Eureka Springs Food & Wine Weekend

November 6th-8th, 2014

Come experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs. Many local restaurants will be featuring their chef’s signature courses expertly paired with perfect wines.

Explore the creations at the 1886 Steakhouse, located inside the Crescent Hotel:

November 7th
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Unlocking the basic secrets to food and wine pairing. Complimentary event for registered hotel guests, $10 general public.

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Featured Pairing: Our Crescent Stack (Pan fried pollenta, crab cake, 5 oz filet with hollandaise) paired with a premium flight of wines from our award winning cellar. Price TBD…

November 8th:
All day in the Sky Bar, enjoy special pricing on authentic Margarita Pizza and select Wines by the Glass.

November 9th:
Say Cheese!!! Experience a global sampling of cheeses and wines from around the world at this interactive and educational addition to our Sunday Brunch. $24.95.  Brunch is located in the Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended by calling: 479-253-9652

Casual Food & Wine Fun in Downtown at the Balcony Restaurant, located inside the Basin Park Hotel:

The Balcony Restaurant & Bar, one of the best downtown views with a wrapped around porch and live music that overlooks Spring St. and Basin Spring Park will offer all weekend long: Elk Burger Sliders topped with bourbon caramelized onions, served with pickles & chips for $10.99. The featured wine pairing will be, The Show Garnacha, an extravagant Spanish beauty with tempting aromas of spice, intense black cherries, and mocha. It has relatively high alcohol content yet is soft on the palate, with layered flavors of black raspberry, liquorice, and black pepper with hints of earth and oak.  The Basin Park Hotel is located on 12 Spring. St. 479-253-7837

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Fun Things To Do in October

October brings Beautiful Color, Great Drives and Cooler Weather to the Ozarks.  Eureka Springs is a perfect fall destination for any individual.  There are many Fun Fall Events to add to your trip planning…  

Ozark Folk Festival: 10/7-10/11 Don’t miss the longest running folk music festival in the US! This year celebrates 67 years of great folk music with Free Afternoon Concerts in Downtown Basin Spring Park, Saturday Folk Parade and great Evening Concerts at the Historic Basin Park Hotel and a Headliner Show at the City Auditorium.  More info: visit www.ozarkfolkfestival.com.

War Eagle Mill Fall Antique Craft Fair: 10/16-10/19  Another great way to view the changing colors of the fall leaves is to drive through the Ozarks to the Annual War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair.  Choose from a wide variety of handcrafted products displayed in over 250 booths outside.  The craft fair takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River. Click here for info.

After you enjoy a day at War Eagle continue your drive over to Springdale & Rogers for their huge indoor craft fair. Click here for info.

Voices from Eureka’s Silent City: 10/17 & 10/18, 10/24 & 10/26  This event has been widely popular and is a great way to see and hear the “living history” of Eureka Springs.  “Heroes, Healers, and Humdingers” will feature actors in period costumes sharing stories of their unique and colorful pasts. This is a one hour walking tour through the cemetery, tours begin at 5:30pm through 8:30pm. For more information call the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417 or  www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org.

Oktoberfest: Saturday, 10/18-If you enjoy micro brews, craft or seasonal beers then join the Eureka Springs Rotary club during the annual Oktoberfest in downtown Eureka Springs.  The party will be right in the middle of downtown on Main Street in between the parking lot of the City Courthouse and the City Auditorium.  Event is from 11am-5pm. www.eurekarotary.org

Mini’s in the Ozarks: 10/23-10/26  Eureka Springs is a popular destination for car lovers, so don’t miss the Arkansas MINI Owners Klub (AMOK!) who will host the region’s largest MINI event in Beautiful Ozarks. Now in its sixth year, MINIs in the Ozarks (MITO) draws MINIs from all over the U.S. to experience the awesome fall scenery and wonderful curvy roads of the region. For more information: www.ozarkmini.com

Mad Hatter’s Ball: Friday, 10/24- If you like to be creative and dress up  then the annual Mad Hatter’s Ball is a fun event for you!  The year will be the 12th annual fundraiser for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) at the Crescent Hotel. This event is a sold out event, so get your tickets asap! Includes good food, auctions and dancing. For tickets and info click here.

Howl-O-Ween Party: Saturday, 10/25 - View the Cats in the Dark! Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge stays open at night for this yearly special event.  The main compound is open for the whole family to experience the night habits of lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and more. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest. 7pm-9pm at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Call 479-253-5841 & visit www.turpentinecreek.org

Annual Fall Craft Show at the Pine Mtn.Village: Saturday, 10/25- Great chance to catch regional artists and vendors participate in this weekend event.  Located in Eureka  Springs along highway 62 in the parking lot of Pine Mountain Village.  9am-5pm. For more information call the Chamber: 479-244-6907.

Haunted Hay Rides: 10/1-10/31- A fun hayride suitable for all ages that happens everynight in Eureka Springs.  Starting at dark you will venture on an antique chuck wagon full of hay bales and travel down the trail to some surprisingly haunted thrills!  Click here for Haunted Hay Rides at Bear Mountain Log Cabins.

Eagle Watch & Fall Foliage Tours at Belle of the Ozarks: 10/1-10/31  Enjoy the cool fall air in October on Beaver Lake with Belle of the Ozarks Eagle Watch tours.  Expert guides will lead a fantastic tour giving you the best glimpses of the bald eagles habitats. The tour is 1hour & 15 minute cruises. For more information contact Belle of the Ozarks at 479-253-6200 visit www.estc.net/belle.

Intrigue Halloween Night Seance at the Crescent Hotel-Friday 10/31 Spend Halloween Night in America’s Most Haunted Hotel with one of the Best Illusionists and Mediums conjuring up Dr. Baker’s Experiments at the Crescent Hotel on Halloween Night.  This event sells out, purchase your tickets in advance, learn more here.

Don’t forget, any day of the week in Eureka Springs offers a world of exploration, from unique Shopping, exquisite local Dining, fun Walking Trails with great photography stops, and entertaining Attractions.

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Halloween Night-Dr. Baker’s Experiments

1886 Crescent Hotel Becomes More “Intriguing” On Halloween Night

 

As if the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa wasn’t intriguing enough on Halloween, Sean-Paul and Juliane Fay, the headliners of Intrigue Theater, will return for the third consecutive year to this historic hotel’s Crystal Ballroom on October 31.  The 2-hour performance begins at 10:00 p.m. with seating at 9:30 p.m.
            This special performance opens with nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul opening his antiquarian doctor’s bag and sharing some of the newest mysteries from Intrigue Theater.  This will be followed by Juliane Fay, a medium of highly respected repute, who will call upon the energies of the spirits said to be residing in the hotel during a séance.  Randomly selected members of the audience will be invited to the stage and a seat at the séance table to assist in reaching back to and communicating with “those who have crossed over”.
            Intrigue Theater has created a new segment based on the disturbing accounts of  Norman Baker performing autopsies in the Morgue. Sean-Paul will extract tumors from an audience member with his bare hands using only Hypnosis  to eliminate the sense of pain.  This will be a one time performance to offer glimpse into what might have happened in the basement of the Crescent during its days as a Cancer Hospital.  It will only be performed on HALLOWEEN NIGHT – at the Haunted Crescent Hotel.
           This a once-a-year performance has completely sold out by early October in years past, so those interested in attending should secure tickets early.  It is an adjunct to the numerous Crescent Hotel ghost tours that will be conducted day and night on Halloween.

 

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Read “Haunting Ghost Experiences Revealed” by the Ghost Tour Guides, click here.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  The hotel is located at 75 Prospect Avenue on Eureka Springs’ Historic Loop.

Haunting Ghost Experiences Revealed

Every night of the year, dozens of different people wind their way down the hallways and open, serpentine staircases of the five-story 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Final destination: the hotel’s  “morgue”.  They just know they are strolling amidst what some would say are hundreds of spirits who still frequent this Historic Hotel of America located here atop Crescent Mountain.  Each tour patron is eager to see something, feel something, smell something that they would categorize as a ghostlike experience enabling them to share that close encounter with their world.  However, several of those strolling along those same paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890pathways have been there before, every night of the year.  These are the stalwart souls known as the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides.

“From smelling mysterious pipe tobacco to seeing an orb entering a boy’s skull, our (ghost tour) guides are exposed nightly to the hotel’s ‘guests who check out but never leave’,” said Keith Scales, director of the hotel’s ghost tour department.  “With that said, each has not only a unique ‘nom de guide’ but a special supernatural experience of their own to tell.  It is their raison d’être for being a tour guide in this world-famous haunted hotel.”

Aunt Reba had always admired the Crescent since moving to Eureka Springs and had her first unexplainable happening while exploring the hotel as a tourist.  The smell of cherry pipe tobacco got her attention when she reached the second floor.  She did not find out until two years later during her training to be a guide that her earlier encounter with that tobacco essence had probably emanated from one of the Crescent’s more illustrious spirits, the hotel’s in-house doctor circa late nineteenth century.  Dr. John Freemont Ellis, whose office was in what is now Room 212, was known for being a heavy pipe smoker of cherry tobacco.

Since then she says that she has detected “that charming aroma” occasionally, both while alone and while leading a ghost tour.  The most bizarre sensing, she explained, came during a recent tour of 24 people,  “We all simultaneously experienced that olfactory sensation for well over a minute.  And let it be understood that our entire hotel is a ‘no smoking’ property and has been for years.”

Duchess Debra, who gives tours and performs in a two-person paranormal play, Not Really A Door, at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, was on stage with her co-star during a recent performance.  One scene in the play has the two actors delivering the line “Ghost!” simultaneously.  At that exact point in time, four books used as props on a shelf went flying out toward the audience “as if someone -or something- had tossed them like a Frisbee”.  The books hit no one; however, the unpredictable, unexplainable occurrence got everyone’s attention.

Sweet Lady Sandra had one woman excitedly announce during a tour that she “clearly saw” and “emphatically heard” a man with a buzz-cut hairstyle say the words, “What about my treatment?”  Two others on that same tour said they saw in their peripheral vision a blurred figure of a man go by in that same vicinity at that same moment.

Miss Katherine was standing at the very bottom of the hotel’s open staircase with her tour group pausing before they entered the zigzagging trail to the morgue.  While all were standing still, Katherine experienced a chill causing her to “grow goose bumps” and then momentarily she found it hard to breathe.  The two ladies standing next to her turned pale and quickly asked, “Did anyone feel that?  It’s the little girl.  She is here.  I can feel her!”  They were referring to the story of the little girl that reportedly fell to her death from the fourth floor railing sometime during the early years of hotel operations.  Where she supposedly landed was the exact spot where the tour group was standing during the literal chilling experience.

To add to this story, one man said, “Oh, my.  Look at this photo!”, a photo he had just taken prior to the ladies’ verbal declaration.  He passed his camera around and clearly everyone could see a foggy mist in the shape of a little girl standing right next to the three women.  Unfortunately he did not submit the image to the hotel’s paranormal website AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com as he said he would and as many do when they capture an apparition on a digital device.

Major Tom had a man and wife on a recent tour that had differing attitudes about the plausibility of the paranormal.  She believed in the phenomena; he did not.  The husband said nothing during the entire tour, giving off negative body language throughout.  This was about to change.

As part of the tours’ conclusion in the morgue the lights are turned off.  Guests, standing next to the autopsy table and the walk-in cooler that once stored cadavers and body parts during the cancer “curing” hospital days of the building, are encouraged to take digital photos to see if they could catch the image of an orb, the “energy essence of a ghost”.  While Major Tom’s back was turned, a frightful scream was heard and all witnessed the skeptic running out of the morgue.  The lights were quickly turned back on and the ashen gentleman was invited back into the room whereupon he meekly confessed he had seen an orb with his naked eye as it flew between his face and his camera.  Result: the non-believer had become a believer and his wife had a great story to tell friends and family once they got back home.

Willow also had a strange morgue experience.  Each guide carries an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter during the tour to detect any electrical emissions that might be given out by a nearby spirit.  Reacting to one lady saying she sensed that this one certain spot on the morgue’s floor was energy filled, Willow laid her meter down on that spot.  As the entire tour witnessed, the meter went crazy beeping and flashing.  To follow up, Willow asked, “If there is indeed a spirit in this room, please make the meter slow down.”  It slowed down immediately.  After moments of heartbeat-like pulses, the spirit was asked to speed the meter back up; it did for a few more moments then went dormant.

But perhaps the most macabre-lite morgue story happened during one of Marshal John Law’s spooky sojourns through the hotel.  At the very end of the tour, after the lights come up in the morgue, the guide usually asks if anyone would like to enter the morgue’s infamous walk-in cooler and have the door shut behind them leaving them in total darkness.  Only two brave souls stepped up, a mother with a video camera and her 12-year-old son with a look of cautious zeal on his face.  They stepped into the space that had housed hundreds of dead bodies and innumerable severed body parts during the hotel’s hospital days and the door was closed behind them.  After about thirty seconds the door was opened and the boy, looking ill, staggered out from the cooler with his mother saying, “Please, move.  My son is getting sick.”

The lad plopped into one of the two chairs always kept near the entrance of the morgue for just such occurrences since ever so often someone will feel faint or ill from their time spent in a room where time had ended for so many during the three years a charlatan killed rather than cured unsuspecting cancer patients.  Once the mother was assured her son was okay and with the whole tour group watching, she announced, “You have to see this!”  At which time she played the video she had captured in the closed, darkened cooler.

The video showed an occasional glint of colored light coming from a dot high over her son’s head illuminating his face just enough for brief recognition.  One such dot did not fade like the others but began swinging back and forth.  As this light did begin to fade, a larger, brighter, white light, “as bright as a camera flash”, appeared and continued to glow just above her son’s head.  It slowly descended and disappeared as if it were entering his head only to suddenly reappear seemingly escaping from the boy’s skull just a nanosecond before the door opened allowing the boy to make his quick and queasy exit.

“Something as bizarre as these stories does not happen every night on every tour,” Scales concluded, “but sometimes they do happen.  It is this unknown factor and these documented accounts that have made the ghost tours here in our mountaintop spa resort so popular.  That is why believers and non-believers alike can enjoy and co-exist on our tours.  Some come to find proof, some come to debunk, but all come to have fun.  And that’s what the Crescent Hotel ghost tours are all about.”

 

12-13-14…Are You #15?

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, many couples will make history.  How?  They are choosing that 12-13-14day to get married so their wedding date will be 12-13-14, a numerical sequence that will not come around again until January 2, 2103…  89 years from now.  Two historic hotels in Eureka Springs are adding to the fun of that day by adding one more number to the sequence.

“It is a great stroke of luck that 12/13/14 happens to land on a Saturday, the best day -historically- for most couples to get married,” said Jodie English, director of sales for Eureka Springs’ 1886 Crescent Hotel and 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “That’s why we’ve decided to add to the fun by adding the number 15.”

English explained that if a combined total of 15 or more couples get married on 12/13/14 at the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, the hotels will give away to one of those couples a “Historical 12/13/14/15 Wedding Anniversary Package”.  The package will be given away by means of a random drawing and is intended to be used by the winning couple for their one-year anniversary.  This special package includes a two-night stay in a Honeymoon Suite, a duet massage, meal vouchers and in-room complimentary champagne with keepsake glasses.

The Crescent and Basin Park hotels, long-time favorites of brides getting married in eureka springs weddingsThe Wedding Capital of The South”, will annually host more 400 wedding events.  This includes those brides who might get married at the internationally famous Thorncrown Chapel but then need a place for their rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, etc.

“One ‘historical date’ caveat, brides who are thinking about selecting 12/13/14 for their wedding day should start planning soon since unique numerical dates are so rare and our hotel bookings are already edging close to the magical number of 15,” English concluded.

For full details, one should call 800-903-4940 or email  lindaboxsales@gmail.com

Jazz Eureka Festival

September 10th-12th 2014

Kickoff Jazz Eureka with a Great Gatsby themed Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel Fountain Garden on Wednesday, September 10th from 7pm-9pm

Live Jazz Music from the Jeff Grey Quartet

Food, Drinks and Fire Dancing!

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

$10 entry fee (includes entertainment and lite hor d’ voure)

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End of Summer Discounts

Now that the kids are going back to school, its time for the adults to getaway and play. Enjoy a trip to Eureka Springs without all the crowds. 

*Eureka Springs is offering Attraction Discounts 8/18-8/28 on ReserveEureka.com

 

*Active Seniors SAVE Sunday-Thursday in August:

Stay in a Premium Room, Receive a Dinner for Two in the 1886 Steakhouse and 2 Traditional Massages for JUST $275.  Valid 8/18-8/21 & 8/24-8/28. Check Availability.

 

A Thrilling Family Vacation…

A Thrilling Family Vacation Where Families Vacation Together

Instead of dealing with the heat and long lines at an amusement park where the family is off doing different things, why not take a trip to Eureka Springs where the whole Family Vacations Together!

Eureka Springs has many Fun and Thrilling Attractions that the Whole Family can do together.

 

Exploring Downtown

Families love being in downtown where kids can explore the old Civil War Cave, the rock bluff shelter above Basin Spring Park, finding some cool magic tricks at the Magic Shop, or go explore the many staircases that connect Downtown Spring Street and Main Street.  For a fun experience of learning Eureka’s past characters or finding the underground, take one of these walking tours: Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour OR the Downtown – N – Underground Tour.  Tours are Everyday at 11am & 4pm, Kids under 12 are FREE!

Families can take a break and dine downtown together after the parents do some shopping.  Great food for all ages and the best view in downtown is at the Balcony Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Basin Park Hotel.  Stay downtown where the most FUN Happens!

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Uncover the Mystery

Intrigue Theater is great for parents and kids of all ages.  Be amazed at some of the outstanding illusion and magic put on by illusionist, Sean Paul and medium, Juliane Fey. Set in a century year old building with theater style seating you will go back in time as they keep you guessing and entertain you with their close up magic and mystery. An intriguing experience you don’t want to miss!

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Explore America’s Most Haunted Hotel

Bring the whole family and stay over at a haunted hotel. Kids will love exploring the hallways with their cameras to see if they can catch orbs and they will sure to be thrilled on the nightly ghost tour that gives you a glimpse into the haunted past of the historic hotel while ending up in the morgue!  The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa sits atop the hillside of Eureka Springs, with beautiful views on the 4th floor of the Ozarks, surrounding gardens, verandas, trails, and a swimming pool.  A great vacation spot to scare up some lifetime memories!

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A Thrill in the Sky

Experience the exhilarating thrill of the Eureka Springs Ziplines Canopy Tour.  This is a must for the whole family! Families can have outdoor fun and a safe adventure tour together through the Ozark treetops. Enjoy 2 hours of fun as you start gradually through the trees and make your way up to the ultimate zipline, soaring 200 + feet high and about 1800 feet long!  A perfect family adventure.

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America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama

Take the whole family and relive The Greatest Story Ever Told! Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 170 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth.  The play is not the only thing to see and do thought.  The Christ of the Ozarks, the Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds!

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Jump Into Fun

For great summer fun with the family explore any of the 3 rivers and 3 lakes that surround Eureka Springs. For nearby swimming visit Beaver Dam, rent ski boats or pontoons on Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake or go paddle boating on Lake Leatherwood.  For fishing, kayak or canoe rentals visit the White River, Kings River or Buffalo River. Break off from the heat and have fun in the water on your summer vacation.

Lake Activities

 

Roars & Growls

A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge brings kids and families face to face with over 150 exotic big cats. Open everyday, the 459 acre refuge offers visitors an education station, keeper talks, self guided tours, habitat tours, and feeding time for visitors to witness.  Only a short 7 mile drive from downtown Eureka Springs, take your kids to see the wild!

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Variety Shows

Everybody loves a laugh and live music so why not take the family to two of Eureka Springs Fun, Family Shows.  The Pine Mountain Theater offers families country, gospel, comedy, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll every evening, except for Sunday, unique souvenir items, and free all you can eat popcorn. Ozark Mountain HoeDown offers shows everynight of new and old country, gospel, comedy, nostalgic rock n roll, motown, do wap, disco, audience participation and impersonations.  Great fun for the whole family.

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Scare Up Some Lifetime Memories

In July, bring the family to Eureka Springs for a Thrilling time!

The following tours and shows will Scare Up some Lifetime Memories:

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Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour-Visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Eureka Ghost Tours-Tales and legends of downtown Eureka Springs. Everyday starting at 8pm.

Intrigue Theater-Travel back to an age of Intrigue with the Illusionist and the Medium. OPEN Wednesday-Sunday.

Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour-Explore downtown with the legendary “stars” of Eureka Springs Wild West. Everyday at 11am.

Downtown -N- Underground Tour-Behind the Scenes walking adventure tour of Eureka Springs. Everyday at 4pm.

Flickering Tales-Huddle around the campfire to hear ghost stories of the Ozarks among the grounds of America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Everyday at 10pm.

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4th of July in Eureka Springs

Plan your family 4th of July outing to Eureka Springs for 2014.  This year hometown fun just got a little sweeter with the annual downtown Eureka Springs 4th of July Bash.  This event brings families out Photo by Purdy Art Co.every year to play during the day, eat and shop downtown and then families find their way to the surrounding areas for fireworks at night.

The 4th of July Bash will feature free, family friendly events from 3pm-5pm in Basin Spring Park Downtown.  Many favorites include the water-balloon toss, cupcake walk, watermelon seed spitting contest, music and more! Celebrate the 4th of July the old fashioned way – in a Main Street Community!

Surrounding Area Firework Shows:

July 4
Fireworks celebration at the Holiday Island Recreation Center by The Barn. For more information contact Pam Hinson at 479-253-7700.

July 4
13th Annual Fireworks display at Ventris Trails End Resort. These fireworks are choreographed to music and are best seen by boat as they are projected toward Beaver Lake for an incredible effect as they reflect off the water of Beaver Lake.

July 4
Shell Knob, MO fireworks.  37th Annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 4.  Known for its impressive bursts of interesting and unique shells, the display will take place around 9:30PM. The fireworks will be shot  about one mile east of the Shell Knob bridge, at lake level and from a platform. Fire & Thunder is a water-specialty show, so best viewing of all the spectacular effects is by water. In the event of inclement weather, the display will be held on July 5th. Tune to area radio stations for rain delay information.