By: Value News | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: November 2010
Members of the Junior Ocieleta Club (L to R): Ashlee Roberts, Marisa Littlefield (Home Tour co-director), Theresa Ellis (co-director), Savannah Haddock and Cheri Peters.
One of the best traditions that the Christmas season has established in our society is an emphasis on giving within a celebratory atmosphere. And for the last 27 years, this tradition has been fully embraced by Claremore’s Junior Ocieleta Club as it hosts its annual Christmas Home Tour.
“This is a wonderful event where family and friends can get together and celebrate as well as get some shopping done,” says Kris Beyer, president of the Junior Ocieleta Club. “All the funds raised go back into the community – and that’s what Junior Ocieleta is all about.”
The tour is set for Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four homes, completely decked out for the holidays, will be featured on the tour, with hosts including RSU President Larry and Mrs. Peggy Rice at 1776 Camden Way, Dr. Warren Murray at 9720 E. 450 Road, Travis and Christy Terral at 19305 S. Par Lane Road, and Brian and Shannon Dugan at 3208 Heritage Hills Parkway. One of the homes is particularly interesting this year, as it is a refurbished barn from the 1800s, moved from the east coast to its present location.
The fifth stop on the tour includes the traditional craft show, held this year at The Nut House at 26677 S. Hwy. 66, where handmade items, refurbished furniture, seasonal décor and freshly baked goods can be perused and purchased just in time for holiday gift giving. A new addition to the craft show this year will be wine tasting. Many northeastern Oklahoma vineyards were invited to participate in the craft and wine festival, and Summerside Vineyards from Vinita has already confirmed their attendance.
The annual Christmas Home Tour is the main fundraiser for the year for the Junior Ocieleta Club and helps to provide scholarships to Rogers County high school seniors. The club has also recently established the Ocie Mayberry Scholarship Endowment for students at Rogers State University, and just awarded its first scholarship to Amber Roberts of Verdigris. Other community organizations that will benefit from this year’s event include Safenet Services, The Manger, United Way, Rogers County Youth Shelter, Rogers County School Foundations, Bit-by-Bit, CASA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
If you are looking to incorporate community giving into your yearly celebration, plan a family tour or a girls’ day out on December 4. Tickets for the Junior Ocieleta Club Christmas Home Tour will be available for purchase after November 12 from any Junior Ocieleta Club member or at the following locations: Belvidere Mansion, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Floral Creations, Gripado’s, Hoovers Have All Mall, J & J Pharmacy, Java Dave’s, Lilack Salon, The Nut House, The Pink House, Uniquely Susie’s and RCB Bank locations in Claremore. For more information, please contact Marisa Littlefield at (918) 343-6816.