Postponed – Tales of the White River Monster
This event has been postponed! Stay tuned for more details.
The Yarn’s inaugural road show explores a theme of epic proportions. As described by riverside resident Bramlett Bateman in 1937, the White River Monster is “as wide as a car and three cars long.” Also known as “Whitey,” the monster is a beloved resident of north-central Arkansas. Whitey that is protected by a 1973 ordinance set in place by the state legislature and embodied in stories of sightings by residents during the past eight decades. The Yarn will explore the legends around Whitey as a part of Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series, a local effort to stoke economic development through the arts.
The series is sponsored by Gränges Americas, a manufacturer of rolled aluminum products and large employer in Newport, and hosted in partnership with the Newport Economic Development Commission. According to the commission’s executive director, Jon Chadwell, the partners envisioned “a diversity of artistic expression” to represent this series. He went on to explain that when considering what community stories to impart, “it was natural to think of the White River Monster. Nothing beats a good monster story and leading into the fall and Halloween season, we felt it would be a good fit.”
Skeptical about the existence of Arkansas’ own aquatic monster? Follow us to Newport and hear the tales yourself.