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AHA! Fort Smith

“A sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition or comprehension.” That’s how Mirriam-Webster defines an “Aha moment.”

A small band of downtown business owners is inspired to create an ongoing series of Aha moments for Fort Smith area residents.

Colleen Perry of B-Savvy Magazine brought the idea from New Bedford, Mass.
“AHA represents a celebration of the arts, history, and architecture. Moving back home after having been gone many years sparked my own ‘Aha moment.’ The downtown vibe is strong, and gaining momentum. We already celebrate arts, history, and architecture, to some extent, but I thought about what might happen if we actually experienced these facets of our hometown on a regular basis.”

The first installment of AHA! Fort Smith is set for July 21, celebrating the vintage Park at West End, and the new splash pad at Compass Park. The event will feature live music, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more.

Lara Millican of B-Savvy Magazine says, “I’m in a lot of online ‘mommy groups.’ There are always parents complaining of nothing to do in Fort Smith. They don’t see the changes that have been going on. I think having AHA nights, especially when they are family friendly, will help everyone see what all is going on.”

The rides at West End Park will literally cost just pennies. Drop your pennies in a jar and ride all night long.

While you’re enjoying the evening, thank First National Bank, the Nickel and Dime Diner, and 21 West End for supporting this event.

The plan is to have an AHA! Fort Smith afternoon or evening once every month. Organizers say experiences will be designed to showcase family-friendly opportunities.

Lara is excited about launching the first event in a location that is frequently available to families. “The Park at West End couldn’t be a more perfect place to show art, history, and architecture!”

If you’d like to know when the next event is scheduled, follow AHA! Fort Smith on Facebook. If you want to help plan the next event, contact Lara Millican, Colleen Perry, or Libby Meyer.

Luau, baby!

Also Thursday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., it’s Luau time at Mama Says Emporium! Stop in for snacks, door prizes, a fun photo booth and lots more.

Very cool ways to spend what promises to be a hot Thursday night in downtown Fort Smith.

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