Tuesday December 10, 2013
Hope everyone is finally thawing out. The big ice storm cancelled some of the biggest events of the holiday season. A few have been rescheduled.
The annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Capitol lighting ceremony normally follows the parade, but the Secretary of State has said that the ceremony will not be held this year. The lights were turned on this weekend, however, and you can still go visit the large tree (the largest real Christmas tree in Arkansas).
This is the fourth time the since its inception 75 years ago that there will be no lighting ceremony. The Capitol remained dark at Christmas two years during World War II, and it was lit without ceremony during a major construction project in more recent history.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Everyone is buzzing about Conway's Christmas tree. Most people were criticizing the cost of the tree. It cost the city over $130,000. Funds for it came from Conway's prepared food tax (the "hamburger tax"). It's an artificial tree that the city says it should last 10 years. Over 10 years, is $130,000 too much? They hope the tree will bring some Christmas shoppers to Conway.
Those who aren't talking about the price of the tree are talking about the size of the tree. It might be the largest artificial "tree" in the Midwest. There is some contention about what is considered a tree, but I am with those only counting "trees" with artificial limbs. It wins if you count that. Most of the trees that are larger are made of metal and lights only. The Conway tree is 54-feet tall, and 27-feet wide. It has 19,000 lights and ornaments on it.
There are more photos below the break. That flash of pink in the photo is me, shown for scale (you can click to get a bigger shot). To be honest, I was a bit disappointed in it. It's a pretty cool tree, and the lights and ornaments are neat, but I'm not sure it lived up to the hype. I do think it will be a cool place to get some family photos and show your kids the wonders of Christmas
If you want to see a really cool tree closer to home, head to the Promenade on Chenal. They have a neat tree that has a Trans-Siberian Orchestra-like light show to music. I'll post photos later this week.
If you want to see the Conway tree, it's in downtown Conway, on Oak Street (in Rogers Plaza, the GPS address is 900 Oak Street, but it's right as you enter the historic downtown area).
Wednesday December 4, 2013
This is the weekend that Little Rock gets into the holiday spirit. We have our parade, jingle bell run and Capitol lighting downtown. This is the only time of year you can see fireworks over the Capitol building. That is, unless it snows and sleets this weekend. They normally cancel some of the festivities for weather. You can check the complete list of holiday events here.
- The Collectors Show and Sale at the Arkansas Arts Center displays lots of art pieces starting December 6. The pieces are for sale and will be on display until January 5th.
- The Arkansas Craft Guild's Christmas Showcase is worth checking out, even if you don't need any gifts. They have some neat stuff on display. It's Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- KSSN's Toy Hill is this weekend (Dec 6 and 7) with their motorcycle parade and toy donation box.
- Pet Portrait's with Santa at Just Dogs in the Promenade on Chenal are this weekend (it benefits the Humane Society).
Wednesday November 27, 2013
This weekend is more than black Friday shopping, though I'm sure a bunch of us will be out there battling for deals. Don't forget about small business Saturday.
There are lots of holiday events going on this weekend:
- The holiday celebration and tree lighting at the Promenade on Chenal are November 30. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. and they have events until the tree lighting at 6 p.m. More info.
- The Capitol Hotel is lighting their tree and starting their holiday festivities Sunday, December 1. It's at 5 p.m.
- It's the Christmas Frolic at the Historic Arkansas Museum from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.
- For more info (and more Christmas events) check out my holiday event pages.
- Mountain Rendezvous at Petit Jean State Park is from the 29-30 - They'll have some demonstrations and talks about primitive life in Arkansas.