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Museum of International Folk Art
Folk Art From the Global Scrap Heap, and more.

Personal Home Page
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Michele Maki's Home Page
Frogs, waterfalls and more.

Web Page Design Site
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Privacy Policies
Take a look here before you write a policy for your site.

Seasonal Site
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The Perfect Campground
These folks found one. Have you?.

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Fun java games to play online.

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) FAQ
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History of The American West
Historic photographs from the Denver Public Library.


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August Events
festivals For August Travelers

August 3-6, 2000
North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival
Pinebridge Center,
Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
In its 43rd year, this event will feature a display of over 150 meteorites plus a moon rock from the Apollo 14 mission. You can sign up (for a fee) for mine tours, and there will be many dealers at the festival with fossils and mineral specimens in both the natural state and used in jewelry and crafts. There is a small admission charge for children over the age of 12.
Further information: Call 800-227-3912.

August 3-6, 2000
Elvis Presley Festival
Downtown area,
Tupelo, Mississippi.
Classic car and motorcycle show, bike race, foot race, vendors, tours of the area, 2000 Cadillac Escalade giveaway, movie poster exgibit, lots of music and food.
More details: Call 662-841-6598 or 888-273-7798.

August 4-6, 2000
Homer Davenport Days
Coolidge and McClaine City Park,
Silverton, Oregon.
This festival honors the local polictical cartoonist. Chicken Bar-Bee-Que, 10k Fun Run, parade, cartoon contest, Lion's Club Harvest Breakfast, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fair.
Additional information: Call 503-873-3210.

August 4-6, 2000
Anacortes Arts Festival
Port of Anacortes,
Anacortes, Washington.
Over 80,000 visitors are expected to attend this festival, with artisans displaying and selling from about 250 booths. In addition, you can sample such treats as veggies crepes with basil sauce or try a curry dish. Or you might opt for fried okra, Caesar salad or go right for a root beer float. Enjoy the restored vintage vehicles on display and enjoy music by Expresion Latina, Suffering Gaels or the jazz of Warren Newton.
More: Call 360-293-6211.

August 4-6, 2000
Mexican Fiesta
Legion Park,
Woodburn, Oregon.
The Latin American Club sponsors this event, with a parade, soccer playoffs, queen and her court, carnival, music and food.
Further information: Call 503-981-3365.

August 4-13, 2000
Carnation Fiesta
Silver Park (and other venues),
Alliance, Ohio.
Bowling tournament, entertainment, crafts, hot-air balloon lift-offs, pet show, golf tournament, junior triathlon, fireworks, parade, historic home tours, ice cream social, antiques, photography contest, used book sale, food.
Additional details: Call 330-823-6260.

August 5-6, 2000
Domfront Medieval Festival
Domfront Castle,
Domfront, Normandy, France.
In its ninth season, the festival features theatre, crafts, music and street entertainment, games and other fun, displays and demonstrations of craftwork, mock battles, and plenty of food.
More details: Call (01793) 525425.

August 5-6, 2000
Berlin Heights Annual Basket Festival
Congregational Church (and other venues),
Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Arts and crafts (including locally crafted baskets), flea market, kiddie tractor pull, pie eating contest, music, 5k run, 1 mile fun run, baby contest, apple peeling contest, chicken bar-b-q, bake sale.
Additional information: Call 419-588-2102.

August 5-6, 2000
Moonshiner's Jamboree
Highway 58,
Climax, Virginia.
Some say it was an awful time and some say it was a glorious time in U.S. history. Either way, there were an endless number of stories connected with prohibition and the time of the "moonshiners". Learn more about it all at this festival, which also features many bluegrass performers. There are campsites where you can cook your own food, but will also be food vendors available. This festival is off the beaten path, so check on the area a bit more before you attend.
More details: Call 804-432-5018.

August 5-6, 2000
San Francisco Aloha Festival
Presidio Parade Grounds,
San Francisco, California.
Long distance race with outrigger canoes, music from the Pacific Islands, Polynesian dance, exhibits, workshops, arts and crafts, island foods. No alcohol is permitted.
Further information: Call 415-281-0221.

August 5-6, 2000
Aqua Days
Kinosoo Beach,
Cold Lake, Alberta.
Sand castle contest, non-boat race, pancake breakfast, soapbox derby, carnival rides..
More details: Call 780-639-3626.

August 5-6, 2000
Park City Art Festival
Main Street,
Park City, Utah.
A juried art show with photography from John Gavrilis, David Schultz and David Whitten. There will also be artists displaying in other media, including wood, fiber, glass and sculpture.
Details: Call 435-649-8882.

August 5-7, 2000
Edmonton Heritage Festival 2000
Hawrelak Park on Groat Road,
Edmonton, Alberta.
Multicultural event with international singing and dancing, arts and crafts, costumed entertainers. Food will include specialties such as the Arabian Spinach Fatayer, Croatian doughnuts, Samosa and Chutney from Fiji, Greek Spanakopita, Iranian Kubideh, Irish Soda Bread, Italian Gelato, Japanese Yakitori, Scandinavian Almond Pastries, and much more.
More information: Call 780-488-FEST(3378).

August 6-12, 2000
Great Bedford County Fair
Fairgrounds on Business Route 30,
Bedford, Pennsylvania.
All the fun of a county fair atmosphere with a few added touches such as Cowboys for Christ, and the Bedford Speedway races.
Further details: Call 814-623-9011.

August 10-12, 2000
Belpre Homecoming
Civitan Park,
Belpre, Ohio.
Car show, carnival, aqua show, arts and crafts, entertainment, food.
More: Call 740-423-8934.

August 10-12, 2000
St. Joe Pickle Festival
Downtown area,
St. Joe, Indiana.
Pet parade, photo and art show, pickle derby, Pickle Pepper cook-off, fireworks, raffle, food alley.
Additional information: Call 219-3375461.

August 10-13, 2000
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Downtown area,
Mendota, Illinois.
Over 200 arts and crafts booths, music, flea market, grand parade, beer garden, youth parade, wildlife display and education, carnival, tennis tournament, talent show, food booths, and fresh sweet corn steamed and offered free of charge.
Details: Call 815-539-6507.
August 10-13, 2000
Scandinavian Festival
Downtown area,
Junction City, Oregon.
Museum open houses, 10k Scandia run, farm produce sale, farm equipment displays, crafts booths, entertainment and costumed workers, wine and micro-brew terrace, foods such as krumkage, lefse and complete buffet meals.
More information: Call 541-998-9372.
August 11-13, 2000
Shadyside Walnut Street Fair
Walnut Street,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Seven blocks of artisans displaying and selling their works in a variety of mediums. The works are more in line with fine art than crafts, so think accordingly if you plan to purchase. There will also be musical entertainment.
Additional details: Call 412-682-1298.
August 11-13, 2000
Brigus Blueberry Festival
Water Street area,
Brigus, Newfoundland.
Blueberry pancake breakfast, pie eating contests, fireworks, dances (ticketed separately), folk festival with crafts and raffles, horse and buggy rides, carnival games, children's activities, body bingo.
More: Call 709-528-3201.
August 11-13, 2000
Bakeapple Folk Festival
Various venues,
Forteau, Labrador.
Square dance, fireworks, children's games, crafts displays and sales, community displays, lighthouse tours, music, prizes. It's all about the bakeapple, which isn't an apple. It's a berry, and is also called a cloudberry in some areas.
Additional information: Call 709-896-2924.
August 12-13, 2000
Colorado Scottish Festival
Highland Heritage Park,
Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
With Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Scottish country dancing, ceremonies, DEB CHECK later for a bit more.
More details: Call 303-238-1027.
August 18-20, 2000
Parkersburg Homecoming Festival
Downtown area,
Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Sternwheeler races, entertainment, arts and crafts, concessions.
Additional Details: Call 304-422-3588.
August 18-20, 2000
Coal City Festival
Main Street (Highway 157S),
Coal City, Indiana.
Parade, fish fry, antique tractor rodeo, entertainment, displays, flea market.
Further information: Call 812-859-4500 or 812-859-4553.
August 18-20, 2000
Centralia Balloon Fest
Foundation Park,
Centralia, Illinois.
Balloon races, craft fair, parade, Corvette displays, cardboard boat race, balloon glow, children's activities, stories, fireworks, music, food. There is a small admission charge for those under age 7.
Details: Call 888-533-2600 or 618-532-6789.
August 18-20, 2000
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Centre Street Congregational Church,
Machias, Maine.
Cooking contest, pie eating contest, a blueberry quilt, food, crafts, pancake breakfast, blueberry run, children's parade, musical presented in church.
More: Call 207-255-6665.
August 18-21, 2000
Discover Days 2000
Various venues,
Dawson City, Yukon.
Parade, Klondike Krunch car derby and more.
Additional Details: Call 867-993-7400.
August 19-20, 2000
Pioneer Days
Bonanzaville, USA,
West Fargo, North Dakota.
This takes place in a restored pioneer village. Parades, demonstrations of pioneer skills and craftwork. Included in the ongoing displays at this location are a historic garden, farm machinery, the 1896 Thue and Brink Store building, and a land office replica.
Further information: Call 800-700-5317 or 701-282-2822.
August 25-27, 2000
Parkville Days River Festival
English Landing Park,
Parkville, Missouri
Parade, arts and crafts, entertainment and food.
Additional Details: Call 816-436-5739.
August 25-27, 2000
Springfield Filbert Festival
Island Park,
Springfield, Oregon
Local displays, vendors, entertainment, food.
Learn more: Call 541-744-1042.
August 25-27, 2000
Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Norfolk, Nebraska.
Watermelon seed spitting contest, barbecue, dances, fly-in at airport, largest watermelon contest, flag football tournament, exhibits, craft and food fair.
Additional Details: Call 402-371-2932.
August 26-27, 2000
Lewis and Clark Festival
Lake Yankton,
Yankton, South Dakota.
Re-enactment of 1804 Council with Yankton Sioux tribe, Sioux encampment, speakers, canoeing on Lake Yankton, children's activities, traders row.
More information: Call 402-667-7873 ext: 3246.
August 26-27, 2000
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Chanslor Ranch,
Bodega Bay, California.
Treasure hunt, entertainment, recycled art competition, horseback riding, children's events, food and wine. There is a small admission charge for those over age 12.
Further Details: Call 707-824-8404.
August 26-27, 2000
Ozarks Celebration Festival
Southwest Missouri State University Campus,
Springfield, Missouri.
Craftspeople and artists, three stages of music, storytelling, traditional folk dancing, films, historical exhibits.
Additional information: Call 402-667-7873 ext: 3246.
August 26-27, 2000
Greece Summer Fest
Basil Marella Park,
Greece, New York.
Fireworks, crafts, carnival rides, entertainment.
Details: Call 716-227-7272.
August 31-September 3, 2000
Chicago Jazz Festival
Grant Park,
Chicago, Illnois.
Some 350,000 people are expected to attend this event. Arts and crafts fair, food and wine, children's area, plus music by Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, the Dave Holland Quintet and more. This is a free event.
Learn more: Call 312-744-2966.
It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.

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Out On A Limb Looking For Roots
Part One

bullet People do it for all kinds of reasons. Some have religious beliefs that support it. Some have a psychological need to find answers to their family's past. Some are seeking information on health problems. Some are just curious and want to do a treasure hunt. Whatever gets them started, genealogy has become a fascination for increasing numbers of people. We all have a genealogy, though some have an easier time tracing their line than others.
bullet Where do you start?
bullet Begin with who and what you know already, which is yourself. Write down as many people in your generation as you can identify, meaning your siblings and your parents. If you know the names of your grandparents or aunts and uncles, write those down too. Then talk to as many of these people as possible (as soon as possible) who are still living. Take notes or record the conversation (be sure to ask permission first). If they have official documents or photographs that back up their stories, ask to make copies of them. I have found that often a relative will tell you they don't remember much about their past, but once you get them talking you'll be amazed at what they do remember. Dates, names, places and objects they mention can all be clues to the family's history and timeline. If you cannot interview a relative in person, try the telephone or send a simple questionnaire in the mail with return postage.
bullet Get to know the Mormons. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates Family History Centers in many places, and they have ready access to all sorts of material you might not know about. In addition, they've been at this pursuit for quite some time, and they can give you tips on how to find information that might take you much longer to locate on your own. They're too busy doing their own genealogy to do yours, but they are very kind when it comes to helping steer you in the right direction. Call the nearest Mormon Church to find out where the nearest Family History Center is.
bullet Try to identify people in any family photos you have around the house. When you interview other relatives, get them to help you identify people you don't recognize in pictures. And be ready to make more notes as they expound on that person's looks, background, funeral or other offhand information they may mention.
bullet Go cemetery wandering, if you know where any of your ancestors are buried. Take photographs and make note of nearby graves marked with names you do not recognize. There are all sort of reasons why folks are buried in close proximity to other folks. (They may have been illegitimate children, mistresses, slaves, etc) Think of everyone and everything as a possible clue to the past. If you happen upon a cemetery that is old but very well-kept, try to find out who has been taking care of it. My husband located a cousin who maintains one of the old family cemeteries, and this great gentleman has added much to a collective knowledge of the family's history.
bullet There are countless online sources available now. Next time we'll look into some of those.

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 spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.

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Want a fresh scrub or mask for your stressed-out summer skin? Anybody can whip up these homemade facials in their own kitchen.

     bullet      You might enjoy this message thread I ran across recently. Purchased stepping stones are really popular right now, and if you don't see what you want, don't like the prices, or just want to try something a bit different, check out the messages on making your own stepping stones.

Have you always wanted to move to Australia? How about a 12-acre income-producing resort with your own separate residence? Check out the Flame Tree Tourist Village and Caravan Park.
Oh, go ahead and dream!
No crippleware here! It really is free at Freeware Home.

We're blessed in the United States to have a Constitution that promotes freedom of/from religion for residents. In order to maintain this healthy condition, we need to respect the beliefs of others. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance does a nice job of educating site visitors on the many major and minor belief systems and religions in the world.

Thinking of buying a motor home? If you're being nibbled on by the RV bug, visit RVHome.

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