Albert Henry Ciccel Sr., 89

Born August 19, 1929

Died October 17, 2018

Irvan LaRoy Johnson , 84

Born February 25, 1934

Died October 17, 2018

Elsworth Lewis, 93

Born October 7, 1925

Died October 16, 2018


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8:57 AM

Over the River and Through the Woods starts on Friday.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for students, available at MLT Web site or at the box office, 311 S. 3rd St. Call 918-683-5332.
Show times:
  • Sept. 28, 29, Oct. 5, 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Linda Sapienza has been involved in the Muskogee Little Theater for a long time, but on Friday, her directorial debut will show that she’s got talent in that area too.

Over the River and Through the Woods is a comedy set in New Jersey that follows Nick, a single 29-year-old who is moving to Seattle to take a promotion with his company. But his grandparents on both sides of the family don’t want him to go, so they set up a scheme to fix him up with a local temptress who will entice him to stay around the family.

That’s not the end of their schemes, and through the process, Nick finds his grandparents might be annoying, but worth the trouble. The show stars Braden Thomson, Sarah Campbell Turner, Terral Graybill, Brittany Moore, Phil Sapienza and Frank Godman.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10:30 AM

The colorful Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit, featuring murals of Oklahoma, will be located at New Jerusalem Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 22, to offer free screenings to Muskogee residents for several serious health problems. The screening unit is being sponsored by Muskogee Noon Lions Club. The church is also sponsoring a health fair, with displays and food demonstrations in the church fellowship hall. Volunteers from the church and Lions Club will staff the screening unit.

Free health screenings and information on obesity, tests for glaucoma, diabetes, cholesterol, visual acuity, basic lung functioning, and high blood pressure are all included. Bone density screening is available, usually for women over 40 years old.

The Lions will provide screenings only, not diagnoses. The results will be given to the person being screened to take to a personal health care provider.

Since its debut in May 1993, the $200,000 Oklahoma Lions health screening unit has visited many of the more than 200 Lions Club communities throughout Oklahoma. The Screening Unit is a joint project of the Oklahoma Lions Clubs and BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, Integris Health, and Advanced Body Scan.

The screening unit is funded in part by the Lions Annual Cowboy Cadillac ticket sales. The ticket sales also fund the Eye Bank and the Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope which provides homes for children. These are currently being sold by club members. The grand prize is a new 2018 G150 Ford crew cab truck.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:25 AM

If you’ve never had the experience of gushing and squishing grapes between your toes, you have a golden opportunity this weekend at Pecan Creek Winery, 8510 W. Fern Mountain Road.

The Muskogee winery has been hosting the grape stomp each year, and this year it’s bigger than ever, with wine tasting, vendors, a food truck a photo booth and a kids’ zone.

Admission to the event, Saturday, is free, and the grape stomp contest will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and five p.m. The contest is $5 for a two-person team.

A Lucy lookalike contest is 3:15 p.m., and a free tour of the winery will happen at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A private tour of Barrel and Tank Tasting with the winemaker is at 5:30 p.m. and costs $25, or $15 for Barrel Club Members.

The event will also host an art class with Gwynn Lacrone, Jewelry Making with Kelly Raney and wine glass painting classes all day.

For more information, visit the winery’s page.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018, 8:52 AM

The Muskogee Youth Agency Connection is hosting a family fun fest on Saturday at the Muskogee Civic Center.

The event, which is free, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is designed to help attendees find careers, education and other options for youths from 16 to 25. Armed services recruiters, workforce representatives, information on GED programs, temp agencies and local employers will all be there to help young people navigate the sometimes-complicated process of getting their lives on track.

In addition, the first 400 attendees will receive a free t-shirt. The event will also have free food, games and giveaways, which include bicycles, gift cards and gift bags.

The Muskogee Fire Department will also be on hand to teach proper car seat installation, the police department will offer free child fingerprints and healthcare providers will also be on hand.

The Muskogee Youth Agency Connection promotes positive youth development by gathering multiple community partners to serve adolescents and young adults.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018, 11:31 AM

Pizza Inn started in 1958, when two Texas brothers opened the first Pizza Inn in Dallas. To celebrate 60 years of service, the brand known as “America’s Hometown Pizza Place” is giving away a 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner hard top convertible to one of its lucky PizzaInn Rewards members.

The car will be available for inspection on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Muskogee Pizza Inn, 1107 N. York. There will also be live radio coverage and giveaways. The car will be at the location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are proud to have served so many loyal fans over the last 60 years and want to give back something extra special,” said Denise Pedini, executive vice president of Pizza Inn. “It’s our way of saying thank you for being a part of our family for 60 years.”

On Sept. 23, a winner will be chosen by an independent third party out of a random draw of all current Rewards members. Customers are encouraged to sign up for Pizza Inn Rewards to have the opportunity to win the 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner. See for official rules.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018, 2:15 PM

Muskogee-area musicians are getting together tonight at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to recognize the hard-working bands and solo acts that are working weekly to entertain Muskogee’s ears.

The Musicians Invitational Ceremony will be an open jam featuring many AMMP performers that were showcased this year.

The group will also recognize the passing of Gene Longcrier, a Muskogee bass guitarist who passed away this week after a long health battle.

The show is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S 3rd St.

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Friday, August 10, 2018, 9:44 AM

Muskogee’s Three Rivers Museum and Roxy Theater are set to host August’s Classic Movie Night at the Roxy Theater on Aug. 14. This month’s movie will be the 50th anniversary showing of 1968’s “Bullitt”, starring Steve McQueen. The action/crime movie is well known for its iconic car chase scene which was filmed with two classic muscle cars (a 1968 Ford Mustang and Charger) in real time on the streets of San Francisco.

Classic Movie Nights at the Roxy are hosted by Muskogee’s Three Rivers Museum and sponsored by Club Lunch, Station One and The Rail Taproom.

In addition to the showing of the movie, there will be other events and activities including a fundraising table with information and donation opportunities to help in the restoration of “Muskogee Unit 1” , a 1961 Plymouth Fury Police car that is currently under restoration for the community. Muscle Car enthusiasts are also being invited to bring their cars for a special designated parking area before the show starts as early as 5:30 p.m. Those that bring classic cars will be given priority, special seating for the movie and a special souvenir. A Muskogee Police Car will also be on hand for viewing and there will be other attractions including a trivia contest and drawing for a collector model of a 1968 Bullitt Mustang. A short video including the story of the finding of the original “Bullitt Mustang” will also be shown before the movie starts. Tickets are $5 per person and concessions will be available including a new popcorn recipe by the theater. Bullitt is rated “PG” and Parental Guidance is recommended for this movie showing.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018, 8:52 AM

“Okiepella Salutes America!” will be presented this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Oasis Community Church, 800 W. Peak Boulevard. There is no admission price, but donations given will benefit The Barracks, a facility for homeless and transient veterans who will receive instructions on how to improve their lives, obtain veteran benefits and increase their employment skills.

Okiepella is an a cappella singing group from the Muskogee area, featuring the vocal talents of Peggy Harris, Stephanie Payne, Laurie Havron, Lisa Riley, Meaghan McCawley, Erin McCawley, Marsha Reynolds, Bert Luton, Loryn Tolbert, Jeremy Jones, Mike Dunn, Eddie Yadon, Ken Herringshaw, Steve Thomson, Tim Matthews, John David Luton and Doug Dubry. The group has been in existence for more than three years, and has performed benefit concerts for several Muskogee charities and organizations.

“Okiepella Salutes America!” is a celebration of our nation’s patriotic and folk music, woven together with narration presented by Muskogee dignitaries.  The two-act concert will have a 15-minute intermission with refreshments.

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Friday, July 27, 2018, 9:18 AM

Youth dancers participate in the 65th Cherokee National Holiday powwow in 2017.

The Cherokee Nation will host the 66th Cherokee National Holiday this Labor Day weekend when more than 100,000 visitors travel to Tahlequah to experience the annual celebration of history, culture and art.

This year’s event is Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and features more than 50 activities, including an intertribal powwow, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, music and a variety of competitions.

The theme for this year’s Holiday is “Family: A Bridge to the Future, a Link to the Past.” The theme is colorfully represented in commemorative artwork by Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink, featuring the seven Cherokee clans and 66 interlocking hands symbolizing the link from the past to the future.

“This year’s theme of family is one that resonates with all of us. Within our Cherokee communities, one of the deepest-held traditions is respect for the importance of family and the honoring of our elders,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Those values have been passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee people and are just as important today as they have ever been. It is the reason we work so hard to develop the kinds of programs and services that make healthier and stronger Cherokee families. Today, we are proud to share this annual holiday celebration with our family and with our friends.”

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839, which re-established the tribe’s government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees’ original homelands in the Southeast.

This year’s celebration features activities for all ages, including traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, a cornstalk shoot and a blowgun competition. Other sporting events include a chunkey demonstration, a stickball social game and exhibition games, horseshoe pitching, softball slow-pitch, a golf tournament, a 5K Veterans Run and a three-on-three basketball tournament.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM

Kaylee Bryson

The Lucas Oil School of Racing and Pippa Mann has announced recipients of the Pippa Mann Scholarship, including Kaylee Bryson, 17, of Muskogee. Kaylee is BoJangles Summer Shootout Series Legends, 2015 Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout Restricted “A” class champion. The group will participate in an upcoming Lucas Oil School of Racing Basic 2-Day program, while Linscott will participate in an Advanced 2-Day program. Willis recently completed her Basic 2-Day at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and will continue her training with Mann later in the season.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to continue working with the next generation of up and coming female racers with the Lucas Oil School of Racing”, said Pippa Mann, the first woman to earn a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Helping young women make that first step into open-wheel cars continues to be a personal dream of mine, and I continue to be extremely thankful to the Enersons, and to the School, for providing me with the platform to do just that. With the response rate we’ve had from the first two rounds, we continue to grow this program and the influence it will have on future female racers.”

“In the second year of the scholarship we’ve seen an improvement in both the quantity and quality of applications”, noted Lucas Oil School of Racing Founder and CEO Neil Enerson. “The future of women in racing is getting stronger, and we can’t wait to see how this second group of drivers perform.”

Earlier this summer, Kaylee drove at the NASCAR track in Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of a development program there.

Kaylee will be attending the Sebring International Raceway November 1 and 2, according to her mother, Jessica Bell Gibson.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 8:39 AM

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce recognized two local women at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference held at Indian Capital Technology Center on Wednesday.

The Spirit of Excellence Award winner is Angela Martindale. The award is presented to a woman who is demonstrating well-rounded and exemplary success throughout the many facets of her life and community and is at the peak of her experiences.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Kathy Adair, business and industry services director for Indian Capital Technology Center. The award is given to a remarkable woman for contributions and accomplishments made over the term of her career or a sustained period of time.

The chamber accepted nominations from the community and businesses. Candidates were evaluated by an anonymous committee based on their career accomplishments, community involvement, work – life balance, educational accomplishments, and criteria such as being a role model, a door opener for other women and girls, and on how they participate with the chamber.

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Friday, July 6, 2018, 8:54 AM

The Cherokee National Treasures Advisory Committee will host an art show on Saturday, July 7 showcasing student work created during this year’s mentoring program.

The show will be held in the Cherokee Nation Community Room located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees at 17793 U.S. Highway 62 from noon to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event is open to the public and free to attend.

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Monday, July 2, 2018, 10:04 AM

Looking to score a break as a newspaper reporter and impress beautiful Alma Parker (Joan Staley), milquetoast typesetter Luther Heggs (Don Knotts) pitches a story about his small town’s haunted house.

When his editor (Dick Sargent) insists Luther spend a night alone in the spooky mansion, where a grisly murder-suicide had taken place decades earlier, the timid reporter learns that the house contains a supernatural resident who doesn’t like visitors.

You can watch this classic at the Roxy Theater on July 10. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 - Credit/Debit cards accepted - Call 918-684-6366 for more info.

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Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:24 AM

September 15, 2018, Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge at the Inaugural Great American Dodgeball Festival. Test your skills against some of this generation’s greatest athletes while pursuing the elusive Golden Wrench. Adult Teams are $120 (6-players per team; $20 for each additional player) and Youth Teams (ages 10-14 years old) are $60.

The event will be held at the Muskogee High School Gymnasium. Team check-in begins at 8:30 am and the tournaments begin at 10 am.

The funds raised for this event will benefit A Soldier’s Child Foundation. Their mission is to serve the Gold Star Children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty, while defending the United States. ASC has three points of service for the children of the fallen:

  • Birthday Celebrations: Celebrating recipient children birthdays every year from 1 year old and up to age 18, by spending $150 per child, per birthday according to the child’s specific gift wishes and needs.
  • Mentorship Programs Journey Camp – The group offers a journey camp experience for recipients between the ages of 8-16. This is a week-long summer camp hosted by ASC and kids are encouraged to attend for at least three years.
  • College Scholarships: ASC facilitates in secondary/college scholarships for our recipients through its partner organization, The Folded Flag Foundation and Fallen Patriots Foundation.

“We are seeking sponsors, teams, and anyone willing to volunteer to help at the event,” Ryan Hardaway, Event Committee Member, said. “Hopefully, it will be a large family-friendly event that Muskogee can be proud of and at the same time show support of these Gold Star Families to tell them that we appreciate the sacrifice their loved one made for us so we can continue enjoying our freedoms.” For sponsorship and team registration forms, please email Hardaway or go to Great American Dodgeball Festival Facebook Page. You can also download the registration form here.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018, 8:42 AM

Muskogee author Jonita Mullins has just released her fourth novel — and eleventh book — titled The Marital Scandal. A n award-winning author, Mullins focuses her writing on the rich history of her home state. This new book is based in fact and covers Creek and Cherokee history in the days leading up to their removals from Georgia to the river bottom lands of Indian Territory in the late 1820s.

“Most history textbooks focus on the tragic Trail of Tears journey made by the Cherokees in 1839,” Mullins states. “But the story is much larger and more complex than that. Many journeys were made over the course of several decades. The Marital Scandal shows some of the earliest events in this part of Oklahoma’s history at a time when interracial marriage was considered scandalous.”

Mullins will sell and autograph her books at the Local Flavor Café in Haskell on Friday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A second book launch is scheduled for July 10 in Muskogee at the Arrowhead Mall food court from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Jonita Mullins grew up in Haskell and currently lives in a 100-year-old fixer-upper in a historic neighborhood.

Jonita has published eleven books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her books can be purchased at her website: or on Amazon. Several shops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri carry her books as well.

Contact her for interviews, author events and book signings at jonita.mullins@

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Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:49 AM

Kaylee Bryson

Kaylee Bryson, 17, of Muskogee, will be featured as part of the Rev Racing Youth Driver line-up at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Program, competing at the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to Rev Racing.

Bryson is an accomplished race driver who started racing winged karts in 2010 when she was only 8 years old. In two and a half years, she racked up 50 wins in the division, before she made the transition to Restrictor Micro-Sprint cars, where she got another 16 wins between 2013 and 2015. She was just the second female in history to win a Golden Driller at the Tulsa Shootout in 2015. In 2016, she won both of the micro-sprint races she ran before moving up to A-Class and Outlaw Micro-Sprint Cars, where she garnered multiple top three, top five and top 10 finishes before claiming the 2016 Port City Raceway A-Class rookie of the year and points championship honors.

In 2017, she won two A Feature races.

The junior NASCAR program she’s entering “cultivates growth and seizes the opportunity for development in drivers at the earliest age possible,” Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management, said. “Drivers who are successful and show promise are considered to compete for a chance at the next level of the program in the Late Model Series.”

The summer shootout will kick off with a practice session on Tuesday.

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Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:05 AM

The Friends of Honor Heights Park Association is hosting a craft beer festival tonight at the Hangar at Hatbox Field.

Celebrating nothing but craft beers that are brewed in Oklahoma, the second-annual event raises money to benefit the park association.

Last year, more than 500 people attended the event, and this year, it has grown to include food trucks, beer tasting, snacks and entertainment. Designated drivers are $5 at the gate, and tickets are $20. A $40 VIP ticket gets you in 30 minutes early and access to the VIP lounge, which includes private seating, more beer and food, plus a souvenir Belgian-style beer glass or sample lanyard.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Friday, May 25, 2018, 10:24 AM

Muskogee Art Guild’s Summer Art Camp for Kids runs June 4 through June 29 at the Art Guild, 211 W. Broadway.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. New classes each week. Most are just $50. Grades 1 and up welcome.

Scholarships are available. Go to for information or to enroll. Or call camp director Gwyn LaCrone at 918-616-5947.

Creative fun with rocks, clay, drawing, painting, paper crafts, banners, mixed media, poured acrylics, pastels and much more. Taught by experienced artists.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:57 PM

The Don Price band will bring its classic rock chops to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame tonight, according to Alicia Tanksely of the museum.

Don has been a staple player for The Bopcats for many years and will bring his own brand of classic rock to town for this show.

The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $5 per person at the door.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is at 401 S. Third St.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:28 AM

This weekend is the Renaissance Festival’s three-day celebration over Memorial Day Weekend, including a celebration of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the weekend, the Castle of Muskogee will celebrate the foundation of Western civilization, the Holy Roman Empire, which emerged after the fall of Rome, with the coronation of Otto I in 962 AD. The germanic empire ruled much of Central Europe until almost 200 years ago under the rule of Napoleon.

Monday is the Memorial Day Parade. In honor of those who have fallen, the festival staple provides a day of reverence in honor of American soldiers, beautiful photo opportunities and an emotional occasion unlike any other of the festival.

Quench your thirst and tantalize your taste buds with the wonderful varieties of food and drink found throughout Castleton. Stroll through the World Trade Market with more than 140 artisans displaying unique wares and beautiful creations. Take the wee ones to the Children’s Realm for games and hands-on demonstrations and then pick a side, English or Scottish, in our Royal Quest. Show your best garb in the costume contest at 2pm inside the Castle Keepe.

Attend the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, or the King’s Smoker. The festival continues every weekend through June 3rd. For more information,

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Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8:54 AM

Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of the Addams Family is hosting auditions this Saturday for six to 10 males, two of whom are teens, and three to six females, one of whom is a teen. The show, which will perform during August, requires singing and dancing as well as acting.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Auditions begin Saturday at 2 p.m. Director is Doobie Potter, musical director is Kerry Huffer and choreographer is Angelina Cummings. For more information, got to

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Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:54 AM

Cody Canada will play in Wagoner in July.

Wagoner’s Main Street Association has just released the name of their headlining act for this year’s third-annual Switch Monkey Music Festival, July 14 in downtown Wagoner.

Cross Canadian Ragweed fans will certainly know the name Cody Canada, and his newest band, Cody Canada and the Departed, will be the premier performer at this year’s Main Street Association music festival.

“I just want to say, ‘thank you,’ to the Wagoner Main Street Association for their hard work in making this year’s music festival the best Wagoner has ever seen,” Wagoner Mayor Albert Jones said. “Their tireless efforts have landed a headlining act that is of national fame — truly pioneers in the Red Dirt music movement.”

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 8:27 AM

Muskogee Little Theatre’s summer camp this year will put on a performance of Shrek, based on the Oscar-winning film.

About the camp

  • Campers must be between the ages of 6 and 14
  • Camp is held at MLT, 311 South 3rd Street
  • Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Camp tuition for entire 4 week session and production is $300 with a $25 discount for siblings
  • Camp students will learn the complete process of a theatrical production, including the audition process, stage direction, vocals, choreography, set and costume construction, make-up, stage management and crew, sound and lights, special effects, and cross-curricular activities. Only enrolled campers will be cast in the show.

    Enrollment will take place at little theater’s front office on May 5 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until the camp is full. Camp enrollment forms can be downloaded at (click on Education).

    A deposit of $150 will be required at enrollment for all non-scholarship applicants. If applying for a scholarship, scholarship applications, which can also be downloaded at the site, should be attached to enrollment form.

    The camp runs from June 4 to June 29, and the show is June 28, 29, 30 and July 1.

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    Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:00 PM

    The 23rd Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival gets started tomorrow, according to Matt Hiller of the Castle of Muskogee.

    The festival, which celebrates everything medieval and Renaissance, draws thousands of people to Muskogee each year to observe actors, visitors and comedians as well as rip their teeth into ancient food and beverages.

    This year, the festival runs tomorrow and Sunday, then every weekend in May and the first weekend of June.

    Tickets are available here.

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    Monday, April 23, 2018, 9:42 AM

    Young Nanyehi receives turkey feather cape honoring her as a tribal leader. (Left to Right) Dragging canoe, played by Travis Fite of Muskogee; Chief Oconasota, played by Michael Stopp; and Chief Attakullakulla, played by Ken Foster.

    The story of Nancy Ward, legendary Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, has made its way to the big screen in the short film “Nanyehi.”

    The film depicts the struggle between peace and war and the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century.

    “Sharing the story of Nanyehi has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and my life,” said Becky Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer. “There is so much we can learn from her story that we need in today’s world. Her message of peace is one that inspires change and one that I hope will make the world a better place.”

    “Nanyehi” features Cherokee Nation citizen Winnie Guess Purdue in the title role, supported by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens.

    “The film incorporated the families of our cast and created a truly magical environment watching them share the story not only of Nanyehi, but of their own ancestors as well,” said David Webb, co-producer for the “Nanyehi” film. “This cast does an amazing job presenting a compelling story in a way that is both educational and engaging for audiences of all ages.”

    The production has been recognized as a finalist in the Short Family Films category at the upcoming Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee. Screenings will be held at the Roxy Theater located at 220 W. Okmulgee Ave on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.

    The festival’s awards ceremony will immediately follow the screening on Saturday night.

    The film was co-written by Cherokee Nation citizen Becky Hobbs, who is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist, as well as a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. Additional co-writers include Holly Rice and Nick Sweet. The film is scored by Duane Sciacqua and is produced by Nanyehi Films LLC in conjunction with Holly Rice Films.

    The Nanyehi musical will return to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa the following weekend, May 4-5. Tickets are $15 with a $5 discount offered to Cherokee Nation citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 918-384-ROCK.


    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:53 AM

    Artist Jim Hall had just endured three painful weeks of the shingles virus. Because he was a recovering alcoholic, Jim had refused pain medication and tried to tough it out. So when he awoke on a morning in 2000 and didn’t feel the debilitating pain, he let out a sigh and a smile - until he opened his eyes. The pain was gone but the bout with shingles had suddenly marred his vision, causing him to see the world in all vertical lines.

    “It was like the skinny lines you used to see on an old television set,” Jim said. “I was afraid I was going blind.”

    Doctors weren’t sure if the lines would go away or if they would be a permanent part of Jim’s vision. Instead of panicking, Jim started painting, inspired by the lines.

    “I started to be intrigued about the lines as an artist,” Jim said. “I thought I’d try to paint the way I was seeing the world.” The pivot in his painting created a new art form he called “Lineillism.” As he started painting the lines, they faded from his vision. While his sight was restored, he continued to paint in that style, creating more than 100 Lineillism works.

    Jim told his story to filmmakers Steve Oldfield and Jim Hampton, who have spent the past three years working on a documentary and traveling exhibition about Jim and his painting.

    “Jim’s creation of Lineillism is an inspiring story,” Oldfield said. “And when you hear the rest of Jim’s personal struggles, you can’t believe one man was able to accomplish so much after being faced with so many challenges.”

    Hall was born to tenant farmers in Kentucky during the great depression. After an accident ended his Naval career during basic training, he found himself homeless on the beach in Santa Monica, California. Jim also battled addiction and alcoholism but was able to launch a successful art career and become an executive at Procter & Gamble, while raising three children with his soulmate, Joan.

    “Lines of Sight,” the award-winning hour-long version of their documentary, will be featured in a special screening at the Muskogee Art Guild, Tuesday April 24th, as part of the opening festivities of this year’s Bare Bones International Music and Film Festival.

    For more information on the documentaries and traveling exhibit, check out and

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    Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:01 PM

    The Roxy Theater, home to The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame, is celebrating its 70th anniversary and will be commemorating this occasion in conjunction with OMHF’s second-annual induction on Friday, April 20th at 6 pm.

The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame was formed in 2016 with initial inductees Zachary Mabry, Clu Gulager, Cassandra Gaines, and Oscar and ShIron Ray of the Bare Bones Film Society.


This year the group honors Rudy Ramos, actor, Gray Frederickson, producer of the film, Te Ata, Hillary Jordan, writer of Mudbound, and Jack Oakie.

    Ramos’ films include “Beverly Hills Cop II”, Quicksilver and “Colors”. His career spans more than six decades, including the part of “Wind”, the Indian boy in the legendary television western, The “High Chaparral”.

    Ramos will be performing on April 19th at the Roxy in the play, Geronimo: Life on the Reservation.

    Frederickson is known for winning an Oscar as one of the co-producers of “The Godfather Part II”, Oscar nominee for “Apocolypse Now” and Emmy winner for “Dream No Little Dream: The Life and Legacy of Robert S. Kerr”. Frederickson is the only known Oklahoman to win an Oscar for his work.

“Te Ata” the film, based on the life of Mary Frances Thompson, an actress and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation known for telling Native American stories and her performances as a representative of Native state dinners before President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.

    Jordan, from Muskogee, is the writer of the novel Mudbound later made into the period drama film, is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way.  At the 75th Golden Globe Awards it received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Blige) and Best Original Song (“Mighty River”). At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for Blige, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. It also earned a nod for Best Cinematography, making Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated in the category and Blige became the first person to ever be nominated for an acting and song award during the same year.

    Oakie (November 12, 1903 – January 23, 1978) was an American actor, starring mostly in films, but also working on stage, radio and television. He is best remembered for portraying Napaloni in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940), receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The rumor is he was the original “Okie from Muskogee”.

    The induction ceremony will be held inside the theater at 7:00 pm along with live musical entertainment to follow. 

Contact the Roxy at 918-684-6366 to reserve tickets.  Space is limited.

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    Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:17 AM

    TV and film actor Rudy Ramos is coming to Muskogee on Thursday, April 19 to portray the Apache warrior Geronimo in Geronimo, Life on the Reservation at the Roxy Theater.

    “The white men will never tell the whole story. They control everything that is said about us in newspapers and books. Even the maps favor the whites. Look and you will see they are dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You will see that if the soldiers won, it was a victory. If we won, it was a massacre.”

    A story of Geronimo’s life as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian reservation. It focuses on the resiliency, humor, and genius of the great Apache warrior.

    In this presentation, Geronimo cleverly evolves from a surrendered Indian leader into a celebrity and entrepreneur. Keenly aware of how to work the political system, he joins the same church that Teddy Roosevelt belongs to and rides in his Inaugural Parade. Although he isn’t successful in getting everything he wants, he certainly succeeds in making the best of his situation.

    Tickets are $20. Call 918-684-6366 to reserve your tickets. Credit cards accepted. Concessions available.

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