Paragould Culture

Paragould Collins Theater

The Collins Theater Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1990 to transform the downtown Collins Theatre into a modern community arts center. It is also responsible for the theatres day-to-day maintenance and management.

The Collins Theater, formerly the Capitol Theater, was constructed in 1925. It has a proud history in the community and provided a wide range of entertainment, from Broadway shows to vaudeville performances, and on to first-run movies.

The Collins is now being used by the community for a wide range of cultural and general entertainment events - beauty pageants, fashion shows, dramatic plays, summer musicals and revues, children’s theatre events, and music performances spanning a wide spectrum of genres.

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Paragould Collins Theater


Crowley's Ridge State Park

Crowley’s Ridge State Park is located atop the forested hills that cross northeast Arkansas, Crowley’s Ridge State Park occupies the former homestead of Benjamin Crowley, whose family first settled this area.

Native log and stone structures, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, set the mood for this park’s rustic warmth. Park facilities include a group lodging area featuring five bunk cabins for group lodging, a kitchen/dining hall and bathouse; four fully equipped, modern duplex cabins with kitchens and fireplaces, one rustic cabin with kitchen; 26 campsites (18 Class B and eight Tent Sites); picnic areas, snack bar, hiking, trails, standard pavilions, baseball field, 31-acre fishing lake (electric motors only), and a 3 ½-acre swimming lake. The park offers fishing boat, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Interpretive programs are offered here throughout the year.

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Lake Frierson State Park

Atop the unique landform of rolling hills called Crowley's Ridge, the shore of 335-acre Lake Frierson is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the year-round fishing for bream, catfish, crappie, saugeye, and bass. The park's natural beauty is enhanced each spring when wild dogwoods bloom throughout the park.

Park facilities include campsites (four Class B with water and electric hookups, and three tent sites with no hookups). Nearby are picnic sites, restrooms, an enclosed climate-controlled pavilion, playground, self-guided trail, launch ramp, barrier-free fishing pier, and visitor center with interpretive exhibits. The park also offers rental fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats.

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Lake Frierson State Park


Greene County Historical and Genealogicial Society

The Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society was organized in 1987. Greene County Genealogical & Historical Society is a non-profit organization that is operated by kind volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of Greene County's rich history. We house a well-rounded variety of information that dates back to early generations of Greene County families and historical records. For more information about the Historical Society or to support their endeavors through your time or a tax deductible donation, call (870) 240-8944, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Research Center at 212 W. Court St. in downtown Paragould.

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KASU’s Bluegrass Monday Concerts

On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU presents the “Bluegrass Monday” concert series at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. Shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

The concerts feature acclaimed bluegrass musicians from across the country. Past performers include Chris Jones, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Jeanette Williams, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, The Farm Hands, Larry Stephenson, Valerie Smith, Nothin’ Fancy, Eddie & Martha Adcock, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, David Parmley, Special Consensus, Monroe Crossing, and many more.

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Delta Symphony

The Delta Symphony Orchestra is committed to enriching lives in the Delta Region by providing orchestral music of artistic, symphonic excellence. The only professional symphony orchestra in Northeast Arkansas for over four decades, the Delta Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the Delta Region culture, committed to entertaining, educating, and enriching lives by providing orchestral music of artistic excellence. The Delta Symphony draws musicians from Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, and beyond. Home to the DSO Annual Young Artist Competition for almost three decades, each year talented young artists up to age 26 travel from across the nation to Jonesboro to audition for awards and cash prizes and the Grand Prize to appear in concert with the DSO. Offering a full range of concerts and community education engagement, the Delta Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a part of the great success story of Northeast Arkansas

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Crowley’s Ridge Raceway

Crowley's Ridge Raceway is a quarter mile clay oval track located just southwest of Paragould. Each Saturday night during the summer families enjoy the thrills and spills of dirt track racing. The track has been in operation for over 30 years and specialize in weekend family fun.

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Crowley’s Ridge Raceway


Recreational Hunting & Fishing

The Paragould region offers a variety of recreational hunting and fishing opportunities. Turkey, deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, and fishing are among the most notable game in the area. Places such as Cattail Marsh WMA, Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, Frierson WMA, St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA, or W. E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA offer public areas for wildlife hunting and recreational fishing. Fishing is also offered at Lake Ashbaugh, Black River, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Lake Frierson, Reynolds Park, and the St. Francis River.

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Golf Courses

Paragould holds two beautiful golf courses for your playing pleasure. The Paragould Country Club is a private facility featuring 007 bentgrass greens and bermuda fairways. The Fox Hills Country club offers a 9-hole course.

Links:

Paragould Country Club: www.paragouldcc.com

Fox Hills Country Club: www.foxhillscountryclub.com 


Midsouth Culture

Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro offers visitors the chance to experience and explore a unique piece of North America and its wildlife. Inside the center, exhibits reveal both the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects. In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers activities and nature education programs.

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center is open:
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday from 1 pm – 5pm

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Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, is an Arkansas State University Heritage site and a part of the National Historic Register. The museum includes the family home of Ernest Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, whose parents, Paul and Mary, were prominent citizens in Northeast Arkansas, as well as a barn-studio associated with Hemingway.

In the 1930s, the barn was converted into a studio so that Hemingway could write there, and it was there he wrote many of his short stories and portions of A Farewell to Arms. The properties have been renovated, focusing on the 1930s era. Areas of emphasis for Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center include literature of the period, 1930s world events, agriculture and family lifestyles, family relationships and development of Northeast Arkansas during the Depression and New Deal eras.

Regular visitors' hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3:00, Monday thru Friday, Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All tours begin on the hour. The last tour of the day is at 3:00 p.m.

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Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center


Fowler Center and Bradbury Gallery

The Fowler Center is Northeast Arkansas’s home for the arts. Its professional programming includes the Fowler Center Series, which has featured a diverse selection of internationally acclaimed performers such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maynard Ferguson, the Peking Acrobats, Rockapella, and the Vienna Boys Choir, among others. The Fowler Center also hosts the ASU Department of Theatre plays and the Department of Music concerts. In addition, the Fowler Center hosts a family friendly series.

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Arkansas State University Museum

The ASU Museum is a unique learning center that transcends traditional educational forums in both delivery and impact. Programs and exhibits are regionally focused, celebrating Arkansas history, while engaging youth in the arts and sciences and bringing meaningful educational programs to visitors of all ages. The Museum is also Arkansas’ leading “teaching museum”—a professional learning stage for students who work in collections and produce exhibitions as part of formal curriculum taught by the Museum’s staff. The ASU Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973.  It is a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, bringing innovative discovery learning to Arkansas youth.  

Closed Sundays and University Holidays

Museum hours:
  • Monday: 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am. - 7:00 pm.
  • Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday: 10:00 am. - 5:00 pm.

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Arkansas State University Museum


Historic Dyess Colony – Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash

The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression.  As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for a nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of legend Johnny Cash.

The colony has been resurrected through restoration of several historic buildings.  The Dyess Colony Administration Building houses exhibits related to establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music.  The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there.

Admission is $10 and includes both buildings.

Hours:
  • Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am. - 3:00 pm.

All tours start at the Administration Building, 108 Center Drive

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First National Bank Arena

The First National Bank Arena at Arkansas State University opened in 1987.  Located in Jonesboro, the arena serves a tri-state market area of 500,000 including over 14,000 university students.  With the versatility to host events ranging from small lectures to large conventions, concerts, sporting events and expos, the First National Bank Arena seats 10,252 for concerts (up to 11,209 for concerts in the round) and 10,038 for basketball games. The First National Bank Arena regularly hosts various university activities, but has also been home to rodeos, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, ice shows, circuses, sports shows, trade shows, concerts, and a wide variety of indoor athletic events.

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The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre is located in Memphis, about an hour and fifteen minutes from Paragould. Managed by the Orpheum Theatre Group, The Orpheum has presented numerous large-scale Broadway productions, including Disney's Lion King, Wicked, CATS, and Les Miserables, while continuing to offer performances from great entertainers like Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Mary J. Blige, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Harry Connick, Jr., Tyler Perry, Tony Bennett, and others. The Orpheum also features performances from Ballet Memphis and Opera Memphis.

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The Orpheum Theatre


Auto Zone Park

AutoZone Park is a Minor League Baseball stadium located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and is home to the Memphis Redbirds of the Pcific Coast League (PCL) and the Memphis 901 FC of the United Soccer League (USL). The Redbirds are the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals. In 2009, the stadium was name Minor League Ballpark of the Year by Baseball America.  AutoZone Park has a seating capacity of 10,000 and has the largest video board in minor league baseball.  It is located 127 feet (39 m) above the play field, giving a view of the board to many areas of downtown Memphis.

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Auto Zone Park


Fed Ex Forum

FedExForum has come to be known as one of the premier arenas in the NBA and in North America. It is home ot the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers men's basketball team, and in the decade since FedExForum opened, the areana has presented 10 NBA Playoff series, and hosted major basketball tournaments such as NCAA Regional Men's Basketball Tournaments, the inaugural American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, the NCAA South regional Women's Division I Basketball Tournament, and six Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournaments. The Fed Ex Forum also hosts an array of concerts and events throughout the year.

FedEx Forum was designed with a uniquely Memphis theme.  With a location on the historic Beale Street and the fact that Memphis is the “Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” the theme of Memphis Music was an obvious choice.  The theme showcases the rich history of music and demonstrates the continuing production and development of new music in Memphis.  Throughout the arena, guests can admire images of original art featuring regional artists whose work interprets music of the region.

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Fed Ex Forum


Beale Street

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city's history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs, restaurants, and shops that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis. Festivals and outdoor concerts periodically bring large crowds to the street and its surrounding areas.

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Beale Street


Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is home to more than 4,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years. The land currently designated to the Memphis Zoo was defined by the Overton Park master plan in 1988, it is owned by the City of Memphis. The zoo is set on 76 acres, of which approximately 55 acres are developed.

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Memphis Zoo


Graceland

Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee that was home to Elvis Presley. It currently serves as a museum. It was opened to the public on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991 and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Graceland has become the second most recognized private home in America only, behind the White House. The most famous icon of the estate is the front gate, shaped like a book of sheet music, with green colored musical notes and a silhouette of Elvis, designed and built by Abe Sauer owner of Tennessee Fabricating Company. 

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Graceland