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What’s going on in Oklahoma: Weekend of April 1st- 3rd

Looking for something to do this weekend, here’s a list of activities going on around Oklahoma. As always, check on the status of the event first. They can get cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Rendezvous at Fort Washita- Durant- Apr 1st– 3rd

First Friday- Enid- Apr 1st

Farm Expo- Woodward County Event Center- Apr 1st– 3rd

Beats, Brews and BBQ- Wagoner- Apr 1st– 2nd

First Friday Gallery Walk- Oklahoma City Paseo Arts District- Apr 1st

Azalea Festival- Muskogee Honor Heights Park- Apr 1st– 30th

Dogwood Days Festival- Idabel- Apr 1st– 2nd

Crawfish Festival- Tahlequah- Apr 1st– 2nd

April Fools Mountain Bike Festival- Medicine Park- Apr 1st– 3rd

Vintage Market Days- Norman Cleveland County Fairgrounds- Apr 1st– 3rd

Green Country Spring Fling- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 1st– 3rd

Medieval Fair- Norman Reaves Park- Apr 1st– 3rd

El Reno Town-Wide Garage Sale- El Reno- Apr 1st– 3rd

Stillwater Home and Garden Show- Stillwater Payne County Expo Center- Apr 2nd– 3rd

Shop 66 Saturdays- Tulsa- Apr 2nd

Southwest Farm and Home Expo- Elk City Convention Center- Apr 2nd– 3rd

Alpaca Farm Days- Newcastle- Apr 2nd

Oklahoma Wind Festival- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park- Apr 2nd

Opening Day Farmers Market at Scissortail Park- Oklahoma City- Apr 2nd

Friends of the Library Book Sale- Yukon Mabel C Fry Public Library- Apr 2nd

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt- Mustang Dog Park- Apr 2nd

Saturday Norman Farm Market- Norman The Well- Apr 2nd

Drumright Monthly Market- Drumright- Apr 2nd

Trail of Tears Art Show- Tahlequah Cherokee Springs Plaza- Apr 2nd– 30th

Corvette Expo- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Apr 2nd

Made in Oklahoma Festival and Car Show- Seminole Municipal Park- Apr 2nd

Claremore Kennel Club Dog Show- Claremore Expo Center- Apr 2nd– 3rd

Spring Steam Train Rides- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Railway Museum- Apr 2nd– 3rd

Redbud Classic- Oklahoma City- Apr 2nd– 3rd

Food Friday: The Hive

So I mentioned in my review of The Bookmark Cafe that my daughter, Mae, worked here on her first semester at OU. The Hive is a small cafe in a larger complex called Cross Village. In this same building is Acre Provisions, a grocery store just for college kids, and Basic Knead, a walk-up restaurant that serves pizza and pasta. All 3 spaces run together on the ground floor with apartment-like dorm rooms above.

The Hive is set up the same way The Bookmark Cafe is- they serve different coffee drinks along with light snacks. There is plenty of space to sit, not only indoors but in the outdoors area as well. They are also in Starbucks “We Proudly Serve” program, so you will get drinks like you find at Starbucks. You will also find students working here as well. All of the times we stopped by in the fall of 2021, we had great service and the drinks were always good. I will also give them 5 strips of bacon. They are located south of Lindsay Street on Asp in the Cross Village complex (southeast of the towers). Can’t really see it from the road, if you find Acre Provisions, it’s around the corner.

Now a bit of the history behind The Hive- Cross Village was opened in the fall of 2018. It was a new concept at OU, the dorm apartments were on the top floors while the ground level was just for restaurants, shops, and other businesses. This was originally to cater to upper-class students at OU. Cross Village is further south of the well-known dorm buildings Walker, Adams, and Couch, so the older students weren’t as close to the younger freshmen. Cross Village took the place of the original Cross Center, “The Men’s Quadrangle” dormitory built in 1952. Cross Center had fallen into disrepair and was mostly used as storage, so then a plan was developed in 2016 to replace the older buildings. Cross Village was supposed to be a public-private collaboration but by the end of the first full school year there were clear problems. Cross Village never filled to full occupancy with only 30 percent of the units rented out to students. With a legal dispute now on the horizon, all restaurants and shops were closed on July 30, 2019. Over the next two school years, there was plenty of legal wrangling and by May 2021 a new entity stepped up to help the university run Cross Village. To get the occupancy up, freshmen were now allowed to move into the new complex. After a two-year absence, all restaurants and shops were able to reopen. The Hive has stayed busy throughout this time, catering to students who live on campus. (If you want a full run down on all the legal and financial information, just Google it. I could write a book with all that went down in the building of Cross Village.)

Food Friday: The Bookmark Cafe

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would know that my contributing writer Mae has been absent. Well, she had to get through a rigorous high school schedule and now that she has graduated (PC Pirate class of ’21) she is studying at the great University of Oklahoma (proud 3rd generation Sooner). To help pay for this new adventure in education, she is working for food services as a barista. Her first semester she spent at The Hive, a coffee shop on south campus (more on it in another post) but now she is at The Bookmark Cafe in the first lower level of Bizzell Memorial Library.

This is just a small coffee shop, very similar to the ones you see in bookstores, where they have coffee, lattes, frappuccinos, along with light sandwiches and pastries. Last Sunday was my first visit and I was impressed, the space that had once been where the newspapers and magazines were kept was transformed into a study lounge with separate rooms for groups. Bookmark Cafe has a large area with tables and booths for group or individual study. They are part of Starbucks “We Proudly Serve” program, where they do serve up the same drinks that you can find at a Starbucks. Many of the pastries are cooked on site with the salads and sandwiches coming from Cow On the Fly. I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food yet, because of the snowstorm the previous week, the food delivery hadn’t come in yet. The double chocolate chip frappuccino that I had was awesome though. The staff is all students, they were all friendly and happy to be at Bookmark.

Now for some history- there was nothing like this when I was a student at OU in the early 1990’s (BA in Journalism, ’94). The coffee shop craze hadn’t hit Oklahoma yet. I guess there were some around but to me, coffee was just something that my grandparents drank. I had never heard of a frappuchino, latte, or macchiato. Bizzell Memorial Library was built in 1928 for the growing university and expanded, first in 1958, then again in 1982. Lower level 1 is part of the 1982 addition. Like I mentioned earlier, it held the periodicals. I used to sit at the microfilm readers and journey through the past with their newspaper collection. The Bookmark Cafe officially opened for the spring semester 1998 to give students a quiet place to study. The official grand opening was held on February 11, 1998 (I didn’t know this information until Wednesday of this week as I was researching, so the fact I’m publishing this on the same date 24 years later is just a coincidence). In August of 2013 construction began to transform the space into the study area it is now, Bookmark Cafe was temporarily moved but returned to its now larger location in September 2014 with a ceremony held on November 7, 2014, to mark the reopening of the lower level. In March 2020, it closed, not to reopen until January 2022.

Overall I will give them 5 strips of bacon, just for the fact that my child works there, but I would like to try more of their menu items. Project for the rest of the semester. So if you find yourself in Norman and near campus, stop into the historic library and grab a treat.

Events for the last week of October

With Halloween coming and many fall festivals around, I thought I would make a list of some activities going on the next 2 weeks. Now it is best to check on the status of each activity around the state by going to their website, I found all of these with a simple Google search. There you can find hours and locations for all along with any admission or ticket information. Have fun and Happy Hauntings!!!

Events for October 2021:

Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City- Daily until October 24th.

Frontier City Fright Fest, Oklahoma City – Daily until October 31st.

Tulsa Oktoberfest, Tulsa – October 22- 24th.

Norman Swap Meet, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman – October 22- 23rd.

McFarlin Pumpkin Patch, McFarlin United Methodist, Norman – Daily until October 31st.

Fall Festival at Orr Family Farm, Oklahoma City – Daily except for Tuesdays until October 31st.

Pumpkin Festival at Shepard’s Cross, Claremore – Daily except for Sunday until October 31st.

Corn Maze, P Bar Farms, Hydro- Daily except for Monday until Oct 31st.

NW Oklahoma City Pumpkin Patch, Gate Church, Oklahoma City- Daily until Oct 31st.

Wicked Forest of Terror, Oklahoma City – Oct 22- 24th and 28- 31st.

Tulsa Hex House, Tulsa – Oct 22- 24th and 28- 31st.

Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park, Lawton- Oct 22- 23rd and 28- 31st.

Nightmare Warehouse, Enid – Oct 22- 23rd and 28- 31st.

Mummy and Son Dance, Moore – October 22nd.

The Asylum, Nowata- October 22- 24th and October 29- 31st.

Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds, Guthrie – Oct 22- 23 and Oct 29- 31st.

Noble Scaregrounds, Noble – Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 31st.

Halloween Festival, The Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.

Newcastle Nightmare, Newcastle- Oct 22- 23rd and 29-30th.

Nightmare in the Country Scream Park, Woodward- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.

Haunted Sale Barn, Tonkawa- Oct 22-23rd and 29- 31st.

Price Tower Haunted Hotel, Bartlesville- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 31st.

Alice in Wonderland, OKC Ballet, Oklahoma- Oct 22- 24th.

Trail of Terror, El Reno- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.

Haunt the River with Oklahoma River Cruises, Oklahoma City – October 22, 23, 29, and 30th.

Nightfall Haunted Territory, Lost Lakes, Oklahoma City – October 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31st.

October Forensic Nights, Skeletons Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City – October 22 and 29th.

Ghosts of Grove, Grove – October 22 & 23rd.

HallowZOOeen, Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa – October 22- 24th and 29- 31st.

Affair of the Heart, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City,– October 22- 24th.

US National Arabian Championship Horse Show, Tulsa- Oct 22- 30th.

Henryetta Cruise Knight, Henryetta- Oct 23rd.

Main Street Stroll and Festival, Cherokee- October 23rd.

Restoration Car Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 23rd.

BooFest, Sooner Park, Barltesville- Oct 23rd.

Bark in the Park, Duncan- Oct 23rd.

Main Street Hometown Harvest, Hobart- Oct 23rd.

Bark Walk, Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City- Oct 23rd.

Fall Festival and Car Show, Stigler – Oct 23rd.

Scooby Halloween Event, Edmond – October 23rd.

Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour, Oklahoma City – October 23 & 24th.

Wewoka Sorghum Festival, Wewoka – October 23rd.

Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo – October 23- 24th and 30-  31st.

Caddo County Kids, Kites and Frights, Anadarko – October 23rd

Edmond Pride, Hafer park, Edmond – October 23rd.

Storybook Forest, Edmond – Daily October 23rd until October 30th.

Steam at the Throttle, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City – October 24th.

Fall Festival, Nichols Hills United Methodist, Nichols Hills, October 24th.

Oak Tree Fall Festival, Edmond – October 24th.

Howl-O-Ween on the Corner, Campus Corner, Norman – October 24th.

Coonhound Carnival, Tulsa – October 24th.

Fall Symphonic Band Concert, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond – October 24th.

Mummy and Son Masquerade, Yukon, October 25th.

Hallowmarine, Oklahoma Aquarium, Jenks- October 25- 31st.

Boo on Bell, Shawnee- Oct 28- 30th.

2nd Annual Community Night, Edmond Railyard, Edmond – October 28th.

Fall Chamber Orchestra Concert, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond – October 28th.

Hallow Alley Drive Through Trick or Treat, Downtown, Edmond – October 28th.

Edmond Historical Ghost Tours, Edmond – October 29th and 30th.

Route 66 Pecan and Music Festival, The Nut House, Claremore – October 29- 30th.

Fallfest, Pauls Valley- Oct 29th.

Ghost Stories Candlelight Tour, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Pawnee- Oct 29- 30th.

Friends of the Norman Library Fall Book Sale, Norman- Oct 29- 31st.

Halloween at the Museum, Edmond – October 30th.

Trunk or Treat, Mitch Park, Edmond – October 30th.

Scissortail Park Treat Trail, Oklahoma City- Oct 30th.

Fall Fest Carnival, Duncan- Oct 30th.

Sweets & Treats on Spooky Street, Gathering Place, Tulsa- Oct 30- 31st.

Halloween Train, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City- Oct 30- 31st.

Oklahoma Mineral & Gem Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 30- 31st.

Adele Wolf’s Burlesque Variety Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 30th.

Trunk or Treat, Hobart- Oct 31st.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City – Oct 31st.

Trick or Trail, Midwest City- Oct 31st.

Taking 2 Pre-Teens to the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum

A few weeks ago I decided to do something crazy, I took my daughter, Mae, and her best friend, Bubbles, to the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum in Norman.  If you don’t know Norman, the museum is located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, it sits on the southeast corner of Boyd Street and Elm Avenue.  Now my daughter had been there before, a few years ago they had a temporary exhibit of Disney animation but this was Bubbles first visit.

The museum has an interesting mix of art work, from African statues, to Japanese woodblock prints, to American Indian pottery, to the masters like Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet.  On this trip they were also having a limited time showing of the works of Oscar B. Jacobson (more on him later).  The girls at least stopped and looked at most of the exhibits, there were some they liked more than others.  The contemporary art on the lower floor was really what they liked the most, especially the interactive exhibits like the one that you blow into and the art changes.  I was able to have some fun at their expense when I went into the gallery that apparently had a sign saying that the material might not be suitable for younger people.  I didn’t see the sign and was halfway down the gallery when a painting with male parts was right in front of me.  Now the girls had been behind me and one of them let out a gasp, before I knew it they were both running out of the gallery.  I tried and tried to get them to come back (all while laughing at them) but they both had red cheeks from embarrassment.

The best part to me was the glass displays on the main floor as well as the exhibit of Oscar B. Jacobson.  I had heard about him but never had the chance to see his work until this visit.  Why would I have heard of him, I’m no art expert but I am a history lover and I knew he was the first director of the School of Art at the University of Oklahoma.  He took over that position in 1916 and held it until 1954.   He also founded the University of Oklahoma Museum of Art in 1936 in what is now called Jacobson Hall on the North Oval of the campus.  He was a painter who specialized in southwestern landscapes.  I’m no art critic and can only draw stick people on a good day, but his work really stood out to me for his use of brighter colors to showcase the scenery of Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.  I’m not big on landscapes but these were really nice.

Fred Jones art museum at OU 2

I know that some of you might want to know, why the name changed?  It became the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art center in 1971 after Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones (yeah, the Ford people here in OKC) donated the money for the museum.  It officially became the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in 1992.  In 2005 a new addition, the Lester Wing, named for Howard and Mary Lester, was added and in 2011, the Stuart Wing was opened as well.  So who was Fred Jones Jr.?  He was the son of the aforementioned Jones’s.  He had been killed in a plane crash in Arkansas around Christmas 1950.  He was a senior at OU after serving in World War II.

So what is my recommendation any kid who is interested in art will like this museum, no matter the age.  But I think even then waiting until they are maybe around 8 would be good.  Anything younger than that and they might get bored real quick.  It was a nice, quiet visit.  The staff was very friendly and more than happy to talk about the artwork on display.  Best part of the whole trip was- it’s Free.  That’s right, free.  Thanks to a gift from the OU Athletics Department, it is free for everyone.

 

Address: 555 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK

 

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