Seven ways to enjoy the rest of the season

August: It’s a bittersweet month for summer-lovers. On one hand, it’s lovely, with morning and evening light that takes on a special glow. But August also means the season that is never long enough is coming to an end.

Stretch out the warm, lazy days with fun things to do. Here are seven ways to squeeze more pleasure out of what’s left of this year’s summer season.

1. Go to an outdoor concert. Milford Recreation hosts free music in Emerson Park on Wednesday evenings, and on Aug. 24 there will be a concert on the Community House lawn sponsored by the Union Coffee Co. to benefit Milford Regional Counseling Services.

2. Cool at the pool. If you don’t have a season pass, you can spend a day at Keyes Pool in Milford (Closes Aug. 20) for only $5, and if you are 4 and younger or older than 62, it’s free. Baboosic Lake in Amherst and Goss Park in Wilton have similar deals.

3. Savor the bounty. Stop at a local farm stand on the way home from work and make an easy supper of grilled cheese and tomato and corn-on-the cob.

4. Take a stroll in the country. Tiger lilies, Queen Ann’s lace and golden rod are at their peak, and most of the bugs have disappeared.

5. Climb a mountain. If hiking Mount Monadnock seems too ambitious for a summer day, try Pack Monadnock in Temple or one of the three small mountains in Lyndeborough, all in the easy-hike category.

6. Join the fun. The Amherst Historical Society is planning a community supper on the green at a date to be announced. Lyndeborough’s annual community day is Saturday, Aug. 12.

7. Paddle a boat. There is a Souhegan River put-in spot for canoes and kayaks at Kaley Park, near Milford Medical Center, and another one down the road from Souhegan High School in Amherst.

Finally, treat yourself to ice cream. The newest local shop is called Scoops on the Oval, and it is located on South Street in Milford.