The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 27, 2013

What's 2 Do in Enid, area

Enid News and Eagle

Shakespeare in the Park

8 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday

Government Springs Park

Summertime means the return of Shakespeare in the Park, and you can catch it all this weekend out at Government Springs Park.

This year’s performance is “Much Ado About Nothing.” The plot centers on two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice (played by Monte Hunter and Mary Aiaka Coleman) and Claudio and Hero (Jonathan Suttmiller and Leslie Newell). Each pair is influenced by various deceptions perpetrated by others in order to complicate their relationships.

The play is set in the 1940s. Music from the 1940s will be performed at 7:45 by Steven Harwood, Amy Kelly and Dave Abbott.

Patrons are invited to bring food, a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free night of music and theater.

For more information, call Gaslight Theatre at (580) 234-2307.

Fourth of July Events

If you’re looking for some Fourth of July fun, there are several events that will be going on around the area.

• Enid will host its Independence Day Celebration Thursday, July 4, at Meadowlake Park, Van Buren and Rupe. Enid Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic music at 8:30, and fireworks will begin at about 9:45.

• Also that day, Enid’s Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse will hold its 11th annual Hometown Celebration. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Brats and hamburgers will be provided to the first 400 people. Activities will include turtle races, gunny sack races and face painting, and door prizes will be handed out. For more information, call (580) 233-2787.

• The 4th of July Celebration of Freedom will be held at Covington City Park, Covington. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. Food will include hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, chips, tea, water and dessert. Cost of the meal is by donation. Free watermelon also will be provided. A fireworks display will be held later in the evening.

• Cherokee and Kingfisher also will hold Fourth of July events. Cherokee’s Family Fourth of July will include horseshoe tournaments, egg tosses, sack races and other old-fashioned games. Other events will include turtle races, a carp catch and homemade ice cream. Fireworks will be provided in the evening. In Kingfisher, the city’s Independence Day Celebration will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. and follow with family activities all day long. A free concert will occur later in the day at 7 p.m.


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This Week June 28-July 4

EVENT [Saturday]

Saints on the Go! 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 1924 W. Willow. Registration is $30. For more information, email

EVENT [Saturday]

Enid Roller Girls Bout vs. River Valley, 7 p.m., SkateTown, 905 Overland Trail. For more information, email, or go to

EVENT [Saturday]

Enid Farmers Market, 8-11 a.m., corner of Grand and Garriott. Fresh produce and other locally made items will be for sale. For more information, go to

Next Week July 5-11

EVENT [Friday]

First Friday, 6-9 p.m., downtown Enid. Come explore the live entertainment scene in downtown Enid while enjoying late hours and specials at local shops and restaurants. For more information, find First Friday Enid on Facebook.

EVENT [Saturday]

Family Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. Come learn about some of the skills pioneers used in the early days. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

EVENT [Wednesday]

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn, noon to 1 p.m., Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. Bring your own lunch and learn about some of the history behind Enid. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

In Two Weeks July 12-18

EVENT [Friday-Saturday]

Running of the Rats, beginning 10 a.m. Friday at the Frisco Bar, 408 N. Independence. Annual poker run benefits the Kyle “RatBoy” Traynor Memorial Scholarship Fund. Course is 100 miles. For more information, call (800) 749-5054.

EVENT [Saturday]

Santa’s Showcase in July Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hoover Building, 318 E. Oxford. A variety of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand to help you get a jump on your Christmas shopping. For more information, call (580) 548-7894.

EVENT [Saturday]

Heer’s Country, 7-10 p.m., Longdale Community Gym, Longdale. Country music artists including Buck Goucher and Jarod Cross will perform. Admission is $5. For more information call (580) 886-5141.

Other local attractions

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma

702 N. Washington

(580) 233-3051

Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and all major holidays and adverse weather.

Midgley Museum (the Rock House)

1001 Sequoyah

(580) 234-7421

Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday and all major holidays. Not open Nov. 1 through March 31.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

507 S. 4th St.

(580) 237-1907

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, New Years’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. For more admission info, go to the website.

Simpson's Old Time Museum

228 E. Randolph Ave.

(580) 234-4998

Hours: 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Admission is free.

Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse & Adventure Quest

200 E. Maple

(580) 233-2787

Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Twilight Time is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Admission: All-day pass, $7, children under 2 are free. Groups of 12 or more is $5. Memberships available.

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum

616 Leona Mitchell Blvd.

(580) 237-6989 or 402-2524

NOC Observatory

Northern Oklahoma College campus at Randolph and Michael Hedges

(580) 548-2399

Hours begin at dusk Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule a large group, call the number above.

Splash Zone Water Park

1122 The Trails West Loop

Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, May through August. Admission: $12 for adults and seniors and children under 45 inches are $8.

Splash Pads

Hoover Park and Champion Park

Hoover Park location: Between Cleveland and Hoover on Oklahoma

Champion Park location: 10th and Chestnut

Admission is free.

Enid Kiwanitrain

Meadowlake Park

Hours: 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Admission: $2