Monday, December 28, 2009

Opening Night - New Year's Eve

Opening Night is a New Year’s Eve celebration with music, dancing, theater and fireworks! Since 1987, Opening Night has been the way to ring in the New Year. All performances take place in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Opening Night 2010 takes place on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m.-midnight in venues around Downtown Oklahoma City. This year's entertainment features a variety of performances from some of Oklahoma's brightest stars.

An Opening Night admission wristband allows you access to all venues, all night long. Wristbands are $8 in advance, or $10 at the event. Purchase advance wristbands starting Nov. 20 at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Mathis Brothers and MidFirst Bank Locations.

Opening Night 2010
Performer List

All About Irish Performance Troupe – Irish Dance, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center- Exhibit Hall 3, 7:00, 9:00

The Ambassadors’ Concert Choir – Choral/ Gospel, Venue 9, First National Center, 7:00

Boru’s Ghost – Modern Celtic Rock, Venue 7, Kerr Auditorium, 7:00

Bricktown Clowns & Face Painters – Children’s Performer, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Lobby, 7:00-11:00

Brother Summit Band – Old School/Jazz, Venue 6, Bank of Oklahoma, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Built for Speed – Rock, Venue 7, Kerr Auditorium, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

CDS Jazz Band – Jazz, Venue 4, Ronald J. Norwick Downtown Library, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Charlie Hill – Acoustic Guitar, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Lobby, 7:00, 9:00

Cori & Chelsey Emmett with No U-Turn Band – Contemporary Country with ‘70s and ‘80s Rock & Roll, Venue 10, Chase Tower, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00

David Thomas and the World of Magic– Magic/Variety Artist, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 2, 7:30, 9:00, 10:15

Desert Fire – Aalim Princesses (Belly Dancers), Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Lobby, 10:00

Duo Fisher: Dueling Pianists – Dueling Pianists, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Lobby, 8:00, 10:00

Eden Sharmaine – Experimental Progressive Indie Rock, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 1, 9:00

Edgar Cruz – Classical Guitar, Venue 3, Stage Center – Tolbert Theatre, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30

Floyd Hanes Orchestra – Big Band and Classics, Venue 5, Leadership Square, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Harrison Academy Symphonic Winds – Wind Ensemble, Venue 9, First National Center, 8:00

Jamie Bramble – Acoustic/Rock, Venue 2, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Justin Echols – Jazz/Standards, Venue 4, Ronald J. Norrick Downtown Library, 7:00

Lola and Sparkle – Music and Comedy, Venue 3, Stage Center – Arena Theatre, 8:00, 10:00

The Non – Experimental/ Rock/ Ambient, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 1, 10:00

OK Chorale – Chorale, Venue 9, First National Center, 9:00, 10:00

Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild – Youth Musical Theatre, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 3, 8:00. 10:00

Oklahoma City Roller Derby – Roller derby, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 1, 7:00, 8:00

PowerHouz – Variety, Venue 8, Kerr Park, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00

Red Dirt Improv – Improv, Venue 3, Stage Center – Arena Theatre, 7:00, 9:00

Tall Cotton String Band – Traditional/Folk, Venue 10, Chase Tower, 8:00, 10:00

Total Equilibrium – Juggling/Comedy, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Lobby, 8:00, 10:00

The Uglysuit – Psychedelic/Rock, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 1, 11:00

Unity – Instrumental/ Multicultural, Venue 2, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 7:00

Upside Down Artist – Family Entertainment, Venue 1, Cox Convention Center - Lobby, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

For a venue map, click here.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Some interesting facts about the Twelve Days of Christmas: From the Grandison Bed and Breakfast

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning on Christmas Day (25 December). This period is also known as Christmastide. The Twelfth Day of Christmas is 5 January - the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January.

In England in the Middle Ages, this period was one of continuous feasting and merrymaking, which climaxed on Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. In Tudor England, Twelfth Night itself was forever solidified in popular culture when William Shakespeare used it as setting for one of his most famous stage plays, titled Twelfth Night. Often a Lord of Misrule was chosen to lead the Christmas revels.

Many in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations still celebrate some aspects of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Boxing Day (26 December) is a national holiday in many Commonwealth nations, being the first full day of Christmas. Victorian era stories by Charles Dickens (and others), particularly A Christmas Carol, hold key elements of the celebrations such as the consumption of plum pudding, roasted goose and wassail. While these foods are consumed more at the beginning of the Twelve Days in the UK, some dine and dance in the traditional way throughout, all the way to Twelfth Night.

Nowadays, the Twelfth Day is the last day for decorations to be taken down, and it is held to be bad luck to take decorations down after this date. This is in contrast to the custom in Elizabethan England, when decorations were left up until Candlemas; this is still done in some other Western European countries such as Germany.

With the onset of more Americanized and secular traditions throughout the past two centuries (such as the American "Santa Claus"), also the popularity of Christmas Eve itself as a holiday, and rise in popularity of New Year's Eve parties as well, the traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas have been largely forgotten in the U.S. This is also heightened by the commercial practice to have "After-Christmas Sales" begin on 26 December and run usually until New Year's Eve. Indeed, contemporary marketing and media tend to espouse the (erroneous) belief that the Twelve Days end on Christmas and thus begin 14 December.[3][4]

However, a small percentage of Christians of many sects have held on to their own favorite ways to celebrate and those who choose to also have their own church to guide them in a spiritual way of marking this reverent holiday. Americans who celebrate various ways include secular Christians of all backgrounds, religious Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Moravians and those of the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Today, some celebrants give gifts each of the Twelve Days, feast and otherwise celebrate the entire time through to Epiphany morning. Lighting a candle for each day has become a modern tradition in the U.S. and of course, singing the appropriate verses of the famous song each day is also an important and fun part of the American celebrations.

Some still celebrate Twelfth Night as the biggest night for parties and gift-giving and some also light a Yule Log on the first night (Christmas) and let it burn some each of the twelve nights. Some Americans also have their own traditional foods to serve each night.

As in olden days, Twelfth Night to Epiphany morning is then the traditional time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations.

(All information comes from the wikipedia entry located at )

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Grandison Guide to Hanging Christmas Lights

The Grandison Inn on hanging Christmas Lights

We all know that decorating for Christmas can be a bit of a stressful event your first time. If you are planning on decorating your home for the first time, or even if you are looking for a more structured approach we have posted the list we found most useful for decorating.
You can find this list in its original posting here(
  1. Create an electric plan. Know exactly where you want your lights, but most importantly, know how you intend to plug them in. Too many strings connected together will often blow fuses (especially on the cheaper strings of lights), so consider structuring your set-up to utilize a couple of electrical outlets.

  2. Check safety issues. Consider cleaning dried leaves out of gutters to prevent any fire risks. Make sure all electrical cords are intact. Verify that hooks (or whatever you're using to attach the lights) are secure.

  3. Get the proper tools. Make sure you have the proper tools already out for the job. You'll most likely need a ladder, a tape measure, light clips/hooks, your lights and extension cords. You also might need a hammer, pliers and a screwdriver.

  4. Lay out and inspect lights. Before you hang anything, stretch out your lights across your yard or driveway. Get all of the twists and/or kinks out of the strings and check for any broken bulbs or split wiring. Go ahead and plug in the strings and replace dead bulbs. It'll be much easier to replace them on the ground than after they're hung.

  5. Hang hooks/clips. Evenly space your hooks or clips along the eaves of your home. Make sure they are firmly in place and not spaced out so far that the strands will dangle. A foot or so is usually about right. Go ahead and hang all of the hooks along your planned area before attaching the lights. Do not use staples or nails. You may split the wires and ruin the strands or potentially cause serious electrical hazards.

  6. Hang lights. Make sure your ladder is on flat ground and firmly placed if leaning it against the house. If possible, always have a helper hold the ladder. As you hang the lights, make sure to hold the strings up so that the weight of the un-hung portion doesn't pull off any clips or hooks.

  7. Prepare the power. Plug in all strings of lights to their respective cords or outlets. Set any timers you may be using. Make sure to secure any extension cords, not leaving dangling cords or wires that may cause a safety hazard.

  8. Flip the switch. Turn on your lights and do another check of any dead bulbs or strings. If you have an entire string out, check the connections first before replacing any strings. Odds are it is a connection or a single bulb rather than a bad string if it worked a few moments before hanging.

  9. Enjoy! After cleaning up and putting away all of your tools, take a walk away from your house and enjoy your work. There's just something about holiday lighting to get people in the spirit of the season.