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February 6-7, 2009
Chocolate Festival
Copper Village on E. Commercial,
Anaconda, Montana
Local merchants are under orders to give away chocolates all weekend. Any merchant caught not doing so has a fine levied on them by a good-humored constable. While this festival is a bit more commercial than some others, there is great fun to be had in a bake sale, quilt exhibit, merchant specials , drawings for prizes and a children's Valentine Box Contest (for K-6th grade). And there are those free chocolate treats you get for visiting the stores. General hours are 10am-4pm both days.
Learn More: Call 406-563-2422

February 6-7, 2009
Deacon Mills Park,
Green Lake, Wisconsin
Library book sale, petting zoo, volleyball tournament, camel rides, food and beverage vendors, entertainment, great soup making contest, raffle, helicopter rides, basketball at the Green Lake School Gym, ice bowling, ice golf, cribbage tournament, karaoke, medallion hunt, vintage snow mobile show, fisheree, activities for kids.
Details: Call 920-294-3231 or 800-253-7354

February 6-8, 2009
Iceworm Festival
various venues,
Cordova, Alaska
Plans for this 49th season include ice cream, parade down Main Street, blessing of the fleet, shaving permits the guys must buy to avoid mock jail time, breakfast at St. Joseph's Hall on Feb. 7 from 8-11am, survival suit races, photo show, music, fireworks on Saturday night, arts and crafts at Mt. Eccles Elementary School, food fair, pageant.
Further Information: Call 907-424-5756

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February 6-8, 2009
Homer Winter Carnival
Various venues,
Homer, Alaska
Parade on Saturday at noon, prizes, entertainment, festival booths, possibly fireworks. The them for this 53rd season is "It's About Time".
Get The Facts: Call 907-235-7740

February 6-8, 2009
Everglades City Seafood Festival
Downtown near State Road 29 & US41,
Everglades, Florida
There is no admission charge to this event, which features music, arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, seafood and Cajun foods. Please do not bring coolers to the event and do leave pets safely at home when you come to enjoy the festivities.
More: Call 239-695-4100

February 6-8, 2009
Carolina Chocolate Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead City, North Carolina
Cooking demos, PAWS benefit brunch on Feb. 8 from 11am-3pm, bingo for charity, Champagne and Truffles Party, drawings for prizes, Chocolate Spa, entertainment, charity golf, Chocolate Fantasy Challenge baking contest. Some events require separate ticketing and/or reservations. It's the festival's 59th year.
Questions? Call 877-848-4976

February 6-8, 2009
Hudson Hot Air Affair
Various venues,
Hudson, Wisconsin
Now in its 20th year, the festival offers fun such as an evening parade, fireworks display, geocaching, merchant specials, bingo, music and dance, karaoke, guided tours of the Octagon House Museum, craft fair, pancake breakfast at the Masonic Temple on Locust Street (Sat. from 7am-noon), smoosh board competition, warming station, craft activities for kids, balloon launch, balloon glow (all balloon events are subject to weather conditions). This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenties".
Learn More: Call 715-381-2050 or 800-657-6775

February 6-8, 2009
Fish Creek Winter Festival
Clark Park (and other venues),
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
It's the 22nd year for this one. Enjoy a parade, Door County Idol Contest, fireman's pancake breakfast, chili cooking contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides, food, art, kite flying, wine tasting, entertainment, candlelight skiing.
Further Details: Call 920-868-2316 or 800-577-1880

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February 6-16, 2009
Ely Winter Festival
Various venues,
Ely, Minnesota
Amateur snow carving contest, snow carving and snow sculptures, music, snowshoe trips to the Hegman Pictographs, reading fair, dog sled rides, historic encampment, museum fundraising dinner and silent auction on Feb. 14, fish fry, spaghetti feed, Mukluk Ball, arts and crafts, ArtWalk. Some events may have separate ticketing and/or require registration/reservations.
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February 7, 2009
Ice & Snow Festival
Keene, New Hampshire
Snowboarding, snowball throwing contest, Snowman and snowwoman building, snow sculptures, ice carving displays, horse drawn wagon rides, hot drinks and food, activities for the kids, entertainment.
Learn More: Call 603-352-2996

February 7, 2009
Gilman, Wisconsin
From 10am-5pm you can enjoy a scavenger hunt, snow volleyball, blind snowmobile races, Polish sausages and other festival foods, contests, ice bowling, horse drawn sleigh rides. There will also be a torchlight parade. Many events take place at Village Park. It's the festival's 9th year.
Info: Call 814-443-1748

February 7-8, 2009
Tent City Days
Wrangel, Alaska
Look back to the history of the Gold Rush with a fashion show, theatre, arts and crafts, activities for kids, storytelling and tall tales, a dress ball, bed races, a beard growing contest.
Get The Facts: Call 907-874-3901 or 800-367-9746

February 7-8, 2009
Upper McCullock and Main between Smoketree and Acama,
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Climbing wall, pony rides, Havasu Idol, gunfighter show, activities for kids, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment. The festival celebrates 24 years in 2009.
Questions? Call 928-855-4115

February 7-8, 2009
Community Center (and other venues),
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Guitar Hero competition, snow softball tournament, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, indoor miniature golf, snow tubing, 4-on-4 hockey, senior volunteer recognition, marshmallow roast, ice skating, face painting, cribbage tournament, medallion hunt, indoor giant inflatable houses for the kids, chicken wing eating contest, games. Most events can be enjoyed by showing your purchased festival button.
Details: Call 952-953-2300

February 7-8, 2008
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Old Town,
Fairfax, Virginia
Raffle, chocolate vendors, free Q&A session with Warren Brown (from The Food Network's "Sugar Rush") and Norman R. Davis (of The Sweet Life in Anandale, Virginia), circus acts, festival merchandise, Chocolate Challenge of cake and chocolate art (plus a silent auction of donated cakes), arts and crafts, pancake breakfast (with chocolate chip pancakes available) on Feb. 7, bake sale, Taste of Chocolate (at Old Town Hall), Chocolate Caper mock trial, activities for kids, child fingerprinting, chocolate crafts (hosted by the Scouts) on North St., See A Fire Truck (weather and availability permitting). General festival hours are 8am-5pm Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday.
More: Call 703-385-1661

February 7-8, 2009
Winter Festival
Various venues,
Cedarsburg, Wisconsin
This year brings "A Winter's Knight" theme, with a Sno-Ball Tournament, quilt show, festival foods, bed races, Merlinn's Magical Ice Carving Contest, wine, grande parade, Rods N Relics car show, hayrides, barrel racing, pancake breakfast at the Community Center on Sun. from 8-11am, Stone Cold Art Show & Sale, clowns & jugglers, chili cooking contest, Pumpkin Boat charity regatta on Mill Pond at Boy Scout Park, grape stomp, apple bobbing, music, merchant specials, dog weight pull competition, egg hunt for kids.
Get The Facts: Call 202-377-3981 or 262-377-5856

February 7-8, 2009
Iola Winter Carnival
Old car showgrounds on Jenson Drive,
Iola, Wisconsin
Indoor craft fair, Badger State Winter Games, ski jumping, lutefisk supper (with other Norwegian dishes), ice fishing derby, ice sculpting.
Info: Call 715-445-4005

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February 12-16, 2009
Whiskey Flat Days
Various venues,
Kernville, California
Storytelling, pet parade, festival merchandise, gunfighter skits, melodrama, costume contests, whisker contests, music, parade at 10am on Saturday, food vendors, arts and crafts, Kern Valley Museum exhibits, breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge 7-10am. It's the festival's 54th year.
Get Details: Call 760-376-2629 or 866-KERNVILLE

February 13-14, 2009
Minocqua, Wisconsin
Pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hall on Saturday from 8-11am, brats and chili at the hall from 11am-6pm, music and dancing, raffle and door prizes, lighted snowmobile parade Friday at 6:15pm, arts and crafts, rides on demo snowmobiles, plenty of hot food, possibly a bonfire.
Further Facts: Call 715-356-3375 or 715-727-4082

February 13-15, 2009
Dexter Winter Festival
Various venues,
Dexter, Maine
The theme for this 9th year is Valentine's Day, with fireworks on the ice of Lake Wassookeag, snowmobile ride-in, spaghetti supper, snow sculptures, snowmobile radar run, stories for the kids at the library, fireworks on the lake, dance for the grown-ups, contra dance at the Universalist Church, roller skating at Town Hall, snowmobile parade and more.
Find Out More: Call 207-924-3057

February 13-16, 2009
Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Citrus Fairgrounds,
Cloverdale, California
This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time". Enjoy a talent showcase, gourmet food show, scholarship pageant, bingo, dog show, wine tasting, citrus exhibits, livestock displays, carnival, diaper derby. There will also be sculpture made out of limes, lemons and oranges. It's the festival's 117th year.
Additional Information: Call 707-894-3982

February 13-22, 2009
The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Indio, California
Camel races, demolition derby, grand parade on Feb. 16 at 10am, plenty of date treats, food concessions, motocross, motorcycle races, art (and other) activities for kids, nightly Arabian Nights pageant, monster trucks, blessing of the dates, Festa del Charro, ostrich races, petting zoo, carnival and more.
Questions? Call 760-863-8247 or 800-811-FAIR

February 14, 2009
Chocolate Festival
Community Center at 61 Water Street,
Fairfield, Maine
Entertainment from local talent, lots of chocolate treats, face painting, clowns, more.
Find Out Details: Call 207-453-6516 or 297-453-7911

February 14-15, 2009
Cabin Fever Festival
Frederick, Maryland
Six heated buildings and heated tents where artists show and sell their work from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Plus you can enjoy decorating ideas, demos, festival foods, music. The event has an admission charge.
Further Details: Call 301-896-5466

February 14-15, 2008
I.C.E. Festival
Lakeside Park,
Mayville, New York
Medallion hunt, snowball distance throwing for the grown-ups, fireworks at 8pm on Friday, food concessions, snowmobile rides, activities for children, music, flare parade, ice sculpting demo, snow softball tournament, bonfire, possibly a youth hockey game, Cabin Fever Book Sale at the library (on corner of Erie & Evans) from 10am-3pm, arts and crafts, snowmobile rides. General festival hours are 10am-8:30pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.
Get Details: Call 716-753-3113

February 14-16, 2009
Bryce Canyon Winter Festival
Ruby's Inn,
Bryce, Utah
Guided snowshoe tours, multi-media astronomy program, morning yoga sessions, ski waxing clinic, photo tips, watercolor demos, cross-country ski tours, photo contest, kayaking demos, archery clinic, craft activities for kids, snowmobile geocaching, kids' snowboat race, sled races, much more.
Further Information: Call 435-834-5341 or 866-866-6616

February 19, 2009
Family Fest
Shawnee Peak,
Bridgton, Maine
NASTAR ski races, snow sculpting, snow poker run, blueberry pie eating contest, horse drawn sleigh rides, more.
Find Out Details: Call 207-647-8444

February 19-22, 2009
Snow Rondi
Various venues,
Anchor Point, Alaska
There was some disagreement coming out of Alaska as we prepared to publish. The festival may be held February 26-March 1 instead, so be sure to double-check before you travel. Enjoy bingo, a costume ball, snowshoe softball, pancake breakfast, youth ice bowling, snowmachine races, pool tournament, activities for the kids.
Learn More: Call 907-235-2600

February 20-22, 2009
Swamp Cabbage Festival
Barron Park,
LaBelle, Florida
5K walk, parade on Feb. 21 at 10am, pageant, arts and crafts, armadillo races, bike show, rodeo.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 863-675-2995

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February 20-22, 2009
Shanty Days
Various venues Downtown,
Caseville, Michigan
Help celebrate this 17th season with a photo contest, Polar Bear Dip, kids' frozen fish toss, demo derby, ice cube hunt, food stand, warming site with hot chocolate and hot coffee, broom ball, face painting, Texas Hold-Em Tournament, beer tent, drawings for prizes, Potty Trotty (race of outhouses set on skis), Cold Butt Euchre, magic show, pool tournament, snowman making contest in Township Park, photo contest, karaoke, family theatre, comedy show, Chick On a Stick 3 person race (18 and older), cross-country skiing at Sleeper State Park, kids' snow soccer.
Find Out Details: Call 989-856-3818 or 800-606-1347

February 20-22, 2009
International Eelpout Festival
City Park (and other venues),
Walker, Minnesota
Karaoke contest, angling contest, Polar Plunge, Eelpout 600 On-Ice Auto Race, Eelpout Olympics, fish dinners (and other festival foods), festival merchandise, eelpout encampment judging, swimwear fashion show, International Ice Drilling Championship. The Eelpout Peelout 5K Run has been cancelled due to concerns about the safety of the course. Some events may be held subject to weather conditions, so be flexible. It's the festival's 30th year.
Questions? Call 320-259-6010 or 800-833-1118

February 21-22, 2009
Maine Winterfest & Ice Derby
Point Sebago Resort on Route 302,
Gasco, Maine
Games, ice fishing derby, snow and ice carving, auto ice racing, cross-country skiing, entertainment, motorcycle ice racing, activities for kids, Ice Mall, food. Some events are dependent on weather conditions.
Learn Details: Call 207-892-8265

February 21-22, 2009
Klondike Days
Eagle River High School & Rocking W Stable,
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Horse log pull, dog weight pull, chainsaw carving competition, arts and crafts, living history encounters, lumberjack competition, entertainment, food. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you enjoy the fun. The festival is celebrating 19 years in 2009.
Find Out More: Call 800-259-6315

February 27-March 1, 2009
Almond Blossom Festival
Community Center on West 4th Street,
Ripon, California
Pageant, 8K and 1-mile Blossom Run at 8:30am on Saturday at Mavis Stouffer Park, parade down Main Street at 11am on Feb. 28, spaghetti dinner (a day before the other events, on Feb. 26). The carnival also opens one day early. There will also be a Diaper Derby and other fun. It's the 47th year for this one.
Further Information: Call 209-599-7519

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February 7-March 1, 2009
George Fest
Ferran Park,
Eustis, Florida
Outlandish costumes and crazy contraptions liven up the Citrus Squeeze Contest. Plus you can enjoy a hot dog eating contest, spaghetti dinner, grand parade, food booths, classic cars, fireworks, pie eating contest. There will be a sailing regatta one week prior to the main events.
Further Facts: Call 352-357-3434

February 27-March 8, 2009
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Various venues,
Anchorage, Alaska
Frostbite footrace, miners and trappers ball, SnoCross, family night skate party, multi-tribal gatherings, Running of the Reindeer on March 1, outhouse races, carnival, photo contest, dog sled info and demos, sled dog races, malodrama, snow sculptures, parade on Feb. 28 at 10:30am, state fur and hide auctions, Native Arts Market, poker tournament, fireworks, snowshoe softball.
Further Facts: Call 907-274-1177

February 27-March 8, 2009
Tahoe Snow Festival
Various venues,
Tahoe City, California
Help celebrate 28 years with a parade, wooden bear decorating for kids, punk rock karaoke, luau buffet, pageant, opening ceremonies at Squaw Valley, snow sculpture exhibit and contest, dodgeball tournament, dog agility snow course, spaghetti feed, Mardi Gras party, cat fight (not with cats) with padded pummel sticks, snow ski geocaching, game night March 5 with a taco feed and a pro patroller's race, rib fest, dog pull, pancake breakfast Feb. 28 and March 7.
Further Facts: Call 530-583-7167

February 28, 2009
Grumpy Old Men Festival
Various venues,
Wabasha, Minnesota
Frisbee events, Grumpy Plunge, ice shack contest, hoop shoots, golf tournament, spaghetti dinner, ice fishing contest, softball tournament, entertainment.
Further Facts: Call 851-565-4158

February 28-March 1, 2009
Grant Seafood Festival
(behind the) Community Center,
Grant, Florida
Community service exhibits, seafood dishes and other festival treats, musical entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts booths. It's the festival's 43rd year.
Further Facts: Call 321-723-8687

February 28-March 1, 2009
Land of Leather Days
Community Center at 105 Huck,
Yoakum, Texas
Merchant specials, museum tours, leather demos, food booths, chili cooking competition, BBQ hut, music and dance. The carnival opens one evening early.
Further Facts: Call 715-356-3375 or 715-727-4082

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February Somethings!
Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

Feb. 5-22 SF Independent Film Festival, San Francisco, California, 415-820-3907
Feb. 7 For the Love of Chocolate Festival, County Community Center on Lafayette St., Medina, Ohio, 330-723-4565
Feb. 7-8 Speckled Perch Festival (41st), Okeechobee, Florida, 863-763-6464
Feb. 13-14 Olustee Battle Festival (31st), Marion Street Downtown, Lake City, Florida, 386-755-1097
Feb. 13-15 Yuma Crossing River Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 928-782-5712
Feb. 13-15 Delray Beach Garlic Festival (10th), Downtown, Delray Beach, Florida, 561-279-0907
Feb. 13-15 Winter Carnival, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 603-643-0742
Feb. 13-15 Tulsa Indian Arts Festival, Event Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 918-838-3875 or 918-388-5318
Feb. 13-16 Water Fall Ice Festival (11th), Cody, Wyoming, 307-527-4326
Feb. 14 Roaring Twenties Arts & Crafts Festival (26th), 9-4, Downtown, Lake City, Florida, 286-755-1097
Feb. 14-15 Oregon Asian Celebration, Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, Oregon, 541-687-9600 or 541-682-7332
Feb. 14-15 Pennnn's Wood West Folk & Art Festival, 10-4,
                   Merced High School on W. Butler St., Merced, Pennsylvania, 724-662-4185
Feb. 15 Winter Carnival, 10-6, Downtown, Chester, Connecticut, 860-759-9494
Feb. 15-25 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 877-733-7829
Feb. 21 Mardi Gras Parade & Festival, 4:30pm, Main St., Jennings, Louisiana, 337-821-5532
Feb. 22-Mar. 1 Charro Days (72nd), Various venues, Brownsville, Texas, 956-642-4245
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Seminole Tribal Fair (37th), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida, 954-347-1838
Feb. 28 Heritage Arts Festival, 10-4, Old Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama, 251-575-7433 or 251-575-3359
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 & Mar. 7-8 Maple Syrup Festival, 321 Garrison Hollow Rd., Salem, Indiana, 812-967-4491 or 877-641-8851

Other February 2009 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Feb. 1 Hearts & Art, 11-3, Library at 601 S. Bench, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0200
Feb. 4-8 Utah Boat Show, Towne Expo Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 6 Duct Tape Ball, Marriott Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska, 907-646-8600
Feb. 6-7 New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo, 9-8 & 9-4, Radisson Hotel on Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire, 603-271-3788
Feb. 7 Dummy Jump, Big Sky Resort on Hwy. 191, Big Sky, Montana, 408-995-5887 or 800-546-4486
Feb. 7 Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner, Our Saviours Lutheran Church, Westby, Wisconsin, 608-634-3415
Feb. 7-8 Arti Gras, 10-5 & 10-4, Shopko Hall, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 920-435-5220
Feb. 7-8 Antique Sporting & Collectible Show, 9-4 & 9-3, Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 920-337-0113
Feb. 7-8 & 11-15 Southern California Boat Show, Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, 714-633-7581
Feb. 12-15 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, 10-6 & 10-5, Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, 520-322-5773
Feb. 12-15 Gem & Mineral Show, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-956-9997
Feb. 13-15 California International Antiquarian Book Fair (42nd),
                   Hyatt Regency (2025 Avenue of the Stars), Los Angeles, California, 310-2277-2000 or 310-551-3355
Feb. 13-15 Hillsborough Antiques Show, San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 650-574-3247
Feb. 13-15 Home & Garden Show, Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, 850-432-0800
Feb. 13-15 Jewelry, Gem Mineral & Fossil Show,
                   Community Center at 111 S. Geyer, Kirkwood, Missouri, 618-830-8471 or 618-973-7222
Feb. 13-17 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show,
                   Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-822-5440
Feb. 18-22 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Convention Center at 7th & Pike, Seattle, Washington, 206-789-5333
Feb. 19-22 Spacefest, Town and Country Resort, San Diego, California, staff@novaspace.com
Feb. 19-22 Milwaukee RV Show, Expo Center, West Allis, Wisconsin, 414-483-7640
Feb. 21-22 Unique Animal Expo & Pet Fair, County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, Oregon, 503-717-8484
Feb. 21-22 Mad City Model Railroad Show & Sale (42nd), Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-835-3148
Feb. 20-22 Craft & Scrapbooking Fair, Americraft Expo Center, West Palm, Florida, 386-860-0092
Feb. 22-24 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games, various venues, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 800-235-9058
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-821-4000
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Gem Faire, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California, 760-747-9215
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 WonderCon 2009, Moscone Center South, San Francisco, California, 619-491-2475
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 MegaCon Convention, Orange County Convention Center Hall D, Orlando, Florida, 386-364-1826
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 , Rhode Island RV, Camping Show, Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, 800-332-3976
Feb. 28 Westside Model Train Show, 10-4, W. Springfield Middle School, W. Springfield, Massachusetts, 413-733-0652
Feb. 28 Cotton Picken' Quilt Show, 9-3, Munday Elementary School, Munday, Texas, 940-422-4540
Feb. 28 Strasburg Fire Co. Mud Sale, 46 W. Main St., Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 717-687-7323
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 Depression Era Glass Show, 9-5 & 10-4, State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-375-0435 or 901-868-4964

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I have a special place in my heart for people who allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to show us their pain. But this isn't about being a victim. It's about using adversity as a stepping stone to new challenges and then helping the rest of us do the same. When he sends me welcome updates of what he's been doing I know he's going to bring me something I can bite into and use in my own daily challenges. Please take time to visit his web site and explore the man who calls himself the Crazy Viking.

A Little Browsing...
You might have to wait for April to visit Clyde's Drive-In, 1425 Riverside, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. But I hear their Big C burger is worth waiting for. All burgers are fresh and not frozen. Call 906-632-2581 for more information. There are other Clyde's in Manistique (906-341-6021) and St. Ignace (906-643-8303), but the Sault Ste. Marie location is the original. I hear they also do great grilled Velveeta cheese sandwiches.

More likely to be open in the winter months is Noell B's at 19 S. Conception Street in Mobile, Alabama. I haven't had the pleasure of dining there yet, but I'm told that they have a great steak-like burger with plenty of flavor and superior, hand-made potato chips. Call 251-432-3535 for specifics on hours and the menu.

Now that the inaugural commotion has calmed down, would you like a good burger in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.? Try one at Old Ebbitt Grill on 15th Street or Bullfeathers on First Street.

Get a hint as to how much your vinyl records are worth.

Getting gum out of your clothes, hair or carpet (or off the sidewalk).
If one of your New Year's Resolutions was to exercise, particularly to walk, you might be in the mood for some inspiration along about now:

"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."
--Dag Hammarskjold

"Goals are dreams with deadlines."
--Diana Scharf Hunt

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
--Jim Ryun


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