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Mary's Miscellanea: Alpacas, weather and Halloween fun

Mary Phillips Modified: October 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
A Saturday luncheon on a rainy day with an unexpected telephone call led to a quick trip to Fletcher and the Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch. My friend Terry Bradford’s alpaca, Sunny’s Black Lightning, whose cria was expected in late November, surprised everyone with the birth of a little girl. All wobbly legs and neck, mother and baby are doing fine. She is all black with a white spot on her lips and her belly.
Sunny's Black Lightning nuzzles her three-hour-old cria. - PHOTO PROVIDED
Sunny's Black Lightning nuzzles her three-hour-old cria. - PHOTO PROVIDED
The trip to Fletcher, while gray and rainy, showed some of the trees are making their color shift for fall. There is still is more green showing than seems usual for late October.
• To check the changing leaves, visit the Oklahoma Tourism website at http://www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals?CMP=EMC-Outdoors-2013-10&sp_rid=NTkyMDMzNzE2MDES1&sp_mid=44136921#map for a map and commentary on the best foliage drives.
Talahina, OK. 11/3/03
Fall colors on the Talamina scenic drive.
Staff photo by Paul Hellstern
Talahina, OK. 11/3/03 Fall colors on the Talamina scenic drive. Staff photo by Paul Hellstern
This week in The Oklahoman:
• 1913
The International Dry Farming Congress opened this week in Tulsa. Snow and freezing temperatures dropped attendance from an anticipated 20,000 to more than a thousand.
• 1938
The city was promoting a “sane, but fun” Halloween.
A Halloween Festival brought crowds exceeding those who flocked to see President Roosevelt during his recent visit. It was estimated nearly 50,000 children converged downtown for the holiday parade and program. The festival was a success, but by 10 p.m. the police had received more than 200 calls about the usual Halloween mischief.
• 1963
Sound familiar?  A cold front moved across the state, dropping temperatures into the 30s, but good old Oklahoma weather rebounded with a warming trend.
• 1988
Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners played Kansas State’s Wildcats, beating them 34-9. The University of Colorado’s Buffalo’s would be OU’s next opponent on the gridiron.
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at mphillips@opubco.com