For as much as we all love living in Arkansas, it is definitely not for sissies, and if you need proof of that, just step outside for 15 minutes this time of year. It is summertime in the Natural State, and it is hot, baby. Fortunately, we have beautiful lakes and streams to take the edge off and AY About You to read as we laze by the pool.


This issue cooks with a visit to one of the fastest-growing communities in Arkansas, Searcy, which combines small-town charm with big-time ambitions. Our writers take us to this White County spot to learn what makes the place so special to visit or to stay.


Also in this edition, our annual “Men of Distinction” showcases the fellas who make a difference in our state in business, nonprofit work and public service and as good husbands, fathers and friends. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees; in an era when strong men are increasingly marginalized in society, Arkansas is proud of you!


We also dip into subject matter that will help you get the most out of your summer adventures, including tips for staying safe in the sun, the best ice cream parlors to try and a trip to Flyway Brewery in North Little Rock for a cold brew on a hot day.


Finally, we sit down with international recording star and mental health advocate Jewel about a new collaboration she is doing with the acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. It is an exciting event you do not want to miss.


As always, thank you for picking up a copy of AY About You and making us a part of your lives. Remember to hydrate out there as you enjoy your summertime adventures!


Heather Baker,

President & Publisher

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