Hear the entirety of the Fort Smith Chorale's winter concert titled "How Great Our Joy" in this on-demand stream. This live recording took place November 30 , 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. The chorale is directed by William M. Cromer with accompanist Gaye McClure.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, December 15, 2017

Dec 15, 2017

On today’s show, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics reviews the latest economic numbers for Arkansas’ largest cities, Becca Martin Brown gives us the most immediate holiday entertainment suggestions, Also, everyone has a different taste in Christmas trees, and we visit the Lollis Christmas Tree Farm in Rudy to find out more about locally grown holiday decorations.

Economic Report Card Issued

Dec 15, 2017

Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics discusses the latest Compass Report and what it reveals about the economy in Arkansas' biggest cities.

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If you want to support your local community while you’re preparing for the holidays this year, there’s lots of ways to do so. You can buy food for your feast from local farmers or you can purchase gifts at a locally-owned boutique. You can even decorate your home with a locally-sourced Christmas tree. The Lollis Christmas Tree Farm in Rudy sells mistletoe, wreaths and Christmas trees. They're open from 10 a.m. to dark daily until Dec. 22.

Holiday Cheer on Tap

Dec 15, 2017

Becca Martin Brown gives us a rundown of holiday options for the weekend including tonight's presentation of "A Christmas Story" in Rogers at 8 p.m., tomorrow's Holiday Open House at the Fort Smith Museum of History from 2 to 5 p.m., and a very SONA Christmas at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville tomorrow at 2:00 and 7:30.

The band Mouton is a four-piece punk band from Springfield, and when they were in northwest Arkansas recently to celebrate the release of their new EP, a joint effort with Fayetteville-based band Prahnas, they stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance studio to perform for us.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dec 14, 2017

On today’s show, details on another big boost for the University of Arkansas School of Art. Plus, we hear how a suddenly developing mountain biking infrastructure in Eureka Springs is boosted by private participation. And we learn how State Sen. Bart Hester wants to give a boost to those wanting to reduce state spending.

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is giving $40 million to the University of Arkansas School of Art to create the Windgate Art and Design District in south Fayetteville. This follows a $120 million dollar gift to the school earlier this year.

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This week, we’ve been talking about the trail boom that’s spreading beyond northwest Arkansas; it recently arrived in Eureka Springs. On Monday, we heard about the developments at Lake Leatherwood, and today we head to the Great Passion Play to find out more about the project there that’s bringing in a renowned trail builder from out west.

A Thursday roundup: Mervin Jebaraj is officially the new director at the Center for Business and Economic Research, tourism spending is up and Arkansans like Starburst.

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