Tahlequah Daily Press


October 8, 2012

Lots to do here this time of year

TAHLEQUAH — For many Cherokee County residents, the last four months of the year are a source of great anticipation. They consider it to be a time chock-full of fun activities, most of them even enhanced by the chilly weather.

Football season is well under way at NSU and our four high schools in Cherokee County, as well as at a couple of the rural schools. Local folks have a particular fondness for football games, whether it be to check out the action on the gridiron, or to watch the band’s halftime show or see the cheerleaders perform.

This weekend, the Keetoowah Celebration, and the dovetailed Homecoming festivities for Tahlequah High School and Northeastern State University, kept thousands of folks busy. And over in Stilwell, a unique conference focusing on Bigfoot was held Saturday. Despite the historical plethora of sightings in the area, the Press hasn’t done many stories on the topic since Eddie Glenn left the news staff. But Renee Fite was set to be on hand for this one, and we’ll have a report next week.

Next weekend, the Oklahoma Community and Home Education organization holds its annual flea market, and the Farmers’ Market will continue at Norris Park until the weather turns too cold. There’s cool stuff going on at the Cherokee Heritage Center and Cherokee Art Center much of the time, including a silversmithing class the weekend of Oct. 20 that we’ll be staffing. That’s also the weekend of the newly minted OksWagen Festival, which will have “Bugs” and other Volkswagen models on display.

Many churches – like First United Methodist and St. Basil’s Episcopal  – draw the community together with autumn-themed events. But in October, they’ll also be offering alternatives to the traditional Halloween trick-or-treating. And speaking of spooks, the Murrell Home will be scaring up some ghost stories the last weekend of the month. That weekend will also feature the popular Taste of Tahlequah downtown.

Moving on into November, we have the Illinois River Arts and Crafts Festival at NSU, Nov. 9-11. The weekend before that will be the Boys & Girls Club’s 2012 Market Place, which will offer a similar opportunity for crafters. Then, as Thanksgiving rolls around, the city will be gearing up for Snowflake ‘12, a reprisal of last year’s phenomenally popular ice skating rink. With December comes the Christmas parade, the first Saturday, accompanied by the Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Tahlequah First! campaign, and then the holidays themselves. This is a prime time to support area businesses – which is the only way to keep our community economically healthy.

There’s always something to do, and in this especially exciting quarter of the year, we hope everyone joins in for at least some of the fun. We’ll be keeping you informed on what’s happening  – not just here, but around the area, so you and your family can get caught up in the spirit of the season. And if you hear about an event you think our readers would like to attend, by all means, let us know!

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