The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 6, 2013

What's 2 Do in Enid, area

Enid News and Eagle

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


First Friday

6-9 tonight

Downtown Enid

Make your way downtown this evening, where lots will be going on during First Friday. Local businesses will be open late hours, and local musicians will perform at establishments.

For a full list of events, click HERE.


Club MOE Oklahoma Disaster Relief Concert

2-8 p.m. Sunday

Convention Hall

Listen to some family-friendly music and donate to victims of recent Oklahoma natural disasters during a special concert Sunday at Convention Hall.

Performers will include Emily Faith, Cobe, Jake Bowers, Addictions Mistress, Act of Arson, Donwside, Gary Bangs, The Flatland Flyers, Chicken Fried Whiskey, Billy Beck, Backstage Pass, Mike Danahy, Catfink, Scott Carson, Suede Panther, Tania Warnock and Found Missing.

American Red Cross will take donations at the door.

For more information, call (580) 548-8146.


Poker run

10:30 a.m. Saturday


The 4th annual C.H.R.O.M.E. Poker Run will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Q Spot, 221 W. Cherokee.

Cost is $25 per rider.

The run ends at Lucky’s Pub, 1314 S. Van Buren. Live music will be provided by Downside.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Central Oklahoma Downed Bikers Association.

For more information, call Shawnna Hopper at (580) 478-3987.


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This Week June 7-13

EXHIBIT [Saturday]

Dream Valley Model Train Layout, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, 702 N. Washington. A display commemorating women and men in the military will be available. Life-size trains also will be on display. For more information, call (580) 233-3051.

EVENT [Saturday]

Living History Activities, 1-3 p.m., Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. Activities include showing of the movie “Guardian of the Chisholm Trail” and spending time with 1870s cowboys who made a living driving cattle along the Chisholm Trail. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

EVENT [Saturday-Sunday]

Words and Music with Rodgers and Hammerstein, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Theatre, 221 N. Independence. Tickets are $10. For tickets, call (580) 540-8888 or (580) 747-9495.

Next Week June 14-20

EVENT [Friday-Saturday]

Van Buren Cruise, Friday and Saturday, Van Buren. Van Buren Cruisers of Enid once again will cruise up and down the streets of Enid. A car show also will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to

MOVIE [Friday]

Retro Movie Theater: “Mary Poppins,” at 3 p.m., “Sleepless in Seattle” at 6:30 p.m. and “Jaws” at 9 p.m., NOC Gantz Center, 2200 E. Maine. For more information, call (580) 402-4904.

EVENT [Saturday]

Race 4 Jace, 8 a.m., Crosslin Park, 1520 W. Oxford. Event is a 5K run/walk or one-mile walk to help find a cure for galactosemia. For more information, call Jessy Dershem at (580) 541-1309. Sign up at

In Two Weeks June 21-27


“Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top,” all day, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. New, temporary exhibit will be on display until Aug. 11. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

EVENT [Friday]

Outdoor Arena Summer Playday, all day, Chisholm Trail Expo Center Outdoor Arena, 111 W. Purdue. Area residents asre invited to bring their horse and compete in various events. For more information, call Terri Haws at (580) 541-1967.

EVENT [Saturday]

Enid Woodring Regional Airport Monthly Fly-in and Spot Landing Contest, 8-10 a.m., 1026 S. 66th. Everyone — pilots and residents — are welcome to attend. Breakfast will be available at Barnstormers Restaurant for $7. For more information, call (580) 234-5476.