Abandon the sofa and enjoy the weather. Have some fun with friends and neighbors this week at an art show or fun event.
Scare yourself silly any night this month on a haunted hayride at Bear Mountain Riding Stables.
Wait until dark and then hop on one of the wagons leaving every 75 minutes from the stables... and into the unknown...
Reservations are required. Fee is $10/adult, $8/child. 253-6185 or (800) 805-8005.
The Mad Hatter Ball will be Friday, Oct. 29 at the Crescent Hotel. Tickets on sale now! (479) 253-5384.
Ozark Creative Writers' Conference
Still time to register! The conference, held from Oct. 7 -- 9 at the Inn of the Ozarks, will feature authors, speakers and agents.
Featured speakers are author Johnny D. Boggs, editor Rhonda Penders, mystery novelist Suzanne Arruda, romance writer Shannon Taylor Vannatter and regional author Dusty Richards.
A few appointment slots are still open for five minute pitches with Rhonda Penders, editor-in-chief of Wild Roses Press.
Registration is $119, with a 10 percent discount for online registrations completed by Oct 4.
For registration and info: ozarkcreativewriters.org.
October gallery stroll
The Eureka Springs Gallery Association will lend their support to the Historical Museum's membership drive during the Oct. 9 Second Saturday Gallery Stroll.
There will be a drawing for a $100 gift certificate, good at any of the association's galleries. To be eligible, drop by any of our galleries that evening and purchase a membership in the Historical Museum.
To find out more, visit the museum, open daily Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m., or go to www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org
New gallery in Colony
Now open in The Art Colony: a new gallery specific to the photographic and digital arts. The Photography Gallery will feature some of Eureka Springs' favorite photographers.
Interested photographers and digital artists are encouraged to inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flame Painting & BBQ
Be sure to stop by the Art Colony this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2, as David Rush Demonstrates Flame Painting with copper, and join our Colony BBQ!
Hair-Raising Tram Tour
During the month of October visit Dogwood Canyon for a hair-raising tram tour. It's a haunted ride throughout the park where screams are sure to be heard throughout the canyon!
Take a mid-tour break to listen to ghost stories and have s'mores around a campfire. Then head back towards the park entrance where more monsters are lurking.
Get scared every Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 through 30. Tours start at 7 each night and cost $40 for adults and $25 for kids. Area appreciation nights will be every Friday with a $10 discount for those that work or live in Boone and Carroll counties, valid for both adult and youth tickets.
Purchase tickets at Dogwood Canyon or order in advance by calling 1-800-BC LODGE.
Bust out the Lederhosen!
The Holiday Island Homeowners Association (HIHA) will hold its Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Clubhouse.
Social time will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and music and dancing to follow. The menu will be brats and German hotdogs, with sides, wine and German beer.
Cost is $10 per person for HIHA members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call Donna Putnam at (479) 253-2732 to see if spaces are still available. A vegetarian option is also available.
Octoberfest part deaux
Celebrate Octoberfest at the historic Holiday Island barn Saturday, October 16. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6. Music and dancing provided by Don Naas begins at 7. Loads of fun with twostep, line dancing, polkas, and door prizes. Proceeds go to the Barn fund.
Beer brats and kraut or pulled pork sandwich with baked beans, German potato salad, cole slaw and German chocolate cake available for $10 with advance purchase at the HI Recreation Center.
Tickets on sale now through Oct. 14. If available, tickets will be sold on Oct. 16 at the barn for $12. Iced tea, water and ice provided, BYOB. Questions? Call Kay Janky, 253-1284 or Susan Smith 253-5136
Youth Art show/reception
Cornerstone Bank will host an art show and reception for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) 2010 Youth Art program Thursday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 -- 7 p.m., 152 East Van Buren in Eureka Springs.
This lively exhibit will be on display throughout October, leading up to ESSA's 8th Annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday, Oct. 29th at the Crescent Hotel.
Refreshments will be served. Cornerstone Bank, Community First Bank, and private donors sponsored ESSA's 2010 Youth Art program.
James Dean returns
Saturday, Oct. 2 marks the return of artist James Dean to Iris at the Basin Park. James, an Atlanta artist, has become famous for Pete the Cat, the blue feline that has even been spotted at the Crescent Hotel. James will be in the gallery painting Pete and signing prints and books from 1 -- 4 and 6 -- 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 -- 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Mozart and more
Walton Arts Center is proud to present The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Great Quintets in Baum Walker Hall on Friday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
Under the leadership of highly-acclaimed Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, viola quintets by two masters of the form - Mozart and Mendelssohn - as well as Brahms' sublime Clarinet Quintet, will be performed by six remarkable musicians.
Tickets from $10 to $25 can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center (479) 443-5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Hobbs State Park Fall Festival
Sat. October 2
Activities are free and will take place all day long.
* 10 a.m. -- 12 p.m. at Historic Van Winkle Hollow on Hwy 12. Living History: experience demonstrations of traditional folkways. Activities will include spinners, a blacksmith, saw miller, lace makers, post Civil War trapper, a tinsmith, old timey games, history, Dutch oven demonstration, and more, as you experience a typical fall day at the Historic Van Winkle Mill Site.
* 12.30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. at Hobbs visitor center. Nature booths, live reptiles, animal
tracks, etc. Breyers Ice Cream will be provided free and Arvest will provide free hot dogs.
* 1 p.m. Hobbs visitor center. Trail hike. Enjoy nature's wonders on this guided hike on Hobbs's newest trail section.
* 3 p.m. -- 5 p.m. at Hobbs Visitor Center. Free music. "Still on the Hill" will perform. Following their live performance will be a showing of the group's new documentary!
For more information contact Hobbs State Park/Conservation Area: (479) 789-5000.
Puppets in the park
The Art Experience Inc., Center for Healing and Growth Through Expressive Arts and Play, is furthering its mission to provide an artful and playful experience for the community by with its annual puppet festival, "Puppets in the Park," a day-long event at Wilson Park in Fayetteville, Oct. 9.
The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The event is free and features local and national puppet artists, as well as musical acts and street performers, interactive puppet storytelling, classes and workshops, activity booths, food, puppet vendors, and puppet making.
Local crafters from Heartwood Gallery will showing their work as well. Come enjoy a full day of art and play at Wilson Park.
Chaffyn at Caribe
Ozark Village Collage, an exhibit of fifty prints by Chaffyn Lovejoy, opens Friday evening, Oct. 1, at Caribe US 62W.
The presentation is the culmination of a three-year visual exploration of the village of Eureka Springs depicted via mysterious collage, juxtapositions of sampled photos, drawings, and paintings by Chaffyn.
Lovejoy will be present to answer questions about the work from seven o'clock until closing time while KJ serves up her tantalizing Caribbean fare.
Prints will be offered on a sliding scale. Fifty percent of all sales will benefit the Good Shepherd Humane Society.
The exhibit will be available for viewing throughout October.
New Eureka scenes
Be sure to stop in The Grand Central Hotel, to see Edward Robison's new collection of photographs of Eureka Springs in the hotel lobby and Grand Taverne Restaraunt.
Gallery stroll winner
A winning punch card from all those collected during September's Second Saturday Gallery Stroll was selected from the 496 correctly and legibly filled out entries in the Gift Certificate Contest.
Entrants from 30 states made a visit to each of the eight galleries in the Eureka Springs Gallery Association in order to enter the contest. The winner, Cindy Grow, is from Tavares, Fla.
**Mother Nature reads
Mother Nature has become a permanent fixture at Hobbs State Park/Conservation Area. Every 2nd Saturday and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. she visits the Park to excite the imaginations of all the children around her.
Oct. 9 and 20 Mother Nature reads about owls
Nov. 13 and 17 Mother Nature reads about leaves and trees.
Dec. 11 and 15 Mother Nature reads about animals that hibernate.
Story time will be followed by "hands-on" nature-craft activities. Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories will target children 3-6 years of age. Free, lasts one hour. Hobbs State Park -- Conservation Area (near Rogers) 20201 East Highway 12. (479)789-5006.
War Eagle Day Camp
Are you going to the War Eagle Craft Fair? Are the kids looking for something fun and exciting? Sign them up for Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area's War Eagle Day Camp! This is a one-day event offered to children ages 7-12.
While you explore the craft fair, your children will participate in several fun, nature related activities and crafts. Space is limited to 20, so sign your child up today Be sure to pack a sack lunch.
Cost: $40 (includes craft materials, snack, and a t-shirt). Registration and pre-payment required. Call (479) 7895000 for more information and to register by Monday, Oct. 11.
October art faires at the Art Colony
October 2, 16 and 30! Magical evenings, arts and autumn combine to life the spirits. All events feature music & beverages. Join Art Colony artists and special guests. Visit artcolonyeureka.com, email artcolonyeureka@gmail .com or call (479) 244-7229.
Have breakfast with whodunit author
Popular mystery writer, Carol Higgins Clark speak at the Rogers Public Library Foundation's "Conversations" at the John Q. Hammons Center on October 9 at 9 a.m. Tickets are now on sale and include breakfast and a copy of one of Clark's new best sellers. Visit rplfoundation.org or call Maureen Cover-Bryan of the Rogers Public Library Foundation at (479) 366-2272.
Sign up to exhibit:
in the 2010 Arts Eureka Fall Art Show, Nov. 27 and 28, Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Applications available at Eureka Thyme or by calling Peggy at (479) 253-5826, or email
Train ride to Van Buren Craft Days
Saturday, Oct. 9. Leave Seligman 7 a.m. arrive Van Buren 11 a.m. and depart Van Buren, 2 p.m. First class $80 each, seniors, $72 each, Caboose $80, $72.00 seniors. Vintage cars $60 each, $54 seniors. $35.00 for children 12-4 for all cars. under 4 in free. For more information call (417) 662-3611 or 662-3450.