My hubby and I took a short road trip this weekend to Inola, Oklahoma. It’s just about a thirty minute drive, but neither of us had ever been there before. We had heard they were having a city-wide garage sale and celebrating “Paint Inola Green” for Saint Patrick’s Day. A scenic drive took us to the Inola exit where, before entering town, we came upon a derailed train. This had occurred about a month prior and fortunately there had been no injuries or evacuations.
There were a few sales in town, but in one downtown area of Inola, there were several friendly folks gathered together, selling inside and outside, and proudly wearing their “green”.
I had the pleasure of visiting with Carolyn Dormier, who was one of a few town’s people who had organized the event. You could tell she was proud of her town and shared that they plan on having a similar event monthly. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inola-HayDay-2012/311179052275474)
Ms. Carolyn and her committee incorporated the live music of Beau Powers for this day. He and his sweet guitar entertained the shoppers with country-style rocking music. You couldn’t help but stop and even sing along with his familiar songs. His lovely wife shared that he also writes many of his own lyrics. This is one guy you’ll want to watch for in your area this summer. (www.beaupowers01.webs.com) We plan on visiting him at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma in the near future! I think what really impressed me with this couple is that their shows are family oriented. They entertain for Senior Center luncheons, and anybody that will do that gets a great big THUMBS UP in my book!Hat’s off to you, Beau Powers and to your Mrs., too!
Now back to Inola! They have several fun cafes for a small town, so if you go, plan on eating there. You’ll also want to stop at Mike Fuller’s Auto and Gas Museum. Ms. Carolyn told us about it. Yes, I know, typically, you take me to a museum and I fuss the entire way through. But when you see this building, you will want to go in. It’s an old highschool gymnasium, rock on the outside, old wooden bleachers on the inside, built in the 20’s or 30’s. And FILLED with history ~ : http://mikefullersautoandgasmuseum.angelfire.com/
Inola, Oklahoma, is small town America. These people embraced us like we lived there, and when we told them we didn’t, they wanted to share their town and its history. We got a good laugh at the old guy that yelled out of his truck window while I was taking pics, “WHERE’S YOUR GREEN?” Yep, I was sporting hot pink on St. Patty’s. Glad he reminded me of that, and made me feel like I belonged there. We will be back, Inola ~ Thanks for the hospitality. ♥