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the other is the penniless reformer who thinks
that if only he can take the money from one class
and give it to another, all the world's ills
will be cured."
--Henry Ford
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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
Art, tragedy, conflict, political machinations and natural
disasters--this place has it all.

Handy Site
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Directory
Find vacation information, relocation facts and more.

Web Page Design Site
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Roller Coaster Database
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Just Fun Site
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The Useless Information Home Page: Fast Facts
How WD-40 got its name and what else you can use
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Scientific Site
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The Blue Marble
A satellite-based true-color view of earth.

Historical Site
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World Aircraft Carrier Lists
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August Events
Festivals For August Travelers

August 1-3, 2002
Raspberry Days
Garden City Park,
Bear Lake, Utah.
Fireworks, youth dance, rodeo, lighted parade, raspberry baking contest, swing dance, concerts, craft fair, entertainment. This is the festival's 19th year.
Additional information: Call 800-448-BEAR.

August 2-3, 2002
Blueberry Festival
Montrose Village Green,
Montrose, Pennsylvania.
Pancake breakfasts, fresh blueberries, blueberry ice cream, more food, bake sale, raffle of heirloom quilt and other items, antiquarian book sale, new children's books sale, massed band concert, strolling entertainers, museum displays, handicrafts sale, silent auction, white elephant sale and more.
More information: Call 570-278-1881.

August 2-4, 2002
Twins Days
various venues,
Twinsburg, Ohio.
Golf tournament, chicken barbecue dinner, twins contests, twins talent show, twins group photo, parade, more. Please do not bring pets. Only assistance dogs are allowed. I believe there is a registration fee.
Details: Call 330-425-3652.

August 2-4, 2002
Coloma Glad Peach Festival
Downtown area,
Coloma, Michigan.
Carnival, pageants, senior line dancing, fireworks, car show, parade, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, more.
Additional Information: Call 616-468-4077.

August 2-4, 2002
Great Outdoors Festival
Township Park,
Birch Run, Michigan.
Casino games, bbq, chainsaw carving, lumberjack show, fly rod demonstrations, carnival games and rides, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, sports challenge car show, teen dance, karaoke, food, more.
Additional Information: Call 888-624-9193 or 989-624-9193.

August 2-4, 2002
Olean's Hottest Weekend
Unknown venue(s),
Olean, New York.
Sidewalk sale, art in the park, The Taste of Olean, more.
Additional Information: Call 716-372-4433 ext.14.

August 2-4, 2002
Dublin Irish Festival
Coffman Park,
5600 Post Road,
Dublin, Ohio.
Irish food, drink and music are the basics. There is also an Irish mass, a 5k run, plenty of events for kids. Admission is charged for those age 4 and older. The music ranges from Celtic rock to more traditional tunes.
Additional information: Call 614-410-4545.

August 2-4, 2002
Italian Festival
Mount Carmel Fairgrounds,
Enfield, Connecticut.
Parade, midway, entertainment, outdoor mass on Sunday, fireworks, lots of food.
Additional Information: Call 860-749-7154.

August 2-4, 2002
Filbert Festival
Island Park,
Springfield, Oregon.
Pancake breakfast, fireworks, ice cream social with hazelnut sundaes, 12k run, 5k run/walk, concerts, more. There is an admission charge for those over age 6.
Additional Information: Call 541-485-2221.

August 2-17, 2002
West Tennessee Cotton Festival
Crocket Mills Community Center,
Crocket Mills, Tennessee.
Fish fry, arm wrestling, pageants, arts and crafts, talent contest, pet parade, .
Details: Call 731-696-5120.

August 3-4, 2002
Dry Bean Festival
Downtown area,
Tracy, California.
Strong man contest, custom car and Harley show, celebrity kitchen, chili cooking contest, Bean Run, events for kids, arts and crafts fair, food.
Further Details: Call 209-835-2131.

August 3-4, 2002
Eden Corn Festival
Eden Legion Grounds,
Eden, New York.
Art show, car show, rides, games, specialty foods, parade on Sunday..
Additional Information: Call 716-992-9141.

August 3-4, 2002
Park Avenue Festival
Park Avenue area,
Rochester, New York.
400 artists, vendors and exhibitors will participate in the 26th year of this event. Over 250,000 people are expected to enjoy children's rock climbing, the Scrap Art Lady teaching crafts from scraps, a festival bus painting, food, and more than 60 musical acts.
More: Call 585-234-1909.

August 3-4, 2002
Petoskey Antiques Festival
Emmett County Fairgrounds,
Petoskey, Michigan.
Antiques are displayed and sold by 130 exhibitors in a country-fair atmostphere with musicians and stories.
Details: Call 586-469-1706 or 586-465-9441.

August 3-4, 2002
San Francisco Aloha Festival
Presidio Parade Grounds,
San Francisco, California.
Demonstrations on ukulele and slack key guitar playing, shell lei making, outrigger canoe race, Pacific islands music and dance, arts and crafts, food. Admission is free.
Additional Information: Call 415-281-0221.

August 3-4, 2002
Monterey Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Toro County Park,
Del Rey Oaks, California.
Pipe bands, Irish step dancing, plenty of Scottish athletic competitions, more.
Additional information: Call 831-647-6311.

August 3-4, 2002
Celtic Music Festival By-The-Sea
Queen Mary Events Park
Long Beach, California.
Sheep-herding exhibitions, marketplace, children's activities, musical workshops, free Celtic dance lessons, Celtic re-enactments, foods, many musical performers.
Additional Information: Call 800-437-2934 or 562-437-4531.

August 3-5, 2002
West Springfield Arts Festival
Park Street Common,
West Springfield, Massachusetts.
More than 200 exhibitors from the Northeastern area of the U. S. gather to show and sell their wares. This is the event's 30th year.
Additional information: Call 413-263-3284.

August 4-5, 2002
Maui Onion Festival
Kaanapali Resort
Maui, Hawaii.
Cooking demonstrations, raw onion eating contest, farmers market, music, lots of food..
Ticket information: Call 808-661-4567.

August 7-11, 2002
Gold Rush Days
Various venues,
Valdez, Alaska.
Fashion show, car display, salmon bake, pancake breakfast, duct tape ball, parade, gold panning, museum activities, free lemonade.
Additional Information: Call 907-835-2984.

August 7-11, 2002
Italian Festival
Joe Palaia Park,
Ocean Township, New Jersey.
Raffle, games, rides, music, fireworks, food.
Additional Information: Call 732-531-5768.

August 8-11, 2002
Hope Watermelon Festival
Various venues,
Hope, Arkansas.
Antique engine show, 5k run/walk, baseball/sports card show, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, arts and crafts, fish fry, chicken supper, bass tournament, fiddle contest, motorcycle show, lots of musical entertainment.
Additional information: Call 870-777-3640.

August 9-11, 2002
Mint Festival
Unknown venue(s),
St. Johns, Michigan.
Rodeo, arts and crafts, music, agricultural tours, mint-flavored candies and foods.
Additional Information: Call 989-224-7248 .

August 9-11, 2002
Huckleberry Days
Downtown area,
Whitefish, Montana.
Berry contests, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, more.
Additional Information: Call 406-862-3501.

August 10-11, 2002
Midwest Art & Rubber Stamp Festival
Clock Tower Resort,
7801 E. State St.,
Rockford, Illinois.
This is sponsored by Heirloom Productions and features the presence of over 20 art rubber stamp retailers, plus classes and demonstrations, displays of stamped art. Food service is available. There is an admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 541-574-8000.

August 10-11, 2002
Gold Rush Days
East Main Street,
Buena Vista, Colorado.
Burro race, rubber duck race down Cottonwood Creek, melodrama with mining and gunfighter themes, stories, gold panning, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, plenty of food.
Further Information: Call 719-395-6612.

August 10-11, 2002
Grand Traverse Antiques Festival
Howe Arena,
Traverse City, Michigan.
Antiques, fine art and vintage collectibles on display and for sale by 75 exhibitors.
More: Call 586-465-9441.

August 10-11, 2002
Wild Blackberry Festival
Downtown area,
Cave Junction, Oregon.
Juried arts and crafts, pie-eating contest, chicken bbq, fiddlers, quilting demonstrations, more.
Additional Information: Call 541-592-3326.

August 10-11, 2002
Lewiston Arts Festival
Center Street,
Lewiston, New York.
In its 36th year, the event features more than 150 artisans.
Additional Information: Call 716-754-0166.

August 10-11, 2002
Pennsylvania Wine & Art Festival
Landis Valley Museum,
2451 Kissel Hill Road,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The museum hosts crafts, food and wines.
Details: Call 717-569-0401.

August 14-18, 2002
Montrose Blueberry Festival
Various venues,
Montrose, Michigan.
Carnival and midway, beautiful baby contest, food and bake sale, blueberry store, arts and crafts, blueberry pie-eating contest, teen dance, blueberry bingo, blueberry horseshoes, pancake breakfast (over 15,000 pancakes were served last year), used book sale, super parade, petting zoo, pony rides, flea market, 5-mile run/walk, softball tournament, entertainment tent, museum displays, karaoke, more.
Further information: Call 810-639-3475.

August 15-18, 2002
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Crafts, carnival rides, kiddie korner, vendor booths, mini auto racing, music, BMX stunt show. The event serves over 70 tons of sweet corn.
Additional Information: Call 608-837-4547.

August 16-18, 2002
National Pickle Festival
Unknown venue,
Linwood, Michigan.
Sorry--have no details at this time.
Find out more: Call 989-697-3056.

August 16-18, 2002
Danish Festival
Various venues,
Greenville, Michigan.
This is the event's 38th year. There will be a queen's pageant, arts and crafts fair, children's games, marketplace and food court, a used book sale, music, museum tours, band concert, antique car show, raffle, talent show, aebleskivers and kringles for sale, and more.
Additional Information: Call 616-754-6369.

August 16-18, 2002
Elephant Garlic Festival
Various venues,
North Plains, Oregon.
Car show, arts and crafts, parade, entertainment, many garlic foods.
Additional Information: Call 888-771-3708 or 503-647-2207.

August 16-18, 2002
Wild Blueberry Festival
Various venues,
Paradise, Michigan.
Hay rides, blueberry brunch, entertainment, pie-eating contest, blueberry treats, blueberry picking.
Further information: Call 906-492-3219.

August 17-18, 2002
Hammondsport Festival of Crafts
On the Village,
Hammondsport, New York.
Arts on display and for sale.
Further information: Call 607-569-2242.

August 17-18, 2002
Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Unknown venue(s),
Covelo, California.
5k and 10k run, entertainment, square/line dancing, arts and crafts, food.
Additional Information: Call 707-983-1070.

August 22-24, 2002
Downtown area,
Byrdstown, Tennessee.
Craft booths, pageant, street dance, antique cars and trucks, pie contests, screaming contest, liars contest, food clogging, gospel singing.
Additional Information: Call 888-406-4704 or 931-864-6535.

August 23-24, 2002
Potato Days
Main Street,
Barnesville, Minnesota.
Miss Tator Tot pageant, Mr. Potato Head contest, potato car races, french fry feed, youth dance, lefse cooking contest, pony rides, bingo brunch, antique equipment display, food court, whist tournament, potato cooking contest, mashed potato wrestling, more.
Additional Information: Call 800-525-4901 or 218-354-2479.

August 23-24, 2002
National Lentil Festival
Reaney Park area,
Pullman, Washington.
Lentil chili, lentil pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, food court, kid's activities, 5k run, parades, skate board competition, 100k bike ride, more.
Further Details: Call 509-334-3565.

August 23-25, 2002
Huckleberry Festival
Mt. Hood Village,
65000 E. U.S. Hwy 26,
Welches, Oregon.
Pancake breakfast, classic cars, watermelon launch, music, stories, arts and crafts, salmon bake, songwriter's seminar, more.
More: Call 800-255-3069 or 503-622-4011.

August 24-25, 2002
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
Elmwood Avenue,
Buffalo, New York.
Dance, artists, music, merchants, wine tasting, cultural exhibits, festival cafe.
Further Information: Call 716-881-0707.

August 24-25, 2002
Gravenstein Apple Days
Various venue(s),
Hood River, Oregon.
Firehouse bbq, apple cider, apple pie, caramel apples, apple dumplings, pony rides, hayrides, ice cream social, more.
Additional Details: Call 541-386-5448.

August 29 - September 2, 2002
Michigan Peach Festival
Unknown venue(s),
Romeo, Michigan.
Queen's pageant, carnival, car show, spaghetti dinner, fun run, pasta dinner, tennis tournament, horseback riding and more.
Learn more: Call 586-752-4436.

August 30 - September 2, 2002
North Carolina Apple Festival
Downtown area,
Henderson, North Carolina.
Arts and crafts, food, orchard tours, street dance, more.
Additional Information: Call 828-697-4557.

August 30 - September 2, 2002
Manton Harvest Festival
Downtown area,
Manton, Michigan.
Horse pulls, rides, pancake breakfast, music, more.
Additional Details: Call 231-824-4158.

August 31, 2002
Festivale Italiano
Unknown venue(s),
Hurley, Wisconsin.
Spaghetti and watermelon eating contests, craft show, food booths, musical entertainment.
More: Call 715-561-4334.

August 31, 2002
Heart of Lancaster County
Arts & Crafts Show

Root's Country Market,
705 Graystone Road,
Manheim, Pennsylvania.
For the 15th year, 175 juried artists present their wares. There is food available for shoppers. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 717-898-7811.

August 31 - September 1, 2002
Blackberry Festival
Waterfront boardwalk,
Bremerton, Washington.
Tour De Kitsap, fly-in, fun run, car show, mainstreet cinema, children's stage, food, entertainment, blackberry cider and wine, many treats made with blackberries.
More Details: Call 360-377-3041.

August 31 - September 1, 2002
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival
Beaver Brook Field,
Wilmington, Vermont.
Herbal workshops, garlic planting and braiding demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, food and beverages..
Find out more: Call 802-368-7147.

August 31 - September 1, 2002
National Buffalo Wing Fest
Dunn Tire Park,
Buffalo, New York.
Over 40 restaurants participate in this event, which is brand new. There are events for kids, a car show, a Ms Buffalo Buffalo Wings contest, a chicken wing eating contest, competitions by chefs for best traditional wing sauces and most creative sauces.
Further information: Call 716-834-4900 ext.11.

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New math! If I have 5 apples and you have 5 oranges
and I give you 2 apples and you give me 2 oranges...
We've just used bartering to get what we want!

There's a new barter site online where you can register
and trade goods or services with other people.
Its name is local, but its possibilities are global.

Check out Santa Cruz Barter!




Money Talks
(But Can We Figure Out What The Heck It's Saying?)

One minute the stock market is in a shuttle launch mode. Then it goes into a power dive. Home mortgage rates are low, bonds are stable (or are they?) Higher credit card limits allow middle-class Americans to become nouveau riche citizens.

And beneath the bubbling surface that is the U.S. economy, there are creepy things hiding in the bottom of the pot. We have seen accounting executives and even CEO's led away in handcuffs. Folks who put their trust in 401K plans (which rely heavily on mutual funds) lost big-time in the recent economic slowdown. The first round of Baby Boomers have been poised to retire in the next few years. Some of them are realizing they cannot do so and live comfortably. While your savings account is earning almost no interest, there are more and more credit cards with interest rates reaching into the highway robbery zone. Credit card accounts are increasingly maxed-out, and many families use multiple cards.

What's the average consumer supposed to do at this point? Save? Invest in bonds? Get a second job? Put off retirement? If it gets bad enough, will many people file for bankruptcy and just default on their debt?

Certain basic ideas are always appropriate when it comes to money. Money is a tool. Money is also a responsibility. If you think all your problems will be solved once you win the lottery, you are probably the very kind of person who should not have the responsibility of large amounts of money. If you are leading a miserable life and mishandling what little money you have now, you would only multiply your emotional troubles if a fortune suddenly dropped into your lap. You must learn to handle small amounts well first.

Make money-related decisions before you have to. By that I mean--when a spouse dies or you face a divorce or loss of a job, you are emotionally distraught and not in the best frame of mind for deciding what to do with the tool we call money. Imagine yourself in various situations and think about how you would handle them in terms of financial decisions. If you feel a sense of panic now, realize that your sense of panic will be even greater in the case of an actual crisis. Have a game plan going right now to take care of at least some major events. Of course, no one can plan for every mishap, but realizing that we do have choices while we are calm and thoughtful can make the future much easier to cope with when we are faced with big financial changes.

Here are some places online to find out better ways to do more with your money:

The Motley Fool
(great articles and advice, plus a community of sharing)

From MSN: Trapped by debt? Free yourself in 7 steps
(don't think that just applying for bankruptcy is the easy answer)

Free online budgeting guide
(If no one ever taught you how to make a budget--start here)

American Savings Education Council
(great tips on saving and a helpful quiz or two to help you find your saving style)

Social Security Online
(It affects us all in some way. Get to know more about it)
(If you have kids this is a great resource)

Americans For Consumer Education and Competition
(excellent online courses and tips)

One good thing the volatile American economy can teach us is that financial happiness should be the result of our everyday habits and thought processes. Financial bullies and financial victims both tend to act out of desperation. A spirit of positive thinking and generosity toward oneself and others is a great growing field for contentment when it comes to using money. You're worth all the good things that could happen.



Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy.

Included are:
Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge)
I'll Never Be Free
Don't Go To Strangers
Together Again

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


A Little Browsing...

Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

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.

Joan will be spending time this summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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Scott plays a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman.

And now Oceans Eleven is out on VHS and DVD, so you can catch his action work in that film whenever you want!


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Remember to help me celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday! See the Special Feature in last month's Review for details!

The bad news is that one or more humans decided to torch the historic Jefferies Ford Covered Bridge in beautiful Parke County, Indiana. The good news is you can help find out who did it, by visiting the Parke County Sheriff's Department's web site and printing out a poster. There is a reward involved in this case. You can also donate to the covered bridge fund.

Your kids can get a free McGruff comic bookby filling out a form.

Don't cut that hair!! If you have really long hair (guy or gal!) and are thinking of getting it cut, read this first. You might be able to help a child!

The Open Directory has a list of Online Courses. You can study everything from boating safety to foreign languages.

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