Changing seasons Autumn glory: With foliage peaking soon, the fall is bringing out the best of Maryland.

October 14, 1997

AS DOES every season, autumn has its ups and downs. But with the glorious weather we have been having in Maryland in recent weeks, it is possible on some days to imagine this Indian summer will last forever. Alas, that is not the case, as falling temperatures are about to remind us.

There is nothing wrong with crisper autumn weather. It hastens the changing of the colors. It sends Marylanders to the warmth of their fireplaces and fills the air with a smoky fragrance that makes one feel homey and good.

Then there are the hay rides and pumpkins. Visitors to Havre de Grace have learned that a popular way to carve pumpkins there is to do the face not on the side of the fruit but on the top. That way the stem will be a natural nose. If you want realistic-looking eyes, try grapes.

Speaking of grapes, the dry summer has produced a fine-looking crop. No doubt those berries will produce plenty of home-made preserves and nectar. And with a bit of luck, at Maryland's wineries their juice will produce a vintage to remember, potent but balanced.

As a season, autumn has everything: hot summery days as well as the chill of approaching winter. It is a time for reflection as well as rejuvenation, for treasuring reawakened memories as well as venturing into new enterprises. It is a season with something for everyone.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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