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For over 50 years, Oklahomans have enjoyed the truly magnificent Grand Lake of the Cherokees created by the construction of the Pensacola Dam. Grand Lake has over 1,300 miles of shoreline and is known for it's astounding natural beauty, fishing, boating, watersports and golfing. Many special events are sponsored during the year by the Grand Lake Association and Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.


GRAND LAKE ANNUAL EVENTS FOR 2016

This is a partial list and may not be updated frequently.
Please feel free to check the following Grand Lake calendars for more info!

SOUTH GRAND LAKE AREA CHAMBER CALENDAR

GRAND LAKE ASSOCIATION CALENDAR
(Dates subject to change)

30 Jan 2016, 11:00am to 2:00pm, Craig County Fairgrounds Community Center. The 3rd annual Salvation Army Backpack for Kids chili cook off will be Saturday, January 30th.The venue will be the Craig County Fairgrounds Community Center.  A lot of you have been in previous cook offs, but here’s the run down.Cost is $25.00 to enter a team.  Set up can begin at 8 that morning.  Judging begins at 10 am and the gates open to the public at 11am.  Each team should have a minimum of 18 quarts of chili and be prepared to serve until 2pm.  You can also enter for best cornbread and salsa and there will be a best booth award as well as people’s choice award.  Since everything will be prepared ahead of time, you will be given 6 wristbands for your team members to get in for free.  Any more that that will need to purchase a taste kit.  Keep in mind, ALL money raised goes to the kids.

Feb

Monday, Feb 1, 4:30pm - 9:00pm - Grand Lake Night at the Tulsa Boat Show.  River Spirit Event Center, 8330 Riverside Pkway, Tulsa, OK  74137, United States (map). Hop aboard a bus and go to VIP night at the Tulsa Boat Show. Bus will leave the River Spirit Event Center at 4:30 and will leave Tulsa Expo at 9pm. Tickets will be $30 in advance and complimentary refreshments will be served. For more info contact South Grand Lake Chamber at 918-782-3214

Feb 1 - 7, 2016 - Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show - Tulsa Expo Center 4145 E. 21st St, Tulsa, OK, 5pm Nightly

February 12 - 14th, 2016 - 18th Annual Home & Garden Show - Get ready for spring by visiting nearly 100 exhibits of home and garden products that will be featured at the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden Show. Speak one on one with area contractors, check out the latest ideas in home improvements, decorating ideas, landscaping and remodeling. You don’t want to miss this show! Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (918-786-9079)

12 Feb 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Craig County Fairgrounds, Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, http://www.grandlakechamber.org/event-2153101

 

27 Feb 2016, 6:00pm, Grove Civic Center -Chili Supper to Benefit the Backpack Program.  On a cold winter’s night what better way to warm up than with a steaming bowl of homemade chili? That is the thinking of two area churches that are working together to raise funds for the Backpack Program in Grove. The program provides food for kids who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends.

On February 27thSt. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church of Grove will host a chili supper with a dessert auction, a silent auction, a live auction of specialty goods donated by church members and others in the community, plus door prizes. Said Chairwoman Glo Reherman, “Our goal this year is to meet or beat the $10,000 that was raised at the last event, ‘Fill a Backpack and Fill a Tummy’ is our motto”.  This year’s theme is Western, so dress casual, put on your boots, neckerchief, and mosey on down to the Grove Civic Center for a good dinner for a great cause. Get your tickets early. Advanced tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and only 500 will be sold. The doors open at 6 p.m.  For more information or to purchase tickets call: Marilyn Ekaitis at 918-787-8998, Pat Beyer at 918-786-2466, Debbie Shaw at 918-801-5879, or Sally Cavanaugh at 918-314-3184.  Tickets will also be available at Crye-Leike Realtors, 1104 S. Main St., Grove, OK 74344. Ask for Donna White 918-787-6100.

March

March 4 - 6, Bass Master Classic, Wolf Creek Park (map), For more info visit http://www.bassmaster.com/bassmaster-tournament-trail-schedule

March 5, 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm, 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow at Craig County Fairgrounds 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow will be at The Craig County Fairgrounds! The show will start at 9:00am on Saturday March 5th and run until 5:00pm.  Admission to the show is $4.00 and free for children 12 yrs and under.  The show features boutique items, repurposed furniture,  upcycled, salvaged, vintage, jewelry and good ole junk and you definitely don't want to miss our wine tasting  from our friends at Summerside Winery from Tuttle, Oklahoma

BERNICE NATURE CENTER - EVERY SATURDAY thru Summer   The Wild Eats (Animal Feeding Time) Bernice Nature Center, (map) Every Saturday, the park staff feeds the nature center animals for the public. Learn how each animal eats its food , what each animal eats and why a proper diet is required for all living things. For more info call 918-257-8330

26 & 27 March, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:30pm, HarBer Village, Grove, OK, Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Dyeing Cost - Non Members $20, Members - $15.  Just in time for Easter - learn the basic of this unique craft as you design & dye with beeswax & raw eggs. Class limit - 12, Instructor - Amelia Chamberlain

April

2 Apr 2016, 6:00 PM, Cherokee Yacht Club, The Bootlegger’s Ball.  LANGLEY, OK – Bolt Fiber Optic Services gladly presents the Bootlegger’s Ball on April 2, 2016 benefiting the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce.  The Bootlegger’s Ball promises to put a grand cap on an evening of fun getting underway at 6:00pm. Seventy-six years ago those workers who brought the Pensacola Dam from a dream to reality were not only sipping their moonshine on Whiskey Point, they were rapidly closing in on their task. In recognition of their contribution to the Grand Lake we enjoy today, the South Grand Lake Chamber is dedicating their annual event as a salute to a truly remarkable feat.  The Bootlegger’s Ball, A Casino Speakeasy Soirée, is set Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Cherokee Yacht Club.
While the location of the salute will be complete with all the modern day yacht club amenities, the operation will be hosted in a 1930’s setting when drinking and gambling establishments were definitely found behind closed doors and subject to police raids from time-to-time.  Other activities will be a live and silent auction featuring Dam Site memorabilia and other items donated by the Grand Lake business community. Other plans include Grand Shine at the Bootlegger’s Ball, but a full jazzy swing band will be performing, poker girls plus craps table, roulette tables as well as black jack tables for your enjoyment and entertainment for amusement only, jail house photo booth with props, great appetizers provided by Cherokee Yacht Club and of course, live auction items will all be part of the soiree – that is until the party gets busted by the fuzz.  Tickets price will be $25 a person, you can call the Chamber at 918-782-3214 or e-mail grandlakechamber@gmail.com

9 Apr, 2016, Cheese Making, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Har-Ber Village, Cost - Non-members $40, Members $35, Learn how to make several different types of soft cheese at home from easily obtainable ingredients. Our pioneer ancestors made use of the daily milk production by making butter & cheese, thereby preserving the milk for later use. Soft cheeses are easy to produce. Make fresh farmer's cheese, ricotta cheese, & mozzarella, & taste the results. Workshop fee will include directions for several other homemade cheeses, including cream cheese, as well as ingredients that can be added to flavor cheeses. Class limit - 10, Instructor: Tim Field

16 Apr, 2016, Bread Making, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Har-Ber Village, Non-members $40, Members $35. Learn the basic of bread making- both yeast & quick bread. Homemade breads were a staple of our 19th Century Ancestors. Breads made during this workshop will be baked in cast-iron Dutch ovens on the hearth, but all recipes can be prepared in the modern home oven as well. Homemade breads have a taste & texture unmatched by store-brought bread, 7 can be prepared with healthy ingredients. Breads covered in this workshop are Sally Lunn yeast bread, 30 minute-quick yeast rolls, buttermilk cornbread & mocha artisan bread. You'll also churn butter to put to use when workshop bread results are tasted. Class Limit - 10, Instructor - Tim Field.

16 Apr 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Har-Ber Village, Spring Fairy Garden Workshop, Non-Members -$35, Members -$30. A great mother-daughter project, our spring fairy garden includes a May pole & plants. Class Limit - None, Instructor -Lisa Houck

29 - 30 Apr 2016, Civil War Days, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK. Treat your senses to the sights, sounds, & smells of military & civilian life during America's bloodiest war years, with musket & cannon fire, period music & food cooking on the hearth. Each years brings new volunteers & living history reenactors to bring history to life.

May

May 1, 2016, Grove, 3:00 p.m. PAWS FOR A Cause.  Grand Saving Bank is sponsoring a 5K & Fun Run Funds raised will be donated to Second Chance Pet Rescue.

May 5, 2016, Coves Golf Course, Vinita's Golf Tournament at The Coves, More to follow

May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2016, Pioneer Sampler Day for Schools, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK. (As they are scheduled- call ahead to confirm program is held). $3 per student admission; educators & chaperones 1/10 students free. These educational programs days have been added to Har-Ber Village 2016 schedule specifically for school visits. Home-schools, single classrooms, whole grade levels or entire schools will be able to experience a variety of learning stations with pioneer life themes. Reservations MUST be made at least one week in advance of program date. Call 918-786-6446 for more information.

21 May, 2016, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Needle Tatting Workshop, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK.  Non-Members - $35, Members - $30. Old-fashion lace making made easier with a needle. Class limit - 5, Instructor - Lisa Houck

21 May, 2016, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Beginning Spinning; Wheel, Drop Spindle & Combing, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK.  Non-Members $75, Members - $65. Learn how to use a drop spindle, how to comb wool for spinning & making your own yarn on a spinning wheel. A limited number of wheels are available on a first come basis. Class limit - 5, Instructor Jeannie Wheatle

21 May, 2016, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Swedish Weaving Workshop, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK. Non-Members - $40, Members - $35, Make a beautiful gift in one day with this traditional needle weaving technique. Class Limit- 5, Instructor -Lisa Houck

 

June

Memorial Day thru Labor Day - 9am to 3pm daily, Free Tours Pensacola Dam, GRDA Eco Center, 420 Hyw 28  Langley,OK.

Jun 4th, 2016, 37th Annual World's Largest Calf Fry Festival 7 Cook-off, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Craig County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 10:00am. The event includes kid's games, arts & crafts, cook-off competition, celebrity judges, live concert, PBR bull showcase that evening & plenty of fun. A taste of the Country starts at 11:00 am.

Jun 4, 2016, Bull Fights, 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Craig County Fairgrounds.

June 4th & June 5th, 2016, 9 am to 4 pm, Beginning Weaving, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK.  Non-Members - $165, Members - $150.  This two day class is for anyone wanting to learn to weave & includes warping & threading a loom & how to read patterns. Various techniques will be taught as you weave a table runner on a four-harness loom. Yarns are provided with the class. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own loom. A limited number of looms are available on a first come basic. Class limit - 4, Instructor - Jeannie Wheatley.

June 6 thru 9, 2016, 8:00am to 1:00pm Daily, Shangri-La Golf Club, 2016 Junior Players Academy, http://www.grandlakechamber.org/event-2138866

June 16 thru June 18, 2016, 9:00am to 6:00pm, Rt 66 Festival & Car Show, Carnival Rodeo Grounds. The car show at Oklahoma State Bank Parking lot begins around 1:00 pm, registration from 9:00 am - Noon. Live entertainment, food, vendors & awards. On Historic Rt 66 in downtown Vinita activities include,live entertainment, great food, arts & crafts booths & a carnival that starts on Thursday night June 16th & runs though Saturday, June 18th.

Jun 24 thru 26, 2016, 1:00pm thru Sunday 5:00pm, Thunder on Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek Park, Grove, OK. 1:00 pm - Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 5:00 pm. Wolf Creek Park,Grove, Oklahoma, Hydroplane Boat Race, June 24 2016 Testing, June 25 & 26 2016 Race, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information please contact Leonard Miller at 918-791-1733

July

Memorial Day thru Labor Day - 9am to 3pm daily, Free Tours Pensacola Dam, GRDA Eco Center, 420 Hyw 28  Langley,OK.

July 1, 2016, at Dusk, Vinita, Bob McSpadden Annual Fireworks Display & Entertainment, The celebration is sponsored by the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce & our community. The night is full of live entertainment, food & games. The firworks show starts at dusk.

3 July 2016, 8:00am to 10:30pm, Arrowhead Yacht Club, Duck Creek Fireworks. We are honored and proud every year to once again present the July 4th Celebration. This celebration is a tribute and thank you to the men and women, past and present, serving in the United States of America Armed Services.
We all work to make the 4th a memorable experience that will thrill the young and old, but it truly is a group effort of the community. Without donations, there is no celebration. Every year the War Bird Fly-over is bigger than ever, with vintage aircraft from the U.S. and overseas, many of which have flown as an extra treat. The War Birds line up at the Ketchum Airport for people to view up close and meet the pilots of these amazing planes.  The July 4th Celebration is a tradition for Arrowhead, and we would be honored if you donated and celebrated this memorable occasion with us. http://www.arrowheadok.com/Page.aspx/pageId/161159/Duck-Creek-Fireworks-.aspx

4 Jul 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Har-Ber Village, Independence Day Celebration.  Regular Admission. This two hour family friendly event has become a holiday tradition for the children of Grove & the Grand Lake area. Play old-fashion lawn games, enjoy hand-cranked firecracker ice cream, decorate your bikes & wagons for the Kids' Parade & meet a patriotic personality. Experience the old-fashion Fourth of July fun!

July 23 thru 30, 2016, Craig County Fairgrounds. Craig County Free Fair includes exhibits, livestock show, children games & nightly events.

23 Jul, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Summer Fairy Garden Workshop, Har-Ber Village, Grove, OK. Non-Members - $35, Members - $30 A great mother-daughter project, our summer garden includes a camp site & plants, Class Limit - None

August

Memorial Day thru Labor Day - 9am to 3pm daily, Free Tours Pensacola Dam, GRDA Eco Center, 420 Hyw 28  Langley,OK.

Aug 24 2016, 11:00am, Downtown Vinita, Rodeo Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00 am from  North Park through downtown Vinita on historic Rt. 66.

Aug 24, 2016, 12:30, All Settlers Day, Craig County Fairgrounds.  Immediately following the parade, all the gang will meet out at Craig County Fairgrounds. Lunch will be provided by local restaurants. Live music & drawings for lots of prizes will start after 1 pm.

Aug 24 - 27, 2016, 7:30pm, Vinita Rodeo, Rodeo Grounds

September

Memorial Day thru Labor Day - 9am to 3pm daily, Free Tours Pensacola Dam, GRDA Eco Center, 420 Hyw 28  Langley,OK.

Sept 5 & 6, 10am – 11am, Labor Day Weekend "End of Summer Bash" Bernice Nature Center, 54101 Oklahoma 85A, Afton, OK 74331, United States (map) Wrap up the summer season on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees at the Nature Center. Naturalist-led hikes, activities and adventures will take place all weekend long. For more info call 918-257-8330
Sept 12, 9am to 5pm, Delaware County Farm Festival, Delaware County Fairgrounds Jay, OK (map)

Farm supplies, tractors, trucks, feed, mowers, tack and much more. For more info 918-253-8698
 

26 Sep 2016, 1:00pm, Shangri La Golf & Resort on Monkey Island, The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has release preliminary plans for their annual golf tournament fundraiser. The tournament will take place on Monday, September 26th at Shangri-La Golf & Resort on Monkey Island. The event will get underway with a shotgun start promptly at 1:00 pm.

Chamber Executive Director Rusty Fleming said, “This has always been a significant fundraiser for the chamber while, at the same time, being a lot fun, not only for the team participants, but our sponsors, supporters and volunteers as well. The tournament has been dubbed the Greater Grand Lake Open and we’re exploring ways to recognize the winning team on a lake-wide basis as the cream of the crop when it comes to scramble competition.” Participation is available on an individual or team . The entry fee includes green fees, carts and range balls. Area golfers and businesses are encouraged to recruit their very best possible team to claim bragging rights for the next 12 months. Individual participants will be assigned to teams lacking a full complement of players or used to make up additional teams. The tournament will be organized into an A and B flight with first and second place prizes awarded in each flight. In addition to the flight winners, hole-in-one opportunities will be provided to win some serious prizes as well as the usual longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and longest putt. But most will walk away winners as a host of door prizes will be handed out during the post tournament festivities. If golf is not your calling, there are sponsorship opportunities available ranging from the prestigious tournament sponsorship recognition to a hole or tee sponsorship. For details regarding sponsorships, to request an entry form to register or to volunteer to assist with this fun filled event, inquire via e-mail at grandlakechamber@gmail.com, call the office at 918-782-3214 or visit their offices in the Grand River Dam Authority’s new Eco-systems Building, located at the west end of the Pensacola Dam.

October

November

Nov. 24 to Jan. 1st 2017 Pine Lodge Resort Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour

December

Nov. 24 to Jan. 1st 2017 Pine Lodge Resort Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour