Eureka to celebrate springs in May

Sunday, April 1, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Eureka Springs was founded on people coming from all over the world to drink from its healing springs. And while the springs no longer serve that purpose, they continue to ensure visitors a feeling of well-being. Celebrate the Springs! is a three-day event June 8-10, and it will focus on the springs that have attracted visitors for more than 100 years.

On June 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., a kick-off reception will be held at Keels Creek Winery, 3185 E. Van Buren. The event will feature selected wines and hors d'oeuvres, harp music by Beth Stockdell, and signing of the newly released Eureka Springs: City of Healing Waters by June Westphal and Kate Cooper.

Saturday's activities begin at 9 a.m. at Crescent Spring with a processional by local churches honoring the springs. The procession ends at Basin Park, which serves as event central. Water is a precious resource and you will learn more about its importance and conservation through many exhibits, including how to create a rain garden. Geocache ambassadors will be on hand to help you get started on a journey through the springs of Eureka Springs. At Crescent, Harding, and Sweet Springs, there will be music, painting, gardens and historical preservation info.

On Sunday, the events include all-day geocaching the springs around town and a photography walk with area naturalist Chris Fischer and Geologist Jim Helwig.

For tickets to the Keels Creek Friday night reception ($20 in advance), contact paulakoch@gmail.com. All other events and activities are free. For a full schedule of activities, go to www.celebratethesprings.org.

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