by Rob Morris
May 04, 2012
Part One: Festivals
From live music to the biggest fireworks show in Moore’s history, the summer of 2012 is promising more fun, more activities and more family entertainment than ever before. We’ve scoured the city to bring you the most comprehensive 2012 summer activity guide in the area. For ease of use, our guide is divided into four major categories:
You’ll want to keep this issue handy all summer long and reference it often. With the Moore Monthly as your guide, just add sunshine and free time; the end result will be fun!
Art In the Park
A Celebration In the Heartland
July 3rd from 5pm – 10pm
July 4th from 10am – 10pm
July 3rd: Live music (band TBA) 7-10pm
July 4th: Bad Monkey, 7-10pm
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show:
South Parking Lot – Time TBA
Buck Thomas Park, 1903 12th Street in Moore
Art in the Park features a variety of crafts, music, entertainment, food and children’s activities. And make sure you’re on hand for one of the metro’s biggest and best fireworks shows on the night of July 4th.
For the safety of visitors and animals, please do not bring your dogs to Art in the Park.
What to Expect:
- Live Musical entertainment
- Car show
- Massive fireworks show
- Local vendors and artists
- Great food
- Giant sand pit
- Children’s tent with storytelling
- Lots more
The biggest event in Moore every year takes place on July 3rd and 4th at Buck Thomas Park at the annual Art In the Park, A Celebration in the Heartland. Each year the park welcomes an estimated 20,000 people for the event, making it one of the larger Fourth of July gatherings in the metro area.
“It’s our premiere event of the year as we celebrate our independence,” says Moore’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Todd Jenson. “We’ve upped the ante on our fireworks show so that it will be one of the largest in Oklahoma. Actually it should be one of the best in the whole state.”
Moore’s very own Bad Monkey band will perform on July 4th from seven to ten in the evening. Bad Monkey is a regular performer at city events, including the last two years at Art in the Park. Their specialty is good time rock and roll, always a crowd favorite.
While the bands don’t start until 7pm each night, the park actually opens for visitors starting at 5 p.m. on July 3rd and 10 a.m. on July 4th. on both days, and there’s plenty to do.
The Car, Truck and Motorcycle show will also be back for a second year, taking place on July 4th beginning at 9 a.m. For pre-registration and to see a list of categories, go to www.showyourridez.com. The car show will take place at the south parking lot at Buck Thomas.
In addition to all of this, there will be great food vendors, craft vendors, a giant sand pit for kids, a children’s tent provided by the Moore Public Library with story telling and themes from around the world. Everything is capped off at 10pm on July 4th with a new, bigger and more spectacular fire works show.
As you might expect, the crowds will likely be as large if not larger than past years, so arrive early. There are also some important rules to keep in mind. According to Jeremy Lewis with the Moore Police Department, “You cannot bring any dogs. There are no animals allowed. When activities are going on at the park, we don’t allow any animals. So you’ve got to leave your dogs at home. There’s no alcohol. You can’t bring alcohol into the park. There are certain alcoholic beverages being served at the park, but you can’t bring your own in here.”
What you can bring is your entire family and sense of adventure.
For more information about Art In the Park, contact Teresa Smith at 793-4332 or go to the city’s website at www.cityofmoore.com.
9th Annual Chatenay Cabaret Music and Wine Festival
When: Saturday, June 9th, Noon-10pm
Where: Chatenay Square, SW 104th and South Penn
Cost: $5.00 for wine tasting, entertainment is free
What to Expect:
- Oklahoma Wine
- Local Musicians
- Great Food
- Showcase of Chatenay Square Merchants
- Chatenay Idol aka “The Best of the Best”
Oklahoma Wineries are in vogue these days, but for many in our state, their product is still very much a mystery. If you’ve ever been curious about the fruits of Oklahoma’s vineyards, this is your big chance at what is being billed as Oklahoma City’s only Oklahoma wine festival. This year’s event is also a fundraiser for the OK Kids Korral with all proceeds going to that organization. Festival attendees can purchase chances to win various items that have been autographed celebrities.
What better combination with Oklahoma wine than Oklahoma musicians? This year’s event is a who’s who of local talent. Performers include Banana Seat and the Wise Guys.
The live music is free to the public with a $5.00 fee for wine tasting which includes a wine glass…and a good time.
For more information about the Chatenay Cabaret Music and Wine Festival, contact Melissa Moin at 283-0483.
Summer Nights Music In the Park
When: Friday nights in June, 7pm
Where: Buck Thomas Park (south pavilion), 12th Street in Moore
What to Expect
- Live music events with a family oriented theme
- Child entertainment
- Snow cones
- Food Vendors
Get your music on and swing into the freedom of summer, neighborhood gatherings, warm nights and music under the stars.
The Summer Nights: Music in the Park 2012, presented by the Moore Public Library, returns at 7 p.m. every Friday night in June in the south pavilion of Buck Thomas Park.
This year features something for every musical taste on the agenda. The schedule of performers includes:
June 1st – Brad Porton and OverDrive, singer/songwriter, has a passion to perform. Country music to the core with strong vocals. Porton, in-and-out of Nashville, for this Friday Night belts it out in Moore. The Pioneer Library System, in partnership with the Tobacco Free Cleveland County Coalition, emphasizes a tobacco free event with free t-shirt giveaways and refreshments, courtesy of the Norman Regional Health System, to make it a festive program for the whole community.
June 8th – Maggie McClure, singer/songwriter/pianist, McClure has performed more than 500 shows at various festivals, universities and music venues across the nation. Recently her original song, “Cowgirls N’ Angels” was chosen to be featured during the opening credits of the motion picture “Cowgirls N’ Angels,” starring James Cromwell (Babe, Secretariat). Her songs have also been featured in the MTV film, “Worst. Prom. Ever.” And on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”
June 15th – Jennifer Marriott Band, Queen iof the Blues, Jennifer lights the stage on fire with a smoky vocal style that ranges from a soft whisper to the stage rattling power of a twister. Her music covers genres from acoustic alternative folk and blues to jazz and rock. Jennifer is touring in support of three independent CD releases and has appeared from London, UK to Stillwater, OK.
June 22nd – Red Dirt Rangers, “…a sound that combines the legacy of Woody Guthrie and Bob Wills with the spirit of everyone from Merle Haggard to the Grateful Dead and all manner of American music in between.” That’s how music writer, Greg Johnson, described this unique and versatile band. The roots of Red Dirt style music are found in the Stillwater area and the Rangers have been carrying the banner for that style since the late 1980’s.
June 29th – Zoom City, a classic rock band rooted in rich traditions, get things started. With a song list that includes everything from Motown to Santana, there is something for everyone in a Zoom City performance.
The grand finale of concerts will be a pair of performances as part of the Art in the Park Festival on July 3 and 4.
July 3rd - Live Music to be announced
July 4th – Bad Monkey, rocking the Metro for years, features several Moore residents who spin an exciting brand of rock-and-roll.
There will be food vendors and children’s entertainment available during the evenings.
Concerts are sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the City of Moore, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Cleveland County Tobacco Free Coalition, Apollo Building Systems, Pioneer Library System and the Friends of the Moore Public Library.
For more information come by the Moore Public Library, call 793-5100, or log onto www.justsoyouknow.us/moore.
When: May 24th – Sept. 1st
Every Thursday from 4pm – 7:30pm
Every Saturday from 8am – Noon
South parking lot of the Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard
What to Expect:
- Fresh produce from across the state and friendly people
The freshest produce around is just down the street at Moore’s seventh annual Farmer’s Market. Stock-up on sun-ripe tomatoes, sweet watermelon and home-made jams and sauces. Once again the market will be located on the south parking lot of the Moore Community Center, providing great highway access and visibility.
“We’ve been doing our Farmers Market back in 2005, so it’s been around for seven years. There’ll be some different vendors other than just produce. You’ll find some crafts, spices. There should be 15 or so vendors, depending on the weather.”
“This year folks are going to find more than just produce at our Farmers Market,” says Todd Jenson, “We’re aiming to have around 15 vendors, including some spices and crafts to go along with the normal produce vendors.”
For more information about the Farmer’s Market, contact Todd Jenson with the city of Moore at 793-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daddy Daughter Dance
When: June 16th
Aloha Dance from 5pm – 6:30pm
Luau Dance from 7:30pm – 9pm
Where: Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard
What to Expect:
- An evening of fun-filled activities, including limbo, hula and music…
Just in time for Father’s Day, the Moore Community Center will become an Island Paradise with not one, but TWO dances. The Aloha Dance will last from 5:00-6:30pm and the Luau Dance from 7:30-9:00pm. Both dances will be similar and allow parents more flexibility for planning and bedtimes.
Tickets are available for purchase at Moore City Hall and the Community Center for $5 per person. Tickets will not be sold at the door so make sure you plan ahead for this popular and fun event. Summer casual attire is perfect, so dress for the islands in your favorite Hawaiian shirt and flip flops.
Moore’s Got Talent
- What to expect: music, dancing, comedy and talent from local residents.
Can you sing, dance or play an instrument? Or perhaps you have other talents. This is your chance to show off in the first ever city-wide talent show, Moore’s Got Talent! Applications can be picked-up at Broadway Florist, 328 N. Broadway or call 793-8889. Tryouts will begin in early summer and the event will take place in the fall.
Moore’s Got Talent is a fundraiser to benefit the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank Backpack for Kids program in Moore Public Schools.
Santa Express Golf Tournament
- What to expect: a day of scramble golf where someone wins big, including a custom-painted fire hydrant all to raise money to provide gifts for children at Christmas.
Santa Express is a passionate cause for Moore firefighters, providing toys for kids who might otherwise go without any gifts on Christmas. They’ll be hosting a Golf Tournament on Monday, June 25th at the Moore Athletic & Golf Club to raise money for that charity.
Entry fees for this Four Man Scramble are $65 per person or $260 per team and include lunch. Registration begins at 8am with a shotgun start at 9am. There will also be a Long Drive Contest. Space is limited so register soon by going to www.cityofmoore.com/santa-express-golf-tournament or by calling any of the following people: Scott Lance at 405-833-5389, Robert Crain at 405-397-3313 or Ronnie Lawson at 405-823-4542.