Editor's Note: Winter 2012

Editor's Note
Winter 2012

Winter is just around the corner and already the smell of snow is in the air. During the winter months, people and their towns slow down...taking in the beautiful scenery - snow-sprinkled meadows, hardened ponds, brown deer prancing along the white hilltops, even kids sled-riding down their favorite steep snow-encrusted knolls.
Having lived here most of my life, I have many wonderful winter memories that warm my heart when I call them to mind. Several I've shared with my children, as they make memories of their own. During the holidays they sometimes learn new ones as my brothers and mother often bring up a long forgotten one. Family is important and during the winter we seem to spend more time with them.
There are many things you can do with your family in Washington County, Maryland that you can do to implant a few wonderful winter memories of your own.
In this winter tourism edition of the Picket News, readers will learn what they can do for free or at low cost throughout the area, such as taking a walk along the Appalachian Trail - considered the footpath for the people, or take in history at Antietam National Battlefield. If it's the indoors you're seeking, then try a few museums, such as Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Pry House Field Hospital Museum, or Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.
Find out how to get the most out of Washington County, Maryland, as well as throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.
Also included in this edition are compiled lists of where to dine, where to shop, what you'll find for entertainment and how to get there.
I hope this edition is enjoyable for you all - there's a bit of everything in here. Be sure to get out there and make a few lasting memories of your own - even if it's just sitting on the porch people watching with a little one on your lap, or a big one sitting beside you - either way, tell a few stories about the area and encourage the ones around you to create their own.
I'd like to wish you all a happy holiday season and we'll see you in our weekly next week or in our spring tourism edition in March next year.

Yours in Ink,
Jennifer LB Leese