BALTIMORE's windows open for the month of May when th curtains come down for washing and crisp blue shades are hung in their place. Designed to ban hot sunlight, the old-fashioned shades are still visible in some row house neighborhoods. The shades are a beacon of good weather; in May, humidity is but a four-syllable world.
May in Baltimore -- relish the thought. Young children play each evening on city stoops or in front yards, dreaming up money-making schemes; perhaps washing auto windshields, or selling lemonade among the tulips in Sherwood Gardens. College reunions lead everyone to slouch into youth again, while high school graduates practice standing tall.
Yes, spring for all its pleasures brings with it certain obligations. Now is the time to put in tomato plants, to select lemon basil at the Herb Festival in Leakin Park, to support the neighborhood flea markets and strawberry festivals. But spring delinquents always find a little time to call their own; an hour to slip away from the office, an afternoon off from the children. Sometimes, there is nothing more important in life than slowly strolling through Canton with an ice-cream cone, watching the water -- or rambling through Selsed House, the old country estate that is the Symphony Decorators' Show House. Bicycle enthusiasts may also enjoy watching world class cyclists take on the suburbs as Tour Du Pont spins through Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll and Harford Counties.