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Warm weather highlights Memorial Day weekend fun

May 26th, 2014 10:49 pm by Max Hrenda

Warm weather highlights Memorial Day weekend fun

Memorial Day weekend's hospitable weather was a delight for visitors to Legion Street Pool on Monday. (Photos by Dave Boyd/Johnson City Press)

Business owners, grillers, and pool-goers agree — three days of warm, hospitable weather helped make Memorial Day weekend a little extra enjoyable in Johnson City.

On Monday’s observance of Memorial Day, many flocked to one of the city’s numerous outdoor recreation areas in the hopes of taking advantage of the ideal weather.

According to the National Weather Service station in Morristown, daytime temperatures remained in the 70s and 80s throughout most of the three-day weekend. In some cases, the weather served as a pleasant backdrop for what already promised to be an enjoyable day.

Sisters Wilma Barnett and Willa Coggins, who live in Elizabethton and Jonesborough, respectively, brought their families together under a gazebo in Civitan Park for a day of grilling out and catching up.

“There are plenty of things for the kids to do out here,” Coggins said. “The weather’s real nice, and it’s been a great day.”

The Barnett and Coggins families joined together for a hearty cookout featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and steak underneath the shade of one of the park’s gazebos.

Others chose to soak up the sun on Memorial Day, however, but managed to keep cool in the process. Science Hill High School students Johnaysja Scott and Tyisha Tarter were among many who chose to beat the heat by taking a trip down to Legion Street Pool.

“We’ve been here awhile,” Scott said. “I’ve been here hanging out with my friends, and just having fun.”

“(I’m here) just to hang out with friends, tan and enjoy the hot weather,” Tarter said.

Legion Street patrons weren’t the only ones who chose to use water to complement the hot weather, but some chose to use it as a passageway rather than a cooling agent. According to Ryta Courter, owner of Sonny’s Marina & Cafe, the weather was a major contributor in creating what she referred to as a “record weekend” for her cafe.

“It has been an amazing weekend,” Courter said. “Last year, it rained. This year, it has been nice weather, so that’s always great because of the venue being outdoors.”

In addition to the weather, however, Courter attributed the cafe’s successful weekend to the her employees.

“I have an amazing staff this year,” she said. “They’re on top of it. But our bands have been amazing (and) the customers have been great. We’ve had a packed house every night from Thursday on through.”

While many in Johnson City managed to enjoy themselves this Memorial Day weekend, Coggins said she and her family took time to observe the meaning behind the long weekend.

“We do this to give thanks to the men and women who fought for our freedom,” she said.

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