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Traveling Arkansas with Kim Williams

Devil's Den State Park in Washington County State Park
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Are you looking for an adventure?  Every week on KASU's Arkansas Roots, Host Mark Smith and Arkansas Parks & Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talk about all of the latest events and attractions taking place around the Natural State.  

Don't sit in this weekend.  Go out and explore everything Arkansas has to offer and let Mark and Kim be your guides.  

You can catch them weekly at noon on Fridays during Arkansas Roots only on KASU 91.9 FM and streaming live on this website!

Stay up-to-date on all of the events taking place around Arkansas year round by visiting Arkansas.com/events.

Travel Writer for Arkansas Parks Kim Williams LOVES January.  She loves this month so much that she wanted the weekend of the 27th to start a day earlier... on the 26th!

Williams tells KASU's Mark Smith about a special concert taking place in Southeast Arkansas honoring the Bee Gees on the 26th.  She also has the "dish" on another event for that weekend revolving around "B's" and "G's", as in "Beans and Greens."  It's a cook off for the best beans, greens, and cornbread in the South.

Ice, Food, and Birds -1/7 Weekend

Jan 2, 2017

The first full weekend in 2017 is full of fun events that will satisfy everyone, from the foodie to the bird watcher. Travel Writer Kim Williams talks with us about upcoming events for the weekend of January 7th.

The last weekend to enjoy a winter wonderland is here! Williams tells us about a fun holiday season on the river, full of ice skating, carriage rides, and a light show, in its last weekend.

-12/31 Weekend

Dec 26, 2016

For those ready to celebrate the first weekend of 2017, Travel Writer Kim Williams has a list of events that are sure to thrill!

First, Williams tells us how State Parks all across Arkansas are celebrating the new year in a special way- hiking! Break in the new year with a trek through nature's beauty.

Bird watchers will love William's information on a scientific mystery that happens every year when a flock of swans descends on an Arkansan lake for the winter.

Winter Ice and Holiday Lights - 12/23 Weekend

Dec 19, 2016

The weekend before Christmas is pack full of events for you and the family!

One of the biggest lighting festivals in the midsouth happens right here in Arkansas- and Travel Writer Kim Williams has all the details on this amazing event.

For those who want to experience the full fun of winter, Williams directs you to a winter wonderland full of fun, ice skating, carriage rides, and more fun!

Williams also has information on an Arkansas street transformed into a winter wonderland- complete with Santa and his elves!

Holiday Fun -12/17 Weekend

Dec 12, 2016

This week, a variety of holiday-themed events in Arkansas are sure to entertain any type of person, from the foodie to the craftsman, to those who enjoy watching a holiday classic. Travel Writer Kim Williams has details on all these events and more in this episode.

First, enjoy a holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol". This literary holiday tale comes to life on-stage in Northeast Arkansas. It's a great show for people of all ages.

Get in the holiday spirit with Travel Writer Kim Williams! Williams has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family this weekend, including music (and dancing), parades, and celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way.

For those interested in viewing a holiday classic right here in Arkansas, Williams has information on a performance of the Nutcracker in a Little Rock theatre. Music lovers will also enjoy a show combining caroling and the wonders of nature in Mountain View.

Holiday Season Fun -12/03 Weekend

Nov 28, 2016

As winter and the holiday season draws even closer, travel writer Kim Williams has a variety of events to put you in the Christmas spirit. From bird watching to ice skating, or just seeing a show, Williams has the perfect event for you and your family.

First, Williams discusses a scientific phenomena that occurs annually here in Arkansas. Bird lovers will want to check this out. Williams also has a magical holiday experience for visitors, with ice skating, carriage rides, and more.

Hunting and Holiday Seasons -11/26 Weekend

Nov 21, 2016

Travel writer Kim Williams prepares us for the holiday (and duck hunting) season with light festivals, duck calling contests, and a way to meet Santa.

Williams takes us to an Arkansas town with a history of one of the largest lighting festivals in the Midsouth. Drive through a 40-acre drive-thru and see over 6 million lights in preparation for the holidays.

Another lighting festival in northeast Arkansas offers live entertainment, and a chance for your children to meet Santa, and tell him their Christmas wishes.

As we get closer to the holiday season, Travel Writer Kim Williams has the scoop on some fun events that you will want to sink your teeth into them.

Williams takes you to a city in Northwest Arkansas where they are hosting a special wine and dinner event.  You can also participate in cooking classes  and experience exquisite tastes.

After dinner, you must eat desert.  Williams knows of another event in the central part of the state in the mountains where you can partake of delicious treats of the holidays.

Baking, Bicyling, and Beer -11/5 Weekend

Oct 29, 2016

The first weekend in November is full of fun events for kids and adults! There's baking workshops for those who love to eat, bicycle tours for cyclists, and many festivals!

Travel writer Kim Williams talks about some of the fun events happening across Arkansas this weekend, including a workshop teaching you to make delicious desserts in a hot dutch oven.  Williams also talks about an exciting 52-mile bicycle ride through the sunken lands of Arkansas.

Williams has information on family-friendly events, such as a pioneer festival and a weekend-long celebration.

Festival Fun -10/21 Weekend

Oct 15, 2016

Arkansas is hosting a variety of fun activities for all types of people- from musicals and wine festivals to corn mazes and haunts!

Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights some family-friendly events happening around Northeast Arkansas. If you or your kids love farm animals, hay mazes, and more fun activities, Williams has the perfect event for you.

Williams also has information on haunted houses, zombie shoot-ups, and a nighttime zip-line for the thrill-seekers.

Whether you're looking for awesome amusement or a terrifying treat, Arkansas has enough activities to keep you and your family entertained.

In this episode, Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a couple of fun and scary places that are fun for the whole family.  We'll go on a trip to central Arkansas to an annual fair where you can go on carnival rides and sample delicious fried foods.

Blues, Boats, Blacksmithing, and BOOs!  That just a taste of the events Travel Writer Kim Williams will tell you about going on in Arkansas.

Williams has details on a historic Blues festival in South Arkansas in a town dripping with history of the music and the Mississippi.  Also, in this episode, there's an opportunity for kids to learn about boats... Steamboats to be exact.  Williams takes you to a historic city in Lawrence County where the family can have fun learning about how life was like back when Steamboats dominated the waterways and economy.

Travel Writer Kim Williams lets you in on a little secret in this episode of Traveling Arkansas... she LOVES Fall!  In this episode she will highlight some fun activities in the Natural State that will help you fall in love with Fall in Arkansas, too.

She highlights 2 opportunities to travel back in time and take part of some of the activities settlers  have done way back when.  If time travel is not your thing, Williams also shares with you 2 one-of-a-kind concerts taking place in the state.

As the leaves begin to change colors, it's time to enjoy the Natural State in one of the most beautiful seasons ever created: Fall.

Travel Writer Kim Williams takes you on an audio tour of Arkansas to get a glimpse of some of the fun activities taking place.  Join Williams as she lets you in on one of the largest yard sales you'll ever find.  If you feel like rockin', then a town in Northeast Arkansas along Rockin' Highway 67 will show you a good time.  Or, you can stop by the Main Street in another Arkansas town for a little music and fun.

Once upon a time, four very famous men stopped by a small town in Northeast Arkansas and changed the reputation of the town forever.

The four very famous men, of course, are The Beetles and the small town is Walnut Ridge.  This very popular musical group has apparently generated a ton of other great artistic events taking place around the Natural State for the 9/16 weekend.

As you and your family celebrates a day off of work and school for Labor Day, how about taking a fun filled adventure in Arkansas.  Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a few of the MANY things taking place for the holiday weekend.  

Some of the activities include a Legendary Blues Festival in a city near the mighty Mississippi River, a giant picnic complete with a 5K and Oldies concert, and a one of a kind arts and crafts festival.

There is never a dull moment in the Natural State!  Travel Writer Kim Williams has the details on a motorcycle event for the whole family featuring music and mountains.  An inspiring traveling exhibit is taking place in Arkansas which highlights the unique perspective of veterans returning home after fighting for our county in war.

Watermelons, grapes, weddings, & bargains!  What do they all have in common?  It's the sign of the beginning of cooler weather in the Natural State.  

KASU's Mark Smith with Travel Writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Kim Williams tell you about festivals featuring watermelons, grapes, and many more delicious treats that's great family fun.  

Plus, the ultimate bridal show where you can actually get help planing the wedding of your dreams IN ONE DAY!  Finally, a 160 mile flee market in West Arkansas.  This is a bargain hunter's dream come to life.