Here are some of the entertainment and other options occurring a short driving distance from South Logan County in the coming days.
Songbirds of all kinds are migrating to and through Arkansas. Mount Magazine State Park is a great place to see and hear a wide variety of these colorful singers. Warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, and more are expected.
Meet at the Benefield Picnic Area at 9 a.m. on May 4, for an easy walk in search of warblers and other woodland birds along the edge of the picnic area and entrance road. Admission is free.
The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Community School of the Arts will present The Little Mermaid, Jr, by the Children’s Theatre Company at CSA at the King Opera House in Van Buren May 3 and 4.
Take a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in this hugely popular show. Adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture featuring the Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book. The show is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories.
Show times are set for 7 p.m., Friday, May 3, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday May 4. Join our cast of 34 children led by Director Shannon Stoddard and Musical Director Sheila Mann with costumes by Chandra Whatley.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, or $8 for a group of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at csafortsmith.org or by calling 479-434-2020. You may also stop by CSA at 2701 Old Greenwood Road.
Steele Horse Rally
The fifth annual Steel Horse Rally will be held May 3-4 in and near the downtown Fort Smith area and will include motorcycle rides, live music, motorcycle racing, the Mayor’s Salute to Veterans Fireworks Demonstration, food in the Bier Garten, the Bird of Prey Show, the Steel Horse Rally Shootout, the Steel Horse Rally Parade, a motorcycle show, the Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest and more. The rally raises money for local charities and is an multi-event gathering that draws about 100,000 people to Fort Smith each year, said Dennis Snow, president for the rally.
This year’s rally will include the Steel Horse Rally Concert with Fuel, Messer and Beitthemeans May 4 at Harry E. Kelley Park, 121 Riverfront Drive. Fuel is known for the rock songs “Innocent,” “Shimmer” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and has toured with Aerosmith, Kid Rock and others.
Chamber Strings Concert
Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the Chamber Strings Spring Concert. Join them Monday, May 6, for classical string music presented by their national award-winning Chamber Strings ensemble. Chamber Strings is a unique ensemble of top youth string players in the region. Students must audition for the group and study weekly with a private string instructor to get into the ensemble.
The concert is set for 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church located at 2701 Old Greenwood Road. Tickets are $8 and are available at CSA offices located at St. Bart’s, at the door, or online at csafortsmith.org. You may call CSA at 479-434-2020.