On the second weekend in November, Vintage Market Days will once again fill the Farmers Public Market with clothing, furnishings, and knick-knacks from days past. Stacy Gray, or Calamity Jane as she's known in the "junk" business, brings this national event to Oklahoma City, helping local antique shoppers and treasure dealers meet and barter within the confines of a historic trading space.
And what a historic space it is; listed on the national register of historic places, the Farmers Public Market opened its doors in 1928, a time when farmers had no place but the roads to sell their wares and shoppers could only wait for mail-order groceries to be invented 50 years later. In its heyday, the market housed not only a variety of stores and markets, but also a concert space where country troubadours including Hank Williams Sr. and Bob Wills plucked at the heartstrings of rapt audiences.
Water erupts in twin geysers from the tail end of riders' wakeboards as they're pulled around a lake holding a fast-moving cable. In the open water, these riders would be pulled by boats. But here, a complex series of cables runs from the hands of riders to a motor on a steel apparatus above, which drags them on high-speed rides around the lake’s circumference. Onlookers at adjacent picnic benches applaud the spectacular tricks or particularly powerful wipeouts they see, after which the dunked party swims back to shore to hop back in line for the next available cable.
Many days, visitors can find the park’s team of professional cable boarders pushing the envelope and developing new air-defying stunts off semi-submerged ramps and grind rails. The staff sets aside Mondays and Tuesdays exclusively for beginners, reserving all seven cable tows for newbies to practice gliding on the water's surface.
Guiding golfers along a lush chlorophyll carpet that stretches for 6,524 yards from the back tees, the course at Choctaw Creek challenges all oncomers with tight, tree-lined fairways and treacherous approaches into elevated greens. The course's titular creek snakes its way through seven holes of the front nine, demanding cautious attention from golfers wary of the unplayable lies and amphibious gophers likely hiding in its murky depths. The back nine demands precise bifurcation of narrow fairways, lest drives stray into the fairway-lining foliage or greenside bunkers. After golfers work up ravenous appetites over 18 holes, the Creekside Grill stands at the ready to refuel them with sandwiches and house-made soups.
Course at a Glance:
Paintball Club of Choctaw’s eight playing fields accommodate all skill levels, including tikes as young as 8. Players select from various gaming styles such as capture the flag, fast-paced air ball, and themed objectives of protecting the team fort. Abiding by the club's field rules, players conquer obstacles such as picket-fence forts, wooden teepees, giant arrowheads, and cardboard trees.
Paintball Club of Choctaw has recently expended their simulated-warfare offerings, as they also host games of outdoor laser tag on two fields. During downtime, combatants can grab a bite to eat at the snack stand or simply take a breather at one of the nearby tables, where they can rethink strategy and consult dog-eared copies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Science Museum Oklahoma's 70-foot-diameter Dome Theater has a 36,000-watt digital sound system that makes any movie a full-body experience, like skydiving or donating half a liver. Climb to your comfortable theater seat to watch professional climbers ascend to the world's greatest theater seat in Everest, a 40-minute film about scaling the world's most daunting peak. SMO's other feature film, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, follows Captain John Stratton in his F-15 Eagle as he participates in combat training exercises for the U.S. Air Force.