Music in the Spanish Peaks.

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Father’s Day FUN at Hinkle Family Fun Center!

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Music Roots… Etc. & More

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Arkansas and Twin Lakes area open for business

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Arkansas and Twin Lakes area open for business

Jill Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas and the Twin Lakes area of The Natural State are open for business, despite the flooding and high water experienced in the spring.

“Yes, we had some high waters during the flooding in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, but all of the resorts and all of our marinas and all of our hospitality industry are open for business,” explained Jeff Pipkin, CEO and economic director of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce.

In North Central Arkansas, Bull Shoals Lake and its twin, Lake Norfork, are popular for the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide. “Norfork was the worst hit,” Pipkin said. “I was out there yesterday on my boat and the lakes are dropping and the water clarity is getting clearer every day.”

Pipkin added that the majority of debris floating in…

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Evenings on the Lawn

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Rafting the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado

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“Are you ready yet? Let’s go!”

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Wild Florida Adds Albino Alligators to Gator and Wildlife Park

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Cool off this Summer at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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Beat the Heat with Florida’s Coolest Destinations and Attractions

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Submerge Yourself in Florida Fun this Summer

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Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

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Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival
June 23 & 24, 2017

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The 9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other events to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle. The Arkansas River roars through the Royal Gorge and immediately enters Cañon City. The Whitewater Park is in the western portion of Cañon City, just a little over a mile from the end of the Royal Gorge. The RGWF celebrates the Arkansas River and highlights the many recreational opportunities it presents.

Not only will you enjoy the festival event but there is plenty of food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family. All of the money raised goes towards continued expansion of the Whitewater Park, river restoration, and charitable causes. It is the biggest party of the summer in Cañon City and one not to be missed. It’s all about “Boats, Bands, and Beer!” What is a summer festival without all three.

Here is some need to know information for this event:
–There is a $5 entrance fee for anyone 13 or older, kids 12 and under are free
–There is no entrance fee for the participants (excluding Inner Tube Races)
–No dogs are allowed in the festival area, with the exception of the Weenie Dog Race participants
–In order to consume alcoholic beverages you must be 21 or older and have identification
–No outside food or alcohol is allowed in the festival
–All bags are subject to search
–No firearms are allowed in the festival area

Submerge Yourself in Florida Fun this Summer

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Mumbai, May 31, 2017: Get off of the highway and dive into one of the crystal clear waterways found only in Florida. With its pristine beaches along the coast, natural springs and beautiful lakes, the sunshine state draws in water lovers from around the world. What are you waiting for? Splash in and start exploring: […] Read Full Story Here

 

Beat the Heat with Florida’s Coolest Destinations and Attractions

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When it comes to Florida, summer promises endless sunny days mixed with picture-perfect sunsets and fun in the sun. As temperatures rise, the Sunshine State offers many ways to beat the heat this summer season. From waterparks, natural springs and famous beachfronts to award winning beach bars and local beer trails, discover […] Read Full Story Here

Cool off this Summer at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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Cool off this Summer at Ichetucknee Springs State Park
FORT WHITE, Fla. (May 25, 2017) –Ichetucknee Springs State Park now offers tube rentals for the first time within the park, kicking-off the Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of the summer season. This new service offers the convenience of one-stop purchase and pick-up of tube rentals within the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, providing more […] Read Full Story Here

 

Wild Florida Adds Albino Alligators to Gator and Wildlife Park

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Wild Florida is thrilled to announce the arrival of two rare albino alligators to its Gator and Wildlife Park in Kenansville. The 23-year-old female and 12-year-old male were acquired from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This will be the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida and one of the few places in […] Read Full Story Here

 

“Are you ready yet? Let’s go!”

By Marcella Simmons

“Are you ready yet?”

“Not Colorado again,” whined my twelve year old grandson Nicolas. “Let’s go to Florida this year.”

“But I thought you guys loved Colorado.”

“We do but we go to the same place every year,” he said.

 

So after that I realized it was time to do something different – and we are. I managed to get a really good deal on a couple of rooms at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida this year for 5 nights so in addition to our 4 week vacation in Colorado we are going to Florida! It’s over a thousand miles east from home, and when we get back from there, we rest for a few days before heading toward Carlsbad, NM on our way to Arizona, then from there to Utah and then back to Colorado before returning home..

We’ve never been to Arizona (El Rancho Robles) before and the kids have never been to Carlsbad nor have any of been to Monument Valley, Utah (Gouldings Lodge). Here are several places on our 4 week trek out west that we haven’t been and I am excited, my bags are packed and this mamaw is ready to go. We are going rafting this year, not once but three times (Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting, Acquired Tastes Rafting, Arkansas River Tours) throughout our 4 week trip so I know the kids will have a blast!

Since there will be more people traveling with us this year, I will definitely have to downsize and not take quite as many clothes (some of which I never wear anyway) to make rooms for other people’s clothes and stuff.

In the next few weeks I will be updating our blogs on our day to day adventures as well as posting numerous pictures daily. Stay tuned and come travel with us!

Rafting the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado

 

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Rafting the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado

By Paul Lessley

Whitewater Rafting, Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado

Now, you probably would never think to look on a map for the small town of Canon City, located in south-central Colorado, for your adventure related vacation. But once you have been there for the main tourist attraction – Whitewater Rafting – you will want to find it again and again. Over 200,000 people a year are rafting on this section of river which stretches over a hundred miles of some of the best whitewater in the world. Read Full Story Here

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Family, Florida, Fun: Vacations For All Generations

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Families will find adventure-filled days and fun-filled nights for all generations throughout Florida.

When it comes to vacationing in Florida, planning the trip is half the fun. VISIT FLORIDA’s newly-launched website provides all the resources you need to plan your next family vacation, including a Deals section. Family members of all ages can pursue their favorite types of adventure, whether it’s hitting the beach or learning some new things about the Sunshine State. For those looking for the perfect family vacation packed with thrills for all ages, Florida has something fun for everyone!

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Climb your way to the top in Pasco County
Whether your family likes to experience adventure in the air, on land, or sea, Pasco County has something for every member. Hop in a hot air balloon at sunrise and check out the beautiful views. And with the Gulf of Mexico a short ride…

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Military Museum of North Florida will host the annual Northeast Florida Regional Armed Forces Day Celebration

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On May 20 the Military Museum of  North Florida will host the annual Northeast Florida Regional Armed Forces Day Celebration. It will be held at the Military Museum in Reynolds Ind. Park, 1 Bunker Ave., Green Cove Springs Fl 32043. The event will include, parachutists, flyin by a Stearman  biplane, war re enactors, classic car show, military vehicle show and a Military flea market. Food   and drinks available. Admission and parking: FREE

Family, Florida, Fun: Vacations For All Generations

Family, Florida, Fun: Vacations For All Generations

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Summer youth programs offered on Mount Sequoyah

Summer youth programs offered on Mount Sequoyah
Jill Rohrbach
Registration is now open for Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center’s summer youth programs. Located on scenic Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, the center offers day camps for kids ages 5 to 12 from June through August.
Offerings include:
June 12-16: Camp Sequoyah Sports featuring lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, football, Frisbee, and more. Kids will play their favorite sports and try some new ones. 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $175.
June 19-23 and July 24-28: Camp Sequoyah Tennis for kids that want to learn the game or improve their skills. All skill levels are welcome. 9 a.m. to noon. $120.
June 26-30: Camp Sequoyah Create gives kids the chance to sing, dance, act, and create in many different ways. 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $175.
July 5-8 and July 12-15: Camp Sequoyah Missions is an overnight camp that allows for recreation and service work on and off campus with all supplies furnished. Junior camp is for kids in 3rd-6th grades and senior camps is for kids in 7th-12th grades. Both age groups are available each session. Email denni.palmer@mountsequoyah.org for pricing and an application.
July 17-21: Camp Sequoyah Tech gives campers the opportunity to think critically, solve problems, and learn about the amazing world around them. Partner organizations are Robotics, University of Arkansas, and The Amazeum. 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $175
July 31-Aug. 4: Camp Sequoyah The Great Outdoors will teach campers about the beauty of the outdoors and the best ways to experience it. Lessons and games will focus on camping and nature. Partner organizations include Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $175.
Aug. 7-11: Camp Sequoyah World Tour lets campers experience a different country’s culture every day. Kids will learn about the history, language, songs, games, food, and more while also learning how to appreciate those different from themselves. 7:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. $175.
Mount Sequoyah is rooted in children and youth ministries. For more information or to register, call 479-443-4531 or visit http://www.mountsequoyah.org.

Fish, ducks and wildflowers highlight May fun

Fish, ducks and wildflowers highlight May fun
Kim Williams
May is a wonderful  month to get out and explore the Arkansas Delta. These great events offer fun for kids of all ages.
lake frierson state park signIf the youngster in your life has ever wanted to learn more about fishing, here’s a great opportunity. Our friends at Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro offer a Youth Fishing Workshop on May 6. Kids ages 7 to 15 are invited to spend a day of hands-on learning about the different kinds of fish that call Lake Frierson home and the best way to catch them! The workshop fee is $7. Contact the park at 870-932-2615 for more information.
In Helena-West Helena, it’s the 3rd annual Delta delta ducky derby 2016 3Ducky Derby on May 13. Cheer on 1,000 yellow rubber ducks as they “race” towards the finish line! The event also features a variety of children’s activities, as well as a 5K race and more for the adults. For more information, phone 870-589-3396. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the Delta.
MRSP wildflowersFor Mother’s Day, Mississippi River State Park in Marianna offers Make a Gift with Love for Mom on May 14. Join the park interpreter to decorate a flowerpot and plant a native wildflower just for mom. Admission is $3. For details, contact the park at 870-295-4040.

Hot Springs Rally Day is May 9!

Hot Springs Rally Day is May 9!
Zoie Clift
Tourism is one of Arkansas’s largest industries. For over 30 years, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which is May 7-13, has been taking place in towns across the nation as a means to spread the news about the importance and impact of travel in the U.S.  This is done via such outlets as community rallies and events and this year’s theme is Faces of Travel.
There will be a Rally Day on May 9 in Hot Springs that will highlight this theme and the local tourism community. Cora Easterday of Visit Hot Springs has sent a preview of the schedule for the day which I am sharing below as it hits many of the prime attractions found in town. Also of note, they are planning to shoot a series of videos throughout the day from these attractions, which will be posted to Facebook LIVE throughout the day.
7:30am- Greetings from Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park.
8 a.m.- A visit to Red Light Roastery with owner Adam Moore. This is the first craft coffee roastery of its kind in the city.
9:30am- Superior Bathhouse Brewery. This is the only brewery located inside a national park and the only brewery currently using thermal spring water to make craft beer.
12 p.m.- Bell of Hot Springs. This is a riverboat that takes passengers on a tour of Lake Hamilton.
1 p.m. Lunch at Next Level Kitchen.
1:30 p.m. Mid-America Science Museum, Arkansas’s largest hands-on science center and its first Smithsonian Affiliate with over 100 hands-on exhibits.
2:45 p.m. AdventureWorks Hot Springs.  This zip line park is located at Catherine’s Landing and has 12 zip lines to explore.
4 p.m.  Tour of Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210 acre botanical garden located on the shores of Lake Hamilton.
5:30 p.m. Tour of the Malco Theater with illusionist Maxwell Blade.
6:45 p.m. Sunset view of downtown from the Hot Springs Mountain Tower.
8 p.m.- Dinner at the Ohio Club, said to be the oldest bar in Arkansas. Patrons there have included the likes of Al Capone and Mae West.

On the radar: 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival

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On the radar: 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival
Zoie Clift
Lum and Abner was a popular radio show in the U.S. that aired from 1932 to 1954. Chester Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff played Abner. Both Lauck and Goff moved to Mena in 1911 and lived there until their move into show business. In the show they played the co-owners of the Jot ’em Down Store in the then fictional town of Pine Ridge. Early broadcasts of the show were carried locally but soon, the show garnered national contracts, with networks such as NBC, and the reach of the show spread  into millions of homes. Due to the show’s  popularity, movies featuring the characters were also made during the 1940s
lumEach year, the town of Mena celebrates the local connection to the famous duo.  This is a special year as it marks the 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival, which is set for June 2-3.
“This is Mena’s signature event and celebrates the popular Lum and Abner characters created by former Mena residents Chester Lauck and Norris Goff,” said festival coordinator Donnie Crain.
As to specific Lum and Abner tie ins, festival-goers will have an opportunity to meet Donnie Pitchford, cartoonist of the Lum and Abner comic strip, have a chance to run by the boyhood home of Chester Lauck on the route of this year’s Lum & Abner 5K, and have their picture taken with a Lum and Abner cut-out.
Further activities at the festival include live music, a car show, a quilt show, gunfighter reenactments, arts and crafts, a taco competition, helicopter rides of the local area, fishing derbies and even pig racing. There will also be a free Friday night concert featuring Ricochet, an award-winning country music band.
“We always encourage folks to see other Lum and Abner sites and exhibits while they are in the community too,” said Crain. “There are some great exhibits on Lum and Abner at Mena’s Historic Train Depot that fans of the program would enjoy and a museum and exhibits at the Lum and Abner Museum in nearby Pine Ridge.”
The Lum and Abner Museum and Jot ‘Em Down Store is located in Pine Ridge on the side of Hwy 88. The museum opened in the 1970’s and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The festival is taking place at Janssen Park at 601 7th Street. “This is a beautiful, historic park and an attraction in itself with beautiful fountains, ponds, a children’s playground, and a historic log cabin built in 1851,” said Crain. “Mena and the surrounding area make a wonderful place to visit, situated in the middle of the Ouachita Mountains at the eastern gateway to Talimena Scenic Drive.  Mena’s historic downtown area, adjacent to Janssen Park, has galleries, shops, and cafes. Nearby are trails, a crystal mine, streams and lakes, and the Queen Wilhelmina and Cossatot River state parks.” For more details on Mena or the festival, check out VisitMena.com.

School Is Almost Out!

School is almost out, at least for our area. May 19th is our last day. Having said that, we’ll be on the road again this summer. In June we’ll be heading to Florida! As soon as we get home at the end of the month, we’re heading back west – we’re heading to New Mexico the Utah and finish up in Colorado.

 

 

Our Santa Fe Trip Was a Blast!

Church Street Café in Albuquerque, NM

Our Santa Fe, NM Trip

We visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, also known as Saint Francis Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico last week. The cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717).

 

 

Our First Day Out in Colorado and Then in New Mexico

Our First Day Out in Colorado and Then in New Mexico
By Tristin Sean Owens, 3rd Grader
Logansport Elementary School
 We were going to Colorado and it took two days but we got their and had to go to New Mexico but going to New Mexico we got in a blizzard and it got bad so we could not go back so we had to keep on going and when we got out of the blizzard we got to New Mexico and got in the hot tub their was some men that was drinking and was very crazy so we got out of the hot tub and got in the pool and then it got late so we went in the motel and went to sleep. 

Mamaw said we are going to Albuquerque today and we might go to Hinkle Family Fun Center. Ms. Betty, mamaw’s friend, will love playing at Hinkle’s with us! I hope she does! Then we are going to visit several old churches in Santa Fe tomorrow.  I’d rather stay here at the room and swim. It was snowing yesterday when we were at the pool but the pool was warm. It is not an inside pool.

This week… we are traveling…

We left home last Saturday for an 8-day venture out West. The five of us made it to Wichita Falls last Saturday where we shut down for the night. We stayed at the Howard Johnson right off the Interstate – the beds were okay but there was only a half of roll of toilet paper in our room and there was no shower curtain on the shower stall. Complaining: sigh! Good thing none of us had a virus!

My friend Ms. Betty from Logansport is with us. I know without a doubt she will never want to come again for a number of reasons, mainly because of the long drive to our destination! She said yesterday that she does not like Colorado at all.

As we traveled through New Mexico over into Colorado, freshly fallen snow was everywhere.

We arrived in Alamosa, Colorado around six p.m. on Sunday and found an I-Hop where we had our evening meal before heading over to South Fork where we planned to stay for the night. We rented a nice room at the Allington Inn and Suites – the rooms were nice and clean and the best part: the pool and hot tub was inside and open for business. Our two younger travelers were excited and stayed in the pool until shortly after ten.

By now the temperature has dropped dramatically outside and it is freezing.

More to come – stay tuned!

We arrived in Santa Fe, NM on Monday. It started snowing while we were coming in. We are staying at the Inn at Santa Fe. It is a nice motel and has a full breakfast for the guests. The rooms are clean and comfy! I love it here and I’m in no hurry to leave! This week we are going downtown to visit some of the museums and old churches , and then drive over to Albuquerque on the train for a full day of shopping and visiting museums.

The boys started getting a little fussy being cooped up all day yesterday because snow was falling off and on all day. It was cold outside but in spite of that, their papaw took them down to the pool last evening for a swim in the hot tub! Well, the motel staff heated up the pool and hot tub and the boys swim, and played in spite of the wintry weather all day! There was snow on the ground in places! The pool was warm and the hot tub was even ‘hotter’! Three state troopers who were transporting a prisoner to another town was in the hot tub last night and they apparently having some drinks! I told Theresa at home about it and she told me to tell them not to “drink and drive!”

Ms. Betty seems to like Santa Fe, NM a lot better. She and I have been visiting some of the gift shops and thrift stores around town!

More to come – stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

We’re Heading West This Sunday

By Marcella Simmons

 

This Sunday, we are headed out to Santa Fe, NM to see the country, do some travel writing and just enjoy the week away from home. I am taking my grandson Kendray, my friend Ms. Betty and my other half and best friend, Jackie.

 

Kendray is 5 and attends Logansport Elementary – he is in kindergarten. I had to get it approved at the school board office for him to go without the days absent being counted against him, so now that is done and approved, we are just about ready to go.

 

Shortly after church on Sunday, I am picking up Ms Betty and the four of us are rolling out of here for a few days.

 

It feels odd that I am only taking one child this time instead of the normal three but truthfully I have to write this time and take pictures for my websites and there won’t be a whole lot of time to play with the boys. Kendray will have to hang with his pa quite a bit while I work!

 

I already see the week unfolding and it is going to be a wonderful trip. I checked the 7-day weather outlook for Santa Fe and it is rather cool there – middle 60’s in the daytime and 40-50’s at night! According to what I read, about  the middle of the week it might get up in the 70’s a couple of days!

 

So we ‘re heading out on Sunday – check back for daily posts of our New Mexico experience.

 

When we return from our New Mexico adventure, we are heading to Mt. Ida, Arkansas. In a couple of weeks Spring Break is coming up (we’re leaving right after church on Sunday and coming home the following Friday). That week the whole family will be in tow and we are going to have an awesome spring break with the kids. We’re staying at Mountain Harbor Resort in one of the large condo/cottages! It is such a beautiful place – you can actually sit on the back porch and enjoy your time away from home and listen to the birds while they’re busily going on with their day. And in the evenings an occasional raccoon will stop by ad come up on the porch for morsels of food the kids leave behind. The kids love Mountain Harbor as much as I do.  

 

Check back this Sunday for updates!

 

 

Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

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Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it
Katherine Stewart
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We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. According to Project: Time Off*, American workers are leaving millions of hours of vacation time on the table each year, which can lead to burnout, excess stress, and loss of quality family time.
Survey says: Take a vacation. Or at the very least, take a break. Trouble is, even when we’re engaging in leisure activities, the inner achiever still won’t kindly sit down and be quiet; every walk, hike and bike ride is measured in steps traveled…

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Arkansas Repertory Theatre announces 2017-2018 season

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Arkansas Repertory Theatre announces 2017-2018 season
Katherine Stewart
Central Arkansas
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the state’s largest non-profit professional theatre company, has announced their 2017-2018 lineup. This will be their 42nd season and their first fully under new Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, who in a statement said the season might be “more varied than ever before,” a notion that fits with the Rep’s mission of presenting a diverse body of theatrical work that highlights the human journey.
The season opens August 25 with The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, adapted by Rebecca Gilman from the novel of the same name by Carson McCullers and directed by Miller-Stephany himself. The haunting Southern story of a handful of eccentric misfits who seek kinship with a deaf-mute in a Georgia mill town, the play was named by Time magazine among the top 10 of 2009.
Next up is The School for Lies…

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Mark Martin Fan Appreciation Days set for April 27-29

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Mark Martin Fan Appreciation Days set for April 27-29
Jill Rohrbach
Northwest and North Central Arkansas
The Mark and Arlene Martin Hope for Arkansas Foundation will host its 13th annual Mark Martin Fan Appreciation Days on April 27- 29 in Batesville.
Batesville_Mark_Martin_Fan_Appreciation_Day_2Mark Martin and other NASCAR legends, including Tony Stewart and Bill Elliott, will be at Fan Appreciation Days signing autographs. Stewart will greet the public from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 28 at the Mark Martin Power Sports Store, located at 840 Batesville Boulevard.
And you don’t want to miss the Stewart and Martin lawn mower race at 11:45 a.m., also at the Mark Martin Power Sports Store. Additionally, “America’s Got Talent” group Recycled Percussion, a Las Vegas act, will perform a public show at 7 p.m. at the Batesville Community Event Center, located at 1420 S. 20th St.
On April 29, Elliot will sign autographs from noon…

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Renovated tour boat at Lake Ouachita State Park

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Renovated tour boat at Lake Ouachita State Park
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James Wilborn, Assistant Superintendent at Lake Ouachita State Park has sent word of a project that has taken place at the park. The work entails the recent renovation of a 42 foot large tour boat that has been in continuous  operation at the park for the last 25 years.
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According to Wilborn, the boat was used for interpretive lake tours of Lake Ouachita, the largest lake within Arkansas’s borders. This year the boat was dry-dock and completely renovated by the Arkansas Correctional Industries. Wilborn stated that the boat, which is the largest in the state park fleet, was transported to their facility at Tucker prison in southern Arkansas last winter and while there, inmates completely renovated the boat utilizing skills they had learned while being incarcerated.

Wilborn shared some history about the vessel. ‘This boat had initially been built…

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Munchin on Main Street brings food, music and more to Morrilton

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Munchin on Main Street brings food, music and more to Morrilton
Katherine Stewart
Central Arkansas
Sticking close to home for a spring break staycation? A new one-day festival in Morrilton will showcase the vibrancy of the historic downtown area with food trucks, vendors, live music, children’s activities and a car and bike show. Munchin on Main Street will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with activities taking place along Railroad Ave. between Division and St. Joseph streets. The festival is a joint project of Main Street Morrilton, the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Uncommon Communities program (which has also had a hand in nearby Perryville’s Saturdays on the Square and Arkansas Goat Festival).
Cuisine to suit every palate will be on offer from the festival’s participating food trucks, among them Road Hog BBQ, Miss Muffett’s Cheese Curds, Two Guys Hibachi Express, La…

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5 Places in America You Never Knew Existed

By Robert Schrader
Weird and Amazing Travel Expert
 It’s easy to think of America is being a normal country, and not just for those of us who’ve lived our whole lives here. Our national symbols, after all, include apple pie, the bald eagle and a game… Read Full Story Here
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