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June 2014 ✻ A-LIST 2014 ✻

Annual A-List issue Spotlight shines Iconic theater’s archives go digital


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Bob Carpenter, the voice of the MLB’s Washington Nationals discusses his 38-year career in sports broadcasting. by STEVE HUNT




More than 5,000 ballots were cast in this year’s A-List readers’ choice contest. Now is your chance to see the winners in all five categories, plus take a look at a few editors’ picks we felt worthy of a nod.



Spotlight shines on

A box of bingo cards sends a Spotlight Theater volunteer on a hunt to find and preserve priceless memorabilia. Stories by SCOTT PENDLETON


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CityBeat 11 Jump it up An indoor trampoline park has Tulsans bouncing off the walls.

12 Notebook What Tulsans are talking about 14 Passions An exchange program sends Tulsa students to Amiens, France.

16 What it’s like Two advocates have made Tulsa autism friendly.

18 Five questions Get to know Tulsa Garden Center Executive Director Barbie Raney. 20 Storefront Despite crisis, family business Tedford Insurance thrives. 22 Everyday stories The Tulsa Newcomers Club makes every Tulsan feel welcome.

24 Artist in residence Photographer Brooke Golightly weaves herself into her emotional images.

26 Four corners A west Tulsa entrepreneur’s ventures promise deals to local treasure hunters. 28 Locker room OSU golfer Brendon Jelley hopes to follow in the footsteps of other standouts.

The Dish 85 Some like it hot White Flag’s Salma Hayek burger

86 Table talk Summer meals, festivals and berry picking

88 Dining out A new owner refreshes Cafe Olé’s menu.

89 Wine Light, bright and white summer wines

The Good Life 91 Raising the bar Gifts for the men in your life

97 Health Local eye experts share tips to help you see clearly.

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Agenda 131 Gilded quilts A two-day quilt show comes to town this month.

132 Agenda This month’s standout events 134 Out & about See and be seen.

138 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings

141 Tulsa sound Pop-rock band Cucumber & The Suntans keeps it weird.

143 Worth reading Journalist Ben Montgomery’s biography of the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone 144 The culturist OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville celebrates 30 years. 148 Flashback Remembering Kellyville’s Frisco train accident of 1917

101 Home In creating a backdrop for his clients’ art collection, a designer conceives his own work of art. 110 Musings Maybe it’s me

30 Not so long ago ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’


From the editors


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Barbie Raney, Everyday Stories: Tulsa Newcomers Club 5 Questions: Tulsa Garden Center


June 2014

June 2014 ✻ A-LIST 2014 ✻

Type A. Perhaps a bit OCD. Call it whatever you may, but I love organization. Nothing makes me happier than when everything has a place and is in that place. In fact, I relish the simple, mundane tasks of sorting, calculating and making lists ... to-do lists, must-have lists, grocery lists and my favorite: A-Lists. It should come as no surprise that this issue, our annual A-List issue, is one of my absolute favorites. The best part? You, dear readers, have done the work for us. A whopping 5,031 ballots were cast in our annual readers’ choice awards, and now we are ready to share the results on p. 41. It is an issue I keep on the coffee table for the entire year so I can quickly reference the best restaurants, spas and entertainment — just to name a few categories — and thanks to our website and digital edition, the list is always with me at As any good summer issue should, we also include a nod to baseball through writer Steve Hunt’s enlightening Q&A with Bob Carpenter (p. 32), now in his ninth season as television’s playby-play voice of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. The Tulsa native shares his experiences during his nearly four decades in sports broadcasting. The issue also shines a spotlight on none other than Tulsa’s own Spotlight Theater, thanks to a first-hand account (p. 35) by writer and Spotlight board member Scott Pendleton. The home of the longest-running play in America (61 years and counting) has recently added a new searchable online archive featuring cast “mug shots,” performance programs and more. And, last but not least, we could not produce a June issue without giving you the ins and outs of celebrating good old Dad this Father’s Day (reminder, it’s June 15). From a roundup of gifts (p. 91) to the best places to grab a bite (p. 87), we have you covered. Of course, being the Type-A daughter that I am, I already know when and where I will be honoring my dad this year. And, technically I’ve helped put you one step ahead of the game this year. Two things I can check off my to-do list.

Annual A-List issue Spotlight shines Iconic theater’s archives go digital


MLB announcer Bob Carpenter

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The eyes have it Trends in eyewear and care

Father’s Day gift guide

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Dress Dad in some new duds with a $100 Travers Mahan gift certificate. Visit all month long for exclusive content you won’t want to miss, including photo galleries, giveaways, a calendar of local events, dining and shopping directories, weekender lists and much more.

June 27 Cheer for the home team with 10 Tulsa Drillers flex tickets and a $50 Elote gift certificate.

VIDEOS In the spotlight (p. 35) Go behind the scenes of the Spotlight Theater’s “The Drunkard” and “The Olio.”


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Jump it up by MORGAN PHILLIPS ing high is the next best thing. And this Tulsa business isn’t your average “bounce house”; imagine nearly 18,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opened its Tulsa franchise this past December at 8306 E. 61st St. General Manager Brian Morgan says it has been an immediate hit with children and adults. “We instantly became the extreme fun and healthy alternative for Tulsa and have continued that trend,” he says. With a waiver on file and a pair of reusable SkySocks — $2 and required by Sky Zone to keep jumping sanitary and

provide a good grip — one can bounce to their heart’s content. Pricing is based on length of jump time and starts at $10 for 30 minutes. The patented design for Sky Zone’s walled playing courts lends itself to dodgeball tournaments (see box) and SkyRobics, a low-impact fitness class in which participants can burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour, Morgan says. SkyJam, billed as “120 minutes of extreme action,” is available for older, late-night jumpers at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit for more information. tþ

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On June 23, Sky Zone will host a local qualifier for the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship for ages 16 and older. The winner receives two one-hour jump passes and a T-shirt. They also may be eligible to advance to the regional and championship tournaments at Sky Zone Las Vegas. Registration is $99 per team. Visit or call Sky Zone Tulsa at 918-877-7700 for more information.

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What Tulsans are talking about

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Mocha: Oklahoma’s Small Business Person of the Year Larry Mocha, long-time Tulsa Regional Chamber volunteer, and president and CEO of Tulsa-based manufacturing firm APSCO Inc., is the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year for Oklahoma. The Tulsa Regional Chamber nominated Mocha for the U.S. Small Business Administration honor. Among his involvement with the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Mocha has actively served on the Small Business Council and led efforts to enhance the region’s small business climate, according to a press release. He was honored as the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year at the 2013 annual Crystal Star Small Business Awards. “The tireless commitment and exemplary leadership Larry Mocha demonstrates through his advocacy for regional small business is nothing short of extraordinary,” says Mike Neal, Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO. “We congratulate Larry on this well-deserved honor, and we thank him for all he has done to make northeast Oklahoma a top location for small businesses.”

I wanted to benefit the people who cared so much about my education. Considering my opportunity at TU, it was only fitting to give back to them. — J.D. Wessinger, a 2014 graduate of Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, who donated his $20,000 college fund to the TSAS Foundation to help benefit teacher salaries. Wessinger earned a presidential scholarship to The University of Tulsa, which will cover his tuition, room and board. Wessinger says the foundation hopes to match his gift through other donations. To contribute, visit the TSAS website,

Holy Grail of hotdogs Tulsan Tom Lohr has embarked on an 110,000mile mission to find the perfect ballpark hotdog. Retired from the Navy, the lifelong baseball fan started his taste test at major and minor league parks on the West Coast in April. Next up: his “East Coast swing,” which will wrap up in August. He estimates he will visit 60-70 ballparks total and plans to write a book about the experience tentatively titled “Gone to the Dogs.” TulsaPeople’s quick Q&A with the aficionado: What’s the most unique hotdog you’ve experienced so far? The Texas Rangers’ $26 2-pound hotdog called the Boomstick, designed to feed three to four people. Ketchup or mustard on your dog? It is a cardinal sin to put ketchup on a hotdog. My perfect dog is mustard, relish and sauerkraut, if they have it. I prefer brown mustard. Beer or Pepsi to wash it down? Hotdogs and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, but I usually go with water. Drinking and traveling don’t blend well. Best hotdog in Tulsa? At ONEOK Field. They have one with pulled pork. Read about Lohr’s adventures at www.ballparkdogs.

We all know the worst part about summer in Tulsa: the oppressive heat. But with the summer solstice coming up June 21, we prefer to look at the glass half full.




We asked Twitter and Facebook, “What is the best part about Tulsa summers?” • Don’t have to use oven to bake cookies. Just put cookie dough on pan; sit outside. — @joeywallace7 • Outdoor concerts and festivals, beautiful sunrises, great barbecuing with family and friends! — @MayorTaylor • Movies in the Park at Guthrie Green. — @DGoforthTW • All the festivities and the farmers’ market! Soaking up the sun while enjoying the vendors of the area. — @nicole_carden • The relief of rainstorms ... when not accompanied by damaging, power-snuffing wind bursts fueled by the accumulated heat. — Scott McClung


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People, places and other things Tulsans love

Tale of two cities

An exchange program sends Tulsa students to Amiens, France.



Once a year in Tulsa, a dozen intrepid 10-year-

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olds trade their families, pets and iPhones for three weeks of analogue discoveries in France. Escargot and cow tongue. The beaches of Normandy. The effervescent glow of the Eiffel Tower and the ChampsÉlysées at twilight. These budding navigators aren’t heirs of privilege. They attend Tulsa Public Schools, but thanks to faculty involvement from The University of Tulsa and two nonprofits — Alliance Française de Tulsa and Tulsa Global Alliance — they can have an experience that may give them a better worldview. What began as a dream of members of Alliance Française de Tulsa’s “comité de jumelage” (a group of TU professors, parents, TPS teachers, health care professionals and others interested in developing a Tulsa-France partnership) in 1996 has slowly turned into a love affair between two cities. The Tulsa committee chose to partner with Amiens, France, based on the cities’ similarities in business, arts, geography and other areas, says Judy Glenn, communications director for Alliance Française de Tulsa and TGA vice chairwoman of volunteers. As early as 1997, TU hosted exchanges of Amiens students in business and literature courses and Eisenhower International School launched a fifth-grade study abroad program in Amiens. An exchange


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program followed between Eisenhower and Amiens students. Holland Hall and Thoreau middle schools later developed their own study abroad and exchange programs with Amiens, Glenn says. After what French officials referred to as a “courtship” of approximately nine years, according to Glenn, Amiens became Tulsa’s eighth Sister City in 2005 through the TGA-managed Sister Cities program to promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. Pronounced “Ah-ME-on,” this historic city in the Picardy region of northern France is situated equidistantly from London, Brussels and Paris. For most of the 20th century, the only American “kids” who traversed the cobblestones of Amiens were young men pulled off family farms and factory floors to fight in World Wars I and II. Liberated by the United States in 1918 and again in 1944, Amiens has long held a deep and ritualized regard for the U.S., according to many locals. That said, it wasn’t easy convincing French teachers and parents to send their elementary school students to Oklahoma. “We had to convince Amiens school officials to choose Oklahoma over England,” says Caroline Berry of the Tulsa-Amiens partnership at TGA. “They

Roberts’ son, Jack, and his Amiens host exchange student, Cyprien Gudin, in front of the cathedral

eventually partnered with us because of the idea of allowing their students to truly experience the ‘American Dream.’” Suzanne Schreiber, a TPS board member, recently sent her daughter Sadie to France through the Amiens exchange. “The personal and cultural growth that a trip abroad brings during a kid’s formative years cannot be gained by any other experience,” Schreiber says. “Sadie will be a better person for her travels — certainly more tolerant, sensitive and interested in the ways different people live. She’s also more appreciative of the comforts of home.” Glenn, who also is the global education and exchange coordinator for Eisenhower, sums up the Eisenhower program: “We educate children for six years so they are prepared to live and learn in their second language: French or Spanish, which they are taught from kindergarten. And after three short weeks in Amiens, they come back to Tulsa as citizens of the world.” tþ

Editor’s note: Noah Roberts is the founder of BETTER ( and a proud Eisenhower International School parent of two Amiens Ambassadors.

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They’re ‘A-OK’

Two advocates have made Tulsa autism friendly.



out in public, do you immediately judge the family? Parents of children with autism regularly face this experience while in public. Tulsa mothers Jennifer Sollars Miller and Michelle Wilkerson, who each have a teenager with autism, want to make families feel more comfortable outside the home. That’s why they’ve made Tulsa the first Autism-Friendly City to use the “I’m A-OK” logo, a design the mothers created as co-founders of the Autism Center of Tulsa. In 2005, the two filled a community need by creating the center, which provides parents with resources and support. Nine years later, Sollars Miller and Wilkerson are expanding further and have given more than 100 Tulsa businesses the tools they need to become “A-OK” locations. At the same time, children with autism can wear the logo on shirts, stickers and lanyards, or keep a card in wallets, so businesses and the community may recognize this symbol and offer more compassion and patience.

What challenges have you faced that motivated you to create the autism-friendly program? Wilkerson: I will never forget when my son was little and we were shopping in a large retail store where he was having a meltdown and crying really loudly, and a lady stopped by and recommended that I go to the kitchen aisle to get a wooden spoon and take care of him. She didn’t understand that his behaviors were directly


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related to his autism because he doesn’t look any different than other kids who don’t have a disability. Children with autism are often overwhelmed by the sights and noises around them. They need repeated exposure to public places so they can learn to adjust. It’s hard enough for families to take their child with autism out in public, but then to have to try and explain it to everyone else out there, or endure the stares or the comments ... A lot of times, families stay at home and isolate themselves because it is easier. If they do that, it will hurt their child’s ability to become independent. Are parents and children responsive to the “I’m A-OK” identification? Sollars Miller: Most of our families want their kids to be identified as having autism. I want people to know my child has autism because it gives a reason for his behavior. Once people are aware of his disability, the more understanding they become. Wilkerson: People are going to label you no matter what. We just want to give them the right label, a positive one that helps to explain that their behaviors may be a result of their disability and they just need some extra understanding. How do businesses become autism friendly? Sollars Miller: When the businesses register as an Autism-Friendly Location, they receive an annual listing in the national directory, a guidebook, window clings and an informational poster. We’re not expecting businesses to become experts in autism. We just want them to recognize the “I’m

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When you see a child acting

Michelle Wilkerson and Jennifer Sollars Miller are the founders of the Autism Center of Tulsa. They created a logo, shown above, and other tools for businesses to become Autism-Friendly Locations, meaning they are sensitive to individuals with autism. A-OK” logo and give people with autism the same respect and courtesies received by individuals with easily recognizable disabilities. We have had an overwhelming response from first responders in Tulsa. The police department, fire department, sheriff’s department and EMSA recognize “I’m A-OK” as the official autism identification in Tulsa. Are you thinking about expanding to other cities in Oklahoma? Sollars Miller: Yes. We are currently focusing on Oklahoma, but have

already heard from other states wanting to implement the program. To become an Autism-Friendly City, a city must meet certain requirements, which include registering first responders and a certain number of businesses as Autism-Friendly Locations. tþ

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Executive director, Tulsa Garden Center by MEGAN GAY


Imagine driving to work through

lush gardens and walking into an Italian-style mansion — that’s the everyday reality and favorite part of the job for Tulsa Garden Center Executive Director Barbie Raney. The center is a nonprofit that provides a variety of horticultural and environmental education opportunities for the Tulsa community.


What is your job at the Tulsa Garden Center? My everyday job is as changeable as the seasons. People come here to learn about horticulture, the environment and beautification through the classes we offer. Twenty-three affiliated groups call the Garden Center home; they have their monthly meetings, lectures, shows and sales here. It is a great place for like-minded people to come to exchange knowledge, volunteer and socialize.


For first-time guests of the Garden Center, what are the must-sees? The Arboretum is a beautiful walking feature of the park often used as an outdoor educational classroom by schools and colleges. Carriage House Art Studio houses two artists in residence, Gil Adams and Claudia Doyle. They teach classes, have wonderful items for sale and frequently may be found painting in the park. The Linnaeus Teaching Garden is a demonstration/teaching garden staffed by over 300 well-trained volunteers who share their knowledge and love of gardening with the public. The Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden has five terraces with pools or fountains on all levels. Juniper, clematis and magnolia trees are all found amidst the wide array of roses in the garden.


Many roses were plagued this season by disease. To what extent was the Rose Garden affected? Because the virus (Rose Rosette) is present in our region, the City of Tulsa can no longer expect to maintain a garden that is com-


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pletely roses. We have met with rose experts, city horticulturalists and local industry leaders to decide on our next best steps. Thanks to previously raised Rose Garden Restoration funds, we can begin addressing the immediate problem as we simultaneously improve and restore the structure of the Tulsa Rose Garden. We will continue to focus on roses, but in a more diverse and sustainable manner. We have been advised to introduce other plant materials (in addition to roses), and are also going to make the garden safer for visitors by adding lighting, handrails and safer walkways, in compliance with ADA requirements. The plan is to use the funds we collected to start on Terrace 1, and proceed to the next terrace as more funding is available.  


What big events do you host each season? Tulsa Garden Center has two large fundraisers each year. In April, the SpringFest Garden Market and Festival is held in the Tulsa Garden Center mansion and spills out onto the front lawn. The entire area is packed with everything needed to create a beautiful garden: a huge variety of plants, gardening information, even garden art. Held in the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden the last Friday in September each year, “An Evening of Wine & Roses” is one of the region’s largest wine-tasting events. The combination of delectable food and exquisite wine enjoyed while strolling through a garden of fragrant roses make this an enchanting evening you won’t want to miss.


What would you tell someone interested in going into your field? This is my retirement job. I worked for the City of Tulsa for 30 years and now I am living my dream. I would welcome anyone interested in gardening and tell them that there is nothing more delightful than when your garden first begins to grow. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you limber and even improve your mood.  tþ

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Preparation is key Despite crisis, a family business thrives. by JAMES PEARSON


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Mike Tedford, a partner with Tedford Insurance, doesn’t like the fear-based sales tactics used by many in the industry. “What if you get in an accident?” they ask. “What if someone slips and falls? What if you walk out the front door tomorrow morning and never come back?” “But that’s just what happened to us,” Mike said on a recent afternoon. One evening about 10 years ago, he got a call from his father, George, founder of Tedford Insurance, about taking Mike’s son to a ballgame the following night. Only an hour later, George died from a heart attack. While this is a tragedy and a crisis in any family, for the Tedfords, the crisis was magnified because George ran the family business. But the Tedfords were prepared. Mike and his two younger brothers, Mark and Chris, had created a business perpetuation plan six years earlier, and an emergency plan only 18 months before in case of such a tragedy. There is no lessening the loss of a loved one, but their preparation helped guide them through it and gave their family business a firm foundation for the future. George founded the business in Tulsa in 1978 with only his wife, Kay, and a single employee. He held a rare degree in insurance from Texas A&M and had experience in claims and sales. During summers, George would often bring his sons into the office to help with filing and to act as the company receptionist. “Everyone who calls in has a problem,” Mike recalls lamenting to his father one night over dinner.


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Mike Tedford is now president of the Jenks-based insurance business his father, George, founded. Mike and his brothers became partners after George unexpectedly died. George looked him in the eye and answered, “And if you can solve those problems for them, you can make a lot of money.” It’s this focus on personally helping people identify and solve their challenges that Mike credits with the company’s success. After their father’s death, Mike and his brothers sought to continue George’s legacy of customer service. In agreement with their perpetuation plan, Mike took over as the company’s president and his two brothers became partners. Mark continues to work in the business, and several years ago Chris left to pursue a different dream — as an assistant football coach and teacher at Jenks High School. Now headquartered in a 100-year-old building on East Main Street in Jenks, Tedford Insurance has grown to include eight offices in Oklahoma and one in Texas, and employs approximately 50 people. The company offers commercial and personal insurance, and Mike says it writes policies for many of the biggest insurers in the market. He says he and Mark believe that because of the company’s size and their personal attention, they can help clients with more exotic requests, such as a man who is buying his first airplane and needs aviation insurance. Rather than common fear-based sales, Mike says he and his team promote preparation and peace of mind. “When someone has a problem, like a car accident,” he says, “it might be something they only see every seven or 10 years. But we see it every day. We’re able to help them through it.” tþ

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enthusiasts will gather June 13-14 for the Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarving Show and Sale at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center, 6836 S. Mingo Road. The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and will feature wooden pieces by artists from at least six states. “This year’s featured artist is Kevin Walker from Rudy, Ark.,” says event organizer Bill Payne. “Kevin specializes in high relief and uses finishes that enhance the carvings but do not cover up the grain.” For more information about the show and sale, contact Payne at 918-251-8734.

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Price of an adult ticket. Children under 12 will be admitted free with a paid adult.


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New crew The Tulsa Newcomers Club makes every Tulsan feel welcome.

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Women of any age are welcome to join the Tulsa Newcomers Club, which offers social activities to help develop friendships. Pictured are Valerie Judkins, the club’s publicity chairwoman; Cindy Truby, president; member Eleanor Heger; Jan Johnston, communications chairwoman; and Jackie Wertis, vice president of programs.


Moving can be one of life’s most stressful events. A new city means a new everything else, too — a new job, a new school, a new doctor, a new life. While most issues can be tackled with a little bit of research and a lot of perseverance, many people find the biggest obstacle to settling in after a move is establishing a new social life. Growing a friendship takes time, and it is cultivated by shared values and experiences. The Tulsa Newcomers Club can help speed the process, according to board member Valerie Judkins. Judkins says participating in the Tulsa Newcomers Club provides an instant social network. With an all-female membership of more than 100 and a multitude of interest groups to choose from, she is confident anyone can find her niche. She particularly enjoys the book club, she says, but there are dozens of other groups, including those


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that gather for scrapbooking, wine tasting, Bunco and movie nights. A favorite of many is “Cocktails and Conversations,” which includes spouses, and one of the most popular events is a monthly luncheon featuring a guest speaker. Judkins emphasizes the club’s hospitality, and its name sounds a bit more restrictive than its membership. In addition to those who are new to Tulsa, the Tulsa Newcomers Club is open to anyone of any age in the Tulsa area. Women experiencing a social shift of any kind would benefit by joining, she says. “So many women my age, all of a sudden their husbands die and they’re lost, or they get a divorce and their friends go by the wayside and they need some women friends — they’re welcome to come, too,” Judkins says. One recent member, Eleanor Heger, moved to Tulsa this past July and says the club helped make her

transition a smooth one. Even though she has moved often, being in a different stage of life this time presented unique challenges. “When I did this before, my kids were little, but now my kids are gone,” Heger says. “I don’t have a pet; nobody is in school, so you’re not going to meet people that way. The club shows me all around Tulsa and what it has to offer. It’s a great way to explore the area and get to know others in the process.” Judkins adds, “With Newcomers, people can steer you to doctors, to dentists, to good shops, places to get your clothes tailored, whatever. We are very welcoming, and we would love to have anybody try us.” tþ

For more information about the Tulsa Newcomers Club, visit or call 918-477-2414.



Highlighting local talent

Self expression

Photographer Brooke Golightly weaves herself into her emotional images.


Many visual artists, from the classical masters to award-winning contemporary photographers, often use models in their work. But professional photographer Brooke Golightly works both behind and in front of her lens, and says she takes cues from the likes of Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. You create some interesting, emotional photos. Describe how they come about. The inspiration for my photos comes from many different places. Some are definitely autobiographical, but some come from what I see close friends go through. And then I think many of them come from the things that all of us go through constantly in life. They are absolutely tied to an emotional place in my own heart, that’s for sure. I think it’s interesting to see how other people decipher the photos for themselves. Often I can’t imagine why someone will find dark connotations in a photo I’ve done because it’s coming from an entirely different place for me.

What exactly do you try to convey or express through your images?  All kinds of various things come to mind. I’m not exactly always being literal; you have to keep that in mind. There’s a photo I did a few years ago that appears as though a woman is hanging in a tree ... yet it looks like she’s casually got scissors hanging from a finger. When I created that picture, I wanted to show that we often have choices in life where we have the tools to change a situation that is harmful to us, but we don’t for whatever reason. I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to — I just may choose to say it a different way.

  How do you choose your models? Actually, I’m a self-portrait artist, although I photograph myself in a way that creates ambiguity. I use a tripod and a remote to get the shots I want, and I will usually create a sort of character, in a way, using wigs and often vintage clothing to get the right feel I want for a picture. It’s not a new idea, obviously. Many artists through the ages have used self-portraiture as a form of artistic expression.

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Where locally can your work be seen? I just closed a joint show at TAC gallery that I did with a photographer friend, Western Doughty. Other than that, I just plan to enter some juried shows this year locally and follow up on some suggestions about galleries out of town. Additionally, I am a studio artist at the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA; 101 E. Archer St.), so anyone could make an appointment to stop in and come up. Also, my work can be found online at tþ


Tulsa to the north, south, east and WEST

Bargains galore

An entrepreneur’s ventures promise deals to local treasure hunters. by WENDY THOMAS


A treasure hunter’s dream lies just off

Interstate 44 in a mostly industrial part of west Tulsa. Swick’s Flea Market and Auction at 5802 W. 51st St. features more than 100 vendors and every item under the sun — new, used and “repurposed,” says owner Jeff Schwickerath. “You never know when you’re walking by something that might be worth a lot more than they’ve got on it.” Schwickerath began haunting flea markets when he was 15 and was soon buying and selling for himself. At 21, he ran his first auction in Sapulpa. But Swick’s is just the latest entrepreneurial venture for this Sapulpan. He first owned two other Sapulpa-based ventures — Schwickerath Furniture and a mini-storage business. However, when he sold the storage business, he signed a non-compete clause and began looking around for what to do next. He opened Swick’s Flea Market in 2002. When he bought the property, “it was just a cow pasture,” he says. But he wanted something close to the freeway and easy to get to from anywhere.


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Items for sale at Swick’s Flea Market

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Sapulpan Jeff Schwickerath operates a flea market, an auction and a surplus business in west Tulsa. Swick’s Flea Market and Auction is home to Bell’s Amusement Park’s kiddie rides.

“We’re just 10 minutes from downtown Tulsa,” he says. He built the first pavilion in 2002 and soon added the second large building and the outside storage-type buildings in 2004. Some vendors store their wares in the storage units and throw open their doors to sell to the public. Also, for $10, dealers can sell out of the back of a pick-up or trailer. Customers can find anything from fishing gear to antique dishware, from vintage jewelry to new cosmetics to handmade dolls. The other half of the business — the auction — runs every Saturday night from 5-10 p.m. and typically draws more than 250 people. Swickerath plans to soon expand seating for 500. Some of the 300-500 items auctioned each weekend are new merchandise from major department stores, which sell for about half of wholesale. “I’m not really sure why anyone pays full price for anything,” Schwickerath says.

Other things are highly collectible, like the nearly 100,000 baseball and football cards they inventoried for a recent auction. Schwickerath also plans to experiment with Internet auctions. “Bid from home and then pick up your stuff,” he says. Additionally, he began working with Robbie Bell, owner of Bell’s Amusement Park, to revive that local iconic business on the Swick’s site. The first rides opened in 2012 and five “kiddie” rides are open on weekends. They plan to expand this summer, adding a “Tilt-A-Whirl,” a small roller coaster, a Merry-Go-Round and two more rides, Bell says. If all this isn’t enough, Schwickerath also owns another bargain hunter’s haven, Swick’s Surplus, which offers closeouts on clothing, furniture, decorator and household items. He’s one busy man. tp

The flea market is open from noon-5 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

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2014 Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner The Vision in Education Leadership Award honors exemplary leaders in the Tulsa area for their dedication to education and community betterment through education. Over the past decade, the Vision Dinner has raised over $1.9 million to support scholarships and programs for TCC students, faculty and staff.

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Getting to know Tulsa’s top athletes

Brendon Jelley The OSU golfer hopes to follow in the footsteps of other standouts.


Oklahoma State University has traditional-

ly been a hot bed for collegiate golfers who advance to successful professional careers. The list includes Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Scott Verplank and Bob Tway. One former Jenks High School golfer would like the opportunity to someday join that exclusive club. Brendon Jelley, who just completed his freshman year at OSU, was one of the state’s most decorated high school golfers in recent years. While red-shirting this past year, he took the opportunity to improve his golf game but nevertheless missed the competition. “It was a tough decision to red-shirt, but OSU had so many great players that it was the right decision,” Jelley says. TulsaPeople caught up with the potential Cowboy star after a recent practice session.

How did you start playing golf? I started playing golf almost as soon as I was able to walk. My dad (Steve Jelley) was the one who really taught me the game when I was just getting started. When I turned 9 or 10, I started getting competitive and playing in tournaments. You received a host of honors and awards in high school. What do you consider the highlight of your high school career? Being named the All-Metro Golfer of the Year my senior year was pretty special. There were so many good players that could have won. But one award that was a surprise was being named the Top Male Athlete at Jenks High School as a senior. There were a bunch of great athletes at Jenks like Jordan Smallwood, now a wide receiver at OU, that everyone thought would win. I wasn’t really expecting a random golfer like myself to win. I was very fortunate to win. You had a number of scholarship offers to play collegiate golf. Why did you decide to attend OSU? For me it was a pretty easy choice. I had looked at other schools like TU, OU, Arkansas, SMU, Kansas and Texas A&M. But I had grown up an OSU fan, and both of my parents went to OSU. I had known Coach Mike McGraw (then the OSU golf coach) for a while, and he was recruiting me. I ended up committing during my junior year. In an average week, how much time do you devote to golf? During the spring, it’s probably about ... 30-40 hours per week. What do you consider your strengths? Probably my short game. My chipping and putting have been what I’ve always relied on in the past. That’s a big part of my game. I feel like I have also improved on my longer game.

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Jenks High School graduate Brendon Jelley red-shirted this past year as a freshman at Oklahoma State University.


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Who has had the greatest influence on your golfing career? That has to be my dad. He’s always been encouraging and supportive. We still get together and play during the summer. My younger brother Garrett (a sophomore at Jenks High School) also plays with us. Do you have aspirations of ultimately playing on the pro tour? That’s something that seems so far off, but absolutely, if I get the opportunity to turn pro, I would love to. That’s always been a dream of mine. tþ

Jelley’s golfing highlights 2012-13: • Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Winner • Jenks High School Male Athlete of the Year • Class 6A State Championship Runner-up (2013) • Four-time First Team All-Frontier Conference Golf Team and First Team Frontier Conference All-Academic Team • Won 2012 Red River Challenge • Won American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Championship • Runner-up at the AJGA Stacy Lewis • Named to AGJA Rolex All-American Team • Achieved 4.0 GPA in high school 2011-12: • Four top-five finishes in AGJA events • Class 6A East Regional Medalist (2012) • Ranked No. 18 nationally in Class of 2013 by Golfweek/Titleist Junior • Ranked No. 23 nationally in Class of 2013 by Polo Junior Golf • Shot under par in more than half of summer tournaments with scoring average of 70 2010-11: • Class 6A State Championship Runner-up (2011) • Took first place in: Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Boys Championship (ages 12-15); South Central PGA National Junior Qualifier (age 18 and under); AGJA Qualifier at Elbit Systems Championship; and Texas-Oklahoma Championship • Class 6A East Regional Medalist (2010) • Won multiple events of Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour and South Central PGA

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Stories from Tulsa’s past

‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’



We’re cruising south on Riverside Drive near East 31st Street on a

warm spring day with the top down in my best friend’s blue Chevy Nova. The wind is whipping through our hair (we both had an abundance of it then), and we are freshly minted high school graduates. The radio is tuned to the Mighty 97, KAKC, and The Beatles are singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The sun was warm, and Greg Chalmers and I both remembered something our moms had said: You’ll look back upon this as one of the best years of your life. We could not have agreed more with Marge Chalmers and Joyce Hamill at that moment in 1964. I know I’ve previously written something about this in another publication many years ago. So forgive me if I repeat myself, but that ride in Greg’s Chevy Nova is particularly pertinent this spring. The hoopla, well deserved as it was, about the 50th anniversary in February of the first Beatles appearance in the United States on “The Ed Sullivan Show” brings that spring day in 1964 into clear view. Greg and I missed Sullivan’s Sunday show. We were probably at the home of then-attorney and future judge Tom Brett and his wife, Mary — they were the adult leaders of our Presbyterian youth group. And, as for “The Ed Sullivan Show,” well, we’d long outgrown Sullivan’s big-eared puppet pal, Topo Gigio. And the fact was, while the girls were screaming on CBS that February night, Beatlemania had not yet fully enveloped Tulsa. By spring, however, “She Loves You — Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and other Lennon and McCartney tunes were seared into our brain cells. And, in particular, that oh-so-innocent “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” For, indeed, those were our last days of what could be called innocence. We’d navigated through 13 years of public school, been the first graduating class from that far southside school, Memorial, and had been accepted into the colleges of our choice.


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Our sins, as such, were confined to drive-in movies, an occasional nip of illicitly acquired liquor, and cigarettes, now that varsity athletics were in our rearview mirrors. As for the latter, we were certain smoking made us look more mature. My biggest prank at the time was to “fix” Greg’s car when he stopped at a Git ‘n’ Go and turned off his Nova. While he was buying a pack of Old Gold cigarettes, I would screw off the white gear shift knob from his automatic on-the-floor transmission, turn on the windshield wiper switch, tune all the radio push buttons to KRMG, the “good music station,” turn up the volume, pull out the cigarette lighter, turn on the heater switch and turn the fan on high, and scoot the seat as far forward as possible. When he returned, cursed, adjusted the seat and started the car, all heck would break loose. This was considered great fun. At least, by me. Then, when he tried to signal a turn, Greg found nothing but air. I’d produce the turn signal stick from my pocket. In 1964, it was easily unscrewed from the steering column. It would be many years before we would join our cohorts in what seemed to be the standard for our generation: divorce. Then, few of us had heard of a country called Viet Nam. And we had yet to fall short of some of our dreams. But 50 years later, we still have that moment on Riverside Drive with The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” filling the fresh spring air of Tulsa. The sun, the wind, the top down. The year 1964 may not have been the best year of our lives — but that moment in 1964 certainly was one of the best of times. tþ

Unfinished business: A belated “thank you” to the crack research people at the Tulsa City-County Library for their quick response in providing an address for Hale’s Grocery Store for a previous column.


Bob Carpenter The voice of the MLB’s Washington Nationals discusses his 38-year career in sports broadcasting.

How deep are your roots in Tulsa? Well, I think at the end of May it was 38 years since I moved there Memorial Day weekend of 1976 to go on the radio with the old Tulsa Oilers. It was minor league baseball that brought me to Tulsa. After the Oilers left town, I sold radio advertising; I did whatever high school games I could get my hands on. I got a chance to do a few TU basketball games on the radio. The decision to stay in Tulsa when the Oilers left proved to be a great decision; I met my wife, Debbie, about four months after the team left. While I’m from St. Louis, Tulsa’s my hometown now. My kids, Katie and Allison, were born there. No matter where I’m at, Tulsa’s my anchor, and I always look forward to coming back.


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Carpenter in the booth at Nationals Park during the Nationals’ first 2014 home game against the Atlanta Braves Is it hard to believe this is your 31st year in Major League Baseball? When I think about that, it staggers me a little bit because I have been so fortunate just to be in the big leagues. I feel unbelievably blessed that I’ve been able to just be a major league announcer, and for it to last as long as it has, it just amazes me. I’m having a hard time believing I’m in my ninth year up here already. It just seems like yesterday when I was still working for the Cardinals and ESPN in ’05. To what do you credit your impressive longevity? I take pride in it, but I know it’s not because of anything wonderful I’ve done. I try to work hard, be on time, be prepared, treat everybody I work with and around with politeness and respect, and hope everything falls into place from there. I feel honored probably more than proud that it’s gone on this long. What are the most memorable events you’ve broadcast? I did golf for USA Network for about four years, and getting to do the Masters three times in ’86, ’87, ’88, was an unbelievable highlight. I did tennis for USA Network; I got to do the U.S. Open in 1985. In soccer, I got to do the ’82 World Cup. And then, I got to do play-by-play on 10 World Cup games in 1994.

Courtesy of Bob Carpenter


It might be stating the obvious, but Bob Carpenter has accomplished much during his nearly four decades in sports broadcasting. Now in his ninth season as the television playby-play voice of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, in 1976 Carpenter got his start in Tulsa as a radio broadcaster for Tulsa Oilers baseball, then the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. After the 1976 season, the Oilers moved to New Orleans and were replaced by the Drillers. However, Carpenter remained in the area, calling Tulsa Roughnecks soccer, various high school sporting events and some basketball games at The University of Tulsa. In 1984, he began a long stint in St. Louis with the Cardinals. Starting in 1990, when he announced ESPN’s first regular season game on Opening Day at Kansas City, he announced baseball for the network for well over a decade. Since 2006, he has been with Washington, and even though his primary gig is in D.C., he’ll always call Tulsa home. We talked with Carpenter about his career, Tulsa and his profitable side business.

by STEVE HUNT In baseball, calling a couple of clinchers for the Cardinals when they won the division. I got to do some playoff games on radio in 1996 in the League Championship Series. When Jack Buck (legendary Cardinals play-by-play announcer) wasn’t feeling well, I got to do four games with Mike Shannon (now longtime Cardinals announcer). That was a real thrill. Basketball — I did seven NCAA Tournaments, including the Final Four in St. Louis in 2005. Being so versatile must be a source of great pride for you. I think throughout my career I’ve been able to be versatile and do different sports and different events in various scenarios. And I’m kind of proud of the fact that in at least six different sports I’ve been able to do high-level events, and hopefully I did them well. How did you start selling your “Bob Carpenter’s Scorebook” to broadcasters, statisticians and even baseball fans? In 1984, when I was first doing the Cardinals, I started my career with a softball scorebook I bought from Buck’s Sporting Goods in Tulsa. After a month or two, I’m like, this isn’t working. So, I sat down in a hotel room with a couple of sheets of paper, a pencil and a ruler and laid out a grid. I went to a little print place in south Tulsa, had them print me a book with 70 or 80 pages on it and put on a cardboard cover. Guys would see me on the field or in the booth, and they’d ask, “Where’d you get that scorebook?” I said, “I designed it.” Enough people told me, “You ought to market that thing,” so in 1995, I did. In 1998, when Mark McGwire started hitting all those home runs, I designed a smaller book for fans ... Broadcasters still use the bigger books. I’ve sent these scorebooks all over the world. It’s been kind of a cool connection between me and a lot of baseball fans around the country and around North America ... so it’s been a real cool little project that’s turned into a nice little business. tþ

The voice of the Washington Nationals, Bob Carpenter, is in his 31st year announcing Major League Baseball. He has two Emmys to his credit and also designed a well-loved scorebook used by broadcasters and fans all over the world.


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Spotlight shines on A box of bingo cards sends a Spotlight Theater volunteer on a hunt to find and preserve priceless memorabilia. Stories by SCOTT PENDLETON


Tulsa Spotlight Theater’s Bruce Goff-designed studio at 1381 Riverside Drive. The organization is working with preservation architect Herb Fritz on a plan to restore the structure.


Over 61 years, with clasped hands and upraised eyes and bouncing blond

curls, 175 different Little Marys have implored, “Father, dear Father, come home with me now,” during Spotlight Theater performances of “The Drunkard.” Were you one? Did your cousin or great aunt ever take the stage in (yes, it really is) America’s longest-running play or its companion variety show, “The Olio”? The answers can be found at, where a new searchable archive is now online. It features cast “mug shots” and performance program data, as well as images of the programs themselves. The collection allows users to explore the broad and deep connections between the Spotlight and Tulsa. More than 2,500 citizens have participated; a quarter million have attended. As a board member, however, I discovered the Spotlight is more than cast lists. The idea to digitize the theater’s archives was born over bingo on the Fourth of July. Spotlighters and their families gather at the Riverside Drive property for a potluck social each Independence Day. At one Fourth of July party, two cardboard containers of bingo cards caught my eye. They were the actual shipping boxes from 1952. They bore the address of the Tulsa Spotlight Club Inc.’s original home at 518 1⁄2 S. Main St. The postage was still intact on each: two 30-cent Teddy Roosevelt stamps and a 12-cent Zachary Taylor stamp. How have these survived six decades of use? These aren’t just boxes; they are historic artifacts. They should be preserved somewhere, I thought. Instead, they went right back into a top-floor closet where, a few months later, they were drenched when the roof leaked. I hauled them home and applied a hair dryer with a righteous indignation worthy of our melodrama’s ever-moralizing Romaine character. Happily, all was saved. But I wondered: what other unique documents from Tulsa’s past are crammed into corners, flung under furniture or stuffed under stairwells at the Spotlight?


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A lot of people don’t go to a play because they have to dress up and sit still. At the Spotlight you have such a blast. You watch ‘The Olio’ and laugh and relax. Everybody is happy when they walk out of the Spotlight. — Actress Roberta Wells-Famula, former Spotlighter

A membership card of the Tulsa Spotlight Club, a social club of performers that preceded “The Drunkard” and “The Olio”

One of the first performances of “The Drunkard” in 1953. Actors are Bill Henrici, Art Grandi, Richard Cook and Gene Fitch.

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Previously while poking around, actors had discovered gigantic charcoal portraits of some original Spotlighters. They were drawn in 1955 by Clarence Allen, a Spotlight enthusiast and illustrator at the Tulsa World. But the theater’s archives contain literally heaps of material — photo albums, ledgers, cast lists, board minutes, carbon copies, mimeographs, Polaroids, hand-written notes on yellow legal pads, honorary certificates, reservation lists, audition sign-ups, news clippings, correspondence and the two bingo boxes. To avoid other potential damage, all were placed into 30 bankers’ boxes and relocated to my downtown office. There, I began sorting through them. One set of documents came first: annual volumes of each Saturday’s performance programs, listing cast, crew and “Olio” performers. Those could tell us which family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers had played a part in the history of this Tulsa institution. Until the move, I had no idea copies had been preserved. That they do owes mostly to Jere Uncapher, Spotlight office/stage manager — the theater’s institutional memory, whose grandparents, Dann and Lola Frost, were club founders. His parents, John and Liz, joined early and brought him and his sister, Mary Beth. Along with programs, there proved to be albums and index card boxes of more than a thousand photos of former and current cast and “Olio” members. Combined with the performance data, they could be a virtual alumni yearbook for the Spotlight, accessible by all of Tulsa. But first, someone would have to digitize all that material. I posted a request through RSVP Tulsa’s online form. Two volunteers, Annie Shurtleff and Dom Odierno, came forward. She tackled entering the

Some of Tulsa’s early Spotlighters showcase their community support. Pictured are Eleanor Bash, Carole Gulley, Hubert Hogue, Marna Bryant McKinney, Georgia Noel, Max Roberts and Tedd Tilton.

Current Spotlighters John Hansen and Richard Robertson in “The Drunkard” Historical images courtesy of Spotlight Theater


Getting their start at the Spotlight Now that the archives are online, the fun begins of finding out who has performed and where they are now. Here are a few: • Ken Busby, executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. He was a tap dancer in “The Olio” and calls it “a great opportunity to build self-confidence by appearing before a live audience.” • Janet Rutland, well-known Tulsa vocalist. “I wore false eyelashes,” she says, recalling her first “Olio” performance. “I had just turned 21, and soon after I auditioned for a traveling group and got the gig. You might call the Spotlight stage my launching pad.” • Jocelyn Rowland, violinist for We The Ghost. The band won Rock Album of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards this past November. “I have many happy memories associated with the Spotlight,” she says. Her father, award-winning ragtime composer Bill Rowland, has played piano at the Spotlight since 1995.

Spotlight Theater board member Scott Pendleton in his downtown office, the temporary home to the Spotlight archives, which include these photographed Spotlighter portraits by former Tulsa World illustrator Clarence Allen. Eventually the archives will be housed at the Tulsa Historical Society. performers and crews from 3,000 Saturdays into a database. He scanned the photos and programs. They worked for four months. They were followed by four other RSVP volunteers, who carefully double-checked the data entry. Soon the original materials will be housed at the Tulsa Historical Society. The material processed so far fills only three of the 30 boxes. The remainder is now being reviewed and catalogued by people with the proper credentials, including Dr. Kerry Joels, a nonprofit consultant, and two University of Tulsa graduate students. Meanwhile, more archival material is turning up in private hands. We hope either the originals or digital copies will find their way to the Spotlight. What might be out there? Here are three examples: • Bryce Hill operates his law practice out of the Tulsa Little Theater. One day a girl showed up, saying that her grandmother had been an actress there. Would Hill like to have a box of her theater-related keepsakes? Hill accepted them, and the girl disappeared. The actress turned out to be Johanna Meyer, who was not involved at TLT but at the Spotlight from 1962-1976. In the box was Meyer’s Outstanding Spotlighter of the Year trophy for 1963-64. •

Annabelle Zumwalt, a member of the Sweet Adelines, sang in “The Olio” from 1957-1968. I tracked her down and found she has an extensive portfolio of Spotlight photos and memorabilia that are not in our own collection. Max Roberts, who died this past October, sang in “The Olio” from 1955-1967. During a video interview a few years ago, Roberts said he had a recording of an “Olio” song performance at the Spotlight. He burned CDs of the song, which also became part of the archives. tþ


>VIDEO Never attended “The Drunkard” or “The Olio”? Learn more about America’s longest-running play and its companion variety show from the Spotlight’s volunteers, cast and crew.


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• Orlin, Sondra, Julie, Bruce, Cindy and Chris Horgen. It’s not unusual to have two or three generations of a family involved at the Spotlight at the same time. But the Horgens might hold the record for most family members on stage at the same time. The Horgen Family Singers usually closed every “Olio” performance of theirs with “Jambalaya” and a trademark “yee-haw” from Chris, now a TV news anchor in Wichita Falls, Texas. During their “Olio” years, most of the Horgen kids were extras in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders.” Bruce, an intern architect at The McIntosh Group, is visible behind Matt Dillon at the drive-in scene. • Roberta Wells-Famula, actress. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and moved to Tulsa because of her husband’s job. The Spotlight was the first place she auditioned in Tulsa. “It’s family,” she says. “You just feel like you belong there.” Today she is director of education at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, which has three stages and a $22 million annual budget. • Nancy Jo Daulton Beier, singer. At their 1956 Christmas party, the Spotlighters awarded their first scholarship for aspiring performing artists to the “Olio” singer. The Spotlight “was a huge part of my life at that time,” she says. In drastic poverty at the time, Beier’s family lived for a year in a bus on blocks behind an icehouse. Recognizing her potential, her public school teachers arranged lessons with Lorna Moore, one of Tulsa’s top vocal instructors. Beier’s brother, Jack Eddleman, also sang in “The Olio” and studied with Moore. “Every time I came home from college, we’d go out to the Spotlight and do our little gig,” she recalls. Beier became an opera star in Europe. She lives in Yakima, Wash., where she teaches voice, but returned to Tulsa in April for the 75th anniversary of Will Rogers High School. Her brother went on to direct at the New York City Opera, working with stars like Beverly Sills. He died three years ago in Florida. • Kristi Conrad Stewart, broadcaster and voice talent. “I always wanted to be on the stage from the time I was a little girl,” she says. Her parents, Charles and June, were Spotlight volunteers. Young Kristi helped by washing dishes and operating the spotlight. At 14, she got her wish and landed the part of Little Mary. Later she sang in “The Olio.” Stewart went on to work at Tulsa’s Channel 2. Today she and her Canadian husband live in Toronto, where she has voiced hundreds of commercials and narrated audiobooks. She even starred in a local production of “Oklahoma!” and was billed as the only real Okie in the play. “I have so many fond memories of the Spotlight Theater,” Stewart says. “Both of my parents are gone now, but I can still see them smiling from behind the bar. They’d be proud to know that when I visit, I try to stop by and see the theater and visit with Jere,” Stewart says. “Here’s hoping it’s around for another 60 years.”

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ATTORNEY Q: I own my own business and am in the process of filing for divorce. How can I protect ownership of my business? A: Getting the right legal advice and business valuation is critical. Divorce courts typically support the idea of a 50-50 division of all assets. An experienced attorney can explore alternatives to minimize disruption and protect the stability of your business. For legal advice while going through a divorce, call today.

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VETERINARIAN Q: I’ve noticed that as soon as my allergy symptoms appear in the spring, my dog starts itching. Can they have allergies too? A: Yes, and their allergies manifest themselves usually as skin conditions. You will see mainly itching, with occasional bacterial infections as a result. Over-the-counter antihistamines sometimes help, but often corticosteroids and antibiotics are needed for severe cases. Allergy testing is also available for animals as well. Please consult your veterinarian before giving any over-the-counter medications to ensure the proper dosage. Dr. Mark Shackelford 15th Street Veterinary Group 6231 E. 15th St. • Tulsa, OK 74112 918-835-2336 •

WILLS AND TRUSTS Q: Can I sign for my spouse? A: You can sign a document for your spouse if he or she has previously given you their durable power of attorney stating you may do certain functions in their absence or incapacity. However, you may not sign a will or a trust on their behalf, as that is their personal right. If your spouse now has dementia and you have no written durable power of attorney, then they are legally incapable of signing any legal document giving you the authorization to do so. Don’t wait until your spouse is sick, do your planning today! Karen L. Carmichael The Law Office of Karen L. Carmichael 918-493-4939 • 2727 E. 21st St., Ste. 402

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Q: How can wills and retirement account distributions conflict at death? A: Many people have wealth invested in their retirement accounts, and those assets are not distributed according to wills, but by beneficiarydesignation forms. In some cases, the forms were completed years ago, and no longer reflect the goals of the owner. For example, a person might state in his or her will that all assets go to the adult children. However, if the assets are contained in retirement accounts, their distribution is not covered by the will. The beneficiary-designation forms override the will. Beneficiary forms related to retirement accounts should be reviewed periodically to confirm your direction reflects your goals. J. Harvie Roe, CFP, President AmeriTrust Investment Advisors, Inc. 4506 S. Harvard Ave. • Tulsa, OK 74135 • 918-610-8080



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JUNE 20, 2014

7 P.M. TO 12 A.M. Major Sponsors:

Frank & Gayle Eby

John Steele Zink Foundation | Jill & Robert Thomas Supporting Sponsors: Melanie & Lex Anderson | Apache Corporation | Bank of Oklahoma | Capital Advisors, Inc. | Flintco and Tulsa Community Foundation | Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers | Helmerich & Payne, Inc. | Mike & Kristi Miers | ONEOK | Lynn & Barbara Owens | Radiology Consultants of Tulsa | Hannah & Joe Robson | John & Lesa Smaligo | John & Sandy Stava | Susan & William Thomas | The Bailey Family | Unit Corporation

Special thanks to these zoo donors for their ongoing support. Mary K. Chapman Foundation | The Helmerich Foundation


THANK YOU for voting the Tulsa Zoo to the A-List in four categories, including Family Attraction and Nonprofit Event! The St. John ZooRun Presented by New Balance Tulsa made the A-List for Run/Walk event. Join in on the fun Oct. 4, 2014. See for yourself why Tulsa Zoo Summer Camp is on the A-List, too! There’s still time to sign up for this year’s camps.


Crowdsourcing: it’s the popular practice of soliciting ideas or information from members of an online community. Social media has made crowdsourcing today’s method of choice for many seeking nearly any type of recommendation — from favorite Mexican restaurant to best local plumber and more. But why seek the opinions of a few when you can find the recommendations of more than 5,000 Tulsans in one place? For our annual A-List issue, TulsaPeople asked readers to tell us their local favorites in five categories: Fun, Food, Body, Shop and Services. Through digital voting on TulsaPeople. com, readers cast ballots naming 546 deserving winners. The following pages reveal the top five winners — with a few exceptions when ties were merited or too few votes were cast — in each division. To add to the fun, the editors of TulsaPeople also weighed in with our picks of some of the city’s most interesting attractions. Find enhanced listings of our A-List winners at



ASIAN Pei Wei Asian Diner



Brookside By Day

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

The Chalkboard at the Ambassador Hotel

Polo Grill

Trula’s at the Mayo Hotel

El Rio Verde

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Warren Duck Club at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa - Warren Place

El Tequila Mexican Kitchen

Keo Restaurant

First Watch P.F. Chang’s Savoy Restaurant


Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe

Ri Le’s

The Wild Fork

In the Raw Sushi 918-496-2126 BURGER

Fat Guy’s Burger Bar


Merritt’s Bakery Antoinette Baking Co. Ann’s Bakery Panera Bread Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery


James E. McNellie’s Public House R Bar & Grill Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

The Brook Restaurant and Bar

Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili

James E. McNellie’s Public House

Goldie’s Patio Grill

The Tavern on Brady


Ludger’s Catering Just Catering by Orr Lambrusco’z The Chalkboard Elote Café and Catering


Jason’s Deli BARBECUE

Burn Co. Barbecue

Dilly Deli

Albert G’s BBQ

McAlister’s Deli

Rib Crib

Panera Bread

Billy Sims Barbeque

Lambrusco’z To-Go

Oklahoma Joe’s Juniper Restaurant & Martini Lounge

Tallgrass Prairie Table


FOOD TRUCK Lone Wolf Banh Mi Vietnamese and French Fusion Andolini’s Pizzeria Mike’s BBQ Lola’s Caravan Mr. Nice Guys mrniceguystulsa


Lambrusco’z To-Go

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Stonehorse Café & Market

Charleston’s Restaurant home P.F. Chang’s Whole Foods Market

HOTEL DINING Daily Grill at Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Maxxwells Restaurant at the Campbell Hotel

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Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina

918-592-2555 Mi Cocina Ted’s Café Escondido

Elote Café and Catering ITALIAN Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano

NEW RESTAURANT Tallgrass Prairie Table Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza home

Villa Ravenna Italian Restaurant

Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen

Olive Garden

Tavolo: An Italian Bistro

Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine

The Hen Bistro and Wine


Zoes Kitchen Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant and Bar

Helen of Troy Mediterranean Cuisine


Pita Place Mediterranean Grill

Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill




Andolini’s Pizzeria Hideaway Pizza Joe Momma’s Pizza

Savastano’s Pizzeria Mazzio’s Italian Eatery

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Yolotti Frozen Yogurt First it was the frozen custard frenzy, followed by the cupcake craze. If you keep tabs on Tulsa’s sweet scene, you know the local dessert trend of late is self-serve frozen yogurt. But while several concepts have come and gone, the Tulsa-based franchise Yolotti Frozen Yogurt is still home to some of the city’s yummiest “fro-yo” made fresh daily. Step right up to the wall of yogurt and pick from 16 flavors, many of which rotate with the seasons. You control how much fro-yo goes in your cup; cost is based on weight of the final product. Next, add any of the 50-plus toppings. If it’s a jolt of energy you crave, Yolotti has that, too, in the form of coffee or a Frappe-Lotti — a frozen drink that marries yogurt and coffee. Those with dairy sensitivities can still partake in Yolotti’s frozen treats since the shop always has two non-dairy sorbets “on tap.” And with many non-fat fro-yo flavors, those watching their waistline can indulge a little without overdoing it. But where’s the fun in that? 9918 Riverside Drive, 918-296-7477; 3346 S. Peoria Ave., 918-430-3811;


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RESTAURANT WINE LIST Polo Grill Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar



Bodean Restaurant

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

White River Fish Market and Restaurant Bonefish Grill Red Lobster

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

Cork Wine Café

S&J Oyster Bar and Seafood Café Lucky’s Restaurant

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse Polo Grill PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse



hasbeen beenour ourjoy joy serving serving award-winning It It has award-winning Vietnamese food food in Vietnamese in Tulsa Tulsafor forthe thepast past3233years. years. Thank you. Thank You.

4932 East 91st Street • 918-496-2126


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A Restaurant Like No Other

• Now serving Sunday brunch • From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm • Breakfast menu with new brunch items added

Come Discover Globally Inspired, Locally Sourced Modern American Cuisine Featuring a small boutique Wine List, Craft Cocktails, Local Beers on Tap, and Live music.

In Utica Square • For Reservations: 918.742.0712 •

313 E. Second Street • Tulsa 918-933-4499 •

Thanks Tulsa for voting us to the A-List our first year open! Maxxwell's Restaurant, locally owned, serves traditional family favorites for you and your family. Tuesdays enjoy 1/2 price appetizers after 5pm! Every Sunday is Burger Night, $5 burgers 5-10pm!

6 am-10 pm • 7 days a week • (918) 748-5550 Located inside the historic Campbell Hotel



ADULT EDUCATION Tulsa Community College

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Tulsa Technology Center

Community Care College The University of Tulsa

The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

ART GALLERY M.A. Doran Gallery Living Arts of Tulsa AHHA 108 Contemporary Joseph Gierek Fine Art

B&B OR BOUTIQUE HOTEL The Campbell Hotel

Osage Casino Riverwind Casino


BOK Center

Guthrie Green

Cox Business Center


Cain’s Ballroom

Tulsa Children’s Museum SpiritBank Event Center River Spirit Event Center FESTIVAL Mayfest Oktoberfest

EVENT OR WEDDING VENUE The Mayo Hotel Philbrook Museum of Art

Dresser Mansion Harwelden Mansion Camp Loughridge POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat

Center of the Universe Festival www.centeroftheuniversefestival. com Blue Dome Arts Festival

Tulsa Greek Festival GOLF COURSE (PRIVATE) Southern Hills Country Club

Ambassador Hotel

Cedar Rock Inn Kennedy Mansion

EVENT TRANSPORTATION T-Town Trolley VIP Limo Service 918 Party Bus

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino River Spirit Casino


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Party Express Bus Old Urban Trolley

WALTZ on the Wild Side c/o Tulsa Zoo HANDS-ON ART STUDIO Pinot’s Palette Purple Glaze Studio Tulsa Glassblowing School

Philbrook Museum of Art

WaterWorks Art Center LIVE MUSIC VENUE Cain’s Ballroom BOK Center Brady Theater

The Monarch Ball c/o DVIS

Blank Canvas c/o Youth Services of Tulsa

Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure

Carnivale c/o Mental Health Association Oklahoma


RiverWalk Crossing

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Utica Square

Guthrie Green

River Parks MUSEUM Philbrook Museum of Art

Oaks Country Club

Gilcrease Museum

MeadowBrook Country Club

Tulsa Children’s Museum

Galaxy Limo CASINO

Tulsa Country Club

The Patriot Golf Club

South Lakes Golf Course


The Mayo Hotel

Oklahoma Aquarium EVENT CENTER www.ambassadorhotelcollection. com

Forest Ridge Woody Guthrie Center GOLF COURSE (PUBLIC) LaFortune Park Golf Course

Mohawk Park Golf Course

Page Belcher Golf Course

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

PROFESSIONAL ARTS GROUP Tulsa Ballet Tulsa Opera Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

American Theatre Company Portico Dans Theatre

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Josh’s Sno Shack A Tulsa summer calls for a cool, sweet treat, and Josh’s Sno Shack offers just that. Drive by any of the four locations on a hot summer night and you will see a line at least 10-deep — sometimes a lot more. Why? Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Josh’s Sno Shack serves up some of the tastiest, most refreshing and unique shaved ice concoctions in Tulsa. What makes Josh’s sno cones a favorite for young and old alike is the soft shaved ice topped with scrumptious, fruity flavors. Try combinations you can find only at Josh’s, such as the Captain Jack (cranberry/guava/pink grapefruit), Josh’s Remix (kiwi/mango/passion fruit) or the Dark Night (black cherry/blackberry). East 71st Street and South Garnett Road, East 91st Street and South Memorial Drive, East 61st Street and South Memorial Drive, East 81st Street and South Yale Avenue,

Josh Juarez, owner of Josh’s Sno Shack, with his namesake sno cone, Josh’s Remix


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Philbrook Museum of Art

Saint Francis Tulsa Tough

Tulsa Performing Arts Center AHHA The Color Run Williams Route 66 Marathon Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure

SPORTS TEAM Tulsa Drillers

Tulsa Oilers

Woodward Park

Camp Loughridge

Oklahoma City Thunder


SUMMER DAY CAMP Tulsa Zoo Summer Camp

Tulsa Athletics Tulsa Shock

Philbrook Museum of Art Art Camp River Parks


LaFortune Park

Guthrie Green Mohawk Park

Westside YMCA Tulsa Zoo Run

JUNE 2-4

Thank you for voting us to the A-List 2 years in a row! Getaway with our Date Night Package! Enjoy a night’s stay in one of our Unique King Deluxe Rooms, breakfast and dinner for 2 at new favorite Maxxwells Restaurant, 2 back-to-back half hour massages at SpaMaxx, and champagne in your room! Call for pricing and availability. Sessions include education in different genres of music, songwriting, musical recording, and musical performance. The camp environment encourages children to think independently, work cooperatively and discover their own creativity.


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Located on Historic Route 66, and National Register of Historic Places.

2636 E. 11th St. • Tulsa, OK 74104 (918) 744-5500 •


Thank you for voting us onto the 2014 A-list in the following categories: Most Fun Casino — Hard Rock Casino Tulsa Live Music Venue — The Joint: Tulsa


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Zanmai Modern Japanese Cuisine This isn’t your average hibachi. Thanks to its South Peoria Avenue and Cherry Street locale and its panoramic windows, Zanmai has arguably one of the best views of the downtown Tulsa skyline, a feature owner Nobu Terauchi sought when scouting locations for his new restaurant. While taking in the sight, try one of the bar’s custom cocktails, such as the Lady Harajuku, a lavender-infused lemonade with Skyy citrus vodka, served with a sugared rim. The menu ranges from hibachi specials to sushi and steakhouse favorites. Continue your culinary journey al fresco on the restaurant’s patio — the place to be come sunset when the Tulsa skyline is backlit by a colorful sky you can only find in Oklahoma. 1402 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 200, 918-556-0200, www.















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Located at 15th & Yale

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The Tavern Sunday family dinner is a tradition not forgotten by the folks at The Tavern, the Brady Arts District restaurant known for its delicious namesake burger and great downtown ambiance. Gather up the clan or just your best friend and treat yourselves to a down-home meal just like Mama used to make. Chef de Cuisine Matt Bailey serves the dinner family style featuring juicy fried chicken or fried catfish with a choice of two mouth-watering side dishes to share. We opt for the Creole cornmeal-breaded catfish served with whipped mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. The meal also comes with the best darn biscuit we’ve tasted in a long time. Slather on some of the restaurant’s homemade honey-butter, and you’ve reached a new level of comfort food nirvana. Reservations are recommended. 201 N. Main St., 918-949-9801,

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A pool is an invitation to a new lifestyle. We are experienced in building all styles of pools and Jacuzzi spas, the perfect one for your family. Call or come by!

Tulsa’s Oldest Family Owned Pool Business

918-838-7670 • 6219 East 11th Street in Tulsa 918-274-7447 • 8751 North 117th Street in Owasso

Thank you for making our wishes come true. We are blessed to have customers like you.

Clothing-Women’s (Local)



ANTIQUES River City Trading Post

Downtown Jenks



Bicycles of Tulsa

Hahn Appliance Warehouse

T-Town Bicycles

Metro Appliances & More

Trek Bicycle Store of Tulsa

www.metroappliancesandmore. com

Tulsa Flea Market


Retro Den The Market at Walnut Creek The Antiquary


The Home Depot

Abersons Must Stash


Lee's Bicycles

Pinpoint Resource

Tom's Bicycles

Ed Beshara's Fine Clothing

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Hank’s Hamburgers Food Network star Guy Fieri stops at some unique places in his search for America’s best “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” The next time he makes his way to T-Town, we suggest he check in on Tulsa standby Hank’s Hamburgers. Since 1949, Tulsans have flocked to Hank’s for the one and only Big Okie ($7.79/$9.89 with four slices of cheese). Made with four quarter-pound patties, a generous helping of cheese and all the fixings, this big hamburger is a throwback to the old-school way of making burgers. While the Big Okie is the star of the menu, don’t worry — you can get your fill with a much smaller serving, too. Pair whatever you order with a classic chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake or malt and one of Hank’s old-fashioned chocolate-covered peanut butter balls for dessert, and you’ll enter foodie nirvana. Yum! 8933 E. Admiral Place, 918-832-1509,

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CLOTHING: MEN’S (NATIONAL) Dillard’s JoS A. Bank Banana Republic Saks Fifth Avenue Gap CLOTHING: WOMEN’S (LOCAL) Posh Must Stash

Abersons Miss Jackson's On a Whim CLOTHING: WOMEN’S (NATIONAL) Dillard's Saks Fifth Avenue Anthropologie Macy's Kohl's

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Edit There are plenty of things we could all use more of in our lives — love, laughter, time, even energy. But when it comes to “stuff,” it seems a less-ismore approach suits our staff and modern design fans alike just fine. This locally owned shop’s well-edited (no pun intended) inventory includes hard-to-find specialty products for the modern palette. Focusing on good design as much as it does on function, nearly every item in the shop is made for everyday living. From ties and tote bags to shaving cream and scarves, Edit has, in the words of Albert Einstein, made “everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Enough said. 3524 S. Peoria Ave., 918-747-7477,

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Restoration Hardware SR Hughes


Castleberry's Ethan Allen Home Interiors

Mill Creek Carpet and Tile

Kathleen's Kids



Luxe Furniture and Design

Mathis Brothers Furniture I.O. Metro The Market at Walnut Creek


FINE JEWELRY Moody's Jewelry Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels Israel Diamond Supply J. David Jewelry Spexton

Mrs. DeHaven's Flower Shop Ted & Debbie's Flower & Garden

Grigsby's Carpet, Tile and Rug Gallery

FRAME SHOP Ziegler Art and Frame

Carpet One

Hobby Lobby The Home Depot C&C Tile and Carpet Co. FLOWER SHOP

Mary Murray's Flowers Stems The Snow Goose On a Whim Dwelling Spaces Decopolis Studios The Market at Walnut Creek


Chelsea Gallery

J. Spencer Jewelry and Gifts

Grant's Frames

Margo's Gifts 918-582-5601

Toni's Flowers & Gifts

The Perfect Touch Nielsen's Gifts


Bubble Boutiques & Gifts Ida Red Boutique


“SHOP” WINNERS (continued)

B&B Liquor Warehouse

HOME LIGHTING Garbe's Lighting and Home Accessories Lowe's Whiskey Business whiskeybusinesstulsa

Collin's Midtown Liquor

The Home Depot

Petty's Fine Foods Folks Urban Market and Pantry Natural Farms

Old Village Wine & Spirits


Andrews Lighting and Hardware Gallery

Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar

PET SHOP PetSmart Dog Dish




Southern Agriculture

Sprouts Farmers Market


Whole Foods Market


LIQUOR STORE Parkhill's Warehouse Liquors & Wines

Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits



The Echo Shops Goodwill of Tulsa Plato’s Closet Vintage Vault The Children’s Closet


Utica Square Tulsa Hills Brookside Woodland Hills Mall Tulsa Promenade Cherry Street


Slip into summer with style. LifeStyles Slipcover sofas and chairs. Hundreds of custom choices. There’s a reason we’re on the A-List.


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Lighting Hardware


7222 S. Mingo Road ~ Tulsa On Mingo, just south of 71st Street. (918) 362-3000



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Weekly Low Cost Vaccination Clinics 918-749-7961

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Rabies (1 Year) $12 for Cat, Dog or Ferret

$12 DHLPP+ CVK for Dog $18 RDCP for Cat

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Shop Goodwill

“Treat Yourself To A Fashion Discount”

Watch for NEW SW Blvd. Store Opening in June!!! Stores—Tulsa: 2800 Southwest Blvd. 102 S Garnett, 19021 E. 51st St. Glenpool: 502 West 125th Place Broken Arrow: 2210 W Washington Owasso: 8525 N. 117th East Ave Claremore • Bartlesville McAlester • Carthage, MO • Joplin, MO

Complimentary In-Home Design Services 9922 S. Riverside Parkway | Tulsa, OK 74137 | 918.459.8950



BARBER/BEAUTY/ HAIR SALON Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

The Beauty Shop thebeautyshoptulsa

Berkshire Salon and Day Spa Clary Sage Salon and Spa

Jara Herron Day Spa, Med Spa and Salon

Michael Brothers Hair After FX Spa and Salon

COSMETIC DENTIST Perfect Smile Utica Dental Mint Dental Hope Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry Raj Patel, D.D.S. EYE CARE Dr. Robert Zoellner & Associates Harrel Eyecare

CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Tulsa Spine and Rehab Maynard Family Chiropractic

www.maximizedlivingdrmaynard. com Peace Chiropractic Clinic

Zoellner Chiropractic Cate Chiropractic Center COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER

Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa

Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

Rio Premier Waxing Studio Skin Care Institute

Blane Snodgrass, O.D. Advanced Eye Care

Triad Eye Medical Clinic GYM

Sky Fitness and Wellbeing

Tulsa Fitness Systems

Emily’s Day Spa


Oklahoma Surgical Hospital

La Chic Nail Spa MASSAGE

Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

Massage Envy Spa Aquarian Age Massage Spa Lux Berkshire Salon and Day Spa MEDICAL SALON

St. John Siegfried Health Club

Emerge Medical Day Spa

Center for Plastic Surgery

Whitlock Cosmetic Center

Plastic Surgery Associates of Tulsa


TulsaPeople JUNE 2014 Skin Care Institute HAIR REMOVAL Ideal Image Waxing and Skincare by Missy NATURAL FOODS Whole Foods Market Sprouts Farmers Market

Nourish Drink Café Akin’s Natural Foods

Jennifer Juice Natural Grocers NUTRITION Whole Foods Market

Tulsa Surgical Arts health-club

Jara Herron Day Spa, Med Spa and Salon

Dr. Joey Manduano

Dawson’s Nail Spa

Hillcrest Healthcare System

Jara Herron Day Spa, Med Spa and Salon

Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp

Bella Vita Spa and Salon

Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital

BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center

Enhance Skin and Body Medical Spa

Emerge Medical Day Spa

Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

Berkshire Salon and Day Spa

www.oklahomasurgicalhospital. com

Saint Francis Health System

Skin Care Institute


St. John Medical Center Life Time Fitness

Hollywood Nails of Brookside nailspa


Downtown Tulsa Eyecare

NAIL CARE Akin’s Natural Foods

GNC Nutrition

Nourish Drink Café Sprouts Farmers Market

SKIN CARE Ihloff Salon and Day Spa

Gabriel Horn at Dr. Manduano’s

Tulsa Dermatology Clinic TANNING At the Beach Bahama Sun

www.bahamasuntanandspray. com Tan Your Moon Riviera Tanning Totally Tan WEIGHT LOSS Weight Watchers Tulsa Fitness Systems Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp Fitness Together Sky Fitness and Wellbeing

YOGA/PILATES Pure Barre SALT Yoga Sculpt Tulsa The Yoga Room Carbon

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Posh Blow Dry Bar Catering to Tulsa women who need a little luxury in their lives but don’t have a lot of time, Posh Blow Dry Bar offers hairstyles, hair extensions, eyelashes, spray tans, waxing and makeup application — and best of all, the ever-popular blowout. The blowout, referring to a hair wash and blow dry from a professional stylist, is the rage in cities from New York City to L.A., but Tulsa also is catching the blow-and-go wave. Whether it’s an early morning meeting you need to look your best for or a special date night, our favorite package, The Glamazon, has you covered with your choice of blow dry, style and makeup application for $60. In the spirit of girls just wanting to have fun, the blow dry bar also hosts private parties for birthdays, pre-wedding primping or a happy hour with the girls before a night on the town. 1730 S. Boston Ave., 918-949-3232,

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An Estimated $1.2 Billion Impact on our Community HHS By the Numbers: Whether we are welcoming the next generation of Oklahomans to the world, serving as a beacon of health for our neighbors or bolstering the local economy, Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) is proud to be an integral part of Green Country. Throughout our 95 year history, HHS has looked to the future to change lives in the present day. Within the last year, we were first in Tulsa to offer minimally-invasive life-saving procedures for the treatment of brain aneurysms and diseased heart valves. New technologies we first made available to our neighbors, such as the Cardiac CT Scan and an injectable recorder for heart arrhythmias, helped to identify medical conditions before they became medical emergencies. And, our publicly reported quality scores provide a comprehensive look at the unmatched level of care provided by our team of health professionals. While we may be most recognized for the health care we provide, our financial impact on the Tulsa area is significant. We have grown to become a financial pillar in the communities we serve through our taxes, local purchases, charitable contributions and uncompensated care totals. We are proud to share this year’s community benefit report with you because we believe that our actions – whether at the bedside or in the community – speak louder than words.

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Tulsa Children’s Museum Tape Tunnel Every parent dreams of the activity that will occupy their child for hours on end. Playing with tape is one avenue, but climbing through a suspended, multi-level tunnel made entirely of packing tape is sure to blow your child’s mind. A bonus: it just might exhaust them enough for naptime. The Discovery Lab at Tulsa Children’s Museum boasts such a tape tunnel as well as ever-changing educational, hands-on exhibits offering opportunities for families with children of all ages to learn and play together. All exhibits emphasize cognitive and process skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. Need to entertain and exhaust a group? The museum is available for birthday party rentals. Admission is $5 for ages 2 and up, and memberships are available. 560 N. Maybelle Ave., 918-295-8144,

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Whether you want to impress a potential love interest or show an out-of-towner some local culture, the First Friday Art Crawl is a must-do. It’s no surprise these days that the Brady Arts District — and most of downtown — is booming with restaurants, retail and galleries, but the energy experienced during First Friday is astonishing. The art crawl kicks off at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, inviting Tulsa to wander in and out of the district’s interesting businesses, galleries, restaurants and bars, many of which host free art exhibits and musical performances. The crawl crowd is comprised of all ages and has been known to reach several thousand on nice evenings. Don’t miss live music at Guthrie Green and demonstrations at the Tulsa Glassblowing School, to name just a few First Friday activities. Various venues along East M.B. Brady Street,

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Chef Omar Galban’s Salmon “Tamale” with Stone Ground Grits & Corn Relish Omar Galban, the corporate chef of Polo Grill, is a native New Yorker who ventured to Miami, Florida, for his professional training at the Johnson & Wales University’s renowned College of Culinary Arts. His past experience includes working for the Hyatt corporation and owning his own catering business before joining the team at the celebrated Utica Square restaurant. “Becoming a well-rounded chef is more than great technique,” he notes. “It requires practical know-how, a knowledge of foods and sources, creative artistry, wellness and knowing how to run a kitchen at full-speed.” Galban enjoys cooking all cuisines, but considers “creating anything Italian-infused that mixes with my Spanish heritage” as his passion in the kitchen. “As a professional chef who also enjoys cooking at home, I was very impressed with the Miele appliances I experienced at Hahn Appliance,” said Galban. “I know Miele aims to manufacture the highest-quality household appliances and the name is identified with unsurpassed product quality. Hahn has a great selection in its presentation of cooking surfaces and ovens.


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Salmon “Tamale”

(1) 8 oz. Salmon filet 1/2 cup Stone Ground Grits Salt & Pepper to taste

2 oz. Corn Relish 1 tsp Olive Oil Corn husks

Over medium high heat place ble nded olive oil. Season Salmon file t with salt and pepper and place in pan and cook for 3 minutes. In separate pan place 2 ounces of cor n relish (see recipe ) to heat. Afte 3 minutes flip over Salmon and r cook an additional 3 minutes. Pla ce Salmon in corn husk with 1/2 ounce of corn relish. Place in 350 degree oven for 5 min to cook to desired temperature. Plate up Place 1/2 cup Stone Gro und Cheese Grits in middle of pla te and place Salmon on top of grit Pour corn relish over Salmon top s. off with lime cilantro butter and fresh lemon juice. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Onion, diced Jalapeos, diced Corn Grits Chicken Stock Cream Cheese Parsley Cilantro Heavy Cream

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Sweet Butter Onion, minced Red Bell Pepper, diced Jalapeno Chile, chopped Fresh Corn Apple Smoked Bacon, rendered Salt & Pepper to taste

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With a kick of habanero salsa, the Salma Hayek burger at downtown’s White Flag is as spicy as its namesake. The specialty dish, $7.95, features two thin, smashed burger patties made of locally sourced, fresh-ground beef with grilled-in white onions, Mexican white cheese, candied bacon and Sriracha mayo served on a hand-formed bun from Tulsa’s Anaya Bakery. White Flag, 116 S. Elgin Ave., 918-728-8300,

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Bowls of summer


This is my go-to dish for busy summer nights: a hearty bowl of cooked

grains, grilled or roasted veggies and fresh herbs or lettuces. The components can all be prepared ahead of time, including the grains, and assembled for a healthy, last-minute meal. Keep it vegetarian — even vegan — with grains and veggies or a can of beans seasoned with olive oil. For a protein-packed dinner, top off your bowl with some grilled shrimp or chicken, or even a fried egg or tofu. Bliss in a bowl ... to your own design. For the grains: I like to use either steamed rice (which I make in my rice cooker and keep on the “warm” setting until I am ready to serve) or quick-cooking grains such as quinoa (which takes only 10 minutes), bulgur (20 minutes) or pearl barley (30 minutes). Toss them with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper before serving or storing in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Veggies: Char some eggplant, zucchini or asparagus (or your favorite veggie — mushrooms, corn, you name it) on a grill pan (or on the grill, but who can be bothered to heat up the grill for such a quick dinner?). Throw a few beets into a packet of aluminum foil with a drizzle of olive oil and roast them at 350 degrees for an hour. Peel and slice into wedges, and season with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.

This easy summer dish combines grains with farm-fresh produce.

Toppers: Try an assortment of fresh herbs (dill, cilantro, basil), greens (arugula, romaine, spinach) nuts and seeds (marcona almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, toasted or black sesame seeds), dried fruit (raisins, currants, cranberries) or tomatoes, green onions or sweet bell peppers. I love to throw in some sliced avocado, as well.

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Dressing: You could go as simple as lemon juice and olive oil, or whisk up my favorite jar dressing: add a tablespoon of Dijon mustard to a canning jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add about 4 tablespoons of lemon juice or your favorite vinegar and double that amount of olive oil. Season it well with salt and pepper. I like to throw in some chopped herbs. Chives, dill or parsley work nicely. Add zip with some crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese. Shake well until emulsified; the dressing will keep in the fridge for a few days.


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To assemble: Scoop some grains into a bowl. Arrange veggies around the bowl and sprinkle with desired toppers. Drizzle dressing over the top and serve.

Celebrating local crops … and ‘cue

Craving some ‘cue? The 2014 BBQ ‘n’ Blues Festival takes place June 14

in Cushing, as a thank-you from the city to the pipeline industry that plays such a vital role in the area’s business community. There is no admission fee. However, should you want to taste some of the most delicious barbecue for miles around, a “taster’s kit,” which permits you to enjoy unlimited barbecue, will set you back $5. The barbecue is prepared on the “World’s Largest Permanent Smoker” by 15 cooking teams. For more information, visit Drop in on the Bixby Green Corn Festival, June 26-28 in downtown Bixby. Feast on roasted corn and watermelon, join seed spitting and sack races, or come for the live music — just a few of the offerings on the three-day schedule. For information, call the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, 918-366-9445, or visit

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Where, oh, where to take Dad for a Father’s Day celebration? Downtown is having quite a moment, and options for delicious dining are endless. From the ballpark to the Brady Arts District, activities also abound. After dinner, consider knocking down some pins at Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge, checking out the Guthrie Green’s varied festivities or finding some live music at one of downtown’s many venues.

As much as I would love to have a field of wild berry bushes with

White Flag Customers are waving white napkins after downing specialty burgers at Blake Ewing’s newest spot, the reincarnation of a space formerly home to Back Alley Blues & BBQ. White Flag features locally sourced, fresh-ground beef and buns from Tulsa’s Anaya Bakery. On my next visit I must try the Big Booty Judy with apricot jam, goat cheese, bacon, jalapeño relish and Sriracha mayo. Someone at White Flag sure knows a few of my favorite things. 116 S. Elgin Ave., 918-728-8300,

Canyon Berry Farms in the beautiful rolling hills of Claremore offers naturally grown blueberries as well as honey from its own hives. 20126 S. Dickerson Drive, Claremore, 918-344-9191

PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse If Dad’s idea of a great dinner means sinking his teeth into a delectable rib eye, take him to PRHYME. Eat high on the hog (or the cow), for this steakhouse offers Tulsa’s only caviar service, and the U.S.D.A. Prime steaks are aged up to 30 days. Be prepared to shell out a hefty allowance; the dry-aged rib eye at PRHYME will set you back nearly $70, but it’s oh, so worth it. 111 N. Main St., 918-794-7700, www.prhymetulsa. com

In season: ‘U pick ‘em’

unlimited picking rights, the reality is that I have neither the space nor the knowledge to care for them. Luckily, there are several willing growers around the area who do the dirty work for me. All that’s left to do is arrive with a big empty bucket for picking. Here are some of the best “U pick ‘em” spots around. It’s always a good idea to call ahead in case some eager pickers have taken the day’s berries. For the best picking, I like to head out in the early morning — less sun and more berries. I see pie in my future ... or at least some blue-tinged fingertips.

Meadow Blackberry Farm will be ready for its first blackberry harvest in early June. 3200 Westgreen Way, Sapulpa, 918-227-1987 Owasso Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm offers blueberries as well as three varieties of blackberries: Kiowa (which produce the largest berries), Natchez and Osage (both thornless). The season normally starts in early June and runs for four to six weeks, weather permitting. 11039 N. 129th E. Ave., Owasso, 918-272-9445, Thunderbird Berry Farm is a family- owned and operated business that has been growing blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries since summer 2005. Pick berries from May through August for $3 per pound or partake in the “two for me, the third ones free” deal, where customers pick three pounds of berries, give two pounds to the farm and take a pound home for free. 7515 S. Hansen Road, Broken Arrow, 918-640-7168 The Toomey’s Black ‘n’ Blue Thornless Berry Farm has a field full of thornless blackberry bushes — and there’s nothing better. Come early for the biggest berries and slightly cooler picking conditions. 22629 E. 61st St., Broken Arrow, 918-595-5881

Judy Allen is an award-winning journalist, avid home cook and food magazine/cookbook junkie. Prior to moving back to her home state, she was the senior food editor for Martha Stewart Living magazine. She also has developed recipes, written articles and styled food stories for Real Simple, Cooking Light, Cottage Living and Food Network magazines. In her spare time, she blogs at

Lone Wolf Banh Mi Don’t leave downtown without stopping at the Lone Wolf Banh Mi truck. Philip Phillips stunned Tulsans this past year by serving some of the most delicious food in town out of his tiny truck. I crave his roast pork banh mi sandwich and kimchi-topped fries, but he has since ventured into the world of curry. You can find Phillips and his gang most evenings parked next to Soundpony, 409 N. Main St. Check his Facebook status for exact hours and location. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar The best ballpark food in town is found a foul ball away from ONEOK Field. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar specializes in juicy burgers (patties are ground fresh daily) with quite a lineup of options — green chilies, grilled pineapple and jalapeño relish, just to name a few. Don’t forget the hot dogs, freshcut fries (dipped in malt vinegar aioli) and milk shakes made with hand-dipped ice cream. As for icy cold beer, Tulsa’s own Marshall Brewing Co. beers are on tap. 140 N. Greenwood Ave., 918-794-7782, tþ



Olé encore

A new owner refreshes Cafe Olé’s menu, keeping many of its longtime favorites. by JUDY ALLEN Key lime pie


One of my favorite things about visiting

New Mexico is the heady smell of piñon wood burning from chimineas all over the state. The fragrance is by all means unique, something we don’t get to experience too often in our parts. But if you head due east of South Peoria Avenue on 35th Street, the piñon smell is likely to grab you, along with the smell of toasty tortillas, both beckoning you to walk through the doors of Cafe Olé. Don Jones and his partners bought the New Mex-themed Brookside eatery in January 2013. After he took the reins, the staff got to work immediately. “We closed for a week to get things cleaned up and organized,” he says. The shiny patina is evident in both the restaurant’s appearance (new booths have been added in the back hall) and the food. Jones tweaked some of the longtime menu items and added a handful of new, healthier dishes. The restaurant itself is closing in on three decades of operation (it opened back in 1987) and did a brisk business for many of those years. Jones hopes its loyal customers will continue to come. He brings a multitude of restaurant experience to the table, so they should. Jones was a founding partner of Peppers Grill before leaving to open The Savory Chef, a popular retail cookware shop and cooking school that he operated for several years with his wife, Leslie. After the store closed, Jones managed the restaurant at Bass Pro Shops until the Olé deal came about, and he is happy for the new challenge. “This is unlike any restaurant I have ever been a part of,” he says. “It is the closest thing to a real backyard barbecue.”


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Olé’s tortilla soup and jalapeño cornbread

Cafe Olé

3509 S. Peoria Ave., 918-745-6699 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday

Tamales to go Cafe Ole’s tamales are made by hand in small batches, wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Choose from five fillings (roasted pork, cheese, ranchero chicken, veggies and chili verde chicken) and five sauces (queso, chipotle, ranchero, chili verde or salsa) for $36-$45 per dozen. If possible, call ahead before the craving strikes; the kitchen needs a 24-hour notice.

The kitchen still cranks out many original menu items. Among the most popular dishes are Olé Queso ($5.50) — a secret creamy blend of melted Monterey Jack, cream cheese, peppers, onions and spices; the Olé Grill ($7.50), grilled Monterey Jack cheese on whole wheat bread with green chilies, red onion and tomato slices; and Stacked Blue Corn Enchiladas ($12), three blue corn tortillas dipped in red chili Colorado and layered with black beans, your choice of chicken, pork, beef or veggies, melted jack, mild green chilies and sour cream. Because of customer requests, Jones added a traditional queso dip ($8), made with three kinds of cheese (Chihuahua, Monterey Jack and white cheddar), green chilies and spices. I take advantage of any opportunity to enjoy breakfast for

dinner, so I often order huevos rancheros ($7.50), two blue corn tortillas smothered in ranchero sauce topped with two over-easy eggs, served with black beans, sour cream and rice. Unlike many other Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, Olé’s sauces, beans and rice are all vegetarian. Vegetarian entrees, salads and other somewhat lighter dishes now pepper the menu. I’m quite fond of the tortilla soup (pulled chicken in a savory tomato broth; $4-$5) and its spicy sidekick, jalapeño cornbread. Stop in for brunch on Saturdays (9 a.m.-noon) and Sundays (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) and enjoy authentic New-Mex dishes, including those huevos rancheros, as well as breakfast burritos, Olé Hash and other hearty fare. Banana bread and pancakes also are offered to satisfy those with a bit of a morning sweet tooth. Leslie Jones, an accomplished baker, is in command of the desserts. Her rich and creamy key lime pie alone is worth a visit. Besides the great food, the best reason to visit Cafe Olé is the patio. On any given evening, the fireplace is roaring, the lights are twinkling, and the tables are full of friends and families enjoying the ambience. No matter the weather outside (clear plastic curtain walls and heat lamps keep the chill at bay during cooler months), the patio is the place to be. And if the heat of our Tulsa summer does get to you, the famous Cafe Olé Margarita, made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and gold tequila ($7.25/$8.25) is just an order away. tþ



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Many things bloom in June — weddings,

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2012 Domaine Maestracci Vin de Corse Calvi E Prove Blanc, Corsica, France — $19.99

2011 Eric Chevalier Domaine de L’Aujardiere Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu Sur Lie, Loire, France — $16.49

2012 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon — $18.99

A menage à trois of lemon, pear and apple dance on your tongue with a slight hint of hazelnuts. Pure, freshly cut summer in a glass.

Savory mineral notes, plus This may be one of the driest creamy lemon and baked pear white wines you’ll encounter fill your palate and make you this summer. Think of this beg for more. It’s nice to have a wine as your squeeze of lemon blooming new wine to munch when savoring it with seafood. on this June. Very refreshing. Editor’s note: Prices current as of April 2014.

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soul, which raises the question ... Are you taking care of your eyes? Eye health begins with visiting an eye doctor once a year. Doing so allows for preventive eye care and early detection of issues, according to Dr. Monte Harrel, CEO of Harrel Eyecare Center. If you’re searching for an eye doctor, how do you know whether to see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist? An ophthalmologist (M.D. or D.O.) attends medical school and surgical rotations, while an optometrist (O.D.) receives his or her bachelor’s degree and then attends a four-year optometry school, focusing on eye health and minor procedures. Both ophthalmologists and optometrists see patients for basic vision problems requiring glasses. The difference between the two becomes clear when surgery is needed, says Harrel, who is an optometrist. At that point, an optometrist will coordinate with an ophthalmologist — usually when a patient needs cataract or retinal surgery. “Optometry is kind of the like the family eye doctor for your eyes,” Harrel says. “We pretty much take care of everything until surgery.” By looking in the back of your eye, they also can see cholesterol levels and blood sugar issues and diagnose a patient with hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. “Sometimes that is the first detection,” Harrel says. “Sometimes issues can present in the eye first, and we can coordinate with a patient’s primary care physician.”

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After you choose an eye doctor, prepare for your first appointment by jotting down any issues or discomfort you want to discuss. Allergies can make the eyes dry, but dry eye also can be an age-related condition, according to Harrel. Both cause stinging, burning and physical pain. They also can cause discomfort for individuals who wear contact lenses. Harrel says dry eye is possibly the No. 1 issue he talks about with patients. “Now we’re able to diagnose which type of issue they’re having and be more specific in treatment rather than just using an artificial tear off the shelf,” Harrel says. “We can be more targeted with different minor procedures and special drops, so we can help people a lot more than we used to.” Another common complaint, headaches, can be vision related or a neurological issue. If a patient has double vision, blurred vision or vision loss, an eye doctor will first search for ocular causes or may refer them to a neurologist, says Harrel. Other age-related issues include presbyopia, a condition that surfaces after age 40, in which the eyes can no longer focus on near objects as well as they once did. Translation: it’s time for reading glasses or bifocals. Glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes and macular degeneration are other conditions a doctor will want to monitor in older patients, says Dr. Brian F. Williams, a residency-trained optometrist and co-owner of EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa-Owasso. “Once a patient hits the age of 45, we definitely recommend coming in once a year for an eye exam,” he says. (Continued on p. 100)

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Pediatric eye care Vision checks should start as early as possible in life to monitor for visual problems that could cause a developmental problem in the eye, says Dr. Brian F. Williams, co-owner of EyeCare Associates. “For instance, if a patient is far-sighted in one eye and not in the other eye, that far-sighted eye will sometimes not develop correctly,” he says. “There’s a window of opportunity to give the appropriate prescription to that patient or do some type of treatment or therapy so that eye develops.” One of the more common problems is eye coordination, says Dr. Monte Harrel, CEO of Harrel Eyecare Center. “Someone might be able to read the eye chart fine, but when they go to look up close, the eyes don’t coordinate well,” he explains. “It’s as if the brain is seeing two slightly different images because their eyes are pointing at two different spots on the page.” Eye coordination can be helped with vision therapy, which is physical therapy for the eyes using activities and exercises to teach the eyes to coordinate. Another often-overlooked condition is amblyopia, a condition in which one eye can see well, but the other eye cannot, Harrel says. The condition may not be discovered until a pediatric or school screening. The underdeveloped eye will need vision correction, which can be done with an eye patch or activities to stimulate that eye, and glasses may be needed, as well. Williams says parents should watch for and schedule an eye exam if they see: • • • •

Eye turns (eyes pointing different directions) Struggling in school Holding material close or sitting extremely close to the television or an object Any abnormality in pupil color

As with adults, regular eye appointments for children will help maintain their eye health and set up good habits for later in life. “A routine eye exam is the most important thing,” Williams says. “Just like we go to the dentist every year to have our teeth cleaned or checked, an eye examination is crucial in long-term ocular health.”


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Preventive eye care

Myriad events can cause eye injuries, but many can be prevented. This time of year, Williams sees patients who experience eye trauma from weed eaters, cleaning their yard or other outdoor activities. Start by wearing UV-protection sunglasses and protective eye glasses in the yard, he says. This includes children. “A lot of issues that affect us when we’re older can be prolonged or prevented with good UV protection, especially as kids,” Harrel says. “Most of the sun damage that occurs to our eyes — it’s the same with our skin — it occurs in the first 20 years of our lives.” He also suggests taking a daily antioxidant, either lutein or zeaxanthin, to help prevent macular degeneration. Either can be purchased over the counter or ingested through foods such as kale, spinach, lettuce and egg yolks. If your work involves sitting at a computer, position your monitor so your eyes are at the top of the monitor looking down, he says. “It’s actually much better for your neck and your eyes if they don’t have to open as much to blink,” Harrel says. “If you add that up over a long day, it offsets the dry eye that occurs.” During the day, look away from the computer every 10-15 minutes, whether out the window or down the hall. Why? Eye muscles used to focus actually relax when we look far away, Harrel says, “just like loosening up a muscle in your arm.” Also, don’t smoke. Williams says the habit is the worst thing for macular health. The macula is the most detailed part of vision. Individuals with macular degeneration can’t drive, read or see people’s faces. They’re only left with their peripheral vision. “Patients who smoke have a higher incidence of macular degeneration,” Williams says. “Smoking is hard on the vascular system and also the blood system to the eye and macula.” tþ

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Artistry in design In creating a backdrop for his clients’ art collection, a designer conceives his own work of art. by ASHLEY ANTLE Images by STEVEN MICHAEL’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kent Oellien and architect Robert Freeman designed the contemporary glass and iron banister that leads to Jean Ann and Tom Fausser’s guest wing.



To create a more open space, a portion of the wall between the formal sitting/dining area and the living room was removed. BEFORE


When Kent Oellien, owner of Oellien Design Inc., plans the interior of a home, it’s all about the clients — their taste, their aesthetic and their unique vision. “There’s nothing harder for me than when I can’t see what the client is about,” Oellien says. “I love clients who have really unique objects or unique visions. We try to design an interior that reflects a client and is one of a kind to them.” When he met homeowners Tom and Jean Ann Fausser, Oellien jumped at the chance to create for them a comfortable living space that doubled as a backdrop for their expansive and ever-changing art collection. The Faussers are art collectors and fixtures in Tulsa’s art community. Jean Ann works with fiber and mixed media to create her masterpieces, and Tom is a miniature train set designer.


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They purchased their 1950s midtown home 18 years ago. “The space above the garage is really what sold us on the home because Tom could have his train room and I could have my studio,” Jean Ann says. The area is home to Tom’s elaborate and fully operational miniature train rail and city set, which depicts Jersey City, N.J., in 1959. Jean Ann’s side of the light-filled creative space is full of beautiful fabrics, colored threads, paints, pastels, encaustic wax, beads and inspirational photos from the couple’s travels and ample room for production.

Artist to artist

Oellien, an artist in his own right, was particularly thrilled to design a space for artists. With

all of that collective creativity in one place, the possibilities were endless, and the final product is nothing short of spectacular. “Coming into the house the first time, you could really see the homeowners’ personalities in the art they collected,” Oellien says. The Faussers’ collection represents an eclectic mix of local, national and international artists who work in a broad spectrum of media. A metallic tapestry by Jon Eric Riis is one of the first works visitors see when entering the home. His creations were exclusively featured in the opening exhibit of 108 Contemporary in the Brady Arts District. During the four-year, three-phase renovation of the Faussers’ home, Oellien and his team needed to create a cohesive scheme that would make the homeowners’ art pieces sing.

Even a hallway serves as an art gallery, thanks to Oellien’s design.

“Knowing that Jean Ann is really an artist that works in a lot of fiber, we became really aware that it should reflect what they do, their art,” he says. “The fabrics ( Jean Ann uses) are unique. They are unusual pieces, and they look like they are part of a collection. We presented a preliminary palette that reflected those elements.”

Guest wing gallery

The renovation began in the guest wing, where a glass sculpture, titled “Rivergrass Gatherer Singing” by Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, inspired the design direction. Perched atop a lighted alcove in the hallway, the sculpture greets visitors as they enter. One large wall in the hallway is covered in a beaded Maya Romanoff wall covering with iridescent qualities. The distinctive wallpaper provides the per-

fect backdrop to display watercolor paintings of children’s book illustrations — an homage to the couple’s time as owners of a bookstore. “We wanted to treat this not as a hall, but as a gallery,” Oellien says. “Often halls are overlooked merely as an area to provide passage and we designed this area to feel as a gallery or another room in the residence.” The three guest rooms each have their own personality. One is decked in rich brown and gray tones with pops of red, and another features a wall of colorfully embroidered window sheers and bed linens inspired by Jean Ann’s fiber works, one of which is displayed in the room. Even the Jack and Jill bathroom connecting these two bedrooms is an interesting gallery space for works of art. Watercolor paintings by local artist Sabine Barnard hang over each of

the two sinks atop the countertop-to-ceiling marble backsplash. The mirror is centered between them — a striking element that strays from traditional bathroom design. The third guest room is the hangout for the couple’s grandchildren. The wall, painted to highlight a collection of original framed prints of the famous cartoon strip “Ziggy,” is set off by the room’s bright peach and complementary purple color scheme and sets the tone for a fun and playful space. The stairs leading to the guest wing feature a custom-designed glass and iron railing. Together with his architect, Robert Freeman, Oellien conceived the contemporary banister, using the glass design of the home’s front door as inspiration. (Continued on p. 104)



The couple’s grandchildren spend time in this bright guest room adorned with framed original prints of the cartoon strip “Ziggy.”

(contineud from p. 103)

Fine art living

Just off the guest wing is a formal sitting area and dining space with a large feature wall covered in a distinctive, multi-color, water-based paint finish called Zolatone. Oellien chose Zolatone’s metal series for the Fausser residence. The metallic flakes in the paint reflect light and make the color pop off the walls. “I like unique backdrops, and you’ll see that in the house,” Oellien says. “I have a love of color, pattern and texture, and you can see that in our projects, but every color and texture palette is created for each client.” A custom, 10-foot buffet in the formal sitting area, also designed by Oellien and Freeman, stores the couple’s china collection and provides a countertop for serving during dinner parties. The buffet is painted in the same metallic Zolatone finish as the feature wall so that the piece fades away — making the sole focus of the room the beautifully displayed artwork. An eye-catching rug made of copper wire anchors the sitting area. (Continued on p. 106) 104

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Watercolor paintings by local artist Sabine Barnard flank either side of the mirror in the couple’s Jack and Jill bathroom.

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(continued from p. 104) A portion of the wall between the formal sitting/dining area and the living room was removed to open the space and create an unobstructed flow to the kitchen. Lighted glass shelving units flank each side of this passthrough and display several works of art, including Jean Ann’s latest piece, a knotted vessel in a teapot form called “Rose Wars.” The curved fireplace in the living room is an original feature of the 1950s home. The slate tile surrounding the fireplace and the copper-clad chimney make the once-dated focal point a showpiece. The living room furniture is designed to accommodate a crowd, because the Faussers routinely host gatherings for those in the art world. In particular, a large ottoman — which doubles as a coffee table — houses four smaller ottomans that can be removed and moved around for additional seating. The couple’s bedroom is warm, serene and soft. As in the sitting area, the designers refinished two of the the Faussers’ existing bedroom chests to match the wall color and virtually melt away — an effect that makes the space feel larger and unobstructed. Custom-built nightstands flank each side of the bed, which is layered with soft, neutral-colored linens in juxtaposing textures. “Kent understood our taste,” Jean Ann says. “With some designers, you can come in and say, ‘This is who did it, it’s their stamp,’ but Kent does what his clients want.” tþ




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See the best in home building at the Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes Free event to showcase more than 150 homes from 63 top local building companies. There are few things as exciting as building your own home. And there is no better time to find the new home of your dreams than the Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes, June 21-29. The event will feature new homes from metro Tulsa’s top building companies. Participating homes will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. daily and admission is FREE. The Parade of Homes offers the unique opportunity to explore hundreds of floor plans as well as the latest building, technology and decorating trends. Whether you are just beginning your search, getting ready to select a builder, or looking for the latest innovations, materials or design ideas for a current home, you can find it in any price range, from $130,000 to more than $1 million. In addition,


Take advantage of extended hours at three featured subdivisions. Twilight and Early Bird Tours feature giveaways, prize drawings and more.

attendees can speak directly with builder representatives, who are on site at each entered home. With interest rates at historic lows and the selection and affordability of new homes in Tulsa, more people are pursuing their dreams of homeownership, and the Parade of Homes is the perfect place to start. The event also features four subdivisions, showcasing the latest trends in amenities. Featured neighborhoods include Yorktown, Stone Canyon, Forest Ridge and Berwick on Cedar Ridge. Additional information is available online at or by calling 918-663-1100. It’s a great time to build a home, so come out and discover the possibilities at the area’s premier new home showcase event.

Twilight Tours Tuesday, June 24 from 6-9 p.m.

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Maybe it’s me


whole world ought to be more like a hardware store. I love hardware stores. Small ones, neighborhood ones, big box ones — I love them all. And here’s why. The salesmen — and they’re usually men — are so positive and helpful. No matter what do-it-myself project I go in with, no matter how tentative I am or how inexperienced, the hardware salesmen are full of positive support. “Sure you can do that. Of course you can. Easiest thing in the world.” Not only do they have helpful directions and inside advice, they have the tools and supplies needed for the job. Not only do they have the stuff, they’re happy to sell it to me. What’s more, they have personal testimonials to go with it. “I got one just like this for my wife. It’s lightweight and I thought she could handle it easier. Turns out, I liked it so much I kept it for myself. Got another one just like it for her.” I strut out of hardware stores flowing with self-confidence. When the do-it-myself project takes an ugly turn, I can go back to the hardware store the next day without fear of disapproval. I can go back for more encouragement and more helpful tips. Plus, they’ve got stuff to sell me to fix what I messed up the first time. Or second time. More people ought to be like hardware salesmen. Just think how productive we would all be if more parents, business colleagues, teachers and dog trainers were former hardware salesmen. We’d never hear, “Shame on you,” or, “Bad dog.” We’d never have to look at someone with a “What were you thinking?” expression on her face. We’d never hear cursing from the office next door.



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Same for drivers. There would be no more angry honking, yelling or rude gestures. People would smile at us and say, “Hey, I can get stuff to fix this little scratch you put on my fender.” They would wait patiently behind us while we tried, yet again, to parallel park. They’d give us the “thumbs up” sign as we took another crack at it. They might even assure us that we can repair the smashed taillight ourselves. It’s not just the tools, materials and equipment that give hardware salesmen their mojo, it’s their

When the do-itmyself project takes an ugly turn, I can go back to the hardware store the next day without fear of disapproval. “Atta boy!” attitude. Imagine going into an office supply story and saying in a small, quiet voice, “Do you have something to help me write a novel?” “Have I got it?” the sales clerk would exclaim. “Heck, yeah, I’ve got it. But why is a person like you thinking of only one novel? Think trilogy. Now for that, you’re going to need a heavy-duty printer, so let me show you this one.

“Of course for a big job like a trilogy, which will require hours of typing, you’ll need an ergonomic keyboard. Lucky you. Got one left. “Woman bought one just like it last Wednesday, and by Saturday she had written a book of poetry. A whole book. But wait, what kind of desk chair do you have? You can’t slump when you’re on a creative streak.” It’s not that I want everybody to be like Professor Harold Hill from “The Music Man” with his “think method,” but when I venture where I’ve never gone before — and that includes all of my home improvement projects — I need lots of help. Come to think of it, people offer me advice all the time, and most of it is unsolicited. My friends have voluntarily advised me on everything from makeup application and hairstyles to appliance purchases and garden maintenance. Advice isn’t as welcome when I don’t ask for it. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I look like a person who needs lots of handholding as I trip through life as merry as a breeze. I work at a soup kitchen, and one morning a homeless man told me, “Mama, those shoes you have on don’t go with that outfit. In fact, nothing you have on today goes together.” I went to a mirror and he was right. Maybe it is me. tþ

Connie Cronley is a columnist, an author of three books and a public radio commentator. Her day job is executive director of Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry.

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Gilded quilts by JOSH WAGNER

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The Green Country Quilters Guild Quilt Show only comes to town once every two years. Stop by the Central Park Hall at the Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. from June 6-7 to view hundreds of the most intricate and beautiful quilts around. Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Contact Susie Semler at 918-619-6534 or visit for more details about the event, which includes a small quilt auction, raffles, demonstrations, classes and vendors.

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June’s can’t-miss events

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Thanks to ONEOK’s sponsorship, every second SatSecond Saturdays urday of the at Philbrook month, Philbrook Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors, along with activities such as hands-on art projects, self-guided scavenger hunts and family tours. This month, that’s June 14. The museum encompasses permanent exhibitions from European, African and Native American cultures to modern and contemporary art and design, as well as rotating exhibits such as “Collective Past,” which showcases Philbrook’s diverse collection of works on paper. (“Collective Past” closes July 20.) Visitors also can stroll in Philbrook’s impressive 22 acres of gardens. Philbrook is located at 2727 S. Rockford Road. Call 918-749-7941 or visit


The Broadway play “Wicked” comes to the Tulsa Perform“Wicked” ing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., from June 18-July 6. The critically acclaimed musical tells the story of two unlikely friends with very different personalities and the same love interest. They turn against each other and bring forth Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. If you haven’t seen the the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” do so because “Wicked” makes many references to this classic movie and brings the story to life. Considered to be one of the best musicals of the decade, “Wicked” has won 35 major awards. Tickets range from $35-$150. Call the PAC ticket office at 918-596-7111 or visit for more information.



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A summer tradition for many Tulsans, the Starlight Starlight Band Band kicks off its concert series free concert series with “Americana Night” at the Guthrie Green at 8 p.m., June 24. Featuring more than 50 local musicians, the Starlight Band is known as Oklahoma’s only professional concert band. The band’s mission is a simple but thoughtful one: “To provide quality, live music to the largest possible audience.” Its repertoire includes jazz, light classics and current pop selections. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Guthrie Green is at 111 E. M.B. Brady St. Call 918-798-7827 or visit


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A weekend of special art activities and films to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Allan Houser. On June 28 at noon, enjoy the flute music of Timothy and Calvert Nevaquaya followed by birthday cake at 1:00 p.m.

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by Allan Houser Vermont marble, copyright 1990 copyright Chiinde LLC photo by Wendy McEahern Works loaned by Allan Houser, Inc.

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YWCA The eighth annual Wine, Women & Shoes was March 29 at Expo Square. Previously a two-day event, this year’s fundraiser for the YWCA packed all the fun into one day of shopping, complete with a luncheon and wine. The event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the YWCA’s service to Tulsa.

People, places and events

Event chairs Janet McGehee and Bryan Close with honorary chairwoman Mollie Williford

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Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy held its annual school Spring Benefit April 4. The event included an appearance from 2009 Miss America Katie Stam, who sang and gave a speech. Stam is a Lutheran school graduate, an entrepreneur and serves on the board of Ovarcoming Together, a support organization for ovarian cancer research and education. She is pictured with ILCA Headmaster Katherine McGrew. Junior League of Tulsa The Junior League of Tulsa held its second annual “Magic of Mentorship: Developing the Potential of Women” luncheon recently at Southern Hills Country Club. More than 200 women and their mentors gathered for an inspirational delivery by keynote speaker Paula Marshall, CEO of the Bama Companies. The luncheon raised more than $18,000 for the scholarship program. Pictured are Liz Brolick, JLT president; Paula Marshall; and Bailey Austin, mentorship luncheon chairwoman.


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Literary Death Match The fourth annual Literary Death Match was April 23 at All Souls Unitarian Church. Pictured at the event are District Judge Mark Barcus, event judge; Adrian Todd Zuniga, creator of LDM and event host; Sean Latham, Pauline McFarlin Walter endowed chair of English at The University of Tulsa and event judge; Matt Cauthron, associate publisher of The Tulsa Voice and fourth annual LDM winner; and Lara Marie Schoenhals, co-creator and author of the New York Times bestselling book “White Girl Problems by Babe Walker” and fourth annual LDM runner-up. Junior Achievement of Oklahoma Jeff Reasor of Reasor’s Foods was honored recently at the 24th annual Junior Achievement Business Excellence Dinner with an award that recognized his entrepreneurial spirit and achievement and his contributions to the quality of life in his community. He is pictured with Lori Pumphrey, JA Tulsa Region board chairwoman.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma Dr. Blane Snodgrass, event patron; Brandon Miller, director of financial development, PBO; David Sheehan, event chairman; and patron Bryan Close are pictured at the 23rd annual Sip for Sight Patron Dinner benefiting Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, which grossed more than $95,000.


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TAAP The 2014 Tulsa Area Alumnae Panhellenic Women of the Year luncheon was April 4 at Tulsa Country Club. The celebration benefits TAAP’s scholarships and the Tulsa Public Schools’ Eyeglass Fund. TulsaPeople Assistant Editor Anne Brockman was Phi Mu’s honoree. Pictured are Amy Freiberger, Kappa Kappa Gamma honoree; Elaine Hanner, Kappa Kappa Gamma and TAAP vice president and WOY chairwoman; Lynda Linscott, Kappa Alpha Theta and TAAP president; Anne Brockman, Phi Mu; and Blair Brockman, Delta Gamma.

TAUW Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor recently delivered a keynote address for members of the Tulsa Area United Way’s new Emerging Leaders Society, an organization of young professionals devoted to leadership and philanthropy. Pictured are Bill Lobeck, Kathy Taylor, Jesse Boudiette and TAUW President/CEO Mark Graham.

St. John Medical Center St. John Medical Center will host its 21st Street Party from 7-11:30 p.m., June 7. The event will feature food from more than 70 of Tulsa’s best restaurants, wine-tasting bistros and live music by the Fabulous MidLife Crisis Band. Pictured are Richard Boone, St. John Street Party Foundation president, and Street Party chairs Jono and Jenny Helmerich.



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Fundraisers and fun happenings

June compiled by JUDY LANGDON

6/5 Brookside Rumble & Roll The Brookside Rumble & Roll is revving up its engines for the 13th year to benefit Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. Pictured are James McClanahan and Johnny McClanahan, Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson; Tony Henry, Full Moon Café; and Make-A-Wish Ambassador Logan Schroeder.

June 1, 11-18, 25-30 — Home Run for the Homeless Benefits Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. June 1-29 — St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. www.dreamhome. org June 5 — Brookside Rumble & Roll Benefits Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. June 5 — Some Like It Hot Benefits Tulsa Glassblowing School. June 6 — Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant Benefits Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Fund.


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Top of the Town The sixth annual Top of the Town will provide exclusive access to interesting venues while helping the Child Care Resource Center and its programs. Pictured are co-chairs Ann Domin and Teresa Burkett with Matt Eidson of MusicLynx Network, which will provide live music.

June 6 — Third annual LEMF Charity Dinner and Auction Presented by Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation. Benefits The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and The Children’s Heart Foundation. June 6 — Vintage Tulsa: Oil Barons Ball/The 1940s Benefits Tulsa Historical Society. www.tulsahistory. org June 7 — Crafting for a Cure  Benefits Breast Cancer Assistance Fund. June 7 — Just Plane Fun Benefits Camp Fire. June 7 — Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant Benefits Miss Oklahoma Pageant.

6/14 Dirty Dog Run Walkers and runners from across the city are lacing up to participate in the first Bridges Foundation Dirty Dog Run 5K/Fun Run at the Oral Roberts University campus. This timed race will benefit The Bridges Foundation in celebration of 50 years of service. Pictured are Paisley (Chihuahua), Aiken (brindle), Polo  (Lhasa apso), Miss B (English bulldog) and Terisha Summers, run coordinator.

June 7 — “Red Dirt Roundup: Dust Off Your Boots,” 21st annual St. John Street Party Benefits St. John Foundation. foundation June 7 — Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival Benefits Oklahomans for Equality.

June 9 — Fifth annual CHIP in to Rebuild Golf Tournament Benefits Rebuilding Together Tulsa. news-and-events/special-events June 9 — Holland Hall Golf Tournament Benefits Holland Hall.

June 8 — STARS Benefits LOOK Musical Theatre. www.looktheatre. org

June 11 — Annual Book Review and Luncheon Benefits Northeast Active Timers (NEATs). www.

June 8 — Tulsa Shock Picnic in the Park Benefits Oklahomans for Equality.

June 12 — Top of the Town Benefits Child Care Resource Center.

June 9 — 25th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

June 13 — Cops & Robbers 5K Benefits Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association. www.

June Volunteer Spotlight by JUDY LANGDON

Richard Boone

Chairman, St. John Street Party Nonprofit: St. John Health System Foundation St. John Medical Center mission: To care for the sick and the poor. Volunteer role: My role is to plan and stage a successful Street Party, while increasing awareness of St. John’s overall outreach. Years involved: I have been with St. John for 30 years as corporate vice president of marketing for St. John Health System and have led Foundation efforts as Foundation president for the past 24 years. This will be my 21st Street Party. Why is the St. John Street Party your personal volunteer passion? St. John Street Party was originally founded as a “friend raiser” to bring people onto our campus to show how modern and advanced St. John Medical Center had become over the years. Annually, it continues to showcase our expansive technology and clinical expertise.  I believe in St. John Street Party because it provides the opportunity to bring our friends and supporters to the best party in town, while showcasing the quality care and compassion from St. John. June 7 — “Red Dirt Roundup: Dust Off Your Boots,” 21st annual St. John Street Party 7-11:30 p.m. Medical Plaza, 1923 S. Utica Ave. (party is on East 19th Street) Food from more than 70 top Tulsa restaurants; live music by Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis Band. $100, individual tickets; $2,500-$8,000, sponsorships. Benefits St. John Foundation. Call 918-744-2186 or visit

June 13 — Pink Balloon Charity Golf Classic Presented by Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation. Benefits The Children’s Hospital of Saint Francis and The Children’s Heart Foundation. June 13 — Wine, Eats & Easels  Benefits Broken Arrow Neighbors. June 14 — Dirty Dog Run Benefits The Bridges Foundation. June 14 — The Most Amazing Race  Benefits Salvation Army. June 14 — Out in Tulsa 2014  Benefits Openarms Youth Project.

June 16 — 21st annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards Presented by Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.

June 23 — Eighth annual Youth at Heart Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Youth at Heart.

June 16 — Links for Little Ones Benefits The Little Light House.

June 23 — Musical Mondays 2014 Benefits LIFE Senior Services.

June 19 — Paws & Pictures Benefits Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

June 28 — Adopt a Little Okie Benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.

June 20 — WALTZ on the Wild Side Benefits Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Capital Campaign at Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum. June 23 — Cups and Cuffs Golf Tournament Benefits Crime Prevention Network.


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June 28 — Somewhere in Time Gala: “An Evening in Paris” Benefits Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Tulsa Inc. (RSVP). somewhereintime.html June 29 — Annual “Celebrating Freedom, Hope and Centenarians” Benefit Concert Benefits Northeastern Active Timers (NEATS).



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weirdness is the goal, then the two-piece psychedelic pop-rock outfit Cucumber & The Suntans is definitely achieving it. The band’s name should be proof enough, but if not, just take a closer look at Mike Gilliland’s electric guitar while he and drummer Allen Martin are rocking out on stage. Notice a couple of strings are missing? That’s no accident. Gilliland removes the bottom two strings in an effort to better emulate the baritone ukulele he uses to compose all of Cucumber’s songs. The band’s early tunes were intended for a short-lived project of Gilliland’s called The Eek Bandits. After that fell through, Martin, who collaborates with Gilliland in several other bands, suggested they try to flesh out the songs and give them new life. Influenced by legendary groups such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles, as well as more contemporary artists such as Mikal Cronin, Cucumber & The Suntans’ music is characterized by a warm, sun-washed sound with many of the songs focusing on ageold topics such as love and girls. The laidback lyrics are fun and sweet pop fare, often sung through a

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Cucumber & the Suntans is comprised of frontman and guitarist Mike Gilliland, pictured, and drummer Alex Martin. The two collaborate in several other bands, but Cucumber performs regularly at The Yeti, 417 N. Main St. distorted, low-fi sheen and backed by a wall of garage-rock bliss. “I decided the other day that I want to call it ‘motivational music’ even though that’s kind of cheesy,” Gilliland explains. “I want to keep it psychedelic and weird, but I don’t want to complain so much in my music. I want to do stuff that challenges people to do more.” While the duo’s live shows are somewhat constrained by the minimal uke-itar/drums set up, the recordings on Cucumber’s debut album, “Stoner Prints,” released in late 2013, are full productions with bass, tambourine, organ, you name it. The band has actually considered expanding its lineup to include more members in an effort to give the stage performance a little more stability and round out its sound. For now, however, the pair is hard at work on the next couple of releases from Cucumber & The Suntans. Recording at Gilliland’s home, otherwise known as Auggy Reed Studios, the first is a mini-album made up of 10 one-minute tracks. The second is a full-length follow-up to “Stoner Prints” that is being envisioned as an hour-long suite of songs that flow

seamlessly from one to the other, partly inspired by Paul McCartney’s famous medley from the second half of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Aside from that, Gilliland and Martin hope to take Cucumber & The Suntans on the road this summer, and just generally continue to keep things a little on the bizarre side. “Allen has always talked about making it more of a ‘show’ — an event — to some degree,” Gilliland says. “We want to get crazier with outfits and lighting, and just as we get more comfortable with ourselves, get a little bit weirder, always.” The duo performs regularly at the Yeti, 417 N. Main St., and various haunts around the city. Find their next gig at, and look for their new releases coming later this year. tþ

Wyndham Wyeth is a freelance writer originally from Arkansas. He grew up hearing his mother sing John Denver tunes, so he will always have a soft spot for “Poems, Prayers and Promises.”

6/4 Bruno Mars, BOK Center If you didn’t know the name Bruno Mars before his record-viewed Super Bowl performance this year, you most certainly do now. The Grammy award-winning pop star and Billboard magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year brings his smash hit “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” to Tulsa this month, performing hits from his debut record, “Doo-wops & Hooligans,” and its blockbuster follow-up, last year’s “Unorthodox Jukebox.” Neosoul/R&B sensation Aloe Blacc will open the concert. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. 6/21 The Avett Brothers, Cox Business Center Brothers Scott and Seth Avett have been crafting beautiful folk ballads and rollicking country-tinged rock tunes together since forming their band in 2001. Eight albums later, the brothers’ music is more moving and mature than ever, culminating in last year’s “Magpie and the Dandelion,” their third collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin. Special guests Langhorne Slim & The Law will join. The concert starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7.

Local powerhouse singersongwriter Fiawna Forté will release her third album, “mi-MOHsuh-pud-EE-kuh: A LO-FI ALBUM,” at 8 p.m., June 7, at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth St.


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News and notes on the local literary scene

Trailblazer by JESSICA BROGAN


Early this year, journalist Ben Montgomery’s “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail” rolled off the printing presses and into history and nature lovers’ eager hands. Montgomery, an Oklahoma-born author and writer, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist in journalism. In this, his first book, Montgomery brings us the biography of a fascinating woman through his detailed and engaging account of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail alone. Hiking such a distance is a feat in and of itself, but Gatewood was not only the first woman to hike this 2,168-mile trail solo. She did so at age 67. A mere 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, Gatewood accomplished something that has eluded many young, sturdy hikers who’ve set out for this famed trail. As if that were not impressive enough, she set about what would become her greatest achievement with $200 to her name and carrying only the necessities that would fit into a small shoulder bag — a style of hiking we now call “ultralight backpacking” that only the bravest attempt. In 1955, Gatewood left her rural Ohio home, simply telling her family she was “going for a walk,” and set out to traverse a treacherous path “with a million heavenly things to see and a million spectacular ways to die,” Montgomery writes. In fact, readers will discover the Appalachian Trail owes much of its fame and, in part, its existence to Gatewood’s walk. “Grandma Gatewood,” as she grew to be known by reporters and fans following her journey, became a small celebrity in the 1950s and 1960s because of her amazing feat. The story drew media. Gatewood eventually appeared on television with famous TV personalities such as Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and appeared on the “Today Show.” She graced the pages of Sports Illustrated in its infancy. Rather than pat herself on the back for her accomplishments, Gatewood used the exposure and the opportunity to share with thousands of ears her dismay at the upkeep and state of the trail.

June book events

Oklahoma-born author Ben Montgomery’s biography on Emma Gatewood details her record-breaking hike along the Appalachian Trail as well as her efforts to help preserve it. She spread word of the difficult stretches where the trail had largely disappeared, and highlighted the lack of commitment on behalf of the government to keeping up this national icon. Today’s Appalachian hikers in part owe their experiences to Gatewood’s outspoken criticism because it brought attention and likely saved the trail from eventual extinction. History buffs will appreciate the historical accuracy of this biography, which stems from the unprecedented access author Montgomery was given to Gatewood’s trail journals, diaries and correspondence. Nature lovers will appreciate the vivid images and scenes Montgomery paints. Female readers will enjoy the story of a brave, determined woman with a larger identity than just farm-wife or mother of 11. All readers should delight in the story of “a footpath through a misunderstood region stitched together on love and danger, hospitality and venom,” Montgomery says. “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” is a story for anyone with a dream that tugs on them, reminding us it is never too late to strive for our goals. tþ

6/5 Matt Zoller Seitz, “The Wes Anderson Experience,” 7 p.m., Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, BookSmart Tulsa

6/16 Daniel H. Wilson, “Robogenesis,” 7 p.m., FabLab Tulsa, 710 S. Lewis Ave., BookSmart Tulsa

Jessica Brogan is a freelance writer, photographer and creative entrepreneur. She has lived all over the world and now calls Tulsa home.



The best of local arts and culture

Mozart and some ‘OK,’ too by KENDRA BLEVINS

T The 30th

annual OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville will likely draw a wide range of music lovers — whether you favor singer-songwriter Sara Jarosz out of Austin, Texas, or music from the 145th Army Band. If you prefer theater, then jot down on your mustsee list the production of “Romeo & Juliet” for Shakespeare in the Park. Other highlights include a Vienna-style gala — in keeping with this year’s theme centered on the Austrian city, a performance by the OK Mozart Youth Orchestra sitting side by side with the Amici New York Orchestra, and an interesting pop-classical collaboration. “For the 30th anniversary of the festival we wanted to accomplish two things,” says Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos. “We wanted to put the Mozart and the ‘OK’ back into OK Mozart. “Mozart spent a good part of his life in Vienna, and so it makes sense that we would celebrate the musical heritage of that great city.” With that idea in mind, the festival organizers have programmed pieces by Mozart for nearly all of the concerts. However, it’s not all Mozart, all the time, for those wanting the diversity for which OK Mozart is known. “People will enjoy the music of other composers with Viennese roots such as Beethoven, Mahler and the ‘Waltz King’ Johann Strauss,” Kitsopoulos says. Some Oklahoma flavor has been added with a new initiative, the OK Mozart All State Youth Orchestra, to be featured in the festival’s opening concert. The group includes 65 high school students from around the state, including seven Tulsa students. They will have the opportunity to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 alongside members of Amici New York.


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The Amici New York Orchestra is comprised of 45 musicians from four major New York orchestral groups.

Amici New York is comprised of 45 players from four major New York groups: New York Philharmonic, Met Opera Orchestra, New York City Pops and American Symphony Orchestra. The directors of OK Mozart chose Amici’s members, says Dr. Randy Thompson, OK Mozart executive director. “They are the official resident orchestra for two weeks in June,” Thompson says. “To my knowledge, no other festival does this.” OK Mozart also reached out to professional singers in the state and cast them in the Wednesday evening Mozart opera, “The Magic Flute,” Kitsopoulos says. Other vocal performances include The Bartlesville Choral Society, which will appear twice during the week. Additionally, singer Jarosz and Amici New York will collaborate, says Laura Cunningham, artistic operations director. “We’ve never paired pop singers with members of the Amici New York Orchestra before, but Constantine is arranging accompaniments with her songs,” she says. Kitsopoulos, a New Yorker, was drawn to OK Mozart because of Bartlesville’s commitment to great music. “The fact that a world-renowned festival such as the OK Mozart International Festival exists in Bartlesville speaks volumes about the community,” he says. “This is a town that clearly values the arts and has committed itself to the universal value of great music and the artists that create and recreate it. “I’ve made many good friends in Bartlesville and have found the people to be warm and welcoming and very appreciative. Coming to Bartlesville several times a year feels like coming home to me.” tþ

June 7-14 — OK Mozart 30th International Music Festival View the full event lineup and purchase tickets at or 918-336-9900.


Saturday, June 7: 6 p.m., Opening Night Celebration

Sunday, June 8: 3 p.m., OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra with John Kimura Parker and the Amici New York Orchestra

Monday, June 9: 7 p.m., formal OK Mozart Gala, Viennese Waltz Ball

Wednesday, June 11: 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”

Thursday, June 12: 8 p.m., Sarah Jarosz with musicians from the Amici New York Orchestra

Friday, June 13: 8 p.m., Woolaroc Outdoor Concert

Saturday, June 14: 8 p.m., Grand Finale Concert with the Amici New York Orchestra

Kendra Blevins is a freelance writer who enjoys playwriting, community theater, traveling and reading.




OPHELIA RAGTIME ORCHESTRA is a 10-piece band from Oslo, Norway, that is considered one of the best in the world when it comes to performing ragtime and early jazz. The Ophelia focuses on the music of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as more contempo-

rary ragtime composers, including David Thomas Roberts and Frank French, both of whom have performed solo and/or duet concerts in Tulsa. The orchestra has played at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and toured extensively in the U.S., including performances at the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. June 3 at 7 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25; $5 for students.


Times describes as “impressively complex and artful” and Variety calls “a game changer.” ENTERTAINMENT ICON Jerry Seinfeld lives in New York City with Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his wife and three children. He remains his first appearance on The Tonight Show active as a stand-up comedy performer. with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow June 7 at 7 p.m. comedian Larry David to create the CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Limited seating available. most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards. Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and written two books (Seinlanguage and Halloween). Seinfeld’s latest project is the critically acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which the New York




DECLARED “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly and “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, this beloved backstory of the witches of Oz is the winner of more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Long before Dorothy drops in, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time,” wrote USA Today. The show is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. June 18–July 6 CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $35-$155.




ONE-MAN STAR WARS A FEW YEARS AGO, in a garage far, far away, comedian Charles Ross decided to put his Star Wars obsession to good use. He now performs the original movie trilogy — voices, sound effects, soundtrack and all — in a light-speed 60-minute show that’s suitable for all ages. One-Man Star Wars is “funnier than you could imagine,” writes Spin magazine.



COMEDIAN Judah Friedlander headlines the Blue Whale Comedy Festival, an exciting new addition to the Tulsa SummerStage and Fringe Festival. Judah Friedlander

“Immediately accessible… it was great,” says Conan O’Brien. From off-Broadway New York to London’s West End, from Dubai resorts to the Glastonbury Music Festival, in small towns, big cities and at Lucasfilm’s own Star Wars conventions — this show has been places! June 13 at 7:30 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25.

Instantly recognizable from his role as the disheveled, trucker-hat-wearing writer Frank on TV’s 30 Rock, Friedlander has also appeared in hundreds of other TV shows and more than 30 movies, including American Splendor, Meet the Parents and Zoolander. But stand-up comedy, which he has been doing just about every night since he began in 1989, is his priority and specialty. Also in the evening’s lineup is Los Angeles-based Jerrod Carmichael, who was featured in Variety as one of the Top Ten Comics to Watch and was one of the New Faces at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Carmichael can currently be seen in the 2014 movie comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. JOHN H. WILLIAMS T H E AT R E Tickets are $25.


IMPROV4HUMANS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF the Upright Citizens Brigade (along with Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh) and a regular performer in UCB’s longrunning New York and L.A. improv show Asssscat, Matt Besser brings improv4humans to Tulsa. improv4humans is a fully improvised weekly podcast that will be performed and recorded live at the PAC by Besser and other current Upright Citizens Brigade members, including Joe Wengert, Betsy Sodaro and Jonathan Gabrus. Matt Besser

June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25.


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BOOK OF DAYS BOOK OF DAYS, by Lanford Wilson (Hot L Baltimore) is set in a small Missouri town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. June 19-21 at 8 p.m. June 22 at 2 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $15; $10 for students and seniors. Recommended for mature audiences


BOOM BOOM is a one-man multimedia performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. Awarding-winning Canadian actor, director and writer Rick Miller (MacHomer) takes you through 25 turbulent years (1945-1969) and gives voice to more than 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians of that generation. From the boom of the atomic bombs that ended World War II through the explosion of science and technology that landed men on the moon, BOOM lets you experience global events as they unfold. June 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors, $12 for students.



IN THE STYLE OF interactive theatre experiences like Perchance to Dream and Sleep No More in New York City, Fizzy Funny & Fine Productions and Samuel Jeremy Stevens present ...through and back again..., a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. “The audience will have a ‘through the looking glass’ experience as they will be seated onstage with the cast and will also participate as a Greek chorus of sorts,” explains Stevens. “Try something new and exciting this summer. Take an entrancing journey ‘through the looking glass’ with us!” June 27-28 at 8 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors. Limited seating available.



Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Tulsa City-County Library


A photo identified as the “Frisco Train Wreck” is presumed to picture debris from the 1917 train collision at Kellyville, about 8 miles southwest of Sapulpa.

Tragedy came to town



Sept. 28, 1917, was a clear day, good for traveling on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad. But as passenger train No. 407, en route from St. Louis to Lawton, Okla., left Kellyville, it would become part of what some have called the worst train accident in Oklahoma history. At the time, trains along this part of the line were governed by timetables and orders transmitted by telephone. An investigation by the Bureau of Safety found the mistake was two-fold: an order was misunderstood and a train was misidentified. They were costly errors. At approximately 2:42 p.m., carrying an unknown number of passengers, No. 407 collided just west of Kellyville with freight train 1322. The human impact was most significant to No. 407’s “smoker” and “Jim Crow” cars. Thirty-two passengers, mostly black, and one employee were killed, according to the investigation report; 57 passengers and five employees were injured. “Persons who saw the wreckage described the scene as one of awful horror,” according to a Daily Oklahoman article published the following day. tþ


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The June issue features the results of our annual A-List reader poll, takes a look at Tulsa's iconic Spotlight Theatre and shares a Q&A with...

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