March Events in the Arkansas Ozarks

Jill M. Rohrbach
 
Check out these events taking place in the Arkansas Ozarks this month!
 
 

Zack and Malinda Folkers are featured artists for the month of March at the Arkansas Craft Guild in Mountain View. Their leather bags, checkbook covers, bracelets, and roses will be displayed at the guild gallery. The couple’s “Bird of Paradise” mask was featured on a model in Soiree Magazine 2010 Spring Fashion issue. The gallery is located downtown at 104 E. Main St. Visit http://www.arkansascraftguild.org/wordpress/ or call 870-269-4120 for more information.

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Dripstone Trail Tour is a one-hour walking tour through the fantastic upper level of Blanchard Springs Caverns in a constant 58 degree temperature. Tours are offered periodically from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The caverns, located in Mountain View, are open year round, but closed on Mondays and Tuesdays through March 31. Tours begin at the visitor center, which also provides an educational movie and exhibit hall about the underground wonders. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-15, and $5 for ages 62 and up with an Interagency Senior Card. Call 800-757-2246 or visit http://www.blanchardcavetours.com/ for more information.

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The 9th annual Spring Bluegrass Festival takes place March 10-12 in Mountain View. Featured are Doyle Lawson and Grasstown. The three-day event is held at the Ozark Folk Center State Park Auditorium. Single day passes or full festival passes are available. Visit http://www.mountainview-bluegrass.com/ or call 870-269-2704 for a full list of performers or more information.

Held in conjunction with the bluegrass festival is the Handcrafted and Handmade Craft Show March 11-12 in the park’s craft village. It is a juried show with free admission for the public. Contact the park for details.

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Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View offers a Cooking for Company culinary program on March 11. This hands-on workshop explores methods for cooking for company, such as finger foods and tasty treats to serve at social gatherings. Admission is $30 and the program is held in the park’s Skillet Restaurant. Visit http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/ or call 870-269-3851 for details.

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It’s time for the annual Days of 3 Syllamo Stage Run, set for March 11-13. Three runs will be held within the Sylamore Ranger District, with 90 percent on single-track trails, including the North Sylamore Creek Trail and Syllamo mountain bike trails. For details about the event visit http://www.syllamo.org/3days/ or call 870-269-8068.

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Bluebird Day is March 12 at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring. Spend a couple of hours learning about the Eastern Bluebird and build a box you can take home to attract them to your area. The Spring River Sportsman’s Club provides all the supplies needed to build the box and volunteers will help assemble it. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the park at 870-625-7364 to reserve your bluebird box kit. There is no cost for the program.

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The 29th annual Victorian Classic takes place March 12 in Eureka Springs. The event is a 10K run, two-mile run, and two-mile walk to benefit local charities. It is hosted by The Rotary Club of Eureka Springs. Visit http://www.eurekarotary.org/ or call 870-926-4684 for more information.

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Head to Eureka Springs on March 12 for the 18th annual St. Paddy Parade, which will run from the library on Spring Street down to the courthouse. The line of floats is led by the Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub dressed in tuxedos, carrying flower canes, and throwing Blarney Stones. Also part of the parade are bands and anyone wearing green. Visit http://www.stpaddy.ureeka.org/ or call 479-981-9551 for more information.

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Well-known community members are hitting the dance floor in support of the Children’s Museum of Northwest Arkansas at the 4th annual Dancing with the Stars of Northwest Arkansas on March 12 in Rogers. Taking a cue from the popular television show, dancers will present their moves to a panel of “celebrity” judges. Six contestants vying for the top prize of Grand Champion include Tony Rogers, senior vice president of marketing, Walmart; Peter Lane, president, Walton Arts Center; Kasie Yokley, co-founder, 3W Magazine; Meza Harris, realtor, Harris-McHaney Realty; Meredith Brunen, executive director of development, Northwest Arkansas Community College; and Lauren Boozman, realtor, Portfolio Luxury Real Estate. Sponsors include Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Flintco, Cox Communications, Arkansas Dance Connection and Embassy Suites. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the NWA Children’s Museum website at http://www.nwachildrensmuseum.org/DWTS/. Tickets are $60 each or $100 per couple. They can also be purchased by calling the museum office at 479-696-9280.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Celtic in the Caverns event on March 12-13 in Mountain View. Irish music will be performed inside beautiful Blanchard Springs Caverns during this special event. Call 870-269-8068 for reservations and information.

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Learn traditional Ozark crafts in the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere of the Arkansas Ozarks during a three-day session of the Ozark Folk School, which takes place March 17-19 in the crafts village of Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Taught by expert artisans, this session’s hands-on classes include: blacksmithing, jewelry making, silver casting, weaving, spinning, basket weaving, pine needle basket weaving, broom tying, photography, chair caning, tatting, crochet, rug making, quilting, collage, sewing, cooking, painting, soap making and more. Lodging and meal packages are available. Class fees vary. Contact the park at 870-269-3851 or visit ww.ozarkfolkcenter.com for further details and reservations.

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The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville offers The Pink Floyd Experience on March 18. Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary. Complete with a dazzling new light show, this amazing tribute experience features full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians singing all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits including “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Another Brick in the Wall” and much more. Visit http://www.waltonartscenter.org/ or call 479-443-5600 for tickets.

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The 15th annual Spring Antique Trail Show and Sale on March 18-19 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs features dealers from 14 states with a full variety of antiques from the smallest thimble to the largest armoire and many items such as linens, glass, porcelain, china, silver, books, art, primitives, quilts, vintage clothing and more. A wine and cheese preview showing takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 17. The $10 preview show ticket is good for the weekend. Otherwise, admission is $3 each day and free for children 12 and younger. Visit http://www.eurekaspringsantiqueshows.com/ or call 479-244-5167 for more information.

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Bull Shoals-White River State Park, located in Bull Shoals and Lakeview, offers a full schedule of activities for the Spring Break dates of March 18-27. The park is considered very scenic and is situated on two beautiful bodies of water providing a plethora of recreational opportunities. Enjoy your spring break by joining park staff for kayak tours, bird watching and nature hikes, owl prowls, campfires, crafts, trout cooking demonstrations, trout fishing for the novice, and audio-visual programs at the 100-seat amphitheater. The programs are free. Call 870-445-3629 for details.

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Horseshoe Bend offers Music in the Mountains on March 19. The event is a monthly music and variety show, held the third Saturday of each month on the stage of the historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre. Admission is by donation and concessions available. Visit www.myspace.com/musicinthemountainshsb or call 870-373-3303 for more information.

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Learn the tips and tricks of cooking in cast iron at the Now We’re Cookin’ class offered by Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring on March 19. Participants will prepare two to three dishes, which will be sampled at the end of class. This is a beginners program and all materials will be supplied. The cost is $15. Call 870-625-7364 for more information.

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The five-day session of the Ozark Folk School offered by Ozark Folk Center State Park will be March 20-25 in Mountain View. Students can learn traditional Ozark crafts, music, and gardening in hands-on classes taught by expert artisans. There will be classes on gunsmithing, banjo making, lamp work glass bead making, pottery, knife making, blacksmithing, jewelry making, silver casting, weaving, woodcarving, reed basket weaving, broom tying, chair caning, quilting, and more.

Lodging and meal packages are available. Class fees vary. Contact the park at 870-269-3851 or visit http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/ for details and reservations.

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Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers offers a Spring Break Day Camp March 22-24. Activities during the camp will immerse kids in nature. The cost for the camp is $50. Registration and pre-payment is required. Visit http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ or call 479-789-5000 for details.

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Harrison hosts the 27th annual Arkansas Fiddlers Convention on Thursday through Sunday, March 24-27. There are jam sessions from noon until midnight on Thursday. Stage performances take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Jam sessions round out the rest of the day continuing until midnight. On Sunday, gospel music is played from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Concessions are available. The convention takes place at the south campus of the North Arkansas College. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Visit http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/ or call 870-429-6174 for more information.

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Watch as flint knappers demonstrate the primitive art of making arrowheads and spear points at the 10th annual Knap-In offered March 25-26 in Mammoth Spring. If you are a beginning knapper, bring your tools and get a few tips from a seasoned knapper. If you collect points, this is a great opportunity to add to your collection. The program is held in the ball field area of Mammoth Spring State Park. The cost is $5 for knappers and free for spectators. Call 870-625-7364 for details.


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A book signing in Bull Shoals with local author Marie Chadwick Wayland is set for March 26 and takes place at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Wayland’s book is titled “Come Walk With Me.”

The book is described as “a personal stroll through the world of a unique woman. Marie Chadwick Wayland’s Native American heritage combined with her Ozark locale has afforded this artist a rich palette on which to paint her words. Ms. Wayland has filled that canvas with beauty and truth. The underlying strength of her style transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. Her intimate and honest poetry allows the reader to retrace the roads of the past, travel with her in the present and envision the future.”

Admission is free. Call 870-445-3629 for more information.

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Join in the fun of flying your own kite or just watch colorful kites dancing in the sky during the 21st annual Kite Fest on March 26 in Eureka Springs. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the main plateau of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located seven miles south of town on Ark. 23. Admission is free. Visit http://www.turpentinecreek.org/ or call 479-253-6596
for details.

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