July - September 2022

The Downtown Lowdown

The Tahlequah Main Street Association is happy to present its third quarterly "Downtown Lowdown" for 2022!

This newsletter is intended to update each of you with as much information about our vibrant downtown and its events!


Was a success! 

Thank you everyone!

TMSA Receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

Main Street America Announces National Impacts!

The numbers are in and Main Street communities are making a BIG impact!

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, facilitated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours.

On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.

Check out the National Main Street Center's social!

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We need a few volunteers for July 1st to help with Food Truck Friday! Click the link below to register. Shifts are short and easy! Thank you to all who help make these events special for our community.

Sign up here!


Who’s ready to have some Downtown summertime FUN?!

Join us the first Friday of each month July-October for a family friendly event in Downtown. We will have different activities at each of these events but yes, there will always be FOOD TRUCKS!

#foodtrucks #fridays #summervibes #downtown #tmsa #tahlequah

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Food Truck Friday 

Things you want to know!

Come spend the day in #downtowntahlequah Friday, July 1st! Enjoy some good eats at your favorite food truck, shop at your favorite stores and check out some new ones, then head to your favorite restaurant for dessert! Food Trucks will open at 11:00am and stay through the evening.

The Tahlequah Slingers will be hosting a Cornhole tournament beginning at 6:00 pm. You can find more info and pre-register using the link below or sign-up day of by 5: 45pm. We will see you there!

Download the SCOREHOLIO app and then click the link below to register. You can also contact the Tahlequah Slingers to register.


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Fourth of July Celebrations

All shows at dusk

July 1 - Cherokee Nation Firework Show at Cherokee Springs Plaza – Tahlequah 

July 2 - Sequoyah State Park Firework Show

July 4 - Lake Tenkiller Firework Show


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Cherokee National Holiday in September

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution. It is an annual celebration of our shared history and heritage that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. There’s no prouder time for Cherokee Nation. To view the events for this year's holiday click here.

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Reinvestment in your Downtown

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Main Street leaders tour city while here for training events

By Keri GordonTDP

A group of Main Street directors visited Tahlequah Wednesday and Thursday for trainings and a tour of the city.

There are approximately 30 directors across the state, as well as staff from the Oklahoma Main Street Center and Main Street America, said Tahlequah Main Street Association Director Jamie Hale.

On the agenda were a new director training, an upper floor housing training and a tour the group participated in.

“The training includes topics such as why upper-floor housing is important, property management and Air B&Bs, codes with the fire marshal, historic tax credits, and working with your financial institutions,” said Hale.


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Living History: Beth Herrington Historical Downtown Walking Tour's 10th anniversary

By Sara Serrano, TDP 

Local historian Beth Herrington said that many don't realize that Downtown Tahlequah has evolved significantly over time, and she is on a mission to teach locals about these changes.

Created in 2012 by Herrington and Tahlequah Main Street Association, the self-guided walking tour celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday. As a part of her tour, Herrington offered her wisdom after working in Tahlequah as an area historian and educator for many years.

"I was brought up to respect history and genealogy," said Herrington. "I have not been able to understand how you can know who you are if you don't know the historic past of your city and country."

Tahlequah residents will have a chance to take themselves through history as a part of a self-guided tour, which hits 13 spots all around downtown.



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The Tahlequah Main Street Association would like to give a huge, huge shoutout to our outgoing President Rian Crager for all that she's done and what she'll continue to do as a TMSA board member, a local business owner and community member!

We would also like to introduce our new president, Austin Patton! Though he's been serving on our board for some time already, beginning July, he'll serve as our newest board president!

If you see one of them out and about, tell them congratulations and be sure to check out our fourth quarter newsletter for the announcement of our new board members!



The resurrection of a downtown or neighborhood commercial district requires focusing on the underlying Economic Vitality of the district.  This work is rooted in a commitment to making the most of a community’s unique sense of place and existing historic assets, harnessing local economic opportunity, and creating a supportive business environment for small business owners and the growing scores of entrepreneurs, innovators, and localists alike. With the nation-wide growing interest in living downtown, supporting downtown housing is also a key element of building Economic Vitality.

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Austin Patton

Board Member, President

Kelly Callaway

Board Member

We also have volunteer committee members Arielle Barnett, Ben Barnett and Jill Taylor. 

Fun Fact!

You do not have to be a board member to be on a committee! Volunteer anytime!

Visit this link for more information!


Tahlequah Main Street Association, Inc. (TMSA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization that is a member of the National Main Street center and part of the Main Street America network. The amazing individuals who make up TMSA are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.

TMSA is committed to preserving our rich culture and supporting our downtown businesses while promoting the opportunity to live, work, and play in Tahlequah. 

The purpose of Tahlequah Main Street Association, Incorporated is to foster, promote, maintain, and encourage the civic, social, commercial, tourist, and economic welfare of our city. Main Street contributes to the entire community by preserving the quality of life and aesthetic values that make Tahlequah unique.
Dear Community Partner, 

​On behalf of The Tahlequah Main Street Association, I would like to invite you to join us in the pursuit of Revitalization. 
First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our organization. Tahlequah Main Street Association, Inc. (TMSA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization that is a member of the National Main Street Center and part of the Main Street America network. The amazing individuals who make up TMSA are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their community—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place. 
Main Street contributes to the entire community by preserving the quality of life and aesthetic values that make Tahlequah unique. 
As a partner of TMSA, you have the opportunity to be involved in the aid and revitalization of your community. Revitalization creates lasting improvements that ensure long-term success for the heart of our community. This resurgence is only possible with the participation of our dedicated volunteers, members , and partners who cooperatively work toward an improved, cohesive downtown of which all citizens will be proud of. 
I thank you for your consideration in becoming a Tahlequah Main Street Partner and joining us in the pursuit of Revitalization. 

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