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Arkansas

An Ozark Experience: Music, Arts and History

Join experts to celebrate the traditions of the Ozarks as you meet local artisans, take in a living history presentation, explore Blanchard Springs Caverns and raft the White River.
Rating (5)
Program No. 4555RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in traditions as you take an unhurried view of the beautiful Ozark Mountain region. Float along the lazy flowing White River in a raft and enjoy a relaxing walk in the Ozark National Forest studying plants and wildlife. Become part of this way of life as you listen to songs and stories descended from the British Isles and visit with the Ozark Folk Center's artisans to discover their creative talents. You'll not forget this area after you've picnicked by a clear flowing stream or discovered the unrivaled beauty of Blanchard Cave — memories await you!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on grassy areas, concrete, and uneven ground in high humidity and temperatures into the high 90s. Climbing in/out of rubber raft on wet surfaces. Climbing stairs while getting on and off the motorcoach.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Feel the struggles and joy of life in the Ozarks in living history presentations and through the creative talents of local artisans.
  • Go on an expert-led exploration of Blanchard Springs Caverns, one of the nation’s premiere cave systems.
  • Delight in evening performances by Folk Center musicians and area guests.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
Featured Expert
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Dave Smith
Dave Smith first moved to Stone County, Arkansas in 1972 and was captivated by the beauty of the area and the old-time fiddle tunes and mountain songs he heard. When he’s not leading raft programs down the White River, Dave lives off-the-grid in the community of Fox and is a member of the musical group Harmony. He is also the host of Ozark Highlands Radio, a publicly-syndicated radio program produced at the Ozark Folk Center and performers regularly at the park's evening.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dave Smith
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Kay Thomas
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Mary Gillihan
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Robert Gillihan
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Joe Jewell
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Arjuna Larson
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Linda Odom
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Keith Symanowitz
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Robin Woodsong
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Kathleen Connole
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Pat Thompson
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