By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009
Kate Buster and LaTonya Cundiff prepare for the 6th annual Wine, Eats & Easels event benefiting Broken Arrow Neighbors.
Each year locals anticipate Broken Arrow’s premier gala, Wine, Eats & Easels, benefiting Broken Arrow Neighbors, a charity organization that provides basic needs assistance with dignity and compassion to neighbors through a cooperative community effort.
Friday, September 18, 2009 will mark the sixth year of the highly successful event and the second year that the fun-packed evening will be held at the new Farmers’ Market and Broken Arrow Historical Society & Museum on South Main and El Paso in downtown Broken Arrow. Wine, Eats & Easels will commence at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $25 or you can pay $30 at the door. To reserve your advance tickets, call (918) 640-3142.
Co-sponsors of Wine, Eats & Easels include the City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, the Broken Arrow Historical Society & Museum, and the Broken Arrow Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other sponsors include SpiritBank, SJS Hospitality, Todd Brown Insurance, PAMAX, AVB Bank, Brown Kinion Company, BA Liquor Mart, and Walmart. All sponsors of Wine, Eats & Easels receive passes to the VIP Room located indoors on the third floor of the museum. This area has seating, wine, food, and a three-piece band on the balcony overlooking activities at the Farmers’ Market. If you or your company have an interest in becoming a sponsor or need more information, please call (918) 857-2450. You still have plenty of time to get onboard.
The fun-filled evening highlights local restaurants, wine vendors and distributors, splendid entertainment, and a host of talented Oklahoma artists and their works. Twenty local restaurants will be serving up samples of their specialties. Some of the participants include Stone Mill BBQ and Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Alaveto’s, Indigo Joe’s, Chili’s, and Back Creek Deli.
There will be a bevy of wine sponsors supplying tastes of their products, and you will be given a commemorative wine glass with the Broken Arrow Neighbors logo, yours for the keeping, when you register your attendance at the September 18th event. Please remember that you must be 21 years or older to attend.
Back by popular demand will be Grady Nichols, entertaining the crowd with his unique smooth jazz saxophone selections. Grady has been the featured entertainer at previous Wine, Eats & Easels events, and he and his band will appear throughout the evening on the main stage at the Farmers’ Market. Jazz Pizzazz will be performing on the third floor of the Museum in the VIP area, and the street level of the museum will feature the music of Chad Myers.
The committee that has orchestrated the event includes: Kate Buster, Sonny Kinion, Debi Harding, Randy Swearingen, Adam J. Foreman, Christie Eckhardt, LaTonya Cundiff, David Blue, Kelley Rash, Teresa Garrison, Debbie Murphy, Justin Swearingen and Mark Suffal. When you see these folks, be sure to tell them “thank you” for the phenomenal event they bring to us each year as we each do our part to benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors.
Wine, Eats & Easels is a fun, entertaining evening in which participants can come to town, enjoy the beautiful setting, relax, and catch up with friends and neighbors. You’ll feel uplifted about being a part of something that does so much to benefit others in our community. The food is great, the entertainment is first class, and the art is delightful. Wine, Eats & Easels is an event that makes you feel good about living in Broken Arrow. It’s also a great time to appreciate just how much we have going for us in our city.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.