I don't know about you guys, but the little taste of spring we had this week has made me even more excited about being able to enjoy some live music and great weather in Rogers soon! If you've driven along I-540 in Rogers recently, I'm sure you've noticed the big changes on the west side of the interstate near exit 83. The Walmart AMP, located on Northgate Rd., right beside Embassy Suites off of I-540, is really coming along and will be ready to host concerts starting in June of this year. You can see just how far the AMP has come by watching a really cool time-lapse video of the construction here (plus a birds-eye view of the FOUR snow storms we've had this year). Spring will be here before we know it and music will be filling the air!
With all of the cold weather and snow we've seen this winter, I'm sure most of you are jumping at the chance to get out of the house for a hot night out with your sweetie. If you're trying to figure out what to do this Valentine's Day, here are few ideas that would make a fun date night, girls night or family night.
When you visit Rogers, Arkansas, you’ll find plenty of things to do outside; enjoy some hiking and nature talks at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, shop “al fresco” at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, and in the summer, plan a visit to the new Rogers Aquatic Center. But if you find yourself needing a little down time (or a place to warm up!) the Rogers Public Library is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. The Rogers Public Library (RPL) was opened in 1904 with a whopping 458 books on its shelves and a staff of volunteers who were dedicated to expanding the cultural opportunities of their community. Today, the shelves hold not only 140,000+ books in a wide variety of genres, but also audio books, movies, music, and “periodicals” (that’s the librarian word for magazines). There are also special sections for large print books, graphic novels and books printed in Spanish. For over a decade, the RPL has been named “First” or “Runner-up” in the Best Library category in local media surveys.
Some of the most scenic and thrilling rides can be found right here in northwest Arkansas, including Rogers. Soon bikers from all over the country will be riding the roads through the Ozark countryside exploring lakes, creeks and historic buildings and towns. An estimated 400,000 bikers will be making their annual pilgrimage to northwest Arkansas for Bikes, Blues and BBQ September 18-21. Even if you can't make the festival, but love to ride, then keep reading. We'll share some of the best routes in the area and best places to check out along the way.
BBB Weekend Events
There are a lot of events planned across the area outside of the official BBB events. Here's a quick rundown of other places to check out while in town.
The final 3rd Friday of the season will bring Rogers a taste of the biggest festival in the area; Bikes, Blues & BBQ will come roaring into Downtown Rogers on Sept. 20. Can’t you just see rows and rows of gleaming motorcycles lined up on Walnut and First Streets? This will be an official event of the BBB festival, featuring BBB merchandise, so come down to pick up your t-shirt and enjoy the show. This event is great for the entire family! In addition to the great local shops and restaurants to explore, you'll also enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a beer garden to quench your thirst. Third Friday is held in downtown Rogers from 5 - 9 p.m. near Frisco Park.
Pig Trail Harley Davidson
The annual Bikes Blues and BBQ rally featuring over 75 national vendors on site at Pig Trail H-D
starts Wednesday Sept. 18. Live concerts will be held next door at the PIG PEN, (full schedule and lineup available at pigtrailhd.com). A bikini bike wash will be held Wednesday through Saturday, and a Jammin’ for Jesus Celebration will be held on Sunday Sept. 22. For more details and times, visit www.pitrailhd.com.
Summer came back with a vengeance this month with hot, humid weather. As a result, my family has been busy crossing things off our summer fun bucket list that include water and ways to stay cool. If you've been looking for a place to entertain the younger crowd, then you'll love assignment #8 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series - Visit Rogers Splash Park. It's the perfect place to cool off...and it's FREE. The park features 10 in ground sprinklers, three water buckets and two movable water cannons. If you are looking for an all-day adventure that is better suited for all ages (ahem...parents included! The slides are so fun!), then you need to visit the brand-spankin' new Rogers Aquatics Park (assignment #6!).
We were off to a great start this month with unseasonably cool weather, but alas, the hot, humid air has returned. That can only mean one thing...it's time to find a place to cool off! Luckily for you, your next 100 Things to Do in Rogers assignment is about just that - assignment #7: Play on Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake is nationally renowned for Striped Bass and has even become a tour stop on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, but boating, scuba diving, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, swimming and picnicking are just as popular as fishing on Beaver Lake. So suit up, grab the towels and sunscreen and get to Beaver Lake as fast as you can for some fun in the sun and a great way to stay cool as the temperatures near 100!
Maybe you were inspired by the ladies of the LPGA while they were in town for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G last week or maybe you just want to get in a few rounds while visiting town... either way, Rogers and the surrounding areas have some great courses if you are itching to hit the greens. There are one public, two semi-private and two private courses in Rogers, so you should have plenty of choices when it comes time to book your tee time. Here is an overview for you when planning your next trip... just don't forget to bring the clubs.
It's new, it's shiny and it's oh so pretty! You are in for a super fun assignment for your next task in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series. Grab your sunscreen and your shades because it's time to head to the brand new Rogers Aquatics Center when it opens May 25!
Aquatics Center Highlights:
- Five different water slides
- Lazy River
- Lap pool with diving board and basketball goals
- Splash pad for little tikes
- Intermediate Play area with slides, water cannons and rope bridge
- State-of-the-art surveillance
- 30+ lifeguards on duty to keep you safe
- It's in ROGERS!
You are going to be wowed when you step foot in the new Rogers Aquatics Center. My boys, ages 4 and 6, walked in, surveyed the park, and were a bit overwhelmed with where to start. If they could have walked at a very fast pace (can't run in the park!) in 5 different directions to cover everything at once, they would have. We ended up starting at the intermediate play area where the water cannons can be found. If you have boys, you know that they are drawn to those things like a moth to a flame. We could have played just in this one area all day. There is a slide, rope bridge and lots of shallow water for just sitting and playing, but watch out...there is a huge bucket of water that will "cool you off" when you aren't expecting it. This momma learned that the hard way to the delight of her children. While there is a lot to do for the younger kids here, there is also a lot to do for the older kids, starting with the rope bridge or lily pad walk and floating animals you can climb on. There are also basketball goals and a volleyball net for some friendly competition where the water is deeper. Just remember to bring a life jacket from home if your little one isn't ready to swim on their own in the deeper water. Arm rings and other flotation devices aren't allowed, so leave those at home. There is also a splash pad area with sprinklers, very shallow pool and a smaller slide perfect for toddlers. It is also shaded to keep your little one's skin safe from the sun! By the way, admission is free for kids under 36". Hooray!
My two boys are always asking when we will go camping again. We try to go several times a year and now that the campgrounds around Beaver Lake are open for the season, it is time to start planning some trips! A majority of the parks around Beaver Lake are operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and are open from the beginning of April through the end of October. The temperatures aren't too hot yet, so this is the perfect time to pull out the camping and hiking gear and head to the lake for some much-needed time away from hectic schedules! Below you'll find everything you need to know about camping and hiking near Beaver Lake, so grab a pen and paper and read on!
The Ozark Race for the Cure will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year when it takes place Saturday, April 27th at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. I remember volunteering for this race as a college student the very first year it was held in northwest Arkansas. It was an important cause to me then and remains so to this day. The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Far too many of us all have stories of how this cancer has affected our lives. We've watched as our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, friends, co-workers or maybe even yourself have had to deal with the struggles and heartache of breast cancer, which we all hope turns to joy and happiness when the battle has been won. Breast cancer has also unfairly taken some of the people we love away from us much too soon. I remember the day like it was yesterday when I found out my grandmother, whom I loved and looked up to, had lost her battle. I was 12. Each year, I run in memory of Juanita Albright and proudly display her name on my shirt to let others know that this battle is still being fought until a cure can be found. It's a powerful moment when all of the survivors, those brave ones still fighting the battle and all of us in support of the cause gather together as one giant family each year on race day. I am so glad Rogers is a great partner to this cause and this race and is gracious enough to host this event year after year. Whose life are you racing for?