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Bluegrass Music Festival in Eureka Springs, AR

August 18th, 2010

Picking, strumming, and singing. A great weekend for just sitting out in Basin Park listening to some bluegrass music. Come on down, ya hear!! The annual Eureka Springs, AR Bluegrass Festival descends on the town and runs the whole weekend (Aug 19-22, 2010)

Here’s the current lineup (please take note that most of this is free)….

Thursday August 19
Basin Spring Park
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bluegrass Watermelon Social (Free)
Bring a fiddle, banjo, bass, or guitar if you’ve got one, and a healthy appetite!
Free watermelon and bottled water.

Friday, August 20
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. The Hobnobbers
12 noon The Cobb Family
1 p.m. The Roving Gamblers
2 p.m. Josh Love Band
3 p.m. Common Tyme
4 p.m. The Williams Family
5 p.m. The HillBenders
6 p.m. Mountain View Friends
7 p.m. The Dragonmasters

Saturday, August 21
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. The Hobnobbers
12 noon The Cobb Family
1 p.m. Roving Gamblers
2 p.m. Josh Love Band
3 p.m. Buffalo City Ramblers
4 p.m. Mountain View Friends
5 p.m. Spring Street
6 p.m. Dragonmasters

Saturday, August 21
The Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm; General Admission Only: $10
7:30 p.m. Mr. Big, Arkansas Red, and Tim Crouch
8 p.m. Brief Intermission
8:15 p.m. Mike Wilkins, with Retro and Smiling

Sunday August 22
Basin Spring Park (all shows are free)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Williams Family Gospel Show

Throughout the weekend there will be musicians around town playing tunes on the street. Also, they’ll be pickin’ poolside at local lodgings after the shows Friday and Saturday nights. All times and performers are subject to change. Visit Basin Spring Park the day of the shows to verify times and acts.

And if you have a chance, stop by and see us at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, we’d love to say hi.

Our tour of the Medieval Castle in Arkansas

June 29th, 2010

We went to the new Ozark Medieval Castle in Lead Hill, Arkansas. It was fantastic! We really enjoyed interacting with the workers and they seemed to enjoy talking to the visitors. It was truly an educational and fun experience. It’s about an hour from Eureka Springs and worth a day trip to see it or better yet, on your way here or going back home.

Here’s what they say on their website. “Have you ever dreamed of medieval castles? Real strongholds of the past, built with quarried stones, felled oaks, forged tools, and bare hands. Do you wonder how it felt to raise these fortresses from the ground up, to perform such an amazing feat? Well, now you can see for yourself.”

They are building the castle using only the tools used back in medieval times. It will take them until 2030 to complete.

They have a blacksmith making their tools, a basket weaver making the baskets they use to haul stones, a rope maker, a brick maker. We didn’t know there were 4 different levels of masons for doing the different types of work required.

One of the carpenters (thinking like a more modern carpenter) said if they could only have one power tool it would be a chainsaw. While we were there they were creating by use of an broad ax 6 by 6 inch beams to be used as scaffolding and drilling holes for the pegs with a hand tool.

Here’s an interesting tidbit. We found the carpenters were not seasoned craftsman in the medieval style of construction as they were still learning the old techniques. One of them told us they found an old broad ax and were disappointed that it had a warped handle.

Well, after they tried it they realized that when you are swinging the ax while standing on top of a beam, the curve sure helps to keep the ax away from your leg and foot thereby keeping you from becoming a one-legged pirate. They had a whole new respect for early craftsmen.

On the left is the first tower they are building. The scaffolding the carpenters are building will be used to create the next level of the tower. Below is a video of the the lifting device they will use to raise the stones. There is a man in the middle and you can see the log being lifted in the right of the picture. A person can lift ten times their weight with this device. Jan, playing the court jester, kept yelling, “Faster, Faster”.

Hope to see you here soon. We’d love to have you visit us.

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Learn basic back country hiking, Hobbs State Park, AR

May 24th, 2010

Last year we stopped at Hobbs State park to see the new visitor center that had opened up. Hobbs is only about 20 minutes from Eureka Springs, AR. We were impressed with the center as well as what they had done with the state park area. While we were there we noticed they were offering guided tours by the park rangers as well as some classes. Below we have listed one class we are considering ourselves (at least the hiking part of it). We may have to wait until the tourist season slows down before we can make it, but we think living in Northwest Arkansas, this would be an excellent class.

About the park the states website says, “The park’s 17,531-square-foot visitor center opened on May 27, 2009. This $4.5 million, state-of-the-art facility features Ozark focused exhibits including interactive kiosks, classroom space, a retail sales area, and the park’s administrative offices. WI-FI wireless Internet access is provided in the visitor center.”

The ‘Basic Back Country Hiking and Camping Training’ being offered is a one-day training session on the fundamentals of back country hiking and camping given at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 from 10 AM until 3 PM. This basic training is for all age groups. Examples of topics to be covered are: The joys of back country hiking; basic camping; how to pack and carry needed supplies and equipment; how to select a camp site; how to set up a camp site; basic map and compass skills; how not to get lost; proper dress and layering; how to build a fire and cook meals; basic safety and survival knowledge; plus Leave No Trace Ethics. The course is designed for those with little or no camping experience. Cost: $25/adult and $10/12-17 yrs. Call the park office for reservations at 479-789-5000.

If you take the class, what better way to relax than with a massage and stay at a bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR.

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