These are intended to be indicative of our desires, but please know that we are also practicing spontaneity (which is a big stretch for Lota, who is clearly the planner in the family)!
Here are some of the festivals, events and places we'd like to visit sometime in the next two years....
January Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana - January 6 thru Fat Tuesday Winter Carnival, St. Paul, Minnesota - late January thru early February Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah - late January
February South Padre Island's Kite Fest, South Padre Island, Texas - early February Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas - late February thru mid-March
March Humana Festival of New American Plays, Louisville, Kentucky - March Mal's St. Paddy's Parade (with Sweet Potato Queens), Jackson, Mississippi - Saturday after March 17 South by Southwest Music Festival, Austin, Texas - mid-March
April Spamarama, Austin, Texas - 1st Saturday in April Patriots Day, Boston, Lexington, Concord, Massachusetts - 3rd Monday in April Vermont Maple Festival, St. Albans, Vermont - last weekend in April Tulip Time Festival, Holland, Michigan - late April thru May Eeyore's Birthday Party, Austin, Texas - last Saturday in April
May Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky - 1st Saturday in May Preakness Week, Baltimore, Maryland - 2nd week in May Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, Miles City, Montana - 3rd weekend in May Caramoor Music Festival, Katonah, New York - May thru October Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, Indiana - Memorial Day Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerville, Texas - late May thru mid-June
June Sandcastle Competition, Galveston, Texas - 1st Saturday in June Naval Academy Graduation, JuneWeek, Annapolis, Maryland - June Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, Indiana - week leading up to Father's Day U.S. Open, Torrey Pines, California - week leading up to Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, Colorado - mid-June Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts - late June thru September Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois - June thru August
July Boston Harborfest, Boston, Massachusetts - early July Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, Vermont - July National Baseball Hall of Fame Game & Induction Ceremonies - Cooperstown, New York - 3rd week in July Pony Round-up and Swim, Chicoteague, Virginia - last Wed-Thurs in July Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine - late July Fingerlakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen, New York - late July Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio - late July thru early August Oregon Brewers Festival - last full weekend in July
August Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Virginia - early August JVC Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island - mid-August Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Lewistown, Montana - mid-August Monarch Butterfly Migration, Tilghman Island, Eastern Shore, Maryland - August Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada - late August thru early September
September Harwich Cranberry Festival, Harwich, Massachusetts - September Napa Valley & Sonoma County Harvest, California - September thru November World Chicken Festival, London, Kentucky - late September Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Shelbyville, TN - late August to early September Sante Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Sante Fe, New Mexico - late September
October Waterford Fair, Waterford, Virginia - 1st weekend in October A Return to the Albuqueque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico - early October National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee - early October Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival, Helena, Arkansas - early October Bridge Day Festival, Fayetteville, West Virginia - 3rd Saturday in October Food & Wine Festival, The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin - October
December The Army-Navy Football Game - early December
ThroughoutYear Visit the Lighthouses of the Great Lakes Mackinac Island, Michigan Dinner at the Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia Dinner at the French Laundry, Yountville, California Attend performance at the Mountain Stage, Charleston, West Virginia Visit Branson, Missouri Tour Missouri Wine Country, Hermann, Missouri Attend performance at the Grande Old Opry, Nashville, Tennessee Play golf at Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, The Broadmoor, The American Club, the Robert Trent Jones Trail, Pinehurst, Harbourtown, Palm Springs, Bandon Dunes and many many more... Attend performance of Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas (spring and fall) See the wondrous natural parks/sites, like Big Bend National Park, Glacier National Park, Yosemite National Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Parks, Crater Lake National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park,