Arts & Amusements

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mardi Gras ShowGirls thrill parade watchers

Seven of Eureka's beauties will ride the Krewe of Krazo theme floats during the Light & Sound Night parade on Saturday, Feb. 2 and the Eureka Gras Day parade on Saturday, Feb. 9. The three theme floats were designed and constructed by local artist Jack Miller. The ShowGirl Water Nymphs are Alex Marohn, April Pearson, Bethany Epley, Lilah Stiger, Kristen Miller. For details on these and other Eureka Gras events, go to

Beaux Arts Ball Feb. 9

The annual Beaux Arts Masquerade Ball will be held at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. The event, hosted by the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, will follow the Mardi Gras parade in downtown Eureka and will benefit the museum. Music will be provided by Ultra Suede, and Dave Teigen of Teigen-McGhee Insurance will emcee. For tickets or more information:, or (479) 253-9417.

Tai Chi continues

The Berryville Community Center continues to hold "Tai Chi for Health,"an eight-week, progressive class every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m.. The class began Tuesday, Jan. 15 and wraps up on Thursday, March 7. The cost is $8 per class, or $120 for the eight-week session. All participants must have a BCC membership.

Tai Chi is a moderate intensity exercise that is beneficial to cardio and respiratory function, immune capacity, mental control, flexibility, and balance control; it improves muscle strength and reduces the risk of falls in the elderly.

For more information, call (870) 423-3139, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ozarks Chorale Spring rehearsals now under way

If found yourself humming along during The Ozarks Chorale's wonderful holiday concerts, you may want to consider joining the nearly 50-voice choir as it has just started up its Spring rehearsal schedule this week. The initial registration and first rehearsal was held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria. All further rehearsals will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

All singers from the surrounding Arkansas and Missouri area are welcome to join, and no vocal try-outs are required. "If you can commit to Tuesday rehearsals, have singing experience, and are sincere about joining a hard-working group that strives for quality choral sound," says Paul Gandy, Ozarks Chorale Board president, "please, join us. We'd love to have you."

Calling all dogs and their people...

This year's Krewe of Barkus in the Eureka Gras Parade can be the biggest and best yet with your participation: all you need do is let us know you're coming, dress up, and then show up with your pup on its leash!

This year's doggie theme is "Going Gangnam, Barkus Style." So start getting your costumes ready! Bright tuxedo jackets, bow ties and dark sunglasses will help us create Psy's iconic Gangnam look... your pooch can wear a tuxedo shirt or bright shirt with black trim and of course a bow tie and shades go well!

And of course Mardi Gras-themed/colored beads and adornments are most welcome. The parade is Saturday, Feb. 9, and we will start our march from the Post Office a 2 p.m. Bring your dog and join in the fun!

Please stop by Percy's Grooming & Pet Spa for further details and to register or call Rachel Brix at 479-244-9151. Info at:

Mardi Gras floats listen up!

A call for floats, bands, and costumed groups and individuals has been announced by the Krewe of Krazo, with this year's theme being "Aquarius Eureka." A Night Parade was added last year and will roll out on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. Floats participating in the night parade are asked to be lighted. Judges for the night parade at the Basin Park will determine best floats in determining float line-up for next year.

The Annual Day Parade will roll on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Day Parade trophy awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be judged by guests of four downtown hotels. To be eligible, applications must be returned by Jan. 30.

Led by the Grand Marshal, the "Krewe of Krazo" will roll out its seven permanent theme floats followed by a maze of other corporate and business floats. The annual "Cavalcade of Royal Chariots," consisting of convertibles carrying Dukes, Duchesses, and past Kings and Queens of the Realm, all draped in colorful parade capes, will be followed by costumers and other units.

Rolling from the Carnegie Library on Spring Street, the parade will loop around the courthouse on South Main Street and continue back on North Main, ending at the Grand Central Hotel.

This year, the Krewe of Barkus, headed by Krewe Captains Rachel and Ryan Brix, will strike out from the post office at 2 p.m, preceding the Krewe of Krazo parade units.

For details, contact or go to www.Parade.Ureeka.Org or call (479) 981-9551.

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