By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: November 2007
Patsy Terry, board member for the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association, displays a decorative fall piece from Arrow Flowers & Gifts.
Hosted by the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association, the 2007 Holiday Tea Off will be held Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual event, which attracts thousands of area residents and shoppers, kicks off the holiday season in Broken Arrow. A family-oriented outing, the Holiday Tea Off will be complete with lots of quaint stores, holiday gift ideas, entertainment from community schools and residents, a trolley car, as well as a horse-drawn, Victorian buggy.
Jo Ellen Clow, instructional coordinator for Broken Arrow Public Schools, is again in charge of the evening’s entertainment. Various school groups will be performing, as well as well-known, local favorites. A stage in the AVSB parking lot at Main and El Paso, furnished by the City of Broken Arrow, will host the music throughout the event.
Participating merchants will be decked out in seasonal attire for the event, and many will be serving light refreshments. Furniture & Design Solutions, Nouveau - Atelier de Chocolat, as well as Arrow Flowers & Gifts will also host entertainment throughout the evening at their business locations.
Festivities, hosted by Billy Parker, will conclude with lots of door prize giveaways and drawings for cash vouchers in the amounts of $500, $100 and $50. Those in attendance at the Holiday Tea Off can register at each participating merchant’s store. At the end of the evening, door prizes will be given away and the drawings for the cash vouchers will take place at the AVSB stage. Winners must be present to win the full amount of the vouchers. If a person’s name is drawn and he or she is not present, the voucher will still be awarded to that person, but its face value will be reduced to half of the original amount. Participants for the drawing must be 18 years of age or older. Vouchers can be redeemed at any participating Broken Arrow Main Street merchant.
The 2007 Holiday Tea Off will feature thousands of holiday gift and decorating selections.
The Holiday Tea Off is always an evening full of fun, merriment and lots of hospitality. “Our Main Street continues to grow and is just getting better and better,” says Kay Vaughn, president of the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to get together for a great time, shop, enjoy refreshments, see some great local entertainment, and ride the trolley car and the horse-drawn buggy. Join the festivities of the 2007 Holiday Tea Off, sponsored by the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.
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.