By Kerry Kraus

Arkansas Department
of Parks and Tourism


At the Rep


A Tennessee Williams literary classic, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” takes the stage Feb. 5 presented by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The performances run through Feb. 21. The 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, the story is of the Pollitts, a Southern family in crisis. The play has been described as being “full of themes such as the emerging power of women and the mendacity of the powerful that are more pertinent today than ever before” and as a comment on the “decaying Southern society.”

Go to to order tickets online. The Rep is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Little Rock. For more information call the box office at 501-378-0405.

Valentine Ball

The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion is the setting for A Valentine Affaire on Feb. 11. Enjoy champagne and chocolates while being serenaded with love songs sung by Satia Spencer. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Chamber Singers. The mansion is located at 1800 Center Street in downtown Little Rock’s historic Quapaw Quarter. Visit to order tickets online. Admission is $65. E-mail or call 501-377-1121 for more information.

Flower Show

A sure harbinger of spring in central Arkansas is the annual Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. The 19th edition will be Feb. 26-28 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Theme for this year’s show is “A World of Gardening,” and features 100 vendors, speakers, how-to gardening demonstrations, a silent auction and the Big Backyard Family Learning Center. There will also be nine to 10 display gardens, the Dreaming in Technicolor advanced standard flower show, and a competition featuring professional florist’s table-top creations.

 The show is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 and senior citizens ages 60 and up. A three-day pass is $20 and children under age 6 are free. For more information, visit, e-mail or phone 501-821-4000.

Collectors Show

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a beginner looking to start a collection, the 23nd annual Arkansas Glasshopper Inc. Depression Era Glass and Pottery Show is a must on your February calendar. Dates are Feb. 27 and 28. Dealers from 14 states show and sell china, glassware and pottery from the Depression era. Also scheduled are glass identification booths and special displays of rare glass. The Hall of Industry on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock is the site of the event and admission is $5. For more information e-mail or phone Bud Martin at or 501-868-4969.

Full Moon Event

Prompted by the first full moon of the lunar year, Wildwood Park hosts one of the most unusual winter events in Arkansas Feb. 26-28, with lanterns. 

The park’s botanical gardens provide the setting for visitors as they stroll along paved walkways lighted by lakeside fire pits and luminaries. Eight cultural stops along the way have international foods and entertainment highlighting Shakespearean England, Mexico, Venice, old Americana, Asia, Africa and even the moon.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6-12, with children age 5 and under admitted free. Wildwood is located at 20919 Denny Road in west Little Rock. Visit to order tickets online and for more information.

River Valley Events

Valentine Show

The Foothills Little Theatre in Ozark will produce a Valentine Hee Haw Show on Feb. 12-13. The Hee Haw music show will celebrate Valentine’s Day with numerous acts of comedy and music. Phone 479-667-2525 or visit for more information.

Grape Escape

Bost’s 8th annual Grape Escapes is set for Feb. 26 in Fort Smith. Grape Escapes is a cocktail-style party where guests enjoy more than 600 delightful and exotic wines from around the world while area restaurants and caterers share their delicacies. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on luxury getaways and dance to live music. 

The event takes place at the Holiday Inn City Center and admission is $100 per ticket. Phone 479-478-5556 or visit for details.

Events in the Ozarks

Art of the season

Heart and Soul, a themed art show about the affairs of the heart, will take place throughout the month of February at the Arkansas Craft Gallery located in downtown Mountain View. 

All art on exhibit and for sale will range in media and will include a diverse collection of pieces suitable for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. 

Phone 870-269-4120 for details, or visit The gallery is located at 104 E. Main St.


Black History 


The Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum in Pocahontas will host special Black History Month activities throughout February. Events include hog butchering, quilting, food demonstrations and lectures. To learn more visit or phone 870-892-4661.


Duck Hunters


 Learn how to build your own Wood Duck box and how to attract the fowl as Lake Charles State Park in Powhatan hosts Build-A-Box Workshop: Wood Ducks on Feb. 6. 

Participants will build their own nest box to take home and hear tips to attract Wood Ducks to their own yard. Visit or phone 870-878-6595 for details.

 Track and Field

The annual Tyson Invitational brings some of the biggest names in professional and collegiate track and field to the city of Fayetteville. The event takes place this year on Feb. 12 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. 

The men’s shot put, women’s pole vault and many other events will be highlighted, as will many of the nation’s top collegiate teams, including the Arkansas Razorback men’s and women’s track and field squads. Phone 800-766-4626 or visit for details.


Civil War Event

Jacksonport State Park in Newport will host a lecture entitled Life of a Civil War Soldier on Feb. 13. Participants will hear the difficulties the average Civil War soldier faced on a regular basis, including starvation, disease and homesickness. Log on to or contact the park at 870-523-2143 for more information.


Valentine Dinner


The annual Valentine Dinner and Show at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be Feb. 13. Enjoy a romantic evening at the park with a special meal at the Skillet Restaurant followed by an evening show with live music. Reservations are suggested. Contact the park at 870-269-3851 or visit for details.



A Quilter’s Retreat will be held Feb. 18-20 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Spend three days tucked away in the Ozark Mountains learning new quilting techniques, quilting with friends and being pampered by lodge and restaurant staff. This all-inclusive package includes meals, lodging, snacks, instructor fees, materials fees and applicable taxes. Phone 870-269-3851 or visit for details.