FAMILY VINEYARDS: THE FOCUS OF CRESCENT’S FOOD & WINE NIGHT 2017

FAMILY VINEYARDS: THE FOCUS OF THE CRESCENT’S FOOD & WINE NIGHT 2017

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2017 Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival will debut November 9 in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  The pièce de résistance for the evening will be, from that renowned Australian family vineyard, an eight ounce pour of Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz for $80.  The featured dinner entrée~wine pairing will be that same Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz with the Rack of Lamb for $100.

The evening begins at 5 o’clock for the Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception with a focus on such family vineyards as Penfolds, Duckhorn, Beringer, Bell, Kistler, Rodney Strong, Robert Mondavi, MacMurray, and Seghesio.  From 5 until 7, guests will enjoy representative wine samplings, artisan cheeses from around the world, and John Rainone at the piano.  Pricing for this event is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Dinner seatings will be from 5 until 8 p.m.  Entrées range in price from $16 to $39.  Reservations for both events are recommended.

“One might note that when it comes to ‘family’ vineyards, there is not one that epitomizes family more than MacMurray,” stated Brian VanSickle, food and beverage director at the Crescent Hotel, “for this vineyard’s namesake is none other than Fred MacMurray the actor, probably best known for his role as the father in the television show ‘My Three Sons’.”

For reservations and more information call 877-342-9766, or go to https://crescent-hotel.com/blog/food-wine-night/.

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“Children of The Morgue” At America’s Most Haunted Hotel

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — Many people know of the most of famous “guests who check out but never leave” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a mountaintop resort in the Arkansas Ozarks.  They include Michael, the Irish stonemason who helped build the hotel in 1885; Theodora, a patient of Baker’s Cancer Curing Hospital in the late 1930s; and “the lady in the Victorian nightgown”, who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at guests while they sleep.  And these are only three of the dozens upon dozens of spirits that guests and visitors have reported encountering in this five-story Historic Hotel of America.

 

Each night, the year ’round, the hotel conducts ghost tours.  It was during one of these tours this summer when several paranormal entities -at one time- mesmerized a tour patron.  The tour was led that night by Dame Diane, her nom de guide.  She explains it here in her own words:

 

      “ A woman, I’ll call her Sally (not her real name), who was on my tour one night in late July, told me as the tour was beginning that she was very sensitive to the paranormal realm.  She even told me a brief story of a ghost she had seen and spoken to years before on a regular basis.

      “At the start of each of my tours, I usually ask a guest to carry a ghost EMF (electromagnetic field) meter.  Sally methodically walked forward to receive it without the usual embarrassment or nervous smile that I normally see. I handed it to Sally, then proceeded with my presentation.

      “During the tour, Sally carried the meter behind her back much of the time.  It ‘chirped’ quite often according to a woman who stood and walked behind her. Sally was not at all interested in the meter, it was as though she was not really there.  She had a fretted and worried look frozen on her face and never spoke up, even though I got the feeling she really wanted to do so many times.  Her look was a little unsettling, especially when we reached the third floor.  I was too focused making my presentation to pay attention to her the whole time, but wish I could have.

      “For it was as our tour was exiting the morgue (the rooms in the lowest level of the hotel where Norman Baker conducted autopsies as well as storing cadavers and body parts in a huge walk-in cooler when he owned and operated the hotel as a cancer curing hospital) where Sally stood frozen, wide-eyed in the middle of the autopsy room facing the doorway.  She wouldn’t move or speak.

      “Realizing that she was now separated from the tour, I moved from the head of the tour back to where she was standing to encourage her to leave this, the final stop on the tour.  Neither I nor her husband could move her. She was totally stiff and unresponsive.

 

     “It was at that time, I took the EMF meter from her hand and took her arm to gently encourage her to move in the direction of the door.  She gasped and mumbled a bit then stood dead still after only one step.  It was at that time her voice became quite clear and vehement uttering, ‘Oh, please… they need help… I need to help them!’

      “Her husband and I kept leading her down the hallway toward the exit, during which time she kept crying and pleading, ‘The children need my help!’.

      “These exclamations continued all the way up to the lobby.  She was very upset and kept trying to return to the morgue.  Even while her husband was basically pulling her toward the hotel’s front door exit, she kept saying that ‘the children’ were calling her, pleading for her help.

      “Once outside the hotel, Sally turned toward me with a still, wan expression telling me not to return to the third floor.  She said she saw a red hand on my throat while the tour was up there, sensing that someone or something didn’t like me or was out to get me.  She approached me wanting to demonstrate what she saw.  I declined.

      “Her husband and I finally got her to sit down in one of the chairs outside in the hotel’s front veranda.  Once seated, she more calmly yet pointedly started to explain that, ‘There is a mean man with fuzzy salt and pepper hair in a white coat that is abusing those children of the morgue, trying to push them down underneath autopsy table.’  She entreated me to return with her to the morgue in order to stop the man and to free these children ‘sending them into the light’.  The husband, in hushed tones, told me he had never see her like this during their seven years of marriage.

      “Eventually, Sally and her husband left the hotel property leaving me standing alone in the shadows of this castle-like, nineteenth century, limestone structure. I was shaken, bewildered, and musing as to what would I do when I returned to the morgue the next night.  I went home emotionally exhausted.

      “I did return the next night and have been back every night since.  However, each night, as I stand near the autopsy table, I do not so much feel fearful as concerned and somewhat heartbroken for those poor children, the ‘children of the morgue’.”

The Crescent Hotel gears up each year for the bewitching month of October and 2017 is no exception.  Added this year are “Spooky Bedtime Stories” and “Ghost Tour Guides: Their Inside Stories”.  Both will be late-night events exclusively for hotel guests.

On Halloween, the stars of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, return to the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom for one late-night dinner show and séance.  This ticketed event is open to hotel guests and visitors.

Bill Ott, hotel communications director, noted, “The hotel guests and patrons who experience our nightly ghost tours and who see, hear, and/or feel something unexplainable while in the hotel, are encouraged to send us their stories and any captured digital images for placement on our paranormal website americasmosthauntedhotel.com.  These numerous, published accounts are why so many return in January for one of our ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends.  In 2018, January 5-6 and January 12-13 have been set aside for amateur ghost hunters or those simply interested in the paranormal.  ESP participants will have the run of the hotel -so to speak- to do their own private, personal search for available apparitions.”

In addition to their website, some haunted aspects of the hotel can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/crescenthotelghosttours/ and on Instagram at #americashosthauntedhotel.

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

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NOTE: The following three images are available in hi-rez, forwarded in a zip file upon request.

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel On A Foggy Night” ~ The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas sits high atop The Ozarks.  This mountaintop spa resort and proud member of Historic Hotels of America offers nightly ghost tours, available to hotel guests and Eureka Springs’ visitors.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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“Dame Diane Recalls An Exceptionally Eerie Night” ~ Ghost tour guides at “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” dress in Victorian clothing and take tour patrons on a five-floor sojourn of this Historic Hotel of America.  Dame Diane is but one of nearly a dozen ghost tour guides who lead the nightly tours and recount ghostly tales as reported by guests and employees.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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“A Hotel With A Morgue” ~ Most hotels boast of pools and spas, both of which the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has, but this Historic Hotel of America also has a morgue replete with an autopsy table and a walk-in cooler (pictured) for cadavers and body parts when the hotel was operated as a cancer “curing” hospital for several years in the late 1930s.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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BB King Entertainer of the Year Headlines Blues Weekend ‘17

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(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Victor Wainright and WildRoots

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return to the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend as the BB KING Entertainer of the Year. Wainwright, backed up by the Band of the Year, WildRoots will headline the late-night stages in Downtown Eureka Springs, performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 16, for two shows at 8 and 10 o’clock. Price of admission also admits patrons to the “After-Party” in the hotel’s Lucky7 Rooftop Billiards Bar for a “meet-n-greet” with the evening’s entertainers.

Blues Weekend 2017, features music throughout Eureka Springs with a festival stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and late-night stages in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs Thursday through Saturday.

Highlights of Blues Weekend ’17 include late-night, downtown performances at Chelsea’s with Scott Ellison on Thursday, Josh Hoyer on Friday, and Patrick Sweany on Saturday. Scheduled for a Friday sundown performance in downtown’s Basin Spring City Park is Eric Gales.

Festival Stage headliners include Toronzo Cannon and Fiona Boyes plus a full slate of performers at TCWR, all playing during daylight hours.

“A multi-day blues festival in Eureka Springs is a true tradition of fun times that has a proud history,” said Jack Moyer, General Manager of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, “and this year’s kick off with Eric Gales in the park and high-energy Victor Wainwright and WildRoots in the hotel ballroom, will make this year’s Weekend as much fun as ever.”

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Wainwright is a Georgia-native but now a Memphis (TN) resident. His capturing the coveted Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer of the Year was no surprise since he is considered one of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today. He is known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances. American Blues News put it this way, “He is always entertaining and madly talented. You will never see Victor play a room and not have it go over with the crowd in a big way.VictorW

“Wainwright is backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest, smokin’ bands around!”

Tickets to the Wainwright performances are limited and may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com. Ticket prices are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

The Eric Hales performance in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell is free and open to the public. Ticket information is on ReserveEureka.com with a full schedule for Blues Weekend ’17 performances at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.
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Intrigue Theater is BACK!

Come experience the mystery of Intrigue Theater

for its 4th Season in Eureka Springs!

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Opening Night Kicks off on Thursday, May 15th 2014

Travel back to an AGE OF INTRIGUE with
The Illusionist and the Medium.

Experience an evening of Mystery and Intrigue with Sean-Paul the Illusionist and Juliane Fay the Medium – featuring special guests from the other side.  The evening begins as guests enter century year old building that only seats 75 people.  Everything in this throw back production is based on Real Historical entertainment that is still so effective that it can bring even today’s most cynical audiences to the edge of their seats!

View 2014 Schedule & Purchase Tickets-Click HERE

Besides adding New Mysteries to the Intrigue Experience, Intrigue Theater is offering a special show:safe_image
Exclusive Evenings “Up Close & Incredible” 
This Exclusive experience is limited to 16 people, seated around the table
for 1 hour as Sean-Paul the Illusionist entertains them with Close-up slight of Hand and Mentalism.

View Schedule-Click Here

Joe David Rice Caps Semester Long Hospitality Speaker Series

Joined by Superintendant Kellogg, Principal Lavendar, and Instructor Sherry Sullivan, Arkansas Tourism Director Joe David Rice was welcomed to Eureka Springs Schools to deliver one of the final guest 10270575_10152391135858921_8586588118204687941_nlectures for  Eureka’s newest business class.  A partnership of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and brought to Eureka Springs by Lavendar, the class entitled The Business Of Hospitality is a collaboration of Career Education Instructor Sherry Sullivan and Basin Park Hotel Manager Jack Moyer.  The class has featured 25 guest speakers from across Arkansas with group’s gaining feedback to be included in a semester project that entails writing a business plan that follows SBA.gov standards.

“We felt Joe David Rice was the perfect speaker to summarize all that we have learned throughout the semester” stated Moyer.  “I think he was impressed with our students, their questions and mostly their interest and understanding of the industry.”  Semester Speakers in the hospitality series have included Mike Bishop, Mike Maloney and Jacqueline Wolven representing their respective organizations as well as industry professionals such as Britt Evans,  Ruth Hager, Kathy Pickowitz, Randy Wolfinbarger, Kent Butler, Tanya Smith, David Mitchell, Jill Rohrbach, Gina Drennon, Bill Ott,  Jodie English, Amanda Haley, Leslie Stilwell, Kelly Way, Tanner Montgomery and Teri Gage with the National Parks Service.

One Speaker, Eureka Inn’s Jed Bullock added “Best Westerns of Arkansas Co-op is an original and long standing partner of the Arkansas Hospitality Associations lodging management program.  We 10153661_10152391149658921_2390276927574800739_nunderstand the need and value of investing in our industry through education of our youth and creating awareness of opportunities that the Hospitaltiy industry offers.  As Best Westerns of Arkansas has contributed over $50,000 to the LMP program, you can understand I am proud that this program has been established in Eureka Springs Schools.”

The hospitality program continues with semester projects through five work groups, visits from the Arkansas Hospitality Association and a field trip to learn about the hospitality industry in our neighboring communities of Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville.

 

Eureka Springs Weddings- JULY Special

HOT DATES for Weddings in July.

Book your wedding at either the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels
before May 15th for a  July 2014 Wedding
and

Receive a 50% Discount on Venue Rental.

 

Dates available: 7/5, 7/19, 7/26.  CALL 800-903-4940

Spring Break Trip Ideas

Warm Up To The Best Spring Break You Ever “Thaw”

 

Just when you thought the Winter Warlock would never leave town, he has.  Defrosted and ready to welcome students, families and couples ready for Spring Break is probably the most popular destination in the Arkansas Ozarks, Eureka Springs.  Not only is flora beginning to blossom but area attractions are opening up as well.

“We anticipate this to be our biggest Spring Break in decades,” stated Bill Ott. past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “Folks in our market area have been held hostage in their  eureka springs multiple 2-smallhomes much too much this winter by cold, snow and ice.  Cabin fever is at epidemic level and Eureka Springs has the cure.”

“A huge portion of our fever-reducing Rx is the list of area attractions that reopen just in time for these marvelous weeks in March,” Ott explained.  “Everything from ghosts to big cats, from downtown tours to uptown illusions and everything in between will keep “spring breakers” well entertained while being just steps away from Mother Nature’s reawakened living room.”

A partial list of Eureka Springs attractions that will be open during Spring Break 2014 include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Eureka Ghost Tours at Basin Park Hotel, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, “Hell Raisers, Hoodlums & A Heated History” Walking Tour, Eureka Springs Downtown-N-Underground Tour, Intrigue Theater, and Pig Trail Kart N Golf.  A complete list of open attractions is available by calling the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce at 800-638-7352.

“Those ‘big kids’ who really want to unwind during their spring break visit here, will visit one of the many spas that dot the hillsides of this Photo by Purdy Art Co.stair-step town,” Ott continued.  “And when optimum relaxation is reached, interest turns to food.  For that, Eureka Springs boasts one of the greatest selections of quality restaurants in the state.”

Unfortunately, some in Arkansas and the surrounding states have had their spring breaks cut a day or two short this year because of make-up snow days.  This means many families will be looking for an exciting destination closer to home so valuable “break” time will not be lost to hours of driving.  Plus, “spring breakers” have said that Eureka Springs is a compact enough community that even a few days can be filled with a week full of activities.

“Our research shows that one of the most popular activities during Spring Break is simply exploring this historic, distinctive destination,” noted Ott.  “Just a few feet off of a busy downtown street will put EDITED cook family explore copyyou on a forested trail that will take you to hidden treasures of a town that time forgot.  Best of all, parents feel safe enough here to allow their older kids a chance to explore on their own when accompanied by a cell phone.”

With the compact spring break season, travelers to Eureka Springs are urged to make their lodging reservations far in advance.  Some attractions, spas and restaurants require advance reservations as well.

Ott encourages those with a Spring Break to celebrate, “Put away your snow boots and down parkas and slip on your walking shoes and windbreakers.  Let this recent frozen winter be a sad memory easily erased by the happy lifetime memories that can be accumulated this year in Eureka Springs.  It’ll be the best spring break you ever ‘thaw’.”