Springtime in the Ozarks

Spring has arrived in full force here in the Ozarks! The red buds, cherry trees, and forsythia are in full bloom as you can see here from the sideyard of our Victoria House Cottage. There is also a Robin sitting on her nest in this white Cherry tree.

We also had a new bird arrive this week. It took us a couple of days to figure it out since none of us had ever seen one. Then one of the guests got a good look at the beak and we had the problem solved. They aren’t in full color yet and that led to some of the confusion; but once we got out the binoculars and could clearly see the beak we pegged it! Red crossbills, 5 or 6 at a time were loving the sunflower seeds.

If you’ve thought of planting a Spring flowering bush, may we recommend the Korean Spice Viburnum. This very fragrant bush is also by our Victoria House cottage. The entire block smells heavenly. You’ll see the local walkers stop to smell it every time they walk by. If you happen on it at a nursery grab it.

May Festival of the Arts

Eureka Springs celebrates its rich artistic heritage every spring during the May Festival of the Arts. The entire month is dedicated to the arts, with featured events taking place each weekend. Dozens of exhibits, artist’s receptions and demonstrations, Gallery strolls, Annual White Street Studio Walk and free concerts.
May 4, 11, 18 & 25th — Saturday Gallery Stroll –the City’s art galleries celebrate with later hours each Saturday night. 6pm-9pm
May 3-5 — 40th Annual War Eagle Craft & Culinary Fair –Wide variety of crafts and concessions featuring all original and handmade creations.
May 3-5 — PT Cruiser Rally show and parade on Saturday.
May 4 — ARTrageous parade through historic downtown @ 2pm
May 4 — Eureka Springs Garden Club Plant Sale — 8am-12pm in the High School Parking lot.
May 11 — 3rd annual Spring Arts & Craft Show @ Pine Mountain Village from 8am-5pm.
May 12 –John Two Hawks’ Mothers Day Concert –2pm at the Auditorium honoring mothers.
May 16-19 — Miatas in the Ozarks — A car rally for Miata enthusiasts.
May 16 — Poetluck – Potluck dinner and literary salon held at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.
May 17 — 23rd Annual White Street Walk — 4pm-10pm Historic White Street is the working address of several local artists who welcome the public into homes and studios to view their latest works. They are joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area.
May 19 — Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival — Some of the featured authors this year are Catherine Coulter, Craig Johnson, James Grippando, Dianna Henry and our very own Iris Simantel. (Iris used to own the Heartstone Inn.)
May 25 — 19th Annual Mustang Show dedicated exclusively to America’s favorite pony car.