Fall Brings Fun Events, Colorful Memories

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY
Managing Editor

GARDEN GET TOGETHER: From left, former Tulsa Mayor Rodger Randle, Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith, KTUL Channel 8 reporter Kim Jackson and Judy Randle enjoy Tulsa Garden Center’s An Evening of Wine and Roses last year. The 2016 event was canceled, with plans for the event to return next year.

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Usually, I love summer, ever eager for its arrival and despondent upon its departure. Yet, this summer, with its relentless humidity, no one is more surprised than myself to be dreaming of the crisp fall mornings soon to arrive.

September not only brings us a bit closer to those more moderate temperatures but also ushers in a number of anticipated events including some outdoors.

I admit I am still mourning the announcement that Tulsa Garden Center’s annual An Evening of Wine and Roses will take this year off.

Due to the condition of The Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, “the Board of Directors did not feel it was in a shape that would provide a proper venue for the event,” says Tulsa Garden Center Education and Marketing Manager Mike Blake.

An evening under the stars and among the beautiful rose bushes with local wine and food vendors. There aren’t many things much better than that.

However, Blake says that they are planning for the return of the event in 2017 and are currently looking to replace some rose bushes with ones that are more resistant to disease.

Well, at least I can drown my disappointment among the manicured hills of Southern Hills Country Club at Concours For the Cure, benefiting American Diabetes Association, on Sept. 25, a beautiful afternoon spent among classic cars, with a live orchestra, dinner and champagne.

Earlier in the month, Sept. 8-11, is the Blue Whale Comedy Festival, with daily comedy performances in downtown Tulsa venues. Since its first year in 2014, the event continues to expand with more venues and performers.

Tulsa’s fashion scene is continuing to turn heads, with the help of Runway Tulsa, an annual event with the goal of cultivating and growing our local fashion industry. The organization connects fashion students in high school and college with training, industry resources, and business planning and financial support.

The event runs Sept. 14-18 and includes a fashion show at Utica Square and an Oklahoma Artist Showcase, featuring local fine art, poetry, spoken word and film artists. (Read more on page B1.)

Clary Sage College is showing its support of fashion in a number of ways.
Clary Sage’s fashion design program will present its annual student and alumni runway show at the Cox Business Center on Sept. 16 as part of Runway Tulsa.

To follow that up, at the Tulsa State Fair on Sept. 29 on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Stage will be a new addition this year: the Tulsa State Fair Fashion Show, thanks to a new partnership with Clary Sage College. The show will feature entries made by Clary Sage students.

Another noteworthy event returning this year is McNellie’s Harvest Beer Festival. The event returns to downtown Tulsa Sept. 24 for its seventh year. The afternoon features 40 breweries offering unlimited tastings and food from McNellie’s Public House, El Guapo’s Cantina and Fassler Hall.

Regardless of your personal preferences, Tulsa has much to offer, especially this time of year. I, for one, don’t plan to miss it.

Updated 09-22-2016

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