ESP17: Eureka Springs Weekends Schedule Announced

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Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends
January 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15, 2017

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas have grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular it now includes two weekends to accommodate demand. Participants will be investigating two local, historic hotels in one weekend at ESP17!

Participants will be expertly guided for a behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in the famed 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel in America”, that sits on a mountaintop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The quest, for those who opt for an additional night, will included the Crescent’s sister hotel, the majestic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa _ Eureka Springs AR _ from above _ sepia _ rev1905 Basin Park, in downtown Eureka Springs and just steps from the famous Basin healing spring, the one that first put Eureka on the map back in the nineteenth century.

The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn. On Saturday nights, the Crescent Hotel ghost hunt will be orchestrated and led by our ever-popular resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman! Those who choose to stay an extra night will be able to explore the Basin Park Hotel, with Larry in the lead –when the entire building hotel will be closed and empty except for event participants.

A plethora of events have been planned for the weekend. They include receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; all the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant and socializing in the newly-expanded SkyBar; the gallery of historic photographs on the fourth floor; the new Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore – all this and T-shirts, too! (And perhaps a few surprises…)

(Please note: programs for each weekend are identical)


GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE MOST ACTIVES AREA OF THE CRESCENT HOTEL – rooms 419, 3500, 218, 101 (Governor’s Suite, new this year) and of course, 20140104_130618Norman Baker’s MORGUE – led by our resident paranormal investigator, the renowned LARRY FLAXMAN, author of seven books and founder of ARPAST. Saturday nights.

GUIDED INVESTIGATION OF THE BASIN PARK HOTEL, which will be closed and completely empty for this event. Led by the great Larry. Sunday nights.

INDEPENDENT NOCTURNAL INVESTIGATIONS – free roam from midnight to dawn with participants conducting their own search for our “guests who checked out but never left!”

Scheduled Events

NIGHTLY GHOST TOURS at the 1886 Crescent and1905 Basin Park hotels, geared especially to ESP investigators. Learn the history of the hotels and the town, hear the stories behind the sightings and identify the most active areas of the buildings.

STORY CIRCLE Gives participants a chance to relate their experiences of the supernatural, here and elsewhere, and to hear the stories of other ESP participants – hosted by long-time favorite tour guide Aunt Reba.

A SÉANCE Under controlled circumstances and with the assistance of trained psychics, participants will attempt to communicate with some of the better known departed spirits of the Crescent Hotel such as Norman Baker; the “Girl in the Mist”; and of course, Michael, the mischievous stonemason!

TECHNOPHILIA, or “My gadget is more sensitive than your gadget!” Participants will contrast and compare ghost-hunting equipment with other paranormal investigators.Larry Preparing This gives participants the opportunity to show off their favorite toys and to drool over the ones they don’t have… yet.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF THE DEAD: a performance in words and music by popular duo Victoria Ralph and Bobby Matthews who will ask the questions: “Why do people seek scary experiences?” and “What is it that scares us the most?”
IMMERSION – a theater experience with no “fourth wall.” Vince Johari will be the featured paranormal entertainer and guide into this realm of spirit communication.


ESP TESTING – Participants will investigate the phenomena known as telepathy, thought transference or remote viewing for personal evaluation. The tests will continue as they become more elaborate allowing participants to learn more about this fundamental mystery of human mental capacities as well as a chance to test their own PSI potential!

PSYCHOMANTEUM – Opens up the conduit to one’s own mind – or is it simply “the Other Side”? In ancient Greece, trained priests attempted to contact the spirits of the dead in a specially constructed, completely silent, subterranean temple called a psychomanteum. Reached through a complicated underground series of tunnels, the inner sanctum contained a still pool of water and single candle. In the process known as scrying, the initiate would gaze into the pool until visions appeared. A modern version of this sensory deprivation chamber was created by Dr. Raymond Moody, employing a soundproofed, mirrored room. Past participants have reported startling results.

Those who participate will experience the psychomanteum at the highest point in the Ozark hills. Whether one believes that the images come from “in there”, “out there”, or can find no distinction, the psychomanteum provides a rare and unique experience for the adventurous.

Psychics Lisa Dawn (Shustah cards); Michelle Rasmussen Foster (Intuitive Angel Readings); and Margo “the Charmreader” will be available throughout both ESP17 weekends to give readings and to enable future appointments to be made.


NOT REALLY A DOOR, a one-hour, two-actress, keep-‘em-guessing, supernatural, comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, created especially for our guests at “America’s Most Flickering TalesHaunted. It has the distinction of being the second longest running-play in Eureka Springs history! (Note: there will be no prizes for those who identify the longest, just the accolades of fellow participants.)

FLICKERING TALES – genuine Ozark stories of witches, monsters and ghosts, delivered by trained storytellers.


Awaiting participants will be receptions; midnight champagne toasts to the ghosts; fully-costumed experienced ghost tour guides always on hand to facilitate the event; the amenities of the famous 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa including breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room restaurant, socializing in the expanded SkyBar, the historic photograph gallery on the fourth floor; the Crescent College and Conservatory Museum; as well as the unique and picturesque Ozark Mountain village of Eureka Springs to explore. All this and T-shirts! (And maybe even a few surprises…)
>Snacks and beverages available in the “small hours” at both hotels.
>Shuttles available between hotels during certain hours
>Discounted rate for extended stays by ESP17 participants Monday-Thursday, Jan 9-12, at both hotels

This Event Sells Out so please Reserve Your Spot by booking online for a 2 night or 1 night ESP Pkg:

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Holiday Engagements Expected To Hit All-Time High in December 2016; Start Planning During Holidays

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For the lady who receives an engagement ring during the winter holidays, she need not wait for the robins or the daffodils to start planning.  In fact, experts say during the winter months just may the best time to begin planning a wedding set for any time of the year.  One such wedding destination that can attest to this is the romantic village of Eureka Springs, located in the Arkansas Ozarks.

“Eureka Springs is known as ‘The Wedding Capital of The South’.  As such, the community will see nearly 3,000 weddings per year,” explained Jodie English, Director of Sales at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “In fact our two hotels will be the site for more than 300 wedding events each year.  Part of that reason is our 130-year heritage of romance.  The other major reason is that we are but minutes away from the iconic Thorncrown Chapel.  And during the first couple months of the year, following so many diamonds being placed on ring fingers during holidays, Eureka becomes the wedding planning capital of the south.”

English listed a few of the reasons why early planning during the winter months is so advantageous.  “One obvious reason is that these venues are exclusive however now there are more dates from which to choose to reserve one of Eureka Springs’ iconic venues; so very important.  For example, there is only one Crescent Hotel with its ‘extraordinary spaces and places’ and only one Thorncrown Chapel.  That perfect date coupled with that perfect place once fulfilled creates the bedrock foundation for that dream wedding.”

Other winter planning advantages that English mentioned include:

> Site visits tend to be more relaxed when other events are not underway at that chosen venue.  The bride-to-be garners all the attention.

> The farther out a date is set makes it easier for family and friends to build that “save the date” it into their annual schedule.  In fact many brides turn their wedding event into a multi-day family and friends reunion of sorts.  An earlier set date, allows friends and family members to utilize a few vacation days to enjoy it to the fullest.

English added, “Our friends at The Knot thought of a few more.”

>Relaxing with family over the holidays allows greater ease in building the “wedding timetable”.

>There is ample, uninterrupted time to dream the dream of that fantasy wedding.  Nothing is off the table at this point.  Plenty of time to whittle down choices and ideas as/if needed.

>Early budgeting allows for a range of money to be considered in producing that fantasy wedding.  Plus, it is never too early to start saving to meet that range.

>No better way not to forget “Uncle Charlie” or “Aunt Michele” when they are sitting across from you at the holiday table.  The “right before you” friends and relatives might be a good source to connecting to guests who should be invited.  So this is a good time to begin making a list and checking it twice.

>You are going to be in dozens of stores during this time of year anyway, why not look for stores and items where you could register for those much appreciated, perfect wedding gifts.

>Now that you have that sparkling “rock” on your hand, a call to your insurance provider might not be a bad idea in order to get that ring insured.  Things happen!

“These suggested planning items do not represent a finite list by any means,” concluded English, “but it is a good place to start while you have time and you are surrounded by loving family and friends who would love to help in the planning.  Just remember it is your wedding and you should have final say.”

To start planning for a wedding in Eureka Springs, one should first go to


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If Visiting Branson This Holiday Season, Capture The Sparkling Gem Just Minutes Away: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — You’ve loaded up the family car and are heading to Branson, Missouri to take in all the glitz and glamour this Ozark community has to offer.  But there is also an authentic, nineteenth century community just 45 minutes to the southwest all dressed up for the holidays, too.  Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka Springs has the distinction of practically the entire city being on the National Registry of Historic Places.  This village, crafted out of limestone, has maintained its 150-year-old charm yet it loves to dress up during holiday time.

“The shop owners, the hotels, the restaurants really do dress up their businesses and residents their homes for the holidays,” noted former chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Jack Moyer, “while our city’s parks department fills in all the gaps with some of the most creative and beautiful holiday displays one could find anywhere.

“Another nice thing is that our decorations stay up and illuminated through the second of January.  For that reason, many hotels offer special rates between Christmas and New Years.”

One particular enjoyable endeavor is walking through downtown at night to see shop windows up close and personal.  The highlight of such a sojourn will be a visit to Basin Spring Park, located in the center of downtown.  Besides the bright, festive aura of the park and its fountain, it displays a full-sized nativity scene in its band shell that makes the perfect framing for this gorgeous representation of “the reason for the season”.  Strolling through downtown at night also allows for a stop in an area restaurant for something hot to drink or that ever so tasty nibble of nourishment.

On the edge of town is one of the nation’s most loved light displays.  It is located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play.  People drive through this trail of lights with the opportunity to get an up close, breathtaking view as they walk to the base of the newly refurbished Christ of the Ozarks that just celebrated its golden anniversary as it sits atop East Mountain.

“And as if the Passion Play lights and the 66-foot statue were not reason enough to visit the grounds,” explained Moyer, “the vista of the city from the lookout at opposite the statue’s base would be.  All the lights of the city below look like mosaic of holiday spirit.”

Moyer concluded, “So many people plan a side trip to Eureka Springs while visiting Branson during the year.  But during the Christmas season, that short shuttle down the trail is enhanced.”

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Holiday Season De-stress Rx: Girlfriend Spa Getaway To Eureka Springs… And The Best Deals Start Today!

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The tree is up.  The house is decorated inside and out.  Special holiday menus have been planned, grocery lists made.  A plethora of gifts has been purchased, wrapped, and hidden away where even Santa Claus couldn’t find ‘em.  Mom is worn out and her batteries are in need of some recharging.  And the best place to do that is in Eureka Springs during a quick, girlfriend spa getaway to Eureka Springs.

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Ladies have discovered that escaping to a nearby resort community for just a few days to indulge in a few well-deserved spa treatments, to eat great meals that someone else prepares, to sip some awesome wine, and to unwind with the simple camaraderie of relaxing conversations with your closest girlfriends is the best way to be your best when Christmas week hits.  This is not a new prescription; ladies have been zipping over to Eureka Springs for just such a mini-holiday Rx for decades.

Adding to the “we can do this” attitude for ladies in need of just a short respite from the madness that the December holidays brings, is the fact that most Eureka Springs lodging is probably at it its most affordable level of the year.  Jacuzzi suites, cabins and cottages at most hotels are offering packages that include lodging, spa treatments and some meals at special holiday prices.

An example of savings includes the 1905 Basin Park Hotel is offering their “62-62-62” package which includes one night in a weekday Jacuzzi suite for $62, first one-hour massage at Spa1905 for $62 and second one-hour massage for $62; a savings of $113, offer good through December 24, 2016.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa on the other hand is offering the “Best Room In The House” deal.  Any room, any suite (Governor’s, Penthouse, Jacuzzi, etc.) or one of the hotel’s famous “active rooms”, any night -based on availability- costs only $86.86 per night between now and December 22, 2017.

One last thing ladies seem to love when they slip away to Eureka Springs during this time of year is finding that totally unique gift for that very special someone.  Stepping unhurriedly into uncrowded, one of a kind shops full of “just what I was looking for” gifts makes the word stress a thing of the past.

Planning a Eureka Springs girlfriend getaway is quite easy.  One need only go to  Magic… the stress levels have already begun to subside.



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Christmas Day Feast

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Christmas 2016 Menu

Fresh Cooked Frittata

Sausage Links

Breakfast potatoes

Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy

Assorted Fruits


Breakfast Breads


Jams and Jellies

Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Au Jus

Carved Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly and

Christmas Ham with Pineapple Rings

Homemade mashed potatoes

Country Style Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Roasted Turkey Breast with Smoked Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Goose Pot Pie

Assorted Fresh Salads

Vegetarian Winter Squash Soup

Peel and Eat Shrimp

Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display


Strawberry Trifle

Assorted Christmas Pies

Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate fountain with Dipping Bar


At OzMoMu4, Downtown Eureka Springs Becomes Your Playground!

The feel of an outside festival but all inside in an historic hotel; but step outside and eureka springs is your playground!

The feel of an outside festival but all inside in a historic hotel; but step outside and eureka springs is your playground!

One-Night-Only Holiday Dinner Theatre!


Fill Your Tummy & Take Selfie with Santa!


“Christmas At The Crescent” Celebrates 16th Year

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — A series of events that has become holiday tradition here will celebrate its sixteenth year beginning December 1 at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. “Christmas At The Crescent”, a multi-day Yule festival, was started in 2001 by this Historic Hotel of America as an effort to extend Eureka Springs’ tourism season. It must have worked since Arkansas’ “extraordinary escape” community has become one of the region’s most popular holiday destinations by thousands of visitors annually.

The 2016 “Christmas At The Crescent” includes the following:
>Thursday, December 1 – Annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the St. James Episcopal Churchwomen; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom
>Saturday, December 3 – Annual Christmas Forest Tree Lighting, dozens of trees decorated by local charities and available for viewing and “voting” through December 31; 6:00 p.m.; East Lawn.
>Sunday, December 4 – Santa’s Brunch, a chance to bring the family for a sumptuous brunch buffet and an opportunity to sit in the lap of Ol’ Saint Nick; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom.
>Monday, December 5 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk. Eureka Springs or Berryville School Christmas Concert; 12:00 noon; Crystal Ballroom. Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Tuesday, December 6 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Festive Afternoon Tea). Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Wednesday, December 7 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk. Berryville or Eureka Springs School Christmas Concert; 12:00 noon; Crystal Ballroom.
>Thursday, December 8 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Festive Afternoon Tea). Evening “Sounds Of The Season”; 6:30 p.m. (dinner service 5:00-9:00 p.m.); Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Friday, December 9 – Holiday Activities; 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Lobby/Concierge Desk (afternoon activity: Holiday Culinary Experience). Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.

Illumination of the Christmas Forest and Santa's Brunch... two big events of the 2016 "Christmas At The Crescent" celebration, December 1-9 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AR.

Illumination of the Christmas Forest and Santa’s Brunch… two big events of the 2016 “Christmas At The Crescent” celebration, December 1-9 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AR.

For more information, go to or call 479-253-9766.

OzMoMu~4 Announces 2017 Headliner

HEADLINERS FOR OzMoMu~4 (Ozark Mountain Music Festival, January 19-22, 2017 at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas  :: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

HEADLINERS FOR OzMoMu~4 (Ozark Mountain Music Festival, January 19-22, 2017 at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas :: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — OzMoMu~4, the 2017 version of the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, has just announced its headliner.  Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will take the main stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel during the festival’s four-day event scheduled for January 19-22.

“Horseshoes and Hand Grenades are,” as one writer puts it, “five guys from Wisconsin who have carried their acoustic instruments and deep-rooted musical style from the Midwest to the mountain west picking up fans and rave reviews at every turn.  Rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink have mostly inspired this talented quintet.  This five-piece band is as sturdy as any Midwest river bed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.”

For more information on OzMoMu~4 tickets and overnight accommodations, go to


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For more information, contact:

Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator