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November 1, 2009
Fall Back Festival
Gaslamp Quarter,
San Diego, California
Help celebrate the festival's 9th anniversary with gold panning, Wild West Shootout, pony rides, archeological info, pie and ice cream eating contests, watermelon seed spitting contest, historical info, storytelling, spaghetti eating contest, crafts, festival foods, giant inflatables for the kids, face painting, 3 stages of entertainment, balloon artists. The basic festival area is 5th and Island Avenue. Hours are 11am-4pm and kids under age 2 get in free.
Get details: Call 830-374-3161

November 6-7, 2009
Pomegranate Festival
Clark County Fairgrounds on N. Whipple,
Logandale, Nevada
There is fresh pomegranate jelly for sale, but be quick. It sells out quickly. You can also enjoy festival foods, raffles, pomegranate-related products, arts and crafts and entertainment. The fun goes from 9am to 4pm.
Learn More: Call 702-398-7007 or 702-397-6444

November 6-7, 2009
Urbanna Oyster Festival
Urbanna, Virginia
Fireman's Parade Friday at 7pm, festival parade Saturday at 2pm, merchant specials, RV and boat show, rides for kids, pageants, art activities for kids, oyster shucking contest, music on several stages, clowns, games, model boat builders displays, tours of The Alliance (and other industry vessels). Thursday of that week is Education Day, open only to schoolchildren. Please, no pets or alcohol. There is no admission charge. It's the event's 52nd year.
Questions? Call 804-758-0368

November 6-8, 2009
Heritage Harbor Days
Heritage Park,
Foley, Alabama
The festival celebrates 9 years in 2009. Plans include arts and crafts, cowboy chuckwagon and cowboy poetry/stories, musical entertainment, pony rides for the kids, carnival, dance entertainment, wooden boat show, pancake breakfast Saturday from 7-9am at the First Baptist Church (details for breakfast only at 251-943-8467), quilters at work, Children's Art Village, Veteran's Parade and Ceremony, potato shed with antique farm implements on display plus history and stories, model train exhibit, fireworks.
Further Information: Call 251-943-1200

November 6-8, 2009
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
Seville Square,
Pensacola, Florida
More than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, Children's Art Festival, heritage craft demonstrations, music and other entertainment on 2 stages, sidewalk art, festival foods, sand art, face painting.
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November 6-8, 2009
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Front Street downtown,
Colfax, Louisiana
Carnival rides, music, costume contest, pecan pies for sale, cooking contests, arts and crafts, antique tractor show, dance team "Pecanettes", pralines, student talent show, sausage stand, karaoke, parade on Saturday.
Details: Call 318-627-5196

November 6-8, 2009
Special Olympics Fall Festival
Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania
More than 80 student volunteers gather and guide athletes from 44 countries and they host coaches. More than 100 athletes participate in power lifting, soccer, bocce, volleyball, long-distance running and roller skating. There are usually other events for the athletes to enjoy relaxation and and gatherings to celebrate the spirit of this occasion. Allison Kahl is director this year, a busy director with a triple major who is lending her time to the effort. Games are held rain or shine and this year the theme is nautical. If you've ever wanted to cheer on an athlete, this is a great place to go and use your voice. It's the festival's 21st year.
Questions? Call 610-519-7244

November 7, 2009
Jackson Fall Festival
Commerce Street area downtown,
Jackson, Alabama
It's the 27th anniversary for this festival. Enjoy classic cars, arts and crafts, games for kids, festival foods, entertainment, a lumberjack competition. General hours are 9am-4pm.
More: Call 251-246-3251

November 7, 2009
Cotton Gin Festival
Bostwick, Georgia
Have fun at this 20th celebration with a parade at 11am, horse-drawn wagons that shuttle festival-goers to and from the parking area, entertainment (and do bring a blanket for comfort), 4-mile and 1-mile Gin Run, festival merchandise, festival foods.
Further Info: Call 706-342-0182

November 7, 2009
Mule Day
Mule Day Grounds,
Calvary, Georgia
Mule Barrel Race, Best Plow Mule contest, Panty Hose Race, Sling Shot Shoot, cloggers and other entertainers, museum displays, parade at 11am, food concessions, cane juice making and cane syrup makings, biscuits and sausage breakfast, flea market, petting zoo and more. 2009 marks the event's 37th year.
Details: Call 229-377-3663 or 229-377-6859

November 7, 2009
Granite City Fall Festival
On the square,
Elberton, Georgia
Plenty of fun is planned for this 10th season. There will be activities and rides for the kids, arts and crafts, entertainment and festival foods. The fun goes from 9am-5pm.
Learn More: Call 706-213-0626

November 7, 2009
Monticello-Jasper County Deer Festival
Historic Square downtown,
Monticello, Georgia
2009 marks the festival's 43rd season. Plans include rides and activities for kids, venison cooking competition, a parade at 3pm, arts and crafts, pageant, beard contest, 1-mile fun run at 7:30am, 5K Deer Dash run/walk at 8am. Festival foods may include smoked turkey legs, BBQ chicken, corn dogs, curly fries, ice cream. General hours are 8am-5pm.
Questions? Call 706-468-8994

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November 7, 2009
Crossroads Pumpkin Fest
Historic downtown,
Statesville, North Carolina
This 7th year the town celebrates with the Pumpkin Fest 5K Run plus a 1-mile fun run/walk, pumpkin painting, pumpkin pie eating contest, Pumpkin Chunkin' Catapult Competition, WSIC Biggest Pumpkin Contest, more than 80 arts and crafts booths, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin smashing, a 3-block Kid Zone, 3 stages of entertainment. (The Pumpkin Chunkin' is at Bill Davidson Model Airplane Field.) General festival hours are 10am-5pm.
Further Details: Call 877-531-1819 or 704-878-3436

November 7-8, 2009
Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts
Downtown on Library lawn & at City Square,
Litchfield Park, Arizona
Plans for this 39th year include book signings, artist demonstrations, more than 300 arts and crafts booths, book sale, food court, wine tasing, entertainment, activities for kids, antique sale. Hours are 9am-5pm.
Additional Facts: Call 623-393-7820

November 7-8, 2009
Toccoa Harvest Festival
Doyle Street area downtown,
Toccoa, Georgia
General festival hours for this 33rd year are 10am-5pm on Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. There will be 2 stages of entertainment, produce and baked goods for sale, festival foods, puppet shows, petting zoo, classic car cruise-in, arts and crafts, horse and wagon rides.
Questions? Call 706-282-3269

November 7-8, 2009
Giant Omelette Celebration
Magdalen Square,
Abbeville, Louisiana
5000 eggs go into the making of a huge omelette that is served to festival-goers. You can also enjoy a tour of historic homes, musical entertainment, antique cars, antique farm implements on display, tractor egg cracking competition, Kid's World, arts and crafts, poker run, Omelette Mass at the Catholic High School auditorium on Sunday at 9am. Besides the giant omelette, there will be festival foods such as tamales, eggrolls, stuffed jalapenos, hot dogs and burgers, sandwiches, seafood dishes, chicken on a stick, fries, funnel cakes and bread pudding.
Learn More: Call 337-893-0013

November 7-8, 2009
Picayune Street Fair
Canal Street area downtown,
Picayune, Mississippi
Celebrate with classic cars, entertainment, arts and crafts, Tung Blossom 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, antiques and collectibles, merchant specials, rock climbing wall plus plenty of festival foods. Try Greek dishes, hot dogs and burgers, barbecued meats, Chinese dishes, roasted corn, seafood and top it off with ice cream.
Additional Facts: Call 601-799-3070

November 7-14, 2009
Vardamon Sweet Potato Festival
various venues,
Vardamon, Mississippi
Sweet potato pie eating contest, sweet potato grower competitions, pageant, antique tractor show, Harvest Banquet (for separate fee), sweet potato tasting booth, 5K run, sweet potato cookbooks, fresh sweet potatoes for sale. 2009 marks the festival's 36th season. There is no admission charge.
Get Further Details: Call 662-682-7559

November 12-15, 2009
Cracklin' Festival
Veterans Park,
Port Barre, Louisiana
It's the 24th year for the festival, which raises money for the local Lions Club. The carnival rides open Thursday night and Friday night the music begins. Saturday and Sunday ramp things up with even more activities, including a parade at 10am on Saturday, arts and crafts, cracklin' cooking and judging plus more music. Please, no ice chests or glass containers. Please leave pets safely at home. (Service animals are welcomed, of course.) There is no admission charge for those age 10 and younger.
Learn More: Call 337-585-6673 or 337-585-6251

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November 12-15, 2009
Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas
Carnival, car show, arts and crafts, 5K fun run, parade Nov. 14 at 1pm, bingo, Popeye Menudo Breakfast, softball tournament, volleyball tournament. Listen in on the Tejano musical entertainment. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing: Fama La Costumbre, Bobby Pullido. You can buy an armband at the festival gate on entry or you can get one ahead of time at the festival headquarters on Zavala Street. It's the 28th year for this event.
Info: Call 830-374-3161

November 13-15, 2009
Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts
Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills, Arizona
General hours of fun are 10am-5pm and there is no parking fee or admission fee. There will be breakfast and lunch festival foods with shaded areas for munching comfort. You can enjoy musical entertainment, holiday items and ideas and browse works from more than 470 artisans, some of whom may be demonstrating their craft at the festival. Event is held rain or shine.
Learn More: Call 480-337-1654

November 13-15, 2009
St. Rita Pecan Festival
St. Rita Church School at 7100 Jefferson Highway,
Harahan, Louisiana
Carnival games and rides, 250 arts and crafts vendors, musical entertainment, festival foods (including pecan pie and pecan fudge) The festival has its 18th anniversary this year.
Get The Facts: Call 504-737-2915

November 14, 2009
Elegant Evening Downtown
Downtown area,
Paso Robles, California
(The Paderewski Festival is the same day and the winners will be at the Paso Robles Inn ballroom at 4pm.) The evening brings a charm to Paso Robles' downtown district, as luminarias line sidewalks and carriage rides convey shoppers who are out to enjoy a royal kick-off to the holiday season. Roving minstrels will entertain you and the local merchants open their doors from 5-8pm, providing refreshments and store specials to entice you indoors. Window shopping is encouraged, but don't rush past those windows too quickly or you'll miss out on the fun of seeing local dance studio participants as live mannequins.
Questions? Call 805-238-4103

November 14, 2009
Old South Day
Community Civic Center on Spense Street,
Ochlocknee, Georgia
for a 33rd year you can celebrate with a living museum, festival foods, cane syrup made in open kettles, arts and crafts, entertainment. They also usually have a breakfast earlier in the day.
Details: Call 229-574-5375 or 229-574-5151

November 14, 2009
Thibodeaux Fall Festival
Thibodeauxville, Louisiana
Music on 2 stages, rubber duck race on Bayou Lafourche, activities for kids, Cajun and other festival foods, antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, car show.
Further Information: Call 985-446-1187

November 14, 2009
Society Hill Catfish Festival
St. David's Academy on South Main,
Hartsville, South Carolina
Vehicle show, parade at 11am, activities for kids, 5K run/walk at 8am, games, arts and crafts, food court.It's the event's 23rd year of fun.
Learn More: Call 843-378-4681 or 888-427-8720

November 14-15, 2009
Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival
Mason Creek Road at Yulee Drive,
Homosassa, Florida
It's the 35th year for this one and more than 40,000 people thought it was worth attending last year. Enjoy door prizes, juried and non-juried arts and crafts, music, raffles for boats, golf packages, vacation packages. When the munchies hit you can take advantage of fried green tomatoes, meat skewers, seafood platters, fried eggplant, blackened mahi mahi, fries, smoothies, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, lemonade, cotton candy, cream puffs, caramel apples. Kids under 12 are admitted free. General hours are 8-5 on Saturday and 8-4:30 on Sunday.
Get the Facts: Call 352-628-2666

November 14-15, 2009
Three Rivers Art Festival
North Columbia Street area,
Covington, Louisiana
Celebrate 13 years with the Three Rivers Run (5K and 1-mile), approximately 200 juried artisans showing and selling their wares, food court, art area for children, music, student art exhibit.
Questions? Call 965-871-4141 or 985-705-7968

November 19-22, 2009
Rock Falls Hometown Holidays
various locations,
Rock Falls, Illinois
Reindeer Run, merchant specials, Santa Claus Parade on Saturday at 1pm, refreshments, crafts, soup and sandwich supper, live reindeer on display, turkey supper and a dance, Festival of Praise on Sunday, activities for kids, bingo, Santa Sprint.
Additional Details: Call 815-625-4500

November 20-21, 2009
Elk Falls Annual Open House
7th & Osage Streets,
Elk Falls, Kansas
Tour the themed and decorated outhouses and vote for your favorites. Plus you can enjoy merchant specials, quilt displays, arts and crafts, flea market, open houses of historic homes, walking tours, festival foods.
More: Call 620-329-4425

November 20-22, 2009
Mountain Mandarin Festival
Gold Country Fairgrounds,
Auburn, California
Mandarin recipe contests, activities for kids, fresh mandarins for sale, industry displays, cooking demos, mandarin orange cookbooks, arts and crafts, music, plus plenty of festival foods (including mandarin gelato and chocolte-covered mandarin slices). Hours are 12-5pm on Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. It's the festival's 16th year.
Details: Call 916-663-1918

November 20-22, 2008
Folk Fair International
Wisconsin State Fair Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Have fun this year with arts and crafts, a 5K run/walk, music, food, local broadcasts, not-for-profit booths, coffee pavilion, Education Day.
More: Call 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060

November 21, 2009
Peterman Station Arts & Crafts Festival
alongside railroad tracks,
Peterman, Alabama
Celebrate 26 years of festival fun with more than 100 arts and crafts booths, festival foods such as Brunswick stew, activities for kids, music, cracklin' bread, collards, more. General hours are 9am-4pm and there is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 251-564-2260

November 21, 2009
Pecan Fest
Walnut Street at 5th Street,
Chetopa, Kansas
Pecan cooking contest, pecan pies, singing competition, vendors, games and other activities for kids, music, food, quilts, arts and crafts. Hours are 9am-4pm.
Get The Facts: Call 620-236-7371

November 22, 2009
Fall Festival
Coastal Highway from D to J Streets,
Encinitas, California
This was formerly called the Poinsettia Festival. Enjoy antiques, arts and crafts, merchant specials, 2 stages of entertainment, non-profit booths, floral displays at the Capital Flower Pavilion, activities for kids. Food is available at nearby restaurants.
Info: Call 760-945-9288 or 760-943-1950

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November 22, 2009
International Pickle Festival
Community Center on Route 32 South,
Rosendale, New York
Music and dancing, judging of canned pickled produce, pickle eating contest, pickle products for sale, pickle juice drinking contest, entertainment, festival foods, the pickle toss game (in which you grab a partner and toss as many pickle chips as you can into his or her mouth). Hours are 10am-5pm. This is the festival's 12th season.
Get Details: Call 845-658-9649

November 27, 2009
Holidays Happen
Town Center on Market Street,
Reston, Virginia
18th annual parade at 11am, Race for the Kids run at 7:30am, fun and photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday tree lighting at 6pm with a sing-along plus a brass quintet and help from the Reston Chorale.
Further Facts: Call 703-689-4699

November 27-29, 2008
Rockland Festival of Lights
various venues,
Rockland, Maine
Santa arrives by lobster boat and also attends the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning (where there will also be time for pictures). You can join in on the lighting of the lobster trap holiday tree with refreshments. There will be home decor workshops, horse-drawn carriage rides, merchant specials, crafts for sale, food and the Parade of Lights Saturday evening with caroling and hot chocolate. You can also tour historic inns that weekend.
Details: Call 207-596-6378 or 800-562-2529

November 28, 2009
Olde Fashion Christmas at Home
various locations,
Gustine, California
Festival-goers, so triple-check this one. with budget cuts, it's difficult to confirm details and events sometimes. As far as I know now, Gustine will celebrate again with a lighted truck and tractor parade down 5th street, plus there will be the Christmas tree lighting, a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself, arts and crafts and a breakfast, Enjoy music and possibly an open house at the local museum.
Find Out More: Call 209-854-6975

November 28, 2009
Swine Time Festival
Swine Time Grounds on U.S. Highway 84,
Climax, Georgia
Best Dressed Pig, quilts and quilting demos, corn shucking contest, pig racing, Swine Time Parade at 10am, 5K run at 8:30am, Hog Calling Contest, arts and crafts, syrup making, baby crawling contest, entertainment on 3 stages, food.
Additional Information: Call 229-248-8850 or 229-246-1050

November 28, 2009
Chitlin' Strut
Civic Center & Fairgrounds,
Salley, South Carolina
The carnival begins on Thursday evening. There is also a pageant held prior to the main event. Enjoy antique tractors on display, a parade at 110am, festival foods, hog calling contest, pancake breakfast from 7-11am at the Masonic Lodge, arts and crafts, chitlin' plate luncheon, music, festival merchandise and festival foods. OK, just so no one is surprised when they get there, you should know that chitlin' is a sort of contraction for chitterlings. Pig intestines. Go whether you're willing to eat those or not. There are plenty of other goodies to entice you.
Questions? Call 803-258-3485

November 28, 2009
Christmas in Olde Ballinger
County Courthouse lawn,
Ballinger, Texas
Plan on a visit from Santa, tree lighting ceremony, parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, games for kids and festival foods.
Details: Call 325-365-2333 or 325-365-5811

November 28-29, 2009
Space Coast Art Festival
Minuteman Causeway & 36 N. Brevard Avenue,
Coconut Beach, Florida
Student art display, art activities for kids, food court, arts and crafts, other activities. The Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot is held earlier, at 7:30am on Thanksgiving day. 2009 marks the 46th year for the festival.
Questions? Call 321-784-3322

November 28-December 6, 2009
Pirates in Paradise
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park,
Key West, Florida
For a 10th year you can enjoy maritime exhibits, Sunset Sail on Tall Ships (for an extra fee), pirate exhibits, Maritime Holiday Party, walking tours of Historic Oldtown, lectures, Norma Miller's 90th Birthday Party, Thieves Market, historic encampment, Shipwreck Ball, Fort Taylor Pirate Battle Land Force Artillery on Parade Grounds, Pyrate Olympics, Pub Stroll, National Walk the Plank Championships, historic re-enactment of a Pyrate Trial and much more. As you move about you should be aware that a lively skirmish could break out among mingling pirates who are wearing costumes and looking for a chance to enjoy a bit of swordplay and sassy verbiage. It's all in fun, of course. Some events do require a fee and/or reservation, so be sure to check on activities ahead of time. The Key West Lighted Holiday Parade is December 5 from 7-9pm, is family-friendly and free of charge.
Further Information: Call 305-296-9694

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

Nov. 1 World's Championship Shrimp Cookoff (16th), 10-6, Port Isabel, Texas, 800-527-6102
Nov. 5-7 Greek Fest (47th), 50 S. Ann Street, Mobile, Alabama, 251-438-9888
Nov. 6-14 American Indian Film Festival (34th), San Francisco, California, 415-554-0525
Nov. 7 Harvest Festival, 11-5, County Park, Johns Island, South Carolina, 843-795-4FUN
Nov. 7-8 Halifax Art Festival (47th),
                   9-5/10-5, Marketplace on Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida, 396-441-2776 or 800-854-1234
Nov. 7-8 Festival of the Arts (38th), 9:30-4, Inverness, Florida, 352-726-3913
Nov. 11-15 Bald Eagle Festival (15th), Haine, Alaska, 907-766-2202 or 907-766-3094
Nov. 13-15 Greek Festival (42nd), 2020 NW 21st Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-626-5578
Nov. 13-15 Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games (48th), Place Park, Salado, Texas, 254-947-5232
Nov. 14 Turkey Trot, 9-3, downtown, Collinsville, Alabama, 256-524-2788
Nov. 14 Great Day in the Country, 9-4, Lawton Elementary School grounds on Broadway St., Oviedo, Florida, 407-365-9420
Nov. 14 Heritage Syrup Festival (21st), 9-5, 514 N. High, Henderson, Texas, 903-657-4303 or 866-650-5529
Nov. 14-15 Downtown Festival & Art show (28th), 10-5, downtown, Gainesville, Florida, 352-334-5064
Nov. 14-15 Mobile Renaissance Fair, Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile, Alabama, 877-429-8462
Nov. 19-22 Indy International Festival, State Fairgrounds on E. 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-236-6515
Nov. 20-21 Seaside Treasure Festival, 53rd & Avenue U, Galveston, Texas, 409-744-4528 ext. 783
Nov. 21-22 ArtFest, 10-5, Civic Center Plaza, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480-968-5353 or 888-278-3378
Nov. 25-28 World's Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival (74th),
                   Main Street, Stuttgart, Arkansas, 870-673-1602
Nov. 27 Festival of Lights, 5:30-8pm, Main Street, Placerville, California, 530-672-3436
Nov. 27 Festival of Lights (20th), downtown, Yountville, California, 707-944-0904
Nov. 29-Dec. 5 Christmas on the River, Demopolis, Alabama, 334-289-0270

Other November 2009 Events You Might Enjoy
Nov. 3-8 American Sandsculpting Championship (23rd), Fort Meyers Beach, Florida, 866-916-7283
Nov. 4-7 Mistletoe Marketplace, Mississippi Trade Mart, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-948-2357
Nov. 6-7 Arkansas Valley Arts & Crafts Fair, 10-7/9-5, Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville, Arkansas, 479-229-4200 or 479-968-3208
Nov. 6-8 Stargate SG-11/Atlantis Convention, LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, California, 818-409-0960
Nov. 6-8 Farscape Convention, LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, California, 818-409-0960
Nov. 6-8 Hillsborough Antiques & Decorative Arts Show & Sale, County Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 208-629-0891
Nov. 6-8 Southern Colorado Holiday Food & Gift Festival ,
                   10-6/10-6/10-5, Expo Center on Auto Mall Loop, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 888-412-5015
Nov. 6-8 Dahlonega Literary Festival, Historic Square downtown, Dahlonega, Georgia, 706-864-3711 or 800-231-5543
Nov. 6-8 National Farm Toy Show,
                   Beckman High School & National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, Iowa, 701-883-5206
Nov. 6-8 Iron Horse Festival, Railroad Blvd., McComb, Mississippi, 601-684-8664
Nov. 6-8 Hudson Valley Railroad Society Annual Railroad Exposition (38th),
                   10-3, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, 645-297-0901
Nov. 6-8 Rug Show & Sale (20th), Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, 435-649-0535
Nov. 7 Bookworm Bash, 9-6, Addison Circle Park, Addison, Texas, 800-233-4766
Nov. 7 Harvest Pumpkin Craft Festival, 9-4, Robertson Activity Center on Lakeshore Dr., Yukon, Oklahoma, 405-350-8937
Nov. 7 Holiday Craft Sale, 9-3, High School on Elm Street, Lancaster, Wisconsin, 608-723-21173 ext. 354
Nov. 7-8 Intertribal Marketplace, 10-5, Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, 323-667-2000
Nov. 7-8 Paso Gathering (17th), 10-5/10-4, Pioneer Museum, Paso Robles, California, 805-239-4566
Nov. 7-8 Gun Show , Seaside Park at County Fairgrounds, Ventura, California, 602-843-5303
Nov. 7-8 Midwestern Woodcarvers Show, 9-5/10-4, Belle Clair Expo Hall, Belleville, Illinois, 618-235-1003
Nov. 7-8 Twin Cities Chocolate Extravaganza,
                   10-6, Convention Center on Second Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota, tickets 651-335-6025
Nov. 8 Classic Gun Show, Big Town Exhibition Hall, Mesquite, Texas, 214-341-2895
Nov. 8 Taste of the Town (27th), 11-5, Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Florida, 239-277-1197
Nov. 8-15 Miami Book Fair International (26th), Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, 305-237-3258
Nov. 10-11 Christmas Boutique & Angel Street Cafe, 601 Claymont Drive, Ballwin, Missouri, 636-394-2233
Nov. 10-12 Wichita Farm & Ranch Show, Kansas Coliseum, Valley Center, Kansas, 316-755-8834
Nov. 11-15 Rehoboth Beach Indpendent Film Festival (12th), Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, 302-645-9095
Nov. 12-14 Mistletoe Mart, Church of the Ascension on No. Court St., Westminster, Maryland, 410-848-3251
Nov. 12-15 Fall AutoFest (25th), Festival Park on U.S. Hwy. 301, Zephyrhills, Florida, 813-256-6726
Nov. 12-15 Fall Festival Craft Show, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota, 952-445-7223
Nov. 12-15 Dickens Christmas Show (28th), Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 843-448-9483
Nov. 13-14 Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 850-452-2583 or 800-874-1234
Nov. 13-15 Antique Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno, California, 559-485-3354
Nov. 13-15 Sacramento International Auto Show, Cal Expo, Sacramento, California, 916-635-2728
Nov. 13-15 Library Book Sale, St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Delavan Way, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-531-0426
Nov. 13-15 Antique Market, 9-6/9-6/10-4, Expo Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 740-569-4112
Nov. 13-15 Deer Widows Weekend, Outlets on Beyer Road, Saginaw, Michigan, 989-624-6226
Nov. 13-15 Gun Show, 9-6/9-6/9-3, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, 775-828-2350
Nov. 13-15 New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair, 10-5, Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, 603-332-2616
Nov. 13-15 Weems International Artfest, 10-9/10-6/10-5,
                   State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-293-6133
Nov. 13-15 YMCA Crafts Fair, University Mall, Blacksburg, Virginia, 540-552-9686
Nov. 13-15 Northern Virginia Christmas Market (16th), 10-6/10-5, Dulles Expo & Convention Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 757-417-7771
Nov. 14 Drama Club Potpourri Craft Show (20th), 9-4, High School, Enfield, Connecticut, 860-745-1315
Nov. 14 Meadowcrest Arts & Crafts, 9-4, Green Cty. High School on Main St., Greensboro, Georgia, 800-886-5253 or 404-274-5555
Nov. 14 Telfair Art Fair (15th), 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, Georgia, 912-700-8800
Nov. 14 Homemade Holidays Craft Show, 9-4, Ottawa Middle School, Ottawa, Kansas, 785-242-8618
Nov. 14 Great Hartford Craft Exposition
                   9-3, Hartford Union High School on Cedar St., Hartford, Wisconsin, 262-273-5033 or 262-670-0117
Nov. 14-15 Vintage Paper Fair, 10-6/10-4, Centre Concord on Clayton Rd., Concord, California, 415-668-1636
Nov. 14-15 Flamingo Follies Art Show, 9-5, Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 386-424-2175
Nov. 14-15 Antiques & Vintage Collectibles Show, The Centre, Evansville, Indiana, 812-471-9419
Nov. 14-15 Herkimer County Arts & Craft Fair (33rd), Community College, Herkimer, New York, 315-866-0300
Nov. 14-15 Autumn Art & Craft Festival, 10-6/10-5,
                   Suffolk Community Sports & Expo Center on Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, New York, 631-563-8551
Nov. 14-15 Best Friend Model Train Show, Armory at 5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, North Carolina, 843-760-7405
Nov. 14-15 Holiday Fine Craft Fair, 10-6/11-5, Mannheim Township High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 717-431-8706
Nov. 19-21 YMCA Christmas Market (34th), Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 423-265-8834
Nov. 20 Holiday Lighted Parade, 6:30pm, Northville, Michigan, 248-349-7640
Nov. 20 Window Wonderland, 7-9:30pm, downtown, Wooster, Ohio. 330-262-62222
Nov. 20-21 Broadmoor art & Craft Festival,
                   3-9pm, Broadmoor High School at 9650 Goodwood Rd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 225-926-1420
Nov. 20-22 Ramble A Garden Festival, 9:30-4:30, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Florida, 305-667-1651
Nov. 20-22 Gingerbread Village, Church of the Magdalen at 12626 E. 21st N., Wichita, Kansas, 620-683-4788 or 620-744-2836
Nov. 20-22 Paradise City Arts Festival,
                   Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts, 413-587-0772 or 800-511-0725
Nov. 20-22 Zia Arts & Crafts Festival, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-823-1092
Nov. 20-22 Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular (12th),
                   10-9/10-6/10-5, Convention Center at 135 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 724-863-4577
Nov. 20-22 Wasatch Gun Show, CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming, 901-456-7556
Nov. 21 Merritt Pottery Show & Sale, 8-3, next to courthouse, Knoxville, Georgia, 478-474-7833
Nov. 21 Pfall Pfest Arts & Crafts Show (23rd), 9-3, Rec Center on Immanuel Rd., Pflugerville, Texas, 512-251-5082
Nov. 21 Gazette Holiday Parade, 5pm, State Street & Erie Blvd., Schenectady, New York, 518-372-5656
Nov. 21 Craft Show, 8-4, Linton Middle School on Aster St., Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, 412-244-9440 or 412-796-2147
Nov. 21 WCTC Craft Fair (37th), 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 262-691-5470
Nov. 21 Jaycees Arts & Crafts Fair, Richland Middle School on Hwy. 80 S., Richland Center, Wisconsin, 608-647-5501
Nov. 21 Holiday Marketplace, 9am-9pm, County Fairgrounds, West Bend, Wisconsin, 262-334-2402
Nov. 21-22 Gem & Mineral Show, Performing Arts Center on Hobson Way, Oxnard, California, 805-642-5779
Nov. 21-22 Christmas on Vinegar Hill (21st), Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, 217-792-5698
Nov. 21-22 Boston Super Megafest, Framingham Sheraton, Framingham, Massachusetts, 800-505-8697
Nov. 21-22 Christmas Arts & Crafts Extravaganza,
                   Show Me Center & Osage Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573-334-9233
Nov. 21-22 Band Booster Holiday Spirit Craft Fair (24th),
                   9-4/10-4, Parkway South High School on Hanna Road, Manchester, Missouri, 314-415-7786
Nov. 21-22 Holiday Craft Show, 10-5/10-3, Fairfax High School on Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Virginia, 703-246-6321
Nov. 21-22 Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show, 9-5/9-3, Raceway Complex, Richmond, Virginia, 804-928-1006
Nov. 25 Christmas in the Sky, 6pm, Longview Lake Beach, Blue springs, Missouri, 816-503-4830
Nov. 27 Lighted Christmas Parade, 6pm, 13th & Main, Clarinda, Iowa, 712-542-2166
Nov. 27 Christmas Light Parade, Center Avenue, Oakley, Kansas, 795-672-4862 or 785-672-3251
Nov. 27 Sundance Square Parade of Lights (27th), 6pm, Fort Worth, Texas, 617-336-2787
Nov. 27-28 Winter Art & Craft Fair, 10-6/10-5, Seasons Convention Center on Hwy. 46, Nashville, Indiana, 812-587-5068
Nov. 27-28 Lakes Region Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair,
                   Opechee Conference Center on Doris Ray Ct. (off Elm), Laconia, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
Nov. 27-29 Loscon, LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, California, 818-760-9234 or Email registration@loscon.org
Nov. 27-29 Holiday Craft & Gift Show (32nd), Wisconsin Expo Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-321-2100
Nov. 28 Jacksonville Light Parade, 7pm, Downtown Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida, 904-630-3690
Nov. 28 Homemade for the Holidays (23rd), 9-4, Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park, Manhattan, Kansas, 785-776-8829
Nov. 28 Christmas Parade, 6:30pm, Town Square, Garnett, Kansas, 785-448-6767
Nov. 28 Lighted Christmas Parade, 7:15pm, Main Street, Russell, Kansas, 785-483-2897
Nov. 28 Rockets Over the Red, 5-10pm, River View Park, Shreveport, Louisiana, 318-222-7403
Nov. 28 Twinkle Light Parade, 5:15pm, Central Avenue area, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-768-3555
Nov. 28-29 Gig Harbor Winterest Arts & Crafts Fair,
                   Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor, Washington, 253-530-4400 or 253-858-8674
Nov. 29 Mid-American 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.
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

Feather Choker Necklace
Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Feather Choker Necklace

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.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!

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.

A Little Browsing...
While you wait for Thanksgiving dinner to cook:
Make a paper Pilgrim Bonnet for little girls.
Thanksgiving word search printable.
NCAA Football Trivia
Curried Turkey to think of making when you are tired of turkey sandwiches later.
Pumpkin Tortilla Soup to think of making when you are really tired of any turkey.

The native ferns of Hawaii

Make your own Gourmet Caramel Apple Kit.
If you plan ahead just a wee bit for this upcoming holiday season you can add a special touch to the cards you send. How about a postmark/postal cancelleation from Star, Texas or Rudolph, Wisconsin? One of the more popular cities for this is Santa Claus, Indiana. To assure that your cards get their special mark, put sealed, stamped, addressed cards (up to 50 per day) in a bigger envelope and send them to
45 Kringle Place
Santa Claus, IN 47579-9998
For the best image, leave a good blank area on the upper right of your cards' envelopes, avoid bulky card contents and avoid glitter and other things stuck to the outside of the card envelopes. If you want to send more than 50, just do another mailing on a different day. There is no charge to have the Santa Clause postal mark put on your cards, but you need to get them to the postmaster by very early December to assure that there will be time for them to reach your friends and family on time.

Here are the postmaster addresses for a few more cancellations from cities that have great holiday-related names:
115 Main Street
Antler ND 58711-9998

761 S. 1st Street W
Snowflake AZ 85937-5579

535 Wood Street
Bethlehem PA 18016-9998

318 Main Street
Noel MO 64854-9998


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