Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Freckled Frog

Get Great Arkansas-made Crafts 
                                 at The Freckled Frog 

     The Freckled Frog, which sells handcrafted items made exclusively by Arkansans, has enlarged its space downtown and is chock-full of exciting and modestly priced gifts for the holidays.
      Sadie Nuffer, who co-owns the charming shop with Erika Robbins, said the shop has lots of new handicrafts perfect for gift giving this season.
     “We have some cool old-fashioned wooden toys,” Mrs. Nuffer said. “And, Kate Walters , a junior at Central High School, is designing and printing her own tee shirts.”
     The shop is also now selling hand-blown glass from Plaid Grasshopper of Hot Springs.
      “We have goat milk soap, lotions and lip balm from Tammy Sue’s Critters.”
     Tammy Sue Pope raises her own goats on a farm in the Cato community on the border of Pulaski and Faulkner counties.  The goats share the farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats and a llama.  Her products are made from fresh goats’ milk, oils and herbs, many of which she grows herself. All of her soaps are made in small batches in her kitchen.  Each bar is hand cut and trimmed, wrapped in fabric and beribboned. 

    Another new product is local honey from K-Bee Apiaries in Sherwood, which is owned by Larry Kichler, 2nd vice president of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association.
    Gary Higgins of  Alexander has brought in some coin rings made from French coins, shillings and coins from the Republic of Kenya.
     “We have all the Nativ stuff,” Sadie said.  “And we have tee shirts and tea towels and things from Tiffany O’Brien’s Eccentric Dose. They are all Razorback themed.
     “We have amazing soy candles. They are being made just for us now, and they come in many amazing flavors. These are the best soy candles you can find - the best ones we’ve ever come across.  They are clean burning.  It’s the only (candle line) we sell.”
    Other great stuff The Freckled Frog carries includes jewelry starting at just $3, infant clothing, scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, patchwork skirts and Arkansas quartz crystal jewelry.
      The shop specializes in custom-made jewelry.  Sadie said they will be making custom jewelry up until the week before Christmas. You may bring in beads, jewelry pieces or other things from home to be incorporated into custom pieces. The shop also has a large collection of beads and things with which to make your own unique jewelry. 

     The Freckled Frog has been doing well in its location at 419 President Clinton Avenue adjacent to Cache Restaurant. The shop has expanded into space once shared with the herb store Dandelion, which closed earlier this year.
       “We are doing good. It’s really fun meeting all the tourists from all over the world and showing off the Arkansas we love. We’ve meet a lot of really cool people,” Sadie said.
    The shop offers free gift wrap.  For information, call 514-2060.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pinot's Palette Painting Studio in Pleasant Ridge Town Center

’Tis the Season for Fun;  Start at Pinot’s Palette

     Party with friends, loved ones and coworkers this December at Pinot’s Palette, and have a great painting at the end to remember the occasion.  
    The studio in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center in west Little Rock has a great wine bar (with good beers too), a comfortable lounging area and a buffet where you can put out your snacks or catered goodies.
     Art sessions in December include Vintage Christmas, Moonlit River, Evergreen Dream, Noel’s Twilight, Winter Railroad, A Snowy Night, Rustic Snowman and Peace Love Joy.  The paintings can be viewed at the studio’s website,  It has class schedules, images of the paintings and prices.  
     There are three holiday paintings that incorporate real lights: Jolly Christmas Lights, Snowman’s Bliss, and Baby It’s Cold Outside. And there will be a wooden door ornament art session.
     Gift certificates are available. For information, call owner Lisa Montgomery at 588-1661.



Let Scallions Cater Your Event
    Or Be Your Own Caterer with Bulk Takeout 

     For almost three decades Scallions in the Heights has been providing fresh-made, delicious food to Little Rock.
     Let the restaurant be your caterer for your holiday events, and give your guests the gift of delicious soups, sandwich trays, hot entrees and mouth-watering desserts.
     Scallions has the best soups in Little Rock.  If you have never tasted its cheese soup, you have done a real disservice to your tastebuds. Scallions chicken salad is legendary.  The quiche is to die for.
     The restaurant will cater your events, or prepare a tray for you to take to parties for work. It provides business lunch delivery and has lunch gift certificates that make great stocking stuffers.
     If you want to do your own catering, Scallions’ wonderful menu items are available to go in bulk. Did someone say poppyseed muffins?  

     Scallions is  located at 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. For information, call 666-6468.

Events in Little Rock December 2015

The Tree 
     First Baptist Little Rock, 62 Pleasant Valley Drive, will present The Tree again this year.
     It was scheduled for December 11, 12 and 13, but another performance has been added on December 10 because of the great ticket sales.
     The Tree will have a cast of more than 250 people and a 40-foot living Christmas tree. There will be 150 singers, a 35 piece orchestra, dancing, dramatic presentations and more. 
    Performance times are 7 p.m. December 10, 11 and 12, and 3 p.m. December 12 and 13. Tickets are $5 for reserved seating. Visit to order your tickets.   

Holiday Crafts Open House 
    The Plantation Agriculture Museum will open its grounds and buildings to the public for its fifth annual Holiday Crafts Open House 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. December 19. 
   You can enjoy making crafts while sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on family favorite treats.  Crafts that can be taken home include: felted soap, gilded walnut Christmas ornaments, cotton boll angels, holiday cotton potholders and more.  The museum’s annual Christmas graham-cracker house contest will be conducted while crafts and activities are presented to visitors. The museum’s gift shop will have storewide 20% discounts.  
    Admission to the museum and Christmas treats are free. Participation in the craft making is $2 per craft or $20 for the entire family. The Museum is 20 minutes from Little Rock at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 165 and Arkansas Hwy. 161. For information, call Linda Leatherwood at 961-1409. 

     Historic Arkansas Museum has one of the most fun holiday events each year with its Nog-off.
     The Museum’s 11th Nog-off, a culinary celebration of this favorite Christmas drink and a friendly competition for the best eggnog in town, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. December 11.
     It is free and open to the public.  The Museum is located at 202 East Third St. Free parking is available.  

Tim Ernst Photography
    Experience the stunning nature photography of Tim Ernst ”A Rare Quality of Light- 40 Years of Wilderness Photography,” which will be exhibited 1 - 4 p.m. December 13 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center downtown. It is free and open to the public. 

     Mr. Ernst is a nationally recognized photographer, and his images will inspire you to explore the natural beauty of our state. The center is located at 602 President Clinton Avenue. 

The Gingerbread Man’s Excellent Christmas Adventure
  “The Gingerbread Man’s Excellent Christmas Adventure” will be presented at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre December 4 - 20.
      Tickets are $12.50 or $10 for Arts Center members and groups of 10 or more.  Children under the age of 2 will be admitted free.
  Enjoy this wacky holiday adventure with your kids.

Holiday Pops 
     The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s most popular and longest running tradition brings holiday cheer to music lovers of all ages.  
   Performances will be 7:30 p.m. December 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. December 20 at the Connor Performing Arts Center, 12701 Hinson Road in west Little Rock. 
     Adult tickets range from $19 to $58. Student and active military tickets will be $10.  Kids will be admitted free. For more information, visit  

The Circus
     Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be at Verizon Arena December 23, 26 and 27.  Show times are: 7 p.m. December 23; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 26; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. December 27.
     Tickets start at $10 for kids and $20 for adults.  975-9131. 

     The Arkansas Chamber Singers will present The Peace of Christmas December 11-13 at the Old State House Museum.  This concert is free and open to the public.
     It will be held 7 p.m. December 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. December 13.  It will feature traditional music for the season.

Santa at the Capital Hotel
     Inside the Capital Hotel’s festively decorated lobby, Santa will meet with kids to hear their Christmas wishes.  Bring your children to meet Santa 1 - 3 p.m. December 6, 13 and 20. This event is free and open to the public. 
     In addition, there will be two opportunities to hear stories read by Santa around the Capital Hotel Christmas tree:  6 - 8 p.m. December 21 and 22.  The cost is $10.
Christmas Cookies 
     The Capital Hotel pastry chef will give a lesson in cookie decorating 10 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. December 19.  
    The cost is $55 for one adult and one child. Decorate cookies and take them home.