It’s time to get your nog on with the “10th Ever” Nog Off at Historic Arkansas Museum, held as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
As you may know, I was the PR director at Historic Arkansas during the transition from its former name, the Arkansas Territorial Restoration, and the opening of their incredible new (at the time) facility. (Confession? It hurts my feelings to say it’s not so new anymore!)
Back then, which was 12-14 years ago, we had a really great annual staff Christmas party that always included museum director Bill Worthen making eggnog. And this wasn’t any eggnog — it was 100% historically accurate, made exactly from the recipe of William Woodruff, one of the museum site’s original residents in the mid-1800s. Let me tell you, that was some stout stuff that this lightweight couldn’t roll with.
Somewhere along the way, the staff had the amazing idea to open the eggnog festivities to the public, inviting them to enter their own ‘nog for judging and public consumption. Today, a dozen-ish competitors offer their drinks to the attending public, and from last year’s experience, I can tell you that they’re all very palatable. (Well, I can’t say ALL…I’m no lush, you know.)
This year’s competitors include Cache Restaurant, Capital Bar and Grill, Copper Grill, The Empress, Loblolly Creamery, Bridget Fennel Ferris, 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.
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.
While at the museum, check out the museum’s new exhibits: Capturing Early Arkansas in Depth: The Stereoview Collection of Allan Gates and “this is the garden: colors come and go” Works by Rachel Trusty.
10th Ever Nog Off
Friday, Dec. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.
Free admission and parking
Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E. Cumberland St. (Corner with 3rd), Little Rock