Memorial Day: Visit Mount Holly

mthollyToday is Memorial Day – a time to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who died in service to their country.

As a way to give this recognition, today would be a good day to visit a cemetery. One of Little Rock’s most storied cemeteries is Mt. Holly Cemetery. There are veterans from all wars: Revolutionary, War of 1812, Mexican, Civil War, Spanish-American, World War I and II, Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Founded in 1843, Mount Holly has been called “The Westminster Abbey of Arkansas.” Thousands of visitors come each year. Those interested in history come to see the resting places of the territorial citizens of the state, including governors, senators, generals, black artisans, and even a Cherokee princess. For others the cemetery is an open air museum of artistic eras: Classical, Victorian, Art Deco, Modern––expressed in gravestone styles from simple to elaborate. Some come to read the epitaphs that range from heartbreaking to humorous to mysterious. The cemetery is maintained by the Mount Holly Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. The cemetery is located at 1200 South Broadway in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gates are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the summer and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the winter.

Interred within the rock walls of Mount Holly are 11 state governors, 15 state Supreme Court justices, four Confederate generals, seven United States senators and 22 Little Rock mayors, two Pulitzer Prize recipients, as well as doctors, attorneys, prominent families and military heroes.

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Final Day of Riverfest: Fireworks, Fun, and Fantastic Music

banner-square-dayRiverfest concludes today with even more live music and fun.   A highlight of the evening will be the First Security Bank Fireworks display at approximately 9pm.

On the Bud Light Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center, the Saturday night acts are Cody Belew (6:30pm), Florida Georgia Line (7:45pm) and Dierks Bentley (at 9:45pm).

During the afternoon, the acts will be Big Shane Thornton (2pm), Trey Hawkins Band (3:30pm) and Matt Stell & Deep Roots (5pm).

The Miller Lite/Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage evening acts will feature Drive-By Truckers (at 7:30pm) and Peter Frampton (at 9:30pm).

Earlier in the day, the stage will feature Swampbird (1:30pm), Stephen Neeper Band (3pm), Sonny Burgess & The Pacers (4:30pm) and Paul Thorn (6pm).

The Stickyz Music Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center will feature Toubab Krewe (at 7:45pm) and Richie Spice (at 9:45pm).  Earlier in the day, the stage will host Damn Arkansan (2pm), The Dangerous Idiots (at 3:15pm), Adam Faucett (at 4:30pm) and Tyrannosaurus Chicken (at 6pm).

Throughout the three days of the Festival, kids will enjoy Deltic Timber KidZone area of Riverfest 2013.  The ”KidZone Playtime Promenade” presented by Deltic Timber is located along the banks of the Arkansas River near the Peabody Playground & Water Park in the central area of Julius Breckling Riverfront Park. Kids will have a great time strolling along the Riverwalk Promenade, which will feature lots of hands on activities, exciting games, creative crafts and more.

Riverfest Rock and Stroll

2013-Riverfest-Rock-N-Stroll-T-Shirt-790x1024The 4th Annual Riverfest Rock and Stroll 5K takes place.

A family event on a fun course through downtown Little Rock.  The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Same day registration opens at 7:45 a.m.

WHY PARTICIPATE:
FUN – dress up as your favorite rock ’n roll star, cartoon character. or just anything fun and hang out with a few hundred people in downtown Little Rock for 3.1 miles

FITNESS – have a challenging or leisurely stroll

A FANTASTIC DEAL – a 3-day admission pass to Riverfest included in your registration, race t-shirt (while supplies last), refreshments after the race, and fun prizes for top finishers and best costumes

Riverfest Pooch Parade

Ruff-on-the-RiverThe 2013 Pooch Parade is going HOLLYWOOD and will be held on Sunday May 26, 2013 at Riverfest.  Ruff on the River and Riverfest want to give back to animal organizations in need. What better way than to get the community together for some fun and at the same time do good for others.  This year proceeds recipients are as follows:  All About Labs, Canine Companions for Independence, Little Rock Animal Village and Out of the Woods.

The registration “PAWTY” will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and River Market Ave. The perfect drop off location for the escort and Dog!!!  Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will end at Heifer International.  Immediately following the parade will be the Weenie Dog Derby for all short legged dogs.  There are three different sized categories for the short-legged dog races. Last year’s winner was a Pomeranian.  Join our celebrity judges on the Red carpet as they give away top prizes at the Winners Circle and introduce the recipients of our proceeds and the winners of the best costume contest and we will conclude the festivities with a Blessing of the Pets service.

Each Pooch registration includes one human escort. Additional human guests can walk with the pooch member by purchasing an additional escort pass. Escort passes can be purchased online at http://www.riverfestarkansas.com or at the parade and registration “PAWTY”.

Registration for additional human companions and the Weenie Dog Derby will take place the day of the event.

The registration fee benefits Canine Companions for Independence, Out of the Woods, All About Labs and Little Rock Animal Village.

Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic

RIverfest-Cheese-Dip-Classic-Logo-1024x979The World Cheese Dip Championship and Riverfest, Inc. are proud to announce the inaugural Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 as part of the Riverfest weekend activities.

At the Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic the public decides whose cheese dip will represent Riverfest at the 4th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship in October 2013 in Little Rock.

The cheese dip competition will be divided into Amateur and Professional divisions. Winners receive free entry into the 4th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship and trophies created by local artist, Julie Holt.  The Professional Division winner will also receive a cash prize and will sell their award winning cheese dip to festival attendees on Sunday inside the Riverfest grounds.

“Tasting and voting on the best cheese dips in Arkansas is a great way to spend part of your Memorial Day Weekend.” said Event Coordinator John McClure.  “In addition to the cheese dip sampling, Riverfest is always packed with family fun, great music and food.  This year is no exception, and we’re honored to be part of the largest and best festival in Arkansas.”

It is only $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger to join in the tasting at the Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic.  Advance tickets can be purchased on Friday, May 24, at the Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic booth inside Riverfest.

Registration to compete in the Riverfest Cheese Dip Classic is now open to the public. For more information, visit www.cheesedip.net.

2013 Riverfest Saturday Lineup

rvrfstlogoRiverfest continues today with even more live music and fun.

On the Bud Light Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center, the Saturday night acts are Sugar Ray (6pm), Blackstone Cherry (7:45pm) and Bush (at 9:30pm).

During the afternoon, the acts will be Cons of Formant (at 12:30), Flint Eastwood (at 1:45), Stiff Necked Fools (3:00) and Don’t Stop Please (4:30).

The Miller Lite/Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage evening acts will feature Kelly Rowland (at 8:30pm) and Lupe Fiasco (at 10pm).

Earlier in the day, the stage will feature Tori Snead (at 12pm), Thread (at 12:45pm), Stella Luss (at 2pm), War Chief (at 3:15pm), Revolutioners (at 4:30pm), Kingsdown (at 5:45pm) and Flow Tribe (at 7pm).

The Stickyz Music Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center will feature Ho Hum (at 8pm) and Ana Sia (at 9:30pm).  Earlier in the day, the stage will host John Neal & Rock ‘n’ Roll (1pm), Knox Hamilton (2pm), Free Mica (3pm), Sound of the Mountain (4:15pm), Randall Shreve & The Sideshow (5:30pm) and Amasa Hines (6:45pm).

Throughout the three days of the Festival, kids will enjoy Deltic Timber KidZone area of Riverfest 2013.  The ”KidZone Playtime Promenade” presented by Deltic Timber is located along the banks of the Arkansas River near the Peabody Playground & Water Park in the central area of Julius Brecking Riverfront Park. Kids will have a great time strolling along the Riverwalk Promenade, which will feature lots of hands on activities, exciting games, creative crafts and more.

2013 Riverfest Friday Lineup

banner-long-dayRiverfest kicks off tonight with the annual three day festival of music and activities.

On the Bud Light Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center, the acts will be Satellite (at 7pm), Aranda (at 8:15pm) and headliner Daughtry (at 9:45pm).

The Miller Lite/Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage will feature Jana Kramer (at 6:30pm), Rodney Atkins (at 8pm) and Darius Rucker (at 9:30pm).

The Stickyz Music Stage at the Clinton Presidential Center will feature Butterfly & Irie Soul (at 6:30pm), Hosty Duo (at 8pm) and Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (at 9:30pm).

Throughout the three days of the Festival, kids will enjoy Deltic Timber KidZone area of Riverfest 2013.  The ”KidZone Playtime Promenade” presented by Deltic Timber is located along the banks of the Arkansas River near the Peabody Playground & Water Park in the central area of Julius Breckling Riverfront Park. Kids will have a great time strolling along the Riverwalk Promenade, which will feature lots of hands on activities, exciting games, creative crafts and more.