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November/December 2015 Issue

Arkansas welcomes its first Frank Lloyd Wright house

When Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art celebrates its fourth birthday this November, museum visitors will receive a gift in the form of an amazing new permanent exhibit: a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Known as the Bachman-Wilson House, the home will debut on Nov. 11 on the grounds of the Bentonville, Ark., museum. Originally built in 1954 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, the home was disassembled, transported 1,200 miles, and then meticulously reconstructed at the museum.

The modernist structure – built of concrete, mahogany, and glass – was threatened by repeated flooding at its original location, so the previous owners determined that relocating the house was the best option for preservation. After the owners’ multi-year search, Crystal Bridges acquired the house in 2013, and the house arrived in northwest Arkansas in 2014.

A work of art in simplicity and form representing Wright’s organic design philosophy, the home is from the architect’s “Usonian” period. A distinctly American style of residential architecture, the word Usonian was derived from an abbreviation of “United States of North America.” Compared to his customized homes, these were lower-cost houses designed for middle-class families, yet still embodying his principles of integration with nature, quality of materials, and openness of design. Approximately 120 Usonian homes were built.

A Welcome Pavilion near the house was built by students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in nearby Fayetteville, Ark. The school was a natural partner, as Jones was Wright’s apprentice-turned-protégé.

Guided tours will be offered five days per week (no tours Tuesday or Friday). Self-guided tours are offered daily except Tuesday. All tours are free, but visitors require a ticket for both the guided and self-guided tours. The grounds around the house are accessible without a ticket.

Located at 600 Museum Way, the museum is open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Monday; 11 a.m.–9 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday; and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For details or to reserve tickets, call (479) 418-5700, or visit


The house as it looked before being transported from New Jersey to Arkansas. © 2014 Tarantino Studio photo


Exhibit traces hard-fought road to Tokyo during WWII

Seventy years after Allied Forces declared victory over Japan, marking the end of hostilities in the bloodiest war in history, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is retracing the long campaign from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay in a new exhibit.

Opening in December in the Pacific Theater Galleries, “Road to Tokyo” takes museum visitors along the punishing trail to victory in Tokyo by way of New Guinea and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Burma, the islands of the Pacific, and Alaska. The exhibit examines the cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the staggering range of extreme conditions that confronted U.S. military forces.

Expressed through artifacts (including a shark-faced P-40 Warhawk fighter airplane), oral histories, short films, and re-created environments, this is the story of a conflict of searing brutality and a victory so devastating it is still debated today.

It is also the story of the American spirit: the hard work of Seabees paving the way for

island-hopping aircraft, scientists in a race to create vaccines against new diseases, and courageous commanders facing obstacles with innovation.

Located at 945 Magazine St., the museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $24 for adults; $20.50 for seniors; and $14.50 for college students with ID, children in kindergarten through 12th grade, and active military. AAA members save up to $2 off admission when they show their card.

Call (504) 528-1944 for details or visit


The exhibit features artifacts, images, and re-created environments. The National WWII Museum rendering



Track down treasures at Baton Rouge Arts Market

This November marks the 17th anniversary of the Baton Rouge Arts Market, a vibrant marketplace featuring the works of more than 250 artists from around the region.

Held in conjunction with the Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge, La., on Main Street at Fifth Street on the St. Joseph Cathedral parking lot, the Arts Market generally attracts more than 1,000 people on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January and April) from 8 a.m.–noon. With the next event to be held on Nov. 7, the market provides the perfect venue for local artists to sell directly to the public.

In December, the Arts Market hosts a series of special holiday markets taking place the first three Saturdays to give market-goers additional opportunities to shop local and find unique handmade gifts. The dates for the holiday market series are Dec. 5, 12, and 19.

In order to ensure quality and integrity, the Baton Rouge Arts Market is a juried event. And there’s always a wide variety of artwork to be found, including pottery, cast and blown glass, jewelry, metal sculpture, soaps, hand-made garments, furniture, wood carvings, baskets, photography, and more. The market is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Call (225) 344-8558 for details, or visit



Have big fun in Small Town, Miss.

This November, experience the history of Mississippi’s agricultural towns of the 1920s while celebrating the bounty of the earth at the annual Harvest Festival in Small Town, Mississippi, a “living” exhibit on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson.

The Harvest Festival takes place on Nov. 11–14 as the museum comes to life each day from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. with demonstrations that offer a glimpse of Mississippi’s agricultural past. Designed to replicate a typical rural town of the 1920s, Small Town has many of the same businesses that made these towns vibrant, such as a general store and print shop. Demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. and include the operation of the cane mill, sawmill, cotton gin, and blacksmith shop.

Visitors also can explore the exhibits inside the Heritage Center gallery and see how agricultural methods and equipment have changed through the years. A model train exhibit depicts life along the rails in Mississippi. And the National Agricultural Aviation Museum, housed inside of the Heritage Center, examines the role aviation has played in the agriculture industry. Train, carousel, and hay rides will be available for $1 per rider, and there will be complimentary biscuits. The General Store and Filling Station will be open to purchase snacks and souvenirs. Festival admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youth 3–18. The museum is located at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

Call (601) 432-4500 or (800) 844-8687 for details, or visit


Hay rides will be available during the festival. Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce photo


Drink in the holidays at eggnog competition

Cookies seem to get all the attention during the holidays, but there’s a drink that’s synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas that will be savored during the annual eggnog competition in Little Rock, Ark.

Historic Arkansas Museum will host the 11th Ever Nog-off on Friday, Dec. 11, in a friendly competition from 5–8 p.m. to find the best eggnog in town. Guests are invited to sample a variety of nogs and vote for their favorite. In addition to a People’s Choice award, a celebrity panel of judges will pick the Taster’s Choice award.

While sampling the eggnog, guests will enjoy live music and shopping for Arkansas-made arts and crafts in the gift shop.

The eggnog contest is held on the same night as the 2nd Friday Art Night, a monthly gallery walk in Little Rock when galleries, businesses, and museums–including Historic Arkansas Museum–stay open until 8 p.m.

Located at 200 E. Third St., the museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1–5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries is free; admission to the grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, and $1 for children under 18.

Call (501) 324-9351 for more details or click on

Egg nog

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