On a recent 90-degree afternoon, my keyboard was setting the scene for cooler temperatures and shorter days.
I was working on At Home Places, the regional lifestyle magazine produced by Herald-Mail Media. We’re always a season ahead due to printing deadlines.
The planning begins in June on a magazine that will be in our readers’ hands in September. I frequently remind myself of what the actual date is and what date or season it will be when our publication is viewed.
At least we don’t have to work on Christmas in July. I simply can’t watch a Christmas movie in the middle of summer. It doesn’t seem right. We have a few more weeks before we have to work on the holiday edition, thankfully.
Right now, we’re working on the autumn issue, which focuses on travel, festivals and food.
We selected these three topics because we felt a void in those areas during the height of the pandemic. Travel basically consisted of going to the grocery store and back. Food involved what we created in our kitchens or ordered for takeout. Festivals were nonexistent, except for a few scattered virtual ones.
Now that many restrictions have been lifted, we’re focusing on what we can do, with caution. Perhaps we’ll come to appreciate these simple, enjoyable parts of our lives even more.
Our travel stories focus on day trips, overnighters and extended weekends. Trips that are within three hours of the Tri-State area, these options are perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to stray far from home.
For example, writer Linda Harkcom takes us on a journey to the Laurel Highlands. Nestled in the foothills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, this area is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Writer Tricia Strader includes highlights of fall festivals in the Tri-State area, from the 50th annual Boonesborough Days, to the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Apple Butter Festival, to Thurmont, Md.’s Catoctin Colorfest.
Washington County Free Library’s Community Partnerships Librarian Sarah Nadeau provides details about the library’s extensive cookbook collection and recipe databases. Read Nadeau’s tips and invite your family to help select some foodie destinations, try new ingredients and listen to related music as you cook — or dine out — together.
Pick up your complimentary copy of At Home Places at our local advertisers. Read the stories online on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/athomeplaces. We’re sharing our summer stories now. Autumn stories will be shared in September and October.
Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail. Send email to her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @Lisa_Prejean.