A new season or holiday officially arrives at my house with the unfurling of a decorative flag -- last week it was the lowering of the summery blue and green magnolia banner and the raising of a more autumnal, cardinal red and gold design.
The problem is that my hall closet is approaching overload, my banners changing as frequently as the phases of the moon.
Before we write the final chapter on the summer of 1994, here's what some of our kids were doing.
* Fifty children and their adult "Big Buddies" spent an August weekend at Camp Nabe learning to cope with the death of a
Sponsored by the Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Chesapeake, the camp meets annually at Arlington Echo Outdoor Educational Center in Millersville.
Participants, divided into two age categories, joined in discussion groups, grief exercises and outdoor fun.
A side note: Camp director Betty Asplund, who also heads the bereavement center, has been honored by State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee and Director of Victim Advocacy Programs Maureen Gillmer for her work with the hospice's homicide support services. For his work with crime victims, Ted Criswell was also honored at the ceremony at the state capital. Information: 987-2003.
* Also in August, several children from Oakleigh Forest had more on their minds than just vacation fun. Led by 10-year-old Lauren Hammond, the kids organized a neighborhood carnival to benefit the children of Rwanda.
Lauren, along with Mark Hammond, 6, Lisa Gahs, 10, Anne Kovarik, 10, Brandon Carter, 12, Derek Carter, 7, Laura Wallace, 8, and Elizabeth Wallace, 12, planned games, made fliers and awarded prizes.
When it was over, an impressive $211 had been collected for the Catholic Relief Services.
The county library Summer Reading Program is designed with kids in mind, and countywide participation in the nine-week program increased this year by more than 30 percent. At the Severna Park branch, 1,475 young readers became "Readerosauruses."
And now, back to the future.
E9 Severna Park Jaycees is sponsoring a flea market from
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Severna Park Lanes on Ritchie Highway. The rain date is Oct. 9.
Space is available for $10. Information: 544-5189.
* If you're in the 21-to-40 age bracket -- and who at my age doesn't want to be -- consider joining the Jaycees.
The group meets at 8 p.m., the second Thursday of the month at the Jaycee Community Center in Kinder Park. Jaycee members work for a better community.
* The Jaycee Center has a variety of spaces, inside and out, that can be rented by community groups for a nominal fee. Information: 544-9068.
At Anne Arundel Community College, there are riding classes for adults and children at the 57-acre Severn Valley Stables in Gambrills, with hours to accommodate everyone. Complete horse care will be taught to mature teens from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 541-2325.
* Learn to waltz, fox trot, cha-cha and rumba, starting Saturday. Then learn all things western: the Electric Slide, the Down and Dirty, the Achey-Breaky and more.
Or slip on your tap shoes and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo." Information: 541-2325.
* Just for fun, learn all about German or Irish music and culture, or Russian or Middle Eastern political realities from the experts. Information: 541-2325.