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Editorial: The Winter Season

The Winter Season

Is it just me or does time seem to be going by too quickly? I've been writing at the Picket News now for two years and 11 months and it seems like I just finished last year's Winter Tourism Guide. I come to work every Monday through Friday, sit at my desk, turn on my computer and think, 'Didn't I just do this?'
As a mother of three, I see how quickly time goes by. Everyone told me that once they started school, time would go by even faster. They were right.
Even though time seems to speed by us, the time spent with our children and families is what is important.
Because it's cold outside, it often feels as though there aren't many places to go or things to do during the winter season. Town festivals, craft shows, swimming, and things of the like sit back and wait for warmer weather. But most museums are open, hiking is beautiful this time of year, gourmet dining is just right no matter the season, and taking in history is always available to those who take interest.
With winter look at all the extra things you get to do - sled riding, snowboarding, tubing, skiing, making snowmen, throwing snowballs, and snowmobiling.
As with every tourism issue I help put out there, I try to bring you interesting, fun, and memorable places where you can spend time with your family. This 2007 Winter Tourism Guide is no different. Within these pages you will find places to visit in each major Washington County city, as well as in the surrounding counties of Washington County - Berkeley County, Jefferson County, Frederick County and so on.
Stroll down Smithsburg's leafy streets,
Hike over South Mountain in Boonsboro,
Explore fine art, photography, and paintings by local artisans at the Mansion House and the Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown,
Go antiquing in Funkstown,
Visit Frederick's National Museum of Civil War Medicine,
Find out what's new in Charles Town
See how Williamsport earned its name; and
Get nostalgic in Shepherdstown.
Whether you enjoy searching for the right bargain or antique, strolling through the battlefield, wandering down winding country roads, or just sitting outside watching people go by...Washington County and the four-state area is just for you.
Visitors are sure to enjoy the magical sights, sounds, and smells of our county.
Don't let the cold keep you indoors or allow the days to pass you by too quickly...get out there and explore. Take the family for outings - whether it's spring, summer, fall or winter. There's always something to do in Washington County, Maryland.

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese
Editor, Picket News

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