If you have ever been interested in learning more about Native American culture, then you will want to make sure that you attend the Red Earth Festival. This is because for three days Oklahoma City becomes the epicenter for a large group of more than one thousand different Native American dancers and artists from all across the continent. You will be able to explore and learn about these cultures in a completely hands-on and interactive style that immerses you in the customs and beliefs of these great people.
Oklahoma is known for some odd things, including cooking the world’s largest fried onion hamburger once a year. This event takes place in El Reno, which is just a short drive from the heart of Oklahoma City. It’s held the first Saturday of May, which is May 7th this year (also the day before Mother’s Day—hey, why not take mom to see a big burger?).
Carolyn Forché is a poet, human rights advocate, and translator. Now the “poet of witness” comes to Oklahoma City to discuss her writing and life on April 13, 2011. She will be in OKC as part of the Oklahoma City University Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series.
Forché has been fascinated by struggle, especially an individual’s struggle against upheaval and turmoil. She’s traveled the world researching, witnessing, and writing about people’s challenges. In El Salvador, for example, she worked with human rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero, a man who was later assassinated. She later worked with Amnesty International in finding people who had gone into hiding due to political upheaval. The chronicled her time in Central America in her book of poetry titled The Country Between Us. She followed this with several other volumes of poetry and translations of others’ works.
Just west of Oklahoma City is the city of El Reno. I grew up near El Reno, so I know many of its ins and outs. I’ve also been to many of its different events, including Tombstone Tales, an event held at historic Fort Reno.
While it’s not in Oklahoma City, I can safely say that Tombstone Tales is worth the short drive.
There are really two parts to the event. First, you can wander around Fort Reno and check out all the different historic buildings. These buildings have been carefully preserved so that they look exactly like they did when they were built. One, the Fort Reno Chapel, is actually still used for weddings today!
Tags: Only in OKC
Do you love Hot Wheels cars? If you have fond memories of playing with these little cars as a kid or have kids who enjoy them now, you may enjoy checking out the Greater OKC Hot Wheels Association Show N Sale. The next show is on March 13. You’ll find over 40 venders selling and displaying their amazing Hot Wheels. While you’ll find plenty of new toys to buy, you’ll also have the chance to see some of the older Hot Wheels. Collectors will find themselves resisting the urge to drop a good amount of money on the truly old and hard to find cars.