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Haunting Experiences in Little Rock, Arkansas

October 2nd, 2018 by Sharon Welch-Blair

A Haunting We Will GoIt is  that time of year to enjoy haunting experiences in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It is also the time of year when goblins and creatures wander neighborhoods seeking goodies, candy and treats. Or suffer the tricks!  Little Rock’s preeminent ghost authority and author, Linda L. Howell, conducts her annual Little Rock Haunted Tours and The Empress offers “A Haunting We Will Go!” Haunted Tour Package.  The Empress and her spirits are proud to be part of this real paranormal tour. Tours begin on Friday, October 5,  from 7-9:00 P.M. and continue every Friday through the first part of November.  Contact Linda Howell at 501-681-3857 for information or questions.

On the Second Tuesday Evening of October, this year the 9th, add to Your Paranormal Journey!  Visit Mt. Holly Cemetery for Tales From The Crypt!  Come back to The Empress and enjoy our overnight package and a wonderful breakfast and dinner at Caio’s Italian Restaurant, all part of our “A Haunting We Will Go!” Package.  Spend an evening in the cemetery meeting its residents! No, they aren’t ghosts. No, they don’t rattle chains or scare anyone. These residents are students from the Drama Department of Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School in Little Rock. Drama students research a person buried in Mount Holly. Then, they dress in period costumes created by award-winning local Tales from the Cryptcostumer Debi Manire and deliver short monologues or dialogues to highlight the history and lives of their character. Audiences are led through the cemetery by guides with oil lanterns, stopping at the graves where student actors are stationed. Many local teachers award extra credit to students who attend.  Over a thousand people attend Tales of the Crypt every year, so go and que up early.  Admission is free to the public. Mt. Holly Cemetery gladly accepts donations!

Best Chocolate Souffle for Valentine’s Day !

February 12th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Red Velvet Souffle

Reel in your Valentine with this decadent Red Velvet Souffle

Make this EASY Red Velvet Soufflé for your special sweetheart this Valetines!  It’s quick, easy, and can even be made with a sugar substitute.  Bon Appetit’!

Red Velvet Soufflés With Whipped Sour Cream

1 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped

5 large eggs, separated

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. milk

1 Tbsp. red liquid food coloring

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of 6 (8-oz.) ramekins with butter. Lightly coat with 3 Tbsp. sugar, shaking out excess. Place on a baking sheet.   Microwave chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Stir in 4 eggs yolks, ¼ cup sugar, and next 3 ingredients. (Discard remaining egg yolk.)

Beat 5 egg whites and salt at high speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add 2 Tbsp. sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold egg white mixture into chocolate mixture, one-third at a time. Spoon into prepared ramekins. Run tip of thumb around edges of ramekins, wiping clean and creating a shallow indention around edges of mixture. (This will help the soufflés rise.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 24 minutes or until soufflés rise and are set. (A long wooden pick inserted in centers will have a few moist crumbs.) Dust with powdered sugar; serve immediately with whipped sour cream.

Whipped Sour Cream    Makes about 2 cups

¼ cup whipping cream, ½ cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp. sugar

Beat together all ingredients at medium to high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 45 seconds or just until lightly whipped and pourable. Serve whipped sour cream immediately.

Mother’s Day High Tea Highlighted on Channel 11

May 14th, 2012 by Assistant Innkeeper

Mother’s Day High Tea was one of the events going on in the Quapaw Quarter this weekend, but it was the only one devoted to Mom! Each Mom received a rose following a time-honored tradition: red if living, white if not. Guests were entertained by a musical presention that brought a tear to the eye of several mothers. “Think of Me,” from Phantom of the Opera was performed by Jena Blair, Sharon’s granddaughter. The highlight was a recitation from a May 30, 1909, article from the New York Times describing the country cousin who drank from his “finger bowl”, not understanding the quintessential and legendary use of the finger bowl for cleansing dainty fingers.  Guests had a good chuckle and sampled the custom for themselves. Lots of tea, scones, and clotted cream, not to mention specialty sandwiches and tradtional English desserts, whetted the palate of male and female guests alike.

Channel 11 heartily agreed and aired a lovely segment on the news highlighting a romantic experience and past traditions, all designed to make Mom’s day very special and unique. We hope you all enjoy reading about the event and seeing the video to follow from Channel 11. Catch us again next year.

 

Frighteningly Fun Tour!

July 7th, 2011 by Lisa

According to its website, “It is the objective of Haunted Tours of Little Rock to show you places located in the city’s Historic District, The Quapaw Quarter, where our prominent citizens once lived…….and some still do.” The Empress is proud to be a part of the tour, which takes you into the Hornibrook Mansion and up to the “haunted card room”, where you might be lucky enough to play a hand with Mr. Hornibrook.
If you can’t make the ghost tour, join us for our regularly scheduled tour, offered every day at 11:30 and 3:00.  The cost is $7.50 and includes a tour of all three floors of The Empress of Little Rock  and an overview of its history.