Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tim McGraw at the AMP

Tim McGraw at the Amp

August 7

with special guests Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope at the new Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR <view map> Tickets are $44-$99.50*

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27 at 9am!

3 easy ways to buy:

  1. Order online at you’ll get a reminder email on Friday with a link!
  2. Call 479-443-5600
  3. Order in person at the new Walmart AMP box office <view map>


More than 20 years into his career, Tim McGraw remains one of country music’s most successful artists, with 40 million albums sold, three Grammys®, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Country Music Association Awards to his credit. He was named the Most Played Artist of the Decade by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems for having his songs broadcast nearly 8 million times on the radio from 2000 to 2009, more than any other artist of any genre. His accomplishments in music even enabled him to branch into acting, a pursuit many were surprised to find McGraw took quite naturally to, in films like “The Blind Side,” “Country Strong” and “Friday Night Lights.”

McGraw’s concert at the new Walmart AMP is part of his recently launched SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN 2014 TOUR, where he’ll be bringing his “characteristically high-octane” (Billboard) show to more than 30 cities. Joining him for the summer run will be rising stars Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.

“After doing this for 20 years, the challenge is always to find new ways to top what you did the last tour,” said McGraw. “This summer is all about getting as close to the fans as possible and creating that connection with them, so we can really get to know each other and feed off that energy. Fans this summer are going to get to hear some new songs off the new album too, which is cool because I’ll get that immediate feedback that only a live crowd can provide.”

*Plus applicable fees.

Sound of Music opens at Arts Center of the Ozarks

Sound of Music at Arts Center of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas

Arguably one of the world’s most-beloved musicals, “The Sound of Music” was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s final collaboration. The show debuted on Broadway in 1959 and starred Mary Martin as the high-spirited Maria, but most recall the 1965 Academy Award-winning film starring Julie Andrews. With memorable songs like “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” audiences will delight when this timeless classic is brought to life on the Arts Center of the Ozarks’ stage.

Running July 11-13 & 17-20, 2014, get your tickets now for an evening of musical joy.

Celebrate the start of our 48th season at our Opening Night Gala, July 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm.  Enjoy lively music, great appetizers, and fun variety of German beers.

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37th Ozark Quilt Fair

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - Quilt Fair

Entries are now being accepted for the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History’s 37th Ozark Quilt Fair, coming up on Saturday, September 13. Quilters and quilt lovers are invited to display new and antique quilts for show and sale on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $10 per exhibitor. Cash prize Viewer’s Choice awards will be given for first ($50), second ($35), and third ($15) place winners in both new and antique quilt categories. The entry deadline is September 10Entry forms are available on the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History’s website or by calling us at 479-750-8165.

Gospel Music Concerts at Passion Play in Eureka Springs

Great Passion Play - Gospel Music Celebration ConcertsIf you enjoy Gospel Music, this is just the event for you!  Concerts start at 5:00pm each day at The Great Passion Play and will feature Red Roots, the Nelons, the Williamson’s, the Greenes, Chris Hester, Southern Sonlight, the Graves Family, and Dylan Hall and Clancy Davis.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 12-16), and $5 for kids (ages 4-11) per concert day.  If you purchase tickets for both days you can get a discount.  Both day ticket prices are $30 for adults, $15 for youth (ages 12-16), and $7 for kids (ages 4-11).

Tickets are available for purchase at or by calling 800-882-7529.


Life Styles announces entertainment for 25th annual Polo in the Ozarks gala

Life Styles

Life Styles, Inc. will host its premiere fundraising event, Polo in the Ozarks, September 13, 2014 at the Buell Farm, near Goshen. Entertainment for the 25th annual Polo in the Ozarks gala is Fayetteville-based band, Backroad Anthem. The gala will begin immediately after the live polo match.

Backroad Anthem is a country rock band that captivates audiences with their unique style and undeniable chemistry made obvious through their original music and high-energy onstage performances. More information can be found at

Gala tickets are $100 for adults and $25 for children (6 and under free). VIP tickets are $150 for adults and include a cooled tent and premium seating. Table reservations are available. Visit or call 479-521-3581 for additional pricing information. Tickets will go on sale August 11, 2014.

Polo in the Ozarks has been the primary fundraiser for Life Styles, Inc. for the past 24 years. Each year, over two thousand people join us in Goshen for a day of polo, children’s activities, live and silent auctions, and a gala which includes dinner and dancing to live music by Backroad Anthem. Professional polo players from around the world go head-to-head in the live polo match. Funds raised during Polo in the Ozarks will help provide additional support to Life Styles three main programs: College for Living, Supported Employment and Supported Living.

Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park

Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park Grand Opening!

Siloam Springs - Whitewater Recreation Park - Grand opening Saturday, June 28, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. 19253 Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs, AR Park Amenities Include: Two engineered rapids• Family swimming area with riverside seating• Fully accessible paved walking trails• Climbing boulder• Rain garden• Picnic area• Changing area• Accessible riverbank• Port-o-lets• Paved parking lot Lifejackets are strongly recommended to all users whether tubing, kayaking or canoeing. The rapids are class II to III. Swimming through the rapids in not recommended as currents are very strong.This park is FREE to the public and is open seven days a week. Park is closed from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.The Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park is a family-friendly alcohol free park. Alcohol and weapons on the property will not be tolerated. This area is patrolled by the Siloam Springs Police Department.

Opera in the Ozarks launches 64th season


Nation’s Top Young Opera Talent and Gifted Orchestra 

Performing in Northwest Arkansas

2014 Season Begins June 20 Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally acclaimed program for emerging operatic professionals, is pleased to announce its upcoming 64th Season with an exceptional new repertoire and 24 fully produced operatic performances in Eureka Springs and Bentonville, Ark.

Opera in the Ozarks’ 2014 season begins Friday, June 20 and runs through Friday, July 18. The four-week summer season features 24 performances with a repertoire of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a comedy that centers around the question of fidelity; Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (double bill), which contribute to Puccini’s operatic answer to Dante’s Divine Comedy; and Sondheim’s Into the Woods, an irreverent fantasy based on well-known fairy tale characters.

This season includes 20 performance dates beginning June 20 at Opera in the Ozarks’ own mountainside venue – Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, on Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs. This newly air-conditioned, outdoor venue uniquely lends itself to an intimate look at each of the acclaimed operas of the 2014 repertoire. Additionally, four performances will be held at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville on June 29 and July 6, 11 and 13. The Sunday, July 13 performance will feature Opera in the Ozarks alumna and Metropolitan Opera star Latonia Moore.

Dr. Thomas Cockrell, returning as Artistic Director, said Opera in the Ozarks held auditions across the country during the past year and selected a group of talented singers and musicians who are eager to hone their skills as they pursue their operatic and musical careers.

“The 64th Season of Opera in the Ozarks promises to be one of the most splendid yet,” Cockrell said. “The repertoire is outstanding, with something for everyone.”

Stephen Rushing is the opera’s new General Director, replacing Jim Swiggart who guided the Opera in the Ozarks’ program for over 20 years and now serves as Director Emeritus.

“I am looking forward to my first season as General Director of Opera in the Ozarks,” Rushing said. “The talent this season is extraordinary and the dedicated staff, many of whom are returning faculty, will indeed bring magic to the mountain at Inspiration Point.”

For more information and a complete list of season performances, visit Tickets ($20, $25 and $27) may be purchased online at or by phone at (479) 253-8595. 2014 PERFORMANCE DATES AT-A-GLANCE:

INSPIRATION POINT FINE ARTS COLONY PERFORMANCES 16311 Hwy. 62 West / Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

June 20 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Opening Night) June 21 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi June 24 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods June 25 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte June 26 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi June 27 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods June 28 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte June 30 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods July 1 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte July 2 –  Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi July 3 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods July 5 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi July 7 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte July 8 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi July 9 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods July 14 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods July 16 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte July 17 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi July 18 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods

AREND ARTS CENTER PERFORMANCES 1901 S.E. J Street / Bentonville, AR 72712 Showtimes Vary

June 29 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi 4 p.m. July 6 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods  4 p.m. July 11 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte 7:30 p.m. July 13 – Special Gala Concert Honoring Jim Swiggart and Featuring Latonia Moore 4 p.m.


Mozart’s Così fan tutte In an attempt to convince the star-crossed lovers Guglielmo and Ferrando that women are inherently unfaithful, the older and more jaded Don Alfonso makes a wager that they’ll be able to prove their lovers’ infidelity within the day. Through an elaborate scheme, their lovers’ faithfulness is tested. The comedic Così fan tutte (All Women Are Like That) ends with the charade, but only after the lovers’ true colors are revealed.

Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (Double Bill) Suor Angelica (or “Sister Angelica”) and Gianni Schicchi (pronounced “Johnny Skeekee”) are two of the three one-act operas featured in Puccini’s Il Trittico (The Triptych). Written as an operatic answer to Dante’s Divine ComedyIl Trittico features the tales of three separate lives, each headed toward heaven, hell or purgatory. Opera in the Ozarks has chosen to produce Suor Angelica (heaven) and Gianni Schicchi (hell), as the operas have a brilliant contrast.

Suor Angelica is a tale of loss and repentance. After bearing an illegitimate child in late-17th century Italy, Angelica is sent to a convent by her family. Seven years later, Sister Angelica receives the news that her child has died. Devastated, she sings the lament, “Senza mamma” (“Without mamma”), mixes poison, and resolves to kill herself. After drinking the poison, Sister Angelica realizes that her suicide is a mortal sin, and therefore she will not go to heaven. As she dies, Sister Angelica prays for forgiveness, and in her last moments, has a vision of the Virgin Mary bringing her lost child to her.

Gianni Schicchi is lighter emotionally. It tells the story of a greedy family trying to gain control of the estate of their dying relative, Buoso Donati, in mid-13th century Florence. The family turns to Gianni Schicchi, a cunning con artist, to help secure the inheritance. But Schicchi has plans of his own: he turns the con around on the family, keeping Buoso’s riches for himself. Gianni Schicchi was Puccini’s only comic opera and features the popular aria “O mio babbino caro” (“Oh my dear daddy”) sung by Schicchi’s daughter Lauretta.

Lapine and Sondheim’s Into the Woods An ambivalent Cinderella? A bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? They’re all among the interesting characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale, Into the Woods. When a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell – a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, a slipper as bright as gold. They swindle, lie and steal from Cinderella (with the slipper as pure as gold), Little Red Riding Hood (with a cape as red as blood), Rapunzel (with hair as yellow as corn), and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk and with the cow as white as milk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act I, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt him or her in Act II. A Giant (a female giant, that is) steps down from the heavens and straight upon some beloved characters. She takes a few lives before the survivors realize that they have to work together in order to succeed. Thus, what begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

About Opera in the Ozarks Opera in the Ozarks, a non-profit organization, has been the training ground for serious young artists for 64 years. Singers are selected annually from national auditions. Over the years, Opera in the Ozarks has launched the careers of many talented singers who have gone on to perform in premier opera houses around the world.

Story Time at Hobbs State Park

Mother Nature Reveals Her Story Reading Times at Hobbs State Park for the Second Half of 2014

Mother Nature herself has become a permanent fixture at Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  Every 2nd Saturday at 10:30 a.m. she visits the Park’s visitor center to excite the imaginations of all the children around her by reading stories of the forest and the animals that live there.  Those who visit her always remember an educational, memorable, and fun time.

“Mother Nature Reads” Schedule for the Second Half of 2014

 July 12       I Love bugs!

August 9    Our Streams & River Life

Sept. 13     Who…oo Loves the Night?

Oct.  11      Three Cheers for Trees!

Nov.   8      Gobble, Bobble! Wild turkeys at Hobbs

Dec.   13     Our Winter Wildlife


Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories will target children 3-6 years of age.

Meet Mother Nature in the lobby of the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center at 10:30 a.m.  Cost:  FREE     Length – one hour.  For more information call:    479-789-5000.