The Arkansas Flyer radio show

Zoie Clift

Last night I got a chance to catch the fifth annual Arkansas
Flyer radio show at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The show was performed for a
live audience and aired on KUAR. The goal of the program was to showcase
Arkansas culture and music and included host Amy Garland with music from The
Salty Dogs and Still on the Hill, a popular folk duo from Fayetteville.
show also featured skits with Civil War themes and tales from Gwendolyn Twillie
and Invisible Radio Theater. A highlight for me was when the entire cast got on
stage to close out the evening and sing Will the Circle Be Unbroken. That song
seems to have a power to instantly get everyone singing and this time was no exception.
Everyone (audience included) joined in and it was a great conclusion to a
wonderful evening of immersion into Arkansas heritage.
Speaking of, the show was made possible by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which offers grants to help organizations preserve Arkansas’s cultural heritage. The theme for Heritage Month 2011, ” Conflict and Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War,” refers to the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict that divided the nation. In honor of this, the show’s main theme focuses on Civil War themes. The show will air on Monday May 23 at 7 p.m. and Monday May 30 ( Memorial Day) at 1 on KUAR.

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