(Deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday. Entries should be emailed to [email protected])
The 68th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will be a "Virtual Holiday" for 2020. The year's theme is "We the People of the Cherokee Nation: Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty." A full list of virtual events will be posted online soon. Info: holiday.cherokee.org or 918-822-2427.
Texas A&M Agrilife presents a virtual tour of the 2020 East Texas Horticultural Field Day. Videos are available at https://flowers.tamu.edu/field-day/
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau announces the launch of a new website promoting Black-owned food businesses in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. Owners or managers of Black-owned food businesses can request listing at no charge at Shreveport-Bossier.org. Info: ShreveportBlackRestaurants.com.
The "All Y'all" Podcast, based out of Shreveport, La., returns Monday with a six-episode series exploring the cultural impact of The Louisiana Hayride. Episodes come out every Monday through Sept. 14, and features guests Dr. Tracy Laird, Big Rob Gentry, Joey Kent, Kix Brooks, Alton Warwick and AJ Haynes. Episodes are available on all popular podcasting platforms and at allyallblog.com.
Magic Springs Theme & Water Park, Hot Springs, Ark., has an array of special events for the coming season, including Mermaid Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. by the Wave Pool; Dive-In Movie today; and Cooler Sundays, where guests can bring a cooler packed with food and drink into the park, minus alcoholic beverages or glass containers. There is a concert by Lee Brice on Saturday. ALSO: The park hosts a "Rides, Slides & School Supplies" school supply drive from Sunday through Sept. 7. Guests who bring one unopened school supply item will receive a discounted admission ticket of $29.99 plus tax. All supplies will be donated to local schools in and around Garland County. Info: MagicSprings.com.
A virtual "NOT The-Watermelon-Festival-Concert" concert is Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, live from Hempstead Hall Amphitheater. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the "Watermelon Idol" competition, with the winner performing their act. Entry is limited to 20 acts, first come, first served, with cash prizes for first, second and third place. No previous winners are allowed to enter. Only performers are allowed on the campus, with performers under the age of 18 allowed one parent/guardian to accompany, and masks must be worn when not performing. South Down Main performs at 7 p.m. During the concert, the Watermelon Masked Singer will be unmasked. All performances will be livestreamed on HempsteadHall.com. ALSO: IN lieu of the in-person Watermelon Eating Contest, a virtual watermelon eating challenge has been issued. Information on perfomance and how to enter is available online. Info: 870-722-8565 or [email protected]
The 15th annual Songwriters on the Edge of Texas Concert & Golf Tournament benefitting CASA for Children will be held Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 at Northridge Country Club, along with the Tiny House Reveal Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Twisted Fork restaurant.
Texarkana Symphony Orchestra presents "Happy Birthday, Ludwig!" celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday, on Nov. 7 at the Perot Theatre. For ticket information call 870-773-3401.
The 6th Annual Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival will be held Oct. 10. Sponsorships, vendor booths and ticket purchases will be honored at this rescheduled event.
Music City Texas Theater, 108 Legion St., Linden, Texas, has scheduled the Gene Watson show for Oct. 31.
Museums & History
Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Okla., has "Fun with Mosaics" a free drop-in event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, in which visitors can create their own mosaics; four drawing classes by Dr. Gleny Beach from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays Aug. 15 through Sept. 5, class fee of $100 includes supplies, space limited to 15, first come, first served; and "Fun with Aboriginal Dot Art," a free drop-in event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
Texarkana Museum Systems properties are open with the exception of Discovery Place. Info: 903-793-4831.
The Regional Arts Center is open with reduced hours from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, 1100 North St., Little Rock, offers a digital tour of T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, aka The Old Mill, online at https://www.facebook.com/ARHistoricPreservation. Info: ArkansasPreservation.com.
Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Blvd, Hot Springs, Ark., has reopened with social distancing measures in place. The newest exhibit is "Bionic Me." Info: midamericamuseum.org.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, will reopen to the public Thursday, Aug. 13, with a members-only reopening thank-you event Friday and Saturday. All museum staff will wear facemasks on duty, all guests age 5 and up will be required to wear a facemask. Hand sanitizer will be provided, lockers will be closed, and timed ticketing will ensure lower occupancy and allow social distancing. ALSO: the museum offers the "Discovery Lab Online!" series of videos discussing various historical and scientific curiosities. Info: fortworthmuseum.org.
The Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Commerce, Little Rock, hosts its 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition featuring 63 works in digital format from a variety of artists. ALSO: The Small Works on Paper touring exhibit contest has awards of up to $2,000. Info: 501-372-4000 or ArkansasArtsCenter.org.
Arts & Ends
Texarkana College has announced music classes in the Flex Campus format, combining face-to-face and online course delivery. The fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 19, with music merit funds available to some students. Students and employees who come to campus are required to enter through designated health screening stations, wear a face covering, and follow social distancing protocols.
Cancellations & Postponements
The 11th annual Jeans & Bling 2.0 fundraising event has been canceled for this year. For information, visit hospiceoftexarkana.org or call Leigh Davis at 903-794-4263.
TEDxUAHT at the University of Arkansas Hempstead Hall, Hope, Ark., has been postponed indefinitely. Info: 870-722-8565, [email protected] or tedxuaht.com or facebook.com/TEDxUAHT.
New Boston 50th Annual Pioneer Days has been canceled. Vendors who have turned in payments may contact the Chamber offices for a refund. Info: facebook.com/NewBostonPioneerDaysFestival.
35th Anniversary King Biscuit Blues Festival has been postponed to October of 2021. 2020 ticket holders may roll over tickets, receive a refund, or donate ticket money to help sustain King Biscuit operations. Info: kingbiscuitfestival.com or [email protected]
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, has paused plans to reopen. Info: perotmuseum.org.
The 2020 Dragon Boat Festival hosted by HandsOn Texarkana has been canceled. The 2021 event is currently scheduled for May 22, 2021.
The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce board has canceled the 44th annual Hope Watermelon Festival.
Party with Picassos "Roaring '20s Style" and accompanying events have been canceled for 2020. The next Picassos event is scheduled for March 27, 2021.
Friends of the (Texarkana) Library bookstore remains closed until further notice.
Border Lows Camping Club has canceled all group campouts until further notice.
Front Street Food Fest in downtown Texarkana has been postponed.
The Delta Roots Music Festival, Helena, Ark., has been postponed until April 24, 2021.