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The Mandala Project
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Food Reference Website
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Keeping Food Safe During An Emergency
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ACME License Maker
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September Events
Festivals For September Travelers

October 3-6, 2002
The Original Greek Festival
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
complex at 3511 Yoakum Blvd.,
Houston, Texas.
In its 36th year, the event offers free parking and free shuttles from Lamar High School West student parking lot at 3325 Westheimer). You can enjoy dinner on Thursday, lunch and dinner on Friday, and continuous food service on Saturday and Sunday. View religious artifacts, enjoy Greek folk dancing, sample authentic Greek pastries, shop, and let the children enjoy the playground area. There is an admission charge for those over the age of 12.
Hotline: Call 713-468-7866 (Keyword FEST or 3378).

October 3-6, 2002
Louisiana Cattle Festival
Concord Street downtown,
Abbeville, Louisiana.
This event has evolved quite a bit over 54 years, and was originally the Dairy Festival. The state's cattle industry receives attention in the form of of a livestock show and parade, awards, and light events such as a baby show, cooking contest, pageant, street dance, arts and crafts, and food. (There is also a motorcycle rally on October 4 and 5 in Abbeville).
Additional information: Call 337-989-4264.

October 3-6, 2002
Wise County Famous Fall Fling
Courthouse Mall
Wise, Virginia.
Car show, talent show, senior citizen line dance, 5K race, pet contest, photo contest, quilt contest, music, food, and more
Additional Information: Call 276-679-4043.

October 4-5, 2002
Cranberry Fest
various venues,
Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Cranberry bog tours, spaghetti dinner, commercial exhibits, world's largest cranberry cheesecake, more foods, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, chainsaw carving demonstration, raffle, horse-drawn shuttle, antique market, cranberry baking contest, Fitness Run/Walk.
More Information: Call 800-359-6315.

October 4-6, 2002
Octoberfest Louisville
Fourth Street between
Broadway & Chestnut,
Louisville, Kentucky.
A German-style celebration with brats and beer. There are activities for kids, entertainment, and lots of food.
Additional information: Call 502-583-0333.

October 4-6, 2002
Harpoon Octoberfest
Harpoon Brewery,
306 Northern Avenue,
Boston, Massachusetts.
In its 13th year, the festival features beers, three stages of entertainment, German Oompa bands, German foods, Chicken Dancing and more. There is a door charge, and there is limited capacity.
More Information: Call 617-574-9551 ext. 3.

October 4-6, 2002
Way Out West Oktoberfest
Tempe Beach Park,
Tempe, Arizona.
This is the event's 30th year. There is a children's Kinderfest, internation foods, German foods and drinks (beer is served), polka music and dancing, and more. Admission is free.
More Information: Call 480-491-FEST.

October 4-6, 2002
Sorghum & Tobacco Festival
Downtown area,
Springfield, Kentucky.
Country foods, arts and crafts booths, buffet breakfast, and a chance to watch molasses growers grind the cane and make the juice that becomes molasses.
More Information: Call 859-336-3810.

October 5, 2002
South Louisville Community Festival
Iroquois Park,
Louisville, Kentucky.
This is a neighborhood festival with plenty of food and drink for grown-ups and kids. Admission is free.
More: Call 502-375-0717.

October 5, 2002
Pumpkin Fest
River Road,
Sodus, Michigan.
Homemade pumpkin pie, guessing weight of pumpkins, kids' games, free hot cider.
Additional information: Call 269-926-6815.

October 5, 2002
Kentucky Apple Festival
Downtown area,
Paintsville, Kentucky.
Parade, car show, turtle trot, chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, rides, apple pancakes, fried apple pies, apple butter and more.
More Information: Call 606-789-1469.

October 5, 2002
Cedartown Fall Festival
Downtown (Hwy 27),
Cedartown, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, Shriner's parades, food and more.
More Information: Call 770-748-2090.

October 5-6, 2002
Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Park,
Richardson, Texas.
Interactive children's area, food, music, and over 200 artisans offering their wares. Admission is free.
Additional information: Call 972-638-9116.

October 5-6, 2002
Peanut Festival
Gabbert Farm,
Pine Level Church Road,
Jay, Florida.
Horse rides, antiques, farm museum, green boiled peanuts, baked goods, farm equipment display, bubble gum contest, pie chase, Cow Patty Bingo, wagon rides, music, food
Additional Information: Call 850-675-6823.

October 5-6, 2002
Manayunk Antiques & Collectibles Festival
Historic Main Street,
Manayunk, Pennsylvania.
More than 250 antiques and collectibles dealers show items, plus there are consumer antiques appraisals, 200 classic cars on display, music and food.
More: Call 610-896-8884.

October 5-6, 2002
Holmes County Antique Festival
Millersburg, Ohio.
Antique window displays on West Jackson Street, fireman's parade, entertainment, flea market, antiques, fun run, children's events, grand parade, classic car show, more.
Additional information: Call 330-674-3975.

October 5-6, 2002
Fell's Point Fun Festival
Fell's Point Historic District,
Baltimore, Maryland.
The crowd will top 700,000 people at the 36th occurence of this festival. Visitors will enjoy over 200 arts and crafts vendors, 200 international bazaar retailers, non-profit booths, more than 40 food vendors with international treats, carnival rides and plenty of music.
More information: Call 410-675-6756 or 410-675-6769.

October 5-6, 2002
Sorghum Molasses Festival
Ruritan Club
Route 610,
Clifford, Virginia.
Arts and crafts, sorghum making, bluegrass music, food.
Additional Information: Call 434-946-7992.

October 5-6, 2002
Hilton Apple Festival
Community Center area,
Hilton, New York.
In its 22nd year, the festival features an apple pie contest, The Apple Of My Eye photo contest, car show, farmer's market, lots of apple (and other) foods, approximately 200 crafters, and more.
Details: Call 585-234-3378.

October 5-13, 2002
Harvest Homecoming
Downtown area,
New Albaby, Kentucky.
Parade, rides, music and 4 days of arts and crafts. There is a pumpkin decorating contest on September 29 (call Robin at 812-923-0093 for information), a kids' dog show, a window paint-in, a show and sale of handmade baskets by the local guild, a golf scramble, library book auction, A Taste Of Our Place (ticketed: call 812-944-9791), farmer's market, flea market, baking contest (call 812-944-2034), a baby crawl, table tennis tournament, Big Wheel race (ages 3-8: call Mike at 812-949-7153) and more.
More: Call 812-944-8572.

October 10-13, 2002
Suffolk Peanut Festival
various venues,
Suffolk, Virginia.
Parade, Kiddie Day, senior activities, demolition derby, bingo, fireworks, tractor pull, AYYA Yo-Yo contest, wrestling, carnival rides, exhibits, pony rides, petting zoo, Gooberland, food, tribute to Patsy Cline, and more.
More Information: Call 757-539-6751.

October 10-13, 2002
National Shrimp Festival
unknown venue(s),
Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Air show, seafood boardwalk, specialty foods boardwalk, children's art village, music, arts and crafts, contests, and more. Please, no pets, bicycles, glass containers or coolers.
Additional Information: Call 251-968-6904.

October 11-12, 2002
Watonga Cheese Festival
various venues,
Watonga, Oklahoma.
Rat race, quilt show, art show, music, crafts, cheese foods, cheese cookbooks, carnival, laser tag tent, pony rides, games, tours of the Watonga Cheese Factory.
More Information: Call 580-623-5452.

October 11-12, 2002
Turkey Testicle Festival
Union Street Station,
Byron, Illinois.
You must be of legal age to attend this festival. Besides the obvious, the festival features a karaoke contest, musical entertainment, alcoholic beverages, and more. There is a Friday night kick-off party to benefit St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.
More information: Call 815-234-9910.

October 11-13, 2002
Apple Festival
Charlevoix, Michigan.
Horse drawn carriage rides, music, crafts, petting farm, apples and other fall produce.
Additional Information: Call 231-547-2101.

October 11-13, 2002
Cranberrian Fair
unknown venue,
Long Beach, Washington.
Fiddling, old-time music and dancing, cranberry foods, crafts and more.
More Information: Call 360-642-3446.

October 11-13, 2002
Scarecrow Festival
Main Street area,
Millersburg, Ohio.
Over 100 hand-crafted scarecrows (traditional, whimsical, mechanical and children's categories) have been entered and you can vote for your favorite. There are also 200-plus artisans displaying their items for sale (an additional 100 artists will be at the Kane County Fairgrounds), plus enjoy food, music, interactive demonstrations, and a carnival. The event is geared toward families and is alcohol-free.
Additional information: Call 630-377-6161 or 800-777-4373.

October 11-13, 2002
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Downtown Square,
Conroe, Texas.
Carnival, music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, area for kids, plenty of food.
Additional Information: Call 936-539-6009

October 11-13, 2002
Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival
Junction Hwy. 340 & Hwy. 279,
Bella Vista, Arkansas.
More than 300 artisans show and sell their work, plus there will be a kids' tent, see-and-sample tent, and more.
More Information: Call 479-855-2064.

October 11-13, 2002
Gumbo Festival
on AngelSquare,
1701 Bridge City Avenue,
Bridge City, Louisiana.
More than 2000 gallons of gumbo will be served, plus there are foods such as jambalya, red beans and rice, sandwiches and funnel cakes. and a variety of music.
More Information: Call 504-436-4712.

October 12, 2002
Marshall Harvest Festival
Calhoun County Fairgrounds,
Marshall, Michigan.
Agricultural exhibits, petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts, entertainment and more.
Additional information: Call 616-781-8161.

October 12-13, 2002
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
various venues,
Winterset, Iowa.
In its 33rd year, the festival includes a bridge run, a quilt show, crafts and food booths, antique vehicles on display, and more.
Additional Information: Call 515-462-1185 or 800-298-6119.

October 12-13, 2002
Cheese & Wine Exposition
various venues,
Riverbank, California.
Run For The Cheese, car show, cheese and wine tasting, arts and crafts, antiques, and more. I believe this is the event's 25th year.
Additional Information: Call 209-869-4541.

October 12-13, 2002
Katy Rice Harvest Festival
Historic Downtown,
Katy, Texas.
Carnival, over 400 food and craft booths, 3 stages of entertainment, rice cooking contest, parade, 5K run/walk. There is an admision charge for those age 121 and over.
Additional Information: Call 281-828-1100.

October 12-13, 2002
Virginia Fall Foliage Festival
Main Street/Wayne Avenue,
Waynesboro, Virginia.
Arts and crafts, and more.
Additional Information: Call 540-942-6644.

October 12-13, 2002
South Hero Applefest
South Street,
South Hero, Vermont.
Music, craft show, cider pressing, petting zoo, flea market, entertainment, lots of apple treats.
More information: Call 802-372-5566.

October 12-13, 2002
Catoctin Colorfest
Community Park,
Thurmont, Maryland.
In its 39th year, the festival usually draws well over 100,000 visitors to enjoy everything from hand-forged ironwork to fabric crafts in more than 360 booths. There is also a dance. If you want to have your purchases held while you shop for other items, the local Boy Scouts are taking care of that. Please leave pets home. There is no admission charge to the event.
Additional Information: Call 301-271-7313.

October 12-13, 2002
Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival
Rebec Vineyards,
Amherst, Virginia.
Garlic foods, music, wine, arts and crafts, children's events, more. Please leave pets home. Admission is charged.
Additional information: Call 434-946-5168.

October 12-13, 2002
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
Fairgrounds and
other venues,
Jefferson, Ohio.
Draft horse pull, antique engine displays, parade, events for children, food, crafts, entertainment, quilt show, plus tours (driving maps available) of 16 covered bridges.
Additional Information: Call 440-576-3769.

October 12-13, 2002
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Approximately 40,000 visitors are expected to enjoy this year's festival, which includes a parade, rides, entertainment and more..
Further Information: Call 419-898-0479.

October 12-13, 2002
San Carlos Art & Wine Faire
Laurel Street,
San Carlos, California.
275 artisans, 20 food booths, wines, microbrews, 2 stages of entertainment, Family Zone. This is the event's 12th year.
Additional Information: Call 650-593-1068.

October 12-13, 2002
Flemington Crafts Festival
Flemington Fairgrounds,
Flemington, New Jersey.
More than 300 arts and crafts exhibitors display and sell their work for the 32nd year. There are plenty of fair-style foods available on the grounds. There is an admission charge.
Details: Call 607-265-3230.

October 12-13, 2002
Old Monterey Seafood
& Music Festival

Alvardo Stree and
Custom House Plaza,
Monterey, California.
Broiled and barbecued seafoods and seafood salads, live music, and crafts.
Additional Information: Call 831-655-8070.

October 12-13, 2002
Africamix Festival Atlanta
Grant Park,
Atlanta, Georgia.
Food and an alcohol-free family atmosphere enhance the fun with music by South Sudan Band, Suave Band, many African dancers performing for the crowd and guest appearances by speakers focusing attention on the problem of child abuse. Proceeds from the festival benefit HIV/AIDS orphaned children.
Additional Information: Call 678-481-5116 or 800-245-1116.

October 12-13, 2002
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Old Main Street,
Waynesville, Ohio.
A quarter of a million people are expected to come and enjoy more than 400 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, displays and more.
More Information: Call 513-897-8855.

October 12-13, 2002
Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival
Claudius Crozet Park,
Crozet, Virginia.
Door prizes, music, and food all add to the atmosphere as 125 juried artists display their work for sale. Please leave pets at home. There is an admission charge.
Additional information: Call 434-823-2211.

October 12-13, 2002
Apple Butter Festival
unknown venue(s),
Berkley Springs, West Virginia.
Apple butter making contest, baking contest, beard and mustache contest, entertainment, turtle race, parade, egg toss, hog calling contest, and more.
More Information: Call 800-447-8797.

October 12-14, 2002
Massachusetts Cranberry
Harvest Festival

Edaville Cranberry Bogs,
South Carver, Massachusetts.
Watch cranberry harvest work and then enjoy vendors and crafters. There will be music and children's entertainment. There will also be rides and a cooking contest. There is a small admission charge and some activities require an additional fee.
More Information: Call 508-759-1041 ext. 13.

October 12-14, 2002
Massachusetts Tattoo Festival
Worcester Centrum Centre,
Worcester, Massachusetts.
See tattoo artists at work (and get your own tattoo if you have an appointment and are of legal age with I.D. to prove it), plus you can see past art displayed and attend seminars on body art, plus more. Local attractions such as the Tower Hill Botanic Garden will also have special admission prices during the festival.
Ticket information: Call 330-674-3975.

October 13, 2002
Harvest Fest
Heritage Park,
Taylor, Michigan.
Petting farm, cider and donuts, hot dogs, hay rides, classic car show, pumpkin moonwalk, craft sale and magic show.
Additional information: Call 734-287-6550.

October 16-19, 2002
Circleville Pumpkin Festival
unknown venue,
Circleville, Ohio.
This one has been going on for 96 years, with 2 parades, contests, entertainment, pumpkin foods, baked goods, arts and crafts, flowers, and all sorts of fresh fall produce.
Additional Information: Call 740-474-7000 or 740-474-4224.

October 17-19, 2002
Big Pig Jig
Pig Jig Boulevard,
Vienna, Georgia.
Barbecue competition, parade, gospel music, helicopter rides, carnival, crafts and collectibles, Hog Jog 5K race, store window decorating contest, arts and crafts, food booths, activities for kids, Georgia Hog Calling Championship,and more. Please leave Fido home. Please do not bring coolers. Admission is free on October 17 only.
More Information: Call 229-268-8275.

October 17-19, 2002
Arkansas Oktoberfest
Civic & Convention Center,
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Food vendors, restaurants selling food, Bier Garten, polka lessons, Volksmarch, bands and more.
More Information: 501-321-1700.

October 18-20, 2002
Shenendoah Valley Hot Air
Balloon & Wine Festival

Historic Long Branch,
Millwood, Virginia.
30 hot air balloons, balloon rides (all balloon events subject to wind and other weather conditions), wine tasting, 50 arts and crafts booths, foods, kids' events, entertainment, helicopter rides, antique car show, and more. Some events have a fee.
Details: Call 540-837-2289 or 888-558-5567.

October 18-19, 2002
Convention Center,
Ruidoso, New Mexico.
In its 18th year, the festival features Bavarian-style sausages, Apfelstrudel, Potato Soup, a beer garden, games in Kinderhall for kids, arts and crafts, and more. There is an admission charge for those 18 and over.
More: Call 500-257-6171 or 877-877-9322.

October 18-20, 2002
Fall Festival of Leaves
U.S. Route 50,
Bainbridge, Ohio.
In its 35th year, the festival includes flea markets, midways, parades, pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, entertainment, scenic tours.
Additional information: Call 740-634-3173 or 740-634-2085.

October 19, 2002
Woolly Worm Festival
Hufnagle Park,
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Woolly Worm Walk, games, music, weather reading in the afternoon, more.
Additional Information: Call 570-523-1743.

October 19-20, 2002
St. Paul, Minnesota.
This is one of many rubber stamp events that feature vendors, how-to classes, mini-lectures in art stamp techniques, displays of rubber-stamped mail art, and more. There is an admission charge.
More: Call 310-884-9700.

October 19-20, 2002
Art and Pumpkin Festival
Main Street,
Half Moon Bay, California.
This is the 32nd year for the festival, which features a pancake breakast, costume contest, pie-eating contests, Great Pumpkin Parade, 5 & 10K Pumpkin Run, pumpkin carving contest, Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off, Family Stage entertainment, climbing wall, and lots of foods such as stews with artichokes and Brussels sprouts, Portobello mushroom sandwiches and desserts such as pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Admission is free.
Additional information: Call 650-726-9652.

October 19-20, 2002
Woolly Worm Festival
Banner Elk, North Carolina.
The Woolly Worms race on strings, and the winner is examined to decide the forcast for winter. More than 15,000 people attend all the fun, and many charities and service organizations benefit.
More Information: Call 800-972-2183 weekdays.

October 19-20, 2002
Gold Rush Days
Historic District,
Dahlonega, Georgia.
More than 300 arts and crafts booths, 5K road race, gold panning, events for kids, fashion show, wheelbarrow race, buck dance contest, gospel singing, wrist wrestling, food and more.
More Information: Call 706-864-3711.

October 19-20, 2002
Westport Harvest Festival
Westport High School,
Main Road,
Westport, Massachusetts.
Over 10,000 people come to enjoy farm exhibits and a farmer's market, educational exhibits, raffles, auctions, a parade, scarecrow contest, games, music and food. There is an admission charge for those over age 12.
Additional Information: Call 508-636-6504.

October 19-20, 2002
Pismo Beach Clam Festival
Pismo Beach, Calfornia.
In its 56th year.
Additional Information: Unable to obtain number.

October 19-20, 2002
Cranberry Festival
Downtown area,
Chatsworth, New Jersey.
The festival celebrates the local cranberry harvest with crafters, food vendors and more. Admission is free.
More: Call 609-726-9237.

October 19-20, 2002
Springville Apple Festival
Rodeo Grounds,
Springville, Calfornia.
Clowns, music, rides for kids, pie-eating contest, 200 crafts booths, square dancing, apple baking contest, 5K and 10K Apple Run, Fat Tire Classic mountain bike race, food and more.
Additional Information: Call 559-539-0619.

October 19-20, 2002
St. Mary's County
Oyster Festival

County Fairgrounds,
Leonardtown, Maryland.
Oyster-chucking and cooking contests, Celtic music, barbership singing, rides, children's events, and plenty of food, including seafood, funnel cakes and more.
Additional Information: (unable to provide phone number at this time).

October 19-20, 2002
Town Point Wine Festival
Town Point Park
Norfolk, Virginia.
More than 25 wineries are participating in the festival's 15th year. There will also be gourmet foods available.
Ticket Information: Call 757-441-2345.

October 19-26, 2002
York Road area,
Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
Windown painting contest, sidewalk sale, art show, pumpkin painting, hayrides, haunted house, costume contest, scarecrow contest, craft show, flea market, and more.
More: Call 215-956-9540 or 215-957-9790.

October 20-29, 2002
Yam Festival
various venues,
Tabor City, North Carolina.
Pageant, yam grower contest, yam crafts, Taste of Tabor, Gospel Concert, games, historical re-enactments, sweet potato auction, arts and crafts sales, street dance, walk/jog-a-thon and more .
Additional Information: 910-653-2031.

October 25-27, 2002
Essex Fall Craft &
Fine Art Show
Champlain Valley Expo,
Essex Junction, Vermont.
Approximately 400 juried artisans participate, and there is a gourmet marketplace of foods, plus a Craft Raffle to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. The local food pantry requests donations of non-perishable food items as you enter the craft show.
Additional information: Call 802-878-4786 or 802-879-6837.

October 25-27, 2002
Arts in the Park
Audubon Park,
Memphis, Tennessee.
More than 150 artists display and sell their wares. Local businesses present events such as the Terminix Great Art Maze. Taste of the Town offers Southern specialties and baked goods. Enjoy more than 80 performing acts on 5 stages.
More: Call 901-761-1278.

October 26-27, 2002
Mountain Moonshine Festival
unknown venue(s),
Dawsonville, Georgia.
Crafts, gospel singing, cloggers, barbecued chicken, parade with classic cars (many 1940's Fords), and you can visit an old moonshine still and see demonstrations and hear old stories. There will also be a car show on Sunday at Thunder Road USA. The event is now in its 35th year.
More Information: Call 706-265-6278.

October 26-27, 2002
Georgia Peanut Festival
Jeffords Park, U.S. 82,
Sylvester, Georgia.
Visit the area where Peter Pan Peanut Butter is made, and enjoy food, arts and crafts, music and more.
More Information: Call 229-776-7718.

October 26-27, 2002
Chitlin Hoedown
unknown venue(s),
Yatesville, Georgia.
If you don't eat chitlins, you can opt for barbecue chicken at this event. There are arts and crafts, a parade, street dance, and more.
More Information: Call 706-472-3551 or 706-647-6371.

October 26-27, 2002
Chiaha Harvest Festival
Ridge Ferry Park,
Rome, Georgia.
This is mainly an arts and crafts event, and is nestled within the celebrations connected with Heritage Holidays. The area houses Berry College, which is rich in historical significance. As part of the bigger celebration, Chiaha includes historical tours, riverboat rides, food and more. For about 10 days in October, Berry College and the historical district of Rome open doors to historic buildings and host events such as this year's 19th Century-style military ball entitled "Gone With The Winds Of War". If you attend, plan extra time to just see the rest of what the town offers.
More Information: Call 706-295-5576 or 800-444-1834.

October 26-27, 2002
Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival
Village Green downtown,
Smyrna, Georgia.
150 arts and crafts exhibitors, events for kids, entertainment and food. There is an admission fee, but seniors and kids are admitted free of charge. October 27 is also the time for Halloween On The Green).
Note: While you are in the area, you might want to check out Marietta, Georgia, where they are also having quite a few October events such as art shows (call Cobb County Chamber of Commerce at 770-980-2000 for details).
More: Call 770-431-2842 or 770-423-1330.

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

Oct. 4-6 Apple Festival, Bayfield, Wisconsin, 800-447-4094
Oct. 5-6 & 12-13 Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford, Pennsylvania, 800-765-3331
Oct. 6 Heights Festival, Houston, Texas, 713-861-4002
Oct. 6 Festival for the Arts, Williamsburg, Virginia, 757-220-1736
Oct. 11-13 Milford Great Pumpkin Festival, Milford, New Hampshire, 603-672-4567
Oct. 12-13 St. Armands Art Festival, Sarasota, Florida, 813-962-0388
Oct. 17-19 Sewing, Quilting, & Embroidery Expo, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 724-325-5689
Oct. 17-20 Texas Rose Festival, Tyler, Texas, 800-235-5712
Oct. 18-20 Pennsylvania Guild Fall Crafts Festival, Richboro, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997
Oct. 19-20 Harvest Moon Festival, Granbury, Texas, 817-573-5299
Oct. 19-20 ARToberFEST, Galveston, Texas, 409-762-3617
Oct. 19-20 Cotton Jubilee, Greenville, Texas, 903-455-1510
Oct. 19-20 Fall Fine Arts & Crafts, Montclair, New Jersey, 908-874-5247
Oct. 19-20 Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, Maryland, 301-215-6660
Oct. 19-20 Downtown Melbourne Fall Art & Craft Festival, Melbourne, Florida, 321-724-1741
Oct. 25-26 Czhillispiel, Faltonia, Texas, 361-865-3920
Oct. 25-27 Fiesta Carnaval, Palm Bay, Florida, 321-728-4236
Oct. 26-27 Azalea Arts & Crafts Festival, Mobile, Alabama, 251-208-5200

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Comfort Foods
Getting Our Warm Fuzzies From Food

Okay, 'fess up. We all have them, you know. Yours might be as quick to prepare as a slice of bread and butter or as elaborate and lengthy as all-day-simmered beef stew with perfect-sized carrot coins and fluffy dumplings. They're called "Comfort Foods", and they sustain us in times of boredom, sniffles and loneliness, and sometimes through moments when we just enjoy the pleasurable memories they evoke.

I've recently been hearing about the joys of Milk Toast, which I admit to not having eaten. For many folks, toast pieces in a bowl are a blank canvas for sugar, cinnamon, butter and a liberal pouring of hot milk to cover. I'm told by some that a savory version of this dish is sometimes made without the sugar and is instead sprinkled with salt and pepper. My father used have his own version of comfort food involving toast. He tore well-browned toast into pieces and used a fork to mix it with broken over-easy eggs and a bit of prepared mustard. To each his own.

A Grilled Cheese Sandwich with tomato soup has graced the table of many a household. It's still a staple for many folks, but nowadays we have interesting variations. Some now make the sandwich with whole wheat or rye bread and use Cheddar (or other) cheese. Creative fillings include pickles, roasted red peppers and fresh herbs. When you think about it, the quesadilla is just a Mexican version of this very popular comfort food. Some folks love grilled cheese so much they have worked out a method of making it for a crowd.
You may have had it only from the box mix, but Macaroni and Cheese is likely to be on your list of comfort foods. Variations may include ricotta, white Cheddar and other dairy-rich ingredients. Even the box mixes have graduated these days, with versions that include pouches of ready-made sauce, and at least one brand offers whole wheat macaroni.
Mashed Potatoes are the one thing some of us can't deny ourselves.
Modern gourmet cooks often cook a bit of fresh garlic with milk and mash this into the cooked, drained potatoes. At least one upscale restaurant I've visited makes a version using half white potatoes and half sweet potatoes. However you have them, do have them once in awhile, if they mean comfort to you. Add butter or gravy at your discretion.
With apologies to the "the" Colonel, my early introduction to Fried Chicken included no crunchy spicy outer coatings. This is one of those dishes that seems to have many variations on the most basic theme. There are versions that start in a skillet (which was always called a fying pan at my house) and then move to the oven, versions that involve rolling the chicken pieces in cheese cracker crumbs or cornflakes, and there are versions which call for deep-frying the chicken.
It's been called Jewish penicillin, and rightly so. The debate rages on about whether or not Chicken Soup is a good remedy for colds and such. The version I linked to includes Matzah Balls, but your comfort version may replace those with noodles.
It used to take a lot of hand-cranking to produce good Ice Cream. Electricity has eased the hard work, and if you don't want to make it yourself at all, there are plenty of ice cream parlors and dairies who will do the work for you. One famous company advertises its 31 flavors, and if you're a fan of the soft-serve stuff, there are still several chain-stores that sell it. You can even buy low-fat, no-sugar and non-dairy varieties these days.
I neglected many favorites: pizza, chili, cheesecake, pumpkin (or sweet potato) pie, tamales, Pad Thai, potato pancakes, borscht, kolaches, moussaka, Dal, pot roast, chocolate cake, and more.
The foods you enjoyed as a child and the pleasant memories you associate with those foods have a lot to do with how you view those same foods now. Most comfort foods tend to be high in fat and calories, but also high in terms of pleasure and warm fuzzies. We all have days when a treat is in order. So what will your next comfort food session include?



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.

Included are:
Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge)
I'll Never Be Free
Don't Go To Strangers
Together Again

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

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

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


A Little Browsing...

Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

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

Joan will be spending time this summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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See the man in the banner below this text?
                Go ahead--take a look.
                                 Take a good, long look.
Memorize his face.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

Scott plays a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman.

And now Oceans Eleven is out on VHS and DVD, so you can catch his action work in that film whenever you want!


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Remember to help me celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday! See the Special Feature in this past Review for details!

At least eight years ago (perhaps more) we bought a Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4p laser printer for just under a thousand dollars. The machine has worked really well. It has printed over 24,000 pages (black and white) and has never needed any repairs. It goes through one or two toner cartridges once a year, and just keeps going. Now hp is coming out with an updated color version of this workhorse. It's the hp color LaserJet 2500 series. The base model will retail at about the same price we paid for our older black-and-white printer. And it will print as many color pages per minute as our black-and-white machine prints in black-and-white now. If it has anywhere close to the durability and reliability of our 4p, it will be well worth the price. If you want to see more, go to Hewlett-Packard's main page and click your way down through printer pages to the LaserJet 2500 series..

For you pyromaniacs out there--I got word of this unusual work by Kain Karawahn to be performed in Seattle sometime around October 5-7. The presentation is called Fires Under Fire, and incorporates performance art, video and more. This is all apparently part of some bigger celebration called New Prometheans Fire Festival. You can read more about Karawahn's performance. here.
And if you'd rather do some performance of your own, how about a flying machine? Remember those jet-pack suits you saw on TV shows such as "The Fall Guy", and in films such as "Inspector Gadget"? Well, they aren't just for stunt folks anymore. Take a look at the SoloTrek XFV.

It's that time of year when folks put on masks and costumes and carve jack o' lanterns and visit haunted houses. These folks have taken the likes of Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction and focused on its architecture and design.

If you just can't get enough of the fun of haunted houses, visit Haunt Finder.

I found a great stopping-off place for those of us (and that would be all of us) who get angry. Get Your Angries Out has some basic information, advice, and resources that address kids, parents, couples, families, and also a section on how and why school violence happens and what might be some solutions for the future. Denying our anger is the first thing many of us do, but that can cause a pressure cooker that will only blow bigger and higher when it finally blows--and it will blow. Give the site a look now before you really need it!

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