Hot Springs On The GO!

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Beth Bright As­so­ciate edi­tor

It's no se­cret that we love St. Pa­trick's Day in Hot Springs, as it's one day out of the year that vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike can share in the silli­ness and good spirit of the hol­i­day.

Be­ing the day af­ter my birth­day, the hol­i­day has al­ways held a spe­cial place in my heart, though I'm not Ir­ish and have never claimed to be. But that's ex­actly what the spirit of the First Ever 12th An­nual World's Short­est St. Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade is all about. Per­haps this year's Sham­rock Queen Kerry Lock­wood Owen summed it up best when she said this is “every­body's cel­e­bra­tion and ev­ery­one is to feel a part of it.”

This year, NASCAR leg­end and Arkansas na­tive Mark Martin will be lead­ing the way down the 98-foot stretch of Bridge Street, and the hottest new coun­try mu­sic duo The Swon Broth­ers will be kick­ing things off and cel­e­brat­ing with the crowd as the event's starters and post-pa­rade en­ter­tain­ment. Owen along with King Don Gooch will reign over the fes­tiv­i­ties and are sure to get the crowd in on the fun.

This event sig­ni­fies the start of spring in the Spa City, and with that comes new and ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity. Or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Arts Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion which work as “ste­wards of the city art col­lec­tion” ac­cord­ing to to one of its cochairs, Ann Caruso, play up Hot Springs' beauty.

Then we have in­di­vid­u­als like Kye Masino, 16, who was ap­pointed in Fe­bru­ary to the 2015 Na­tional Youth Lead­er­ship Coun­cil with the Jane Goodall In­sti­tute's Roots & Shoots en­vi­ron­men­tal and hu­man­i­tar­ian youth pro­gram. Masino along with other mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate in skills train­ing with Roots & Shoots staff and serve as men­tors lo­cally and abroad.

Hot Springs is a spe­cial place in spring­time and I think it's safe to say we're all ready for what's in store.

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