By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011
Patsy Terry, chairperson of the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchant Association’s Holiday Tea-Off, encourages area residents to attend the festivities on Thursday, November 10, visit every shop, and register for exciting prizes at each participating merchant’s store.
It’s time to shift into shopping gear and head downtown to become part of the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s presentation of the 18th annual Holiday Tea-Off. The 2011 Tea-Off will present area residents an opportunity to register for cash vouchers at any participating Broken Arrow Main Street Merchant location beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2011, up to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, when cash voucher drawings will commence. 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 the cash vouchers that will be awarded from the drawing.
Evening activities of the official Holiday Tea-Off in downtown Broken Arrow will commence at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 10, all along the Main Street corridor from 71st Street (Kenosha) to 91st Street (Washington). This is an opportunity to do some serious holiday shopping and support local businesses. The entire evening is designed around your family, and all are invited to attend.
Broken Arrow’s Holiday Tea-Off is an evening rich with shopping, light food and beverages, entertainment, and plain ol’ fun. There will be a beautiful horse-drawn carriage providing tours on Main Street for a small fee and a free trolley to assist you when tired legs are in need of a rest.
Downtown merchants will have all their new fall and holiday items on display and for sale. There will also be in-store drawings at many of the participating stores.
Throughout the evening, children from Broken Arrow Public Schools will be performing on the Main Stage at the Farmers’ Market, located just south of El Paso Street. Other performers will provide entertainment indoors or on sidewalks outside participating merchants’ stores. There will also be entertainment provided by school children in the lobby of AVB Bank at 302 S. Main.
The drawings for the cash vouchers will begin at 8:45 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market. There will be one cash voucher for $500, one cash voucher for $100, and two cash vouchers for $50 each. Individuals whose names are drawn must be present to win the full amount of their voucher. If the persons whose names are drawn are not present when their names are drawn, each will receive one-half the value of the voucher ($250, $50 or $25, respectively). Each cash voucher may be redeemed for merchandise at any participating Main Street merchant.
When you attend the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off, you are encouraged to visit each participating store and register for the cash vouchers. Chairperson Patsy Terry says, “We have again planned the evening of our Holiday Tea-Off around the entire family. The participating stores are always festively decorated befitting the season and the holidays.” This is a great opportunity to begin shopping and checking off the names of friends and family members on your holiday list. Broken Arrow’s merchants provide quality merchandise at great prices and lots of ideas for the “perfect” gifts you need to purchase to ensure lots of smiles.
And last, but certainly not least, Santa Claus always attends Broken Arrow’s Holiday Tea-Off. Children delight in their brief encounters with Santa in the stores they visit and along the sidewalks while cruising from store to store throughout the evening.
Broken Arrow’s 18th annual Holiday Tea-Off is Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.
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.