The Quapaw Quarter Association’s Spring Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens is back after a year’s hiatus. This year, the tour, dubbed “First Families, First Neighborhoods,” will spotlight the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and will cover two days of tours in an area that has some of the oldest premier homes in Little Rock. Each of the two days will offer a different experience for the tour-goers.
The event kicks off Friday with a Garden Party at Trinity Cathedral. The touring begins Saturday at the renovated Governor’s Mansion and Grounds, including afternoon tea at the mansion. The tour continues with visits to several other restored private homes rarely opened to the public. The lawn of the F.O. Rogers House, at 400 W. 18th St., will have refreshments and entertainment, plus a resting spot. The tour will also visit the Old Methodist Parsonage, at 401 W. 18th St., and the French-England House, at 1700 S. Broadway.
Sunday’s tour is a guided motorcoach visit through a 12-block area of 30 homes, beginning with the Rosemont Historic Inn, a 125-year-old restored Italianate farmhouse, at 515 W. 15th St. Lemonade and cookies will be served at the home’s garden. The guided tour will then wind through Arch, Gaines, Broadway and Spring streets, with stops at several gardens.
The tours are noon to 5 p.m. both days and tickets are $25 per person, including continuous refreshments and entertainment. A two-day ticket is $40 per person, and a weekend pass to all events is $70. Call 371-0075 or visit www.quapaw.com.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
The most authentic, if two days late, local Cinco de Mayo celebration may be at the River Market pavilions on Sunday, May 7. All things Latin, including food, beer and entertainment, take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be Miss Cinco de Mayo contest for contestants ages 13-26 (they can be identified by the sashes they wear); people will pay $1 per vote. The winner will be presented at 6 p.m. Of course there’s the music (no mariachi band), including Dallas-based Amanacer Lagunero, which will play a diverse sampling of Mexican and Central American styles at 5 p.m. Also scheduled: Ballet Folklorico de Olivia Arias, Calibre Norteno, Promise Land Dancers, Heather Rodiguez, Bongo Willie, Julliana Falcon, La Banda CCH. Admission is $4. Call 658-7212 or visit www.cincodemayo-arkansas.com.
P.O.D. at Metroplex
Heavy metal Christian rock/rap band P.O.D. headlines “The Warriors Tour II” on Sunday, May 7, at the Clear Channel Metroplex.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $16.50 and available through all Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575), Area 51, Seventh Street Tattoo, Uncle Albert’s in Conway, Gothic Gateway in Russellville, Nomis Tattoo in Sherwood and Insanity Skate Shop in Bryant. Also on the show are Maylene, Sons of Disaster, the Chariot, and Pillar.
P.O.D.’s lineup includes Little Rock native guitarist Jason Truby. Catch an interview with Truby by Wally Waller on the Little Rocking entertainment blog on the Times website, www.arktimes.com.
Travs are back
The Arkansas Travelers’ first homestand in the last year of Ray Winder Field was a forgettable 2-8 against rivals from the Texas League East. The Travs are back against West Division’s San Antonio Missions for three games Thursday though Saturday, May 4-6. Game time is 7:10 p.m. all three nights. Next up are the Corpus Christi Hooks, starting with a 2 p.m. Sunday game, where kids get to run the bases after game. School kids get their second Travs day on Monday at 10:30 a.m., then it’s back to the regular schedule with 7:10 p.m. games Tuesday and Wednesday.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Box seat upgrades are $2. Call 664-1555 or visit www.travs.com.
The Wildwood Park Jazz Supper Club Series welcomes Bucky Pizzarelli on Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Pizzarelli, considered one of the great jazz guitarists of his generation, began his career playing and touring with Vaughan Monroe. He joined “The Tonight Show” band at NBC when Johnny Carson hosted the show, and he recorded with Benny Goodman in the 1980s. Tickets are $35. Call 821-7275.
Kiss a ‘Frog’
“The Frog Prince,” the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tail about the vain and childish princess who has promised to kiss a frog, changes her mind, then realizes the importance of honesty and honor, is the latest musical production by the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. It opens Friday, May 5, and runs for three weekends, with showtimes at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children. Bradley D. Anderson directs; music is by Lori Isner.
Before Saturday’s show, children can enjoy a fast-paced exploration of basic theater techniques, movement and voice in “The Frog Prince Family Day,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families will also want to see the Young Arkansas Artists 45th Annual Exhibition, on display at the Arts Center. Docents will guide the tours.
Gospel at Pinnacle
Pinnacle Mountain State Park will play host for the first time to a gospel festival on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups from throughout the state are expected to participate, and the event will also feature children’s activities, food vendors, a 3-on-3 basketball contest, and more. Admission to the park is free, but parking is $5.
Also this weekend, the park will be celebrating National Astronomy Day on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will help visitors explore the stars through a number of activities, including solar viewing.