Put September 25, 26 and 27 on your calendar now. This year’s NADOA Institute promises to be one of our best ever, and you don’t want to miss it! Our theme is "Raising Our Standards Higher Through Education", and Teresa Beeghly and her committee are putting together an excellent program. Included in the program will be a mock pooling trial - a demonstration of how a typical forced pooling hearing is conducted at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Other topics covered at this year’s Institute will include Gas Balancing and Control, Bankruptcy, MMS Issues, an update on Recent Legislation, and an Interactive Workshop on Communication. There is still time to request a topic or speaker of particular interest to you, so let Teresa know if you have any suggestions. You can e-mail her at email@example.com, or call her at (918) 523-1167.
The Renaissance Hotel, site of this year’s Institute, is located at the corner of Broadway and Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City. The hotel features a lush fifteen story garden atrium, offering guests four star services and amenities, which include a choice of deluxe accommodations, a piano lounge, restaurant, indoor pool and spa area, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and sixty thousand square feet of meeting and banquet space. The Renaissance, newest luxury hotel in Oklahoma City, is located directly opposite the sports arena and connected via a sky-bridge to the Cox Business Services Convention Center. If you are looking to economize by sharing accommodations with a fellow NADOA member while at the Institute, you can contact Debbie McKee at (405) 879-7859, or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will try to put you in touch with a roommate for the Institute.
Within walking distance of the Renaissance (or a 25-cent trolley ride) is Bricktown, a revitalized warehouse district, featuring restaurants, nightclubs, and a one-mile long water taxi ride through the area. Our Thursday evening dinner/dance is planned for Rocky’s in Bricktown, and will feature a buffet, with dance music provided by Cabin Fever. Tommy Rutledge has plans for this social event well under way, so come prepared to kick up your heels and let down your hair.
The Oklahoma Spirit trolley provides convenient and inexpensive transportation within the downtown area, as well as to certain destinations outside downtown Oklahoma City. Complete trolley routes and schedules will be included in the registration packets, to assist you in scheduling your sightseeing while in Oklahoma City. Within the downtown area all rides are 25 cents, discounted to 10 cents for disabled passengers and senior citizens. Trolley rides to locations outside the downtown area are 50 cents, discounted to 25 cents for disabled and seniors. A three-day, unlimited pass, good for all trolley routes, is available for $2.
While in Oklahoma City, you should plan to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial, a moving tribute to the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Located on the site of the bombing at 620 North Harvey, the outdoor, symbolic memorial is augmented by an interactive museum. You can ride the trolley to the Memorial, and should allow at least two hours for your visit. Other places of interest in the downtown area include the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a seventeen-acre botanical garden surrounding a sunken lake, and the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, located at Reno and Robinson. The Oklahoma City Art Museum, a new facility located at 415 Couch Drive, houses an extensive permanent collection, as well as touring exhibitions.
If you plan to venture outside the downtown area, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 Northeast 63rd Street, features superb Western art, bronzes and artifacts. You can immerse yourself in the culture of the American West by visiting the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, the Native American Cowboy Gallery, and Prosperity Junction, a life-size western town.
If it’s live action you crave, Remington Park is a world-class pari-mutual racetrack. During September, thoroughbred races are held most Thursdays through Sundays. The $3.50 general admission ticket provides access to trackside, clubhouse and penthouse levels. Located close to Remington Park, the Oklahoma City Zoo covers over 110 acres, and is considered to be one of the ten best zoos in the country. Next to the Zoo is Omniplex, 10 acres of museums under one roof that has been called an "amusement park for the mind". All these attractions are on the trolley route, so you won’t even need a taxi or rental car to visit them.
If your stay in Oklahoma City allows, you should plan to visit the Oklahoma State Fair, which runs from September 13th through the 29th at State Fair Park, I-44 and Northwest 10th Street. The annual Oklahoma State Fair is a truly great state fair, featuring a rodeo, a circus and an ice show, in addition to traditional fair exhibits and entertainment.
Stockyards City at Agnew and Exchange Streets, is listed on the National Historic Register, and is the location of the world’s largest stocker/feeder cattle market. Also found in Stockyards City is Oklahoma’s most complete variety of authentic western shops and art galleries. If you are in the market for boots, spurs, saddles, western art or western clothing, you will find a large selection from which to choose. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyards City was established in 1910 (shortly after Statehood), and is known as the home of Oklahoma’s finest steaks.
Another unique attraction is the Paseo Art District at Northwest 30th and Dewey. As Oklahoma City’s only artist community, the quaint Paseo District is home to studios, galleries and shops. You may also want to visit the Harn Homestead Museum, at 313 Northeast 16th Street. This historic homestead was staked during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.
I think you will agree that there is a lot to see and do in Oklahoma City. Start making your plans now to attend. I hope to see you there!
Kathy Fisher, 4/1/02