FROM THE EDITOR:
August days are rushing past, moving us closer to September and autumn’s arrival in the Spa City.
What that means, of course, is that school days are nigh, but also that Hot Springs anticipates a host of new activities that will make for a fun-filled fall.
Be sure to join local residents and visitors in celebrating the 17th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival, which opens with an Aug. 30 party that precedes a full schedule of top-drawer music acts over the Labor Day weekend.
This popular event sets the table nicely for the always classy and sassy Hot Springs Jazzfest, which will swing out on Sept. 12 to mark its 21st year here in style.
On Sept. 5, the community dons its rally caps for the 8th Annual Hot Springs Motorcycle Rally and then two days later, turns out to view a collection of classic bikes at the Antique Motorcycles in the Park.
No matter the season, Arkansas’ “gem” of a tourist town offers an interesting mix of things to do and see.
Every year about this time, I harken back to my own days in the classroom at Hot Springs public schools. I absolutely loved everything about being a student. From the primary grades on, the textbooks, art assignments, teachers, creative writing projects, Latin I, II, chorus tryouts, assembly programs — collectively they comprised a grand adventure for this only child. Well, save for trying to comprehend basic math, algebra and geometry — never my strong suits.
Along with the established education regimen we followed, there were opportunities to learn more during outside field trips around Hot Springs. I still have a news clipping from The Sentinel-Record, showing me and some of my best chums checking out books at the old Garland County Library on Woodbine. Today’s library continues to be a real window on the world.
Consider the natural history, geology, civics, science, and fine arts lessons available to each of us just down the street or minutes away from where we work and live. Hot Springs — then and now — is a fascinating read. Give it a try.
Melinda B. Gassaway Executive editor