Summer in the American South is like no other season, no other place. True, it may be hot and humid, but the haunting beauty of abounding stately magnolia and oak trees accentuated by crepe myrtles, azaleas, dogwoods, and gardenias in full bloom are enough to take a person's mind off the heat. From Memorial Day through mid-September, the long summer days are typically full of bright sunshine, intense downpours of rain, and the sound of cicadas and crickets melodiously chirping into the wee hours of the night. The local produce selection in the summertime teems with an abundance of fresh watermelon, summer squash, tomatoes (both green and red-ripened), okra, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, etc. And of course, nothing says summer quite like the smoky-sweet flavors of good old-fashioned barbecue with the works.