As I’m writing this, the historic snowmageddon of just a few weeks ago is still at the top of my mind. In classic Arkansas fashion, the once-in-a-century blizzard was quickly followed by shorts weather, but since then (also like that ole girl Arkansas is famous for), the weather has swung back and forth, and forth and back. There’s a political analogy there somewhere, but I’ll spare you that pain. (Check out AY About You’s sister publication, Arkansas Money & Politics, for your political fixins.)
Don’t worry about me, though. If we don’t find the stable sunshine of the next season by the time spring break rolls around, I’ll surely find plenty of it at the beach. (Don’t call me between March 20-28; I’ll be sand-in-my-toes busy.)
But we couldn’t let all that snow go to waste, even for a March issue. So, we asked you to share your favorite snow pictures with us on social media last month and published a few of our favorites in this issue to lock the snowpocalypse in AY history forever.
On warmer fronts: this issue (like most) is all about the food. We came up with a pancakes/French toast bucket list and recipes to match, our annual Readers’ Restaurant Poll is back, and we have the latest news in the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame world — the 2021 winners. And our food editor, Kevin Shalin, wrote about restaurants that defied pandemic gravity by opening new brick-and-mortars over the past year. He called it “New Kids on the Block,” and we didn’t argue. Did I mention I’m a beach gal? “I think about you in the summertime …”
Even though my spring break plans are concrete, we know that there are quite a few still out there in pending mode. So we brought a few ideas to the table for you. Our newest staff writer, Emily Beirne, wrote about overlanding, a way to adventure combining the road with the destination. We’ve also got our annual Get Out of Town special section in this issue if you need a few more ideas. And, of course, a feature on one of my personal favorite places to visit, Hot Springs.
This month also marks the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Arkansas, and we found some ways to reflect and look forward to what lies ahead. Mike Linn penned his family’s personal journey with a COVID-positive labor and delivery, Angela Forsyth has the latest on teenage mental health during the pandemic, and Dwain Hebda talked to some of the people who’ve been on the frontlines for the past year.
Oh, and our favorite murder mystery writer, Janie Jones, has a new book out! It’s called The Arkansas Hitchhike Killer, and she was kind enough to provide an excerpt for you to read in this issue.
Hope you enjoy!
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