Ozark Folk Center Schedule/Events September 12 – 16, 2017 (Posted by Ginger Smith)


September 12 – 16, 2017

Tuesday,  Sept 12

Daytime Musicians:  Carolyn Carter

Noon Program:  Craft Village Tour, beginning at the School House

Wednesday, Sept 13

Daytime Musicians: Sibling Rivalry

Wednesday Weekly Garden Tour at Noon, starting on the Bessie Moore Deck

Thursday, Sept 14

Daytime Musicians: The Original Flathoof Stringband
Noon Program: Smitty the Cowboy Poet

Evening: Mulligan Stew, David & Renee Wright, Mary Parker & the White River Ramblers, Flatbroke, Brad Apple & Friends

Friday, Sept 15
Daytime Musicians: Woodsong

Noon Program: Spinning Tales, with Jeanette Larson

Evening: Tall Timber, Five South, Herbin’ League, Love
Holler, Jazz Agenda

Saturday, Sept 16

Daytime Musicians: Love Holler

Noon Program: Spinning Tales, with Jeanette Larson
Special Matinee, 2-3pm: Leyla McCalla
Evening, Leyla McCalla Feature Concert, Grace Stormont, Roger Fountain Band

Schedule Subject to Change


Skillet Restaurant Specials

Breakfast Special 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Skillet breakfast (served in an iron skillet) fried potatoes, grilled peppers, onions, sausage, two fried eggs $6.95, without meat $5.95

Lunch Special 11: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Crispy chicken salad with choice of dressing
for $7.95 OR Chef’s Special of the Day … $6.95

Young Pioneers.

These special hands-on programs of Ozark crafts and music for children 7-14 are offered Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Craft Village, at the Shannon Cabin. Programs are free with regular admission.

Upcoming Events

Sept 23  Feature Concert:  Frank Fairfield
Sept 30  Feature Concert:  Barefoot Movement
October 1: Court Square Music Series with Carolyn Carter

Sept 18-19  Stained Glass Workshop
Sept 18-20  Basic Letterpress Workshop
Sept 21-22 Introduction to Woodcarving Workshop

Each class requires preregistration.  Check OzarkFolkCenter.com or call for detailed information. Schedules subject to change

Hands-on in the Craft Village
One Of Many Things to Try…
Play on the Tom Walkers at the Admin Building green space
Free with Craft Village admission

2017 Hours of Operation

April 11 – November 11

Open Tuesday-Saturday

Craft Village            10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

General Store        10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Smokehouse          10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Daytime Music 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45

Music Theater/Large Auditorium

April 13 – November 11
Thursday – Saturday

Concession open 6:00 pm
Concert 7:00 p.m.

HomeSpun Gift Shop

Tuesday – Saturday

10:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Skillet Restaurant

Monday – Saturday

8:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Administration phone: 870.269.3851

Cabin Office: 870.269.3871

Website: www.OzarkFolkCenter.com


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.