Definitions of “wacky” include “eccentric,” “irrational,” “crazy” and “silly.” So it hardly sounds like a designation to be desired.
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.
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.
A dozen years after its final live performance, the Farkleberry Follies is taking a curtain call of sorts this week.
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.
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.
It requires a certain leap of faith to schedule three days of a European vacation in a city you’ve barely heard of.
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.
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.
Festivals blossom all over Arkansas
As the calendar flips officially to spring today, festivals of the vernal variety are looming across Arkansas. A number of these popular annual events have to do with “the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra, la” — to swipe a Gilbert and Sullivan lyric. We’re talking tulips, magnolias, wildflowers and the like — which, as Nanki-Poo sings in The Mikado, “Breathe promise of merry sunshine, as we merrily dance and we sing. We welcome the hope that they bring, of a summer of roses and wine.”