Light Up the Night: The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival

By Amanda Nettles | Photography courtesy of Tianyu Arts & Culture Arkansas is welcoming a bright new addition to the state’s festivities this year. The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival will feature beautiful, handcrafted Chinese lanterns. These whimsical lanterns are created by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel around the world, says Chinese Lantern Festival Event…

Up in Smoke

Arkansas’ culinary gifts of the season come in the form of smoked meats, delivered to your door. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]oday, Arkansas’ food finds are a frequent gift opened by friends, families and business associates all across the United States. In particular, three Arkansas-based companies hog the market on these meats. COURSEY’S SMOKED MEATS Coursey’s Smoked Meats in…

One Eleven

By Amanda Nettles | Photography by Jamison Mosley [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne Eleven is a hidden gem located in the historic and luxurious Capital Hotel. The restaurant is just to the left of the lobby and features a long,  zinc-topped bar with a backdrop of wine displays perfectly  aligned along the walls.  The contemporary restaurant is awash in…

Made From Scratch

By Melanie Kramer | Photography by Jamison Mosley [dropcap]H[/dropcap]oliday cookies are a time-honored tradition, and Sarah DeClerk, owner of Ann Potter Baking, has cornered the market on beautifully made and delicious cookies in central Arkansas. From her intricate snowflakes to painstakingly detailed ugly sweaters, DeClerk’s cookies are true works of art. Sarah grew up cooking…

Arkansas Trail of Lights

Story and Photos by Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights returns for its 22nd year with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts and performances, live nativities, illuminated displays and more. The Trail of Holiday Lights is your passport to…

The Santaland Diaries

By Kristy Alpert | Graphic courtesy of The Rep Not Your Mama’s Matinee: The Santaland Diaries offers an adult alternative to snowflakes and candy canes [dropcap]A[/dropcap]nyone looking for an upbeat tale of Christmas cheer that comes wrapped in a happy package with sweet, sweet tidings of joy… had better keep looking. There are no Sugarplum Fairies…

Downtown Comebacks: Little Rock River Market, SoMa and Argenta Arts District

By AY Staff | Photography by David Yerby The revitalization of Little Rock and North Little Rock’s downtowns, from abandoned warehouses and dilapidated buildings into model neighborhoods, offers mixed-use developments that blend residential and commercial space. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Little Rock development started in the early 1990s with the Little…

December’s Top 10 Events

1. Lights of the Ozarks Fayetteville November 17 – December 31 Every year the Fayetteville Downtown Square lights up its entire vicinity with glowing Christmas lights. Fayetteville Parks and Recreation spends over 3,000 hours creating the beautiful project. Approximately 400,000 lights are scattered across the downtown square. Take a stroll in downtown Fayetteville and see…