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Published by The Springs Magazine, 2019-12-30 16:38:01

January 2020

January 2020

2 • The Springs • January 2020

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Arkansas Shorts: A Night
of Short Film 2020

Low Key Arts and Superior Bathhouse Brewery present the 13th annual
Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film festival on Saturday, January 4, at the historic
Malco Theatre (817 Central Ave) in downtown Hot Springs. 

Directed once again by acclaimed Hot Springs filmmaker, Jen Gerber,
Arkansas Shorts is the only festival of its kind in the state and showcases emerging
talent from far and wide. It’s also a great way to celebrate a new year, Hot Springs style!

Similar to previous years, the festival features three blocks of short films
presented over the course of the evening: an International block containing a grab
bag of subjects from around the world, hand-selected by veteran programmer, Chris
Wilks; a North American block featuring high-profile, award-winning work from
around the U.S. and Canada; and, last but not least, the juried selection of Arkansas-
made short films, including those produced in the 2019 Inception to Projection
filmmaking program, right here in Hot Springs.

Doors will open at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 4 and, in the tradition of
the event, free digital portrait photos will be taken in the upstairs lobby, so you’ll
want to come dressed to impress! SQZBX Pizza and Brewery will have pizza by the
slice for sale in the Malco lobby throughout the evening.

The schedule of screening Blocks is as follows:
3:30-4:30 International Block
5:00-6:00 North American Block
7:30-10:00 Arkansas Shorts Block (and awards)
The Blocks are priced at $10 each, or a Festival Pass including all three
of the Blocks plus admittance to an after party is available for $20. The festival is
sponsored by Superior Bathhouse Brewery which will host the after party beginning
at 10:00 pm. A Festival Pass wristband is required to attend the after party.
Tickets are available in advance from and will
also be available at the door beginning at 3:00 pm. For further info, please
contact lowke[email protected] or visit Facebook: Arkansas Shorts: A Night
of Short Film.

Last Chance to Visit Simmons
& Stephens Exhibit

at January Gallery Walk

Two of Arkansas’s most
accomplished artists, Gary Simmons and
Richard Stephens, both residents of Hot
Springs, have been featured in a joint
exhibit at the Hot Springs Convention
Center which opened in October and
will end January 4. One of the last
opportunities to see the exhibit will be
during Gallery Walk, Friday, January 3.

The exhibit is PEN AND
PAINT: The Art of Gary Simmons and
Richard Stephens. The art in this show
represents who Simmons and Stephens
have become as individual artists outside
of their commercial and academic pasts.

Each artist brings a dimension
to his art that, on the surface, wouldn’t January 3rd Gallery Walk is the last chance to
suggest compatibility for these two visit the exhibit of Richard Stephens and Gary
artists. Stephens’ watercolors are noted Simmons at the HS Convention Center.
for their loose and passionate brushwork.
Simmons’ pen work is noted for something close to the opposite with its delicate
and deliberate line work. Stephens’ work suggests spontaneous observation and
dramatic response from the audience. Simmons’ approach is inevitably narrative,
suggesting some story line or personal statement, relying on the audience’s curiosity
and interest in the mystery.

For the past 20 years Stephens has shared his passion for watercolor by
conducting painting workshops around the country. The son of schoolteachers,
Stephens’ comfortable personality and easy style are well adapted to the classroom.

Simmons is a nationally recognized pen-and-ink artist. In 1992, he wrote
The Technical Pen: Techniques for Artists, published by New York’s Watson-
Guptill Publishers. Recently the book was reissued by Echo Point Books. It has
been critically acclaimed as the bible of pen and ink.

Simmons and Stephens works are available through their websites - www. and respectively, and on Facebook. For
more information call Mary Zunick at 501-321-2027.

4 • The Springs • January 2020 Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Stay c Learn c Enjoy
Eat c Hike c Walk c Play
Shop c Tour c Drink

100 Block Ouachita Ave 300 Block Ouachita Ave Garland County Courthouse Garland County Election
Government Offices Commission
Lender’s Title Company Home Instead Senior Care Hamp Williams Building Vote Here!
Largest independent title & In-home care for Seniors Event venue Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Surfas Culinary District Hot Springs Documentary Film
escrow agency in AR & LA The Courthouse Chapel HS DOC FILM FESTIVAL Quality cookware & equipment Festival Office
Taco Mama Restaurant Thrifty Nickel
Olde Crow Chili Parlor & Mercantile Elopements, Weddings & Mary Catherine Liscinski, LPC Open now! Classified ads newspaper
Daily food/drink specials & Photography LifeWalk Professional Counseling, LLC GRAND LAGNIAPPE SHOPPE
Solution Focused Brief Therapy 600 Block West Grand Ave
entertainment. SixtyOne Celsius The Parlour 600 Block Ouachita Ave
Metaphysical shop Willis & Son Roofing
Landmark Building Full-service communication firm Anchor TLI Printing Roofing contractor
HIgh-end body piercing studio Full-service print & design shop
200 Block Ouachita Ave Beverly’s Casual Shop Just Swanky Consignment Boutique Superior Senior Care 700 Block West Grand Ave
Women’s boutique Upscale resale shop In-home care services
3B’s Bar & Grill Riley Art Glass Studio
Lavish Boutique Stroope Tire, Inc. 400 Block Ouachita Ave Dive bar, pool tables Glass blowing, gallery & demos
Stylish & trendy women’s boutique Tire dealer & repair shop Merritt Wholesale Distributors
Mariposa Design Food service distributor 800 Block West Grand Ave
Starlite Club OLDE CROW Vintage decor, design Best Motel Tourist Court
Private Club 21+ Bar, pool tables + M&M Travel Consultants Boutique motor court & cafe Grand Lagniappe Shoppe
Vacations & adventures Women’s apparel & Tea Room
SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint
Lunch & dinner; entertainment 500 Block Ouachita Ave RILEY ART GLASS STUDIO

KUHS 102.5 Big Axe Battleground
Hot Springs Solar Powered Axe throwing
Community Radio

Mountain Valley Armory Century 21 Parker & Scroggins
JUST SWANKY Real estate agency

Splash Wine Bar
Wine, beer, appetizers & entertainment

Colorado Grill
Southwest restaurant

“Feelin’ Groovy” in
Hot Springs!

Feelin’ Groovy is

a husband and wife musical

duo, Glen & Bethany

Gaboury, from the Hot

Springs, Arkansas area.

Glen & Bethany

are a musical couple joined

in marriage as well as in

their love of music. Glen

is a talented musician who

plays guitar and keyboards.

Bethany provides vocals and


Sometimes funny, This talented couple, Glen & Bethany Gaboury, bring
sometimes serious, and back the music of the 60s and 70s.
sometimes just crazy,

their performances are inspirational and always family friendly. In addition to

entertaining, Bethany works as a Human Resources Professional and Glen is a

Customer Service Representative.

So how did this Groovy couple get started and how is it going? Both have

a background in music, and sang together for the first time at their wedding. In

2018, they began playing music in local churches and open mic nights. The Feelin’

Groovy Facebook page was started in February of this past year and has since

grown to over 1300 followers.

By May, the couple had their first paying gig and have stayed busy

throughout the remainder of 2019. Feelin’ Groovy has performed locally at the

Beehive Neighborhood Hangout and The Saint at Isabella in Hot Springs Village,

the Historic Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market, Grateful Head Pizza, Red

Light Roastery, Adair Park, and various other parties and venues around town.

Feelin’ Groovy is available for booking in the Hot Springs area. Their

focus is on music from the 60’s and 70’s in a variety of genres including Pop/Rock,

Folk, Country, Easy Listening, Light Jazz, Gospel, etc. They can easily tailor a

show to fit a variety of venues including restaurants, supper clubs, outdoor festivals,

night clubs, private parties, fundraisers, and more.

Contact Glen at 501-408-9466, for booking information and rates. On

Saturday, January 18, Feelin’ Groovy will perform from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at

Grateful Head Pizza & Beer Garden, 100 Exchange Street.

Peace, Love, Music and Pizza! Check their Facebook page and their

website, for additional information.

New Artistic Director on Board for The Springs • January 2020 • 5

25th Anniversary Season of the DGC Will Hold a Variety of
Marketing Training Classes in 2020
Hot Springs Music Festival
Designs Group Consulting (DGC), your
May 2020 marks the 25th Season local marketing team, is pleased to announce new
video marketing services as well as marketing
for the Hot Springs Music Festival and training classes.

to begin their celebrations, the Festival is Since video marketing is a must in
2020, DGC added a variety of video options to
pleased to announce the appointment of its marketing services including splash, explainer,
doodle, Facebook covers, commercials, and book
Sameer Patel as the new Artistic Director trailer videos. Call 501-204-4598 to find out more.

and Principal Conductor. DGC will also be hosting training classes in 2020 at Arvest Bank off
HWY 7 by Wal-Mart in Hot Springs Village. To keep the training sessions intimate,
Maestro Patel is internationally attendance will be limited to a maximum of 20 individuals per class. Sign up today
recognized for his deep musicianship
Beginner Social Media Training – May 13 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. $40/
and passionate communication and is Person; Pizza lunch included 

considered one of America's most exciting Intermediate Social Media Training - Jun. 11 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
$40/Person; Pizza lunch included 
young conductors.
Digital Marketing Basics - Jul. 13 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. $55/Person;
He continues as Associate Pizza lunch included 

Conductor of the Sun Valley Music Marketing Strategy Class - Aug. 12 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. $100/
Person; Pizza lunch included 
Festival and recently concluded an
Video & Print Marketing Basics - Oct. 15 @ 3 – 4:30 PM. $40/Person
acclaimed tenure as Associate Conductor Designs Group Consulting (DGC), based in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas,
offers hands-on, full-service marketing solutions for businesses across America,
of the San Diego Symphony. With an taking a one-on-one approach to marketing. From strategic planning to graphic and
web design, production, implementation, media buying and distribution—print,
unending enthusiasm for understanding digital and social—the company helps their business partners navigate the complex
marketing world.
the music of our time, Sameer has Not only does DGC offer top notch industry and market knowledge, but
the company also strives to offer “superior customer service,” says Dannet Botkin,
curated programs and has championed DGC President and Founder. “We are reliable, responsive, and caring.” 
To learn more about DGC services, visit
music by living composers such as Adam

Maestro Sameer Patel has been appointed as the Schoenberg, Anna Clyne, Mason Bates,
new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. and others.

Maestro Patel was a Conducting

Apprentice with the Hot Springs Music Festival in 2008. He returned in 2009, where he

met his future wife Shannon, who was an Arts Administration Apprentice. They make

their home in Southern California and have a young son, Devan.

For more information about the Hot Springs Music Festival and the 25th

anniversary celebration, please visit The 25th Season dates are May

31 through June 13, 2020.

Mutiny & Murder on Photo Exhibit Depicts
the Ouachita Sea
ARRRRR Mateys……Mutiny and Life in Ireland

murder may be brewing as something strange An international exhibit of photographs

is happening on the Jolly Rancher Ship since it depicting life in Ireland will be on display at the

has been sailing on the Ouachita Sea. Captain Hot Springs Convention Center for two months in

James Hook is as fearless as ever---even 2020, including the date of Hot Springs’ world-

though many of his enemies are lurking around famous World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

the water edges. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell are A Photo Album of Ireland, consisting of

The cast from last year’s Murder and flying close by. Captain Greybeard has been 85 photographs depicting all aspects of Irish life
Macabre Mystery Dinner Theater. (l to r) eyeing the Jolly Rancher while Davy Jones
seeks gold and booty and Calypso has stayed from the perspective of private individuals and
Frank Janaskie, Lynn Janaskie, Steve near the surface of the treacherous water.
Freeman, T.J Griffith, Bill Hallbrook. families, will open January 18 and run through
The Murder and Macabre Dinner
March 18.

Theater will host this “who dun it” during Valentine’s Weekend…Friday, February 14 and “We are really pleased this exhibit of life

Saturday, February 15 at The Porterhouse Restaurant, 707 Central Ave. The Porterhouse in Ireland will be on display in Hot Springs in the

will cater a buffet dinner and a cash bar will be available. Come dressed as your favorite days leading up to and including our famous St. An exhibit of 85 photos of life
Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Steve Arrison, CEO in Ireland will be on display
pirate or water creature and enter the costume contest. The price is $50 per person and of Visit Hot Springs. “Our parade has generated
tremendous worldwide attention for Hot Springs, through March 18.
reservations are needed. You must be 21 or over to attend. For tickets and more information,

call 501-627-5534. especially in Ireland and among those Americans of Irish descent. We think A Photo

The “Real” World... Album of Ireland is really appropriate for Hot Springs and our visitors.

Organizers of the exhibit describe it as “a celebration of ordinary and

January 2020 begins the best year yet!! 2019 was good, extraordinary histories, viewed from the perspective of private individuals and
but 2020 will be better. Interest rates for homes are still great and
inventory is low. That means it’s a great time to buy or sell a home. families.” The 85 photographs in the exhibit are from the earliest photographs taken
If you’re selling, tidy up after the holidays, get the leaves out of
the gutters, and change your air filters. If you’re looking to buy, get in the 1850s to the advent of the digital era in the early 1990s, revealing details
prequalified and interview a couple of Realtors - you can be in a
new home before the next holiday. about how people lived, worked, and gathered, that official historical records may

Team Thomason, with Hot Springs 1st Choice, has over have overlooked.
13 years of experience to help you along the way.
“Taken as a whole, this collection creates a rich tapestry of images that

tells of the triumphs and turmoils in the life of a nation,” according to the Culture

Kelly & Wayne Ireland’s International Culture Programme. “From quotidian scenes of pastoral
“Team Thomason”
picnics, holiday celebrations and parlor portraits to snapshots documenting the

impact of The Troubles in the North; from joyful wedding parties to solemn funerary

processions, A Photo Album of Ireland presents the people’s account of history that

is at once personal and powerful.”

The exhibition will present an extensive range of digitized images from

early Ambrotype portraits and informal Box Brownie images to 35-mm documentary

photographs and Polaroid images. For more information, call 501-321-2027.

6 • The Springs • January 2020 Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Stay c Learn c Enjoy
Eat c Hike c Walk c Play
Shop c Tour c Drink

100 Block Park Ave 500 Block Park Ave 1884 Wildwood Bed & Breakfast 1000 Block Park Ave
Bed and breakfast
Majestic Lawn North Star Liquor/Big A’s Liquor Red Light Roastery Coffee House
Historic landmark Wine, beer & spirits Parkway Court Small batch, craft coffee roastery
Daily, weekly, monthly
200 Block Park Ave 700 Block Park Ave Larkmartin Soaps
Park Avenue Hair Handmade soaps and lotions
Tootsies Precision cuts by appointment Uptown Barber Shop
Petsitting, DIY dog bath & unique Bailey’s Dairy Treat Bower Motel 1010 Liquor
dog gifts One of three drive-ins in town Taquira Jamiez
Mexican Food Epic Cabinets & Design Wine, beer & spirits

The Arrangement Countertops, cabinets & accessories RED LIGHT ROASTERY
400 Block Park Ave Swan Song Spa Spa City Cycling Sales & Service
Spa services and natural springs Red Box Bike service & repair, parts & accessories
water fed Jacuzzi bath Movie rentals
One Stop Detail Shop
Arkansas Tower Motel
Auto detail Bohemia Vintage Market Short-Dodson House/ Tower
Motel, built in 1901
The Hot Springy Dingy Small grocery market & thrift store Budget Inn/Relax Inn
E-Z Mart
Unique gifts, fine jewelry from Block Park Ave Fast stop Lynwood Motel

600around the world, costume rentals The Gold Inn Shell Gas Station 100 Block Arbor Street
Park Haven Community Garden Quaint Uptown motel
Red Beard’s Living Canvass Tat- Community vegetable garden Family Dollar Low Key Arts
toos & Piercing 800 Block Park Ave Independent music and art.
Tattoos & piercings Coffeehouse 2 Blocks
Haven United Methodist Thrift Store David F. Watkins Memorial Park Coffee Roaster Join the
HOT SPRINGY DINGY Bargains galore Community Park under construction. “Light Uptown
Phase 1. Come watch it develop. 900 Block Park Ave
Dame Fortune’s Cottage Court Project”
An historic boutique motel where 910 Park Avenue Food Court For details,
modern amenities and vintage A beautiful neighborhood venue stop in at
-inspired design merge with for gatherings and food events Hot Springy
mid-century “roadside” motor Dingy or ask
court cool. the Uptown

Stargazing and Music
in January

@ GC Library

By Paul Kagebein

January 2020, at the Garland

County Library, sets the tone for the new

year by trying a variety of new events and

implementing some progressive changes.

On Tuesday, January 14, the

library will host, in partnership with

the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance,

the first installment of the Arkansas

Highlands Folk Project: An Introduction

to Traditional Music. Listen to and learn

from performers from across the state as

they showcase this toe-tapping, fun-filled

genre of music.

History buffs will appreciate

learning about the origins of music from the

Ouachita & Ozark Mountains. Attendees Paul Kagebein, Adult Services
are even encouraged to play along or dance, Programmer at GC Library.
should they want to. This series is meant to

be an interactive celebration of all things local folk music.

Also, in January, the popular Winter Watching Program returns, lasting

the entirety of January and February. Patrons who borrow DVDs or Blu-Rays from

the library will be rewarded with a raffle slip for every one checked out. These slips

can be distributed upon return among the potential prizes of their choice. Patrons

can check out up to 15 DVDs and 5 Blu-Rays at a time, so an avid film aficionado

could theoretically have hundreds of entries by the time the program ends!

Other January programming highlights include the competitive

Adult Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday, January 11, the astronomical

STARGAZING 101 on Thursday, January 23, the adorable Iditarod Sled Dog

Presentation on Saturday, January 25, and the heartbreaking story of Kalaupapa:

The Last Remaining Leprosy Colony in the U.S. on Monday, January 27.

Visit the library online at or call the library at 501-

623-4161 or 501-922-4483 for information about special events, library collections,

or library services. The library is located at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs.  

The Springs • January 2020 • 7

Thinking Back Day

By David Rose

I am waxing cosmic of late. It must be

the approach of the new year, the new decade.

It releases my mind from the constraints of

time and frees it to wander even more than the

norm. Thinking ahead toward what might yet be,

thinking back to what could have been. Today is

thinking back day.

Second grade, that was the turning point.

I’m pretty sure it was in second grade that my

cosmic train left the tracks. I can even pinpoint

the exact moment. We were huddled under our

David Rose desks for one of a continuing series of duck and
cover drills, when I had my first epiphany.

Above my head was an inch of wood. Good hard maple, but wood none-

the-less. It would be all that was to protect me from a Russian A-bomb: the flash,

the blast wave, the fireball, the radioactive curtain. I calculated the odds and came

to the conclusion that if that bomb were to fall, I was charcoal.

We were told that bomb could come at any time, day or night. We had also

been given an abundant amount of home work. I weighed the two, one against the

other. If I were to spend that evening doing my homework and the Russians dropped

the bomb before class tomorrow, what a fool I would have been. I decided the smart

move was to quit doing homework. Of course, I blamed it on the Russians. My

academic performance, which was anemic at best, flat-lined.

As an artist, David Rose won both the Arkansas Governor’s Award and the

Delta Award. His works are in the collections of Tim Robbins, Bruce Springsteen, &

Susan Sarandon. As a writer he flunked every English class he ever sat in. Born in

Woodstock, NY, he is very much a product of the 1960s and never really managed to

escape that fabled decade. Visit Rose at

B019GBJI9C/ and on Facebook.

About the Cover...
Playing with Fire Since 2006

Our spectacular January
2020 cover is brought to you by...The
Riley Brothers - Charles and Michael.
We at The Springs Magazine, invite
you to stop into their studio and
ponder the creativity these two
glass-blowing brothers put into
every piece of art they create. Kind
of like “those” potato chips, we
think you’ll not be leaving with
just one piece.

So, about them… The
Riley brothers founded their
studio together back in 2006.
A humble start in the garage
next to their home. Since then
they have focused their energy
solely on making the best art
glass they can, using very old
techniques with a modern style.

Working together on every piece, the two
have learned to work with barely a word spoken between them, unless they’re
demonstrating for visitors when they’re eager to explain and happy to answer

As they continue to push themselves with vigor every week regardless
of the heat and long hours, they hope to spread the knowledge of glassblowing far
beyond themselves.

Riley Art Glass Studio is located in the beautiful “Sidetown” area of Hot
Springs. The studio finds itself inside the former Fire Station #4 built in 1904 – Oh!
the stories those walls could tell. After an entire year of remodeling and putting
glassblowing on hold, the old firehouse was open again, with new purpose and fire
breathing equipment, too!

Stop in and decide for yourself which is the “older brother” and which is
the “smart, funny, talented, good looking brother.” The word around here is… these
two could both be billed as the “hottest” guys in town!

Riley Art Glass Studio is located at 710 W Grand Ave. Visit www. and Facebook.

8 • The Springs • January 2020 Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Stay c Learn c Enjoy
Eat c Hike c Walk c Play
Shop c Tour c Drink

100 Block Central Ave Bathhouse Row Winery Gangster Museum of America MTN VALLEY WATER
AR wine selections. Tastings daily. Guided tour exposes the underground
Fat Jack’s Oyster & Sports Bar world of Central Avenue
Great food, music. Pets OK on patio Snazzies, Inc. Historic District Antiques
Kollective Coffee & Tea Young, contemporary, funky boutique Estate jewelry, lighting, glass, & furniture
Organic & local for breakfast & lunch Petals, Purses, Etc.
The Colonial Pancake & Waffle House The Bath Factory Blushed Beauty Boutique Exclusive handbags, women’s &
Breakfast & brunch. As seen in Handcrafted soaps & indulgences for Gifts, makeup & makeup services children’s clothing & gifts
Southern Living! bath & body State & Pride Provisions Co.
Rings ‘n’ Things Toy Chest One-of-a-kind store. Goods, gifts,
Fun fashion jewel Beef Jerky Outlet Timeless & specialty toys, books, apparel that reflect Arkansas culture
Freedom United Salon Wall to wall jerky. Popcorn, sauces science kits, and more
HIghly trained staff. Progressive work. 600 Block Central Ave Blue Waters Fine Art Gallery
Arlington Hotel It’s All About Rocks Sculpture, art, pottery, iron-work,
LITTLE JEWEL BOX Historic hotel, largest hotel in AR Rocks & unique merchandise Angel’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria wood, glass, outsider art
Hot Springs Mercantile
The Villa Boutique Eco-friendly, organic, sustainable goods
Apparel, bath & body, linens, jewelry,
and accessories Mamoos Paradice Cream EVILO Oils & Vinegars Italian specialties for lunch and dinner Justus Fine Art Gallery
Metaphysical Connection Only Homemade ice cream in Delectable oils & vinegars, tastings daily Fine art gallery features established &
Shop, Reiki, massage & Tarot readings Downtown. Gluten-free pastries. Artists’ Workshop Gallery
Colonial Candy Corner Convenience Store Granny’s Kitchen Cooperative gallery with 30 local artists emerging artists
Retro & nostalgic candy, ice cream Southern breakfast, lunch and dinner
The Little Jewel Box Love Zen Aromatherapy Lounge Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Boutique for antiques, estate and Plum Pretty Boutique Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium Shiatsu massage chairs, infused teas, Authentic NY brick oven pizza
designer jewelry beer & wine Core Public House
Kringles in the Park Latest fashions for women of all ages Handcrafted locally-soap & bath luxuries All Things Arkansas Beer, wine, and spirits
Christmas, seasonal, collectible & gifts Products made in AR & relating to AR
Faith & Flair Boutique Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum Bathhouse Row US Post Office 801 Spencer’s Corner
Women’s boutique clothing Journey through the Seven Magic
The Springs Hotel & Spa Worlds of this museum
Casual hotel and spa with 139 rooms Superior Bathhouse Brewery
Beverly’s Casual Shop/You-nique 4D Adventure Thermal springs brewery, restaurant
Boutique The amazing 4D simulation will leave & special event venue Brian G Wilson Photography
Classy and fabulous boutique! you enthralled! DeSoto Rock & Gift Shop Portraits & weddings
Mountain Valley Spring Company Hotel Hale Locally crafted jewelry & minerals
Tour the Visitor Center/Museum. Full Spa City Tropical Winery & Gifts Boutique hotel with two restaurants Hot Springs Visitor Center Next Generation Tye-Dyes & Apparel
line of MV Water merchandise. 100% tropical fruit, berry & citrus wine Fordyce Bathhouse Tourist information center Cotton clothes & beddingn
Kilwins Nat’l Park Visitor Center & museum
200 Block Central Ave Since 1947, chocolates, ice cream & more Quapaw Baths & Spa STEINHAUS KELLER Picante’s Mexican Grill
Authentic Mexican dishes
National Park Aquarium
Freshwater & saltwater fish, frogs, Earthbound Trading Company Thermal pools & baths, plus luxurious Brick House Grill
tortoises, & lizards Unique apparel, accessories & home decor spa services Steaks, burgers, salads and much more
Rolando’s Restaurante
Latin American fare. Full bar & patio 300 Block Central Ave Ozark Bathhouse Steinhaus Keller
GR8 Escapes Arkansas Cultural center, open on weekends German food & biergarten Outdoor seating
Escape room. Discover clues & solve
puzzles. Ages 12 & up The Buffalo Co. Buckstaff Baths Mirror Mirror Salon
Savory Pantry High quality men’s clothing & accessories Our only remaining traditional Beauty cosmetics & personal care
Gourmet gift baskets & edible essentials thermal bathing facility
Pancake Shop Gary Morris Interiors
Serving breakfast exclusively. Family Tombstone Old Time Photos Lamar Bathhouse Unique décor, lamps and gifts
owned & operated
Art by the Park Wild West, gangster portraits taken & Bathhouse Row Emporium Stephano Brothers Jewelry
Original oil paintings and frames processed while you wait Vintagte & one-of-a-kind jewelry
Silver Coconut Thai-Me Spa 400 Block Central Ave 700 Block Central Ave Dapper & Debonaire
Collegiate, boutique baby items, & Grooming goods for the modern male.
high end home accents Pampering massage, skin treatments, Lauray’s Jewelers Maxine’s Live Veteran owned
nail & body services. Exquisite bridal, custom designs, & Live music, food, craft beer & drinks

Argentinian Coffee & Wine Bar revolutionary repairs A Narrow Escape
Brain-teaser escape room. Ages 8 & up
Argentinian delicacies, ultimate Red Sunflower Boutique Hot Springs Trolley Tours
Buenos Aires bar experience! Women’s and girls’ clothing boutique Trolley tours of Hot Springs area.
Special events.
The Mountain’s Edge Subway
Arkansas’ largest retail knife store The Porterhouse Steak and Seafood Submarine sandwich shop
BUBBALU’S BURGERS&DOGS 1000Prime-only steaks and seafood cuisine

Bubbalu’s Bodacious Burgers Copper Penny Pub Block Central Ave
Burgers, hot dogs & ice cream
Irish pub, food, beer, big screen TVs Will’s Cinnamon Shop
Homemade, totally from scratch
Stella Mae’s…Out of the Ordinary Vault 723 cinnamon rolls
Retro inspired clothing for rockabilly Timeless Vault Dining
hellcats & pinup dolls
Downtowner Marketplace GRATEFUL HEAD
Chez Julie’ Boutique Vendors in one location with home
Perfect blend of home, fashion & decor, boutiques and artisans
personal accessories
Rocket Fizz
Ginger’s Popcorn Largest selection of candy & soda
The best darn popcorn in the South! ever found in one store!

Oxy-Zen All Things Natural American Art Gallery & Gifts
Bring home the wonder & beauty of nature Local, regional, national & int’l artists
Oxygen bar to restore, relax & revive! National Park Duck Tours
Hot Springs Hat Co. Land & water tours on Lake Hamilton Jack Knife Barbershop
All things barbering
Hats for men and women The Glitzy Girls by Bear Necessities

Spa Souvenirs & Gifts Upscale women’s boutique/ Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre 100 Block Exchange
Daily dinner & live theatre
Unique & locally made/designed items. accessories, on-site handmade jewelry Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Beer Garden
800 Block Central Ave Experience Deadhead-Brauhaus
The Ohio Club Renee’s Culture. Gin Joint-Live Music
Since 1905, the oldest bar in Arkansas Women’s apparel, jewelry & home décor The Humidor
Cigar Lounge F REE PARKIN G
Great food & live music 500 Block Central Ave Legacy Fine Art Gallery
The Avenue Artwork by local & int’l artists 128 Exchange St Parking Deck
Maxwell Blade’s Theatre of Magic
Upscale restaurant and bar located in Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcake Shoppe Magic & comedy for the whole family PAID PARKIN G
The Waters Hotel As seen on CUPCAKE WARS!
2 HR Meters on Central Ave
The Waters Hotel Pour Some Sugar on Me Sweet Shoppe
Historic, boutique hotel, 62 rooms Candy & delectable delights.

The Springs • January 2020 • 9

Master Gardeners:
Favorite Shade Plant -
By Sharon Dent

Many homeowners in the area have

shade or partial-shade yards. Hostas and

other shade loving plants do well in the Hot

Springs area in zones 7-8. One 18-inch-tall Renowned Artist Qiang Huang
Presents Still Life Workshop in
ornamental plant that is particularly happy
Hot Springs Village
here is Hellebore and a species called Lenten

Rose. What’s not to like. It is evergreen,

blooming in either early winter or late Hellebore blooms in either early winter
winter-early spring. The bloom period is or late winter-early spring.

unusually long —at least a month with the

flowers staying on the plant for 3-4 months. They are resistant to deer and voles. Brush Strokes Art Club in Hot Springs Village is

Hellebores like evenly moist soil with a neutral pH. They can be a little excited to be sponsoring a 3-day still life oil/acrylic workshop

slow to establish, but need little attention after their 3rd year. A little lime can correct featuring Texas artist Qiang Huang (pronounced “Chong

acid soil returning the pH to 6-7. Wong”) as the instructor.

These plants also appreciate a light application of granular fertilizer or Huang is a nationally recognized artist and instructor

side-dressing of compost in early spring. Prune back damaged foliage in early who has trained under some of today’s most notable artists,

spring making sure not to snip off emerging growth. including David Leffel, Scott Burdick, Carolyn Anderson and

This easy evergreen or herbaceous plant has 20 species, and can have Sherrie McGraw. He is a guest artist with the Putney Painters

white, yellow, pink, soft green, red or purple flowers. Due to recent hybridizing and has painted many times with the modern masters of

activity, the plants now are available with single, double and anemone-centered representational art, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Artist/Instructor
An engaging and much sought-after instructor, Qiang Huang to
flowers. Hellebores enliven woodland gardens along pathways, under trees and in present workshop in
Huang teaches workshops all over the United States and
clumps taking center stage. abroad. He is a signature member of Oil Painters of America April, 2020.

The Garland County Extension Office at 236 Woodbine, in Hot Springs,

will do a soil test for you free of charge to establish the pH level of your soil. and has been featured in Southwest Art and American Artist

Advanced Garland County Master Gardener, Sharon Dent, volunteers with magazines. More information about Huang and additional photos of his art can be

GC Master Gardeners of the UofA Div. of Agriculture, Cooperative Ext. Service. seen on his website,

Master Gardeners pool skills and resources to improve home horticulture, stimulate The workshop will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hot

interest in plants and gardening, and encourage beautification. For more info, call 501- Springs Village, April 7-9, 2020. For more information, visit the Brush Strokes

623-6841 or email [email protected]. The University of Arkansas System Division of website at or contact Rita Turner at [email protected] or

Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  903-814-3774.

10 • The Springs • January 2020 January Art Matters

January marks a “Year of Months” for our renowned Gallery Walk. Coming in at
#365, we can’t help but puff up a bit with pride over this singular accomplishment – 365
consecutive months – of getting together for First Fridays. Due to the commitment of the
many and varied gallery owners, the loyalty of our art fans, the creativity and talent of our
artists, and the support of the local businesses, we’ll stroll historic Downtown, as well as
Uptown and Sidetown, one more time.

Plan to enjoy the paintings, pottery, sculptures, woodwork, glass, textiles, jewelry,
singers, musicians, and lest we forget what Arkansans love to show up for... the free and
delicious sustenance generously provided by each gallery.

724 Central • 501-624-0550
Featuring work by Carole Beam,
Jimmy Leach, Ellen Schumacher
and Patricia Bailey. Wood turnings
by Virgil Barksdale. Southwest
gourds by Rick Carter. Pottery by
Valerie Hanks-Goetz. Southwest
Jewelry by Ernie Bolieu. Sculpture by Ghiglieti. Then &
Now books signed by Mike Blythe. Thomas Kinkade Studio
work in Gallery II. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm.

610A Central • 501-623-6401
January Feature – Members’
Show: The Featured Artists for
January are… well, there are 28 of
them. That’s because it’s our annual
“Members Show.” Get a snapshot
view of the work of our 28 talented members in our Featured
Artists section. Each artist was invited to submit one work
for the display. Each artist still has their exhibit space. AWG
welcomes the addition of three new artists– Irma McLeod
with crisp colorful acrylics, Chenyn Folsom featuring her
soothing poured paintings and John Troost, a multimedia
artist with quite an imagination! Featured Miniature Artists
are Jim Reimer and Joy Hill Clark. Jessieville High School
will be exhibiting a selection of their work in the gallery
through February, in coordination with Marla Carter,
Jessieville High School Art Teacher. Mon-Sat: 10 am-5 pm;
Sun: 12-5 pm.

825 Central • 501-701-8036 341A
Featuring handmade artist www.
creations ranging in size, price The
range, and style. This month’s Janua
highlights include hand-forged with t
and cast-iron decorative works for the home and garden,
including fountains, firepits, fireplace screens, furniture, JUST
and sculpture, created by local fine craftsmen at Tri-lakes 827A
Ornamental Ironworks on Valley Street, which celebrates 58 Justu
years of business in 2020. New signature pieces in different The J
art media will delight you, including 2-D and 3-D pieces extens
in oil, acrylic, clay, glass, wood, fiber and combinations featur
of materials. There’s always something new in the Justus
gallery. Open Thursday – Saturday. 10am – 5pm in winter. Rabor
Also, by appointment: 501-701-8036, Laura Blue Waters.   Thompson, and Elizabeth Web
by Beverly Buys, sculpture by
CUTWELL 4 KIDS STUDIO woodwork by Gene Sparling,
247 Silver St • 214-497-3715 The show will open with a
c4kar[email protected] Friday, January 3, in conjuncti
A community nonprofit that Walk in downtown Hot Sprin
provides a safe and encouraging display through January 31. Ow
space for area youth to express Justus Fine Art Gallery offers
themselves creatively through art. including sculpture, paintings,
With free summer art programs more by recognized artists. 10
and year-round studio space, C4K provides an alternative by appointment.
to negative activities and reckless behaviors by promoting
and supporting self-awareness and helping grow every
child’s uniqueness and individuality in the form of artistic

Gallery Walk #365 The Springs • January 2020 • 11

We’re a bit teary-eyed as we say Adieu to two of our friends in the gallery world
– the Crystal Springs Gallery folks are retiring and Gallery Central folks will be moving on
to new adventures. Perhaps we’ll see Laura and her crew again soon?

If this year flies by as quickly as 2019, we’ll barely have a chance to meet our 2020
New Year’s Resolutions. But, let’s make a collective grab at being resolute about attending
every Gallery Walk in 2020. Mark your calendars - First Friday of each month -5pm-9pm –
Downtown, Sidetown and Uptown! In the meantime, The Springs Magazine Team wishes
each and every one of you the best of everything in 2020… love, health, prosperity and a
big dash of humor to help the world go ‘round. See ya’ soon!

710 Grand Ave • 501-318-6193
The studio will be closed Jan 1-6.
But stop in after that to watch the
Riley’s as they create their art glass
(check glassblowing schedule on
website or FB.) While they work,
the brothers answer questions, explaining the process and
history of glassblowing. Tue-Sat, 9am-4pm.

801 Central, Ste 33
501-463-4158 •
The newly opened Stephano
Brothers Jewelry will host Katy
Wreyford with B/W photography
of Hot Springs and Linda Bush who
creates repurposed, multimedia
mosaics. Open Gallery Walk 5-9pm, serving hors d’oeuvres
and beverages. Take the elevator in Spencer’s Corner to
the 2nd floor to have a look at their unique collection of
wearable art. Regular hours are Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm.

307 Whittington • 501-607-0214
January will feature 51 local artists,
painters, potters, jewelry makers
and more. They will be serving free
beverages, food and great art in a
laid-back, fun atmosphere. Music
from the Tone Chasers. Plenty of
free and easy parking. They will be drawing a name of one
of their visitors to win a piece of John Faginkrantz’s artwork!
Be sure to sign up while you’re there. Come join the fun at
Gallery Walk, from 5-9pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm.

Whittington501-613-0385 107 Stillmeadow Ln • 501-617-0594 • Located in a beautiful setting, on a private nature preserve
gallery will be closed in south of Hot Springs, it’s the showcase for the wood sculpture,
ary but be sure to check in bowls & furniture made by Gene Sparling, and adjoins his
them in February. home/studio. Demos/shop tours may also be available.

Central • 501-321-2335 379 Fox Pass • 501-623-9906 •
Handmade Stoneware by Jim and Barbara Larkin. Beautiful wood fired pottery. Take a tour on Google Maps.
January exhibit will be an
sion of the December show THE PARLOUR HOT SPRINGS
ring paintings by Dolores 340 Ouachita • 501-701-4444
s, Sammy Peters, Laura
rn, Tony Saladino, Rebecca Art and retail that invokes a feeling of spooky New England
ber, along with photography mixed with the primitive South. Blown glass witch balls made
Robyn Horn and Sandra Sell, in the Carpathian Mtn region in Poland. Tues- Sat. 11am- 7pm.
, original jewelry, and more.
reception from 5-9 p.m. on TRADITIONAL ART GUILD
ion with the monthly Gallery [email protected]
ngs. The exhibit will be on TAG is composed of local artists/art enthusiasts who enjoy
wned by artist Dolores Justus, being part of a creative community which supports their
a wide range of original art growth as artists, regardless of their level of experience.
, ceramics, photography, and Monthly meetings are held at the library every 3rd Thursday,
0 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed-Sat and Sept-May, 9:30am. Visitors welcome. Meeting/artist demo
10am-noon. Membership $15/year. All artists are welcome.

12 • The Springs • January 2020

Are You a Treasure Hunter? Looky Here!

Shopping Locally can yield pirate
loot from around the world!

Explore the treasures in Hot Springs
and surrounding areas.
From resale shops to antique malls,
treasures await!

The Springs • January 2020 • 13

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
Racing Opening Day!

Save the date to your calendars now for the first day of Oaklawn's 2020
Race Season! Running from Opening Day, January 24 - May 2, 2020, the best
Thoroughbreds in the world compete for multi-million-dollars in purses.

Post Times
1:30 pm | Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
1:00 pm | Saturdays
12:30 pm | Opening Day (Jan. 24), Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2), Presidents' Day

(Feb. 17), Rebel Stakes Day (Mar. 14), AR Derby Day (Apr. 11) and Closing Day (May 2).
Gates open every race day at 11 am. 
If you are looking to plan a trip for the live season, remember general

admission is free every day, including Arkansas Derby Day. Seating reservations
can be made by calling 1-800-OAKLAWN, ext. 340 Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Reserved seating is located throughout the Grandstand area and is available
by the day or by the season. All reserved seating is now non-smoking throughout
the grandstand area. Reserved grandstand seats are $2.50 each on weekdays and
$4.50 each on Saturday and Sunday. *Please note there will be an 8-seat limit for
Arkansas Derby Day, April 11, 2020.

If available, box seating goes on sale when the gates open and may be
purchased at the Box Seat window on race days only. No advance reservations. To
get an application for a season box please call 1-800-OAKLAWN.

Let's Talk Food
The Carousel Dining Room offers great views of the track in a casual, fun
atmosphere. Television monitors are on each table to keep you up-to-date with all
the latest racing information. Dress is casual. Reservations recommended.
The Post Parade Restaurant, located on the first floor, offers an array of
television monitors, including big-screen televisions. Menu items are available
every day. Reservations are recommended for Saturdays.
Plan to Bring a Group?
Group Sales reservations can be made by calling 800-OAKLAWN ext. 316.
Please note that all reservations are subject to availability. Daily box seats
(upon availability) may be purchased at Oaklawn on the day of race only.
Parking is free on non-race days. On race days, parking in the north, south
and west lots is only $2 until 4 pm when parking is free. There are some private lots
nearby, but much pricier than $2 so be sure to get here early. There is handicapped
parking in the main lot south of the building adjacent to the main gaming entrance.
They also offer around-the-clock shuttle service. There is no overnight parking for
For more information, call 800-OAKLAWN or visit

Caution: Fredbird May “Beak”
His Way Through

St. Pat’s Parade in March

The First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is
for the birds. Fredbird, that is.

The official mascot of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals will be
a featured attraction of the globally famous little 98-foot parade on March 17, 2020,
on Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs.

“We are delighted that Fredbird will be firing up the crowd at the 17th
Annual Parade,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the
founders of the parade, which has brought international attention to Hot Springs for
16 years now. “It’s really fitting that Fredbird will be joining us, since Hot Springs is
recognized worldwide as The Birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training
and because the Cards have been the unofficial ‘home team’ for Arkansans for

Fredbird was introduced in April 6, 1979, by the Cardinals, then owned
by Anheuser-Busch, to entertain younger fans at the games. He quickly became
popular with fans for his dancing, habit of “beaking” the heads of supporters,
and for throwing T-shirts into the stands. He can also be seen rallying the crowd
regularly during pregame on-field ceremonies, and, occasionally, he finds time to
sit behind (or on top of) the dugout to get the crowd going. He is one of baseball’s
best-known mascots, and he makes hundreds of appearances year-round.

The parade, which began in 2003, annually attracts upwards of 30,000
people to the city’s historic downtown district. The parade is immensely popular,
with its insanely zany collection of marchers, strutters, dancers, waddlers and floats
that cover the 98-foot length of Bridge Street in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.

For more information, call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.

14 • The Springs • January 2020

The Springs • January 2020 • 15

16th Annual Chocolate Festival

Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic's (CCMC) Sweet 16th Annual
Chocolate Festival is a Chocolate Lover's dream come true! The sweets will be on hand
Sunday, February 2, 12:30-2:30 at Embassy Suites, 400 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs.

NOTE: This year there is a NEW TICKET ADMISSION PROCESS. In order to
alleviate congestion, there are TWO General Admission times to choose from - Admission
from 12:30-1:30pm and from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

VIP Tickets provide a private dining room and extra attention. There will also be a
silent auction and plenty of fun! Tickets will be pre-sold. Purchase deadline is January 27.
Please note, due to liability issues, there is no valet parking included with VIP tickets this
year. For more information, call Sallie Culbreth at 501-318-1153x222 or email sculbreth@

Southern Enduro Tour
Crosses Arkansas

The Southern Enduro Tour (SET) will be decided across 3 states - Texas,
Arkansas and Oklahoma - with 10 total days of racing over some of the most diverse
terrain anywhere. A Regional Championship like no other - to crown the best all-
round riders!

The Southern Enduro Tour (SET) offers the best variety of terrain in the
Midwest and creates a regional championship that is both challenging and fun for
any mountain biker that is seeking a premium race experience. At the end of the
season the SET will crown competitors as the best all-around riders. The second
stop will be at Northwoods Trail (300 Pineland Drive) in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on
February 15-16. This will be a fun weekend with the Wildcat Marathon happening
on Saturday. Do both Wildcat Marathon & Northwoods Enduro and qualify for
King or Queen of Northwoods. This is a one day stop with 4-7 stages. The full
schedule and course map will be released the week of the event detailing how many
stages there will be. This stop is rated: Skill-8 | Fitness-8 | Gnar-5.

As the Wildcat Marathon will be on Saturday, pre-riding will be Saturday
afternoon after that race and possibly Friday.

To keep the production quality high, there will be a hard 200 rider limit.
They will also offer a "Just Ride" category where participants can ride the enduro
courses during Pre-Ride and after the race.

-Event Swag
-Custom number plate
-Professional chip timing powered by SPORTident with instant result print
out and scoreboard
-Tasty meals & beverages provided on Race Day
-Medical support on-site
-Awesome Sponsors! $2,500 in raffle prizes for pre-registered racers
-On site mechanical sponsor support from Revolution Bike Repair
-Top 5 PRO Podium Payouts
-Professional awards ceremony with top notch awards from Re-Geared
Payment: Cash preferred | Zella and Venmo also excepted. They are able
to accept credit cards with an additional fee if wifi is available.
Breakfast food & snacks: Remember to bring your breakfast food, snacks,
special dietary foods, and anything specific for your pre and post-race needs.
Racing Age: What your age will be on 12/31/20
SET Race Waiver: Must be signed by all participants on-site and anyone
under the age of 18 must have a parent present with them at Check In to sign waiver.
-Only Racers and Just Ride: with a number plate on, will be allowed on the
event stages during Pre-Ride.
-Timed Enduro Racers only, with number plate on, on stages during race
on Sunday.
Participants will register for the category they will remain in for the series to
qualify for Overalls. Participants cannot change categories after the second stop and must
notify April at if there are changes to your category.
To qualify for Overalls, you must race (in the same category) and complete
5 of the 6 SET races. You must finish all stages (both days) entirely to get a race
result. Just Riding does not count towards series points.
SET Rules can be reviewed at
These are rain or shine events except under extreme circumstances. Refund
and transfer policy is case by case. Organizers prefer not to offer refunds, but will
allow racers to transfer registration to another rider, or a later race within the same
season, if notified within a reasonable time frame prior to race.

16 • The Springs • January 2020

Tarot: Judgement XX

By Michelle Crandell

“The end of my

Quest is near,” the Fool thinks.

“There is still something I

must address. What is it?” In

answer, a fiery Angel slaying

a red dragon appears before

him. Slashing the dragon’s

neck, the Angel says, “There.

That’s done.” Pointing his

sword, he continues, “Now it’s

your turn.”

“My turn?” exclaims

the Fool. “What do you mean?

I don’t have any dragons to

slay!” The Angel suggests,

“How about those dragons

from your past, following you

wherever you go?” “Oh…

those,” mumbles the Fool. “I

plan on just ignoring THEM.”

“You cannot leave

the past behind, nor can

you abandon it,” the Angel

acknowledges. “Your past

shaped you. It’s part of who

you are. What you CAN do is

face your past, come to terms

with it, make peace with it. With Judgement comes compassion.
How about right now?”

Somewhere, a trumpet blows. The ground opens up. From the fissures, the Fool’s Discovering and following one’s True North allows for easier
maneuvering through this new era.
past mistakes and thoughtless deeds rise like ghosts from graves. Guilt and remorse fill his
Living Your True North
soul. “There’s ‘me’ long ago…and ‘me’ not so long ago,” he laments.
By Peggy Lindsey
Little by little, the Fool gains perspective, objectivity. He begins to feel compassion Entering 2020 and this brand-new decade have many individuals pondering

for himself and compassion for courageous others who have faced their Shadows. “Whoa... changes they wish to see, especially in themselves. Looking closely, they wonder,
“Am I all I want to be? Am I on the right path to fulfill my dreams?” People are
missed the lesson there. Whoops…made things worse that time. Boy… we ALL messed that seeking to find, and follow, their True North!

up!” As he forgives himself and others for being such fools, his Shadow selves evaporate… As Bill George describes, “True North is your orienting point - your fixed
point in a spinning world - that helps you stay on track. It is derived from your
drops of rain in sunlight, becoming tiny rainbows. most deeply held beliefs, values, and the principles you lead by. It is your internal
compass, unique to you, representing who you are at your deepest level.”
Michelle Crandell provides individual readings for a fee. Once a year, she teaches
Discovering and following one’s True North allows for easier maneuvering
LEARN TO READ TAROT. For more information, email [email protected] or through this new era. Determining who you are at your deepest level requires
introspection. Practices such as meditation, prayer, and journaling assist us in
call 501-655-6242. reflecting on who we truly are, understanding ourselves, and knowing the values
we hold dear.

Old ideas are quickly pushed aside as one reaches for authenticity,
character, empowerment, and service. And once individuals discover their unique
path, they are able to align themselves with others with shared interests who offer
friendship and support. Although sometimes challenging, staying true to who you
are allows you to cope best with all circumstances of life.

So, as you journey inward, explore your passions that fuel the fire of life,
allowing you to feel fully engaged! What is your personal mission and what steps
lead there? By dedicating yourself to living your True North, you can fulfill your
dreams and make a positive impact on your life and those of others!

Peggy Lindsey is a Master Teacher of Arcing Light Energy Healing, a
Professional Life Coach, and an Angel Intuitive. Peggy’s passion is assisting others
on their journey toward happy, healthy lives by empowering them to live more
joyfully and consciously. She created her business On Angels’ Wings Healing and
Coaching in 2012 and currently practices in Sedona, Arizona. She can be reached
at 928-273-8447. For more info, visit

The Springs • January 2020 • 17

Yoga instructor, Karen Watson Reeves, found the
perfect location to demonstrate Cobra Pose.

Yoga: Benefits of Cobra Pose

By Karen Watson Reeves
It is not difficult to see why Cobra Pose is thus named. No matter how

low the head and upper body stay or how deeply the pose is taken, the practitioner
resembles a cobra rising up from the earth. And either of the modifications, high or
low, will physically affect the frontal and posterior planes of the body from the toes
to the chin. Here are some benefits of a regular practice of this pose:

Greater strength and flexibility. The gluteals, thighs, arms, shoulders,
and muscles surrounding the spine are strengthened. The spine is also stretched,
countering the effects of sedentary lifestyles. Sitting hunched over a desk, steering
wheel, phone, or just general poor posture from years of bad habits can result in neck
and back pain. As Cobra Pose is practiced and strength and flexibility is acquired,
tightness in the upper body is released.

Better digestion. As the frontal plane of the body is stretched, the
abdominal organs are stimulated, and as the low back is compressed the kidneys
are invigorated.

Reduces stress and anxiety. Cobra pose deeply opens the heart. As the
shoulders are rolled down and the chest is lifted up, the ribcage opens. Release of
tension and stress can result.

Eases symptoms of asthma. Because the chest cavity is opened, this pose
can help open up space for the lungs to expand, and as deep breathing is encouraged
in cobra pose, the diaphragm is fully enlarged.

Soothes sciatic pain. Shooting pain down the leg can come from an
impingement of the sciatic nerve. When tension is released from the soft tissues,
when the spine is stretched, and when the body becomes more flexible, the low
cobra modification of the pose can help relieve discomfort.

And great news for the runners and cyclists in our community! Many of these
athletes have tight hip flexors. Cobra pose helps stretch out the front of the hips, thus
reducing the risk of injury in this area. The body also recuperates more quickly after a long
run or ride if there is increased flexibility and blood circulation in this area of the body.

Cobra pose is a favorite among children. There is something very fun
and empowering about lifting up the front body into a s-s-s-snake while hissing
out the breath through the teeth. So, whether you practice Cobra Pose playfully
on a playground, in a studio, or in your home, you will feel better physically and
emotionally. It’s-s-s s-s-s-s-ensational.

Karen Watson Reeves was born and raised in Mount Holly and has called
Hot Springs home since 2006. She became a registered yoga teacher in 2011 and
has travelled Arkansas teaching her passion. She owns The Yoga Place, is on the
Hot Springs YMCA teaching staff, is an adjunct instructor at National Park College,
as well as teaching in several other fabulous venues.

18 • The Springs • January 2020

Christmas is Not the Only
Season of Giving

By Alison Crane
Since 1970, people have been starting the new year off with an awareness of a

need… over 43,000 units of blood are needed every day in the United States. About
6.8 million people meet that need every year and each unit of blood given has the
potential to save up to three lives.

The month of January is National Blood Donor Month in recognition of that
lifesaving gift, and it coincides with one of the most difficult times of the year for
maintaining a sufficient supply for patients.

Inclement weather, the holidays and cold and flu season all combine to create
hurdles preventing donations at blood drives across the nation each winter. Unlike
giving clothes, blood is a perishable donation and must be continuously replenished
and can only come directly from generous donors.

The percentage of eligible donors is estimated to be about 38% of our population,
but only about 10% donate each year.

What many people do not realize is there are several potential benefits to
donating blood:

• Free mini-health screening and blood tests – donated blood is tested and the
donor can be informed if any irregularities are found.

• Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood
• Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood
• Stimulates blood cell production – which helps in maintaining good health.
• Satisfaction from saving lives
Donating blood is a simple, safe process. All you have to do is register, take
a mini medical history test, donate, and then accept free refreshments like water,
Gatorade, granola bars, etc. Contact your local blood bank for more information.
For more information on health or fitness, contact the Garland County
Extension Office at 501-623-6841 or email [email protected]. Follow on Facebook
at @GarlandFCS, @garlandEGF or @GarlandCountyEHC.
Alison Crane is a Family and Consumer Science Agent with the Garland
County Extension Service. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its
programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion,
gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected
status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Springs • January 2020 • 19

Flavor 101: Resolutions You Can
Actually Keep!
By Eve Victory

Oh, those New Year’s

resolutions! We all make ‘em, but few

of us can keep ‘em. Here’s an easy

one for 2020: partake in the new food

trends of the year.

Try a “Blended” Burger

– You may have already heard about

Burger Impossible, but you need Sample new foods in 2020.
to actually try the newest trend in

hamburgers. Meat proteins are being combined with vegetable proteins to pack a

healthier punch for our grilling indulgences. These are NOT your black bean burger

or veggie burgers. These actually TASTE LIKE MEAT. Even the fast food chains are

getting in on it, including Sonic. Try their “Signature Slinger” that is made with 30%

mushroom protein.

Love your sweet potatoes – You will notice a whole lot more of these

nutritious tubers in frozen convenience foods. They are even replacing cauliflower,

which we all know makes pretty darn good “faux mashed potatoes.” They are even

making sauces out of sweet potato that taste cheesy!

No Soy Soy Sauce – Soy is one of the most prevalent food allergens

so manufacturers are responding with multiple alternatives. Pumpkin, avocado,

watermelon and vegetable protein powders are subbing in to provide amazing

textures and flavors in everything from crackers to chocolate and yes, soy sauce.

Mocktails and 0-Proof Is all the Rage – Classic cocktail flavors are being

made non-alcoholic by using distilling and brewing methods typically reserved for

alcohol, but creating alternatives to liquor. I personally thought this trend could

never catch on until I tried Whole Foods Ginger Beer. Wow.

Here’s wishing you excited palates and new flavor experiences in 2020.

Happy New Year!

A native New Yorker, Eve Victory has called Hot Springs home since 2003.

Working for years as an event and tradeshow planner and personal chef, Eve is

currently the Hospitality and Tourism Instructor at National Park College. For

information on how to turn your education into a career in the second largest

industry in Hot Springs, contact Eve at [email protected].

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