Guthrie, Okla., (May 3, 2011) During the second Saturday of each month, a number of Guthrie's restaurants and shops have committed to staying open until at least 8:00 p.m., and the following Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. This is the perfect time to stay in one of Guthrie's beautiful hotels or bed & breakfast inns, and enjoy the picturesque atmosphere at a relaxed pace.

Busy Oklahomans who might not otherwise find the time for a Guthrie getaway will have extra time to leisurely browse the historic streets of Downtown Guthrie and enjoy the unique selections found in numerous locally-owned gift, apparel and antique shops.

Artists and musicians will further enliven the walkable downtown atmosphere, said Mary Coffin, director of the Historic Guthrie Chamber of Commerce.

The weekend culminates with a Tea Dance on Sunday afternoon, featuring The Al Good Orchestra conducted by Wes McLennan from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m.. The dance will be held at the R&R Event Center at the old Sante Fe Depot, 409 West Oklahoma Avenue.

The Al Good Orchestra has been a tradition in Oklahoma for over 60 years, according to Al’s son, Gary Good. “They have performed for each Governor since Roy Turner, most recently at Governor Mary Fallin's inaugural ball,” Good said. Though Al passed away in 2003, the orchestra continues on with Gary managing the orchestra.

Good said music enthusiasts across all generations find the performances appealing. “With the popularity of Dancing With the Stars, all ages are now enjoying the Big Band, ballroom dance sound,” he said.

The orchestra plays songs by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and other staples of the Big Band era. Dancers can expect to Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Cha Cha, Swing, and even enjoy a bit of Salsa, Good said.

The historic atmosphere and quaint ambiance of the monthly Tea Dances are unmatched. “It's almost surreal,” Good said. “When you drive through downtown Guthrie and enter the R&R Events Center, it's like walking back in time.  With the 40's sound of the orchestra and the dancers on the floor, it's almost like a movie scene.”

Free dance lessons are offered at 2:00 p.m. before the orchestra’s performance and at intermission. Admission is $10 at the door and dress code is dressy or casual, and a full menu will be served in the ballroom, at regular menu prices.

“We invite and encourage all ages to come and enjoy,” Good said. “Whether to come and dance, or simply listen to the great music.”

Second Saturday and Sunday Too Participants:
Aunt Gertrude's House  112 West Oklahoma
Simply Oklahoma     108 S. Division
Rick's Fine Chocolates & Coffees  109 W. Oklahoma
Heritage Collection  118 W. Oklahoma
Vencedora Designs 122  W Oklahoma
Gallery Grazioso  301 W. Oklahoma
The Victorian Tea Room  103 S. 2nd
Half Time Sports Grill  322 W. Oklahoma
R&R Restaurant  409 W. Oklahoma
Rosa Bella  117 W. Harrison
Oklahoma State Capital Publishing Museum 301 W. Harrison