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Riding high Horses helping children and veterans

Notebook Topics of interest to Tulsans

Conversations Pam Case, pet communicator Passions Courtroom companions

Cause and effect A group’s death dialogue

Everyday stories Tragedy inspires a woman and her dog. Local talent Pets with panache

Postgame Al Jerkens, KJRH sports director Where are they now? Ginny Creveling continues a multi-faceted life. Musings Sparking joy

A park grows in Tulsa Adventure Park Picnic Grove

The Dish

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Worthy distinction

Nine Tulsans are named to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s Hall of Fame. BY RACHEL WEAVER SMITH

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Office mates

A Tulsa company’s employees are leading the ruff life. BY ROBERT EVATT

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Feeding Fido




Tulsa volunteers help the four-legged friends of those in need.


Say cheese

The winners of TulsaPeople’s 30th anniversary Pet Photo Contest

Table talk The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events Cheers! Bird of paradise The list Gameday grub

Bringing home baby Stylish necessities for any puppy Health Focus on eye health

Real weddings Tulsans tie the knot.

Weekend getaways Destinations await in northwest Arkansas. In the garden Dreaming of spring


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Dining out A take on Torero

The Good Life




Lunch escape A Chicago-inspired meal


Pumpkin kings A patch to pick this season Calendar This month’s standout events Out & about See and be seen.

Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings Behind the scene All the right moves

Tulsa sound Mission accomplished for Noah T Screen/print An Oklahoma-based musical debuts. Flashback Celebrating TulsaPeople’s 30th anniversary

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BACK IN THE SADDLE (p. 9) Tulsa Boys’ Home brings together combat veterans, at-risk youth and horses for unconventional — but effective — therapy.

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I’          our life. Some owners and pets look alike; others have the same personality quirks. For me and my dog, Sassy, it’s a little bit of all of the above. A fateful email from a dear friend — a budding animal rescuer back then, now a full-fledged savior of dogs and guinea pigs in the Oklahoma City area — let me know of a beagle-mix puppy in need of a good home. My family has had a number of pets throughout the years: Buttons, the cocker spaniel mix rescued on one of our evening walks; a parakeet named Peter Pan; several guinea pigs, hermit crabs and fish; and Elizabeth, a black cat who lived to be 16 years old. But, this dog was going to be all mine. The emailed photo had me at first click, thanks to her big brown eyes, her reddish hair and that adorable, scorpion-like tail. Her foster family told us her name was Sassy, which happened to be the name I had picked out before even knowing her. I told you it was fate. With a kiss on the cheek, we were family. It turns out, Sassy and I are a lot alike. We cuddle on our own terms. There are certain people we do and don’t get along with. We love carbs even though we shouldn’t. Sleeping is our No. 1 hobby — only difference is she gets to sleep all day while I’m at work. The annual pet issue is always one of our favorites at TulsaPeople as we get the chance to meet some amazing animals. There are the horses at the Tulsa Boys’ Home (p. 9) and local therapy dogs (pgs. 14 and 18) helping individuals cope with anxiety, depression and fear. Every day the folks at Explorer Pipeline get to see Piper, their adopted dog who lives at the worksite (p. 34). Have you ever wondered what your pet was thinking? I would love to know what Sassy really thinks of me. Pet communicator Pam Case can talk with critters of all kinds (p. 12). Don’t forget to check out the winners of our 30th anniversary pet photo contest on p. 43. Lucky for you, Sassy isn’t eligible. I know she would win every year.

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The local VA clinic refers veterans like Ken McCreary to Warriors in Saddles. Program volunteers also are veterans.

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fter returning from the Vietnam War, Ralph Henderson worked with horses. He found it aided his recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. “I really saw how sensitive horses are to your psyche,” he says. Now, Henderson and his wife, Charlotte, help other veterans with disabilities through the Warriors in Saddles program at the Tulsa Boys’ Home. In the program’s six-week therapeutic horsemanship classes, veterans bond with their horses as they learn how to groom and ride. Some of the Boys’ Home residents also suffer from PTSD resulting from exposure to violence and abuse. They participate in Warriors in Saddles alongside the veterans. “It’s a neat deal all the way around,” Henderson says. tþ

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Topics of interest to Tulsans by MORGAN PHILLIPS


Scotty Wilson

Tulsa is the No. 5 “Best Quality Small Tourism Destination” in the country, according to the 2016 U.S. Tourism Quality Index released at the Destination Marketing Association International annual convention in August in Minneapolis. The overall rankings measured competitiveness in six categories: culture, entertainment, sightseeing, sports and adventure, culinary and lodging. The “small destination” category ranked Tulsa among 45 other cities attracting fewer than 6 million visitors per year. Tulsa received the No. 1 rankings for small destinations in the culinary and lodging categories.

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The first class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa graduated during a special Barkalaureate ceremony in October 2015. Pictured with Pistol Pete are Sandy Cooper and Lily, Amanda Sumner and Lucy, Jerrie Hall and Jake, Kayse Shrum and Deuce, and Megan Whitehead and Diesel.


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Many will remember Scotty Wilson as a man with a vision — someone unafraid to attempt what seemed impossible to others. The Broken Arrow resident died tragically Aug. 6 during the third test flight of the reproduction Bugatti 100P airplane he and a team were building. As the son of a World War II pilot, Wilson was enamored with airplanes from a young age. He had a long career as an Air Force fighter pilot. In retirement, Wilson and his team set out to reverse engineer the original Bugatti 100P, which was built by France’s most renowned racecar manufacturer in the late 1930s. When TulsaPeople first interviewed Wilson for an October 2013 article about the Bugatti project, he reflected: “I had absolutely no plans to build an airplane, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve made so many friends and been so many places. It’s one of those really surprising things about life, a wonderful surprise.”

FINALS WITH FIDO In August, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa graduated its second class of Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dogs, which make appearances around campus to greet students and relieve stress. Each dog is paired with a handler, forming therapy teams that serve at the OSU Center for Health Sciences and the OSU-Tulsa campus. There are now 10 Pet Posse teams and an honorary member, English bulldog Mavis Pearl. Other breeds represented include Labrador retrievers, a Maltese and Chihuahuas. Each canine graduate has completed eight weeks of training, received a Canine Good Citizen certificate and is registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Pete’s Pet Posse originated in 2013 at OSU-Stillwater. The goal of the program is to enhance physical and emotional health and contribute to the success of the university’s “America’s Healthiest Campus” initiative launched in 2014. 10

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Tulsans’ points of view

Tuning in Pet communicator Pam Case shares her extraordinary gift. by ANNA BENNETT


pal wandered into the Bennett family three years ago — age and breed unknown. Though she lives with my sister now, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a pet psychic plumb her canine depths. Less than five minutes into the interview, Pam Case is seated on the floor, talking to Opal like they’re old friends. (Case to Opal) Now, can you sit right here and talk to me? What are you gonna tell me? Huh? … What else? What? You do? Who’s the cat? Oh, that’s Luna. (To Opal) Thank you for telling me that. She’s your buddy. They … kind of have a love-hate relationship. (To Opal) No, you have a love relationship! Yes, you do! (To me) It’s play; it’s a ritual. OK, that actually makes sense. And I hear her saying, “There’s no place like home.” That’s a good sign. Deep inside of her, she’s settled. She feels like she’s a part of a community. I don’t know what that means, but … She now lives with one other dog and two cats. So, what’s it like, “talking” to pets? When I tune in, I say, “Hi, will you talk to me?” And usually it’s like, oh, yeah. So, I ask them, when I’m communicating in person, “What’s the most important thing you need to tell me?” Opal said, “They found me along the way.” Most of the time, it’s like they’re talking in my ear. Sometimes I’ll see a picture, like a snapshot, of say, food in a bowl. So, you’re reading Opal in person, like when you do events at


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Pam Case talks to Opal at TulsaPeople’s photo studio. pet stores, but you usually work from a photo. Why’s that? Say if I’m here, working with you, there’s more distraction. Whereas when I’m focused on a photograph, I’ll just start writing. And the faster it comes in, the more accurate I feel like it is. When did you realize you had this gift? Six years ago, I gave some feng shui suggestions to someone trying to sell their home. And the homeowner said, “You’re so in tune with the house. Can you tell me anything about my two Akitas?” And I said, “Well, I don’t know.” So, I got down on the floor with them and I asked, silently, “Do you have anything to tell me?” And it just came through — whump, whump. One of them said, “It’s not fair. Dad treats him better than he

treats me because he has three legs.” And the one with three legs said, “I don’t like it either because I’m not handicapped!” So, I look at this man: “Could your dogs have just said …” And he burst out crying. He said, “That’s exactly what I’ve always done.” That was such a lightning bolt of information. It came in, and I was like, oh, my god, I need to develop this. Have you run into any skeptics, or people who were unkind to you? I’ve never run into anybody who’s not nice to me. Isn’t that interesting? Now, skeptical, sure. I’m skeptical, too. I really am. Doesn’t matter if you believe it. It only matters if it helps somebody, and that’s what it does. What do you do when a pet tells you something its owners don’t

want to hear? I don’t want to filter; then it’s not real. People will contact me when their pets are really not well. And the pet will say, “I’m ready to go. Please tell them to let me go.” That must be so difficult. You know what? It’s really not. Because I know how pets feel about that. People are so afraid of death. They think it’s such a horrible thing, but it’s part of life. What else could we learn from our pets? Stay in the moment. There are no big deals. Get your belly rubbed, and eat your favorite food. Get your exercise — that’s important. Take care of yourself. They don’t want us worrying about them. They are just here to give us joy. tþ





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Fifteen years ago a group of quality-minded Tulsa physicians had the vision for a new hospital that would provide the exceptional care and personalized service that their patients deserved. We are pleased to announce that their efforts continue today as Oklahoma Surgical Hospital has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS’ new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating combines 64 quality measures into one consumer friendly rating that is available on their Hospital Compare website. Oklahoma Surgical Hospital is one of only 102 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Tulsa to receive this prestigious rating.

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People, places and other things Tulsans love

Courtroom companions Therapy dogs comfort child victims at the Tulsa County Courthouse. by BRIA BOLTON MOORE



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Leon Mullis, Boo’s owner, and Steve Kunzweiler, Tulsa County district attorney Valerie Grant

oo doesn’t know it, but he’s a hero. The 17-pound Bichon Frise is one of six therapy dogs in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office Special Dog Unit. Since 2011, the dogs have befriended children who must appear in court to talk about crimes they’ve witnessed or experienced. Leon Mullis, Boo’s owner, says his “live teddy bear” was accompanying a young girl to a preliminary hearing when she saw her perpetrator through the narrow glass windows of the courtroom door. The girl froze and announced, “I can’t do this.” She eventually scooped up Boo and carried him into the courtroom. “On the way out after her testimony, she looked down at Boo and said, ‘Boo, I couldn’t have done it without you,’” Mullis says. The therapy dog program began when Susan Witt, who handles communication and community outreach for the district attorney’s office, read and shared an article about therapy dogs helping victims of abuse. “When I first read that article, the thought hit me: This is the answer to child abuse,” says Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler. In September 2010, Boo became the first court therapy dog in Tulsa when he sat with three girls as they testified against a man accused of sexually assaulting them. “I have seen where kids are upset — tapping a toe, or moving their legs, or maybe a tear will fall — and I have seen those dogs react and move closer to the child,” Kunzweiler says. “I don’t know

Boo was Tulsa’s first court therapy dog, a post he has held since September 2010. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office now has six therapy dogs to support children in the courtroom. how they know to see that, but they see it.” The therapy dog is simply a silent friend who doesn’t give advice, doesn’t judge. Kunzweiler calls the program “a miracle of God” and says the dogs provide comfort and also typically shorten the amount of time children spend in court. “What used to take me about 30 minutes to get a kid to talk about themselves and private parts on their body, now, with a therapy dog, that kid will probably start talking within about 10 minutes,” he says. “What used to take maybe an hour to an hour and a half of testimony on the stand now takes about a half hour.”

Amazed at how the program was working, Kunzweiler wanted to ensure other children in Oklahoma have the same opportunity. Thanks to the work of Kunzweiler and others, a law was established in November 2014. It confirms that any child younger than 13 who has a relationship with a certified therapeutic dog and is called to testify in a criminal proceeding, is guaranteed the right to have the dog present in lieu of a support person. “I have said many times that aside from marrying my wife and having children, I could die a happy man by getting this program instituted in Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma,” Kunzweiler says. “It has the potential to permanently

change how traumatized victims are treated in the courtroom.” Kunzweiler says he hopes that, in the future, therapy dogs will be available to other trauma victims who aren’t children. Each court therapy dog has completed obedience training as well as a therapy dog exam. It also is certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen and registered as a therapy dog team with its owner. Zack, an English springer spaniel, and his handler, Peggy Striegel, also volunteer in the special dog unit. Zack makes it his job to say hello to everyone at the courthouse. “He’s not only providing therapy for the child, he’s providing therapy for the whole family unit,” Striegel says. “They’re all getting just a little distraction from this horrific thing they’re facing.” Boo and his furry friends don’t have capes or super powers, but they’re saving the day one case at a time. tþ



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Death dialogue Group encourages talk about a traditionally dark topic.

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Tulsa Death Café participants Carolyn Yoder, Roger Peacock, Sarah Reinhardt, Rob Mouser, Vicki Taylor and Tressa Fitzgerald


here are certain rules for polite conversation. Don’t talk politics or religion at the dinner table. Don’t bash your ex while on a date. And don’t bring up death. Ever. Death Café Tulsa breaks that taboo. This free monthly discussion group, sponsored by the Tristesse Grief Center, is open to adults who are dying or grieving. Counselors help the conversation flow, but participants pick the topics: euthanasia, assisted suicide, preparing kids for a parent’s death, after-death experiences, whatever. Attendees include survivors, patients, caregivers, case managers, hospice workers, doctors and nurses. They all sit around a table, enjoying refreshments, laughing and sharing stories about their loved ones. Confidentiality and respect are key. Almost four years ago, group member Roger Peacock lost his wife, Pat, to breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Peacock, who has inoperable Stage 4 prostate cancer, was supposed to go first. Everything was in place for Pat to carry on without him. But she died in his arms. “The grieving process just broke me,” he says, citing two years of excruciating pain following her death. Two cycles of grief counseling helped. “All of us had a chance to cry and be consoled, but that doesn’t fix the problem of what you’re going to do with your life,” he says. Death is a familiar topic to Peacock, who is the former director of the Oklahoma UFO Paranormal Team. The group gathers audio and video evidence of “life after life” in homes and offices. Real-life ghost busters. He learned about Death Café from a newspaper article. The group became a haven for getting the grief out in a nonjudgmental environment. Death Café also confirms what Peacock believes as a Christian. 16

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“Life is a continuing story … like a rope; our 70 or 80 years on Earth are a small blip on that long continuum,” he says. Death Café facilitator Sarah Reinhardt lost three grandparents in one year when she was 9 years old. When Reinhardt was in her 20s, her aunt died by suicide. Experiencing different losses at different stages of her development gave her an interesting perspective on dying. “We’re a death-denial society,” she says. “People say I’m sorry, bring food for after the service, then nothing.” She disputes the idea that grief is linear or follows a timeline. “It’s a messy process that changes shape, form and intensity,” she says. “Everyone grieves differently. It takes time to go through the process and realize the impact on your life. It takes time to find new relationships, new interests.” Rob Mouser, the other Death Café facilitator, also has a personal, painful experience with grief. Soon after his boy/girl twins were born in 2011, his infant daughter died. “Talking about death helps people live better and see the potential of the life we can live,” he says. The group provides a safe place for people who don’t feel comfortable having these conversations with loved ones or friends. “It’s like sex,” Mouser says. “Families don’t talk about it until something happens and they have to.” What about closure? He calls it a myth. “Grief is never over. It’s a continuing process that’s with you forever. That’s part of the love.” tþ

Tulsa Death Café meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month at Panera Bread, 11123 E. 71st St. The group will not meet in November or December. Participants must be at least 18 years old.


Let’s talk about it by TARA RITTLER


rganizations like the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy offer parents and teens a wealth of resources to help reduce the dread associated with “The Talk” and to turn sexual education into a positive experience for families. October is National “Let’s Talk” Month, a good time for families to begin establishing healthy communication about sex, according to Advocates for Youth. The Tulsa Campaign’s recommendations for parents include: 1) Talk to your children often about age-appropriate topics; don’t limit your conversation to one big “talk.” 2) Discuss what healthy relationships look like. 3) Encourage your teens to think about the future and set goals.


Was the number of births to females ages 15-19 in Oklahoma in 2014.


Was the teen birth rate (of 15- to 19-year-olds) in Oklahoma in 2014. The national average was 24/1,000.

No. 2: 

Oklahoma’s birth rate among teens ages 1519 is the second highest in the nation.

$169 million 

Is how much teenage pregnancy costs Oklahoma taxpayers each year.


Is the amount of taxpayer money saved when just $1 is invested in preventing teen pregnancy.


Is how many females in high school reported having sex at least once, according to the 2011 Survey of Oklahoma Youth. The rate for males was 51 percent.


Reduction is the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s goal for the teen birth rate in Tulsa County by 2020. tþ

It is estimated that over 120,000,000 Americans do not have up-to-date estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents, or untimely death. Tulsa Estate Planning Forum encourages you to take action during:

National Estate Planning Awareness Week October 17th-23rd

Tulsa Estate Planning Forum is a professional non-profit association of Certified Public Accountants, Trust Officers, Estate Planning Attorneys, Chartered Life Underwriters, Chartered Financial Consultants, and Certified Financial Planners. Membership Listing Thomas M. Affeldt JD Gale Allison Elise M. Anderson Dana Yeatman Baldwin JD Mohua Bardhan CPA Allen E. Barrow, Jr. JD J. Michael Bartel Lynn S. Bockmeulen J. Karen Bouteller JD David E Boyer Jack L. Brown JD Cara Bruner Jared W. Buchan JD Robert L. Cacy CLU, AEP Karen Carmichael David Carpenter JD Tami Cobb CPA, CTFA Carrie Coles CFP Emily Crain Kacie R. Cresswell

Lesa A. Creveling JD Shawn Crisp CPA/ABV, CFP, CTFA Bruce Currie CFA Monty M. Curry CPA, CTFA Samantha Weyrauch Davis CPA R. Jason Dent ARPC Delmer A Dreyer CLU, ChFC, CLTC Elizabeth A. Echols Isaiah C. Edison CFP Paula R. Etter Matthew S. Farris JD Jason M. Fields JD Joan M. Fields CFP Kenneth E. Finch CLU, ChFC, AEP David H. Fleske CPA, CFP Steven P. Flowers JD, CPA Saletha M. Fuller CFP Rita J. Gassaway Charles M. Gunkel CLU, ChFC Michael R. Hairston CTFA

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Paws-itive impact A friend’s tragedy inspires a Tulsa woman and her dog to give back. by LAURIE GOODALE

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Fitz and his owner, Charlotte Guest, are involved with area therapy dog groups, including a new group they helped form, Comfort Canines of Tulsa.

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eet Fitz, a 5-pound Maltese/Yorkshire terrier mix (Morkie). Don’t equate his ability with his size; as a therapy dog, he touches many lives with his big heart. Pet therapy, the use of animals to help people recover from or cope with health problems or other crises, is gaining popularity. “There are so many statistics that are amazing about how pet visits can lower blood pressure, ward off depression and soothe people’s minds,” says Fitz’ owner, Charlotte Guest. You can often find the pair visiting patients and guests at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, greeting residents at several nursing homes and assisted living centers, and spending time at Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch. They also have participated in Read Across America, where Fitz simply sits quietly and listens as children read. Just four years ago, Fitz was a normal puppy, and Guest was your average dog owner. But seeing her longtime friend’s son fight cancer for 16 months changed all that and gave them both a purpose. When 13-year-old Peyton Arens was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, in 2013, harsh chemotherapy treatments required him to be in the hospital nearly two weeks a month — away from family and his two dogs. His mother, Katie, recalls his first visit by a therapy dog: a large black Newfoundland. This was the first of many therapy dog visits that would brighten the teen’s hospital stays. “Almost everyone who comes in contact with therapy dogs feels better, and their spirits are lifted,” explains Dusty Meyer with TLC Therapy Dogs, one of several groups in the Tulsa area.

He and his wife are a therapy team with Merlin, a golden retriever who has made over 400 therapy visits since 2011. Vickie Cupps with Karing K9s, another local group, has three therapy dogs. She says, “It can bring tears to my eyes to see patients smile for the first time in months or see someone who has had a stroke and is having difficulty using their hands pet my dog.” Unfortunately, Arens lost his battle with cancer on April 29, 2014. But his memory, love of animals and positive experience with therapy dogs motivated Guest and Fitz to become certified as a therapy team on Jan. 1, 2016. “Fitz was young — just over 1 year old — but truly was born to serve,” says Guest, who describes her tiny teammate as sweet, caring, smart and gentle. Fitz proved to be a true scholar in his obedience classes at Tulsa’s Spirit Ranch, but it’s clear he has a natural gift. Guest says that, like many therapy pets, he can sense a person’s needs — whether someone needs him to be playful or empathetic. The fact that Fitz is putting his skills to good use is thanks largely to Peyton Arens. “All of us who know the Arens family have been so incredibly impacted by their son’s life, passing and legacy,” Guest says. “They have inspired countless families — those whose children had or have cancer and those of us who simply do life with them in our school and communities.” tþ

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Tulsa’s creative community

Pets with panache Graphic designer creates humorous pet portraits. by ABIGAIL SINGREY


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ngela Webb wants to create art that makes people smile. “There’s so much darkness in the world,” she says. “I just want to bring in some light.” She combined a lifelong love of art and animals when she created the Snooty Pups. In 2015, Webb wanted a picture of her new dog, Roxy, to hang in her home. But she didn’t want a traditional pet portrait. She wanted something funny and quirky instead. So, she started with a print of a Renaissance oil painting and used Photoshop to make it look like Roxy was the subject. Every time she stepped into that room, it made her smile, Webb says. Webb thought others would enjoy custom portraits, so she began marketing them. She has created approximately 125 honoring different pets. Clients send a picture of their pet and choose their backdrop from the Snooty Pups website. Some of the backgrounds are old portraits and photographs that Webb has tweaked, adding a dog bone in a pocket, for instance. Others are backdrops she created herself. Clients tend to choose based on their pet’s personality and their home’s decor. Portraits of kings and queens are the most popular, Webb says. “I want to create something cute and hilarious ... so people can remember their pet with a smile,” Webb says. Webb was born in Tulsa, but her family bounced around. She lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the countryside near Stillwater before settling back in Tulsa in 1992.

Angela Webb’s dogs, Roxy and the late Rufus, inspired her to create quirky pet portraits for herself and customers. She is pictured at corporate client Hair FX with dogs Roxy and Rufusaurus. Webb’s future career was settled in the sixth grade, when she discovered her passion for creating in art class. She went on to pursue a degree in 3-D animation at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, which led to a web design degree in 2001. She met her husband, Rick, days after graduation and began working as a graphic designer. In 2004, Webb became an exhibit designer for the Tulsa Zoo, creating sturdy, safe designs for the animals and the public. She designed

the Oklahoma Trail, which shows off Oklahoma’s ecodiversity, the Maasai African Village and many more projects. “I touched about every part of the zoo, from the front entrance to the elephant house to the employee signs,” Webb says. Now she owns her own graphic design company and creates the Snooty Pups. A typical day involves eating breakfast — with her two dogs claiming at least half of the food — while checking email to

see what her clients from all over the world have said overnight. Then she dives into whatever project needs her immediate attention. Although her list of corporate clients includes Paragon Industries, Hair FX and many more, the Snooty Pups project remains near and dear to her heart. “We never had children, so for me, my dogs are my kids,” Webb says. “I know how much people love their animals.” tþ

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Catching up with former athletes and coaches

In the game For longtime TV anchor, sports are a way of life. by DOUG EATON


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“Big Al” on the set of KJRH Channel 2. The sports director has worked at the station since 1986.

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JRH Channel 2 Sports Director Al Jerkens might be a New York native and an ardent fan of its sports teams, but his sports heart is in Tulsa. Growing up, he dreamed of one day playing for his beloved Yankees, Giants or Rangers. He also was exposed to another sport through his father’s fame and reputation. His late father, H. Allen Jerkens, was a Horse Racing Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse trainer, affectionately known as “The Chief” in horse racing circles. One of his father’s career highlights occurred in 1973 when two of his horses defeated the famous Secretariat in separate races, earning him the nickname “The Giant Killer.” Jerkens loved horse racing, too, and wanted to join his father and two brothers in the business. But animal allergies ruled that out. Instead, he went to college at the University of WisconsinPlatteville, where he planned to play baseball, but the harsh Wisconsin winter intervened. “Of the 36 baseball games scheduled, some 30 or 32 were canceled due to snow or cold weather,” Jerkens laughs. He then heard the campus radio station was looking for a sportscaster. Needing to scratch his sports itch, Jerkens applied and got the job. After graduating, Jerkens’ first sportscasting job was in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, followed by a job in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he enjoyed covering the Green Bay Packers. In 1979, he came to Tulsa and KJRH to be the weekend sports anchor under his mentor, Jerry Webber.

Following short stints in Wichita and Nashville, Jerkens returned to KJRH in 1986 and has been a sports anchor since. Although Jerkens didn’t have the chance to play college baseball, his two sons more than made up for that lost opportunity; Allen Jr. and Kevin both played baseball at University of California, Los Angeles. Through the years, Jerkens has witnessed many of sports’ greatest moments as part of his job. But some of his fondest sports memories occurred as a spectator and involved family members, like seeing the Giants advance to the Super Bowl with son Kevin, or watching one of the early interleague Yankees-Cubs games at Wrigley Field with Allen Jr.

“One of my greatest sports thrills was being there at the Saratoga Race Course when my dad’s horse beat Secretariat,” Jerkens says. With decades of experience, Jerkens is nearly a walking encyclopedia of Tulsa sports and has interacted with many of the country’s top athletes and coaches as they came through Tulsa. His favorite player? University of Tulsa basketball star Paul Pressey. “Wayman Tisdale and John Starks were great players, but it seemed like Pressey’s play just woke up the whole city,” he says. His most interesting interviews? Tisdale, Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton, University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer — “You never knew what (he) would say” — and

former TU basketball coach Bill Self. And then there was Jim Shoulders. The Henryetta rodeo champion “loved to talk about all his injuries from bull riding,” Jerkens recalls. People often ask Jerkens why he doesn’t move to a larger market to cover more big-time sports. His ready answer: “Why would I?” “Tulsa is a great place to cover sports,” he says. “We have the opportunity to cover top-notch high school football on Friday nights, then great Division I college football and basketball on Saturdays, then cover the Cowboys and Chiefs on Sunday. “In my opinion, there is no better place for sports than Tulsa. I love it here.” tþ

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Ginny Creveling Theology student reflects on her multi-faceted career and years of service. by DAVID HARPER



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Ginny Creveling in the library at Phillips Theological Seminary. Now retired, she is working on a master’s degree in social justice.

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ever content to sit back and do nothing — even in retirement — Ginny Creveling has gone back to school at age 69. The successful businesswoman and longtime community volunteer is working on a Master of Arts in social justice at Phillips Theological Seminary. “With the religious and racial conflicts and social injustice that occur daily in every part of our world, I’d just like to know a little more and am really looking forward to learning a little history and context,” she says. Born in the Philippines, Creveling moved with her family to the United States at age 7. She lived on both coasts as a youngster before finding her true home in middle America. “I love Oklahoma values,” she says. “There’s a less complicated view of life here.” One of seven children of a decorated war hero, she studied to be a nurse. However, she quickly took an entirely different path that led her to a high-profile career in the corporate world. As a recent graduate of the University of Tulsa’s School of Nursing, Creveling volunteered to organize Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 1985 “Taste of Tulsa” fundraiser. Chairing the event allowed her to network with many sponsors, and she soon found herself sorting through job offers that had nothing to do with nursing. Creveling became the public relations director for the Westin Hotel, a post she held for seven years until she chose not to follow the job to Dallas. Instead, she stayed in Tulsa and served as staffing director at the

National Governors Association meeting in 1993, a short-lived but challenging role in which she oversaw more than 600 volunteers at a highly publicized event that featured appearances by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. “It was around that time that I had to look for a job for the first time in my life,” Creveling recalls. Luckily, she was already well known in the Tulsa business community, largely for her volunteer work and for helping organize fundraisers for various causes. Among the organizations she has been involved with are the American Heart Association, Junior League, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Family & Children’s Services, Gilcrease Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Tulsa, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Sis-

ter Cities International of Tulsa and Tulsa Ballet. Her involvement with these groups was mostly during her fulltime job at ONEOK. From 1993-2009, Creveling worked as the company’s manager of corporate responsibility and then as the ONEOK Foundation’s executive director. “I worked for the best company, a company that encouraged its employees to be involved in their communities,” Creveling says. “I always felt that whatever I might have accomplished in the community was only possible because of ONEOK’s company culture of empowering and supporting its employees.” However, Creveling chose to spend the final three years of her professional life as the chief development officer for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a group dedicated to providing scholarships to

the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving in the U.S. military. She calls her decision to work for Folds of Honor “a calling” because of the extensive military background of her late father, who served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Creveling has two adult children, Pilar and Chad, and calls her grandchildren, Miles, Zoe, Tyler and Ashton, her “greatest joy.” She describes her family as kind, open-hearted and fun-loving. She says they are “multi-racial, multi-cultural and all-American. We’re unabashedly patriotic, just as our parents were and raised us to be.” Creveling’s children live in Texas and California; however, she says she has no plans to move. “If I did that, I would be chasing a life,” she says. “I don’t want to be chasing a life. I have a life.” tþ

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Sparking joy by CONNIE CRONLEY


have been sparking joy left and right. I have sparked big boxes of it and great plastic bags of it. I have stuffed my station wagon full of it and hauled it into Goodwill. I have dragged some of it to the trash bin and, I confess with some shame, I have parked some of it in the garage to be sparked later. Actually, it is not joy I am unloading. I am keeping joy; it is the joyless stuff I’m getting rid of. I have fallen into the cult of KonMari, the Japanese technique of decluttering. Marie Kondo is the author of two best-selling books on the subject: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy,” which is an illustrated guide book. My observation of two people attempting to declutter their lives inspired me to this state. 1. I met a woman coming into church carrying a handful of yellowed greeting cards. She told me she was clearing out the home she has lived in for 45 years. When she came across these slightly aged but still perfectly good cards, she thought someone might be able to use them. 2. I helped a male friend move out of his home of 20-plus years into a smaller house. He wanted a minimalist look in his new home. He went through his house with a snow shovel and filled four large dumpsters. “Haven’t missed a thing,” he says.


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When I discovered the Kondo books, I thought I might have found a middle ground for myself — somewhere between snow shovel and old greeting cards. To keep my inspiration fueled, I’ve been wearing a big yellow button that says “Use Less Stuff.” Sadly, I had to buy two books — two more pieces of stuff — to propel me to actually get rid of stuff. Stuff is a wonderful word full of chameleon meanings. It can mean a pile of material items (“Wow, you’re throwing out a lot of stuff.”) Or knowledge (“That tax lawyer really knows his stuff.”) Or skill (“That pitcher put a lot of stuff on the ball.”) It can be a verb (“I stuffed everything into my closet.”) It can be dismissive. (“Oh, stuff it!”) It can de-

scribe courage and character, as in the book “The Right Stuff.” It can be vague as in “kids’ stuff ” or specific as in “stuffed shirt.” The stuff the Kondo books are helping me deal with is clothes, books, papers, sentimental objects, knickknacks, art and furniture, along with piles and heaps of general stuff. What I like about the Marie Kondo books is their charm. She urges us not only to acknowledge our stuff, but to talk to it as we consider discarding it — every item of clothing, every book, every do-dad. Everything we acquire has a purpose to us, she writes, but just as “not every person you meet will become a close friend or lover,” it is the same with objects.

Start with clothes that have completed their roles in your life. Say, “Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you,” then discard it. Or, with something we never wore, “Thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me.” This is far more positive than the things I usually say to myself about my closet. The tough part about sparking joy is her technique. Do not attempt to declutter room by room or bit by bit, she advises, but category by category and all at one time. This means piling every item of clothing in a mountain in the middle of a room, then touching each item one by one. Same with books. Then keepsakes, sentimental items, photographs, etc. Confession: I failed this part. I can do category by category, but not all in one pile like Mount Fuji. Keep discarding and decluttering, she says, until something clicks. We will know when we have just enough to be happy. We will have chosen only the things that give us joy and we will cherish only what is precious to us. Then, we will have space for new joy to come into our lives. Caution. One woman reported that after deep, deep decluttering she still was not happy. What was left to do away with? She looked at her husband and asked herself, “Does he spark joy for me?” Out he went. We will assume that she lived happily and tidily ever after. tþ

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The Unit Corp. Picnic Grove is a venue for quality family time. by MORGAN PHILLIPS


The Picnic Grove is one of several eating and meeting areas inside A Gathering Place for Tulsa. It is located in the 5-acre Chapman Adventure Playground, which offers multi-age opportunities for play and exploration. The proximity of the grove to play features will ensure comfort for children and caregivers, including shade and generous seating.


Family/work balance has always been key to the happiness and productivity of Unit Corp.’s employees, says President and CEO Larry Pinkston. The Picnic Grove will encourage quality family time — one reason for the longtime Tulsa company’s $3 million donation. Pinkston says the park as a whole will promote Tulsa and complement other development such as Unit Corp.’s new headquarters, which opened earlier this year in south Tulsa. “Upon completion, A Gathering Place will be a world-class recreation and learning venue for the community of Tulsa,” he says. tþ 28

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Nine Tulsans are named to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s Hall of Fame. BY RACHEL WEAVER SMITH

THE TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM has inducted 175 Tulsans into its Hall of Fame. In the event’s 30th year, it will induct nine community leaders this month. Each year an anonymous committee, selected by the president of the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s board, reviews nominations and makes its selections. Board members then personally visit each honoree to share the news. “Tulsa Hall of Fame members are selected based on their exemplary dedication to their professions and civic and philanthropic endeavors,” says Michelle Place, executive director for the Tulsa Historical Society and Musuem. “They are visionaries who have spent so much of their lives working for others. These inductees have made Tulsa a better community for all of us.”

Lilah and Paul W. Marshall and John W. Marshall

A family bakery became an empire under Paul and Lilah Marshall. In 1937, the couple moved to Tulsa and opened the Bama Pie Co.’s first Tulsa plant, a decade after Paul’s parents started their pie company in Dallas. The business-savvy Lilah, considered the matriarch of Bama, helped with office management. No stranger to selling pies door to door, Paul visited Chicago in the late 1960s to recruit customers. He wound up at McDonald’s corporate headquarters during a board meeting and convinced board members to try his pies. A relationship was born, and Bama Pie went international. Paul went on to write “A Piece of the Pie,” which was published in 1987. Their son John W. Marshall spent his childhood at Bama Pie. He worked in all areas of the company, from pie making and deliveries to finance and human resources. Along with Paul, John was a salesman and sold products to several companies, becoming the account representative for McDonald’s. Paul W. Marshall: Oct. 14, 1914 – Oct. 18, 1994 Lilah Marshall: March 22, 1916 – Oct. 24, 2012 John W. Marshall: Oct. 15, 1936 – Feb. 21, 2011


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Cathy and Frank Keating

When then-Tulsans Frank and Cathy Keating served as the governor and first lady of Oklahoma, they left an indelible mark on the state. After the Oklahoma City bombing, the Keatings raised more than $6 million to fund scholarships for children whose parents were killed in the blast. Cathy organized an international prayer service following the bombing and wrote the commemorative book “In Their Name, The Oklahoma City Bombing,” which raised more than $1 million for the victims’ long-term recovery. Frank served two terms as governor and is now a partner in the international law firm Holland & Knight. He is chairman of the board for the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center and has authored four award-winning children’s books: biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington and Standing Bear. Cathy’s civic involvement includes nonprofit board memberships. She co-chaired the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s capital campaign as well as the Washington, D.C., American Red Cross capital campaign. Cathy now works with Keys to Memory, a program that uses music therapy to help people suffering from memory loss. The couple currently lives in Oklahoma City. “The honor (of being named to the Hall of Fame) is so meaningful to both Frank and me as we have grown up in Tulsa, and both our parents (and my grandparents), by example, taught us the importance of being civic minded,” Cathy says. “Plus, it is humbling to join Tulsa’s most illustrious leaders.”

Patty and Len Eaton

When Len and Patty Eaton moved to Tulsa in 1972, Patty discovered there wasn’t a bus service to commute downtown. For Patty, this was only the beginning of her service to Tulsa. She was appointed to the Metropolitan Transit Authority board, where her work included expanding bus services and building the first Tulsa bus shelter. She also served as the water and sewer commissioner for the Tulsa City Commission for six years and later was appointed Oklahoma’s first secretary of environment

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and the director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Patty also has been a board member and volunteer for several nonprofits and political organizations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Len Eaton, owner of World Travel Service, previously served as CEO of Bank of Oklahoma and as director of corporate finance for the NORDAM Group. One of his proudest moments includes the funding and construction of the low-water dam and railroad pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River when he was chairman of the River Parks Authority. Len was a nine-year member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and has served on several boards throughout Tulsa. He is currently a board member of the Morningside Foundation and Tulsa’s Children Coalition. “We are happy to have had the luck to move to this dynamic city and to have been able to make some contributions to its growth and viability,” the Eatons say.

Judge Stephanie Seymour

Although neither of Stephanie Seymour’s parents had a college degree, her father taught her she could accomplish whatever she set out to do. After receiving her undergraduate and law degrees, Seymour moved to Tulsa in 1966 and became a partner in a local firm. In 1979, she became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an honor bestowed upon her by President Jimmy Carter. Previously, only two women were appointed to a federal court of appeals. Seymour served as chief judge for six years. Among her many honors, she became the first woman to receive the Federal Bar Association Sarah T. Hughes Award for her work promoting the advancement of civil and human rights. “I feel extremely honored and pleased to be nominated for the Tulsa Hall of Fame as part of this special group of people — many of whom I have admired over the years,” Seymour says. tp

Felicia Collins Correia

Known as a strong and compelling leader in the nonprofit sector, Felicia Collins Correia served 18 years as executive director for Domestic Violence Intervention Services and at YWCA Tulsa for eight years before launching FCC Consultation and Training, where she helps nonprofit organizations maximize their impact. Some of Correia’s proudest moments include accomplishing systematic change when she worked with the community to ensure the Tulsa Police Department and the District Attorney’s office established a domestic violence unit as well as increasing safety for survivors by bringing the Family Safety Center to Tulsa. One of 15 in the nation at the time, the center helps abuse victims receive access to wrap-around services to safely leave an abusive situation. “I dedicated over two decades to making Tulsa a more progressive and inclusive community, but I always maintained the distinction that my home was in New York,” Correia says. “When two of the Historical Society board members showed up at my home … I realized Tulsa is my home and as Tulsa has embraced me, I am embracing Tulsa.”

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MATES EXPLORER PIPELINE’S TANK STATIONS ARE UNDER tight security with high fences and cameras monitoring the giant tanks of petrochemicals within. But the company’s Glenpool station has an additional layer of protection not generally found in secure industrial sites — a friendly, fluffy yellow lab named Piper, who uses her keen ears to bark at a change in routine, usually before her human counterparts notice. She has even trained herself to be a more efficient guard over the years, says Tom Graves, area manager for the company.

“Piper has learned from experience which cars belong here and which don’t,” he says. “If she sees any she doesn’t recognize, she’ll let us know. But if it’s a vehicle that’s here routinely, she stays quiet.” Piper is one of four dogs that lives permanently within some of Explorer Pipeline’s seven stations along its 1,800-mile pipeline. Though some stations can’t accommodate dogs because they’re not manned 24 hours a day or because a few employees are allergic to dogs, Katrinia Moss, a human resources analyst with Explorer Pipeline and the

Eight years ago, Piper was rescued from the pound and now calls Explorer Pipeline’s Glenpool station home.


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company’s head dog advocate, says Explorer Pipeline is proud to sponsor its unusual employees. “It’s a great image for our company because these dogs are part of the family,” Moss says. Plus, they’re an effective employee benefit. The dogs give employees unconditional companionship — especially to the night and weekend workers who would otherwise monitor the pipelines by themselves, she says. Though the Glenpool site might seem to be a purely industrial area with giant tanks and pipes, a sizable portion of the 80 acres remains in a natural state, with grass, a retention pond and small wildlife visitors — a perfect environment for an energetic dog. Piper is well-loved by her coworkers, but Graves says the pooch hasn’t let her guard job go to her head. She’s usually laid-back and affectionate with everyone, even visitors. Her typical day involves a few rounds of fetch, a trot around the grounds, a nap in Graves’ office and a shift in the control room. “Anyone in the office, she’ll start nudging their arm until they start petting her,” Graves says. Visitors are usually surprised to discover Explorer Pipeline’s station has a furry amenity trotting along the grounds and greeting people at the gates, but they’re quickly charmed. Now, frequent visitors to the station such as UPS delivery drivers and Culligan watermen come prepared with treats. Graves says the station is a nontraditional home for a dog, but Piper seems to be perfectly content living there. “She has never shown any indication she wants to leave, so I guess she likes it here,” he says. Dogs have been a part of Explorer Pipeline’s DNA for some time. Between 1990 and 1994, Port Arthur, Texas, had three male dogs come and go. The fourth — a female — showed up as a stray puppy in 1995, and since they couldn’t name her Roy like the previous three, they called her Quattro. She lived to be 17, all the while at the station. Nearly all of the company’s station dogs started out as strays or were rescued. Piper was no different.



Katrinia Moss, a human resources analyst with Explorer Pipeline and the company’s head dog advocate, with Piper.


Graves says a former employee noticed Piper wandering his neighborhood eight years ago, but she eventually vanished. He later learned Piper had been picked up by animal control. The employee was concerned because Oklahoma has a long-standing dog population problem as it is. Pounds and shelters are overwhelmed with the sheer number of dogs that are found or brought in, and tens of thousands of dogs are euthanized annually — not because they’re unadoptable, but because there’s simply not enough room. “He got Piper out of the pound, brought her by, gave her to us and drove away,” Graves says. In addition to Piper, three other dogs provide security and companionship at Explorer Pipeline’s stations. Daisy, a black lab, showed up at the Pasadena, Texas, station as a stray. She’s a shy dog, but she quickly warmed up to the employees. Daisy also has Piper’s skill at recognizing vehicles, and any time it’s someone she remembers, she can barely contain her excitement. Cooyan, a lab/Great Dane mix, became part of the Port Arthur, Texas, team in 2014 when he was a puppy. A technician found Cooyan in the Southeast Texas classifieds. The owner was looking for a good home for the puppy. The technician picked him out and assured the owner he would have 14 fenced-in acres to roam, along with plenty of indoor living. Cooyan is happiest when he’s able to chase any unwary birds that dare to land at the station, but he also loves sitting in an office chair in the control room — even if he doesn’t quite fit. And then there’s Jett, whose story begins in Tulsa. Moss volunteers with Lab Rescue of Oklahoma, and Jett came to her attention after another volunteer pulled Jett from a shelter. Apparently, Jett’s life was a hard one. “This dog looked rough,” Moss says. “He had chewedup ears and white whiskers on his face. He wasn’t getting any attention.” Jett was estimated to be 9 years old, and older dogs tend to take longer to find adoptive owners. On top of that, Jett needed to find a home that had plenty of outside space; Moss says he’s too big and too full of energy to be comfortable inside. As a result, Jett became one of the toughest cases for Lab Rescue. Though Moss and the organization worked hard to find his permanent home, time dragged on. “He was with us for seven months,” Moss says. “He was big, black, a senior and needed space. Those can be hard to adopt.” At Explorer Pipeline’s Wood River, Illinois, station, the employees faced the opposite problem. Their longtime furry companion Joe passed away, and they were looking for a new dog. Joe was the first dog at Wood River, and he was adopted around 2003. But staff found area rescues wouldn’t let them adopt — they weren’t comfortable with the idea of a dog living at a pipeline station. Since Moss worked with Lab Rescue, she was able to convince the organization that the dogs that live at the stations are well looked after and happy. “Lab Rescue went the extra mile to make sure this was approved,” Moss says, “because with 70 acres, it would be Jett’s utopia.” Jett made the trip to Illinois and is now one of the happiest dogs you’ll meet. He has plenty of human attention as well as a huge area to burn off his energy. It helps that he gets plenty of motivation from the local wildlife. “Jett has made it his mission to eradicate the station of all rabbits,” Moss says. 36

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Piper is one of four dogs who live at Explorer Pipeline’s stations. With plenty of room to run around and someone on site 24/7, these dogs are right at home.

Jett’s placement was so successful that the Wood River area manager says he will focus on older dogs when station companion positions become available. A happy side effect of the program has been an increased interest in adoption. Employees who work with the dogs see that rescue dogs can be terrific pets, and many get inspired to adopt rescue dogs of their own. Explorer Pipeline has a charitable matching program for employees, up to $150. Though these donations can go to a wide range of charities, some employees are inspired to donate to Lab Rescue and other animal causes. Moss says animal rescue is an important practice, simply because of the sheer volume of animals that have to be put down. “There are literally millions of adoptable pets killed every year,” she says. “Over 10,000 of these are in Tulsa.” Though laws requiring pets be spayed or neutered are on the books, they’re rarely enforced, and far too many irresponsible pet owners allow their dogs to breed, Moss says. On top of that, amateur dog breeders often dump

dogs in shelters when they can no longer produce desirable puppies. Labradors are one of the highest-volume dog breeds that shelters euthanize, along with pit bulls and Chihuahuas. Moss says that’s largely due to the enduring popularity of labs. But, labs are a high-energy breed that keep their “puppy” spirit for several years. They need activity, training and understanding from their family to be the best they can be. In addition, many times people will surrender a lab because they didn’t realize how big it would get. While she knows that it’s a tough, ongoing fight, Moss says seeing a stray dog find happiness in a loving home makes the struggle to find the right home all worth it. “We might not be able to improve all dogs’ lives, but we can definitely improve this dog’s life,” she says. As for Graves, he and his coworkers couldn’t imagine their jobs without a furry companion. “I think we’ll always have a dog at the station,” he says. tp


Fding Fido A group of Tulsa volunteers helps the four-legged friends of those in need. by JULIE RAINS


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Tulsa Animal Welfare officers Pete Theriot and Susan Stoker are part of the Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless team, which provides pet food and other necessities to animals and individuals in need.

When the last giant cool raindrop fell, the heat rose again, almost instantly, steaming off the pavement at about 100 percent humidity. Most people who could stayed inside. But next to a bridge near the intersection of West Brady Street and North Maybelle Avenue, nearly 100 people gathered for orientation to serve at Night Light Tulsa, which feeds the homeless and needy. Along with them were volunteers with Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless, ready to help this population’s animal companions. Feeding the Pets began with Jeff Brown, a Tulsa Animal Welfare Department officer. Fifteen years ago, Brown began putting donated bags of pet food in his truck as he made his rounds to enforce city ordinance. When he saw a homeless person with a pet, he stopped to talk. “Turns out,” he says, “a lot of times, their animals eat before they do.” In 2013, Susan Stoker, field supervisor for Tulsa Animal Welfare, returned from a business trip with a large pet food donation. “I told my officers, ‘When you meet someone at the end of the freeway with a dog, give them a bag of food,’” Stoker says. Brown and another animal welfare officer, Pete Theriot, “took a small idea and ran with it. They went out seeking people to give food to,” she says. Today, Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless provides two 1-gallon bags of dog or cat food to anyone who requests it every Wednesday morning at Iron Gate and every Thursday night at Night Light. The person does not have to be homeless, just in need. The partnership is “a good fit,” says Night Light organizer and President Sarah Grounds. “They take care of the pets, and we take care of the people.”

Volunteers with Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless distribute bags of pet food to those in attendance at Night Light Tulsa. Pet food distribution occurs before the Thursday night meal provided by Night Light Tulsa.


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Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless benefits from a dedicated, core group of volunteers, including Dawn Battey, Debra Fite and Sherry Thompson. For Thompson, the appeal was personal. “I know how much animals mean to people,” she says. “My dog got me through a bad time in my life.” Battey, a self-described “animal person” also volunteers for a dog rescue group and at the animal welfare shelter. “As a rescuer, I think it’s phenomenal that people will stand in line to get food for their pet before themselves,” she says. A similar sense of respect drew Fite to volunteer. A few years ago, she began to talk to a homeless man she saw occasionally at the gas station where she stopped regularly. “James never panhandled me,” she says. It was his dog, Hercules, who opened the lines of communication. “His dog looked just like mine,” Fite says. “They could have been litter mates.” One morning, after greeting James and Hercules on her way into the store, Fite bought two cups of coffee and two croissants. After sharing half with James, she got in her car and looked in the rearview mirror. She saw James break his croissant down the middle and lay half down for Hercules. Weeks later, Fite realized that she had not seen James or Hercules for an unusual amount of time. When she learned James had been arrested, she recalls, “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened to Hercules?’ Because that dog is James’ reason for living.” After first looking at the shelter, Fite learned the police let a friend of James’ take Hercules. But, Tulsa Animal Welfare’s Stoker, Theriot and Brown knew exactly who Fite was looking for and introduced her to Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless. The group had Hercules neutered, vaccinated and reunited him with James. Now, Fite tries to attend as many Night Light events as she can. Stoker, Brown and Theriot mention two wonderful, even if unintended, results of Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless. First, the generous involvement of volunteers and supportive organizations like Family Animal Medicine in Owasso, a veterinary clinic that 40

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performs rabies vaccinations at Night Light events, as well as Wagology, Dog Dish, Oklahoma Animal Alliance, St. Simeon’s and the Tulsa SPCA. “One hundred percent of everything that we give away is donated,” Stoker reports, “including the bags that we repackage the food in.” And second, the program has had a positive impact on the relationship between animal welfare officers and the pet-loving public. “People have a negative stereotype of animal welfare officers,” Theriot says, “except for when I come (to Night Light). Most of the time, when a homeless person has an interaction with law enforcement, it’s negative.” Stoker agrees, “We are so much more than dog catchers, but that was the image that was out there.” Best-case scenario, she says, animal welfare officers were ignored. The worst-case scenarios ranged from verbal aggression to violence. “Now,” she says, “homeless people wave at our trucks as they go by.” Stoker sees the positive relationships between the homeless population and animal welfare officers as proof that Feeding the Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless is serving its purpose to “help people take care of their pets so they can take better care of themselves.” Theriot says the benefits go both ways. In his job, he says, “You can see the worst of humanity. But when we come out here, it’s nice to make something more positive. This program tends to bring out the best in people.” From Fite’s perspective, “If everybody took as much care of their pets as these clients do, (Theriot and Brown) wouldn’t have a job. These pets are family. They are protection. They are companionship. They are everything to these people.” ••• Although the clouds continue to threaten another outburst of rain this night, a line has formed under the bridge. People are waiting, in orderly and congenial fashion, for the animal welfare truck to open. Within 15 minutes, Theriot and his volunteers will distribute 160 bags of dog food. Back at the orientation, Theriot senses the time has come. He turns toward the line of people and their pets and says, “Let’s make the magic happen.” tp

Lacruz + Chewy and Baby Girl

When Lacruz’s mother passed away about five years ago, his grief took him to some dark places. He credits his oldest dog, a terrier named Chewy, with helping him find his way back. “Chewy kept me from wanting to hurt myself,” he says. Since then, Lacruz adopted another terrier mix, Baby Girl, and became the proud “grandfather” to two litters of puppies. He has received food, leashes and vaccinations from FPTH and volunteers three days a week at Iron Gate. Lacruz says he has “unique relationships” with each dog, but one thing remains constant: “I love them, and they love me.”

Ron + Max, Molly and Chico

A white-haired, soft-spoken man named Ron picks up food for his dogs at Night Light nearly every week. Two brain surgeries and a diagnosis of prostate cancer left Ron with little to smile about. He says his difficulties were made more bearable by the antics of his three Chihuahua mixes. “One of them,” he chuckles, “she’ll lay down on her belly and spread her back legs out behind. It’s the oddest thing I’ve ever seen.” As Ron is talking about the impact that 2 gallons of dog food have made on his quality of life, Pete Theriot of Feeding Pets of Tulsa’s Homeless approaches. “Mr. Ron!” Theriot says, shaking his hand. “How are you, sir?” “You know,” Ron says, “it’s not so much the dog food (that makes a difference in my life), but it’s the beautiful individuals who do this.”

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“These are my children.” Richard, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is describing his two dogs. Lady, a pit bull mix, stares into Richard’s eyes, and Dr. Doolittle, a Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix, is tucked into his shirt. They are his constant companions. “We walk around the neighborhood so much,” Richard says, “everybody knows them.” As he feeds Lady and Dr. Doolittle popcorn from a bag given to him, he describes a typical outing for the trio. “She’ll be running to a corner or something, and I’ll say, ‘Stop and wait right there.’ She’ll stop.” He demonstrates Lady’s obedience by taking off her leash and asking for kisses. She jumps to lick him on the face, paying zero attention to anyone else in the crowded line. Richard restrains Lady with her leash (a Feeding the Pets acquisition) and says, “If it wasn’t for them, I’d be hurting.”



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BONNIE, a 2-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi, helps Kirsten Williams socialize foster dogs and cats so they are ready for new homes.

HUCKLEBERRY, a fawn pit mix, is loving his VIP life — especially since Stacey Myers takes him on all sorts of adventures.

O, captain, my captain! Michelle Bennett knows that when MURRAY the goldendoodle is at the helm, it’s time to set sail for nonstop fun.

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Our story

is anchored in the past, active in the present and advancing our region forward. is the product of collaboration by people from all backgrounds and walks of life. is inclusive of all and exclusive of none.

Every October, Tulsa-area businesses, organizations and individuals collaborate on events and programs that tell our collective story. Coordinated by Mosaic, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diversity business council, Our Story showcases how diversity and inclusion have enriched life in northeast Oklahoma.

Our story is written by a diverse mix of people that call northeast Oklahoma home.


Tulsa Regional Diversity & Inclusion Month Promotes Engagement EVERY OCTOBER, DOZENS OF COMPANIES, CIVIC GROUPS AND NON-PROFITS participate in “Our Story,” the Tulsa Regional Diversity and Inclusion Month. Coinciding with national Diversity Awareness Month, local partner organizations host dozens of events, mixers, forums and seminars with themes around diversity and inclusion. “Our Story empowers participating organizations and individuals to amplify their commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Eloy Chavez, dean of the College of Extended Learning at Northeastern State University and 2016 chair of Our Story. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate our shared history and reinforce the need for continued conversations about inclusion and diversity.” Now in its third year, Our Story programming Eloy Chavez and participants continue to grow in 2016. “Banding together,” added Chavez, “Our Story partners demonstrate strength in numbers. While northeast Oklahoma’s rich cultural heritage provides ample opportunities to explore the diversity of its people, issues dealing with inclusivity have proven especially insightful. “From an organizational perspective, inclusion is an incredibly powerful concept,” said Chavez. “Diversity is an integral component, but it’s only half the story. By fostering, nurturing and promoting an inclusive business and

social climate, our community is able to bring diverse elements together into a thriving whole. ” Mosaic, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diverse business council, coordinates Our Story and also hosts a number of events throughout the month.

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“Mosaic’s advocacy of the business case for diversity and inclusion brings a unique perspective to the conversation,” said Chavez. “Our Story events organized by Mosaic emphasize how businesses small and large can leverage diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces as a competitive advantage. While there are many good reasons to argue for a more inclusive community, Mosaic articulates the very real financial gains at stake.”

The 2016 Economic Inclusion Forum, Mosaic’s signature annual event, will be held October 26 at the Greenwood Cultural Center. In addition to a keynote address from Michael Gonzalez, director of diversity and inclusion at Hallmark, Mosaic will recognize northeast Oklahoma companies and organizations with outstanding commitments to diversity and inclusion. For more information about Mosaic and Our Story, visit

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS 10/1 National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 through October 15

10/13 Annual Small Business Summit & Awards Luncheon, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Southern Hills Marriott, 1902 East 71st Street

10/3 Meet 40 Acres author Dwayne Alexander Smith, winner of the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Best Debut Author, 6:00 p.m. Rudisill Regional Library African-American Resource Center, 1520 North Hartford

10/14 OK Policy Institute Fall Policy Boot Camp, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., OSU-Tulsa North Hall, 700 N Greenwood Ave,

10/4 Mosaic Lunch & Learn: Diverse Suppliers, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tulsa Regional Chamber, 1 W 3rd St 10/4 NTEDi/American Heritage Bank “Building Healthy Communities with the Power of Ownership,” 4:00-7:00 p.m. Salvation Army North Mabee Community Center, 3001 N Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd 10/5 OCCJ 58th Annual Awards Dinner honoring the Meshri Family, 6:00 p.m., Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center 10/6 New View’s 2nd Annual “Envision the Future” luncheon, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tulsa Renaissance Hotel, 6808 S 107th E Ave 10/6 InterReligious Understanding Program, every Thurs. Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 6:009:00 pm Phillips Seminary, 901 N Mingo

10/19 Mosaic Diversity Hiring Event, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. OU-Tulsa, 4502 E 41st St 10/19 Oklahoma Equality Center Recruitment Event 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St 10/22 OKEQ Territory Days Dennis R. Neill Equality Center 10/24 The Victory Institutes Tulsa Leadership Summit, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dennis R. Neill Equality Center 10/25 OU-Tulsa’s “Discussions on Diversity: LGBTQ” Panel Discussion & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., OU-Tulsa Learning Center Room 231, RSVP to

10/7 TYPros SayHey! & Toast the Traveler, 5:30 p.m. 36°N, 36 E Cameron St

10/25 Northeastern State University’s “Impact of Diversity in Education, Community and YOU!”, 4:30-7:30 p.m., NSU Broken Arrow Administration Building Banquet Hall, 3100 E New Orleans St

10/7 The Center Experience, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 12:00-4:00 p.m. Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica,

10/25 Mosaic Networking event with Michael Gonzales, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Location TBD

10/7 Theatre Pops presents “All the Way”, through Oct. 16, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E 2nd St

10/26 Mosaic Economic Inclusion Forum featuring Michael Gonzales, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Ave,

10/10 TYPros Perspective Series: Life with a Disability, 5:30 pm Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges 10/12 Return on Inclusion Summit, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. DoubleTree Downtown, 616 W 7th St


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“Return On Inclusion” Summit Celebrates Workplace Diversity Companies are always looking for a competitive advantage. One area with potent returns on talent recruiting and retention, employee engagement, new market development and innovation is the area of diversity and inclusion. Oklahoma’s largest diversity and inclusion conference, the biennial Return on Inclusion (ROI) Summit is being held on October 12th 2016 at the DoubleTree Downtown from 9am-2pm. This event is geared towards regional business leaders, HR professionals, diversity practitioners, and those with a passion to create positive change in our workplaces, schools and communities. The need for this type of event was realized at a TAHRA Diversity Roundtable in 2008. A collaboration of volunteers from local businesses, professional organizations and nonprofits wanted to showcase the importance of committed leadership to the cause of driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. And so, the first ROI Summit was held October 2009. As Heidi Hartman, President of TAHRA, notes, “Diversity and Inclusion are vital to an organizations’ success. That is why TAHRA is so proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of this event.” “This is our fifth ROI Summit,” noted Justice Waidner Smith, TAHRA’s Vice President of Diversity and the 2016 ROI Summit Chair. “The advantages of building a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment have been proven by research for decades. The challenge faced by those involved with an organization is how to make those things a reality to garner the benefits. The ROI Summit is designed to bring national diversity and inclusion leaders to Oklahoma, while simultaneously providing attendees the opportunity to learn from local leaders engaged in the work of inclusion.” This year’s event will kick off with an executive breakfast, an exclusive opportunity for CEOs and high level executives to absorb collaborative and strategic approaches to incorporate diversity and inclusion to drive business results, while also learning about the efforts and success stories of their peer companies. Following breakfast will be panels and workshops, including: The D&I Imperative: The Business Case for Inclusion – Denise Reid, Mosaic and Justice Waidner Smith, ONEOK

Heidi Hartman President, TAHRA

Justice Waidner Smith Event Chair

Vernā Myers Keynote Speaker

Inclusive Hiring Practices – Dixie Agostino, Switchgear Search and Recruiting, Paul Boyett, Williams, and Isaac Rocha, Bama Race in the Workplace in a #BlackLivesMatter Era – Mana Tahaie, YWCA Tulsa The luncheon keynote speaker is nationally acclaimed author and TEDx speaker Vernā Meyers. A cultural innovator and D&I thought leader, Vernā counts among her clients top companies such as Wal-Mart, USAA, Xcel Energy, All State, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York. Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author and speaker. Her dynamic, laugh-out-loud speeches inspire audiences to go further — to move beyond leveling the playing field to create a new field altogether — and empower people of all backgrounds to contribute at their highest levels. Vernā has written two highly rated books “What If I Say The Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” and “Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well Meaning to Well-Doing”. For more information or to register for the event, go to



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and “Idea B” and create “Idea C,” especially when A and B seem counterintuitive. SOMETIMES, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SOUNDS SOFT AND INTANGIBLE or it is And that takes some “creative abrasion,” which is the ability to have debate and thought of as just some training class we have every year. The thinking goes, “I conflict. Win-win solutions come much easier in an environment of inclusion, have to hit my monthly, quarterly and yearly goals. And while it sounds good, where people feel safe to bring their ideas to the table. So, let’s talk about inclusion. what has diversity and inclusion done for me lately?” How much does your company spend in payroll every month? That dollar Diversity and inclusion can make your company money, save you and others’ amount is the monthly rent the business pays on the “machine” that is its time, increase innovation, grow employee loyalty and engagement, and help employees. Usually payroll is the highest cost a business has and the only way stop misunderstandings before they start. But it doesn’t happen immediately, the business gets the outcomes it needs to generate cash to stay alive. Basically, like any improvement, it’s a process. These two concepts, diversity and inclusion, Dixie Agostino no payroll, no product and/or service, right? And this expensive and incredibly are often spoken as if they are interchangeable, but each bring their own valuable mechanism that is our people must be well-maintained. profitable benefits. Let’s start with diversity. Friction in any machine is the enemy. It creates heat, wastes energy, erodes the Early in my career, I was taught to find out what the top people in the industry are doing and model that. The statistics are that diverse companies outperform non-diverse performance of the machine and breaks it down over time. Inclusion is the opposite of companies by 35%. That’s a pretty nice chunk on the bottom line for stakeholders. And well- friction in groups of people. It is not simply the decrease of frictional emotions associated known companies such as BASF, Ford Motor Company, Sodexo, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson with emotions like fear and frustration. It is the lubricating qualities of positive emotions and the profitable outcomes that come with acceptance such as enhanced communication, and Bayer have racked-up diversity and inclusion awards for decades. Diversity isn’t just race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious teamwork, mentoring, innovation and creativity. And people are not machines. We all have emotions. When our teams don’t feel and affiliation, disability or Veteran status. It is also generational diversity, country of origin, personality type and thinking style. It’s having people from outside your industry. And believe that they are accepted and that their ideas are worth hearing, that’s when we run up it works. It gives us dissimilar points of view to create more opportunities for customer costs and miss opportunities. The business case for diversity and inclusion comes from changing our mindset from “us rapport, more insight into clients’ needs and a broader base of tools and ideas to versus them” to “us plus them”. “Them” could be our customer, vendors, new markets or problem solve. But diversity alone doesn’t give the full upgrade. Having more and higher quality ideas unconventional top tier talent. By finding ways to maximize our diversity and inclusion, we is not enough. Bringing these ideas together takes a collaborative mindset, to take “Idea A” gain collaboration and efficiency.

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Celebrate local companies that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive workplace cultures around these five key metrics.

MOSAIC ECONOMIC INCLUSION FORUM Wednesday, October 26 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Greenwood Cultural Center 322 N Greenwood Ave

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your ranch: Tom: My family and I have a cow/calf and stocker ranch. I also manage Buffalo Feeders, a 30,000-head custom cattle feeding operation. My children will be the fourth generation running cattle, but we have bought our own place and built it from scratch. My wife and I grew up here. After serving as a U.S. Army infantry captain and Army Ranger as well as working for Cargill in the Texas Panhandle, we moved back here 16 years ago to raise our family where we grew up. What is a typical day like for you? Tom: It starts out before the sun comes up. We start feeding 30,000 head of cattle at 6 a.m. We feed a third by 9 a.m. The next round is done by noon and we are finished by 3 p.m. We also start shipping finished cattle at 6 a.m. How do you manage your feedyard to ensure care of animals, land and water resources? Tom: We manage every individual animal. Each individual receives a unique identification and is measured daily for weight, gain and health. All our procedures are in accordance with the Beef Quality Assurance program. We’re audited annually by an independent third party in conjunction with our consulting veterinarian and nutritionist. We have both a nutrient management and pollution management plan monitored daily and weekly by the assistant manager. We employee an environmental engineer consultant. We have quarterly inspections to make sure we are compliant.

“We’re creating food for our family and yours.

That’s something we take very seriously.”

What does caring for the land mean to you? Tom: To me, stewardship is about if the practice can be replicated. It has to be good for the environment, soil and people. If one leg on that stool is not in place, it tips over and that practice is not sustainable. If you could explain one aspect of agriculture to someone who isn’t familiar with agriculture, what would it be? Tom: People I know engaged in agriculture absolutely love what they do. It’s a labor of love, a passion and a lifestyle more than some lofty career goal. When we get up every day, we like what we do. We are passionate about doing a great job. We’re creating food for our family and yours. That’s something we take very seriously. If you could describe in one word the life of a rancher, what would it be? Tom: Passion.

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erving up deep-dish pizza, Chicago dogs and more, Savastano’s offers a lunchtime taste of the windy city without leaving Tulsa. Try the Bambino, a 6-inch deep-dish pizza with your choice of up to three toppings. It’s great to share or eat all by yourself. ($9.99) tp 8211 S. Regal Blvd., 918-369-9387,



Shareworthy plates Torero is downtown’s newest spot to tempt the senses. by NATALIE MIIKLES

Costillas are chili-rubbed baby back ribs served with fried plantains.


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T       . It’s not a place for people who shrug off meals, deeming food nothing more than fuel. Torero is a place for those who appreciate food that tempts the senses. What you get here is a sensual dining experience, from taste and texture to mood and presentation, all delivered in a parade of small plates so good you must order another to keep them coming. If you keep up with names in the Tulsa food culture, you already knew this one was going to be good. John Gaberino and Noah Bush of Hodges Bend came together with chefs Ian Van Anglen and Matt Owen to create a Spanish- and South American-style restaurant, pulling from their culinary passions and inspiration from family and travel. Van Anglen, known for his innovative menus at Hodges Bend, says that though some have called Torero a tapas bar, it’s not a classical Spanish tapas restaurant. In the broader meaning of the word, yes, Torero is a restaurant of small shareable plates. But the team decided they didn’t want to be pinned down to strict interpretations of any one culture, whether Spanish, Peruvian or Argentinian. Torero’s soft opening in July created so much buzz that management decided to keep things rolling, going from soft to full opening rather seamlessly. The location just east of the BOK Center is an asset since diners are often looking for a nice place to go before shows and events. I visited Torero with my husband and friends, and I’m glad we all know each other well because right away, we were sharing forks and grabbing bites from each other’s plates. Ordering multiple plates can add up, so beware of a possibly steep check. We ordered in waves, first with tapas and then platillos, which were slightly larger servings. We started with the Ostras a la Parilla ($16), grilled oysters sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, chicharon and tomatillo — a tangy, salty, addictive flavor. We also loved the Provoleta ($9), a cast-iron pot of melted provolone cheese with chimichurri. Scooped onto grilled country-style bread, this dish is a delicious example of the fusion of Spanish and South American influences. In the platillos section, we liked the Costillas ($16), chili-rubbed baby back ribs served with fried plantains. The crispy plantains were a good base for the tender, smoky ribs. Easily the best dish I tried was the Pato en Pipian Verde ($25), a slow-cooked duck leg with a slightly crispy skin and tender meat. The duck was served on top of a pumpkin seed and tomatillo mole packed with a bright, tart flavor. For lunch, the Medianoche Cubana ($13) would be perfect. The depth of flavor from perfectly cooked roasted pork paired nicely with slices of ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.

Torero is located near West Second Street and South Cheyenne Avenue.

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Chocolate custard covered in dulce de leche and topped with salted peanuts and crispy quinoa

Torero also has a selection of tacos, a familiar food on a menu that might seem mostly foreign. Van Anglen says they made a commitment that if crowd pleasers like tacos would be on the menu, they would have to be amazing. The beef short rib tacos ($8) we tried were many steps up from your average tacos. Ceviche here deserves its own menu. Of the six raw selections, Van Anglen says much time was spent creating interesting, delicious options. A favorite is the Aguachile ($16), raw scallops combined with radish, avocado, candied lime and chilled poblano broth. Also popular is the Ceviche Mixto ($15) — citrus-marinated fish, shrimp and scallops with sweet potato, corn and Mantequilla olives. If you typically skip dessert after dinner, don’t, and have one dessert in particular: chocolate custard covered in dulce de leche, topped with salted peanuts and crispy quinoa ($7). The quinoa is cooked and then fried until crisp. The result is bites of sweet, smooth chocolate with a textural overlay of crunch and salt that’s both refined and fun. Van Anglen says he, Gaberino, Bush and Owen worked to pare down the menu to their favorites, though customers can expect to see specials and a menu with seasonal changes. “A lot of stuff was left on the cutting room floor,” Van Anglen says, “like a great grilled octopus dish that didn’t fit into the menu when we rolled it out.” He says years in the restaurant business have taught the group that dining isn’t just about selling food, wine and cocktails. It’s about the experience. “We all share a very similar sensibility about what food should be, what service should be,” Van Anglen says. tp



This MARTHA STEWART recipe is another favorite using fresh acorn squash. It’s great for dinner with roasted pork or chicken.


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4 pounds squash 4 shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise

3 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup fresh sage leaves Coarse salt and ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel skin from squash, remove seeds and cut into 2-inch chunks. Divide squash, shallots, oil and sage between two large rimmed baking sheets; season with salt and pepper, and toss. Roast until squash is tender, 30 to 35 minutes, tossing once and rotating sheets halfway through.

I love this recipe, adapted from CAROLYNE ROEHM’s “Fall Notebook.” She tops her risotto with caramelized pecans, made by combining 1 tablespoon sugar with a pinch of salt, and stirring and cooking until the sugar is dissolved. She then adds 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans, stirring until coated, about 3 minutes. Spread the nuts on a sheet of foil to cool.

PUMPKIN RISOTTO Makes 4 servings 6 to 7 cups chicken stock 3-inch cinnamon stick 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ cup finely chopped shallots Salt and ground pepper, to taste

1 ½ cups coarsely grated fresh pumpkin or butternut squash (easiest to shred in a food processor) 1 pound (2 cups) Arborio rice ½ cup dry white wine ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, heat chicken stock and cinnamon stick over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick, and keep stock warm. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 3 tablespoons butter with olive oil. Add shallots, and saute a few minutes until soft. Add grated pumpkin or squash, season with salt and pepper, and saute for another few minutes. Add rice and stir until grains are coated with pumpkin/squash mixture. Add wine to rice mixture, and stir until liquid is absorbed. Begin adding hot stock ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly and making sure all liquid is absorbed before next addition. Continue adding stock until the rice is almost tender, about 20 minutes. Taste for flavor and consistency, adding salt or pepper, and adding more stock if needed. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

This recipe is fun to make for a Halloween party.

PUMPKIN STEW BAKED IN A PUMPKIN Makes 8 servings 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 cup beef broth ¼ cup water 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 4 medium carrots, sliced SOME THINGS ARE GROWN IN THE GARDEN FOR PRACTICAL REASONS. OTHERS ARE GROWN for pure joy. That’s the case with the pumpkins my kids and I planted this summer. To watch them grow from seed to sprout to actual pumpkins was such fun. These pumpkins aren’t big enough to become scary jack o’ lanterns. They’re in fact just the right size for cooking. Once you get past the tough orange skin, the tender flesh is just what you want for pies, breads, soups and stews. We grew enough pumpkins that we should have a few to hollow and use as bowls to fill with curried pumpkin soup or a pumpkin risotto. This might not be the most practical application, but it gets an A-plus in presentation. Of course, you don’t have to grow your own pumpkins or squash to try them in some recipes. Squash can easily be interchanged for pumpkin in the following dishes. Delicious, small “pie” pumpkins and fall squash can be found all around Tulsa, from Carmichael’s in Bixby to Pleasant Valley Farms in Sand Springs, where you’ll find a good variety of both grown as much for taste as front door décor.


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garlic cloves, minced medium onion, chopped teaspoons salt teaspoon pepper can (about 14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 pumpkin (about 10 pounds)

In a Dutch oven, brown meat in 2 tablespoons oil. Add broth, water, potatoes, carrots, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in tomatoes. Wash pumpkin, and cut an 8-inch circle from the top around the stem, saving stem. Scoop and remove seeds and loose flesh from inside pumpkin. Place pumpkin on a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin, and replace top. Brush outside of pumpkin with a little oil. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender. Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving. tp

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

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FOR A PARTY Jungle Birds’ pinkishorange hue and spiciness make them perfect for a Halloween party — especially if you can get your hands on some funky glassware. To make a large batch, multiply the ingredients by how many cocktails you’d like to make; flash blend or pulse in a blender so as not to bruise or overagitate the drink; then pour over ice and garnish. This would also look beautiful coming from a punch bowl; just have ice and garnishes to the side for serving.

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1 ½ ounces Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum ¾ ounce Campari 1 ½ ounces fresh pineapple juice ½ ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce simple syrup Shake with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves or pineapple wedges.


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I’   J B ’  more popular cocktail, considering how simple it is to make (read: five ingredients) and how pleasant it is to drink (read: very). When I had one at Saturn Room, 209 N. Boulder Ave., it was hard to stop at just one. Rum and Campari make the drink dark, bitter and strong, but the simple syrup and fresh lime and pineapple juices come in to sweeten and freshen it up, making it a classically tropical Tiki drink. Saturn Room bartender Cody Ratliff suggested I try it with Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum, which can be found at Parkhill Liquor & Wines, 5111 S. Lewis Ave. The makers of that particular rum were so taken with the Jungle Bird, they put a recipe on the back. It differs from the 1970s classic recipe only in the type of rum it calls for: theirs. Hamilton Black has a quality known as “hogo,” which gives a sense of “rotting meat.” I admit, that sounds pretty terrible, but in the drink it makes a big difference, or what Ratliff calls a “heavy metal funkiness.” If you use what the original recipe calls for — Jamaican blackstrap rum — the drink would have a more syrupy, molasses quality. We did a taste and smell test, and I preferred the Hamilton — rancid meat and all. (Really, it’s more like funky overripe bananas or “rancid” in the same way bad-smelling cheese is delicious.) At Saturn Room, they garnish the drink with a mint sprig, which adds a fresh and delightful aroma. If you want to try something a little fancier at home, soak pineapple wedges in Campari for 24 hours. The result is a solid fruit component that looks and tastes great, just like the drink. tp

Liz Blood is the assistant editor of TulsaPeople. If you would like to learn more about a specif ic spirit or drink in this column, tweet suggestions to her @lizblood.


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NATALIE MIKLES Rusty Crane’s Buffalo wings I’m not much into football, but I’m into the food — and I don’t discriminate. I like it all: hot dogs at University of Tulsa games, barbecue sandwiches in the stands at the University of Oklahoma. But most of the time, I’m watching from my living room or at a party. Here are some top picks for game-day food you can enjoy at home. Rusty Crane My hands-down favorite wings in Tulsa are at the Rusty Crane. They’re serious about their wings, with a small section of the menu devoted to eight types. My favorite is the traditional Buffalo, with its sprinkling of “Rusty” dust and house-made spicy and tangy buffalo sauce. Also good are the Rooster wings with Sriracha and the Amatucci with garlic seasoning and fresh lemon juice. If you’re taking the wings to go, just reheat them in the oven until the game starts. 109 N. Detroit Ave., 918-947-5454, Lambrusco’z From white queso to black bean salsa, Lambrusco’z is my No. 1 stop for take-out dips, snacks and deli trays for a game-day party. The creamy, slightly spicy white queso has reached legendary status in Tulsa and is a familiar sight at parties, paired with red, white and blue tortilla chips. Other favorites are the meatballs, which are especially good with the sweet curry sauce and the pita wedges with corn dip or sun-dried tomato dip. 1344 E. 41st St., 114-A S. Detroit Ave., 918-496-1246,

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FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH Protect your eyes at every stage of life. by ANNA HOLTON-DEAN



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as long as they are doing their job. So, it’s important to take care of them. Often vision changes so gradually that individuals might not notice how bad it has become until they have an eye exam, says Mary Anne Ahluwalia, D.O. of Triad Eye Institute.


Regular eye exams should start around 6 months old for a healthy infant, says Ken Merchant, O.D. of Vision Source. “If no problems are detected, I then recommend seeing the child again around the age of 3,” he says. “Once a child reaches school age, I recommend annual exams as our eyes and vision can change rapidly as we grow.” Parents of children and young adults should watch for problems, including an eye turning in or out, squinting, frequent eye rubbing or blinking, tilting the head to see better or covering one eye to read. “Parents should also watch out for behaviors, such as short attention span, avoiding reading, difficulty remembering what he or she read, or complaining of headaches or seeing double,” Merchant says. Although a number of conditions can affect the eye at any age, Merchant says during adolescent exams he particularly looks at how the eyes work together. “If diagnosed and treated early, developmental problems linked to these vision disorders are typically corrected or reduced, leading to fewer difficulties throughout the child’s life,” he says.


While examining adults in their 20s and beyond, Monte Harrel, O.D. of Harrel Eyecare says it is important to look for dry eye disease, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, can first present themselves with eye or vision troubles. For adults under 40 — with normal vision and no risk factors for disease — Ahluwalia recommends regular checkups every five years. In this stage of life, accidents that injure the eye are a pressing concern. Adults 40-54 should get a checkup every two years. When examining patients in their early to mid-40s, Merchant says he looks for signs of presbyopia: losing the ability to change focus from far to near, which might call for reading glasses or bifocals. “The risk of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration increases with birthdays and is seen more often in people over 50,” Ahluwalia says. Those 55 and older should consider annual checkups. 78

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Burning, itching, redness, watering and/or a gritty feeling of the eye can be signs of dry eye, Merchant says. Not only irritating, it also can cause permanent damage if left untreated. “People with serious health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and autoimmune diseases, should also be alert to secondary eye problems associated with their overall health,” Merchant adds. “Everyone should watch for blurry vision. While this could simply indicate a need for a new prescription, it could suggest early signs of cataracts or macular degeneration.”


Research shows women are at higher risk for developing macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, Merchant says. They are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases that can affect the eyes, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune disorder that affects moisture-making glands such as the eyes and saliva. Susceptibility to these diseases, along with hormonal changes and other factors, cause women to be twice as likely as men to develop dry eye disease.


Fortunately, advanced technologies exist to correct many conditions, including dry eye. Harrel says one option is Miboflo Thermoflo, a warming heat treatment that releases hardened oils from the eyelids into the eyes. “This helps mild to severe dry eyes, making vision sharper and improving comfort of the eyes,” he says. Merchant says another beneficial advancement is Eyezen +, a lens that alleviates eyestrain. It uses a filter that reduces exposure to harmful UV and high-energy blue light, a boon for those who log many hours of screen time. Finally, the KAMRA Inlay procedure eliminates reading glasses in patients who have trouble with near vision. An ultra-tiny, semipermanent implant in the non-dominant eye changes the way the eye focuses light, allowing the eye to focus on items up close.


Contacts are generally prescribed around age 13, but Merchant says he prescribes contact lenses based on a patient’s ability to properly care for and handle the contacts. Refractive surgery, such as iLASIK, is another option for select patients and can eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. It is FDAapproved for patients 21 and older, Ahluwalia adds. As Merchant says, “The best way to avoid all eye concerns is to have routine eye exams.” tp

5 QUICK TIPS for eye health 1. Have regular checkups. Early detection equals prevention. 2. Always wear proper eye protection/sunglasses. Protect your eyes from sunlight, eyestrain from computer screens and high-risk activities like yard work. Use sunglasses, special eyeglasses or safety glasses. 3. Step away from the screen. “Computer vision syndrome” and digital eye strain affect 75 percent of computer workers, according to the Vision Council and the American Optometric Association. 4. Avoid smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to develop macular degeneration and three times as likely to develop cataracts compared to nonsmokers. 5. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise. “Regular exercise and a healthy diet go a long way toward prevention of diabetes or slowing down the effects of the disease,” Ken Merchant, O.D. says. Diabetics are 40 percent more likely to develop glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Bride’s hometown: Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

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Groom’s hometown: Tulsa. Occupations: Ashley is a public relations coordinator for Cherokee Nation Businesses. Nick is an executive sous chef for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Live in: Tulsa. Favorite date: Nick surprised Ashley with a weekend trip to San Francisco. They dined, explored and fell in love in the city. Five months later, they returned to be married. The proposal: At Nick’s house the night before Christmas Eve, after walking around at Utica Square and Swan Lake. He proposed with candlelight and rose petals. Wedding day weather: Sunny and 70s. Attendees: 25. Favorite details: The newlyweds took their wedding photos all over San Francisco. They were congratulated by what felt like the entire city. Tour buses stopped to take photos; strangers yelled, “Marry me!”; and police and fi refighters turned on their sirens. Her advice to other brides: Don’t get too caught up in the details. In the end, it’s not about throwing a party. It’s about pledging your life and marrying your best friend. The cake will be eaten, the flowers will die, but your marriage is forever. His advice to other grooms: Forget all outside distractions. Remember your partner’s face on the best day of your life. Three adjectives to describe the wedding/ reception: Sophisticated, urban, timeless. Time to plan the wedding: One month. Ceremony: San Francisco City Hall rotunda. Reception: A yacht cruise around San Francisco Bay, followed by karaoke in the city. Gown: Stella York. Menswear: Custom tuxedo, Suit Connection. Bride’s jewelry: Diamond drop necklace from Helzberg Diamonds (a gift from the groom), her mother’s heirloom octopus brooch and gifted earrings. Cake: Three tiers and dusted in gold; Whisk Cake Creations in San Francisco. Caterer, music, lighting and rentals: Commodore Cruises.

Photographer: Benjamin Winter, Benjamin Photographics

Makeup and hair: Lia Negrete, Beauty by Lia. Honeymoon: A nine-day trip through California, Arizona and New Mexico.


Photographer: Chris Humphrey Photographer

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Bride’s hometown: Tulsa.

Attendees: 500.

Groom’s hometown: Sublette, Kansas.

Favorite details: Creative food stations, infl atables on the dance floor and a scotch bar at the reception.

Occupations: Quinn is a lawyer at Moyers Martin LLP. Luke is a crude oil representative at Pacer Energy Marketing.

Wedding planner: Annie Brady of MagPie Events.* Invitations and programs: The Inviting Place.*

Time to plan the wedding: 14 months.

Video: Dave and a Camera.*

Live in: Tulsa.

Ceremony: Christ the King Catholic Church.*

Makeup: Shannon Schroeder.*

How they met: Through mutual friends while attending the University of Oklahoma.

Reception: Southern Hills Country Club.*

Hair: iidentity Salon.*

Gown: Vera Wang.

Transportation: Cheyenne Bus Co.*

Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew “Nadia” dress.

Favors: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Courtship: They started dating in early 2012. Following college graduation, Quinn moved to Tulsa to attend law school, and Luke lived in Norman. In 2014, Luke moved to Tulsa for work.

Menswear: Ed Beshara’s.*

Lighting: Empire Lighting.*

Wedding jewelry: She wore her late grandmother’s earrings.

Rentals: Party Pro and Suite 206 in Dallas, Texas.

The proposal: Luke proposed on Feb. 17, 2015 — three years to the day after they met — in a private room at the Summit Club. They celebrated with Champagne and later met their family at the Tavern for dinner.

Rehearsal dinner site: Burn Co. Barbecue.*

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel TulsaWarren Place.*

Wedding day weather: Sunny and 82.

Music: The SoulSations of Memphis, Tennessee.


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Cake: No cake — cookies and ice cream by Southern Hills.* Caterer: Southern Hills Country Club.*

Officiants: Monsignor Daniel Muggenborg, Fr. Brian O’Brien and Fr. Kerry Wakulich. Honeymoon: Excellence Playa Mujeres in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Local vendors*

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Bride and groom’s hometown: Tulsa. Occupations: Whitney is a supply chain analyst for Helmerich and Payne Inc. John is a fi nancial analyst for CommunityCare. Live in: Jenks. How they met: John and Whitney met at Jenks High School in the marching band. When John proposed, they had been together for more than nine years. Favorite date: Walking to breakfast at Hugo’s in Jenks on Sunday mornings. The proposal: The couple traveled to Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, with John’s parents and little brother. As the trip drew to an end, and on the morning of July Fourth, John asked Whitney to join him for a sunrise walk on the beach. Just as the sun rose, John dropped to one knee. Wedding day weather: Sunny and 65 degrees. Attendees: 150. What was unique: At the end of the ceremony, the organist played the state song, “Oklahoma.” The bride and groom love Oklahoma and thought this was the perfect small detail that everyone would appreciate. The ceremony also was at the same church where Whitney’s parents were married 32 years ago. Her advice to other brides: Don’t sweat the small stuff. I said, “Oh, well,” at least five times on the wedding day. Wedding planners are the best. His advice to other grooms: The bride has hundreds of decisions to make; if you have an opinion, share it. Better yet, take action so the bride doesn’t have to. Three adjectives to describe the wedding: Fun, classic, romantic. Time to plan the wedding: Eight months. Ceremony: Sharp Chapel at the University of Tulsa.*

Photographer: Hope Toliver Photography

Reception and caterer: Tulsa Country Club.* Gown and bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang. Menswear: Jos. A. Bank. Wedding jewelry: Kendra Scott Alex earrings and a pearl necklace from the mother of the bride. Cake: G Cakes by Gabby Grijalva.* Music and lighting: DJ Connection.* Wedding planner: Errin Perez.* Invitations and programs: Touies Design.* Makeup and hair: Andrea Taylor.* Favors: Succulents; King James at Reasor’s in Jenks.* Hotel: Ambassador Hotel.* Officiant: The Rev. Sarah Thornhill. Honeymoon: Athens and Santorini, Greece; and Rome. Local vendors*


Photographer: Beautiful Exchange Photography

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Bride’s hometown: Tulsa.

Wedding day weather: Cool and crisp.

Ceremony: Holy Family Cathedral.*

Groom’s hometown: Skiatook.

Attendees: 125.

Occupations: Both the bride and groom are in outside sales.

Favorite details: Custom gold-foil stamped wedding invitations, pieces of fi r tree in the center arrangements and the band Zodiac to liven up the dance floor.

Reception: The German American Society of Tulsa.*

Live in: Tulsa. How they met: The couple met in high school while working at Pizza Hut. Favorite date: A glass-bottom boat ride to the “Arch” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What she loves most about him: His selflessness and quick wit. The proposal: On Christmas Eve 2014, Madeline opened a blue box with seven envelopes inside. Over the next six weeks, Ben recreated some of the couple’s most meaningful dates. He proposed at Madeline’s favorite restaurant, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse. On the fi nal date, the couple went on a weekend adventure to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to relax. 84

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What was unique: The bride’s grandparents wed at the cathedral 50 years earlier. Her advice to other brides: Don’t worry about other people’s opinions. It is your day, and it should be your way. However, the day goes by so quickly that some of the stuff you stress out about seems really silly by the end of it all.

Gown: Allure from Gowns of Grace in Dallas. Cake: Merritt’s Bakery.* Caterer: CCD Catering Co.* Invitations and programs: Joan’s Print Shop.* Makeup: MAC at Saks Fifth Avenue. Hair: The Beauty Shop.* Transportation: Galaxy Limo Service.* Rentals: Party Pro.*

His advice to other grooms: Understand that the “small” details are important to your bride.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown.*

Three adjectives to describe the wedding: Timeless, intimate, joyous.

Honeymoon: New York City for New Year’s Eve.

Time to plan the wedding: 11 months.

Officiant: The Rev. Fr. Jack Gleason.

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Bride’s hometown: Tulsa. Groom’s hometown: Austin, Texas. Occupations: Jordan is an occupational therapist. Nick is an attorney. Live in: Austin, Texas. How they met: The couple met through a mutual friend at the Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge. Courtship: Nick asked Jordan on a date right after they met. The couple quickly started spending more time together and was engaged 11 months later. They continued a long-distance relationship for more than a year because Nick moved to Austin for a job, and Jordan still had to fi nish occupational therapy school at OU-Tulsa. What he loves most about her: I love that she is so caring and compassionate. What she loves most about him: He is the most selfless person she has ever met; he would do anything for his family and friends. The proposal: Nick’s parents and Jordan’s out-oftown family came to Tulsa for an “early Father’s Day weekend.” Jordan didn’t suspect anything. She went to get her nails done with her mom before dinner with Nick’s parents. Her mom quickly dropped her off at home, where she walked into the house and saw a trail of presents with rose petals. The presents had mementos from some of the couple’s most memorable dates: a Blue Rose Café cup from their fi rst date, a ticket stub from a Garth Brooks concert and many more. At the end of the trail, Nick proposed. Afterward, the couple went for drinks with all their family and friends at the Blue Rose. Her advice to other brides: Don’t sweat the small stuff, which is easier said than done. It will all work out in the end, and the things you think are a huge deal really aren’t. His advice to other grooms: Don’t voice your opinion too much, but try to make it seem like you care a little bit. Time to plan the wedding: 14 months.

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Ceremony: First United Methodist Church.* Attendees: 196. Reception, caterer and hotel: The Mayo Hotel.* Gown: Cristiano Lucci. Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell. Menswear: Ed Beshara’s.* Flowers: Petal Pushers and Jane Butts Events and Interiors.* Cake: Ms. Laura’s Cakes.* Music and lighting: LionsRoad Studios.* Invitations: The Inviting Place.* Video: HeartLight Media.* Makeup: Shannon Schroeder.* Hair: Christina Rotramel.* Transportation: Old Urban Trolley Co.* Favors: Sip Sip Hooray.* Rentals: Party Pro.*

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Officiant: The Rev. Aaron Tiger. Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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Photographer: Ace Cuervo Photography

Bride’s hometown: Tulsa. Groom’s hometown: Edmond. Occupations: Jennifer is a medical device sales representative. Matt is a project manager for Fleming Co. Where they live: Tulsa. How they met: In April 2010, through mutual friends at In The Raw before a concert. What she loves most about him: His willingness to put others fi rst and his sense of humor. What he loves most about her: She’s ambitious. She always strives to improve herself and, in turn, better the lives of those around her. The proposal: The couple became engaged on the night of Sept. 18, 2014, in front of the old Water Tower in Chicago. The water tower was one of few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Local vendors*

Wedding day weather: Beautiful, sunny day in the high 60s. Attendees: 215. Favorite details: The company of family and friends, and a macaron bar from Antoinette Baking Co.* What was unique: A custom antique monogram was carried throughout the wedding decor.

Menswear: The groom wore a custom charcoal gray tuxedo by Merritt West*, an Oklahoma City-based company. Groomsmen wore custom black suits by Merritt West. Cake: A five-tiered cake from Icing On the Top* with white flowers from the French Bouquet* between each layer. Music: Dave and the Wavetones.* Flowers: The French Bouquet.*

Time to plan the wedding: One year.

Video: Hunter Albert.*

Ceremony: Holy Family Cathedral.*

Makeup: Lyn George of MAC.

Reception and caterer: Five Oaks Lodge.*

Hair: Kelsi Downey of Sterling Salon.*

Gown: Romona Keveza Couture. The trumpet silhouette gown was made from a French net with illusion neckline and draped, fitted bodice. The pearl color gown was accented with delicate paillettes scattered over Chantilly lace along the gown’s hemline. The bride’s shoes were Christian Louboutin.

Transportation: Old Urban Trolley Co.*

Bridesmaid dresses: Full-length bobbinet dresses by Watters.

Lighting: Omni Lighting.* Rentals: Five Oaks Lodge, Party Pro.* Hotel: Ambassador Hotel.* Officiant: The Rev. Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas. Honeymoon: Hermitage Bay in Antigua.


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CEL EBR ITY RESTAU RAN T For 50 years, Celebrity Mike Samara has greeted Restaurant Owner customers as they entered his fine dining restaurant. It’s that kind of personal attention that diners have come expect. The Celebrity to Restaurant is known for its steaks, lobster, shrimp, fried chicken, and Caesar salad made fresh tableside. From famous Tulsans to world-fam ous treated with Celebrity celebrities, each are Restaurant’s signature service. While Mike is still there every day to greet guests, today Nick Samara and Paula Osko, Mike’s children, lead the from Mike’s other daughterrestaurant with help Michelle Bruns. The

family continues the legacy that generation of Tulsans have come s

to expect. The Celebrity Restaurant is known for its steaks, lobster, shrimp, fried chicken, and Caesar salad made fresh tableside. From famous Tulsans to world-famous celebrities, each are treated with Celebrity Restaurant signature service. ’s

“Our warm hospitality and top quality menu reminds me of my favorite York,” Mike says. “Thankfulrestaurants in New to making our restaurant ly, it all adds up Engagements, birthdays, a favorite in Tulsa.” business deals and quiet dinner for two a are just some of the special occasions customers celebrate at the restau-

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3109 South Yale Avenue Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135 (918) 743-1800 rant. Many of the customers that have dined at the restaurant become close with the Samaras and the rest of the Celebrity staff. The restaurant is known for its very lavish and elegant Christmas decoration s that provide a festive holiday dining experienc e. And of course, plenty of celebrities have dined at the Tulsa establishment, including Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Ben Stiller, Bob Hope, Waymon Tisdale, Barry Switzer, and Tim Conway. The restaurant

is known for its very lavish and elegant Christmas decorations that provide festive holiday dining a experience.


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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the total package, with free admission as an added perk. More than 120 acres of land and exhibitions come together to form a great experience worthy of a getaway. Since opening its doors in November 2011, Crystal Bridges has welcomed 2.5 million visitors. This month, it hosts “Art of American Dance,” featuring 90 works that range in style from realistic to abstract art and depict various forms of dance — from classical ballet to the Jitterbug. This exhibition is the first major traveling show about American dance. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville; 479-418-5700;


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my! The refuge has rescued animals for 24 years. Home to 100 different species, the refuge mainly fo-


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cuses on big cats, including cougars, leopards and bobcats. However, bears, monkeys, coyotes and even a duck can be found. Tours start every hour. But why stop at a tour? Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge also offers lodging. A variety of living quarters is available to guests. The refuge has family and adult lodging areas, with nightly rates that often include entry to the refuge. This month, check out the annual Howl-o-ween Spectacular on Oct. 29 — the only time during the year the refuge offers nighttime tours. 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs; 479-253-5841;


War Eagle Cavern Visitors can travel back in time with a tour of the popular War Eagle Cavern. The onehour guided tour will take you half a mile into the depths of the cavern, providing detailed information about the cave’s formations and history. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, this October you can go another mile deeper to see baby bats on a three-and-a-half-hour tour led by the War Eagle Cavern manager. For this one you’ll need helmets, boots and other equipment. Once the tour is over, your options are plentiful. Pan for gems. Make your way

through the “Lost in the Woods” maze. Hike through the 27 acres of trails. 21494 Cavern Drive, Rogers; 479-789-2909;


TheatreSquared TheatreSquared stands out as the only year-round theater group in northwest Arkansas. From Oct. 11-Nov. 6, the company debuts its 11th season with “I and You.” This award-winning play gives the audience a window into the relationship of two strangers and the journey they experience as young adults working on a poetry project. TheatreSquared offers a different atmosphere. As Executive Director Martin Miller puts it, “It is very intimate. There are only 178 seats, even though we see over 40,000 audience members a year.” The theater group’s name has three meanings, says Assistant Director Bob Ford. When the company first started, it sought property on the edge of Fayetteville Square. “Squared” also references performing two kinds of theater, for kids and adults — and the claim that the group is “exponentially better than everyone else,” Ford says. 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville; 479-443-5600; tp

Photos courtesy TheatreSquared, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Arthur F. Mathews Youth, ca. 1917, oil on canvas; 59 ½ x 67 ¾ in., collection of the Oakland Museum of California, gift of Concours d’ Antiques, the Art Guild

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Some dependable daffodil cultivars to look for at nurseries and garden centers are: Carlton, Ceylon, February Gold, Fortune, Ice Follies, Jetfire, Minnow, Saint Keverne, Te’te-a-Te’te and Thalia. Do not buy King Alfred, as those sold today under that name are not the same as the original cultivar and do not have a good repeat bloom habit.

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Fortune and Carlton daffodils in bloom at Woodward Park along South Peoria Avenue.

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Now is the time to begin planning your spring garden.

A  ,   interests and thoughts are rekindled to plan and plant for a new season. Fall is the time to seriously think about spring and what we want for the landscape. This spring, think bulbs. After a gloomy and dark winter, bulbs give one of the most dramatic greetings for spring with all the advantages for the gardener.  They are relatively cheap, easily planted, most are perennial, and they require almost no care after planting.  I adore tulips,  but only a few select species and cultivars will flower repeatedly. Daffodils, on the other hand, are practically bullet-proof and will increase in numbers and flowers for years.  They stand up to the heat and cold, requiring only minimal care at planting. There is no summer watering for the daffodils, and division is required only many years after planting. They are nearly pest free because squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents — even deer and other grazing animals — will not eat any parts of daffodils.


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Story and photo by RUSSELL STUDEBAKER

Daffodil is the common English name, and botanically they are Narcissus. Some might refer to them as jonquils, but that is in a daffodil class that has round reed-like foliage and one to five flowers per stem.   Their flowering can begin early. The cultivar Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is the earliest “trumpet-type” daffodil to flower; mine flowers in my garden in February, and often with snow. Most daffodils flower in March and April in shades of yellow, gold and white; some have orange or peach tones. There are double flowers, those with split corollas (the collective group of petals), small cupped, large cupped and other classifications of daffodils. Most only grow 10-12 inches tall with the flowers facing the direction of the sun. Plant as soon as the bulbs arrive, and when planting, select a site that has full sun; however, they will tolerate dappled shade from trees.  They will grow in any soil type as long as it is well drained. 

Plant the larger flowering bulbs 6 inches deep and the smaller flowering cultivars like Te’te-a-Te’te and miniatures 3-5 inches deep. Next, water in the planting; the bulbs will do the rest. Do not be alarmed in early spring when the foliage emerges, as they can take a great deal of cold. And do not remove the foliage in summer before it has turned yellow about mid-June, or you will deplete the bloom for the following season.   An old myth for fertilizing bulbs is to use bone meal in the planting hole,  but this gives no nitrogen for foliage growth, which makes blooms for the following year. A recommendation is 10-10-20 or a 9-9-6 with controlled release applied over the planted bulbs in the fall. tp Russell Studebaker is a professional horticulturist, book author and garden writer in Tulsa and can be reached at

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GH2 Architects was founded in 1973 to provide clients with excellent design services and a very high level of service. After 43 years, the mission remains the same. “We thrive on making our clients’ project goals a reality and turning their vision into a well-functioning, beautiful building or space,” says Michael Hall, AIA, CCS, Principal at GH2 Architects. The GH2 team members are fully committed to outstanding client service. Because the members of the design team stay engaged with their projects from start to finish, they provide clients with continuity and accountability, allowing project team members to be deeply involved in their projects to create effective, tailor-made solutions. GH2’s team members also bring a wide range of technical expertise and professional capabilities to each of their projects. While GH2 has projects around the world, the firm is incredibly proud to serve clients in the Tulsa area. GH2 has many exciting projects under construction around Tulsa, including two new elementary schools, multiple City of Tulsa projects, a replacement facility for the Crosstown Learning Center, several downtown hotels, and the updated Tandy Family YMCA. ARCHITECTS “There is no better reward than seeing a school or nonprofit headquarters that GH2 designed supporting our community,” says Hall.

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New Transitional Design on oversized lot in Tradition! Courtyard entrance, open great room w/stone fireplace, high-end gourmet kitchen, breakfast room w/fireplace & wall of windows, lavish master, covered patio & more!

◆ 5 Bedrooms ◆ 4 Full, 1 Half Baths ◆ 3 Living Areas ◆ 3 Car Garage ◆ Jenks Schools ◆ MLS 1612597

8426 S Phoenix Place, Tulsa


Green-Certified New Construction in low-maintenance 55+ gated community. Elegant granite kitchen, luxury master bath w/heated floors. Includes lawn maintenance, pool, putting green, fitness center, tennis, pond & more! ◆ 2 Bedrooms

◆ 2 Baths ◆ 1 Living Area ◆ 2 Car Garage ◆ Community Center ◆ MLS 1620712

3462 S Atlanta Place, Tulsa


Exclusive designer’s personal home! European fixtures, hand-troweled walls, custom cabinetry & fabulous paint finishes. Culinary kitchen, 2 dishwashers, french range & butler’s area. Outdoor living with fireplace & fountain. ◆ 5 Bedrooms

◆ 3 Full, 1 Half Baths ◆ 3 Living Areas ◆ 4 Car Garage ◆ Tulsa/Edison Schls ◆ MLS 1613052

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Gorgeous pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. Extensive hardwoods and granite throughout. Master and guest suite down. Safe room. Theatre with wet bar, game room or 5th bedroom and hobby room. Jenks Schools. ◆ 5 Bedrooms

◆ 4 Full, 2 Half Baths ◆ 4 Living Areas ◆ 2 Fireplaces ◆ Jenks Schools ◆ MLS 1612404

405 N Main Street Unit 7C, Tulsa


Sophisticated Urban Living in the heartbeat of downtown Tulsa. New construction Loft on one level with floor-toceiling windows, 10ft ceilings, Gaggenau appliances, great room opens to terrace & top floor common space. ◆ 3 Bedrooms

◆ 2 Full Baths ◆ Open Plan ◆ 2 Parking Spaces ◆ Tulsa Schools ◆ MLS 1627815

1236 E 27th Street, Tulsa


Elegant Maple Ridge Tudor with timeless appeal and gunite pool. Shollmier kitchen featuring galley sink and Thermador appliances. Antique buffet wetbar, updated master with dressing closet and separate quarters.

◆ 4 Bedrooms ◆ 3 Full, 1 Half Baths ◆ 3 Living Areas ◆ 2 Car Garage ◆ Tulsa Schools ◆ MLS 1629530

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Essentially rebuilt in 2009. Grand oversized kitchen with massive center island & commercial appliances. Travertine floors throughout first level. Master Suite & Living Quarters on first level. Fabulous Outdoor Living & Pool! ◆ 5 Bedrooms

◆ 3 Full, 2 Half Baths ◆ 5 Living Areas ◆ 3 Fireplaces ◆ 3 Car Garage ◆ MLS 1619417

6716 E 83rd Place, Tulsa


Transitional updates with ideal open plan and pool-sized backyard. Beautiful hardwoods, granite kitchen, formal dining & large master down. 3 generous bedrooms & game room up. Updated flooring, paint & hvac. ◆ 4 Bedrooms

◆ 2 Full, 1 Half Baths ◆ 3 Living Areas ◆ 2 Car Garage ◆ Union Schools ◆ MLS 1618481

6950 S Delaware Place, Tulsa


Spectacular renovation in Timberland Heights. Beautiful transitional design, gourmet kitchen, new stainless steel appliances, vaulted great room, luxurious master with fireplace, covered outdoor living and park-like backyard. ◆ 3 Bedrooms

◆ 2 Full, 2 Half Baths ◆ 2 Living Areas ◆ 2 Car Garage ◆ Tulsa Schools ◆ MLS 1610693

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Tulsa Hills 519 W. 77th Street Country French style home in Stone Brooke Addition near Tulsa Hills. Master + 2 more bedrooms on 1st floor. 4th bed and game room up. Granite kitchen, dining and family room all enjoy a wall of windows that view the masterfully landscaped yard. $384,900

Cedar ridge 5712 W. Orlando CircleCedar Ridge gated Villa. 12 foot ceilings, 8 foot doors, hardwoods and heavy crown. Two bedrooms down, one up each with private baths. Media room over garage. Private courtyard, outdoor living with fireplace, grill and water feature. $450,000

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15502 S. Lewis AvenueThis 40 acres has beautiful views of downtown Tulsa and gorgeous sunsets. Two ponds, with rolling wooded area and flat cleared acres as well. Close to highway 75, minutes to downtown. Perfect for development or a single estate. $1,800,000

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You will love this gated Vintage on Grand Lake stunning water front lake home! This 4 BR, 3 BA home has been completely updated. Wake up to incredible views of the sunrise and moon rises on the large covered decks and then steps away to a 40’ boat slip with lift. $559,000

4206 E. 117th Place - 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half baths, 3 car garage in Jenks SE. New salt water pool with outdoor kitchen, covered patio with wood burning fireplace. Media rm down. Granite kitchen opens to family room with vaulted ceilings. $799,000

souTHern Hills 2916 E. 68th Street -Stunning contemporary home. Artisan craftsmanship throughout. Limestone & Hickory floors, Exotic granites & sleek cabinetry. Soaring ceilings, ceiling to floor stone FP and wet bar. Dining, study, music, game & fitness rooms. Waterfall. $769,000


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1432 E. 34th Street- Craftsman style new construction in Brookside. 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half baths, 3 car garage. Near restaurants and entertainment. Open floor plan with 12’ ceilings. Outdoor living with wood burning fireplace. $729,000

The Points on Grand Lake, 4 BR,4.5 BA For Sale! Country French custom built, one owner, large screened-in porch, covered stone porch across the lake side, 1 1/2 lots w/over 350’ of shoreline, 2 large boat slips, completely fenced & overlooks the main lake. $1,900,000

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1121 E. 19th St. - Immaculate newer home in Maple Ridge Historic District. Master suite w/ luxury bath, double walkins. Study w/custom bookshelves. Open kitchen and family room w/ FP. Formal LR w/ FP. Pool & pergola. $798,000

11523 S. Oswego Ave. -Ideal for entertaining. Open foyer, 6 living areas, 4 bedrooms. Theater & separate game room. Stunning pool & hot tub,outdoor kitchen. Covered area with wood burning fireplace & pool bath. $1,950,000

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8003 S. guthriE cOurt 2 story, Gated Stonebrooke. Spacious & well thought out floorplan. Master, 2nds bedroom, theater & study on 1st level. Exercise, 3 bedrooms & gameroom up. Custom paint details throughout. Outdoor FP, room for a pool. Corner lot. $749,000 2423 E. 22nd StrEEt Almost 4,000 sq ft near Utica Square. 4 bedrooms plus game room and office. Formal dining room. 2 bedrooms down.Amazing master w/oversized closet. Granite kitchen. Large great room with fireplace. First floor remodeled in 2014. Second floor full bath added. $729,000 10909 S. 89th E. AvEnuE Fabulous Outstanding open floor-plan with 3 bedrooms on lower level + study. 1 bedroom up plus a 5th bedroom or a bonus room and game-room. Granite & stainless kitchen. Hardwoods in family room. Neighborhood pool. $314,900

4408 S. OrAngE AvE. - Transitional design, sophisticated decor, great floorplan. Crown molding, beams, lighting, 2 fireplaces. Spacious master, gameroom with kitchen, theater room, outdoor FP, safe room, gated access. $779,000 100

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10513 S. 86th EASt PlAcE - Village at Legacy. 3 bedrooms, gameroom. Lots of hardwoods, granite & SS kitchen, formal dining & spacious master bedroom & bath. One owner. Neighborhood pool. $319,500

4730 S. 168th E. AvEnuE - Gorgeous one owner. 4 bedrooms, study game room. Beamed ceilings, granite island kitchen. Hand scraped hardwoods. Neighborhood splash pad, park, pool, and ponds. $334,000

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Exclusive custom designers’ home. Most of the fixtures were purchased in Europe. Hand trowlled walls, custom cabinets. Fabulous paint finishes. The kitchen is a chef’s dream. Two dishwashers, french range and oven plus butler’s area. Fountain and fireplace in outdoor area. $1,175,000

Country Estate living in beautiful Silver Chase. Large lot with pool & numerous trees. Oversized kitchen with crushed glass countertops & newer appliances. 2 wet bars. There is an elevator which stops at all 3 levels. Large scale open rooms. Theatre room. 50 year roof. $1,050,000

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Essentially rebuilt in 2009. Grand oversized kitchen w/massive center island and commercial appliances. Travertine floors throughout first level. Master suite and additional suite/apt on first level. Outdoor living and pool. $1,300,000

Jack Arnold design. Remarkable floor plan with open living spaces. Corner lot. Walk to all that Brookside has to offer. $720,000

DAvenPort LoftS Cutting edge urban living has arrived in Tulsa. The Davenport is in pre-construction phase and will feature just 24 2 and 3 bedroom single floor residences unlike anything Tulsa has ever seen. The floor to ceiling windows showcase amazing views. Tall open spaces with exquisite finishes and private terraces for outdoor living. Razor sharp technology and security will be installed. 40% are already committed!

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McGraw Realtors 10625 S. Garnett rd. Gracious Georgian manor home on 5 acres. A winding drive and a pool with a fountain greet you through the gate. There are over 6000 sq. ft. of pure luxury in this home. Gorgeous woodwork, and deep crown moldings. Marble entry. Large 2651 center S. St. island LouiS kitchen. - Orginial home views in John Book’s granite Fabulous andWalton balconies. Salt-is exceptional in design. The water pool.marble $1,350,000 circullar staircase greats you as you enter with an imprssive 3 story entry with

orginial fixtures. Extensive use of wood and moldings throughout will be a feast for the eyes. The kitchen has been updated with large prep island. 4 bedrooms located on the 2nd floor. Master retains the orgianl tile bath. Basement clubroom with laundry and storage. Guest apartment is updated located over the 3 car garage. Pool. $1,150,000

6010 117th St. Beautiful new listing in the prestigious 3430 E. 96E. th PlacE $589,000

South Tulsa neighborhood of River Oaks. Amazing floorplan in gated Crown Point has This high English ceilingsEstate and has spaces every amenity to make living easy. Open kitchen open but feelspossible private. Formal living and dining rooms. 6519 S. Gary ave. - Located on a culdesac behind and familyroom hasSouthernHills. granite and appliances. The Office on the first floor with built-ins and isaccess outside. Thestainless hosue a beautiful drive upKitchen withmasgreat ter suite offers sitting area with fireplace to cozy up on winter has granite island withlandscaping, stainless extra appliances open to entry familyroom. parking and a rear garage. The nights, the spanook bathhouse has afeatures salted2 hutch. soaking tub. additional bedSunny breakfast with built-in Master located on first bedrooms on the3first floor each having rooms. Billards room has fullupstairs kitchen, media room andbaths more. floor. 3 additional bedrooms with two pullman access to $2,995,000 a bath. Spacious kitchen with granite and tile Calla for more information. plus gameroom. Owner in salt-water poolbath, having diving flooring.put Upsatirs has 2 bedrooms, plus game room board and spa. and exercise room. Ultimate outdoor kitchen with all the stainless applainces you need. Pool. $510,000

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2203 E 23rd Street Beautiful corner lot home in desirable Utica Square area. 4 living 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths with newer downstairs master suite, gourmet kitchen/den combo, upstairs game room, sun room looks over lagoon pool with spa, waterfall, and sports court. $672,500

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Gorgeous home and yard. Ppool with wrought iron fence around and privacy fence. Four bedrooms on main level, one bedroom up. Large three car garage. Office down, enclosed sun room, fifth bedroom up. $650,000


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11415 S. Sandusky Avenue, Tulsa

4BR, 4 full and 2 half baths. Living & dining rooms with views. Family room opens to Chef’s kitchen with Labradorite granite island. Theater room. In-ground gunite pool & patios. Jenks SE. $1,500,000

11503 S. Granite Avenue, Tulsa

Pristine upgraded home. 4BR, 6 full, 2 half baths. Gourmet remodeled kitchen, huge center island with quartzite counters. Spectacular resort-like backyard with inground heated gunite pool, spa and patio with complete privacy. Theater room with wet bar. $1,475,000

McGraw Realtors 8024 S Darlington Avenue $485,000 Gated neighorbood. Lovely home on treed lot. Wooded views. 1/2 AC lot. Wonderful finishes & spacious open plan. Formal living & dining, office & den. Island kitchen with granite opens to Den with FP. Master suite with FP, luxurious bath. Gameroom. Balcony with view.

2527 E 36th Street $344,000 Great Mid-Century Midtown home. Updated kitchen with granite, stainless appliance, marble backsplash. HW floors. Spacious, open rooms. Den with FP. Sunroom (now playroom) overlooking large landscaped backyard. Patio. Master with walk-in, private updated bath. .45 Acre yard.

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Don’t want ordinary? Look at this contemporary “treehouse.” Split level. Unbelievable upstairs living room with treed views/marble FP. Downstairs living with wet bar. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Nice master. 1 Br converted to office. 2 story greenhouse with HVAC. Newer roof & HVAC. .45 ac lot. Near Southern Hills.


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3107 E. 88th Street Custom gorgeous and gated dream home w/chef’s kitchen & new high end appliances. All beds w/private baths. 2 masters down! 5th bed c/b 2nd office or in-law suite. Extreme theater room & recording studio.Backyard oasis w/pool, spa, waterfall, Koi Pond & outdoor kitchen. Wellington South. $944,000.




2638 E. 65th Place Beautifully remodeled home with upscale design. Chef’s kitchen w/ state-of-the-art appliances. Entertainer’s dream home w/open floor plan & 3 living areas. Updated baths. New windows throughout & exterior paint. Large patio overlooks saltwater pool. $450,000.


3307 E. 96th Place Exquisite custom gated home w/elaborate attention to detail. Completely updated. Chef’s gourmet kitchen opens to vaulted beamed family room. 4 beds down. Gameroom & loft w/ fireman’s pole. Approx. 1 acre lot w/saltwater pool that backs to jogging trail. Crown Pointe. $725,000.







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421 W. 77th Street Move-in-ready home w/ master+2 beds down, 1 up & gameroom. Flexible layout, great for entertaining! Beautiful hardwoods. Granite kitchen opens to great room. Lg. master closet next to laundry room. Custom features, neighborhood pool & park.Close to Tulsa Hills. $370,000.


Iron Gate presents

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Ten premier Tulsa restaurants and chefs in ten live kitchens with cooking demonstrations and wine pairings.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Event Attire: Business Individual Tickets $125 per person, patron opportunities are available Chef awards, wine pull, raffle and more


501 S. Cincinnati Ave • 918.359.9022 Iron Gate is a downtown soup kitchen and grocery pantry that feeds the hungry of Tulsa every day.

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all in Tulsa means heading to “the pumpkin patch” — especially if you have children. At Carmichael’s in Bixby, you will find the landscape of pumpkins, hay bales, dried corn and gourds perfect for a fall photo session. Kids love to view the barn animals, and a new butterfly exhibit was added this year. Tickets can be purchased for guests to get “lost” in the corn maze or take part in pony, camel or hay rides. If hunting for the perfect jack-o’-lantern makes you hungry, Scott’s Hamburgers, homemade brittle, fudge, candies, jams and jellies are available for purchase. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.7 p.m., Sunday; open during October. 17137 S. Mingo Road, Bixby. Free admission. 918-366-4728. tþ



Can’t-miss events


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Turkey Mountain opens for overnighters, live music lovers and marshmallow roasting at the Basecamp Camping and Music Festival.



The Eat Street Food Truck Festival fills the Blue Dome District with dozens of mobile eateries.











If you collect native art, don’t miss the annual Cherokee Art Market at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with over 150 renowned Native artists’ works for sale. Inner Circle Vodka Bar hosts its second annual Harry Potter Party for 21-andolder fans of the series.


Explore five historic Maple Ridge estates during the Home and Garden Tour, with vintage cars, period costumes and household inventions from the early 20th century.


Philbrook Museum of Art’s “Native Fashion Now” exhibition opens, exploring contemporary Native fashion. Through Jan. 8.


Channel your inner gypsy and prepare for the Bohemian Ball in the Brady Arts District: a progressive crawl event with art, food, drinks, dancing and dress-up.

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Willie Nelson brings his hits to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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Save a trip down the Turner Turnpike. Enjoy the Oklahoma City Thunder during the team’s fall exposition game at the BOK Center.

“Interstates and Tailgates,” Toby Keith’s latest tour, makes a stop at the BOK Center. Treat your tastebuds to a variety of craft beers at Tulsa Press Club’s First Draft event at ONEOK Field.


Vintage Market Days found the perfect rural setting at the Creek County Fairgrounds. The popular country-chic event is flooded with art, décor, clothing and antiques for sale.

Travel by bus to southeastern Oklahoma on the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s educational tour. The Woody Guthrie Prize will be awarded to Kris Kristofferson at Cain’s Ballroom.

Pick up the stein and fill it with your favorite German beer, all served with the polka and a side of bratwurst at Tulsa’s Linde Oktoberfest.

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Join in the zany Wizard World Comic Con at the

Skillet, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of the decade, will jam at Cain’s Ballroom. Only five days of fright left at the 13th Ward haunted attraction in Broken Arrow — for serious scare-seekers only.


Cooler weather, candy and costumes make animal spotting at Tulsa Zoo’s HallowZOOeen a winning event for the entire family.


The Brookside Boo Ha Ha rings in Halloween with a pancake breakfast, costume contests for children and pets, and trick-or-treating.


Visit our online calendar for additional and updated event information.

Basecamp: Ryan Howell/River Parks Authority; Wizard World: Jerry Milani/Wizard PR; Tulsa Zoo: Courtesy Tulsa Zoo

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People, places and events

Care Card Keren Wright, Care Card chairwoman, and Jessica Wiist, special events manager at Family & Children’s Services, prepare for the 2016 Care Card shopping fest. A $60 Care Card purchase benefits F&CS programs and saves 10 to 20 percent at more than 200 local stores and restaurants Oct. 28-Nov. 6. Visit

University of Tulsa More than 500 guests gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on June 24 for the TU Alumni Association’s 12th annual wine festival, TU Uncorked. The event raised a record $100,000 for the association’s scholarship fund. Pictured are Honorary Co-chairs Cinda and Mark Marra, and Event Co-chairs Hillary and Matthew Hauth and Anna and Michael Krupka.

Up With Trees The theme of the Nov. 5 Green Leaf Gala is “Tulsa Loves Trees.” Pictured are Event Co-chairs Jessica Yoon and Rania Nasreddine, and Honorary Co-chairs Jim and Alice Costas.

San Miguel School Spotlight on San Miguel: Dancing with Tulsa Stars is Nov. 5 at the Cox Business Center. Pictured are, front row, John Dowdell, president/principal of San Miguel School; and dancers Charlie Bendana and Steve Allen; back row, Event Co-chairs Matt and Teresa Gawey; and dancers Linda Woodard, Mary Dill, Sunny Leigh and Raegen Siegfried.

Community Service Council The 75th anniversary of CSC honored Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Judge Rebecca Nightingale, Principal Chief James Floyd and Mary Lignon. Pictured at the 1940s-themed event on Aug. 4 are Tracey Lyall and CSC Associate Director Jim Lyall.

Tulsa Opera Casta Diva: A Night of Desire is Oct. 29 at the Mayo Hotel. Pictured are Event Co-chairs Mike McCue and Kate Davis, and Jono and Jenny Helmerich.

Tulsa Ballet The Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education hosted its grand opening July 28 in Broken Arrow. Pictured are donors Roger Hardesty, Mary Beth Colpitts, Connor Hardesty and Michelle Hardesty.

AARP The AARP OK Fraud Watch Network hosted “An Evening with Frank Abagnale” on Aug. 31 at Gilcrease Museum. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Pictured are Steve Kunzweiler, Tulsa County district attorney; Sean Voskuhl, AARP Oklahoma state director; and Abagnale.


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This month’s fundraisers


compiled by JUDY LANGDON


Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa. Oct. 1 ST. JOHN ZOO RUN

Benefits Tulsa Zoo Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Capital Campaign. Oct. 1 XPLORE FOR JUSTICE

Benefits the Demand Project. Oct. 3 2016 TULSA HALL OF FAME

Benefits Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. Oct. 6 BOHEMIAN BALL

Benefits Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, 108 Contemporary and Living Arts. Oct. 6 DAYSPRING ROYAL GALA

Benefits DaySpring Villa Women & Children’s Shelter. Oct. 7 THE CENTER EXPERIENCE

Benefits the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. Oct. 8 KRAZY KIDS INFLATABLE FUN RUN

Benefits American Cancer Society. Oct. 8 THIRD ANNUAL THIN MINT SPRINT GLOW RUN

Benefits Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Oct. 10 SAVOUR AND STROLL

Benefits Lindsey House. Oct. 11 FTS GOLF CUP

Benefits the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. 112

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Benefits Iron Gate.

Benefits Oklahoma Project Woman.



Benefits Leadership Tulsa. Oct. 14 BONE BASH

Benefits Crime Prevention Network. Oct. 27 CORKS & KEGS

Benefits Arthritis Foundation.

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.



Benefits Nimrod Journal of Poetry & Prose.

Benefits Oklahoma Aquarium.



Benefits Teen Challenge Oklahoma’s Brush Creek Youth Ranch programs. Oct. 15 MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Benefits American Cancer Society. Oct. 15 SPIRIT DAY

Benefits Oklahomans for Equality. Oct. 20 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Benefits Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Oct. 20 COCKTAILS FOR CRAYONS

Benefits The Pencil Box.

Benefits Tulsa Zoo. Oct. 28-31 ZOMBIE HOUSE

Benefits Oklahomans for Equality. Oct. 28-Nov. 6 CARE CARD

Benefits Family & Children’s Services. Oct. 29 BOO HA HA IN BROOKSIDE

Benefits Brookside Business Association. Oct. 29 CASTA DIVA: A NIGHT OF DESIRE

Benefits Tulsa Opera. Oct. 29 TULSA RUN


Benefits Tulsa Sports Commission.

Benefits Domestic Violence Intervention Services’ emergency shelter kennel.



Benefits Alzheimer’s Association.

Benefits Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

Volunteer spotlight




Philip and Ashli Montgomery

hilip Montgomery, head football coach for the University of Tulsa, and his wife, Ashli, will be among thousands of Tulsans walking local streets as celebrity team captains for the 2016 Tulsa Walk to End Alzheimer’s. But they aren’t doing it for the glory. Alzheimer’s disease has struck their family three times. “Both of us have lost grandmothers to Alzheimer’s, and Philip’s mom is currently fighting (it),” Ashli says. “It is a tragic, heartbreaking disease.”

Bonbon in Wrapper, Credit: © Deborah Van Kirk

Years involved with the Alzheimer’s Association: Two Alzheimer’s Association mission statement: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Even as a busy Tulsa couple, why is volunteering important to you? It is true what they say: The greatest gifts in serving others are received by the givers and volunteers. Volunteer work has always been important to both of us, and we definitely treat it as a family affair. We have been quite intentional about teaching our two children that to be successful in anything, one must have a servant’s heart. In sharing that lesson of giving with them, we have beautiful memories of family time spent serving, working for others and enjoying many events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Those are hours that we treasure and hold close to our hearts with a very tight grip. tþ


8 a.m., registration; 9 a.m., ceremony; 9:30 a.m., walk. Guthrie Green, 111 E. M. B. Brady St. Tulsans can join the Montgomerys’ team, “Sandra Jean,” (in honor of Philip’s mom); start a team of their own; walk as an individual participant; become a virtual walker; or volunteer. Free registration; participants are encouraged to raise $100 to get an official T-shirt. Benefits Alzheimer’s Association. Visit or

Explore the relationship between human culture and this rainforest treasure.

October 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This exhibition was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

TU is an EEO/AA Institution.

Exhibition season title sponsor is the Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation. Support also provided by Mervin Bovaird Foundation, C.W. Titus Foundation and M.V. Mayo Charitable Foundation.




Perspectives on local art and culture

All the right moves Dance season is underway for Tulsa Modern Movement and Portico Dance Theatre. by GAIL BANZET-ELLIS

Oct. 8 — Portico Dance Theatre’s “Response of Form” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. A family event with small performances throughout the Philbrook grounds. Free, thanks to Second Saturday admission to the museum. Visit Dec. 4 — Tulsa Modern Movement’s fifth annual Gathering and Worksin-Progress Showing 4-5:30 p.m. FlyLoft Studio 3, 117 N. Boston Ave. Interactive dance performance, Q&A with the dancers, and snacks and beverages. Donations welcome. Visit

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Tulsa Modern Movement’s season began Aug. 28 with a kick-off workshop for adult dancers, including Dominque Thorpe and Sierra Fletcher.


s Tulsa’s arts scene transitions to its fall schedule, two local dance companies are kicking off their seasons of rehearsals, community classes and feature performances. Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM) was founded in 2011 after Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer Ari Christopher became inspired to promote lifelong learning in the art of dance and movement. She had studied modern dance in college in New York City, but her hometown of Tulsa offered very few opportunities for others to learn about the art form. “It’s a different way of making art and connecting embodiment to ideas and concepts,” she says. The TuMM season began in August with an open dance workshop for adult dancers. Those who attended were asked to demonstrate techniques that utilized improvised movements, as well as other exercises that showcased their ability to build choreography. This season, nine dancers comprise the TuMM cast. “Some of the composition of Tulsa Modern Movement is driven by the work or the resources in terms of talent, availability and artistic temperament,” Christopher says. “We’re looking for who’s committed to making art in a way that we value.” The company performs at Tulsa’s Exchange 114

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Choreography Festival; Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas; and for a few other side projects before its grand finale of self-produced work April 28-30. The season is a nine-month commitment for TuMM’s cast of dancers, most of whom work other day jobs — much like the performers of Tulsa’s Portico Dance Theatre. Co-artistic Director Jennifer Alden co-founded Portico seven years ago. “Doctors, teachers, accountants and waitresses — they bring such different experiences to the table, but they all love to dance and perform,” she says. Alden describes Portico’s style as more contemporary than TuMM, but both nonprofits encourage the community to look at dance in a new way. Alden arrived in Oklahoma from the West Coast after dancing with companies in Oregon. With a background in ballet, she works alongside co-directors who specialize in other areas such as hip-hop. Rehearsals began in September with a cast of 10-15 dancers. Portico’s annual “Response of Form” performance at Philbrook Museum is scheduled during the museum’s Second Saturday series in October. Choreographers create pieces based on items in Philbrook’s contemporary Native American fashion exhibition “Native Fashion

Oct. 7-16 — “All the Way” presented by Theatre Pops 8 p.m., Oct. 7-8; 2 p.m., Oct. 9 and 16; 8 p.m., Oct. 14-15. Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. This Tony award-winning play features a company of 20 stage actors playing some of history’s most dynamic figures, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, during a pivotal year in American history, 1964. $25, adults; $22.50, students and seniors. Visit Oct. 21 and 23 — Tulsa Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers” 7:30 p.m., Friday; 2:30 p.m., Sunday. Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. Rising stars Sarah Shafer and Yunpeng Wang enchant in Georges Bizet’s classic opera. Sung in French with English titles projected above the stage. $25-$118. Visit

Now,” which runs Oct. 2-Jan. 8. Both TuMM and Portico host weekly dance classes for the public, but in 2016 Portico also began an eight-week program for high school students who hope to dance professionally or study dance in college. The Choreography and Mentorship Program coaches teenagers on choreographic techniques, along with how to set up lighting, manage schedules, hire dancers, write a budget and develop a program. “We take them to the next level by teaching them what it’s like to be a performer,” Alden says. Portico concludes its season with a full-length performance in June, but much like TuMM, its small staff works year-round to educate Tulsans about modern and contemporary dance. “The work is built with an openness in modern dance that allows the audience to take their own meaning from the art,” Christopher says. tþ


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The local music scene

Mission accomplished Noah T creates personal music for a worldwide audience.

Melissa Payne


Under the name Noah T, Noah Richardson began writing and making music in 2011. He writes and records in his converted attic in midtown.

A banjo used by Woody Guthrie in the 1930s on the “Woody and Lefty Lou Show”


Evan Taylor



oah Richardson’s selfrecorded music has traveled from his attic studio to entertain a Russian robot and help an Iranian poet write verses. Although you’d likely not hear his name in the local music scene, Richardson — whose musical moniker is Noah T — has sold over 50,000 albums worldwide in the past four years. He happily shares his music internationally using the internet nearly exclusively. Richardson’s debut album, “Is Anybody Home?” released online in 2012. He says the name was inspired by his practice of creating music without being sure anyone would connect to it, or even hear it. Since then, he has released “The Sound of Rain” and “Forever My Heart,” two deeply personal, yet instrumental, albums of selfrecorded music. For both, he played all the instruments, including guitar, bass and chord organ, and utilized “found” percussion such as handclaps, bottles and


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a spare computer case for a kick drum. The sales of these albums and his 2013 album, “Surface,” were an unexpected bonus. “I wasn’t doing this to sell albums, and for the sales to come through such a personal album (‘The Sound of Rain’) is very meaningful,” Richardson says. Even without lyrics, the postrock, indie mood of his music flows from a difficult time in his life. In 2014, “We found out my dad had cancer, and it was relatively fast moving,” Richardson says. “It’s interesting because I had been working on the music as I found out and then when we were going through it. At the end of it, it is kind of a bummer. It became an album of acceptance.” His dad died in March 2015. “This is how death happens and how we go on from it,” Richardson says of the album. “The music is mellow, sad and hopeful. It’s how to go on. That album is ... a raw feeling to me. In a way I feel like if there

were words on it, it would have been an oversimplification.” Although he has sold fewer than 20 limited-edition physical copies, digital sales have skyrocketed using several web outlets. His highest-selling country? Germany. Not only have album sales been successful, but licensing his music for commercial use has been a meaningful experience, as well. That’s where the robot comes in. A Russian robotics company licensed his work and placed it in an informational video. “My music is playing while this robot is dancing to a group of children,” he says, recalling the first time he saw the video. “It’s like, how did we go from an attic in Tulsa to a robot in Russia? The internet has made the world so small. I’m constantly dumbfounded. “Someone from Iran sent me a message one day and said, ‘I just want you to know I listen to your music while I write poetry.’ And I thought, ‘Mission accomplished. That is all I could ask for.’” tþ

he Woody Guthrie Center has added new relics, both historical and visual, to its collection, thanks to a few generous donors. New items on display include radio notebooks, a handcrafted quilt, the banjo Woody Guthrie played on the “Woody and Lefty Lou Show,” a painting by John Mellencamp and numerous pieces from folksinger and songwriter Tom Paxton. Patricia Dempsey, daughter of Lefty Lou (Maxine Crissman), contributed several historical items from the Maxine Crissman Dempsey collection. The pieces are an early compilation of Guthrie’s work in the 1930s and include original lyrics, on-air commentary, photos and fan letters. Among the archive of historical contributions made by Paxton were hand-written lyrics to his 1964 hit song “Ramblin’ Boy.” Visual pieces include longtime Guthrie fan Mellencamp’s painting, “Beautiful Disaster,” and a Guthrie-themed quilt presented by the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild.


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HOPE so no one walks alone.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Tulsa

October 15, 2016 | 7:00 a.m. Join us for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to help save lives, celebrate survivors, and honor loved ones lost. 1.800.227.2345 ©2016, American Cancer Society, Inc.

6:00 pm, November 5, 2016 The Pavilion at Expo Square B E C O M E A S P O N S O R AT G R E E N L E A F G A L A .O R G 2016 Event Chairs Rania Nasreddine Jessica Yoon


Anniversary Chair Bonnie Klein

Honorary Chairs Alice and Jim Costas




Oklahoma film and literature by MORGAN PHILLIPS

Okie grown New musical ‘Pryor Rendering’ comes to Tulsa this month. by HEATHER KOONTZ

“Ophelia Alive”

Luke T. Harrington’s “quirky, literary psychological thriller” follows a fifth-year college senior who agrees to try an experimental weight-loss drug — with disturbing results.

Photos courtesy ATC/CityRep

Donald Jordan, executive producer of the musical, and Composer/Lyricist Frank Schiro.

BOOK AND FILM EVENTS Oct. 5 Tamara Draut at Woody Guthrie Center An evening of politics with “Pryor Rendering” cast members: back row, Terry Runnels as Chick/Fred, Tanner Rose as Charlie and Ben Hall as Owen/General; front row, Julie Johnson as Fay Rose and Stacey Logan as Ida.


ove over Curly, Laurie, Ado Annie and Aunt Eller. After 73 years, a new Oklahoma-inspired musical is sweeping down the plains. “Pryor Rendering,” based on Oklahoma native Gary Reed’s novel of the same name, will have its world premiere in Oklahoma this month. Adapted by composer Frank G. Schiro and Professor Shawn Churchman of the Weitzenhoffer Musical Theatre Program at the University of Oklahoma, it is a co-production of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and American Theatre Co. of Tulsa. It is the first such venture between the two cities and features Broadway actors with lifelong ties to Oklahoma — including Tanner Rose, Mark Jammal and Gray Randolph — as well as up-andcoming Oklahoma performers and a nationally recognized production team.


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Producer Sue Marinello says “Pryor Rendering” is a must-see for Tulsans. “It’s a story that captures the spirit of the amazing people of Oklahoma,” she says. “Their kindness, their sense of community, their commitment to family, and their strength and perspectives on life are both heartwarming and inspiring.” Set in the ’60s and ’70s, the musical is a powerful story about a young man coming of age and coming out in rural Oklahoma. Marinello says the story will speak to all audiences in all walks of life. “For me, ‘Pryor Rendering’ represents what is great about growing up in small-town America,” she says. “It is a show that reminds me what I love about family, friends and community.” “Pryor Rendering” runs Oct. 1316 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Visit www.pryorrendering. com for more details. tþ

the leading commentator on American economics. 7-8:30 p.m. 102 E. M. B. Brady St. Presented by BookSmart Tulsa and Oklahoma Policy Institute. Free. Visit www.woodyguthriecenter. org or Oct. 12-16 Second annual Tulsa American Film Festival A showcase of feature

“The Ravine”

In the first book of Mary Coley’s Black Dog series, neighboring families, all facing their own catastrophes, are oblivious to a black dog’s attempt to save a young girl.

and short films from Oklahoma-based and student filmmakers as well as productions from industry professionals around the country. Venues are Circle Cinema, Gilcrease Museum and the Woody Guthrie Center. $90, VIP pass; $10 per film/event. Visit Oct. 20 Jodi Picoult at All Souls Unitarian Church The event follows

the Oct. 11 release of the New York Times best-selling author’s most recent novel, “Small Great Things.” 7 p.m. 2952 S. Peoria Ave. Free. Presented by BookSmart Tulsa. Visit


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Flashback 30 Archived photos from three decades of TulsaPeople Magazine

1 1. All Sports Ball co-chairs Mary and Jim Bush and the late Lo Detrich, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation spokeswoman, are surrounded by invitations to the October 2000 All Sports Ball, in this TulsaPeople photo published the same month. The popular CFF fundraiser featured barbecue, music, and silent and live auctions.

2. The Tulsa Gridiron, a musical satire on politics and current events, marked its 66th year in 1998. With the theme “Political Follies of 1998 ... The Tulsa Project, The Titanic and Other Disasters,” the show was produced by the Tulsa Press Club at what is now the Cox Business Center. In one skit, Kelly Thayer, left, as Hillary Clinton, confronts Lou Hays, cast as Newt Gingrich’s mother. Thayer’s T-shirt reads, “That’s Ms. Bitch to You!” This photo and accompanying article were the March 1998 cover story of TulsaPeople.


3. Also published in the October 2000 issue was this photo of Tulsa Ballet’s founder and artistic director emerita, the late Moscelyne Larkin, center, with producer/director Shawnee Brittan and producer Joanna M. Champlin at the preview of “En Pointe: The Lives and Legacies of Ballet’s Native Americans.” The event honored Larkin at the Gilcrease Museum.


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