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3 Days of Fun at Hope Watermelon Festival 2018!

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Hope Watermelon FestivalCome out to Hope, AR this August for the 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival! This year’s celebration includes the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – plus tons more! August 9th through the 11th, 2018.

Hope Watermelon Festival has been held every August since the mid-70’s, with roots going back to the 1920’s. This beloved and historic festival serves up 3 solid days of food, music, and old-time fun.

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Bathe In the Glow of Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights!

November 21, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights 2016Come out to Garvan Woodland Gardens between November 19th and December 31st, 2016 for the Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights display. This stunning, annual spectacle attracts thousands of visitors each year!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a must-see Arkansas attraction no matter what time of year you’re here. Once this world-class, botanical garden transforms itself for the holidays, however …

Well, let’s just say that Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights display is one for the bucket list.

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Get Revved Up at Hot Springs Corvette Weekend 2016

March 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Corvette Weekend 2016The 18th annual Hot Springs Corvette Weekend is expected to bring upwards of 500 of the classic, American sports cars to Hot Springs, April 21st through the 23rd, 2016. If you’re a Corvette fan, you won’t want to miss this event!

The Chevrolet Corvette is arguably the most iconic and popular of all American sports cars ever made. Since they first went on sale in 1953, the nearly 2 million Corvettes have been sold. The Corvette is so popular that, in recent years, nearly one third of all sports car sales in the US have been Corvettes!

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Stroll Hot Springs’ Grand Promenade

February 18, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs National Park Grand Promenade

Hot Springs National Park Grand Promenade
photo: Eric in SF

The Hot Springs National Park Grand Promenade is a must-see paved trail that offers diverse views as it winds its way through America’s smallest and oldest National Park.

What many folks don’t realize is that Hot Springs, AR began its life as a National Park before it became a city.

Actually, Hot Springs was the very first land ever set aside in the US, though it was done in the days before we had a National Park system. What Congress and President Andrew Jackson created in 1832 was termed a “United States Reservation,” a protected area of land that became a part of the United States Park Service in 1921.

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Visit the Arkansas Air & Military Museum

January 31, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Air & Military MuseumIf you’re a fan of airplanes and or military history, you owe it to yourself to visit the Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville, Arkansas – even the hangar it’s housed in is unique and historic!

Located at Fayetteville’s Drake Field, the Arkansas Air & Military Museum is housed in an all-wood hangar – all wood because it was constructed during World War II and wartime restrictions didn’t allow for the use of more typical metal construction materials.

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Take a Cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat

December 20, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mark Twain RiverboatNorth Little Rock’s Mark Twain Riverboat is one of the few authentic paddle wheel boats in existence, a stern wheeler offering dining, charters, and cruises on the Arkansas River.

Many people don’t realize that the name “Mark Twain” is actually a Mississippi riverboat term meaning “mark number two” or two fathoms = twelve feet: the safe depth for a steamboat’s passage. The writer, Samuel Clemens, once a “cub” steamboat pilot himself, first started using this phrase as a pen name in 1863 and, with his success, forever cemented the phrase as a name.

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Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights 2014

November 15, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday LightsUniversity of Arkansas’ Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights light up the spirit of the holidays with their stunningly beautiful 2014 Christmas lights and animated displays!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a world-class, botanical garden located on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton and frequently described as one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas – especially this time of year! Come see the eye-poppingly gorgeous effect of over 4 million, brilliant bulbs on 17 acres of the University of Arkansas’ Garvan Woodland Gardens

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12th Annual Fall Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

October 18, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

12th Annual Fall Mountain View Bluegrass FestivalGet set for three full days of bluegrass goodness at the 12th Annual Fall Mountain View Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View, AR – November 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014!

The Fall Mountain View Bluegrass Festival takes place every year at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR and includes three, jam-packed days of first rate, bluegrass musical acts from around the region that will have you up, out of your seat and dancing!

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Legendary Arkansas Monsters

October 11, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Legendary Arkansas MonstersWith Halloween right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a look at two, legendary Arkansas monsters: the Fouke Monster and the White River Monster.

“Whitey” – The White River Monster

The White River Monster is the older legend of the two, having first been reported by farmers from the town of Newport in the Central Ozarks region of Arkansas, in 1915.

This odd, Arkansas monster was described as the size of a boxcar with smooth, gray skin that appears to be peeling all over, with a bone-like horn sticking out of its forehead.

Nothing you’d want to pet, in other words.

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Visit the Gangster Museum of America

August 16, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Gangster Museum of America

 

Finding the Gangster Museum of America in Hot Springs, Arkansas may seem like a non-intuitive fit until you realize that Hot Spring was Las Vegas before there was a Las Vegas …

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