May 1-7, 2018 Ozark Folk Center News and Events

Medicinal Herb Workshop

May 5, 2018
8 p.m. – 5 p.m.
White Oak Auditorium

Build your herbal knowledge with herbalists Emily Rush, Susan Belsinger, Chris Cosby, Tina Marie Wilcox and mycologist, Jay Justice. Topics include, Medicinal Mushrooms of Arkansas; Herbal Remedies for Stress and Anxiety; Hops, Herb of the Year; The Medicine of Home; and Understanding Plant Mucilage.The annual Medicinal Herb Workshop is educational, entertaining and a feast for all the senses. A Cinco de Mayo-inspired herbal luncheon is included in the workshop fee.

Registration $100. Pre-registration required. To register call the Ozark Folk Center State Park at 870-269-3851 #1. You can download the registration form for more information.

Bonnie Montgomery 
May 4, 2018
Evening Concert starts at 7 p.m.
Craft Village Matinee 2 – 3 p.m.

Native Arkansan, singer, songwriter, and outlaw country artist Bonnie Montgomery kicks off the Ozark Folk Center Feature Concert Series with a sound that hearkens back to the era of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn with a unique drive and attitude all her own.

Make a day of it with an all day pass that includes two shows and entry into the Craft Village featuring 22 artisan shops. It’s a unique experience to see these incredible artisans at work, visit with them about their craft, and buy local. All this for about $20.

Treat yourself and eat Southern food at the Skillet Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed. Pro tip: try our house dressing made with fresh herbs out of our garden.

Follow the ticket link to buy tickets and call 1-870-269-3851 & Press 1 to talk to our staff directly with questions and/or to book a cabin.

Sunday Court Square Concert Series Begins – May 6, 2018

Join Ozark Folk Center musicians for an outdoor concert underneath the shade of the big oak tree on the Court Square in Mountain View; concerts are the first Sunday of every month May through October. Musicians perform from 2-3 with a picking to follow. Bring your instruments and join in the fun. Concerts are sponsored in part by Stone Bank. Admission is Free.

May 18 & 19, 2018
This gathering of guitarists is dedicated to the thumb-picking tradition made popular by Merle Travis. Thumbpicking Weekend events include a one-day master class, panel discussions, concerts and the Arkansas State Championship Thumbpicking Guitar Contest.
Learn quick & basic cheesemaking, as it is done in a modern farm kitchen. Using fresh goat’s milk & store bought cow’s milk you’ll learn to make fresh, soft cheeses. Build on the skills you learn to develop your own cheese recipes. Pre-registration is required.

This Week’s Skillet Restaurant Specials May 1-7, 2018

The Skillet Restaurant is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Breakfast Buffet every Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.
Sunday Skillet’s famous Fried Chicken Buffet 11a.m.- 2 p.m.

Lunch Specials 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Crispy Chicken Salad (A bed of fresh salad mix topped with tomatoes, shredded cheese, sliced red onions, croutons and crispy fried chicken breast served with your choice of dressing) for $7.95
Chef’s Special of the Day … $6.95

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

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Appetizer: cheese curds, Entrée: Bacon wrapped chicken breast, Dessert: apple or peach cobbler $17.95

PRIME RIB: A fresh tender cut of Prime Beef marinated in fresh herb butter, sure to melt in your mouth served with a baked potato and one trip salad bar $17.95.

The Purple Hulls

This week, talented twin Texan bluegrass and gospel duo The Purple Hulls recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Also, interviews with these identical virtuosos.  Mark Jones offers an archival recording of Ozark original Donnie Dutton performing the traditional tune “Wildwood Flower.”  Writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins recounts the American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist Henry Schoolcraft’s experience in the early Ozark region.

Catch this episode and more on Ozark Highlands Radio.

Performing this Week at Ozark Folk Center State Park

Daytime Music 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45
Craft Village open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Music Auditorium doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:00

Tuesday, May 1
Daytime Musicians: Five South

Wednesday, May 2
Daytime Musicians: Jerry and Tom
Weekly Garden Tour at Noon, starting on the Bessie Moore Deck

Thursday, May 3
Daytime Musicians: Apple & Setser
Noon Program starting on the Bessie Moore Deck: The Rock Tales & More, the Foundations of Stone County with Charles Widmer
Evening: Chinkypin, Here Comes Trouble, George Hulsey & Friends, Love Holler, and Flathoof Stringband

Friday, May 4
Daytime Musicians: Whoa Mule
Special Matinee 2 –3 p.m.—Bonnie Montgomery
Evening: Special Feature Performer—Bonnie Montgomery with Grace Stormont and Five South

Saturday, May 5
Daytime Musicians: Lee Mountain Ramblers
Evening: Flat Broke, Pretty Little Miss, Samuel Blake, Kathy Jensen, and Possum Juice

*Schedule Subject to Change

Our mailing address is:

The Ozark Folk Center State Park

1032 Park Ave.

Mountain ViewAR 72560

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.