Author archives: AY Staff

Publisher’s Note: Live Life to the Fullest

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Summertime for my family is about spending time together and making memories to last a lifetime. This summer, the staff at AY Magazine encourages you to do the same. Our July issue is chock-full of “unexpected” things to go see, where to eat and fun getaways for all ages. Enjoy a steam in a cave in Hot Springs, take the family fishing on the beautiful Whi[...]

Kids Culinary Camps: Where Food Meets Fun

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hether your child is a prodigal chef or just interested in all things related to baking, a variety of cooking camps around the state offer fun-filled summer sessions for all skill levels. There’s no shortage of specialty summer camps available to parents looking to provide summer enrichment for their children. One growing trend in the summer camp industr[...]

A Christmas Proposal Leads to Vows in the Spring

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Leah Yeager and Edward Payne Harding say “I do” in a romantic ceremony on the family’s Little Rock farm. CHEF MEETS GIRL Yeager and Harding met about five years ago when he was working at the former 1620 Savoy restaurant. Harding had just returned from culinary school in New York in his first restaurant role. “I was at 1620 for dinner one night and orde[...]

Top 10 Things to Do

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1 34TH ANNUAL POPS! ON THE RIVER LITTLE ROCK July 4 The 34th Annual Pops! on the River salutes Independence Day inside Riverfront Park. The event has expanded to include a bigger fireworks show, activities for kids, food trucks and more. www.riverfestarkansas.com  2 MOVIES IN THE PARK LITTLE ROCK July 5 - July 26 Each Wednesday during July [...]

Flowers Pretty Enough to Eat with P. Allen Smith

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lowers are more than just pretty faces. We usually grow flowers for their beauty or to attract butterflies and bees to our gardens. But did you know that you can also eat some of them? There are so many garden plants that produce edible flowers. Many of these flowers have nice, subtle flavors like rose petals or the common house geranium. It’s not surpri[...]

Farmers Markets Around Arkansas

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CENTRAL ARKANSAS BAPTIST HEALTH FARMERS MARKET offers farmers markets at three different locations around central Arkansas. Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in the parking deck at 9601 Baptist Health Drive Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in th[...]

C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., Invested in Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery

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C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chair of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was invested earlier this month in the Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. Barnes, who graduated with honors from the College of Medicine in 1986 and completed his internship and [...]

Poolside Essentials

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  Now that we’re in the heart of summer , you’re probably enjoying your days by the pool. Heres’ some of my essentials that will be sure to keep you protected, fueled, and in style from head to toe ? POOLSIDE ESSENTIALS CHECK LIST: Corkcicle Water Bottle – keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours! Reserve Antioxidant Gel Pack – a refreshing snack[...]

Impressive Women: Melinda Markus, CEO Markus Homes Inc.

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Melinda Markus CEO Markus Homes, Inc. A passion at an early age to see projects from start to finish developed into a career path for Melinda Markus of Markus Homes Inc. Markus’ love for people and the outdoors have crafted a perfect fit for a career in construction. “I have always had an aptitude for structural and creative design,” she said. Markus[...]