The graceful drape of a chiffon dress. The scent of lilies surrounding the altar. The smooth sweetness of buttercream frosting. These are the entrancing details that make a wedding special, and Bridalifestyle Wedding Magazine's eponymous showcase explores them all in-depth, helping soon-to-be newlyweds decide on the details of their own wedding by displaying innovative ideas for every aspect of the big day. A variety of exhibitors and special guests join the festivities, which range from catering spreads for guests to taste, to discussions of tablescaping and how to select flowers that won't attract bees to a family-only service. Attendees also salivate at samples for cake designs from the area’s best sugar artists and peruse tuxedos, gowns, and bridesmaids dresses before seeing the garments in motion during a bridal fashion show.
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.
Every year, the Ultimate Mud Warrior Aftermath 5k unfolds on the same 400-acre property––an expansive piece of land with terrain that ranges from lakes and hills to clay and sand. Beyond that constant, however, the course is transformed from year to year, with newly bulldozed trails and newly built obstacles.
The obstacles are kept hush-hush before the event to add an element of surprise. However, obstacles can include structures such as waterslides, mud pits, and narrow bridges. Situated to maximize spectator involvement, the obstacles don’t aim to scare off participants—competitors can opt out of any that are too difficult. To further accommodate racers of all fitness levels, both running and walking are encouraged, and everyone who reaches the course’s end is honored with a finisher’s medal and a stern handshake from Wilford Brimley.
A live-action escape challenge, The Escape OKC puts groups of friends to the test by locking them in rooms filled with puzzles, riddles, and clues that lead the way out. The facility currently features two themed rooms: "The Forgotten Outpost," which has a Cold War vibe, and "Four Brothers," which is a twisted philosopher's study. After the door locks behind them, groups have exactly 60 minutes to sift through their room's stuff—its furniture, drawers, maps, and pictures—in search of an escape plan. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the experience requires a great deal of teamwork, as all participants must stay calm, share responsibility, and not scare everyone by wondering aloud who should be eaten first.
At the PASA Certified Okkite kiteboarding school, skilled instructors teach students of all abilities to surf and fly across Lake Hefner. They teach two accelerated classes—one introductory course on land, and a more advanced water class—to help students quickly grasp safe launching, landing, and ejecting techniques. They teach many of these lessons at the aptly named Kite Point, getting students up and surfing in what they consider one of the best kiteboarding spots around.
To further help students reach their kiteboarding goals, they sell a variety of new and used kites, gear, and bottled wind.
Though they have coached celebrities and worked with Broadway producers, the instructors at Elegance Ballroom appreciate that some people just want to cut loose on weekends. In beginner classes, they walk students through a curriculum of ballroom and Latin styles, laying the groundwork for steps such as the tango, foxtrot, rumba, and waltz. Private and group lessons prepare students for competition-level strutting or a casual night out. Regardless of the goal, instructors put guests at ease with encouraging attitudes, a selection of complimentary refreshments, and the solemn promise that they will never release wild wolverines into the studio to punish a missed step.
Apart from classes, staffers host regular practice parties where their protégés can socialize. They also rent out the Elegance Ballroom Event Center for special occasions, prepping food, drinks, and the dance floor to accommodate up to 500 guests.