Greetings Fairfield Bay,
Summer is here and we are busy with some amazing summer activities.
It’s July! The hot weather that we prayed for back in March is upon us and now we are looking for ways to keep cool. That’s not hard to do in Fairfield Bay with the lake and marina, the ATV trails that put the wind in our hair and the bugs in our teeth, and the indoor activities that surround us with cold air from the air conditioners. As our community continues its monumental growth with the soon coming Cobblestone Hotel, I hear rumors of visionary development ideas that might include a synthetic ice skating rink. Now wouldn’t that be lovely?
4th of July celebration in the Bay
Our kick-off event for the mid-year celebration starts with a free performance entitled “One Nation Under God” by the Cherokee National Youth Choir from Oklahoma. This one of a kind event will take place on the evening of July 3rd at 6pm in Indian Rock Cave. Seating is limited so please bring your lawn chairs, ice chests, family, friends and neighbors.
The 4th of July celebration in the Bay includes a small town parade in the morning, live history demonstrations at the Heritage Center (Indian Hills log cabin, cave and museum) in the afternoon from 1-4pm, and of course the fabulous fireworks on the water after dark.
Experience small town life in the 1850’s at the Heritage Center for “Tom Sawyer Days” following the parade. Volunteers in period dress will be demonstrating crafts and life skills, playing music and telling stories. Who knows, you might just see Tom and Huck painting a fence!
Community Education Center hosts our perennial favorite classes:
Back at our cooled off Education Center our standard weekly classes:
1. Barbara Cornett’s fused glass class has taken a new twist with the addition of wind chimes. Hear the wind catch the warm breezes with your own custom creation of striking colorful glass. This class is taught every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm and all materials are provided.
2. Our Tuesday morning Paint with Jim class is as popular as ever with many loyal residents and returning guests meeting from 10am to 12noon to learn the value of color with acrylics and complete an entire picture in one session, and all materials are provided. Please RSVP by calling 501-884-4440.
3. Fran’s Jeweled Spider class is popular with children and adults on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 2:30pm.
NEW Classes in August
Looking for a new hobby? We have added a NEW class on Saturday, August 4th. CASTING METAL is a full day class on the technique of making tokens and jewelry with pewter and molds from master caster Fred Zeiler. This one day class will start at 9am and finish at 4pm. You must preregister and will have a pre-class assignment so please RSVP by calling 501-884-4440. Cost of the class is $50 and all materials are provided.
Great Fall Lineup – Sterling Scholars Series.
The Sterling Scholars lecture series will pick up again in the fall with more great speakers. The lineup will be announced before the August 8th date. The Sterling Scholars lectures are held from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Indian Hills Little Red Bistro during the Rotary Club meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. This event is open to the public and purchase of lunch is optional.
Save the Date – Cheeseburger in Paradise, Aug 25th.
Returning once again is one of our favorite Education Center Fundraisers – Cheeseburger in Paradise! This year will be SMOKING HOT, with dancing music by the Sean Sikes band (sponsored by Doug Landry Insurance), smoked chicken plates (by cook off winner Greg Calaway), fireball cupcakes and a silent auction. Cool off with a game of beer or champagne pong and a pay-as-you-go bar. Tickets for the dance are only $20 and food plate tickets are $10. Both tickets can be pre-purchased after July 5th at the Conference Center, the Education Center or from committee members Cindy Wellenberger, Kay Otis, Sharon Luxon, and Linda Duncan or at the dance. Smoked Chicken plates include beans, coleslaw and a roll and will be available for drive by pick up if you just can’t dance!
And one last thing, we are excited to invite the public to the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration of the North Central Arkansas Art Gallery in the Fairfield Bay Conference Center on July 24th from 6 to 8pm. Don’t miss this special celebration.
Dr. Catherine Swift
Fairfield Bay Community Education Center
• Hours: Open, 9am to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• Address: 130 Village Lane Suite 5E, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Village Mall, next to the Mayor’s office
• Phone: (501) 884-4440
• Email: [email protected]
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About the FFB Community Education Center.
An annual Registration Fee of $35 is required after attending your first class and is valid for 12 months. Our resort guests are not required to pay the annual registration fee.