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Endless Summer


With this year's early Memorial Day, the 1992 summer season gains an extra week. Not only is the calendar brimming with events but the next three-to-four months will show Maryland and metropolitan Baltimore at their best.

The trick is to get out of the house and do something different. Pick a spot on the map and visit it. Go to a firemen's carnival or strawberry festival in Carroll County. Do the polka at Blob's Park in Jessup. Enroll in a sailing course in Annapolis. Go antiquing in Columbia Sunday morning. Take the wonderfully scenic U.S. 1 through Harford County to Pennsylvania. The possibilities are limitless.

In Baltimore County, summer means outdoor concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and others at Oregon Ridge Park. As the twilight deepens, that cultural ski slope turns into a magical place.

In Harford County, the Havre de Grace decoy museum honors Chesapeake Bay craftsmen and their creations. It is just one of the attractions in a town that is undergoing revitalization.

Howard County offers Columbia, a 25-year-old planned community, and Ellicott City, an old commercial center turned picturesque tourist locale. Oella, across the river on the Baltimore County side, offers an interesting contrast. It shows how derelict houses can be adapted to modern uses.

Among Anne Arundel County's popular attractions is the 13.3-mile trail park that follows the old Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad track bed from Glen Burnie to Annapolis. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians commune with nature -- and rabbits, squirrels and other creatures large and small.

Carroll County is full of quaint rural villages. Uniontown is a rarity: vTC the entire town is listed on the National Historic Register. You'll find plenty of atmosphere and Victorian gingerbread there.

Among Baltimore City's summer-long attractions will be Operation Sail '92, starting this coming Friday. A variety of festivals, now a staple of summertime in Baltimore, have been linked to these international visits of sailing ships.

This is just a sample. Pleasant surprises only increase as a traveler gets off the beaten path in Southern Maryland and Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. Enjoy!

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