Several Options for Celebrating Mom this Weekend


Historic Arkansas Museum: Live music, dance, frontier demonstrations, pioneer games and more are on tap at the 39th Annual Territorial Fair, May 12 in downtown Little Rock.  


Dutch oven cooking, quilting, blacksmithing and other 19th-century demonstrations all take place at the 1850s Log House Farmstead. Visitors can join the Arkansas Country Dance Society in traditional dances. Children will be able to enjoy stilts, hoop-rolling and pioneer table games.

Living History characters portraying residents from the 1800s greet visitors in the historic homes. Some will be doing chores, like laundry, while another packs his bags for the California Gold Rush. At 10 a.m. the museum’s Medicinal Herb Garden will be dedicated in honor of Mary Fletcher Worthen by the Herb Society of America, Arkansas Unit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Quapaw Quarter: One of the most beautiful areas of the Capital City is highlighted during the 48th Quapaw Quarter Association’s Spring Tour of Historic Homes, May 12-13. P. Allen Smith’s original Garden Home, the Charles Thompson-designed Croxson House and the recently rehabilitated Boyle House are some of the featured structures. Several other privately owned homes along Arch and Gaines Streets are also a part of the event. As is tradition, there is a candlelight tour followed by a dinner and gala at the Spanish Revival YMCA on Saturday. The Sunday afternoon tour is from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Event prices vary from $20 to $150 and can be found on

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra:
Wicked Divas” will be on stage along with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra May 12-13 at Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock. Eden Espinosa and Emily Rozek will be performing popular favorites from “Wicked,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Chicago.” Espinosa is an acclaimed vocalist best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” She has also performed the role of the green witch in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Rozek appeared at Glinda in the Los Angeles performances of “Wicked.” The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $20-$65; $10 for students. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting

Arkansas Queen: Treat Mom to a relaxing cruise on the Arkansas Queen Riverboat, May 13. Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. with a departure time of 1 p.m. The trip ends at 3 p.m. The menu consists of salad, chicken, ham rice, green beans, fruit salad rolls and dessert. Admission including meal is $32.50 plus tax per adult and $22 plus tax for those ages 3-12; ages three and younger are free.
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