DEATHS

Sidney W. "Sidro" Emmons Sr., 78

Born November 19, 1939

Died April 19, 2018

Claudine Radanovich, 90

Born February 7, 1928

Died April 17, 2018

Loyd T. Young, 86

Born June 28, 1931

Died April 16, 2018

Michael O. Foster, 65

Born July 24, 1952

Died April 16, 2018

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THINGS TO DO

Monday, April 23

Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show

Tuesday, April 24

Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show
Art Show and Sale

Wednesday, April 25

Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show
Art Show and Sale

Entertainment

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:53 AM

Artist Jim Hall had just endured three painful weeks of the shingles virus. Because he was a recovering alcoholic, Jim had refused pain medication and tried to tough it out. So when he awoke on a morning in 2000 and didn’t feel the debilitating pain, he let out a sigh and a smile - until he opened his eyes. The pain was gone but the bout with shingles had suddenly marred his vision, causing him to see the world in all vertical lines.

“It was like the skinny lines you used to see on an old television set,” Jim said. “I was afraid I was going blind.”

Doctors weren’t sure if the lines would go away or if they would be a permanent part of Jim’s vision. Instead of panicking, Jim started painting, inspired by the lines.

“I started to be intrigued about the lines as an artist,” Jim said. “I thought I’d try to paint the way I was seeing the world.” The pivot in his painting created a new art form he called “Lineillism.” As he started painting the lines, they faded from his vision. While his sight was restored, he continued to paint in that style, creating more than 100 Lineillism works.

Jim told his story to filmmakers Steve Oldfield and Jim Hampton, who have spent the past three years working on a documentary and traveling exhibition about Jim and his painting.

“Jim’s creation of Lineillism is an inspiring story,” Oldfield said. “And when you hear the rest of Jim’s personal struggles, you can’t believe one man was able to accomplish so much after being faced with so many challenges.”

Hall was born to tenant farmers in Kentucky during the great depression. After an accident ended his Naval career during basic training, he found himself homeless on the beach in Santa Monica, California. Jim also battled addiction and alcoholism but was able to launch a successful art career and become an executive at Procter & Gamble, while raising three children with his soulmate, Joan.

“Lines of Sight,” the award-winning hour-long version of their documentary, will be featured in a special screening at the Muskogee Art Guild, Tuesday April 24th, as part of the opening festivities of this year’s Bare Bones International Music and Film Festival.

For more information on the documentaries and traveling exhibit, check out www.LinesofSightDocumentary.com and www.LineillismRevealed.org

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Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:01 PM

The Roxy Theater, home to The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame, is celebrating its 70th anniversary and will be commemorating this occasion in conjunction with OMHF’s second-annual induction on Friday, April 20th at 6 pm.



The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame was formed in 2016 with initial inductees Zachary Mabry, Clu Gulager, Cassandra Gaines, and Oscar and ShIron Ray of the Bare Bones Film Society.



This year the group honors Rudy Ramos, actor, Gray Frederickson, producer of the film, Te Ata, Hillary Jordan, writer of Mudbound, and Jack Oakie.

Ramos’ films include “Beverly Hills Cop II”, Quicksilver and “Colors”. His career spans more than six decades, including the part of “Wind”, the Indian boy in the legendary television western, The “High Chaparral”.

Ramos will be performing on April 19th at the Roxy in the play, Geronimo: Life on the Reservation.

Frederickson is known for winning an Oscar as one of the co-producers of “The Godfather Part II”, Oscar nominee for “Apocolypse Now” and Emmy winner for “Dream No Little Dream: The Life and Legacy of Robert S. Kerr”. Frederickson is the only known Oklahoman to win an Oscar for his work.

“Te Ata” the film, based on the life of Mary Frances Thompson, an actress and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation known for telling Native American stories and her performances as a representative of Native Americans.at state dinners before President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.

Jordan, from Muskogee, is the writer of the novel Mudbound later made into the period drama film, is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way.  At the 75th Golden Globe Awards it received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Blige) and Best Original Song (“Mighty River”). At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for Blige, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. It also earned a nod for Best Cinematography, making Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated in the category and Blige became the first person to ever be nominated for an acting and song award during the same year.

Oakie (November 12, 1903 – January 23, 1978) was an American actor, starring mostly in films, but also working on stage, radio and television. He is best remembered for portraying Napaloni in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940), receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The rumor is he was the original “Okie from Muskogee”.

The induction ceremony will be held inside the theater at 7:00 pm along with live musical entertainment to follow. 

Contact the Roxy at 918-684-6366 to reserve tickets.  Space is limited.


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Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:17 AM

TV and film actor Rudy Ramos is coming to Muskogee on Thursday, April 19 to portray the Apache warrior Geronimo in Geronimo, Life on the Reservation at the Roxy Theater.

“The white men will never tell the whole story. They control everything that is said about us in newspapers and books. Even the maps favor the whites. Look and you will see they are dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You will see that if the soldiers won, it was a victory. If we won, it was a massacre.”

A story of Geronimo’s life as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian reservation. It focuses on the resiliency, humor, and genius of the great Apache warrior.

In this presentation, Geronimo cleverly evolves from a surrendered Indian leader into a celebrity and entrepreneur. Keenly aware of how to work the political system, he joins the same church that Teddy Roosevelt belongs to and rides in his Inaugural Parade. Although he isn’t successful in getting everything he wants, he certainly succeeds in making the best of his situation.

Tickets are $20. Call 918-684-6366 to reserve your tickets. Credit cards accepted. Concessions available.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:56 AM

Kevin Flock's Quality1 Lube and Repair car will be at the track tonight.

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway will host a test and tune tonight, starting at 6 p.m. for all the NASCAR Whelen Series cars, factory stock and next generation cars.

Flat track motorcycles are also welcome.

Grandstands are free, and with lit passes $20.

Now is your chance to see the cars get the kinks worked out and get ready for the season.

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Monday, April 2, 2018, 9:03 AM

This week (April 2 through 8) 8th is the annual Walk-Run-Ride the Trails Week in Muskogee, with daily activities on one of the city’s many trails.

“With over thirteen and a half miles of paved trails in parks and other city property, Muskogee has a lot to offer folks looking to be active outside, while enjoying some fresh air,” said Brooke Hall, assistant director of Parks and Recreation.

During Walk-Run-Ride the Trails Week, twenty three different walks, runs and bicycle rides are scheduled, with at least a couple happening each day. There will even be a group roll on Tuesday evening, for those who’d rather skate or scoot their way down the trail.

These casual group meet-ups are free and open to everyone. Each of the different activities provides Muskogee area residents a chance to get out and see all the trails and paths in the parks and around town.

Every group activity is led by someone familiar with that particular trail, who will be handing out free pocket-size folding trail maps and other items promoting active living.

Vicki Herringshaw, who rides regularly on the Centennial Trail, will be leading bike rides during the week for beginners and those not in a big hurry. As an active member of Muskogee Area Cycling, she encourages people of all ages who want to start riding a bike again, to come out and remember how much fun it is.

Scheduled activities on the trails include:

  • Group bike rides each day of the week on the Centennial Trail, for novices as well as for intermediate and advanced bicyclists
  • A walk with the Mayor of Muskogee, Bob Coburn, from City Hall to Trail and back on Thursday at noon
  • A fun run for all ages and abilities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • Casual walks on the Coody Creek Trail and the paved path at Robison Park
  • Nature walks in Elliott and Honor Heights Parks on Monday and Thursday

Go to www.muskogeeparks.com/trails for a complete list of all the activities with times and locations, plus a link to the online trail map.

For more info, contact: Doug Walton, 918-683-0321 or 918-360-2012

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Monday, April 2, 2018, 8:54 AM

Phil Mackey of Wagoner shows one of the 40 quilts he has made since he took up the hobby a few years ago. He and his wife Janelle have taken the couch out of their travel trailer to make room for the sewing machines each of them uses in their crafting.

There’s a little of everything in this year’s Wagoner City Historical Museum Quilt show.

The show is now on display and runs through April 6. The museum is at 122 S. Main and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuiesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge.

The second-annual show has high-quality quilts, including four by well-known quilter Myrtle Allen. There are counted cross stitch quilts, family history quilts, baby quilts and quilts made for everyday use. They date back to the Civil War era.

In addition, the museum is accepting quilt scraps throughout the month. Those will go to a Quilts for Veterans project.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11:24 AM

Checotah's Kennedee Rittenhouse shows her golden ticket.

In 2005, a shy singer from Checotah with a huge voice auditioned for what was then the top television show in the nation, American Idol. Carrie Underwood ultimately won that competition and has been a huge country music star since then.

Last night, another Checotah girl auditioned on the new incarnation of American Idol, Kennedee Rittenhouse, whose mother volunteers at the Checotah animal shelter Underwood supports with some of the money she’s made since her turn on Idol.

Initially, the judges seemed skeptical about Rittenhouse’s chances in the competition, despite a voice that judge Lionel Ritchie said he really liked. Rittenhouse then sang Katy Perry’s song to her, and the judges passed her through to Hollywood.

Though the events in Hollywood have already happened, Rittenhouse isn’t permitted to talk about them.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:00 AM

The Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center at 566 N. 6th St. (corner of Martin Luther King and 6th), has scheduled an Easter egg dive for March 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children age 3 to 12 can splash, swim and dive for eggs. Prize eggs will contain turtles for Easter prizes. Each paid swimmer will also receive a free pass to River Country Family Water Park and candy.

Each child must be accompanied by someone 16 or older.

The event costs $5 per child, maximum of 100 swimmers. Call 918-684-6304 for more information.

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Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:36 AM

Students from Muskogee High School, Hilldale High School and Alice Robertson Junior High School will get together on stage tonight at the Roxy Theater downtown to showcase their talent and the shows their schools have put on this year.

The show, Spring Follies Showcase, will highlight songs from “Sister Act,” “Into the Woods”, “Once Upon a Mattress,” Mulan,” “Waitress”, and “Bee More Chill,” among others.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., Tickets are $10, and concessions are available.

For more information, call 918-684-6366.

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Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:53 AM

In addition to theater fare, the Intermission Cafe has more to offer.

The Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee is opening its Intermission Cafe during the lunch hour for people to eat, relax and watch music videos.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the Intermission Cafe is having a soft opening, with the grand opening set for Monday.

The cafeteria offers hot dogs, chips, sodas, theater candy and more, including smoothies.

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Friday, February 16, 2018, 9:06 AM

The NAACP of Muskogee will present a Black History movie premier: Marshall at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Roxy Theater downtown.

In the movie, young Thurgood Marshall, before he is appointed to the US Supreme Court, faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP.

Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder.

He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

Tickets are $5, concessions are available.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:56 AM

The City of Muskogee Fire Hydrant Art Project is recruiting volunteer artists for another round of fire hydrant painting in the downtown district on March 17. The City of Muskogee and A More Beautiful Muskogee hope to get more people involved with the beautification by painting the fire hydrants in downtown. The first and second round of artists painted 23 fire hydrants around the Art/Depot District. The response was so overwhelming, a decision was made to schedule another weekend event.

The City of Muskogee will clean and prime the hydrants for painting. The City of Muskogee will furnish the safety vests and basic colors of paint for use: black, white, yellow, turquoise, brown, bright blue, and plum. The artists should provide any additional colors they wish to use, brushes, drop cloths, rags, and various containers to contain paint. Also, a gallon of water is useful to clean brushes.

Any theme or picture is allowed as long as the images are not obscene or controversial. The artists must submit their design or idea no later than March 10 to Karen Coker, kcoker@muskogeeonline.org or Brandon Garner, bgarner@muskogeepd.org. Once the design is approved a fire hydrant will be designated for the graphic to be placed on.

For more information on the fire hydrant painting, please contact Brandon Garner, 918-869-7870 or Karen Coker, 918-348-8159.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018, 10:04 AM

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway at the Fairgrounds downtown is now NASCAR sanctioned, the speedway’s Stanley Slader said today.

“We got the certification Monday,” he said just now. “It’s a really big deal for the racers, the track and Muskogee.”

NASCAR sanctions, difficult to get, mean drivers can race for a “real nice” point fund, and gain the chance to win regional and national championships. In addition, the races being sanctioned means they’re far more likely to draw out-of-town spectators to Muskogee.

“At the end of the season, our top 10 racers are invited to Charlotte (North Carolina) to the NASCAR awards banquets,” Slader said. “And the racers and crews now have access to a million-dollar insurance policy.”

The track will now also be eligible for help to make improvements and draw more shows.

Opening night is April 6, but a car show aimed at downtown is set for March 17.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11:08 AM

Mudbound, the award-winning movie based on former Muskogee author Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name, has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jordan will attend the awards, her father, Muskogee’s Jan Jordan, said today.

The movie was nominated for:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary J. Blige)
  • Cinematography
  • Best Original Song (“Mighty River” by Blige)

You can watch the movie on Netflix, and the book is available on Amazon.com

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Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:34 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has received a $5000 grant from The Kirschner Trusts to provide continued concerts at the Hall on Thursday nights. The concerts are part of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s mission to bring recognition to Oklahoma’s artists and musical history.

The program will continue to bring recognition to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame as well as recognition to the artists that perform at these concerts.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame held its first induction in 1997 and has inducted more than 90 Oklahoma artists since.

The five Kirschner Trusts have supported charitable projects in the Muskogee area since 1979. In 2013, the assets of three of the Kirschner Trusts were transferred to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to establish the E. Phil and Roberta Kirschner Foundation Affiliated Fund. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services in the areas of social services, youth and education, health and disabilities and Jewish culture and religion, with a preference for programs in Muskogee and the surrounding area. For more information, visit www.occf.org/kirschner.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8:44 AM

Nathan Elkins

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host local musician Nathan Elkins on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Born and raised Fort Gibson, Nathan grew up listening to James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Aaron Neville and Nat King Cole. At about 15 years old, Nathan started learning to play the guitar because a friend told him it was a good way to pick up girls.

Two years after picking up the guitar, Nathan began performing live at local venues.

“I play because I like to entertain people,” he said. “Maybe someday I’ll influence someone to learn how to play and share their gifts so we can keep this cycle going.”

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome

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Monday, January 8, 2018, 8:46 AM

Debuting in 1980, The Blues Brothers movie is a light-hearted musical comedy that became a culturally significant event. It introduced the cultural significance of African-American music like jazz, blues and soul with legends Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and Cab Calloway.

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) — collectively known as the “Blues Brothers.” Jake’s first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes.

The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together.

However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

The movie plays Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee. Tickets are $5 at the door, concessions are available.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 9:48 AM

The newly formed Association of Muskogee Musicians and Performers organization will be hosting its regular showcase at The Frisco Depot, Thursday January 4 at 7 pm.

Featured for this event will be Harold Aldridge, Selby Minner and “Blues on the Move!” AMMP will be doing regular showcases in the coming months at the Depot featuring members of the organization! Admission is $5 and proceeds will be split between AMMP and OMHOF.

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm - all ages are welcome

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Thursday, December 28, 2017, 9:30 AM

Paul and Mattie Maloy and the Travlin Uprights featuring Cookie Eller, with Jody Green, Jeweltone, Albert Thompson, Samuel Joe Dell Terrell, and Jacob Cross.

Plumb Theatre, home of Longtown Opry, is traveling to the Roxy for its Saturday night show on January 13 with a whole lot of gospel and a little bit of country

Tickets are $5 and available in advance or at the door. Credit Cards accepted. Concessions available. Doors open at 6:00 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Call 918-684-6366 for more information.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:42 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Doc Fell and Co. on Thursday, December 28 at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

“We are all about sad sappy twangy country songs. If you wanna dance then we aren’t your band, but if you wanna cry in your beer, well we are your cup of tea.”

Deep in the heart of Cherokee Country, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the small town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma is giving rise to a dynamic and eclectic cure for the common country music rut. Led by Dr. John Fell (a general practitioner by day and manically expressive singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist by night) and artist/musician, electric and acoustic guitarist and mandolin master Kyle Brown, DocFell and Co has been kickin’ the dust up around these parts since the early 2010s, channeling the masters (Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash) to create a fusion of traditional country, hillbilly, bluegrass, Americana, red dirt, folk and gospel funk.

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017, 8:36 AM

A free, live music celebration day will take place at Arrowhead Mall Muskogee on today, the first day of winter. The family-friendly event is open to musicians of all ages, cultures, ability levels, and genres. Everyone is invited: solo artists, bands, vocal and instrumental ensembles, church choirs, handbells, school music groups, music students, music teachers, etc. Mallgoers are invited to participate in a mass performance of Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride in the food court area (free jingle bells will be provided).

The mall hopes to make this the first annual Make Music Winter event in Muskogee and in Oklahoma. Make Music Muskogee, a federal 501(c)(3) and state incorporated nonprofit organization, is a member of the national Make Music Alliance that directs the annual worldwide Make Music Day initiative for the first day of summer. Make Music Winter is a pilot program for 2017 that will be another music initiative in 2018.

Contact: 918-781-3948

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 12:14 PM

Click to view all the upcoming events.

If you think there’s not much going on around here, you haven’t been paying attention.

We scoured every source we could find, and there simply were no calendars around that gave a comprehensive picture of all the things going on around Muskogee and the area. So we made our own.

Especially over the holidays, it’s hard to find things to do with friends and family who are in town to visit. Now, that’s no longer a problem.

Simply click the picture above or click “Events” at the top of this page, and view our ever-expanding list.

Also to add your event, click here and let us know about it.

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Friday, December 8, 2017, 3:28 PM

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Many readers of MuskogeeNOW may not know I’m also a published author. I will be at the Muskogee Public Library tomorrow signing copies of my books, along with 15 other authors.

The Muskogee Public Library is hosting its third-annual Good Reads for Christmas: A Local Author Signing Event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. December 9, on the first floor of the library.

The selection features various types of reading for different age groups. The offering includes history, children, historical fiction, young adult, Christian, biography, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, poetry, and thrillers.

Attendees are invited to have cookies and punch.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 8:52 AM

Thirty-two students from three schools earned places in Oklahoma All State and American Choral Directors Association Regional Honor Choirs, according to Muskogee High School choral director Teresa Pointer.

Students began practicing in May for auditions in the fall semester for prestigious honor choirs. For the all state choir positions, students competed against other students from across the state. For the ACDA Regional choirs, students competed against other students from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Missouri.

Oklahoma Music Educators Association Children’s All-State Choir: McKenzie Brown, Sadler; Kate Fullerton, Sadler; Maddy Kate Jackson, ARJH; Annalea Miller, ARJH; Meredith Stevenson, ARJH

These students will rehearse in Tulsa, Jan. 17 to 19 and will present a concert at the Tulsa Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets are required.

Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Junior High Treble and Mixed All-State Choirs: Gracie Dunn, MHS (not pictured); Maida Escobar, MHS; Haley Hitt, MHS; Rylee Lane, MHS; Rosie McClure, MHS; Abby Mix, MHS; Davin Wilson, MHS.

These students will rehearse in OKC at the Cox Convention Center, Jan. 11 to 13, and will present a concert on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany at 1:30 p.m. No tickets are required.

Oklahoma Music Educators Association High School All-State Treble and Mixed Choirs: Phillip Bruch, MHS; Gage Clark, MHS; Madison Eckerson, MHS; Brady Gallaway, MHS; Meredith Gilmartin, MHS; Megan Jacobs, MHS; Kayleigh Langley, MHS; Anna Mix, MHS; Alexandria Munzenrider, MHS; Ethan Turner, MHS; Michael Yadon, MHS

These students will rehearse in Tulsa, Jan. 17 to 19 and will present a concert on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at noon. Tickets are required for this concert.

Southwest American Choral Directors Association Phillip Bruch, MHS; Gage Clark, MHS; Brady Gallaway, MHS; Meredith Gilmartin, MHS; Noah Holden, MHS; Alexandria Munzenrider, MHS; Jasmine Speer,MHS; Ethan Turner, MHS; Michael Yadon, MHS

The Southwest American Choral Directors Association will be hosting their convention in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center on March 7 to 11, 2018. Students in the honor choirs will be rehearsing with other selected students from across Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. They will be working with internationally recognized clinicians and will present concerts on Saturday, March 11.

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Friday, December 1, 2017, 1:14 PM

There’s a lot going on around Muskogee, and MuskogeeNOW.com has re-introduced its events calendar.

To access the calendar, simply click “Events” at the top of this page, and a calendar will come on-screen, showing you everything going on around you.

To submit an event for inclusion on the calendar, email news@muskogeenow.com. Inclusion of events is free.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:40 AM

Kendall Place, a self-described “eclectic” band playing classic and modern rock—with a splash or two of country—is set to play the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Admission is $5, all ages are welcome. Beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is at 401 S. 3rd St.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:39 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Second Wind for a night of music after Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 24th at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

This multi-generational group of musicians have come from a couple of different bands including Hearts on fire and Crossfire to form Second Wind. Their musical experience goes back as far as the 60s and features everything from classic rock, blues, soul, country and from Frankie Vallie to Pink Floyd.

The band features Roy Roberson on guitar/vocals, David Holloway on drums and new addition Derek Gibson on guitar, keys and vocals and Wayne Buck on bass guitar/vocals.

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:38 AM

The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum present the Polar Express Pajama Party on November 24 and 25 and December 7 and 8.

All ages are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. The theater says viewers should feel free to bring a blanket or favorite stuffed animal too.

Visitors will be greeted at the door with a train ticket, hot cocoa and popcorn.

The event happens at The Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:45 p.m. Run time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

After the movie, parents and children will be transported to the North Pole at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, to meet Santa and receive a bell just like the one in the movie.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum. If you would like to sponsor a child for the Polar Express Pajama Party please contact the Roxy for more information. Group discounts are available.

For information, contact Fonda Richmond at the Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee, 918-684-6366 or Angie Rush at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, 918-686-6624.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 2:25 PM

Mudbound, the movie based on Muskogee native Hillary Jordan’s worldwide bestselling novel of the same name, premieres Friday on Netflix, the streaming service that has been taking the entertainment world by storm with its original programming.

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Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Mudbound was inspired by Jordan’s family stories of a year spent on an isolated farm without running water or electricity. Over time, the story grew to encompass greater themes and deeper layers, which screenwriter Virgil Williams and writer-director Dee Rees address in their emotionally rich and resonant screenplay.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 9:32 AM

Yonkers, Oklahoma is but a fading memory for most people in this part of the state and a footnote in Wagoner County history.

But those memories are revived in the book “Yonkers, Oklahoma, recalling the good old days,” which will be released at the Wagoner City Historical Museum on Nov. 18, said Liz McMahan, author. The book will be offered for sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $10.

The book is a consolidation of two books she and her mother, Nell Gilbert, compiled for community reunions in 1986 and 1987. Plus, new material has been added, McMahan said.

“There are stories of good times and hard times, of large families and one-room school houses,” she said. “Some of the families had 10 or more children and just getting by must have been rough. But they survived and have many happy memories of growing up in Yonkers.”

The community had stores, a post office, a railroad depot and a grist mill.

“Everyone knew everybody, doors were not locked at night and if a neighbor needed help, the community was there for them.”

Yonkers ended when Fort Gibson lake was filled and the town was flooded. There remains a small community in the area that was annexed to Wagoner County in 1924. Before that, it had been a part of Cherokee County.

On the east side of the lake, Yonkers is accessible to the Wagoner County sheriff’s office only by boat or routing officers north into Mayes County to Chouteau, then east, or by having them go through Hulbert in Cherokee County, then north.

Liz McMahan is a longtime former reporter for the Muskogee and Wagoner newspapers and has been recognized as a historian of the Wagoner area.

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