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Bottle House
at KAF Oct 7 & 8

Queen Dalyndra at 2006 KAF with her A-frame cloth structure in the background.


Living history performer, Pam Reeder prepares her weekend shelter at the Village of Carlisle for her character Lady Dalyndra, Queen of Dalriada, at the 9th annual King Arthur Faire (http://www.kingarthurfair.com/kingarthurfaire.htm ) on October 7 & 8.


This year, however, though her structure again primarily uses cloth, something more permanent for the future is under way – a bottle house using recycled wine bottles.


Performer Pam Reeder says, “The idea to do this project came from the fact that after 4 years, I needed to be able to build a more permanent structure for my living history character that was within my physical means and low budget. In researching Route 66, I came across pictures of the Rhyolite Ghost Town in Death Valley: http://backroadswest.com/deathvalley/Rhyolite.htm.  Although this concept fit perfectly with my needs, it needed to look “medieval”. So, my first thoughts were to use plastic bottles with the idea that I would paint the bottle butts brown to look like ‘logs’. However, after creating a small test wall of liter pop bottles, there was discussion as to how long the plastic bottles would last before they disintegrated. I didn’t want to put a lot of time, effort and money into something that wouldn’t last. I was delighted that David Timmons, the KAF director decided that I could actually use glass bottles. It creates an intriguing conversation piece – not to mention how gorgeous it looks when the sun shines through the bottles.”



Reeder at work laying bottles


12 cases of bottles later, a short wall exists on the back of the building.


Back wall of bottle house dressed out with cloth for the upcoming King Arthur Faire, Oct. 7 & 8


An inside view


Dalyndra’s bottle house project is on City land by Stroud Lake contracted to the King Arthur Fair Foundation. In the early stages shown, 12 cases of bottles have been used to make the short wall and will use well over 200 cases of bottles upon completion. Reeder says in addition to the building itself, there will be a “fenced” area. She has sketched line drawings of the fencing and the designs for the wall which include Celtic crosses to match her character’s heritage. Because it is a work in progress though, she says designs may change as materials become available and new ideas bubble to the surface. Tidal School Winery has been very generous in saving their tasting bottles the project.


Reeder found several inspirational projects on the internet showing how beautiful bottle structures can be. Says Reeder regarding the project done by an artist in Wilmington, North Carolina, Although I don’t expect my first efforts to equal hers, I am excited about the process.” Website for more info on the works of Virginia Wright Frierson: http://home.att.net/%7Evmwf/index.htm


Another favorite project is in a village in Prince Edward Island, Canada which has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Reeder says the work this man did is phenomenal. http://www.bottlehouses.com/Gallery.cfm?
and says a visit to his site to view the many gorgeous pictures is well worth the trouble.


And of course, let’s not forget landscaping. Reeder has also collected ideas for “bottle trees” that will compliment Lady Dalyndra’s bottle house.


Check the King Arthur Village of Carlisle website (www.KingArthurFair.com) often for events year round to keep track of the progress on the bottle house.



Route 66 Shield Decorating Contest
at Art in the Park October 29

BRISTOW, OK – The Bristow Chamber invites one and all to experience the first annual Art in the Park festival, October 29, 2006. This fine art extravaganza is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m.


Added to the festival is a Route 66 Shield Decorating Contest much like the buffaloes and penguins only they will be using a wooden shield that is roughly 26 x 30 inches. Entry fee will be $20 and includes provision of one of the shields. With paid $20 fee per entry, artists may have multiple entries. Entrants may also commission an artist to design their entry by indicating such on their submission application. All shields will become property of the Bristow Chamber for a one year period to be displayed as the Chamber may designate.


The winning shields will go on tour as a traveling exhibit to be displayed at different locations along Route 66 during 2007. At the end of the one year, all shields will be returned to the artists/entrants or artists/entrants may donate the shield to become permanent property of the Chamber of Commerce.  Shields donated to the Chamber will be auctioned off at the 2007 Art in the Park festival with all proceeds to benefit the Bristow Chamber of Commerce.


Artisan exhibit booths will be displayed around the beautiful walking track portion of the park. Categories will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphics, sculptures, jewelry, mixed media and body art. Also included will be musicians, film and theater. A separate Market area will be available for non-artisan exhibitors.


For more information on artisan or exhibitor booths, or to get an artisan/exhibitor application and rules, visit www.BristowOK.com or call the Bristow Chamber at 918-367-5151.




Depew Route 66 Car Show


Benefiting the Depew Education Foundation

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Depew High School Gym - Depew, Oklahoma



Car, Truck, Stock,. Modified, Mild Modified, Street Rod, Race Vehicle, or Other.


Show will be held in the Depew High School Gymnasium Parking Lot.


Early Registration call

(918) 324-5237 (Daytime)

or (918) 324-5617 (Evening)


Registration received by October 1st are $15.00

Registrations received after October 1st are $20.00


Show Day Registration times: 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


Show Day contact numbers:
(918) 306-1543 - Jim

(918) 740-1897 – Bill



Hawg Wild Toy Run
November 18

Bristow's 2nd Annual "Hawg" Wild Toy Run

Saturday, 11/18, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Route will begin at Bristow High School


Double your pleasure by also bringing a non-perishable food item for Thanksgiving baskets. (Click here for flyer.)


Come early for coffee and donuts.


Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Route will begin at Bristow High School

For more information:

918-367-3343 Sharon VanOrsdol

918-367-5151 Bristow Chamber of Commerce







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