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Trade drizzle for sizzle during Eureka’s (not-so) secret season

e m o c l e W 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. Read it online!

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Story ideas and information for Independent Fun Guide can be emailed to newsdesk@eurekaspringsindependent.com. Chief Whipping Post C.D. White Post Toastie Mary Pat Boian Post-er Boy Jeremiah ‘Bullfrog’ Alvarado-Owens Post-partum D(sigh)n Perlinda Pettigrew-Owens

True, in years past, Eureka Springs used to be a sleepy, chilly little town in the winter. It was the perfect place for a romantic getaway in a cozy cabin before a nice fire – that’s still true. But things have livened up considerably with wintry weather events that melt away the frost and warm the heart. Mardi Gras kicks off February with several Balls, a big parade and a jazz brunch. Then it’s on to the Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival for the most romantic foodie date of all on Valentines’ Weekend. There’s also a great show in the city auditorium with Magic Men and a chance to meet the cast of the show. An “Art with Altitude” kite festival flies high in March and the Victorian Classic Footrace fills the streets with runners from around the country. There’s lots of fun in store for you in and around town. And if you just want to cozy up and do your own thing – well, you’ve still come to the right place! +

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Mardi Gras and Chocolate Festival

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Bark Park

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Art and Galleries Our creative side

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On the cover Tim Logan has painted portraits of several buildings in Eureka Springs in his inimitable, colorful style, and we thought his rendition of the Basin Park Hotel was perfect for our sizzling winter season. Tim works in oil, acrylic, ink, pencil and marker to produce works in a variety of styles – both representational and “whimsical abstract,” as he calls it. He has produced art for most of his life through his work in church music and media, along with his avocational efforts. He is presently Curator of Arts and Media at Grace Point Church of Bentonville. His work has been represented in galleries in Bentonville and Eureka Springs, and you are invited to see more at www.TimLoganArt.com. + www.independentfunguide.com

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Warm up to Valentine’s Weekend and take your sweetie to a celebration of chocolate at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Treat yourselves to a chocolate buzz with samples of candy, cakes, cookies, novelty chocolates, chocolate-based body products, wine pairings and more from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Upstairs, Emporium vendors showcase and promote their products and offer gourmet and chocolate takehome samples from organic and brand names to select boutique labels. Downstairs, the chocolatiers offer luscious chocolate tastings along with chocolate fountains and more. Select wine pairings and tastings are provided by Arkansas wineries and include a commemorative wine glass. Sample to your heart’s desire onsite only. The celebs are back! Celebrity judges will be back again this year at noon to pick the best of Amateur and Professional entries in the Best Decorated, Best Tasting and Best Use of Chocolate in a Dessert categories – any of which can be yours for the right bid in a live auction open to all ticket holders after the judging. Take a break during the tasting and check out the contest display table before the judging begins and plan your bidding strategy! A portion of the proceeds will be given to a non-profit. New ticket prices 1) General admission $5 for Chocolate Emporium vendors, upstairs only. 2) VIP admission $20 for VICLs (Very Important Chocolate Lovers) with downstairs chocolatiers. VIP tickets include access to both floors, chocolate samplings, dipping fountains, wine pairing/tasting with Arkansas wineries and a commemorative wine glass. Limited to 500 tickets. And if you’re a baker or professional baker and would like to enter a contest, you can do so until Feb. 10! For details, see www.eurekachocfest.org, Chocolate Lovers’ Festival of Eureka Springs on Facebook or contact terri@eurekaspringschamber.com, (479) 253-8737. +

Fun facts about chocolate: 1. The cocoa bean naturally contains 300 different flavors and 400 separate aromas. (No wonder there’s so much chocolate and so little time.) 2. One chocolate chip can give a person enough energy to walk 150 feet. (You should be able to walk a mile after the Chocolate Festival.) 3. A Hershey bar was dug up after 60 years in Admiral Richard Byrd’s cache at the South Pole. It was still edible after being frozen all those years! (Byrd’s ghost is still looking for it.) +

Gras season wraps with fabulous balls and parades (yes, that’s plural) open to the public: Jan. 30: 6 p.m. – The exciting Eureka Gras Night Parade downtown. Now’s the time to break out those outrageous umbrellas for after-parade Second Line dancing! 8 p.m. – Okay, quit dancing in the street and get yourself to the Black Light Ball at Grotto Wood Fired Grill & Wine Cave, 10 Center for a sexy, artistic, fun event in a stylish underground space with black light paint, models, music and more! Feb. 4: 6 p.m. – Dress out Hollywood style for the Jokers Ball at the Inn of Ozark Convention Center. Costume contests, dancing, second lining, free King cakes and buffet, cash bar and more merriment than you can handle. Feb. 6: 2 p.m. – Hie thee downtown early for breakfast, shopping and lunch, then find a good spot to enjoy the awesome Eureka Gras Parade led by the Krewe of Krazo (that’s Ozark spelled backwards). All are welcome to join the parade. Costumed dogs are welcome to roll with the Krewe of Barkus. Bring your dressed out self and your pup to the post office at 1:30 to join the parade. The hot ticket > 7 p.m. – Dress up again for the Mayor’s Ball: Red Carpet Masquerade at the Basin Park Hotel – the hottest Mardi Gras event of the season featuring New Orleans traditions with a Hollywood twist. Show up for the red carpet Mask Walk Off with awards given for Sexiest, Funniest and Most Avant Garde masks. Be fabulous in the colors of the evening: black, silver, gold, and red. Music by DJ Testube and live vocalist Opal Agafia with performances by Melonlight Dance. Second line runway, Red Carpet photo ops, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, beads, fashion and fun. Feb. 7: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jazz Brunch at Crescent Hotel. Live Jazz, second line dancing, reservations recommended (479) 253-9652 or 9776. Feb. 9: 5:30 p.m. – It’s Fat Tuesday and the official St. ‘Lizabeth Cajun King Cake Ball and Cajun Dinner at St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, 232 Passion Play Road. Fresh Oyster Bar begins at 5:30. Dance to the music of Naturally Brass and enjoy a delicious homemade Cajun feast served at the table – including a Praline Pecan King Cake. Greet the Krewe of Krazo Royalty and celebrate in style on Mardi Gras. Tickets by reservation only (479) 253-8864 or 253-4503. +

It’s a feast day in more ways than one Valentines’ Day, is also known as The Feast of Saint Valentine. Did you know Valentine was a real person? There are at least two St. Valentines in the ancient martyrology of the Catholic Church. Pope Gelasius declared February 14th the feast day for one of them in 496. According to the variably trustworthy Internet, “He is the patron saint of happy marriages, engaged couples and young people. It is believed Valentine was a priest arrested by the Emperor Claudius for marrying Christian couples secretly during a time of persecution in the Church. Legend says while he was imprisoned, he sent letters to his fellow Christians signing them, ‘From Your Valentine.’” +

For tickets and details: www.EurekaSpringsMardiGras.org

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The Eureka Springs Bark Park opened in July 2014 as the city and county’s first and only off-leash dog park. Since then, visitors traveling with dogs have been raving about the one-acre fenced pooch playground and its perfect-for-dogs woodsy ambience. No matter the weather, you’re likely to find locals and visitors chatting and watching their dogs play, especially in the morning or between 3 – 5 p.m. It’s fun social time for owners as well as their pets – and who doesn’t love trading dog stories? The dog park is easily accessible from anywhere in town with plenty of off street parking. Located in lower Harmon Park below the Crescent Hotel, the simplest way to find the park is to head toward the hotel on the historic loop and turn left, downhill, just before the hotel. At the bottom you’ll see the log cabin park offices. Continue down another hill between Harmon Park and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, turn left at the bottom, and follow the fence on your left to the parking area. OR, you can just check the map on page 22. Vaccinated, healthy, non-aggressive social dogs are welcome any time, from dawn till dusk. Rules similar to those found at the nation’s 2,000+ dog parks nationwide are posted at the park. Separate areas for large and small (under 30 lbs.) dogs include bags and disposal stations and trash cans. A “Bonation Box” encourages donations for maintenance and the addition of amenities like doggie pools and agility equipment. Shade trees cool the park in summer and there are benches for relaxation. Dogs love the positively Eureka terrain with pretty bluffs and hilly landscape. The water fountain for pooches and people has been turned off to avoid freezing, but will be functioning in warmer weather. It’s a gorgeous park and a great way to spend some time with your furry friends and meet some new human ones! For more information or to buy a memorial brick see the Eureka Springs Bark Park page on Facebook. Come see what everyone’s barking about! +

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Artists & Galleries Eureka Springs Gallery Association Working together to bring you fine art and artists Nowhere in the region will you find such a large diversity of work by local, regional and national artists in so many galleries – and Eureka’s “secret” season is the perfect time to leisurely stroll them all to find extraordinary pieces in every price range. If you’re looking for something particular and can’t find it, our galleries will be happy to help you find it at a colleague gallery.

See more from Denise Ryan, left, and Barbara Robinson, below at Eureka Fine Art Gallery.

Glass by Ed Pennebaker at Zarks Jewelry by Nancy Wines at The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box, 40 Spring, has incredible masks by Gwen Bennett, February’s featured artist, from Mardi Gras and party masks to museum quality pieces. The gallery, representing 60 artists, is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in February and daily until 5:30 in March. Studio 62, just west of town on US 62, is home to painter Jody Stephenson and photographer Ron Lutz year-round. Ron also does custom framing and fine woodworking, and has a line of artistic kalimbas and original-design pinhole cameras. Jody paints and writes and founded the Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs. Open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. except Wednesdays. Quicksilver Art and Fine Craft Gallery, 73 Spring, shows some 120 local, regional and national artists featuring wildlife, watercolors, functional and decorative ceramics, exquisite jewelry, blown glass and much more. Open Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb. 22, and daily beginning Feb. 23. Fantasy and Stone features whimsical paintings, clay masks, fantasy fish, faerie houses, mixed media Steampunk art, one of a kind dolls, stained glass, sun catchers, hand forged steel, functional pottery, turned wood, rare jasper spheres, crystals and more. Opens for the season on Feb. 11, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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The following galleries are open daily during February and March: Eureka Fine Art Gallery at 2 Pine Street features a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art by local fine artists, featuring special guest artists monthly. The gallery is run entirely by the artists and is open from noon until 5 p.m. Iris at the Basin Park (right next to the park), was named one of America’s top retailers by NICHE magazine, and carries all manner of fine craft and art from local, regional and national artists. Keels Creek Winery and Gallery, a short drive east on US 62, satisfies your aesthetic sense and your wine palette with works by artists in several mediums – and fine wine! Open 12 – 5 p.m. Serendipity, nestled in the lobby of the Crescent Hotel, is itself a bit of art with ceilings painted by multi-talented local artist Cindy Galvin, whose jewelry, sculpture, paintings and prints are sold in the gallery. Zarks Fine Design Gallery, 67 Spring, represents some 125 local, regional and national artists and has the finest collection of American art glass in the Midwest. The contemporary fine craft and art gallery is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. +

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There is no bad weather for painting en plein air

Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival Sign up now and easel into spring

Get out there in the air May 22 – 26 with other plein air painters for paint-outs and award receptions. Come to paint and attend events for five days or pick a favorite event and pay as you go. Register now and come paint the town in spring! More info and registration at www.essa-org. com or phone (479) 253-5384

Eureka Springs School of Art 2016 Scholarships Now available to qualifying candidates

Patt Carmichael Scholarship for painting, drawing or ceramics Arts advocate Patt Carmichael supported ESSA for many years as a crusading volunteer and loyal staff member with an exemplary exuberance for the pursuit of artistic endeavors. The scholarship allows others to carry forward her vivid legacy of supporting the arts and will be awarded to an individual who is actively involved with art as a profession. The Jack Miller Scholarship for printmaking or painting and drawing Jack Miller was a New Orleans based artist versed in watercolor, sculpture and oil painting. Jack invented his own printmaking etching

technique and was a founding member of the Art Colony in Eureka Springs. He was also an ESSA instructor in linoleum block printmaking. The Carol White Scholarship Artist and arts advocate Carol White was a beloved student and a volunteer at ESSA. Carol was most interested in the process of making versus the final product. She enjoyed many different mediums and was always encouraging to fellow artists, especially in the area of expressing themselves. To apply for this year’s scholarships, go to www.essa-art.org. Recipients are responsible for paying model fees and material fees if applicable. +

~ Barbara Jablonski

Create a personal gallery stroll If you find something spectacular to take home, have someone snap your photo with it and email to newsdesk@eurekaspringsindependent.com … you could get your pic in a future Fun Guide! Allison Art Company, 77 Spring, (479) 253-7635. Art & Soul, 7003 US 62 (3 ½ mi. east of Eureka Springs), (479) 270-1895. Art Colony, 185 N. Main, www.theartcolonyeurekasprings.com. Bird Cage, 1 Basin Spring Ave., (479) 633-1406. Cherokee Mountain Gallery, 5307 US 62E www.mcallistergallery.com, (479) 253-5353. Déjà vu, 179 N. Main, (479) 282-8191, www.dejavuofeurekasprings.com Eureka Fine Art Gallery, 2 Pine St., (479) 363-6000. Eurekan Art Studio, 150 N. Main, (479) 253-0928. Fantasy & Stone, 81 Spring, www.FantasyandStone.com, (479) 253-5891. Fire Om Earth Art Studio & Retreat Center, 872 Mill Hollow Rd, www. fireomearth.com (479) 363-9402. Fusion Squared, 84 Spring , www.eurekafusion.com, (479) 253-4999. Gryphon’s Roost Gallery, 137 Spring, www.gryphonsroost.com, (479) 253-5667. Harris Art Garden and Gallery, 2427 Hwy. 23N, by appointment only, (479) 2532090. Iris at the Basin Park, 8 Spring, www.irisatthebasinpark.com, (479) 253-9494. J.A. Nelson Gallery, 37 Spring (upper level), www.janelsongallery.com, (479) 253-4314. Jewel Box, 40 Spring, www.thejewelboxgallery.com, (479) 253-7828. Keels Creek Gallery and Winery, www.keelscreek.com, (479) 253-9463. Lady Bug Emporium, 51 S. Main, www.ladybugemporium.com, (479) 363-6566. Larry Mansker Studio, 711 Mill Hollow Road, www.larrymanskerstudio.com, (479) 253-5751. Mitchell’s Folly, 130 Spring, (479) 253-7030. Mosaic Studio, 123 Spring, www.eurekaspringsartists.com, (479) 244-5981. Muse, 12 S. Main, (651) 472-1621. Paradise Pottery, 320 CR 210, www.paradisepottery.us, (479) 253-1547. Prospect Gallery, 42 Prospect, www.theprospectgallery.com, (479) 253-5012. Quicksilver Art / Fine Craft Gallery, 73 Spring, www.quicksilvergallery.com. (479) 253-7679. Sacred Art Center, Passion Play grounds, www.greatpassionplay.org, (800) 8827529. Sacred Earth Gallery, 15845 US 62 W, www.TheSacredEarthGallery.com, (479) 253-7644. Serendipity at the Crescent Hotel, www.serendipityatthecrescent.com. (479) 253-2769. Studio 62, 335 W. Van Buren (62W), www.studio62.biz, (479) 363-9209. Susan Morrison Signature Gallery, 78 Spring, www.susanmorrisonstore.com, (479) 253-8788. Treehouse Gift Shop, 165 W. Van Buren, www.treehousecottages.com/gifts, (479) 253-8667. Wilson & Wilson Folk Art, 23 Spring, www.wilsonandwilsonfolkart.com, (479) 253-5105. Zarks Fine Design Gallery, 67 Spring, www.zarksgallery.com, (479) 253-2626, (877) 540-9805. +

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Eureka Mardi Gras: Hooray for Hollywood! Turn to page 7 for details or see www.EurekaSpringsMardiGras.org

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6 p.m. – Eureka Gras Night Parade downtown. 8 p.m. – Black Light Ball at Grotto Wood Fired Grill & Wine Cave, 10 Center St.

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6 p.m. –Jokers Ball at the Inn of Ozark Convention Center.

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2 p.m. – Eureka Gras Parade downtown 7 p.m. – The Mayor’s Ball: Red Carpet Masquerade at the Basin Park Hotel.

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11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel.

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5:30 p.m. – Cajun King Cake Ball and Dinner, St. Elizabeth Parish Hall

12th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and Emporium, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. A celebration of all things chocolate, plus a live auction of contest entries. New this year: 1) General admission $5 for Chocolate Emporium vendors, upstairs only. 2) VIP admission $20 for VICLs (Very Important Chocolate Lovers) with chocolatiers downstairs. VIP tickets include access to both floors, chocolate samplings, dipping fountains, wine pairing/tasting and more. Limited to 500 tickets. See www.eurekachocfest.org. No take home boxes this year. Details on p. 7.

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Magic Men Live, 7 – 10 p.m., Eureka Springs City Auditorium Ladies night is about to get a lot more interesting with this stage production bringing the phenomenon of Magic Mike, Fifty Shades of Grey and others to life. Magic Men Live has captivated women of all ages with an intensely exciting and wildly fun show. All sections have been sold out except for the balcony and some main floor rows, so get your tickets today at www.magicmenlive.com.

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5th Annual We’ve Got Talent, City Auditorium, 2:30 p.m. pre show, 3 p.m. curtain Amazing talent from NW Arkansas features adult and outstanding student performers in multiple musical genres including classical, jazz, country, Broadway and more. Pre-show at 2:30 p.m. features the University of Arkansas Trombone Choir. John Two-Hawks will close the show. Tickets $10 at the door. Proceeds help promising music students attend music camps.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m., Historic District Anyone wearing green can walk in our Parade, so shake your shillelagh and come celebrate with us!

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34th Annual Victorian Classic Foot Race, Inn of The Ozarks. (Starting gun 9 a.m.) This USA Sanctioned Track and Field event will once again wind through our picturesque streets as runners and walkers from far and near embark on a 10K Run, 2 Mile Run or 2 Mile Walk. The 2-mile Fun Run and 2-mile Walk are both fairly flat. All races will start and end at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Sign up today at www.eurekarotary. org. Entry fees: $20 pre registration and $25 on race day; 18 and under $15 for pre registration and $20 on race day. Proceeds benefit Samaritan’s Feet, providing shoes for children. For more info: (479) 981-3065 or (479) 244-6545. See the Victorian Classic 10K Run - 2 Mile Run & Fun Walk page on Facebook for photos of last year and updates for this year.

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Celebrate Jesus Concert, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Basin Park. Christian musicians and bands will play a free day-long concert in the park Easter Weekend. For more information call (479) 253-8925.

1 – 2: Diversity Weekend 5 – 6: Ozark Mountain

Transformation Conference – Metaphysical & Spiritual Lectures And Psychic Fair, Inn of The Ozarks Convention Center.

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Celebrate Jesus Parade and Concert, Downtown 2 p.m. and Basin Park 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Christian music in the park will be interrupted at 2 p.m. for the Celebrate Jesus Parade featuring floats, walking groups, banners, horses & dancers that glorify God. Music will continue following the parade. To participate in the concert or parade, contact (479) 253-8925 or lardellen@gmail.com.

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Ozark Mountain UFO Conference, Inn of The Ozarks Convention Center

26th Annual Kite Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Hwy. 23S The “Art With An Altitude” Kite Festival is a free family event. Bring your own kites, or make or purchase one there! Games, art kites, concessions and lots of fun for kids and adults!

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HAPPY EASTER Easter Sunrise Service at the Christ of the Ozarks Statue, 7 – 8 a.m., Passion Play

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Think you know a lot about the Crescent Hotel? Think again. One simple question asked during the hotel’s Ghost Tour recently opened the door into an area of the building’s heretofore unexplored past … and led to an exciting discovery. The question concerned a denizen of the hotel’s haunted past – the ghostly Girl in the Mist – who fell, jumped or perhaps was pushed to her death. It was when the hotel’s tour manager, Keith Scales, began to wonder who she might have been and why she died that he enlisted the help of former history professor and researcher Rebecca J. Becker. When Becker sought to uncover the truth about the Girl in the Mist, she stumbled across something else hidden in the building’s multifaceted past – the amazing stories of young ladies who inhabited its rooms from 1908 to 1934 as students of Crescent College. Was the Girl in the Mist one of them, and why did she die? Those questions launched Becker on a journey she admits has become an obsession. Although she Among the graduates of Crescent College were famous composers, worldhasn’t found the Girl in the Mist’s identity yet, Becker has devoted her time renowned fashion designers, journalists, New Deal activists, poets, scientists, to researching the astonishing stories of girls who studied, lived and dreamed health care reformers, political lobbyists, tireless missionaries and sports within the walls of Crescent College. legends. What happened here didn’t stay here More stories to tell, more people to find These were auspicious times for young women. When Crescent College Becker’s obsession led to the creation of the Crescent College History opened in 1908 the long battle for political equality was at a particularly exciting Project, an organization dedicated to discovering and sharing the stories of point. Never before had possibilities seemed so rich and so limitless. Girls felt every student at Crescent College. they could do anything, be anything and achieve the impossible. And they knew After hundreds of hours reading diaries, letters, manuscripts and other the eyes of the nation and the world were watching. materials, she’s gathered photographs, Crescent College, like Eureka recordings, novels, poetry collections Springs itself, brought all kinds of and books written by Crescent College people together, broadening the girls’ graduates. But it represents only a tiny sympathies and horizons in many Since the project began, Becker found not only stories – but percentage of Crescent alumnae. ways. Those whose grandfathers sometimes, to her great delight, the student’s descendants. And she’d like A book is in the works, and a fought for the Union became close to find many more! public television program about the friends with girls whose grandfathers If you or anyone you know is a descendant of a Crescent College College and its remarkable women is were Confederate leaders. Christian student, please email rebecca@crescentcollegehistory.org, or snail also projected. girls and Jewish girls played sidemail Crescent College History Project, 42 Prospect, Eureka Springs, To celebrate the happy discovery by-side on the Crescent’s nationally 72632. of this true lost treasure of the Arkansas celebrated basketball team. Cherokee, The Project hopes to have as many Crescent College descendants Ozarks – The Young Women of Osage and Shawnee girls shared as possible at the celebration gathering in May! Meanwhile, check out Crescent College – the Crescent Hotel songs, stories, history and heritage some remarkable stories and photographs on the Crescent College History is planning a Full Circle Reunion for with the rest of the college (and later, all the girl’s descendants and their Project Facebook page. + in many cases, with the rest of the families at the end of May! + world).

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Hester Beatrice Jones was the only art student given her own individual photograph in the 1916 yearbook, which extolled the importance of art: “The time is past when drawing and painting were regarded merely as ornamental branches of study… An art education is now regarded necessary… Art is now recognized as a means of mental development and discipline, training the perceptive and creative faculties, and forcing the student to observe, reason, and think.” A philosophy once again becoming popular with educators!

• In 1910 - 1911, when Beulah Loyd was a member of the Conservatory of Music she never dreamed what an unbelievable life lay ahead of her. She studied music and Expression (dramatic arts) at Crescent College, and opened her own School of Expression in Hot Springs. And then one day... Read Beulah’s story and many others on the Crescent College History Project page on Facebook.

Mayme Scott, also known as Natachee Scott Momaday, children’s book author and illustrator, spent decades teaching at Jemez and other reservations. Her son, N. Scott Momaday, was the first Native American to win a Pulitzer Prize.

College “vittles” or victuals? The dietitians who came from outside the Ozarks to run the Crescent College kitchen brought food trends with them, so probably didn’t eat the typical Ozark fare which included Johnny cakes, home-cured pork, Injun spareribs (a stew made with salt pork, sweet potatoes, green peppers, and corn), sweet potato puddings, hog jowls with cowpeas, and turnip greens with “pot likker.” However, the Crescent gals were served so many potatoes that they joked about it in their journals and school newsletter. So many, in fact, that parents were sent a letter from the school asking them not to send treats – the girls were gaining too much weight! And we can get a hint of the rest of their diet from this entry in the 1922 yearbook (written by the Senior Class):

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National basketball star Imogene Lockett, in her Crescent College uniform in 1932.

No more 6:30 bells! Joy! No more hash and no more prunes, And inspecting of our rooms; Farewell cornbread (Burnt on both sides), And goodbye creamed horse, No more will you gallop Down our protesting throats. Oleo My oleo, you were Always strong for me; Never shall I forget you, For you ranked among the rankest. +

• The 1913 basketball team.

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Be our Guest in Eureka Springs West We’re savin’ a seat by the fire for ya’

Warm up to winter and early spring with a romantic getaway to a cozy cabin in Eureka Springs West – an area spreading across both sides of US 62 that’s replete with the amenities and services that make your mountain or lake getaway fun and comfy. See all the

member lodgings, shops, guides and services at www.eurekaspringswest.com. Most also have Facebook pages with pictures and visitor comments to help you decide. Meanwhile, here are three outstanding lodgings to consider.

Can-U-Canoe Riverview Cabins and Vacation Homes (479) 253-5966 Email: canucanoe3@yahoo.com

Choose from eight secluded, comfortable, affordable family and honeymoon cabins and two luxury vacation homes located on a bluff overlooking the beautiful White River and Inspiration Valley. Can-U-Canoe Luxury Cabins and Vacation Homes are perfect for your family vacation, reunion, wedding event and honeymoon. For example; at the Eagle’s Roost Vacation House (on a limestone bluff above the beautiful White River) you can watch from the hot tub as Bald Eagles that circle around the house during the mating cycle and frequently roost on dead tree snags on the property. The large family room provides entertainment with a wet bar, foosball, and pool table – all with an amazing view of the valley from the second floor. And it sleeps up to ten! Each of the cabins is also well equipped with king and queen beds, fireplace, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, grills, full kitchens or kitchenettes and more. Perfect for couples, friends and small families – and so close to everything you want to do and see in the area! You’ll want to stay longer; and if you do you’ll pay less! Check the website for photos of all cabins and homes and be sure to click on the “Free Wednesdays” link and the “Specials” page for hot deals! More at www.canucanoe.com.

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EUREKA SPRINGS WEST Cabin Fever Resort

(479) 253-5635 Toll free: (877) 993-3837 Email: cabinfeverresort@gmail.com One of Eureka Springs’s newest and most luxurious Ozark Mountain inns is just six miles from the excitement of town on Hwy. 187. You’ll have access to horseback riding, White River fishing trips and canoe floats, plus all the Beaver Lake water activities. You can even bring your own boat! Or you can just hike about and come home to warm by the fireplace. Enjoy B & B charm, but with full kitchens in spacious real log cabins with Jacuzzi spas and all the comforts of home – from satellite TV and DVD players to ironing boards and irons and cream for your coffee. Have it by the fire or out on a deck with beautiful views. A short five-mile trip in either direction from this peaceful 20-acre woodland retreat finds the fun you’re looking for. Three cabins are perfect for honeymooners or just getting away for rest and relaxation. Two other cabins have two bedrooms and two baths – great for small families or friends getting away for a weekend to rejuvenate and reconnect. More at www.cabinfeverresort.com

Hidden Valley Guest Ranch & Riding Stables (479) 253-9777 Toll-free: (888) 443-3368

The Hidden Valley Guest Ranch Barn greets guests right at the front gate, standing sentinel over a real Ozarks experience on 650 pristine acres. If you love horses and cowboy dreams, you’ll enjoy this cabin and horseback riding resort located mid-way between downtown Eureka and Beaver Lake. The early fifties greets you with a classic red and white gambrel barn built of solid oak. The lobby is in the tack room, which is furnished with saddles, halters, lead ropes and an endless brew of cowboy coffee. In addition to rustic cabins, visitors can select from a wide variety of great local horseback trails without leaving the property. You can even bring your own horse – there’s plenty of trailer and RV parking available. The Hidden Valley Barn loft is spacious and available for weddings and private parties. The authentic cowboy fire ring is a popular evening destination (on Saturdays by request in the winter) where rider and non-rider guests can relax, listen to tall tales and enjoy the best stargazing in the Ozarks. (Disclaimer: The management of Hidden Valley assumes no credibility for the humor or tall tales.) More fun at: www.hiddenvalleyguestranch.com + www.independentfunguide.com

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Downtown Eureka Springs Map

Getting around the map You may not want to hitch a ride on the buggy above, but if you’ve been walking and your “dogs” have started barking, you can give them a rest and still get to where you’re going. Just hop on a comfy trolley. In February trolleys run Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Red Route - Historic District & West US 62 Blue Route - US 62E to Kettle Campground & North Main Street (Passion Play Road & Hwy. 23S by request only) In March trolleys run from Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Red Route - Historic District Blue Route - Highway 62E to Kettle Camp Ground & North Main Street (Hwy. 23S by request only) Yellow Route - North Main Street & Magnetic Road to Passion Play to US 62W Purple Route - West side of town

Create your own tour

Adult All-Day Pass $6 Adult Two-Day Pass $10 Child`s Pass (7 – 11) $2 One-Ride Pass $4 Late Rider Special $4 (unlimited rides during last two hours, or pay $6 and ride the next day, too) The Eureka Springs Transit Office: (479) 2539572 or www.eurekatrolley.org. + Map courtesy of Eureka Springs Parks Commission

The trolleys don’t run on rails these days … but they used to!

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Massage or meds?

The best choice for low back pain relief may surprise you!

According to a study posted on WebMD, massage may be serious medicine when it comes to treating persistent low back pain. Very few medical therapies, from medications to injections to surgeries, reliably relieve it, and some can even aggravate the problem. In the study, 400 adults with moderateto-severe low back pain lasting for at least three months were assigned to weekly whole-body massages for relaxation or weekly massages that focused on specific muscle problems around the lower back and hips. The non-massage group was left to their usual care – pain medications or muscle relaxants, doctors or chiropractors, physical therapy – or simply not doing anything. After 10 weeks, participants in the massage groups reported greater average improvements in pain and functioning compared to those in the usual care group. And the type of massage they received didn’t seem to matter. Researchers say that’s good news

since relaxation, or Swedish-style, massage is the kind most commonly taught in massage schools and is widely available. Here in Eureka Springs we have licensed, certified massage therapists also skilled in deep tissue and other types of pain-reliving massage. Whether you just want to relax, improve daily functioning, or alleviate pain – we’re here to help! +

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NIGHTLIFE

and socializing If 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 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.” +

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The Cathouse Lounge and Pied Piper Pub has long been a favorite food and gathering spot for locals and visitors. The spot switched owners at the end of the year, and its name has been shortened to simply The Cathouse – but you’ll still find the same great food and drinks. The only changes in the popular menu will be toward better salads using more local produce, hand battered items and “a good chili,” according to co-owner Fred Lydick. Fred and his wife Amanda, who also own the Ozark Café in Jasper, were looking to open an Ozark Café here when they spotted The Cathouse, and Fred brought in Jeff and Angela Gregory – the three are now its new, proud owners! There will be an expansion into the former Office Supply building next door and a few improvements, but the Cathouse will maintain all its fun ambiance and popular menu. They still claim the best Reuben in town, plus corn beef and cabbage just like Mrs. O’Malley’s. There’s also steaks, sandwiches, hot wings, fish ‘n’ chips, salads, burgers and much more. With a full bar, cold beer and great food this is the place to relax. If you want to stay in the heart of downtown where all the action is, the Cathouse Inn has rooms reminiscent of the late 19th century with dark cherry woods and stone walls. The adjoining over-21 lounge also has both indoor (non-smoking) and outdoor seating. You’ll find some of the same friendly staff along with a few new friendly folks to take care of your every need with a smile. There’s live music every Friday and Saturday … and if you’re in town during an event weekend there’s a good chance the outdoor Beer Garden will also have live music. This is a fun place for the family to dine during the day – and the adults can come back later to enjoy excellent libations, great music and an entertaining crowd. Located right at the entrance to Eureka Springs’ Historic Downtown on Main St., the Cathouse is open daily from 11 a.m. ‘til midnight. See updates, photos and current music schedule at Cathouse Lounge on Facebook or phone (479) 363-9976. + |

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Music at the Cathouse 8 – 11 p.m.

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Plus Los Roscoes every Tuesday night 5 p.m. in February!


Get in the Spirit(s) Brews, 2 Pine, corner Spring & Pine. Arkansas craft beers, Arsaga’s coffee, hot teas, wine and savory or sweet small fare from Eureka Sweets and West Mountain Treats. Enjoy pints, flights, and growlers on the patio or by big front windows on the coolest corner downtown. See Brews on Facebook for live music, art exhibits. Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 a.m.midnight, Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (479) 244-0878 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 and most week nights, open mic on Tuesdays. Upstairs in the Cafe they serve pizza and much more!
 www.chelseascornercafe.com (479) 253-6723 Eureka Live Underground & Eureka Patio, 35 N. Main Street. 
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. DJ and dancing Friday – Sunday. www.eurekaliveunderground.com (479) 253-7020 Eureka Springs Ale House, 426 West Van Buren (US 62W). 12 taps offer craft lagers, ales, and a crisp, cold cider. Stop in for a hearty quaff and tasty menu options: Shrooms, build-yourown burgers, sandwiches, bacon jam, deep fried alligator and more. Large deck. Kids welcome. Thursday through Monday, noon – 9 p.m. See www.eurekaspringsalehouse.com or Eureka Springs Alehouse on Facebook for menu, live music and current taps. (479) 363-6039 Grotto Wood-Fired Grill & Wine Cave, 10 Center. Elegant, inviting atmosphere. Wine on tap, select vinos from around the world. Classic cocktails with a fresh spin. Some (like Moscow Mules, Gin Gin and Fresh Mint Mojitos) served in copper mugs. Diverse beer selection includes gluten free and ciders. Grill features appetizers, entrees and desserts. Chef Slane’s unexpected use of seasonal ingredients makes for inspired dishes. Wednesday, Thursday 5 – 10 p.m., Friday, Saturday 5 – 11 p.m. Facebook or www. grottoeureka.com. (479) 363-6431. Grub & Pub / Club 169, 169 West Van Buren (US 62). Grub and Pub in the daytime and Club 169 at night. Hearty breakfast from open to close. Home-style food, full bar, live weekend entertainment, big screen TVs and games, pool tables, free Wi-Fi, Happy Hour, karaoke, dance floor and outdoor deck. Biker friendly. Open 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. every day, except closes at midnight Sunday. Children welcome until 9 p.m. (479) 253-7122. Grub & Pub Club 169 on Facebook. 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. www. henrisjustonemore.com (479) 253-5795 Legends Saloon, 105 E. Van Buren, is a full service bar and restaurant formerly known as The Lumberyard. Great food, full bar and DJ Karaoke or live music with a large dance floor.

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Weekly Texas Hold ‘Em (Sunday) and Pool (Tuesday) tournaments. Great place for large parties, plenty of parking. (479) 253-2500 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. (479) 253-7837 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. www.piedpiperpub.com (479) 363-9976 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, 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. www.rockinpigsaloon. com (479) 363-6248 www.ozarkmountaintaproom.com 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. Full menu and extensive bar. www.roguesmanor.com (800) 250-5827

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. Recent remodel makes this an excellent place to stop while you are downtown. www. rowdybeaver.com (479) 363 - 6444 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, full bar. www.rowdybeaver.com (479) 253 - 8544 The Balcony Restaurant in Basin Park Hotel is another spot where the family can dine to live music. Friday through Sunday evenings there is live acoustic music at 5 p.m., with noon shows added on Saturday and Sunday. http://www. basinpark.com (479) 253-7837 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. The restaurant/ bar indoors is smoke free. thenewdelhicafe.com (479) 253-2525 The StoneHouse, 89 S. Main Street. 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.
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Fun Guys of the Month – Tigerann Love and Anton Waldo Gragg are two smart kids who know just how to find out where all the fun stuff is happening in Eureka Springs. Are you having fun yet? If you are, email a pic of you and/or your group to indiefunguide@ gmail.com and tell us what you’re up to – you could be the next Fun Guy(s) of the Month! +

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we have more than 140 characters here, you know?

Unless you only travel by hot air balloon, you get to experience streets with no right angles, different names of the same street, and no traffic lights. Events! We carve bears out of cedar, dip fried bacon in homemade chocolate, celebrate fat tires and fly face-painted kites.

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Haunted hotels and spooky underground tours where you can see people walking above – Ripley’s Believe It or Not mentioned numerous times that things aren’t quite right here – like an 8-story hotel where every floor opens to the ground, and streets that form the letters “U” and “V” 51 times, “S” 13 times and “O” seven times.

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How newspaper editors in 1882 saw our three year-old town: “The population cannot be excelled in this world for honesty. There are no sneak thieves, house pilferers or robbers in the City. Fakers and sure-thing men are not permitted to abide within her gates. Bawdy houses and places of assignation are not allowed and there are only three places where ardent spirits are sold and these are under heavy license, bond and strict surveillance by the law.” But six months later a sheriff’s posse arrested 14 men and “four notorious women who had caused trouble for a long time.” +

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We have a history of healers and hooligans, from Dr. Alvah Jackson to Dr. Norman Baker, and the James Brothers, Younger Gang and outlaw Bill Doolin, all liked to spend their downtime here.

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Besides 63 or so springs in the city limits, we have Blue Spring, 7 miles west of town, that purls 38,000,000 gallons of clear, cold water a day into the White River. The bottom of the spring has never been found, but the spring did belch silt during the Alaskan earthquake of 1964.

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