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The Kruth Talks: June 30

Same-sex marriage is now permitted in six states with New York passing the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 33-29 on June 24.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was a key figure in promoting and getting the bill signed. The other states that recognize same-sex marriage are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as Washington, D.C., and the Coquille Indian Tribe of Oregon. Rhode Island, Maryland and New Mexico recognize the union but do not grant licenses.

Cheese!

Attention cheese dip aficionados: the second World Cheese Dip Championship will be Sept. 24 on the AT&T Field at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. A regional classic will happen on Sept. 10 at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville. The competition will host both an amateur and professional division, and a panel of local celebrities, politicians and food critics will rank the cheese dips through a series of blind tastings. Visit cheesedip.net for more information.

Crystalized

Crystal Bridges Museum will launch its membership program on the Bentonville town square as part of the First Friday festivities July 1. On Saturday, museum staff will be at the Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville farmers markets to encourage membership.
Also on Saturday, the stone, concrete and stainless steel sculpture “The Way of Color” by James Turrell will be available for public viewing from 5 to 9:30 p.m. This sculpture manifests in both an optical and auditory experience. Sit against the walls and gaze up at the sky through the oculus. Stand in the center and hear how your voice amplifies. An hour before sunrise and 10 minutes before sunset, the artist creates a visual experience through the use of LED lights that lasts approximately
45 minutes.
The sculpture is located on the Art Trail, which branches off the Crystal Brides Trail, accessible from Compton Gardens.

Carnall-Raimondo Pairing

The Inn at Carnall Hall has paired with Raimondo Winery to offer a signature collection of wines touting Carnall Hall on the label. A launch reception and tasting will start at 5:30 p.m. today at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville and is open to the public. Raimondo has roots that trace back to Palermo, Sicily, and now has a cellar in Gamaliel, Ark., at the Blue Lady Resort. The Carnall Hall series will include 2010 chardonnay and viognier, 2009 cabernet sauvignon and merlot, as well as a 2008 syrah.

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