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Today’s article comes from Maria Gallo Ashbrook, who shares her memories of summering at Auburn in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Hello, Ormi. Even though my days in Auburn were long ago, the memories of growing up there are still vivid. I left in the 1980s for school and work, and raised two sons in Wellesley, Massachusetts, but the town of Auburn will always be “home.” These roots keep me grounded. Like my dad always said, “Remember where you come from.”

I miss Auburn and the Finger Lakes, especially in the summer months. So this Auburn girl wants to share her top 20 summer memories:

1. March in the Memorial Day Parade down Genesee Street with the combined college groups

2. 4th of July Chicken BBQ at the Owasco Fire Department

3. The Farmers Market at SS. At Peter and Paul’s

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4. Buy watermelons at Maxwell’s Food Store with Corky at the checkout

5. Bargain hunting during Dollar Days

6. The Cayugans and Auburn Civic Band concerts at Hoopes Park

7. Take and then teach tennis lessons at the Auburn Recreation Department

8. Represent Auburn at the inaugural CANUS Games in Orillia, Ontario

9. Swim across Lake Owasco and back

10. Watch sailboats fly their spinnakers on the downwind leg of a race

11. Ladies Day and Family Night at the Owasco Yacht Club

12. Ice Cream Cones at Tom Thumb and Green Shutters

13. Dickman’s corn at a roadside stand; $1 for a dozen

14. Cantaloupe ice cream from Dom’s Grocery (when it was green!)

15. A Hofmann cone and salted potatoes at a barbecue in the garden

16. Arnold Palmer putt-putt hole-in-one

17. Cheering on the Purple Lancers during the Drum and Bugle Corps competitions at Holland Stadium

18. Watch the Auburn Children’s Theater (ACT-Wagon) at the New York State Fair

19. Walter K. Long Visiting Professor at Owasco Indian Village

20. A stroll through the pavilion to the water’s edge during the intermissions of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

BONUS: A sunset over Lake Owasco!

I always keep Auburn in my head. She gave me a good start and precious memories. I’m proud to call it my hometown. Thanks Auburn.

Ormie King’s column appears on Sundays in The Citizen and he can be reached by email at [email protected]

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