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Ghost Hunters Gather in Eureka Springs

AMATEUR GHOST HUNTERS GATHER IN EUREKA SPRINGS

At last count, there are currently 49 regularly scheduled television shows being broadcast each week across the country that deal with ghosts and/or the paranor1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_nmal.  As good as these shows may be, to the ghost devotee sitting at home and watching, this is passive, second-hand paranormal investigation at best.  However, the weekend of January 3-5, 2014, ghost hunting becomes active, first-hand and personal here at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa during the annual ESP Weekend.

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend returns to the Crescent for the third consecutive year allowing those “everyday citizens” who have hunted or would love to hunt for ghosts and pursue those entities in a place they have seen often on television.  This year, the ESP event will again feature an expertly-guided, behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, a very “active” location with unique stories of its own.ch & bph

“With the inclusion of the Basin Park Hotel into our investigation, it will make ESP Weekend one of the largest ghost hunts in the country,” said Keith Scales, director of Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.  “This huge, history-making, three-day, hands-on investigation puts the tools of a paranormal investigator into the hands of our participants but is only part of this much anticipated weekend.

“We are also including an introduction to ghost hunting and training at nearbyIntrigue Theater, an up-close look at the Crescent Hotel during a special ghost tour, and unprecedented 970377_644400075594942_660437743_n24-hour access to known highly-active spaces such as rooms 218, 419, 3500 and ‘the morgue’.”

One of the most popular aspects of the past two ESP weekends was the expert assistance and advice from renowned professional paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman.  This year Flaxman will be leading the ghost hunt in both the Crescent on Saturday night and the add-on Basin Park investigation on Sunday night.

“The Basin Park Hotel hunt should prove to be the most hair-raising ghost hunt Larry (Flaxman) has ever led,” added Scales.  “Hotel management is not allowing any overnight guests at the Basin Park on that Sunday night.  There will no guests, no staff, and no electricity.  The hotel will be closed, vacant and dark to generate the best possible setting for close encounters of the ghostly kind.”

The full ESP Weekend Experience includes a welcome reception, an Intrigue Theater production plus ghost hunter training, a ghost tour, a Crescent ghost hunt led by Flaxman, an “all access pass” for 24-hour unfettered access of the entire hotel, room accommodations for two nights, in-house food credits, gifts and more, plus the opportunity to add on the Stay-over Sunday which features the history-making “closed, vacant and dark” Sunday night exclusive ghost hunt and investigation of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel also led by Larry Flaxman.

For more information and reservations for the 2014 Eureka Springs’ Paranormal (ESP) Weekend, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com or check availability on packages here:

2 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

1 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

 

Christmas at the Crescent

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“Christmas At The Crescent” Has

Become Eureka Springs Tradition

 

 Christmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week longCHF_8859 schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

            “When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

            One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees willDSC_0030 adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

            “Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

            Also on Saturday Night from 3 – 8 PM, the Crescent Hotel will participate in the annual Preservation Tour of Homes by opening up the iconic Manor house of Lookout Cottages Estate.  The Preservation Tour of Homes, often attended by over 2,000 visitor helps to fund preservation efforts around Eureka Springs including last year’s benefactor, Crescent Spring.

            Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights areDSC_0095 a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

            For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A ChristmasPhoto by Purdy Art Co. Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 10th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

            Thursday night, December 12th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” isPhoto by Purdy Art Co. planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

             “One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.esxmasparade

            Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

                        “The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 6th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.

 

Local Preservation Champion

Local Preservation Champion Dee Bright Recognized

By The National Trust For Historic Preservation

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 Preservationists from across the state recently convened here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for a Certified Local Government (CLG) training seminar.  The two-day event opened the first night with a welcome reception sponsored by the host hotel.  During that reception a few special announcements and presentations were made including recognition of one local preservationist by the national organization that is specifically dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). 

Jack Moyer, vice-president and general manager of the Crescent, read a framed letter from Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of NTHP that prais20131107_190722ed Dee Bright of Eureka Springs for her dedication to preservation.  Bright serves as chairperson of the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission (HDC), president of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society, and treasurer of the local organization of the NTHP’s Main Street program, which is supported locally by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network (ESDN).

In the letter Meeks wrote, “Through her service she (Dee Bright) has shown exceptional commitment to Eureka Springs and the preservation movement.  Dee, your colleagues at the National Trust thank you, and I know the citizens of Eureka Springs and the entire community of preservationists in Arkansas join us in saying that your efforts have made a significant difference in ‘Protecting The Irreplaceable’ for many future generations to come.”

The evening also featured an official city welcome to the nearly 75 attendees by Mike Bishop, president of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce; an official20131107_185550 state welcome from Missy McSwain, program director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP); and the introduction of a Preservation Partners program, conceived by Moyer that and is now in beta testing, that will make recognized preservation volunteers of the various preservation organizations across the state eligible for deep discounts at both the Crescent and its local sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.

“I have presented this program for consideration to both NTHP and Historic Hotels of America,” explained Moyer.  “If it works here, they may roll it out nationally enabling designated preservation volunteers to stay at any HHA property across the country at an attractive discount.”

The reception was the opening event for the state CLG seminar, a training event coordinated locally by Glenna Booth, the Eureka Springs’ Economic Director.  Workshops were led by Pratt Cassity, director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

For more information on preservation projects statewide, one should contact the AHPP office at 501-324-9880 or by going to their web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com.  For local projects and opportunities, one should contact Booth at 479-253-9703 or via email atace@cityofeurekasprings.org.


Eureka Springs Offering “WOW” This Holiday Season

Eureka Springs Offering “WOW!” This Holiday Season

 

Are the gifts you buy for your loved ones every year kind of like a plate full of chocolate chip cookies?  Sweet.  Tasty.  Nice… but nothing “WOW!”  That can all change this year when holiday shoppers 484152_550898464923607_1894183831_nsojourn over to Eureka Springs.  There they will find “WOW” (“Wonderland Of Wonderful”) gifts.  Dozens of eclectic shops and galleries are this Victorian village’s trademark.  Inside these twinkling shops and galleries holiday shoppers will actually find those one-of-a-kind gifts.  The kind of gifts that will have the recipients audibly saying “WOW!” after the wrapping paper has been frenetically ripped away.

When shopping in this Dickensian setting, holiday visitors will find themselves actually smiling, enjoying the execution of this required annual task.  Many will chuckle upon realizing that the humming of a tune about Santa Claus coming to town is escaping from behind their smile   This is the pre-Christmas 12-4-10 069experience being offered unassuming holiday celebrants once they have arrived in Eureka Springs, the authentic holiday town.

“If we hear one thing repeated by those who holiday shop in Eureka Springs is that it is fun and authentic holiday shopping experience,” said Amanda Haley, board member for the Eureka Springs Main Street Program (ESDN).  “What organizations like ESDN, the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, and others do is to then work hard to embellish these three magical Christmas shopping weekends with festive, experiential activities and events.

“During these weekends, visiting shoppers might find themselves passing a ‘living window’ or nibbling on a hot S’more while the sounds of Christmas carols surround them in the park.  They can also couple their holiday excitement with a spa-like time of relaxation for what we locals are calling jubilee rejuvenation in one of America’s Distinctive Destinations.”

For those who enjoy the words, “I’m just looking.” there are two special events just for them.  Spectators line the streets early for a good view of The Ozarks’ most festive holiday parade the evening OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof December 5.  Sponsored by Arvest Bank, this multi-unit spectacle in motion brightly winds its way along Eureka’s historic loop from the Carnegie Library through downtown past Basin Spring Park.  The other “observers only” occasion is the next day on December 6.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s “Holiday Tour of Homes” each year welcomes more than 2,000 sets of eyes to see not only beautiful turn-of-the-century homes but homes gaily decorated.

“Many people can spend one of these three holiday weekends adrift somewhere in a concrete city circling a shopping center or big-box store looking for a parking place only to feel like, once inside, a sardine in a sea of humanity,” noted Haley.  “Here in Eureka our ‘seafood’ is served as an entree, not herded into a never-ending check-out line.

“Visitors complete their Eureka holi-day weekend relaxed, not frazzled, which makes that seafood or steak served in one of our highly-acclaimed, non-chain restaurants even more pleasurable.  Only one thing left to do, travel a block or two and sleep in a bed turned down ‘just for you’ waiting for those dancing sugar plums to appear.”

It is said when you add up all the shops and galleries of downtown, uptown and outlying areas, this nineteenth century Ozark hamlet festooned in its holiday finery, boasts more than 100 retail 481837_550895701590550_1277496998_nbusinesses.  “And none are more than a few steps, a few minutes away one from the others,” Haley explained, “with no fear of getting ‘mall’ed!”

To pluck just one from “the 100” to serve as an example of what shoppers can expect when holiday shopping in Eureka Springs: Iris At Basin Park, located downtown at 8 Spring Street, adjacent to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  This typically eclectic Eureka Springs combination art gallery/gift shop features the work of about 150 American artists, many local.  Some of their art is wearable, hangable, has a utility or is just fun to display in that special focal point in a home or office.  A wide variety of items in a full range of prices allow shoppers with any size budget to come away with a treasure to wrap up and place under the tree; guaranteed to produce a “WOW!”

For more information about ways to enjoy Eureka Springs these three special weekends of the holiday season, one should go to Eureka Springs’ shops and galleries, ESDN Christmas Events, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber’s Calendar of Events, Christmas At The Crescent, or simply go to EurekaSprings.com.

 

Food & Wine Weekend

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Come experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs. Many local restaurants will be featuring their chef’s signature courses expertly paired with perfect wines. Other wine and food events all around town. 

For Full schedule click here

The Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa would like to invite you to the following events:

Friday – November 8thEureka Springs 1-2006 (21)

The 1886 Steakhouse

4pm to 4:30 Class on Why Cheese Is So Good With Wine: $10 per person

4:30 to 5pm Taste our house wines

5pm to 9pm  The Chefs Food & Wine Feature

An appetizer plate of fruit and cheese paired with Barefoot MuscatoPhoto by Purdy Art Co.

Guests choice of a 10oz Filet or a 16oz Ribeye paired with Keikan Malbec

Chefs choice of sides for the evening

Rich Cheese Blintz with a Wildberry Topping paired with Spumanti Champagne

 

Saturday- November 9th

Sky Bar Gourmet PizzaPhoto by Purdy Art Co.

All Day in The Skybar its Calzone and Chianti, a classic pairing of rich food and big tannins $23

 

Sunday – November 10th

Sunday Brunch

Crystal Ballroom Sunday Brunch $24.95small-006CHsteakbrunch2008PurdyArtCo

Scrumptious Cheese Blintz paired with a Cordial of Dessert Wine

Enhance your Brunch and Glass of Veuve Clicquot French Champagne  for only $10

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

 

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Thanksgiving Day Buffet begins at 11am and continues until 3pm, with dining in The Crystal Ballroom and The Crescent Conservatory.

Reservations are Recommended 479-253-9652

Menu

Oven Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Pork Loin

Holiday Glazed Ham

Carved Roast Beef

 

Green Bean Casserole

Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Corn

Seasoned Whipped Potatoes & Giblet Gravy

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Fruit Display

Cheese Display

Assorted Chef Made Salads

Rolls & Butter

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

Assorted Cakes

Chocolate Fountain with goodies to dip

Champagne Served from 11am to 3pm

$27.95 for Adults – Children 5-12 years old $12.95

*Our in-house guests will be able to enjoy a light Continental Breakfast from 8am to 11am in the Skybar, located on the 4th floor.

*The Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza will be open from 11am for beverage service only until 6pm, then there will be food service from 6pm to 8pm.

Heartlands Men’s Chorus Concert

Join Heartland Men’s Chorusheartlands men's chorus concert

 for a special performance in Eureka Springs

HMC is thrilled to return to The Auditorium in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in a special outreach performance combining our acclaimed musical documentary,

When I Knew, with a sneak peek of our 2013 holiday concert.

The performance is a benefit for OARS (Ozarks AIDS Resources & Services), the second benefit HMC has performed for the group.

When I Knew combines music, narration and audio-visual elements to explore the moment of self-acceptance in the lives of LGBT people.

Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m

The Auditorium
32 South Main Street
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Tickets: $15 – $50

Order tickets online

Eureka Springs Paranoraml Weekend

 

New and expanded

ESP WEEKEND!

January 3, 4, 5, 2014

in Eureka Springs, AR.

A 48-hour ghost hunt in not One but

TWO of the most haunted buildings in the country:

 The 1886 Crescent Hotel

and

the eight-story Basin Park Hotel!

                        Paranormal investigators are encouraged to bring all their equipment and be prepared to stay up at night investigating the most active areas of the hotels – 24/7!1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_n

All levels of experience welcome – come and learn from the pros, mingle, make connections, share your stories and experiences beyond the veil with other explorers of the supernatural and unexplained!   

As usual, packages will include premium rooms, great food, entertainment, informational presentations by guest speakers and opportunities to meet ghost hunters from around the country.  Ghost hunts will be led by renowned paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman, plus plenty of time will be allowed for free roaming!

What better place and time to explore the supernatural then the famous mountaintop gothic chateau in the Ozarks, the 1886 Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas – in the dead of winter…  Morgue_Baker'sAutopsyTable_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7

NEWSFLASH:  We have restored the notorious Morgue to its original square footage!  See the Morgue “reborn” with another original room, displays and a mini-theatre.

 

NEW TO 2014 – STAYOVER SUNDAY NIGHT for just $89 at the Basin Park hotel

Exclusive to ESP Participants!

  INVESTIGATE THE BASIN PARK HOTEL as it will be closed and dark to GHOST HUNTERS ONLY!

 Note: Package prices and details are subject to change.  Check back to book online.

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($419.00) Include :ch & bph

  • Upgraded room accommodations for two nights
  • Welcome reception
  • Friday Evening Intrigue Theater show and ghost hunt training / orientation
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour
  • Ghost Hunt with “renowned professional paranormal investigator” Larry Flaxman
  • “Active Space” pass
  • $30 per day Food Credit
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)

Plan a Stayover Sunday for just $89 and be a part of the first annual Basin Park Ghost Hunt (Hotel will be closed, vacated and dark — EXCLUSIVELY for ESP participants)

Saturday 1 Night Package ($219.00) Include:

  • Premium Guest Room
  • Ghost Tour
  • “Active Space” pass
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour
  • Ghost Hunt with “renowned professional paranormal investigator” Larry Flaxman
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)

      Plan a Stayover Sunday for just $89 and be a part of the first annual Basin Park Ghost Hunt (Hotel will be closed, vacated and dark — EXCLUSIVELY for ESP participants)

Expected Three Day Schedule:

Friday Night Arrival:

6:30      Reception

7:30      Intrigue Theater and Orientation

10:30    Ghost Tour

11:00    Ghost Tour

24 hour active spaces pass

 

Saturday

TBD     “Larry Flaxman on Paranormal Investigation”

Guided Ghost Hunt of the Crescent Hotel

 

Sunday

10AM   Evidence Review

TBD     Larry Flaxman

Guided Ghost Hunt of the Basin Park Hotel

It’s not too soon to start making plans for the biggest ghost hunt in the country!

Information:

479-253-9766

CrescentHotelGhostTours@gmail.com

 

Intrigue Theater “Cuts a Ladiy in Half”

During October, Intrigue Theater “Cuts a Lady in Half – Civil War Style”haunted26x

 

With the calendar flipped over to October, people who visit this Ozark Mountain village have in their minds two things: fantastic fall colors and seeing something unique, unusual and unexplainable.  This October visitors will not be disappointed.

Of course there are the nightly ghost tours of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  This year the interest in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” should be even greater following their exposure several times on national television programs of the paranormal kind.  Those tours, which end in the hotel’s morgue, are nightly year-round; while this October, something weird is going on just down the street from this mountaintop spa resort.

There, in a church that was built in 1901, is the intimate performance venue known as Intrigue Theater.  The interior of the Gavioli Chapel has been retrofitted to accommodate guests anxious to1_imagejpeg952 see acts of mystery and illusion.  Being introduced during all of the October performances, Intrigue Theater’s renowned illusionist Sean-Paul will shock members of his audience by carrying out a revolutionary effect that was introduced to the world in the 1920s but with an added dimension of historic authenticity.  He explains:

“The Civil War was a time of hatred and cruelty; a time when brother fought brother; a time when our great nation was literally cut in half.  However, here in Eureka Springs there was compassion in the personage of Dr. Alvah Jackson, who would treat wounded soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies in a makeshift hospital located in a cave near Basin Spring.  His medical knowledge coupled with the healing powers of the water taken from the nearby spring saved many a soldier who surely would have died without his care.  Unfortunately, many were saved only because of surgical amputations administered under the skilled hands of Dr. Jackson.

“It is this historical backdrop that will set the stage for our most ghastly illusion.”

For that illusion, Sean-Paul will recruit two volunteers from the audience – one to play the part of a union soldier, the other a confederate.  Juliane Fay of Intrigue Theater will lie down on a replicaIntrigue-Sawing-cropped-1024x764 of Dr. Alvah Jackson’s surgical amputation table.   The newly drafted, mock Confederate and Union Soldiers will strap her down to that table the same way they would a patient about to undergo an amputation.  Using Civil War swords and blades, Sean-Paul steps to the table and cuts Juliana Fay in half.   Then, symbolic of our once divided country, the two soldiers will pull the body apart into two separate pieces.

“Due to the intense nature of this illusion, we may only use this newly-added effect during this month’s performances,” concluded Sean-Paul.  “You may refer to it as our ‘October surprise’.”

For additional information, reservations and tickets, click on the following links: Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours Intrigue Theater, as well as  Eureka Springs’ Area Attractions.

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE INTRIGUE THEATER HALLOWEEN NIGHT SEANCE EVENT AT THE CRESCENT HOTEL!  Doors open at 9:30pm and show starts at 10pm.