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Crystal Bridges Road Trip

Crystal Bridges Road Trip

Central Oklahoma
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
Bentonville
Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Road Trip

Bentonville, Arkansas

November 10-12, 2017

 

Road trip time!  The beautiful fall weather encouraged us to take our Mercedes out for a little exercise (including a navigation-system direction to drive on a gravel road, which we knew was just wrong).  The Central Oklahoma Section had planned this outing well in advance, and even so we found we didn’t have enough time to take in all the sights.  On Friday, Paul and Suzen Rodezney arrived in time to visit the Pea Ridge National Park, one of two Civil War battlefields in the area, and the Mildred Cooper Chapel.  They then met Bill and Pat Nash at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art to enjoy sunset in the Ozark woods for “Chihuly in the Forest,” an amazing but temporary staging and lighting of Chihuly glass outdoors.  On Saturday, we were joined by Eastern Section members Bruce Smith and Curtis Pankey for a return to the amazing Crystal Bridges Museum which included a tour of Arkansas’ only Frank Lloyd Wright house reconstructed on the Museum grounds in 2013.  This 1954 Usonian home was moved stick-by-stick from New Jersey, where it had been threatened by repeated flooding.  We then toured the Museum itself, enjoying classic and modern works of art obtained by Alice Walton, including two Calder mobiles and an immense chandelier by Dale Chihuly.  Following lunch at Tavola Trattoria, we enjoyed modern art at Bentonville’s 21C Museum and Hotel, and drinks at The Hive.  We then walked to the town square for a Latin dinner at Table Mesa Bistro.  Although it was a chilly evening, we continued walking on to the Walton 5 & 10 store and Walmart Museum (which was more interesting than you might think).  The statue of a confederate soldier in the center of the square got our attention as well.  Following breakfast on Sunday, we headed home by way of the Natural Falls State Park just over the border and walked to its “Dripping Springs,” a wonderful waterfall tucked into the Oklahoma woods.

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