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Editors Letter:

The call of the open road

6 Feature:

Gearing up for Car Shows


Growing Up Fast

The Fiore Four were born to race

15 Business: Three newly remodled and newly built



dealerships prove why Bartlesville is where to buy

Spotlight: May Play

Concerts, Outdoor Movies and the Kiddie Park!

May Calendar

Find out what’s happening this month!


Out & About: Photos from around town


Dish: Take it outside


A peek at some of the best outdoor patio dining

Profile: Mike Bailey

City Treasurer counts his blessings


Passages: Speedway Sensations


The Arts: Sunfest 2014


Music: OK Mozart’s 30th


Last Call: A Fresh Start

International Midget Micro Races

Rolling Stones, World Records and turkey legs. Including a Quick Reference Guide Farmers Market opens for 2014

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editor’s letter


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The call of the open road

May 2014 Volume 4, Issue 5 206 1/2 SE Frank Phillips Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74003 918.336.0681 PUBLISHER / OWNER

Chris Oldroyd EDITOR


The open road is beckoning. There’s adventure out there on that asphalt highway. New places to see. Perhaps new people to meet. Anything could happen on the open road. I long for a road trip like the days of old. A day when we would load up the car with kids and treats and drive wherever the mood might take us. In those days the sense of adventure was enough for everyone. We were happy to be together, happy to be driving, happy to see what life holds around the next curve of the road. Back in those days, we looked out the window at the scenery as we drove. We would “moo” at the cows and exclaim over wildflowers. Those were the days before technology locked our minds into snap-chats and videos and endless music playlists running on individual headphones designed to shut out the rest of the world. Today we are often together, yet alone. Then we were just plain together – and glad to be. There’s an old photograph I found recently of my grandparents in a touring car. We believe it was a 1924 Studebaker Special 6 – a 5-passenger car perfect for road trips of the era. My grandparents moved to Tulsa from Chicago. As an architect and builder, my grandfather often traveled around for his work. In off time, their

family went to Galveston for deep sea fishing and beach time relaxation.Always, these trips meant time spent in cars on the open road of yesteryear. The family vacations of my own youth were always taken by car – some of them in the traditional station wagon loaded with gear. Back then, meals were eaten at picnic tables along the side of the highway – yet another feature that has disappeared from too many of our roadways these days. There’s a lot more quality talking that happens at a table in a grassy meadow, as compared to the quick stabs at conversation upon leaving the drive-thru window where the only words concern the number of barbecue sauce packets that were given out and the need for every drink to have a straw. I think part of the allure of car shows like those our communities are hosting this month is the chance to reconnect with a past when driving was fun. So head to the Stray Kat 500 this first weekend in May, then check out the Oldies n Goodies show the second weekend. They just might inspire you to keep on driving, to see what’s around the corner, to answer the call of the open road.

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Gearing Up


From classics to hot rods to modern versions of your favorites - three area car shows bring them all this month.


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Cars gather downtown at the Oldies N Goodies Show in 2013

Oldies n Goodies Show returns May 10 The streets of Bartlesville will be lined with Corvettes and Mustangs, Coupes and Roadsters. Vintage cars parked

beside vintage buildings. It’s the 29th annual Oldies n Goodies Car Club Show – returning by popular demand to downtown Bartlesville where the shiny chrome reflects well in the windows of storefronts and office buildings. Registration begins at 8 a.m. May 10 at Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue for the show, which is free to the public and $20 per vehicle for those who enter to win prizes. “It’s a fun time for all,” says Ken Harris, club vice president. “We have originals, modifieds.You are going to see everything at one of our shows. Every car has a story. We enjoy talking to you when we get a chance to tell our story.” The annual car show is expected to draw 200 cars from a four-state area. And there are prizes galore planned for those who enter.There will be drawings for $100 bills to be given away to 20 percent of the cars who join this year’s show, along with a $500 grand prize,

a rebuilt transmission and awards for Ladies’ Choice, Long Distance and Best of Show. “The community really pitches in and gives us some nice door prizes each year,” says Clark Donnell, car club member. Live music and food vendors will keep the atmosphere festive for car show attendees who will have plenty of beautiful vehicles to view. Downtown Bartlesville Inc. is again helping to sponsor the heart of town show. Last year’s event, which moved to downtown after having been held for many years in parks, attracted 2,500 visitors. Bartlesville’s car club, which some say is the oldest in the state, has grown to 100 members – up 25 from this time last year. The club members will bring their classic cars to the local show, but don’t enter them in the competition for prizes. Club members do go as a group to regional competitions with their vehicles, along with participating in parades and traveling several times a

year to nursing homes where they take residents on rides. “We have a lot of fun and we try to take care of people locally,” says David Williams, car club member. “We help families in need. We have a toy run each year where all the members bring in a toy and we bring them to the Salvation Army.” The car club also spends a lot of time socializing – both at shows and at monthly meetings. There’s an annual chili cook-off, an ice cream social and a cookout at Osage Hills State Park. Williams, Clark and Harris note the group spends almost as much time eating as it does talking about cars. “I’ve been a member for 26 years,” enthuses Harris. “It’s a passion for us. We are just car guys – that’s what we talk about when we are together.” And the conversation will be surely be flowing this month in Bartlesville. Come join in the talk when the motors start running downtown. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


Stray Kat 500 comes to Dewey May 2-4 Twenty bucks buys a lot of fun for the car enthusiasts who drive to Dewey each spring for the Stray Kat 500 show. From free food for drivers on Friday nights to live bands and custom art displays on Saturday and a spirited trophy awarding session on Sunday, this three-day show keeps the good times rolling. This year’s Stray Kat 500 is May 2-4 in downtown Dewey. The public’s biggest day of viewing cars is on Saturday when the bands will be playing, the antique stores will be open and the hot rod theater in Tom Mix Museum will be showing classic old flicks. Attracting cars from 12 states each year, the Stray Kat show is geared toward pre1964 customs, hot rods and originals. Entry fee per vehicle is $20 in advance, $25 day of show. For information, call 918-534-2190 or visit A reputation for hospitality is one of the elements that keep car enthusiasts coming back to the Stray Kat Car Show. Even in wet cold weather last year some 280 vehicles showed up for the 3-day event.

Cars begin arriving in the area on Thursday and Friday. Registration for the main event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Tom Mix Museum, 721 N. Deleware. The show is open to the public until 5 p.m. Saturday, with musical entertainment provided by the Rumblejetts, The Pushrods and Miss Major and her Minor Mood Swings. Sunday’s show opens at 8 a.m. and

includes a Blessing of the Rides prayer service at 10 a.m. following by trophy award presentations. Fans who keep coming back each year rave about the great cars and great people at this popular Dewey event. Admission is free for the audience who come to admire the cars and the ambiance. Head out on the highway and check it out.

Sunfest Car Show rolls into Festival on May 31 Rev up your motor for the 14th annual Sunfest Car Show, which rolls into

Sooner Park on May 31. Around 200 cars are expected for the Saturday show, which combines the natural beauty of Sooner Park with the gleaming chrome and paint of classic automobiles and trucks . Registration for participating vehicles begins at 8 a.m. with a fee of $15 per car. The public is invited free of charge to view the cars at the show. There are plenty of prizes for this annual show. The first 100 vehicles to register get a dash plaque, and there are 20 categories in which cars will be competing. The car club that brings the most registrants receives $100. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. 8

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Look for street rods, muscle cars, modified trucks and lowriders at the Sunfest 2014 show. There will be original beauties, along with those who have had a bit of work done. The Sunfest Car Show is part of the three-day arts and entertainment festival, which takes place each year at Sooner Park. The festival itself is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday providing plenty of activities to entertain the crowd. Live music will be playing on three stages, there will be booths from nonprofit groups and games galore for children to play in the Youthfest section of the park. Beautiful arts and crafts are for sale in one area of the park and food vendors will provide many dining options for the car enthusiasts.



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Growing Up


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Sophia Fiore prepares to make a run down the strip.

Bonnie Fiore

Sophia Fiore

Enzo Fiore

The Fiore Four: Enzo, Sophia, Portia and Bonnie hit the drag strip. Bonnie, Sophia and Enzo have all obtained their National Hot Road Association licences

BY MIKE WILT John Fiore is four-years-old and living in the Bronx, New York. While he can’t read yet, his mom – a librarian at Fordham University – buys him car magazines because he loves looking at the pictures and studying the diagrams. It’s 1959 and a certified gearhead is born. After American Airlines transferred its maintenance facility to Tulsa, the Fiores found their way to Oklahoma to be closer to family members who worked for AA. John found his way to Miami, OK and the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO). Soon after, he was recruited by Phillips Petroleum Co. where he worked as a mechanic in the maintenance division of the research center. His career progressed from pump and pipe maintenance to process equipment inspection. In 1991, company employees experienced some very painful layoffs and Fiore was one of the casualties. But he

took the knowledge and skills he learned and started his own business - Fiore Technical Services. “I ended up legally changing the name to FTS because when I handed people my business card and they saw that I was the president they immediately assumed I was a small-time operation that couldn’t handle the work,” Fiore laughs. Fiore would eventually laugh all the way to the bank. He grew his start-up business into a company that employed 350 and generated $35 million in global revenue. In 2007, he sold the company (known now as SGS) and eventually retired in 2010. Deciding what to do next at the ripe old age of 55 might have been a challenge, but not for Fiore. He pursued his two passions - his children and cars. He considers himself very fortunate that his two loves have wondrously become intertwined. “Several years ago, my oldest daughter, Bonnie, went to the drag races with a neighbor,” Fiore recalls. “She came back

enthusiastic.” Within a week, Fiore purchased a junior dragster and had Bonnie and younger sister, Sophia, strapped in. “It took a bit of coaxing to get them to take their first run down the strip,” Fiore smiles. “Each of them wanted the other to go first. By the end of the night, they were fighting about who would go next! All it took was one time down the track and they were both hooked.” Two more gearheads were born. At 17-years-old, Bonnie is the oldest of the Fiore Four and, in truth, has been a gearhead since she was very young. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been hanging out with my dad in his shop while he worked on his cars,” Bonnie says fondly. “I’ve loved every minute of it.” For the past year or so, Bonnie and 16-year-old Sophia have been racing competitively. Ironically, 14-year-old Portia (POR-shuh) has not caught the racing bug, but loves being around the cars and her family. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


“I am more interested in volleyball and reading,” says the Central Middle School 8th grader. “But it’s fun to be around everyone and see how fast they can go. A lot of times I will videotape them so they can see how well they are doing.” Enzo, who at 11 is the youngest and only male, has just begun racing. He was only 9-years-old when his dad asked if he wanted to go to the races. “At first I said no,” he recalls. “But then I said that I’d try it…once. If I didn’t like it I’d stop going. I loved it.” Obviously, this 6th grader is just starting out, but he’s clear about life in the fast line. “I like challenging myself. I try to do the best I can.” Talk to any of the Fiore Four and one can hear roaring enthusiasm. “Going fast,” quickly answers Sophia about the best part of racing. “It is an adrenalin rush.” When most kids her age are playing video games, Sophia is doing the real thing. “I like (racing) because it is hands-on. I’m actually doing something rather than 12

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watching a TV screen.” For Bonnie, a graduating senior at Bartlesville High School, racing is an escape. “It’s my getaway. It’s my stress reliever.” Both Bonnie and Sophia have National Hot Rod Association competitive licenses, so it is no surprise they get revved up about racing. “I really like the competition because I think of all of the hard work and dedication I’ve put into it,” says Bonnie. “I want to race bigger dragsters,” Sophia pipes up. “I want to win something. I want a trophy so bad. And I really want to beat my sister.” Indeed. While both girls are now racing in different classes, there was a time they competed against each other. “It got pretty intense,” Bonnie reveals. “We’d get back to the RV and get into arguments about what happened during the race,” she snickers. One does not need to get under the hood to understand drag racing. “It doesn’t matter how fast your car is. It’s how fast your reaction time is and how consistent you run,” Fiore says.

Fiore has built a partial drag strip at his rural residence to allow the speedy siblings to practice their reaction times and their consistency. In this day and age where tree climbing and dodgeball are considered dangerous, one can only imagine what some might think of youth drag racing. But Fiore says that safety comes first. “When I worked at Phillips, it was all about safety,” Fiore says. “When I owned FTS, we had one of the best safety records in the industry. And the NHRA is all about safety. Everyone who races is taught that safety is not something that automatically happens, it is something you do.” Bonnie agrees. “Racing has actually made me a better driver. I am more in touch with safety now than I used to be.” It is quite evident that the Fiore Fourwheelers have a love of racing and a respect for safety. But when it comes to love and respect, father and family come in first. Proving that the family that races together stays together.

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Enjoying the ride No Limit Powersports opens US 75 showroom

ATVs, dirt bikes, cruisers and more line the floors of the showroom in a gleaming display of red, blue, green and camo print at No Limit Powersports’ impressive new facility. An independently owned company serving the powersports industry in the Bartlesville area, the business relocated in April to a larger location at U.S. Highway 75 and County Road 2400 with plenty of room to show off a dazzling array of inventory, which also includes motorcycles, UTVs and a full line of accessories and

parts. The enterprise owned by Andrew and Tara Meek specializes in Kawasaki and Arctic Cat lines. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. No Limit Powersports provides a full line of vehicle maintenance and repair services from oil changes to accessory installation to rebuilding engines. The service department works on all major brands of sport vehicles. A full line of products and services including power sports apparel, accessories


and new and pre-owned vehicles – is available 24/7 on the company website at Call to visit with the knowledgeable staff at 918-333-4341, follow the business on Facebook or stop by during regular store hours to see the new showroom at 396980 W. County Road 2400. No Limit is here to provide the latest and the greatest products available in the powersports world.


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Family Tradition Oakley Chevrolet-Buick committed to quality and community

The Oakley name has been part of the Bartlesville Automotive Community for over 73 years. At right, David Oakley, Jr. in front of the dealership today.

The gleaming new showroom at Oakley Chevrolet-Buick shines with the care and dedication of a family dealership committed to quality, cars and community. The dealership owned by third generation dealer David Oakley, Jr. just completed a striking renovation of the business at 3800 S.E. Adams Rd. where a well-versed staff and large selection of vehicles await customers looking to purchase a car or truck or visit the service department for maintenance. The showroom facelift is the latest project in a series of moves that have positioned the dealership for continuing success. “In 2009, we had an opportunity to get the Chevrolet franchise and moved the dealership to its current location on Highway 75,” Oakley recalls. “It has been a great move. “ Oakley dealerships became a part of Oklahoma’s landscape 73 years ago. Cecil Oakley, who worked as a teacher, a coach and a Conoco dealer, made the move to auto dealer in April 1941 when a Pontiac representative convinced him to join the company. His first dealership was in Cherokee, Okla. The Oakley family came to Bartlesville

in 1958 when General Motors asked Cecil to purchase the Pontiac franchise here. Son David Oakley joined the dealership after spending four years in active duty with the U.S. Navy. David Oakley, Jr. earned a mechanical engineering degree at University of Oklahoma and an MBA at Oklahoma State University and spent time working for General Motors before returning to Bartlesville to become a third generation dealer.Today he sits at the helm carrying on the business and the tradition of community involvement established by his grandfather and father. For many years, the Oakley dealership operated in downtown Bartlesville quarters. Sales took place in a car lot at the corner of Dewey Avenue and Fourth Street for a time, and later at a larger location centered at Cherokee Avenue and Frank Phillips Boulevard. The inventory has varied through the years. Oakley once sold Pontiac and Jeep vehicles. Now the dealership is a franchise for Chevrolet and Buick. Through all of the changes in the industry, the product and the location, the Oakley dealership has maintained a constant philosophy of service to

customers and community. The family has strong ties to Bartlesville and its schools. Oakley’s

son David III is a 21-year-old

University of Oklahoma junior, while daughter Hannah, 16, is a Bartlesville Mid High School sophomore. Oakley has through the years served with Bartlesville Regional United Way, Elder Care, Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority, Cherokee Council of Boy Scouts and Junior Achievement, as well as chairing the Oklahoma Auto Dealers Association and Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission. A longtime sponsor of Bartlesville’s Teacher of the Month program, Oakley also sponsors annually a high school basketball tournament.The family sponsors each year the Cecil Oakley scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, along with a scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. These strong ties to community make for strong relationships with customers who know the Oakley family, the business and the legacy that has carried on through the generations. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


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Doenges Toyota opens state-of-the-art facility Innovative design and top notch technology are hallmarks of the new Doenges Toyota showroom opening this month in Bartlesville. Doenges Family of Autos just completed the new multi-million dollar Toyota dealership at 1911 S.E. Washington Blvd. utilizing the best green building practices required for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.The beautiful new showroom shines with the care and dedication of a company that just celebrated its 73rd birthday in Bartlesville. “We understand the importance of

long-term thinking and building a business model that is sustainable through the generations," says company president Brad Doenges. "This new facility gives us room to grow and serve our customers for many years to come." Situated next to the Doenges Ford and Lincoln dealership, the 33,000-squarefoot Toyota dealership building is designed to enhance customer service, including speeding up the wait time for completing popular options like the company’s $9.95 oil change. Doenges offers online service scheduling for batteries, brakes, tires and

more at Doenges Family of Autos offers an impressive inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles available for sale or lease with attractive financing options available for customers. As a third generation family owned and operated business, Doenges knows cars, customers and the community. "We are proud to be the oldest Toyota dealer in Oklahoma and we are excited to open the newest and best dealership building of any type in the state," Doenges said. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly



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It’s a brand new world at Patriot GMCHyundai where rows of shiny cars specially delivered for sale line the lot of Bartlesville’s newest car dealership. Enthusiasm runs strong at the Patriot dealership, which this month celebrates its grand opening with a week of giveaways and events running May 10-17 at 2001 S.E. Washington Blvd. Dealer Tatton Manning, who returned to Bartlesville to open the business in March, is excited to be back in the community renewing old friendships and building new relationships. “I love the town,” says Manning. “I’m really excited and pleased with all the changes going on downtown, with the energy that is going in and the businesses that have opened there.We are going to be living here and we’re going to be involved in the community and we’re glad to be a part of it.” Manning grew up in nearby Chelsea, than attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He and his wife Jessica, who both graduated from OWU in 2002, have three children. Prior to purchasing the Bartlesville

dealership, Manning worked in the car business and oil industry. But his dealership name harkens to another important part of his life. Manning spent four years in the U.S. Army including serving a year in Afghanistan. He left the military with the rank of captain. Honor, respect and integrity are words used a lot in conversation with Manning as he discusses his business philosophy. Patriot GMC-Hyundai is a place where customers are treated with respect, price negotiations are conducted fairly and any problems that arise are to be handled with dignity. The dealership is also a place of extensive inventory. There are more than 100 Hyundais on the lot for customers to purchase and an order of 45 new GMC vehicles in April. Among the most popular new vehicles in stock are the Hyundai Genesis - a luxury car with all the perks, including impressive horsepower, and the 2015 GMC Yukon – a top of the line SUV with a wealth of features that add up to the description “awesome,” according to Manning.

In addition to new vehicles, Patriot also carries a line of pre-owned cars and trucks. The dealership’s finance department is available to help customers find the best option for paying for new and pre-owned vehicles, along with making the decision of whether to lease or own a car. The dealership’s factory trained technicians are available to help with a full line of services up to transmission overhaul and engine replacement. Patriot also has a body shop on site and is able to customize vehicles before or after sale. With so much to celebrate, Manning is looking forward to the big grand opening week when Patriot will be giving away prizes during the week, running a live remote radio show and holding a drawing for the grand prize at 3 p.m. May 17 for a zero turn mower. Manning invites the community to stop by and meet him and register to win the mower. Follow the latest news about Patriot on Facebook, visit the website at www., call 918-333-8010 or stop by to check on the latest selections at the dealership on U.S. Highway 75. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


May Play

Sunny days, starry nights and good causes abound in May. There’s plenty of great ways to benefit local organizations while having a spectacular time this month. Here’s a few suggestions.

The Good, The Bad and The Barbeque – May 10 It’s time to lasso up some fun for a good cause this month when The Good, The Bad and The Barbeque returns to historic Cross Bell Ranch. This annual fundraiser for Elder Care continues to grow in popularity as guests line up for dinner, dancing and an auction with all sorts of fun bidding items. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Mullendore ranch. Tickets

are $65 each or $700 for a table of 8. For tickets or information, call 918-336-8500 or visit Now in its 16th year, the annual fundraiser held on Mother’s Day weekend, provides funding to benefit Elder Care programs for seniors. Dink’s Pit Bar-BQue will provide dinner and music will be performed by Les Gilliam and the Silver Lake Band.

SHEL / Amici NY String Quartet – May 14 The popular OKM Original Artist Concert Series concludes this year’s season with a world-premiere event! The Amici New York String Quartet will join Fort Collins, CO contemporary sister-quartet SHEL on stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at The Frank Phillips Club (206 SE Frank Phillips Boulevard). Tickets for this concert are $32 and can be purchased online at www., in person at the Bartlesville Community Center or OK Mozart Box Offices, or by phone at 918-337-2787.

Bruin Football Golf Classic – May 17 Here’s your chance to spend a day on the golf course while supporting a good cause. The popular annual Bruin Quarterback Club Golf Classic offers tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Adams Municipal Golf Course for four-person scramble teams. Cost is $400 per team. All funds raised at the tournament go to support Bruin football 22

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programs. Monies are used for vital equipment and uniform needs for the teams. Sign up to participate as a team by contacting Randy Johns at Tax deductible donations can be made to Bartlesville Quarterback Club, Bruin Football Classic, P.O. Box 2182, Bartlesville, OK 74005. For more information, visit

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available for $72. Limited to only 40, VIP tickets include an opportunity to visit with SHEL,Amici New York String Quartet and OK Mozart Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos in the Bartlesville Monthly Magazine loft above the Frank Phillips Club. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be offered. VIP ticket holders will also be able to reserve their seat for the downstairs concert before doors open to the general public. The Meet and Greet begins at 5:30 p.m.

BCF Legacy Hall of Fame - May 17 Bartlesville Community Foundation on May 17 honors the Garrison family and Vasudevan family in a very special reception and dinner recognizing their outstanding contributions to our community and the world. The annual foundation Legacy Hall of Fame induction begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception at Hilton Garden Inn, 205 S.W. Frank Phillips Blvd. Tickets are available by calling 918-337-2287. Denzil and Barbara Garrison have a long history of public and civic service in the state and community. A veteran who enlisted in 1944 serving in Europe and again in Korea, Denzil also served in the military reserves through 1966. He served 16 years in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Both Barbara and Denzil have been active in the growth and development of Washington County Historical Society and Bartlesville Area History Museum. Their interest in history led both to become authors of books. The Garrisons’ family legacy of military service has continued with their children and grandchildren. Karappurath “Vasu” Vasudevan and his wife Lalitha were born in India but became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1976, along with their children Gopi and Sujatha. Vasu founded Service and Technology Corporation in Bartlesville in 1986 – a company known for high quality work and strong community leadership, including awarding annual scholarships to local students. Upon

Lalitha’s death in 2013, Vasu established a fine arts center and teacher’s chairs in India to honor her talents in music and dance. The Vasudevans – including Vasu, Lalitha, Gopi and his wife Mini, and Sujatha





Krishnan have served with numerous area organizations and boards including contributions to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary and YMCA. The family has a history of supporting the arts, local schools and science fairs as well. The Garrisons and Vasudevans now join the BCF hall recognizing families who have made a lasting contribution to Bartlesville.

Downtown Outdoor Movie - May 30 It’s time for a cinema experience under the stars in downtown Bartlesville. Outdoor movies return to the heart of town this summer with films to be shown in May and June in the Arvest Bank parking lot at Second Street and Dewey Avenue. The first family-friendly movie to be shown will fill the big screen at dusk on May 30. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a fabulous time

Kiddie Park - May 2

Get ready for cotton candy, train rides and warm summer nights. Kiddie Park is back. Bartlesville’s miniature amusement park, located in Johnstone Park, opens for weekend hours beginning Friday, May 2. The park will open from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays only until school gets out. Beginning May 27, Kiddie Park

watching “The Sandlot.” Free downtown outdoor movies were a popular in the community in years past, but the tradition was discontinued for a time. Downtown Bartlesville Inc. is reviving the events with bonus features, including door prizes awarded during intermission. Watch the Downtown Bartlesville, Inc Facebook page for details on movies that are showing and plans for the summer.

will add weeknight hours from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Ticket prices are 50 cents each for the 18 rides in the park, including bumper cars, biplanes, ferris wheel, roller coaster and more. Keep up with the latest Kiddie Park events and news by visiting www.

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Thursday, May 1 Central Middle School Art Display Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10AM Central Middle School students will have some of their art work on display through May 9.

Vintage Sports Card Show Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM Buy-Sell -Trade Sports Cards and Sports Memorabilia.

BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Karaoke Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

The Howlin’ Brothers Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 9:30 PM A special Thursday Night of music with this Nashville-based trio that isn’t Nashville country but better yet, bluestinged Americana. Great tunes on a Thursday!

Friday, May 2 Green Country Four Ball Championship Hillcrest Country Club, 1901 Price Rd 8 AM The event will help support The Bartlesville Community Foundation and its Legacy Hall of Fame. The two-day


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tournament will be held at Hillcrest

ARF’s Annual Paws in the Park

Country Club and Adams Golf Club.

ARF Park, East of Bison Rd on the

Registration is available at the pro shops

south side of Highway 60 12 PM

of Hillcrest and Adams.

Join us from Noon - 3pm for fun (with or

All Shook Up Bartlesville High School Fine Arts

without your furry friend) at ARF Park. Activities include Jack Russell Racing, pet contests and food concessions.

Center, 1700 Hillcrest Drive 7 PM ALL SHOOK UP - a musical comedy

All Shook Up

featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

Bartlesville High School Fine Arts

Country Road Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

Center, 1700 Hillcrest Drive 7 PM ALL SHOOK UP - a musical comedy featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music!

Live Music! Angelo’s Tavern,

Aaron Wheeler Indian Coffee Company, 116 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 7 PM Live music

130 S Cherokee Ave 9 PM

Saturday, May 3 Green Country Four Ball Championship Adams Golf Club,

The Magical Music of Disney Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd 7:30 PM Bartlesville Symphony presents the great music of Disney with projected visuals and narrator.

5801 Tuxedo Blvd. 8 AM The event will help support The

Country Road

Bartlesville Community Foundation and

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

its Legacy Hall of Fame. The two-day

222 Allen Road 9 PM

tournament will be held at Hillcrest

Free, live music!

Country Club and Adams Golf Club. Registration is available at the pro shops


of Hillcrest and Adams.

Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

Stray Kat 500 Car Show

Always awesome when Pilgrim comes to town! A great first week of May music

Registration at 721 N. Delaware, 8 AM

at FnL’s with a favorite. Beau’s big blues

Cars, live music, art and entertainment in

voice atop a fantastic band, tough to beat.

downtown Dewey. More information at

Sunday, May 4 Open House Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive 10 AM Enjoy coffee and a pastry while taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Elder Care.

Mother’s Day Gift With Purchase Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM Spend $75 at the mall between May 4 and May 11 and receive a Bath & Body Candle valued at $20 while supplies last. Take receipts to Bath & Body at WPM to redeem your gift.

Grand Opening of Christ Community Church Christ Community Church, 5210 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM Join us for the official opening of our new location where we will have tours, a 10:30 a.m. worship service and a cookout on the grounds.

Bartlesville’s Bravest VS. Bartlesville’s Finest Doenges Stadium, 115 E Hensley Blvd 1 PM The Bartlesville Police and Firefighters will have a mini homeroom derby consisting of 3 guys from each side followed by a 7 inning softball game. Once the game is complete we will have the trophy presentation, announce the winners of the raffles, and ann

All Shook Up

Dr. Bush will discuss “Bloody Dawn” by

Bartlesville High School Fine Arts

Lone Chimney Films, a documentary

Center, 1700 Hillcrest Drive 3 PM

about the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in

ALL SHOOK UP - a musical comedy

1863.The movie will be shown after his

featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.


Monday, May 5

Thursday, May 8

Children Living With Cancer Art Class

Bartlesville United Way Annual Meeting

Hopestone Cancer Support Center,

Chairman Room of the Frank Phillips

120 B SW Frank Phillips Blvd 1:45 PM

Tower, 310 S Keeler 5:30 PM

Free weekly Art class for young cancer

Come celebrate a successful campaign!

patients who are unable to attend

The Outstanding Businesses, Spirit

school due to their treatments. Contact

Award and Venture Grants will be

(918)766-HOPE (4673) or email info@

presented. Refreshments will be served. .

Tuesday, May 6

BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

BINGO The American Legion Post 105,


501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Solo Club,

Wednesday, May 7 National Bike to School Day

408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Friday, May 9

All Schools, Bartlesville Area Schools

The Gathering

7 AM

Indian Coffee Company,

Biking to school with your child is a great

116 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 7 PM

way to start the day! Remember to wear

Live music

a helmet! For more safety tips, visit

Go Rams Glow 5K Run Hoover Elementary,

Walk-In Wednesday

512 Madison Blvd 7:30 PM

Sugarica, 201 S Osage Ave 10 AM

Come support Hoover Elementary and

Stop in for a freshly-baked treat! Lemon

get some exercise! Call the school (333-

bars, brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

9337) for information on fees and packet pickup.

A+ Rewards Washington Park Mall,


2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

Wednesday’s are Double Point Days!

222 Allen Road 9 PM

Make sure to drop your mall receipts

Free, live music!

at the A+ Rewards lockers next to JCPenney!!!

Live Music! Angelo’s Tavern,

Local re-enactor and chiropractor, Dr. Michael Bush Bartlesville Area History Museum, 401 S Johnstone 12 PM

135 S Cherokee Ave 9 PM

Saturday, May 10

Sunday, May 11

Casa Hispana Breakfast Fundraiser

Happy Mother’s Day!

First Presbyterian Church,

Monday, May 12

505 SE Dewey Ave 7 AM Come enjoy an authentic Mexican Breakfast is served until 11 am, so stop in

Children Living With Cancer Art Class

before or after you check out the Oldies

Hopestone Cancer Support Center,

N’ Goodies Car Show. Tickets are $6.

120 B SW Frank Phillips Blvd 1:45 PM

breakfast benefiting Casa Hispana.

Free weekly Art class for young cancer

2014 Oldies ‘N Goodies Car Show

patients who are unable to attend

Dewey Avenue from the Price Tower

school due to their treatments. Contact

North, Adams Boulevard/Dewey

(918)766-HOPE (4673) or email info@

Avenue North 8 AM .

Family Event Saturday, May 10 from

Tuesday, May 13

8am to 4pm. Adams Boulevard to Dewey Avenue. Registration 8a.m.noon, prize ceremony at 3p.m. www.


The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM


Wednesday, May 14

St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 210 E 9th St 1 PM Local artists and crafters make these one-

A+ Rewards

of-a-kind purses to bid on. All proceeds

Washington Park Mall,

benefit Martha’s Task, a non-profit located

2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM

in downtown Bartlesville.

Wednesday’s are Double Point Days! Make sure to drop your mall receipts

The Good, The Bad & The BBQ

at the A+ Rewards lockers next to

Mullendore Crossbell Ranch, 6 PM


Elder Care’s Annual Fundraiser. Tickets are $65 each or $800 to reserve a table

Walk-In Wednesday

of 8. For Tickets call 918-336-8500.

Sugarica, 201 S Osage Ave 10 AM Stop in for a freshly-baked treat! Lemon

Jake Hemphill Band

bars, brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

Painted Horse Bar & Grille,

OKM/OAA Concert featuring SHEL & the Amici String Quartet

110 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 9 PM Live music

The Kress Building,


206 SE Frank Phillips Boulevard 7 PM

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

A world-premiere event, pairing OK

222 Allen Road 9 PM

Mozart’s Amici New York String Quartet

Free, live music!

with the popular Fort Collins, Colorado contemporary sister-quartet, SHEL.

Alex Culbreath Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

Thursday, May 15

The Bville debut of an artist Okies have grown to love at Woody Guthrie Folk


Fest. But this solo act isn’t just folk. It’s a

The American Legion Post 105,

high-energy roots-based good time!

501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

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May Flowers Paint and Pour


428 S Seneca Ave 6:30 PM

Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Hopestone Cancer Support Center

The American Legion Post 105,

We will watch LoveTown and discuss the

Friday, May 16

120 B SW Frank Phillips Blvd 6 PM

501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

filmmaking process with the filmmakers.

May Flowers Paint and Pour with Tawny

Wednesday, May 21

Saddoris. $40 per person. Scholarships

“An African Experience”

available for cancer survivors. Space

Hopestone Cancer Support Center,

limited. Reserve easel at Hopestone

Walk-In Wednesday

120 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 6:30 PM


Sugarica, 201 S Osage Ave 10 AM

Come meet & hear OSU graduate,

Call to enroll (800)765-8933.

Friday, May 23

Stop in for a freshly-baked treat! Lemon

DEADLINE: Register for Children’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp

bars, brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

Christ Community Church, 5210 SE

Liberty Galvin, tell about her

BCG Legacy Hall of Fame

environmental projects in Africa. View

Hilton Garden Inn,

her Art supporting Environmental Projects

205 S.W. Frank Phillips Blvd. 6:30 PM

Museum Series

Musical Theatre Summer Camp for 2nd


Bartlesville Community Foundation

Price Tower, 510 S Dewey 10 AM

to 6th grade. Two sessions: June 16 - 27

honors Garrison and Vasudevan families

Come experience the Price Tower! We

OR July 21 - August 1, 9am-3pm. More


in this special Hall of Fame evening

will see and learn much more than what

info at .

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,


is currently offered to the public. Enroll

222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music!

Washington 5 PM



Jake Hemphill Band Indian Coffee Company,

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

A+ Rewards

116 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 7 PM

Live Music!

222 Allen Road 9 PM

Washington Park Mall,

Live music

Angelo’s Tavern,

Free, live music!

2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM

Tracy Lawrence

Make sure to drop your mall receipts

Bartlesville High School Graduation

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

at the A+ Rewards lockers next to

Bartlesville High School,

222 Allen Road 9 PM


1700 Hillcrest Drive, 8 PM

131 S Cherokee Ave 9 PM

Saturday, May 17

Wednesday’s are Double Point Days!

Congrats class of ‘14!

Osage Casino-Bartlesville features Tracy

Bruin Football Golf Classic

Lawrence for a live, free, outdoor concert.

Jim Herndon, SCV and Commander of local Chapter of Col. William Penn Adair Camp

Adams Golf Course,

All ages welcome, bring your own lawn

5801 Tuxedo Blvd. 8 AM,

chair. Gates will open at 5:00 pm.

Another Alibi

Bartlesville Area History Museum,

222 Allen Road 9 PM

401 S Johnstone 12 PM

Free, live music!

support Bruin football. Visit www.

Jared Tyler, Travis Fite & Arthur Thompson for more

Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

the non-war years of his life. A Brown

Live Music!


A fantastic pop voice, gifted songwriter

Bag Event.

Angelo’s Tavern,

1 PM tee times. All funds raised from the tournament

Lecture on Robert E. Lee: the Man and

136 S Cherokee Ave 9 PM

and guitar player joins blue-eyed reggae

JPMC Community Heart Walk & Run

soul and innovative percussion. A fun trio


you don’t want to miss!

The American Legion Post 105,

Bluestem Cardiology,

Monday, May 19

501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

3400 SE Frank Phillips Blvd 8:45 AM 5k race and one mile fun run/walk. All Medical Foundation for heart and

Children Living With Cancer Art Class

wellness programs. Visit

Hopestone Cancer Support Center

for more information.

120 B SW Frank Phillips Blvd 1:45 PM

proceeds will benefit the Bluestem

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

Saturday, May 24 Jake Hemphill Band


Painted Horse Bar & Grille,

Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

110 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 9 PM

Thursday, May 22

Live music

Another Alibi

Free weekly Art class for young cancer

Golden Hour

Osage Casino - Bartlesville,

May Margarita Pitcher Glaze

patients who are unable to attend

Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive 5:30 PM

222 Allen Road 9 PM

Hopestone Cancer Support Center,

school due to their treatments. Contact

Free social hour with food, entertainment

Free, live music!

120 B SW Frank Phillips Blvd 10 AM

(918)766-HOPE (4673) or email info@

and door prizes. Open to anyone 60

Glaze your own Margarita Pitcher with .

years or older. No RSVP Required.

artist Tawny Saddoris. Cost $30 per

Tuesday, May 20

Colon Health

JMB, a favorite Austin-based soul, blues,

Hopestone Cancer Support Center,

jazz piano-driven trio returns to FnL’s.

BRCC 110th Gala Awards

120 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 6 PM

Original tunes that whisked with a dash of

Bartlesville Community Center, 6:30 PM

Dr. Christopher Manus will discuss the

70’s pop and 60’s jazz.

Jake Hemphill Band

Bartlesville Regional Chamber of

signs and symptoms of colon rectal

Indian Coffee Company,

Commerce celebrates achievements of

cancer, what you can do to prevent it and

116 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 10:30 AM

the year in banquet. Check in at 6:30 PM,

the importance of early detection.

Live music

dinner at 7 PM. Tickets $65. RSVP by

person. Supplies included. Space is limited. Reservations: at Hopestone 918-766-HOPE.

May 15 to 918-336-8708.

Jackie Myers Band Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

Movie Series: LoveTown Unitarian Universalist Church,

Bartlesville MBA Classes

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Monday, May 26 Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 27 BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Wednesday, May 28 Walk-In Wednesday Sugarica, 201 S Osage Ave 10 AM Stop in for a freshly-baked treat! Lemon bars, brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

A+ Rewards Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10AM Wednesday’s are Double Point Days! Make sure to drop your mall receipts at the A+ Rewards lockers next to JCPenney!!!

Museum Series Bartlesville Area History Museum, 401 S Johnstone Ave 10 AM Learn how the Bartlesville Area History Museum holds the key to our past with a guided tour of the museum. Call to enroll in the series (800)765-8933.


Downtown Movie Night


The American Legion Post 105,

Arvest Bank Parking Lot,

Frank & Lola’s, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Second Street and Dewey Avenue.

Ego Culture returns to round out a

Bring the lawn chairs, the blankets and

fantastic month of original music on 2nd

the family to enjoy a movie outdoors.

& Dewey. This is an improvisational and

Karaoke Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Thursday, May 29

funky quartet led by Chris Kyle on keys.

Free, Live Music! Angelo’s Tavern, 132 S Cherokee Ave 9 PM

Movie Series: Pruning the Family Tree

Saturday, May 31

Unitarian Universalist Church, 428 S Seneca Ave 6:30 PM


There’s a fine line between burning the

Sooner Park, 10 AM

past and digging a grave. Watch and

Sunfest is going International in 2014. You

discuss this film with the filmmakers. Call

are invited to “TAKE THE JOURNEY”.

to enroll in the series (800)765-8933.

Experience a diverse selection of cultures

Friday, May 30

from around the world!!


The Oklahoma Games

Sooner Park, 3 PM

Bruin Activity Center,

Sunfest is going International in 2014. You

1700 Hillcrest Drive 6 PM

are invited to “TAKE THE JOURNEY”.

The Oklahoma Games is a two day

Experience a diverse selection of cultures

CrossFit team competition. The

from around the world!!

competition will take place on May 30 &

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The patio at Copper at Price Tower

Take it outside Bartlesville restaurants offer inviting patio seating Sometimes you just need to see the stars or feel the sunshine on your face. Bartlesville restaurants get this. Here’s a few favorite local spots where outdoor dining is a popular pastime in warm weather months.

Frank & Lola’s

The feel of a neighborhood restaurant and bar really opens up in the warm weather months when Frank & Lola’s seat diners in the tables set around the corner of Second Street and Dewey Avenue. Take in the historic buildings, the sounds of nearby baseball games and the traffic passing by foot and by car while dining on salmon, burgers and salads at 200 E. Second St. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and dinner is served 5 to 9 p.m.

La Fiesta

Margaritas on the patio at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 3800 Washington Pl., offer a break from the ordinary rigors of life. With a full menu of favorite Mexican dishes including tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and more, La Fiesta is a favorite destination for lunch, dinner and drinks. Sit outside on a partially covered patio to enjoy some privacy and a bit of fresh air ambiance. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Midway Café

Dine in a soothing garden set below a hillside dotted with spring flowers and white picket fences at Midway Café, 641 S.E. Washington Blvd., where downhome cooking is served. With breakfast offered all day long, along with burgers, sandwiches and salads, there’s something for everyone at Midway, which has been serving customers for 23 years. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Painted Horse Bar & Grille

Pull up a chair on the cozy patio outside Painted Horse Bar & Grille, 110 S.W. Frank Phillips Blvd., where the dining is relaxed. Enjoy a full menu of options from burgers to seafood and from hot wings to root beer floats – all while dining beneath the canopy at an historic downtown storefront. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Copper at Price Tower

Take in a skyscraper view of downtown Bartlesville from the patio of Copper Bar and Restaurant at Price Tower. Enjoy a meal and a galss of wine in this glamorous upper story ambience. Open Monday through Thursday until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11p.m.

Indian Coffee Company

It’s a cozy cafe bistro atmosphere at ICC where sidewalk seating provides a comfortable spot to relax with tea or coffee during the day or glass of wine at night. Great food and desserts complete the package. Open Mondays until 4 p.m and Tuesday - Saturday through 10 p.m.

Jared’s Frozen Custard

Because sunshine and cold dairy treats go so well together, Jared’s Frozen Custard, 4607 Nowata Rd., is a popular destination when the temperatures rise. From everyday basic vanilla and chocolate to exotic creations like lemon caramel custard or strawberry peach custard, which are offered from time to time, Jared’s has rich, creamy delights served at classic concrete tables topped by colorful umbrellas. Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly



Hometown happy

It’s a wonderful life for Mike Bailey

BY LORI ESSER Mike Bailey loves Bartlesville. He loves it enough to not only take an active role in city government, but also to raise his family here. After graduation from Bartlesville High School in 1992, Bailey was the typical Bartian with ambitions to go off to college and find his place outside of his hometown. Years later with his new bride at his side, they were looking at cities to settle in to start their family. They heard Bartlesville calling. Now, 15 years later, Bailey is the administrative director/chief financial officer for the city of Bartlesville and 34

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his wife, Shannon, works at Jane Phillips Medical Center and they enjoy spending time with their two children Olivia, 11, and Connor, 8. “You look at this town differently when you are grown up and looking for a place to raise a family,” says Bailey. “It was absolutely perfect for us. We love the culture, the people and the size. It’s just right. It has metro features and is small enough to know everyone.” It didn’t take long after the kids were involved in sports for Bailey to participate as well. He became the coach for Connor’s basketball, football and baseball teams. “It’s the same group of kids each year, and I love getting to know them and see the changes as they grow,” he adds. “You

refer to these kids as family and when you’re that involved with a group of kids they become a part of your life. And now that I’ve been doing this for so many years, when I walk into Connor’s classroom I know as many boys in the class as he does.” Outside of sports, Bailey enjoys taking his family on activities they can do together such as fishing and camping or staying overnight in Colorado in cabins. He also enjoys hunting. Two years ago, Bailey took over the cochair position for Leadership Bartlesville- a program where participants learn more about how their community is rising to the challenge of meeting tomorrow’s needs. It is the goal of Leadership Bartlesville to increase participants’ knowledge of

the many integral components that come together to comprise the community of Bartlesville. After graduating from Class XVII, Bailey wanted to be involved in one way or another. So he served on the steering committee as well as the host of Local Government Day. “It’s a very cool program,” he says. “I have the chance to interact and know a new group of younger leaders each year. I love what I do with local government, so I get to share that with them and hopefully some of them will become involved. We always need people with new ideas and fresh perspectives.” The city of Bartlesville has more than 300 volunteers on an annual basis serving on committees and boards. It’s not an easy task and very time consuming. Serving on committees is one of Bailey’s favorite things to do. “I’m the current chairman for the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group - the largest insurer of municipalities in Oklahoma,” he says. “Insurance is a big expense to us and it’s crucial to have good

leadership.” At the state level, he also serves as the past president of the Government Finance Officers Association of Oklahoma and is on the board of the Oklahoma Mid-Size Cities Coalition. He has also served on the Oklahoma Clerks, Treasurers, and Finance Officers Association. Locally, Bailey is a past board member of Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Library, United Way Community Investment Committee and he chaired the Retail Committee of the 2013 Angelou Strategic Plan. You can easily say numbers are his thing. The biggest number challenge Bailey faces each year is the annual budget which is what he is currently preparing for the council to review this month. The city sales tax is down two percent, which is a concern whether it will be a trend for next year or is just down this year, according to Bailey. The city of Bartlesville has never fully recovered since the recession. “We get out our crystal balls when we put together the budget,” Bailey jokes. “No, we know that we’ll be wrong to some


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Speedway Sensations


International Micro Midget Races once ruled in Bartlesville

Left - aerial view of Phillips 66 Speedway (located on Tuxedo Blvd. between Quapaw and the Caney River Bridge). At right Bob Radabaugh and Orville Sheline at a race in the 1960s.

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It started with a group of friends who spent their time tinkering with various car parts during the late 1950s in Bartlesville. Johnny Pearson, Johnny and Bob Sawyer and Kenneth “Red” Coonfield tried a variety of experiments including putting a washing machine motor in a pedal car. Their competitive spirit found them racing their small cars around two trees in Walter Thompson’s field, off Tuxedo Road. And before long, an international race track drawing locals and celebrities was born. The Bartlesville Micro Midget Racers Association was organized on Sept. 7, 1958 with 25 members. Pearson served as president, Coonfield as vice president, Donna Fox as secretary/ treasurer, Lew Fesserman as business manager/promoter and Kenneth Tate as track supervisor/ flagman. Many of the racers were employees of Phillips Petroleum, Cities Service and Reda Pump. Phillips supported the racing efforts by funding the track surface and installing extra bleachers. The track was an asphalt, one-eighth mile, oval with concrete and wooden bleachers. With a seating capacity of 3,000, Phillips 66 Speedway was located at 305 Tuxedo Road, between Quapaw

Avenue and the Caney River Bridge. The facility had a concession stand, repair services, press facilities and complete medical facilities manned by two local doctors. Although the banks of the track were considered to be of medium height and hay lined to offer safety, the racers often reached speeds of 60 mph in the straight-a-ways and 30 to 40 mph around the curves.The thrill and excitement of the micro-midget races brought many bumps and bruises (mostly egos) as breathtaking tangles of metal and men were witnessed and competitive bragging rights were established. Marty Robbins, a singer in his prime ruling the national country western charts, brought his “Big Iron Special” and entered a 15-car race in which he lost his left rear wheel, spun into another car which knocked off his right front wheel and sent him flying backwards down the track into oncoming traffic. The result was a noninjury, three-car crash. Robbins enjoyed the sport so much he reportedly continued his singing career to support his racing career. Bartlesville was host to the International Micro-Midget Championship Races Aug. 18-21, 1960. In advertisement

of the event, the drivers paraded their cars through downtown Bartlesville on a Saturday morning. Approximately 150 racers competed for their share of the $1500 prize money and trophies valued at $800. In the late 1960s races stopped at the track as other larger tracks rose to popularity. Later the track was returned to dirt and micro-racing continued under the name Mid America Speedway. Now, all that remains of the track are the remnants of the concrete bleachers, two lonely trees and a host of memories. Descendants of many of the most notable Phillips 66 Speedway drivers have continued the racing tradition at tracks like Port City Speedway in Tulsa. Inductees of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc. are often awarded their honor at the annual Chili Bowl National races in Tulsa.The tradition born in a grassy field in Bartlesville continues in the city arenas today. Passages is written each month by Bartlesville Area History Museum staff. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


the arts

Moves like Jagger

Sunfest celebrates 32nd year with Stones Tribute and World Record

International Rolling Stones touring tribute show Satisfaction bring their psuedo-Stones act to Sunfest

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BY LAURA SUMMERS Looking for some summer satisfaction? You just might find it at Sunfest 2014 when Oklahoma’s biggest outdoor picnic returns to Sooner Park bringing to the stage a Rolling Stones cover band. Bartlesville’s favorite summer festival, which runs May 30 to June 1, has plenty of live music in store, along with arts and crafts, a car show, an abundance of amazing food and activities for kids of all ages. The festival schedule is 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The car show is set Saturday. Sunfest’s Get Your Sweat On 5K fun is also scheduled Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in Sooner Park. New to this year’s festival is an attempt to set a Guinness World Record in what is billed as the world’s largest water pistol fight. Musical selections are varied for this year’s festival, providing fans with everything from bluegrass to rock’n’roll with performers slated throughout the weekend on three stages. Headlining the big Saturday night

show is Satisfaction, an international Rolling Stones touring tribute show. Hailed by critics and music lovers as “the greatest show ever honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy”, Satisfaction is led by executive producer Chris LeGrand, who also performs in the role of Mick Jagger. Satisfaction has been touring since 2001 bringing authentic cast and costuming to the stage to portray Jagger, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones band performing more than 50 years of hits. With more than 2,000 shows to their credit the group performed on the Las Vegas circuit and at the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Balls. The group also has been featured on CBS News and in a Paramount Pictures promotion. The British Invasion of Sunfest fits with this year’s theme, which invites festival goers to take an international journey. The 32nd annual festival will feature food vendors offering ethnic specialties, as well as downhome American favorites. Sunfest celebrates today’s artists, as well as the stars of the future. The Sunfest

Talent Show – designed for performers who will be going into the 6th through 12th grades in the 2014-15 school year – is slated at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Sunfest King and Queen scholarship competition is also returning for a second year providing another opportunity to honor young talent in the community. Visit the organization’s website for details on how to enter the contests. Sunfest is all about playtime, so there’s always a wealth of kids’ activities planned. Youthfest will be offering games and crafts for children, as will some of the nonprofit booths at the three-day event. There will be treats for young and old alike in the juried arts and crafts show at Sunfest where festival goers will find wearable art, sparkling stained glass, wooden toys, paintings, sculptures and much more. For more information on this year’s entertainment and all the fun activities scheduled visit MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly



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OKM’s Big 30 Celebration Festivities abound for the festival’s big birthday year schedule OK Mozart is celebrating the Big 3-0 in a big way this year inviting young performers from across Oklahoma to be a part of this historic festival season, which includes a gala ball, an opera and an array of classic concerts in keeping with the 2014 theme “Music of Vienna.” Amici New York Orchestra headlines OKM as always, along with nationally renowned artists such as Jon Kimura Parker, Sarah Jarosz and Miró Quartet who will perform during the festival June 7-14. New this year is the OK Mozart AllState Youth Orchestra, which brings some of the finest young musicians in Oklahoma to the Bartlesville stage. “We look forward to presenting

one of the most exciting seasons ever in OK Mozart’s history, as well as hosting an ever-growing audience as a result of our efforts to expand the appeal of the concert series through a broader variety of programming, “ says Executive Director, Randy Thompson. An ambitious week of performances has been planned by Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos. Highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a 90-minute version of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute,” Tchaikovky’s 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In a return to an OKM tradition, the 30th Anniversary season will kick off at

6 p.m. Opening Night with an evening of free family fun at Bartlesville Community Center. In addition to the main event evening concerts, OKM is offering a series of five afternoon chamber music performances presented at 2 p.m. each day at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Showcase events scheduled each day and evening offer even more music, along with art projects, historical re-enactments and a film festival. Visit for a full listing of performances and showcase events for the week. Information and tickets also are available Monday through Friday at the OKM office, 415 S. Dewey Ave, or by calling 918-336-9900. MAY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly




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last call

ASeasonFresh Start begins for Bartlesville Farmers Market

BY LACY G. GITTINGER Perhaps it’s difficult to believe right now, but very soon, the spring season will be here to stay. One indication of this prophecy is the fact that rain or shine, windstorm or snowstorm, Bartlesville Farmers Market has taken up residency once again. Make your shopping list and set your smart phone reminder for Saturday, May 3 and each weekend thereafter. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 11:30a.m. at Frank Phillips Park, on the corner of Frank Phillips Boulevard and Keeler Avenue in downtown Bartlesville. There’s just something about strolling through the park on a sunny Saturday morning among vivid fruits and vegetables, jovial music filling the air, a fresh-squeezed lemonade in your hand. You’ll feel like you’re doing something right. Though the Bartlesville Farmers Market is only entering its seventh season of existence, there’s no arguing that it’s become a community mainstay to vendors and shoppers alike. Featuring 24 vendors, touting a wide variety of goods from garden décor to summer squash, the market recruits new 50

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growers each season while retaining many veteran favorites. “The assortment of fresh vegetables and fruit really is the backbone of the market,” declares Market Manager Steve Forsythe. “And it doesn’t get any better than produce that’s picked ripe within a day or two of the market.” Farmers Market food is gathered and transported all within 40 miles of Bartlesville. It requires no modifications for a longer shelf-life because it’s simply not necessary. Local food equals real food. Many vendors are returning for the season, including Blue Sky Farm veggies, Tucker Bee’s honey and jam, Luman Farms natural pork, Martha’s Task locally sewn linens, plus many more. New this year, the market welcomes Jubilee Acres grass-fed beef, Organic Bath Shop natural soaps, Dirt Herder vegetables, and Ag Ventures succulent plants. For those arriving with an appetite, Granny’s Vittles food wagon will be serving up a delicious menu of breakfast and lunch items again this year. To accommodate new vendors, new booth space will be arranged along Frank

Phillips Boulevard. Shoppers are encouraged to park in any of the surrounding lots to the south, the west, or even near the train depot to the north. Although northeast Oklahoma experienced a late spring, several growers utilize a year-round greenhouse, allowing produce to bloom despite unpredictable variables, such as weather and ground quality. “Fresh foods and local products are obvious benefits of a farmers market,” explains Forsythe. “Speaking long term, a community with a self-sustaining food supply certainly provides advantages to its residents.” Generally, growers observe three mini-seasons within the six-month market season of May through October. The first yields carrots, lettuce, some onions, and various leafy greens. Mid-summer brings in warm season crops of tomatoes, beans, peas, sweet corn, and zucchini. Rounding out the season, okra, watermelon, and squash will debut in late summer. Find out more about the vendors and valued sponsors by checking out www.



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Three great car shows highlight the month, along with SunFest, an OKMozart quick guide, and the Fiore Four - four teen siblings who race car...