Monday, October 5, 2009

The Tulsa Weekend Recap!

Hope everyone had lots of fun this past weekend, there sure was plenty to do!!  From the Fair to Festivals, T-Town had it covered!

Here's what we ended up doing:

Friday evening we went to the Brady Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl.  Held on the first Friday of every month, this was our first time there.  Each of the stores on Brady had an "open house" exhibiting their works, and the artists were on hand to answer questions, and a few were even giving demonstrations and/or sketching!  I really liked the Glass Blowing Studio, and would love to take a class there in the near future!  After walking around and taking in all the art, we decided to stop in at Lola's (website is currently down) for a drink.  I had heard a lot about this place, and the thing that strikes you first is the hearse parked outside!  This is part of the "Dia de los Muertos" theme Lola has throughout the restaurant - it may sound morbid, but it's really iconic for celebration and good times.  I'm trying to think how best to describe the bar and restaurant, but only the words tres cool come to mind!  I was glad we went - I didn't really know anything about the Brady District, and in a future post I'll be compiling a list of different areas of Tulsa and downtown and the shops, bars, and restaurants in each!
After Lola's, we decided 'Dinner and a Movie' would be in order, so we headed over to Cheddar's to grab a bite. Even now, when I see the name, all I can think of is cheese!!  But what this restaurant is about is great food at great prices, and I don't mean cheese!  We usually get appetizers when we go out to eat, and tonight was no different.  Another great thing about this restaurant is it's location - a short hop across the parking lot from the movie theater!  And what movie did we go see?  Why Zombieland, of course!  A certain someone's latest "thing" has been 'zombie talk' (ie. "you know the zombies are coming right?", "we have to be prepared, the zombies will come up the back stairs and attack!!", yadda yadda yadda...!!!)  Now, I don't know if this is supposed to make me scared or what...but after seeing this movie, at least I'm more prepared by knowing some of the "rules"!!  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you NEED to see the movie!!  Because you never know when ZOMBIES will attack!!!  Remember Rule #1!!!  :)
Yes, I loved this movie!  Woody Harrelson was great!  And no, I did not lose any sleep or have zombie nightmares! 
In fact, I slept in Saturday, but got up and ready in time to make it to art festival #2, at Utica Square.  Despite trying to explore every nook and cranny, I doubt we saw all of the 90+ artists they had.  But I saw everything from paintings to clay bust sculpture demonstrations going on, and even managed to stop in a few shops and grab a bite at Pepper's Grill
Next up, the Halloween Castle in Muskogee!  I had gotten a free ticket good for this weekend, and had been looking forward to it since the Renaissance Fest they had in the spring!  I was not to be disappointed!  We got there shortly after they opened, and lines had already started to form!  For those who have never gone, they have 9 different attractions ranging from family friendly to 'not for the faint of heart' - you choose how scared you want to be!  Of course, we opted for the 2 scariest attractions:  Domus Horrificus and the Trail of Blood.  I tried to film being in each, but it was so dark you really couldn't make anything out.  I'm a haunted attraction veteran and fanatic, and I must say, the Castle definitely lives up to a frightfully good time!  There's something very realistic about the setting, especially being taken on a trailer through the forest and dropped off, left to umm, find your way back!  In the dark!  The indoor Domus Horrificus was excellent as well, especially the beginning (I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't gone yet, so I will say no more!)
In addition to the attractions, there were shops featuring costumes, candle making, your hand in wax; games of skill, ghost stories, fortune telling, and of course, food & drink.  A hauntingly good time, I highly recommend it.  I'll be posting an updated Halloween Guide soon!
Sunday we were going to try and go to the Brush Creek Bazaar and the Crosbie Heights Potluck Block Party, but we got tied up working on projects around the apartment, therefore getting a late afternoon start.  We did manage to go to the Great American Fleamarket over on Admiral.  I was feeling a little under the weather so we didn't stay long, and I would like to check out the 'Tulsa Saturday Flea' sometime as well.  I've been told these are "true fleamarkets" and they differ from the ones back east, like The Big Top in Tampa, or the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market.  I could shop for hours at those places, but they differ in that instead of being locals hawking their used goods (think 'one man's junk is another man's treasure), the Florida fleamarkets feature newer goods, produce, crafts, and often at "retail prices".  Neither are bad, just different and depends on what you're wanting.  A little known factoid about us is that we had a booth at the Daytona fleamarket a few years back!  (We sold kites & puzzles mainly) Just one of our many endeavors! 
In keeping with the unintended Mexican restaurant theme all weekend, we ended up at Mexicali's for a late lunch.  Not a bad way to end the afternoon before a quick stop at Reasor's for some groceries and then home to clean up and get ready for the work week!
Will probably be hitting the Fair this Thursday for Blue Oyster Cult, so until then, see you around T-Town!

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