Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Balloons, Trees, Lights, Parades and Other Yule Events

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Balloons, Trees, Lights, Parades and Other Yule Events

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Michael Martin Murphey is bringing his "Cowboy Christmas Ball" to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum at 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

The annual, family-oriented party features a buffet dinner and intermission entertainment for children.

Western or vintage attire is suggested for the ball. No alcoholic beverages will be served, making it a perfect party for the youngsters to enjoy with their parents. Reservations are $45 per adult member of the museum or $55 for adult nonmembers. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $25 each.

Murphey began his Cowboy Christmas Ball tours in 1985 and now takes this traditional Christmas event across the country to more than 50 venues. The ball was created in the likeness of the original Anson City, Texas, gathering from the 1890s.

The Museum Store will offer the opportunity of a 25 percent discount during "Horseshoes and Holly" Christmas sale Monday from 6 until 9 p.m. The store will serve wine and cheese in the relaxing atmosphere as shoppers view the bronze sculptures, western art prints and Christmas decor. Free gift wrapping will be available.

That's just one of the holiday events the museum has scheduled. Coming Dec. 17 from 6 until 9 p.m. will be "A Night Before Christmas" when church and school choirs will fill the ballroom with the cheerful sounds of Christmas. Also open will be an early-day Yule setting in the museum's Prosperity Junction, a turn-of-the- century western town in the West Wing. More than 20 people dressed as historical characters will welcome visitors and share stories about their lives in a frontier town.

The historical and art galleries will be open as well as the Museum Store for Christmas shopping. Cost for nonmember adults is $5 and children's tickets are $2. Museum members will be admitted free. For more information about these Christmas events at the museum, call 478-2250.

Philbrook's festival

Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art has opened its 19th annual Festival of Trees, a traditional exhibition of decorated trees and gingerbread houses which will be on view through Dec. 8. Tulsa artists, designers, architects and individuals are donating their wares for gift purchases.

A special event will be the "Four X Four," a tour of four stunning Tulsa homes, decorated for the holidays. At each home will be a talented chef who will be preparing hors d'oeuvres to be served with wine to Philbrook friends. Reservations for this event are $100 per person which includes a trolley shuttle.

For more information about the holiday events at Philbrook, call (918) 748-5385.

Downtown parade

New to the city's holiday season are the events in "Downtown in December," a winter celebration scheduled Dec. 7. Highlighting the day will be the 19th annual holiday parade at 6 p.m. where four enormous inflatable balloons will rise as high as four stories. …

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