Monthly Archives: December 2013

First Day Hike: War Eagle Trail

January 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Meeting Place: Dogwood Trailhead on Highway 23 Admission: Free

Start your new year off right with a hike to the War Eagle Creek Overlook! Join Park Assistant Superintendent Daniel at the Dogwood trailhead just past the Keith Ham Pavilion for a guided hike down to the overlook and back. This is a short, mildly strenuous hike, but the view is worth the effort. Be sure to bring your camera, binoculars, and hiking boots.

Withrow Springs State Park 33424 Spur 23 Huntsville, AR  72740 Phone: (479) 559-2593

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art New Year’s Celebration


Tuesday, December 31 | 8 pm to 12:30 am $85 ($68 for Members). PURCHASE TICKETS online or at Guest Services 479.657.2335.

Celebrate our planet’s endless cycle of renewal at the party of the year with Crystal Bridges. The revelry features music by Leah & the Mojo Doctors and DJ Havok, dancing, food and drink, old friends and new friends in a setting as bright and beautiful as our future! Get a new perspective on the next 365: new tastes and sounds, new sights, new experiences, and a whole new year.

Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Arvest Bank and Blue Moon and Coca‑Cola.


Case Dighero, Crystal Bridges’ Director of Culinary Services, has put together a special menu just for the “New 365” event! The menu will feature a range of tastes: from Cubano Sliders and Reuben Sammies, to Lobster Rolls and Pork Belly Steamed Buns – plus sweet baby donuts, biscotti, cookies and milk at the coffee bar all night long. Whether savory or sweet, there’s something for everyone! The price of admission includes California red and white wines, Italian Prosecco, and a signature Winter Pear Cocktail that promises to make everyone’s top ten this year! Plus, a cash bar featuring premium selections of martinis, gimlets, and cocktails.

Celebrate in style: combine your event tickets with a dinner and lodging package at 21c Museum Hotel, with complimentary transportation service between Crystal Bridges and the hotel from 8:15 p.m. to 1 a.m. To book your package, call Andy Yoon at 21c: 479-286-6515.

French Country Meal Workshop

Come join Karen Gros at the CulinArts Center of Eureka Springs Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 and learn how to make a complete French Country meal.

All that work will pay off when you sit down after the class to eat your delicious creations, featuring fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients.

Working in the commercial kitchen at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, this is a hands-on class where you’ll learn how to make Boeuf Bourguignon, accompanied by dairy-free mashed potatoes. For dessert, you’ll learn how to bake Julia Child’s chocolate-almond cake, modified to be gluten-free. The whole meal is gluten and dairy-free, so even those with those food sensitivities and allergies can enjoy it.

The fun begins at the Colony on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:00 a.m., when everyone will get busy in the kitchen at 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs.

As a Culinary Instructor, Karen enjoys teaching people how to cook from scratch with the seasons using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Karen also leads small group tours to Paris, Provence, Normandy and Brittany, emphasizing food, history and cultural traditions. She studied at Lenôtre Ecole de Cuisine and Francoise Meunier Cours de Cuisine, both in Paris. She has also taken culinary courses at the University of California at Los Angeles and Santa Monica College. She lives in Eureka Springs with her two children and her French husband, Patrice Gros, a certified organic vegetable farmer, gardening consultant and owner of Foundation Farm.

The cost for the class, which is a fundraiser for the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, is $45. Space is limited. Participants must be pre-registered and payment in advance is required.

To sign up, call (479)253-7444 or email

Put your Running Shoes On!

The 38th Annual Hogeye Marathon & Relays is March 30, 2014, 7:30 AM.

The Hogeye Marathon & Relays, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The event is put on by volunteers and has always had the mission to give back to the Northwest Arkansas community, while promoting healthy lifestyles through running.  In 1977, the first marathon started at the University of Arkansas and went to the small town of Hogeye where it turned around and came back, making the 26.2 miles. The course has since been changed to be more runner-friendly and covers the most scenic parts of Fayetteville.  The Hogeye has a reputation and gives participants a pride which is unmatched in Arkansas and beyond.

Fayetteville Half Marathon

Fayetteville Half Marathon

All Sports Productions announces that the 2013 Fayetteville Half Marathon, 5k and Fun Run is being rescheduled for Saturday, December 21 on the Lake Fayetteville paved trail system near the softball complex at 9:15am. All runners registered for events originally scheduled for December 15 are automatically registered for the December 21 event or can transfer their entry to the 2014 event.

They are also happy to announce that any new, additional registrations for the December 21, 2013 race will be donated to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  All Sports Productions thanks the BGO Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk and Reindeer Relays for working with themon our rescheduled date.  BGO was gracious in allowing themto start our event just after their event concluded even though their events are completely separate. But, All Sports Productions know that the rescheduled event could impact them and that is why the Fayetteville Half Marathon will donate all new registrations to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  Even if the Fayetteville Half Marathon does not have any new registrations, they will still be making a donation to the BGO.

More information available at

Ozarks Chorale performs tonight


The 19th Annual Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert is Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Students with ID get in free. Featuring the 66-voice chorale singing arrangements of traditional carols, spirituals and classic songs accompanied by Ellen Stephenson. Guest performers include the Berryville High School choirs. For more information, go to

Jennifer Jackson with the Lovely County Citizen wrote a full article about the event!  See the link below!

GalileoScope Workshop and Night Viewing at Hobbs Friday December 20th


Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area is offering a unique hands-on Astronomy workshop, Friday December 20, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the park’s visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/ War Eagle Road intersection.  Participants will build their own full-scale working model of the telescope used by Galileo 400 years ago.  The workshop is for those 10 years and up, and has proven to be an enriching family experience and pre-Christmas treat.

The easy-to-understand workshop will be taught by Stuart Riley, PhD of Physics in Astronomy.  He has served as an officer with the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and is now a member of the NWA Star Gazers.  According to Riley, “I enjoy outreach and teaching the public and interested students in searching and learning about the night skies, how to view with telescopes, and some theory on why astronomy, chemistry, physics, and nature are highly integrated.  More importantly, I enjoy the splendor of spending time under Arkansas night skies at Hobbs.”

Night sky viewing will begin following the workshop if we have clear skies.  All participants are asked to bring:  a tripod for their Galileoscope, one folding chair per person, binoculars, and flashlights with the lenses covered either with red cloth or a red balloon.

Cost:  $35.00 + tax: Includes one Galileo Scope and complete instructions for up to 4 people in a group.  $5.00 additional for each person over the 4-person limit.  Workshop space is limited.  Call to make reservations.  479-789-5000

TheatreSquared presents “A Christmas Carol”


DECEMBER 12-29, 2013

in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios

Heartless and shrewd Ebeneezer Scrooge, who spends his days saving shillings and scorning joy in grimy Victorian London, is deeply unsettled by the appearance of four ghosts at his bedside on Christmas Eve. Charles Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, rediscovered each year by generations of families, is newly reimagined for the stage by TheatreSquared in a holiday gift for Arkansas audiences of every age and walk of life.

For all ages.


Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 2:00 and 7:30, Sundays 2:00 and 7:00

Tickets are $15-34. Discounts available for groups.

Single tickets are on sale now. Select your own seat today!

Go to for more information!