This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
The weekend is almost here! If you still haven’t nailed down your plans, there are some family-friendly and fun events going on throughout the Arkansas Delta this weekend!

The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff presents “Rhythm and Blues Christmas” on Dec. 2 as part of the center’s monthly Live @5 First Friday. Richard and Kerry Ellen perform R&B standards and Motown favorites. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Contact the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at 870-536-3375 or log on to for details.

The Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in Stuttgart presents a performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 3 at the Grand Prairie Center. “Home for the Holidays” features traditional and pops Christmas tunes. Tickets are $30, $22.50 and $15 and are available online at For details contact the college at 870-673-4201.

Lower River White Museum State Park in Des Arc hosts a Pioneer Toys Workshop on Dec. 3. Participants learn to make children’s toys used over a century ago, including Ball and Cup and Jacob’s Ladder. Admission is $10 and includes the price of all materials. Contact the museum at 870-256-3711 to learn more.

Celebrate the season on Dec. 3 at the 5th annual Lake View Holiday Musical Festival in Lake View (Phillips County). Trees are sponsored and decorated by local groups, organizations and churches. Enjoy holiday and gospel music performed by choirs and local bands. The event takes place at the Lake View Community Center, located at 14582 Ark. 44. For more information phone 870-827-6341.

Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin offers an American Indian Craft Gourd Workshop on Dec. 3. This is an advanced workshop, although no prior experience is required. Participants choose to learn how to sew an intricate dream catcher onto the versitile plant or to make a pine needle basket from the shell. The price of the workshop is $5 plus the price of the gourd. Contact the park at 870-755-2500 for more information.

Celebrate the holidays on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 with Christmas at the William Stone House in Colt. All the rooms in the historic house are decorated for the season. Local handmade items, including jams, jellies, candies and cookies, are available for purchase. Phone 870-633-7588 for details.

Have a great weekend!

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