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April 10, 1998

The calendar is filling up with interesting events for residents of the Perry area, just in time to take advantage of the early spring weather. Here's a rundown on some of them:

The annual community Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Lions Club with the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday morning in the courthouse park. Kids from toddlers to 12 years of age will scramble for prize-laden sacks of eggs starting promptly at 10 a.m. Youngsters will race in three age groups to make certain that all of them have a chance at the prizes. Perry merchants are providing the gifts. Bring your cameras and camcorders and join in the fun even if you don't have children participating.

Next Wednesday, April 15, will be the annual Library Coffee sponsored by the Perry Progress Club at the Carnegie library. The hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m., highlighted at 10 a.m. by a computer demonstration to show off some of the new capabilities now in place at the library. Be prepared to be impressed. The demonstrator will be Willa Dalrymple, the Perry school system's teacher of the year who also teaches computer night courses locally for Meridian Technology School. It's a drop-in event and it will include the usual wonderful assortment of things like cookies, cake and other goodies to go with the coffee. This time-tested event has benefited the library for many years. Plan to take your coffee break next Wednesday at the Perry library.

Friday, May 1, will be the annual observance of Law Day in Noble county, and this is not just for our attorneys. That night, Stagecoach Community Theatre will be presenting the opening performance of "The Jury Room," a three-act drama to be staged in the Noble county district courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse. This is a murder mystery with plenty of chuckles and enough intrigue to hold your attention. A very talented cast will be featured and the director is no less than Associate District Judge Danny Allen, who also is chairman of the local Law Day observance. This play is one you don't want to miss. And there will be other events to call attention to Law Day, so stay tuned.

Saturday, May 2, will usher in an event that amounts to a tripleheader whammy, all of it designed to entertain and benefit you. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the annual Rural Heritage Festival will be held on the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum on West Fir Avenue. Activities during the day will feature living history interpretations and various demonstrations to help visitors understand traditional skills and lifestyles. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Cherokee Strip Historical Society and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Food will be served throughout the day.

On that same day, but in the downtown area, will be the annual. Spring Fest celebration. This will include a classic car show in the courthouse park, an antique fair (perhaps the first of its kind locally), also in the park, the annual Sales Expo, Lawn and Garden Show and a Health Fair. A trolley will be available to transport folks between the museum and the downtown area. This event is being given publicity in many areas, including the monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Because of its many facets, it is expected to draw a very large crowd

Better write all of these events on your calendar now. You'll want to take advantage of the entertainment and information offered by each of them. Something's always going on In Perry.