Deb's Monthly Review
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Festivals for Travelers, Sites of the Month, Special Feature, Quotes, Opinions, Rants, Praises.
Unless otherwise noted, opinions are solely that of the editor.

Special Quote
"There is no perfect
time to write.
There's only now."
--Barbara Kingsolver
vertical divider To parents, teachers, and other guardians of children:
The Review is a place where adults or kids should be able
to stop by and browse.
But, remember - I have no control over outside links.
For happiest results, please surf the Web with your kids!


The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Metal Web News
Welding, sculpting, design and more.

Personal Home Page
Of The Month:

The Islander Homepage
Chris Cull's marine and woodworking themes.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

If you want to provide online basic support for a product or service, this could be your answer.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2000
Plus links to other Cinco de Mayo sites.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:
Java-based Connect Four, Midtris, more.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

Rabies Homepage from Centers for Disease Control
Forget myths about flesh-eating bacteria in bananas, and go get your pet vaccinated against this deadly disease.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Brief History of Brazil
A tiny look back at a big country.

May Events
festivals For May Travelers

May 2-14, 2000
Contraband Days
Lake Charles Civic Center,
Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Did pirate Jean Lafitte really bury treasure near the Louisiana waterways? We may never know for certain, but visitors to this festival have a great time anyway, with a carnival, boat parades, petting zoo and endangered animal displays, stage shows, theatre, bathtub races, bed races, 5-mile run, arm wrestling tournaments, car show, collectibles show, souvenir booths, Kids World stage, state choir contest (and a mass choir), costume contest, limbo contest, celebrity crawfish races, and more. There is a small admission charge.
Additional Details: 337-436-5508.
May 5-7, 2000
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
Wildlife Refuge Center (and other venues), Homer, Alaska.
Bird film festivals, photography workshops, birding classes and guided walks, talks on falconry, bird calling contest, boat and air tours, arts and crafts fair at the high school, 5-K Migration Run, refreshments.
Further information: Call 907-235-7740.

May 6-7
Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival
E.G. Simmons Park, Ruskin, Florida.

Entertainment, car show, bike show, games, rock climb, crafts and food (including free sliced tomatoes).
More: 813-645-3808.
May 6-7, 2000
Jean Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
Pike Pioneer Museum, Troy, Alabama.
Arts and crafts, entertainment. Admission is charged.
Additional details: Call 334-566-3597.

May 6-7, 2000
Central Valley Renaissance Festival
Pedro Ranch on Highway 49,
Sonora, California.
3500 people usually attend this event, held from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening.
Details: Call 800-688-1477.

May 6-7, 2000
Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Park (on Beltline Road),
Richardson, Texas.
This festival has been held every spring (there's also a fall session) for over 30 years. More than 200 artists showcase their talents in a variety of art mediums. Music and food add more fun to the atmosphere.
Further information: Call 972-669-0912.
May 6-7, 2000
Snellville Days Festival
T.W. Briscoe Park, Snellville, Georgia.
About 17,000 attend this event for the craft show, parade, car shows, entertainment.
More: Call 770-985-3535.
May 6-21, 2000
Oklahoma Renaissance Faire
The Castle at 3400 Fern Mountain Road,
Muskogee, Oklahoma.
As many as 60,000 attend over the course of this event, which runs from 11-6 daily.
Details: Call 918-687-3625.
May 12-13, 2000
Downtown, Guin, Alabama.
Bakeoff, music, flea market, arts and crafts, dog show, train rides, helicopter rides, food and music.
More Information: Call 205-468-2118.
May 12-13, 2000
Poke Salat Festival
Downtown, Arab, Alabama.
Arts and crafts and more.
Further Details: Call 256-586-9913.
May 12-14, 2000
Latin American Fiesta
Ybor City, Florida.
Now in its 73rd year, this multicultural event includes a queen's pageantry, food and entertainment.
More Information: Call 813-238-9584.
May 12-14, 2000
Stanford Powow
Stanford Campus, Stanford, California.
Traditional native American dance competitions in many age categories, drum contests, 5k run, more. This is an alcohol-free event.
Details: Call 650-723-4078.
May 12-21, 2000
Lilac Festival
Highland Park, Rochester, New York.
Historical exhibits of Rochester's botanical parks, classes on making nature prints, lectures, walking tours of planted areas, parade, arts and crafts, music by Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Camp Good Days Children's 1k (at any pace: every contestant who finishes wins), wine tastings and farmer's market, skater's Lilac Loop, food concessions ranging from candy apples to London Broil.
Further Information: Call 716-234-4717.
May 12-21, 2000
Canadian Tulip Festival
Major's Hill Park (and other venues),
Concert series (with artists Michelle Shocked, Iris Dement, Jacksoul, Steve Forbert and others), carnival night, kid zone, Flavours of the Outaouais, parade on Rideau Canal, Tulip Route (imagine over 2 million bulbs blooming in brilliant colors). Some events have admission charge.
Details: Call 613-567-5757.
May 13-14, 2000
Fort Clifton Arts, Music and
Craft Festival

Berberich Park, Fort Clifton, Virginia.
Arts and crafts exhibitors, 20 Civil War exhibitors, confederate reenactments, demonstrations, tours of the fort, children's activities, food and music. Admission is free.
More: Call 804-520-9224.
May 13-14, 2000
Artfest of Henderson
Water Street, Henderson, Nevada.
Up to 40,000 people are expected to attend the event (in its third year) to view over 200 artisans and enjoy food, music and works in fiber, ceramics, metals and other mediums. The festival runs from 10-6 both days.
Further information: Call 480-968-5353.
May 13-14, 2000
Atlanta Celtic Festival
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Music by Liam Clancy, Christine Primrose, Alison Kinnaird, Clandestine and Wild Welsh Women. Arts and crafts, sheepdog demonstrations, Gaelic football, celtic theatre, harp and song workshops. Some events are ticketed ones.
More Details: Call 404-572-8045.
May 13-21, 2000
Rhododendron Festival
Corner of Washington & Adams Streets
(& other venues),
Port Townsend, Washington.
In its 65th year, this festival features an arts and crafts fair, senior dance, gardens, carnival, bed races, pancake breakfast, parade and flower shows.
More Information: Call 360-379-5261
or 360-385-7244.
(Unsure of this area code - it may be 564.)
NOTE: Visit the Food Coop at the corner of Lawrence & Polk for natural foods and unusual products like gourmet cheeses.
See the area in a Water Taxi (call 379-3258 for reservations, which are required).
Check with Washington Trails Association for great hiking ideas.
May 15-16, 2000
Taste Addison
Addison Conference & Theatre Centre,
Addison, Texas.
It's the seventh year for this festival. 50 area restaurants sell sample-sized cuisine for a fun tasting experience. There is also musical entertainment.
Further Information: Call 800-ADDISON.
May 15-30, 2000
Medieval Fantasy Faire
Sandusky River banks, Fremont, Ohio.
Festival runs from 10-6 and is visited by up to 10,000 people.
More Details: Call 419-334-7774.
May 18-21, 2000
Calaveras County Fair &
Jumping Frog Jubilee

Calaveras County Fairgrounds (off Highway
49), Angels Camp, California.
Will the 21 feet 5.75 inches record "Rosie the Ribiter" set back in 1986 finally be broken this year? You can find out, along with enjoying all the typical fair-style events. Listen to tales from Mark Twain and then visit gem displays and animal exhibits, and listen to the sounds of Taiko drumming. There's an " 80's Ladies" concert (by Lacy J. Dalton, Janie Fricke and Juice Newton).
More: Call 209-736-2561.
May 18-28, 2000
Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival
Many venues in Waterloo-Kitchener area,
Juried show, ethnic quilt shows, miniature quilts, quilts for charity auction, luncheons, high teas, workshops.
Further Details: Call 888-804-7909.
May 19-20, 2000
Highway 411 & Moragne Park,
Gadsden, Alabama.
Arts and crafts, children's events, food, water and jet ski performances on the Coosa River, country and classic rock music. Admission is charged.
More Information: Call 256-543-3472.
May 19-20, 2000
Chocolate Festival
Festival grounds (off Milwaukee Avenue
near Echo Lake Park),
Burlington, Wisconsin.
Parade (which includes an impressive 14 bands), fireworks, run/walk, juried art fair, Girl Scout breakfast, ecumenical service, entertainment and chocolate.
Details: Call 262-763-3300.
May 19-20, 2000
Whistle Stop Festival
Downtown, Irondale, Alabama.
Street Fair, live entertainment, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food. No admission is charged.
More: Call 205-956-5962.
May 19-20, 2000
Ohio Folk Festival
Carillon Historical Park, Dayton, Ohio.
Fun and food.
More Information: Call 937-293-2841.
May 19-21, 2000
Sawmill Days
Fisher, Louisiana.
Flea market, arts and crafts, horse and wagon rides, square dancing, food, horseshoe pitching, music in country and bluegrass styles (as well as gospel and western), games, contests.
Additional Details: Call 318-256-3523.
May 19-21, 2000
National Pike Festival and Wagon Train
Clear Spring to Boonsboro, Maryland.
A wagon train will travel 40 miles from Clear Spring to Boonsboro, with stops along the way for barbecues, flea markets, museums and parks.
Further Details: 301-739-4870 or 301-696-2958.
May 19-21, 2000
St. Anthony's Annual Lebanese
Food Festival

4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen, Virginia.
Festival runs from 10-10. Falafel, shish kebab, eating inside or out, takeout available, and you can even buy some items in bulk to take home and freeze. There will also be Lebanese folk music and dancing.
More: Call 804-270-7234.
May 20-21, 2000
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
4253 Ponkan Road, Zellwood, Florida.
"Big Bertha" cooks over 1600 ears of corn every 9 minutes. Plus there are arts and crafts, music (Leo Greenwood, Kentucky Headhunters and others), a souvenir shack, and fresh corn for purchase by crate. The festival runs 10-6 and is a ticketed event (your ticket includes a meal and also all the ears of sweet corn you can eat). No pets are allowed on festival grounds, so make other arrangements for Fido, please, while you enjoy the festival.
Further Details: Call 407-886-0014.
May 20-21, 2000
Iris Festival
Greenville, Tennessee.
Arts and crafts displays and sale, food concessions, horse and carriage rides, historic tours, demonstrations of potter making and blacksmithing, kids korner with arts and crafts and storytelling, music.
More Information: Call 423-638-4111.
NOTE: Nearby in Limestone, Tennessee is the Davy Crockett birthplace, state park and museum.
May 20-21, 2000
Salisbury Faire
Water Works Park, Des Moines, Iowa.
Some 15,000 people are expected at the festival, which runs from 10-7.
Details: Call 515-274-1777.
May 20-21, 2000
Celebrate Santa Cruz Art, Wine &Jazz
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California.
Over 110 artisans, classic car show, children's activities, food, wine tasting, music (includes Monterey Youth Quartet, Real Time, Chimizu and Broken English).
More Information: 831-429-8433.
May 20-21, 2000
Oakdale Chocolate Festival
Wood Park, Oakdale, California.
Fun run, mixed doubles tennis tournament, classic car show, and Chocolate Avenue where you can taste (and buy) truffles, cheesecake, fudge, shakes, cookies and more. Beware: up to 50,000 other people may be tasting along with you. Admission is charged.
More: Call 209-847-2244 (days)
or 209-848-9484 (24 hour recording)
May 20-21, 2000
Mayville Festival of the Arts
Mayville, Wisconsin.
Music (including steel drum bands), make-and-take art, displays, piano concert, millennial events.
Further details: Call 920-387-5776.
May 20-21, 2000
Artichoke Festival
Merritt Street, Castroville, California.
This little agricultural community will be teeming with over 20,000 festival attendees for the car show, parade, 10k race, arts and crafts, food and music by Bo Williams Swing Machine, Mumbo Gumbo, Mariachi California and others. There is an admission charge.
More information: Call 831-633-2465.
May 20-21, 2000
Promenade Tecumseh Festival
Chicago Boulevard, Tecumseh, Michigan.
Tours of historic homes, reeactments, food and crafts.
Further Details: Call 517-423-3740.
May 22-28, 2000
Various venues, Barbados.
Groups from the USA, Canada, UK and Caribbean congregate to celebrate religious music in calypso style, jazz, reggae and soul.
Details: Call 800-221-9831.
May 25-28, 2000
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Cajun music, and uh, crawfish eating contests.
Further Information: Call 318-222-7403.
May 26-27, 2000
Ware Shoals Catfish Festival
Town Square, Ware Shoals, South Carolina.
Parade, children's programs, carnival, food. There is no local lodging, but you can stay in nearby Greenwood, and there is also camping on Highway 25 in Greenwood State Park.
More: Call 864-456-7664.
NOTE: Greenwood is home to the Park Seed Company. If you can't visit South Carolina in person you can still sign the company's email newsletter. Just go to the website for Park Seed.
May 26-27, 2000
Rails 2000 Festival
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum,
Calera, Alabama.
40-minute train rides through the forest, entertainment, food, crafts, children's activities, exhibits of locomotives and old equipment. There is a charge for train rides.
Further Details: Call 800-943-4490.
May 26-28, 2000
Julius Breckling Riverfront Park,
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Demonstation and sales of jewlery, clay objects, wood art and more. There will be alcohol for sale, but you can also buy Bob's fresh-squeezed lemonade and other beverages. Food ranges from eggrolls to Italian sausage (and a twist on traditional funnel cakes with chocolate and caramel ones). Storytelling, clowns, fireworks, interactive art, music by (among others) The Original Drifters, Jars of Clay, The Blues Heavyweights, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Second Baptist Church Praise Team.
More Information: Call 501-255-3378.
May 26-28, 2000
Jubilee Cityfest
Downtown, Montgomery, Alabama.
Four stages of nonstop entertainment, Kidsfest, symphony concerts, NCAA baseball, more.
Details: Call 334-834-7220.
May 26-29, 2000
Coosa River Whitewater Festival
Gold Star Park, Wetumpka, Alabama.
Water-related fun.
More Information: Call 334-272-0952.
May 26-29, 2000
Mule Days Arts and Crafts Festival
City Park, Bishop, California.
Over 200 arts and crafts vendors, face painting and children's activities, music, pancake breakfast, barbecue dinner. The festival is in its 31st year, and is held in conjuction with Mule Days, which is May 24-28 700 mules compete in over 150 events.
Further details: Call 760-872-4263.
May 26 - June 4, 2000
Festival in the Park
Elmwood Park (and others), Roanoke, Virginia.
50's music party with a twist dance contest, music (blues, rock, country, big band), arts and crafts, Salute to Seniors Day (May 30), antique car show, children's activities, 60's party, cycling, road race, softball and volleyball tournaments, nocturnal golf tournament, children's parade. No pets except assistance animals. Most events are free.
Details: Call 540-342-2640.
May 27-28, 2000
Mushroom Mardi Gras
Community Park (corner of Edmundson
Avenue & Monterey Road),
Morgan Hill, California.
In its 21st year. 150 arts and crafts vnedors, music (by Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums and others), wine tasting, gourmet food tasting, micro-beer garden, freedom display, antique cars, marketplace. No pets and no carry-in food. The festival runs from 10-6 and admission is charged.
More: Call 408-778-1786.
May 27-28, 2000
Zenith Park, Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Horseshoe tournaments, rodeo, car show, juried arts and crafts.
Additional Details: Call 505-682-2733.
NOTE: Cloudcroft is a mountain resort area, so the temperatures might not be what you would expect in a late spring desert town.
May 27-28, 2000
Moab Arts Festival
City Park, Moab, Utah.
8th annual occurence of the event.
Further Information: Call 435-259-7814.
May 27-28, 2000
Scandinavian Festival
Cobb County Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia.
Smoked salmon and other Danish specialty foods, Iceland Room and other exhibits, Viking encampment display and demonstrations, crafts, entertainment.
Details: Call 770-528-8450.
May 27-28, 2000
California Wool and Fiber Festival
Mendocino County Fairgrounds,
Boonville, California.
Spinning contest, food, sheep and goat shows, weavings, fiber and fleece contests, Floyd Johnson sheepdog trials.
More Information: Call 707-895-2379.
Vendors: Call 707-459-5680.
May 27-29, 2000
Northwoods Renaissance Festival
Redding Civic Center, Redding, California.
Over 15,00 are expected to attend. The festival runs from 10-6.
Further details: Call 530-243-3377 Extension 326.
May 27-29, 2000
Arcadia Watermelon Festival
Downtown, Arcadia, Florida.
Canoe challenge, seed-spitting contest, sackraces, beauty pageants, parade, largest watermelon contest, golf tournament, entertainment, crafts.
More: Call 863-494-9500 or 863-494-6586.
May 28, 2000
St. John's Annual Lawn Festival
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
Magnolia Springs, Alabama.
Arts and crafts, raffles, children's games, food. No admission is charged.
More details: Call 334-965-7744 or 334-965-7719.
May 28 - June 4, 2000
The World Cello Congress
Towson University at Joseph Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland.
Yo-Yo Ma is the special guest artist for this event, which will also include the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Beehouse Cello Ensemble (from Korea), Toho Cello Ensemble (from Japan) and the Cellisimo Ensemble (from Germany), plus many other artists. Young people are chosen as representatives from many countries and come together to work with a master class teacher and to participate in the newly-commisioned music in a mass ensemble. Over 15,000 people attended the last Congress in St. Petersburg in 1997, and many more watched TV broadcasts.
Further Information: Call 410-830-3451.
May 31 - June-4, 2000
Contra Costa County Fair
Fairgrounds (West Tenth Street),
Antioch, California.
Seniors day (June 1), Kid's Day (June 2), food, carnival, animals, displays and all the other fun of a county fair.
More information: Call 925-779-7937.
It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.

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Marinades and dry rubs for barbecue this summer!
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Lemon-Pepper Marinade
Chip Davis' Brushless Baste

Buy great spices at great prices


Sending Noteworthy Snail Mail

If you sent something First Class through the United States Postal Service last year, it became one of over 100 billion pieces of mail the agency handled. People complain about the price of postage, but that doesn't seem to have hampered the spirit of sending mail. Time will tell whether or not email becomes a significant source of competition for snail mail.
Among all this First Class mail traveling around are letters and personal notes. Many are typed or printed out on business stationery, but many are still handwritten on everything from translucent parchment to backsides of crayon renderings by grandchildren.
Do you have trouble finding stationery, especially note cards? Greeting cards abound, but finding a note card on which to write a bit of news is getting tough. There are a few boxed items in the local office supply store, but the variety is limited.
Since you're reading this, it probably means you spend some time online, and I've discovered that we can now find a wealth of notecards on the Web, with plenty of designs appropriate for every age group and both sexes. I've listed them in no particular order. Enjoy!
National Garden On-Line Catalog
Great florals!
Rottweiler Brothers
Rottweilers on linen and Rottweilers on motorcycles.
Twisted Limb Paper and Stationery
Unique handmade Cards made of recycled materials.
Jane M. Mason Collection
Botanicals and scenic note cards and postcards.
Lady Cordelia's Frivolities
Victorian notes (also art prints and other merchandise).
Old West
Notes, stationery and labels with likenesses of Wyatt Earp and others.
Santa Fe Card Company
Southwest art on notecards.
Farmyard Creations (click on Paper Collections)
Country-style bunnies, stars and more on notecards, memo cubes and notepads.
Toltec Images
Dogs, cats, dinosaur, butterfly and train designs.
Eunique Expressions
Handpainted botanical (and other) cards.
The Library Shop
Eclectic collection from the New York Public Library.
Thom's Cottage
The work of Thomas Kinkade.
Bezalel-Levy Publishing
East meets West for notecards with attention to detail.
Coplu Cartoon Postcard
Postcard art from Turkey.
Gran's Parlor
Print out your own Victorian designs free.
EnvironMental Art
Scenic and animal designs in greeting cards and notecards.
Penland Art
Changing designs shown here for blank greeting cards.
Nan Rae
Beautiful Chinese Brush designs.
Notable Images
Photographic and artwork covers of Newfoundland scenes.
Woomeriginal Cards
Designs in painted style.
A Patton Card
Photographic art greeting cards offered blank or with messages.
Chinese designs (some red and striking, some softer with floral borders).
Southwest images on folded papers.
Bluebird Meadows
Michigan area photo cards, florals, wildlife and more.
Lasting Impressions
Various designs of greeting cards and note cards--will personalize church and pet sketches.
Funny cards for quilters.
New Orleans Note Cards
Designed from original paintings by artist James Hussey.
The Bunny Thymes
Postcards and notecards with black-and-white sketches of rabbits.
Marvin the Pressman
Jewish postcards and notecards.
The Angel Art of June Holderman
5x7-inch blank cards (and a link to llama art cards.)
Scott Design Group
Sketches from Pacific Northwest locations.
Ka Lor Designs
Designs of many breeds of dogs available.
Clouds Hill
Scenery designs.
Inside Right
Golfing themes.
Fred Weiser's Wildlife Art Note Cards
Designed from his paintings.
Kids Cards
Many designed by kids, for UNC Children's Hospital.
Golden Memories
Dog designs on buff-colored card stock (and link to Civil War cards).
The Artist Within
Scenic and seasonal art done by ALS patient to raise money for research.
Stationery, notecards and stickers in simple and seasonal designs.
House-Mouse Designs
Featuring Mudpie and Amanda, character mice.
Antiques By Mail
Antique postcards combined with notecards.
JAS Cards
Photos mounted on parchment.
Timeless Images
Cards featuring Australian photos of yesteryear.
DreamHouse Note Cards
Custom cards with a line drawing of your home or business.
Washington cards and stationery
White House images and more, imprinted or blank.
Ray of Light
From Peter Essick's photography.
And they get a royalty when you buy.
William R. Davis' Nantucket Basket Series
Florals in baskets images.
Images born of doodles.
Glen Scrimshaw
Color notes of scenery.
David Darien
Cats and scenery.
Aigrette Stockpix
Rainforest beauties and more.
Cards from Brown University
Historical, literary and scenic designs.
Bloomin' Flower Cards
Cards with seeds embedded in the paper.
Passionate Florals and Still Lifes by Lisa Ernst
From Lisa's paintings.
Stapleton Kearns Gallery
Lighthouses, scenic.
Natural Selection Nature Photography
Animals and scenery.
Fleur du jou
Simple (but striking) blossom designs.
R & B Photography
Many photo images of people, still life and more.
Southwest Reflections
Photo images of Bryce Canyon and more.
Chinchilla Note Cards
Pen-and-ink renderings by Patrick Murphy.
Black Horse Studio
Creative Process
Images of some of history's movers and shakers.
McGlinn's Bears
Bears dancing, and more. (thumbnails are zoomed in--click to see full image).
Nature's Spirit Photography
Whale, dolphin and seal images.
Image Exchange
Images from O'Keefe, Van Gogh and more.
Rick and Nemia Rucker
Fantasy images, and you may mix-and-match for a box full.
Deer Ridge Prints
Images by Bev Doolittle, James Christensen and more.
Carolyn's Notecard Shoppe
New Age, dogs, cats, Art Nouveau, and more.
Premiere Stock
Colorado wildlife and landscapes.
womenArt: Ellen Zucker
Moody landscapes and seascapes.
womenArt: Eva Shaderowfsky and Jim Shaw
Eclectic styles.
Pig 'O My Heart and Hog Heaven
Curtis Collection
From the copper photogravure plates of Edward Sheriff Curtis.
Bird's Eye View
Bird (of the pet variety) caricature images.
Golden Wonders
Dog Breeds featured on these designs by Roger Kibbee.
Donna Moses' Peasant Folk Collection
Swedish-Pennsylvania Dutch designs.
Roseman Covered Bridge Shop
The bridges of Madison County (also done as posters).
Forinash Gallery
Lighthouse and coastal photos (slow-loading page!).
Noel Gray Lawson
Dogs and cats.
Luke Powell
Photos of various worldwide locations.
Kimiko Cards
Handmade cards of various materials.
Running Brook
Nostalgic images of romance, children and friends, and the American West.
Transatlantic Travel Notecard Set
Inspired by the Cunard steamships.
Wolf Run Studio
Black-and-white pencil drawings from Virginia artist Bill Harrah.
Diana Bryer's Designs
Southwest images with pagan and earthy overtones.
The Bosque Seven
Wide spaces of Texas range images.
Walter Anderson Museum Store
Pen-and-ink notecards and postcards.
Don Dane Studio
Rodeo, American cowboy.
The Cameron Collection
Scenery and more.
Little Angels of the Desert
Butterfly images.
Jewelry Pro-Motion
Only 2 designs for now, both using gems.
Heaven Blessed Designs
Scenery, florals, buildings.
Socially Yours
Children on golf courses, in front of buildings, wearing graduation clothes, and more.
Michael Johnson
The colors and loving animals as seen by an artist who also deals with Down's Syndrome.
Habana Postcards
Boxed sets based on old postcard art from Cuba.
Field Of Dreams
Great animal photos.
Botanicals Hawaii
Colorful florals (also available as double-matted art prints).
Campus Cards
Animal images.
Kylemore Meadows, Ltd
Scenic (were you a fan of the TV show "The Prisoner"? Be sure to take a look).
Sunrise Notecards
Sumi brush sketches by Carol Westphal.
Watercolors By Trudy
From original water color works (placemats also available).
Alexander & Wood
Simple art, but a nice variety of themes.
Lori Bush
Dogs, dogs and more dogs (with links to other "fuzzy" art).
The Carousel Collection
Carousel horse images (and a frog).
Black Rabbit Bookstore
American West and Southwest images.
American Croquet Enterprises
Playing croquet.
Art by Wanda
More cards for horse lovers.
Joe Sherlock
Pen and ink images of cars from the 1950s, plus a 1950s jukebox.
Make your own note card with silk or dried flowers.
Ann Ellison Bennett
Floral and children with Scripture message on back of cards.
I Am
Christian cards read "I Am".
Dancing Brush
Floral Chinese brush paintings.
The Gallery
Photographic (scenic) art inserted in each card.

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.
I promised you last month we'd be hearing more from Joan, and she has taken time to share a recipe with us.
She also began her TV stint last month, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.

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If you've been eyeing those old barrister bookcases in antique and second-hand shops, but run when you see the prices, consider this. If you are handy at woodworking, you can get free plans to make your own (you'll need Adobe's Acrobat Reader.)

A lot of people are getting hooked on a new game. Here are some reviews, hints, and other information on The Sims.

Surprise Mom (or anyone special) this Mother's Day with Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast. You find the recipe (and lots of others using fresh strawberries) from the California Strawberry Commission.
bullet Help the Red Cross without even giving blood. For every unique visitor (you may click once a day) who clicks on the Ribbit button at Charity Frogs (until July 1, 2000), they will donate $1 (up to $1,000,000).


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
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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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