Photo by David Baker
Yellowstone River

Click on the tab above to view scheduled activities the Thousand Trails/NACO Preserves in that region.

Northwest

OREGON

Bend/Sunriver

July 16-22: Pickleball Mania: Fun and friendly competitions, singles or doubles!

July 9
Sisters' Outdoor Quilt Show

Held in Downtown Sisters, this is the largest outdoor quilt show in America. The 36th annual event will feature 1,000 quilts on display, plus classes, textile demonstrations, art, quilting exhibit, music and food. Event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call (541) 549-0989

Pacific City

July 2: Carney & Grillin' By the Sea, plus carnival booths & Scott Davis balloon artist and BBQ.

July 9: Fiesta Fun includes Mexi-salsa burgers, piρata burst and salsa, bean dip, cheese dip and chili cookoff contest.

July 16: Polynesian Daze includes pineapple pancakes, teriyaki pineapple burgers, hunt for hidden pineapples, lei craft and pin the parrot in the palm tree. Enjoy Ernie Kropf family singing and karaoke.

July 22-24: Calling all TT singles...Rally at Pacific City.

July 23: Harry Potter Events includes find all the characters from the movies, mystery clues, make a wand craft and costume contest.

July 30: Cupcake Craze Daze includes scavenger hunt for hidden cupcakes, cupcake bakeoff contest, cupcake bingo, plus Rodeo Burgers at BBQ lunch. Put your cowboy boots on and boot scoot boogie with The Rafters evening entertainment. Garibaldi Museum wine and cheese social.

Whalers Rest

July 1-3: It's Red, White and Blue Weekend at Whalers. Sunday we'll have our 4th of July parade at noon. We will host an American Bingo Fun Night in our North Clubhouse with free prizes at 7 p.m.

July 8-10: Rollin' with the Tide will be bringing lots of fun. You can join in on the Beach and Park Cleanup. Keep your eyes open for a jolly fellow in a red suit as we will be celebrating Christmas this weekend too! On Saturday we will be serving up Christmas Dinner at 5 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Then stay for the Secret Santa Bingo at 7 p.m.

July 15-17: Let your hair down this weekend at Whalers with the Hair's the Thing Weekend. Saturday at 11 a.m. we'll have a hair coloring station available for everyone. Then enjoy an Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. along with the hair and mustache contest in our South Clubhouse. End your evening with great musical entertainment by Hal Weiner in our South Clubhouse.

July 22-24: Whalers is Hoisting the Sail this weekend – join in the raft racing on Saturday at 2 p.m. Then join us for dinner at 5 p.m. in the North Clubhouse. After dinner, head on over to the South Clubhouse for great entertainment with Nehemiah Brown.

July 29-30: Stone Age Weekend has us traveling back in time. Our famous Caveman Party is Saturday night at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. We will be having lots of crazy games and prizes for all ages. Grab your club and join us for yabadaba great time.

July 2
Newport Clambake and Seafood BBQ

This family event includes food, horse drawn wagon rides, art, activities, arts, crafts and live music. Held at Nye Beach Turnaround, just 10 minutes from the preserve, event has free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

July 16: A PIXAR group evening beginning at 7 p.m.

July 12-16
Blaine Jazz Festival

Six exciting days of rehearsals, combos, improv, composition, and other great classes for teens with an internationally recognized faculty culminating in a jazz concert featuring student big bands, combos, and vocal groups, plus multiple performances by visiting jazz artists. Sponsored by the Pacific Arts Association. Event will also feature works of local artists and artisans with free jazz concerts all afternoon. For more information call the Visitors Center at (360) 332-6484.

Chehalis

July 1-4: Salute America! Family craft includes Red, White and Blue tie-dying event. Bring your bikes and decorate them to enter our Best Dressed Bike contest – winners will lead our annual 4th of July parade led by the Lewis County Fire Department. Decorate your campsite for our 2nd annual Most Patriotic Campsite contest. Norm Lynn will provide evening entertainment on Saturday and on Sunday we have fun & interactive entertainment with Music by Kathy.

July 8-10: Bicycle Weekend (STP Weekend) as we again host some 10,000 riders of the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride. Bring your bikes for racing, relays all weekend and our own RTP bicycle run (that's "round the park"). Join us for a delicious spaghetti feed Saturday night and pancake breakfast on Sunday. Space for riders still available so make your reservations now – call (360) 262-9489.

July 15-17: It's a tropical paradise at Chehalis or "Comonawanaplae" at our luau. Make leis and grass skirts, enjoy a Polynesian-style potluck and our mixed (non-alcoholic) drinks made by our own Medicine Man. Stick around for a wild evening of games like Blind Limbo and Hula competitions and a wacky costume contest.

July 22-24: Medieval Weekend: Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies - come one, come all and join us on Saturday night as Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth and Peter return to entertain young and old alike. Also Shire of the Fire Mountain Keep will be here in full period costume regaling us with Bardic-style music, a duel tournament and more.

July 29-31: Pet Weekend features Lewis County Animal Shelter as our guests. They will have companion animals available for adoption. Family craft time is time to make something in honor of your best friend. Don't forget to enter your pet in our 5th annual Pet Show and Parade with categories that include Best Friend, Best Kisser, Moose & Mouse and Dumbest Trick.

Grandy Creek

July 1-3: Stars and Stripes/4th of July Weekend: Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July at Grandy Creek as we will be outside soaking up the sun with lots of fun games, music, tie-dye, and a campground potluck. We will be having a blast until the sun goes down. But it won't stop there – we will finish it off with a movie on the lawn. Don't forget your sunscreen.

July 15-17: Under the Big Top Circus Weekend: Come clown around during our carnival games, face painting, and clown look-alike contest. Make your own circus pretzel. The dogs in the park can show off their tricks at our dog circus. Join us on the lawn to watch "A Bugs Life".

July 22-24: Go Green Eco-Friendly Weekend: Help us save our planet one camper at a time. Have fun with eco-friendly crafts and activities. Take a hike and enjoy nature and what make the Earth such an amazing place. We want to make our planet beautiful – we could use your help.

July 29-31: Blast to the Past Weekend: Take a journey back in time at Grandy Creek. Dress up in the style of the past and come to our Disco Party. We will test how well you know your decades with a trivia game. Come out to the lawn and watch "Grease" and bring your favorite snacks. Don't miss this rewind in time!

June 30-July 4
Loggerrodeo

Sponsored by the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce, event features parade, woodcarving competition, bands, food, rodeo and fireworks. Just 15 miles from the preserve.

La Conner

July 1: Amy Hindman performs at the Friday Night Hayride and Campfire.

July 2: Dance the night away with our favorite DJ, Charlie Moore.

July 15: Amy Hindman performs at the Friday Night Hayride and Campfire.

July 16: Come play Monopoly or your favorite board game with Pam and Sarah in the Family Center.

July 21-Aug. 1: Canoe Journeys will be happening in La Conner and the Reservation. Watch the races, enjoy the storytellers and taste all the great food.

July 29: Amy Hindman performs at the Friday Night Hayride and Campfire

July 30: Mike's Aliens Invade La Conner! We are having an extra-terrestrial weekend with outside movies, best alien costumes and lots more.

July 3-4
La Conner 4th of July Events

Events include parade on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 followed by community picnic and games for kids in Pioneer Park from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Fireworks over the Swinomish Channel start at 10 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with the whole family.

Little Diamond

July 8-9: Civil War Weekend is Back! Enjoy the cavalry, infantry, hospital and artillery corps who will take you back in time with songs, stories, and demonstrations. Wander through the tents and see real life period camps of the Blue and Grey before the battle between the states.

July 16: "Kick up your Heels" with the Jacks and Jennys Square Dance Club at the Family Lodge at 7 p.m. They'll show you how to swing your partner will all the latest moves. Refreshments will be served.

Long Beach

July 2-4
4th of July Celebration

Double the Independence Day celebrating with not one, but two, fireworks shows. It all starts on July 2 when fireworks light up the sky over the Ilwaco Marina. Experience an old-fashioned 4th of July Grand Parade at nearby Ocean Park. Then an even larger fireworks display lights up the sky over the ocean at Long Beach. Sponsored by the City of Long Beach and City of Ocean Park. Both events are less than 15 miles from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

July 1-4: Friday is Canada Day and TGIF Seafood Dinner. Saturday is Pirate's Day with theme dinner. Sunday and Monday are Red, White and Blue Days with lots of games and crafts, plus dinner.

July 9: Build a racecar, race and win prizes in the OASIS, plus dinner.

July 16: Reptile Man performs, plus dinner.

July 23: Sock Hop with Norm Lynn, plus dinner.

July 30: Sports Party with Rowdy Referees, plus theme dinner.

Oceana

July 3-4: Sunday events include RV Decorating Contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus Kids' Bicycle Decorating Contest, plus BBQ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Chips. Monday includes Fire O'er the Water Show, which can be seen from the preserve.

Paradise

July 2-3: Saturday Breakfast ($). Decorate you Rig/Tent. "Carnival Celebration" with Sack races, horse races, kiddies fishing pool, more games, face painting, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Hot dogs & Hamburgers, Raffle for a ?. Must be present. Evening entertainment will be "The Hired Hands" best country music around. How many instruments will they play? Ya'll come and shake a leg. Sunday Breakfast ($). Kids Activities with Heather. Lunch is on the grill ($). Hay rides, Ice cream Social with Manager's Special ice cream. Monday is Breakfast ($), Activity Time, Bingo, and hayrides.

July 8-10: Friday Breakfast ($). 1:00 p.m. movie on the big screen, "HOOK" with popcorn & juice. Hay ride, keep your eyes open, Mate, for today's furry creature. Saturday is Breakfast ($). Join Heather for a pirates hunt. Lunch is on the grill ($). Pirates hat served with your ice cream. Limited ($). Evening entertainment with our own "Paradise DJ" Great music! Sunday is Breakfast ($), plus kids activities, hayrides, July 15-17: Friday Breakfast ($), plus Paddleboat Races around Honey Moon Island. "Splash Time" with Heather and Team Pictionary! Saturday Breakfast ($), plus Bean Bag Baseball, Crafter's Sale, Lunch on the Grill ($), and Dinner which includes Pork Loin, Potatoes, Veggies, Home Baked Bread & Dessert for $7. Horse Racing at night with "Cascade Sams" for adults. Kids Movie night on the Big Screen with popcorn & Juice. Breakfast ($), plus kids activities with Heather and hayrides.

July 22-24: Friday Breakfast ($), plus kids activities, Bingo, and hayrides. Saturday Breakfast ($), plus Hobo Search, Crafter's Sale, Lunch on the grill ($), Ice Cream served in a engineer's hat & a whistle ($) Limited, hayrides, and dinner of Hobo Stew, Home Baked Bread & Dessert for $5. Campfire Sing-a-long with Marcia in the evening. Sunday includes Breakfast ($), plus Activity Time, and hayrides. July 29-31: Friday Breakfast ($), plus Activity time, Bingo, hayrides. Saturday Breakfast & Lunch ($), Crafter's Sale, hayrides and Adults "Casino Night!" Come win prizes. Kids Movie Night on the big screen, with popcorn and juice. Sunday Breakfast ($), Activity Time, and hayrides.

July 2-3
Fourth of July Weekend Free Wine Tasting

At Wells Winery, just 10 miles from the preserve, featuring natural fruit and berry wine without added sulfites. Bring coupon from the preserve and receive 10 percent off. For information call (360) 978-6254.

Thunderbird

July 2-4: Luau Weekend features festive games, BBQ, karaoke, exotic bird display, scavenger hunt and Monday breakfast.

July 9-10: 50s Weekend with games, crafts and BBQ. July 16-17: Kids' Carnival Weekend features carnival games and prizes, plus Kimmy's Kloset famous clown on Saturday at 4:30.

July 23-24: Christmas in July Weekend includes Saturday snowflake craft and Decorate your RV contest with prizes. Regular events throughout the month include Thursday Candy Bar Bingo and Water Balloon Toss, Friday X-Box games, root beer floats, Chat Card game and decorate your cupcake, Saturday breakfasts, Meet the Manager event, coloring contest and Candy Bar Bingo and Sunday is Sweet Rolls and Coffee, coloring contest, tie-dye class and Candy Bar Bingo.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

July 1-4: Come and celebrate the 4th of July – we have several activities planned including pool games, Frisbee-golf, and nature hikes with Pat Boss. Horseback rides will be available. The Pine Cone Cafe will have dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and Sandii Castleberry will entertain Saturday night at the amphitheater.

July 15-17: Bluegrass Festival will include a campfire jam session and on Saturday night we will have bluegrass entertainment at the amphitheater. George Finkle will also have a harmonica workshop during the weekend – you can buy one or bring your own to learn and play.

July 23: We will celebrate Christmas in July – this is our annual activity to raise money for our Christmas for Kids program. We will have an auction followed by a special Christmas dinner. Santa will be making special visit. We finish off the evening with entertainment by Remember When in the amphitheater.

July 15-17
Lemon Lily Festival

Held in downtown Idyllwild and sponsored by the Friends of San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, this is a festival for education, celebration and restoration. There are activities at the local nature center, the Gazebo downtown, and festivities at local businesses. For more information visit www.lemonlilyfestival.com.

Lake Minden

July 1-4: 4th of July Celebration: Bring your favorite covered dish and come celebrate Independence Day at a Lake Minden Community Picnic. Join a park-wide scavenger hunt (smaller scavenger hunt for kids), play Candy Bar Bingo, or enter a paddleboat race, then cool off at the Ice Cream Social. Fireworks Monday!

July 8-10: Crafters' Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for jewelry making (various projects), beaded ornaments, and a variety of craft projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo.

July 15-17: Sandtastic Beach Party: Join us Friday night for Hoagie Sandwich Potluck Social. Then grab a bucket and enter a sandcastle building competition. Enter a Popsicle Lickoff Contest, hula-hoop or play a lively game of volleyball.

July 22-24: "Stay for a Spell": Hunt for witches, wizards, muggles and more in a Harry Potter Scavenger contest. Test your wizardry skills with a Harry Potter Trivia Contest. Take a Potion class or do a mystical craft. Enjoy a Harry Potter Movie marathon and try a bit of Butter beer at the Ice Cream Social.

July 29-31: Bubble Blast Weekend: Who doesn't love bubbles? Be careful that your root beer doesn't bubble over at the Ice Cream Social. We'll be painting with bright colored bubbles, blowing gigantic bubbles and having a bubble gum blowing contest. We'll even stir up a few bubbles on the lake with paddleboat races.

July 15-16
Marysville Peach Fest 2011

The 11th annual event promises to be an exciting one with a variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors cooking for every tastebud, several delicious choices of peach related food, and great entertainment for all ages. Free Admission – No Parking Charges. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. For information visit www.marysvillepeachfest.com.

Lake of the Springs

Saturdays in July: Enjoy our Family Campfire with John Carter.

July 1-4: Adult Money Bingo on Friday. Saturday is Kids' Fishing Derby, Patriot Tie-Dye, Family Hayrides, and Family Dance with DJ Eric. Sunday will be a BBQ in the Park, Watermelon Feed, 4th of July Family parade followed by fireworks.

July 9: Family Dance with Diamondback Band. July 16: Family Dance with Jim Hunter Band.

July 23: Family Dance with Heading Sue West. July 30: Family Dance with The James Slacks Band.

Pio Pico

July 2-4: Saturday marketplace, craft classes, Candy Bingo, softball game, family games, dance with Coyote Country DJ.

July 9: Animal Weekend with animal craft classes, animal seminars, dress up your pet for our pet shows, plus animal charades game.

July 16: 60s Weekend: Dress up in your favorite 60s outfit for our 60s contest, plus Family Dance.

July 23: Family Games Weekend includes relay races, tug of war, and obstacle course so start practicing!

July 30: Dinomania Weekend: Dinosaur crafts, plus "How well do you know your dinosaurs" quiz, and Jurassic Park film festival.

July 15-17
Festival of the Bells

Each year in mid-July, parishioners, volunteers, and visitors all gather for one weekend to celebrate the beginning of Christianity in the western U.S. with food, entertainment, dance and traditional activities such as the blessing of the bells and the blessing of the animals at the Mission San Diego De Alcala. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festival including the original bell dating back to 1802. Great family events and great opportunity to learn more about this historic landmark. Just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call (858) 337-5857.

Ponderosa

July 2
Annual Family Blast at El Dorado Fairgrounds

Bring your coolers, propane BBQs and your dancing shoes, but please leave your pets, charcoal BBQs and glass containers at home. There will be kids activities, food & beverage available for purchase, live music by Harlee & The Sugar Daddies (6:00 - 10:00 p.m.), hay mazes, arts & crafts, pony rides, free kids' contests & games, FIREWORKS-once dark and more! Held at the El Dorado Fairground in Placerville, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information, call (530) 621-5860.

Rancho Oso

Saturdays throughout July: from 11 a.m. to noon – come on down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our "baby" bulls as we prepare them for the future in rodeo. A definite photo op. And each weekend join the fun and hop aboard the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to tour the resort. Or, call the stables and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 and over. Join us wine tasting at the Adult Lodge or visit the Stone Lodge for ice cream and make your favorite sundae. Plus, Candy Bar Bingo.

Throughout July
Solvang Farmers' Market

Every Wednesday, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., market features farm fresh produce, fruit, flowers, and local homemade items. Just 22 miles from the preserve, on Mission Drive between First Street and Copenhagen in Solvang.

San Benito

Regular Friday Night Spaghetti Feed now includes rice and fish on menu. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Cafe in the Family Lodge.

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first and third Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. at the Family Lodge followed by Skipbo Tournaments. Second and fourth Saturday, we have 9-Ball tournaments for teens and adults, crafts and ice cream socials. Also, non-denominational Sunday services.

July 2-3: Our annual 4th of July carnival will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Reba's Cafe will be serving up carnival foods! Leo the Magician performs on Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

July 9: Great day for swimming and sun bathing at the pools. Join us in the Family Lodge at 6 p.m. for a potluck.

July 16: Come on down to the Family Lodge for a BBQ Tri-Tip dinner and afterwards relax to the sounds of Kim & Aimee.

July 23: Bring out those poodle skirts and bobby socks – The Corvairs will be here playing that good old rock and roll from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

July 30: Dinner and an outdoor movie – what more could you ask for? BBQ Chicken Dinner at 6 p.m. and outdoor movie at the Pavillion with free popcorn at 7:30 p.m.

July 16
25th Annual Downtown Street Festival and Car Show

Downtown Hollister hosts this event. For more information call (831) 636-8406 or visit www.downtownhollister.org

.

Snowflower

July 2: Wild Things Animal Show for all ages at 11 a.m. July 23: Wild Things Animal Show for all ages at 11 a.m.

Throughout July
Truckee Thursdays

Every Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy a street festival with live entertainment, beer garden, local artists, unique gifts and KidZone activities for children. Held in historic downtown Truckee on Donner Pass Road, just 25 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 587-2757.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

July 1-4: It's patriotic time again at Bay Landing! Decorate your bike, tricycle, golf carts, strollers, etc. We supply the red, white and blue! All the games will leave you soaked, yoked, and smelling like a banana! The FANTASTIC FIREWORKS will be at Beachview and dancing under the stars with T-Bone Road until midnight. Be ready to have a FUN weekend.

July 22-24: Beach Bum Days/Regatta: It's Cardboard Boat Regatta Time! Get ready to get the sand between your toes while you're building your sandcastles. Launch your man-sized boat, weather permitting, at BV or in the pool. Gotta have a volleyball game for those who are ready to get under the water! Lots of fun and games!

Colorado River

July 15-17
Easyriders Rodeo Tour

Major annual motorcycle event includes racing and show bikes, plus vendors, food booths and live entertainment. Held at the Colorado County Fairgrounds, just 4 miles from the preserve. For information call (800) 962-9857.

Lake Conroe

July 2: Independence Day Weekend/Happy July Birthdays: Show off your patriotic pride in our patriotic golf cart and bike parade. We'll have a family softball game and play volleyball at the lake, plus balloon animals and face painting for the kids, a dunking booth for dunking the Manager, and a Smash-It vehicle for showing off those muscles. Don't forget birthday cake to celebrate July birthdays.

July 9: Shop at your Site (aka Garage Sale) Weekend: Bring those items you don't need any longer and plan to sell them at your site on Saturday. We'll play White Elephant Bingo (conceal your items in bags) in the AC, and later play Card Bingo.

July 16: Family Feud Weekend: Sign up your family up in the AC to play in our annual Family Feud game. Golf Cart games will be held this week so come for some good family fun.

July 23: Christmas in July Weekend: Don't forget to be nice...not naughty! The kids will work on a snowman craft and later sno-cones and banana splits will be available for cooling off.

July 30: Summer's in Full Swing Weekend: Enjoy a pool party complete with hot dogs and cool, tropical (non-alcoholic) drinks. We'll also have sno-cones in every flavor – so come join us!

Lake Tawakoni

July 2-4: Breakfast served in the Armadillo Cafι and activities at the Family Center on Saturday. Sunday is breakfast in the Armadillo Cafι, Fish Fry and Trey Houston entertains. Monday events include activities in the Family Center.

July 1-4
First Monday Trade Days

Held at the Canton, Texas Fairgrounds, just 3 miles from the preserve this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

July 2-4: Celebrate America with a patriotic parade, an obstacle course for family, fireworks galore and entertainment by Tony Garcia on Friday and Sean Franks on Saturday.

July 9-10: Pets are on Parade as they "strut" their stuff with owners in tow. They will exhibit their agility and win prizes at pet bingo. Laughter and fun abounds during the pet/owner relay races.

July 16-17: All Sports Day will test your skills through "bait casting", basketball free throws, pickleball games and pool races.

July 23-24: Let's get it on in our annual Staff vs. Members competitions. Get warmed up and ready to score the most points in kickball, 8-ball pool, ladder golf, pickleball challenges games. Don't forget the crowd-pleasing golf cart obstacle race.

Bailey's Berry Patch
Pick your own blueberries and blackberries. Blueberries are as big as marbles and blackberries are big too! Located at 905 Crawford Road, near Sadler, off FM 901, about 11 miles from the preserve. For information call (903) 564-6228.

Lake Whitney

July 2: Independence Day Celebration: Start the day with breakfast, plus outdoor activities, and a fireworks show at dusk.

July 9: Outside Fun Weekend.

July 16: Reno Weekend.

July 23: Golf Cart Weekend.

July 30: Indian Pow Wow.

Southeast

NORTH CAROLINA

Lake Gaston

July 1-3: Blood Drive and Independence Day: Begin this Independence Weekend by giving the gift of life, blood. Make this year's blood drive the best yet! Next, get in the red, white, and blue spirit. There are lots of activities planned all weekend including the holiday cornhole tournament. Arts, crafts, site decorating, bike/golf cart parade, decorations and TWO nights of entertainment.

July 29-31: Annual Miss Lake Gaston Pageant: Guys gather your beauty supplies and best outfits. Make this the best year yet, the more participants the more fun. Throughout the day, we will have pre-pageant activities. Pageant will take place at the evening dance. Bring a friend and prepare to have a most enjoyable time.

July 2
Lake Gaston Fireworks Celebration

Held at Eaton's Ferry Bridge (Highway 903, Littleton), event offers beautiful fireworks, viewed by boat or by car, reflecting off the beautiful waters of Lake Gaston.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Landing

July 1: Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival, featuring Cane Creek on Friday night. Come enjoy some of the best slow-cooked pork in the south while enjoying the sounds of Cane Creek, one of the area's top bluegrass bands.

July 2: Annual fireworks and laser show over Lake Hartwell. Enjoy the fireworks and music from your boat or the shore. Special effects and laser lights are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

July 2: Events include Kids' Crafts at 10 a.m., Patriotic golf cart parade and hayride at 12 p.m., Gates open for the Independence Day celebration at 3 p.m. which includes a carnival on the beach, novelty items, food concessions, rides and live music at the Red Barn and Beach area. Spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 9: Volleyball at the Beach at 6:30 p.m. followed by Casino Night at 7 p.m.

July 16: Wild West Show at the Amphitheatre, 7 p.m.

July 23: Christmas in July weekend includes Christmas Dinner served from 4-6 p.m. and Christmas Party at the Town Hall at 7 p.m.

July 30: Crazy Camper Weekend includes breakfast at the Trading Post at 8 a.m., Kids' Crafts at the Town Hall at 10 a.m., Member Coffee Social at 11 a.m., Crazy Camper Games at 2 p.m., Supper at Town Hall served from 4 to 6 p.m. and more Crazy Camper Games at 7 p.m.

VIRGINIA

Harbor View

Throughout July: Potluck/Hobo Stew every other Saturday at 5 p.m.

July 30: Last Saturday of the Month Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Throughout July
Caledon Natural Area-Eagle Tours

Seasonal and natural area for wildlife enthusiasts at Oak Grove, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information call (540) 663-3861.

Northeast

MAINE

Moody Beach

July 1-4: Come celebrate our country's Independence Day in all its glory. We will have evening entertainment with DJs, an incredible Beach Show and family fun Game Show. Fireworks from three nearby towns can be enjoyed from the beautiful local beaches.

July 9-10: It's Prom Weekend here at Moody Beach so get out your puffy gowns and tuxes to relive that magical night, complete with musical entertainment. Take time to visit the Summer Solstice Craft Show – this is a can't miss fair.

July 15: Christmas in July includes visit by Santa and maybe a surprise for those on the naughty list!

July 23: Find your poodle skirts and slick back your hair because the time machine will take you back to the 50s! Dick Geneva will be here playing your old favorites.

July 30: It's National Clown Weekend and time to clown around with us. Lots of fun activities and a special performance by Jumbo the Clown - you gotta see it!

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

July 16: Prom Night Weekend: Relive that special night. Dress to Impress! Tie-dye in the afternoon, plus evening entertainment.

July 23: Christmas in July Weekend: Contest for site decorations with cool prizes. Make an ornament at Arts & Crafts. Evening entertainment.

July 30: Western Weekend: Gather your Western gear and enjoy pony rides, clowns and face painters, plus evening entertainment.

July 9
The Heritage Auto Show

Held at Parade Field at Heritage Museum and Gardens, this is an all-inclusive auto event that highlights antique and classic automobiles and a special display of motorcycles. Registered vehicles will compete for awards. For information call (508) 888-3300.

NEW JERSEY

Lake & Shore

Every Saturday, beginning June 24, we'll have a Pool Party and evening entertainment.

July 1-4: Independence Day Weekend.

July 8-10: Extreme Sports Weekend.

July 15-17: "You Know You're a Redneck If..." Weekend.

July 22-24: Christmas in July: Decorate a Christmas Tree, sit on Santa's lap and enjoy Christmas activities.

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch

Wednesdays in July: Dance Lessons with Joan.

July 1-4: Happy Birthday America Weekend includes Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts, and a July 4th Bike/Stroller Parade, plus slip ‘n slide, twilight wagon ride. Sunday Pool Party with DJ Steve and adult swim only from 7 to 9 p.m.

July 8-10: Chili Cookoff Weekend includes Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts, wagon ride and our 3rd annual Chili Cookoff.

July 15-17: NASCAR weekend includes Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts, wagon ride, NASCAR Box Car Parade and NASCAR trivia.

July 22-24: Christmas in July includes Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday crafts, site decorating contest, wagon ride, Meet Santa, Christmas Potluck Dinner (we provide the turkey, you provides the sides).

July 29-31: Chinese New Year Weekend includes Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Hyssongs group in the Activity Center, plus Saturday crafts, wagon ride and fortune telling.

Scotrun

July 16: Saturday evening we will have our Tarot Card Reader to tell your fortune from 8 to 11 p.m. See what the cards have in store! Plus, DJ Dance Party in the Rec. Hall.

July 23: It's our Pajama Party so wear your jammies and watch the hypnotist put some guests in the spotlight. Lots of fun and laughs – 9 p.m. in the Rec. Hall.

July 30: Splish Splash: From 5 to 9 p.m. we will have a poolside DJ. At 6 p.m. watch for our Hula Dancer. Show her your moves as she goes around the pools.

July 16-17
Poconos Wurst Festival

Polish and German cultures are celebrated with delicious foods, beverages, live music with Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra. Located at Shawnee Mountain, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information or tickets call (570) 421-7231. Hours are Saturday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.

Midwest

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

July 1-4: Independence Day Weekend features decorated golf cart and bike parade, plus golf cart races and our famous Kenisee Lake Steak Fry Dinner.

July 9-11: 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament.

July 15-17: Everything Chocolate Weekend.

July 22-24: Christmas in July.

July 29-31: Beach Party weekend features water-balloon toss, hula-hoop contest and water volleyball.

July 23-24
Ashtabula County Fair

Located at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, just 3 miles from the preserve, event includes a Cowboy Mounted Shooting by Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros – a Celebration of the Cowboy and the Old West. For information call (440) 474-9801.

Wilmington

July 2-4: We will be having water games, slip 'n slide, water balloon fights, crafts and decorating our golf carts and bikes and awards for the best one. The Six Pac Band will be playing all of your favorites. On Sunday enjoy a pancake breakfast.

July 9-10: Try your hand at Ohio trivia – so get out the books and start studying.

July 16-17: Flashback to the 60s – remember bellbottom pants, rock and roll - who could forget those days. We will have a Best Dressed 60s outfit, Beatles trivia, and a 60s movie out on the big screen.

July 30-31: Why should Christmas only come once a year? Brig your Christmas lights up from the basement for Christmas in July! Best-decorated camper wins a prize.

July 9-17
Clinton County Fair

Held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, just 5 miles from the preserve, event includes fair food, quilts, and fun activities.