With many students, having already spent their first two weeks back in Alva and many being newcomers, are anticipating that hopefully long 3-day weekend off for Labor Day. But, all are asking the same question: “What is there to do?” With Alva, having only around two thousand people in the town itself, there really isn’t much to do. For those who may be obligated to stick around, here are a couple things that may make your weekend stretch.
The Rialto Cinema & Video Theatre is a small, 3 screen theatre and video store located at 526 Flynn Street in the heart of The Square. It is your typical small town movie theatre, providing candy, popcorn, hotdogs, and various types of theatre drinks. Times and showings can be found either on their Facebook page or by calling them at (580) 327-0535. They are open Monday-Friday from 10am-9pm and on Sundays from12:30pm-9pm. Make your way out to Rialto for Happy Hour drinks & popcorn are held all day, all night, at all hours!
Alva also is the home of Cherokee’s Strip Museum. It’s located at 901 14th Street just west of the University. The Museum “is dedicated to providing activities and opportunities that educate, entertain, and provide a place where families enjoy learning experiences. They are open Tuesday-Sunday from 1pm-5pm and sadly closed on Monday’s. Admission for kids 11 & under is free, while 12-17 is only $1, and 18 and up is $3. This makes it very affordable for large families and even college students “on a budget.” It was originally built in 1932 and was Alva’s General Hospital up until 1972. In 1976, it became the new home of the Cherokee Strip Museum. If the history doesn’t make you want to check this out, maybe this will cut the cake. They just recently had a group of very active paranormal investigators visit the the site. You may not believe in ghosts, but very interesting…..
Now, for those who don’t mind taking a trip through the lovely roads of Oklahoma, Cheyenne is having their 75th Annual Cheyenne Arapaho Labor Day Powwow on September 1-4 at the Colony Powwow Grounds in Colony, Oklahoma. It’s about 15 miles south of Weatherford, but a little more than 2 hours from Alva. Arts and crafts, food booths and musical and dancing entertainment will be offered throughout the event. Admission is free and dress code is whatever you’re feeling that day!