Giveaway: Four tickets to “A Year with Frog & Toad” & pasta!

wac_motherlode_frogandtoad.jpgEditor’s note: Congratulations to Fayetteville mom of two, Lynette Duncan, who won the show tickets and gift certificate to Pesto Cafe!

Don’t forget you can use ‘Motherlode’ as the promo code to buy 2 tickets and get one free to this Walton Arts Center show!

Frog and Toad are Friends was one of the first books I read on my own. Did you love the Frog and Toad books, too? Well, now we can all share the musical version with our kids at Walton Arts Center!

Perfect for a “date” with your kiddos, we’ve got FOUR tickets to give away to this really special Saturday, Jan. 16, show A Year With Frog and Toad. The lucky mama will also be treated to dinner at a Fayetteville (and Motherlode mamas) favorite, The Pesto Cafe!

Walton Arts Center is also making Motherlode readers an offer they can’t refuse: when you BUY 2, you get ONE FREE ticket to see Frog and Toad! Just use the promotional code “MOTHERLODE” either online (, by phone (443-5600) or at the box office! There are two performances on the 16th — 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.– and tickets are as low as $10.50

About the show: Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Wille Reale’s musical A Year with Frog & Toad. Developed by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, the stage musical remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing the things that make each of us different and special.

m.jpgAbout the food: How to describe The Pesto Cafe’s food? Well, in a word, delicious! They have all kinds of wonderful Italian pasta (homemade meat lasagna, chicken parmesan, pork verona), homemade specialty pizzas and spaghetti for the kids, of course! CLICK HERE to see the menu, which also includes vegetarian dishes, hours and who they’ve got lined up to play live music this week!

We highly recommend Mara’s Magnificent Make pizza and the zesty Pesto Pasta. You always get bread and a caesar salad, too. The Pesto Cafe is at 1830 N. College Avenue, across from AQ Chicken.

How to sign up! It’s easy, as usual! Just hit the word “comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about about one of your favorite childhood memories. It’ll be fun to share your own stories and also to read about the childhoods of other moms.

You can also e-mail your entry to us at

As always, you can increase your odds of winning by helping us spread the word about the giveaway. Simply send an e-mail to your friends/family about it and be sure to put us in the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit. We’ll enter your name in the drawing again for every friend you tell. 

Good luck, and thanks to Walton Arts Center and The Pesto Cafe for such a fabulous giveaway!


  1. My favorite childhood memories are all of the traveling we did as a family. My grandparents kept a full size conversion van just for traveling. Every summer my grandparents, parents, sister, and I would load up in the van and take off across the country. In all I’ve traveled to 46 states and 4 foreign countries. We had a great time as a family, and my sister and I learned a lot through our experiences. I hope I can provide the same for my kids!

  2. Vacations were a favorite for me as well. My parents always had a conversion van too. One time it was a yellow and orange striped Dodge that we called “The Banana Van”. When I was 16, we had “Big Red”. I’m probably one of the only teenagers who had to learn to drive in a conversion van!

  3. I grew up just out side of Houston, my favorite was going to Astroworld and waterworld, we always had a blast!

  4. I would have to say one of my favorite childhood memories would be spending time with my grandparents. We would stay the night with them & look forward to biscuits & gravy the next morning! I went on several trips to Colorado with them. I loved racing my grandpa in the Wal-Mart parking lot. (and yes, he would always win!!) Every Sunday morning they would pick my sisters & I up before church & take us to the donut shop! I could go on & on!

  5. Most of my favorite childhood memories are from vacations that almost always involved camping and playing as a family. You can’t beat smores on a campfire after a long day in the water

  6. I’m one of eleven grandkids, and some of my favorite childhood memories comes from our “grandkids reunion” we would have in the summer for a week at my grandparents’. As a mom of four, now I especially appreciate what those weeks involved. Thanks be to deep-freezers, cots on the floor and lots of ice cream and outside time!

  7. I used to love Frog and Toad books as a child. I have 3 girls and I’ve read them to each of the girls. Date night with my girls would be wonderful.

  8. One of my favorite childhood memories is spending a week at my grandparent’s house in the summer.

  9. My favorite childhood memories are of camping. We would go several times a year, always to a new place. We never even left the state but there was always adventure to be found. My husband never camped as a kid so I am having fun creating new memories with him and our daughter.

  10. One of my favorite childhood memories is going camping at the lake with my family every summer. We would go swimming and have campfires. Although I did not like when my sister would bump me in the water with her innertube and make me cry. I love taking my kids to the Walton Art Center and I know they would love to see this show, you also picked our favorite restaurant. I hope we win. It would be a great family night.

  11. We used to go Gulf Shores often, my brother and I had SO much fun on the car trips there. We used to take one of the old school tape recorders and would make silly tapes on the way. I still have those and listen to them from time to time. We also used to get “prizes” every 100 miles or so, usually just cheap toys or books, but we loved those prizes. One of the stipulations to getting a prize was that we could not ask “are we there yet?”, if we did we would have to wait until the NEXT 100 miles! I have really smart parents! 😉

  12. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to see the Christmas windows in downtown Chicago. Every year on Christmas Eve my Dad would load us kids up to see these truly magical creations while Mom stayed home and did what Mom’s do, a little bit of everything.


  13. One of my favorite childhood memories would have to be summer time. Growing up in WV, we lived far from town and neighbors. I would spend my mornings riding my bike down dirt roads to a friends house or go swimming in the pool. I didn’t have a care in the world and I loved every minute of it (plus I was in great shape). No tv or video games required to keep me entertained from dawn to dusk. Imagine that!

  14. The only vacations we went on when i was young were to my great grandparent’s dairy farm in S. Dakota. We did that in the Summertime. The rest of the Summer my mom kicked us out of the house all day so she could clean (or whatever she did in there) and if we said we were bored she’d give us cleaning chores to do!

  15. My grandparents owned a pontoon boat when I was growning up. Some of my fondest memories are of my family spending weekends out on the lake fishing, tubing and swimming.

  16. Here’s one Gwen can relate to…
    Going to Grandma’s house in Stuttgart, AR. It’s so small there we could walk to downtown Stuttgart. So my 3 brothers and I would usually find an afternoon to take that walk and find some kind of trouble if any to get into. And then of course, we went to the National Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart every year! Yes, ladies the National Duck Calling Contest in a teeny tiny town in Arkansas!

  17. One of my favorite childhood memories was being a “media monitor” in the elementary school library. The Frog and Toad series were some of my most read and favorite books!

  18. My favorite childhood memories are times spent with my grandparents. I went on many fishing trips with them, spent the weekends playing cards, puzzles, etc. Such wonderful memories!

  19. One of my favorite childhood memories is of playing on our backyard swingset with my younger sister. We would sit in the swing facing each other and swing for hours! We’d make each other laugh and give each other “eskimo kisses”.

  20. My mom would take me on a “grown up” girls day out in downtown Chicago. Carson Pirie Scott Dept. store for lunch, art institute, walking along Michigan Ave.

  21. I love to remember the very long summer nights when we played outside until it was dark and it was almost 10:00 pm! We played hide and seek, cops and robbers, kickball–just hanging out with friends and waiting to hear our mothers calling us to come home for bed.

  22. My favorite childhood memory is the summer vacations I would take every year with my mom’s side of the family, grandparents, cousins & uncles. We went to CO then on to Las Vegas every summer growing up!

  23. A favorite childhood memory is peach peach picking with my mom and older sister. We would load up our ugly, yellow station wagon with bushel baskets and head to the orchard on the edge of town to pick the sweetest, juiciest peaches.

  24. Some of my favorite childhood memories are during the summer. Since I grew up in a very small town my friends and I would walk or ride our bikes all over town.

  25. My favorite memory is when my mom would play “restaurant” with me at lunch time. She’d serve me my favorite “order” like a waitress, and let me have a straw in my drink. Amazing how such a silly little thing has stuck as one of my most special memories so many years later!

  26. One of my fovorite memories is of my mother and I going to the theater. It was before the Walton Arts Center so we would make a trip of it to Tulsa and it really got me hooked. I have since been taking my daughter to the Walton Arts Center and I now have a theater buddy for life. She loves it as much as I do and she is only 4!

  27. My favorite childhood memory is spending time in the summer at my grandparents’ house. Playing dolls on the landing of the stairs, riding in my grandfathers’ golf cart, eating my grandmothers’ chocolate chip cookies, swimming…

  28. I had the greatest elderly lady that took care of me when I was little. She used to let me make mud pies and decorate them with dandilions, leaves, and flowers. Then we would set her dining table with her china and we would pretend to eat them. My fondest memories are of things like that at her house.

  29. As I look back, most of my favorite memories came from hours upon hours of my sister and I playing with Barbies. We had close to 40 and each one had a name, and a very specific personality. While my sister and I fought quite a bit (22 months in age difference does that) we were always fine while we were playing with our Barbies. Recently my sister and I pulled out those Barbies almost 20 years after we stopped playing with them and could still remember most of the names! Oh Barbie, you made my childhood great!

  30. Some of my best memories are our “family” birthday parties. They were never anything fancy…just my parents, siblings and grandparents, and a cake. But since my birthday is in the summer, it always turned into a wiffle ball game or bocce ball tournament. My son, Max, has his birthday on Jan 18th, and this would be a wonderful, special memory for him, especially because he has had little mommy time since his younger brother joined the family 3 weeks ago.

  31. I was a bit of a tomboy….. So my favorite memories are of our adventures… We would follow a creek for hours or hike into the woods and build a fort from downed limbs….. Life as a tomboy was great!

  32. free meal at Pesto??? i can definitely share a fave childhood memory for that… 🙂 one is when i used swing for hours on this homemade tree swing that we had tied up on the pear tree next to my grandparents house in the summer time… ahhh, those were the days!!

  33. My favorite memory is spending summers at my grandparents with my other cousins. This was the only time of the year I got to see my cousins, who all lived in Michigan.
    I’d love me some Pesto Cafe! My son would love to go to WAC again. He went in November on a school trip and loved it.

  34. One of my best memories is when I was 7 and my sister was 5. My parents were building a house out in the country and me and my sister would hunt for rocks and pretend they were arrowheads left by indians. We were convinced that my parents built our house on an indian burial ground.

  35. summertime!!…with siblings and neighborhood kids and little to no supervision ALL day long….all kinds of things a kid can get into!! 🙂

  36. I grew up on a small farm and had a charmed childhood. I really had ponies and a pond with ducks, a treehouse AND a small log cabin to play in, a forest to wander around in. I have so many great memories of just *playing*!

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