Spring Flings, Bargains, and Chores

Spring Flings, Bargains, and Chores
by Jennifer LB Leese

March, April, and May-spring!

Chores. We all cringe at the word. But it's something that has to be done. Spring is the perfect time to plunge into those household and yard jobs, lessening your labor for summer. Getting ahead on your workload during the spring months enables you to enjoy your summer.
We all know that when the winter snow begins to melt, leaks and cracks tend to pop up everywhere. There's a lot to be done before you can sit back with your arms folded behind your head in your favorite chair on the porch.
Begin by making a "to do" list. Don't rush on getting it all done. Remember, if you can't get it done in one or two "nice" days, then you should put it off until the end of spring or early summer. Spring is famous for rainy weather. Check off and do the smaller tasks on your list between those rain showers.
Although we despise it, spring-cleaning is something that should be done. It makes for less housework during the summer months, allowing more lounging days, and it reduces mold, mildew, and dust. Sometimes the easiest way is to start from room to room, beginning upstairs and working your way down. During these rainy, warm days and cool nights is a good time to start repotting the houseplants into larger flowerpots and/or adding new, fresh potting soil. Don't forget about those rugs. They need airing out too!
Cleaning up yard debris will take more than one or two days. Get a jump on it by doing a little bit every time you wander into your yard. Painting the trim around your house, garage, benches, and even mailboxes will automatically give your house a lift.
Weeding and planting and pruning in your garden on a warm spring day are sure to put you in a good mood. If you plan to build a pathway, spring is the time to do so as the ground is much softer.
Don't forget about your car. You know the one that has been collecting months worth of morning snack-trash on the inside and salt and grime on the outside. Your car will look better and you'll feel better driving it if you give it a thorough cleaning. Be sure to take the time to change the oil and rotate your tires-vacation time is coming up!
Spring is also a time when children are ready to head outdoors with the first rays of the warm sun. It is a good time to bring out all those outdoor toys you stuffed away for the winter and give them a good hosing down. Check out your children's bikes, making sure to oil the chain, fill the tires with air, tightening loosened bolts, and adjusting those seats-they've been growing the past few months!
Here's a few Local Spring Flings and Bargains headed our way:
Spring leads us to summer and summer gives us tons of outdoor fun. Get out there and explore.
On April 22 and 23, The Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect Street is having a "Bargain Sale" from 9AM-1PM. There you'll find an assortment of clean clothing, linens, curtains, jewelry, toys, dishes, appliances, collectibles, and more.
On April 23, celebrate Earth Day at Catoctin Zoo in Thurmont. Visit from 11AM-3PM to enjoy games and activities. Explore earth's abundance and diversity.
On April 23 and 24, celebrate two spring festivals at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Street in Frederick. The Children's Museum of Rose Hill is on Saturday, 12-4 and Sunday, 12-4. Things to look forward to include a display of old-fashioned toys and games, crafts for children, art, and blacksmith demonstrations. The Farm Museum of Rose Hill is on Saturday, 10-4 and Sunday, 12-4. Enjoy hayrides, a tractor pull, food, farm animals, music, and much more.
On May 14, head on down to Frederick Fairgrounds for their "Maryland Brewer's Spring Beer Fest" from 12-9PM to taste more than 100 Maryland beers at a dozen Maryland breweries. Enjoy a fun-filled day of live music, great food and your favorite Maryland beer.
On May 28 and 29, make your way to Halfway Park Days at Martin "Marty" L. Snook Park in Hagerstown for two fun-filled days of arts and crafts. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of food and entertainment, including bands and children's shows. Admission and parking is free Halfway Park Days is on Saturday from 10AM-7PM and Sunday from 11AM-5PM.
Join other Hagerstownians as they prepare for spring at the Market in the Square in Downtown Hagerstown, Public Square. From 8AM to 2PM, vendors from Hagerstown City Farmers Market bring their produce, foods, and crafts outdoors to the square. The rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 20. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183 if you'd like more information.
Celebrate Kampgrounds of America's second annual "Come Camp With Us Day" and camp for FREE on May 13 at Antietam Hagerstown KOA. Spend the night in a tent, RV pull through, RV back in, one room cabin, or a two-room cabin-feel free to bring your pets! Hagerstown KOA, opening March 13-December 5, is located at 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport, MD 21795. For more information call 301-223-7571 or 800-562-7607. Reserve your night today at www.hagerstownkoa.com or call the number(s) above. Antietam Hagerstown KOA has hayrides, full breakfast, pizza nights, hand dipped ice cream and ice cream socials, magic shows, mini golf, canoeing, horseshoes, game room, basketball, heated pool, steak feeds, fishing, movies and bands, fully stocked store, LP gas, ice, firewood, gifts and collectibles. "Camp with nature, relax with friends."
Enjoy your spring. It goes by too fast!