Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

A Cowboy Christmas, Keating's Millennium Celebration and a Look under the Tree

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

A Cowboy Christmas, Keating's Millennium Celebration and a Look under the Tree

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Stockyards City and the Cowboy Hall of Fame both are getting into the Christmas spirit.

Coming up Saturday will be Stockyards City's eighth annual Cowboy Christmas Parade featuring more than 50 entries. Among them will be local dignitaries, horse riding clubs, antique cars, kennel clubs and, of course, Santa Claus. Kirsten McIntyre, Fox 25 News Anchor, will be Grand Marshal of the parade.

Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Tinker Air Force Band playing Christmas carols. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania and Exchange avenues, travels west on Exchange to Agnew and then south to SW 15th Street.

Sponsors of the Cowboy Christmas include Rockies, Langston, DeShields Truck Service, The Commission, order buying, trucking, veterinary and professional firms of the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Boise Cascade, Cattlemen's Steak House, Cattlemen's Western Wear, ConnectOK, Diebold, Donrey Outdoor Advertising, Exchange Pharmacy, Grider's Discount Foods, Harley Davidson World, KIS Futures Trading, Lazy E., Little Joe's Boots, OG&E, Oklahoma National Stock Yards, Pearlmakers, Red Rock Distributing, Simons Petroleum, Triad Design, UMB Oklahoma Bank, CNC Metal Products, Ralph Mason and Ed and Carolyn Freese.

Michael Martin Murphey will bring his Cowboy Christmas Ball back to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center on Dec. 16 and will tie it in with helping the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The dinner dance will begin at 7 p.m. and western attire is suggested. In case you care, no alcohol will be served during the evening.

Entertainment, in addition to Murphey, will be Sky Shivers and his trick dog, Miss Kitty. Always so funny. Kids and adults both love them.

Reservations are $45 for members of the Cowboy Hall and $55 for nonmembers. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $25 each.

That afternoon at 2 p.m., Murphey will conduct a workshop for adults, familiarizing them with Christmas traditions. In conjunction with the children's programming, he will treat young children from the Make-a-Wish Foundation to a storytelling session in the museum's new western town, Prosperity Junction. Seminar cost is the price of regular museum admission. Reservations for the seminar and for the ball may be made by calling 478-2250, Ext. 277.

Millennium at the Mansion

The governor and first lady (otherwise known as Frank and Cathy Keating) have sent out invitations for the gala New Year's Eve celebration in Phillips Pavilion at the Mansion. Hosts for the party are Friends of the Mansion, the nonprofit organization that looks after the mansion, and the Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel. Festivities will begin at 8 p.m. with an elegant dinner prepared by Chef Raymond A. Wilson. Guests will dance into the new century to the music of the Mark Allen Jazz Combo.

A special "magnificent midnight millennium celebration is planned for guests. …

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