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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a video glimpse of those comments and memories presented by the luncheon’s head table and various friends in the audience, one should go to


Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…BOOM BOOM MARDI GRAS!


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

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

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Parades & Public Balls Not To Miss:

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

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

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

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


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

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners Announced



1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces

2016 “Christmas Forest” Winners


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


OzMoMu4 Spotlight #2: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Other bands performing during OzMoMu4 include the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Ott

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:

2 Night (Fri/Sat) ESP Package-BOOK NOW

1 Night (Sat) ESP Package-BOOK NOW



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.”

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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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