By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: November 2008
Patsy Terry, owner of Arrow Flowers & Gifts and chairperson of Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s 2008 Holiday Tea Off, is excited about this year’s event and the new shops and improvements in downtown Broken Arrow.
It’s hard to believe that another year has almost passed and it is time for Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea Off in downtown Broken Arrow. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Patsy Terry of Arrow Flowers & Gifts is the 2008 chairperson, and her committee consists of Tracie Bennett and Crystal Crawley of Clean Freaks of Broken Arrow and Pam Battenfield of Arkansas Valley Bank.
Broken Arrow’s annual Holiday Tea Off is a fun evening for participating Main Street merchants and the thousands of area residents who show up for the festivities. It features activities certain to entertain the entire family.
If you haven’t visited downtown Broken Arrow lately, you’ll be pleased to know that Main Street is very much alive and well with several new shops open for business on the strip. Plus, the new Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum and the Performing Arts Center are near completion. A new Farmers Market, located just south of the museum at Main and El Paso, is also scheduled to be open for the Holiday Tea Off.
Many of the Main Street merchants will be dressed in old-fashioned holiday outfits, serving seasonal foods and beverages to those who come downtown to help kick off the holidays.
Santa Claus has put the Holiday Tea Off on his busy calendar again this year and will visit each participating merchant as he strolls up and down Main Street. He will also be making many unscheduled stops to see excited girls and boys who are anxious to tell Santa what they would like to find under their trees this year.
The City of Broken Arrow will provide a portable stage at the Arkansas Valley Bank parking lot, on the corner of Main and El Paso. Jo Ellen Clow, Broken Arrow Public Schools instructional coordinator, will again have a great lineup scheduled for the evening. Entertainment will feature Broken Arrow schoolchildren as well as local entertainers. Billy Parker will be on hand to emcee, conduct drawings and award vouchers provided by Main Street merchants. Two $50 vouchers, one $100 voucher and one grand prize voucher of $500 will be awarded. They will be drawn on stage at the AVB parking lot at approximately 9 p.m. If you are present, you’ll win the full amount of the voucher, and if you are not present, you’ll be contacted and will receive one half the face value of the voucher.
Those who engage in the evening’s festivities are invited to visit each participating Main Street merchant and register for additional prize drawings. Merchants will contact the individuals whose names are drawn to receive merchandise from their stores.
The Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s annual Holiday Tea Off is a fun-filled evening of entertainment, prizes, and goodies to eat and drink. It is a great opportunity for the entire family to come to town and support the local economy. It’s also the perfect time to see many of your Broken Arrow friends and neighbors and catch up on what’s going on around town. The free trolley will be dinging its bell as it transports attendees up and down Main Street throughout the evening. And if you enjoy an even slower pace, a horse-drawn carriage will be available. Don’t miss the fun Thursday, November 13!
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.
Broken Arrow, OK