Editorial Staff

With temperatures steadily dropping, most Arkansans are retreating indoors for the winter. Still, the Natural state never runs out of activities, even in chilly conditions. And, as Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette outdoor reporter Flip Putthoff explains, fishing is one of the best reasons to step outside this winter. 

Crescent Dragonwagon, award-winning author of more than 50 books across five genres, returns to the Ozarks to teach a food writing class at Brightwater Culinary Institute

Dragonwagon's insight to the complexities and nuances of culinary writing provide a catalyst for a meaningful conversation and exploration of "the stories that are burning to be told." 

Heavyweight classical guitarist Sharon Isbin explores how the Spanish guitar tradition grew from its humble beginnings to become an iconic part of the musical landscape in her latest release, "Alma Espanola." 

A collaboration with vocalist Isabel Leonard, "Alma Espanola" documents the Spanish tradition of cante jondo  or "deep song," in which the very landscape of the country is manifested in the music- whose genesis can be found in the Spanish tradition of wandering balladeers, who would sing and play guitar to no accompaniment.

Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists has helped conserve Arkansas' natural habitat for more than a decade. From assisting state park maintenance to educating the community on environmental preservation, the group offers vital information and opportunities for anyone interested in the outdoors. 

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.

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