Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Oklahoma City area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Rock Café, Stroud OK (approx. 67 miles from Oklahoma City)… The Rock Café, named for its local sandstone construction, opened in 1939 and has remained a Route 66 landmark ever since.  Despite a devastating fire in 2008, the structure’s four rock walls and Betsy, the original stainless steel grill that has turned out more than 5 million burgers, survived and is back serving customers.  It is also worth noting that the café’s owner Dawn Welch provided the inspiration for ‘Sally Carrera’ in the Pixar film, “Cars”.  rockcafert66.com/

POI #2: Rock Creek Bridge, Sapulpa OK (approx. 37 miles from POI #1)… Built in 1921 to serve the Ozark Trail, ‘Bridge No. 18 at Rock Creek’ became part of Route 66 in 1926 and remained busy until 1952 when the highway was realigned to the south. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 120 feet-long steel truss design and is particularly notable for the brick decking.  Although it closed as an auto traversable bridge in 2013, the bridge remains open to pedestrians.  nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/bridge18_Rock_Creek_Sapulpa.html

POI #3: Blue Whale, Catoosa OK (approx. 28 miles from POI #2)… The Blue Whale in Catoosa may be one of the most famous landmarks along this well-preserved section of Route 66 that runs through Oklahoma.  Built in 1972 by one Hugh S. Davis thousands of families stop by to explore the whale and pose for this one-of-a-kind family photo opportunity, perfect for sharing on social media.  Even though the pond has closed, adjacent picnic tables are still available.  travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.653

POI #4: Totem Pole Park, Foyil OK (approx. 22 miles from POI #3)… Located just 3.5 miles off Route 66, the extraordinary, eccentric collection of totem poles is the work of Oklahoma folk artist Ed Galloway. The centerpiece is a spectacular 90-ft tall construction – making it the World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole – and features brightly colored animals as well as portraits of Native Americans. travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.13179

POI #5: Wal-Mart Visitor Center, Bentonville AR (approx. 116 miles from POI #4)… Although officially called the Wal-Mart Visitor Center, this quaint facility is a tribute to the main street entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches struggle that launched it all.  Facing the town square, this site of Sam Walton’s original “5 & 10” store still maintains its down-home facade on the outside and even its down-home feel on the inside.  Most of the facility houses a museum chronicling Walton’s extraordinary life and career, plus features his beloved 1979 red Ford pickup. corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history/the-walmart-museum

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 17 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 16 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Bill Ott

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479-981-9313

 

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Metroplex

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Dallas/Fort Worth area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads north.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Endangered Ark Foundation, Hugo OK (approx. 130 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth area)…   This refuge is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in America. The foundation was started in 1993 to help preserve this endangered species and tours are available with advance reservation only. < endangeredarkfoundation.org >

POI #2: Pete’s Place, Krebs OK (approx. 74 miles from POI #1)…   Located in Oklahoma’s “Little Italy”, this fourth generation, landmark restaurant opened in 1925 and continues to serve fresh, family-style Italian cuisine as well as being “the home of Choc Beer”.  They are most famous for their generous portions of lasagna, ravioli, Italian sausage, chicken Parmesan, garlic bread and more with guests being seated in various rooms throughout “the house”. < petes.org >

POI #3: USS Batfish, Muskogee OK (approx. 65 miles from POI #2)…   The USS Batfish is one of Oklahoma’s most unique attractions.  An actual World War II submarine, the Batfish sank three enemy submarines and eleven other enemy vessels during her tenure in battle.  Visitors can tour the inside of the submarine, including the torpedo room and crew cabins. In the adjacent park are an army tank, cannons, missiles, and other military memorabilia for view.  < ussbatfish.com >

POI #4: Fort Gibson, Fort Gibson OK (approx. 9 miles from POI #3)…   Oklahoma’s oldest frontier fort was established in 1824 and is steeped in colorful history along with blue lakes, sparkling rivers and green hillsides stretching over 80 acres of grounds with 29 historic buildings and numerous archeological ruins.  Nearby this National Historic Landmark and American Treasure, sits Fort Gibson National Cemetery, one of two national cemeteries in Oklahoma, honoring fallen U.S. military personnel. < okhistory.org/sites/fortgibson >

POI #5: Scenic Highway 10, Talequah to U.S. 412 (approx. 49 miles from POI #4)…   This picturesque byway runs from north of Tahlequah and follows the serene banks of the Illinois River on a relaxing jaunt through breathtaking stone bluffs and lush forests.  Remember: keep your speedometer low, as Highway 10 is known for its winding lanes and curvy turns. < okhighways.wkinsler.com/route10.htm >

POI #6: Arkansas Welcome Center, Siloam Springs AR (approx. 13 miles from POI #5)…   The center, operated by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, offers visitors up-to-the minute information on attractions, regional events, and weather conditions throughout “The Natural State”.  Travelers have access to computer kiosks, Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee. < arkansas.com/travel-tools/welcome-centers/siloam-springs/ >

POI #7: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs AR (approx. 58 miles from POI #6)…   [EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this is an attraction at which you might want to spend some serious time, you might consider visiting it tomorrow after a good night’s rest; it’s been a long day!]  With more than 450 acres and 130 big, exotic cats plus a couple bears, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in North America.  This non-profit organization provides lifetime homes for abandoned, abused and neglected ‘big cats’ and is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Arkansas. < turpentinecreek.org >

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 9 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. < eurekaspringsonline.com >

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Wichita

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 (EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Wichita area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Chanute-Wright Brothers Memorial, Chanute KS (approx. 109 miles from Wichita)… This memorial is so much more than mobile sculpture that moves with the wind; it replicates the Wright brothers’ flying machine and commemorates the important relationship between the town’s namesake and the birth of flight. French-born Octave Chanute never was a resident of Chanute, Kansas; however, one of the four railroads he built through Kansas made the town possible.  This memorial, like the town, is an homage to this engineer and the brothers he mentored.  kansastravel.org/chanutewrightbrothers.htm

POI #2: Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott KS (approx. 50 miles from POI #1)…More than 26,000 visitors come to this National Historic Site each year. The 20 historic structures, eleven of which are original, represent a military fort of the 1840s and focuses on the role of the U.S. Army on the frontier.  This site interprets this critical era with interpretive exhibits, period furnishings, and living history programs that include soldiers drilling on horseback and artillery demonstrations. nps.gov/fosc/index.htm

POI #3: Big Brutus, Mineral KS(approx. 52 miles from POI #2)… The second largest electric shovel in the world, Big Brutus stands 160 feet high, and is visible for miles around.  From 1962 to 1974, it was a powerful aid to the Kansas mining industry. Today, the public is invited to climb inside it, look around, and even sit in the operator’s seat. A visitors’ center next to it provides more background information. bigbrutus.org/

POI #4: Kan-O-Tex Service Station, Galena KS (approx. 31 miles from POI #3)… This restored gas station recalls the heyday of Route 66 when it was a major thoroughfare.  It’s the home of the 1951 International tow truck that was the inspiration for ‘Tow Mater’ in the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” plus a collection of memorabilia relating to Route 66 and the “Cars” film.  kansastravel.org/4womenontheroute.htm

POI #5: Bluff Dwellers Cavern, Noel MO (approx. 58 miles from POI #4)… This bluff has significant archaeological significance having served as shelter for the native Bluff Dwellers some 12,000 years ago.  The non-strenuous tour features a musical rock formation. bluffdwellerscavern.com

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 30 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 26 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

Spring Break Excursion: Starts In Kansas City

 

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Kansas City area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads south.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Precious Moments Park and Chapel, Carthage MO (approx. 140 miles from Kansas City)… A theme park and retail attraction based on Samuel Butcher’s “Precious Moments” figurines introduced in the 1970s.  A chapel is the attraction’s centerpiece.  www.preciousmoments.com/park-chapel

POI #2: Joplin Museum Complex, Joplin MO (approx. 16 miles from POI #1)… Five intriguing museums under one roof featuring everything from mineral mining to a sports hall of fame, from a historical museum to an electric company museum, and sweetened by a cookie cutter museum. www.joplinmuseum.org/collections.htm

POI #3: Kan-O-Tex Service Station, Galena KS (approx. 8 miles from POI #2)… This restored gas station recalls the heyday of Route 66 when it was a major thoroughfare.  It’s the home of the 1951 International tow truck that was the inspiration for ‘Tow Mater’ in the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” plus a collection of memorabilia relating to Route 66 and the “Cars” film.  www.kansastravel.org/4womenontheroute.htm

POI #4: Bluff Dwellers Cavern, Noel MO (approx. 58 miles from POI #3)… This bluff has significant archaeological significance having served as shelter for the native Bluff Dwellers some 12,000 years ago.  The non-strenuous tour features a musical rock formation. http://bluffdwellerscavern.com

POI #5: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 40 miles from POI #4)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  www.nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #6: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 16 miles from POI #5)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  www.exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #7: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #6)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. www.eurekaspringsonline.com .

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)

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Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

 

EUREKA SPRINGS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE ROENIGKS’ PROPRIETORSHIP OF THE CRESCENT AND BASIN PARK HOTELS

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February 28, 2017 – AS PART OF THE CELEBRATION… the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s centennial time capsule (circa January 1, 2000) was opened to add memorabilia from today’s 20th anniversary.  A divider was placed inside to separate the two levels of “treasures” then resealed for opening in 2100.  Pictured is the time capsule -artistically constructed from parts taken from a Tyson’s chicken processing plant- and all the friends who attended the celebratory luncheon.

EUREKA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE ROENIGKS: THE FULL STORY

 

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — On February 28, 1997, a couple from East Hampton, Connecticut, came to the Arkansas Ozarks looking for a place to retire.  They were seeking a place with interesting people and enjoyable activities; a place where they could make a meaningful, community-wide contribution; and a place where they could call home.  Their choice was the top floor of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel located in the heart of Eureka Springs’ downtown historic district.

So they purchased that property and in less than three months later, they purchased the 1886 Crescent Hotel.  Not because they loved hotels, but because they were preservationists and did not want to see these two structures deteriorate beyond repair.  This was the start of a great marriage between Elise and Marty Roenigk and the village of Eureka Springs.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, past employees of the two hotels and friends of Elise gathered here in the Barefoot Ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel for an anniversary luncheon and a program of remembrances.  The more than 200 attendees enjoyed a video presentation that highlighted the changes in various categories that occurred during the years of the Roenigk ownership.  Those categories and the changes therein included:

- The Buildings – With both hotels contributing to the National Trust for Historic Preservation registry, care has been taken to protect the original facades.  However, the Basin Park Hotel has added a Mountainside Spa Sun Deck; The Atrium with its crown of a glass ceiling was enhanced with a surround sound system, LCD projector with an electric screen, and numerous history “window” cases; and the addition of a Skyline Deck used for weddings and as part of the Spirits of The Basin tour.  The Crescent has perhaps seen the most construction.  What was the burned out plateau of the fourth floor as a result of a 1967 fire was converted into fifth floor living quarters for the Roenigks in a design that replicated the hotel’s original, iconic roofline.  Added just below that home on the fourth floor are The Faculty Lounge, a repository for historic hotel memorabilia; and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza and panoramic overlook.  The original conservatory, destroyed by a falling chimney weakened by the 1967 fire, was replicated into the new Conservatory, the most popular indoor venue for weddings and receptions, as well as corporate meetings.  Perhaps the greatest conversion happened on the Garden Level (basement) of the hotel.  A dimly lit “beer joint” was converted into the New Moon Spa that has been growing ever since its inception.  It has grown from one room to now occupying nearly the complete bottom level footprint.  On that level, enhanced but kept fairly “as it was”, sits “the morgue”, a leftover from the Norman Baker hospital days of the late 1930s.  This epicenter of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” has become the highlight of the nightly hotel ghost tours.  Additionally, to assist Crescent guests and visitors to rise and descend, a new elevator has been installed allowing guests now to ride to all five levels.

- Sleeping Rooms – When the hotels were first purchased by the Roenigks all rooms in each hotel received renovations.  Now, in an effort to always make the hotels’ product a little bit better each and every year, annual profits are reinvested to update, refurbish and enhance from five to ten sleeping rooms with due diligence devoted to ensure the historic integrity is maintained.  However, such things as Jacuzzi tubs, state of the art televisions, and Wi-Fi give these century-old hotels twenty-first century accoutrements.

- Restaurants – While the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the Crescent, generally speaking, looks much the same as it did in 1997; the bills of fare have been ever-changing to meet the trending tastes of hotel guests, visitors and local customers.  Up on the fourth floor, that restaurant has also morphed from basically a cocktail lounge to a “Dr. Baker” themed eatery to today’s highly popular SkyBar Gourmet Pizza with its canopy-covered alfresco seating affording one of the best panoramic views of the surrounding hills-n-hollers which includes the Christ of the Ozarks statue.  Downtown Eureka had the Balcony Bar & Restaurant in ’97 but such enhancements as the canvas canopies, cold-weather curtains, overhead heaters for winter and mist sprayers for summer, and most recently the construction of the Copper Bar overlooking Basin Spring Park have converted it into a “must visit” for a nibble and a sip.  In the last two decades, the Basin Park Hotel has also been home to other food and beverage experiments such as a coffee and bakery cave bistro with its War Eagle Mill gift shop, as well as a downtown deli.

- Spas – As mentioned, the Roenigks gave birth to the Crescent’s New Moon Spa.  However, this one-room experiment has grown to include a full salon.  It is worth noting that during the construction of the salon, Marty made sure the original duck bowling lanes used by the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women were restored to become the focal point of the salon’s new floor.  The New Moon has also added an exquisite Bridal Studio where brides and her bridesmaids can get dressed, have makeup applied, and up-dos created in a private setting.  A spa has also been added to the Basin Park Hotel.  What started as the Serenity Spa with its one massage room has grown into Spa1905 that now occupies nearly the hotel’s entire second floor and includes overnight spa rooms for girlfriend getaways.  Connected by one step outside, sits the spa’s sundeck with its popular hot tub.

- Miscellaneous – The Roenigks preservation efforts since moving to Eureka have included:  the purchase and restoration of War Eagle Mill, and -what is now- the 1901 Gavioli Chapel; restoration assistance to the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow House and its 505 Spring Street House; purchase of 1,200 prime, pristine acres of land adjacent to the Buffalo River National Park then donated to the Nature Conservancy; the construction of four E. Fay Jones-style cottages carefully placed amid the standing trees on the Crescent’s mountaintop acreage; efforts to redevelop Eureka’s 63 historic springs; and championed the total refurbishing of The Aud, the city’s municipal auditorium, by going to Washington, D.C. to lobby for and then secure for the city a “Save America’s Treasures” matching grant.  Their philanthropy has been overwhelming with such organizations as the Writers Colony, Main Stage, Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Carroll County Carnegie Library, Opera In The Ozarks, Eureka Gras, Eureka Springs Trails, University of Arkansas School of Hospitality and Innovation, and a number of other arts, tourism, and preservation entities.

- Numbers – Twenty years ago, the hotels had approximately 30 employees.  That number has grown to more than 240 during peak season making the properties the largest employer in Eureka Springs.  Revenues have grown from less than $1 million during the first year of operation to an excess of $11 million in 2016.  The economic impact both hotels have had on the local and state economies are, conservatively stated, astronomical.  For example, local and state taxes alone collected in 2016 were in excess of $1.3 million.  Total investment in the two hotels during the past twenty years is nearing the $10 million mark.

“I have had the honor of working with the Roenigks since day one of their hotel purchases,” said Jack Moyer, vice president of operations and general manager for both hotels.  “We started our relationship by creating a creed which includes a tenet that perfectly embraces the philosophy of the Roenigks as owners and proprietors of these two lodging properties: Protecting the Irreplaceable.  Thanks to dedicated employees during the past two decades combined with Marty and Elise’s guidance to pursue economic sustainability versus a more typical profitability model ensures that our two hotels will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike for years to come.  This is and will continue to be the Roenigks legacy.”

For a video glimpse of those comments and memories presented by the luncheon’s head table and various friends in the audience, one should go to https://youtu.be/SOGbvFERZQE.

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Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…BOOM BOOM MARDI GRAS!

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Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors.  Take a road trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where they know how to party! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 16trh-28th with 2 full weekends of festivities.  5 Balls, 2 Parades, & lots of Fun!!!

Special Room Rates have been put together to offer you the Best Savings and loads of fun. Bring your beads, your friends, and join Eureka Springs best winter festival. View the Mardi Gras Hot Deals.

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Parades & Public Balls Not To Miss:

Night Parade-2/18 starting at 6pm in Downtown Eureka Springs.  Line up along Spring Street and watch krewes hit the streets with lights and music.

Black Light Ball-2/18 after the parade don’t miss this public ball! 8pm-Midnight. Dance to DJ Testube in Eureka Springs hottest club, Event Eureka under black light ballblack lights. Let a body artist paint you with glow in the dark paint,  a glow necklace and celebrate Mardi Gras! Music will be spinning, lights will be flashing all for a great cause – Main Street Eureka Springs. Tickets $30 per person.  BUY HERE.

Day Parade-2/25 starting at 2pm see the best mardi gras floats cruise downtown Spring St.

Mayor’s Ball-2/25 after the parade that evening, get your costumes, feathers and beads out for this fun public ball! 7pm-Midngiht at the Basin Park Hotel.  Tickets $35 per person. The theme is Great Gatsby featuring Mayor Butch Berry & the Mardi Gras Royalty.  Music from the Downtown Livewires.  BUY HERE.

 

Jazz Brunch-2/26 end the weekend right with a Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel.   11am-2pm.  Tickets $27.95 per person.  Live music, second line and an amazing brunch display.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past eight years this forest has harvested $27,002.60 in charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase plus have donated, like from our very own Sunfest Grocery Store, around 30 real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in first place with $1,376 in votes, Arkansas Children’s Hospital in second place with $1,349, and Good Shepherd Humane Society in third place with $178.

“Twenty-six other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include Autism Speaks, Bereaved Parents of USA-NWA Chapter, Berryville Elementary Nurses Program, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Christy Davis, Clear Spring School, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Eureka Springs School of Arts, Flint Street Food Bank, Food Not Bombs, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heifer International, Holiday Island Fire Department, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Mercy Hospice-NWA Chapter, Operation Smile, Preservation Society, Project Self Esteem, The Ozarks Chorale, The Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local and area charities netted a Christmas present of $4,657 which pushed our eight year total to more than $27,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #2: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #2

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The second band in the 2017 Ozark Mountain Music Festival to be spotlighted is the headliner for OzMoMu4, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades:

“In 2010, the five Wisconsinites that make up Horseshoes & Hand Grenades found themselves in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, WI, holding acoustic instruments and enjoying a hodgepodge of fermented beverages. Music and revelry ensued that evening and, while many of the party guests eventually bid their goodbye well into the morning hours, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades wasn’t ready to let the get-together fade. Many years later, the music still hasn’t stopped and the party is still going strong, from the mountain west to the river towns of the Midwest that the quintet calls home, and all across America.

“While strongly rooted in bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, the band produces a sound that draws on the vaults of music collectively and individually enjoyed throughout the course of their lives thus far. The music doesn’t lend itself well to categories or boundaries. One could possibly be formed, but the boys seem to generally prefer fishing a river, or enjoying the company of friends and barley beers.

“With their music well-defined or not, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has begun to form a place in the American music scene, gaining recognition on both a regional and national scale. The band took 3rd place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Band Competition in 2012 and has since shared the stage with Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, Merle Haggard, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marty Stuart, and many more. The group’s third full-length Middle Western was released in March of 2015 and another record is expected in 2017. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five-piece is as sturdy as any Midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.”

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, “an outdoor festival held indoors”, returns to the stages of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in historic downtown Eureka Springs for the fourth straight year.  The dates for OzMoMu4 are January 19-22.  For the full lineup of bands for this year’s festival, go to http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/lineup/ .  For tickets, go to http://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/ozmomu .

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OzMoMu4 Spotlight #1: A.J. Gaither One Man Band

AJ Gaither OMB _ 2017 OzMoMu

 

OzMoMu4 Spotlight #1

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The first band in the 2017 Ozark Mountain Music Festival to be spotlighted is A.J. Gaither One Man Band:  “Everything is better when it’s homemade. And it don’t get more down home or DIY than AJ Gaither. From the building of the instruments to the writing of the songs and making of the albums, everything about this “one man junk band” is lo-tech and hands on.

“The sound is cold lonely bars and old empty barns, highways and heartaches. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick, every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living.

“The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each is one unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare drum rigged to be played by foot. All built by the same hands that play them.

“Often referred to by his peers as ‘the hardest working musician in Kansas City’, you will be hard pressed to find any solo musical performer that plays as many shows a year and exudes so much energy on stage night after night. The love for his craft is blatantly apparent.

“Born in southern Arkansas AJ spent his early childhood in a rural community known as Locust Bayou. After growing up while moving around northern Arkansas and Memphis, at age 18 (to avoid arrest [tongue in cheek] in the previously mentioned states) he found himself living in Kansas City, KS. After 13 years of knuckle busting on old cars to make a dollar he formed the hillbilly two piece The Fall Down Drunks, who after releasing one album, ‘13 Shots’, and a brief amount of touring disbanded in the end of 2011.

“In an effort to bring as much energy, sound and originality as he could while performing solo, he chose the path of a DIY multi-instrumentalist.  Marking this transition was the release of his first solo album ‘Half-Lit & Whole Hearted’ in 2012. He currently travels back roads and haunts biker bars, honky-tonks and dives of the South and Midwest, or anyplace with a good supply of whiskey and folks to lend an ear.”

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, “an outdoor festival held indoors”, returns to the stages of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in historic downtown Eureka Springs for the fourth straight year.  The dates for OzMoMu4 are January 19-22.  For the full lineup of bands for this year, go to http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/lineup/ .  For ticket information go to http://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/ozmomu .

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4th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival January 19-22, 2017

OzMoMu4 COMING HERE SOON!

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The extraordinarily popular Ozark Mountain Music Festival, more commonly referred to as OzMoMu, returns to the stages of Eureka Springs’ downtown 1905 Basin Park Hotel January 19 to 22, 2017. This event stretches out over four days and nights and features 11 bands performing the sound described as the Ozark Mountain collection of bluegrass, folk, and American roots music; each band with it’s own particular, special spin and presentation of this energetic sound. This year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu4, will once again present its festival lineup throughout this historic hotel exclusively on multiple stages for its full run of four exciting days and nights.

Headlining this year’s festival is Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, an acoustic quintet that has swept the Midwest with their unique present12604845_996686733751682_6546612585379855004_oation of a sound “that draws on the vaults of music” that has been both “collectively and individually enjoyed throughout their lives”. The musical lives of these five Wisconsinites came together at a party “in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, WI” back in 2010 and they say, “the party is still going strong.”

Other bands performing during OzMoMu4 include the following:

>Schwag (St. Louis, MO) – a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia thru their high-energy, organic interpretations of “The Dead”. They use a working song-list of 200 songs that guarantees “a different show every night”.

>AJ Gaither (Kansas City, MO) – this “one-man junk band” not only makes his own instruments, but also writes his own songs. His sound is described as “cold, lonely bars and old, empty barns”; some are “high-octane, foot-stompin” while others are “soulful… about struggle and being homesick… drenched in whiskey and hard living.”

AJ Gaither OMB _ 2017 OzMoMu

>ClusterPluck (St. Louis, MO) – offers a sound that is “firmly within the “newgrass” sub-genre of bluegrass music” which is said to be “the fusion of old-time bluegrass with 12513969_937473843000530_5338718750023851697_oother genres such as pop, jazz and world music.”

>Squarshers (Fayetteville, AR) – this quartet explains that their sound is best described as “jam grass music” that is “way more rock and roll”. Part of their “new unique style comes from drawing on each other’s talents and energies, and playing off their fellow band mates.”

>High Plains Jamboree (Austin, TX) – a string-band that takes their sound to “a different plane” where they are considered “a bluegrass band west of the Mississippi and a country band east of the Mississippi.” To best explain it, they say, “HPJ’s vibe is modern country-western style.”

>Sad Daddy (Eureka Springs, AR) – is the union of four Arkansas-based musicians who bring “their own unique styles together to creative beautiful music. The foursome perform utilizing a guitar, stand-up bass, banjo and a fiddle.

>Ponder the Albatross (“Front Range of Colorado”) – is “a very original, high-energy band with original songs from reggae to trippy instrumental” from “folk/rock to bluegrass”. It has been said that they are “one of the best up-and-coming bands around.”

>The Fried Pies (Little Rock, AR) – One fan’s account best sums up this band following a recent festival event, “(We) saw there was a banjo heading to the stage… we both 12525511_996686710418351_300530538598233158_ogot excited but weren’t prepared for what we were about to see. The only show of the weekend in which we were captivated beginning to end.”

>Fast Food Junkies (McPherson, KS) – This duo has been playing together for 10 years and has written more than 80 songs. They are self-described as “a couple of regular guys from Kansas, born and raised country who take pride in our craft as mechanics, tradesmen, songwriters and musicians.”

>Rozenbridge (Fayetteville, AR) – their genre is referred to as “Rock-folk Grooves” created by vocals, guitar and a cello that “join forces to create a ripping and dynamic duo” sound. Theirs is a “refreshing mix of music genres: folk, reggae, bluegrass, rock, and metal.” They perform original music while also putting their own “spin on covers”.

          Jack Moyer, general manager and vice-president of operations for the 1905 Basin Park Hotel commented, “The key to establishing this annual event has been in both providing great relevant music performed by regional talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one indoor, central location that has an outdoor festival grounds feel, per se.”

OzMoMu4 room packages for two attendees during the festival include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes. Festival “All-Access” passes and simple daily passes are also available. For further information, online room packages, and/or passes one is encouraged to visit OzarkMountianMusicFestival.com.

Submitted by
Bill Ott
billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com