Veterans deserve respect and remembrance and there’s no better way to contemplate the sacrifice the brave men and women of our country made than the Memorial Garden. It’s maintained by veterans as an added bonus. Visit and think about our freedoms and the men and women who make it possible.
Skateboarding was born in California and spread west in the late 70’s and early 80’s like a wildfire. The extreme sport came of age in the 90’s with its own language, dress and subculture. Where kids used to skate in empty swimming pools, now they can practice in bowls, humps and riding rails at the Branson Skate Park and learn sick tricks.
Hiking in the wilderness can be like time travel. Just off the beaten path, the brush and undergrowth gets so thick, it’s hard to imagine the hardiness and bravery of pioneers who blazed paths across the wild frontier. Lucky for us, they left trails where bushwhacking is not necessary, which frees us up to enjoy nature in her bountiful glory. Just stay on the trail, cover up for ticks, and pack out what you take in.
Tasting and Tour sounds like a good way to enjoy the vineyards that are stacked up the hillside. Come for the wine, stay for the view. It’s a unique feature of nature and growing grapes that they flourish in locations where the vistas are sweeping, and the visions grand. Taste a sample of Missouri’s third largest winery and vineyard.
The Ozarks are scattered with hidden whiskey stills from the days when Ma and Pa made a little shine and tried to keep it hidden from the Revenuer’s. Now you don’t have to make your own off the beaten path in the woods, you could just take a free tour of the Copper Run Distillery to see how they do it.
When the city of North Little Rock worked on redeveloping the Argenta District, someone had the idea to build a branch of the library in the historic post office downtown. It worked. Not only are their meeting spaces, quiet places to borrow books and read, but the library hosts an art gallery with a fine collection of rotating work. There are lecture series from visiting speakers as well as electronic access to the resources of the main library just up the road. Bring the kids and read a book together to develop a lifelong love of exploring the stacks.
This unique outdoor event is held in beautiful downtown Harrison, AR. The Festival will kick off on Friday evening with The Hare and the Hound Balloon Race. The event will continue on Saturday morning with more Balloon Race Competitions. The evening events will continue with balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting balloon glow. Tethered rides will be offered to the public. In conjunction with the tethered rides, there will be a CASA Kids Fest, with inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food and fun for the family. The event will continue through Sunday with several Balloon Race Competitions for all to enjoy. Come experience the ‘Hot Air Balloon Adventure! September 7-9
For more information: http://arkansasballoonfest.com/
The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival is the premier art and crafts show in Northwest Arkansas. Taking place during the 3rd weekend in October, this juried Festival has grown to nearly 300 artisans at our large, convenient Festival site on Arkansas Highway 279 in Bella Vista, just south of the intersection with Arkansas Hwy 340. All items on sale are handmade by the artisans. With a friendly and organized atmosphere, this even has attracted a number of exhibitors and food vendors.
For more information: http://www.bellavistafestival.org/index.php
If you like old homes and Victorian style, the Historic District makes for a great driving tour. Historic homes are marked with plagues and visitors make recognize names from Arkansas history. The South of Main district or SOMA has undergone revitalization to give the neighborhood a distinct mix of modern and past styles.
A couple of times a year, drama students from local high schools put on dramatic reenactments of the famous residents of Mt Holly Cemetery, but any time of the year is a good time to search for names from the history books. The forefathers of the city of Little Rock are buried here, along with notable figures from the state.