The Farm hosting Spring Cleanin’ event with litter cleanups, live music, food, kids’ eco workshop: April 14-15

Just in time for spring cleaning season – and the arrival of music festival weather – comes Eureka Spring Cleanin’ in the Holler on Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15, a family-friendly weekend with opportunities to help pick up litter along Highway 187 near The Farm, plus catered food for volunteers, camping, a community potluck (free for volunteers and just $5 a plate for everyone else!), a kids’ eco workshop, and outdoor live music from local performers on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The only cost to attend is a camping fee for those who stay overnight.

Trash pickup will take place from 10 am to 4 pm both days; the live music, kids’ events and community potluck will begin afterward. The live music will continue till about 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Litter-pickup volunteers must pre-register (see email at bottom) to receive the volunteer perks: catered breakfast and dinner catered both days, a T-shirt, and discounted camping fee. For non-volunteers, camping costs $12.50 per night per adult; kids 12 and younger are free. There is a shower house with electricity on-site.

The children’s workshop will cover Environmental Impact lessons and Zero Waste practices. A large portion of the camping fee and proceeds from the community potluck will go toward the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation. KAB Foundation and The Farm Campground and Events are co-hosting the Eureka Spring Cleanin’ event, organized by Shilah Molina of Eureka Springs.

The Main Stage at The Farm can be seen from The Shrine area on the hillside, on a quiet evening near Beaver, just north of Eureka Springs.

Cleaning extra-thoroughly, or cleaning hard-to-see places you normally don’t worry much about, may be a seasonal theme this time every year. But the need to pick up after ourselves is year-round – as Molina is well aware. She moved to Northwest Arkansas just over a year and a half ago, and, as she took her daily morning runs, she began noticing a litter pattern on the sides of the highways.

“At the beginning of the season, the litter begins to pile up, and the brush grows high to conceal it,” Molina explained. “Then they bring out the box blades to cut the brush, shredding the trash and allowing it to seep not so slowly into our layers of topsoil. This is a problem we can all take an active role in preventing, while growing our community and maintaining its Natural State.”

Combining her passion for keeping Arkansas green and her love of music, Molina partnered with the KAB Foundation and The Farm to host the weekend of community fellowship, music, and activities that emphasize better stewardship of the great outdoors.

Inspired somewhat by events such as Homegrown Festival – which has fast made a name for itself for taking industry-leading steps to diminish their event’s environmental footprint and move toward total sustainability – Molina is focused on ways to make the Eureka Spring Cleanin’ event as eco-friendly as possible. Reusable dishes and utensils will be provided by Intents, one of the event sponsors, and Molina is working toward on-site supplemental solar energy as well.

ABOUT THE LIVE MUSIC

The relax-and-dance portions of the weekend will feature live music from a number of Northwest Arkansas and regional music of many different styles.

Saturday evening, the first set at 5 will feature me (Skye Pollard, nice to meet you!) and “Scary Larry” playing a soulful mix of blues and roots favorites.

Following my set will be:

• 6 pm: Husband-and-wife duo Eureka Music Revival bringing the boogie!

• 7 pm: Eureka-based standouts Alaina Blake and Dylan Hawf performing their rich, soulful, heartfelt take on Ozark Americana.

• 8 pm: Hard-rocking, genre-bending jamband Psycho Derelikts of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, will close out the evening. If you mixed Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Bela Fleck, and Rob Zombie, you’d find yourself in the realm of Psycho Deralikts and their shredding leads, high energy, and top-notch sound.

While the “official” live music is scheduled to end around 10, as with many other camping events, I’m sure campfire jams with special friends will ensue into the wee hours. So if you have an instrument, bring it.

Following is the live music schedule for Sunday:

• 6 pm: Mike Kinkle featuring Kayla Martin will perform many down-home acoustic favorites.

• 7 pm: With their fingers still smokin’ from their recent album release show with John Henry & Friends, John Henry Holthus and Brennan Johnson will play a bunch of fast-pickin’ songs sure to make more than just your toes tap!

• 8 pm: DimeTrip of Eureka Springs makes their debut on the stage at The Farm, bringing heartfelt lyrics, on point harmonies, and sultry banjo licks, tied together with a string of brotherly love and funky bass riffs.

For more information about the Eureka Spring Cleanin’ in the Holler, or to register as a Volunteer or Sponsor for the event, or to make a donation toward the Community Potluck, please visit the Eureka Spring Cleanin’ event page on Facebook or email Shilah Molina at shilahwhilah@hotmail.com

For more details about camping and available amenities at The Farm, visit www.The-Farm-Events.com/Campground.