Attraction Spotlight – Blue Spring Heritage Center

spring_flowersHistoric Blue Spring is a natural wonder, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water into its trout-stocked lagoon each day. Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears. 33 acres of walkways and garden paths. Visit the historic mill site dating back to the 1840′s. It’s a very peaceful spot with a great film on the history of Eureka Springs along with a cute gift shop where we buy our hummingbird feeders. While you’re out that way there is also Castle Antiques at Inspiration Point and the Velvet Otter store that has a collection of repurposed home décor & furniture. There is a scenic overlook between these two stores that offers an amazing view of the White River below. Take your camera!

May is Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs!

may festival of arts 2014If you like art, you’ll like May in Eureka Springs. Events which include gallery exhibits, art receptions, concerts, a gathering of famous authors, and the North Main FamFest are part of the May Festival of the Arts. Eureka Springs has been named a “Top Twenty-Five Arts Destination” by American Style Magazine. Artists of all types call this area home and enjoy sharing their talent.
There are several month long exhibits including ‘Art as Prayer’ which is an exhibit of original work exploring art as a vehicle of spirituality. Many artists will be on hand for special exhibits and galleries hosting receptions.
Every Saturday night in May, the downtown galleries put on a special show with some of their most popular artists. Artists will be in the gallery doing demonstrations and ‘meet and greets’. Most of the galleries also offer refreshments during the artist receptions
One of the favorite events of the month is the White Street Studio Walk on Friday, May 16. Historic White Street is the working address of several local artists who will welcome the public into homes and studios to view their latest works. They will be joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more.
Books in Bloom Literary Festival is a free event held on the grounds of the Crescent Hotel. This year’s featured speakers include bestselling authors Kathy Reichs, Michael Shelden, Terry Brooks and Elizabeth Berg. Throughout the afternoon dozens of regional authors are also on hand reading from their work.
Music is also part of the celebration. Free concerts in Basin Park, Ozarks Chorale Spring Concert and John Two-Hawks Mothers Day Concert are just a few. Headlining at The Auditorium on May 23rd is premier American Singer & Songwriter Michael Martin Murphey.

In case your idea of art is the four wheeled kind, there are three car shows this month: The PT Cruiser Rally; the Camaro Fest and the Mustang Show and Parade which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of the iconic American car.

Please be sure to check out http://www.EurekaSprings.org and http://www.EurekaSpringsFestivalofthearts.com for a full schedule of events and have an Artrageous visit in Eureka Springs!

Fall Art Show

Eureka Springs School of Art Show

Eureka Springs School of Art Show

Thanksgiving weekend forget Black Friday, scratch Cyber Monday. Explore instead a fantastic alternative to those stressful holiday shopping methods at Eureka Springs School of the Art’s Fall Art Show.

Hundreds of artists take over the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center (Just across the street from our Inn)  to present and sell their artwork—offering great holiday gifts for all.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to converse with these local artists regarding their art and their process. Featured at the show will be ESSA founders Eleanor Lux, Mary Springer, and Doug Stowe, in addition to perennial favorites Valerie Damon, Zeek Taylor, Terry Russell, Les Brandt, and Chon Stanley. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, fiber, wood, clay, glass, and metal art will all be on display for you to purchase.

The event opens on Saturday, November 30th and runs from 10am – 7pm and continues on Sunday, December 1st from 10am – 2pm. This event is open to the public. Admission is $5.

Opera in the Ozarks begins June 24

The 2011 season of Opera in the Ozarks begins June 24. If you love opera, you need do attend!

This year’s opera lineup includes 23 total performances and runs through July 22. Three popular operas are featured: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II; Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and Little Women by Mark Adamo, which is sung in English.

The summer program brings spectacular music, performance and stagecraft to Eureka Springs, while helping talented young artists from across the nation hone their operatic skills.
Singers perform in period costume and are accompanied by a full orchestra. It is rare for an opera house to offer three great operas in four week season, and the young singers work at an extremely intense pace to make the magic happen.

2nd Annual Grand Illumination in Eureka Springs

The Eureka Springs 2nd Annual Grand Illumination will be held from Sunday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 31 when this unique Victorian town nestled high in the Ozark Mountains will be aglow with thousands of Japanese and Chinese paper lanterns adorning the facades of historic buildings and the porches of many homes throughout the village.
Upstairs Downtown Tour & Taste will be held May 1, 2011 from 4-7pm.
Visit inside stunningly designed hidden downtown homes and studios for a one of a kind experience and enjoy delicious treats provided by area restaurants. Tickets are $20 and available along the tour or by contacting us at the Heartstone Inn.
The Grand Luminary will be held May 1, 2011 beginning at 7pm. Join us in Basin Spring Park for the annual lighting of the Park, the announcement of our ‘Grand Luminary’ person of the year and the winners of the lighting contests.