OzMoMu2: 2nd Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival
Set for Eureka Springs, January 22-25, 2015
(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) –The hottest thing in Eureka Springs, AR in January 2014 was OzMoMu, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival. Hundreds came and enjoyed the eclectic mountain music sounds of 10 bands. This year, partnering with the ESDN – The Eureka Springs Main Street Program, OzMoMu2 returns to the1905 Basin Park Hotel, January 22-25, 2015.
“Last year we touted OzMoMu as Eureka Springs’ next great festival,” said Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and we did not disappoint. Even before the last note of OzMoMu1 music stopped echoing through the Barefoot Ballroom, the crowd wanted to know the dates of OzMoMu2, the sequel. And just like last year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu2 will focus around Indie Folk with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”
The 2015 Ozark Mountain Music Festival will begin Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with 10 acts until Sunday’s “Bloody Mary Morning Show” with passes once again being kept affordable. OzMoMu2 will feature the following: Mountain Sprout, Hooten Hallers, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Dimetrip, Chucky Waggs, Foley’s Van, Brody Buster, Spring Street Band, Dusty Pearls, and Hosty Duo.
“A key to establishing this event,” noted Jack Moyer, general manager of the hotel, “will be in both providing great Indie/Folk 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 central location that has an indoor ‘festival grounds’ feel, per se.”
Room bundles for two attendees include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes and begin at $325. Festival “4-Day All-Access” passes are $55. For further information or online room sales, guests are encouraged to visit ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com
(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Almost all households who celebrate Christmas will do so at home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning. However, extended families, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on who live within a drivable distance from each other, want to share meaningful time collectively during this festive winter season. They long for a family reunion of sorts. Families from Arkansas, Western Oklahoma, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and beyond, have for years chosen Eureka Springs for the site of their holiday family “re-yule-ion”.
This nouveau holiday tradition seems to be growing in popularity. Family members who live in or the near the Arkansas Ozarks are coming together in increasing numbers 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 in a destination the whole family seems to enjoy for multi-generational reasons. That destination is Eureka Springs, the extraordinary family escape for holiday reunions.
Someone who has been witnessing this festive phenomenon for nearly two decades is Jack Moyer, general manager of two Eureka Springs historic hotels. He explains, “The families that gather up here appreciate and take pride in our historic community and its holiday ambiance. They say it is the perfect setting for developing lifetime memories for their family with the added bonus of scenic spots galore for taking those Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ shared photos.”
One style of gathering spot that seems to trending upward for these holiday reunions are cottages, ones that offer multiple bedrooms, large living rooms, scenic decks and kitchen facilities. “When we added our Cottages at Crescent Park and Lookout Cottage Estate to our numerous suites and penthouses located in our adjacent hotel, it offered multiple choices from which a family could choose,” added Moyer. “There are numerous such choices within Eureka Springs proper. Cottages surrounded by nature but within walking distance to the urban niceties of shops, galleries, restaurants and bistros for which downtown Eureka Springs has become famous.”
Moyer explained that the normal pattern has been family members starting to arrive from all directions on Christmas or the day after, well inside that window for when the kids are out of school. “Hugs-n-howdies” normally become the first order of business that first night. The next morning normally is set aside for “the roundup” and the onset of the family’s week of rediscovering 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 is ideal for them, “continued Moyer “Those specific days and nights are usually free of commitments allowing folks to invest those few days in the family complete.”
Moyer concluded, “A holiday bonus is that many cottages, hotels and motels in Eureka Springs historically offer very attractive rates and packages for this week. The trick is to get reservations in early so families can secure that ‘idyllic spot’ before the neighbors do. The Internet has allowed easy shopping for these deals.”
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The Ozark Mountain Music Festival is a celebration of Indie Folk music held annually at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With bands often celebrated at such major festivals as Wakarusa or Harvest Fest, the Basin Park Hotel has invited festival goers to come camp inside on a chilly January Weekend with some hot music and great memories.
January 22nd-25th 2015
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ESP Weekend 2015
Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal Event January 9, 10, 11 2015. The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.
This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, 3500, 502 and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.
Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($395.00)
Package is good for two people
Upgraded room accommodations for two nights
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with 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)
$395 plus tax. Valid 1/9-1/11. Check Availability.
1 Night Saturday Only Package ($239.00)
Package is good for two people
Premium Guest Room
“Active Space” pass
ESP Weekend t-shirts
Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
Team review of evidence gathered.
2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door)
$239 plux tax. Valid 1/10. Check Availability.
Stayover Sunday for just $89 at the Crescent Hotel for the private investigation at the Basin Park Hotel. The Basin Park Hotel will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants only. Call 877-342-9766 to Stayover Sunday at the Crescent.
Blakeli Myrick, Marketing Coordinator
The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South Reveals
“Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels For Groups”
Arkansas Claims Five Winners
GULF SHORES, Ala. (June 24, 2014)—The Editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and the publishers of the annual Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, have announced their 2014 Hot Picks for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups.” This list is comprised of hotels with meeting space located throughout 16 states in the U.S. South and the Caribbean Seas region. Hotels were nominated by the readers and fans of ConventionSouth magazine, then researched and verified for qualification by ConventionSouth editorial team.
In Arkansas, five hotels made the list:
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Inn at Carnall Hall
The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
The Austin Hotel & Convention Center
The Capital Hotel
A complete list of the hotels selected for the “Top 100 Southern Hospitality Hotels for Groups” can be found online at www.conventionsouth.com/sohohotels.htm and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/southern-hospitality-hotels
Editors sought nominations for hotels with ample meeting space that offer an attractive, charming appearance as well as provide top-of-the line service. “It is with great honor to recognize these hotels,” said ConventionSouth Editor/Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock. “For a hotel to offer Southern hospitality, it’s location, aesthetics, amenities and staff must present an all-around welcoming spirit for groups and attendees from across the country and world.”
Along with releasing this list online today, editors will reveal the list this August within The Guide to Meetings Sites in the South, an annual directory that showcases the most proactive meeting sites in the South as well as how-to insight on hosting meetings & events with authentic Southern hospitality and charm.
ABOUT THE MAGAZINE: Celebrating 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South, according to Bundock.
ABOUT THE GUIDE TO MEETING SITES IN THE SOUTH: Each August, ConventionSouth magazine publishes The Guide to Meeting Sites in the South, which is distributed to 18,000+ meeting planners across the country and available online in a searchable format. The guide is the definitive reference book for meeting planners and buyers to obtain up-to-date-contact information and detailed site data on hundreds of the top meeting suppliers in the South. For more information on the guide, including signing up for a free copy and to list a meeting venue, visit www.conventionsouth.com/advertise/directoryoptions.htm
This Event has just SOLD OUT. Please join the New Years Eve Celebration Downtown at our sister hotel, the Basin Park Hotel, at the Ballroom Blitz.
Live Music & Dancing from Red Ambition. Tickets are $25, purchase here.
Ring In A Historically “Fun” New Year In Eureka Springs
As Eureka Springs’ end-of-the-year party goers begin to make their plans as to where they will be ringing in the New Year they can simply ask, “Where is the most fun?” It has often been said that in Eureka “the most fun is downtown”. In an effort to live up to that benchmark, this Ozark community’s premiere historic downtown hotel, the 1905 Basin Park, has put together an evening extravaganza for December 31, 2014.
The Basin Park will repeat their very popular New Year’s Eve event, The Ballroom Blitz. This gala evening that begins at 8 o’clock includes the top floor party upstairs in the Barefoot Ballroom featuring Arkansas’ party band Red Ambition, party favors, great snacks and the “highest” midnight countdown downtown with a champagne toast at the first stroke of 2014.
Tickets are online, click here, for just $25 per person.
To book a room package:
1 Night Stay
2 Tickets to Red Ambition New Years Eve Party (9pm-1am on the 6th Floor)
Breakfast for Two
$205 for a Superior King, Queen Jacuzzi Room, or 2 Double Bed Suite, check availability.
GHOST TOURS ON HALLOWEEN AT THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN AMERICA… WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU BE?
It’s not just about trick or treating – on All Hallows Eve the doors are said to be open between this world and the next, and the spirits of the dead can pass freely from their realm into ours…
Ghost tours will begin as early as 5.00 pm and leave every half hour through midnight
Tickets may be purchased in advance online (recommended) at www.reserveeureka.com or at the hotel – but decide soon: tours from 7 through 9.30 are already totally booked!
Intrigue Theater Halloween Show is SOLD OUT!
$21.50 plus tax, half price under 13. 27 max. on each tour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone over 18.
Tour lasts one hour ten minutes – start on the 4th floor in the Faculty Lounge, end in the notorious Norman Baker’s Morgue…
Photography encouraged – orbs abound at the Crescent Hotel!
Absolutely no alcohol allowed on the tours, disruptive rowdies will be asked to leave.
The tour goes down three flights of stairs and along a narrow passageway – if you have accessibility issues, please let us know in advance.
Wait – there’s more!
FLICKERING TALES – traditional Ozark ghost stories told by trained storytellers around a blazing campfire! Tickets available through www.ReserveEureka.com or at the front desk. Meet in the lobby at 11.00 pm. It may be a little on the cool side – blankets will be provided.
Staying over on Saturday? We will continue in the Halloween spirit with a special extra-long version of Flickering Tales, told by four (4) storytellers!
Checking in on TONIGHT? Our supernaturally themed comedy-murder-mystery play Not Really a Door will move from its usual 10.00 pm Friday performance time to the previous evening, to accommodate demand for ghost tours on Halloween. Normal schedule resumes on Saturday, November 1.
THE WORLD-FAMOUS 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL – THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN AMERICA – THE PLACE TO BE ON HALLOWEEN!
Every new employee on their first day of work at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa learns about that hotel’s established foundation and the vision that is planned for moving forward. These core principles, coined “Our Hotel Creed”, include Creating Lifetime Memories for every guest; Building the Individual with a competent, service-driven culture that provides opportunities for promotion from within; Being Community Minded by instilling a belief that “a high tide rises all boats”; and Protecting the Irreplaceable through operating sharp and efficient businesses that allows proceeds to be reinvested directly back into the historic structures that house those businesses. This creed was established to ensure that the “Crescent legend” might continue for generations to come
“Each year in November, ownership and management come together to review the current year and to discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and what improvements need to happen in the upcoming year to make certain that our properties continue to stay on top,” said Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the Crescent and its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. “We are fortunate to have an owner who allows us to reinvest our profits. For example, this year we were again able to use the revenue brought to the hotel from our loyal guests -our investors- to secure the future of this irreplaceable symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886.
“Our 2014 action plan has seen improvements continuing longer into season than in the past but necessary to keep up with guest standards and expectations. We anticipate completion of this plan by the end of August only to start anew in late November with our 2015 plan. We owe each and every guest a heartfelt word of thanks for their role in making the fourth tenet of our creed come true. ‘Protecting the Irreplaceable’ matters and I want them to know that their part in it is very much appreciated.”
- Repair of the poolside chimney, roof and metal fascia
- Historic restoration of Guest Room 219 which included interior demolition, infrastructure improvement, a balcony addition, and the adding of a whirlpool tub
- Additions at the New Moon Spa and Salon including a “Chill Room”, locker space, and a sauna facility
- Installation of air conditioning to the laundry and “the morgue”
- Replacement in the South Penthouse of window glass, sashes and frames
- Historic restoration of the 2nd Floor hallway which included demolition, electric upgrade, insulation, sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing
- Historic restoration of the 4th Floor hallway which included sheetrock, paint, and historic texturing
- Improvements to Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza including the purchase and installation of a new pizza oven, placement of additional seating, and expansion of guest conveniences
- Upgrade and the addition of supplementary hotel hot water heaters to expand capacity
- Upgrade and the addition of supplementary air conditioning to the Crystal Ballroom
- Purchase of an additional wedding tent to expand garden reception capabilities
- Finalized bedding and furniture upgrade to all rooms
- Completed the Wedding Court by installing the Prospect Avenue decorative rock wall
Final projects to be completed in August include:
- Installation of LED bulbs to all kitchen and lobby lights
- Installation of new historic archival displays on the 4th Floor
- Resurfacing of the Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza deck
- Installation of new 4th Floor carpeting
Moyer, who came Eureka Springs to manage the two hotels in 1997, went on to explain, “Even though these physical improvements are important for our guests, equally as impressive is the continuing promotion of our community as a premier Arkansas, Ozarks, and regional destination. More than $50,000 annually goes to the improvement of our online networks that promote Eureka Springs year-round providing free Internet links and referrals for local businesses on such popular web sites as EurekaSpringsOnline.com, ReserveEureka.com, EurekaSpringsMarina.com, ArkansasArtTrail.com, EurekaSpringsKids.com to name just a few. That promotion goes well beyond the Internet. More than $150,000 annually goes into a community-minded campaign to advertise and position Eureka Springs as the year-round ‘Extraordinary Escape’ including underwriting Eureka Springs’ events that bolster the shoulder seasons and weekday travel while improving the overall image of our destination. We feel this is putting our money where our creed is when it comes to being community minded.”
Local events and event organizations underwritten in toto or in part by the Crescent and/or Basin Park Hotels include Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras, Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
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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 weeklong 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 6 through December 14 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 14 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 6 at 6 p.m. More than 30 trees will 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.
Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 7 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 are 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 2 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 Christmas Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast. This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 9th 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 11th 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” is 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.
Christmas at the Crescent concludes with the Spring Street stroll down Eureka Springs’ Promenade from the Crescent Hotel to Crescent Spring and an event ONLY to beheld in 2014 as the Crescent celebrates a “Spirited Wedding Celebration” in the Christmas forest on 12-13-14.
“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.
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 5th 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.