Experience fall on the grounds of Montpelier [South Laurel/Montpelier]

The beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing is enhanced by the lovely color of the leaves on our street trees and in our yards. Another venue for enjoying the fall season is the grounds of Montpelier Mansion. There are paths for strolling among the foliage, the flower and herb garden to visit, the boxwood maze in which to play hide-and-seek and benches for sitting and taking in the beauty. While there, you can also now take a self-guided tour of the mansion, which is open again after being closed for nine months for renovation. Tours are available daily, except Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for the tours is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children from 6 to 18 years of age. There is no admission charge for children ages 5 and under. 

The mansion will also now be able to host their lovely teas including the Speakeasy Tea on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. For this one, prizes will be awarded for the most authentic flapper-era costume. On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m., the Needleart Tea will include free admission to the 16th Needleart Exhibit, which will be at the mansion until Dec 11. The fee for the teas is $29 per person or $25 for members of the Friends of Montpelier. Call 301-377-7817.

For a different perspective on the history of the Snowden residences in the area, check out Mike Ricksecker's book, "Ghosts of Maryland." The scary tales will send shivers down your spine as you tour the house, listening for suspicious noises behind you!

Meanwhile, at the Montpelier Arts Center, an extraordinary exhibit runs Nov. 4 through Dec. 1. This exhibit contains images created by school children in Hiroshima, displaying a combination of tragedy and optimism. A reception will be held at the center on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. At 1 p.m. Nov. 10, there is an opportunity to meet Bryan Reishhardt, the director of the documentary film "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard," on which the exhibit is based. The film itself will be shown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. There is a $5 fee for viewing the film. Call 301-377-7800 for further information.

If you have not yet done so, remember to get your flu shot at a local pharmacy or Laurel Regional Hospital. All these beautiful fall colors should not distract us from remembering that winter (and flu season) is just around the corner.

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