December’s can’t-miss events.
A selection of items available at the Tulsa Herb Society’s Carols and Crumpets herbal craft fair.
Carols and Crumpets Seventeen years ago, Patsy Wynn stumbled upon a newspaper article about Carols and Crumpets. Impressed by what she read, she headed to the herbal craft fair and “fell madly in love,” she says, with both the Tulsa Garden Center, where the event is held, and the Tulsa Herb Society, which hosts the annual market. After her experience that December, she joined the Tulsa Herb Society and hasn’t looked back. She now co-chairs Carols and Crumpets with Erna Schneider with assistance from members of the Tulsa Herb Society.
Carols and Crumpets started 22 years ago when members of the Tulsa Herb Society wanted to host a high tea, Wynn says. Now, the event has grown to feature more than 28 crafters from a four-state area. This year’s fair takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Tulsa Garden Center.
Vendor offerings will include teas, spices, soaps, lotions, candles, jewelry, gardening items and holiday décor. Tickets will be available for a Christmas tree raffle, and the Snowflake Café will serve lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. What sets Carol and Crumpets apart from other gift fairs and markets is that everything is handcrafted, Wynn says.
The Tulsa Herb Society has its own booth with contributions from members, such as chutneys, herbal vinegars, gift bulbs and nature crafts. Society members work each Tuesday throughout the year to prepare their goods and even rented a concrete mixer this season, which was used in the creation of hand-made hypertufa containers — similar to Old English watering troughs.
Twenty-five percent of sales is donated to the Tulsa Garden Center, a small investment is made toward the Linnaeus Teaching Garden’s herb garden and the remaining profits are funneled back into the Tulsa Herb Society for future events, such as guest lecturers and society trips.
“You walk in to the Garden Center no matter when it is or what is going on and you feel like they really want you to be there,” Wynn says. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Originally from Atlanta, Wynn says the Tulsa Garden Center is one of the most wonderful places in Tulsa.
“How many times in your life do you walk into a mansion and people are so welcoming to you?” she says. “It truly is a magical place.” www.tulsaherb.com
Foreigner Thirty-four years. Nine studio albums. One band. The men behind hits such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Double Vision” are coming to Tulsa. Foreigner is set to perform at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s The Joint at 8 p.m., Dec. 4. Tickets start at $40. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com
McNellie’s Holiday Parade of Lights Every year on the second Saturday in December, the Holiday Parade of Lights illuminates downtown. Marching bands, dance teams, floats and helium-filled balloons make this event a holiday favorite. This year Tulsa native Heather Langenkamp, who starred in the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” film, will be the grand marshal. The 2010 Holiday Parade of Lights is sponsored by James E. McNellie’s Public House and begins at 6 p.m., Dec. 11.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Nothing embodies holiday spirit like electric guitars, laser lights and pyrotechnics. At least that’s how fans of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra might celebrate this month’s festivities. The band’s $20 million-plus production has been seen and heard by more than 7 million people in more than 80 cities and is coming to the BOK Center Dec. 16. Discover the multi-dimensional genre of rock opera with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tickets start at $27. www.bokcenter.com