A Great Big Thank You to everyone who helped to make our Holiday Island Fire Department Auxiliary White Elephant and Bake Sale a success. All of you - the ladies auxiliary who sorted, priced, baked goodies, set up the sale and worked the sale - the fire department who hauled and lifted, hauled and lifted - and all the wonderful people who came and supported us by buying our treasures - made the day a great success. Thanks again and have a Very Merry Christmas.
White Elephant Sale Coordinator
I think many people are viewing the demise of the Great Passion Play thru very rose colored glasses. While it is true that the GGP did initially put Eureka Springs on the tourist map, the secular Eureka Springs "scene" has eclipsed it in the last 10 years or so. The "crowds" many people speak of as still flocking here for the GGP are, in reality, the ghosts of the good times of the more distant past. One seldom sees a tour or church bus in town these days, when 20 years ago they were ubiquitous. As a tourist attraction, the GGP ceased to be relevant to Eureka Springs as much as 10 years ago.
The problem with the GGP was that, once you've seen it, you've seen it and don't really need to see it again. Everybody within a 500 mile radius of E. S. who was interested in seeing it has seen it, many more than once. How many times are you going to drive 500 miles to see it again? The folks at the GGP tried to overcome this by retooling the script. But the ploy was obviously a failure. They were still selling the same old product. And it is obvious that not very many people wanted to buy more of the same. So in that sense, the GGP died a natural death as a business.
But the really interesting question regarding the failure of the GGP has to do with the religious nature of the "product" they were selling. They were selling the "Christian Story". So in that sense, it could be said that they were "working" for God & Jesus. So the question is: Where were God & Jesus when their story/play started bombing with the public? Why was it necessary for the folks at the GGP to beg for money in order to try and keep it going? If God was interested in the GGP, why did this situation arise in the first place? Of course, being an atheist, for me this is merely a rhetorical question. But for professed Christians this should, I think, be a serious question indeed.