There’s one more major lighting ceremony this month. In honor of Entergy Arkansas’s 100th anniversary, once turned on, it will be viewable year-round. On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Clinton Presidential Park, Junction and Main Streets bridges, all downtown, will be illuminated one at a time during River Lights in the Rock. The First Security Amphitheater festivities begin at 5 p.m. with entertainment provided by the Natural State Brass Band. At 5:50 p.m. remarks will be made by the mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock, Mark Stodala and Joe Smith, and Hugh McDonald, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas.
The switch for the Junction Bridge will be flipped at 6:10 p.m. by an Entergy employee, followed by the Main Street Bridge, switched on by the Couch Family, descendants of Harvey Couch, who founded Arkansas Power and Light, which became Entergy. President Bill Clinton will then light his namesake Arkansas River span.
A light show featuring all three facilities is at 6:30 p.m., with closing remarks at 6:45 p.m. by Hugh McDonald. Entertainment by The Big Dam Horns round-out the presentation. The River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall will be open offering food and beverages. The celebration wraps-up at 8 p.m.