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Spring Scouting Boy Scout earns Eagle badge by improving access to Cardinal Spring Page 9

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Grammy winner at Aud Acclaimed contemporary Christian music artist in concert this Friday Page 19


TOPNEWS n So, you say you

want a revolution? Resident says police illegal, debts canceled Page 4

n ‘We were known

Wish upon a sphere Locals, visitors take a hand in new community art project Page 3

as hippie lovers’ Celebrate Jesus Parade a vision from 1970s street ministry Page 8

n Friends of NRA

coming to town Educational group plans poker run, gun safety rally in Eureka Springs Page 5

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over the road, heading toward town from the east. 4:45 p.m. – A caller reported jewelry stolen out of their luggage in their vacation cabin. The responding officer arrived and they conducted a second search and found the stolen jewelry that was missing. No report required. 6:33 p.m. – A two-vehicle private property accident took place in front of the health food store. 8:23 p.m. – A caller complained the music was too loud at a popular venue downtown, so an officer contacted them and asked them to turn it down a little. 9:31 p.m. – Same as above. March 13 10:01 a.m. – An officer contacted a silver Jeep on Shelton Drive to advise a caller come by the police station to report them for reckless driving. 1:25 p.m. – A local clock shop reported a delivery truck had hit and damaged her See Dispatch, page 22

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When you wish upon a sphere

Locals, visitors take hand in community art project

ON THE COVER: Russell Harrison, 22, of Eureka Springs writes his wish for his hometown in graffiti free-style at Friday’s kick-off event for the Community Sphere. The lighted sphere will be installed in the bowl of the Basin Park fountain, left, which will be removed during the May Festival of the Arts and returned in June. ABOVE: Kimbree Mayhall, 15, right, Mily Ochoa, 15, and Kamdyn Mayhall, 13, of Ponca, Okla., decorate branches at Friday’s sphere project launch at Basin Park. What did the girls write about? “Boys,” according to Tim Mayhall, left, Kimree and Kamdyn’s father. Photos by Jennifer Jackson

By Jennifer Jackson What can you build with tree branches and a little imagination? That’s for Robert Norman to know and the rest of us to find out when his interactive art project, the Community Sphere, is unveiled in Basin Park on May 4. Until then, Norman is keeping the design secret. But on Friday, he brought the first batch of “sphere parts” to Basin Park and asked people to draw or write their wishes on them. The event was the first of 20 that will be held around the community, according to Jeremy Mason McGraw. “There’ll be more than 1,000 sticks,” he said. “We’re going to take them to schools, nursing homes, to as many different community groups as we can.” The sphere is the second of McGraw’s Creative Energy projects, which he start-

ed last year to promote community art. Kicking off this year’s project Friday, Norman presented Mike Bishop and Suzanne Kline of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce with the first branch. The branches are dead wood culled from area parks that Norman sanded and painted luminescent pink, purple and blue. “No trees were harmed in the making of the sphere,” Norman said. At Friday’s event, Russell Harrison, 22, of Eureka Springs, wrote “Advance – Grow” in graffiti free-style on his branch. Kennan Cole, 15, Russellville, inscribed hers with “Inhale Love – Exhale Hate.” Her cousin Cole Fox, 13, drew a picture of pandas. Tom Beckendorf of Eureka Springs wrote “Eureka Springs – Where the Misfits Fit.” Kathy Harrison, former mayor of Eureka Springs, drew swirling See Sphere, page 12


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The Revolution has begun

Local resident says police enforcement illegal and all debt is canceled By Kathryn Lucariello On Wednesday, March 13, local resident Ira Goodman was stopped for speeding, going 31 mph in a 15 mph zone, by Eureka Springs Police Officer Shannon Hill. He was issued a citation. But he’s not worried. He’s not going to pay it, and furthermore, as of Monday, he says he no longer owes money on his student loan, as his debt was cancelled, and he’s busy discharging other financial obligations, such as his electric bill. Goodman maintains that all branches of government and their agencies, as well as corporations all over the world, have been foreclosed on and no longer have any power over the people, including any institutions to which people are indebted. All that has gone away. Goodman refused to sign his speeding ticket, wrote the words “under duress” on the signature line and later hand-delivered “courtesy notices” to the police department,

specifically Police Chief Earl Hyatt and Officer Hill, that explain that they have unlimited personal liability for their actions, that Goodman does not give consent to any actions against his “secured BE’ing” and they are ordered to cease and desist all action against him. If they don’t, he will send them, per each future contact, invoices for amounts from 5,000 to up to 10,000 troy ounces of 99.9 percent pure silver, which he says is the people’s “real money,” instead of the paper “play” money printed by the government. He said he will not appear in court. He served Judge Tim Parker with a courtesy notice as well. He said he has also served notices to the Department of Workforce Services over unemployment benefits, a notice to Sallie May about his student loan, and notices to officers of the court in Pea Ridge where he received another speeding ticket. “He is one of these types of people who does not believe that the government has au-

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thority over him,” said Hyatt by phone Friday. “He does not believe he is subject to the laws. We call them ‘sovereign citizens.’ They don’t recognize the banks, the government, all that kind of stuff.” Goodman is acting on the premises of a movement called the “One People’s Public Trust 1776” which contends that in December 2012 it “foreclosed on all governments and banks, removed the financial elite’s power, returning all wealth and gold back to its rightful owners, the people.” And on Monday, OPPT filed actions which have now cancelled all debt. Goodman says he called Sallie May on Monday, and they told him his student loan debt was cancelled as a result of these OPPT filings. He said he did not ask for documentation confirming that, but he will. According to its website, OPPT was started by three trustees, Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf, an alleged former international banking lawyer; Caleb Paul Skinner; and Hollis Randall Hillner. In her career, Tucci-Jarraf said she saw fraud everywhere: “corrupt government corporations in bed with banks and the world’s powerful financial elite.” OPPT claims the Declaration of Independence and original Constitution were usurped when the U.S. government was corporatized and the Federal Reserve system was established, and citizens became enslaved as collateral. When corporations took over and deliberately crashed the stock market, causing the Great Depression, governments were forced into debt, and the “slavery by debt” system was entrenched. The OPPT used the little-known and little-understood Uniform Commercial Code to file its foreclosures, allegedly freeing everyone from debt and being subject to rules and laws, it explains on its website. It provides templates for people to give notice to corporations, banks and governments, informing them they no longer have power or legal authority to collect debts and that any so-called debts can be paid by money set aside after each individual’s birth certificate created a fictional “strawman” which the corporations hold as collateral. Goodman says these foreclosures apply even to his speeding ticket.

Ira Goodman says that because all banks, corporations and governments have been foreclosed on by the “One People’s Public Trust,” we are no longer subject to “Illegal actions” like a speeding ticket, which he received last week from Eureka Springs police. He’s testing that theory. He also says that as of Monday, all debt is cancelled.

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“When you get a ticket, it’s an offer for a contract and falls under contract law,” he said. “It’s like buying an automobile. You have three days to turn around and say, ‘This does not work for me.’ It’s the same with a traffic ticket. You have three days to bring it in and say ‘refused for cause.’” The police, acting under the authority of the city, are in effect disbanded, he says, because the City of Eureka Springs was incorporated, and the corporations no longer exist. “They are acting as fictional governments,” he said. “They are not true governments. Under the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights we are the sovereigns, we are the rulers, and the government is beneath us. That whole thing was flipped because of the series of bankruptcies the country went through.” Goodman said the whole premise of everyone acting as individuals is that when human beings are not put in positions of emotional distress created by fear and greed, they will act with love and goodwill toward each other and work out their problems between themselves without Big Brother intervening. See Goodman, page 30

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Friends of NRA to hold freedom rally and ride in Eureka By Don Lee proached him with the idea of a motorcySince when does the NRA hold poker cle event to raise awareness of the FNRA, runs? and the result was its first 2nd Amendment They don’t, according to Greg Stephens, Freedom Ride and Rally. “It was very sucbut the Friends of NRA do. “The Friends of cessful, and we have continued with it,” SteNRA is a grassroots fund-raising program phens said. that fosters community involvement, raises This year’s Freedom Ride and Rally will money, and gives 100 percent of the net pro- take place in Eureka Springs at the from ceeds to qualified local, state, and national April 5 to 7 at the Inn of the Ozarks Conprograms,” says Stephens, the local field vention Center and will include a parade, representative of the live music performed FNRA. “This group is a by the George Brothnon-political, 501(c)(3) ers, a Pig Trail Poker “This group is a charitable organization Run, a bike show, a non-political, 501(c)(3) that puts on programgun show, raffles and charitable organization that ming for 4-H, shooting other events. clubs and other groups “One of the best puts on programming for to promote firearms and parts of the FNRA is 4-H, shooting clubs and hunting safety. Our proour help with commuother groups to promote grams also help enhance nity groups,” Stephens the marksmanship skills firearms and hunting safety.” said. “Whether it is of those participating the Future Farmers of – Greg Stephens in the shooting sports America, 4H, the Boy and educate the general Scouts of America, public about firearms in Women on Target or their historic, technological and artistic con- Refuse to be a Victim, whoever it is, any text.” of those groups that write grants to us, 100 Stephens says the FNRA’s constituency percent goes back into those programs and includes children, youth, women, individ- also range development programs,” said uals with physical disabilities, gun collec- Stephens. “In every state, half of the montors, law enforcement officers, hunters and ey that we make will stay in Arkansas and competitive shooters. “Our goal is strictly the other half will go to the national chapter educational rather than political,” Stephens which is distributed back to shooting sports says. on a national level and some comes back.” He said two years ago the Capital City For more information on the event, visit Friends of NRA group in Little Rock ap-

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Parks & Rec plans Project Learning Tree, contemplates the term ‘green zone’ By Don Lee How do you get the word out about Eureka’s great natural resources? And what the heck is a “green zone,” anyway? Parks & Rec tackled both topics Monday night. Commissioner Myrna Thaxton continued to update the commission in her efforts to promote Parks & Rec and the city’s park system and resources. One good way to do it, she says, would be to coordinate a training opportunity with local teachers and Project Learning Tree. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. “I have made contact with the Arkansas coordinator for Project Learning Tree,” Thaxton informed commissioners. “If we’d like to set up a workshop with them, they will come from Little Rock for free, bring all their equipment with them. They offer either a six-hour course focused on early childhood only, or an eight-hour course that combines two sister programs, Project Wet and Project Wild, which can be split up over two days.” Project Wet deals with water education and Project Wild is a wildlife-focused educational program. “All we have to do is come up with a good date and a location good for indoor/ outdoor activity,” Thaxton said. “They allow 15 participants minimum and 30 max, all educators, all disciplines. The program is cross-disciplinary.” Thaxton described the program as ideal for teacher in-service training – teachers are required to do so much in-service per year – and said she would be doing a presentation to local school administration with an eye toward doing the seminar in the fall. Defining “green zone” Parks & Rec Director Bruce Levine brought commissioners a draft of a packet he had been working on to help those applying for green zone vacations in the

city. This would be a situation when a property owner discovers their property encroaches on city property either due to inaccuracy of the survey or for some other reason and comes forward to ask the city to “vacate” the property in question over to them. “I put this together based on commentary from the last couple meetings,” Levine said. “It’s not tremendously different than previously. It’s more cleaned up. I’m planning to present it to City Council next meeting.” Commissioner Rachel Brix questioned the use and definition of the term “green zone” as confusing. As used in code, “green zone” refers to an unopened but platted street, used by the city for utility access, walking trails, road access or in general as a buffer between properties. Brix suggested the term might be better defined to avoid confusion with with “eco-friendly” implications of the term. Levine agreed the term was probably used, rather than “buffer zone” or some other term, because of its emotive content. “They’re not just for access or trails or utilities,” he said. “They are also buffer zones for homes or streets.” Commission Chairman Bill Featherstone agreed the buffer zones “soften everything. Instead of everybody being jammed together, it helps create a kind of fung schwei.” Levine suggested there was a general understanding of what the term meant but perhaps no clear definition. “Keep in mind, however, that even though property owners may think the city is responsible for these overlaps in properties, the street was there first, unused or not, and the building was put there later for some reason or other, whether it was a hundred years ago or whenever. Every city I’m familiar with handles these ‘green zones’ or ‘city rightaways’ the same way.” Featherstone suggested the commission might take on the task of defining “green zone” more specifically later on.

Other business Levine asked for and received permission from commissioners to rent a safety deposit box for $35 a year and to buy a backup exterior hard drive to enable Parks to back up its files monthly and store them safely. Levine also talked about the upcoming XTERRA event. The 8th annual XTERRA Eureka Springs is scheduled for the weekend of June 8 and 9. Levine said the event is sponsored by Nissan. “They’re going to rent all the cabins,” he said. “Last year they decided to purchase a picnic permit, which means they can sell or in this case give away beer to the contestants. Apparently it caused them no problems. It does require the authorization of the Parks commission and the Chief of Police. The alcohol has to be kept in a confined area and not be for sale to the general public.”

Finally, Commissioner Ferguson Stewart announced the formation of a new hiking club. “I’ve been interviewing visitors the past couple weeks,” he said, “looking for ideas. One was that we should have a rock climbing wall out at Leatherwood. Another is a hiking club. People interested should get in touch.” Featherstone pointed out that all the suggestions that evening had accentuated the recreational dimension of “Parks & Rec.” “This is good,” he said. “In the past we’ve been accused, and sometimes rightfully so, of ignoring the second half of what we call ourselves. Recreation is a big part of all of what we do.” Parks & Rec will hold a workshop on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at Harmon Park. The subjects will be camping fees and renovating the Leatherwood cabins.

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Hillside of dreams

Celebrate Jesus Parade a vision from ‘70s street ministry By Jennifer Jackson In the late 1970s, Laura Nichols was at a prayer meeting in a house on Pine Street. The prayer meeting was part of the street ministry that she and her husband started for people who had come to Eureka Springs in search of a different lifestyle. As she prayed, Nichols had a vision of people of all faiths, creeds and colors gathered on the hills of Eureka Springs, praising the Lord and exalting his name. On the Saturday before Easter, Laura Nichols’ vision will come true. Nichols is the guiding light of the “Celebrate Jesus” Parade, which will fill the streets of Eureka Springs the Saturday before Easter. Like street ministry that invoked the vision, the parade is an act of faith. “I can hardly wait to see what the Lord is going to bring here,” she said. Laura and her husband, Dale, came to Eureka Spring in 1971 when he was called to serve a church here. The hippie movement was in full swing, she said, and many people in town didn’t want them. But she and Dale were concerned about the crash houses, the drugs and the condition of small children they saw on the streets. A proposed rock festival further incensed some of Dale’s parishioners, but the Nichols bought New Testaments and handed them out at the festival. When Dale resigned his job, they prayed about what to do next. The answer came: start a street ministry. “We were known as hippie lovers,” Laura said. The Nichols opened a coffee house and held prayer meetings and Bible studies in a burned-out storefront on Spring Street, then met in the house on Pine Street. They called their ministry “The Fold” because it reached out to people who had lost their way. “They were searching for answers in all kinds of religions,” Laura said. “It was really the Lord they were looking for.” Laura had accepted Jesus in Valley Falls, Kan., when she was 12 years old. As she grew older, she prayed for God to send her a Christian husband. Dale

Pat Kasner, left, Carol Wallace and Debbie Cosens work on the Holiday Island Community Church float for the parade. Designed by artist Susan Morrison, the float will feature a reproduction of a detail of the Sistine Chapel. Photo by Jennifer Jackson

showed up to work there one summer when he was in seminary. They married and had three children. After starting the street ministry, they worked three jobs to support their family, including working in the Passion Play and owning a toy store. The prayer meetings never drew a large number of people, she said, but it was what God called them to do. “We stepped out in faith,” Laura said. The years passed, but the vision of people gathered on the hillside, which was in brilliant color, stayed in Laura’s mind. It also tugged at her heart. In January, she was attending a Bible study at her church, and read about God laying it on Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Concerned that the country’s spiritual foundation was crumbling, Laura felt that somebody needed to do something. “I thought, ‘Why me?’” she said. “I’m 74 years old.” But she went and spoke to the Western Carroll County Ministerial Association. The ministers voted unanimously to sponsor the parade on the Saturday before Easter. It was her pastor at Holiday Island Community Church, John Wallace,

who came up with the name, “Celebrate Jesus.” HICC is one of 15 organizations that are building a float for the parade, Laura said. Her vision also included people singing, so she sent out a call for musicians to perform in Basin Park before and after the parade. “So many people wanted to sing, we had to turn them away,” she said. When the Nichols started the street ministry, it was a big step for Dale to let the spirit of God speak through him instead of giving a prepared sermon, Laura said. But the spirit always came through. “You’ve got to trust God,” she said. “That’s how it should be in all the times in our lives.” The Celebrate Jesus Parade is Saturday, March 30, starting in front of the library on Spring Street at 11:30 a.m. and going to to the courthouse. Live music in Basin Park before and after the parade. A Prayer Walk along the parade route is scheduled for March 23 to prepare for the parade. For more information, go to facebook. com/CelebrateJesusParade or call 479253-8925. Sponsored by the Western Carroll County Ministerial Association.

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Not off the beaten path

Scouts create access, viewing area to falls

ABOVE: Water falls from a long, flat ledge into a pool at Cardinal Spring, located on the edge of Harmon Park in Eureka Springs. AT LEFT: Nathan Wilkerson, a senior at Eureka Springs High School, led Scouts from Troop 67 in building a retaining area and viewing area, background, at Cardinal Spring.

By Jennifer Jackson Of the more than 60 named springs in town, about half are visited regularly. Of those, Grotto Spring is considered one of the most picturesque, but down the road is one that surpasses it in natural beauty. And most people don’t even know it’s there. Last week, Nathan Wilkerson and members of Boy Scout Troop No. 67 put the finishing touches on an access trail to Cardinal Spring, where water falls from a long stone slab into a pool. Wilkerson led the work as his Eagle project, which included building a retaining wall to create a viewing area and installing a bench. Wilkerson, 17, said the project grew out of a discussion with Chris Fischer, who is planning to create a bioswale downstream from the falls. The new trail takes visitors along the side of the hill to the viewing area separated from the

spring to protect rare species of crawfish and cave salamander who live there. Wilkerson said he received advice and support from David Renko, head of the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation trails committee, and Bruce Levine, ESPR director. DonE Allen and Bob King of the parks department helped haul materials for the project. Lowell Johnson of Ozark Southern Stone donated the bench. Scouts Skyler Worley, Keeton Boardman, Marcello Gros, Matt Newcomb and Syama Barden worked on the project. Wilkerson said the Eagle Scout project will be credited on a plaque when the bioswale is completed. Nathan is the son of Diane Wilkerson and Keith Wilkerson. Cardinal Spring is located below the skateboard park at Harmon Park. The access trail starts on Fuller Road, off Dairy Hollow Road west of Polk.




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Editorial Garbage in, garbage out: Why what you say matters more than how you say it The subject of constant Republican debate since last November has been how to re-cast and re-shape the GOP message to appeal to that huge bloc of voters who cost them the Presidential race and didn’t do them any good in Congress either – primarily Latino voters, black voters, LGBT voters, women voters and the youth vote. The problem is, the Conservative movement’s primary principles and message have very little to do with the concerns of those voters they wish to court. Think about it: for women voters, the GOP put forth candidates who were socially conservative enough to reject a woman’s right to control her own body – old white men attempting to twist the laws so that, even if they lack the power to overturn Roe v. Wade, they can prevent abortions rin other ways. For Latino voters, you had Romney advising all who lack proper immigration status to “go home” voluntarily. Or build a higher wall. For younger voters, they really had nothing to offer. Shrink government? Cut into student funding? Repeal the Obamacare rule that allows them to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 regardless of whether they’re in school or not? What’s not to like? (That’s sarcasm.) For those in favor of same-sex marriage, let’s just say it makes big headlines when the occasional GOP talking head comes clean in favor of it (Dick Cheney and, most recently, Republican senator Rob Portman, who came out in favor of same-sex marriage because his son is gay.) The problem isn’t how governor Jindal or Marco Rubio or God forbid Rand Paul can put their agendas in terms everyone (or the majority of everyone) will find palatable. The problem is they have the wrong messages; they stand for issues in a way out of sync with the majority of Americans. You think this is an exaggeration? A recent CNN article declared Paul the New Voice of the GOP, mostly because two

weeks ago Paul engaged in an old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster that lasted nearly 13 hours and argued against the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director. Actually it was pretty charming to see a senator actually get up on the floor and hold it for hours, as Jimmy Stewart did in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” Frank Capra’s 1939 political drama, and one could be charmed enough by that and Paul’s sexy profile to see him as the next GOP Political Eye Candy if nothing else. That’s the problem with American voters, if such a thing can be said: we are shallow. We go for good looks and a heart-warming message. Yes, it was very cool Paul did the old-school filibuster. It would make Washington run a lot smoother if everybody who wanted to use the filibuster actually had to do it physically, rather than simply using the threat of a filibuster to cause the majority in a vote to move on to other business when one is threatened and attempts to end debate have failed. But that sure as hell doesn’t mean his ideas are solid, nor that his physical stamina should be seen as anything more than a kind of PR stunt. The only Republican leader who seems to have the practicality, integrity and sense of humor to deal with the clown college of GOP politics is New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Christie famously embraced the President for Washington’s quick action following Hurricane Sandy and denounced the NRA’s response to the Newtown elementary school massacre. His ability to remain within his party (unlike, say, Joe Leiberman) while disagreeing with it bluntly makes him at least a reasonable person in a field of people who don’t seem to feel any need to be reasonable at all, at all. It isn’t how smoothly you talk that matters, it’s what you say. Simple enough idea. Don’t know why they don’t get it.

Citizens of the Week This week’s Citizen of the Week has an unusual name and a lot of enthusiasm. For three years, Cne Breaux has spearheaded the local EasterBelles fundraiser. This year it’s a poster autograph party at KJ’s Caribe Restaurant on Sunday, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This time around, they are donating money to buy head wraps for women undergoing chemotherapy. To promote the event, they were individually photographed in their Easter bonnets and outfits and a poster created. At Sunday’s party, a large print of each photo will have an Easter basket next to it, with people encouraged to vote for their favorite bonnet with a donation. For her dedication and hard work, the Citizen says thanks to Cne.

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“It depends on how late or early it is. Also where you’re at at the time.”

Editor: I would like to open this letter by stating that I have great respect for Mrs. Kathryn Lavender, Eureka Springs High School Principal. I have had the privilege of working side-by-side with her as an administrative assistant at the high school in 2011 and 2013. I am and have been the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Eureka Springs Public Schools for 14 school years. During my tenure in this position, I have worked under three (3) superintendents, and worked with three (3) high school principals. The last two weeks, Leigh Turner, in her efforts to gather people together in order to destroy Mrs. Lavender, has written to the Citizen and started a chat on Geekfest. The person I know is definitely not the one that Leigh Turner portrays in her communications. Mrs. Lavender enforces the student/parent school handbook and policies of the school district. She is meticulous to “following the rules”. Every parent and student signs a disclaimer at the beginning of the year, stating that they agree to the rules and procedures of the school district. I have personally witnessed the professionalism of Mrs. Lavender. She is always available to students, parents, staff and the community. There may be times when she is out of the office, however always reachable by cell phone. The times she is away includes doctor visits, professional development, etc. But these times are rare. She attends the student’s activities, whether academic, scholastic or athletic. She takes the time with the students when they need her. I have been there when a stu-

Citizen Survey Do the sound of motorcycle pipes when bikes are in town cause you a problem or not? m I enjoy bikes, and the sound makes the town come alive for me. m They come here but they only shop for certain things. It leaves a lot of people out. m There are a few bad apples in every barrel, but overall I’m glad they’re here. m I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. m Suck it up. This is how we survive here: tourists. m I think they should have to pay an extra tax for bringing their bikes here.

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dent has been distraught and meets with Mrs. Lavender, only to have the problem resolved. She counsels them through hard times, if needed. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have recently called and come in to let her know that they are there for her; that she is the best thing for this town; that she sets high standards and some people don’t like that, etc. Every school experiences students who “don’t like school” and “don’t like rules.” Mrs. Lavender works with students and their parents who fall in these categories to stay in school and achieve their goals. I have personally witnessed students graduating and moving on to college, who would have dropped out without Mrs. Lavender’s supervision. There are always some students who “test” the teachers and administrators during the years and defy the rules and procedures. Parents are always notified when their child “defies” the policies. This is a procedure that all high schools follow throughout our country. Sometimes parents see these procedures as if the school administrators are “picking on their child.” However, some eventually see that Mrs. Lavender is there to help and encourage each and every child to succeed. Many of them come to her at their child’s high school graduation to thank her for helping their child stay in school and achieve success. Leigh Turner has caused some turmoil amongst the students and community. When students see the letters that Leigh Turner has stated in the press, it takes away


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52 votes cast

Do you think we should have armed guards at the local schools? m Yes. The NRA is right. Armed guards will work.: 21.2% (11 votes) m No. That’s a hideous idea.: 32.7% (17 votes) m Yes. Protecting our children is worth any sacrifice.: 19.2% (10 votes) m No. It would just complicate the problem.: 26.9% (14 votes)

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Notes from the Colony

Alison By Sandra Taylor Synar Brown

1 + 1 = 1/2

What if there existed a magic pill to make you a better writer? Interested? What if this magic pill were a little “chewy” and took some effort to work through? Still interested? There’s not a pill, as you’ve guessed. But there is a process. It separates great writers from good ones, and good ones from blah ones. Great writers discuss the absolute necessity of it. Most beginning writers ignore it. When you attend an open reading and as the writer walks up to the microphone, he says, “I wrote this today,” you should slip out to the bathroom. Because that writer has neglected this essential process. And without it, we’re going to face paragraphs of blah blah with a few shining sentences, if we’re lucky. Anything I wrote today is brilliant or utter garbage, and my opinion is not based on the writing itself. My opinion of my recent output is more a result of dopamine or serotonin or those other mysterious chemicals that ebb and flow in our brains. How much of the good stuff is sloshing around up there at any moment is what colors my delight—or despair—about my writing. So I ignore that voice from amid the vagaries of my inner weather. I put today’s writing aside until I can consider it as if it were someone else’s work. Then, I begin the editing process. The magic ritual that assures me that this is the best writing I can do. But what is editing? Many aspiring writers don’t edit because they don’t understand how. They believe editing is reading through the piece, looking for typos or changing an occasional word. They don’t understand that editing is a rigorous—but learnable—step-by-step process that goes far deeper than a surface scan. Multiple issues are addressed by proper editing. I focus on only one thing at a time. In future columns, I’ll show you what weaknesses to seek out in your writing and how to remove

them. Here’s the first principle: 1 + 1 = ½ Regurgitation is not pretty. When you’ve shown us what happened through a dramatic scene, and then a character relates it again in dialogue, that’s regurgitation. You tell me a character is sad. Then you tell me he’s depressed. Then you say he’s despondent. That’s regurgitation. (You shouldn’t be telling me anyway, but that’s another lesson.) Repetition weakens your writing by diffusing its power. 1 + 1 = ½ is a principle applicable to at any level of writing. Two sentences that say basically the same thing. Two paragraphs that convey the same information. Two conversations that rehash the same emotions. Even an unnecessary adjective. Or the repetition of an adjective. Here’s an example from my own writing. “Strasbourg at night was so beautiful, Koob felt sad. He hadn’t been raised with this kind of beauty. In the Kansas village where he grew up, the tallest structure was a grain elevator, and the night stretched away in all directions around the scattered lights of his hometown. Only the red taillights of the departing traffic on I-135 gashed the dark. “But Strasbourg dazzled. It shimmered. It glowed. From this distance, the twin towers of the 15th-century cathedral were tiny but perfectly mirrored on the flat, onyx surface of the Ill River. White glares, futuristic in their stark brilliance, intermingled with warm yellow orbs, the color of lanterns. He could see half-timbered houses. He could see the bullet train.” Examine that first sentence. What if I said, “Strasbourg at night was so beautiful, Koob felt very sad.” Is that sadder than the original? What if I said, “Strasbourg at night was so beautiful, Koob felt very, very sad.” Is that even See Notes page 23

The Natural Way

Jim Fain

More approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments among younger adults. Though often thought of as an older person’s problem, those in their twenties and thirties suffer as well. Some people suffer other digestive ailments such as colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease in the overall category of IBS, but technically Irritable Bowel doesn’t have either the level of internal inflammation nor the severity of symptoms as these. Even so, it can rule a person’s life. A natural approach can and does help. One dedicated person who knows first hand the trials and tribulations of IBS is the founder of Heather’s Tummy Care of Seattle. I seem to recollect she was a Registered Nurse who became dissatisfied with conventional treatment. She produces products only for IBS. One part of her three point supplement approach is a specific fiber that is organically grown namely; Acacia Senegal. She calls this a medical food with a clinically proven prebiotic effect (stimulates the growth of healthy gut flora). But that isn’t all. The packaging states that Acacia fiber regulates bowel motility alleviating both diarrhea and constipation. It relieves abdomi-


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patterns. “There’s going to be an infinity to this,” she said. “I mimicking what the branch is doing. Wherever it swirls and curves, the line swirls and curve.” Tiffany Collins’ branch was literally a family tree– she wrote all the names of her family on it, including “Manny,” Manny Ortiz, her mother’s fiance who died last week. Heather Huber decorated her branch with Australian Aboriginal designs – dots, circles within circles, swirls. “The dots and lines symbolize images from the dream time – billabongs, water holes, animals,” she said. “They tell a story if you can read it.”

nal pain by reducing bloating, gas and bowel irregularities from the digestive dysfunction of IBS. This is formulated specifically for the dietary management of IBS and does not contain anything artificial, gluten, citric acid, stimulants or irritants. There are specific directions for use. Start at a low dose and increase gradually with a maximum dose of five tablespoons daily. Locals suggest using a technique of mixing little by little with cool water not hot. Whisking in with a fork until smooth then adding to cooking, baking or to a smoothie seems to be the way to go. Seems like a quick and simple way of adding this on a daily basis would be to put some cool water in the bottom of your morning coffee cup then whisk in the Acacia. Top that off with the rest of your hot coffee. Other food supplements benefiting IBS include peppermint, fennel and ginger. These are in this specialized product line of what Heather’s calls medical foods. I like selectively chosen digestive enzymes as simple as papaya, enzymes formulated with bile (for those without a gallbladder) and special ones for gluten. Additionally, lactoferrin and high quality probiotics round off my short list. IBS doesn’t have to rule your life. Conner Hogan, 3, and sister Kennedy Hogan, 5, of Austin, Texas, were the youngest artists participating. They were with their grandmother, Kay Kennedy, whose mother, Helen Bell, was a longtime Eureka Springs resident. Kennedy Hogan decorated her branch with stars and a rainbow. Norman will assemble the branches to form a globe-shaped ball, 6 feet in diameter, which will be lighted from inside. It will be installed in the bowl of the Basin Park fountain, which will be removed and returned in June. The Community Sphere lighting ceremony will be held at dusk on May 4, the day of the May Festival of the Arts’ ARTrageous Parade. For more information, go to

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Crystal Bridges on board for Fleur Delicious

By Jennifer Jackson Fleur Delicious, a celebration of French food, wine, spirits and culture, is expanding in several directions. This year, the festival will extend across county lines to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On July 10, the museum’s monthly “Wednesday Over Water” food and art lovers evening will pair food and wine tasting with art from the Louvre as a tie-in to the festival. The museum will also promote the festival on its website, according to Case Dighero, Crystal Bridges culinary director. Fleur Delicious has also expanded from a weekend to a week plus, with a preview event on July 3, followed by a full plate of activities July 9 through Sunday, July 14, which is Bastille Day. “It’s now a seven-day event,” Fleur Delicious founder Ilene Powell said. Powell organized the first festival two years ago around gourmet wine dinners at restaurants, a best bartender contest and a waiters’ street race. She and Teresa DeVito provide the marketing, with any business welcome to participate by having an event that fits the theme. This year’s schedule includes a cooking demonstration on July 9 with food and wine tasting by a guest chef from Bentonville at the Writer’s Colony at

Dairy Hollow. Local restaurants and the Farmers Market will hold cooking classes and demonstrations. In addition to wine dinners, the Crescent Hotel’s Sunday brunch will feature a French food station, and the Mount Victoria Inn is holding an edible art cocktail party with an Eiffel Tower centerpiece. Ciroc, a French vodka made from grapes, is a main festival sponsor. The bartender’s competition on July 3 will choose the best original Ciroc cocktail. The field for the Bartenders Race on July 13 should be wide open. Odds-on favorite Ariel, winner for the past two years, is being asked to retire to the sidelines to judge the race, DeVito said. The race, which has a $200 prize, starts on Spring Street at 2:30 p.m. and ends a few minutes later. “It’s downhill,” Powell said. Also on Saturday, July 13, is the monthy Gallery Stroll. Galleries are encouraged to have a piece of French-themed artwork on display, Powell said. Crystal Bridges’ “Wednesday over Water” evenings are open to the public. Tickets are $30. For more information, go to www. For more information about Fleur Delicious events, go to the Fleur Delicious Weekend Eureka Springs facebook page.

Carroll County Master Gardeners Mariellen Griffith, left, Karen Welch and Faye Martin cleaned up the gardens of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum March 6. Along with Michael Rissler and Donna Satoris (not pictured), the group filled 29 bags with leaves and garden debris.

Inspiriation point to hold Firehouse BBQ The Inspiration Point Fire Department is holding a Firehouse Barbecue on May 18 from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. at Station No. 1. Tickets are $8.00, $6.00 for children under 12, for a chopped brisket sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, iced tea and dessert. The barbecue is a fundraiser for the building/equipment fund to buy another pumper truck and provide updated equipment for the department, spokesperson Ilene Powell said. “We are also planning for the future with an expansion of Station 1, building larger bays and creating more training space and community service space out

of the older bays,” Powell said. Inspiration Point has 28 department members, of whom 26 are firefighters, nine are medical responders and eight are traffic personnel. “Another by-product of our growth is our renewed spirit of community,” Powell said. “We plan to make the Firehouse Barbecue an annual event as a way to encourage that growth”. The Inspiration Point Station No. 1 is located at 31 Ozark Automotive Rd off Hwy. 62 west of Eureka Springs. For more information, contact Margy Thompson at thousandpinesmargy@

Cutting the Cord: Eureka Springs Hospital staff are all smiles at the official opening of the hospital’s physical therapy clinic on Passion Play Road last Wednesday. Wielding the giant scissors is Daniel Warren, clinic director. Holding the ribbon, from right, are Jodi Smith, administrative assistant at ESH; CNO Vicki Andert, CEO Chris Bariola and Brook Logan, physical therapy assistant.

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from their day to day education. Maybe Leigh Turner doesn’t realize what she has done, but our children deserve their education and this parent has chosen to disrupt that education. One point I would like to make is that the students are safe at the high school and have never been put in danger, as she states. ... Mrs. Lavender is a professional. She will continue to do the best for the students of our community and give each and every child the opportunity that they deserve. That is, the best high school education that will lead to their success in the future. It is an honor and a privilege to work alongside Mrs. Lavender. This community is lucky to have a high school principal who cares so much about our children. Sincerely, Mrs. Cathleen M. Martinek

Hog factories on Buffalo watershed? Editor: This letter is a follow-up to a call I made to your office recently with information on the very un-democratic way the “permits” for the HOG FACTORIES were issued in Jasper: no public notice given, no chance for environmentalists to oppose Cargill, Tyson, and C&H Farms. The HOG FACTORIES will be situated on the watershed of our Buffalo National River. Stench, sickness for the minimum wage employees, unsanitary conditions at the “scald tanks,”, and unnecessary cruelty for hogs who have never had any natural life. NOT TO MENTION what will happen to the pristine Buffalo National River. Whatever happened to real and investigative journalism? I like our venues, food, events and music, too; however such corruption $$$$ and proposed filth is of great interest to tourists, citizens of Eureka and NW Arkansas, and, of course, destructive to the first national river in the USA. Do some digging, foks. The Goddesses will bless you, you will feel good about your job and those of us who love “The Natural State” will appreciate your contribution. Go to for more information. Trella Laughlin

The sound of God growling Editor: I have been to Sturgis, Daytona and many other towns who enjoy bikers presence for fun and profit. I have been among 50,000 Harleys when they started their engines for a Toys for Tots run. That is a sound that is as close to a god growling as I have ever heard; it is deafening to be sure but wonderful. I know that loud pipes save lives and that is not just idle rhetoric, it is truth, and it is the decibels that accomplish it. Perhaps if everyone were better drivers, bikers would not need loud pipes. Now there is sarcasm. Some of you don’t want bikers at all, some will tolerate the biker filth for their money, but only on your terms, but I suspect the silent majority of shop and restaurant owners like the bikers and their affiliated money. I would encourage you who do not like the bikers to honestly try some introspection regarding your jealously of their lifestyle and the intolerance you are demonstrating toward the dreaded noisy bikers. I wonder where you haters of noise have been all your lives, where did you even get the idea that eternal quietude was desirable? You will get plenty of quiet when you are dead, in the meantime, try to understand that there are others who live in this world and who mean you no harm, but would like to be left unregulated and left to their choice of conveyance… just like everyone else, and they make noise. Oh, if I could only get bikers to never come here ever again so you would all be happy in your quiet little town with only your beater, smoking pickups and the tuned exhausts of convention cars to fret about. But bikers are an independent lot and it is unlikely that they will stop coming unless you dullards ask them not to come just like the fools in Ft Lauderdale did to the college kids. So I ask you, please do that, please ask bikers never to noise-up your town again, so I don’t have to read any more whiney letters about the big, bad, noisy bikers ruining everything that is so wonderful about this town. Bugs Bunny had a phrase that aptly describes those who cherish boorish ideas, he called them ‘maroons.’ Rick Burry

Safety in loudness? Editor: Easy Rider’s letter (March 14, 2013) reveals a wide spread misconception about biker noise providing a margin of safety. According to the National Highways and Transportation Act sixty percent of motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions. Perhaps you should have your pipes pointing the other way? I know that sounds ridiculous yet it is no more absurd than the belief that open pipes provide a measure of safety. Guests from all walks of life in all sorts of vehicles visit Eureka Springs. Most of them can be seen but not heard. They come in quite vehicles, spend money, enjoy galleries, our museum and perhaps a concert in Basin Park, the auditorium or an Opera in the Ozarks. I recall many occasions in mild weather when performances became inaudible because of bikers racking their engines. I believe the right to quiet enjoyment trumps your belief that there is safety in loudness. Quiet Walker

“Nothing Over 90” to fight noise pollution [Portions of the following letter appeared in last week’s Citizen, but space precluded including all. Here is the rest. Ed.] Editor: ...As a businessman and citizen, I’ve been studying this subject for years now, ever since I saw a guy purposefully rev his bike to blast a woman struggling up Mountain street, then turn and laugh when she jumped. She came into my shop, ears still ringing, and swore she would never again make her annual trip here because the noise had gotten so bad. I urged her to write then-Mayor Dani Joy to file a complaint, but her response was that it was too much trouble, she just would not be back. Since she was about the 25th customer I had heard that from, I wrote a letter to the Council, Mayor, Chamber President and CAPC Director passing on what I had heard, with concerns about how it affects my business. I was essentially told nothing could be done, nor did we want to do anything about it because they spend so much

money here. I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard it since. My thoughts were 1) is it really fair that one visitor’s noise should ruin several other visitors’ experience, 2) do they really spend so much money that we should smile and put up with it like a prostitute, and 3) how would I feel if my bad behavior was tolerated because I spent money? Mr Jasinski makes a very valid point about our noise ordinance – it isn’t one. How can you write a ticket for speeding when there is no number stating a limit? Most outdoor music here caps off at 65db, many national limits for vehicles are 80. Our police force can’t obtain equipment to measure noise, yet I have a sound-measuring app on my cell phone that has clocked an average of 90db from what I consider “tolerable” vehicles, and 110db from many hell-raisers rumbling through our streets. How about a “Nothing Over 90” campaign where we post that if your vehicle, no matter how many wheels, measures over 90db you must park it at Planer hill or the train station and take the trolley? Can we flag down the loud ones with stand-alone kiosks that measure noise like the ones on Main street that clock our speed? Mark Hughes

Reader thoughts on raising funds Editor: I would like to elaborate on my suggestions for Turpentine Creek fundraisers. I think that the May Festival of the Arts is a beautiful occasion for Eureka as a community to support Turpentine Creek. Adopt tigers as a theme for a fundraising event during the festival. Have donation jars at artists’ places during the art walk. Raffle off an artwork. Another idea: Incorporate Turpentine in the next art show at the Inn of the Ozarks, or create a special Art of the Cat weekend. When I mentioned the Vaudeville show, I had The Aud in mind. The organizational structures are in place for instant community fundraisers like that. It only takes one person in an organization to say “Why don’t we...?” Let me just be the little flame that sets the waiting brushpile on fire. Kora Lehman De Lehnsfeld

March 21, 2013 – Lovely County Citizen – Page Photos by David Bell

Pied Piper hosts St. Patrick’s Day party

At Pied Piper Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, music by Ice Cold Fatty warmed up the crowd and provided a great soundtrack for a fun afternoon.

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St. Patrick’s Day parade brings out the crowds

Where’s Waldo? Hopefully wearing green. We share with you the many faces of St. Patrick’s Day. The parade and perfect weather Saturday brought out the Irish in everyone. St. Paddy’s is one of the three most important holidays in Eureka, and it shows in the faces of the happy leprechauns below!

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Remembering Manny

Antique Show a hit

Many locals turned out Sunday at Caribe to celebrate the life of Manny Oritz, our beloved traffic officer who passed away recently.

It was an antiquer’s paradise at the 17th annual Spring Antique Show & Sale, held at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center last weekend.

Craig and Sarah Burgess

Many local residents came out to pay their respects.

Traffic officer Angelo Yao and his band

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Grammy-winning Christian artist at The Aud Friday By Kristal Kuykendall Spend half your life doing any one thing, and at some point, you’re bound to question whether or not that one thing was the right thing. For Jason Crabb, longtime powerhouse lead vocalist for Gospel music group The Crabb Family, the “right thing” has never been a question. With a soulful, unforgettable voice like his, Crabb’s “right thing” was always a given. He was born to sing. Baptized in a God-given talent pool, weaned on the hymnal and mentored by Bill Gaither himself, Jason Crabb hit the road at age 14 and, alongside his family, has pursued his calling full-throttle ever since. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall, become a “fan favorite” at the Grand Ole Opry, appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Series videos, and was honored to sing for the Rev. Billy Graham’s farewell crusade in New York City. His voice has echoed in churches great and small at home in the U.S. and around the world. But in 2007, the Grammy-nominated, 10-time Dove Award winner felt the winds of change blow in, and he knew it was time to pursue a new path. Solo. His debut album garnered him his first Grammy win, and he has been touring as a solo artist ever since, performing about 150 shows a year all over the country. On Friday, March 22, Crabb will add Eureka Springs to that long list of tour stops, as he will perform a concert at The Auditorium, sponsored and organized by the Great Passion Play. The concert was originally scheduled to be held at the Passion Play’s amphitheater but was moved to The Aud on Monday because of concerns about the weather. Friday will be a great opportunity for fans of contemporary Christian music to see the genre’s reigning Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, because last week Crabb released his sophomore album to rave reviews from critics. The follow-up to his Grammy-winning, self-titled debut, the new 11-song collection titled “Love Is Stronger” finds Crabb working with an all-star cast of producers including Jay DeMarcus (producer and member of country super group Rascal Flatts), Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion, Earl Scruggs), each of whom was working with Crabb for the first time. “This is a dream come true!” Crabb explains in a press release. “I mean — to get to go into the studio with these three producers and to have them make you better at what you do is unbelievable to me. All throughout the recording process I would find myself thinking, ‘Really? Is this happening? Am I getting to do this?’ This is a record I’ve been waiting to do my whole life, and I’ve never been more excited about a group of songs.”

That group of songs was written by some of the music industry’s most-respected writers including Ronnie Freeman, Tony Wood, Sarah Hart, Marc Byrd, Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Connie Harrington, Mia Fieldes, Seth Mosley, Michael A. Mobley, Geron Davis and Barry Weeks among others. Associated Press critic Jonathan Landrum Jr. recently wrote of the new album: “Grammy-winning Christian singer Jason Crabb impressively drives home the theme of how genuine love can be even if there’s heartache and grief on his sophomore album, ‘Love Is Stronger.’ His soaring voice, lyrics of enduring faith and solid production on the 11-track set continue to prove why he is the Gospel Music Association’s reigning male vocalist and artist of the year. On “Let Mercy Hold You,” he encourages people not to allow their minor mistakes discourage them and offers hope for those who might be lacking faith on “God’s Up to Something,” singing that the struggle will not last long if the proper belief system is intact.” The recording found Crabb taking a bit of a different role inside the studio — more hands-off so he could be guided by people whom he respected, he explains — and allowed Crabb to make some new friends in the process. “As a producer, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the best singers ever; I would certainly put Jason on that list,” said Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. “It is such a joy to work with someone that is so talented and driven. We’ve had a blast working together, and I think he has stretched himself creatively to the point to where he even surprised himself. I cannot wait for people to hear this record!”

One of the songs that DeMarcus produced was “There’s Not a Crown,” a song previously recorded by Michael English and later by The Martins with English producing them. This new rendition brings the story full circle as it features guest appearances by English and Joyce Martin Sanders, of the Martins, who join Jason for an all-new version of this song. Crabb’s voice has been heard on Christian AC radio in recent months surrounding “Let Mercy Hold You,” a song produced by Cash and written by Fieldes, Mosley and Alexa Willis, that has turned heads across the genre. “What the Blood Is For,” produced by Haun, is a power ballad that includes a 40-piece orchestra and features an unmistakable vocal from Crabb indicative of the sound that has made him a household favorite. The title cut is a favorite of Crabb, he says, because of his own family’s journey over the past two years when his wife, Shellye, suffered some health issues that led her to several specialists to seek advice before she was able to get back on her feet. He recalls what day-to-day life looked like for their family as he describes the song: “This was a hard road for us. There were days she couldn’t get out of bed, and I watched her struggle as she was having trouble being the wonderful mother that she is. It was difficult and heartbreaking. But then I watched her fight back. I watched what happens when love is stronger. I watched God move and her persevere. When I heard the lyric to ‘Love Is Stronger,’ I knew immediately this song was for us. It was like the writer knew our story.” And that story continues to unfold as Crabb’s career continues to reach new heights. In 2012, he toured more than 150 dates; released “Together Again” (Gaither Music Group) with The Crabb Family; appeared regularly internationally on TV; performed on Marie Osmond’s Hallmark Channel Show “Marie”; prepared to make his film debut in the movie “Inspiration Pop”; contributed the theme song to the film “Finding Faith”; co-hosted the GMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and appeared several times on Fox News Network. He also was able to participate in Nashville’s annual Bella Bash supporting The Angel Wings Foundation, Nashville’s annual The Bridge to Christmas event as well as a Christmas benefit concert alongside Sandi Patty in New York that benefited the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Also last year, Crabb was awarded with not only the Artist of the Year Award at the GMA Dove Awards but also the Male Vocalist of the Year Award in addition to the Soloist of the Year Award at the NQC Music Awards. Friday’s concert at The Aud begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance ( or $12 at the door. For more information, call 800-882-7529.

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A remembered place

Artist’s daughter returns to scenes of childhood By Jennifer Jackson ending up at Fort George, Quebec, where When Jennifer Veblen was growing they did a service project. They also perup, her family used to spend summers in formed across the United States, in EuEureka Springs. The family, who lived in rope and in British Honduras, now Belize, Little Rock, rented the yellow Victorian at a time when there were still open sewer cottage at the intersection of Spring and canals in city streets. King streets. While she and her sisters “We had to walk two miles into town explored, their father, artist Edwin Cook from the airport,” Veblen said. “The street Brewer, set up his easel and painted the started filling up with people. One of the local scene. kids took out a guitar and started playing, Several years ago, and it turned into a paVeblen returned to Eurade. That was a peak reka Springs, where experience.” “Daddy painted with she leads tours of the As an adult, Veblen Louis Freund. I remember historic downtown moved to California, going to Louis and Elsie landmarks her father where she was a stage Freund’s house.” depicted on canvas. actress. She is also a She also composes musician and is mar– Jennifer Veblen children’s songs and ried to musician Carl recently signed up to Veblen. Together, they recruit host families compose, record and for an international student exchange pro- produce music for children. Her older gram. Her goal: to give other students the sister, Audrey Wood, is a children’s book breadth of cultural experiences she had author. Her younger sister, Edwina, lives when she was a teenager and toured in a in Eureka Springs. Veblen remembers her theatrical production with a youth group. and her sisters sleeping on the porch of “I remember how special it was to stay the yellow house, walking all over town, in homes with families,” she said. and visiting other artists’ homes. The production was a folk-rock life of “Daddy painted with Louis Freund,” Christ written by Veblen and other mem- Veblen said. “I remember going to Louis bers of her youth group at Trinity Epis- and Elsie Freund’s house.” copal Cathedral in Little Rock. Every Veblen’s great-grandfather, Nicholas summer starting when Veblen was 14, Richard Brewer, was also artist, as was they would travel, putting on the show at her grandfather, Adrian Brewer. Both churches and staying with local families. were landscape and portrait painters. Her The first summer they went to Canada, father, Edwin Brewer, was known for

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Jennifer Veblen with a painting by her father, Edwin Cook Brewer, of an old house that was still standing in downtown Eureka Springs in the 1960s.

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landscapes and still lifes, and worked in oils and watercolors. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, Edwin Brewer was a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of Arkansas and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists and helped his father organize the Arkansas Art League in 1953. A veteran of World War II, Edwin went to Vietnam in 1969 as a combat artist, creating pictures of the people and landscape that were in a Smithsonian traveling exhibit and are now in the national archives. He also taught at Little Rock University and wrote the guides for teaching art in elementary and high school for the Arkansas Department of Education. Veblen works for International Student Exchange, a non-profit organization which places students ages 14 to 18 in homes for a semester or a school year. Her job: to screen host families in her area, which covers from Rogers to Branson, Mo., and match them with students depending on common interests – soccer, Scouts, riding, hiking, music or a career interest like medicine. “All the students speak English and have to pass a verbal and written test,” Veblen said. “They have their own spending

money for bus fare, clothes and entertainment, and their own health insurance.” She currently has 12 students interested in coming to this area next fall and is looking for host families now, to give everyone a chance to get to know each other through letters and skyping. After the students arrive, Veblen supervises the relationships, meeting once a month with each student. The idea is to immerse the students in a different culture, but the process works both ways. “They bring a different world view, a different language,” Veblen said. “Everyone is changed.” Veblen said she is still in touch with people who hosted her when her youth group toured other countries and values the friendships they formed. She also has mementos of the summers she spent in Eureka Springs in the form of her father’s paintings. In 2001, a year before his death, Edwin Brewer donated one of his later works to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The title: “A Remembered Place” (Eureka Springs). For more information about ISE, call Veblen at 479-200-8213 or email jv11@

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Arts & Amusements ESDN open meeting The Eureka Springs Downtown Network will hold an open business meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Library Annex at 192 Spring Street. Cocktails for a Cause Chelsea’s Corner Café and Bar will host the monthly cocktail party for a cause on Thursday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The cover charge and 33 percent of drink sales will be donated to both the ESDN and Flint Street Food Bank. For details, go to director@eurekaspringsdowntown. com. Flora Roja to offer beginners fermentation and tonic herbs Flora Roja Community Acupuncture will offer a course, “Beginner’s Fermentation Part 1” on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 119 Wall Street. The course will be taught by Vela Giri and will encompass the history of fermentation, its health benefits and hands on techniques and preparation of Sauerkraut, Kim chi and Draut-chi. On March 26, Flora Roja will offer a course, “East Meets West.” With D’Coda from the Herbal Coaching Community School of Herbalism, this course will explore how the Chinese and Western concepts of herbalism compare; uni-directionial herbs versus bi-directional herbs, which Western herbs qualify as “superior herbs,” how and when tonics are used and the Western tradition of “Spring Tonics.” For details, email or call (479) 253-4968. Friends of the Barn to hold potluck, short meeting The Friends of the Barn at Holiday Island will hold a potluck and short meeting on March 24 starting at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Lonnie Nicols & Friends. Please bring a dish to share. For details call (479) 253-6285 or (479) 253-2405. Good Food, Good Music, Good Book Bill Brooks will present an abridged version of “A History of the English Bible” illustrated by pages from historic Bibles at the March 24 Sunday night supper at First United Methodist Church. The public is invited to a free meal in the fellowship hall, with the band Brick-Field


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providing music, starting at 5:30, followed by Brooks’ presentation from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. First UMC is located half a mile south of Highway 62 at 195 Huntsville Rd (Hwy. 23), Eureka Springs. The church hosts a free Sunday night supper with music every week. For more information, call 479-981-0482. Yards & Yards of Yard Sales The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 1st Annual “Springtime Yards & Yards of Yard Sales,” to be held April 26 and 27 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The springtime sale is in addition to the “19th Annual Yards & Yards of Yard Sales” scheduled for August 2 and 3. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (479) 253-8737. Mosaic Mirror Workshop at ESSA From March 26 to 28 ESSA presents “Cut Glass Mosaic Mirrors” at the Fran Carlin Studio at 55 N. Main Street in Eureka Springs. Learn to use beautiful glass and millefiori designs to create distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. Millefiori derives from the Italian words, “mille” and “fiori” meaning “thousand flowers”. Space is limited. Register now for this workshop online at, or by calling (479) 253-5384. Grace Lutheran Easter services Grace Lutheran Church at 179 Holiday Island Drive will hold Maundy communion service on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., Good Friday service Friday at 7 p.m. and an Easter service Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will follow. Blessing of the Seeds April 2 The Blessing of the Seeds, an “all woman’s party,” will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom. The event will feature music by Rachel Fields and Propolis. This “tribal goddess gala gourmet dance party and drumming” will benefit the Merlin Foundation. For details go to Survivors Getting Stronger: A workshop for cancer survivors Cancer survivors can explore the writing process in a free one-day workshop at See Amusements, page 29

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge hosts its 23rd annual Kite Festival celebration on Saturday, March 23. “Art with an Altitude,” sponsored by KaleidoKites of Eureka Springs, is a free family event inviting attendees to bring their own kites or buy one at the refuge. The celebration includes vendors, contests and fun activities for parents and children. A performance by local band, The Skillet Lickers, is scheduled 1 to 4 p.m. KaleidoKites’ experts will be available to assist children in kite making and flying techniques.   Donations to the refuge is requested for kite making assistance.  KaleidoKites will donate a Japanese “Rokkaku” fighting kite and a tiger kite for an on-site raffle, proceeds benefiting Turpentine Creek. “Making and flying kites is a ‘green’ sport families can share. It’s wind-fueled and gets kids away from sedentary

activities like TV viewing and video games,” said Steve Rogers, KaleidoKites co-owner. “It’s a great photo-opportunity with world-class kites worth over a thousand dollars flown during the event. These kites are works of art, which is only fitting for an artist’s community like Eureka Springs.” The event is one of the refuge’s most popular events each year. Admission is free for kite flying; regular admission prices apply to tour refuge wildlife on display. Proceeds finance rescue and ongoing care for over 120 tigers, lions, cougars and other wildlife that make the sanctuary a life-long home. For more additional information, contact KaleidoKites at 479-253-6596, 888-836-6251 or email kaleidokites@  For details on Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, or call 479-253-5841.

Opera Guild to meet; 2013 operas announced The Eureka Springs Opera Guild will hold its annual membership meeting on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the Conservatory of the Crescent Hotel. Anyone who is interested in opera, Opera in the Ozarks, vocal performance music, or just wishes to learn about the functions of the Guild is invited to attend. There will be a brief meeting, refreshments, and a vocal music performance by two singers. Last season’s Opera in the Ozarks baritone Darren Drone will offer selections from this season’s operas, along with OBU student soprano Caitlyn Secrest. Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”; Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Prirates of Penzance” will be performed at Inspiration Point this season on U.S. Highway 62, five miles west from Eureka Springs.

Opening night, set for June 21, will feature a performance of “Madame Butterfly.” In addition to multiple performances at Opera in the Ozarks, all three operas will also be offered at The Arend Art Center in Bentonville on Sunday afternoons. Opera Guild memberships are $10 annually. Members promote and support Opera in the Ozarks through many activities throughout the year and during the opera season. In addition to performing many functions supporting Opera in the Ozarks, the members provide funds for scholarships for aspiring singers and musicians through membership fees, fund-raising efforts, and donations. Opera Guild is a dynamic, inspiring and fun organization with a broad cross-section of Eureka Springs and area residents participating. The public is welcome and invited to join.

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awning. A report was taken. 6:04 p.m. – A desk clerk at a motel in town asked an officer to do a welfare check on a male guest who had not yet checked out, had his room locked from the inside, and had a dog there. The responding officer found the guest dead of a gunshot wound. The immediate family was notified by the detective of the death. 6:06 p.m. – A two-vehicle accident was reported in front of the train depot. No injuries. The call was delayed to to a prior incident. March 14 12:11 a.m. – The Sheriff’s Department advised they had received a 911 hang-up call from the area of Magnetic Springs Road from a female who may be involved in a dispute. The responding officer could find no suspicious activity in the area. 2:27 a.m. – A caller from a local motel reported a white male having a dispute with a female in either room 220 or 221. The responding officer found the male had left and the female said it had just been a verbal argument. 7:25 a.m. – A caller reported a reckless driver entering town from Hwy 23 South near Quigley’s Castle. Police could find no trace of such a vehicle, however. 2:28 p.m. – A caller reported a male subject police had been seeking on another case was just walking up Spring Street. Police zoomed to the area but couldn’t locate him. 3:44 p.m. – A caller reported she’d just been sideswiped on Spring Street just down from the library. The damage was minor and there were no injuries. 11:29 p.m. – The Sheriff’s Department arrested a guy on a Eureka Springs warrant for failure to appear for lack of insurance. The individual was taken to Carroll County jail. 11:36 p.m. – An officer found two intoxicated females in the parking lot of a popular subterranean club downtown and got them a taxi to a local hotel for the night. March 15 1:36 a.m. – An officer helped a woman change a flat tire near Cornerstone Bank. 10:02 a.m. – A caller advised he was

calling for a neighbor who was out of town and had asked him to keep an eye out. He had discovered someone sleeping in the neighbor’s root cellar, but by the time the officer got there, the subject had fled or disappeared. Night patrol will check again later. 12:24 p.m. – An officer helped a 40-ft. RV having trouble on Spring Street and causing traffic problems. 1:17 p.m. – A caller reported a two-vehicle accident with no injuries on the highway. The officer took a report. 3:14 p.m. – A caller reported a woman in a blue GMC Sierra driving around with four kids with no child seats and said the woman was “picking up more kids.” The officers checked the area but not locate the bad mom, if bad mom she was. 4:11 p.m. – A caller reported his property, including personal checks and a computer, had been removed from a vehicle that was towed to storage after being involved in an accident. March 16 1:24 a.m. – The night auditor at a big hotel downtown reported seeing a male passed out on the side of the street near the Witch’s Hat House. The officer found an intoxicated male in the area up and walking and gave him a ride to his house, which was nearby. 1:28 a.m. – The head cook at a local bistro called to report a mysterious light bobbing around in an abandoned house down the street. The responding officer found a male individual nearby who said he was working on signs for the parade tomorrow. The case was left unsolved. 1:45 a.m. – A mysterious call in the night. A small scream, then silence. A local, Swiss-themed motel. The responding officer found people “up and around” who hadn’t heard anything. The officer walked all around without luck. Silence reigned throughout the night. 7:12 p.m. – A friendly chocolate Labrador was taken into custody at the Crescent Hotel. 8:18 p.m. – Police could find no trace of “fire dancers” supposedly leaping around in Basin Park or the surrounding area. 10:24 p.m. – Police picked up a purse turned in at the front counter of the New Orleans Hotel.

10:57 p.m. – A caller from Prospect Avenue called looking for a chocolate Labrador. The dispatcher advised a dog like that had been found and taken home for the night by Animal Control. The dog went home next day. 11:07 p.m. – A caller reported people on the deck yelling at passing cars and a guy in the road trying to direct traffic outside a popular bar up on the highway. The responding officer found nobody in the road and everybody on the deck minding their manners. 11:14 p.m. – The adventure continues. Police responded to a call near Elk and White Streets about “a bunch of people on the porch being very loud”; the caller advised “they did this all last night also.” The responding officer found four people on the porch “just sitting there.” Told them to keep it down. 11:30 p.m. – A caller from South Main Street reported a male and female walking up the hill very intoxicated. The responding officer took them to their hotel. March 17 1:55 a.m. – A caller from a local motel reported two intoxicated females walking around banging on all the doors of the motel. The caller said it looked like they were lost. The responding officer had one female checked out by EMS “because she could not stand up.” She was okay. 2:32 a.m. – While they were there with the previous call, officers arrested a male for public intoxicatin and disorderly conduct in the parking lot of the bar next door. 2:44 a.m. – The manager of a different motel up on the highway called to advise there was a female passed out in one of the rooms, possibly from a drug overdose. The officers responded with EMS only to discover she hadn’t overdosed but was only very intoxicated. She signed a “refusal of treatment” form. 3:09 a.m. – Worst night ever to be a motel manager. The caller from the previous motel called to say there were several guys threatening him from one of the rooms and said he “needed the cops there quick.” The responding officers got the argument broken up and took a pair of the individuals to a different motel, then took a report. 8:21 a.m. – The manager of a local

motel reported subjects who were evicted last night were back in their room this morning. The responding officer sent them packing. 9:33 a.m. – A report of a man and woman pushing each other across from the courthouse turned out to be a verbal disagreement only. 9:58 a.m. – Police urged two people sleeping in the parking lot of an all-night gas station to mosey along. 2:07 p.m. – A caller from a shop on East Van Buren Avenue asked to have a black Lincoln moved. It was gone on arrival. 2:53 p.m. – A car was towed from Spring Street, where it was blocking a driveway. 3:20 p.m. – A report of smoke out in the valley near Quigley Castle turned out to be a controlled burn. 4:20 p.m. – Carroll County Sheriff’s Department called to advise of a vehicle out of gas and blocking traffic on US Hwy 62 at the top of Leatherwood Hill. The responding officer assisted him. 4:44 p.m. – A dine and dash was reported from the best Mexican restaurant in town. 7:23 p.m. – A traffic stop near the train depot resulted in the arrest of an individual for driving on a suspended license. 8:59 p.m. – Eureka Springs EMS requested an officer for a two-vehicle tag along at Hillside and Spring Streets. Officers responded and arrested one male individual for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The other male was arrested for DWI, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, drinking on a public highway and possession of alcohol by a minor. Yow. 9:54 p.m. – A caller reported a suspicious vehicle outside her restaurant. Fortunately it turned out to be someone giving a ride to an employee. March 18 5:04 a.m. – A newspaper carrier requested a welfare check on an elderly lady on Bridge Street. Said the papers were piling up outside. The responding officer found nobody home.

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Community Writing Program Spotlight Game Day Seventy-three-thousand people filled the stadium on opening day as the marching band, spread across the playing field in an unintelligible “N” played “Hail to Nebraska.” Two young lovers took their seats – section 35, row 24, seats 1 and 2 – directly in front of a rotund rancher in Wrangler overalls and his equally stout son, and an elderly couple, both small and frail, who had held their season tickets since 1962. Retired folks held most of the tickets in section 35, north end zone; anyone younger than fifty rarely invited themselves into this close-knit community of AARP members and retired farmers. The fans, allotted only eighteen inches of bench space in which to perch for the next four hours, settled in with their binoculars and headsets and Fairbury Hot Dogs. The two young lovers held tight to each other, the girl wrapping her spindly, porcelain arms around and through the boy beside her as he gently caressed her neck. The boy wore silver hoop earrings, one in each ear, which the girl lovingly twirled between her fingers as they kissed, long and slow and much too often as long lovers do. As the game began and the crowd roared, the lovers never loosened their grasp on each other, merely rearranging and reconfiguring their limbs as if in some kind of voluntary bondage. The two lovers were oblivious to the stares and snickers between the aged community that surrounded them, and they continued

to nuzzle and caress and rub and kiss with no notion of their increasing notoriety. At the end of the second quarter just before halftime, a sixty-something man in row 26 tapped the burly rancher in Wrangler overalls on the shoulder in row 25. “Are we going to have to watch that the whole game?” he asked, pointing to the two lovers seated directly in front of the rancher. The two men guffawed to each other, and others who heard joined in; the elderly couple beside the rancher, and another closing-in-on-elderly couple behind them. But the two young lovers were ignorant to the scene they were creating. At the end of halftime, the two lovers kissed several times and the young man left his seat, only to return promptly with a box of popcorn, which he handed to the girl. They re-twined their arms in and out of each other’s as the girl held tight to the box of popcorn. One by one, she removed a kernel of popcorn from the box, placing the small bite into her lover’s mouth, then one into her own. This went on for some time, as the box was quite large, and the girl was slow and purposeful with each bite. The nudging and chortles from the onlookers in section 35 became more constant, even irritated; this wasn’t the place for public affection. They were here to watch the opening-day game, not to be distracted by two immature youngsters who had no manners in public. A Elizabeth Mack believes every person has a writer within, and we all have a story to tell. Elizabeth teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, and writes a weekly blog for Metro Community College’s Writing Centers, She also has her own popular blog, She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English with an emphasis in creative nonfiction from UNO. Her memoir-in-progress, Healing Springs, recounts her tumultuous coming-ofage years in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas.

This Week’s Author: Elizabeth Mack

To support the emerging local writers of the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Lovely County Citizen is providing space each week to showcase their work. Pieces will be selected by the program manager, and students must have taken at least one workshop in the Community Writing Program, which was launched on July 21. Selections from instructors and student mentors of the program will also be presented. For more information email

man in row 26 cupped his hands around his mouth: “Get a room!” he called to the lovers, as his seatmates laughed and shook their heads in disgust. Over the loudspeaker, the official on the field announced the end of the third quarter. The people in the stands stood, stretching their legs. The two young lovers in section 35, row 24, seats 1 and 2, gathered their belongings and left their seats for good, still entwined and kissing


as they slowly descended the crowded stairs of section 35. The others who remained in section 35, the rotund rancher and his equally stout son, the elderly couple who had their tickets since 1962, and other couples old enough to remember Ray Nitschke and leather helmets, watched as the entwined lovers disappeared into the crowd, the women wistfully recalling if they were ever loved as such, as the men looked on with envy.

Community Writing Program 2013 schedule Each workshop will be from 9-12 and 1-4. The cost for the all-day program is $45. 
The first five workshops may be purchased together for the discounted price of $200. 
 • Module 4 - April 20 & 23 - Subtext, High Events, Closings

• Module 5 - May 18 & 21 - Self-Editing and Publishing
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sadder? Or is that, in fact, less sad? Is there not a poignant power in the simple and direct statement that Koob felt sad? Do the starkness of those three syllables, in contrast to the effusive surrounding beauty, not better convey the true condition of Koob’s heart. Take a piece of your own writing and look for repetition, for useless adjectives, for any time that you convey the same information to the reader. Make every word fight for its life. We study many aspects of the writing process, including editing, in the Community Writing Program. The


Alison Taylor-Brown directs the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, which provides creative residencies for writers of all genres, composers, and artists. More than 850 writers from 44 countries have created at the Colony since its founding in 1999. Her column, Notes From The Colony, appears every first and third Tuesday of each month beginning in early June 2012. She can be reached at

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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall

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Sister rock, and blues with your boogie Squid and Whale hosts two great Arkansas bands this weekend, while jazz-rock-fusion standout the Matt Smith Group of Fayetteville comes to Chelsea’s Saturday night. Following are my recommendations for the best live music in town this weekend, and below that the entertainment/music schedule for all Eureka Springs venues. FRIDAY If you like female vocalists who can wail and nail their notes, and send chills down your spine while making your booty shake with the beat, then you don’t want to miss Moonshine Mafia at Squid and Whale Pub this Friday, March 22. Moonshine Mafia, based in Hot Springs, will appeal to fans of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Adele. It consists of five members and is led by Anna Jordan-Williams on guitar and vocals. The band’s music is very modern-bluesrock with a Southern jam flavor.

Jordan-Williams moved back to Arkansas with her band about two years ago from Dallas, where she’d been for about two decades. While there, she opened for such acts as Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Texas country heartthrob Deryl Dodd and blues legend Gerry Moss and opened for several major country and rock artists ranging from Little Big Town to Uncle Kracker. A favorite recording and performing musician in Dallas, Austin and Houston, her experience and popularity there led to many touring opportunities in the United States and internationally. Prior to returning to Arkansas, Jordan-Williams was a full-time musician, spending much of her time as a vocal and instrument coach for developing artists, including producing and managing young musicians for Ultrax Records and Septien School of Contemporary Music, both located in Dallas. Since relocating to Hot Springs, Jor-



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dan-Williams and her husband, Darin (who’s also the band’s drummer), founded an artist development and coaching business called Williams Studios that teaches and coaches musicians on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and songwriting as well as teaches modeling and acting and works with artists on photo shoots, videos and other professional projects as needed. The pair also offer artist management services, from individuals to full bands. The breadth of experience the two have earned over their decades of playing and working in the industry not only almost certainly would help any potential clients, but it definitely shows up in their music, making them seasoned pros. The critics and others in the industry who’ve worked with them agree: Matt Aslanian, award-winning producer/ engineer for acts such as Shakira, OneRepublic and Kelly Clarkson, says of Anna Jordan-Williams and Moonshine Mafia: “Sultry and sweet. Fragile, yet bold – always soulful – Anna’s voice shines in her performances. With beauty and charm to match, you’ll be a fan within seconds!” Nightflying Magazine’s Sondra Goode writes: “Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Come Party & Dance Underground

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“From 1998 I’ve had a big passion for the blues. Albert King, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy started it off; Steve Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and Dwayne Allman are more recent influences,” he says. Compton, who teaches guitar full-time at Little Rock Jams Music Studio, also gets much of his inspiration from gifted modern-day guitarists – well-known (Warren Haynes is a hero of his) and otherwise. “I have a black and white picture of Jerry Garcia in my office to remind me that the best players aren’t always the best known,” he says matter-of-factly. Even Rolling Stone put Jerry at No. 40 on its all-time ranking of guitar players, which is way off – I’d put Jerry in my Top 5.” Besides performing at last year’s King Biscuit Blues Fest, Interstate Buffalo has performed at a number of major events, including 2010 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, Waka Winter Classic 2009, Midsummers Night Jam (2010-11), Save The Biscuit Fundraiser concerts (2008-2011), and Riverfest 2012. Last year, Interstate Buffalo released its first album to excellent reviews from blues critics across the South: John Vermilyea of the Blues Underground Network writes: “It is a rarity when you can throw a modern Blues Rock album into a pile of great Classic Blues Rock albums, of the ‘70s, by the likes of the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and Gov’t Mule, to name a few, and no one would be the wiser that it wasn’t one of the great albums from that era; Interstate Buffalo’s ‘One Step Away’ is such a rarity.” Interstate Buffalo’s show at Squid and Whale begins around 9 p.m. Saturday and there is no cover charge. THURSDAY, MARCH 21 • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Jazz Night, 9 p.m. • Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown with Bloody Buddy & Friends, 7 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 22 • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Worship Circle, 7 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m. •  Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Polecat Swagger, 9 p.m. •  Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Deep Fried Squirrel opens for The Vine Bros, 9 p.m.

• Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise, 75 S. Main St., 479363-6574: DJ/Dance Party, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: Jukebox • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Live music, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren, 479-253-0400: DJ/Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-2532525: Magic Mule, 6:30-10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Effron White, 9 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: One Way Road, 8 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Moonshine Mafia, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63A Spring St., 479-363-6595: SpinRad, 8 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 23 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s: Act-A-Fool, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Matt Smith Group, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise: DJ/Dance Party, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: Jukebox • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: Karaoke with DJ Goose, 8 p.m. • The Lumberyard: DJ/Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: The Vine Bros, noon to 4 p.m.; Dennis Groves, Rachel Hewitt and Jeremy Miller, 6:30-10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Philbilly w/ Phil McGarrah, 1 p.m.; Jesse Dean, 9 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: One Way Road, 8 p.m. • Squid and Whale: Interstate Buffalo, 7 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: SpinRad, 8 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 24 • Chelsea’s: Black Out Boys, 6 to 10 p.m. • Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close • Rowdy Beaver Den: Philbilly w/ Phil McGarrah, noon. MONDAY, MARCH 4 • Chelsea’s: Springbilly, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 5 • Chelsea’s: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. • New Delhi: Open Mic Poetry Reading, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 • Chelsea’s: Drink & Draw with Magic Mule, 8 p.m.


Kevin Ryals, left, of Ozark and Bob Wilcox of Knoxville, Ark., play “Working Man Blues” in the Basin Park band shell Thursday afternoon. The two, who have been friends for 30 years, came to Eureka Springs to spend some time together. They played music in the park, and also tried out the acoustics in the shell.

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Thorncrown named in website’s ‘Top Ten Fascinating Churches’ Eureka Springs’ own Thorncrown Chapel was recently chose as one of its “Top Ten Fascinating Churches” according to “Constructed mostly of wood and other local materials, the building was selected for the 2006 Twenty-five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects,” the article says. And indeed it was. Thorncrown Chapel was designed by architect E. Fay Jones and constructed in 1980. The design of the popular wedding site recalls the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom Jones apprenticed. The chapel was commissioned by Jim Reed, a retired schoolteacher. According to Thorncrown Chapel owner Doug Reed, when his father Jim Reed and Jones began working on the chapel, their greatest fear was that it would not get the exposure they felt it deserved. “Fay’s wife would tell us that he would come home from working on Thorncrown with a sad look on his face. ‘This is turning out to be a pretty good looking project,’ he would say. ‘Too bad nobody’s going to see it.” Fortunately Jones was wrong. Thorncrown Chapel draws 100,000 visitors a year to Eureka Springs. Alongside the list with Thorncrown

Chapel were such notable worship sites as the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republoic, which contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people; the Temppeliaukion Lutheran Church in Töölö, Helsinki, which is underground and carved from solid rock; the Gellért Hill Cave in Hungary, which was used an army field hospital by the Nazis during World War II; the Church of St. George in Ethopia, which was carved from solid red volcanic rock in the 12th century; the Borgund Stave Church in Norway, built sometime between 1180 and 1250 and with four dragons’ heads on its roof; the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Ariz.; the French Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe, which is built on a volcanic peak that has been a sacred place for thousands of years, first as a temple to the Roman god Mercury; Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest structure in the country; and The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which is built 200m below ground within the tunnels of a salt mine in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, Colombia. The article itself can be found at www.

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Announcements & Meetings AARP and IRS offer Tax-Aide program in Carroll County Tax-Aide, a nationwide free tax preparation service that provides free income tax preparation, free electronic filing and answers to tax questions for individuals is scheduled to be held at the Holiday Island Community Church at 188 Stateline Dr. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 11. This program is intended to assist low and middle income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to taxpayers over age 60. IRS-provided software is used for all tax returns. All counselors are certified. There will be 19 Counselors and 10 Client Facilitators available to help people this year. Help is also available at the Cornerstone Bank of Berryville at 907 West Trimble on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Feb. 4 through April 8. For more information, call 479-253-7611 or 479-253-9198. St. James community dinners St. James’ Sunday night community suppers will continue every Sunday until the end of March 2013. The suppers are held each Sunday from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 28 Prospect Ave. in Eureka Springs. St. James’s suppers welcome anyone in the community. There is no charge for the meal. For details, call (479) 253-8610. 4th Annual Carole Hilmer Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer Research set for April 20 The 4th annual Carole Hilmer Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer will be held on Saturday, April 20 starting at 9 a.m. at the Barn on the Island in Holiday Island, Arkansas. The event honors the memory of Carole Hilmer, who died in June, 2010, of breast cancer. The event includes a 5K run as well as both two- and three-mile walks, On the Friday evening before the event, Geraldi’s-Holiday Island will again host a silent auction. Geraldi’s-Holiday Island will donate a dollar per plate for every spaghetti dinner served. The event has raised over $10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research. For information call (479) 253-5986 or email On-line registration is powered by and mail in registration forms are available at www.

Wildflowers Christian Ministry women and children’s shelter fund Wildflowers Christian Chapel Women and Children Shelter Fund Goal is $444,000. To date the amount raised is $23,000. Please send donations to Wildflowers Ministry 6789 Hwy. 62 West Eureka Springs AR 72632. Any amount will help us get this much needed Shelter opened. ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS Quilters Guild monthly meetings Whether you’re an experienced quilter or interested in learning a new art form, the Holiday Island Quilters’ Guild cordially invites you to its monthly meetings at the Clubhouse in Room A, lower level at 1 Country Club Drive in Holiday Island. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. For more information, call 363-6442 or visit the website Wildflowers Food Bank Wildflowers Food Bank is open every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you are in need of food, bring your ID and come to the Food Bank. If you are out of food anytime, you can call us Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and we will try to help you with enough food to get you to our Friday food bank time. Call first at (479) 363-6408. Or call Wildflowers Ministry at (479) 2535108. Ham Radio Club For anyone interested in ham radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club meets every second Thursday of the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Highway 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information email Audiobooks and eBooks The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library’s website. For help call the Eureka Springs (479) 2538754 public library. Alateen meetings Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text 479-9819977, or e-mail Overeaters Anonymous Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod at US 62 and

CAAH! seed swap Saturday at library Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage, CAAH!, will sponsor a free Old-Timey Ozark Seed Swap Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in Eureka Springs. The public is invited to come and share seeds they have collected of favorite open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants, and stories to swap with other seed savers. If you have no seeds to swap but want to get started, come mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help. If you can bring along some small envelops or plastic bags for seeds, that makes it easier to share. “We conserve the heritage of Arkansas as we share good stories, beautify our

yards, feed our friends and family, and of course, trade open pollinated seeds,” states a press release from CAAH!, which is based at the University of Central Arkansas. “Gardening is not just about planting seeds. It is a tradition that is often passed down through generations. Seeds may be shared across families, communities, and time.  The seeds carry with them not just genetic diversity, but also long-standing traditions. They provide more than sustenance. They support and reinforce culture.” For more information about the local seed swap, call 253-6963. For more info about CAAH!, visit www.arkansasagro.

TCWF gets some TLC

Eight staff members at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge who moved 30 tigers in four months received a treat from local massage therapists last week. “We’ve been following the news about the Riverglen tiger rescue operation and wanted to do something to help,” said Rebekah Clark, owner of Imago Massage. “During the last four months, TCWR staff made more than 15 trips to the Riverglen site in Mountainburg, a five-hour round trip. Add all the stress of actually moving and treating the animals, we knew they needed a well deserved break.” Alexa Pittenger, owner of Eureka Massage Therapy, also provided massages for Hwy. 23. More information: Barbara (479) 244-0070. Coffeehouse and outreach Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with live music, activities and prizes. Coffeehouse open to the public 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday with extra hours and live music on Fridays 5 – 10 p.m. Worship Circle Fridays at 7 p.m. Drug problem? The Eureka Springs Coffee Pot Narcotics Anonymous Group meets Fridays at

the workers. The effort was coordinated by Eureka Springs Partners for Wellness, an alliance of health professionals, businesses and individuals interested in promoting health in the community. Alliance members Beth Martin Smith, Jean Richardson, Tina Perry and Stacey Perry plan follow-up visits to TCWF. The Eureka Springs Partners for Wellness meets the third Wednesday of the month at Flora Roja Community Acupuncture, 119 Wall St., Eureka Springs. Contact Alexa Pittenger at (479) 2539208 or Rebekah Clark at (479) 244-5631, or email for more information. 5:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod Motel. Contact Shawn H. 417-271-1084 or Robin S. (479) 244-6863 for more information. Al-Anon Family Group meetings Eureka Springs AFG meets at the Coffee Pot behind the Land O’ Nod Motel Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Coffee Break Women AFG meets at Faith Christian Family Church, Hwy. 23S, on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. For info: (479) 63-9495.

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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: No one said life would be easy, but you would expect it to be a little less drippy. Fix the roof, housebreak the dog and buy some allergy meds. Or just take the Benadryl and sleep through the rest of your soggy day. Either way works, really. TAURUS: On Wednesday, you are energized, ambitious and brimming with determination…for about five seconds. Whew, that was exhausting. Better take a break and have a beer. GEMINI: Who says you can’t be everywhere at once? Hook all your friends up to the grapevine today, because you’re the topic of conversation. You could nip it in the bud or spread enough horseplotz to make it grow into something wild. CANCER: No one has all the answers in life. If they did, they would be super annoying and would have no friends. Treasure your ignorance, it’s the only reason people can stand you. LEO: It’s good to have goals, but when you stuff too many in one place, they start killing each other off like horror movie scream queens. Pick a couple to be the stars in your personal show and keep them away from chain saws. VIRGO: Inflexible? You have to steam yourself just to bend over. Prepare to boil a lot of water this weekend, because your attitude will be twisted into a crazy straw wrapped around a pretzel. LIBRA: Go ahead, paint yourself blue, limbo under park benches and sing Cylon showtunes. If you can’t be the best, you can definitely be a finalist for the craziest. SCORPIO: The truth is all around you, and it’s very bitey. If you can’t put a muzzle on it, you can distract it with a large steak or a slow-running friend. Of course, you could face down the truth, but save that for a last resort. SAGITTARIUS: Everything’s coming up roses, but only if you can handle all the little pricks. If you get

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too thorny, you can always pucker up to some tulips. CAPRICORN: Your best luck will happen at 1 p.m. Tuesday when a man in a green hat will ask you for a piece of gum. You’ll say no, and avoid being dragged into an international spy ring of chicken dancers. Go ahead, thank your lucky stars. AQUARIUS: The key to life is inside a fake rock and lost in your backyard. Don’t worry, by the time you find it with a lawnmower, you’ll

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have changed the locks anyway. The neighbor might be pissed over his broken window, though. PISCES: To everything there is a season, but when it’s snowing, you’re wearing flip flops. Coordinate your closet with the weather forecast this week, and you might end up in the right pants at the right time.

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Woman on a Bridge (For Judy Ruiz)

I wait on this short span Twenty feet above a ditch, Not quite dressed in a green silk sheath. March has come in like a lion.

Ann Carter

My eyes have long revealed The many ways to jump. Unknown by anyone, I have chosen my destruction. “She goes too far,” they said, To excuse themselves from dinners served at dawn. It was simply too grand. They couldn’t comprehend. So when I got down to tequila shots, They were really relieved. I was one of the boys. They took me out for all-nighters, Bought me a sombrero and some limes. But they turned from me When I found a bard At the bottom of this glass. They left, but no doubt heard How I, painted blue, And draped simply in green Walked like a god through this town. Yes, the shrinks made a date for next week. Too late. For I, still blue, will have slipped From this unremarkable place and dropped Blue quiet into this blue stream—

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Chew On This


Rachel Brix

How I became a vegetarian and what I eat I couldn’t help but take Don Lee up on his offer in a previous installment of this food column, so I thought I’d share a little. I have been a vegetarian for almost six years now. I was a meat and potatoes girl. Prime rib was my absolute favorite meal (it was served at our wedding), and I thoroughly enjoyed Culver’s butterburgers. By now we know of the numerous health benefits of going veg. For me, health was not even a consideration, but an ancillary benefit. I didn’t need to lose weight and considered myself healthy. Ultimately, though, I became a vegetarian strictly because of the horrors of factory farming. As I became more and more involved with animals, I became more and more interested in where our meat came from. I started reading about factory farming and began to look at meat differently. I re-


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member I was at a faculty teachers meeting and on our break I checked my email – I’d signed up for alerts on animal abuse cases and watched the video in my inbox. I’d already seen (rather FORCED myself to watch through weeping eyes) videos about the cruelty involving downer cows, what turkeys and chickens lives are like that end up on our plates, and the grotesqueness of how foie gras is “made.” But this video made me become a vegetarian cold turkey (forgive the pun). It was about pigs, and what the undercover video showed workers doing to those poor pigs already in deplorable living conditions made me want to vomit. I gave up meat that day: March 20, 2007. It was the final straw for me. I’d seen enough. There are a plethora of videos online that will make your stomach churn and I would bet make it easier to go veg. Ironically enough Tyson is one of the biggest offenders, even after continual pressure from groups asking simply for more space so the animals can at least turn around in their pens. Also, a good book to start with is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Another ancillary benefit? Helping the planet: factory farming contributes to destroying it. As far as what to eat? Sure salads are a staple, but being creative is fun. We eat a lot of potatoes in a variety of ways. A

Amusements Continued from page 19

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs on April 13. This Community Writing Program workshop is open to all survivors and/or family members and the only requirement is a desire to strengthen their will to live and to explore healing through writing about their experiences. Survivor participants will have an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with other survivors in a confidential and supportive environment. Writ-

lot of soups and a lot of veggie pizzas! Quiches are great, stir frys are easy. Also, a lot of great pasta dishes (i.e. eggplant parm and gnocchi) are excellently vegetarian. There’s also a lot of “fake meat” out there – “chicken patties” , “burgers” even “sausage” and “bacon” – sure, at first it takes a little getting used to because it is a different taste, but when you use the fake stuff in “regular” recipes, it ends up delicious. And they (Boca, Morningstar, Gardein) among others make “ground beef” too. Last night we had tacos! Eureka Market and even Hart’s sells the stuff. Even Walmart has it! You might start by eating veg a few nights a week instead of trying to cut meat all out at once. I will say this, though: going veg all but eliminates fast food from one’s diet. Not a bad thing at all. (Although I will admit to succumbing to fries at McD’s every now and then – I still love my potatoes!). However, fast food places are offering veggie burgers on a large scale. Speaking of veggie burgers, Angler’s Grill out on 62 has the BEST veggie burger I’ve EVER had. I could pontificate for hours, but I’ll leave you with this quote from Ghandi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ing instruction and exercises in memoir, for themselves, family members or the community at large will comprise a large part of the day. For more information or to register, contact Linda Caldwell at The Writers’ Colony at (479) 253-7444 or email ES Buddhist study group ES Buddhist Study Group meets at the ES Library Annex every Thursday at 4 p.m. for silent meditation, followed at 4:30 by study and discussion. Our current book is Stages of Meditation by H.H. Dalai Lama.

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“We are in a different time. The planet and the people are evolving right now. The old consciousness is ending, and now we are moving into a new consciousness of love,” he said. He said rules such as speed limits are arbitrary and “meant to control us.” “The excuse they give is they are going to protect us from ourselves.” Goodman said he has no hard feelings toward Hyatt or Hill. “I think they are great guys, and this is nothing personal about them,” he said. “We have to get over this fiction.... Since the agency has been foreclosed, that fiction no longer exists.” Hyatt doesn’t quite see it that way. “I can’t predict the future, but if someone does not pay and fails to ap-

pear in court, then their driver’s license is suspended and a warrant is issued for their arrest and they go to county jail,” he said. “He would be given an opportunity to go in front of the judge, and if he doesn’t follow the orders of the court, there will be consequences.” He said others claiming to be sovereign citizens have paid and/or served time. “The law is the law; everybody has to follow it,” Hyatt said. “Mr. Goodman refused to sign the ticket. Shannon could have arrested him at that point but didn’t because he’s a local resident.” Hyatt said he is not familiar specifically with OPPT, but this was not the department’s first “go-around with this type of person.” “Quite frankly, it’s kind of entertaining.”

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A tale of two Junes

Eureka Belles promenade for women’s support group By Jennifer Jackson On March 31, a group of women will take to the streets of Eureka Springs to march for a cause. They will not be carrying banners or shouting slogans, but instead, promenade in their spring outfits complete with flowery hats and parasols in a celebration of Easter, spring and fashion. And none will be more fashionably dressed than June Owen. “She’s the grande dame of Eureka,” June Hegedus said. Owen and Hegedus are both members of EasterBelles, a group of women organized two years by Cne Breaux to revive the tradition, started in the 19th century, of the Easter parade. The Belles version consists of women promenading or riding from the Gavioli Chapel to the Crescent Hotel on Easter Sunday after church. “Last year, they had a horse and carriage for us elders to ride,” Owen said. Owen, at 87, is the senior member of EasterBelles. The daughter of an Illinois coal miner, she designs and makes all the clothes she wears. She also made the outfit that Hegedus, who was born in London, is wearing in this year’s parade. Owen’s daughter, Peggy Feltrope, is a doll milliner who made the hats the Owen and Hegedus are wearing. Together, the two Junes brighten up every Eureka Springs celebration. “We’re soul sisters,” Hegedus said. Membership in the EasterBelles is by donation to a cause that supports women. The first year, the group gave money to Womenade, a Holiday Island group who provides prom dresses for high school girls. The next year, the Belles donated to Brave Woman, which seeks to change perceptions of domestic abuse victims. This year, instead of making a donation, the group decided to “Belle-fund” it by buying head wraps for cancer patients and distributing the items themselves, Breaux said. “We’re buying Easter bonnets for our sisters who are going through chemo-

June Owen shows off her Easter hat at last week’s photo shoot at the Crescent Hotel. Owen’s daughter, Peggy Feltrope, made the hats the two Junes are wearing in this year’s Easter parade.

June Hegedus models the hat and the outfit, made by June Owen, that Hegedus is wearing in this year’s parade at the group’s photo shoot last week.

therapy,” Breaux said. “We’re working with several groups in Carroll and Benton counties to get these bonnets to our sisters.” To publicize the parade, the Belles are having a poster made with individual photographs of the women in their Easter bonnets. Last week, they met at the New Moon Spa and Salon at the Crescent Hotel for the photo shoot. Salon staff provided hair-styling, make-up and chair massages free of charge. Melodye Purdy of Purdy Art Co. took the photographs. Purdy also is an EasterBelle and the reigning Eureka Gras queen. For Eureka Springs’ version of Mardi Gras, the two Junes dressed up in tie-dyed colors to fit the ‘Age of Aquarius’ theme and paraded in the Second Line carrying decorated parasols. On Saturday, you’ll see them at St. Patrick’s Day parade. “We’ve got green outfits,” Owen said. The EasterBelles Parade is at noon on Easter Sunday, March 31, starting at the Gavioli Chapel, 80 Mountain St. on the

upper historic loop in Eureka Springs. Women and their escorts, fashionably dressed, are welcome to join the parade to the Crescent Hotel. For more information, go to the Eureka Springs EasterBelles facebook page. A poster signing and fundraising party will be Sunday, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Caribe Restaurant, 309 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs.

Photos by Jennifer Jackson


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