Here are a few of the things going on in the area in coming days.
1 Heath Sanders in concert: Heath Sanders will be performing a free concert at Eiffel Tower Park on the Courthouse Square on Thursday for the grand opening of JA Outfitters in Paris. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the concert will take place inside the First National Bank Community Center. Sanders will do a meet and greet at JA Outfitters at 5:30 p.m. An Arkansas oilfield worker, Sanders is taking country music by storm. His cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way” went viral and caught the attention of Nashville radio host Bobby Bones. He is blazing a trail in the industry and looking forward to releasing his original “Bloodline” very soon. The store address for meet and greet is 24 North Express Street in Paris.
2 One act plays: Theater students at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will have a chance to showcase their talents as actors, directors and designers during the annual One-Act Play Showcase held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on the UAFS campus. The performances will take place in the Breedlove Auditorium, located at 5120 Grand Ave., and is free and open to the public. The events will feature several short student-led productions spanning different genres. While in the past each night featured different productions, this year will feature the same performances each night.
3 Blackberry Smoke in concert: Blackberry Smoke will appear in concert on their Find a Light tour at Temple Live, located at 200 North 11th Street in Fort Smith on Thursday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22.50 to $37.50 plus taxes and fees. To purchase tickets visit https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1664045
4 Old Timers Day Steampunk Festival: The Old Timers Day Steampunk Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 in historic downtown Van Buren. The new theme of the 40-plus year festival will feature over 100 vendors selling wares fitting the theme of the event. The festival hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. “Steampunk is the most famous new trend where the future meets the past,” said Mark Shaffer, president of the Old Town Merchants Association. “Steampunk is modern technology powered by steam power, cogs and wheels and set in the 1800’s with a backdrop of Victorian England or America’s Wild West.” The Steampunk theme is a new theme added to the existing Old Timers Day event. During the festival both days there will be workshops offered on how to make a mini Steampunk hat. Approximately 18 food trucks offering items such as fine pastries, fresh seafood (coming from Miami, Fla.), along with local main street favorite diners such as Boom A Rang, newly opened Larry B’s Rhythm Room, and D&R Trolley Stop BBQ. Artists painting, basket weavers and other artisans will be creating their pieces of art at their booths. Dozens of vendors with their unique and hand made items will be available for your shopping pleasure. Shops on Main will also be open during the festival. Festival goers are encouraged to come in Steampunk attire and join in on the fun.