The Magical World of M. C. Escher coming to the Museum of Art

The Magical World of M. C. Escher coming to the Museum of Art

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Maurits Cornelis Escher wanted to capture infinity and cast it onto paper.
To that end, the Dutch graphic artist created lithographs, woodcuts and mezzotints of interlocking reptiles, strange creatures and birds in flight that metamorphosed in and out of each other. He depicted twisted dragons, and ants crawling eternally on a Mobius strip. Read Story Here

 

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I Am Starting A New Tradition for 2018

I Am Starting A New Tradition for 2018

By Marcella Simmons

 

Everywhere I look someone is starting a new tradition or making new year’s resolutions… Well, as a writer who just happens to love to love to travel, I want to start a new tradition myself. This year, my new tradition will be to travel to places where I have never been and enjoy life to the fullest a little more than in years past.

Life is too short – I had a near enough death experience in 2017 when I found out I had stage four mouth cancer. The surgeons are confident they got it all and with 6 weeks of radiation coming up, starting tomorrow, five days a week, we hope to have it sealed and gone for good. Having said that, when I got sick it dawned on me that life is shorter than we think, and if we don’t do things while we have the chance that we might not get that chance later on.

So, I am starting a new tradition for myself which includes traveling to a new destination at least once or twice a year, and I am resolving to post (or write) on one or several of my blogs at least once or twice a week.

There’s no time like the present to do what you wish to do with the rest of your life. When I ended up flat of my back after a fourteen hour surgery that left me slightly handicapped for several months and not fully able to speak clearly, scared and bewildered and at the point of sheer despair, and on the point of giving up, I pulled some of my inner strength to the surface and fought with all my might to get well. There is still work to be done, places to be traveled and explored and many travel tales to be written by me.

So here I am, the day after the first day of the new year, vowing to the world that I am starting a new tradition for myself, and bringing my new year’s resolution (to write and blog more) nearer to fruition starting on this day. I have got several trips planned for the upcoming months so you will definitely be reading about some new places that will be unfolding right here before your very eyes!

Whatever your goals, traditions or ideals for the new year are, get started and bring them to fruition with the time you have left! Life is too short to wait because no one is promised a tomorrow or ever after. I was given a new chance and I vow to make every second count for the rest of my life…

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Hot Springs showcased on upcoming Major League Fishing show

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Out of the dead of winter walks Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends

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Ozark Mountain Music Festival announces its full 2018 lineup, 12 bands total

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe heads to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Start a new tradition this January

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Bundle up for some outdoor fun

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Cool places to stay warm this winter

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Ozark Mountain Music Festival lineup

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A City Different New Year’s Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza

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“what do you want me to write about”

In the coming weeks I would like to write some travel stories so I am sending out a message to my readers: “what do you want me to write about?” or better yet, “where (what place) do you you want me to write about?. :Post your comments below or email me at marcies1960@gmail.com.

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Come to Santa Fe for the Holidays: It’s Nothing Short of Magical

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Give the gift of white water rafting this holiday season!

Give the gift of white water rafting this holiday season!

ARKANSAS RIVER TOURS

Whitewater rafting is great for groups

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Experience the Best of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

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Pearl Harbor Day ceremony in North Little Rock

Pearl Harbor Day ceremony in North Little Rock

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Thursday, November 30, 2017) – On Thursday, December 7, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum will hold a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by free submarine tours at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM) at 120 Riverfront Park Drive in North Little Rock.

The ceremony will honor Pearl Harbor survivors from Arkansas; veterans William Chase and Walter Smith are expected to attend. This year’s keynote speaker will be Phillip H. McMath, a trial attorney, an award-winning writer, a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and an advocate for Arkansas literature and history. He has written several historical novels, full-length plays and short stories. He is the son of former Arkansas Governor Sidney McMath who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Following the ceremony, the main deck of the tugboat Hoga will be open. Hoga is a National Historic Landmark recognized for her heroic efforts in Pearl Harbor during the December 7, 1941 attack. Tours of the submarine USS Razorback will be available and free for all veterans, active/retired military and dependents. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, contact AIMM at 501-371-8320 or info@aimmuseum.org.

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USS Little Rock to be commissioned alongside namesake Dec. 16; watch party to be held in Little Rock

USS Little Rock to be commissioned alongside namesake Dec. 16; watch party to be held in Little Rock

Katherine Stewart, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas has a unique opportunity to take part in a historic event on Dec. 16, when the commissioning of a new Naval vessel, the USS Little Rock, will take place. The ceremony will be held in Buffalo, New York, where the original USS Little Rock, which was decommissioned in 1976, now sits as a museum ship at Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The commissioning ceremony will be broadcast live from New York, and a watch party will take place at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock beginning at 9 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 16. This is the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a new ship has been commissioned alongside its namesake ship.

“The commissioning itself is a huge event,” said Ron Maxwell, the coordinator of the ship’s Namesake Committee and a Navy veteran himself. Approximately 30 Arkansans, including Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith will be representing Arkansas at the Buffalo event, which has already closed ticketing after receiving far more than the anticipated 5,000 registrations.

“There’s a lot of history and protocol that goes into the commissioning of a new ship,” said Maxwell, who served on the USS Oklahoma City, the sister ship of the original Little Rock, in the 1970s. “There’s a full week of activities,” Maxwell continued, “with parties, receptions and other events” including memorial services, luncheons, sporting events and a tour of the ship. Though the ceremony itself is sold out, those who wish to view the ship in person may do so in Buffalo during Commissioning Week.

The ship is the ninth of 15 new Freedom-class littoral combat ships to be built. These ships are made for shallower waters and can get closer to the shoreline than larger ships can, and instead of propellers, they use waterjets for propulsion. The ship also has a helicopter pad and a small boat ramp, and it can be used by small assault forces. The ship’s name was chosen by former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who served on the original USS Little Rock in the 1970s.

Interested local citizens who wish to experience the sold-out commissioning ceremony are encouraged to come to the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock’s River Market on the morning of Sat., Dec. 16, for the live-stream event. Doors will open at 9 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to the first 300 attendees.

For more information, please visit www.USSLittleRockLCS9.com or contact Ron Maxwell at 501-590-0720.

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8 Places to Add Culture to a Colorado Ski Vacation

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What’s a better gift than FUN? 

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Traveling – Good Times On A Budget

Traveling – Good Times On A Budget

By Marcella Simmons

I love to travel with my family as much as I love to eat! But sometimes finances (and lack there of) puts a damper on travel plans to some extent. Every year, we take off somewhere during the summer months and stay gone three or four weeks at a time. Yet we have a shoe string budget (no spending money at all except for money for essentials like food, gas and lodging.) We have been traveling as a family for many years. We seldom travel solo as some people do. There are always two or three car loads of kids, grand kids and friends and family and their kids who come along for a little fun! But we have a good time no matter where we end up. Let me tell you our little secret for a traveling good time on a budget.

While you’re traveling too and fro, find the cheapest gas available. Sometimes driving away from the Interstate you may be able to find gas as much as 12 or 15 cents cheaper, give or take. It pays to shop around.

 

# 1: Book your rooms several months early or in advance to save money. Remember too that room rates are usually cheaper during the first part of the week and the prices go up on weekends. Every few dollars saved can be used for other things. Depending on what time of year it is, consider this: a motel with an inside or heated pool during the winter months is a good idea because the kids can swim. Even in the summer, an inside pool is ideal in case it rains. Have a little fun yourself. Grab your swim toys and hop in!

 

# 2: If you plan on taking the family someplace fun and exciting, it’s best to plan ahead. Know where you are going. Let the Internet be your next best friend. Get familiar with your destination. Contact the Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau and request brochures, travel guides and maps. Don’t be shy – ask questions. Find out all about the free festivities going on in town for the week of your planned stay. Remember your budget. If you are taking kids and other family members on the trip, the more you have to do the better. Sometimes the freebies is more fun than you think.

Next, decide on one or two paid activities (remember to stay within your budget) such as the zoo or an amusement park and book online. Some zoos/aquariums offers a combo package which can save about $10 or 12 a person – usually you can find some great deals online but be careful when buying tickets online – be sure to read the fine print.

If you have a question about what you are buying, call the number given and ask before you buy. If it’s unclear what you are purchasing online then it’s unclear what you’re getting.

A free adventure tip: If you are running out of things to do, and the kids are bored, take them to visit a local pet shop. It’s free to look. A domestic mini zoo! Sometimes pet shops have activities going on, sometimes not.

 

#3: Months before the trip, set aside at least two rolls of quarters per person for spending allowance. Tell each person how much money they have for the duration of the trip and stick to it. It’s hard giving in when the little ones spend all their allowance and whine for more. When you’re a budget sometimes you have to sacrifice a few little things to stay within your means.

Quarters spend as easily as dollars. They may seem a little bulkier but this a great way to keep your hands off the credit cards and out of your wallet every where you stop.

 

# 4: Set aside several rolls of quarters to wash clothes every evening. It makes sense to start saving early. Shop at local dollar stores for laundry detergent. Buy a container that will last the duration of the trip. Whatever’s left over you can always take home.

Bring the kids a beach towel and swim suit. When they’re done at the pool hang the wet items over the shower stall for the next time they ant to swim.

When we first started vacationing with the grand kids, I brought the towels and swim wear but they would go swimming several times a day and not wear the wet swim suit again because they were wet and cold. I’d have at least 4 washers full of wet clothes every day. Not happening now. It may be a little inconvenient for them and a bit cold but they’re going swimming and are going to be soaked in a matter of minutes.

Washing clothes is expensive if you’re budgeting your funds. Save the money for something else.

 

#5: Stay away from coffee shops. Starbucks is expensive. Why pay $4 or 5 for one cup of coffee when you bring along your own coffee pot and can of coffee. Bring the sugar and creamer too. Like tea? Bring your own. You can drink as little or as much as you want and you’re not spending a fortune on one single cup.

Bring a thermos on the trip. During the drive in and drove home, you can fill a large thermos for les

 

than what a medium cup of coffee costs, usually around $1.59 per thermos. And it holds several cups.

 

#6: Carry the coolers. Stock them with plenty of water and your favorite drinks for the road trip ahead.

 

#7: If you are planning your trip months in advance, this is good. Remember though that you will have to eat. We eat out everyday, once a day usually at a fast food restaurant because of the Value Menus. But one way we do it and not have to take away from our trip budget is simple really. Restaurant gift cards. Every week, several months before our trip, I fudge $10 – $15 out of my grocery money and buy a gift card for Burger King, Wendy’s, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Applebee’s, Denny’s or I-Hop. Cracker Barrel has cards available, too. There may be others but these are some of our favorites. You can find these gift cards at dollar stores or Walmart and they are redeemable any time.

Buying a card once a week isn’t as bad as it seems. You’ll probably never miss the $10 or $15 dollars you spend out of your grocery money any way.

I do this every week and when it’s time for the trip, I usually have enough gift cards for our family and we eat out in the evenings every day of the trip. It doesn’t come out of our living expense budget set aside for our trip.

I usually book motels that offer a deluxe breakfast (waffles, eggs, the works…) so we don’t worry much about that. Besides, some assorted fruit, breakfast bars, a few boxes of cereal and milk kept in the room takes care of that and in between snacks during the day. Lunch is usually sandwiches and chips or a bowl of soup from a can.

It might seem like a little more work to be prepared but if you limited with spending money for eating out, this is the only way to go. I know. If you have a bunch of hungry kids and no money set aside to feed them a burger once in awhile, you will end up wishing you’d stay home. If they are ungrateful and think you’re cheap, so what? They will forget it and remember only the good times they had with you when it’s all over. Been there, done that!

 

#8: Take a few minutes for yourself while you are gone. Let someone watch the little ones while you take a dip in the pool, or a relaxing hour in the hot tub by yourself. Or stroll along the beach with your significant other and just enjoy some alone time with your favorite person or alone, whichever you prefer. It’s free, and good for the soul and it’s good for what ails you. Just because you are on a budget doesn’t man you can’t enjoy your trip. I’ve been doing this for over twenty years and each trip we take just gets better and better.

Enjoy a movie in the room while everyone else is down at the pool. Take a hot bubble bath and sip a glass of wine. Relaxation is free and revives the spirit!

 

That’s my tips for today, Guys! Traveling is fun and exciting and expensive but you can enjoy it on a budget. You just have to learn what works best for you.

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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Calendar of Events: December 2017

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UTAH DESTINATIONS

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Plan Your Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado Winter Vacation Today!

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What’s a better gift than FUN? 

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November 24-26, 2017!


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‘TIS THE SEASON AT MAGIC VILLAGE WITH NOT-TO-BE-MISSED FESTIVITIES THROUGH THE END OF 2017

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Experience the magic of the holidays in Arkansas

Experience the magic of the holidays in Arkansas
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The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights returns for its 22nd year with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts and performances, live nativities, illuminated displays and more.

The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure is your passport to seasonal magic, highlighting events and activities throughout December in 54 communities across the state. The brochure is available online at http://www.Arkansas.com/TrailofHolidayLights and in print. Complimentary printed copies can be found at all Arkansas Welcome Centers and at participating Arvest, Subway and Best Western locations. You can also request a copy by calling 1-800-NATURAL or emailing info@arkansas.com.

Now is the perfect time to take a look at the brochure and start planning your own holiday light adventure. Don’t forget to check the Trail’s Facebook page for inspiration at http://www.facebook.com/ArkansasTrailofHolidayLights. You can also share your own holiday photos with us on Facebook or on Instagram (@arkansas) using #ArkansasTrailofHolidayLights.

Explore highlights from each corner of the state:

Northwest Arkansas

This area of the state is a delight year-round, but it really shines during the holidays. Traditions include riding the Holiday Express Pajama Train on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, ice skating at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville and attending the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Fayetteville’s Lights of the Ozarks display, stretching from the downtown square to Dickson Street, is not to be missed!

North Central Arkansas

North Central Arkansas is known for small-town courthouse squares that will be decked out with lights and displays throughout the season, in particular in Batesville and Mountain View—and don’t forget Fairfield Bay’s Festival of Trees through December 15. For a unique experience, head to Blanchard Springs for Caroling in the Caverns, taking place through December 17.

Upper Delta

Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is among the Mid-South’s largest lights festivals, featuring six million lights and almost 50 motion displays along a 15-mile drive. In Newport, you’ll find 125 lit trees throughout the city, as well as the region’s largest private lights display.

Lower Delta

Some of Arkansas’s best-known lights displays are Crossett’s Christmas Wonderland, featured nationally on America’s Great Light Fight in 2015, and Pine Bluff’s Enchanted Land of Lights, which boasts Arkansas’s longest drive-through with more than 280 displays. Fans of old-timey Christmas will enjoy Marianna’s Victorian-themed city park.

Southwest

For a truly magical walk in the woods, Garvan Gardens on Lake Hamilton is hard to top, with its colorful glow that can be seen from far and wide. Elsewhere in the region, daytime and candlelight strolls of historic homes adorned with period decorations channel the spirit of Christmases past, and a walking tour of the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover features more than 200,000 lights and a show by Santa’s rock band.

Central

Elaborately lit trees are a feature in Central Arkansas, from the massive, two-story trees in Little Rock’s Capital Hotel lobby and the Capitol Building rotunda to downtown Conway’s 54-ft tree—the largest artificial tree in the state! Other favorites in the area include ice skating in Spring Park and strolling through Harding University’s cascading lights in Searcy and Sherwood Forest’s drive-through lights display.

For more information, visit www.Arkansas.com/TrailofHolidayLights.

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‘Tree of Life’ events celebrate Earth’s biodiversity with digital art performances

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SEAWORLD ORLANDO UNVEILS CUSTOM-DESIGNED RAFT FOR INFINITY FALLS

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The Great Arkansas Travelers Scavenger Hunt

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Composer Scott Joplin honored in Texarkana

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Holiday Lights return to Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Work starts on large scale mountain bike trail in Hot Springs

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Celebrate the holiday season in Smackover!

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Inside the Riley Art Glass Studio in Hot Springs

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Checking out the Caddo Bend Trail

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In Stuttgart, it’s ALL about the duck!

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Food and fun this November

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A Touch of Europe: the Umbrella Sky Festival is Coming to Pensacola

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