t the brightest and only the die-hards were out. The temperature of the ocean was akin to a bucket of ice cubes, hence you could go no further than to stick in your big toe, and before it turned purple, pull it out.

However, now that July is here, and the living is easy, it’s a lot easier to venture in when the waves beckon. Just keep your fingers crossed and say your prayers that Jaws is nowhere in sight.

The New York Public Library held their annual Volunteer Recognition Day reception at the main branch, located at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. It’s a great way to lift the literary spirit and serves as a reminder that volunteering is a wonderful thing to do, especially when you have some free time on your hands.

Friends of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosted the second annual Honorable Theodore T. Jones Invitational Golf outing at the Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y. The day was glorious and perfect for golfers and non-golfers alike. Available was an 18-hole course that, as I understand it, if you could get past that first hole, you were good to go.

I don’t play golf, but I do play tennis, and I bought a new tennis outfit just for the occasion. So glad I did, as I had a chance to get out there and do my thing. Part of playing the part is to look the part. Luckily, I was able to do both, as I hadn’t played in quite some time. While my forehand was strong, my backhand can use a little practice, but it was all in good fun. Thoroughly worn out, I did a quick change from tennis wear to swimwear for a dip in the pool, a sun bath on the lounge chair, a delicious cheeseburger and ice-cold lemonade.

Among the many there was Rob Reed, who shared his secret for ordering the perfect burger, toasting the bun, which makes all of the difference in the world. Yummy.

After another quick change preceded by a shower, it was on to the dinner reception for recognitions, awards and an auction. Receiving the prestigious longest drive award was Dr. Ernie Robertson, who, though not a member of the bar, is always up for a good game of golf.

July 3 through July 26, it’s free Shakespeare in Harlem at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, located on Mr. Morris Park West. Currently in its third year of production, the featured Shakespearean play this year is “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. Produced by the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Summer Stage, “The Tempest” is directed by Carl Cofield and stars Ron Cephas Jones as Prospero. This is a powerful performance with a phenomenal cast. What better way to spend a summer evening in July but at outdoor theater? Check it out.

Happy birthday, William Palmer, Sheila Matthison and Stanley Tarrant, and happy wedding anniversary to Brenda and Bill Covette.

Speaking of wedding anniversaries, I enjoyed mine most thoroughly this year. As guests of Geoffrey and Peggy Muran, we attended a gala hosted by the Reveille Club, held at Beckworth Point, near the Davenpoint. Dressing for this occasion, I decided to wear a somewhat pared down version of a wedding gown. Floor length, lacey with tulling and very fancy, I got the biggest kick walking to and fro and having people say, “Congratulations!” I figured after 12 years, hey, why not? Such fun.

This was the 83rd gala dinner for the Reveille Club, which was started during WW I as a venue for Black soldiers to get together. Their common bond was having fought in the war and rejected by the white clubs, so they formed their own club; I rather like that idea. Today, the club continues to celebrate its legacy and meets for no other reason than to celebrate friendship.

Master of ceremonies was Melvin T. Williams. Welcome remarks were given by the club’s president, Kenneth Knuckles. The invocation was recited by the Rev. Spencer Gibbs, followed by the National Anthem, dinner and an introduction of each individual Reveille member, who introduced their guests. It was a great way to know who was there. For me, I saw my old friend Al “Fawney” Hunter, who I never would have recognized, but I surely remembered his name when he was introduced. The introduction of the honoree was made by former Mayor David N. Dinkins, who stated he wasn’t the oldest member of the Reveille, but he was the longest member. Dinkins is looking forward to celebrating his 62nd wedding anniversary in August.

Honoree Zachary Carter is the 78th corporation counsel of the city of New York, also known as the chief legal officer of the city, overseeing the city’s law department with over 700 attorneys. This position was once held by club member and officer O. Peter Sherwood, who was the first Black to hold the office. No doubt, Carter’s career has been illustrious, out of which his pearl of wisdom is, “We must call out the truth whenever we have the opportunity to do so. We have nothing to lose.”

Until next week … kisses