The Mayan Calendar

This week’s post is full of information about Christmas events in my hometown but I’m sure all of you readers have similar activities in your own communities that are part of your holiday traditions.

                     Down The Road with the Original Buffalo Dale

 Welcome back.   It’s December 19th and if the Mayan calendar is correct we have but two days left until some kind of world ending event takes place. That’s just 48 hours to travel or do something special before the end. Maybe take in a big time Christmas show, visit a friend or call relatives you haven’t spoken to in a long time. You may want to hug your dog and pet your cat. Pay back a friend you owe money to or just sit in the backyard and look at the stars.

If you stay in the area you might want to go out to Woolaroc and take in their beautiful light display and Christmas decorations and then drive through Fantasy Land in Johnstone Park where this year’s display is bigger and brighter than ever. Follow that up with a delicious dinner at Sterling’s or another of our great local restaurants and then go up to the top of the Price Tower for a night cap. You might even want to splurge and spend the night at the Inn or at another hotel in town. These days we have plenty to choose from including the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Best Western and the Hilton Garden Inn to name just a few.

The annual holiday events we all enjoy and take for granted take on a special significance if you think you might be experiencing them for the last time. If your kids are looking for a fun time while you’re contemplating check out the Buckaroo Christmas hosted by the Bartlesville History Museum on December 20th from 1-2:30 PM. This event is for kids age 6-12 and prizes will be given for the best Buckaroo costumes. Santa will be visiting and refreshments will be served. For adults, the local downtown pubs have organized a pub crawl which includes drink specials, prize drawings and awards for best costumes in several categories. The crawl takes place on December 20th and kicks off at the Hilton Garden Inn. Two Sisters Pub and Grille, Frank and Lola’s, Angelo’s Tavern and the Solo Club are all participating and this year all the proceeds will benefit Casa Hispana. For more information contact any of the pubs.

Under the circumstances you won’t want to neglect your spiritual life. Most of our churches will have special services which offer the place and time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday and of life in general. This year more than ever we have reason to be grateful for our family, friends and community.

There is good news amongst all these grim predictions. I’ve been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 18 years and I am listed in the member directory as the area’s only translator and interpreter. I have found a flaw in the translation of the dates in the Mayan calendar.  Now you can go out and enjoy all these things knowing that the Original Buffalo Dale says the world will go on for several hundred more years.


On another positive note, the Aunt Pearl Cookie Project benefiting the Lighthouse was a runaway success and plans are already underway for next year’s event. I can tell you first hand that the cookies were wonderful and it was a special treat to have Joe Sears as “Aunt Pearl” signing autographs. Joe has been called a “National Living Treasure of the American Theater” by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post and we are lucky to have him back in Bartlesville doing good works for the community.


Till next time I’ll see ya down the road.

P.S. I’m going to wait until Monday to pay my bills just in case I’m wrong…












Ski New Mexico

Due to requests for information regarding an upcoming skiing trip in New Mexico here’s the scoop:

The ski resorts at Angel Fire and Red River are both now making snow 7 days a week. December 14th is the official opening day for both resorts and Red River is already open on weekends.

Rooms at the historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron are $79 per night for two including a full breakfast buffet every morning. For reservations call  (575) 376-2664. Angel Fire is 30 minutes from the hotel and Red River is 45 minutes away, driving through some of the most beautiful country you’ll ever see.

If you go, tell em the Original Buffalo Dale sent you.