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Weekend before new year offers in-state outings

One prescription for this weekend, tucked between the clamor of Christmas and noise of New Year’s Eve, is a dose of road-trip relaxation. A leisurely drive to a scenic state park — and then perhaps a hike to counteract the season’s copious calories — can provide an antidote to all the holiday hoopla.

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Heber Springs sailors think (or swim) inside box

Definitions of “wacky” include “eccentric,” “irrational,” “crazy” and “silly.” So it hardly sounds like a designation to be desired.

Union wary of school with communist ties

Van Hawkins’ book Plowing New Ground: The Southern Tenant Farmers Union and Its Place in Delta History includes a topic not covered at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum — the union’s wary on-and-off relationship with Commonwealth College, a Mena-based institution known for its communist inclinations.

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Way ahead of its time

Delta museum recounts racially integrated union of the 1930s with women as leaders

It’s an unlikely museum in a state where only 4 percent of workers belong to a labor union, and “socialism” is pretty much a dirty word.

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Farkleberry Follies encore is a rich, ribald video romp

A dozen years after its final live performance, the Farkleberry Follies is taking a curtain call of sorts this week.

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Would you believe? We have 175 top attractions in the state

It would risk giving offense to kid around about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which Arkansas and other states South and North are marking this year through 2015 with an array — grouches might call it a plethora — of events in an aptly serious vein.

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Historian’s output truly encyclopedic

If all the entries Michael B. Dougan has written for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture were printed out and bound between hardcovers, the result would be a good-size book of 300 pages or so.

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Taking a chance on Pecs - and winning

It requires a certain leap of faith to schedule three days of a European vacation in a city you’ve barely heard of.

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Vivid Delta visions

Artist brings fresh focus to flat landscapes

To the passing eye, there’s little in the landscape of the Arkansas Delta’s northeastern reaches to spark any burst of artistic creativity.

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Arkansauce: Come ’n’ get it!

To judge from average girth alone, it would be fair to conclude that Arkansans are world-class eaters — and quite likely a receptive audience for a magazine focused on the state’s food culture. That’s the premise of a lively new publication with a pun-flavored name: Arkansauce: The Journal of Arkansas Foodways.