By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015
The Sip, Savor & Shop planning committee includes (L to R): Rebekah Askew, Kathy Glover, Evie Crandal, Carolyn Peterson, Event Chair Denise Lawrence, Jeannie Graves, Chelsea Mize, Jeanette Savan, Carol Thibideau and Dale Peterson. (Not pictured: Janice Whittaker, Jenny Meeks, Nancy James, Jill Cooper and Dell Davis.)
Claremore is the place to be for great food, family-friendly fun, free entertainment and much more on May 2 as downtown Claremore kicks off its third annual Sip, Savor & Shop event from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Claremore Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce, Sip, Savor & Shop 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 $12 ticket or $15 on the day of the event (if tickets are still available) participants will be able to test the wares of local eateries and wineries who will be set up in various downtown businesses. The Taste of Claremore will include food from the Hammett House, Walke Brothers Meat, The Pink House, the Belvidere Mansion Tea Room, Papa John’s Pizza, Boomarang Diner, Country Inn Bed & Breakfast, El Azteca, El Maguey, El Charro, Charlie’s Chicken, Sam’s Club and Ol’ Dutchman’s Bakery, Fried Pie, OkeOzark Winery, Blue Coyote Winery and El Banquete, as well as many more.
“We’re still recruiting restaurants and wineries,” says Cindy Bissett, executive director of Claremore Main Street. “We are expecting many more to sign up to share their treats at this fun event. Each restaurant will be providing a wide variety of foods from their menus, and we have some unique eateries in our community.”
The Pink House’s signature baked fudge is one of the many tasty food items scheduled for Sip, Savor and Shop. “It’s our popular, hot, ooey-gooey chocolate dessert topped with whipped cream,” says owner Margo Stewart. “It’s always fun to participate. We’ll be offering sample sizes, but that’s enough when you’re eating your way up and down Main Street. It’s just the perfect size – about four bites – but its richness will do the trick.”
Sidewalk entertainment will also be provided free by a variety of musical performers.
“We’re excited to host this event downtown,” says Bissett. “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.”
Bissett encourages people who plan to attend to purchase their ticket in advance. “There are a limited number of tickets available and last year we sold out,” she says. Tickets can be purchased at any downtown business as well as the Claremore Main Street office, located at 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Tickets go on sale April 18.
“It’s always a wonderful time to get a taste of what our area restaurants have to offer,” she adds. “You can also shop while eating. We have such variety on Claremore Main Street with our antique shops, boutiques and other one-of-a-kind shops you won’t find elsewhere.”
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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 www.carolaround.com. 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.