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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 soon. Info: or 918-822-2427.


Texas A&M Agrilife presents a virtual tour of the 2020 East Texas Horticultural Field Day. Videos are available at


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 Info:


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. ALSO: a series of upcoming concerts includes Crowder on Saturday and Lee Brice on Aug. 8. Info:


A virtual "NOT The-Watermelon-Festival-Concert" concert is Saturday, Aug. 15, 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 18 allowed one parent/guardian to accompany them, 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 ALSO: In lieu of the in-person Watermelon Eating Contest, a virtual watermelon eating challenge has been issued. Information on perfomances 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 11th annual Jeans & Bling 2.0 fundraising event is at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Texarkana Convention Center. For information, visit or call Leigh Davis at 903-794-4263.


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. Ticket refunds available.


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, Aug. 8, in which visitors can create their own mosaics; four drawing classes by Dr. Gleny Beach are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 15 through Sept. 5. The class fee of $100 includes supplies, space is limited to 15, first come, first served; and "Fun with Aboriginal Dot Art," a free drop-in event, takes place 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 Info:


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, has paused plans to reopen. Also, the museum offers the "Discovery Lab Online!" series of videos discussing various historical and scientific curiosities. Info:


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:


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: Arkansas artists can submit entries to the Small Works on Paper touring exhibit until July 24. The SWOP contest has awards of up to $2,000. Info: 501-372-4000 or


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

New Boston 50th Annual Pioneer Days has been canceled. Vendors who have turned in payments may contact the Chamber offices for a refund. Info:


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: or [email protected]


Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, has paused plans to reopen. Info:

The 2020 Dragon Boat Festival hosted by HandsOn Texarkana has been cancelled. 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.


The Delta Roots Music Festival, Helena, Ark., has been postponed until April 24, 2021.

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