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Family ties TulsaPeople explores the history of one of Tulsa’s earliest families, the Perrymans. by BOB HARING


She says / she says Five women share what it’s really like in 2014 Tulsa to work in statistically male fields. by JANE ZEMEL


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11 From the HeArt Four Tulsa women teach art to the homeless.

12 Notebook What Tulsans are talking about

14 Passions A local doctor makes his film debut this summer.

16 Five questions Maritza Soto, young author

18 Storefront Two local fishermen grow their hobby into a fishing kayak business.

20 The way we were A local developer has big plans for Tulsa’s first synagogue.

22 Artist in residence A multi-media artist ties together visual art, music and writing. 24 Postgame Former University of Tulsa champ Melissa McNamara Luellen is head women’s golf coach at Arizona State University.


26 In their shoes Food for thought

28 Headliners Checking in with former newsmaker Arvin McGee

The Good Life

79 Flipping out Summer shoes

80 My Perfect Weekend Bianca Howell


83 Home One designer takes a bold approach to creating a harmonious home for a young family.

88 Health Senior volunteers are helping meet many needs in the Tulsa area. 95 Musings The summer game


111 Center of attention The Center of the Universe Festival returns. 112 Agenda This month’s standout events

114 Out & about See and be seen.

118 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings

120 The culturist American Theatre Company’s “She Kills Monsters”

122 Tulsa sound Teen musician Anastasia Richardson takes a stand against bullying.


124 Get the picture Biker Fox hits the big screen.

128 Flashback Remembering the YWCAoperated Camp Parthenia in 1946


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Women on the job: it’s a tricky subject about which

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Back to school: Adult education guide July 2014


to write an article, let alone a clever editor’s letter. One doesn’t want to offend (even when that one is herself a woman who works), nor drum up a non-issue in modern society. And try writing a creative headline. “Women at work” makes the notion sound novel. It’s not, obviously. “It’s a woman’s world” ... still too ’70s, someone suggested. They were right. Perhaps I’ve imagined the potential controversy lurking behind topics like this one. After all, sometimes we’re our own worst critics. Political correctness aside, what we — our all-female editorial team, I might point out, plus our male publisher — set out to do in the business feature on p. 34 was, at its core, what we think TulsaPeople does best: highlight a few of the city’s wonderful, interesting people. It just so happens that these women’s occupations are what make them especially interesting to us. As for the headline, we settled on “She says/she says” because that’s exactly what five local women do — tell us what it’s really like in 2014 Tulsa to work in fields that remain statistically male. Each person’s experience as one woman among few, some of which may surprise you, are weaved into writer Jane Zemel’s entertaining profiles. Now that I’ve cleared the air, let’s talk about something on which most of us can agree: the pleasure of summer’s bounty. Food Editor Judy Allen outdid herself with an A to Z summer cookbook (p. 61) detailing some of the tastiest produce, products and recipes of the season. Let’s just say you’ll want to keep this one around. Another standout is Bob Haring’s historical piece about one of Tulsa’s first families, the Perrymans (p. 31). Did you know most of the land in Tulsa once belonged to this notable family of Creek Indians? And David Harper pioneers a new monthly column called “Headliners” (p. 28) that checks in with once-familiar individuals who have fallen out of the local spotlight. I’ll end this letter with a quote from one of my favorite Tulsans profiled in this month’s issue, 11-year-old published author Maritza Soto. In the Q&A on p. 16, Soto tells aspiring writers, “People can be pretty mean. I’d tell them to ignore all that and use their own creativity and imagination.” I’d say that’s good advice for just about anyone, present company included.

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Hair, along with Cindy Johnson, Margaret McShane and Lauren Allen, all artists by talent, established the program through First Presbyterian Church. They modeled the program after a similar one in Austin, Texas. During the classes, participants can draw, paint, crochet, knit, sculpt and even do beadwork. Sometimes the women bring in others to help teach. For example, the beadwork instructor was a former program participant, who, when she got back on her feet, wanted to give back by volunteering. “Angela* does the most amazing beadwork, and we were thrilled to have her come back,” Hair says. “It is very gratifying to  see the impact this program Read more about the Works of HeArt has had on so many.” *First name used to protect privacy

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Mark* sits alone at the table, an intense look on his face as he draws his latest creation. “I’m moving next week, so I’m giving this last piece to the Center, so they can remember me,” he says. “I want it to be perfect.” When one thinks of art programs, probably the last place that comes to mind is Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless. However, decking its hallways is row after row of beautiful artwork and heartfelt poetry. Mark is one of the many students of the Works of HeArt program, all of whom are clients of the Center. He has attended almost every class for the past four years. In fact, one of his pieces was recently sold at a nonprofit auction. For five years, four Tulsa women have dedicated every Monday morning teaching art to the homeless. “It started as a project through our church,” says one of the group’s founders, Lissa Hair. “And now it’s evolved into this wonderful multi-media program. It’s not so much about learning art; it gives them a two-hour escape where they can connect with others and themselves.”

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What Tulsans are talking about by MORGAN PHILLIPS

Why connect gamblers online? Dating sites are so popular, and they keep getting more specific. We decided to expand our site to be more of a social network, too. Gamblers love to talk about their wins and what areas are hot. This way they can meet others and talk about it. Plans for expansion? We’re starting out here in Oklahoma because there are so many casinos, but eventually we’ll branch out to Kansas City, Arkansas, Tunica, Vegas. What about those addicted to gambling? We’re definitely targeting the people who are doing this just for fun and to be social, but we’re going to have a section for those who do have a problem gambling to hopefully get some help. The site could almost be like a support group. Is gambling a family affair for you? My dad plays table games, and I play slot machines with my mom. She’s an avid slot machine player. Your largest single payout? One time I hit a $9,000 jackpot on $30, but that was before taxes were taken out. Your favorite local casino? I’d say River Spirit. It’s closest to us. Have you really won more than you’ve paid in? Yes. For me, when I hit a jackpot, I’m going shopping. Membership will cost between $7 and $9 per month, but users can join their first month for free.


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Women rock and still are not getting their due respect in the workplace. Access to opportunity and the limitations we place on ourselves continue to restrict us. We graduate at a higher rate than men and represent over half of the workforce, but still only 14 percent of us are executive officers. If we bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, surely we should get to sit at the table and enjoy it. — Tulsan Risha Grant, CEO and founder of, a website that connects professionals to companies who want to diversify their workforces. The site recently presented “Sex and Execs,” a panel of Tulsa women discussing career development for female leaders.

Dr. Leigh Goodson at a May 14 Board of Regents meeting

Changing places Dr. Leigh Goodson is expected to begin work early this month as Tulsa Community College’s fourth president. She is the first woman named to the role in TCC’s nearly 45-year history and the first female president of one of the state’s three largest higher education institutions, according to a press release. Goodson previously was vice president for research and institutional advancement at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa. She replaces former TCC President Dr. Tom McKeon, who retired in June. McKeon was recently named executive director for the Tulsa branch of City Year, a national education-focused organization that unites young people for a year of service in high-need schools. He will lead City Year Tulsa into its founding year, according to a press release, deploying 50 City Year AmeriCorps members into six of Tulsa’s highest-need public schools this coming fall.

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A Tulsa woman hopes to get lucky by creating a successful social network for Oklahoma gamblers. Public relations and marketing professional Kristy White launched in June. The project is a joint venture with her dad, Don Gross of Carthage, Mo. The site targets 30- to 60-year-olds seeking relationships or friendships with others who enjoy gambling. White says it will allow gamblers to communicate directly; will share gambling tips from her mom, Trish; and eventually will include reviews of individual casinos and their restaurants. TulsaPeople’s Q&A with White, a casual gambler:

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Reaching for the stars A local doctor makes his film debut this summer. by DAVID HARPER

Dr. James Higgins plays the President of the United States in the summer release “Persecuted.” Photos of Higgins with various politicians and celebrities, along with their autographs, adorn the lobby of his Tulsa cardiology practice.

script, so it seems appropriate that he is now appearing in a film. The Tulsa cardiologist has a brief, but crucial, role in “Persecuted,” which is described on its website as a “powerful film on faith and freedom of speech.” Besides being one of the producers of the movie — set for release July 18 — Higgins plays the President of the United States. The casting seems suitable for a man whose waiting room is filled with photographs that chronicle his interactions with prominent politicians, sports stars and luminaries from the world of entertainment. “You learn so much by meeting with different people from different areas of life,” Higgins says. “Everyone’s done something you can learn from.” Higgins, now in his mid-60s, grew up in Wessington Springs, S.D., which, to hear him tell it, sounds like a real-life version of “Pleasantville.” He worked at his father’s grocery store, excelled at basketball and earned grades that gave him the opportunity to be the first in his family to go to college. At South Dakota State University he majored in electrical engineering, but a card game against a group of doctors led to a pivotal invitation to witness a gall bladder operation. “I couldn’t stand the sight of blood,” Higgins recalls of his attitude at the time. He says his “light-headed and sweaty” reaction to what he saw — and felt — during that surgery left him embarrassed ... and determined to observe another one. That literally put Higgins on the road to a career in medicine. He hitchhiked from South Dakota to the northeast in the early 1970s to interview at various prestigious medical schools before ultimately selecting the University of Rochester.


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The doctor says he tends to establish a quick rapport with seniors in particular “because everybody my age knows somebody who has a cardio problem.” In addition to travel, sports and medicine, Higgins' interests include aviation, real estate, politics and movies. He says his friendship with Gray Frederickson — whose production credits include “The Godfather” films and “Apocalypse Now” — led to his involvement with “Persecuted.” Frederickson knew of Higgins’ desire to be in a movie and suggested he audition for the film. Frederickson was pleased with Higgins’ natural talent on set and wanted him to help produce the film, Higgins says, a job that included making sure the film stayed on budget.  Higgins says being in a movie gave him newfound respect for the people associated with the motion picture industry. It can take many hours to film a single 40-second scene, he says, a process that can put everyone through an emotional wringer. “It’s like my job,” he says of the movie business. “You’ve got to be meticulous.” Higgins says appearing in a movie was one of the things on his bucket list. A devoted goal-setter who says he only sleeps four hours a night, Higgins literally makes lists of things he wishes to accomplish. On a recent weekday, he was carrying one such list. It wasn’t lunchtime yet and nearly everything had been crossed off. “I love having goals and doing things I’ve never done before,” he says. tþ Evan Taylor


The life story of Dr. James R. Higgins reads like a movie

Higgins says he quickly gravitated toward being a surgeon and subsequently found that cardiology — and the advances in the field at the time, such as pacemakers and internal defibrillators — tied in well with his electrical engineering background. He realized that the concepts of engineering were easily translated to the mechanics and circuitry of the heart when using such devices. This expertise allowed Higgins the opportunity to work with engineers to develop patented circuitry and devices and become a sought-after speaker on the subject.  He practiced in St. Louis, San Francisco and San Antonio before coming to Tulsa in 1986. Higgins, who estimates he has presided over nearly 50,000 medical procedures, also has lectured all over the world, providing him many opportunities to interact with celebrities. Higgins says the key to forming friendships with prominent people is to take a laid-back approach. He cringes when he remembers a friend who was too gushing when meeting Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, which sent the former Dodger quickly in the other direction.


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Maritza Soto Published author, age 11 by JAMES PEARSON

At age 9, Maritza Soto wrote a fantasy novel called “The Mystery of Fairy Tales.” Now 11 and a published author, the soon-to-be sixth grader is already planning a career as a writer.


What was your inspiration for “The Mystery of Fairy Tales”? I was always reading books. They grabbed my attention. I was attracted to all these other worlds that the authors created. So one day, I decided to create my own world like that. I just sat down and started with a pen and paper.


How did writing become important to you? There was a time in my life when my parents had just gotten divorced, and I started writing to escape my own little real-world problems. I would write about different worlds that I would create. It started from there, and writing became a huge part of my life.


What advice do you have for other kids going through hard times? I would tell them to not let all those moments bring them down. I know it sounds cheesy, but things really do get better. It takes awhile, but things start to lighten up.


Do you think writing will be a big part of your future? I would say so. I want to become an author when I grow up. I want to start writing a bunch of books. I was hoping this would become a big hit, but I can start out small and just work from there.


What advice do you have for other writers who want to publish a book? I would tell them to use their imaginations. Don’t pay attention to all the other stuff people are telling them. People can be pretty mean. I’d tell them to ignore all that and use their own creativity and imagination. tþ

Fill in the blanks My favorite books are ... “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. All-time favorite. Imagination is important because ... it helps you be a unique person. Children today are ... I don’t want to insult anybody, but they’re kind of obsessed with technology. I think it would be good if they’d pick up a book and start reading. My biggest fan is ... my mom. I want to become ... an author when I grow up. I’ve already started.

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Gone fishing Two local fishermen grow their hobby into a fishing kayak business.



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Dr. Scott Moseman and Chad Sanders, owners of Hook 1 Oklahoma, host regular kayak fishing events at Lake Bixoma.


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When Tulsa child psychiatrist Scott Moseman needs to get away for a few hours, he goes fishing. But instead of traversing area rivers and lakes by motorboat, he prefers a kayak he can load into the bed of his truck. “In the last three or four years, and having three kids, I needed to get out for few hours and then get back quickly without the need to care for a big boat,” he says. “It’s nice and peaceful to get out in small bodies of water and fish.” Recently the medical director for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program turned his relaxing hobby into a business, becoming a co-owner of Hook 1 Oklahoma, a Bixby kayak fishing store. With his business partner, Chad Sanders, he sells fishing kayaks, fishing equipment and tackle. Kayak fishing is ideal for busy anglers who don’t have time to spend a full day on the water, Moseman says, although some people do enjoy taking a whole day or several to kayak fish. Quiet and environmentally friendly, fishing kayaks are man-powered by paddle or pedal. They’re also economical and lightweight. “People can load their kayak on top of their cars, in the bed of their trucks or use small trailers that transport multiple kayaks,” Moseman says. “The boats are light enough that you can carry them.” Kayaks are easy to maneuver and can accommodate traditional boating accessories such as fish finders, GPS receivers and anchor trolleys, systems that anchor one’s kayak from the front or back of the boat, he explains. They also provide other advantages over fishing by motorboat. “Sometimes you can fish in less than a foot of water,” Moseman says of kayak fishing. “If there’s not a ramp or a place to launch a regular boat, you can still fish in a kayak.” With Oklahoma’s approximately 200 lakes — many only an hour or so from Tulsa — the state has more than 55,600 miles of freshwater shoreline, second only to Minnesota, according to and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. This makes fishing a popular pasttime for many in the area. “A lot of people like to kayak down local river systems and the Illinois River or the Mountain Fork River because of the shallow water,” Moseman says. It’s also an activity he enjoys with his 9-year-old son, Jackson. Moseman’s interest in kayak fishing as a business began with a friendship. “Chad and I live in the same neighborhood and have children of similar ages who are friends,” Moseman says. The two became fishing buddies and even fish in tournaments together. Before the men became business partners, Sanders sold a hybrid kayak called the Nucanoe Frontier out of his garage. Successful sales pointed to a demand for this type of vessel, Moseman says. “We decided to start small, get a space and see what happened,” he says. Moseman juggles his busy medical practice with the retail store by ordering tackle and doing research after hours, while Sanders manages the store. “Chad provides the business experience,” Moseman says. Naturally, the co-owners would like to see the business become profitable, but that is not the primary driver for the venture. “It happens to fit within our passion,” Moseman says. He says he enjoys going to the store to talk fishing with the customers. “We really love that the store is a meeting place for anglers to go out on fishing trips,” he says, adding that the business also is a major supporter for the northeast Oklahoma arm of Heroes on the Water, which transports veterans for on-the-water therapy. Sanders and Moseman work closely with the Oklahoma Kayak Fishing Tournament Trail and the Razoryak Arkansas Kayak Tournament Trail to promote the growing sport of kayak fishing. For upcoming store events and to find out more about Hook 1 Oklahoma, visit tþ


A peek into Tulsa’s past

Holy ground A local developer has big plans for Tulsa’s first synagogue.


The original synagogue of Temple Israel, left, caved in after a fire in 2009. A Tulsa developer plans to revive the 95-year-old abandoned structure by turning it into his loft-style home.

Tulsa developer Aaron Meek is bringing the former Temple Israel site back to life. The 95-year-old structure at 1320 S. Cheyenne Ave. caved in after a firestorm in 2009. Now, Meek will build his new loft-style home there. His company, Group M Investments, was recognized in 2008 for preserving the Campbell Hotel on East 11th Street. The former temple location will be transformed next. “We can save the structure,” Meek says. “What’s left is built of solid oak and sloped inside like a theater, and the trusswork is outstanding. Structural engineers found it safe so that this summer we can build a roof and then add electrical service and a garage.” Before the fire, California developer Kevin Stephens had planned to save the façade as a community center, but once it was gutted, Stephens let the property go through bankruptcy court. So, the structure’s charred brick walls stood bleakly abandoned until Meek stepped in and bought the trustee’s deed. In the beginning, a cottage had been the religious school for Tulsa’s Jewish community until the temple was organized Dec. 8, 1914, to practice Judaism in “a more Americanized, frontier style,” within the reform movement, according to Rabbi Emeritus Charles Sherman.


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The movement fit into the neighboring culture while also recognizing the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world). So, Feb. 1, 1917, the 70-by-128-foot lot was acquired for $8,000. The location was chosen because of its proximity to the young city’s 54 Jewish families. That September, the scholar J. B. Menkes was called to become the first rabbi. Petroleum geologist Julius Fohs pledged 15 percent of the building’s cost. Julius Kahn, a Jewish congressman; Henry Dreyfus, a building planner; and the rabbi developed the building’s plans. Ground was broken on Nov. 10, 1918. The Byzantine landmark was built with a stunning copper-clad, cross-in-square dome on the roof. The front steps led into a 38-foot square sanctuary. Two-hundred fifty people attended dedication services Friday evening, Oct. 17, 1919, which included the ancient ceremony of kindling the eternal light (a symbol of the “western lamp,” the light that constantly burned in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem) and the symbolic delivery of the building’s key. In due course, at the Sabbath morning service, the genial new spiritual leader, Rabbi Charles Latz, who succeeded Menkes, read from the Torah for guidance. The congregation used the space until 1931, when it sold the property and bought a new lot at at 1602 S. Rockford Ave. Temple Israel eventually moved to its current location at 2004 E. 22nd Place. tþ

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Simple gifts A multi-media artist ties together visual art, music and writing.

Images courtesy of Jeff Hogue


Jeff Hogue’s career as an artist has included exploring social and environmental concerns. While his skills are multi-faceted, he claims to think of himself “mostly as a painter who tries to do other things.”


Jeff Hogue is known for his multi-faceted talent in visual artistry, musical composition and writing. His focus: simplicity. His works have been featured in Tulsa galleries, as well as in the recent Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “24 Works on Paper” show, and at venues in Houston and Kansas City, Mo. TulsaPeople asked the artist, who has a studio in Bartlesville, how he balances his artistic concepts.

Your talents include being a painter, a multimedia artist and a writer. How do you combine these art forms? I work primarily from an emotional and conceptual center. I’m in love with simple, open-ended stories told through whatever means: paintings, collages, installation, music, performance. I’m also very interested in working with other artists ... My interests and intentions are often complicated and intertwined in ways that make it hard to decipher or explain — hard even for me to understand a lot of the time. Art, for me, must be a sort of discovered process. Of all three disciplines, do you have a first love? I guess I think of myself mostly as a painter who tries to do other things. I discovered myself as an artist in the


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early ’80s as I was discovering authentic community and spirituality. Art, community, and spiritual study and practice are intrinsic to one another for me. Walk us through your artistic process. I have no simple or basic process, so it’s hard to say how ideas bloom into finished works. Much of my interest has been in embracing social and environmental concerns and exploring these through work, although I am suspicious of work that is too well understood or planned from the outset. To me, art needs to be free of too much thought or interpretation. Art lives in the poetic realm, which is the realm of mystery and freedom. In recent years I’ve been more and more interested in making works that come from my heart — from a simple and direct place that’s free of too much thought or analysis.

How long have you been intrigued by combined media? Since beginning art school in Texas back in 1989, I’ve felt interested in combined media. I guess at some point I heard certain critics and theorists assert that “painting is dead.” This, of course, worried me, as painting seemed to be my primary skill and most likely salable medium. I transferred as a junior painting major in 1992 to the Kansas City Art Institute from the now-defunct San Antonio Art Institute and switched to an “intermedia” major. It was an experimental honors program that more resembled a master’s curriculum than undergrad. I was allowed to design my program and ... combined painting, photography, film and installation.  Where in the Tulsa area can we find your work? I’ve shown work at several places in Tulsa and am most proud of being formerly represented by Joseph Gierek, who is, for my money, the finest gallery owner in Oklahoma. I’ve shown at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery and the wonderful restaurant Chimera. I just completed some work in Oklahoma City at the wonderful gallery IAO for the show “Biting the Apple.” tþ

Hogue’s “Brocade,” 2012

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River June 29 – Sept. 21, 2014

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Catching up with Tulsa’s former athletes and coaches

Melissa McNamara Luellen The former TU champ is ASU’s head women’s golf coach. by DOUG EATON

Luellen’s golf resumé: • • • • • • •

The University of Tulsa 1988: NCAA individual champion; led TU to national team title Four-time All-American Finished in the top 10 in 22 of 41 career starts 2000: Named to TU Athletic Hall of Fame 2001-02: Head women’s golf coach 2001 and ’02: Twice named Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 2002: Central Region Coach of the Year

Professional career • 1988-89: Competed on the Futures and Ladies European Tour • 1989-2000: Competed on the LPGA Tour • 1998: Named to National Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame • • • • •

• • • •


Arizona State University 2002-present: Head women’s golf coach 2005, ’06, ’07 and ’09: Four-time West Regional Coach of the Year 2006, ’07 and ’09: Three-time PAC-10 Coach of the Year 2007 and 2009: Led team to two PAC-12 titles 2009: Coached team to NCAA championship; named SkyCaddie NGCA Coach of the Year Led team to 23 tournament titles 12 consecutive NCAA post-season appearances 11 golfers named to 18 All-American teams Coached three PAC-12 Golfers of the Year

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Her Sun Devils team recently took fifth place in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in May at Tulsa Country Club.

Luellen, a 1988 NCAA individual champion, also led The University of Tulsa to a 1988 national title.

No doubt you started playing golf at a young age. At about age 8, I would get to drive the golf cart with my mom and dad. Then I decided to go ahead and hit some ground shots, and I started having fun. We had some summer day camps at Cedar Ridge Country Club, and I just seemed to have a knack for golf. You were a star athlete at Jenks High School. What do you remember about those days? During my senior year, after winning state for the third time, I remember sitting in my first-hour class when the school announcements came on over the PA system. They declared “Melissa McNamara Day” at Jenks High School in honor of my third win. It was a pretty cool thing. At TU you played for your mother, Hall of Fame golf coach Dale McNamara, who was successful in her own right, having won four national championships at TU. Has she influenced your coaching philosophy? Coaching doesn’t always come through osmosis. I was a little too stubborn at first to ask my mom for any help. Then I realized I needed a lot of advice. A passion for the etiquette of the game was something that was strong with my mom and is strong with me. How has women’s collegiate golf changed since you played? Training, the workouts and technology have all improved. The girls are hitting the ball harder and farther. At the level of my game, I would be lucky to play in the top five on a team now. You also spent 11 years on the LPGA tour. What is your personal highlight from that time? It had to be my first win on the tour back in 1991 at the Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic in Vermont. I beat Patty Sheehan and Pat Bradley coming down the stretch. They were childhood idols of mine, and it was just a thrill to win. Of the eight members of your current squad at Arizona State, two are from Colombia and one each is from France, Spain and Australia. How do you convince young players to come that far to play? Do you spend a lot of time traveling internationally for recruitment? Our conference,

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school and college and professionally laid the foundation for Melissa McNamara Luellen’s entry into the collegiate coaching ranks. After two successful seasons coaching at her alma mater, The University of Tulsa, Luellen embraced the challenge in 2002 to coach at Arizona State University, a perennial national contender in women’s golf.

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Playing at a championship pace in high

Luellen, left, coached 2008 NCAA individual champion Azahara Munoz at Arizona State University. Munoz is now a successful LPGA player and was the 2010 LPGA Rookie of the Year. the PAC-12, is a highly competitive and sought-after conference by the top recruits. To be competitive you have to get the best players, and I don’t care what country they’re from. These kids are great team players because they have been brought up on international teams. I usually travel to the British Senior Girls or the European Girls championships during the summer. Arizona State has an excellent reputation for our weather, our facilities and the success in our golf program. tþ

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One man, many jobs

Food for thought by JEFF MARTIN

Our jobs couldn’t be more different. But over a decade ago we worked together at the bookstore where we first met. For the most part, on any given day, we did the same things. But as we’ve aged and our interests have grown, our careers diverged — hers down the for-profit culinary path, mine down the notfor-profit arts path. When your spouse owns and operates a small business, participating isn’t an option. You have to be willing to help whenever needed. A run to the store for missing ingredients. Ironing aprons. Whatever the day calls for. Over the past 18 months, I’ve also had the opportunity (obligation?) to work in the bakery on the occasional Saturday and see how it functions from the inside out. I’m not a baker, nor do I have the proper credentials to work in the kitchen or handle the food. But I am perfectly capable when it comes to ringing people up (on an iPad, no less), bussing tables, sweeping and doing odd jobs here and there. As a people-person, the customer interaction is what I enjoy most. I like the challenge of selling the wide variety of treats. I’ll give myself goals. Sell 10 scones in one hour. Move every cupcake by closing time. Arbitrary? Absolutely. But it sure is fun. The sum total of my previous experience in the food service industry was my yearlong stint as a waiter in an Italian restaurant. I was a horrible waiter. When it came to taking and remembering orders and managing more than one table at a time, I was nothing to write home about. But I loved talking to people and charming the guests.


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Being in a daily office setting as I have been for years, I’d forgotten both the joys and challenges of in-person interactions with the public. Granted, I haven’t had to deal with many disgruntled customers, but just knowing that my performance (or lack thereof) could lead to said outcome is a unique pressure. My wife and I have been married for nine years; we’ve been together for even longer. But seeing someone at work, especially when they own the business, gives a level of insight rarely found in other settings. It’s not uncommon for my wife to come home from a long workday just wrecked. She got up well before sunrise and wasn’t done until well after sunset. Her job is physical. It’s constant. It’s not what I do. I’d much rather work until 3 a.m. than get up at 3 a.m. But I am sympathetic. I do whatever I can to ease the burden, to lighten the load with my rather limited skill set in this area. With every shift I work, every table I wipe, that sympathy looks a bit more like empathy. And that’s always the better thing. The purpose of this column is to explore the lives of others and the work they do and to attempt a better understanding of the community in which I (and you) live. But at the end of the day, this is one job I’m not experimenting with for an article or some kind of broad social experiment. I’m just lending a helping hand to the woman I love. It’s not work at all. tþ Jeff Martin


My wife owns a bakery. I work at a museum.


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Is that the garage door opening, or is it just another earthquake? Earthquakes to Oklahomans were once as rare as hurricanes to North Dakotans. Until recently, you’d be lucky to know someone who has felt an earthquake in Oklahoma. But in the past few years the state has experienced a dramatic increase in earthquake activity. Most attribute the rise to fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, which is the process of drilling deep within the earth into shale rock layers to extract natural gas. But in recent studies, fracking doesn’t seem to be closely correlated to earthquake activity, says Amberlee Darold, a research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Studies suggest fracking is “only very rarely the direct cause of felt earthquakes,” she says.


The year the Oklahoma Geological Survey started recording earthquake activity.


The magnitude of Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011.


The number of earthquakes recorded by the Oklahoma Geological Survey from 20102014. Only 1,825 were recorded by the OGS from 1975-2009.


Earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater have been recorded since the beginning of 2014 (at press time), compared to 109 in 2013.


Earthquakes have been strong enough to feel since the beginning of this year.


The number of 2014 Oklahoma earthquakes at press time compared to 2,846 in 2013.

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Checking in with former newsmakers

Another day of freedom



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Twelve years ago, DNA evidence exonerated Arvin McGee Jr. on charges of the 1987 rape and kidnapping of a Tulsa woman, a crime for which he served more than 12 years in prison.

Evan Taylor

When I first met Arvin McGee Jr., he was not far removed from a long trip through hell. McGee was convicted in June 1989 in connection with the October 1987 kidnapping and rape of a Tulsa woman. Ultimately, DNA evidence established that McGee could not have been the culprit, and he was released from prison on Feb. 26, 2002, after serving 12 years and 8 months of his sentence. He subsequently filed a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, claiming that its actions during the investigation of the crimes led to him being unfairly tried and convicted. In March 2006, I was in the courtroom when a Tulsa jury returned a $14.5 million verdict in McGee’s favor. A $12.25 million settlement was reached in the case in June 2006. Eight years later, McGee leads a seemingly heavenly life. However, he said recently that the memories of those many years he spent in custody are never far away. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it,” McGee said on a warm sunny afternoon as we relaxed outside a Tulsa restaurant. During the 2006 trial, McGee testified about the Kafkaesque nightmare of being convicted of crimes he did not commit. He told the jury of the constant fear in which he lived while he was an inmate, a result of being told that a “hit” had been put out on his life by white racist inmates because he was a black man convicted of raping a white woman. He told them about how he would put magazines inside his waistband, hoping they would lessen the wound caused by a potential stabbing. He also testified about the horrible things he saw and heard behind prison walls. However, if McGee is still a haunted man, he’s a remarkably cheerful one. He says if his kids complain about something trivial, he’ll sometimes counter with the statement, “I was in a cell for 14 years,” to make a point about real misery. While McGee says he keeps up with cases similar to his, he appears to have moved on with his life. “I can’t hold a grudge,” he says. “I gave Christ my life. I understand what he died for.” He says he “rededicated” himself to his faith about a year before his release from prison. He is still active with Tulsa’s Ministry of Reconciliation, for which he

helped build a church with some of the money from his settlement. McGee says his time is occupied with church functions and attending his four children’s activities while helping his wife of 10 years home school them. “I live my life through my kids,” McGee says. While we live in an era in which athletes decline $144 million contracts, it would seem the 52-year-old McGee received enough money from the 2006 settlement to live a comfortable life from here on out, even when his attorneys’ fees were subtracted from the total. He has a nice house near downtown Tulsa. It appears he has had some dental work. He says he has done some traveling with his family, but after a few days he always starts thinking about heading back home. “There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed,” he says. While McGee says he can foresee himself moving to Florida in about 10 years to take advantage of the weather, he says he is enjoying life in Tulsa. He says he picks the people he chooses to hang around with “very carefully.” The people he does associate with “don’t make a big deal” about the money that came his way, he says.

McGee says he is trying to stay within a budget so his children can benefit from the money when they become adults. If anyone can understand how quickly life can change, it is Arvin McGee. In less than five years, he went from being a wrongfully convicted inmate to being a wealthy man. But who wants to be a millionaire if it means spending 14 years behind bars to achieve that status? Superior investigative techniques make cases like his less likely today, McGee believes. Yet, he says he also thinks plenty of people are still wrongfully in prison awaiting justice. While what happened to him was “upsetting” at the time, he says he harbors no bitterness. “You can get mad,” McGee says. “I choose not to. What’s done is done.” Not long after that, we parted ways. I had a column to write. McGee had another day of freedom to savor. tþ David Harper has been a member of the Tulsa-area media for more than 20 years. A native of Virginia, he has two degrees from The University of Tulsa, including a law degree.


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Family ties

TulsaPeople explores the history of one of Tulsa’s earliest families, the Perrymans.

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One of Tulsa’s many Perryman homes, which also served as the city’s first post office at East 41st Street and South Trenton Avenue


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named Lula Dunbar, kept the house. The orig1879. That history is recorded on a monument If you live in midtown or south Tulsa, there’s at East 41st Street and South Trenton Avenue. inal home burned in 1910, but she had it rebuilt a chance you may be living on what was once Visitors can relax in a small pocket park there. and remained there. She later remarried a white land that belonged to one of the city’s founding Mail first came into Tulsa by horseback from man named Hamilton. families, the Perrymans. Coffeyville, Kan., and later from Fort Smith, Over the years, the Perryman Ranch fell into Even today, more than a century between the Ark. After the Frisco Railroad reached Tulsa in disrepair, but the late Monetta Trepp, a grandfirst settlers and today’s sprawling metropolis, 1882, Josiah moved the post office downtown, daughter of Mose, restored it. She grew up near vestiges of the Perrymans remain, in houses, near East First and Main streets, and later went Chicago but spent summers at the ranch with parks, a cemetery, various landmarks — and uninto the mercantile business there. her grandparents. She inherited an approximatetold dozens of descendants. Legus became principal chief of the Creek ly 30 percent stake in the ranch, primarily from Just who were the Perrymans? Nation and served for many years. her mother, Edith, then bought out other relaThe family’s legacy began with Benjamin Overall, the Perryman family history has tives and installed a friend, Wes Dickinson, as Perryman, the son of a Welsh trader and a enough characters, events and locales to satisfy ranch manager. Although he still manages the Creek Indian woman. any Hollywood script. property, Monetta’s three sons now own it. Some Benjamin and his wife had six sons and two When the Creeks were first moved to Indian of the descendants of the original Perryman catdaughters before the United States seized the Territory, all land was tribal property and any tle still graze on the land. historic tribal lands in Georgia and Alabama and Creek could use it. Monetta also worked with Donovan Hamilmoved about 20,000 Creeks to Indian Territoton, a retired history teacher, to comry, now eastern Oklahoma, in the pile a Perryman family tree. He and 1820s. Monetta shared a grandmother, Lula The Perrymans settled in 1828 Dunbar, and Hamilton says, “I was near the Arkansas and Verdigris the first white baby born in the Perrivers, in the vicinity of Wagoner ryman ranch house.” and Muskogee. The family raised Lewis’ son George, the famed catcattle and ran a trading post, but tleman, also built a “town” house in after a cholera epidemic in 1848, 1886 at East Sixth Street and South the Perrymans moved to what Boulder Avenue. He ordered lumber had become Tulsey Town. Anfor the house brought in from Cofother branch of the Creek Nation, feyville by ox team. the Lochapoka clan, settled that George married Rachel Alexander, area in 1836 when they built an Left, Josiah Perryman became Tulsa’s first postmaster in 1879. Josiah’s brother George also a Creek, who was fondly known initial council fire under a giant and his wife, Rachel, ran cattle and raised 30 children, according to one source. as “Aunt Rachel.” She was noted as oak tree with embers carried from a cook and benefactor, who took in Alabama. That site, including the All Creek land was held in common “and you many children besides her own. The couple’s tree, is now a park at East 18th Street and South just had to put a fence around it,” says Robert daughter, Ella Perryman Kneedler, once reCheyenne Avenue. Trepp, a family historian and great-grandson of called their home was “the only two-story house One of Benjamin’s sons, Lewis Perryman, in town,” and some of Tulsa’s early schoolteachGeorge’s son Mose Perryman. “The whole Perhad four wives and between 16 and 19 children ers boarded with them. ryman family ran cattle from Mounds to Chou(records vary). Lewis’ fourth wife was Ellen Another pioneer Tulsan, Lon Stansberry, teau. The only way to tell who they belonged to Winslett, and it was their sons George, Josiah was by the brand that was on them.” once told a historian that George and Rachel and Legus who figure most prominently into That ended in the 1890s when the government Perryman raised 23 children in addition to their Tulsa’s early history. decreed that all land be allotted to individual own seven. George built a house near what is now East Creeks. “If you were an orphan, you moved in with 33rd Street and South Trenton Avenue, roughly It led to perhaps the family’s most enduring George and Aunt Rachel,” Stansberry told an the south end of Zink Park, and raised the most legacy, the Perryman Ranch at East 111th Street interviewer, Nina Dunn. head of cattle in Indian Territory. and South Elwood Avenue, in what is now Jenks. George died of a heart attack in 1899, but RaAt one time, the Perrymans ran more than Mose put together 440 acres with his allotment chel continued to live in the house and was noted 3,000 longhorn cattle on more than 200,000 and the allotments of his two daughters and for sitting on its porch, smoking a pipe. In 1910, acres, covering all of what is now south Tulsa and built a ranch house. He also had an additional 40 a developer convinced her to sell the house to beyond. They also planted 1,000 or more acres of acres around East 18th Street and South Peoria him. He agreed with her price of $60,000. corn for winter feed. George was considered “the Avenue, a section that is now the North Maple Rachel, who spoke little or no English, deIndian cattle king of the Creek Nation,” accordRidge neighborhood. manded cash, not a check. That much cash had ing to “Chronicles of Oklahoma.” Mose was murdered in 1901 while in Texas on to be brought from St. Louis. Once she received Josiah used part of George’s house for a post cattle business, but his widow, a white woman the currency, Kneedler once said, “She put it in office and became Tulsa’s first postmaster in


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her pocket as if it were park in 1909. As an adult, Helen tried to an everyday affair and Perryman descendant Robert Trepp get the land back but walked over and put it with artist Suzan Harjo, at the 2014 failed. Zink Park was in the bank.” Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival created with a gift of In 1912 that house five acres from John was moved to make way for construction and Swannie Zink of a county courthouse, in 1944, but Okemah which was later razed Perryman donated an for the Fourth National additional 10 acres in Bank tower, now Bank 1948. of America. The house Both Bob Perryman was relocated to East and Robert Trepp have 13th Street and South stories about meeting Elwood Avenue, where Perrymans they didn’t it still stands, although know. it has been remodeled At a party years ago, and renovated over the years. Trepp was chatting with a neighbor who said he Another notable Perryman house is at East lived near the Perryman Cemetery. 31st Street and South Utica Avenue, a block “I said, ‘That’s my cemetery,’ and he said, ‘That’s north of the Perryman Cemetery, Tulsa’s oldest my family, too,’” Trepp recalls. private cemetery (see sidebar). Arthur Perryman After he moved to a retirement village, Bob met another resident who said his wife was a built the large red brick home in the early 1900s. Perryman — one Bob hadn’t known. He was a son of Thomas Ward Perryman, an“There’s a lot of them,” he says. other of Lewis’ sons, who became a noted minisTen or 15 years ago, Trepp attempted to orgater. The home was sold to a family named Brown

Overall, the Perryman family history has enough characters, events and locales to satisfy any Hollywood script.


Tulsa’s historic Perryman Cemetery has been given new life, thanks to the

Tulsa Historical Society. About 50 members of the Perryman family are buried in the small cemetery at East 32nd Street and South Utica Avenue, as well as unknown soldiers from the Civil War. With matching funds from the Daughters of the American Revolution, THS has added a dozen grave markers, finally marking about half of the cemetery’s approximately 30 unmarked graves. The lost names and dates were added from transcripts of the stones recorded by a Perryman descendant in 1937. Benchmark Monument Co. created the new markers, which were set in June, from marble custom cut into traditional shapes, says Ian Swart, THS archivist and curator of collections. “The Tulsa Historical Society was deeded the cemetery in the 1970s to care for it and to make sure it was never moved and developed,” Swart says, adding that THS plans to erect markers at all the gravesites. THS will host a cemetery rededication ceremony on Sept. 6, the anniversary of Legus Perryman’s election as chief of the Creek Nation. Legus’ marker is one of the dozen new markers installed at the cemetery.

nize an annual reunion of Perrymans, but he says the family is “so intermarried with others” that “attendance has kind of dropped.” tþ

The Perrymans today A current Tulsa telephone book lists

about 40 Perrymans, but the lineage also is scattered among a dozen or more other family names. Some Perryman men had daughters who married into other families. Some Perrymans married within the Creek Nation, but others married white settlers, and some married former slaves. Over the years, the heritage has spread to families named Trepp, Johnson, Porter, Hodge, Childers and other names. Family historian Robert Trepp says there are cousins in the Tulsa area who don’t know each other.

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and has changed hands multiple times but still is called “The Perryman House.” Arthur’s son Robert “Bob” Perryman lived there as a child and recalls when all the houses on 31st Street between South Utica and Trenton avenues (the east side of Zink Park) were occupied by Perrymans. Bob, a Tulsa surgeon, also remembers riding horses from there to the Perryman grounds south to East 41st Street. At one time, he says, his father and uncle owned a square block of downtown, between South Boston and Cincinnati avenues, from East Seventh to Eighth streets. It’s now the site of the First Presbyterian Church. Another Perryman house, on West 41st Street, is now a bed and breakfast called Cedar Rock Inn. There are supposedly other Perryman houses, including some on or near East 41st Street, but Trepp says he has been unable to locate them. Many have been extensively remodeled. Two Tulsa parks also have a Perryman heritage. Formerly part of the Perryman pasture, Woodward Park was an allotment to Helen Woodward, whose father sold it to Tulsa for a

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The Perryman Cemetery received new grave markers in June.


She says / she says Five women share what it’s really like in 2014 Tulsa to work in statistically male fields. by JANE ZEMEL

The more things change, the

more the workplace can still seem like 1970. Why is it that no matter how many female governors, female senators, female CEOs, female mechanics, female pilots or female firefighters there are, their gender remains something of a novelty? Wasn’t all that supposed to end 40 years ago? Apparently it didn’t. The good news is that even though no one ever asks their husbands or partners what they do for childcare or who cooks dinner, the skilled women featured here are making the idea of working in primarily male-dominated fields not so unusual. And the comments they get from co-workers, customers or patients have mostly shifted to the positive side. 34

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Stephanie Wagner, firefighter

Ask any kid what he or she wants to be when they grow up, and “firefighter” will rank in the top three every time. That idea didn’t dawn on Stephanie Wagner until she was 35 years old. Seven years into being a Tulsa paramedic, she decided she needed a change. “I got too settled, and it’s hard to live in a truck for 12 hours,” she explains. She and her work partner, who also was her sister-in-law, Arami Goldstein, decided to apply to the Owasso Fire Department. Wagner became the first female member of that community’s fire department. Her sister-in-law was the second. In her rookie year Wagner answered her first house fire call. “I was extremely nervous going in, but once I was inside spraying water, I couldn’t stop grinning,” she says. Adventure was always part of Wagner’s nature. “I love to snowboard, jet ski, bike, hike, do Crossfit — anything outdoors,” she says. She also lived on a scuba-diving boat and swam with hammerhead sharks and manta rays. Adventure is what she likes about this job, too. “I love that you never know what you are going to do at work that day,” Wagner says. “It could be a structure fire, motor vehicle accident, medical call.” And, yes, the fire department really does rescue cats from trees and ducks from storm drains. It also finds children who are reported as lost, but are just better at playing hide and seek than their parents. Wagner’s biggest concern in taking the job was time away from her family. Her shift is 24 hours on, 48 hours off. But that turned out to be a good thing. “I get more time with my kids, I just don’t get to tuck them in every third night,” she says. “My kids are proud of me and my job.” Comments about gender don’t bother her. “Most people don’t mean to be rude,” she says. “They are just surprised.” Her male crewmembers are her biggest defenders. When someone asked if Wagner could carry a hose, they assured that person she could. “I work hard every day,” she says. “I do my job to the best of my ability, and I don’t stop working until there is no work left to be done.” Wagner thinks women are too hard on each other. “We need to support each other in whatever we decide to do — whether it is to stay at home with our children, defend our country or climb Mount Everest,” she says.

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Jennifer Wise, commercial pilot


At age 15, Jennifer Wise’s first flying lesson turned into a career path. And after

25 years with Southwest Airlines, she loves being airborne. “I love the technical aspects of operating a complex machine, the customer service aspect and the safety-minded operation that airlines operate within,” she says. While there are more female pilots today than when Wise began in the industry, customers still make comments about her gender, she says. Fortunately they’re mostly positive. An 88-year-old passenger told Wise how proud she was to see a woman in such a role — a career that was not possible for her when she was growing up. “It really made me think how times have changed not only in aviation, but for women in general,” Wise says. Perception has changed for the good, too. Once when Wise was teaching flight instruction at Tulsa International Airport about 30 years ago, one male student refused to be trained by a woman and demanded to see the chief instructor. “Our chief was a woman,” Wise laughs. The male student was given the choice of flying with Wise or flying with the chief.

While there are more female pilots today than when Wise began in the industry, customers still make comments about her gender, she says.

“He seemed frustrated and embarrassed, but decided to fly with me,” she says. “I earned his trust and respect, and he later apologized.” Today Wise primarily works as a captain and in the Southwest Training Center in Dallas, providing simulator checks to pilots. She also serves as a manager of training in Dallas, spending about 80 percent of her time developing curricula for a variety of pilots and experience levels. In yet another role, Wise is a check airman, responsible for making sure Southwest pilots’ skills are up to date. Of 7,000 pilots, only 160 are check airmen; only five of those are female. She also is one of Tulsa’s two female designated pilot examiners, who conduct certification checks for people seeking to earn the pilot’s certificate or additional qualifications. “I’ve been doing that for 28 years, testing students from Spartan, OU, OSU and TCC,” she says. As much as she enjoys teaching, Wise says she likes interacting with passengers. “No flight is ever the same,” she says. “Captains ensure safety. I like the responsibility.” That’s not the only reason she loves being in the air. “It’s relaxing up there,” she says. “It’s the office with the best view ever.”

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Tarah Angelidis, landman


There’s no politically correct term for Tarah Angelidis’ job. She’s a landman. Not a landwoman. Not a landperson. A landman. It means she acquires the subsurface mineral rights from landowners for oil and gas exploration. Now in Tulsa, Angelidis has worked in bigger cities — Houston, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth — where diversity in the oil and gas industry was more prevalent. “Tulsa is less transient,” she explains. “Not a lot of new business comes here. Everyone is from here and wants to stay here.” Growing up in Tulsa, she knew many people in the industry. One, in particular, influenced Angelidis’ career choice. Her own mother, a dietitian, was a single mom who struggled to take care of her family. Her mother’s best friend also was a single parent, but had a good job in the O&G industry that provided her family with a comfortable life. That was the lifestyle Angelidis chose, too. She earned her degree at the University of Oklahoma. “At my first job, I colored maps,” she jokes. “That’s how I learned the foundation of the business.” She also learned that a landman negotiates for oil and gas leases. “That was right up my alley,” she says, adding that she enjoys working in a team environment with engineers and geologists toward a common goal. “I knew I’d made the right decision.” That was 16 years ago. At her first drilling meeting, her manager invited her to sit at the table, not take a back seat along the wall, which she says was empowering. Her personal observation is that “women tend to hold themselves back by their own self-doubt.” However, “there aren’t many women or men in executive positions who are my age,” in the industry, Angelidis says. At 37, she falls into a gap. Many in their late 50s and early 60s are starting to retire; others in their late 20s and early 30s are on their way up. During almost two missing decades, the oil bust sent young professionals into other areas of business. Since moving back to Tulsa in December 2012, she has found her dream job. She is one of five partners in a start-up business, Protégé Energy III LLC, which is backed by a private equity group. “The company is actively leasing and building on its success through acquisitions,” says Angelidis, who holds the title of vice president of land. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of that,” she says of playing such an important role in a company’s growth. “Everybody works toward the same goals, and everything affects the bottom line — which is both exciting and scary. I’ve been working so hard, but it’s worth it.”

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Dr. Anna Wanahita, vascular neurologist


Anna Wanahita knew from an early age that she wanted two initials after her

name: M.D. “Both of my parents were dedicated physicians, and I always admired how they helped other people,” she says. Her mother especially was a role model to her growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia. “She convinced me by example that as a woman, you can be a very busy physician but also have a happy family,” Wanahita says. “I grew up watching her help other people and saw firsthand how grateful her patients were for her care. My mom is still a practicing physician and is always busy and on call most days, but enjoys every minute of what she does while being a great mother, wife and sister.” Wanahita always takes it as a challenge if someone tells her she can’t do a certain task, “especially if the reason is ‘because you are a woman,’” she says. This was a statement she heard often growing up, but she says she still encounters it periodically. Obviously no one told her she couldn’t be co-director of the St. John Stroke Center, the only Joint Commission-certified stroke center in northeast Oklahoma. There, Wanahita’s focus is on the brain, which she calls the most fascinating organ in the body. “It is a never-ending process to learn about the brain,” she says. “Also, because the brain is the most delicate organ and damage to it is irreversible, we are always in a race against time when a stroke happens. “Every day is fascinating and unique. I never have a boring week.” Her coworkers — all of the physicians in St. John’s core stroke team and Neuroscience Center are men — never treat her differently because of her gender. “My physician assistant also is a woman who is juggling her hours caring for stroke patients and raising three children,” Wanahita says. Two of the physicians on the stroke team are hands-on dads raising their newborns along with their career wives. “It is helpful to have partners at work that can look at men and women equally both in the professional realm and the personal realm,” Wanahita says. She says she is lucky to have a supportive husband, who also is a doctor, and an understanding 4-year-old son — not to mention a dependable nanny and friends who help to manage the day-to-day challenges of a demanding medical career. “It is very hard sometimes, but to be able to do something that you love and choose as a career is very rewarding intellectually and emotionally,” says Anna Wanahita ... M.D.

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Katelynn Davis, mechanic



Katelynn Davis grew up in the era of New Kids on the Block and ‘N Sync, but

she wasn’t one of those screaming teens. “When other little girls were hanging pictures of boy bands, I was hanging posters of muscle and classic cars,” she says. Today she’s a manager at Jiffy Lube. Her interest in cars and all things automotive started with her dad. They worked on his truck together. “Those are very fond memories I have of him,” she says. Davis’ job is challenging, physically and mentally. “It’s all about speed,” she says. A mechanic at Jiffy Lube has 8-12 minutes to change the oil, check all the fluids and do a 14-point inspection. Customers regularly make comments about her being a woman. “About 99 percent of them are positive,” she says. One older woman recently told Davis she was thankful for more female mechanics. That customer said she didn’t feel as much pressure or arrogance as with some male mechanics she’d encountered, Davis relates. Another elderly gentleman was concerned about having a woman work on his car. Davis introduced him to her supervisor, who told the customer Davis was the most knowledgeable mechanic in the store. She was glad to have the support, but her real concern was retaining the customer. Since becoming manager, Davis has added a crew of three women and two men. Female mechanics generally are “detail-oriented ... more likely to double and triple check,” she says. “It’s not always just about the manual labor. A lot of the job is about detail and caring about the customer.” Over the years, Davis has noticed a big change in customer behavior, too: more women are bringing in their own cars for oil changes. “They used to have their husbands do it,” she says. She has logged nine years in the automotive industry. When she first started, there was a definite pay difference. “Now, we’re getting closer,” she says. (Another issue most people thought had been settled during the boy band years.) “I care about my work,” Davis says. “I treat each car as if it were my own and every customer as if they were family.” She encourages other young women to consider an automotive career, but to be serious about it and be prepared to work hard. Her advice: “Go for it. What’s stopping you?” tþ

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Adults over age 50 are returning to college for advanced education and training. by JADE SCHRODER

Have you ever wanted to go back to school? Millions of adults have. In fact,

students over the age of 50 comprise the fastest-growing population of community college students nationwide, according to a Tulsa Community College report. TCC is one of 100 community colleges across the nation selected for a program of the American Association of Community Colleges to better serve baby boomers interested in health care, education and social services by helping them complete certificates or degrees. “The goal of the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is to improve educational services that support the academic success of older adults preparing for new careers,” says Dr. Sarah Plunkett, TCC assistant dean for health sciences. TCC offers a variety of degrees and certificates in the health sciences that may appeal to nontraditional students. In general, the health sciences careers appeal to Baby Boomers because of their desire to work in the “helping professions” and their ability to learn a new craft or enhance existing skills that empower them to “give back” to the community, says Nicole Burgin, media relations specialist at TCC. In addition, older adults can earn certificates and/or degrees in health sciences with a shorter length of study, which leads to a quicker entry into the workforce when compared to a traditional four-year degree.  “TCC’s 50 Plus students represent 6 percent of the student body, and 3 percent of health sciences students at TCC, but that number is expected to grow,” Burgin says.

Other schools also are noticing the trend of more adults seeking higher education. The types of adults returning to college at OSU-Tulsa vary greatly — from military personnel and veterans training for civilian careers, to students earning graduate degrees or a second bachelor’s degree, to a small group of retirees pursuing education just for fun, says Susan Tolbart, director of recruitment and student development at OSU-Tulsa. “With more jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or other technical knowledge, adults are seeing a need to return to school,” she says. “They are returning to college to give themselves the best advantage in the job market.” At OU-Tulsa, primarily a graduate-level institution, many adults also can be found returning to pursue careers or advance in their present one. The average age of an OU-Tulsa student is 34; the oldest graduate in 2013 was 63. However, it typically takes time for adults to make the leap back into the classroom, according to Glenda Silvey, director of communications at OU-Tulsa. “Research shows that it takes about two years from the time a student entertains thoughts of returning to school for the student to actually enroll,” she says. Allow TulsaPeople to help jumpstart your research on the various continuing education options available to adults in Tulsa with the list of degree programs on the following pages..


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Just for fun Tulsa offers various community classes to learn a range of interesting skills. The below list is just a sampling.

ART Abstract Art 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays beginning July 1. Tulsa Art Center, 6808 S. Memorial Drive, Ste. 236. Shapes, composition and colors using the medium of acrylics. $45, single class; $185, 8-week session. Visit or call 918-615-3480. Batik a Bag Workshop 6-8 p.m., July 21 and 28. WaterWorks Art Center, 1710 Charles Page Blvd. A two-session workshop where students learn the many techniques of applying wax to fabric, study samples and practice before creating their unique â&#x20AC;&#x153;hobo bag.â&#x20AC;? $40 per class, plus kit fee. Call 918-596-2440. Life Drawing: Open Studio 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays. Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. Model sketching in a variety of poses as directed by the teaching artist. $10 per session; $55, six sessions. Visit or call 918-748-5379. Oil Painting 9:15-11:45 a.m., Thursdays. Ziegler Art and Frame, 6 N. Lewis Ave. Learn the techniques and joy of painting with oils. $17 per day; $60 per month. Call 918-584-2217 or visit Summer Glass Jewelry 6-8 p.m., July 8, 15 and 22. WaterWorks Art Center, 1710 Charles Page Blvd. Create necklaces and bracelets using warm glass enhanced with dichroic glass. $20 per class, plus kit fee. Call 918-596-2440.

CAKE DECORATING Buttercream 101 6-8 p.m., Aug. 11 and 12. All Things Cake, 8256 E. 71st St. Learn the basics of working with buttercream, including how to level, fill and ice a cake. All supplies provided. $97 for two 2-hour sessions. Visit, call 918-994-4490 or email info@allthings

COOKING Cooking classes with chef Candace Conley 6-8 p.m, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Urban Kitchen, 1635 E. 15th St. Various themes and styles. Cost varies. Visit

DANCE Swing Tulsa Style Dance Club 7 p.m., Thursdays. The Clubhouse, 2735 S. Memorial Drive. Beginning swing dance class; sessions start over the first week of each month. $4. Visit or call 918-5236662.

SELF-DEFENSE Japanese swordsmanship (Bukendo) 6-7:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays; 1-2:45 p.m., Saturdays. Bukendo, the study of the Katana and other Samurai weapons, involves practicing individual techniques, partners drill work and sparring practice with wooden swords to master combat distance, footwork and timing. Five Circles Martial Arts, Buddy LaFortune Community Center, 5202 S. Hudson Ave. $40, individuals; $30 per person for groups of two or more. Visit Shaolin Kung Fu Various times/days. Tulsa Kung Fu Academy of Self Defense, 2603-D S. Memorial Drive. Classes in shaolin kung fu, tai chi, mixed martial arts and kickboxing for beginners and families offered. Monthly fee. Visit or call 918-664-8202.



With any thriving business, it is the people who make it a success. In an age of technology, iPads and smartphones, it is nice to see a familiar face when you walk through the door of your favorite restaurant, repair shop or fitness center. That personal attention is what gives Tulsa its small-town feel, despite a plethora of big-city offerings. Whether they were born into the family business or have recently opened shop, these “Faces Behind the Places” know that customer service is king. In this special advertising section, we highlight the people responsible for the continued quality of these local establishments.

July 2014

We hope you enjoy these profiles and stories about the people behind some great Tulsa businesses.

Dr. Christian Clark

Dr. Christian Clark

Treating patients as more than just a number

Dr. Christian Clark knows treating patients encompasses a multitude of responsibilities besides just expert medical care. “We believe our responsibilities go beyond our medical and technical expertise,” says Dr. Christian Clark, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Adult Gastroenterology Associates. “Our overarching philosophy is that patients are more than just a number, and we must meet their goals and satisfaction while delivering the highest quality care.” Adult Gastroenterology Associates is a single specialty gastroenterology and hepatology practice comprised of 10 board-certified physicians with offices in Tulsa, McAlester, and Vinita. Patients also have the choice of benefiting from receiving procedures in the groundbreaking, first freestanding center of its kind in Northeastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Endoscopy Center. The practice’s staff abides by a strict code of patient care with quick response, minimal waits for an appointment, maintaining a comfortable and relaxed environment, and providing prompt referrals when needed.

Adult Gastroenterology Associates Offering the highest quality care


• Patrick R. Volak, M.D., F.A.C.P.

• Matt M. Blankenship, M.D.

• Markham L. Nightengale, M.D.

• Brandon A. Conkling, D.O.

• Douglas B. Kliewer, M.D.

• Christian D. Clark, M.D.

• Paul D. Stanton, M.D.

• Jeff J. Blonsky, M.D.

• Gary L. Hills, D.O.

• Kevin M. McNamara, M.D.

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Adult Gastroenterology Associates Five Locations • Tulsa, McAlester, Vinita 918-481-4700

First Oklahoma Bank

True ‘community’ bank completing distinctive headquarters building

After 41 years of experience in the business of managing and building banks, Tom Bennett believes in the model his team has employed to create the company’s latest successful banking enterprise, First Oklahoma Bank. “We like a community bank that is owned and managed by local families,” he says, “and our institution has a total of 238 investors with over 200 of those shareholders living in Tulsa.” The chairman and co-CEO points to First Oklahoma Bank’s growth—achieved in less than five years—to prove the formula is a winner. “We have grown from a startup in 2009 to total assets of over $300 million this year, making FOB the fastest-growing new bank in Oklahoma history.” Bennett notes several factors for the bank’s growth and success, offering customers: • consistent market-topping interest rates on CDs and other interest-bearing transaction accounts. • free courier service for business accounts, and free ATM service anywhere in the world. • electronic access to depository services through its web site, including access by cell phone. • the services of loan officers who are local people who are eager to understand their business and fulfill their borrowing needs. First Oklahoma Bank will soon open its new bank headquarters building in Jenks. The iconic, six-story structure at 100 S. Riverside Drive is easily recognized with its copper-colored cupola crowned with the American flag atop a 40-foot pole. The bank will occupy most of the space in the new building. “The new bank building has a very distinctive look and height and can be recognized from the Creek Turnpike, Tulsa Hills, South Tulsa and other vantage points” says Bennett, “which symbolizes our desire that First Oklahoma Bank be a welcoming bank that seeks to attract and serve customers living and working all over Tulsa and its suburbs.” The chairman says the bank’s employment will continue to grow once the new building is opened. Currently, First Oklahoma has 83 total employees at their various locations in the CityPlex Main Tower at 2448 E. 81st Street; Midtown location at 4110 S. Rockford Avenue; and their bank facility in Glencoe.

Members of the First Oklahoma Bank board of directors are pictured in the foreground of the bank’s soon-to-be-completed headquarters building in Jenks. Pictured, left to right, are: Dr. Jim Whiteneck, Jeff Hilst, Burt Holmes, Tom Bennett, III, Leeland Alexander, Gen. John Corder (Ret.), Dr. Susan Whiteneck, Tom Bennett, Jr., Don Lockhart, E. P. Reddy, David Sherwood, Dr. Rollie Rhodes, and Garry Groom. Not pictured are Paul Samuels and Dr. Jim Wise.

First Oklahoma Bank 2448 E. 81st St. • 4110 S. Rockford Ave. 918-392-2500


Elizabeth Porter, Debbie Zoller, and Jacque Ashford

Zoller Designs

Interior design and retail store returns to Cherry Street

What started with just a few design classes has turned into a thriving business for interior designer Debbie Zoller. Now in her 26th year the ASID affiliated designer is as passionate about the design process as the day she took her first class. “Our clients make us passionate about the industry,” Zoller says. The designer’s favorite part of being in the business is the range of differences she experiences with each project. “No two clients are alike, so neither should their interiors be the same,” she says. For Zoller and her team, customization is key. Each project, large or small, is approached with an open mind and creative eye. Her design team’s goal is to reflect the unique style, taste and personality of each client. “Versatility is what sets Zoller Designs apart from other firms,” she says. “There are always new challenges and different things to do for our clients to keep each one unique.”

Aside from a customized interior, the designer also is there to save her clients money by helping them make the right choices. “Our biggest service that we can offer is keeping clients from making costly mistakes,” she says. This summer Zoller Designs will relocate to Cherry Street Zoller Designs offering an expanded showroom 1343 E. 15th St. and many new product lines. 918-583-1966

UniFirst GM Jack Walters with Gabriela Garcia, the company’s 2013 Employee Of The Year who works in the Garment Shipping Department.

UniFirst Corporation Broken Arrow plant among largest

UniFirst Corporation is one of North America’s largest workwear and textile service companies, and the Tulsa area can be proud that the Broken Arrow plant is the 15th largest of the company’s 150 in the United States. “Our business is providing managed uniform, protective clothing and custom corporate image apparel programs to businesses in diverse industries,” says Jack Walters, general manager of the local plant. “We outfit workers in clean uniforms each workday, and also offer a hand in keeping those businesses clean, safe, and healthy through our Facility Service Programs.” Unifirst was founded in 1936 by Aldo Croatti, and the company helped pioneer the concept of uniform “rental”. Today, the company remains headquartered in the Boston area and is led by chairman and CEO Ronald Croatti, son of the founder. “We celebrate Founders Day within the company in July to recognize UniFirst’s rich family culture and nurture Alfo Croatti’s


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‘Core Business Values’…to consistently conduct business with a Customer Focus, a Respect for Others, and a Commitment to Quality,” says Walters. “It’s a day of fun for our employees UniFirst and their families, and we 2100 N. Beech, Broken Arrow name our Employee Of The 918-251-4334 Year at the event each year.”

Patrick and Tabitha Taylor with Texas cyclists at the company’s Hydration Station during Tulsa Tough. Nearly 2,000 cups of water were distributed at Guthrie Green on Saturday and Cry Baby Hill on Sunday.

ER Water Systems

Exclusive dealer for Kinetico filtration, softeners

ER Water Systems was founded in 1987 with a simple mission: provide the purest, best-tasting drinking water available in NE Oklahoma area homes and businesses…through innovative water filtering and water softening systems. Today, the family-owned and operated company is the exclusive authorized dealer for Kinetico Water Systems, the leading provider of state-of-the-art water filtration systems and water softeners that solve a variety of water problems for residential and commercial clients. Patrick says chloramine whole house systems are a strong seller in Tulsa. “Kinetico developed an exclusive media bed to remove chloramine from the water supply,” he said, “and also developed a reverse osmosis system with a specific cartridge to re-mineralize the water.” ER Water Systems offers anyone interested in water products a Free Water Analysis via a questionnaire on the company’s web site, www. Then a recommendation for treatment will be developed if your home would benefit. The company has products on display at Hahn Appliance Warehouse where you can sample water from the Kinetico K5 reverse osmosis system. Imagine having unlimited healthy and great tasting water at your home, all the time. No bottles, no coolers, no waste! “Adding a whole house water softener will help increase the longevity of all water bearing appliances and you will end up using less soaps and detergents as well.” ER Water Systems can be reached by calling 918-496-0360 or visiting the company’s web site at

ER Water Systems 918-496-0360


Lisa Riley

Pinot’s Palette Paint. Drink. Have fun.

With the stroke of a paintbrush, Lisa and Ben Riley deliver fun and positivity to patrons of Pinot’s Palette. “In a world where there is so much negativity we bring something positive to people and their lives,” Lisa Riley says. “It is such a blessing to watch people come in and do something they didn’t think they could do and have such a smile on their face when they leave. It’s a kind of happy therapy.” The Rileys brought Pinot’s Palette to Tulsa in March 2012 with the opening of their paint-and-sip studio in the heart of Cherry Street. They opened a Jenks location in 2013 and will unveil a third metro location in Broken Arrow soon. “I started out as a customer and fell in love with the concept while working in Houston,” Lisa Riley says. “I worked in the oil and gas industry and wanted to move back home to Oklahoma but couldn’t find a job in my specialty so I decided to bring something back with me that I knew Tulsa didn’t have.”

Pinot’s Palette is an upscale paint-and-sip franchise system where customers are lead through a canvas painting from start to finish with the help of a professional artist while listening to music and sipping wine. Pinot’s Palette Cherry Street, 1621 E. 15th St., 918-794-7333 Riverwalk, 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks, 918-518-5433 Broken Arrow, 212 Main St., 918-794-7333

Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar A truly enjoyable experience.

Despite its size — more than 5,000 square-feet — Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar makes buying wine, beer and liquor an intimate experience. The knowledgeable staff members bring a level of expertise you will not find elsewhere with a goal to provide patrons with an exceptional shopping experience. Owner Manager Twyla Kok brings vast experience through her travels worldwide. She also has completed the Introductory Sommelier Course. Owner Kellye Johnson and Assistant Managers Teresa Shults and Jonathan Coon round out the business leadership. Jonathan is a beer expert, having earned his certification as a first level Cicerone. In addition, the store offers events and opportunities for customers to come together to appreciate fine wines, beers and other liquors, all the while celebrating friendship and creating joyful memories. Cellar Club members are able to track purchases through a “Tasty” account where they also can make notes about their selections. For those who wish to do their research at home, the store’s extensive website offers patrons the opportunity to browse its stock by type,


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Co-owners Kellye Johnson and Twyla Kok with assistant manager Jonathan Coon.

region, price or producer before they come in to shop or order in advance for pickup at the store. This month the business will expand with the opening of Tulsa Hills Cigar Cellar & Market featuring gift baskets, wine & drink accessories, chocolates, cheeses and more. Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar 7422 S. Olympia Ave. 918-445-8804

Tulsa Hills Cigar Cellar & Market 7420 S. Olympia Ave. 918-500-6169

The Cowen Team

Car Trends Canada Cowen Construction “It starts with an idea.”

Cowen Construction is familiar with this concept as they turn ideas into reality each day. From the beginning Cowen Construction has been a business focused on building relationships and working with the level of commitment to clients and coworkers that can only be found in a family owned business. The Cowen Family history is rich with stories from the construction of the original Frisco Railroad back in the 1800’s. Seven brothers began their way west working construction for the railroad. One of the brothers, Nathan, met his future bride and settled in Indian Territory, now known as Shawnee, there began Cowen Construction. Today, the company is based in Tulsa and is operated by John Cowen, who has served as owner and president for more than twenty years. Cowen Construction has built many pieces of Tulsa’s history. The Cowen Team continues to do work for two of the largest hospitals in the area, St. John and Saint Francis Health Systems. The Tulsa World and Williams Company are two other long standing clients for the Company. “We don’t want to be the biggest, we want to be the best,” says John

Cowen. “To succeed, we must change with the times. Our company wants to keep our clients satisfied by adapting to the market in which the owner must adhere to. I think if we first and foremost keep the needs of our clients in mind and make them happy - the company will be around for another hundred plus years.” Recently, following in the Cowen traditions, John’s cousin Link who has worked at the company for many years was promoted to Vice President overseeing construction services. Link will soon celebrate 12 years of marriage to his wife Heather and they have a son Link, who is the fifth Link Cowen in the family. In a Construction environment that see’s companies changing ownership and being controlled by out of town corporations it Cowen Construction is nice to see a family owned 2200 S. Utica Place business with a 118 year history, 918-582-2220 right here in Tulsa.


A Groundbreaking Project: Jeff Summers, left, of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, and Pete Kourtis, right, of Simmons Homes, break some dirt with help from Wish Kid Bryce, age 7, during the official groundbreaking for a home that will be auctioned by Williams & Williams in August to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.

Simmons Homes

Building Tulsa one home at a time for 20 years

In 1994 Greg Simmons and Pete Kourtis founded Simmons Homes, which has grown into the largest home builder in the metro area. To what do these Tulsans attribute their success? “We have a passion for real estate and a talented team of long-term suppliers and employees that are committed to customer satisfaction and building a great product,” says Simmons. That passion shines through when the home builders speak to the heart of the matter — helping people become homeowners. “A home is the largest investment a person will ever make, and to be chosen for the construction process is like being invited to be a part of someone’s family,” says Kourtis. “It is an honor to be a part of this milestone for so many, and to help change the landscape of Tulsa and shape its future growth.” Simmons Homes is helping another dream come true through its support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This

summer it is building and donating a new home in The Villas of Spring Creek in Broken Arrow to the nonprofit, which will be auctioned in August by Williams & Williams Real Estate Auction with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. The event is expected to raise more than $250,000 for the organization, which will help grant hundreds of wishes for area children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Simmons Homes 12150 E. 96th St. N., Owasso 918-274-0406

Joey Gursky is the owner of Zoom Room “a wonderful place to spend time with your dog.”

Zoom Room

New facility for dog training, fun

Grab the leash, get the dog, and experience how dog training can be FUN at the Zoom Room, a cool and comfortable indoor place in Tulsa that provides urban dogs with a special space to train and socialize. “WE DON’T TRAIN DOGS, We Train The People Who Love Them,” is the company’s theme. “We offer dog training--obedience, agility, puppy and enrichment--classes both in small groups and private one-onone sessions using only positive reinforcement dog training, the single most-effective method for training dogs” says Joey Gursky, owner. “Plus, the Zoom Room is a wonderful place just to spend time with your dog.” The Zoom Room offers a full indoor dog agility course and a variety of training classes. A Private Gym also is available as “a safe and sane alternative to the dog park” and is ideal for birthday parties, Doggy Disco and fundraising events. “We know there is a human on the other end of that leash, so we provide all the comforts of a cool hangout,” notes Gursky.


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The Zoom Room is a nationwide franchise, the only brickand-mortar dog training franchise in the United States. Gursky, a registered nurse, opened the Tulsa franchise in January at 4329 S. Peoria Ave. For more information, call 918-641-4340 or visit www. where all programs and classes are listed.

Zoom Room Tulsa 4329 S. Peoria Ave., Ste 340 (918) 641-4340

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The Polo Club

The Polo Club is Grand Lake’s newest and most exclusive gated lakefront community. Premier lakefront and lake view homes are offered by Shannon Nunneley (inset) of Coldwell Banker Shangri-La Realty.

An opportunity to experience the finest in Grand Lake living

The boom is back at Grand Lake and The Polo Club, a gated, waterfront community of uncompromising quality, is THE place. The development has been created by Polo Design, LLC, northeastern Oklahoma’s premier developer and homebuilder. “Polo Club offers it’s members stunning main lake views, custombuilt homes and amenities in a maintenance free gated lakefront community ,” says Rami Masri, owner of Coldwell Banker Shangri La Realty and partner on the project with builder David LaGere. “Amenities include community boat docks with 32-40 foot slips, a saltwater pool with an outside entertainment area with kitchen, fireplace, flat screen, pond with fishing pier, entrance and interior water features, and professionally-maintained lawns.” The Polo Club is located one hour from Tulsa. “Each home is built with stunning quality and sophistication... truly a very special place on Oklahoma’s premier lake,” says Shannon Nunneley, an experienced and respected home specialist on Grand Lake. “The development is striking beginning at the entrance with impeccable landscaping and a cascading water feature.”

Nunnely’s interest in The Polo Club reflects her overall desire to help cultivate the “new” Shangri-la area and all of the South area of Grand Lake. “It is a very special time to truly enjoy living and playing on Grand Lake,” she says. “I know the lake well and enjoy showing it to persons looking to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle or weekend escape.” Shannon’s telephone number is 918-899-4747. Photos of The Polo Club and added details can be found at or by calling 918-257-8484. Coldwell Banker Shangri-La Realty is the premier provider of real estate on Grand Lake, specifically on Monkey Island with Shangri-La, an outstanding golf course, and luxury lake living.

Coldwell Banker • Shangri-La Realty 56751 East 307 Road Monkey Island 918-257-8484


Just Between Friends Tulsa Inc.

From a Tulsa living room to the national front, helping shoppers and consignors save/make some money

What began in a Tulsa living room has grown to be Just Between Friends ( JBF), now the nation’s leading children’s consignment and maternity sales event. The brainchild of Daven Tackett and Shannon Wilburn offers 1,200 consignors the opportunity to come together to sell everything needed to raise a child — from strollers and car seats to clothing, and host of books, toys and games – all at some unbelievable prices. “We’ve helped thousands of moms over the years with a means of clothing their children without having to break the family’s budget,” says Daven. This year’s fall/winter sales event is set for Just Between Friends Aug. 17-23 at Expo Square. For up-to-the-minute information 918-814-9326 about JBF Tulsa, please Like Us on our Facebook page, For all things JBF, go to

Bluestone Steak House and Seafood Restaurant

Bill Tackett

New owners bring exciting changes

Longtime Tulsans Sharon and Bill Tackett recently purchased the Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant, located on the northwest corner of 101st and Sheridan Road, with plans to offer improved service to the already popular restaurant. The Tacketts were looking for an opportunity to return home after Bill spent many years as a consultant in the foodservice industry. Bill is a true epicurean in every sense of the word. He Bluestone Steakhouse and promises great changes and expanded selections in food, spirits, Seafood Restaurant and wine. 10032 S. Sheridan Road “Quality is our constant focus and I would rather apologize for 918-296-9889 price than for quality anytime,” says Bill. “You can come in black tie or blue jeans, just come expecting a great dining experience.”

Ann Arthur Outerwear Oklahoma’s own full-service fur salon

Master Furrier James Gamble started his career at a young age. “Living in El Paso, Texas, my parents bought a friend’s fur salon,” says Gamble, now a 32-year industry veteran. “I began at the bottom, cleaning coats and learning the craft from the store’s master furriers.” Gamble opened Ann Arthur Outerwear in 2010. The shop’s name comes from Gamble and his wife’s middle names. The staff, which includes local fur experts Marcy Ingram, Margie Huffman and Carol Franklin, helps customers find new fur accessories or can update a dated piece. “Furs are back,” Gamble says. “Fashion magazines are showing furs on just about everything Ann Arthur Outerwear — purses, shoes, boots, sweaters, coats. It’s not your 3331 E. 31st St. mom’s full-length mink coat anymore.” 918-742-3331


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Paul and Daven Tackett

Marcy Ingram, Carol Franklin, Margie Huffman

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John Allan, President & CEO, Rick Willhour, Senior Vice President and Doug Terry, Executive Vice President of Lending

ONB Bank and Trust Company Strong roots. Endless possibilities.

Honesty. Sincerity. Enthusiasm. Success. These four core values are at the heart of ONB Bank, a Tulsa area financial service provider. For the fifth year in a row, the prestigious business publication, Forbes Magazine, has recognized ONB Bank & Trust Company, as a member of Central Bancompany, one of America’s Best Banks in its annual review of the nation’s 100 largest financial institutions. Central Bancompany is a $10 billion, bank holding company with 13 full-service community banks with 250 retail locations in 66 communities, serving consumers and businesses in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. “As in the past, this is a tribute to our dedicated employees and their commitment to prudent banking practices,” says President and CEO John B. Allan. “We also want to thank our valued customers for the loyalty they have shown to our bank.” Allan leads a lending team comprised of Doug Terry, executive vice president-lending and area presidents; Stephen Bradshaw and Dale Prevett.

ONB Bank continues to focus on lending to both small and medium-sized businesses, while growing their retail customer base. The bank offers financial flexibility plus a complete line of products and services that businesses need in order to manage effectively. ONB Bank can be your business resource. Whether you’re focused on expansion, construction, start-up, or development, we are ready to assist you with your commercial banking needs. As a community bank, we get to know our customers and can quickly customize the terms and structure of loans to meet the changing needs of businesses. ONB has six full-service locations in the greater Tulsa area, including Owasso and Sapulpa along with offices in Stillwater and Edmond. More ONB Bank and information about ONB Bank is available Trust Company at

8908 S. Yale Ave. 918-477-7400


WaterStone Dry Cleaners

Jeff Waters

Distinctively high quality work and service

Jeff and Shelly Waters entrepreneured WaterStone Dry Cleaning in early 2006 as an ultra high-quality valet service for customers with no plans to be “a traditional brick and mortar” retail business. And then opportunity and demand changed things. Today, WaterStone still operates the Tulsa metro’s best valet service for customers residing from Owasso to Bixby, Indian Springs in Broken Arrow to Jenks. But opportunity presented itself in November, 2007, when the company acquired the legendary DeHoney’s Cleaners, founded in 1921, at 1427 South Harvard. And demand for a traditional retail store in Owasso was met when that store was opened on April 1, 2008, at 9540 North Garnett Road. “Our reason for starting WaterStone was simple: be a laundry and dry cleaning service that offers customers distinctively high quality work,” says Jeff. “We ‘do it better’ is our tenet.” WaterStone can be reached at 918-272-2424 and DeHoney’s WaterStone Cleaners • 9540 North Garnett Rd • 918-272-2424 at 918-744-1166. The web site is DeHoney’s Cleaners • 1427 South Harvard • 918-744-1166

Becky Fields, Yorktown Bank

Becky Fields

New senior vice president

A quiet force in local banking was created in late 2012 when a core group of dedicated shareholders purchased a local bank and soon renamed it...Yorktown Bank. Today, the bank is centered at 2222 S. Utica Place with two Pryor locations “Yorktown Bank is unique – our focus is to be the absolute best at providing traditional banking services. I am extremely fortunate and excited to be a part of a bank that demonstrates such devotion,” says Becky Fields. She joins Tulsa officers, Elena Jackson-Forsyth, Charlotte Mindeman, Amy Raglin, and Abba Williams. Yorktown Bank board members are Blake Atkins, Steve Austin, Phil Baxter, Nevyle Cable and Brett Pratt. Fields earned her finance degree from OU, completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, and has over a decade of Yorktown Bank banking experience.

2222 S. Utica Place 918-491-7000

Oklahoma Premier Bariatrics,

a program of Wagoner Community Hospital Tired of the weight?

Dr. Luis Gorospe changes lives every day as he helps people lose weight, overcome health problems and return to an active, productive life through bariatric surgery. Dr. Gorospe is one of the country’s leading experts in bariatric surgery, having completed more than 5,000 procedures. Dr. Gorospe uses a different technique…a combination of Restrictive Band and Gastric Bypass, which results in a lesser chance of re-gaining weight and gives the patient a better chance for long term success. This surgery is not being performed by other surgeons in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Premier Bariatrics, a program Oklahoma Premier Bariatrics offers free monthly seminars of Wagoner Community Hospital for anyone wanting to learn the benefits of weight loss surgery. 705 W. Queens St., Broken Arrow Also offered are webinars you can attend in the comfort of 918-252-2800 your own home. Dr. Gorospe will explain the entire process and help participants to determine if they are qualified.


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Dr. Luis Gorospe



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Cooking with Gentry


Gentry Johnson and Chef Justin Thompson in the Miele kitchen vignette within the Hahn Appliance Warehouse.

Chef Justin Thomspon’s Truffled Halibut with Spring Pea Puree Chef Justin Thompson is a celebrated chef and founder of Justin Thompson Restaurants which operates three award-winning restaurants in downtown Tulsa: Juniper, featuring the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully; PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse, an upscale, modern interpretation of an American steakhouse; Tavolo:, an Italian Bistro focusing on fresh, healthy, and innovative fare; and 624 Kitchen & Catering, downtown’s premier special event and private party venue featuring foods and beverages from the Thompson’s three restaurants. “I’m sharing a summer dish that I think people will love!, “ he says. “ Truffled Halibut with Spring Pea Puree, is very light and flavorful. This simple dish can be prepared in stages ahead of time, so when it’s time to eat, all that needs to be done is to cook the fish and heat the remaining ingredients. Summer is truly a time of enjoying fresh, delicious, and healthy food. “I love the versatility Miele offers in cooking surfaces, from traditional to cutting edge, with Tepan Yaki, gas burner and magnetic induction options available in its Combiset. I’m eager to try the steam oven. Miele appliances are truly stateof-the-art.”

Truffled Halibut Serves

(4) 6 oz. 2 oz. 20 each 2 tbsp


Halibut filets Spring Pea Puree (recip e below) Roasted Baby Carrots Mushroom Fricasse (re cipe below)

Note: The mushroom frica ssee and spring puree can be made ahead of time and reheated for plating.

Salt & Pepper to taste 2 tbsp Olive Oil Italian Parsley Leaves 4-5 drops per filet Wh ite Truffle Oil

Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Season the halibut on all sides with a littl salt and pepper. Place the fish in e the oil and sear until browned on the edges. Flip the fish over usin a spatula and transfer to an ove g n set at 350 degrees for 3-5 min utes or until the fish reached an internal temperature of 130, or until it feels slightly firm. Place the spring pea puree in the center the plate to form a green pool of of goodness. Place the carrots on top of the puree and then top with the fish. Place the mushrooms on top of the fish and then drizzle a few drops of the truffle oil over top. Garnish with the parsley and enjoy!

Spring Pea Puree

2 cups Peas 2 tbsp Olive Oil 5 each Mint Leaves 1/2 cup Buttermilk 1 tbsp Kosher Salt 1/4 cup Scallions (gr eens only)

Fill large saucepan halfway with water, bring to a boil. Place peas in water for 1 minute, then transfer to an ice water (th is is called blanching). Use the same blanch ing water to blanch the scallions for 1 minute , then place in the ice water bath. Remove pea s and scallions from ice water and place into a ble nder. Add remaining ingredients to blende r and blend on high until the puree is smooth. Serve at room temp or heat in a sauté pan for a few minutes over low heat.

Mushroom Fricasee

4 cups 1 tsp 2 tsp 2 tsp 2 cups 2 cups 2 cups

Portobello Mushrroms, med. diced Garlic, minced fine Shallots, minced fine Fresh Rosemary, minced fine White Wine Chicken or Vegetable Sto ck Heavy Cream

Sauté mushrooms in the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat unt il they start to caramelize and brown. Add the garlic, shallot, rosemary, and white wine. Reduce the wine by half. Add the chicken stock and reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce until a sauce con sistency forms and coats the back of a spoon. Sea son to taste with salt and pepper.

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Summer Cookbook From aioli to zucchini, Food Editor Judy Allen takes you through some of the best ingredients of summer. by JUDY ALLEN

Presented by Metro Appliances & More, Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits and TulsaPeople

Ahhhh, summer.

Sweet corn, juicy tomatoes and tender okra are some of this season’s sweetest gifts. Those ingredients, plus a slew of other summer fare, are what get my taste buds excited when the hot months finally roll in. Some of the best summer recipes come hot off the grill, but many can be thrown together without any heat whatsoever. When it comes to summer cooking, it is nearly impossible for me to narrow my loves down to a few things ... so I’m not going to! This guide should keep you busy until fall.

Aioli In my opinion, there is no better summer lunch than a tomato sandwich. And what is the best part of a tomato sandwich, besides the juicy tomato itself? A smear of homemade mayo. Aioli is the French answer to mayonnaise and typically contains olive oil, lemon juice, egg yolks and a heady amount of garlic. I typically tone down the garlic to let summer foods shine. Aioli is simple to make at home and will last for a few days in the fridge — plenty of time to eat more tomato sandwiches. Aioli Makes about 3 cups 2 large egg yolks 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup light olive oil 1 cup vegetable or safflower oil

In a blender or a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the egg yolks, garlic, salt and lemon juice. Pulse until well combined. In a measuring cup, combine the olive oil and the vegetable oil. With food processor running, add the oil mixture in a slow, steady stream. The egg mixture will become thick and creamy. Editor’s note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly or anyone whose health is compromised. Use pasteurized eggs instead. Depending on my menu, I like to spice my aioli with these additions: Sriracha, harissa or another hot chili sauce; lemon zest and herbs; malt vinegar; or olive tapenade. Serve aioli in the Provencal tradition (called le grand aioli), on a large platter with an array of dippers: celery and carrot sticks, hard-boiled eggs, blanched green beans and asparagus, boiled beets and fingerling potatoes, radishes and cooked crab meat or shrimp.


I don’t think I could make it through a summer of cooking without many handfuls of fresh basil leaves. The hearty herb grows like crazy around here and complements myriad ingredients, including those found in this classic Italian pesto.

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Basil Pesto Makes about 1 1/2 cups

In a food processor, combine 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup pine nuts and 2-4 coarsely chopped garlic cloves. Pulse a few times to get things chopped. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese and pulse to combine. While the food processor is running, drizzle in 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Season to taste with a good amount of kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. To save the pesto, transfer to an airtight container and drizzle with more olive oil to cover the top. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze in a sealable bag for up to three months.

If your garden is overflowing with basil, as mine is prone to by the end of summer, throw basil leaves with abandon in with your salad greens, layer them on a sandwich as you would lettuce, or puree a bunch or two with a good amount of olive oil (a bottle should suffice) and strain it through cheesecloth for a super-infused drizzler.



Corn ranks high among many Okies’ favorite summer produce for good reason — some of the best sweet corn in the country is grown right here in Green Country. Look for it at local farm stands, farmers’ markets and even in some supermarkets. Steamed corn may have its place, but here in Oklahoma we seem to prefer it hot off the grill Here are three quick and easy ways to cook your cobs:

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TulsaPeople Advertising Representative Andrea Canada loves her corn grilled and topped with butter, hot sauce and lime.

Amy Haggard, TulsaPeople’s advertising services manager, loves this version of grilled ears: grab a big sheet of aluminum foil, rub a stick of softened butter on it, sprinkle the butter with fennel seed and garlic salt, top with shucked ears, wrap and grill.

Libby Auld, owner of Elote Café, makes this home version of eloté (the cheese-coated corn on the cob snacks served by street vendors all over Mexico): shuck the corn leaving the husks attached but remove the silk. Pull the husks back to cover the corn and set on a hot grill (preferably charcoal) for 5-10 minutes. While the corn is cooking, combine 4 tablespoons mayo, juice from half a lime and 2 teaspoons of your favorite chili powder. Bathe the cooked corn in the mayo sauce and sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco or finely grated Parmesan.

Elote Café: 514 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-1403,

Eloté, cheese-covered corn on the cob


With the abundance of fresh summer vegetables and herbs and a bit of pantry planning, one need not even turn on the stove or oven to make something delicious. For impromptu entertaining, or even a light dinner, dips are the way to go — serve them with chips or crackers, toasted pita wedges or sliced vegetable crudités. There may be a debate on whether pimento cheese is a dip or a spread, but whatever the case, it is perfect for summer. Pimento cheese is nothing more than grated cheese, mayonnaise and pimento peppers, but it has made its case as one of THE essential recipes of Southern cooking. Dress it up however you see fit, with grated onion, chopped chilies, bacon or a glug of bourbon.


For the perfect batch: mix together 2 cups coarsely grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese, 2 cups coarsely grated sharp white cheddar, 1 cup drained pimentos or finely chopped roasted red peppers and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper and chill until ready to serve. Serve it on crackers, celery sticks or smeared between two slices of bread — and call it what you want.

Pimento cheese and crackers

Rosemary-Lemon Bean Dip Makes about 2 cups Drain and rinse a can of white beans (such as cannellini) and add them to a food processor with 2 cloves of garlic. While the machine is running, add 1/4 cup olive oil in a

slow, steady stream. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in

1 tablespoon minced rosemary and the grated zest and juice of a lemon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.



It shows up at our farmers’ markets in every shape, size and color, from vibrant purple to faded white. What’s a cook to do with all of the choices? I say just throw them in the fire! Roasting eggplant over hot coals renders it tender and slightly sweet — delicious when paired with nothing more than spiced-up yogurt, toasted pita bread and a crisp white wine. Editor’s note: You’ll need a charcoal grill to achieve the best results, but eggplants can be roasted on a gas grill, as well. To grill your own: heat a charcoal grill until coals are ashy and glowing, with no black. Nestle a few eggplants (about 1 pound total) directly into the coals and cook, turning them occasionally, until the skins are charred, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Scoop out the flesh in large chunks, discarding burnt skins, into a colander to allow any excess liquid to drain. Add to cooked pasta, dips and soup, or serve as is, with a hefty dollop of yogurt sauce: place 1 cup plain Greek yogurt in a bowl and drizzle with a few tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with your favorite herb or spice blend (I love the Middle Eastern blend za’atar) and serve.

F Dense fish such as salmon grills best.

“Grilling fish can be such a joyful, soul satisfying, primal experience, or it can cause one to swear off seafood forever,” says Trevor Tack, executive chef at Bodean Seafood. “The outcome is usually based on the decisions made prior to firing up the grill.” Thankfully, he offers five tips to foolproof your fish grilling:

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more than happy to help you choose seafood that is suitable for the grill. Dense steak-like fish (such as swordfish, mahi mahi and salmon) work very well, as do scallops and shrimp. Avoid delicate fish such as sole or flounder.”

2. Control your heat. “The grill should be set to

medium-high. If you are using charcoal, you want to be able to hold your hand above the coals for at least five seconds. If you have to pull away before that, your grill is too hot. Chill out and drink another beer.”

3. Keep it clean. “It seems silly, but make sure your grill is very clean. Use a grill brush or a ball of aluminum foil to free any carbon build-up.”

4. Oil the fish and the grill. “Food release spray (non-stick spray formulated for high heat) is best; vegetable oil can cause flame-ups and unsightly smoke stains on the fish.”

5. Leave it alone. “Don’t try to turn your fish over too soon or it will stick and tear. Give it a couple of minutes and then try flipping it by lifting gently with a pair of tongs. If it feels stuck, that’s because it is — just give it another minute. The fish will release easily when it’s ready. Once flipped, it should only take a few more minutes to finish cooking.”

Tack’s best piece of advice? “Don’t over-think it. It’s just food. Grilling is supposed to be fun.” Bodean Seafood Restaurant: 3376 E. 51st St., 918-749-1407,


Judy Allen’s classic beef burger with grilled tomatoes and Maytag blue cheese


Whether you are a fan of gas or insist on charcoal, your grill is sure to get a workout during the summer months. Robert Mayfield, Hasty-Bake’s resident grilling expert, shares some grilling fundamentals:



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Be sure to check your grill before you start cooking for the season — this is especially important for those who let their gas grills sit throughout the winter without use. Inspect hoses and functionality: turn the gas on, ignite the grill and allow it to burn for several minutes. At this point, after the grill has warmed up, you can clean the grill and cook on it. With charcoal grills, clean out the ashes regularly. Ash will pull moisture out of the air and cause the grill to deteriorate, so keeping your grill clean is important. With both charcoal and gas grills, make sure all grease traps and drain systems are cleaned regularly to avoid a grease fire. A good rule of thumb for checking doneness of a steak: touch your pinkie to the muscle at the base of your thumb on the same hand. That is what a well-done steak will feel like. Ring finger to thumb is medium well, middle finger to thumb is medium and thumb to pointer finger is medium rare. Chicken and pork should be cooked through to the correct temperature, which is why an instant-read thermometer comes in handy. Stick the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees; pork to 145 degrees.

There is no need to invest hundreds of dollars in grilling tools (unless that tool is a grill!), but Mayfield suggests a few items to make cooking outside a bit easier: a good set of long tongs, a long metal spatula, grill gloves, a hefty grill brush and an instant-read thermometer. And if you use a charcoal grill, try a bag of natural lump hardwood as it provides more flavors without additives.

Robert Mayfield’s Baby-Back Ribs Mayfield uses Italian dressing as a base, rubbing it all over the racks of baby-back ribs. He then covers both sides with a rub

(he prefers John Henry’s Pecan Rub, available at Hasty-Bake). Let the racks sit out for one hour, allowing the ribs to reach room temperature; this reduces the overall cooking time. Heat the grill to 250 degrees and throw the racks on the grill, bone side down. Let them cook undisturbed for 2-3 hours. At this point, smear a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil with butter and brown sugar, set the ribs on that, and cover the ribs with another layer of brown sugar and butter. Wrap the foil tightly around the ribs and place them back on the grill for another hour. Let the ribs sit for a few minutes to cool, which makes the rack much easier to cut. Hasty-Bake: 1313 S. Lewis Ave., 800-426-6836,

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What says “summer” more than a hamburger, whether cooked at home or eaten out? Here, TulsaPeople’s staff members share their favorite burgers in town, and I share my all-time favorite recipe for grilling them at home. •

Assistant Editor Anne Brockman loves Weber’s on Brookside, especially when paired with a frosty mug of its famous root beer.

Creative Director Sarah Neal and Production Manager Matt Cauthron both head across the street from Weber’s for a cheeseburger at Claud’s, with fragrant onions fried right into the patty.

Photographer Michelle Pollard loves the fire-grilled cheeseburger at Lucky’s, topped with Maytag blue cheese and paired with truffled fries.

Senior Editor Morgan Phillips boasts about the upscale burger at The Tavern, made from a proprietary grind of short rib and brisket, served with a Stilton and mushroom Cognac cream on a house-baked bun.

Classic Grilled Beef Burgers Makes 6

These home-cooked burgers are inspired by the freshly ground and mesquite-grilled version at Zuni Café in San Francisco, where they are served on grilled rosemary focaccia with fresh garden lettuces, garlicky aioli and house-made zucchini pickles (see the recipe under “Z”). In the summer, I like to top this juicy burger as the café does — with slices of heirloom tomatoes and a thick slab of Maytag blue cheese. 3 pounds ground chuck 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 12 thick slices crusty bread, toasted, or 6 hamburger buns 6 ounces Maytag or other blue cheese, thinly sliced Sliced heirloom tomatoes, sliced onions, lettuce and mayonnaise (see “A” for a delicious homemade aioli version), for serving

Heat a grill or grill pan until medium hot. Combine meat, parsley, Worcestershire, paprika, salt and pepper. Shape into six 3/4-inch thick patties. Grill, turning once, 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve burgers on bread with blue cheese, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and mayo. Weber’s: 3817 S. Peoria Ave., 918-742-1082, Claud’s: 3834 S. Peoria Ave., 918-742-8332 Lucky’s: 1536 E. 15th St., 918-592-5825, The Tavern: 201 N. Main St., 918-949-9801,



John Gaberino knows a thing or two about coffee. And he should — his family started the seed-to-cup coffee company Topéca (that now operates The Roastery and two Topéca Coffee locations). Additionally, he recently opened Hodges Bend, a coffee, wine and cocktail bar just east of downtown, and the family runs Cuatro M, a coffee mill, where they harvest coffee in the volcanic soil of El Salvador. Oh, they also opened Heirloom Bakery on Cherry Street earlier this year. Since a hot latte is the last thing most of us want on a hot summer day, I asked Gaberino about making the best cold-brew coffee at home for iced coffee drinks. He shared his tips, plus a few refreshing recipes: 1.


Purchase freshly roasted coffee beans, and look for a roast date on the package. If there is none, be suspicious. If you want to experience the most nuanced aroma and flavor, you will want coffee that’s no more than two weeks off roast. Invest in a quality conical burr grinder. Burr grinders grind coffee more consistently and allow you to adjust the grind size, which means better, more controlled extraction. Gaberino recommends the Baratza Encore, available online for $129.


Grind the coffee beans just before you are ready to brew them, and only grind just the amount you need for your recipe.


Use fresh filtered water, preferably something with a good mineral content, like spring water. This will add flavor. Make sure your water is hot enough, between 195 and 205 degrees.

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French press: a coffee plunger that lets the grounds steep in water before the plunger pushes them to the bottom of the pot.

Chemex: a glass carafe with paper filters in the top for pour-over coffee.

Hario V60: for the practiced brewer looking to get better flavor and control.

AeroPress: for the experimental coffenauts out there.

Stop in to any* of Topéca’s shops, Hodges Bend or Heirloom Bakery and order one of these brew methods — the barista will demonstrate it to you so you can practice at home. The Roastery offers free monthly classes, as well, but be sure to make reservations as they tend to fill two months in advance. *The AeroPress is not available at all Topéca locations.

The best way to drink coffee cocktails at home during the summer is with a cold brew concentrate (pouring hot coffee over ice just dilutes the mixture). Use sugars such as demerara (raw sugar crystals), brown sugar or honey to bring out the richer notes of the coffee. To give some added zip to your drinks, add a softer, less acidic citrus juice like grapefruit, orange juice or even lime. As far as spirits go, the best to pair with coffee are brandies, rums and cordials. Gaberino shared a summer coffee cocktail named for the family’s coffee mill:

Cuatro M Cocktail Serves 1

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce Amaro Nonino, 1 ounce Lillet Rouge, 1 ounce cold-brew coffee concentrate (see recipe below) and 1/4 ounce demerara sugar syrup (see recipe below). Shake well

and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a brandied cherry. Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate Makes 1 1/2 cups

In a large container, add coarsely ground coffee and cover with ice water — the ratio will change depending on your taste, but a good place to start is 1/2 cup ground coffee to 1 1/2 cups cold water. Stir well, then cover and let sit out (or in the fridge, if you have room) for at least 12 hours. Strain the mixture twice through a cheesecloth-lined strainer and chill until ready to serve. For a spicy twist, add a bit of ground cinnamon or cardamom to the coffee grounds before soaking. Add ice, milk, cream or your favorite coffee cohort. I like mine over ice with a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk stirred in — sheer bliss on a hot summer day. Sugar Syrup

In a small saucepan, bring equal parts

sugar (granulated, demerara or even honey) and water to a simmer. Stir until the sugar

crystals have dissolved and cool completely.

Topéca Coffee shops: Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St.; Hyatt Regency, 100 E. Second St.; The Roastery: 1229 E. Admiral Blvd., 918-3988022, Hodges Bend: 823 E. Third St., 918-398-4470, Heirloom Bakery: 1441 S. Quaker Ave., 918-295-8975,



Seven-layer dip

I have a stash of Mason jars lining the shelves of my pantry. They are put to good use at summer’s end when canning season hits, but the poor guys just sit around for the rest of the year. Thankfully a new trend has hit the food scene — bloggers, cookbook authors and chefs are all serving food in canning jars. The glass vessels are the perfect single-serving container, and are as ideal for packing into a picnic basket as they are served on a dressy buffet. Virtually any recipe can be packed to go (or to stay), but here are a few of my favorites.

Salad in a Jar Layer your favorite salad ingredients in a jar and hit the park (or the back yard) for a picnic. I like to layer with sliced mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, chopped rotisserie chicken, sliced radishes and salad greens. Pack the dressing separately, or layer it on the bottom of

the jars so the salad doesn’t wilt before its time. Shake it up and dig in! Seven-Layer Dip

Layer the following ingredients into each jar: start with refried beans, then add grated cheddar, chopped green onions, chopped tomatoes, mashed avocado mixed with a little lime juice and salt, sour cream and chopped black olives. Pack a bag of tortilla chips

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Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup Serves 4 In a blender combine half of an English cucumber that has been peeled and diced (reserve the other half ), flesh of 1 avocado, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 1/3 cup sliced green onions, 1 small minced jalapeño (seeded or not) and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Season well with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 cup ice water and puree until smooth. Divide among 4 pint jars. In a bowl, stir together remaining cucumber, 1 avocado that has been pitted and diced, 1 chopped tomato and 1 cup cooked crabmeat. Spoon the mixture over the tops

of the jars and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Food on a skewer can be one of the most endlessly versatile summer meals. Cutting the meat into smaller cubes allows it to cook faster without drying out. Kabobs can be made at home with minimal fuss, or purchased preskewered at many meat counters around town. For homemade kabobs, follow a few simple steps: 1.

Soak wooden skewers before adding ingredients to prevent them from burning on the grill.


Cut ingredients into like-size shapes so they cook in roughly the same amount of time.


Marinate the meat ahead of time to ensure it remains juicy and flavorful.


Use double skewers to make kabobs easier to turn. This also prevents items from rolling around on the skewers as you try to rotate them.


Don’t stuff ingredients on the skewers. Try to leave a tiny gap between elements so they cook evenly.

Here are a few of my favorite kabob combinations: 1. Chicken breast, red onion, red bell pepper and green bell peppers. Serve in warmed tortillas with sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream. 2. Chopped sirloin (marinated in equal parts soy sauce, olive oil and lime juice — in fact, marinate everything in this!), button mushrooms and red bell pepper 3. Chicken (marinated in your favorite Italian dressing), pineapple chunks and green bell pepper 4. Boneless leg of lamb (marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and chopped fresh oregano), zucchini coins, red onion and cherry tomatoes 5. Cubes of halloumi cheese, zucchini coins, cherry tomatoes and radishes 6. Shrimp, sliced chorizo and sourdough bread cubes







Citron pressé, literally “pressed lemons,” is homemade lemonade at its purest. In a French café, you are presented with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a shaker of sugar, cold water (flat or fizzy — I prefer the latter) and ice cubes. Pour a bit of juice over ice in a tall glass, stir in some sugar, add water, et voilà — suddenly the Oklahoma heat is a bit more tolerable. To give your pitcher added zip, muddle the mixture with herbs and fruit (I love strawberries and mint) ... or vodka!


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I’ll be honest. The real reason I like to hang out fireside in the back yard is for the s’mores. Marshmallows take on a new life when skewered and dangled over a roaring flame. Oops, did yours catch fire? Even better. The black char adds a nice smoky note to an otherwise sticky-sweet snack. You really only need three ingredients to make a successful s’more: marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey bars. Oh, and a roaring fire. But why not think s’more outside the box this summer with one of these combinations? 1.

Smear peanut butter on one graham cracker before adding a toasted marshmallow and a piece of crispy bacon.


Substitute chocolate hazelnut spread for the peanut butter.


Spread lemon curd on a graham cracker; top with berries and a toasted marshmallow.


Substitute white chocolate for the Hershey bar, top with a dollop of blackberry jam and sandwich with a toasted marshmallow.


Use chocolate graham crackers, topping them with mint chocolate and sandwiching with the mallow.


For quick indoor s’more: heat your oven to 450 degrees. Fill a small cast-iron skillet with a generous layer of chocolate chips, top with a layer of marshmallows that have been sliced in half and bake until the marshmallows are golden and the chocolate has melted, 8-10 minutes. Serve with graham crackers for scooping.

Or you could just head to Antoinette Baking Co., where owners Molly Martin and Andrea Mohn make theirs out of a homemade graham cracker-crumb crust, white chocolate, orange blossom marshmallows and blackberry compote, or other flavors depending on when you visit.

Antoinette Baking Co.: 3305 S. Peoria Ave., 918-764-8404,


This is my favorite way to eat in the summer — nibbles of smoked meats, imported cheeses and flavor-packed marinated or pickled vegetables. Experiment with offerings from Italy and the Mediterranean, for these areas subsist on ingredients perfect for a steamy day. Just arrange your favorites on a plate or platter for an effortless meal. All of these ingredients can be found in gourmet and specialty food stores, as well as some supermarkets across town. I like to keep jars of olives, roasted peppers, anchovies, beans and other interesting marinated vegetables in my pantry, so I simply have to pick up the meats and cheeses for dinner. Italian Antipasto

Literally meaning “before the pasta,” this assortment of cheeses, smoked meats, olives and marinated vegetables is commonly found in trattorias across Tuscany. This is my ultimate summer meal, serving as the perfect opportunity to try several kinds of Italian cheeses and meats in one sitting. It is ridiculously easy to prepare.


Fried okra is part of the state meal of Oklahoma, and there is no shortage of the somewhat strange pod on tabletops around the state. Most of what we see is fried, which is pretty darn good. But I like to serve mine simply, by giving it a quick rest on a hot grill. Grill the pods whole until they char just a little, and then toss them with nothing more than olive oil, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

I can’t write about okra in Oklahoma, however, without including a recipe for fried okra. Fried Okra Serves 4-6

In true Okie tradition, Ken’s Steaks & Ribs in Amber, Okla., stocks its salad bar with bottomless bowls of crunchy fried okra. This batter also works well to make another hearty Southern-fried treat, fried dill pickles. Simply substitute slices or spears of dill pickle for the okra.

Dried Italian sausage such as sopressata or coppa, sliced thinly

Very thinly sliced prosciutto, a cured ham

Thinly sliced mortadella, the Italian version of bologna, studded with pistachios

1 quart vegetable oil, for frying 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 large egg 1 tablespoons hot red pepper sauce 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 pounds fresh okra, washed, dried and left whole or sliced into 3/4-inch thick rounds

Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet to 375 degrees. Whisk together buttermilk, egg and hot sauce; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper. Add okra to buttermilk mixture, stirring until coated. Dip okra in flour mixture, tossing to evenly coat. Add to oil in batches, frying until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Repeat with remaining okra and serve hot.

A wedge of soft cheese such as Robiola, Taleggio or fresh mozzarella, served at room temperature

Slices of a hard cheese such as Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano

An assortment of marinated olives — black, green or otherwise

Sliced roasted red peppers

White bean dip (see recipe under “D”)

Mediterranean Meze

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A tub of hummus, eggplant spread (see recipe under “E” ) or creamy fish roe spread (taramasalata) from your favorite Greek or Mediterranean market with toasted lavash or pita bread wedges

Stuffed grape leaves (dolmades)

Marinated kalamata olives

Cubed feta cheese drizzled with

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Chopped cherry tomatoes and cucumbers drizzled with red wine vinegar and sprinkled with chopped fresh oregano, salt and pepper

Jerusalem Market: 6124 E. 51st Place, 918- 660-7102

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Get Judy Allen’s recipe for pickled okra, which also can be used for pickling other summer vegetables.

Ken’s Steaks & Ribs: 408 E. Main St., Amber, Okla.; 405-222-0786




July just happens to be the unofficial “Peach Month” in Oklahoma. Fortunately, our local growers weathered the winter (as well as the late spring freezes) fairly unscathed, and they should be offering up a bumper crop of fuzzy peaches come mid-month. Grab them by the bushel at the 48th annual Porter Peach Festival, July 17-19, in downtown Porter, Okla., and the Stratford Peach Festival, also July 19 in Stratford, Okla., the self-proclaimed “Peach Capital of Oklahoma.” Once you get the beauties home, pull up a chair and a roll of paper towels and start snacking, or try some of these quick recipes.

Sprinkle each half with some cinnamon and brown sugar and dot with a teaspoon or so of butter. Bake until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Serve, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a

Peach Preserves or Peach Butter Makes four 1-pint jars Peel 4 pounds of peaches by cutting a small “X”

In a small saucepan, warm milk and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely. Chill while preparing peaches. Place peaches and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until fairly smooth, but some chunks remain. Transfer mixture to a bowl, and stir in cooled milk and buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until thick and creamy. Transfer to an airtight container and keep frozen for up to 1 week. Editor’s note: To prepare without an ice cream maker, simply pour the sherbet base directly into popsicle molds, freeze until partially set, insert popsicle sticks and freeze until firm.

Roasted Peaches

Roasted peaches and vanilla ice cream

Quinoa is the “it grain” of the year, and for good reason. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient grain (well, technically it’s a seed of the Goosefoot plant) that is just becoming well known in our part of the world. It has been cultivated in the South American Andes since at least 3000 B.C. and is still a staple food of millions. Quinoa is high in protein, calcium and iron and is a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It is gluten free and contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids — making it a complete protein food, with almost twice the amount of other whole grains. Quinoa cooks quickly and serves as a nice alternative to pasta in summer salads. I love to take advantage of summer-ripe tomatoes and cucumbers by making my tabouli with quinoa instead of bulghur wheat. Quinoa Tabouli Serves 6 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for dressing TulsaPeople JULY 2014

Peach and Buttermilk Sherbet Makes about 1 quart 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 cup sugar 2 pounds large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk

on the bottom of each and blanching them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Plunge them into a bowl of cold water for a few seconds to cool and the peels should come right off. Halve peaches, remove the pit and cut each half into thin wedges. Place wedges in a large saucepan along with 2 cups of sugar and a cup of water. Simmer until the peaches are tender and the mixture is syrupy, about 30 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons lemon juice. For preserves, transfer the mixture as is to sterilized canning jars to cool. For peach butter, puree the mixture, in batches, in a food processor until smooth. Transfer back to the saucepan and simmer until the mixture thickens, 20-30 minutes more. Cool and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Halve and pit 4 peaches and place cut-side up in a baking dish.


dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Porter Peach Festival: www.porterpeachfestivals. com or 918-694-9314


Stratford Peach Festival: 580-759-3300

2 cups water 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground black pepper 1 large English hothouse cucumber, seeded and diced 3 large ripe tomatoes, diced 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint 2 scallions, thinly sliced

In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa, salt and 2 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow, cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Add cucumber, tomatoes, herbs and scallions to bowl with quinoa; add dressing and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Editor’s note: This dish also can be made one day ahead. Just store the remaining dressing and quinoa separately; chill.


Quinoa tabouli



In Italy, fresh ricotta cheese is traditionally made with the leftover whey from other cheese making, mainly mozzarella. However, it can be made in a jiffy from a gallon of whole milk, a bit of heavy cream and some acidic lemon juice or vinegar to lure it into a delicate curdle. Use the best milk you can find, such as the creamy milk from LOMAH Dairy’s Jersey cows that graze on rolling hills and drink from an artesian spring on Stanley Johnson’s farm. He sells LOMAH’s milk and handmade cheeses at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning. La Donna Cullinan makes fresh ricotta on request in her Cherry Street cheese shop. Call ahead to order a pound or two. Homemade Ricotta Makes about 4 cups

In a large pan, combine 1 gallon whole milk and 2 cups heavy cream and place over medium heat. Heat to 190 degrees, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir gently; the mixture will start to curdle. Cover the pot with a dishtowel and set aside for one hour. Line a fine-mesh sieve with cheesecloth and place over a bowl large enough to catch the whey. Gently pour the curds into the cheesecloth — set aside to drain for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours. The cheese will thicken as it continues to drain. Keep cheese chilled up to 3 days. Stir ricotta into pasta sauce, dollop over pizza dough before baking, or smear over toasted bread and top with fresh figs and honey, sliced tomatoes or sautéed fava beans and asparagus. LOMAH Dairy: 23800 S. 690 Road, Wyandotte, Okla., 918-533-7134 Cherry Street Farmers’ Market: La Donna’s Fancy Foods: 1615 E. 15th St., 918-582-1523,



Since Cimarron Meat Co. opened in late 2012, home cooks as well as restaurant chefs have been coming in for all-natural meats, including locally raised grass-fed beef. Owners Jeff and Kimberly Workman recently brought in chef Matt Louviere to spice things up. In addition to stocking the carryout case with hearty sides and salads, Louviere answers customers’ cooking questions. When done successfully, Louviere says, there’s not much better than a perfectly grilled rib eye. He shares a few helpful tips for grilling steaks at home: 1.

Select a cut with a nice portion of fat, such as a strip steak or a rib eye, Louviere’s favorite. In addition to adding flavor, fat helps keep the meat from overcooking, which is essential if you enjoy your steaks medium-rare.


Let your steaks come to room temperature before grilling to help them cook more consistently.


Season steaks well with salt and pepper.


Start cooking on very high heat. It helps sear the meat, locking in essential juices and flavor.

Rib-eye steaks are my favorite, as well. Here is my preferred way to serve them hot off the grill. Grilled Bone-in Rib Eye with Chimichurri Serves 4-6

Beef is plentiful in Argentina. Most steakhouses in Buenos Aires even have their own herd, grazed on a nearby estancia on lush Pampas grass. Simply grilled over a hot fire, the steaks are often topped with a zesty herb-garlic mixture called chimichurri. 2 large bone-in rib-eye steaks (12-16 ounces each) Olive oil Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper Chimichurri sauce (see recipe below)

Remove steaks from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the grill to high. While the grill is heating, drizzle the steaks with olive oil and generously sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Put the steaks on the back of the grill (the hottest part), and shut the lid. Let the steaks cook for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare; 5-6 minutes per side for medium. Take the steaks off the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes. Serve whole, or cut the meat off the bone, slice and arrange on a platter. Serve, drizzled with chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri Sauce Makes about 2 cups Combine 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, the grated zest and juice from 2 limes, 1 bunch finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1 bunch finely chopped fresh oregano, 6 minced garlic cloves, 2 minced shallots, 3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Cimarron Meat Co.: 8173 S. Harvard Ave., 918-935-3210,


T Tomatoes Oklahomans are crazy about tomatoes. I grow my own every year with plants from The Tomato Man’s Daughter. I tend to go overboard, lining my beds with a rainbow assortment, which then take up the entire kitchen counter when harvested. The farmers’ markets around town, however, have tabletops lined to the brim with every color and variety imaginable, so that you don’t have to do the dirty work yourself. Besides making the most awesome sandwich in the world (white bread, mayo and sliced tomatoes with a sprinkling of sea salt), what else can you do with the gorgeous bushels you arrive home with? As it turns out, almost anything. Here are a few of our favorites: •

Matt Cauthron takes a good chunk of cheese from Whole Foods Market and makes little toothpick snacks with chopped tomato, basil, cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. I like to put a Mediterranean twist on the classic Caprese salad:

chopped or sliced tomatoes topped with shredded mint leaves, good olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, freshly ground black pepper and chunks of feta.

For an easy bruschetta topping or pasta sauce, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 pound cherry tomatoes in a cast-iron skillet or baking dish. Toss gently with 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon honey, a few tablespoons of olive oil and a good seasoning of flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast until golden and bubbling, about 30 minutes. •

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And if nothing else, do as Managing Editor Kendall Barrow does — slice a bunch of heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Many of you are familiar with cooking shrimp and fish, but there are some leggy (or should I say tentacle-ly) friends out there that often get overlooked. Squid and octopus are delicious from the grill and require little effort. Octopus benefits from a gentle simmer before hitting the grill, while delicate squid cooks in under a minute. Whole Foods Market: 1401 E. 41st St., 918-712-7555; 9136 S. Yale Ave., 918-879-0493; Italian-Style Grilled Octopus Serves 6 In a stock pot, add 3 pounds cleaned octopus and 2 cups dry white wine, a handful of black peppercorns, one lemon cut in half, 3 cloves of garlic and a natural wine cork (this may sound odd, but

cork is used all over the world to tenderize the octopus). Cover with water by 1 inch and bring to a boil. Simmer gently until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 45 minutes to an hour. Drain and set aside to cool slightly in a bowl. Heat grill to high. Toss octopus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until well browned, a few minutes per side. Cut octopus into pieces and drizzle with additional olive oil and the juice of a lemon. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Grilled Squid Salad Serves 4-6 In a bowl, toss 2 pounds of cleaned calamari (bodies cut in half lengthwise, tentacles left whole) with 1 seeded and chopped jalape単o, the grated zest of a lime, a few tablespoons of olive oil, and some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat. Cook squid just until charred, turning every 10 seconds. Serve with salad greens, chopped avocado and lime wedges.


Where to buy squid and octopus: Bodean Seafood Market: 3376 E. 51st St., 918-743-3861, Nam-Hai: 1924 S. Garnett Road, 918-438-0166

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V dka When I want to escape the heat of a hot summer night, I head indoors for a light cocktail — typically something with vodka or gin, which both pair nicely with fruity and herbal mixers. Try one from this trio of favorites. Beer with a Kick in the Pants Serves 4

In a blender, crush 4 cups of ice. Add a 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, a 12-ounce beer and 12 ounces vodka.

Blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into frosted glasses and serve immediately. The Blond Mary

(named for my sister Mary, who is coincidently a blonde)

Serves 4 Cut 3 large yellow tomatoes into wedges and puree them in a blender with 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 seeded jalapeños, a few tablespoons of prepared horseradish, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon celery salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Add 6 ounces vodka, pulsing to

combine. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Rub the rims of 4 glasses with a lemon wedge, and dip into a mixture of sea salt and ground black pepper. Add ice to glasses and pour tomato mixture over.

James Bond preferred his martinis with vodka and gin, shaken, not stirred. I prefer mine with gin only because I love the herbal notes for which gin is known. Set aside the martini glass though, for gin plays nicely into a chalkboard full of cocktails. For proof, head downtown to Mixed Company, the city’s newest craft cocktail bar. Owner Ryan Stack created a cocktail, the “1814,” for our readers. The summer sipper contains a good dose of gin, but is named after one of the liqueurs in the drink, Casoni 1814, a refreshingly bittersweet spiced aperitif. 1814 Makes 1 cocktail Stir together 1 1/2 ounces Brokers London Dry Gin, 3/4 ounce Casoni 1814 Liqueur, 1/4 ounce Saint Germaine Liqueur and 2 dashes Bitter Truth Orange Bitters in a mixing glass and serve over a large chunk of ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.   Mixed Company: 302 S. Cheyenne Ave., 918-932-8571, 74

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The first time I stopped to take notice of a jug of flavored water was on vacation in Scottsdale, Ariz., several years ago. It was a hot day (as is typically the case in Arizona), and the coffee shop in our hotel had a helpyourself glass jug of water infusing with sliced cucumbers and limes. By the time our stay was over I had become a “regular” at the jug, and I’ve been infusing water at home ever since. Try these combinations, or experiment with your own: • • • •

Sliced cucumber and sliced lemon

Fresh cilantro sprigs, lime wedges and jalapeño slices Peach wedges and fresh mint leaves

Cubed watermelon, raspberries and sliced lemon




Think of all the extra time you will have to enjoy the outdoors after making these delicious summer dishes — time that you could use to whip some cream. Fill a canning jar a quarter of the way with heavy cream and a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar. Shake, shake, shake until thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve over fresh fruit ... or anything!


You may not realize it, but yogurt is a superhero ingredient, lurking among villains in the supermarket. Here are my top five reasons for eating a lot of yogurt this summer, along with some quick and easy uses: • • • • •

Yogurt is a fantastic source of protein, especially Greek yogurt, which can have up to 20 grams of protein per 6 ounce container.

Yogurt contains good-for-you bacteria (probiotics) that keep our digestive systems in check. An 8-ounce serving of yogurt contains up to 20 percent of the adult recommended daily amount of calcium.

Thanks to the culturing process that creates yogurt, it is easier to digest than milk, which makes it an ideal food for those with lactose intolerance.

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Yogurt can sub for higher-fat sour cream in almost any recipe.

Here are but a few of my favorite uses for a carton of plain Greek yogurt: • • • • • • •

Add a few scoops of yogurt to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Stir into your favorite dip (hummus, bean dip or otherwise) to add a creamy zip.

For a refreshing breakfast, mix yogurt with a few tablespoons honey, then layer with crisp granola and fresh berries.

Use yogurt in your favorite chicken salad recipe in place of mayonnaise.

Marinate chicken breasts in yogurt and chopped herbs before grilling. Mix with lime zest and juice and a splash of hot sauce for a zippy fish taco topping.

Shake into your favorite creamy salad dressing, in place of mayonnaise or sour cream.


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Wines that pop Grilling out calls for festive wine selections. by RANDA WARREN, MS, CWE, AIWS, CSS*


On the Fourth of July, most people spend

their free time lounging by the pool or the lake or entertaining on the patio. That means stocking up on wines that sizzle, pop and boom to assure your summer social life gets high marks. Since my favorite style of cooking — barbecue or smoking food — is also sizzling along this time of year, let’s look at some of the most popular wines for this kind of fare. Wines that have been aged in an oak barrel work best with grilled or smoked foods. Opt for whites that have some French oak flavors such as Chardonnay or white Bordeaux, which is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Reds that have a “boom” effect almost always have some oak-aging flavors, too. Look for bottles $20 and over and review the back label to confirm the oak usage. These may include Cabernet Sauvignon or Cab blends (Meritage falls into this group), Nebbiolo (Barolo), and higher-end Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and super Tuscan blends. Rosé wines also make a lot of summer foods pop. They are so sensational, it’s hard to go wrong with one — and rosé is a great choice when you don’t know if your summer food dish would be better with a white or red. tþ

*Wine columnist Randa Warren is a Master Sommelier; Certified Wine Educator; Associate Member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits; and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits.




2012 Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel, Rhone, France — $18.49

2010 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, Calif. — $23.99

2012 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia, Calif. — $24.99

The gorgeous black fruit of this full-bodied Cabernet is balanced by impressive tannins and touches of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Meant to be sipped with a hearty meal.

California's Wagner family, who started Caymus winery, is behind Mer Soleil. It is an unbelievable July gem — rich with buttery notes, tropical fruit and aged in French oak.

A deepish-colored rosé that will knock your socks off. It is dry with pronounced fruit flavors of strawberries, ripe raspberries and Bing cherries. It’s great with many fish dishes, pork, smoked chicken and barbecue and all by its lonesome, savory self.

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A designer takes a bold approach to creating a harmonious home for one young family. by ASHLEY ANTLE

Designer Tracy Huntington chose a neutral wall color and added pops of bold color and striking accessories throughout this 3,600-square-foot Spanish/Mediterranean home.



The oversized black and white hound’s-tooth print sets a playful tone in the family room.


Statement pieces aren’t just for fashion. The concept of displaying one special, bold piece to draw the eye and harmonize a look works in home design, too. And any designer will tell you harmony is a crucial element of good design. “I think the (advantage) to hiring a designer is to have that harmony and continuity throughout the house,” says Tracy Huntington, principal of Element360 Design. “Then, it feels peaceful and there’s a joy to it because everything feels in its place.” In the midtown home of Dr. Justin and Libby McCoy, Huntington used a neutral wall color as a base palette and layered pops of bold colors in furnishings and accessories. This created a unifying thread throughout the couple’s approximately 3,600-square-foot Spanish/Mediterranean-style house. 84

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To create an even stronger sense of unity, Huntington used large statement art pieces on one wall in each room to set the tone for the space and carry the color palette of blue, purple, black, silver and gold throughout the entire residence. “For this home, what stands out to me are the statement walls that you’ll see,” Huntington says. “So there’s a thread throughout.” A large cream and brown cowhide rug is the first eye-catcher in the home’s foyer, followed by a custom abstract painting by an artist Huntington met at market. The combination of the traditional cowhide with modern art tells the story of the home’s style, which Huntington describes as contemporary modern.

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“The homeowners said they wanted family function and a neutral color palette with a pop of color,” Huntington says. “And the colors they first named were blue and purple.” Libby also likes black — a color that appears in some way, whether subtle or bold, in every room. Directly off the foyer is the formal living room. A rich blue rug anchors this space along with classic neutral furniture with soft, clean lines. The lamps, accessories, and silver and glass side tables give this room a modern flair. A 3-D art installation featuring shiny metal blocks is like eye candy for the artistically inclined. The piece mirrors the abstract tone of the painting that (Continued on p. 87)




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The master bedroom is cozy and comfortable.

(Continued from p. 85) hangs above the ornately carved fireplace mantel, which the McCoys believe is original to the circa 1926 home. “It’s a classic look, but there’s an edge to it,” Huntington says of the home’s design. “The main pieces stay classic, and then you can go out there a bit with accessories.” While the formal living room features a light cream palette with just hints of blue, the family room takes bold color to the next level. The dark gray sectional and black and gray rug are perfect for the McCoys’ three young, active children. Three round, black and white leather and fabric ottomans in different sizes work together as a coffee table or separately as additional seating. But the most playful object in this room is the oversized black and white hound’s-tooth print that hangs above two dark gray chairs. It’s the statement piece that says this room is all about family fun. The upstairs hallway is home to perhaps the most personal of all of the statement pieces. Clear Plexiglas frames featuring family photos are grouped together over a credenza for a sizeable and distinct collage of family memories. The master bedroom is cozy and comfortable with deep blue, purple and gray furnishings. A second fireplace, also with its original mantel, is topped with a large abstract painting that shines as the room’s centerpiece. Even the kids’ rooms make their own statements. It’s easy to see that the couple’s oldest — 10-year-old Lane — is a basketball fan or, more specifically, an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. A framed Kevin Durant jersey hangs prominently over his bed. Of course, blue is this room’s signature color. One of the most distinctive statement pieces is in Justin’s office. A radiologist who works many hours from home, Justin wanted his office to reflect a young and modern vibe while meeting all of the very specific requirements for housing his computer equipment. The feature wall in this space is covered in custom, 3-D black tiles made of leather, suede and fabric. The textural piece is a mix of matte and shine, counterbalanced by a metallic silver paint on the rest of the office walls. The combo makes for an ultra-modern space that still plays nicely with the classic-modern atmosphere in the rest of the home. A sliding barn door offers privacy in the bathroom or can be used to hide much of office’s auxiliary equipment. Underfoot, a cowhide rug with a metallic finish grounds the look and brings it all together. “Obviously I’m very partial to my office,” Justin says. “We really put a lot of thought into that, and they really delivered what I asked for.” Overall the home’s design perfectly captures the comfortable, contemporary, family-friendly and stylish atmosphere this modern family requested. “They are young and fresh, and that’s really what we were going for,” Huntington says. tþ

Dr. Justin McCoy’s office features a textured statement wall.

A framed jersey takes center stage as a statement piece in this 10-year-old’s bedroom.



A lot to give Senior volunteers are helping meet many needs in the Tulsa area. by RACHEL WEAVER

For Susan Swatek, 72, volunteering is a part of everyday life.


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Susan Swatek, 72, has never known a time where she hasn’t volunteered. Her parents were both active community volunteers, so giving back comes naturally to her. “It was a part of life; it was just what you did,” Swatek says. “You give back.” Her father was a member of Friends of the Library in Muskogee, Okla., and Swatek is a member of Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries. She says it’s a group of people who love the library and help organize and support its programs. Music is Swatek’s passion, however, and she volunteers for and serves on the boards of Tulsa Children’s Chorus and Chamber Music Tulsa. But her main focus is Vintage Voices, a community chorus of about 30 retired individuals. She started Vintage Voices seven years ago and has watched it grow to 25-30 members who rehearse weekly for programs and performances at senior communities. “People are just so appreciative” of the concerts the group puts on and the chance to stay active, Swatek says. “They love it, and we love it. It makes us feel really good. When you can make people feel good, that makes volunteering worthwhile.” In March 2014, Swatek organized Power of Music, a concert of senior center members. In August 2013, she started working with more than 70 singers and instrumentalists at more than 12 senior residences, who rehearsed twice per month leading up to the one-time performance. “Now the line is, ‘So, Swatek, when are you going to do this again?’” she says. “I worked my butt off.” Even so, she does plan to organize another concert. She loved seeing how excited the performers were to be out in the community. For Swatek, volunteering and helping others is a lifestyle. “It sounds sappy to say, but it’s such a feel-good thing,” she says. “The rewards are great.”



Benefits of volunteering

Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report fewer disabilities, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Julie Ryker, LIFE Senior Services volunteer coordinator, says the research also found volunteering can shorten a senior’s depression after the loss of a spouse. Volunteering has shown numerous health and mental benefits for seniors. “Volunteering keeps their minds sharp because they’re learning new things and putting those new things into practice,” Ryker says. Karen Dills, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteer coordinator, describes studies that say senior volunteers can experience reduced pain from chronic ailments, improved heart health and lower blood pressure. (Continued on p. 91)


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“When you stop moving, you gradually lose the ability to move,” Dills says. “So, by getting out there and moving, you’re increasing your overall physical wellness.” RSVP serves more than 1,000 volunteers who are primarily age 55 and older. The organization also has two active volunteers who are over 100 years old, four between the ages of 95-99 and 20 volunteers between 90 and 94 years old. Dills calls the organization “Resourceful, Successful, Valuable People.” “They’re active, they’re engaged, they’re making a difference,” she says. “So many seniors are very much isolated, and when you can get them out to make that connection with another person or a group of people, or whatever you can do that gets them involved again, that makes a huge difference.” The opportunities to get involved are nearly endless. RSVP works with more than 250 nonprofits and helps connect volunteers to the right agency. “We have volunteers that do everything from Meals on Wheels to caring for other seniors in hospitals or receiving hospice care to visiting other seniors to make sure they can stay in their homes and they aren’t forgotten,” Dills says. “They blow me away.”


How to get started

Seniors interested in volunteering (see sidebar for a sampling of volunteer opportunities) can start by contacting an agency such as RSVP, 918-280-8656, or LIFE Senior Services, 918-664-9000. “There are so many volunteer opportunities in the city,” even for those with limited mobility, Ryker says. Projects around the Tulsa area range from RSVP programs such as Airport Ambassadors and Knittin’ Kittens to test monitoring, reading to a school-age child, visiting or taking meals to other seniors or (Continued on p. 93)

Seven years ago, Swatek started Vintage Voices, a community chorus of about 30 retired individuals.


(continued from p. 91) volunteering at a specific nonprofit to help with administrative and mail-out needs. LIFE Senior Services recently received a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma that will increase volunteer opportunities at LIFE’s Southminster senior center, 3500 S. Peoria Ave., and its east side senior center, 1427 S. Indianapolis Ave. “Sometimes you need a phone answered,” Ryker says. “Sometimes you need a mail-out to go or a friendly visitor or help with an arts and crafts project. A lot of times it’s that senior market that is more available to volunteer because they are retired and have the time.” Transportation is often needed for volunteer positions, but some volunteers carpool or use the Lift, a door-to-door paratransit service for people with disabilities. “Transportation can limit volunteer opportunities,” Dills admits. “That is one of the biggest issues for seniors. That’s something I know our director is working on — trying to find ways to help with transportation. We do have volunteers who utilize their own vehicles to transport other seniors.” Organizations like RSVP can offer volunteer opportunities for everyone, even if you don’t know what you’re looking for yet. The first step? Call the organization to set up a meeting, and then become matched with an opportunity right for you. “When you make a difference, when you touch a life, it touches your heart,” Dills says. tþ

Volunteer opportunities Here’s a sampling of nonprofits that offer volunteer opportunities: • American Red Cross 918-831-1100, Disaster relief, blood drives, office support, CPR/First Aid instructors • Broken Arrow Seniors 918-259-8377, Reception, office support, meal deliveries, activity leaders • Catholic Charities 918-508-7125, www.catholiccharitiestulsa. org Office support, client service, food pantry and clothing center, tutoring • Clarehouse 918-893-6150, Welcome desk, gardeners, handyman, musicians • Hospitality House 918-794-0088, Welcome center, meal preparation and delivery, prayer support, special events • Hospice of Green Country 918-747-2273, Errands, pet care, companionship, respite care • LIFE Senior Services 918-664-9000, Special events, office support, adult day center opportunities, Medicare and tax assistance programs • Meals on Wheels 918-627-4103, www.mealsonwheelstulsa. org Food packers/kitchen helpers, meal deliveries/drivers, office support, special events • Reading Partners 918-949-1979, tulsa Tutoring for one hour a week at Tulsa Public Schools • RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) 918-280-8656, Opportunities available through RSVP’s programs or through its partnership with more than 250 nonprofits

Led by Swatek, the group practices weekly for programs and performances at senior communities.

P R O M I SE KEPT. Opening September 2014

• Volunteer Tulsa 918-447-1888, Opportunities available through its volunteer programs and services in eastern Oklahoma


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ontereau is the most innovative senior living community in Tulsa, offering top-notch services, amenities and choices for its residents and guests. With a beautiful view of south Tulsa, Montereau is conveniently located close to shopping, medical services, churches, dining and entertainment attractions. “We offer a retirement lifestyle that is unparalleled in this part of the country,” says Jamie Townsend, Montereau’s director of marketing. “Here residents live worry-free in an enriching environment.” Montereau has several dining venues featuring daily specials and seasonal menus. Staying fit is easy with the fitness center and heated pool, walking trails and wellness programs. A full-service salon and spa, business center, weekly housekeeping and concierge service, libraries, ATM banking and postal services are just some of the many convenient amenities and services. Residents remain active and independent, with a full calendar planned each month by Montereau’s staff. Choices include art classes, fitness programs, sports activities and on-site entertainment, as well as local excursions to museums, concerts, and other regional and national destinations. Montereau is a continuing care retirement community, with long-term health care on site for any future needs. A retirement counselor and move-in coordinator assist new residents in transitioning to Montereau.

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The summer game


When the ballgame went into extra innings,

the cat, the dog and I decided to turn off the TV, go to bed and listen to the rest of the game on the radio. The next day was a workday, and we needed some rest. I hadn’t listened to a baseball game on the radio in years. The late New Yorker editor and writer Katharine White had a farm in upstate New York. This was before TV was popular, so in October, she would listen to the World Series on the radio as she polished gourds from her garden. I love that image. A baseball announcer is a special artist. He has to describe enough to make it come alive — the pitch, the swing, the action, the reaction — but not talk us into a coma. Traditionally his vocabulary is an art unto itself. That’s the way it was that night I listened to the ballgame on the radio. When one inning ended, the announcer said, “And that retires the side. Some were lookin’ and some were swingin’.” Is that not a summary of life? Some of us stand around looking; some of us are out there swinging. At a craft bazaar I attended recently, I was immediately attracted to a booth selling gauzy, hand-painted jackets. The booth was empty except for the artist. I put on one of the filmy kimono jackets, and immediately other women swarmed. One woman from another booth said, “Oh, I’ve been looking at these all day and just waiting for someone to put one on.”


We all chattered and chattered about the jackets — how fascinating, how artistic, how fanciful, how fun. “I’d love to have one,” a woman said, “but I wouldn’t know what to wear it with.” “With anything,” I said. “For a dressy occasion. Or, with jeans — that’s what I have on. “Get one,” I said. “They’re not expensive.”

Some of us stand around looking; some of us are out there swinging. She looked longingly at the jacket. Finally she said, “I just can’t. My husband would think I was crazy.” And she walked away. Isn’t that one of the saddest stories you’ve ever heard? One of the most important books I’ve read is titled “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” It was written by one of the greatest physicists of our time, Richard Feynman, an intellectual with an unquenchable curiosity and appetite for adventure. I liked the book, but I loved the title. Not that we shouldn’t live within boundaries of kindness, civility and manners set by society, but we also

should experience the freedom of thinking for ourselves. We don’t have to be nice all the time. We don’t have to shape ourselves to please other people. And we should be able to wear a frivolous, fanciful jacket if we want to. It’s not easy to get out of our comfortable ruts. I pondered for years over a line from C.S. Lewis: Pain is what drives us out of the nursery. I think I finally got it. Most of us don’t change anything when we’re fat and comfortable. It’s only pain — loss or grief, perhaps — that makes us venture into change. I’m intrigued by the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I have written that in purple sidewalk chalk on a wall in my house. I think that quote comes from the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” but it has grown legs of its own. It has come to challenge us to decide what we would do personally and professionally if we weren’t afraid of change, money, security or other people’s opinions. What would I do if I weren’t afraid? I wouldn’t be standing there lookin’ at life. I’d be swingin’. tþ

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


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August 22nd & 23rd 2 Days Steaks • Live Music • Cold Beverages • Great Food

Friday, August 22nd SCA US Steak Championship - Great bands, food trucks, adult beverages and fun activities starting at 5 P.M. in the area surrounding the big stage at 6th and Cincinnati.

Saturday, August 23rd Starting in the morning, cooking teams move in to compete for the chance to be Oklahoma’s King of the Steak. Appetizers will be passed out in the afternoon, with music playing on two stages, and Made in Oklahoma vendors offering their wares. Best of all, enjoy the taste of the competition with 16 oz. Ribeye Dinners at $20 per plate!

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The Center of the Universe Festival is back July 25-26 for its second year to rock Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Performers include AWOLNATION, Capital Cities and Cold War Kids. Through July 11, tickets range from $25 for a one-day pass to $40 for a weekend pass. Prices increase by $10 on July 12. A limited number of VIP tickets also are available. Visit

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July’s can’t-miss events

This summer Philbrook Museum of Art presents a fo“Monet and the Seine: cused explworaImpressions of a River” tion of the work of Claude Monet (1840-1926) in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The original 16-work exhibition reunites several of the master Impressionist’s works from his famous series of paintings “Mornings on the Seine” alongside several related, earlier works. Together the pieces demonstrate the artist’s lifelong investigation of the visual and expressive potential of light as well as his longstanding attachment to the Seine River, near which Monet spent much of his life. The exhibition runs through Sept. 21 at the main Philbrook campus, 2727 S. Rockford Road. “Monet and the Seine” special exhibition tickets are $6. Museum members and visitors 17 and younger are free but must request advance tickets at www. or from the front desk upon arrival.


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Monet’s “l’Orangerie Argenteuil”

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Celebrate the Fourth of July by Fleet Feet Firecracker 5K lacing up your shoes and getting your blood pumping at the Fleet Feet 5K. The 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. at Fleet Feet’s Blue Dome location, 418 E. Second St., before winding its way downtown. Bring the kids, too; a 5K stroller race starts at 7:40 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Cost for the 5Ks is $30, adults; $15, youth; both with T-shirts. The 1-mile fun run/walk is $20, adults; $10, youth; both with T-shirts. Youth can forego the shirt and subtract $10 from entry fees. For more information, visit or contact Maegan Bartel, 918-492-3338 or maegan@



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Oklahoma’s largest arts, crafts and antiques show, An Affair of the Heart An Affair of the Heart, is coming to Tulsa’s River Spirit Expo at Expo Square July 11-14. The four-day extravaganza will feature approximately 130,000 square feet of merchandise, including handmade jewelry, up-cycled furniture, gourmet foods, home décor and personalized gifts. More than 450 local and national artisans and independent retailers can be found at 850 booths, representing more than 20 states. Admission is $7 at the door and tickets are good for all three days. Children 12 and under get in free. Visit for more information.





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People, places and events

BOK Literacy Campaign Bank of Oklahoma’s 11th annual Literacy Campaign, a two-week book fundraiser, kicked off with a reading and book signing of Betty Casey’s “May Finds Her Way” at Guthrie Green. Pictured are News on 6 anchor Meagan Farley; author Betty Casey; Bank of Oklahoma employees Tami Rochelle, DeLee Lewis and Robbie Webb; and Pat Piper, BOK Financial executive vice president for consumer banking.

CTCA Chefs for the Cure Cancer Treatment Centers of America hosted the 10th annual Chefs for the Cure, featuring an array of gourmet cuisine from more than 30 local chefs. More than 400 patrons and sponsors attended, raising $28,372 for the Susan G. Komen Tulsa affiliate. Pictured are Tim Salvin of Juniper; Justin Thompson, owner of Juniper, Tavolo and PRHYME; Callie Fowler of Tavolo; and Ramiro Herrera of PRHYME.

AWC Newsmakers Newsmakers Wendy Thomas and State Rep. Jeannie McDaniel and Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner Janet Pearson enjoy the Newsmakers Luncheon held in their honor May 7 at Southern Hills Country Club. Not pictured is Newsmaker Eileen Bradshaw.

Tulsa City-County Library Gary Shaffer, Tulsa City-County Library CEO; Beverly Dieterlen, 2014 Marcus R. Tower Service Award recipient; and Janis Updike Walker, Tulsa Library Trust executive director, at the 40th annual Volunteer Recognition Award ceremony held recently at Martin Regional Library. The event honored nearly 1,000 people for their 35,478 donated hours in 2013.

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic All-Stater Sophia Alvarez, a graduating senior from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, is congratulated by her special guest, John Waldron, a history teacher at Booker T. Washington during the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet. Alvaraz was one of 100 Oklahoma public high school seniors honored by the foundation as an Academic All-Stater. Waldron is a past foundation honoree, who received the 2013 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.


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2014 Center Polo Classic The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges board members Bob O’Neal, commercial development representative at Williams, and Eric Ellsworth, corporate finance analyst staff at WPX Energy, attended the 2014 Center Polo Classic, a funfilled afternoon of polo and Champagne on May 17 at Mohawk Park. Williams and WPX Energy sponsored the event, which raises money for The Center.

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People, places and events

Bishop Kelley Dinner Auction Event co-chairs Jennifer Allen and Christine Steichen with Bishop Kelley President the Rev. Brian O’Brien at the school’s annual fundraising dinner auction. The 2014 event had a “Friday Night Fever” theme.

WALTZ on the Wild Side Mike and Kristi Miers, patron chairs, and Terrie Correll, president and CEO of Tulsa Zoo Management Inc., gathered to promote this year’s WALTZ on the Wild Side, the Tulsa Zoo’s annual fundraiser, which was June 20.


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Cattle Baron’s Ball Entertainment Reveal Party Andy Kinslow, 2014 Baron; Carly McKeon, American Cancer Society senior representative, community engagement; Kristen Schooley, American Cancer Society specialist, distinguished events; and Blake Ewing, 2014 Baron, attended a reveal party May 7 at Legends that announced Montgomery Gentry as the headlining musical act for the Cattle Baron’s Ball on Sept.12. The fall fundraiser will benefit ACS.

OWN Mayor Dewey Bartlett and First Lady Victoria Bartlett hosted Oprah Winfrey Network representatives during their recent visit to Tulsa to research the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Pictured with the Bartletts are Valerie Woods, co-executive producer; native Oklahoman Nancy Miller, executive producer; Dayna North, coexecutive producer; and Kristin Palombo, producer. Visit Tulsa/Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau invited community leaders to the dinner event, which was at The Summit.

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July Volunteer Spotlight

7/24 Art RX ONEOK Field is the site of the third annual Art RX fundraiser for Project TCMS.

Pictured are Katherine Haskell, president of Alliance to the Tulsa County Medical Society; Dr. Paul Bevilacqua, physician artist; Kevin Butcher, the Tulsa Drillers’ business development manager; and Drs. Brian and Patti Chalkin, event chairs.

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Shondel Bennett Volunteer, “Round ‘Em Up!” Senior Star Round-up Shondel Bennett has worked for Senior Star Living for 16 years as executive director for both Senior Star at Woodland Terrace and Senior Star at Burgundy Place, as well as the director of value and measurement at the corporate office. For 14 of those years, she has volunteered for events benefiting LIFE Senior Services. This year she is a volunteer for the 2014 “Round ‘Em Up!” Senior Star Round-up fundraiser for LIFE’s programs. LIFE Senior Services’ mission: Promoting and preserving independence for seniors — today, tomorrow, always.


Harwelden Murder Mystery Harwelden Mystery Players Donna Prigmore, Emily Mock, Kim Doner and Chad Oliverson at a dress rehearsal of “A Felonious Flapdoodle,” the 2013 Harwelden Murder Mystery. The 2014 production, “Harwell, My Lovely,” will be presented July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-9. Proceeds benefit the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.

July 18 — International Literacy Training Institute Reception Benefits Literacy and Evangelism International. July 20 — “Round ‘Em Up!” Senior Star Round-up Benefits LIFE Senior Services. July 21 — Golf Tournament Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa.


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July 21 — Musical Mondays 2014 Benefits LIFE Senior Services. July 24 — Third annual Art RX Benefits Project TCMS (Tulsa Charitable Medical Services). July 26 — Adopt a Little Okie Benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. July 31-Aug. 1-2, 7-9 — Harwelden Murder Mystery Benefits Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. tþ

On why she volunteers for seniors: “I have volunteered my entire life. My grandparents instilled in me at a very early age the joy of giving back. I was able to join them as they delivered Meals on Wheels and accompanied them when they visited at their local nursing home. Because I have a love for seniors, I continue to focus my volunteer efforts in those areas. Volunteering gives me immense personal satisfaction, and helping make a positive difference in people’s lives makes a positive difference in me. I might not be able to give lots of money, but I can give freely of my time, and I know that is a valuable commodity. tþ July 20 — “Round ‘Em Up!” Senior Star Round-up  2-5 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. Live entertainment and dancing by The Round Up Boys and Cowboy Jones. $10, beginning July 1, and at the door. Benefits LIFE Senior Services. Call Leatha Pierce, 918-299-0953, or Rickye Dixon, 918-664-9000, or visit

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Melanie & Lex Anderson | Apache Corporation | Bank of Oklahoma | Capital Advisors, Inc. | Dr. Scott & Janell Cyrus | Flintco and Tulsa Community Foundation | Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers | Helmerich & Payne, Inc. | Mike & Kristi Miers | ONEOK | Lynn & Barbara Owens | Radiology Consultants of Tulsa | Hannah & Joe Robson | John & Lesa Smaligo | John & Sandy Stava | Susan & William Thomas | The Bailey Family | Unit Corporation ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: Jim & Susannah Adelson | Barrow & Grimm P.C. | Crafton Tull | The Cuesta Foundation | Facchianos Bridal & Formal Attire | GableGotwals | Kent & Sandy Harrell | Hartog Kallenberger Swarthout, CPAs | Key Construction | David & Jenny Lamb Ed & Kathy Leinbach | Adam & Bertie Lesher | Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. | Mary Adeline Miller | Carolyn Morris | Nabholz | Nelson Auto Group | Randy & Mardeen Olmstead | Osage Casino | PGAV Destinations | Ranch Acres Wine and Spirits | Selser Schaefer Architects | Stinnett & Associates | Tedford Insurance | Waters Charitable Foundation | Williams | Michael & Melanie Yaffe PATRON SPONSORS: Anchor Paint Manufacturing | BancFirst | Bentrei Ltd. | Ernst & Young | Grigsby’s Carpet and Tile | Kelsie Wells and the Gotwals Group | Phillips + Bacon Consulting Engineers | THEWAY Corp.

RESTAURANT TRAY SPONSOR: Cancer Treatment Centers of America The Tulsa Zoo would like to thank these sponsors for their continued support. Mary K. Chapman Foundation

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The best of local arts and culture

Geek theater by KENDRA BLEVINS


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ALSO THIS MONTH ART 365 exhibition and artists’ talks The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition chose five Oklahoma artists as its 2014 grant recipients. The grants include one year of curatorial guidance to create innovative artwork for the ART 365 exhibition at the Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) through Aug. 9. Three of the artists will discuss their work this month in artists’ talks: • July 10: “Cultural Identity and Heritage,” Alexandra Knox • July 24: About Place and Photography,” Eyakem Gulilat Evan Taylor

can’t help being excited about her lead role as Agnes in American Theatre Company’s “She Kills Monsters.” “I get to flip a table and slay a dragon,” says McCoy about ATC’s final show of the season, which runs July 11-19. The play by Qui Nguyen is set around a fantasy world created in 1995 by Agnes’ recently deceased sister, Tilly. When Agnes looks through her sister’s things, she finds a “Dungeons and Dragons” notebook and delves into Tilly’s fantasy life, one much different from Agnes’ daily routine. Tilly’s world takes Agnes on an action-packed, comedic journey into ’90s pop culture, role-playing games and adventure. “I have never heard about a show like this,” says McCoy, who is in her mid-20s. “There’s action and stage fighting, but the message of the play is about accepting people for who they are.” Director Robert Walters chose “She Kills Monsters” because “it’s an interesting piece of geek theater written for a demographic that’s risen to prominence. It wasn’t cool to be a geek in 1995, but now we’ve started to embrace nerd culture.” Walters says the play has a certain wow factor in stage combat and ’90s trivia that will appeal to young adults and older people alike. He cast McCoy as Agnes because she’s genuinely funny, he says. “She’s great at being that fish-out-of-water character,” Walters says. Ashley Morecraft, 14, plays Tilly. Walters has worked with her before in “As You Like It.” “Ashley’s young, but she surprises me every time,” he says. “She Kills Monsters” is the first play to grace ATC’s new stage at its East Village home, 308 S. Lansing Ave. “The stage is small but versatile,” Walters says. “We’ve been looking for a home for a long time, and the East Village is awesome. People are excited and energetic about this part of town.” Visit or call 918-747-9494 for tickets to “She Kills Monsters.” The play contains mature language. tþ

The cast of “She Kills Monsters”: Bevin Ver Brugge, who plays Kaliope; Sloopy McCoy, “Agnes”; director Robert Walters; and Ashley Morecraft, “Tilly”


July 7-18 — “The Youth Cabaret” For sixth- to 12th-graders, taught by Robert Walters. Features a variety show written and performed by students at 5 p.m., July 18.

July 21-Aug. 1 — “Acting for the Stage” For ages 8-10, taught by Edward Durnal. Concludes with original student performances at 5 p.m., Aug. 1.

Visit www.americantheatre or call Edward Durnal at 918-271-4901 for details.

• July 31: “Experiencing Nature with Photography,” Bryan Cook All talks are free and begin at 7 p.m. at the AHHA, 101 E. Archer St. Visit “Theodore Fried: Pivotal Moments in Twentieth Century Art” This first extensive retrospective of modern painter Theodore Fried’s art will demonstrate how his work and life bridged the Holocaust experience and encompassed early to mid-20th century fine art. Through September at Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st St. Tickets are $6.50. Visit

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











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David Scott –“Fishing at Night” (gourd) Shawna Cain –“Reclaiming Our Sacred Symbol” (basket)

For artist registration or attendance information, visit or call toll free (877) 779-6977 • I-44 Exit 240, Catoosa, OK



What’s happening in the local music scene

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7/1 311, Cain’s Ballroom For more than two decades now, 311 has been churning out big ole radio hits while building a massive live following with its never-ending tour schedule. Formed in Omaha, Neb., in 1990, the quintet’s signature blend of rock, reggae and funk has spawned nine top 10 singles — including three No. 1s — and seven top 10 albums. Do not miss your chance to experience this must-see live act when it blows the doors off the House that Bob Built in support of its newest release, “Stereolithic.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


Anastasia Richardson, a 17-year old junior at Edison

High School, has two simple goals in life: 1. Become an international pop star. 2. Put an end to bullying. Most folks might say that seems like a fairly tall order, especially for someone who has only been singing and playing guitar for four years. But Richardson is unfazed by such talk. Whether it’s her teenage optimism at work, or just sheer talent and drive, this girl has done more in her short stint as a musician than some of her peers have done in twice that time. Since Richardson began posting performance videos of herself on YouTube a few years ago, she has managed to grow an impressively large following of online music fans. Currently, she’s recording her first CD of original material in Nashville. And as for her anti-bullying crusade? Richardson recently started a nonprofit to deal with the issue: The Freedom Girls Foundation. A percentage of her upcoming CD sales will be used to bring lecturers to youth groups to discuss anti-bullying prevention and help provide bullying victims the opportunity to attend summer camps like Jump Start, which provides education programs to low-income areas. Clearly, bullying is an issue close to her heart. As it turns out, her own painful experience being bullied on the cheer squad in ninth grade was the impetus for her to begin songwriting in earnest. “Since then I’ve been writing a lot of songs that people can relate to ... though everyone’s experience is different,” Richardson says. “In fact, one of the songs I wrote, ‘I Am Beautiful,’ will be on the album.”


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Young musician Anastasia Richardson raised money through Indiegogo to finance her first album. She is now raising money for a music video.

Fortunately it was a more positive experience — a 2010 Justin Bieber concert — that provided the inspiration for Richardson to pursue music as a career. “There was something about the way he was interacting with the audience,” she says. “I could just see myself up there on that stage.” What followed was a period of intense practicing, guitar lessons and local performances for whoever would listen to her sing. Richardson says it was a confidence-building time; she had to learn how to perform and how to be comfortable with her own voice. Eventually she began posting videos of some of her local performances on YouTube. That’s when things got really interesting. According to Susan Dale, Richardson’s mother and manager, her videos received anywhere from 50,000-184,000 views (before she decided to take them down in an effort to control her fledgling image). One of Richardson’s videos was even retweeted by Lance Bass, formerly of ‘N Sync. All this online activity grabbed the attention of a music promoter in Tennessee. He put Richardson in contact with music producer Kurt Ryle, who then decided to work with Richardson on her debut CD. At press time, the album was set for release at the end of June or July, though a recent teaser video for the upcoming song “Tidal Wave” helped propel Richardson’s Twitter following to 61,000 fans. “I’m very excited about the whole process,” she says. “I used to watch behind-the-scenes documentaries about artists in the studio at the beginnings of their careers ... and now I’m there, too.” tþ

7/23 Steely Dan, Brady Theater Steely Dan has always played the music industry game by its own rules. The songwriting duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker made smart, wryly literate, jazz-infused pop during the gonzo rock heyday of the ’70s and (even more shocking) refused to tour, yet somehow still managed to become a hugely successful act and staple of FM radio for decades. This, of course, was due in no small part to the fact that the band’s music is infectiously catchy, impeccably played and masterfully produced. But now its moratorium on touring is over ... so be there. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Jarrod Gollihare is a freelance writer and one-third of Tulsa power-pop group Admiral Twin. He’s also a music producer and a painter of odd things. He claims to be the true king of Prussia, but no one believes him.


Notes on local and regional film and video

Wild ride


by HEATHER KOONTZ you’ve been around Tulsa long, you’ve probably run into Biker Fox. But who is this mysterious cyclist? “Biker Fox,” a new documentary with ties to Tulsa, aims to answer that question. The documentary, written and directed by Jeremy Lamberton, follows the enigmatic, misunderstood local celebrity Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, who claims to be a motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car guru, according to Lamberton. “Biker Fox is a mythological creature riding through the streets of Tulsa spreading love and light to the masses,” Lamberton says. “He is like Jack LaLanne on cough syrup.” The film, which is Lamberton’s feature directorial debut, reunites him with producer Todd Lincoln. The pair worked together on the 2012 film “The Apparition” and founded the Tulsa Overground Film Festival in 1998. According to Lincoln, Tulsans need Biker Fox riding their streets as a peaceful protestor against close-minded uniformity. “He’s a fascinating, mysterious, necessary disruptor against the beige, big-box store backdrop of suburban Tulsa,” Lincoln says. Biker Fox’s unintentional ride to stardom started in 2000 when he lost more than 90 pounds riding a bicycle. He rode the same route every day, telling people about his transformation. Ever since, Biker Fox has become a fixture on Tulsa streets. “Young people love his positive nature,” Lamberton says. “He’s become human pop art and has a huge following in Europe.” Lamberton says Biker Fox was a featured guest on a popular Swedish television show, “100 höjdare” (“100 Highlights”), hosted by the comedy duo Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson. They spent the day with Biker Fox in Tulsa and nicknamed him ADHD Man. Biker Fox also was a featured guest on the MTV hit show “Ridiculousness” hosted by Rob Dyrdek. His episode still reruns on MTV. Lamberton’s personal fascination with Biker Fox started in 2007 when he saw him at a traffic light. The two began talking and, before long, Biker Fox


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gave Lamberton a large box of videotapes that included hundreds of hours of wildlife footage. In the videos, Biker Fox alternated lecturing about the benefits of health and fitness and feeding 50 raccoons from the palm of his hand. Immediately Lamberton was intrigued. But, he says, there’s so much more to Biker Fox than wildlife and bicycles.

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Jeremy Lamberton and Todd Lincoln, producers of the locally filmed documentary “Biker Fox,” say they hope the film will become a pop/cult phenomenon, much like Biker Fox himself. “He has this amazing work ethic that has allowed him to build a thriving car parts business from scratch,” Lamberton says. “Jay Leno buys parts from this guy without ever knowing the legendary persona he’s created for himself here in Tulsa.”

So, what can viewers expect from “Biker Fox” the movie? According to Lincoln, it’ll be a fun ride. “It is hilarious, provocative and inspiring in unexpected ways,” he says. “You’ll see things you’ve never seen. You’ll see things you can’t un-see. It’s fun for the whole family.” Next for the Lamberton-Lincoln duo is the revival of Tulsa’s beloved Overground Film Festival. The festival, which has been on a seven-year hiatus, makes its return the last week of August, with local and international short film screenings and after parties with bands, DJs, dancing and surprises. “We’ve had seven years to research, tweak and plan the best Tulsa Overground yet,” Lamberton says. Keeping it local, Lincoln recently wrote, directed and produced a film segment for “V/H/S/3,” the latest installment of a popular “V/H/S” horror anthology film series. The film was shot entirely in Tulsa, was co-produced by Lamberton and recently played at the Cannes Film Festival. For now, the focus is on “Biker Fox,” which is available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. According to Lamberton, this film is as local as it gets. “‘Biker Fox’ was shot in Tulsa by filmmakers from Tulsa about a character in Tulsa,” he says. “And you won’t see another film like it.” For more information, visit www.bikerfoxthe

Tulsa Overground is an international, non-competitive, nonprofit film festival. Visit www.tulsaoverground. com for more information.

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




AFTER AN IDYLLIC childhood in New York City, Evan Goldman

has been uprooted and brought to Appleton, Indiana, with his mother. He has one mission: to get all the cool kids in school to come to his bar mitzvah. If he fails, he will spend the rest of his academic career banished to the land of the geeks. A cast of 30 of Tulsa’s most talented teens presents this fast-paced pop/rock musical about about finding out who you are, what you need, and what’s really important. A Broadway hit in 2009, 13 is enjoyable for adults and teens. July 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at 2 p.m.

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J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $20; $16 for seniors and students.



SINCE THE EARLY 1980s, 1964: The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone magazine has called the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” Featuring songs from The Beatles’ pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 1964: The Tribute faithfully recreates an early 1960s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter.


BACK BY “popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — musical in a long time” (USA Today).

CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $25 and $50. “1964” The Tribute is not endorsed by or affiliated with Apple Corps, LTD.

Steven Gardner

July 25 at 8 p.m.

June 18–July 6 CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $35-$175.




is being presented in Tulsa for the first time. The story revolves around a group of high school students during their last semester at St. Cecilia’s Catholic boarding school. In this coming-of-age story, each student struggles with issues of sexuality, identity and self-worth alongside the Christian faith.


“FRUUGENSTEINERY” was originally a made-up word exclusively used by a group of local theater students. Through their friendship and their love for the performing arts, it has blossomed into a budding new theater company making its debut with Bare: A Pop Opera. After opening offBroadway in 2004, this contemporary rock musical, with lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr. and music by Damon Intrabartolo,

July 18-19 at 8 p.m. July 19-20 at 2 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors and students. For mature audiences.


MOB MENTAL.ITY “All the cool kids are doing it.” MOB MENTAL.ITY is an interdisciplinary production featuring local dancers and musicians and renowned video and installation artists. The production illustrates the mentality of mobs — the psychology behind thinking like the group — and the consequences that follow. Various mobs are depicted: religious, political, civic, social, etc. The concept is how an individual “I” becomes a collective “we.” The entire production is set to original live music, and dancers also interact with prerecorded video segments. Portico Dans Theatre uses four genres of dance in the production: aerial, contemporary, hip hop and modern. The performance will appeal to all ages. July 18-19 at 8 p.m. July 20 at 2 p.m.



J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $20; $10 for seniors, students and children.

THE ESSENCE OF LOVE can manifest itself in the form of several human emotions or rasas. When this innate sentiment explodes and expresses itself, whether for people, land, fame or fortune, one can experience the entire spectrum of emotions like happiness and sadness, courage and compassion, laughter and anger, wonder and horror. Using the visually stunning and uplifting dance forms of Indian classical and Bollywood dance, hip hop, salsa and ballet, this show depicts rasas and demonstrates how to achieve inner peace and harmony by harnessing these emotions. Rasa is directed by Priya Raju. July 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $15.


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WHEN HIS WIFE LEAVES to find herself, Peter, whose children are all adults, decides his enormous house has got to go. While Peter, his best friend, and his ex-sister-in-law struggle with complicated issues of infidelity, insecurity and growing old, their children struggle with sexuality, identity and not becoming their parents. The culture clash comes to a head with the arrival of Peter’s ex-wife, whose own confusion only further complicates their lives. At once darkly funny and eerily familiar, this new original work by Will Hedgecock is a fresh look at how we can close the gap between generations and families. July 11 at 7 p.m. C H A R L E S E . N O R M A N T H E AT R E Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and students. Table seats are $15. For mature audiences.



ROOTED IN TRADITION, but also deeply committed to innovation, Mischievous Swing is a refreshing voice in jazz and acoustic genres. In this concert, the quartet will pay tribute to legendary hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, co-founders of the Quintette du Hot Club de France



(1934-1948), along with other gypsy music from around the globe and some of their own compositions. Mischievous Swing is made up of (l to r) bassist Nathan Eicher, who holds a master’s degree in jazz studies; virtuosic gypsy-jazz guitarist Ivan Peña; Isaac Eicher, known nationally for his prowess in mandolin contests; and fiddler Shelby Eicher, who was a member of Roy Clark’s band for 15 years.

YOUNG Joseph Bates (violin), Nicholas Bashforth (violin), Anthony Conroy (cello) and Quinn Maher (viola) are the BBCM Quartet. They met some years ago as students at Tulsa’s Barthelmes Conservatory. Since forming the BBCM Quartet in 2012, they’ve been confounding the expectations of adults everywhere with their mix of totally normal teenaged boy interests and their dedication to, and passion for, their music. In February 2014, BBCM won the Tulsa Young Chamber Artist Competition sponsored by Tulsa Camerata and Chamber Music Tulsa and placed second in the Buttram String Quartet Competition sponsored by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

July 12 at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at 2 p.m.

July 18 at 7:30 p.m.

C H A R L E S E . N O R M A N T H E AT R E Tickets are $16.50. Table seats are $21.

CHARLES E. NORMAN T H E AT R E Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors and students, $8 for children.




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Ah, camp. The frivolity of short-term independence and the trepida-

tion of making new friends. The swatting of mosquitoes while wiping away near-constant sweat. In 1946, however, girls attending the YWCA’s overnight camps were not yet spoiled to the luxury of air conditioning. They had other things on their young minds: making art projects, riding horses and learning archery, tennis, first aid and other diverse skills. The YWCA operated Camp Parthenia in west Tulsa from the 1920s until 1959, when it was sold to First Presbyterian Church, says Meredith McDaris, YWCA Tulsa communications director. The camp was then renamed Camp Loughridge. “The most interesting history of the camp is from the Great Depression,” McDaris says. “It was converted into a lodging and work camp that housed more than 1,000 unemployed women and their families.” At the time the above photo was taken, however, the camp had long been returned to its original purpose. The summer of 1946 would have been only the second summer in five the United States had not been involved in a war. Since then, many fathers and brothers had returned home; some had not. For the daughters and sisters of those who had, it was a carefree summer indeed. tþ


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