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Published by The Springs Magazine, 2019-12-02 18:43:39

December 2019

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By Victoria Pike Give the gift of giving this holiday season! Victoria Pike’s Below is a partial list of LOCAL nonprofits that
Everyone knows the holidays are all about collective list of places to donate this holiday season is the seek help with funding. All of these nonprofits and many
more will also graciously accept your monetary donation
giving, check out this list on where and what to give this perfect beginning guide for where and what to give. this holiday season or any time of year.
holiday season.
they are in need of socks, underwear, and twin sized bed On Giving Tuesday, December 4th, be sure
Abilities Unlimited provides choices for job sheets. Through their rewards system with the kids, OCC to remember YOUR favorite nonprofit and make your
training, assists in helping create and achieve goals, has a points store that you may also donate to. They will donation then.
and mentors those with disabilities. This holiday season, accept anything from small gadgets for kids to play with
they are looking for scarves, socks, hats, gloves and any to cologne and perfume. Abilities Unlimited
sort of warm clothing for their clients. Abilities will also Arkansas Learning Through the Arts
accept any sort of donation (furniture, clothing, decor, Project HOPE Food Bank operates as a pooling Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs
knick-knacks, etc.) to sell in their resale shop. www. area for 45 nonprofits in 7 different counties in Arkansas. Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic Project HOPE dispenses to homeless shelters, charity Cutwell 4 Kids
kitchens, food pantries, children’s homes, and many more Emergent Arts
The Jackson House is an emergency and crisis people in need. This holiday season, they are looking for Friends of Hot Springs National Park
intervention center that provides short-term shelter, food, your donation of shelf-stable products such as canned Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance
clothing, and hygiene products to their clients. This year, fruit, meat or vegetables, cereal, and peanut butter. www. Hot Springs Children's Dance Theatre Co.
they are asking for donations as Christmas gifts to their Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute
preteens, things like Axe Body Spray or perfume, small Hot Springs Jazz Society
makeup kits, footballs, games, journals, hoodies and Springs Music Festival
bath sets. The Jackson House also feeds the homeless, Hot Springs Sister City Fdn
so canned meat, spaghetti sauces, peanut butter, ham, HS/HSV Symphony Guild
chicken, and turkey, would all be appreciated. You can Jackson House
drop your donations off at select Dollar General stores, Low Key Arts
or at the Jackson House itself. The staff is also willing Lupus Foundation of AR
to come pickup your large donations, should a church or Mid-America Science Museum
other organization gather items to donate to them. www. Muses Creative Artistry Project Ouachita Children’s Center
Pocket Community Theatre
Ouachita Children’s Center offers a wide Project HOPE Food Bank
variety of youth services through both Garland and Clark
counties. They have support anywhere from a 24-hour
emergency shelter, to therapy and educational support
groups for youth and their families. This holiday season

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Eat c Hike c Walk c Play Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Shop c Tour c Drink Stay c Learn c Enjoy

100 Block Ouachita Ave Monty’s Pawn Shop Hamp Williams Building RILEY ART GLASS STUDIO
Mountain Valley Armory Event venue
Lender’s Title Company
Largest independent title & OLDE CROW Splash Wine Bar Surfas Culinary District
escrow agency in AR & LA Wine, beer, appetizers & entertainment Quality cookware & equipment
Taco Mama Restaurant
Olde Crow Chili Parlor & Mercantile Colorado Grill Open now!
Daily food/drink specials & Southwest restaurant GRAND LAGNIAPPE SHOPPE
Just Swanky Consignment Boutique
Landmark Building Upscale resale shop Garland County Election
Henderson State University, Hot Commission
Springs Campus 400 Block Ouachita Ave Vote Here!

200 Block Ouachita Ave 300 Block Ouachita Ave Mariposa Design Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Vintage merchandise
Lavish Boutique Hot Springs Documentary Film
Stylish & trendy women’s boutique Home Instead Senior Care Festival Office

In-home care for Seniors M&M Travel Consultants 600 Block Ouachita Ave Thrifty Nickel
Vacations & adventures Classified ads newspaper
Starlite Club TLI Printing
Private Club 21+ Bar, pool tables + The Courthouse Chapel 500 Block Ouachita Ave Full-service print & design shop 600 Block West Grand Ave
Superior Senior Care
Elopements, Weddings & Big Axe Battleground In-home care services Willis & Son Roofing
Photography Axe throwing 3B’s Bar & Grill Roofing contractor
SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint Dive bar, pool tables
Lunch & dinner; entertainment Garland County Courthouse Merritt Wholesale Distributors 700 Block West Grand Ave
SixtyOne Celsius Government Offices Food service distributor
Full-service communication firm Riley Art Glass Studio
KUHS 102.5 Beverly’s Casual Shop HS DOC FILM FESTIVAL Glass blowing, gallery & demos
Hot Springs Solar Powered Women’s boutique
Community Radio 800 Block West Grand Ave

JUST SWANKY Stroope Tire, Inc.
Tire dealer & repair shop

Century 21 Parker & Scroggins Best Motel Tourist Court Grand Lagniappe Shoppe
Real estate agency Boutique motor court & cafe Women’s apparel & Tea Room

Small Works, Big Gifts!
Exhibit at Emergent Arts

The holiday season means it’s time for Emergent Art’s annual Small Works,
Big Gifts! exhibition and art sale. In this age where buying local and handmade is
the most responsible and meaningful way to do your holiday shopping, Emergent
has you covered for the season!

All work at the Small Works, Big Gifts! exhibition and sale is handmade by
local Arkansas artists, and will retail at $100 or less. Works also measure under 12”.

The opening reception at the Circle Gallery at Emergent Arts will coincide
with the December 6  Gallery Walk and will be open 5PM-8PM. Small Works,
Big Gifts! will run through December 21. The gallery will be open to the public
Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 12-5PM, or by appointment.

Follow the Circle Gallery’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the night’s
events. Facebook: Circle Gallery At Emergent Arts.

The Circle Gallery at Emergent Arts is located at 341-A Whittington
Avenue. Please visit,  or call 501-613-0352, for more

Emergent Arts is a 501 c-3 nonprofit whose mission is to foster creativity
among emerging artists of all ages and abilities in Garland County and surrounding

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 5

Arkansas Authors Provide a
Wealth of Gift-Giving Choices

Appropriate for All Ages

By Erin Wood
Consider supporting Arkansas authors as you give the gift of words

this holiday season. With variety for every literary taste, here are a few classics
and new releases by Arkansas writers.

• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (1969)
• True Grit, Charles Portis (1968)
• Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American

West, Dee Brown (1970)
• The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier (2007)
• Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential

Diarist, Janis F. Kearney (2008)
• Southern Gods, John Hornor Jacobs (2011)
• The Alchemy of My Mortal Form, Sandy Longhorn (2014)
• The President Next Door: Poems, Songs, and Journalism, Philip

Martin (2015)
• The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, Talya Tate Boerner (2016)
• The Geeks Guide to the Writing Life, Stephanie Vanderslice (2017)
• The Mud & The Lotus: A Guide and Workbook for Students of Yoga,

Courtney Butler-Robinson (2017)
• A Love Story Waiting to Happen, Crystal C. Mercer (2018)
• What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999, Anita

Davis (2018)
• Black & Kiddo: A True Story of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy

Dreams, Brenda Clem Black (2018)
• Incandescent: Poems, Kai Coggin (2019)
• Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives by Erin

Wood (2019). (Shameless plug for the 50 inspirational women
featured in my book!)
Children’s and YA titles:
• Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene (1973)
• Let the Children March, written by Monica Clark-Robinson and
illustrated by Frank Morrison (2018)
• Christmas on the Tree, Claire, Leslie, Henry, and Charlie Wallace
• Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, Emily Roberson (YA title released
October 22, 2019)
A Hot Springs native, Erin Wood is a writer, editor, and publisher in
Little Rock. She owns and runs Et Alia Press ( Wood is author
of Women Make Arkansas: Conversations With 50 Creatives (April, 2019) and
editor of and a contributor to Scars: An Anthology (2015).

“The Music of Christmas” is
Theme for Christmas Parade

Rex Nelson, senior editor and columnist of the Arkansas Democrat-
Gazette/ and champion of downtown Hot Springs, will serve
as grand marshal of this year’s Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade. The parade is
scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, in downtown Hot Springs. This
year’s parade theme is “The Music of Christmas.”

“Rex Nelson was an easy choice for this year’s grand marshal. He has been
a huge ambassador of Hot Springs for many years and has done a tremendous job in
promoting our city throughout Arkansas,” said Jason Harris, parade chair.

“When I was a boy growing up in Arkadelphia, we would go to Hot
Springs each year for the Christmas parade,” Rex Nelson said. “It marked the start
of the season for my family. To be selected as the grand marshal half a century later
is a huge honor.”

For more information, visit

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Eat c Hike c Walk c Play Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Shop c Tour c Drink Stay c Learn c Enjoy

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 100 Block Arbor Street
Park Haven Community Garden Shell Gas Station
Red Beard’s Living Canvass Tat- Community vegetable garden Low Key Arts
toos & Piercing Family Dollar Independent music and art.
Tattoos & piercings
Haven United Methodist Thrift Coffeehouse 2 Blocks Join the
Coffee Roaster “Light Uptown
Bargains galore Quaint Uptown motel 900 Block Park Ave Project”
For details,
Dame Fortune’s Cottage Court 800 Block Park Ave 910 Park Avenue Food Court stop in at
An historic boutique motel where Featuring Itz Gud Fud, as well as Hot Springy
modern amenities and vintage David F. Watkins Memorial Park other guest food trucks Dingy or ask
-inspired design merge with Community Park under construction. the Uptown
mid-century “roadside” motor Phase 1. Come watch it develop. merchants.
court cool.

Aerial photo shows the skills section of the new Northwoods Bike Park at the Cedar Glades
trailhead. The jump portion of the new park isn’t shown, but is quite impressive. A tractor

at upper left shows the scale of the new bike park.

New Bike Park, Including Skills
and Jump Features

An impressive new bike park that includes a skills section and a jump
section has opened at the Cedar Glades Trailhead of the Northwoods Trail System.
The park, which has seven wood features, dirt berms and rollers, was constructed
by the International Mountain Bike Association and McGill Trail Fabrication Ltd
of Colorado.

“Northwoods Bike Park is suitable for beginners through advanced riders,”
said Traci Berry, trails coordinator for Visit Hot Springs.

For more information, contact Berry at 501-321-2027.

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Children’s Dance Theatre
Presents “Nutcracker”
Magical toy soldiers,

sparkling snowflakes,

mischievous mice, and all

the enchanting inhabitants of

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s whimsical

world return to Hot Springs for

the upcoming winter holidays.

It features professional

classical ballet performers

from throughout America’s

mainstream arts community.

The 2019 Season

will bring in four featured

principal guest artists: Deanna

Karlheim Stanton, Zeek

Wright, Hanna Bradshaw and

Katchiri (Moody) Fey.

The audience will

delight in the performances by

Guest Artist Deanna Karlheim,

a native of Clarksville, MD,

and Zeek Wright originally

from Amarillo, TX. These

seasoned professionals herald

in the finale of the ballet by

performing the virtuoso roles Katchiri (Moody) Feys portrays the Dew Drop
of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Fairy in the “Nutcracker Ballet.”
her Cavalier.

Katchiri (Moody) Fey will perform the role of the Dew Drop Fairy. Ms.

Fey started her training at Belgium’s only professional ballet school, the Royal

Ballet School of Antwerp. At 12, she was accepted to the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

Hannah Bradshaw (Snow Queen) was born in Amarillo, Texas, where she

grew up dancing with the Lone Star Ballet. She competed at the Youth America

Grand Prix finals and attended American Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Ballet

Theatre. This will be Hannah’s third season as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker,

each time bringing her graceful elegance and superb technique to the role.

For the new Holiday traditions for your family, please join the cast of the

Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company for their performances on Thursday,

December 5, at 7:00 pm, Friday December 6, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December

7, at 7:00 p.m. and a matinee at 1:00 p.m. The Nutcracker will be held at LakePointe

Church, 1343 Albert Pike Road, Hot Springs.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults in general seating, and

preferred seating tickets are $15 for students and $30 for adults. For reservations,

go online to or call 501-655-6815.

The “Real” World...

As we end the year, we look back with
humility and gratitude. Realtors depend on other
people (Buyers, Sellers, other Realtors, Lenders, Title
Co Officers) to make a living. Not only make a living,
but make a Life.

We are fortunate enough to deal with
people every day and, like in any business, some are
exceptional, some need a little polishing. Every day
Kelly & Wayne we have a choice to be exceptional and do the right
“Team Thomason” thing and people around us know that.
As Realtors, we also take our Code of Ethics seriously. Our Code actually
reads: “Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them” -
sound familiar? It’s the Golden Rule. This certainly doesn’t mean that Realtors are
any better than anyone else - it just means that our Code of Ethics dictates how we
act every day. Next time you see the Realtor R ask a Realtor about what they stand
for. It is the pleasure of Team Thomason to stand for the Realtor R.

8 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

If you plan to drive in Arkansas, become aware of the changes in cell phone use
while in the driver’s seat.

To Text & Drive or
Not to Text & Drive?
Know the Law in Arkansas

Arkansas’s distracted driving law (Act 738, effective July 24, 2019)
prohibits all motorists from text messaging while driving. The restrictions on using
a cellphone while driving depend on the age of the driver and where the motorist
is driving.

Talking on the Phone

Drivers 21 years and older. For most drivers, talking on a phone while
driving is lawful except when driving through a school zone or highway work zone
while workers are present. In these restricted zones, talking on a phone is permitted
only with hands-free technology.

Drivers under 18 years old. Entirely prohibited from using a cellphone
while driving regardless of whether the phone is in hands-free mode. The only
exception is for emergency purposes.

Drivers 18 to 21 years old. Motorists who are at least 18 but not yet 21
years old CANNOT use a handheld phone while driving but are allowed to talk
on the phone using hands-free technology. These drivers are permitted to use a
handheld phone only during an emergency.

Text Messaging and Use of a Wireless Communication Device

ALL MOTORISTS are prohibited from using a wireless communication
device (such as a cellphone, tablet or similar device) while operating a vehicle to
engage in texting, or to access, read, or post to a social media networking site.

“Texting” means reading from or manually entering data into a wireless
communications device for any reason with the exception of using a GPS system,
music player, or any device in hands-free mode, when it generally doesn’t count as

• Emergency services personnel communicating within the scope of their duties
• Reporting illegal activity
• Summoning medical or other emergency assistance
• Communications made to prevent injury to a person or property

Cell use and texting violations: $25 to $250 for a first offense; $50 to $500
for a second or subsequent offense. And fines are doubled for violations that involve
collisions. Note: These violations don’t add points to the motorist’s driving record.

For more information or to sign the pledge to NOT text and drive, visit

Who Will Be the Lucky Ice on Ice

Guests to Win Diamonds?

The 11th Annual Ice on Ice, the holiday season’s premiere event, offers
an opportunity to win one of four ½-carat diamonds. The event is held Thursday,
December 5 at 6:30pm, at the Arlington Resort Hotel, and is hosted by the Hot
Springs Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Lauray's The Diamond Center,
the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South and 105.9 KLAZ.

For more information, please contact the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of
Commerce at 501-321-1700.

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 9

About the Cover...

CASA’s Artistic Ornaments

This month’s cover photos come to us courtesy of photographer, Bob
Nagy. The lovely staff at the Tri-Lakes CASA
office helped organize the photo shoot so Nagy
could include a variety of ornaments.

Several local artists, community
leaders and student artists, created these
delightful ornaments that were part of the
annual silent auction fundraiser. Richard
Stephens, our cover layout designer, took
Nagy’s photos and turned them into a
cheerful holiday cover. Special thanks to
all who helped make this possible!

Tri-Lakes CASA serves the
children in foster care in Garland, Hot
Spring, and Grant counties. They are
currently serving 103 of the 152 kids in
care in our counties. They need more
volunteers (like YOU) to ensure they
can advocate for every child. For more information,
visit and fill out a volunteer application.

The mission of Tri-Lakes Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is to
provide trained volunteer advocates to safeguard the best interests of abused and
neglected children in Garland, Grant and Hot Spring counties.

Sister City Student Application
Deadline is Dec. 21

Applications are now being accepted for students desiring to participate in
the 2020 student delegation that will travel to Hanamaki, Japan – Hot Springs’ sister
city – for one week in early June.

Up to 10 students will be chosen to travel to Hanamaki as representatives
of Hot Springs. They will visit schools and cultural landmarks, and homestay with
area families. The students will also participate in Sister City Program activities
throughout the year following their return.

Applications are available at, and must be
postmarked by December 21. Only complete applications will be considered.

The program is open to Garland County residents in grades 8-11 at any
Garland County school or homeschool. The approximate cost of the trip will
be $2,500, plus the cost of a passport and other incidentals. Some scholarship
assistance, based on financial need and merit, may be available.

For information, contact Sister City Program Executive Director, Mary
Zunick, at 501-545-6960.

Garvan Gardens Implements
New “Reserved Time Tickets”

for Holiday Lights

NEW! Reserved Time Tickets for Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland
Gardens. In order to help alleviate long waits on busy nights and overcrowded trails
in the Gardens, a new ticket admission system is in place for Holiday Lights.

Getting tickets to Holiday Lights is as easy as 1-2-3! Go to garvangardens.
org and click on the Ticket Link. Create your UTix account, choose and order your
tickets online for date and time desired. Bring Ticket Code(s) on your mobile device
or as a printed ticket for admission to Holiday Lights.

Online Ticket holders will use the Express Entrance Lane to enter and
park. Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your Ticket Entrance Time.

Members do not need Reserved Time Tickets, but Members do need to
bring a Photo I.D. and their Membership Card to use the Express Entrance Lane. If
members are bringing visitors who need to pay admission, then they will need to
purchase online Reserved Time Tickets.

December 1 - December 31. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Christmas day. Holiday
Lights is open when it rains, and only closes in the case of inclement weather that
would threaten the safety of visitors (lightning, ice, hail, high winds). Sorry, there
are no refunds for closings.

Members Free with Current Membership Card and photo ID | $15 adults
| $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 | Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Gardens during
Holiday Lights except on Monday, Dec. 2.

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Eat c Hike c Walk c Play Escape c Bathe c Splurge
Shop c Tour c Drink Stay c Learn c Enjoy

100 Block Central Ave Bathhouse Row Winery Gangster Museum of America MTN VALLEY WATER
Showcases native AR wine selections Guided tour exposes the underground
Fat Jack’s Oyster & Sports Bar Tastings daily world of Central Avenue 801 Spencer’s Corner
Great food, music. Pets OK on patio Historic District Antiques
Kollective Coffee & Tea Snazzies, Inc. Estate jewelry, lighting, glass, & furniture Brian G Wilson Photography
Organic & local for breakfast & lunch Young, contemporary, funky boutique Petals, Purses, Etc. Portraits & weddings
The Colonial Pancake & Waffle House Exclusive handbags, women’s & Next Generation Tye-Dyes & Apparel
Breakfast & brunch. As seen in The Bath Factory children’s clothing & gifts Cotton clothes & beddingn
Southern Living! Handcrafted soaps & indulgences for State & Pride Provisions Co. Picante’s Mexican Grill
Rings ‘n’ Things bath & body Blushed Beauty Boutique One-of-a-kind store. Goods, gifts, Authentic Mexican dishes
Fun fashion jewel Gifts, makeup & makeup services apparel that reflect Arkansas culture Brick House Grill
Freedom United Salon Steaks, burgers, salads and much more
HIghly trained staff. Progressive work. Beef Jerky Outlet Toy Chest 600 Block Central Ave Steinhaus Keller
Wall to wall jerky. Popcorn, sauces. Timeless & specialty toys, books, German restaurant & biergarten
LITTLE JEWEL BOX Angel’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Outdoor seating
Arlington Hotel science kits, and more Italian specialties for lunch and dinner Mirror Mirror Salon
The Villa Boutique Beauty cosmetics & personal care
Apparel, bath & body, linens, jewelry, Historic hotel, largest hotel in AR-500 It’s All About Rocks Artists’ Workshop Gallery Gary Morris Interiors
and accessories rooms/suites Rocks & unique merchandise Cooperative gallery with 30 local artists Unique décor, lamps and gifts
Metaphysical Connection Stephano Brothers Jewelry
Shop, Reiki, massage & Tarot readings Mamoos Paradice Cream EVILO Oils & Vinegars Love Zen Aromatherapy Lounge Vintagte & one-of-a-kind jewelry
Colonial Candy Corner Only Homemade ice cream in Delectable oils & vinegars, tastings daily Shiatsu massage chairs, infused teas, Dapper & Debonaire
Retro & nostalgic candy, ice cream Downtown. Gluten-free pastries. beer & wine Grooming goods for the modern male.
The Little Jewel Box Veteran owned
Boutique for antiques, estate and Convenience Store Granny’s Kitchen All Things Arkansas A Narrow Escape
designer jewelry Plum Pretty Boutique Southern breakfast, lunch and dinner Products made in AR & relating to AR Brain-teaser escape room. Ages 8 & up
Kringles in the Park Latest fashions for women of all ages Subway
Christmas, seasonal, collectible & gifts Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium US Post Office Submarine sandwich shop
Faith & Flair Boutique Journey through the Seven Magic Handcrafted locally-soap & bath luxuries Crystal Springs Gallery
Women’s boutique clothing Worlds of this museum Minerals, fossils, fine jewelry by local 900 Block Central Ave
The Springs Hotel & Spa Bathhouse Row & international artisans
Casual hotel and spa with 139 rooms The Galaxy Connection In The Raw Test Kitchen & Juice Bar
Beverly’s Casual Shop/You-nique 4D Adventure Superior Bathhouse Brewery Star Wars museum & gift store Gourmet raw foods & plant-based
Boutique The amazing 4D simulation will leave Thermal springs brewery, restaurant Large vintage Star Wars toy collection restaurant.
Classy and fabulous boutique! you enthralled! & special event venue
Mountain Valley Spring Company Hot Springs Visitor Center 1000 Block Central Ave
Tour the Visitor Center/Museum. Full Spa City Tropical Winery & Gifts Hotel Hale Tourist information center
line of MV Water merchandise. 100% tropical fruit, berry & citrus wine Boutique hotel with two restaurants Will’s Cinnamon Shop
700 Block Central Ave Homemade, totally from scratch
200 Block Central Ave Kilwins Fordyce Bathhouse cinnamon rolls
Since 1947, chocolates, ice cream & more Nat’l Park Visitor Center & museum Maxine’s Live
DeSoto Rock & Gift Shop Live music, food, craft beer & drinks GRATEFUL HEAD
Locally crafted jewelry & minerals Earthbound Trading Company Quapaw Baths & Spa Hot Springs Trolley Tours
National Park Aquarium Unique apparel, accessories & home decor Thermal pools & baths, plus luxurious Trolley tours of Hot Springs area. 100 Block Exchange
Freshwater & saltwater fish, frogs, spa services Special events.
tortoises, & lizards The Porterhouse Steak and Seafood Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Beer Garden
Rolando’s Restaurante 300 Block Central Ave Ozark Bathhouse Prime-only steaks and seafood cuisine Experience Deadhead-Brauhaus
Latin American fare. Full bar & patio Cultural center, open on weekends Copper Penny Pub Culture. Gin Joint-Live Music
GR8 Escapes Arkansas Irish pub, food, beer, big screen TVs
Escape room. Discover clues & solve The Buffalo Co. Buckstaff Baths F REE PARKIN G
puzzles. Ages 12 & up High quality men’s clothing and Our only remaining traditional Vault 723
Savory Pantry thermal bathing facility Timeless Vault Dining 128 Exchange St Parking Deck
Gourmet gift baskets & edible essentials accessories Downtowner Marketplace
Pancake Shop Vendors in one location with home PAID PARKIN G
Serving breakfast exclusively. Family Tombstone Old Time Photos Lamar Bathhouse decor, boutiques and artisans
owned & operated Wild West, gangster portraits taken & Bathhouse Row Emporium Rocket Fizz 2 HR Meters on Central Ave
Art by the Park Largest selection of candy & soda
Original oil paintings and frames processed while you wait 400 Block Central Ave ever found in one store!
Silver Coconut Thai-Me Spa American Art Gallery & Gifts
Collegiate, boutique baby items, & Pampering massage, skin treatments, Lauray’s Jewelers Local, regional, national & int’l artists
high end home accents Exquisite bridal, custom designs, & Jack Knife Barbershop
nail & body services. revolutionary repairs All things barbering
Red Sunflower Boutique
Argentinian Coffee & Wine Bar Women’s and girls’ clothing boutique Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre
Argentinian delicacies, ultimate Daily dinner & live theatre

Buenos Aires bar experience! 800 Block Central Ave

BUBBALU’S BURGERS&DOGS The Mountain’s Edge Gallery Central
Arkansas’ largest retail knife store Art gallery-painting, sculptures, jewelry

Bubbalu’s Bodacious Burgers The Humidor
Burgers, hot dogs & ice cream Cigar Lounge
Legacy Fine Art Gallery
Stella Mae’s…Out of the Ordinary Artwork by local & int’l artists
Retro inspired clothing for rockabilly Maxwell Blade’s Theatre of Magic
hellcats & pinup dolls Magic & comedy for the whole family
Justus Fine Art Gallery
Chez Julie’ Boutique Fine art gallery features established &
Perfect blend of home, fashion & emerging artists
personal accessories Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Authentic NY brick oven pizza
Ginger’s Popcorn Core Public House
The best darn popcorn in the South! Beer, wine, and spirits

Oxy-Zen All Things Natural
Oxygen bar to restore, relax & revive! Bring home the wonder & beauty of nature

Hot Springs Hat Co. National Park Duck Tours
Hats for men and women Land & water tours on Lake Hamilton

Spa Souvenirs & Gifts The Glitzy Girls by Bear Necessities
Almost all items are unique & locally Upscale women’s boutique/
accessories, on-site handmade jewelry
made or designed
The Ohio Club Women’s apparel, jewelry & home décor

Since 1905, the oldest bar in Arkansas 500 Block Central Ave

Great food & live music

The Avenue
Upscale restaurant and bar located in Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcake Shoppe
As seen on CUPCAKE WARS!
The Waters Hotel

The Waters Hotel Pour Some Sugar on Me Sweet Shoppe
Historic, boutique hotel, 62 rooms Candy & delectable delights.

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 11

Crystal Springs Gallery is offering store-wide discounts until December 31,
when it will close its doors with the retirement of owner, Thomas Nagin.

Shop Local, Shop the World at
Crystal Springs Gallery

Local business owner Thomas Nagin has made a lifelong career of
exploration, traveling to remote mining communities all around the world in his
quest for the finest gems, crystals and minerals. Along the way, he encountered
vibrant cultures producing a beautiful array of arts and crafts using time-honored
traditions that have been passed down for generations.

Nagin, who has been supplying minerals to the trade since the mid-1970s,
opened Crystal Springs Gallery in downtown Hot Springs in 2001. A showcase for
all the treasures from his expeditions, the gallery features museum-quality displays
of fine minerals, handcrafted gold and silver jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts from
around the world.

Visitors to the gallery will discover colorful tapestries from Israel and
Africa, luxuriously soft alpaca scarves from Peru, leather bags from Colombia, and
brightly painted, whimsical folk-art sculptures from Mexico.

The gallery also boasts a large selection of decorative onyx lamps which
make the season extra cozy and bright. Manufactured in Mexico using the latest
cutting-edge technology, they bring warmth and beauty to any space.

At Crystal Springs Gallery, shopping local means shopping the world!
And now is the perfect time to shop to find great deals on holiday gifts for everyone
on your list.

The gallery will be closing its doors at the end of 2019 which means big
savings on everything in store! Visit for more
information or stop by the Gallery at 620 Central Ave., Ste 1C. 

Luminary Tradition Continues
in Quapaw-Prospect District

The Quapaw-Prospect Area

Preservation (QPAP) luminary tradition

continues Saturday, December 7th. Over

five thousand luminaries will line the

streets in the historic Quapaw-Prospect

neighborhood to illuminate the night

with twinkling lights, weather permitting.

(Sun., Dec 8, or Sat., Dec 14 – Rain Date)

The Quapaw-Prospect luminary

display has been one of Hot Springs’ most Downtown’s luminaries draw enthusiastic
popular outdoor holiday traditions since it holiday crowds.

began. The annual event draws hundreds

of local and out of town visitors who either drive through or stroll the historic

neighborhood to view the streets lined with glowing luminaries.

The public is invited to join in making this year’s celebration the best

event ever. Volunteers will be placing luminaries at the curbside of every home on

Friday morning. Interested in helping out with preparations? They will be filling

and distributing the luminaries throughout the neighborhood starting at 8am on the

7th. Lighting begins at dusk which will be approximately 5:00 p.m.

For questions or to volunteer, visit the Quapaw/Prospect Historic

Neighborhood on Facebook.

12 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local Fo

December Art Matters

The resurgence of growth to Hot Springs has brought new businesses, new events
and a wave of fresh energy to town. Historic Downtown is alive with lights, people and
activity. You, as well as your families and friends, are invited to take some time to stroll our
historic Hot Springs gallery district. This December 6th marks over 30 years (364 record-
breaking consecutive months!) the galleries have collaborated in hosting Gallery Walk.
Show them your support by stopping in and sharing your holiday cheer!

724 Central • 501-624-0550 620 Centr
Featuring the wall art of Jamie Carter, CrystalSp
Carole Beam, Jimmy Leach and Save du
Margaret Kipp. Ernie Bolieu will storewide
have new jewelry on display and will close its d
be present to discuss his new work. unusual! F
Horse tail hair pottery by Valerie Hanks-Goetz. Pine needle minerals, crystals, & distinctive
baskets by Valerie. Wood turnings by Virgil Barksdale. world. Choose from stunning
Southwest gourds by Rick Carter. Many unique gifts for local and international artists. M
Christmas. Thomas Kinkade Studio Art Work in Gallery II.
Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm. EMERG
341A Wh
610A Central • 501-623-6401 The holid Emergent
June Lamoureux and Dianne Morgan Big Gifts
will be the featured artists in December. work at
Lamoureux’s newest works on canvas exhibition and sale is handma
are realistic in nature, using the lovely and will retail at $100 or less.
scenery of Arkansas and the buildings of historic Hot Springs Circle Gallery will coincide w
as her subject matter. She is recognized as an excellent Walk and will be open 5PM-8
Watercolor instructor, muralist and faux finisher. Morgan has will run through December 2
owned and operated an art shop in Louisiana, where she also appointment.
taught beginner classes. Though she works in acrylics, oils and
watercolors, she now concentrates on abstracts in watercolor GALLER
and acrylic. Featured miniature artists are Jan Briggs and Linda 800 Cent
Shearer. Mon-Sat: 10 am-5 pm; Sun: 12-5 pm. GalleryC
Open for
DESIGN art, repres
825 Central • 501-701-8036 JUSTUS
You are invited to the gallery for 827A Cen
beautiful new artworks, featuring JustusFin
mixed media paintings by award- Featuring
winning Bella Vista Artist Margaret Correll. Her unique Justus, Sa
pieces reference myths and astronomy.  In this exhibition, Tony Sal
her theme is the seven-star asterism Ursa Major, known in and Eliz
the U.S. as the Big Dipper. Also featured are intricate boxes photography by Beverly Buys,
by Quitman fine craftsman Roger Buckhanan who used the Sandra Sell, woodwork by Ge
spaulted wood that fell during a devastating ice storm in and more. The show will ope
NW Arkansas. Tri-Lakes Ornamental Iron craftsmen have Walk, 5-9 p.m., Friday, Dece
created one-of-a-kind fireplace screens, ornament trees, Ricko Donovan will kick off
and lightweight, sturdy, adjustable artist easels for sale at live Holiday music from 5-5
$175! A variety of pottery, paintings, sculpture, blown glass on display December 6-31. Ow
ornaments, and photos on metal make for a variety of fine Justus Fine Art Gallery offers
gift options for every pocketbook. Open most days 10-5, including sculpture, paintings
closed Sundays. By appointment, call 501-701-8036.   more by recognized artists. 1
by appointment.

247 Silver St • 214-497-3715 HSU Hot
[email protected] 201 Mark
A community nonprofit that provides “Hot Spri
a safe and encouraging space for area close afte
youth to express themselves creatively be sure to
through art. With free summer art exhibit be
programs and year-round studio space, C4K provides an is the French expression for
alternative to negative activities and reckless behaviors by artwork that was painted outd
promoting and supporting self-awareness and helping grow studio. The exhibit features
every child’s uniqueness and individuality in the form of buildings, and cultural event
artistic expression. Open for Gallery Walk, 4pm-6p.m. on Springs National Park Artist i
the first Friday of every month. Call for studio hours.  Gallery Walk, 5-8 pm. Terry
from 5:30-7:30pm. Mon-Fri b

or The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 13

Gallery Walk #364

In keeping with our theme to Shop Locally and support Arkansas artists, designers
and crafters, we invite you to celebrate Gallery Walk the first Friday of each month from
5-9 p.m. Come enjoy entertainment, refreshments, a huge selection of paintings, sculptures,
pottery, jewelry, and much, much more, while meeting our fantastic artists.

From our homes to yours, our Springs Magazine Team wishes you the very best of
holidays in whatever way you celebrate… and a most Happy & Healthy New Year!

ral #1C • 501-623-2323 800B Central-Upstairs • 501-620-3063
uring the gallery’s giant, Featuring: The Champion Trees of
closing sale!! The gallery will Arkansas original drawings, archival
doors Dec. 31, 2019. Expect the prints, and Palmer’s book: “The
Featuring a collection of gems, Champion Trees of Arkansas, An
ve art and gifts from AR and the Artist’s Journey.” Open for Gallery Walk 5-8pm; daily by
pieces of jewelry designed by appointment; or when artist is in the studio. Call for appt.
Mon - Sat 10 am - 6 pm.
GENT ARTS 710 Grand Ave • 501-318-6193
hittington • 501-613-0385 Come watch the Riley’s create their art
day season means it’s time for glass (check glassblowing schedule on
t Art’s annual Small Works, website or FB.) While they work, the
s! exhibition and art sale. All brothers answer questions, explaining
the Small Works, Big Gifts! the process and history of glassblowing. Tue-Sat, 9am-4pm.
ade by local Arkansas artists,
. The opening reception at the STEPHANO BROTHERS JEWELRY
with the December 6th Gallery 801 Central, Ste 33 • 501-463-4158
8PM. Small Works, Big Gifts!
21st. Wed-Sat, 12-5PM, or by The newly opened Stephano Brothers
Jewelry will host Katy Wreyford with
RY CENTRAL black and white photography of Hot
tral • 501-318-4278 Springs and Linda Bush who creates repurposed, multimedia mosaics. Open Gallery Walk 5-9pm,
r Gallery Walk, with many serving hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Take advantage of
their December sale – 20% Off Entire Inventory through
attendance. Enjoy beautiful December 24th. Take the elevator in Spencer’s Corner to
senting over 35 artists. the 2nd floor to have a look at their unique collection of
wearable art. Regular hours are Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm.
ntral • 501-321-2335 WHITTINGTON GALLERY 307 Whittington Ave • 501-607-0214
g paintings by Dolores Whittington Gallery will feature their
ammy Peters, Laura Raborn, 51 local artists, painters, potters,
ladino, Rebecca Thompson, jewelry makers and more. They will be
zabeth Weber, along with serving free beverages, food and great
, sculpture by Robyn Horn and art in a laid-back fun atmosphere. Music
ene Sparling, original jewelry, from the Tone Chasers. Plenty of free and easy parking. They
en with a reception at Gallery will be drawing a name of one of their visitors to win a piece
ember 6. Acclaimed musician of “ove “ Lo Re’s artwork! Be sure to sign up while you’re
the evening with a session of there. Come join them for the fun. Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm.
5:45 p.m. The exhibit will be
wned by artist Dolores Justus, GALLERY RELATED
s a wide range of original art
s, ceramics, photography, and FOREST PATH GALLERY
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed-Sat and 107 Stillmeadow Ln • 501-617-0594 •
Located in a beautiful setting, on a private nature preserve
ARK BUILDING south of Hot Springs, it’s the showcase for the wood sculpture,
t Springs Campus bowls & furniture made by Gene Sparling, and adjoins his
ket St • 501-545-0534 home/studio. Demos/shop tours may also be available.
ings en Plein Air” exhibit will
er Gallery Walk, Dec 6, so FOX PASS POTTERY
o stop in to see this inspired 379 Fox Pass • 501-623-9906 •
efore it’s over. “En plein air” Handmade Stoneware by Jim and Barbara Larkin. Beautiful
“in the open” and describes wood fired pottery. Take a tour on Google Maps.
doors instead of in the artist’s
Hot Springs parks, historic 340 Ouachita • 501-701-4444
ts that were created by Hot
in Residence and local artists. Art and retail that invokes a feeling of spooky New England
y Everson will be performing mixed with the primitive South. Blown glass witch balls
by appointment. made in the Carpathian Mountain region in Poland. Tues-
Sat. 11:00am- 7:00pm.

14 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

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!

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 15

December Programs @
GC Library

By Paul Kagebein

The Garland County Library

welcomes the month of December and says

farewell to the year of 2019 with an array

of neatly-packaged, festive programming.

The library will be an essential

stop in the community for live holiday

music performances all month long. The

latest Hot Springs Jazz Society Concert

is on Wednesday, December 11th @ 6pm,

with a showcase of the bebop style of jazz

as made famous by Charlie Parker and

Dizzy Gillespie.

The next week has two concerts,

one of which is David Perry’s Holiday

Concert on Tuesday, December 17th

@ 6pm. Perry is an acclaimed classical Paul Kagebein, Adult Services
guitarist and vocalist, with an eclectic mix Programmer at GC Library.
of styles. Finally, the library’s very own

staff members will perform for you in the annual Andy and the Dandies Holiday

Concert on Wednesday, December 18th @ 1pm. Refreshments are served.

Another highlight in December is an extra special edition of the long-

running, free Bingo for Books program, on Tuesday, December 17th @ 1pm, the

same day as David Perry’s concert. December features a $100 (gift card) grand

prize, cover-all round at the end, and free refreshments. Registration is required.

Also noteworthy is the Christmas Bird Count Training on Sunday,

December 8th @ 1pm. Skilled Garland County Audubon Society president Jerry

Butler will train attendees about the annual bird census. Amateur birdwatchers and

nature lovers who just want to learn skills for their personal use are welcome to

attend as well. Registration is required.

Visit the library online at  or call 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.  

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in Coffee Love’s recently remodeled cafe.

Coffee Love Gets a Facelift
in Time for the Holidays

Coffee Love just received an even better look for diners to enjoy.
Remodeling occurred before the holiday season to make it easier to order holiday
pies. Cissy Morris, daughter of the original pie-maker, Mary, will take your holiday
pie orders until December 18th for Christmas pies. The pies must be picked up the
day before the holiday.

Home of Club Café and Mary’s Pie Shop original pie recipes, diners can
stop in to partake in their specialty coffees and hot or cold beverages, or call ahead
for take-out orders for breakfast and lunch menus.

Coffee Love’s comfortable atmosphere makes it a relaxing place to have
a cup of coffee with a slice of pie and visit with friends. Call 501-463-4800 now to
start sampling from their selection of 15 different pies. Open 8am – 4pm, Monday
- Saturday. Located at 4832 Central Avenue.

16 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 17

Hanamaki High School Baseball Team Will Visit Hot Springs to

Play Lakeside and Hot Springs High School Teams

Hot Springs’ international might want to bring their baseball team to Hot

recognition as the Birthplace of Major League Springs. He went home and began putting

Baseball Spring Training is responsible for together a plan.

bringing a high school baseball team from The result was that 20 members of

the Spa City’s Sister City, Hanamaki, Japan, the Hanamaki Higashi baseball team as well as

to town for a friendly game with players from seven other students from the annual visiting

Lakeside and Hot Springs High Schools. College Prep Class, will be in Hot Springs

Players from Hanamaki Higashi high December 2 - 8.

school will be in Hot Springs December 2 The baseball team will practice with

through December 8 as a result of their vice players from Lakeside and Hot Springs High

principal’s 2018 tour of the city’s Historic all week. The combined Lakeside-Hot Springs

Baseball Trail, which traces sites throughout High team will be coached by Bryan Bolt.

the city associated with baseball immortals “Lakeside Coach Leighton Hardin

who trained in the city during the first half of has put together a wonderful itinerary for them

the 20th Century. to visit local colleges to tour their facilities,

“Hanamaki Higashi and Lakeside and the students from Hanamaki, Lakeside

High School have been sister schools for over and Hot Springs High will practice together,

20 years,” said Mary Zunick, cultural affairs and then play a friendly game at Lakeside

manager for Visit Hot Springs and a leader High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December

of the city’s Sister City program. “A small 7. That game will be free and the public is

student delegation has traveled to Hot Springs invited,” said Zunick.

for many years and in 2012 Higashi started Lakeside Coach Hardin said, “We

sending a second delegation made up of their Players from Hanamaki Higashi high school will be in Hot Springs are excited to spend a week and share cultures
College Prep Class. December 2 through December 8. with the young men from Hanamaki. It is a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for our kids in Hot
Hanamaki is known throughout Japan

for its incredibly successful baseball teams. They are consistently one of the top high Springs to practice, play, and share our city and state.”

school teams in Japan and two of their recent graduates are playing in the United “This visit and exhibition game by the Hanamaki high school kids is a perfect

States: Yusei Kikuchi for the Seattle Mariners and Shohei Ohtani for the Los Angeles example of the ways that the things we do here in Hot Springs resonate in ways that we

Angels. often don’t anticipate,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “We’re pleased

Zunick said that last year one of the chaperones of the Higashi school’s now to add the Hanamaki baseball players to our roster of visitors from around the

student group, Vice Principal Sugawara, was given a tour of the Baseball Trail. He world.”

had been a baseball coach before he became vice principal and suggested that Higashi For information, call Mary Zunick at 501-321-2027.

18 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

Arkansas Shorts:

Scheduled for January 4, 2020

Visit Hot Springs and Vets Support Low Key Arts and Superior
Group Hold Community Rummage Bathhouse Brewery present the
13th annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of
Sale to Benefit Vets & Families Short Film festival on Saturday, January
4, 2020, at the historic Malco Theatre
The staff of Visit Hot (817 Central Avenue) in downtown Hot

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 curated by programmer Chris Wilks; a
North American block featuring high-profile, award-winning work from around
the US and Canada; and, of course, the juried selection of Arkansas-made short
films, including those produced in this year’s Inception to Projection filmmaking
program, right here in Hot Springs.

This Arkansas Shorts will feature more films than ever before and the
day’s schedule will be adjusted accordingly. A complete schedule will be published
in December.

The festival is sponsored by Superior Bathhouse Brewery. The Brewery
will host an afterparty immediately following the last film. For further info, please
contact [email protected]

Springs, the city’s convention Energy of the Future...

and visitors bureau, has

joined with a veterans support What’s the Answer?

group to raise money for the

rehabilitation of a house that By David Rose

will serve at-risk veterans and Not hydroelectric or geothermal? Limited, unless you live at the bottom of

their families. Niagara Falls or in Iceland.

The fundraising project Not oil? Along with grease, tar and other petroleum products, oil does not

will be a giant rummage sale, come out of clothing in a normal wash. I don’t believe it has much of a future for

Vending for Vets, on December that reason.

21, at 8am, that will donate all the Not coal? Even dirtier than oil. There’s a reason naughty kids get coal in

money raised to directly benefit their stocking.

Arkansas Veteran Support Not solar? Shows promise, but those large fields of solar panels are

Services (AVSS), a nonprofit unsightly. They look like a trailer park that got run over by a fleet of monster trucks.

organization whose mission Not wind? Also promising, but unsightly as well. I’d even go beyond

is to honor, directly assist and unsightly to the point of being pretty darned weird. Seeing those giant windmills

Donations from the community for the Vending for Vets improve the quality of life of stretched to the horizon is like being in a scene from a movie based on an Orson
Rummage Sale will be accepted December 16 through 20. Central Arkansas’s at-risk and
disabled veterans. Welles novel.

AVSS has inherited a house that will be remodeled and used as a residence where Not nuclear? Just about every monster since Godzilla was brought to us by

at-risk or homeless veterans and their families can stay as they rebuild their lives. The the power of the atom.

property is located at 300 Glade Street in Hot Springs. It has a good roof and subfloor, Fortunately,

but needs some structural and cosmetic improvements, complete electrical, and complete the answer to the

plumbing. problem has been

“The staff of Visit Hot Springs was challenged to come up with a project that with us all along –

would involve all of our employees and benefit a public cause,” Leysa Lowery, human Drinking Birds. No

resources director for Visit Hot Springs. “We asked our staffers to vote on a project, and eye-sore problem

they chose one that will benefit veterans in Hot Springs and Garland County.” here. Those things are

The staff decided to hold a giant rummage sale on Saturday, December 21, in cuter than pants on

Exhibit Hall A of the Hot Springs Convention Center. Visit Hot Springs employees will mice.

donate and collect items for the rummage sale, and all the money will go to AVSS. We just

“We’ll ask the public to contribute items so that this will be a huge rummage mount a dozen or

sale. We will be taking donations of items for the sale — except no clothing or shoes — so birds along the

beginning Monday, December 16, and lasting until Friday, December 20, at noon.” shore of the lakes Rose’s suggestion for a clean energy source.
that rim the town.
Arkansas  Veteran  Support Services is a nonprofit organization that relies on
Remembering to fill the cup won’t be an issue. If each bird were about 200 feet
individual and corporate donations. It has conducted 15 projects to help local veterans safely
high and harnessed to a generator, they could supply electricity for the entire city.
navigate their homes and property, and has provided transportation to and from medical
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,
If you have questions regarding AVSS, please feel free to contact director,
& Susan Sarandon. As a writer he flunked every English class he ever sat in. Born in
Wendell Roberts, at 501- 276-1452 or  [email protected] If you have question
Woodstock, NY, he is very much a product of the 1960s and never really managed
regarding the Vending for Vets Rummage Sale, contact Lowery at 501-321-2027,
to escape that fabled decade.
or [email protected]

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 19

Get Ready for Cheech
Marin as Grand Marshall
for 2020 St. Pat’s Parade

Cheech Marin,
half of the legendary
comedy team Cheech and
Chong, will serve as the
grand marshal of the First
Ever 17th Annual World’s
Shortest St. Patrick’s Day
Parade in Hot Springs on
March 17, 2020.

“Cheech will fit
in perfectly with the zany,
fun-for-all atmosphere that
defines the World’s Shortest
St. Patrick’s Day Parade,”
said Steve Arrison, CEO
of Visit Hot Springs and
one of the founders of the
internationally famous
98-foot parade on Bridge
Street, the World’s Shortest
Street in Everyday Use.

Cheech is a
Cheech Marin, of Cheech and Chong, comes to Hot paradox in the world of
Springs in 2020 as St. Pat’s Day Parade Grand Marshall. entertainment: he is an

actor, director, writer,
musician, art collector and humanitarian, as well as a cultural icon. Six of the
Cheech & Chong albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and “Los
Cochinos” won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.

The critically acclaimed duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in
eight features together. During a split with Chong, Cheech wrote, directed, and
starred in the comedy “Born in East L.A.” He appeared in over 25 films, including
his scene-stealing role in “Tin Cup,” and in eight films directed by Robert Rodriguez.

On television, Cheech was a sitcom regular before joining Don Johnson
on the highly successful CBS drama “Nash Bridges” Through his popular Disney
Pixar animation film roles (“Oliver & Company,” “The Lion King” and “Cars”) and
as an author of children’s books such as Cheech the School Bus Driver, Cheech is
also a favorite with kids and parents around the world.

In 2009, everyone’s favorite duo reunited after 25 years apart and they
continue to perform together as their schedules allow.

Cheech is also recognized today as a preeminent Chicano art advocate.
In the mid-1980s, he began developing what is now arguably the finest private
collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his inaugural exhibition,
“Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” which broke attendance records
during its groundbreaking 15‐city US tour.

Following the success of “Chicano Visions,” 13 additional exhibitions
drawn from the Cheech Marin Collection have toured more than 50 major art
museums across the United States and in Europe under the direction of Melissa
Richardson Banks.

Furthering his goal to introduce Chicano art to a wider audience, Marin
has entered into a partnership with the City of Riverside and Riverside Art Museum
to create the national Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry
aka "The Cheech" (

Slated to open in 2021, The Cheech will become the permanent home
for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures and
photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United

Renowned movie star Danny Trejo will serve as the official starter for the
2020 parade, and free public concerts will be held on the evenings of March 16
and March 17 at the parade stage at Bridge Street and Broadway. Blues Traveler
will perform March 16 and Foghat will performs March 17 immediately after the
parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

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.

20 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

Full Moon Bike Ride Set

for December 12 Tarot: The Sun: XIX
Wanna howl at the moon By Michelle Crandell
with the Northwoods crew? Shred
Valkyrie and Blue Jay by the light of The Fool awakes from wild,
the full moon? This is the last chance
to join in on a monthly FULL MOON inspirational dreams. His boat rests on the shore
GROUP RIDE in the Northwoods
this year! December 12* – FULL of a pond. The water is clear. Lovely pastel
The ride will be a no drop waterlilies abound. Irises line the shore. A rosy
beginner to intermediate group ride.
The route will depend on the skill Sun appears over the horizon.
level of the participants. Riders will
spend around an hour on the trails. “It looks to be a beautiful day,” the Fool
Plan to meet at the trailhead
at 5:00 and begin the ride by 5:30. considers, stretching. He hears a child’s bright
It will be dark by the time the group
returns to the trailhead. laughter, then sees a little boy riding toward him
All riders must have a
mountain bike in working order, on a pale yellow pony. The child leaps from the
helmet, front light, back-up light
source, and water to hydrate. horse and runs toward the Fool, hugging him …
After the ride, the fun will continue
with a little grillin' and some tunes. nearly knocking him down. “Come! Come see!”
Bring a chair! Don’t miss
the fun... Come shred by the light of he cries.
the moon!
Sponsored by: Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Spa City Cycling, Parkside The child proceeds to take the Fool
Cycle, Rave Grafix and Visit Hot Springs!
Who: All mountain bikers/All skill levels around the garden, pointing out busy insects and
What: Full Moon Rides
Where: Northwoods, Waterworks Trailhead seeds in sunflowers… the way light sparkles
When: Meet @5:00 p.m., Ride @5:30 p.m.
How much: FREE on a dewdrop. All the while, asking simple, yet
Why: Full moons are awesome and mountain bikes are too.
*Contingent on weather, Follow Northwoods Trails - Hot Springs Trail Conditions profound questions. “Why is the sky blue? What The Sun brings warmth and energy.
group for weather updates leading up to each event! makes grass grow?”

He sings songs and plays games with the Fool. The Fool feels happier

than he has in a very long time. He has been tested and rewarded, confused and

enlightened, afraid and amazed, but not happy. This moment, his mind becomes

clear and open. His soul feels warmed by the Sun…all because of this golden child.

“Who are you?” he asks. The boy looks delighted. He smiles. When he

does, he becomes brighter and brighter, turning into pure sunlight. “I’m YOU!” his

voice resounds, “the new you.”

Suddenly, the Fool is filled with warmth and energy. The Fool realizes, HE

is the garden, HE is the Sun… and the child lives within him.

Michelle Crandell provides individual readings for a fee. Once a year,

she teaches LEARN TO READ TAROT. For more information, email michelle.

[email protected] or call 501-655-6242.

Master Gardeners:
Plants for the Holidays

By Kathleen Cardinal

By the end of the holidays most

of us are the proud owners of either a

poinsettia, Christmas cactus or an amaryllis.

All are beautiful, but what does one do with

them after the holidays?

Poinsettias (of which there are 100

varieties) are unique, as they obtain their

color by staging them under sequential

darkness. While we cannot easily duplicate

The Crystal Chimes Chorus brings a delightful show to Hot Springs Village. the color, you can still have a lush plant all There are 100 varieties
year. Planted in the ground in shade among of poinsettias.
Crystal Chimes Chorus perennials or in a pot, it can be an eye-

Presents “Christmas in Dixie” catcher and great conversation piece. It can grow up to 3 feet tall in zone 7b.

Cocoa, Cookies, and Carols is back! On Monday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m., the The Christmas cactus can be kept indefinitely indoors or on your patio. It
auditorium of the Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village will be filled with the
ringing chords of acapella Barbershop harmony. The Crystal Chimes Chorus, a requires 4-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight. Water when it gets dry and fertilize
member of Sweet Adelines International, is ready to present “Christmas In Dixie”
... and wants YOU to be in the audience. lightly every 2-4 weeks. It begins to bloom in October or November for a real

This delightful show is filled with music and humor. Sit back and relax, as flower show by the holidays.
you are served homemade cookies ... and cocoa and coffee. Tickets are $10 each.
You can get them by calling Lee at 501-226-5188, or Jo at 501-922-8714, or online The amaryllis grows from a large bulb. Go to
at In addition, there will be tickets for a drawing on a
beautiful handmade quilt (the drawing is to be held at their April, 2020 show,) a for an easy tutorial and color photographs. Not only can you maintain the bulb
50/50 drawing, and a bake sale.
for the following holidays, but they will multiply. Some of our Garland County

Master Gardeners plant them outside in semi-protected areas and they bloom in a

fantastic fashion year after year.

Kathleen Cardinal, a Garland County Master Gardener, volunteers with

GC Master Gardeners of the UofA Div. of Agriculture, Cooperative Ext. Service.

Master Gardeners pool skills and resources to improve home horticulture,

stimulate interest in plants and gardening, and encourage beautification. For

more info, call 501-623-6841 or email [email protected]

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 21

Yoga instructor, Karen Watson Reeves, demonstrates Chair Pose in front of
one of Hot Springs’ newest murals.


Benefits of Chair Pose

By Karen Watson Reeves
Chair Pose. When I cue students into this position, there are a few who will

grimace, growl or even audibly complain. They do not like chair pose! It is intense.
It is challenging. And the Sanskrit translation from Utkatasana (fierce or powerful
pose) makes sense!

When I was teaching a children’s class, I commented that adults are not
too fond of this pose and they wonder why it is called “chair,” because, after all, are
chairs not supposed to be comfy and restful? The eight-year-old girl right in front
of me responded, “Ms. Karen, YOU are the chair!” Well, of course, no wonder the
pose must be so powerful!

So--besides practicing being powerful and being the chair, why else would
an instructor add this pose to so many class sequences? Here are just a few of the
many benefits of Utkatasana:

~Helps to correct poor posture. Watch people around you, sitting slouched
over computers, desks, and tables or standing or walking in a stooped position.
Practicing chair pose helps rectify bad posture, thus improving body alignment,
which in turn eliminates back and neck pain.

~Tones leg muscles. Tired, achy legs can include feelings of stiffness,
varicose veins, strain, etc. Chair Pose helps tone tired legs by improving circulation
and stretching and strengthening the legs.

~Strengthens ankles, calves, thighs, hip flexors, and spine. That’s a lot of
strengthening, right? But when one is holding this pose, there is no doubt about it!
This pose is “fierce,” the lower body and hips get strong!

~Stretches shoulders. Flexible shoulders keep the joints, ligaments, and
muscles less prone to injury and improve overall body strength, as the shoulders
help with everyday tasks such as lifting.

~Stimulates the heart, diaphragm, and abdominal organs. When these
muscles and organs are healthy, they are functioning in an optimal state. The heart
rate increases as this pose is held, so the breathing speeds up, allowing more intake
of oxygen. The heart pumps extra nutrients to the muscles.

~Practicing this intense, powerful Chair Pose can unearth your fiery side.
Get strong and healthy as you practice Chair Pose with cheer!

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. When not on the mat, Karen
enjoys the beautiful outdoors of the National Park, especially from her bicycle.

22 The Springs • December 2019 Keeping It Local For The Holidays

The simple act of washing our hands can help keep us healthy
over the holiday season.

Handwashing ~

Holidays ~ Health

By Alison Crane
In 400 BCE, the ancient Greek historian, Thucydides was the first on

record to suggest that disease could be spread from one person to another. It
would be almost 2000 years later before the theory of germs would really be
considered as a possibility and this was by a scholar and poet, not a scientist.

Fast forward to present day and we have extensive knowledge of
microscopic organisms and have life-saving medicines available to combat their

While we have come a long way in advancements of science and health,
one of the best lines of defense against illness is washing our hands. According
to the CDC, the simple act of washing our hands can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-
related illnesses and 1 in 5 infections, including the flu. In fact, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing "a do-it-yourself vaccine"
and suggests remembering five easy steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry.

Every year the first week in December is recognized as National
Handwashing Awareness Week. Considering that cold and flu season is upon
us full swing in December and nobody wants to miss out on those holiday
gatherings, let’s all take a moment and wash our hands. After all, taking
cleanliness and hygiene seriously is good for everyone.

So, in honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, put these
four principles endorsed by the American Medical Association and American
Academy of Family Physicians into practice:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating
2. Do not cough into hands
3. Do not sneeze into hands
4. Don't put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
For more information on good health practices or for a demonstration
for your group or class about handwashing and the importance of good hygiene,
contact us at the Garland County Extension office. Call 501-623-6841 or email
[email protected]
Follow us on Facebook by liking our pages: @GarlandFCS, @
garlandEGF, and @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.

Keeping It Local For The Holidays The Springs • December 2019 23

Flavor 101: Food Memories

Creating a Family Food Memory poem can be the start of a new tradition.

By Eve Victory
As you may know, I am the Hospitality and Tourism Management

Instructor at National Park College.
Every Fall in Food Preparation class, we discuss how food shapes our

lives, upbringings, our memories. As an assignment, each student must write a
12-line free verse poem about memories of food. It never ceases to amaze me how
personal the poems become, referencing specific moments in time, special aromas,
ingredients and traditions.

I then combine the best of each student’s poem and create a Class Food
Memory poem. Below is one of my favorites.

Hundreds of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate
Lemon pie – it’s so fluffy like a cloud

Snapping green beans in the den with Granny
with purple fingers from shelling purple hull peas
The sounds of the French Quarter as I sip gumbo

Beautiful, buttered monkey bread
Belly full of mashed potatoes and gravy

Annie Mae’s fried fish and spaghetti
The crunch of cereal during Saturday morning cartoons
The kiss of mint in peppermint bark meant to be shared

Venison, fried okra, vegetables from the garden;
tons of laughs remembering things forgotten

A warm brownie topped with ice cream? Now that’s what I call heaven!
(My Granny always let me get the first bowl.)

I am now giving all The Springs’ readers the same assignment. Write your
own poem, or have each family member pick their favorite food memory and create
a Family Food Memory poem. Make a new tradition to treasure with your children
and your grandchildren. Holiday Blessings to you all.

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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