10th Ever Nog-Off

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, December 12, 2014

LITTLE ROCK (December 1, 2014) – Historic Arkansas Museum will celebrate a decade of nog at this year’s 10th Ever Nog-off on Friday, December 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. This popular celebration of a favorite holiday drink is a friendly competition for the best eggnog in Little Rock. Guests are invited to sample a variety of nogs ranging from historic recipes to contemporary innovations, then vote for their favorite.

The People’s Choice Award goes to the nog that receives the most votes from guests. The Taster’s Choice Award goes to the nog chosen by a panel of local celebrity judges. Winners retain bragging rights until next year’s Nog-off. Noggers include: Cache Restaurant, Capital Bar and Grill, Copper Grill, The Empress, Loblolly Creamery, Bridget Fennel Farris, John Selig and Family and Stone's Throw Brewing.

This year the competition will begin with a ceremonial cracking of the first egg by the first two inducted Nog Emeriti - Louise Terzia, the First (and Second) Ever Nog-off winner, and David Burnette of South on Main who has won the Nog-off in various categories a record four times.

While sampling competitive nogs, guests will enjoy live music and holiday shopping in the Museum Store, featuring the best of Arkansas-made arts and crafts. In conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Night, two new exhibits open: Capturing Early Arkansas in Depth: The Stereoview Collection of Allan Gates and “this is the garden: colors come and go” Works by Rachel Trusty.

Capturing Early Arkansas in Depth explores a world before motion pictures and color photographs when stereoscopic photography captured life in early Arkansas. Today, stereographs are a meaningful source for studying the 1800s. In Arkansas, these views are a window into the growth of a young state, early tourism, railroad expansion and a unique culture and people. The exhibition continues in the Arkansas Made Gallery through April 5, 2015.

Rachel Trusty’s solo exhibition, “this is the garden: colors come and go” takes its name from the classic poem by e.e. cummings. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and mixed media works with floral motifs. The collection alludes to femininity, family and the transience of life. Trusty’s work has appeared in galleries, shows and competitions across Arkansas as well as in Massachusetts and New York. She was named one of “Five Arkansas Artists You Should Know” by Arkansas Times in 2014. The exhibition continues in the Second Floor Gallery through February 9, 2015.

Visitors can start 2nd Friday Art Night at Historic Arkansas Museum’s 10th Ever Nog-off, where there is plenty of free parking, and later catch the trolley to other participating venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m.

Also on exhibit:

UNDER PRESSURE: Arkansas Society of Printmakers Exhibition

The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3

A Beauty on It Sells: Advertising Art from the Collection of Marsha Stone

We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent)

The Knife Gallery (permanent)

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; admission to the historic grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.