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Each year, small and locally owned businesses come together to provide an alternative to “Black Friday” madness with an event called “Small Business Saturday.” This year in Little Rock, two downtown neighborhoods are turning out to make shopping small a big event. The River Market District is encouraging folks to “think big and shop small” with …
For me, the holiday season means many things. But the thing I hold dearest in my heart…the thing I’ve been doing since I was a wee lass (yes, my grandfather’s family was Irish!)…is gazing adoringly at holiday lights! It’s a tradition my parents started with me before I could probably walk…and it’s still one of …
The holidays are upon us! Below are some festive events taking place across the region to keep on the radar to help celebrate the season. The Arlington Hotel’s annual Gingerbread House Celebration takes place December 1 in the lobby of the hotel from 4:30-5:30 p.m in Hot Springs. The house, which will be on display …
The countdown is on for the final days of the Chihuly: In the Forest exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Since the exhibition opened on May 27, it has: welcomed 195,000 visitors to the exhibition inaugurated the museum’s food truck, High South on a Roll opened the north elevator tower and …
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 …
Love holiday parades? If so, below is a list of a few taking place across Southwest Arkansas this year. Enjoy! In Magnolia, their annual Christmas Parade takes place November 30. The route travels down Jackson Street to Southern Arkansas University and afterwards, the university will be the scene of their annual Celebration of Lights. The …
This December, the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center in Forrest City invites you to bring the entire family and celebrate the holiday season with two special events. On Dec. 2, join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a concert filled with music of the holiday season. No matter the weather, this holiday performance will …
Arkansas offers great winter weather for outdoor activities. Mild temperatures make hiking a great choice for warming up in cooler weather while also enjoying nature. The leafless trees of the season provide vantage points for sightseeing that are covered up when leaves deck the branches. Here are four good beginner trails for families that are …
Things are starting to get busy for Jolly Ole Saint Nick, who’s recently launched a frenzied schedule of appearances across the state (check out our Trail of Holiday Lights brochure for details about some of the stops he’ll be making). But Santa wouldn’t dream of coming to Arkansas without making time for our furry, four-legged family …
Illusionist Maxwell Blade is a well-known personality of Hot Springs and many have caught one of his shows over the years at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic. December 8 marks the grand opening of a new venue to catch these shows at: the historic Malco Theatre at 817 Central Avenue. Blade is familiar with …
Your holidays just got way more awesome. Melanie Norris and her husband Paul have put together a statewide (and southern Missouri) mountain biking event to help celebrate the season. The free event is called Umpteen Rides and features volunteer guided, self supported mountain bike and gravel grinder rides on various trails including the Ozark and …
For baseball fans, the winter months can feel like one long, scoreless inning spent yearning for the sights, sounds and excitement of your favorite sport. But the Arkansas Travelers have devised a fun new way to stay involved with the team during the off-season in the form of a giant scavenger hunt in which teams can …
Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a Pulitzer Prize winning composer that grew up in Texarkana and made his mark in the world via Ragtime music. In town, a large mural at 311 Main Street depicts his life and accomplishments. “Most folks are familiar with his work whether they know it or not through The Sting movie,” said …
Good news for outdoor enthusiasts. Word has come this way that construction is set to begin next month on a large scale trail project in Hot Springs. The overall route is a planned 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of town. The first phase of …
Taking in the beauty of Holiday Lights is a tradition for many in the state. During this annual event, around 4.5 million bulbs transform Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs into a whimsical holiday display.  The event takes place November 18- December 31 this year. “Holiday Lights is an outdoor light experience like no other,” said Becca Ohman, Garden …
Holiday Light Extravaganza is taking place November 17 through December 23 at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover. A variety of sparkling vignettes and lighted scenes represent the sights of the winter holiday season. “This event brings families together to use all the senses to enjoy the holiday season,” Pam Beasley, Superintendent at …
Riley Art Glass Studio is the only glassblowing studio in Hot Springs. At the helm of the endeavor is the brother duo Charles and Michael Riley. The Riley’s have been working in the area since the early 2000s but just recently moved to their current location at 710 West Grand Avenue, a property that was …
The popular four-mile Caddo Bend Trail is a loop trail located on a peninsula in Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. I enjoy hiking this route throughout the year with fall being a favorite time due to the weather and chance to see the changing leaves of the season. The route circles the entire peninsula back to …
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