Publisher’s Letter: Is That You, Spring?
We had a few false alarms, but I think spring might have actually (finally) arrived. Maybe this is the part where I knock on wood to avoid another USO (unexplained snow occurrence).
I guess no matter how it feels outside by the time you read this, it is “official” per the March 20 Spring Equinox — otherwise known as the astronomical first day of spring for us in the Northern Hemisphere. You know what else is astronomical? Our cover this month features the James Webb Space Telescope’s launch on Christmas Day of 2021. That’s because we had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Amber Straughn, the program’s deputy project scientist for communications, for this month’s issue. Her humble beginnings in Bee Branch didn’t hold her back from following her dreams all the way to NASA. We’d say that is definitely “shooting for the stars.”
Down here on Earth, this month also marks the 70th Annual HBA-GLR Home Show. We’ve got the scoop on that event and a special section all about homes to get you — and most importantly, your home — ready to break ground.
This month’s food and drink section features a cast of culinary characters from all sides of the established spectrum. First, there’s the New in Town Bucket List, a round-up of some of our favorite new restaurants that have opened in the past couple of years. But then there are the features on Susie Powell of Hoot’s BBQ, celebrating 10 years in business, and Little Rock’s Cigar Republic, celebrating its third anniversary. Whether it’s a brand-new eatery or a tried-and-true staple, we’re always glad to get around the state and celebrate all of the people and places that make Arkansas special.
Speaking of getting out and about, this month offers more opportunities to do that than I’ve seen over the past two years. Like the Little Rock Zoo’s annual Wild Wines; the novelty from Arkansas Hospice, Party at the Plaza; Wolfe Street Foundation’s Red Carpet Recovery Gala; the Central Arkansas Heart Walk; and the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s Arts & The Park. We’ve got the details about all of the above in this issue.
We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do!
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