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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
14 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome, get acquainted, and evening musical of local talent
Ozark Folk Center State Park
D
Cabins at the Dry Creek at Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to get on & off bus; please let us know beforehand if bus with lift is needed.

Afternoon: Light snacks & get acquainted during check-in time; can pick up name badges & folders. Though every effort will be made to adhere to the scheduled activities, they may be subject to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner @ Skillet Restaurant

Evening: One of two movies: Road Scholar Shorts or Just that Much Hillbilly in Me.

DAY
2
Leisurely float, walk "old Calico" and local museum tour
Ozark Folk Center State Park
B,L,D
Cabins at the Dry Creek at Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to get in and out of a rubber raft; sit for up to two hours on a raft seat with no back, Walk for 1/2 hour on roadway.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center.

Morning: A scenic drive to the Chessman Ferry landing on the White River; a 2-2 1/2 hour float with attention paid to birds, flowers, etc.; each raft will have a staff person to answer questions and give information.

Lunch: A picnic lunch at the Calico Rock Recreation area.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk "old Calico" and learn of this once bustling river town that now is more like a ghost town. This 30 minute walk is partly self-guide as there are many panels with information along the route. Afterwards, we'll have some time to visit the local museum, where there are displays, local artwork and hand-made items for purchase. We'll then return to the Folk Center.

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

Evening: A delightful program of Ozark Lifestyles with the Parks' former Crafts Director. You'll learn about the culture of food, clothing, social gatherings and the many ways of an Arkansas Ozarker.

DAY
3
Park Orientation, Village visit, working artisans, music
Ozark Folk Center State Park
B,L,D
Cabins at the Dry Creek at Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: All areas are fully accessible; many artisans work indoors; places to sit and rest throughout the Crafts Village

Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center followed by an orientation on this unique Arkansas State Park and its operations. After a short period of questions and answers, a short break and then the first opportunity to visit with the working artisans in the Craft Village of the Folk Center.

Lunch: There will be a noon program on the deck next to the schoolhouse, in the Crafts Village followed by lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center, at approximately 12:30pm.

Afternoon: More time to explore the Crafts Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. You may stay until the Village closes at 5pm or you may ask for a shuttle to your room, at anytime.

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

Evening: You'll be hearing about and tapping your toes to this evening of music and musical instruments with musician extraordinaire, Joe Jewell. Joining him will be this years over-all champion and winner of the Jr. Division during the old time fiddle contest, will be Rebecca Pool.

DAY
4
Talk and walk, from present to past; picnic lunch, Cave tour
Ozark Folk Center State Park
B,L,D
Cabins at the Dry Creek at Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Should be able to walk up to 1 mile on grass and hardtop surfaces; .9 of a mile during the Cave tour and another 300 yards to the Spring at Blanchard

Breakfast: Breakfast @ the Folk Centers' full service restaurant.

Morning: After a short return to your rooms, take a short scenic ride to the Ozark/St. Francis forest, for the mornings program. After an interesting talk about the area, you will then "walk into the past". An easy paced walk, with the opportunity to use a listening device for constant contact with speaker.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Blanchard Recreation area before boarding bus to the Visitors Information Center of Blanchard Spring Caverns.

Afternoon: View the movie "The Amazing World Below" as it sets the stage for your guided tour into Blanchard Cave. You may also examine the exhibits in another part of the Visitors Information Center beforehand. There will also be ample time to look through the interpretive area, where you may purchase postcards, books, T-shirts, mugs and a host of other items. Many of the offerings are from people from Arkansas and the near community.

Dinner: Once again, we'll be at the Skillet Restaurant at the Folk Center.

Evening: A private concert for the group performed by one of the Ozark Folk Centers' musical groups.

DAY
5
Garden tour, old time square dance, Village, music, town
Ozark Folk Center State Park
B,L,D
Cabins at the Dry Creek at Ozark Folk Center

Activity note: Folk Center bus will take you to the downtown area and pick you up; two different times to choose from, depending on your interest in the town. Map and historic information included in this self-guided outing

Breakfast: Skillet restaurant @ the Ozark Folk Center

Morning: The group will be divided into two smaller groups; one will have a guided walk in the Heritage Herb Gardens of the Ozark Folk Center while the other will give it a go at old time square dancing. After a break for hot or cold drinks, the two groups will switch; the remainder of the morning can be spent in the Crafts Village, as this will be the final scheduled time for a visit with the artisans and to hear the days musicians. Another noon program on the deck next to the Schoolhouse.

Lunch: After the noon program in the Crafts Village there will be lunch at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park restaurant; about 12:30pm.

Afternoon: A self-guided visit (w/map provided) of the historic buildings of Mountain View. There will be return trips from town, back to the Cabins at Dry Creek, or to the Crafts Village.

Dinner: Grilled or fried, Arkansas raised catfish dinner complete with all the trimmings

Evening: You'll be walking across the Craft Village to the evening musical. This two hour concert features contract musicians from the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Acoustic music, played on a variety of instruments from a variety of performers.

DAY
6
Living history portrayal, rooms check-out and wrap-up.
Ozark Folk Center State Park
B

Activity note: Encouragement to stay for final morning program, even though you may have to leave before ending get together.

Breakfast: A late breakfast and then a moving living history presentation. A short wrap-up and then we'll say good-bye. Anyone wishing to may return to visit the Crafts Village and lunch will be on your own.

Morning: Living History presentation and then back to the Cabin rooms for check-out. We'll have a short wrap-up at 11am.

Lunch: On your own, either at the Skillet, in town or on the road






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