2009 Ozark Folk Center State Park Passes are available!

The 2009 Season Passes for the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View are now available.  The passes may be purchased at the park or by calling (870) 269-3851.  The cost of a season pass is $65 for adults and $30 for children 6 through 12 years.  Children under 6 admitted to the park free of charge.

A season pass entitles its holder to visit the craft Village and attend regular nighttime music concerts throughout the season for this one-time cost.  Regular nighttime concerts include any concert during the season that is not specified as a Celebrity Concert.  The Folk Center season runs from April 17 through October 31, 2009. The park Village will be open from 10 am until 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from April 17 through September 30, with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.  On those two weekends, the park will be open Sunday and Monday also.  From October 1 through October 31, the Village will be open Tuesday through Sunday.

This year the Music concerts will begin at 7:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday from April 18 through September 27, and Tuesday through Saturday in October.  For a detailed schedule, please visit the Ozark Folk Center website at www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.  You can also request a calendar of events by calling (870) 269-3851 or coming by the park administration building or any park facility.

The Ozark Folk Center is an Arkansas State Park whose mission is to perpetuate the traditions, culture and music of the Ozark Mountain region.  The Crafts Village offers more than twenty artisans demonstrating the skills used by inhabitants of the region in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  There are story telling sessions based on crafts and music during this period, as well as short musical performances of traditional Southern Mountain music throughout the day. An authentic Ozark cabin, known as the Shannon Cabin, was moved from its original location and reconstructed at the Park.  The cabin is used for children’s activities.  In addition, there is a Children’s Garden, with a Native American Osage style lodge and other special features just for kids.

Workshops are available throughout the year in many traditional crafts.  Check for a list of available craft workshops online, or call the park for additional information.

The beautiful Heritage Herb Garden meanders throughout the Park, offering a large variety of herbs and flowering plants as well as a wonderful water garden.  Throughout the year, various gardening workshops are held at the Folk Center.  There is a knowledgeable staff gardener and herbalist available throughout the season.

During the regular season, music concerts begin in the Folk Center Theater at 7:00 PM.  These concerts include traditional folk music played on acoustic instruments, including banjo, fiddle and mandolin.   Folk dances such as old-time square dancing, jig dancing and waltzing are featured at each performance and audience participation is encouraged.  Special concerts range from tributes to some of the “greats” of the old-time music genre, like Jimmie Rodgers and Merle Travis, to the Celebrity Concert series featuring guest celebrities. Tickets for these Celebrity Concerts may be purchased in advance either online at www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or by calling (870) 269-3851.   Many musical events include workshops and classes in traditional musical instruments.  Check the web site often for updates on music events.

The regular fee for the Crafts Village, or to attend concerts at the Folk Center Theater is $10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12.  Three-day and combination tickets are available for purchase, as well as new family passes.

In addition to the Crafts Village and Music Theater, the Folk Center offers a full service restaurant, open during the season, from 7 AM until 8 PM daily, and comfortable, secluded lodging, which is open year around. The Park has convention and banquet facilities available.   For reservations, call 1-800-264-3655.