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Fact-checking Rogers County’s pole position



 



The centerpiece of Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park is a 90-foot cone that took 11 years to build. It is made of red sandstone, hollow inside, framed with steel and wood, and covered in a thick concrete skin, rising from the back of a bright blue turtle with pink-rimmed eyes.
 

For a quarter-century, Galloway – a self-taught artist and retired wood shop teacher who worked at the orphanage at Sand Springs – devoted his spare time to creating a folk-art sculpture garden on his lawn in Foyil.

A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he was inspired by Asian art glimpsed during his time in the Philippines, postcards from around the world and images from National Geographic magazines. From 1937 to 1961, a Seussical landscape sprang up around the stone house he built, transforming the property into a wonderland of decorated picnic tables and gate posts, an 11-sided Fiddle House to display the violins he made and a collection of colorful concrete towers in the style of totem poles, emblazoned with brightly painted bas-relief designs of American Indians, stylized birds and oversized fish.

His work inspired mixed reactions. The story goes that even his wife, Villie, once teased him with a variation of Joyce Kilmer’s poem: “Totem poles are made by fools like thee, but only God can make a tree.” In response, he built her a 12-foot-tall tree trunk of concrete, complete with holes for birds to nest.

After his death in 1962, Galloway’s work went unmaintained and began to deteriorate. But his creations were resurrected by the Rogers County Historical Society, the Foyil Heritage Association and the Kansas Grassroots Arts Association.

The site, four miles south of Route 66, was restored and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The National Park Service now calls the park “the oldest and largest example of a folk art environment in Oklahoma.” Today, signs pointing the way boast that it is home to the world’s largest totem pole.


THE CLAIM: “World’s Largest Totem Pole”

THE SOURCE: Rogers County Historical Society, rchs1.org

FACT CHECK: It is not. The battle for the totem pole supremacy is serious business, a matter of great debate and civic pride in the Pacific Northwest. Aficionados are specific about what type of structure qualifies as a totem pole: It must be made from a single piece of wood, created by indigenous artists using traditional tools to carve and paint symbols recounting history, legends or lineages of clans from the coastal areas of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.

While monumental, Galloway’s creation meets none of these qualifications, and also is half the height of the tallest totem pole in the world.

That honor goes to the “Spirit of Lekwammen,” a 185-foot carving created from a 500-year-old red cedar tree by a team of 11 First Nations artists and presented as a gift to the people of Canada. It was unveiled as part of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and installed in the Inner Harbour of Victoria, British Columbia.

Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest, the totem pole was dedicated on Aug. 4, 1994 – and stood for just over 1,000 days before being dismantled when its height was declared a hazard to seaplanes. The pole was cut into four sections, with 40 feet of it remaining behind while the remainder went on display on the Songhees Indian Reserve.

The title of tallest extant totem pole reverted back to the massive 173-foot-tall carving installed in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Created in the 1960s by chief carver Jimmy Dick and dedicated in 1973, it stands next to the traditional Big House at the north end of Cormorant Island.

But not everyone accepts the Alert Bay claim to totem supremacy: It was constructed not from a single log, but from three sections telescoped together.


Another pole claiming to be the world’s largest but disqualified by purists was carved in 1961 by Californians Ernest Pierson and John Nelson. It was fashioned from an old-growth redwood, with additional pieces attached. Planted in concrete in McKinleyville, California, the pole measures 144 feet, 8 inches – although supporters like to include its non-traditional concrete base and now-dangling copper lightning rod with antennae on top to claim a total height of 160 feet.

The 57,000-pound pole, with no aspirations to tribal affiliation, was created as a tourist attraction for the grand opening of the McKinleyville Shopping Center. As part of his promotional efforts, Pierson also published a 1962 book called My Story, by the McKinleyville Totem Pole. The structure, now riddled with several holes in rotting sections, also has its own Facebook page.

 

The town of Kalama, Washington, boasts a totem pole created from a 140-foot-long piece of western red cedar. Carver Don Smith had hoped to display the work at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, but did not finish in time. The work of Smith, who declared his Oklahoma-born mother was part Cherokee but held no tribal membership, has stood for more than 50 years near a playground on the riverbank of the Columbia River, and is now included in the logo of the Kalama Chamber of Commerce. In the 1970s, the artist was adopted by the Kwakiutl tribe, and began using the name Don “Chief Lelooska” Smith.

 

For years, the consensus winner of the tallest totem sweepstakes was the village of Kake, Alaska, home to a 137-foot-tall traditional pole carved by Native artists from a single piece of wood and installed at a potlatch ceremony with the blessing of elders.

Kake certainly wins the prize for best backstory: In 1926, the villagers, then in the Territory of Alaska, were pressured to abandon traditional ways and embrace the future. Elders wept as the community’s totem poles, misinterpreted as pagan symbols, were felled and destroyed in a bonfire. For generations, Kake mourned the loss of its history.

Forty-one years later, the town rallied to design a monumental pole to represent all of its clans and reaffirm its cultural roots. The community selected and cut a tree, barged it to a worksite and assembled a team of artists who carved and painted it over a span of 88 days. Elders blessed the new creation, and the nearly 14-story-tall pole was shipped to Osaka, Japan, for Expo ’70, returning to Kake for installation and dedication on Oct. 1, 1971.

It stood on a bluff overlooking the sea for 44 years. In April 2015, however, a strong wind snapped off the top of the world’s tallest totem pole. The town is now considering its next move.


Editor’s note: Oklahoma is rich with history, lore and fun facts, but some of them aren’t quite factual. In this series, M.J. Alexander hunts for the accuracy – or lack thereof – behind some of our state’s stories.

 

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Telephone: 405.951.0000
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415 Couch
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They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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Nearly 100 performers strong and impressively sonorous, the community band is tuning up to resume its concert schedule - join them!

Where:
Yukon Fine Arts Center
850 Yukon
Yukon, OK  73099
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Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
Website »

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Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

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The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a return from the energetic rapster.

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.406.7484
Website »

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The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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The diriving force behind podcast Never Not Funny and a veteran presence before and during Conan, Jimmy Pardo is one excellent comedian.

Where:
ACM@UCO Performance Lab
329 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays.

Where:
Downtown Library
300 Park Ave
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.231.8650
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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

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A mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  No cover, smoke- and vape-free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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The Paseo gallery hosts a visually arresting show featuring new works in acrylic by Jon Clarke.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2161
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Broadway performer and man of many talents Todrick Hall shares a personal spin on the land somewhere over the rainbow - don't miss it!

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.297.2264
Website »

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Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.0738
Website »

More information

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The FAI hosts a collection of beauty from painter and instructor James Coplin.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

More information

Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
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Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre production.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

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The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

Where:
Downtown Norman
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Website »

More information

The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

Saturday cartoons aren’t just for the children anymore. Share the classics with your crew every Saturday on an Oklahoma River Cruise. Kids 6 and under ride free.

Cost: $15 (free for kids 6 and under)

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Jade Castle is a singer-songwriter from OKC, who started performing on stage at age 9 and has been obsessed with it ever since. She plays many shows around the metro and has started branching...

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

A mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  No cover, smoke- and vape-free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.0738
Website »

More information

The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A trip to the amusement park becomes even more tempting with a shimmering set from For King & Country and Stars Go Dim.

Where:
Frontier City
11501 N I-35 Service
OKC, OK  73131
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Telephone: 405.478.2140
Website »

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He's quick with a quip or a song, and thoroughly entertaining overall in addition to being pretty funny - get tickets in advance so you don't have to improvise.

Where:
Riverwind Casino
1544 W Hwy 9
Norman, OK  73072
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Telephone: 405.322.6464
Website »

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A three-mile run might not sound so very daunting, but this circuit traverses a grueling variety of obstacles - climbing, splashing, crawling and eventually partying with triumph.

Where:
Lost Lakes
3501 NE 10th
OKC, OK  73117
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Telephone: 413.834.4498
Website »

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They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a crowd-pleasing show from the Texan post-rockers .

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
View map »


Telephone: 405.406.7484
Website »

More information

The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

More information

The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
View map »


Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre production.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

Where:
Downtown Norman
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Website »

More information

A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

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