My Sweet Mountain Home

by Joe David Rice Not many Ozark communities can claim that slaves named the town. That’s just one way that Mountain Home is unique among Arkansas cities. The first white pioneers moved into the region around today’s Mountain Home well over 200 years ago. Maps of early Arkansas from that era show a village known…

Watermelon Sugar

Watermelon Sugar

by Adeline Goodman Julie Johnson was raised in Poughkeepsie, Ark., a quaint Southern town nestled near the banks of the Strawberry River and just down the road from Cave City, home of the historic Cave City Watermelon Festival. Making her home among the gardens of well-known Cave City-stamped watermelons, Johnson married into a family of…

Junior League Postpones Holiday House in 2020

The Junior League of Little Rock will be postponing Holiday House, its annual holiday celebration, for 2020.   Now in its 30th edition, Holiday House was scheduled to be held in November 2020. Now, the organizers will be rescheduling it for Nov. 10-13, 2021 at the Statehouse Convention Center.   “The Junior League of Little Rock’s…

Sky of the Month: Stargazing in August 2020

Every month, AY About You outlines the night sky in these easily digestible guides. And stargazing in August is another one for the books.   This month features local astrophotography from Arkansan Tony Milligan. You can find more of his spectacular photos on his website, Captured in Time.   Moon Phases Full Moon: Aug. 3*…

Don’t Stop Retrievin’

Photos courtesy of Ridgemark Retrievers. “Cowboys … 49ers … Patriots … Jet!”   That’s the string of randomly assorted NFL teams that rings through my household every morning and evening as my black labrador retriever, Jet, sits before his food bowl and patiently waits to hear me call out his New York football team-themed name.…