BY HANNAH EDMONDSON
Lifelong friendship and local roots can be traced across the features of OK/ LA, a seasonal exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Showcased together for the first time, Oklahoma-born artists Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, Paul Ruscha, and Mason Williams intertwine their works at the Norman museum. These Okie artists grew up in the Sooner state in the ’50s and ’60s and made their way to Los Angeles in pursuit of distinct artistic careers, each achieving his own success. The artists’ visions merge together for one spectacularly nostalgic display.
PUMP UP THE ’KINS
The Shepherd’s Cross Pumpkin Festival in Claremore promises dozens of games, a petting zoo, and plenty of pumpkins. Visitors can stroll on foot or take advantage of the all-new drive-through pumpkin patch, which sends guests home with toys, games, and crafts to enjoy without leaving the car. Those seeking a more exotic mode of transportation can try a wagon ride through the hay meadow, or maybe even a sheep-drawn covered wagon ride. Visitors are entertained from dusk to dawn with fall storytime and a slew of educational demonstrations. Just be sure to make it through the hay maze before the sun goes down.
A CAROLING CHRISTMAS
Lyric Theatre celebrates its diamond anniversary production of A Christmas Carol in a brand new, festive way. This year, the company’s holiday production will premiere at Oklahoma City’s Harn Homestead, an outdoor venue decked out to stage Charles Dickens’ Victorian-era classic. The Christmas village setting will transport audiences to a distant atmosphere for their favorite holiday tale. Only a hundred guests will be admitted for each performance, so be sure to reserve a front-row seat for Scrooge’s story.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in downtown Claremore is a fitting venue to host the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival. Contemporary filmmakers from across the globe will come together to compete for the Dog Iron Award while celebrating one of Oklahoma’s most beloved film icons. The festival is an online event that begins on Rogers’ birthday and will continue through the weekend. To honor the Oologah native’s youthful spirit, log on for this virtual birthday party celebration.
Get the morning started on a high note with Coffee & Cars at Chisholm Creek. This free and family-friendly spectacle is founded on the belief that automobile enthusiasm pairs best with a hot cup of coffee, which is why car junkies from across the state gather in Oklahoma City for a morning of auto admiration and fresh java. Donuts also will be provided, but guests better arrive early if they want to snag plenty of pastries. Come enjoy an event where donuts in the parking lot becomes a tasty double entendre.
CHEERS TO THE VETS
The twenty-fourth annual Ponca City Veterans Day Parade will bring barbecue, bugle boys, and even a few bagpipes to downtown Ponca City for a memorable afternoon. This celebration of the troops features airplane flyovers, performances from local cheerleading teams, and a procession to showcase the veterans at the center of the momentous occasion. After the parade, a special concert by the Fort Sill Army Band will be held in War Memorial Park, and tanks, military displays, and reenactments will fill the area with festive entertainment. In addition to these attractions, there will be a barbecue spread big enough for all to enjoy.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE AND READY TO RIDE
Squeeze into those old bike shorts and prepare to cruise with a gorgeous view. The Hills of Oklahoma Tour in Davis promises a feast for the eyes and stomachs, as a free lunch will be provided for all riders. Participants can choose to take on a thirty-mile, fifty-mile, or sixty-four-mile route. Each journey will feature the stunning landscape of the Arbuckle Mountains—a sight pretty enough to take your mind off all the exercise.
MAKERS AND TAKERS
Check off every gift on your list this year at the Elk City Christmas Craft Show & Gift Expo. The Elk City Convention Center will abound with goods to grab just in time for the holidays. Exhibitors from several states bring more than a hundred booths stocked with ceramics, handmade jewelry, home decor, and a plethora of treats. Round out every wish list with leather goods, hunting and fishing gear, and numerous collectible items. For those willing to shop ’til they drop, fresh onion burgers and other savory snacks will be sold onsite to keep the spree going strong.
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