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D is all about fun and it’s actually a guide! What to do, where to go, how to get there and how to plan a day in order to get it all in – packed into one publication you can keep in your car or hotel room and consult about how to make the most of your time in Eureka Springs. Story ideas and information for Independent Fun Guide can be emailed to editor@independentfunguide.com.

Chief Whipping Post C.D. White Contributors Gwen Etheredge Harrie Farrow Art Director and D(sigh)n Perlinda Pettigrew-Owens Photographers David Frank Dempsey Mary Flood Steven Foster Jeremy Mason McGraw Richard Quick Event submissions, reviews and contests editor@independentfunguide.com 479.253.6101 Advertising Sales Michael Owens | 479.659.1461 mowens72631@gmail.com

ecember started off with the bright glow of a big Christmas parade in Eureka Springs, and continues with lots of holiday events – and there’s still more excitement coming up between now and Valentine’s Day – as well as precious leisure time to rest and regroup. As the temperature drops, our cozy retreats, comfy bed and breakfasts, amazing restaurants and welcoming shops and galleries all provide a warm welcome. Winter is a great time to be outdoors too – especially with a camera. Lakes and parks have their own special beauty this time of year, and you won’t want to miss any of it. What to do for fun? Check through these pages to find feasts, fetes, festivals, parades and more, along with nightlife socializing and interesting attractions for the whole family. On the other hand, you can take a spa day or two and then just cozy up under an opulent comforter and read (or write!) a book and wander the streets making your own Above, The Great Hall at Castle Rogue’s Manor, below, The Eureka StoneHouse discoveries when you feel like it. Photos by Jeremy mason mcGraw Uncomplicated and unfettered – fun when you want it and solace when you don’t – that’s what makes Eureka Springs the Extraordinary Escape.

Mary Flood | 479.981.3556 advertise.independent@gmail.com Advertising Deadline is approximately the 2nd of each month. Independent Fun Guide is a special publication to Eureka Springs Independent and is published 11 times a year by Sewell Communications, LLC

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pen seven days a week, the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center is located in Pine Mountain Village on 62E just a minute or two from downtown. Racks of brochures and publications as well as maps and posters are on hand to make sure you get the latest information on places to stay, eat and visit. You’ll also find information on art galleries, attractions, events, restaurants, shopping, real estate and wedding services. Friendly staff will be able to help you with tickets to shows, direct you to points of interest, and are always happy to make a phone call to get any information that’s not already in print at your fingertips. Start your visit in the media room with a brief film on the history of Eureka Springs and you’re ready to plan your adventure!

About our cover:

Count the King Cake babies and win!

Some people say finding the baby inside a king cake signifies good luck. Others claim it means you’re going to become pregnant – but the real New Orleans tradition says the person who receives the piece of cake containing a “baby” must provide the king cake for the next gathering of the Mardi Gras season. So if you’ve bitten into the piece containing the baby, you can pick up a king cake at the bakery or you can just find all the babies hidden in this issue of the Fun Guide and win tickets to a great show in Eureka Springs! ll... a Just send a photo of yourself holding m or s this issue and the number of babies you counted to editor@independentfunguide.com and let the good times roll.

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Well, we said this was an extraordinary escape, and there’s nothing more extraordinary than a room at Castle Rogue’s Manor. Judging from the souvenirs, this odd group looks like they’ve been here since Christmas and stayed all the way through Mardi Gras, Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and Valentine’s Day – but you can simply take a tour, get married, host a banquet or have a fundraiser in this gorgeous castle currently being featured on HGTV. (See p. 9) Whatever you decide to do in town, be sure to see Amber and Lilah, pictured here at right, and the other folks at Fine Art of Romance, 60 Spring St., for beautiful lingerie and exceptional romantic gifts and art. Our publisher, Sandra Templeton, and husband, Charles, agreed to let the “kids” climb on the bed, and our super art director, Perlinda PettigrewOwens (left), served the chocolates in … hmmm … red curlers. (Well, it was casual Friday.) PhotograPh by DaviD Frank DemPsey

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Events DECEMBER

~ Christmas shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, December spa days, cozy dinners ~ 18   Eureka Springs Elementary Christmas show Auditorium 7 p.m. 21 • E nd of the Mayan Calendar and • D an Ellis’s New Orleans Jazz Funeral All over town, 4 – 11 p.m. Join in the parade, pub crawl, wailing contest, Viking funeral (and a resurrection!). Who doesn’t wish they could see who showed up for their own funeral? First and Second Line, Irish Wake and more. For details see page 6 or www.jazzfuneral.danellis. net • S olstice at OMS 6 – 9 p.m. Outdoor Meditation Sanctuary. Celebrate winter, dreaming, goal setting, the Divine Feminine. Bring warming vegan snacks and drinks, and instruments to make music together. (479) 3637024 www.28rites.com 31 New Year’s Eve Bash(es) – See

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p. 8 for links to dinner, dancing and room packages. Also, check out “Independent Soul” in the Eureka Springs Independent to see who’s playing where at night spots around town on New Year’s and every weekend! [Free Parking ends! Meanwhile, enjoy events and shopping from December 1 - 31 for two hours of free parking at meters.]

JANUARY ~ Ring in the new with a retreat, a hike in the cold, a snuggle by the fire or a ghost sighting ~ Weekends: Murder Mystery Theater Weekends and/or Dinners Fridays and Saturdays. For details call Bear Mountain Log Cabins (479) 2536185. www.Bearmountainlogcabins. com Stables, dude ranch, cozy cabins, weddings, meeting rooms, massage and more. 4, 5 Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend Crescent Hotel & Spa. Ghost hunters have the opportunity to stay in and investigate “America’s most haunted hotel” on their own. Investigate this mountaintop spa

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Christmas shopping in Eureka Springs

Winter doesn’t mean the fun stops rolling in Eureka Springs. For your enjoyment, there’s everything from paranormal to way too normal. From Christmas through Valentine’s Day, check out all there is to do and see whether you want to cozy up by the fire or go explore. Do both.

resort’s “most active” rooms including the “morgue,” to capture evidence of “guests who checked out but never left.” Theatre, ghost hunts, talks and more. See p. 10 for how to register. 5 Annual King’s Day Mardi Gras Kick Off Rowdy Beaver Restaurant and Tavern, 5 p.m. Open to the public. King and Queen and members of the Royal Court – Dukes and Duchesses – are introduced. Free food and music for anyone masked or in costume. King Cakes served for dessert. 19 Taste of ‘N’awlins at Keels Creek Winery Warm up ‘N’awlins style with coffee and beignets at 2 p.m. 26 Float Christening and Sponsor Appreciation Join the Krewe of Krazo for Happy Hour at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant and Tavern at 3 p.m. for the great float christening and let the good times begin to roll.

FEBRUARY ~ Oh yeah, let the good times roll! ~ Weekends: Murder Mystery

Theater Weekends and/or Dinners Fridays and Saturdays. For details call Bear Mountain Log Cabins (479) 2536185. www.Bearmountainlogcabins. com Stables, dude ranch, cozy cabins, weddings, meeting rooms, massage and more. 2 Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Light and Sound Night Parade 6 p.m. downtown. 7 Hookers and Jokers Ball 9 p.m. Inn of the Ozarks Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Hookers & Jokers Ball at the Inn of the Ozarks Best Western Convention Center. 6 p.m. Cash Bar. Costume Themes: Hookers, Jokers. Tickets: (479) 981-9551 – Seats are Limited. Music by “Cherry Brooks Jazz and Blues Ensemble.” Costume contests with prizes. Eureka Gras Buffet and Indoor Mini Parade. 8 Grand Masquerade Coronation Ball Crescent Hotel Crystal Ballroom. New Orleans style Mardi Gras. Formal attire or costume. King and Queen and Royal Court Promenade, Grand March. Champagne supper buffet and entertainment featuring Swing and a Miss.

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Room. Mardi Gras Champagne Jazz Brunch. Crescent Hotel Crystal Dining Room 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet and greet the King and Queen — join in the 2nd Line with decorated umbrellas. Entertainment by The Original Eureka Springs Jazz Band. Reservations: (479) 253-9766 or (877) 342-9766.

9 • 8 th Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Wake up in a chocolate dream. Sampling all day – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Competition Judging starts at 9 a.m. Silent Auction 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information email info@eurekachocfest.org or visit www.Eurekachocfest.org (888) 465-4753. More details on p. 20 • E ureka Gras Mardi Gras Parade. Downtown Spring and Main Streets. Parade rolls at 2 p.m. Krewe of Krazo will lead the Eureka Gras Parade. Other walking groups include the “Krewe of Barkus” canine parade. Feel free to “dress-out” and join in the parade. • M ardi Gras Costume Contest After the parade – 3:30 p.m. at the New Dehli Café • Beaux Arts Costume Ball 8 p.m. Basin Park Hotel. Entertainment by Ultra Suede. Details on p. 15.

11 Freakin Eurekan 15K Trail race 10 a.m. Race day registration 8 – 9:30 a.m. The course follows trails around Lake Leatherwood. For more information contact Russ at Fleet Feet Sports (479) 571-8786, or 479-445-4228 Arti Gras Art Show/Reception Arti Gras Artist’s Showcase – Tastefully Risque and Salaciously Devine Art. 6 p.m. Caribe Cantina Artists Reception on Monday, Feb 20 – 6 -8 p.m. Location TBA – Open to Public. Special Silent Auction on Mardi Gras Masques by Artists

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Rendezvous at Pied Piper Tavern 4:30 p.m. for Eureka Gras 2nd Line Krazo Krawl on Mardi Gras Day. Costumes and/or masks a must and 2nd Line Umbrellas make it mo’ bettah! St. ‘Lizabeth King Cake Ball Dec. 21 and Cajun Dinner St. Elizabeth Jazz parish hall, Passion Play Road, Funeral 6 p.m. Sumptuous Cajun dinner, dancing to live music by Naturally Brass, cash bar. Tickets in advance. Fantastic food, dancing, merriment – and Arkansas’ largest King Cake! Costumes optional but encouraged. $65 per couple, $35 for single. Reservations only (479) 253-8864 or 4503. Authentic Louisiana dinner included in ticket price. Dinner any time from 6 – 8 p.m. New 14 Happy Valentine’s Day

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an Ellis is hoping his Jazz Funeral here in Eureka Springs will be the first of many. Here are a few bits of info that may come in handy in case you’re considering staging one yourself. This New Orleans tradition dates back to the early 1800s when slaves and free people of color pooled resources to be able to have a proper burial. The family of the deceased is referred to as the “first line” of mourners. They are followed by the “second line,” which consists of non-family members who want to pay their respects and celebrate the life of the deceased. On the way to the gravesite, mourners slow-step to somber songs played by a jazz band, but after the burial, the tempo picks up and the mourning switches to a celebration of the deceased’s life in an effort to help release the soul. Because of the New Orleans heat, accessories such as hats, fans and umbrellas became part of the tradition. Over the years, the umbrellas became a highly decorated form of art reflecting individuality and are now commonplace in all manner of celebrations in New Orleans. Ellis introduced the decorated umbrellas to Eureka with his 2006 Eureka Gras celebration, and there will be plenty of them at his Jazz Funeral on Dec. 21. Come and spin your own creatively decorated umbrellas while dancing to a jazz band at Dan’s “funeral.” Ladies interested in joining one of the two Professional Mourners groups can email marypop2009@yahoo.com or jcbreaux@projectstrategies.com. For more information, contact Dan Ellis at dan@ureeka.org.

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ollowing in Tom Sawyer’s footsteps, Eureka character and event promoter, Dan Ellis, has decided to attend his own funeral. Considering what a party he’s got planned for the event, who can blame him for wanting to partake in the festivities while still alive? Although, he makes no claims he’ll actually be living on that day; after all, he’s picked 12/21/12, the day some believe the Mayan Calendar predicts the world is destined to end. Ellis, who’s from New Orleans, had always planned to have a traditional jazz funeral in the Big Easy for his actual death. When he moved to Eureka Springs after Hurricane Katrina, he decided he’d have his jazz funeral here, but then in 2009 when he decided on a Mayan theme for his Eureka Gras event in 2012, he got the notion to have a funeral on the last day of the Mayan Calendar, “be he dead or alive.” His goal is to see how many people he can get to be participants or spectators; he’s hoping for at least a thousand – and you’re invited to participate! There will be an Irish Wake at the Rowdy Beaver, from 4 – 5 p.m. including eulogy, gospel singing and a procession of trolleys, convertibles and limos. Following at Cathouse Lounge/Pied Piper Pub will be a Ceremonial Dedication to Life, more gospel singing, and

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a wailing contest between two groups of mourners at the “Wailing Wall.” Join the fun after that as part of the “Second Line” of mourners at the end of a procession with a coffin and hearse, pallbearers in tuxedos, jazz band, and mourners with black hats and black umbrellas. And you won’t want to miss the “Viking Funeral” at the New Delhi Café from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. as Ellis’s effigy being burned and ashes placed in an urn. Finally, at the Rowdy Beaver, the Funeral Reception – Hallelujah Time! – and a reincarnation by Ellis who will make a “rejuvenated appearance.” For more information, times and locations, see www.JazzFuneral.DanEllis. Net


Eureka’s Hidden Gems

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he sign says, “Come Journey Within.” Entering Crystal Waters, a small shop tucked into one of Eureka’s many steep stairways, is like entering Ali Baba’s cave. Gem stones and crystals from around the world sparkle and glimmer with a beckoning resonance. The stairway is actually a city street – Basin Spring Avenue – located across from Basin Park. Proprietor Josie Yerby says the mission of the store is to “help people create sanctuary in their lives and homes.” To this end she also offers reference books “for the process of transformation towards spiritual growth,” music for relaxation and “reaching a deeper peace,” as well as incense, statuary, textiles, essential oils, art, jewelry, beeswax candles and other items helpful for spiritual practice. Find a gift for yourself or something for someone else amongst Yerby’s collection of salt lamps, crystal singing bowls, books, meditation cushions, incense, Tibetan bowls and prayer flags, fine art and much more. Yerby feels the path to opening Crystal Waters began 20 years ago when she and friends dug out mud to find the basin at the bottom of the well at Basin Park. At the time she was cleaning the park and had become interested in the spring beneath. She placed a fifteen pound crystal in the basin and thus began, she says, a long period of being obsessed with the spring. Two decades later she now owns and manages a shop filled with crystals, underneath which flows waters from the spring. In fact, the Underground Eureka tours access part of Eureka’s original ground level from a door in the back of the shop. Another link in the chain that led to Crystal Waters was a visit Yerby made to Mt. Ida in Arkansas’ crystal region. There a man approached her and said he had lots of Arkansas crystals he’d dug that he wanted to sell, and offered a price she couldn’t pass up. With her prize in hand Yerby decided to send – using her online meditation group as a jumping off point – a crystal to anyone who wanted one. The outcome was that hundreds of Arkansas crystals were sent all over the world. Yerby had wanted to open a shop but didn’t have funding until, in meditation, it came to her to use the email list from mailing the crystals to solicit donations and loans. The response was tremendous and her first shop, Crystal Express, located in a caboose on US 62, opened in 2005. Five years ago she found her present location. Today, Crystal Waters offers more than 100 varieties of crystals and stones. Yerby, who traveled for years, felt that after living in St. Croix – the farthest southeastern place in the U.S., and Alaska – the farthest northwestern place, she has finally found a way to settle in the center. Crystal Waters specializes in Arkansas quartz, which Yerby says is some of the purest in the world. The shop is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.crystalwaterseureka.com or visit Crystal Waters on Facebook and help feed the hungry – for every new “Like,” Yerby is donating a dollar to a food bank.

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t’s the holiday cooking season and soon time for winter comfort foot. Purveyors of extra virgin, fused and infused olive oils; gourmet oils; balsamic and specialty vinegars and other gourmet products and gift packages, Steve Ketchersid, Tyler Kane and Troy Johnson at the Fresh Harvest Tasting Room offer products at the peak of perfection. Whether you’re a home cook, foodie or gourmet chef, you’ll never go back to using whatever your go-to oil or vinegar is now. In addition to tasting grassy, creamy, vegetal, peppery or spicy extra virgin olive oils from mild to robust, a big selection of fused and infused olive oils with delicious

flavors of blood orange, Persian lime, tarragon, garlic, Tuscan herb, or even cilantro and roasted onion (to name a few) can be paired with balsamic vinegars (and condimento hand crafted in Italy) from blackberry-ginger to dark chocolate, coconut, cinnamon pear, wild blueberry and jalapeño (again, naming only a few) for everything from salad dressings to marinades. Specialty oils include black and white truffle oil among others. Bring your imagination and spend some time tasting. House olive oils change periodically depending on the harvest, so come surprise your palate and experience the reward of chasing the crush.

For more things to do between now and March, see http://reserveeureka.tix.com/Schedule www.eurekaspringschamber.com www.eurekasprings.org www.eurekasprings.com For updates and details on events, keep current by reading the Eureka Springs Independent online weekly at www.eurekaspringsindependent.com

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Castle Rogue’s Manor

ost Smith Treuer may not greet you in full regalia, but you’ll still feel like you’re in a Medieval castle with its giant fireplace and period furnishings. The Great Hall is available for weddings, receptions, dinners and more. Go to www.castleroguesmanor.com to explore the rooms and lush surroundings. Don’t miss this fantasy of architecture 16 years in the making overlooking Table Rock Lake and the “Little Golden Gate Bridge” in Beaver, just six scenic miles from historic Eureka Springs. For tours or bookings, phone (866) 686-2847. Open all year.

Ring in the New Year ~ Holiday Celebrations

Intrigue Theater

This show with an illusionist and a medium takes guests back to the Victorian era where they will witness a series of inexplicable mysteries performed by a very talented and engaging couple – Sean-Paul and Juliane – in the beautiful, historic Gavioli Chapel. Shows on Dec. 15, 27-29 and 30 • 8 p.m. • 80 Mountain St. • (479) 244-7028 • www.intriguetheater.com (Use coupon code “funguide” and get 10% discount!) Special shows for ESP weekend on January 5 and Valentine’s Day Weekend February 15.

New Year’s First Night Celebration

Eureka Springs West

Also just outside of town is the Eureka Springs West area, with gorgeous retreat facilities, cabins, cottages, attractions, lake activites and things to do in the winter season. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway, group meetings and more. Take a few minutes to explore it all at www. eurekaspringswest.com.

A Safe and Happy New Year

Why worry about driving home after a fun New Years’ celebration? Check out our wonderful hotel packages for dinner, drinks, party and room packages. Have a great time and don’t worry about all the crazies on the street when you can walk to a comfortable room! Some packages include tickets to area attractions such as Turpentine Creek, so be sure to Google the Basin Park and Crescent Hotels and Inn of the Ozarks for details.

Fun, food and special guests make this wholesome family evening a great way to celebrate the New Year. Pine Mountain Village • US 62E • (479) 253-9156 • see www. pinemountaintheatre.com for details.

New Year’s Eve at the Landmark Hotels

Party the night away at the top of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel with a Ballroom Blitz from 9 – Midnight. $25 per person, or package includes one night stay, dinner for two, party favors and two tickets for The Ariels’ Ballroom Blitz Show. (877) 643-4972. At the mountaintop Crescent Hotel, enjoy a special dinner served from 5 – 9 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the 1886 Steakhouse. Reservations required (479) 253-9652. Package is $175/ couple. Get down with the smooth, jazzy sounds of Swing and a Miss from 5 p.m. – Midnight. Reservations (877) 342-9766.

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We are a Tree City USA with more than a million trees within one mile of the post office. The trees could collect snow or icicles and fall on your head. On the other hand, when they fall you might just be inside enjoying a spa day during our one or two days of snow and ice.

On the one or two days no one can get through the snow to go to work, you might get stuck in your lodging. On the other hand, they may have a fireplace and good food and you might take an award-winning photograph while walking around outside and become a millionaire. .. The bars serve Jagermeister, which will cripple a good drinker, and then you’ll walk outside drunk and slip on the sidewalk during Mardi Gras. On the other hand, someone who turns out to be your soul mate might reach out and catch you. Let the good times roll. You might eat too much chocolate at the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and get sick. On the other hand, it might be worth it.

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he first Friday and Saturday nights of each year are devoted to ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend. For those nights only, the rooms and areas of the history-drenched Crescent Hotel identified as the most “active” are opened for paranormal investigators to explore at will – all through the wee small hours. Come to the 1886 Crescent Hotel Jan. 4 and 5, and experience for yourself the halls, rooms and gardens where so many stories have unfolded. Bring your EVPs and EMFs, thermal and infrared cameras for an opportunity to capture genuine evidence of presences from beyond. Experience ESP weekend in the dead of moody winter in the limestone castle referred to as one of the most haunted locations in the country. The night is for encountering ghosts. During the day be entertained and informed by performances and presentations relating to the world unseen – experiments in telepathy, a psychometron (sensory deprivation chamber) set up in Baker’s infamous morgue, a ghost play, an excursion to the famous Intrigue Theatre

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Eureka Springs ESP Weekend for a night of magic and illusion, talks and demonstration on developing your own extra-sensory perception, a salon of psychics, nocturnal ghost hunts led by Paranormal Investigator Larry Flaxman, founder of ARPAST, one of the biggest PI groups in the United States. All this and more awaits you at ESP 2013. One-day packages include a room and many of the above events. Two-day packages include all the above

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plus events on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. This weekend will sell out fast – reserve now at www. americasmosthauntedhotel.com or www.reserveeureka.com to avoid disappointment. See you in the shadows… For more chances to see Intrigue Theatre before March, visit www. intriguetheater.com.


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dding a new furry family member this Christmas? Well, look no further than our very own Good Shepherd Humane Society (GSHS). Visitors often take home pets from our no-kill shelter where there’s an ample choice of gorgeous dogs and cats that would love to have the gift of a forever home – so why not adopt instead of shop? You’ll feel good about saving a life! Mixed breeds tend to have fewer health issues; but if it’s a purebred you want, shelters often have those too. Adoption fees are much less expensive than paying a breeder or a store, and your dog is already spayed/ neutered and vaccinated. Throughout the holidays GSHS is running a special “Gift a Pet” campaign. Rather than giving someone a pet that might not be a good fit, this gift certificate provides future pet owners the opportunity to visit our shelter themselves and choose the right animal. You’ll also receive a $10 discount. And remember, the shelter can use our help at this time of year. If you love dogs and cats but already have enough at home, you can still make a donation to the shelter (479) 253-9188, or visit www.goodshepherd-hs.org to find out more and meet adoptable pets. No matter where you pick up your new best friend, be sure you’re ready. According to Janice Durbin, GSHS shelter manager, the most important thing to remember is that owning a pet is “a lifetime commitment. Pets, like children, require care: don’t just adopt a pet because it’s cute. Be prepared for the commitment that goes along with it.” Pets cost money. Pets need exercise and play. Pets need vet care. Pets need you. Durbin reminds us, “We don’t ever want to see a pet go to a home and wind up chained out in a yard six months later. Dogs need to be a part of the family.” Dreaming of a home for Christmas – Good Shepherd Shelter Director, Janice Durbin, wants you to know other than a gift certificate for a pet, the artsy 2013 shelter calendars also make great Christmas gifts. Or, you can visit the Christmas Pet Angel Tree at either Doggie Thrift Shop and pick a shelter pet to pamper with a gift for the holidays. Pet needs are listed on each card.

Need a vet?

We hope you don’t, but there are several good veterinarians in the area. The one closest to town is the Animal Hospital of Eureka Springs on 23 S. A call to (479) 253-8923 will get the answers you need. There’s an emergency after hours number on the answering service, and Dr. Tony Pike will be happy to meet you if necessary. Mid Dec. 2012–Mid Feb. 2013

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Laissez les bon temps Rouler By Harrie Farrow

Let the good times roll – Eureka style!

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ureka Gras, a presentation of the Krewe of Krazo (Ozark spelled backwards) is in its eighth year with all kinds of Krazy Eureka fun. With two parades, three costume balls and lots of activities even the kids can enjoy, there’s plenty to do. We’ve even managed to stretch the celebration over two months! Although Mardi Gras isn’t until Feb. 12, things get off to a rowdy start on Jan. 5 with the Kings Day Kick-Off at the Rowdy Beaver Tavern, where Queen Eureka VII and King Krazo VII will be revealed. The Taste of ‘Nawlins is next on Jan. 19 as café au lait and beignets are served at Keels Creek Winery. A week later, on Jan. 26, new floats will be christened, and sponsors will be honored at the Rowdy Beaver Tavern. The Light and Sound Night Parade rolls down Spring and Main Streets starting at 6 p.m. on Satur-

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day, Feb. 2. That Thursday, the 7th, the raucous Hookers and Jokers Ball will hold sway at the Inn of the Ozarks starting at 6 p.m. The theme is Aquarius Eureka and there are lots of costume options suggested: Hookers and Jokers, Hippie ‘70s, Gay ‘90s, Aquarian, or Freakin’ Eurekan. There will be “heavy hors d’oeuvres,” dance music, a mini parade and, of course, a grand costume contest. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s another big to-do Friday, Feb. 8 – the Coronation Grand Ball at the Crescent Hotel starting at 6 p.m. Dress is formal or costume. Dine on a Champagne Buffet Supper and enjoy the King and Queen and Royal Court Promenade and the relinquishing of the throne. Eureka’s snappy band, A Swing and a Miss, will keep the place jumping. Don’t stop now. There are still four more days of festivities! Reserve some energy for three events on Feb.


9. First, the Day Parade steps it up on Spring and Main at 2 p.m., led by Grand Marshal Brad Henry, executive director of Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association. Don a costume and join in! You can even parade with your dog. To reserve a spot for Spot, contact Krewe of Barkus at rachelmbrix@yahoo.com. After the parade there’s a costume contest at the New Delhi at 3:30 with cash prizes. After that there’s time to have a great dinner at one of our award winning restaurants, then it’s back to the hotel to dress for the Beaux Arts Masquerade Ball at 8 p.m at the Basin Park Hotel Ballroom with entertainment by Ultra Suede. Rejuvenate yourself next morning, Feb. 10, at the lively Sunday New Orleans Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, the 11th, enjoy some outstanding art at the ArtiGras Art Reception at Caribé Cantina at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

On Mardi Gras, Feb. 12, the Krazo 2nd Line Pub Krawl starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Pied Piper. Costumes are a must! The grand finale, and the event for which Fat Tuesday is celebrated, is the St. ‘Lizbeth Cajun Ball at St. Elizabeth’s Parish Hall on Passion Play Road. To say the place is lavishly decorated is an understatement. The kids will love seeing Arkansas’ largest (and homemade!) King Cake. An authentic Louisiana Dinner starts off with homemade crawfish corn bisque followed by Natchitoches meat pie, shrimp étoufée, slaw, Andouille sausage and more. A cash bar will be available, and there’s dancing to the sounds of Naturally Brass – a fine jazz combo from Bentonville. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, reservations for different events, times and updates visit www.Krazo.Ureeka.org or find Krazo Mardi Gras on Facebook.

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OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

GASKINS CABIN

DINING CAR

CRYSTAL DINING ROOM & DR. BAKER’S LOUNGE

New Delhi Café ERMILIO’S KABOB KAFE

ANGLER’S GRILL

GARDEN BISTRO

ROGUE’S MANOR

VOULEZ-VOUS SQUID & WHALE

COTTAGE INN ROWDY BEAVER

DeVITO’S GRAND TAVERNE

BALCONY RESTAURANT

BAVARIAN INN CARIBE

MUD ST.

LOCAL FLAVOR The STONEHOUSE CAFE LUIGI MYRTIE MAE’S

SISTERS CAFE

NEW DELHI

PIED PIPER BUBBA’S BBQ CASA COLINA

GAZEBO

SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS

AUTUMN BREEZE WAR EAGLE MILL RESTAURANT

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RO CR CKIN A PA VING’ PIG N TH CAKS BA AI E’S KER HO US Y E

McDONALD’S

SUBWAY SPARKY’S

CAFE AMORE PIZZA HUT

CATFISH CABIN

FOREST HILL VILLAGE ICE CREAM GRANDMA’S CORNBREAD & BEANS

MEI LI ASIAN CUISINE

ROADHOUSE RESTAURANT


AFGHANI Kabob Kafe

17 White St. (479) 253-6243 Open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Mon & Tue

Mei Li Cuisine

3094 E. Van Buren (US 62E) (479) 363-6678 Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. We delive r! Saturday 4 – 9 p.m. • Thai House

Casa Colina

Sparky’s Roadhouse Café

173 South Main (479) 363-6226 Mon., Thurs. & Fri. 4 – 8 p.m. Sat. – Sun. Lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dinner 4 – 9 p.m. www.casacolinagrill.com

147 E. Van Buren (479) 253-6001 Open Tue. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

www.sparkysroadhouse.com

PIZZA

FINE DINING

BBQ The Roadhouse 6837 US 62 E

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Weeknights 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com • Rockin’ Pig

BAKERY/BREAKFAST Cravings Bakery & Blingery

2045 E. Van Buren (479) 363-2576 Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. We delive r! Monday Closed Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

BUFFET

• Forest Hill

MEXICAN

ECLECTIC EUREKAN

(American food, sometimes a regional twist)

ASIAN

• Bubba’s

What are you hungry for?

• Myrtie Mae’s

EUROPEAN

• Bavarian Inn

ECLECTIC EUREKAN

(American food, sometimes a regional twist)

Garden Bistro

119 N. Main (479) 253-1281 Lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m. – close Open Friday – Sunday www.eurekagardenbistro.com

New Delhi Café

2 N. Main (downtown) (479) 253-2525 Mon & Tue 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wed – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. • Dr. Baker’s Bistro • Eureka Grill • Henri’s • Mud Street Café • Oasis • Rockin’ Pig • Rowdy Beaver Den • Squid and Whale

• Café Amore

The Grand Taverne

• Pizza Bar

PUB GRUB

37 North Main Street

(Located in the Grand Central Hotel)

(479) 253-6756 Dinner Nightly 5-9 p.m. Lunch Thurs., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. www.grandcentralresort.com

• Chelsea’s

Pied Piper & Cathouse Lounge Carry-Out Available

• Autumn Breeze • Crystal Dining Room • Eurekan Dining Car • Local Flavor • Rogue’s Manor • Simply Scrumptious

S. Main (82 Armstrong) (479) 363-9976 Open daily 11 a.m. – 12 Midnight year ‘round www. piedpiperpub.com

• Chasers • The Lumberyard • Squid & Whale

CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICAN

FRENCH CUISINE Voulez-Vous Lounge

• Caribe Restaurante y Cantina

63-A Spring St. (479) 363-6595 Open Sun., Mon., Thurs. & Fri. at 4 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. Full dinner service every night Dinner served until 11 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. www.voulezvouslounge.com

STEAKS The Roadhouse 6837 US 62 E

(479) 363-0001

(1 mi. east of Passion Play Road)

Weeknights 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Breakfast until 2 p.m.) www.theroadhouserestaurant.com

INDIAN New Delhi Café

Squid and Whale

2 N. Main (downtown) (479) 253-2525 Mon & Tue 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wed – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

37 Spring St/10 Center St. (479) 253-7147 Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 12 Midnight www.squidandwhalepub.com

ITALIAN

• Gaskin’s Cabin

WE DELIVER!

De Vito’s 5 Center St.

Mei Li Cuisine (Asian)

(Across from the Basin Park Hotel)

(479) 253-6807 Open daily except Wed. Lunch 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Open at 5 p.m. www.eureka-springs-usa.com/devito/

Hotels, businesses within city limits (479) 363-6678 Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat. 4 – 9 p.m. • Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

• Café Amore • Café Luigi • Geraldi’s • Ermilio’s

• Chelsea’s

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f you appreciate a good choice of brew, wine or cocktails to go along with an evening of socializing, Eureka Springs has the place(s) just for you! Want a quiet corner for relaxing and conversation? We have it. Love to dance? You can do it here to DJs

Get in the Holiday Spirit(s)

Pied Piper Pub/Cathouse Lounge, 82 Armstrong Street, is

famous for their Reubens, fish & chips, burgers, and Irish dishes! The Corn Beef and Cabbage is just like Mrs. O’Malley’s. There is a full bar, cold beer, lots of parking, and friendly faces. Smoke free, full menu and live music on Friday and Saturday. Kitchen open late. Voulez Vous Lounge, 63 Spring Street, under the New Orleans Hotel, is a jazz lounge featuring a full menu, fresh takes on classic cocktails and live music in a nonsmoking atmosphere.

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or live music. Crave pub grub? You’re in the right town! Some of our night spots allow children until a certain hour, some serve food (and really good food) late, some have awesome house specialties and all of them have the flavor of a place “where everybody knows your name.” Everything is beautiful at the Vous! Dancing and extensive drinks menu so you can spend a night of it.

The StoneHouse, 89 S. Main Street. A bright new star is on the culinary horizon in the form of the StoneHouse. Billed as the place for ‘wine, cheese and conversation.’ “An extensive, cutting edge wine and beer list that will transport you to faraway lands,” says a Yelp review! Smoke free. Appetizer menu with wine pairings, live music every Friday from 5–8 p.m.

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Smokey’s Firehouse Pub,

55 S. Main Street. Famous BBQ – infamous staff. Open at 11 a.m. until late. Full menu and full bar.

Eureka Live Underground & Eureka Patio, 35 N. Main

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Street. New Ownership! A great place to hang out, dance and celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Full menu, dancing, free pool and a full bar. Large patio for outdoor weather and big dance floor downstairs. Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring Street. The only Martini Bar and Grill in Eureka Springs. Great food, fabulous Martinis and fun locals. Full menu and extensive bar. Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards, Basin Park Hotel, 12 Spring Street. One of downtown’s favorite “21 and over” gathering spots. Located on the 6th floor of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Pool, great views, extensive bar Eureka Paradise Bar & Grill, 75 S. Main Street. Dancing, DJ, smoke free. A big dance floor with great light and smoke effects. Rogue’s Manor, 124 Spring Street. Rogue’s Manor at Sweet Spring is a fine dining restaurant and lounge in the downtown Historic District with romantic overnight rooms for couples. Smoke free, full menu and extensive bar.


Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern, 417 W Van Buren.

Good service, casual food in a fun atmosphere. The tavern side has live music on the weekends and bike night on Thursday. Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring Street. Food, fun and extensive bar in a casual atmosphere. There is live music here on Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a Rowdy Beaver gift shop.

The New Delhi Café & Patio,

2 N. Main. The New Delhi Café on Main Street has live music every weekend, offering a great mix of local and visiting bands. With three decks you can sit as close or far away as you like. This restaurant/bar indoors is smoke free. The Balcony Restaurant in Basin Park Hotel is another spot where the family can dine to live music. Thursday through Sunday evenings there is live acoustic music at 5 p.m., with noon shows added on Saturday and Sunday. Squid and Whale Pub, 37 Spring Street. One of Northwest Arkansas’ top music venues. With entrances on Spring and Center Streets, the Squid recruits talent from all over the country, there is a band there every weekend. In addition to the weekend entertainment, they feature a local band once a week for ‘Local Kine’ night and have an open jam on Thursdays that will blow you away. They offer a varied menu

that includes American, Mexican and Seafood. There is no smoking, which means children are welcome until 9 p.m. Jack’s Center Stage, 37 Spring Street. This is a full service bar. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights with a variety of rock and blues. “Huge dance floor to dance the night away,” says a happy Trip Advisor reviewer. You can smoke here. There is karaoke on Thursdays and free pool on Wednesdays.

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Chelsea’s Corner Cafe, 10

Mountain Street. One of the area’s favorite pubs. Large selection of beers, full bar and excellent food contribute to the unique atmosphere. Live music every Friday and Saturday, open mic on Tuesdays and Drink & Draw on Wednesdays. Upstairs in the Cafe they serve pizza and much more! Sorry, no kids allowed.

Rockin’ Pig Saloon, 2039C E.

Van Buren, in the Gaskins Switch shopping area is a full service dining, drinking and entertainment establishment. The menu includes pizza cooked to perfection in their Italian wood-fired oven, barbeque, ribs, steaks and sandwiches. They have eight beers on tap and a fully stocked bar. Biker friendly and non-smoking, kids are welcome. Open all year.

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alentine’s Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Thursday in 2013 – the day after Lent begins – so if you’ve promised to give up sweets for 40 days, we have good news: the 9th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center falls on February 9th! Love and chocolate have been linked traditionally for ages, so make plans to bring the love of your life to the sweetest festival Eureka Springs has to offer. It’s a day of chocolate tasting, auctions and fun with cacao confections both traditional and experimental. Ever had chocolate-covered bacon? Tried chocolate massage oil? You never know what you’ll find on this perfect day-trip or weekend getaway for anyone wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply indulge in waterfalls of chocolate. Sate your desires in a complete world of chocolate including candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream, multiple dipping fountains, desserts, beverages and more. And don’t miss the chocolate novelty items and body products as well as gourmet and homemade chocolate samples given away at the vendor booths – from organic and household brand names to select boutique labels. You’ll also get to taste the entries in several “best of” contests in both Amateur and Professional categories. Best Decorated Cake, Candy and Dessert will be judged in the Professional Contest, while the Amateur

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Contest winners announced at noon) Silent auction 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center $12 adult, $6 children six and under. For tickets, phone (888) 465-4753, email info@eurekachocfest.org or visit Chocolate Lovers’ Festival on Facebook Two chocolate chips were sitting on a freshly baked cookie. One looked up at the sky and said, “It’s nice here, isn’t it?” The other replied, “No, I’d much rather be in a bar.”

Contest Adult Division will feature Best Decorated Cake and Most Creative Dessert. The Amateur Contest Youth Division will present Best Brownie, Candy and Cookie. Four celebrity judges will take on the arduous task of tasting all that

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chocolate. You can meet them and see their bios now at Bios at eurekachocfest. org. And be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best Exhibitor Chocolate. There’s a silent cake auction following the judging, and you may even be lucky enough to take the cake. If you want to take more of the festival home with you, the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival Cookbook of 504 chocolate recipes, will be available for purchase onsite or on the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival Facebook page. The festival is presented by Vacation Rentals, Inc. to give back to the work of community and area non-profit organizations, making the sweetest part of the festival the fact that your participation and purchases will benefit four non-profit educational organizations.


JAVA JOE CAFE LATTE BREW MOCHA CUPPA By Harrie Farrow

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h, the morning pleasures of a cuppa Joe with the day’s news – maybe even a crossword puzzle – and a bite of something sweet before heading out to enjoy the town. Eureka’s all about celebrating the best life has to offer, and java is no exception, so of course there are several options. Here are some of our favorite spots to relax with a steaming brew and savor the day ahead: If you’re after a specialty drink, like a caramel macchiato, try the Daily Roast in the Flatiron building on Spring St. Jim and Janet roast their own beans and cater to your espresso whims with everything from almond milk to sugar free syrups and holiday specials. How about a Pumpkin Pie Latte? Sweets include rugalah and fruit and nut breads. Open daily at nine-ish. Indoor tables. Wi-Fi. Eureka Market at The Quarter on US 62 has

On the run or leaving on your trip home? Zip through The Coffee Stop on Hwy 23 S for a delicious cup to keep you up. Open at 7 a.m. every day except Sunday. Espresso drinks, regular coffee and pastries. Photos by DaviD Frank DemPsey

fresh brewed coffee from local roaster Fresh Beanz to enjoy with Wi-Fi on their patio, also an array of teas and alternative sweeteners and creamers. Select from nutritional breakfast bars, or Hail Merry gluten-free, vegan, tarts which owner Sam says are “scary addictive.” Open at 8 a.m. daily. Also offering Fresh Beanz’ roasts is Roscoe’s Internet Café across from Bubba’s on Van Buren (62 W). Featuring straight ahead dang good coffee and espresso drinks, he’s open “almost every morning.” Cozy indoor seating with lively conversation, or watch birds from the back porch or human “wild-life” out front. Wi-Fi, bagels, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Mud Street Café, downstairs at Main and Spring, offers a full espresso bar in an attractive underground dining room. Open at 8 a.m. except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. French press coffees, specialty muffins, croissants, and – once you see it you’ll want more than coffee – an award winning breakfast menu. Another favorite hangout offering a full breakfast menu is New Delhi Café at 2 Main. Espresso bar, muffins and pies. Open 8:30 a.m. daily with seating inside and out. Cravings by Rochelle, the bakery in Gaskins Switch strip mall on US 62E, offers biscuits and gravy as well as biscuit sandwiches, fresh donuts,

scones and turnovers along with regular and flavored coffees. Wi-Fi, seating inside and out. Open by 7:30 a.m. except Tuesday.

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For something different, try a Shear Chai and homemade baklava at Kabob Kafe on White Street. Shaw’s exotic carpets adorn the dining room, and cappuccino served by Sarah on the porch is lovely in mild weather. Open 10 a.m. except Monday and Tuesdays. The new TLC Country Bakery, next to Harts Family Center, opens daily at 6 a.m. Purveyor of the ninety-nine cent “Colossal Cinnamon Roll,” owner Terry offers free coffee with your pastry. Other favorites include biscuits and gravy and fruit turnovers. Indoor seating with Wi-Fi.

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Did you miss the Mardi Gras parade?

Now you can see it all, along with other Eureka Springs events and interviews with folks about town. Watch video replays and live events all year and join us any time on …

Fun Kid of the Month – Okay, we’re not sure about Little Lord Fauntleroy

(left), and apparently neither is five-year old Kiera Jensen. Kiera’s parents, Jimmy and Ashley Jensen, from Owasso, Okla., were visiting Fresh Harvest during the Pine Mountain Village Holiday Stroll Dec. 8 enjoying the tasting room and soaking in the nuances of amazing olive oils and balsamics. The bright and witty Kiera said she had fun at Cosmic Cavern and “asked lots of questions.” The Jensens and “Ceddie” (Tyler Kane of Fresh Harvest) spent quite a bit of time exploring the world of olives and fine balsamic vinegar. Photo by cd white

Your sound track for an extraordinary escape: Tune in while

KESA Radio, 100.9 FM.

visiting for easy listening music, local weather, announcements and details on all the happenings, events and fun things you won’t want to miss during your stay.

Inquiring minds … Want to know about your Eureka Springs experience. Send your comments, reviews and pictures of fun times in town to editor@independentfunguide.com. You just might be the Fun Guys of the month next month!

Come back and see us

For Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. There are cozy places to stay and lots to celebrate. Be sure to pick up the Fun Guide for all the details – or visit us online at www.independentfunguide.com.

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Have you been pinned? These two folks showed some pluck and came in with the correct count in last month’s Count the Turkeys contest. (Hey, you guys didn’t collaborate, did you?

Don’t think we didn’t notice the same wall color.) Lynne Eaton out on Beaver Lake found all 8 turkeys lurking in last month’s Fun Guide and won two tickets to a show in Eureka Springs. Congrats Lynne, you’re looking really smug about this! Let’s see how good you are at finding King Cake babies.

Perhaps even more pleased with himself is Jay Bender, a local man who struck it big by finding all the fowl as well. We love the enthusiasm Jay, and we’re posting this picture in the corner of the office where we make whiners and pouters take a time out. Who wouldn’t cheer up at the sight of that face? But you guys still only get one set of tickets.

Chamber President and CEO, Mike Bishop, sticks a pin in a map of the United States over the hometown of the most recent visitor. Even travelers from overseas are represented on notes tucked around the frame of the map, so be sure to take a look and make sure your city is represented. There’s always room for one more!

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ant to pass your experiences in Eureka Springs on to other travelers? Tell us where you went, what you saw and how you liked it. Include some fun pictures and perhaps you’ll be the Fun Guy, Fun Girl or Fun Group of the month in the next issue! Email your photos, comments and reviews to editor@independentfunguide.com.

Be here when you get home

Did you know you can spy on us via live cameras at www.eurekaspringswebcam.com? – And once you find out where the cameras are, you can wave to the folks back home while you’re here! (Just tell them to log on first.) When you get home, you can also watch replays of parades, balls and special events and see live webcasts at www.eurekaspringschannel.com.

Want more?

If you want more news from Eureka Springs, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the ES Independent or visit www.eurekaspringsindependent.com

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