Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
We're lucky in Little Rock. Even when the Farmer's Market isn't in season, there are places we can go to shop for products made by other Arkansans. The Clinton Library gift shop has some, and so does the Gifts of Arkansas store at Markham and Scott.
There'll be another chance to shop local this weekend and support the Arkansas DeltaMade initiative, which tries to increase awareness of products made in the Delta and provide entrepreneurs with new markets. The Clinton School of Public Service will host a special DeltaMade marketplace from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall.
Among the almost two dozen merchants who'll be there:
• Food: Alan's Honey (Osceola) and Andrews Honey (West Helena); Barbara's Elite Latte (coffees and teas, Tyronza); Out of Africa (jams and jellies, Marianna); River City Spices (Blytheville) and Papa Jim's (spices and sauces, Forrest City); Woody's BBQ (sauces and rubs, Waldenburg); E.B.'s Rubs and Marinades (Blytheville); Della Gourmet Rice (Blytheville); Secrets of the South (dips and soups, Gillett); That One Sauce (Brinkley).
• Art: Cobblestone Studios (art and photography, Lexa); Dee Don's Carvings (Tyronza); Ed Wade Studios (watercolors, Marianna); J.B. Designs (woodcarvings, Marion); Johnson's Studio (photography, Helena); Norwood Creech (art and photography, Lepanto);
• Crafts: Delta Jewelry and Quilts (Helena); Handwritten (stationery, West Memphis); Miller's Mud Mill (pottery, Dumas); Peace Bee Farm (beeswax candles, Proctor); Southern Soy Scents (candles, Marion); Widner-Magers Farm (crafts, Blytheville)
• Other stuff: Haute Pare (children's clothing, Helena); H.R. Williams (novels, Trumann); Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum (Piggott); Miss Priss Designs (children's clothing, Helena) and Mollie's Originals (handbags, Helena).
If you want a sneak peek at what they'll bring, check out www.arkansasdeltamade.com.
• So apparently fear of snow is not the most powerful force in the Central Arkansas universe. The allure of free cocktails and the chance to mentally spend a few hundred bucks on plastic boxes drew a huge crowd last Thursday night to a preview party at the Container Store. Who knew closet prototypes could so creatively double as buffet stands? My husband mocked me for attending, but come Saturday morning he was dressed and ready to go to the official grand opening. The aisles were generally too narrow to handle the huge crowd, but I imagine that won't be a problem after the initial rush. We bought lots of practical stuff, including a frog trashcan for the baby's room ($10), and resisted lots more, like a colorful $49 wall-mounted caterpillar coat rack in the style of George Nelson's iconic 1950s ball clock.
• Cheap kids' stuff: The spring Duck Duck Goose consignment sale runs today through Saturday, March 15, at the State Fairgrounds. This is a huge event — the entire Hall of Industry is packed with rack after rack of children's and women's clothing, plus piles of toys and baby gear and furniture. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. all three days, and many items will be half-price on Saturday.
• Antique lovers: The Arkansas Antique Dealers Association's spring show and sale is coming up this weekend at the Clear Channel Metroplex (Colonel Glenn Road and Interstate 430). Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16. It'll cost you $5 to get in, but hey, cool old stuff and door prizes.