Monday, April 20, 2009

Parks & Recreation

After some pretty dreary weather, today's gorgeous sunshine prompted us to hit the streets. It was the perfect Siloam day- 75 degrees, crisp blue skies with a few fluffy white clouds, Sager creek merrily flowing.. The after school traffic was in full swing as we strolled down University. Also, some adorable and tiny ballerinas were arriving for dance class at Sherry's as we went by. I can't think of a cuter sight!

Our first stop was the Siloam Springs Parks & Recreation building on Mt. Olive. I must admit, I've never visited before. We were there to register for Iddy Biddy Soccer, and judging by the numerous calls and in-person visits that took place while we were there, we aren't the only ones ready for the upcoming sports season. Parks & Rec employee Peggy Chipman was very helpful and amazingly calm fielding requests. She said that a lot of people are signing up for softball, swim lessons and buying aquatic center passes.

While there, I also saw a flyer advertising the first of the "Second Saturday Music" events. I am a huge fan of these free, outdoor concerts that take place in the gazebo in Twin Springs Park. My father was visiting from Orlando several years ago, and I took him to a Second Saturday show. It was a peaceful summer evening, with lovely folk music, and children catching fireflies on the lawn. We both agreed that it looked like some sort of movie set depicting the perfect small town.

The first concert will take place Saturday, May 9th at 7:30, featuring Shout Lulu Stringband. Be sure to bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy this great musical gift.
After our visit to Parks & Rec, we spent some time at Bob Henry Park, where we saw preparations for the 35th annual Dogwood Festival in full swing. I'm very excited about the festival, taking place April 24-26. It's one of my favorite things about Siloam Springs. Hope to see you there!

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