By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Other | Issue: November 2007
Cascia Hall’s Father Bernie Scianna, headmaster, is planning the 25th Annual Cascia Christmas Walk with Cindy Marshall and Kim Wolfe, chairpersons.
On Sunday, December 2, Cascia Hall Preparatory School and the Cascia Hall Parent Faculty Association will celebrate the 25th Annual Cascia Christmas Walk. Born from humble beginnings, the walk has become a citywide event involving local businesses. Each year, a strong emphasis is placed on community and Christmas spirit. “This is a great Cascia tradition which has become a great Tulsa tradition,” says Father Bernie Scianna, headmaster of Cascia Hall Preparatory School. “It gets people into the Christmas season.”
Cindy Marshall and Kim Wolfe are the chairpersons for this year’s walk, which will raise money for the school. “We’ll have several things going on the day of the event,” says Marshall. “There will be a tour of four homes owned by Cascia Hall parents and alumni.” While the homes will be extravagantly decorated by local florists and designers, it will provide a great opportunity for visitors to pick up some decorating tips and resources. Father Scianna will perform a blessing at each home the day before the walk.
Live entertainment will be provided at the event by Cascia Hall students at the school’s new performing arts center. Additionally, students will be playing music in every home during the tour. Artistic renderings of each home featured on the tour will also be made by select Cascia Hall students.
This year’s featured homes are located at 1805 E. 32nd Place, 201 Woodward Blvd., 1231 E. 21st Place, as well as 2704 S. Victor. The last house was on the original tour in 1983. Participating florists and designers will include Toni’s Flowers and Gifts, Harilu Ames and Alvin Cruise, Petal Pushers, Mrs. Dehaven’s Flower Shop and Mary Murray’s Flowers.
The Cascia Gift Boutique, held in Cascia Hall’s gymnasium, will host items from over 50 vendors. Available for purchase will be such holiday goodies as ornaments, locally-grown poinsettias, wreaths, gifts, cookbooks and unique gift baskets, which are donated by Cascia Hall families. The delicious Cascia Café will also be open for lunch, where the ever-popular Christmas Kringles will make a return appearance. The exquisite, handmade, wreath-shaped strudels, which are available in 10 flavors, are unavailable anywhere else in Tulsa.
Originally, out of a resolve to reach out and help those in need, Cascia Hall parents sewed, cooked and decorated to provide holiday items for sale at the school. Throughout the years, the Cascia Christmas Walk has become unique to Tulsa. What began fairly small has grown into a huge celebration involving people, businesses and organizations in the community. Since its inception, the event has raised an average of $30,000 each year for the school.
On November 13, Cascia Hall will host a Christmas Walk Tea at its performing arts center to say thank you to those who have chaired or hosted the Cascia Christmas Walk in the past. Miss Jackson’s will feature live models at the tea. The event is expected to attract up to 200 people.
Sponsors for this year’s Cascia Christmas Walk include the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis, Fine Airport Parking, McGraw Davisson Stewart Realtors, Miss Jackson’s, Morgan Stanley, Phillips Design, the Scott Wallick Company, as well as Stillwater National Bank.
Tickets for the home tour are $10 and can be purchased at Cascia Hall or at any of the participating homes. Transportation will be provided from the school to each of the homes on the tour. Proceeds will benefit Cascia Hall’s financial aid program and numerous other educational programs. Tickets are not necessary to visit the boutique or any other festivities during the event.
Join in the holiday spirit on December 2 and visit Cascia Hall Preparatory School, located at 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 25th Annual Cascia Christmas Walk will instill holiday spirit in all who attend. For more information, call the school at (918) 746-2600 or visit www.casciahall.com.