Let there be lights

IN STATE 2016 Holiday Lights: Garvan Woodland Gardens Hot Springs | through Dec. 31 | garvangardens.org Sure, this 210-acre botanical garden along the banks of Lake Hamilton is lovely in spring, when the site’s 160 varietals of azaleas awaken. And yes, that 4-acre Asian garden’s springs and ponds are a welcome respite during the swelter of…

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Good Tasting

Holiday Dessert Tour Hogshead Tours, Fayetteville Hogshead Tours rolled its 1970 Volkswagen Van into our hearts a few years back care of its craft brewery tours. They’ve since added jaunts of the non-alcohol variety (meant to showcase local eateries, shops and farms), like the upcoming sweet-treat trek across Fayetteville on Dec. 3. Expect a chocolate…

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Butcher & Pint

Y’all ready to order?” asks Elizabeth, our friendly waitress, pen poised and ready to go. I’m pointing at the item I want on the oversized menu in front of me, but I just can’t bring myself to say the words out loud. Why are you setting yourself up for disappointment? asks the voice in my…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

If water is life, then this brings the fabric and gowns a little closer to something like it. It ripples, they ripple. It picks up light and sends light through them. In the series, aptly named Sexy Puddles, the movement of both lingerie and water lends texture and depth that wouldn’t otherwise exist in the…

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Oh, Goodie

[maxgallery id=”16960″] Barrel Reserve Brandon’s Gin | Rock Town Distillery Perfect in a Negroni or a Martinez, or just sipped solo. A good gateway gin for whiskey lovers. ($35; rocktowndistillery.com for locations) “Iron Goddess of Mercy” Kombucha Moniker Ferments A sparkly Fayetteville-brewed tea with floral and melon notes. ($3; monikerferments.com for locations) “Gentleman & Scholar”…

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The First Step

March 22 It’s Day 25. A nervous wind bellows and huffs. It stomps its foot like an angry child and sends everything on the ground flying into the air, then settling on Ben’s skin, clothes and inside his shoes. Here in Arizona, there are a few resilient shrubs and a carpet of sand. Dust, thick…

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