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Caroling in the Park

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Date: November 14, 2012

Whether a soloist, a singing group or a band, the National Park Service is inviting everyone who likes to sing or play music to go "Caroling in the Park" during the month of December at the Arlington Lawn next to the thermal water cascade. "When the City and Downtown Association decided not to put up their trees on Arlington Lawn this year, we decided to try something new this holiday season," said Josie Fernandez," Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park. "The idea is for musicians to perform at any time of their choosing and bring holiday cheer to our most visited downtown green space," she said. Fernandez said there is a terrific wealth of talent in Hot Springs and the invitation is not limited to just the community but it is extended statewide. "Imagine what a greeting it will be when out of town visitors go downtown and are greeted to the sound of live music. "From barbershop quartets to church groups to high school bands, we have many people in our state who bring joy to our communities with their talents," she said. "Caroling in the Park" will provide them with a different and very visible venue for many more people to hear them perform." According to Fernandez, the music selection is for the individual or groups to decide. Performers need to provide their own equipment, if needed, and they must sign up to a master calendar that the National Park Service will maintain so no one is double-booked on a particular time or date. For more information and to sign up, call Karen Johnson at 501-620-6720.

Did You Know?

Gulpha Creek in fall, below campground amphitheater, with bridge over Gorge Road in right background

The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.