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BT BEYOND TULSA

Locust Grove is married to a vibrant communal attitude that is so appealing. It's easy to feel welcomed and part of this community when you visit because its people are so friendly.

C njuring Charm love the experience because it’s so unapologetically happy about embracing creative expression.

ROMP Rummage Store 112 E. Main St. Locust Grove

By Michele Chiappetta Photos by Rob Harmon Just 45 minutes east of Tulsa, the small town of Locust Grove has undergone many changes since a community first formed there in the 1800s when Oklahoma was still known as Indian Territory. Its unique name hearkens back to the grove of locust trees that grew in the area. Entering Locust Grove along either Highway 412 (the Cherokee Turnpike) or the alternate, old route 412, you’ll enjoy the beautiful green landscape in spring and summer. You’ll cross over the Neosho River, and roll into a town, that at first glance, may look unassuming. Dig deeper, and you’ll see why it’s worth a visit. What’s especially compelling about Locust Grove is its rich connection to the arts — unusual perhaps for a town of just several hundred residents. But as it turns out, Locust Grove is, and has been, home to several artists. Its small-town feel is married to a vibrant communal attitude that is so appealing. It’s easy to feel welcomed and part of this community when you visit because its people are so friendly. Next time you’re in the mood for a day trip beyond Tulsa, give Locust Grove a little of your time. We’ve pulled together some not-to-miss spots to help you make the most of your visit.

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Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry  603 S. 438 Road 6 Locust Grove A museum dedicated to poetry? The answer is much more than a simple yes. Run by local poet Shaun Perkins (The Book with the Beacon Lights), ROMP is an interactive, joyful celebration of creativity. The

small building may seem unassuming, but step inside, and you’ll get a feast for the eyes. Wall paintings, photos, mixed media collages, and pop art are everywhere. Of course, there are poems, but there are also poetry prompts and invitations to write. Kids and adults alike

One way that Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry funds itself is with donations and sales through the ROMP Rummage Store. Locals give items that are then sold for next-to-nothing prices. The proceeds help with the nonprofit museum’s artworks, exhibits, and upkeep. You’ll find a variety of bargain items to choose from — clothes, shoes, bags, mugs, dishes, pottery, books, DVDs, and more. While you’re there, take a look at the shelf of old dolls. If you like one, Perkins will do a little magic, restoring the doll and writing a short poem to go with it to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir for your support of the museum’s work.

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September 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 9)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...

September 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 9)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...