Guitars Galore with Thumbpicking This Weekend at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, Concerts, Contests and Master’s Class

Thumbpicking Weekend – May 18 & 19, 2018

Our annual Thumbpicking Weekend celebrates the life and music of legendary guitarist Merle Travis over two days of workshops and performances featuring Merle’s son Thom Bresh, Pat Kirley, Randy Buckner, Evan Twitty and Danny Dozier.

Saturday begins with a panel discussion of the life and times of guitar great Merle Travis at 10:00 a.m. in the White Oak Auditorium and continues with the Arkansas State Championship Thumbpicking Contest starting at 2:30 p.m. in the large Auditorium. Contest is free to watch, entry through the front of the Auditorium.
Doors open for the evening concert in the large auditorium at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Regular admission applies and season passes are honored.

2018 Arkansas State Guitar Contest Rules and Registration Form and Complete Master Class Information and Registration Form on OFC web site.

June 4 – 8, 2018 – taught by Paul Pitt – Alabaster Stone Carving Class

Learn to carve translucent carbonate of lime which is softer than marble but finishes with comparable beauty. Complete a hand-size sculpture in this 5 day class. All tools and materials provided for use during class. Registration deadline May 21. Ages 16 and up. Call 870-269-3854 to register. Click on the link for more information. Looking for other Craft, Music and Herb Workshops?

Day Camp at the Ozark Folk Center State Park – June 4 – 8, 2018

Have fun trying your hand at several different crafts. This five day camp for young folks 8 – 12 will feature pottery making, felting, tie dye, music and a whole lot of other great projects. We’ll go swimming every afternoon, Monday-Thursday. One day we’ll swim in the creek during our field trip to the Ozark National Forest. At the end of the week we will have a party with your family and friends. Call 870-269-3851 for more information.

Auto Harp Workshops – Ozark Folk Center State Park – June 7-9, 2018

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is pleased to announce the dates for our annual Auto Harp Workshop featuring nationally-acclaimed auto harp players Karen Mueller, Charles Whitmer, Les Gustafson-Zook, and John Hollandsworth. Our schedule of events this year includes intensive classroom instruction and performances from our special guests. Students of all playing abilities are welcome to join.

 This Week’s Skillet Restaurant Specials – May 15 – 21, 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
French Dip Sandwich on a Hoagie Roll with one trip to the salad bar for $7.95

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

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

Saturday Nights in August  
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

Hogslop String Band

This week, high energy neo-traditional oldtime music phenomenon “The Hogslop String Band” recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with this rowdy group of pickers. Mark Jones offers an archival recording of a very young Allison Krauss performing the traditional tune “Gardenia Waltz.” Writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins relates the history of black bears 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 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15
Daytime Musicians: Woodsong

Wednesday, May 16
Daytime Musicians: Jenny & Tom

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

Thursday,  May 17
Daytime Musicians: Possum Juice
With a special matinee performance by Evan Twitty from 2-3pm

Noon Program starting on the Bessie Moore Deck: The Rock Tales & More, the Foundations of Stone County with Charles Widmer

Evening: The Leatherwoods, Lee Mountain Ramblers, Outlaw Status, Kathy Jensen, David & Renee Wright

Friday, May 18
Daytime Musicians: Kat & the Fiddle

Evening: Thumbpicking Guitar Weekend Feature Performers—Danny Dozier, Randy Buckner, Evan Twitty

Saturday, May 19
Daytime Musicians: Love Holler

Evening: Thumbpicking Guitar Weekend Feature Performers—Thom Bresh (Merle Travis’ son) and Pat Kirkley

Schedule Subject to Change

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.