The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Mom decides she wants to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Arlington Hotel Dinner Theater. We make reservations for Saturday night. The event is held in the ballroom which has lots of memories for me – the prom, the deb ball. The tables set up are round and seat six. Our companions are a hispanic couple from Texas who have come to celebrate Thanksgiving in Arkansas with the two oldest grandchildren. The youngest of the two girls, 4th and 6th grades, says, “I am scared.” Her grandmother tells her to explain why. “Gangsters,” she whispers.
Apparently, the next oldest child, a boy, opted out of coming on the trip claiming a fear of the ghost of Al Capone. The grandparents chuckle give the real reason they suspect for his wanting to stay at home, “Computer games.”
While Capone did visit Hot Springs and reportedly owned a suite at the Arlington Hotel, he died in Miami in 1947. My guess is that on one of their previous three visits to Hot Springs these folks visited the Gangster Museum!