2014 Leslie Homecoming

The 60th Edition of the Leslie Homecoming is coming next week!!

This year’s events are from June 16-21.

Check out all the Events below.

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2014 Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest in Leslie on Saturday May 10

 

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On Saturday, May 10th, some of the best musicians around will be converging on the small town of Leslie in North Central Arkansas. Leslie, a town of about 480 people, is located halfway between Harrison and Conway on Hwy 65 and home to the Buffalo River Blues Society. 

This is our 2nd year of bringing awesome acts to the area! Last year, there were over 400 in attendance with 14 bands in 5 venues!

This year, the event is raising money to support both our Blues In The Schools programs in Area Schools and North Central Career Center Adult Education.  

There will be music in only 2 venues this year, on the Outdoor Stage in the City Park and in “the VIP Room” (The Drop Zone), with 12 Bands,  playing 12 hours of music!!! So bring your lawn chairs and your family! Come early as there is also a city-wide yard sale on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon in the town of Leslie! 

Part of Leslie will be blocked off as there will be Arts & Crafts vendors  as well! Everything from 3-legged stools, massage therapy, handmade jewelry, and so much more! Also, some of the best BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon Line! 

TICKETS: Get Tickets here for the Music Festival on Saturday! Regular AdmissionTickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate. VIP Passes are $30!

COME ON! IT’S GOING TO BE FUN!!!!

Click here for more information on Blues In the Schools from the Blues Foundation.

Click here for more information on North Central Career Center Adult Education program, supporting Van Buren & Searcy Counties!

BANDS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014:

Groove Injectors

The Groove Injectors – This great local band has been around a long time. You name it, they can play it! If you want to groove, they can do it. This band will rock your socks off! 

JD and Mudhounds

JD & The Mudhounds– Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds…. A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It’s The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it’s an experience.

Gill Franklin

The Gil Franklin Band – Gil Franklin has been a fixture in the Arkansas music scene for over three decades. He has played in too many bands to mention,( Notably The Blues Patrol)and has done too many things to talk about. Oddly enough,this band is the first to perform almost all original material. Fan response have been great. While his songs are uniquely his, they remain the blues.

Zakk and Big Papa

Zakk & Big Papa Binns – Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid.  

This kicka** duo won the Solo/Duo Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014.

Low Society

Low Society – You’d be forgiven if, in stumbling upon the first notes of a Low Society song, you thought you’d found a forgotten classic. But a few bars in and you know this is not your grandpa’s blues. 

This awesome band won the Band Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014. This band is one to be reckoned with..

Ben Rice

Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice – Coming to you from the Portland, Oregon area, they’re coming to Arkansas on their Double Strength Tour, making a special stop in Leslie, Arkansas. 

Northwest Blues artist, Lucy Hammond, has been “livin’ the blues” for over 30 years. As a songwriter, Lucy delivers a writing style that ranges from New Orleans Jazz ,to Memphis Soul,to sultry Blues Rock. When Lucy sings, you best be sitting down,or better yet dancing ! Lucy never disappoints, never holds back,& she leaves it all onstage,every performance! Her ability to connect with the audience can’t be missed ! She gives voice to the emotion we all feel,& expresses it with soul! 

Ben Rice, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era. Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. 

Brick Fields

Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones – Larry Brick and Rachel Fields-Brick, both Arkansas natives, come together with their natural approach to their own genre of music which has recently been called Ozark Gospel Blues.  Larry, on guitar and background vocals along with Rachel using her ambrosial voice while playing guitar and flute, bring together a stormy performance each and every time.  Brick Fields, the multi-award winning musical team are definitive blues artists and they are no strangers to being surrounded by great music. Rachel has toured with, opened for and recorded with acts and players from  such groups as JGB,Government Mule, the Temptations, Widespread Panic, Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company and many others. The Nashville Blues Society has called Brick Fields Music an “Unleashed cleansing of the soul!” and New Music Of Tomorrow says, “Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I have heard in years!”

Jason Vivone

.Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Jason Vivone has been called the Orson Welles of Roots and Blues music. “It’s a helluva compliment. And it makes me drop and do 100 crunches immediately,” says Vivone. Maybe it’s because of his girth. Or maybe it’s because there lies a cinematic approach to the tunes of the Billy Bats. If you close your eyes, it is easy to make little mind movies of the family reunion of EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE or the domestic drama of MEAN.They came high-stepping out of Kansas City in 2013, blind siding the public with Lather. Rinse. Repeat of joyously twisted, stomping blues. In 2011 singer, songwriter and string master Jason Vivone released his solo album, My Roaring Twenties. Now, Vivone and his band of merry musical pranksters return with the equally mind-bending Eddie Ate Dynamite

Tas Cru

Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls – It is not for nothing Tas Cru has been called “the master of the triple entendre.”  His songs are blues poetry – telltale life lessons crafted with rare verbal flair and delivered with a power and passion the heights of which only the seasoned concert entertainer can reach. Rawcuss, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today!

Honors and recognition include Cru Awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – 2013 as a Master Blues Artist,  and in 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.

TWO HEADLINERS!!! THE JEFF JENSEN BAND AND THE ORI NAFTALY BAND!!!

Jeff Jensen

The Jeff Jensen Band – was formed May of 2004. Since then, the band has performed hundreds of gigs. Some of the most impressive have been with Deborah Coleman, Paul Oscher, and blues legend BB KING as part of his 80th birthday tour. The band has competed in the International Blues Challenge in 2005 representing the Santa Clarita Blues Society, 2006 representing the Pinetop Perkins Blues Society, once again in the 2007 IBC representing Santa Clarita Blues Society. Now the band is touring 200+ shows a year around the West-Coast and surrounding states.

Ori Naftaly

The Ori Naftaly Band – In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the international blues community and by an extended fan base, located in the USA, Holland, India, Germany and other countries all over the world.

Within the course of two years The Ori Naftaly Band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. They have released two live studio albums and are currently working on their third new album

SCHEDULE

(All Times Approximate and subject to change so check back often for updates)

Festival Grounds Entrance

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Groove Injectors

Ticket booth opens at 10:30 am

Main Stage

11:00-12:00 The Gil Franklin Band

12:15-1:15 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

1:30-3:00 Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones

3:30-5:00 Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

5:30-7:00 Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

7:30-9:00 Jeff Jensen Band

9:30-11:00 The Ori Naftaly Band

towards the end of Ori’s set all the ladies will be invited back on stage to do a couple of “diva” songs

VIP Stage (The Drop Zone)

1:00-2:30 JD & The Mudhounds

2:45-3:45 Zakk & Big Papa Binns

4:45-5:45 The Gil Franklin Band

6:45-7:45 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

8:45-9:45 Low Society

2014 Searcy County Events Calendar (Updated 4/14/2014)

Here is the brand new 2014 Events Calendar for Searcy County!!

Updated April 14, 2014.

Bookmark this page or print and cut out where you won’t miss out on any event happening in Searcy County.

 

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WestFest 2013 – A Cowboy Celebration – September 28

The 3nd Annual Westfest Celebration, 2013 Edition, is scheduled for September 28, 2013 at Pine Grove Trails near Leslie, Arkansas.   It will be a day long happening of fun and exciting activities celebrating western heritage and providing an opportunity to help our neighbors.  Built around The Great Ozark Trail Dog & Horse Race, which has been held for the past 7 years, WestFest will feature all new events for all ages. It will be for real cowboys and cowgirls, those that like to play like they are real, and those folks that just want to watch. A simple way to describe the day would be to call it a “Western Circus”.  There will be a “main attraction event” scheduled for each hour from 10 AM until 6 PM, while at the same time there will be large variety of “sideshow events” happening all around the grounds.  A detail schedule and list of events, and a map to the site is below. Check back to this site often as updates and new information will be posted on a weekly basis.

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The Cause

WestFest is not just about having fun it is about folks working together to help each other.  In addition to the “main attraction event” local area  charitable, civic, and community organizations will be conducting  fund-raising events. Some will be raising funds through activities like a horse shoe throwing contest, the “sideshow events”, others may be just selling items in a more traditional charitable bazaar type activity.    The idea is to bring groups together with their specific followers for the purpose of raising money for their individual needs. This large group combined with others that will be present because of the entertainment provided will create a real opportunity for increased fund-raising success. Not only will more people mean more chances for giving, it will also increase the chances for getting more business and corporate participation.

The Location and Date

WestFest will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 starting at 8:00 AM,  at Pine Grove Trails just south of Leslie, Arkansas on Trace Ridge Road. They are a full service camp ground, and one of the top horseback trail riding destinations in Mid-America. You can learn more about Pine Grove Trail Rides at their web site.

 

Check out the Westfest Website for more information !

 


 

Sponsored by the Western Horse Heritage Foundation

Social Media Strategies for Small Business Seminar

 

See our official announcement for the Free Social Media Strategies for Small Business Seminar below.    You must register for this event to be held on Tuesday June 25th at the Searcy County Library, from 4-7 PM.   This will give you some great information about how to promote your business to help make it successful on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.   This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

See the registration information below, and please email the chamber also at webmaster@searcycountyarkansas.org  if you plan to attend so we’ll have an idea on the numbers.   This Seminar will be limited to approximately 25-30 participants, and we’ve already had a lot of interest, so don’t delay.

 

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5 Social Media Strategies for the Small Business
June 25
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Searcy County Library, Marshall AR
Cost: FREE

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents 5 Social Media Strategies for the Small Business. Not sure where to begin with social media or are you using social media to promote your small business but not sure how to integrate all the outlets you use? Do you know how to properly use your Facebook page analytics and insights to gauge success? Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and blogs to connect with customers. We’ll show you five low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts, current trends and recent changes in Facebook and Pintrest, and you’ll leave with your own social media marketing or update plan to better locate your target customers online, and what it could mean for your business if you aren’t involved in social networking. The ASBTDC is able to present this seminar at no cost to Arkansas small business owners due to a joint partnership with Connect Arkansas, a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing high-speed internet and adoption throughout Arkansas. Connect Arkansas is a project of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG). Within the partnership, participant information may be shared with ACCG. Drinks and snacks will be provided. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at sbtdc.uark.edu or call 1 (479) 575-5148 to register by phone; event is free for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Event co-sponsor: Searcy County Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Historical Society Meeting – Essie Ward

Painter Essie Ward, “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks”, and former Searcy County Resident, will be the topic at the Searcy County Historical Society meeting on Friday, May 24th.

The meeting will be held at the Petit Jean building on Airport Road in Marshall at 7:00 P.M.

Every popular Susan young of Shiloh Museum in Springdale will be the presenter.   She has been involved in Essie Ward research for several years and has helped produce the award-winning video of Essie Ward’s life and painting.

People are encouraged to bring unique and one-of-a-kind Ward paintings to show at the meeting.

Refreshments will be served.

Essie Ward

All Things Chocolate Roll Contest Winners Named

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce recently held the “All Things Chocolate Roll” contest.    The submissions of stories and photos for the contest are going to be used to in the Chocolate Roll book that the Chamber is in the process of assembling.   Several written and photographic entries were received by the deadline date of January 8th, and the winners were judged by the Chocolate Roll Committee on January 10th.

The winning Photography entry “Serving Chocolate Rolls” was submitted by Shirley Patterson of Marshall, and is shown above.   We’ll post several more of the Photography Entries in the gallery below.

There are 3 winners in the written story category.  Placing for the 3 prizes will be announced at the 2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Festival on March 16.   The 3 winners, in no particular order are,  Edna Mae Wells, with her story titled “Chocolate Rolls For Christmas”.  Georgia Mae Brown Long for her story titled, “The Chocolate Roll Goes to College”.  Dana Treat for her story titled, “Love at First Bite”.    Prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for 2nd place and $25 for first place will be awarded at the Chocolate Roll Festival.

Everyone needs to practice and get their best Chocolate Roll Recipe ready for the contest on March 16!!!

2012 Leslie Homecoming Car Show – June 16

 

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Car Show, in conjunction with the 58th Leslie Homecoming, at the parking lot of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, Arkansas on Saturday, June 16, 2012.   Registration begins at 9:00 AM, with Judging at Noon.

This is an open car show, and anyone and any car is eligible to enter, there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.    Entry Fee is only $10.00 to show off your ride.  T Shirts and Goodie Bags will be given to the first 12 Entries.

Pictures from last year’s car show at Marshall are shown below.   We hope to have a lot more entries this year.

Entry form:  Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

New Music Events at OHAC – Killebrew Theater

It’s going to be a busy Spring at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie.  Several music events are planned.  Check out the listing and times below and come out and help the Ozark Heritage Arts Center.

February 10, 2012  —  Sweet Heart Dance and Pie Auction    — Sponsored by the Searcy County Humane Society, Inc Shelter Fund      See more information here

February 11, 2012   — 2nd Saturday  — John Taylor Band

February 18, 2012  —  Red Hat Diva’s   — Gospel Group from Hot Springs

February 24, 2012 —  Marshall Rotary  — Music to be announced

February 25, 2012 —  Killebrew Theater Presents……  The Barren Hollow Boys    You don’t want to miss this performance!!!!!

March 3, 2012  — Clarence Treat  who played with the “New Christy Minstrels”

March 10, 2012 —  2nd Saturday  — “In Cahoots”

March 25, 2012  —   U.S. Army Military Band in Concert

 

 

 

Dedication of Historic St. Joe Depot

The official Grand Opening of the Historic Missouri and North Arkansas Railway Depot was held on May 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Buffalo River Spring Fling.  Official Dedication of the Depot was at  2:00 PM, with the Honorable Judge Charles Clawson serving as Master of Ceremonies.  Dedication of the Civil War Monument was at 2:30.   Be sure and visit this beautiful piece of restored Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad history.  A 2 year project of Renovation is nearing completion.   The people of St. Joe and all the people of Searcy County should be very proud of what has been accomplished.   The Depot structure itself, which sits on the original site is nearing completion.  The exterior is complete, and the interior is nearing completion.  Some items will be added later, such as the original deck that went around the depot (see the old photo below) , and additional museum items inside


Opened in 1902, the St. Joe Train Depot was a stop on the Missouri and North Arkansas (M & NA) Railway running south from Joplin, MO to Helena, AR. The 365 mile railway cut a path through the Ozark Mountain Region of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas encompassing the natural beauty, vast scenic landscape and mountainous terrain of the area. This smaller connector rail line was a lifeline between the happenings of the big cities, international commerce and the rural country lifestyle by exporting timber, minerals and local goods in exchange for supplies and products from around the United States and beyond. The M & NA was vital to the development of the culture and the economy in every respect. It helped in the creation of colorful lifestyles and history in this region. This rail line paralleled the Buffalo National River for a distance, crossed it as well as other rivers and streams along its journey. Unique vegetation and spectacular cliffs abound along this rail line.



The railway closed for regular service in 1946. It since has served the community as a church, temporary classrooms for the local school and a feed store until it became vacant and fell into disrepair. The City of St. Joe purchased the building in 2009, completed repairs to the structure and has restored it to its original colors. On the National Registry of Historic Buildings since 1991, the property recently acquired a Civil War historic marker for the local area.


The City is currently developing and furnishing the building to be used as a train museum, a local history museum and an information center. Due to limited funds, at this time, the depot is unable to be opened to the public on a regular basis. Located at 110 Highway U.S. 65 South in St. Joe, AR, viewing can be scheduled by calling the City of St. Joe, Mayor John Henley, at 870-439-2012 or Councilman Norman Morrison at 870-439-2369.


See a slide show of more photos of the renovations by clicking on a smaller picture below.


Photo of the Missouri and North Arkansas - St. Joe, Arkansas Railroad Depot nearing completion in 1902