FROM THE EDITOR:
Autumn falls rather gently on Hot Springs, its arrival marked by subtle seasonal changes that bring with them the realization of how quickly time passes.
Activities abound here – bikers, hikers, music-makers, artisans, history buffs and museum-goers are at home in this diamond of a tourist center. Local denizens continue to savor Hot Springs Historic Downtown Farmers Market, to gallery hop, to test their irons on the links and to prove their mettle at outdoor grilling contests or for casual neighborhood get-togethers.
On Friday nights, footballs are in the air at high school stadiums around the county and state, along with the blares of trumpets from marching bands whose members proudly execute intricate maneuvers in a spirited fashion.
For ardent fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks, the UCA Bears, the Arkansas State Red Wolves, the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, Saturday afternoons and nights may reach a fever pitch with game watch parties punctuated by vocal expressions that indicate exhilaration or angst, depending on how the contest is going.
And September in the Spa City is made all the more special by the allure and charm of opera, which has found new and appreciate audiences, thanks to The Muses Creative Artistry Project. The Muses Opera Week (Sept. 16-22) culminates with a presentation of Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” in Horner Hall of the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Performance of this popular classic, written more than 200 years ago, highlights the Muses’ Fifth Annual Opera Gala and fundraising dinner.
Cirque Noir, Circus of the Night, is the theme for another gala, the 20th annual Baron’s Ball to benefit Levi Hospital. Fine dining and musical entertainment are traditions of this event, which will be on Thursday, Oct. 25, also at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The very word “gala” denotes a soiree of the first order, a festive, upbeat social. I still recall another Levi Hospital-hosted gathering of some years ago when the guest of honor was Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine. It was my good fortune to be able to attend this elegant fete with The Senti
nel-Record’s entertainment editor and to have a few minutes’ conversation with Miss Fontaine. Her graciousness extended to autographing a paperback copy of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, “Rebecca,” the basis for the film and the leading role that brought the star her Oscar.
The glittery occasion was a thrill for me and for anyone who ever played dress-up as a young girl, donning a mother’s and grandmother’s long gloves, hats, pins and evening wear and dreaming of someday being in the company of such famous and interesting people.
Hot Springs’ residents don’t have to travel far to find something that suits their fancy.
It’s all right here.
Melinda B. Gassaway Executive editor