Little Rock chosen as 2020 Hottest Foodie City!

Little Rock has been named “America’s Next Hottest Foodie Destination 2020” by the Foodie Flashpacker blog. Little Rock won 39% of public votes, beating out 32 other cities from around the country including Walla Walla, WA, Albuquerque, NM, Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN.

No other city even came close to Little Rock!

Food and travel bloggers, and general public were invited to vote for Little Rock.  Voting started on December 16 and ran for a week.

Foodie Flashpacker Nathan Aguilera has spent the past six years traveling and eating dishes across 60+ countries on 5 continents. Nathan shares his experiences with people everywhere through the Foodie Flashpacker blog.

Movies in the Parking Lot – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Raiders of the Lost Ark.jpgMovies in the Parking Lot is a FREE EVENT provided by the Arkansas Cinema Society, The Root Cafe and The Downtown Little Rock Partnership.  Foodtrucks are open starting at 5pm tonight, the movie starts at sundown, approximately 6pm.

All the fun takes place in the Root Cafe parking lot.

Steven Spielberg’s 1981 action romance stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davis, Denholm Elliott, and Wolf Kahler,  Alfred Molina made his film debut in this movie.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, it won four (Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects). It also picked up a Special Oscar for Sound Effects Edicting.

Movies in the Parking Lot is a fun way to get to know your neighbors and fellow movie buffs! Bring your folding chair and enjoy the food trucks! Nach’yo Nachos, Dark Side Coffee Co., Lost Forty Brewing, and Ocko’s Hibachi Island

 

Painting Party in an Alley today in Downtown Little Rock

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Make your mark on Downtown Little Rock.  Literally.

Help the Downtown Little Rock Partnership make downtown a little brighter! Join them for a painting party behind The Rep in Baker’s Alley (running from Sixth to Seventh Streets between Main and Scott Streets) as they add some color to a brand new gathering space.

They will have all the supplies ready.  All you need to do is show up — but wear a pair of old shoes and clothes and see what a few hours of hard work and fun fellowship can do for our home.

The fun runs today (November 9) from 9am until 1pm.

Live music, coffee, snacks and materials provided. Wear your old clothes and shoes!

Artober – On My Wall – The Downtown Little Rock Partnership’s Matt McLeod Main Street Mural

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is “On My Wall.”

Well this mural is not on MY wall, but it is on a wall, and I really like it.

A few years ago, Matt McLeod painted this mural during the Main Street Food Truck Festival. The painting highlights some of the structures and iconic images which are found on Main Street in downtown Little Rock.  It is now on display in the offices of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership

31 years of Little Rock’s flag

On October 18, 1988, the City of Little Rock Board of Directors adopted the first official flag for the City of Little Rock.

The adoption of Ordinance No. 15,566 was the culmination of a design competition which had been spearheaded by Little Rock City Director Sharon Priest (later Little Rock Mayor, Arkansas Secretary of State and Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership).

Prior to the Official Board of Directors meeting that day, a press conference was held in the Little Rock City Board Chambers for presentation of the City’s flag.  The City Beautiful Commission, a commission of the Department of  Parks and Recreation, sponsored a the contest which received a total of fifteen flag designs.

The flags were judged October 12, 1988, by City Directors and City Beautiful Commission Members. Director Sharon Priest presented the winning flag and introduced David Wilson, a law clerk at the Mitchell Law Firm, who designed the flag chosen for the $1,000 first prize. The second-place winner was Craig Rains, who received $500; and the third-place recipient was David Tullis, who received $250.

The flag was adopted by the City Board that night by a 6-0 vote; former mayor and current director Charles Bussey was absent.  Those voting to adopt the flag were Mayor Lottie Shackelford and directors Sharon Priest, Tom Prince, Buddy Villines, Buddy Benafield and Tom Milton.  Priest would be a future mayor while Prince, Villines and Benafield had all served as mayor.

The official description of the flag is as follows:

As the official flag of the City of Little Rock, its symbolism is described as follows: A clean white background of the banner represents the optimism and open potential that the city has to offer. The royal blue horizontal broad stripe symbolizes the Arkansas River which borders Little Rock, and has served as an economical and historical emblem since the city’s beginning. The forest green stripe runs vertical to the royal blue stripe, creating a cross which symbolizes the location and statute of Little Rock—a city serving not only as the crossroads of Arkansas, but a crossroad of the mid-southern United States as well.

The strong forest green color depicts the fields, parks and forests which contribute to the natural beauty of the city. The seal of the flag is a modernized adaptation of the current Little Rock seal. The razorback red silhouette of the great State of Arkansas shows her capitol, the City of Little Rock, represented by the centered star. The star rises directly above “The Little Rock”—the protruding cliff along the Arkansas River, which was discovered in 1722 by French explorer La Harpe, when the city was given the name. The Arkansas River behind the rock and the symmetrical oak leaves in the border of the seal are a stylized illustration of what the flag’s stripes represent—the natural beauty of the city. Finally, the gold color of the seal and bordering stripes symbolize the superior economic history, and the future economic potential that is available in the City of Little Rock, Arkansas.