Now that we have the beautiful Fourth of July holiday behind us, two months remain (really three because September counts) in the summer of 2011. I wanted to let readers know that this summer will be The Summer of The Shad.

What does that mean? That means that since the fall of 2009, The Hanging Shad, which started as a bit of a lark and is now a more of a monster, has been a mostly serious, many times sarcastic and always passionate blog—it’s time to lighten up a bit. The Summer of The Shad will feature more human interest, cultural and humorous entries. That’s not to say the serious, political analysis and inside information from years working in the state legislature will stop. It’s just that things will get a little lighter for the rest of the summer.

In late August, I’ll be returning to the microphone at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale to do the stadium announcing for the newly named New Haven Open at Yale (formerly the Pilot Pen). And yes, “Sweet” Caroline Wozniaki is coming back to defend her title. Combine that with some down time and work from the new Hanging Shad home office in Boston, and posting may be a little less than daily.

I’ll be back to the serious, hard-hitting, inside scooping material in the fall.