Earlier this month, Sam and I drove up to Muskogee for the opening reception of the Trail of Tears Art Show at the Cherokee Heritage Center. We also wanted to visit the
Five Civilized Tribes Museum show where two of my pieces had received awards that same week.
As luck would have it, the annual Azalea Festival was taking place just next door at Honor Heights Park. What a treat! It was a lovely drive through the 40 acre park and the azaleas were stunning. We spent a peaceful afternoon enjoying the beautiful flowers and park landscape in a city new to both of us. Just one of many perks of my artful journey. Once again I was struck with just how lucky I am to be doing what I love, living the creative life I’ve always wanted.
We had dinner at the Okie’s Steakhouse, where they were playing Merle Haggard music non-stop (just days after we learned of his passing). “Okie From Muskogee” was sung by everyone in the place. No, I’m not an Okie but I’m a Choctaw, and my mom was an Okie, so it’s like a second home to me.
Oh, and for the cherry on top – “Tiny Warrior” received Honorable Mention at the Trail of Tears Art Show
that very evening!
What kind of Springtime Adventure do you have planned (or have you already done it?) Comment below and tell us all about it!
Join me next month for our Bucket List Trip to Crazy Horse, with a side trip through Santa Fe (and a BIG announcement!) – it will be fabulous and I promise lots of pictures.
Carolyn Bernard Young
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