Spring to Feature Bicycle Races, Art Festivals Downtown
Driskill, Matt, THE JOURNAL RECORD
Spring - that magical time of the year when April showers bring May flowers and a young man's fancy turns to love, will also be a time of bicycle races and art festivals in downtown Oklahoma City.
That news from Downtown Now, a group organized to promote downtown Oklahoma City. The group decided Tuesday to participate in the OK Classic bicycle race, a three-day event scheduled for April 18-20. The event will culminate with a race from downtown Oklahoma City to Guthrie.
Downtown Now also decided to participate June 29 in the Great American Race, a festival-type event which includes 100 classic automobiles racing from Disneyland in California to the East Coast. Downtown Now plans to set up shop at Leadership Square where the autos will be on view for about an hour before passing on out of the state.
Another event in which the group plans to participate is the June 6-7 Folklife Festival, which will include an arts and crafts showing representing the various ethnic heritages in Oklahoma City, music, clowns, etc.
Oklahoma City Beautiful is calling it a successful year (especially after the recent passage of the portable sign ordinance) in their latest annual report.
The non-profit group reports they acted as a spokesman for over 500 individuals and businesses, "enhancing the value of their property by the removal of dilapidated buildings and the trash and debris of neighbors."
The group also provided staff support for the Beautification Subcommittee of the Mayor's Advisory Council and claimed success when the Oklahoma City Council passed a new landscaping ordinance requiring more stringent landscaping requirements for new developments.
Despite the downturn in prices received for recycled paper, Oklahoma City Beautiful said they are continuing their recycling program, but on a reduced scale. More than 100 wooden newspaper boxes have been replaced with metal containers at locations throughout the city, the group said.
Additionally, the Adopt-a-Park program has had its largest participation ever, the group said, with 68 public areas already adopted by organizations and individuals for year-round litter pickup andmaintenance.
Finally, the group reported that public response to their efforts is continuing to climb, represented by the rise in donations and a "significant" number of new members.
The group received $85,000 in cash contributions and another $50,000 from "in-kind" sources.
Music is a lot like art to some - they may not know a lot about it; they may not be able to play it; and they may not understand a lot of it; but they know what they like.
In that spirit, January will be unofficially declared Oklahoma City Music Month (by me) with the following for your consideration.
World-renowned violinist Isaac Stern will appear in a recital Jan. 20 in Holmberg Hall on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro will be performed by the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company Feb. 14-16 at the Kirkpatrick Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma City University.
Those who viewed the recent hit film Amadeus should remember several scenes from the opera which were enacted during the movie. …