June 21, 2018

The 2018 Arkansas Anime Festival will be held at the Doubletree and Four Points Sheraton in Bentonville, Arkansas.

On June 29th, 30th and July 1st... This year's Arkansas Anime Festival known as A2F will be held at the Doubletree and Four Points Sheraton in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Arkansas Anime Festival is Arkansas' largest and longest running anime and gaming convention. Check out some of the guest below and go here to register today!  

Announced guests:
Voice Actor Jeremy Inman!
Voice Actor Jeremy Inman is known for voice of Android 16 of DragonBall Z,  JJ in Yuri, on Ice, Taurus in Fairy Tail, Magellan in One Piece and Yo in Dagshi Kashi.   Jeremy is doing full time voice directing for Funimation.   Go here for more info on Jeremy Inman.  

Cosplay Guest
Fighting Dreamers Productions


Fighting Dreamers Productions (FDP) is a cosplay group from Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 10 years, they have been cosplaying a wide range of genres including anime, manga, video games, comics, film, and cartoons. FDP is known for their cosplay YouTube channel, which has over 180,000 subscribers and provides viewers with series shows, parodies, cosplay skits, CMV’s, convention happenings, and tutorials.  Click here for more information on Fighting Dreamers Productions.


Musical Guest  
International rock band from Japan, Kazha!
Kazha is a 3 piece rock band from Japan. Members of the band are lead singer and bassist Kazuha Oda, guitarist Hideki Matsushige and drummer Futa Sugano.  Kazuha Oda has worked with world wide performers including Grammy award winner Bob James.  The band's work has appeared in iTunes top 100 charts in several different countries.  The band's first album was released in 2010 "Overture" and released a second album "Evolution" in 2013 and they are working on their third.  
The band has been touring nationally throughout North America and will play for the first time in Bentonville.  Click here to listen to one of their songsYou can keep up with everything KAZHA by going to any of these links:



Sci-Fi/Fantacy Author
E.M. Ervin


E.M. Ervin has been reading sci-fi/fantasy since she was in 4th grade...Now she joys sending people on their own adventures in the Nasaru Chronicles while attending a few real-life adventures of her own.




Cosplay Guest
Kimberly Cosplay



Well known for her Catwoman and Grell Sutcliff cosplays, Model/Producer Kimberly Cosplay has made close to 200 cosplays since 2009. With a background in theater and modeling, she coaches other inspiring cosplayers.



Phoenix Down
Phoenix Down is a variety of multi-propped entertainers.  Prepared to be in awe with inspiring LED experience creating thrills, illusion and wonder! An experience you don't want to miss.



The Arkansas CW
The Arkansas CW Crew

Stop by The Arkansas CW booth: 

Meet the Arkansas CW Crew, Jeremy, Morgahn, Devante and Dustin! Plus, free giveaways and chance to win other prizes!


The Arkansas CW is the home of well received shows such as Flash, Riverdale, Arrow, legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Supernatural, The 100, and iZombie.  You will also find other shows like...Family Guy, Bob's Burger, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and King of the Hill.


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There is so much to do at the festival please Go to http://arkansasanimefestival.com/ for tickets and other festival information.  The Arkansas Anime Festival is Arkansas' largest and longest running anime and gaming convention.
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June 20, 2018

Enter for your chance to win 10 Naturals Premium Dugout Tickets!

June 18, 2018

Native American Cultural Symposium was held at the Museum of Native American History, Record and Crystal Bridges this past weekend

We had a chance to check out the 2nd Annual Native American Cultural Symposium held at the Museum of Native American History, The Record and Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas.  We spoke with some of the guest speakers, including Brooke Simpson from the "Voice" and Indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.  Check out their interviews below.


Interview with Charlotte Buchanan-Yale
Director of the Museum of Native American History.




Interview with Artist Bunky Echo Hawk




Interview Brooke Simpson and Gayle Ross 
talking about passing of traditions Part 1



Interview Brooke Simpson and Gayle Ross 
talking about passing of traditions Part 2



Interview with Director of Partnerships
Mark Ford
From
Partnership with Native Americans
-Scholarships and Emergency assistance. 
Part 1



Interview with Director of Partnerships
Mark Ford
From
Partnership with Native Americans
-Scholarships and Emergency assistance.
Part 2



Interview with Story Teller Gayle Ross 
Part 1


Interview with Story Teller Gayle Ross 
Part 2


Interview with Brook Simpson 
Brooke talks about her passion singing 
and the "Voice"  Part 1



Interview with Brook Simpson 
Brooke talks about her passion singing and 
the Native American Community Part 2


Interview with Hip-Hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Part 1



Interview with Hip-Hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Part 2


For more information on the Native American Cultural Symposium and the Museum of Native American History go to www.monah.us



Native American Cultural Symposium Gallery


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The Crew Checks out the Family Owned Winery in Branson, St James Winery


While in Branson, The Arkansas CW Crew had a chance to stop by the family owned award-winning winery St James Winery and restaurant located at 405 MO-165, Branson, MO. We found it is a great place to set back and relax.  You will find a variety of award winning wines, juices, specialty foods and even a restaurant that is awesome! And don't forget about the complimentary wine tastings before you purchase.  Check out the tour and gallery below through the ST. James Winery.    



Check out the St. Jame Winery Part 1



Check out the St. Jame Winery Part 2



Dine in at the Winery



Check out the Kitchen at the St. James Winery




St James Winery -Branson Gallery


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You can go here for information and directions to Bigfoot on the Strip!






The Crew stop at the Bigfoot on the Strip while in Branson, Check it out!


The Crew stop at the Bigfoot on the Strip while in Branson to check it out!  Bigfoot on the Strip™, located at 3608 W. HWY 76, offers a variety of attractions, all themed around Bigfoot (as in Sasquatch) and designed to appeal to all ages and abilities.  Bigfoot On The Strip™ features both indoor and outdoor activities including the Bigfoot Action Tower™, Bigfoot Discovery Expedition™, Bigfoot Adventure Golf™, Yeti Play Zone & Monkey Jump™, Bigfoot's Arcade™, Bigfoot's 8Di Action Cinema™,  Check out interviews below and the crew at the park.


Bigfoot on the Strip interview part 1



Bigfoot on the Strip interview part 2



Bigfoot on the Strip interview part 3



Crew Checks out Bigfoot on the Strip! 





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You can go here for information and directions to Bigfoot on the Strip!





June 14, 2018

Native American Cultural Symposium to be held June 15th-16th

2018 Native American Cultural Symposium

The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas presents the second annual Native American Cultural Symposium to be held June 15th-16th, 2018.

​From Press Release:
This Symposium will bring together an array of Native cultural leaders for a weekend of performances, presentations, and workshops. MONAH (Museum of Native American History) seeks to renew the connection between the historical traditions presented in its permanent collection and modern Native peoples. By utilizing community and museum spaces, visitors and presenters alike will be invited into opportunities to cultivate understanding, respect, and an increased awareness of cultural context by exploring Native art, theatre, music, writing, cuisine, and film.

MONAH will host a number of free events throughout the Bentonville community during the weekend of the Symposium and joins hands with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art​ to begin the events. 

Crystal Bridges 
Crystal Bridges will host a film showing of Sundance World Cinema Documentary Jury Award winner Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World. MONAH’s Symposium featured presenters will also participate in musical, artistic, and storytelling performances at the daytime Garden Party and evening Forest Concert Series hosted by Crystal Bridges on Saturday. A complimentary shuttle service will offer transportation until 5:30 PM on Friday and Saturday to connect the downtown Bentonville square with activities hosted by Crystal Bridges and the schedule of events at MONAH.

Record-Downtown Bentonville 
The Record Downtown ​venue in Bentonville will also host Symposium events on Friday, June 15, featuring keynote speaker Walter Echo-Hawk, an award-winning author, attorney, and indigenous rights advocate with a decades-long career. Echo-Hawk will join the Symposium panel discussion with the other featured presenters, including seventeen-year-old environmental activist and musician Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, storyteller Gayle Ross, author Joseph Marshall III, artist Bunky Echo-Hawk (son of Walter Echo-Hawk), The Voice finalist Brooke Simpson, and Word Sender award winner Bobby Bridger. The evening will conclude with performances from Brooke Simpson and Bobby Bridger. The convenient location of Record Downtown also allows visitors to explore the community and enjoy dining and shopping around the Bentonville square.

Museum of Native American History
In partnership with Fulcrum Press, the Museum of Native American History ​itself will be home to a variety of workshops and talks held in the Great Room throughout the weekend. These events, among others, include a writer’s guide to the publishing industry, an exploration of traditional storytelling skills, and a demonstration of the Lakota bow and arrow. A prairie-to-table dining experience at the museum will conclude the Symposium, with proceeds benefiting the Seneca Black Elk Mathews Scholarship Fund for Native youth attending Oklahoma State University.

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Here is a list of incoming speakers and performers:

Walter Echo-Hawk
Keynote Speaker
Walter Echo-Hawk is an Author, attorney and legal scholar.   He authored In The Light Of Justice (2013), In the Courts of the Conqueror (2010), and Battlefields and Burial Grounds (1994). His new book, The Sea of Grass , will be released in June of 2018. He is a Pawnee Indian with a B.A., Political Science, Oklahoma St. Univ. (1970), and JD, UNM (1973)


Bunky Echo-Hawk
Featured Presenter

Bunky Echo-Hawk is a multi-talented artist whose work spans both media and lifestyle. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer, and non-profit professional. He is also a traditional singer and dancer.


Brooke Simpson
Featured Presenter

From recording her first song at the age of two to her time as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice , Brooke Simpson is no stranger to music. A member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and a powerhouse vocalist passionate about songwriting and people. With a large and ever-growing fan base, Brooke is touring, writing, recording, and has released her debut single, "2AM," which charted on the iTunes pop charts.




Bobby Bridger
Featured Presenter

Bobby Bridger is an author, musician and winner of the John Neihardt Award, as well as a co-creator of the Symposium.  Bridger has performed all over America and Europe. He is also the author of the award-winning books "Buffalo Bill" and "Sitting Bull:  Inventing the Wild West" and "A Ballad of the West".   




Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Featured Presenter 

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 18-year-old Indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Youth Director, an organization with involvement in over 30 countries.  In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President's youth council. He is the recipient of the 2015 Peace First Prize, the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award, the 2016 Captain Planet Award, the 2016 Children's Climate Prize from Sweden, and the 2017 Univision Premio’s Ajente de Cambio Award.


Joseph Marshall III
Featured Presenter

Joseph Marshall III is the Celebrated Rosebud Lakota author of "The Journey of Crazy Horse:  The Lakota History", "Walking with Elders: The Wisdom of Lakota Grandfathers" and twelve other books. He also worked as a technical advisor and narrator for the TNT and Dreamworks Television six-part mini-series "Into the West"  and played the on-screen role of "Loved by the Buffalo" a Lakota medicine man. 



Gayle Ross
Featured Presenter




Gayle Ross is an internationally renowned storyteller and a direct descendant of legendary Cherokee Chief John Ross.  She has appeared at almost every major storytelling and folk festival in the United States and Canada. Gayle is also the author of five critically acclaimed children's books.  She was recently featured in ground-breaking American Experience series "We Shall Remain" in the Trail of Tears episode.  


Sam Scinta
Featured Presenter


Sam Scinta is the former publisher and consulting editor of the Fulcrum Publishing.  Sam founded IM Education, Inc., a non-profit focusing on education programming. He is the creator of Fulcrum's best-selling Speaker's Corner Books series on contemporary political and social issues.  






Mary Kathryn Nagle
Featured Presenter

Mary Kathryn Nagle has successfully pursued two careers, both as a lawyer and a nationally recognized playwright. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Her featured play, Crossing Mnisose draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark's historic encampment at Fort Mandan to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight to ensure that the Mnisose, and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors, are preserved for future generations.


Madeline Sayet
Featured Presenter

Madeline Sayet is a director of new plays, classics and opera who believes the stories we pass down inform our collective possible futures. She was named to Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 List in Hollywood & Entertainment, is a TED Fellow, a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a National Directing Fellow. A member of the Mohegan nation, she was the Resident Director at Amerinda (American Indian Artists) Inc. in New York from 2013-2016 where she developed new plays by Native playwrights and launched the Native American Shakespeare Ensemble.  


John Inmon
Featured Performer


As a founding member of the legendary Lost Gonzo Band, his peers know John as one of the finest guitarist in Austin, Texas, and his fans know him as the signature guitar style that has at one time or another propelled the music of Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy La Fave, Eliza Gilkyson, Marcia Ball, Omar and the Howlers, Bruce Robinson, Pat Green, Michael Martin Murphy, Keith Skyes, Larry Joe Taylor, Bobby Bridger and many more. As winner of the Texas Music Awards’ coveted "Producer of the Year"award in 2012, John has become a sought-after producer, producing records for artists nationwide.



Native American Cultural Symposium  

June 15th-17th, 2018

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June 13, 2018

Fireworks at The Castle of Muskogee Sweepstakes!


Enter for your chance to win the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate or one of two runner up prizes $50 gift certificate to Fireworks at The Castle of Muskogee in Muskogee Oklahoma.


June 12, 2018

The Crew went to the Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain to try out their Snowflex!

We went to the Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain to try out their Snowflex!  They brought some snow to Wolfe Mountain and it is the largest synthetic tubing run in the United States.  The Crew had  a chance to speak with General Manager Ryan Goovin and tried it out for themselves!  check out the interview below and the wild ride you don't want to miss!

Interview with General Manager Ryan Goovin 




The Crew having some fun on Snowflex





Gallery from Snowflex


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You can go here for information and directions to to Wolfe Mountain for some Zipline and Snowflex adventure!