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Pinnacle Mountain State Park Rendezvous
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Rendezvous
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Boo at the Zoo
   

 

September 30, 2003


Travelin' Arkansas: Events Taking Place Oct. 17-31
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

The festivities at the Main Street Festival at Marvell on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, will begin with a barbecue supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, followed by a talent show that serves as a preliminary event to the Mid-South Fair talent competition in Memphis. Both activities will be held at the old Marvell Elementary School at 708 College St.

In downtown Marvell from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 the festival will feature a carnival midway; gospel, country and classic rock music by local acts; games; food vendors; a silent auction; and other activities. General festival admission is free.

Marvell is located on U.S. 49 about 35 miles southeast of Interstate 40 at Brinkley and about 15 miles west of Helena. For more information on the festival, phone (870) 829-2573, ext. 21.

 

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The eighth annual Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering is scheduled Oct. 17-18 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Blue Stem, an award-winning western quartet from Kansas, will be among the guest artists on the schedule. Others appearing will include Pop Wagner, a singer-storyteller who also twirls the lasso; Western guitarist Bob Bovee of Nebraska; and Gail Heil, a Missouri native who sings and plays the banjo and fiddle. The event is part of the American Roots Music Series, which provides an opportunity for park visitors to experience other types of traditional sounds.

The Folk Center will also host the fifth annual Hammer Fest on Oct. 18, with professional blacksmiths from across the mid-South gathering to exhibit their iron working skills. The demonstrations and displays will take place on the grounds of the park's Craft Village. Regular park admissions will be charged during the special weekend.

For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

 

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Return to yesteryear when pioneers made sorghum molasses by the barrels, ground corn for bread, did their own blacksmithing and even made their own brooms. The 13th annual Homestead Festival at the Parker Farm near Harrisburg will be held Oct. 18-19. The event is staged in a re-created village from the 1800s, complete with log cabins, a barn, a post office, a printing shop, a church, a schoolhouse, a grist mill, a general store, and a blacksmith shop. All of the structures are authentic from the period and were moved to the Phil and Teressa Parker farm, starting some 20 years ago.

During the yearly festival, the Homestead is alive with activities, including wagon rides and live musical entertainment. Food booths will be available and a small admission is charged.

For more information, contact the Parkers at (870) 578-2699 or visit www.parkerhomestead.com.

 

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Pinnacle Mountain State Park will host its annual Rendezvous fall festival Oct. 18-19 at the park just west of Little Rock. Approximately 8,000 people are expected to attend this re-creation of an 1880s gathering where mountain men and Native Americans trade their goods and stock up on supplies. In addition to taking care of business, there will be dancing, singing and storytelling.

The highlight of the event will be the mountain man camp with members of the Early Arkansas Re-enactors Association dressed in period clothing depicting such authentic activities as muzzle-loading, flint knapping and other skills typical of 1800s camps. Native American history and culture will be illustrated by the Intertribal Association of Arkansas, with a village including tee-pees, dancing, drumming, storytelling and tomahawk-throwing.

The Pioneer Settlement will feature demonstrations of woodcarving, soap making, knife making, blacksmithing, quilting, basket making and chair-caning. Also scheduled are Civil War re-enactors, horseback riding, canoe rentals, food and craft booths, and an abundance of children's activities. New this year is a general store with items for sale. Celtic Knotwork and the Old School Bluegrass Band will provide live musical performances, and demonstrations by the Little Rock Zoo Birds of Prey will also be featured.

Partners for Pinnacle, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Pinnacle Mountain State Park, organizes the festival. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.partnersforpinnacle.org or phone (501) 868-5806 for more information.

 

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Now is the time to visit the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Due to scheduling changes, Oct. 26 will be the last day of the regular 2003 season. October is packed with special events including the Herb Harvest Festival, Oct 3-4; Fiddle and Dance Jamboree, Oct. 10-11; Harvest Festival, Oct. 11-25; Cowboy Gathering and Hammer Fest, Oct. 17-18; Quilt Show, Oct. 24-25; and Bean Fest, Oct 24-25.

The park's Homespun Gift Shop will remain open until Dec. 20, and the Skillet Restaurant will reopen Nov. 27, along with all facilities during the Ozark Winter Holiday Festival, when the park will come alive with holiday crafters, a Thanksgiving banquet, Christmas caroling and festive country decorations.

For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.

 

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Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville has cooked up a Halloween Hike full of fun and sprinkled with a dash of fright. Costumed storytellers have carefully chosen children's Halloween tales to share as families take a stroll down the park's Meadowbrook Trail, which will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 24, 25, and 31. Admission is free. For more information, contact the park at (479) 967-5516.

 

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The weekends of Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 28-31 are the dates for the Little Rock Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. This will be the 12th year for the Halloween celebration, which was started as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Families are encouraged to participate in the nightly costume contests. In addition, there will be the Boo Express haunted train rides, trick-or-treating, carnival rides, children's games, the Haunted House and the "Not-So-Haunted" House, plus refreshments for sale. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held rain or "moon" shine.

Admission is $4 for non-members, $3 for members and free for those up to one year in age. Advance tickets are available for $3 at Metropolitan National Bank, Simmons First National Bank, McCain Mall and the Zoo. Free parking will be available at University Mall with a trolley providing transportation to the Zoo. Parking at the Zoo will be $1 per car.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Little Rock Zoo. For more information, call (501) 666-2406 or visit www.littlerockzoo.com.

 

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An encampment of soldiers open for public visitation, re-enacted skirmishes and a haunted trail will be among the highlights of the 7th annual Civil War Weekend at DeGray Lake Resort State Park Oct. 24-26. Admission to all activities is free.

The event will begin with a slideshow and program at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, entitled "The Wound That Never Healed," which focuses on the hardships faced by Arkansas women during the war. It will be presented in the park amphitheater.

The encampment, situated around the park's visitors center, will feature re-enactors from the 9th Arkansas Infantry Division and will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25. A re-enacted skirmish will be staged at 2 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the re-enactors will conduct candlelit guided tours of a haunted trail, which will feature stations of historical -- yet scary -- interest.

On Oct. 26, a period worship service will begin at 10 a.m. and the encampment will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. A skirmish will be staged at 1 p.m., after which the encampment will disband.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park is located seven miles north of Arkadelphia via Ark. 7. Among its many features are a 96-room lodge, 113 campsites, an 18-hole golf course, a marina with watercraft rentals and a full-service, shoreline restaurant.

For more information on the Civil War event and the park, and to reserve campsites, phone (501) 865-2801. For reservations in the park's lodge, phone 1-800-605-5675. More park information is also available on-line at www.degray.com.

 

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Free tours featuring personalities from the history of Arkansas's earliest European settlement will be offered as the Arkansas Post National Memorial conducts its eighth annual "Ghosts of the Past" on Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will focus on the effects the Louisiana Purchase had on Arkansas Post. This year marks the bicentennial of the 1803 land deal that more than doubled the size of U.S. territory.

Beginning at 5 p.m. at the memorial's visitors center, the guided tours, which will start at 15-minute intervals and be limited to about 30 persons each, will feature stations where living history performances will be conducted. Advance reservations will guarantee one's place on the tours, although those without reservations will be accommodated if there is room. In the event of inclement weather, the performances will be moved to the memorial's auditorium.

Arkansas Post was founded in 1686 by the Frenchman Henri de Tonti. The post was the site of Arkansas's only armed encounter of the Revolutionary War, the first capital of Arkansas Territory and the site of a major Civil War battle.

The national memorial is located in Arkansas County on Ark. 169 two miles east of U.S. 165, about six miles south of Gillett. To make tour reservations and to obtain more information on "Ghosts of the Past," phone the Arkansas Post National Memorial at (870) 548-2207.

 

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Devil's Den State Park near Winslow will offer a Haunted Hayride on Oct. 25. Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and roast marshmallows over an open fire while listening to ghost stories. The hayride is free, but reservations are required and will be taken beginning Oct. 10 by calling (479) 761-3325. Three hayrides are offered with a maximum of 30 per hayride (no groups over 10).

 

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs will have its 8th annual Howl-O-Ween Party on Oct. 25. The party includes a costume contest, parade with prizes, apple bobbing and other games, haunted hayrides, and food and drink concessions. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

For more information, call (479) 253-5841 and visit www.turpentinecreek.org.

 

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History comes alive in Riverfront Park along the Arkansas River near the Fort Smith National Historic Site during Frontier Fest from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Visitors can walk a timeline trail of wars from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, asking re-enactors questions along the way. A local farm demonstration group will have antique farm equipment on site, including an old working corn grinder. Fur trappers will have souvenirs and provide demonstrations. Actors portraying U.S. Deputy Marshals will also be on hand. Native American programs will include children's activities, and the national historic site will also provide craft activities for children.

Saturday's events will feature a children's parade, which will include prizes for those participants with the best historical costumes. Free entertainment will also take place on Saturday -- 5 p.m., cloggers; 6 p.m., Liar's Contest; 7 p.m., folk music by Smilin' Bob Lewis; and at 8 p.m., the Irish band Cold Water Dog. Sunday's events will include a pet parade with prizes.

Admission is free. For more information, call the Fort Smith National Historic Site at (479) 783-3961 or Miss Laura's Visitor Center at (479) 783-8888.

 

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More than 100 artists and craftspeople from a five-state area will be exhibiting and selling their handcrafted wares during the 20th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in downtown Pine Bluff. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 and noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26. The juried show will include such items as crystal, woodcrafts, clothing, Christmas décor, jewelry, floral designs, quilts, handcrafted dolls, potpourri, pottery, tapestry, glassware, stained glass, and home décor items.

Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for children under six. Free parking will be available on the center's lots. Food concessions will be available on-site during show hours.

For more information, call Susie Madsen at the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau at (870) 536-7600.

 

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Several Little Rock museums will join together again this year to sponsor the Big Booseum Bash Halloween party on Oct. 31. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and buses will provide shuttle service between the participating museums. Children who visit at least four of the locations during the evening will be eligible to enter a drawing for a free, one-year family membership to each participating museum. Two non-museum sites in Little Rock will also take part this year: Central High National Historic Site and Curran Hall, Little Rock's Visitor Information Center.

Central High will go "Back to the Fifties" with their Halloween Bash. Visitors will dance to '50s music, play games for prizes, make crafts and get candy. At Curran Hall ghostly tales of former residents of the antebellum home will entertain older children. Volunteers dressed in period costumes will portray characters in the stories. During this time, the younger children will hear the tale of "Scat the Cat." Trick-or-treat candy will be handed out on the playhouse porch.

EMOBA -- The Museum of Black Arkansans -- will host "Boogie Nights" at its Heritage House Outdoor Theatre at 1208 Louisiana in downtown Little Rock. The museum's Teens in Action will present a Halloween show that asks "What Would You Do if Halloween was Cancelled?" Shows are at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Ernie Dodson at (501) 661-9903.

The Old State House Museum version of Big Booseum Bash will feature "tricky games and sweet treats." The museum is located at 300 W. Markham in downtown Little Rock. Admission is free. Contact the Old State House Museum by phone at (501) 324-9685 for more information.

The Arkansas Museum of Discovery invites costumed kids and their families to come explore the museum, have their face painted, listen to spooky stories, encounter creepy crawlies and create some hauntingly fun crafts. The museum can be found in downtown Little Rock's River Market District at 500 President Clinton Avenue. Contact the museum by phone at (501) 396-7050 for more information.

The Arkansas Arts Center and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, both located in historic MacArthur Park, will link up with the Arkansas National Guard Museum in North Little Rock for their Big Booseum Bash. The celebration will take place at the military museum at 503 East 9th in downtown Little Rock. "The Haunted Arsenal" will include ghost stories associated with the historic building where the military museum is housed. More information can be obtained by call the museum at (501) 376-4602 or the Arkansas Arts Center at (501) 372-4000.

 

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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

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