Music on Main fundraiser nears end

A few more donations are needed to ensure downtown will be alive with music by Christmastime.

Hearing the request from business owners and customers alike, Claremore Main Street launched a crowdfunding campaign called Music on Main to raise money for speakers downtown to play music during regular business hours.

That project is now in its final days and seeking the last few donations to make it possible. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at here, at the Claremore Main Street office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., or in donation jars are nine downtown businesses.

“We have been thrilled with the outpour of support from the community, local businesses and corporate sponsors,” said Jessica Jackson, Main Street Director. “I’m excited to watch the last few donations come in. This is the time for everyone to come together to do something small to improve downtown.”

Main Street is asking for donations of $25 from 100 people by the end of the St. Paddy’s Day Party on March 16. With RCB Bank doubling donations in the final week, that will be enough to reach the goal. Of course, donations of any size – small or large – are encouraged.

“If we can reach our goal by the deadline, we can get the speakers ordered and in place to play Christmas music during the holidays,” Jackson said. “We hope to have them in even sooner so guests can hear the bands up and down the streets during Food Truck Thursday this season.”

Along with RCB, corporate sponsors include the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association, The District on Main, Claremore MoH and GRDA.

“We wanted to get the whole community involved in this project so that each Claremore citizen could feel ownership of the improvement. A sort of, ‘I helped make this happen,’ type thing,” Jackson said. “Essentially, a $25 donation supports a week of music.”

Once the project is funded, music will play along speakers on existing light poles up and down the three blocks of historic downtown Claremore during regular business hours and events. Music will be at a low volume as to not disturb conversations or those living downtown.

It’ll feature a variety of clean, radio-edits of songs, including but not limited to classic rock, adult contemporary, new hits and other popular genres. Music also can be themed during the holidays or during Claremore events.

Claremore Main Street is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Claremore by promoting a healthy downtown economy, historic preservation and placemaking. The organization was established in 2002.

For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881 or email .

Volunteers needed to clean up downtown alleys

Claremore Main Street is hosting an Alley Clean Up Day this weekend as a way to get the alleyways in tip-top shape leading into spring activities.

Volunteers will meet at the Main Street office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Trash bags, brooms and gloves will be provided along with snacks and beverages.

“During the course of the year, the alleys can get a little dirty with glass, trash and gunk,” said Jessica Jackson, Main Street Director. “We try to plan a day for volunteers to come out annually and help us shine it up a bit.”

Each volunteer will receive a color-changing St. Paddy’s Day Party cup, a $5 value, that can be used at the Party on March 16 for a dollar off beer all night long.

“We appreciate all the help we receive on days like this. Last time we did this, several children showed up to clean, which was really heartwarming,” Jackson said. “If you’re in need of service hours or just love to help the community, this is a great opportunity.”

Main Street is a nonprofit organization, which qualifies it for most service hour requirements.

Business and property owners have been invited to submit projects for volunteers to work on as well in an effort to improve the look of the alleys in general.

“In the future, we’re exploring some ideas for programming in the alleys, whether it is an alley art show, an alley sidewalk sale or even public art for the alleys,” Jackson said. “For any of that, we need to start with great looking, clean alleyways.”

The alleys will be used on March 16 following the Bangers & Mash Lunch as part of the “Not-A-Parade” stroll through downtown. This year, the path will include both alleys and sidewalks of the historic district.

While a limited number of brooms and trash gloves will be provided, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, brooms and other equipment to extend the usage.

For planning purposes, RSVP is appreciated but not required. RSVP by calling or texting 918-341-5881 or by emailing .

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Claremore. With a focus on economic vitality, historic preservation and placemaking, the organization strives to secure downtown as the social and economic core of the community.

Downtown kicks off St. Patrick’s Day with three Irish-themed events

Downtown Claremore will offer three unique ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March in the heart of the community.

The Bangers & Mash Lunch, St. Paddy’s Day Party and Pot-O-Gold Giveaway have been celebrated for years downtown and are back in 2018 better than ever.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in downtown Claremore,” said Jessica Jackson, Claremore Main Street director. “Each event offers something different so it’s a fun day whether you participate in one, two or all three events.”

The Bangers & Mash Lunch and St. Paddy’s Day Party will both be on Friday, March 16 this year. The Pot-O-Gold Giveaway, which offers a chance to win $350 in downtown shopping “Green Bucks,” runs the first two weeks of March, and the winner will be drawn on March 16.

The events are sponsored by Pixley Lumber, presenting sponsor, as well as by supporting sponsors Boom-a-Rang Diner, Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority, Walke Brothers Meat Company, Wantland Law Firm and Kevin Fortna, CPA.

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Bangers & Mash Lunch

Now in its 10th year in downtown Claremore, the Bangers & Mash Lunch is one of Claremore’s favorite ways to enjoy lunchtime in the spring.

Running from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the lunch cost $7 for a traditional Bangers & Mash – or otherwise known as sausage and mashed potatoes. The meal also consists of a cookie and drink. The lunch takes place in the Claremore Daily Progress parking lot, 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

During the lunch, musicians will play at the stage to entertain the crowds. The Rogers State University Jazz Band will perform early in the lunch and the ever-popular Timothy O’Brian’s Celtic Cheer will play from noon until 1 p.m.

“When the sun is shining, there’s no better place to have lunch. The food, the music, the atmosphere and the celebration, it just makes for a great afternoon,” Jackson said. “We know professionals in town look forward to spending their lunch with us at the Bangers & Mash Lunch each year, so we chose to move it from St. Patrick’s Day to the Friday before to continue to provide that service.”

Following the lunch, a Not-A-Parade Irish Stroll will take participants through downtown alleys and sidewalks.

New St. Paddy’s Day t-shirts will be on sale for $15 during the lunch. Last year’s shirts will be sold for $10. Other trinkets and color-changing cups will also be available for purchase.

The color-changing cups are $5 and good for $1 off beer all night at the St. Paddy’s Day Party.


St. Paddy’s Day Party

Co-hosted with the Main Street Tavern, 116 N. Missouri Ave., for the second year in a row, the St. Paddy’s Day Party is a traditional St. Patrick’s celebration – complete with Guinness and all.

The party starts at 6 p.m. and will continue outdoors in the Tavern parking lot until 10 p.m. For guests who aren’t ready to call it a night, the Tavern will be open until 2 p.m. indoors.

Admission is free and open to the public of all ages. ID is required for a wrist band to purchase and consume alcohol, however.

“This is the second year we’ve partner with the Main Street Tavern, and it’s just really punched this event up a notch. We were blown away with the attendance in 2017 and are confident this year’s will be even better,” Jackson said.

The Tavern will be selling Guinness and Guinness Blonde, whiskey and spirits outside in the parking lot along with brat dogs and Irish bangers to eat. The full-service bar and Late Night menu will be available inside and on the patio.

Claremore Main Street will be selling water and pop for $2, along with T-shirts and color-changing cups. The cups are $5 and good for $1 off beer all night long.

On the RAK Tool Supply Stage, the Vintage Wildflowers will perform beginning at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the Goode Academy of Irish Dancers will wow the crowd. Capping of the night, Timothy O’Brian’s Celtic Cheer will make an encore performance, playing from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

“A lot of people have asked us why we decided to host it on Friday instead of during St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday,” Jackson said. “Our committee really weighed the options and decided we could host a better event on the Friday before than on St. Patrick’s Day itself.”

“We could provide more beer trucks, better bands and more volunteers and staff than we would be able to on March 17,” Jackson explained. “We’re where you can kick off your St. Paddy’s Day.”


Pot-O-Gold Giveaway

A downtown event isn’t complete without a shop-and-win component. The Pot-O-Gold Giveaway offers a chance to win “Green Bucks,” shopping dollars to spend downtown.

“We’re giving away a $350 Pot-O-Gold full of shopping dollars to one lucky winner,” Jackson said. “Visit any of the 13 participating downtown Claremore businesses as many days as you want between now and March 15 to enter.”

There’s no purchase necessary although some stores may provide additionally entries for purchases to increase the costumer’s chances. The contest began on March 1 and will continue through noon on March 15.

Green Bucks can be used at any of the participating stores like cash. Participating stores are: Bike About Bicycles, Boarding House Books, Boomarang Diner, The Cozy Cottage, The Cranberry Merchant, District on Main, The Farmhaus, The Haberdashery, LoliPop A Sweet Boutique, Outwest Home Décor, She Brews Coffee House DowntownThrift Harbor and Willow Tree Mall.

The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. March 16 during the Bangers & Mash Lunch but does not need to be present to win.

Two smaller giveaways worth $25 each will be given out during the lunch as well, and guests will need to be present to win those prizes.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at any of the events should contact Jackson at or 918-341-5881.

Claremore Main Street is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Claremore. With a focus on economic vitality, historic preservation and placemaking, the organization strives to secure downtown as the social and economic core of the community.