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May 2011 Vol. 1 Issue 11

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ada’s fiber queen by: Jen Nipps

Crowning Dawn Riden as Ada’s Fiber Queen has nothing to do with her diet. Instead, it’s what she does for a living. She knits, crochets, and weaves. She spins her own yarn from fibers she purchases or from the fur of her two Angora rabbits Fergus and Mina. She also teaches classes in knitting, crochet, and drop-spindle spinning through East Central University’s Public Service Program on occasion. She started out getting a degree in dietetics. “I learned to knit in college when a friend opened a yarn store,” she said. She fell in&love with the fibers, textures, and Day Graduation! colors. “I started my business, Dawning Dreams, with a pound of wool and some packets of Kool-Aid.” In addition to yarn and batts (bundles of fiber), she makes fiber-related items, including metal shawl pins and wooden drop-spindles. Looking around the living and dining rooms of her house leaves no doubt she loves what she does. A large triangular loom is mounted on one wall of the dining room. A three-panel partition covers it when it’s not in use. The side table under the window holds containers

of drop spindles and bundles of fiber batts waiting to be sold or spun. It is not unusual to see baskets of hanks or skeins of yarn on her coffee table either. Her family gets in on the act as well. “If I have a particularly gnarly skein of yarn that I’m winding, I’ve been known to let one of the kids work the ball winder and I’ll take the skein across the living room and feed it out to them to get it all worked out.” She and one of her sons both entered the Pontotoc County Free Fair in September 2010 and placed. Through her classes at East Central and other groups, she has assembled a group of fiber friends who meet once a month for Fiber Friday. Everyone brings whatever they’re working on to visit, work on their project, and get help if needed. Some occasionally bring their spinning wheels or drop spindles and roving to spin their own yarn. She also supports her fiber friends. Some of her yarns are made from alpaca, angora, and mohair she has purchased from them. “They are my support system as much as I am theirs.” Riden is also involved with Loops

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of Love, a charity knitting group that meets at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They make baby hats, which are donated to Carl Albert Indian Hospital’s infant nursery. Everything she does isn’t for charity, though she is generous with her time as well. Some of her patterns have been published. A Halloween-themed pattern was in the 2010 Crochet Pattern-a-Day Calendar. She maintains her own website and blog at http://, moderates two forums for Ada-area fiber artists and for fans of her DawningDreams business on the knitting and crochet online community, and maintains two stores, one on ArtFire. com and the other on It appears the Fiber Queen wears her crown well. ■

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Good Home Cookin’ Blue Moon Cafe by: Brock Parsons Tommy Miller

Even if you’ve only passed through Ada, chances are you’ve at least heard about one of the town’s favorites. Established in 1994 with a family-friendly theme in mind, the Blue Moon is a local classic among locals and travelers alike. The Coca-Cola signs and vast collection of collectables make it even more memorable. One taste of their state-renowned fried green tomatoes or award winning chicken fried steak is enough to begin a lifelong friendship. Tommy Miller and his cousin Cliff originally opened Blue Moon to bring a smoke-free family restaurant. Tommy took over in 1996 and still oversees the restaurant to this day. You still won’t have to inhale smoke, and every bite is home made. The potatoes are hand peeled and mashed together from scratch, and the gravy poured on top of it is mixed together with a Blue Moon recipe too. Even the tea and pies are made right in the kitchen. Many places claim to use home cooking, and some probably do, but Blue Moon takes pride in homemaking everything on the menu. Not only that, they make sure it’s delicious, and it’s won them numerous awards over the years from their catfish dinner to simple burgers. When it comes to the menu there’s

plenty to choose from. Most of it is southern style such as ribs, chicken strips catfish, and sandwiches. But they also experiment with new menu items. Tommy bought a pie safe from an East Central University auction which now sits at the front of the store displaying their chilled assortment of pies. What most remember about Blue Moon is the collection of 60’s and 70’s memorabilia. The entire store is decorated “classically” in the same style as the days of Elvis. The music is from the same time period and the walls are covered in collectables. It began Coca-Cola bottles and signs, and eventually people started donating their antiques to the café. According to Tommy, “They sometimes just give them to me. They know they can come in and see their stuff here and still be connected with it.” He is happy to hold onto his collection because he knows it adds to the café’s character and overall theme. On top of Coke bottles, between donations and what he’s bought on his own, he’s collected a bicycle, a fender guitar, tons of Elvis trinkets, signs, classic movie star memorabilia, and tons of posters. One meal definitely isn’t enough time to see it all, and he’s still adding to it. The Blue Moon also hosts an annual car show. Last year the parking lot was

completely full of unique and classic cars. People visit from all over to watch or show off their own. This year the show will coincide with the state fair on September 17th, starting out in the North Hills’ parking lot. During the rest of the year, the last Friday of every month features a classic cruise. The cruise starts outside Blue Moon and runs through town, usually through the park or down Main Street and then ending up back at the café. Visitors statewide and beyond come to Ada just to visit the café. Every day they have customers come in for the first time, some that are from Ada and never stopped by. Perhaps their most famous visit was when Rudy Guiliani stopped by while he was touring through the area. If you’ve never been, then you’re missing out on an Ada favorite. You’ll be well-treated by the waitresses, many of which have worked there for years, and fed a home style meal as if you were family. Plus there’s plenty to look at while you’re eating. If you haven’t visited Blue Moon, stop by and have a classic experience. Blue Moon is located in the North Hills Shopping Center, and if you want to know more you can visit their website or by searching for their new Facebook group. ■

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hen some people consider competition, thoughts of combat enter their minds. Perhaps they envision one person struggling against another to be the best. Or maybe they picture their team in the locker room, praying they will be the strongest.The FIRST Robotics Competition, however, fits into none of these categories. Different values are praised and encouraged. Instead of individual achievement, teamwork is treasured; instead of ruthless competitiveness, gracious professionalism is praised. Though “Metal Mayhem” might sound like something from a science fiction film, it is quite the opposite—a group of twelve high school students working together diligently to better themselves, the community, and the future. “Metal Mayhem” is the robotics team that is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation and belongs to an organization called FIRST—For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST is a global effort to involve students from ages 6-18 in science, engineering, and technology. Since FIRST does exist on such a large scale, it has partners and contributors such as NASA, Boeing, Dell, Microsoft, as well as many more businesses and organizations. This enabled them to offer over 14 million dollars in scholarship money this year. FIRST is truly committed to engaging students in science, engineering, and technology, and we are quite lucky to have an affiliated team in our area. The Chickasaw Nation funds “Metal Mayhem” 100%, and is the only tribe to do

so--though some others are approaching that mark. This does not mean, however, that you must be Chickasaw in order to participate. Of the four divisions in FIRST, the top two—the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge--are open to anyone who wishes to broaden their minds. The combined age levels for these two teams are grades 9-12. The younger students also have a chance to engage their imaginations with the FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14) and Junior LEGO League (ages 6-8). Starting at the youngest level, they learn skills that involve technology and problem solving. Each division builds on the lessons of the previous, until the child is finally old enough to help build a fullfledged robot for competition. But, perhaps even more important, budding young minds see the work of the older students and look up to them, giving the children positive role models. The students involved in FIRST fill this role very well. Not only are they always learning and creating, but also extensively involved with helping others. They act as servers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and clean up our highways; they assist their team members, tutoring those in need and pushing each other to be their best. FIRST not only encourages students to better themselves mentally, but also as human beings. The most prestigious award given, the Chairman’s Award, is based upon community involvement, and this is the one award that “Metal Mayhem” truly hopes to acquire. “Gracious Professionalism” is the most

important aspect of FIRST. This means that the students will not only support one another, but also help other teams if needed. For instance, when “Metal Mayhem” was competing, one of the other team’s robot broke in half. Even though they were competitors, the members of “Metal Mayhem” went over to help. At one point while “Metal Mayhem” was competing, they had trouble with their robot and needed some extra cables. Another team gladly helped out. All the teams are given six weeks to complete a robot to perform certain tasks. This year it had to be able to put different shaped inner tubes on pegs mounted 10 feet high on a wall. This six week time period is filled with fast-paced work, commitment, and dedication—many even made the treacherous trek during the February blizzard. The students have to build the robot, but also make a video, put together a presentation, and design a website, among other things. Though the students have only six weeks to complete the robot, their training reaches far past that time span. They learn to help their teammates and their competitors; they see how they can affect younger generations. These students realize that they are involved in their community as well as the larger world. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a part of this remarkable experience, please call Sara Willie at (580) 272-5579 or email her at sara.willie@ You can also visit FIRST’s website, ■ • 13

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y Deer


spreading the word Brig Ray is a young man on a mission. Literally. The 11-year-old Ada boy has devoted his energies to collecting bibles in an effort to provide as many people as possible with what he calls “the chance to be saved.” So far, he’s gathered more than one hundred bibles and a little bundle of donated cash – on his way to supplying one thousand families with bibles. That’s right – ONE THOUSAND. “I wanted to collect bibles just to give to people who don’t’ have one,” Brig said simply. “It’s just not right that people need to know the word of God and so many have never had a bible.” Brig is the son of Jimmy and Dorothy Ray and a student at Byng School. He has two brothers – Brock and Beau – and one sister, Brendy. The family attends River Church in Ada. Brig was inspired to begin collecting bibles after his family came in contact with a Dell computer systems technician overseas two times during the past year. That man, known as B.J., was the technician who answered the Ray family’s call for computer

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help each of the past two Christmas seasons. “During our conversations that first year, we found out that B.J. didn’t know much about Christ and had never owned a bible, other than a Gideon New Testament that someone had given him,” said Dorothy Ray. “We had computer problems again this past Christmas – a whole year later – and we ended up on the phone with B.J. again. That had to be God working, and we decided after our conversation that we would find a bible to send to B.J.” That’s when Brig apparently came up with an idea to collect bibles for other people who might not have one. “I figured if B.J. in Indian didn’t have a bible, there had to be a lot of people in other places – maybe even some around here – who didn’t have one,” Brig said. “I asked mom if I could collect bibles to give to people and she said okay. That’s kind of how it started.” That was a little over a month ago, and Brig and his family – along with help from

their church family – have collected more than one hundred bibles so far. They’ve also had some people donate money that will be used to buy new bibles to give away. Brig is collecting old bibles – called “gently used” bibles by his mother – in an effort to get the word of God into the hands of people who have never had the chance to read it. “We know most people around here are like us,” Dorothy Ray said. “We have several bibles, and we’re all blessed to have them. But there are so many people around the world, and so many right here in Oklahoma, who don’t even have one bible. So we thought it would be nice if we could get people to donate extra bibles or bibles they don’t use anymore so other people can at least have one.” Brig now has a facebook page on the Internet, “Brig’s Mission,” and his story has been covered by the national religious radio network KLUV in recent weeks. “I just thought it would be a great way to spread the word of God,” Brig said. “That’s supposed to be our job, and I thought it we could give a thousand bibles to people who don’t have one, that’s a thousand families who have a chance to be saved.” ■

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At the moment, construction has closed the street in the 800 block of East Main, which includes the East Central University Arts Incubator. It is still easily accessed on foot and through public parking in the alley on Center Street. Very few people know about the Arts Incubator located at 808 East Main. Bridget Forshay, Director of Economic Development for Arts-Related and Rural Businesses, describes the program’s mission as helping artists start their own business if they are interested. The Incubator opened its doors in July 2010. It’s first client business, Red Earth Art Supply, owned by Erin Wetherill, opened in August 2010. Forshay has been involved with the Arts Incubator almost since its beginning. It’s housed in a building in the Arts District that underwent some extensive remodeling. In the past, it served as an office for an oil field company and, before that, as a meat locker. She first started with the Ada Arts District with a grant from the USDA Rural Development division. When that funding ended, she started work with the Arts Incubator. As to why Red Earth was able to open so quickly after the Arts Incubator did,

she said, “We had to identify a potential first client to get the grant.” Forshay said the application process is pretty straightforward. There are some requirements artist-owners must meet. Their business must be art-related. “We have a pretty broad definition of what that includes,” she said. Businesses must also be new and not already established somewhere else in town. Applicants must go pass a credit check and fill out an application for Rural Enterprises, Inc. (REI). “After REI approves them, then our advisory committee meets and reads the summary. Applications are accepted or declined then.” She said they have only declined one application. After the committee approves the application, the business owner has to sign a contract with REI. They go on a walkthrough of the building and space they will occupy, and sign a lease. “Each lease is for a year. On average, businesses graduate from the program in four years.’ As of right now, there are no plans for future expansion. “We get requests for a space with a commercial kitchen,” Forshay said. “This building isn’t up to code for


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everything that would require.” Also remember the construction in from of the building is temporary. “The City of Ada is undertaking a project to beautify the Arts District with a new streetscape,” she said. This will include wider sidewalks that will accommodate cafe and sidewalk dining, It will also make the area more pedestrianfriendly. There will also be an extension of the bike trail, increased public parking, new lighting, a median, and narrower traffic lanes, which will encourage traffic to slow down and make the area safer for pedestrians. More information, including phone numbers and where to find applications, is available on the Arts Incubator website at artsincubator.htm. ■

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