Editorial: The Glory of Spring

Editorial
The Glory of Spring

Spring is here once again. Usually around this time of year we are all getting the itch to be outdoors. It's time to do spring-cleaning inside and out of our homes. Once that's accomplished, it's time to start looking for local events, programs, and fairs to take the family to.
The other day I sat on my porch and listened to the birds singing. It was wonderful. That's really when the itch started. The sun was out, people were out and about enjoying the warmer weather - it was a fantastic. Little white and green buds have already started to form on my pussywillow tree. Soon flowers will start to break their way through the dirt, filling our yards and spirits with brightness.
Spring weather wakes us from our winter dormancy and causes us to get out and have some fun. While the trees are bare, we can see the beautiful blooming dogwood trees and wildflowers stretching across open fields. The brisk wind draws us to the park for kite-flying. The warm sun welcomes us into the garden and workshop for outdoor projects.
I love spring! It fills me with energy and starts me thinking about what my family and I can do this summer.
If you didn't have it already - did I start your itch? Here's a few ways to scratch your itch...
* Take a nature walk in the park or woods. Collect leaves, rocks, and flowers to decorate your family dining room table.
* Go fishing- Catch a big one for dinner or throw them all back. Either way it's fun times for families and couples.
* Spend one full day buzzing from yard sale to yard sale or flea market to flea market, picking up new treasures.
* Now is a great time to start thinking about gardening. Include your children for this event - it's fun. It's therapeutic. It's a great learning experience. In addition, it will be one of those family memories that you and your child or grandchild will always hold dear.
* Take a hike and set up camp. The kids will love it. Build a campfire and make fairy houses. An evening outdoors with your family will do you all good.
* Get outside- Have an outside work day to get the yard in shape while discussing late spring / early summer renovations.
* Take an adventure walk through grottoes and caves, set for commercial use.
* Go bird-watching, rock climbing, or just walk the dog.
* Visit the Antietam Battlefield. Take your time. Read the markers and see the sights.
* Spring festivals are popular destinations for families. Listen to live music, eat boardwalk-style food, meet new people, and check out the booths from local artisans.
* Go to your absolute favorite spot and have a picnic. Pick fresh wildflowers to bring home to remind you of your memorable day.
* Horseback riding is tons of fun. If that isn't your cup of tea, then helping take care of horses at the Ranger Foundation in Keedysville is sure to be relaxing as well as rewarding.
There's tons to do on a beautiful spring day in Washington County. There's shopping, theatre, music, student-ran programs and events, beautiful spots to hike and take in nature and wildlife, places to take the family, baseball games and racecar races to attend, places to take in history, and places to learn about agriculture in your county. Get out there & enjoy!

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese, Editor