Tributes to the Carpenters, cowboys, and blacksmiths provide Oklahomans with a chance to experience “life back when” this weekend.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic reflects on music from the 1970s this weekend with its “Tribute to the Carpenters” at the Civic Center Music Hall. As the audience, you’ll be swept back in time to hear pieces from Karen and Richard like “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” The Recording Industry Association of America certified both songs as Gold singles shortly after they were released, and the “Close to You” album made its way onto the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003. The Philharmonic takes the stage this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
After spending your Friday evening with the Carpenters, why not join some cowboys at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday? Chuck wagons invade the museum to give little cowboys and cowgirls a chance to experience life in the Wild West. The cattle drive era comes alive with cattlemen demonstrating rope making and branding. Enjoy the medicine man, too, while you make your way through the exhibits. Families are encouraged to dress in Western garb for this event. The Cowboy Round-Up runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. this Saturday.
And if you’re up for a day trip to conclude your week, Fort Supply takes visitors back in time on Saturday for a blacksmith demonstration. Blacksmiths from the Saltfork Crafter’s Association show you how men used to create objects from iron or steel by heating and pounding the metal. Even though this event doesn’t start until 2:00, it’s worth getting to the site early. The historic camp gives you a peek into life during the late 1800s. Explore the sergeant’s quarters from the 1870s, or just walk through the grounds of a site that was established on November 18, 1868, and served as a supply camp for the Red River War before it was converted to the state’s first mental health institution in 1908. The site is open until 4:00 p.m.
Several other events occur this weekend in the metro.
The Oklahoma City Home and Outdoor Living Show takes over the Oklahoma State Fair Park this weekend featuring advice, products, and services for home improvement projects.
Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, Sarah Lee, performs with her husband at various Metropolitan libraries through March 24th.
MetroFamily’s Kids Fest comes to the Oklahoma State Fair Park on Saturday and includes a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, and a number of other kid-friendly activities.
For more events in your area, visit our calendar page.