Labor Day In NWA Will Overwhelm Your Senses

 

So Many Options So Little Time

Labor Day in Northwest Arkansas can conger up many images in one’s mind. The first thing that I think of is color, vibrant color. The second is sound; a dense cacophony of music, laughter and maybe even screams of delight. Third are the smells of food cooking, wet pavement, fresh air and the green smell of grass. These, to me, are the ingredients  for the perfect Labor Day weekend.

Washington County Fair

Some people will instantly think of the Washington County Fair  which easily satisfies all of the above criteria, or the Arkansas Razorback Red and White game which also fits the bill. The War Eagle Mill Labor Day celebration does a fine job fulfilling the requirements but what we went for a weekend of tradition blended with the eclectic. Continue reading “Labor Day In NWA Will Overwhelm Your Senses”

 Southern Living is starting to take note of NWA’s cultural influence. 

In the September 2017 issue of Southern Living magazine NWA gets some love

Run, don’t walk to the nearest news stand and pick up a copy of Southern Living. The media has been catching on to NWA for awhile now and Southern  Living has decided to see what all the fuss is about. 

The cover of the Travel & Culture section features none other than our Fayetteville favorite Maxine’s Taproom with The Silver Shakers laying down some tunes.

The Fayetteville and Bentonville section of the article shows love to many of our other local favorites too.

This, of course,  isn’t the first time Southern Living has noticed us

Fayetteville was ranked as #1 on their Most Affordable Small Towns to Live in and was recognized as one of the Most Budget Friendly Vacation Destinations.

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/most-affordable-small-towns-to-live-in
http://www.southernliving.com/travel/budget-friendly-vacations

A House in My Own Mother’s Neighborhood was Featured

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/arkansas-cottage-garden-makeover
Rogers Was Cited as one of the Best Places to Retire 


http://www.southernliving.com/travel/best-small-towns-retirement

Bentonville was called “The South’s Next Culteral Mecca” 


http://www.southernliving.com/culture/is-bentonville-the-souths-next-cultural-mecca

With all of of this buzz, I wonder if you think the media is on the mark or missing some great targets. If you were to write to Southern Living about something they missed what would you tell them?  

30 years sure makes a difference

In 1985 Fayetteville Arkansas had a population of around 37,000. Most roads west of I-540 were dirt (I-540 is now I-49). There were a couple of Walmarts that didn’t even have groceries back then and going Rogers or Bentonville was like going to the far side of the universe (not to mention there really wasn’t much of a reason to).

 

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Dickson Street 2016

 

Northwest Arkansas is basically a greater metropolitan area that includes Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and the surrounding areas. People commute daily to and from for work, shopping, appointments and leisure. We are showing up on national lists as the best places to live, work and start a business.

With all of this moving and grooving going on I want to share my townie experience. It’s easy to get lost in the throng of all of the shiny new corporate facades (irony of photo not lost here), so I want to chronicle my day to day and then some. I want to share with anyone who would care to listen what it is that makes this place pretty great from the grass roots all the way up to some of the *shiny*.

There will be more to come so please like and share. Feel free to let me know what you’re NWA is too by dropping a line.

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art