• Caroling in the Caverns

    Caroling in the Caverns

    Caroling in the Caverns is one of Mountain View’s premier events. Wonderful singing in the perfect acoustical venue. 🙂

    Have you and your family every been to Blanchard Springs Caverns? This cave system is one of the most beautiful caves in the nation. Well-lit and easily navigated, it is also one of the nation’s most visited caves.

    Caroling in the Caverns

    The cave has been designed to provide easy access for people of all ages. An elevator takes “spelunkers” down to cave levels. A cemented walking path with handrails at key sections allows for people to take the guided tour without worry of getting lost. The cave is also equipped with wonderful lighting which was designed and placed by an opera lighting specialist. The lights illuminate the cave’s delightful designs made by the Master.

    Caroling in the Caverns

    During the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Blanchard Springs Caverns put on the Caroling in the Caverns event. Highly talented, well-known musicians come to play and sing Christmas songs. The acoustical effects of the caves add a wondrous resonance to the already amazing performances.

     

     

    If you have been to Mountain View, you have probably seen performances by Pam Setser and some of the other featured musicians.  But you’ve never heard them like you can at their performance at Caroling in the Caverns. Check out this report above on YouTube. HGTV did a story about Mountain View being a Top Ten Christmas Town. Skip to 1:58 to hear all about Caroling in the Caverns. The acoustics are amazing!!

    Caroling in the Caverns

    Caroling in the Caverns will definitely get you and your family in the Christmas spirit. Mountain View is a wonderful holiday destination with great shops, friendly people, wonderful music, and great places to stay.

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    Don’t miss this year’s Caroling in the Caverns. There are only 100 tickets available for each show, so grab your seats quickly! For the performance schedule and reserve tickets, go to the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce website.

     

    The Wildflower Bed & Breakfast on the Square is offering a great package deal for Caroling in the Caverns. Get two reserve seat tickets, a dinner out (up to $30), and a two night stay for $300 for a suite or $265 for a regular room. This also includes a delicious breakfast with a guest musician performing, afternoon snacks, and all the other amenities you love at the Wildflower. Call 870-269-4383 to reserve your package today!!

  • Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View

    Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View

    We are gearing up for a full house here at the Wildflower for the Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View. The groups on the schedule are some of the best bluegrass performers in the nation. There are great shows all three days at the Ozark Folk Center. Reserved seating tickets are available at www.mountainview-bluegrass.com. There’s also bound to be some great pickin’ at the Pickin’ Park as well as on porches around the court square in between performances.

    Fall Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View

    One of the groups called Nothin’ Fancy has been around for nearly 20 years. They have won several awards, including the “Entertaining Group of the Year” award from the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). The group has recorded 11 full length albums and has performed at many venues across the United States, Canada, and Norway. They are a definite do-not-miss band. Nothin’ Fancy will perform on Thursday at 6:45 pm and on Friday at 3:15 pm and 9:15 pm.

    Fall Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View

    Coming out of Texas is the Group Hickory Hill. Performing bluegrass music for over 35 years, this group has been an enduring ambassador for the bluegrass genre. They were named “Band of the Year” by the Arts and Entertainment Committee of East Texas in 1993. They have also been nominated for many other entertainment awards over the past 4 decades. Their music consists of original songs and songs adapted from other genres, as well as original and classic gospel songs. One of their endearing qualities to audiences nationwide is the variety of arrangements in their music sets. Hickory Hill will definitely be one of the hits of the Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View this year. They will perform on Friday at noon then again at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, they will take the stage at 12:45 pm and 7:30 pm.

    Fall Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View

    For high energy bluegrass that on the cutting edge, check out Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. The mandolin and banjo players bring energy to the stage that is amazing to watch and delightful to hear. They are no slouch on the vocals either. Their distinctive sound is a pleasant departure from the normal bluegrass sound. Be sure and look for them in the Pickin’ Park as well as they are known to frequent local jam sites for some impromptu jams. Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform all three days. On Thursday, they will finish out the show at 9:15 pm. On Friday, they will take the stage at 2:30 pm and 6:45 pm. They will perform twice on Saturday as well, starting out the day at noon, then playing again at 8:30 pm.

    Fall Bluegrass Festival in Mountain View

    Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are the show closers for the Saturday matinee and the Saturday evening show. This headlining act is at the top of the bluegrass genre. They have been nominated for many awards from the International Bluegrass Society (IBMA) and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). They also won album of the year with their latest record “Heart of a Song”. With amazing lead vocals from Junior Sisk and the backing of top notch musicians, it is no wonder that Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice were the choice for the finishing act. They close out the matinee show at 3:25 pm and also finish up the Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View on Saturday night at 9:15 pm.

    Other performers include Dueling Hearts, The Hartley Family, Volume Five, and Catahoula Drive.

    This year’s Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View is on deck to be a great experience for bluegrass lovers. Even if bluegrass music is not your thing, nothing beats great musicians playing live.

    Next year’s Spring Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for March 10-12. It also has some amazing bluegrass performers scheduled, such as Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Cedar Hill, Flatt Lonesome, the Cobb Brothers, and many more.

    The Fall Bluegrass Festival Mountain View is a great example of how Mountain View, Arkansas continues to be the best destination for great live music.

     

     

    The Wildflower Bed & Breakfast on the Square is located less than a mile from the Ozark Folk Center, which hosts both the Fall and Spring Bluegrass Festivals. Ticket concierge is available for guests of the Wildflower. Book online or call (870) 269-4383 for further information.

  • Off the Beaten Path

    Off the Beaten Path — Artist Home Studio Tour

    Mountain View and the surrounding areas are not just an Off the Beaten Path destination for great music. Many talented artists reside in the communities and towns in Stone County. The mountain atmosphere and the outlying locations give these amazing artists the solitude and serenity to fuel their creativity.

    This coming weekend on September 18th, 19th, and 20th, people from all around the state and outward will venture into Stone County to for this aptly named Off the Beaten Path studio tour. A typical studio tour is a short walk down a crowded street to each urban studio. What makes this studio tour unique is that the studios are actually in the artist’s homes.

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  • Not Your Typical Mountain View Music

    Not Your Typical Mountain View Music

    Live folk music is considered your typical Mountain View music fare. Many talented musicians, young and old, develop their talents in keeping these folk traditions alive. However, many of these same musicians have a thirst for more. In a previous blog post 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Mountain View, I touched on a couple of groups that are bringing some great American traditional music to Mountain View, such as Syllamo Trio and Hwy 9 South.

    If you “dare” to venture away from the Pickin’ Park into some of the local establishments you’ll hear Mississippi Delta Blues, classic and modern country, classic rock, and even ukulele blues.

    Really. Ukulele blues. Just wait….

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  • Grandpa Jones Weekend

    Grandpa Jones Weekend

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    Grandpa Jones was a banjo-picking icon on the show Hee Haw for many years. His claw-hammer style of playing was reminiscent of mountain folk music. One of his most love songs was “Mountain Dew“. He was not only loved just for his banjo playing and his unique one foot stepping to keep the beat. His humor and good nature endeared a generation of Hee Haw watchers and mountain music lovers.

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  • 5 Things I Bet You DIDN’T Know About Mountain View, Arkansas

    5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Mountain View

    Mountain View may a small town off the beaten path. But there is so much to do for people of all ages. Referred to as the Folk Music Capital of the World, some people have the impression that only older generations can enjoy what Mountain View has to offer.

    But that is oh so not true.

    Here are 5 things that I discovered about Mountain View that blew my mind.

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  • Push Mountain-A Rider’s Dream

     

    Push Mountain — A Rider’s Dream

    Many years ago, me and a couple of friends rode our motorcycles out to Deal’s Gap, and the Tail of the Dragon. This stretch of road cuts through the Great Smoky Mountains from North Caroline into Tennessee. The uninterrupted roadway with 318 curves in 11 miles was a spectacular ride.  We also rode the Cherohala Skyway, a breathtaking scenic ride up to 5400 feet. The entire trip was absolutely fantastic. (That’s me on the vision in the back).

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    After coming home, I thought, “Well, that was great. I guess it will be a while before I can ride like that again.” It was a little depressing–maybe even a little pathetic. I slowly recovered with the loving and understanding intervention of my sympathetic wife. It’s amazing how some fantastic cooking can get you through anything.

    Not too long after that, my same two friends started talking about this ride in the northern part of Arkansas called Push Mountain.

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  • Blanchard Springs Caverns

    Blanchard Springs Caverns

     

    Shelley and I decided to take my (biological) mother and my uncle to Mountain View for some of the Mountain View experience. We had a good night’s sleep at the Wildflower  (our future home). The next day, we decided to visit Blanchard Springs Caverns. Shelley and I had been there before, but it was a first for Mom and Uncle Dave. The rangers we met there (Kevin, Paul, and Dale) were super-friendly and very informative. After watching a very interesting, but severely outdated film on the history of Blanchard Springs,

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