Strawberry Deals Forever

On Friday, real estate development group Blue Crane met with members of the Bella Vista community to announce the purchase of 2,700 acres from Cooper Communities Inc.

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Fayetteville Kicks Off Summer With Its Inaugural Strawberry Festival

Kick off the summer season during the Fayetteville Strawberry Festival, a showcase of local food, music, art, and, of course, strawberries at the Downtown Fayetteville Square this Sunday, May 19, from 12-6p.

  • Strawck On: Enjoy live entertainment across two stages, including performances from Trout Fishing in America, Dandelion Hearts, 360 AllStars Circus, Gone Country, Noah Richmond's Little Monster, Abbey Pierce Band, and Newco.

  • Berry Cool: The streets will be filled with fun for all ages, including a dog parade, pie-eating & pie-baking competitions, food and art demonstrations, a honky tonk street dance, and even a pop-up skatepark.

Find more exciting things to expect during the Strawberry Festival HERE.


Blue Crane Closes Deal On 2,700 Acres Of Undeveloped Land In Bella Vista

On Friday, real estate development group Blue Crane met with members of the Bella Vista community to announce the purchase of 2,700 acres from Cooper Communities Inc.

  • The Blues Brothers: Blue Crane is the real estate arm of Runway Group, a holding company that primarily invests in outdoor recreation and hospitality initiatives. The group is led by Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, the grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

  • Bike-tirement Community: No plans have been revealed for what’s to come, but Blue Crane assures community input will be considered. According to Talk Business & Politics, Tom Walton hinted at pushing Bella Vista to the forefront of Northwest Arkansas’s mountain biking conversation and the city's evolution from “a retirement haven [to] a full-fledged outdoor recreation destination.”

You can follow along with updates on Blue Crane’s dedicated page for this development HERE.

Hang Out With Local Gymnastics Hero Lauren Williams At Generations Bank

Generations Bank will host a meet-and-greet with Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnast Lauren Williams at its Fayetteville location this Tuesday, May 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

  • Local Legend: Generations Bank recently announced a NIL deal with Arkansas sophomore Lauren Williams, the program’s first in-state recruit in over a decade. Williams is a Rogers native who trained at Aspire Gymnastics Academy and graduated from Bentonville High School. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Navigating NIL as a College Athlete as Lauren Williams shares her gymnastics journey on The Next Generation podcast.

  • Hometown Hangout: Here’s your chance to meet the local gymnastics hero! Snap some photos with Lauren, snack on cookies, and make some friendship bracelets! Generations Bank’s Fayetteville branch is located at 3665 N Investment Drive.

Find more information about the event HERE.


Enjoy Great Community Vibes During The NWA Soul Festival In Downtown Rogers

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Head to Downtown Rogers this weekend for great music, delicious food, and fun community vibes during the NWA Soul Festival, presented by Music Moves and Ozark Beer Co., this Sunday, May 19, from 12-5p.

  • Get Your Groove On: Enjoy live music at Butterfield Stage, including performances by Robyn Jordan of Her Set, Her Sound, Forte Quintet NWA, Sarah Nicole Band, Arkansas Gospel Chorale, and the Jeff Horton Band.

  • Soul Food: Over 20 vendors will be present, representing local businesses, cultural organizations, and health & wellness initiatives. In addition to the great nearby restaurants, you can also grab a bite at local food trucks, such as Taste of Happyness, Takashi Hibachi, Na'guara, and Meaux Beignet.

This vibrant celebration is free to the community. More info HERE.

Arts & Culture

Learn How To Master Productivity During The Next Session Of Table Talks At The Medium

Dancer & choreographer Karen Castleman and folklorist & author Brandon Weston will lead the next session of Table Talks at The Medium this Thursday, May 16, from 6-8p.

  • Food For Thought: Table Talks is a monthly gathering at The Medium, a creative destination in Downtown Springdale, where you can meet other creatives, get inspired, eat good food, and find your people. The event is free, but registration is encouraged!

  • Studio Skills: The theme for this month is In Studio: Best Practices, a conversation on being productive and prolific in the studio between Karen Castleman, a dancer, choreographer, educator, and community organizer, and Brandon Weston, a spiritual healer, folklorist, and author of Ozark Folk Magic.

Food is provided, and registration is free. Sign up HERE.

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  • 🌠 Northern Lights: The aurora borealis was visible in Northwest Arkansas over the weekend! KNWA shared some cool photos from the community.

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