Lake Chicot Fall Festival to feature BBQ cook off, beauty pageants, and more

The 21st Annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival will be held on October 27-28 on the banks of Lake Chicot in Lake Village. The festival will feature entertainment, beauty pageants, a pumpkin decorating contest, tractor show, car show, 5K run and walk, an amusement area and free games for children, a dog show, arts and crafts, food vendors, the Memphis Barbecue Network-sanctioned Fire on the Water BBQ Cook Off, and more. For more information or to … Continued

Guachoya to host reception for more than 20 authors

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village is “Embracing the Literary Arts” with a reception on Saturday, September 30, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. to introduce approximately 22 published authors. Presenting this art form broadens the Guachoya Cultural Art Center’s presentation of art forms from traditional exhibits of paintings to the literary arts. More than 20 authors represting six states will participate in the event. The following states will be represented at the … Continued

MAD grand opening to feature ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Migos & more

The Murphy Arts District (MAD) in El Dorado will celebrate its $100 million revitalization project grand opening with a 5-day music celebration in September featuring a full lineup of top entertainers and recording artists. The event will be held in conjunction with the El Dorado MusicFest. The lineup includes ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Migos, X Ambassadors, Smokey Robinson, Train, Ludacris, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, John Hiatt, Natasha Bedingfield, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, … Continued

Tom Richard art to be featured in Rosenzweig exhibit

The artwork of Tom Richard, of Monticello, will be featured in the Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The opening reception and awards ceremony for this prestigious event will be held on Thursday, September 21, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with juror remarks at 5:30 p.m. Thirty artists from seven states — Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Louisiana — will be featured in this year’s exhibition. … Continued

Class on Catholic faith set

  Whether one is seeking to enter the Catholic Church or simply wanting to learn more about the substance, tradition and customs of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Mark Abban, pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, said a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) class will answer those questions. “Classes are somewhat informal and within the bounds of common courtesy and scheduling will allow participants to find the answers to any questions about the … Continued

Junk Hunt Loop in Southeast Arkansas set for this fall

The second annual Junk Hunt Loop, a 3-day multi-county yard sale along highways 79 and 63 in Southeast Arkansas, has been set for October 5 through October 7. While there will be sales all along the the route, there will be several hubs where a multiple vendors will sell their “junk” at a central location. The beginning/ending point of the 25-mile Junk Hunt Loop route will be at the Pine Bluff hub at Carrie Scott’s … Continued

Living History Day set for Monticello

  The 9th Arkansas Infantry “Parson’s Regiment” and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #652 will present a Living History Day at the Market in the Park in Monticello Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The units will set up camp on the lawn across from the farmer’s market. Admission is free. Come see the different styles of military tents and how soldiers lived in the 1860s. Exhibitors and enactors will be in … Continued

Historian to discuss Mid-Century Modern architecture

The 1950s and 60s was a period of significant change in the United States, both socially and technologically. The repercussions of World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race were defining aspects of this period. Mid-Century Modern architecture reflected these changes in a physical way, forever changing the built environment. Mason Toms, an exterior design consultant and architectural historian for Main Street Arkansas, will discuss the ways that these social and technological … Continued

Griffin to speak at Political Animals Club meeting

  Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will be the guest speaker at the next Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club meeting at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Monticello Western Sizzlin. Griffin is serving his first term as lieutenant governor. From 2011 to 2015, he represented Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2006 to 2007, Griffin served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and, earlier, Special Assistant and … Continued