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    Pine Bluff Convention Center
Pine Bluff Convention Center
       
 

   
       
 
Perot Theatre, Texarkana
Perot Theatre, Texarkana
   
 

Travelin’ Arkansas – Events Taking Place from February 1-28

January 30, 2009

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

 

Note to Print and Broadcast Editors:

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.

 

The Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum in Pocahontas will host special Black History Month activities throughout February. Events include hog butchering, quilting, food demonstrations and lectures. To learn more, visit www.HerronCenter.org or phone 870-892-4433.

   

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Celebrate Black History Month at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery with African Rhythms. Scheduled for Feb. 4-7, the event explores the significance of drums and rhythms in the African culture. The program will be presented by a native of Ghana, to be announced. The museum is located at 500 President Clinton Avenue in the downtown Little Rock River Market District. More information can be obtained by calling 501-396-7050 or e-mailing nselz@amod.org.

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Learn the basics of birding from binoculars to bird songs during the program, “Migrating Through the River Valley,” set for Feb. 6-8 at Mount Nebo State Park in Dardanelle. There will be topics of interest to birders of all level of expertise. Admission is free. For a detailed program schedule, contact the park at 479-229-3655. For more information on the park and other Arkansas State Parks, visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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The Wildwood Park for the Arts will have “a magical evening designed to delight children and adults alike” on both Feb. 7 and 8 as it hosts Lanterns, “Little Rock’s only deep-winter festival.” The event is a celebration of the first full moon of the lunar year with a massive array of lanterns representing a variety of eras, cultures and geographical locations. With a nod to Chinese tradition, those attending will be given “mysteries of the ages as concealed in rhymes, riddles, proverbs and poems” as they wander the park grounds. Those who solve the mysteries will receive sweet and savory prizes. 

Fire pits will be placed along Wildwood’s lakeside performing area and guests will be able to reserve a shoreline table for enjoying music and gourmet treats while watching lamplighters set the lanterns aglow. Adding to the lighting spectacular will be floating luminaries on Wildwood Lake. Visitors will be able to follow the lighted walking paths to where hot chocolate, cognac and gourmet soups await them. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children under age 12; those ages five and under are admitted free. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at https://tickets.wildwoodpark.org/. The park is located at 20919 Denny Road in west Little Rock. Call 501-821-7275 or e-mail info@wildwoodpark.org for additional details.

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A Picture the Past Film and Lecture Series will be offered on Feb. 12 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. In the film “Maria Martinez: Native American Potter of San Ildefonso,” noted American Indian pottery maker Maria Martinez demonstrates the traditional Indian ways in pottery making. John Miller, archeology section head with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, will be on-hand to discuss the film as well as to share insights about his own experiments in reproducing prehistoric Native American pottery from 500 to 800 years ago.


For more information, call 501-727-5435 or visit www.uawri.org.

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The Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas is hosting a Valentine’s Weekend Special on Feb. 13-15. Treat your sweetheart to a night out with romantic music and fabulous food. This special event is for three days only and reservations are required. For more information, visit www.ImperialDinnerTheatre.com or phone 870-892-0030.

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If the cold temperatures have you dreaming of the colors and beauty of spring, then make plans to attend one – or both – of the garden shows being held during February. On Feb. 14, the 21st annual Home and Garden Seminar and Show will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. There will be numerous exhibits with plants, herbs and other items for sale. Several distinguished speakers (to be announced) on various horticultural topics will present seminars throughout the day. A special Kids' Corner will be available for youth activities. Admission is free and door prizes will be given away. The center is located at 500 East 8th Avenue. Don Plunkett, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair, has more information at 870-534-1033 or dplunkett@uaex.edu.

In downtown Little Rock, the 18th Annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show will be open Feb. 26 through Mar. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. Top landscapers will display a variety of garden designs, providing gardeners and homeowners with numerous ideas for their yards. A packed agenda of educational seminars and demonstrations is slated and there will be over 75 vendor booths featuring everything from garden ornaments to collectible plants that can be difficult to find. Employees of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions and help in solving landscaping problems. Also, the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs will host a juried flower show which will include striking floral arrangements. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $1 for ages 6-12 and free for those up to age 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Krista Quinn at krista.quinn@yahoo.com or (501) 821-4000 for additional information.

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The Tyson Invitational Indoor Track Meet is set for Feb. 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Hosted at the Tyson indoor track center, the event features the nation’s best collegians coupled with special events featuring professional athletes. For more information, phone 800-982-4647 and visit www.arkansasrazorbacks.com.

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Kisses, Hugs, and Tarts: Desserts that Delight is the topic for the Second Saturday Chef’s Series class set for Feb. 14 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. Learn to make desserts of all kinds in this comprehensive introduction to concocting delightful confections. The cost is $69. For more information, phone 501-727-6220 or visit www.uawri.org.

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A Valentine dinner and show will be offered on Feb. 14 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. A special meal will be available at the park’s Skillet Restaurant followed by an evening show. For more information, phone 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

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Visit historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend during Hikes, Hearts and Hugs set for Feb. 14-15 at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton. Activities for couples include guided trail hikes and fun games. The event’s highlight is a romantic dinner and dance. Reservations are required. Admission is free except for the dinner and dance. For reservations and detailed information, phone 501-727-5441 and visit www.petitjeanstatepark.com.

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The 8th Annual Hot Springs Home & Outdoor Show takes place Feb. 13-15 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tips on building, room additions, remodeling, and decorating will be available. Beautiful landscape displays and over 150 businesses will be represented. For more details phone 501-525-9700 or check out www.hotsprings.org. 

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The Historic Perot Theatre in Texarkana is hosting “Look Homeward Honky Tonk Angel” on Feb. 14. An original country musical comedy, co-written by Larry Gatlin, is a twist on Broadway fare, with a over a dozen Gatlin hits woven in, including "Houston", "Sure Feels Like Love", and five new songs written just for this show. It’s a toe-tapping way to spend Valentine’s Day. For more information, phone 903-792-4992 or check out www.trahc.org.

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Through Feb. 15, Center on the Square in Searcy presents “The Foreigner,” the comedic story of “Froggy” and Charlie. Charlie is terrified of talking to strangers, so “Froggy” tells everyone he is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English! To learn more, call Center on the Square at 501-368-0111 or log on to www.CenterontheSquare.org.

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Enjoy the beautiful color of over 150,000 daffodils starting Feb. 16 during 7th Annual Daffodil Days at Garvan Woodland Gardens, the 210- acre botanical garden on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. For more details, phone 501-262-9300 or check out www.garvangardens.org.

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Joel Fan, who began his career at age 11 by taking the stage with the New York Philharmonic, performs at the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University on Feb. 16. Trained at the prestigious Julliard School, Fan also serves as pianist for Yo-Yo Ma. Visit http://honors.astate.edu or phone 870-972-2308 for detailed information.

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The Aspiring Innkeepers Seminar will be offered Feb. 17 at The Lodge at Mount Magazine at Mount Magazine State Park near Paris. This 6.5-hour seminar is an introduction to the inn keeping business designed to help people decide if inn keeping is right for them. The seminar will be hosted by Doug Breitling of Arsenic & Old Lace Bed and Breakfast. For more information, visit www.arkansasbedandbreakfast.com or phone 800-243-5223.

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A Quilter’s Retreat will be offered Feb. 19-21 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Well known quilting teachers will share techniques as participates learn hands on. The cost for the class is $150 plus $75 for materials. For more information, phone 870-269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

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The Lyon College Theatre Department and the Batesville Community Theatre present “Our Town” on Feb. 19-21. Written by Thornton Wilder, the play won the Pulitizer Prize for Drama in 1938. Phone 870-307-7242 for more information.

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Historic downtown Hot Springs hosts an Antique Walk on the 100 Block of Central Avenue on Feb. 20. Tillman's Antiques has been joined by the new shops Rampant Lion, Art-Tiques, Manor House Antiques and Joan Good Antiques of Royal Street, New Orleans. For more details, call 501-624-4083 or www.hotsprings.org.

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The Blanchard Photo Tour will take place Feb. 22 at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. This is an annual, special opportunity to photograph the upper level of the caverns. Tours are limited to the first 10 people who return advance payment. Tours meet at the Visitor Center at noon and photograph for four hours on the Dripstone Trail. Tripods welcome; but, it is not an instructional tour. A light sweater or jacket is recommended. The trail is an easy ¾ mile walk on paved trails.

The cost is $20 per person. Reservations and advance payment are required and are on a first come, first served basis. Payment may be by check, cash or credit card. Phone 888-757-2246 and visit www.blanchardcavetours.com.

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The Guarneri String Quartet will be in concert Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium on the Hendrix College campus in Conway. According to National Public Radio, the foursome “is among the most revered and enduring ensembles of its kind in the world" and has played in prestigious music halls in both North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. The group will be retiring at the end of the 2008-09 season so this will be a great opportunity to see them perform one last time.

Among the selections that will be featured are Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 74, No. 3 “The Rider,” Zoltan Kodaly’s String Quartet No. 2, Opus 10, and the String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel. Admission is free. Contact the Hendrix Special Events Office at (501) 450-4545 for more information.

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Plan on spending the whole day Feb. 28 at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock as the park hosts two exciting outdoor adventures. Lake Maumelle will be the site of a Loon Watch at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The two-hour boat ride allows visitors a chance to catch a rare glimpse of the look. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for adults. Advance payment is required.

A Spring Hayride with Campfire Stories is also scheduled for Feb. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The hayride is a guided trip across fields and through woods that comprise the park followed by stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire. Advance payment of $10 for adults and $5 for children is required. Additional information can be obtained from the park by calling 501-868-5806 or e-mailing pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com.

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One Night in ‘29: An Ozark Arts Council Celebration will take place Feb. 28 at the Lyric Theater and the Hotel Seville in Harrison. The Ozark Arts Council is celebrating art, architecture and heritage with this 6 p.m. program that incorporates theater, dance, art, music and film, and captures the social, artistic and cultural dynamism of the Roaring Twenties. The historic theater and hotel will serve as the dramatic backdrops for the event. Admission is $50. For more information, phone 870-577-2204 and visit www.ozarkartscouncil.org.

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