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June 6, 2013

What's 2 Do in Enid, area

Summer Chautauqua

“Anything Goes: America in the 1920s” is the theme of this year’s Chautauqua, slated for Tuesday through Saturday under the tent at Humphrey Heritage Village at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

This year’s re-enactors will include one Enid newcomer and four returning favorites.

• Doug Watson, a Shawnee resident, will portray Oklahoma’s own Will Rogers on Tuesday. Watson has brought Will Rogers to life for Enid audiences before.

• Doug Mishler will portray the innovative Henry Ford on Wednesday. Mishler will be familiar to Enid audiences, having performed in Enid many years.

• Ilene Evans will bring to life aviatrix Bessie Coleman on Thursday.

• Gene Worthington will appear as the sports genius Babe Ruth on Friday. This will be the first time Worthington has performed at Enid.

• Debra Conner will portray the dapper flapper Zelda Fitzgerald on Saturday.

Seating under the tent can accommodate 150-200.

Each day will begin with a 10:30 a.m. workshop followed by a second workshop at noon. Both programs relate to the era of the 1920s and the characters being depicted in the evening.

Guests can bring a meal and enjoy the presentations.

“Workshops are a wonderful opportunity to interact with our scholars and appreciate the work involved to portray a character in his or her place in history,” said Laurel Provine, co-director of Chautauqua.

Evening activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with local entertainment followed by the character presentation at 7:30 p.m. in true Chautauqua fashion.

Concessions will be sold in the area of the old church building. Back by popular demand will be refreshing gelato from Taste of Seattle in Waukomis. Concessions will be available 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Chautauqua schedule:

Summer Chautauqua 2013: Anything Goes: America in the 1920s

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

• Tuesday, June 11

10:30 a.m. —  “African-American Expressive Art in Dances, Stories, Games and Songs” with Ilene Evans

Noon — “The Crack Up” with Debra Conner

6:30 p.m. — Doc Bryant and Friends

7:30 p.m. — Will Rogers portrayed by Doug Watson

• Wednesday, June 12

10:30 a.m. — “Fields of Dreams” with Gene Worthington

Noon — “Boom and Bust-Will Rogers on Wealth and the Economy” with Doug Watson

6:30 p.m. — Gaslight Theatre

7:30 p.m. — Henry Ford portrayed by Doug Mishler

• Thursday, June 13

10:30 a.m. — “Get Square” with Debra Conner

Noon — “Popular Culture and the Dawn of Modern America 1900-1930” with Doug Mishler

6:30 p.m. — Ron and Shirley Taylor

7:30 p.m. — Bessie Coleman portrayed by Ilene Evans

• Friday, June 14

10:30 a.m. — “Born Sober and Staggering to the Polls — Prohibition in Oklahoma” with Doug Watson

Noon — “Our Proper Sphere” with Ilene Evans

6:30 p.m. — Student Chautauquan

7:30 p.m. — Babe Ruth portrayed by Gene Worthington

• Saturday, June 15

10:30 a.m. — “The Automobile and the Development of Modern America 1890-1960” with Doug Mishler

Noon — “Sports in the Roaring Twenties” with Gene Worthington

6:30 p.m. — Those Guys

7:30 p.m. — Zelda Fitzgerald portrayed by Debra Conner

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