By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014
Holiday Tea-Off Chairperson Patsy Terry and Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show Chairperson Laurann Farris encourage area residents to support local merchants by attending these outstanding events.
The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than by attending the 21st annual Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off. The Tea-Off is chaired by Patsy Terry and will blossom Thursday evening, November 13 on Main Street in downtown Broken Arrow. Hours for the Tea-Off are 6 to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, November 15, the annual Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show will be held at the Broken Arrow Community Center on South Main. Chairperson of the event is Laurann Farris, and show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Holiday Tea-Off presents the opportunity for attendees to visit the outstanding shops located on Main Street in downtown Broken Arrow. Area residents are encouraged to register for cash vouchers at all participating merchants’ locations beginning Tuesday, November 6, until 8:30 the evening of the Tea-Off. At 8:45 p.m. sharp on November 13, winning vouchers will be drawn on the stage at Dallas and Main. Prizes total $2,000, and the grand prize is a $500 voucher that may be redeemed at any participating Broken Arrow Main Street
merchant. No purchase is
necessary to register, but you must be 18 years or older to enter, and you must be
present to win the full face value of any cash voucher. If you are not present, you will receive a voucher for one-half the original value. Downtown merchants will have new fall, winter and holiday items, and several will host in-store drawings and offer light refreshments.
Main Street will be closed from Dallas to Broadway to all but foot traffic on Tea-Off evening, and the performance stage will be located at Dallas facing north. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the evening at $3 per person.
Santa Claus will be strolling Main Street the evening of the Tea-Off, and youngsters will have the opportunity to visit with him. The evening includes lots of wholesome family entertainment provided by performers from Broken Arrow Theatre Arts, the Tulsa Metro Acapella Singers, local Broken Arrow singers, and Dulaney Zumwaldt, a Broken Arrow native who has performed in numerous local productions. Children representing Broken Arrow Public Schools will also perform on the Main Stage. Main Street will be filled with Christmas spirit and music.
Attention craft show junkies! On Saturday, November 15, trolley will run during the Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show, back and forth from the Community Center to The Hub Gym on North Main. Park and Shop at the show, ride the trolley up Main Street for additional holiday shopping, and take the trolley back to Central Park.
The Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show will host many new and returning vendors. You’ll find lots of gift ideas including unique wreaths, lighted cloth swag decorations, western and rustic designs of wood and metal, and spirit jewelry representing many area schools. You’ll find sunglasses, crochet and jewelry scarves, character hats for young and old, quilted items and lots of things for children. As one patron put it, “This is an annual highlight for a craft show junkie.”
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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.