September 6, 2017 Edition

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Beatles festival drawing near

Gretchen Hunt

The Beatles at the Ridge festival, set for Sept. 15-16 in downtown Walnut Ridge, is drawing close at hand, and the event will include some new highlights this year.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper's album, special activities are planned for children that Saturday morning as part of the Artists and Authors Symposium.

At 9 a.m., Lanae Stagg will host a "Doughnuts, Milk and Book" time for kids and parents with the reading of her brand new book "Little Dog at the Ridge. Immediately following, artist Enoch Doyle will host an art happening for elementary school children.

Chalk art outside The Studio and balloon tying and magic provided by Morley Family Magic will add to the excitement for young and old alike.

Doors will open for the symposium on Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at The Studio, located on Main Street, and the official kickoff for the festival will be a "John Lennon" concert by Alan Bernhoft at 3:30 p.m.

Stewardesses to
be interviewed

Also Friday evening at 5:30, the two stewardesses who traveled with The Beatles in 1964 on Reed Pigman's Electra II will be interviewed live in The Studio.

"This is the first time they have spoken out, and the engagement will be recorded for historical record," Jude Southerland-Kessler, symposium chair, said. "Beatles fans won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime occasion."

The two-day event will also feature a variety of music, symposium presentations, art exhibits, the Argenta Collection photo exhibit, contests, activities and vendors.

Branson's Liverpool Legends will again headline the music festival, which is free to all to attend. They are scheduled to take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Other music performances on that Friday evening and Saturday will include: Deadwood Groove, The Legendary Pacers, Sommer and the Young'ins, Arkansas Brothers, Jeffrey and the Pacemakers and Riverbilly.

A full schedule of events can be found at

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