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Caleb Ryan Martin

June 12 – 18, 2018, Ozark Folk Center News

Caleb Ryan Martin

Outdoor Matinee Feature Concert

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
On the Outdoor Music Pavilion

Caleb Ryan Martin is an acoustic bluegrass, folk and roots musician hailing from the hills of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Caleb has traveled and played music all across the Midwest and Gulf Coast region, singing with expressive vocals, playing guitar, and picking the banjo. He recently won the Arkansas Country Music Awards Acoustic Act of the Year.

Tickets to the Matinee Show in the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village are $12 and are only available the day of the show at the park. Includes all-day access to the park’s 22-artisan shops from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. including the matinee performance from 2-3.p.m.

What’s Blooming?
Heritage Herb Garden Tour
Wednesday @ Noon
Begins at the Herb Study Center

Elder, Sambucus nigra var. canadensis is in bloom right now all over north central Arkansas. Tiny flowers are borne in flat-topped, umbrella-shaped corymbs, in masses—they are cream-colored and sweetly fragrant. Elderflowers begin to appear in our zone 7 areas in late May and last a couple of weeks. This is a small window of time in which to harvest the blooms. Click here to learn more in Yarb Tales

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 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12
Daytime Musicians: Possum Juice

Wednesday, June 13
Daytime Musicians: Big River Blue Country Band with special matinee performance by feature performer Caleb Ryan Martin from 2-3 p.m.

Weekly Garden Tour: Departing at Noon from the Herb Study Center

Thursday, June 14
Daytime Musicians: Switchback Road

Rock Tales at Noon, starting from the Bessie Moore Deck with Charles Widmer

Evening: Smith & Jensen, Roger Fountain Band, Shawna & the Has-Beens, Lee Mountain Ramblers, Armadilla Holler

Friday, June 15
Daytime Musicians: Apple & Setser with special matinee performance by feature performer Carolyn Carter from 2-3 p.m.

Evening: Feature Performer Carolyn Carter, Two Roads, Big River Country Blues Band

Saturday, June 16
Daytime Musicians: Five South

Evening: George Hulsey & Friends, Five South, Ruthie & Bobby, The Glover Family, Duane Porterfield

Schedule Subject to Change

This Week’s Skillet Restaurant Specials

June 12 -18, 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.

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

Lunch Specials
French Dip Sandwich on a hoagie roll with one trip to the salad bar  $7.95

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

Saturday Nights in June
Prime Rib Beef marinated in fresh Herb Butter, sure to melt in your mouth served with a Baked Potato and One Trip Salad Bar $17.95

Secret Sisters

In Concert at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
June 30, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Craft Village Matinee from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In the tradition of great southern harmony and ballad singers, the Secret Sisters have brought traditional old time style songs to a new generation of music fans. They have been featured on Late Night with David Letterman among other national television programs and have a harmony style.

Mark Your Calendars for Handcrafted Evening in the Park
Friday, July 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free Admission to the Craft Village

Handcrafted evening in the park is a relaxed, informal, quiet event. Take time to talk with working artisans about how they learned their skills and where they find their inspiration. Learn about their techniques and their workshops. Buy unique handcrafted items directly from the folks who are making them.


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.