Monthly Archives: April 2014

Holiday Island Bonfire Extravaganza


Holiday Island, AR, Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District (HISID) invites you to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to join us for a community-wide BONFIRE EXTRAVAGANZA – THE LARGEST BONFIRE IN ARKANSAS on the banks of beautiful Table Rock Lake. The bonfire, located at The Point (intersection of Shields and Bandy Drive), will begin at dusk but plan to arrive by 7:30pm to enjoy time with neighbors and friends.

Hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, s’mores, toasted marshmallows, coffee, hot cocoa, soda and water will be available with proceeds to benefit Holiday Island’s Junior Camps.

Craig Cannon, Northwest Arkansas’ KHBS/KHOG-TV News Anchor, will be the celebrity guest and honorary torchbearer. Craig began his career in Arkansas in 1983 as the main anchor and reporter at KHBS/KHOG-TV and is now celebrating over 30 years with Channel 40/29.

A Holiday Islander will also be recognized as the District’s “Citizen of the Year” and first recipient of the “Torchbearer Award” and will assist Craig in lighting the bonfire.

For more information, call 479-253-9511 or email

Walton Arts Center 2014-15 Broadway Series

Broadway Series at Walton Arts Center

“We know that Broadway shows are extraordinary experiences for audiences to share with their family and friends,” says Jenni Taylor Swain, VP of Programming. “We strive to bring the newest, most interesting and entertaining shows to Northwest Arkansas, many on their first national tours. Nice Work captures the essence of 1920s-era Broadway with music by Gershwin, while the stunning stage effects of Slava’s Snowshow is a gentler, poetic spectacular that anticipated shows like Blue Man Group; Camelot is the classic story of King Arthur made current with connections to popular culture while Joseph brings a beloved Bible story to life; Once, still celebrated on Broadway, reminds me of music on Dickson Street. It offers imaginative staging that puts the audience inches away from the performance. I’m certain that our patrons will enjoy this eclectic blend of culture and entertainment this new season.”

2014-2015 Broadway Line up

Nice Work If You Can Get ItOct. 21-Oct. 26 Nice Work If You Can Get It is a 1920s-era feel-good musical comedy with outrageous characters that end up in New York to celebrate a wedding but things don’t go exactly as planned. This musical had its first run in 2012 and features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved songs like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The creative team includes songbook by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).

Slava’s SnowshowJan. 20-25, 2015

Slava, the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius, is known as the “best clown in the world,” and his snow show is celebrated as a classic theater experience. The show is intended to take us back to childhood dreams, to create joy and sad and, above all else, to make us laugh. The Guardian describes Slava’s Snowshow by calling it, “utterly breathtaking, the stage effects are dazzling…suddenly the audience is young, innocent and transported with delight.” This show is full of vibrant images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow — lots and lots of snow.

CamelotFeb. 17-22, 2015 Camelot is the classic story, as you’ve never seen it before! Revisit the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable in this four-time Tony Award-winning show.Camelot tells the story of the legend of King Arthur, who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. But when his beautiful new Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. This story of pageantry and betrayal has never been so captivating in this intimate and fresh piece of theater.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatMarch 10-15, 2015

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. This magical musical stars former-American Idol contestant and Broadway star, Ace Young, as Joseph. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will also feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as the narrator.

OnceApril 29-May 3, 2015

Once is the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when, suddenly, a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. As their romance grows, his music reaches incredible new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday love story. This show has earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features actors who play their own instruments onstage. Once was also adapted from the critically-acclaimed film and is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and never living in fear.

The 2014-15 Broadway season is sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, with additional support from Mondelēz and Saatchi & Saatchi. For more information about subscriptions and on-sale dates, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 479.443.5600 or visit

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas – Season Finale

SoNA Presents Masterworks III Concert

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas to wrap up season 

with ‘electrifying’ program on Saturday, May 10th


After eight consecutive sold-out performances, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will again provide patrons with a chance to experience the magic of its 2013-14 Season with the Masterworks III finale concert on Saturday, May 10 at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville. Show time is7:30 p.m. Performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, the region’s finest classical musicians will present a collection of orchestral works taking audience members on a warp-speed journey through time. The Masterworks III repertoire opens with Fowler’s energetic Tapu’at, followed by Mozart’s “Haffner” symphony and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony No. 1, both written in Vienna, about 100 years apart.

“When I became SoNA’s music director, I vowed to present our audience with only the best of the best in classical music,” Haas says. “This program has one of my absolute favorites, Mahler’s First Symphony, as well as one of Mozart’s glittering jewels: the ‘Haffner’ symphony. Add to that Paul Fowler’s gorgeous and moving Tapu’at, and you have the ingredients for an electrifying evening.”

Haas continues, “Mahler famously said that the entire world is contained within each one of his symphonies. It’s this incredible breadth and depth of emotion, of experience, of spirit, that captivates me whenever I listen to this music. It’s mind-blowing to think that this is only his first symphony — it’s that powerful. I can’t wait to share all of this astonishing music with Northwest Arkansas!”

Ticket prices for Masterworks III are $28, $38 and $48. Ticket holders are also invited to attend a Creative Conversation with Maestro Haas in Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theatre, at 6:45 p.m.

To purchase tickets, please call Walton Arts Center’s box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit for online ticketing options.

About SoNA The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is the new name for the North Arkansas Symphony (NASO), which was founded in 1954 and has provided almost 60 years of musical performances and educational opportunities. A not-for-profit organization, SoNA is currently presenting its third season of classical and pops repertoire under the musical direction of Paul Haas, and has experienced 8 consecutive sold-out concerts. SoNA is a mobile organization with the ability to perform anywhere, and is a resident company of the Walton Arts Center. Mission: “SoNA brings great music to life in Northwest Arkansas!” For more information about SoNA, visit

Places to Eat – Eureka Springs – Casa Colina

Northwest Arkansas has a ton of great Mexican Restaurants.  Any place you go, you have from Tex Mex to authentic Mexican cuisine and everything in between.

Casa Colina in Northwest Arkansas - Eureka Springs

My wife, Mallory, and I decided to go to Casa Colina in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on a whim.  It’s right as you come into the downtown area in Eureka Springs.  It didn’t look like there was very much parking, but you just have to drive up a little hill to get to it.

Since it was a little cold, we opted to sit inside.  We were greeted by friendly servers, and they would prove exceptional throughout the night.  Mallory convinced me to get the table-side guacamole and that was NO mistake.  It was great.  They prepare it right beside the table.

Mallory always opts for enchiladas at Mexican restaurants, but she decided to spice to up a little bit with a little bit of avocado topped with a Mexican cream sauce.  I ate the Tilapia Veracruz with is “sauteed in a light tomato and white wine broth with olives, onion and capers, served over pasta.”  Growing up in Arkansas, pasta to me crosses over into Italian food, but the chefs and owners like to travel and cook from all different types of Mexican food.  It was perhaps the most delicious tilapia I have ever had.  You have to try it!

So, next time you drive down into downtown Eureka Springs, and you are hungry for authentic Mexican, eat at Casa Colina!

For reservations call 479-353-6226 or email  They are open Monday through Friday from 4:30-9:00pm, Saturday from 12:00-9:00pm and Sunday from 12:00-8:00pm.

Visit to get a taste of it before you go!

Earth Day Activities at Hobbs State Park Geared for Families

     Earth Day is an annual event where family-centered activities are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

    Hobbs State Park is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday April 12th.  Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities.

Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area celebrates Earth Day by encouraging families to enjoy the out of doors, by bringing Mother Nature’s feathered friends into the classroom, and to explain how each of us can help Mother Nature by building backyard habitats.

Earth Day activities at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area include:

9-11 a.m. – Birds & Breakfast at the visitor center (FREE)

10:30 a.m. – Mother Nature Reads in the visitor center (FREE)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Good Steward Hike at Bashore Ridge Trail (FREE)

2 p.m. – Friends of Hobbs Speaker Terri Lane, “Building Backyard Habitats”               (FREE)

2 p.m. – Earth Day Cruise on Beaver Lake (Fee)


For more information, and to make reservations for the Earth Day Cruise, call:  479-789-5000   Visit Hobbs State Park on the web at for additional program information.