Eureka Springs celebrates MLK Day with song circles

Friday, January 24, 2014
People gather at St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs for a weekly meal and a special song circle to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Every Sunday, the community is provided a free meal at the St. James Episcopal Church. The meals are part of a community effort and come from various restaurants in town.

Last week, the meal was provided by Myrtie Maes and followed by free entertainment by a talented group of local musicians, which included Ivan Thompson, a.k.a. Ivan of the Ozarks, on his strummin' stick, Quin Witkey, Shakeenah Kadeem and visiting artist Rebeccah Jean Brock. The evening's entertainment was the third part of a three-night weekend tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

The MLK Song Circle Weekend kicked off last Friday night at the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow and was hosted by Jim Dudley, Michael Garrett and Nick Rorick with Theo Moffett and Justin and Katie Easter.

The Saturday song circle at the Flora Roja Community Acupuncture Center was hosted by Katie Easter.

The weekend tribute finished at St. James and in a warm gathering of local residents.

The Sunday night MLK song circle music included songs such as "Imagine," "Let It Be," "Puff The Magic Dragon," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Abraham, Martin and John" and, of course, "We Shall Overcome." The words to each song were painted up on canvasses, displayed on an easel and sung (for the most part) in unison, and a good time was had by all. The bread pudding was warm and delicious, too.

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