November 23 – Bars and pubs in Tahlequah are set to celebrate the holiday season, with a number of events planned this week and beyond.
This Wednesday, The Branch will host an open mic night, as well as a Thanksgiving dinner. Food will be served at 4 p.m., with music from 7 p.m. Manager Justin Kelley said the branch usually closes when things start to pick up on the streets at Ned’s.
“It’s usually a bit before the game for that. We’ll have turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, a pot of sweet potatoes, buns and all that good stuff – just a traditional dinner. Thanksgiving I’m going to smoke the turkey and finish in the oven so I think that’ll be good, ”Kelley said.
Kelley said The Branch will likely throw some sort of Christmas party.
Technically, Ned’s hasn’t planned a formal Thanksgiving event, unless the revelers want to count “Nedsgiving”. On Wednesday, guests can look forward to a lively group as friends and family gather to celebrate the eve of Turkey Day. Owner Gary Kirkpatrick said he didn’t even know how Nedsgiving got started.
“We never called it that; it just evolved into that,” he said. “I don’t know why, but people just started calling it that and I thought I would take it. It’s kind of a big deal. We’ve been here for so long and there was no not a lot of bars to go Everyone goes to town, they visit family for a bit, then they go down to Ned’s place. It’s a fun time. “
Ned’s also runs a Christmas Tights Sweater contest every year. No date has been set yet, but staff will announce the event once plans are made.
The Kroner & Baer pub plans live music every day this week, except Thanksgiving, when it will be closed. Tuesday is an open mic night, starting at 8 p.m., while Thanksgiving Eve will feature Landon Walker, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. After the holidays, the festivities resume with more live music from Dan Martin on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ; and Dominic Roy on Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“The day before Thanksgiving, a lot of people like to go out because they don’t have to work the next day, so we see a lot of people,” said owner Chris Whytal. “And then Friday and Saturday we’ve been busy the previous years because people have families in town and they like to go out and find something to do.”
Kroner & Baer also plans to celebrate with customers for the annual Tahlequah Christmas Parade, which is December 3 at 6 p.m. ET. The pub will serve hot drinks, like Irish coffees and hot chocolates, so attendees can stay warm while watching the parade from the patio.
Those looking for something new to do this year can register to attend Sequoyah National Park Crown and Wine. The park will host two nights in which people 21 and older can taste wine while making wreaths, wreaths or natural garlands.
“The goal is to get rid of the red cedar that is found throughout the park,” said Sierra Coon, park naturalist. “It is an invasive species that can have serious negative impacts on the plants and animals in the area. To help reduce the amount of red cedar we have present, we have cut some and will be using it during this event to reduce waste. “
The Couronne and Wine events will take place at the group campsite on November 30 and December 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Front Porch Wine will be on hand to offer tastings to people or for people to shop. Space is limited, so people can confirm their attendance by emailing [email protected] Photo ID is required to enter, and entry is $ 20 per person.