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--Oscar Wilde
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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Garnishing Place: Food and Resources Directory
(Click on topics to the left for edible art links.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

Box Tops for Education
General Mills offers ten cents per box top to your favorite school.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

GrownUp Camps
Camps featuring activites such as fishing, theatre and cooking.

Scientific Site
Of The Month:

Educational Resources from Association for the Study of Dreams
Books, bulletin boards and other information on dreaming.


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January Events
Festivals For January Travelers

January 10-11, 2003
Central Florida BBQ Festival
Highlands County Fairgrounds,
Sebring, Florida.
Major team competitions with prize money, a people's choice tasting, amusement rides, hog calling contest, big belly contest, tractor parade, flea market, arts and crafts, apple pie contest, beauty pageant.
Further Details: Call 863-382-2255.

January 10-12, 2003
Old Town Jubilee Arts &
Crafts Festival

Main Street Plaza,
Yuma, Arizona.
Over 100 artisans participate, with music and food.
More: Call 928-783-0071.

January 10-12, 2003
Winter Festival
Deer Park, Washington.
Frostbite Fun Run, booths, fireworks, Snowshoe Softball, Outhouse Races.
Additional Information: Call 509-276-5900.

January 10-12, 2003
Winter Carnival
Ludlow, Vermont.
Classic ski movie, Lumberjack Dance, parade (with a plow decorating contest and human "dog sleds", snow sculpting, fireworks, races, scavenger hunt on Okemo Mountain.
More Details: Call 802-228-8530.

January 11-12, 2003
Cape Coral Festival Of The Arts
Cape Coral Parkway,
Cape Coral, Florida.
Food vendors, 200 juried arts and crafts booths, music.
Further Information: Call 941-945-1988.

January 16-19, 2003
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
City Complex on SR 512,
Fellsmere, Florida.
Carnival, food and more.
Details: Call 561-571-2020.

January 16-26, 2003
Florida Citrus Festival
Orange Dome,
Winter Haven, Florida.
Wandering magicians (and other artists), Miss Florida Citrus pageant, karaoke contest, senior expo, cooking contests, livestock competitions and exhibits, citrus growing competitions, and more.
More: Call 863-292-9810.

January 17-19, 2003
Winter JanBoree
unknown venue(s),
Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Art festival, fireworks, polka music, ice sculpting, a snow angel contest, a Snow Ball.
Additional Information: Call 262-542-0330.

January 17-19, 2003
Fire & Ice Festival
Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Ice carving, food vendors, winter games. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 814-443-1748.

January 17-19, 2003
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Carefree, Arizona.
Wine tasting and works of art for sale. The event is free on Friday, with a small admission charge on the other days.
Further Information: Call 480-837-5637.

January 17-20, 2003
Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
various venues,
Morro Bay, California.
Workshops, lectures, vendors with bird and birding-related items, field trips, trips on the Bay by kayak and dory, (some events require advance registration).
Additional Details: Call 805-772-4467 or 800-231-0592.

January 18-19, 2003
Casa Grande Heritage
Tourism Days

Historic downtown,
Casa Grande, Arizona.
Music, street fair with arts and crafts vendors, car show, antique show and sale, guided walking historic tours, 4 Wheeler Club show, entertainment, food. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 520-836-8744.

January 18-19, 2003
Delray Festival Of The Arts
E. Atlantic at U.S. 1,
Delray Beach, Florida.
Over 300 artists participate, with music and food making it a classic arts event.
Details: Call 954-472-3755.

January 18-19, 2003
Flake Out Festival
various venues,
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
In its 13th year, the event features a snow-sculpting competition, fireworks, ice skating, hot air balloon glow, snowman-making competition, horse-drawn sleigh rides, music and plenty of food.
Further Information: Call 800-22-DELLS.

January 25, 2003
Kumquat Festival
Pasco Fairgrounds,
Dade City, Florida.
Best kumquat costume contest, flapjack breakfast, pageant, Dapper Diaper Design contest, walk/run, recipe contest, livestock display, gospel sing, entertainment, Chicken Pilau dinner, arts and crafts, pops concert, wagon rides, food, nearby Mountain Man Rendezvous.
More: Call 352-567-3769.

January 25-26, 2003
Yuma Lettuce Days
Main Street Plaza,
Yuma, Arizona.
Try your hand at cabbage bowling at the 5th event of this festival. There will also be a lettuce box car derby, produce displays, citrus displays, farm equipment displays, food, entertainment and more.
Further Information: Call 928-783-0071.

January 29 February 2, 2003
Winter Carnival Weekend
Grand Geneva Resort,
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Ski and Snowboard competitions, fireworks, treasure hunt, chili cooking contest, torchlight ski parade, entertainment.
More: Call 800-558-3417.

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

Jan. 11-12 Texas Art & Rubber Stamp Festival, Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, 541-574-8000
Jan. 12 Pomona Valley Air Fair, Upland, California, 909-982-6021
Jan. 16-26 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Jan. 17-19 The Creative Festival, Denvermart, Denver, Colorado, 541-245-1296
Jan. 17-Feb. 2 South Florida Fair, West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-793-0333
Jan. 18-Mar. 15 Grand Teton Music Festival, Teton Village, Wyoming, 307-733-1128
Jan. 23-26 Festival of January Musicals, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 860-297-2199
Jan. 25-26 Rattlesnake Round-Up, Whigham, Georgia, 229-762-3774
Jan. 31-Feb. 9 Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair, Quartzsite, Arizona, 928-927-6364

Other January 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
Jan. 6-10 Macworld Conference & Expo, Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, 800-645-EXPO
Jan. 9-12 Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show, Medford Armory, Annapolis, Maryland, 410-961-5121
Jan. 10-12 Flea Market and Crafts Show, Furniture Market, Tupelo, Mississippi, 662-842-4442
Jan. 11-12 Brenham Winter Antiques Show, Brenham, Texas, 979-865-5618
Jan. 11-12 DC Big Flea Market, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 757-430-4735
Jan. 17-19 SC International Auto Show, Palmetto Expo Center, Greenville, South Carolina, 717-566-6100
Jan. 18 Elvis' Birthday Bash, American Music Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 717-397-7700 or 800-648-4102
Jan. 18 Arbor Day Celebration, Houston Arboretum, Houston, Texas, 713-681-8433
Jan. 18-19 Philadelphia Fountain Pen Show, Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-448-2000
Jan. 25-26 Stamp Collectors' Marketplace, Fairgrounds, Louisville, Kentucky, 800-841-1245

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the information in Deb's Monthly Review.

Please don't write and ask for personalized information on upcoming festivals,
(unless you want to hire me for personal research!)

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Baby, It's Cold Outside
And Inside Too In Some Places!

If you live in the northern latitudes, this time of year can be miserable for you when you can't get warm. So I thought we'd think about some warm things this month.

Remember the cozy footed pajamas you might have had as a kid? Did you know they make them for adults? Warmth Wear has them.

How about a hat or mittens made of Icelandic Wool?

X-Hale X-Treme Comfort Gloves let you add a blast of hot breath to your gloved hands.

Earbags were an instant hit When they showed up at the Winter Olympic games. They'll warm your ears nicely without giving you flat hair.

If you need even more head and face protection, try HeadSokz. You can wear it as a neck warmer, or convert it to a face mask or a hood.

If all else fails, try Heated Clothing.

If you work in an office at a desk, there are great products to help keep your feet and legs warm. One good source for these mats and panels is Heaters N Fans.
And the next time you put down new tile (or even carpet), consider the possibility of Warm Tile Floors.
If the warm tile sounds too expensive as a solution, you might want to try having a company come in and insulate the crawl space beneath your house.

If you have a fireplace at home, and you still can't get warm, it may be that a lot of the heat from the structure is actually going right up the chimney. There are a lot of newer alternatives to the old-style masonry fireplace. Here's a report on Alternative Fireplaces from CBS.

There are electric blankets, electric mattress warmers, and all sorts of other devices for keeping you cozy while you sleep. Then there is always the faithful hot water bottle. One pianist I know has always been savvy enough to carry hers with her for those venues where she can not get her fingers warm and limber. Hers has a fleece lamb-shaped cover. You can find similar products at FashionHot. And Fomentek makes larger bags that can be filled with hot water (or cold, for certain ailments) and are so strong you can lie on top of them.

With the outside of the body taken care of, we can now turn our attention to keeping the tummy warm. The Soup Page has some great ideas for comforting soups. Here's an unusual Potato Soup recipe that uses rice milk or soy milk, and inlcudes the option of hot peppers for even more warmth.

This Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds intriguing, but be careful using things like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco to warm the body. This article on hypothermia explains how your body loses heat, and what to look for as danger signs.

Of course, if all else fails, you might consider a trip to a warmer climate!

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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, including:

I'll Never Be Free
Basin Street Blues
Don't Go To Strangers
Easy Street

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 also spends much of her time doing hand-painted stationery and face painting at private events and at Tennessee festivals.

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The man in the banner below this text is not your average guy next door.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

Scott played a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman,
which is now out on DVD.

You'll see more of Scott's work in the upcoming CBS special
Return To The Bat Cave.


This coming June marks the Ford Motor Company's 100th anniversary, and they're celebrating with an interactive exhibit in Dearborn, Michigan. Country Music artist Toby Keith has been promoting Ford, and you can read more about the party (and buy branded apparel for the occasion) at Ford 100th Anniversary Celebration.

If you miss your walks during the cold time of the year, check out this page on Winter Walking and find out how to layer clothes, and then step out.
And if you want to snowshoe or pack into the back country, here's a great page on Winter Hiking & Backpacking.

Now is the time when you might be looking at your home landscaping or garden and thinking it could use some color or texture during the winter months. The New York Botanical Garden's online site has some ideas on Creating Winter Garden Interest.
Speaking of winter and gardens--have you ever seen the china called Winter Garden, introduced by Lenox in 2001?

The subject of Barbie came up recently in conversations, and I began to wonder about the main man in Barbie's life. Here's a great site spotlighting that busy guy himself. It's Keeping Ken.
And if you've been thinking--if you've seen one Barbie, you've seen them all, think again. This guy repaints and styles hair so effectively that each doll takes on its own distinct look. See his work at Miniature Mannequins by Ken bartram.
And how about these customized One And Only Dolls fashioned from Barbie?

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