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ARTS & LIFESTYLES SLT celebrates 50 years

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SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

Alums return to perform highlights from five decades of theater

By Tina Bridenstine


t was the summer of 1967 when Shawnee Little Theatre put on its first production. It now has more than 200 shows under its belt and is celebrating its 50th season this year.

Ronny Jones, who has been involved with SLT since the beginning, has been posting pictures of former productions leading up to the anniversary weekend. “Our Facebook page has gone wild with people seeing pictures of themselves from 25 years ago,” Jones said.

Shawnee Little Theatre’s 50th anniversary reunion weekend will kick off Friday, July 7, with a welcome reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the FireLake Grand Resort. There will be hors d’oevres, a Broadway sing-a-long and a cash bar. There is no charge for the reception, and all are welcome to attend. The main event, though, will be dinner and a show Saturday, July 8, at the FireLake Grand Event Center. A buffet dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (with seating starting at 6), while the show begins at 7:30. Performers from throughout the company’s 50 years will re-create the roles they have played for SLT through the years. A local chorus will sing backup for some of the acts, and Bob Wendland and Steve Simpson are in charge of the show, with Jeff Foresee acting as music director. (See a list of performers on page 8C.) Rebecca Fry, with SLT, said she looks forward to seeing some of the performances she has always heard others talk about from before her time with the theater. “People have heard about these acts, and now they get to experience them,” she said. Tickets for dinner and the show are $65 per person and must be reserved by June 30 at Companies can also buy sponsorship tables by calling 405-620-4636 or leaving a message at 405-275-2805. The price for just the show is $25 per person for balcony seating, and tickets can be bought online or at the door. “We want to invite as many people to the event as possible,” Jones said. He added that the seating will be open, with balcony seating for those coming for just the show, and all seats will be good ones. The weekend will wrap up with a farewell open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the Shawnee Little Theatre. There will be danishes, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and a chance to see the changes the theater has made over the years. For such a landmark season, Fry said they also decided to start and end the season with some favorites. The first show this season will be Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed Sept. 29 through Oct. 14. The company will then perform “Almost Maine” Dec. 1 through 9. “Almost Maine” is a new play that the SLT website called a “contemporary romantic comedy/drama” made up of nine brief, related episodes exploring love and loss in a remote town. From Feb. 9 until Feb. 17, 2018, Shawnee Little Theatre will host a revival of “The Lion in Winter,” about Henry II of England. SLT took “The Lion in Winter” to competition during the 1978-79 season, winning state, regional, and second place at the national level. SLT will wrap up the season with performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” from April 13 through April 21, 2018.

In 1970, Shawnee Little Theatre moved into its first permanent residence at 624 N. Broadway. The opening play of the season was Neil Simon’s comedy “Star Spangled Girl.” Above, Judy Lampl Ford shares her southern fried baked goods with neighbors Ronny Jones and David McClendon.

50th Anniversary Reunion Schedule Friday, July 7 — Welcome reception

From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be hors d’oevres, a Broadway sing-a-long and a cash bar at FireLake Grand Resort. There is no charge for the reception.

Saturday, July 8 — Dinner and Show

A buffer dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (seating starting at 6 p.m.) at FireLake Grand Resort. Reserve tickets for dinner and show for $65 by June 30. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets for just the show can be purchased for $25 in advance or at the door. Tickets are available at www.shawneelittletheatre. com.

Sunday, July 9 — Farewell open house

There will be a farewell open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shawnee Little Theatre, 1829 Airport Drive. There will be danishes, fresh fruit, coffee and juice.

Shawnee Little Theatre History Jones was 18 years old the summer Shawnee Little Theatre got its start. In an article from 1987, Jones reflected on that first year. Fresh out of his freshman year of college, he enlisted his friend Carol Cutlip to put on a summer play. The two contacted former Shawnee High School drama teacher Pat Snider, who suggested they “start a little theatre.” “Within the week,” Jones wrote, “with the help of some wonderful people, we had an organizational meeting, scheduled auditions, arranged for a place to produce a show, and started into action.” Three weeks later, the Shawnee Little Theatre presented “See How They Run” at the parish hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Snider directed the play, Cutlip was stage manager, and Jones found himself in charge of publicity, tickets, physical arrangements, and “anything else anyone didn’t want to do.” Though the Jaycees had agreed to underwrite the show for up to $200, Jones said the theater “never needed a penny. The comedy farce ‘See How They Run’ was a critical and financial success.” The group performed three or four plays at the Federal National Bank penthouse at Main and Bell until they were given a building at 624 N. Broadway at the cost of $1 per year until the building sold. Jones said they spent one summer cleaning the building up, and one of the good things about it was that there was a sink in every room, which came in handy for doing stage makeup. The house on Broadway offered them an 80-seat theater, and though there was a pole in the room, Jones said they always found creative ways to incorporate it into the set of each production. SLT stayed in the building from about 1970 to 1976, when it was sold. Temporarily without a home, they performed plays at the bank penthouse again, as well as at Oklahoma Baptist University and Shawnee High School. It was during this time Shawnee residents Gene Rainbolt and Ross Porter organized fundraising for a new building. Between this and the city leasing land to Shawnee Little Theatre for $1 per year, they were able to build a new theater at 1829 Airport Drive, where SLT is still located. Since then, Jones said, they have managed to pay for both the remaining mortgage on the building and the land. “It is totally owned by Shawnee Little Theatre, Inc.,” he said.

In 2007, Shawnee Little Theatre made it actually rain onstage in its production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” based on the classic movie. Above, some flapper showgirls burst out of a giant cake at a 1929 roaring twenties party.

In 2010, Shawnee Little Theatre presented Mel Brooks’ raucous musical “The Producers” about crooked Broadway producers bilking investors for a show they know will fail. Above, little old lady, Sharon Reese is taken in by shady producer Scott Bartley.

Then and now A lot has changed with local theater in the past 50 years. Rebecca Fry, who has been involved in Shawnee Little Theatre for the past 25 years, said technology, though it comes with its own set of challenges, has made things easier in some ways. SLT, Page 8C

In 2004, Shawnee Little Theatre presented “Last Night of Ballyhoo,” the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama about a Jewish family in 1939 Atlanta. Centered around the world premiere of “Gone With the Wind” in their city, the play featured Stephen Schoapes, Rebecca Fry, Jill Fry and Margaret Hopkins.




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Trips-Roads By Bob Allison

Tis vacation time for readers so I’m going to take one too, but I’m going to take you on my virtual vacation. We’ll begin with roads, go on to lodgings, then trips beginning with Colorado. After that, we’ll take another trip or two to places I have visited, would like to visit, and for which I have postcards. In the narrative to follow, the numbers refer to postcards. In the beginning, pre-historic men were hunters and gatherers moving about in search of berries, fruits, and game and living in tribal/ family groups over paths as their food sources led them. Primeval woods are nearly impenetrable even today, so the fastest, easiest means of travel for early man was by water e.g., stream, river, sea. Travel over trackless land is illustrated by Timothy O’Sullivan, student of famous Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. [1] Pioneers would have expanded forest paths by felling trees as in the one shown east of Bellevue, Pennsylvania. [2] To cross wet, boggy land in the Middle Ages in Germany, they made them passable by felling trees and laying them side by side and perpendicular to the direction of the path and named them ‘corduroy’ roads after the surface of a cloth of that name. [3] A modified corduroy or ‘plank’ road was constructed to cross sands in Imperial County, California by splitting logs to expose one flat side to make a smooth road surface.[4] The 1908 postcard here pictures a country road near the Cimarron River in Oklahoma.[5] It has been graded, a sub-base of broken rock laid underneath for leveling and drainage, and a mixture of sand, gravel, and binder compacted on top . Note the buggy tracks. The road to Jericho from Jerusalem is 18 miles long and steep e.g.., it descends 3300 feet or 180 feet per mile. Jericho is one of the oldest cities in the world being at least 11,000 years old. [6] Jerusalem,site of the Garden

German autobahn built by Hitler, 1933-35

Wesllyn Kay Munson

Roman Road, Appian Way, 312 BC

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of Gethsemane, dates to 4500 B.C. Jesus would have walked on the road shown here.[7] Both roads are similar in construction to the Oklahoma road. Modern road construction actually dates to 312 B.C. when engineers of the Roman Empire built the Appian Way from Rome to Brindisi , a distance of 338 miles. [8] Rome and parts of Italy had swamps that allowed enemy troops protection from Roman legions so Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor built it in 312. “Censors” were persons of the highest dignity in the state. They expanded their office in time [443-22 BC] from taking the census to oversight of public morals [censor],to public works such as roads. Public roads were called “high” roads from which we get “highways.” In England, public roads connecting towns and cities were built with public funds. They evolved into streets that contain shops which in the U.S. we dubbed “Main” streets. The Roman Republic ended and the Empire began in 31 B.C. in the decisive battle of Actium [now Preveza] in the Ionian Sea on the northwestern coast

Road from Gethsemane to Jerusalem Secondary road, graded, graveled, near Cimmaron River, 1908

Jericho Road, graded, graveled, packed, pre-historic, 18 miles long, descends 3,300 feet Corduroy logs over sand, Germany, 15th century

of Greece. Octavian was opposed by a superior force of men and ships led by the famous lovers, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra VII. Unfortunately, the latter took refuge for the Winter in a marshy area full of malaria-carrying mosquitoes which not only decimated his

troops,it prevented their tactical movement in battle because of the absence of Roman roads. Octavian won, became Caesar Augustus, ended the Republic and began the Empire which endured over centuries. It ended civil wars around the Mediterranean basin

beginning the famous Pax Romana. Ultimately, the Empire built 250,000 miles of roads, 50,000 miles of which were stone-paved. Segments of these roads survive and are in use now. Jesus birth [4-6 B.C.] was timed perfectly to enjoy the benefits of this peace and his succes-

sors in the church to enjoy those roads to spread the gospel. This 1908 postcard pictures a road near the Cimarron River in Oklahoma in 1908.[5] I has been graded, a sub-base of broken rock laid in for CARDS, Page 3C


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Sunny and Todd Munson of Shawnee announce the birth of a daughter, Wesllyn Kay Munson. She was born at 2:32 p.m., May 5, 2017, at St. Anthony Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. She is the granddaughter of Wes and Janet Munson of Shawnee, Gerallyn and the late Charles Kay “Sonny” Humphrey of Macomb, and Mark and Jeanne Story of Tecumseh. She is the great-granddaughter of John and Ruth Schommer of Alaska, Audrey Schommer of Alaska, and Etta Jo Wardchow of Shawnee. She is the sister of Maddox Carpenter Munson.


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Think positive attitude for great fitness and weight loss results By Reggie Grovey

what you think, ultimately affects what actions you Nearly everyone knows take. how to lose weight…right? If you are eating too Well, that statement is much, it might be a good filled with some truth, but idea to try and underI think we all realize very stand why you eat. Many quickly, it is not that easy times we don’t overeat when we actually attempt because we’re hungry.  to lose those unwanted More than likely it is due pounds and inches. It to some negative emotion, has been my experience like feeling angry, lonely, that when people have sad, stressed, bored, or problems losing weight being anxious that has or sticking to eating the triggered a habit of using right foods, the key can be food to feel better.  The found in the motivation urge to eat can make you to lose weight, and or, feel like you have no will conquering our unrealis- power or are out of contic expectations. We seem trol, but it doesn’t have to expect the weight to to be that way because we disappear much quicker can condition and educate than the rate we put it ourselves so that we realon.  If you think back, ize when this is happenmost weight gain has ing too us and prevent it.  been accumulating over The good thing is that the 10- 50 years depending on more you break the eating the age of the individual, when you’re not hungry however when we start to habit, the weaker its hold lose weight we get down becomes on you! on ourselves because we Use self-talk to your only lose 4 pounds in two advantage.  These are the weeks. Of course these automatic thoughts that types of negative thoughts we constantly make to can be all it takes to ei- ourselves that influence ther slow down the best how we feel and act.  It of results or make you dis- may be positive and concontinue your efforts all structive like a guardian together.  This is a harsh angel or it can be negareality of what many go tive like the devil.  Think through, but should not, about some of the things because experts will tell you say to yourself, and you that safe weight loss if they are negative, take should be done at a rate of the time to reshape them 1-2 pounds per week. So to positive thoughts.  Just my friends if you are los- like my earlier example ing 1-2 pounds per week, about how some people be ecstatic and proud of get discouraged with a the great job you are do- four pound weight loss in ing.  Just be patient and a two week period, while continue to stay active, that should have been regiving your  body the right shaped as a positive statenutrition, because at that ment that will produce rate, in two short months nearly a 20 pound weight you will be down near- loss result in two short ly twenty pounds!  Now months.  It’s all about those are results you can how we think. certainly be proud of! Finally take control If you are like many by choosing what you people who have trouble eat based on your goals.  losing weight and keeping By doing this you get to it off, try thinking about make a conscious deciwhat could be getting in sion weighing the pros the way of your results?  and cons of making the If you want to get seri- choice, and feeling free ous and make it happen, to have it, reject it, or I challenge you to stop just have some. It helps and take a long look at you come to terms with all the benefits of why it food and stops you from is important for you to feeling deprived.  It also lose weight.  This is called helps remind yourself unpackaging your pur- regularly why you are pose. Some good reasons making changes to your could be for your better eating habits, which keeps health, you may want to your motivation to lose enjoy more time with the weight high. kids being active, and It is just like learning you may want to be more to ride a bike.  You fell off dependent as you age, a lot at first, and needed or your career may have picking up.  But one day, physical requirements.  finally, step by step, and Only you will know what with the right support, is most important in your you took control of that life.  But whatever it is, bike and learned how to I challenge you to hon- keep it on course, just like or, respect, and allow it you can, and I trust that motivate you like nothing you will, with your weight else could, towards your management, nutrition, weight loss, better health, and exercise program. and nutrition goals. Until next week, keep I challenge you to be- up the good work, and lieve that to change your please make it a nutriweight, you have first got tious and healthy day! to change your mind. to get started on healthy One of the most import- weight loss, wellnes, acant factors that influence tive energy, and sports weight loss success is performance nutrition your attitude.  It is all products call Reggie at about whether or not you Reggies Personal Trainbelieve, and keep believ- ing and Nutrition, 104 E. ing that you can make Main, Downtown Shawthe changes you need to nee, (405) 613-0237, or make, to lose weight, and message on facebook at that they are worth doing.  reggies personal training Because remember that and nutrition. Fitness enthusiast

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Cobblestone St., Evans City, Pennsylvania, circa 1900

First modern hard surface roads, USA, Office of Public Roads, 1895 Path east of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1908


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drainage and leveling, and covered and compacted with a top coat of sand, gravel, and binder. Note the buggy tracks. Smooth river stones were sometimes used to form cobblestone streets until succeeded by bricks. [9] Modern road construction began in the U.S. in 1895 under federal auspices.[10]

In WWI The experience of the German army in WWI having to rapidly move troops between their Eastern and western fronts taught them the need for good roads resulting in Hitler constructing the 2373 mile ‘autobahn’ system of controlled access superhighways. [11] After traversing the continental U.S. as a young Major in 1919, Dwight Eisenhower was convinced of the need

Corduroy logs over sand, Imperial, California, 19th century

for roads for defense purposes. As President in the fifties he oversaw the act creating our interstate highway system. [In 1959 I appraised the

right-of-way for I-40 between Weatherford and Clinton.] Next week we will look at the evolution of lodgings for travelers.




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Horoscopes SUNDAY, JUNE 25 CANCER (June 21July 22) — You may be too concerned with good and bad, when the only real criterion to consider is whether a given tool is effective. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re likely to make a critic into a fan — and, very soon, a partner. It’s essential that you do what comes naturally. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You may face a certain level of hypocrisy, but you can silence it simply by saying what you know to be true — and acting accordingly. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You may be treading on thin ice throughout much of the day. If it doesn’t break under your feet, you’ll have much to boast about later on. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-

Nov. 21) — It’s not yet time for you to claim victory over a certain stubborn rival, but the progress you are making should bring that moment soon. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You are in no position to pass judgment over others, but on the other hand, you may want to listen to their judgment of you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may feel as if you can work past anything, but this confidence may lead you toward an overpowering danger. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — A lesson learned even late in the day is a lesson learned just in time. You will be able to keep others from making the same mistake. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — It may take much longer than

planned to achieve what has been laid before you. This is an endeavor you may want to abandon. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Once you solve a certain problem, you’re going to have to spend some time cleaning up the mess you made in the process. Help is at hand. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — The slower you move, the more you will able to see — and see clearly. You’ll understand minute details as never before. GEMINI (May 21June 20) — You have a recommendation to make to a friend, but he or she may not be in the mood to take you seriously — at least for now.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Daily Bridge Club

Daily Bridge Club

If it looks tough By FRANK STEWART Tribune Content Agency

“Stockmayer’s Theorem” (an adjunct to Murphy’s Law): “If it looks easy, it’s tough. If it looks tough, it’s probably downright impossible.” In today’s deal, South became declarer after a contentious auction. East would have been down one at four spades, losing a club and three hearts, but South was reluctant to let his opponents play at a vulnerable game when five diamonds might succeed or, at worst, be a cheap sacrifice. West led a spade, and South ruffed East’s ace. The play looked easy enough — it seemed South had to find West with the king of trumps and then hold his club losers to two — but it got tougher when South let the jack of trumps ride at Trick Two and saw East discard. South cogitated but finally concluded that the contract was impossible. “You get a trump and two clubs,” South announced. East-West hastily accepted his concession of down one. Just because a contract looks impossible doesn’t mean that no way exists to make it. Could you make five diamonds? South has three unavoidable losers, but he can focus instead on winners. After South’s jack of trumps wins, he can proceed thus: heart to dummy, spade ruff, heart to dummy, spade

ruff, trump to dummy, queen of hearts, heart ruff (as, luckily for declarer, West must follow suit). South then takes the ace of clubs. He has won 10 tricks, and dummy still has the ace of trumps to furnish one more. West’s trump trick and East’s two club tricks fall together at the end. That wasn’t so tough, was it? North dealer E-W vulnerable NORTH ♠J52 ♥ AKQ4 ♦ AQ7 ♣764 WEST ♠ K 10 7 4 ♥ J876 ♦ K532 ♣J

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MONDAY, JUNE 26 CANCER (June 21July 22) — You don’t have to approve of everything that happens around you, but neither do you have to adopt any bad habits that others might display. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Things that happen to you are not likely to add up — at first. Later on, a single piece of information serves as a valuable key. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You shouldn’t break under the pressure being exerted by someone else, though you may bend a bit. This is not a sign of weakness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — A partner, loved one or member of your team may object to where you are leading your allies. You must be willing to discuss this openly. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-

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tention to what you feel beneath the surface. You have more at stake than you had thought, and your instincts will serve you well. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You may want to experiment with different methods, despite a friend’s suggestion that you stick to what you know best. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — You’re nearing the end of an important personal phase. Before the day is out, you’ll start looking back and assessing recent progress. GEMINI (May 21June 20) — Now is no time to see things in terms of generalities and broad strokes. Look closely at the details; read the fine print very carefully.

Thought for Today


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Nov. 21) — Tensions are rising to a possibly dangerous boiling point. You may choose to be the first to break the ice and offer an apology. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You’re not finished with a certain investigation, even though someone in authority has told you that the case is closed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Despite your belief in the healing power of time, you may not be in the mood to wait out what is currently ailing you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18) — Someone will want you to offer proof of one of your assertions, but you have much more than that to offer. You can win the day. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Pay at-

“Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero


Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful “The Beguiled” is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola’s take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth’s Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-director brings her characteristic elegance to the film, which, like the original, is based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan. Coppola’s Civil War South is all mossy woods, buttoned-up dresses and gated plantations, realized in immaculate detail. So many shots, including the eerie final image, could be framed and popped into a museum. While Coppola broadens the story’s female characters beyond the stereotypes shown in 1971, she leaves the soldier’s motives less clear, which makes his life-altering transgression harder to understand. The story is set in Virginia in 1864. Despite the war raging right outside her property, Ms. Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) has continued to run her Seminary for Young Ladies, with a single teacher, Edwina (Kirsten Dunst), and five students. Everything changes for them when one of the youngest girls brings home a badly wounded Union soldier she discovered during a walk in the woods. “You are a most unwelcome visitor,” Ms. Farnsworth tells the handsome Cpl. John McBurney (Colin Farrell), after stitching up his tattered leg and giving him a sponge bath. McBurney is locked in the music room, but his presence in the house causes a stir among its residents, distracting them from their daily routine of Bible studies, French lessons and etiquette practice. One girl fears they could face consequences for harboring an enemy. Another wants him to meet her pet turtle. One of the older students tries to seduce him. Edwina and Ms. Farnsworth spend the most time with the soldier as they are tasked with his care, but all of the young ladies want his attention. One of the most charming and lighthearted scenes is when a healing McBurney is invited to dinner and each of the young women show up in their fanciest gowns. Those dresses, and the ladies’ everyday attire, are meticulously authentic, with corsets underneath and seemingly hundreds of buttons holding the fitted garments closed tight. Their braided up-

dos, also period-accurate, must have taken hours each day. As McBurney continues his recovery, he gets closer to Edwina and Ms. Farnsworth, and even a few of the girls. But then he makes a move that alienates nearly all of them. Clint Eastwood plays the handsome soldier in the 1971 film, and flashbacks show that he’s a shifty guy from the start. Farrell’s character, though, is less developed. He’s presented as decent and sincere, so his disruptive choices seem to come out of nowhere. Ms. Farnsworth’s ultimate response also seems excessive, given the way her character unfolds and her responsibility to her students. Nevertheless, Coppola creates a portrait of the repressed, isolated lives of women and girls during wartime — even if the only overt signs of battle here are faraway explosions and the occasional cavalry coming by. And unlike in the 1971 film, Coppola’s characters have agency, even as they’re affected by the presence of a man in their midst. The performances are engrossing, particularly Kidman’s: She disappears into the distant primness of Ms. Farnsworth. The costumes are exquisite and the Southern setting atmospheric and beautiful. But without a clear understanding of what motivates they key characters, it’s hard to know just what this feminist retelling is saying about men, women and the way they relate. “The Beguiled,” a Focus Features release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some sexuality.” Running time: 94 minutes. Three stars out of four. MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at APSandy.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017 • 5LIFE


Till the Storm Passes By Sometimes when a bad storm comes We want to hide our eyes or run For being in a severe thunderstorm Is not a whole lot of fun But then we hunker down And wait till the storm is past Then we look around to see If the storm is over at last Just as we battle the storms that come We also deal with the storms of life These contain not only howling winds But heartache, pain, and strife They carry us along on the crest of the wave And try to drag us down under And then Satan loosens his grip just enough To make us stop and wonder And then he starts all over again But on this one thing we can rely God will hold us in the hollow of his hand Until the storm passes by. ———

Carolyn Hughes

The Gathering They gathered on the grassy knoll, To sing a song or two; The box was covered with flowers, The voices, just a few. The black Book was opened slowly, A word or so was read; Heads were bowed in contemplation, As a final prayer was said. A handshake gently followed then, And several folk were hugged; Shovels moved the dirt to bury, You see the fresh earthed rugged. Soon the people began to disperse, Leaving the lonely stone; Tears followed the path away, As the wife leaves alone. Gathered around the newly arrived, White robes and smiling faces; Heaven flows with peaceful air, All saved by Gods sweet graces. A distant harp of David is heard, An angel floats above; A Throne of jasper and emerald, Holds the centerpiece of Love. Gathered around the darkened cast, A cry of anguish is exhaled; The torment of hell all alone, For the soul eternally jailed. Vivid now in memory, the cross, Gods love offered full and free; Pride of the damned and lost, Condemned by that same tree. Three crosses gathered on a hill, “It is finished!” Said the voice; One turned to Jesus, one turned away, Ever that same old choice.

by dave macdonald

POLITICS NOW Ahhh, yes…no, well, almost Maybe…I don’t know Sure. . . I guess But who…ahhh…cares Get it together my Elephant friends Or better days won’t be too far beyond For kids, immigrants, even women they say All the you planned to pull will go away But if the Prez steps aside then it’s a new reign Pence can’t wait to gets his hands on the reins Careful making wishes while down on your knees For what you most wished, you may soon be appeased For everything he’ll do, Trump will be blamed There’ll be no way this game remains the same Come on people open your eyes and see Justice may be blind, but we all can’t be It’s a political play a monopoly game Be ready for what’s to come next More stress, more strife, it’s a bottomless pit If Pence ever gets his way Stand up for your rights, just stand up for them right Vote that line in the sand Be kind, take time and give all a chance Let everyone stand by your side by dave macdonald

To my sis Chris... Happy Birthday June 25th

Golf I hit the ball and where did it land? Right in the sand. I hit the ball again and it landed where I began. That little thing is so small I can’t hardly see it at all. I put it on the tee but it was hard to see. I took one swing at it and I missed it a little bit. I got my good iron thinking this is the right one

I picked up a number four iron and finally made a score and I don’t want to play any more. Icie Winters

BOYS NIGHT OUT Looking up there, it’s plain to see A tiger staring back at me Crouched and poised, ears bent back Ready to pounce, ready to attack Hunting Blue Jays by the pack Up by ten, heck more than that The Blue Jays recent tear it seems Will be dispatched by our young team Tiger crawling ‘cross the sky Omen of the night gone by Oh the brews, they did flow Cracking bats and jokes and more Peanuts! Hot Dogs! Charlie sings Bellows through the crowd each game



Br. Larry Sparks 5-21-17 ———


Behind home plate the seats did rate Detroit that night, was really great Hats, hell almost caught one too The swaying crowd cheered and woo’d Come on team, GET IT DONE! Drop them Blue Jays one-by-one Pena, Halter, Hinch, Morris Games and good times, join the chorus Young, his game was nearly flawless The way they work was truly awesome Trammel sure was proud that night His Tigers boy, were ready to fight A fight that maybe turns the team Into something he says he really sees Boy we had fun, the good times rolled From the start of the trip and all the way home Thanks a ton for inviting me Was the best damn ball game I ever did see

Charming is an understatement, born June twenty fif th, Chris, my sis, is more than that, you see that is no myth. Affectionate and kind so deep, yet with a mystery, Her smile from God, is more than love, much more than sympathy . So sensitive and caring first for all her family, It’s more than all compassion for their souls eternally. She does not waste the time God gave for her to occupy. So in this world for others Chris will in her closet cry. Her tears may turn to joy for some. For others not remiss. But when some turn away from God, her prayers may go like this. “Oh God, our Father with your Grace and Wisdom through your Son, I know You hear their cries for peace, and victory will be won. So with my faith, please double it. To share with those I love. And let me go with You in prayer, see joys from up above, Bless my body with Good Health, that I may serve you here. Share joys and smiles and happy times with those I love so dear. Let me focus on your Words, yet briefly , when in ne ed. For I am not encouraged to waste time, I must take heed... Yet still within another time, I must encourage more , To walk with you, accept Your Son, for Joy you have in store. Thank you for my husband and my children... family st rong I know you are protecting them from all that could go wr ong.” And with this prayer Chris might include a song to God from heart. And sing to Him that heaven’s theme, Dear God, “How Great Thou Art” Happy Birthday, Sweetest Sis, this world and God could share. Just think, for me, like brother blood, these words I had to share. And stop for now with this one thought, to sum it all in brief. Your Beauty, Talent, Love you share is far beyond belief. ———

By Carl D. Corrick

To my Brother Bill... on his birthday... July 25th July twenty Five, they say, my brother came to town.

I say, ‘they say’, because, you see, I had not come around. Though I stand a little taller, still, he is the older. And though because he came here first, he’s just a fraction bolder. Our attitude is never grim, for he is one example, One that I could reach to match, yet fall short of his sample. Because he was a paper boy, I had to do the same. Then Central Drug Store came up next. From that we both had fame. As he then grew to be adult, but only in his teens, The bigger city called to him, not knowing what it means. He came through things no one believes, God Blessed him everyday. Luck is not the word to use, you see, our mom would pray. Bud, Bill then graduated good from Shawnee High in May. He married, had a family, but this I have to say. Even though he took commitment deeply in his soul He did not let the sun go by, to keep him from his goal. And that was more than others seem to have, he knew around. For my brother Bill was traveling inches off the ground. And still today, he stays ahead of any plan he had. To be a common guy no dreams... to him is simply sad. Volumes on his life will show us much more than a blessing.. Every step he takes is in the Word of God Confessing. A smile upon his face came first as he was born to give, To others everyday, he does, to show the way to live. And finally, to sum it up, on this Bill’s day of birth I close this happy time in words and share what he is wor th. You see, I know that lots of folks are good beyond their dreams. But here I talk about my brother, more than that, it seems. ———

By Carl D. Corrick

Summer Eulogy Summer memories I know, plus those around the year Could make you sad or glad, you see, they both can bring a tear. But with that love of God inside, and turning from all strife, Will let each step, each day , each night bring joy into your life. To bow your head and meditate, no matter time of day, So often is an after thought. But, don’t forget to pray. So with each season, like a flower, sleeping without bloom, Be waiting for your time to spring, for Christ, He is the Groom. ———

By Carl D. Corrick

Time Poem God’s word shows where ones going Keep padding while upward going Never stop rowing while upward going It is 1209 Oklahoma Central Time This poem is for my wife life’s Rhyme Pen in hand writing with my wife My wife is joy with Her prayer life My wife gives us strength past this life I say what is life God is our strength in no strife What is Jesus ton His life too yours for daily arises Thanks Lord Jesus The annointed in His annointing Going through trials in my Lord Jesus arises us After without Jesus man is lost in ever Red dust After all daily we are saved and healed Need guidance the Holy Spirit Father’s word revealed Jack Clark

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6LIFE • Sunday, June 25, 2017



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Libraries, oil, parks and athletics

By Clyde Wooldridge

By October of 1905, it was obvious that Shawnee was one of the leading cities in Oklahoma Territory, if not the leader. Many citizens felt it would lead Shawnee to be the capital of the new state that was on the horizon. Several features of progress were exemplified in the following stories. NEW CARNEGIE LIBRARY OPENS AFTER DEDICATION SERVICE The new Carnegie Library in Woodland Park was formally dedicated on the evening of October 12, 1905. While the inside decorations were complete, the furniture had not been installed. The building proved to be a source of wonder and delight to the audience in attendance. The building was filled and many people could not gain admittance to the event. The exercises opened with an overture by the Shawnee Orchestra, which donated its services and was publicly thanked by Chairman C.J. Benson. Following the invocation by Rev. L.C. Wolfe, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Benson introduced City Attorney Fred H. Reily, who delivered the address of welcome. He mentioned that the city secured the new library through a generous donation of $15,000 from millionaire philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. George E. McKinnis, the local Postmaster, responded on behalf of the people with an address which left nothing unsaid. He warmly commended the Board, and as he was one of the most eloquent speakers in the southwest. He won the hearts of the audience by his words. His speech was followed by “The Will O’ the Wisp,” performed by the orchestra. After that, Mrs. J.I. Schloss, President of the Library Board for the past three years, read a short history of the founding of the Shawnee Library, which began in 1901. She also talked about its struggles until its tri-

umph in securing so splendid a building as they were celebrating at the time. The Library was formerly kept in rooms donated by various parties, lodges and societies, and the Chamber of Commerce. From 102 books in a room donated for the purpose, it had risen to a library of 1,600 volumes and 6,800 magazines, and many other fine pieces of reading material. It had turned into arguably the finest in Oklahoma Territory. The orchestra then rendered their version of the “Birds and the Brook,” and then followed by Chairman Benson who introduced the feature speaker, the President of Oklahoma A&M College out of Stillwater, A.C. Scott. He made a magnificent speech about books that was well-received by all. Benson then ended by saying the that cost of the facility was $15,638. However, he mentioned that the Board must raise the $638, and planned to by donations and other various means. Following the benediction by Rev. Wolfe, the audience adjourned to the lower floor that was incomplete, but was described as a delight anyway. The design was made by Architect King of Denison, TX, and Architect Peters & Nethercott, of Shawnee, who superintended the construction. The contract was let to A.O. Campbell of Oklahoma City and work was done by Shawnee workers. All the sub-contracts were done by Shawnee contractors. OIL STRUCK IN SHAWNEE For many days the people of Shawnee, and especially those who subscribed to the $40,000 stock in the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Company to insure the drilling of the deep well northeast of the city, were anxiously watching the drilling. Many delays had occurred, all described as unavoidable, but on October 17, the hopes of the company and of all the city were raised by the striking

of oil at a depth of 1,100 feet. The drillers were working in salt water for some time, but expected almost hourly to strike something tangible. The morning drilling entered a strata of oil sand and began working through it. The results were not of sufficient size to insure a flowing well, but it was a very good indication that oil and gas was a short distance from the bottom of the well. They expected that another 300 to 400 feet would present a gusher. WOODLAND PARK IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED By late October of 1905, the work of improving Woodland Park was practically completed. However, the big fountain for the center of the park was not finished and it was expected to be in place by the next spring. The Park commissioners, headed by President C.M. “Cash” Cade and Secretary J.A. Walker, worked faithfully until the appropriation ran out. Despite this, their work had been rewarded with one of the best parks in Oklahoma Territory. Broad driveways of crushed stone, topped with fine screenings, ran from Broadway at 11th Street to the center of the park. There a large circular drive was constructed and the main driveway led to Bell Street. Broad walks of gravel from the northeast corner at Broadway, from Douglas on the north, Union on the east, Bell on the south, and Broadway on the west, converged at the center, and made an excellent way for pedestrians. It was done in such a manner that City Engineer James Frazier saved all the trees, with few exceptions. CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PAVING The City Council met on October 24, with Mayor James M. Aydelotte presiding, and most of the alderman present. The Clerk read the notice to contractors regarding bids. They concerned the pav-


The Carnegie Library, dedicated on October 12, 1905, in Woodland Park, with its wonderful features inside and out, became one of the most impressive edifices in the city and added to the pride of Shawnee. It is still in use today, primarily as the offices of the District Attorney. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PCHS)

ing, curbing and draining of Bell, Beard and Broadway from the south end of the present paving on those streets to the Katy right-of-way. Charles T. Derr, of the Oklahoma Paving & Construction Company, made a bid for the work. His presentation was described as eloquent. The street paving, it was said, was hanging on whether arrangements could be made with the Rock Island and Katy railroads willingness to pay for part of the work. However, it was found that they were agreeable and that became a non-issue. When all the bids were entered, it was found that the Oklahoma Building and Construction Company of Oklahoma City won. They agreed to begin work within 10 days, and complete the work within 60 days.

THE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL TEAMS MEET The girls of the High School organized a basketball club on Thursday, October 26, 1905. They elected Helen Williams, a Freshman, as President. The girls rented a practice hall and were preparing to hone their skills. The High School Athletic Association also met and elected a manager and a

captain for their football team. The boys began practicing hard and were expected in a week or so to be ready to play any “eleven” in the Territory. This would be Shawnee High School’s first football team. (Clyde Wooldridge is a local historian. He is working on the comprehensive, 1,500-page publication of the history of the city. Look for it in late 2018, or early 2019.)


Pitfalls await off the path in life and in our spiritual life By Correna Wilson Pickens

Greetings! Sure hope you’ve turned your air conditioning systems and fans on, full blast! As my little great granddaughter said: “Whewee! It sure was hot today!” My heart was troubled this past week, regarding the young man that ventured into North Korea on his sight-seeing travels. How sad and tragic for him and his family. This brought to mind some of my travels and ventures of South America, Israel, Syria and Italy. Several of us women on the trips, would decide to go sight-seeing without all the others in the group. We would get to shopping and seeing such amazing sights, that we would forget about the rest of the group on our bus. When in Israel, we decided to cross over into Damascus, Syria, without informing our tour guide of the rest of the group! Gee, now forty-years after that trip, hind-sight is looked at very differently. How foolish for us to take off without our guide and group! We did just fine with all of our group when touring through Italy, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, but hind-sight is more frightening than it was at that time of adventure! I am sure that the young man that stepped over into North Korea, never gave his idea a second thought of any unknown danger. He was just interested and wanted to see all that he could while on the trip. But, Folks, isn’t that how we are, just wanting to see

all that we can when on a trip? As we travel down the road of life, we are on a daily trip, unaware of the pitfalls that may be lurking just around the corner or bend in the road. That is how it is with our spiritual life, too. That old sneaky, sly devil is waiting in the shadows of life, ready to offer us another path to travel. Therefore, we have to keep our head up, eyes wide-open, and spend time in prayer and reading the Bible, in order to keep the enemy away from our heart, mind and soul. Have a great week, stay prayed-up and be

Correna Wilson Pickens alert! Psalms 107:13 – “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.”



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Sunday, June 25, 2017 • 7LIFE


Meet some of the faces at the Senior Center By Bobbi Gaglia

In the last few weeks we have introduced you to several staff members of the Shawnee Senior Center, Kate Joyce, known to us as the Cruise Director, Tai Chi instructor Sharon Autrey, and Bobbie Doss, known around here as the Craft and General Fun Specialist. All this was done to get you curious about what exactly goes on here in the hopes you will come wandering in and check us out. Some of you have done that, great. If you haven’t found the time yet, we’re still here and waiting for you to join the fun. This week we decided to tell you about some of

the people who already come here to the Center.. Sooooo, this is a little about one of the people who visits. There are many who come and one of the amazing things to me is that our Cruise Director knows at least 95% of them by name. When it came to picking someone for this first piece on one of our “members� we picked one that I had only referred to by his nickname for months and had no clue who he was. So let me introduce you to the gentleman known as “Coach�. You probably know exactly who he is but bear with me for a minute while I explain to those, like me, who were un-

aware. The Coach here at the Center is Jim Walling. He is an Okie with roots in Shawnee and tentacles in Asher the Earlsboro. He has been married for 60 years to Janet and they met while they were both going to East Central University. They have two sons, neither of which is a coach. After a varied career start, Coach ended up the Basketball and Baseball coach at Asher and in his 6 year career both his basketball and baseball teams were Oklahoma State Champs in 1981. He mentioned that he was coaching in Asher when he decided that it was cooler to coach basketball in the gym than to swelter

in the Oklahoma sun on the baseball field. From Asher he went to Earlsboro where, in his 24 years there as Basketball Coach, he had an impressive coaching record (his total career stats are 649 wins and 240 losses). State Champion, State finalists and winning seasons were the norm for Earlsboro during Coach’s reign. Coach Walling was inducted to the High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007 and was inducted in the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Coach retired from his day job and, as he put it, after watching the complete series of Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Mayberry’s

own Andy Griffith several times, he decided it was time to get out of the chair and try something new. He convinced several of his church friends to find out what was going on at the Center and the Domino camaraderie was formed. As time went on the three church friends were unable to continue playing but by then Coach had found other friends to join his group. Now there is a regular bunch playing and/or watching daily up in the pool room (hopefully you remember that’s the room in the Center with the cue sticks and tables not a hole and water place). Anyone interested in playing dominos will find the

players happy to have new faces to join the fun. There are 3 tables and usually at least one is empty to start a domino game or cards if you are so inclined. Remember we are open every day Monday thru Friday (except for holidays) from 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening. Drop by any day and pick up a calendar or take a tour and see what we are doing in this old middle school building. I can almost promise you will find something that will peak your interest so come join the Seniors who play dominos or pool or dance or create or just sit and visit. We’ll be looking for you‌..


Woman takes a hands-off approach to bind dates DEAR ABBY: I’m a single 38-year-old woman. I haven’t been in a relationship in more than 10 years because of school, work and kids. Lately, since I graduated, I have been on a string of blind dates. Men seem to want to hold my hand, touch my hair, stroke my arm, etc. right away. When I say I don’t like it, they say they are “just being affectionate� because they like me. I’m a cerebral person. I have fallen in love with men who are not conventionally attractive because they appealed to me intellectually. I have rejected handsome men because we weren’t intellectually compatible. Until I feel some sort of rapport, I might as well be asexual. I am not turned on, and I do NOT want to be touched. My dates, my friends and my family say this means I’m not ready for a relationship. What do you think? Is it unreasonable to want to feel a connection with someone before exchanging touches? What’s the likelihood of success in courting when everyone keeps their hands to themselves in the beginning? — NO TOUCHY, PLEASE DEAR NO TOUCHY: I’m not sure I agree with your friends and family. A date may get the impression that you’re not ready because the way you are delivering your message may come across as rejection. Try telling them exactly what you told me, that unless you feel an intellectual connection, being touched makes you uncomfortable. Most men appreciate a woman who expresses herself clearly about what she likes as well as what she doesn’t. ——— DEAR ABBY: Several times now, my mother-inlaw has given me cleaning supplies as gifts. I’m trying to decide how to interpret the gesture. Is she hinting that she thinks our house is poorly kept? Is it that she enjoys buying new cleaning supplies and would also like to receive them as gifts? Or could it be a passive-aggressive dig at my decision to work full-time when she



thinks I should be staying home keeping house? My husband and I share domestic responsibilities roughly evenly, and HE’S never received such gifts. — MOTHER-IN-LAW GIFTS DEAR MOTHER-INLAW GIFTS: Not knowing your mother-in-law, I can’t guess at her motive for choosing the gifts she’s giving you. If you want a straight answer to your question, you will have to find the courage to get it straight from the horse’s mouth. She may buy in bulk and have supplies to spare. However, a gift is thoughtful, and these products may come in handy. So be pleasant and appreciative when you thank her for them. ——— DEAR ABBY: I’m 25. My boyfriend and I are planning to move in together. He lives eight hours away, so it means I’ll be moving out of state. I dread telling my parents because they haven’t met him yet, and his work schedule hasn’t allowed him to make the trip up here. (He can’t drive at night.) The last time he was here was early in our relationship, and he thought it was too soon to meet my parents. Would a video chat introduction be all right? Any advice is welcome. — MOVING ON IN THE MIDWEST DEAR MOVING ON: First impressions are important. A video chat would be better than nothing, I suppose. However, out of respect for your parents as well as respect for you, he should MAKE the time to meet them in person — preferably before you move in with him. ——— TO MY MUSLIM READERS: It is time for the breaking of the Ramadan fast. Happy Eid al-Fitr, everyone.

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Cast and crew for SLT’s 50th anniversary show Individual Performers: J. Greg Davis, Beverly (Marrs) Davis Nicole Davis Funk,Steve Simpson, Kelli Curtis, Nicki Sherman, Will MacDonald David Benn, Tami Lawson, Dane Lowery, Matt Longacre, Chris Brewster John Key, Bruce Fry, Jeff Foresee, Carson Misner, Trevor Mastin, Ford Mastin Christina Stewart, Kari Romoser, Morita Truman, Greg Hopkins, Charlie Monnot Nicki Sherman, Maggie Sherman, Maile Hopkins, Jack Hopkins, Tatum Hopkins Director: Bob Wendland Co-Director: Steve Simpson Music Director: Jeff Foresee Stage Manager: Kendra Watkins-Butler Assistant Stage Manager: Lauren Haskins Vocal Chorus: Kate Blain, Karla Kelly, Tami Lawson, Abby Morris, Annika Stephens, Mackenzie Kelly, Emma Morris, Harper Morris, Juliette Souders Caleb Jennings, Logan Jennings, Ford Mastin Ken Spruiell, Nate Stephens, Royce Thompson Dance Crew: Brad Curtis, K.C. Goldsby, Kelli Curtis Annika Stephens, Nate Stephens, Melissa Upton Strong Abby Morris, Harper Morris, Emma Morris Morgan Barnett, Autumn Barnett, Mackenzie Kelly, Juliette Souders, Nancy Powell, Mike Agan, Bill Burke, Jane Burke, Journey Burke, Tianah Tucker, Lauren Canaday, Zack Perkins, Darrell McVey, Judy Ford, Jill Fry Introduction Dialogue: Scott Bartley Choreographers: Kelli Curtis, K.C. Goldsby, Judy Ford Keyboards: Christi Brewster, Dane Lowery Sound: Dustin Farris Lighting: Small Pockets/Firelake Grand Tech Videographer: Bruce Fry Boxoffice: Rebecca Fry Keeper of the List: Krista Farris Friday Night Reception Hosts: Brad Cook, Duane Lowery SLT Open House Committee: Rebecca Fry Publicity: Ronny Jones, Rebecca Fry The Grand Resort Rep: Krystle Ross


and Pam East were just a couple of the other artists who helped with sets. The artists used to devote hours to hand-painting sets for all of the plays. With the changing times, Fry said, it’s often

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For years, Jones said, Jim Brown was the resident artist at Shawnee Little Theatre, and Kate Blain

In 1987, Shawnee Little Theatre kept the laughter coming in this British farce about a second rate acting company, “Noises Off.” Sally Dutton Lupton played the fading diva. The first act was the final dress rehearsal and nothing was ready. The second act was opening night and nothing goes right. The final act was closing night and nobody in the cast or crew cared. difficult for people to find the time to help, which is where technology comes into play. Today, they can project sets onto the stage, saving hours of work. Other things have also become more accessible. Fry said she can save time on sets and costumes by scouring second hand stores, but some of the pieces that might have been difficult to find in the past can now be found in seconds online. The theater has also benefited from the internet in other ways. Jones said for one play, they were trying to work out how to make a fence look white washed in some scenes but gray and faded in others. A set designer in a theater across the country was able to share his advice via the internet. Fry said websites like YouTube also contain many ideas they can incorporate in their own productions.

In the 1977-78 season Shawnee Little Theatre presented the award winning comedy “Twigs” with separate vignettes telling different stories that were intertwined. Wes Mainord, Jim Spurr and Judith Michener were featured in this scene.


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Perhaps one of the drawbacks of modern theater, however, is the rising cost of plays. Jones remembers a time when the rights to do a play were $25 per night, and now he said they are more in the range of $100 per night (not including the costs for scripts or the original underscore if they want to use it). Musicals can cost the theater $3,000 to $4,000, depending on who owns the rights. And though a lot has changed over the years, some things have not. The theater continues to be run entirely by volunteers. You “can’t put a price on” local theater, Fry said. “It’s definitely a family affair for so many families,” Fry later said, explaining that she got her start with Shawnee Little Theatre 25 years ago when her daughter was involved with a production. Since its beginning, the theater has been embraced by people of all ages in the community, and Jones and Fry said it would not be where it is without all of the students (from Shawnee High School and even Oklahoma Baptist University) who have gotten involved and helped through the years.

In 1991, Shawnee Little Theatre opened the season with the non-professional premiere of a stage version of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” Duane Lowery, Dolores Dockrey, Scott Yarbrough and Larry Smith made their trip west looking for a better future during the Depression. SLT is also on its third year of doing a children’s camp, where children ages 8 to 13 can learn about theater. This year’s camp just wrapped up Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, with a perfor-

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You can grow it By Becky Emerson Carlberg This year’s State Master Gardener Conference was in Drumright June 16th at the Central Technology Center. The night before was the traditional Evening Social held in the old brick schoolhouse now known as the Tidewater Winery. Master Gardeners (MGs) tasted various wines produced at the Winery, toured the building and sit on the deck overlooking two vineyards. Dinner in the winery followed. The next morning MGs from across the state arrived early to register and partake of the Continental breakfast. Fourteen Multi-County MGs attended. People (over 215) found seats in the classroom/auditorium and received a hardy welcome from Sandy Carroll, the President of the Creek County Master Gardeners as well as a handout that provided a brief synopsis of each speaker’s presentation. The theme “U Can Grow It� was selected to encourage and empower folks in the community to become self-sufficient while helping build character and esteem. Coordinator of Oklahoma Master Gardeners, David Hillock, spoke briefly and announced next year’s State MG Conference would be in Muskogee. David Redhage was the keynote speaker. He descends from a line of farmers, and has had a lifelong interest in gardening. Now the President of Kerr Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, David began his “Pollinator & Native Plants� program with a picture showing one row of squash planted to attract pollinators surrounded by rows of Elderberries and Eastern Gamagrasses. Native pollinators are more efficient than European Honey Bees, and are active earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon. The reason for the declining pollinator population: change in habitat. At least 3 plant species that flower in each season will encourage pollinators. Indeed native landscapes look rough, but nature is not clean cut. Mow wildflowers in the fall to expose and disperse the seeds and they will have a jump start in germination the next spring. As for vines, shrubs and the trees, do not cut those in the fall. Native bees nest in the stems. David’s wildflower tips: Carolina Anemone seed viability is only 60 days. Those seeds must hit the

ground within 2 months or they die. Indian Pinks grow in shade. Four native indigos (Baptisia spp.) grow in OK; Cream and Yellow False Indigos, Nuttall’s Wild Indigo and White Wild Indigo. My favorite, Frog Fruit (Phyla sp.) made the list. Yellow Puffs are low-growing yellow fuzzy flowers now appearing along roadsides. Related to Bachelor’s Buttons, the Basketflower likes living in OK, TX and NM. The only other place to find the native Basketflower is China. Their seeds were included in the wildflower mix from Johnston Seed Company (Enid.) Basketflowers are now forming colorful patches in my hard-as-rock lateral field. I love these tough wildflowers. Prairie Gaillardia pollen must mature before it becomes appealing to pollinators. Have patience and they will come! Next was “Garden with a Purpose.� Carla Grogg of Grogg’s Green Barn in Tulsa was trained in Interior Design. She and her husband opened their nursery 7 years ago. Their focus was to use organic, sustainable practices and encourage the participation of kids. They hold Kids Camp to inspire creativity, learn about shared space and patience and nurture a life-long love of outdoors. Initially they were known as the “Hippie Nursery.� By providing healthy and safe options, the Grogg’s have built up a loyal customer base. Last fall the milkweed was named ‘Plant of the Year.’ Grogg’s grew milkweeds for this year and sold over 1,100 milkweeds by early April. They have worked with Bama in Tulsa to develop a natural waterway (each side is16 feet and 50 feet long.) Cover crops and natives were planted. ONE Gas utility company has locations from MX to KS registered as Monarch Way Station “Corridor sites� courtesy of Grogg’s. Grogg’s helped American Airlines plant their first Monarch Way Station this year in a plot 80 feet long and 20 feet wide. In Bixby parks, they sampled the soil and ‘it was nourished.’ Six months later pockets of plants and seeds were planted. The natives are choking the Bermuda out. Yay. Carla’s Tips: Beneficial insects are such a good alternative to pesticidal sprays. Ideal candidates are the Green lacewing, ladybug, praying mantis, and parasitic wasp. To attract butterflies in spring plant willows and fennel; in summer Coreopsis and Liatris

and autumn go for Joe-Pye weed, asters, and goldenrods. The bees are drawn to clover, sumac, berry bushes, asters and goldenrod. Everyone should work on one unique aspect in their garden. The unique aspect at Grogg’s is hidden underground. Two connected cisterns 30 feet deep and 60 feet wide collect rainwater from all the gutters. They hold 5,000 gallons. One inch of rain will fill them up! Lisa Merrell followed with “Heirloom Plants.� The Tomato Man’s Daughter spoke of the wonders of heirloom plants. Their ancestors endured trials and tribulations and have survived. Generation after generation of heirlooms have withstood the test of time by passing down hardy traits in their seeds. Darrell Merrell, her dad, grew up with large gardens on a working farm ten miles south of Tulsa. Those 10 acres supported immediate and extended families. Darrell became a stockbroker, but moved on to be the “Doughnut Man.� Thirty-two years after leaving the home place, her dad sold the bakery and moved back home. He reclaimed old garden spots and launched the heirloom business. Heirlooms are open pollinated plants that produce next generation seeds that grow true (to the parent.) It takes years to stabilize the line. The seed origin must be fifty years or older and is usually either handed down through the family or sold by seed companies that cultivate heirloom plants. The Sioux tomato was Darrell’s favorite. The heat-tolerant Sioux was introduced in 1944 by the University of Nebraska. Darrell’s heirloom crop began with 12 seeds purchased from a man in Norman. The Cherokee Purple came to him from a Tennessee man whose family had grown the tomato for 100 years. Starting with Tulsa flea markets and selling plants at $2 each in 1993, he developed a reliable customer base. Lisa has taken over and is continuing her dad’s work. Lisa’s Tips: Plant tomatoes in April, May and July; place 3-4 feet apart; 1-2 gallons of water/week. Plant different varieties for diversity. If the leaves are turning up, the plant may be overwatered. If the plant blooms but does not set fruit, give it a shake each day for a week to help release the pollen within the flowers. If the plant is not blooming, it needs phosphorus in the form of

The Heirloom Black Krim Tomato in Earthbox ½ cup bone meal. After lunch came Kenda Woodburn, Horticulture Educator in Osage and Tulsa Counties. Her topic was about “Foraging.â€? The trestle table was piled high with the necessary things to bring on a foraging trip: long sleeved shirt, thick socks, heavy duty boots (guards against snake bites), bug and sun sprays, Quick Trip plastic cup, knife, notebook, pen, apron, backpack, water, leather gloves, garbage bag, plastic sacks, clippers, dog leash and collar (you never know when you might need to throw together a tent or take a stray dog home), snacks and Benadryl. Kenda is a strong woman. Kenda’s tips: Know your directions. Never step over a log but on top of it; The Native Basketflowers blooming on the septic snakes may be on the oth- laterals. er side. Check berries for other inhabitants (wasps..). containers. She likes to coffee grounds; it repels Three fourths of the world’s use limestones for edging snails. Golden Feverfew flowering plants and 35% and stressed that whatever seeds look like dryer lint! of the world food crops you do, always start with Spraying the inside of metal depend on animal pollina- good soil. Her successful pots with Rust-o-leum seals tors. Elderberry flowers, ‘Teel Mix’ is composed of the interiors. Beth’s estate sale story: not stems, may be eaten, sacks of Back to Nature as can strawberry leaves. Cotton Burr compost, cow She spied a statue sitting Dandelion greens contain a manure, mushroom com- in the middle of a nasty good amount of vitamin K, post and peat. Good stuff. pond and had to have it. calcium, iron and ribofla- The making and planting of Pulling off her shoes and vin. The sand plum is open Hypertufa pots is her thing. socks, she waded knee deep pollinated and each tree’s She creates about 100 a year in slimy thick green water fruit may have a different using a mix of peat moss, to the statue. Any other flavor. Young poke is edible sand or perlite, Portland time she’d never be able to as long as no red appears on cement and water to form move the heavy thing, but this time it was light as a the stems; mature plants are the pots. Beth’s Tips: Stick Ar- feather. She paid $20 for poisonous. Boil and drain the young poke 3 times be- tillery fern and Coleus her find, but kicked herself cuttings in moist soil; they later for there was a second fore eating. Beth Teel began “Garden should grow. Wandering matching statue in another Styleâ€? with a quote from Jew, Sedums, Verbenas, pond. Kudos to the Creek Celia Thaxter, 1894: “It is Caladium bulbs, Eyelash a wonder how much work Begonia and Tierella all County Master Gardeners, one can find to do in so tiny can be used in container the amazing native plant a plot of land.â€? The retired gardening. Around each nurseries and all others inteacher delights in creating Hosta plant put eight inches volved. It was an experience unique garden styles and of pea gravel and cover with not to be missed.

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