Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Christmas Gift Like No Other!  
Blanchard Caverns
Christmas tree inside Visitor's Center

     CAROLING IN THE CAVERNSat the Visitor's Center in Blanchard Springs, Arkansas, truly is a Christmas gift like no other! We have been lucky enough to see the event probably more times than we can count. We love the trip to Mountain View, AR, our stay at Pinewood Cabins, the caverns, our musical friends, the trip to JoJo's Catfish Wharf, and a favorite spot for breakfast called the Rainbow Café. We love all of that! We would be remiss if we failed to mention Dale, a ranger at Blanchard Springs who assists in our getting around while at the Visitor's Center. Thanks, Dale! And Mary Gillihan, too, who helped me to the bleachers in the cave.
View from porch at JoJo's
View from porch at JoJo's
      Contact the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce next holiday season and order tickets to a performance. The shows begin on Thanksgiving weekend and run through a few days before Christmas. The caverns themselves are millions of years old, and the scene inside is breathtaking!
Carolers L to R: Irl Hees, unknown photo bomber, Ron Haines, Matt Jones,
Pam Setser, Mary Gillihan, Robert Gillihan
     The carolers were decked out in Christmas finery, and their vocal and instrumental work were splendid as usual. Here are the names of those hard-working local musicians: Mary Gillihan (vocal), Robert Gillihan (guitar, vocal), Pam Setser (dulcimer, guitar, spoons, vocal), Ron Haines (guitar, vocal), Irl Hees (upright bass, vocal), and Matt Jones (vocal).

     This is the set list for that special Saturday afternoon: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, For Unto You a Savior Is Born (Jesus Shall Be His Name), Do You Hear What I Hear, New Kid in Town, I Wonder as I Wander (Irl solo), Little Drummer Boy, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, God Rest Ye
Merry Gentlemen, Away in a Manger (with Robert Gillihan reading), Mary Did You Know, O Holy Night, Christmas Time's A-Comin', Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, Deck the Halls, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Ozark 12 Days of Christmas ("...and a possum in a gum tree"), Jingle Bells, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Silent Night, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
For more information:
Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone (Tickets/Information) 870.269.8068 or Toll Free 888.679.2859

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