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News Archive--May 2011

NEWS--Hot Springs Concert Band On The Move: To Perform At West End Of Federal Park In June

The Hot Springs Concert Band, who perform a series of free concerts in Whittington Federal Park during the summer, have announced a change in venue.  The Band will continue to perform their rousing and popular summer concerts in Whittington Federal Park, but at the west end of the park, near the Showmen's Association and Weyerhaeuser.
Typically the Band performs in the middle of the park, near the West Mountain cut-through, but the Park Service is currently re-seeding the park and have asked the Band to relocate their concerts to the west end of the park during the month of June.
The Hot Springs Concert Band performing in Whittington Federal Park in 2010.  In June, the Band will be performing at the far west end of the park.
The concerts affected are the Band's Memorial Day Concert (May 30th) and their Monday performances in June (June 13th and June 27th).  Signs will be in place informing concert-goers of the new venue and efforts are being made to open nearby parking lots for use during the concerts.
-  Posted 5/25/11 by MT

FYI--Update on Association's Spring 2011 Picnic

To see more photos from the picnic, click here.
On Saturday, May 21st, the Neighborhood Association held its 2011 Spring Potluck Picnic in Whittington City Park. Despite the threat of rain and storms, mother nature kindly rewarded our planning with partly cloudy skies and comfortable temperatures. The well attended event offered attendees good food and excellent company. The Association provided hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks and several people brought a side dish or dessert to share with their neighbors.

Bob Maner, past WVNA President and long time Valley resident, initially hinted that he might leave the picnic early so as to watch the Preakness Horse Race--but in the end, Bob stayed.  Apparently the the food, the tasty desserts and the camaraderie of his fellow neighbors proved more enticing than watching a horse race on television (which is very high praise indeed since Bob is quite the horse racing aficionado).
Group photo of the attendees at the Neighborhood Association's
Spring 2011 Potluck Picnic.
Special thanks goes to our Vice President, John Lewis, for once again working the grill and to Association member Verna Linder for her always popular brownies, peanut butter cookies and snickerdoodles.
- Posted 5/25/11 by MT  


Update--Picnic Photo Published in Newspaper

On Sunday, June 6th, 2011, a black and white version of the group photo shown above was reprinted in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record newspaper.  The photo appears on page 7C of the paper.
- Posted 6/8/11 by VL

FYI- Historic District Designation Update

For more than two years, the Neighborhood Association has  worked with State and City officials in an attempt to have a portion of the Whittington Valley designated a "Historical Register District."  On Monday, May 16th, 2011, the Neighborhood Association hosted a public meeting to discuss our progress in obtaining Historic District status.
Rick Stauder, Planning Coordinator for the City of Hot Springs, explained that the City had received funds from the State to conduct an architectural survey of the houses around the Federal Park and on Sabie Street; and that the resulting report would be used to determine whether it was possible to file for Historic District status.  Stauder also explained the benefits of having a Historic District here in the Valley.  Most importantly, Stauder reassured all homeowners that there were no additional government regulations or zoning restrictions with the proposed Historic District designation.
Read our draft minutes for complete details about the meeting.  The minutes are available here (opens in a new window).
- Posted 5/24/11 by MT

NEWS--A Passing: Richard Gantner

We have recently lost a long-time Association member.  Richard Gantner, 76, passed away on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 after a long illness.  Richard had been an active member in the Association for many years, offering insights about the neighborhood and its long history.  Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Gayle, his family and friends.
- Posted 5/13/11 by MT
Richard Gantner at the Neighborhood Association's Spring 2010 Picnic.
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