The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup

It was an honor and a privilege to work with Keep Arkansas Beautiful to coordinate The Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup again this year.  The event was a success with nearly 250 volunteers collecting over 1000 pounds of trash and recyclables.  Two schools attended The Field Science Day on Friday September 11: Mountainburg and Springdale High Schools.  The students, teachers and chaperones spent all … [Read more...]

An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

It’s time for “The Great River Cleanup” campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Pamela and Zen Byrd Boulden of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jacob Gould of GreenSource Recycling and I are coordinating an all-day event – picking up litter along the Mulberry River and area trails along the Mulberry River.  The date is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd's … [Read more...]

Hometown Hero

“Go big or go home” is a quote used frequently in the South to describe the motivation and drive behind the scenes. Country music singer Lance Carpenter was the embodiment of that mantra last weekend. Lance knows how to have a good time and his friends, family and fans got to witness this first hand at “Music on the Mulberry”.  Some guests had previously purchased tickets for Thunder on the … [Read more...]

Music on the Mulberry

Country Music singer Lance Carpenter was among the bands scheduled to play at “Thunder on the Mountain”.  When faced with the decision to cancel his plans, he decided, “the show must go on”.  “A negative situation is being turned into a positive situation because of a community pulling together around a local artist who is organizing a music festival in 2 weeks.”  Lance had performed at near-by … [Read more...]

The View from Above

Initially, I met Wolf Grulkey and his crew from Skydive Sky Ranch at Byrd’s Adventure Center at their event “Borat’s Skydivers’ Boogie”.  I was excited to learn that there would be a Skydiving event at Byrd’s this year. Skydiving was on my bucket list, and I love flying, so I was naturally curious. I’ve flown in commercial jet planes, Cessna's and helicopters….with the doors or windows off if … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

Remember how it feels to be excluded, or feeling less than adequate because you haven’t quite mastered a skill?  Perfection, accomplishment, praise, recognition, attention drives you to keep trying, practicing, learning, reaching, for some sense of mastery. Current research indicates many positive health outcomes resulting from participation in recreational programs. Among these health outcomes … [Read more...]

Harvest Festival Bands take to the Natural State

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival was hosted at Mulberry Mountain this past weekend. An estimated 5000 festival attendees experienced Arkansas’ autumn weather with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and no rain! The festival has seemed to be plagued by stormy even tornadic weather in previous years. The festival organizers and musicians were quite outspoken regarding the … [Read more...]

Harvest Music Festival – Not Just About the Music

You bought your tickets to Harvest Fest...now it's time to make your itinerary.  Of course, the main objective is to relax and enjoy yourself.  Go into the festival knowing that you will not be able to see every single performance. Try to prioritize a handful of bands each day. Leave time to enjoy the festival and the activities and amenities of the festival.  The unique location of the festival … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Mulberry River with Chuck Dovish

"Exploring Arkansas," hosted by Chuck Dovish, is a high-adventure, outdoor show on AETN-PBS, which airs Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 5 p.m. My husband and I are fans of the show and supporters of the program’s mission. As a photographer, I've always admired Chuck's work, and recently contacted him about the possibility of shadowing him on assignment. It was during our first meeting … [Read more...]