Knowing this, friends Lily Anna Haynes and Emma Rhea, ages 11 and 10, decided to take advantage of the heat and use it to make some cash through a time-honored summer tradition: a lemonade stand. They found a shady spot on Sherwood Drive and got to work.
“It just seemed like a fun thing to do,” said Emma, whose idea it was to open the stand.
Early Friday afternoon, the two set up a table, made two batches of pink lemonade and colored pink-and-yellow signs that read “ELA’s Lemonade” and “only 50 cents,” to wave from the road to attract customers from their shady spot under a tree at the end of Emma’s driveway. Their customers included both neighborhood residents and passers-by.
"A lot of people don't give just 50 cents. They give more. One person gave us $10," Emma said. “Some people just gave us money to donate. They didn’t want lemonade. One person said that she remembered her kids doing this when they were little.”
By about 1 p.m., Emma and Lily Anna were only $1 away from their $20 goal. They said they weren’t really sure yet what they’re going to spend the money on. One of the contenders is a rain jacket for the summer camp they’re attending together soon.
This is just one of many summer activities the girls are looking forward to now that school is out. When they’re not selling lemonade or attending camp, they’re having typical 10-year-old and 11-year-old fun, playing with friends in the neighborhood, going to the pool and playing in their fort. They said they’re especially looking forward to a Taylor Swift concert later this month.
Both will be attending Indian Trail Middle School in the fall.
Lynn Rhea, Emma’s mom, kept an eye out on the girls from the top of the driveway. She said it was a great summer activity to see the girls do. Rhea said she didn’t do anything, but came outside and saw that they’d made the lemonade and the signs and were selling lemonade. She said the girls spend a lot of time outside.
“Its really a sweet, sweet neighborhood,” she said. “Usually when they do this (...) our neighbors are the first ones to come and buy some.”