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Fairs, Festivals, and Other Oddities
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Patria    Posted 01-24-2005 at 17:44:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm getting this newsletter in my mail every Monday.


Pretty cool.

February 5, 2005 ManitouSprings, CO

Here's a great way to spend the day, if you're not out
skiing that is. This Mardi Gras-style celebration features a
parade, Cajun music, dance and food, face-painting, and
plenty of entertainment. See fabulous Chefs competing with
their secret recipes! The Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off will
have taste testings starting in the late morning after the
judging. Then it's time for the Mardi Gras parade with the
dance and lots of other entertainment following the parade.

All of this can be found hidden between the Garden of the
Gods and Pikes Peak, America's most famous mountain, in the
magical town of Manitou Springs. "Manitou," a Native American
word for "spirit," describes this beautiful mountain
community. The history of Manitou is forever linked with the
springs around which it was founded. Created during the same
geological uplift that gave us Pikes Peak, the water rises
naturally from aquifers deep below ground, where it absorbs
minerals in high concentrations. A beautiful place to say the

March 12-13, 2005
Warkworth, ON, Canada

Now here's a winner. Each year the community marks the coming
of spring with a fun-filled family weekend. Delight in a
horse-drawn sleigh ride through the sugar bush. Explore the
woods and take a walk along the prepared nature trails in the
Sugar Maple Bush and return to the Sugar Shack to have some
free samples of maple syrup hardened to taffy in the snow.
Hum along to the old-time, foot tapping fiddle music
presented by your hosts while you revive yourself with a
delicious plate of pancakes and sausages smothered in maple
syrup. My mouth is watering!

At the Sugar Bush, you can enjoy square dancing, clogging,
pancakes & maple syrup, snowshoe & plank races, a log-sawing
contest, walking trail, demonstrations and tours. In the
Village, you'll find craft sales, an antique show, quilting
demonstrations, an art show, petting zoo, plus wood, works
and wonders. Fresh maple syrup is truly one of the first
signs of Spring.

April 8-10, 2005 New Orleans, LA 800-673-5725

You can't get more New Orleans than this 3-day showcase for
hundreds of local musicians on 15 outdoor stages throughout
the historic French Quarter. The fest will present the best
in New Orleans music, representing every genre from
traditional and contemporary jazz to rhythm & blues and New
Orleans funk, to brass bands, folk, gospel, classical and
international. Even Cajun and Zydeco, the popular music forms
from southwest Louisiana, are spotlighted.

But there's only one thing that goes with all that incredible
music...incredible food. Again, nearly 60 food booths will
make up the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch", featuring
authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants. Past
featured dishes include Jambalaya, Cajun Boudin, Crawfish
Etouffée, Filé Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Alligator Sausage,
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, Sweet Potato Pie and Pat
O'Brien's Hurricanes, Baby Back Ribs, Crawfish Remoulade,
Jalepeno Macaroni & Cheese, Crabmeat Ravioli, Seafood
Quesadillas and Egg Plant Funky Butt. I'm not quite sure what
that last one is, do you?

June 2, 2005 Portland, OR 503-227-2681

A while back Cheryl wrote to say, "I enjoy reading your
Fairs, Festivals and other Oddities. But I have not seen
anything pertaining to the Portland Rose Festival that takes
place in June. Can you check this out? Thanks. I am a native
Oregonian. The Festival is lots of fun with the ships in the
harbor and all kinds of food and music."

Start making your plans now to attend the 98th annual
Portland Rose Festival, Oregon's premier civic celebration.
This unique festival bursts into bloom each spring to
celebrate the City of Roses with events, excitement and
entertainment for all ages. Some travel thousands of miles
just to experience this month-long civic celebration. The
festival features more than 60 events and attracts more than
two million people.

Join the crowds as Portland celebrates the signature event
of the Rose Festival, the Southwest Airlines Grand Floral
Parade. You'll cheer for the fantastic all-floral floats,
stirring marching bands and beautifully-decorated equestrian
units as they pass by along the 4.3 mile parade route. The
parade route winds its way from Memorial Coliseum to down-
town Portland. The Grand Floral Parade is the second largest
all-floral parade in North America and the largest, single-
day spectator event in Oregon. Good choice Cheryl!!

July 6-18, 2005 Gaffney, SC 864-489-5721

Here's a 2-week event celebrating the local peach industry
and providing fun for the entire family. Events include a
2-day tractor pull, country and Peach Beach concerts, a Peach
fair, arts and crafts show, road race, and a new
bluegrass/barbecue event with antique car show.

Check the website as the date get closer for more details.

They send me these schedules as they are receiving them; not by nearest date.

Hey Patria    Posted 01-24-2005 at 17:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lived in New Orleans for a little more than 4 years. That is a wonderful town when you are young and ... well let's just say thirsty. LOL. The hospitality the Louisiana folks show you (tourist or not), is just top-notch. I have done all the crazy Mardi Gras stuff so much that I actually enjoyed it. Now New Orleans isn't a family-friendly city by night but by day, it sure is.

I lived in many places around the city (suburb called Kenner). Lived on the West Bank, East Bank, and New Orleans East. Only placed I missed was New Orleans North but that is actually Lake Pontchartrain and that is an awfully wet place to live. he he he

Thanks for the post.

Now D and I are ready for a road trip to 'Nawlins' for some really good cajun cooking. Some of the best food in the world down there.

- Peanut

John D. Smith    Posted 01-25-2005 at 10:17:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Bro-in-Law lives in New Orleans, we go there often. For the best food, go to the Fat City area on the edge of Pontchartrain. In the French Quarter, you get average food for tourist prices.

Patria    Posted 01-24-2005 at 18:05:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I read somewhere where you said that you had been living in New Orleans. I love the place!

Haven't been there for decades!
I wouldn't mind living in 'Nawlins' heheh,
or maybe close but not in the middle of everything.
I've seen some of the marinas websites and also read about all the festivals they offer there. And it doesn't get too cold..right?
Let me go and check.

Found these too..    Posted 01-24-2005 at 17:52:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
April 22-24, 2005 St. Albans, VT 802-524-5800

Rated one of the Top 100 Festivals in North America, the
annual Vermont Maple Festival celebrates Vermont's best known
agricultural product with maple exhibits and demonstrations.
It includes the first craft show of the season, sugar house
tours, continuous live concerts, pancake breakfasts, art
shows, and much, much more. A visit to the Vermont Maple
Store is a must.

Other highlights include; Antique Show & Sale, Annual Sap
Run, Vermont Maple Festival Parade, and a Specialty Foods
Show. Festival events are held throughout St. Albans at all
the schools, in the city park, the Federal Street parking
lot, in churches, and on Main Street. Children's events, pony
rides concessions, carnival rides, lots of great food, and
games for children of all ages. Great fun for the whole

The Maple Festival books a medley of popular and well known
Franklin County country, jazz, rock, and folk groups for the
Main Street stage plus a Youth Talent Show and a Fiddler's
Variety Show. All performances on the "All Arts Main Street
Stage" are free.

June 18, 2005 ~11am-11pm~ Albuquerque, NM 505-255-6037

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is a non-profit event held with
the goal of increasing the public's participation in music
and dance activities. In the tradition of the folk ethic, the
goals of the Albuquerque Folk Festival are to highlight
non-commercial acoustic folk music and dance activities in
the greater Albuquerque region and to encourage individuals
to sing, dance and play music. Bring your instruments along!

A participatory festival where you can learn how to sing,
dance and play or just jam with other musicians to your
heart's content. Plus, great entertainment! Main stage
performances, jam sessions, music, song and dance workshops,
demonstrations, children's music and dance activities,
storytelling. Performers include; Rockin W. Wranglers, Jeanne
Page and the Next Chapter, Atomic Grass, Michael Chapdelaine,
Fast Peso String Band, Walt Michael, and Elliott's Ramblers.

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