Expect The Unexpected In Fort Smith, Arkansas!

January 26th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unexpected in Fort Smith, AR

This mural by Ana Maria is just one of many to be seen in Fort Smith. – image courtesy Valis55

Expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith, Arkansas! The Unexpected is an ongoing street art initiative that is bringing permanent work by internationally renowned street artists to Fort Smith.

Fort Smith, Arkansas is probably most famous for its connection to the real-life story of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross in True Grit. That a town the size of Fort Smith would have much claim to fame at all may come as a bit of a surprise – but Fort Smith is full of surprises. It’s no hyperbole at all to say that you can definitely expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith!

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Ring In The New Year At Last Night Fayetteville 2017!

December 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Last Night Fayetteville 2017/2018Ring in 2018 at the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Arkansas! Last Night Fayetteville features 11 stages of live entertainment, fireworks, the world famous Hog Drop, and official after party. 7pm to 2am, New Year’s Eve!

There are lots of great places around Arkansas to enjoy New Year’s Eve but you’d be hard pressed to find any larger celebration than Last Night Fayetteville! Last Night Fayetteville is a music and arts festival held in downtown Fayetteville, AR every New Year’s Eve.

The festival features more than 100 of local musicians, comedians, actors, and other performance artists. The eleven different stages are located in multiple indoor venues around Fayetteville Square.

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Come Explore The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

December 8th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017Just last post we focused on Lights Of The Ozarks in Fayetteville – but that’s hardly the only amazing Christmas light display in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas is home to so many stunning holiday light displays, there is an extensive state tour trail! This holiday season, come explore the festive Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

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Don’t Miss Fayetteville’s Lights Of The Ozarks 2017!

November 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lights Of The Ozarks 2017The 23rd annual Lights Of The Ozarks sees more than 450,000 lights decorating Fayetteville, AR’s downtown square. It’s the twinkling winter wonderland event of the season! November 17th through December 31st, 2017.

Arkansas is full of great things to do during the end-of-the-year holidays. One of the brightest is Fayetteville’s annual Lights Of The Ozarks event. Lights Of The Ozarks transforms downtown Fayetteville into a stunning sea of twinkling lights and festive holiday fancy.

The lights are everywhere downtown: twined around light and sign poles, outlining buildings, adding color and fun to bushes, hedges, fences, and trees. Stands of lights make up familiar figures and objects like Santa, snowflakes, poinsettias, and even Razorbacks!

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Experience Caroling In The Caverns at Blanchard Springs Caverns!

November 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Caroling in the Caverns at Blanchard Springs CavernsIf you’ve never experienced Caroling In The Caverns at Blanchard Springs Caverns, you’re missing out on one of the most unusual and stirring holiday attractions in the country! November 24th through December 17th, 2017.

Blanchard Springs Caverns, located just north of Mountain View, AR in Ozark National Forest, is an incredible, living cave that is always worth a visit. Once the end-of-the-year holidays roll around, however things really heat up with Caroling In The Caverns.

During Caroling In The Caverns, local musicians perform regional interpretations of classic carols. That may sound more typical than amazing but that’s because I haven’t mentioned that they perform these carols while deep within Blanchard Springs Caverns!

Caroling In The Caverns is an annual Christmas event held inside one of Blanchard Springs Caverns cathedral-like chambers. Ticket holders descend to the seating area via elevator, where they can enjoy the grandeur and mystery of the living cave’s beautiful limestone rooms and formations.

Once the singing begins, you wont believe your ears.

The music, surrounding you in this natural chamber, will transport you in ways you did not expect. The voices of the singers resonate deeply with the natural acoustics, doubling soulfully as if in some beautiful, vaulted concert hall.
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Some audience members choose to add their voices to the chorus during the experience. As long as your contribution isn’t disruptive, that’s just fine. The more the merrier, as they say, especially when the spirit moves you!

Caroling In The Caverns performances occur each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year, from November 24th through December 17th, 2017. Times are as follows.

2017 Caroling In The Caverns Performance Schedule

November –
24th – 6pm
25th – 6pm
26th – 2pm

December –
1st – 6pm
2nd – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
3rd – 1:30pm & 3:30pm
8th – 6pm
9th – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
10th – 1:30pm & 3:30pm
15th – 6pm
16th – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
17th – 1:30pm & 3:30pm

Caroling in the Caverns

November 24th through December 17th, 2017
Blanchard Springs Caverns
15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.

For more information and directions, be sure to visit: www.yourplaceinthemountains.com.
Tickets for Caroling In The Caverns are available online but move fast if you intend to go. These shows sell out quickly every year!

Blanchard Springs Caverns Lodging
Visiting caves can be fun and fascinating – but staying in a hotel or motel that reminds you of a cave is not! Whenever you’re in Arkansas, do yourself a huge favor and book accommodations at an Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Inn. Arkansas B&B’s provide uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Seriously – why would you stay anywhere else? Find your inn now and discover the B&B difference!

Discover The Unique Stone Formations of Bull Shoals Caverns

October 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bull Shoals Caverns, Bull Shoals, ARCome see the underground waterfall, lake, and fantastic rock formations of Bull Shoals Caverns! A 350 million year-old living cave in North Central Arkansas.

Bull Shoals Caverns were carved out of solid limestone by water in a lengthy process that is ongoing. The caverns are still being cut and shaped to this day, and will continue to be as long as there is water to flow and limestone to dissolve. That’s why it’s known as a “living” cave. Any cave that is still in the process of being formed is referred to as a “living” cave.

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Prospect For Real Treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park

October 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Crater of Diamonds State ParkCrater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR is billed as “The World’s Only ‘Keep What You Find’ Diamond Site” – and that’s the truth. Where else can you pay a small fee to dig for diamonds you can keep?

You’re probably thinking to yourself that this has to be some kind of scam. That the park is either seeding the site with a few cheap diamonds for tourists to find – or that there’s nothing there at all. It’s sensible to be skeptical about these things – but, in this instance, you’d be wrong on both counts.

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Celebrate The Man In Black At The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

September 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival 2017The first ever Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is scheduled for October 19th through the 21st, 2017. The three day, world-class festival will be held in the field adjacent to the Cash Home in Dyess, Arkansas and features Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival honors not just the Man in Black but also the New Deal programs that shaped his childhood in Dyess, AR. During the Great Depression, Dyess was the nation’s largest agricultural resettlement colony for impoverished farmers. Cash’s parents settled here in 1936 as part of the program and Johnny graduated from Dyess High School in 1950. Consequently, Dyess makes the perfect setting for a festival celebrating the heritage of Johnny Cash.

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Attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2017

September 8th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2017Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2017 promises a host of great films, world premieres, and special guests, like actor Kathleen Turner and legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Don’t miss North America’s oldest, non-fiction film festival – October 6th through the 15th, 2017.

Every year, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) brings the best new documentary shorts and feature films to audiences in Hot Springs, AR. Almost a thousand films are submitted from around the world, with only the best chosen via a rigorous jury process.

Best of all, festival winners qualify for an Academy Award in Documentary Short Subject. Consequently, some of the year’s biggest and most exciting documentary films are shown or even premiered right here, every year.

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Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Is For The Birds

August 21st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Come visit one of Arkansas’ best birding spots. Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in White County, Arkansas, encompasses almost 15,000 acres of diverse habitat for wintering waterfowl. The acreage includes croplands, bottomland hardwoods, cypress/tupelo brakes, and other natural wetlands. This expansive refuge provides a diverse array of habitats along the Little Red River.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge protects and provides feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. The refuge was a rice farm before the government purchased it in 1993 as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

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