The popular Tales from the Top – Upper Floor Tours and Stories will again be featured at Claremore Main Street’s annual holiday event, Dickens on the Boulevard. The upper floors of five of Claremore’s most historic buildings will literally come alive during this year’s event scheduled in historic Downtown Claremore for Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21.

            “Dickens on the Boulevard with Tales from the Top – Upper floor Tours and Stories will adds another step back in time to this annual event”, said Joy Hampton, committee chair for this year’s event. “Participants will not only get to tour the upper floors, but will also get to hear from a character closely associated with the building’s past as they portray their life in early day Claremore. The actors are portraying new characters and events in the building’s history this year. While some of the truths may be a little “stretched”, it’s guaranteed to be fun!”  

            Tickets for Tales from the Top are on sale now at the Claremore Main Street Office. Prices are $4.00 each in advance or $5.00 if purchased that night. “Participants will receive a wristband which allows them access to the upperfloors. Show times for each building will be at 5:45, 6:10. 6:35, 7:00 and 7:25pm on both nights. Participants can choose the buildings they would like to see.” Buildings on the upper floor tour schedule include: 417 W. Will Rogers (C.R. Anthony’s now Antiques, Et Cetera.), 410 W. Will Rogers (Haddad’s now Homeward Bound), 416 W. Will Rogers (Heins Jewelry), 300 W. Will Rogers (The Ward Rooms now Bike About Bicycles) and 420 W. Will Rogers (former Wilson Hardware building).

            “While we would love everyone to participate, this tour may not be for everyone. We do need to remind everyone that the upper floors have been vacant for the last 50-60 years”, said Bissett, Executive Director for Claremore Main Street. “They may be dustier than some people can easily tolerate. Three of the tours will be also be “flash light” tours as the buildings do not have working electrical on the upper floors. People not liking dark spaces may need to use caution. And, lastly, the only access to the upper floor of each of the buildings is by fairly steep stairs.”

   Other activities slated for the Dickens event include photos with Santa ($3), wagon rides to the Belvidere Mansion for great ghost stories ($3 each or 2 for $5), Living Windows, Living Nativity and the Victorian Street Dance which begins at 8:00 pm each night. Attendees can also visit with the Territorial Marshals each evening in the Saloon located at 420 W. Will Rogers.

Downtown businesses will also be holding holiday open houses. Visit any of the participating businesses to get your chance to win the nightly Dickens Dollars Give-Away. Five lucky winners will walk away with Holiday Shopping cash! Participating businesses include: Nostalgia Nook, Hudson Metcalf Antique Mall, Boarding House Books, Ann & Barbara’s, Outwest Décor, Boom-a-Rang Diner, Waterfront Frame & Art, Steve’s Saturday Store, Homeward Bound, Corby’s Home Furnishings, Gallery of the Arts, Bike About Bicycles, Antiques Et Cetera, Studio 514, A Place of Grace, Heins Jewelry and Dorothy’s Flowers.

 Entertainment will begin at 6:00 both evenings. Featured entertainment on Friday will be the Will Rogers Squares, Celtic Cheer and a reenactment of a bank robbery shootout by t he Territorial Marshals. Saturday’s lineup will include the Legacy Christian School’s Children’s Choir, Hocus T Pocus Magic Show and Flea Circus, and an encore of the Territorial Marshal reenactment. The public is invited to participate in the Best Dressed Contests nightly. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Young Boy and Girl (13-18) and Best Dressed Boy and Girl (under 12). Numerous era appropriate artisans will be on hand in the stores and will visit with participants about life in the Victorian era as they ply their trade.  

The Victorian Fare Food Court will be open at 6:00 pm on both nights. You’re sure to find something to whet your appetite with a menu of Stew, Chili, or Beans and Cornbread, Cobbler and a drink for only $5.00.

For more information please contact Claremore Main Street, Inc. (918) 341-5881, or Claremore Main Street, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Claremore with specific interest in historic preservation.

CONTACT:  CINDY BISSETT                                            (918) 341-5881