Category archives: August 2017

The Story Behind The Unexpected

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hree people stand taller than all the rest in the Arkansas border town of Fort Smith. Last month, AY Magazine showcased the convergence of the Unexpected Festival and the Peacemaker Music Festival; in 2017, for the first time, the two events came together to hold an art and culture extravaganza in Fort Smith during the weekend of July 28-29. Three murals [...]

Elvis in Arkansas

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lvis was born in Tupelo and later made Memphis his home, but he was no stranger to Arkansas. Before his music was heard around the world, it was heard throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and many points in between. In the 1950s, Elvis and his band kept up a rigorous road schedule, playing country fairs, school auditoriums, clubs [...]

P. Allen Smith: A Breath of Fresh Air

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I just love bringing the outdoors in. Having plants in the house makes me feel connected to Mother Nature even when I can’t get outside. And houseplants are a simple way to add instant vitality to any room! The “greening” of indoor spaces is taking off, as more people want to exercise their green thumbs without having a garden. What’s great about housepla[...]

Publisher’s Note: The King of Intriguing Men

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When we started planning our August issue many months ago, we knew the big focus would be on our Intriguing Men feature. We are excited to showcase the fascinating and dynamic men who go above and beyond to make a difference in Arkansas. When we began discussing a travel feature on the beautiful new Guest House at Graceland, right across the river in Memphis[...]

Gone Girl: The Disappearance of Ebby Steppach

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n a breathtakingly beautiful day in downtown Little Rock — as the press conference announcing a $50,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Ebby Steppach concludes — a phalanx of reporters splinters in all directions to get additional comments. Laurie Jernigan removes her oversized sunglasses and gazes calmly into the reporter’s camera lens. A [...]

Cosmetic Surgery for Men on the Rise

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e tend not to raise an eyebrow when talking about cosmetic surgery for women. But those eyebrows might begin to rise when the topic turns to male cosmetic surgery. However, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in the past five years there has been a 40 percent increase nationwide in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed[...]

Women in the Wild: Georgia Pellegrini’s Arkansas Adventure Getaway

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eorgia Pellegrini will come to Arkansas to hunt and cook — but it will be far from her first time in Arkansas. Pellegrini is a bestselling author, popular blogger, trained chef and, perhaps most importantly, woman hunter. She has written three books: Food Heroes, Girl Hunter and Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects and Skills for a Self-Suff[...]