Astronomically speaking, summer’s end comes with the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22, but in many people’s minds, it ends with the Labor Day weekend’s last round of picnics and pool visits.
Monday was still very summer-like, with the air muggy from a drenching Sunday night rain, mostly sunny skies and temperatures creeping to about 90 degrees in the early afternoon.
“Good weather for pools. Bad weather for corn mazes,” said Clarence Horst, who was hosting both at Celebration Farm on Garden View Road near Hagerstown.
Horst, the ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery, said representatives from several states for the faith-based, 12-step recovery program were there for a pool party and cookout.
The weekend was also the launch of the corn maze, a major fund-raiser for the ministry, Horst said.
Lynn and Deb Michalsky of Waynesboro, Pa., had just completed two of the three mazes.
They started the day with some shopping for a swing set for their grandchildren before navigating through the corn.
Hagerstown resident Jeff Byard brought his children to Northside Pool in Waynesboro. The pool was one of the family’s frequent destinations over the summer.
“We went to Chincoteague,” said Avery Byard, 7, noting that she saw ponies on that trip.
Still, both children are looking forward to fall because it holds a special commemoration — their birthdays.
Abigail Mitchell, 9, of South Mountain, Pa., also is looking forward to her birthday, which is in October.
She and her friend, Kaylen Ardrey, 9, of Quincy, Pa., recently started fourth-grade at Mowrey Elementary School north of Waynesboro.
“Once you get there, it’s kind of fun,” Kaylen said of the school year starting.
Meanwhile, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Williamsport was busy with people walking, jogging, biking and taking photographs.
Lisa Bowers of Bedington, W.Va., said she and her daughter, Kelsey, saw two deer bucks during their walk, but Kelsey was more fascinated by another wonder of nature.
“We saw this big, ugly caterpillar about this long,” Kelsey said, holding her fingers about 6 inches apart. “It was really ugly. I never want to see it again.”
A few yards down the towpath, Mauricio Pena of Martinsburg, W.Va., and sons, Kevin and Justin, were fishing in a pond off the canal.
“They’re the ones that woke me up this morning and said, ‘Let’s go fishing,’” Pena said of his sons.
“It’s fun. It’s quiet,” he said.