Author archives: Melanie Kramer

Online Exclusive: A Happy Lake Hamilton Cottage

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We had so much fun photographing Kay Koonce and Marvin Itzkowitz's warm and inviting Hot Springs home for our July issue. We had more photos than we were able to use in the magazine. To celebrate this great couple and their beautiful new home, we wanted to share more with our readers. We also want to thank Cabbage Rose for creating two beautiful flower ar[...]

Not All Vodkas Are Created Equal

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Rock Town Distillery puts Little Rock on the vodka map with its top-of-the-line offerings. even years ago when Phil Brandon started distilling vodka at his downtown Little Rock warehouse, he knew he wanted to make his vodka special. Not only has Rock Town Vodka become his number one seller, but it has evolved and the company now makes grapefruit, basil an[...]

A Peaceful Lakeside Cottage: Little Rock Couple Builds Happy Home on Lake Hamilton

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wning a home in Hot Springs after living in Little Rock for nearly four decades was an easy decision for Kay Koonce. Koonce grew up in Hot Springs at the former Alpine Chalets Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton. Her parents, Elza and Martha Young, owned and operated Alpine until they decided to sell in the 1980s. The resort was turned into condominiums and the[...]

Make a Quick Getaway:
6 Trips for Arkansas Explorers

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he best trips are usually in your own backyard, and fortunately for Arkansans our backyard is stunning, and full of adventure and wild wonder. There are always places to discover – and rediscover. We rounded up our top trips in the state and did our best to include something for everyone. Make memories with the entire family, have an adventure on a natio[...]

Sips and Dips:
Fresh Local Eats

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The Perfect Appetizer and Cocktail Pairings to Start Your Summer Meal You really can’t beat the food of summer. No other season offers the most beautiful bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables. It’s the ultimate time of the year to visit local restaurants and find out what palatable creative genius Arkansas chefs have in store for us.   We checked i[...]

5 Things to Do Around Little Rock This Weekend

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Father's Day is this weekend and there's no better way to celebrate than spending quality time with him. Get outside, enjoy summer, eat great food and have fun with dad! Saturday Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Noon - 6 p.m. Hosted by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, this annual commemoration of the end of slavery is an event rooted in history an[...]

Free Dive-In Movies Return to Fayetteville

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Grab your swimsuit and your favorite floatie and head over to Dive-In Movies at Wilson Park Pool. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Fayetteville Fire Fighters Association, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is offering free Movies in the Park again in 2017. All movies begin at dark and are open to the public. The first movie of the season will b[...]

The 59th Annual Delta Exhibition Opens This Friday

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The Annual Delta Exhibition was founded nearly six decades ago to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. This year’s exhibition opens June 9 and will run through August 27. The Annual Delta Exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the artists from the Mississippi Delta region and a glimpse into the contemporary art scene,[...]