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29th Annual Banjo Rally International

July 26th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Banjo Rally InternationalThe upcoming, 29th annual, Banjo Rally International, scheduled for August 27th through the 30th in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a mainstay attraction for fans and players – both amateur and professional – of the classic instrument since 1975.

The 2014 Banjo Rally International is a celebration of the banjo and the genres it has both influenced and flourished in: traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, folk, bluegrass, show tunes, and more. Come to Banjo Rally International to enjoy scheduled performances on stage as well as impromptu jam sessions at all hours of the day and night around the convention center, outside venues, and downtown Eureka Springs.

Play a banjo? Bring it along, even if you’re only a beginner or part-time amateur player, and jump in on some of the after-show, impromptu jam sessions. What if you don’t own a banjo but have another acoustic instrument that fits in with the banjo style? Bring it along!

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Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend 2014

July 19th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend 2014The annual Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend is scheduled for August 14th through the 16th and promises good times and music for all!

The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend is a city-wide event of down-home musical tradition featuring many free and ticketed shows around Eureka Springs. Featured acts this year include Melvin Goins and Friends and Karl Shiflett & Big Country along with other familiar names such as Retro & Smiley, Pam Setzer, The Clark Family, and Bill Nesbitt.

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The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival 2014

June 28th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival 2014The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival is a three day celebration of exciting and competitive mountain biking challenges – July 18th through the 20th, 2014.

A weekend filled with both competitive and non-competitive events, the 2014 Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival kicks off on Friday at 5pm with a Short Track Race taking place at Harmon Park.

Saturday picks up the pace with a number of challenging events including the Progressive Bike Ramp Down Hill, a one-way, downhill course of loose gravel and hard pack clay that includes doubles, table tops, step ups and downs, rock drops, ledge drops, rock gardens, and numerous berms. The Progressive Trail Design Super D is also on Saturday with a course designed as a mix between a downhill and a cross-country race including a 50′ climb, rock drops, sink holes, berms, ledges, loose rocks, and other challenges – a course of serious speed and danger.

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Bask in the Glow of Eureka Shines Grand Illumination 2014

June 20th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Shines Grand IlluminationEureka Shines Grand Illumination is a two-week long event that sees the Victorian village of Eureka Springs transformed by thousands of glowing oriental silk and paper lanterns.

In its fourth year, Eureka Shines Grand Illumination 2014 begins Monday, June 30th. Come and see the ornate, historic architecture of downtown Eureka Springs adorned with brightly decorated and oriental lanterns of many shapes and sizes. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society will decorate the public parts of downtown while participating, private owners will decorate their own businesses and homes.

While all the different colored lanterns make the town pretty during the day, the true, breathtaking majesty of the spectacle is made clear with the onset of night. Come witness the awesome and stirring site of the Victorian town of Eureka Springs all aglow with thousands of glowing paper lanterns; the motes of light creating a scene as if out of some fantastic dream.

As always, there will be a friendly Decorating with Lanterns contest featuring a $100 cash first prize, a $75 cash second prize, and a $50 cash third prize for ‘Best Decorated House’ or ‘Best Decorated Business.’ Winners will be announced during the Eureka Shines! Grand Illumination Contest Winners announcement party, scheduled for Thursday, July 3 at 8pm.

Eureka Shines Grand Illumination has become a beloved Eureka Springs tradition in just four years and is held in conjunction with the Eureka Springs’ July Calendar of Events, including the 4th of July parade, Independence Day celebration and activities in Basin Park, and Fleur Delicious. The beautiful lanterns of the Eureka Shines Grand Illumination will hang from June 30th to July 14th.

Lodging for Eureka Shines Grand Illumination
5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast still has some rooms available for the Grand Illumination and Independence Day weekend. Come and celebrate the 4th of July in Eureka Springs and see the town transform at dusk. Book your room now before town fills up for this beautiful and special event.

The Stage is Set for Opera in the Ozarks 2014

May 26th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Opera In The Ozarks 2014The 64th season of Opera in the Ozarks is scheduled for June 20th through July 18th of 2014 and 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast still has some rooms available – but we won’t for long!

Opera in the Ozarks is always a big event here in Eureka Springs and this year’s season will be no exception. With works by Mozart, Lapine and Sondheim, and Puccini in the schedule, you know you’re in for a real treat!

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Japanese restaurant comes to Eureka Spring’s

May 23rd, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Asparagus Guacamole Roll at Mountain Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Eureka Springs

Asparagus Guacamole Roll

Mountain Sushi Japanese Restaurant

In the old Subway building in Eureka Springs a new Japanese Restaurant has opened serving Asian Fusion Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is Mountain Sushi and it has quickly become one of our favorite lunch places. The other night we decided to try dinner. We started with an Asparagus and Guacamole Roll and OMG, what a mouthful of flavor. We had Chicken Tempura and Chicken Tempura Fajita for our main entrees and found them to be excellent.

We’ve tried a number of other dishes for lunch and have not found one we didn’t like. For lunch we usually get a Bento box (what a deal!). The Bento box gives you the entree (I love the Teriyaki Salmon), stir fried veggies, rice, salad or soup, and you can inexpensively add on an appetizer, which we usually do. We even tried the Spam Roll once (very good).

A passion for cooking

The owner, Andy Yang, has a passion for cooking and had been looking to open his own Japanese Restaurant in Eureka Springs. His family already owns a restaurant in town and this is his venture out on his own. One of the things he plans on doing is a monthly international roll. The Asparagus and Guacamole Roll was his Mexican take. He plans on an Alfredo roll, Greek roll and others and we will be going in to try them all.

Chicken Tempura Fajita at Mountain Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Chicken Tempura Fajita

Read what he wrote on his Facebook page about one of his new dishes. “In celebration of Spring, our newest creation is here!. The Shrimp Tempura Fruit Roll. It has shrimp tempura, cream cheese and mango on the inside. Banana and tempura flakes on the outside topped with Unagi sauce. It’s decorated with a fruit salad dressed in our mandarin orange sesame ginger dressing. ONLY $8.95!!!!” Yum, I think I’ll jump in the car and head out to Mountain Sushi right now.

When you are in Eureka Springs, let us know and we’ll guide you to the restaurant. You might also want to checkout their Facebook fan page. And if you need some accommodations to sleep off all that food, give us a call.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

2014 Eureka Springs Blues WeekendThe 2014 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend is less than a month away and this year’s schedule is promising a to deliver a blues experience of epic proportions.

Father’s Day weekend in Eureka Springs will be alive with local, regional, national, and even international blues acts. The whole town gets into the act as shows spill out into venues all across Eureka Springs. While the headliners take over the historic Eureka Springs City Auditorium, with late shows in the Barefoot Ballroom perched on top of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, other bands will be found in clubs all over town.

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Visit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum

April 28th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Springs Historical MuseumEureka Springs, Arkansas is not a large town but it is a colorful community with a colorful past – and there’s no better place to discover that than at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

Eureka Springs “sprang” into existence from the discovery of a spring of “healing waters” by one Dr. Alvah Jackson in the early 1850′s. His subsequent marketing of the water’s curative powers and the native American legends surrounding it brought a lot of attention and health seekers.

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27th Annual Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

April 14th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

 Eureka Springs May Festival of the ArtsMay is approaching and with it Eureka Springs 27th annual May Festival of the Arts – a month long celebration of our wonderful arts community!

Also known as “MayFest” among the locals and regular attendees, the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts is not just a celebration but a way of sharing the arts with the community and visitors through exhibitions, events, symposiums, and sales throughout Eureka Springs and the entire month of May.

Here are just a few highlights from this year’s schedule:

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Carving in the Ozarks 2014 Chainsaw Carving Festival

March 25th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Carving In the Ozarks 2014 - Chainsaw Carving FestivalThe buzzing roar of motors mingles with the odor of fuel and fresh cut wood as a parade of forms slowly emerge from rough hewn logs – it’s Carving in the Ozarks 2014!

Carving in the Ozarks 2014 is a premier, chainsaw carving event held every year in Eureka Springs, AR. Now in its tenth year, this two-day festival attracts chainsaw carving artisans and enthusiasts from around the US, ready to compete against and be treated to a number of amazing artists displaying their singular talents.

Watch as these talented masters of the chainsaw pull beautiful forms from otherwise average logs and stumps – and we’re not talking about just a bunch of bears and pseudo totem poles, either. You will be witnessing true artists at work at their craft and the masterpieces they create will amaze and delight you in ways you didn’t think chainsaw art could.

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