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May Arts Festival

If you love art in any form, you absolutely have to put Eureka Springs on your travel schedule for the month of May.  It’s difficult to encapsulate all that is happening this month, but we have tried to give you a sampling.

During the entire month of May there will be free music in Basin Spring Park.  Monday through Friday 3-5pm Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 11am-1pm

Saturday Gallery Stroll

Our galleries will be open for you to peruse the amazing art of Eureka Springs and enjoy refreshments every Saturday evening from 6-9pm

May 1 (Saturday)

No city in America loves a parade as much as Eureka Springs. In May it’s the ARTrageous Parade that travels through historic downtown at 2pm.

Gallery Stroll features:

Zark’s Fine Design Gallery:  Internationally known sculpture artist Tim Cotterill–limited edition bronze frog, koi and gecko sculptures.

Eureka Thyme Gallery:  Woodcrafters Less Casteel crafts fine fueniture, John Dilbeck specializes in segmented, turned bowls and Jim Kibby works in wood burl.

Eureka Fine Art Company:  Larry Mansker–large-scale landscapes;James Yale–mythical realism; and Carol Dickie–colorful landscapes in mixed water media.

Iris at the Basin Park:  Lorna and Craig Trigg Hirsh–tuned ceramic wind whistles and wind chimes.

Quicksilver Gallery:  Potter and sculptor Maura Miller–raku masks and ceramic vessels fused with glass.

The Ozarks Chorale performs in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 7pm.  For more information and tickets go to www.theaud.org

May 2 (Sunday)

The Art of Fine Dining

Cottage Inn Restaurant owner-chef, Linda Hager, presents her monthly Wine Diner featuring a South American theme at 6:30pm.  Reservations are required 479-253-5282.

Flute Making Demonstration at Fire Om Earth Studio, 872 Mill Hollow Road from 12pm-4pm.

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Imagine these are just the events for the first weekend in May.  We will continue to post the events calendar for the remainder of the month over the next few days.  If you wish more details you may go to the following website:

www.mayfestivalofthearts.com/schedule-of-events

If you are staying at The Inn at Rose Hall, we will have a full schedule posted of all the events and lots of discussion over breakfast about what to do each day.

Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Treats

As the seasons change in our B&B world, so do our breakfasts.  It’s Spring and fresh fruit is beginning to arrive in the market.   At the sign of the first strawberries the crepe pans come out of the cabinet. Our Strawberry Crepes are a favorite with our guests here at The Inn at Rose Hall.

Most people shy away from making crepes, but we find them very easy.  Instead of a formal recipe here are the basics.  You can use any standard crepe recipe…just remember to make the batter at least an hour before you want to cook them. The filling is a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, a little lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar.  Combine these ingredients until they satisfy your taste buds.  Place two or three spoonfuls on each crepe, roll them and place in a buttered baking dish.  Bake until warm- about 15 minutes at 325 degrees.  Serve them with fresh sliced strawberries that have been sprinkled with brown sugar.  If you really want to be decadent, put a dollop of whip cream on top.  They may not be on your diet but when you are staying in a Bed and Breakfast you are on holiday.  So who cares?

Wine Tasting in Eureka Springs

Keel's Creek Cynthiana

We made time on Thursday night to stop by the open house at Keel’s Creek Winery. It has been our intention to visit our local winery for a long time. A confession: Mom and I are both Californians, and consequently have a biased view of wine. In other words, we might be considered wine snobs. Certainly not to the level depicted in the wine country movie Sideways (2004), but we like the good stuff. As you will see below, I do not describe “the good stuff” with much eloquence. My range of wine description ranges from “ooh, this is good” to “yuck, this is like grape juice.” I leave the poetry of description to the true experts. Early in our residency in Arkansas, we sampled Arkansas wines, but they just didn’t measure up. I’ve also been informed since then that I sampled the wrong kinds.

So, with an open mind, we stepped through into the Spanish-style building home to Keel’s Creek Winery, tasting room, retail wine sales, and art gallery. We learned that in 2006, they opened their doors with production of 1800 gallons all produced from local grape varieties. Their vineyards with 12 planted acres, located 3 miles south of  city limits, will begin producing next year, if the weather cooperates. “Co-owners Doug Hausler and Edwige Denyszyn estimate that the optimal production from the vineyard will be about 40 tons of grapes which will make about 5000 gallons of wine.” Currently, they continue to use all locally grown grapes for their Keel’s Creek labeled wines.

Jerry Weers Original Oil Painting

The entry is large and welcoming with two huge stone fireplaces, and comfortable seating choices. The walls support paintings from a variety of regional artists. In the tasting room, Jerry Weers oils are particularly excellent – detailed and with an old world feel, which enhances the tasting experience.

Mom and I tried two wines – the Chardonel, a Chardonnay/Seyval hybrid “Clean crisp dry wine with undertones of green apples. Barrel aged for 6 month in American Oak.” It was delicious. Really rich and dry.

Next, we sampled a dry red, Chambourcin which “is a mellow yet bold red, rich with smokey and almost chocolate notes. The varietal is a French-American hybrid normally grown in the Atlantic side of the US, however it grows quite well in the Ozarks too.” Very nice.

Keel’s Creek sells both their wines and many other Arkansas wines. We were impressed with the pricing, too. The wine we tried was in the $14 range, which for any boutique wine is a great price. The taste room, retail wine sales and art gallery are open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (12 – 5 pm) and Wednesday through Saturday (10-6 pm). http://www.keelscreek.com/

So, these two Californians will be back again, for another tasting, and another lovely experience.

See you in Eureka Springs!

Faryl Kaye

Bird Watching in Eureka Springs

Many people come to this area to walk in the woods and see the awesome bird life we have in this part of Arkansas.  At breakfast the other morning our guests decided it wasn’t necessary to go anywhere but to just look out the windows of The Morning Room while they were having breakfast and watch the show.  In less than an hour an incredible array of bird life arrived at the feeders in the back patio.

We saw the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chicadee White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhee (who passes through each year), Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and Mourning Dove.  All of these while they were having breakfast at The Inn at Rose Hall.

Eureka Springs Wedding: A Special Moment

In the past seven years we have done hundreds of weddings here at The Inn at Rose Hall.  Each one is special but every once in a while there is one that could be called extraordinary.  It happened this weekend.

Just before the wedding started the groom slipped back into the kitchen and handed me the bride’s wedding band and said, “she hasn’t seen this one yet.”  They had shopped for their wedding rings together and had made a practical decision about the ones they purchased.  The bride had given me the practical rings for the ceremony.  Without her knowledge the groom had gone back to the jewelry store and bought her the wedding band she had absolutely adored.  The one that wasn’t practical just drop-dead gorgeous.  When the groom slipped that ring on the bride’s finger I didn’t think we would make it through the ceremony.  She was overcome with emotions and completely surprised.  It will a story that is told to their children over and over.

Spring in Eureka Springs

The first sign of spring.

The first sign of spring arrived this past week. What a welcome sign!  Growing up in Colorado I remember the crocus would peak through the snow and we would know spring was just around the corner.

It’s time to make your plans to visit us here in Eureka Springs.  It’s been a long winter and we’re ready for spring.  It will be fun to see our old friends meet new people this year.

This next week I will post some of the events that are being planned for this season.

And don’t forget the Eureka Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15th which starts at 2PM.  This event began in 1993 and has continued to expand with more of the usual Eureka Springs outrageous floats, music and even a mechanical dragon and a unicorn pony. Eureka Springs loves a parade!

Eureka Springs Gardens

Eureka Springs - Grotto Springs at Christmas

Time around the holidays is so precious.  We’ve lived in Eureka Springs now for seven years and there are so many things we have never taken the time to do. Tonight I took time to drive around the Historic Loop and view the Christmas decorations.  Outstanding!

Many of our visitors to the Inn at Rose Hall comment about how pretty the gardens are here in Eureka Springs. It doesn’t matter if it is spring, summer, fall or winter, they are outstanding.  Our very creative city gardener, DonE Allen, has outdone himself this fall and winter.  He has created arrangements in the bird baths at each of the major springs and the entrance parkway to our village that are spectacular.  And it’s done on a shoestring with DonE collecting treasures all year to spray paint and glitter.  Make a point of looking at this man’s masterpieces the next time you are here in Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs - Fall Gardens at Harding Spring

The Inn at Rose Hall, 56 Hillside Avenue, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Reservations: 800-544-7734 Phone: 479-253-8035

Please also visit our sister properties: Peabody House and Historic Cottages

The Inn at Rose Hall is a proud member of the Eureka Springs Wedding Guild.