They say first impressions are everything and my first impression of Okmulgee could be summed up in one word, opportunity. The downtown has so many things going for it right off the bat - nice building stock (good bones, as I like to call it), good scale, community gathering space right in the middle of town, and so much more. But that's just the surface, and only tells part of the story. To really feel a town, to understand it, you have to go inside so that's what we did.
We were also fortunate to get a tour of the Orpheum Theatre (yes, they have an operating movie theatre in their downtown - amazing) with owner John McConnel. In the first five minutes of meeting John, you could tell that the Orpheum is a labor of love for him. He gave us a tour from front of the house to all the way backstage, relating stories of the restoration of different parts of the theatre over the years. He is a true success story, bringing first run movies to a small town theatre for his community to enjoy...and it's clear that he loves every minute of it.
See you downtown!
The Downtown Geek