Monthly Archives: October 2018

Mysteries need to be Solved at the Basin Park Hotel

Ever since the Basin Park Hotel opened its doors here in 1905, tales of the paranormal have coursed through the hallways of this seven-story structure.  Some say it is due to the hotel being built on the “grave” of the Perry House, the original hotel on that plot of real estate that burned to the ground in 1890.  Others say it is because of the mystic quality of the original “healing spring”, sacred to the Native Americans who first discovered it, located in the city park adjacent to the hotel.  The origins of the hotel’s ghosts are as mysterious as those phantoms themselves, each a mystery to be solved.

“When the Roenigks first purchased this historic hotel in 1997, locals shared tales of the spirits reported to dwell inside the Basin Park,” said Jack Moyer, hotel general manager since that purchase, “and Marty and Elise agreed that these mysteries needed to be solved.  And what better source of verification than our guests themselves.  That’s what our Ghost Adventour is all about.”

            Mysteries unresolved include the reoccurring orbs that are seen on the guest floors, especially those wings of the hotel that abut the ramps to the limestone bluffs behind the hotel; the human shaped shadows seen in the Barefoot Ballroom; and the large faces that appear on the inside of the stained-glass windows in the ballroom’s foyer.  The most intriguing mystery is what caused the marks around the throat of a tour guide in January of this year.

“A well-known national paranormal expert and his wife were granted access to the Barefoot Ballroom for a private investigation,” explained Keith Scales, manager of the paranormal tours at both the Basin Park Hotel and its sister property, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  “After the group had seen several moving shadows and experienced numerous temperature fluctuations, one of our tour guides during an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) session started feeling pressure on his throat.  The pressure increased causing him to cough, unable to breathe.  He scrambled to his feet and left the ballroom hoping to ‘escape this grasp and get some air’.

“When he returned to the ballroom he pulled down his turtleneck to a have the others in the room check his neck.  There they saw red marks encircling a white area at the front of his throat as though two hands had tried to choke him.”

“It is these kinds of mysteries that we are asking our guests and Adventour patrons to help us solve,” Moyer noted.  “We would like to have solved the mysteries of the who, the where and the why these spirits that reside in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel,” Moyer said.  “Our Ghost Adventour has been designed to be that solving platform.”

Scales added, “The Ghost Adventour of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel is designed to combine the thrills of a ghost tour with the adventure of a paranormal investigation.  Patrons learn the stories of the colorful characters who stayed, worked, died, and perhaps remain inside the walls of ‘the people’s hotel’ while participating in a guided paranormal investigation.  This investigation takes tour guests from the hotel’s rooftop to the underground cave that stored bootleg whiskey during the years of prohibition.”

“And, it seems like the more people that tour, the more differing encounters are reported.  A true mystery,” Moyer concluded.  “We hope folks will help us continue to solve these mysteries.  We kind of think of these efforts as a paranormal census of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.”

Headliners Announced for Ozark Mountain Music Festival

The 2019 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, will return January 17-20 to Downtown Eureka Springs.  This popular event features an Americana Roots style which is an Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, Urban and Americana Roots sounds.  The winter festival, held inside at the Basin Park Hotel is known for a unique vibe of an outdoor music festival on indoor stages. Headlining this year’s is Hog Slop String Band from Nashville, TN; and The Kitchen Dwellers from Bozeman, MT.   

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands.

Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass. The group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. 2017 has seen the band release their second studio album, “Ghost In The Bottle” while continuing to push the boundaries of their genre.

Other bands confirmed so far for OzMoMu19 include:

Ben Miller Band– is an American band that was formed in 2005 in Joplin, Missouri. The band’s lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis.  The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folkbluesbluegrass, and country into their music. Originally, The Ben Miller Band’s sound had been self-described by the band as “Ozark Stomp” but in reference to their label, is now referred to as “Mudstomp”.

Whiskey for the Lady– Whiskey for the Lady’s intense stage performance continues to bend genres and melt minds. From festival set to porch session, the band’s unique roots sound and determination delivers a refreshing energy to the Kansas City folk scene and an unforgettable live experience that you don’t want to miss.

The Mighty Pines – The Mighty Pines are a soul-inspired roots rock band influenced by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. With soaring vocals and thoughtful composition, the two principle songwriters shift the band’s sound from catchy rock ‘n’ roll to earthy instrumentals.

Jacob Tovar – A man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles.

Performances kickoff with the return of the high energy Ben Miller Band on Thursday night and continue for four days on multiple stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  The Festival located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District includes popular Late Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights to be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

“With no backstage area the attendees and bands are all together in the same space.  Hanging out with the bands is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.

 

Eureka Springs Fall Color & Webcam

If you enjoy watching movie trailers (i.e. coming attractions), take a sneak peek at Eureka Springs’ fall colors on the Internet.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, that sits atop the Arkansas Ozarks on 15 acres, has just installed a webcam allowing views of the increasing fall colors in the hills and hollows that surround this Historic Hotel of America.

For this sneak peek at the changing colors, go to eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com.  The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes. The view shows the huge hardwood trees that as one looks across the Ozark valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  The source of this bird’s-eye view comes from the open-air balcony of the Crescent’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza located on the hotel’s top floor.

Autumn in the Arkansas Ozarks takes on a brilliance that acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle,” said hotel Director of Communications Bill Ott. “Eureka Springs is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the panoramic colors of autumn.  Add to that a web of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to our hotel, it is no wonder why we are already welcoming throngs of elated leaf lookers to the Crescent for a blockbuster fall mini-vacation.

“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.