Firefly Tree House at Shady River on Eleven Point River

Shady River Adds Tree House

Shady River Nature Resort on the beautiful Eleven Point River in Randolph County has a new feature.  In addition to its uniquely appointed cottages on a bluff overlooking the river, it now offers tree house accommodations.  “Firefly”, a two level tree house is now available for occupancy.
Located in a natural area of giant white oaks, the cool accommodation overlooks a huge meadow where deer graze each evening and morning and birds and other wildlife are abundant.  With wide porches both above and below, the fully furnished tree house is decorated in an African theme inside.  Traveling the wonderful nature trails at Shady River either by electric cart or by hiking, visitors can easily imagine they’re on safari at an exotic location.  Otherwise, one can enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or fishing in the pristine, cool waters of the spring fed Eleven Point River, last refuge of the endangered Ozark Hellbender.

2013 Annual Tourism Banquet

The Randolph County Tourism Association’s 2013 Annual Banquet will be held tonight, May 16th, 6:30pm at the Randolph County Development Center, Black River Technical College.

Scott Sudduth will be the guest speaker tonight.

Sudduth has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years, this includes hotel, food and beverage, and convention management. He worked for major hotel chains such as Holiday Inn Corp, Hilton, Adams Mark, and Mahogany Run St. Thomas U.S.V.I. He had the position as Director of Marketing for Quality Foods Inc a foodservice distributor in Arkansas, for the past 17 years.

He is a member of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, and currently holds a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation from the Convention Industry Council. He was named by Convention South Magazine as “Meeting Professional to watch” in 2005.

He was also inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Association “Hall of Fame” in 2005.

He and his family reside in Little Rock. Scott is very excited about being involved with the “Welcome to Arkansas” campaign.

hummingbirds in Pocahontas, AR

Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbirds are now welcome in downtown Pocahontas.  Several businesses in the downtown National Historic District have hung feeders for hummers outside hoping the little fellows will discover this abundant food source and start hanging around.  People of all ages seem to enjoy the antics of these amazing birds.  Ours are all ruby throated hummers who’ve recently arrived from South America on their annual journey north. Thy seem to really appreciate the welcoming gesture  of their favorite food, sugar water.  At the same time, their arrival is timed to coincide with the spring flowering of trees–they even seem to visit the oak catkins now hanging  abundantly in our local forests.