Posted by Grace McClure
At the end of last semester, the 2014 McDermott Scholars took a class retreat to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where Molly and Jon Seeligson have a home. To accompany a leisurely perusal of these pictures, I recommend something akin to this.
And we’re off! Nicole, Stephen and I were the first to leave campus. It is many, many, many hours to Eureka. Nicole is a goddess, and a trooper for driving us.
John Seeligson in front of the kitchen hearth – the Seeligson’s house is more than a hundred years old, about five times John’s age!
One of the many springs of titular fame.
We headed downtown for the Christmas parade!
Molly and John talking to one of their many friends in Eureka. I have never seen a community so close-knit; everyone knew and genuinely cared for everyone else.
Dinner after the parade. More ’14s have made it into town just before darkness made the mountains impassable.
Saturday morning breakfast bright and early – we’ve got a full day ahead!
The lovely Kim, looking elegant as always in the morning light.
Molly and John’s front porch.
The Gingerbread House! Many of the houses in Eureka were built during the Victorian era and have been preserved.
Time for our beading lesson!
Joanna was absolutely lovely – we had so much fun from learning about beading from her!
So. Many. Choices. We made beaded bookmarks – they made perfect holiday gifts soon thereafter.
Ximone, Christy, Elyse, and Ali pick out pendants
We’re so adorable.
Maybe it’s physics, maybe it’s magic, but the whole town was filled with sunshine all day from the reflections off windows.
Eureka Springs is a haven for artists, and many of them show their work in joint galleries.
Stephen, Elyse, and I watch a glass artisan at work.
This is Denise. She graciously showed us her work and her studio, talked about what inspires her, and told us about the artists’ community in Eureka.
Back to the house for tamale-making lessons with Sue, on her birthday no less! We made a mess, but they were SO DELICIOUS.
Sam and Aaron, hard at work.
nom nom nom
We made fresh guacamole too!
Happy birthday, Sue!
Sue, Molly, and their friend and neighbor Sally. We loved meeting these lovely ladies!
Tamale making is hard work! The boys take a power nap.
Time for a field trip…
…to Beaver Lake!
Derrick, Rebecca, and Matara livin’ that winter fashion catalog model life.
Watch your step! The twisted trees have been a source of inspiration for local artists for generations.
Oh, you know, bald eagle just casually keeping an eye on us.
Ben has achieved inner peace…
…while Matt seems to have mastered levitation.
Reilly, dapper as ever.
Ali, who brings sunshine into all of our lives.
This certainly doesn’t cover everything that we did, but it is a taste. Eureka Springs is a beautiful place and made more so by the people I explored it with. In the midst of crazy schedules and finals and world travel and just before the winter holidays, these few days of friendship in peace will always be a bright memory.
“And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet