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Arkansas
An Ozark Experience
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.
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Program No. 4555RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
D

Afternoon: Check-in is at the desk of the Cabins at Dry Creek, between 2pm and 4pm, at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. After getting settled, come to the Skillet Restaurant, also at the Folk Center, for an informal get together, information, name badges and light snacks.

Dinner: Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Evening: After announcements, going over the weeks' schedule and a brief getting acquainted, we'll travel to a music show of local musicians. Though not a barn, it's called the "Driftwood Barn" after singer/songwriter/ storyteller, Jimmy Driftwood.

DAY
2
B,L,D

Breakfast: Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Morning: A leisurely float on the gently flowing White River with a staff member from the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Views of flowers, birds, trees are easily done at this slower pace.

Lunch: We'll have a picnic lunch in the covered pavilion of the recreation area of Calico Rock.

Afternoon: A slow paced walk of about 45 minute in "Old Calico." Learn more about this river town that is often referred to as a ghost town. Afterwards, if possible, we will have a short (30-45 minute) stop at the Calico Rock museum, which features information, pictures and historic scenes of the town and it's people. There is also a small gift shop area and an art gallery both of which feature local artists.

Dinner: A tasty buffet from the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Evening: Evening program will feature many Ozark life styles; clothing, food, folklore and language.

DAY
3
B,L,D

Breakfast: Full buffet or lighter fare from the Skillet Restaurant.

Morning: A talk on the origins of this State Park. Then a first visit to the Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Working artisans showcase their skills while explaining the how and why of their art/craft. Music shows, throughout the morning, and a noon program before lunch.

Lunch: After the noon program in the Village, lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at 12:30pm.

Afternoon: Another opportunity to visit with the artisans in the Craft Village and to hear more music from the Folk Center musicians. Some of the artisans offer short classes on their particular craft, by just inquiring of that artisan.

Dinner: Once again you'll be at the Skillet.

Evening: Get ready to tap your toes and enjoy an evening talk and demonstration of music and musical instruments.

DAY
4
B,L,D

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet or a lighter choice, at the Skillet Restaurant.

Morning: A short drive from the National Forest, we'll meet the instructor for the morning walk. You will learn of the first settlers to our county and their life where the Blanchard Recreation area is presently. After a short introduction you'll begin your "Walk to the Past." You'll start at the shelter cave and end at the remains of the grist mill, where the Park bus will meet you to take you to the lunch pavilion.

Lunch: A picnic lunch, in a lovely setting in the Ozark-St. Francis Forest.

Afternoon: Another short drive through the forest will take you to the Blanchard Spring Caverns Visitors Center. You will view the movie, 'The World Below" which sets the stage for your guided cave tour. It will be .9 of a mile of astounding beauty. After the tour, there will be time to look over the items in the Interpretive Gift area for postcards, books, caps, T-shirts and hand-made items, before driving to Blanchard Spring. And then, back to the Cabins' at Dry Creek.

Dinner: Another tasty meal from the Skillet.

Evening: A private concert for the Road Scholar group from one of the Ozark Folk Center State Parks' group of performers..

DAY
5
B,L,D

Breakfast: Choice of full buffet or lighter fare, from the Skillet Restaurant at the Folk Center.

Morning: The group will be divided in two for either the herb garden walk or the traditional square dance sessions. After about 45-50 minutes, there will be a short break and then the groups will switch, giving everyone a chance to do both. Afterwards, there will be time to visit, for the final time, the Crafts Village. Artisans, music, noon program and should you wish, shopping!

Lunch: After the noon program in the Village, lunch will be served in the Skillet at 12:30pm.

Afternoon: Our Park bus will take you to the court square in downtown Mountain View. This self-guided, walking tour will be complete with a map of the historic building and the information behind these structures. Beautiful shops, restful shade trees and friendly folks. For your convenience, there will be two return trips back to the Cabins' at Dry Creek.

Dinner: A traditional southern meal of pond raised, grilled or fried catfish with all the trimmings, served in the Skillet Restaurant.

Evening: You will take the short walk across the Craft Village to the Folk Centers' evening music show. The performances will showcase the Parks' performers. You can stay for the entire evening or the bus will take you back to the Cabins' at the intermission.

DAY
6
B,L

Breakfast: Last chance to have homemade biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, eggs (two ways) two kinds of meat, peach or apple chunky or cereal and toast, all at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Morning: We encourage you to stay for this moving and poignant portrayal from the 1860's. After the hour session, you will be bussed back to the Cabins' for loading luggage and bringing your car to one of the parking areas close to the Skillet. Before the wrap-up session, there will be time to exchange emails with the other participants and any last minute information you may have wished to gather.

Lunch: An early lunch with the morning wrap-up, about 11:15-11:30am. Then it's "good-bye" and "home safe!"






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