Former Delta band director to revisit the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’

The “Chitlin’ Circuit” will be revisited on April 8 in Lake Village when the Alex Foundation hosts Architects of Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a month-long celebration honoring the life and works jazz musicians. Former Delta High School and Dermott High School band director, Charles Scurlock, will present the Architects of Jazz lecture and lead a five band ensemble of various jazz musical selections. The event will also feature an exhibit of Arkansas and … Continued

Recognition celebration set for UAM basketball team

The University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic department on March 28 will host a celebration recognizing the UAM men’s basketball team for its accomplishments this past season. The celebration will be held at the Monticello Country Club at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 and is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to attend the event and congratulate the 2017 Great American Conference Regular Season Champions and their coaches for their … Continued

A Picnic by the Lake

A Picnic by the Lake, a Chicot Memorial Hospital fundraiser will be held on April 22 at 6 p.m. at the home of Jon and Stephanie Bierbaum. The event will include dinner, dancing, a live auction and entertainment featuring the Blue Silk Band. Tickets are $50 per person and will be available beginning on March 10. For more information contact AnnClaire Hayes (662)897-6868.

Master Gardener Training set for June, July

A wide array of gardening related topics will be covered in depth at the Summertime 17 Master Gardener Training in June and July. The training dates are June 15, 22 and 29 and July 13 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Speakers will include current Master Gardeners, U of A Extension Specialists, and other state agency specialists. The location of the training sessions had not yet been determined. For more information, call Steve … Continued

Entertainment lineup for StarDaze Festival announced

The 14th Annual StarDaze Festival will be held on April 14-15 in Star City. This year’s music lineup includes Jo Dee Messina, Exile, Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn. In addition to the free live entertainment, the festival features a motorcycle point run, car show, carnival rides, and more than 75 arts, crafts and food vendors and exhibits. Country artists Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn will perform on Friday. Performing Saturday will be Jo … Continued

Lakeport Legacies History Talks

Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk focusing on history in the Delta, has released its 2017 schedule. Speakers will discuss a wide-range of Delta topics including, a history of one of Arkansas’s oldest African American churches, the Civil War in the Mississippi Delta, and a look at the Polk family’s plantations and investments from Tennessee to the Delta. The first Lakeport Legacies history talk will be held on March30 and will feature Dr. Blake Wintory, … Continued

Preserve Arkansas: ‘Behind the Big House’ at Lakeport

Preserve Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation, will present “Behind the Big House” on April 28-29 at Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village. The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations … Continued

Activities set in Southeast Arkansas for Archeology Month

In recognition of Arkansas Archeology Month in March, the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Arkansas Archeological Survey, in cooperation with museums, colleges, libraries and other groups across the state, will hold a series of events, displays, presentations, and hands-on activities to celebrate Arkansas’ cultural heritage as discovered through archeology. For 2017, there will be a number of events around southeast Arkansas. On Tuesday, March 7, the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the … Continued

Market in the Park and Extension Service hosting garden workshop

The Market in the Park farmer’s market in Monticello and the U of A Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting their third annual “Garden Workshop” on Saturday, March 11. The event will be held at the University of Arkansas Monticello Department of Agriculture with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Donuts, muffins and coffee will be available to participants and the workshop is free to the public. Various topics will be discussed, such as “Where and When … Continued

Author of “The Freedom Song” to speak at Lakeport Plantation

Author Mike Jordan calls them the unforgettable interviews. It was 1998, and the curator of the Museum of Chicot County, the late Dorothy Douglas, said she knew of great-granddaughters of the slaves who toiled at Lakeport and other nearby plantations and offered to set up some interviews. The stories the four elderly women relayed to Jordan, passed down through the generations, became the inspiration for storylines in his novel, The Freedom Song, set at Lakeport … Continued