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During the  holiday season we decided to pair up with a group called Praise to do a canned food drive! The group consisted of several churches from around the area in Blair, Mangum, and Sentinel. We named the food drive “A Baby Changes Everything” due to the play the Praise group put on of holiday traditions and baby Jesus. The play was held in the performing arts center here at Quartz Mountain Resort. 

On December 21 we collected 600 items of food and received gracious, signficant monitary donations. We then in return gave our collections to a Sentinel Food Bank, Altus Food bank, and also Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Southwest Housing.

It was such a succes, this will become an annual event the monday before Christmas. Thanks are definately due to Julie Barnett and Southwest Oklahoma.  I know everyone can’t wait till Easter time to do it all again, with another play production as well.

For more information on donating to Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group click here !http://swoklahomacommunityaction.org/default.aspx

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We host a lot of great parties at the Resort and each is fun but I have to say that New Year’s Eve is probably my favorite event. Each year the staff just keeps trying to top themselves with decorations, food, and making everyone feel welcome and special for the night.  And once everyone was checked in, my official duties were done and I just had to make sure people were having fun at the party.

We got everyone checked in and greeted before the pre-banquet reception at 7. It was great to watch everyone walk in and see the room all decorated plus the hot and cold hors d’oeuvres – and that was just the beginning.

Then the ball room opened and everyone found their tables decorated complete with party favors and noisemakers to help them ring in the New Year.  Between the room and everyone in their finery, it was shaping up to be a great night.

Chef Bola Togan and his staff definitely outdid themselves with the buffet. Especially when it came to the desserts, I know I wasn’t the only one who was glad that my New Year’s resolution diet didn’t start until the next day. (Or maybe the day after – or is it after the Fiesta Bowl?)

During dinner, we seat groups together if they came to celebrate together, but if you’re a single couple out for the best party in the area, we’ll seat you with other like-minded folks so you can dine with and meet new acquaintances. We often see those people coming back as groups and developing longtime friendships.

We always tell people to bring their dancing shoes and this year was no exception – the John Arnold Band had everyone up and dancing well past midnight. But they took a break at midnight to do the countdown and everyone enjoyed the champagne toast that capped the evening’s festivities.

Whether from indulging in the champagne, the buffet or the dancing, I know many of our guests were very relieved to not drive home and take that short walk across the courtyard to their rooms for a good night’s rest.

Just a tip for next year – reserve early if you want a king sized bed. Those always seem to get reserved first.

See you next year and bring your dancing shoes.

(Guest Blogger Lyle Exstrom is  Reservations Manager at Quartz Mountain Resort)

I heartily agree with my co-worker; the drive over the hills to the resort simply takes your breathe away.  But I’d like to add another anticipation of mine in coming over that last hill and seeing the lodge on the horizon every morning.  Working in reservations, I hear stories, all kinds of stories.  For instance, “Oh, we spent our honeymoon at the lodge 30 years ago.”    Or, “I met my husband at the lodge when we both had come to spot eagles.”  Then there’s the woman who only gets to see her artist daughter once a year when she comes from New York to teach at the adult Art Institute session on modern art at the lodge. It’s, in fact, a pleasure to labor to make sure these memorable events continue to come together.

But we all have our day and my own memorable occasion at the Lodge came on December 20th.   Awkwardly and with lots of coaching, I shuffled through my first two-step dance at the annual “Bob Will’s Cowboy Ball with the Texas Playboys.” Having been raised in Texas and having lived for years in Georgia, this type of event – the music and the mode of dance  –  shouldn’t have been so extremely noteworthy.  But as my taste and training are more to modern jazz and rock, I found myself completely “out of step” in every way.

For one thing, my style of clothing was off.  While most women were wearing clothes that were lit up with freshly mined jewels, in my best eccentric frock, I looked like I was still suffering from a hangover I got at Woodstock!   Fortunately, the room was dark and I felt sure I could enjoy some anonymity, at least.  Immediately I entered the room, however, some people from my church hollered my name.  After making my “hellos,” my mother and I eagerly sought to sink into the background.  We were only there to observe after all.

As I watched the dancers sashaying around the room, I made a startling discovery.  They all knew the same dance.  Ah… so this was the Texas Two-Step.  I was glad I wasn’t in danger of having the chance to display my ignorance on the floor, hiding out as I was in the darkness.  Then suddenly a dashing old cowboy pointed at me with firm resolution to take me out on the floor.

Amiable though he was, he insisted that I learn the steps though I explained this wasn’t my style.  “1-2-3,” “1-2-3” he counted as we made our way around the dance floor.  If I started to do my own footwork, he just counted louder.  I finally said, “I can’t even hear the music so that I can move with it.”  He said, “You just follow my lead.”  On the last dance, I finally grabbed his hand and we danced an Irish jig for a moment, and we both died laughing.

While I was gathering my coat, I heard the announcer say, “We’ve seen a lot of different dances tonight,” and was proud that I’m sure we had danced one of those to which he referred.  I only left with one question.   If it’s called the Two-Step, what’s “3” about?

Join us at the Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center at the gorgeous Quartz Mountain State Park for a truly intimate evening with world-renowned guitarist Pepe Romero. During this evening, you will delight in the opportunity to hear the Quartz Mountain Chamber Players collaborate with Pepe, beginning with the Mozart oboe quarted, featuring the phenomenal oboist, Joseph Robinson, along with our friends, Annie Chalex on violin, Oklahoma’s own Royce McLarry on viola, and Stephen Thomas on cello. Next, you will experience spectacular music showcasing the great country of ours, as Annie, Royce, and Stephen are joined by violinist Keith Redpath, and violist Joe Bob, performing String Circle, by Kenji Bunch – a musical journey of Americana. Finally, Pepe joins our friends on stage, sharing with you the amazingly, rhapsodic experience of the Boccherini Fandango quintet, bringing the evening, conducted by Michael Palmer, to a sizzling finish!

Pepe continues in concert on Saturday, July 26th, where you will experience a wonderful contrast of emotion, from the emphatic tones of the Mozart, Haffner Symphony, to the Poetic heartbeat of a child yet to be born, shared with us by the lyrical guitar in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Finally, the conclusion of our program features the wild tarantella dance of the Mendelssohn, Symphony no. 4, bringing this concert’s end to a fever pitch. With all of this taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Quartz Mountain, this evening…this weekend…is one you don’t want to miss!

July 25th and 26th at 8pm at the Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center (an indoor air conditioned concert hall) at the beautiful Quartz Mountain State Park, classical Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero will be performing in concert with maestro Michael Palmer and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Chamber Players and Orchestra.

Works including the Boccherini: Fandango guitar quintet, Mozart: Oboe quartetand Haffner Symphony, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 and Kenji Bunch: String Circle will be performed.

Tickets are $25 per concert ($30 at the box office). For Tickets, call 580.482.0210. Lodging at Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center, located next to the performing arts center, is available at the special rate of $129 per night. For more information, call 580.649.7596.

Since 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has been hosting educational programs taught by esteemed artists of all different platforms in the visual, literary, and performing arts. These summer classes are specifically designed for junior high school and high school students (and graduating seniors) between the ages of 14 and 18 who are very motivated and serious about their field. Students come for everything from acting and dancing, to creative writing, to photography and video. All students accepted into the program are given full scholarships, worth over $2,400, from the Oklahoma State Department of Education as well as from private donations.

The summer program is held at the Oklahoma Arts and Conference Center, at Quartz Mountain Resort, for two full weeks in June (this year from June 14th through the 29th), with the students sleeping, dining, and performing across the grounds.

A typical day for the talented artists and performers includes a movement class bright and early, morning and afternoon classes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Resort’s Sundance Cafe, ballroom dancing lessons, evening performances and demonstrations, and cabin meetings to end the night.

 

2008 Performance Schedule

Sunday, June 15

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom:

                                    Liza Grossman, Orchestra Conductor

                                    David Brunner, Chorus Conductor

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Body, Voice, and Soul: Part 1 – The Stanislavsky System

                                    Artists Lecture / Ballroom: Marilyn McIntyre & Melina Bielefelt, Acting Faculty      

 

Monday, June 16

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: Isak Applin, Artist                                  

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Film Screening / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Sterlin Harjo, Filmmaker                        

 

Tuesday, June 17

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: George Bilgere, Poet                              

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Photography in the 21st Century – A Digital Primer

                                    Artist Lecture / Ballroom: Huntington Witherill, Photographer                  

 

Wednesday, June 18

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom: Muriel Cohan & Patrick Suzeau, Choreographers and Dancers             

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Artist Lecture and Demonstration / Ballroom: Flavio Salazar, Ballet Dancer           

                                   

Thursday, June 19

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Visual Journey: A Personal Approach to Photography

                                    Artist Lecture / Ballroom: Huntington Witherill, Photography                               

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Body, Voice, and Soul: Part 2 – Viewpoints

                                    Artists Lecture / PAC: Melina Bielefelt & Marilyn McIntyre, Acting Faculty

 

Friday, June 20

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Faculty Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Faculty      

                                    David Hyer and Shelby Rothell, Ballroom Dancers

                                    World Music Performance with Valerie Naranjo, Percussionist                              

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the community of Altus

 

Saturday, June 21

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.     Tours for Visitors

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.              Donor Tribute / Great Plains Amphitheatre

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.              Dinner for Guests, Faculty, and Staff / Sundance Café and Patio

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.         The Institute Chorus and Orchestra / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center

                                    David Brunner, Chorus Conductor and Liza Grossman, Orchestra Conductor       

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Blair, El Dorado, and Hollis

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band                        

 

Sunday, June 22

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.           Celebration of the Spirit / Great Plains Amphitheatre:

Honoring the memory of special friends of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

 

Monday, June 23

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: Flavio Salazar, Ballet Dancer                   

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Student Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Students                            

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Granite and Mangum

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band

                       

Tuesday, June 24

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom:

                                    Kazem Abdullah, Orchestra Conductor

                                    Pearl Shangkuan, Chorus Conductor                               

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Artist Demonstration / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    COHAN/SUZEAU, Speaking of Dance . . .                                  

 

Wednesday, June 25

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Artist Lecture and Demonstration / Ballroom: Isak Applin, Artist             

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Faculty Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Faculty                              

 

Thursday, June 26

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.              Poetry Reading / Great Plains Amphitheater: George Bilgere, Poet            

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Film Screening / Great Plains Amphitheater: Nathan Young, Filmmaker    

 

Friday, June 27

4 p.m.                           ONSTAGE: Gallery Opening / Great Plains Amphitheatre

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.         ONSTAGE: Acting, Ballet, and Modern Dance Performances /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center 

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Hobart, Lone Wolf, and Sayre

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band

 

Saturday, June 28

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Gallery is Open (except during performances) / Ballroom

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     ONSTAGE: The Institute Chorus /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Pearl Shangkuan, Conductor                              

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.         Deck Reception hosted by the Altus Air Force Base community

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.         ONSTAGE: Creative Writing Performance and Film Screenings /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              ONSTAGE: The Institute Orchestra /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Kazem Abdullah, Conductor                             

 

Sunday, June 29

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.       Closing Ceremonies / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

The Institute Chorus, Pearl Shangkuan, Conductor

                                    The Institute Orchestra, Kazem Abdullah, Conductor

 

 

Are you like us…dealing with “Spring Fever?” Well, we have just the right cure. Come and experience the Quartz Mountain Golf Course. It is like no other course you have played on – the Wichita Mountains create a beautiful backdrop for a great afternoon with good friends.

Why not make a weekend of it?! Stay at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Resort, play a round of golf, and then head back to the Lounge inside the Sundance Cafe and talk about the great game you had (or almost had!).

See John at the Pro-Shop. The price for 18 holes of golf and a cart rental will greatly surprise you.

Monday special — all day golf and cart for just $17! We’ll see you there! Fore!!

What better way to spend Easter Sunday than with familiy and friends?

 This year, why not come to the beautiful Quartz Mountain Resort for dinner? Executive Chef Bola Togun has created a delicious ala carte menu that is sure to have something on it for everyone in your party. Since reservations are required, please call the Sundance Cafe at (580) 563-3036 and make your reservations today. This special Easter Sunday Menu will be served between the hours of 11AM and 3PM.

Quartz Mountain Resort is proud to present our first food & beer reception – and everyone is invited!

 Who says wine is the only perfect compliment to a meal? On Friday, March 28, 2008, join us at Quartz Mountain Resort and taste how Samuel Adams Beer can show you otherwise.

Beer and food pairing has been gaining in popularity all over the world, from Canada to Belgium to Switzerland to the U.S. And now it comes to Quartz Mountain Resort.

We at Quartz Mountain Resort are pleased to bring this delicious event to Southwestern Oklahoma. Whether  you enjoy fabulous gourmet meals or good ol’ American cook-out, come and taste how cooking with beer as well as pairing a glass of beer with your meal can add that extra flavor enhancement.

For only $20 per person (all inclusive) you can sample the pairings at the five stations. Taste a variety of foods cooked with beer as well as a small sampling of different kinds of beer.

As each station is announced, you will move from one to the other, sampling the food at that station. Quartz Mountain Resort’s General Manager, James Shandor, along with a representative from Samuel Adams, will guide you through each station.

Join us beginning at 7pm for the Quartz Mountain Resort Beer and Food Pairing that is sure to thrill your taste buds!

This year’s New Years Eve event at Quartz Mountain Resort was by far the best on record!

 The food was over the top. Our chefs absolutely outdid themselves for this party. There was something for every palate on the buffet table, and we’re sure no one went back to their room hungry!

The John Arnold band was fantastic! From the first song to the last dance, the floor was never empty and those dancing seemed to be really enjoying themselves.  Again, there was something for everyone – from country, to rock ‘n roll to swing! There are some wonderful dancers in Oklahoma!

So, don’t miss out this year. Mark your calendars now to call us as early as November to make your reservations. Call your friends and have them do the same so you can reserve a table where you can all sit together and party!

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