The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News -

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

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