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New and Old Traditions with Create Ardmore


By: Carl Clark, Create Ardmore President

Founded in 1887, next month marks Ardmore’s 130th birthday. To mark the occasion, Create Ardmore asks the community to help us celebrate.

Traditions build links between generations, creating bonds that help hold families, groups and communities together. A tradition can be simple, like a family’s Sunday brunch; or it can be complex, like the annual A2A Race.  

What is important is not the size or location of the event, but that the tradition brings the family, group or community together for a shared experience, a memory, a sense of belonging and fellowship.   

However, sometimes traditions get put aside and lost in the pressure of other responsibilities. Ardmore’s big birthday celebration is one of those traditions that somehow faded away and got lost.

Create Ardmore, though a relatively new organization, seeks to help revive the tradition of a big Central Park birthday celebration for Ardmore. We are working with the Chamber of Commerce and other community and City entities to offer birthday activities in the park on the morning of Saturday, July 29. 

A pancake breakfast (7:30 to 10:30) will be undertaken by the Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the United Way and with support from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Entertainment will include songs from the musical “Oklahoma!” performed by Ardmore Little Theatre, plus dramatic or humorous readings from Ardmore High School’s state championship ACT. There will be a cake walk, games for kids, recognition of the youngest and oldest Ardmore residents present in the park, plus singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to our town. Other activities to help mark the occasion include a walking tour in historic downtown Ardmore.

At 10:30, the Ardmore Douglass High School Reunion Parade takes place down Main Street (from Central Park to the H.F.V. Wilson Center). Special sales and promotions by Main Street merchants are anticipated, and there will be original poetry and literary readings by local writers at Main Street Coffee that afternoon.

While these morning activities take place in Central Park, the Downtown Farmers Market will feature fresh produce sales and live entertainment including a birthday salute at the Market Place on Broadway, 7:30 to 11:30.  

That evening (July 29), Create Ardmore will host its second “Affordable Anonymous Art Sale” with free live entertainment at the Market Place on Broadway, Paradise Alley Food Truck Park and Mill Street Garage. Food and drink will be available.

In the buildup to the celebration, Create Ardmore is presenting a photo contest “iSnap Ardmore” for photos taken with a phone’s camera depicting people and places that make Ardmore special. Details of the contest, which ends July 4, can be found via the Create Ardmore page on Facebook or by calling (580) 630-9999.

In advance of these events, on Saturday, June 24, (10:00 to noon at the Market Place on Broadway), folks are invited to participate in a “paint pARTy” to create an original piece of art on an 8”x8” canvas for inclusion in next month’s Affordable Anonymous Art Sale. At the same location, the Downtown Farmers Market produce sale will be taking place (7:30 to noon), with live entertainment and food trucks.

We invite you to help Create Ardmore revive a community tradition on Ardmore’s 130th birthday party.