Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu20) Celebrates Seventh Year: January 16-19, 2020

Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu20) Celebrates

 Seventh Year: January 16-19, 2020  



(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2020 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMo

Mu20, will return January 16-20 to Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  This five-day/four-night winter festival is best known for its upbeat and infectious Americana Roots music and laid-back vibe. OzMoMu20 will again be held inside the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, often spilling out of the hotel into the Eureka Springs Entertainment District. Nightly headliners for this year’s event include Arkansauce on Thursday, Wood & Wire on Friday, and both The HillBenders and Dirtfoot on Saturday.



Here is synopsis of the OzMoMu20 schedule:

Thursday January 16

The “Thursday Kickoff Show” starts at 8:00 p.m. with Brian Martin and continues at 10:00 p.m. with Arkansauce, a headliner very familiar to the surrounding five-state area.  Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four-piece string band from Northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following in “The Natural State” and all along their tour routes, the band is proud to step into a hard-driving sound unique to this Arkansas quartet.  An Arkansauce show is riddled with improvisational guitar, banjo, and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies and heart-felt songwriting, all held together by deep foot-stompin’ bass grooves.

Friday January 17

Friday music begins at 6:00 p.m. with the likes of Brad Fielder and Red Oak Ruse, with the most anticipated act of this year’s festival, Wood & Wire, taking the Stage at 10:00 p.m.

Wood & Wire lives the mantra “This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection, it’s a land made for hard work.”  Wood & Wire, from Austin, Texas, shows respect for honest labor by honing a central theme as recorded in their 2018 “Best Bluegrass” GRAMMY-nominated album, North of Despair.  The album features songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting.  It is, however, the melding of this hard-country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound.

Saturday January 18

After a raucus Friday night, there is no recovery time at OzMoMu20 as the music kicks up again at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and continues throughout the night.  With afternoon acts such as Chucky Waggs, Damn Neighbors, and The Haymakers, the stage will be set for the Saturday night headliners beginning at 8 o’clock.   OzMoMu20 nighttime festival goers should prepare for the energy of The HillBenders, followed by a dose of “gypsy punk country grumble boogie” from Dirtfoot.

The HillBenders were formed in April of 2008, and are still touring with the original lineup that is  widely touted as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene.  Of late, The HillBenders have shifted their focus back onto their original songs and have released their fourth studio album, appropriately and eponymously titled The HillBenders.

Dirtfoot has been spreading their infectious grooves and their unique sound for the past 10 years. Crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves.  Led by Matt & J, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities.  The popular group features instruments ranging from guitar, banjo, trombone, upright bass, drums, percussion and more, producing a truly unique yet familiar sound. One writer states, “Dirtfoot’s sound is like a blue ribbon gumbo.  You have some growling vocals, heavy bass and percussion that makes a good, dark-n-dirty Louisiana roux.  Mix heartily with some meaty rhythms. Combine liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden.  Top with the hot-n-sexy spice of trombone and lead guitar.  Finally, throw in a little something magical and indescribable and you have Dirtfoot: a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake your ass.”

The full schedule, with times and performers, is as follows:

Thursday, January 16th

8 p.m.-Brian Martin- Central, AR

10 p.m.-Arkansauce- Fayetteville, AR

Friday, January 17th

6 p.m.-Brad Fielder -Norman, OK

8 p.m.-Red Oak Ruse- Eureka Springs, AR

10 p.m.-Wood & Wire –Austin, TX

Saturday, January 18th

1 p.m.-Folk Fest Singer Song Writer Contest Winner

2 p.m.-Chucky Waggs- Eureka Springs, AR

4 p.m.-The Damn Neighbors- Fayetteville, AR

6 p.m.-The Haymakers- Lawrence, KS

8 p.m.-The Hillbenders- Springfield, MO

10 p.m.-Dirtfoot- Laffeyette, LA

Sunday, January 19th

12 noon-Brick Fields- Fayetteville


“With no backstage area, festival attendees and band performers are all together in the same, intimate space.  It is this hanging out with the bands that makes OzMoMu so unique,” stated Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and OzMoMu20 will live up to that rep.”

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


For more information, contact:

Ms. Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

(479) 363-6327






(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — A ribbon cutting for the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s “Lifetime Memories Ice Rink”, an event originally scheduled to be held around the Thanksgiving weekend but was put off due to unseasonably warm winter weather, finally occurred last Saturday.  Thanks to a polar blast the temperature, which allowed perfect curing of the ice, saw a celebrated second year “official” opening of the popular local winter attraction.

            The ribbon was cut by (pictured) Elise Roenigk, hotel owner, and Dub Viersen of Dub’s Heating & Air, surrounded by those eager to skate.

“We have had such a positive response to Eureka Springs’ iconic winter attraction, we hated to delay the celebration, but mother nature would not cooperate,” said Jack Moyer, hotel general manager.  “But now we are ‘officially’ open and ready for winter fun every day through February 17 as long as the weather continues to cooperate.”

The new activities and hours for the Crescent Hotel’s ice skating rink include open skating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursdays, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; open curling at 4 p.m. on Fridays; and “Carrie Nation Hatchet Throwing” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“More and more people are discovering that Eureka Springs is a fun place to visit throughout the winter months,” Moyer concluded, “and our ice skating, curling, hatchet throwing, spa visits, hiking and mountain biking trails add to the full list of other winter attractions and activities now available in our iconic Ozark year-round vacation village.”


7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January


7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January

  • Winter’s only outdoor festival held indoors
  • Where the attendees and the bands party together; there’s no backstage
  • Foot-stompin’, energizing, sing right along with Ben Miller
  • Take over the whole hotel… friends on every floor
  • Roll to Chelsea’s after hours… then roll back to rest up for next day
  • Kick-a** Galaxy Grass with the Kitchen Dwellers
  • Bloody Mary Show Finale on Sunday to say “G’bye… till OzMoMu ‘20”\

(As photos show, OzMoMu is wild, raucous, fun and colorful.  It all takes place in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel [center image])

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, celebrates its sixth year in 2019, January 17-20th in Downtown Eureka Springs.  This popular event features an Americana Roots style which is an Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, Urban and Americana Roots sounds.  This winter festival is held inside at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and is known for its “unique vibe of an outdoor music festival on indoor stages.” Headlining this year’s festival is Hog Slop String Band from Nashville, TN; and The Kitchen Dwellers from Bozeman, MT.

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands.

Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass. The group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.  2017 saw the band release their second studio album, “Ghost In The Bottle” while continuing to push the boundaries of their genre.

Other bands confirmed so far for OzMoMu19 include:

>Ben Miller Band an American band that was formed in 2005 in Joplin, Missouri. The band’s lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis.  The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into their music.  Originally, The Ben Miller Band’s sound had been self-described by the band as “Ozark Stomp” but in reference to their label, is now referred to as “Mudstomp”.

>Whiskey for the Lady is famous for its intense stage performance that continues to bend genres and melt minds. From festival set to porch session, the band’s unique roots sound and determination delivers a refreshing energy to the Kansas City folk scene and an unforgettable live experience that you don’t want to miss.

>The Mighty Pines are a soul-inspired roots rock band influenced by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. With soaring vocals and thoughtful composition, the two principle songwriters shift the band’s sound from catchy rock ‘n’ roll to earthy instrumentals.

>Jacob Tovar is a man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles.

Performances kickoff with the return of the high energy Ben Miller Band on Thursday night and continue for four days on multiple stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  The Festival located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District includes popular Late-Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights to be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

“With no backstage area the attendees and bands are all together in the same space.  Hanging out with the bands is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


For more information, contact:

                  Ms. Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator

                  Ozark Mountain Music Festival

                  (479) 363-6327


4 HAUNTING REASONS TO BE PART OF ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) WEEKEND 2019

4 HAUNTING REASONS TO BE PART OF ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) WEEKEND 2019

(pictured is Larry Flaxman)

  • Investigate -in depth- “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, from midnight to dawn… from “Dr.” Baker’s morgue (with its autopsy table & walk-in cadaver ice box), to 218 (Michael’s room), 419 (Theodora’s room), etc., etc.
  • Ghost Hunt side-by-side with seasoned paranormal investigators Larry Flaxman, Dave Harkins and Bud Steed (representing more than 100 years of combined ghost hunting skills)
  • Communicate with the dead made possible in the rare and powerful psychomanteum via the “scrying chamber”.
  • Learn techniques of hypnosis -an aid in past-life regression- with Certified Hypnotherapist Melanie Bell.

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The preeminent paranormal gathering in the Midwest returns to “Americas Most Haunted Hotel” in January 2019 for not one but two full weekends.  The Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend, a.k.a. ESP Weekend, is scheduled here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for January 4-6 and January 11-13.

Special guests featured this year will be noted paranormal investigators Larry Flaxman, Dave Harkins, and Bud Steed; Melanie Bell, Certified Hypnotist; and John Healea, live-wire host of the nationally syndicated Hotrod Paranormal Radio program.  Overseeing and coordinating both weekend events will be Keith Scales, author, playwright, tour manager for both the Crescent Hotel and its downtown sister property, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  Scales also serves as the creative director for ESP Weekends.

Friday night events include a welcome reception, a demonstration of “Past-Life Regression”, the presentation of “Not Really A Door” ghostly play, Psychomanteum (scrying chamber), Crescent Hotel ghost tour, a workshop in Self-Hypnosis, and a midnight “Toast to the Ghosts”.

Saturday begins at 12:30 midnight with nocturnal investigations of known active areas in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel led by Flaxman, Harkins, and Steed.  An investigation of the Basin Park Hotel follows.  A “Small Hours Snack Party” begins at 3:00 a.m. followed by the presentation of “A Flickering Tale”, a spooky story delivered by one of the famous Crescent Theatre storytellers.

Later Saturday morning, following a short respite for sleep, breakfast will be available in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the Crescent Hotel.  “Interactive Explorations” will take place at 10:00 a.m. and will feature Telepathy Testing, Remote Viewing Experiments, Psychomanteum, Psychic Salon, and a chance for private sessions with hypnotist Bell.

At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, a repeat of the 10 o’clock morning sessions will take place, as well as readings and book-signings by Flaxman, Steed and Scales.  That evening at 6 o’clock will be a session entitled “The Pursuit of Apparitions” featuring those intrepid researchers of supernatural mysteries, Harkins and Steed.  A dinner break will follow.

At 9 o’clock Saturday will be “Larry Flaxman Presents…”, featuring the headliner of ESP Weekends since 2013.  His multimedia presentations and live commentary will once again challenge and inspire.  A chance to mingle with fellow investigators will take place at 10:30 p.m. as a precursor to the late-night adventures that begin at midnight.

Just past the stroke of twelve in the dead of night, the Nocturnal Investigations of both hotels begin.  This allows participants the same access of both properties that famous television paranormal investigators had during the taping of their specific program.  (Note: to date the hotels have been featured in sixteen nationally televised program episodes!)  A 3:00 a.m. “Small Hours Snack Party” will be offered followed by another iteration of “A Flickering Tale”.  At 6:00 a.m. as the sun rises, participants can settle down for another short nap.

For those wanting a Sunday morning repast, the Crescent’s “Breakfast Feast” will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  And probably the most popular event of the weekend begins at 10 o’clock that morning when participants get to swap weekend experiences and paranormal images captured on their digital devices with each other.

Scales concluded, “With as much paranormal notoriety as the Crescent and Basin Park hotels have garnered over the years, it is only right and salutary for us to allow non-professional ghost enthusiasts to be immersed in these two properties.   ESP Weekend participants are provided a chance to get up close and personal with some of the ghosts that have gained notoriety while perhaps discovering a few new spirit stars.”

Complete details on the two ESP Weekends for 2019 may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.


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Submitted by: Bill Ott / billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com  / 479-981-9313

Experience Christmas in Eureka Springs


(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Christmas holidays in Eureka Springs offer a full schedule of traditional events through the month of December.  The front-loaded to start the holidays off in style.

*Weekend of November 30-December 2 (Eureka Springs Christmas Festival)

>Christmas Parade of Lights on Friday, November 30 at 6p.m. will wind through downtown Eureka on Spring Street.  Bands, floats and -of course- Santa Claus will form the festive, twinkling line of pageantry.

>Fire Fighters & Santa In The Park on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.   This mixed ensemble of hard working volunteers will meet and greet visitors to Basin Spring Park.

>Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes typically sees around 800 revelers walking the established route later that day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society has chosen a select number of iconic Victorian and historic homes -this year including Penn Castle- for ticket holders to see from the inside and out.  This trip back in time has been voted “Best Eureka Holiday Event”.

> Crescent Hotel’s Annual Christmas Tree Forest Lighting Ceremony will have the ceremonial light switch flipped at 6 p.m. to “on” illuminating the more than 30 trees that will be adorning the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  It should be noted that each tree is decorated by and for a local charity.  rest

>16th Annual John Two Hawks Concert in the City Auditorium from 7 to 9 o’clock that evening.  This Grammy-nominated recording artist will perform his favorite Christmas songs.

>Santa’s Brunch on Sunday, December 2, offers a feast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sitting in his big chair ready for families to gather for a family portrait with the jolly ol’ elf.  Families are encouraged to bring a camera and an appetite for this annual event in the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room.  It should be noted that concerts performed by local musical groups are scheduled in this same room during weekdays around the noon-hour

>Ice Skating –weather permitting- will be available from 5 to 8 that Sunday evening in the Fountain Garden of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

>Frightfully Festive is a selection of Christmas ghost stories regaled at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Faculty Lounge of the Crescent Hotel.

*Weekend of December 6-9 (Weekend of Merrymaking)

>52nd Annual Silver Tea starts this weekend off a day early on Thursday afternoon.  From 1:30 to 3:30 polished tea and coffee sets are gently tipped to fill the cups of patrons by the ladies of the St. James Episcopal Church, festooned in Victorian gowns.  The entire Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent hotel is brimming with trays and trays of handmade holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

>”Friday Night Fun” Kickoff with Santa is Friday night at 5 o’clock in the Fountain Garden of the Crescent Hotel.  Holiday treats and yuletide surprises will be followed by ice skating –weather permitting- until 8.

>Holiday Radio Show featuring the Five & Dime Players may be “seen” on the stage of the Crescent Hotel’s Conservatory Friday evening at 6.  Snacks and sipping will start the evening followed by a festive old-fashioned theatrical production from 7 to 8:30.

>The Night of Merrymaking presented by Main Street Eureka Springs is the Saturday night feature.  From 5 to 8, this event offers free fun for the whole family.  This Christmas event includes Community Caroling in Basin Spring Park with Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop; Living Windows that transform downtown store showroom windows into living art exhibits; Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt; Street Characters in The Snow; A Merry Dine-Around; Night of A Thousand Santas; and so much more.

> A Merry Dine-Around  presented by Main Street Eureka Springs is Saturday evening from 5-9 and is a tasty adventurous, festive saunter to different dining locations downtown.  More than a dozen eateries will themed sample plates and/or cocktails and ticket holders get to choose four to enjoy.

> Night of a Thousand Santas (or Krampus – you decide!) presented by Main Street Eureka Springs gives Saturday night visitors to Eureka’s Downtown Entertainment District a chance to come dressed as Santa (nice) or Krampus (naughty) and stroll along with your fellow Saint Nicks from 6 to 10 starting with the Pre-Party at Chelsea’s Corner Café.  Following this hour featuring adult beverage availability, the Santa Stroll & Scavenger Hunt moving from one location to another then another, etc., making merry all the way.

>Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert will take place on the stage at the city auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. for ticket holders.  This mixed ensemble of angelic voices will perform an evening of harmonious holiday favorites.

*Weekend of December 14-16 (Home for The Holidays Weekend)  

>A Eureka Christmas is a holiday concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber, from NBC’s popular “The Voice” television program.  Barrett and his band will entertain along with Rachel Fields, the Northwest Arkansas Gospel Choir, plus a special visit from native Arkansan Shannon Wurst.  This free show in THE Aud, Eureka’s city auditorium, requests that guests present non-perishable food items or cash donations at the door for local food banks.

*Home for the Holidays Free Concert

>An added bonus, the CAPC is once again, producing the annual Home for the Holidays Free Concert on December 22nd. Regional musicians make merry on the stage of the Aud. Bring a donation of a canned good or two for Flint Street Food bank.

Christmas comes but once a year, but Main Street Eureka Springs and its partners have tried to spread it out over a dozens of days.  For more information, go to EurekaSpringsChristmas.com and ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

6 Wonderful Reasons To Fall Into Eureka Springs This Autumn

  • Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of    summer into explosions of breathtaking color. This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  The Ozarks boast fall foliage “Top 10 in America” bona fides from such entities as Fodor’s Travel, Travel & Leisure, The Travel Channel, Country Living Magazine, and AARP.   Trip Advisor said of Eureka Springs: “It’s very relaxing, especially in the fall with all the beautiful foliage.”
  • Experience Exclusive Resort Activities – There is only one mountaintop spa resort in Eureka Springs: the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The operative word here is resort… with multiple, daily activities all for overnight guests to enjoy in addition to the traditional offering of spa, dining, grounds, and relaxation.  Some of the featured fall resort activities include: “Rebuilding The Legend – A 20-year review of the Crescent Hotel’s journey to return to prominence as “The Symbol of Arkansas Hospitality”, “The Real Stories of The Crescent College Years” – One of the hotel’s historians will show guests around the College exhibit, speaking about the many fascinating college girls with great stories, “Garden Tour” – Join the Crescent Hotel’s talented gardener as she escorts you around our award-winning gardens educating you on the what and the why of the plants, “Not Really A Door” – A one-hour, two-actress, supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller that is free to registered guests, and “High Time in the SkyBar” – Live music during a high time and high overlook atop The Ozarks.  (The complete list of activities can be found at  http://www.crescent-hotel.com/activityplannerA/ )
  • Day Trippin’ on Highways That Are Byways – Eureka Springs makes the perfect hub for day trips along ribbons of asphalt driving to all those fabulous vistas. Whether you opt to drive north, east, south or west, you will be awe struck by the colors near the highway shoulders as well as the vistas these highways offer.   And, whether you arrive on a motorcycle or in a motorcar, the serpentine spokes out of Eureka will not disappoint.  Four popular, nearby day trips are west to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; north to an Ozark must via the Mark Twain National Forest, Branson (MO); east to the Buffalo National Park River region including gazing upon grazing herds of elk in Boxley Valley; and south to the number one road route in America, The Pig Trail National Scenic Byway.
  • Awesome Hiking –n- Mountain Biking Trails – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right up close and personal. Several hotels have installed trailheads to the web of city maintained trails and routes –like those at Lake Leatherwood and Black Bass Lake- making it easy for those who want to venture out after a good night’s rest.  Maps and tips from hotel activity directors will help you match trails to your comfort level.  With the growing interest of mountain biking, bikes may be rented.  A shuttle to shred The Eureka Springs Downhill is available at Lake Leatherwood City Park.
  • Activities and Attractions Abound – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour are just a few. The architecture of an active downtown entertainment and shopping district is worth a fall stroll in itself.  But you add to that dozens of unique, non-chain shops, art galleries, and nearly two dozen bars and quality restaurants makes a fall vacation to Eureka Springs complete.
  • Overnight Delights – Being a historic community, quaint and iconic historic hotels are the place to stay in the fall. The ambiance of historic lodging that offers 21st century accoutrements make a fall stay in Eureka Springs most enjoyable.  The two lodging properties that have the greatest history and continue to be the most popular not only in Eureka Springs but all of Arkansas are the aforementioned 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and it’s downtown “sister”, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  While discovering downtown, a midday meal outside “on the balcony” at the Basin Park’s Balcony Restaurant affords you a bird’s eye view of shops, galleries and Basin Spring Park City Park.  At the Crescent, whether you opt for a nice dinner in the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room Restaurant or choose to take the short stroll to the popular Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant three blocks away, you must include a cool evening moment for a beverage -seated al fresco- in the hotel’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza that overlooks The Ozarks’ hills-n-hollers highlighted by the brilliant, glowing Christ of The Ozarks statue, the world’s tallest in the northern hemisphere.

So now you know the when (this autumn), you know the where (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), you know the why (fall colors, great activities and attractions, etc.), and you know who is ready to welcome you (the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel) for the fall vacation of a lifetime.   All you need to do now is mark dates on your calendar, book a room, plan your activities, pack up the car and then drive to the “Extraordinary Escape” community nestled in The Arkansas Ozarks.


You Are Engaged To Be Married, Now What? Eight Timely Tips…



There it is, that ring you have always dreamed about sitting on the third finger of your left hand.  It was placed there by the man you also have dreamed about.  And after your announcement photo has run in your local paper, it is now time to begin planning your next dream: your wedding day.  Here are a few tips for your planning journal:

  • Think about the when> talk to your family, and to your fiancé with input from his family as to when a general time (season) would be most advantageous for you and those who might attend your wedding. Does it need to be a weekend event?  HINT: Most reception venues offer healthy discounts on winter dates, days other than Saturday, etc. so you might take this into consideration.
  • Establish a rough budget> This step is not so much on possible costs but establishing how much money you and/or your family can comfortably set aside for the ceremony/reception, the gown etc. Some weddings save dollars by no host bar, casual attire for wedding party, and securing a group discount for guest rooms.  HINTMany forget to include honeymoon expense as well.
  • Ceremony / Reception site selection> Vows being exchanged on the Waikiki Beach may sound ultra-romantic but will your family and friends be able to join you? Exotic sites may eliminate attendance by those closest to you due to cost.  Brides sold on a destination wedding site may find a unique place in their home area thereby allowing friends and family to be brought together for a full weekend of memories.  Make sure, however, that your destination is one that has the credentials of producing successful, custom weddings.  It makes it accessible and affordable.  HINT: Most destination sites can help you find vendors with a list of proven vendors such as ministers, florists, photographers, musicians, etc.
  • Buy your gown> This is probably the most difficult step. Not only does your gown -that you will wear only once- meet your beautiful expectations but what is the cost.  How does it fit into your general budget?    HINT: Wedding pictures create an album full of lifetime memories to be enjoyed by generations to come while a wedding dress is worn only once.
  • Fine tune your budget> Some brides will spend up to 50 percent of their budget on the ceremony/reception with the honeymoon expense and the gown following close behind.  Then single digit percentage amounts for such things as the photographer, wedding attire for attendants, rings, flowers, music, invitations, etc. based on your personal prioritization.  HINT: Find a budget template example at <http://www.elegantelight.com/fine-tuning-the-wedding-budget-part-1-the-big-categories/>
  • Merge and refine invitation lists> You have friends and relatives you want to invite as does your fiancé; both families will have added people that “just have to be invited”. Once these lists have been merged with duplicates eliminated, see how the total number of possible guests times the “per person reception cost” fits into your budget.  If it fits comfortably, no problem.  If not, you will need to calmly begin the delicate chore of refining and reducing names from the list.  Then send out your invitations.  HINT: If you would not have a certain invitee “over for dinner”, you might consider not sending that person an invitation.
  • Plan for your wedding-day beauty> Most well-known ceremony/reception venues will have ideas as to where you, your attendants, moms, etc. can receive professional hair styling and makeup services near the venue. Make sure the salon is near your wedding site and be sure to make your salon reservations and include these times in the in the photo timeline you create.  Oftentimes when you do your site visit to a ceremony/reception venue, a visit to suggested stylists and makeup artists will help put your mind at ease.  HINT: Consider a bride and groom photo shoot before the ceremony.
  • Work your plan… and relax> Nothing allows you to enjoy the leadup to your wedding than having an established budget and timetable calendar in your planning journal. Following both will better help you to put a check mark in all the necessary boxes in a comfortable, anxiety-free fashion… for a relaxed bride is a happy bride.  HINT: Surround yourself with relaxing fragrances.  Proper aromas have been proven to take the edge off of stressful situations.


Blues Blast Award Winner Headlines Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ‘18

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018 Headliner – Joe Nemeth

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – “Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move.”  That’s the opening line of John Németh’s bio on his website, JohnNemeth.com.  And one of the places his “move” will find him is on the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Friday, June 15 when he brings two big performances headlining the 2018 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.  This year’s “weekend” runs from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17.

Németh, a native of Boise, Idaho, and winner of two Blues Blast awards, has already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers.  Influenced by his relocation to San Francisco, he fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre, a sound that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, he creates music that is personal as well as universal.

It is said that Németh’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city backed up by his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar.

Now residing in Memphis, Németh continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, taking the world by storm.  That storm thunders onto the top-floor stage of the Basin Park Hotel at 7 and 9 o’clock on Friday night, June 15.

General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.







John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers Band – Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Blues Weekend returns to Historic Downtown Eureka Springs for 2018 starting on Thursday, June 14.  This year’s headliner acts will be on Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and Saturday at The Aud (Eureka Springs City Auditorium).  Performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 15 for two big shows at 7 and 9 o’clock is John Németh, backed up by the Blue Dreamers.  On Saturday its John Mayall with special guest Carolyn Wonderland at 7:30 p.m. in The Aud.

John Németh’s music has been on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and he has been nominated for a Blues Music Award an amazing fourteen times.  Németh has won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award.  General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.

For more than 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.”  Mayall’s special guest is Texas guitarist extraordinaire Carolyn Wonderland.  Wonderland will open the evening with her band, then join Mayall and his band the Bluesbreakers.  For tickets, go to theaud.org/tickets.

On the side stages, a full weekend of music begins on Thursday, June 14 at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar with Shelley King.  Blues at Chelsea’s continues Friday, June 15 with Sister Lucille, and Saturday, June 16 with Earl and Them.  Chelsea’s regular, Patrick Sweaney, will also entertain throughout the weekend ending with a Sunday, June 17 matinee at 2 o’clock.

Other downtown Blues Weekend ’18 events include Coyote Claw, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, both in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Selwyn Birchwood, Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell; Mark Shields & Good Company, Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Blew Reed & The Flatheads, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Brick Fields Band, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell;; and Scott Garner & The Speedshift Band, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den followed at 9:00 p.m. by Los Roscoes on that same stage.

Rounding out the festival on Sunday is the annual Father’s Day Sunday Blues Picnic beginning at 12 noon at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge which located 7 miles south of downtown on State Highway 23.  Artists include Tom Baker, Tony Redman, and Fast Johnny Ricker Band.  An all-star jam will be the grand finale at 4:30 p.m.

Performances in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell are free and open to the public.  Tickets for other Blues Weekend ’18 performances can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com/blues-weekend.


Top 6 Reasons Why Meeting Planners Love Eureka Springs AR

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Eureka Springs, located in the Southern Ozarks, is a hidden pearl that meeting planners are thrilled to discover; adjacent to the booming I-49 corridor of Northwest Arkansas.   Many planners have referred to Eureka as “ideal” for small meetings and corporate retreats.  A few of the reasons for this positive feedback are…


LOCATION – Just 45 minutes from the Interstate 49 corridor (Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista), it is close enough for attendees working in that area to enjoy easy access but far enough away where they won’t run home or back to the office between sessions.  Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is only 49 miles away for those speakers, delegates and attendees who are flying in.  (By the way, XNA now has numerous non-stop flights to/from such airports as DFW, ORD, LAX, CLT, LGA, ATL, CVG, MSP, EWR, IAH, SFO, DEN and soon DCA.)  If delegates are driving in, they will find they are only 3.5 hours from Little Rock, 3 hours from Tulsa, 4 hours from Kansas City, and 2 hours from Springfield MO.


HIGHER ATTENDANCE – Eureka Springs is in such a naturally beautiful setting with so many eclectic things to see and do, meeting planners have stated that events held here get maximum attendance since it seems everyone wants to get away to Eureka.  With Eureka Springs being a condensed community, the more than a hundred bars, bistros, restaurants, shops, and art galleries are only a few minutes’ walk from any headquarters hotel.  This allows delegates to enjoy experiences outside the hotel’s meeting space during free times.  Many delegates choose to bring spouses and/or families to enjoy a few days of vacation in Eureka Springs before or after the scheduled dates of the meeting or retreat.


UNIQUE FACILITIES – Despite being a historic town (the entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places), hotels that specialize in small meetings and retreats provide delegates with a blend of required technology, interesting and diverse meeting space, plus top shelf meeting accoutrements to ensure a successful meeting.  These hotels also have the charm, food quality and professional service that reflect their community’s reputation as a hospitality mecca.


WELL-FED DELEGATES – Food truly matters to delegates/attendees, so the local hotels balance their culinary food and beverage high-end demand during their busy weekend wedding market (Eureka Springs is known as “The Wedding Capitol of The South”) with weekday demands from the meeting market.  Exquisite food service and presentation is noticeably a notch above the norm.  Eureka Springs is a well-respected foodee village.


SETTING – Eureka Springs meet expectations for indoor meetings.  A relaxed local environment allows creative outdoor meeting and/or activities for recreation or team building to far exceed expectations.  Acres of open space, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and two lakes and three rivers open up a whole new opportunity for planners to “think outside the box” for that Wow! agenda.


AFFORDABILITY – Planners are pleasantly surprised at the affordability of Eureka Springs as a meeting and retreat site especially during weekdays.  Many meeting hotels offer a discount of up to 35 percent off regular rates during these days making it much less expensive than most competitive markets.

Atrium _ 1905 Basin Park Hotel _ Downtown Eureka Springs Arkansas

Conservatory _ 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa _ Mountaintop Spa Resort _ Eureka Springs Arkansas


For more information, go to ArkansasMeetings.com


Submitted by Bill Ott at <billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com>.

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