Giveaway: Tickets to “The Snowman” Family Concert event

The_Snowman_posterThis week we’re giving four tickets to a fun holiday show that combines a classic children’s book with live symphony music in a one-of-a-kind concert created specifically for families. The event is called “The Snowman,” and it happens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015 on the Walton Arts Center stage.

ABOUT THE SHOW: During this event, you’ll see a special screening of the 1982 Academy Award-nominated film called The Snowman, based on the classic children’s book of the same name. The story of the movie is about a snowman who comes to life, and kids have loved this story for more than 30 years. The film itself is silent but it’ll be paired with the music of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, under the direction of Music Director Paul Haas.

The event is perfect for kids, especially those who love animated movies and music. We’re pairing the four show tickets with a gift card to our favorite pizza place on Dickson Street, U.S. Pizza.

USpizzaABOUT THE FOOD: We love U.S. Pizza. They are a tradition in Fayetteville, and we love that they’re right on Dickson Street, so you can walk straight there from Walton Arts Center. The award-winning pizza, salads, sandwiches and more have a unique flavor that’s not duplicated anywhere in NWA.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets and dinner gift card, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about one of your favorite pieces of Christmas or Holiday music. Do you love “What Child is This?” Or are you a sucker for a fast-paced “Jingle Bells”? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.

You can also email your answer to us at

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

If you’d rather not leave your show tickets to chance, you can go ahead and reserve them for only $8 each. Just call the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visit

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

Giveaway: Tickets to see the Acrobats on stage

national circus and acrobats2Do you have one of those kids who’s always tumbling, cartwheeling or bouncing around the house? Well, this show is the perfect fit for your little (or big) mover and shaker.

We’ve got FOUR tickets to see the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. WAC_China

We love the idea of “tickets and tacos,” so we’ll send the winner to Jose’s Mexican Restaurant for a yummy dinner before the show. What kid doesn’t like tacos? If yours is the exception, they’ve also got chicken nuggets, corn dogs and other kid-friendly food.

ABOUT THE SHOW: These performers are known all around the world for their unique brand of entertaining. This distinguished troupe has been dedicated to innovation and excellence in the circus arts since 1958, performing in more than 50 countries and regions around the world and winning multiple awards for their unique and inventive acts, such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion and other astonishing acts of agility. The show is best for ages 7+.

joses2ABOUT THE FOOD:  Jose’s has a huge menu, so it might take a few minutes to decide what you want. We recommend the fajitas, the quesadillas and the chicken enchiladas. Of course, we love the salsa, which comes out with warm chips when you first sit down.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win the four tickets plus dinner at Jose’s, just click on the words “leave a comment” below and tell us about something that makes you “flip out.” Are you terrified of spiders? Do kids with an attitude make you crazy? Heights? Snakes? Socks left in the middle of the room (repeatedly)?

TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES: If you’d really, really like to win the tacos and tickets, e-mail the news about this giveaway to friends. You’ll get an extra chance to win for each person you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line so we’ll be able to give you proper credit.

To take lady luck out of the equation, you can purchase your tickets by calling the Walton Arts Center box office at 479-443-5600. Or click here for ticket info and prices.

Good luck in this week’s giveaway, and watch your inbox because we’ll email the winner on Friday.

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December 2015: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events

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Rogers Christmas Parade

The 31st Annual Rogers Christmas Parade, a Main Street Rogers event, will have a The Twas The Lights Before Christmas themed parade will have nearly 100 floats, marching bands, cars, kids, and animals.

  • 6pm: Nutcrackers preformance by Ballet Westside
  • 6:30pm: Lighting of the Christmas Tree
  • 7pm: Christmas Parade

Date: Dec. 4

Time: See above

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

A Christmas Village

As the cold weather sets in, warm your heart with a visit to a special Christmas Village on display at The Walmart Museum. The expansive village, built over a 20 year time period by Walmart customer John Rownak, features detailed models of a variety of Walton’s 5&10 and Walmart stores and supercenters. Located in the South Gallery of The Walmart Museum,  the exhibit is free and open to the public.

Date: Now through Tuesday, January 5th

Location: The Walmart Museum, downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Caroling at The Walmart Museum

Get into the season by caroling on the Bentonville Square. Meet in front of Walton’s 5&10 to enjoy songs, community, and holiday cheer.

Date: Dec. 5

Time: Noon

Location: The Walmart Museum, downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

33rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, Eureka Springs

Nine locations are participating in this year’s tour, giving guests a glimpse of a bygone era. All stops on the self-guided tour will be lavishly decorated for the season with Victorian attired docents at each site to relate the history of each home. Each residence offers an opportunity to revisit the grandeur of the graceful Victorian era and its unique, enchanting homes. Visitors will be treated to choir and band music, carolers, refreshments and merriment. Tour goers will also see elegant ladies adorned in their finery and dapper gentlemen dressed in tails and ties as they stroll through the downtown. Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum 95 S. Main daily, 479-253-9417 or purchase online. Day of the Tour, tickets will also be available at the Eureka Springs Transit & Welcome Center137 W. Van Buren (Hwy. 62W) 10am -7pm.   Tickets are $20 Children 12 and under are free.

Date: Dec. 5

Time: 3-8 p.m.

Location: Various homes in Eureka Springs

More info: Click here to purchase tickets

5th Annual Little Craft Show

little craft showThe Little Craft Show is Arkansas’ most talked about indie craft show that takes place twice a year in Northwest Arkansas. The outdoor spring event takes place in historic downtown Springdale, while the holiday market is housed at the Fayetteville Town Center in Downtown Fayetteville. 

Date: Dec. 4-5

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here


Dress up as your favorite prince or princess and join Anna & Elsa as they share stories of faraway lands at Trike Theatre’s Princess Winter Wonderland Brunch. Delicious food, story time, sing-a-long, and a once in a lifetime photo opportunity to create an experience your little prince or princess will never forget. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Trike Theatre. Tavola Trattoria, 108 SE A Street, Bentonville on Saturday, December 5. There is a seating at 9:30am seating, and then another seating at 11:30am. Presold tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online: or $30 per person at the door. Seating is limited.

Date: Dec. 5

Time: 9:30am seating, and another seating at 11:30am

Location: Tavola Trattoria, 108 SE A Street, Bentonville

More info: Click here, call 479-464-5084 or email,

Jingle Bell Jog 5k and Reindeer Fun Run

Date: Dec. 5

Hi there! My name is Natalie and I am the intern for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Below is a description of an event I would like to submit to your calendar. For further questions, contact Elizabeth Wilhelm at 479-750-2620 or

Join us for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K and Reindeer Fun Run on December 5 at 9 a.m.! You can walk, run or sleep in. enjoy a complimentary breakfast, door prizes, festive music, special guests and more. Sign up for the 5k individually or form a team of five friends.

Kids under 12 can also sign up for the Reindeer Fun Run at 10 a.m. Wear your Santa hats, elf ears, reindeer antlers—anything that sparkles and jingles. Proceeds support the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks’ mission to provide education, entertainment and recreation for the thousands of visitors and students who visit the Garden each year. Register at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fleet Feet Sports or online at  Register by November 20 to guarantee your shirt size. Questions? Call (479) 530-8084 or visit our Facebook page. *all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Walton Arts Center and SoNA present The Snowman: A Family Concert

Sunday, Dec. 6 | 2pm | Tickets $8

SoNA-NWA-Motherlode-Snowman-Banner-AdIntroduce your family to the magic and grandeur of symphonic music! This holiday season, WAC and SoNA are working together to present a very special screening of “The Snowman.” For this event, SoNA musicians will bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant kids of all ages.

Date: Dec. 6

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate: Landscapes! {Crystal Bridges Museum}

Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the temporary exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape painting from the Tierra del Fuego to the Artic. Sponsored by The Hershey Company and the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Meet at Crystal Bridges’ main lobby

More info: Click here

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Christmas parade with floats and rides featuring local businesses, community groups and schools.

Date: Dec. 12

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Darth Knight Fundraiser

“Darth Vader” will be a special guest at the Darth Knight Fundraiser for Northwest Arkansas Fencing Foundation Saturday, Dec. 12. The fundraiser’s focus will be allowing participants the opportunity to try fencing for themselves (sorry, no light sabers). Tickets are $20 on the NWAFC website in advance, or $25 at the door. Children must be 5 years old to participate and adults are welcome to participate. The money raised through the foundation makes it possible for students of all socio-economic backgrounds to participate in fencing. Full annual funding for the average fencing student is $1,000. The NWA Fencing Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the NWA Fencing Center.

Date: Dec. 12

Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: NWA Fencing Club (1100 SE 14th St. Ste 16 in Bentonville)

More info: Click here

Free screening of the first hour of the final season of “Downton Abbey” (plus costumes, etc.)

AETN and partners at the Fayetteville Public Library and Historic Arkansas Museum will be hosting free screenings of the first hour of the final season of the top-rated PBS drama of all time. Downton Abbey enters its sixth season on “Masterpiece,” this January, and to celebrate its remarkable run, AETN will be holding special events including a reception, period costume contest door prizes and a screening of the first hour of the final season of “Downton Abbey.” Where will fate, passion, ambition and duty lead television’s most beloved characters? Join us in Fayetteville or Little Rock for a sneak peek. {The romance and wry humor you’ve come to love return as beloved cast members begin a bittersweet and exciting season as part of “Masterpiece Theater” on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. on AETN.}

Date: Dec. 13

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy

Sunday, Dec. 13 | 4pm | Tickets $20-50

Jim Brickman, the best-selling solo pianist of our time, will once again wow audiences with Comfort & Joy, a celebration of the season. During this concert extravaganza, Brickman will showcase two decades of music, including the favorites that made him the most charted Billboard Adult Contemporary artist ever.

Date: Dec. 13

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Christmas with SONOS Handbell Ensemble

Monday, Dec. 14 | 7pm | Tickets $10-25

Making their Arkansas debut, this California-based group— widely considered to be the best handbell group in the U.S. presents an enchanting program of traditional, sacred and contemporary Christmas music that will give you a delightful new appreciation of bell choirs.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Home Free: Home Free for the Holidays

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 7pm | Tickets $20-40

The fan-favorite vocal sensation Home Free returns to WAC with their first holiday tour! These five guys were the winners of the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off ” in December 2013, claiming the title of the world’s first country music a cappella group and catapulting the vocal band to stardom. You can expect to hear all of your favorite holiday harmonies like “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and the always-entertaining “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

Date: Dec. 15

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Holiday Movie Series at Walton Arts Center

  • Home Alone Friday, Dec. 18 | 7pm | Tickets $5
  • It’s a Wonderful Life Saturday,Dec. 19 | 2pm | Tickets $5
  • Polar Express Saturday, Dec. 19 | 6pm | Tickets $5

*Click here to buy tickets.

A Christmas Carol (a modern tale)

When mega-star Eben Sadler agrees to participate in a television reality show for the holidays, he gets more than he bargained for as social media, the hype of empty celebrities, and reality TV combine with hilarious and perhaps touching results. Loaded with pop-culture, this is A Christmas Carol for the entire modern family.

Date: Dec. 17-20

Time: Varies

Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

More info: Click here

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Monday, Dec. 21 –Wednesday, Dec. 23 | 6 shows | Tickets $20-50

RudolphWebAd_700x300The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season! Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the TV special. Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition, which teaches us all that what makes you different might just be what makes you special.

Date: Dec. 21-23

Time: 6 shows, varies.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime!) at the Museum’s first-ever, family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy a toast at noon after a special Noon Year’s Eve countdown, a new marionette show from StoneLion Puppet Theatre, music, dancing, magic, art-making, and more! Just down the street, the Scott Family Amazeum are celebrating Noon Year’s as well, so you can plan to spend the afternoon with both.

Free at Crystal Bridges, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 31

Time: Noon

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

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Devotion in Motion: The gift of understanding

1 ¶ O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. ~ Psalm 139:1,2 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Throughout this November, people have been making lists of blessings for which they are thankful. Thankfulness is a holy habit and one that is commended by Scripture. So, today I’d like to mention just one thing that I am particularly thankful for today: I am thankful for you, my loyal readers.

When I started writing my weekly online column 4 ½ years ago, I imagined that only my relatives and church members would read it. But that’s not what has happened at all. I’ve been amazed that my readership comes from all age groups and every walk of life; from places all over the United States and around the globe; from people who have known me all my life, from people I’ve met in the past, and folks who have never met me at all. I’ve found that you, my faithful readers, are a very diverse group.

But, judging from your many comments, emails, and feedback, I believe that you all have something in common: You all “get me.” After all, isn’t that how we choose which columnists we read? When I write something, you read it, and immediately you know where I’m coming from. Then, sometimes you come back the next week to read again. This is a great blessing—the blessing of being valued and understood. It may be the greatest blessing of all. Thank you for that gift.

Back in July, Susan and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. For a present, she bought me something that I have always wanted–a concrete statue of St. Francis of Assisi. I am glad that he is now standing in our flower bed because I have always loved “The Prayer of St. Francis” :

francis_statue_in_garden_large-3Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


Did you notice that Brother Francis said it should be our goal to understand others rather than to be understood ourselves? Writing my column has made me realize why this is so. When a person feels he is understood, even in small things, it changes everything. It makes that person feel like their life’s work is worthwhile. That’s why we should daily pray to understand others—because it can make all the difference in the world for them.

So, dear reader, thank you for taking time to read these words each week. Thank you for your kind comments and notes. But most of all, thank you for understanding.

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 30 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher’s wife sent “honeybun cake” to school for all the Preacher’s schoolteacher-friends this week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 24), his wife Madeline (age 24), and Seth (age 21). You can send him a note at .

Farmland Adventures Winter Attractions Now Open

Farmland adventures, Christmas treesIf you and your kids had a blast picking out a pumpkin or playing at Farmland Adventures in October, we’ve got fun news to share. This year Farmland Adventures is offering Winter Attractions for families, AND they’ll be selling Christmas trees! They are open TODAY (Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) now open signand will be open each Friday and Saturday from now until December 19th.

If your family always puts up “the real deal” kind of Christmas tree, now you can make selecting your tree a family event that will be a lot of fun for the kids and awesome for family snapshots, too. This could be a special new “getting the Christmas tree” family tradition that you begin this year.

In addition to pre-cut Christmas trees for sale, Farmland will also have the play area available, wagon rides, pony rides, a small petting farm and pedal karts. If you don’t need a live Christmas tree, you can still take the kids to Farmland Adventures to play and to get some great photos of them enjoying winter fun on the farm.

Hours of operation will be:

FRIDAYS: November 27th through December 19th on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SATURDAYS: November 28th through December 19th on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission info: $8 per person; FREE for kids 2 years old or under; Groups of 20 or more people pay $7 per person.

Here’s a run-down of all you’ll find during the holiday season at Farmland Adventures:

Christmas trees: Please note that you do NOT have to pay admission if you only want to purchase a Christmas tree. They are pre-cut and priced individually.

Wagon rides: Ride around the beautiful farm in a wagon pulled by a tractor. The ride takes about 15 minutes and that crisp winter air will feel great while you’re bundled up in the wagon with your little ones. There is NO extra charge for wagon rides because they’re included in the price of adPony Ridesmission to Farmland. (Remember, the wagon rides close at dark so go early!)

Pony rides: Farmland ponies are so popular with kids! Most children love to ride them but, if your kids are a little hesitant, bring them by so they can simply pet the ponies. Pony rides are also included with farm admission. Kids must be under 100 pounds and 4 feet tall.

Petting farm: Kids are fascinated to see the farm animals up close, especially when they can touch and sometimes feed them. Not all of the animals are available for viewing during winter, but there will be plenty to see in the small petting farm.

pedal kartsPedal Karts: If your kid was born to ride, he or she is going to LOVE the Pedal Karts and the racetrack at Farmland. They’re kid-powered (not electric) and they have four wheels. (There are two sizes — one for little kids and a bigger size for kids age 7 and up. Even moms and dads can get in on the racing action.

Play area: The play area at Farmland is designed just for younger kids. The Straw Bale Maze, Hay Bale Pyramid, and Corn Box will keep kids entertained and occupied. Let them play, climb, dig and jump around all they want.

Cozy campfire: Take a break from the fun winter activities and warm up by the fire!

DIRECTIONS: Click HERE to get specific directions on how to find Farmland Adventures. The farm is located at 5350 Parsons Road in Springdale.

For questions, call them at 479-799-5033.

We know how much fun our families and others have at Farmland Adventures during the Halloween season, so we were thrilled to hear that the fun is being extended this year with these new Winter Attractions. Hope you guys have a blast on the farm! We’d love to see your photos so tag us on Facebook!

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