By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010
A vendor at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Show offers teddy bears, holiday décor and more.
On Saturday, December 4, the Bixby Community Center (211 N. Cabaniss) is hosting its 25th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. The Arts and Crafts Show, which is sponsored by the Tulsa Community Park Department and the Bixby Community Center Council, will feature over 70 artists and vendors.
According to Celia Wetherill, activities director for the Bixby Community Center, “We are going to have all kinds of arts and crafts available for purchase. We’ll have ceramics, woodworking, stained glass, candles, hand-crafted jewelry and wearable art including knitted and crocheted items. There is a variety of styles from fine art to the rustic look. The Arts and Crafts Show is a great place to do some Christmas shopping – it is a family-friendly environment, prices are reasonable and everything is indoors. It is really a great event; so many of our artists and vendors come back year after year."
The Pins and Needles Quilting Club, which meets at the Bixby Community Center, will be sponsoring a quilt raffle. The proceeds are then donated by the club to a number of area non-profit organizations. Raffle tickets are $1. The show will also feature door prize drawings.
The Bixby Community Center, part of the Tulsa County Parks Department, opened in 1978, and the first Holiday Arts and Crafts Show was in 1984. There are dozens of events and programs going on at the center throughout the year. Friday, December 17 is the Visit with Santa Christmas Party, where kids 12 and under are invited for refreshments and games. This year, the Greater Tulsa Area Train Show was at the Bixby Community Center in October; in 2011, it’s on April 12.
“We try to meet the needs of the community however we can,” says Wetherill. “We host classes, and a lot of organizations meet here – Weight Watchers, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Tulsa Table Tennis. We have a fantastic gymnastics program, as well as karate and boxing, and those are just a few.” All programs are taught by outside instructors, and if there’s something you’re interested in teaching, give them a call.
The Bixby Community Center also has a pre-school for three and four year olds. Adult Haikey Creek Softball Leagues are coordinated from the center. And the center is available for rent for wedding receptions, parties, baby showers, family reunions and class reunions.
Next summer, the Bixby Community Center will host a nine-week day camp. “This is a fun, exciting event,” says Wetherill. “It has open enrollment – you can enroll on a week-to-week basis – and there’s a different theme every week. It’s a very well-rounded camp with something for everybody.”
Booths for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Show are still available in 10’x10’, 8’x10’, and 6’x8’ sizes, says Linda Boles, who coordinates the Arts and Crafts Show. For more information, contact the Bixby Community Center.
The Holiday Arts and Crafts Show is Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bixby Community Center (211 N. Cabaniss). The Bixby Community Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or a schedule of programs, give them a call. You can also visit them on Facebook.