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It would appear that summer is over. It was a pretty good summer as Maryland summers go, not too hot and not very humid either. I kept checking to see if I was actually IN Maryland and, surprise, surprise, I was.

Okay, it is time to talk about the goings on around town and elsewhere within driving distance. I like to attend a lot of things in the fall, some of them hardcore horse related things but also things that are not-so-much horse. All work and no play makes Johnny a very dull boy indeed.

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Let's look at the Piney Run Apple Fest. The date is September 27th @ Piney Run. Here's a link for further info http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/recpark/pineyrun/docs/Applefest2014Flyer.pdf. I got this information from Pete who is a member of the Carroll Carvers who, if you are not already aware of this, are a group of wood carvers. This is an excerpt from the invitation from Pete: "This is a fun event. We just sit, spit & carve. You can sell items and the club will cover the sales tax. You are asked to donate 10% of your sale totals to the club. Bring some items to display and stay as long as you want."

Now who could resist an invitation like that? I can't. I hope I can drop by. I carved a couple of cats that my girlfriend-since-high-school still puts on her Christmas tree every year and once I carved a dandy little pig. I still like that pig.

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society is hosting sale with vendors at Fallfest, on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., celebrates, studies, and preserves the rich history of this pre-revolutionary industrial village, including the architecture, cultural landscapes, lifeways, and foodways of the workers. The website for this group is: http://catoctinfurnace.org/home.html

If you want to give your kids a view into the past that helped to create our present this is a good local way to go. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at noon, at the "The Museum of the Furnace Worker," the historic stone cottage at 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road in the village of Catoctin Furnace, Maryland.

Getting back to the horse scene, this year's fall George Morris clinic is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10, 11 and 12 at Persimmon Tree Farm. Downloadable information and forms are listed at: http://www.persimmontreefarm.com/index.html

Morris is the undeniable Grand Master of the international hunter and jumper scene and (according to his bio on Wikipedia) has represented the United States in many international equestrian competitions as both a rider and coach. In 1959 his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games, and he won a team silver medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Students trained by Morris have won medals in the 1984, 1992, 1996, and 2004 Olympic Games. His term as "chef d'equipe" of the USET show jumping team ended in 2013.

Persimmon Tree is a handsomely kept hunter/jumper farm in the best tradition of the term and, if you are at all involved in the hunter or jumper world you owe it to yourself to at least attend as "dedicated railbird". It also costs just to watch but it is well, well worth it, check out the website for times and costs and make plans to improve the dickens out of yourself.

Now on to one of my favorite shows of the year! It is free for the spectators and it is a wonderful place to just go and be an observer. It's a mule and donkey show, Harrison Mule Days, and it runs this year from October 3rd to the 5th. Friday evening starts it off with the Extreme Mule Race & Field Jump, a Mule Jump and some assorted fun classes and there will be wagon rides and a band. Of course there will be food and vendors as well. And that's only the first half day! For a full listing of what's going on for the rest of the weekend check it out at the website: http://www.harrisonmuledays.com/ And don't forget, on Sunday morning at 8:00 am there will be Cowboy Church for an hour before a guided trail ride open to horses, mules and donkeys.

Me? I will be at the Friday Mule Days for a few minutes and then I will be there again on Sunday. In between I am going to be at the Carroll County Farmer's Market (http://www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com ) with my cards and paintings on October 4th which is their Celebrating Fall day. I am looking forward to it and have some dandy new cards done from the new and improved artwork…that's the nice thing about painting, you know, if you work at it you just keep on getting better!

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