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Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival August 17-19, 2012

August 1st, 2012

Bluegrass Festival, Eureka Springs AR

Bluegrass Festival, Eureka Springs AR

The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival celebrates the American roots musical tradition of Appalachia. This music of the Ozarks is a perfect blending of British Isles music with the rhythms of Africa and Jazz. Lively and soulful, Bluegrass will make you stomp your feet and get up to dance! You won’t want to miss this Eureka Springs music festival featuring live performances by some of the premier performers of this truly American music.

Some events require tickets while others are free and open to the public.

Friday ~ August 17, 2012: The festival opens with a free public concert and watermelon social in Eureka Springs’ Basin Park. Located at 12 Spring Street, the park is only a 10-minute walk from 5 Ojo B&B. Grass Crack, a Tulsa string band, and Hill Benders will be playing from about 3 to 5 p.m. Get your watermelon and meet old friends and new.

Saturday ~ August 18, 2012: The free music in the park continues from 1 to 7 p.m. with Deadman Flats, Spring Street, Buffalo City Ramblers and Grass Crack.

That evening, the Eureka Springs 2012 Bluegrass Festival headliners, Folk Soul Revival and Dread Clampitt, will be playing at The Auditorium. Both acts are considered rising stars of “NewGrass” music. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Conveniently, the Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street is only a 12-minute walk from our Eureka Springs inn! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Sunday ~ August 19, 2012 ~ 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.: The Bluegrass Festival in Eureka Springs closes with its traditional Gospel Show. Gather in Basin Park to hear joyous Gospel music by Glory Mountain and The Bushwackers.

We know there are a lot of our guests who are fans of this festival and there’s still time to book a room at our Eureka Springs B&B for the weekend of the Bluegrass Festival. You might see Richard downtown tapping his feet along to that special Bluegrass rhythm. Make your stay during the 2012 Bluegrass Festival extra special by choosing our luxurious lodging in Eureka Springs. After a full day of music and dancing, it’s always great to come home to a room with private baths and amenities such as spa tubs, free Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and private entrances. You’ll also love powering up for your day with our gourmet three-course breakfasts. Take a short walk to each concert through the beautiful streets of historic Eureka Springs. Or there’s a Eureka Springs trolley stop right by the inn.

Eureka Springs’ 2nd Annual Fleur Delicious: July 11-15, 2012

July 11th, 2012

Today, July 11, 2012 is the official opening day of the Second Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR. The five-day citywide event has a French theme and celebrates all things to delight the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. During Fleur Delicious, the charming Victorian mountain village of Eureka Springs takes on a fun street fair atmosphere. The town’s shops, spas, restaurants, galleries, bars and venues join in the fun with special offers and a wide variety of events.

Fleur Delicious offers you the opportunity to taste French wines, spirits and foods at Eureka Springs bars and restaurants, see the fine arts and crafts in local galleries and get a relaxing massage enhanced with French lavender. There’s so much to do all weekend. It’s a sensory overload!

Some highlights of the Fleur Delicious Weekend in Eureka Springs include:

Wed July 11 @ 7 p.m. – Fleur de Lis Art Jam hosted by Bob Norman at 10 Mountain Street

Sat July 14 @ 3 p.m. – Fleur Delicious Waiter’s Race. Take that tray and run!

Sun July 15 @ 7 p.m. – An American in Paris will be the outdoor movie at Basin Spring Park

For the full schedule of events, visit

What celebration of the senses would be complete without live music? Fleur Delicious features live musical performances throughout the weekend at downtown Eureka Springs’ Basin Spring Park.

Fleur Delicious 2012 Live Music Schedule

7/12 Thur 3-5 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones (American fiddle & banjo)

7/13 Fri 4-6 p.m. Brick Fields (Blues, Jazz, Gospel Folk)

7/14 Sat 1-3 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones

7/14 Sat 3-5p.m. Hogtown Hot Club (Jazz ensemble)

7/14 Sat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Phillipe Family Quartet (Classical string quartet)

7/15 Sun 1-3 p.m. Chuck Onofrio and Steve Jones

Eureka Springs’ bed and breakfast inns are also getting into this sensory extravaganza. To celebrate 2012 Fleur Delicious, 5 Ojo will be serving French-themed breakfasts this weekend. Come to 5 Ojo and indulge in a breakfast of Chocolate French Toast with Raspberry Sauce. We’ll also be offering our special variation of French Croque-monsieur. This isn’t your ordinary “ham ‘n’ cheese.” Instead, it’s a delightfully rich ham, crunchy toast, luscious cheese and Mornay sauce-smothered sandwich you’ll never forget. From all of us at 5 Ojo, “Viva le Fleur Delicious!”

Chocolate Cookie Fantasy Wish

September 4th, 2011

It’s time for us to start thinking about our ‘Bed and Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs’ Association annual Christmas Sweet Treats tour. Jan is scouting out all our cook books for special cookie recipes. She is really focusing on Maida Heatter’s ‘Book of Great Chocolate Desserts’. Me being the chocoholic, I’m not disappointed in her choice. Could this be a Julie meets Julia moment? I am wondering what great cookie recipe she will find, because you know how I hate being the one who has to taste all those experimental workings (sly smile now showing). Can’t wait for the taste tests to begin.

For the fifth year now, on Saturday, December 10th, our association will be putting on this event. Here’s what it includes.

  • Nine unique bed and breakfasts included on the tour.
  • Yummy cookies & treats (2 per inn) with recipes to add to your collection.
  • Holiday decorating ideas from each of the beautifully decorated inns.
  • A chance to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Finish your shopping in Eureka Springs’ unique shops and art galleries.
  • Enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates good at any of the Sweet Treats Cookie Tour participating inns.

Will post more on the cookie tastings as they happen. Jan promised me a new cookie recipe a week.

Fleur Delicious – French Themed Weekend Food

July 11th, 2011

This weekend Eureka Springs celebrated Fleur Delicious, a French themed weekend with a street fair atmosphere where the city and it’s lodging, retail/gift shops, spas, restaurants, bars, galleries and entertainment venues participated.

Delicious crepesAt 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast we served Crepes with Chive Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Pepper Bacon and Cheese Sauce on one morning, and French Toast a’ la Orange with Sauteed Orange Rum Bananas the other. It was fun experimenting with different things.

It had been a while since I made fresh crepes but after a few practice ones, you can get into a real rhythm swirling the pan to spread the batter.

We’re already thinking about what to do next year.

Arkansas Chainsaw Wood Massacre

April 22nd, 2011

Let the chips fly!! Last weekend we attended Carving in the Ozarks here in Eureka Springs, AR. Each carver spent two days of furious cutting with super sharp chainsaws, some of them with very pointy ends. Were they actually carving, or practicing for a slasher movie?

When we arrived it appeared they had contained the carvers in their own cages. We were told, no, that’s a net around their area to keep the chips from piercing the observers. Maybe, but we felt safer with them behind what we continued to imagine as steel mesh.

Late Saturday we went back to attend the auction, hoping to buy one of the creations for our bed and breakfast inn.

We didn’t get what we wanted, but if you are in the market for some good prices on benches, bears, figures or whatever else they make out of wood, you need to attend this event next year.

Here’s a couple of other pictures of the show.

It was just fun watching the carvers deftly use their chainsaws. Hope you get a chance to see them one day.

Will this be a cat’s eye Grand Illumination?

April 7th, 2011

We are really getting excited about gearing up for the Grand Illumination in Eureka Springs. Yesterday afternoon our Japanese lanterns arrived. We expected a big box with lanterns we could run around and hang up all over the bed and breakfast.

But here’s what we got and we asked ourselves, how do we get from this……

to that masterpiece of art we imagined? We looked but, hey, no instructions?

But wait…is that an apparition in the picture? Or is it….yes it is, it’s Mojo the Japanese art cat to the rescue. Phew! We wonder what design she has conjured up in her mind.

We’ll post a picture of Mojo’s creation once the decorations are up and you can see for yourselves.

The lanterns will start going up all over Eureka Springs beginning April 28th. On Sunday May 1 the annual lighting of the Park will begin at Twilight. This year the Grand Illumination has added Upstairs Downtown Tour and Taste from 4-7 pm. You will be able to visit inside stunningly designed hidden downtown homes and studios and enjoy delicious treats provided by area restaurants.

Food and Wine Weekend in Eureka Springs

November 8th, 2010

Food and Wine weekend starts on Friday, November 12th, 2010 in Eureka Springs, AR. As many of you know, this town has some of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. During this weekend many of them showcase their talents and one we would like to spotlight is the Grand Taverne Restaurant featuring Chef David Gilderson. A few years back Chef Gilderson came to the Eureka Springs and we were fortunate enough to attend one of his opening tastings at the restaurant. Having been unabashed foodies in Dallas for a number of years, we knew a class act had arrived in town.

He’s still cooking and creating and has announced his menus for Friday and Saturday nights with some outstanding dishes and wine pairings. If you can get to Eureka Springs this weekend, you surely won’t be disappointed if you make a reservation at the Grand Taverne.

I didn’t see the Food and Wine menu on their website so I’ve taken the liberty of including it here.


NOVEMBER 12 & 13


featuring Chef David Gilderson



Food ~ Rabbit Confit $12

Wine ~ Antica Antineri Family Estate $14

Napa Valley Chardonnay


Food ~ Grilled Filet of Beef $50

& Pan-fried Lobster Medallions

Wine ~ Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon $20


Food ~ Pumpkin Cheesecake $7

w/port wine glaze

Wine ~ Concha Y Toro Late Harvest $8

Sauvignon Blanc

All 3 wines $35



Food ~ Grilled Shrimp Cocktail $13

w/ Dirty Martini Cocktail Sauce

Wine ~ Mumm Cuvee “M” Champagne $8


Food ~ Bone-in Prime Rib of Veal $45

Wine ~ Ambulneo Bulldog Pinot Noir $30


Food ~ Vanilla Grand Marnier Mousse $7

Wine ~ Turkey Flat Port $8

All 3 wines $40

live music both nights ** regular menu also available ** reservations please

Grand Taverne Restaurant

37 N. Main Street

Eureka Springs, Arkansas


We still have rooms available at the Bed and Breakfast so if any of this entices you to come, we’d love to have you.

Food and Wine Weekend Breakfast at 5 Ojo Inn B&B

November 8th, 2009

If you’ve ever been to Eureka Springs, AR you know that we have more good restaurants than some large cities. Jan and I picked Eureka Springs to have our B&B because we were foodies in Dallas and we wanted to ensure we had some great dining experiences here for both ourselves and our guests at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast.

This year on November 12th through the 14th there will be a record eighteen restaurants and shops participating in the annual Eureka Springs Food and Wine Weekend.

Participating restaurants and businesses offer a wider variety of special events than in years past. You can attend wine tastings, eat some delectable dinners prepared by Eureka’s award winning chefs, enjoy special entrees, or attend educational seminars. Multi-course wine paired dinners have been expanded this year.

Here at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast we are talking about doing something special for that weekend. Any ideas?

Eureka Springs 62nd Ozark Folk Festival

November 2nd, 2009

The Eureka Springs, Arkansas Ozark Folk Festival is billed as the longest running Folk Festival in the country. This years festival is going back to it’s roots and will feature more arts and crafts as it did in the early days. The festival is scheduled from November 5th through November 7th. There will be various artisans demonstrating their crafts such as spinning wheel artistry, woodcarving, soap making, as well as blacksmiths, candle pourers and silversmiths.

Of course there will still be some great music, both paid and free. Performers will be Loudon Wainwright III, Gary Jules, Fran Snyder, 3 Penny Acre, David Glaser, Kim Richardson, Sweet Wednesday, Susan Shore, and Jones Van Jones. On Friday and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. there will be free music in Basin Spring Park.

A fun event will be the Songwriters in the Round at The Auditorium. Songwriters take turns singing their songs while other songwriters provide the background vocals.

Maybe we’ll have to come up with a folk recipe for our bed and breakfast meal? Humm, have to think about that.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR

Cars as Art

May 26th, 2009

Think cars are just for driving? Not so in Eureka Springs, AR. This Memorial weekend we had an Art Car parade. These aren’t your typical painted show cars nor are they the same as those trucks painted on the CMT Trick My Truck reality show. No, these are actually works of art with imagination plus.

Checkout some of the cars in these pictures. Click the images for a bigger picture.

There are quite a few car parades in Eureka Springs and most of them drive the historic loop right by our place, 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s fun to getaway for a relaxing, romantic weekend and sit on our porches sipping a cool drink while watching the Mustangs, VWs (my son in-laws favorite), Antique cars (my favorite), PT Cruisers, Corvettes and once even old police cars. Come join us sometime!…..Richard

In the picture below, the van has box and other old cameras covering it and the design on the van is a picture of a camera. Click it to see a larger image.