By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: March 2010
Patti Page will return to her hometown for the Destination Claremore event next month.
It is only a few weeks away: the time for “Destination Claremore” is quickly approaching, and legendary singer Patti Page will soon grace her hometown once again. The excitement can be felt at the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau, where Executive Director Tanya Andrews and staff are gearing up for this landmark occasion.
“This event is all about Claremore's history,” Tanya says. “We want our community to embrace that history and understand what these legends mean not only to Claremore, but to our state.”
While in Claremore, Ms. Page will participate in "Conversations," an assembly type visit with Claremore school kids. Sponsored by RCIDA and GRDA, "Conversations" will give these youngsters the opportunity to visit in person with one of Claremore's legends. This will be their chance to see that the street name "Patti Page Boulevard" means more than just a street and street sign, and makes them part of this historic event.
Because the event focuses so much on Claremore's history, it stands to reason that the two presenting sponsors, RCB Bank and Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, should be so involved and excited about this event.
RCB Bank itself has been a part of the Claremore business landscape since 1936, and its main branch occupies a spot right on Patti Page Boulevard. Myrtle Prather, vice president of business development at RCB Bank, is especially excited about Patti Page’s plans to visit with local school children during Destination Claremore. “It is always nice to bring people home who have made such a great success of their lives,” Myrtle says. “This is a great opportunity for kids to see Ms. Page’s achievements and to allow her life to inspire them to be the best they can in whatever endeavor they choose, whether it be in the arts, sports or any other area.” Myrtle also points out that seeing Patti Page could help give children a firsthand connection with Claremore’s past, helping them to envision the past their parents and grandparents have always spoken about.
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is a community-based entertainment destination for Claremore and its surrounding areas, offering electronic games and simulcast racing action from around the world. The name itself speaks of the business’s heritage, as Claremore was founded in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory, and Will Rogers was its own native son and “The Cherokee Kid.” They too are enthusiastic about the impact this event and Patti Page’s visit will have on the community.
“Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is supporting the Patti Page homecoming and Destination Claremore initiatives and its efforts to drive additional tourism dollars into our local economy through greater awareness of our area’s travel offerings,” says Chris Province, operations manager at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs. “Claremore is steeped in history and has attractions that appeal to any traveler looking to get away. From rich native history to Will Rogers and historic Route 66, there is really something here for everyone. We are truly honored to be a part of this fantastic program.”
RCB Bank and Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs are the presenting sponsors for Destination Claremore. Other sponsors include 1st Bank Oklahoma, AT&T, Grand Bank RCIDA and GRDA. Media sponsors include Value News and Travel Host of Northeast Oklahoma. The event is hosted by Robson Performing Arts Center and Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Tickets for the Patti Page events will go on sale March 22. The evening Gala, hosted by Will Rogers Downs, will be April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Claremore Chamber of Commerce or Will Rogers Downs. Ms. Page will perform at the Robson PAC on Thursday, April 29. Tickets will be available March 22 and can be purchased at the Robson PAC in Claremore, online at www.myticketoffice.com, or by calling the Tulsa PAC at (918) 596-7111.