As many of you are aware already, the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been fluid, with significant developments hourly. College and University campuses have been making the necessary adjustments to operations to help limit its spread. One of the adjustments to come out of this is a restriction to non-essential travel. As the situation has developed and changed, we have been in touch with our event venues and have been monitoring guidance issued daily by the local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization. At this time, we remain committed to hosting NAOSMM’s 47th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from July 26th – 30th. We feel it would be premature for us to postpone or cancel NAOSMM 2020 at this time. However, we are taking steps to explore contingencies, including alternative conference scenarios. Our venue partners in Oklahoma City are constantly reviewing their events and at this time are not looking to modify any events from June 1st onward. We will continue to keep you updated as we make the best-informed decision for everyone involved. Thank You, The NAOSMM Executive Board
The Great Plains, the Heartland, the Bible Belt, the South….where the heck is OKC??? Well, it’s fairly close to the geographic center of the 48 United States (the actual spot being due north near Lebanon, Kansas).
From its founding during the Oklahoma Land Run on April 22, 1889, it has been home to many an outlaw, farmer, cowboy, Native American, and oilers moving in from all over. Much of its history survives today in the diverse districts and architecture of OKC, such as the Paseo Arts District, the Deep Deuce district, or Stockyards City.
South of downtown flows the Oklahoma River (a stretch of the Canadian River, the longest tributary of the Arkansas River), along which is a water sports park (RIVERSPORT Adventure Park) located along the north bank and Wheeler Park (home of the Wheeler Ferris wheel) along the south bank.
Just some of the great places within walking distance of the hotel are the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Oklahoma Memorial and Museum, the American Banjo Museum, the historic warehouse district (Bricktown and the Bricktown canal), the Oklahoma Museum of Art, Scissortail Park, and several neighborhoods with restaurants, charm and a unique history to discover!
OKC may be flat, but it is not boring! It is often referred to as “the biggest small town in America”. Folks are friendly and there is much to see and do. OKC strives to more than a pass-through city, and they have worked hard since the mid-1990’s is to make it a worthwhile destination. I hope you make time to explore the city and give it a chance to prove it is more than teepees, wagon trains, the Dust Bowl, country music, cows, and oil (although all of those things are part of Oklahoma’s past and present).
Check out www.visitokc.com for more information and to plan you adventures in OKC!!!
Oklahoma will be quite warm in July, as it is the warmest month in Oklahoma. The average high temperature is 94F with an average low of 72F. Humidity this time of year averages 60%. The sun rises about 5:30am and sets about 8:00pm. So, we will all have lots of time to soak up the heat and moisture! Think of it as a nice day at a spa, with most of your time spent in the sauna. However, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cooler than usual summer this year, but July will still be the warmest month. Plus, the mosquitos will be hungry, so bring some bug repellent and/or walk around with a tastier buddy.