Annual Membership Picnic, Blues Festival, Father’s Day weekend!

If you’ve been considering a membership at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, this is the time to do it!

Turpentine Creek will hold its First Annual Membership Picnic on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. This day-long event will feature live music on the big stage, a wrap up to the week-long Eureka Springs Blues Festival, which runs from Saturday, June 13 through the 21st, with live blues at various locales all over town.

“We’re very excited to have a chance to give back to the people who support us all year round with their memberships to Turpentine Creek,” said TCWR President Tanya Smith. “And the fact it falls on not only Father’s Day but during the Blues week makes it all that much more special.”

Acts appearing at Turpentine Creek the day of the event will include the Brick Fields Gospel Brunch (the Nashville Blues Society called Brick Fields Music an "unleashed cleansing of the soul!"); Lucious Spiller (featured in Living Blues magazine and in the documentary "True Delta," Spiller was a finalist in the Blues Federation's International Blues Challenge in 2012, and in 2014, placed 2nd in the IBC's solo and duo category, which had 101 entrants from all over the world.); the Noah Wotherspoon Band (Wotherspoon is winner of the Albert King Award for Most Promising Guitarist at the International Blues Challenge); and an All-Star Jam.

Turpentine Creek Board Member and Blues Festival Organizer Charles Ragsdell encourages everyone to attend as many blues events as possible, in town as well as Sunday on site. “All profits from the Eureka Springs Blues festival go to benefit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and other area non-profit organizations,” he said. “We always love to see everybody Sunday at the picnic, but any event you attend will help Turpentine Creek, not just the Membership Picnic.”

Music will start at noon.

Food vendors will be on site with plenty to eat. Beer will also be available. No coolers please!

In addition to great food and great music, the picnic will include a giant inflatable bouncy house for the kids.

Admission to the event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Members also have access to the refuge during the event. Normal admission rates apply to non-members.

For more information on this event, call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge at (479) 253-5841. For details on the Blues Festival, go to or email

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