There’s nothing better than living and working in a small town, especially when it is snuggled next to a metropolitan city. Guthrie is one odd and quirky place, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
A few years ago artist K. Mack Boles created a unique sketchbook, filled with unique drawings and tales of Guthrie. Mack still pops in to see us from time to time, often with a new tale or two. We proudly sell his sketchbooks, as fun today as when he first created it. A perfect little gift for those who love Guthrie, Oklahoma history, architecture, or the quirky.
Quirkiness is often a daily thing around here. This summer the rock fairy came to visit. They kept popping up on our windowsill, then suddenly went away.
If you like quirky, you really must go on one of our Ghost Walks. Filled with interesting history and tales, tour guide Stacey is a hoot. She also doubles as the park ranger for the smallest national park in the United States. (you really must click the link and watch the story Channel 4 did on it a few years back)
In the summer we have big block parties, with much of the town setting up lawn chairs, spending an evening being neighborly and listening to live music. Outsiders are welcome too.
Guthrie knows how to throw a parade. We had a lighted evening Christmas parade a few weekends ago. There are parades for homecoming, veterans, MLK day. Back in the golden days of Hollywood Humphrey Bogart came to town for a movie premiere at the Melba Theater, and they threw a parade for him too. But the biggest event of the year is our annual 89ers Day parade. Lasting nearly 2 hours, this 100+ year tradition is a really big deal.
One thing is for sure – Guthrie loves Christmas. When my family first moved here in the early 90’s mom was quickly informed that she must put candles in every window of her home. They owned one of the magnificent historic homes on Noble Avenue, and lighting each window with a candle was a holiday tradition. I can still remember having to turn those things on and off every night. There were a lot of windows! Unfortunately that tradition faded over time.
The annual Victorian Walk is still a huge deal. We saw lots of festive folk last weekend, and are gearing up to do it again tomorrow evening from 4-8. During the day we will have a fun class, knitting this adorable tiny elf. Then during the walk we will have pop-in Make-n-Take classes with beaded jewelry, tassel earrings, pompons and more. Join us!
Today I am giving away a kit to knit this Tiny Elf, along with one of Mack’s Guthrie Sketchbooks. Simply share your favorite holiday tradition in the comments. I’ll select one lucky winner, you have until midnight!