Tahlequah Daily Press

June 11, 2013

A perfect pairing

By JEAN HAVENS
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Wines on the Avenue, in conjunction with Arts on the Avenue, allowed area residents to spend quality time with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful weather and fun atmosphere this weekend.

“It’s awesome,” said Angela Boydston, who was enjoying Wines on the Avenue with her friends Friday evening. “I like the mingling and getting out and having a good time.”

Boydston’s friend, Melinda Coleman, was having a good time doing some window shopping .

“I like meeting new people and getting to see what the shops have,” said Coleman.

Coleman has attended the festival every year and wishes it would happen more frequently.

After her two experiences with Wines on the Avenue, Patty Cordova looks forward to learning about new businesses.

“I’ve found shops that I didn’t know about and what they had,” said Cordova. “Now I do some shopping there.”

Sheila Denton, of Muskogee, works in Tahlequah and enjoys relaxing downtown with her friends.

Celebrating Tahlequah and what it has to offer in shopping and the arts is what the festival is about.

“This is a different kind of festival that Tahlequah has,” Andria Hummingbird said. “There’s nothing else like it.”

Hummingbird likes the fact the arts are the main focus.

Rose Ballard enjoys running into people downtown, along with the extended hours the stores have.

“You see people you don’t see regularly and go to shops you can’t always get to when you work eight to five,” said Ballard. “You can experience Oklahoma in all its culture, its food and wine and art.”

Local Lori McCollum believes the festival helps spotlight downtown businesses, and its good for people living on a budget..

Sara Brown agrees the festival brings people to town and gets them into shops. She also likes seeing old friends at the event and having the opportunity to visit with them.

“It’s like a Midsummer Night festival like they have in Europe,” Brown said. “This is Tahlequah’s Midnight Summer celebration.”

Leshay Rhodes likes having the chance to shop downtown during the evening celebration.

“I like how all the shops have discounts,” Rhodes said. “I also like the atmosphere and networking with people.”

Another local who likes mingling with the people was Darla Thompson. She’s proud to be part of the community and experience all it has to offer.

“Tahlequah is our home. We love it here,” Thompson said. “It’s a slice of heaven in Oklahoma.”

Trey Miller, who works at Diamond Head Wineries believes pairing art and wine is a natural fit.

“I love the combination of wine and art,” said Miller. “I look at my wine as an art.”

 

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