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Northwest

Oregon

Pacific City

Sept. 6: Annual Cookoff Weekend, make your favorite casserole, dessert, appetizer, soup, chowder or chili. Bring your recipes to share after the judging. Learn to sing the Club Blazer camping song with Roger ‘Hurricane’ Wilson.
Sept. 13: Mystery Weekend, solve the mystery game, clues provided at each activity to help you. Only clues are on the menu for dinner, and there is no mystery about our entertainment—’20s, ’30s and ’40s music with the inspirational voice of Connie Hays for two performances.
Sept. 20: Ranching Western Days, learn to rope and sing cowboy ballads, “Trigger” piñata fun. Annual tri tip beef or chicken dinner with all the fixins’, followed by The Rafters for your entertainment.
Sept. 27: Hobo Daze, bring a veggie for our Hobo Stew, join in the karaoke fun with Ernie Kropf and family.

September 13
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Show
Classic antiques, bi-planes, etc., at the Tillamook Air Museum. For more information call (503) 842-1130. Tillamook is a short drive from the Pacific City Preserve.

September 20
Great Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup
Meet at Cape Kiwanda from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the “Clean up the entire Oregon Coast Challenge.” For more information email bev@solv.org or visit www.solv.org.

September 20-21
Annual Rockaway Autumn Festival
Located at Rockaway Beach Wayside and featuring great craft vendors and musicians. For a detailed schedule of events, visit www.rockawaybeach.net.

Seaside

September 5-7
Seaside Wheels and Waves
Hot rod and custom cars built prior to 1963. Limited to modified vehicles, Fords, Chevys, Hudsons, Plymouths, Willeys, Dodges, Mercurys, Oldsmobiles, etc. You owe it to yourself and family to attend this event for more than just the cars, but for a piece of American history and a rare look at the past. Wheels and Waves means just that, the cars, the beach, surfing—all great American pastimes, and so it is fitting to have this premier event at Oregon’s destination playground, Seaside, Oregon.

Whalers Rest

Sept. 6: MASA presentation including free dinner. Vegas Nights Weekend will be a lot of fun with the high rollers, game night for all ages.
Sept. 13: Sportsmen’s Paradise Weekend, target competition, hunting competition, dinner, music by the Bush Pilots.
Sept. 20: A weekend of fun games and challenges between boys and gals of all ages.
Sept. 27: Arabian Nights, belly dancing competition, bazaar tent sale, and Dee Smith singing.

September 20
53rd Annual Indian Style Salmon Bake
A great way to enjoy a fantastic salmon dinner cooked Indian style. Fun for the whole family. Held at Depoe Bay City Park, 20 minutes from the Whalers Rest Preserve.

Washington

Long Beach

Sept. 6: Rod Run to the End of the World, a huge car show. There will be music, food, and good old classic cars. Grandparents Day, bring the grandkids to the park and let them make you a great gift.
Sept. 20: Baker Bay kayak and canoe race.

Paradise

Sept. 5-7: Snowbird/Sunbird Reunion, jam session, potluck, cards, games, door prizes and much more.

August 29-September 1
Packwood Labor Day Flea Market
Annual flea market, one of the largest in the western United States, many vendors of all kinds and lots of food. Held throughout the entire town of Packwood, 40 minutes from the Paradise Preserve.

September 13-14
Rainier Mountain Festival
Music, games for kids, demonstrations, raffles, used equipment sale, salmon bake and much more. Eighteen Everest summiteers will be at the event. Mingle and ask the climbers questions and watch slideshows with mountaineering legends such as Ed Viesturs and Jim Whittaker. Held at 30027 SR 706 E, Ashford, 30 miles from the Paradise Preserve.

Southwest

ARIZONA

Verde Valley

Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend, fun and games, pool fun, hiking, barbecue, Magical Michael Steele on Saturday.
Sept. 27: Hired Hands Band, good food and fun music.

September Saturdays
Honey Bee Farms
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, Camp Verde is buzzing with more than bees. Although the new Honey Bee Farms are producing huge honeycombs, the swarm is of the two-legged kind. Hauser Farms, only eight miles from the Verde Valley Preserve, will be harvesting the last of this year’s corn crop and the finest peaches and cream you’ll ever taste. Many other local growers and craftsmen are waiting to welcome you.

September Thursdays
Cottonwood Farmer’s Market
Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to dusk, Old Town Cottonwood, nine miles from the Verde Valley Preserve, hosts its Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the Music Festival as you meander among the vendors, buying the best homegrown produce you’ll ever want to sink your teeth in. Entry into both gatherings is free, as well as parking. Also free are the Saturday Concerts in the Park hosted by Clarkdale, 12 miles from the park and just two miles from Old Town Cottonwood. Bring a lawn chair and cooler and plan to arrive around 5 p.m. before the good seating is gone. Enjoy local entertainment in the Gazebo, listen to the local children laugh on the playground, relax and have fun.

September 26-28
Annual Verde River Days
Takes place at Dead Horse State Park, eight miles from the Verde Valley Preserve. Fishing, canoeing, hike, crafts, lectures and more are offered for free.

California

Lake Minden

Sept. 6: Block Party, chili potluck and scrapbooking marathon, back to school pencil craft, campfire with hot dogs and s’mores, white elephant sale.
Sept. 13: Games galore sack and egg/spoon races, cakewalk, pass a greased watermelon in a relay race? If not, maybe you’ll have better luck at the fishing derby.
Sept. 20: County Fair Fun Weekend, carnival games, face painting, hamburgers and hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn. Make a “mini memory-album.” Kids can enter a farm animal coloring contest.
Sept. 27: Craft Extravaganza Weekend, recycle old jewelry into new, share your favorite crafting patterns and ideas as we craft the day away.

September 13
Tenth Annual Cultural Celebration
This event is a celebration of ethnic traditions through food, art and music. It offers a broad variety of ethnic foods, entertainment, unique arts and crafts, and clothing from around the world. Held at the Yuba City Town Square and Fountain, 20 miles from the Lake Minden Preserve.

September 28
Chautauquan Artisans Fair
Various downtown businesses will be showing appreciation to Yuba Sutter’s artists’ community by exhibiting their work, providing them indoor space to display their talents and sell their unique pieces. Featuring jewelry, music, crafts, fine art, theatrics, authors conducting book signings and more. Held in downtown Yuba, 20 miles from the Lake Minden Preserve. For more information visit www.amicusbooks.com.

Lake of the Springs

Every Sept. Weekend: Campfire and singalong with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King.
Sept. 27: Campfire, singalong, family dance and Gospel Jubilee with Janet Myers.

Morgan Hill

Sept. 4-7: Football Fever, miniature football game, play flag football, and maybe even have a tailgate party. The Dancing DJ will be cranking up the tunes, the hayride will be making its rounds, and the not-quite s’mores will be as sweet as ever.
Sept. 12-14: County Fair, carnival games, cotton candy, an art show, and of course, the all important hayrides and not-quite s’mores. Come out and enjoy the Saturday night entertainment.
Sept. 19-22: Fall Festival, join the Corvairs Saturday night at our last campfire of the season. We’ll be making leaf paintings, having a fall scavenger hunt, and chowing down on chili. The hayrides will be running for the last time and we’ll try to use up all our marshmallows and graham crackers on our not-quite s’mores.

Pio Pico

Sept. 6: Grandparents Weekend, make a card to send to your grandparents. Walker relay races, eight-ball tourney, 2500 rummy game, karaoke with Wild Rose.
Sept. 13: Come spend the weekend at Pio Pico and let us do all the cooking for you! Join us for breakfast and dinner at our Coyote Cantina, enjoy the music of “The Two of Us + One,” try your luck at our mini-golf tournament.
Sept. 20: Casino night benefiting Christmas for Kids, we’ll be playing blackjack, poker, fan-tan and candy bingo.
Sept. 27: Club Blazer Weekend: Learn all about Club Blazer and make Dray the “Save the Rays” dragonfly during our craft class. Come make pinecone birdfeeders and sing along with Roger ‘Hurricane’ Wilson.

Ponderosa

Throughout September: River rafting rips, discounted massages at the preserve.

September through December
Apple Hill Season
Located in Camino, Apple Hill was once a fledgling association of 16 farms and ranches, and today boasts more than 50 members, including Christmas tree growers, wineries and vineyards. Camino is 20 miles from the Ponderosa Preserve. For more information visit www.applehill.com.

September 5-7
American River Festival
Enjoy a whitewater rodeo, wild water and slalom races and a raft race. Proceeds from the festival will benefit local non-profit agencies committed to river conservation. For directions and more information visit www.americanriverfestival.org. All festivities are located near the Ponderosa Preserve.

September 20
American River Music Festival
Featuring some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world, including Gandolf Murphy, Joe Cravin with Sam Bevin, Blame Sally, and the Refugees, just to name a few. Twenty-two great performances and workshops this year. Visit www.americanrivermusic.org for times and tickets. Held at the South Fork of the American River, just a short drive from the Ponderosa Preserve.

Rancho Oso

Throughout September: Visit our working ranch! We also have guided hikes, candy bar bingos, ice cream social, wine tasting social, campfires with s’mores, crafts, swimming pool games, scavenger hunts, hunt for the golden horseshoe and more every weekend.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Stan Wayne country music, carnival with bounce house, face painting, carnival games, roll-a-roper and “pony” rides, teen dance and pool party with DJ.
Sept. 20: Roger “Hurricane” Wilson.
Sept. 27: Music with Stan Wayne.

September 13
Santa Barbara Sand Castle Festival
Come enjoy a day at Santa Barbara’s East Beach. Festivities include live music, food, a treasure hunt, duck race, refreshments and the sand castle building contest. Free admission, find more information at www.sbitv.com

September 19-21
Solvang Danish Days
Come celebrate Solvang’s Danish heritage with this weekend-long festival. Live music, food, craft booths, traditional Danish dancers, a street dance, parade and more. This is the number one event of the year for Solvang. Call (805) 688-6144 or (800) 468-6765 or go to www.solvangusa.com for more information.

San Benito

Sept. 6: Leo Luna and his entertaining magic and comedy show.
Sept. 13: Grandparents Day. Join us for dinner at our Quail Run Cafe, where we will be serving chicken-fried steak and all the fixins’. Big bucks bingo or watch a movie in the fireplace room.
Sept. 20: September birthdays and anniversaries cake and coffee social, Wild Rose variety show.

September 21
31st Annual San Juan Bautista
Art/Craft Show and Wine Festival
Stroll the streets of this historic mission town, lined with vendors displaying fine art and handmade crafts. Wine tasting: buy your glass and pay per pour. Held in San Juan Bautista at 3rd Street, 20 miles from the San Benito Preserve.

September 20-21
Cactus and Succulent Show
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jardine’s Restaurant (on 3rd Street) in the courtyard. This is your chance to see unusual and weird drought-resistant plants for sale. Admission is free! For more information call (831) 758-6645 or visit www.jardinesrestaurant.com/events. This event is 20 minutes from the San Benito Preserve.

Soledad Canyon

Throughout September: Soledad has a great Western horse ranch. Check it out and you’ll find yourself thinking you’re in the middle of the town of Tombstone. Wranglers, gunslingers and crazy horse riders are what you’ll find yourself surrounded by here at our preserve. Native American settlers will set up camp and have crafts, storytelling, campfires and exhibits. Also Club Blazer nature walks and talks.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend, horseback riding, fishing, dancing, crafts, relaxing and fun times. Family dances all weekend long with the Exit West Band, S.O.S. DJ Entertainment, and the Ray Caster Band. Adult, teen and family tourneys in the pool, horseshoe, basketball and volleyball, contests, marshmallow roast, movies and crafts for all. Don’t forget, the fish pond is stocked!
Sept. 6: Palmdale Starlight (free concert).
Sept. 13: Palmdale Jazz and Wine Festival.

September 19-21
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Come for the feast, stay for the fun. Free entertainment with admission, free parking. For more information visit www.lobsterfest.com.

September 13
Palmdale Jazz and Wine Festival
Great fun event from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

Wilderness Lakes

Aug. 30–Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend, Marlyn’s Karaoke, E & E Animals will bring unusual types of critters, the Hit Men Band will play, Buttons the Clown and Friends will paint faces, make balloon figures and lead the Big Band Parade, Sunset Entertainment DJ teen dance with contests.
Sept. 6: “Highway 91” performs, Grandparents Day, free cake for all grandparents at the ice cream social.
Sept. 13: Dr. A entertains.
Sept. 20: Western Days Weekend, chili cookoff with fabulous prizes, Cornbread Entertainment, Judy Taylor will do a demonstration on roping and a few tricks, Cowboy Clown Friends paint faces, evening card games like blackjack.
Sept. 27: Dominic’s Karaoke for the whole family.

Texas

Bay Landing

Sept. 5-7: Fear Factor Weekend, wild family games.
Sept. 26-28: Puzzle Mania Weekend, puzzle contests galore.

September 15
Bridgeport Festival
Carnival, craft booths, food vendors and all sorts of goodies for the whole family. Held in Bridgeport, just a few miles from the Bay Landing Preserve.

Lake Conroe

Sept. Saturdays: Be sure to come check out our full timer’s tea and social every Saturday at 3 p.m. in the adult center. Seasoned veterans of the road get together and swap stories and helpful tips.
Sept. 6: Brown Bag Bingo Weekend.
Sept. 13: Game Mania Weekend.
Sept. 20: Parade of Pets Weekend.
Sept. 27: Horse Play Weekend.

September 5-7, 12-14
“Buddy,” The Buddy Holly Story
“Buddy” is a musical celebration of the legendary singer/songwriter Buddy Holly, who shot to stardom in 1957, only to die in a plane crash two years later alongside 17-year-old Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, the ‘Big Bopper.” Showtimes are 2 and 8 p.m. at the Crighton Theater in downtown Conroe, five miles from the Lake Conroe Preserve.

Lake Texoma

Sept. 6: Grandparents Weekend, crafts and fun for the whole family.
Sept. 13: Birthday bingo, crafts, cake for all birthdays in September.
Sept. 20: Native American Weekend, learn about teepees, Indian signs, watch the Indian Dancers and enjoy Indian tacos for dinner.
Sept. 27: Western Weekend, cowboy dinner with Trey Houston.

September 13
Amish Auction and Craft Sale
Amish from all over come to Clarita, Oklahoma, to sell their baked goods, quilts, furniture and more. All kinds of vendors come from all over to this event. Clarita is an hour from the Lake Texoma Preserve.

East

Florida

Orlando

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend, Richard Peeples (children’s entertainer), poolside luau, music and dancing, Ron and MJ perform, sailboat construction and race, cookout. Titanic anniversary, movie showing and artifact making.

North Carolina

Forest Lake

Sept. 5-7: Grandparents Weekend, craft, karaoke.
Sept. 12-14: Gospel Weekend.
Sept. 19-20: Autumn fest, craft, games, karaoke.
Sept. 26-28: Camper’s Night Out, roast marshmallows around the campfire.

Throughout September
Bob Timberlake Gallery
Coffee shop, home furnishings and accessories, gifts and collectibles, and art gallery. Just a 20-minute drive from the Forest Lake Preserve at 1714 E. Center Street in Lexington. For more information call (800) 244-0095. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 26-28
A Day Out With Thomas
Enjoy a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, enjoy storytelling, live music, Legos and more. Held at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, within an hour’s drive from the Forest Lake Preserve. For details and tickets, visit www.Thomasandfriends.com or call (866) 468-7630.

Lake Gaston (OW)

Sept. 6: Wakeboard competitions, join us for an extraordinary day of water activities. Levels of competition include beginners, intermediate, advanced and outlaw. This is a great day of excitement, good music and friendly competitions. Come on down and show off your skills.
Sept. 27: Annual Barbecue Harvest Wrap-up, friendly fun and good food. It’s about time to wrap up the summer, so join us for good old country cooking and great fellowship. The season is changing and fall is in the air—it’s a great time to be at the lake.

September 13
Roanoke Valley Chamber’s Annual Ducky Derby

A fun-filled day of activities including games and rides for kids, entertainment, craft booths and much more, plus the famous Ducky Derby river race. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at River Falls Park in Weldon, 30 miles from the Lake Gaston Preserve.

Pennsylvania

Scotrun (OW)

Sept. 5-7: Summer Memories Weekend, campfire, barbecue, fishing.
Sept. 12-14: Movie marathon, enjoy great dining in the Poconos.
Sept. 19-21: Shopping in the Poconos, candle-making demos.

September 27-28
Rodeo and Chili Cookoff
A professional rodeo with all the thrilling events and a chili cookoff to warm the cockles of your heart and tummy. Held at Shawnee Mountain in Shawnee on the Delaware, 15 minutes from the Scotrun Preserve.

October 18-20
Autumn Timber and Balloon Festival
Professional lumberjacks show off their skills and hot air balloons come from all over the country to participate. The evening “glows” are beautiful, with the balloons on the ground like giant Chinese lanterns. You can see launches into the Pocono skies and even take a ride yourself. Held at Shawnee Mountain on the Delaware.

Virginia

Harbor View (OW)

Sept. 5-7: Horseshoe tourney, all ages.
Sept. 12-14: Artist Weekend, chalk and coloring contests.
Sept. 19-21: Halloween Weekend, costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving.
Sept. 26-28: Kite flying.

Throughout September
Raspberries and Apple Picking
Pick your own fruit or buy pies and treats. Held at the Westberry Farm and Orchard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1235 Berry Farm Lane, less than five miles from the Harbor View Preserve. For more information call (804) 224-9171.

Throughout September
Museum at Colonial Beach
Located at Colonial Beach, less than seven miles from the Harbor View Preserve. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

Virginia Landing

Aug. 30-31: Labor Day celebration, kids’ crafts, swimming relays, family games, ice cream social and lots more.

Midwest

Illinois

Pine Country (OW)

September 27-28
Autumn Pioneer Festival
Civil War reenactments, visit from General Grant, Native American village and a Scottish encampment, period-style food and craftware for sale. The cabins will be opened and interpreted. Held at the Boone County Conservation District (30 Appleton Road, Belvidere) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Belvidere is just a few miles from the Pine Country Preserve.

September and October
Pumpkin Patch
Entertainment, crafts, gifts, costume shop and a haunted shed. Located at 3178 IL Rte 173, Caledonia, 10 minutes from the Pine Country Preserve.

Ohio

Wilmington

Aug. 29-Sept 1.: Labor Day Weekend, dive-in movie, banana splits, obstacle courses, live music by the band “Changes.”

September 14
Old Main Street Antique Show
Forty visiting dealers will offer an amazing display of antiques such as quilts, advertising memorabilia, glassware, pottery and more! Held in Waynesville, 15 minutes from the Wilmington Preserve.

September 27
Country Apple Fest
Find wonderful handmade crafts such as pottery, porcelain vases, wreaths, gemstones and beaded jewelry, and a variety of wonderful decorations to complement apple-inspired dishes for any holiday. Held in Lebanon, 25 miles from the Wilmington Preserve.

New England

Maine

Moody Beach (OW)

Sept. 5-7: Come out and enjoy a rainbow of colors as we host the New England ODW 2008 Regional Challenge. Let’s represent Moody in a big way this year.
Sept. 12-14: Bring your cowboy boots and hats to the Wild West Hoedown, sure to be the wildest weekend this side of the Mississippi. Learn to lasso a “steer.” Jump on the hayride.
Sept. 19-21: It’s Indian Summer Weekend and a perfect time to go leaf peeping!
Sept. 27: It’s Science Fiction Weekend and you don’t know what you might see. Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird, plane, UFO?

September 13-14
Wells Chili Fest
Come sample chili from all over the state. Enjoy live bands, vendors,
crafters and more. Fun for the whole family. Located at Wells Harbor Park, four miles from the Moody Beach Preserve. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout September and October
Ogunquit Playhouse
Performing: “My Fair Lady,” “Les Miserables” and Disney’s “High School Musical.” Visit www.OgunquitPlayhouse.org for a complete schedule of times and tickets. The theater is just a few miles from the Moody Beach Preserve.

September 5-21
Musical “Lend Me a Tenor”
This is the inaugural season of the VacationLand Theatre Company. Come experience professional, community theater at it’s best, created by George Perkins. Talk with George to learn all about the musical and other 2008 performances. You can also get information and purchase tickets online at www.VacationLandTheater.com or call toll free (866) 584-0770.

September 1-14
18th Annual Capriccio—A Celebration of the Arts
A town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater and design at various venues. Ogunquit is just a couple of miles from the Moody Beach Preserve. For more information call (207) 646-6170.

New Jersey

Sea Pines

Sept. 6: On-site lottery drawing for 2009 seasonal sites.
Sept. 13: Potluck dinner.

 

British Columbia

Cultus Lake

Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend, big carnival, lots of games and activities for all ages, salmon barbecue (if the manager catches any). Then dance to the music of the Hong Kong Cowboy. Tickets will be available until noon.
Sept. 9: Tour the world famous Sand Sculptures at Harrison Hot Springs; we will carpool from the preserve at 0900 hours. Bring your swimming gear for a dip in the hot springs, and don’t forget your camera. Lots of good food and shopping available as well.
Sept. 23: We will carpool once again to visit the beautiful Minter Gardens, breathtaking and great for picture taking. There is a gift shop and a restaurant; an entry fee is required as well.
Sept. 27: Thanksgiving potluck in the park. We supply the turkey, stuffing and gravy and those attending bring the potluck items. A signup sheet is available for you to list the number of people who are coming and what dish(es) they will bring (enough for 10 people) Dinner starts at 4 p.m.