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Travelin’ Arkansas: Events Taking Place During November


October 7, 2008

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism


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We at the Arkansas Tourism Division recognize that our “Travelin’ Arkansas” media releases are frequently too lengthy to be used in their entirety. However, we feel an obligation to represent a variety of events from across the state. We encourage you to consider adapting “Travelin’ Arkansas” to fit your needs by selecting events you feel meet the interests of your readers or listeners. In addition, we would suggest that “Travelin’ Arkansas” items may be used on a stand-alone basis to fill your space and time needs.


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Have a “ladies’ night out” during the day on Nov. 1 in Sheridan by attending the Grant County Ladies Day Out/Holiday Extravaganza. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sheridan Recreation Center, 115 South Rose Street. Approximately 30 vendors will be on hand to help you jump-start your holiday shopping. There will be arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and beverages and more – just for women. Additional information can be found on the event’s Web site: www.gcladiesnightout.com or can be obtained by e-mailing kristinwalker@myseriesse.com or calling 870-941-6416.

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The Harbor City Holiday Market will make Christmas shopping much easier on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena. Artists, craftspeople and commercial exhibitors from a five-state area will showcase their wares. The arts and crafts will be juried and there will be concessions available. Door prizes will be given away both days. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-17 with under age 6 admitted free. The Convention Center is located at 8th and Missouri Streets. Contact Susie Madsen by e-mail at smadsen@cablelynx.com or by phone at 870-536-7600 for more information.

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The American Civil War was one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. Historic Washington State Park hosts Civil War Weekend Nov. 1-2 in Washington to remember this time in our nation’s history. Visitors to the event will be exposed to the beginning days of “The Conflict” as it unfolded in southwest Arkansas. Reenactors from all over the region will present living history demonstrations throughout the weekend. Programs are free and tours of the many historical homes and buildings of Washington and surrey rides are available at regular price. For more information phone 870-983-2684 or visit www.historicwashingtonstatepark.com

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Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin will host a Native American Herbs and Remedies workshop on Nov. 1. Participants will design and create their own medicinal bowls and learn about Native American herbs and remedies. On Nov. 15, the park will host a Holiday and Wildlife Gourd Workshop where participants will transform gourds into birdfeeders or holiday decorations. For more information, contact Parkin Archeological State Park at 870-755-2500 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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If you’re looking to add some “spice” to your weekend, head to Colt as the town hosts the 2nd annual Colt Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition on Nov. 1. Cooks from throughout the area will be competing for the opportunity to call their chili and salsa “award-winning.” To learn more, phone 870-633-1960.

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The 2008 Mid-South Championship Marathon will be held in Wynne on Nov. 1. The race, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, features a course of flat and rolling terrain along the base of Crowley’s Ridge. Visit www.MidSouthMarathon.com or phone 870-238-4183 for more details.

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Hardy will host a Fall Gun and Knife Show on Nov. 1-2 at the Hardy Gym Community Center. Vendors and dealers from throughout the area will feature guns, knives, handmade turkey calls, Civil War memorabilia and decoys. Visit www.OldHardyTown.net or phone 870-856-3571 for detailed information.

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The campus of East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City is the site for Ridgefest 2008 on Nov. 7-8. The two-day festival features a car and motorcycle show, a fishing rodeo, arts and crafts, a barbeque cooking contest, events for kids and live entertainment. For more information, phone 870-633-1651 or visit www.ridgefestfc.com.

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The Fall Bluegrass Festival at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be Nov. 6-8. Some of the acts scheduled to perform include Louisiana Grass, Monroe Crossing, Tennessee Gentlemen, Larry Stephenson, Hickory Hill, Keisler Brothers, Posey Hill, Lifted Up and The Martins. For more information, phone 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com. Additional information and tickets are available at www.mountainview-bluegrass.com.

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The curtain will go up on an Old South “whodunit” Nov. 6-8 at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at 701 Main Street in Pine Bluff. When describing the play as a farce, a reviewer asks the question: “What happens when you parody characters and plots from almost every Southern play imaginable, and sprinkle them with the flavor of ‘Gone With The Wind’?” Her response: “You get the hilarious "Murder in the Magnolias" by Tim Kelly, a former drama critic, screen and television writer, who includes a special tribute to Tennessee Williams. If you're familiar with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Streetcar Named Desire," and "The Glass Menagerie," then you'll love this extreme-Southern play sprinkled with familiar names, themes and symbolism from these three masterpieces by Williams.” Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Admission on opening day is $17 for non-members, $15 for members. All other performances are $15 non-members and $12 for members. Contact the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at 501-536-3375 or pmclemore@artssciencecenter.org for more information.

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The 61st annual Ozark Folk Festival is set for Nov. 6-9 throughout the town of Eureka Springs. The oldest folk festival in the U.S., it will feature singer-songwriters such as folk icon Melanie (Woodstock), Patty Larkin and dozens more. It includes free shows in Basin Spring Park. For more information, phone 888-855-7823 or visit www.ozarkfolkfestival.com.

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November 7-9 is the date for the Klassy Kruzers Street Rod Club 18th Annual Fun Run in Crossett. Vehicles through 1948 and 1949-1966 are eligible. There will be games, food, door prizes and goody bags to entrants. For further information call 870-364-6662.

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“A Season of Celebration” Holiday Shows will take place from Nov. 7-Dec. 10 at Pine Mountain Jamboree in Eureka Springs. The holiday shows are nightly except Sunday and begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, phone 877-253-9156 or visit www.pinemountainjamboree.com.

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A Walks through History Tour of downtown Magnolia will take place on Nov. 8. This tour of the Columbia County seat will begin at the Columbia County Courthouse, designed by W. W. Hall in 1905. This south Arkansas town has a lively historic downtown with a variety of architectural styles. The event is co-sponsored by the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. For more details, phone 501-324-9880 or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.

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Old Davidsonville State Park in Pocahontas will host a Dutch Oven Breakfast Workshop on Nov. 8. Learn to make a hearty breakfast without a stove or electricity. This is a great workshop for those who camp often or just enjoy cooking with a Dutch oven. For more information, contact Old Davidsonville State Park at 870-892-4708 or log on to their Web site at www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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The Second Saturday Chef’s Series will take place Nov. 8 at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. The topic will be “Meat Matters.” Participants can learn how to identify, select, trim, prepare and store beef, lamb and poultry, including Thanksgiving favorites. The cost is $69. For more information, phone 501-727-6220 or visit www.uawri.org.

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The Second Saturday Gallery Stroll will be Nov. 8 on lower Spring Street in Eureka Springs. Eleven fine art and fine craft galleries of the Eureka Springs Gallery Associates will be open from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in this historic downtown area. For more information, phone 479-253-7679 or visit www.artofeureka.com.

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The 3rd annual Old Fort Celtic Festival is set for 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Festivities will include live music, shopping, Irish dancers, vendors and genealogy workshops. For more information, phone 479-420-7001.

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The Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas presents An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber beginning Nov. 8. The evening will feature selections from some of Webber’s best-loved musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats. The show will run through Dec. 14. For more information, visit www.ImperialDinnerTheatre.com or phone 870-892-0030.

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Faulkner County welcomes the Christmas season with the 5th annual Holiday Open House in Conway. Dates are Nov. 8 and 9 at the Faulkner County Museum and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum and 1850s era dogtrot cabin will be decked in Christmas finery featuring a Victorian theme. Musicians will be on hand and coffee, hot cider and gingersnaps will be served on the porch. The Christmas gift shop will have handmade items and garden-themed crafts along with baked goods. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the scale model railroad in action. Admission is free; donations accepted. Lynita Langley-Ware can provide more details at 501-329-5918 or fcm@conwaycorp.net.

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The Tontitown Polenta Smear will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Tontitown. The event is a celebration of the rich history of the Italian community. Samples of homemade polenta (corn mush) and umedo (sauce) will be available. For more information, phone 479-750-8165 or visit www.springdaleark.org/shiloh.

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The Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville will host a discussion entitled Our Geological Deposits on Nov. 9. Angela Braden Chandler with the Arkansas Geological Commission will discuss geological mapping, the Fayetteville Shale deposit and gas speculation. For more information, phone 870-793-2121 or visit www.oirm.org.

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On Nov. 10, Warfield Concerts in Helena-West Helena will present a performance of Carmen by Teatro Lirico D'Europa on Nov. 10 at the Lily Peter Auditorium. The full-scale opera features a small orchestra, exceptional voices and brilliant costumes that bring the story of the young Spanish girl named Carmen to life. On Nov. 30, Warfield Concerts will present Handel’s Messiah in its entirety by the Gary Beard Chorale and Orchestra. For more information, log on to www.WarfieldConcerts.com.

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The 28th annual Craftsfest will take place Nov. 14-15 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home. The event is a juried show for non-commercial crafters to show and sell unique handcrafted items. There will be drawings for gift certificates during the show. For more information, phone 870-424-4533.

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Night Court will take place Nov. 14-15 at the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith. Park staff and volunteers will present a reenactment of a trial heard by Judge Isaac Parker, federal judge for the Western District of Arkansas in the 1880s. The event will take place in the historic courtroom. Twelve people from the audience will be invited to participate as the jury and decide upon a verdict. At the conclusion of the program, the historic verdict will be revealed and discussed. Reservations are required and admission is $5. For more information, phone 479-783-3961 or visit www.nps.gov/fosm.

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The 2008 Classic Car Super Cruise is set for Nov. 14-16 in Mountain View. Classic and antique cars will gather at the White River Hoedown parking lot. For more information, phone 870-269-4161 or visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com.

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The last Star Party of the season at Mount Nebo State Park near Dardanelle is set for Nov. 15. Those interested can join Dr. Jeff Robertson, Arkansas Tech University’s observatory director, and a park interpreter at Sunset Point at dusk for an evening of stargazing. Bring your own blankets or chairs. The program is weather dependent. For more information, phone 479-229-3655 or visit www.arkansasstateparks.com.

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The Lewis & Clark Ozarks Adventure Race will be Nov. 15 in northwest Arkansas. The race will be a challenging adventure race course in the Ozark Mountains that will consist of orienteering, mountain biking, trekking, canoeing, rope elements and mystery events. Teams consist of three people and are co-ed. For more information, phone 479-521-7766 or visit www.ozarkadventurerace.com.

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Bells, toy soldiers, snowflakes animals, trees, dolls, holiday salutations, musical instruments, Santa Claus, carolers, stars and displays representing local businesses: This is what you’ll see when you visit the 12th annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends in Pine Bluff. The on switch will be flipped on Nov. 18 and the sparkling show will run through Dec. 31. Billed by sponsors as the state’s largest holiday lights drive-through, the 1.2-mile excursion winds its way through Regional Park. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 800-536-7660 or e-mail ggustek@pinebluff.com for additional information.

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Make plans to be dazzled as Conway holds its 7th annual Dazzle Daze Nov. 20-22 at the Don Owens Sports Center. The three-day holiday shopping event features more than 60 merchants from around the country. Scheduled events include the Girl's Night Out Preview Party on Nov. 20 from 6-9 p.m., general shopping on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Breakfast with the Clauses will be from 8:30-10 a.m. on Nov. 22. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors with under age 12 admitted free. Contact Joan Shofner at jshofner@conwayregional.org or 501-513-5771 for more information or check the Web site: www.dazzledaze.com.

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Jacksonville gets into the Christmas spirit with its 31st annual Holiday Crafts and Gift Sale, Nov. 21-22 at the Community Center. Vendors from Arkansas and surrounding areas will sell their handmade items, just in time for the holidays. Concessions will be available along with a bake sale. The center is located at #5 Municipal Drive. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 12 and older. Call Dana Rozenski at 501-982-0818 or e-mail at drozenski@cityofjacksonville.net for more information.

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Celebrate the holiday season as Jacksonport State Park in Newport hosts its annual Holiday Gala Ball on Nov. 22. Experience the 1860s and 1870s as partygoers don period costumes. Enjoy live music and ballroom dancing instructions all in a beautifully decorated courtroom. For more information, contact Jacksonport State Park at 870-523-2143 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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The 73rd World's Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over The Prairie Festival will be held in Stuttgart on Nov. 22-29. The weeklong festival features the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off, arts and crafts, carnivals rides, exhibits, an off-road village, live music and duck calling contests. For more details, call 870-673-1602 or visit www.stuttgartarkansas.com.

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The Arkansas Festival Ballet invites you to Fall for Ballet on Nov. 22 and 23 as they take the stage at Little Rock’s Wildwood Park for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The innovative performance, called “a wonderfully whimsical winter ballet” by sponsors, features Les Patineurs (The Ice Skaters) and other new works. Saturday’s program begins at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s begins at 2 p.m. The Holiday Shopping Boutique will be open before and after the performances. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. The Arkansas Festival Ballet can provide more information at 501-227-5320 or info@arkansasdance.org.

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Blytheville’s Arkansas Aeroplex is the site of the 13th annual Lights of the Delta starting Nov. 25. With six million lights and 36 major displays on 40 acres, Lights of the Delta is one of the largest lighting festivals in the mid-south. Hayrides are available each night. Live music and a live nativity scene will be presented on select nights throughout the festival. Lights of the Delta will run through Dec. 27. For more details, visit www.LightsoftheDelta.com.

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Over 20 miles of white lights line the Little River County Courthouse and lawn as a result of the Little River County Courthouse Lighting that takes place Nov. 26 in Ashdown. Live Christmas caroling from the winners of the Little River Chamber of Commerce Land O' Lights Talent Contest will be on hand during the lighting event. For more information call 870-898-2758 or check out www.littlerivercounty.org.

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Alpacas in the Ozarks Halter and Fleece Show is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 28-30 at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena in Fayetteville. Alpacas in the Ozarks has moved to Fayetteville from the Clarksville area. The arena is conveniently located on the University of Arkansas campus approximately one mile off of Interstate 540. The indoor facility is climate controlled. Admission is free. For more information, phone 479-787-6292 or visit www.alpacasintheozarks-regionalshow.com.

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A Fall Art Show in Eureka Springs is set for Nov. 29-30 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. A full house of local and regional artists will cover the walls of the convention center with their works. The art show will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, phone 888-790-9091 or visit www.eurekasprings.org.

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Caroling in the Caverns – a Christmas Concert will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 21 at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. Participants can see the astonishing cave formations and hear the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform old-time favorites Christmas songs. Reservations are required. For more information, phone 870-269-8068 or visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com.

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Oh, Christmas Tree Theme Tours of the 1895 Hawkins House at the Rogers Historic Museum in Rogers will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 31. The rooms will be decorated to illustrate changes in the Christmas tree in America from the 1800s into the early 1900s. Admission is free. For more information, phone 479-621-1154.

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