By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: November 2010
Tabor Smith of The Chasers band, Chairperson Patsy Terry, and singer Delaney Zunwalt look forward to seeing you at the 17th annual Holiday Tea Off, presented by Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.
Each year, the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association and residents look forward to the annual Holiday Tea Off. This event officially kicks off the holiday season for Broken Arrow and surrounding communities. The 2010 Tea Off is scheduled for Thursday, November 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with entertainment centered at the Farmers’ Market. Some local merchants will feature additional entertainment and refreshments. An invitation is extended to all to visit downtown merchants and see the exciting holiday merchandise on display.
Be sure to sign up at each business you visit for $500, $100 and two $50 prize vouchers to be awarded at 8:45 p.m. by drawing during the evening’s concluding activities at the Farmers’ Market. Prize vouchers may be redeemed for merchandise from participating Main Street merchants. You may register at participating merchant locations beginning November 1 up until 8:15 p.m. on November 11. No purchase is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older to enter, and you must be present to win the full face value of any of the vouchers awarded at the drawing. If your name is drawn and you are not present, you will be notified and awarded one-half the face value of the voucher – $250, $50, $25 or $25. Many businesses on Main Street will also be awarding prizes by store drawings.
Chairperson Patsy Terry says the focus of the Tea Off is on lots of fun and festivities for the entire family. “Main Street merchants will have their stores decorated for the Christmas holidays,” said Terry. There will be activities all along the Main Street corridor.
In addition to Broken Arrow Public School children performing on stage, there will be gifted entertainers demonstrating their musical talents with holiday selections and other favorites. Drummer Tabor Smith says Kevin Jameson & The Chasers will be performing rock ’n roll favorites, plus some seasonal selections. The Chasers were featured at Tulsa Oktoberfest for the past two years. You’ll recognize songs from Johnny Cash to the Fine Young Cannibals. “We like to play good dancing music and music with great harmonies,” said Smith.
Delaney Zunwalt will also be performing at the Holiday Tea Off. Delaney has been singing on stage for nearly three years. She performed at the Brady Arts Festival this year, and has a style she describes as classic rock with a blues twist. Delaney is featured on a new album along with the Working As Intended Band.
Throughout the special evening, Santa Claus will be strolling up and down Main Street, taking time to visit with every kid he encounters to learn what he or she is expecting for Christmas. Other annual favorites include free trolley rides up and down Main Street and a beautiful horse-drawn carriage offering rides for a small fee.
Holiday shopping, refreshments, live entertainment, free trolley rides, a Victorian horse-drawn carriage, and a visit from Santa will keep you and your family busy and entertained throughout the evening. Plus, get a chance to start your holiday shopping, get some gift ideas, register for great prizes, and maybe win a nice prize. Circle November 11 on your calendar now and plan on attending the 17th annual Holiday Tea Off, presented by Broken Arrow’s Main Street merchants.
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.