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A guide to spring festivals, events and activities in Muskogee, Okla.

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  • 20122012

    Spring VisitorsGuide

    Spring VisitorsGuide

  • By Wendy BurtonPhoenix Staff Writer

    Theres probably noth-ing that can light up achilds eyes better thanswirling lights, blaringsirens and gushing waterhoses except gettingtheir hands on it all.

    The Muskogee PublicLibrary and city ofMuskogee are pairing uponce again to bring Touch-a-Truck to children duringthe annual AzaleaFestival.

    The inaugural yearturned out great, saidlibrary assistant AubreyBradley.

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    2012 Spring Visitors Guide Muskogee PhoenixPage 2 Sunday, March 25, 2012 2012 Spring Visitors GuideMuskogee Phoenix

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    will be honored asCitizen of the Arts.

    Ray said Bare Bones,which has been dubbedthe friendliest filmfestival in the world,will launch earlier thisyear. The festival willcoincide withMuskogees annualAzalea Parade and thechili cook-off.

    This will give thefolks who visit achance to interact with

    the community, Raysaid. We are going tohave a float in theparade, this will giveus more of a communi-ty feel.

    The 10-day festival,founded by Ray andher husband, OscarRay, will take place atseveral venues in andaround downtownMuskogee.

    Reach D.E. Smoot at(918) 684-2901 ordsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

    Continued from Page 13

    This will give us more of a community feel

    any family thats hadfires and are withoutblankets, Baker said.We try to give someto the police and firedepartment for peoplewhen they go out oncalls, as well.

    Sue Tardiff, presi-dent of the MuskogeeArea Quilters Guild,said the group isabout 100 membersstrong. Tardiff saidthe event promises tobe fun and interest-ing.

    We are a group ofquilters who meet onthe second Thursdayeach month at theFirst PresbyterianChurch in downtownMuskogee, Tardiffsaid.

    The club welcomesquilters of all skilllevels, she said.

    Ive only beenquilting for five years,which is not muchcompared to most peo-ple in the club,Tardiff said. But theyhave things availablefor beginners and forthose who want tolearn.

    The Guild will alsohave quilts on displayat the MuskogeePublic Librarythrough the month ofMarch includingthe special quilt thatwill be drawn for dur-ing the show in April.

    Reach Wendy Burtonat (918) 684-2926 orwburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

    Continued from Page 1A

    QuiltersGuild has

    100 members

    Kids get hands on trucksIf you go

    WHAT: Touch-a-Truck fundraiser forthe MuskogeePublic Library chil-drens department.

    WHEN: From 9a.m. to 1 p.m. April28.

    WHERE:Love/Hatbox Airfield,turn south onto 40thStreet from WestOkmulgee Avenueand follow the roaduntil it ends.

    COST: $2 per per-son.

    INFORMATION:(918) 682-6657.

    Areachildren

    and theirfamilies

    get up anup-close

    experi-ence witha helicop-

    ter, above,and a trac-tor-trailer,right, dur-

    ing the2011

    Touch-a-Truckevent,

    sponsoredat

    Love/Hatbox Airfield

    by theMuskogee

    PublicLibraryand the

    city ofMuskogee.

    Submittedphotos

    (See CHILDRENS, 18)

  • 2012 Spring Visitors Guide Muskogee PhoenixPage 22 Sunday, March 25, 2012 2012 Spring Visitors GuideMuskogee Phoenix

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    Muskogee, OK 74401 918-683-8070

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    BROADWAY MANOR HEALTH CARE CENTER

    1622 E. Broadway Muskogee, OK 74403

    918-683-2851

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    EASTGATE VILLAGE RETIREMENT CENTER

    3500 Haskell Blvd. Muskogee, OK 74403

    918-682-3191

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    1033 Hospital Road Eufaula, OK 74432

    918-689-3211

    EUFAULA MANOR Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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    WAGONER CARE CENTER

    205 N. Lincoln Avenue Wagoner, OK 74467

    918-485-2203

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    918-686-8100

    COUNTRY GARDENS Assisted Living Community

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    918-683-2914

    GRACE LIVING CENTER

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    300 Rockefeller Drive Muskogee, OK 74401

    918-682-5501

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    Gore, OK 74435 918-489-2299

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    FORT GIBSON NURSING HOME

    205 E. Poplar Fort Gibson, OK 74434

    918-478-2456

    GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPICE

    1145 N. Main Muskogee, OK 74401

    918-682-3800

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    (Non-Profit)

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    918-682-6400

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    918-681-4988

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    1624 W. Okmulgee Muskogee, OK 74401

    918-682-4194

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    820 North Main Muskogee, OK 74401

    918-681-3800

    HOSPITAL SOONER SURPLUS

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    THE INSURANCE COMPANIES LOSS IS YOUR GAIN

    Televisions Lap Top PCs Desk Top PCs Printers

    DVD Players Surround Sounds All Kinds Of Electronics

    Groceries Toys Apparel Domestics Hardware Candy

    Furniture Mattress Pop Building Material And More 186

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    By Wendy BurtonPhoenix Staff Writer

    Quilting is a time-honored traditionwhich has creatednumerous family heir-looms throughdecades of popularityin America.

    Many love to quilt creating warm andartistic pieces for pos-terity and to give toloved ones.

    For those who enjoyviewing quilts as anart form, or collect orwant to begin quilt-ing, the MuskogeeArea Quilters Guildwill hold its 26thannual Not YourGrandmothers Quiltshow duringMuskogees AzaleaFestival.

    The show will beheld 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.April 20 and 21 at St.Paul UnitedMethodist Church,2130 W. OkmulgeeAve.

    Admission is $5, andrefreshments will besold by the MethodistLadies Group to sup-port missions.

    More than 150quilts will be on dis-play, and a boutiqueselling handmade pincushions, aprons andother small items willbe available.

    The groups pice dersistance, anappliqu quilt madeby at least 15 mem-bers of the group, willbe on display as well.

    A drawing will beheld to win the quilt,featuring flower bou-quets in a theme ofblues and violets, andthe proceeds will ben-

    efit the Guild.Chairwoman of this

    years event, DebbieBaker, said more than600 people attendedthe 2011 show.

    There are all kindsof quilts, folk artquilts, what we callpiece quilts, appliqu,picture art quilts,Baker said. The quiltwere holding thedrawing for is justgorgeous.

    Baker began quilt-ing about 10 yearsago and joined theGuild about the sametime, she said. This isher third year aschairwoman of thespring show.

    The show will bene-fit the Guilds activi-ties, including itsReaching Out pro-gram, she said.

    We donate quilts tothe Crisis PregnancyCenter, to the motor-cycle club that helpschildren when theyvebeen abused, toWomen In Safe Home,the Murrow IndianChildrens Home, and

    If you goWHAT: 26th annual

    Not Your GrandmothersQuilt show.

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.April 20 and 21.

    WHERE: St. PaulUnited Methodist Church,2130 W. Okmulgee Ave.

    COST: Admission $5.ETC.: More than 150

    quilts will be displayed.Vendors will have dis-plays, and lunch will beavailable, as well as doorprizes and hourly demon-strations.

    Warm, comfy art on display

    Submitted photo

    Examples of area quilters art will be displayed April 20 and 21 at the Not Your Grandmothers Quilt show atSt. Paul United Methodist Church.

    (See QUILTERS, 23)

    Azaleas in Honor Heights

    Phoenix file photo

    The Azalea Festival in Muskogee held annually sinceApril 1968 to celebrate the beauty of the azaleasblooming in Honor Heights Park. Art Johnson, land-scape architect and director of Muskogee Parks andRecreation from 1949 to 1977, introduced azaleas toHonor Heights Park in the 1950s.

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    By Mike CarrelsPhoenix Staff Writer

    Those who attendthe 2012 AzaleaParade will get severalblasts from the pastwith the themeFashions & TrendsThrough the Years.

    The parade is a tra-ditional event for theannual Azalea Festivalthat began in 1967,

    said Joel Everett, spe-cial projects coordina-tor with the city ofMuskogee.

    This years themewill celebrate not justfashion, but other erasof the Azalea Festivalas well, Everett said.

    Although the themeis fashion and trends,you dont have to paintor decorate clothing;thats kind of where

    your mind goes whenyou hear fashion,Everett said. You can

    expand on the idea. Itcould be architecture,fashion, music any-

    thing that changes,with kind of anemphasis on the moremodern stuff, since theparade started in1967.

    Thousands from allover the countryattend the AzaleaFestival, and theparade serves as akickoff to the daysevents.

    The parade winds

    through Muskogeeshistoric downtownarea, passing theMuskogee Civic Centerwhere parade watcherswill be chowing downon barbecue and chiliat the annual ChiliCook-off.

    Former OklahomaAttorney GeneralDrew Edmondson and

    Fashion in vogue at Azalea ParadeWHAT: 2012 Muskogee

    Azalea Festival Parade.WHEN: 11 a.m. April 14.WHERE:

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