By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011
The Dog Iron Poker Run committee (L to R): Jessica Putz and Ali Aguilar with Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, and Tanya Andrews and Lisa Dennis with the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Not pictured): Herb McSpadden with Rogers County Youth Services; all proceeds from the event go to RCYS.
It’s almost time again for Destination Claremore! From Friday, April 29 through Saturday, May 7, Claremore is going to be a very busy, exciting and fun place to be. The goal of Destination Claremore, hosted by the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau, is to highlight the numerous attractions and rich heritage of Claremore and surrounding areas. The special guest for 2011 is Shirley Jones.
Headliners for this event are chosen for their strong ties to Oklahoma. Shirley Jones’ first major role was portraying Laurey in the 1954 film version of “Oklahoma!,” based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Claremore native Lynn Riggs. Ms. Jones also went on to star in the stage version of “Oklahoma!” in Europe.
Shirley Jones will be inducted into the Claremore Hall of Fame in the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Monday, May 2. That evening is also “Claremore’s Night at the J.M. Davis Museum,” when the public is invited to tour the museum and view exhibits for free from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ms. Jones will perform in concert at the Robson PAC on May 3, featuring an opening performance by the Sounds of Music Orchestra. Tickets go on sale April 5. Get your tickets by calling the Robson PAC at (918) 699-7390 or the Tulsa PAC at (918) 596-7111, or online at www.myticketoffice.com.
Destination Claremore headliner Shirley Jones.
On Wednesday, May 4, Shirley Jones will be at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs for a meet and greet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available now at the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., or at the Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs gift shop. “The meet and greet allows fans to enjoy wine and appetizers, meet Shirley, and get autographs and photos taken with her,” says Tanya Andrews, executive director of the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The only other ticketed event during Destination Claremore is “Taste of Claremore” on Friday, May 6 at the Will Rogers Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. “This event showcases some of the wonderful businesses in Claremore, including Hammett House, Country Inn Bed & Breakfast, Walke Brothers Meat Company, Molly’s Landing, The Nut House and more,” says Tanya. “We’ll have live entertainment provided by JT and The Big Band, and about 25 restaurants and wineries will offer samples of their specialty items. The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center will also be on hand selling drinks such as tea and lemonade to raise funds for their organization.” Advance tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under, and can be purchased at the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau office. Tickets will be available at the door for $12 for adults and $7 for children.
The following is a rundown of the many exciting free events happening during Destination Claremore:
RSU’s Art on the Hill will feature artists from across northeast Oklahoma exhibiting and selling their work. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Rogers State University.
Shepherd’s Cross’s Wooly Weekend will be April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees can observe the Shepherds shearing, then watch as the wool is washed, spun and woven into a usable product.
The Route 66 Nut House presents the Tulsa Vintage Show April 29 through May 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring antiques and specialty vendors.
The Dog Iron Poker Run will be April 30, with all proceeds benefitting Rogers County Youth Services. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the VFW, with first bike out at 10. The run ends at Will Rogers Downs, with the last bike in at 4 p.m. High hand (number) wins a $500 cash prize!
Route 66 Cruisers will host a cruise-in on April 30 at the Ne-Mar parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “American Cowboys Traders Days” will be held April 30 through May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in two locations. At the Will Rogers Museum, over 50 dealers will be buying and selling anything to do with a cowboy. At the J.M. Davis Museum, over 25 dealers with guns, ammunition, knives, and hunting and shooting accessories will buy, sell and trade.
Belvidere Mansion will host a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Destination Claremore closes on May 7, with the Lilac Festival in downtown Claremore and Derby Day at Will Rogers Downs.
Presenting sponsors for Destination Claremore are Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs and RCB Bank. Transportation sponsor is Suburban Chevrolet. Other sponsors are 1st Bank Oklahoma, Comfort Inn, GRDA, Walmart, Claremore Daily Progress, and the Robson PAC.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.