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Festivals for Travelers, Sites of the Month, Special Feature, Quotes, Opinions, Rants, Praises.
Unless otherwise noted, opinions are solely that of the editor.

Special Quote
"It was the best
of times, it was the
worst of times."
--Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
Jewish art and mysticism--some of the scultures are breathtaking!

Personal Home Page
Of The Month:

Robin's Eclectic Ramblings
Anyone with both fat-free vegetarian food and Godiva chocolate has my attention.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

MetaJournals:the art of journaling online
includes information on Cascading Style Sheets and more.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

AugustaGolf: The 2000 Masters Tournament
Coming April 6-9.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

Learn To Juggle
Amaze your friends.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

Nuttin' With Nuts Home Page
I love nuts in food, but for some people they can be a death sentence.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

A Condensed History of Montserrat
A condensed history peppered with the compiler's sassy remarks.

March Events
festivals For February Travelers

April 1-8, 2000 (began March 31)
Galveston County Fair and Rodeo
County Fairgrounds, Hitchcock, Texas
All the fun of a typcial county fair.
Further information: Call 409-986-6010.

April 1-2, 2000
Cheraw Spring Festival
Various locations, Cheraw, South Carolina.
Living history demonstrations, entertainment, classic car show, arts and crafts, food, sporting events, home tours.
Additional details: Call 843-537-8420 or 888-537-0014.

April 1-2, 2000
Mid-Atlantic Art and Rubber Stamp Festival
South Jersey Expo Center, Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Rubber stamping demonstrations, sales of rubber stamps and accessories, classes, more.
Details: Call 916-782-8823.

April 1-30, 2000
Singapore Food Festival
Parco Bugis Junction (and other venues) in Singapore.
Food Trade Show (April 11-14) at Singapore Expo, outdoor film screenings, brewing festival, feasts at the zoo with special tours, exhibit of food in art, world gourmet marketplace, BBQ, special food tours (for extra fee), more.
Details: Call (65) 831 3858.

April 6-30, 2000
Dogwood Festival
Center For Arts, Lewiston, Idaho.
There are many events throughout the month, including concerts, old car shows, a county fair, and more.
More information: Call 208-799-2243.

April 7-9, 2000
Prairie Chicken Festival
Town Square (and other venues), Eagle Lake, Texas.
Wildflower walks and bird tours, street dance, music, petting zoo, chili cook-off, home tours, talent show.
More: Call 409-234-2780.

April 7-9, 2000
Medieval Fair
Oklahoma University Brandt Park, Norman, Oklahoma.
Minstrels, jousting tournaments, wandering musicians, arts and crafts, food vendors, human chess game, costume contest.
Information: Call 800-767-7260 OR 405-366-8095.

April 8-9, 2000
Bluebird Festival/Wildlife Art Show
Jackson Community College, Jackson, Michigan.
Banquet for Bluebirds (fee charged and you must make reservations at 517-782-3453), wildlife programs and films, juried art show of nature and wildlife, live animal programs, children's area, guided walks to bluebird habitat. Small fee is charged. Further infomation: Call 517-782-3453.
NOTE:The Dahlem Environmental Education Center adjacent to the college has 300 acres of natural beauty. There are 5 miles of trails to explore, so take time to enjoy the area.

April 13-16, 2000
Windfest 2000
Community Center, Portland, Texas..
Horsehose tournament, racquetball tournament, street dance, carnival, tennis tournament, golf tournament, kite-making contest, jalapeno eating contest, food, exhibits, arts and crafts.
More information: Call 361-643-2475.

April 14-16, 2000
Good Oil Days Festival
Civic Center and Arena Complex, Humble, Texas.
The area becomes an early 20th Century boom town in atmosphere as citizens celebrate the joys of black gold with exhibits, old and new machinery, fireworks, carnival, children's activities, and 400 vendors of arts, crafts and food.
Details: Call 281-446-2128.

April 13-May 6, 2000
Kentucky Derby Festival
Waterfront Park (and other venues), Louisville, Kentucky.
A couple of weeks before the actual race, the area is already alive with pageants, steamboat races, banquets, boat races, beach volleyball, parades, and the spectacular Thunder Over Louisville (the night of April 15). Some events charge admission.
More details: Call 502-584-6383.

April 14-30, 2000
Milwaukee Shaw Festival
VENUE, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Plays and lectures having to do with George Bernard Shaw. This year's presentations include Pygmalion.
Details and tickets: Call 414-291-7800.

April 15-16, 2000
Tulip Festival
City Park, Wamego, Kansas.
Tulip Festival run, arts and crafts, food. While you are in the area, you can tour the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church (I kid you 785-456-2485 for tour information).
Festival details: Call 785-456-7849.

April 15-16, 2000
Tulip Time
City Park, Belle Plains, Kansas.
arts and crafts, car show, flower show, viewing of 30,000 tulips at the arboretum.
Further information: Call 316-488-2604.

April 17-19, 2000
New England Drama Festival
Andover High School, Andover, Massachusetts.
High schools in New England states present one-act plays.
wrote to Christine McCarthy at for the phone number.

April 21-23, 2000
Discover Walk Festival
100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Washington.
This the the fourth year in which non-competitive walking events begin from Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Columbia Street. The friendship walk is that Friday afternoon. The weekend continues with a series of 5K, 10K, 21K, 32K and 42K walks. (food and beverages are available for purchase). There are also two swim sessions at a nearby pool. The walks have the added benefit of passing historic and scenic areas of Vancouver, and some surfaces are compatible with strollers and wheelchairs. More information: Call 360-892-6758.

April 23-30, 2000
Melbourne Autumn Music Festival
Trinity College Chapel (and other venues), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Bach and other composers' works will be featured with organ, violin, harpsichord and more.
Further details: Call 03 9347 0447.

April 26-29, 2000
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Farmers Market, Vinton, Virginia.
Parades, carnival rides, food, high-flying character balloons, crafts for salt.
More: Call 540-983-0613.

April 27-29, 2000
Atlantic Band Festival
Mt. Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Ajudicators review band and choral groups, and there are clinics, evening concerts.
Further information: Call 902-886-3060.

April 27-30, 2000
Vidalia Onion Festival
Southeastern Technical Institute, Vidalia, Georgia.
Fireworks, air show (including demonstrations by the Northern Lights--I've seen them perform and they are impressive), arts and crafts, onion-eating contest, carnival, street dance, children's parade, onion run/walk, kids' fishing rodeo, choral concert, comedy night.
Details: Call 912-538-9700 OR 912-538-3141.

April 27-May 21, 2000
Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival
Pavilion Theatre in Virginia Beach (and other venues in coastal Virginia).
Air show, ancient gold jewelry exhibition, Farukh Ruzimatov with Stars of the Russian Ballet, performances by the Virginia Symphony, lunchtime chamber music series, Scottish tattoo. Some events are ticketed and require admission.
More information: 800-386-4682.

April 28-29, 2000
Crystal Festival and Celebration of Birds
Salt Plains Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, Cherokee, Oklahoma.
Visitor prospecting for selenite crystals, photo contests, tours of state fish hatchery, advanced birdwatching tours, native plant walks, nature at night presentation, intermediate birdwatching tours, falconry demonstration, book fair, boat trips to Ralstin Island to observe nesting sites for large shore birds.
Further details: Call 580-596-3053.
Note: This is a refuge where you can see up to 100 species of birds in a day, and on the festival weekend you'll also have the benefit of the keen eyes of experts to guide you.

April 28-29, 2000
Festival of the Rain
Waterfront Park, Stevenson, Washington.
Slug contest, arts and crafts, parade, refreshments.
Note: Once in Stevenson, you're not far from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and can explore Ape Cave, a lengthy lava tube. This is a major recreational area, and water sports and activities abound.

April 28-30, 2000
Timonium Crafts Festival
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland.
Almost 400 artists and craftspeople participate. There is also a food court and a specialty foods section. Demonstrations are many, including blacksmithing, paper making, marble sculpting, wheel-thrown pottery and chainsaw carving. Live entertaiment highlights the atmosphere.
More: Call 800-210-9900.
Note: Timonium is in the basic neighborhood of Baltimore, so while you're there, you can visit the National Aquarium. It's wise to reserve tickets ahead of time. Call 410-481-7328.

April 28-30, 2000
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Oak Grove Park, Stockton, California.
Hot-air balloon rides, celebrity asparagus spear-throwing competition, 5K Spear-It Run, car show, photos with Lassie, recipe contest, and treats such as Asparagus Nachos, Deep-fried asparagus and the really unusual (you can get it without alcohol) asparagus margarita. Admission is charged.
Details: Call 800-350-1987.

April 28-30, 2000
North Carolina Pickle Festival
Downtown, Mount Olive, North Carolina.
Two entertainment stages, arts and crafts, Tour de Pickle Bike event, fly-in and rides at airport, car show, community worship service, free pickles, plus food to buy such as Dill Pickle Potato Chips and Dill Pickle Popcorn.
Futher information: Call 919-658-3113.

April 28-30, 2000
South Carolina Festival of Roses
Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, South Carolina.
This is the official opening of rose season in the area, and Edisto Gardens has over 4000 plants on display. The test garden works on hybrid plants, and there are also azaleas, a boardwalk to a wetlands area, a sensory garden, terrace garden and a butterfly garden. The festival adds an arts and crafts exhibit (and sale), sports tournaments, food, children's activities and displays of classic cars.
More: Call 803-534-6821.

April 28-30, 2000
Colleton Rice Festival
Various locations in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Pageant, parade, rice run, food, music, rice cooking contest.

April 28-30, 2000
Vermont Maple Festival
American Legion Hall (and other venues), St. Albans, Vermont.
This the 34th year for this event. Activities include a pancake breakfast, craft show and sale, carnival, sugar house tours, maple exhibits, maple store, antique show and sale, youth talent show, parade, foods such as maple cotton candy.
Further details: Call 802-524-5800.

April 29-30, 2000
Daffodil Festival
Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut.
For 22 years, Meriden has hosted this beautiful display of over half a million daffodils. There is an antique show, parade, crowning of Little Miss Daffodil, a total of three stages of continuous musical entertainment. More than 40 food vendors feed an eager crowd.
More information: Call 203-630-4259.

April 29-30, 2000
National Cornbread Festival
Cedar Street area, South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
There is a cornbread cook-off, and there are free cornbread samples. Over 100,000 people enjoyed last year's celebration.
Details: Call 423-837-0022.

April 29-30, 2000
Viking Fest
San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, Texas.
There is only a small fee to enjoy this celebration of Scandinavian heritage, with arts and crafts, demonstrations of old Viking villages, wife-carrying games, foods such as waffles, lefse and ableskiverr.

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.

Great American Spice Company carries a number of unusual items in addition to spices and flavorings you might already use.
Have you tried these?
Wild Blueberry Peach Bagel Butter
Amish Pantry Spreadable Blackberry Fruit (no sugar added)
Scorned Woman BBQ Sauce
Peanut Butter Flavor Oil
Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning
Buy great spices at great prices

Antiques Anonymous?

You see them everywhere now. They long to go through the boxes in your negelcted attic. They haunt little shops along lonely highways all over the land. They snoop, they squint, they ask how old, how acquired, and how much it costs.

No, we're not talking about FBI agents here. They would be far easier to deal with on any level. These are the antiques and collectibles lovers. Some of them become so enthralled with finding things that they end up finding things for other people and selling them to them.
Chrisor Babe and her husband Greg have spent the last year or two in the ranks of the new online antique auction hounds. Like many of us, Chrisor was aware of a few old things when she was growing up (like clawfooted dining tables), but she wasn't bitten by the antique bug until Greg got involved a few years ago. Chrisor ventured into selling online by putting a John and Jacqueline Kennedy miniature creamer (which had been in the family since 1962) on Ebay. She "thinned out" a few more things from accumulated possessions, and before she knew it, the bug had bitten her in a big way.
So does Chrisor sell everything she finds? Not a chance. She has her own passion for old flower frogs, compacts, cigarette cases, Jadite dishes, and spaghetti poodles.
If you'd like to see what Chrisor and Greg currently have at auction you can email for details. You might even be able to talk her into finding specific items for you. She's currently on the prowl for Royal Haegar pottery for one lucky customer.
If you think you might enjoy buying and selling antiques and collectibles, Chrisor recommends, "Jump right in by exploring local auctions and antique stores. Also do lots of research so you can realize a bargain when you see one."
If you want to know more about either buying or selling at online (and other) auctions, here are some excellent sites to visit:
The Guide to Federal Government Sales includes information on auctions and sales from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Customs Service and more.
Don't go buying guides on inside government sales when you can get the information for yourself free by calling a few phone numbers!

Do you have part of a set of Grandma's china, but would like to complete the set again? Try Set Your Table. They can help you find dealers who specialize in discontinued tableware.

Searching for a particular item? Trying to decide what area of interest you have? Try Antique Hot Spots, which has extensive listings of dealers, books, a "wanted" section, and more.

Antiques Roadshow reflects the current renewed interest in antigues and collectibles. People haul in everything from steins to (possible) Steinways in hope of finding out more about their treasures.

If you begin with what you already have or already know, you can have a lot of fun with antiques and collectibles. Keep your eyes and ears open, go to shows and sales, talk to dealers and appraisers, and read everything you can get your hands on concerning your areas of interest.

Have a great time!


A Little Browsing...

Please join us in welcoming artist Joan Garnand to our little patch of light on the web.
Joan's arts and crafts creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.

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It's still around. The colors have changed to keep up with the times, but the Easy-Bake Oven can still turn out a dandy little dessert.

If your lower back tends to bother you, you might be able to strengthen the muscles with exercise.
Read Relieving Low-Back Pain.

How does a young person take his or her dreams of running a business from just a dream into reality? Here's a good starting place: Idea Cafe:GenX Startup expends much of its energy reaching young entrepeneurs.
bullet I have no connection with these folks, but thought their product was interesting. If Dad has too many ties for you to give him another one this coming Father's Day, consider The Elite Knot, which dresses up his ties with interchangeable semi-precious stones.


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Rubber stamp collectors!
Anne-Made Designs has a 258-page catalog.
To get yours, you'll need a check for $8.50.
(if you are new to stamping, I should tell you
it's a common practice to pay for catalogs)

This will get you a full catalog and supplements, plus first-timers
get a 3-by-5 card of assorted unmounted stamps to
enjoy (Anne's choice).

Send your $8.50 to:
Anne-Made Designs
Anne Olney
PO Box 697-D
Erwin TN 37650

You can tell Anne I sent you, but she'll give you
prompt, professional service anyway--it's just
her style.


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