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Features JUNE 2014 ✻ VOLUME 28 / ISSUE 7


Achieving the dream

As Dr. Tom McKeon prepares to retire, he looks back on the program he created and implemented to increase Tulsa County’s access to higher education. by JULIE RAINS



TulsaPeople reviews Dr. Barry Epperley’s fascinating career as he prepares to depart Signature Symphony at TCC for his not-quite-retirement. by BRITT GREENWOOD


Farm fresh

Get to know the farmers behind the Tulsa area’s farmers’ markets. by ANGELA EVANS

McKeon at the downtown TCC Center for Creativity’s green space


Hit the road

These 10 Okie road trips are worth a tankful this summer. by JEFF PROVINE


Departments JUNE 2014 ✻ VOLUME 28 / ISSUE 7

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CityBeat 13 One dream, one team Amazing Athletes coaches lend a helping hand at The Little Light House. 14 Notebook What Tulsans are talking about

16 Passions Two Tulsans have helped build the St. Jude Dream Home for five consecutive years. 18 What it’s like Wilma Leftwich, 84-year-old superfan of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” tells all.

20 Five questions Get to know entrepreneur Clay Clark. 22 Storefront A new gym does more than provide access to fitness.

24 The way we were The Tulsa Club’s latest chance at a new life

26 Artist in residence A. Nigh Herndon paints and creates music, allowing one art to influence the other. 28 Postgame Catching up with former Major League Baseball player and versatile three-sport star Steve Bowling

The Dish 59 Mod for Mom Something about a fresh crepe can instantly transport one to the streets of Paris. 60 Table talk New and noteworthy dining options, plus what to do with radishes this season

62 Dining out Tallgrass Prairie Table lives up to the hype.

64 Wine Good Beaujolais is approachable, yet delicious.

The Good Life 67 Flower power Brighten your summer wardrobe with fashion-forward florals.

81 Health From pollen to gluten, a look at the most offensive allergens and how to combat them. 112 Musings So I said to the pet psychic ...


Agenda 131 Art for the masses The 42nd annual Tulsa International Junefest comes to life downtown this month. 132 Agenda This month’s standout events 134 Out & about See and be seen.

137 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings

139 The culturist The Tulsa Historical Society launches a new digital program this month to better tell the history of the Tulsa Race Riot.

141 Tulsa sound Tulsa musician Hank Hanewinkel III debuts an album this month. 143 Get the picture A full-length documentary honors the life and music of Bob Wills. 148 Flashback Runway beauties

Special Sections 42 Best Lawyers A look at the 2014 Liberty Bell Award winner

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What inspired you to choose orthopedic surgery as a specialty? In college, I started out in engineering before changing to medicine. After graduation, I spent a year working at Saint Francis as a surgical technician. I saw all types of surgery— general, cardiovascular, orthopedic. The moment I saw joint replacement, I knew what I wanted to do. It was exciting to see the structural change from a worn and unusable knee to a functional joint. How has your focus changed? I started out as a general orthopedic surgeon, but now have a strong focus on joint replacement. Saint Francis is in the process of expanding its joint center. Our plans include greater emphasis on patient education and preparedness, standardization of procedures and rehabilitation therapies. What advantages do Warren Clinic and Saint Francis Health System offer your patients? Saint Francis is known for being proactive in providing healthcare services for this community. Patients have access to procedures here that aren’t done everywhere. Also, Warren Clinic has knowledgeable doctors in many different disciplines, which is especially important for orthopedic patients who have other medical issues. How do you prepare patients for the joint replacement process? We manage patient expectations as much as we can for before, during and after surgery. We also include the family, who will most likely be involved with the care once the

patient leaves the hospital. For the first five to seven days out of the hospital, it’s important for everyone—patient and family members— to know what to expect. We treat the hospital discharge as a continuing phase of recovery, the first stage of a return to normal life. What trends have you seen in joint replacement in the past seven years? Since I’ve been in practice, the biggest change has been with minimally invasive surgery. Using computer-based navigation techniques makes the procedure more precise; also, outcomes are more predictable and successful. These advancements have also made the actual surgery and recovery process much easier on patients. What advancements do you expect in the next seven years? I foresee continued advancement in the design of joint devices, all of which will ultimately benefit patients as they recover from surgery.

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The story behind the story

From the editors

ty for new beginnings as students celebrate commencement ceremonies. After all, commencement does mean “a beginning or a start,” according to dear old Mr. Webster. For many in Tulsa, a college graduation was far outside their reach because of rising education costs. But thanks to Tulsa Community College and its president and CEO, Dr. Tom McKeon, a college degree is now a dream realized for thousands of Tulsans. It has been seven years since the inception of Tulsa Achieves, the signature program that enables all students graduating in good standing from a Tulsa County high school or home school eligible for up to three years or 63 course hours from TCC, free of charge. Read about some of the program’s remarkable students and McKeon, the man who made it happen, on p. 32. Next month, the visionary administrator retires from TCC as he looks toward a new chapter in his life. McKeon isn’t the only TCC icon retiring this year. Dr. Barry Epperley, conductor and director of the college’s Signature Symphony, rests his baton this month. He is retiring after 35 years heading the acclaimed organization. The Q&A on p. 30 explains what is next for this music man. June also is the unofficial start of summer, the perfect season for a road trip. Our Summer Fun Guide (p. 75) suggests several truly unique Oklahoma adventures. After reading it, I added a return trip to Alabaster Caverns State Park to my summer itinerary. Years ago I watched the bat flight with my parents. Sitting in the viewing area, I was amazed to see the sky suddenly aflutter as thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats emerged for their nightly flight. This time I’ll take my husband to see the awe-inspiring sight and add stops at the Sod House Museum and the Great Salt Plains and Little Sahara state parks. Before you hit the road, check out the latest styles in our summer fashion spread (p. 67). If your home needs the style update, the Designer Showcase program (p. 85), the official guide to The Foundation for Tulsa Schools’ fundraiser, brings together some of Tulsa’s most talented designers in a beautifully restored art deco home. Last but not least, summer would be incomplete without stops to the many Tulsa-area farmers’ markets. On p. 37, TulsaPeople meets with the farmers behind the markets to find out why they invest their lives into providing some of the region’s best produce, meat and dairy. Let summer commence.

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On interviewing Tom McKeon — JULIE RAINS


Talking to Tom McKeon is easy. His stories aren’t based on statistics or accolades, but revolve around the students and staff of Tulsa Community College and his many years of working with and for them. Looking back on his career, he remembers conversations with high school students who realized (with relief and gratitude) that Tulsa Achieves made higher education a realistic option. He reminisces about visionary meetings with executive staff that resulted in TCC’s Center for Creativity. And he talks with pride about the professors who have gone into overdrive to ensure that students who start at TCC are empowered and capable of finishing their degrees. In his 10 years as president, McKeon has drawn from his myriad relationships (from the incoming TCC freshman to former Juneor Kathy Taylor) to elevate the profile of TCC. Because of his vision, all Tulsa County high school graduates have access to higher education. I’m proud and grateful to live in a community that has benefitted from the energy, vision and leadership of McKeon and his tenure at Tulsa Community College.

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about summer adventures in Oklahoma. I love to travel, whether eating haggis on a Scottish loch, taking in a basement comedy show in New York City, or experiencing the cheese festival in Watonga, Okla. The more I see, the more I’m reminded that people are people everywhere. We all share a great love of putting on fun activities, and Oklahoma is certainly no different. Our cities are packed with art and unique museums. Restaurants from fine dining to smalltown diner can excite any palate. We are blessed with natural wonders that allow us to float a river, hike a mesa or explore caverns. Every small community in Oklahoma has its own festival. Some are massive parades of culture. Others celebrate local products such as cheese, kolaches or rattlesnakes, or local lore. On the University of Oklahoma campus, I founded the Ghost Tour, a charity walk during which participants hear spooky stories not often heard about the school’s history. (The stories later turned into my book, “Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma.”) Adventure is everywhere in Oklahoma, a state that is anything but boring.

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One dream, one team by JADE SCHRODER

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Once a month, coaches of Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma give their time to work with children at The Little Light House, a development center for children with special needs. In a two- to three-hour class, Amazing Athletes coaches conduct sports programs and work with developmental experts at The Little Light House to improve the children’s gross motor skills and teach them the fundamentals of nine sports. Within these classes, the children work toward their individual goals through cooperative play and fitness. This benefits them in more areas than one. “A significant amount of learning in other domains, such as social, emotional, language and cognitive skills, are enhanced by motor play and activities,” says Julie Wilson, director of therapy at The Little Light House. The partnership began in 2014 when Amazing Athletes owner Michael Amberg offered his award-winning youth sports program to the organization, hoping to help children with disabilities reach their athletic potential. “No matter the disability, we want these kids to experience the same success and accomplishments as every other child,” Amberg says. “It is the most rewarding thing I have done since I started coaching.” tþ

Editor’s note: An Amazing Athletes employee plays volleyball with Rayssa Vera-Cruz, a student in The Little Light House’s purple class.

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What Tulsans are talking about by MORGAN PHILLIPS

Words are power

Veteran actor and director Bill McCright was named director of education at Tulsa’s Spotlight Theater. He will oversee the Spotlight Children’s Theater, selecting scripts, choosing play directors and reaching out to minority youth, according Bill McCright to a press release. McCright has spent decades in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including television, commercials and live theater. As an actor, he appeared in movies starring Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen and other film legends. The Spotlight Children’s Theater was founded in 1997 and has produced nearly 100 plays involving thousands of young Tulsans. Editor’s note: Read more about the Tulsa Spotlight Theater in the June issue of TulsaPeople.

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It was very dramatic. The media were all there. The AfricanAmerican students were out front waiting for the buses to welcome them. The level of excitement, exhilaration and expectation was really remarkable. — H.J. Green, principal of Booker T. Washington High School during the school’s 1973 desegregation, in a 2009 TulsaPeople article. Green will speak at the 2014 Booker T. Washington commencement June 22.

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NSU Broken Arrow sees opening of vision center

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Tulsa-area residents with vision impairments have help from a new facility on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University. Clinical services began in February at the 7,000-square-foot Lesley L. Walls Vision Center and include correction for vision impairments that cannot be remedied with ordinary eyeglasses, according to a press release. The clinic also will provide real-world experience for learning and research for NSU students and adjunct staff. The vision center is on the second floor of the NSU Education Building at 3100 E. New Orleans St., Broken Arrow.

A group of local and national leaders are spreading the word that research shows simple actions — such as describing objects seen on a walk or bus ride, singing songs or telling short stories — can significantly improve a baby’s ability to learn new words and concepts. The “Talking is Teaching” campaign is a partnership of local organizations such as the George Kaiser Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa and Tulsa Educare with “Too Small to Fail,” a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Through a community-wide approach — engaging pediatricians, business owners, faith-based leaders, librarians and others — the campaign seeks to help parents and caregivers of children age 5 and younger improve their children’s vocabulary and cognitive, social and emotional skills, according to a press release. Studies have shown that by age 4, children in upper-class families hear approximately 30 million more words than children in low-income families, which “Too Small to Fail” leaders say can translate to ill preparedness for school and a propensity to fall behind. According to a group of low-income Tulsans surveyed: • Only 55 percent of parents and 47 percent of grandparents reported reading to their children every day. • Fewer than half reported telling their children a story, singing a song or playing a non-electronic game every day. Visit for a list of caregiver tips.


People, places and other things Tulsans love

Dream builders

Two Tulsans have helped build the St. Jude Dream Home for five consecutive years. by FERRELL DIXON JR.

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This year marks the fifth consecutive year Epic Custom Homes of Owasso has built and donated a home for the Tulsa St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The company’s co-owners, Jeff Starkweather and Kirk Murdoch, share details on this year’s Dream Home — a 3,600-square-foot mansion in Owasso’s Stone Canyon — and why they feel strongly about supporting St. Jude. How did Epic Custom Homes get involved with the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway? JS: (When) we found out that St. Jude was looking for a builder (in 2010), we applied, and after the application process, they chose Epic Custom Homes to build their Dream Home. Since then, they keep asking us to build homes and we always want to. It works out well.

Over the past five years, Epic has raised more than $4 million for St. Jude through this project. Why do you continue to help? KM: As a parent (receiving your child’s cancer diagnosis) has to be the worst news to hear, but St. Jude is such a special and emotionally supportive place for these families, and if building a house can help keep St. Jude running, why not? JS: One thing I get out of it is knowing that we are helping kids; and the important thing to remember is that they’re getting such great care for no money because of community participation. (Pediatric cancer) isn’t one of those problems that goes away after you buy a ticket. It’s an ongoing fight. Who designs the house each year? KM: In previous years there’s been a number of outside architects that we work with, but this year I designed the house, with the help of a few other architects. Describe this year’s Dream Home. KM: I’d have to say the big thing about this year’s home is that it’s one story; the


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Jeff Starkweather and Kirk Murdoch were hard at work in April to complete the 2014 Tulsa St. Jude Dream Home. Right, a rendering of the completed home.

design makes the home more accessible to someone who might be walking restricted. There are four bedrooms, a game room, a master bedroom, a large living area and kitchen — kind of the normal things in a house — but it’s going to be easier for someone who, again, might be restricted in their ability to walk. JS: It has some really neat Epic signature features, full foam insulation, tankless hot water with recirculation, really high-efficiency heat and air stuff. ... These features will make energy bills 50 percent lower than the average house. So, it’s going to be unbelievably comfortable and inexpensive to own compared to a normal home. What is your favorite moment during the Dream Home project? KM: It’s always when the person who wins the home arrives. I’ll never forget the first year, when Margaret Michalopoulos won the Dream Home. She was a tiny little lady with such an infectious, larger-than-life personality. Hopefully this year’s winner will be just as vivacious. JS: I would have to say the floor signing is my favorite part. The kids, vendors and sponsors all gather to write well wishes and thank-you messages to the winning family on the concrete, before laying the flooring. tþ

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Why the wedding was unique: I really think that what made it so special and so different, with Sean as a “Bachelor,” was that the wedding was Christ-centered. His dad performed the ceremony and there were things that went on during commercial time with the father and the prayers and things. It was different. There was an atmosphere of TV, and you knew you weren’t just going to a regular wedding. You know, people, cameras and everything all around you. I came away thinking, “I hope this lasts. I really hope it lasts.” On not getting to meet Sean or Catherine at the wedding: The reception was just for family and friends, but that didn’t bother me. I just wanted to


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Wilma “Nanny” Leftwich’s favorite TV show is “The Bachelor.” In January, Entertainment Weekly invited her to attend the California wedding of “The Bachelor” Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici.

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1 TV wedding with season Leftwich at the January an Ry nd tter and husba “Bachelorette” Trista Su be at the wedding. It couldn’t have been any better; even meeting him wouldn’t have made it better. Meeting him wasn’t a priority, just being there was perfect. I pinch myself every day. Why she’s a superfan of the show: I like to read people; it’s fun to do. I’m the kind of person that likes to sit at the airport and watch people go by. I’m fascinated by people. I’m fascinated by how sometimes the pheromones take over. It’s human nature, I guess. To watch people and to be on the side and see how stupid they can behave and then the ones who come through (as) genuine.

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On Jan. 26, millions witnessed one of the most anticipated TV events of the New Year, “The Bachelor Wedding.” ABC broadcast the live nuptials of Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, a couple that fans of network hit “The Bachelor” fell in love with in 2013. While fans enjoyed watching the ceremony from the comfort of their couches, one “superfan” enjoyed the wedding from the third row. At 84, Wilma “Nanny” Leftwich has had her fair share of celebrity meetings. She once shared a stage with Mother Teresa in Scotland and met with former President Ronald Reagan several times while he was in office. Being invited to “The Bachelor” wedding was another check off the bucket list. Leftwich has recorded several Entertainment Weekly podcasts with commentary on “The Bachelor” contestants. With the help of her granddaughter, who works for EW, she received an invitation from the show’s producer just two weeks before the wedding. After watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for the past five seasons, Leftwich reflects on the essence of the show and that unforgettable night in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Her favorite part of the show: The best part to me is when the girls are in the house and he’s out on a date ... To watch (the girls) and see the cats come out. You can tell by the way they look in the face. Just looking at them with the countenance on their face — I’m fascinated by that. That’s really where I read them all. That’s my favorite part. tþ

At press time Leftwich had yet to hear from Entertainment Weekly about whether she will continue her podcasts for this season of “The Bachelorette,” starting June 19. If she does, they will be available on Sirus XM radio.

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Q&A with a newsmaker

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Clay Clark is a self-starter, a growth consultant and part-owner of nine small businesses ranging from medical to roofing to fitness and online education. He got a taste of entrepreneurship as a high school student and started his first business in his college dorm. Clark, 33, now spends a lot of his time on his newest endeavor, Thrive 15, which launched this past March. Thrive 15 brings together budding entrepreneurs with successful businesspeople who provide advice and tips online via 15-minute videos.


What originally sparked your interest in entrepreneurship? Poverty. I saw entrepreneurship as a solution. My parents vacillated — they moved from middle class to financially struggling to middle class — but whether we like it or not, money is how we buy health insurance, how we feed ourselves, how we get gifts for people. ... I wanted to move from surviving to thriving. I knew there was a better way to do it.


How did you get your start and how did you manage to become involved in so many different businesses? Over the years people have witnessed the success of my core businesses, have heard me speak, read one of my books, or heard about a recent business award I’ve won and they reach out to me for help. Once I help them grow their businesses, they usually tell countless other business owners, who then tell me that they also need help growing their businesses. When a company is really growing and they don’t want me to ever compete with them, I take an equity piece of the business in


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exchange for a non-compete agreement, which is in force for the geographical area in which the business is located. I also think people are attracted by my extreme lack of pigmentation (just kidding).


How did you come up with the idea for Thrive 15? A lot of people call me and want to pick my brain or hire me and I can’t help them, so I felt bad. ... My dad was a college graduate, and there was that fallacy that if you graduate from college you’ll know how to make money. A lot of people don’t have moms or dads or people in the picture to teach them, and this is a way we can do it — on the web. We want to help people thrive and live at their peak.


How involved are you in your companies? I have day-to-day involvement with Elephant in the Room (a membership-based men’s grooming service) and, of course, with Thrive. I’ve also got a great team. With each company, to be successful, you have to have three components. First, the owner has to articulate a vision. There has got to be a definite plan coming from the owner. Second, you have to figure out financials ... Third, we need to know what we have to do to achieve that goal — what will make it happen every week. Who’s going to optimize the website, check the mail and drop off the gift cards? Now we have accountability. I call it management metrics. I work with Thrive 15 and Elephant in the Room 15 hours per week and I have a support staff of copywriters, videographers (and) web developers that help them get to their goal. It’s almost like I’m a general contractor with their business.

Fill in the blanks The biggest mistake businesses make is ... not knowing their break-even point and the number of customers they have to serve to achieve their financial goals. I have my best ideas … in the bath after reading case studies at 3 in the morning. The last time I pulled an all-nighter ... every week. My role model is ... (bestselling author and Clark’s friend) Clifton Taulbert. Success means ... sustainably achieving my goals in the areas of faith, family, finance, relationships and fitness.


With five children and so many business commitments, how do you balance it all? Anything that is not scheduled doesn’t happen. I’m home every night except when I shoot (videos for) Thrive. If I go to speak at different places, I take my wife and one of my kids. My wife is just a saint ... (she) is very much the “intrepreneur” — she devotes her time to ... homeschooling our kids. She is so supportive. I look at my businesses as a vehicle to let myself go where I want to go. If I want to go to my daughter’s ice-skating or my son’s hockey games, finances are not the end, but they are a means. tþ

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Forging a path

A new gym does more than provide access to fitness. by ANGELA CHAMBERS The member kitchen and dining area


Terrific teens by JADE SCHRODER

 Forge owners Jill Trebilcock and John Buck


The Pearl District’s Forge gym isn’t confined

indoors. Co-owner and trainer Jill Trebilcock takes clients outside to train. Some walk to nearby Centennial Park to practice mixed martial arts. Others, the heavy lifters, flip tractor tires in a fenced-off space nicknamed the Pen behind the building at 1314 E. Third St. Additionally, Trebilcock and fellow owner John Buck are transforming the rooftop, which has an idyllic view of downtown Tulsa, into a place for yoga and other classes. “We didn’t imagine we’d have this much outdoor space when we bought the building, so it really was a blessing,” says Buck, who also is a Tulsa firefighter. The owners first met through Kent Stockstill, a Broken Arrow firefighter who offered classes in Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense method. Because Trebilcock and Buck both work as trainers, they kept meeting and talking, which eventually led to opening Forge this past July. For them, the Pearl District became the best choice. “We just loved this area, and we had looked at a couple of other areas, but we always came back here,” Trebilcock says. “It’s growing and there is a lot of activity. We just love the old buildings and wanted something unique.” Buck and Trebilcock see the space as a gym and a gathering place. Upstairs, members can meet in the kitchen and dining area, which also has a small library. They also have plans to cultivate a community garden near the Pen. And connected to the gym is a hair salon, where members can schedule a cut around their workouts. “I had a tragedy, and the community really came together — the fire department and my clients —


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>VIDEO Take a look around Forge and see its trainers in action. and so we wanted to recreate a place like that where there was a lot of support,” says Buck, referring to his battle with cancer, which has been in remission for four years. Expanding on this idea, the owners are looking into providing seminars on nutrition, meditation and other subjects. They want to have dinners upstairs once a month for clients to meet and build a stronger support network. Along with treadmills, weights and other exercise equipment, eight regular trainers teach a diverse range of fitness methods and classes. Former professional boxer Cecil Pettigrew, or “Lethal Cecil,” has his own ring inside the gym and teaches all ages. Trainer Matt Christensen is a Russian kettlebell instructor. Buck incorporated his second job by repurposing an old fire hose as battling rope. While providing some high-intensity classes, the owners offer training for the young and old. In April, Trebilcock began giving once-a-week fitness classes to students from Street School, an alternative high school that focuses on dropout prevention. She has several years of experience training teenage girls, ages 12-17. “I’m really excited about working with the kids, especially in boxing, because it’s empowering,” Trebilcock says. Through the nonprofit Cecil Pettigrew Foundation, the boxer Pettigrew also gives lessons to children from vulnerable populations. While the gym is still expanding, its owners hope to gain enough members to keep the community projects and other interests going, but not so many that the gym becomes overcrowded. “We don’t want it to be a place where you have to wait to workout,” Buck says. tþ

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa have helped Tulsa children and teenagers for more than six decades. The local Salvation Army owns and operates the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa, a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of America. The Youth of the Year Program is the premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking ability. Six members of the metro Tulsa clubs were honored for their exceptional accomplishments at the Feb. 20 Youth of the Year Banquet.

2014 the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tulsa. Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs are 6 in the Tulsa area: Broken Arrow, Mabee Marks the 65th anniversary of

Red Shield, North Mabee, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and West Mabee.

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A peek into Tulsa’s past

A building reborn by LINDSAY WHELCHEL

Evan Taylor

Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Tulsa City-County Library

The Tulsa Club Building in 1929 and right, today. The structure is being restored as residential and commercial space.


It began as a dream; a vision of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the

Tulsa Club, established in 1925, to build a meeting place and headquarters for the civic group. In 1927, it would become an 11-story testament to wealth and fraternity for the many elite businessmen who would frequent the club at 115 E. Fifth St. But sometimes dreams fade away — they crumble — and the Tulsa Club was no exception. It was abandoned by the 1990s and suffered a fire and break-ins by squatters. Unpaid taxes by the Tulsa Club’s previous owner added up to more than $300,000, and the City of Tulsa foreclosed on the building. Now there’s a new dream, belonging to Tulsan Josh Barrett, that is restoring life to the downtown Tulsa landmark. Barrett, who moved to Tulsa in 2001, had walked past the Tulsa Club many times. Then, at a foreclosure auction last spring, the building came up for sale and he seized the opportunity. “It just kind of needed to be done,” Barrett says of the purchase. Currently, he is in the planning stages of turning the Tulsa Club into a modern downtown living option and a monument to the past. Barrett applauds the historic tax credits that are making projects like his possible.


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“Of course, it does cost more to fix up an old building than it does to build a new building a lot of times, so (the credits) kind of make the project much more feasible,” he says. In line with the requirements of the credits, the building’s exterior will return to its former ornate and formidable façade, Barrett explains. Inside, he will make the first floor commercial and the ascending floors residential, attempting to restore some of the art deco features in the magnificent ballroom on the ninth floor and capitalizing on the existing architecture to add appeal to the residential units. “We’re using a 3-D laser scanner to scan what’s left and reproduce some of those features,” Barrett says. “The ceiling heights are really unique. Most of the floors are different heights, and I think we’ll be able to design some really unique spaces because of that.” Additionally, Barrett plans to return a restaurant to the rooftop space. He hopes to complete the project in two to three years. The time is worth it to him. “I really am passionate about historic preservation,” he says. “I think it’s a very green thing to do. You’re saving this building. It saves a huge amount of materials. I think it’s much more attractive than new construction, and I think a lot of people agree.” tþ



Highlighting local talent

Experimental man A. Nigh Herndon paints and creates music, allowing one art to influence the other.



You June have heard of visual artists who paint while listening to music, mainly for relaxation, or to help get their creative juices flowing. A. Nigh Herndon combines music and visual art, but in a different way; he is both a painter and an experimental composer. Influenced by artists Robert Motherwell and Wassily Kandinsky, Herndon creates his visual pieces with mixed media such as oil, synthetics, charcoal and graphite. With 14 albums to his credit, he also is the founder of the Harmonic Research Studio in Osage County, where he composes avant garde music. TulsaPeople recently caught up with Herndon to learn more about his fascinating career.

You create visual works and microsound compositions in experimental music, right? I work on both visual art and music at the same time, going back and forth, letting them influence each other. Sometimes I feel that one piece of music might be a better study of a subject than the portrait I painted turned out to be — more honest, at least. My end goal is to leave the canvas as beautiful as it was to begin with and to have my music be as thought-provoking as silence.


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How did you become a musician and painter? I have been actively painting and making music for the past 18 years, since I was 15 years old. I grew up in a world of ham radios, comic books and punkrock music. From an early age, my parents supported my artwork and encouraged me to learn an instrument. My father, Charles, was an electronics teacher and a Southern Baptist deacon; this really helped shape my mind with the theories of the scientific and spiritual, still two major themes in my work. My brother, A. Sea Herndon, is a wonderful poet, artist and musician; he has had the most influence on me to pursue a life in the arts. For our whole lives, my brother and I have been working on projects and creating artwork together. 

A. Nigh Herndon is a man of many talents, including painting and composing avant garde music.

How did you get started? It was very difficult to develop techniques. With my compositions and recordings, I first had to acquire the equipment, most of which is old, hard-to-come-by electronic equipment ... (and) teach myself how to use this equipment to reach my visions. With visual arts ... it took years to let my own style develop and to be OK with the end results. The major breakthrough that I have had is to paint like I’m composing experimental music, and to compose music like I am painting. I have difficult moments daily. I am my own worst critic. Why did you form Harmonic Research Studio in Osage County?  To promote experimental music with like-minded people and give them access to the tools and equipment to compose and record. I also founded Kamagraph Records ... to help the public gain access to the finished recordings.

Through (both), I have worked and released albums for artists from Tulsa, Chicago, Scotland and Paris. What’s next? I have a solo show of my paintings scheduled for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery in November. I paint daily and am looking for gallery representation at the moment. I have an album coming out later this year with Mark Kuykendall on Unknown Tone Records here in Tulsa. I want to focus on releasing more recordings for other people through Kamagraph Records, as well. I just want to continue to create honest artwork for everyone to enjoy. tþ Editor’s note: Interview has been edited and condensed.

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Getting to know Tulsa’s top athletes and coaches

Steve Bowling A three-sport star at Webster High School and TU, he played in the major leagues.

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Bowling was in the starting lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays in their inaugural game in April 1977.


From elementary school to the major

leagues and all levels in between, Tulsan Steve Bowling was on top of his game in every sport in which he participated. Recognized as one of Tulsa’s all-time outstanding athletes, Bowling accumulated a host of enviable athletic honors (see sidebar). But he is perhaps proudest of his involvement in youth sports. His philosophy of “It’s not all about winning, but learning the fundamentals and playing to the best of your ability” has impacted hundreds of young Tulsa athletes. TulsaPeople recently sat down with Bowling to discuss his career. At Webster High School, you were an All-State football and baseball player and honorable mention in basketball. To what do you attribute your athletic success? As kids, we just played whatever sport was in season. I just went out and played as best and as hard as I could. The Tulsa area had some really good athletes. It seemed like every game we played in each sport was against great athletes. You also competed in all three sports at The University of Tulsa. How did you manage that? Actually, I just played basketball one year — my freshman year. Back then, freshmen were not allowed to play varsity, but (I) played on the JV team. I had to drop basketball as playing all three sports proved to be too much. What do you remember most about getting “the call” to the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers? The Brewers wore blue shoes back then, and all I had when I got called up from Spokane


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Steve Bowling at his home office (previous minor league team) were black shoes. (Hall of Famer) Robin Yount gave me a pair of his blue shoes to wear, but they were a half-size too big. When I hit a double in my first at bat, I felt my feet were going to jump out of the shoes as I ran the bases. You got a hit (a double) in your very first at bat in the major leagues and went on to get three hits in three at bats in your first game. Any other interesting bits of trivia? I was in the opening day lineup in the inaugural game for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. I was also fortunate to pinch-run for (Hall of Famer and former homerun champion) Hank Aaron when he got his last major league hit. So, you were batting 1.000 after your first game. How did that feel? After that game, the Brewers then went on the road to play the New York Yankees. When I came up to bat in the first inning, the scoreboard in Yankee Stadium showed my batting average to be .999 (since there was no space for 1.000). As I came to bat, Yankee catcher (and Hall of Famer) Thurman Munson mentioned, “Well, rookie, there’s only one place for you to go and that’s down.” I thought he was talking about my batting average. But the first pitch was a fastball inside and head-high, and I went down to avoid getting hit. Thurman just said, “Welcome to the big leagues.” You spent more than 15 years coaching youth sports in Tulsa. What motivated you to devote so much time and effort to youth sports? I remember what my Webster High School basketball coach, Bill Allen, once told me: “Remember when you are done playing, give back to the games that God has blessed you with the talents to play.” tþ

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Bowling’s athletic resumé WEBSTER HIGH SCHOOL • 1970: Led Webster to two consecutive baseball state championships; named Oklahoma High School Player of the Year; received the Jack Charvat Award, given annually to Tulsa’s best baseball player. THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA • 1971: Led TU to Missouri Valley Conference championship his freshman year; named to All-World Series team. • 1974: Named to Collegiate Baseball All-America team. MINOR LEAGUES • 1974-76: Drafted by Milwaukee Brewers; played at Newark, N.J., in the NY-Penn League. • 1975: Named Rookie of the Year. • 1976: Named team’s Most Valuable Player. MAJOR LEAGUES • Sept. 7, 1976: Major League debut for Milwaukee Brewers. • Nov. 1976: Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in baseball expansion draft. • Aug. 26, 1977: Hit first Major League home run. • Traded to Chicago White Sox in 197879; retired from baseball in ’79 due to shoulder injury. POST-MLB • 1988: Named to TU Athletic Hall of Fame. • 2014: Named to Tulsa Public Schools Hall of Fame. • Currently works at HILTI in product support


Purple Glaze Studio turns 20; rolls back fee Tulsa Country Club hosts NCAA tournament The top collegiate golfers from around the country will converge on Tulsa Country Club for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships from June 20-23. Twenty-four teams will compete for the team championship, while 126 golfers will vie for the individual title over four days. The championship course will play to a par 70 and measures 6,194 yards. All-session tickets for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships are $30 for the four-day event at Individual day tickets ($10, adults; $5, youths 16 and younger) can be purchased at Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave., on the day of the event. The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission join the Tulsa Country Club as hosts of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships. It is the second time Tulsa Country Club has hosted the national championship; Duke University captured the NCAA title there in 1999.

For 20 years, Purple Glaze Studio has been a locally owned and operated paintyour-own pottery studio operated by Jim and Jeff Stunkard, a father and son team that has committed its business to serve Tulsans while sourcing its goods from the community. Ninety percent of materials used at Purple Glaze Studio are purchased locally, with the majority of the ceramics manufactured in Tulsa, according to a media release. A Brookside and south Tulsa location offer opportunities for children and adults to express themselves creatively as they paint a ceramic item or design a mosaic. The Stunkards have thousands of ceramic pieces to choose from, such as animals, frames, dinnerware, accessories and vases. To celebrate the studio’s 20th anniversary, the studio fee has been reduced from $6 to $2 during the month of June. Purple Glaze Studio has locations at 6528 E. 91st St. and 3303 S. Peoria Ave. For more information, visit

Primeaux KIA celebrates expansion and K900 model Two milestones occurred at Primeaux KIA within the past few weeks: the completion of the $2.8 million expansion of the dealership at 4747 S. Yale Ave., and the arrival of the 2015 KIA K900, the car manufacturer’s new flagship model in the premium luxury category. Henry Primeaux’s timing could not have been better. “We made a substantial investment to create a new showroom that has K900specific enhancements, including expanded and upgraded sales and service environments to enable our teams to serve our customers better,” Primeaux says. “We are very pleased with the attractive look of Primeaux KIA and our larger presence on Yale and that our customers like the new environment and car-buying experience.” Primeaux, celebrating his 45th year in the automobile business, loves the Kia brand and the manufacturer’s 2014 lineup. The Korean automaker also likes what Primeaux is doing in Tulsa. Primeaux Kia earned the KIA Dealer Excellence Program Award each year since its existence, and KIA corporately has pledged to increase the dealership’s inventory by 400 vehicles in response to the Tulsa dealer’s ongoing success as one of the nation’s top KIA sellers. Primeaux KIA is one of only 200 selected dealers in the U.S. to initially receive the new K900 luxury sedan in late March, and sold five of the seven cars within the first week, ranking it near the top nationally. The K900 “is the ultimate expression of Kia’s willingness to defy convention, offering a modern twist on luxury that will challenge everything people think they know about KIA,” says Lisa Primeaux Lotz, manager of the dealership. “ The European-styled car has a 420 horsepower, V8 engine, rich leather seating, and a 17-speaker 900 watt audio system. It is a very distinctive and superbly crafted automobile.” KIA has built its reputation on “great price, great value and great warranty (10 years or 100,000 miles) and not sitting still,” Primeaux says, noting the

Lisa Primeaux Lotz, Henry and Jane Primeaux with a K900 in the dealership’s new showroom company has rolled-out seven brand new or redesigned body styles in the last 18 months. “We love it that KIA is on a never-ending quest to make every model look, drive and feel better, and still be very affordable.” Primeaux KIA is located at 4747 S. Yale Ave. To learn more, call 918-622-3160 or visit



A noteworthy arewell TulsaPeople reviews Dr. Barry Epperley’s fascinating career as he prepares to depart Signature Symphony at TCC for his not-quite-retirement. by BRITT GREENWOOD


Dr. Barry Epperley’s profession has placed him in the company of a U.S. president, astronauts and celebrities. His diverse resumé includes Disneyland and the U.S. Army Band. Along with teaching high school and college music courses, Epperley founded the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College and other outreach programs. As he closes these chapters of his career, he finds himself back where his musical roots began: Stillwater, Okla. Where did your love of music begin? When I was a little boy, my father was a choral director at Stillwater High School and at the church. I just grew up with it. I sang my first solo when I was 5, started violin lessons when I was 8 and just kept going from there.

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What was your early career like and did you have a “big break”? I don’t know that I ever really had what you would call a “big break.”What I had was a lot of doors that opened for me. When it was time to go to Vietnam after college graduation … my dad left Stillwater High School that year for Phillips University. There was a guy who signed the contract to come back and teach at the high school to fill my father’s vacancy but reneged on his contract. The school knew I had finished my bachelor’s. ... The Oklahoma State University Army ROTC bent or broke the rules saying I could teach while working on my master’s, and I didn’t have to go to Vietnam. When I got through with my master’s degree, I was first in my class. Then, I was first in boot camp at Fort Sill. They gave me a stipulation (a 48-month delay of active duty) so I could go ahead and work on my doctorate. Of course, Vietnam was still going on. I ended up going to the University of Southern California, where during summers ... I had worked at Disneyland ... I sold O.J. and drove the monorail. By the time I got out there to work on my doctorate, there was an opening in entertainment. I walked through that door and ended up with a group of singers called The Kids of the Kingdom ... I spent four years doing that while I finished my doctorate. Another door opened when the group was invited to sing for the astronauts and President Nixon. The U.S. Army Chorus also was performing at the event and I made contact with the commanding officer. I inquired about possible openings in Washington and was invited to an audition. I flew to D.C. that fall to audition and was selected as the officer to conduct the U.S. Army Chamber Orchestra. What are a few of the highlights of your career? There have been a lot. One event was working with the Thousand Voice Choir and Symphony for the Christmas parade at Disneyland. Another thing that’s pretty special was in Washington, D.C., performing at the Kennedy Center. It opened the year I got there. And being

a part of the U.S. Army Band on July Fourth, 1976. There were 3 million people there. We performed all day on the mall. Who were some of the musicians you worked with and how did they influence you? Duke Ellington — a special case. He flew to Disneyland three years in a row, and I was assigned to him. He was kind of unusual in that he would sleep all day and get up at 6 p.m. to eat breakfast. At the park, I would go wake him up at the hotel and just sit and talk while he ate breakfast. He was there every night for two weeks for three years. We corresponded some; he sent me notes and he always created his own Christmas cards. Just getting to know the depth of the man was kind of unique. Another one in that category — Dave Brubeck. I started doing shows with him in the ’80s ... I got to know him, his family and his wife. They were both just really genuine, good people. Tony Bennett, also a real gentleman, and Andy Williams — just wonderful people.

Epperley with young musicians

All of these years,

What do you hope your legacy in music education will be? Recently, we had a “Barry and Buddies” concert. At the event I had a chamber orchestra, Western swing, big band, the TCC Signature Chorale, pianist Donald Ryan ... that is probably the main thing people know me for — bringing together and teaching audiences about various genres of music. But, about 12-14 years ago, I hired a string quartet full time, and they teach in Tulsa Public Schools. I think there are about 15 or 16 schools they teach at twice a week. At the end of the school year, we have them play at the last TPS concert with the symphony. That to me, I think, has probably been one of the best things we have done because any given year there are students who come out of elementary school ready to go into a string program in middle school ... We’ve worked really hard to get the kids to see what we do. (TCC hosts an “informance,” at which schoolchildren can ask the symphony musicians questions about their careers, followed by a performance. Students also are given a ticket to the following Saturday performance.)

Why did you start TCC Signature Symphony? When I grew up in Stillwater, I only saw one proWhat does retirement look like for Barry fessional orchestra from Oklahoma City; Guy FraEpperley? Initially, I’m not retiring. A week or so ser Harrison was the conductor. When I worked after announcing my retirement, Burns Hargis, at Disney and in Washington, D.C., my assignpresident of Oklahoma State University, called and ment was the orchestra and I conducted and did said OSU needed to build a new performing arts concerts ... I did a lot. So, my fifth year there, my center. wife, Jane, son Brad and I decided to leave for “Would you head that up for me?” he asked, and Oklahoma. I said, “Well, I got a year left with the orchestra.” He When I went back to remembering my youngsaid that was OK because they had money to raise. er days growing up here, I didn’t have that many So, immediately that is a job that I want to do and opportunities to see professional orchestra. So, I am excited about, because, again, I grew up in Stillcalled the State Arts Council. They were interestwater, two blocks from the campus. ed in helping us ... because there was very little I did a recital in the current hall when I was 6. It touring of a professional orchestra. ... June 22 — “Give Our Regards to Barry” fundraiser and gala was built in 1909. The university’s performance faWe started the Tulsa Little Orchestra and honoring Dr. Barry Epperley 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner. cilities are not at the level that a school like OSU Chorus. It was a chamber orchestra and we did Cox Business Center Ballroom, 100 Civic Center. Dinner, silent and live deserves. So, when he asked if I would be interestconcerts in the John H. Williams Theatre at the auctions, and a roast of the evening’s honoree. Performances include ed, I jumped and said, “Of course” ... It will be anPAC. The first several years we toured three to four Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters accompanied by the other two or three years working on that before I times a year — Fairview to Ponca City to BartlesSignature Symphony at TCC. $300. truly retire. Who knows? I June then come up with Visit ville to Perry and Ada — all sorts of places. something else. Because of my background in music education, All of these years, I got paid to do all of this work I would have gladly paid TCC we would go early. We would go in the afternoon of our concerts and do workto do. That’s just how it is. I’d work a couple of other jobs just to get to do what shops with the kids, and that night we would put them on stage with us to do I’ve done. tþ some music and we would do the concert after. It was — I still think it is — a good formula for young people to sit next to a professional.

I got paid to do all of this work I would have gladly paid to do.

The family dog, Duke, is named after Duke Ellington.

Images by Phillip Radcliffe

After his retirement from Signature Symphony, Epperley plans to fundraise for and advise Oklahoma State University in its creation of a new performing arts center.

Epperley at his home piano


ACHIEVING As Dr. Tom McKeon prepares to retire, he looks back proudly on the program he created and implemented to increase Tulsa County’s access to higher education: Tulsa Achieves. BY JULIE RAINS


Seven years ago, Tulsa Community College President Dr. Tom McKeon had

just finished lunch in a local restaurant and was standing up to leave when the waitress approached his table again. “You’re the president of TCC, right?” she asked. When he affirmed that he was, she hugged him. Slightly surprised, McKeon wondered what he’d done to prompt this display of affection. “She was a single mother,” he remembers. “She told me that because of Tulsa Achieves, she and her daughter had hope for higher education. That really moved me.”

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Recently McKeon recalled his first impressions of the impact that Tulsa Achieves, a program he created and implemented, would have on families in Tulsa County. His enthusiasm for the staff and students of TCC seems to have grown, rather than waned, over his 30-plus-year career at the college, including 10 years as president. On March 14, 2007, days before his restaurant encounter, McKeon announced that through a new program all students graduating in good standing from Tulsa County public or private high schools or home schools would be eligible for up to three years or 63 course hours of free education at TCC. The program, Tulsa Achieves, was inspired by a similar initiative: Kalamazoo Promise in Michigan. But with input from a small group of TCC employees, local education professionals and civic leaders, Tulsa Achieves went beyond anything offered in the nation at that time. “There was no place else in America,” says Stuart Price, a former member and chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, “where an entire county of students had access to college, free of tuition and fees. McKeon and the Tulsa Community College board were trailblazers.” 32

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Tulsa Achieves students face few requirements, according to McKeon. First, students must have graduated with at least a 2.0 grade point average from a high school in Tulsa County and commit to attend TCC the fall semester immediately following graduation. Second, students must take a course developed by TCC faculty called “Strategies for Academic Success” and volunteer at least 40 hours in the community per year. Students who meet these qualifications are entitled to 63 credit hours of college courses without charge. Tulsa Achieves eligibility is not based on financial need; however, students are required to apply for federal financial aid. While Tulsa Achieves students do not pay tuition, any federal or state financial aid they receive goes into the Tulsa Achieves program. “Essentially,” McKeon says, “Tulsa Achieves extends the public’s access to education from 12th grade to virtually 14th grade.” Shortly after the program was unveiled, Dr. Cathy Burden, the former superintendent of

Union schools, called it “a game changer for how we do things in public schools.” She says, “In public K-12 schools, we couldn’t legitimately hold out an expectation for all of our students to go to college because we knew that financially we couldn’t control that. But through Tulsa Achieves, higher education became an option for all our students. That was so fulfilling as an educator.” Since the program’s inception, Union High School graduates have comprised 17 percent of all Tulsa Achieves students. In his role as state regent, Price was concerned about “brain drain”: the trend of students leaving the Tulsa community to pursue higher education and not returning upon completion of their degrees. According to Price, Tulsa Achieves keeps Tulsa’s “best and brightest” at home. Keondra Doyle is one of those students. A first-generation college graduate, Doyle also was among the first class of students to participate in Tulsa Achieves. “At first,” she says, “going to TCC was a finan-

the DREAM Under Dr. Tom McKeon’s leadership, Tulsa Community College constructed the Center for Creativity to prepare students for the digital work environment. McKeon will retire from TCC next month after 10 years as president and 30 years on staff.

cial decision. But when you are stepping out as a high school senior, everything is so overwhelming. After thinking about it, I decided to go to TCC so that I could get a feel for college life without being overwhelmed by campus life.” While pursuing her associate’s degree from TCC, Doyle began to fill out applications for four-year universities and colleges. Although she’d always appreciated the community service aspect of Tulsa Achieves, the university application process helped her realize its full value. “All the schools consider how active you are in the community,” she says. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Langston University, Doyle wasn’t finished with higher education. This month, she will receive her Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Langston University’s Tulsa campus. “TCC propelled me into higher education,” Doyle says. “I learned a lot of life skills while I was at TCC, and it helped me grow into the student I am now.”

Doyle plans to pursue her Ph.D. and ultimately become a child and adolescent psychologist. “My parents taught me that education is vital for life,” she says. “I feel like I’m clearing a path for my siblings coming behind me.”

A smart investment

Tulsa Achieves is funded through TCC’s $117 million operating budget. “We are one of the very few colleges in Oklahoma that receives funding through local property tax,” McKeon says when asked about the driving force behind the creation of Tulsa Achieves. Income from local taxes makes up about onethird of TCC’s operating budget. The remaining two-thirds come in equal parts from tuition and fees and from Tulsa County property tax assessments. When the value of local properties increased in 2006 and 2007, impacting TCC revenue, McKeon says, “We started thinking about what we could give back to the community that supports the ongoing operation of the college.”

According to a report by the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, TCC’s estimated return on investment is $4.50 for every $1 of state funding. In the program’s first year, fall enrollment of first-time students from Tulsa County included more than 1,300 Tulsa Achieves students. The increased number of students necessitated hiring a small number of additional adjunct faculty and enrollment services staff. But McKeon says that before Tulsa Achieves, “there were empty seats in classrooms, so we had capacity to absorb quite a few students.” Among others, Stuart and Linda Price contributed to a textbook endowment, which provides textbooks to Tulsa Achieves students who demonstrate a financial need. According to McKeon, this is the only private giving associated with the program, and no additional taxes were levied to support Tulsa Achieves. Years later, Price is still proud of his investment. “Tulsa Achieves is clearly improving our community on a semester-by-semester basis,” he says. TCC’s investment in the Tulsa community through Tulsa Achieves has instituted a cycle of giving and giving back. Since the program’s inception, Tulsa Achieves has helped more than 10,000 students attend college. As part of the program’s requirements, those students have volunteered more than 317,000 hours in the Tulsa metro area. The Corporation for National and Community Service estimates the value of those hours at roughly $5.7 million. “Since Tulsa Achieves students aren’t financially invested in Tulsa Community College, we wanted them to have some investment in the program,” McKeon says of the program’s community service component. “Volunteering was a way that they could have some ‘skin in the game.’”

‘A step ahead’

Emily Corral is a Tulsa Achieves student who went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma after receiving two associate’s degrees from TCC. Knowing she wanted to attend college in her home state, she ultimately chose TCC because of the opportunity to study digital media at TCC’s Center for Creativity. Four years after she graduated high school, Corral had three higher education diplomas and zero debt.



Keondra Doyle was among the first class of students to participate in Tulsa Achieves.

Pictured with McKeon, TCC graduate Colby Lowers earned his degree in air traffic control with help from Tulsa Achieves.


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“I don’t have to pay anything back for my education,” says Corral, who is now working full time in Tulsa as a photographer. Another TCC graduate, Colby Lowers, can relate to debt freedom. “I don’t know many 22-year-olds with a wife and a child who own a house, a truck and a boat and are financially at peace with the world,” he says. Lowers attended TCC through Tulsa Achieves to earn his degree in air traffic control. While he was at TCC, he worked full-time and took an accelerated course load. Today, Lowers works at the Fort Smith, Ark., Airport. Several of his co-workers received their air traffic control degrees through four-year programs out of state. “Ballpark,” he estimates, “they are still $60,000$70,000 in debt. I’m debt-free and putting money toward retirement. “I worked really hard to get where I am,” Lowers says with a hint of pride, “but if it wasn’t for Tulsa Achieves, I don’t think I’d be in the position I am in.” Shortly after Tulsa Achieves began, McKeon was invited to speak about the program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Since that time, McKeon, Price and Burden have heard of similar programs in Tennessee and at Miami-Dade College, the nation’s largest college. Each time a new program is announced, all three feel a sense of pride in Tulsa Community College’s foresight and the success of Tulsa Achieves. Unfortunately, Burden admits, “There aren’t many benchmarks that allow Oklahoma to say we are the best in the field of education. But one

The TCC Center for Creativity is a signature on the college’s downtown campus.

of those benchmarks is what Tulsa County has done through Tulsa Achieves. It’s pretty impressive to be a step ahead around the nation.” Price says in his role as regent he “had a lot of information about the debt students were incurring in their pursuit of higher education.” According to him, McKeon is personally responsible for providing open access to higher education, without the burden of long-term debt. After seven successful years of Tulsa Achieves, Price calls the program “the best workforce development plan ever instituted in Tulsa.” Ultimately, developing a workforce that is well equipped and invested in Tulsa is the result of TCC’s emphasis on access to education for all students and families in Tulsa County. “The higher education institutions that provide the third- and fourth-year and graduate level courses look to us to provide students for their programs,” says Lauren Brookey, TCC’s vice president of external affairs. “There’s a strong collaboration there. “Additionally, our responsibility at TCC is to stay connected to employers and be responsive to their workforce needs, involve them in our curriculum decisions and ensure that we are providing a skilled workforce.” Thanks to Tulsa Achieves, as well as TCC’s online education environment, four Tulsa-area campuses, commitment to forward-looking degree programs, and emphasis on student persistence and success, TCC has nearly outgrown its commencement venue. “We are filling the floor of the Mabee Center with graduates,” McKeon says. “I think this will be the last year we can fit there. That’s a great problem to have.”

A decade of vision with Dr. McKeon Images courtesy of Tom McKeon/Tulsa Community College

g horticulture and gardening McKeon’s first job was teachin e students in Los Angeles. to seventh-through ninth-grad



Ask Dr. Tom McKeon wheth-

“When my wife, Stacey, and I made the decision to apply for this job 10 years ago, we made a er this is the career pact between the two of us that we he planned and he would be all in, 100 percent. will answer quickly, “She works and has her own “Absolutely not.” full-time career (in sales at the McKeon grew up Meeks Group), but she’s still been in southern Califora tremendous asset to this college nia where his interand to me. We wanted to go out est in horticulture when we felt really good about the led him to Califorwork we’d accomplished.” nia Polytechnic State McKeon also is quick to credit McKeon is TCC’s third president. His tenure University. In spite of never taking a course in education, McKeon’s first the TCC board, faculty and staff for followed those of founding President Dr. Alfred job was teaching horticulture and gardening to seventh-, eighth- and ninththeir roles in some of his greatest M. Philips (1969-89) and Dr. Dean P. VanTrease, grade students at South Gate Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. accomplishments. Under his pres- TCC president emeritus (president from 1989“I remember one student named Willy,” McKeon says. “I’m pretty sure he idency, TCC not only instituted 2004), pictured in this 2005 photo. was a drug dealer. He always had rolls of hundred dollar bills and would ask Tulsa Achieves, but also constructed the Center for Creativity to prepare me if I wanted to borrow money.” students for the digital work environment. The Although he received college credit for college also has added community campuses in teaching, McKeon’s first experience as an eduGlenpool and Owasso as well as the Educacator was essentially a crash course. tion Outreach Center in east Tulsa, expanded “That experience really impacted me,” he concurrent and dual enrollment at high school says, “and shaped some of my values that I’ve campuses, and established higher education carried over to TCC.” programs in the Connor and Turley correcIn 1978, when his then-girlfriend Stacey tional facilities — all during McKeon’s tenure. (now his wife of nearly 35 years) moved to TulPerhaps his proudest accomplishment sa, McKeon followed. On staff at a local landis the introduction of the national modscape business, McKeon answered the phone el, Achieving the Dream, which is aimed at at work one day. On the other line was Jim increasing the number of degrees and student Bowman, the horticulture instructor at what McKeon with wife Stacey; son Tyler and his wife, Molly; and daughter Carly with her fiancé, John Senger success rates. was then called Tulsa Junior College. “He was able to bring a national initiative to “He asked if my boss could recommend anyour college,” Brookey says, “and turn it over to the faculty to lead. He saw its one to teach the evening horticulture class at TJC,” McKeon says. “Since I value, but instead of waving the flag himself, he turned it over to the people had a horticulture degree and had taught junior high, he hired me over the he felt could really make a difference. I think that’s really reflective of who he phone.” is. Tom really believes people have the capacity to do great work.” Over the next 30 years, McKeon rose through the ranks at Tulsa CommuStacy Schusterman, who through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman nity College, serving as dean, provost, vice president and, beginning July 1, Foundation has long supported TCC, calls McKeon “a very optimistic, for2004, as the college’s third president and CEO. In 2013, McKeon announced ward-thinking person. His work with four-year institutions (to ensure TCC his retirement effective June 31, 2014. credits would be transferable) was a recognition that it’s not just about TCC, Alana Hughes, a member of the TCC Foundation board, says, “Unique it’s about the student.” is a word I don’t like to use very often, but it’s accurate in describing Tom’s Many of his biggest supporters were surprised by his retirement. But as journey to top leadership at the college. He had a really solid feel for what Brookey says, “I don’t see him doing a lot of fishing.” northeastern Oklahoma and particularly Tulsa needed.” McKeon isn’t ready to announce his post-TCC plans, but he admits that Lauren Brookey, TCC’s vice president of external affairs, agrees. his working days aren’t over. “When Tom was selected as president, we were fortunate to get someone He says, “I hope that I can do something that gives me the same satisfacwho was committed to the TCC mission, but who also really understood the tion that my work at TCC has — knowing that working collectively, we are organization,” she says. “That gave us a tremendous jump forward in spite of having an impact on individuals’ lives.” tþ some really difficult education and appropriations issues over the last decade.” McKeon would argue that he wasn’t alone at the top.


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Get to know the farmers behind the Tulsa area’s farmers’ markets. by ANGELA EVANS


>VIDEO Dig deeper into the lives of the farmers who produce some of the region’s best produce, meat and dairy products.



The farmers’ market has become one of the best things about

spring. Fresh vegetables, meat and dairy products are available every weekend to Tulsans who crave luscious leafy greens and juicy tomatoes. Shoppers also have the opportunity to speak with the people who grow the bounty they’re purchasing. Our local farmers are as vibrant as the produce they sell and are passionate about what they do. Each has his or her own story about how they started farming, but the reasons they farm are the same. Their gratification comes from producing a high-quality, nutritious product for the community they love.

An organic experience

Thirty-year-old Don Drury doesn’t fit the mold of an organic farmer. He has a degree in mathematics from The University of Tulsa. He didn’t grow up on a farm, but somehow he knew it was something he always wanted to do. “Had I stayed on my academic path, I would’ve pursued a degree in mathematical ecology,” Drury says. “Farming is basically managing an ecosystem, and you have to think about how variables come into play.” His grandfather farmed in Oklahoma until the Dust Bowl. That was the closest Drury himself came to farming. He learned about being an agriculturist by seeking opportunities and just jumping in. After graduating from TU, he completed a one-year internship on a diversified vegetable and grain farm in Ontario, Canada. “I wanted to have an idea about what farms look like, what they smell like and what they act like,” Drury says. “Little did I know, I had nowhere near enough experience to actually start a farm.” But by 2008 — at the age of 24 — he started Bootstrap Farm in Yale,

Don Drury, Bootstrap Farm


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Okla., and has never looked back. He is able to make a living from the proceeds of his harvests — sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, spinach, onions and watermelon, to name a few — but for Drury, it goes beyond the bank. “I feel like this is the knob I would be best to turn to make the bigger difference,” he says. “I feel like there’s an opportunity right now in the growth of the organic industry and the local, direct-to-consumer farms because people are really interested in their food supply.” Many people shop the farmers’ market specifically to avoid chemicals that are used in conventional farming. Bootstrap Farm is organic certified, which is no easy feat. To legally call products “organic,” the farm where they are produced must meet federal guidelines. The guidelines require that an organic farmer uses only organic seeds and does not use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or biocides. Drury works his 10-acre plot with help from an intern and another parttime employee once the season picks up. At the end of the day, it’s satisfying for him to do something that fits into the big picture for the community. “It’s important for farmers to see that people love what we’re doing and people care about what we’re doing,” he says. “It gives you a platform to connect a lot of ideas — environmental sustainability, taking care of the soil, water and air, as well as community development.”

This little piggy

On the Facebook page for his farm, Pork N Greens, Stephen Green

captures photos of sunrises and waxes philosophical about the wonder of seedlings breaking through the earth. This is a far cry from Green’s previous life in big-farm pig production. “Most people have never seen a commercial pig farm,” he says. “If you ever went in one, you would never want to go in another one. They are pretty rough.” After graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Green worked for 12 years in the commercial farming industry in North Carolina and the Oklahoma panhandle. “I got disillusioned with the way the pigs were being raised and Stephen Green, Pork N Greens treated,” he says. “I wanted to get out of it, but I still enjoyed working with the pigs.” He left farming behind to work in construction in Oklahoma. Later he learned about the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, an organization that helps preserve rare and heritage breeds of pigs. Green thought this would be a fun way to work with pigs again — his way. “I figured I could buy some (pigs) and sell to my friends and family,” he says. “It started as a hobby.” Five years later, Pork N Greens is his sole source of revenue, and demand for his porky products has continually increased. The happy pigs on Green’s farm in Okmulgee County are heritage breeds, which means they haven’t been crossed genetically with any other variety of pig. This pure line makes a big difference in flavor. “Heritage pigs genetically carry a lot more intramuscular fat, which makes the meat more tender and juicier,” Green says. “Commercial pigs are bred for growing fast. Doing that harms the good qualities of the meat.” Most pork found in stores is “enhanced” by injecting the meat with a saline solution to compensate for the lack of fatty marbling. Green’s pigs do not need enhancement.

The Cherry Street Farmers’ Market is the Tulsa area’s largest Saturday market.

Chong Moua, Moua Farm

“With rare breeds, you never have to worry about that type of thing,” he says. The type of pigs Green raises is one variable that affects quality, but it goes beyond genetics. “Humane treatment of animals is really important to me,” he says. “It’s not only important for the animals themselves, it makes for a better product. “If you showed a person the way I produce pigs and then show them how pigs are produced commercially, 99 out of 100 would choose the ones I’m raising.” Educating people to expect more from their food is just one of Green’s goals. “We need to do a better job about educating people about what we (farmers) do, what we offer and why it’s worthwhile to skip driving to Walmart to make a quick stop, versus waking up early on Saturday to shop at the farmers’ market,” he says. Some of Green’s most popular items are bacon — “anything bacon,” he says — along with pork chops, baby back ribs, bratwurst and even shaved deli ham. This year he is diversifying, using an acre of his 10-acre plot to plant vegetables to sell at market, as well.

New home grown

One of Tulsa’s most established market vendors came here by way of Sheboygan, Wis. Chong Moua and her parents arrived in the United States as refugees from their home country of Laos after an internal war displaced thousands of Hmong citizens during the late 1970s. “When our family came here in 1980, we had no career,” Moua says. She says the city of Sheboygan helped the Hmong refugees reconnect to their farming heritage as a way to make a living in their new home. With their harvest of tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, Asian bok choy and Thai spinach, the Mouas started the first farmers’ market in Sheboygan at Fountain Park. “First it was just our family — three or four vendors,” Moua says. “Now the farmers’ market in Sheboygan goes through the whole park.”

In 2006, the Mouas decided to leave farming and Wisconsin behind for jobs in Oklahoma. The economic downturn of 2009, however, left Moua and her husband, Wa Bee, unemployed. “I lost my job in February and tried to find a job until April,” Moua says. To survive, they knew what they needed to do. “We just plowed all the grass in our yard and started from scratch,” she recalls. So, what had been a back yard and an open field surrounding their Inola home transformed into Moua Farm. They debuted at the Broken Arrow Farmers’ Market in late June of that year. Their first round of farming the Oklahoma soil turned out beautifully. “Everything grew very good,” Moua says. “My bell peppers were so big, some customers said that we had bought them from Walmart. They couldn’t believe it.” Each year since, the Moua Farm vegetables stand out at the markets. Because the vegetables and herbs look so large and lush, many market customers still think they are too good to be true. “People compare our veggies to others and don’t trust where it comes


debris and manure. The majority of the time they from,” Moua says. “But if you buy better seeds, you get don’t clean the cows. They just pour disinfectant a better vegetable.” on them. And all of that goes into your milk.” Although Moua Farm is not certified organic, it The LOMAH cows come back to the barn afpractices organic farming — no synthetic fertilizers ter a day of grazing and are washed, then wiped and no pesticides. Well, with one slight exception. down with white terry-cloth towels. “Once or twice I have to use something to keep “We sanitize them so they’re cleaner than most those big ugly caterpillars out of my tomatoes,” people’s hands before they eat French fries,” JohnMoua says, “but I never use chemicals on anything son says. “It equates into a long shelf life for the else.” milk — at least three weeks.” She says each person in her family has his or her LOMAH Dairy is one of the few places where own “green thumb” for certain vegetables. Donna, Stanley and Gra buyers can purchase raw, unpasteurized milk. By “Tomato is mine,” she says. “Every year my tomaJohnson, LOMAH Dairy ce Farm state and federal law, raw milk must be purchased toes grow (from) the beginning of the year to the only at the farm where it was produced. The milk end of the year — the same plants.” LOMAH sells at farmers’ markets has gone through Moua is experimenting with different varieta low-temperature, lengthy cooking process. ies of tomatoes this season, such as White To“A lot of people are allergic to the high-processed milk mato and White Cherry Tomato varieties from because it denatures the proteins, and the amino acids Italy. are broken apart,” Johnson says. “It’s not the milk that Exotic varieties of tomatoes aren’t normally people are allergic to; it’s the process that it’s underfound in your grocer’s produce section, but Moua gone.” Farm produce differs in other ways, too. Along with raw milk, LOMAH Dairy products inMass-produced vegetables have been altered to clude cheeses, yogurt and low-fat milk. The Johnsons last longer for shipping and are designed to grow have been building a new barn, which will make it easier faster to keep up with the demand of a hungry counto see their dairy farm in action this summer. try. A field-grown vegetable, however, has a com“The new barn will offer a whole new venue for people to appreciate what pletely different flavor profile, Moua says. we’re doing,” Johnson says. “A lot of people bring their children to the farm “If you never eat the fresh, you never notice the differso they can see the cows, see exactly where their milk comes from. I feel like ence,” Moua says. “I grow my own greens, but when I buy greens from the we serve a purpose, reconnecting people with family farms.” tþ store, they have no flavor at all. The ones you grow on your own, they have lots of good flavor, very sweet.” She and her husband work their farm themselves. But for Moua, the To market, to market farmers’ market is where she thrives. The Tulsa area offers a plethora of farmers’ “Farmers’ market is good for everyone to enjoy delicious, healthy fruits and markets this spring and summer. vegetables,” she says, “and I love to see my customers. That is a big thing, to Cherry Street Farmers’ Market talk to them.” Saturday market: 7-11 a.m., Saturdays, April-October; East 15th

The milky way

Most dairy farmers inherit their dairy operations, but Stanley Johnson, his wife and three teenage children started their own 12 years ago — as a hobby. Johnson’s foray into dairy farming began when he was only 12 years old. He and his sister had a small operation through which he sold milk to the community. After graduating college, he was a practicing veterinarian for many years. It wasn’t until 2002 that he and his family decided to take up dairy farming again. “I still get the same gratification from seeing my happy customers as I did when I was a little boy,” Johnson says. The LOMAH Dairy Farm in Wyanndotte, Okla., has approximately 140 head of Jersey cows on 400 acres. Most milk available in stores today comes from black and white Holstein cows. The two types of cows produce vastly different types of milk. Holsteins are used commercially because they produce high volumes and lower-fat milk. Jersey cows, however, produce milk with higher butterfat and milk-solids content. The trend of drinking lower-fat milk is starting to lose traction as more research shows that the higher-fat milk contains hearthealthy Omega-3 fatty acids, Johnson says. Jersey cow milk also has more calcium, beta carotene and protein. The Jersey cows at LOMAH also have a picturesque life compared to their commercial counterparts. Johnson’s cows have rolling hills for grazing and an artesian spring that provides their water. “Because we have so much land for them to free-range on, we don’t keep them cooped up,” he says. “Often commercial farms cows are covered in 40

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Street from South Quaker to South Rockford avenues

Wednesday market: 7:30-11 a.m., Wednesdays, June 7-Oct. 15; east parking lot of Whole Foods Market, 1401 E. 41st St.

Downtown Tulsa: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays, April-October; Williams Green, East Third Street and South Boston Avenue Bartlesville: 8-11:30 a.m., Saturdays, June-October; Frank Phillips Park, Southwest Keeler Avenue and Southwest Frank Phillips Boulevard, Bartlesville

Broken Arrow “Market on Main”: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, April 19-mid-October; 418 S. Main St., Broken Arrow

Claremore: 7-11 a.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays, June-October; parking lot of ExpoCenter, 400 Veterans Parkway, Claremore Jenks: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, April 26-Sept. 27; Green Acres Market parking lot, 117 S. Seventh St., Jenks Owasso: 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays, June-October; parking lot of YMCA, 8300 N. Owasso Expressway, Owasso

Take your pick Expect to see these fruits and vegetables at many of the local markets.

June: Asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, green beans, greens, herbs, lettuces, peas and squash June: Berries, strawberries, cantaloupe, okra, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes

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Fighting for the rights of American veterans and empowering them to lead lives of respect and dignity has earned the Tulsa Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) the 2014 Liberty Bell Award from the Tulsa County Bar Foundation. For more than 35 years, the award has recognized a person or people who have promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility and/or contributed to “good government” in the community, according to the TBCF, which provides charitable assistance and legal education to Tulsa County residents. Tulsa County Bar Association President-elect Ken Williams, a business defense attorney in Hall Estill’s environmental practice group, nominated DAV for the award because of personal experience with the organization. His father-in-law, Ray Nicholson, is a Korean War veteran whose hearing was destroyed through his service as a tank commander. “In attempting to assist Ray in obtaining disability benefits, I learned how difficult it is for veterans and their lawyers to navigate through the Veterans Administration,” Williams wrote in his nomination letter. “I learned that only a few lawyers have gone through the process of becoming Veterans Administration certified to even practice in the area. This situation has led to widespread frustration with the system and the law that applies to disabled veterans.” DAV works to ensure veterans and their families can access the benefits available to them, fights for the interest of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, and educates the public about the sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life, according to Bob Allen of Tulsa’s DAV Chapter 32. The local DAV helps veterans with compensation claims and other VA paperwork, including applying for emergency VA grants; operates a small food bank for veterans in need and their families; and helps veterans set up households with donated furniture. “We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity,” Allen says. TCBF will formally recognize DAV at the June 2 Law


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Day Luncheon (see box), says Rachel Mathis, 2014 Law Week chairwoman and civil litigation attorney at Smakal, Munn & Mathis. “The Tulsa Chapter of the DAV was selected because the committee felt that the volunteer work that they perform to help our veterans and the legal community exemplifies work that is representative of what the award was created to honor and recognize,” Mathis says.

Law Day 2014 While Law Day is officially June 1, various activities occurred in April, including: • A naturalization ceremony hosted by Monte Cassino School • “Civics in the Classroom” presentations by attorneys to four Tulsa-area schools on the Law Day 2014 theme, “Democracy & You” • Pre-K through 12th grade writing and art contests on the 2014 theme

Upcoming events: June 1 — Ask a Lawyer Call-a-thon 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Attorneys will answer legal questions by phone free of charge. Presented in conjunction with the Oklahoma Bar Association. Visit for more information. June 2 — Law Day Luncheon 11:30 a.m., doors open; noon-1:30 p.m., lunch and program. Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave. Robert Henry, Oklahoma City University president/CEO and former Oklahoma attorney general and 10th Circuit judge, keynote speaker. Tickets available through April 25: $35, individuals; $500, tables of 10. After April 25, contact Kevin Cousins, 918-584-5243, ext. 222, or kevinc@tulsabar. com. Visit

History of Law Day Conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka, Okla., attorney and past president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Law Day was established nationally in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “It is fitting that the American people should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and quality under law,” Eisenhower said in his presidential proclamation. “It is our moral and civil obligation as free men and as Americans to preserve and strengthen that great heritage.” In 1961, Congress designated June 1 a “special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America” and as an occasion for “rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under laws.” While many national organizations recognize Law Day, the American Bar Association, the national voluntary organization of the legal profession, is its national sponsor. State, county and local bar associations throughout the country, including the Tulsa County Bar Association and Foundation, organize individual projects and activities in celebration of Law Day.

Source: Oklahoma Bar Association


Peers identify 286 local attorneys for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The following list of “Best Lawyers” in Tulsa has been excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 128 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Best Lawyers in America® is published by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina and can be ordered directly from the publisher. For information call 803-648-0300; write 237 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers. com; or visit Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers® databases are available at Disclaimer and copyright These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America© 2014, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 134 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Best Lawyers in America© is published by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, S.C., and can be ordered directly from the publisher. For information call (803) 648-0300; write 237 Park Ave, SW, First Floor, Aiken, SC 29801; email; or visit Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers databases are available at Woodward/White Inc. has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All listed attorneys have been verified as being members in good standing with their respective state bar associations as of July 1, 2013, where that information is publicly available. Consumers should contact their state bar for verification and additional information prior to securing legal services of any attorney. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, S.C. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of this list June be made without permission of Woodward/White, Inc. No fees June be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of this list without permission. “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Lawyers” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc. Methodology for Best Lawyers® This list is excerpted from the 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the pre-eminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published since 1983, Best Lawyers lists attorneys in 134 specialties, representing all 50 states, who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2014 Edi-

tion of Best Lawyers is based on more than 4.9 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 30 years ago. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on the vote of their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this regard, Best Lawyers remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings. The nomination pool for the 2014 Edition consisted of all lawyers whose names appeared in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, lawyers who were nominated since the previous survey, and new nominees solicited from listed attorneys. In general, lawyers were asked to vote only on nominees in their own specialty in their own jurisdiction. Lawyers in closely related specialties were asked to vote across specialties, as were lawyers in smaller jurisdictions. Where specialties are national or international in nature, lawyers were asked to vote nationally as well as locally. Voting lawyers were also given an opportunity to offer more detailed comments on nominees. Each year, half of the voting pool receives fax or email ballots; the other half is polled by phone. Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should be listed among “the best”: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a real estate lawyer (for example), and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?” All votes and comments were solicited with a guarantee of confidentiality-a critical factor in the viability and validity of Best Lawyers surveys. To ensure the rigor of the selection process, lawyers were urged to use only their highest standards when voting, and to evaluate each nominee based only on his or her individual merits. The additional comments were used to make more accurate comparisons between voting patterns and weight votes accordingly. Best Lawyers uses various methodological tools to identify and correct for anomalies in both the nomination and voting process. Ultimately, of course, a lawyer’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists June at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, the breadth of the survey, the candor of the respondents, and the sophistication of the polling methodology largely correct for any biases. For all these reasons, Best Lawyers lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful guide to the best lawyers in the United States available anywhere. Best Lawyers lists are available at “Best Lawyers” and “The Best Lawyers in America” are registered trademarks of Woodward/White Inc. The Best Lawyers in America© awards one lawyer in each practice area and metro region as a “Lawyer of the Year” each year. Those lawyers are designated in the list with a red dot.


BEST LAWYERS ADMINISTRATIVE/REGULATORY LAW David E. Keglovits l GableGotwals Curtis M. Long Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC ANTITRUST LAW Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals Joel L. Wohlgemuth Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter APPELLATE PRACTICE Roy C. Breedlove Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

John Henry Rule l GableGotwals

Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l GableGotwals

Gentra Abby Sorem l Conner & Winters LLP

Richard B. Noulles l GableGotwals


Phil R. Richards Richards & Connor PLLP James M. Sturdivant l GableGotwals

Mark A. Craige Crowe & Dunlevy

Sidney K. Swinson l GableGotwals

Thomas A. Creekmore III l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Terry M. Thomas Crowe & Dunlevy

John Dale l GableGotwals

Jon E. Brightmire l l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Robert S. Glass l GableGotwals

Amelia A. Fogleman l GableGotwals

Charles Greenough l McAfee & Taft PC

Gerald L. Hilsher l McAfee & Taft PC

Bonnie N. Hackler l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals James L. Kincaid Crowe & Dunlevy J. Michael Medina Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers Leslie Weeks Rodolf & Todd Brad W. Welsh l GableGotwals ARBITRATION Thomas R. Brett Thomas R. Brett PLLC David L. Bryant l l GableGotwals Earl D. Mills Dispute Resolution Consultants Inc. Joseph W. Morris l GableGotwals John D. Rothman Oklahoma Mediation/Arbitration Service BANKING AND FINANCE LAW John R. Barker l GableGotwals Gary L. Betow l l Conner & Winters LLP Michael D. Cooke l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Jeffrey D. Hassell l GableGotwals Jeffrey T. Hills Crowe & Dunlevy Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals John M. Imel Moyers, Martin, Santee & Imel LLP Betsy G. Jackson l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Gary R. McSpadden Crowe & Dunlevy Jerry Nichols l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Barry G. Reynolds Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon PC


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Jeffrey D. Hassell l GableGotwals John E. Howland Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold Gary M. McDonald McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile LLP Patrick D. O’Connor Moyers, Martin, Santee & Imel LLP Steven W. Soule l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Sidney K. Swinson l GableGotwals Terry M. Thomas Crowe & Dunlevy Neal Tomlins l Tomlins & Peters PLLC Timothy T. Trump l Conner & Winters LLP

B. Kenneth Cox Jr. l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Gary C. Crapster Steidley & Neal PLLC Heather Cupp l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Samuel P. Daniel Jr. l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Reuben Davis Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter Mark E. Dreyer l Conner & Winters LLP

John H. Tucker Rhodes Hieronymus

Tom Q. Ferguson l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Randall G. Vaughan Pray Walker PC

Melodie Freeman-Burney l Conner & Winters LLP Michael J. Gibbens Crowe & Dunlevy

CIVIL RIGHTS LAW Louis W. Bullock Bullock Bullock & Blakemore

Sarah Jane Gillett l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC


James E. Green Jr. l Conner & Winters LLP William R. Grimm l Barrow & Grimm PC

Randy R. Shorb Johnson & Jones PC

James C. T. Hardwick l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

COLLABORATIVE LAW: FAMILY LAW Moura A. J. Robertson Robertson Cornell

J. Kevin Hayes l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Steven J. Adams Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

David Herrold l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

William C. Anderson l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Mark Banner l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION William C. Anderson l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Mark K. Blongewicz l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

David L. Bryant l GableGotwals

Roy C. Breedlove Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

Mary Quinn Cooper l McAfee & Taft PC

Amelia A. Fogleman l GableGotwals


Andrew R. Turner l Conner & Winters LLP

Dennis C. Cameron l GableGotwals

Craig A. Fitzgerald l GableGotwals

Joel L. Wohlgemuth Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter

Gerald L. Hilsher l McAfee & Taft PC Richard P. Hix l McAfee & Taft PC Craig W. Hoster Crowe & Dunlevy Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals John M. Imel Moyers, Martin, Santee & Imel LLP

Jon E. Brightmire l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP David L. Bryant l GableGotwals

Brian T. Inbody McNamara, Inbody & Parrish PLLC Gerald Jackson Crowe & Dunlevy

J. Patrick Cremin l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

John A. Burkhardt l McAfee & Taft PC

Michael T. Keester l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Michael J. Gibbens Crowe & Dunlevy

Dennis C. Cameron l GableGotwals

David E. Keglovits l GableGotwals

James E. Green Jr. l Conner & Winters LLP

Timothy A. Carney l GableGotwals

James L. Kincaid Crowe & Dunlevy

J. Kevin Hayes l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Lewis N. Carter l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Thomas M. Ladner Ladner & Eldredge PLLC

Oliver S. Howard l l GableGotwals

Casey Cooper l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

William S. Leach l McAfee & Taft PC

James L. Kincaid Crowe & Dunlevy

Mary Quinn Cooper l McAfee & Taft PC

G. Michael Lewis l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

David R. Cordell l Conner & Winters LLP

G. Michael Lewis l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Larry B. Lipe l Conner & Winters LLP R. Richard Love III l Conner & Winters LLP



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BEST LAWYERS Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l GableGotwals James McCann McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile LLP Bruce McKenna McKenna & Prescott PLLC James C. Milton l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Victor E. Morgan Crowe & Dunlevy Lawrence R. Murphy Jr. Robinett, Murphy & Shrier Charles D. Neal Jr. Steidley & Neal PLLC Kathy R. Neal l McAfee & Taft PC Richard B. Noulles l GableGotwals Steven A. Novick Steven A. Novick PC William W. O’Connor l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC John M. O’Connor l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC Terry D. Ragsdale l GableGotwals James M. Reed l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Phil R. Richards Richards & Connor PLLP Tracy W. Robinett Robinett, Murphy & Shrier Scott R. Rowland l GableGotwals John Henry Rule l GableGotwals James W. Rusher Albright, Rusher & Hardcastle PC John D. Russell Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC Robert B. Sartin l Barrow & Grimm PC Michael F. Smith l McAfee & Taft PC Tom Steichen l McAfee & Taft PC James M. Sturdivant l GableGotwals Jason S. Taylor l Conner & Winters LLP Terry M. Thomas Crowe & Dunlevy John H. Tucker Rhodes Hieronymus Mia Vahlberg l GableGotwals Randall G. Vaughan Pray Walker PC

COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS/UCC LAW Gary R. McSpadden Crowe & Dunlevy COMMUNICATIONS LAW Michael D. Cooke l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC James J. Proszek l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC CONSTRUCTION LAW P. Scott Hathaway l Conner & Winters LLP Steven K. Metcalf l McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile LLP Tracy W. Robinett Robinett, Murphy & Shrier Malcolm E. Rosser IV Crowe & Dunlevy COPYRIGHT LAW Rachel Blue l McAfee & Taft PC Dennis D. Brown Brown Patent Law PLLC Todd A. Nelson Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

Robert A. Curry l Conner & Winters LLP

P. Warren Gotcher Gotcher & Beaver

Kenneth E. Dornblaser Johnson & Jones PC

Allen M. Smallwood l Allen Smallwood

Robert F. Dougherty l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Terry R. Doverspike Pray Walker PC Lon Foster III Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC Pamela Goldberg l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC William R. Grimm l Barrow & Grimm PC Del Gustafson l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Jeffrey D. Hassell l GableGotwals Steven G. Heinen l GableGotwals Jeffrey T. Hills Crowe & Dunlevy Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals

Terry L. Watt Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

Betsy G. Jackson l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

CORPORATE COMPLIANCE LAW Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals

David A. Johnson Boesche McDermott LLP

Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l GableGotwals Stephen W. Ray l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW Pamela Goldberg l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Betsy G. Jackson l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Joel L. Wohlgemuth Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter

B. Kenneth Cox Jr. l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

DUI/DWI DEFENSE Bruce Edge Edge Law Firm PC EDUCATION LAW Karen L. Long Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold J. Douglas Mann l Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold John G. Moyer Jr. Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold Eric P. Nelson Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold EMINENT DOMAIN AND CONDEMNATION LAW Robert J. Nichols Nichols & Curthoys

Kristen L. Brightmire l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Thomas P. Nally l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Bill G. Freudenrich l McAfee & Taft PC

P. David Newsome Jr. l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

C. Raymond Patton Jr. l Conner & Winters LLP

H. Wayne Cooper l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Allen M. Smallwood l Allen Smallwood

Lynnwood R. Moore Jr. l Conner & Winters LLP

Stephen W. Ray l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Robert Winter Pray Walker PC

P. Warren Gotcher Gotcher & Beaver

Paul E. Braden l Conner & Winters LLP

John M. O’Connor l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC

Lawrence T. Chambers Jr. l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Jack Gordon Jr. Gordon & Gordon

Robert J. Melgaard l Conner & Winters LLP

C. Raymond Patton Jr. l l Conner & Winters LLP

Allen E. Barrow Jr. l Barrow & Grimm PC

Paul Brunton Morrel Saffa Craige PC

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (ERISA) LAW Debbie L. Blackwell l Conner & Winters LLP

Jerry Nichols l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

CORPORATE LAW John R. Barker l GableGotwals

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR Clark O. Brewster Brewster & De Angelis PLLC

Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l GableGotwals

Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l GableGotwals

Brad W. Welsh l GableGotwals

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Jack Gordon Jr. Gordon & Gordon

Robert E. Spoo l l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Michael D. Cooke l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC


C. Bretton Crane Pray Walker PC

Stephen W. Ray l l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC R. Kevin Redwine l Conner & Winters LLP

Karen L. Long Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold Steven W. McGrath l Conner & Winters LLP David B. McKinney l GableGotwals Sheppard F. Miers Jr. l l GableGotwals Clive Seymour l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Eric S. Smith l Conner & Winters LLP Anne B. Sublett l Conner & Winters LLP

William F. Riggs l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Martin R. Wing l Conner & Winters LLP

Frederick K. Slicker l Slicker Law Firm PC

EMPLOYMENT LAW: INDIVIDUALS Donald M. Bingham Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis Inc.

Patrick O. Waddel l Sneed Lang PC CRIMINAL DEFENSE: NON-WHITE COLLAR Clark O. Brewster Brewster & De Angelis PLLC Paul Brunton l Morrel Saffa Craige PC

Louis W. Bullock Bullock Bullock & Blakemore Larry Henry Rhodes Hieronymus Keith A. Wilkes l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC

BEST LAWYERS EMPLOYMENT LAW: MANAGEMENT Kristen L. Brightmire l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

J. Kevin Hayes l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Moura A. J. Robertson Robertson Cornell

Steven A. Broussard l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals


Courtney Bru l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Thomas M. Ladner Ladner & Eldredge, PLLC

Timothy A. Carney l GableGotwals

Curtis M. Long Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

David R. Cordell l Conner & Winters LLP

Terry D. Ragsdale l l GableGotwals

J. Patrick Cremin l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

James D. Satrom l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Angelyn L. Dale l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Tom Schroedter l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Kevin P. Doyle Pray Walker PC

Lisa T. Silvestri l GableGotwals

Larry Henry Rhodes Hieronymus

Donald S. Smith Pray Walker PC

R. Thomas Hillis Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon PC

James M. Sturdivant l GableGotwals

Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals Melinda Kirk l Conner & Winters LLP Michael J. Lissau l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Mary L. Lohrke Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon PC Karen L. Long Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW Richard Carson l GableGotwals Michael D. Graves l l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Robert J. Joyce l McAfee & Taft PC Linda Crook Martin l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Ronald Ricketts l GableGotwals

Kimberly Lambert Love Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon PC

EQUIPMENT FINANCE LAW Gary L. Betow l Conner & Winters LLP

Kathy R. Neal l McAfee & Taft PC

Gary R. McSpadden Crowe & Dunlevy

J. Ronald Petrikin l Conner & Winters LLP

FAMILY LAW Paul E. Blevins l Blevins Law Office

Charles S. Plumb l McAfee & Taft PC Randall J. Snapp Crowe & Dunlevy David E. Strecker l Strecker & Associates PC

Samuel P. Daniel Jr. l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Richard J. Eagleton l Eagleton, Eagleton & Harrison Inc.

W. Kirk Turner l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC

Heather Earnhart l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Nancy Vaughn l Conner & Winters LLP

Robert G. Fry Jr. Fry, Elder and Henry

Sharolyn Whiting-Ralston l McAfee & Taft PC

James R. Gotwals James R. Gotwals & Associates Inc.

Madalene A. B. Witterholt Crowe & Dunlevy

Bradley A. Grundy l Conner & Winters LLP Scott Johnson N. Scott Johnson & Associates

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW Louis W. Bullock Bullock Bullock & Blakemore S. Douglas Dodd l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP FRANCHISE LAW Michael J. Gibbens Crowe & Dunlevy Frederick K. Slicker Slicker Law Firm PC

J. Patrick Cremin l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Kevin P. Doyle Pray Walker PC Kimberly Lambert Love Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon PC Kathy R. Neal l McAfee & Taft PC J. Ronald Petrikin l Conner & Winters LLP Charles S. Plumb l l McAfee & Taft PC David E. Strecker Strecker & Associates PC

GAMING LAW Walter R. Echo-Hawk Jr. Crowe & Dunlevy Graydon Dean Luthey Jr. l l GableGotwals D. Michael McBride III Crowe & Dunlevy Geoffrey M. Standing Bear Geoffrey M. Standing Bear

W. Kirk Turner l Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum PC

HEALTH CARE LAW Gary L. Betow l Conner & Winters LLP Elise Dunitz Brennan l Conner & Winters LLP Teresa Meinders Burkett l Conner & Winters LLP Robert S. Glass GlassWilkin PC David J. Hyman l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP David B. McKinney l GableGotwals A. F. Ringold Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold Robert B. Sartin l Barrow & Grimm PC Barry L. Smith l l McAfee & Taft PC

LAND USE AND ZONING LAW Kevin C. Coutant l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

INSURANCE LAW Ann E. Allison Rhodes Hieronymus Mark K. Blongewicz l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Galen L. Brittingham Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco PC Timothy A. Carney l GableGotwals James E. Green Jr. l Conner & Winters LLP David E. Keglovits l GableGotwals William S. Leach l McAfee & Taft PC Phil R. Richards l Richards & Connor PLLP A. Mark Smiling Smiling & Miller PA

Frank Wolfe III l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC LABOR LAW: UNION J. Patrick Cremin l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Malcolm E. Rosser IV Crowe & Dunlevy Stephen A. Schuller l GableGotwals LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW: DEFENDANTS Joseph R. Farris Franden, Woodard, Farris, Quillin & Goodnight W. G. Steidley Jr. Steidley & Neal PLLC LEVERAGED BUYOUTS AND PRIVATE EQUITY LAW Mark H. Allen l McAfee & Taft PC LITIGATION: ANTITRUST Craig A. Fitzgerald l GableGotwals Amelia A. Fogleman l GableGotwals G. Michael Lewis l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP James M. Sturdivant l GableGotwals LITIGATION: BANKING AND FINANCE Charles Greenough l McAfee & Taft PC Jeffrey D. Hassell l GableGotwals Oliver S. Howard l GableGotwals

ENERGY LAW Mark Banner l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Ron W. Little l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

Shelton L. Benedict Shelton L. Benedict

Moura A. J. Robertson Robertson Cornell

Dennis C. Cameron l GableGotwals

William Scarth Scarth & Rahmeier

Richard Carson l GableGotwals

FAMILY LAW MEDIATION James R. Gotwals James R. Gotwals & Associates Inc.

LABOR LAW: MANAGEMENT Steven A. Broussard l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

James W. Rusher Albright, Rusher & Hardcastle PC

Bradley A. Grundy l Conner & Winters LLP

David R. Cordell l Conner & Winters LLP

Terry M. Thomas l Crowe & Dunlevy

John A. Gaberino Jr. l GableGotwals


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Gary M. McDonald McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile LLP Victor E. Morgan Crowe & Dunlevy John Henry Rule l GableGotwals

BEST LAWYERS Christopher B. Woods Crowe & Dunlevy LITIGATION: BANKRUPTCY Sam G. Bratton II l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Thomas A. Creekmore III l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC John Dale l GableGotwals Charles Greenough l McAfee & Taft PC Bonnie N. Hackler l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Jeffrey D. Hassell l GableGotwals Kayci B. Hughes Crowe & Dunlevy Gary M. McDonald McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile LLP Michael R. Pacewicz Crowe & Dunlevy Steven W. Soule l l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Sidney K. Swinson l GableGotwals Terry M. Thomas Crowe & Dunlevy Andrew R. Turner l Conner & Winters LLP

LITIGATION: CONSTRUCTION N. Lance Bryan l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP Reuben Davis Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter Trent A. Gudgel l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC Michael T. Keester l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC David E. Keglovits l GableGotwals

Scott R. Rowland l GableGotwals

Robert E. Spoo l Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP

D. Kenyon Williams Jr. l Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC

Terry L. Watt Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens PC

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Among Tulsa’s “The Best Lawyers in America,” 47 have been named the best in a specific practice area and named a “Lawyer Of The Year” by Woodward/White, Inc. These honored attorneys are: Appellate Practice Jon E. Brightmire Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP Arbitration David L. Bryant GableGotwals Banking and Finance Law Gary L. Betow Conner & Winters, LLP Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Neal Tomlins Tomlins & Peters, PLLC Bet-the-Company Litigation Oliver S. Howard GableGotwals Construction Law Steven K. Metcalf McDonald, McCann, Metcalf & Carwile, LLP Copyright Law Robert E. Spoo Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP Corporate Governance Law C. Raymond Patton, Jr. Conner & Winters, LLP Corporate Law Stephen W. Ray Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Paul Brunton Morrel Saffa Craige P.C.

Insurance Law Phil R. Richards Richards & Connor PLLP

Litigation - Real Estate Robert Winter Pray Walker, PC

Criminal Defense: White-Collar Allen M. Smallwood Allen Smallwood

Labor Law - Management Charles S. Plumb McAfee & Taft PC

Litigation - Securities James M. Sturdivant GableGotwals

Education Law J. Douglas Mann Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold

Litigation - Banking and Finance Terry M. Thomas Crowe & Dunlevy

Litigation - Trusts and Estates Jeffrey D. Hassell GableGotwals

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Sheppard F. Miers, Jr. GableGotwals

Litigation - Bankruptcy Steven W. Soule Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

Mediation Earl D. Mills Dispute Resolution Consultants, Inc.

Employment Law - Management David E. Strecker Strecker & Associates, P.C. Energy Law Terry D. Ragsdale GableGotwals Environmental Law Michael D. Graves Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. Family Law Paul E. Blevins Blevins Law Office Gaming Law Graydon Dean Luthey, Jr. GableGotwals Health Care Law Barry L. Smith McAfee & Taft PC

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Medical Malpractice Law Defendants Terry Todd Rodolf & Todd

Litigation - Environmental Linda Crook Martin Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP

Mergers and Acquisitions Law Michael D. Cooke Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

Litigation - ERISA Karen L. Long Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold

Native American Law Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Jr. Crowe & Dunlevy

Litigation - Intellectual Property Roy C. Breedlove Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C.

Natural Resources Law James C. T. Hardwick Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C.

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EYECARE Q: I would like to be free of glasses or contact lenses. But, I am a little fearful of surgery and not sure I want to spend the money on vision corrective surgery. Are there other options? A: Orthokeratology is a nonsurgical process developed to reshape the cornea while you sleep, correcting nearsightedness with or without astigmatism. With Orthokeratology, therapeutic contact lenses gently reshape the corneal surface during sleep to provide clear, natural vision when the lenses are removed upon waking. This enables sports, work and daily activities without the interference of glasses or contacts. Orthokeratology also can help with eye irritation and dryness associated with daytime contact lens wear. Let Twenty Twenty Eyecare make this possible. Dr. Shannon Morgans, OD and Dr. Lynsey Bigheart, OD Twenty Twenty Eyecare 8931 S. Yale Ave., Suite H • Tulsa, OK 74137 918-794-6700 •

ATTORNEY Q: If I am arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, should I take the breathalyzer test or should I refuse it? A: Refusal to take a breathalyzer test will result in an automatic six-month suspension of your driving privileges. A previous DUI or APC conviction will count as if this were your second refusal, which will result in a more sever limitation. The failure to take a breathalyzer test is a violation of the driving privileges controlled by the Department of Public Safety, separate and apart from the arrest and court proceedings. If arrested, to prevent the automatic suspension, the test should be taken. If you have been arrested for an alcohol offense while driving, call today. Frank M. Hagedorn Attorney at Law, PLLC 9125 S. Sheridan Ave., Ste. 107 • Tulsa, OK 74133 918-494-6601 •

JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUB SOUTH CITY is the newest addition to the McNellie’s group. The south Tulsa location features a massive selection of beers — more than 350 from around the globe. Each month a new beer menu is released showcasing seasonal beers along with customer favorites. The libations pair perfectly to the menu full of fresh, local dishes like the McNellie’s charburger, sweet potato fries, artichoke dip, Maryland crab cakes and much more. The restaurant also serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the year, McNellie’s features a number of specials and holds several festive events. BURGER, BAR FOOD, BEER SELECTION JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S SOUTH CITY 7031 S. Zurich Ave • 918-933-5250 James E. McNellie’s Pub South City is the newest addition to the McNellie’s group, featuring a massive selection of beers from around the world and a menu full of fresh, local favorites.

COSMETIC SURGERY PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER OF TULSA 2107 E. 15th St. • (918) 712-0888 Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Greg Ratliff and his staff offer many services to meet individual needs, including breast enhancement procedures, tummy tucks, liposuction, facial procedures, and more.

LIQUOR STORE RANCH ACRES WINE & SPIRITS 3324A East 31st Street • (918) 747-1171 Great selection, a knowledgeable staff, attractive pricing, and placing a high value on community involvement have made Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits an award-winning favorite in Tulsa for over 54 years.

TANNING BAHAMA SUN 3732 South Peoria Avenue • (918) 748-9971 Along with four levels of tanning, Bahama Sun offers airbrushing and sunless tanning at its Brookside location. The new sunless booth, The 57 Revolutionary, provides another option a sun-kissed look.


Cooking with Gentry

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

Make It: Chef Justin Thompson’s Sweet Carrot Soup Chef Justin Thompson has been on the job since he was 16 years old, working in the kitchens of a variety of high-profile restaurants in the city. Today, at age 35, he 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 Juniper’s recipe and cooking method for Sweet Carrot Soup, “ he says. “It has been our most popular menu item since we opened the restaurant in 2011, and people beg me for the recipe. I don’t get a chance to cook much at home these days, but when I do, I really enjoy making soups and stews.” “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 state-of-the-art.”


Sweet Carrot Soup

2 cups 1 tbsp. 1½ cup 8 cups 2 each 1 cup

yellow onion, medium dice garlic, minced celery, medium dice carrots, medium dice bay leaf white wine

½ gallon ½ cup 1 tbsp. ½ tbsp. ½ tbsp. 2 cups

vegetable stock honey pepper salt fresh rosemary, minced fine heavy cream

In a large stock pot, sauté the oni on in 1 oz of olive oil until it begins to caramelize. Add the gar lic, celery, carrots and bay leaf and continue to cook. When the onions are translucent and the carrots have softened, add the wh ite wine and turn the fire to high heat. Reduce the wine by half. Add the stock, honey, pepper, salt and rosemary and bring to a boil. Red uce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat, remove the bay leaves and add the cream. Ble nd using a stick blender or bevera ge blender until very smooth. Season if necessary with salt and pepper .

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Mod for Mom by KENDALL BARROW There is something about a fresh crepe that can instantly transport one to the streets of Paris. Short of taking a trip overseas, we suggest you treat Mom — or any special lady in your life — to the Parisian staple this Mother’s Day, June 10. Choose from a menu of savory or sweet crepes. Our favorite is the chocolate-covered strawberries and crème version, $5. Mod’s Coffee & Crepes, 507 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-MODS,

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The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events by JUDY ALLEN

In season


The first time I saw Paris, I was a 21-year-old backpacking across Europe

with two of my best childhood (and now, adult) friends. By no means did we dine extravagantly while we were there that June; baguettes and Coke Light were the norm. But oh, those baguettes. The next few times I traveled to Paris, I knew a lot more about food, and so I searched out the good things — foie gras and fromage, to be specific. I’ll never forget my birthday lunch at Taillevent with my friend Mel. An oozing wheel of raw-milk Brie stared at us the entire meal. However, it wasn’t until I spent a few days in the Loire Valley that I got a grasp of “real” French bistro cuisine. How truly simple ingredients — no foie gras here — when left to shine, could be the star of any meal. My friends and I stayed in an old farmhouse, shopped the local markets, and roasted fresh sardines in our fireplace. It was at that farmers’ market, near Blois, that I first had a French breakfast radish. Until then, my only radish experience was the occasional slice in a house salad. There I discovered how, served only with fresh butter and flaky sea salt, the radish can elevate itself to hors d’oeuvres status. Here are a few of my quick and easy radish recipes, sure to bring a little “springtime in Paris” to any meal.

A buttered baguette with radishes and sea salt

Radishes with butter and sea salt Serves a few, as a snack Set out 1 bunch of radishes, a dish of flaky sea salt and a small bowl of softened butter. Smear radishes with butter and dip them gently in the sea salt. (Alternatively, smear slices of baguette with butter, top with thinly sliced radish and sprinkle with sea salt.)

Radish and buttermilk soup Serves 2-4

Recipe adapted from Gourmet magazine

Purée ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Roasted radishes Serves 4 as a side dish 2 bunches radishes, halved A few tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Grated zest and juice of half a lemon Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix ingredients. Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and cook until lightly browned and tender, 20-25 minutes.


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1/2 pound radishes, trimmed and quartered 2 cups cucumber, peeled and chopped 2 cups chilled buttermilk 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar

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

New and notable Deco Deli and Market is now open in the lobby of the Atlas Life Building. The menu focuses on fresh, seasonal and local produce, featuring a great selection of sandwiches and wraps named after downtown buildings, salads, soups, house-made chips, Deco balls (cake balls in a variety of flavors) and smoothies, in addition to prepared carryout items, box lunches, and platters and beverages. Co-owners Jeff Hartman (who owns the Atlas Life Building), his son Ryan Hartman and head chef Jake Robinson (who also owns Atlas Grill in the same lobby) used some of the building’s original 1922 granite for countertops and tables. Deco Deli and Market: 415 S. Boston Ave., 918-938-6858 Who dat new market downtown that is peddling authentic po-boys and bread pudding? Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli is who. The NOLA-themed restaurant opened recently on a corner that has seen a few other dining establishments come and go (Zorba’s Greek Grill and La Boca Loca, to name a few). Pop in for some of New Orleans natives Chris and Amanda West’s hearty muffaletta sandwiches ($6.49-$13.99), fried shrimp po-boys ($6.99/$9.99) or a steaming bowl of gumbo ($3.99/$6.99). Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli: 601 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-NOLA (6652), The Hamlet is now serving dinner. This is a good thing for those of us who drive by the corner of East 91st Street and South Sheridan Road after lunchtime with a craving for its specialty “honey-kissed” ham sandwiches. Make a stop to try chef Cameron Werry’s recently unveiled dinner menu, now available from 4-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 4-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.  Menu items include crab cakes, baked brie and a farmers’ market salad for starters ($7-$11); classic Hamlet sandwiches, including ham and cheese, pulled pork and Reuben ($10-$11); and new dinner entrees featuring chicken fried steak, horseradish-crusted salmon, and grilled chicken mac and cheese ($16-$22). Steaks, chicken and a double-cut pork chops also are available ($16-$29). The restaurant recently underwent an intensive makeover, adding a large semi-enclosed patio for dining. The Hamlet: 9107 S. Sheridan Road, 918-495-1466,

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Ah, springtime in Oklahoma. We are either outdoors enjoying the gorgeous blooms and temperatures, or we are running for the shelter to avoid a ginormous, tornado-spawning wall cloud (or even larger swarms of mosquitoes). If the former is your ideal, head to one of these local spots for dinner. Each has an outdoor dining space worth enjoying. Café Ole I have always loved the ambience of Café Ole’s patio (the fireplace and piñon aroma remind me of Santa Fe), but over the past few years the food has been sub par. Luckily veteran restaurateur (and former owner of Savory Chef cooking school and store) Don Jones and his partners took over the struggling Brookside mainstay in 2013. He reinvigorated the restaurant as well as the menu (but kept some of the old favorites). The enchiladas, rellenos and queso are better than ever. 3509 S. Peoria Ave., 918-745-6699, In the Raw on the Hill For one of the most striking views of the city, stretching all the way downtown, visit In the Raw on the Hill. The food is just as popular as the always-packed Brookside location, but this spot features one of the best patios in town. Most importantly, get there in time to enjoy the sunset over some sushi and Pomtinis. 6151 S. Sheridan Road, 918-524-0063, El Guapo’s Cantina Head to “The Top of the Guap” to enjoy cervezas, guacamole and chips, and hearty Mexican fare as well as spectacular views of the downtown skyline in Tulsa’s only rooftop restaurant. El Guapo’s (just one of the gems in Elliot Nelson’s downtown empire) is known for muchas margaritas, taco Tuesdays and hipster crowds chowing down before a show at the BOK Center. 332 E. First St., 918-382-7482, Tucci’s Wine and pizza — it’s what’s for dinner at Cherry Street’s popular and cozy street-side trattoria. Tucci’s is known for romantic Little Italy-inspired ambience (my husband and I had our first date there), zesty Lemonata salad, and hearty pizza and pasta dishes, all for reasonable prices. Sit on the patio for great people watching. 1344 E. 15th St., 918-582-3456 Blue Rose Café Diners have been flocking to the Blue Rose since owner Tom Dittus resurrected the popular Brookside mainstay on the banks of the Arkansas River. The LEED-certified building has a wraparound deck suitable for sunset watching and chowing down on comforting bar food. We love a platter of loaded cheese fries and an ice-cold pitcher of Bud. 1924 Riverside Drive, 918-582-4600,



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Tallgrass Prairie Table finds fans of its farm-to-fork movement. by JUDY ALLEN Tallgrass Prairie Table offers three dining areas, including one that showcases the open kitchen.

The farm-to-fork movement, also known as the farm-to-table movement, refers to the stages of food production and is focused on local consumers eating locally produced food.


The opening of Tallgrass Prairie Table this

The nose-to-tail method of cooking incorporates parts of an animal not traditionally prepared for meals, often by whole-roasting the animal.

Egan, also a veteran in the past winter was perhaps the most-lauded restauTallgrass Prairie Table Tulsa restaurant rant opening ever in Tulsa. 313 E. Second St., 918-933-4499, scene (she ran Hope’s Table catering company and The buzz surrounding the new nose-to-tail was the general manager at Ciao! until July 2012 endeavor, launched by three of Tulsa’s restaurant when she left to work full time on Tallgrass), startveterans — Hope Egan, Michelle DonaldHours — 5-10 p.m., Tuesdayed planning the restaurant many years ago, but fison and Johnna Hayes — was the talk of social Wednesday; 5-11 p.m.,Thursdaynally got down to ripping out walls in the former media for weeks leading up to the opening … and Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Sunday Blue Dome Diner this past fall. it hasn’t died down since. The space has three dining areas: the front room “I never anticipated we were going to be so busy,” showcases the open kitchen, a middle space conDonaldson says. “Now people understand how imtains most of the seating, including a large bar and communal table, and the portant it is and want to be a part of it.” room in the back can be closed off for private events. Tallgrass Prairie Table’s culinary fate was sealed in 2011, at Blank The interior pairs industrial farm décor — enormous reclaimed sliding Canvas (Youth Services of Tulsa’s annual cooking competition/fundraiser). warehouse doors, concrete floors and much of the space’s original wood and Donaldson, then cooking at Polo Grill, was served the “Best Chef ” award exposed brick — with a girly touch. Crystal chandeliers, designed by local of the evening. artist Bob Cabe, hang throughout the dining room. I covet the sepia-toned Egan was in attendance, and decided then and there that Donaldson would horse photographs on the back wall. be the chef for the new farm-to-fork concept she was planning downtown. Egan and Donaldson collaborated on the menu — which includes some Fast forward three years. Donaldson, now the executive chef at Tallgrass Hope’s Table recipes — but much of it has Donaldson’s touch. Prairie Table, won the competition again this year, beating out seven of Tul“I like the ingredients to shine,” Donaldson says. “I keep it simple and sa’s best chefs with her lamb dish. colorful.” To the amazement of those in attendance, Donaldson broke down the Her inspiration is varied and comes from years training under chefs in Las whole lamb on her prep table. When asked about the experience, she says, Vegas and Tulsa (Smoke. and Polo Grill were her two previous kitchens). “Oh, my gosh ... it was awesome. It has become the event to strive to win. It For example, Egan insisted on a version of shrimp and grits, but the chef is great for Tulsa and great for us as chefs. I am elated and humbled.”


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in Donaldson wondered, “How can I do ‘shrimp and grits’ without doing ‘shrimp and grits’?” Tallgrass’ version is different than most — coarse-ground grits and housemade tasso ham are rolled up into a roulade and served with a maple-bourbon gastrique ($8). “The menu is me,” Donaldson says. “I June do things a bit outside the box, but everything is approachable.” She adds, “Oklahoma has an abundance of amazing produce and quite a selection of cows, pigs and other products. Our goal is to eventually become 80 percent local.” The restaurant is well on its way. Donaldson handpicked the vegetable seeds to be grown on The Living Kitchen Farm and Dairy in Depew, Okla. (the farm also raises chickens owned collectively by the farm and Tallgrass to produce the restaurant’s farm eggs). The pork hails from Brook Hill Farm near Pryor. The chicken is from DARP in Tahlequah. “The Berkshire pigs, a heritage breed dating back hundreds of years, are raised only for me,” Donaldson says. Before Tallgrass opened, she spent three months working with ranchers and farmers to source the animals. “We are trying to embrace ‘nose-to-tail’ to its fullest,” Donaldson insists. “We want to live up to the movement’s name.” Lambs come in whole while beef products come in as primal cuts (large pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering, from which steaks and other subdivisions are cut) from The Rural Small Holders Association, a collection of Oklahoma ranches that satisfies Tallgrass’ demands for locally raised meat. “I am even working with a girl to cultivate mushrooms for us,” Donaldson adds. I visited Tallgrass on a few occasions this winter. Before I stepped foot in the door, I knew dinner was going to be meat-heavy, so we ran with it. The menu features a well-edited collection — only 14 items, plus a trio of daily specials: animal of the day tacos ($9), the Daily Cut and Market Fish (both market price). Of the quad of featured starters, I highly suggest the roasted bone marrow with porter onion jam and bourbon mustard ($15, with an optional whisky shot for $3 to luge down the bone) and tender kale salad, with preserved lemon and anchovy vinaigrette and crispy chicken skin ($8). For entrees, don’t miss cider-braised pork belly and scallops ($28), the grilled bone-in pork chop ($24) or the Daily Cut — on both visits, a 16-ounce rib eye (melt-in-your-mouth tender and cooked to my perfect shade of medium rare). As with the daily specials, side dishes and accoutrements for most entrees change with seasonality and availability. The restaurant began serving Sunday brunch (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) after my deadline, but I am thankful for the excuse to venture back and test this menu. Egan has tapped Hayes (who bartended at Stonehorse Café as well as Sonoma Bistro) as the Tallgrass bar manager. Donaldson and Hayes worked together to create a bar menu featuring craft cocktails, a boutique wine list and beer selection with many local offerings, including Oklahoma craft beers from Prairie Ales, Marshall and COOP, and wines from Cochon (Rhone varietals made by some Oklahoma City ex-pats). Tallgrass will host its first wine dinner with Adam Webb of Cochon on June 22. Egan says they also are considering expanding the kitchen to add a butchery room, so they can fully execute their charcuterie and snout-to-tail vision. Donaldson also plans to add a nose-to-tail tasting menu to the offerings. “It is for more adventurous eaters, since it will feature often avoided parts such as tongue and ears,” she says. In addition, the restaurant’s back room can be rented for private dinners, including a whole-animal feast for up to 14 people — Donaldson will cook a whole pig or lamb on the spit, parade it through the dining room and serve it up family style. “It is simple food, but oh, so different from what everyone else is doing,” Donaldson says. tþ

Johnna Hayes, Hope Egan and Michelle Donaldson

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Good Beaujolais is approachable, yet delicious. by RANDA WARREN, MS, CWE, AIWS, CSS*


Let’s put aside heavy winter red wines like Cab and Merlot and trend lighter. How about GaJune for June? GaJune, in its simplest and most quaffable form, is known as Beaujolais Nouveau from France — a wine released the third Thursday of November each year. Semi-carbonic maceration is used for these wines. In this process, whole grape clusters are put in tanks, and grapes at the bottom are crushed from the weight of those on top. Natural yeast fermentation begins, and carbon dioxide is released, eventually seeping into the skins of the grapes and causing an intracellular (inside the grape) fermentation. Due to the absence of oxygen in the tank, the resulting wine is fruity and low in tannin. Higher-end Beaujolais will impress you like never before. Beaujolais comes in three classifications above the Nouveau level: Beaujolais AOP: A little higher quality (in the hands of good producer); produced in 96 villages. Beaujolais-Village AOP: Covering 39 communes; a little better quality and more expensive than Beaujolais AOP. Cru Beaujolais AOP: The highest quality in this region; encompasses 10 crus, or terrains. From light to heavy, these are Brouilly, Régnié and Chiroubles Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie SaintAmour, Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon and Moulinà-Vent. These wines will age approximately four to eight years. 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.

2011 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly — $24.79 Heavier than the Dupeuble and more complex, this is smooth with hints of dried red currants, herbal notes and a bit of smokiness.

2012 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Nouveau — $15.49 Soft and ripe red cherries and raspberries coupled with flavors of subtle wet clay make this a great “everyday” wine. Pair it with grilled pork loin or pepperoni pizza.

Editor’s note: Prices current as of March 2014.


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2011 Domaine Diochon Moulin-à-Vent — $24.49 This is one of the most powerful Beaujolais crus — a firm frame, so to speak, that will drink well for three to four more years. This one is smoky with red and black cherries, cassis and notes of damp forest floor.





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Flower power Brighten your summer wardrobe with fashion-forward florals. by KENDALL BARROW

Milly neoprene skirt, $150, and cropped top, $230, Stuart Weitzman black heel, $395, Elizabeth and James sunglasses, $195, gold cuff, $395, McQ by Alexander McQueen purse, $560; all from Miss Jackson’s. Artwork by Steve Cluck; hair and makeup by Heather Moss of Posh Blow Dry Bar. Special thanks to Posh Blow Dry Bar for photo shoot location. Model courtesy of Linda Layman Agency.

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FASHION Milly neoprene cropped top, $230, and Elizabeth and James sunglasses, $195; all from Miss Jackson’s. Hair and makeup by Heather Moss of Posh Blow Dry Bar.


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Les Copains dress, $595, Marc Jacobs purse, $628, Kate Spade heels, $328, Vaubel X-hinged cuff, $1,975, and blue round drop stone earrings, $900; all from Saks Fifth Avenue. Hair by Ashley Parris and makeup by Heather Moss of Posh Blow Dry Bar.



Ya contrast shorts with elastic waistband, $30, from Suite One; Karen Kane tank, $40, and Alberto Makali lace blazer, $218; both from Donna’s. Hair by Susan Ingram and makeup by Heather Moss of Posh Blow Dry Bar.


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DOES YOUR DOG DIG THE THUNDER? We’ve got fan gear from cookies to collars for all Thunder-Loving dog parents! Come see our collection of officially licensed pet products from All-Star Dogs.


The Farm Shopping Center at 51st & Sheridan 918-624-2600 • Open 10-6 Monday-Saturday


Take the Ride of Your Life.

Join us for unique Tulsa bicycling experience and finish line party! Tour de Cure has something for everyone, including multiple, scenic routes for riders of all skill levels. Routes of 10, 25, 50 and 75 miles. Fully stocked rest stops, support and gear vehicles and medical professionals will ensure your ride is safe and fun. The funds you raise for Tour de Cure go to our mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014 WHERE: Hillcrest Hospital South 8801 S. 101st East Ave. For more information and to register, go to or contact event manager Kathy Brown at, 918-492-3839, ext. 6039.

OK Mozart Festival 2014 June 7-14, 2014

Oklahoma’s Premiere Music Festival


• OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra and guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker with the Amici New York orchestra

• Spencer-Prentiss/Becky Wallace Chamber Concert with Miro Quartet and Amici New York ´ woodwind sextet • Grammy Award winner, Sarah Jarosz with Amici New York ensemble • Woolaroc Outdoor Concert with the Amici New York orchestra • The Grand Finale Concert with the Amici New York orchestra and Bartlesville Choral Society • Five Daytime Classical Chamber Music Concerts


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10 Okie road trips worth a tankful this summer by JEFF PROVINE

One of the most powerful images of summer is the classic

American road trip. Whether as families or groups of friends, we pile into our cars and head across the rolling countryside to visit interesting sites and have memorable adventures. Oklahoma is packed with opportunities for the best summer ever, so grab your camera and fill up your tank to explore what every corner of the state has to offer.

Called “Oklahoma’s Richest Rodeo,” the Pioneer Days Rodeo got its start in the 1930s, when the panhandle was one of the places hardest hit by the Dust Bowl. Citizens of Guymon remained undaunted in the face of adversity and came together for a rodeo celebration on the anniversary of June 1, 1890, when what was once “No Man’s Land” became part of Oklahoma Territory. Since then, the annual rodeo has grown to be held in Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. More than 900 competitors and thousands

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1. GUYMON: PIONEER DAYS RODEO, JuNE 2-4 of spectators flock from around the world to see bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and saddle bronc riding, for which Guymon is most famous. Other weekend activities include a carnival, parade, 5K run, scholarship pageant and more. While in the Panhandle, road-trippers June want to visit Black Mesa, Oklahoma’s highest point, and its famed dinosaur tracks. Guymon is approximately five hours from Tulsa along Highway 412 west. For more information, contact the Guymon Chamber of Commerce at 580-338-3376 or visit


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Oklahoma is host to a great many cultural groups, and the Czech settlers of Prague determined in 1952 to hold a festival celebrating their roots. Every first Saturday in June, more than 30,000 people visit the town of 2,500 to see residents in colorful costumes, listen to upbeat music and consume kolaches (a sweet roll with fruit center). Cooks compete to win prizes for the best homemade bread, wine and, of course, kolaches. In addition to an arts and crafts show and carnival rides, the event includes a parade famous for its floats, bands and folk dancers. Visitors will want to find good spots to watch the parade — it can last for two hours! Parade royalty are crowned in the evening, and the queen ceremonially opens the streets for hours of dancing that end with a fireworks show. To get there, head west on Interstate 44, exiting at Stroud and traveling south on Highway 99 for approximately 20 miles. For more information, call 405-567-4866 or visit


Oilman Frank Phillips built a country retreat hidden in the Osage hills that now features a biannual horse-riding event. Phillips loved riding his horse across his ranch at Woolaroc, says Bob Fraser, CEO of the museum and


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Pryor is usually a quiet town of less than 10,000 people located 50 miles northeast of Tulsa. When Memorial Day comes around, however, this place rocks. Weekend-long outdoor concerts have inspired generations, and Pryor’s Rocklahoma is among the best. In 2013, more 50,000 than fans showed up to hear local legends, classic bands and a few new voices. Joe Litvag, Rocklahoma’s co-executive producer for AEG Live, says with “some of the biggest names in the rock world today like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Deftones playing alongside Rocklahoma legends like Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and Kix, there is not a doubt in my mind that we just raised the bar. Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same.” The Rocklahoma festival grounds are located at 121 W. 450 Road, Pryor. Go east on Highway 412 and exit Highway 69 north. Rocklahoma is north of Pryor city limits. Concert tickets can be purchased at Campgrounds will be prepared for guests wanting the true three-day outdoor concert experience. Camping tickets June be purchased online, by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at 866-310-2288 or emailing

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5. YUKON: CHISHOLM TRAIL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL, JUNE 7 Hosted by the City of Yukon and the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society, the Western history of the infamous Chisholm Trail takes on a fun Cajun flair for a family-oriented celebration. The festival is filled with living history re-enactors of the Old West, teepees, authentic Cajun foods, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish racing, a goat grab, a Civil War demonstration, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Kreative Korral, pony rides and a petting zoo and more. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the pie-eating contest at 1 p.m. and crawfish-eating contest at 2 p.m. A live Cajun band, Snake Eyes and the Bug Band, will present Cajun/Zydeco music from noon-4 p.m. The Crawfish Festival runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, call 405-3508937 or email

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wildlife preserve, “and it was something that he tried to do every afternoon when he was in town. Riding allowed him to get away from the pressures of Wall Street and big business and back to this place that he loved so much.” Today Woolaroc is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a wildlife preserve. Those who want to feel the rugged splendor of an old-fashioned trail ride as Phillips did June bring their horses and follow Wes and Roger Butcher through the landscape. “On a good day, riders will see buffalo, elk, sika, and fallow deer and longhorn cattle,” Fraser says. Woolaroc is located 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 at 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road. For more information and to sign up for the 2014 Spring Trail Ride, call the Woolaroc offices at 918-336-0307, ext. 11; or visit


Beavers’ Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma holds the annual Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest every third weekend in June. Dedicated to Oklahoma’s rich but sometimes overlooked history in forestry, the festival is a chance to celebrate the wealth of the woods and how forestry contributes to the livelihoods of so many. Lumber-related contests include double buck sawing, ax throwing and Jack-n-Jill crosscut as well as the coveted “Bull of the Woods” and “Crew of the Woods” competitions. Visitors also June compete in and watch contests as varied as horseshoes, archery, pageants, basketball, canoe racing, dominoes, golf, and turkey and owl

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Not many people know the Mexican free-tailed bat is Oklahoma’s state flying mammal. Fewer June realize they have the chance to see millions of these wondrous creatures venture from their underground roosts in a lively explosion to rival fireworks or meteor showers. The experience begins at Alabaster Caverns State Park, 30 miles northeast of Woodward. Buses take guests to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area, which is open to the public only during Bat Watches. Guests are welcome to hike the area escorted by state biologists until sunset, when everyone settles into a designated observation space. The bats begin to emerge from their caves in waves of flittering wings and disappear into the night to feast, consuming more than 22,000 pounds of insects before returning home. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars, folding chairs and cameras; drinking water is provided. Pre-registration must be completed between June 27 and June 6 through the Department of Wildlife Conservation website, Attendance is limited to 75 guests per night; a drawing will be held from the registrations. For more information, call Melynda Hickman, 405-424-0099.

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Following a statewide collection of exhibits of one of Oklahoma’s most beloved artists, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman is hosting a 100th birthday party for the late Allan Houser. An award-winning Chiricahua Apache, Houser was prolific in sketching and sculpture, creating images that are inspiring and haunting. From 2-4 p.m. on June 28, visitors can tour Houser’s works in the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy refreshments. A self-guided tour of the Houser sculptures on the University of Oklahoma campus also will be available. Visitors to the museum also are invited to tour “Oil and Wood: George Bogart and Jim Henkle,” an exhibit running June 7-Sept. 14 that pairs the work of two distinguished professors emeriti of the OU School of Art & Art History. George Bogart joined the faculty in 1970 and experimented restlessly with oil paint. Jim Henkle taught design at OU for nearly 40 years, and examples of his work in furniture design offer a sculptural counterpoint to the paintings of Bogart. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located at 555 Elm Ave., Norman. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesdaySaturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free and supported by the OU Office of the President and the OU Athletics Department. For more information, call 405-325-3272 or visit

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9. LAWTON: WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE, ALL SUMMER Exit 45 on Interstate 44 will lead travelers to a natural wonderland just northwest of Lawton-Fort Sill. Established in 1901, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Guests June observe and photograph wildlife, and fish, hike, picnic, attend educational talks by local experts and even camp. The refuge offers 16 designated nature trails of varying lengths that total more than 30 miles and are free to use daily from sunrise to sunset. Most famous to the refuge is the herd of bison that June be seen on trails or while driving through the refuge’s 59,020 acres. As Quinton Smith of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminds, while public visitation and recreation are allowed, the primary purpose for this refuge is conservation of wildlife resources. Guests should respect the grounds and especially the animals that call them home. For more information, call 580-429-2197, or visit

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10. PARK HILL: CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER, DILIGWA, ALL SUMMER Diligwa: 1710 Cherokee Village allows Oklahomans to learn about the lifestyles of Native Americans who lived more than 300 years ago. Opened in 2013, the living museum is “a worldclass venue that gives users a firsthand look into the Cherokee Nation’s culture and traditional lifeways,” says Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The new village is an authentic educational experience for Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.” It is a more accurate representation of historic Cherokee life than the center’s former Ancient Village. Visitors can witness ancient Cherokee daily life as they are guided through interpretive stations where tribal experts demonstrate crafts, tell stories and explain Cherokee ways of life. Diligwa includes eight residential sites, each with a Cherokee summerhouse and winter house, which features a corn crib (a building to store corn as it dries) and a “kitchen garden” (a small garden near the home with easy-to-access crops). The public complex consists of the primary council house and summer council pavilion overlooking a large plaza that served as the center of community activity. The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, two miles south of Tahlequah. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. On the first Saturday of each month, federally recognized Cherokee citizens and a guest receive free admission. For more information, call 918-456-6007 or visit tþ

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Local experts discuss how to tackle an unwelcome, often seasonal guest: allergies.


It June start with an itchy prickle in

your nose or a sneeze or two. Then it can quickly progress. Ah, yes, it’s allergy season again. The cause is pollen — from trees that pollinate in late winter and spring, to grasses in late spring and summer, and weeds in late summer and fall. Genes play an important role with allergies, but living in northeastern Oklahoma doesn’t help. Our geographical location leads to a confluence of pollen, says Dr. J.E. Block with Integrations Health Care. Along with a wealth of vegetation, the area has nearly constant wind, which blows pollen, mold and ragweed, sometimes for many miles. How pollen travels can depend on the time of day. When it rains or the humidity is high, pollen won’t travel as far because it clumps together, Block says. During allergy season, some sufferers June stay inside, but indoor allergens remain a threat. If you have a pet that goes outdoors, they can bring pollen inside. And pollen seeds are just one source of allergies, Block says. “There (are) many other airborne allergens like dog dander,” he says. “The most common is dust mites. Even if one has a clean house, there June be dust in the rugs, dust under the bed.” To combat indoor allergens, Block suggests investing in a HEPA filer, which will help purify your home’s air. Diagnosing allergies

To identify the allergens most bothersome to you, start by reading the pollen counts to have an idea of what’s in the air. The local newspaper lists them, or they can be found online at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology website, If you find your quality of life is affected by allergies, consider visiting a doctor. Dr. Rumali Medagoda of The Allergy Clinic of Tulsa suggests this if you find your work is affected because you can’t focus — you’re constantly sneezing, blowing your nose or have


a headache. Outdoor and pet lovers who have constant symptoms throughout the year also June want to seek help. “Sometimes allergies cause inflammation, which causes the nose and ears to plug up so they can’t drain well, which leads to sinus infections and breathing problems,” Medagoda says. “In those instances, it’s better to have a doctor guide you regarding the treatment and what to do.” To diagnose specific allergies, a doctor June do a scratch or skin test. During the test, your arm or back will be pricked with small amounts of allergens to see if there is a positive reaction. After 15-20 minutes, a doctor will read the results. “You almost know immediately what you’re allergic to,” Medagoda says. Other testing includes a radioallergosorben test (RAST), which uses a blood sample to identify a patient’s allergies. Block suggests being retested once a year to evaluate improvement. Treating allergies

Over-the-counter allergy medicines include antihistamines and decongestants. A Neti pot, which rinses out the sinuses and removes allergens, also can help. Some June try steroid injections, in which a short-acting steroid shuts down a person’s immune response to allergens. Too much of this, though, can cause bone thinning, weight gain and high blood pressure, Block says. “If it takes more than once a year or more than one season a year, that’s the time to go see your doctor and do something for the allergies,” Medagoda says. A doctor June prescribe medicine or allergy shots, known as immunotherapy. An allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions, according to The Juneo Clinic. The shots contain a controlled amount of the allergen, which allows your body to build an immunity to the allergen before you become exposed to it in nature.



In nature allergens are distributed through the air in various amounts. When someone who suffers from allergies encounters these allergens, their body doesn’t have time to create a defense. Natural treatment is an option, too. Some of these options include: • Vitamin C • Vitamin D • Magnesium • Omega 3 fish oils • Quercetin (found in green tea and apples) • Stinging nettle • Rosemary

Though it June seem counterproductive, Block also suggests ingesting pollen from local bees. “The bee goes to several varieties of flowers and picks out the pollen,” he says. “You take the bee pollen and your body builds up blocking antibodies to what was in the bee pollen.” Allergies and asthma

Tulsa ranks No. 15 in the “The Most Challenging Places to Live with Asthma,” according to a 2013 report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Our city also ranks No. 15 for worst fall allergies, and unfortunately allergies can lead to troubles for individuals with asthma. “Allergies and asthma go hand in hand because (they affect) one airway,” Medagoda says. “So, whatever causes problems in the nose — causes itching, sneezing, runny nose — has a similar effect in the lower areas, too, in the lungs.” Individuals with asthma can experience shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. “Allergies are just one of the causes of asthma,” Block says. “Sometimes people don’t have allergies and then at age 30, they have a bad respiratory illness and forever on, they start wheezing periodically.” Food allergies

Food allergies are a growing topic, and many restaurants are adding gluten-free options to their menus. Food allergies can cause hives, itching, redness and swelling, Medagoda says, and can be severe, affecting breathing and swallowing. Fortunately, individuals can be tested for these allergies, too. The eight most common food allergies, according to Medical News Today, are: • • • • • • • •

Milk Eggs Peanuts Nuts from trees Fish Shellfish Soy Wheat

“The good news is children outgrow most of their (food) allergies except peanuts and tree nuts,” Medagoda says. Gluten is another offender, and airborne allergies can compound problems for individuals who are gluten intolerant, according to Block. Found in barley, rye, oats, wheat and spelt, gluten also is known to cause skin allergies. “I’ve had patients for decades with allergies,” Block says. “Take gluten away from them and they can breathe and a rash goes away.” Low levels of allergens also can be found in tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant and potatoes. 82

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“When the pollen comes, it makes things worse,” Block says. He says it’s important to distinguish between food allergies and food intolerance. Food allergies: • Usually come on suddenly. • Can be triggered by a small amount of food. • Occur every time you eat the food. • Can be life-threatening.

Food intolerances: • Usually come on gradually. • June only occur when you eat a lot of the food. • June only occur if you eat the food often. • Are not life-threatening.

Overall allergies are becoming more common, which Block attributes to the hygiene phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago, individuals were exposed to pollen and built up “blocking antibodies,” he says. “Now, with the advent of hygiene, the baby doesn’t get all of that, and now when they’re 5 or 6 or 7 years old, they get bombarded by all these things,” Block says. “Same thing with animals. If you have animals early on with a child, there’s not a problem because you get all these things taken care of.” Despite best efforts to prevent or reduce allergies, however, about half of children suffer from the same allergies their parents did, according to “The biggest treatment is stay away from the offending agent,” Block says. “Even better than that is picking parents who don’t have allergies.” tþ

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This may be the best Designer Showcase yet! Combine a wonderful historic art deco home with an incredible group of Tulsa designers, and you get one interesting and fun home tour. The 1937 Sherman Estate is a great example of “Streamline” art deco design. Many Tulsans would love to sneak a peek inside this house, and now is your chance. We are certain you will be amazed at the design ideas and creativity used to remodel and decorate this home. We would like to thank all who made this year possible, from our corporate sponsors to our many volunteers, designers and suppliers. Special thanks to our Designer Showcase 2014 presenting sponsor, the law firm of Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold. Our sponsors support The Foundation for Tulsa Schools and believe in investing their dollars and resources in programs that otherwise would not be available to our students and teachers. We are privileged to have a group of volunteers and designers who selflessly give to benefit our youth in the Tulsa community. Last, but definitely not least, thank you to our homeowner for giving us the opportunity to Showcase the home and for believing in this project. Thank you for attending this year’s Showcase and showing your support for The Foundation for Tulsa Schools.

House History Built in 1937, this year’s home is known as the Sherman Estate. The original Sherman Estate started in “the country outside of Tulsa” in the late 1930s. Howard Sherman built the house and was the 17th employee of the Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville. This home remains one of Tulsa’s finest examples of the Art Deco Movement. The house is 7,000 square feet with four bedrooms, seven baths, seven living areas, four fireplaces, a three-car garage, three staircases, guest quarters and a pool. Visitors to The Sherman will experience the glamour and elegance of the “new trend” of the 1930s and 1940s.

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• The Foundation for Tulsa Schools (FTS) is a community-based 501(c)3 organization established in 2001. • Formed on the premise that education is a community responsibility, FTS has invested more than $11 million in educational initiatives that otherwise would not have been available to Tulsa students. • The FTS Board of Directors comprises 30 members with a wide range of backgrounds, including business, banking, accounting and higher education.

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Entry DESIGNER: Emma Sitton, Emma Sitton Interiors 2032 Utica Square 918-760-6543 SUPPLIERS: Furniture, artwork, rugs and accessories, Emma Sitton Interiors; delivery, First Choice Relocation; painting, Estrada Painting; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

Guest Bedroom DESIGNER: Jane Butts, Jane Butts Interiors 918-625-7345 SUPPLIERS: Painting, Jim Chaney; upholstery and bed construction, Beller’s Custom Furniture Manufacturing & Upholstery; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabrics, Fabricut; pillow and bedding, Jackie Mainord; draperies, Threads; refinishing, Jim McDonald; perfume bottles and evening bags, Linda James Antiques; comforter, The Dolphin; drapery installation, Esau Services; artwork, Royce Myers Art Ltd.; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country; design, furniture and accessories, Jane Butts Interiors


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Second Floor Guest Bath DESIGNER: Patrick Thornton, Patrick T Design 6727 E. 66th St. 918-760-9191 SUPPLIERS: Bath towels and tissue holder, The Dolphin; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; painter, Bob James, Bob James and Sons; mirror, Brad Wilferth, Woods by Wilferth; accessories, GK Griffin; artwork, Susan Eddings-Perez

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Master Bedroom DESIGNER: Susan D. Eddings-Perez, Susan D. Eddings Designs P.O. Box 445, Sperry 918-855-5570 SUPPLIERS: Custom furniture, Susan D. Eddings Designs; art, Susan D. Eddings-Perez; rug, Amini’s Galleria; upholstery, Tristan Vaught; fabric, Fabricut and Interior Fabrics; custom bedding fabrication, Couture Creations; custom quilting for headboard fabric, Red Barn Quilting; custom metal fabrication, Design Welding Inc., special thanks to Pablo Perez; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; mattress and box spring, Mattress Firm


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Men’s Dressing Room and Bath DESIGNER: Natalie Nirk, RID, Natalie Nirk Interior Design 918-637-1335 SUPPLIERS: Paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; paint labor, Armando Ambriz Painting; wallpaper, Tulsa Trade Secrets and Romo; wallpaper installation, All American Wallpaper; furniture and accessories, Natalie Nirk Interior Design and Ziegler’s; upholstery, Greg Gariepy; fabrics and trim, Fabricut; drapery alterations, Jackie Brown; art, Royce Myers Art Ltd.; cabinet hardware, Garbe’s; closet hardware, Andrews Lighting; hardware installation, Rodney Holmes; menswear, Men’s Wearhouse; mirror in closet, Ziegler’s; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

Ladies’ Dressing Room and Bath DESIGNER: Heather Miller, The Home Collection 918-902-8968 SUPPLIERS: Clothing, White House Black Market and The Home Collection; shoes, Dittrich/Posh and Valania Cox; furniture, The Home Collection; accessories, The Home Collection, The Dolphin and Bassett Home Furnishings; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; painting, Johnny Ambriz and David Babcock; woodwork, Greg Layley; fabric for artwork, Harlequin; wallpaper, Tulsa Trade Secrets and Romo; wallpaper installation, Butch Clifton; artwork labor, Tristan Vaught, Von Vaught Studios; artwork framing, Grants Frames; artwork, Royce Myers Art Ltd.; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country


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Game Room Bar and Bathroom DESIGNER: Sasha Malchi, Sasha Malchi Home 3716 S. Peoria Ave. 918-574-2588 SUPPLIERS: Furnishings, lighting, art and accessories, Sasha Malchi Home; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; wallpaper, Tulsa Trade Secrets; powder bath sconce, toilet and sink, GHD Interiors; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

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Back Staircase DESIGNER: Dixie Moseley, Joie de Vie Interiors 12141 S. Elm St., Ste. 113, Jenks 918-695-2341 SUPPLIERS: Furniture, hide, accessories and lamps, Joie de Vie Interiors; console table, Joie de Vie Interiors and The Rustic Wood; art, Royce Myers Art Ltd., Susan Eddings-Perez, Sharon Allred and Leslie Hoyt Photography; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric and wallpaper, Fabricut; Roman shades, Threads; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

Guest House Kitchen and Living Room DESIGNER: Stacy Turnipseed, Interiors by Stacy 2616 E. 11th St. 918-760-4896 SUPPLIERS: Furniture, rugs and accessories, Interiors by Stacy, Midtown Market and Luxe Furniture & Design; fabric, Fabricut; draperies, Interiors by Stacy and Room Service; hardware, Endisco; art, Royce Myers Art Ltd.; moving, Robbob Moving and Storage; paint labor, Lila Lawrence, paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country; drapery installation, The Hangman

Guest House Bathroom and Bedroom DESIGNER: Susan Fielstra, Susan Fielstra Interiors 2616 E. 11th St. 918-640-5854 SUPPLIERS: Platform bed and wall shelves, James Stenhouse; painting, Lila Lawrence; chair, Room Service; accessories, Midtown Market; drapery and art installation, John Winner, The Hangman; paint, Spectrum Paint Brookside; fabric protection, Fiberseal of Tulsa & Green Country

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knew I had not yet shaken the sloth of winter when I realized that the most aerobic exercise I’m getting these days is trying to put on my pantyhose in the morning. When the days are short, cold and gray and when the nights are colder, my inner toad wants to burrow lower into the soil and sleep longer. Suddenly, spring jumps in and a switch is flipped. I wake up and I want to do something. No, that’s not accurate. I want to do everything. I want to plant something. And then plant something else. I want to paint something orange. I want to clean the closets until only about a dozen items are hanging unwrinkled and spaced widely apart. I want to drink an icy cold beer. I want to dump out those drawers that are stuffed with unidentified parts and pieces, candle stubs, inoperable pens, old lipsticks and mascara, and a single chopstick. Those drawers make me a candidate for “Hoarders.” I want to outfit the clean drawers with neat dividers. I want to drink another icy cold beer. I want to buy a small tractor. I want to repaint the front porch and paint a hopscotch course on it. I want to give most of my clothes and almost all of my stuff to Goodwill. I want to repaint the little cement backdoor step and paint a tic-tac-toe puzzle on it. Then I remember warm weather means that my new dog, Bucky, will spend more time outside in the yard. Or more accurately, outside and over the picket fence. Barking loudly at strange and frightening people and things. Oh, the efforts Bucky and I have made to modify this behavior. We took dog-training classes. Not very successful. For Bucky or me. We called in a dog whisperer. She observed and counseled us, separately and together. This was semi-successful. For me, not Bucky. She swore to God she would come back. She didn’t.


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Bucky and I moved on. We installed an invisible fence that came with more dog training and counseling. Very successful, until Bucky persuaded the cat to spray the transmitter unit and shorted it out. I read that effective dog training can be personalized and improved by understanding the dog’s breed. Little problem here. Bucky is a rescue dog, middle sized, black with a white patch on his chest. From his markings, he was assumed, but not proven, to be a Border collie mix. Uh, oh. This breed needs lots of exercise,

Suddenly, spring jumps in and a switch is flipped. I wake up and I want to do something. No, that’s not accurate. I want to do everything. can run like the wind and jump like a gazelle. So, to accurately ascertain Bucky’s breed, I sent off for a dog DNA kit. The results told me Bucky is a cross of Australian shepherd, German shepherd and mastiff. The key characteristics of these dogs are: intelligence (Bucky and I could have told you that); active, energetic and watchful; herding tendencies (the cats and me); eager to learn and responds well to rewards; enjoys dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience; and protective around strangers. Some less positive characteristics were listed, but Bucky and I chose to ignore those. Hungry for yet more information, we consulted the celebrated local pet psychic, Pam Case.

This was more for me than for Bucky. I have known about her work for some time and was anxious to meet her. She met the two of us, closed her eyes for a moment to tune into Bucky, and then told me what the dog was thinking. He told her: • He is the most amazing dog I have ever had. • He is very smart and talented and has remarkable poise, much like Sir Laurence Olivier. • He finds our daily routines comforting. • He would like to have more specialized training, such as search-and-find classes because he has such a great nose. • His favorite food is chicken. All of this helped pass the winter when we were indoors a lot. Not all of the time, because while I go to work, Bucky goes to a doggie day care to burn off some of his energy. Now it really is spring, not just those disappointing false starts. I have eliminated some of the items on my ambitious to-do list. In fact, I have eliminated most of them. As for Bucky, once the invisible fence was repaired, he no longer jumped the fence. We cannot report equal success with loud barking at scary people and objects. One morning at 3 a.m., he discovered the killer ceiling fan. Thanks to his loud vigilance, we are both alive to tell the tale. We’re also looking into additional training, for him, not for me — scent classes, agility competition, search-and-find training. Despite what he told the pet psychic about loving chicken, he now refuses to eat it. Everything changes with spring. A lot of it for the good. 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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7338 E. 112th St. New construction on cul-de-sac lot. Two suites on main level. Media Room. $434,500.

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Rooster Days Festival

The “Oldest Continuously Running Festival in Oklahoma” is returning to Broken

Arrow from June 9-11. The 84th annual Rooster Days Festival will include a full lineup of family events, featuring the traditional Rooster Days parade, the Rooster Egg Hunt, the Miss Rooster Days Chick Contest, the Rooster Days 5K run/ walk and 1-mile ATEM Cash Dash, live music and more. Attendees also can shop the Rooster Days Market Place and spend time at the many family-friendly activities and shows. The festival is 5-11 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday; and noon-6 p.m., Sunday, at Central Park, 1500 S. Main St., Broken Arrow. One-day passes are $25; mega ride passes are $45. Visit or call the Broken Arrow Chamber at 918-251-1518.


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The NCAA Women’s Division I Golf Championship is NCAA Women’s Division I bringing the biggest Golf Championship event in women’s collegiate golf back to Tulsa. The tournament was last hosted here in 1999, when Duke narrowly defeated Arizona State for the national title. Tulsans can enjoy four days of non-stop action while 26 teams from across the country compete for the championship. As of press time, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma are currently high enough in the ranking to be eligible to compete. Hosted by the Tulsa Sports Commission, this anticipated event is June 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave. Spectators can attend this event with a $10 one-day pass or a $30 all-championship pass. Visit


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will bring “The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “LEGENDS” Greatest Show on Earth” to Tulsa with their circus spectacle called “LEGENDS.” The circus will include feats of strength, clown escapades, animal performances and high-wire acts. Ticketholders can learn circus tricks and meet the show’s performers in the All-access Pre-show one hour before show time. With an additional fee, families also can join the circus team for the VIP Ringmaster Zone, including a chance to walk down the Ringling Red Carpet with the circus’ stars. The show visits Tulsa from 3-7 p.m., June 31, and 1:30-5:30 p.m., June 1, at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Tickets start at $20 and are available at, the Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR. Visit


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People, places and events

Tulsa City-County Library Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger; Teresa Runnels, Tulsa City-County Library’s American Indian Resource Center coordinator; Ruthe Blalock Jones, 2014 Circle of Honor Award recipient; and Gary Shaffer, Tulsa City-County Library CEO, gathered March 1 to induct Jones into the library’s Circle of Honor. Jones’ award presentation marked the start of a month-long American Indian Festival of Words celebration honoring the achievements and accomplishments of Native Americans.


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Carnivale25 Mental Health Association Oklahoma, formerly known as Mental Health Association in Tulsa, celebrated Carnivale25 on April 5. The 25th annual gala, which raised $1,252,263, honored Carnivale founder Suzanne Warren and also recognized the 20th anniversary of Michael W. Brose becoming executive director of the statewide organization. Pictured at the event are Monica Basu, Carnivale25 chairwoman; Judy Kishner, Zarrow Families Foundation; and Michael Brose and Suzanne Warren.

American Heart Association Colleen Payne, Dr. Nancy Grayson and emcee Kim Jackson attended the sixth annual Power to End Stroke Leadership Brunch on March 22 at the Doubletree in downtown Tulsa.

DVIS Domestic Violence Intervention Services hosted a groundbreaking to build a new 80-bed emergency shelter and 20-unit transitional living apartment building. Juneor Dewey Bartlett; Tracey Lyall, DVIS executive director; Kim Henry, Sarkeys Foundation executive director; and City Councilor David Patrick participated in the announcement. Grace Hospice Foundation The Grace Hospice Foundation recently crowned four new Ms. Senior Oklahoma Queens at its eighth annual Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant, a fundraiser for the foundation that celebrates senior women who live in Tulsa and the surrounding region. Pictured are (standing): Dr. Joe Moore, owner of Moore Funeral Home; Ava Hancock, Grace Hospice executive director; Ron Terrell, FOX23 anchor; Laura Neal, KTUL anchor; Amy Synar, director of Grace Hospice Foundation; Tom and Hayden Kennedy, owners of Kennedy Funeral & Cremation; (seated) Ms. Independent Living, JoAnn Kokinos, Towne Village; Ms. Long-term Care, Nina McMains, Emeritus at Cedar Ridge; Ms. Adult Day Services, Louis Armstead-Reed, Life Senior Services - Central; and Ms. Assisted Living, Gwynn Bishline, Emeritus at Cedar Ridge.


Tulsa Press Club Newsies Awards Tulsa World Executive Editor Joe Worley was honored as the 2014 “Media Icon” during the annual Tulsa Press Club Newsies Awards at the Sky Loft at First Place Tower. He is pictured receiving the annual award of distinction from TPC board President Nicole Burgin. Worley served as managing editor of the World for eight years before becoming executive editor in 1995. The Newsies celebrate local journalists and support the mission of the Tulsa Press Club.

OCCJ Quarterly Board Meeting The first quarterly board meeting of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice featured a change of leadership as Nancy Day attended her final board meeting upon retirement after 32 years as president and CEO of OCCJ, and successor Jayme Cox was welcomed by the board. Pictured are OCCJ board chair-elect Shane Fernandez, chairman Russ Florence, Jayme Cox, Nancy Day and immediate past board chair Sanjay Meshri.

Hale High School Class of ‘64 Reunion The Nathan Hale High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50-year reunion June 6-8 at the Hard Rock Casino. Committee members attending a recent planning meeting were Dennis Drullinger, Cheryl (Hammond) Ballentine, Mike Reeves, Jerry Holder, Ginny (Branch) Harban, Joe Hamby, Janie (Haddock) Miller, Tommie Lyn (Hissel) Drullinger, Gloria (Birch) McQuade, Carolyn (Elliott) Hargis and Susie (Lytle) Wisdom. Information about the reunion is available at

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Fundraisers and fun happenings

June compiled by JUDY LANGDON


Bridges Foundation 50th Anniversary

Kim Wolfe, manager of Girouard Vines, and Karie Jordan, CEO and president of the Bridges Foundation, select wines for the nonprofit’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Girouard Vines will host the celebration.

5/10 Electric Lime Gala Pictured are Stephanie Stump, Tulsa Children’s Museum board president; Becky and Jeremy Stanford, gala chairs; Travis Owens, TCM board president-elect; and Dr. Ray Vandiver, TCM executive director.

June 1 — 24th annual Business Excellence Dinner Benefits Junior Achievement Tulsa. Visit

June 7 — Newsmakers Benefits Association for Women in Communications scholarship fund. Visit

June 2 — 11th annual Fashion and Talent Showcase Benefits Mental Health Association. Visit

June 9 — The Bridges Foundation 50th Anniversary Benefits The Bridges Foundation. Visit

June 2 — The White Party Benefits Family & Children’s Services. Visit

June 9 — Go Red for Women Luncheon Benefits American Heart Association. Visit

June 2-3 — Philbrook Wine Experience Benefits Philbrook Museum of Art. Visit

June 9 — TARC Shot in the Dark Golf Tournament Benefits TARC. Visit

June 3 — “5 x 5” annual Fundraiser Benefits Tulsa Artists’ Coalition. Visit

June 10 — Electric Lime Gala Benefits Tulsa Children’s Museum. Visit

June 3 — Run for the Roses 10th Anniversary Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home. Visit

June 10 — Second annual DIG, Day in the Garden Benefits Tulsa Botanic Garden. Visit

June 3 — Second annual Phoenix Gala, “Havana Nights” Benefits The Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. Visit or email events@

June 10 — TYPros Street CRed Benefits community development. Visit

June 5-6 — Frank R. Rhoades Golf Classic Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home. Visit June 6 — Goodwill annual Awards Luncheon Benefits Goodwill Industries of Tulsa. Visit

June 12 — CF Classic Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit June 13 — 20th anniversary Shooting Stars Sporting Clay Invitational Benefits Indian National Council-Boy Scouts of America. Visit


An Evening with Ree Drummond

Carol Wallace, volunteer; Laura Chalus, director of development for Palmer-Tulsa; Jana Ecrette, event co-chair; and Melissa Parchman, Magoon & Associates, prepare for “An Evening with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman,” planned for June 29 at the Cox Business Center, benefiting Palmer-Tulsa. Drummond, the popular cooking personality and cookbook author who resides in Osage County, will be the guest of honor. 

June 15 — William Booth Society Dinner Benefits Salvation Army. Visit June 16 — Choral Cabernet  Benefits Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. Visit

June 19 — Tulsa County Bar Foundation Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Disabled American Veterans, Blue Star Mothers, Tulsa Lawyers for Children and South Tulsa Community House. Visit

June 16 — Million Dollar Shootout Benefits Breast Cancer Assistance Program Fund. Visit

June 22 — Seventh annual Rhinestone Cowboy Benefits Volunteers of America of Oklahoma. Visit

June 17 — 2014 Center Polo Classic Benefits The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. Visit

June 27 — Harwelden Awards Benefits Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. Visit

June 17 — The Promise Ball Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Visit

June 29 — An Evening with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman Benefits Palmer’s substance abuse treatment programs. Visit

June 17 — Seventh annual March of Dimes Wine Dinner Benefits March of Dimes of Eastern Oklahoma. Visit

June 29 — Iron Gate Founders Dinner Benefits Iron Gate. Visit

June 17 — Remembering John: Building a Legacy for the Arts Benefits Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. Visit

June 31 — Adopt a Little Okie Benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. Visit

June 19 — FORE The House Celebrity Golf Classic Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa Inc. Visit

June 31 — Brainiac Ball Benefits Family & Children’s Services. Visit

June 19 — Musical Mondays 2014 Benefits LIFE Senior Services. Visit


Visit the online Charitable Events Registry for updated event information.


June Volunteer Spotlight by JUDY LANGDON

Years involved with the Polo Classic: One. Cox is a polo player himself and says he “wanted to find a good charity organization that could benefit from our sport.” The Center’s mission: “Providing opportunities for persons with physical disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives.” Cox on this year’s Polo Classic: This year’s game will have professional players. The handicaps will be higher. Handicaps are ratings assigned according to ability (as in golf ). The higher the handicap, the faster the game, so this year’s game will be much faster and more exciting. ... This year we have players from Texas, Arkansas and Virginia. The rest are local Tulsans. On why he supports The Center: I love seeing the enjoyment on the faces of The Center’s participants as they paint, play basketball or work out. There is really so much for them to do. Great friendships are forged at The Center, and that’s the best part.

Steve Cox and his wife, Melissa

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2014 Center Polo Classic chairman Event: The Center Polo Classic, benefiting The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges


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June 17 — Center Polo Classic 11 a.m., Champagne brunch for sponsors; 1-4 p.m., polo match. Mohawk Park, 5701 E. 36th St. N. $25, general admission; $10, children 12 and under; $100, includes two general admission tickets and reserves one tent for tailgating. $250-$20,000, sponsorships. Benefits The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. Contact Susan Pierce, 918-794-4506 or; or Erin Jacobs, 918-794-4514 or ejacobs@; or visit


The best of local arts and culture

History retold

This 180-degree post-riot panoramic photo from the Tulsa Historical Society’s collection was loaned to the National Museum of African American History, which will open next year in Washington, D.C.


The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot is a blot on the city’s history, and a tragic event that continues to resonate with people worldwide. The Tulsa Historical Society Museum receives calls about the riot from as far away as Tokyo. “We get about five inquires a week from authors, documentarians, teachers and students,” says Ian Swart, THS archivist and curator of collections. That is one reason the museum is bringing the devastating 20th century event to visitors using 21st century digital technology. Culling from its collection, THS has partnered with a local tech firm, Moomat, to create an interactive exhibit featuring the incident. The project will launch this month. Through the permanent THS virtual exhibit, visitors can explore the artifacts connected to the events using an iPad connected to a flat-screen television. Just like trolling the Internet, museum-goers can navigate this collection of photographic images, documents and first-person accounts as a way to learn about the context of the riot and its effects on the community. As they explore, information and visuals will appear on the TV screen. Alternatively, history buffs can purchase an app to view the information at home on their personal iPads. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art recently installed a similar exhibit and app, drawing on its Fred Strauss Holocaust collection of memorabilia from the 1940s. Over the years, THS has built its own canon of information about the Tulsa Race Riot that includes newspaper articles, photos, oral histories and historical documents, many of which were donated by the Red Cross, which was instrumental in the recovery effort. Additionally, its archive includes examples of documents issued to victims who had been arrested and unwillingly interned at McNulty Baseball Park at the corner of East 11th Street and North Elgin Avenue; the forms show where refugees were employed so they could go to work and then return to the camp. Black Tulsans were arrested and put into an internment camp. Much like what the United States did with Japanese-Americans during WWII, Swart says.

The journal of a black Tulsan recounts the Tulsa Race Riot. Right, black Tulsans were required post-riot to carry passes to travel throughout the city. “After the riot, black Tulsans were required to carry a pass, like a passport, to travel through the city,” Swart says. “We have one such pass issued to a housekeeper to prove she had business in a part of town other than Greenwood.” Though the Race Riot was a dark time in Tulsa’s past, he says, “We want to present history — the good and bad. Sometimes history presents us with a very shameful, horrible and heart-breaking event, and we must confront it, teach it and learn from it.” Part of that mission involves sharing historical information about the riot beyond the Tulsa community. One recent example involved the Smithsonian Institution’s request of a 180-degree post-riot panoramic photo in THS’ collection to include in one of its own exhibits. “The original photograph was loaned to the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be reproduced for use as a mural in an exhibit when the museum opens next year, (in Washington, D.C.),” Swart says. THS’ new digital program will coincide with the opening of its newest exhibit about the emergence of Black Wall Street in the historic Greenwood District. The Greenwood exhibit, which opens in June and runs through the end of the year, will focus on the

The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum is located at 2445 S. Peoria Ave. Call 918-712-9484 or visit

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people, education and music that made Greenwood the nation’s most prosperous African-American business district before much of it was destroyed in the Tulsa Race Riot. During the exhibit, THS will host Hannibal Johnson, author of “Black Wall Street,” who will lecture and present on Greenwood, but also race relations, says THS Executive Director Michelle Place. THS also will host a presentation with Clifton Taulbert, who specializes in race relations. About the Race Riot and all other historical events, Place says, “We need to ask, ‘How did this happen, could it happen again and how far have we come?’”tþ

ALSO THIS MONTH “Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings” Gilcrease Museum is celebrating the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser with an exhibition of his stone sculptures and charcoal drawings. Additionally, the museum will display the artist’s sketchbooks. Most of the exhibition works are on loan by Allan Houser Inc., the artist’s Santa Fe estate. Through June 29 at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd. 10 a.m.5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, $8 general admission. Visit Blue Dome Arts Festival This family- and pet-friendly festival features live music, yoga, food, kids’ activities, and a variety of art and handcrafts from Tulsa artists. June 16-18 in the Blue Dome District, East Second Street and South Elgin Avenue. Visit

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


The Cygnet Society listing in the April 2014 issue of TulsaPeople included incorrect name information for two Cygnet Society members. Tulsa Ballet apologizes for this error, and is honored to acknowledge these Cygnet Society members for the 2013-2014 season. The corrected Cygnet Society members are as follows:

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What’s happening in the local music scene

Many-splendored musician by JARROD GOLLIHARE

Hank Hanewinkel’s solo project, Nuns, will release a 10-song debut album June 13.


dubbed themselves The Red Stripes Hank Hanewinkel III might just be and covered material from their muthe hardest working musician in Tulsa. Nuns will host a release party for sical heroes. In 2005, they added their That’s no small feat either. In addition “Opportunities” at The Vanguard, uncle Phillip Hanewinkel to the lineup to running Third Alert — his one-man 222 N. Main St., at 9 p.m., June 16. Later in on bass, changed their name to The graphic design company specializing the month Nuns will open for The Kills in Red Alert and recorded “Put on Your in concert posters for well-known rock Nashville and New Orleans. Game Face,” a CD of original pop-rock. acts such as Arctic Monkeys and Wilco They went on to win the national John — Hanewinkel is a much-in-demand Lennon Educational Tour Bus Battle of the Bands, which session and touring drummer for various local bands. On landed them a slot on the Warped Tour. top of that, his new solo project, Nuns, featuring Hanewinkel When The Red Alert quietly parted ways in 2011, on all instruments and vocals, will release a 10-song debut Hanewinkel traded his guitar picks for drumsticks and album, “Opportunities,” on June 13. brought his Keith Moon-style drumming frenzy to a plethoDescribing his music as “melodic, psychedelic rock with ra of local bands, including Fiawna Forte, And There Stand very Beatle-y bass lines” between swigs of coffee at Village Empires, Ester Drang and Unwed Sailor. But the singer-songInn on the eve of the final mixing session for “Opportunities,” writer buried in him could only stay on sabbatical for so long. Hanewinkel is excited about the approaching release, which “I went through a dry spell of songwriting for about a year,” he co-produced with his father, studio owner and musician Hanewinkel says. “But during a stay with some friends in Hank Charles. Nashville on a much-needed escape from town, I picked up “The recording process has been really satisfying,” a guitar one night and started picking around on a riff that Hanewinkel says. “I didn’t have to step on anyone’s toes in the popped into my head. That was the first Nuns song I wrote.” studio. I had a vision of what I wanted this record to sound Afterwards, Hanewinkel says, the creative floodgates like, and Dad went above and beyond to make it happen. I reopened. By the time he entered his dad’s studio in Februcouldn’t be happier with it.” ary 2013 to begin tracking, most of the record was already Growing up in a tight-knit, musical family, Hanewinkel has written. had decades of solid rock ’n’ roll training. He was introduced Citing the dreamy buzz-rock of Tame Impala as a major refto drums at the ripe old age of 2. By 10, he took an interest in erence point, Hanewinkel simply describes “Opportunities” guitar. Soon after, he started writing his own songs. as “a break-up record.” At 13, Hanewinkel discovered The White Stripes (a “It’s my side of the story,” he adds. “We don’t need to go life-changing event for him) and within months had formed into any details.” tþ a band with his 8-year-old sister, Christy, on drums. They

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Notes on local and regional film

‘King’ of swing first radio show 80 years ago on KVOO in Tulsa. To celebrate the anniversary, Island Grill Media and Entertainment has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to create a documentary film that will explore Wills’ life and music. The full-length feature documentary, “Still the King, Bob Wills: The Man, The Music,” will celebrate Wills’ success as he earned his way into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Wills, known as the “King of Western Swing,” is famous for bringing the musical genre into dance halls across America. In 1934, Wills and his group, The Texas Playboys, began daily performances on Tulsa’s own KVOO radio station. He even dabbled in the film world, starring in several films before his death in 1975. “Still the King” will profile Wills from his impoverished beginnings to his posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The documentary project is currently in production under the direction of writer/director Kevin Meyer, whose 25-year career has garnered several international film festival awards. Island Grill Media and Entertainment’s Chris Turner will produce the film. Turner also is an international award-winning filmmaker of the 2013 documentary “Pride.” The state’s musical history and contributions led Meyer and Turner to the project. “I wanted the opportunity to make a film that would showcase to America and the world the amazing talent that Oklahoma has produced,” Meyer says. “It’s amazing the talent that has come out of this state.” “Bob Wills’ legacy can be seen in every genre of American music over the past 70 years,” Turner adds. The project also is helping promote the Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture (OKPop), a proposed

75,000-square-foot, four-story building scheduled to be finished in 2018. The museum, which will be located in the Brady Arts District, will be dedicated to the creative influence of Oklahoma artists in film, music, television and more. As OKPop and the production team of “Still the King” look to the future, the Bob Wills story is only the beginning. According to Meyer, the OKPop Film Series, of which “Still Kevin Meyer, writer/director the King” is a part, of “Still the King” will cover a variety of famous Oklahomans, including Leon Russell. The chance to produce a series of national feature documentaries offers numerous opportunities for the team. “We want to explore the question, ‘Why does an artist create what he creates?’” Meyer says. “And we want young people to understand that much of the music they listen to today came from Bob Wills.” “Still the King” will be filmed at locations throughout Oklahoma, highlighting Wills’ history with Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa’s KVOO and WKY in Oklahoma City, as well as around the country. The film is scheduled for completion this summer, and the production team plans to submit the documentary to the 2015 Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals. For now, Meyer’s bottom line is simple. “We want to go big with this film,” he says. “Bob Wills deserves it. OKPop deserves it. And the state deserves it.” tþ Kathy Dayton


Oklahoma’s music icon Bob Wills began his

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The production team of “Still the King” has started an online campaign to fund the film. Contributions to the project are tax deductible and can be made at

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DAVID MAMET’S Race is about a wealthy white man, played by Kris Farnsworth, who is accused of raping a black woman. The story takes a different turn than expected when he hires a team of lawyers — a white man (Jeremy Geiger), a black man (Freddie Tate), and their young female associate (Karla Ford) — to defend him. As they review evidence, shame, guilt and personal feelings about racial harmony emerge. As a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. As

a screenwriter, he has received Oscar nominations for The Verdict and Wag the Dog. May 1-3 at 8 p.m. May 4 at 2 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students.

BASED ON Michael Ende’s book of the same name that gave birth to the movie adaptation, The Neverending Story is the tale of Bastian Bux (Chris Delano), a bullied boy who becomes lost in the pages of a magical book, and Atreyu (Wesley Dotson), a young hero chosen to save a fantastical world and its dying empress from annihilation. Directed by Jana Ellis and suitable for all ages, The Neverending Story is an enchanting tale that celebrates the triumph of imagination. May 2-3, 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. May 4 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; $14 for students.


CARMEN ONE OF THE most frequently performed and beloved operas of all time returns to the Tulsa Opera stage! Carmen is a sexy tale about a naïve soldier who abandons his childhood sweetheart — as well as his military duties — when he is seduced by a fiery gypsy. This production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece features mezzo soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo and tenor Jonathan Burton in their Tulsa Opera debuts. With a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, Carmen is sung in French with English supertitles.

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CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE The animals on Farmer Brown’s farm have had enough! They work all day to provide milk and eggs, but when their request for electric blankets to warm the drafty barn is ignored, action must be taken. Join the cows, hen and duck — and their trusty typewriter — as they engage in peaceful protest to improve their working conditions. May 9-10 at 6:30 p.m. C H A R L E S E . N O R M A N T H E AT R E Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students and children (age 3-12). Age two and younger are free.



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FEATURING original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime. Police hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent! Under the suspicious eye of Mother

Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Based on the 1992 comedic film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act was nominated for five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show is recommended for ages 9 and up. May 13-18 CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $20-$60.



May 16-17, 22-24 at 8 p.m. May 18 and 25 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; $16 for seniors, students and children.


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ONE HUNDRED FORTY actors auditioned for this production of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical! Making the cut are Kelsey Kemper as Maria, David Lawrence as Captain von Trapp, Kristin Harding as Baroness Elsa Schraeder, Jeremy Stevens as Max Detweiler and John Tupy as Rolf. The role of the Captain’s “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” daughter Liesl is shared by Hannah Finnegan and Cherish Masters. The roles of the other Von Trapp children are also double-cast, with the young actors taking part in alternating performances. “It is a cast of 60 of some of Tulsa’s finest musical theatre talent,” says Theatre Tulsa’s artistic director Sara Phoenix. “The show will incorporate new scenic and costume designs and will include all of the wonderful music and choreography that audiences love.”



THE OPHELIA ORCHESTRA is a 10-piece band from Oslo, Norway, that is considered one of the best in the world when it comes to performing ragtime and early jazz. The Ophelia focuses on the music of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as more contemporary ragtime composers, including David Thomas Roberts and Frank French, both of whom have performed solo and/or duet concerts in Tulsa. The orchestra has played at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and toured

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


extensively in the U.S., including performances at the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. June 3 at 7 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25; $5 for students.


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

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An unidentified model shows off a fashionable formal to the crowd at the 1960 Oklahoma Beauty Show.

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It was the dawn of the Swinging ’60s, an era that would become known for breaking all sorts of “rules,” fashion and hairstyles included. Hundreds of women and a handful of men gathered at Tulsa’s Juneo Hotel on June 1, 1960, for the Oklahoma Beauty Show, a chance to see the latest trends of the day. The show debuted and even demonstrated highly teased hairstyles such as the bouffant French twist, and models sashayed in fashions from formals to bridal gowns to couture. In true ’60s style, some looks pushed the envelope, including the short-skirted “cave woman” dress — a likely pop culture reference to “The Flintstones” cartoon, which premiered in 1960 — and belly-dancing attire, complete with bare midriff and feather headdress. Companies such as Zotos, well known for its hair color, shampoo and “permanent waves,” set up booths to promote and demo their products. Sponsors appear to have included Revlon, the makeup giant that began in the 1930s as a nail polish company. tþ


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918-286-3408 l Available to residential customers in Cox serviceable areas. Telephone modem required and will be provided for duration of phone service subscription. Telephone service, including access to e911 service, will not be available during an extended power outage without a battery or if the modem is moved or inoperable. New modem installs do not come with a battery. You may purchase a battery from Cox or, if you are a Lifeline customer, obtain a battery from Cox without charge. You must monitor and replace the battery as needed (see TV Caller ID requires Cox Advanced TV and Cox Digital Telephone Essential or Premier. Voicemail required for Readable Voice Mail. Unlimited plan long distance minutes requires Cox Digital Telephone Premier and are limited to direct dialed long distance calls within the United States and to Canada, U.S. Virgin Island & Puerto Rico and landlines in Mexico. Unlimited plan long distance minutes may be used only for residential, non-commercial voice calls and usage that is not consistent with such use may subject your account to review and/or suspension or termination of your service. Calls to Mexico that terminate on a cell phone or wireless device will incur a $0.10 per minute charge. Other restrictions may apply. ©2014 Cox Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.






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