The forecast is perfect.Mild weather and two summer Quincy traditions on the same day. I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful Saturday.

The Quincy Gems host Game 1 of the Prospect League Championship Series Saturday evening. Game time is 6:30 at Q.U. Stadium. The Gems face an unfamiliar foe -- the West Virginia Miners -- in a best-of-three series to determine the Prospect League champion.

You can't beat a night at the ballpark for good, clean family fun. Fans are treated to lots of entertainment between innings and the play on the diamond is very high caliber. Mix in the wonderful ambiance at historic Q.U. Stadium and you have a great evening -- inexpensively I might add.

Another Quincy tradition -- the Knights of Columbus BBQ -- continues through Sunday. Between the games for kids and adults, the rides at the carnival, and -- of course -- the food and beverages, the K.C. BBQ has traditionally been a great way to spend a late summer day.

A perfect way to spend a Saturday in our beautiful city -- Gems baseball and the K.C. BBQ either before or after the game. On second thought, before and after the game would be great, too! Either way, get out this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather. You know you want to and you know you deserve it! Be safe and have fun!