Fashion, festivals and a ‘fresh’ luncheon fill the NWA calendar

by The City Wire staff ( 9 views 

The coming weeks will feature fashion, festivals and a "fresh" luncheon, as NWA hosts the Fayetteville Style Show, the "Artosphere" Celebration, "S" Fest, Fayetteville's "Find it Fresh" Luncheon, and more.

Fayetteville Style Show

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Arkansas Mall will present the Fayetteville Style Show on May 16. Hosted at the Chancellor Hotel, the event will feature fashion, swag bags, and vendor booths.

Guests will be treated to lunch while enjoying a style show featuring trends from Dillards, JCPenney, N Style, Buckle, Banana Republic, UA Razorback Shop Impressions, Town & Country Shop, and many more stores. Several shops will also have booths set up at the event for show-goers to browse.

Attendees will be entered to win one of the fabulous door prizes that will be up for grabs. Swag bags filled with great gear will also be given to each guest.

The show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individual tickets are $30, with tables of eight available for $225. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, but individuals are strongly encouraged to purchase in advance.

For more information, call Jennifer Irwin at 521-1710 or by email at

"Artosphere" Celebration
As part of its fifth annual "Artosphere" festival, the Walton Arts Center will present the Artosphere Celebration on May 16. The event will give community members the chance to meet and learn about the participating Artosphere artists, while enjoying live music, specialty food and beverages, and fun family activities.

The celebration will get started at the Walton Arts Center Tyson Plaza at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by Cletus Got Shot. At 6:30 p.m., a gallery talk with Synesthesia artist  Jill McKeever will be held in McBride Studio. The Trey McIntyre Project Creative Conversation will follow at 7 p.m., followed by the Trey McIntyre Project 10×10 performance at 8 p.m.  He will perform two new choreographed pieces, The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction and Mercury Half-Life.

Tickets to the performance range from $10-$25. An After Party will also be held in the Baum Walker Hall lobby.  Attendees can also pick up free “commemorative mulch” on a first-come, first-serve basis from Patrick Dougherty’s stick installation, Out of the Woodworks. On display since Artosphere 2012, the installation was designed to serve as a beautiful and temporary part of the community.

Admission to the general celebration is free. Tickets for the Trey McIntyre performance can be purchased by calling purchased online or by calling 443-5600.

Open Avenues Spring Fling
A golf tournament and festive luau will make up the 2014 Spring Fling benefitting Open Avenues.

The Spring Fling will kick off on Friday (May 16) with a golf tournament at Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers. There will be two tee times, one at 8 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m., with respective registration times at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12-1:30 p.m.

Entry fee for the tournament is $250 per golfer, or $800 for a team of four. Prizes will be awarded in both flights for first, second and third place, as well as for hole-in-ones and longest drive. A putting contest will also be held.

On Saturday (May 17), a luau will held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The party will include dinner, live and silent auctions, and lots of music and dancing. The silent auction will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the luau are $100. Tables seating ten may be purchased for $900. All proceeds support Open Avenues which provides opportunities for disabled adults in Northwest Arkansas.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Spring Fling, including both the golf tournament and luau, are still available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 636-5082.

"S" Fest
The Jones Center will help put the "Spring" in Springdale as it hosts "S" Fest on May 17. The free event will offer  visitors a full day of fun, music, prizes, and much more.

The day will start with a busy Farmer's Market, where shoppers can enjoy fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Family friendly activities will also be set up including bouncy houses, bike races, obstacle courses, smash ball, and numerous other games. Local food vendors and food trucks will be present giving visitors lots of delicious meal and snack options.

Backroad Anthem will headline a day full of free concerts and music. Several regional bands and musicians will also perform, including Denim and Pearl, Criston & Caleb. Organizers will also be giving away several prizes including a child's bike, a pool party, rink party, and an XBox 360 system.

The Springdale Animal Shelter will be on-hand hosting free pet adoptions. All-access passes for the pool, rink and gym will also be available inside the Jones Center for only $3.

All activities will be held at the Jones Center in Springdale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can learn more about the event and giveaways on the event's Facebook page or by calling 756-8090.

International Museum Day Chalk Fest
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will celebrate International Museum Day with a special Chalk Fest for families on May 18. Visitors are invited to create their own chalk drawings on the grounds' Walker Landing. A professional chalk artist will also be on-hand demonstrating chalk drawing skills and creating beautiful art.

Chalk Fest will be held from 12-4 p.m. Families and individuals of all ages are welcome. All materials will be provided.

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 657-2335.

Find it Fresh Luncheon
The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual "Find it Fresh" Luncheon on May 21. The lunch helps raise awareness about the strong agriculture community in Northwest Arkansas and  serves as a fundraiser of the Chamber's Agriculture committee to support Bumpers College scholarships.

Drinks and the main course will be provided by Ozark Natural Foods. Fruits, veggies, cheeses and desserts from local farms and creameries will also be served.

The lunch will be held at the Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $40. For more information, call the Chamber at 521-1710.