Category archives: Magazine

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 [...]

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[...]

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[...]