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48 CityBeat

11 Moving food Taylor Hanson is bringing resources to food deserts.

12 Notebook Topics of interest to Tulsans 14 Roots Kevin Cremin’s field of dreams

16 Five questions Joanna Majka, counselor and at-risk program director for The Tristesse Grief Center 18 Storefront Peace, love and cookies for one Tulsan

20 Applause The Association for Women in Communications recognizes women in the news. 22 The way we were A ‘SoBo’ landmark 24 Artist in residence Jessica Woody creates upcycled art.

26 Locker room Tress and Cole Way, athletic brothers in the big leagues

28 Where are they now? Clayton Vaughn, Tulsa’s trusted TV newsman 30 Musings Center of the universe

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47 Gypsy fare Tacos and tonic along Route 66

48 Dining out STG Pizzeria brings Neapolitan pizza to the Blue Dome district.

50 Table talk The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest restaurants, products and events 51 Spirits Gardens by the glass

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57 Health As summer nears, it is time to talk skin care.

60 In the garden Edible flowers

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Agenda 81 Take it to the street TYPros’ annual Street CReD tackles a south Tulsa neighborhood. 82 Agenda This month’s standout events 84 Out & about See and be seen. 86 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings 88 Behind the scene Shower of support 90 Get the picture Show and tell 91 Tulsa sound Rocking reviews 92 Flashback Worth a thousand words

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Reversing Oklahoma’s mental health statistics

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May 2015 is full of personal “firsts.” Most obviously, the May issue contains my first editor’s letter. May also marks my first year out of college. While I don’t miss being broke and having my personal/professional/academic lives all mixed together, this May is therefore also the first of my life without a “last day of school” to mark the beginning of summer. This is a bittersweet reality, but rather than resign myself to the monotony of responsible adulthood, maybe I’ll get creative. How can I capture the abstract and intangible feeling of summer while still punching in, punching out and paying rent on time? While my days of cross-country housesitting and study abroad may be over, my travel bug is far from cured, so I’ve learned to fit as much adventure into a weekend as possible. I hope you will, too — check out my foodie road trip feature (my first cover feature, fittingly) on p. 41 for inspiration. Another solution is to love your job so much that it hardly feels like work, like the “sweet” business on p. 18 — or like a certain digital editor who gets paid to tweet (#blessed). No matter how you enjoy these magical months, don’t underestimate the summer sun’s damaging effects. Take plenty of precautions, as advised by experts on p. 57. Here’s hoping this is my first May without a sunburn. In this issue, we see that relaxing summer activities — such as going to camp — also can be healing, both for children who have lost a loved one (p. 16) and military and first responders working through post-traumatic stress disorder (p. 32). Plus, Taylor Hanson takes the popular concept of the food truck and uses it to bring much-needed meals and services to struggling Tulsans (p. 11). Talk about a feel-good summer hit. I’ve come to the conclusion that summer is a state of mind, and not so much a threemonth break from the daily grind. And while putting a margarita machine in the break room and instituting Bikini Fridays might be out of the question, I’ll still find ways to bring that summer vibe to my 9-to-5 — and if you’re lucky, I’ll put it on Instagram. tþ

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Josh Lynch, The Dog House food truck; Michael Grogan, Food On The Move volunteer coordinator; Taylor Hanson, FOTM founder; and Katie Plohocky, R&G Family Grocers.

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Moving food by MORGAN PHILLIPS


aylor Hanson is best known as one-third of a chart-topping band of brothers, but his latest project helps Tulsans experiencing hunger, health issues and poverty. “Food On The Move is a true partnership of organizations committed to serving our community, with a vision for long-term impact in underserved areas of Tulsa,” Hanson said in a press release.

Camp counselor P. 16

Spearheaded by his Community Partners Fund, FOTM brings food trucks, groceries and health resources to food deserts — areas without close access to healthy groceries — offering a “pay as you can” model. The next FOTM event is noon-2 p.m., May 21, at Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus, 3727 E. Apache St. Visit for more information.

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Topics of interest to Tulsans by MORGAN PHILLIPS

Some might call Jenny Collier “Supermom.” The former photographer and mother of two stays more than busy with several ventures while her husband, Court, operates SKATES roller skating rink in Sand Springs. In 2009, Collier began www.jenny as an extension of her professional photography brand. When she closed her business in 2012, the site morphed into a lifestyle blog. For the past five years, she and Ashley Thompson-Westfall have taught Mamarazzi of Tulsa photography workshops. And in December, Collier and five friends launched a collaborative online resource called Moms of Tulsa. In honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, TulsaPeople asked Collier about her mission to support local moms.

ting a peek into someone’s life, and mom blogs fall into that category for me. I think it can be really encouraging to hear other moms’ stories and have those “me, too,” moments.

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What are your goals for www. and www.moms My heart for www. is that I can encourage moms to be the best version of themselves — whether that’s sharing easy DIY tutorials, recipes and photography tips that help them to feel creative or stories of encouragement when they are in the trenches of motherhood.

With Moms of Tulsa, I hope that it can be a resource for local moms — where they can learn of fun events, places to play, birthday party locations and inspiration, craft ideas, recipes for their family and more. What are your thoughts on the term “mommy blogger”? I certainly love a good reality show and get-

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Five young Tulsans had the ear of President Barack Obama on March 29 at the fifth annual White House Science Fair. Comprised of Girl Scout Daisies, the “Supergirls” robotics team from Troop 411 of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma presented their invention: a battery-powered page turner for people with conditions or disabilities affecting their hands. This year’s science fair focused on girls and women excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspiring the next generation with their work, according to a press release. 12

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An intensive, yearlong selection process has resulted in a new artistic director and conductor for the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College. Andrés Franco was hired in March, following a vote of the TCC Board of Regents. He succeeds Dr. Barry Epperley, who founded the orchestra 36 years ago and retired following the 2014-15 season. A native of Colombia, Franco served three seasons as artistic director of the Concerts in the Garden Summer Festival with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and five seasons as principal conductor of the multimedia project Caminos del Inka, according to a press release.

What do you love about raising kids in Tulsa? The people of Tulsa make raising kids here great, in my opinion. I have lived in the Tulsa area over half of my life, so also getting to relive some of my own childhood memories with my own children is something that I love. Why do you think Mamarazzi of Tulsa has been so well received? There is a huge learning curve with digital SLR cameras — you simply can’t purchase one and get magazine-quality photos with it. ... Possibly one of my favorite things to see is a mom go from being frustrated with her camera to leaving able to capture beautiful shots of her children.

Franco was one of three conductor finalists chosen to headline Signature Symphony’s 2014-15 season. The symphony’s 70 musicians played under each finalist, experiencing their unique styles and approaches to music. Signature Symphony patrons were asked for feedback on how well they “connected” with each candidate, says Dr. Brett Campbell, chairman of the Conductor Search Committee and TCC Southeast Campus provost. Advisory board and community members and artistic leadership in Tulsa also supported Franco’s appointment. The 2015-16 season begins in September. Visit www.signature for performance dates and more information. tþ



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Updates on former Tulsans

Field of dreams The Seattle Mariners executive producer/engineer is content in the big leagues. by STEVE HUNT


ITAL STATS: Kevin Cremin graduated from Central High School; attended the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma, where he studied journalism and “majored in having fun and playing in a bluegrass band.” Spent eight years working for the Tulsa World; in 1983, Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus offered him a job with the Seattle Mariners.

How did you make the transition from the Tulsa World to broadcasting? I actually hadn’t worked for the World for about eight or nine months. A friend of mine, Grayle Howlett, was the producer of the Mariners postgame show. In those days, when we’d go on the road, we would hire someone to keep track of the out-of-town scores and go down at the end of the game and hand the microphone and the headphones to the postgame guest. Grayle calls and asks, “Do you want to do that?” I did both trips when the Mariners came into Kansas City, and I got along well with Dave and his partner, Ken Wilson. I knew where to go after the games because I’d gone to Kansas City games all my life. So, the season ends and oh, a month or so goes by, and Dave calls me and asks, “Hey, how would you like a producer/engineer job?” I said, “Dave, that sounds great, but 14

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NOW: The executive producer and senior radio engineer lives in Seattle with his wife, Margaret, and daughter Kate. His daughter Colleen lives in Baltimore.

Former Tulsan Kevin Cremin is at home in the broadcast box at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. He joined the Mariners organization in 1983. I don’t know the first thing about it.” He said, “They’ll teach you.” Margaret and I got married, loaded up the 25-foot U-Haul and drove to Seattle. Three days later, I went to Arizona for spring training, and here we are. You say getting fired from the World is the best thing that has happened to you. How so? I worked various jobs from circulation to customer service to route manager and ultimately got fired. I’d been a dedicated employee for eight and a half years. When TU had (basketball coach) Nolan Richardson the year after the 1981 NIT victory, they were

playing the University of Houston at Oral Roberts in an NCAA regional game. I cut out of work to watch the game. There was an assistant who wanted my job, and he ratted me out and they canned me. Best thing that ever happened to me, it is. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking right now. Is this the ultimate job for a baseball guy like yourself? It has been fantastic. It’s just a great, great job. My brother’s an attorney, but he’d change jobs with me anytime. I’ve been traveling with a big-league ball club for 33 years now. I’ve seen a lot of great baseball and I’ve seen a lot of bad

baseball, but I’ve seen a lot of baseball, and you can’t beat it. It’s the greatest game there is. I love all the people I work with. I’ve had the same boss at the Mariners the whole time, Randy Adamack. What is your favorite ballpark to visit? I’m partial to Dodger Stadium. I grew up as a Dodgers fan and actually drove out there for the World Series in ’74. You know you’re in the big leagues. It’s a beautiful park. The press box is very functional. (Longtime announcer) Vin Scully is two booths down. Fenway’s great too, of course, and our ballpark (Safeco Field) — it’s the best of the new ones. tþ


Q&A with the community

Joanna Majka Counselor and at-risk program director, The Tristesse Grief Center by LAUREN RUTHERFORD


he nonprofit Tristesse Grief Center was named after 14-year-old Tristesse, who in the face of cancer was most concerned with celebrating life. In June, The Grief Center — which helps people of all ages — will host Oklahoma’s first overnight bereavement camp for children. Joanna Majka is one of several counselors who will help participants work through their grief and have a good time.


How did you get into grief counseling? Growing up, I had a fear of death and dying. If you had told me I’d be working at The Grief Center, I’d have said, “No way.” What I’m passionate about today is grief education, and processing my fear of death drives what I do now. The more we talk about death, understand it’s a natural process and educate ourselves, the less fear we have about it.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Whenever clients come in, their entire world has been turned upside down. It can be really scary when someone is first experiencing grief, so partnering with a client and helping them understand what’s normal is important. Empowering a client to ride that wave of emotions instead of avoiding it and coming alongside them to work through the grief is rewarding.


How does the camp atmosphere help the grieving and healing process? I tell people that if they know a child who has suffered a loss, that child needs to be at camp. Kids are peer oriented, and they don’t want to look different. They’re not going to talk about their grief in daily life because it makes them feel different. Camp helps them relate to other kids who have experienced a loss. Throughout the weekend, we’ll cover different healing and support topics, self-care, memorialization and how to give back to others. We want to teach them to provide hope to others that have gone through a similar thing.


What are you looking forward to most at camp? I’m looking forward to getting to know each camper individually and watching


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the transformation over the weekend. Watching them share for the first time or allowing them to feel for the first time what all is going on inside is one of my favorite things to experience. For example, one night around the campfire they will bring pictures of their loved ones and share about who they were and what they miss about them. I am also looking forward to having fun with the kids. We understand how heavy grief can be.


What do you hope attendees will get out of the camp? My No. 1 goal is empowering them for success and giving them a better understanding of grief so they can take ownership of their grief journey. I hope that when a camper leaves, they feel supported by the other kids who understand what they’ve gone through. I hope we can help them see they’re resilient and use this to give back to others. tþ

FILL IN THE BLANKS I draw strength from ... my relationship with God. It is helpful to know I have an advocate who is for me and always present. I am good at ... listening. Dogs or cats? 100 percent dogs. A little-known fact about me is ... I just ran my third marathon. Marathons are crazy! Favorite pastime? Hanging out with my family and watching my girls play soccer.

June 5-7 — Healing Hearts Camp For children ages 8-18 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Classic camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, parties, a zip line and campfires, with time to explore their grief and remember their loved one. Camp Loughridge, 4900 W. 71st St. $20 per camper. Call 918-587-1200 or visit healing-hearts-camp for more information.


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Smell of success A Tulsan finds a new career in her own kitchen. by MARNIE FERNANDEZ



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Peace, Love & Cookies are $9.95 per dozen, including delivery in the Tulsa area. In addition to Matheson’s signature “Whole Lotta Love” chocolate chip cookies, she offers: • Come Together (oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter chip and walnuts) • Love Me Do (snickerdoodle) • You Really Got Me (peanut butter) • Heard it Through the Grapevine (oatmeal raisin) • Here Comes the Sun (lemon bars) • Harvest Moon (pumpkin) • Let it Snow (snowball cookies) • Cowboy Junkie (organic vegan chocolate chip) • Jungle Love (gluten-free organic banana vegan chocolate chip)

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ew can resist a freshly baked, homemade chocolate chip cookie. That’s what Heather Matheson, founder of Peace, Love & Cookies, was banking on when she started her home-based business more than a year ago. “I had been a medical social worker for 19 years,” Matheson says. “I loved my job, but I was getting burned out, and I needed a job that would let me be at home with my three boys.” After some soul searching and a little persuasion from friends, she took a leap of faith and began baking. “My friends were constantly telling me that I made great chocolate chip cookies,” Matheson says. “So, I decided to turn my love of baking into a new career path.” Now she is tapping into a new market — one she hopes continues to grow. “I deliver the cookies on the same day I bake them,” she says. “No one else is doing that right now.” She doesn’t do fancy icing or giant cookies. Matheson focuses on regular-sized, home-baked products. Through word of mouth, her business has taken off. Her chocolate chip cookies have been used as wedding favors, client gifts and business meeting goodies. And although this is Matheson’s livelihood, it’s not all about making money. Ten percent of every sale goes to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) “Different and the Same” program. “This is something that is near and dear to my heart,” Matheson says of the elementary school program that helps children identify, discuss and prevent prejudice.

Heather Matheson turned a hobby into a growing business called Peace, Love & Cookies when friends complimented her delicious chocolate chip cookies. She chose this program because she wanted to give back to the community and help spread understanding and respect in schools. Since November 2013, Peace, Love & Cookies has funded “Different and the Same” at 11 schools and has helped fund the program’s expansion statewide. “I’m at the point in my life where I only want to do things that mean something to me, or can help others in some way,” Matheson says. For her, that includes mountain climbing and trekking. Matheson, an experienced mountaineer who has climbed numerous fourteeners — mountains that are 14,000

or more feet above sea level — the Grand Tetons and even Kilimanjaro, just returned from an 18-day trek to the base camp of Mount Everest. “It was life-changing in so many ways,” she says. “The beauty is just impossible to describe. It was a sensory overload in the most magnificent way.” Matheson says that experience would have been impossible with a normal job and that Peace, Love & Cookies has given her freedom to enjoy the things she loves most. She also hopes to expand her business. Right now, she hires her teenage son to make deliveries during the busy seasons. (She is

busiest during the December holidays.) “I would love to get to the point where it is Christmas all the time,” Matheson says. “I’m definitely ready to take this to the next level.” In the meantime, she is pleased with her decision to launch Peace, Love & Cookies. “The best conversations and the best celebrations take place around food,” she says. “I am so glad to be part of making that happen.” tþ

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Tulsans receive honors and accolades

The Association for Women in Communications honors inspirational women in the news. by GAIL BANZET-ELLIS


Making headlines TOP: Alison Anthony, Meredith Siegfried-Madden and Connie Cronley; and BOTTOM: Mary Bishop-Baldwin and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin.

Alison Anthony Director of strategic outreach, The Williams Cos. Inc.; president, The Williams Foundation Alison Anthony’s professional experience in human resources and leadership development pairs well with her passion for the Tulsa community. Her contributions as a board member include service with the Community Action Project, Tulsa Ballet and Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past chairwoman of the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Anthony was named one of the Tulsa YWCA’s 100 Women with Moxie in 2014. “We can make news when we keep stepping forward with our ideas and energy for positive change,” Anthony says. “We introduce great people for collaboration, speak up, take risks and mentor the next generation to one day realize that together we’ve made news because of the progress around us.”

Mary Bishop-Baldwin & Sharon Bishop-Baldwin Mary: assistant editor, Tulsa World; Sharon: author Oklahoma natives Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin first made national headlines 10 years ago when they filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against the United States for enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act. The case also challenged Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. For nearly a decade, Bishop and Baldwin, both Tulsa World editors at the time, fought for marriage equality across the country and in their home state. On Oct. 6, 2014, they won the right to legally marry and did so that day at the Tulsa County Courthouse. “As newspaper journalists, Sharon and I were supposed to cover the news — not make it,” Mary says. “But we did make the news — and made history.”

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Meredith Siegfried-Madden CEO, NORDAM As CEO of one of the world’s leading aerospace companies, Meredith Siegfried-Madden is driven to establish Tulsa as an aviation powerhouse. Her experience in NORDAM’s corporate recovery, international sales and repair and manufacturing divisions primed her for the leadership role she began in 2011. “As the CEO of NORDAM, I am happy to be honored as a Newsmaker on behalf of the people who made it possible — the men and women who work here,” Siegfried-Madden says. “It is their daily effort, care and skill that allow NORDAM to be successful and newsworthy.” Siegfried-Madden serves on the board of directors for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum and is a past board member of the Tulsa Airport Authority. In 2014, she led a Tulsa Area United Way campaign team and helped her family launch Flight Night, an annual fundraiser that benefits Oklahoma science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

ach spring, the Association for Women in Communications recognizes an accomplished and compassionate group of Tulsa women who have made headlines for all the right reasons. These deserving individuals have dedicated their careers and lives to the empowerment of women while striving to improve their city, state and country. Editor’s note: Gail Banzet-Ellis is a member of the AWC Newsmakers Committee.

Connie Cronley, Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner* Executive director, Iron Gate; author, PR professional and public radio commentator Connie Cronley’s witty and inventive style of journalism has been a Tulsa tradition for more than 50 years. Her career includes hundreds of published magazine articles, essays and books along with long-standing roles as a commentator on Public Radio Tulsa and as a columnist for TulsaPeople Magazine. Cronley served 15 years as managing director of the Tulsa Ballet — experience she applies today leading the Tulsa soup kitchen Iron Gate. “My own career has been a love affair with the written word — jobs of everyday duty, with some triumphs and a couple of catastrophes thrown in for adventure,” Cronley says. “What great fun to celebrate the communications profession with my colleagues: smart, talented, hard-working, ground-breaking, conscientious, generous and fearless women.” tþ *The Saidie award is named in honor of its first recipient, TV pioneer Saidie Adwon.

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A peek into Tulsa’s past

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The vacant building at 118 E. 18th St. was formerly home to the swanky Louisiane restaurant, which served seafood, steak and gumbo from the 1930s to the early ‘90s. Business owners in the area hope the property will be redeveloped as another restaurant concept or retail space.

Elegant to empty A building in Tulsa’s ‘SoBo’ district was a landmark restaurant. by BRIA BOLTON MOORE


nce upon a time, 118 E. 18th St. was a dining destination — and a swanky one at that. “Historically, what everybody remembers it as — anybody who’s lived in Tulsa for a length of time — is the Louisiane,” says Patrick Fox of Fox+Allen Realty, broker for the property’s redevelopment. “It was the place you would take your client if you wanted to show them a nice time in town or your sweetie if you were going on a date.” The two-story red brick building with black awnings has about 9,000 square feet of vacant space, but for approximately 50 years, the sounds of live music and the smells of steak, lobster and Creole gumbo filled the dining room. Pat McMurchy, who moved to Tulsa in 1984 to be the Louisiane’s general manager, remembers the days when he couldn’t get orders of blackened redfish off the grill fast enough for hungry patrons of the popular spot. The Louisiane enjoyed a long run, opening in the mid-1930s (when a T-bone steak was just $1.25), closing in 1983 and reopening a year later when McMurchy helped a friend, Bob Allred, bring it back to life. McMurchy left in ’87 to open The Bros. Houligan, which he still owns with his brother, Tim. The Louisiane changed hands a couple of times and closed in the early ’90s. Afterward, the building was home to bars and restaurants called The Brick, Tulsa Brick Yard and Pour House, but many Tulsans are hoping for a new type of tenant.


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Phoenix Cleaners sits down the street at 125 E. 18th St. The business has been in owner Todd Robinson’s family for more than 100 years and has operated on East 18th Street since the late 1930s or early ‘40s. “I was born and raised right there in that neighborhood,” Robinson says of the East 18th Street and South Boston Avenue area. “I’ve seen it go from good to bad to better, and it’s really nice right now.” He says he’d like another locally owned restaurant or retail space to take the reins of the former Louisiane location. “I’d love to see one of those places go in that when you enter, the building is still there but it’s revamped, kind of like The Rusty Crane or one of Blake Ewing’s restaurants,” he says. Fox says his organization’s vision is to redevelop the property and to “have something there that is a legacy” to the city and neighborhood. “It’s a unique part of Tulsa in that it’s sort of a neighborhood center,” Fox says of the South Boston district, often called “SoBo,” where anchor businesses include DoubleShot Coffee Co., Mercury Lounge, Dalesandro’s and Burn Co. “It’s an area that serves the surrounding neighborhood and has the potential to be a place that — if you live in Maple Ridge or you’re coming along the Midland Valley Trail — can be a walkable area and one of those things that makes the city cool and unique,” he says. “I think the building is really well positioned to see a true revival.” tþ

he Will Rogers All Sport Booster Club bestowed a time-honored tradition on the next generation of student athletes. Earlier this year, club members presented letterman jackets to Will Rogers High School upperclassmen, who were selected by their coaches, during halftime of the varsity basketball game against Tulsa Memorial. Unlike most schools at which letterman jackets must be purchased, the only price for these student recipients was good grades and dedication to their respective sports. “The letterman jacket presentation was one of the top events and proud moments of the year for Will Rogers students, parents, alumni and faculty,” says booster club representative Johnnie Egbert. “We want these current students to have the same opportunities that we had, and that sometimes is difficult in today’s world. We are just proud to support our school in any way.”


letterman jacket event. “The Booster Club agrees the event is a Will Rogers Roper tradition, and we hope that’s a motivating factor in the future,” Egbert says.


student athletes at Will Rogers High School received letterman jackets.


worth of jackets were donated to the junior and senior athletes who lettered.


sports were represented by students who received jackets: football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.


alumni donated to the cause. Players on the 1965 football team at Rogers started the Will Rogers All Sports Booster Club. Some of the club’s members played sports as early as 1949. For more information about the Will Rogers All Sports Booster Club, call 918-6989878 or email tþ

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Trash to treasure A Tulsa artist goes a step beyond recycling. by JUDY LANGDON

When did you realize upcycling was your calling? I have been creating my hand-painted, upcycled decoupage artwork for seven years. Since I was a little girl, I have loved recycling and repurposing salvaged materials and transforming them into something new, functional and beautiful. But I was 19 years old when I first discovered that my upcycled creations, which I had been giving to friends and family members as gifts, needed to be available for the world to enjoy. How important is the environmental aspect of your art? Over the years, my artistic calling to upcycle has been significantly fueled by my research, passion and eco-conscious concern for the welfare of our environment. Enlightening documentary films such as “Bag It,” “Addicted to Plastic” and others have inspired me to pursue my creative outlet and eco-friendly endeavors. Describe your artistic process. The materials and creative process that I use begin with recycled vinyl records or metal cans. All of my art pieces feature a glossy black back24

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ground and white “freckles,” which is my signature look. I have chosen this dramatic black and white dualism of color because it is strikingly eye-catching, and it beautifully complements the diverse color palette found in my hand-selected collage ephemera. I carefully and intricately hand cut each piece of paper ephemera used in the art piece, which I select beforehand. I usually gather my paper clippings from various magazines, and I also occasionally incorporate inspirational typography messages from recycled Yogi brand tea tags. I select attractive imagery with colors that bring a balanced look to the completed work and that tell a visual story when placed together in a decoupage collage. After I paste the images onto the vinyl record or canister in the precise order that I desire, I then surround each image with tiny white hand-painted “freckles.” They are not perfectly symmetrical, which is where the inspiration of my Etsy shop name “Eco-Friendly Freckles” came from. After the paint dries, I brush on the glossy Mod Podge to complete the one-of-kind upcycled art piece. You grew up making collages with your mother and twin sister, Andrea. How did that impact your work? My dear late mother, Vicki, who passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, taught my sister and me how to make collages. It was such a precious craft activity shared during the cherished moments we had with her during our childhood — moments sadly cut short. Carrying

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ulsa decoupage/collage artist Jessica Woody converts waste — cans and vinyl records — into something better than the originals. They gain new life as signature gifts and works of art in her Eco-Friendly Freckles line. Her work has been featured in two books available through Amazon.

Jessica Woody of Eco-Friendly Freckles creates art by “upcycling” — reusing discarded objects. Her favorite items to repurpose include vinyl records and metal cans. on this heartfelt pastime into my life today brings a smile to my heart, and taking a hobby and transforming it into an art business reminds me of how proud my crafty mother would be of her daughter today, as she too was very creative. tþ

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Getting to know Tulsa’s top athletes

Tress and Cole Way Brothers traveled many of the same roads, but are headed in different directions. by DOUG EATON


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ress and Cole Way are livin’ the sports dream — each in his own enviable way. The brothers’ early athletic backgrounds mirrored one another in many aspects. Tress, 25, and Cole, 23, both started as kickers in youth soccer. Both played football at Tulsa’s Union High School. Both were proficient punters — and each punted left-footed. Both received football scholarships at in-state Division I universities — Tress to the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and Cole to The University of Tulsa in 2011. By happenstance, Cole’s inaugural collegiate game happened to be against OU (and Tress) before nearly 90,000 rabid fans in Norman. “I was probably more nervous for Cole than I was for myself,” says Tress, who concluded his OU punting career ranked No. 1 in school history with a 44-yard average. After graduating from OU, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears. He attended Bears training camps in 2013 and 2014, but each time, he failed to make the Bears’ final roster. Robbie Gould, placekicker for the Bears, took Tress under his wing and offered encouragement. “Robbie told me that I had the talent and that I belonged in the NFL,” Tress recalls. Then, fate intervened. Just a day after getting cut the second time, Tress took a phone call from the Washington Redskins inviting him to tryouts. “I was given 10 days to make the team,” he says. “I had two good pre-season games and ended up making the team.” Tress not only became the fulltime Redskins punter for 2014,

Cole Way, left, punted for The University of Tulsa but in 2014 was drafted by the Kansas City Royals baseball organization. Tress, right, punted for the University of Oklahoma before being drafted into the NFL. He plays for the Washington Redskins. but also tied for the league lead in gross punting average (47.5 yards). He was 10th in net punting average (40 yards). His longest punt was a booming 77-yarder (second-longest in the league) against the New York Giants. Along the way, Tress married Brianna Turang, who played softball and soccer at OU. Her father is former Major League Baseball player Brian Turang. But Tress is not defined solely by his on-field endeavors. He enjoys giving back to the Washington, D.C., community. “The players have the opportunity to volunteer for community activities,” he says. “I’ve found that I really enjoy working with the NFL Play60 program, where we go out and interact with less fortunate kids. It’s actually my chance to be a kid again.” Younger brother Cole’s road to the professional ranks took a sudden turn this past summer from football to baseball.

The 6 foot, 10 inch Cole enjoyed three successful years of punting for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and was named All-Conference USA his freshman year. He also exhibited dexterity, serving as the holder on extra points and field goals and adding kick-off duties his junior year. Cole traveled to California with Tress over spring break 2014 to visit his future sister-in-law, Brianna. On a lark, Cole visited Brian Turang’s training facility to toss a few baseballs. He had been a decent pitcher in high school, but it had been three years since he had seriously played baseball. After growing three inches and adding about 40 pounds to his lanky frame, Cole discovered his fastball was hitting 90 mph — remarkably about 10 mph faster than in high school. Turang was duly impressed and passed on the details of Cole’s performance to a scout for the Kansas City Royals.

Next, Cole and his dad, Leo, were invited to a pre-draft workout at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. After the workout, Cole had a hint he might be drafted, but he didn’t know for sure. Finally, in the last hour of the draft, in the 38th round and with the 1,143rd overall pick, the Royals selected Cole. “When my name popped up, everyone started screaming and crying,” he remembers. Cole suddenly found himself with a difficult choice: sign with the Royals and play pro baseball, or return to TU for his senior football season and follow Tress’ footsteps as a punter in the NFL. He chose the former. “Baseball has always been my dream,” Cole explains. “I had one day to arrange my affairs before leaving,” he recalls. “I spent all day Monday talking to my TU coaches, moving from my apartment, packing, dropping my summer classes and saying goodbye.” He was assigned to the Burlington Royals, Kansas City’s rookie level affiliate in the Appalachian League in North Carolina, where he appeared in seven games, earning one save. This past fall, Cole was invited to play in the Arizona Instructional League, which is usually reserved for an organization’s top prospects. Cole’s future aspirations? “I plan to work hard,” he says. “I hope within the next two years to be on the Double A (Northwest Arkansas) roster and move up from there. Even though I am 23 years old, I really have an 18-yearold arm since I haven’t pitched since high school. I hope to take advantage of that.” tþ

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Checking in with former newsmakers

Tulsa’s trusted TV newsman by DAVID HARPER


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read Clayton Vaughn’s obituary before I met him. The legendary Tulsa newsman wrote his own obit in 2007 to save his family the trouble when the time comes. He sent me a copy as background before our recent interview — a professional courtesy from one reporter to another. Although Vaughn hasn’t anchored a newscast in more than 16 years, he is arguably still the most recognizable anchorman in Tulsa’s history. His storied career included three separate stints as the face of the KOTV news department, induction into the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame and many other awards. However, he got his start in the industry largely through happenstance. A new radio station was launching in Vaughn’s hometown of Cushing on New Year’s Day 1953, and the organizers were searching for a young voice. Vaughn says his high school speech teacher recommended him for the job. His duties included calling the police station and sheriff ’s office and attending city council meetings. In 1958, KAKC radio brought Vaughn to Tulsa. A six-year stint there led to his transition into TV news at KOTV in 1964. Vaughn says making the switch from a darkened radio booth to the bright spotlight of a TV studio was not particularly stressful “because none of us had any idea” what TV news was supposed to be. It was certainly different from today’s polished broadcasts. He says footage consisted of silent, blackand-white film shot with 16-millimeter cameras. Stories were often accompanied by still photos from the news wire. “It was Stone Age kind of stuff,” he says.

Clayton Vaughn was the face of KOTV news three separate times from 1964-1998. In 1969, Vaughn took an anchor/ reporter position in Los Angeles, where he covered huge news events, including the Charles Manson murder trial. Members of the press had assigned seats in the packed courtroom. Vaughn sat next to a woman named Nancy, who was covering the trial for another LA station. A romance began, and the couple will celebrate their 44th anniversary this August. Vaughn returned to KOTV shortly after they wed, in part, to be closer to his two children from his first marriage. His second tour of duty in Tulsa was hugely successful. The 1970s were a great time to be a news anchor at a CBS station. Walter Cronkite was the king of network news, and local affiliates benefited from his spillover popularity. For several years, Vaughn presided as the lone anchor of an hour-long newscast on KOTV. Feature pieces lasted as long as

12 minutes, something unheard of in today’s local news environment. “We would do magazine-length stories, and we had people capable of doing them,” Vaughn remembers of that golden age. New management eventually gave him a co-anchor and cut the station’s coverage into two 30-minute newscasts. In the late ’70s, Vaughn’s work caught the eye of East Coast executives starting a PBS newscast. He worked there for two years before his third and final stint at KOTV. In 1998, Vaughn took an early retirement package and walked away from the news business at the peak of his popularity. “The business had changed,” he says. “The digital age had started, and TV news had gotten worse and worse then and continues to do so now. It was time to get out.” Around that time, the Tulsa Historical Society sought a new leader and a new home. Vaughn became

the organization’s executive director in 2000. “I had zero experience in getting a building built or working for a nonprofit,” he says. What he did have was drive, determination and a long list of contacts cultivated over more than 30 years as Tulsa’s trusted TV newsman. By the time Vaughn left the post in 2006, the Society had moved into a new multi-million dollar home in the renovated and expanded Travis Mansion at 2445 S. Peoria Ave. At 80 years old, Vaughn still gets a lot of enjoyment out of life. He acts as unpaid consultant for inexperienced public speakers, hosts dinners for friends and has traveled extensively. He is a voracious reader of books covering diverse topics from comedian Martin Short to the Spanish Inquisition. In his self-effacing style, he says, “I’m a mile wide, but only about an inch deep.” He is known to send books as out-of-the-blue gifts to friends and acquaintances interested in a particular subject or author. “I’m always astonished how delighted people are to receive a book,” Vaughn says. Or perhaps, people are astonished that someone so authoritative can also be so accessible and randomly thoughtful. For 34 years, Vaughn kept viewers up to date on world events. Now, he just makes the world a better place. tþ David Harper has been a member of the Tulsa-area media for more than 20 years. A native of Virginia, he has two degrees from The University of Tulsa, including a law degree.


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Center of the universe by CONNIE CRONLEY


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Connie Cronley, age 6

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wrong. My opinion of children is that they are all adorable. My opinion of most parenting is less favorable. Yet if I were to tell parents, “You’re raising your children as if they are the center of the universe,” they would reply, “Thank you.” My memory of my own childhood is that we were raised with what one writer called “benign indifference” and sent outside to play 18 hours a day. We were not the focus of our families; we were little spies and spectators. And yet ... Miscellaneous memories belie that fact. I grew up in a small Oklahoma town. Looking at it in the rearview mirror, life there was slower and safer for children. I lived on a street right out of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” complete with a haunted house. Down the block was the small house of River Jordan, his wife and his brother. They were tiny, ancient people — German, we thought — about the age of my great-grandparents. When they walked to town, they walked single file. Jordan was first, followed by his brother and then his wife. All three wore dark, old-fashioned clothes. Some bored afternoons, I drifted down to their house to visit. Inside was dark and smoky since the house had wood stoves and kerosene lamps. I watched the brothers silently play chess, and I chatted with Mrs. Jordan as she baked. She didn’t talk much either, just quietly handed me small plates of heavy cake as I told her about my wondrous 7-year-old life. “Leave those people alone,” my mother would say. “Don’t bother them.”

Some days after work, my father walked down to the Jordans’ house to ask if I was bothering them and to help them chop wood for their stoves. The old brothers talked some to my gregarious father. Mrs. Jordan only came out of the kitchen to give me a cookie. “When you get tired of her,” my father told them, “send her home.” Years later, when I asked my mother about River Jordan and his family, she laughed.

“Their name was Jordan,” she said, “but it wasn’t River Jordan. That’s something you came up with from Sunday School.” After we moved, I didn’t see the Jordans. My parents were busy with projects that involved lots of volunteer help from family and friends — digging a storm cellar, laying a hardwood floor, building two additional rooms. When my parents decided to get me a piano — who knows

why — that became a group project, too. Someone in the country had an upright piano for sale for $100, and someone else had a pickup truck to retrieve it. Nobody thought about having the piano tuned after the gut-jolting drive over country roads. Curiously, the more I plunked on it, the more often my mother sent me outside to play. Once a week, I rode my bicycle to have a piano lesson with elderly Miss Pierce. The lessons cost 50 cents each. She sat beside me on the piano bench, her hands veined and dry, as she showed me how to curve my fingers gracefully. Lucky for my mother and sadly for Miss Pierce, I did not practice much. Miss Pierce lived with her elderly mother, who stayed in a back bedroom while lessons were given. Their house was dark inside, too, the furniture covered with crochet work. Drapes were closed and the house was stuffy, smelling of dried roses. I thought it was the smell of old people. Home from college, I went back to visit Miss Pierce, chattering about my life and friends. Suddenly she said, “I could have married. I had a beau. But he was goggleeyed and looked like a frog.” Piano lessons for an untalented tomboy, freshly baked cake for a neighborhood chatterbox — another child in another time being raised as the center of the universe. Those are my tender memories and that is my sweet opinion. 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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A      every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Add to that an alarming rate of suicide among police officers, firefighters and paramedics — the men and woman who daily put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. For many veterans and first responders, the stressful events they encounter mean their lives are still on the line when they get home. Never has the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder been more predominant in the media than today, with the recent Academy Award-nominated “American Sniper” exposing the very real issue of PTSD among members of the armed forces. The National Center for PTSD describes symptoms such as sleep issues or distressing memories of the event as common in anyone who experiences trauma. But, says the center, if those symptoms persist over time, the person undergoing the stress should seek professional help. When left untreated, many individuals with PTSD attempt to self-medicate with substances. The effects of PTSD also can damage relationships, and in some cases, an individual ends their own life to escape the memories and symptoms. Many mental health professionals believe the increasing number of suicides and sub-


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by RACHEL ANDERSON stance abuse among veterans and first responders with PTSD is because of the stigma that comes with the disorder. A November 2014 EMS World article explained the issue of suffering in silence: “We don’t do a very good job of supporting our brethren in their times of emotional and psychological vulnerability. Compounding problems … is our frequent refusal to ask for help. We see horrible things but try to shrug them off.” The silver lining with recent media attention is the increased pressure on legislators, mental health providers, VAs and others to band together to deliver much-needed services. Recently, Congress passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, named for a decorated Marine who killed himself in 2011. The act was signed into law in February 2015 to improve access to quality mental health care. President Barack Obama supported the bill, saying, “Everyone can do more with and for our veterans. This has to be a national mission.” Many agree with the president. And it is becoming a national mission because of people like Owasso resident Susan Erler, executive director of a new nonprofit called Partners for Heroes.



In 2014, Erler and the CEO and developer of CrossTimbers Marina, Ron Howell, dreamed up the idea for Partners for Heroes, a foundation to create outdoor refuges to help heal individuals with PTSD. Referred to as “ecotherapy,” the lakeside sites provide places for veteran and first-responder groups to gather, relax in natural settings and get away from everyday stress, Erler says. “Everything you read says to get them back to nature ... back to something other than sitting there being asked questions,” Erler says. “Some of them need to lay back, and some of them need an adrenaline rush; we have a lot of activities to help them for what they need and want.” Erler comes from a family with a rich military tradition. Her father was in the Navy, her husband has been in the military for 28 years, her nephew is a Marine who serves in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, and her eldest son and daughter-in-law are members of the 138th Fighter Wing based in Tulsa. Her eldest son has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his most recent deployment, Erler’s son returned home suffering from mild effects of PTSD, so she knows firsthand the impact the support and care of family, friends and peers can have in helping people recover from the disorder.

“My son was the one person who I never expected would be affected,” she says, as he always has been able to easily adjust to new situations. During his second deployment, he was in an active combat zone. The first thing he wanted to do after returning from duty was go to Bass Pro Shops. There he suffered an anxiety attack because he felt vulnerable without his weapon and protective gear and didn’t know who was friendly and who wasn’t, who had a gun and who didn’t. Erler says her personal experience compelled her to help others affected by PTSD. “I wanted to make a direct impact on the veterans themselves and I also wanted to include our first responders,” she says. “They often are overlooked and they suffer from post-traumatic stress, as well. We plop them down into everyday life and expect everything to be OK, but it’s not. They need time to decompress, spend time together and rejuvenate and get ready for their next shift or next deployment.”


The Skiatook location is named after Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who jumped on John F. Kennedy’s limousine to shield the first lady after the president was shot. Hill suffered from PTSD and its symptoms.


Erler founded Partners for Heroes to provide tranquil gathering and recuperative outdoor spaces nationwide for military personnel, first responders and members of specialized government agencies. Partners for Heroes creates its gathering places by renovating lakeside areas that have fallen into disrepair. The organization’s first area opened this spring at Skiatook Overlook. Renovations were funded by public and private dollars, according to Erler, who says it was surprisingly easy to get things moving with the organization, even in its first year. “We had a core group of businesses that Ron already utilized for his marina,” she says. “When they heard what we were doing, many of them were happy to step up and make donations. They understood that the number of suicides that occur each day within our military is now at a rate of almost one per hour. And, they wanted to help make a difference.” But the Overlook needed a lot of work to prepare for Partners for Heroes’ use. “It was so far gone, it wasn’t a safe place,” Erler says. “It’s hard today to even imagine the structure that it was and what it is now. It’s incredible.” One of the community partners who lent the largest amount of support and manpower was Jay Stout, sales manager for A-Best Roofing, Erler says. When she mentioned the project, Stout says he knew he wanted to get involved. “It spoke to me personally simply because I experienced post-traumatic stress disorder myself — not through the military, but on a personal basis,” Stout says. “I had an employee who committed suicide on my watch. I was going through counseling for that when I learned about post-traumatic stress. This is a gathering place where people can actually get together

Susan Erler, executive director of Partners for Heroes, and Ron Howell, CrossTimbers Marina CEO and developer, envisioned a foundation to create outdoor refuges to help heal individuals with PTSD.

and talk about their experiences — good or bad — and it helps with the healing process.” A-Best installed a new roofing system at the Overlook, and Stout worked to get other materials and labor donated. Work began in September 2014, and they completed most of the project in time for a ribbon cutting in November.



Partners for Heroes’ Skiatook Overlook was dedicated on Nov. 22, 2014, with a ceremony attended by John F. Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, the location’s namesake. Hill was the agent who jumped onto the back of JFK’s limousine to shield the first lady after the president was shot. Hill suffered from PTSD with years of depression, alcoholism, family issues and difficulties keeping a job. At the ribbon cutting, Hill told those gathered that he hopes the Clint Hill Heroes Gathering Place will provide a place of calm and camaraderie to lead others to recovery. Since November, Partners for Heroes has worked to finish activity spaces and ensure

the facility is ADA-compatible for those with physical challenges or prosthetics. The Heroes Gathering Place opened at the end of April and is available free for use by military and first-responder organizations. When not reserved by these organizations, Partners for Heroes will fund its outreach efforts by renting the facility for events. Partners for Heroes also will host fundraisers, including 5Ks, a July Fourth celebration and fishing tournaments. Erler says the organization is growing, and it already has plans for the next two locations: one on Arcadia Lake near Edmond and one on El Dorado Lake just outside of Wichita, Kansas. “If we can have locations across the country, these organizations can utilize, and if it even makes a difference in one person’s life ... then no matter how much work we do or how much we put into it, it’s worth it,” Erler says. “Every day these veterans and first responders put their lives on the line for us, so every little thing we can do to help make them be whole again and enhance their lives is well worth it.” tþ







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STATE OF AFFAIRS Oklahoma ranks poorly in mental health care, but local organizations are working to reverse the statistics. by JAMIE RICHERT JONES

F ,  -       stories of mental illness — from Robin Williams’ startling suicide to the controversial movie and trial associated with “American Sniper.” Such cases are all too prevalent in Oklahoma. Regrettably, our state has one of the most abysmal records of mental illness and mental health treatment in the nation. We rank 49th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia) for the state’s high prevalence of mental illness and lack of access to care, according to Mental Health America’s 2015 report “Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America.” That equates to 609,000 adult Oklahomans — or nearly 22 percent of residents — with some form of mental illness. (In 2012, the national average was 18.6 percent, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.) Anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse are the most common mental health issues for Oklahomans and often go hand-in-hand, according to local experts.


Unfortunately, more than 70 percent of adult Oklahomans with mental illness don’t receive treatment. “Sometimes the reluctance to enter treatment is because of stigma,” says Ellen Harris, board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness Tulsa. “The stereotypes of mentally ill persons are usually inaccurate and degrading. These stigmatizing attitudes are absorbed through the culture more than they are intentionally taught, so they are often pervasive and persistent.” Another factor: financial challenges.


“Money is one more reason people may delay seeking help and is another bad reason for delaying mental health care,” says Eric Sachau, business development director of Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic in Tulsa. “Treatment options are available for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, and most providers will work hard to help people find the care option that is best for their individual needs and situations.” The abstract nature of mental illness makes it difficult for many to understand. Those affected have no defining scar or physical symptom that offers “proof ” of suffering. “If someone falls off a ladder over the weekend and breaks their arm, everyone will run up to them on Monday and want to hear how it happened and how they can help,” says Michael Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “But if your child is having a problem with substance abuse or your wife is severely depressed then, oh, my gosh, don’t tell anyone.” Although common symptoms exist, mental illness affects everyone differently. And science has yet to devise a definitive diagnostic test for some disorders or diseases. Oklahoma’s hard luck history also has created a prevalent mentality of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” perpetuating a common stereotype that individuals with mental illness can “get over it” if they try hard enough. That belief contradicts one of the guiding principles of Mental Health America: that “behavioral health problems cannot be willed away or ignored.” The truth is, we don’t always possess the tools necessary to fix our problems, according to Harris.

BY THE NUMBERS Anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and separation anxiety disorder, are the most prevalent mental illnesses in the United States.

42 MILLION American adults have anxiety disorders.

15 MILLION American adults live with major depression.

8 MILLION American adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness

She points to a symptom called anosognosia that can hinder treatment. “About 50 percent of people with mental illness have a symptom called anosognosia,” she says. “It means that the person does not have insight that they are ill. When you recognize that mental illnesses are brain disorders, that kind of makes sense doesn’t it?”


Various studies suggest that depression and anxiety can lead to and reinforce substance abuse. But addiction can mask symptoms and even exacerbate them, further complicating diagnosis and treatment. To make matters worse, the state is facing a chronic shortage of psychiatric beds. On average, 600-900 Oklahomans are on a waiting list

for a bed in publicly funded residential substance abuse centers. As a result, jails and prisons have become our top psychiatric treatment facilities, according to Brose. “Mental Health Association Oklahoma is working very intensely with the criminal justice system here to more effectively divert individuals who are arrested for minor, non-violent crimes that are associated with untreated mental illness or substance abuse and divert them out of jail into treatment and services,” he says. Untreated mental illness often results in another community problem: homelessness. That is why agencies such as Mental Health Association Oklahoma work to provide safe and affordable housing along with access to support groups, advocacy, treatment, legal support and counseling. Supportive housing is not only more effective than incarceration, it also is less costly for taxpayers, Brose says. The annual cost to house an inmate with mental illness in correctional facilities is $43,000, according to Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s 2007-2008 cost survey. In contrast, the survey found the annual cost for the association’s supportive housing is $7,893.


Like Mental Health Association Oklahoma, other agencies are helping meet the need for mental health services in Tulsa and surrounding areas. The Family & Children’s Services’ CrisisCare Center provides critically needed psychiatric beds and new, innovative crisis respite services. The 16-bed inpatient unit opened in October 2013.


Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least six months and can worsen without treatment. Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread. DEPRESSION

The most prevalent forms of depression are:

Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma offers mental health services, including the CALM (Child and Adolescent Life Management) Center, which provides 24/7 critical assistance to children ages 10-17 in an emotional, behavioral or substance abuse crisis. Pictured at the CALM center are Beverly Moore, community relations director; Susan Byars, CALM RN; and Jessica Feeley, life skills coach. 36

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MAJOR DEPRESSION: Severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy life. A single episode can occur over a lifetime but, more often, a person has several episodes. PERSISTENT DEPRESSIVE DISORDER: A depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms. Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Family & Children’s Services has several programs to meet the need for mental health services in Tulsa and the surrounding area. The CrisisCare Center is just one of those programs. Ann Jenkins, associate chief program officer for Family & Children’s Services, says the center has been incredibly successful since opening in 2013.


Despite Oklahoma’s dismal mental health statistics, Tulsa has some good news. On May 1, 2009, the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) opened its doors. It houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinical research staff from all over the world, who apply neuroimaging, genetic, pharmacological and neuropsychological tools to investigate the biology of neuropsychiatric disorders. The facility includes a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center and an extensive computing network, said to be one of the best brain imaging facilities in the country. “We are at the forefront of neurofeedback,” says Dr. Martin Paulus, the center’s president and scientific director. Paulus leads LIBR’s scientists and researchers to find meaningful applications in the field of neuroscience. With the union of public and private funding, LIBR is in a position to pursue the scientific answers deemed too high risk by government-funded institutions, Paulus says.

In its short existence, LIBR has gained the respect of more established programs in the industry by stepping outside the box to find impactful solutions to the mental health crisis, according to Paulus. It also has gained an innovative reputation by throwing out traditional methods and parameters and making its own. In a groundbreaking study, the center recently found evidence that inflammation of the brain may cause some forms of depression. “There are certain inflammatory processes that you can measure in the blood and the brain that cause people to be-

come depressed,” Paulus says. “That is important because if you can identify which depressions are of that type, then these depressions would be better treated with antiinflammatory drugs than anti-depressants.” The scientists at LIBR also recently embarked on a large-scale experiment called Tulsa 1000 (T-1000) to study mood, anxiety, eating disorders and substance use. One thousand people from Tulsa and the surrounding area will be recruited for the study. The T-1000 aims to determine how biological and objective behavioral measures can improve assessment and treatment of these illnesses, according to LIBR’s website. Paulus says the study will assemble a larger comprehensive database for these markers than has previously existed, which will ultimately provide the world’s first EKG for psychiatrists. LIBR’s work offers exciting possibilities not only to Tulsa, but also to the mental health industry worldwide. One day, Oklahoma may stop contributing to the problem of mental health and finally become part of the solution.

“We also have respite chairs and a shortterm crisis stabilization unit,” says Ann Jenkins, associate chief program officer for crisis services. “People can walk in off the streets; law enforcement can drop people off. It’s been incredibly successful.” Family & Children’s Services also offers immediate, short-term assistance through its Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services. COPES is a 24-hour mobile crisis service that responds around the clock to children and adults experiencing a severe emotional or behavioral disturbance or psychiatric emergency. Trained clinicians will answer calls day or night, Jenkins says. “We evaluate if this person is a safety risk or imminent danger to themselves or someone else because they’re suicidal, homicidal or psychotic,” she says. Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma is another agency that offers mental health services. Ones of those services is the CALM (Child and Adolescent Life Management) Center, which provides 24/7 critical assistance to children ages 10-17 in an emotional, behavioral or substance abuse crisis, says Beverly Moore, community relations director at CRSOK.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 21 percent of children ages 9-17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment. “One of the services used by youth leaving the CALM Center is Wraparound Tulsa that provides customized coordination of community services for children and families at risk of crisis due to a child’s complex behavioral health issues,” Moore says. Early detection of mental illness is one key to long-term success in children and youth, according to Amber Gutierrez, director of marketing and communications at CREOKS Behavioral Health Services. “Early detection and treatment helps schools keep children integrated in school systems so their learning experience is productive and consistent,” Gutierrez says. “Retention rates, grades and comprehensive test scores all improve when quality behavioral health services are integrated into the school system.” To accomplish this, CREOKS Behavioral Health Services provides school-based programming that serves children in preschool through high school. CREOKS works closely with local schools to develop systems that identify indicators for children with behavioral health issues, says Gutierrez.

Nearly one in five adults nationwide suffered from a mental health disorder in 2013, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But until state and federal entities focus more funding on education and prevention, those in the mental health profession will continue fighting an uphill battle. For example, for every $1 spent on substance abuse and addiction, only 2 cents goes to prevention. More than 97 cents goes to cover other direct costs such as incarceration, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. “It’s not always about raising new dollars but taking a hard look at how we spend the dollars we have,” Brose says. A tireless advocate for the eradication of mental illness stigma for more than two decades, he has seen progress but believes there is a long journey ahead. “There is about a 100-year gap between what we know scientifically about identification and treatment of mental illness versus the attitudes that still prevail in the general public,” Brose says. “We’ve really got a long way to go to close that gap.” tþ

Dr. Martin Paulus


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SYMPTOMS, WARNING SIGNS, SERVICES AND RESOURCES, VISIT: Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, • CREOKS Behavioral Health Services, Family & Children’s Services, • Laureate Institute for Brain Research, • Mental Health Association Oklahoma, National Alliance on Mental Illness Tulsa, • Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic,


Breaking point A Tulsan moves past depression and psychosis with the help of Crossroads Clubhouse.



A  , -- LAURENCE Foshee comes across as a young man with a lot on the ball. The soft-spoken, born-and-raised Tulsan and 2013 Tulsa Community College graduate has two jobs, has biked across the country twice and, in his spare time, volunteers at Crossroads Clubhouse, a nonprofit meeting place for the mental health community. As an average teenager, he took many Advanced Placement courses, was president of the Robotics Club and was active in the French Club at Edison Preparatory School. “Outside of school, I went with my neighbors to a Baptist church and karate classes for a few years,” Foshee says. “My nuclear family had a few years of difficulty financially, and I had some disputes with my father, but overall, I’d say I had a good childhood.” Upon graduation in 2009, Foshee’s next step was enrolling at TCC to study philosophy. But soon, his life began to unravel. In 2011, after transferring to Oklahoma State University where he majored in biochemistry, he experienced a spiraling depression stemming from family issues. Eventually his condition moved from psychosis to what he calls “a fullblown psychotic break,” brought on by two obsessional and delusional disorders.  Foshee recalls that at the time of the break “I had an intrusive idea that I would do something very bad on a specific day in the future. “I thought I was embroiled in a government conspiracy, and that if I didn’t kill myself, many people would die,” he says. “As such, the psychosis rendered me dangerous to myself and possibly others.” Unfortunately, he did not seek professional help until that point. By then, he says, “it was too little, too late.”  While visiting family over a weekend break in January 2013, his parents recognized something was wrong when they saw him



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carry on conversations with the TV about government conspiracies. Consequently, they immediately pulled him out of OSU, and he spent a month at the Tulsa Behavioral Health psychiatric hospital under heavy medication. His diagnosis: bipolar with psychotic features, which led to his work with a caseworker from Family & Children’s Services. A year before his diagnosis, treatment and counseling (and before the break), Foshee, an avid cyclist, decided he needed a change of scenery. He ventured on his first solo crosscountry bike trip in 2012, camping at various places on the route. “I went from Tulsa to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 46 days,” he says. Unfortunately, Foshee’s obsessive disorders didn’t take a vacation. Upon his return to Tulsa, they began to interfere with his sleeping habits, which kept him from completing his courses. He also began to experiment with drugs. It was a year later, in January 2013, that all hell broke loose. “I was heavily medicated and had regular counseling and treatment, but at the time, I didn’t understand what was going on,” says Foshee, who was in his early 20s at the time. After his hospital dismissal, much to his chagrin, he went back to live with his parents. “My family took turns babysitting me, and I couldn’t really do anything but stay home,” he recalls. “It was a big change from living on my own.” By March 2013, things slowly began to turn around in Foshee’s life, and the seriousness of his issues became clear to him. “The medicine began to kick in, and I was able to think about what I had just gone through,” he says. “I felt pretty awful about it and, frankly, embarrassed. I told my caseworker about it, and she suggested I visit Crossroads.” 

Foshee credits the Clubhouse with helping him get back on the right track. “I definitely had a lot of help getting to where I am now,” he says. He returned to TCC in June 2013 and graduated that December with an associate’s in mathematics. This fall, he will begin a degree in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His involvement and training at Crossroads also helped him obtain his jobs — as a customer service associate at Greyhound Lines’ downtown depot and as a baker at the awardwinning Altamont Bakery at B’Nai Emunah Synagogue — and a driver’s license. “I am one of the youngest members at Crossroads, and many older people and staff have taken me under their wing,” he says. “They are older, wiser and have dealt with mental illness longer than I have, and they have given me advice and a unique perspective on living with a mental illness.” He takes pride in his volunteer work at the Clubhouse, which includes filing, taking attendance and helping staff with grant writing. “Crossroads is great at providing services, but it is first and foremost a place of community and solidarity for people dealing with mental illness,” Foshee says. “While finding the right combination of medication and treatment has been helpful, the support system and sense of family people will get joining Crossroads will stay with them for a long time.” This summer, Foshee is planning another bike ride — his third — but this time will travel with a group, The Fuller Center. The nonprofit builds and renovates houses in partnership with families in need. Foshee will ride the first half of a 10-week coast-to-coast ride from Oceanside, California, to Wichita, Kansas. After all Foshee has endured, it should be a trip he will never forget. tþ

Crossroads Clubhouse, 1888 E. 15th St., is a nonprofit dedicated to providing social and vocational rehabilitation to adults in the Tulsa area living with the effects of a serious mental illness. It is not a clinical program — there are no therapists or psychiatrists on staff — but is designed to be a place where individuals, who are called members, can experience support, friendships and social activities and volunteer in the group’s culinary or administrative units. Crossroads also helps members secure safe and affordable housing, meaningful employment and educational and wellness opportunities.

Laurence Foshee, 24, suffered a psychotic break while in college. After treatment and counseling, plus membership in Crossroads Clubhouse, the native Tulsan graduated from Tulsa Community College, has two jobs and is planning his third crosscountry bicycle trip.


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Delicious Drives Plan some gastronomical getaways this season with our Summer Fun Guide. BY ANNA BENNETT There’s something about summer that makes you want to skip town. While many of us remain tethered to our desks till 5 p.m. (or so) on Friday, our weekend wanderlust remains. And meanwhile, slowing metabolisms do little to stem the craving for ribs, cold beer and other summery delights. Why not scratch both itches at once? This guide delivers something for every taste, whether you’re married to a hard-core foodie, have several small picky eaters in tow or are looking for enough barbecue to satisfy all the guys. Get away from it all in charming small towns, or make your big city adventure an edible one. Tailor the experience to your budget and time frame, from a free strawberry festival in eastern Oklahoma to a pricey-butworth-it weekend of fine dining near Dallas. Put as much on your plate as you can handle; support local and regional farmers, chefs and artisans, and come away with a unique experience — just think of all the #foodporn you’ll share on Instagram! You don’t have to break the bank or leave the country to be adventurous, so explore tongue-first this summer by indulging in seasonal favorites (watermelon and tomatoes, anyone?) as well as new treats (maybe it’s time to try crawfish, or see what goes on at a biannual bread competition). So, do yourself a favor (and a flavor), and get out of town a few times this summer. These gastronomical getaways are perfectly portioned to fit into a weekend.


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Fork and Cork

A food and wine festival in the Dallas area, Fork and Cork is “designed for the epicurious.” The event brings together the best area chefs, brewers, wineries and spirit makers for two days of nonstop palate pleasure. Friday features an intimate evening of dining, focused on wine and food pairings, plus entertainment and chef demonstrations. Saturday’s all-day affair offers a variety of culinary and cultural experiences — tastings, seminars, live chef challenges, artist demonstrations, wine and beer gardens and, of course, plenty of dining options. This gourmet gathering, now in its second year, promises even more experiential opportunities for the true “foodie.” Tickets range from $15-$100. Addison, Texas, is 4 hours south of Tulsa via US-75.

Stilwell Strawberry Festival

May 15-16

Addison, Texas

The Stilwell Kiwanis Club sponsors this civic shindig in honor of the little town’s signature crop — the strawberry. This is the festival’s 68th year. Fans of the versatile berry are sure to enjoy the free, fresh strawberries and ice cream, and the recipe contest is poised to inspire bakers and berry fanatics. Nearly 30,000 are expected to attend, so arrive early for the best selection of strawberries available to purchase from local growers. The charming festival also features live music, a rodeo, a carnival, a vendor mall, a 5K and even the crowning of the Strawberry Festival Queen. Stilwell is just over 1 1/2 hours from Tulsa, via US-412 east and OK-82 south.

Harrison, Arkansas, celebrates its 25th annual festival in 2015. While the increasingly popular event features such draws as a 5K race, a beer garden, children’s activities and live music, the crawfish remain the star of the show. No matter what you call this tasty Deep South arthropod — crayfish, crawfish, crawdad — there’s plenty to go around. The especially brave (or hungry) can show up early for a spot in the crawdad-eating contest. For the uninitiated, there’s even a free demonstration on how to eat the little buggers. You’ve got to get your claws on this Southern tradition. Harrison, Arkansas, is just over 3 hours east of Tulsa via US-412.

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May 16 Texas Steak Cook-off and Wine Festival

Nothing says “Texas” quite like giant slabs of meat grilling under a wide-open sky. “Of course Texans cook the best steaks,” the festival website claims, continuing on to ask the more important question: “Who cooks the best steaks in Texas?” In 2014,106 competed for the title. This year’s 12th annual event is shaping up to be bigger and meatier than ever, with over 6,000 expected to attend. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. in historic Hico, Texas (for a taste of the Old West, visit the Billy the Kid Museum). Balance out the red meat with wine tastings. Hico, Texas, is less than 6 hours southwest of Tulsa.


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May 22-25

St. Louis Ribfest

Who wouldn’t want to spend Memorial Day weekend making themselves a little, ahem, porkier? Take a weekend jaunt to STL to experience this Budweiser-sponsored festival featuring award-winning rib masters from across the globe, like Porky Chicks from Arkansas, local favorite Sugarfire Smokehouse, and all the way from the land down under, Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ Co. Wash down all those tasty ribs with cold beer and lots of local music (44 bands worth). The event takes place in New Town in St. Charles, Missouri, just northwest of St. Louis proper. Entrance is free, and a portion of the beverage proceeds go to the USO of Missouri and the New Town community. From Tulsa, take I-44 eastbound for about 6 hours.

National Festival of Breads

Get your gluten on! This national bread-baking competition rises in Manhattan, Kansas, every other year during wheat harvest season. The all-day ode to complex carbs serves up baking demonstrations, taste tests and a trade show, but the main event is the cutthroat competition. The top eight amateur bakers selected from over 500 applicants go head-to-head (and bread-to-bread) with their recipes. I guess that’s what you call the true upper crust … Some of the winning recipes from 2013 included Red Apple-Golden Cheddar Challah, Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzel Slider Buns and Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with a Twist. Who knows what they’ll bake up this year? Manhattan, Kansas, is 4 1/2 hours from Tulsa via US-412 westbound, I-35 northbound and US-77 northbound.

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Taste of Dallas

Sample the menus from more than 70 of Dallas’ most popular restaurants, all in one location, or go mobile and experience Taste Curbside, a gathering of North Texas’ best food trucks. You can take the experience home with you at the Culinary Marketplace, which offers an array of unique specialty foods from jams and jellies to salsa. This year’s big addition is the $25,000 BBQ Battle Royale, a competition that’s sure to get hot and saucy. For those with sweeter dispositions, the Sweet Factory is a must-visit. The whole family is welcome, and there’s a kid’s zone to keep the little rascals occupied while more mature palates go exploring. Dallas is about 4 hours south of Tulsa via US-75 south.

Tomato Fest

People come from miles around to sample Jacksonville’s delicious, locally grown tomatoes. Thousands of the disputed red fruit/vegetable are sold every year on this auspicious day. The Tomato Eating Contest pits local celebrities against one another for the title of Champion Tomato. There’s also a Tomato Peeling Contest (the catch: contestants must use their teeth!), Salsa Contest, Best Home-Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Shoot and Top Tomato Poster Contest. In 2010, the fest broke the world record for biggest bowl of salsa when the community made over 2,500 pounds of the southwestern staple in one day. That’s literally a ton of salsa. Jacksonville, Texas, is 5 1/2 hours south of Tulsa via the Indian Nation Turnpike.

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Historic Route 66 Wine & Food Festival

Located in Stroud, Oklahoma’s Winery and Grape Capital, this food and wine festival on the Mother Road is now in its sixth year. Expect to be impressed by the quality and selection from over a dozen Oklahoma wineries, and enjoy tasty food to complement each glass. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy arts and crafts, plenty of vendors and even the stylings of “Thrift Store Poets” whilst imbibing and ingesting local flavor. Visitors also flock to the car show, featuring numerous classes of cars. Admission is $10. Stroud is 45 minutes from downtown Tulsa via I-44 westbound. Those feeling adventurous also could take Route 66, of course.

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Boulevard Brewing Co. has been a regional favorite for years and, lucky for us, sponsors an entire food and drink festival in Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms. Boulevardia “elevates and combines the best aspects of beer, food and music festivals.” The weekend-long festival promises “many pints of interest,” including special add-on experiences like a Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch and packages with VIP perks. While the craft beer is the star of the show (featuring Tulsa brewery Prairie Artisan Ales), the festival has selected KC’s finest food trucks for perfect pairings. Stop by the Makers Market for memorable mementos of your time in magical Boulevardia. You must be 21 to imbibe, but the whole family is welcome. Kansas City is 4 hours north of Tulsa via US-169.

Jay Huckleberry Festival

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At this daylong annual festival in Jay, Oklahoma, you can expect all the trappings of small-town celebrations: a car show, a pageant, a 5K, a carnival, a parade and even a turtle derby. The huckleberry itself is featured in ever-popular Huckleberry Pancakes and milkshakes, plus a pie auction and sale. A recent (but increasingly popular) addition to the fest is the Huckleberry Jam, where locals are encouraged to bring their voices and instruments, hop on stage and play whatever they like. Those prone to stage fright are welcome just to watch. Jay’s citywide festival coincides with the Fourth of July this year, so expect extra festivities and fireworks. Jay, Oklahoma, is 1 1/2 hours from Tulsa via US-412 eastbound and US-59 northbound.

Porter Peach Festival

This weekend-long festival celebrates Porter, Oklahoma’s claim to fame — its locally grown peaches. Saturday’s draw is undoubtedly the free peaches and ice cream, but there’s plenty more to savor. The peach dessert contest brings out the sweetest in everyone, with the entries up for auction once the judges have tallied the scores. In addition to the peachy good times, the festival also features a 5K race, live music, a car show, art and crafts, a mud race and, of course, the crowning of peach royalty. You also may witness winners of such intriguing contests as Ugliest Dog and Most Unusual Pet. Porter is a half hour from central Tulsa via the Muskogee Turnpike eastbound and OK-351.


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H&8th Night Market

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On the last Friday of the month (March-October), dozens of food trucks and thousands (20,000-40,000) of hungry citizens are drawn to Oklahoma City’s H&8th Night Market — a food truck festival named for the intersection at its epicenter, Hudson Avenue and N.W. Eighth Street. The whole family (including furry friends) is welcome in the hip neighborhood on these popular nights. Enjoy gourmet mobile fare ranging from Asian-inspired pizza to gumbo to chicken and waffles — and plenty of beer stops along the way. Plus, shop the Industry Flea outdoor artisan market, enjoy live music and explore Midtown OKC while you digest all that good stuff. Midtown OKC is about 2 hours from Tulsa via I-44 westbound and US-77 southbound.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society officially sanctions this annual cook-off out in red dirt country, Woodward, Oklahoma. Grill masters face off for cash prizes in chicken, pork, ribs and brisket categories, plus compete for a People’s Choice award, which is where you come in. Bring $10 and a hearty appetite to make those difficult decisions. And the proceeds go to a good cause, Northwest Oklahoma CASA’s mission to advocate for abused and neglected children. So, eat as much as you want; charity calories don’t count. There’s even a “Kids Q” competition for those under 15 who are already seasoned in the rituals of flame and charcoal. Woodward, Oklahoma, is 4 hours west of Tulsa via US-412.

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Held continuously since 1948, this annual fruity fest in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, is a local institution (the event’s Facebook page has been counting down since the day after last year’s event). The day kicks off with a 5K race, followed by a kids’ pageant, a seed-spitting contest and an auction of the choicest melons. (The biggest 2014 contender weighed in at 175 pounds). Slices of the summer country treat are offered free after 4 p.m., just in time to take the edge off the Oklahoma heat. This “seedy” event is sure to be a rush. Rush Springs is 2 1/2 hours from Tulsa via I-44 westbound (an hour southwest of Oklahoma City). tþ


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pit stop along Route 66 is always a delight, especially when it includes a visit to Lola’s Gypsy Caravan. Get your kicks while dining on the savory Gypsy Caravan Tacos ($3 each) — filled with adobe chicken, cheese, onion, cilantro, lime and romesco — and sipping on a flavorful Gypsy Tonic. Picnic tables in the “trailer court” make for a perfect al fresco experience. Lola’s Gypsy Caravan, East 11th Street and South Quincy Avenue,

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A slice of Italy

STG Pizzeria transports patrons with its fresh pies and gelatos.


T   I  STG P, I sat at a barstool, watching a cook place a pizza margherita in the wood oven, carefully turning it to evenly bake the crust. After about a minute, he pulled out the pizza and threw it in the trash. That’s how seriously these guys take their pizza. If it’s not perfect, it’s garbage. This is not the place to go for a slice of pepperoni and a Dr. Pepper. You won’t find shakers of grated Parmesan and red pepper flakes on the table. And, when your pizza arrives with a fork and knife instead of precut into slices, it’s not because someone in the kitchen forgot to use the pizza cutter. When Mike Bausch, owner of Andolini’s, opened STG, it was more a passion than a business. Bausch and his partners, Jim Bausch and John Davey, could ride on the success of Andolini’s, which in a few short years has grown in locations and reputation around Tulsa. But Bausch was ready to serve a different kind of pizza. He was having fun with the menu at Andolini’s, trying new flavors, pushing the palates of the average diner. But, as he studied — and I do mean studied — the technique and philosophy of pizza making from some of the best pizza makers in the world, he became obsessive about the traditional pizza of Naples. Pizza made in this STG-style, meaning Specialità Tradizionale Garantita or Specialty and Tradition Guaranteed, takes a certain amount of intensity in everything from procuring the proper wheat for flour to fermenting the dough to surveying the outside temperature to monitoring the heat of the Italian-imported, 950-degree wood-burning oven. On one hand, Bausch wants diners to consider these things, to know the level of ex-


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The gelateria serves traditional and unique flavors.

pertise that goes into making these true Italian-style pizzas. On the other hand, he wants them to simply enjoy the meal. This is a restaurant with a walk-up counter and where pizzas are baked in about 90 seconds. Bausch wants it to be a place diners can grab a fast lunch or stop in for dinner after work and not have to sit waiting for the check. The times I’ve eaten at STG, it was with a full house, though the crowd wasn’t a problem since most people are in and out fairly quickly. The best seats in the house are those at the bar, where you can watch each pizza being made. Pizzas are about 10-11 inches in diameter and are enough for two people to share. So, if you’re going to just try one, let it be the STG Margherita ($15), which is everything you would want a pizza to be, with the dough as the star. The margherita is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, Italian-imported buffalo milk mozzarella, fleur de sel, fresh basil and olive oil. The dough bakes into a crust with a

chewy texture and bits of char around the edges from the hot oven. We also loved the Diavolo ($15), with its Calabrian sausage (made in-house), chili flakes, pistachios, mozzarella, fleur de sel and olive oil. Perhaps the best part of this pizza is the pistachios, which are roasted upon impact in the hot oven. That crunch of the pistachio combined with the sausage and chili flakes is perfection. The Scamorza ($14) wins the trophy for beauty with the contrasts of cherry tomatoes, arugula and smoked mozzarella, made in-house. We shared a Burrata Salad ($8) and liked the combination of prosciutto de Parma with the ricotta-stuffed mozzarella and arugula. STG also has a caprese salad that I’m sure will be a favorite for diners this summer. A charcuterie plate, the two salads and seven pizzas make up the savory side of the menu. While waiting in line to order our pizza, a woman called out from behind the gelato counter, “Want a taste?” I told her I better save it for after I had eaten my pizza. She shrugged and waved me over. “It’s just a taste. And what else are you going to do while you wait?” Good point. It was the best advice I’d taken in a long time. I sampled half a dozen gelato flavors before our pizza arrived, so by the time our lunch was over, I knew exactly which flavor I wanted. Choosing one isn’t easy, so I’ve been back again for other flavors. Some of my favorites include the Super Dark Chocolate, Orange Chocolate and Mango. Traditional flavors like Lemon Biscotti and Pistachio are typically on the gelato menu, too. Bausch’s attention to detail — imported forks and pizza knives from Italy, soda in glass bottles, a fun playlist — make STG special. He has created a slice of Italy in the Blue Dome District. tþ

STG Pizzeria and Gelateria 114 S. Detroit Ave. 918-960-2011 Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., daily


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NATALIE MIKLES Bartenders will tell you: Margarita season kicks off with Cinco de Mayo, and it doesn’t take a break until fall. A good one will have a nice balance of tart lime juice and a touch of sweetness from sugar syrup. Here are some to try this month.

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Café Ole The margarita at Café Ole is a favorite of many. They don’t skimp on the fresh lime juice here, so expect a bright-tasting handmade cocktail. You also can’t pass up Café Ole’s chips and queso or the chicken verde enchiladas with pulled roasted chicken, chili verde, melted jack cheese and sour cream wrapped in yellow and blue corn tortillas. 3509 S. Peoria Ave., 918-745-6699, Mi Cocina The Mi Cocina Margarita is decidedly simple. Tequila, house sour mix, triple sec and fresh lime juice is all that’s needed for this one. If you want something more adventurous, try the Mambo Taxi — a combination margarita and sangria. Weekends were made for a margarita and brunch tacos, filled with eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, onion and poblano peppers. 1342 E. 15th St., 918-599-8009,

Burrata salad STG’s Sam Tangren prepares the Scamorza at STG. The Blue Dome restaurant cooks its pizzas in a 950-degree oven.

El Guapo’s El Guapo’s house margarita is a perfect combination of tequila, triple sec and lime, served on the rocks. The hibiscus margarita is another favorite. Try the Pacific Coast Fish Tacos for dinner. Beer-battered fish is fried and placed in flour tortillas, topped with jalapeño slaw, pico de gallo, guacamole and red chili aioli. 332 E. First St., 918-382-7482; 8161 S. Harvard Ave., 918-728-7482; Señor Tequila The citrus flavor in Señor Tequila’s top shelf margarita comes from Grand Marnier, giving it a flavor that’s more sweet than tart. If you prefer frozen to on the rocks, Señor Tequila is known for its big frozen margaritas. Pair it with Tacos de Barbacoa — slow braised beef with chilies and cumin. 3348 S. Peoria Ave., 918-749-2400; 6973 E. 71st St., 918-481-7200; 9999 S. Mingo Road, 918-872-9191; Chuy’s Chuy’s has an interesting take on the margarita with its Texas Martini. This cocktail has all the trappings of a margarita — tequila, fresh lime juice and Cointreau — but it’s shaken in a martini shaker and then finished with a jalapeño-stuffed olive. This is the margarita for people who don’t typically like margaritas. 10808 E. 71st St., 918-252-0405, tþ


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T       pie people. Ask anyone, and they likely fall into one of two camps. I’m a pie person. And for those like me, the follow-up question: Cream pies or fruit pies? I’m personally happy with either — or all of the above. But fruit pies call to me in the summertime. In May, I start plotting pies of blackberry, blueberry and strawberry. My family loves mini fruit pies, baked in individual pie pans or small aluminum bowls. Those aluminum bowls also are great for a fish fry or al fresco dinner at the lake, since they make for easy clean-up. The best recipe for these little fruit pies comes from an old Martha Stewart cookbook. I’ve adapted it over the years to suit our tastes. The best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make the crust. You don’t have to worry about rolling out top and bottom crusts for each pie. Rather, roll out one piece of dough big enough to fold up around the edges to cover the fruit filling. MINI FRUIT PIES Makes 30 pies 30 (6-inch) circles of dough to fit 30 (4-inch) pie tins 2 quarts blueberries 2 pounds each peaches, apricots and strawberries, peeled and sliced 2 cups sugar 2 cups unsalted butter Zest from 4 lemons, divided 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1 cup heavy whipping cream 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten 50

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place dough into pie tins, allowing excess dough to hang over sides. Fill each pie with 1/2 cup fruit. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon sugar, then dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle each pie with a pinch of lemon zest. Season with a few shakes of ground cinnamon. Bring up the edges of the pie dough, folding the dough over the fruit. Combine cream and egg yolks in a small bowl. Brush mixture over the top of each pie. Place pies on large baking sheets. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Cool, then serve in the pie tins at room temperature. I typically prefer an all-butter crust, but this Martha Stewart recipe, which includes a little shortening, produces a flaky and sturdy crust perfect for the mini pies.

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Grogg’s Green Barn will host a May 9 class on cocktail gardening, where participants can learn to grow their own infusers and gastronomic accessories for summertime drinks.


4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup ice water

More and more people are digging into gardening. An appreciation for the freshest food has led many of us to create our own fruit and vegetable gardens, whether in manicured raised beds or in old wooden barrels. Grogg’s Green Barn has such fun classes to get our gardens and kitchens ready for summertime dining. Classes are available for everyone from green thumbs to novices. Cocktail connoisseurs will appreciate a cocktail gardening class on May 9. Take the aromatic craft cocktail idea so popular in highend bars and restaurants and let it work for you in your own backyard. This class will teach you to grow mint and limes for mojitos, lavender and herbs for infused vodkas, plus strawberries and blueberries. Also look for basic summer gardening classes that will give you step-by-step instruction in creating a garden for your own little sustainable habitat. Grogg’s is located at 10105 E. 61st St. Call 918-994-4222 or go to www.groggsgreenbarn. com for class schedules. tþ

In a food processor, add the flour, salt, sugar, butter and shortening. Pulse for 30 seconds until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just holds together. Divide the dough into thirds, and shape into flat round discs. Wrap in plastic, and chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Natalie Mikles is a writer who loves food, cooking and the people behind the stove. If she could only eat one food every day, it would be pie — hands down. She explores life with her husband and three children, who she is determined will become adventurous eaters.

COUNTRY PIE PASTRY Makes dough for 30 pies


Garden by the glass The season begs for aromatic white wines. by RANDA WARREN, MS, CWE, AIWS*


S      . That’s why fresh, lively aromatic white wines come into our focus for May. Sometimes I find myself getting enthralled with a wine’s aromatic beauty, and then the palate has some work to do to bring the taste of the wine into balance. Let’s look at the most aromatic white wines at our fingertips. No. 1 on my list has to be Gewurztraminer (guh VERTZ truh meener). The grape has German roots but is most produced in Alsace, France, followed by the United States, Australia, Italy and others. Wine from Gewürz has characteristic lychee fruit aromas (like rose petals), peach, apricot and cantalope plus spicy, smoky notes. It has lower acidity, giving the wine a slightly heavier feel in the mouth. Other aromatic whites include Torrontes from Argentina, Moscato or Muscat (same grape), Viognier, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Albarino and Semillon. Chardonnay from warmer climates falls into this group, too. Flower aromas in wine come from a variety of chemical compounds. Some experts associate smells like these with terpenes, thiols and esters. A few of these main compounds are: rose aromas from cis-rose oxide, geraniol and nerol; geranium from geraniol; citrus blossom from linalool, citronellal and nerol; white flowers from alpha-terpineol and anistic acid (anethole). Whatever springtime aromas you love, plant a garden in your glass and enjoy warmer nights enveloped in heavenly smells. tþ *Wine columnist Randa Warren is a Master Sommelier; Certified Wine Educator; Associate Member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits; and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits.

Crios Torrontes 2012, Argentina — $15.99 I’m always struck sideways by the clean and refreshing Ivory soap smell of Torrentes. It has a distinct floral component that adds to the complexity of the wine. This is a spring evening in a bottle.

Trimbach Gewurtztraminer 2012, Alsace, France — $25.49 A dry wine with luscious, intense fruit aromas of lychees, peaches and ripe melon. A spicy note of allspice creeps in the side door. Medium acid adds a round mouth feel to the wine.

Cline Viognier 2013, North Coast, California — $11.59 A value-priced white wine that packs a quality punch. White peaches, apricots and honeysuckles overtake this garden in a glass.


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N    ,   quotes were culled from classic literature, like Jack Kerouac’s “The only people for me …” line from “On the Road,” or Anne Frank’s “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Now, my current favorite quote comes from Kristin Wiig’s Target Lady character from “Saturday Night Live”: “I have every issue of Sassy magazine. … I like to cut out the models’ eyes and put them on my eyelids so when I’m asleep my birds never feel alone and the ghosts think I’m awake.” This alarms me for three reasons: 1. I obviously need to read more. 2. Target Lady’s repurposing of Sassy magazine to keep her pets company and ward off spirits makes sense to me. 3. I may be a hoarder. In case you missed this “SNL” episode from a couple of years ago, Ms. Lady had just asked a guy who was purchasing extra greeting cards if he was a hoarder — after which she speculated that she was. I don’t collect greeting cards, but I do have every issue of Southern Living since 2010. Had I subscribed to it before then, I probably would have all those issues, too. A collection of Southern Livings makes sense to me, though. I mean, they’d come in handy if I ever decide to make an oyster-and-andouille cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving or bake a coconut cake for … I don’t know, Monday night, whatever. But I have a hard time rationalizing a stack of September issues of Vogue — perhaps the only magazine issue in the world that also doubles as a deadly weapon. Week before last, a slowly building shuffling noise woke me in the middle of the night. While I wondered if it was an intruder or a malevolent spirit, the racket grew louder until Wham! George Michael jumped out singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Not really. I wonder how many of you got that.


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Anyway, a sizeable stack of Vogues (and one or two Harper’s Bazaars — don’t tell Anna Wintour) started shifting in the corner of my room and led to an avalanche of thousands of glossy-pages and scented perfume ads across my bedroom floor. It was almost as scary as the shopping bag avalanche of 2005, which should’ve been a call to action. It’s not like I keep old newspapers, McDonald’s drive-thru bags and empty pizza boxes stacked knee-deep — or stacked anywhere, thank you — with a narrow path leading from the front door to the bathroom or kitchen. On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being candidacy for “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and 10 being “Let’s lick the carpet,” my house is a 7.5, which I feel comfortable enough rounding up to an 8. Just like a man, huh? Excuses aside, I need to get a handle on this before it becomes an issue — like my “closet,” which is really the back bedroom where I keep winter coats, a few dress shirts and half a ton of clothing I can’t quite part with because it was either too expensive or has some silly sentimental moment tied to it. Like that moment when I was thin. It was a lovely moment, y’all. But if we let material possessions take over our home lives, they creep into our psyche, right? Next thing you know, we’re wearing magazine models’ eyes on our eyelids. And I can’t let my hoarding go that far — mostly because I’d probably forget the eyes were still on my lids the next morning and walk around like an even bigger fool than normal. But, if it keeps my cat from feeling alone at night, maybe it’s worth it. tþ A Mississippi native, Jason Ashley Wright has called Tulsa home since 1998. He spends his free time finishing a novel, contemplating his next meal and hanging with his Maine Coon, Ali Tabouli.

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The skin you’re in As the summer sun heats up, two Tulsans share their stories of skin cancer.

Shelley Baker was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, one of three main types of skin cancer, after years of misdiagnosis.

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SHELLEY BAKER     than 12 years. She had lesions on her face, shoulders and back and was told she had eczema and psoriasis. The lesions would come out of nowhere, and she describes them like painful sores that wouldn’t heal correctly. New spots would pop up, and the medicine wasn’t working. That’s when she decided to see a dermatologist. Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, Baker was prescribed a medicine called Erivedge, which she used for six months. While she was healing, she went through a period of wearing Band-Aids on her nose because she says the spots looked worse before they were better. “Everybody asks, ‘What’s that? What’s that?’” A member of her church’s praise and worship band, Baker stopping singing for a while because she wanted to see what the medicine was going to do. “The lights are really bright out on you and it’s broadcast live different places,” Baker says. “I just felt like my face looked awful. Of course I put makeup on it, and that was really painful. I felt like everybody could see it, and it made me really self-conscious.” But the medicine did wonders, she says, and she saw amazing results quickly. Baker was a prime candidate for skin cancer. She experienced many years of sun exposure growing up at the lake. She also worked at a tanning salon and could tan all she wanted. Both habits intensify the risk. Now she and her husband, Doug, try to stay in the shade and always wear sunscreen. “I live life, I garden, we go to the lake,” Baker says. “We ride a motorcycle. We’re very active and love the outdoors.” Baker and her husband both take precautions in the sun by wearing long sleeves and hats. She goes in for check-ups every three months and encourages others to protect their skin. “When I see (someone) still tanning, I tell them ‘That’s so dangerous. You have no control over what you could get … (you’re) leaving yourself wide open,’” she says.



Baker advises people to cover up and to be cautious earlier in life. “We all grow older,” she says. “The sun is a beautiful thing, but it can also be a damaging thing at the same time.” Ken Fuchs tells a similar story. Getting ready for work one morning, he looked in the mirror and saw he had four lesions in his eyes and nose area. Previously he had never had more than one. For eight years, he would treat lesions on his face and he says they would heal and then come back. Originally, Fuchs believed the spots were related to a fungus he had on his leg, but they wouldn’t go away. When more lesions suddenly appeared on his face, he knew he couldn’t wait any longer to see a professional. “When I saw all four of them I was like, ‘OK. Maybe we need to rethink this and go see a doctor and find out what it is,’” Fuchs says. Fuchs went to the dermatologist, who immediately told him he had advanced basal cell carcinoma. Because the tumor was right by his eye, they opted against surgery and Fuchs started taking Erivedge, the same drug that Baker used. He took the medicine for 30 days and credits his faith in God and his doctor for his recovery. “I made a statement after I left the doctor’s office,” Fuchs says. “I said, ‘I will take the drug for 30 days and cancer will leave my body in 30 days and will not come back.’”

“The sun is a beautiful thing, but it can also be a damaging thing at the same time.” Each patient’s experience and response with the medicine will be different, according to the medication’s website. Before treatment began, Fuch’s doctor explained he was not sure how long it would take for his body to respond to the treatment and how long the response would last. It worked. By day eight, his skin was healing, and he couldn’t see lesions anymore. When Fuchs last went in for a check-up, he was told not to return for a year. Throughout his life, Fuchs experienced a lot of sun exposure. He did farm work, coached and played soccer and is a Vietnam veteran. He describes himself as an old German guy who’s a little hard-headed sometimes. “My best advice for people is if you see something that’s not completely normal and that’s not going away, don’t put it off, go see a doctor,” he says. “It’s better to know than not to know.


Dr. Christina Kendrick of the Tulsa Dermatology Clinic says she always encourages hats, particularly those with wide brims, but if you wear a baseball hat, don’t forget about protecting the tops of your ears. 2. WEAR CLOTHING WITH A TIGHT WEAVE OR DARKER COLOR.

Some clothing lines now tout SPF protection levels, Kendrick says, but “In general, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on those specialty ones.” 3. WEAR SUNSCREEN OR SUN BLOCK EVERY DAY.

Sunscreens fall into two categories: chemical and physical blockers. Chemical sunscreens need to be applied at least 20 minutes before sun exposure because they have to be absorbed into the skin to work. Physical blockers do just as the name says — block the sun. Both chemical sunscreens and physical blockers have broad-spectrum coverage, which means they block Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) waves. The SPF should be at least 30 and say broad spectrum on the bottle. “UVA are longer wavelengths of light that can cause more problems with brown spots, freckling, wrinkles — a lot of those aging issues,” Kendrick says. “UVA can penetrate through car windows or the windows of your home.” UVB waves can cause reddening and sunburns. Look for sunscreens that are water resistant if you’re going swimming or will be sweating heavily. Reflective rays magnify exposure and can cause skin to burn in or from water, sand, concrete and snow. You can also burn on a cloudy day because UV waves penetrate clouds. Reapply sunscreen every 60-90 minutes, even those that are a higher SPF. Spray screens are another option, she says, and are easier to spread on the scalp and chest for those who have a lot of hair. 58

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“If you’re going to get out in the sun and spend a lot of time there and have fun while you’re doing it, make sure you’ve got some coverage. It will definitely do some damage to your skin.”

TYPES OF SKIN CANCER There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and the most common type of any cancer, according to Dr. Christina Kendrick of the Tulsa Dermatology Clinic. “It’s very treatable,” Kendrick says. “It’s very unlikely to ever metastasize anywhere if it’s addressed.” Squamous cell carcinoma is a little more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, she says. “It can metastasize, but it’s also very treatable if addressed early.” Melanoma can spread through other parts of the body and is more aggressive and deadly. “It usually spreads through the lymphatic system, like to a lymph node first and then can spread to other organs,” Kendrick says. “So that’s why it’s so critical to catch it early.” To learn more about the types of skin cancer or to view photos, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at tþ

Protecting yourself from the sun is important. There are five ways — all simple.


Indoor tanning sessions increase a user’s chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another 2 percent, according to Those who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. Instead, Kendrick suggests using a spray tanner, which are cosmetically more appealing now than they were previously. 5. CHECK YOUR SKIN MONTHLY.

Kendrick recommends doing skin self-checks once a month. “Even if you get your skin checked once a year, it can be a false sense of security if you develop melanoma a month after your check-up,” Kendrick says. The American Academy of Dermatology notes to look at spots or lesions for the following during a self-check: • ASYMMETRY: one half is unlike the other. • BORDER: an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border. • COLOR: is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red or blue. • DIAMETER: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller. • EVOLVING: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. Check places you might not think of such as in between toes and on the rear end. “Even in places that don’t get sun, you can get melanoma and other skin cancers,” Kendrick says. If you don’t visit a dermatologist annually, she recommends seeing a primary care doctor, who will recommend a dermatologist if needed.

Q&A – From Tulsa Professionals PERSONALIZED PRIMARY CARE Q: Does diet play a role in skin protection? A: While sunscreen can safeguard skin from the outside in, certain foods can protect it from the inside out. Tomatoes, spinach and even chocolate contain vitamins and antioxidants that can minimize wrinkles, reduce skin cancer risk and relieve stress — a key contributor to skin problems. In my MDVIP-affiliated practice, nutrition is emphasized for healthy skin year-round, as well as for a healthy heart, bones and emotional well-being. Welcome summer with a complimentary visit and learn how a balanced diet can help you look and feel your best.

WILLS AND TRUSTS Q: Is the business I own outside my personal estate? A: Depending on the type of organization, your company is owned through shares of stock, membership units or partnership interests. These interests are part of your estate when you die. A good estate plan will authorize someone to continue the business, or liquidate it, then allow for distribution of your business ownership interests. Call your estate planning attorney to discuss these issues and more.

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Q: I’m so far gone what’s the point? A: Feelings of powerlessness and negative self-talk become overwhelming when we say things like, it’s too late, I’m already fat, a failure, I’ve always been an addict and always will be, so why stop now? Compulsive behaviors are formed through patterns of emotional and mental habits, no different than our daily routines. Self-sabotaging habits can be broken if understood as repetitive choices rather than feeling trapped in a diagnosis, obsession or emotion. Courtney O’Brien, PhD. 1723 E. 15th St., Suite 250 Office: 918-794-0570 • Cell: 918-639-0570

Q: I plan to give my nephew either $20,000 in cash or a $20,000 car in 2015. Will any taxes be due on the gift? A: Neither you nor your nephew will have to pay taxes on either type of gift. In 2015, you have a gift tax annual exclusion of $14,000; however if you are married and your spouse joins you in filing a gift tax return, you may exclude up to a total of $28,000. If the gift is only from you, then you should file a gift tax return, Form 709. The $6,000 difference between $20,000 and $14,000 is deducted from your lifetime gift tax exclusion equivalent of $5,430,000 in 2015. J. Harvie Roe, CFP, President AmeriTrust Investment Advisors, Inc. 4506 S. Harvard Ave. • Tulsa, OK 74135 • 918-610-8080


Edible flowers Nasturtium has a history as colorful as its flowers.


M   I     planted in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where they blended into the Victorian cottage landscape. Then, last spring I visited A New Leaf Greenhouse and Garden Center in Broken Arrow.  These plants were undoubtedly the most colorful and floriferous nasturtiums I have ever seen. The spectrum of their vivid pastel colors against the foil of their light green leaves splashed with cream and white was spectacular. Nasturtium’s natural history is as colorful as its flowers. The common name comes from the Latin words for nose (nas) and to twist (torum). All of which refers to the act of tasting the peppery flowers and leaves — once sources of food and medicine. Nasturtiums originated in Peru and were introduced by the Spanish to Europe between the 15th and 16th centuries. Jesuit missionaries reported that the Incas used the plants as a vegetable and as medicinal herbs. Carolus Linnaeus, the great giver of scientific names, named them botanically Tropaeolum.  Again in Latin, this means “trophy” because the flowers resembled helmets and the leaves the shields that were presented after triumphant Roman battles. Later, a Dutch botanist introduced the taller and more vigorous species T. majus, which produces trailing vines and darker orange flowers.  This form became widely planted across Europe and became popular after growing in Louis XIV’s flowerbeds. Thomas Jefferson grew them at Monticello and ate the pickled seeds. Plants grown at this time were the tall, trailing type and were used more as herbs than ornamentals. During and

Story and photo by RUSSELL STUDEBAKER

The Alaska cultivar of nasturtium shows leaf variegation.

after the Victorian era (1837-1901), they were planted in bedding out schemes, where numerous identical flowers created an unchanging display of color and design. French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) popularized them with his trailing plantings on his garden walk at Giverny in France.


Their modern breeding in the 19th century created more compact types and full spectrums of flower colors:  deep mahogany, pale yellow, golden, cherry pink, crimson, brick red and white. Nasturtiums are grown easily by soaking the seeds in water overnight and planting 1-inch deep directly in the soil after the last spring frost. Or, plant them indoors in peat pots two weeks before the last spring frost for later transplanting. Provide them afternoon shade in our region’s hot climate because they are a cool season annual spring plant. The 2-inch flowers with five petals and a soft spur are a magnet for hummingbirds. An old adage says “be nasty to nasturtiums,” which advises gardeners to grow them in a soil that is low in nitrogen and well drained.  The trailing forms are impressive for hanging baskets, window boxes, or tied to a trellis since they can grow to 5-6 feet tall. These plants also make an impressive flowering ground cover. The more compact mounding types can be planted in window boxes and in spring borders. Use the flowers, leaves and unripe seedpods in salads. The pickled seeds are similar to capers. Leaves and flowers are attractive as a garnish for prepared dishes. This is one plant that is as edible as it is beautiful. tþ

Russell Studebaker is a professional horticulturist, book author and garden writer in Tulsa and can be reached at

Most seed racks will have nasturtium seeds. Renee’s Garden,, sells one of the largest selections of types and colors. Plants can be purchased at A New Leaf Greenhouse and Garden Center, 2306 S. First Place and 2405 S. Elm St., Broken Arrow.


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1640 E. 31 St. - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, Bonus Room, Game Room & 4 Car Garage, 3448 Sq. Ft. Gated Village in the Heart of Tulsa, Jack Arnold design, Clean Finishes, Stone Fireplace, Outdoor Waterfall & Flame Feature. Seller is a licensed Realtor/Associate related to Seller. $824,900


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1638 E. 31 St. - 2 Beds, 2 Baths & Formal Dining, Ki8tchen & Nook on the 1st Floor, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3 Car Garage, 3362 Sq. Ft. Jack Arnold Design, Office/Formal Dining Rm Overlooking Courtyard, Floor-Ceiling Stacked Stone Fireplace, Vaulted-Beamed Living & Dining, 8ft. Doors,Master Suite & Guest Suite Down, Tons of Storage, Built-in Refrigerator/Freezer. Agent related to seller. $824,900 $824,900

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11319 South College Avenue. WaterStone. Stunning home with extraordinary detailing and excellent floor plan. Great Room open to granite/stainless steel Kitchen. Master Suite + king-size Guest Suite down. Game, Computer & Theater Rooms up. Outdoor cooking center & fire pit. 5 BR, 4.5 BA, 3+ Liv, 3-car. Jenks SE Schools. $682,495

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2713 South 16th Court. Washington Lane. Former Builder’s Model, this home is loaded with extra amenities. Beautiful cabinetry, granite, custom tile work and beautiful private backyard overlooking a greenbelt. Open floor plan. Neighborhood park. Broken Arrow Schools. 5 BR, 2.5 BA, 2 Living, 3-car. $239,900 74

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Crown Jewel Collection 9910 & 9915 N. Featherstone Rd. 2 Lots in Gated Clear Brook Owasso Schools. Gorgeous neighborhood with flowing streams, ponds, bridges and brooks. Mature trees throughout. Lots are side by side tucked away in the back of a peaceful cul-de-sac. 1.7 and 1.8 acres each. Can be purchased together or separate. Backs to undeveloped land. Perfect place to build your dream home! $200,000 per lot.

8437 S. Toledo Ave. New Listing in Brookwood! Jenks Schools. 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Contemporary style with lots of light. Totally Remodeled and Redesigned. Large kitchen opens to family room. All new kitchen, including new cabinets, granite, tile floors & appliances. New Bathrooms, floors and paint throughout. All new fixtures, doors and deck. Master has charming balcony with great views! Lots of trees. Must See. $228,000

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14110 S. 50th E. Ave. In White Hawk Golf Course Bixby Schools. 4 BR, 3.5 BA., Great Room, Game and Theatre Room. Extraordinary upgrades. Copper guttering, iron fence, High Ceilings, Wide Crown Moldings, Antique Front Door, Open Kitchen to family room, island, pantry, granite counters. 2 BR dwn, 2 Up. Elevator! Surround sound. Central vac. New Retaining wall in back /views overlook the golf course. New price. $374,900!

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6010 E. 109 St. In Gated Traditions NEW LISTING: Jenks SE. Gorgeous Transitional Home on large cul-de-sac lot. Built in 2014. 5 BR, 7.5 BA, 2 BR dwn,3 Up all w/private BA and walkin closets, + game and theatre rooms. Gorgeous finishes w/ marble counters, transitional style iron staircase. Plantation shutters. Salt water pool w/outdoor kitchen, fireplace, waterfalls, and hot tub. Large yard + Basketball Court. $1,299,000

5630 E. 60th Pl. New Listing in Executive Estates Tulsa Schools. Beautiful Hilltop View! 4 BR, 3.5 BA Totally remodeled with a redesigned floor plan. Panoramic views from several windows in the home. Like new with enlarged kitchen, granite counters, new cabinets and appliances, new bathrooms w/ granite. All new paint, carpet, tile, hardware, AC Units, driveway and more. Pool w/ sunset views and DT skyline! $419,000

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10911 S. 91st E. Ct. The Enclave. Stunning custom built home. 1 owner, high ceilings, grand entry, formals, safe room, 2 offices, 2 beds down and 3 up plus game room. Salt water pool and outdoor fireplace. Cul-de-sac lot. Backs to greenbelt. Bixby Schools. 3 car garage. $799,900.

10625 MULBERRY STREET New construction built in 2014. Sits on 2 lots in Hidden Oaks, Jenks. Smart home wired. Granite on every counter top. Mother in Law suite with private entrance. Spacious theater room. Safe room. 5 bdrms, 4 full baths, 2 half bath, 3 car garage. $1,250,000

1901 S Norfolk Avenue Stately Maple Ridge home with classic entry, beautiful staircase with stunning hardwoods. 2 living down, formal dining & breakfast, screened in 2nd floor porch w/ hot tub. 3rd floor activity area, corner lot, large dry basement. Rentable quarters. 4 or 5 bed. $459,000.

669 W. 77 St. Stunning custom home with absolutely beautiful moldings, hardwoods and high ceilings. One of the largest kitchen/living/dining rooms you will find anywhere. Perfect for entertaining. Could be 2 beds down or 1 + a study. Theater/game room. Jenks Schools. $519,000

12112 E 76th Place N. New Listing! Very nice 3 bed, 2 bath home. Vaulted living w/fireplace, 2 spacious living areas. Quaint kitchen with dining. Cul-de-sac lot, large yard. Owasso Schools. $129,900.

2713 E. 140th Pl. Builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom home in Dutcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crossing. Stunning details, handscraped hardwoods, 4 bedrooms, open plan, amazing lawn and landscaping. Area Pool. Cul-de-sac lot. 3 Car. Bixby Schools. $329,900.


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4208 Nogal Ave. - Berwick Fairways Spectacular 5 Bedroom, 5 full/2 half Bath NEW CONSTRUCTION 2015 Parade Home by Cedar Ridge Country Club. Magnificent custom cabinetry throughout. Extraordinary features include downstairs Pub Room with magnificent custom bar with hand carved horse head corbels. Kitchen features Jennaire appliances, 7’ X 10’ walk-in Pantry with commercial glass door refrigerator & adjacent Hearth Room. Master Suite with 15’ vaulted, beamed ceiling, fireplace, Sitting Room. Phenomenal Theater Room with custom carved door, 10 wall sconces, & seating for 14. Every room is special! $1,200,000.

4008 Nogal Ave. - Berwick Fairways Gorgeous 2015 Parade Home NEW CONSTRUCTION by Cedar Ridge Country Club. 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Office with fireplace, Huge granite Kitchen with Hearth Room & walk-in Pantry with coffee bar. Large Master has vaulted sitting area with fireplace. Downstairs Guest/Mother-in-law suite with sitting area. Spacious Game Room with wet bar, Theater Room with platform seating, and Craft/Flex room. Surplus storage, trim, faux finishes. Energy Star appliances and features. $850,000.

8015 S. Guthrie Court - The Reserve at Stonebrooke Striking stucco and stone home situated on a 1/2 acre lot at back of cul-de-sac makes a great first impression. Beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwoods. Library & Family Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, flanked by bookcases. Family Room adjoins Kitchen with Blanco sink, ice maker, & Whirlpool appliances. Luxurious Master Suite with access to 2 covered patios. Game Room with wet bar, refridgerator, microwave & upstairs deck. Theater or 5th Bedroom. 3-Car side entry Garage. $850,000.




7916 S. Frisco Ave. - The Reserve at Stonebrooke Stunning 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath New Construction with impressive Great Room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and distinctive beamed ceiling. Fabulous Kitchen with 2 sinks, 5-burner Induction cooktop, “hidden” Pantry. Custom hand-carved door opens to downstairs Theater Room with wet bar. DOUBLE your pleasure with double Game/Gaming Rooms, two attics, one of which is huge semi-conditioned space, double-sided outdoor fireplace, 2 Mudrooms. Circle drive, 4-car Garage plus storage garage. Perfect spot for pool. $1,050,000.

12014 S. Kingston Pl. - Crestwood by the River Transitional style meets quality and craftsmanship. Gourmet Kitchen features 2 sinks, commercial-grade Jenn-Air appliances, and huge walk-in pantry. Great Room with 20’ ceiling is flooded with light from a wall of doors/windows with view of Pool/spa/waterfalls. Master Suite with hardwoods, fireplace, sitting area, luxurious Bath, and Dream walk-in closet. Two Game Rooms, one up and one down. Oversized 3-car garage with epoxy floor. $898,000.

6625 E. 113th St. Beautifully updated one-story full brick home in gated Stanford Elm. Corner lot with mature trees. Spacious Kitchen with Corian countertops and stainless with center island. Lovely hardwoods in all living areas. Family room adjacent to Kitchen. Wainscoating/paneled Office with bookcase. Spacious Master Suite and luxurious Master Bath. Three car garage. Formal Living and Dining. Immaculate movein-ready! $334,000.

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11823 S. Oswego Ave. Wind River Spectacular outdoor living in this charming 4 bedroom home located in the gated section of “White Oak.” A “spool”, fireplace, pergola and lush landscaping allow for year around enjoyment. Newly painted interior, granite, hardwoods, plantation shutters are just a few of the amenities found in theis great home. $435,000


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4608 E. 109th Pl. An exceptional 5 bedroom home located in the exclusive gated neighborhood of Stonebriar Estates. Built in 2005, this home features a spacious granite kitchen open to a large family room, home office, formal dining room, master and guest bedroom suites on first level, upstairs game room, theater room and bonus room over garage. Outdoor living is complete with in-ground gunite pool and spa. $644,000.

5707 E. 105th St. Forest Park So. The 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath house has a fabulous floor plan featuring a magnificent entry opening to the formal living and dining rooms, home office, master bedroom suite with updated luxury bath, granite kitchenfamily room combination with one of 3 fireplaces, first floor guest bedroom, front and back staircase, upstairs game room plus 3 car side-entry garage. $535,000

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1303 S PITTSBURG AVENUE Adorable 3/2/1 with many updates including open kitchen, new paint, new fencing to deck, corner lot, 2 living areas, new tile, speakers built in to living & dining. $145,000


10625 MULBERRY STREET GORGEOUS new construction built in 2014 by Crest Homes. Sits on 2 lots next to a 50 foot grassy easement in Hidden Oaks, Jenks. Smart home wired. Granite on every counter top. Generator wired. Pool area plumbed & wired w/plans by Baker Pools. Mother in Law suite w/private entrance. Spacious theater room. Safe room downstairs. Plenty of storage. Exercise room. 5 bdrms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, 3 car garage. Landscaped w/sprinkler system. Ready to move in!! $1,250,000 Call Allison Jacobs 918-850-2207 or Scott Coffman 918-640-1073

3235 SOUTH TROOST AVENUE Clean and move-in ready Ranchstyle home in Brookside! Infrared wired, updated kitchen, updated bathrooms and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Living room has fireplace and crown molding. Two living areas, three bedrooms, two full baths and one car garage. Eliot and Edison Schools. $299,900



2628 S WINSTON AVENUE Adorable and move in ready. All stainless steel appliances are new as of 2014. 3 bedrooms and perfect updating in kitchen. $117,500



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9723 South Richmond Avenue. Spacious one owner, Katy Houchin Pam Hawes custom in gated Hunters Pointe. 1515 S. delAwARe PlAce. 918.688.6509 Beautiful, half918.640.7834 acre treed lot. 5 Completely remodeled home in Florence bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Master Park! Open granite kitchen with custom suite with fireplace and guest cabinets, stainless steel appliances. bedroom en suite on 1st level. Updated hall bathroom with new tile, McGraw Realtors® Formal living and dining. Vaulted fixtures and paint. Insulated windows. family room with wet bar and Separate office or guest quarters with french doors to back deck with full bath. contact us for information on any real estate questions you might view. Separate office. Walk-out $205,000. lower level to covered patio. Large game room, plus exercise room. 3-car garage with side-entry. Add’l front parking. $575,000.

1406 e. 36th PlAce. Located in the heart of Brookside, this charming three bedroom, two bath cottage is updated throughout and sure to please. Two bedrooms down and one bedroom or second living with private bath up. It’s within walking distance to all shops and restaurants in the area! $250,000.

4714 S. 181St e. Avenue. Built in 2011, this beautiful home in Stonegate has loads of custom features, an open floor plan with master and two bedrooms down and a spacious bonus room (or fourth bedroom) up. Neighborhood pool and walking trails. $235,000.

1308 e. 27th StReet. Beautiful, traditional home near Philbrook! Renovated with expanded kitchen. Master suite down plus three bedrooms up. Remodeled upstairs hall bath with marble. Game room in finished basement. Gunite pool plus additional yard space. Detached two-car garage with apartment overhead. $499,000.



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G IN E! ST AG I L E W CR NE N A O 6126 E. 191ST ST. Scenic country estate on 40 acres! Full brick custom home with chef’s kitchen with new Miele fridge and granite. Four living areas and hardwoods. Master suite with sauna. Saltwater pool. Morton 2400 sq. ft. building with stable and RV parking. New Decra $100K roof (cuts utilities in half)! $1,200,000.

4630 E. 13th Street Charming midtown cottage! Completely UPDATED w/granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, stainless appliances, beautiful hardwoods & newer windows. Great upscale bath! New paint inside & out. 3rd bedroom c/b an office, nursery, sunroom or 2nd living! Spacious yard. Washer/dryer/ fridge STAY! Move in ready! $140,000.

L W NE 4321 E. 117th Drive Fabulous custom updated home in gated Tallgrass in Wind River. Dramatic entry and open floor plan with Chef’s kitchen. Decorative touches throughout. Granite counters. Beautiful office. Multiple living areas. Awesome mancave with wet bar. Safe room. Nice yard and so much more! $515,000.

6708 E. 73rd Street Nice home on corner lot. Large family room opens to kitchen. Stainless appliances. Spacious breakfast room. Inside utility. New a-coil, furnace & carpet. Master bedroom has a full private bath & walk-in closet. Good size fully fenced backyard. $139,000.

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Take it to the street Caroline Guerra, leader of TYPros’ Urbanist Crew, says the event will celebrate and build on the progress of various organizations in the community. The day also will have a “block party atmosphere” with enter-

ulsa’s Young Professionals’ fifth annual Street CReD makeover on May 30 will focus on East 61st Street and South Peoria Avenue, an area previously known for high crime and limited economic development.

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5/14-17 Tulsa International Mayfest Even after 43 years, event organizers for Tulsa International Mayfest say the downtown art festival still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New this year, Tulsa Opera will perform a collection of opera’s “greatest hits” at 11 a.m., Saturday, on the festival’s main stage. A new WPX-sponsored gallery, “Wild About Art,” will feature 3-D masks and landscape collages from children in a Hawthorne Elementary after-school art program. In addition to fine art, handmade goods and food vendors, attendees will find live music on four stages. The KidZone will offer a children’s art area and the Saint Francis Bear Clinic. Mayfest Executive Director Heather Pingry says the festival’s longevity is thanks in part to MidFirst Bank’s longtime role as presenting sponsor. In 2004, the company provided the funds needed to continue the festival and has financially supported it each year since. Mayfest runs from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., May 1416, and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., May 17. The festival is located near South Main Street between East Third and Sixth streets. Admission is free. Visit


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The 2014 Bedlam game at ONEOK Field.

5/2-31 20th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival For two decades, costumed street performers, merchants and artisans have transported visitors to 16th century England at The Castle at Muskogee. This year, more than 130 shops will peddle goods on the streets of Muskogee’s temporary Renaissance village, Castleton. A variety of music and magic acts will perform on The Castle’s 15 stages. With its twisting, tree-covered lanes, Castleton offers something for almost any taste — from Absalom’s Dreams, a new hookah bar and Silk Road experience, to full-contact jousting and conservation education with raptors. The Children’s Realm will offer games and demonstrations. Special ticketed events include the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon and the King’s Smoker. After-hours entertainment will feature the Masqued Ball, the Pirate’s Feaste and the Ceilidh, or Gaelic party, for ages 21 and up. Festival refreshments will run the gamut, from turkey legs to ice cream. Tour the extensive Castle grounds at The festival is 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends May 2-31, plus Memorial Day (May 25). Advance, single-day ticket prices start at $5.95, ages 6-12; $10.95, ages 13-18 and students; and $13.95, adults. Prices increase for gate admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission. Visit

5/20-24 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference College Baseball Championship For the first time, eight baseball teams from the Big 12 Conference will compete in Tulsa for the conference championship, bringing a potential 60,000 attendees to ONEOK Field. Vince Trinidad, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, says the championship’s move from Oklahoma City — its venue for most of the past 20 years — is thanks to a community effort he hopes will prove Tulsa can be a “long-term Big 12 city.” In September, Big 12 coaches toured downtown Tulsa, including the Brady Arts District. “They really loved the feel and vibe not only in the ballpark, but also around the ballpark,” Trinidad says. The ONEOK Fan Fest at Guthrie Green will add to that atmosphere with free, family-friendly activities during the championship, including food trucks, a kids’ zone and various special events. Daily Fan Fest activities will run 11 a.m.11:30 p.m. at Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St. ONEOK Field is located at 201 N. Elgin Ave. All-session tickets start at $110; single session tickets start at $10. Visit www. for a tentative schedule of championship games.


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People, places and events

Mental Health Association Oklahoma Carnivale Cabaret on March 28 was a lavish evening of fine dining, dancing and live entertainment. Pictured are Honorary Co-chairs Becky and Barry Switzer and Carnivale Co-chairs Patricia Chernicky and Cheena Pazzo. Event proceeds support Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s housing programs and other services.

Margaret Hudson Program Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, Emily Scott, Jamesha Williams and Paula Marshall were among 10 Grads of Distinction inducted into the Margaret Hudson Program Hall of Fame at the organization’s March 28 Sweet Cravings gala. The remaining inductees, all chosen for their outstanding community contributions, were Trish Allison, Christian Oliva, Kim Jackson, Brenda Heigl, Zapporah Lucre and Alisha Bell. The late Mickie Taylor, another former MHP graduate, also was recognized.

Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation The Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation presented $60,000 to the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis Pediatric Cardiothoracic and Cardiology Program. The funds will go toward the purchase of a state-of-the-art Sorin S5 Pediatric Heart Lung Machine. Pictured are Holly Tyree, RN; Dr. John Karamichalis; Dr. Mary-Jane Barth; Mark Hilsheimer; Shane Ryan; Doug Williams; Kirsten Hilsheimer; and Jorge Molina, PA. 84

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Best of Tulsa Awards Shagah Zakerion, Tulsa’s Young Professionals executive director; Isaac Rocha, TYPros immediate past chair; and Jazi Hiriart, TYPros program coordinator, were among approximately 500 guests at the 2015 Best of Tulsa Awards Party presented by The Tulsa Voice on March 19 at Cain’s Ballroom.

Tulsa Opera The 55th annual Opera Ball was March 7 at the Mayo Hotel and raised funds for Tulsa Opera’s acclaimed productions and education programs. Pictured at the black-tie event are Nikki and Frank Rhoades and Marci and Stan Johnson.

Third Floor Design The University of Tulsa’s Third Floor Design presented Chad Oliverson with its first Mentor Award on March 26. Oliverson, pictured with Third Floor and TU School of Art Director M. Teresa Valero, was honored for his years of work with Third Floor Design students and nonprofits, including the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust.










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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & FREE OF CHARGE ONEOK Fan Fest at Guthrie Green is your destination for fun and entertainment before, during and after game time. Located just two blocks west of ONEOK Field on M.B. Brady Street. ONEOK Fan Fest has free fun for all ages, including a kids zone, live music, movies and more.


Fundraisers and fun happenings

May compiled by JUDY LANGDON May 1 — 5X5 Show and Sale Benefits Tulsa Artists’ Coalition., May 1 — Rhinestone Cowboy: A Tribute to the Glamorous West Benefits Volunteers of America Oklahoma. May 1 — The White Party Benefits Family and Children’s Services.

May 2 — Electric Lime Gala Benefits Tulsa Children’s Museum.

May 4 — CF Golf Classic Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

May 2 — It’s a Party! Benefits Crosstown Learning Center.

May 4 — Tee Off for Town & Country Golf Tournament Benefits Town and Country School.

May 2 — Run for the Roses Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home. May 2 — Walk MS: Tulsa 2015 Benefits Multiple Sclerosis Society.

5/1 The White Party Robert Sher, The White Party chairman; Jessica Wiist, logistics director; and Joy McGill, marketing director, (with The Vault bartender Erick Lockheart) test craft cocktails at The Vault, the site of the whitethemed outdoor dance gala benefiting Family & Children’s Services.

5/16 The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges The Center Polo Classic features a polo match, Champagne brunch and family activities at the Polo Fields at Mohawk Park. Pictured are Chris and Becky Lincoln, Center Polo Classic ambassadors, and Melissa and Steve Cox, polo coordinator. 86

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May 4-5 — Frank R. Rhoades Golf Classic Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home.

May 6 — Newsmakers Luncheon Benefits Tulsa Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications. May 8 — Blank Canvas Benefits Youth Services Tulsa. May 8 — TARC Shot in the Dark Golf Tournament Benefits Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities.

5/21 Iron Gate Michael and Leslie Moore will be honored at Iron Gate’s annual Founders’ Dinner. Other honorees are The Oxley Foundation and Carmelita Skeeter of Indian Health Care Resource Center.

5/29 Relay for Life The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event at Guthrie Green will celebrate cancer survivors and commemorate those lost to cancer. Pictured are Ashton Yancey, ACS community manager; Stacy Mendenhall, top fundraising team with Hogan Taylor; DeeDee Edwards, top fundraising team with Hilti; and Rocky Goins, ACS board chairman and top fundraising individual.

May 8 — Tulsa Go Red for Women Luncheon Benefits American Heart Association. May 9 — DIG: Day in the Garden Benefits Children’s Discovery Garden at Tulsa Botanic Garden. May 9 — Tennis Ball: A Smashing Good Time! Benefits LaFortune Park Tennis Center. May 12 — Homerun for the Homeless Benefits Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

May 16 — Center Polo Classic Benefits The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. May 16 — Tulsa Great Strides Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. May 16 — Where Hands and Feet Meet 5K Benefits TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access). May 16-21 — St. Jude Dream Home Tours Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

May 18 — FORE the House Celebrity Golf Classic Benefits Ronald McDonald House.

May 19 — William Booth Society Benefit Dinner Benefits Salvation Army. May 21 — Founders’ Dinner Benefits Iron Gate.

May 18 — Harwelden Awards Benefits Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

May 26-29 — 2015 Symposium for Reconciliation, “The Media & Reconciliation” Benefits The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.

May 18 — Musical Mondays Benefits LIFE Senior Services.

May 30 — Brainiac Ball Benefits Family and Children’s Services.

Five years ago, Jessica Stowell joined Blue Star Mothers Oklahoma Chapter One during her son’s second deployment to Iraq. The organization regularly packs “freedom boxes” of necessary items for men and women on the battlefield. “I needed the companionship of other mothers who understood my feelings, plus I had a desire to do something constructive rather than fret,” she says.

veterans’ organizations such as the Coffee Bunker, Tulsa Veterans Center, the VFW, DAV and the Stand Down annual event. We attend the Medal of Honor Day, march in the Veterans Day Parade and participate in the Vietnam Veterans appreciation dinner and other community events that support the troops and veterans. tþ

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BSM Oklahoma Chapter One mission statement: “To send freedom boxes to our troops serving abroad … to say, ‘thank you for your sacrifice and patriotism to our nation,’ and to let the troops know there will always be people back home thinking about them and praying for them.”

“Many of our boxes go to combat outposts where the troops are isolated, and there is no Post Exchange where they can buy supplies,” Stowell explains. “While the boxes are always a morale boost, they are frequently a necessity.” Each box costs $15.90 to ship. Stowell says donations of the following items are needed:

May 17 — Babypalooza Concert Benefits Emergency Infant Services.

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May 18 — A Stately Affair in Tulsa Benefits Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Volunteer, Blue Star Mothers Oklahoma Chapter One

Besides packing freedom boxes, explain the chapter’s regular activities. We give support to our veterans as well as giving moral support to each other. We attend funerals to pay respect to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country by giving their lives so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms. We support local

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klahomans for Equality (OKEQ) is collaborating with a traveling national exhibit to demonstrate how some faith communities have excluded LGBTQ individuals, while others have welcomed them. “It is very painful to be excluded, and that is very important to show, but especially in a state like Oklahoma, I think it’s even more important to see who is standing for you,” says Spencer Brown, OKEQ volunteer and exhibit organizer. After viewing “Shower of Stoles” in Oklahoma City this past summer, Brown and others decided to bring the display to Tulsa. Tulsans can view 100 stoles from the collection at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center through the end of May. “Shower of Stoles” started with Martha Juillerat, who worked for years as a closeted Presbyterian minister in rural Missouri. When she experienced threats after coming out in 1995, she chose to set aside her ordination. Juillerat asked friends to send her liturgical stoles, which are shawl-like cloths worn primarily by Christian clergy. She planned to display the stoles as signs of support when she officially announced her decision. Expecting to receive a couple dozen stoles, Juillerat was sent 80 overnight. The stoles kept coming, and by the following spring, she had more than 200. Now comprised of more than 1,000 stoles from around the world, the collection became the basis for the “Shower of Stoles” exhibit loaned by the Minneapolis-based Institute of Welcoming Resources, part of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Each stole is decorated by the donor to represent how an LGBTQ person or ally was excluded from a faith group.

TOP: Geoff Brewster, Phillips Theological Seminary; Fred Turner, East Side Christian Church; Spencer Brown, Oklahomans for Equality; Amy Venable, Methodist minister; Kelli Driscoll, Bethany Christian Church; and Todd Freeman, College Hill Presbyterian Church; BOTTOM: Jennie Wachowski, United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa; Nathan Mattox, University United Methodist Church; and Chris Moore, Fellowship Congregational Church. The ministers are holding or wearing items donated in support of LGBTQ inclusion. In summer 2014, OKEQ formed Paths of Reconciliation, a program that attempts to address issues of belief or faith and sexuality. Paths contributed to the “Shower of Stoles” display by soliciting donated stoles, banners and other items from Oklahoma leaders of Christian, Buddhist, atheist and other belief groups supportive of LGBTQ people. The Rev. Chris Moore, senior minister at Tulsa’s Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ, donated a hand-woven rainbow stole he has often worn during worship. It was made for the reverend by a member of his congregation to whom “justice on this particular issue is very personal and important,” he says. Boston Avenue United Methodist Church also plans to donate a stole and has already loaned a statue that honors the congregation’s former minister Mouzon Biggs, who advocated for interfaith and reconciliation work. The statue shows Muslim,

Christian and Jewish young people dancing together. “We believe that the gay community is very much part of the whole Tulsa community, and we celebrate diversity in our church,” says the Rev. Dr. Bill Crowell, Boston Avenue’s associate minister for adults, reconciliation and spiritual formation. Another Paths donor is Tulsa’s College Hill Presbyterian Church. Members gave a cherished print of Kathleen Morrison’s painting, “A Vision of More Light,” which depicts a diverse group of people, including the LGBTQ community, gathered at a communion table. The church displayed the artwork in its congregation to represent its commitment to inclusiveness during a time when the Presbyterian Church (USA) did not accept ordination of LGBTQ people. In 2011, the denomination changed its constitution to allow ordination regardless of sexual orientation.

Although the 100 stoles from the national display will return to the Institute, the collection that Paths of Reconciliation has created will become a traveling exhibit here in Oklahoma. “The goal is to show how you are surrounded by people who are supportive,” Brown says. tþ

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Notes on local film and video

Show and tell by HEATHER KOONTZ


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Connect with What’s Happening Tulsa on Facebook ( and Twitter ( The team also is searching for volunteers to be part of the project. If you’re interested, email

What’s Happening Tulsa is the brainchild of Production Manager Ben Lindsey, center, who wanted to encourage Tulsans to participate in community activities. The WHT team also includes Evan Gabbin, administrative manager, and Eric Sanders, president. available in his classes. When he started getting paid for his video work, Lindsey realized his career was about to take off. Sanders’ path was similar. Also an ORU student, he studied multimedia communications before spending five years in the corporate world. Sanders traveled the country filming and editing videos before What’s Happening began. A New Orleans native, Sanders wasn’t initially sold on Tulsa when he came to the city for school. “The downtown area was still to be revitalized, and the BOK Center wasn’t even here yet,” Sanders explains. “Now, things in this city have changed and are continuing to change for the better. I just want to be here to help

make that difference and witness it all taking place.” Lindsey is originally from Memphis but finds that Oklahoma has a way of keeping people around. Whether it’s friends, opportunities or the low cost of living, there is something for everyone in Tulsa. “It’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your time here,” Lindsey says. “I love that Tulsa is going through a revitalization process,” Sanders adds. “It couldn’t be a more exciting time as a young professional here.” The goal of What’s Happening Tulsa is twofold. The team wants to bring locals together by encouraging them to experience Tulsa in

new ways, while also altering the way non-Tulsans may feel about the city. With an interest in showing Tulsa in the best possible light, the team knows it has a lot on its plate. “But it’s something we’re willing to tackle,” Sanders says. “It motivates us.” tþ

Heather Koontz is a graduate of The University of Tulsa’s Film Studies program. She enjoys spending time with her Westie and French bulldog, as well as remodeling her 100-year-old home with her husband, Byron.

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hat’s happening, Tulsa? It’s a question Ben Lindsey and Eric Sanders are trying to answer. What’s Happening Tulsa is a new project from the local filmmakers — a platform that uses fun-filled, creative videos to unite Tulsans and show the world what the city has to offer. “What’s Happening Tulsa is about letting Tulsans know there is something amazing happening every day,” Lindsey says. “It’s about educating people on events and creating a community that’s willing to be involved.” The project was born when Lindsey overhead a friend commenting that Tulsans never know what to do in their own city, despite a number of options available to them. Lindsey brought up the idea of creating short videos to highlight local events, shops and musicians to his company, Intent Productions, and the project took off. According to Sanders, the timing was perfect. “I always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he says. “I felt the time was right to start on my dream, and I knew exactly who I wanted to bring in as partners to make this a reality.” The rest of the What’s Happening Tulsa team consists of Evan Gabbin, administrative manager; Ashlyn Johnson, photographer and blogger; and Gibson Giddeon, editor and videographer. For Lindsey and Sanders, making films is second nature. Lindsey’s filmmaking background began during his time at Oral Roberts University. While studying video, he taught himself the programs and software that weren’t

What’s happening in the local music scene


Rocking reviews by JARROD GOLLIHARE


wo Tulsa musicians have released new albums with diverse tunes that will undoubtedly stick with listeners.

JD McPherson, “Let the Good Times Roll”

JD McPherson burst onto the national music scene with his 2010 album “Signs & Signifiers,” a blistering set of instantly catchy, critically lauded roots rock that earned him a much-deserved “Artist to Watch” title from Rolling Stone magazine. The Broken Arrow resident is certainly not suffering from the dreaded “sophomore slump” with his follow-up, “Let the Good Times Roll.” In fact, he delivers a collection of retro-tinged songs every bit as compelling as his debut. The word “tinged” is important here, because though McPherson’s style is still heavily steeped in the ragged, warm, haunted sounds of dusty Sun/Stax/Chess 45s, his new tracks also manage to meld a subtle, modern edge into the mix. The album’s stellar production brings a spaciousness and muscular bite to McPherson’s soulful howl, tightly churning rhythm section and textured guitar work.

Songs like the gorgeous “Precious” and “Bridgebuilder” (which was co-written with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and beautifully channels The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes for You”) benefit greatly from this nuanced treatment. The rockers on this record — and there are many — jump through the speakers and slap you across the face ... in the best possible way. McPherson knows how to craft a catchy three-minute retro rave-up, most notably on songs like “It’s All Over but the Shouting,” “It Shook Me Up” and the shuffling, instant-hit title track. However, “Head Over Heels” is a revelation, somehow managing to be equal parts modern rock and tremolo-drenched throwback guitar fest — a standout song nestled in the middle of a record full of fantastic music. “Let the Good Times Roll” is an absolute winner.

John Calvin Abney, “Better Luck”

Tulsan John Calvin Abney has spent years as a guitarist and touring band member for fellow

Okie roots music and folk artists such as Samantha Crain, John Moreland and Kyle Reid. By his own admission, songwriting came to him “later than some.” He’s making up for that delay, however, with his debut full-length CD, “Better Luck.” You’d never know Abney is a newcomer to the craft of composing smart, personal, often wryly pointed American indie folk-rock in the vein of Elliot Smith and Conor Oberst. His slightly weathered tenor vocals cut a lonely groove through 11 songs about loss, regret, burned bridges and yes, sometimes, love. While it’s true these topics are the traditional lyrical fodder of a multitude of singer-songwriters, Abney approaches his music with a fresh innocence and tuneful confidence that propels his melodies and delivers legitimate, heartfelt emotion. Spare, economic production throughout “Better Luck” provides an airy sonic space for Abney’s mostly acoustic music. However, the occasional bite of overdrive on some vocals and/or guitar punctuates a few tracks, such as the darkly compelling “Cut the Rope” and the album’s brooding closer, “Dark Horse Army.” On the opening track, “Stepladder,” Abney charms with rootsy upbeat swagger, while “I Can’t Choose,” gives the theme of debilitating indecision a deep, midtempo groove and a lilting backroads melody that sticks in your head. All in all, “Better Luck” may be a prophetic title for Abney’s career. A truly fine debut. tþ

MAY’S BEST BETS FOR LIVE MUSIC 5/19 Mat Kearney, Cain’s Ballroom Pop songsmith Mat Kearney wrote and recorded much of his new CD, “Just Kids,” while touring in support of his last album, “Young Love.” Writing and recording in hotel rooms and studios from Los Angeles to Sweden, as well as his home studio in Nashville, Kearney self-produced a release that he says is “groovier than people would expect from me.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Judah & The Lion will open the show. 5/19 Weird Al Yankovic, Brady Theater This is one of those times when a random Tuesday becomes the most entertaining night of the month. If you’re not popping it up this evening with Mr. Kearney (see above) you simply MUST be in attendance as Weird Al Yankovic — the grand master of all parody songs, strange accordion medleys and general oddness — takes the stage a few blocks away. He’s a national treasure of musical camp. Seriously. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Tulsa World reporter Malvina Stephenson. “She’s looking at my father to make sure he’s getting the shot,” John McCormack says. Stephenson worked as a journalist for decades before serving as Sen. Robert Kerr’s press secretary.

Will Rogers’ daughter, Mary Rogers Brooks, reacts to the statue of her late father. “You can see the emotion in her face,” John McCormack says. “She’s thinking, ‘Daddy!’” Oklahoma Gov. E.W. Marland. Interestingly, Davidson was commissioned several years earlier to sculpt Marland and his two adoptive children (one of whom became his second wife and Oklahoma’s first lady, Lydie Roberts Marland.) Bob McCormack/Courtesy Tulsa World

Jo Davidson, the statue’s artist. He is internationally known for sculpting some of the world’s most famous people.

Davidson’s sculpture of Will Rogers was cast twice. One statue was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. The other is in the rotunda of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. The above photo is part of the 18-ton Bob McCormack Collection.

Worth a thousand words by MORGAN PHILLIPS


n estimated 25,000 people attended the 1938 opening of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. Included in the opening activities was the dedication of Jo Davidson’s life-size bronze of late Oklahoman Will Rogers. Tulsa World photographer Bob McCormack was among the local press. 92

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Ironically, McCormack’s first assignment for the paper was on Aug. 15, 1935, the day Rogers and Wiley Post died in an airplane crash in Barrow, Alaska. “Eugene Lorton sent him to Oologah and Claremore,” to photograph Rogers’ friends and residences, recalls Bob’s son, John McCormack. After leaving the World, Bob worked three

years as Douglas Aircraft’s chief photographer. He started his own business in 1945 and photographed Tulsa businesses, events and people until his death in 2003. John joined his father in 1972 and continues the family business today. “I’m so proud of my dad,” John says. “My father’s passion for photography was from childhood to the day he died.” tþ


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Brenda Rice and Gina Miller

LIVING ROOM DESIGNERS: Gina Miller and Brenda Rice GHD Interiors 221 W. Main St., Jenks 918-995-2100 SUPPLIERS: Furniture and accessories, GHD Interiors; painting, GP Painting; custom sewing, Couture Creations and The Difference; custom upholstery, Gwen Elliott; fabric/wallcovering, Fabricut; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; delivery and moving, Arlan Receiving and Delivery & Storage; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

DINING ROOM DESIGNER: Hari Lu Ames Embellishments Interiors 1345 E. 15th St. 918-585-8688 SUPPLIERS: Furniture, accessories and prints, Embellishments Interiors; drapery and chair fabric, Fabricut; drapery hardware, Endisco Supply; fig tree, Cohlmiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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Listing Agent • 25 years real estate experience • 40 years supporting Tulsa Public Schools

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918.813.3477 • DS19

GAME ROOM DESIGNER: Jane Butts Jane Butts Interiors 918-625-7345 SUPPLIERS: Paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; painter, Jeff Davis Construction and Painting; draperies and upholstery fabric, Fabricut; sofa table, Tristan Vaught Upholstery; sofa table fabric and floor pillows, Trade Secrets; furniture upholstery, Bellers Upholstery; drapery and cornice, Threads; area rug and juke box, Aminiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Galleria; granite tabletop, Countertop Specialties; console table and games, SR Hughes; artwork, Royce Myers Art Ltd.; pillows and floor pillows, Jackie Mainord; drapery installation, Mike Esau; fireplace logs, Jack Wills; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

STAIRWELL LANDING DESIGNER: Patrick Thornton Patrick T Design 918-760-9191 SUPPLIERS: Paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; painting, Ryan Craig; clock, edit.; lamp, Cheap Thrills; paintings, Nathaniel McKnight; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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We are located west of The Campbell Hotel, through the iron gates

Monday-saturday 10-5 open late by request

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Le Cadeaux Melamine Collection We invite you to come see our new collections of Le Cadeaux plates, platters and bowls crafted in non-breakable melamine. They are colorful, stylish and sturdy… perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining… at home or the lake. Also see the popular polycarb glassware. We have much in-store for you to see. Come by.

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2058 Utica Square • 918-747-8780 DS21

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SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM DESIGNER: Steven Vogler J. Steven Vogler Interiors 918-640-5353 SUPPLIERS: Painting, Certa-Pro Painters; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; window treatments, Artistic Window Treatments; accessories and artwork, J. Steven Vogler Interiors; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

CRAFT ROOM DESIGNER: Dixie Mosely Joie de Vie Interiors 12141 S. Elm St., Suite 113, Jenks 918-298-4581

SUPPLIERS: Painting, Juan Estrada; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; design assistance, Julianne Bassett; furniture, rug, accessories and lighting, Joie de Vie Interiors; paintings and pottery, Julianne Bassett; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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UTILITY ROOM DESIGNER: Marilyn DallaRosa Marilyn DallaRosa Interiors 918-232-5386

SUPPLIERS: Paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; painting, Lila Lawrence; fabric, Fabricut; drapery fabrication, Marilyn DallaRosa Interiors; accessories, Marilyn DallaRosa Interiors, Midtown Market and The Pink Lily; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

OUTDOOR PATIO DESIGNER: Elaine Breckenridge Cohlmia’s 1502 S. Cincinnati Place 918-582-5572 SUPPLIERS: Dining table with chairs and seating area with cushions, Pottery Barn; outdoor containers and patioscaping, Cohlmia’s; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

OUTDOOR PATIO DESIGNERS: Brian Hughes and Danielle White SR Hughes 3410 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 100 918-742-5515 SUPPLIERS: Husk chairs and AWA side table, B&B Italia; Dehors chaises, Alias; topiary bench, dining table and chairs, Knoll Studio; custom fire pit, EcoSmart; outdoor area rug, Limited Edition; round outdoor area rug, Paola Lenti; plants and planters, Cohlmia’s; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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Tulsa: 918-664-7904 Broken Arrow: 918-258-7578

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OUTDOOR BATH DESIGNERS: Rick Boyles and Leslie Rowlands Rick Boyles Design 918-520-1515 Leslie Rowlands Interiors 918-693-1050 SUPPLIERS: Paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; faux concrete finish, Leslie Rowland Interiors; window covering, L.C. Designs; wood panel abstract, Carrie Burrows; custom fine art, Leslie Rowland Interiors; furnishings and accessories, Rick Boyles and Leslie Rowlands; dots cushion sewing, The Fitting Image; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

TENT/ PAVILION Ann Simmons and Marcia Richards

DESIGNERS: Ann Simmons and Marcia Richards, Upside Interiors 1325 E. 15th St., #104, 918-949-6999,,

SUPPLIERS: Signage, Fredrick Sign Co.; boxwood hedges and artificial boxwood panels, Upside Interiors; rugs, Surya; chair and side table, Brown Jordan; pillow fabrics, Duralee Fabrics, Sunbrella Fabric and Caitlin Wilson Fabrics; tabletop, Luxart Silk; photo art, custom; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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The Lakes at Indian Springs III

Contemporary Tranquility.

Custom built to perfection with every amenity including an elevator servicing all 3 floors, theater room with Crestor remote, a wine/safe room, whole house generator, full sound system, extra insulation, salt water-self cleaning pool, outdoor kitchen and huge 2nd garage with full heat and air. 10,500 sq. ft on a 1.5 acre lot. 600 E. Decatur St, BA $2,400,000

Wonderful custom stucco, fully remodeled & extended offering in-law suite option, 2 new kitchens, new bathrooms, Travertine master retreat, air LED double bath, radiant floor, library, office, 4 fireplaces, 5 HVACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, elevator, exercise room. Pebble Sheen heated saltwater pool, automated fire torches & patio screens. Pond

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Minutes from Utica Square!

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Dramatic and Complete Outdoor Living Area. Saltwater Pool and Huge Spa with Waterfall, Jet Sprays and a Diving Rock! Outdoor Kitchen Complete with Cooker, Fridge and Beer Tap. Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace for all season use. All this with a monster view! 5 Bdrms, 4/1 Baths 511 W. 79th Pl. $1,500,000

& fountain views. Owner/ Broker $995,000.

Highly desired gated Berwick Fairways at Cedar Ridge.

Stunning, ultra-contemporary design built for a modern lifestyle. Constructed in 2013, features include black gunite pool w/hot tub, sun shelf & fountains, quartz counters throughout, wall of windows, theater room, raised office/dining area, hardwoods, amazing spa master bath, with 3 car garage. Tulsa $594,900


Backyard backs to a beautiful horse ranch which provides extensive privacy for outdoor entertaining at itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best! Heated salt water pool and twelve person spa with rock waterfall, 2 fire pits, 2 fire bowls and built in grill. 5701 W. Charleston St., BA $949,900

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Prestigious ranch style home near Southern Hills!

On park like setting half acre lot. Flexible open floor plan with two living areas down and one up. 3 car side entry garage. Backyard offers a huge covered patio, gunite pool, and multiple areas to entertain. Jenks schools! 610 E.119th St., Jenks $529,000

Large corner lot on park like setting. All living space on one level. Elevator to 3 car rear entry garage. Extensive remodel completed in 2014. Gunite pool with full bathroom and covered outdoor kitchen. MLS# 1432606 2802 E. 67th Pl, Tulsa $899,000

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221 West Main - Jenks 918.995.2100

INTERIOR DESIGN DÉCOR SHOWROOM REMODELING Since 2005, GHD Interiors has been a proud participant in the Tulsa Designer Showcase!

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Store Hours: T - F: 9a - 5:30p and by appointment

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TulsaPeople May 2015  
TulsaPeople May 2015