There’s been a lot of activity in Downtown Cushing during the past year. We started with the Downtown Main Street program’s annual award presentations during the annual membership meeting, the second Piccadilly Auction, the Red Dirt Rangers performance during Alumni Reunion weekend, three productions at the Cushing Community Theatre, Downtown Rodeo Roundup and Pet Parade, clean up day at the old Santa Fe Depot, Downtown Trick or Treat, Old Fashioned Christmas and Kids Town, ending up with the Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade.

Other highlights include; Grant and Darla McNeal’s purchase and rehab of the new home of ‘Edward Jones Investments’, Billy and Jennifer Adkisson’s purchase of the Copple building for their Martial Arts studio and upper story residence, the sale of the Kise property on W. Broadway , the sale of the old Jim’s Leather shop location newly opened by Edie Rogers as ‘Homestead Creations’, the reappearance of Ruth Lanham to the downtown landscape with the opening of her shop ‘The Treasure Chest’ at 100 S. Cleveland, the new exercise and toning equipment expansion at ‘Beau Monde’, the opening of Gerald ‘Jolley’s Century 21 Realty’ office on W. Broadway as well as the soon to open offices of ‘Agape Counseling’ on East Broadway.

The Cushing Arts and Humanities Council held their annual meeting with professional storyteller, Carol Hedrick in April at Centennial park inaugurating the park for such special events. The Red Dirt Ranger’s May performance inaugurated the use of Downtown Centennial Park stage for musical events and stage performances followed with appearances by Cale Lester, Sean Kelly, Bruce Knoch and rehearsals for entertainment showcase performers at Festival in the Park.

To view a few photos from Downtown Cushing for 2008 go to www. and click on the Pics link. You may be surprised at what you find!

All in all a lot of good things took place in Downtown Cushing in 2008.