There have been a few changes
On the first Friday of the month, the Brady Arts District is home to the First Friday Arts Crawl, a showcase of visual art and performances at the district’s various galleries, restaurants and bars.
To: The Class of ’64
From: Your reunion committee
Subject: The 50th reunion
For those of you who haven’t been back since the 40th reunion, well, there have been a few changes.
First, however, a little perspective.
This is 2014 and we’re celebrating graduating from high school in 1964. And, yes, despite less hair (on the guys) and more weight (equally distributed between the genders) it does seem like only yesterday. We were watching the Beatles on television on the Ed Sullivan Show, we had some “advisors” over in a country called Viet Nam, and Greg’s Chevy Nova was considered a hot little car.
For perspective, consider those alumni celebrating their 50th high school reunion in the year we graduated. They were the Class of 1914. That’s only one year after Tulsa’s first high school (Central) was accredited. That’s the first year of World War I in Europe. That was the year Henry Ford introduced his controversial eight-hour workday and $5 a day wages. (Fellow industrialists were outraged.)
So, while we were reading George Orwell’s “1984” and thinking, “Oh, wow, is that far out and far off,” and then reaching 1984 before we turned 30, well, it has been a half a century since we graduated and most of us lived to tell about it.
Now, as for the reunion itself, we’re starting Friday night of the 50th reunion on Brady Street.
Yes, you read that right. Brady Street. You see, we’re holding the reunion on the first Friday of June and that happens to be a First Friday (is there an echo here?), which is celebrated in downtown Tulsa with an Art Crawl.
Most of us are going to start at Brady and Detroit at Living Arts and then drop by the Zarrow Center for Art and Education, a partnership of Gilcrease Museum and The University of Tulsa; then Philbrook Downtown; and then check out the display at the Woody Guthrie Center.
No, there won’t be shuttle busses to Philbrook and Gilcrease. They are downtown now. Yes, they are still where they have always been, but they are downtown, too. Yes, downtown!
No, not the Main Street downtown of Froug’s, Renberg’s and Clark’s Good Clothes — this is the downtown along Brady, around Greenwood/Elgin/Detroit and stretching west to Boulder.
What’s that? A question from the back? Is it safe? Safe! About the safest place in Tulsa on a Friday night. A whole lot safer than the parking lot at Pennington’s Drive-In 50 years ago. And the Restless Ribbon (Peoria Avenue through Brookside, south to East 51st Street) on a Friday night.
Yes, I know the last time you were in town the intersection of Detroit and Brady looked like part of the old warehouse district (it was). Well, today, it and the Blue Dome District (which is another story altogether) are the happening places in Tulsa.
Most of us will take in the art at the various galleries, and nosh our way east, and ...
Question? Will there be a cash bar? Yes, all the bars along Brady and on either side of it take cash.
Speaking of downtown, the Saturday night party is just east of Living Arts at ONEOK Field.
ONEOK Field? Sorry, I forgot you haven’t been back to town for 10 years.
ONEOK Field is the home of the Tulsa Drillers — the baseball team. And, yes, there is a baseball park downtown. You can sit in the stands and see the skyline as well as the baseball team. No, they won’t be playing that night, but we’ll be in one of the suites, or party rooms, where we’ll have dinner. No, not hot dogs. A real catered affair. And, yes, there will be a cash bar.
Like I said, there have been a few changes.