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Lahray Gray inspired a children’s book written by her dad.

Life at Spain Ranch.

Meet Badger Fry.

Where to celebrate Labor Day. Gameday fashion for the ladies. Being mom in Hollywood. Iron Gate opens its doors. A former NFL player pens a book on fatherhood.

32 SEEDS OF SUCCESS For 90 years, the Tulsa Garden Club has helped make Tulsa one of America’s most beautiful cities, while teaching others about all things horticulture. BY JANE ZEMEL

38 A RIVALRY OF MUTUAL BENEFIT

45 CULTURE CONNECTION

How one football game is creating a financial boon for Tulsa. BY STEPHEN HUNT

Life inside Plaza Santa Cecilia PHOTOS BY MICHELLE POLLARD STORY BY ANNE BROCKMAN

40 A MOMENT OF SERENDIPITY

48 FAMILIAR FACES

Spain Ranch has evolved from a cattle operation to a popular wedding and event venue, thanks to one Tulsa family. BY ANNE BROCKMAN

These friendly Tulsans are staples around town. Maybe you’ve seen them, but do you know their stories? BY JAMIE RICHERT JONES

77 LIFESTYLE Inspiring works from local authors. Plant some color this fall. Eight must-see attractions in Springfield, Missouri. Three conversations with Connie Cronley.

101 TABLE TALK Over-the-top dining at Gathering Place. Sip around the city with Bourbon Tulsa Weekly. Four spots for Louisiana flavor. The tastiest week of the year: Restaurant Week.

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writing for the magazine.

in the midst of the greatest period of time in our I’ve been a Tulsa resident for more than a

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The Tulsa arts scene continues to grow, and

strides toward equality and an even brighter

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share with

The thing that makes all this possible is you (if

cians and performers, as well as some who visit

future.

you live or work in Tulsa). If not, move or work here. I promise it’s great and getting even better.

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he lemonade stand is a quintessential symbol of summer. This month, Katie Eller Murray is resurrecting it as a symbol of charity — 25 years after her first lemonade stand supporting Tulsa’s homeless. From 1994-2000, Murray organized community volunteers to sell lemonade over Labor Day weekend as a city-wide fundraiser raising $350,000 over seven years for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. This month, she’s at it again with an initiative called LA25. Murray, a 2001 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, now

resides in the San Francisco Bay area and owns ROAM Communications, a public relations firm. But LA25 proves her heart is still in Tulsa. In addition to planning a Sept. 2 celebration at Guthrie Green (see p. 14 for more), Murray gathered lemon and lemonade-inspired recipe submissions. Then she created a cookbook with 25 food recipes and some bonus drink recipes in honor of the 25th anniversary of Lemon-Aid. Cookbooks are available for a suggested $15 donation at the LA25 celebration or thelemonaidproject.org/cookbook. All proceeds benefit the Day Center. TP

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your lunch and hear recording 4 Bring artist/producer Branjae at Tulsa

citywide 14-18 Ascavenger

hunt kicks off Saturday, followed by other activities and discounts from local shops on Wednesday: the City of Tulsa’s 918 Day celebrating civic pride.

Visual Artists 5-14 Oklahoma Coalition presents its 12x12 Preview Exhibition, celebrating 30 years of OVAC, at the Zarrow Center for Art and Education inside Philbrook Downtown.

Tulsa pres14-22 Theatre ents “Picasso at the

Lapin Agile,” written by comedian Steve Martin, at the Tulsa PAC.

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The interactive exhibit “Jave Yoshimoto: Intractable Chasm,” examining the Greek refugee crisis through wood reliefs and paintings, will be displayed at Living Arts of Tulsa. Continues through Oct. 18. Wizard World Comic Con at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center celebrates movies, comics, toys, videos and gaming.

Coulter and a trio 6-7 Scott of New York’s top vocalists

follow Dorothy, Toto and friends down the yellow brick road at Signature Symphony’s “The Wonderful Music of Oz” at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

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Need some bragging rights? Attend or participate in the Tulsa 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the Gathering Place sports courts. Be on the lookout for NBA celebrities.

Hike with Your Dog Day in the 7 It’sKeystone Ancient Forest near Key-

stone Lake in Sand Springs. Pets must be on a leash.

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The time is meow for Philbrook Museum of Art’s Internet Cat Video Festival on the museum grounds.

Symphony’s Opening 14 Tulsa Night performance features

guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine at the Tulsa PAC. Mother Road Market’s Pinewood Derby and Classic Car Show, presented with Boy Scouts of America and the Oklahoma Route 66 Alliance, is a family-friendly event that includes derby heats, food and an evening showing of Pixar’s “Cars” movie. The third annual MisFEST hits Guthrie Green, celebrating women in music.

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unifying run through historic Greenwood Avenue presented by #racismstinks.

on the Mountain, a butterfly migration celebration with activities, presentations, tagging and releasing, and milkweed for purchase. Hockey fans: Watch the Dallas Stars take on the Florida Panthers in the second annual Tulsa Classic at the BOK Center.

musician Buddy Guy Chamber Music Tulsa welcomes 19 Legendary brings his Chicago blues experi22 the American Brass Quintet to ence to the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

the Tulsa PAC.

Acclaimed author Sir Salman a trip to Athens 24 Rushdie comes to All Souls 19-22 Snag without leaving Unitarian Church for a Q&A about his T-town at the Tulsa Greek Festival with authentic food, music, dancing, market and culture. It’s all at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Dance Thebagpipes? 20-21 Portico 13-15 DoHeadyoutohearOklahoma atre celebrates its Scotfest at Broken Arrow Events Park for Highland food, games, music and fun.

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Celebration of Reconcilia15 The tion includes the Skunk Run, a

by Turkey Mountain for 21 Stop Tulsa River Parks’ Monarchs

10th anniversary with a re-staging of its inaugural production, “Project Alice,” at the Tulsa PAC. It’s a contemporary dance interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” tales.

novels, presented by BookSmart Tulsa. Book signing follows. Attractions 24-29 Celebrity brings the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” based on Victor Hugo’s saga of the French Revolution, to the Tulsa PAC.

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1 Happy Hands 25th Anniversary Gala Benefits Happy Hands. HAPPYHANDS.ORG

2 LA25: A 25th Anniversary Celebration Benefits Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

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The 2019 Tulsa State Fair’s “11 Days of Awesome” hits Expo Square with rides, midway fun, food, live concerts, animals, exhibits, demonstrations, Disney on Ice and a rodeo. Through Oct. 6.

goblins and spirits 27 Spooks, roam the Castle of Muskogee’s

family-friendly Haunted Castle Halloween Festival every Friday and Saturday night. Through Oct. 26. Musician, teacher, composer and recording artist Shelby Eicher is inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame at its gala at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Redneck hilarity ensues when River Spirit Casino Resort hosts comedians Darren Knight and Cledus T. Judd in “The Southern Momma Cledus T. Judd Comedy Experience.”

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Tulsa Botanic Garden presents a morning session with New York Times bestselling author Amy Steward discussing her book “Wicked Plants: Exploring Horticultural Horrors.”

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Be “Cool” and catch the Jonas Brothers during their tour stop at the BOK Center.

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Benefits Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. JAOK.ORG

21 Batman Day/Cosplay Contest and Charity Silent Auction

Western Days

Benefits Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Broken Arrow.

Benefits Saint Simeon’s Foundation. SAINTSIMEONS.ORG

11 Annual Golf Tournament

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Help, Healing and Hope Benefit Concert with Sanctus Real

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Benefits BA Blue Star Mothers.

Benefits Circle of Care.

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5 Chapters: A Casual Evening of Books, Bards and Bites

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Benefits Philbrook Museum of Art.

Benefits Tulsa Library Trust.

Benefits STEM education programs and projects.

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Benefits National MS Society. NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG

Benefits Tulsa Symphony.

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Sisters Sippin’ Tea Biennial Reunion

Hop Jam Brewer’s Table Dinner

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6-15 Restaurant Week

Benefits Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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7 Zombie Outbreak Adventure Run

Benefits Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma. GETBITTULSA.COM

9 Restore Hope Golf Tournament

Benefits Restore Hope Ministries.

Benefits Sisters Sippin’ Tea Literary Group.

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19 Casino Night Benefits Rooms With a Heart. ROOMSWITHAHEART.ORG

Evening of Giving Benefits Home Builders’ Association Charitable Foundation. TULSAHBA.COM / EVENING-OF-GIVING

Friendship Dinner and Awards Benefits Raindrop Turkish House Tulsa.

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20 Cattle Barons’ Ball Benefits American Cancer Society. TULSACATTLEBARONSBALL.ORG

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Restoring Our Community Banquet

10 Stories of Hope Luncheon

Benefits Crossover Community Impact.

Benefits Hearts for Hearing.

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St. Jude Walk/Run Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. STJUDE.ORG

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Benefits Alzheimer’s Association Tulsa. ACT.ALZ.ORG

Opening Night Gala

Henna Roso Album Premiere Show

Benefits Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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26 Champions of Health Gala Benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation. CHAMPIONSOFHEALTH.ORG

27 Cycle for Life Night Ride Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. FIGHTCF.CFF.ORG / TULSANIGHTRIDE

The Tasting at Woodward Park Benefits Tulsa Garden Center. TULSAGARDENCENTER.ORG

28 The Drunken Botanist Benefits Tulsa Botanic Garden. TULSABOTANIC.ORG

Race for the Cure Benefits Komen Oklahoma. KOMENOKLAHOMA.ORG

30 Annual Golf Tournament Benefits the Dream Center.

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Spend Labor Day in Tulsa What to do with a day off? Organizations throughout Tulsa are primed to ensure there’s something for everyone — from lemonade stands to miles-long races. BY BRANDON SCHMITZ

Great Raft Race

Nothing says Labor Day like an old-fashioned lemonade party. Founded by then-10-year-old Katie Murray in 1994, the Lemon-Aid Project is back after a 19-year hiatus — just in time for its 25th anniversary. Over Labor Day weekend, volunteers will set up lemonade stands throughout Tulsa. Just as it was back in 1994, their collective goal is to have 100 stands and raise $5,000 for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 2, a silver anniversary LA25 celebration at Guthrie Green will offer activities such as contests, multiple lemonade stands, food trucks and hometown bands. “Now that we’ve brought the event back, I’m excited to see what comes out of it,” Murray says. “It’s a nice way to give back to the community beyond just drinking lemonade and enjoying each other’s company.”

Celebrating the fifth year of its revival, the Great Raft Race pits rentals against homemade creations in a ride along Tulsa’s Arkansas River. The event will open at 7 a.m., Sept. 2, at Sand Springs River City Park. Raft launches will begin at 8 a.m. and launch every 30 minutes. Following that, the free Finish Line Festival will set up along the water at the River West Festival Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. While spectators and participants alike wait for their rafts to reach the finish line, they’ll be treated to live local music, food trucks, an inflatable kids’ zone, yard games and retail vendors. Flood relief donations also will be accepted upon registration. “We hope this is our biggest and best year yet,” says event director Seth Erkenbeck. “Given the weather throughout April and May, that area has been the source of a lot of negativity, so it’ll be nice for people to go out and enjoy it.”

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Escape from Turkey Mountain For over a decade, this Labor Day tradition has been somewhat of an initiation for first-time trail racers. This 2-mile trek allows participants to either run or walk the trails at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area on Sept. 2. This event isn’t just for beginners, though, as the event also boasts a 5-mile race. Don’t worry about getting lost, either. As intimidating as Turkey Mountain can seem, the trail is marked with plenty of signs. “My favorite thing about the event is that it introduces people to Turkey Mountain,” event director Tim Dreiling says. “It has certainly become more known, but there are still many people out there who don’t know we have this gem of wilderness just across the river.” TP 7:30 A.M., 5-MILE RACE; 7:45 A.M., 2-MILE RACE LOWER PARKING LOT AT TURKEY MOUNTAIN, 6492 S. ELWOOD AVE. | $35, 2-MILE; $40, 5-MILE RUNSIGNUP.COM/RACE/OK/TULSA/ ESCAPEFROMTURKEYMOUNTAIN

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Bryan Mitchell and his children make care packages for Tulsa’s homeless.

Truly paying

Being charitable has long been a priority for Bryan Mitchell, a team member at Spherexx, a Tulsa-based website, marketing and software development company founded in 2000. So, when Spherexx CEO Becca Wilson announced she’d set aside over $60,000 in gift cards for the company’s Pay it Forward program for team members to better their community, Mitchell and his family did exactly that. This year, Mitchell and his wife tasked their four children with devising a giving plan, a responsibility they eagerly embraced. “We do little things like put money on laundry machines, bake some cookies and take them to firemen,” Mitchell says. Pay It Forward provided the family $1,000 to do some extra good. “(The kids said), ‘When we get a chance, we’re going to buy someone’s meal.’ We bought extra groceries for our church,” Mitchell says. The family’s outreach also included making care packages for the homeless. With Spherexx for more than nine years, Mitchell says he loves working for a company that emphasizes giving and living in Tulsa, where community is such a big priority. “I’m a family man,” he says, “so to be able to raise my children in a place where giving is important, it’s just a great atmosphere.” — STEPHEN HUNT 16

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Back row, Up with People alumnus Keith Marlow and Casey Jenkins, UWP promotion representative, from the United States; front row, Sergio Campos, promotion manager, from Mexico; and Ya Wang, promotion representative, from China, at Marlow’s Tulsa store, 360 Home.

An international travel program will visit Tulsa this month with plans to donate more than 1,000 cumulative hours to local nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity. From Sept. 2-9, members of Up with People’s international touring cast will participate in community service projects such as the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 6. The cast will perform its 2019 production, a two-hour show with international music and costumes, on Sept. 7 at Kirkland Theatre, 808 E. College St., Broken Arrow. While in Tulsa, cast members will live with 30-60 local host families in their homes to learn about the city’s unique culture, as well as share their own diversity, says Hayley Lutz of UWP. The cast hails from all over the world. Lutz says UWP, a tuition-based program, teaches young people ages 17-29 about new cultures and provides them valuable professional experience through internships and various educational opportunities. Tulsan Keith Marlow, a radio DJ-turned-retailer, toured with UWP from 1983-84 immediately after graduating from high school. “I wanted to travel, to see the world. I wanted to perform,” he says. Marlow later held various volunteer roles with the organization, including serving on its board of governors. “Regardless of our personal beliefs and convictions, cultures or nationalities, we share common ground in that we all want to enjoy our lives in a better world. To me, that’s what Up with People is about.” For more information about the Tulsa visit and performance, visit upwithpeople.org.

and all the other schools — Stanford. I became educated in building a university. They all told me one thing. ... ‘A university exists to gain knowledge, to add to it and to pass it on.’ And I said, ‘I don’t believe that.’ I believed that God should be in the university, and I announced to my partners and my supporters what I was going to do. I was not going to build a regular university, though the academic part turned out to be fully accredited and all that, but I built a character thing

Garden cats star in book Philbrook Museum of Art has a new piece of art: its first picture book about the popular cats that call the Philbrook gardens home. Written and illustrated by Tulsa native Katie Turner, “The Cat Who Got Framed” follows garden cat Acer’s journey to become a museum cat. The hardcover book, selling for $18.99, will release Sept. 13 at the museum’s Internet Cat Video Festival. It will also be available at the Philbrook gift shop and at shop.philbrook.org.

into the university.” — The late Oral Roberts, founder of Oral Roberts University, in August 2009. Roberts died in December 2009 at age 91. “Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project founded by John Erling in 2009. Visit voicesofoklahoma.com.

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Mah Jongg players participate in Mah Jongg for Memories on June 27 at the Oaks Country Club.

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Shawnna Latham-Feddersen is the founder of Gameday Couture. Here, her team styles a product photo shoot — one component of the business — on Skelly Field at the University of Tulsa. Gameday Couture’s licensed products include TU and Oklahoma State University.

FAN FASHION Local company tackles casual game gear for women. BY KAYLIE COTTON

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native Tulsan has scored a touchdown with her business. Gameday Couture LLC is a manufacturer and distributor of boutique and licensed women’s apparel with an e-commerce and private label division headquartered in Jenks. Incorporated in 2010, Gameday Couture was first idealized after CEO Shawnna LathamFeddersen and her husband, Gameday Couture President Kurt Feddersen, attended many Oklahoma State University football games. Not interested in wearing a dress and boots to the game like some of her peers, Shawna Latham-Feddersen wanted something she could dress up or down — casual clothing for the game-going gal. Feddersen test-marketed some of her T-shirt and top designs with licensing from OSU, the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. As Gameday Couture took off, she and Kurt traveled to Atlanta for a trade show, but attendance was low due to area flooding. That’s when she saw an ad on the local news for ABC’s “Shark Tank.” The Feddersens stood in the rain and awaited 18

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a chance to pitch their business to a blank-faced judge. Afterward, they assumed they had wasted their time and left Atlanta discouraged. But they received a call and, after a round of auditions, eventually made it onto the live show, where Gameday Couture gained financial backing from businessman Mark Cuban. “It opened a few doors, but luckily, we had already seen so much growth that we have been really fortunate to not necessarily need his help so far,” Feddersen says. “He’s there if we need him and he’s excellent. He gives great advice, and he lets us run our business how we like.” Feddersen was nominated for the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award this past June by Ernst and Young. She competed alongside other wellknown regional business owners such as Michael Browning of Urban Air Adventure Parks and Spencer and Jeff Jan, co-founders of Solo Stove. Although she didn’t win, Feddersen says, “I was completely honored and grateful to be considered among such amazing and talented innovators in business. I was very humbled to be in that mix.” TP

SMALL GROUPS OF WELL-DRESSED WOMEN gather quietly around tables, each studying intricate Chinese characters on small tiles. This game with ancient roots doesn’t share the energy of Bunco or the rhythm of Bingo. The challenging Mah Jongg requires concentration and skill, says local player Jenelle Schatz. The object is to make part of a hand, of which there are 65 types. “You can’t just sit down and play,” Schatz says. “I watched people play for a few weeks before I tried it.” Now she plays at least weekly for three hours at a time. More than 500,000 people play Mah Jongg regularly in the United States, according to the National Mah Jongg League. The mental stimulation of the game, along with the social element of gathering to play, connected some dots for Schatz, whose husband, Tony, died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. These aspects of Mah Jongg cover two of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “10 Ways to Love Your Brain”: tips to prevent cognitive decline. In 2018, Schatz organized a Tulsa benefit for the Association called Mah Jongg for Memories. The event was so successful, the National Alzheimer’s Association launched it as a pilot national event for The Longest Day, a campaign around the summer solstice. On or around June 21, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. In June 2019, 28 Mah Jongg for Memories events across the country raised more than $50,000 collectively for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Schatz is proud others find pleasure in the game and are joining in the cause. “I look at it as a way to honor my husband’s life that is taking what we’ve been through and turning it into something positive,” she says. — MORGAN PHILLIPS

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her podcast and asked her to do some affiliated work for the Tulsa station. Brooker’s Tulsa roots, coupled with her podcast, motherhood and — let’s face it — her charming personality, landed her current job as digital entertainment editor at NBC Los Angeles, where she interviews celebs and covers red carpet events. “Everything goes back to my roots in Oklahoma and comes from family and friends in Oklahoma,” she says. TP Check out Heather’s podcast, “Motherhood in Hollywood,” wherever you listen to podcasts. Tune into NBC LA via Facebook on Sept. 22 to watch her coverage of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

ON HIS DIVERSE BACKGROUND: (Law) is a great education and profession that trains you to see things from many perspectives. As a symphony executive I deal with many different perspectives, and my experience and education in the law are extremely helpful in navigating the many important issues. I bring with me experience and connections in symphonic, pops, country, Broadway and rock music, and plan on working with the musicians of the TSO to continue to bring world-class music and performers to Tulsa. — JUDY LANGDON

Sept. 6 SYMPHONY IN THE PARK 7:30 p.m. Guthrie Green, 111 E. Reconciliation Way. Conducted by Ron Spigelman, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will open its 2019-2020 season with this free performance, followed by a fireworks show. Open to the public. tulsasymphony.org

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ON HIS IMPRESSIONS OF TULSA: Prior to being approached by the Tulsa Symphony, I wasn’t aware of the thriving arts community in Tulsa. I am amazed at the strong commitment to the arts. The city has an amazing energy that I can’t wait to be part of. The Tulsa arts scene is a story that needs to be told nationally. The TSO is positioned beautifully for its next chapter of many successes.

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or Tulsa native Heather Brooker, life has been a serendipitous boomerang. This actress-podcaster-reporter finds her Tulsa roots woven throughout her career. The Metro Christian Academy and Oklahoma State University journalism alum now makes her home in Los Angeles, with her former-TulsaDJ-turned-finance-guy husband, Chris Brooker. Her acting resume boasts roles on shows like “The Office,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Commander and Chief ” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” but she landed her most meaningful gig in 2013 when she became mother to daughter Channing. Although motherhood is many wonderful things, Brooker realized it’s far from the Hollywood norm. She began to look for ways to cultivate a community. But rather than scheduling playdates at the park, she turned her quest into a podcast. “You have to search for your people who are also parents,” she says. In 2015, she launched Motherhood in Hollywood, a podcast and social media presence dedicated to creating kindred connections of show biz colleagues and telling their stories. Her guests run the gamut of personalities and professionals in the entertainment industry, many of them accompanied by their children who play with Channing while the grown-ups record. In 2017, Brooker was working part time for NBC in Los Angeles when Amy Colvert, Brooker’s Tulsa friend and general manager at KJRH, heard

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t is 9:45 p.m., and Luz Lopez is cooking. She and her family are getting ready to feed hungry Tulsans, as they do every second Saturday of the month in front of the downtown homeless shelter. To ensure the meals are of the best quality and flavor, Lopez cooks with produce grown in her own backyard. She buys other food out of pocket, and some is brought by her friends. Lopez’ passion for the homeless is fueled by her own experiences. As a little girl living in California, she and her many siblings were raised by a single mother. The family was homeless for a while; Lopez remembers sleeping on a park bench one night. Lopez says she lied about her age to get hired

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at McDonald’s, where she started washing dishes at age 13. Once she became an adult, she was promoted to manager. Years went by, and one day McDonald’s Corp. sent her to Oklahoma to supervise various restaurants. Later, she was able to buy three McDonald’s in Tulsa, which she still manages by day. Lopez is currently fighting breast cancer, but she says, “My cancer treatment is working right now and gives me hope.” Despite her health struggles, Lopez — whose first name means “light” in Spanish — wants to give back to others who have fallen on hard times. “Life gave me the gift of becoming a businesswoman, so now I feel the urgent need to give back to my community,” she says. TP

When Ginny Creveling, TulsaPeople’s 2006 Tulsan of the Year, talks about the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, she exudes enthusiasm. For good reasons. In 2004, the Tulsa Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice was one of several U.S. cities slated to lose its office due to the national organization’s impending financial collapse. Board Chairwoman Creveling and other leaders succeeded in saving the Tulsa chapter as the first to separate from the national organization. Today, OCCJ stands strong. It has expanded into Oklahoma City and established a continual priority of identifying young emerging leaders to cultivate OCCJ’s mission and work. A naturalized American citizen born in Manila, Philippines, Creveling has lived here since 1970. “I truly love Tulsa,” she says, “and what I love most is Tulsa’s driving priorities today seem to be about giving our kids reasons to stay here.” Creveling retired in 2012, when her mother came to live with her. These days she is on the road a lot visiting children, grandchildren and siblings. “But I love and appreciate a big family of girlfriends in Tulsa,” she says. “I have people I love, and people who love me back. I am so blessed.” — JUDY LANGDON

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GATE’S OPEN Iron Gate welcomes guests at new Archer Street location. BY BRIA BOLTON MOORE Below, Iron Gate Executive Director Carrie Vesely Henderson and Board Chairwoman Mindy Morrison Taylor with Iron Gate founders the Rev. Jack Powers, Gene Buzzard and Keenan Barnard. Above, the group tours Iron Gate’s new kitchen-in-progress with Development Director Ashli Sims, far right.

Random act of kindness IN 1978, the Rev. John C. Powers, Keenan Barnard and Gene Buzzard were in a Bible study at Trinity Episcopal Church when a homeless man knocked on the door and asked for something to eat. “Somebody suggested we just make him something in the kitchen,” Powers says, and they did — a sandwich. Many other homeless and hungry people gathered around the church, asking for food and daily necessities. The three men saw an opportunity for a food ministry. “Being downtown, we were stationed where the people in need were gathered,” Powers says. The church members began with distributing leftover food items, either made in the church kitchen or brought for potlucks. It then grew to cooking full meals for the homeless community and was named Iron Gate in 1984. It flourished into a daily program where those in need of food and sustenance would come to the church and be given a hot meal. “The word spread: ‘If you’re hungry, go to the church with the iron gate,’” says Iron Gate Executive Director Carrie Vesely Henderson. “It was literally a random act of kindness that grew.” Powers, who served as Trinity’s rector from 1977-1991, says Iron Gate has been a vehicle to put into action “something that is very much a part of the Christian life.” “We are in an age,” he says, “where we have many, many homeless and hungry people, the working poor, and we need to reach out and be a sign of hope to them.” — KAYLIE COTTEN 24

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ron Gate, an organization that serves more than 500 plates of food to hungry Tulsans every day, recently moved into its new home at 501 W. Archer St. Founded in 1984, Iron Gate has a grocery pantry and kids’ pantry and serves a daily community meal. It outgrew its space in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church and, for a time, fought an uphill battle to relocate; some business owners and citizens spoke out against a facility that would attract the homeless to their areas. However, the organization happily broke ground on its new location, a $6 million project, in August 2018. Iron Gate’s new home is 17,000 square feet — three times its former size — and includes a 2,253-square-foot patio with a fi replace, heaters, misters, benches and picnic tables. The original dining room sat 88 people, and the new dining room seats 217. Although the original gate, the organization’s namesake, remains at Trinity, the new building has a gate around the front patio with a similar design. Executive Director Carrie Vesely Henderson says one of the most exciting things about the new building is its dedicated pantry space. The previous dining room was transformed into the pantry three times per week. “We will really be giving our guests more of a grocery store-like experience, bringing more dignity to the process,” she says. In 2018, the pantry provided groceries for more than 9,200 households, and Henderson says they will now be able to increase the pantry’s hours. “Food is one of the top five needs when people are facing homelessness,” she says, “so this new building sends a positive message that people care about them.” TP


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LOCAL TALENT Performer Karl Jones’ “Oklahoma Puppets” are displayed in the “Recall/Respond” exhibition at Gilcrease Museum. Shamiel Gary and his daughter, Lahray, the inspiration behind his children’s book

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hat’s hard today will be easy tomorrow,” says Shamiel Gary, quoting his jiujitsu instructor. The 2009 Booker T. Washington graduate and former professional football player recently took up a new sport: becoming an author. After four years in the NFL, including stints with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, Gary retired in 2018. A motivational speaker who has addressed over 100,000 kids and adults, Gary published “The Life of Lahray,” inspired by his 4-year-old daughter, this spring. “Writing a children’s book was very hard in the beginning,” he says. “Now I’ve done it, so it’s going to be easy moving forward.” Gary, who credits a strong relationship with his own dad for shaping him as a man and a parent, wanted to depict a positive, competent image of fathers. As the father of a biracial daughter, Gary

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also wanted the characters to be people of color. “I wanted to show fathers in their children’s lives being important and making an impact,” he says. In his work as a speaker, Gary noticed many kids “lack a true and deep belief in themselves.” That observation inspired the stories in his book, one about the girl “who says she can’t,” and the other about the girl with the crazy hair. “I wanted to write stories that had something to do with believing in yourself and loving yourself because I think that is the most important thing you can do in your life,” he says. Gary, whose mom died from cancer a few years ago, recognizes the importance of living life intentionally and with purpose. “If people knew they had a timestamp, they would do things a little differently,” he says. “Don’t waste time hesitating on the things you want in life, and don’t waste time hesitating to tell someone you love them.” For more information, visit shamielgary.com. TP

UNTIL OCT. 13, Gilcrease Museum is showcasing “Recall/Respond,” the first of a two-part collaborative exhibition with Tulsa Artist Fellowship. The contemporary works on display provide a sensory journey with bright colors, provocative messages and intriguing sounds that all come together to portray what makes a diverse and ever-changing Oklahoma. The exhibition includes Tulsa artist Dan Farnum’s “Unearthed Bricks,” a series of three photographs depicting historic Greenwood amid transformation, and Jessica Harvey’s “Well,” an oratory feature playing the sound of an oil pumpjack. The immersive displays create an environment for people of all ages to learn and think about experiences outside of their own, according to Carolyn Sickles, TAF executive director. “Think about the way artists are engaging within our political world and reflecting what is within our culture,” Sickles says. “There’s an intimacy to experiencing contemporary art. This is our time, and these people are talking about the world we’re living in, and you are not exempt from the process.” Visit Gilcrease, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, on Aug. 29 for free admission and access to activities focused on the works and creators in “Recall/Respond.” The first phase of the exhibit will remain on view through Oct. 13. Its second rotation opens Nov. 15. — MADELINE EWING

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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Five innovative Oklahoma educators and 100 outstanding Oklahoma high school seniors were honored at the 2019 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet on May 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. Ken Busby, a Tulsa trustee of OFE and executive director/CEO of Route 66 Alliance, was banquet chairman. Musical entertainment was provided by the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra. Five educators received Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Awards.

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Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort in Sperry was the site for the June 15 Mallets and Moonlight: a Polo Event and Celebration, benefiting the Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges. A polo match, dancing and live music by Banana Seat, a seated dinner by Boston Avenue Grill and Catering, and a complimentary bar with Champagne were event highlights, all planned by Rumbledrum. Floral arrangements were provided by the Fleuriste. The event was attended by 3,000 guests. The Center has been a Tulsa mainstay for the past 62 years, specifically reaching adults with disabilities through fitness, recreation and social opportunities. It opened its state-of-the-art fitness facility addition in 2018 and has since added programs for children and youth with disabilities.


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Approximately 200 guests attended the Tulsa Chapter of Association of Women in Communications’ 46th annual Newsmaker Awards Luncheon on May 1 at Southern Hills Country Club. Newsmaker Awards recipients are outstanding Oklahoma women communicators who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women. This year’s honorees were Teresa Knox, entrepreneur and founder of Community HigherEd; Marina Metevelis, Tulsa’s own “Rosie the Riveter” and the longest-serving Tulsa Community College employee; and Mimi Tarrasch, chief program officer of Family and Children’s Services’ Women in Recovery. Event proceeds provide AWC Rising Star Communicator scholarships to college students pursuing communications degrees and purchase books for Anderson Elementary School students. 1. Guests Lacey Taylor and Sheila Shook 2. Wayne Blackmon, AARP Oklahoma Executive Council member and volunteer, and honoree Marina Metevelis 3. Honorees Mimi Tarrasch, Marina Metevelis and Teresa Knox 4. AWC Tulsa President Nicole Burgin (center) received the 2019 Chapter Star Award. With her are AWC National Chairwoman LaDonna Greiner and Newsmakers emcee LeAnne Taylor of KOTV News On 6.

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Seeds of success For 90 years, Tulsa Garden Club has helped make Tulsa one of America’s most beautiful cities, while teaching others about all things horticulture. BY JANE ZEMEL

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Members of the 90-year-old Tulsa Garden Club gather at Tulsa Garden Center. Seated, left to right, are Fleta Haskins, secretary; Patty Freese, first vice president; Josie Driskill, president; Pat Haswell, treasurer; Nancy Morer, historian; and Judy Weaver, second vice president. Others pictured are: Joanna Holliman Potts, Beverly Barry, Joanna Chapman, Peggy Helmerich, Jesllda Dos Santos, Joyce Barrow, Brenda Johnson, Ann McKellar, Liz Enochs, Cindy Rochebucher, Brenda Michael-Haggard, Sheila Gist, Amy Riddle, Paula Virtue, Vickie Sherwin, Mary Jo Neal, Kathi Blazer, Orpha Harnish, Laura Chalus, Suzette Birch, Sue Hicks, Charlene Wells, Judy Grotts, Nancy Gleeson, Brenda Erwin, Pam Larkin, Sue Lovelace, Carol Puckett, Linda Vance, Jan Maloy, Judy Carter, Marillyn Lay, Pat Williams, Rose Shultz, Deanna Keegan, Cindy Davis, Sandy Farris and Deletta Washburn.

Oklahoma State University. “We had a 57-yearold man visit one of our garden tour homes in May, and he thanked Tulsa Garden Club for our support for his scholarship to OSU, which helped him become a landscape architect,” Driskill says. In its heyday, the club was known for its rose gardens in Woodward Park. Before disease ravaged the bushes, the club’s rose-fi lled terraces were featured in Better Homes and Gardens and received the magazine’s highest award for design. The Rose Book, however, remains a fi xture in the Tulsa Garden Center library. Anyone can make a donation in honor or memory of a loved

one, and that name is added to the book. Although getting hands dirty and growing beautiful things are powerful lures, most say the real advantages of membership are learning and creating together, which lead to friendship and leadership opportunities. “Most of us become lifelong friends and socialize outside of the club,” Michael-Haggard says. Also, each year, a number of members represent Tulsa in leadership roles for garden clubs on national, regional, state and district levels. Sow. Reap. Repeat. Ninety years and counting. TP

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reen-thumbers know annuals are planted every growing season, while perennials come back each year, often fuller and more plentiful than before. That’s what makes Tulsa Garden Club a perennial local favorite — literally and figuratively — as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. In 1929, the same year the stock market crashed, 23 women planted the seeds of what is now Oklahoma’s second oldest garden club, and the state’s largest with 91 members. The original purpose of Tulsa Garden Club was to promote the love of gardening by teaching members about botany and bringing more gardens to Tulsa. That hasn’t changed. It has just expanded. The original members were mostly wives of executives who were new to Oklahoma — women who wanted to learn what they could grow and how to make plants flourish “in this new wild world,” says club president Josie Driskill. The fact this area is now called Green Country speaks to their success. Becoming a Tulsa Garden Club member in 2001 was an easy choice for Driskill. She later became a Master Gardener, as are many other members. Having a sprawling yard of greenery and blooms is not a prerequisite for membership. Who can join? “Oh my goodness, people who have a garden no matter how big or small,” Driskill says. “Anyone with a patio or container can be a gardener. Anyone wanting to do an herb windowsill.” For member Brenda Michael-Haggard, it was lifelong learning that appealed to her. At the ripe young age of 90, the club spearheads visible projects around town, including the annual residential garden tour, Tulsa’s longestrunning educational tour. Proceeds from the event go toward the operations and endowment of Tulsa Garden Center. The organization also supports local conservation and beautification through Up With Trees, and features speakers on such topics as how to grow a particular bloom, arrange flowers or judge a flower show. Tulsa Garden Club also provides scholarships for inmates at Dick Conner Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Hominy, Oklahoma, helping them to avoid re-incarceration with horticulture education. The club’s scholarships also benefit students at


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3-course Dinner for $35

Appetizer Crawfish Bisque

(includes $5 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 20 meals)

Pickled Peppers, Crawfish Tails

LUNCH

Spanish Style Tomato Gazpacho GF Cilantro, Olive Oil

Lemony Kale Salad Lemonette, Parmesan, Fine Herbs, Pine Nuts, Corn Bread Crouton

Simple Green Salad GF Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet Corn Fritter Poblano Mayo, Lime

Smoked Salmon Mousse

1st Course Two Deviled Eggs GF choice: fried oysters, spicy remoulade or fried chicken, bacon jam

The Wedge GF Sherry Dill Tomato Bisque GF 2nd Course 3 Piece Fried Chicken GF Grilled Atlantic Salmon * GF

Capers, Sourdough Crostini

Short Rib Sandwich*

Entrées Shrimp Romesco

DINNER

Falafel Balls, Romesco Sauce, Micro Greens

*Wood Grilled Steak Frites Top Sirloin, Chimichurri, House-Cut Curly Fries, Green Beans

413 Farm Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes, Joes Farm Cabbage Slaw, Sambal Honey

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Entrées

Eggs Benedict • Chef’s Brioche French Toast

LUNCH

Appetizers

Turkey Reuben with House Fries

Pomme Frites GF

Little Gem Caesar *

Amelia’s

Soup of the Day • Caesar Salad

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes *

Dessert Banana Pudding Creme Brulee Chocolate Cake

*Consumption of raw or undercooked meats, poultry, shellfish & eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness

BRUNCH

Appetizers

Short Rib Philly with House Fries

The Wedge GF

Träkál, Campari, Dolin Rouge Bitters

3-course Dinner for $45 (includes $7 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 28 meals)

fried oysters, spicy remoulade or fried chicken, bacon jam

Tomato Confit, Fresh Basil

Träkál Negroni — $12

2-course Lunch for $15 (includes $2 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 8 meals)

Soup of the Day • Caesar Salad

2nd Course Sherry Dill Tomato Bisque GF

(includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

2-course Brunch for $22 (includes $3 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 12 meals)

1st Course Two Deviled Eggs GF choice:

House-Made Fettucini

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2-course Lunch for $15

(includes $7 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 28 meals)

3rd Course Grilled Atlantic Salmon * GF Fried Chicken GF Grilled Pork Chop* GF GF Made with Gluten Free Flour *Consumption of raw or undercooked meats, poultry, shellfish & eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness No substitutions

Bin 35 Bistro 3509 S. Peoria Ave. • 918-935-3420 bin35bistro.com

Entrées

DINNER

Appetizers

Soup of the Day • Caesar Salad

Entrées

Tulsa Puttanesca • The Chalkboard Burger • Jerk Chicken

Dessert

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

(includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Mango Habanero Margarita — $10 Infuse spirits mango/habanero vodka, house sweet and sour, cointreau, agave nectar

The Chalkboard

1324 S. Main St. • 918-582-1964 www.TheChalkboard-Tulsa.com


2-course Brunch for $22

(includes $3 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 12 meals)

2-course Lunch for $15

(includes $2 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 8 meals)

3-course Dinner for $35

(includes $7 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 28 meals)

BRUNCH

(Saturday and Sunday only)

Appetizers

Blueberry Coffee Cake Donette Chocolate Cardamom Scone Spicy Pecan Banana Muffin

Entrées

Health Nut Brunch Bowl GF Huevos Rancheros GF, V The Jazz Standard Brunch GFO Fried Green Tomato Benedict VO Pork Posole Verde GFO

LUNCH Entrées

Albuquerque Burger Seared Ahi Nicoise Salad GF, V+O Green Chile Black Bean Burger V Cubano

Desserts

2-course Lunch for $15 (includes $2 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 8 meals)

3-course Dinner for $45 (includes $7 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 28 meals)

LUNCH

Appetizers

Sweet Carrot Soup Farmer’s Market Salad

Entrées

Chorizo Stuffed Olives Hand-stuffed and battered, fried golden brown and served with house-made mayo

Bruschetta Classic tomato, garlic and fresh herbs served on house-baked crostini with fresh greens

Maryn’s Salad

Seasonal Risotto

DINNER

Appetizers

Entrée

Sweet Carrot Soup

Sesame Seared Tuna

Beet and Goat Cheese

Hand-cut, six-ounce sushi-grade tuna filet seared rare. Served over lobster asparagus hash, topped with queso fresco and balsamic reduction

Entrées

Local Chicken Roulade

DINNER

Seasonal Farmers’ Market Fresh Fruit and Cream

Curried Peanut Soup V+, GF Palm and Cress Salad V+, GF Little Gem Salad V+O, GF

Lemon Bar

Entrées

DINNER Appetizer

Spinach and romaine, red onion, carrots, cherry tomato, goat cheese, and garlic croutons tossed in citrus vinaigrette

Beef Stroganoff

Crispy Wild Pepper Eggplant V+ Cod and Clams in Bayou Broth GFO Hot Honey Brined Roast Chicken GF Viet-Oscar Grilled Sirloin GF

(includes $5 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 20 meals)

Fried Chicken

Chile Chocolate Cake Lemon Custard Tarte GF

Appetizers

3-course Dinner for $35

Desserts

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

(includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Juniper Cocktail — $10 Cucumber dill gin, lime, simple syrup

48-Hour Short Rib Slow braised tender beef short rib served over a smoked pepper purée with grilled asparagus and garlic mash. Topped with stout demi-glace

Roasted Chicken Two large airline cuts served over a carrot purée, with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables, topped with a pesto cream sauce

Dessert

Bread Pudding Apple Pie

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

Desserts

(Includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

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Spiced rum, cognac, house-made almond syrup, fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit juice, bitters, green chartreuse

Easton and Main — $12

Juniper

Maryn’s Taphouse & Raw Bar

324 E. Third St. • 918-794-1090 junipertulsa.com

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Chile Chocolate Cake Lemon Custard Tarte GF

Holy Water — $9

(includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Mezcal, grapefruit, lavender honey, lavender salt rim

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Come visit these participating McNellie’s Group restaurants to see the Restaurant Week menus!

4-course Dinner for $35 (includes $5 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 20 meals)

DINNER

Appetizer

Cheese Fondue - Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar Cheddar cheese blend, our Green Goddess, garlic and wine seasoning, potatoes, bacon, and scallions, comes with artisan breads and seasonal vegetables for dipping

Salad

Strawberry Pecan Fresh spinach, strawberries and feta cheese tossed with a lemon poppy seed dressing and topped with candy-coated pecans

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Coconut curry chicken breast, Memphis-style barbecue pork medallion, terriyaki-marinated sirloin, roasted garlic shrimp, chicken potstickers, includes seasonal vegetables and signature dipping sauces Choice of Cooking Styles for Entree Mojo

3-course Lunch for $15 (includes $2 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 8 meals)

3-course Dinner for $20 (includes $3 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 12 meals)

LUNCH

Appetizers Caesar Salad Bruschetta Tomato Bisque Entrées Any Lunch-Sized Flatbread Dessert Tuxedo Bomb

DINNER

Appetizers Bruschetta Meatballs

Caribbean-inspired, garlic, cilantro, citrus

Solo Cheese Plate

Coq au Vin

Entrées Any Large Flatbread

burgundy wine, mushrooms, scallions, garlic

Cast Iron Grill tabletop grilling

Baked Pasta

Bourguignonne

Mac’n’Cheese Dish

canola oil, panko, sesame, tempura batter

Desserts Molten Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

Dessert

Chocolate Fondue - Dark and Dulce A classic flavor combination featuring our bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet, thick dulce de leche accented with coarse ground sea salt

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

(includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Classic Apple Pie with Ice Cream

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL (Includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Golden Drill — $9 Mount gay rum, malibu, pineapple, orange juice

Sangria — $6.95 Your choice of red or white mixed with fruit and spices

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The Melting Pot

Naples Flatbread

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2-course Lunch for $15 (includes $2 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 8 meals)

3-course Dinner for $35 (includes $5 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 20 meals)

LUNCH

Choose an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert

Appetizer Butternut Squash Soup Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad Half-portion

Entrée Jerk Chicken Tacos Half Cuban Sandwich Veggie Burger Dessert Rum Cake Tropical Sorbet

DINNER

Appetizer Callaloo Soup Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad Half-portion

Accras (Cod Fritters) Half-portion

2-course Brunch for $22 (includes $2 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 8 meals) (includes $5 donation to the Food Bank, which will provide 20 meals)

Thank you to the Food Bank to letting us participate in this important program for the Oklahoma kids. From all us at Villa Ravenna – Fine Dining.

BRUNCH

(includes $10 donation to the Food Bank )

3-course Dinner for $35

2-course Lunch for $18

Appetizers

LUNCH

French Toast

Silver Dollar Pancakes

Vegan

Biscuits and Gravy

Entrées

Breakfast Burrito Vegan Scramble Breakfast Cuban

DINNER

Appetizers Tomato Bisque

Spinach and Apples Salad Small Cauliflower WingsVegan

Entrées

Entrée Jerk Chicken Pork Tenderloin Salmon Rasta Pasta

Vegan Red Lentil Burger

Dessert

Clipper Ship Chicken

Rum Cake Tropical Sorbet

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

Potato Crusted Salmon FDIC Flank Steak

Desserts

Key Lime Pie Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake

(Includes $1 donation to the Food Bank which will provide 4 meals)

Appetizer Villa Ravenna Salad Fresh salad greens, celery, tomatoes, onions, avocado, homemade Italian dressing

Caesar Salad Crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese and classic Caesar salad dressing

Entrée Chicken Parmigiana Breaded chicken topped with mozzarella cheese and jam, served with a side of linguini sautéed with spinach, garlic and oil

Fettuccini with Chicken Grilled chicken breast with a side of linguini sautéed with spinach, garlic and oil

Eggplant Parmigiana Breaded eggplant with tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, served with a side of linguini pomodoro

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Any Cocktail Prices vary

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 11 Am to 2 Pm

Rum Punch — $9 A Dominican local favorite made with rum, lime, simple syrup, tamarind, bitters, nutmeg and served over ice.

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A RI VA LRY OF

How one football game creates a financial boon for Tulsa. BY STEPHEN HUNT Eric Marshall and Wes Alexander of Marshall Brewing Co.

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n Sept. 14 at Chapman Stadium, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa will renew their football rivalry in the 2019 Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic. Th is will be the 72nd meeting between the Cowboys and Golden Hurricane, but the fi rst in Tulsa since 2011, when OSU, winners of five straight against TU, prevailed 59-33 — a game that didn’t start until after midnight due to severe weather. The teams’ last meeting took place in 2017, when home team OSU won, 59-24.

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The Golden Hurricane’s last win against the Cowboys came in 1998, a 35-20 home victory before 40,385 fans. “It’s a great game for both universities,” says Bruce Howard, TU director of sports broadcasting. “There are a lot of positives on the Tulsa side with playing OSU. You’ve got a great nonconference game. It certainly makes sense for Tulsa and OSU, as well.” According to Chad Weiberg, deputy athletic director at Oklahoma State, “Both institutions will play non-conference football games every

year, so it really boils down to who do you want to play and where are you willing to go to play them. At this point, it makes sense for OSU, both financially and athletically, to have the University of Tulsa on our schedule, and I think they would say the same thing about Oklahoma State.” Weiberg credits Tulsa as having one of the largest OSU alumni bases, along with being home to the OSU School of Medicine. Th is series extends OSU’s presence in Tulsa. TU officials expect this year’s game to generate more than $800,000 in ticket revenue, plus a percentage of concessions, for the university. An away game can cost close to $100,000, when factoring in air travel. Revenue is not shared between schools; the home school pays a guarantee to its competitor. As a private institution, TU does not make that amount public. The Cowboys will host the Golden Hurricane in Stillwater in 2020 and 2021. In 2024, the teams begin a home-and-home series spanning eight seasons through 2031. “These types of games keep revenue within the state. That’s very important,” says Derrick Gragg, Ph.D., TU vice president and director of athletics. Along with significant savings, revenue


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The Sept. 14 game at Chapman Stadium pitting Oklahoma State University against the University of Tulsa will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

from five sellouts of the in-state rivalry over the next 10 years is sizable. “It draws a lot of interest from both sides. It draws more interest to football within the state. Some of the things are immeasurable, what series like this mean.” The revenue contributes to TU’s overall athletic operating budget. Not only will TU see a nice financial windfall from this game in terms of more tickets and concessions sold, but businesses near Chapman Stadium are expecting increased traffic from the sizeable contingent of OSU fans who come out to support the Pokes. One such business is Jane’s Delicatessen, 2626 E. 11th St., which sits just down the street from the stadium. “Oh, I think we’re expecting a huge impact,” says Jeramy Auld, Jane’s co-owner. “Being right here next to the stadium, we’re expecting a lot of traffic. We get a ton of the outof-town fans on gamedays, which is pretty cool.” Beer and appetizer specials are a norm, and the Jane’s team plans to come up with a few fun sandwiches to coincide with the Golden Hurricane and its opponent. Another business expecting a full house on gameday is Marshall Brewing Co., 1742 E. Sixth

Dane Tannehill and Jeramy Auld, co-owners of Jane’s Delicatessen

St., a brewery and taproom proud to be owned by a group of TU graduates. “We’ve got a tailgating spot that we have on the U,” says Wes Alexander of Marshall Brewing. “We’re season ticket holders. We look forward to the rivalry resuming. It’s exciting to know that there’s going to be commerce created with folks coming into town, eating at local restaurants and maybe visiting our brewery. “We’re obviously one of the closest breweries to the University of Tulsa, and we certainly know that as people travel around, they look for fun

activities to do before and after games.” TU is not marketing any special ticket packages to OSU fans for this game, but does sell a threegame mini-pack for the OSU, Navy and University of Central Florida games starting at $90. One thing that has defined past OSU/TU games is the festive yet friendly rivalry, one where fans of the two schools get along well and have mutual respect. Th is meeting should be no different. At least that’s how OSU grad and Tulsa resident Ben Aggus views this game. “I’m excited to have OSU and TU play because some of the previous meetings have been memorable,” Aggus says. “It’s not a heated rivalry. You support both teams. At least, I do.” And the in-game atmosphere figures to again be fantastic for fans of both schools. “The tailgating areas, they’ll be full,” Gragg says. “The suite areas, we feel like, will be full. We’ll be basically packed to capacity. That’s what you want. That’s what helps with recruiting. Student athletes want to play in front of large crowds, and it’s great for the city economically, too. Business will be very good for everybody involved, so we’re excited about it.” TP TulsaPeople.com

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The White Barn is a popular venue at Spain Ranch, 732 E. 116th St., Jenks. The Spain family has owned the 44-acre property since 2004.

serendipity A MOMENT OF

Spain Ranch has evolved from a working cattle ranch to a popular wedding and event venue, thanks to one Tulsa family. BY ANNE BROCKMAN

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erhaps it’s appropriate that Spain Ranch is a labor of love for its owners. After all, it’s often love that brings people to the 44-acre Jenks ranch. In 2004, Dr. Michael Spain bought the property from longtime owners Sue and Lloyd Clifton. The couple had owned the property for decades, nurturing it as an agricultural production with cattle and bison. “The Cliftons held out for years as developers wanted this attractive property for the booming housing industry in this part of Jenks,” Spain says. From 2004-2009, Michael and son, John, worked the land, eventually hiring Kris Yancey, first a ranch hand and now director of operations. Eventually John and now-wife Bronwyn moved onto the property and considered future opportunities and keeping the ranch in the family. “Bronwyn and I committed to staying in Tulsa to see the formation of the business through and create a sustainable model that in turn pays for the land and reduced the financial responsibility of the other family members,” John says. Over the years, the Spains hosted small family get-togethers and charity events. Then, in March 2014, when a family friend needed a venue for their upcoming wedding, they had the proverbial lightbulb moment. After that wedding, Michael, John, Bronwyn and the whole family came together with the idea to use the property as an event venue, something the Spains thought was lacking in the Tulsa market. “We wanted to cater to a whole different kind of bride and bring city brides to the country,” says Bronwyn, Spain Ranch’s creative director. The property’s existing buildings wouldn’t support a large gathering, so the family knew a new structure was needed. They purchased a Sand Creek barn kit, which was later built by John, who has a background in construction.

Kris Yancey, director of operations; Abby Norvell, executive administrator; Bronwyn Spain, creative director; John Spain, CEO; Michael Spain, board chairman; Cecily Tawney, director of events TulsaPeople.com

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In 2018, Spain Ranch opened the Black Barn, a new event space and preparation area. Throughout the year, Spain Ranch hosts open houses that attract wedding and event industry professionals to the property. Prospective clients can discuss future projects and make connections with local experts. The Spain family is committed to supporting local businesses and encouraging their clients to do the same.

Like any family decision, opinions varied on how to design the space, but an overall mindset was to keep an interior raw wood aesthetic. Bronwyn, who holds a degree in interior design from University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, had another idea. “We had to do all white,” she says. “It never goes out of style.” She felt the color also would play well for photographers, stylists and event designers. The space became known as “The White Barn.” Even though they were hesitant to paint over the natural raw wood, John and Michael admit Bronwyn was right about the color decision. The Spains even painted the building themselves. “People look straight up as they walk in,” says Director of Events Cecily Tawney of the barn’s vaulted ceilings. “Many of our guests don’t know this place is out here.” Large picture windows and French doors showcase the property’s lush foliage, trees and pasture. “We also wanted to let the land be part of the design,” Bronwyn says. The results have been overwhelming. Since 2014, Spain Ranch has hosted 272 events: weddings, elopements, and corporate and charity functions. Demand was so great, the family decided to do it all over again. The summer of 2018 saw the introduction of “The Black Barn,” a space that challenged the team while demonstrating the thriving business community and collaboration the Spains are passionate about championing. “We believe that Tulsa is the best city to start a business, and small businesses have been crucial to Tulsa’s economy,” John says. “Being a small business, we 42

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feel it’s important not only for the economy but for the people behind each small business in Tulsa to support one another. “We want to educate and inspire our clients — especially young Tulsans — to shop and support local. We are passionate about Tulsa thriving, so we want to use our platform to inspire others to want Tulsa and its residents to thrive.” Before the Black Barn’s construction, the Spains interviewed hair and makeup artists, photographers and other local industry professionals on what they wanted in a space: good lighting, accessibility, functionality and flexibility. When it came to the color, Bronwyn thought of a wedding’s VIPs, the bride and groom. “This is the black tux to the bride’s white dress,” she says. She was inspired while on a trip to Kentucky where she and John saw several black fences and barns. Along with the construction of the new barn, the family focused on creating a setting that was reflective of its surroundings. “We wanted to bring back some of the natural elements,” John says, referring to the use of local building materials. They also planted mostly native plants for water-conscious growing and to provide a refuge for pollinators. The family has reclaimed the property’s pond, which had previously suffered from silt as a result of the area’s booming developments. The wedding and event industry’s environmental footprint weighed heavy on Bronwyn, who sees a lot of waste when it comes to weddings and events. She created a nonprofit called Project Bloom, which allows clients to donate the flowers used at their event to be delivered to one of four places in Tulsa. Through the Ranch’s board of directors, which

consists of six Spain family members, the board donates venue space each year for a number of nonprofit events. Spain Ranch has spawned national attention from its design, aesthetics, services and brand, as well as venue management team and event planning capabilities. And the venue is starting a consulting firm that will help fledging venues succeed in an industry for which best practices are not openly shared, Tawney says. But to what do the Spains credit their success? “We’re successful because we have young people in the business,” Michael says, and each brings their own special talents and skills. Each member has their own responsibilities — and each do their best to stay out of each other’s responsibilities. “Micromanaging a family business is asking for disaster,” Michael says. Each member has found their niche and has excelled, John adds. “We are very proud of and recognized for creating trends and showing the market or event industry as a whole things they have never seen before,” he says. “This level of forward thinking and creativity has allowed Spain Ranch and the brand as a whole to create demand in parts of the market that hardly existed, such as small weddings and elopements.” The toughest part of the job is the ability to manage the “on/off switch,” a doubly tough challenge since four of the family members employed at Spain Ranch also live on the property. The acreage is more than just a livelihood. It’s their home, something the family doesn’t take lightly. “We manage to a vision,” Michael says. “With a strong set of values, your vision is set.”TP


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-EVAN KELAMIS Fourth-generation owner, Evan Kelamis, believes the key to Savoy’s longevity has been his family’s passion to create and serve the highest quality, homemade cuisine. For him, this business is more than a way to make a living; it's a personal endeavor to create and share something unique. “We'll never say we are the best, and we question those who do, but we always strive to be the best,” said Kelamis. Kelamis started working at Savoy at age 13, and he credits the service experience with instilling a strong work ethic in him. With a background in accounting and finance, processes are important to Kelamis. “We spend a lot of time building and improving people and processes, and we are continually evaluating and questioning ourselves, with a constant focus on improvement,” he added. As a business owner, Kelamis was first attracted to Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) because it offered the unique opportunity to share the challenges, failures and victories he was experiencing with a group of peers walking a similar path. What keeps him motivated to stay involved in EO is the unparalleled learning and growth opportunities that come with membership.  Kelamis will serve as Board President, beginning in July 2019. He considers it an honor to count himself among those who have taken chances, had the courage to bet on their own abilities, continue to thirst for growth and learning, and make meaningful contributions to better our community.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Pockets of Plaza Santa Cecilia pay homage to Catholic faith and its saints. • Antojitos Mexicanos is a snack bar located in the central section of the plaza. The walk-up counter features grab-and-go items, as well as plated dishes. • First-time business owner Isidra Gonzalez opened Durango Western Wear in May. The store sells boots, shirts, hats and belts for children and adults. On a recent Saturday, Gonzalez brought her daughters, Evelin and Aileen, to the store to welcome customers. • Need a piñata? Several stores sell the essential party item in a rainbow of colors and characters.

Culture connection FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS, PLAZA SANTA CECILIA HAS BEEN A SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING HUB IN EAST TULSA. Located at 2160 S. Garnett Road, it is home to more than 30 vendors, according to property manager Francisco Treviño. The shopping center was named after Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. “Most people that have business inside the Plaza are Catholic, and they want to keep alive some of the traditions they left in Mexico and want to celebrate at the Plaza,” Treviño says. Multiple shrines and altars are located throughout the Plaza. “When (shoppers) come to Plaza Santa Cecilia it makes them feel like they are back at home,” Treviño adds. “Plaza Santa Cecilia is like having a piece of their own country in Tulsa’s international district.” Many of the tenants are bilingual, with multiple services catering specifically to the Spanish-speaking community, including insurance and legal services. Two bus services to Mexico leave from the Plaza.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Soccer is arguably the biggest sport in the world, and M&R Soccer capitalizes on the Spanish-speaking world’s enthusiasm. Jerseys with the sport’s biggest names, as well as cleats, soccer balls and other gear are available inside the store. • Clothing for momentous life events is available at multiple stores and vendors. This christening gown features delicate lace and luxurious flourishes. • Everyday clothing and special occasion wear can be purchased at shops inside the Plaza Santa Cecilia. • On Fridays and Saturdays, music and dancing fill Coyote Manco. Another event space, Salon La Hacienda, also hosts private events like quinceañeras and weddings. • Teresa and Pedro Arroyo own Carolina’s Jewelry and Repair, a shop that has been inside the Plaza for 15 years. The store, which is named after their daughter, sells watches, earrings, charms, religious medals, jewelry for weddings and baptisms, and tiaras for quinceañeras.

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TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT Simon and Agueda Navarro own 2000 H.N.C., a pharmacy and homeopathic center. H.N.C. was one of the plaza’s original tenants, having been open since June 2000. The Navarros assist customers with remedies and provide care for multiple ailments. • Colorful fans for sale are for decoration or to use when the heat swells. • Everywhere one looks are creative and culturally significant decorations adorning the many shops and restaurants. • Las Tortas Factory has 13 different kinds of tortas (sandwiches) on its menu, as well as burgers, tacos, menudo and licuados, which are cold milk drinks mixed with chosen flavors. • Spiritual water and candles come in numerous variations for particular maladies. • Bracelets and figurines and for sale inside 2000 H.N.C., where homeopathic and pharmaceutical remedies converge with religious ideals. TP

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Your tickets, please If you’ve attended a show at Tulsa Performing Arts Center, chances are you’ve seen JANICE GRECO-LUCCHINA. She’s the friendly owner of Act One Event Services, an usher company that contracts with the PAC. Loyally posted at the Orchestra Right entrance for nine years, Greco-Lucchina greets patrons with her enthusiastic personality and love of theater. “I always stand at the same spot and take tickets, so I get to know the season ticket holders well,” GrecoLucchina says. “You just banter a little and make them feel at ease and just relax and have a good night. That’s why we’re there.” Originally from New York, Greco-Lucchina came to Tulsa 40 years ago as an employee of American Airlines. “When I first moved here people would ask me what I missed the most and I would say my Broadway,” says Greco-Lucchina, her New York accent still detectable. “In 1980 I went to my first show at PAC. I saw those ushers there and I was like, ‘That is my dream job.’” She first volunteered as a PAC usher for a local theater company — the same company her daughter was performing with. She got to see her on stage each night. “I got my opportunity to start ushering (as a job) when ‘Wicked’ came in town in 2009, and who’d have ever

thought I’d wind up being in charge of those ushers?” she says. “I started ushering downstairs in 2004, came upstairs in 2009 and acquired the company in 2011.” She now has a crew of over 50 rotating ushers, with most shows requiring about 24. “We are like one big, happy family,” Greco-Lucchina says. Adam J. Foreman, director of marketing and outreach at the Tulsa PAC, agrees. “At the Tulsa PAC, patron satisfaction is our No. 1 priority,” he says. “No one exemplifies this more than Janice. Having known her both professionally and personally for a number of years, I am ever grateful that our patrons get the privilege of interacting with Janice and her superb staff at every show. “She makes sure the entire experience is one of excitement, pleasure, safety and overall satisfaction. The front of house is in good hands with Janice at the helm.” Greco-Lucchina, however, is quick to give credit to those around her. “I have a wonderful staff,” she says. Now retired from American Airlines, Greco-Lucchina works almost every show. She has her favorites though. “‘Wicked’ and ‘Les Miserables’ — I could literally sit through ‘Wicked’ every night,” Greco-Lucchina says. “It’s a great environment to work in, and a dream retirement job.”


WHO’S READY? Baseball is a sport of traditions: the ceremonial first pitch, the seventh-inning stretch and bobblehead night, to name a few. But for devoted fans who dedicate hours of passionate encouragement in the hot summer sun, no tradition is more beloved than the beer man. Since ONEOK Field opened in 2010, EVAN ELSBERRY has walked the stadium, hydrating thirsty fans, and taking his rightful place among the treasured traditions of Drillers baseball. Year after year, his admirers look for the man with the flag bandana and his booming mantra, “Who’s ready?” repeated tirelessly every few steps. Armed with a cooler in each hand, Elsberry embodies all that makes baseball America’s pastime: patriotism, hard work and ice-cold beer. “Everyone knows I work hard. It’s a labor of love,” Elsberry says. “I wear a red, white and blue bandana because I’m as red, white and blue as it gets. They see me stand at attention during the national anthem, and it gives them more than just a beer man.” When he’s not at the ballpark, Elsberry is in charge of the custom glass department at a local glass company. It was through that work that he began moonlighting at the ballpark. Elsberry was doing a job at the home of Chuck Lamson, former owner of the Drillers, when he inquired about being a beer man. There were no openings until the Drillers moved downtown to ONEOK Field. “When they built the new stadium, they realized it was just too big of a job and needed a third guy, so Chuck called me up and said to get down to the stadium, and the rest is history,” Elsberry says. Born and raised in Tulsa, Elsberry joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Edison High School. Later, he was the drummer in a band based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and toured along the East Coast for years until he moved home 15 years ago to be near family. “I decided to move back to Tulsa, dabble in the glass business and sling beer on the side. It’s a great town,” says Elsberry, who also has sold beer at the Tulsa State Fair and the Chili Bowl. If you’ve been at a Drillers game in the later innings, you may have caught his signature act, crowning the night’s “rock star section.” “The highlight, kind of what I’m known for, is at the end of the night, when I’m done selling, I’ll go down to the section that treated me the best and I’ll tell them thank you very much for being my rock star section of the night, and I’ll slam a beer,” he says. “They love it. It’s so stupid, but it gives me a lot of fun and enjoyment.” Elsberry looks forward to opening day every year. It’s a chance to reconnect with the hundreds of season ticket holders, fans and co-workers he has missed in the off-season. The ballpark and his relationships there provide a sanctuary from the stresses of his day job. “It’s kind of my alter ego,” he says. “I can go out and have fun and talk to everybody. Even people who don’t drink beer sit down and have conversations with me. “After almost 10 years, I’ve made a name for myself and can pretty much get along with anybody. Everybody’s happy when they’re here, so it’s a fun place to be.” TulsaPeople.com

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Leaving with more than you came for A trip to the grocery store can be stressful, from customers rushing around avoiding cart collisions to long lines at the checkout counter. However, MARY HOLMES is working hard to change that, one compliment at a time. “I want to make everybody feel comfortable when they come here to shop and have a good time so they come on back,” says Holmes, a cashier at the Reasor’s at East 15th Street and South Lewis Avenue. “It was Albertson’s grocery store before, and I worked there, so I came with the store,” she says. Now celebrating her 11th year with Reasor’s, she has become a local celebrity. “We have customers who live out of state and only come in a couple times a year, and every time they’re here they come to see Mary,” says Holmes’ supervisor of two years, Travis Greene. “She makes everybody’s day. She always has a positive attitude and makes people feel welcome.” Holmes has many signature catch phrases, including “baby girl” and “Miss America who doesn’t look a day over 18,” that keep customers smiling. For restless kids, she keeps a stash of candy behind the counter, providing mothers some time during the crucial moments at checkout. Even local firefighters will come in and line up at Holmes’ checkout stand, regardless of whether the others are open. Born and raised in Tulsa, Holmes has lived here her whole life. Outside of work she loves to crochet, attend church activities and cook. Often, she shares her cooking talents with her co-workers and brings sweet treats for all to enjoy. Her chocolate cake, sweet potato pie and brownies are all popular among her fellow employees. “I consider my job a blessing,” Holmes says. Her favorite time of year is when she and her fellow employees dress up for Halloween. “Last year I was Catwoman,” Holmes says with a smile. She continues to have a positive impact on those around her, and customers flock to her line. “It’s my job to spread love and cheer to everyone,” she says. Job well done, Mary Holmes. 50

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A DAILY HELLO If you’re taking in a little retail therapy at Utica Square, there’s a good chance you’ll see ROBERT “HAP” FRY and his steadfast companion, Badger, taking one of their daily walks. Badger, a fluffy black Aussiedoodle with a red, white and blue bandana, cruises the shopping center in a custom-made chariot for his hind legs. After a 2017 accident left Badger partially paralyzed, Fry spared no expense or effort to save him, traveling as far as North Carolina for experimental treatments. However, if you ask Fry, a highly decorated Tulsa attorney, he’ll tell you it’s the least he could do for his canine friend. “On December 8th, 2011, my wife passed away, and I was absolutely heartbroken,” he says. In his grief, he struggled to find a purpose. His children were concerned and encouraged Fry to get a dog. Eventually, he agreed and adopted Badger, named after the dog’s home state of Wisconsin. What developed was a beautiful friendship. “Badger filled a place that was vacant in my heart; we have been inseparable ever since,” says Fry, as he fights back tears. A lifelong Tulsan, Fry grew up near East 27th Street and South Peoria Avenue. He recalls as a teenager how he and his friends would sneak on to the property of Utica Square after midnight and walk around. They found out years later that his mother was watching from her parked car the whole time. He still lives within walking distance of the shopping center, which was a prerequisite when purchasing his home. “Utica Square has always been my place, it’s where I’ve done my shopping, it’s where I learned to tie a bowtie,” he says. Patrons and vendors are now familiar with Fry’s and Badger’s daily ritual, and many come out to say hello. Badger’s favorite stop is the Dolphin Fine Linens on the east side of the property. That’s where his girlfriend Rosie, the resident shop dog, resides. “He’s a sweetheart, so happy to be here and so happy to see us,” says Cristina Woods, co-owner of the Dolphin. “(Rosie and Badger) are good friends. They exchange gifts at the holidays.” In addition to their regular walks, Badger and Fry love to attend Summer’s Fifth Night, Utica Square’s weekly live music event, in the warm months. “They don’t know me, but they know Badger,” Fry says of the music fans. He’s being humble, however. Fry has been practicing law in Tulsa for over 50 years, focusing on divorce and child custody litigation. Among a long list of accolades and honors, Fry is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2016, he was named “Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa” by Best Lawyers, the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, and holds an A/V preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2012, Badger has been by his side and Fry wouldn’t have it any other way. “When I do a deposition, he sits right next to me,” Fry says, pointing to the floor next to his desk. “He’s just a wonderful, wonderful dog.” TP TulsaPeople.com

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Home Transformations On Sept. 21 and 22, the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa presents the 2019 Home Remodeling Showcase, a showcase of Tulsa’s best remodeling projects. The event will feature six beautiful renovations in Tulsa-area homes. Remodeling activity is on the rise, and so are home values in Tulsa. As a result, many homeowners are opting to start renovation projects now to take advantage of competitive interest rates and stay in their current location. This event is a unique opportunity to explore a variety of options and companies. During the Showcase, walk through some of the Tulsa metro’s finest newly remodeled homes and see the latest trends in

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The HBA Spirit Award In 1989, the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa began recognizing builders who made the best use of HBA Associate member companies to complete their homes. The Spirit Award is one of the HBA of Greater Tulsa’s highest honors, as it symbolizes the relationship between the contractor and the subcontractor and how essential it is when building a home to use only qualified craftsmen and suppliers. Each year, many worthy companies enter projects for consideration of this honor, which are then analyzed by an accounting firm to determine which projects involved the greatest percentage of work by HBA Associate members.

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design and construction. In addition, get advice and tips from some of the area’s top remodeling professionals, who will be available inside each home during event hours to answer your questions. Featured projects include an outdoor living space, master suites, design projects and whole home renovations. Thank you to all of the remodeling companies, homeowners, sponsors and committee members for making this event possible. For more information on remodeling in Tulsa, or to request a free Remodeling Directory, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa website at TulsaHBA.com, or call 918-663-5820.

Dana Day, founder of Day Build and Design, was selected as this year’s Spirit Award honoree in recognition of the construction of a 4,591-square-foot modern farmhouse in midtown Tulsa, which was featured in the 2018 Parade of Homes. This custom-built home features unique amenities specifically designed for its homeowners, such as a man cave that transitions to an exterior covered porch and a two-level hidden alcove for children’s play. An eclectic blend of hardware and fixtures throughout the home highlights the custom-designed metal fireplace surround and kitchen range Vent-A-Hood. The home received a HERS® Index rating of 50 that certified the home’s energy-efficient construction features. This provided a substantial energy credit to the homeowners as well as their assurance of the home’s energy performance. Day employed 32 HBA Associate member firms on this project and over 40 HBA Associate member businesses on other projects throughout the year. Day has been a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa for nearly a decade. She currently serves as the 2019 HBA Builders Council vice president/treasurer and is a member of the HBA Board of Directors. She is a recent mayoral appointee to the City of Tulsa Board of Appeals. Day understands how overwhelming a new construction or remodeling project can be to a homeowner. Her industry skill and design expertise are the basis for her ability to effectively communicate every decision, from concept to creation, with her customers to deliver projects on time and on budget. Day utilizes a construction software program that allows customers to view in real-time their budget, invoices paid, progress photos and more. Day’s commitment to quality craftsmanship, design excellence and high standards allow her to not only meet but surpass her homeowners' expectations.

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Remodelers Council Membership Directory A Best Roofing Jarod Lane 918-587-1426 P.O. Box 1259 Tulsa, OK 74101 jarodlane@abestroofing.com

Arvest Bank Zelda Garrison 918-631-1435 502 S. Main St., Village South 551 Tulsa, OK 74103 zgarrison@arvest.com

Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc. Brian D. Wiggs 918-518-5678 P.O. Box 280 Jenks, OK 74037 brian@briandwiggs.com

Deckit Inc. Rick Vaughan 918-809-3456 509-A W. Walnut Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 deckitba@gmail.com

A Best Roofing Sam Avila 918-587-1426 P.O. Box 1259 Tulsa, OK 74101 samuelavila@abestroofing.com

B Haulin’ Dylan Nall 918-619-2971 P.O. Box 9563 Tulsa, OK 74157 dylan.nall@webtrees.com

The Buckingham Group Inc. Edward Kaplan 918-624-2666 4727 S. Memorial Drive Tulsa, OK 74145 kaplan-bgi@tulsacoxmail.com

Delineations Tulsa Carl Gibson 918-364-9207 8211 E. Regal Place, Suite 106 Tulsa, OK 74133 carl@delineations.com

A&R Mechanical Jim Richardson 918-250-6500 11244 E. 55th Place Tulsa, OK 74146 office@aandrmechanical.com

B. Judd Construction Bruce Judd 918-342-5833 P.O. Box 2183 Claremore, OK 74018 bjuddconst@sbcglobal.net

Burnett Windows and Siding Scott Burnett 918-286-7600 11202 E. 61st St. Tulsa, OK 74133 scottb@burnettinc.com

Drywall Repair Specialists Inc. Chad Potter 918-437-9255 1611 S. Utica Ave., Suite 264 Tulsa, OK 74104 chadapotter@yahoo.com

Action Roofing and Sheet Metal Marvin David 918-258-3595 1117 E. Louisville St. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 mdavidhunts62@yahoo.com

Barbee’s Heating and Air LLC Randy Barbee 918-341-4983 P.O. Box 370 Foyil, OK 74031 barbee4usa@gmail.com

CertaPro Painters Tom Barbour 918-712-7722 5103 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 334 Tulsa, OK 74145 tbarbour@certapro.com

Elite Cabinets Brandon Massey 918-794-0757 11320 E. 20th St. Tulsa, OK 74128 brandon@elitecabinetstulsa.com

Acts of Service Plumbing Ricky Hudson 918-891-1737 7920 S. 85th E Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 actsofserviceplumbing@gmail.com

Barron and McClary General Contractors Inc. Kurt Barron 918-749-7904 1424 S. Harvard Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 office@barronandmcclary.us

Classe’ Homes David Blackburn 918-231-7170 6528 E. 101st St., Suite D-1 Tulsa, OK 74133 david@classehomes.com

Emmons Construction LLC Matthew Emmons 918-938-7378 6541 E. 40th St., Suite A Tulsa, OK 74145 matt@buildwithemmons.com

CounterTop Solutions Greg Strange 918-259-1076 313 N. Redbud Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 greg@countertopsolutionsinc.com

EuroCraft Inc. Johann Skaftason 918-322-5500 16052 Broadway St. Glenpool, OK 74033 skjohann@aol.com

Crossville Studios Paul Hale 918-662-3770 5024 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 phale@crossvillestudios.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery Scott Kordis 918-663-0004 6311 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 scott.kordis@ferguson.com

Air Doctor Duct Cleaning Jason Stiles 918-628-1800 10344 E. 58th St., Suite B Tulsa, OK 74146 airdoctorjason@gmail.com All American Building Products Kirk Van Vleet 918-249-0515 11915 E. 51st St., Suite 25 Tulsa, OK 74146 kvanvleet@aabpinc.com All American Remodel LLC Ken Saltink, C.G.R. 918-663-1549 7627 S. Quebec Ave. Tulsa, OK 74136 allamericanremodel@yahoo.com Arcadia Printing Rick Ellis 918-622-1875 14956 S. Grant St. Bixby, OK 74008 rick@arcadiaprinting.com

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Bgreen Homes Bobby Green 918-406-1853 924 S. Joshua Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 bobby@bgreenhomes.com Billings Construction Group Inc. Chris Billings 918-600-9565 13161 S. Memorial Drive, Suite A107 Bixby, OK 74008 chris@billingsconstructiongroup.com Bomanite of Tulsa Inc. Charles Foster 918-744-6272 P.O. Box 471189 Tulsa, OK 74147 info@bomaniteoftulsa.com Brad’s Seamless Guttering Brad Coston 918-665-7246 9727 E. 46th Place Tulsa, OK 74146 bradcostonwk@sbcglobal.net

Custom Technologies Plus Douglas Duff 918-251-6303 2421 N. Aspen Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 doug@customtechplus.com Custom Technologies Plus Electric Brian Kirk 918-251-6303 2421 N. Aspen Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 brian@customtechplus.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery Susie Rose 918-663-0004 6311 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 susan.rose@ferguson.com

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First United Bank Coleman Miller 918-281-2985 9216 S. Toledo Ave. Tulsa, OK 74137 ckmiller@firstunitedbank.com Fredrick Construction Co. Richard Fredrick 918-625-5459 16638 E. 109th St. N. Owasso, OK 74055 fredrickremodels@att.net Full Tilt Wraps Tom Dawson 918-992-9002 5666 S. 122nd E. Ave., Suite A3 Tulsa, OK 74146 tdawson@fulltiltwraps.com Garage Innovations Inc. Jason Johnson 918-872-7990 8323 S. Memorial Drive Tulsa, OK 74133 jason@garageinnovation.com Garbe Industries Mary A. Schulze 918-627-0284 4137 S. 72nd E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74145 mschulze@garbes.com Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration Peter Grant 918-744-8487 2845 S. Florence Ave. Tulsa, OK 74114 peter@granthomestulsa.com Green Phoenix Roofing and Remodeling LLC Craig Poindexter 918-780-8098 12814 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 108 Bixby, OK 74008 craig@greenphoenixok.com Hahn Appliance Warehouse Tim Orchard 918-622-6262 6710 S. 105th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 timorchard@hahnappliance.com

Hammer Stars Inc. Jessalynne Montray 918-928-7205 1719 S. 94th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 hammerstars@hammerstars.com

Jubilee Construction Services Inc. Jim Kelley 918-814-7145 P.O. Box 2653 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 jim@jcstulsa.com

New York Life Insurance Co. Michael Kamp 918-587-3301 2431 E. 61st St., Suite 650 Tulsa, OK 74136 mkamp@ft.newyorklife.com

Hammer Stars Inc. Josh Zajac 918-928-7205 1719 S. 94th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 hammerstars@hammerstars.com

Kelsey Co. Howard Kelsey 918-286-1303 8022 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 204 Tulsa, OK 74133 N7859W@aol.com

Midwest Marble Co. Carle McMahon 918-587-8193 510 S. Quincy Ave. Tulsa, OK 74120 carle@midwestmarble.com

Heatwave Supply Inc. Roland Rice 918-838-9841 6529 E. 14th St. Tulsa, OK 74135 showroom@heatwavesupply.com

Langdon Publishing/TulsaPeople Andrea Canada 918-585-9924 x211 1603 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119 andrea@langdonpublishing.com

Miele USA Jedediah Karban 800-843-7231 170 Spunky Creek Drive Catoosa, OK 74015 jedediah.karban@mieleusa.com

Heatwave Supply Inc. Nanett Guillory 918-838-9841 6529 E. 14th St. Tulsa, OK 74135 nanett@heatwavesupply.com

M&M Lumber Co. Scott Shultz 918-627-1926 4711 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 scott@mmlumberco.com

Millers Superior Electric Matt Miller 918-933-4006 8 S. 109th E. Place Tulsa, OK 74128 robin@millerssuperiorelectric.com

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Marvin Krueger CPA, CMA Marvin Krueger 918-250-7610 10707 E. 76th St. S., Tulsa, OK 74133 marvronek@aol.com

Murphy Wallbed USA Sergio Zagorodny 918-836-5833 1835 N. 105th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74116 murphywallbedusa@gmail.com

HUB International Mid-America Mark Priess 918-712-5274 6100 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1900 Tulsa, OK 74136 mark.priess@hubinternational.com

McCallum and Sons Drywall and Construction Mike McCallum 918-512-8100 608 E. Line Ave. Sapulpa, OK 74066 drywall918@gmail.com

NuReDo Media Frank W. Sawyer 918-742-4298 7122 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 2-551 Tulsa, OK 74133 frank@nuredo.com

Independent Material Co. Inc. Jennifer Kudirka 918-582-0196 34 N. Owasso Ave. Tulsa, OK 74120 jennifer@independentmaterial.com John Carter Bathrooms LLC John Carter 918-574-4610 321 S. Boston Ave., Suite 300 Tulsa, OK 74103 info@johncarterbathrooms.com

Metro Appliances and More Kevin Dycus 918-622-7692 5313 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 k.dycus@metroappliancesandmore.com Metro Appliances and More Ann Howell 417-300-1898 5313 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 a.howell@metroappliancesandmore.com

One Point Repair Brian Stevens 918-480-1000 7107 S. Yale Ave., Suite 409 Tulsa, OK 74136 repair@onepointrepair.com Overhead Door Co. Robert Hines 918-838-9901 34 N. Lakewood Ave. Tulsa, OK 74115 roberthines@overheaddoortulsa.com

Joie de Vie Interiors Dixie Moseley 918-938-6021 4224 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 2 Tulsa, OK 74105 dixie.jdv.interiors@gmail.com

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Palmer Custom Homes Inc. Mark Palmer 918-645-0821 25550 E. 166th St. S. Coweta, OK 74429 mark@palmercustomhomes.com Parson Painting LLC Brad Parson 918-698-0248 10900 E. 124th Place N. Collinsville, OK 74021 bradparson1@yahoo.com

Renovations By Helms Inc. Barry Helms 918-369-5545 17 E. Dawes Ave. Bixby, OK 74008 rbhbarry@olp.net

Sonrise Construction Mike Fournier 918-357-7777 P.O. Box 141007 Broken Arrow, OK 74014 mike@sonriseconstruction.com

W Design LLC Weldon Bowman 918-794-6616 815 E. Third St., Suite C Tulsa, OK 74120 weldon@wdesignsite.com

Residential Window Service Glass and Mirror Co. Steve Hulsey 918-259-0159 704 N. Walnut Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 steve@residentialwindowservice.com

Spectrum Paint Co. Gentry Stafford 918-398-2188 15247 E. Skelly Drive Tulsa, OK 74166 gentry@spectrumpaint.com

We B Trees Tim Nall 918-446-3473 P.O. Box 9563 Tulsa, OK 74157 tim@webtrees.com

TRUCO Development Chris Truitt 918-606-2713 14083 S. State Highway 51, Suite 193 Coweta, OK 74429 christruitt@trucodevelopment.com

Weslock Lantz Day 918-294-8179 x204 6612 S. Chestnut Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74011 lday@weslock.com

Tulsa Area Screen Co. Heidi Roy 918-249-1756 4405 W. Kent Circle Broken Arrow, OK 74012 tulsaareascreen@cox.net

The Womble Co. Justin Fleenor 918-828-3667 4340 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74145 justinf@womblecompany.com

Tulsa Fireplace Supply Bud Farris 918-250-0800 9251 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 jill@tulsafireplace.com

The Womble Co. Scott Maddy 918-828-3667 4340 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74145 smaddy@pellaok.com

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Vancrete Decorative Concrete LLC Jerry Van Cleave 918-551-7405 5635 S. Mingo Road, Unit K Tulsa, OK 74146 info@vancrete.com

Wood Guys LLC Misty Wright 918-254-7343 9915 E. 51st St. S., Suite A100 Tulsa, OK 74146 misty@woodguys.com

Permastone Inc. Kyle Anderson 918-322-6036 700 W. 158th St. Glenpool, OK 74033 christy@permastonetulsa.com

Residential Window Service Glass and Mirror Co. AJ Hulsey 918-259-0159 704 N. Walnut Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 aj@residentialwindowservice.com

Powers Design and Build LLC Bill Powers 918-645-6509 8810 S. Yale Ave., Suite D Tulsa, OK 74137 powersdesignandbuild@gmail.com

RLR Custom Interior Inc. Robby Reed 918-760-4477 713 N. Eighth Place Sapulpa, OK 74066 rlrcustominc79@gmail.com

Re-Bath of Tulsa Glenn Simms 918-488-0600 6570 E. 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74145 info@rebathoftulsa.com

Robinson Glass Clark Robinson 918-664-7904 7240 E. 46th St. Tulsa, OK 74145 clark@robinsonglass.com

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Remarkable Painting Les Brooker 918-406-4140 6017 N. 40th W. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74126 remarkableremodelandpaint@gmail.com

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918 Interiors’ clients loved this home when they purchased it, but the one thing it lacked was an open floor plan. Plans were drawn to remove the wall that separated the kitchen from the rest of the common areas, eliminating an unnecessary hallway and also opening up the dining room. A large island for entertaining was incorporated, as well as a huge picture window for tons of light. The entire home underwent wallpaper removal and new paint. The powder bath and upstairs bath also were gutted and redone. The goal was met for a light, bright, open home. Major intersection: East 31st Street and South Peoria Avenue

REMODELER BIO: 918 Interiors is a full-service interior design firm specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels, custom window treatments and total room design. 918 Interiors provides space plans, material selections, cabinet layouts and the resources to purchase all items needed to execute the plans once a design is finalized. With extensive knowledge in products and hands-on know-how, 918 Interiors brings its clients’ vision to life by listening to their needs and helping them achieve their goals for a functional and aesthetically pleasing interior.

Directions: Head north on South Peoria Avenue, turn left (west) on 29th. Go to stop sign. House is the first on the right after the stop sign. Suppliers: Pacific Shore Stones; Mill Creek Hardware; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery; Hahn Appliance Warehouse, The Tile Shop; Sullivan's Custom Cabinets, Stonemen Granite, Tim Wilson Construction *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

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REMODELER BIO: Brian D. Wiggs Homes is one of Tulsa’s premier design and build firms, helping discerning clients realize their dreams. From architectural design, product selections and extra touches, Wiggs brings knowledge, experience and integrity that exceed expectations. As a family business, he and his staff take pride in the client experience created during each project. Build extraordinary with Brian D. Wiggs Homes.

Brian D. Wiggs Homes 4040 E. 80th St., Timbercrest Estates Project: Design-build remodel

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This whole house remodel reconfigured an existing home’s floor plan. Walls were removed and/or moved, and spaces were updated. The updates include new windows, new appliances, new tile and wood floors, new cabinets, new countertops, new plumbing and light fixtures, and new paint. The most extraordinary areas are the new kitchen and expanded nook, new great room and new master suite. Major intersection: East 81st Street and South Yale Avenue Directions: Head west on East 81st Street, then turn right on South Richmond Avenue. Turn left on 80th Place. Turn left on 80th Street. Suppliers: Metro Appliances and More; Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry; EuroCraft; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery; Mill Creek Lumber; McCallum and Sons *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

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The Buckingham Group 4250 S. Oswego Ave., Patrick Henry Project: Design-build remodel

THE FAMILY HOME

This second generation family home was purchased from her parents. An initial remodel by the Buckingham Group redesigned and updated both the master and children’s bathrooms. In a second phase, a rear porch was removed and an outdoor kitchen added. In the third phase, the kitchen was taken down to its original framing allowing the electrical and plumbing infrastructure to be updated. A dual fuel range with built-in down draft system replaced the electric range and updraft hood. By removing soffits, the 7-foot-tall cabinets were replaced with 8-foot-tall cabinets, which dramatically increased the available storage. A layered LED lighting system complements the Transitional Cabinets with ambient, accent and task lighting. Porcelain tile flooring and granite countertops provide functional aesthetics and outstanding durability. Major intersection: East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue

REMODELER BIO: Residential remodeling is the Buckingham Group’s only business. Whatever the style of a home or the size of a job, its remodeling projects are shaped by a sense of place, architectural heritage and the lifestyle of the client. The Buckingham Group is proud of its reputation for providing cost-effective design solutions for projects that others consider too complex. The workmanship of its multidisciplined staff of craftsmen has made the Buckingham Group name synonymous with quality.

Directions: Head west on East 41st Street to South Pittsburg Avenue. Turn left (south) on Pittsburg and follow to 41st Place. Turn right (west) on 41st Place and follow the curve where it will become South Oswego Avenue. Follow Oswego to the house, which is on the right (west) side of the street. Suppliers: Drywall Repair Specialists, Hahn Appliance Warehouse, Midwest Marble, Mike Loper Painting, Carner Plumbing, Woodstock Cabinets *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

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REMODELER BIO: Residential remodeling is the Buckingham Group’s only business. Whatever the style of a home or the size of a job, its remodeling projects are shaped by a sense of place, architectural heritage and the lifestyle of the client. The Buckingham Group is proud of its reputation for providing costeffective design solutions for projects that others consider too complex. The workmanship of its multidisciplined staff of craftsmen has made the Buckingham Group name synonymous with quality.

The Buckingham Group 1511 E. 36th Place, Woodland Heights Project: Design-build remodel

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Though restricted in square footage, this bath and kitchen remodel’s results are not small in feel or function. The kitchen remodel placed emphasis on improving the work triangle through reallocation of floor space. Cabinet storage was maximized through the creative use of cabinet ends and increased cabinet height. A multifunctional countertop now incorporates an eating bar, while custom pull-outs conceal a wealth of small appliances. The bathroom remodel enlarged the vanity, added a recessed center cabinet and replaced an aged whirlpool with a cast iron soaking tub. The fiberglass shower was replaced with a custom tile shower enclosure. The electrically heated tile brings warmth to the floor, as well as cozy sensation in the shower floor and bench. A glass block window yields natural light and much requested privacy. Major intersection: East 41st Street and South Peoria Avenue Directions: Head north on South Peoria Avenue to East 36th Place. Turn east (right) on 36th Place and follow to the house, which is on the north side of the street.

Ed Kaplan 918-624-2666 kaplan-bgi@tulsacoxmail.com

Suppliers: Woodstock Cabinets, Abstract Electric, Heatwave Supply, Midwest Marble, Loper Painting *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

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Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration 1638 E. 44th St., Forest Grove Project: Design-build remodel

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Creating a fun and exciting space for family and friends to visit was the goal of this build. The challenge was to convert a drab and boring garage into a space where everyone wanted to be. Whether for the old or young, this space provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy life. This transformed area serves as a pool house for the owners and a guest house for visitors. Glass doors and windows, as well as vaulted ceilings, work to create a great sense of space. The interior includes a kitchen, complete with professional bar and a full bathroom with a private changing room. Three flat-screen TVs provide non-stop sports entertainment. Central heat and air ensure the space can be used year-round. Sliding doors open to a decorative concrete patio and cozy fireplace under the open-gabled vaulted ceiling. The patio connects to a swimming pool.

REMODELER BIO: Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration is a Tulsa-based firm that has provided construction services in the midtown and surrounding areas for more than two decades. Quality craftsmanship and integrity have earned it a reputation as one of the city’s premier remodeling companies. Grant Homes specializes in the renovation and restoration of older, turn-of-the-century homes located in Tulsa’s historical neighborhoods, as well as custom renovations throughout greater Tulsa.

Major intersection: East 41st Street and South Peoria Avenue Directions: Head east on East 41st Street to South Troost Avenue. Turn west on 43rd Place to 44th Street. Turn south on 44th Street. Suppliers: M&M Lumber, Natural Stone Interiors, Crossville Studios, Elite Service Co., Gilley Electric, Elder Paint and Wallpaper *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.

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REMODELER BIO: Re-Bath of Tulsa is a locally owned and operated family business specializing in beautiful, hassle-free renovations. Owners and brothers Glenn and Curtis Simms have completed thousands of remodeling projects over the past few decades. They have offered quality products and expert service since 1993.

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Three key spaces of the home were transformed in this project. The first was the hall bath, which was gutted and renewed with a new tub, vanity, mirror, flooring and fixtures. The second transformation was the kitchen. A pony wall that divided the entryway and dining area was removed, as was the kitchen peninsula that cut the space in half. This created a fresh, open-concept dining/living area. New kitchen cabinets provide additional storage. The water tank in the adjacent existing laundry room was relocated to the garage to make room for an updated utility room. In the master bath, a pocket door was installed, the walk-in shower was relocated and expanded, as well as new fixtures, flooring and paint. Major intersection: East 51st Street and South Lewis Avenue Directions: Head south and turn west on East 55th Street. Go to the end of the street and turn left (south) to 55th Place. It is the second home on the south side of the road.

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The first Oklahoman and first Native American to be the U.S. Poet Laureate, Harjo’s haunting, visionary memoir is about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.

This book told the world about a horrible chapter in Oklahoma history that many in northeast Oklahoma knew all too well.

This story of Tulsa’s historic Greenwood district, chronicling its development in the early 1900s, the race massacre that virtually destroyed it in 1921, and its return to vitality at the close of the century.

Route 66 is the highway of dreams, and Wallis travels it in search of those dreams.

A National Book Award finalist, this novel centers on a Cherokee boy placed in foster care in late 1980’s rural Oklahoma.

A Dust Bowl novel in verse that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

A modern Tulsa classic, this book alternates between 1921 and present day and is a reminder that history is not the past.

A novel set in Tulsa that climaxes with the 1921 race massacre, this story is centered on the relationship between two women, one white and one black.

A neglected history of crime, identity and politics in Tulsa, told through the life of one extraordinary man who went from career thief to prison journalist to Eastern Shawnee activist.

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FAMILY BUSINESS HAS ADDRESSED TULSA’S SHOE NEEDS FOR 34 YEARS. BY FRASER KASTNER

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yan Fleming, owner of Fleming’s Comfort Shoes, has been in the shoe business since he was 3. “I grew up playing around here, back in the stacks,” Fleming says, pointing to the shelves of shoes in his stockroom, “I remember playing Nintendo and then having help to box up shoes or do inventory.” The store was founded in 1985 by Ryan’s father, John. A career in the oil business meant he faced the prospect of moving out of Tulsa as the energy industry migrated to larger cities in the mid-’80s, but John believed Tulsa was a better place to raise his family. After some market research, he decided to open a quality footwear store with an emphasis on good service. John consulted friends and relatives in the shoe business and learned the proper way to take detailed measurements for the best possible fit. It’s a tradition Ryan Fleming and his wife, Carla, proudly carry on. “That’s our pillar that we stand on: full-service shoe consultants,” he says. Fleming always loved sales. He went on to study business at Southwestern University near Austin, Texas; sold shoes in another specialty

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store in Austin; and spent time as a shoe wholesaler to better understand the industry. He even spent time doing business development in Nepal before he returned to run the family business. Fleming returned to Tulsa in 2013 and committed to staying for one year, but one of the factors that persuaded him to stay was Tulsa’s growing small business community. “Th is is like a small business, independent movement,” he says. “It’s cool, because it gives Tulsa character.” Fleming became the store’s owner in 2016. His mother, Angela, is a certified pedorthist, a specialist in fitting shoes and inserts for those with foot problems. With its deep roots and service-oriented mission, Flemings is a proud member of the Tulsa small business community. TP

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BEYOND CITY LIMITS

Royal respite DUBBED THE QUEEN CITY OF THE OZARKS, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, TEMPTS MANY WITH ITS NUMEROUS ATTRACTIONS. BY RHYS MARTIN

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If you are still in a Route 66 state of mind on the drive home, don’t miss GARY’S GAY PARITA SERVICE STATION in Paris Springs, roughly 15 minutes west of Springfield. The late GARY TURNER built this replica in 2004 as a tribute to the original station that burned down in the 1950s. The name comes from the wife of the original owner, FRED WATSON. Turner’s family tends the place now and greets travelers from around the world on a daily basis. GAILEY’S BREAKFAST CAFE, 220 E. Walnut St., is a delightful breakfast and brunch spot. The restaurant space is in the old corner drugstore the Gailey family ran for decades. Today, their spirit of hospitality continues at this downtown diner. It’s open late Wednesday-Saturday for dinner service, too. If geological wonders are more your style, you no doubt noticed the many FANTASTIC CAVERNS billboards on the drive to Springfield. This sprawling cave, 4872 N. Farm Road 125, is the only one in North America that features a riding tour courtesy of a Jeep and trailer. The temperature of the caves maintains a steady 60 degrees yearround, which is a welcome respite from the heat during the summer months. If you’re staying overnight, the RAIL HAVEN ON ROUTE 66, 203 S. Glenstone Ave., is more than just a standard Best Western; ELVIS PRESLEY stayed here. A few classic cars sit next to the office and a restored neon sign illuminates the road, setting the stage for a wonderful photo op before a good night’s sleep. TP 80

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JOHNNY MORRIS’ WONDERS OF WILDLIFE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM, 500 W. Sunshine St., not only has an impressive title, but also an impressive menagerie of creature features within. In addition to detailed exhibits featuring animals and habitats from around the globe, there’s also a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium onsite that contains more than 30,000 fish in addition to other animals. When the new facility opened in 2017, readers of USA Today voted it the Best New Attraction in the country.

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pringfield, Missouri, just under three hours from Tulsa, bills itself as the “Birthplace of Route 66.” Indeed, it was here in April 1926 that those responsible for the new Federal Highway System decided to give the Chicago-to-Los Angeles roadway its iconic number. Downtown, you’ll see plenty of Historic Route 66 signage and other remnants of those early days, such as the glorious GILLIOZ THEATRE, 325 Park Central E. The HISTORY MUSEUM ON THE SQUARE, 157 Park Central Square, gives a full accounting of Springfield’s story.


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GARDENING

The Charles Faudree Memorial Pavilion

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Annual appeal A BOUNTY OF FALL COLOR ON DISPLAY FROM ANNUALS BY ALLEN ROBINSON

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hen you think of color in the landscape, annuals immediately come to mind. Although true annuals go through their entire life cycle in one calendar year, there are many biennials and perennials we treat as annuals because they cannot survive Tulsa’s cold winters. Th ree of the most popular fall-colored annuals are pansies, violas and panolas, which are a cross between pansies and violas. Pansies are tough and boast moderately sized flowers. Violas are richer in color with a slightly smaller flower structure. Panolas have the best characteristics of both. Introduce these fall jewels anytime once fall temperatures begin. If planted too early, they will struggle to survive the heat. They provide rich fall color, and they typically survive the winter to bless us again in the spring with even more color. But then, they will likely succumb to the heat by June. They are perfect for plant beds, borders, containers and large groupings of color. Most come in a wide array of color combinations, including yellows, purples, blues and oranges. But don’t think these are your only fall color options. How about items from the vegetable garden? Pumpkins offer a truly terrific fall color for the landscape. On a smaller scale, ornamental kale and cabbage also make very attractive displays in almost any part of the landscape. Choosing the right plants for your conditions is important, but if you don’t provide them good soil to grow in, you are wasting your time. Plants 82

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depend upon good soil structure for survival by allowing for movement of air, roots, water and nutrients. Amending plant beds with organic matter is the most beneficial way to improve soil quality. And a soil test is always a good idea, especially if it has been over three years since the last test was conducted. A slow-release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, also can be added to the soil before planting. Proper watering practices and vigilant weeding will keep your annuals healthy and vigorous. Drip irrigation or hand-watering near the roots is the best method as overhead watering is less efficient and can actually damage some of the more fragile flowers. Adding a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch when you place your plants is the best defense against weeds, but inevitably some hand-weeding will be required. As soon as your annuals take off and are in full bloom, remember the occasional pinching and deadheading might be needed. Other colorful fall plants that are worth consideration are aster, astilbe, bee balm, cosmos, daisies, goldenrod, lilies, mums, phlox and sedums. TP

Thank you to Tulsa County Master Gardeners for their expertise in this subject matter. Allen Robinson has been a Master Gardener since 2010.

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he late interior designer Charles Faudree was known across the world, but he called Muskogee and Tulsa home for most of his life. In 2013, at the age of 75, Faudree’s death left behind a legacy that friend and Realtor Peter Walter wanted to commemorate. On the hunt for the perfect location for his vision, Walter visited several Tulsa spots before landing in Woodward Park. At the time, the Tulsa Rose Society was working on restoring the terraced rose garden. First noticed in 1986, rose rosette disease — spread by mites — ravaged the Tulsa Rose Garden plants, leaving them in shambles. When Walter brought the idea of a memorial structure for Faudree to the Garden Center, he suggested incorporating it into the restoration process. Fundraising started in early 2014 by Walter, managed by the Tulsa Community Foundation. Walter raised approximately $175,000 and the Center was awarded $20,000 in grants, but funding slowed and fell short. After Laura Chalus took the helm at the Tulsa Garden Center in 2016, “I kept walking out and staring at that empty space,” says the center’s CEO and 2019 Tulsa Rose Society president. “I knew it was going to be a wonderful, elegant capstone for the park.” Chalus sought out other means to secure the funds. She proposed using the $55,000 in the Friends of Woodward Park fund, which receives its money through park permits. The structure’s design was confirmed in February 2017 and park funding approved in March 2017. The grand opening of the Charles Faudree Memorial Pavilion will be at this year’s annual Tasting at Woodward Park on Sept. 27. A donor appreciation celebration is scheduled into the event, with a fireworks display to close the evening. — MADELINE EWING


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Fourth annual literary brunch

WICKED PLANTS: EXPLORING HORTICULTURAL HORRORS WITH AUTHOR AMY STEWART

Saturday, September 28 · 10:30am

Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books including Wicked Bugs and The Drunken Botanist.

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HEALTH

Stronger together NOW A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION, KOMEN OKLAHOMA STRENGTHENS ITS FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER. BY KIM ARCHER

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obody can deny the power of coming together. Earlier this year, Susan G. Komen’s two Oklahoma chapters — Tulsa as well as Central and Western — united as one statewide organization to strengthen its fight against breast cancer. “We are always evaluating what we can do to better serve our communities,” says Abbi Lee, who now leads Komen Oklahoma as CEO. “In doing so, we realized that we’re stronger together than apart.” As a result of the change, Komen Oklahoma hasn’t dropped a single service to Oklahomans with breast cancer. In fact, it has expanded statewide its Komen Care Bags, bags containing items needed during treatment that are free to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. It also has expanded its Patient Navigation Certification programs, which help connect resources and patients. The group will maintain both its Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices and retain its signature fundraisers in both cities, but Lee says the merger will help them be better stewards of the money provided by partners and supporters. “By coming together, we are able to not only share resources, but also bring together our strengths across the entire state,” she says. Komen Oklahoma has a huge challenge. The state has one of the lowest rates of breast cancer in the U.S., yet Oklahoma’s death rate for the disease is among the highest. “There are several reasons, but lack of access to care is a major reason,” Lee says. “Women and men are not getting quality care soon enough. We also see that fear, lack of transportation, and lack of knowledge around breast cancer play important roles in why our numbers are the way they are.” By coming together, the organization has strengthened and strategized its commitment to improve access to the full continuum of breast health care, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and educational services, Lee says.

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Abbi Lee, CEO of Komen Oklahoma, and Amity Ritze, a breast cancer survivor. Ritze leads Project31, a support group that partners with Komen Oklahoma to give women better resources to supportive care.

By funding education, health care access and research, Komen Oklahoma expects to realize its “bold goal” of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. “We will be the fi rst to admit that we cannot accomplish our mission alone,” Lee says, adding that Komen Oklahoma has provided $15 million between both locations in community grants to partners and breast health resource and service organizations since its inception. In 2018 through grants, Komen provided 3,000 screening mammograms for uninsured women and men, 500 Komen Care Bags to newly diagnosed cancer patients and certified patient navigation services to more than 2,600 individuals. More women and men are being screened and are staying in care through follow-up appointments, according to Lee, “and we’ve cut travel time to a patient’s doctor by 50% by providing health services in their community.” With the new organizational structure, she expects all of those measures to improve as more people with breast cancer have access to critical services. Breast cancer survivor Amity Ritze, 39, has personally benefitted from Komen Oklahoma’s efforts. In 2014, Ritze discovered she had dense breast tissue, a potential risk that providers at the time weren’t required to tell patients. After receiving an information card about how to conduct self-exams in the shower, she found a lump in her breast that led to a 2015 diagnosis of breast

cancer, finding out it was Stage 4 in 2016. “The cancer was hiding in the tissue and was undetected in a mammogram,” Ritze says. “Dense tissue is very prominent in young women today and more women need to be educated about it” Now as leader of an emotional support group for breast cancer survivors called Project31, Ritze says she is spreading the sense of hope Komen Oklahoma offers to other women with cancer. Project31 is a faith-based organization, led by survivors in 11 locations in Oklahoma City, Enid, Stillwater and Tulsa, focusing on reconstruction that often needs to be done on the heart, spirit and relationships with those closest to patients throughout breast cancer and beyond. “The fact that Komen is coming together as one organization speaks volumes about its unwavering commitment to the community,” Ritze says. TP

Sept. 28 KOMEN OKLAHOMA RACE FOR THE CURE 6 a.m., registration; 6:30 a.m., half-marathon; 7:30 a.m., timed 5K; 9 a.m., untimed 5K; 10 a.m., 1-mile fun run. River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Parkway. Individual and team registration available. Benefits Komen Oklahoma. komenoklahoma.org


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freshly squeezed lime juice for mojitos count as fresh fruit? Because if it does, that changes my answer. A lot. And mint is green and leafy, so might that count as vegetable? But that was last summer when it was hot, so never mind. Everything else I told you is exactly right. I think. II. I’m not an-swer-ing you. You’ve tricked me before, but not this time. I know you’re not a real person. And I’ve told you before, I don’t need a medical alert device. I don’t believe my Microsoft account has been breached, so stop telling me there is an emergency and it is going to be shut down. I am not worried about my credit card account. I don’t want to take a political survey. I don’t believe you are Social Security and starting legal proceedings against me. I’ve apologized for my language before, but you don’t know how ^#($#@%@ irritating it is to have you call when I’m taking a nap, trying to work or concentrating on something. Lord knows it’s hard enough to concentrate at all. It’s because of calls like yours that I shout at the telephone. I prefer emails or texts. They slide in quietly and politely like exotic fish. They wait patiently. They don’t call at me from the next

room demanding attention. I didn’t mean it when I threatened to track you down in person. But I sort of meant it. III. I saw an image of a crescent moon with this quote from the poet Nichole McElhaney: “And the moon said to me, My darling daughter, you do not have to be whole in order to shine.” I wonder if I can write ethereal prose like that. Here goes: • And in the middle of the night the dog bone on the floor said to me: How many times do I get to do this before you remember to turn on the light? • And the vacuum cleaner said to me: I am myself and not responsible for the cord’s behavior. • And the cat’s furball said to me: I swear I didn’t know a guest was coming over. • And the cat said to me: You are so gullible. • And the rose thorn said to me: Of course I’m in your right hand. What fun would it be if I were in your left hand and easy to remove? Geeze. • And the grasses, trees, weeds and mold allergens said to me: I am Princess Summerfall Winterspring, and you are toast. Boy, I think I nailed it. TP


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VETERINARIAN Keeping our pets cool Exercise needs to be done in the morning or evening when the sun is not at it’s peak. Try to come up with different things to do inside. Mental stimulation can go a long way in wearing your furry friend out. Good time to re-address the basics or teach new tricks. Be cautious with pets who are overweight, those that have short/smushed faces, and those who have heart/lung issues, for these pets are more susceptible to overheating. Think about extra grooming instead of shaving long haired dogs as this will keeps matting to a minimum and improve air circulation. Fur acts as an insulator against summer heat as well as the winter cold and aids in protection from sunburn. Allow access to fresh water at all times and shade for those who are outside. Cristen Thomas, DVM 15th Street Veterinary Group • 6231 E. 15th St. Tulsa, OK 74112 • 918-835-2336 • www.15thstreetvet.com

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HBA of Greater Tulsa wins 2 national awards

The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa was honored with two national awards, the Best Association Operations Program and Best Membership Recruitment Plan Implemented, at the National Association of Home Builders Association Management Conference in July. The Best Association Operations Program was given for the creation of the Membership Center, where members can find available resources and tools to benefit their membership all in one place. The Best Recruitment Plan award was given for the Fall 2018 Paradise is Calling membership drive, where the Tulsa HBA recruited over 80 members. “These awards illustrate the innovative programs that HBAs across the NAHB Federation are developing for their members,” says Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Builders Association. The Association Excellence Awards is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations and executive officers in the field of association management. The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa is a nonprofit, professional trade organization with more than 900 members and advocates for the residential housing and remodeling industry in communities in and around Tulsa. For more information, visit tulsahba.com.

Library system awarded for digital literacy innovation

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Tulsa Run names charity recipients Each year, the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run chooses five local nonprofits to support. Four receive $2,500 each and one receives $25,000. This year, Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic was chosen to receive $25,000 for its By Your Side Food Pantry. “Many of our patients are faced with an impossible choice between paying for their utility bills or paying for food,” says Parkside Fundraising Director Derek Frazier. “This wonderful donation from the Tulsa Run will contribute to our patient’s physical and mental health while making our community healthier, happier and stronger.” Parkside offers outpatient counseling and inpatient hospitalization for children, adolescents and adults experiencing acute mental health crises. The By Your Side Patient Assistance program offered at Parkside provides food, books, clothing and treatment transportation for patients in need of support. “Many of Parkside’s patients struggle with chronic illness that hinders stable employment,” says By Your Side Coordinator Willie Roundtree. “Charity funds from the Tulsa Run will allow Parkside to stock our Food Pantry with more nutrient-rich foods and fresh dairy products.” In 2018, the By Your Side program helped 1,298 patients and 3,628 family members of patients served. The four $2,500 recipients are Resonance Center for Women, #racismstinks, Run the Streets and American Diabetes Association-Oklahoma. The 2019 Tulsa Run will be Oct. 26. Register for the 5K, 15K or 2K events at Race Director Laura Porth and Parkside’s Derek Frazier and Willie Roundtree tulsarun.com.

Tulsa City-County Library received the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association and Information Today Inc. publishing company, at the American Library Association’s annual Conference in July in Washington, D.C. TCCL was selected for its innovative Digital Literacy Lab. This annual award is designed to recognize innovative planning, applications or development of focused customer support relating to information technology in libraries. The American Electric Power/PSO Foundation Digital Literacy Lab on Central Library’s second floor features a sweeping view of downtown Tulsa. The Digital Literacy Lab is a creator-focused working space for TCCL customers that was opened in October 2016. Since opening, the library reports more than 35,000 visitors have visited the space and discovered ways to expand their knowledge. Visitors can use the Digital Literacy Lab to develop new apps and software skills, edit a short film, soar the skies with flight simulators, digitize family history, work with Adobe Creative Cloud and Apple Creative Software and more. Orientations are provided twice monthly, along with special programs and classes throughout the year geared for all ages. In addition to providing resources for Central Library customers, the Digital Literacy Lab takes equipment and programming off-site to other TCCL locations throughout the county and to outreach and community events, such as the Tulsa Maker Faire, local genealogy group meetups and tech community events. For more information on TCCL’s Digital Literacy Lab and related programming, call 918-549-7323 or visit tulsalibrary.org.

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2882 E 35th Place, Tulsa, OK - Charlane Estates Stunning Ranch perfectly updated Fabulous for entertaining or simply enjoying life in your amazing outdoor oasis. Cocktail pool/spa with chiller for summer days and beautiful outdoor fireplace. Second master/guest suite. All baths renovated. Gorgeous terrazzo floors. 2 living areas. Abundant storage. Roof to be replaced prior to closing. An absolute must see! Co-list with ANNA BROOKS 918-344-2275. $699,000

3433 S Zunis Avenue, Tulsa, OK - Oaknoll Beautiful completely updated home on a perfect street for a family. Open feel completed by The Maison Group in 2014-2015. All bedrooms and baths on southern wing of the house. Two living. Backyard is spacious. Meticulously maintained. $559,900

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2418 E 25th Place, Tulsa, OK - Kenlawn II Darling Midtown bungalow. New granite kitchen with new stainless appliances and custom cabinets, updated bathrooms. 2 living areas, built-ins, new paint, hardwoods throughout. Gunite pool with new heat pump. Floored attic, 2 car garage. New pool pump. $339,000

450 W 7th Street #10010, Tulsa, OK Central Park Condos Great investment, current Tenant in Place through August. Great studio in Central Park, all furnishings and appliances will stay. Perfect for a short walk to Gathering Place or to a workplace downtown. $40,000 94

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22 E 26th Street, Tulsa, OK - Riverside Drive Since 2017, new 50k kitchen, new windows, new fence, new drive, pool completely refurbished. Also extensive interior repairs to keep open concept of home but yet provide privacy for bedrooms. Walk to Gathering Place. $499,900


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All Sold in 1 Day 3921 South Florence Place Ranch Acres - $589,000 Well maintained Ranch home with updated kitchen with granite, new high end stainless appliances open to the sun-room. Wood floors and nice tile accents. Living/Dining combo overlooking big flat porch. Nice Master with updated bath. Beautiful park-like back yard. Family Safe-Room.

9133 South Florence Place Woodside Village IV - $269,000 Totally remodeled one story patio home. Immaculate. Took out walls and opened kitchen to great-room. Granite countertops, high end stainless appliances. High ceiling. See thru fireplace.

7128 East 91st Court Kingsbury - $289,000 Move in ready. Fresh paint, light & bright. Kitchen open to Greatroom with stacked stone fireplace overlooking a huge Trek deck. Nice hot tub and 10x6 shed. 2 Bedrooms down, Master bath is remodeled. 2 Beds up plus Gameroom.

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SEQUOYAH HILL II 11523 S Oswego Avenue, Tulsa Exquisite former Parade home. Superior craftsmanship & the finest appointments thru-out. Master & Guest Suites down. 2 bedrooms upstairs with Game room & Theater room. Extensive moldings, Granite Kitchen with Commercial Appliances. Private lot with pool, waterfall, spa, kitchen & Cabana. $1,350,000

MIDTOWN 2619 E 33rd Street, Tulsa This custom build home sits on a beautiful Midtown Street at 33rd & Birmingham. Master bedroom downstairs with a private patio. 4 bedrooms, a large game room & an additional laundry room upstairs. Kitchen opens to family room that looks over swimming pool. $1,350,000

CLEAR BROOK 19735 E Woodhaven Road, Owasso Breathtaking home on a treed 1.4 acre lot. Huge porch overlooks pond with water feature. Master & 2nd suite down with 2 suites, game room & Theater upstairs. Guest house has exercise & living, bed & bath. Backyard Oasis with outdoor living, kitchen, pool, spa & fire pit. 6 car garage. $1,285,000

FAIRWAY ESTATES III 2921 E 56th Place, Tulsa Impressive remodel in Fairway Estates. Huge covered back patio looks over the new swimming pool/spa. Master bedroom down with large closet and dressing area. 2 gamerooms and an additional laundry room upstairs. The brand new kitchen opens up to a family room and looks out over the covered patio. $750,000

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TRAVIS PARK 165 E 29th Place, Tulsa A unique 2006 contemporary style home located in Maple Ridge. Hardwood floors. Open kitchen and family room. Granite counters in the kitchen. Bosch double ovens, and a new dishwasher. The family room has a gas log fireplace. A guest bedroom is on the first floor. Upstairs are 3 more bedrooms including a master suite. $595,000

5802 S Indianapolis Avenue - Kleinco Construction built this home in 1996 for the present owner. Vaulted & beamed ceiling living room. Study with wet bar w/ half bath. Remodeled granite countered kitchen open to family room w/ gas log FP. Spacious master bedroom w/ dual closets. Upstairs are 2 beds, 2 baths, game-room, exercise studio, and office. $749,000 GRAND LAKE Completely renovated 2 BR, 2 BA, lakefront home with granite, hardwoods, upper end appliances, mostly furnished, new carpet, 2 living spaces, large walkout basement, attached 1-car garage, 94’ of shoreline, located in a wonderful neighborhood in Scotty’s Cove on South Grand Lake! $530,000

GRAND LAKE Beautiful views from this incredible 3 BR, 3.5 BA contemporary lake home designed by Doug Campbell and located on the Langley Bluff. All finishes are over the top for this one level home. Only one hour away from Tulsa! $525,000

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McGraw Realtors 3849 S. Atlanta Place 3883 S Birmingham Place $675,000 $359,000 Beautiful new listing with lots of charm and unique

246 E. 27th Street $1,375,000 Amazing new listing in sought after Bolewood the house has been completely remodeled within the last 6 years. Beautiful entry with lots of natural light opens to formal living and dining room. The Great room has a vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The kitchen as a unique layout with top of the line appliances and lots of storage. Familyroom with dual access to beautiful outdoor living. Master suite is separate from the other bedrooms. Private office. Large closet and luxury bath. 3 additional bedrooms on the first floor. Lower-level apartment area with sitting room, bedroom and bath. Private. Additional land is available. Call for more details.

Charming olderformal 1-story living home with touches. Spacious roomopen hasliving wide area. Vaultedand ceilings. Kitchen has pass-thru planked flooring fireplace the room opens to a diningDining area. Master with private bath.outdoor 4 privatetopatio. room opens to second Thekitchen 3rd bedrooms living bedrooms. space. Large with lotsisofcurrently cabinets and being usedBBQ. as an2 office. Nice located sized lot.onGreat original indoor bedrooms the 1st floor location. each having private baths and walk-in closets. Office on first floor with lots of shelving and decorative fireplace. Family room with vaulted ceiling, wall of built-ins and fireplace. 2 additional bedrooms and bath located on the second floor. Lots of landscaping.

11619 S Hudson Place 2132 E$397,500 60th Street

1939 ES 45th Place 11619 Hudson Place $1,195,000 $425,000 Beautiful home in a park like setting located in

Gated area in South Tulsa is a beautiful listing $189,000 that was custom built by the current owner. Gated Gardenhaving Park- Located all on one-level Open formals hardwood floors and with open living area beamed vaulted ceilings. Butlerswith pantry with ceilings storage and fireplace. Spacious eat-in kitchen with beautiful and sink. Kitchen has been updated with new cabinetry. bedroom withsuite sitting area, appliancesMaster and granite. Master located walk-in closetOffice and spacious bath. 2ndand bedroom on 1st floor. with French doors also has walk-in closet and full bath. Sun Garden hardwoods. 2 additional bedrooms. room. Park offersgrounds. residents two pools, walking-trails, Beautiful on-site manager and 24 hour security.

Gated Acres. area in Fully South renovated Tulsa is a beautiful listing Bolewood with extensive thatlandscaping. was custom built the currentwith owner. outdoor Openby floorplan custom Openthroughout, formals having hardwood floors and cabinetry extensive storage, & amenities vaulted ceilings. Butlers pantry with storage such as heated floors & a continuous flow instant hot sink. Extensive Kitchen has been updated with with new a waterand system. outdoor living space granite.tree Master suite located large appliances stone patio,and a custom house & play space, on 1stcourt. floor.The Office with French plus sport majority of livingdoors spaceand is on one hardwoods. 2 additional bedrooms. Sunthat room. floor with a completely separate living suite has Beautiful grounds. the option for a separate entry.

Top 100 Realtors in Tulsa 3112 E 88th St Stately home located in a gated and guarded neighborhood. Updated 6 large bedrooms, 2 offices, media room, game room, spacious living areas. Half acre lot, pool, circle drive. New roof! $998,000

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5818 E 101st Place, Tulsa

Tuscan-inspired home on 10.65 acres. Gorgeous Keystone Lake views from kitchen/living room/master. Enjoy sunsets, privacy & watch sailboat racing from the Native stone patio. Spacious master has Fireplace & private balcony. Oversized master closet! Master bath: Walk-in shower & whirlpool tub. Chefs kitchen w/formal & informal dining. Pella windows & doors. High end finishes entire home. Tile roof. Easy 20 min drive to downtown Tulsa. Gated entry. Outside of HOA, no restrictions. 5462 SQ feet, 4 bed (5 bed if use game room), 3.5 bath, 2 car. $625,000

Preston Woods Stunner located on quiet cul-de-sac. Jenks South East schools. 5 bed, 3.5 bath, 3 car garage 4071 SQ feet. Master suite down with two closets. Designated office/library on first floor. Upstairs: Game room, bonus room (could be hobby room or media room), 4 beds, 2 full baths. Formal and informal dining spaces. Kitchen opens to living space. Hardwood floors and new carpet in bedrooms. $415,000

Located in desirable South Tulsa neighborhood with Jenks SE schools. 4 bed, 3 full bath, 2 car. Gorgeous home with fantastic private back yard that is fully fenced. Hardwood floors, Updated kitchen, Formal dining room, Den/office (on first floor and used to be 4th bedroom), Large sunroom/laundry space. Master suite on first floor. Bedroom 2 and 3 upstairs plus game room up. $299,000

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1859 E 17th Street, Tulsa

Classic 1930s charmer with modern updates throughout. Total renovation with high end finishes. 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car. (2 beds up 2 beds down). Second living space up. Stainless appliances in kitchen. All appliances and washer and dryer convey. Finished out basement which makes a great storm shelter and storage. $265,000

Florence Park charming remodel with original 1920s detail throughout. 3/1.5/1 car garage plus 1 car carport. Private drive and great yard. Large master suite with half bath near master. Updated kitchen and both baths. Large living and formal dining. Original hardwood floors. Den (or office). $239,900

Classic Yorktown Historic District bungalow. Desirable Midtown location near Saint Johns Hospital/Utica Square/Cherry Street/15th Street and Swan Lake. 2/1/1. Updated kitchen w/granite. Hardwood floors throughout. Finished basement ideal for office or bonus space. Inside utility room located on level one. $210,000

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Stunning Jack Arnold plan on quiet cul-de-sac street and nearly half acre lot. Mature trees, extremely private yard salt water pool plus spa. Gated subdivision and Bixby North Schools. Abundant character w/ high end finishes throughout. Multiple living spaces and office area. Three car garage. $475,000

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Stately Sunset Terrace home w/ 3 bed 3.5 bath on a double lot. Kitchen Ideas Bill Powers designed kitchen and master bath remodel. Beautiful hardwoods, 2 downstairs living areas, spacious vaulted master bedroom retreat. 4 car total garage. Natural light throughout. Large park like yard. Upstairs game room. Walk to Council Oak Elementary & Gathering Place. 98

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2943 E 56th Place | $309,500

Stunning one level home with 3 bedrooms plus study. 2 or 3 living rooms. Very open floor plan. In ground diving pool. Vaulted ceiling. Gorgeous landscaping. Beautiful large master suite. 2 car rear entry garage. Large living room with vaulted ceiling. Sprinkler system. Pool.


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8231 S Kingston Avenue Beautifully updated home in gated Stonewall Estates; 1.65 acres with mature trees & heavy landscaping; 2 large bed down, 3 up, each with walk-in closet & private bath. Game room, theater, office & gym. Outdoor living with kitchen, Fireplace, pool, spa & tree house. $2,490,000

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6311 E 105th Street Amazing estate home on approx 1.1 acres in Gated Rockhurst. 6 Ensuite beds + 2 bed quarters that have access from the home. Entertainers dream w/2 game rooms & theater, diving pool, private pool bath, hot tub, outdoor living/kitchen & indoor basketball court w/separate entrance. $2,980,000

4344 S Lewis Place Custom home in gated Greenhill. Beautiful finishes, impeccable detail. 4 bed, 3.5 baths, beautiful hardwood floors; kitchen/ family room combo w/stone fireplace opens to outdoor entertaining space including fireplace & spa. Oversized garage w/storage. 925,000

5405 E 119th Street Open floor plan on 2/3 acre in Hampton Oaks; Large Master down along w/2 other en-suite bedrooms; 4th bed up w/large Game room and internal expansion space; Beautiful Outdoor living w/pool, spa, water feature and full kitchen. 5 FP’s; limestone floors. $870,000

2631 E 14th Street Updated house in desirable Renaissance Heights. 2 living areas, 3+ bed & updated kitchen and baths. Just built 2 car garage with storage and inviting pool and patio out back. Great entertaining home! $339,000

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4180 S Trenton Avenue, Tulsa

Warren Heights. Modern Farmhouse within walking distance to Brookside shopping & restaurants. New construction with attention to detail and high-end finishes. Commercial grade 48� double oven gas range. Flex room/bunk room up. $590,000

Cliff Crest Drive, Langley

Cliff Crest. Langley Bluff (2) lakefront & (3) lots on the other side of road. Build your dream home and build your shop on the (3) lots. Close to Tulsa. Ready for development. Utilities available. $229,900 TulsaPeople.com

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obby O’s rolled onto Route 66 in late 2018 with its take on pizza by the slice and whole pies. The $11 Speedo Slice Special is a popular lunch deal: Customers get a signature topping slice, a small salad and a drink. Our pick is the El Supremo, a classic combination of pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, bell pepper and black olive. Along with traditional pizza preparation, the restaurant boasts a separate gluten-free kitchen where sauce, toppings, non-gluten dough and desserts are made. TP 1502 E. 11TH ST. | 918-932-8250 BOBBY-OS.COM

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The recently opened Swamp House added one more Cajun-style restaurant to Tulsa. Lucky for us, we have several spots to pick from when we’re craving red beans and rice and poboys. Here are a few. — NATALIE MIKLES

Michael Patton, center, with members of Bourbon Tulsa Weekly at the Penthouse Bar at the Mayo Hotel

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ichael Patton, Tulsan and bon vivant, has created a social solution for adventurous folks who want to check out the hot Tulsa spots with other kindred spirits. Bourbon Tulsa Weekly is a Facebook group that has been attracting new members steadily since November with its regular happy hour events that span the city. “I created a Facebook group after Thanksgiving last year, and it’s just a silly idea, really,” Patton says. The idea is to explore a different pub, bar, restaurant or local attraction every Tuesday around happy hour. Absolutely anyone (21 and up) can join in the fun. BTW has its core group of women and men ages 40-60, but younger and older people join the fun. Strangers become friends, and oftentimes happy hours turn into dinner afterward. Depending on the venue and the timeframe, guests can number anywhere from a dozen to 50. “It’s just a social club, nothing more than that,” Patton says. “I think people want to be in something, and this has no rules.” Patton tries to keep the schedule diverse, exploring places from downtown to south Tulsa, high-end cocktail bars and even a few dive bars. “I want to promote local places, and if I can manage to drag 25 people to a bar on a Tuesday night, then I feel like I’m helping,” he says. In September, BTW will visit Fuel 66, 2439 E. 11th St.; Midleton’s Pub, 9711 E. 81st St.; and the Vault, 620 S. Cincinnati Ave. For a full schedule, visit the Bourbon Tulsa Weekly’s Facebook page. — ANGELA EVANS

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Chicken and sausage gumbo is a favorite at this new restaurant across from the Church Studio, where more restaurants and retail shops are debuting. The Swamp House isn’t strictly Cajun. One of the most popular items is a drip beef sandwich. But the Cajun-inspired menu has lots of great choices, like pig tails, skewers of grilled shrimp and Cajun sausage.

The long line is a good sign folks are willing to wait for great food like étouffée, shrimp poboys and jambalaya. If you’ve tried all of those, give the muffuletta a taste. Smoked meats and cheese with olive salad on toasted bread makes a perfect sandwich. The veggie muffuletta is equally delicious, with roasted eggplant, mushroom and other veggies.

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If you want a white-tablecloth Cajun experience, Nola’s is the place. Not sure what to order? Try the Voodoo Chicken, a rich dish of fried Cajun chicken breast with a shrimp and crab Mornay sauce. Also great are the fried green tomatoes and cheese grits. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried alligator bites or turtle soup. Don’t leave without a taste of bread pudding or beignets.

Boudin balls and crawfish pie are two Cajun favorites at this restaurant in the London Square shopping center. One of the tastiest things on the menu is the blackened red snapper with a light white wine crawfish-crab sauce. It’s served with dirty rice. 5800 S. LEWIS AVE. | 918-935-3505 $$-$$$

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t really wouldn’t have mattered if we loved our food at the Vista at the Boathouse. We would have come back anyway for the most amazing view in Tulsa. Lucky for us — and for the many other people we’ve talked to — our food was super. The menu is an eclectic mix of smoky barbecue, curry, flatbreads, seafood and charcuterie, with something for everyone. That, we found, was the implicit goal for this restaurant at Gathering Place. Sean Savage, culinary director for the park, says the restaurant embraces the theme of the park itself, and that the Vista, too, is a gathering place for all. So although it might be a white tablecloth restaurant with a $30 filet on the menu, we saw a mix of people in shorts and flip flops, strollers in tow, who had spent the day at the park, along with couples more dressed up for a date night. “Anybody is welcome. Families are welcome,” Savage says. And that’s reflected in the menu, with prices ranging from $8 for the popular brisket tacos and $9 for a margherita flatbread to $26 for lamb with savory lemon ricotta bread pudding. Savage describes the Vista as “elevated casual.” And it is exactly that. The structure itself is literally elevated, with views of sunsets on the Arkansas River, Peggy’s Pond and the towering play areas across the park. The Vista is open every day from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and as expected, the busiest times are during the lunch and dinner hours and before and after concerts and special events. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and had fun sampling the menu. Our favorites were the barbecue or smoked dishes. Fortunately, half the appetizers, including the barbecue shrimp ($10), brisket tacos ($8) and pork wings ($13), are smoked.


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Savage says the smoked brisket tacos are the most popular item on the menu. The tacos, with tender brisket and a serrano slaw in corn tortillas, make a good lunch in the dining room or a great snack from the walk-up window, which can be accessed at the Boathouse’s overlook. Many people order cocktails, drinks, sandwiches and appetizers to eat outside on the spacious patio. Popular sandwiches (ranging from $9-$12) include smoked salmon with a bacon horseradish aioli, a peppered bacon BLT, a burger with peppered bacon and barbecue sauce and a smoked bologna sandwich. The smoked bologna is the most original of the bunch. It’s a thick-slice of smoked bologna, served open face with spicy mustard, pickles, habañero cheese and a fried egg.

Everyone at our table wanted a bite, and though the bite was delicious, I wouldn’t want to make an entire lunch out of it. The eclectic group of entrees includes fried chicken ($15) and jerk chicken pasta ($14), both of which we enjoyed. The fried chicken is not your typical dish. The red curry-glazed chicken breast is served with coconut jasmine rice and braised carrots. Also popular is the filet ($30) with mashed potatoes and asparagus or other seasonal vegetables, and the espresso pork chop ($24) served with black-eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread croutons and red-eye gravy. The Vista’s cocktail menu is half traditional drinks and half craft cocktails. Some feature smoked simple syrup, which adds a unique flavor.

The most popular drink is the Guthrie Green ($10), a clean-tasting mix of vodka, fresh cucumber juice, mint, lime, simple syrup and black pepper. The sleek open bar is a great place to try these drinks or to have lunch or dinner when the tables are full. TP

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W H AT’S COOK ING? The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events BY NATALIE MIKLES

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ith so many great dishes at restaurants across Tulsa, it’s impossible to try them all. That’s why we love Restaurant Week, happening Sept. 6-15. Restaurant Week is a chance to try the menus at more than 50 restaurants for a reduced price or from a prix fixe menu. Just as great is the fact that a portion of sales from every delicious meal goes to the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. One of the fun things about Restaurant Week is that some chefs create new dishes or signature cocktails for the event. So, take the opportunity to go restaurant hopping — and for a good cause. The Food Bank uses Restaurant Week proceeds to support Food for Kids programs, which include the backpack program, school pantries, summer and holiday feeding, free family farmers’ markets and more.

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PRICING STRUCTURE Brunch — Two to three courses: $22 Lunch — Two to three courses: $15 Dinner — Two to three courses: $20 Dinner — Three courses: $35 Dinner — Three to four courses: $45 Course and price options are different depending on the restaurant. Each prix fixe menu includes an automatic donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. SEE P. 33 FOR MORE ON RESTAURANT WEEK. VISIT TULSAPEOPLE.COM/RESTAURANTWEEK FOR COMPLETE MENU OPTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS.

Sept. 6 MOTHER ROAD MARKET KICK-OFF CELEBRATION At Mother Road Market, 1124 S. Lewis Ave., 10% of all sales that day will be donated to the Food Bank. Throughout September, the Market will host a food drive for the Food Bank. Drop off non-perishable food items at the front and back entrances. Sept. 13 BARBECUE FRIDAY Albert G’s Bar-B-Q, 421 E. First St., will donate 10% of its sales that day to the Food Bank.

LET’S GET TO EATING. HERE ARE THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Amelia’s Antoinette Baking Co. Baxter’s Interurban Biga Italian Restaurant Bin 35 Bistro Bird and Bottle The Bistro at Seville Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood Bonefish Grill Bramble Breakfast and Bar Downtown 106

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Bramble Breakfast and Bar Riverwalk The Chalkboard Daily Grill Dilly Diner Duet Restaurant and Jazz El Guapo’s Downtown El Guapo’s South Elgin Park Elote Fassler Hall Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar In the Raw Brookside In the Raw on the Hill Jane’s Delicatessen Juniper

Jenny Berry, community engagement coordinator for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and Samantha Extance, Mother Road Market events coordinator, outside the food hall, where a Restaurant Week kick-off celebration will be Sept. 6.

Kitchen 27 Lowood Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar McNellie’s Downtown McNellie’s South The Melting Pot Michael V’s Restaurant and Bar Naples Flatbread Kitchen and Bar Neighborhood Ja.m. Oren Palace Cafe Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co. Prairie Fire Pie Queenies Cafe Roka Bar and Asian Flavors

Roppongi Sisserou’s SMOKE. Owasso SMOKE. Cherry Street The Tavern Tavolo Taziki’s Cherry Street Taziki’s South Texas de Brazil Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano Downtown Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano South The Vault Villa Ravenna Yokozuna Downtown Yokozuna on Yale


DESSERT IS SERVED One of my favorite recipes is in an old spiralbound cookbook from the middle school where my grandmother was the school librarian. Along with recipes for Jell-O salads and casseroles is her recipe for brownie pie. Brownie pie is a super simple recipe you can make quickly when you’re craving dessert. It’s extra good topped with vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream. My grandmother’s recipe bakes in a pie pan, but without a pie crust. The crust is my favorite part of a pie, so I pour her fi lling recipe into a buttery pie crust for a doubly delicious brownie pie.

BROWNIE PIE Serves 8

1 unbaked (9-inch) pie crust ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar ⅓ cup cocoa powder ⅓ cup flour 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ⅔ cup chocolate chips

Fit pie dough into a 9-inch pie crust. Place in refrigerator while preparing fi lling. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter, then whisk in sugar. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and flour. To butter mixture, add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla extract. Add cocoa powder and flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Lost restaurants of Tulsa

THE ITALIAN INN: HOWARD HOPKINS PHOTO ARCHIVE

Restaurants might come and go in Tulsa, but many have made their mark on our city’s history for their food, service, owners and atmosphere. Here’s one serving of Tulsa’s gastronomic history from “Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.”

The Italian Inn 5800 S. LEWIS AVE.

Although the Italian Inn started near East 16th Street and South Main Street in 1942, most Tulsans remember this classic eatery from its second home in the London Square Shopping Center near East 61st Street and South Lewis Avenue. When the move occurred in the late 1960s, the restaurant was operated by Don and Betty Funston. The interior was intimate and romantic, described as “dark as a coal mine” by Connie Cronley of the Tulsa Tribune. White lattice-work walls were adorned with faux grapes and leaves for a bit of old-world ambiance. It was the setting for many prom dates, proposals and celebrations. Italian Inn’s most beloved menu item was its cheese spread. It was served before every meal with fresh breadsticks, which were baked in a small Italian bakery in Henryetta and driven into town twice a week. The spread was so popular that the family sold it in local grocery stores. The Italian Inn closed in September 1992. — RHYS MARTIN TulsaPeople.com

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TULSA TIME WARP

A 1930s image of the K.C. Auto Hotel at 313 S. Cincinnati Ave. A line of new Fords and Chevrolets are on display as rentals. The lunch cafe is seen on the right. Two gas pumps can be seen on the sidewalk behind the cars. The overhead sign reads “Inside Parking 4 hours 35 cents — 12 hours 50 cents; Storage — Washing — Greasing.”

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eal estate developer Kelly Conner opened the K.C. Auto Hotel at 313 S. Cincinnati Ave. in 1927. It was designed by Frank C. Walter and was the first parking garage of its kind in Tulsa. The seven-story parkade employed nearly two dozen attendants, providing 24/7 full-service cleaning and maintenance to vehicles during their stay. Customers were treated to a posh experience. The roof featured a miniature golf course and penthouse, the ground level a lunch counter and small filling station. Parking at the hotel was by the hour, day, week or month. During the ’30s, customers were able to rent fully insured Ford, Plymouth, Chrysler or Dodge automobiles from the parkade with delivery as an option. In later years, the crumbling brick façade was reinforced with stucco. The hotel still operates as a parking garage, functioning as intended over 90 years later, a unique characteristic of few historic Tulsa buildings. TP

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