6 artists who make Christmas in Tulsa extra festive

Meet the creative minds behind some of your favorite local holiday traditions.



Every December, thousands of Tulsa families celebrate the Christmas season with all sorts of traditions. Some go back decades; others are just getting started.

There’s decorating the tree with ornaments, driving around to look at Christmas lights, shopping at local businesses to buy the perfect accessories to wear to parties. Many people attend Christmas events featuring festive props that create unforgettable photo opportunities.

It takes a lot of creative people to help make those traditions each year. Here are the stories of a few Tulsans who devote hours of hard work to help create Christmas joy for their neighbors, family and friends.

 

Jacob Williams: Lightshow Wizard

Jacob Williams is under pressure. For the past three years, he has decorated his house with elaborate Christmas lights, props and musical sequences. Every year he has increased the spectacle, and the crowds have grown with it. The first year it was just lights and no music. The line of cars in front of his home was up to six deep with maybe a limo sprinkled in from time to time. Then word got out.  The Williams house now has thousands of views on YouTube. It has twice been featured on local newscasts. It made the front page of the Tulsa World. There’s a Facebook page with more than 4,000 fans.

Jacob Williams is under pressure. For the past three years, he has decorated his house with elaborate Christmas lights, props and musical sequences.

Every year he has increased the spectacle, and the crowds have grown with it. The first year it was just lights and no music. The line of cars in front of his home was up to six deep with maybe a limo sprinkled in from time to time. Then word got out.

The Williams house now has thousands of views on YouTube. It has twice been featured on local newscasts. It made the front page of the Tulsa World. There’s a Facebook page with more than 4,000 fans.

Last year, cars were in line for up to an hour and a half to see his 15-minute light show that featured a “Star Wars” segment.

“The pressure is there because throughout the summer people tell me they’re looking forward to it,” Williams says. “People get excited and want to know what I’m adding or what I’ll do different. I don’t want it to get too big or too crazy that it starts becoming a problem for my neighbors. They already call me Griswold.” Online forums, an annual learning expo and a supportive Christmas light community taught Williams the ins and outs of installation and programming.

Jacob Williams’ house at 12713 S. Second St. in Jenks displays a light show that draws onlookers throughout the holiday season.

At less than two months until he’s supposed to have this year’s show plugged in, Williams is now a father of a 1-month-old girl, which has brought his prep work to minimal at best. Williams says he told his wife, Jennifer, he might not do anything this year because he feels guilty spending time testing lights or creating new sequences when he can be changing Cayman’s diaper or rocking her to sleep.

Then he thinks about the families who visit his house. One has made an annual tradition of taking a picture with their child in front of the giant light-up tree. There’s the mom who started crying when she told him she struggled to buy gifts for her six kids, but visiting his house made them so happy, she brought them by multiple times.

It’s stories like those and the fact he now has a daughter of his own to share the experience with that motivate him to have the lights on and music playing by Dec. 1.

“It puts me and others into the Christmas spirit, which I love,” Williams says. “I hand out candy canes to people, and they tell me how they enjoy making memories for their families and want to come back each year. It’s awesome to hear those things and spread some love and joy.”

 

DiAnn Berry: Pin Artisan

DiAnn Berry created the pin using beeswax and damar resin, then handpainted each one for a one-of-a-kind creation. She is an artist and neighbor to Philbrook Museum of Art. Her design was chosen for this year’s Festival pin, a 29-year tradition.

For years, DiAnn Berry has watched a stream of cars enter and exit her neighbor’s driveway as thousands attend Philbrook Museum of Art’s annual Festival.

Although she too has attended the event throughout the past 28 years, this season she created the popular Festival pin that’s available in the gift shop for $28. Collectors vie for the limited series each year.

She and museum officials call the collaboration serendipitous.

As Philbrook’s bees were making a buzz on social media earlier this year, Berry was experimenting with encaustic art, or hot wax art, which uses beeswax and damar resin to harden the material.

Berry, who has long wanted to create the lapel pin, realized she had a rare opportunity to accomplish her dream.

“I had all this wax available, so I did a few samples and brought them to Susan (Shrewder, the museum shop manager and buyer) who chose the natural color beeswax,” Berry says. “Since this year has been about bees in the garden, they thought it’d be a perfect fit.”

Typically, museum staff does a call for submissions to design the Festival pin, but this year, Shrewder says that did not happen because they loved their neighbor’s creation.

“We did not open it up because we found the perfect pin,” she says. “We really strive to have a lot of different mediums represented within the pin collection. We’ve certainly never had one made of beeswax before. It all just fell together.”

Berry made the pins in her home by melting down 5-pound blocks of wax in a slow cooker, then pouring the wax into a silicone mold. After it hardened, she painted each one and added a hand-formed star and the pin. On average she created 12 a day for a limited series run.

Berry made the pins in her home by melting down 5-pound blocks of wax in a slow cooker, then pouring the wax into a silicone mold. After it hardened, she painted each one and added a hand-formed star and the pin. On average she created 12 a day for a limited series run.

This year’s Festival — formerly known as Festival of Trees — is different than those in the past. It will have thousands of lights, a train for tours and a timed-light show, and Santa Claus will be at the museum’s new log cabin. The event runs select days from Nov. 23-Dec. 31, with limited tickets available for each night. Children 17 and under get in free, but still need to reserve a ticket. Museum officials say limiting the guests per night creates a better experience for everyone. Reserve tickets at philbrook.org/festival.

Berry’s pin will be on display in the gift shop. “I feel so pleased. It’s not fine jewelry, but it has a lot of meaning to me,” she says. “It’s validation, and since I live next door to Philbrook, it’s a lot of fun to know I’m really connected to the museum in a lot of ways. It makes me really happy.”

TulsaPeople.com/podcast: Catch the Dec. 5 episode of TULSA TALKS, a TulsaPeople podcast, featuring Philbrook’s Director and President Scott Stulen discussing all things Festival.

 

Bobbie Whaling: Ornament Maker

Bobbie Whaling is the artist behind the Tulsa Ornament, which she started in 1987. She sketches the ornament’s design on paper before it becomes a solid brass version with a 24-karat wash.

There are many Christmas trees throughout the city decorated with Bobbie Whaling’s work. Since 1987 she has made the annual Tulsa Ornament. This year’s features Daniel Webster High School, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

“After I did Will Rogers High School (in 2014) for its 75th anniversary, a man from Webster contacted me and said I should do that one because it’s just as good,” Whaling says. “I agreed and said I’d make one when there was a good time to do it.”

Whaling says she gets requests throughout the year. She has a list of places she wants to do like Cascia Hall and the Mayo Hotel. She hinted Gathering Place could be next year’s ornament, so she will be dreaming up the design for the next six months before drawing it and then cutting out the pieces to assemble it into layers that are comprised of solid brass with a 24-karat gold wash.

In honor of its 80th anniversary, Webster High School is the subject of the 2018 Tulsa Ornament.

The ornaments are available at seven stores across Tulsa and online at tulsaornament.com. Profits go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Neighbor for Neighbor and Catholic Charities.

“I’m an old Catholic woman who believes you have the gift of life, so you should give back,” says the former art teacher who retired after 24 years working at the School of Saint Mary. “I like the feeling I’m making a little mark on humanity. It warms my heart to give it all to charity.”

Her work on the ornaments started when she served as an advertising artist for Another Point of View, a local gift shop that closed in 2001. That year, there was no Tulsa Ornament, but her fans demanded she return to creating them on her own. In 2002, Whaling brought the ornament back and created one for 2001’s U.S. Open at Southern Hills to keep the tradition alive.

To date she says her favorite is the inaugural ornament that featured Swan Lake. The design was so popular she brought it back last year to fulfill demand. Another favorite was 1992’s Golden Driller, which kept going through reorders and has sold more than 2,500.

Whaling says she believes she can keep doing annual ornaments for at least the next nine years.

“My eyes are still good, but I sometimes have to use my cheaters,” says the 71-year-old. “I might stop at 80. There are so many beautiful places that are historic, and I want to keep doing them until I can’t anymore.”

 

Rebecca Foy: Gingerbread Builder

Rebecca Foy is the  executive pastry chef for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which features a large gingerbread house display each holiday season.

This month, visitors to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino have the opportunity to see a gingerbread house unlike any other in the metro area.

The annual event is overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Rebecca Foy, who brought her award-winning skills to the job when she joined the staff nearly three years ago.

“I competed and won in local gingerbread house competitions in Louisiana, but until working at the Hard Rock, I’ve not made anything on such a grand scale,” Foy says.

Once complete, the scene measures 20 feet in diameter. Despite its size, there are only a few building materials used behind the scenes; it’s an edible, genuine holiday confection. Last year’s house was created with 1,440 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of butter, 600 pounds of sugar, 600 pounds of flour, 1,680 eggs and 10 pounds of cinnamon. There also were 200 pounds of powdered sugar and 2,312 pieces of chocolate, peppermint and other candy from top to bottom.

Rebecca Foy is the  executive pastry chef for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which features a large gingerbread house display each holiday season. Foy and her team spent 150-plus hours on last year’s creation. This year’s theme is “Hard Rock Home for the Holidays.” // Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Although no one gets to eat the massive creation, the Hard Rock hosts gingerbread cookie parties for visitors to enjoy from 4-8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in December.

Each year, Foy and her staff come up with a fresh design early in the year and begin planning how to build it. In 2017, it was a giant castle guarded by nutcrackers with a dragon on top. This year’s theme? “Hard Rock Home for the Holidays.”

Foy says she feels the pressure each year to come up with something bigger and better than the previous year. “It’s discussed all year long,” Foy says. “It’s always in the back of my mind. The staff and I are usually talking about it, making notes and throwing out ideas.”

Once the design is finalized, it takes up to 20 staff members to start the massive undertaking. It’s a slow and tedious process that takes months to construct. Last year, it took more than 150 hours to complete the project. When they’re not cooking sweet treats for the resort’s numerous restaurants and private events, they work on the project when they can.

“It’s all about scale, figuring out what pieces need to be made and how to get them produced with our equipment,” Foy says. “Initially, we just break things down into smaller sections and work on those sections individually. Then, with a lot of teamwork, it all comes together.”

The gingerbread house is just part of Hard Rock’s decorations for the holiday season. There also are a 24-foot Christmas tree in the grand lobby and more than a dozen smaller trees decorated throughout the casino.

“My staff and I really appreciate the support from everyone,” Foy says. “We all love working on this project.  It really helps get us in the spirit of the holidays.”

 

Denise Denison Smallwood: Window Painter

Denise Denison Smallwood has painted storefront windows for nearly three decades. Her holiday scenes can be viewed across the area, including this year’s Christmas songs theme of paintings at the Jenks Riverwalk.

Among the many longstanding holiday traditions are business windows painted to display a cheery message of the Christmas season. Since 1990, Denise Denison Smallwood of Holidayz Distinctive Designs has been a highly sought-after painter in Tulsa.

Every year she begins work on Nov. 1, painting two to three locations a day. One month and more than 50 businesses later, she’s finished for the season. Among her longtime clients are Albert G’s, Kilkenny’s, Caz’s, Los Cabos and the Tulsa Transit station.

It’s a classic look that creates a feel of yesteryear. It helps when Smallwood continues to get calls to paint traditional pictures like the old-school Rudolph and the other characters from the classic stop-motion animated TV special. Those nostalgic scenes recall memories for young and old. Another favorite was last year’s recreation of “The Grinch” on the Jenks Riverwalk windows.

In recent years she has received more modern requests, like Olaf from “Frozen” and “Elf on the Shelf.” She says she’s happy to do whatever the client wants but also enjoys when she’s free to do her own thing.

“I love it because it allows me to have a childlike imagination,” Smallwood says. “I start dreaming about them the night before the job. I get excited about each one of them.”

Smallwood’s window painting all started with one car dealership and then grew to 28 of them before 9/11 slowed the automobile industry. Although she lost most of those clients, she started gaining restaurants and others, and business has remained steady throughout the year.

Among the many longstanding holiday traditions are business windows painted to display a cheery message of the Christmas season. Since 1990,  Denise Denison Smallwood of Holidayz Distinctive Designs has been a highly sought-after painter in Tulsa.  Every year she begins work on Nov. 1, painting two to three locations a day. One month and more than 50 businesses later, she’s finished for the season. Among her longtime clients are Albert G’s, Kilkenny’s, Caz’s, Los Cabos and the Tulsa Transit station.

“Every year I ask myself if this is the year people will stop calling, but it keeps growing,” Smallwood says. She has always been an artist, and loved creating as a child. Throughout the year, much of her business comes from commissions for murals and furniture.

As the years progress, Smallwood admits she doesn’t paint as fast as she used to. There are days she’s not thrilled to work in the cold.

“My daughter, Lindsey, helps me when she can,” she says.

She admits it’s hard to believe she has been painting windows for nearly three decades. Smallwood loves it so much, she’s unlikely to give it up. “If I won the lottery, I’d still paint Christmas windows,” she says.

 

Devin Levine: Ice Sculptor

Along with being SMG’s executive chef, Devin Levine is resident ice carver for BOK Center and Cox Business Center events. He picked up the trade as a young chef at Camelot Inn.

It’s 85 degrees on the third day of October and SMG’s Devin Levine, certified executive chef, is thinking about Santa Claus, snowmen and reindeer made from giant blocks of ice.

For the past eight years, he has been the artist behind the ice sculptures at SMG’s annual holiday party at the Cox Business Center. It’s something listed on his résumé, but often overlooked.

During preparations for his first holiday season as the SMG executive chef, Levine revealed his talent to management. “We were planning the Christmas celebration, and among the list of items were ice sculptures. It was three Christmas trees and two snowmen,” Levine says. “They asked if we needed to order it in, and I told them no and that I could do it if they just bought the ice.”

His work was such a hit it became an annual tradition. This year he’s planning a more contemporary theme featuring four to five Christmas trees with a light shining through each one. He says on average it takes 20-30 minutes to do a carving with the outsourced ice blocks. He can take more time if he’s working in a refrigerated environment.

Among his favorites were the six reindeer displayed outside the building. They lasted four days before melting. One other creation really stands out to him.

“One of my favorites was a candlestick with a flame. It looked like it had wax melting down,” Levine says. “It was simple, but very realistic.”

Devin Levine outsources the blocks of ice from Millenium Ice and Century- McConnell Ice as it takes special machinery to form a block that doesn’t shatter or crack.

Levine didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming an ice sculptor. It came with the job when he was working in food and beverage at the now-closed Camelot Inn in the early 1970s. Every Sunday brunch, Friday night dinner and special event featured an ice sculpture, which meant Levine had to learn how to do it and then do it a lot. Back then it was a five-prong ice pick and a pocket knife for indentions. Now he uses a chainsaw and various shapes and sizes of ice sculpting tools and die grinders.

Levine also created ice sculptures during his 34-year career at Southern Hills Country Club and for side jobs like weddings and many other events, including the Tulsa State Fair. In recent years, he typically only does it for his day job.

“I don’t do it as often as I want. It’s kind of a lost art,” Levine says. “It’s something I’d like to see become more popular again because they’re fun to do and fun to look at when they’re completed.”

 

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Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
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Living Arts of Tulsa will present a multi-media exhibit of Jave Yoshimoto’s work. Intractable Chasm examines the refugee crisis in Greece, experienced firsthand by Yoshimoto when he...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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Come join us for an evening of fall fun! Baptist Village of Owasso is hosting our annual Family Fun Fest on October 17th from 5-7 pm. This event is totally FREE. Need dinner plans? Don't worry,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Baptist Village of Owasso
7410 N 127th E Ave
Owasso, OK  74055
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Telephone: 918-272-2281

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Come enjoy the Garden after 5! Stroll through the Tandy Floral Terraces, walk around the Lake, explore the Children's Discovery Garden and bring a blanket or chairs to stay and enjoy music with...

Cost: $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Tulsa Botanic Garden
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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The University of Tulsa College of Law presents the 23rd Annual John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture featuring Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Price and Turpen Courtroom
3120 East 4th Place
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: TU College of Law
Telephone: 918-631-2401
Contact Name: Jamie Lewis
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We will be playing the movie Toy Story 4 outside in Central Park! This is FREE to attend but we will be selling light snacks and refreshments. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Central Park
1500 South Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: City of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-259-8437
Contact Name: Tanner Wilburn
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Third Thursdays in the Rainbow Room returns October 17 with The Best of Broadway...and other Exaggerations. It is a delightful compilation of some of the most beloved tunes ever performed on the...

Cost: $10 / $15

Where:
OKEQ Lynn Riggs Theatre
621 East 4th St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: OKEQ / Pat Hobbs
Telephone: 918-637-25866
Contact Name: Pat Hobbs
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The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
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Join us for Fall Story Times that will feature guest readers, and include a variety of activities including music, games and crafts.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after Story Time.  Free with...

Cost: $8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

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Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
Website »

More information

Living Arts of Tulsa will present a multi-media exhibit of Jave Yoshimoto’s work. Intractable Chasm examines the refugee crisis in Greece, experienced firsthand by Yoshimoto when he...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod Journal and Booksmart Tulsa will host Write Night 2019 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. Write Night will feature a reception and...

Cost: $0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society and Museum
2445 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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For the first time in 10 years, we will hear new music and get a new tour from three-time GRAMMY® Nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning recording artists Avalon. The group will...

Cost: $24.50-$75.00

Where:
Owasso First Assembly
9341 N. 129th E. Ave.
Owasso, OK  74055
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Sponsor: Compassion Live
Telephone: 877-234-3847
Contact Name: Carol
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

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The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa on October 19th, 2019.   The Conference offers the...

Cost: $10-$70

Where:
TU's Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers on Saturday, October 19th, at The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature workshops on fiction, poetry,...

Cost: $10-70

Where:
Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S Gary Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
Website »

More information

Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
View map »


Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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