Friday, November 16, 2007

Oklahoma Centennial Celebrations Everywhere, 1907 - 2007

For Today At Least!

Happy Birthday, Oklahoma~! You're looking Great, for your age, and I just love you!

Today, the festivities begin early and last on into the night. Starting in your first capital city, Guthrie, President Teddy Roosevelt will be on hand to re-inact the historic signing, which brought you into the loving fold of the other 45 states of the Union.

Today, I am going to nearby Poteau, Oklahoma where I will take part in what I do best: Eating~! That city is holding a celebratory carnival with chuck wagon foods to be filled with, then my friend Marty's Choctaw Dancers will entertain, before bands and fireworks start the serenade of love for you, Oklahoma, at sunset.

At Oklahoma City's Ford Center tonight, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, The Flaming Lips, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Toby Keith and a host of other Oklahoma sons and daughters will descend on the 46th state to help celebrate its centennial. The Centennial Spectacular is the culmination of a year's worth of projects and events held across the nation to mark the 100th anniversary of the state's entry into the Union. The event will be broadcast live on Oklahoma's public television network, OETA.Other famous names joining the celebration include Amy Grant, Shirley Jones, Willlard Scott, Blake Shelton, All-American Rejects, Patti Page, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, opera soprano Leona Mitchell, New York Yankees' All Star Bobby Murcer, Cincinnati Reds' Johnny Bench, Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, Barry Switzer and the state's five living Miss Americas - Jane Jayroe Gamble, Susan Powell, Shawntel Smith Wuerch, Jennifer Berry Gooden and Lauren Nelson.Entertainment will also include three-time national fiddle champion Byron Berline, Oklahoma's premier vocal group the Canterbury Choral Society, columnist Argus Hamilton, Pulitzer Prize winning poet N. Scott Momaday, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City University American Spirit Dance Company, and much more.

UPDATE: Heyyah! Frankhoma Pottery is in the House!

And I've almost been dreading this, all week here at the Local Happy-content bloggie, because I really am tired of this song, having been forced to sing it so many times as a public schoolboy here. Yet, its words really are right and true:

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain!

Oklahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit along and talk and watch a hawk
Makin' lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!
We're only sayin'

You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma, O - K -
L - A - H - O - M - A,


Red S Tater said...

GREAT JOB this week mal, ...errrr I mean 'happy'.
Happy 100 Oklahoma, ...Boomers and Sooners alike!

The Localmalcontent said...

A labor of love, Red.

One Southern Belle said...

Sounds like I am really missing a par-tay! In my absence, please help yourself to my share of a good time as well, hmmm?


Good to see you FINALLY took my advice on the moniker (well, sort of.) Except, I have to say, you were right...The Local Happy, The Local Content, or The Local Happy-Content isn't nearly as catchy...or intimidating.

Red S Tater said...

I saw all of those stars and big names and then ...Willard Scott?

We're hear with miss Oklahoma who turned 100 years old today...
"And here's the weather in your neck of the centennial".