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November 1, 2008
Jackson Fall Festival
Commerce Street area downtown,
Jackson, Alabama
The fun goes from 10am-4pm and includes festival foods, entertainment, a car show, arts and crafts and a lumberjack competition. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 251-246-3251

November 1, 2008
Georgia Pecan Festival
Rylander Park,
Americus, Georgia
Plans for this 5th year include arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, Kidz Corner, pumpking carving contest, pumpkin seed spitting contest, festival foods, pecan baking contest, 5K run at 8am and a 1-mile walk at 9am, music, parade at 11am, hot dog eating contest and more. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 229-924-2646

November 1, 2008
Cotton Gin Festival
Bostwick, Georgia
Bostwick celebrates 19 years of festival fun with the 4-mile and 1-mile Gin Run, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, festival foods, a parade at 11am, an operating cotton gin display, entertainment (bring a blanket), horse drawn wagons that shuttle festival-goers to and from the parking area.
Further Information: Call 706-342-0182

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November 1, 2008
Mule Day
Mule Day Grounds,
Calvary, Georgia
It's the 36th big year for this one. Enjoy a biscuits and sausage breakfast, fish fry, barbecue, cane juice making and cane syrup making, food concessions, Purtiest Mule and Most Ornery Mule contests, sling shot turkey shoot, flea market, fresh-ground corn meal for sale, arts and crafts booths, parade at 11am, museum displays, gospel music, cloggers and other entertainment.
Get The Facts: Call 229-377-3663 or 229-377-6859

November 1, 2008
Granite City Fall Festival
On the Square,
Elberton, Georgia
Activities and rides for the kids, festival foods, entertainment, arts and crafts. The fun goes from 9am-5pm. It's the festival's 9th year.
More: Call 706-213-0626

November 1, 2008
Crossroads Pumpkin Fest
Historic downtown,
Statesville, North Carolina
The festival celebrates 6 years this season. Enjoy a pumpkin dessert baking contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, downhill skateboard races, Kid Zone, more than 80 arts and crafts booths, music on 2 stages, Pumpkin Fest 5K Run, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin smashing, Pumpkin Chunkin' Catapult Championship. The fun goes from 10am-5pm this year.
Questions? Call 877-531-1819 or 704-878-3436

November 1-2, 2008
Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts
Downtown on Library lawn & at City Square,
Litchfield Park, Arizona
Wine tasting, entertainment, activities for kids, antique sale, artist demonstrations, more than 300 arts and crafts booths, book sale, food court, book signings. It's the event's 38th year.
Learn More: Call 623-393-7820

November 1-2, 2008
Toccoa Harvest Festival
Doyle Street area downtown,
Toccoa, Georgia
Activities for kids, activities for teens, petting zoo, classic car cruise-in, entertainment, produce and baked goods for sale, horse and wagon rides, arts and crafts. There is plenty of fun planned for this 32nd year.
Further Details: Call 706-282-3269

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November 1-2, 2008
Giant Omelette Celebration
Magdalen Square,
Abbeville, Louisiana
Antique farm implements on display, antique cars, tractor egg cracking competition, Kid's World, arts and crafts, Procession of Chefs and Eggs, the making of a very large omelette which is then served to festival-goers, music, plus plenty of festival foods such as chicken wings, seafood, burgers, Boudin on a Stick, nachos, fries, bread pudding and funnel cakes.
Additional Facts: Call 337-893-0013

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November 1-2, 2008
Picayune Street Fair
Canal Street area downtown,
Picayune, Mississippi
Merchant specials, music, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, Tung Blossom 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, antiques and collectibles, plenty of festival foods such as roasted corn, seafood, Chinese dishes, barbecued meats, hot dogs and burgers, Greek dishes.
Learn More: Call 601-799-3070

November 1-8, 2008
Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival
various venues,
Vardaman, Mississippi
Sweet potato tasting booth, Harvest Banquet (separate fee), 5K run/2-mile walk, sweet potato cookbooks, fresh sweet potatoes for sale, arts and crafts, pageant, Student Government Day, sweet potato recipe contest, quilt auction. The festival celebrates 35 years in 2008.
Info: Call 662-682-7559

November 2, 2008
Fall Back Festival
Gaslamp Quarter,
San Diego, California
In its 8th year the festival brings the fun of storytelling, puppet shows, antique farm equipment on display, gold panning, historical and archeological info, pony rides, face painting, crafts, food, music, hay rides, watermelon seed spitting contest, spaghetti eating contest, pie and ice cream eating contests, Home of 1000 Spiders, bubble gum blowing contest. The main venue is in the 5th Street and Island Avenue area. This festival is an especially good one to take kids to because there are always plenty of activities geared toward the younger set.
Get The Facts: Call 830-374-3161

November 6-9, 2008
Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas
Have fun during this 27th year with the Popeye Menudo Breakfast, spinach cooking contest, bingo, family movie, arts and crafts, 5K fun run, parade November 9 at 1pm, carnival and music. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing are Michael Salgado, Los Texas Wranglers, Sunny Sauceda, Savannah Votion.
Questions? Call 304-479-2115

November 7-8, 2008
Pomegranate Festival
Old Logandale School on Moapa Valley Boulevard,
Logandale, Nevada
Pomegranate-related goodies for sale, festival foods, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.
Details: Call 702-398-7007 or 702-397-6444

November 7-8, 2008
Urbanna Oyster Festival
Urbanna, Virginia
Join this 51st celebration with pirates and historically correct storytelling, arts and crafts, festival parade on Saturday, rides for kids, pageants, art activities for kids, oyster shucking contest, music on several stages, clowns, games, merchant specials, tours of The Alliance (and other industry vessels), art exhibit at Middlesex Woman's Club, eco-tours of Urbanna Creek by kayak, model boat builders displays. Thursday of that week is Education Day, open only to schoolchildren. (Call for details.)
More: Call 804-758-0368

November 7-9, 2008
Heritage Harbor Days
Heritage Park,
Foley, Alabama
It's the Festival's 8th anniversary. Plan to help celebrate with a Backyard Barbecue Cook-off, 5K Gobble Wobble road race, petting zoo, living history area, antique tractor display, shrimp industry dinners and talks, pancake breakfast Saturday from 7-9am at the First Baptist Church (details for breakfast only at 251-943-8467), arts and crafts, musical entertainment, stories, carnival, pony rides for the kids, quilters at work, Children's Art Village.
Get The Facts: Call 251-943-1200

November 7-9, 2008
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
Seville Square,
Pensacola, Florida
Music and other entertainment on 2 stages, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their wares, heritage craft demonstrations, sidewalk art, face painting, sand art, art projects for kids at the Children's Festival 10am-4pm Sat. & Sun.), festival merchandise, more than 200 pieces of student art on display, festival foods. General hours are 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.
Info: Call 800-874-1234

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November 7-9, 2008
Louisiana Pecan Days
Front Street downtown,
Colfax, Louisiana
Sausage stand, pralines for sale, music, costume contest, carnival rides, pecan pies for sale, arts and crafts, cooking contests, fireworks. Friday is Children's Day.
Get Details: Call 318-627-5196

November 7-9, 2008
St. Rita Pecan Festival
St. Rita Church School at 7100 Jefferson Highway,      
Harahan, Louisiana
Carnival games and rides, arts and crafts, festival foods (including pecan pie and fudge), musical entertainment. It's the festival's 17th anniversary.
Further Facts: Call 785-527-5524

November 7-9, 2008
Special Olympics Fall Festival
Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania
For a 20th year student volunteers gather and guide athletes from 44 counties and help host 400 coaches. Athletes particpate in power lifting, bocce, soccer, volleyball, long-distance running, roller skating and roller hockey. Some events are hosted at Shipley School in Bryn Mawr at at Skate 309 in Hatfield. Events are held rain or shine and the public is encouraged to come and cheer on the participants. There will also be Olympic Town (with crafts, snacks, game booths, workshops, guest appearances and more.) A victory parade and a dance will be held, plus there are opening and closing ceremonies.
Find Out More: Call 610-519-7244

November 8, 2008
Monticello-Jasper County Deer Festival
Historic Square downtown,
Monticello, Georgia
General hours for this 42nd year are 7:30am-5pm. Enjoy the 5k and 1-mile Deer Dash, festival foods, entertainment, arts and crafts, festival parade.
Additional Information: Call 706-468-8994

November 8, 2008
Old South Day
Community Civic Center on Spense Street,
Ochlocknee, Georgia
Breakfast is at 6am, so get there early and then stay for general festival hours of 9am-4pm. Enjoy cane syrup made in open kettles, a living museum, parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, festival foods and more. It's the 32nd year for this one.
Questions? Call 229-574-5375 or 229-574-5151

November 8, 2008
Thibodeauxville Fall Festival
Thibodeauxville, Louisiana
Antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, Cajun and other festival foods, music on 2 stages, rubber duck race on Bayou Lafourche, activities for children, car show. Festival hours are 8:30am-5pm.
Find Out Details: Call 985-446-1187

November 8, 2008
Society Hill Catfish Festival
St. David's Academy on South Main,
Hartsville, South Carolina
Activities for kids, 5K run/walk at 8am, arts and crafts, food court. There will also be an auto, truck and motorcycle show plus a parade at 11am. General hours are 9am-4pm. This is the festival's 22nd year and it's an alcohol-free event.
Further Details: Call 843-378-4681 or 888-427-8720

November 8-9, 2008
Loxley Arts & Crafts Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
Enjoy food vendors, antique tractors and trucks, arts and crafts, entertainment, heritage crafts, art activities for kids, Hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 251-970-3068 or 251-964-5638

November 8-9, 2008
Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival
Mason Creek Road at Yulee Drive,
Homosassa, Florida
It's the 34th year for this event. Plan on fun such as musical entertainment, door prizes, raffle for a boat (plus art and golf packages, sports packages, groceries), special postage cancellation, arts and crafts booths, 30 food vendors with kabobs, fried green tomatoes, Cajun dishes, seafood platters, fish sandwiches, dogs and burgers, smoothies, chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, hot fudge cake, cream puffs. General festival hours are 8-5 on Saturday and 8-4:30 on Sunday. Ages 12 and under get in free. (Take the Shuttle service to the Blues & Barbecue Festival down the road.)
Further Information: Call 352-628-2666

November 13-16, 2008
Cracklin' Festival
Veterans Park,
Port Barre, Louisiana
Help celebrate this 23rd year with carnival rides (beginning Thursday from 5-10pm), parade down Saizan Street on Saturday at 10am, Cracklin' Cooking Contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, Cajun foods. November 15-16 are the main festival days. There is a pageant held earlier in the month. Please, no ice chests, glass containers or pets. (Service animals are always welcomed at festivals.) Children age 10 and younger get free admittance.
Learn More: Call 337-585-6673 or 337-585-6251

November 14-16, 2008
Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts
Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills, Arizona
There is no admission and parking is free at this event. Enjoy more than 470 artisans showing and selling their work, breakfast and lunch festival foods with shaded areas for munching. There will also be musical entertainment. The fun goes from 10am-5pm come rain or come shine. Please leave pets comfortably at home.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 480-337-1654

November 15, 2008
Elegant Evening Downtown
Downtown area,
Paso Robles, California
Take a carriage ride or stroll past luminarias lining sidewalks. Roving minstrels will entertain you and local merchants open their doors from 5-8pm. Enjoy refreshments and browse their local store specials. And take a good look at those store windows, which will be filled with very unique mannequins that are actually participants from the local dance studio.
Find Out Details: Call 805-238-4103

November 15, 2008
Pecan Fest
Walnut Street at 5th Street,
Chetopa, Kansas
5K run/walk, arts and crafts, quilts, pecan harvesting demos, pecan cooking contest, pecan pies, breakfast, vendors, activities for kids, music and more.
Further Information: Call 620-236-7511

November 15-16, 2008
Three Rivers Art Festival
North Columbia Street area,
Covington, Louisiana
Now in its 12th year, the festival offers fun such an art area for children, more than 200 juried artisans showing and selling their wares, food court, student art exhibit, music and the Three Rivers Run (5K and 1-mile). Hours are 10am-5pm and there is no admission charge. Please, no pets at this event.
Get The Facts: Call 985-871-4141 or 985-705-7968

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November 21-22, 2008
Elk Falls Annual Open House
7th & Osage Streets,
Elk Falls, Kansas
Once again, take a tour of (themed) decorated outhouses and vote for your favorites. You can also get in on merchant specials, quilt display, arts and crafts, walking tours, a flea market, open houses (of homes, as opposed to outhouses) and great festival foods.
Questions? Call 620-329-4425

November 21-23, 2008
Mountain Mandarin Festival
Gold Country Fairgrounds,
Auburn, California
Recipe contests, fresh mandarins for sale, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids, industry displays, cooking demos, mandarin orange cookbooks, plus festival foods (including mandarin gelato and chocolate-covered mandarin slices. It's the festival's 15th anniversary.
Learn Details: Call 916-663-1918

November 21-23, 2008
Rock Falls Hometown Holidays
various locations,
Rock Falls, Illinois
Soup and sandwich supper, live reindeer on display, chili supper, turkey supper, Santa Claus Parade on Saturday at 1pm, refreshments, crafts, tree lighting, activities for kids, entertainment, Santa's Wild Race, Festival of Praise on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 815-625-4500

November 21-23, 2008
Folk Fair International
Wisconsin State Fair Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This one celebrates 20 years with musical entertainment, specialty food sales, arts and crafts, festival food booths, Children's Carnival, bungee jumping, KPUP local broadcasts, not-for-profit booths.
More: Call 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060

October 10-12, 2008
Bass Festival
Rio Vista, Wisconsin
There are several venues with music and dance groups from countries such as Polynesia, Romania, Korea, Ireland, Norway and many other places. There will be a 5K run on Sunday at 9am, plus you can get festival merchandise, International Bazaar, Heritage Lane and visit the Living History encampment. You're invited to check out the World Cafe, where you can enjoy foods from Germany, Italy, Egypt, Greece and other countries. Education Day is Friday and will be full of workshops and language classes, plus a chance for students to enjoy foods from all over the planet.
Find Out Details: Call 414-225-6225 or 800-FAIR-INTL

November 22, 2008
Peterman Station Arts & Crafts Festival
Alongside railroad tracks,
Peterman, Alabama
This year marks the festival's 25th season. Events are held about 5 miles north of Monroeville. Enjoy more than 100 arts and crafts booths, music, activities for kids and festival foods such as Brunswick stew, cracklin' bread and collards. General hours are 9am-4pm and there is no admission charge.
Get The Facts: Call 251-564-2260

November 23, 2008
Poinsettia Festival
Coast Highway from D to J Streets,
Encinitas, California
This event sport about 450 booths, including non-profit groups, commercial interests, antiques and also arts and crafts. Food is available at nearby restaurants, plus you can enjoy 3 stage of entertainment and the great poinsettia (and other floral) displays at the Capital Flower Pavilion. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.
Further Information: Call 760-945-9288 or 760-943-1950

November 23, 2008
International Pickle Festival
Community Center on Route 32 South,
Rosendale, New York
It's the 11th year for this one. There's a pickle juice drinking contest plus judging of canned pickled produce. Grab a partner and get in on the Pickle Toss where you try to toss as many pickle chips into his or her mouth as possible. You can find pickle products for sale plus other great festival foods. And check out the entertainment.
Learn More: Call 845-658-9649

November 28, 2008
Holidays Happen
Town Center on Market Street,
Reston, Virginia
Holiday Parade at 11am, fun and photos with Santa, Race for the Kids run at 7:30am, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday tree lighting at 6pm with a sing-along, brass quintet and songs from the Reston Chorale.
Questions? Call 703-689-4699

November 28-30, 2008
Rockland Festival of Lights
various venues,
Rockland, Maine
Santa arrives by lobster boat. The Jolly Old Elf will attend the community pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and there will be time for pictures. The lobster trap holiday tree will have its lighting on Friday night and there will be cookies and other refreshments. Enjoy Santa's Workshop, craft and home decor workshops, horse drawn carriage rides, merchant specials, craft market, and the popular Eat, Drink and be Merry on Main (on Saturday). Enjoy the Parade of Lights Saturday evening and then caroling and hot chocolate.
Find Out Details: Call 207-596-6378 or 800-562-2529

November 29, 2008
Olde Fashion Christmas at Home
various locations,
Gustine, California
Arts and crafts from 10am-4pm on 5th Street, Community Breakfast with Santa from 8-11am, local museum open house, lighted truck and tractor parade down 5th Street. There will be fire truck rides in the afternoon. Stay for the Christmas tree lighting, music and more fun with Santa.
Further Information: Call 209-854-2384 or 209-854-2003

November 29, 2008
Swine Time Festival
Swine Time Grounds on U.S. Hwy. 84,
Climax, Georgia
5K run at 8:30am, Swine Time Parade at 10am, Hog Calling Contest, Best Dressed Pig, arts and crafts, Log Cabin, corn shucking contest, pig racing, syrup making, greased pig chase, baby crawling contest, quilts, entertainment, food.
Get The Facts: Call 229-248-8850 or 229-246-1050

November 29, 2008
Chitlin' Strut
Civic Center & Fairgrounds,
Salley, South Carolina
The Idol Contest is on Friday and the carnival also begins then. Then on Saturday you can enjoy a pancake breakfast from 7-11am at the Masonic Lodge, arts and crafts, a chitlin' plate lunch, music, antique tractors on display, parade at 10am, festival merchandise, festival foods. (A pageant is held earlier, prior to the main event.)
Questions? Call 803-258-3485

November 29, 2008
Christmas in Olde Ballinger
County Courthouse lawn,
Ballinger, Texas
Entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, games for kids, visit from Santa, tree lighting, parade.
Learn More: Call 325-365-2333 or 325-365-5611

November 29-30, 2008
Space Coast Art Festival
Downtown (along A1A & the Minuteman Causeway),
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Student art show, arts and crafts, art activities for kids, food court, other activities. The Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot is held earlier, at 7:30am on Thanksgiving Day. The festival clebrates its 45th season this year.
Find Out Details: Call 321-784-3322

November 29-December 2, 2008
Pirates in Paradise
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park,
Key West, Florida
Maritime exhibits, Sunset Sail on Tall Ships (for an extra fee), National Walk the Plank Championships, historic re-enactment of a Pyrate Trial on December 6, marketplace, kids' treasure hunt, tributes and luncheon in honor of singer Norma Miller's 89th birthday, Key West Holiday Parade December 4 from 7-9pm, Pirates Pillage & Plunder Party, Pub Stroll, and more. As you enjoy the festival, beware of costumed actors and stunt performers who mingle with the crowd and initiate skirmishes and maybe a bit of swordplay. Some activities may require separate ticketing and/or reservations.
Further Information: Call 305-296-9694

November 30-December 1, 2008
Christmas Festival on Heritage Square
Heritage Square downtown,
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Trolley rides to Heritage Park, tours of the courthouse, arts and crafts, Christmas Parade, Choral Festival and concert, more.
Questions? Call 888-300-6623

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Nov. 1 Hravest Festival, 11-5, County Park, Johns Island, South Carolina, 843-795-4FUN
Nov. 1-3 Halifax Art Festival, Marketplace on Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida, 396-441-2776 or 800-854-1234
Nov. 1-2 Festival of the Arts (37th), 9:30-4, Inverness, Florida, 352-726-3913
Nov. 1-2 Seafood & Arts Festival (20th), E. G. Simmons Park, Ruskin, Florida, 813-645-3808
Nov. 2 World's Championship Shrimp Cookoff (15th), 10-6, Port Isabel, Texas, 800-527-6102
Nov. 5-9 Bald Eagle Festival (14th), Haine, Alaska, 907-766-2202 or 907-766-3094
Nov. 6-8 Greek Fest (46th), 50 S. Ann Street, Mobile, Alabama, 251-438-9888
Nov. 7-9 Irish Festival, State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland, Email irishfest08@comcast.net
Nov. 7-9 Greek Festival (41st), 2020 NW 21st St., Fort Worth, Texas, 817-626-5578
Nov. 7-9 Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games, Pace Park, Salado, Texas, 254-947-5232
Nov. 7-15 American Indian Film Festival (33rd), San Francisco, California, 415-554-0525
Nov. 8 Turkey Trot, 9-3, downtown, Collinsville, Alabama, 256-524-2788
Nov. 8 Great Day in the Country, 9-4, Lawton Elementary School grounds on Broadway St., Oviedo, Florida, 407-365-9420
Nov. 8 Heritage Syrup Festival (20th), 9-5, 514 N. High, Henderson, Texas, 903-657-4303 or 866-650-5529
Nov. 8-9 Downtown Festival & Art Show (27th), 10-5, downtown, Gainesville, Florida, 352-334-5064
Nov. 14-16 Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Pensacola, Florida, 800-874-1234
Nov. 14-16 Bull Fest, Robstown, Texas, 956-240-5900
Nov. 15-16 Mobile Renaissance Faire, Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds at Cody & Ziegler, Mobile, Alabama, 877-429-8462
Nov. 21-22 Seaside Treasure Festival, 53rd & Avenue U, Galveston, Texas, 409-744-4526
Nov. 21-23 Indy International Festival, State Fairgrounds on E. 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-236-6515
Nov. 22-23 ArtFest, 10-5, Civic Center Plaza, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480-968-5353 or 888-278-3378
Nov. 26-28 World's Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival (73rd),
                   Main Street, Stuttgart, Arkansasa, 870-673-1602
Nov. 28 Festival of Lights, 5:30-8pm, Main Street, Placerville, California, 530-672-3436
Nov. 28 Festival of Lights (19th), downtown, Yountville, California, 707-944-0904
Nov. 30-Dec. 6 Christmas on the River, Demopolis, Alabama, 334-289-0270

Other November 2008 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Nov. 1 Harvest Pumpkin Craft Festival, 9-4, 1200 Lakeshore Drive, Yukon, Oklahoma, 405-350-8937
Nov. 1 Holiday Craft Sale, 9-3, High School on Elm Street, Lancaster, Wisconsin, 608-723-2173 Ext. 354
Nov. 1-2 Great Southwest Rubber Stamp Fall Fiesta (12th), Convention Center, Mesa, Arizona, 417-443-2231
Nov. 1-2 Paso Gathering (16th), Pioneer Museum, Paso Robles, California, 805-239-4566
Nov. 1-2 Gun Show, Seaside Park at County Fairgrounds, Ventura, California, 602-843-5303
Nov. 1-2 Midwestern Woodcarvers Show (39th), 9am-5pm/10am-4pm, Belle Clair Expo Hall, Belleville, Illinois, 618-235-1003
Nov. 1-2 Christmas in New Orleans Crafts Expo,
                   Ponchartrain Center at 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, Louisiana, 504-796-5853
Nov. 1-2 Clinton Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, 10-5/10-4, High School, Clinton, New York, 315-853-5574
Nov. 1-2 Gun Show, Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, Oregon, 918-272-1119
Nov. 1-2 Gun Show, Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, Washington,
Nov. 2 Taste of the Town, 11am-5pm, Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Florida, 239-277-1197
Nov. 5-9 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (11th), Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, 302-645-9095
Nov. 5-9 American Sandsculpting Championship (22nd), Fort Myers Beach, Florida, 866-916-7283
Nov. 6-8 Mistletoe Mart, Church of the Ascension on N. Court St., Westminster, Maryland, 410-848-3251
Nov. 6-8 Mistletoe Marketplace, Mississippi Trade Mart, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-948-2357
Nov. 6-9 Sacramento International Auto Show, Cal Expo, Sacramento, California, 916-635-2728
Nov. 7-8 Arkansas Valley Arts & Crafts Fair,
                   10-7/9-5, Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville, Arkansas, 479-229-4200 or 479-968-3208
Nov. 7-8 Bookworm Bash, 9-6, Addison Circle Park, Addison, Texas, 800-233-4766
Nov. 7-9 Farscape Convention, Airport Marriott on Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, 818-409-0960
Nov. 7-9 Intertribal Marketplace,
                   10-5, (Nov. 7 members only), Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, 323-667-2000
Nov. 7-9 Southern Colorado Holiday Food & Gift Festival,
                   Expo Center at 1515 Auto Mall Loop, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 888-412-5015
Nov. 7-9 Library Book Sale, St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Delavan Way, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-531-0426
Nov. 7-9 Telfair Art Fair (14th), Telfair Square, Savannah, Georgia, 912-700-8800
Nov. 7-9 National Farm Toy Show,
                   Beckman High School & National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, Iowa, 701-883-5206
Nov. 7-9 Cherry Hill Stargate Convention, Clarion Hotel, Clarion Hill, New Jersey, 818-409-0960
Nov. 7-9 Weems International Artfest, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-293-6133
Nov. 7-9 Art Walk, downtown, Canandaigua, New York, 585-396-0300
Nov. 7-9 Wizard World Texas & Texas Fear Fest,
                   Convention Center on Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas, Email conventions@wizardworld.com
Nov. 7-9 Rug Show & Sale, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, 435-649-0535
Nov. 7-9 YMCA Crafts Fair, University Mall, Blacksburg, Virginia, 540-552-9686
Nov. 8 Meadowcrest Arts & Crafts, Green County High School, Greensboro, Georgia, 800-886-5253 or 404-274-5555
Nov. 8 Homemade Holidays Craft Show, 9-4, Ottawa Middle School, Ottawa, Kansas, 785-242-8618
Nov. 8 Fall Art & Craft Show, 10-5, Community Center, Burnet, Texas, 512-756-0834
Nov. 8 Great Hartford Craft Exposition,
                   9-4, Hartford Union High School on Cedar St., Hartford, Wisconsin, 262-273-5033 or 262-670-0117
Nov. 8-9 Flamingo Follies Art Show, 9-5, Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 386-424-2175
Nov. 8-9 Antiques & Vintage Collectibles Show, The Centre, Evansville, Indiana, 812-471-9419
Nov. 8-9 Herkimer County Arts & Crafts Fair, Community College, Herkimer, New York, 315-866-0300
Nov. 8-9 Autumn Art & Craft Festival,
                   Suffolk Community Sports & Expo Center on Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, New York, 631-563-8551
Nov. 8-9 Holiday Fine Craft Fair, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997
Nov. 9 Hudson Valley Railroad Society Annual Railroad Exposition (37th),
                   10am-3pm, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, 645-297-0901
Nov. 9-16 Miami Book Fair International (25th), Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, 305-237-3258
Nov. 11-12 Christmas Boutique & Angel Street Cafe, 601 Claymont Drive, Ballwin, Missouri, 636-394-2233
Nov. 11-13 Wichita Farm & Ranch Show, Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kansas, 316-755-1243
Nov. 11-13 YMCA Christmas Market (33rd), Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 423-265-8834
Nov. 13-16 Fall AutoFest (24th), Festival Park on U.S. Hwy. 301, Zephyrhills, Florida, 813-258-6726
Nov. 13-16 Fall Festival Craft Show, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota, 952-445-7223
Nov. 13-16 Dickens Christmas Show (27th), Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 843-448-9483
Nov. 14-15 Blue Angels Homecoming Show,
                   Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 850-452-2583 or 800-874-1234
Nov. 14-16 Louisiana Highland Games, Jackson, Louisiana, 225-927-2944 or 225-344-7228
Nov. 14-16 Deer Widows Weekend, Outlets on Beyer Road, Saginaw, Michigan, 989-624-6226
Nov. 14-16 Northern Virginia Christmas Market, Dulles Expo & Convention Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 757-417-7771
Nov. 14-16 New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair, Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, 603-332-2616
Nov. 14-16 Wasatch Gun Show, CAM-PLEX, Gilette, Wyoming, 901-456-7556
Nov. 15 Potpourri Craft Show (19th), 9-4, High School, Enfield, Connecticut, 860-745-1315
Nov. 15 Merritt Pottery Show & Sale, 8am-3pm, next to Courthouse, Knoxville, Georgia, 478-474-7833
Nov. 15 Pfall Pfest Arts & Crafts Show (22nd), 9am-3pm, Rec Center on Immanuel Rd., Pflugerville, Texas, 512-251-5082
Nov. 15-16 Twin Cities Chocolate Extravaganza,
                   11-5, Convention Center on Second Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota, tickets 651-335-6025
Nov. 15-16 Best Friend of Charleston Train Show,
                   9-5/10-4, Armory at 5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, North Carolina, 843-760-7405
Nov. 15-16 Holiday Craft Show, Fairfax High School on Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Virginia, 703-246-6321
Nov. 21 Holiday Lighted Parade, 6:30pm, Northville, Michigan, 248-349-7640
Nov. 21 Window Wonderland, 7-9:30pm, downtown, Wooster, Ohio, 330-262-6222
Nov. 21-22 Broadmoor Art & Craft Festival,
                   Broadmoor High School at 9650 Goodwood Rd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 225-926-1420
Nov. 21-23 Official Stargate Convention, Airport Marriott, Burbank, California, 818-409-0960
Nov. 21-23 Gingerbread Village, Church of the Magdalen at 12626 E. 21st N., Wichita, Kansas, 620-683-4788 or 620-744-2836
Nov. 21-23 Paradise City Arts Festival,
                   Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts, 413-587-0772 or 800-511-9725
Nov. 21-23 Gun Show, 9-6/9-6/9-3, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, 775-828-2350
Nov. 21-23 Zia Arts & Crafts Festival, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-823-1092
Nov. 21-23 Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular),
                   Laurel Highland Events Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 724-863-4577
Oct. 25 Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show, 10-3, Tunkhammock Area High School, Tunkhammock, Pennsylvania, 570-833-2320
Nov. 22 Gazette Holiday Parade, 5pm, State Street & Erie Blvd., Schenectady, New York, 518-372-5656
Nov. 22 Craft Show, 8-4, Linton Middle School on Aster St., Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, 412-244-9440 or 412-796-2147
Nov. 22 WCTC Craft Fair (36th), 800 Main St., Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 262-691-5470
Nov. 22 Jaycees Arts & Crafts Fair, Richland Middle School on Hwy. 80 S., Richland Center, Wisconsin, 608-647-5501
Nov. 22 Holiday Marketplace, 9am-9pm, County Fairgrounds, West Bend, Wisconsin, 262-334-2402
Nov. 22-23 Gem & Mineral Show, Performing Arts Center on Hobson Way, Oxnard, California, 805-642-5779
Nov. 22-23 Christmas on Vinegar Hill (20th), Mt. Pulaski, Illnois, 217-792-5698
Nov. 22-23 Boston Super Megafest, Framingham Sheraton, Framingham, Massachusetts, 800-505-8697
Nov. 22-23 Christmas Arts & Crafts Extravaganza (37th),
                   Show Me Center & Osage Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573-334-9233
Nov. 22-23 Band Booster Holiday Spirit Craft Fair (23rd),
                   Parkway South High School on Hanna Road, Manchester, Missouri, 314-415-7786
Nov. 22-23 Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show, 9-5/9-2, Raceway Complex, Richmond, Virginia, 804-928-1006
Nov. 26 Christmas in the Sky, Longview Lake Beach, Blue Springs, Missouri, 816-503-4830
Nov. 28 Lighted Christmas Parade, 6pm, 13th & Main, Clarinda, Iowa, 712-542-2166
Nov. 28 Christmas Light Parade, Center Avenue, Oakley, Kansas, 785-672-4862 or 785-672-3251
Nov. 28 Sundance Square Parade of Lights (26th), 6pm, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
Nov. 28-29 Winter Art & Craft Fair, Seasons Convention Center on Hwy. 46, Nashville, Indiana, 812-587-5068
Nov. 28-30 Loscon 35, Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles, California, 818-760-9234 or Email registrar@lasfs.info
Nov. 28-30 Holiday Craft & Gift Show (31st), Wisconsin Expo Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-321-2100 or 717-796-2380
Nov. 29 Jacksonville Light Parade, 7pm, Downtown Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida, 904-630-3690
Nov. 29 Christmas Parade, 6:30pm, Town Square, Garnett, Kansas, 785-448-6767
Nov. 29 Homemade for the Holidays (22nd), 9-4, Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park, Manhattan, Kansas, 785-293-5712
Nov. 29 Lighted Christmas Parade, 7:15pm, Main Street, Russell, Kansas, 785-483-2897
Nov. 29 Rockets Over the Red, 4-9pm, River View Park, Shreveport, Louisiana, 318-222-7403
Nov. 29 Twinkle Light Parade, 5:15pm, Central Avenue area, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-768-3555
Nov. 29-30 Lakes Region Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair,
                   Opechee Conference Center on Doris Ray Ct. (off Elm), Laconia, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
Nov. 29-30 Gig Harbor Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair,
                   Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor, Washington, 253-530-4400 or 253-858-8674
Nov. 30 Mid-America Train & Toy Show,
                   9-2, BTC Exhibit Hall at 1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 913-561-5864 or 913-680-0404

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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 hear much of him for awhile.
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William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

I have a special place in my heart for people who allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to show us their pain. But this isn't about being a victim. It's about using adversity as a stepping stone to new challenges and then helping the rest of us do the same. When he sends me welcome updates of what he's been doing I know he's going to bring me something I can bite into and use in my own daily challenges. Please take time to visit his web site and explore the man who calls himself the Crazy Viking.

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This coming December 13 you can get in on very special ceremonies in which wreaths are placed at one of more than 280 locations to honor our fallen war heroes. Find out more about how to support, volunteer or spread the word at Wreaths Across America.

The cars are due in San Francisco on November 8, in the Centennial voyage of The Longest Auto Race.

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
Looking for something almost traditional for Thanksgiving, but with a bit of kick or surprise? Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes save you a a mashing job at the last minute. If no one likes cranberry sauce or cranberry relish, try putting a can of cranberry sauce into a Holiday Cranberry Salad. Tired of gooey sweet potato dishes that taste more like dessert? Serve the sweet potatoes as a first course in Creany Sweet Potato Soup. And when it's time for dessert, if you like pumpkin, but are tired of regular pumpkin pie, try Paula Deen's Pumpkin Cheesecake. Or if you want those sweet potatoes to be really sweet as a dessert dish, how about some Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream?

If you're serving a crowd, the trick is to do one twist on one traditional dish, instead of trying to make the whole meal non-traditional. Or, cook up a few traditional dishes and ask others to bring something unusual so that everyone can try a taste.


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