The Durango Cowboy Gathering is one of the oldest get-togethers of cowboy poets and musicians. This year's fest, Oct. 6 to 8, features humorist Baxter Black, plus some familiar and newfound talents performing contemporary and classic cowboy songs and poems. The motorless parade on Main Avenue is a promenade of wagons, coaches and carriages. Contact the Durango Cowboy Gathering, P.O. Box 2571, Durango, CO 81302; tel. (970) 259-2165, Internet http://
At Chowderfest, Oct. 7 to 9 at Mystic Seaport, visitors can sample different recipes for the classic New England soup. Local experts will demonstrate how to make an authentic 19th century chowder. Live entertainment includes a concert of sea chanteys and folk music. Other traditional fall foods for sale include apple fritters and apple cider. Mystic Seaport is a maritime museum. Contact Mystic Seaport, P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355; telephone (888) 973-2767.
The third annual Florida Birding Festival and Nature Expo, Oct. 5 to 8 in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, is scheduled to coincide with the fall migration. The event features workshops, seminars, a butterfly tent and trips to nearby Shell Key, Ft. De Soto Park and Honeymoon Island. Contact the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 14450 46th St. N., No. 108, Clearwater, FL 33762; tel. (800) 822-6461.