Frank Fitzgerald of Cherokee Village thought citizens of Sharp County were missing out on the beauty of the area by seeing it from only a ground-level perspective. He is calling the project, fully shot and produced by him, "Arkansas Aerial Views: Cherokee Village, Hardy, Highland and Ash Flat seen from above and on the ground," and it is finally ready for public viewing, Fitzgerald said.
"I'd seen the air show a year ago and it occurred to me that it would be a nice thing to do to show people in the area what the Village and Quad-Cities actually looked like," Fitzgerald said.
Last October, the non-profit organization Pilots for Christ took Fitzgerald on a "sunny flight" over Cherokee Village, Hardy, Highland and Ash Flat.
"I shot an hour of video and this was cut down to the 22 minutes on the disk," Fitzgerald said.
When the DVD begins to play, it is uncertain whether the viewer should be basking in the sound of the sensuous music or the views of Cherokee Villages' mystifying lakes and unending forests. One accompanying musical piece, as Fitzgerald explained, is by a local musician and composer, Bob Burton, making not only the scenery original to Sharp County. According to Fitzgerald, those who purchase the DVD will enjoy an array of musicians as well.
"Musicians from around the U.S. and as far away as Italy, adds to the floating sensation as we look down on familiar landmarks: Highland Elementary and High School, Main Street in Hardy, the Courthouse in Ash Flat and Cherokee Village's City Center, lakes and golf courses," Fitzgerald wrote in the announcement of the DVD's arrival.
As the tour continues, favorite places in Sharp County can be seen, while still shots of memorable occasions flash on the screen relevant to the city being highlighted. Among those pictures are the Joy Ringers Handbell Chorus, Cherokee Village Line Dancers, Shape Note Singing in Mountain View, Bluegrass Jam in Paragould and the Spring River Art Gallery Open House.
Not only will the DVD offer a rarely seen view of the area, all profits earned from the $10 donation it costs to buy the DVD will be donated directly to Arkansas Pilots for Christ and Wilson Masonic Lodge.
Glimpses of the DVD can be previewed on-line at Google video and www.ozart.us. DVDs can be picked up at the Hardy Barber Shop, Coldwell Banker Realty, the Health Connection in the Choctaw Center, online at www.arkansaspilotsforchrist.blogspot.com or by calling Bobby Harris at 847-5226. The Wilson Masonic Lodge also offers the DVDs at Tom's Barber Shop in Cherokee Village, Davis Drug Store in Highland or by calling Curtis Bratcher at 257-3710.