Autumn 2011 Editorial


What a glorious time to be in Maryland! Soon we'll be treated to one of Mother Nature's most spectacular displays - the changing of the leaves - when brilliant oranges, vivid yellows, and magnificent scarlet foliages speckle the mountaintops.
As autumn working as nature's artist, her fiery colors explode all around us. Her wind brings in shorter, cooler days. The awe of autumn inspires us to jump in giant leaf piles, get lost in a huge winding corn maze, or just take a long walk through her work of art.
This year autumn begins on September 23, 2011.
Autumn's association with the transition from warm to cold weather in the northern hemisphere, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated themes and popular images of females wearing hats decked out with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time of year. The predominant mood of these autumnal celebrations is a gladness for the fruits of the earth mixed with a certain melancholy linked to the imminence of harsh weather.
Autumn is a favorite among many--including me. I love that the days are warm and the nights are cool. Watching television is put on the back burner. Sitting on the front porch, taking in the sounds, smells, and scenes, is something my family and I do often on cool autumn nights.
In this autumn issue of the Picket News, readers can look forward to learning about several historical structures including bridges, monuments, and museums throughout Washington County, Maryland. We've also included a fantastic article that maps out the perfect places to take your children so that they may learn a little history, while enjoying the wonders of Mother Nature, as well a detailed list of area corn mazes and pumpkin patches. We hope you enjoy this year's Picket News Autumn Tourism Guide and look forward to guiding you in getting the most out of Washington County.
No matter what you do or where you go this autumn, be sure to check out area festivals, events, and historical towns throughout Washington County, Maryland and our surrounding counties. There's no place that compares!

Yours in Ink,
Jennifer Leese, Editor