Tahlequah Daily Press


December 3, 2013

Claremore, Grove ring in the holidays with seasonal treats

Third in a series on holiday events in Green Country

TAHLEQUAH — As the holiday season gets into full swing, those who enjoy short road trips have plenty of options when it comes to seasonal activities.

Claremore holiday events vary from Victorian to nativity, a motocross to music. The Victorian Belvedere is all dressed up in splendor and the gift shop offers great gifts. It’s open until Dec. 25, every Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Junior Ochielata Christmas Home Tour is Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Junior Ochielata member. Call (918) 404-4469 for more information. Also Saturday, Dec. 7, the Presbyterian Life Center at Fifth Street and Florence will host Polly’s Presbyterian Pantry Holiday Luncheon and Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shepherd’s Cross Living Nativity walk-through event of the first Christmas runs Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Activities include children’s arts and crafts, a hay ride, Shepherd’s Shop with great gifts, and fresh evergreen boughs. It is free and donations are appreciated.

A Christmas parade and more in Rogers’ hometown

The Claremore Christmas Parade, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., starts at the Claremore Expo Center and travels east down Will Rogers Boulevard to the First Baptist Church. For outdoor excitement, Motorhead Events Arena Cross will be back at the Claremore Expo Center, Dec. 6-7. Races begin at 7:30 p.m.,  and doors will open at 6 p.m. with a track party at 6:15 for all paid ticket holders. Tickets are on sale now at the Claremore Expo Center and online at www.motorheadevents.com.

Asleep at the Wheel’s “Santa Loves to Boogie” show will be at the Robson Performing Arts Center, Friday, Dec.  20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Call the PAC at (918) 923-4290 or go online, www.myticketoffice .com

For information about more Claremore events, call (918) 341-8688 or online at Lisa@visitclaremore.org.

Har-Ber Village puts        season spotlight on Grove

Har-Ber Village Museum, Grove, becomes a winter wonderland as it celebrates with the second annual Christmas on Main Street the first three weekends in December. The event is free to the public, both Saturdays and Sundays beginning Dec. 8, from 2-8 p.m.

The official tree-lighting ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Visitors can decorate ornaments to place on the Har-Ber Village Christmas tree or learn to weave a mug rug in 30 minutes and take it home. Jeannie Wheatley with The Weaver’s Shop at Har-Ber Village will teach a mini-mug rug class at the top and bottom of every hour. Cost is $14, call (918) 787-1905 to reserve a time or drop in to weave a mug rug.

Sadie Cole-Gordon will offer the “Recycle your Artificial Wreath,” workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Limited to 15 participants, Cole-Gordon will show how to re-purpose an old wreath using materials from a garden and yard. Participants must supply an artificial wreath, but all evergreen cuttings, herbs and ribbon will be provided. Cost is $30, call (918) 786-6446 to reserve a spot.

Santa Claus will

make a visit

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, Santa Claus and his elves visit the Visitor Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The smell of gingerbread will fill the air on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22, during a gingerbread house workshop at 2:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center. Houses may be decorated by individuals or as a group project.

The fee for the workshop is $17 per house for non-members and $12 for members. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Dec. 18, by calling (918) 786-6446.

For more information, contact Har-Ber Village Museum at (918) 786-6446 or info@har-bervillage.com.

El Reno Main Street describes Christmas on the Western Frontier as hometown America at its best. Thursday, Dec. 5, El Reno kicks off the holiday season, the 25th year for Christmas on the Western Frontier. “Stories of Christmas,” this year’s parade theme, is followed by a tree lighting.

The Damrosch Music Club, established in 1931, will perform while visitors stroll through downtown, sample treats at the businesses, discover great treasures, ride the trolley, visit with Santa and enjoy carolers. For information, call (405) 262-8888.

A train show in

Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Train Show returns for its 37th year, sponsored by the Oklahoma Railway Museum, a nonprofit, historical, and educational organization dedicated to preserving Oklahoma’s Railroad history.  The event will be held at the State Fair Park Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, in the Travel and Transportation Building at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, admission is $10 at the door, and children 12 years of age and under are admitted free.

Show director Ed Birch said trains are a great family hobby.

“It’s the train under the Christmas tree nostalgia-type show,” Birch said. “The operating model train sets are so popular. Trains just hold a fascination for people, from the hobo rambling to the big machinery, to where they’re going and how they get there.”

Railroad memorabilia, toy trains, operating model railroads, contests, clinics, and scale model trains by 121 exhibitors from 20 states will featured. Railroad photographs, slides, videos, memorabilia, railroad antiques, model railroad supplies, toy trains, railroad books, T-shirts, calendars and artwork will be among the many items displayed and sold by the businesses.

A Children’s Play Area sponsored by the Oklahoma Railway Museum, featuring some “Thomas the Tank Engine” play boards. For more information, call (405) 842-4846 or www. whistlestoptrains.com.

The Christmas Train, based in Dry Gulch, is already sold out.

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