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Monday - August 11, 2014

Betse Ellis & Violet Hensley Return to the Ozark Folk Center Stage
Two generations of fiddle greats return to the Ozark Folk Center stage on Saturday, August 16 for a night of music and stories.

 
The Ozark Folk Center State Park is proud to welcome Violet Hensley back to Mountain View, Arkansas for a return appearance at the Music Auditorium on Saturday August 16th with one of  this generation’s great Ozark fiddlers, Betse Ellis
 
Soon to be entering her 100th year on Earth, Violet Hensley (pictured) is without a doubt an Ozark treasure. As both a fiddle player and fiddle maker, Violet has carried the tradition of literally” making your own music” since the early 1930’s where she started in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Through the years Violet has become synonymous with traditional Ozark fiddling and culture.
 
Betse Ellis is a founding member of Kansas City's “hillbilly riot” band, The Wilders. Adept at the difficult technique of singing while playing the fiddle, Betse gathers diverse music and presents it with humor, intensity, and love. Betse connects with her audience performing “old time/new time” material, drawn from traditional American (especially Ozark) fiddle tunes, old songs and spirituals, original tunes and songs, and a dose of her personal old-time music.

Tickets are $12.00 available the day of the show only, no reserved seating. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.
 
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Craft Classes Offered Throughout the Season
The mission of the Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events.


To help achieve that mission, the crafts people of the Ozark Folk Center offer craft classes throughout the year. Upcoming classes include:
 
If you don't find a class that fits your schedule or your stage in your craft, call Jeanette Larson at 870-269-3851 to talk about a "Design-your-own Workshop."
 
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Yarb Tales - Heat Returns to the Ozarks
 After being spoiled rotten for the majority of the spring and summer, it seems we are going to have to remember how to be gardeners during a dry, hot spell. This is normal weather and does not have to give cause for alarm. It is just a time to adjust actions and expectations in the garden.

First of all, when working outside, remember to drink plenty of water. It is important to drink before you feel thirsty. Lifetime outdoor laborers are successful because they start work very early in the morning and drink lots of water before ever going outside and then continue to hydrate all day.

During the early morning hours, deeply water the plants that you want to keep. Consider catching water in a dishpan set in the kitchen sink. Keep a bucket nearby that can be filled with this water that is usually sent down the drain. Take this precious resource to any plant that you care about. This simple conservation technique does several things at once. I become conscious of how much water I use with each trip that I make hauling water. The exercise does a body good. Food particles, coffee grounds and dish soap will feed the soil and the plants will become turgid instead of wilted which feels good to both the plant and the gardener.

The Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center State Park graces the park with visual colors and textures, sweet and pungent aromas. With their natural display, the herbs help us to interpret the history of the human use of plants.

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Skillet Restaurant Specials This Week

Lunch Specials August 12-18, 2014
Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Razorback salad
mixed greens w/ chicken breast, tomato, boiled egg, bacon, cheddar cheese,
& homemade French dressing  
$7.95

OR

Stuffed Bell Pepper
with corn & a Roll
$6.95
 

Friday Nights in August

Seafood special
Fresh Herb Grilled Salmon,
baked potato, hushpuppies & a one trip salad
$13.95

Saturday Nights in August

Uncle Joe’s BBQ Ribs
Served with Potato Salad, coleslaw,
BBQ Baked Beans, & Dinner Roll,
$14.95
 
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Performing this Week
 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • General Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Derailed

Noon Program: Mary Gillihan and the Women of Mountain Music: Park Interpreter Mary Gillihan was blessed to have known Alameda Riddle, Jean Jennings, and many of the women ballad singers of the Ozark past. In her program she shares their songs and stories with you. You may want to bring a hankie.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music Wednesday – Saturday 7 p.m.

Schedule Subject to Change

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • General Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Cobb Brothers

Noon Program: Garden Tours with Tina Marie: What's happening in the heritage garden today? This program meets at the Bessie Moore deck and then follows the leader through the park. Herbalist, gardener, and musician Tina Marie Wilcox is nationally known for her programs on herbs and the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Clark Family
  • Bona Fide String Band
  • Lily Lane

Schedule Subject to Change

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • General Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Old Timers 

Noon Program: Smitty the Cowboy Poet – Cowboys were drawn to the Ozarks in the early 1900’s by cheap land, low taxes, abundant water and good grass. When they arrived, they found their neighbors had a rich tradition of songs, or “ballets”, similar to their cowboy songs and poetry from the West. Famous cowboy poets such as Jim McElroy, Hubb Willis and Glenn Ohrlin have called the Stone County area home. Smitty follows this tradition with his original tales of current cowboy life that have won many awards and lots of guffaws.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Cobb Brothers
  • Bess Kelley & Friends
  • Don Mellon
  • Duane Porterfield
  • Mary Parker & Friends

Schedule Subject to Change

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • General Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: The New and the Gray

Noon Program: Native plants and native peoples: Kathleen Connole: Native American peoples traveled through the Ozarks and hunted, fished, and farmed these mountains. Kathleen shares their stories from the perspective of the plants they gathered, grew, and loved in these deep valleys and rocky hillsides.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Brad & Brandon Apple
  • Upjumpers
  • Wharf Rats
  • Jon Birkey

Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • General Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Mary Parker & Friends

Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Auntie Jen: As she spins fleece into yarn, Auntie Jen will share stories of how people began spinning yarn, using spinning wheels, weaving, sheep, goats and their history in the Ozarks.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

Violet Hensley & Betse Ellis

Schedule Subject to Change

Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Craft Village open Tuesday through Saturday

Evening Music Program Wednesday through Saturday

Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Craft Village open Tuesday through Saturday

Evening Music Program Wednesday through Saturday

Schedule Subject to Change

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