Sip, Savor & Shop

Visit downtown Claremore on Saturday, May 4 for an evening of food, fun and fright.

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

The Sip, Savor & Shop planning committee includes (L to R): Dell Davis, Cindy Bissett, Event Chair Nancy Fitts, Carla Raney, Carolyn Peterson, Janice Whittaker and Rebekah Askew. (Not pictured: Perry and Pamela Stafford, Jenny Meeks.)

The Sip, Savor & Shop planning committee includes (L to R): Dell Davis, Cindy Bissett, Event Chair Nancy Fitts, Carla Raney, Carolyn Peterson, Janice Whittaker and Rebekah Askew. (Not pictured: Perry and Pamela Stafford, Jenny Meeks.)

Claremore is the place to be for great food, family-friendly fun, free entertainment and much more on Saturday, May 4 as downtown kicks off its Sip, Savor & Shop event from 6 to 9 p.m.  Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street, this event will combine the best of local eateries with the best of downtown shopping to encourage people to check out what the area has to offer.

    For an advanced $10 ticket or $12 on the day of the event, participants will be able to test selections from local eateries that will be set up in various ­downtown businesses. The Taste of Claremore will include ­delicious food from the Hammett House, Boom-A-Rang Diner, Oak Hills Winery,Walke Brothers Meat, the Nut House, Perry Dogs Café, The Pink House, Belvidere Tea Room, Elks Lodge, Papa John’s Pizza, DiamondHead Wine, as well as many more. “Each ­restaurant will be providing a wide variety of foods from their menus,” says Cindy Bissett, executive director of Claremore Main Street. “We have some unique eateries in our community.”

    Other activities slated for Sip, Savor & Shop include The Lilac Express, a BNSF Railway sponsored fourth-grade art ­project. The public is ­encouraged to vote for their favorite boxcar, with the winner garnering a $100 gift card for their class. Students from Westside, Catalayah and Claremont elementary schools will be vying for the prize. “The boxcars will be displayed in ­various downtown businesses,” adds Cindy.

    Union Pacific Railroad will also be sponsoring “Banner Tracks,” flag art created by youngsters in the private and home school arenas. Downtown Main Street will be decorated with the flags, and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card.

    In addition, Boarding House Books, located at 300 W. Will Rogers Blvd, will be ­hosting a group of paranormal authors at their store for a book signing. Authors include Harriet Ford, who has authored two books, “Frankly Madame,” a Christian suspense novel, and a true crime drama called “Shadow in the Rain.” Author Ann Charlotte, from Missouri, will be signing copies of her ­novel “Spellbound.” The ­mystery novel traces a family’s history from the Civil War to the present and the ghosts that continue to haunt them.

    C.C. Brown is the ­pseudonym adopted by the three authors of “Dark Side.”  Schyriet Cameron, Carolyn Craig and Kathy Brown co-authored the paranormal romance. “Dark Side” was chosen Best of Show at the 2011 and 2012 Northern Literary Arts Book Festival and the “Number One Summer Read” by the Springfield ­News-Leader in 2011.  

    Wesley Fox, author and director of Branson Paranormal Chasers, will be signing copies of his suspenseful mystery books, “The Dark Craft,” during the event. Fox, who is also a guide for Branson Ghosts and Legends Tour, will be doing a slide show presentation at Boarding House Books at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., Fox will take a ­maximum of 15 people on each tour to the upper floor of one of Claremore’s historic buildings, where he will demonstrate how he searches for paranormal ­activity. Cost is $10 per person. “Some of these buildings have been vacant for over 60 years,” says Cindy. “It will be interesting to see if someone’s ghost is still lingering.”

    Sidewalk entertainment will also be provided free by a variety of musical performers. “We’re excited to host this event ­downtown,” says Cindy. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our unique shops and our specialty restaurants. It will be a relaxing evening for families to stroll, visit the shops and taste the food.”

    For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Claremore Main Street, Inc. at (918) 341-5881 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.

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About Author Carol Beck-Round

After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.

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