Arts & Amusements

Friday, October 26, 2012

Haunted hay rides

Bear Mountain Cabins and Riding Stables will offer haunted hay rides every night during the month of October. The wagons will leave the stables at dark and will make trips every hour and 15 minutes. Reservations are required. For information, call 479-253-6185 or 800-805-8005.

Mad Hatter Ball

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will hold its major annual fundraiser, the 10th Annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Ticket sales and silent auction raise operating funds for ESSA, a non-profit school providing art education opportunities for adults and youth in Northwest Arkansas. The Mad Hatter Ball would not be complete without a hat contest. So, wear a hat--required for admission--and take your chances on winning a week-long workshop at ESSA. Ticket prices are only $50 per person and may be purchased online at ESSA's website or by calling 479-253-5384.

Illusionist to risk drowning in escape attempt

Illusionist Sean-Paul, whose Intrigue Theater is one of Eureka Springs' most popular shows, will perform escape attempt from an antique 40-gallon milk can scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Basin Spring Park.

The show, free to the public, recreates one of famed magician Harry Houdini's trademark escapes and is part of Intrigue Theater's month-long October celebration of the world's most famous illusionist and escape artist.

"Three weeks ago I escaped from a straitjacket suspended by my feet five stories high atop the Crescent Hotel, the most haunted hotel in America," said the veteran prestidigitator and illusionist. "That was my first tribute to Houdini. This will be the second -- if I survive it."

For information on the event and Intrigue Theater, call 479-244-7028 or go to

Final chance to hear the voices

The final dates for the 2012 production of "Voices from Eureka's Silent City" living history cemetery tours will be Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.

Tours depart from the parking area on Hwy 62 East at the site of the former Victoria Inn parking lot, with free shuttle service from there to the cemetery. Tickets are also available at that site, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce, all Cornerstone Bank locations, and at the Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street downtown.

The first tour is scheduled at 5:30 pm and every twenty minutes thereafter until 8:30 pm.

For more information, contact the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-9417.

Eureka Springs Art Happening!

Delicate, fanciful whimsy will again be on display as Iris at the Basin Park hosts California artist, Karen Bagnard. Well-known for her delicate mermaids and faeries, Karen paints with watercolors and colored inks. Take this opportunity to meet Karen and have her personalize one of her cards or prints on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Kerusso Christian Outlet to host book signing for poet

Kerusso Christian Outlet on Passion Play Road is hosting a book signing for the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Martin from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Kerusso Christian Outlet is located at 105 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs.

29th Ozarks Adventure in Watercolor

From Oct. 28 -- Nov. 3, instructor Sheila Parsons will again lead artists/students in search of images to capture the Victorian homes, fall colors and waterways of Northwest Arkansas. The Sunday evening through Saturday morning retreat will be hosted by the Inn of the Ozarks. For details, call 50-327-1750 or email

Dairy Hollow Writers Colony does NaNoWriMo

Kristen Ritterbush, from the NaNoWriMo organization for Benton and Washington Counties will speak at the Writers' Colony on Sunday, Oct. 28. Ritterbush, and several others from her group, will discuss National Novel Writing Month for anyone who is considering participating this year. Sunday's workshop will be from 2-5 at the Writers' Colony at 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs. To register, contact Alison at or 479 292-3665.

Ozark Folk Festival

Fall is right around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about The 65th Original Ozark Folk Festival, Oct. 29 -- Nov. 3. We have a great music line up this year with Ronny Cox, Trout Fishing in America, Jack William, Still on the Hill and more! So start thinking about the Folk Festival Parade. Awards this year are Best Float $300 first prize, second prize $200,Best Costume $ 100, Best walking Group (4 or more people) $150, Best youth entry $250, Best Musical entry $200. All entries will be judged on originality, Folkiness and style. For applications or more information

Ozark folk festival queen

The Ozark Original Folk Festival would like to announce that the date for the Ozark Folk Festival Queen has been changed to Oct. 29 to fit in with school schedules. This competition is open to all Carroll County Girls between the ages of 15 and 18.

Robin Milam Weinmann, 1994 Folk Festival Queen, has helped to start a scholarship fund for this year's Queen. $500 has been collected so far. There will be prizes and awards for the Queen contestants and their escorts, as well as the wonderful experience of participating in the Ozark Folk Festival.

For more information or an application for the Queen Contest, contact Robin at or call 479-244-0123.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Set for Oct. 30

NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and it is the world's largest literary challenge. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching "The End" by Nov. 30. There are no fees, no judges, no prizes, just the sheer fun of knowing you can write a novel. There will be an informal kick-off event for the Eureka Springs group at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Black Belt Mastery Center offices, located at 3022 E Van Buren, Suite E, below the Amish Collection. For more information about NaNoWriMo or to register, visit For information about local events, e-mail

Coffee house "Light the Night"

The Berean Coffee House at 4032 E. Van Buren (next to the Victorian Inn) will host "Light the Night Free Fun!" on Wednesday, Oct. 31, beginning at dark. The event will include games, crafts and a giant bag of candy for the kids. Free hot dogs, apple cider and coffee for everyone.

Three-day zombie fest (feast?)

Are you prepared for the Zombie Invasion of 2012? Kicking off three days of undead activity is the aptly named "Dance of the Dead" on Halloween Night (Oct 31) in the haunted underground level of the City Auditorium. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this all ages electronic shake-your-bones-to-the-beat extravanganza. Admission is only $5 plus a can of food. Dance ends at 11 p.m. Then on Nov. 1st, the Sacred Earth Gallery is proud to present a special Zombie Variety Show and a public screening of the classic 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead". Performances start at dusk and admission is free. The Invasion comes to an apocalyptic end on Nov. 2 with the First Annnual Eureka Springs Day of the Dead Parade and Zombie Crawl. Doomsday vehicles, themed floats, street performers, and a horde of hungry zombies will "crawl" from the Public Library to Basin Park. Break out your zombie makeup and fake blood, give your car a "Mad Max" end-of-days facelift, or build a float and join the spectacle! Parade starts at dusk and all participants are asked to bring two cans of food for the Flint Street Food Bank. Visit to sign-up and get more information.

Elks Lodge Pancake Breakfast

Holiday Island Elks Lodge 1042 Auxiliary is having a Community "All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast", Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7 -- 10:30 a.m. at Elks Lodge 1042, Holiday Island, located in the Holiday Island Business Park Menu includes: Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Juice and Coffee. Adults $6 & children (under 12) $3.

Pine Mountain Village hosts second annual fall craft show

As an added attraction for the 64th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival, the merchants at Pine Mountain Village will again open their parking lot to artists and crafts people for the second annual Fall Craft Fair on Nov. 3. The show will run from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is a non-juried show, but all items must be hand made. Entertainment will be provided by Angel Voices Karaoke. All the shops in the village will be open for shoppers as well. Vendor space is still available by calling Gayle Voiles at (479) 244-6907.

Night of the Unleashed

The Good Shepherd Humane Society's annual Doggie Style Show 2012 - Night of the Unleashed -- is moving to a new night and a different venue this year. The event this year will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Eureka Springs High School Gymnasium from 5:30 p.m. and runs to 8:30. Tickets are $10 at the door and are also available in advance at both Doggie Shops, the Shelter, and online at Cash, check, and debit/credit cards are accepted.

Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club to meet

The Ham Radio and Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will have their monthly meeting at noon, on Nov. 8, at Pizza Hut in Eureka Springs. All of those interested in radio are invited to attend. For more information email

ESSA arts workshop

Join panelists Zeek Taylor, Carol Dickie, John Rankine, and Wendi LaFey on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the ESSA campus and learn about their experiences in establishing themselves as artists in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Topics will include lively conversation in the morning session of spontaneous question and answer discussions with this noted panel. At noon a catered lunch will be served, followed by a 1 p.m. session with Kate Wicker of Geographics, sharing attention grabbing ideas for designing rack cards and brochures. From 2 - 4 p.m., Edward Robison of Sacred Earth Gallery will focus on building and designing your own website. Register now. Space is limited and the registration fee is $40 for the entire day. For details, go to or call 479-253-5384.

Veterans Art Show

Veterans and Artists that want to participate in the Art Show should contact Lezley Foley at 479-253-5423 or email We invite those Veterans and Artists to come display their art and memorabilia that is either created by or honors Veterans. For more information about the entire Veterans Day Weekend events planned, please visit Eureka Springs Veterans Day Parade on Facebook or call Sue Glave at 479-253-6601 or cell 580-399-5887.

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