Editor's Note: Autumn 2012

Editor's Note
Autumn 2012

Indian red, vibrant yellow, brilliant orange, and earthy brown leaves edge the deep blue sky - this is Washington County, Maryland during the autumn season - and it's beautiful!
Autumn has always been my favorite season. It's inspiring. With vibrant shades literally saturating the landscape it's no wonder why a simple glance of this picturesque view can change the mood of even the grumpiest of people.
Cooler weather means watching football games bundled in a blanket set in your team's colors, getting lost in corn mazes, picking that perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, and preparing our gardens and lawns for winter's white display.
Autumn plays with every one of our senses and we love every minute of it!
Here in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, we're getting ready for the annual Mummer's Parade at the end of October, Halloween, which always means haunted houses and hayrides, and the many craft shows and artist exhibits speckled throughout the county.
In this year's Picket News Autumn Tourism Guide, I've put together a collection of places you know, some you'd like to know more about, and a few you may never even heard of - yet.
These places include:
* Dunker Church in Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg
* Killiansburg Cave, Sharpsburg
* Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown
* Burnt Cabins Grist Mill in the tri-state, as well as a write-up on White Tail and Cacapon State park. Look for "A Mecca of Things to Do in the Tri-State, as well as "13 Places to Take the Kids" to learn about more places to go and what to see in the county and tri-state area.
Getting outdoors in Washington County, Maryland, and the tri-state, is a trip you won't regret and one that you'll look forward to year after year.
Take time to enjoy autumn.

Yours in Ink,
Jennifer LB Leese