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ShawGuides: Art & Craft Workshops
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Innoculate It Personal Edition
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Designer Tips And Tricks
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Earth Day Network
It's the little planet we call Home.

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Fat Cat Cafe Fun & Games
Try the "Same Game".

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Juice: The Coming Energy Crisis and the Future of Power
Lack of planning on their part has turned into a crisis on our part.

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Tax History Project.


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April Events
festivals For April Travelers

April 1-30, 2001
Blount County Dogwood Arts Festival
various venues,
Maryville, Tennessee.
Arts and crafts show, softball tournament, Easter bonnet parade, music, food events, plant and bake sales, rummage sale, adult spelling bee, gospel music fest.
More information: Call 865-983-2241.

April 5-7, 2001
A Taste of Vail
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort,
(and other venues),
Vail, Colorado.
Basically, food and wine. Many of the dinners require advance reservations.
Details: Call 888-311-5665.

April 5-8, 2001
Great Louisiana Bird Fest
Northlake Nature Center,
Mandeville, Louisiana.
Mostly birding trips and workshops. There are fees and space is limited for most trips.
Further information: Call 504-626-1238.

April 6-8, 2001
Boggy Bayou Festival
Festival grounds,
Filly Avenue off Highway 167,
Pine Prairie, Louisiana.
Gospel and cajun music, comedy performances, arts and crafts, carnival, prizes.
More: Call 337-599-2031.

April 6-8, 2001
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Montgomery County Fairgrounds,
Gaithersburg, Maryland.
500 artisans present their works in wood, leather, glass, jewelry, photography, clothing and more. Music and foods such as Turkey legs and funnel cakes complete the picture. There will also be gourmet food vendors with items such as sauces, shortbread cookies, apple butter and flavored oils. There is an admission charge.
Additional information: Call 800-210-9900.

April 6-8, 2001
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia.
Hot air balloons, canine frisbee, artist market, children's village, music, eco-village, food and drinks.
Details: Call 404-329-0501.

April 6-8, 2001
Arts In The Park
Highland Park,
Meridian, Mississippi.
Arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, children's activities, food court. Visit the Carousel House while you are there.
More information: Call 601-693-2787.
NOTE: I want to give a personal "plug" to a favorite restaurant in Meridian. If you enjoy plenty of Southern cuisine and then want some really tasty Mediterranean treats, visit Latitudes at 1900 Front Street (across from the Depot). You can call 601-485-0507 to get their current hours. They serve gyros, stuffed baked potatoes, hummus, fresh salads, both simple and rich pasta dishes, and they bake their own wonderful cheesecakes. If you need special dietary adjustments, ask, and they will do their best to accommodate you. The restaurant is bright and airy and has plenty of room for wheelchair diners. Tell Marilyn and Mary-Ellen that Deb and Ron Thompson (of the Battles clan) sent you!

April 6-22, 2001
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington.
Art, quilt show, library book sale, handbell and choral concerts, farm and floral parade, Tulip Pedal Bike Ride, Kiwanis salmon barbecue, symphony performances, Tour de Fleur, basketball tournament, volleyball tournament, large flea market.
Further Details: Call 360-428-5959.

April 6-29, 2001
Dogwood Arts Festival
Market Square downtown,
Knoxville, Tennessee.
Bus tours of dogwood trails (first-come, first-serve), cultural exhibits, theatre and music, arts and crafts, antiques, Camp KIDFEST in Chilhowee Park (April 28-29), Dogwood Grand Prix, night parade, food.
Additional information: Call 865-637-4561.

April 7-8, 2001
California Poppy Festival
Lancaster City Park on 10th Street,
Lancaster, California.
Farmers market, children's carnival, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, poppy information, entertainment. There are parking and admission fees.
More: Call 661-723-6077.
NOTE: The real show, if there is one, will be going on in the Antelope Valley's State Poppy Reserve, in the area of Highway 138, at 15101 Lancaster Road. Some years the poppies have not put on a great display; other years are spectacular. There are quite a few trails (some have good wheelchair access) and places to picnic. (check with the park rangers before you decide to plop down amidst the poppies. California has poisonous snakes) The park station is only open in the spring, as far as I know. Call 805-724-1180 for more information. There is a small entrance fee.

April 7-8, 2001
Good Old Days Celebration
(unsure of venue)
Pacific Grove, California.
Parade, arts and crafts, pie eating contest, bubble blowing conest, competition of local police officers and fire fighters, fashion show, music, more.
More information: Call 831-373-3304.

April 7-8, 2001
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California.
Arts and crafts, children's carnival rides, boat and car show, food, entertainment.
More Details: Call 559-299-7363.

April 7-8, 2001
Picayune Spring Street Festival
Downtown area,
Picayune, Mississippi.
Over 250 craft vendors, with entertainment and food.
Additional information: Call 601-799-3070.

April 18-22, 2001
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
(unsure of venue),
Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dinners, chef challenge, music and more.
More: Call 480-945-7193.

April 19-21, 2001
Hillbilly Days
City Park,
Pikeville, Kentucky.
This event benefits the Lexington Shriner Children's Hospital. Parade, music, arts and crafts draw more than 100,000 people each year. This area is the territory of the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Additional Details: Call 800-844-7453.

April 19-22, 2001
Dogwood-Azalea Festival
various venues
Charleston, Missouri.
Parade, candlelight tour of trails, fried fish dinner sales, art show, ice cream social, carriage rides, home and garden tours, quilt show, garden club plant sale, Kiwanis Club dog show, music and other entertainment. Some events charge admission.
More information: Call 573-683-6509.

April 20-21, 2001
French Quarter Festival
Vieux Carre & Woldenberg Riverfront Park,
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Parade, 13 stages of music, "world's largest brunch" with over 50 booths of food and beverages.
More: Call 800-673-5725 or

April 20-22, 2001
World Grits Festival
(unsure of venue),
St. George, South Carolina.
Square dancing, grits eating contest, softball tournament, music, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 843-563-4366.

April 20-22, 2001
Puyallup Spring Fair
Puyallup Fairgrounds,
110 9th Avenue SW,
Puyallup, Washington.
Science fair, high diving show, children's activities, animal shows, western art show, rides, space and environmental exhibits, food. Parking is free but there is an admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 253-841-5045.

April 20-May 20, 2001
Virginia Arts Festival
Chrysler Hall (and other venues),
Norfolk, Virginia.
Events are in various cities and have different ticket prices. Artists appearing this year include violinist Midori, vocalist Petula Clark, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Garrison Keillor.
Ticket Information: Call 757-282-2800 .

April 21-22, 2001
Bloomin Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Cullman, Alabama.
This juried arts festival is held adjacent to the Ave Maria Grotto (replicas of shrines and churches, built in miniature scale). In addition to 150 arts booths, there will be activities for children, a Ford Ranger giveaway, music and food. There is an admission charge.
Further Information: Call 800-722-0999.

April 21-22, 2001
"Bunka Sai" Japanese Cultural Festival
Torrace Recreation Center,
Torrance, California.
Martial arts, music, dance, art and food with a Japanese touch.
More: Call 310-618-2947.

April 21-22, 2001
Orange Blossom Festival
Historic Downtown,
Riverside, California.
Arts and crafts, carnival, fireworks, technological exhibits, children's area, entertainment, parade, Fiesta Grove with Hispanic emphasis and music, Citrus Grove with oranges and other citrus (and tips for growing your own),the Grove of Distinction with celebrity chefs and ice carving. There is no admission fee, but is a fee for parking. Valet parking is available for an additional fee.
Further Details: Call 909-715-3400.

April 21-22, 2001
Cherry Blossom Festival
Memorial Park, De Anza College,
Cupertino, California.
Cupertino celebrates ties with its Sister City in Japan, Toyokawa. There are cultural displays and demonstrations focusing on many art forms such as ikebana, bonsai, shodo, origami, doll-making and Japanese embroidery. There are crafts for sale, Taiko and other music, martial arts demonstrations and plenty of food.
More: Call 408-257-7424.

April 21-22, 2001
Scandinavian Festival
California Lutheran University,
60 West Olsen Road,
Thousand Oaks, California.
Historical and cultural presentations, smorgasboard (requires reservations) and other foods, music, dance, art exhibit, display of miniature Norwegian village, Viking encampment, royal court, marketplace. There is an admission charge, but parking is free.
Additional Information: Call 805-493-3151.

April 21-22, 2001
Annual Hood River Valley Blossom Festival
various venues (more than 40!),
Hood River, Oregon.
The best way to enjoy this event is with a map from the Chamber at 405 Portway Avenue. There are dinners, arts and crafts events and more.
More Information: Call 800-366-3530.

April 21-May 6, 2001
Kentucky Derby Festival
various venues,
Louisville, Kentucky.
Some 70 separate events make up this celebration. There are concerts, pasta dinners, the multimedia presentation and fireworks of Thunder Over Louisville (preceded by an air show), fashion shows, Taste of Derby and much more. Some events require advance tickets and have an admission charge.
Details: Call 502-584-6383.

April 22, 2001
Avocado Festival
Downtown area,
Fallbrook, California.
Guacamole Grande bike rides, Avocado 500 race, antique aircraft show, children's pageant, cooking competitions, avocados and other produce sold by pound, avocado pit spitting, avocado croquet, entertainment, crafts sales, food to munch on-site..
Further information: Call 760-728-5845.

April 26-May 7, 2001
Apple Blossom Festival
various venues,
Wenatchee, Washington.
Square dance, golf tournament, royal court, parade, Kiwanis pancake breakfast, car show, entertainment, food.
More: Call 509-662-3616 FAX 509-665-0347.

April 26-28, 2001
New Beginning Festival
Downtown area,
Coffeyville, Kansas.
Arts and crafts, kites, horseshoe pitching, science fair, talent show, carnival, concessions, more.
Additional Details: Call 620-251-2550.

April 26-28, 2001
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
University of New Mexico Arena,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Education, displays, arts and crafts, entertainment.
More information: Call 505-836-2110.

April 26-28, 2001
Flywheel Spring Festival
Joe Brigance Park,
Houston, Mississippi.
Arts and crafts, quilt show, antique engines, entertainment and food.
Further Details: Call 662-456-2321.

April 26-29, 2001
Vidalia Onion Festival
(unsure of venue),
Vidalia, Georgia.
Fireworks, street dance, air show, arts and crafts, entertainment.
More: Call 912-538-3157.

April 27-28, 2001
Lynch Street Heritage Festival
Lynch Street,
Jackson, Mississippi.
Talent show, arts and crafts, music.
Further Details: Call 601-352-6993.

April 27-29, 2001
various venues,
Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Pet parade, arts and crafts booths, Jubilee Jazz, Warehouse sale, 200 mile road rally.
Additional Information: Call 800-77-3237.

April 27-29, 2001
South Carolina Festival of Roses
Edisto Memorial Gardens,
Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Road race, golf and horseshoe tournaments, beauty pageant, antique car show.
Details: Call 803-534-6821.

April 27-29, 2001
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Oak Grove Regional Park,
Eight Mile Road and I-5,
Stockton, California.
Car show, Spear-It Run, petting zoo, entertainment (including Sha-Na-Na), arts and crafts, and foods such as deep fried asparagus, asparagus nachos. There are admission and parking fees.
More Information: Call 800-350-1987.

April 27-29, 2001
Strawberry Festival
Santa Maria Fairpark,
937 South Thornburg,
Santa Maria, California.
Carnival, pie eating contest, berry tasting, music, rodeo. There are admission and parking fees.
More: Call 805-925-8824.

April 27-29, 2001
Fisherman's Festival
Boothbay Harbor,
Harbor, Maine.
Blessing of the fleet, lobster trap hauling competition, library book sale, fish relay race, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast.
Further Details: Call 207-633-2353.

April 28-29, 2001
Apple Blossom Festival
(unsure of venue),
Sebastopol, California.
Arts and crafts, parade, children's activities, entertainment, food and wine.
More: Call 707-823-3032.

April 28-29, 2001
Main Street Festival
Franklin, Tennessee.
Over 200 craftspeople show their wares, and you can enjoy music, a children's carnival and food. Up to 150,000 visitors attend.
Further Details: Call 615-791-9924.

April 28-29, 2001
National Cornbread Festival
Downtown area,
South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
Carnival, street dance, trolley rides, golf, tournament, pancake breakfast. (If you attend this one you might meet our favorite Tennessee artist, Joan Garnand. She plans to be there doing face painting.)
More Information: Call 423-837-0022.

April 28-29, 2001
Upland Lemon Festival
Ninth Street & Second Avenue,
Upland, California.
Arts and crafts, fireworks, scavenger hunt, carnival, beer and wine garden, music, food. Admission is free, but some activities have a fee.
More: Call 909-949-4499.

April 28-29, 2001
Daffodil Festival
Hubbard Park,
Meriden, Connecticut.
Over 60 varieties of daffodils are planted in the hundreds of thousands for this festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, fireworks, parade, music, plenty of food, clowns, an ice carver, 5k road race.
Further Information: Call 203-630-4259.

April 29-May 6, 2001
Blossomtime Festival
various venues,
Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Parade, royal court, fashion show, more.
More: Call 616-926-7397.

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

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Real Clothes For Real People

Once upon a time (about two years ago) we took a look at how some of us have special needs when it comes to finding clothes. In real terms, almost all of us have some part that is not standard or average. We might be short-waisted, long-legged, minus a limb, wheelchair hikers, gardeners with a colostomy, or we might have a body shape that just makes it difficult to find clothes that fit by visting the local clothing and department stores. If I don't label your situation the way you would prefer, no personal offense is intended. I am much more interested in helping you find solutions than in worrying about being politically correct. Since many readers seem to visit the Review issue which focused on special clothing needs and where to shop online, I thought it might be time to go hunting for up-to-date resources.

Let's begin with helps for wheelchair citizens. Easy Access Clothing has shirts and tops with hook-and-loop fasteners, and shirts and tops that are designed to allow easy access for i.v. tube areas.
Doris Smith's Adaptive Apparel sells colorful, practical ponchos for wheelchair users, plus great lap coats. Items are available waterproofed.
Anitavee's has carried quite a few items for wheelchair users, but is currently redesigning their website. They should have things in place in June of this year.
Talon Clothing carries legwarmers, raincapes and more.
Adrian's Closet was featured in the other clothing issue we did, and they continue to provide good-looking clothes that might suit children and teens who want jeans, jackets, and other peer-friendly clothes.
Finally It Fits has great "Vibs" that look like vests but work like a bib, in case you have trouble getting all the food you eat inside and not outside. They also carry polo shirts that have hook-and-loop fasteners, but are styled to look as though they have regular buttons.
Fordes carries velour bibs and aprons (plus lots of other clothing for both men and women who use wheelchairs).
Among the items at AbleApparel are gold and silver lame' bibs for festive dining or just looking good.
Men can find suits that are cut to look better in a sitting position at Rolli-Moden. They also carry sportcoats and dresspants, zipper-adjusted ties, jeans, raingear, gloves and lots of other items. (they sell a great portable shower-chair for folks who travel a lot on business or pleasure). They do not have a detailed catalog online, but you can send for one and can contact them with orders and questions.
And here's a product that would be great for female wheelchair users (and for women with arthritis or limited arm motion): a hook-and-loop front-closing bra. Get yours at Desi's Secret.

Ostomy patients might want to browse Stitches From The Heart for clothing and accessories that make ostomy care easier. Special Clothes has bodysuits and other clothing designed with inconspicuous G-tube access openings.

Mastectomy patients, here are some places you might want to browse: The Holster Bra by D'Aquino is for active women who want great support, but has been recommended by women who have had breast surgery. (It does have elastic and seaming, so it might not be appropriate until one has physically healed from surgery.) CPMart has lumpectomy forms, bras, swimwear and accessories. Nearly You carries the same types of items, and also has bras with easy front-closures for those with limited movement. THY Enterprises has comfortable bras, shirts and camisoles for post-mastectomy and post-thoracic patients. The "Softee-Two" from Women's Personal Health Resources is a post-surgical camisole with a pocket for a drainage bulb.

The choices for tall or long-waisted women are getting better. Long Elegant Legs now even includes a few maternity items. Wintersilks will help you find those long underwear garments for cold-weather layering. L.L. Bean carries clothing for medium-tall and tall figures, and also has long-torso swimwear. J. Crew caters to women 5'9" to 6' tall. Eddie Bauer has items for women 5'8" to 5'11". Tall Classics has shorts, capris pants and pantsuits for women over 5'10". I've been waiting for Height Of Fashion to get their act together, but as of this writing they are still redoing their site, so I am not sure what they will be offering in the future. If you are tall and thin, you will want to pay a visit to Stringbeans because they have sizes as small as 2. (They also carry items up to size 20). Try Tall Etc for a selection of career clothing. They have a few nice print fabrics, including some in silk. If you are tall and a size 14 or larger, try Peggy Lutz Plus. They carry quite a few pieces and ensembles in velvet, brocade, and more. Don't forget good old JC Penney for quite a few tall selections in pants, a few shorts, long-sleeved tops, and dresses.

Plus-size women who love Indian fashions, Neel Gagan can help you find sarees and other items. Better Half carries what used to be called "half size" clothing for women who tend to be shorter in stature but need a plus-size garment (size 18W to 40W). The last time I browsed their site they had included some really attractive evening ensembles. They also have career wear, casual wear, and undergarments. (Not all items are available in all sizes.) Two Sisters has 32-inch inseam jeans in sizes 16W through 30W. (Tall women, they also carry 36-inch inseam in the same sizes). The Plus Size Outlet has large sizes for women at considerable discounts, though the selection is limited and changes often.

And for our large men, 9X Big and 6X Tall can be found at Big and Tall Direct. They carry pajamas and robes, shorts, sweaters, tees, vests, Western wear, fleece wear, sportshirts and more. Epic Menswear has hooded sweatshirts in 6X, classic tees up to 10X, pique polo shirts up to 6X and more. Big Men Shop carries waist sizes from 42-86 inches and chest sizes from 46-80 inches. Their selections include accessories, casual and dress shirts, hats, ski clothing, and blazers. They also carry shoes in wide sizes. Max Boxxer has men's boxer shorts in sizes up to 50. Hajjar's Big & Tall Men's Clothing has Big and Tall sizes of brand name clothing (such as Levi's and Dockers). Big and Tall by Kramer's has shirts up to 8X (including great Hawaiian shirts) and pants in waist sizes up to 60. Tall shirts come in sizes up to 4XLT and pants up to 42 inches. Don't forget to check JC Penney and Sears. It's always easier to find casual wear in super sizes than to find formal wear. At Huffman's Big And Tall you can but a tuxedo, a bow tie that is sized to the proportions of a big man, and extra-long Jerry Garcia ties. They sell large gloves in polar fleece or leather, a 24-inch long shoe horn, and a fanny pack that fits up to a 72-inch waist. Rain Gear Depot has large ponchos, equestrian slickers and waders in large sizes, though I could not find a good sizing chart on their site. Try Big Head Caps for baseball-style caps in sizes up to 8 and a half. (They also have proportionately larger visors on them). The big and tall belts at Baron Belts go up to 56 inches. For Big and Tall men's Western wear, try Sheplers.
Big jeans for men and women (in several colors) are available from USA Jeans in waist sizes from 47 inches to 70 inches.

Women with small feet can find shoes at Dainty Feet. Their sizes are UK, but they have a conversion chart which shows you can find USA sizes as small as size 3. Cinderella Of Boston has women's shoes size 5 and smaller. Cook And Love Shoes has sizes as small as size 4. You can also try joining the eGroup for Small Shoes. If your problem is not needing a small size show, but instead is need of a narrow shoe, Narrow Feet carries the Selby Gloria style in limited sizes and colors in AAAAA width. They have quite a few other brands and styles in AAAA width.
Men with small feet might try shopping at Greenhaw's Men's Wear. Sizing depends on the brand and style you want, but I noted some 9's in Narrow width, and some 6's in Medium width when I visited their site. For both men and women, if all else fails, you can try custom shoes. Grisha's Custom Shoes can make what you want in the color(s) you want. Hersey Custom Shoe Company can help you with athletic shoes, including shoes for two different-size feet. They can accommodate orthotic inserts and will work with you to get a comfortable fit, though they do admit they have limited colors in their line. If you have two different-sized feet and just want expand your possibilitied a bit, try SoleMates, where you can register to find other people who might need the exact opposite set-up and who might then trade with you. This is also great for amputees who need only one shoe from a pair. You can register and find folks who need that other shoe and do some trading. Big shoes for men and women can be difficult to find, but women might try Shoecraft with sizes up to 15. Rizzuto's Wide Shoes has women's sizes 5-14 in extra wide and men's sizes up to 17 in extra wide. Men, 2 Big Feet has Men's Conti Essence Wingtip Oxford up to a size 20 in a 6E width. Not all styles come that large, but take a look through the site. Women's sizes there went up to 11 and 12. Friedman's Shoes has some men's brands of dress shoes up to size 18W, but you will pay a bit more than for their average sizes. Their women's shoes have a few styles that go as high as size 13 or 14. (some are not available in Wide). Designer Shoes carries boots, pumps, flats, sandals and bridal shoes in sizes 9-14 in widths AAAA to WW.

Men, get custom shirts at Moda Georgio. Men's dress shirts and women's blouses may be ordered with custom measurements at Huntington (cotton fabrics only). Choices are also mostly cotton at Shirtcreations by Arthur Gluck. Ike Behar also has online ordering of custom cotton shirts.

Freedom Rider carries clothing and accessories for adaptive horseback riding, including a "cold pack" vest.
If you are currently wearing a cast or bandage, or have a prosthesis, and you want to make swimming and bathing easier, have a look at the XeroSox. If you want warm socks (or a vest, gloves, or jacket) for that ice climb you might try Gerbing.
If you have had (or want to help prevent) skin cancer, or are sun-sensitive, try Solar Eclipse or SunGrubbies.

Comfy Wear has dress shields and the Comfyshirt shield.

Looking for natural fiber clothing? Try Under The Canopy for women, Making It Big for large-sized women, The Oregon Cotton Mill for men and women, Green Babies for newborns and children up to size 6X, and Globalwear Goods for men, women and children. Uniform Store has a section with cotton scrubs. Planet Silk is an online factory outlet for silk garments for men and women.

We often mention Medieval or Renaissance Festivals in this publication, and there are "mountain man" gatherings, Civil War reenactments and other historical events that are meant to be educational as well as fun. If you want to attend and get into the spirit of things a bit more, MoRandall's Web Catalog has clothing patterns for things like pirate shirts, doublets, cloaks books on costuming, and some ready-to-wear items. Shadow's Treasure Chest carries things like wool hooded cloaks, berets, shirts, pants and custom garb. Peldyn & Gwyneth's Garb has cotton skirts with elastic or drawstring waists (perhaps for those who enjoy feasting a bit too much), 8-gore skirts, linen skirts, flannel petticoats, belts bodices, Celtic dresses, chemises, bloomers, partlets and jewelry. Try Creative Garb for ladies' period gowns, corsets, chemises, bodices, men's jerkins, doublets and overgarments. They also do custom garments, and the photos they show are quite lovely. This is not work someone just threw together for a dusty festival in the field. Round Two Costumes reminds everyone they do not take orders from May through August. They provide ensembles already put together, from basic pieces to more dashing themed sets. Past Reflections cares a lot about authenticity, and carries museum-quality reproductions of historical clothing. A selection is shown online, and a paper catalog is also available for a small fee. Grand Illusions Clothing Company carries Civil war era uniforms, plus civilian clothing for men, women and children. Sense And Sensibility Clothing has patterns for a Regency gown, an Edwardian apron, a 1910's tea gown, and is working on a 1940's swing dance dress pattern. Valentine Armouries has great men's togas and tunics, 14th and 15th century kirtle and coif, wimple and veil for the ladies, a 15th century "fantasy" gown, split-loaf hats, 16th century doublets and pluderhose, 16th century gowns, pirates' garb, Musketeer capes, coats and cloaks, Napoleonic uniforms, medieval outerwear and more. Carol Nolan has Men's Vintage Fashions that are reproductions from the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's, also Sacque suits. Visabella Mythic Clothing has a few items for men, but carries mostly women's garb.

If it's footwear you seek, try Fugawee Corporation, which has men's and women's Colonial styles, Civil War era "issue" boots and ladies' boots. Armlann does armour, boots, leather bombards, Medieval and Renaissance shoes and "fool" (jester) shoes. Fall Creek Suttlery has Civil War shoes and boots and military leather goods, along with uniforms, women's cotton stockings, and women's slippers and boots. They have plain and ruffled hoots for women and girls, quite a few books on historical fasion, and much more. For more good-looking footwear, try Boots By Bohemond. They have SCA boots, soft Persian boots, Cavalier boots (including the really tall Campaign-style), ankle laces, buckles, drinking horns, pouches and helmets.

Golden Age Designs carries Elizabethan ruffs and cuffs, fans, bumrolls and farthingales, hoopskirts, crinolines, chemises, corsets, merchant gowns, royal-style garments, hoods and billiments and more. Center Stage Costumes has 16th and 17th century headgear. Lady MacSnood will provide you with standard or decorative hair snoods, bun covers and hair sticks. Black Fairy has dragonfly wings, children and adult-sized pixie wings, pixie skirts, wings for animals, peasant and fairy wreaths and soon they will be selling pointy pixie ears. Madame Bohemia at Moonstruck has costumes for pirates, gypsies, kids, and Turk characters, plus Victorian kilts. Special orders are accepted. Darknight Creations is doing some chainmail pieces for headgear, jewelry and more. Black Thorne Creations specializes in children's Medieval and Renaissance garb. The American West.Com sells Old West items, including men's shirts, women's riding skirts, petticoats, hats, buckskin items, early Native American styles, spurs and more. Past Patterns has patterns for clothing from the 1830's forward. Farmhouse Fabrics sells Civil war era and Victorian dress print material, muslins, and flannel. Victoria Louis, Mercers has millinery and corset supplies, laces, trims, ribbons and historical patterns. If you join The Vintage Pattern Lending Library you can borrow redrawn copies of vintage clothing patterns. Patterns for houpelands, gowns and other items are available at Historically Yours. carries patterns for a woman's 18th century shift, patterns for men's shirts and jackets, and infant garment patterns. Try Patterns and Instructions for Medieval Russian Costumes for a few illustrations and instructions which you may copy for personal use without a fee.

That's enough of the past. Now we move into the here-and-now, with something for the teens. Whether or not you ever visit a Rave, you'll have fun with the wide-leg pants from Kitty Complex. There are similar offerings at Nexussix, with club and industrial wear, cargo pants and more. Then it's back-to-the-past for you Goth dressers out there. Browse through the goodies at Atrocities. Kitty Kildare has Gothic fashions plus fantasy clothes with those great bell sleeves and lots of flowing fabric. (For you moms and dads who don't know what Goth is, think of "Dark Shadows" or the more modern character of Elvira. You still will not "get it", but you will at least be clued in a bit.)

I couldn't resist adding a miscellaneous section with all sorts of interesting, practical, decadent or just fun items. Get some socks for your arms! If you've had chemo-related hair loss (or any other kind of hair loss) or just want to cover your head with something new, take a look at Happy Heads for quick, designer and visor-style wraps. Just In Time also has comfy farbic headgear. You do not wear Slide Wide adjustable garment hangers, but they will keep what you do wear from falling to the closet floor.
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in the cold, or just complain of a cold nose? Get yourself a nosewarmer.
Got a boo-boo? Show off your battle scars with Flesh Wound Strips. They have denim, reptile and colorful prints.
Keep your cool with Mira Cool caps, visors, bandanas and headbands. Or get a Solartron cap with a solar panel that runs a fan to cool your head. (one style even includes back-up batteries).
The last time we did an issue like this, I told you about Classy Hats, but they seem to have redone their home page. They do wonderful, elaborate feminine hats on a grand scale. You might also look at Davyne Dial Modiste which has designer, vintage, straw, velour felt and wedding hats. Of course, if you really want to update your image, get a tiara!

I hope you found something here to help you dress. If you discover a good online resource I left out, please let me know.


A Little Browsing...

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.
Check out Joan's zucchini/squash casserole recipe.
This busy lady also began her TV stint this past spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.
She is spending this spring doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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This time of year everyone who gardens is choosing planning to cultivate old favorites or add some new varieties to their yard or garden plot. Before you run out and load that nursery wagon, type in the name of a plant and choose your U.S. region from the Ohio State University PlantFacts. I tried several searches and got some precise information from different sources such as universities and coop extensions.

America is a place where we can laugh at our politicians and still respect the office which they hold. Vice President Cheney thus far has not been nearly as entertaining as another Vice President who served with another member of the Bush family in the White House. Look back and enjoy All the Quayle Quotes, More or Less

We are not laughing at our energy bills lately, are we? Now and then a utility company or government agency advertises a rebate on energy efficient appliances. Check out the possibilities and read the news on the EPA's Energy Star Consumers page. (Yes, I do live in California, but mark my words: We are all going to be paying more for energy soon.)

Museum of Neon Art
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an online gallery.

It's nice to visit people in hospitals or nursing homes, but have you ever thought about taking a pet to visit? The Delta Society's Therapy Animals page has more information on how you can share your pet with lonely or ill people in institutions.

This is a great idea for people who work in wilderness conditions, for week-long hikers/campers, rescue workers, or just people who want a back-up source of power for their cell phone. For about a hundred dollars you can get a charger that you step on. For about sixty dollars you you can get a hand-squeezed version. You can see them at Aladdinpower.

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