Nestled at the foothills of the Wichita Mountains, Medicine Park has been a haven for artists, musicians, and just those who want a peaceful getaway!  That all changes the first week of February as the Polar Plunge week festivities begin! 

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Now, I've never, ever had the desire to jump into a freezing (or at least under 60 degree) body of water, so this is not an event I'd participate in, but maybe Dakota would, and it could be so much fun to watch!  Check out the schedule of all the fun on the horizon in Medicine Park starting next weekend!

Medicine Park Plunge Week – Schedule Of Events

Saturday, January 30

7:30 PM Polar Plunge Sock Hop

Wear your poodle skirts and greaser T’s! Music, dancing, catering by Chin’s Restaurant in Lawton and cash bar.

@ Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center

1 Aquarium Drive

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Tickets are $35 each, proceeds benefit the Aquarium

Buy tickets at Eventbrite.com or at the door https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polar-plunge-sockhop-tickets-133072209561

Monday, February 1

10:00 AM A Walk In The Refuge

Hosted by Steven Enter, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge licensed guide

Estimated 1.5 hours, easy hike

Meet at The Riverside Café

180 East Lake Drive

FREE event

2:00 PM Native Flute Concert

Myron Beeson & Friends

@ Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center

1 Aquarium Drive

1-1.5 hour concert included with Aquarium general admission https://mpmns.org/

7:00 PM Geology of The Wichitas

Educational Lecture – Bobby Williamson, lifelong resident of the park and refuge

@ Medicine Park Event Center

19001 HW 49

FREE admission

Tuesday, February 2

10:00 AM Winter Chautauqua Morning Music

Featuring local musicians Sarah Wright, Kerry Hartman, Rodney Whaley & Patrick Shaughnessy

@ Mrs. Chadwick’s Bakery

153 East Lake Drive

FREE admission

2:00 PM Contemporary Science Lecture

Educational Lecture – host and topic TBD

Estimated 1-1.5 hours

@ Medicine Park Event Center

19001 HW 49

FREE admission

7:00 PM The Kiowa Tribe

Educational Lecture – Spencer Cody, Kiowa elder

Estimated 1-1.5 hours

@ Medicine Park Event Center

19001 HW 49

FREE admission

Wednesday, February 3

10:00 AM Morning Stories

Colorful stories from colorful folks – featuring Tom Orr from OU’s Helmerich School of Drama portraying Will Rogers and John Grenier, prize winning author and historian.

Estimated 1-1.5 hours

@ The Old Plantation

140 East Lake Drive

FREE admission

2:00 PM Mountain Dulcimer Concert

Featuring award-winning local musician, Jan Carroll

@ Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center

1 Aquarium Drive

1-1.5 hour concert included with Aquarium general admission https://mpmns.org/

7:00 PM JD Little Jazz Trio

Jazz performance – estimated 2 hours

@ The Park Tavern

198 East Lake Drive

No cover charge

Thursday, February 4

10:00 AM Indian Princess Dancers

Educational Lecture – Michael Bearden, Director of OU School of Dance

Estimated 1-1.5 hours

@ Medicine Park Event Center

19001 HW 49

FREE admission

2:00 PM Homemade Pipe Competition

Handmade pipes will be judged on art and efficiency. Prizes awarded.

@ The Healing Clinic

204 East Lake Drive

FREE admission

7:00 PM Town Derelict Election

Medicine Park’s most original and ornery individual will be crowned the official town derelict. A future town derelict will also be recognized.

@ Park Tavern

198 East Lake Drive

No cover charge

Friday, February 5

10:00 AM Polar Bear Fun For Little Ones

Family fun at Medicine Park’s wonder cabin!

@ Discovery Outpost

208 East Lake Drive

$10 admission https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polar-bear-fun-for-little-ones-tickets-134132476849?aff=ebdssbeac

2:00 PM High Tea

Indulge in a fancy English tea & don’t forget your fancy hats and gloves! Dress up is strongly encouraged but not required. Tea provided by Honey & Sage.

@ The Blue Eyed Coyote Guest House

239 East Lake Drive

Tickets are $10 each for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE

Reservations recommended – call Colleen Meridon at (907) 821-0667

Saturday, February 6

11:00 AM Plunge Party

Liquid courage available starting at 11 am

@ The Park Tavern

198 East Lake Drive

No cover charge

2:00 PM Polar Bear Plunge Parade

All plungers meet at the Park Tavern to begin the parade to Bath Lake. Once all are assembled, the countdown will begin for the 23rd annual Polar Bear Plunge! Post-plunge party will continue with live music and merriment.

@ The Park Tavern

198 East Lake Drive

Plunging is FREE!

For event updates, please follow Medicine Park Plunge Week on Facebook or check the town’s website at medicinepark.com.

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