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Exploring Arkansas August 2012

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Fort Rock, Shape Note Gatherings, Lorikeets Penguins
Fort Rock near Combs in the Ozark National Forest is a recreated 1800's style fort and old West town that gives families an opportunity to stay in a blockhouse and experience a slower pace of life when families spent time together "Shape Note Gatherings" or Sacred Harp Singings are held throughout the country to keep alive this early American art form. One such gathering is featured at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.  Rainbow Lorikeets and African penguins at the LR Zoo offer visitors a unique interactive experience.

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IF YOU EVER WANTED TO GO BACK IN TIME TO THE 1800'S TO THE WEST MAN WHY WE GOT A PLACE FOR YOU, FORTROCK OFF HIGHWAY 23. IF YOU WANT TO DO TRAILING AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN THIS IS THE PLACE.  IT'S ALSO WHERE THE FAMILY SPENT TIME THE FIRST FEW DAYS.

CLAIN OF  -- LANA AND ED MCCLAIN WERE THE LUCKY WINNERS AND WENT TO THE CAMP IN THE FOREST.

YOU ALL HAVE BEEN HAVING A GREAT TIME.

WE HAVE.

YOU WERE HERE BEFORE US.

YEAH.  WE CAME UP THURSDAY NIGHT AND HAVE BEEN HERE.  THE KIDS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME. THEY'RE LOVING IT.

YOUR GRANDDAUGHTERS.

YEAH TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS AND YESTERDAY WE ZIP LINED AND SHOT RIFLES AND ARCHERY AND THREW TOM HACKS.

ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF.

YEAH.

HE'S DONE SOME OF THAT.

HUNTING AND FISHING, BUT JUST GETTING THEM -- THEM AWAY FROM TELEVISION AND ALL OF THAT STUFF AND IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.

MADE GOOD FRIENDS.  SOME OF THE KIDS HAVE BEEN SO NICE AND I FEEL SO COMFORTABLE AND THEY'RE MY GRANDCHILDREN AND I NEED TO WATCH OVER THEM MORE, BUT WE JUST LET THEM RUN.  HALF THE TIME I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.  THEY SAW THE KIDS OUT RUNNING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME AND THEY GOT WADED IN THERE BEHIND US, SO IT'S BEEN NICE. IT'S BEEN VERY FAMILY ORIENTED.

HOW WAS IT ZIP LINING?

ZIP LINING WAS GOOD. COULDN'T GET HER UP THERE BUT EVERYBODY ELSE.

YOU ALMOST DID IT.

I GOT THREE STEPS FROM THE TOP AND COULDN'T DO IT.

THE KIDS DID IT THREE TIMES.

YEAH.

IT'S GOOD.

I KNOW.  THEY'RE AFTER ME. THEY TOLD ME TO SAY A PRAYER EVERY STEP.  I AM HAPPY AT THE BOTTOM.

BUT THE TRAIL RIDING IS PRETTY --

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT YET.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING THAT.

NO, I WILL DO THAT.

YEAH.

YEAH.  SHOTGUNS.  WE SHOT RIFLES AND A LOT OF FUN THINGS.

I WAS KIND OF SURPRISED THEY LET THE KIDS AS YOUNG AS THEY WERE SHOOT 22'S BUT IT WAS WELL SUPERVISORD AND THEY'RE GOOD. THEY'RE GOOD BEFORE YOU DO ANY EVENT THE DANGERS AND THE SAFETY AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AND PEOPLE NEED TO STAND BACK AND YOU CAN'T BE WITH THE PEOPLE SHOOTING, THE BOW AND ARROW ALSO, AND THEY'RE CAREFUL ABOUT THAT AS WELL, SO THAT'S NICE, AND IF YOU POINT THE GUN IN THE WRONG DIRECTION YOUR RIFLE TIME IS OVER AND YOU DON'T GET TO COME BACK.  THEY MADE THAT VERY CLEAR.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WELL, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TOMIAHAWK THROWING ESPECIALLY.

IT'S NOT EASY.

YOU HAVE TO THROW IT.

HEY. [APPLAUSE]

HE JUST WAITED TO HAVE THE CAMERA BACK THERE.

IT'S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS.

HEY ! [APPLAUSE]

OF COURSE WHAT THE WILD WEST OUTING WITHOUT A LITTLE SHOOT THEM UP?  TURNS OUT ONE OF THE GRANDDAUGHTERS WAS A NATURAL AT THIS.

YOU'RE A LITTLE ANNIE OAKLEY. DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS?

NO.

NO?  YOU NEVER READ ABOUT HER IN AMERICAN HISTORY?  YOU'RE LIKE HER AND YOU SHOT THE WIRE AND THE CAN.  THAT'S THE KIND OF SHOOTING ANNIE OAKLEY DID.  HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?

EXCITED.

ANOTHER EXCITING ACTIVITY WAS THE ZIP LINE. HAVING FUN AS A FAMILY UNIT IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT HERE.

WE STOPPED FIGHTING. WATCHING BOWS AND ARROWS, GUN SHOOTING.

THEY'RE NICE.

YEAH.  CAN'T FORGET THE TOMIAHAWK.  DID YOU LIKE THE ZIP LINE?  FAMILY, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

I LIKE THE ZIP LINE AND THE GUN SHOOTING.

IS THAT YOUR FIRST TIME SHOOTING A 22?

YEAH.

SHE'S A PRETTY GOOD SHOT.

WHAT ABOUT MOM AND DAD? WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS PLACE?

PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS.

THE KIDS MET FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH AND WE HAD BEAUTIFUL TIME IN THE BEAUTIFUL OZARKS AND A LITTLE HORSEBACK RIDING AND BOW AND ARROW SHOOTING AND FAMILY TIME.

AND I HAVEN'T HAD TO COOK OR DO ANYTHING BUT RELAX AND FUN STUFF.

THERE YOU GO.

IT'S BEEN EXCELLENT.

THEY TAUGHT ME TO SHOOT A BOW AND ARROW.

GOOD JOB. [APPLAUSE]

EXACTLY HOW FORTROCK CAME ABOUT IS QUITE THE STORY IN ITSELF.

THE LORD LAID A BURDEN ON MY HEART 12 YEARS AGO FOR FAMILIES AND MY HEART HAS BEEN HERE IN AMERICA THAT WE'RE TOO BUSY, THAT FAMILIES ARE FRAGMENTD AND TOO BUSY AND BASICALLY DON'T GET TO SPEND ENOUGH TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND WHEN THEY DO THERE IS A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS AND ELECTRONIC GADGETS.  YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AND TEXTING.  WE GET KIDS LIKE THIS TWITCHING AND I THOUGHT IF WE COULD MOVE TO THE OZARK MOUNTAINS AND BUILD A GET AWAY AND STYLE IN THE 1800'S YOU WOULDN'T HAVE ELECTRONICS SO NO TVS, NO TELEPHONES.  WE ASK YOU TO LEAVE IT AT HOME WHEN YOU GET HERE, SO WHEN YOU GET HERE YOU HAVE A RELAXING TIME AND SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND GET HERE BY THURSDAY OR FRIDAY AND BY SUNDAY THEY DON'T WANT TO GO HOME AND THE TWITCHING HAS GONE AWAY AND HEALED.  IT'S AMAZING. THAT BURDEN WAS PUT ON MY HEART 12 YEARS AGO AND 2003 AND STARTED FROM SCRATCH AND ONE BUILDING AT A TIME AND THE LORD PROVIDED ALL THE FUNDS AND A LOT OF HELP AND PEOPLE FROM ARKANSAS AND AROUND THE COUNTRY TO HELP BUILD THIS PLACE.  NOW IT'S A REALITY. THIS IS THE FOURTH SEASON.  WE DON'T DO ANYTHING IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.  IT'S PRETTY COLD AND FOLKS DON'T LIKE TO COME OUT WHEN IT'S THAT COLD.  THE REST OF THE TIME WE HAVE FAMILY WEEKENDS, MARRIAGE RETREATS AND OUTINGS AND FAMILY ORIENTED THINGS, FAMILY ORIENTED GATHERINGS.  THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE.

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION.  WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE A FAMILY AND DO THIS SOME.

ALL THE TIME AS ED WAS SAYING "I WISH I HAD YOUR JOB"  AND THIS IS JUST THE FIRST, SO YOU'RE FORTUNATE TO BE THE FIRST FAMILY BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO THIS FOR EVERY SEASON AND VIEWERS THAT WATCH THE SHOW AND COME OUT AND EXPLORE US WITH.

GOOD.  THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

MAYBE WE WILL WIN NEXT TIME TOO.

YEAH.

HERE AT THE OZARK FOLK CENTER IN MOUNTAIN VIEW YOU CAN GET A PRETTY GOOD EXPERIENCE HOW LIFE WAS IN EARLY AMERICA AND ALONG WITH THAT IS SHAPE-NOTE SINGING OR SACRED HARP SINGING.  LET'S TAKE A LISTEN. (SINGING).

SHAPE-NOTE SINGING IS BASICALLY GIVING A NAME TO THE THING YOU'RE GOING TO SING. THE MOST COMMON WAY SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE HEARD IT AND PARTICULARLY FROM THE MOVIE "SOUND OF MUSIC". DO, RAY, DEER -- THAT IS ONE VARIATION AND THERE IS ONE THAT USES FOUR SYLLABLES.  NAMING THE SYLLABLES BEGAN IN THE 11TH CENTURY WITH 1QUIDO ORITZO IN ITALY.  THERE IS A STORY HOW THAT HAPPENED BUT FROM THEN MUSICIANS WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE SCALES BY NAME.  THE BUSINESS OF ADDING THE SHAPE -- THAT IS TO SAY EACH HAS A CERTAIN SHAPE AND LIKE THE BOTTOM HALF OF  A CIRCLE.  THAT WAS COLONIAL AMERICA.  THE SHAPES LOOK DIFFERENT, BUT ESSENTIALLY IT'S THE BUSINESS OF FIRST GIVING THE STEPS ON A SCALE A NAME AND SECOND GIVING IT A SHAPE THAT YOU CAN RECOGNIZE.  THE ADVANTAGE TO THAT IS THAT A CONGREGATION OR A LEADER OF A CONGREGATION CAN LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THEM WITHOUT A LOT OF FORMAL TRAINING.  YOU HAVE GOT THAT KIND OF SUPPLEMENT, SO THE RESULT OF IT IS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF TEACHING, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF PRACTICE YOU COULD HAVE -- AND THIS WAS VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS ERA OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER YOU COULD HAVE RELATIVELY UNTRAINED PEOPLE SINGING SOME PRETTY SOPHISTICATED MUSIC AND VERSIONS OF FUDGE AND NOT BACH BUT FUGE99 NONETHELESS AND MINOR AND MAJOR MODE AND KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND COULD RAISE THE ROOF OR BLOW IT AWAY WITH THE SOUND THEY WOULD MAKE WITH ALMOST NO TRAINING.

THE TERM SACRED HARP REFERS TO THE HUMAN VOICE.  THAT IS THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WE WERE GIVEN AT BIRTH.  SHAPE NOTE GATHERINGS OR SINGINGS ARE DONE TO KEEP ALIVE THIS EARLY AMERICAN ART FORM.

LARGELY A SOUTHERN PHENOMENON.  SORT OF PLANTING ITSELF AS THE FRONTIER MOVED WESTWARD.  FROM THE CAROLINAS TO TEXAS SORT OF BEEN THE HOME AREA, BUT AND THERE WERE VARIANTS.  A LITTLE DIFFERENT HERE AND A LITTLE DIFFERENT THERE AND THERE WAS A SINGING ON THE THIRD SATURDAY OF JULY EVERY YEAR A CERTAIN CHURCH AND EVERYBODY FROM ALL CHURCHES WOULD COME AND WE SING OUT OF THE BOOKS.  THIS TOOK ROOT AS I SAID IN THE FRONTIER ERA. WOULD HAVE CONTINUED LIKE THAT FOREVER BUT IN THE LAST 25 OR MORE YEARS THERE WAS QUITE SORT OFE VAN LIFTIC ERA AND TO GET PEOPLE FROM WHEREVER.  THE RESULT OF THAT IS OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS YOU COULD GO TO A SHAPE-NOTE SINGING IN SAN FRANCISCO OR SEATTLE OR CHICAGO OR NEW YORK OR BOSTON, BESIDES ALL THE PLACES ACROSS THE SOUTH WHERE YOU EXPECT TO FIND IT, ALLANTA, BIRMINGHAM.  THERE IS A CONVENTION EVERY YEAR IN BIRMINGHAM.  YOU COULD GO ACROSS THE POND TO UNITED KINGDOM AND SHAPE-NOTE SINGING.  I FORGET HOW IT'S STYLED. THE IMPORTANCE OF SHAPE-NOTE SINGING IS EXACTLY HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL.  PART OF THE TRADITION IS TO SING WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ABANDON.  YOU KNOW, I DON'T DO SUBTLETY.  JUST SING.  THAT PLUS KIND OF THE WAYS THE HARMONIES ARE SHAPED AND THE NOTES AND IT'S DIFFERENT AND THE SOUND IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CHORAL MUSIC AND THE TEST IS IF THE HAIR IS STANDING UP ON THE BACK OF YOUR NECK YOU HAVE IT RIGHT.  IT'S HARD TO VERBALIZE HOW IT SOUNDS.  THERE IS A HOW IT FEELS, AND TRAINED CORAL MUSIC.  THAT IS WONDERFUL. THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE TRAINING AND DO ALL THOSE WONDERFUL THINGS, BUT THERE IS A ENERGY, AND I THINK A MEASURE OF HEART TO THIS THAT IS JUST ORGANIC, AND YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU HEAR IT. (SINGING).

I GREW UP -- WE SANG IN CHURCH.  WE USED THE SHAPE NOTES AND THE SAME AS SACRED HARP SINGING AND SACRED HARP DOESN'T BELONG TO ONE DENOMINATION. OTHERS SING.  WE MAY GO TO ONE CHURCH ONE SUN. AND THE NEXT THE METHODIST CHURCH SO IT DOESN'T BELONG TO ONE PARTICULAR DEDOMINATION.  (SINGING).

SINGING SCHOOLS -- A LOT OF TIMES THEY WOULD LAST FOR A WEEK.  THE INSTRUCTOR WILL GO OVER THE RUDIMENTS AND TEACH THE RUDIMENTS OF MUSIC AS WELL AS THE SHAPES AND THE CLASS WOULD LEARN SONGS.  YEARS AGO THEY WOULD LAST TWO AND THREE WEEKS BUT NOW ABOUT A WEEK WHERE THEY DO TAKE PLACE.  THEY HAVE SINGING SCHOOLS.  THE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAS SINGING SCHOOLS AND THERE'S ALSO SACRED HARP ORIENTED SINGING SCHOOL OR OTHERS ONCE A WEEK IN A YEAR.

TELL US HOW THIS TYPE OF SINGING MAKES YOU FEEL.

AS I WENT THROUGH IT SACRED HARP IS NOT A RELIGIOUS SERVICE BUT IT CAN BE A RELIGIOUS -- IT CAN BE A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL.  IT'S KIND OF HARD TO SAY.  THE SPIRIT CAN BE SO STRONG AND YOU GET DEALT UP THROUGH ALL THE SINGINGS. IT'S JUST -- IT'S VERY OVERWHELMING. (SINGING) . (SINGING).

IF YOU EVER WANTED TO GET UP AND CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH COLORFUL BIRDS THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO IS THE PLAY TO DO IT.  THE LORIKEETS, A RAINBOW OF ADVENTURE HERE.

RAINBOW LORIKEETS ARE A SPECIES THAT YOU WILL FIND IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. THEY'RE A VERY BEAUTIFUL SPECIES OF BIRD.  THEY HAVE WONDERFUL MARKS AND WHY THEY'RE CALLED RAINBOW LORIKEETS.  THIS IS ONE OF THE EXHIBITS WHERE YOU CAN INTERACT WITH THE BIRDS AND FOR ONLY A DOLLAR YOU GET A LITTLE NECTAR AND THE BIRDS WILL COME DOWN ON YOUR HANDS AND YOU CAN FEED THE BIRDS AND THE BIRDS LIKE TO POP OVER YOUR HEAD AND SHOULDERS AND WE TELL PEOPLE IF YOU DON'T LIKE BIRDS MAYBE THIS ISN'T FOR YOU BUT YOU HAVE AN EXHIBIT THAT INTERACT WITH THE BIRDS AND DEFINITELY SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

AND THEY LOVE THE WEATHER HERE?

THAT'S RIGHT.  THE RAINBOW LORIKEETS PREFER THE HEAT AND THIS IS A GREAT ENVIRONMENT IN THE SUMMERTIME IN ARKANSAS. IT'S NOT OPEN IN THE WINTER TIME BECAUSE IT'S TOO COLD FOR THEM.

THE OTHER UNIQUE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AT THE ZOO IS AT PENGUIN POINTE.  WE'RE TALKING IN YOUR FACE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TYPE ACTION.

WELL, WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF THE PENGUIN POINTE EXHIBIT. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY AND FEATURES UNDER WATER AND ABOVE WATER VIEWING OF THE PENGUIN AND MAKES THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO UNIQUE AND YOU CAN SEE THEM SWIMMING UNDER WATER AND THEY'RE SPECTACULAR AND TORPEDO BACK AND FORTH IN THE WATER AND THE KIDS LOVE IT AND THEY'RE FRIENDLY SOMETIMES.  THEY WILL COME UP TO THE GLASS SO THEY'RE CURIOUS AND IT'S FUN TO STAND IN FRONT OF THAT AREA OF THE EXHIBIT AND WATCH THEM AS THEY RUN AROUND IN THE WATER.

NOW OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT COLD WEATHER PENGUINS.

THEY'RE NOT.  AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT OUR EXHIBIT IS THAT THE PENGUINS ARE A WARM WEATHER BIRD OPPOSED TO WHAT WE THINK OFANAR TICK AND THEY'RE FOUND OFF OF SOUTH AFRICA.  WE KEEP IT COOL AT 66-DEGREES THOUGH SO IT'S A NICE WAY TO ESCAPE THE HEAT IN THE SUMMERTIME.

THE NUMBERSES OF SOUTH AFRICAN  PENGUINS AND THEY HAVE DECREASED DRAMATICALLY.

THAT'S RIGHT.  THEY'RE AN ENDANGERED REGION AND BECAUSE THEY'RE ON THE COAST AND OIL TANKERS  ARE THERE AND IF THERE IS A SPILL THE OIL CAN KILL THE PENGUINS.  THERE ARE A LOT OF NONPROFITS AND THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT RESCUES THE PENGUINS AND TAKES THE OIL OFF AND TAKES THEM BACK TO THE BEACH YEAR.  ONE WAY WE'RE HELPING IS WE ARE ASKING FOR DONATIONS AND WE HAD WORLD PENGUIN DAY AND FOOTPRINTS FOR SALE AND BUY FOR $15 ALL THE PROCEEDS GOES TO THEM AND ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE HELP IN PENGUIN CONSERVATION AND ONE WAY IS TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY'RE IN DANGER, SO ONE DAY AN INDIVIDUAL CAN TAKE ACTION AND THAT IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF WHAT WE DO AT THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO.

SO HAVE FUN WITH THE PENGUINS AND THE RAINBOW LORIKEETS HERE AT THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO AND FOR MORE ON THIS DESTINATION PLUS MANY OF OUR OTHERS OR TO ORDER A COPY OF A EPISODE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE AT AETN UNDER "EXPLORING ARKANSAS" AND WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE OF "EXPLORING ARKANSAS".

WAS I ON TV?

NO, NO.

YEAH !

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