Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
Today’s Arkansans can experience how yesterday’s Arkansans lived when the Historic Arkansas Museum holds its 33rd annual Territorial Fair on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free.
Arkansas arts will be on display, and families can tour the historic grounds, the Museum Center and the newly expanded Plum Bayou Log House Farmstead. Also enjoy children’s arts and crafts activities, demonstrations, living history performances and pioneer games. The Museum store, which features Arkansas-made crafts, will be open.
Inside the Museum Center, visitors can work on an art project with local artist and art educator Hamid Ebrahimifar. The Hands-on History Room will allow children to make other crafts, including Mother’s Day cards. On the historic grounds, modern-day artists, including Kevin Kresse, Bill Lewis, Jackie Kaucher and Arlette Miller, will show visitors their unique approaches to painting. Inside the historic houses, living history actors will portray 19th-century characters who lived, visited or worked on the historic block.
Twist the night away
If high-scoring football is your thing, the Arkansas Twisters indoor football team is providing it this season. The Twisters will be back in Alltel Arena, where they are 2-0 this season (4-2 overall) to play Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 13, starting at 7 p.m.
The Twisters have gone over 50 points five times this season.
Tickets start at $10, with discounts for military, college students, seniors, police, firefighters and EMTs. Beer is available for $2. Call 975-5425 for more information or tickets.
Clinton Library salutes cowboys
TV and movie cowboys have long been a favorite of former President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Presidential Center and Park will open a new exhibit dedicated to cowboys starting Saturday, May 13. “Happy Trails: Cowboy Heroes of the Silver Screen” will be up through November, and it focuses on the lives and careers of more than 40 Western actors and actresses in television and movies from 1900 to today. The exhibit has Western movie posters, memorabilia and actor biographies, including Arkansas natives Alan Ladd, Gail Davis, Jimmy Wakely, Arthur Hunnicutt and Broncho Billy Anderson.
The center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults (18-61), $5 for seniors (62 and older), $5 for college students and retired military, and $3 for children (17 and under; children under 6 admitted free of charge). Call 374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
Cruise with mom
Looking for something different to do with mom on her day this Sunday. Try the Mother’s Day Cruise at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The cruise starts from Jolly Roger’s Marina on Lake Maumelle, and state park interpreters will be along for the ride to point out the sights. There are two cruises, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Call 868-5806 for reservations or more information, or visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/park.asp?id=3 on the Internet.
Also, the state park will be taking night tours on an “Owl Prowl” Saturday and Sunday. Bring a flashlight and bug spray and join the interpreters along the Kingfisher Trail. Admission for the “Owl Prowl” is $5.
Zoovies find ‘Nemo’
“Finding Nemo” one of the most popular children’s animated features of all-time, will be shown at the Little Rock Zoo as part of its “Zoovies” film series on Saturday, May 13, starting at 7 p.m. Blue Anne Ewe and educational animals are also part of the program, and admission is $4 for nonmembers of the zoo and $3 for members. Call 666-2406.
Arkansas singer-songwriters from Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe occasionally return home to perform, and they’ll be in town Thursday, May 18, at the Old State House Museum. The 7 p.m. show will feature Shawn Camp (recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine), Steve Dean, Donny Lowery, Wood Newton and Mark Alan Springer, playing, singing and talking like they would at the famed Nashville club. Tickets are $15, call 324-9685.
Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts presents its Cabaret Series production of “An American in Paris” on Thursday and Friday, May 18-19. Both shows are at 8 p.m. and feature the music of George Gershwin, chronicling his period in Paris after the turn of the century. Wildwood performers Strats Pavlov on piano and singers Mary Wynston-Smith, Timothy Tucker and members of the Wildwood Opera Theatre will present the music, including an abridged concert version of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Tickets are $35. Call 821-7275.