The last 15 months have been a real rollercoaster for those who run events and venues. Tower Theatre in OKC, The Jones Assembly and more have all felt the brunt of the shutdown, and most residents don’t understand that many are barely just reopening. Tower Theatre is offering free concerts until the third week of August on Friday evenings to welcome everyone back!
When it came to reopening, it just wasn’t as easy as opening one’s doors or telling people to come out by the thousands. It really was a battle of hurry up and wait… for disaster lending to come through, for the roll out of vaccines, for the Covid case counts to reduce, but really waiting for enough people to feel comfortable with coming back out into society without a mask, as a community.
June 19th marked the first of Citizen’s Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd block parties in Downtown Edmond of their abbreviated 2021 Season, also marking the beginning of the popular event’s 8th season. This may not have seemed a mighty task thanks to almost perfect execution by Citizen’s Bank volunteers as the event went off without a hitch, and especially with more residents showing up than expected. Thousands and thousands more.
Heard on Hurd represents the best of Edmond with its wholesome atmosphere and down to earth vibe. And that is why so many missed it during Covid lockdowns in 2020 and the spring of 2021. It brought tears to my eyes to see Jill Castilla, President and CEO of Citizen’s Bank of Edmond proclaim her caption to this photo with the most authenticity, humility, and surprise – “Heard on Hurd is still a hit!” because she puts the event on for the benefit of the community not so that the community gathering will benefit her or her bank.
Face to face, Edmondite’s and residents from other communities came out Saturday June 21 in record numbers, and were so amazingly polite, it absolutely reminded me as to why I moved to Oklahoma in the first-place decades ago.
It appeared that all the people who attended decided to leave their politics at home and everyone appeared to have had a really fantastic time. There were over 40 vendors at the June event, including Stars and Stripes Coffee, a crowd favorite, 405 Mobile Boutique, Nash,
Saucee Sicilian, Let’s Do Greek and more that folks enjoyed prior to the night’s musical performers of Bedtime, Jacobi Ryan, and The Imaginaries.
July 17th saw the 2nd event happen with a pre-event thunderstorm that blessed the event with less humidity and mid 80-degree weather. This event had over 60 vendors, including RISE participant Shop Mode, who has fantastic clothing and accessories! Saucee Sicilian, Big O’s BBQ, Metro Mini’s Doughnuts, were back, as was Snow Smore, and with all the food trucks seeing
packed lines down Broadway.
This month, a new experience business opened its doors for the first time after rehabbing 10 S. Broadway called The Body Barre. It’s a yoga and fitness studio with a boutique up front and has some of the most welcoming instructors in the metro. Be sure to stop by and visit!
The July event had some of the metro’s best rap and R&B performances from The True CW, who is just one of the nicest people to meet, Alyse whose R&B tones were amazing and Jabee who is
always upbeat and entertaining for the entire family with his fun involvement of all ages.
Saturday August 21st from 6-10 pm, if you haven’t yet, visit Downtown Edmond again to experience Heard on Hurd. Bring the entire family out and your dogs, as this event is family and dog friendly, and is a great break away from the weekly grind and start of school! Performers for this event will be local Ska Punk band The Big News, Ckai Dawson with R&B that is not to be believed, and a crowd favorite Lincka!