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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

John Bell Exhibit - Original Paintings

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (RAM) 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Sm

Two hundred years in the making, 2018 will mark the bicentennial of one of the oldest cities in the country, Fort Smith, AR. To help celebrate this historic event, RAM has organized an exhibition by Fort Smith legend and native, John Bell, Jr. (1937-2013).

Bell was an acclaimed American painter and sculptor whose career spanned nearly fifty years. His memories and influences of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma are the topics reflected in most of his works. Bell had a keen appreciation for the beauty of our state and the character of its people.

This dynamic exhibit will showcase works by John Bell, Jr. that reside in private collections across our region, brought together to honor this truly unique artist and his works, that literally painted our local history.

Friday 11AM–6PM
Saturday 11AM–6PM
Sunday 1–5PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM–6PM
Wednesday 11AM–6PM
Thursday 11AM–6PM

Friday, March 2, 2018

Orchid Show & Sale

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 9127, 4703 N Crossover Rd, Spring

Welcome in the spring season with the 8th annual Orchid Show & Sale, co-sponsored by the Orchid Society of the Ozarks and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There will be hundreds of plants in bloom to look at and purchase, as well as care classes offered throughout the weekend! Stop by to shop the beautiful orchids and enjoy the garden while you’re here! The indoor show will feature displays of orchids from regional orchid societies and individuals, which will be judged by American Orchid Society accredited judges. Enjoy Orchid care mini-classes on Saturday and Sunday. Orchid society members will be available to answer questions about orchids and how to grow them. The Orchid Show &

Sale Hours:

Friday, March 2 | 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 3 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 4 | 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Orchid Show Admission is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are free Enjoy free entry into the Garden with admission to the Orchid Show & Sale! For questions about the Orchid Show & Sale or the Orchid Society of the Ozarks, contact Steve Marak at samarak@cox.net. Be sure to follow our Facebook event page for updates!

Website: https://bgozarks.org/orchid-show-sale/


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bicentennial Event: Five Civilized Tribes Culture Festival

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Covention Center 800 Rogers Ave Fort Smith, AR

A full day of exhibits, demonstrations, speakers and historical cultural awareness and enlightenment from each of the Five Civilized Tribes.


BICENTENNIAL EVENT: Keep Fort Smith Beautiful Tree Giveaway

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Covention Center 800 Rogers Ave Fort Smith, AR

In commemoration of Fort Smith’s Bicentennial Celebration, OG&E is partnering with Keep Fort Smith Beautiful to give away 200 native trees.  The giveaway will be March 3rd at the Convention Center, during the 5 Civilized Tribes Exhibit.  The trees will be given away on a first come, first serve basis, starting at 10:00 am.

Sponsored by Keep Fort Smith Beautiful and OG&E.





Belle Point Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Museum of History 320 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72

In celebration of the City of Fort Smith's 200th birthday, the Belle Point Quilters Guild will show quilts created for the bicentennial in the Fort Smith Museum of History Boyd Gallery.  Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt and the winning quilt will be included in the bicentennial time capsule. 

Quilts will be exhibited in the Boyd Gallery, March 3-31, 2018.    

BICENTENNIAL EVENT: Uso Dance – Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 7718 Fort Chaffee Blvd. Fort Smith, AR

Dance the night away in a WWII-era warehouse, just like G.I.’s did in the 1940’s!

Live performances by:

UAFS Jazz Band
UAFS Jazz Cats Members
Don Bailey Quartet
Special swing dance performance by Marcus Coker & Sydnie Kleinhenz

Tickets include dinner, drinks and dancing.
$60 individual
$100 per couple
Sponsored tables $500

Doors open 6:00 pm – BBQ dinner buffet open – BBQ dinner, beer, wine, tea and water are included with the ticket.
6:00-6:30 Dance lessons with a professional instructor – additional $10
$5 dances with instructors throughout the evening
7:00 - Bands begin playing

Proceeds from this event will go toward Chaffee Crossing Historic District projects such as expansion of the Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial; acquisitions, expansion and improvements to the Chaffee Barbershop Museum and the Museum of Chaffee History; construction of a permanent stage; establishing a Historic District welcome center; improved signage; and other necessary improvements. These are costly improvements and it’s time we started “swinging away” at them. Funds raised will be applied toward these projects and help sustain the CCHD in the coming years.

Hosted by Dawson’s in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District, Owners Steve and Robyn Dawson – new event and party venue in the Historic District

Sponsored by Old Fort Furniture, also located in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District.

Catering by Bruce-Terri Catering

Wine sponsored by Post Winery, Altes, AR


Local Color Radio Hour: A Live Show and Podcast

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Museum of History 320 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72

Local Color Radio Hour:  A Live Show and Podcast will be presented March 3 at the Fort Smith Museum of History with local music, history, storytelling, audience participation and fun!    

Featuring music by Joe Hardin, The Numbskulls!, Danny Hershberger, Dennis Siler, Francesco Tarelli and Maggie Janes Jones.  Tom Wing and Marcus Woodward present "History Matters."   Storytelling with the Cherokee Nation and Alex Hopper.  Caroline Speir and Leisa Gramlich will present "On Display" and "Little Known Facts."   

Tickets are available at the door for $2.00 per person.  Doors open at 6:30.  Radio Hour begins at 7:00.  The podcast will follow in Mid-March. 

For information contact:  differentkjones@yahoo.com 

The podcast of the live shoe and other content will be available March 11, 2018:




Snow White and Other Dances

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center 55 S 7th St, Fort Smi

Western Arkansas Ballet welcomes you to explore the world of Snow White. This ballet in an adaptation of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale about poison apples and magical mirrors. Follow Snow White’s journey as she escapes the Evil Queen’s castle, traverses the darkness and meets the Dwarves, who aid her in her adventure. Audiences will not only enjoy the tale of Snow White, as told through ballet, but will also experience new choreographic works by guest choreographer, Joanne Whitehill, and the Western Arkansas Ballet Staff. 

Snow White and Other Dances will be held at ArcBest Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 29 and are $25 for adults and $15 for children and students through university (purchase student ticket and present university id with the ticket at the door). Purchase tickets online at www.waballet.org, or at the WAB Studio, 4701 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith or at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center Box Office on March 3.