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The Red Carpet Country Executive Board has hired its first executive director in the organization’s history, naming Carla Burdick of Enid to that position. Her first day on the job was Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Burdick most recently established the Coach-A-Kid Mentor Program at the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. Prior to that, she was the Community Development Executive and Service Unit Executive Manager for the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, presiding over much of the same territory she will be covering in Red Carpet Country.

“I am excited about this new opportunity,” Burdick said. “My goal is to bring an increased awareness about Red Carpet Country and the territory we serve to our potential visitors. Red Carpet Country offers so much natural beauty, a rich Western history and plenty of outdoor sporting opportunities. I’m looking forward to sharing everything Red Carpet Country has to offer.”

Burdick steps into the position after RCC Administrative Coordinator Jeannette Graves announced her retirement. Graves, who served Red Carpet Country for 31 years, received a citation from the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives recognizing her outstanding career of service to northwest and north central Oklahoma.

Burdick’s prior positions includes working as a buyer at Mervyn’s Department Stores and in various management positions at Dillard’s Department Stores. It was her sales and marketing background that impressed the RCC board, according to board president Andi Holland.

“We are thrilled that Carla has accepted the position of Executive Director for Red Carpet Country. Since its creation over 30 years ago, the organization has not had a person in that role. We could not have chosen a better person to fill this first-time position,” Holland said. “Carla is a true professional with years of administration and sales experience and it will be exciting to watch as Red Carpet Country scales new heights through her leadership.”

Burdick is an Enid native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She and Chris, her husband of 32 years, have two children and one grandchild.

Red Carpet Country is a regional tourism organization representing 16 counties in northwest and north central Oklahoma. Visit our website at Recently relocated, the RCC Office is located at 222 E Maple, Suite 400 in Enid. Phone number is (580) 327-4918.

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Location of Event: Texas County Activity Center – Guymon, OK
Event Date/Time: Saturday Oct 1st (10am – 7pm) & Sunday Oct 2nd (1pm – 5pm)
Name of Event Contact: Marsha Strong or Karlie Blue
Contact Phone Number: 580-338-5493
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Event Category: Outdoor and Home Improvement

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center invites you to attend the January Brown Bag Lecture at noon on Wednesday, January 13 in the Village Church. Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz will be discussing the history of Germans from Russia, one of the largest people groups to settle the Cherokee Strip.

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, where he teaches Modern European and World History. Both sides of his family claim some Black Sea German ancestry, and their odyssey across half the globe influenced him to pursue the history profession. He earned a B.A. (1994) in History and German Language with honors at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following his M.A. (1996) in History at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, he completed a Ph.D. (2002) in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He specializes in Modern Germany and Modern Russia with an emphasis on ethnic and nationality studies, particularly German minorities in Russia and the former USSR.

Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, and member of the Board of Academic Advisors at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

The Brown Bag Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month and are free to the public.
The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. and is located at 507 S. 4th Street in Enid, Oklahoma. For more information on CSRHC programs, please contact the Heritage Center at 580-237-1907 or

Tickets Now on Sale for Christmas in the Village

Tickets are now on sale for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Christmas in the Village. This community event is sponsored by Humphrey & Guarantee Abstract.  This holiday tradition will be held on Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Humphrey Heritage Village on the Heritage Center grounds.  Tickets are $5 with free admission for CSRHC members.  Ticket holders may enter the express entrance at the Village Gates.

Families will enjoy an evening of Victorian Christmas celebrations with tours of the historic buildings, historic crafts for kids, and children’s choirs in the Village Church.  Guests are invited to indulge in delicious homemade treats and try hot cider from the campfire in the village.  The general store will be stocked with an assortment of unique gifts for that special person on your Christmas list.   Santa will also make a stop at the event and visit with all the kids.

Group tours of Christmas in the Village are also available through the 19th of December. Tours include entertainment, a keepsake ornament, crafts and refreshments. Call today for ticket information and to schedule your group tours at 580-237-1907×227.

For more information on the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center or Humphrey Abstract’s Christmas in the Village, please visit the website at or call 580-237-1907.

Bring your lunch and join the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center for a Brown Bag Lecture with Adam Lynn, Director of the Chisholm Trail Museum and the Seay Mansion in Kingfisher. The Brown Bag Lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at noon in the Village Church and is free to the public.

Lynn will share the history of Governor Seay who served as the second Territorial Governor of Oklahoma from 1892 to 1893. His three-story mansion, Horizon Hill, was built on fifteen acres of land purchased for $637.50 just outside of Kingfisher, OT. The mansion was completed in March of 1892 at the cost of approximately $11,000 to host dignitaries present for the opening of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Land Run.

The monthly brown bag program is free and open to the public on the second Wednesday of each month in the Village Church at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The Heritage Center is located at 507 S. 4th Street and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. For more details call 237-1907 or visit our website at

Red Carpet Country officers were elected at their monthly board meeting in Perry on July 21. L-R Sarah Wolfington, Woodward, President-elect; Marcy Jarrett, Enid, Vice-President; Jeanne Cole, Waynoka, Past President; Andi Holland, Enid, President; Sherri Feely, Okeene, Sales & Marketing Associate. Not pictured is JaNae Barnard, Fairview, Secretary/Treasurer.

Red Carpet Country officers were elected at their monthly board meeting in Perry on July 21. L-R Sarah Wolfington, Woodward, President-elect; Marcy Jarrett, Enid, Vice-President; Jeanne Cole, Waynoka, Past President; Andi Holland, Enid, President; Sherri Feely, Okeene, Sales & Marketing Associate. Not pictured is JaNae Barnard, Fairview, Secretary/Treasurer.

Perry, Okla., July 22, 2015 – Red Carpet Country, the official destination marketing organization for Northwest and North-Central Oklahoma, elected new officers at its monthly board meeting Tuesday, July 21 in Perry.

Red Carpet Country is one of six regional tourism organizations in Oklahoma as divided by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, representing 16 counties in the Northwest and North-Central part of the state. The association is the leading source of travel information for this distinct region of Oklahoma boasting friendly communities, unique events and abundant natural resources.

Andi Holland, Enid, was elected President. Sarah Wolfington, Woodward, was named President-Elect. Marcy Jarrett, Enid, will be Vice President. JaNae Barnard, Fairview, was named Secretary/Treasurer while Jeannie Cole, Waynoka, is the organization’s Past President.

Sherri Feely, Okeene, is the new Sales and Marketing Associate. Her duties include promoting the tourism aspects of Red Carpet Country through the marketing and sales of memberships, advertising opportunities through the RCC Visitor Guide, website and other state publications, staffing trade shows, booths and meeting presentations.

“Northwest and North Central Oklahoma are uniquely blessed with a wide variety of unusual outdoor adventures from lakes and mountains to sand dunes and caverns. Add to that the attractions of progressive cities and the friendly warmth of rural communities and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a region full of great destinations,” Holland said. “I’m proud to be from Red Carpet Country and look forward to promoting this region of the state through the work of this important organization.”

The annual Red Carpet County Tourism Conference is set for Oct. 6 at the Woodward Conference Center. This annual conference features some of the best tourism-minded speakers in the region. You will leave with fresh new ideas and new tools to use in promoting your community, attraction or business. More information about this conference is available on the organization’s Website or by calling Andi Holland, RCC President, at 580-237-1907, ext. 223.

fullbandMannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for one performance only in Enid at Enid Event Center on December 10.

Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 24. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. There will be a Holiday Buffet Dinner package available to add on to ticket orders. The dinner package will be good for two guests’ tickets and meals, and a limited number of seats are available in Convention Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.

“We are excited to announce a world class Christmas show in Mannheim Steamroller today,” said Global Spectrum’s Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “In addition to one of the best Christmas shows around, you can take advantage of our Chef’s Holiday dinner package to make it the complete night!”

This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

Grammy Award(r) winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

With 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Chip Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

logoAbout Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category that revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music. His first Christmas album was released in 1984; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 40 million total records sold including 28 million Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time.

Davis, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offers a rich array of lifestyle products on including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.

Upcoming Events at Enid Event Center and Convention Hall
Enid Event Center and Convention Hall feature a variety of exciting and world-class entertainment options. Currently their schedule includes:

Extreme Rodeo Challenge – May 22-23
Rodney Carrington – June 13
Martina McBride – June 26
Circus Spectacular – November 4

Tickets can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting

For a full list of upcoming events in Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, visit

Kenny L. BrownSurvival of the Fittest topic of Monday’s
Final CSRHC Fall Lecture

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series, Legacy of the Oklahoma Cherokee Strip will conclude on Monday, November 4 with a look at the pioneers who settled the Cherokee Strip, the challenges they faced, and their resolve.

Dr. Kenny L. Brown, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma will speak on “The Legacy of Determination, Depravation and Resilience.” Brown’s presentation will focus on the social, cultural, and economic conditions that the pioneers faced in the years following the land run of 1893.

Brown earned his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in 1985. He is a specialist in the American West, Oklahoma, Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era. He recently presented programs on the various land openings for the National Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, and at the Oklahoma History Center.  He has published several articles and books on topics in his field including an article on the Cherokee Outlet. He has served on several state boards, such as the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board. He received the Provost’s “Modeling the Way” Award in 2003.

The Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. on the Enid Campus of Northern Oklahoma College in the Gantz Center. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The enitre lecture series is being filmed by the Oklahoma Historical Society and made available for public television and for purchase at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

For more information on the Fall Lecture Series visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at

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