Food Truck Thursday celebrates 1950s

Downtown Claremore is celebrating the days when women walked around downtown in poodle skirts and Elvis Presley was the most popular musician in America. The days before cell phones, when color TVs first hit the market.

This celebration of the 1950s is part of Food Truck Thursday At the Hop Downtown on Aug. 30 from 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Claremore. The monthly, seasonal event features more than 15 food trucks, late night shopping downtown, a free Kids Zone by Cedar Point Church, local musicians and a fun theme each month.

Performing for the night is Elvis Presley — known locally as EJ Sharp. He will be performing at the stage in the 500 block.

The event also features a Classic Car Show, which is held in conjunction with Volunteers for Youth as a small fundraiser for the organization. The show will feature up to 20 classic cars available for viewing and voting from 6-8 p.m. in the Claremore Daily Progress Parking Lot, 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

Guests will get to vote on their “Fan Favorite.” Voting will end at 8 p.m., and the winner will be announced at the stage at 8:30 p.m. The winning car’s owner will receive a $100 gift card to Doe’s Eat Place.

It is free to vote, and each attendee will get one vote. To enter a car, the registration fee is a $10 donation to Volunteers for Youth. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the organization to support its mission to keep at-risk youth on track for a happy, healthy, productive life. Space is limited. Those interested in participating can download the application here.

At the free Kids Zone by Cedar Point Church, kids can play volleyball, hop scotch, hula hoop and other fun kids games. The church also always offers a free snack for all kids in the Kids Zone. Parents are asked to watch their children while they enjoy the games and fun activities.

Volunteers for Youth’s TSET Healthy Living Program is sponsoring a free cooking demonstration with items available for purchase at a farmer’s market booth nearby. There also will be a dunk tank to benefit the Volunteers for Youth.

Most shops will remain open throughout the event while other vendors will be in the streets to add to the shopping variety. The Main Street Tavern will be selling low-point beer, and Studio B Artworks will be offering face painting.

Food trucks include Alpha GrillBlue Boys Soul FoodCurbside Comfort, Dave’s Smoke ShackDorothy’s Wiches, Hoops Philly TruckHot Mess BBQ, Jack’s Ice Cream, Kona IceLa Hermosa Taco Truck, Maw & Paw Kettle Corn of Miami, MooChewSooey BBQMy Baby Can CookRopin Flamingo Italian IceTaqueria El Jarocho and Wild Al’s.

Food Truck Thursday is a monthly, seasonal event in downtown Claremore hosted by the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association and Claremore Main Street. Both organizations strive to improve downtown Claremore and reignite the area as the social core of the community.

Upcoming dates for Food Truck Thursday are Downtown Fall Festival on September 27 and Downtown Halloween Haunt October 25.

Food Truck Thursday was named the 2018 Best Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees by the Oklahoma Main Street Center.

Food Truck Thursday is made possible thanks to its community support and sponsors, including Season Signature Sponsor Midtown Rentals and numerous major and supporting sponsors.

Volunteers needed for downtown photoshoot

Claremore Main Street is once again seeking volunteer models and extras for a downtown photoshoot scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome to come be a part of the shoot, either as a “model,” meaning they’d like to be featured, or as an “extra,” those who want to participate but would rather be in the background. Children and pets also are welcome.

The photos will be taken by DroneWorks and will include people downtown, architecture shots and drone photography.

“We had our first photoshoot in February and had wonderful turnout and beautiful shots taken,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Claremore Main Street. “With its success, we wanted to do it again in the summer to get different lighting and clothing.”

The photos will be used for marketing materials, including the organization’s website, advertisements, social media and brochures among others.

Volunteers should meet at the Claremore Main Street, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., by 10:30 a.m. for instructions and assignments. The entire shoot will be over by 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to stay as long as they can but are welcome to come-and-go as necessary to fit their schedules.

Additionally, volunteers are asked to dress in summer attire without logos — with the exception of RSU or Claremore Zebra attire — trademarks or offensive language.

“All clothing should be deemed not offensive by the average person,” Jackson explained. “Basically, anything that is revealing or potentially controversial should be left at home.”

Volunteers are not required to RSVP but when possible should let the Main Street Director know by emailing if they intend to be there. In case of rain or bad weather, Jackson will notify everyone those she’s heard from and update their Facebook page if the shoot is postponed.

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.

Breakfast at the Boom supports local restaurant, downtown stores

With the popularity of Cash Mob’s en masse shopping concept, Claremore Main Street introduces a new event featuring en masse dining – Breakfast at the Boom.

Breakfast at the Boom is exactly what it sounds like – a big group getting together and eating breakfast at the Boomarang Diner, 302 W. Will Rogers Blvd. But there’s more to it.

“Breakfast at the Boom is a fun opportunity to get together as a group and enjoy a meal, plus we’ll have added benefits of giveaways and free shopping dollars,” said Jessica Jackson, Claremore Main Street Director.

The event is from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, August 18. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call or text Main Street at 918-341-5881 or email .

Just like in Cash Mob, attendees are expected to spend $20. The cost covers the free meal, prizes and giveaways and shopping dollars to spend at select stores downtown.

“Main Street isn’t making any money off of this,” the nonprofit director said. “One-hundred percent of the registration fee will go to the downtown businesses, either in the cost of the food, the shopping dollars or purchasing the door prizes.”

Main Street encourages shopping right after breakfast, which conveniently ends at the same time most stores are opening.

“Enjoy your delicious breakfast and then shop! Take in the downtown and visit the variety of stores offered downtown to find a perfect gift to take home,” Jackson said. “The best part is that we’re all doing it together!”

Breakfast at the Boom is sponsored by RCB Bank.

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.