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Get a new perspective on Arkansas and the world! "Exploring Arkansas" is joining "Nature" and "NOVA" on Think Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Before coming to AETN, Chuck Dovish was mainly known for his "Travelin' Arkansas" segments which aired on KTHV-Channel 11 for more than 25 years. Since October of 2005, Chuck has been producing and hosting "Exploring Arkansas" which showcases all the high adventure the Natural State has to offer. This one-of-a-kind program features the most breathtaking and spectacular sights in Arkansas. There's extreme adventure like hang gliding, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, wild caving and not to mention some of Arkansas's best kept secrets such as secluded and scenic waterfalls.
Chuck has been exploring Arkansas for more than 40 years and continues to surprise and entertain viewers with his sights and subjects. His philosophy throughout the years has always been to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas, in addition to conservation and preservation of the pristine outdoors of the Natural State. Exploring Arkansas was the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club Conservation Award. Chuck says he's always trying to promote our great state in any way, shape or form that he can.
9/7 Crappie Fishing/Mountain View Swimmin' Hole/Jacksonville Museum of Military History/Charlotte's Eats & Sweets
Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas has long been known for its great crappie fishing. Catching “slab” crappie in the 17-inch category is not out of the norm. Along North Sylamore Creek near Mountain View, near the North Sylamore Creek Trailhead is a secluded swimmin' hole complete with a rope swing that is quite popular with the locals. Jacksonville Museum of Military History sits on the old Arkansas Ordnance Plant site which manufactured bomb parts during WWII. She's known to many as the pie queen of the South—Charlotte Bowls of Keo who creates her 10-inch high meringue pies in a historic pharmacy building.
9/14 Arkansas' Fiddle Queen/Bull Shoals Eagles/Original Duck Dynasty
Ninety-Eight year young Violet Hensley of Yellville was designated as an Arkansas Living Treasure in 2004 for her fiddle playing and fiddle making skills – she makes them in her kitchen, from scratch. During January and February at Bull Shoals-White River State Park you can view the bald eagle splendor there along the river by hiking one of the nature trails. The original Duck Dynasty..contrary to what others might say…is the family of Chick Major in Stuttgart, who began making duck calls in 1939, and who's succeeded by one of his daughters, who continues making the calls.
9/21 (re-air of Sept 7)
9/28 Arkansas Sphinx/Lake Atkins/Subiaco Abbey
If you can't make it to Egypt to see the Great Sphinx, there's an Arkansas version of it in the Ozark National Forest northeast of Clarksville. Little Lake Atkins is big on bass – really big! -- How does anywhere from 5-10 pounds sound? --Also, Lucky Landing Bait Shop there serves up some really big tasty burgers! Established in 1878 by Benedictine monks, there's more to Subiaco Abbey than meets the eye- including vineyards, a sawmill, carpentry shop and producing its own monk hot sauce – just to name a few!