Mountain View, Arkansas is the Folk Music Capital of the World!
Mountain View has a rich cultural history and offers you many opportunities to experience the legacy of the region. Take one of the many classes available at the Arkansas Craft School. Walk back in time at the Ozark Folk Center with artisan demonstrations. Tap your foot to the beat of the local musicians playing folk music at Town Square. Or take in a live show. See below for some ideas for soaking in the local culture in Mountain View!
"We stayed at Sylamore Creek Retreat and just had the best time. Every evening we would go to the square to hear the music and get an ice cream cone. It was just what we needed. We get so busy in our daily lives that we forget what a simple pleasure this can be. We can't wait to get back to Mountain View. We're even talking about retiring there!"
~Miriam, Sylamore Creek Retreat
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL CULTURE
Walk back in time! The Ozark Folk Center is a state park aimed at educating visitors about the rich cultural legacy of the region. Meet with blacksmiths and basket weavers, take a seat in the 1,000-seat auditorium to listen to concerts by local musicians and explore the center's heritage herb garden to learn about the indigenous plants and traditional cuisine of the Ozarks. Hungry after? There's a restaurant, The Skillet, within a short walk.
Music on the Square
Musicians regularly congregate casually to play folk music just behind the courthouse on the Court Square at the Pickin Park when the weather is good. There are also scheduled concerts on weekends on the Courthouse lawn. Check out the schedule by visiting their facebook page.
Grab an ice cream cone and listen to some of the best music in the area.
Located in the heart of the historic town square, The Arkansas Craft School offers classes year-round in wood, metal, glass, clay, photography, jewelry, fiber and studio arts, in addition to hosting other types of workshops. The courses are taught by highly skilled artists/instructors, many of whom are Arkansas -based and known across the country for their expertise in their craft. Check the schedule for upcoming classes and events.
Offering Live Music shows on Friday and Saturday nights, musicians donate their time and talent to entertain visitors at Jimmy Driftwood Barn in hopes of keeping the rich musical heritage of the area alive. Bluegrass and folk music are enjoyed in a lively atmosphere on church pews free of charge, but donations are welcome.