Posts by Author: Zoie Clift

Hot Springs was among the towns featured in a recent travel piece by Architectural Digest showcasing the 25 Best Small Towns in America. The piece highlighted these cities as places well suited for travel ventures or to live in. Attractions in Hot Springs, which has a population of around 37,000, that were highlighted included Bathhouse …
A visit to Lake Catherine State Park is always an adventurous option to head to when in Hot Springs. Arkansas has 52 state parks and this one became a state park in the 1930s. If you take a look around, you can still see the influence of this time period as the park was developed …
Located in historic MacArthur Park in Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center showcases an international collection of art, live theatre, lectures, art classes, special exhibitions and more. At the center now, one can see the work of John Marin ( 1870-1953) in an exhibit called Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work. This collection is on …
Park Interpreter Waymon Cox has sent news about the record breaking numbers Crater of Diamonds State Park experienced last year. According to his report, during the year over 182,000 visitors made a venture to the park and over 445 diamonds were certified. “Of all diamonds registered last year, 299 were white, 72 were brown, and …
At the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock you can catch the action of cars racing on a 1/4 mile, high-banked, red clay oval racetrack. “The track has been around more than 60 years,” said Tracey Clay of the I-30 Speedway. “And this is our 31st year to own the track. I think that alone says …
Arkansan Elizabeth Eckford has a new autobiography out about her experience as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of black teenagers who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The book is called The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High and is about her first year at the school. …
The Anne Frank Tree, an outdoor installation on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, is helping tell the complex history of human rights in Arkansas. The exhibit features a young chestnut tree surrounded by five framed, etched glass panels. The tree has historical significance as the sapling was taken from a …
SQZBX, aka ‘squeezebox’, is a new family owned pizza spot and brewery located at 236 Ouachita Avenue in Hot Springs. It was built and is run by Cheryl Roorda and Zac Smith, two well known musicians in town. “As The Itinerant Locals, we have played tuba and accordion in Hot Springs and central Arkansas for the past …
An exhibit called “Portraits: A Painted History of El Dorado, 1852-2016” is currently on display in the Price and Merkle Galleries of the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado. The exhibit will be there through January 30 and includes 74 portraits that span 160 years. The portraits represent a large scale of history, from …