logo Deb's Monthly Review
ornament May 2005 ornament Editor: Deb Thompson
Festivals for Travelers,
Sites of the Month, Archives,
Selected Links and more.

What Do Writers Do All Day?
      (Deb's Writer Cam)

Are you viewing
an archived issue?
To read the current
issue, click here!
    Fill out this Form to be notified
when the next Review is up.
Get more festival news and
items not included here.


      Important Message Just For The Kids Here:
If someone (even someone you love) has touched you
in a way that didn't seem right or made you feel bad,
you can talk about it with someone. There are really
nice people at this number who will listen and will let
you talk about what you might want to do next to stay safe.

Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
and then push 1 to talk to someone.

Nobody has the right to hurt you and tell you not to tell.
It's important to talk about it. Tell someone!

Special Quotation
"There's no reason
to be the richest
man in the cemetery.
You can't do any
business from there."
--Colonel Harland Sanders

MotorcycleUSA Superstore 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 comfortably.
But, remember - I have no
control over outside links.
For happiest results, please
surf the Web with your kids!


4919 : Banner 10000081 The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Home Theater Talk
A forum for discussion of sound, film, home equipment and design.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

U.S. Graphics and Photos
Many of these are in the public domain.

Star Struck All Sports
Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

Scrambled Trivia
When you're ready for the answer just move your cursor over the letters.

Scientific/Technical Site
Of The Month:

PLoS Biology
In-depth articles on many biological topics.


Banner 10000028

Buy great spices at great prices


ornament May 2005 Festivals and Events ornament

    Need a place to stay?
Days Inn - Great San Francisco rates!
Wingate Inns - Great Columbia, SC rates!
Ramada - Great Washington D.C. rates!
Howard Johnson - Great Anaheim rates!
Travelodge - Great Las Vegas rates!
Super 8 - Great NYC rates!
Knights Inn - Great value on the road.
Scroll down for
May Festivals and other events
for travelers in the U.S.

May 1-8, 2005
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee
Pet parade (and other parades), BBQ cookoff, concerts, checker tournament, motocross, golf tournament, activities for kids, arts and crafts, strawberry recipe contest, fireworks, carnival.
Further Information: Call 731-784-1842

May 5-7, 2005
Black Gold Days
Black Gold Park,
Glenpool, Oklahoma
Tractor show, tractor pull, games and contests for kids, horseshoe pitching tournament, arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival, parade, bingo, entertainment.
Details: Call 918-322-3505

May 5-7, 2005
Tulip Time
unknown venue(s),
Pella, Iowa
Volks parade, arts and crafts, Friday evening gospel concert, garden tours, Dutch organ music, tractor rodeo, quilt show, entertainment. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Learn More: Call 641-628-4311.

May 5-7, 2005
Strawberry Homefest
Berry Sheds on Hwy 367,
Bald Knob, Arkansas
Carnival, activities for kids, cake walk, pancake breakfast, classic cars, parade, entertainment, strawberries for sale. There is no admission fee. This is the festival's 18th year.
Questions: Call 501-724-3140.

May 5-8, 2005
Wild Turkey Festival
McArthur, Ohio
Pageant, quilt show, carnival, food, car show, entertainment. This is the event's 21st year.
Further Details: Call 740-596-4945.

May 6-7, 2005
Free State of Yell Fest
Riverfront Park,
Dardanelle, Arkansas
Carnival, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, food, air show, yelling contest, horseshoe tournament, car show, entertainment.
Learn More: Call 479-229-3328.

May 6-8, 2005
Dogwood Festival
Greenfield Hill Congregational
Church, 1045 Old Academy Road,
Fairfield, Connecticut
Local choirs and bands perform. Enjoy walking tours, art, crafts, baked goods. Lunch is served by reservation. It's the 70th year for this event.
Information: Call 203-259-5596.

May 7, 2005
Fried Onion Burger Festival
unknown venue(s),
El Reno, Oklahoma
Motorcyle show, car show, arts and crafts, activities for kids, entertainment and the very large burger weighing in at more than 750 pounds. The event runs from 10am-5pm and is in its 17th year.
Details: Call 888-535-7366

May 7, 2005
Chisholm Trail Cowboy Festival
Heritage Center,
Duncan, Oklahoma
Activities for kids, Western parade, chuck wagon cook-off, entertainment, Western commercial vendors, cowboy poets and singers, rodeo exhibition.
Learn More: Call 800-782-7167.

May 7, 2005
Santa Fe Plaza,
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Brick throwing contest, 3-on-3 basketball, health fair, merchant specials, entertainment, pie eating contest, arts and crafts, activities for kids. The festival runs from 10am-5pm and is in its 8th year.
Further Information: Call 405-238-2555.

May 7, 2005
Prague Kolache Festival
City Park,
Prague, Oklahoma.
In its 46th year, the festival includes a Czech costume contest, gunfighter show, food booths, staged musical entertainment, parade, street dance, arts and crafts, fireworks, kolache making contest and plenty of kolache pastries with cheese or fruit fillings.
Learn More: Call 405-567-4866.

May 7, 2005
Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival
Off Hwy. 280 West,
Abbeville, Georgia
Hog dog baying contest, wild boar information, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids, BBQ.
Additional Details: Call 229-467-2144 or 229-423-3587.

May 7, 2005
Heart and Soul Festival
Main Street area,
Houston, Texas
16 area churches are participating this year, opening their doors to present concerts, plus art and tours of the buildings. Hosts will be on hand to fill in history and point out architecture. Enjoy bell ringers, choirs and organists. Informal refreshments will be available in several locations.
Further Information: Call 713-526-9123.

May 7-8, 2005
Apple Blossom Festival
S. Mountain Fairgrounds,
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania.
Celebrating its 50th year, the festival features tours of orchards and blossoms, entertainment, contests, food, antique tractors and arts and crafts. The event runs from 9am-5pm.
Questions: Call 717-677-7444 or 717-334-6274.

May 7-8, 2005
Whistlestop Festival
Ashdown, Arkansas
Antiques, 5K run/walk, bike race, entertainment, arts and crafts, chili cook-off, activities for kids, food. There is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 870-898-2642.

May 7-8, 2005
Gum Tree Festival
Courthouse Square,
Tupelo, Mississippi
Juried art show, 10K run (Sunday), entertainment, activities for kids, food.
Learn More: Call 662-844-2787.

May 7-14, 2005
Tulip Time Festival
various venues,
Holland, Michigan.
Food, tulip plantings throughout town, themed parades and lots of entertainment. At this writing singer Brenda Lee and The Kingston Trio were among those scheduled to appear. Enjoy traditional Dutch meals, a carnival, quilt show, beer garden, arts and crafts and more.
Questions: Call 800-822-2770.

May 8, 2005
Cherry Fest
Village Park,
Whitehouse, Ohio
Flea market, arts and crafts, cherry pie, 10K/3 mile/1 mile (kids) race, BBQ, custom car and truck shows, bingo.
Learn More: Call 419-877-5182.

May 8, 2005
Nettie Davenport Day
Davenport, Oklahoma.
Class reunions, banquet, arts and crafts, games and contests. The community hosts a very unique parade in which the entries make a U-turn and travel down the same road in the opposite direction. The event is named in honor of the community's first postmistress (which was the proper term in those days).
Additional Details: Call 918-377-2355.

May 12-14, 2005
Poke Salad Festival
unknown venue(s),
Blanchard, Louisiana
Parade, carnival, entertainment, street dance, food.
Questions: Call 318-929-2789.

Sorry, festival-goers. I am unable to fulfill requests for personalized festival lists free of charge.
You may hire me by the hour for personal research.
May 12-15, 2005
Festival of Greece
St. Basil The Great
Greek Orthodox Church,
Houston, Texas.
Cooking demonstrations, Greek marketplace, music, foods, activities for kids, gyro eating contest on Friday at 8pm (call 281-451-5999 for info). This is the festival's 10th year.
Information: Call 281-679-5395

May 12-15, 2005
Rooster Days Festival
Central Park,
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Trade show, carnival, arts and crafts, kit car show, rodeo events, entertainment, rock climbing, gospel music and more.
Further Details: Call 916-251-1518

May 13-14, 2005
Apple Blossom Festival
unknown venue(s),
Elkhorn City, Kentucky
Arts and crafts, food, music.
Learn More: Call 606-754-5080 or 800-844-7453

May 13-14, 2005
Rough & Ready Days Festival
McCloy Park,
Monticello, Arkansas.
Pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, rides, pony rides, chicken cook-off, entertainment, vendors, youth fishing derby. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 870-367-6741.

May 13-14, 2005
Moonlight Jubilee
Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Arts and crafts, cow patty bingo, entertainment, cornbread and bean cook-off, Northeast Texas Championship Outhouse Races, activities for kids and more. (I noted some confusion about this festival. Be sure to check before you travel to it.)
Get Details: Call 903-572-8567.

May 13-14, 2005
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Owensboro, Kentucky.
Cooking competitions, U.S. Marines Obstacle Course, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, car show, basketball tournament, keg toss, pie eating contest, beer garden, baby pageant, bench press competition, carnival games and rides, Burgoo Relay, hole-in-one golf competition, .
Additional Information: Call 800-489-1131.

May 13-15, 2005
Apple Blossom Festival
various venue(s),
Manson, Washington.
The festival celebrates its 85th year with a pancake breakfast, parade, food vendors, crafts, car and motorcyle show, quilt show, chicken noodle dinner, Edible Apple contest and more.
More: Call 509-687-3833.

May 13-15, 2005
Grand Canyon Sweet Onion Festival
Sahuaro Ranch Park,
Glendale, Arizona.
Onions for sale, arts and crafts, pancake breakfasts, contests, entertainment, food. Bring a canned food donation for a dollar off admission.
Further Information: Call 623-435-9578.

May 13-15, 2005
Queen Creek Peach Festival
Schnepf Farms,
Queen Creek, Arizona.
Peachy pancake breakfast, hay rides, peach sampling area, activities for kids, peach pies, country store and bakery, arts and crafts. The event runs from 7:30am-5pm.
Details: Call 480-987-3100.

May 13-15, 2005
Taste Addison
4970 Addison Circle Drive,
Addison, Texas.
More than 500 restaurants present sample portions from their menus, plus you can enjoy carnival rides and games, wine tasting, activities for kids and plenty of arts and crafts. Among musical entertainment scheduled at this writing: Smash Mouth.
Additional Information: Call 972-450-2851

May 13-21, 2005
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
Parade, $4 Rotary pancake breakfast on the 21st (served from 7-10:30am), talent show, carnival, church choir night (May 18), golf tournament, Chamber Day at the Tennessee Welcome Center (May 20), storytelling, crafts, food, drawings for prizes, kiddie parade and more. This is the event's 64th year.
Learn More: Call 615-325-1926

May 14, 2005
Strawberry Festival
Stillwell, Oklahoma.
A carnival begins early on Wednesday. At the festival you can enjoy free strawberries and ice cream, entertainment, arts and crafts, a poker run for charity, a parade, 5K run and more. This is the event's 58th year.
Questions: Call 918-696-7733

Camera & Photo Help me to help you!
If you sign up for the Notify List and you have spam filters,
remember to put deb@lightpatch.com on your list of
approved email addresses.

May 14, 2005
Heritage Festival
Heritage Park,
Harrah, Oklahoma.
Car show, rides, games, arts and crafts, parade, entertainment, food.
More: Call 405-226-4388 or 405-454-6620

May 14, 2005
Sullivan Arts & Crafts Festival
Sunny Jim Bottomley City Park,
Sullivan, Missouri
Carriage rides, arts and crafts, wine garden, BBQ, pizza, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 573-468-3314

May 14, 2005
Black Bart Festival
Cloverdale, California.
The event celebrates a bit of local color that revolves around a bandit who was also a poet of sorts. Enjoy a street dance, pancake breakfast (8-11am), music, bathtub races, cow chip toss, food, K-9 demonstrations, arts and crafts.
More: Call 701-894-4470

May 14-15, 2005
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Castroville, California.
RV Jamboree, Agro art contest, ethnic foods, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, activities for kids, 10K run for PAL, arts and crafts, farmers market, tours of artichoke fields, entertainment, classic cars. There is an admission charge for those 13 and older.
Further Details: Call 831-633-2465

May 14-15, 2005
Hughson Fruit And Nut Festival
Hughson, California
Parade, talent contest, sock hop dance, tractor pull, arts and crafts, car show, pageant, non-profit and commercial booths. (The carnival opens on May 13.) It's the 17th year for this event.
Questions: Call 209-883-2800

Software Expired : 234x60_neon_7k_3x.gif 10000117
May 14-15, 2005
Blue Crab Festival
Little River, South Carolina.
Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, raffle for motorcycle, kids area, poker run, helicopter rides, more.
More: Call 843-385-3180.

May 14-15, 2005
California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park
(on Rose Avenue),
Oxnard, California.
Strawberries for sale, arts and crafts, strawberry tart toss, Strawberryland for the kids, entertainment, and plenty of strawberry treats. The festival runs from 10am-6:30pm.
Information: Call 805-385-4739 or 888-288-9242.

May 15, 2005
Street Faire
Escondido, California.
Entertainment, car show, rides for kids, animal demonstrations with animals from the San Diego Wild Animal Park, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts.
More: Call 760-745-8877

May 15, 2005
Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
Mount Rogers Fire Hall,
Whitetop, Virginia.
BBQ chicken dinner (which includes fried potatoes and ramps), arts and crafts, games, ramp eating contest, bluegrass and mountain music, arts and crafts and more.
Additional Details: Call 276-236-2184 or 276-773-3711.

May 19-21, 2005
Strawberry Festival
Adairville, Kentucky.
Pet parade, food booths, womanless beauty pageant, 5K race arts and crafts, pancake breakfast.
Note: Other festival-related events may take place earlier in the month.
More: Call 270-539-4748

May 19-21, 2005
Mayhaw Festival
Mayhaw Grounds at
Hwy. 129 & Hwy. 109,
Starks, Louisiana.
Carnival rides, arts and crafts, games, food booths, entertainment.
Learn Details: Call 888-456-7952.

May 19-22, 2005
Calaveras County Fair &
Jumping Frog Jubilee

Angels Camp, California
It's a county fair plus the frog-jumping contests, demolition derby, pageant and art show.
Get Information: Call 209-736-2561 or 800-225-3764.

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

Carnival Secrets
by Matthew L. Gryczan

May 19-22, 2005
Cherry Blossom Festival
Lake Anna Park,
Barberton, Ohio.
Fishing derby, parade, contests, exhibits, carnival rides, entertainment, food.
Questions: Call 330-745-3733.

May 20-21, 2005
Mike The Headless Chicken Festival
unknown venue(s),
Fruita, Colorado
The story goes that someone tried to prepare Mike for dinner back in 1945 and Mike lost his head, but lived for some time. Fruita celebrates Mike's will to live with a car show, music, golf, pancake breakfast, the 5K Run Like A Headless Chicken, arts and crafts, food booths and plenty of chicken games such as the Chicken Dance Contest and the Frozen Chicken Football Game.
Get Information: Call 970-858-3663.

May 20-21, 2005
Atkins Spring Jubilee
(replaces the former Picklefest)
Atkins, Arkansas.
Bingo, Atkins Riding Club Rodeo, rodeo parade, 3 on 3 basketball, 5K run, horseshoe tournament, tractor pull, fried dill pickles, arts and crafts, pageant for children, pickle juice drinking contest, pickle eating contest, a quilt display, activities for kids, classic cars, entertainment. There is no admission charge. This community is dynamic and is changing its celebrations to match its forward vision, so do go and enjoy this fun event.
Further Details: Call 479-641-2363

May 20-21, 2005
Magnolia Blossom Festival
Downtown Square,
Magnolia, Arkansas.
Sidewalk art show, 5K race, dog show, entertainment, carnival, gospel singing, chicken supper, fishing tournament, arts and crafts and the World Championship Steak Cookoff.
Additional Information: Call 870-234-4352

May 20-22, 2005
Live Oak Festival
Courthouse Square,
Columbus, Texas.
In its 50th year the festival offers, an antique car display, dinner theatre, street dance, youth talent show, melodrama, arts and crafts and more.
More: Call 979-732-5135.

May 20-22, 2005
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Pasadena, Texas.
There is a street parade the week before, on May 14. Enjoy the Mud Volleyball State Championship, arts and crafts, a battle of the bands, games for kids, World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake, BBQ cook-off, more.
Questions: Call 281-991-9500.

May 20-22, 2005
Strawberry Festival
Veteran's Field,
Galt, California.
Arts and crafts, carnival rides, kids area, entertainment, strawberry treats, retail vendors, international festival foods. More than 15,000 attended the festival in 2004. This is its 10th year.
Learn More: Call 209-745-2529

May 20-22, 2005
Main Street Days
Downtown Main St. area,
Grapevine, Texas.
Carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, stew cook-off, street dances, staged entertainment, Heritage Gunfighters show, festival foods.
Additional Information: Call 817-410-3185

May 20-22, 2005
Chesapeake Jubilee
City Park,
Chesapeake, Virginia.
Carnival rides open a day early on May 19. Enjoy 4-H events, crafts, fireworks (Saturday at 9pm), festival foods and music (at this writing Boyz II Men and Better than Ezra were scheduled to perform).
More: Call 757-482-4848.

May 21, 2005
Wash Pot Festival
unknown venue(s),
Garfield, Georgia.
Soapbox derby, parade, street dance, arts and crafts, lawnmower pull, and plenty of food cooked in giant wash pots.
Further Information: Call 478-763-2211

May 21, 2005
Red Suspenders Day
Gridley, California.
Parade, fireworks, activities for kids, fire department watergames on Washington Street, bed races, pancake breakfast, talent show, blues festival, BBQ. Gridley is celebrating its Centennial this year, so look for even more special events.
Additional Details: Call 530-846-3142

May 21, 2005
Gold Dust Days
Fredonia, Kansas
Ragtime music, old-fashioned games, arts and crafts.
Get More Information: Call 620-378-3238

May 21, 2005
Albemarle Potato Festival
Along the waterfront,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Potato peeling contest, parade, pageant, free potato chips.
Details: Call 252-338-2227

May 21, 2005
Stagecoach Days
unknown venue(s),
Marshall, Texas
Pony rides for kids, petting zoo, Cajun dance, stagecoach and carriage rides, horseshoe tournament, 5K run, domino tournament, Bull Plop, entertainment, food.
Questions: Call 903-935-7868

May 21, 2005
Cherokee Rose Festival
Downtown area,
Gilmer, Texas.
The fun includes, a carnival, trail ride, classic cars, arts and crafts, and possibly opossum calling.
More Details: Call 903-843-2413

Sorry, festival-goers. I am unable to fulfill requests for personalized festival lists free of charge.
You may hire me by the hour for personal research.
May 21-22, 2005
Chocolate Festival
Wood Park,
Oakdale, California.
Old West reenactments, Chocolate Avenue with plenty of chocolate treats (including chocolate funnel cakes), commercial booths, wine and chocolate trains (separate fees), entertainment, agricultural displays, arts and crafts, classic cars, games, 5K and 1-mile runs, merchant specials, chef demonstrations. Pets are not allowed inside the festival, but this festival actually has pet sitting services, which is a great help to festival-goers.
Questions: Call 209-847-2244

May 21-22, 2005
Swedish Festival
Swedish Village,
Kingsburg, California
Swedish pancake breakfast, crafts, entertainment, plenty of ethnic foods and the Basset Waddle Parade.
Get The Details: Call 559-897-1111.

May 21-22, 2005
Downtown Arts Fest
Downtown area,
Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Children's art area, entertainment, arts and crafts, food. It's the festival's 4th year.
Find Out More: Call 570-322-5544 or 570-320-4207

May 22, 2005
Jewish Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California.
Two stages of entertainment, information, displays, speakers, arts and crafts, dance, Park Halom for kids, used book sale, storytelling, food.
Further Information: Call 805-898-1115

May 22, 2005
Oregon Fest
Dustin Road,
Oregon, Ohio.
Classic cars, parade, Civil War reenactments, arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, entertainment.
Questions: Call 419-691-7060.

DriveWerks - Everything for cars
Thanks for using
these merchants'
products and services
Link to your favorite stores and earn money!
Your purchases
help make the next
issue free to read

May 26-29, 2005
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza,
Shreveport, Louisiana.
A mudbug is another name for a crawfish. They have a crawfish boil during the festival, but you can also enjoy many other foods, plus there will be vendors, music and activities for the kids. There is an admission charge for those ago 12 and older.
Questions: Call 318-222-7403.

May 26-29, 2005
Grubstake Days
various venues,
Yucca Valley, California.
The first night begins with a carnival at 4pm. The rest of the weekend is full of events such as a parade, team roping and barrel racing, cowboy church, gold panning exhibit, 5K and 10K races, a demolition derby (Monday), vendor fair and more.
Further Details: Call 760-365-6323

May 26-29, 2005
Walleye Festival
Waterworks Park,
Port Clinton, Ohio
Parade, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast (Sunday 8-11am), kids fishing derby, pageant. This is the event's 25th year.
Learn More: Call 419-732-2864

May 26-30, 2005
Moonshine Festival
unknown venue(s),
New Straitsville, Ohio.
Flea market, carnival games and rides, entertainment, working Moonshine still display, talent show, fiddle and banjo competition, vehicle show, moonshine burgers and more..
Information: Call 740-394-2838

May 26-30, 2005
Horned Toad Derby
Olsen Park,
Coalinga, California.
Carnival rides, BBQ, softball tournament, horned toad races, more.
Further Details: Call 559-935-2948 or 800-854-3885

May 27-28, 2005
Olden Days Festival
Historic District,
Smithfield, Virginia.
Entertainment, classic cars, activities for kids, parade, antiques, crafts (including old-fashioned crafts).
Additional Information: Call 800-365-9339

May 27-29, 2005
Iris Festival
Swan Lake area,
Sumter, South Carolina.
Tennis tournament, flower show, health checks, Acoustic Open Mic Challenge, arts and crafts, food court, entertainment.
Questions: Call 800-688-4748 or 803-436-2640

Alessi Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder
If you enjoy this issue, please tell a friend about it!
May 27-29, 2005
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
Festival Grounds,
4253 W. Ponkan Road,
Zellwood, Florida.
Arts and crafts, corn husking contest, corn eating contest, sweet corn for sale, carnival, entertainment. Big Bertha cooks more than 1600 ears of corn every 9 minutes, so there is plenty of corn for festival-goers.
Additional Information: Call 407-886-0014

May 27-29, 2005
Camas Festival
Mini Park,
Weippe, Idaho
Melodrama, historic craft demonstrations, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, storytelling. It's the festival's 5th year.
Questions: Call 208-435-4362

May 27-30, 2005
Garden Grove
Strawberry Festival

Village Green,
Garden Grove, California.
Pageants, karaoke contest, celebrity parade and autograph signing, Red Head Roundup, pancake breakfast, raffle, giant strawberry shortcake, Memorial Day service, commercial vendors, food. The festival almost didn't happen this year. Insurance costs alone have increased tremendously, but thanks to the generosity and help from Nissan and others such as the Garden Grove Police Association events will go on as scheduled.
Get Details: Call 714-638-0981

May 27-30, 2005
Festival of Flags
Oak Hill, Ohio
More than 2000 flags go on display during this event, with banners and other patriotic touches adding to the decorations. Enjoy gospel music, a parade, pancake breakfast, carnival rides, a quilt show and arts and crafts.
Questions: Call 740-682-6301 (days) or 740-682-7057 (evenings)

May 27-30, 2005
Azalea Festival
various venues,
Brookings, Oregon
Flower and bonsai show, street fair, arts and crafts, carnival, parade, beer garden, BBQ, car show.
Additional Details: Call 541-469-3181

May 27-30, 2005
Chestertown Tea Party
Chestertown, Maryland
Raft race, parade, mime and puppet shows, festival foods, entertainment, Sneaker Creeper race for kids, vessel tours, arts and crafts, dance, displays on tea, walking tours of the historic area.
Questions: Call 410-778-0416 (weekdays 9am-2pm)

May 28-29, 2005
Strawberry Festival
Downtown area,
Arroyo Grande, California
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, Strawberry Stampede 5K/10K run and 5K walk, strawberry shortcake and other treats, strawberry cooking demonstrations, dog show and pet adoptions, games.
Learn More: Call 805-473-2250

DriveWerks - Exoto Models Banner
May 28-30, 2005
Lilac Festival
Main Street,
Lisbon, New Hampshire.
Lisbon celebrates the state flower with a parade, quilt show, a special stamp cancellation, flea market, duck race, food concessions, fireworks, entertainment, Lilac 5K Fun Run and Walk, golf tournament.
Additional Information: Call 603-838-6336

May 28-30, 2005
Pound Heritage Days
Main Street,
Pound, Virginia.
Car show, entertainment, carnival rides, street dance, crafts, food.
Details: Call 276-679-0961.

May 28-30, 2005
Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
1 mile south of town
on State Route 13,
Utica, Ohio
Displays at the museum of ice cream making, entertainment, ice cream eating contest, sack and wheelbarrow races, Gold Wing Motorcyle Cruise, arts and crafts. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 740-892-4272.

May 28-30, 2005
Wyatt Earp Days
unknown venue(s),
Tombstone, Arizona.
Wyatt Earp Look-alike Contest, gunfight reenactments, BBQ, mock hangings, other Old West stunts, 1880s fashion show.
Additional Information: Call 888-457-3929.

Sign up here to be notified when the next Review is uploaded.
You'll receive more news and festivals not listed online!

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

May 1 Springtime on the Mall, Downtown, Blytheville, Arkansas, 870-763-2525
May 6-7 Armadillo Festival, Downtown square, Hamburg, Arkansas, 870-853-8345
May 6-7 Smokey Bear Days, Capitan, New Mexico, 505-354-2273
May 6-8 Azalea Festival, Fredericktown, Missouri, 573-783-3581
May 6-8 Ione Homecoming, Ione, California, 877-868-7262
May 6-8 Raisin Festival, Lincoln Park, Selma, California, 559-891-2235
May 6-8 Mushroom Festival, Town Square, Richmond, Missouri, 816-776-6916
May 6-8 Okeene Rattlesnake Roundup, Okeene, Oklahoma, 580-822-3005
May 6-8 Pan American Festival, Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California, 562-866-9771
May 6-9 Cochon de Lait Festival, Cochon de Lait Pavilion, Mansura, Louisiana, 318-964-2152
May 7 Happy Birthday Harry Truman, Independence Square, Independence, Missouri, 816-325-7111
May 7-8 Snellville Days, Briscoe Park, Snellville, Georgia, 770-985-3580
May 7-8 Frog Fest, City Park, Waynesville, Missouri, 573-774-6171
May 7-8 Ham & Yam Festival, downtown, Smithfield, North Carolina, 919-934-0887
May 7-8 May-retta Daze, Glover Park, Marietta, Georgia, 770-794-5609
May 13-15 Old Timer's Day, Main Street, Van Buren, Arkansas, 479-410-3026
May 13-15 River City Fest, River Front Park, Logansport, Texas, 318-697-5498
May 14 Cherry Blossom Festival, Logan Park, Cherryvale, Kansas, 620-891-0072
May 14 Springfest, St. James, Missouri, 573-265-3899
May 14 Oak Street Arts & Crafts Festival, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, 570-339-2930
May 14-15 Local Colors Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 14-15 Dermott Crawfish Festival, Dermott, Arkansas, 870-538-5656
May 14-15 Maifest, MainStrasse Village, Covington, Kentucky, 859-491-0458
May 14-15 Strawberry Fest, River Valley High School, Strawberry, Arkansas, 870-528-1090
May 14 Glennville Sweet Onion Festival, Farmers Market, Glennville, Georgia, 912-654-3332
May 14-15 Seafood Festival & 65th Blessing of Fleet, Brunswick, Georgia, 912-265-4032
May 20-21 Fountain Run Barbecue Festival, Main Street, Fountain Run, Kentucky
May 20-21 Crawdad Day Music Festival, Harrison, Arkansas, 870-741-2659
May 20-21 Little River Days, Little River Park, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 270-885-9096
May 20-22 Festival Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, 757-282-2800
May 20-22 Rhododendron Festival, Florence, Oregon, 541-997-3128
May 20-22 Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival, Arcola, Illinois, 800-336-5456
May 20-22 Greek Food Festival, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-221-5300
May 20-23 Iris Festival, Keizer, Oregon, 888-218-4747
May 20-24 Dylan Days, Hibbing, Minnesota, 218-262-3895
May 21 McLean Day, Lewinsville Park, McLean, Virginia, 703-790-0123
May 21 Spring Festival, Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia, 540-347-4414
May 21 Fox Trot Festival, Marion, South Carolina
May 21 International Street Fair, Athens, Ohio, 740-593-4326
May 21 Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival, Downtown, Santa Rosa, California, 707-542-7673
May 21-22 Iris Festival, Greenville, Tennessee, 423-638-4111
May 21-22 Maize Days, Town Hall Complex, Santee, South Carolina
May 21-22 Spring Fair, Memorial Park, Berea, Kentucky, 859-986-31922
May 21-22 A La Carte and Art, Castro Street, Mountain View, California
May 21-22 Mayfest, Strasburg, Virginia, 540-465-3187
May 25-28 Blossburg Coal Festival, Blossburg, Pennsylvania, 570-638-3313
May 27-28 Greater Hickory Smoke BBQ Festival, LP Frans Stadium, Hickory, North Carolina
May 27-28 Escalante Festival, various venues, Escalante, Utah, 435-826-4660
May 27-29 Gullah Festival, Beaufort, South Carolina, 843-525-0628
May 27-29 Jubilee CityFest, Montgomery, Alabama, 334-834-7220
May 27-29 Riverfest, Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-255-3378
May 27-29 Greek Festival, Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Church,
                               12326 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia
May 27-29 National Polka Festival, Ennis, Texas, 888-366-4748
May 27-30 Horse & Buggy Days, Tecumseh, Nebraska, 402-335-5900
May 27-30 Blue Crab Festival, downtown, Palatka, Florida, 386-325-4406
May 27-June 5 Festival in the Park, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 28 Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas, 620-725-4033
May 28-29 Arts & Music Festival, Bay Street, Emeryville, California, 415-383-3470
May 28 Hillbilly Daze, Community Park, Witts Springs, Arkansas, 870-496-2342
May 28 Virgilina Summerfest, Virgilina, Virginia, 434-585-2657
May 28 Maple City Spring Festival, Center Street, Hornell, New York, 607-324-9786
May 28 Strawberry Festival, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, Virginia, 804-580-4555
May 28 Country Memories Day, McVeytown, Pennsylvania, 717-899-7998
May 28 Plumb Alley Day, Historic area (Main and Valley Sts), Abingdon, Virginia, 276-676-2282
May 28 Talala Spring Festival, City Park, Talala, Oklahoma, 918-275-4380
May 28-29 Farmington Invitational Balloon Festival, Farmington, New Mexico, 800-448-1240
May 28-29 Andersonville Spring Fair, Andersonville, Georgia, 229-924-2558
May 28-29 Pungo Strawberry Festival,
                               Princess Anne and Indian River Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 757-721-6001
May 28-30 Logan Hills Festival, Downtown, Zanesfield, Ohio, 888-564-2626
May 28-30 Skunk River Festival, Kellogg, Iowa, 641-526-8751
May 29 Wildquack Duck River Festival, Jackson, New Hampshire, 603-383-9356
May 29-30 Delaplane Strawberry Festival, Delaplane, Virginia, 540-592-3556

Other May 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
May 1 Charlotte ComiCon, Four Points Sheraton, Charlotte, North Carolina
May 6-7 Pennsylvania Spring Antiques Show, Expo Center, York, Pennsylvania
May 6-8 Springtime Reunion Car Show, Fairgrounds, Merced, California, 209-384-7092
May 6-8 Superhero Celebration, Los Angeles, California
May 7 Nerdcon , The Rotunda, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 Exeter Area Kitchen Tour (fund raiser), Exeter, New Hampshire, 603-772-2411
May 7-8 Coin & Currency Show,
                               Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, North Carolina, 252-728-1627
May 7-8 Art in the Park, Hollywood Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 501-321-6871
May 7-8 Cotton Pickin' Fair, Gay, Georgia, 706-538-6814
May 13-15 TolCon 2005, Radisson Hotel, SeaTac, Washington
May 14 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, City Park, Sullivan, Missouri, 573-468-3314
May 14-15 Gourd Art & Craft Show, Spencer Cty. High School, Taylorsville, Kentucky, 502-477-8543
May 14-15 Vintage Collectibles Show, Fairplex, Pomona, California, 877-859-9909
May 14-30 Green Valley Book Fair, 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, Virginia, 800-385-0099
May 15 Bay To Breakers Race, San Francisco, California
May 20-21 International Bead Show, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, 310-458-2288
May 20-22 Monster-Mania Con, Hilton Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
May 21 Community Yard Sale, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-279-6121
May 21 Art in the Park, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, Virginia, 540-885-2028
May 21 Big Boy Toy Show, Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-375-3004
May 21 Denton Art Fair, Municipal Airport, Denton, Texas, 940-484-1603
May 21-22 Golden State Comic-Con, Convention Center, Oakland, California
May 21-22 Strawberry Jubilee, Bishop's Farm, Wheatland, California, 530-633-4392
May 27-29 Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show, Watsonville, California, 831-763-5600
May 27-29 CONduit XV, Salt Lake City, Utah
May 27-29 Gem & Mineral Show, Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-384-6047
May 27-30 Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, 2100 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, Texas, 830-896-5711
May 27-30 MisCon 19, Missoula, Montana, 406-544-7083
May 27-30 BayCon 2005, DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose, California
May 27-30 Balticon, Baltimore, Maryland
May 28-29 Riverbend Art Fair, Atchison, Kansas, 913-367-4278
May 28-29 Superstar Autograph Show, Convention Center, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 610-337-2000
May 28-29 Moab Arts, Moab, Utah, 435-259-2742
May 28-30 Arts & Crafts Fair, Community Center, North Conway, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
May 28-30 Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata to Ferndale, Arcata, California, 707-845-1717
May 29-30 Riverside Craft Days, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania

Subscribers to the Notify List receive extra information,
including a heads-up on other events.
If you'd like to get the extras via email each month, sign up here.

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the listing in Deb's Monthly Review.


Trade something you have for something you want!
Keep more of your cash--
And barter!
Check out Santa Cruz Barter!



Look at this guy!
This 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.




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 design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan
does hand-painted stationery, uses
spare moments at festivals to paint
faces, and entertains children at private
parties. Only a small sample
of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


A Little Browsing...

Plywood is pretty versatile stuff. One project uses one sheet of plywood to make a study carrel. Some people make boats from a sheet of plywood. Before you select plywood for any project it's a good idea to learn a bit about the grades available. If all this sounds like too much trouble, consider making furniture from ready-made doors. How about a corner desk? Doors placed atop sawhorses or crates, and then draped with fabric or paper, also make great instant buffet tables. And look at what scraps of fabric can do for an old vinyl card table that has seen better days?

For those of you with a speedy internet connection (or a great deal of patience) the CIA offers a zipped download of The World Factbook.

vertical divider

The Tennessee Valley Authority operates a number of campgrounds and provides recreational facilities near beautiful scenery, great rafting spots and other outdoor fun. Check out the TVA Recreation page..

Promotions 125x250

Graphics are original, excluding those linking to other sites, Home graphic and Email graphic. If you want to use any, please ask first.
Note: Graphics linking to
www.ultimatebadguy.com and www.michaelparks.com
are owned by the respective artists/webmasters and are displayed here with their consent.
Deb's Monthly Review is copyrighted!
It is not in the public domain.
When in doubt about your use of someone's writings or graphics, ask!

Please don't link back to the graphics on the Review - copy them to your own server! Thanks!


Deb's Monthly Review Archive

Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr

Note: The issue with the original Special Feature on clothing for people with special needs is here.
The updated article is here.

The HTML Writers Guild

Note: Links on past Monthly Review Pages are NOT kept up-to-date!
If I have linked to your site in the past and you make a change, I will attempt to update
the link if you let me know about it.


Fill out this Form to be notified
when the next issue is uploaded.
You can also use the form to be taken off
the Notify List, and to send comments.
      You'll get an email from me once
or twice a month.
I do not sell or share your information with
other parties except at your specific request.

Visit My Other Pages

sign that says home imageHome Page
(though I spend little time there)
Deb's Mystery (And Other) Books Page
Deb's Favorite Movies Page Deb's TV Page
Deb's Selected Bookmarks Deb's List of WWW "Of The" Sites
Write Lightning
(Deb's Blog)
This Page Was Last Updated On April 27, 2005

Send me email
envelope image deb@lightpatch.com

logo Deb's Monthly Review © copyright Deb Thompson