Profile: The Roberts Family

Making a Life

Winston Churchill once said, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”


John and Tamara Roberts have always believed in giving back. They are grateful that, through blessings and hard work, they are in a position to help others. “Where much is given, much is expected,” John says. “It’s our belief and faith that guide us in making our decisions (regarding where to give).”


Arts & Culture: Education Through the Arts at Walton Arts Center

As a part of its commitment to arts education and the students of Northwest Arkansas, Walton Arts Center provides a rich lineup of live educational arts performances through the Colgate Classroom Series. Since 2020, this service has allowed students to come to the venue and experience live theater at no cost to them or their schools.

Two upcoming shows available to local students through the Colgate Classroom Series will also be public performances, allowing families to attend and learn together. 


Arts & Culture: Arts One Presents Opening Season

Arts One Presents empowers artists, enriches business and engages community through accessible and inclusive visual and performing arts experiences. The organization, formerly known as Arts Center of the Ozarks, is one of the oldest arts organizations in Northwest Arkansas and is widely known for providing engaging community theater experiences. Arts One Presents promotes a community committed to artistic integrity, accessibility and inclusion by representing the diverse voices of our region and building equity through the power of art and the storytelling of theater.

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Nonprofit: Rebuilding Lives, One Story at a Time

For women who have experienced trauma, sexual exploitation, addiction and incarceration, finding a safe place to rebuild their lives can be a daunting task. Thankfully, some of these women have found Magdalene Serenity House in Fayetteville, a comprehensive, collaborative and structured residential program that helps them break the cycle of poverty, addiction, and incarceration and transition back into the community as contributing members. 

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Living Spaces: MattLane Farm House East: A Charming Stay

Personal touches and unparalleled hospitality make this Airbnb a sweet spot for wedding parties or a country retreat

When Donna Buell saw the real estate listing for the farmhouse on Church Road in Goshen, she told her husband, Brian, that it would be the perfect complement to their wedding and special event venue, Stone Chapel at MattLane Farm, just two to three minutes away.


Eats & Drinks: Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave

There are countless destinations throughout Arkansas that are beautiful, but few elicit the magic feeling attached to Eureka Springs. With rolling hills, natural springs, and a community culture that transcends the sum of its parts, Eureka Springs evokes excitement and exhilaration while en route and a bittersweet longing when leaving. My first trip in the early‘90s left me reeling from the art, food and Ozark elevation — an experience that echoes even today.

Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave is nestled in the center of the small city, surrounded by a natural cave, traced by history and a small underground spring that trickles inexplicably with an ethereal, delicate force no matter the season. 

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Sports: Arkansas Gymbacks Rock Barnhill Arena

Coached by an Olympic gold medalist and 12 returning athletes from last year’s NCAA Regional finalist squad, the University of Arkansas gymnastics team will provide fans with another year of high-quality, family-friendly entertainment and competition this year.

Prior to last year’s pandemic-related attendance restrictions, the Razorbacks ranked ninth in the nation in 2020 with a program-best average attendance of 5,415. Arkansas has ranked in the top 10 in national attendance nine times since the program’s first season in 2003.