Fundraiser planned for Ozark Folk Center

The Committee of One Hundred (COOH) invites Arkansans to support Ozark Folk Center educational programs by attending its 40th anniversary benefit event “Hand-in-Hand for 40 Years.”

Gov. Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe will host the event at the Governor’s Mansion from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Tickets are $50 a person by reservation through a COOH member, or the COOH state chair, Mary Stroud Vandiver ([email protected]).  

“Hand-in-Hand for 40 Years” will feature refreshments, auctions and entertainment by the popular Ozark Mountain music group Leatherwoods and an ensemble of youth musicians known as Twang.

The Committee of One Hundred greatly appreciates its 40th Anniversary Sponsor Source Gas and its 40th Anniversary Friends – Sysco Food Company, Ozark Heritage Bank, Centennial Bank and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Attorneys At Law.

Proceeds benefit the Heritage Herb Program, the Music Roots Program and the Master and Apprentice Craft Programs at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. It is America’s only facility that works to preserve the Ozark heritage and share it in an entertaining way.

A significant feature of the “Hand-in-Hand” anniversary benefit is a live and silent auction program of Ozark music and Arkansas-themed products, such an acoustic guitar signed by musician Arlo Guthrie, who performed at the Ozark Folk Center Music Auditorium on March 29. Arlo Guthrie is the son of folk hero Woody Guthrie.

Oil paintings such as Stephan Cefalo’s Woman Playing a Dulcimer, Matt McLeod’s Rust and Dust, and Emily Wood’s Upright Bass and Overalls continue the theme, further explored by framed landscapes by lifestyle photographer and Batesville native John Ellis and Memphis photographer Jack Kenner.  

Among craft items are a Christmas-themed painted glass window by Patricia French Designs of Cherokee Village; ceramic vessels by Raymond Lemonier of Evening Shade and Miller Mud Pottery of Dumas; a hand-woven shawl by award-winning fiber artist Jeanette Larson, and pottery by award-winners Judy Munn and Becki and David Dahlsted, all from Mountain View;  a Cyprus Stump Santa by artist Becky Ransom, a candlestick from Stone County Ironworks in Mountain View, and an antique quilt featuring a pink and ivory interpretation of the “Drunkard Trail” pattern.  

Among additional items are memberships for music and theater organizations and museums, event tickets, spa packages and jewelry, cooking accessories and cookbooks, children’s riding toys and various weekend packages at Jack’s Fishing Resort (White River/Mountain View), Red Apple Inn (Eden Isle/Heber Springs), and the Mount Magazine (Paris/Scranton) and Ozark Folk Center (Mountain View) State Parks.

For more information about COOH members and events, find “The Committee of One Hundred for the Ozark Folk Center” on Facebook, and videos by “The Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center” on YouTube.  

For more information about the Ozark Folk Center programs, concerts and events, visit