It's time to get crafty in northwest Arkansas! Join the more than 250,000 craft enthusiasts from across the nation that will soon be making their way to northwest Arkansas to attend arts and craft fairs across the region. Top artists and craftsmen from all over the United States come to northwest Arkansas to show and sell their hand-made wares in the renowned craft fairs held each May and October. It's the perfect time of year to start shopping for holiday gifts and decorations, plus enjoy the scenic drive around northwest Arkansas, which is why assignment #11 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series is getting crafty at the local craft fairs!
Woo Pig Sooie! There's no doubt about it, Arkansas fans are ready for college football to begin! Students are back in town and fans will soon be headed this way as well to cheer on the Hogs as they kick off their season this weekend. You can feel the excitement all over the region! So welcome home Hog fans! Cheers to a new era at the UA! To help you plan your Razorback weekend, we'll share everything you need to know from finding a place to stay, to where to eat and shop when not at the game.
Northwest Arkansas is home to some fantastic local farmers' markets. Each has its own flare and feel, making them each distinct and unique. This year the Rogers Farmer's Market is celebrating 25 years of offering locally grown produce and handmade products for area residents to enjoy. Just check out this collage sampling of what you can find when you visit the farmer's market in its new location this year, which is at the corner of 1st and Walnut near the Frisco Caboose (and playground for those of you bringing the kids along!). This new location is the perfect launching point for future growth because it will allow the market to occasionally offer entertainment on stage, electricity to vendors (think food trucks or other hot food vendors!) and it's closer to downtown businesses, so shoppers can stroll around town after visiting the market. Win-win! So as a part of this 100 Things to Do in Rogers assignment, when you visit the Rogers market this season as #4 on this list of 100 things to do, I challenge you to talk to the vendors as you shop their booths. That is my favorite part of farmer's markets. It's so interesting to learn why these farmers, crafters and artists enjoying doing what they do and being a part of each local community. For instance, did you know LoEllen with Gourds and More actually started working on her gourds for this year's market more than a year ago? Talk about some pre-planning! It takes 8-10 months for the gourds to dry out, then she carves, paints and turns them into beautiful and fun pieces of art ready to be sold at market!
October 4, 2006 is a date that I will never forget, mostly because it was the due date of my first child. While I was counting down the days to meet my first-born, the rest of of Northwest Arkansas was anxiously awaiting the arrival of a much-bigger baby, the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. The city of Rogers welcomed the much-anticipated 980,000 square foot, open-air shopping center that day. Over the past 6 years, we've watched that area grow up, mature and even welcome siblings, not unlike my own life. What a ride it's been for us all!
Rogers, Arkansas...Where Possible Lives. I love that slogan. And for me, I believe it. I have worked, played, shopped and stayed in Rogers. I have fallen in love with the quaint tree-lined streets in downtown, where the entrepreneurial spirit lives on as new shops and restaurants open their doors for business. I have literally run almost every square inch of sidewalk in the city, which despite its huge growth in population remains characteristically small-town. I have shopped ‘til I dropped and also rested my head, but this fast-changing town, in this fast-changing region keeps me coming back for more. It doesn’t matter if you have lived in Northwest Arkansas your entire life, are a new resident or are just visiting, there is still much to explore. Join me as I turn into a tourist in my own town. I want this blog to be a conversation with you about some of the best places to eat, places to shop, ways to relax and fun to be had in Rogers and Northwest Arkansas.