Inside ESSE’s Revealing New Exhibit

Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism A new temporary exhibit at ESSE Purse Museum in Little Rock’s SoMa neighborhood highlights an unexpected mid-century trend in handbag design: plastic. “The Power of Plastics: Reshaping Mid-century Fashion” focuses primarily on the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, when plastics were experiencing a design heyday after…

Big River Crossing Reaches One-Year Anniversary

Submitted by Big River Crossing MEMPHIS, TN—Big River Crossing, the country’s longest active bike-pedestrian rail bridge, celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Since last year’s grand opening, the bridge has welcomed 250,000 visitors from across the world and received regional, national and international acclaim for its architecture and state-of-the-art lighting display by…

Thankful For Theatre

Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Growing up, the holiday season was synonymous with drama. No, not because of family shenanigans at the Christmas dinner table, but because whether it was playing a pilgrim in the annual Thanksgiving play (everyone wanted to be the turkey, which I never quite understood) or…

Birding in Arkansas

Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism With its mild climate and variety of habitats, Arkansas is a well-known destination to watch birds. “Birding is a simple activity that anyone can do,” said Shea Lewis, a regional supervisor at Arkansas State Parks. “You can start at home with the basic bird feeder.…

Gaston’s White River Resort

By Steve Bowman [dropcap]C[/dropcap]lint Gaston sat at his grandfather’s desk for a year, mulling over all he had taught him, before he ever touched any of his belongings. After Jim Gaston, owner of Gaston’s White River Resort and a giant of Arkansas Tourism, passed away, it left a void within the Arkansas outdoors community that…