What’s Happening Wednesday with the Egg: Daddy, Dave, Plaza, Seniors, Tuna, Huey, Hippie, Chalk

Hola! Hope you’re having a great week. I am. Just feel really together this week. It’s a great feeling to have. The heat is on OKC and for once, I don’t hate it! I embrace it! Last weekend was insanely filled with events. Too bad the Charlie Christian Festival just canceled. I thought that was odd. And when are we going to get over the fact that this city can have more than one event on one weekend? We’ve arrived! We have arrived.

Father’s Day is Sunday. Thanks to MetroFamily Magazine for their wonderful list of things to do on Sunday. It’s posted below.

The featured image I’m using is of me, my sisters Janet and Kathy and my dad from 1968 in a traditional backyard little pool. I’m the baby! A little tribute to my dad, Bob Spears.

Here’s what I have going on this weekend:

Wednesday, June 12

Thursday, June 13

Friday, June 14

 Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16  FATHER’S DAY

  • The Non-Pro Cutting Horse Event, State Fairpark, 8am-10pm
  • FREE Admission for Dads at the following venues via MetroFamily Magazine:

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 10am-5pm
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, noon-6pm
Science Museum Oklahoma (with the donation of a new children’s book for the Boys & Girls Club), 11am-6pm
Oklahoma City Zoo, 9am-5pm
Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 11am-5pm

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What’s Happening Wednesday! There is literally so much going on!

Hola! I’m actually writing this late on Tuesday night. There is soooo much going on this weekend.

I’ve self-proclaimed myself your official “linkologist!” Links are so important to give for further information. Be sure your websites are up-to-date with your upcoming events.

I find my events through everything: Facebook invites, eblasts, emails sent to me, newspaper ads, word-of-mouth, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Oklahoman, Metro Family magazine, and more. Not to sound too egotistical but I feel like if I’m not aware of your event then something got missed. Just think of every nook and cranny!

Here’s what I have for the week of April 10 through the 16, 2013:

Wednesday, April 10

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 12

 Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

Tuesday, April 16

Two more July 4th events!

When I posted about July 4th festivities last week, I did not see these two listed. Today I received this eblast from Downtown OKC, Inc. Must have finalized plans I guess… Good news! Downtown will be lively!

Myriad gardens hosts 4th of July event for the whole family

Spend a family-friendly 4th of July at the Myriad Botanical Gardens where the outdoor grounds will be bustling with games, fun activities and music from 11 a.m. – 4 pm!

Remote control sailboats and game sets like croquet and bocce ball will be available to rent and the Crystal Bridge will be open for visitors who want to enjoy over 2000 tropical plants on display inside.

For more information, call 297.3611.

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Bricktown

In an effort to continue the tradition set many years ago, the Bricktown Association will host a Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Bricktown.

Scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, at approximately 9:30 p.m., visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Bricktown to view the fireworks.

There are several locations in the Bricktown area that provide a great view of the show, including along the Bricktown canal, Lower Bricktown, any parking area, or one of the many Bricktown restaurant patio dining areas.

Don’t be afraid of finding a parking space! Bricktown is offering free parking for everyone in the RedHawks lot.

A big thanks goes out to the Bricktown Association members, the Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers and JakeFM for making this event possible.

Looking ahead to July 4th activities

Can you believe June is coming to a close and that the July 4th holiday is quickly approaching? I went on a search today to see what was going on and found really good information on About.com/oklahomacity from author Adam Knapp. Additionally I contacted others. Here’s what I found:

Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 1

Monday, July 2

Tuesday, July 3

Wednesday, July 4

I’m still looking for any further events in Bricktown on July 4th… as always, I’ll keep you posted!

Hello Summer Week, May 21-28

So much going on this week I thought I would get this out now! If you’re looking for more information on an event, visit Leslie’s OKC. If you have something to send, e-mail me at leslieannspears@gmail.com. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 22

  • 3:30pm – Patience S. Latting Northwest Library Grand Opening
  • 4:00pm  – Sunset Reception After Hours Networking, Greens Country Club, OKC Country Club, Greater OKC Chamber

Wednesday, May 23

Thursday, May 24

  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, Chickasaw Ballpark, Bricktown (times & teams vary)
  • 11:30am – SoundBites with Kylie Morgan, Bank of Oklahoma Plaza, Downtown OKC
  • 5:00pm  –  Cocktails on the Skyline with Born In November, Oklahoma City Museum of Art roof terrace
  • 5:00pm – Membership Renewal Party for Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Iguana Lounge
  • 6:00pm – Get checked out at the Library- speed dating, Downtown Library
  • 6:30pm – Cocktail Closing Reception: “Frame and Facade, A Collaboration”, Paseo Originals Art Gallery

Friday, May 25

Saturday, May 26

  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, Chickasaw Ballpark, Bricktown
  • 10am-8pm – Paseo Arts Festival
  • 10:00am-4pm  22nd Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • 8:00pm – Distracted – a comedy by Lisa Loomer, Carpenter Square Theatre

Sunday, May 27

Monday, May 28

  • 11am-6pm – Paseo Arts Festival
  • 12:00pm Memorial Day Veterans & Active Military receive free admission to the Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • Blue Star Museums begins through Labor Day weekend

Dark Shadows-not a movie review but a refresher course of my childhood

I was one of many children of the late sixties, early seventies that was addicted to the daytime soap opera Dark Shadows that ran from 1966-1971. My sister Janet and I were so dedicated. As the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film advertising started, I believe it triggered the memories of many of us. I mean MANY!

My friend Sherry told me how the school bus would drop her off a block or two from her home and she would run as fast as she could to get there by 4pm to watch it. Ahhh the days before DVR, or VHS, when we had to be especially glued to the tv. Funny thing – as much as I watched it, I could not remember the story line. All I remembered was it was scary, suspenseful, Barnabas Collins, werewolves, witches, ghosts and vampires. It was the Twilight of our time! I had a post in Facebook about it and several others admitted to their addiction.

So I was ready for a modernized version Dark Shadows that would retell the story and we got it. We learned about how Barnabas Collins was turned into a vampire by the witch Angelic because she loved him so much and was hurt by his rejection. About how the Collins family built their wealth in America on the fishing industry in New England. About the Collins family curse. How the Collin family mansion built a mismatch of a family members and friends but family was core to their values. All the shots of the mean ocean waves hitting those wicked looking cliffs. Oh and something I forgot – Barnabas was a stud?

I’m not even going to address the “other” generations beyond that era. They had no idea it was a remake of something else. They just know Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. One young woman said, ‘so it’s a remake of a movie?’ I said no, a tv show. ‘Oh so a tv show?’ I said, ‘not just any tv show but a daily soap opera.’ That made me think – yes, it was perhaps one of the most unique and creative television shows of my time.

Leslie Ann Spears-Collins…I could have been the normal cousin!

So I got two tickets to see it at Harkins Theaters in Bricktown; kidnapped someone from their work in downtown, who of course will remain nameless, and went to the opening day 3:30pm screening. My movie buddy was one of the ones that didn’t know it had been a tv show so we had two different perspectives.  It was a rainy day so being inside a theater, watching a movie about everything haunted was a perfect opportunity.

What I didn’t realize is that the modernization would start back up in 1972, perhaps because it was canceled in 1971?? There were plenty of references to that era including awesome rock music, hippies, pot smoking, Alice Cooper, red lava lamps that totally mess with Barnabas’ desire for blood, clothing, macrame, cars. Talk about triggering other memories.

We both agreed Michelle Pfeiffer was perfect in the role as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and that she is aging extremely well. Johnny Depp is always good and most weird. Oh and sex and blood are much different in today’s movies than yesterday’s 1960s tv shows.

I really didn’t want this to be about a movie review. I just wanted to talk Dark Shadows – the tv show. It truly was a phenomenon of the 1960s/70s. I’m glad there was a movie made. Whether you like the movie or not, it was time for the tv show to get some homage paid. Thanks to Tim & JD for triggering a unique childhood memory. That’s right, I was 7 years old and watching an afternoon soap opera with ghosts, vampires, werewolves and more.

I dedicate this blog to my sister Janet Talley and our latch-key childhood (for which we didn’t know we were latch-key children at the time).