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The Artsy Site
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Art Guide: Art Lover's Guide to Britain and Ireland
Includes a searchable database of art links.

Personal Home Page
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Kevan Olhausen's NetHome
Linux commands, downloads: a simple (and thus) useful site.

Web Page Design Site
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Add to your site the ability to send email postcards, display news, and more.

Seasonal Site
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Create Your Own Fireworks Show
Virtual displays over a choice of cities.
(Requires Shockwave Flash 3.0).

Just Fun Site
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Interactive Fun Puzzles
Preschoolers to grown-up levels.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

The State of the Dead
That voice you hear from the grave isn't coming from the grave.

Historical Site
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History of Eyeglasses
This gives new meaning to "a site for sore eyes".


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July Events
festivals For July Travelers

July 1-2, 2000
Indian Head Art & Craft Fair
Chetek & Airport Park,
Chetek, Wisconsin.
Over 100 arts and crafts booths, plus demonstrations, food.
Further information: Call 800-472-6654.

July 1-2,4, 2000
Mandeville Seafood Festival
Mandeville Lakefront Harbor,
Mandeville, Louisiana.
Fireworks, antiques and collectibles, classic car show, kids' tent, music. There is a small admission charge for those over 10 years of age (seniors get in free).
More details: Call 504-624-9762.

July 1-31, 2000
Wingfield Park (and other venues),
Reno, Nevada.
This month-long celebration includes events such as Planetarium summer shows, Open Studio Days, art auctions, Indonesian art exhibit, Native American storytelling and dancing, Celtic music, gospel music, folk fair, Basque film showcase, Latin Music Festival, exhibits by young Nevada artists, watercolor show, summer theatre camp for teens, historic walking tours (some especially for children), historic bicycle tour, shoppers square. Some events have a fee, but many are free.
Additional information: Call 800-287-7909 or 775-322-1538.

July 1-8, 2000
National Cherry Festival
Open Space Park and other venues,
Traverse City, Michigan.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels, treats such as homemade
cherry Italian ice and Cherry Cobbler, The Very Cherry Luncheon, Breakfast by the Bay (pancakes topped with cherries), many childrens events (including a Bubble Gum Blow), bed races, milk carton boat regatta, fireworks, car and truck show, parades, entertainment, pie-eating contests, arts and crafts fair. Half a million people are expected to attend.
Details: Call 800-947-4230.
July 6-16, 2000
Lichfield International Arts Festival
Staffordshire University Campus,
Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.
Fishing festival, Cathedral dash road race, outdoor concerts, Mysteries and other events in the Cathedral (1300th anniversary), Childrens' show The Millenium Bug, Shakespeare in Stowe House gardens, performances by Lichfield Cathedral Choir, organ recital, Easter Oratorio (Millennium Commission), art exhibitions, talk on engineering's contribution to the arts, International Chess Congress.
More: Call 01543 252109.
July 7-9, 2000
What-A-Melon Festival
Historic Downtown Square,
Center, Texas.
Arts and crafts booths, a fiddlers' contest, contests, a carnival.
Additional Details: Call 936-598-3682.
July 7-9, 2000
Schooner Days
Waterfront area,
Rockland, Maine.
Parade, fireworks, tours of vessels, North Atlantic Blues Festival (ticketed event), childrens tent, food and entertainment, cruises for an extra fee, Maine crafts.
Information: Call 800-562-2529 (24-hour message) or
207-596-0376 9-5 Mon-Fri.
July 7-9, 2000
St. Bron's Parish Festival
3200 Plover Road,
Plover, Wisconsin.
Lots of polka music, childrens games, dinners, door prizes, country market and bake sale, bingo.
Further Details: Call 715-344-4326.
July 7-9, 2000
Victoria Park,
London, Ontario.
Photo exhibition, storytelling/music/dance by performers Juan Jose Carranza, Arabesque Dance Company, Amampondo, Scruj MacDuhk, Yakudo and more.
Additional Information: Call 519-672-1552.
July 8-9, 2000
Belgian Days
Brussels Town Park,
Brussels, Wisconsin.
Tractor pull, 10k run, 2-mile run, parade, music, arts and crafts, Belgian foods.
More Details: Call 920-825-7007.
July 9, 2000
Art Fair
Oshkosh Public Museum,
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Juried art show featuring 200 artisans, with music and vendors.
Information: Call 920-424-4731.
July 8-16, 2000
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Several venues,
Fort Fairfield, Maine.
Softball, chess tournament, pageants Belgium horse team appearance, gospel concert, basketball tournament, dunking booth, pet show, potato-picking contest, 5-mile road race, mashed potato wrestling, bean supper.
More Information: Call 207-472-3802.
July 8-9, 2000
Art/Jazz Fest
Bayfield Street,
Meaford, Ontario.
Festival includes works in areas of photography, ceramics, metal, sculpture, and jewelry.
Additional Details: Call 519-539-1640.
July 11-15, 2000
Summer Sing-a-long Music Festival
Goodrich Little Theater (and other venues),
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.
Organ recital, lectures, children's choir, a Mitch Miller-style sing-a-long, fish fry, other concerts.
More: Call 920-921-3363.
July 11-22, 2000
Mendocino Music Festival
Mendocino Headlands State Park,
Mendocino, California.
Conductor Allan Pollack leads the festival orchestra in music of Eastern Europe, American Swing, Mozart, special childrens selections, and more. There are two performances of Verdi's La Traviata scheduled, plus blues and chamber concerts.
Further Information: Call 707-937-2044.
July 12-16, 2000
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Allen and College area, plus other venues
State College, Pennsylvania.
Sidewalk sale, National Marionette Theatre, Maori dance from New Zealand, pianist Paul Sullivan, stories by Susan Klein, sand sculpture by Brad Goll, 10K road race. Some events require a button purchase. Please do not bring in-line skates, skateboards or bicycles into the festival zone. Please, no animals except guide animals.
Details: Call 814-237-3682.
July 13-16, 2000
Venetian Festival
Lake Street area at St. Joseph River,
St. Joseph, Michigan.
Music this year includes Doobie Brothers and Eddie Money. The Can-Do! program collects canned goods throughout the festival. In addition there is a craft show, band concert, raffle drawing, childrens activities, fishing tournament, volleyball tournament, fireworks, classic car show, and boat parade. Please leave pets, skateboards, in-line skates, bicycles and glass containers at home.
Additional Details: Call 616-982-0032.
July 13-16, 2000
Bastille Days
East Town/Cathedral Square,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Voyageur encampment, folk music and other entertainment, sidewalk cafes featuring French and Creole foods, marketplace, 5k run.
More Information: Call 414-271-7400.
July 14-16, 2000
da Vinci Days
7th and Madison Avenue area,
Corvallis, Oregon.
Leonardo 500 workshop with kinetic sculptures and race, Where's Leonardo challenge, Frisbee championship, sidewalk chalk art competition, Guild Village with arts and crafts demonstrations and sales, quilt exhibition, literary readings, teen stage, da Vinci film and video festival, skateboard and in-line skate competition, a Mona Mania collection display. Please: no dogs (except guide dogs), no glass containers. Do not bring food or alcohol onto the festival site.
Further Details: Call 800-334-8118.
July 14-16, 2000
Recreation Days
Recreation Park,
Arkdale, Wisconsin.
Kids games, music, softball tournament, bingo, horseshoe tournament, pancake breakfast, raffles, more food.
More: Call 608-564-7855.
July 14-30, 2000
da Vinci Days
County Fairgrounds,
Costa Mesa, California.
The usual county fair events with livestock and agricultural exhibits, plus magic acts, peppermint ice cream eating contest, kids' human bingo, cooking demonstrations, hula hoop contest, antique appraisals, cinnamon bubble gum blowing contest, chili cook-off, bungee- powered racecar, 75 food vendors with everything from baked potatoes to cheesecake on a stick, 250 commercial vendors, plus entertainment by locals such as Ballet Folklorico Algeria, Soul Luck Blues Review, Dance Factory, Mo's Swingas, and Minute Man Youth Band.
Additional Information: Call 714-708-FAIR (3247).
July 15-16, 2000
Celtic Festival
Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds,
Collingwood, Ontario.
Parade of marching pipe and drum bands, many childrens activities, demonstrations of Celtic instrument-making and weaving, genealogy help, music and dancers.
Details: Call 705-444-7750.
July 15-16, 2000
Santa Barbara French Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California.
3 stages of entertainment, an Eiffel Tower, films, art, puppet shows and storytellers for children, classic autos, Poodle parade, outdoor market with produce and fresh flowers, French food specialties such as quiche, onion soup and breads and pastries.
Further Information: Call 805-564-PARIS.
July 15-16, 2000
Sequim Lavender Festival
Sequim, Washington.
Street Faire, farm tours, demonstrations on lavender crafts and cuisine, food and music.
Additional Details: Call 800-500-8401.
July 15-16, 2000
Central Coast Renaissance Festival
El Chorro Park on Highway 1,
San Luis Obispo, California.
Music, plays, food and drink. Over 100 craftspeople, actors and musicians on-hand to entertain This is a ticketed event.
More: Call 800-688-1477.
July 18-22, 2000
Summer Arts Festival
University of Washington,
Seattle, Washington.
Lecture series, Kronos Quartet, K-14 educational workshops, lunch hour lecture series, cinema, Hamlet, Chamber Dance Company (ticketed events).
Additional Details: Call 206-685-3765.
July 18-30, 2000
Galway Arts Festival
Town Hall Theatre (and other venues),
Galway City, Galway, Ireland.
Visual arts, theatre, music, The Laird's New Kilt (musical for children), plus over 60 film offerings. Some events have admission charge.
More Information: Call 353 91 583800.
July 19-22, 2000
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
South University area,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Nearly 200 artists are expected to exhibit at this 41st annual event, with about 500,000 visitors attending. Demonstrations of work such as handspinning and clay sculpture.
Further Details: Call 734-994-5260.
July 21-23, 2000
Vermont Quilt Festival
Norwich University,
Northfield, Vermont.
Over 350 new and antique quilts displayed, plus merchant booths, childrens activities, lectures and workshops.
More Information: Call 802-485-7092.
July 21-23, 2000
Festival at the Edge
Stokes Barn,
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England.
In addition to crafts, workshops and music concerts, you can listen to tales from folks such as Duncan Williamson of Scotland, David Hold of the US, Michael Harvey of Wales, and others. There are stories around the campfire at night.
Additional Details: Call 01952 504882.
July 21-23, 2000
Kimberly Paperfest
Sunset Park,
Kimberly, Wisconsin.
Sports events including fishing tournament, strongest men contest, music and other entertainment, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 920-788-7507.
July 21-30, 2000
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Frontier Park,
Cheyenne, Wyoming.
This event has run for over 100 years, with this year's celebration including parades, country music concerts, air show, arts and crafts, carnival, rodeo competitions, chili cook-off, square dancing.
More Information: Call 800-227-6336.
July 26-August 6, 2000
California Mid-State Fair
2198 Riverside Avenue,
Paso Robles, California.
The usual fair offerings, plus lots of music (much of it included in admission price) by Merle Haggard, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Taylor Dayne, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvin Bishop, Air Supply, The Bellamy Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Ann Rimes (ticketed), Lenny Kravitz (ticketed).
Further Details: Call 805-239-0655.
July 28-30, 2000
Quick Chek New Jersy Festival of Ballooning
Solberg Airport,
Readington, New Jersey.
Over 100 balloons (many in special shapes) take to the air at this festival, which also includes a concert by the Beach Boys, aerial acrobatics teams, arts and crafts exhibits, appearancees by the Meow Mix Mobile and the Purina Dog Chow Incredible Dog Team, plenty of food and drink. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
More: Call 800-HOTAIR9.
July 28-30, 2000
Bele Chere Festival
Haywood Street and downtown area,
Ashville, North Carolina.
Ironman obstacle course, bungee run, community
wall mural, 3 on 3 basketball shootout, rugby, U.S. Marine Corps Chin-Up Challenge, musical entertainment (swing music and more), international food booths, many arts and crafts booths.
Additional Information: Call 828-259-5800
(same number for Exhibit Inquiries.)
July 28-30, 2000
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Par,,
Gilroy, California.
In its 22nd year, this celebration of garlic includes 100 juried arts and crafts vendors, childrens entertainment area, 3 stages of music plus strolling musicians, and food: corn on the cob with garlic butter, garlic pistachios and almonds, garlic kettle corn, waffle cones, garlic fries, frozen chocolate-dipped fruit, deep-fried mushrooms and artichokes, and garlic ice cream. There is an admission fee. This festival is in a region that can be a real hot-spot, so if you go, take sun protection. Please leave Fido home, but if you get there and still have Fido, visit the Kennel canopy near the main gate. Water pistols and other such devices are forbidden on festival grounds, as are coolers, cans and glass.
Additional Details: Call 408-842-1625.
July 28-30, 2000
German Fest
Henry Maier Festival Park,
Wilwaukee, Wisconsin.
German music and other entertainment on 9 stages, a marketplace, arts and crafts, parade and fireworks, tuba contests, cultural area includes genealogical help, and there is plenty of German food.
More Information: Call 800-355-9067 or

July 28-August 6, 2000
Hawaii Farm Fair
Aloha Stadium,
Honolulu, Hawaii.
Farmers market, carnival rides, entertainment, games, food booths.
Further Details: Call 808-486-9300.

July 29-30, 2000
Salsa Festival
Plaza Park,
Oxnard, California.
Festival marketplace with merchandise, salsa samples, latin bands, dance contests, many international foods. Admission is free.
Additional Information: Call 805-247-0197.

July 29-30, 2000
Tater Toot
Main Street,
Almond, Wisconsin.
Parade, carnival, arts and crafts, variety of potato dishes.
Details: Call 715-366-4311.

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

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Summer Resources

Taking a trip this summer? If you were going to take one, but decided you couldn't quite afford it, go look at Global Reservations.
You can check on availability of (and in some cases, reserve) rental cars, rail passes for Europe and Great Britain, and discount air fares. There are also hotels with discounts of up to 65 percent.

If you or a member of your family have special travel needs, check out Access-Able Travel Source. It's full of great information like TTY numbers, accessible cruise ships, tours and more.

If the boss says you're all just too busy for vacations this year, take him or her with you. While you're at it, take the whole department with you. The BellWether Group specializes in planning group travel for meetings, trade shows and other business needs.

If the doctor told you (or you choose to) cut down (or cut out) the 14-ounce steaks and the turkey drumsticks, you might want to consider Vegetarian Vacations.
They'll help you find vegetarian or vegan tours, retreats and holidays.

If you can't justify a vacation unless you are doing something useful, maybe you'd like to be part of La Sabranenque volunteer restoration projects in Provence, France.
Learn techniques from experienced workers and then spend a couple of weeks doing stone masonry, tiling and other hands-on work that preserves the local architecture.

You might go to Provence or to some other far-away place if you contact Global Volunteers.
Click on their Volunteer Opportunities link to see where some current needs are.

Are you a single parent? Quality Time Travel specializes in finding vacations for you and your child or children.

Are you a grandparent raising a child (or just wanting to take them on a trip you can both enjoy?)
Grandtravel will find the perfect spot for you.

Afraid to leave the house unattended? Holi-Swaps will help you find someone in one of 60 countries to swap housing with, for mutual peace-of-mind.
So will Vacation Homes Limited.

Here are some packing tips by veteran travelers who have learned by doing.

Great Photos
No matter where you go on vacation, you'll want some pictures to place in your albums. These Photo Tips will help you get the most from your camera.
Here are a few more tips.

BBQ or Barbecue or Bar-B-Cue
Learn tips on bbq and smoking techiniques, find mailing lists, and more, at Garry's BBQ Pit.

Here are links to dozens of good recipes for the grill, including some vegetable ones.
And these are bbq recipes.
(hhhhhmmmm...I guess real bbq wouldn't include any vegetables, except maybe as side dishes.

Here's another batch of grill recipes featuring marinades.

Need a nice deck on which to place that grill?
Here are some deck building tips.
Here's another how-to on porches, patios and decks.
Do you already have a deck, but feel too ashamed for people to see it? Check out these tips on taking care of stains and discolorations.

Mosquito Wars
When you and your friends/family gather for an outdoor backyard meal, do you end up being the feast because of mosquitos? If the problem is really bad, you might want to consider this mean-looking Mosquito Magnet. (Click on the link to the left for the "Residential Model".) This contraption mimics a mammal and draws the little bloodsuckers to their demise.

Speaking of the backyard and outdoor exposure, let's face it. Sunburn is a first-degree burn. Listen up, fair-skinned people. Would you put your hand under scalding hot water or touch a hot surface to purposefully burn yourself so you could get a tan? Why take chances with your skin in the sun? And you folks with darker complexions need to be careful too. You might not burn as quickly as a fair-skinned person, but you can also be doing a lot of damage to your skin. If the backyard includes a pool, be especially watchful, and apply sunblock faithfully.

Backyard Color
Backyard looking drab this summer? Try gardening in containers.
You can add color, dress up corners of the lawn, and create a better sense of balance to your backyard.


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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If you do any of your own fireworks displays this year, please be safe.

     bullet      If it's too hot to run the traditional oven, try these microwave recipes from Arielle's Recipe Archives.

Did you know that IBM offers a free Introduction to Java Online Course?
You don't have to be wealthy to help someone. You can buy a special food biscuit product that costs a little over one dollar. Four dollars buys a blanket for disaster survivors. Find out more at the
Really Useful Gift Catalog.

Bet you didn't know you could go Caving in Jamaica.

If you despise the haggling with car lot salespeople, but you want a decent deal on a car, you might be able to use's Personal Shopper.
(Right now the service is limited to certain states.)

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Find great restaurant reviews and more at

A Good Investment Of Time And Money...

If you've been asked to chair
the committee for the fund-raising
talent show for next year, you need
Blueprints For Greenbacks.

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Rubber stamp collectors!
Anne-Made Designs has a 258-page catalog.
To get yours, you'll need a check for $8.50.
(if you are new to stamping, I should tell you
it's a common practice to pay for catalogs)

This will get you a full catalog and supplements, plus first-timers
get a 3-by-5 card of assorted unmounted stamps to
enjoy (Anne's choice).

Send your $8.50 to:
Anne-Made Designs
Anne Olney
PO Box 697-D
Erwin TN 37650

You can tell Anne I sent you,
but she'll give you prompt, professional
service anyway--it's just her style.


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