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May Events
Festivals For May Travelers

May 1-4, 2003
Wild Turkey Festival
unknown venue(s),
McArthur, Ohio.
Quilt show, craft show, parade, games, rides and plenty of festival food.
Further Details: Call 740-596-4945.

May 1-4, 2003
North Carolina Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Chadbourn, North Carolina.
In its 71st year, the event includes entertainment, dances, dinners, pageants, strawberry spitting contest, a parade, auto show, and lots of Strawberry Shortcake.
More Information: Call 800-845-8419 or910-654-3445.

May 2-3, 2003
Strawberry Festival
Elmwood Park,
Roanoke, Virginia.
Slushee fruit drinks for sale, strawberry desserts, events for kids, entertainment, crafts, chocolate-dipped strawberries and more. The event is in its 23 year.
More: Call 540-563-5036.

May 2-3, 2003
Old Dover Days
Legislative Mall area,
Dover, Delaware.
Governor's Tea, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), Kennel Club Pet Parade, Civil War encampment and other living history displays and gatherings, parade, pancake breakfast, bake sale, Amish bazaar and auction, children's rides, night concert, Maypole dancing, Children's Theatre performance, and more.
Details: Call 800-233-KENT.

May 2-4, 2003
Salisbury Festival
Riverwalk Park,
Salisbury, Maryland.
Carnival rides, arts and crafts, flea market, mini grand prix, food vendors, Art on the River, events for kids and more.
Additional Details: Call 410-749-0144.

May 2-4, 2003
Kernersville Spring Folly
unknown venue(s),
Kernersville, North Carolina.
Car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, rides, 10k and Run Run, vendors, living history encampment, carnival rides, food.
Further Information: Call 336-993-4521.

May 2-4, 2003
Mushroom Festival
Downtown area,
Richmond, Missouri.
Antique car show, craft fair, BBQ cooking contest, youth dance shows, Biggest Morel Mushroom contest, carnival, talent show, demolition derby at the fairgrounds, fine arts show, humane society appearance with animals for adoption.
Additional Details: Call 816-776-6916.

May 2-5, 2003
Cotton Gin Festival
unknown venue(s),
Burton, Texas.
Music, folk life exhibits, antique tractor display, a children's zoo, crafts and food.
Further Details: Call 979-289-3378.

May 2-10, 2003
North Charleston Arts Festival
various venues,
North Charleston, South Carolina.
Parade of the Arts, Latin Music Celebration, storytelling, mime, Celtic and Medieval music, poetry, US Air Force Heritage Band, Charleston Academy of Music performance, Charleston Symphony Pops, puppets, gospel music, juried craft competition, Art and Photography Competition, photographic display from Charleston Air Force Base, youth art, Children's Festival, Sock Hop, food court, more. Some events are ticketed separately.
Ticket Information: Call 843-745-1028 or 843-745-1087.

May 2-11, 2003
Feather Fiesta Days
various venues,
Oroville, California.
Oroville celebrates its historical position as a Gold Rush boomtown with a parade, marching band concert, Bidwell Bar Day, golf tournament, equestrian poker ride, giant yard sale, spaghetti feed, sailboat regatta, enchilada dinner, Kids Bike Race, classic car show, Chinese temple tours, Oroville Dam bus tours, art show, theatre, 50's Sock Hop, Pioneer museum displays and more.
Details: Call 530-538-2542.

May 3, 2003
Prague Kolache Festival
unknown venue(s),
Prague, Oklahoma.
Arts and crafts, food booths, polka street dance, fireworks, Czech costume contest, music, parade, carnival and more.
Further Details: Call 405-567-4866.

May 3, 2003
Bee Gum Festival
Town Park,
Stonewall, Louisiana.
Pancake breakfast, games, Honey of a Cookoff, craft booths, music, storytelling by Jeannine Pasini Beekman, and more.
More: Call 318-925-6153.

May 3-4, 2003
Apple Blossom Festival
South Mountain Fairgrounds,
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania.
Orchard tours, crafts, contests, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 717-677-7444.

May 3-4, 2003
Oatlands Fine American Craft Fair
Oatlands grounds,
Leesburg, Virginia.
There is a ten-dollar admission to this event, but you will also be visiting the grounds of a historic plantation on 330 acres. More than 100 artisans present their work under tents in room settings, and you'll find everything from tramp art to painted furniture to holiday decorations and teddy bears. There will be a demonstration of hand-replicated historical wallpapers, and a lecture on gardening in the property's restored garden. The Goose Creek Herb Guild will also present its 25th fair (this may be Saturday only) that weekend, with herbs, plants, and natural products for sale.
Details: Call 703-777-3174.

May 3-4, 2003
Elk Grove Western Festival
Elk Grove Regional Park,
Elk Grove, California.
Bingo, Lil' Bucks Rodeo, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, classic car show, parade, pony rides, plus an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Further Details: Call 916-685-5475.

May 3-4, 2003
North Boulevard,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
5 stages of music (jazz, folk, gospel, blues, classical, country) and other entertainment, crafts demonstrations, Children's Village, art auction, food, 60 juried artists.
Find out more: Call 225-344-8558.

May 3-10, 2003
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee.
Fireworks, carnival, strawberry recipe contest, car show, arts and crafts, bike show, 5K & 10K run, checker tournament, motocross events. It's the 66th year for this festival.
Additional Details: Call 423-775-0361.

May 3-10, 2003
Tulip Time Festival
various venues,
Holland, Michigan.
Chicken Barbeque, carnival, Dutch Marktplaats, Tulip Trolley Tours, Quilt Show, parades, displays and demonstratios, entertainment, food and more.
More Information: Call 1-800-822-2770.

May 8-12, 2003
Apple Blossom Festival
various venues,
Manson, Washington.
Gem and mineral show, art show, carnival, quilt show, Pig Jig Fun Run, Edible Apple contest, food and crafts fair, 3-on3 basketball tournament, Nostalgia Night.
Details: Call 509-687-6464.

May 9-10, 2003
Moonlight Jubilee
Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Parade, arts and crafts, Cornbread and Bean cooking contest, Moonlight Golf Tournament, music, plenty of food, and the Northeast Texas Championship Outhouse Races.
Additional Information: Call 903-572-8567.

May 9-10, 2003
Georgia Strawberry Festival
Reynolds, Georgia.
Run And See Georgia 5K run, parades, vendors, car show, entertainment, strawberry cooking contest, arts and crafts.
Information: Call 478-837-STRW.

May 9-11, 2003
Rooster Festival
Central Park,
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Arts and crafts, carnival, trade show, entertainment, Rooster Crowing contest, kit car show, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, gospel music on Sunday, festival foods.
Additional Details: Call 918-251-1518.

May 9-11, 2003
Festival in the Park
Cassidy Park,
Bogalusa, Louisiana.
Activities for children, commercial exhibits, entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival, food.
Find Out More: Call 985-735-5731.

May 9-12, 2003
Dogwood Festival
various venues,
Fairfield, Connecticut.
Juried arts and crafts, vintage cars and farm equipment, gift boutique, entertainment, food, historical tours.
More Information: Call 203-259-5596.

May 10, 2003
Poke Salad Festival
unknown venue(s),
Blanchard, Louisiana.
Carnival, arts and crafts, music and more.
Details: Call 318-929-3219.

May 10, 2003
Cherry Festival
Village Park,
Whitehouse, Ohio.
Bingo, 10K run, Fun Run, games, rides, car and truck show, craft and flea market, BBQ, parade, music, food.
Additional Details: Call 419-877-5383.

May 12-17, 2003
Strawberry Festival
various venue(s),
Adairville, Kentucky.
Pet show, crafts, dances, parade, womanless beauty pageant, and more.
Further Information: Call 270-539-4231.

May 13-17, 2003
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Portland, Tennessee.
Pageants, golf tournament, storytelling, choir night, pancake breakfast, Strawberry Stride Run, parade, drawing, food, crafts.
Additional Details: Call 615-325-9032.

May 14-18, 2003
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
unknown venue(s),
Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Carnival, orchestra competition, fireman's parade, entertainment, juried art show, archery shoot, gospel sing, horse pull, Strawberry Run, Main Street Hoe Down, auction and more.
More: Call 304-472-9036.

May 15-18, 2003
Festival of Grace
St. Basil the Great
Greek Orthodox Church
1100 Eldridge Parkway,
Houston, Texas.
Children's activities, Greek music, a marketplace, and plenty of Greek foods.
Additional Details: Call 281-451-5999.

May 15-18, 2003
Calaveras County Fair &
Jumping Frog Jubilee

Angels Camp, California.
In addition to typical county fair favorites such as rodeo competitions and livestock displays, this event brings you the jumping frogs competition made famous by author Mark Twain.
More Information: Call 209-736-0049 or 800-225-3764.
Note: Calaveras County is rich with Gold Rush history, museums, and wonderful geological cave formations. You'll want to take extra time to enjoy this colorful area.

May 16-17, 2003
Great Gatsby Days
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Celebrate the 1890's through the 1920's, with vintage costumes, fireworks, a Gatsby dance at the Elms, antique aircraft and autos, carnival, music, food and more.
Tickets: Call 816-630-6161.

May 16-17, 2003
Blackbeard Fest
various venue(s),
Morehead City, North Carolina.
Treasure hunt, theatre, pirate costume contests, comedy sword fighting, music, Steel-on-Steel Sword Fighting by The Shadow Players, and more.
Additional Details: Call 252-808-0440.

May 16-17, 2003
Mike The Headless
Chicken Days

unknown venue(s),
Fruita, Colorado.
The story goes that Mike survived a blow intended to put him on the menu back in 1945. He lived (and toured) for some time without benefit of his head. And the town commemorates his will to live with the festival each year. Events include the "Run Like A Headless Chicken With Your Head Cut Off" 5K run, a pet parade, entertainment, historical tours, crafts, food golf tournament (fee), chicken dancing, and more.
Find Out More: Call 970-858-3663.

May 16-18, 2003
Peach Festival
Schnepf Farms,
Queen Farms, Arizona.
Pancake breakfast, celebrity chef demonstrations, and more peach-related fun and foods.
Additional Details: Call 480-987-3100.

May 16-18, 2003
Downtown Arts Fest
Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Arts and crafts fair, entertainment, local cuisine, Pow Wow.
Further Information: Call 570-322-5544.

May 16-18, 2003
Live Oak Festival
Courthouse Square,
Columbus, Texas.
5k run, antiques fair, entertainment, cake walk, activities for children, arts and crafts, Magnolia Homes Tour, martial arts demonstration, food and biergarten booths, street dance, pet parade, melodrama,
Details: Call 979-732-5135.

May 16-18, 2003
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Pasadena Fairgrounds,
Pasadena, Texas.
Texas' largest Strawberry Shortcake, beauty pageants, parade, Junior Chili Cookoff, Bar-B-Q Cookoff, Mud Volleyball tournament, Children's area, carnival rides, Teen Area, Nature Center arts and crafts, entertainment and more.
Find Out More: Call 281-991-9500.

May 17, 2003
Black Bart Festival
Cloverdale, California.
Antiques, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, bathtub races, cow chip toss, trade show, wine tasting, BBQ, street dance, Black Bart gunfights reenactments. Come in Western costume if you like! There is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 707-894-4470.

May 17, 2003
Cherokee Rose Festival
various venue(s),
Gilmer, Texas.
Run For The Roses, cow milking contest, Hip Hop Carnival, car show, pig catching contest, musical entertainment, baby crawling contest, turtle race, Hoola-Hoop contest, bubble gum blowing competition, ice cream and more.
Additional Information: Call 903-843-2413.

May 17-18, 2003
California Strawberry Festival
3250 South Rose Avenue,
Oxnard, California.
Entertainment, Strawberry Tart Toss (towels provided for cleaning your face afterward), Triple Run Strawberry Relay, Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, Strawberryland for Kids, more than 300 arts and crafts booths, Chocolate-dipped strawberries, BBQ sandwiches with sweet strawberry sauce, strawberries for sale by the pint and by the flat, more than 40 food booths, special events and souvenirs commemorating the festival's 20th anniversary. There is an admission charge for those over age 4. Please do not bring pets, coolers, or non-festival food and drink.
Info Hotline: Call 888-288-9242.

May 17-18, 2003
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
Festival Grounds,
4253 W. Ponkan Road
Zellwood, Florida.
Arts and crafts, corn eating contest, musical entertainment, corn shucking contest, carnival rides, a cooker named Big Bertha cooking more than 1600 ears of corn in 9 minutes, crates of corn for purchase. Please do not bring pets or coolers onto the festival grounds. There is an admission charge for those over age 4.
Further Details: Call 407-886-0014.

May 17-18 2003
Raggedy Ann & Andy™ Festival
various venues,
Arcola, Illinois.
Read-n-Tea Time, petting zoo, parades, carnival, Raggedy collectible booths, Raggedy photo shoot, puppets, storytelling, kiddie tractor pull, teen dance, Raggedy Brunch at Pappy's Restaurant, book signing, music and more, plus you can visit the museum dedicated to these characters and their creator, Johnny Gruelle.
More: Call 800-336-5456.

May 17-18, 2003
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Highway 183 area
(Merritt Street downtown)
Castroville, California.
The 44th anuual event kicks off with the Annual PAL 10K run through the artichoke fields (fee required). Other events include a parade, classic car show, AGROart competitions, arts and crafts, field tours, farmers market, musical entertainment, and plenty of foods (including fried artichokes and local ethnic foods).
Additional Details: Call 281-451-5999.
Note: Once in the Castroville area, you are only a few miles from the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula's sweeping coastal views.

May 21-24, 2003
Blossburg Coal Festival
unknown venue(s),
Blossburg, Pennsylvania.
Drag Racing Stinkers (live skunk races), coal museum displays, mardi gras night, food and craft booths, parade, BBQ, fireworks.
More: Call 570-638-3313.

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May 21-26, 2003
Dylan Days
various venues,
Hibbing, Minnesota.
A celebration of Bob Dylan's birthday, with events including a glass blowing demonstration, art challenge, Bob's Mystery Bus After Hours, birthday cake at the bank, open mic jam at Amelia's, and more.
Information: Call 218-262-3895.

May 22-24, 2003
Water Festival
various venues,
Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Parade, carnival, stick horse basketball, buffalo burger cookout, gospel music, games, food, crafts, eating contest, water guzzling contest, chicken clucking and hog calling contest.
Further Details: Call 580-622-2824.

May 22-25, 2003
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza,
Spring Street,
Shreveport, Florida.
Crawkids Corner Stage, Blues music, Cajun and Zydeco music, Cajun cuisine, and more.
Additional Information: Call 318-222-7403.

May 22-25, 2003
Iris Festival
Exhibition Center
and other venues,
Sumter, South Carolina.
Golf tournament, fine arts, chalk drawing contest, flower show, spring garden tours, arts and crafts, food court, 5K run and relay, tennis tournament, entertainment, karaoke contest, dance contest.
Information: Call 800-688-4748.

May 22-26, 2003
Moonshine Festival
unknown venue(s),
New Straitsville, Ohio.
A working moonshine still display, flea market, carnival, talent show, moonshine foods, car and truck show, Cruise-In on Saturday, 2 parades.
More: Call 740-394-2838.

May 23-26, 2003
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Main Street,
Garden Grove, California.
Berry Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant, parade, stage shows, International Peace Choir, Red Head Round Up, vendors and more.
Info Hot Line: Call 714-638-0981.

May 23-26, 2003
Oak Hill Village
Festival of Flags

Village Hall,
Oak Hill, Ohio.
More than 2000 flags are displayed during this event. Also included are crafts, rides, dog show, parades, classic car show, food and music.
Additional Details: Call 740-682-7292.

May 23-26, 2003
Azalea Festival
various venues,
Brookings, Oregon.
Parade, street fair, seafood luncheon, dried and preserved flower sale, library book sale, flower show and plant sale, fiber to fabric festival, craft fair, pony rides, climbing wall, carnival, beer garden, bonsai show, quilt show, pie sale, airport day, pancake breakfast, Memorial Day service.
Further Information: Call 800-535-9469.

May 23-26, 2003
Walleye Festival
Perry Street downtown,
Port Clinton, Ohio.
Craft tent, commercial vendors, food vendors, musical entertainment, parade, pancake breakfast, carnival rides and games.
Additional Details: Call 419-732-2864.

May 23-26, 2003
Chestertown Tea Party Festival
Chestertown, Maryland.
Raft race, music, Colonial parade, puppet shows, walking tours of historic area, working crafts displays, farmers market, arts and crafts sales, storytelling, Children's events, games for all ages, parade, historic Tea Party reenactment.
Find Out More: Call 410-778-0416.

May 24-25, 2003
Camas Festival
various venues,
Weippe, Idaho.
Breakfast in the park, arts and crafts, fun run/walk, melodrama, historic displays and presentations, food. Please do not bring alcohol or pets.
Further Details: Call 208-435-4362.
Note: This area is part of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and was a home for the Nez Perce. You can read more about the way the Camas plant was a major delicacy in the diet in times past here.

May 24-26, 2003
Utica Old Fashioned
Ice Cream Festival

1 mile south of town
on State Route 13,
Utica, Ohio.
Sheep herding demonstrations, motorcycle show, kiddie tractor pull, displays of antique gas engines, ice cream eating contest, general store, entertainment, ice cream parlor, parade May 24th.
Additional Information: Call 740-892-4272.

May 24-26, 2003
Lilac Festival
unknown venue(s),
Lisbon, New Hampshire.
Celebrating the state flower, the event includes a parade, carnival, entertainment, fireworks, flea market, vendors, 5K run and walk, and a golf tournament.
More: Call 603-838-6336.

May 28-31, 2003
Deercreek Dam Days Festival
unknown venue(s),
Williamsport, Ohio.
Flea market, rides and games, 3 parades, music and food.
Additional Information: Call 740-986-5434 or 740-986-5863.

May 30-31, 2003
Gold Dust Days
various venue(s),
Fredonia, Kansas.
Arts and crafts, pioneer reenactments, quilt display, sausages at the Fire Department, 4-H youth programs displays, BBQ feed, entertainment.
Details: Call 620-378-3221.

May 31, 2003
Strawberry Festival & Mountain
Heritage Cultural Festival

County Courthouse Square,
Stanardsville, Virginia.
Strawberry breakfast, music, fife and drum demonstrations, banjo contest, quilting and embroidery crafts, high school choir performances, craft demonstraions, bulk strawberry sales, oxen wagon rides, pony rides and more.
More: Call 434-985-3434.

May 31, 2003
Albemarle Potato Festival
unknown venue(s),
Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Parade, potato peeling contest, potato sack races.
Additional Details: Call 252-338-2848.

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

May 2-3 River City Fest, River Front Park, Logansport, Texas, 318-697-5498
May 2-4 Tomato Festival, Our Lady Of Prompt Succor church, Chalmette, Louisiana, 504-279-7787
May 3 Spring Arts & Crafts Show, Levy Park, Crowley, Louisiana, 337-783-3747
May 3 Festival on the Neuse, Downtown, Kinston, North Carolina, 252-527-1131
May 3 Turtle Days Street Fair, Turtle Island, Joshua Tree, California, 760-366-3723
May 3 Mayfest 2003, Downtown, Carrollton, Georgia, 770-832-6901
May 3-4 Garden Festival, San Luis Obispo, California, 805-546-3501
May 9-10 Apple Blossom Festival, Elkhorn City, 606-754-5080
May 9-10 Jazz & Gumbo Festival, Festival Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana, 318-226-4552
May 9-11 Whole Earth Festival, UC-Davis Quad, Davis, California, 530-752-2569
May 10 Jubilee Arts Festival, Lindsay Park, Bennettsville, South Carolina, 843-479-6982
May 10-11 Tupelo Gum Tree Festival, Downtown, Tupelo, Mississippi, 580-844-9449
May 10-18 Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Dayton, Tennessee, 423-775-0361
May 12-18 Dogwood Festival, Dansville, New York, 585-335-2170
May 15-17 Magnolia Blossom Festival, Magnolia, Arkansas, 800-482-3330
May 15-18 Art Festival, Carmel, California, 831-642-2503
May 15-18 Early California Days, Fillmore, California, 805-524-0351
May 17 Chicken Festival, Siler City, North Carolina, 919-742-3333
May 17 Red Suspenders Day, Gridley, California, 530-846-3142
May 17 Riverboat Festival, Columbia, Louisiana, 318-649-0726
May 17-18 A La Carte and Art, Castro Street, Mountain View, California, 650-964-3395
May 17-18 Taste Addison, Addison, Texas, 1-800-ADDISON
May 17-18 Fruit & Nut Festival, Hughson, California, 209-883-2800
May 17-18 Chocolate Festival, Wood Park, Oakdale, California, 209-847-2244
May 17-18 Sweet Onion Festival, Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale, Arizona, 602-470-1556
May 17-18 Mayhaw Festival, Corner of Hwy 129 & 109, Starks, Louisiana, 337-743-6297
May 17-18 Pioneer Festival, Greybull, Wyoming, 877-765-2100
May 17-18 Bay Area Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Grove Recreation Area, El Sobrante, California, 650-952-3397
May 17-19 Swedish Festival, Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
May 18 Street Faire, Escondido, California, 760-745-2125
May 23-25 Louisville Daze, Louisville, Nebraska, 402-234-7605 or 402-234-6355
May 23-25 Horned Toad Derby, Coalinga, California, 800-854-3885 or 559-935-2948
May 23-26 Kids Fest, Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 717-238-4111
May 24-25 Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, Berkeley, California, 510-527-5358
May 24-26 Italian Street Painting Festival, Santa Barbara, California, 805-569-3873
May 24-26 Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande, California, 805-473-2250
May 28-31 Dunkirk Glass Days, Dunkirk, Indiana, 765-768-6193
May 30-31 Hillsboro Days, Main Street, Hillsboro, Missouri, 636-789-4950
May 30-June 1 Old Man River Days, Peru, Nebraska, 402-872-7745
May 30-June 1 Patterson Apricot Fiesta, Patterson, California, 209-892-3118 or 209-892-3673
May 31-June 2 St. Paul's Seafood Festival, Pass Christian, Mississippi, 228-452-2952

Other March 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
May 2-4 Spring Craft Show, Bentonville, Arkansas, 800-410-2535
May 3-4 Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi, Mississippi, 228-435-5578
May 9-10 May Madness Car Show & Cruise, Corning, California, 530-824-5550
May 14-18 Art, Craft & Collectibles Show, Estmoreland Mall, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 330-493-4130
May 16-17 Cowtown Hoedown, Sheridan County Fairgrounds, Sheridan, Wyoming, 307-673-1931 or 307-672-6197
Mmay 17-18 Spring Fever Arts & Crafts Show, Net Sports Complex, Palmyra, Pennsylvania, 717-233-7382
May 17-18 Duck-A-Thon/Arts & Crafts Fair, Huntington Beach, California, 714-374-1951
May 18 Bay To Breakers, San Francisco, California, 415-359-2600
May 22-23 The Original Toughman Contest, Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi, 800-WIN-7777
May 23-25 Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show, Watsonville, California, 831-763-5600
May. 29-June 1 Tool Show, Expo Hall, Shreveport, Louisiana, 260-356-9477

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Please tell them you saw the information in Deb's Monthly Review.

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Where Were

When It Happened?

When we think of important moments in history, and when we study history, we usually focus on the date of the first shot fired of a war, or the year someone was elected to serve as the leader of a country. But that's not what makes history. That's not what makes life.

This morning I was running completely behind on tasks, and I I was rushing as I put the trash can back in its place, after collection. When I moved the grass recycling can out of the way a bit so I could replace the other can, I startled a whole little family of five. They were salamanders--two adults and three youngsters, who were all enjoying the cool, damp, dark spot beneath the rolling cans. In certain areas of this state, certain kinds of salamanders have prevented whole subdivisions from being built, by virture of the fact that they were on an endangered species list. They were a minor detail in the scheme of things this morning, but they have their own form of clout--trust me. And I was reminded how much we often ignore details--important details that really count.

When you fly on a commercial airline, you are assigned a seat number, which could make a difference in whether you live or die in certain kinds of air disasters.

If you've ever waited for the results of a medical test, you know how powerful the words "positive" and "negative" can be.

Many who lived during the assassination of John F. Kennedy recall such insignifcant details as the clothes they were wearing when they got the news.

Put six candles on a seven year-old's birthday cake and see how long it takes them to correct you.

The cosmetics industry makes a fortune each year because many people look in the mirror and see that first real wrinkle, or that first gray hair.

Darwin's devotees called the human appendix a vestigial organ, but if you've ever had appendicitis, you know what misery this relatively small body part can bring.

And then there's that detail we've all encountered at some point-- the mosquito.

Parents fill baby books with momentos pointing to a child's first step, first haircut, first tooth, and other significant moments. But children don't remember these moments. What they recall is the way a mother always laughed at their worn-out knock-knock jokes, or the way a father cradled them in his arms and napped every Sunday in the big chair. Details and habits sometimes attach themselves to emotions that are so powerful that they outshine any moment we're "supposed to" remember.

Part of artistry, and perhaps spirituality, is being able to look past the big events in life to the small things--the details that speak to us on levels below the surface of our observations. Chances are, when something makes a big impression on us, it's not a world-changing event, but a detail that catches our imagination and carries us to an emotional place that is far more important in the long run than the big event itself.

I hope you each take time to dwell on the real details today.


Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy, including:

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

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to
Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


A Little Browsing...

Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.

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


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.


If you compute in sandy, sticky, dirty or salty conditions, here's something you might like--it's a keyboard that's sealed, is washable, and is even foldable.

If you want to read movie reviews from a christian viewpoint (of at least one man), check out

For anyone learning English, there are a growing number of reviews with notes to help with American slang at Due to the instructive purpose of this site, be aware that some vulgar expressions are included.

Think all the people who fall for schemes on the internet are old or fresh off a boat? Think again.
These statistics show that the highest number of victims overall in 2002 were between the ages of 30 and 39.

If you're looking for clothing/costume pattern (or think you might have one someone else could use) try Deb's Pattern Search Service. (This is a different Deb!)

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