Deb's Monthly Review
bullet May 2001 bullet Festivals for Travelers,
Sites of the Month,
Special Feature, Quotes,
Opinions, Rants, Praises.

Special Quote:
"Help thy brother's
boat across and lo! Thine own has
reached the shore."

--Hindu proverb
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and other guardians
of children:

The Review is a place where adults or kids should be able
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But, remember - I have no control over outside links.
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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Martin Hart's American WideScreen Museum
A look back at CinemaScope and Talking Pictures.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

Proof Positive: Proofreading tips
Includes a link to a file of standard proofreader's chart of markings.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

Javascript Text Color Changer
Add some attention to a bit of text on your web page.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

What I'll Be Doing For Memorial Day
PARENTAL WARNING: This is a very intense reading.
But kids have a right to know what awful things happen in war,
and they need to know that it isn't a film stunt or special effect.
Please read this with them.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

Odd Man Out
Puzzle: Which of the four does not belong in the group?

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

Press Release: Opportunists Burglarize Freedom Trains
They left behind a book opened to pages about Harry Truman:
Such well-read crooks!

Historical Site
Of The Month:

The Duct Tape Guys.
Hints, how NASA has used duct tape, duct tape in the movies, and more.


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May Events
festivals For May Travelers

May 1-13, 2001
Contraband Days Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center,
Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Whether or not anyone ever finds the treasure of Jean Lafitte, this festival celebrates the time of pirates and buccaneers, and includes a lighted boat parade, choirs and concerts, a costume contest, arm wrestling tournament, bed races, swim competition, art displays, and an antique and collectibles show.
More information: Call 337-436-5508.

May 3-6, 2001
Trinity Park,
Fort Worth, Texas.
Concerts, art market, bicycle stunt show, aqua golf, jet ski show, children's area, music and more. Please, no dogs (except service dogs.)
Details: Call 817-336-8791.

May 4-5, 2001
Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival
St. Elias Maronite Church,
836 8th Street South,
Birmingham, Alabama.
Heritage room, church tours, dancing demonstrations, live music, silent auction, vendors and plenty of Lebanese foods. No admission is charged.
More information: Call 205-251-5057.

May 4-5, 2001
Abbeville Spring Festival
Court Square,
Abbeville, South Carolina.
Parade, arts and crafts, street dance, food, children's events, entertainment.
More information: Call 864-459-1433.

May 4-5, 2001
Dandelion Mayfest and National Dandelion Cookoff
Breitenbach Wine Cellars,
5934 Old State Route 39 NW,
Dover/Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Recipe contest, with visitors getting to taste samples of the goodies. Goosefoot Acres sponsors the event.
More: Call 800-697-4858.

May 4-5, 2001
Hueytown Springfest
H.F. Gilmore Stadium,
Allison-Bonnett Drive & High School Road,
Hueytown, Alabama.
Celebrates the city's incorporation with a high school reunion, classic car show, crafts, music and dance, a community and business fair, 5k run, motorcycle cruise-in, food.
Further Details: Call 205-491-8039.

May 4-6, 2001
Blooming Arts Festival
Belk-Tonawanda Park and downtown,
Monroe, North Carolina.
Artisans and craftspeople, art and quilt exhibits, local school talent, games for kids, concerts, fireworks, food.
Additional information: Call 704-283-2784.

May 4-6, 2001
Old Dover Days
Capitol Complex (and other venues),
Dover, Delaware.
Hot-air balloon rides, parade, Dover Symphony pops concert, Blues Grass Festival, maypole dancing, Colonial craft demonstrations, kiddie rides, garden tours (fee), food court and craft faire, pet parade, Punch and Judy puppet show, walking tours of historic places, free admission to local museums.
Details: Call 800-233-KENT.

May 4-6, 2001
Toad Suck Daze
Downtown area,
Conway, Arkansas.
Softball tournament, golf classic, Tour de Toad bike event, entertainment by the Clark Family, plus Peter Mayer Group, Eddie Money several and choirs. There is also a rock-climbing wall, arts and crafts, pet show and pony rides, and parade.
Further information: Call 501-327-7788.

May 4-6, 2001
Civic Center,
Grove, Oklahoma.
Antique and classic car show, airport fly-in, rodeo, barbecue, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, Kid Zone.
More: Call 918-786-9079.

May 4-12, 2001
North Charleston Arts Festival
Performing Arts Center,
Charleston, South Carolina.
Storytelling, performances by the Charleston Civic Orchestra, theatre, guitar concert, reggae party, A Mellow Taste Of North Charleston, gospel concert, other events.
More Details: Call 843-745-1087.

May 5-6, 2001
Cosby Ramp Festival
Kineauvista Hill,
off Highway 321,
Cosby, Tennessee.
This festival celebrates ramp, which is related to garlic. Enjoy cornbread, barbecue, and bluegrass music.
Additional information: Call 423-623-0786.

May 5-6, 2001
Scandinavian Festival
Cobb County Civic Center,
548 South Marietta Parkway,
Atlanta, Georgia.
This year the featured country is Sweden. You can shop for Scandinavian goods, enjoy arts and crafts, music and dance, and visit the Sweden Room, where there are special displays and also activities for children.
More: Call 770-528-8450.

May 5-6, 2001
Apple Blossom Festival
South Mountain Fairgrounds,
On State Route 234,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Tour orchards that are full of blossoms, enjoy arts and crafts agricultural exhibits and entertainment.
More information: Call 717-334-6274.

May 6-8, 2001
Colonial Fair
Mansker's Fort,
Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Period games, music and food, plus a juried craft fair in which every artist/merchant works within an 18th Century time period.
Additional information: Call 615-859-7979.

May 5-6, 2001
Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival
E.G. Simmons Park,
2901 19th Avenue,
Ruskin, Florida.
Entertainment, craft show, games, rock climb and food (including free sliced tomatoes).
More: Call 813-671-7655.

May 5-12, 2001
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee.
Horseshow, 5k and 10k run, pet parade, carnival, car show, fireworks, strawberry recipe contest, gospel concert (ticket required).
More: Call 901-784-1842.

May 6-8, 2001
Cinco de Mayo
Patriot's Park area,
Phoenix, Arizona.
Appearances by popular Hispanic entertainers add to the fun of this festival, which features a children's area, corporate and cultural booths, music, costumed performers, and lots of traditional Mexican foods. Over 140,000 are expected to attend this year.
Additional information: Call 602-279-4669.

May 10-12, 2001
Greek Festival
Morocco Shrine Auditorium,
3800 South St. John's Bluff Road,
Jacksonville, Florida.
Music from "Orpheus", Greek dancers, arts and crafts, raffles, plenty of Greek foods.
More: Call 904-396-5383.

May 11-12, 2001
Rough and Ready Days
McCloy Park,
Monticello, Arkansas.
Chicken Cook-off, chicken races, music, games, plenty of food, crowing contest.
Details: Call 870-367-6741.

May 11-13, 2001
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Riverfront area,
Owensboro, Kentucky.
Teams compete in sauces and barbecued foods, plus there is a hole-in-one golf competition, and there are arts and crafts vendors, a pageant, a keg toss and more.
More: Call 270-926-6938.

May 12-13, 2001
Gum Tree Festival
Lee County Courthouse lawn,
Tupelo, Mississippi.
Literary competitions, arts and crafts, 10k run, music.
More information: Call 662-844-2787.

May 12-13, 2001
Orchid Festival
Huntington Botanical Gardens,
San Marino, California.
Hundred of orchid blooms will be on view, plus you can learn about corsage making, listen to lectures on growing orchids. There is also a plant sale. Festival is free with museum admission.
Further Information: Call 626-405-2100.

May 17-20, 2001
Keizer Iris Festival
various venues,
Keizer, Oregon.
Carnival, garden show and plant sale, boat show, auto show, vendors, 10-mile run, 5k run.
Further Details: Call 503-393-9111.

May 17-20, 2001
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Julibee
Fairgrounds on Highway 49,
Angels Camp, California.
There is admission to this event, but it is one price for almost all activities, including displays, petting zoo, music, martial arts demonstrations, kids' games, fireworks, animal judging and more.
Details: Call 209-736-2561.

May 18-19, 2001
Rainbow Drive (Hwy 411) between Riverview
Medical Center and Gadsden Convention Hall,
Gadsden, Alabama.
Performers scheduled at this writing include Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sister Sledge, Kenny Loggins and Vince Gill.
Ticket Information: Call 256-543-3472.
PERSONAL NOTE: Gadsden is a great area to visit, with plenty of recreational spots for camping and water activities. The area is rich with historical spots. When I was there last November I spent some time in nearby Centre (take 411 from Gadsden into Cherokee County) at the Cherokee County Historical Museum, and had a great time wandering throughout the place.

May 18-20, 2001
Rhododendron Festival
Convention and Performing Arts Center
and other venues,
Florence, Oregon.
Arts and crafts show, barbecue, museum displays, raffle, rhododendron flower show, car show, floral parade, 5k and 10k runs, bake sale.
More Information: Call 800-524-4864.

May 18-19, 2001
Little River Days Festival
Little River Park downtown area,
Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
10k run, 5k run, bicycle tours, entertainment, children's events, arts and crafts, food.
Details: Call 270-885-9096.

May 18-20, 2001
Washington Square Park,
Dubuque, Iowa.
Historic home tours, arts and crafts, entertainment, food.
Further Information: Call 319-557-9384.

May 18-20, 2001
Kingsburg Swedish Festival
City Park and other venues,
Kingsburg, California.
Pancake breakfast, royal court, smorgasbord, art and crafts, entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 209-897-1111 or 800-834-1022.

May 18-20, 2001
Stagecoach Days
unsure of venue,
Marshall, Texas.
Parade, barbecue, events for kids.
More Information: Call 903-935-7868.

May 19-20, 2001
Cherokee Rose Festival
Main Street area and other venues,
Gilmer, Texas.
Car show, ice cream crank-off, Dummy Steer Head roping contest, run for the roses, quilt show, baby crawling contest, turtle race, cow milking contest, Belgian waffle breakfast, arts and crafts. Although the event is listed as two days, at this writing the only Sunday event seems to be a trail ride.
Additional Information: Call .

May 19-20, 2001
Chocolate Festival
Wood Park,
Oakdale, California.
5k fun run, games, Hershey's visitor center, kids area, classic car show, arts and crafts, entertainment and food, especially treats made with chocolate.
Additional Information: Call 209-847-2244.

May 19-20, 2001
Salisbury Faire
Water Works Park,
Des Moines, Iowa.
A Renaissance festival with artisans, entertainment and food.
More Information: Call 515-274-1777.

May 19-20, 2001
Elizabethtown Festival
Former State Penitentiary Site,
Jefferson Avenue,
Moundsville, West Virginia.
Tours of the penitentiary, historic demonstrations, games and food from the early 1800's, juried arts and crafts show.
Additional Information: Call 304-843-1170.

May 19-20, 2001
Artichoke Festival
Merritt Street (and follow signs),
Castroville, California.
Marilyn Monroe was the first Artichoke Festival queen back in 1948. Marilyn is gone, but you can still celebrate the joys of artichokes by having them steamed, grilled or sauced, plus you can enjoy a classic car show, PAL run, arts and crafts, and can listen to music by Mumbo Gumbo and Red Beans & Rice.
Additional Information: Call 831-633-2465.

May 19-20, 2001
Fruit & Nut Festival
Downtown area,
Hughson, California.
Farmers Market, carnival, entertainment, forklift rodeo, petting zoo, pie eating contest, antique show, classic car show, fun run, food alley.
More: Call 209-883-2800

May 19-20, 2001
Iris Festival
unsure of venue,
Greenville, Tennessee.
Mass choir, brass quintet, Kid's Korner, carriage rides, historic tours, blacksmithing demonstrations, broom making demonstrations, arts and crafts, food.
Additional Information: Call 423-638-4111.

May 19-20, 2001
Strawberry Festival
3250 South Rose Avenue,
Oxnard, California.
Enjoy tunes from Sha Na Na and former Temptations member Richard Street (and others) as you browse over 300 arts and crafts booths, a strawberry shortcake eating contest, strawberry tart toss, puppets and other entertainment for children. You can also buy flats of farm-fresh berries.
More: Call 888-288-9242

May 23-27, 2001
West Virginia Strawberry Festival
unsure of venue,
Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Band contests, arts and crafts, berry auctions, strawberry shortcake.
More: Call 304-472-9036

May 23-27, 2001
Mule Days
unsure of venue,
Bishop, California.
Over 50,000 people now come to see mule show classes, mules used for steer roping and penning, and mule packing competitions. Plus there is an opening night supper with music by Sons of the San Joaquin, a country and western dance, cowboy church and more.
Additional Information: Call 760-872-4263.

May 24-27, 2001
Iris Festival
Swan Lake Iris Gardens,
Sumter, South Carolina.
Blooming irises are the backdrop for this event, with entertainment (including concerts), tennis tournament, flower show, picnics, garden parties, diaper derby, arts and crafts, a parade and a kids' area.
Additional Information: Call 800-688-4748.

May 24-27, 2001
Gullah Festival
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park,
Beaufort, South Carolina.
A "Low-country" event, with old African games, quilts, stories, arts and crafts, food and entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 843-525-0628.

May 24-27, 2001
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza,
Shreveport, Louisiana.
I confess that the draw of this one evades me, but you can enter the crawfish eating contests or even a crawfish calling contest. There are also storytellers, clowns and other entertainment for kids, and lots of good music.
Further information: Call 318-222-7403.

May 25-26, 2001
Atwood Music Festival
Atwood Water Park,
Monticello, Mississippi.
Hot air balloon race, arts and crafts, tennis tournament, golf tournament, children's activities, country music artists.
Ticket Information: Call 601-587-3007.

May 25-26, 2001
Mount Ida Good Ole Days
Courthouse lawn,
Mount Ida, Arkansas.
Music, food, crafts and commercial booths, car and motorcycle show, gospel music, bluegrass music.
Details: Call 870-867-2723.

May 25-27, 2001
Julius Breckling Riverfront Park,
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Storytelling, clowns, fireworks, art, interactive displays, and lots of music, including performances from Big Jack Johnson, Celtic Knotwork, Crow Johnson, Don McLean, Tim Moritz, Better Than Ezra, Los Lobos and many more.
Additional Information: Call 800-688-4748.

May 25-27, 2001
Fossil Festival
Aurora Community Center
and other venues,
Aurora, North Carolina.
Car show, street dance, fireworks, parade, singing, food, bus tours of the mine site where fossils have been found. There will also be lectures and an auction.
Additional Information: Call 252-322-5227.

May 25-27, 2001
Jubilee Cityfest
Montgomery, Alabama.
Cityfest run, Artfest, entertainment (including scheduled artists Travis Tritt, Peabo Bryson, and Neville Brothers).
Ticket Information: Call 334-834-7220.

May 25-28, 2001
Azalea Festival
unsure of venue,
Brookings, Oregon.
Dances, parade, bazaar, music, art, food.
More: Call 800-535-9469.

May 25 - June 3, 2001
Festival in the Park
Elmwood Park (and other venues),
Roanoke, Virginia.
Arts and crafts, children's activities, antique car show, concessions, seniors' day, tennis tournament, land yacht race, strongman competition, and the music of Marshall Tucker.
More Information: Call 540-342-2640.

May 25 - June 2, 2001
Bedington Fire Department Interstate Fair
Flea Market Grounds along I-81,
Martinsburg, West Virginia.
This is a fund-raising event for the volunteer fire department, and includes a midway and carnival, arts and crafts vendors, entertainment and food.
I was unable to locate a contact phone number.

May 25-27, 2001
Fly-In And Air Show
Watsonville Municipal Airport,
Watsonville, California.
This one is practically in (and some is literally over) my back yard, and the helicopters from the air show rattle the windows during their wonderful stunts. There is a pyrotechnic display one or both evenings (the exact stunts depend on whether or not our "marine layer" moves in to affect visibility). And there are about 500 aircraft on display, some of which are one-of-a-kind from earlier times. There is also a spaghetti dinner and early morning hot-air balloon rise. Food and other concessions are available. Admission is charged for a front-row seat, but there are places to see quite a bit of the action without going on the grounds at all.
More information: Call 831-763-5600.

May 26-27, 2001
Wolfeboro Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Cate Park,
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
I have no further details at present.
More: Call 603-569-2200.

May 26-27, 2001
Mushroom Mardi Gras
Morgan Hill Community Park,
Emundsen and Monterey Roads,
Morgan Hill, California.
Arts and crafts, freedom display in honor of Memorial Day weekend, commercial marketplace, food and beverage vendors, information from mushroom growers, Mardi Gras-style parade, entertainment.
More Information: Call 408-778-1786.

May 26-27, 2001
California Wool and Fiber Festival
Mendocino County Fairgrounds,
Mendocino, California.
Workshops on weaving, spinning and Japanese braiding will be held, and there are also sheep dog trials, vendors, and fiber and fleece competitions.
More: Call 707-459-5680.

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

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Broken Vases, Broken Hearts

One of the most important things you ever learned as a child is that you are not the center of the world. This lesson probably got dropped on you after a life of several months' worth of being cuddled and played with and told what a beautiful creature you are by every adult in sight. (Slightly older siblings are apt to adopt a bit more cynical approach, often asking how long the new visitor will be staying).

It's all pretty glorious, with everyone feeding you and bathing you and encouraging you to show everyone "Where is your nose?" or "Where is your belly button?" You touch the named body part and everyone laughs and squeals with delight to let you know you are a most wonderful, talented being. And when you eventually pull your magnificent self to a standing position and take those first steps, you are applauded and cheered. You are the undisputed darling of the universe.

Until that day you reach for Mama's favorite vase on the table and hear the most horrible sound you have ever known. "No!" You turn your head to see someone who looks a little like Mama, but who is looking at you with strangely darkened eyes from beneath heavy brows. Fairly undaunted, you try again. The dirty word flies out of Mama's mouth again, and this time she rises from her chair with much the same determined stealth you've seen the cat use on some tiny cornered bird in the back yard. Mama stops and looks straight into your eyes. "That's Mama's. That's mine. You don't touch."

What on earth could she possible mean? The entire world revolves around your very presence, and now suddenly something is forbidden to your experience? This is madness. Surely Mama is joking, playing a little game here like the one where she pretends you are lost and then lifts the blanket off your head and acts surprised that you are there. So you grin at her and move once more to take that which is, of course, rightfully yours, and is easily within your reach.

A giant hand stops you. This is not the gentle Mama who holds you close to her bosom and rocks you and sings to you when you have colic. This is some alien monster that has seized your wrist in a pincer-grip, and is preventing you from having what you want.

It's all over, Kid. This is a day of reckoning, of coming to a threshold and teetering on the edge of something you never even knew existed.

You can't go back now. Your mind and body go into overtime. You become a heat-seeking missile whose every target is a new place in which to test your limits. Nothing is safe. You climb, you grab, you pull, you take. And you are confronted at every turn with a relentless Mama who has now made it her mission to force upon you the audacious idea that everything no longer belongs to you.

Most of us have no conscious memory of these things, and yet by the time we are old enough to make big decisions we are hopefully able to base our choices on the early leading of a wise childhood caregiver. Some folks never do seem to learn the lesson very well though, and they are often the ones who vandalize property and even presume to take someone else's life.

But most of us continue to test and learn about boundaries throughout life. We negotiate contracts, we share tasks with co-workers and committee members, we give gifts to special people and we even come to love others with a vulnerability that opens us up to having our heart tromped on, often again and again.

And that's the irony. Somehow we learn to open ourselves to love and to freely give of ourselves from those early lessons of boundaries that someone taught us with "That's mine. You don't touch." It's not easy for Mama to deny you your wish. It would be much easier for her to let you do whatever you want. But if she doesn't teach you that you may not take her vase and break it, someday you will take someone's heart and break it with no more thought than you had in that first selfish moment when you wanted that which was not yours to take.

That's all the Golden Rule is, when you really think about it. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It isn't "Do unto others until you get tired of them treating you like crap. Then go for the jerk's juggler vein." The Golden Rule operates without condition, without contingencies. It's risky behavior, because you might give of yourself with the best intentions your heart has, and might end up hurt in return or rejected. It's probably the toughest lesson we will ever learn, and yet it's one of the few lessons we can take with us beyond this life. When Jesus spoke of the Golden Rule in the sermon on the mount He was reinforcing what Mamas everywhere have been trying to do for centuries. And He was using a lesson Mamas use to let us know that God loves us enough to give to us with no demands in return. And we all know that Jesus practiced what He preached. No one has ever done it better.

Every now and then we hear someone make a remark about "do-gooders". The phrase is usually uttered with sarcasm or ridicule. Whenever I hear someone do that I try to realize that they may not have had a Mama who could be there for them to teach them about boundaries and how grabbing vases and breaking them leads to bigger pirating. It's much harder to begin to learn the Golden Rule at 10 or 15 or 30 years of age. Wise Mamas begin early, when they can back up the lesson with an iron hand. As we mature and Mamas make their own painful choice to back off and let us make our own mistakes, we already have a solid basis on which to choose to take the high road in our dealings with others.

Now, maybe your Mama was a Dad or a Grandma or a Big Brother or Big Sister, or someone else who loved you enough to teach you that an understanding of boundaries early in life would lead to your personal success and inner peace further down the line.

My wise friend (a very private person so I won't use her name here, but J, you know who you are) also reminded me that we have all (men and women) been Mamas to someone or something in this life. A friend sits and cries with one who is grieving. Someone gets out of his car on a busy road and risks his life to help a stranded animal. Someone cleans house for a housebound senior and listens to stories of the good old days. A teacher inspires a student to imagine even though the system supports only standardized answers. Someone gives up her own routine of life in order to be there for a dying parent.

We can't really count our money, our career, or our material possessions as gain when we end this life. We didn't get it all ourselves anyway. We have what we have and we are what we are because of all the Mamas who have touched us in life and taught us what it means to love.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas out there.

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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 see much of him for awhile.
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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 past spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.
She is spending this spring doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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I love to hear about companies with a heart. This one has a heart and also has tasty products like Mo' Beta and Mango Tango. It's Odwalla. They support projects such as the Earth College in Costa Rica and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Horses are beautiful animals, but our poor stewardship of Earth has often caused the wild variety great suffering. For more about wild horses and burros and ways you can help them, take a look at KBR's World of Wild Horses and Burros.

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