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