Category archives: May 2016

The 2016 AY's Best

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  … first-rate … these are two of the words used to describe the businesses in our 2016 BEST list. This year, we focused on regions of the state and consulted with groups of business and community leaders — people who are “in the know” — to help us select the best in more than 40 categories in each of their areas, and the results are astounding! Congratula[...]

May's Top 10 Things To Do

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Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!   1. ‘Faces of The Delta: The Art of Aj Smith’ Helena through July 4: This exhibit by famed artist Aj Smith features large, graphite pencil portraits and silver point prints of Arkansas and Mississippi Delta residents that he encountered in the culture-rich[...]

Home: Open Hearts, Open Home

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Barb and Nick Hobbs’ home was the third house to be built in their Rogers, Ark., neighborhood more than 20 years ago. Photography by Beth Hall   that their children are adults living out of state, it would be no surprise if they decided to downsize, but that was never in their plans. In fact, they’re looking forward to having even more people in t[...]

P. Allen Smith: Container Gardens

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I’m only answering one question this month, but it’s a hot topic: designing container gardens to withstand a typical Arkansas summer. Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   you braved the garden centers yet? Things began to get hectic in early March, and now shoppers are hitting the nurseries full tilt before summer arrives in earnest,[...]

Historical Gems: ‘The Lord Provides...’

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For years Lena Lowe Jordan nursed and nurtured countless Arkansans. As May is the month of Mother’s Day, it seems fitting to focus on this gem of an Arkansas caregiver. Photographs courtesy of the Historical Research Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences  Library, Little Rock   the days of the Jim Crow South, Jordan provided medical [...]

Travel Arkansas: See You at the (State) Park

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Hike, bike, camp and get historical across Arkansas this month. Photography by Bobby Burton   hard to resist the invitation to get off the couch and just go somewhere. You can feel the clock ticking down to summer. The crowds won’t be this thin again until after Labor Day, and the weather won’t be this nice again until October. It’s the perfect ti[...]

Excursion: Spring in the Spa City

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Hot Springs is the perfect area for a getaway. From Bathhouse Row to numerous restaurants, the attractions are endless. Photography by Janet Warlick   city’s deep, historical roots are wildly influential to its modern-day atmosphere. Hot Springs was once a popular spot for gangsters and gambling. In fact, the ‘Spa City’ nickname was born in the 19[...]

Good Will: A Southern Supper at Sunset

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Our House, a local shelter and assistance program for those in need, will host its 11th annual Dinner on the Grounds fundraiser. This Southern supper at sunset will be held May 6 at 6:30 p.m. with the beautiful backdrop of the historic Terry House. Photograph by Janet Warlick   House was founded in 1987 and serves more than 1,700 individuals annua[...]

Look Who's Cookin': Brian Deloney

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A fun Q&A with some of the state’s up-and-coming chefs as well as culinary superstars. Photography by Janet Warlick BRIAN DELONEY owner/executive chef  / Maddie’s Place / Little Rock       Hometown: Little Rock. Are you a formally trained chef or an on-the-job-trained cook? Both. I graduated culinary school[...]