Posts by Author: Zoie Clift

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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …