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What do Johnny Cash, Louis Jordan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Conway Twitty, Howlin’ Wolf, Charlie Rich, and Al Green have in common? In addition to becoming musical legends in various genres, each of these trailblazers was born or lived in eastern Arkansas. The region’s roster of “musical alumni” is impressive: William Warfield; Levon Helm; Albert King;  …
Just because it’s January doesn’t mean we can’t grab the kids and head outdoors for some fun! The average temperature in January in Arkansas is 29.3 degrees…while that it a bit nippy, it’s not too cold to enjoy the beauty of winter in The Natural State! So grab some gloves, a scarf and your coat …
January is a great time to enjoy the beauty of The Natural State. Why not start a new  tradition of spending time in an Arkansas State Park cabin? In the Arkansas Delta, you have great choices of park cabins, ranging from Village Creek to Moro Bay State Park to Crowley’s Ridge to Lake Chicot. Each …
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 …
Thanksgiving may be all about the turkey…but the day AFTER Thanksgiving, in the Arkansas Delta, it’s all about the duck! Stuttgart welcomes thousands to the annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival, which celebrates 82 years in 2017. The festival officially kicks off on Friday, Nov. 24, but related events …
The holiday season is upon us! It’s a great time to get out and have some fun with the entire family. On Nov. 18, head to Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin for Casqui Foods Day. Sample foods that would have been enjoyed by the ancient inhabitants of Casqui. While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin …
Ohhhh, October! How we love you! In The Natural State, October means cooler temperatures, fall color, and great festival fun. In McGehee, it’s the 11th annual Owlfest on Oct. 6-7. The citywide festival features free entertainment the entire weekend, plus events like a 5K run/walk, street dances, the Owl Hoot contest, a petting zoo, a …
Along The Natural State’s eastern border flows a mighty river that has transformed the land and the people within its reach. It is the majestic Mississippi River, which starts as a stream in Minnesota, winding throughout America’s heartland to Louisiana, where it relinquishes its powerful waters into the Gulf of Mexico. Arkansas is a proud …
Who doesn’t love music? Whether it’s blues, country, pop, rock, gospel…you name it…music speaks to us all. Over the next few weeks, musical events in the Arkansas Delta celebrate the music that we all love. On Sept. 15-16, Walnut Ridge commemorates the town’s musical history of the Fab Four with Beatles at the Ridge. In September …
For over three decades, October has meant music in the Arkansas Delta thanks to the award-winning, world-renowned King Biscuit Blues Festival. But the real beginning of “KBBF season” begins with the unveiling of the festival’s official poster each year. The winning poster will be unveiled on Thursday, Aug. 10, at a special reception at 5:30 …