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June Events
Festivals For June Travelers

June 4-7, 2003
Jubilee Days
Warsaw, Missouri.
Parade, crafts, carnival, car show and more.
Additional Details: Call 660-438-5922.

June 5-7, 2003
Steamboat Days
Des Arc, Arkansas.
Chili cooking contest, carnival, talent contest, world backseat driving contest, music, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, events for kids, food vendors and more. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 870-256-3660 or 501-516-6061.

June 5-8, 2003
Church Point Buggy Festival
City Park,
Church Point, Louisiana.
Accordion contest, queen pageant, carnival, parades, music, buggy display, Cajun food and more.
Further Information: Call 337-684-2739.

June 5-8, 2003
Salty Sea Days
unknown venue(s),
Everett, Washington.
Parade, pancake breakfast, canoe races, classic car show, fireworks.
Additional Details: Call 425-339-1113.

June 6-8, 2003
Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival
Cambridge Central School,
Cambridge, New York.
Aviation Days, Taste of Cambridge, famers market, balloon ascension, crafts and vendor fair, ball, bbq and more.
More: Call 518-677-0887.

June 6-8, 2003
Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Maverick Stadium,
Arlington, Texas.
Pub tent, kilted golf tournament, Medieval Scotland living history area, falconry demonstrations, foods such as bangers and scotch eggs, Bonniest Knees contest, All-Scottish breed dog show, shortbread baking contest, arts and crafts and more.
Additional Details: Call 800-342-4305.

June 6-8, 2003
Strolling of the Heifers
Brattleboro, Vermont.
Heifers on Parade, Dairyfest, marketplace, Vermont Farm Women photo exhibit, brunch, square dancing, Heifer Ball and more.
Information: Call 877-VTSBEST.

June 6-8, 2003
Sparta Butter Festival
Sparta Memorial Park,
Sparta, Wisconsin.
Milking contest, parade, car show, carnival rides, softball tournament, fire department water fights, strongman competition, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, bingo and more. The event is in its 19th year.
Details: Call 800-354-2453.

June 6-8, 2003
Country Days
Long Park,
Farmington, Missouri.
Arts and crafts, diaper derby, music and dancing, moonlight bike ride, antique tractor show, water wars, pony rides, bed race, rides, concerts.
More: Call 573-756-3615.

June 6-8, 2003
Mission Mountain Testicle Festival
Branding Iron Bar and Grill,
Charlo, Montana.
This is held in a bar and grill on Main Street. The fun includes darts, horseshoes, pool and shuffleboard games. There are T-shirts and other items available and the uh--specialty is served breaded and deep-fried. People in the community bring side dishes, so it's a neighborhood kind of celebration, but new friends are always welcome. Music accompanies the event. There are alcoholic beverages served, so be aware of the atmosphere if you are considering a family day.
Further Details: Call 406-644-2984.

June 6-8, 2003
Tremont Turkey Festival
unknown venue(s),
Tremont, Ilinois.
Pancake and sausage breakfast, carnival, craft show, strawberry shortcake, softball tournament, petting zoo, antique corner, horseshoe tournament, bed races, late night coffee house, vendors, music, parade, turkey hot wings.
Additional Information: Call (unable to supply).

June 6-14, 2003
Riverbend Festival
Downtown along Riverfront,
Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Fireworks, area for kids, Riverbend Run, lumberjack show, music on several stages, foods such as funnel cakes, kabobs and Cajun red beans and rice. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but please do not bring coolers, pets or skateboards.
Details: Call 423-756-2211.

June 7, 2003
Delta Crawfish Festival
unknown venue(s),
Paragould, Arkansas.
Cajun cuisine, crawfish eating contest, Cajun and Zydeco music, plus I hear they sell fried Twinkies.
More Information: Call 870-335-2121.

June 7-8, 2003
Riverless Festival
Phillipsburg, Kansas.
5 mile run, 2 mile run/walk, turtle races, arts and crafts, flea market, antique bridal fashion show, car show and cruise, Christmas in June visit with Santa, Red Cross bake sale.
More: Call 785-543-2321 or 800-543-2321.

June 7-8, 2003
Heritage Days BBQ &
Crafts Festival

Main Street,
Pleasanton, California.
Arts and crafts, beer and wine garden, ethnic and BBQ foods, musical entertainment.
Further Details: Call 925-484-2199.

June 7-8, 2003
Kimmswick Strawberry Festival
unknown venue(s),
Kimmswick, Missouri.
Music, food, entertainment, more than 50 Corvettes on display Sunday, booths, food.
More: Call 636-464-6464.

June 7-8, 2003
Fairport Canal Days
various venues,
Fairport, New York.
More than 300 artisans display and sell their work, and more than 40 food vendors help feed some 200,000 people. There will also be musical entertainment and activities for kids.
Additional Information: Call 585-234-4322.

June 9-14, 2003
Pink Tomato Festival
Courthouse Square area,
Warren, Arkansas.
Tomato packing contest, parade, fish fry, events for kids, tomato eating contest, pink tomatoes for sale, antique car show, wrestling matches, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, food and drink, entertainment, pageant, turtle races and more. This is their 47th year.
Further Details: Call 870-226-5225.

June 11-14, 2003
Bushwhacker Days
Nevada, Missouri.
Street fair, carnival, car show, crafts, entertainment.
More: Call 417-667-5300.

June 12-14, 2003
Steamboat Festival
Riverfront Festival Park,
Peoria, Illinois.
Carnival rides, entertainment, food vendors.
Additional Details: Call 309-681-0696.

June 12-15, 2003
Louisiana Peach Festival
unknown venue(s),
Ruston, Louisiana.
Music, theatre, dinner dance, sports tournaments, parade, food, arts and crafts.
Further Information: Call 800-392-9032.

June 13-14, 2003
Heritage Days
Lexington, Missouri.
Carnival, beer garden, arts and crafts, garden tour, parade, food and music.
More: Call 660-259-3082.

June 13-14, 2003
Texas Blueberry Festival
various venues,
Nacogdoches, Texas.
Blues Concert, blueberry ice cream contest, activities for kids, blueberry cobbler baking contest, Too Blue petting zoo, blueberry pancake breakfast, pie eating contest, Deja Blue car parade, Deja Blue swap meet, Blue Threads costume contest and more.
Additional Details: Call 936-560-5533.

June 13-15, 2003
Quechee Balloon Festival
Village Green,
Quechee, Vermont.
Events for kids, balloon glow, craft fair, wandering entertainers, stage entertainment, plus festival foods such as sausages and ice cream. Please do not bring pets.
More: Call 802-295-7900.

June 13-15, 2003
McClure Radish Festival
Big Creek Park,
McClure, Ohio.
Dance, country and polka music, chicken bbq, radish bobbing and radish eating, kiddy tractor pulls, classic rock music, beer and bratwurst, and more. There is an admission charge.
Further Information: Call 419-592-1786.

June 13-22 and 27-28, 2003
Nebraskaland Days
various venues,
North Platte, Nebraska.
Miss Rodeo Nebraska Luncheon, Chuck Wagon breakfast, mayor's prayer breakfast, bratwurst luncheon, chili cooking contest, flapjack feed, parades, concerts and more.
Details: Call 308-532-7939.

June 14, 2003
9-1-1 Heritage Day Festival
Downtown mall,
Haleyville, Alabama.
Arts and crafts, face painting, fire and rescue demonstrations, car and motorcycle show, carriage rides, beauty pageant and more.
Information: Call 205-486-4984.

June 14-15, 2003
Maine Fiber Frolic
Windsor Fairgrounds
on Route 32,
Windsor, Maine.
Sheepdog demonstrations, llama drill team, goat and llama shows, speakers, fleece show and sale, felting competition, stitch-and-spin-drop-in-center, used equipment sale, workshops in dyeing, workshops in rabbit care, parade of animals and more.
Additional Details: Call 207-549-4591.

June 14-15, 2003
Kite Festival
Softball Field W. of Hwy 434,
Angel Fire, New Mexico.
Kite-building workshops, demonstrations, vendors, refreshments. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 800-446-8117.

June 14-15, 2003
Heritage Days Festival
Cumberland, Maryland.
Historic military encampments, train-related events, fun for kids, exhibits, arts and crafts, horse-drawn trolley rides, pony rides, music. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 301-777-2787.

June 14-15, 2003
Allentown Art Festival
Buffalo, New York.
Over 600,000 people visit this annual event (now in its 46th year), which features more than 400 juried visual arts exhibitors, plus food and entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 716-881-4269.

The ABC Art & Craft Event Directory:
2003 National Edition
by Mary Reed

Carnival Secrets
by Matthew L. Gryczan

June 16-23, 2003
Hampton County Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Hampton, South Carolina.
Arts and crafts, dancing, entertainment, melon runs, parade.
More: Call 803-943-4978.

June 17-22, 2003
Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival
various venues
Brookville, Pennsylvania.
Sidewalk sale, Las Vegas Night, Laurel Run, parade, events for seniors, car show, food, music and more.
Additional Details: Call 814-849-8448.

June 18-21, 2003
London Strawberry Festival
Village Park,
Whitehouse, Ohio.
Race and walk, Little Shortcake contest, vendors, baking contest, Ohio Bicentennial parade, bicycle decorating contest, pet contest, strawberry recipe contest, bike tour, lots of strawberry foods.
Find Out More: Call 740-852-6321.

June 18-21, 2003
City Park
and other venues,
Bay Springs, Mississippi.
Carnival rides, arts and crafts, mule pull, watermelon eating contest, Bayless Pie eating contest, military display, helicopter rides, tomato throwing contest, and more.
Details: Call 601-764-4112.

June 18-22, 2003
Brunswick Old Fashioned Days
various venue(s),
Brunswick, Ohio.
Beauty pageant, carnival rides, rolling pin toss, fireworks, penny find, talent show, football toss, pie eating contest, baking contest, karaoke, parade, toilet seat toss, watermelon eating contest, and more.
Further Information: Call 330-273-4492.

June 19-22, 2003
Little Bighorn Days
Hardin, Montana.
Rodeo events, parades, Custer's Last Stand reenactment, arts and crafts, entertainment, food and more.
Additional Details: Call 888-450-3577.

June 20-21, 2003
Berry Festival
Kitchen Kettle Village,
Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
Food displays and many cooking ideas using berries, jazz, banjo music. This is the 8th year for the festival.
More: Call 800-732-3538.

June 20-22, 2003
Polish Festival
Maier Festival Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kids 15 and younger are admitted free with an adult. Enjoy Polish culture, food, music and dance
Further Details: Call 414-529-2140.

June 20-22, 2003
Musky Festival
various venues,
Hayward, Wisconsin.
Carnival, fishing contest, ice cream eating contest for kids, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, face painting, pony rides, 3-on-3 basketball, dunk tank, queen pageant, music, Open Bench & Power Lifting Meet, parade, food and more.
Details: Call 715-634-8662.

June 20-22, 2003
Whittington Park,
Greenwood, Mississippi.
Balloon Glow, Bluesfest on Sunday, Bikefest of more than 250 Harleys (and other motorcycles), fireworks, carnival rides, midway, kids zone, petting zoo, entertainment, souvenirs, food, plus this year The Doobie Brothers are scheduled to perform.
Find Out More: Call 800-748-9064.

June 20-22, 2003
Community Days
Markey Park,
Belton, Missouri.
Carnival, parade, entertainment, car show, contests, business fair, vendor booths, fireworks and more.
Learn More: Call 816-331-2420.

June 20-22, 2003
Rockwood River and Rails Festival
unknown venue(s),
Rockwood, Pennsylvania.
Antique cars, petting zoo, train displays, miniature train rides for children, music and more. There is no admission charge.
Additional Details: Call 814-926-2873.

June 21, 2003
Alabama Blueberry Festival
Jefferson Davis Comm. College,
Brewton, Alabama.
Children's games and activities, arts and crafts, blueberry treats and crates of blueberries for sale, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 334-867-3224.

June 21, 2003
Strawberry Festival
Owego, New York.
Recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Owego Police Department, music, zoomobile, strolling entertainers, crafts and more.
More: Call 607-687-2556.

June 21-22, 2003
Route 66 Festival
City Park,
Waynesville, Missouri.
Poker Run along Old Route 66, classic car show, crafts, swap meet, events for kids, food.
More Information: Call 573-336-6355.

June 21-22, 2003
Riverwalk Festival
unknown venue(s),
Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Entertainment, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, food.
Further Details: Call 910-937-7222.

June 26-28, 2003
County Courthouse area,
Malvern, Arkansas.
Pie baking contest, fishing tournament, brick-related contests, music and more.
Additional Details: Call 501-332-3638.

June 27-28, 2003
Purplehull Pea Festival
various venues,
Emerson, Arkansas.
Pageant, auction, Brisket & the Trimmings supper, fishing derby for children, domino tournament, seniors day on Friday, pea shelling competition, arts and crafts, Million Tiller Parade, Tiller Race, street dance and more.
Learn More: Call 870-547-2707.

June 27-29, 2003
Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival
Goshen, Connecticut.
Hawaiian Shirt Party, mass balloon launch, Blues music, hare and hound aerial race, hot air balloon rides, vendors, entertainment, and festival foods such as fried dough, kettle corn and ice cream.
Additional Details: Call 860-582-1004.

June 27-29, 2003
Lorain International Festival
Veterans Memorial Park,
Lorain, Ohio.
More than 50 international food choices, parade, entertainment, breakfast.
Find Out More: Call 440-282-6263.

June 27-29, 2003
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest XIX
Howell High School,
Howell, Michigan.
More than 50 balloons, car show, twilight sale in downtown area, balloon rides for folks who use wheelchairs, Medieval Village, car show, carnival, arts and crafts.
Information: Call 517-546-3920.

June 27-29, 2003
Ohio Irish Festival
Nautica Entertainment Complex,
Cleveland, Ohio.
Arts and crafts, kids' games, Irish music and stories, traditional Irish foods such as cabbage and noodles and the potato pancake known as boxty (as well as the more well-known festival foods).
Additional Details: Call 877-644-7474 or 440-777-2680.

June 27 - July 6, 2003
2003 Taste of Chicago
Grant Park,
Chicago, Illinois.
Buy food and beverage tickets and then use them to buy your tastes. There are fireworks on July 3, a Baseball Road Show display, music, rides and more. Please bring no pets and no alcohol.
More: Call 312-744-3370.

June 28-29, 2003
Freedom Festival
unknown venue,
Albertville, Alabama.
Car show, fireworks, games for kids and more.
Information: Call 256-878-3821 or 800-878-3821.

June 28-29, 2003
Manayunk Arts Festival
Main Street,
Manayunk, Pennsylvania.
More than 250 artisans participate, plus there is a Children's Clothesline Art Exhibition, entertainment, retail shopping and food.
More: Call 215-482-9565.

June 28-29, 2003
Strawberry Festival
Historic District,
Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Pet Talent Show, fine art fair, Berry Big 5K Run/Walk/Roll, wine tasting, pancake breakfast, music, marketplace, strawberry bubble gum blowing, and plenty of strawberry treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries and strawberry ice cream.
Further Details: Call 800-237-2834 or 262-377-9620.

June 28 - July 6, 2003
Kutztown Festival
Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
This Pennsylvania Dutch event features a quilt sale, 200 demonstrating craftspeople, music on five stage, and offers many traditional foods.
Details: Call 888-674-6136.

June 29 - July 5, 2003
Groundhog Festival
Barclay Square,
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Crafts, Food Alley, entertainment, Classic Car Cruise, events for children, various church and organizatio bake sales, rock climb and more.
Find Out More: Call 800-752-7445.

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

June 6-8 Elvis Presley Festival, Tupelo, Mississippi, 662-841-6598
June 6-8 Corn Festival, Bunkie, Louisiana, 318-346-2575
June 6-8 Diamond Festival, Town Square, Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 870-285-3131
June 7 , Elmwood Strawberry Festival,Central Park, Elmwood, Illinois, 309-742-8272
June 7-8 Art in the Park, Columbia, Missouri, 573-443-8838
June 12-15 Kolach Days, Verdigris, Nebraska, 402-668-2305
June 13-15 Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, 410-437-9066
June 13-15 Festival of the Fish, Victory Park, Vermillion, Ohio, 440-967-4477
June 13-15 Edmonds Arts Festival, Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds, Washington, 425-771-6412
June 14 Lititz Ambucs Crafts in the Park, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 717-626-1510
June 14 Strawberry Festival & Craft Show, New Friendship School, Palermo, New Jersey, 609-390-5656
June 14-15 Danville Arts Festival, Danville, California, unknown phone
June 14-15 Main Street Festival, Polson, Montana, 406-883-5800
June 14-15 Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 800-259-1714
June 14-15 West Boulevard Summer Festival, Rapid City, South Dakota, 605-348-9439
June 14-15 Juneteenth Festival, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California, 415-931-2729
June 14-15 Juneteenth Festival, Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo, New York, 716-857-2121
June 14-15 Daylily Festival, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-830-4447
June 14-15 Potomac Celtic Festival, Morven Park International Equestrian Center, Leesburg, Virginia, 800-752-6118
June 14-15 Cave Springs Art Festival, Rome, Georgia, 706-777-8458
June 17 Snowshoe Thompson Festival, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, Nevada, 775-265-6097
June 19-21 Heritage Days, Princeville, Illinois, 309-385-4549
June 19-22 AthFest, Downtown, Athens, Georgia, 706-548-1973
June 21-28 Smethport's Sesquicentennial Celebration, Smethport, Pennsylvania, 814-887-5772
June 22-28 Peach Festival, Clanton, Alabama, 205-755-6740
June 22-29 Helen Keller Festival, Downtown & Spring Park, Tuscumbia, Alabama, 256-383-0783 or 800-344-0783
June 25-29 Lewis & Clark Festival, Great Falls, Montana, 406-452-5661
June 26-29 Dairy Festival & County Rodeo, Tillamook, Oregon, 503-842-7525
June 26-29 Strawberry Festival, YMCA, Bigler, New York, unknown phone
June 27-29 Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, California, 831-394-2652
June 27-29 Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, Moorhead, Minnesota, 218-299-5452
June 27-29 Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival, Hot Springs, South Dakota, unknown phone
June 27-29 Italian American Weekend, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 609-729-6223
June 27-29 Pearl Day, City Park, Pearl, Mississippi, 601-932-3541
June 28 Antique, Arts & Crafts Show, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 717-684-5249
June 28 Sweet Corn Festival, East Prairie, Missouri, 573-649-5243
June 28 Cedar Bluff Liberty Day, 3420 Spring Street, Cedar Bluff, Iowa, 256-779-6121
June 28-29 Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival, Main Street, Lockport, New York, 716-433-0813

Other June 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
June 6-8 Contemporary Crafts Market, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, unknown phone
June 7-8 Yada Yada Parade & Antique Fair, Kingman, Arizona, 928-753-9095
June 7-8 Minden Arts & Crafts Fair, Esmerelda Street, Minden, Nevada, 775-7822-2444
June 7-8 Crazy Horse Volksmarch, Crazy Horse, South Dakota, 605-673-4681
June 12-14 New Jersey Quilt Convention, NJ Convention & Expo Center, Edison, New Jersey, 732-591-0257
June 13-15 Art By The Falls, Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 440-247-7507
June 14-15 Big Daddy's Day Weekend Cool Car Show, Addison, Texas, 972-450-6221
June 14-15 Arts & Crafts Fiesta, City Park, Cortez, Colorado, 970-565-3414
June 14-15 Art in the Park, Civic Center Park, St. Joseph, Missouri, 816-279-3199
June 14-15 Amphibian & Reptile Celebration, Kern River Preserve, Weldon, California, 760-378-3044
June 16-19 National Marbles Tournament, Ringer Stadium, Wildwood, New Jersey, 301-724-1297
June 20-21 Sidewalk Art Mart, Helena, Montana, 406-443-2242
June 20-29 Reno Rodeo, Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nevada, 775-329-3877
June 21 Truck Driving Championships, Portland, Oregon, 503-513-0005

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Life Education:
Learning Out Of The Box

June has traditionally featured "Summer School", but this year I had very little time to research and prepare the June issue. Since life itself is a school, I decided to take some of the events from the last few weeks and use them as a springboard for learning. On my recent trip to Southern California I had a huge "classroom" from which to gather knowlege.

I've been bitten by spiders and stung by wasps, but I got my first sting by a good old honey bee a couple of weeks ago. It was an extremely hot day, and I was wearing a floral-patterned top, and didn't see the critter as it hovered near my sleeve when I got into a car. When I reached back for my seat belt I trapped the bee just at the sleeveline and it zapped me (a suicide mission for the bee). Other than the initial pain and swelling around the sting, I suffered no other ill effects except a rush of adrenalin. Some people are not so fortunate. Up to one hundred people die every year from an allergic reaction to the stings. This information on first aid for bee stings contains remedies and gives cautions on when to get medical help. One fellow seems to feel we've overblown the dangers of allergic reactions for the majority of the population, and recommends a bit of calm reason in this article. Bee venom is sometimes used as a form of therapy for arthritis and similar conditions.
What about those Africanized Honey Bees?

My second "nature nugget" of recent weeks was a mild case of poison oak, probably obtained second-hand from a friendly dog who'd been roaming trails. Everyone seems to have their favorite remedy, and this site explores several possibilities. The Poison Oak FAQ injects a bit of humor (along with some facts) into the situation.

After the wilds of desert canyons, one would think a nap was in order, but I found myself accompanying a friend to the concrete jungles of building supply stores, tile showrooms and tile warehouses. Tile has come a long way. Click on the Products link at Florida Tile. Or browse the choices at Monterey Ceramic Tile and Marble. Mission Tile West has an online catalog, and so does Porcelanosa Florida.
Exotic Metal Interiors has metallic tiles. You can even buy glass tiles made from recycled products.
The folks at Import Tile can provide you with heated tile flooring.
The Tile Doctor has a history on the making and use of tile, several how-to's, and a form that lets you enter the space you want to tile and the size of the tiles you are using. It then calculates the amount of tile you will need for the project.

Back to nature: On my trip I heard that rattlesnake bites are on the rise. I also learned that a rattlesnake can lose its rattle tail, and so you may not hear its distinctive warning if you are out traipsing around. And do remember that the bite of a baby rattlesnake is deadly. Watch where you walk, sit and reach when enjoying the outdoors. Don't run headlong through wild areas. And If you simply have to know more about rattlesnakes and the like, visit Steve Irwin's Crocodile Hunter site online.

If you're really disappointed that I didn't do the typical Summer School links, here are a few more sites you can visit:
(Interactive Historical Timelines)

Health, Income, and Inequality
(Interpreting studies and trying to draw appropriate conclusions)

Crumpled Sheets
(Ivars Peterson examines the energy of that wrinkling phenomenon.)

Wind Energy and Wind Turbines
(Informative site on wind energy).

How Things Work
(Questions and answers on real life science.)

Keep Learning!


A Little Browsing...

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.

Scott got to show us his big bad work in the CBS special
Return To The Bat Cave, which aired March 9.


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


Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

Joan Garnand
Creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her designs range from simply elegant to practical to whimsical. Joan also does hand-painted stationery, and she uses her (few) spare moments at festivals to paint faces.
Only a sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


Did you hear about the attorney in San Francisco who wants to stir up some legal trouble for the makers of a certain cookie. (You know the cookie--the one folks love to separate so they can get at all that cream in the middle). Apparently it has something to do with the fats in the cookie--which I suppose would make sense if they were marketing it as a healthy carrot bar.
If you are think Americans are too sue-happy, check out CFRILA, which is Citizens for Reducing the Impact of Lawyers on America. Among their goals are more power for judges to toss out frivilous lawsuits and the elimination of class action suits.

If you enjoy his comments, but you've missed a broadcast and want to catch up, check out Paul Harvey.

When commentator Art Bell had to cut way back on activities due to health issues, George Noory is the one who picked up the bat. Check out his site at Coast To Coast AM.

Search engine Google has now given us Froogle. My search in Home and Garden under Appliances led me to Major Kitchen Appliances where I searched specifically for Refrigerators and Freezers and got 3447 choices. That's enough to keep me very busy for awhile.
You can do a directory browse, or you can do a specific search, or even an advanced search.

You can buy and sell used CDs, Videos and DVDs at
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