January 7, 2016

Top 6 Things to Do this Weekend – January 8 – 10, 2016

This weekend, Arkansas shows its unique Southernness with events happening around the state that involve coon, antiques, bald eagles and even Elvis. Now, that is a good time friends. Bundle up, head out and enjoy what our state has to offer.

Gillett Coon Supper

Gillett Coon Supper

Hundreds will turn out this Saturday, Jan. 9, to rub elbows, see friends and have a taste of smoked coon at the annual Gillett Coon Supper. Read more about this event that began in 1933 here on OnlyinArk.

Saturday, Jan. 9
6 p.m.
Gillett Elementary Gymnasium

Antique Alley

Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show ~ Conway

The Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show will be Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center located at 2505 E. Oak St. in Conway. Over 100 exhibitors from 10+ states will bring architectural salvage, old advertising, antique toys, linens, primitives, glassware, antique furniture, and much more from the 1950s and before.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 each for children 12 and under. Admission is good all weekend! Parking is free!

Saturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 12:00 p.m – 5 p.m.
Conway Expo Center


Photographer Presents Program on Bald Eagles ~ Rogers

Native Arkansan Mike Martin, who has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for more than 20 years, will present a program on bald eagles at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers.
Northwest Arkansas sees the most migrating bald eagles from the first of November through the end of February when winter is coldest to our north. When lakes freeze over, the eagles can’t get to their main diet, fish, and have to head south to unfrozen waters.

The program is free. For more information: call, 479-789-5000.

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Sunday, Jan. 10
2:00 p.m
Hobbs State Park-Conservation


Texarkana to Dedicate Elvis Presley Plaque ~ Texarkana

Texarkana will be celebrating Elvis Presley’s 81st birthday with a plaque dedication Jan. 8 at the Walk of Fame Park outside the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium at East 3rd and Walnut Street. The dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. and will commemorate the performances by the famous singer at the auditorium in 1954 and 1955. Presley, who was born January 8, 1935, performed at the venue six times in those years, including two concerts with Johnny Cash, who also has a plaque on the Walk of Fame Park. Their performance at the auditorium was featured in the movie Walk the Line.

Municipal Auditorium, which is on the National List of Historic Places, was built in 1928 and has an important place in music history. Many early rock and roll performers, including Presley, played at the venue as they traveled through Texarkana on U.S. 67 (now known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway) on the Louisiana Hayride circuit. For more details on the event, check out the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Commission’s Facebook page here. Below is a 1955 interview with Presley where he mentions his Texarkana performances.

Lace up those running shoes, there are several races throughout the state this weekend. Bundle up!

ARK Winter Series 5K/10K/Half Marathon ~ Little Rock

The ARK Winter Series kicks off its events that are scheduled over four consecutive Saturdays in January. The first 2016 Winter Series event will be this Saturday at the River Market. Jan. 16 will be in Lakewood at the Family Medicine Clinic at 4701 Fairway; Jan. 23 at the Maumelle Sports Complex and the final run will be Jan. 30 starting at Murray Park Pavilion 7.
Jan. 9, 2016
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
River Market


Frozen Toes trail Run ~ Fayetteville

Are you tough enough to handle the cold, while getting a little muddy and running a 15k? Then, this is the perfect race for you. You will be rewarded with amazing views and cold weather eats and treats.

Jan. 9, 2016
9 a.m.
Kessler Mountain Trails

The Park Wife

Stephanie Buckley, aka The Park Wife, is a tribe builder. She is the founder of The Women Bloggers, an online community designed to gather, grow, and connect social media influencers. Considered an old-timer in the blog world, since 2006 she has written what she hopes is a love letter to her children on her lifestyle blog, The Park Wife. Raised in the debutante world of Mississippi, she married a hunky park ranger and moved to Arkansas 19 years ago and has fallen in love with the state. She loves gardening, porch swings, a beautifully set table, a delicious meal surrounded by great conversations, their cabin in the woods and monogramming everything that is not nailed down. She is a devoted wife and fun-loving mom to two extraordinarily cool little gentlemen and is fortunate enough to live on one of Arkansas’s premier state parks.

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