Christmas Tree Forest Winners 2018

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces: 2018 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past 10 years this forest has now harvested nearly $50,000 in local area charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase, plus have donated, around 30 or more real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are Imagination Library in first place with $3,830 in votes, OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in second place with $2,344, and Project Self Esteem in third place with $1,022.

“Twenty-nine other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Clear Spring School, Creative Minds of St. James, Dobby Drive, Dyslexia, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Community Center, Flint Street Food Bank, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Many Ways, Heifer International, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Main Street Eureka Springs, Melonlite Teen Perform, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, NWA Sheep Dog Impact, PEO Sisterhood, People Helping People, Preservation Society, Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local area charities netted a Christmas present of $10,270 which pushed our ten-year total to more than $50,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

Ice Skating 2019

crescent ice skating rink

Crescent Hotel Updates Ice Skating / Curling / Hatchet Throwing Hours:

With the recent cold weather, The “Lifetime Memories Ice Rink” has updated its hours and lengthened its season.

Anticipated Season extension is Through February 17th (weather dependent)

New Hours are:

Monday – Thursday

Guest Curling     10 AM (if you are a guest of the hotel, enjoy this free activity)

Skating                 5-7PM ($5 to skate rental)

Friday 

Guest Curling     10 AM

Public Curling     4PM

Skating                 5 – 7PM (last rental at 7)

Hatchets              5 -7 PM

Saturday    

Guest Curling     10AM

Skating                 3PM – 7PM

Hatchets              5 – 7PM

Sunday   

Guest Curling     10 AM

Skating                 3PM – 7 PM (last rental at 7PM)

 

Skating Rink is $5 to skate with rentals.

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Friday Night Fun 

On Fridays, Winter Fun is Happening!

Curling @ 4pm

Ice Skating, Hatchet Throwing, Fire pit and Pizza available from 5PM-8PM

 

Two Nights of Wizardry come to Eureka Springs

Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes to the Crescent Hotel January 25 & 26 2019wizards in winter crystal ball

To help celebrate the advent of a magical new year, wizards have been summoned to conjure up some magic the last weekend in January here in a city known for strange and exciting events.  The nights of January 25 and 26 will feature two such events; events of magical matriculation.

Friday night’s event is “An Intriguing Prelude….” in the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  Creators describe the event thusly: “On the eve of the Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes an evening of intrigue and bewilderment hosted by a dashing conjurer and an enchanting ghost talker.”  The conjurer is none other than Sean Paul, the nationally acclaimed illusionist from Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater.  The enchanting ghost whisperer is the clairaudient medium, also from Intrigue Theater, the lovely Juliana Faye.

intrigue theater

This mystical duo has mesmerized audiences from Vegas to the Bahamas.  They have developed a presentation that embraces the wizardry theme of the weekend.  And, to ensure an intimate setting for their bedazzling performance, a limited number of admissions will be made available for this first of its kind evenings.  The doors and the cash bar open at 7:30 the evening of January 25.  The performance begins at 8 o’clock.  Tickets are popularly priced at $29.95 for VIP Seating (center row seats, only 50 available), $19.95 for general admission and  are available through IntrigueTheater.com/event/magicalprelude/.

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Then comes Saturday and the night’s much anticipated event, the “Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball” set in the Crystal Ballroom of “The Crescent College of Magical Matriculation”, a.k.a. the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  The administrators of “the College” are inviting guests to “gather their finest dress robes, best hat, and of course their magic wand” and prepare for a totally unique evening.  Organizers are saying that “professors and students of wizardry” (those who get a kick out of such goings on) are welcome to attend for “a ray of merriment” amid cold weather outside by “gathering just past the fireplace and just inside the room of enchantment for a beguiling evening”.

To make this event the social gathering of year yet to come, formal/magical attire is required.  The night is designed for adults 21 and older.  Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Merlin Foundation, a public policy and advocacy organization for abused and neglected children with a special focus on the family.  The foundation is headquartered in Berryville, Arkansas.

The ball welcomes guests at 5 p.m. when the cash bar featuring “many magical libations” opens, followed by dinner at 7.  Ticket information available at WizardWayoftheOzarks.ticketspice.com/wizards-in-winter-crystal-ball.

 

 

 

“Christmas At The Crescent” in Eureka Springs

christmas at the crescentChristmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week-long schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 1 through December 7 located at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

“When we first started this holiday week back in 2000, it consisted of a decorated lobby and live Nativity scene which suffered not much of an impact crowd-wise due to 10 inches of snow that fell the day before we populated our Bethlehem stable,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “And now, on the other end of the spectrum is this year’s expanded decorations throughout the interior and exterior of the hotel.  These include the adding of red and green spotlights running up the limestone sides of our five-story landmark hotel, and the conversion of our Fountain Garden into the Crescent’s new Winter Wonderland.”“Our landscaping team has constructed both a 30-foot illuminated Christmas tree and huge illuminated presents,” Moyer added.  “This brilliant holiday ensemble is a festive accent to our adjacent outdoor ice-skating rink making its popular return engagement from last year.  Also added for 2018 is an illuminated tunnel of lights leading guests from our Winter Wonderland to our East Lawn, site of our Christmas Forest.”

The lighting of the Crescent Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. has become a popular community event.  More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  Each dollar donated to a specific tree counts as one vote.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

santa's brunch

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 2 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  This holiday breakfast feast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-5, the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room swings open its doors for hungry lunch patrons and musical groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Representing all of Carroll County this year are the Green Forest Chamber Choir on Monday; the Eureka Springs Highlander Band and Choir on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, the Berryville High School Vocal Image, the Berryville Intermediate Bobcat Honor Choir, and the Berryville Elementary Choir.

On Wednesday evening, the Crescent will again host the Annual Holiday Community Dinner, this year benefitting the Writers’ Colony.  This casual, family-style meal welcomes the entire community to come and share delicious holiday fare while helping out this worthwhile local organization.  The meal begins at 6 p.m.

Other evening events will take place in the hotel’s Faculty Lounge Theater and will feature noted storyteller, Keith Scales.  He will be regaling a selection of Christmas ghost stories during his performance of “Frightfully Festive” on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights, December 2, 3 and 5.  On the evenings of December 4 and 6, same time/same place, he will be presenting “The Funny Side of The Ozarks” with lively tales of the area.  All performances begin at 9 p.m.

An afternoon event, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, will mark its fifty-second year on Thursday, December 6.  The Annual Silver Tea will see the ladies of the church, dressed in period costumes, serving up tea and coffee from polished silver sets in the Crystal Dining Room while offering up a plethora of holiday edibles.  The event takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 and a charitable donation from each guest at the door is greatly appreciated.crescent ice skatingWeather permitting, the highly popular Crescent Ice-Skating Rink will welcome skaters for its official re-opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night starting on Sunday, December 2.  Friday, December 7, night’s open skate will feature the “Friday Night Fun Kick-Off with Santa” celebration from 5 to 6 in hotel’s Winter Wonderland.

Eureka Springs’ Five and Dime Players take the stage in the hotel’s Conservatory on Friday night, December 7 for their presentation of a live Holiday Radio Show.  Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 6 o’clock with the “curtain” going up at 7 for 90 minutes of seasonal fun and songs.

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information, go to ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

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Santa’s Brunch

santa's brunchSanta arrives at The Crescent Hotel on Sunday, December 2nd where he is the star attraction at the 19th annual Santa’s Brunch, held in his honor.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite to rival Santa and your favorite camera (don’t forget the kids).  While eating to their heart’s delight guests also get a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a last chance to nudge a good present and convince him you were not one of the naughty one’s, while you family can capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Of course brunch is “up a notch” even from its well known status of “the Best Brunch in the Ozarks” and holiday music entertains the crowd.

Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for just the right shot but be sure to arrive between 11a.m. and 1 p.m. to not miss the opportunity.

Santa’s Brunch 2018
8 am to 1pm
Cost is $19.95 per Adult $7.95 children 6-12 and 5 and under free
Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766
The Menu will feature: 
Full Breakfast Offerings, Action Station, Carved Prime Rib, Salad and Dessert offerings,  Sausage, Frittata, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Potatoes, just like our typical Saturday and Sunday Fare now.

Christmas Day Feast 2018

The Crystal Dining Room invites you and your family for a holiday feast on Christmas Day at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. 

Breakfast: Fresh Cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Breakfast potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Gravy. Assorted Fruits, pastries, and breakfast breads, cereal,  Jams, Jellies, and condiments.

2018 Feast Menu

11am – 2pm. Cost $29.95 for Adults, $14.95 Children 6-12 and 5 and under free.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766

Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Red Wine Au Jus

Carved Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Jelly and

Carved Pineapple Glazed Christmas Ham

Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

Country Style Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Roasted Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing

Goose, Duck and Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetarian Fall Squash Medley

Chef Sandi’s Homemade Salads

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Bagels and Lox

Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display

 

Strawberry Trifle

Assorted Christmas Desserts

Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

 

Thanksgiving 2018 Menu

Breakfast Buffet in the Conservatory  8:00am-10:00am
Fresh Cooked Frittata, Sausage Links, Sliced Ham, Breakfast potatoes, Buttermilk
Biscuits, and Gravy. Assorted Fruits, pastries, and breakfast breads, cereal, Jams,
Jellies, and condiments.

Thanksgiving Feast 11:00 am -4:00 pm.  Reservations required: 877-342-9766

Thanksgiving Feast Menu 2018

Carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream and au jus
Carved Honey Glazed ham
Roasted Turkey Breast with Fresh Sausage Dressing
Homemade Cranberry Orange Cocktail
Roasted Red Fish over Wild Rice with Caramelized Shallot and Tomato Sauce
Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Giblet Gravy
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Onions.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Marshmallow condiments
Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Quinoa Casserole with onions, carrots, and
celery
Chef Sandi’s Scrumptious Homemade Salad Choices
Fresh Fruit Display
Cheese Display
Peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce and fresh lemons
Desserts
Pecan Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Sweet Potato Pie
Assorted Mini Cakes
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce and Ice Cream

Fall Color & Webcam

FALL COLOR IN THE OZARKS: COMING TO A MOUNTAINTOP SPA RESORT NEAR YOU

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.

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Gains International Attention

 

America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is suddenly moving to “world’s most haunted hotel” status thanks to the soon-to-air episode of the Global Photo Association Tokyo, Inc. (GPAUS) program for Fuji Television Network in Japan.  The program, “What Is This Mystery” was shot on location at the hotel in May of this year and captured some unexplainable moments.

The founder of Paranormal Inc., Rich Newman of Memphis TN, who has been investigating the paranormal for more than ten years, appears on the program.  He shared these experiences with hotel management, “I don’t know if the television crew spoke to you after our night monitoring Theodora’s room (Room 419), but we had quite an exciting night!  While monitoring our subject sleeping in that room, several lamps turned themselves on and off.  First it was a floor lamp in the couch/TV area.  Then it was the nightstand lamp right beside the bed.  While we were marveling over the bedside lamp switching on and off, the closet door in the room opened all by itself!  What’s better, this all happened on camera!”

The Fuji Tv show makes the sixteenth paranormal program produced featuring the Crescent Hotel in the last dozen years.  The most recent is an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America” which recently debuted.

Some of the most haunting Crescent stories to emerge in 2018 are those recounted the hotel’s ghost tour guides.  Here are a few:

> At the conclusion of one of our nightly tours, two ladies -sisters- stopped me to ask a question.  The blonde-haired lady asked me why I didn’t introduce the gentleman who was sitting in the rocking chair during my opening remarks in the hotel’s history room where we start each of our tours.  I looked at her and told her there was no one sitting in the rocking chair.  Her sister laughed and said, “That’s what I told her!”  The blonde sister went on to say that he was wearing a three-piece brown suit and a rounded hat, and that he smiled, laughed and rocked all during my opening comments.

> One night in the morgue (which is located in the hotel’s basement, used as such by Norman Baker during the time he operated a ‘cancer curing’ hospital in the Crescent during the late 1930s), I had just brought my tour in and they were beginning to sit in the front area.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man high-stepping into the autopsy room.  He wore a dark suit and top hat.  I excused myself and went into the room, looked around and even opened the meat locker (where Baker stored cadavers and body parts), but there was no one there.  However, I saw him as plain as day.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I had goose bumps.

> While supervising one of my tours, I was standing against the wall across from the SkyBar located on the hotel’s fourth floor when, to my left, I saw an orange-striped tabby cat at the end of the hall.  I walked down to that area, looked left and right but there was no cat.  I just knew it was Morris, the hotel’s orange-striped tabby cat for 21 years from 1973 to 1994 and is buried -complete with headstone- in the hotel’s East Lawn garden, was paying us another visit!  (Note: a cat-like entity is often “felt” in the hotel’s lobby rubbing up against a guest’s leg or jumping into a guest’s lap right below the Morris’ memorial poem and photo.)

> One night this summer, I had a full ghost tour of 24 people seated in the entranceway of the morgue.   As I stood up to make my presentation, I heard distinct footsteps in the autopsy room which was just down the short hallway from us.  It sounded like someone was pacing back and forth.  I had an eerie feeling that it might be a ghost and that I was the only one who was hearing the footsteps.  A few seconds later as I was presenting the story of Norman Baker, I noticed that no one on the tour was listening to me; they seemed distracted.  So, I paused and asked the group, “Do you hear footsteps?”  They all nodded in unison.

While the Crescent’s ghost tour guides capture many stories, guests are also encouraged to submit experiential stories and photos on the “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Facebook page.  Many of these photos include orbs that paranormal theorists contend contain the energy of one or more ghosts or entities.  Here is one such account:

>I captured a lot of different orbs on my phone’s camera but I had one orb, seen by my naked eye, basically like kind of attack me.  It came from across the room down in the morgue and zig-zagged at me then flew behind me.  It made me feel very uncomfortable, plus I got super cold.  A few seconds later, it appeared again, coming from behind me, traveling back across the room straight at me.  However, this second time, it stopped and was just like hovering in front of me as if it were checking me out, eventually disappearing.  What they say about the morgue being (paranormally) active is true indeed.

“The best thing about our mountaintop spa resort is that it is a Historic Hotel of America best known for weddings, romance travel, and a family gathering place,” explained Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of communications. “And, oh by the way, the 1886 Crescent Hotel is also said to have ghosts or what we like to call, ‘guests who check out but never leave’.  Our haunted persona is just another avenue for creating lifetime memories.”

Halloween Seance at the Crescent Hotel

On the heels of last years Amazing and hair-raising Séance – Intrigue theater’s Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay return to the Crystal Ballroom – to present an evening of Mysteries that embody the Legends and History of Eureka Springs Crown Jewel – the Crescent Hotel.

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The Crescent Hotel
The Crescent Hotel’s legacy is built on many different personalities and none were more notorious than that of Dr. Norman Baker.  But long before he was a “doctor” he was starstruck with the highest grossing performer on the Vaudeville circuit  Ms Anna Eva Fay – the indescribable phenomenon.

The Original Ghost Talker
She was born of the spiritualist movement and could see and tell things from the other side.  Juliana Fay’s Ghost Talker performance is a tribute to Anna Eva Fay and on Halloween Night she will start off the evening with her nationally recognized talents.

The Hypnotist
Norman Baker was so inspired by Anna Eva Fay that he became a vaudeville performer himself as a “MESMERIST”  (HYPNOTIST).   Sean-Paul will bring audience members on stage and put them under trance to perform an full-on Hypnosis segment as a tribute to Norman Baker.   The finale of this segment will be a Past life Regression experiment with someone from the audience.

The Séance! 

Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay will continue to lay out the personalities that are believed to side reside in the haunted hotel and will begin the Séance with more paranormal experiments involving members of the audience.    The night will crescendo will the entire audience taking out their pendulums and or their favorite Ghost Hunting apps as Sean-Paul and Juliane will engage the spirits of the Crescent with a custom crafted script just for  the night.     Sean-Paul recently shared, “The results of  the séance from last year were beyond what we were expecting and we are excited to see what will happen this year!”

Show Begins at 9 p.m  First Segment will be 45 minutes to an hour.
Then a break to refresh the spirits (drinks)  and purchase pendulums
2nd half will begin around 10:15p.m.  and run around 45 minutes
Evening should be done by 11 pm.

Seating:

VIP Seating (Front center/2 rows) $45 Per Person

Premium Seating (Side of Stage/2 Rows)  $39 Per Person

General Seating $32 Per Person

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