Tabitha Cunningham is mom on the go with a plan in place.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Tabitha Cunningham; I was born in Little Rock, but moved to the small town of Glenwood, where I grew up; I went to college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and moved to Little Rock in 2000 when I began my career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I am currently the events and sponsorships director for the newspaper. I work and play in Little Rock, but sleep in Bryant.
2. Finish this sentence: My job is awesome because...there are no two days (or events) alike. My job involves either planning, selling or producing events for our company OR working with other events in the community as a sponsor either with the ADG, Sync or Arkansas Life. I can be working on producing the ADG Bridal Show--one of the largest trade shows in Little Rock--to planning our annual All Arkansas Preps banquet, which is on the completely opposite side of the event world as a high school sports awards banquet. One day working in 100 degree heat setting up for Pops on the River, Little Rock's 4th of July Festival, to sitting in a room talking production strategies with Peyton Manning (yeah….that happened and yeah..it was pretty awesome). My job is random for sure, but one thing is certain…it is never boring.
3. What are some of your favorite annual events in LR? It is hard for me to go to events without "working"--at least in my head. I love seeing what different producers are able to do with similar venues and I am always taking notes. I also have this annoying habit of calculating the cost of what the event would be and how long it would take to set up. My favorite events (that I am not producing, of course) in Little Rock are The Rep's Saints and Sinners Ball at the Wally Allen Ballroom (this year's event was beyond awesome); Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Opus Ball at the Capital Hotel; the Central Arkansas Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon at the Little Rock Marriott; the Little Rock Marathon; the Junior League's Holiday House at the Statehouse Convention Center; Our House's Tie One On at the Pavilion in the Park; and Frank Broyles Awards banquet.
4. What kind of local activities does your family to together? My sons, who are 3 and 7, love animals so we get a lot of use out of our Little Rock Zoo annual membership. We also go to the Museum of Discovery a few times a year and always stop by the (FREE) Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Nature Center downtown and ride the Little Rock Trolley. We never miss when the circus comes to Verizon Arena or any show that comes to Robinson Center that is for kids. And, of course, the movies at Colonel Glenn 18 when it is chilly out and Wild River Country in the summer.
5. What do you think is LR's best kept secret? I am not sure if this is really a secret, but more something that many overlooked at times: The art/culture scene. I love seeing what exhibits the Arkansas Arts Center and Clinton Presidential Center are bringing in. Even if I have to pop over during lunch, they are always great works and art to admire. One of my favorite 'date nights' has been going to Argenta Art Walk in North Little Rock (third Friday of each month) and going from gallery to gallery looking at the local artists work in some unconventional spaces.