Decorative quilts are an American tradition. Local museums in the Natural State often display one or more of these folk-art creations from bygone days, when quilting was a widely shared women's pastime.
After a winter that barely showed up in Arkansas, spring officially returns Monday. The vernal season is prime time for festivals in the Natural State, including these annual favorites with entry generally free of charge:
Oaklawn Park offers free general admission with track-side access at the rail. But the vast majority of racegoers are here to risk money betting on the horses. That can be a pricey proposition on a bad-luck afternoon.
This unusually mild Arkansas winter has flora of all sorts bursting out early. That includes the daffodils that herald the advent of spring -- at Wye Mountain and around the state.
BENTONVILLE -- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes families with children of almost any age. Even the occasional baby stroller can be seen among the crowds. Exposure to paintings and sculptures is mind-expanding, even for whiny youngsters who wish they were somewhere else.
February's annual celebration of Black History Month can inspire an Arkansas road trip related to that sometimes contentious topic -- spanning the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement and into the 21st century.
The centennial of an important historical event is prime fodder for museum curators. That accounts for this month's opening at Rogers Historical Museum of "On Fields Far Away: Our Community During the Great War."
Decrepit as it may appear on a quick drive along Main Street, Pine Bluff's downtown can take pride in the public art that accounts for the self-proclaimed title "City of Murals."
Winter is pretty much off-season for outdoor activity in Arkansas state parks, many of which are designed mainly for recreational pleasures. Chilling temperatures along with the very occasional snow or ice storm are deterrents to January and February fun in the open air.
If you're resolving to get more exercise in 2017, an Arkansas state park is an inviting place to start on New Year's Day.