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Tuesday - July 2, 2013

Celebrate a good old-fashioned Independence Day

Treat your whole family to a good old-fashioned 4th of July in the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village on Thursday, July 4.

Starting 2:30 we'll have old time games for the whole family including -
  • A cracker whistling contest
  • Sack race
  • Egg carry 
  • and more
There will be Free watermelon at 3:30 and then the famous -
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest starting at 3:45. This year we hope to beat the 2012 record of 29-feet, 4-inches. Can you hit the 30-foot mark?
Though out the day artisans will be demonstrating and selling their crafts and old-time string band music will be played on the stage in the center of the park. Join the musicians to dance a jig or a waltz.
No pre-registration required for the Ozark games.
Craft Village admission is half-price at $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.
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Handcrafted Evening in the Park

The Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park is especially beautiful on summer evenings. On July 5, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. the crafts people of the Village will be opening their shops to share a special evening with you. The Village crafts people will be creating items, demonstrating their wood turning and carving; spinning and weaving; jewelry making; soap making; printing; coppersmithing; and more. Admission to the Craft Village is free for this evening event.
This is a unique chance to have a quiet visit with a working craftsman. Talk with our working crafters about how they learned their skills and where they find their inspiration. Learn about their tools and their workshops. Buy unique handcrafted items directly from the folks who are making them. There’s nothing quite like a summer evening in the park.
The Smokehouse Snack Bar inside the Craft Village will be open from 7:00 to 9:30 for ice cream and other delightful summer evening treats.

You can start your visit in the Homespun Gift Shop where many Arkansas craftspeople have consigned their crafts for sale.

The concert that evening in the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium is still only $12.00 for adults or $7.00 for children 6 to 12, children under 6 are free. You can visit the Craft Village during intermission or after the music for a truly wonderful evening. Make a weekend out of your visit with a stay in the comfortable Cabins at Dry Creek at the park.

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Yarb Tales - Butterflyweed and more

This time of year, Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa stands out with gaudy (this is meant in the nicest way) umbels of orange flowers. 
Butterflyweed is a member of the milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) family, but, unlike the other twenty Arkansas species in the family, this plant does not have milky sap in its stems and leaves. The orange, red and rarely yellow flowers attract butterflies, many other pollinators and motorists. Another common name is “chiggarweed.” You will reap a thousand itchy red bites that will keep you awake and cause great anguish for many days - and a dead plant - if you try to transplant it this time of year. Poetic justice for those who would move a perfectly situated deeply rooted native from its rightful home. The herbal name is “pleurisy-root”. The root was once used in tea and tincture to treat asthma, bronchial distress, water around the lungs and constipation. Large doses are potentially toxic.
To get butterflyweed growing in your garden, you can visit the Ozark Folk Center’s Herb Shoppe, open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5. We have seedlings that were grown from seed we collected from specimen plants in the Heritage Herb Garden. Alternatively, make a note of the butterflyweed blooming now in your area. Return next month to the plant to find the seedpods. They look like small okra and are filled with hundreds of seed attached to silken wings. When the seed is ready for dispersal, the pods will turn brown and split open, releasing the seed to the wind.
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Skillet Restaurant Specials This Week

July 4th Skillet Special
11am – 8pm
Quarter rack of BBQ ribs,
baked beans, baked potato, coleslaw, roll & drink
July 2-8 Skillet Lunch Specials
Chicken Cesar salad
$6.49 w/ iced tea or coffee
Turkey Philly Sandwich
with grilled onions, peppers, Swiss cheese & chips
$5.95 w/ iced tea or coffee

Friday nights in July

DeGray Lake State Park Special Spicy Shrimp
Served on a Bed of Garden Blend Rice with Grilled Vegetables
Saturday nights in July
Seafood special: Fresh Herb Grilled Trout & Shrimp,
baked potato, hushpuppies & side salad
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Performing this Week

Day Music in the Craft Village performance times
Tuesday-Saturday 10:15; 11:15; 12:15; 1:45; 2:45; 3:45
Evening Concerts Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium doors open at 6:00
Noon programs in the Craft Village on the Bessie Moore Deck
Tuesday, July 2
Noon Program - Mary Gillihan and the Women of Mountain Music: Mary was blessed to have known Alameda Riddle, Jean Jennings, and many of the women ballad singers of the Ozark past. Today she shares their songs and stories with  you.

Daytime Musicians : Homegrown Stringband

Evening Music Program Wednesday through Saturday
Wednesday, July 3

Noon Program: Garden Tours with Tina Marie: What's happening in the Heritage Herb Gardens today? Meet at the.Bessie Moore deck and follows herbalist, gardener and musician Tina Marie Wilcox through the park.

Daytime Musicians: Possum Juice

Evening Concert: Special Variety Show

  • Lester, Earl and Squirrel
  • Glenn Ohrlin
  • Smitty the Cowboy Poet
  • Unkle Dave & Hambone
  • Obadiah T. Fassbinder
  • Lazy Goat Stringband
  • Tina Marie & Shawn
Thursday, July 4

Noon Program: Obadiah T. Fassbinder and his modern medical miracle – Carpet baggers and medicine shows roamed the south in the reconstruction years. Learn how this modern medicine can save you from all sorts of ills.

Daytime Musicians:  The New & the Gray
Old-fashioned Family Games for kids of all ages - 2:30 next to the Picnic Pavilion
A cracker whistling contest
Sack race
Egg carry

3:30 - Free watermelon (Craft Village half-priced admission of $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children required)
3:45 - Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

Evening Concert:

  • Cobb Brothers
  • Odell Jackson with Mary Parker
  • Bess Kelley & Friends
  • Upjumpers
  • Dave Smith 
Friday, July 5
Noon Program: Kathleen Connole: Native American peoples t raveled through the Ozarks. Kathleen shares their stories from the perspective of the plants they gathered, grew, and loved in these deep valleys and rocky hillsides.

Daytime Musicians: Cobb Brothers  

Evening Concert:

  • Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags
  • Dave & Kathy
  • Ruth Haynie
  • Hard Times
  • Mike Sutter

Handcrafted Evening in the Park - Free admission to the Craft Village from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 6
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.

Daytime Musician: Whoa Mule!

Evening Concert:

  • Dave Smith
  • Derailed
  • Ruby Pines
  • Mother’s Cabin
  • Wiede Family

Schedule Subject to Change without notice

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