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Opera in the Ozarks 2022 – Love On The Rocks

May 8th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Opera in the Ozarks 2022Opera in the Ozarks 2022 season has been announced and tickets are selling fast. This year’s focus is Love On The Rocks, featuring performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Puccini’s La Rondine, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, 2 Broadway cabarets, and more! June 24 – July 22, 2022.

Opera aficionados will not want to miss an opportunity to enjoy an Opera in the Ozarks performance. The company started in 1950 as a summer music camp and slowly evolved into an important stepping stone for students interested in pursuing theater performance careers.

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point offers an intensive, eight-week summer program to a select group of students every year. Attendees not only receive professional career training but an opportunity to perform on stage in a professional scale opera.

The opportunity is priceless and a great many alumni of the program move on to prominent stage careers. Consequently, when you attend an Opera in the Ozarks performance, you’re very likely watching one or more rising stars.

Opera in the Ozarks 2022 – Love On The Rocks

Opera in the Ozarks 2022The 2022 season runs from June 24th through July 22nd, with 22 opera performances, a chamber music concert, and 2 Broadway Cabarets.

The first Broadway Cabaret is at Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville, AR with ample hors d’oeuvres. The second is at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs and includes a full dinner. Both cabaret venues will feature cash bars.

La Rondine – Puccini: Puccini’s answer to La Traviata
June 24, 29. July 2, 6, 10, 13, 16, 22.

Cosi fan tutte – Mozart: a farce about fidelity
June 25, 30. July 5, 8, 12, 17, 21.

A Little Night Music – Sondheim: musical musings on the nature of love
June 28. July 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 20.

Broadway Cabaret
July 14, 6pm, Mount Sequoyah Center, Millar Lodge, Fayetteville AR

Chamber Music
July 18, 7:30pm, Opera in the Ozarks Theater

Broadway Cabaret and Buffet Dinner
July 19, 6pm, Crescent Hotel Ballroom

Tickets are available online (and going fast). Visit opera.org for more information. You can also find Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point on Facebook.

Inspiration Point

Opera in the Ozarks 2022Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point is located at 16311 Hwy. 62 West, in Eureka Springs, just 10 minutes from our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast, 5 Ojo.

As Inspiration Point’s name implies, it is an iconic location. The grounds are located at the top of Rock Candy Mountain, providing awesome, expansive views of the White River valley below.

Further, the main building at Inspiration Point is majestic, patterned after castles of the Rhine River valley. It was built in the late 1920’s by Charles Mowers, a German-born architectural engineer who gifted the property to Phillips University in 1938.

These two factors make visiting Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point a must for first time visitors, even if there are no performances to attend!

Enjoy a professional opera experience at an iconic, Ozarks location, then it’s just a short drive back to your comfy accommodations at 5 Ojo. Fantastic!

Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

April 16th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeIf you like big cats and other beautiful animals, you’ll enjoy a visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Turpentine Creek has been rescuing exotic animals since the 1990’s. In fact, their 450+ acre refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in the country!

There is no denying that tigers, leopards, and other big cats are spectacularly beautiful. Unfortunately, the sad fact is that these animals make terrible house pets. Not only can they be dangerously aggressive but they also require very specific diets and large, open habitats to remain healthy.

More often than not, those trying to make a pet out of a big, exotic animal end up needing to find it a different home. This is where sanctuaries like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge come in.

Turpentine Creek is a non-profit organization that provides safe, healthy, life-long homes for these “unwanted” animals. and has been since the 1990’s. Over the years, Turpentine Creek has rescued numerous animals from life-threatening situations across the country. While some of these animals are homed elsewhere, most now live at the Turpentine Creek sanctuary.

Turpentine Creek is a true, non-profit animal sanctuary. They do not breed or sell animals, don’t sell animal parts, don’t allow hands-on interaction or cub petting, and don’t exhibit animals at shows. The refuge works hard to provides safe, healthy habitats for their animals and is accredited by the GFAS.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears: Oh, Wow!

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is located at 239 Turpentine Creek Lane in Eureka Springs, AR. This is just 15 minutes south of our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast, 5 OJo.

Turpentine Creek’s main claim to fame is rescuing big cats. Over the years, they’ve rescued tigers, lions, ligers, leopards, cougars, bobcats, and servals. Big cats are not all they rescue, however. In fact, you never know what you’ll see at the here. The 459 acre refuge is home to nearly 100 animals, including the occasional bear, coatimundi, hyena, macaw, and others.

Visitors to Turpentine Creek will enjoy a narrated, 45 minute, tram tour of the refuge. Your guide will tell you about the animals you see and their sometimes heartbreaking stories but don’t be sad. There is a happy ending: the animals ended up here!

After the tram tour, feel free to view some of the other, smaller animals in residence and visit the Turpentine Creek gift shop. Best of all, you can pay your entry fee knowing that the money goes towards helping to keep these beautiful animals healthy and happy.

30 Years of Rescuing Big Cats

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge celebrates their 30th anniversary in 2022 and you’re invited!

The festivities kick off with a Happy Hour at Eureka Springs Brewery on Friday, April 29th, at 4pm. Your ticket gets you 2 beers, a meal, and a chance to talk with refuge staff.

The next day, April 30th, 2022, sees 30th Anniversary festivities at the refuge. Vendors, magic, a live band, food trucks, and more. Support the refuge and have a lot of fun at the same time. Several ticket options are available.

Visit www.turpentinecreek.org for more information. You can also visit the refuge on Facebook.

Eureka Springs Passion Play 2022 Season

March 18th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eureka Springs Passion PlaySpring is just around the corner and with it Good Friday, Easter, and the start of the Eureka Springs Passion Play 2022 season.

The Great Passion Play first opened in Eureka Springs in 1968. The Christian theme park was the brainchild of Gerald L. K. Smith, a conservative politician who retired to Eureka Springs in the 1960’s.

Smith’s first big project in the area was the seven story Christ of the Ozarks. The monument was built on top of Magnetic Mountain and remains one of the area’s most popular attractions. It was during the statue’s construction that Smith had the idea for Eureka Springs Passion Play. An idea that continues to draw thousands of visitors to Eureka Springs every year.

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Visit Eureka Springs’ Natural Springs

February 5th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eureka Springs Natural Springs Basin Spring ParkEureka Springs is home to more than 60 springs, many of which played an important role in the city’s history. Tour of Eureka Springs’ natural springs to see some of the most beautiful and historic locations in the city.

Eureka Springs got its start in the late 1800’s as a Victorian spa village. People came from all over the country for the purported healing powers of Eureka Springs’ natural springs. In fact, before European settlers arrived, Native Americans did the same thing, and no wonder, with more than 60 natural springs to choose from.

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Eureka Gras 2022 – Eureka Springs Mardi Gras

January 8th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eureka Gras 2022 night paradeHints of the upcoming Eureka Gras 2022 celebrations are already evident and the excitement is building. Eureka Springs’ annual observance of Mardi Gras always delivers a variety of entertainments. Parties, parades, coronations, masked balls, and more, on now through the March 1st, 2022.

You’d think we might take a breath or two after just celebrating the end of the year holidays but oh, no. Not Eureka Springs … and definitely not when we’re talking about Mardi Gras!

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5 Ojo Inn Gift Certificates – Gift A Eureka Springs Getaway!

December 10th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

5 Ojo Inn Gift CertificatesImagine finding a Eureka Springs getaway under the tree Christmas morning or gifting one to someone you love. You can, with 5 Ojo Inn gift certificates!

There’s nowhere quite like Eureka Springs, Ar. Though just a small town nestled in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs has a rich and fascinating history. We’re well known for our historic Victorian buildings, the area’s many natural springs, and popular, annual music festivals.

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Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights 2021 & More

November 12th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade 2021Experience the fun and magic of Christmas in the Ozarks with a visit to Eureka Springs this holiday season! Our little mountain town really kicks out the jams each year with a variety of a festive events. Concerts, holiday light displays, shopping opportunities, and don’t forget the annual Eureka Springs Christmas Parade!

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Don’t Miss Original Ozark Folk Festival 2021

October 8th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Original Ozark Folk Festival 2021Come to Eureka Springs this November and experience 3 days of fun and music at Original Ozark Folk Festival 2021. This year marks the 74th annual return of America’s longest continuously running folk festival. November 11th through the 14th at various venues around Eureka Springs.

The Original Ozark Folk Festival has been celebrating Ozarks culture in Eureka Springs since 1947. The event draws both talented musicians and hordes of eager Folk and Americana fans to the city every year.

2021 will see a partial return to a normal event after last year’s more cautious festivities, with performances taking place in a variety of venues around town. Some safety precautions will still be in place to help insure the personal safety of all who attend.

2021 venues include the Basin Park Hotel, the Main Stage Theater, and the City Auditorium. Basin Spring Park will also once again ring with the sounds of free music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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War Eagle Craft Fair 2021 Is On!

September 10th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

War Eagle Craft Fair 2021The fall crafts fair at War Eagle Mill is on, scheduled for October 14-17, 2021! Artisans across the Ozarks work hard all year preparing for this weekend. If you appreciate genuine, handmade, arts and crafts – or just a good time – you don’t want to miss War Eagle Craft Fair 2021!

Summer 2021 is coming to a close and the Ozarks will soon begin their stunning, fall color show. Eureka Springs is one of the top spots in the nation to view fall foliage and the annual craft show at War Eagle Mill just adds to the reasons why you should come experience autumn in the Ozarks.

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All Aboard the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway!

August 13th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
Step back in time with a train ride aboard a vintage locomotive on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway! Enjoy a narrated rail excursions, a lunch trip, or the special dinner trip from the historic depot. And all just minutes from the front door of our Eureka Springs Inn!

There’s nothing quite like a ride aboard an antique locomotive.

While rail travel was once very common and mundane, today the experience is rare and unique. The chugging engine, the tug of the cars as they begin to move, the rhythmic clickety-clack of the rails. It’s like living history and an amusement ride all rolled up in one.

If this sounds fun to you, then you should definitely consider reserving a ride aboard the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

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