Jack V. Moyer Honored for Accomplishments in Hospitality

Mr. Moyer has guided Crescent Hotel & Spa to prosperity

EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, January 18, 2014, Jack Moyer, Vice President, General Manager of 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, press_release_201427025818PMleadership and excellence in hospitality.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa provides hospitality services, including spa, dining and resort services. And Mr. Moyer has helped to key that success through his 17 years of experience and his expertise in brand positioning and following consumer patterns. Additionally, he is a co-owner of Historica Consulting and previously owned and managed the Harrison’s historic hotel, the 1929 Hotel Seville, an ASCEND Collection Hotel by Choice Hotels in Harrison, Ark.

His duties are running Eureka Springs’ two premier historic hotels, The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and The 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which entails handling all marketing and finance and overseeing business operations and community development. Mr. Moyer was responsible for the multimillion dollar refurbishing and redevelopment of all three of his historic hotels. He also administered the concept, approval and construction of the Cottages at Crescent Park and was a consultant on the restoration of the Lake Lure Inn in Lake Lure, N.C.

Mr. Moyer was named Hotelier of the Year when he was presented the AHA’s coveted Golden Key Award. “It has been my policy, one embraced by all three of my hotels, to boil it all down to a simple creed that proves successful,” Mr. Moyer says. “By creating lifetime memories, building the individual, being community minded and focusing on protecting the irreplaceable, we have developed cohesive teams at my properties that are helping me help them accomplish our corporate goals. I think this award accredits this creed.” He also attributes his success to understanding interpersonal relationships in a field that’s compatible with personality drive and interests. He has also been recognized as one of Northwest Arkansas’ 40 leaders under 40 and recently inducted into Worldwide Branding.

In five years, Mr. Moyer plans to protect the irreplaceable, sustain and grow businesses, help one or two businesses a year that may be struggling with sustainability, formulate a business plan, work with the University of Arkansas and mentor a program. He is pleased to help others in areas of historic hotel management, community development and market positioning with an Internet strategy.

Prior to receiving the Golden Key Award, Mr. Moyer had hospitality industry involvement, which included receiving an associate degree from Paul Smith’s College and Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University, and holding chairmanship of the advisory committee to the University of Arkansas’ School of Hospitality and Restaurant Management. He also held chairmanships on the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (2006, 2000), Eureka Springs Tourism Cooperative, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association and Eureka Springs Community Development Partnership, and memberships on the Historic Hotels of America Board of Advisors and the Mayor’s Tourism Task Force of Eureka Springs. He also re-launched the Holiday Promotion Committee and supports Main Street Programs as a mentor.

He became involved in his profession because it was a good fit for him personality wise. He started in the restaurant side, then went to school to study it.

A native of Elmira, New York, he is the son of Paul and Kay Moyer of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. He is married to Rachael, with whom he has two daughters, Jordan, age 17, and Anna Marie, age 19. Mr. Moyer also has three step-daughters, Courtney, Autumn and Vivian. His hobbies are related to his profession : Collecting memorabilia, following the hotel industry and interest in historical factors.

For more information, visit http://www.jackmoyer.com.

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Basin Park Hotel Ghost Investigation

 

GHOST TOUR MANAGER’S REPORT ON BASIN PARK INVESTIGATION.

2014

 

Ice and snow prevented Larry Flaxman’s invaluable participation and kept a few ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) fans at home, but we had a marvelous group of guests and the nocturnal investigations of the 1886 Crescent and 1905 Basin Park hotels were thoroughly enjoyable.

 

The Crescent obliged, as always, with indications of unseen presences, some great orb pictures and odd, inexplicable occurrences.  In January the plan had been to empty the Basin Park completely and explore the entire building while it was vacant – but then the ice came down and that plan had to be abandoned. By mid-February we had guests booked in already, but we were able to close down two floors and turn off hall lights. We started around 9 pm in the curious “cave” at the back of the Basin Park Hotel on street level – a high, wide aperture in the bluff against which the building is built. There were 20 guests and four Crescent Hotel tour guides. After explaining that, as none of us knew much about the Basin Park, we were all starting without preconceptions, we headed for the sixth floor.

 

We split into two groups. One party explored the Grand Ballroom, famous for the barefoot ball, the other the Lucky Seven Bar and Billiard Room, site of much illicit activity during Prohibition.  The orbs in the dark and cavernous Ballroom were brilliant and highly energized. In cameras we could see them performing aerial stunts, diving and swooping in the gloom – bright white, perfectly spherical and definitely not dust or insects.

 

Apart from spikes here and there on our EMF meters, the next major event took place in Room 519, which is known as one of the active spaces in the building. Several readers came up with the exactly the same finding – there seemed to be someone lying on the bed! We checked all around for sources of A/C current – there seemed to be no earthly reason for the off-the-chart readings down the center of the king bed in the center of the room.

 

On the third floor, room 313 showed a high rate of impulses, so we crowded in, closed the door, fell silent and then called to anyone who might be present. The impulses stopped, and try as we might, we could get no more response. Perhaps the entity did not like been in a tight space with so many strangers!

 

Throughout the rest of the investigation, slight phenomena occurred – someone felt cold on the back of their neck, apps produced words seemed uncannily apropos, spots where the meters responded seemed to move around, etc. No full body apparitions, nothing moved and no one poked or spoken to. We all wished we had more sophisticated equipment to follow up on what seemed to be strong indications. A little after midnight we called it a night.

 

So now we are looking forward to next January, when ESP weekend will be spread over two weekends – that way we should be able to keep the groups small enough to conduct serious explorations, our investigations will not be weather dependent and we will be bringing in more heavy-duty equipment.

 

So join us in 2015, to conduct a fully-equipped search, led by veteran paranormal investigators, of the 1886 Crescent and 1905 Basin park hotels in historic Eureka Springs!

 

FOOTNOTE – to all who were this us on this escapade: if you have pictures or experiences to share of your night at the Basin park – and we know some of you have some great stuff – do please send what you have to Barbara Kennedy  at Crescentghosts@gmail.com – we would love to post and archive all the evidence we gather very beginning!

 

Thanks, and we hope to see you all on the first weekend of  2015 – when ESP attendance will be capped at a reasonable number for serious investigation, and repeated the on the second weekend!

 

See you in the shadows – Keith Scales

For more information on ghost hunts and ghost tours, visit americasmosthauntedhotel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Tradition of Family Christmas in Eureka Springs

A New Tradition of Family Christmas in Eureka Springs

Almost all households who celebrate Christmas will do so at home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning.  However, for many families from ArDSC_0095kansas, Western Oklahoma, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and beyond, their newest holiday tradition has become a “family Christmas” reunion where everybody comes together the week between Christmas and New Year’s in a town that’s not too far away, in a charming place that feels like home, and at a destination the whole family enjoys.  That place for the past dozen years or so has been the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located in historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  The families that “gather up” at the Crescent not only appreciate and take pride in this mountaintop spa resort being the gathering place for their family but the hotel itself, its vast garden area and the cottages are magnificently decorated for that crowning “feel of home” touch.

            “When you add our Cottages at Crescent Park and Lookout Cottage Estate to our numerous spacious suites and penthouses located in our hotel proper, the Crescent now has  lcManorHouse_snow_300multiple choices for a family to choose for their Christmas week holiday family reunion,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent.  “In Lookout Estate, our five-bedroom Manor House can accommodate most families while some families choose a combination of Crescent cottages and selected suites to accommodate their family members.  No need to pull out the sleeper sofa at Grandma’s for the kids, to set up cots for the cousins, or to convince Uncle Willy that sleeping in the recliner really can be a relaxing experience.”

            Moyer explained that the normal pattern is for family members to start arriving from all directions on Christmas or the day after, still while the kids are out of school.  “Hugs-n-howdies” that first night followed by “the roundup” in the hotel’s lobby or other designated spot the next day for the onset of the family’s week of discovering each other as well as one America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, Eureka Springs.

            “Some families find that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those six nights and seven days are usually free of commitments and those few days invested in a family get-together are guaranteed to make wonderful lifetime memories.”

In past years, families have seemed to enjoy the more than 100 local shops to pick up on after-Christmas sales.  Eureka shops, eclectic in nature and “non-chain”, are perfect 484152_550898464923607_1894183831_nfor finding those just right, one-of-a-kind gifts.  This year they will also be able to enjoy Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Intrigue Theater, and other area attractions open during this special week.

            Moyer explained that the Manor House, other cottages and suites become quickly reserved.  So he encouraged families to exercise haste in calling in or going online to reserve their group of rooms.  Reservations for our Christmas Buffet, spa appointments, and certain holiday events should also be made far in advance.

            “Once the reservations have been made,” Moyer concluded, ”the only thing left for the family to do is to go over the river and through the woods to their historic holiday home, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, for an unforgettable family reunion in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  ”

            For reservations and information, one should go to crescenthotel.com or call 800-342-9766.

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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.

 

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:

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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

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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.

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.