Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Arkansas State Parks Aug 11 2009

End of summer is coming and I have gleaned many of the end of summer happenings from the Arkansas State Parks websites. - There is still lots of good weekend activities to see - check out some of this - Arkansas is a great place to live.

August 15th –

Historic Washington State Park – Music in the Park, featuring Clarke R. Buehling and String Band. Come enjoy a great country dinner at William’s Tavern Restaurant from 6-7 pm and the musical performance in the 1874 Courthouse from 7-9 pm. Adults $25, Children 14 & under $20 (meal included) Performance only is $15. Please make reservations no later than August 13th. (870) 983-2684

August 22nd –

Bull Shoals-White River State Park – Kayaking Basics and Float Trip. Join a park interpreter to learn the basics of kayaking, including safety, gear, different kayaking strokes and how to make a wet exit. Following the instructional portion of the workshop, go on a relaxing float trip on the White River. Spaces are limited; register in advance at the James A. Gaston visitor center or call (870) 445-3629. The minimum age for this activity is 13 years. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Bring a water bottle and snacks for the float trip. Be prepared to float 2.5-4 hours depending on the water lever to Wild Cat Shoals. All other gear is provided. Admission: $15

Mount Nebo State Park - 16th Annual End of Summer Hang-Glider Fly-In. On August 22nd & 23rd join the Central Arkansas Mountain Pilots (C.A.M.P.) at Sunrise Point this weekend to watch and learn as they hang glide throughout the weekend. Due to the sport’s high dependence on weather and wind, no times will be announced for the flying; however, weather and wind permitting, the pilots fly throughout Saturday and Sunday beginning in the afternoon. For more information call (479)229-3655. Admission: Free

Ozark Folk Center State Park – Celebrity Concert with The Wiyos. The Wiyos’ popularity is exploding! Come see them at the Ozark Folk Center between stops in their current summer tour with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellenkamp. The Wiyos draw their music from as vast spectrum of traditional rural and urban roots music. Their repertoire combines original compositions along with covers of tin-pan alley tunes and western swing. A typical show may include rustic sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s as well as early jazz or Appalachian string band music. The band is steeped in the influence of the great dance bands and house party music of 80-90 years ago. They are sure to entertain you with the sounds of early swing syncopations, rural blues, and the physical comedy of vaudeville performers. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 870-269-3851 or online here.

Good fun - try something this weekend.

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