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Recent Stories by Jack Schnedler

Are We There Yet?: Oaklawn has several food options, and horse races

posted: 02/15/2018 1:46 a.m. Discuss

"Jumbo shrimp" can qualify as an oxymoron -- a contradiction in terms like "open secret" or "military intelligence." But the jumbo shrimp served by the Oyster Bar at Oaklawn are big and beautiful. They're also plenty flavorful, though boiled a smidgen too long on a recent race day.

Are We There Yet?: UCA has 'Pathways' inside, Big Naturals outside

posted: 02/08/2018 1:41 a.m. Discuss

That's not an encampment left behind by some rustic civilization on the lawn near the entrance to Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas. It's a large work of sculptural art set outside a museum known for its engaging temporary exhibits.

Are We There Yet?: Hot Springs' Bathhouse Row thriving once more

posted: 01/25/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

When the General Assembly voted narrowly in 1929 to make horse racing and parimutuel betting legal at Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs was prospering as a thermal resort. The Spa City offered medical and relaxation regimens mixed with legal and illegal gambling as well as other pleasures.

Are We There Yet?: Arkansas' Mount Nebo, 1930s stone cabins, worth the drive

posted: 01/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Saturday's visitors to Arkansas' second-oldest state park can enjoy a lively lesson in Mount Nebo's history, from the 19th century resort heyday and the building of its picturesque stone cabins in the 1930s to today's recreational pleasures.

ARE WE THERE YET?: County museums display creativity and artifacts

posted: 01/04/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

One of Arkansas' undervalued assets is its potpourri of county museums, where local history and culture are displayed in sometimes fascinating and delightful ways.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Democrat-Gazette columnist nominates best spots to visit in Arkansas

updated: 12/28/2017 12:16 p.m. Discuss

The end of yet another year is prime time for picking the "bests" in almost any category, with movies and TV shows only the most popular of many topics.

Are We There Yet?: Christmas light displays illuminate the state's sky

posted: 11/30/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Community shows of Christmas lights are perennially one of the brightest features of this festive season. More than 50 are listed in the 2017 Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights booklet, illuminating pretty much every corner of the state.

Are We There Yet?: Green Friday an alternative to shopping frenzy

posted: 11/23/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Instead of shopping till you drop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism is touting its Green Friday program as a less frenetic option. It does figure to be a less expensive one.

Are We There Yet?: Prescott museum includes unique bicycle display

posted: 11/16/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

In the 1890s, bicycles were all the rage in Arkansas and around the nation. In the last decade before the Automobile Age began revving up, two-wheel pedaling had become a national pastime.

Are We There Yet?: Diamond hunters shout eureka in Murfreesboro

posted: 11/09/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The widely misused word "unique" is accurate for once when applied to Crater of Diamonds State Park. This 37-acre expanse in southwest Arkansas is the only diamond field in the world where members of the public can hunt for the precious gemstones -- and keep any that they find.

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