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The Spirit of the Season

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s we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again. The holiday season and the end of the year always bring about a feeling of reflection and a feeling of closure. Whether we’re jumping head first into the spirit of the season, enjoying time with family—no matter if the distance is near or far—or reflecting on the past year while making plans and setting goals for the next, December always has a way of keeping us busy.

DECEMBER 2017 PUBLISHER

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C.L. Harmon, Debra Laizure, Gina Rambo, John Owen, Louann Buhlinger, Sarah Soon, Traci Kuster CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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While shopping for the perfect gift, prepping the perfect dinner or crafting the perfect toast can all become a little overwhelming, we encourage you to take a deep breath, take a step back and take in all the moments, memories and people that have made 2017 what it is. When you’re reflecting on everything this year has brought, we also encourage you to reflect on those who haven’t had the benefit of people, memories and moments to make 2017 a year to remember. Those who are in need of a family to spend the holidays with, those who can’t afford to buy gifts and prep the perfect dinner, and those who may not even have a home to go back to. Just as much as December is a time of reflection and closure, it is also a time of giving to those who haven’t been as fortunate. It’s a time to find ways to make the holiday season as special as it can be to those who haven’t seen 2017 as very special. Whether it’s volunteering your time at local shelters or donating your money to local charities, giving back to the Tulsa community can help make this time of year special for everyone.

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Inspired By

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Food & Wine

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Trend Setter

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Hot Spot

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

Providing Peace of Mind for You and Your Loved One

24 It Takes Drive to Service Luxury

When It Comes To Performance, It's All About Experience

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Good Times

Hillcrest South First Responders Appreciation Lunch

On Thursday, Oct. 19, Hillcrest South hosted a tailgate themed luncheon to honor local first responders. This second annual event was a fun gathering to show appreciation for first responders, including members of local fire and police departments and ambulance services.

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Good Times

Giving Spirits was held October 27 for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Cain’s Ballroom was filled with Food Bank supporters who addressed the issue of hunger in our community. Honorary ambassadors were Mary and David Sherwood and Sid Smith. Patrons sampled over 80 whiskeys, attended seminars on whiskey making, enjoyed a whiskey inspired food menu prepared by Food Bank’s Executive Chef, Jeff Marlow, and desserts by Katy’s Pantry. 

Cathleen Griffin, Conner Sherwood, David Sherwood John Dowdell, Jeanette Kern, and Terry Kern and Mary Sherwood

Giving Spirit Glasses

Scott Graham and Kendra Sims

Lorri Quinn, Pat Quinn, Carol Owens and Mary Sherwood

Sid Smith, Robin Siegfried, and Wade Hoefling

& Thousands of Lighted Displays Two Free Drive-through Family Events!

The Castleton Village, filled with thousands of colorful lights to create an unforgettable experience. Guests may choose to ride under the stars on the Hayride, hop aboard the Castle Train or enjoy the comfort of their own vehicle. The Garden of Lights, a display of over 1 million lights decorating the trees, bushes & walkways throughout Honor Heights Park.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

CHRISTMAS AT THE TULSA PAC: A CHRISTMAS CAROL PRESENTED BY AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY Robert Odle and Richard Averill's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved novella about the joy of giving has been a Tulsa tradition for more than 40 years — an annual reminder of the basic message of the holiday season. ATC Executive Director Ed Durnal returns after a two-year hiatus to direct the 50-member cast, which includes Karl Krause as Scrooge and John Knippers and Brittany

VIBRANTSKIN DERMATOLOGY AND LASER IS NOW OPEN

Wright as two of the ghosts. Cody McCoy rejoins the cast in the roles of Ben Scrooge and Fred, and six-year-old Indigo Kifer makes

Tulsa native, Kesha Buster, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, has launched VibrantSkin Dermatology and Laser, located at located at 11911 S. Oxford Ave. Suite 200 in Tulsa. Dr. Buster treats both adults and children, and she enjoys all

her debut as Tiny Tim.

THE NUTCRACKER PRESENTED BY THE TULSA BALLET

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A young girl’s fantasy unfolds in this remarkable production

dermatology. She has expertise in laser, light, and radio frequen-

that mixes the visuals of a Broadway show with the heartwarming

cy-based treatment of lines/wrinkles, scars, rosacea, age spots, and

story of a fairy tale Christmas. More than 100 local children join

veins. She’s skilled in utilizing neurotoxins (e.g., Botox, Dysport) to

the professional company to help the larger-than-life Mouse King

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For both shows, go to TulsaPAC.com for more info.

35TH ANNUAL MASTERWORKS CONCERT-SAVE THE DATE The Memorial High School Chorale will be presenting its 35th Annual Masterworks Concert on Thursday, January 11, 2018  at

A ham from The Hamlet™ is perfect for the holidays, family get-to-

Trinity Episcopal Church. This year’s concert is very unique, as

gethers and a perfect gift idea too. Get a head start on your holiday

they are participating in a worldwide celebration of the 100th

preparations and reserve your honey-kissed ham or smoked turkey

Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a performance of

online today. Two convenient locations in Tulsa to pick up your selec-

his epic Chichester Psalms. This year-long celebration includes

tions: 91st & Sheridan and 71st & Trenton. Customers may purchase

performances by music ensembles throughout the United States

a ham or turkey plus individual sides or purchase a Hamlet Holiday

and abroad; however, as of this writing, Memorial is the only

Meal. For pricing and to place an order, visit HamletHams.com. 

organization in Oklahoma that is participating. Through this, the

SILVER ELITE WOMEN'S HEALTH FORUM Utica Park Clinic providers shared

ence to music lovers in our city. TulsaSchools.org

TOYLAND BALL-SAVE THE DATE

women’s

Under the Sea is the theme for the Toyland Ball, The Parent Child

health on Oct. 25th as part of Hillcrest

Center’s annual signature fundraising event. This black tie gala offers

HealthCare System’s Silver Elite program.

an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, with a live auction. A high-

Drs. Tara Wilson and Sarah Oberste

light of the evening is the presentation of the Guardian Angel Award

presented on breast and colon cancer

for 2018 to Ruth and Al Sowards of the Sisk Charitable Trust. Event

important

Silver Elite Women's Health Forum

Memorial High School Chorale are offering a very unique experi-

information

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and how these diseases impact women.

chairs, Carey and Brett Baker, are leading an enthusiastic volunteer

The doctors also shared information on the importance of screenings

committee to plan and host the event. Honorary chairs, Mayor GT

and early cancer detection along with details on surgical and non-sur-

and Susan Bynum are lending their advice and prestige.

gical treatment options. Visit SilverElite.org for more info on Hillcrest HealthCare System’s Silver Elite program or call 918.579.6060 (ext. 2). 14

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The event is held on January 20th, 2018 from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Cox Business Center. Go to ToylandBall.org for more info.


Inspired By

The Best Of Lux To You This Christmas BUILD A BETTER HOLIDAY SEASON

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e makes toys. His face and voice light up when he talks

ARTICLE C.L. HARMON questions so intriguing the children will want to discover the answers.

about them. He wants every child to have one of those

The great thing about this toy dubbed Lux Blox is that it’s not

toys on Christmas morning. And he travels around deliv-

just a learning toy but is actually fun! As I stood there in the Toy

ering toys; most recently to the Toy Depot in Tulsa at 101st and

Depot speaking to him about it, I couldn’t keep my mind from

Sheridan. No, I am not talking about Santa Claus at the North

wandering into the realm of snapping and twisting those pieces

Pole but that would certainly be a good guess.

of plastic into all types of cool creations. Anything I can imagine,

There are few experiences in the world like watching the excitement

I can build I thought! These small interlocking designs are truly

on a child’s face on Christmas morning when the gifts are opened. It’s

unique. Children and adults alike can actually take their ideas of

an image emblazoned in our minds. However, as children grow into

designs and concepts and put them in a material form.

adults that excitement fades…unless you are Michael Acerra. This

What makes Lux Blox more dynamic than Lincoln Logs or other

Illinois visionary has a toy that will light up young faces on Christmas

building blocks is their ability to bend the laws of physics that are

morning. And the idea of sharing this creation fills him with the jolly

restrictions in other building type toys. These work as molecules do

joy of Santa himself. It is a gift of ingenuity and creativity that he

and therefore can be put into shapes and configurations to create

hopes will bring the same elated feeling to children everywhere.

shapes by the use of the “snapping hinge” which Acerra designed

“It allows for children to use the craft arts that only engineers and

and that became the hinge pin of the design.

architects have access to,” he said. “I was a big geek about nature

The designer explained that Lux Blox are like a sheet which acts

and architecture as is my wife Heather,” he added. Because we love

like fabric so it’s “squishy”. But with a with a simple bend, one gets

the principles of building and creation, we came up with the con-

corrugation (wrinkle or bend) to add strength to the sheet. Think

cept of creating a toy that would expand the young minds of children

of a car fender. This is a simple concept but most children are

allowing for them to devise creations of their own that would raise

not exposed to it, he explained. Bringing this type of educational

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YOU HAVE A CHOICE FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY

“Where you need us, When you need us.”

With imagination and Lux Blox you can build anything you desire.

principle to children has been a hope that has prompted him and Heather to promote this toy in various schools at the kindergarten level. “Everything that we have tried to build with the Lux Blox we have built it. From DNA strands to molecules to protozoa and other ocean crea-

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tures. We wanted to make one blox that could do everything. So each toy makes multiple shapes which connect to other blox that can also be any shape.” Imagine the possibilities! This is a toy of the imagination. Every person who uses it can build any creation they can design in their mind…no matter what age they might be, Acerra explained.

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the industry with its focus on hospitality, customer service, and fun, The Linden brings to the Tulsa and Broken Arrow communities a unique and refreshing approach to senior housing. Yes, The Linden offers assisted living, but it’s a bit more personalized and flexible. Services include help with bathing, medication management, mobility and escort assistance, care coordination, and more, and they are always delivered with warmth, compassion, and a smile. For those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, The Linden proudly offers Opal, Leisure Care’s signature memory care program. Touching on seven pillars of wellness, Opal allows care staff to get to know each resident personally, drawing on his or her life story, and providing programming and experiences that give meaning and purpose to each day. In addition to excellent care, The Linden offers residents plenty of opportunity for socialization, engagement, and fun. “We aren’t your typical retirement community by any means,” says Collin Coburn, General Manager. “The variety of services and amenities we offer are truly unique for the Tulsa area.” Visit The Linden today to experience assisted living and memory care with a whole lotta heart. The community can be found at 10802 E. 81st Street, just off the Mingo Valley Expressway. Call 918.913.0310 or visit LindenSeniorLiving.com for more information. 18

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First Call Celebrates 20 Years Providing Peace of Mind for You and Your Loved One ARTICLE SARAH SOON | PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY WOLFE

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t is the holidays and you fly into Tulsa to visit your elderly mother living alone. Although you talk to her

on a daily basis, you’re shocked to see how much she has declined since your last visit. But your options are

FIRST CALL’S SUPERIOR STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE:

• Rigid employment requirements: Twelve-months of nursing or provider experience within the past 3 years. 

limited since she is unwilling to leave Tulsa and her

All employees— including home-health aides—must be certified.

home as well. What can you do?

National background check and drug screening.

Contact First Call, a private-duty, home healthcare concierge service. They will consider your mother their own and not just another client. Their motto? To treat every client as family. That is why owner, Joe Wolfe, started this business. Disenchanted by the lack of compassionate, high-qual-

CPR trained. Applicants must provide a minimum of two references.

Two-thirds of applicants are not hired because they do not meet First Call’s standards.

ity home-healthcare providers, Wolfe launched a company that set higher-than-industry standards—one that would always put the client’s needs first. Now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, locally owned and independently operated, First Call has

a caregiver, since this placement could be a long-term situation. They don’t match the client with a caregiver unless it’s an optimal fit.

thrived in an industry saturated with franchise-owned

• Routine Supervision: They follow through with routine checks to

companies. This flexibility and control allows them to

verify the client is continually receiving the highest standard of care.

meet their clients’ often complex and dynamic needs. “By not being a franchise, we develop our own policies and procedures and make all the decisions. We

• Private Pay: To guarantee premium care, they do not accept Medicaid or Medicare. They accept private pay, private insurance, and Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card.

decide what we can and cannot provide to a client

• Dedicated On-call Service 24/7. If you call after business

or referral source,” Wolfe shares. “Some franchises or

hours, a person —usually someone who knows the client and the

national chains have to abide with a corporate philoso-

family— will answer. No voice messages!

phy on how to deliver services.”

• Bonded and Insured.

Trained in the Army as a LPN and licensed by

• Low Office-Staff Turnover: Office employees are treated as

the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, Wolfe has medical

family. A few started with Wolfe from the beginning while many joined

experience that sets him apart from many owners

soon after. Together, the First Call office staff have over 226 years of

who lack a medical background. “Having been in

healthcare experience!

the trenches with the type of employees I employ, I

• A Free Initial In-home Assessment: A feature that sets them

have an understanding of what they go through on

apart from some of their competitors.

a daily basis.” Wolfe also serves on the Board of the Oklahoma Assisted Living Association.

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• Thorough Matching Service and Guaranteed Coverage: First Call considers the client’s personality and needs when assigning

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“The experience First Call requires for employment is one of the many reasons they are celebrating 20 years of service today,” —Referral source.

• Routine Personal Care: A certified home-health aide can provide personal care such as bathing, health monitoring, and incontinence care. • Nursing Services: A licensed nurse can provide services such as IV therapy, insulin injection, and

Depending on the client’s need, First Call can provide three levels of healthcare services:

medication management. They also provide Private Duty services for clients

• Home Care Companions and Live-in's: A certi-

in a retirement community, assisted-living facility,

fied home-health aide comes to the client’s home to

rehab, or hospital. This option is especially attrac-

provide a variety of services such as running errands,

tive when the client has family living out of town or

cleaning the house, or preparing meals.

doesn’t have family.

CONTINUED >

Joe Wolfe and his wife, Kris, surrounded by the First Call office staff.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE:

First Call invites the public to their annual Christmas Open House celebrating their 20-year anniversary. Join

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FIRST CALL (CON TI N UED)

IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE:

Many clients have experienced increased strength and vitality. First Call always inspects the home for safety compliance then gets the home compliant if needed, provides socialization and mental stimulation, and improves the overall cleanliness and order in the home. Thus, the client can live in a safe and pleasant environment.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

In honor of First Call’s 20th anniversary, clients have shared their experience and appreciation for the company. On a Christmas morning, a referral source received a call from a nursing home informing them that the sitter failed to show up to care for the client. Without hesitation, the referral source directed the nurs-

A Day in a Life of a Client:

ing home to contact First Call, knowing they would provide immedi-

We recently followed a regular First Call client, Mrs. H., for

ate care. “This is why I am confident my clients and their needs are

the day. She calls this, her "girl’s day out". At lunch, Mrs.

always in the best of hands with First Call.”

H. and the caretaker walked to Whataburger—one of the client’s favorite places to eat. Afterwards, the caretaker took

“Congratulations to First Call of Tulsa on your twentieth anniver-

her to the hair salon. Here, she feels like the queen that she

sary of providing staffing solutions to families with aging parents like

is, and her larger-than-life smile tells the story. She is still

mine. We appreciate the effort and attention you have provided in

very active—polishes her own nails and is an avid reader.

assisting both my mother and my father.”

When Mrs. H. turned 90 years young, First Call brought her to the office so everyone could celebrate this milestone

A COMPANION OVER THE HOLIDAYS:

with her. They bought her nail polish and a Whataburger

The holidays can be a lonely time for the elderly, but it shouldn’t

shirt and seasonings.

be. First Call’s in-home sitters can prepare meals, share traditions, and swap stories, making sure the elderly enjoy the holidays. They’re dedicated in making sure clients thrive at home or whatever facility they currently reside. And this provides the family member peace of mind that their loved one is receiving superior, compassionate care.

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This client’s experience is an example of how they regularly treat their clients as family.


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Service Director Mike Whitney

DRIVE LUXURY

it takes to service

WHEN IT COMES TO PERFORMANCE, IT'S ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE ARTICLE C.L. HARMON | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY

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The BMW I8 is an icon of progress, marking an extraordinary evolution of The Ultimate Driving Machine. As an innovative plug-in hybrid, it uses eDrive technology to combine the efficiency of an all-electric motor and the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine.

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t’s a feeling like no other. Something of a metamorphosis where

Whitney, originally from Stillwater, began his interest at a young

you become part of the machine and it becomes part of you.

age working in a salvage yard and then a gas station while in high

Imagine Heaven with bucket seats, roaring yet smooth power at

school. Following graduation, he trained with a vocational school

the tap of a pedal and the feeling of being engulfed by exquisite

before attending OSU. While a student there, he worked for the

décor. It’s about the journey and not the destination when it comes to

school’s motor pool. Then he set off to a technical institute for

moving about. In fact, it’s all about the ride!

specialized training from where he graduated in 1990. Something

There’s going somewhere and there’s going somewhere in style.

interesting about Whitney is that he initially wanted to become a

A car will get you to town, but a BMW will get you there in a style

mechanical engineer, but the deeper he delved into that desire, the

that is unprecedented in the auto industry. Fortunately, for those who

more boring it became for him. In other words, his true passion was

pump gas with class, there is a place in Tulsa to find such elegance in

the wrench and the reality of solving problems with his hands and

their mode of transportation. BMW of Tulsa is and has been the area’s

his mind. Does Henry Ford come to mind?

leader in luxury cars and top of the line service.

Seeing opportunity in Tulsa at that time, he sought out employ-

As any car owner knows, there is much more than just buying

ment with Fred Jones Lincoln Mercury as a technician, a position

a car. Once the papers have been signed and the keys have been

which he held for a number of years. During his time there his peo-

handed over, there is the start of a relationship. However, unlike

ple skills coupled with his knowledge and master Ford technician

most relationships where there is give and take, BMW of Tulsa

status, caused management to begin taking notice of his abilities.

is one where the dealership is the only one who gives…and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

In 2004 after a successful career with Ford, another opportunity arose at Crown Auto where there were multiple franchises of

BMW of Tulsa believes that selling a car is only the beginning,

different automobiles makers. Whitney, looking to advance in his

a marriage of sorts where the honeymoon starts with I do and

experience, headed up the service department there until 2007

continues throughout the union between them and the owner.

when the franchises split. At this point, Whitney moved over to the

This is called Service. According to General Manager Jay Moore,

luxury side of the auto industry taking his same position at the new

there is one man at BMW who embodies all of the characteristics

BMW location at 9702 S Memorial Drive. Under his direction, BMW

of excellence that make its service department stand out above

service department has thrived with new ideas and innovations that

the rest. His name is Mike Whitney.

bring them a step ahead of the rest.

CONTINUED >

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IT TAKES DRIVE (CON TI N U ED)

“We have a fleet of loaner vehicles by appointment. In addi-

humble manner is that he worked very hard to learn the technical

tion, we offer a valet service where we will go pick up cars for our

side of the business, but because he is a good enough person

customers. We also have a dedicated team of master technicians

and a leader he has been able to work his way up to where now

who diagnose the more complex issues, which is a pretty unique

he runs the whole thing.”

service that we offer. But I should mention too that all of our tech-

Moore went on to explain that BMW from sales to service is

nicians are BMW certified, meaning that they have all had special-

a luxury product that is available to all classes of people and we

ized training from BMW and a multi-electronic point inspection

want them to know we are here.

process that we use,” Whitney said about the services BMW offers.

“BMW has a broad range of cars available in a broad price

“I think because I have been a technician and I am naturally a

range. BMW is not just for people who make $250k per year.

technical person that I have a unique ability to mentor and train

We have entry level cars and a certified pre-own business

technicians so that they are really good at what they do,” Whitney

as well. We are the BMW store in town. Sure you can buy a

said. General Manager Jay Moore also added to the unique abili-

BMW anywhere, but if you want it certified and to have the

ties his service director possesses.

expertise of master technicians and the type of dedication

“It’s a rare find that a master technician makes it all the way to a service director position. What Mike is trying to tell you in a

Sales hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday–Friday and until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Service hours are 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. “Come and experience BMW luxury,” Moore said.

to good service that Mike provides, then we actually are the only store in town,” Moore said.

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Service Advisor Robert Morenom and Master Diagnostic Technicians Eric Tate and Chris Tate assess the problem on this BMW.

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ARTICLE DEBRA LAIZURE

SWEET TIDINGS TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY DESSERTS AROUND THE WORLD

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hristmas is the most wonderful time of the year. The joyous gathering of family and friends—and food! Every family has their favorite recipes passed down

from generation to generation. And every culture has its own unique traditional desserts to share during the holidays. Let's explore some sweets from around the world starting with our neighbors to the north.

Traditional German stollen is full of nuts, raisins and candied fruit.

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The delicious Nanaimo Bar is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

CANADA: NANAIMO BARS The Nanaimo Bar is a dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavored butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate. Many varieties exist, consisting of different types of crumb, icing (mint, peanut butter, coconut, mocha), and chocolate.

GREECE: MELOMAKARONA COOKIES

Samantha Knowlton lives in Tulsa but grew up in Canada. She says,

Melomakarona is an oval shaped, honey-dipped Christmas

"My Mum was a fabulous cook and we always knew the holidays were

cookie topped with crushed walnuts. It is an oil-based recipe that

approaching when she busted out the Nanaimo bars. As a kid growing

creates a fluffy and almost cake like cookie with intense flavors

up in Vancouver, I always thought it was a coincidence we had a local

such as orange zest, cognac and/or brandy, cinnamon and, of

port named Nanaimo that shared the name. Ironically, it turns out to be

course, honey. To add additional flavor and texture to the cookie, it

their origin! Later as an adult I tried a couple times to make them for

is dipped into a hot syrup made from honey and sugar before being

dinner parties, but it was never the same as my Mum made.”

sprinkled with walnuts for extra crunch.

MEXICO: BUÑUELOS Buñuelos are crispy, flaky, golden fried treats covered with cin-

IRELAND: CHRISTMAS PUDDING

namon and sugar. They are popular in Mexico and Latin American

The Christmas dinner in Ireland is

countries. They can be round or disc shaped and will usually have a

celebrated with a large meal of turkey,

filling or a topping. In Mexican cuisine, it is often served with a syrup

ham, chicken, stuffing, potatoes, vege-

made with brown sugar. In Latin America, buñuelos are seen as a

tables, and meat pies. But the crown-

symbol of good luck.

ing jewel is the Christmas Pudding. It

GERMANY: STOLLEN BREAD

is lovingly and painstakingly prepared months in advance. Usually eaten

Baking Christmas Stollen is one of Germany’s long held traditions

later in the day after the main meal,

dating back to the 15th century. More than 2.5 million Stollen are

the pudding is served with cream,

purchased in German stores each year and countless more are made

custard, or a whiskey or rum-based

in homes. Stollen bread is made with yeast, water, butter, and flour,

sauce. Brave guests may pour alcohol

and includes candied orange and lemon peel, rum-soaked raisins

on the pudding and set it on fire!

or currants, almonds, and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. The finished bread is sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Irish Christmas pudding is made with dried fruit and Guinness or whiskey. CONTINUED >

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ITALY: STRUFFOLI Traditional Italian Christmas cake fritters known as struffoli or pignolata are made with

Struffoli and nougat candy are just a couple of Italy's delicious holiday sweets.

honey dough and wine. Tulsa Lifestyle magazine publisher, Kathy Slemp, says the holiday foods remind her of her grandparents. She says, "As a kid I loved struffoli because it was sweet from the honey. It was special because Grandma only made them once a year and shaped them like a Christmas tree that was about 18 inches high sprinkled with pine nuts and colored confetti." Another treasured family memory is of the nougat candy shown in the picture on the right. "My great grandfather used to hide us in the pantry and sneak us little tiny boxes of nougat so my great grandmother wouldn't know he gave us candy before dinner," she says.

AFRICA: PILAU RICE Christmas in Tanzania is a special time for Christians. The Christmas night dinner typically consists of pilau (rice dish), grilled chicken, lamb, or seafood, beans or eggplant, fresh fruit, and rice or potato pudding. Deb Marshall from Bixby has lived in Tanzania since 2011Â where she is an advisor for Unite the World with Africa Foundation, Inc. She says, "Fruit is a luxury so it's always special to have it during the holidays. Our Christmas meal includes pilau, rice seasoned with warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, garlic, black pepper, cumin, and coriander. Often there is a small amount of meat cooked in (beef or goat aka n'gombe and mbuzi in kiswahili)."

Japanese wagashi candy is served with tea and can be molded into flowers or Christmas characters.

JAPAN: WAGASHI The Japanese culture celebrates the changing of the seasons with wagashi, a traditional sweet that looks more like works of art than dessert. Usually served with tea, the small sweets are made with ingredients such as anko (sweetened red bean paste), mochi, agar agar jelly, chestnuts, and rice. For Christmas, the usual flower and fruit shapes turn into snowmen, reindeer, and Santas!

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It's summertime in Australia during the holidays so a fruit pavlova is light and refreshing.


ISRAEL: SUFGANIYOT Referred to as the Festival of Lights, the miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. This wonder is celebrated through the lighting of the menorah and in the traditional foods that are eaten. Deep-fried in oil, latkes (fried potato pancakes) are the most popular food topped with applesauce or sour cream. Hanukkah desserts may include decorated holiday sugar cookies, cupcake menorahs, and most importantly, traditional sufganiyot ( jelly doughnuts).

AUSTRALIA: PAVLOVA Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer, so a holiday feast

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

typically consists of salads, seafood, and cold meats. Seasonal fruits such as mangos and fresh cherries appear in everything from fruit with a meringue base, topped with fresh cream and fruit. The dessert

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES

was named after a Russian dancer, Anna Pavlova, while touring in

COOKIES

either Australia or New Zealand—and is still a source of contention

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

between the two countries.

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

salads to cocktails. The preferred holiday dessert is a Pavlova, made

1 teaspoon vanilla In Oklahoma, families will be making fudge, baking loaves of

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

pumpkin bread, decorating sugar cookies, and drinking eggnog. (See

1 egg

our favorite sugar cookie recipe in the side bar.)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

What traditional holiday desserts do you make each year?

1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar ICING

2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons milk Candy sprinkles or colored sugars, if desired DIRECTIONS

1. In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond extract and egg until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. 2. Heat oven to 375°F. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough 3/16 inch thick. Cut into assorted shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. 3. Bake 7-8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack for 30 minutes. 4. In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth. Tint with food color if desired. Frost and decorate cookies as desired with frosting and colored sugars. Source: Betty Crocker (BettyCrocker.com)

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Food & Wine

T. Read Richards, beverage manager at Oren, with a Cassini Sunrise cocktail.

ARTICLE LOUANN BUHLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS HUMPHREY

FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY T. READ RICHARDS OF OREN RESTAURANT SHARES HOLIDAY PARTY-INSPIRED DRINK RECIPES

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ith Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year ’s Eve celebrations on the horizon, many party-givers

are treating their guests to new experiences that challenge tradition. One of the newest trends is to serve a custom cocktail made specifically for the event. In case your bartending skills could use a little help, T. Read Richards of Oren Restaurant has shared a few of his best cocktails for you to make at home.

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CASSINI SUNRISE Cassini Sunrise - a beautiful cocktail for your holiday get-together featuring coconut-washed vodka and Pinot Noir wine with a sprig of mint.

“Named in honor of the famed satellite and its final sunrise seen over Saturn this past month, Cassini Sunrise is a fun riff on the Mai Tai, with a slightly less exotic vodka base, but we’ve washed it with coconut and added sunflower seeds to ramp up the savory nutty notes and really firmly place this drink beach-side,” said Richards. 2-ounces coconut-washed vodka (preferably Aylesbury Duck) 1-ounce sunflower seed orgeat .75-ounce lime juice .5-ounce Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (preferably Smith & Perry Pinot Noir) Combine all but the wine and shake with ice to mix/chill. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and float the wine over the drink. Garnish with lavish mint sprigs. Recipe

for

coconut-washed

vodka:

four (4) ounces coconut oil, one (1) liter Aylesbury Vodka. Lightly warm the coconut oil to liquify then add vodka. Let sit for two hours occasionally shaking the container to mix. Chill to re-solidify the oil then strain out the vodka using a tea strainer. How to make sunflower seed orgeat: Pulverize four (4) ounces of sunflower seeds in a food processor. Combine over heat in a pot one (1) cup of sugar in the raw with one cup of water and the pulverized sunflower seeds. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally to incorporate. Remove from heat once boil is achieved and infuse for 24 hours before straining out the solids and bottling. CONTINUED >

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Food & Wine

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SUMAC IS POST-METAL “Sumac is Post-Metal is a fun and spiritous beverage extolling the virtues of the lesser-known sumac spice and the great metal band of the same name. Autumn never truly feels rung in unless you’re enjoying some savory fall spices and this drink supplies them in full force,” said Richards. 1.25-ounces sumac-infused rye (preferably Wild Turkey 101) .75-ounce apple brandy (preferably Clear Creek brandy aged 3 years) .5-ounce Letherbee Fernet .5-ounce curacao (preferably Bauchant) .25-ounce demerara syrup 1 dash Angostura Bitters 1 dash Winship Wormwood Bitters Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice to chill/mix. Strain into an icefilled old-fashioned glass. Express a lemon peel over the drink. How to make sumac-infused rye: Combine two (2) ounces of dried sumac berries with one (1) liter Wild Turkey 101 rye. Let sit 24 hours while occasionally shaking the container. Strain and bottle.

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Sumac is Post-Metal cocktail featuring fall spices, rye and apple brandy with an expressed lemon peel.


YUZU PALMER Oren restaurant's beverage manager, T. Read Richards, making an alcohol-free Yuzu Palmer - an elegant 'soft' cocktail for non-drinkers and the under-21 crowd.

For a non-alcoholic drink for the under-21 guests at your party, Richards recommends, “The Yuzu Palmer – a more traditional option with a great balance between the exotic tart citrus of yuzu and southernly-loved iced tea..” 1.5-ounces yuzu juice 3-ounces black unsweetened iced tea 1-ounce demerara syrup

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice to chill/mix. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. No garnish. How to make demerara syrup: Combine one (1) cup of sugar in the raw with one (1) cup of water over heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Now if these recipes sound a little daunting, you can always take your party to Oren and have Richards make these uniquely-crafted cocktails for you. Richards joined Oren upon its opening this past summer after developing the cocktail program at Valkyrie in the Brady District. Oren is a progressive American restaurant in Brookside located at Center 1 on Peoria. “Our focus is on taking a singular ingredient and showcasing it through hyper-focused dishes that elevate it to something you may not have experienced before,” said Richards. Oren is owned by Yara and Matt Amberg who moved to Tulsa after cooking at high-end New York City-area restaurants. Reservations can be made by calling 918.764.9699. Oren can be found online at OrenRestaurant.com.

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"Silver Anniversary" wedding show is an exciting bridal event

And when it comes to venues, there are more options

showcasing bridal gowns, caterers, cakes, photographers, vid-

than ever before ranging from rustic and natural to the sleek

eographers, wedding venues and so much more. As you, your

and sophisticated to funky, even neon-embellished choices.

friends and relatives walk through the displays, you can taste

Some of these places you might not even find on your own,

the cakes and food delights from the caterers, see and smell

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the savings in time and money. With the proximity of the

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quickly compare one photographer's style and personality

awarding an assortment of prizes and offering discounts.

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This event, from 10:00 am till noon, has a very limited number of tickets available that will allow people to beat the crowds. As a V.I.B. you will have first access to the exhibitors to secure your wedding date There will be a V.I.B.-only Fashion Show with sparkling drink reception, courtesy of the Renaissance Hotel. V.I.B.'s will receive personal, individualized attention from exhibitors and a Luxe tote bag from Brides of Oklahoma Magazine plus a gorgeous jewelry item as a gift from Moody’s Jewelry.

DISCOUNT TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION ONLINE Go to TheTulsaWeddingShow.com for discount tickets and more information. • Date: Saturday, January 6th, 2018 • Time: Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and doors open at 12 p.m. • V.I.B.: Open 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Parking Shuttle: Old Urban Trolley will be providing trolley service from the east side of the Target parking lot. • Sponsors: the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel, ABCO Rents, Brides of Oklahoma Magazine, Abelina’s Boutique, Moody’s Jewelry and LEAD AV Event Technology.

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Like A King THE SPLENDOR OF THE CASTLE COURTYARD ARTICLE C.L. HARMON

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h, merry Knight, Lass, and Maiden, ye ole holidays are upon Castleton Village. The royal family has planned events for young

and old alike in this season of festivities. The subjects of the king shall enjoy a medieval hayride through the castle grounds if dare partakes in the chilly December air. And for those who wish to view the thousands of lights and displays from the comforts of their own vehicles, the king also approves. And best of all, the drive-through is FREE for all. In addition to the hayride and drive through, the royal family has also made available pony rides and the Christmas train to view the splendor of the season throughout the village area. But wait! There is more inside the festively decorated walls of the castle. For the tikes, there is Santa’s workshop where they can make ornaments and warm their bones next to the fireplace while planning their visit with Father Christmas. And still more for those shopping spirited adults, there will be local shops on the castle grounds to find the perfect gift such as handmade creations for all of the special people on their holiday scroll. Fireworks too will be available for New Year’s Eve celebrations. And still, yet loyal subjects, let us not forget the items from The Christmas Shoppe that will also be available. This holiday season, celebrate like a king and enjoy the majestic splendor of the Castle in Muskogee.

CASTLE CHRISTMAS AND GARDEN OF LIGHTS EVENT HOURS AND PRICES: Drive through the lights on the castle grounds and in nearby Honor Heights Park, the “Garden of Lights” which attracts thousands of visitors. - FREE admission, donations accepted. Both drive-through events are open nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 6-10 p.m. Visit MuskogeeParks.com for information about the Garden of Lights.

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Healthy Lifestyle

PAIN KILLERS DON’T ALWAYS COME IN A BOTTLE KNOWLEDGE MIGHT BE THE BEST THERAPY

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ave you got a pain in the neck…and no not your in-laws

that understanding the factual information about physical therapy

or the next door neighbors? And yes, I know those can

can not only reduce a patient’s cost over the course of treatment

be real pains too. But I am talking about the actual physi-

but accessing physical therapy within 14 days after an injury can

cal pains that keep us up at night or take us away from the

lead to a 50 percent reduced cost in back pain costs alone. For

activities that we love doing. Most everyone out of childhood

those patients who have an MRI before seeing a physical ther-

knows about the aches and pains associated with just living.

apist first, have $4,793 higher costs. One study also found that

Perhaps it’s an old sports injury or the repercussions of a car

using physical therapy as a first treatment strategy resulted in 72

wreck that keep us from feeling at our best.

percent fewer costs overall within the first year.

Whatever it might be, there is hope. Within the last several

If we look back in history, forms of physiotherapy have

years, physical therapy has grown into one of the most important

been used for centuries. Hippocrates advocated massage and

elements to getting people back to their former healthy selves,

Hector used hydrotherapy (water therapy) as far back as 460

according to Jeff Jankowski, CEO for Redbud Physical Therapy.

B.C. Modern physical therapists formed their first professional

Leading the way to this alternative treatment program is Redbud

association in 1921, called the American Women's Physical

Physical Therapy which has been serving NE Oklahoma for over

Therapeutic Association. With the advent of World War II

20 years and currently has 15 locations. The company began

and a nationwide polio epidemic during the 1940s and 1950s,

with a small practice in Sand Springs and has grown to serve

physical therapists were in greater demand than ever before.

countless patients over their career.

The importance of musculoskeletal problems being alleviated

Physical therapy actually saves patients money on health care

through physical therapy was catching on and the need for

costs, Jankowski explained. He said that when someone comes to

long-term opioids (painkillers) usage was no longer the only

them immediately following an injury, the costs are considerably

resource for relief. As modern science has shown, the use of

lower than traditional methods under a physician’s care. He also

these drugs has had serious side effects on society with issues

explained that this knowledge may not be very well known and

ranging from addiction to accidental overdoses.

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The Vanguard's Winterfest of Main St., Chandler Park Lights, Lantern

is fast becoming a neighborhood tradition! TulsaToydepot.com

Festival, Rhema Christmas Lights,  Bixby's Holiday Arts and Crafts ley",  Christmas with  The  Annie  Moses  Band, Castle Christmas, the

DECEMBER 7TH, 6-8 P.M.

holiday classics at the Tulsa PAC and Circle Cinema, Christmas with

DESIGN YOUR OWN

Brian Nhira and so much more!

UGLY SOCKS PARTY

Show, Signature Symphony's "Christmas in Tulsa with Barry Epper-

MONTH OF DECEMBER

JULES BOUTIQUE Head over to Jules Boutique for a

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Design Your Own Ugly Socks Party.

MASTERPIECE SMILES

Cost is $20 per person which includes

Masterpiece Smiles has a friendly reminder that most dental insur-

a pair of socks to decorate as well

ance plans are on a calendar year and have a yearly maximum which

as appetizers & wine. 918.884.3520 or

is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for dental

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work within one full year. Unused benefits do not usually rollover and it's common for deductibles to  begin again when the plan rolls over.

DECEMBER 9TH, 2-4 P.M.

If you have benefits left, you may want to schedule a dental appoint-

SANTA, HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES!

ment. MasterpieceSmiles.org

LEARNING EXPRESS TOYS OF TULSA Santa will visit Learning Express Toys on Saturday Dec. 9th. Parents can bring their camera for photos and children can make wishlists while they are there. Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served. LearningExpress.com

DECEMBER 9TH, 8-9:30 P.M. THE SPONTANIACS! COMEDY IMPROV PH COMMUNITY HOUSE Time again for another laugh-filled evening with Tulsa's Great Improvisational Comedy Show, "The Spontaniacs!" Song, dance, and a whole lotta’ silly are all performed from random suggestions given by our audience! So fill your Christmas stockings...with your feet, and then run them over to the pH House December 9th, for a fun time

DECEMBER 1ST-31ST

with your friends, The Spontaniacs!  SpontaniacsImprov.com

KRINGLE'S CHRISTMAS LAND

DECEMBER 15TH, 7:05 P.M.

PROMENADE MALL

TULSA OILERS VS. COLORADO EAGLES

Kringle’s Christmas Land is preparing for an all new, one-of-a-kind

BOK CENTER

RIDE through experience this holiday season at Tulsa’s Promenade

Tulsa's longest-running, hardest-hitting tradition lives at the BOK

Mall. The family- friendly event gives people of all ages a ride-through

Center. The Tulsa Oilers Hockey Team are the ECHL affiliate of the St.

tour of Christmas with a voice-narrated story featuring hundreds

Louis Blues. Visit TulsaOilers.com for a full schedule. 

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Parting Thoughts

THE WARMTH OF A SMALL-TOWN CHRISTMAS

EUREKA SPRINGS

MANY EVENTS THROUGHOUT DECEMBER WILL PUT YOU IN THAT HOLIDAY SPIRIT: • On Friday, December 1st, visitors to Eureka Springs can join in with residents as The Christmas Lights Parade starts the festive season for Santa and his elves. • Saturday, December 2nd, The Eureka Springs Preservation Society sponsors the 35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. A walking tour of a sampling of Eureka’s most beautifully restored homes giving guests a glimpse of a bygone era. All stops on the self-guided tour will be lavishly ARTICLE GINA RAMBO

decorated for the season with docents attired for the period to relate the history of each home. • On December 2nd, experience the enchanting, soaring vocals and flutes of Grammy

F

nominated recording artist John Two-Hawks as he performs favorite songs from all his amilies who are searching for a hometown

feeling

this

incredible Christmas albums.

holiday,

• Santa visits Basin Park on both December 2nd and 9th. Sit on Santa’s lap for a photo and

where friends and neighbors share the

give him your Christmas List, enjoy performances by MomandPop, and there will be plenty of

spirit of the season, can find what they're

other crafts and fun for the whole family.

looking for in the historic Victorian Village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Eureka Springs decks the halls with colorful lights ablaze throughout the

• Thursday, December 7th, the 51st annual Silver Tea is held at the beautiful Crescent Hotel. • Experience the Light at The Great Passion Play. You can see the lights from dark until 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday from November 24th to December 31st. The lights are available to see by donation, which helps produce the Passion Play for the 2018 season.

historic district. Residents share the

• The celebratory sounds of four-part harmony by the Ozarks Chorale usher in the

warmth of a small-town Christmas

holiday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9th at the historic Eureka Springs Auditorium. Now in its

with visitors through the many holiday

20th season, the Ozarks Chorale has come to mean the highest standard of choral music

events and activities. The city has

to both its singers and audiences.

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• On December 16th, the whole family can join in the Community Carol in Basin Spring Park with free cookies and apple cider. For detailed information about the December events and the many shops and galleries, spas, accommodations and much more visit EurekaSprings.org.


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