News from Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Let's Do Something Different--Eureka Springs Style!

A miracle is about to happen.
When the soil is consistently about 50 degrees, strange things erupt in the woods all over Arkansas. There's fungus among us! Eureka springs goes crazy!! Morel Mushroom season is upon us and we celebrate. Of course we do. We celebrate everything, but on April 16 the Annual Morel gets underway in the parking lot outside the Chamber of Commerce Office on Highway 62, at about 9 a.m. We will have a seminar on how to hunt, find, clean and prepare the little buggers for eating. There will be a guided mushroom hunt to follow. Morells are nature's wonder, but you have to be there. They must be fresh and succulent; locally considered to be one of the  basic food groups. There will be a cook-off between our local restaurants and B&B's, music, booths to buy mushroom memorabilia and, of course, one more Eureka t-shirt to add to your collection. Go to    for more info. Before you go home make reservations for May 2. That is the kick-off for the May Fine Arts Festival and Saturday Drumming in the Park, led by our drummer professional, Yao, with his huge African Drum. Kids love this. 
 Let Them Make Noise!
 If you happen to be in downtown Eureka Springs on the first Saturday of the month, around 6:00 p.m., and you see a crowd of people hooping and hollering and banging away on bongos, frying pans, toy drums, and buckets with spoons, don't worry. It's perfectly normal. Some will be dancing, some will be swing hula hoops and some (newbie visitors) will be stunned speechless. It's free. Everybody is welcome and nobody cares what you wear.
Notice the look of pure delight the drummers have on their faces. There's something about beating a drum that makes new friends and chases worries. Bring your camera. Lots of Selfies going on.

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