Well, we are thrilled that spring is about to sprung and as evidence by the daffodils and crocus we see, it won’t

be long now. Let’s just pray that the rain makes a strong showing too. It seems a bit odd that Facebook is such a driving force in today’s world, doesn’t it? Remember when we used to call people? Heck, remember when we wrote letters? Seems so long ago that we actually wrote letters, but it wasn’t all that long ago, not even 20 years ago, letter writing was a perfectly acceptable form of communication. If you wanted to know something, it would take a few days via the mail service to get an answer, maybe a week, now that answer is instantaneous. Many kids today don’t even know that there was a time when letters were the only way to really communicate privately as phones were often party lines and if you wanted to speak privately, your conversation could be listened-in on by others who also were on the same number. Today, our kids all have their own cell phones that serve a whole host of other functions and they can’t even relate to the world as we knew it once upon a time. But we are going down a path that makes us sound old. This month, we want to ask that you tell your friends about us and ask that anyone who utilizes Facebook to ‘Like’ us as we need that number to ensure that we can get some of the fun giveaways out to you like we did last year. We had some great companies give us all kinds of goodies for our readers, but as always we are never satisfied with what we can get for our readers and we are constantly striving to get more giveaways, but we need to get that number of Facebook likes up a bit. Happy Spring! The Pulse Team

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Photography Cover Winner
Our cover photo was taken by Carol Whetzel at our own Tulsa Zoo just before Christmas. She’s not sure which of the female giraffes this photo depicts, but if any of our readers can figure out which one this elusive lady is, we’d be curious to know. Many thanks to Carol for her great work and many thanks to our other beautiful entries as well. We had so many gorgeous submissions, we couldn’t put them all in the magazine, so be sure to visit our Website at www.mypulsemag.com to see what our friends and neighbors have been taking pictures of. Thank you all for your photography and keep up the good work, because we plan on more of these contests for the future.

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The Heartbeat of green country

Our Communities

March 2013 - Vol. 2, Issue 3

6 Where to find the chic and antique 10 Muskogee March Madness Makes Us Merry 13 Alotta Ottawa County for Spring 16 Rogers County is Rarin’ to Go 17 Spring is Around the Corner in Creek County 18 Cherokee County Charms for March 20 Exploring Tulsa in the Spring 21 Adair County is the Place to be for Food, Fun, Shopping - and Pageants Mayes County Marches In 22 There is a Vibe About Okmulgee that is Uniquely it’s Own 23 Grove is Grand - Lake Boat and Travel Show That Is 24 Osage is In With the Old 23 Annabelle’s Farm in Craig County 25 Eufaula Euphoria for Easter Eggs Starts Summer 26 Pawnee’s Passion is Pretties 27 Wagoner has Gone to the Dogs - Literally Sequoyah Surprises in Store


Music, Fitness and Fun
Washington County brings it all for your enjoyment.


Green Country on Stage
The theatre scene is more than alive, it’s flying high.

Going Out/Staying In
28 Pulse Pro - To Be or Not to Be - Vegetarian 29 Spring Break at the Library 30 Wedding shows 31 Weddings on a budget 32 Pulse Pro: Talking to your Hair Stylist 33 Spring’s Rebirth Can Also Mean a New You 34 Staying In: Planning an Easy Easter 35 Tracing St. Patrick’s Day and Easter’s Origins 36 Film/Movies 37 Art in these parts 41 Ropin’, Rodeos and Ranglin’ all March Long 42 Dining Out - PIZZA 45 Farmers’ Market season is starting up 46 Live Entertainment Calendar 50 Recipes for Erin Go Brach


Hydrants of Hope
Mark Meyer, our home grown hero, rallies for children.

Month at a Glance
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Where to find the
The question that we are asked more than any other by our readers is this one: “My <insert friend or relative> is coming to town this week/ weekend and we are looking for something fun to do. Do you have any suggestions?” Our first inclination is to say, “Have you read the magazine? There’s something to do every day!” But we know that our readers are looking for that “something more” than just the local events. They read our magazine to decide on where to eat, where to shop and what is fun to do in Northeastern Oklahoma. They want something fresh and original and something that will be there whenever they are ready to walk out their doors and into Green Country entertainment. That’s why for the next few months we are going to be focused in on some of those cool, fun things that are out there in Green Country - some are even open year round. And we’re starting with one activity that my own family likes to do (to show off Green Country) when friends and family come into town: Antique Shopping. When my mother-in-law comes to town, our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and hit the antique shops. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and its fun to just go look, but no matter your budget, I’ve found that you can find some real deals on great quality pieces in the places we are recommending. Whether you are in the market for carnival glass and collectible dishes, antique furnishings or tapestries, vintage jewelry and accessories or just to get the mother-in-law out and away from the dust in the corners of your house and the pile of laundry you’ve yet to do, Green Countries Antique Districts have you covered. We’ll start in Muskogee where the Antiques District is growing like crazy. The Muskogee Antique District is located right on Main Street, stretching from Okmulgee to Elgin. You can park your car and just shop door to door with the findings ranging from flea market style to the purist style of antiques. The 200 block of Main Street houses some of our favorite finds. Country Classics at 204 S. Main has a great assortment of depression and carnival glass, cut crystal, lots of glassware and vintage books, furniture, collectibles of all kinds and this is a great place to shop if you’re in the market for original artwork. They even have a secret back room where the contents are entirely black and white. Furniture, art, glassware and more are found in this room but exclusively in the neutral and popular color palette of black and/or white. It’s something to see. Continue on to the corner and visit another favorite of ours, Hattie’s House next to Erly Rush Coffeehouse that is owned by Sherry’s son, Nick. This store is a vintage gold mine. It’s two rooms of consignment and antiques and everywhere you look there’s something from a by-gone era, unique, rare or just cute. As Hattie’s House and Erly Rush are only separated by a french door (which stays open) you can purchase a coffee, latte or other beverage to sip as you peruse the antiques or just sit and relax. It’s a friendly welcoming atmosphere and one of our favorite places to shop. Make your way a few doors down and you’ll find Shari’s Treasure Hunt. This shopping destination is a real find for vintage and antique home accents and décor. What really sets this shop apart though is the custom painted furniture. If you are looking for pieces with different finishes and styles, then this is the place to shop. If you have a piece of furniture that you have been wanting to paint, you are in luck too. Shari provides a custom painting service as well. So bring your piece in and let her discuss your options and get a quote. Treasure Hunt has lots of examples of her work for you to see to help you decide on a finish that you like. There are many other shops in this three block area, but we wanted to highlight some of our favorites before we moved on to another town. While you’re in Muskogee County, take a trip down Shawnee Bypass (Hwy. 62) for the short drive to Fort Gibson to visit two other antique shops we enjoy. Granny’s Porch at 117 S. Lee and Buried Treasure Antiques at 111 S. Lee are both two fun shops nestled together in the cozy main street district of Fort Gibson, the “oldest town in Oklahoma.” Don’t miss it while you’re so close by. Our next stop is Tahlequah, where south of town on Hwy. 62 you’ll find The Briar Patch Market. This is a consignment store of antiques, glassware, furniture of all styles, vintage clothing and

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flea market finds. This large space of over 11,000 square feet is one of the largest around. Packed full in her square footage and spilling over onto their porch and outdoor areas too, Briar Patch has a definite boutique atmosphere. You will find everything from the traditional antiques to a new trendy purse or handmade jewelry. This is my mother-in-law’s favorite place to go and the best thing about it is they are always getting something new, so you could see a whole new batch of merchandise from one weekend to the next. While you are in Tahlequah, keep heading north on 62 until it becomes Muskogee Avenue. Drive up Tahlequah’s gorgeous and historic main street until you find the next stop on our list, Vintage on Main at 104 N. Muskogee Ave. This charming store is nestled between great shopping like Meig’s Fine Jewelry and Junie’s Closet. Vintage on Main features a mix of antiques, hand painted furniture, home decor, gifts, and oneof-a-kind finds. While you’re downtown, don’t miss some of the other great shopping available in this area of town. From one lake town to another, let’s move from Tahlequah near Tenkiller Lake towards Grove and Miami on Grand Lake right down the scenic Hwy. 10. Our favorite place to shop for antiques in Grove is The Antique Alley. On 620 Rd., just 1 ½ miles from the Honey Creek Bridge, this is one of the largest antique stores in a four-state area. You will find architectural salvage, furniture, housewares, tools and more in this 8,000 square foot building. They are closed on Wednesdays but open 10 am - 5 pm the rest of the week. It’s a great way to spend the day. While you’re up on Grand Lake, take the short drive to Miami to see another favorite antique place of ours. Classy Brass Antiques is located right in the heart of downtown Miami. They specialize in estate pieces, vintage clothing and toys, Route 66 souvenirs and glassware. Whatever you are looking for they will be happy to help you find it. Classy Brass Antiques is located at 13 N Main St., less than five miles from Hwy. 44. Speaking of I-44, if you jump on I-44 and take Will Rogers Turnpike, you can make our next destination, Claremore’s Antique District on Will Rogers Blvd. Hudson Medcalf Antique Mall would be my first choice for stopping. This mall showcases a wide variety from small pieces like glassware or pottery to large items of antique furniture. Hudson-Metcalf can be found at 500 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Antiques Etc. and Homeward Bound are next door neighbors in this district. These are both great vintage stores and where they are located in downtown Claremore is a great place to walk around as well. In fact, Claremore is one of my favorite main streets to shop and browse. There are so many neat little stores and boutiques to explore. You really should check it out. Take Route 66 out of Claremore and head towards Broken Arrow to a trip down memory lane that the whole family can enjoy. Hot Rod Alley Nostalgia and Gifts is just that. Vintage memorabilia, hot rod décor, any kind of sign you can imagine, lots of automotive gear for your hot rod enthusiast, old jukeboxes, and since they are on the historic Route 66 corridor, you’ll find all kinds of Route 66 items to choose from. Would you believe they even sell the actual hot rod cars too? They’ve got it all. Find them at 61st and Lynn Lane. Don’t stop yet though, we have one more district, chock full of great shopping potential in Dewey, OK, just outside of beautiful Bartlesville. Mimi’s Antique Market at 402 E. Don Tyler is a large building packed full of every kind of antique or vintage item you care to find. We found Frankoma pottery, carnival glass, Depression glass, antique clocks, toys, chests and furniture. I even found a wood burning cook stove that I would like to go back for (If you don’t beat me to it first). This is a great place for collectors to try just because of the sheer volume alone. If you’re looking for Native American items, we saw lots of


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ger Longer Antiques and Old Fashioned Soda Fountain. Get a drink or malt, visit with Pat, the proprietor and take a look at a wide and vast selection of all types of antiques and collectibles. She has some beautiful vintage porcelain clocks and tea sets that I would have liked to have brought home with me and her assortment of vintage toys and books could keep you looking for hours. It might make you linger longer. Hey, I get it! Collecting and antiquing remains a top leisure time activity not just in Green Country but all over the nation. “Antiques Road Show,” E-Bay, and the American and European flea markets are thriving with the popularity of “what’s old is new again” and the most popular decorating trend, shabby chic, leading the way. So if you are buying or just browsing, it’s good to know that Green Country has a wealth of resources for both the serious collector and the woman just looking for a day trip with her mother-in-law. Take a look at what Green Country antiquing has to offer. We’ve done the research for you, so get in the car and take a drive down to your main street or a short drive to another Green Country main street soon and tell them we sent you. We also have some more antiquing opportunities in Pawnee and Osage Counties in our County pages, so let the shopping begin.

those too, including jewelry. Cross the street and on the corner, you’ll find another great Antiques destination at Kay’s Vintage Antiques and Collectibles at 323 E. Don Tyler. Sandra, the owner, is a joy to visit with and she has such a wealth of knowledge about antiques. In her sizeable space, we found lots of furniture, toys and dolls and lots of collectible books. She is another place to find sought after painted finishes on furniture and when you visit you might even catch her working on a new finish while you’re there. If you look across the street one more time, this time to 814 N. Shawnee, the cross street on this antique corner, you’ll find Lin-

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Muskogee’s March Madness makes us merry
By Amy Addams
We realize that we usually cover our events in the time frame that they occur, but please bear with us for Muskogee in March because we have much to cover. We got a bit of egg on our face about the Muskogee Home and Garden Show happening at Arrowhead Mall Mar. 1-2, but that doesn’t mean we care any less. It’s warm, indoors and you are sure to find that special certain something for your spring honey-do list. What better way to tackle that nasty list than to pay someone else to get to it while you watch the game? Find out more at (918) 683-1017. If you’ve never been to Flying Fez, it’s time to change your ways effective now. It’s their 10th year, hosted by the Bedouin Shriners who do so much for kids who need medical help, so please help them continue doing great deeds for others. For only $20, you get four hours of gourmet Italian food, Oklahoma winery samples and an embossed wine glass to take with you. It happens from 11 am – 3 pm on Mar. 9 at the Bedouin Shrine Temple located at 201 S. 6th Street in Muskogee and it’s pretty dang fun, not to mention tasty. If you like wine, then you need to go. If you love wine, you need to plan for next year while you attend this year’s event. The Bedouins do a splendid job organizing this event and it gets accolades from all over Oklahoma, so come see what you’ve been missing. Find out more at www.bedouinshriners. com or by calling (918) 682-2761. Did someone say pancakes? We can smell them already, so you can smell them too (and eat them) if you get over to the Muskogee Civic Center (at 425 Boston) on Mar. 6 from 7 am – noon where you can get all of the syrupy warm yummy goodness you can drown in as long as you can hold a fork. We highly endorse this and who can resist a thick stack of fluffy pancakes singing their sweet song of warm happiness? Find out more by calling (918) 684-6363 or logon to www.muskogeecommunitycalendar.com. Happy eating. Now are you ready to work off all those calories you sucked down at the pancake breakfast? How about a healthy game of DODGEBALL? Better still, how about a game of dodge ball knowing you are supporting the American Red Cross in the process? They would love to have complete teams of adults, but if you know of good players under 18, please get parental consent and git on over to Muskogee H.S. Gymnasium (at 3200 E. Shawnee Bypass) on Mar. 9 for some serious games. They will have supervised inflatables for the kids while you sock it to other teams so no worries about hiring a sitter for the day. Call the Red Cross at (918) 682-1366 for all the details or check out the Muskogee Community Calendar online for more. What about the gearheads? We found something for you to fill three whole days of shiny chrome and the smell of grease with the Stock Car Show at Thunderbird Speedway Mar. 8-10. The


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Speedway is located at 1444 S. Cherokee Street just off Main. We ask that you give a call to make absolutely certain it’s still on before you attend. (918) 682-2401 We also have word about the Healthy Aging Expo scheduled for Mar. 14 from 9 am - 4 pm at Arrowhead Mall. Come get some free screenings and advice to help you keep your health in tip top shape. The Easter Bunny is also going to make a showing from his very busy schedule at Arrowhead Mall on Mar. 16-30 and we are going to assume you can get a photo opportunity, so you won’t want to miss this one. Arrowhead Mall is located at 501 N. Main Street in Downtown Muskogee. He’ll be there noon - 8 pm weekdays, 10 am 8 pm on Saturdays and noon - 5 pm on Sundays. The Mall will be closed Easter Sunday, however. Did you know that there is a Daffodil Day? Did you also know that it is held right here in Muskogee? Yep, ol’ DD is held on Mar. 23 from 10 am – 3 pm where for the small price of a $10 donation you get a trolley ride from Three Rivers Museum to the Thomas Foreman Home where you can take a tour of the daffodils, tour the home and have a spot of tea. Wear your Sunday best and take yourself back to a by-gone time when folks did this kind of thing all the time. Find out more by calling the Museum at (918) 686-6624 or the Muskogee Garden Club at (918) 683-5380. Lest we neglect to do our job, we wanted you to know that the Art Under the Oaks event that has graced Green Country for so long has now been changed to a show that has been combined with the Competitive Art Show with the reception on Mar. 31 at 2 pm. The Competitive Show will be starting on Mar. 31 and we hope and pray that people from all over will do their own parts to keep art alive and well in our area by attending this fun and beautiful event. Some of the best artists around bring their works and most are for sale so bring your checkbook and support the arts in Green Country. Five Civilized Tribes is a true landmark, so you really want to catch this show. Get your details at www.fivetribes.org. Looking into April, we aren’t even sure where to begin with the Azalea Festival about to spread its wings, the Art Show getting into high gear and more chili, fun and associated events than you can shake a stick or spoon at, so all we can say is you’ll need to stick with us here at The Pulse for more information, because it’s going to get pretty crazy in these parts. The Azaleas are about to put on their special show at Honor Heights Park and it’s quite the display. We swear there are fireworks displays that can’t compete with the bounty that is

Mother Nature, but there’s so much more than azaleas. There’s lots of food, games, fun and meeting new people, along with all kinds of parties, car and truck shows and more. We are already in overload just figuring out how we are going to tell you about it and it’s not even here yet! We are sweating bullets over all we need to tell you, so strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride, because things are gonna be crazy. Lest we forget, the Chili Cook-off is gearing up for April, so if you consider yourself a chili chef, now is the time to get the chili pot out and get your registration forms in. If you are a chili fanatic, it’s time to dig out the special spoon and Rolaids as it will be here before you know it. We do want to give you some advance notice that the Bare Bones Film Festival is gearing up for another year. This is an international festival that makes waves in magazines all over the world, not just here in the U.S. and folks come from everywhere to converge on little ol’ Muskogee to attend. Just think, you could say you got the chance to walk the red carpet then go home and sleep in your own bed that same night. Don’t get much better than that! Bare Bones is happening April 4 – 14 at the Muskogee Civic Center (425 Boston) and it’s a big deal. If folks from other countries can make the effort, you can too. Find out more at www.barebonesfilmfestivals.org. What a great excuse to pull out that special outfit you never get to wear and get a new ‘do and makeup, eh? Stay with us, because we will have an April chock full up with events, eating, parties, places to play and fun things to entertain you all month long and the best part is that the weather will be warm, the bees will be buzzing and we can celebrate what we all look forward to all winter long – SPRING.



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Let the battle of the cake begin!
We gave you the preliminaries in February, but the real battle is happening in March. Yep, the Cupcake battle final begins Mar. 28 at the Muskogee Civic Center and it’s where the best and brightest cupcakes get the chance to bring their best confections out of the pantry and into your mouth. Best part is that you get to find out who has the best cupcakes in town. Find out more at (918) 684-6363 and bring a big glass of milk. To learn more about these Cupcake Queens, go to www.mypulsemag.com.


Complete this entry form and return to: Carl Kelley, PO Box 2188, Muskogee, OK 74402 For information or special set-up needs: Robert Smith (918) 869-0733 www.exchangeclubmuskogee.org

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Email:___________________________________________ •Pre-Registration Fee: $25.00 per Category (Before 8pm, April 12) •On-Site Registration Fee: $40.00 per Category •Electrical Hook-Up Fee: $5.00 per Service Qty:_______ •Additional Spots Fee: $25 per Additional Spot Qty:___ Please Enter Our Team In The Following Events: I.B.S. Beef Brisket C.A.S.I. Chili I.B.S. Chicken C.A.S.I. Showmanship I.B.S. Hot Links Crowd Pleasin’ Baked Beans I.B.S. Open Crowd Pleasin’ BBQ I.B.S. Pork Spare Ribs Crowd Pleasin’ Chili Crowd Pleasin’ Showmanship •Once you enter a cooking event, you may enter showmanship. •Entry fee must accompany this form, or complete entry form with payment online. •Cooks: Special arrangements must be made in advance if you plan to arrive between midnight and 6:00am.

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Alotta Ottawa County for spring
By Amy Addams


Even if Ottawa County is a bit of a drive, you might want to make the trek to our neighboring county in the northeast corner of Oklahoma because they have plenty of things to do, musicians to check out and plenty of fun in store for March. Buffalo Run must have been buckling down all winter long because they have a line-up for the entire spring-summer-fall that is top notch. March starts with none other than Jackson Taylor on Mar. 1, Reckless Kelly on Mar. 8, Trace Adkins Mar. 14, Randy Roberts Band on Mar. 22 and Turnpike Troubadours on Mar. 29 but what really got us flustered was the Smokin’ at the Run BBQ event sanctioned by the KCBS folks. All you need to do is show up ready to eat. It’s all happening Mar. 15-16 so you have plenty of time to starve yourself to make room for all that juicy meat just dripping off the bone, slathered with BBQ sauce. Don’t wear white and come ready to chow down. If you’d like to stay a while, they have special room rates for that weekend, so give a Trace Adkins will be at the Buffalo Run Casino March 14.

call to (918) 542-2900 and see if they have rooms left. If you think your BBQ can stand up to the big dogs, then e-mail smoking@buffalorun. com but do it quick because space is filling fast! For information on the concerts, tickets and pricing, logon to www.buffalorun.com. We told you last month about the Annual Peoria Stomp Dance happening Mar. 2 at the Peoria Tribal Pow-wow Grounds in Miami, but we wanted to give you a little reminder. It’s a really nice way to spend a Saturday evening with the family at this traditional dance. Bring your own chairs. Find out more at (918) 540-2535. If your family history has ever been a bit of a mystery and you want to know where to begin (or you have a start but a lot of holes need filling in), then check out the Miami Public Library on Thursdays in March where they will have Genealogy Workshops all month long. They started Feb. 28 and run through May 15, so pick a night that works for you and see what branch your family tree is missing. Call Barbara at (918) 541-2292 to RSVP as space is always limited and this is a pretty popular class. NEO is celebrating its James Mabon Founders Day on March 29 in the Commons Hall. They will be announcing the winner of the James Mabon Award on this momentous of occasions. Seating is limited but NEO’s campus is beautiful and it promises to be a nice day to be there. Find out more or reserve your space by calling (918) 540-6201.

James Mabon Founders Day celebration on March 29


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Visit Washington County for music, fitness and fun!
By Julie Wenger Watson
Washington County welcomes spring with a full line up of fun and adventure. The beautiful city of Bartlesville, the county seat, is the perfect place for fitness buffs this month. The “Shamrock the Ville” 5K and Fun Run on March 16 gives runners the chance to stretch their legs after a long winter. Winding through historic downtown Bartlesville, the run is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes prizes and costumes. Proceeds from the run benefit the Mary Martha Outreach, a charitable organization that provides food, clothing and crisis assistance to those in need. www.shamrocktheville.com A second race, “Run the Ville,” on Mar. 30 features a USATF certified 10K course and includes a twoperson relay option. www.runtheville.net There are several opportunities to enjoy concerts and musical theater this month in Bartlesville. On Mar. 2, the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra presents “Larger than Life” at the Bartlesville Community Center. This production is a musical depiction of notable characters like Billy the Kid and Don Quixote from movies, ballet and opera. www.bartlesvillesymphony. org For an evening of great classics and humor, consider “Classical Gas.” Pianist Rich Ridenour and comedian/violinist Steve Brook have created a show that’s equal parts Jack Benny and Abbot & Costello. www.bccamusic.org The young Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are OK Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three


Mozart’s House Concert this month on Mar. 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn. This up-and-coming band plays an entertaining mix of Americana, early jazz and ragtime, with hints of country, blues and Western swing. www.okmozart.com On Mar. 25, Broadway in Bartlesville presents “DreamGirls,” the story of the trials and tribulations of a 1960’s girl singing group. The musical is full of hit tunes, and has won both the Tony and Academy awards. www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com Mar. 16 marks the seasonal opening of the animal barns at Woolaroc Ranch. Beautifully situated in the Osage Hills near Bartlesville, Woolaroc is an Oklahoma treasure. Originally the country estate of oil baron Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, today Woolaroc continues as a museum and wildlife preserve. While many species of exotic and native wild animals, such as bison, llamas, and deer roam the grounds of the preserve, the animal barns are a great place for kids to safely get up close and personal with baby donkeys, calves, rabbits and miniature horses. The nearby “History of the Buffalo” exhibit educates younger visitors about the history of the buffalo in America and includes examples of fur and skulls. Additional information about Woolaroc’s facilities and events can be found at www. woolaroc.org For a complete listing of events in Bartlesville, see www.visitbartlesville.com

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Rogers County is rarin’ to go
By Laraine Larimar


We get all kinds of events in Rogers County: everything from dog shows to extreme sports to gardening events, so we never know how to approach the variety of stuff we receive. What we do know is that if you can’t find something in Rogers County to make you happy, you are just too hard to please and we give up. Let’s start from the top. The Outdoor Sporting Expo going on Mar. 1-3 at Claremore Expo Center where their logo is “Take a walk on the wild side.” What more can we say to that? They’ve covered the expected sports and many we didn’t even see coming like horseback riding, archery and plenty of kids’ fun activities that will free you up to see what you need to make your 2013 outdoor time worth the effort. Tommy Biffle, a 20-year fishing veteran will be on-hand, doing a meet-and-greet, so ask him your craziest fishing questions and get your sporting year off with a bang. Find out more at www.outdoorsportingexpo.com or call (918) 341-2818. The Expo Center is located at 400 Veterans’ Parkway and there are signs to get you there. Are you a ham radio operator? Do you have no idea what we are talking about? If you do know what we mean by ‘ham radio,’ then Mar. 8-9 are your days to check out the Green Country Hamfest at the Expo Center where you can meet other opera-

tors, experts in the industry, folks selling equipment and more. There will be prizes and a flea market to entice you to stay, so if you are wondering what exactly a ham radio is, then this is your chance to see what it is. No one will laugh at you. VE training forums will also be provided to those of you who are interested in expanding your ham radio knowledge. Find out more at www. greencountryhamfest.org or by calling (918) 835-3565. If you are into Pinto horses, then save Mar. 9 as Claremore Expo Center has a show dedicated to all of the Pinto fans out there. It’s going on all day and you can find out how to become a part of it by logging onto www.oklahomapinto.com. The Future Farmers of American is having their FFA Calf Fry on Mar. 12 all day at the Expo Center, so if you are a big fan of Calf fries, then git on over to the Expo and fill-up on them, because it’s all for a good cause and there will be plenty of them to eat. Have you been trying to decide how to spend your St. Patrick’s Day? Were you wanting to spend it with the family rather than in a bar with strangers? How about checking out downtown Claremore where there will be a Celtic band, face painting, the shortest parade anywhere and plenty of chances to win lucky bucks? Wear your green and enjoy a St. Paddy’s you won’t soon forget. Be sure to eat some bangers and mash (sausage and Mashed potatoes - YUM!). It’s all happening Mar. 15 right in downtown Claremore. Find out more by calling (918) 341-5881. On Mar. 22-24, the Rogers County Home & Garden Farm & Ranch Show is coming to the Expo Center and if you have any of the items listed in their title, you can’t miss this rare opportunity to see what’s out there for your home, garden, ranch or farm as all of the industry reps will be there with their latest and great-

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est gadgets and goodies for you to see and maybe buy a few. There will be demonstrations and plenty of DIY folks there so you don’t have to feel helpless to hire someone else to do the updates you’ve been dreaming about all these years. Find out more at www.therogerscountyhomeandgardenshow.com or call (918) 343-1911 for more information. If you have livestock that you think is too pretty for just any baby pageant, then bring them to the Expo Center on Mar. 27 for the Rogers County Livestock Judging Competition. All the prettiest cows, goats, pigs, bunnies and the like will be all dolled-up for the judging to begin and this is serious stuff. BUT, if your puppy is the prettiest by far, then wait until Mar.

30-31 because that’s when the Claremore Kennel Club holds their All Breed Dog Show at the Claremore Expo Center. You also get the rare opportunity to see the prettiest pooches all around prancing around in their finery as well as some really cute little pups strutting their stuff for all to see. Find out who the cutest canines are for yourself. If you would like to know more, logon to www.claremorekennelclub.com.


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Spring is around the corner in Creek County
By Deb Bayton
Creek County Livestock Show – Feb. 26 – Mar. 5 Creek County Fairgrounds, Junction of Hwy. 66 & Hwy. 33 -Kellyville It’s time for the Creek County Livestock show! Steers, heifers, lambs, goats and swine oh my, there will be a vast array of livestock competing for awards and also for sale. For spectators it is a great opportunity to see these lovely creatures up close, and for the family to spend some time away from the television. There is so much to see, and for those of us city folk, come out and give the kids a real lesson in Nature. For more information go to www.creekcountyfairgrounds.com or call (918) 224-2192 Glenpool Spring Market – Mar. 2 Glenpool Conference Center, Hwy. 75 & 121st Street Glenpool Spring Market features many hand-crafted items from a variety of independent and home-based businesses from Tulsa and its surrounding areas. Bring the family and come out to explore the craftsmanship of your neighbors, a much better experience than walking around a shopping mall. The Market has gifts, jewelry, home-baked goods and many other tempting items you will discover inside Glenpool’s new conference center. Admission is free, but donations at the door are always welcome. For more information call (918) 291-2005 We also have word that the Junior Bull Riders Rodeo is slated for Mar. 24-25 in Kellyville, but all we know at this time is that this is the finals. If you are a fan of the rodeo, this is one you may need to attend. Find out more at www.kjba.org or call (785) 733-2468.


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Cherokee County charms for March
By Alexis Greybird


While things are still relatively quiet for Cherokee County in March, be assured that there are still some pretty interesting things to do and the rest of the folks are busy working their little fingers to the bone preparing for the events to come in April, May and June. We start the month with something that might not be for everyone but is meant to be enlightening and isn’t intended to simply entertain, but is meant to encourage you to want to take action. The “Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church March 7 – 9 with music performed by local band Red Dirt Sisters. Performances begin at 6:30 pm each evening. This year’s theme, “One Billion Rising, Vday 2013” is intended to inspire and enlighten audiences about women everywhere have been subject to sexual violence. One in three to be exact. It’s time we said enough is enough. Let’s end the violence. Join us for this moving performance of reader’s theater depicting women’s lives and experiences. Tickets are $8, and are available in advance Help-In-Crisis (918-456-0673) or

at the door at UUCT, corner of College and Delaware. Strike, Dance, Rise! (Includes frank and uncensored language about women’s lives). Let’s all take a stand and we can start by attending this frank and open discussion about the truths behind sexual violence against women. For anyone who is curious where our manners went, there are still places where you can revive etiquette and the Murrell Home in Park Hill (located just south of Tahlequah) has a Nineteenth Century Etiquette Workshop slated for Saturday, March 16 from 9 am – 3 pm. Topics will include conversation, social introductions, appropriate social activities, dressing and accessorizing for men and women and subjects to avoid. The cost is only $20. If you are wondering why someone might want to do this, let’s just say that we’ve become a bit crass in today’s society of shock value and wow factors. Many of us miss the days of the weather being the acceptable topic for discussion and we think it’s never too late to learn a little something about being a bit more socially acceptable. It’s a great way to be a better person and perhaps enlighten those you love to learn a little something too. In these days of profanity being bantered about so carelessly, perhaps we need more workshops such as this. The cost is only $20 to attend and you get a lot of useful knowledge that can carry over into your everyday life for such a small amount of money. Deadline to register is March 13. Call the Murrell Home at (918) 456-2751 to register or to ask questions but we highly recommend this for anyone who would like us to return to a more civilized society. It’s never too late. NSU Center for the Performing Arts is always doing something spectacular all year long and we found out something you won’t want to miss, nor will you want to leave the kids at home for it. Step Afrika! Is happening for one performance only on March 28 and it is a feast for the eyes and ears. What is Step Afrika? “Like a tap dance without shoes, or a band

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without instruments, stepping is percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps and chants – all linked to African and modern dance traditions. As the first professional company devoted to stepping, DC’s worldrenowned Step Afrika brings’ high-energy performance to the stage.” If you are curious about this troupe out of Washington DC, we checked them out on YouTube and let’s just say they were like nothing else we’ve ever seen before. Part Stomp, part tap dance, part African tribal dance and little bits of other styles of dancing and movement, Step Afrika! Is not your typical “Singing in the Rain” tap-dancing with merriment and umbrellas. It’s clapping, finger snapping, a bit of drumming and lots of soft shoe and tap, but it all culminates into a show that mesmerizes and leaves you wanting more. It’s a lot of modern dancing styles so the kiddos will have no complaints about seeing this show with you. Let’s not omit the fact that these dancers are all in top shape and have some beautiful bodies along with costume changes to keep things fresh and interesting. How they keep up that level of energy is also nothing short of amazing. You will be enthralled from beginning to end with this one-night only show, so don’t ignore this one. If you want to see more about this troupe, look them up at www. stepafrika.org. Learn more about Sequoyah Institute or buy your tickets at www.academics.nsuok.edu/si/. If you prefer, you can call Sequoyah Institute at (918) 458-2075. The NSU Center for the
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Performing Arts is located at 605 N. Grand Avenue in Tahlequah. We also wanted to warm you up for April and while Red Fern Festival is not slated until the end of the month, there is one event that will teach the kids something while entertaining them; it’s the Indian Territory Days happening at the Cherokee Heritage Center Apr. 4-5. While geared toward kids, we all know that many of us are kids in big kids clothing and want to participate, so come out and have a bit of fun while seeing what it was like before the iPhone. Pottery, basket weaving, storytelling, marbles, and all kinds of entertainment will make this two days of fun in the ‘Quah. Be sure to pay respects to the Trail of Tears exhibit while you are there. Reservations highly recommended and adults get in free with paying children’s admission and that is NOT a typo. Find out more at www.cherokeeheritage.org or by calling (918) 456-6007.


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Exploring Tulsa in the spring
By Julie Wenger Watson
March has arrived and spring is in sight in Green Country. The milder weather makes it easier to explore all this great state has to offer, and Tulsa County has plenty of entertainment options for those willing to venture out. Tulsa’s BOK Center, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, opened in 2008. This 19,000 seat, multipurpose arena hosts everything from music and comedy to monster trucks and circuses. This month, hockey fans have five opportunities to catch the Tulsa Oilers in action, and music lovers can hear Grammy award winning rock band Muse (3/10) and soul-pop influenced Maroon 5 (3/22). For more information, visit www.bokcenter.com. Across the street at the Tulsa Convention Center, Tony Award winning musical “Hairspray” runs March 1-10. At the nearby Brady Theater, stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan will deliver some laughs (3/23). www.bradytheater.com Tulsa Ballet, the city’s award winning dance company presents “Balanchine and Beyond” March 22-24 at the Lorton Performing Arts Center on the University of Tulsa campus. This production will include the Oklahoma premiere of “Classical Symphony” by Yuri Possokhov, as well as Balanchine’s own “The Four Temperaments.” For tickets, see www.tulsaballet.org. It’s a busy month at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center near 3rd & Main. Tony Award winning Cathy Rigby reprises her Broadway role in an all-new production of “Peter Pan” (3/5-10) while Theatre Tulsa presents the musical “Oliver!” (3/15-17, 3/21-23). The Tulsa Symphony’s performance of “Violet” (3/16), featuring guest pianist Robin Sutherland, will showcase the romantic, medieval tones of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major. For a taste of Italy, Quartetto Di Cremona presents an “All-Italian” program of music with selections from Verdi and Puccini, among others. (3/17). Enjoy a high energy evening of dance with Step Afrika! (3/23). This percussive dance style, incorporating kicks, stomps, claps and chants, originated on college campuses by traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities. For a complete PAC calendar listing and tickets, go to www.tulsapac.com The River Spirit Event Center has a full calendar of great music, with Country superstar Clint Black (3/1), doo-wop and Soul treasures, Little Anthony & The Imperials (3/15), and talented young blues guitarist Johnny Lang (3/29). www.riverspirittulsa.com More music can also be heard at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino www. hardrockcasinotulsa.com Darius Rucker (3/8) and Willie Nelson (3/16) will be getting their country on, while comedian and late night television show host Jay Leno (3/30) will perform his stand up routines. You’ll want to check the complete listings at The Cain’s Ballroom this month, too. www.cainsballroom.com Tulsa’s timeless honky-tonk has something for everyone. For a taste of the traditional, there’s Western Swing at its finest at the Bob Wills Birthday Celebration (3/2). The Texas Playboys and the Round Up Boys are certain to have the audience up and dancing all night long. For locally made products, consider the Made in Oklahoma Arts & Crafts show at Persimmon Hollow, featuring over 50 vendors (3/9 & 10). Near 71st & Mingo, Persimmon Hollow is a recreated 1800’s Western Frontier town. For more information, visit www. persimmonhollowvillage.com. Art lovers will want to visit Philbrook Museum of Art, tucked into beautiful midtown Tulsa. If the weather is good, a stroll through the lovingly tended gardens is well worth the time. Exhibits continuing this month include “Rural America,” showcasing prints from the 1930’s through ‘50s, and “The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurell,” a photographic display of Hollywood glamour in the ‘30s and ‘40s. “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love” opens this month with an exhibition of sculptures, ceramics and jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. www.philbrook.org The Gilcrease Museum, containing an amazing collection of Western art, will host a Spring Break Art Camp for children ages 5-12. There are a number of wonderful exhibits continuing this month as well. For a complete listing, see www.gilcrease.org Tulsa’s Expo Square near 21st & Yale hosts activities year round in its many on-site facilities. This month is no exception. On Saturday March 2, 23 & 30, shop the Tulsa Flea Market in the Expo Center from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for antiques, collectibles, records, books, jewelry and more. Horse lovers won’t want to miss March Mania Paint Horse Show March 2-3, the Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide March 22-24, and the Rope the Ozarks Oklahoma Showdown March 23-24. Canine fans can catch the AKC National Agility Championship at the Livestock Complex March 15-17 and the Training Trials March 29. Just Between Friends March 3-9 is the largest children’s consignment sales event in the region. It’s a great way to shop and to sell. Looking for a job? Check out the Tulsa World Career Fair March 7. The Tulsa International Auto Show is a must see for car enthusiasts March 13-17. Like a ray of sunshine, the Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show March 7-10 brings the promise of warmer days to come. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association, the show boasts over 500 exhibitors. It’s a great way to stock up on all your home and garden needs before summer. For more information and the full calendar of events, visit www. exposquare.com. On a whole other level, but we’re sure it’s interesting to some of our readers is the R. K. Gun Show Mar. 16-17 at the Exchange Center at Expo Square. Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12. Find out more at www.rkshows.com or call (563) 927-8176. Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show is slated for Apr. 6-7 at Expo Square at Tulsa QuikTrip Center. For now, we are only giving you a bit of a taste of what’s to come, but we thought it worth mentioning that this famous event is headed this way, so start looking for that change in the cup holder in your car and under the couch cushions because you just don’t know how long these kinds of shows will be around. Find out more if you can’t wait for April’s edition of The Pulse by calling (918) 492-0401. We’ll have lots more to come for you in Tulsa for April, so buckle in and get ready to be dazzled by all that’s headed this way. We’re pretty dang excited, so we are sure you will be too. Until then, keep an eye out for the green buds on the trees and the daffodils to start blooming.


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Adair County is the place to be for food, fun, shopping and pageants
By Ronnie Hopkins & Edna (Fields) Hopkins
Adair County is the place to be for food, fun and shopping, pageants - and talking birds? If you get bored sitting around on a nice beautiful day, why not go for a drive down a scenic country road? If you are on Hwy 59, Going north from Westville, turn left on Chewey Road, go about three miles and you will see Triple S Country Store & Grill. Coming from Route 10, turn by the Illinois River Village sign, drive about 12 miles and you will be able to find it that way. Gary Sanderson is the owner of Triple S and he has daily specials as well as a full menu. He smokes his own meat using a water injection system smoker that he brought from Texas. It makes the meat very tender and tasty and it will keep you coming back for more. He also mixes his own spices to make his own special rub. You can choose your own BBQ brisket, BBQ sandwich, pork links and smoked beans to your heart’s content. Triple S is open seven days a week 7 am – 7 pm, Monday – Saturday and 11 am – 3 pm on Sundays with specials on chicken fried steak on Mondays, catfish on Thursdays and BBQ on Friday and Saturday. Triple S is truly worth the drive and the scenery along the way won’t disappoint. If you want something that will melt in your mouth, try his wonderful delicious BBQ. The Westville Library is ready to roll on Spring Break with folk music with Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin on Mar. 18 at 6 pm, Movie for Kids on Mar. 19 at 1 pm and Maddie the talking cockatoo on Mar. 20 at 1 pm. We can’t speak to the first two events, but we know a lot about talking birds and this could be a really fun educational activity for kids, especially the younger ones. By Wednesday, you’ll be ready to have a break from the kids too, so be sure to pay a visit to Westville Library and check out ol’ Chattie Maddie for yourself. The ladies at Westville Library are sweeter than pecan pie and you’ll be back again and again. While we have your attention, it’s getting on time to crown the next Strawberry Queen. It’s many little girls’ dream to wear this coveted crown and girls from all four local high schools in the Adair County region between the ages of 16 and 21 are given the opportunity to develop poise, self-confidence and express their talents. It’s a great way for girls to realize their dreams, find their faith and learn to believe in themselves. Participation can also open doors to college scholarships. The pageant is open to Adair County residents only. This year’s pageant takes place on Saturday, March 30 at 6 pm at the Stilwell High School Activity Center. Come cheer on your favorite contestant.


Mayes Marches in
By Amy Addams


As you may already know, we love food, especially good food that doesn’t break the bank. It also appears that the good folks in these parts are of a similar mind where good fare is concerned and the Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation is tempting your taste buds with a food fare that will keep your wallet and your tummy happy. The 21st Annual Taste of Pryor is happening on March 7 from 5:30 – 8 pm at the MidAmerica Expo Center located right on Airport Road in Pryor and it promises to be a night of culinary creations to bring you back to Pryor again and again. This is local restaurants bringing their ‘A’ game to MidAmerica in the hopes that you will be enticed to give them a second, third chance to feed you later on, but it’s more than just food. Entertainment will be provided by Pryor students who care about furthering their educations and they are also offering a silent auction to sweeten the deal. Heck, we haven’t even told you the best part of all. It’s only $5! That’s not a typo. Nope, you get all this fun and food for a measly little five dollar bill. How many drive-thru’s have you spent more at while wishing you could eat better anywhere else than there? Well, we found it, so all you have to do is get your happy self over to MidAmerica Expo Center and sample away. So what does your $5 buy you? You get your door fee, four food/ drink coupons and a favorite vendor voting ticket. If you are a big fan of sampling everything, then they can accommodate you for

only a few more bucks. Get your tickets at RCB Bank, Century Bank and First Pryority Banks and you can get your additional food and drink coupons at the door, so you don’t have to fret about making a decision before you attend. We’ve saved the best part of all for last: the proceeds of this special night all go towards funding grants to teachers in the Pryor area. With all of the cuts in education, you can feel good with a full tummy and a full heart, knowing you have helped local students, teachers and a noble cause. Get more details at the Pryor Chamber’s Website: www.pryorchamber.com/events or give a call to (918) 625-5720 for more. We also wanted to let you adrenaline junkies know that the annual Disney Rock Climbing Event Big Meet is March 15-17 at Hogan’s Off-Road Park. This is serious 4-wheeling for serious enthusiasts. Folks come from all over the country to compete, so if you are a competitive ATV-er, 4-wheeler or you just like to see the dirt fly, check out this exciting two-day event. They have camping accommodations, but it’s filling up fast. You might have to make the trek for both days. Get your details at www.hogansoffroad.com or call (918) 435-8001. Hogan’s is located at 300 S. Construction Ave. on the south side of Grand Lake’s dam. Plenty of signs will lead you there.


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There is a vibe about Okmulgee that is uniquely its own
By Brian Patrick
A recent Saturday morning stroll about the city’s quaint downtown revealed a charming city pleasantly caught somewhere between yesteryear and tomorrow. And despite its calm demeanor as March ushers in another Oklahoma spring while bidding a fond farewell to another Oklahoma winter, the transition month in Okmulgee offers a feast for the senses and soul. It is a place the world-weary old-soul desperate for a little solace can escape to, and revel in every last second spent on the town’s time-defying Sixth Street. Turning west onto the street off of U.S. Highway 75, the adventurous mind is first met with the remains of a classic, old-school train depot. The fact that the depot remains standing is a testament to the premium Okmulgee places on its history, when so many a similar town has long ago erased any hint of its train depot from memory, both physical and mental. Traveling further into Okmulgee’s downtown, the intrepid voyager soon encounters a bona fide historic district. And at the heart of this district is the historic Creek Council House. Predating Oklahoma statehood by nearly 30 years, Okmulgee and Native American history have gone hand-in-hand since the town’s establishment following the American Civil War. When the Muscogee (Creek) Nation was relocated on the Trail of Tears to the area including land that would eventually become present-day Okmulgee, the tribe selected the area as it capitol. A Creek word meaning “boiling waters,” Okmulgee was selected as the tribe’s capitol partly based on the belief that tornadoes would not strike the area. After Okmulkee, as the town was originally known, was established, the Creek Nation built the Creek Council House as its national capitol in 1878 at what is now 100 West 6th Street. Currently a museum dedicated to the preservation of Muscogee (Creek) history, the museum emphasizes artifacts and documents covering Muscogee (Creek) history and tradition, while promoting the history and traditions of other Native American tribes as well. From its physical and cultural heart at the Creek Council House, Okmulgee radiates out from the museum’s easily-identified square. Rivaling Guthrie’s well known Victorian-era architecture, Downtown Okmulgee’s architectural offerings display a quaint grandeur easily appreciated by


even the casual aficionado of old-school, small-town downtowns. Tucked cozily across the street from the museum on South Morton Avenue is The Café on the Square. The Café on the Square defines Saturday morning in a small town. Welcoming to both local and out-of-towner alike, it is a place where relationships are strengthened and stomachs are amply filled. The quaint café’s biscuits and gravy are well worth the drive alone. Establishing itself as a truly family-friendly restaurant, The Cafe on the Square invites its patrons to linger for more than a meal. Café-provided video game systems invite even the younger set to enjoy a morning in its friendly confines while the older folk catch up with each other. Be it a quest for some mental stimulation or a search for classic Americana, March in downtown Okmulgee delivers it. We have word that the Creek Swap Meet is scheduled at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds for Mar. 15-17 and Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge is hosting Archery Days Apr. 2-3. To learn more about the Swap Meet, logon to www.okmulgeeonline.com or call (918) 758-1015 and for the Archery Days, call the Wildlife Refuge at (918) 652-0456.

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Grove is Grand – Lake Boat and Travel Show that is
By Amy Addams
We spoke of this (briefly) in the Feb. issue of The Pulse, but you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging like that, did you? Of course not! We are so excited about the Grand Lake Boat and Travel Show, we can barely sit still. When folks who reside on a lake year round host a show centered on leisure items, it’s a win-win and the folks at the Grove Civic Center are serious about their fun. They are also ready to entice you into the world of boat ownership, upgrading your existing boat, buying that RV you always said you would get ‘someday’ and they even offer new fishing poles, gear, travel info and lake activity suppliers. Heck, they even have YACHTS! We were wondering where to go for our next yacht and now we know and you do too. It’s more than shopping, however. It’s an opportunity to meet and greet with the wonderful folks who run the various businesses around Grand Lake and Grove and learn from them firsthand where to go for the best fishin’ spot, where to get the best rack of ribs and who has the best deal on cold beer. They say when you want real info, you ask the locals and the locals in Grove are encyclopedias with sweet dispositions. If you come to the Civic Center for no other reason, come to drool over the fabulous yachts and RV’s and start planning for your retirement trip across the U.S. The Show takes place Mar. 8-10 and the Civic Center’s address is 1720 S. Main Street in Grove. Find out more about the Grand Lake Boat and Travel Show at www.grandlakefun.com or call (918) 786-2289. Did we neglect to mention that you can attend for FREE? You can’t beat free anywhere and with all you stand to learn at the Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show, it’s like you will be richer for attending. There’s logic in there somewhere.



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Osage is in with the old
By Jennifer Jones


Since we are all about what’s old for spring, let’s talk about good old Osage County’s selection of antiques, namely in Pawhuska. Okay, you can never go wrong with a mall, but an antique mall might send you into overload. If you know of an antique addict, be sure to bring plenty of anti-antique medicine to slip them when you visit the Promise Land Antique Mall because it’s antique overload on steroids (but it might not do any good). We aren’t kidding. Your antiquer may turn into the Tasmanian devil and then what? All we can say is that we warned you. They have shabby chic, glassware, home décor, more home décor, Western home wear and more. You just need to make the trek to Pawhuska and step back. Did you think that was it? Heck no! The Shops at Townmaker Square have home furnishings, art, antiques, jewelry, gifts and more. You may start with a short list and walk out needing to rent a trailer to get your booty home. BUT you’ll be giggling for the

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entire drive, so it’s well worth it. Lots of fun little shops with all kinds of one-of-a-kinds and we love that kind of stuff. Not your kids’ mall. Before you leave Pawhuska, DO NOT skip over Sister’s Attic! With all kinds of eclectic gifts, little tchotchkes, jewelry and too many different items to list even if we devoted this whole magazine to this shop, Sister’s is happening, sister! Inn a word, FUNFUNFUN! Since you are close by (and there are checks left in the check book), stop by Antique Depot in Skiatook where 70 of your closest dealer friends await you with all kinds of fun little things you will realize you need as soon as you see them. It’s worth mentioning that if your spouse/partner is frugal, you will want to leave them at home for your trip because they will spoil all your fun, so ditch the miser, get your comfy shoes, sneak the check book, clean out the car (to make room for your bounty of fun new goodies) and head on out to the biggest county right on the Kansas border. Learn more about Osage County at www.visittheosage.com.

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Annabelle’s Farm is feeling fresh for spring
By Amy Addams
You may have driven past Annabelle’s Farm signs, never realizing what fun you were also passing by. They are offering your kids some Easter fun you won’t want to miss over the last two weekends in March: 23, 24, 30, 31 from noon – 6:30 and this is their second year of offering tons of fun in one spot. They will have egg hunts, train rides, a petting zoo, pony hops, bounce houses, gemstone mining, a rope maze and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny (and we haven’t listed everything; there’s just too much). Grab your camera to get some precious shots of your little ones before they grow up and have no time for you or the Easter Bunny. It’s a full afternoon of activities for your entire family to spend time actually being together outdoors and active. For the small charge of $7.98, you get the entire afternoon to play and enjoy the farm. Best part is that for less than the price of a movie ticket, you are also making a contribution to Make A Wish Foundation. If you don’t know who Make A Wish Foundation is, they are a non-profit group dedicated to helping children with life-threatening illnesses to fulfill a dream that may not have been possible without this wonderful organization’s help. If you have a larger family or if you want to take some neighbors along, groups of 10 and more can get $1 off each ticket. Annabelle’s Farm is located one miles south of Welch at 444606 E. 110 Road and they have all kinds of pictures and information to entice you further at www.annabellesfunfarm.com or you can call Tim or Bethany Wright at (918) 323-6352 for more information.


Eufaula Euphoria for Easter eggs starts summer
By Alexis Greybird
We’ve been watching Eufaula because as we all know when Eufaula gets started; summer is only a snowball’s throw away. Well, it must be close because Eufaula has an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 30, so we are ready. What we love is that this is being held at the Lake Eufaula State Park where they really know how to throw down for the little ones. It’s also a nice place to pack a picnic and spend a beautiful spring afternoon watching the blooms of spring take root while the kids get some fresh air and exercise. The hunt is open to kids ages 10 and under but they were smart enough to break the groups down into three age groups so the bigger kids don’t win everything and all of the eggs are candyfilled so it’s worth the five minutes of work your kids will invest to get that sugar high later in the day. They will also have stuffed toy prizes topping it all off. The whole shindig happens on Longhorn Loop where everything is gated off, thereby keeping the little tykes safe and it starts promptly at 2 pm, so be there a bit early and be ready to hunt down those eggs. If you need to know more, give Loraine at Eufaula State Park a ring at (918) 689-4607. She is super sweet and super smart and she will get you where you need to go when you need to get there as long as you follow her directions. Now go get some of them eggs and save the black jelly beans for me! We also found out that there will be a special Pets in the Park event at Posey Park on Mar. 30, so if you are looking for a new love, look no further than Posey Park for a new addition to the family. A new shelter is in town and they take animal love very seriously. They are hoping you will too. Come see what all the fuss and love is about on Mar. 30 from 1 -3 pm.



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Pawnee’s passion is pretties
By Jennifer Jones
Those who may not visit Pawnee County very often might look at Pawnee as cattle grazing land and not much else, but there’s where city dwellers got it all wrong. Dead wrong. Fact is, Pawnee is an antiquing hot spot. Good news is that not too many people know that Pawnee is a great spot for great finds where antiques are concerned and if you are an antique freak, you need to correct your thinking and take a day to check out all that Pawnee has to offer those who have neglected it all this time. Our first stop is Red Door Flea Market where a good deal is to be had around every turn. You can dress up your home or office and their prices are reasonable too. Find them at 525 Sixth Street. (918) 762-3444. While on Sixth, be sure to pay a visit to Pawnee Bill’s Trading Post. They have collectibles as well as novelties. It’s a good stop for that little something you didn’t know you needed. Located at 547 Sixth Street. (918) 762-2335. We pop onto Harrison, which is a main drag through Pawnee, but it’s also an antique hot spot with Mayflower’s & Gifts located at 631. There are quite a few gift ideas (with many of them being very unique) as well as some antiques. We like that they have items for all spaces and budgets, large to small. (918) 762-4401. We pop up a few doors to Where the Buffalo Roam at 648 Harrison, but there are no buffalo roaming around, thank goodness because the buffalo would really make a mess of things, but this little spot has some quaint little odds and ends to make you skip up and down Harrison. Much of the merchandise is Old West, which is always useful. (918) 762-2420. Only a few more doors to The Corner Post, ironically located on a corner where you can check out the goodies you didn’t come for initially, but now can’t live without. The Corner Post is located at 700 Harrison Street. (918) 762-2212. We wouldn’t be complete without covering Mitchell Auto & Collectibles located at 320 Fourth where there are antiques and little bits for the male and female antique freak. They have a bit of it all and all you need to do is spend a bit of time perusing to find what you want. (918) 762-3323. Last, but never least is Ideal Glass located at 530 Illinois where you can find anything glass or window related, but they also have a nice selection of home and office antiques too. Tom and Sheila Briggs will help you make a good selection, so give them a few minutes of your time while you are in town. (918) 762-2227. Maybe we didn’t exactly go in a great geographical order with the quirky little shops in Pawnee, but we hope you found a few that will entice you to pay Pawnee a visit in the near future. While you are there, be sure to have a nice lunch and chat with the local residents who are some of the sweetest folks you’ll ever want to meet. When you get home with your new find, you’ll always think of the sweet person you chatted with when you bought it! Happy spring shopping in Pawnee.


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Wagoner has gone to the dogs – literally!
By Alexis Greybird
The folks at The Canebrake make no ‘bones’ about their love of doggies and they made March their moth of Mutt Madness with canine art by Matt Moffett and a Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. Matt Moffett has some of the most heartfelt dog art in these parts. When Matt’s dog died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, he was crushed. He looked all over for a painter to make a portrait of his pooch, but there were very few willing to do so and the few that were available were quite expensive, so Matt decided to pick up a brush and take a shot at making his own portrait of his beloved canines. After all, Matt’s mother was an artist, so it’s only expected that Matt would have paint thinner running through his veins. Well, lo and behold, Matt made it work and you can see his skills come to canvas all month of March long at the Canebrake. It starts Mar. 1 at 5:30 pm and doesn’t wrap-up until Mar. 30 at 3 pm. Wrap-up the thirty days of doggies with a Doggie Easter Egg Hunt on Mar. 30 and while we don’t have much on it at present, you can’t miss with eggs and dogs, but you may not already know that the Canebrake has Dog Night on the Patio every Thursday where if you order dinner, your four-legged friend eats for free. Given what they make for people, you can only imagine what Fido will get! Be warned, if you give a dog too many eggs, the return is a very stinky return. Use your imagination. Find out more about what the Canebrake has to offer all Month of March long at www.thecanebrake.com or give them a call for a Sunday Brunch reservation at (918) 485-1810. While there, why not arrange a special trip for a yoga class, a facial or a getaway for two? The Canebrake is located at 33241 East 732nd Road in Wagoner.


Sequoyah surprises in store
By Amy Addams


It’s been a quiet winter in Sequoyah County and while we respect their want of quiet, they have some really fun things to do starting with this time of year; most of them are at Find & Feather Resort in Gore. Well, We spoke with Lezli Poole, the owner of Fin & Feather about what’s coming up for 2013 and she had that special twinkle in her eye, so get ready to hear a lot about the fun that F&F has lined-up for your summer schedule. While F&F isn’t fully open until May 1, they are opening for Easter weekend, March 30-31 with a special weekend of getaway from the humdrum. They are offering 40% off room rates and topping it off with a special Easter dinner complete with anything you could want for only $18.95 per person with special pricing for seniors and kids. Now it should be enough that you get to spend a nice relaxing weekend for a great rate at F&F for almost half off the usual rates, but the Easter dinner caught our attention in a big way. They will have ham, turkey and all the fixin’s, roast, prime rib, fish, more sides than you could even dream about, drinks and best of all – DESSERTS and lots of ‘em! If you’ve never been to a buffet at F&F, you have to right that wrong with all immediacy.

We got the rare treat of a brunch there last fall and it was the treat of a lifetime. As a matter of fact, we still talk about it (the chocolate gravy? It was manna from Heaven). It appears that F&F does nothing in small measure so we are sure they will prepare an Easter feast for the senses that also gives you the pleasure of not cleaning up afterwards while you relax and enjoy a weekend of fun with the family in a place where you feel as though you really had a break without having to go far to do so. Also, we wanted you to know that Soda Steve’s fabulous food will be served up beginning April 18, so get ready to eat some of that fantastic fried zucchini and we’ll see you there! Fin & Feather is located on Oklahoma Route 10A (at 445889), so give them a call at (918) 487-5148 and reserve your room for an Easter weekend you’ll remember. Check out their Website at www.finandfeatherresort.com for more information.


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To be or not to be…vegetarian
By Karen Brown
Have you ever wondered what makes a person vow to live a vegetarian life? Maybe you are among those who have not committed but who have silently debated making that vow yourself. Vegetarians number over 7 million in America. People choose to become vegetarian for various reasons. These reasons may include one or a combination of the following: weight loss or control, nutrition, disease prevention or control, environmental concerns, animal safety concerns and food poison or food toxin concerns and simply personal preference and enjoyment. Let’s cover the very basics here. We’ll include just enough for you to understand why people may choose to omit animal products, and aid our readers who may be considering this lifestyle for themselves. The basics include: vegetarian types or definitions, benefits, areas requiring special attention, strategies, possible pitfalls, as well as tips to avoid those pitfalls and finally additional resources. We will start with the definitions. Strictly speaking a Vegetarian is someone who chooses to not eat meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacean or by products of slaughter. There are 4 basic types. Lacto-ovo vegetarian - do eat eggs and dairy products. This is the most common type of vegetarian. Lacto vegetarian –do eat dairy products but not eggs Ovo-vegetarian -do eat eggs but no dairy products. Vegan - do not eat any dairy, eggs or any animal products. Possible benefits of eating vegetarian can be numerous. We all know that a reduction in animal fat or other foods high in fat or toxins can greatly reduce a person’s risk of disease, including some cancers and cardiovascular disease. In addition, it is well known that eating a high fiber diet promotes better health. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) eating vegetarian meals, containing lots of variety in fruits and vegetables and whole grains, can reduce your risk of heart disease, colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. There are some areas of additional concern when eliminating animal products. Ensuring proper levels of the following vitamins and minerals: B-12, D, Calcium, Zink, Riboflavin, Protein, and Iron is essential for good health. Let’s just look at a few here: Calcium Functions: promotes bone and teeth health; regulates heartbeat; controls blood pressure; contributes to muscle contraction, nerve single, hormone and enzyme construction Sources: dairy, dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, beans, nuts, tofu, eggs, okra and surprisingly English muffins, as well as some fortified juices. B-12 Functions: keeps red blood cells healthy, promotes healthy immune system, contributes to nerve health Sources: some cheeses, milk, eggs and yogurt, some soy products Protein Functions: made of amino acids, proteins are the building blocks of our cells Sources: maintaining a variety of plant foods, beans and whole grains Iron Functions: aids in transportation of oxygen through the body Sources: whole grains, peas, beans, spinach, nuts, blackstrap molasses Next in line when adapting to a vegetarian lifestyle, is deciding on a strategy. Some people decide to go cold turkey (no pun intended). Others choose to remove one item at a time; say starting out by eliminating red meat. Still others choose to add 2-3 vegetarian meals a week and slowly reduce their dependency on meat. With any change in lifestyle there can be expected pitfalls or challenges. Becoming vegetarian is no different. There are many more choices today for vegetarians, both in the supermarket and the restaurant. When starting, beware of times when your options seem limited or you are short on groceries or time. The fledging vegetarian can fall prey to temptation and reach for whatever may be within their reach, including junk food. High fat, empty calorie and high sugar foods or over-processed foods should not be a substitute for a balanced meal. Whatever your decision and whatever your motivation, remember that your health should be your number one priority. Here are some quick tips to ward off some of these potential setbacks: As usual, do not go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Keep nutritious snacks around, including nuts, dehydrated fruits and veggies, etc. Prepare meals in large quantities and freeze some for later. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season, offer a variety of color to your plate (don’t forget the dehydrated section). And finally, for more information try visiting your local library. There are many books available on the topic. Also, the websites listed below may be helpful. www.vegok.org www.navs-online.org www.vegetariantimes.com


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break Library the library at By Margaret Collins, Eufaula Memorial
Are you looking for kids’ activities during the upcoming Spring Break? Well, check out your local library first. Libraries in Eastern Oklahoma District Library System (EODLS) always plan extra activities for children and teens during the annual Spring Break. This year it’s all happening March 18-22, at your local library! The library always has books, magazines, graphic novels, DVDs and other materials for kids of all ages as well as public access computers that kids can use with parental consent. Following, listed by county, are some of the fun things to do that you can find at your local library. ADAIR COUNTY John F. Henderson Public Library, Westville: On Monday, March 18, Musicians Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin; Tuesday, March 19, at 1 p.m. a feature length film will be shown at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. “Meet Maddie,” a 13-year-old talking cockatoo will visit. Stilwell Public Library: Final plans were not available at press time. Check with the library. CHEROKEE COUNTY Tahlequah Public Library: Tuesday, March 19, includes Baby Lap Time at 10 a.m. and Movie & Munchies at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, March 20, Wacky Wednesday Crafts from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Youth Chess at 4 p.m.; Thursday, March 21, Movie & Munchies at 11:30 a.m. and Teen Zone at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, March 22, Toddler Tales at 9:30 a.m., Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Hulbert Community Library: Wednesday, March 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., Comeand-Go Easter Craft for all ages. DELAWARE COUNTY Grove Public Library: Monday, March 18, 10 a.m. – Noon, Come & Go Kid’s Craft; 1 p.m. Basic Floral Design for Adults (registration required) Tuesday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time; 3:305:00 p.m., Lego Club; 7 p.m., Delaware County Genealogical Society Meeting- making heirloom memory books; Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. – Noon, Beginning Computer Class; 2 p.m., Games for Kids; Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m. - Noon, Come & Go Kid’s Craft; 6 p.m. Teen/Adult Movie Night (The Hobbit) Delaware County Library, Jay: Final plans were not available at press time. Check with the library. Kansas Public Library: Tuesday, March 19, 4-6 p.m., Kids’ Movie Night; Thursday, March 21, 12-4 p.m., come-and-go Easter Craft. SEQUOYAH COUNTY Muldrow Public Library: Think Green! Monday, March 18, 2-4 p.m., Teens & Tweens Cooking Green Foods; Tuesday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. Make-and-Take Craft Class, and 6-8 p.m. Green Movie with Green Popcorn and Punch; Wednesday, March 20, 2-4 p.m., Green Jewelry Class; Thursday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., Green Preschool Story Time; 2-4 p.m., Green Movie 2; Friday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Green Wii Tournament. Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library, Sallisaw: Think Spring! Monday, March 18, 6 p.m., Spring Dance for Teens and Tweens; Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story Time with Spring Music; Wednesday, March 20, Adult Spring into Fitness session; Thursday, March 21, from 1-3 p.m., free Make & Take Spring Flower Art class; Friday, March 22, 1 p.m., Spring Movie with popcorn. McINTOSH COUNTY Eufaula Memorial Library: Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m., Fancy Nancy Tea Party; Thursday, March 21, 1 p.m., LEGO Party; Friday, March 22, 1 p.m., “The Hungry Toilet” (read and write poetry) Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library: Wednesday, March 20, 10-1, Comeand-Go Craft Time; Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m. Steve Crawford, Magician – for all ages; Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Inflatable (outside). MUSKOGEE COUNTY Q. B. Boydstun Library, Fort Gibson: Tuesday, March 19, 3:30 p.m. Photo Scavenger Hunt for Teens; Thursday, March 21, 4 p.m. Crafts for Kids Muskogee Public Library: Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kid Crafts; Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, 3 p.m. School Age Stories; Thursday, March 21, 1:30 p.m., Ms. Riki and her Cockapoo, Mattie; Friday, March 22, 2 p.m., Super Hero Party (ages 5-12). Muskogee TEENS – Monday, March 18, 3-5 p.m., Gaming; Tuesday, March 19, 3-5 p.m., Spring Poster Contest Begins; Wednesday, March 20, 3-5 p.m., Potted Plant Craft; Thursday, March 21, 3-5 p.m., Book Discussion – “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth; Friday, March 22, 3-5 p.m., Movie, Winner of Poster Contest will be announced. Warner Public Library: Final plans for a movie and a craft day were not available at press time. Check with the library. Rieger Memorial Library, Haskell: Final plans for a movie and a craft day were not available at press time. Check with the library.



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Upcoming Wedding Shows
We had great feedback from future brides about our Wedding planning story last month and they told us they want to know more. See our tips from the pro on the next page for some great flower tips and here is a listing of upcoming Wedding Shows that you can attend to plan your perfect day. We have made recommendations for you according to your area, but our suggestion is that you attend two or three of these events to get as many ideas as you can: 2013 Muskogee Bridal Extravaganza Hosted by Kilharen’s Lodge Sunday June 9 • 1:00-5:00 Kilharen’s Lodge 5000 W Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee OK 918-913-1313 www.kilharenslodge.com If you are a bride in the greater Muskogee area, this is our recommended show for you. The ideas will be flowing and the vendor booths will be full of wedding professionals from the greater Muskogee area. In other words, this show is smaller than the larger shows in Tulsa or OKC, but every vendor there is one that you can use in your own wedding. If you live east of Tulsa, this is the show for you. Tulsa Wedding Show Sunday July 28 • Noon-5:00pm Tickets are $12 at the door $10 if purchased online www.thetulsaweddingshow.com This is a large show with vendors from across Green Country and beyond. It will have lots of ideas and if you live in the greater Tulsa area or west of Tulsa, this is our recommendation for you. Tulsa Oklahoma Wedding Show Presented by OkBride.com October 6 • 1:00-5:00 Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa OK This large show presented by OkBride.com is the regional version of their large Oklahoma City show (other shows below). Preregistration is required if you want the bride profile, entry for prizes, etc. Here are a few shows outside of Green Country as well. They are a bit outside of driving distance to choose your vendors, but they would be a great place to go for more wedding ideas for your own Green Country wedding. These are all sponsored by OkBride.com and are large shows, the OKC show being the largest in the state. Pre-registration is required for all of the OkBride.com events: www.okbride.com/register.asp 405-633-0366 Norman Oklahoma Bridal Show Sunday April 7 • 1:00-5:00 Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman OK Oklahoma Bridal Show July 14 • 1:00-5:00 Cox Convention Center 189 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City OK Edmond Oklahoma Bridal Show September 29 • 1:00-5:00 University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond OK


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DIY Wedding Floral Tips
By Josh Cottrell-Owner of A Bloom Flowers & Gifts
Most Florists cringe when they hear the phrase, “I’m a DIY Bride.” At A Bloom Flowers & Gifts, we embrace it. There are, however, a few things to consider before you decide that you are going to jump right in and handle all the flowers yourself. Will you have enough time and assistance to make the floral arrangements while preparing for your ceremony? Remember, there will be a lot to do on your big day. Do you know enough about floral arranging to make them look the way you would like? Where are you going to buy flowers? Where will you store your flowers before and after they are arranged? What is in season? Do roses come in lime green? Will they last long enough for you to make them up ahead of time? Remember, flowers are not forgiving in blistering heat or freezing cold. If you can answer all of these questions to satisfy the needs of your occasion, then you are good to go. Let me offer you some advice, seek help! A Bloom Flowers & Gifts offers the DIY Bride the opportunity to book a bridal consultation with expert floral designers. It is well worth the extra time and money to seek the advice of a professional before diving into such an important task. During a consultation, you can expect to discuss flower choices, colors, availability and assistance with design choices that suit your skill level and answer any other questions you might have to make your DIY experience a good one. A Florist may even offer some ideas you never even knew existed or can offer arrangements that you could never hope to make with your skills or budget. Sometimes what we think will be an enormous expense through a professional becomes an even bigger expense (and a disaster) going in another direction. You can always go your own way, but research all your options before discounting the use of a professional’s help. Here is some free advice for the DIY Bride about what not to do. If at all possible, we recommend staying away from the online retailers that will ship you the perfect wedding flowers. Do you really want to have your flowers arrive in a box the day before the wedding? What if there is a problem, can you get them fixed in time? What if they don’t arrive? What if they are held in customs? Most florists will sell you fresh flowers in bulk at a really good price if they don’t have to process, store and design them. Keep in mind though, flowers are only sold in certain quantities, and therefore you might have to purchase a few more stems than you need, but you can always use them somewhere. It’s far better to be over prepared than fall short on your big day! A few other ideas we can offer to save when planning for a DIY wedding day is to consider using vases that you already have. It’s very trendy and savvy to use vintage pieces from your family. Like for instance, Grandma’s milk glass collection. Or a collection of unusual containers like mason jars or other interesting bottles. Using a mix of linens you can borrow from friends, aunts, cousins etc. can be eclectic and fun. And lastly don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be sure you use all the resources available to you. Putting together your own wedding flowers is a big task no Bride should take on by herself. Delegate ladies!



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Pulse Pro: Talking to your hair stylist
By Stefanie Hunt
We have all had that moment in the styling chair when we look at ourselves in the mirror and wonder, “Was this person listening to me?” Communication is key when talking to your stylist and sometimes it feels like you are speaking two different languages. So, here are a few tips to help better the understanding between you and your stylist. Plan Ahead Make sure you have researched your stylist. Ask your friends, co-workers, or family members any recommendations on where to go and who to see. Even asking a stranger with a great cut is a compliment. Don’t be shy to ask where they got their great hairstyle. Pictures can be an asset and a hindrance. Make sure you are choosing pictures with similar face shape as your own. Also, pick multiple pictures. Sometimes you can take different things about each style and the stylist can create a style specifically for you. Always make sure book your appointment for your least busiest day. This will give you and your stylist plenty of time for consultation. You don’t want to have both you and your stylist to feel rushed for time. Be Honest One very important key point to let your stylist know is how much time and money you are willing to spend on your hair. How long are you going to spend styling your hair each day? How much are you willing to spend on styling products? Do you have all the styling utensils you will need to get the style you are looking for? Voice Your Frustrations We all have frustrations with our hair - it may be texture, thickness, color, and even the tools we use. All of these daily aggravations are important in your consultation with your stylist and getting the result you desire.


Open Up Be open to suggestions. Just because you have done it this way for years does not mean it is the best way. After all, if you want a change, you can’t very well get something different if you do it the same way you always have. It is the stylist’s job to help you find the right style for you. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No” Sometimes you get a stylist that is take charge, doesn’t really listen, and seems to do whatever they want and we sit there in the chair thinking, “Well they must know best.” This is not always necessarily the case. If you are unsure about length, then ask the stylist to just take a little off at a time. If you do not want a certain tone to your color let they stylist know. Whatever the case may be don’t be afraid to speak up.

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I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but when this time of year makes an appearance, I get a bit anxious if you know what I mean. I want to do something, but what that something is, I just can’t say. I want to clean out closets, rearrange sock drawers, start the garden and do a whole host of other things all going on in my mental to-do list, but the overriding theme is that I just want something different in my life …starting now. Funny thing is that most, if not all, of these things never seem to come to fruition and thus another spring ends up passing me by. Many of us have said, “When I lose the weight I’ll start doing more for myself” or “After the kids get a little older, I’ll make more time for me” or whatever your excuse for today is. All of these excuses are just that – excuses. This year, I’ve decided that instead of making great leaps of change, maybe smaller steps are called for. I was deciding that I could update some of my wardrobe, throw out some older cosmetics, maybe change my look just a little and perhaps re-do my hairdo in smaller steps, so that’s where I’m going to start. Then it hit me: I bet a lot of people feel as I do and never make any leaps of faith. I researched this and here’s how we can all begin together:

Spring’s rebirth can also mean a new you

Get on the make-up train. For all you anti-make-up gals out there, nothing says you care about yourself like doing a little something to make yourself look a bit nicer does. You don’t have to slather it on with a putty knife, but a little mascara and lip gloss goes a long way in telling the world that you care about how you look. If you have always worn make-up but haven’t updated your style in some time, it might be time for a make-over the Mac counter at Dillard’s or Sephora is a good start. Tell them what your intentions are and make sure they are working with your wants. You don’t have to buy everything they use on you, but remember the colors they selected and go with the overall look. Please also ignore what you see for this year’s make-up and beauty trends; they only pertain to runway models in NY, Paris and Rome. Unless that’s you, ignore that tripe. I do not recommend bright blue eye shadow and purple lipstick for anybody anytime anywhere. As we age, we don’t need as much make-up. Also, the glitter has to go (wrinkles require a matte finish). It settles into our lines, making us look even older. Get a new do for the new you. We’ve covered how to talk to your stylist on page 32, but how do you decide what hairstyle is right for you? Did you know there are Websites where you can upload pictures of your face and actually superimpose hairstyles onto it? It might be worth your time to give it a shot if what you have is no longer working. Might we also suggest that you spend the extra money at a good salon where you will get the one-onone service you need? If you have been cutting your bangs and leaving the rest go forever and a day, it might be a good time to cash in the change jar and treat yourself. Nothing can change your look like a good haircut can. While you are there, you might want to ask about color. If you’ve had a color for a long time that is no longer working for you, ask the stylist what he or she thinks. Ask your friends. If you can splurge on color, do it there. If not, then by all means, do it yourself. You want a style that works with your day-to-day schedule too. By doing small things to make yourself feel a little better, they can all add up to a big change in how you carry yourself and how others treat you. Start small and see big changes in the overall results. Send us some of your ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos to: editor@mypulsemag.com. We’d love to see what you’ve done and inspire others to do more too! Happy Spring Green Country! Note to the men: Much of what we have covered here can apply to you as well. We’ve seen some men who look so nice and some of you could do a bit more for yourselves. If you want the ladies to notice you, put a bit of effort into how you look. It takes very little effort to get a decent haircut and a nice pair of jeans and shirt. Small changes net big results! Oh, and a bit of cologne couldn’t hurt either. You can be a ‘Man’s Man’ and still look nice. Girls pay attention to these things on you too!


Let’s start with the clothing. Few of us want to part with what we have, but many of us realize that we look much older (fatter/ shorter/frumpier/insert-your-word-here) than we are by the fact that we dress poorly. You don’t have to buy all new clothes, but perhaps a few new pairs of jeans, some cuter shoes and a few better fitting tops are the order of the day. Taking an honest friend along to give you a real opinion of what you select does (and doesn’t do) for you might be in order. Now is also not the time to go with what you’ve always done. If you’ve always worn men’s t-shirts, sweatshirts and pants, perhaps shopping in the women’s section is a good place to start. You may also want to try buying your actual size: not a size up, not a size down, your size. Tear out the tags if it makes you feel better, but the right fit says a lot about how you look. TIP: If you have trouble breathing, your stomach rolls over the top or the pants don’t stay up on their own, that is also not your size. Try a different style too. Buy one pair to start and see what others say before you buy many more. If money (or fear) is an issue, you might want to start small with updating your existing wardrobe by dressing up what you already own with some scarves, costume jewelry or just fixing what you have. If something is ripped, stained and ruined beyond hope or recognition, then it’s time to part ways with it, but if it’s salvageable, then fix the tears and replace the buttons (maybe some updated ones?) and wear it another year. Ironing your clothes can go a long way to making them look nice too. Downy Wrinkle Release is a gift from God, I swear. Invest in this if you are allergic to ironing. If you are a bit on the larger side, bigger jewelry makes you look better than tiny little jewelry; get big pieces to show off your beautiful face.


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Staying In: Planning an easy Easter with fun in mind
By Jennifer Jones
Easter has all the elements of fun that many of us have lost touch with over the years. Remember when we were young how everything was closed on Easter and it was a special day of food and family gathering? Not anymore. Now, it seems as though the entire concept and thought behind Easter is lost. The shopping centers are open regular hours as if it is just another day. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can make this an Easter of fun for the family with only a little bit of planning. First, as we all know, it requires hard-boiled eggs and lots of them. I read somewhere that to hard-boil eggs properly, you put cold eggs in water, bring them to a boil in salted water, boil for 17 minutes, remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes and run cold water over them to cool and stop cooking process. That seems to work for me, but if you have a better method, by all means, go with that. Part of the fun of Easter eggs is the decorating. It can be messy, so you might want to take it outdoors, but with enough colors, markers, glitter and whatever else they have out these days, you can really spruce up those eggs and spend quite a bit of time doing so. One really fun way to decorate eggs that you may not know about is Ukrainian egg decorating also known as Pysanky. While not for the smaller kids, pysanky requires a few tools, specialty dyes and wax and can make for some beautiful keepsakes. The tool used to apply the wax is called a ‘kistka’ which is a stick with a small funnel on the end where beeswax is flowed onto the egg making a bit of a batik look with the dyes. You start with the lighter colors and work towards the darker ones and finish with black as the last color. Pysanky dyes are different than the ones sold at the local grocers as they are richer and darker but


the results are stunning. You can even get small stands for your finished works, thus keeping your eggs for years to come. This is a great hobby for the artist in training. Find out more about pysanky at www.pysankycrazy.com or at www.bestpysanky.com. If you are hosting an Easter egg hunt, get rid of the dogs. Eggs are a siren’s call to dogs. One year, we had a Saint Bernard who followed the hider around, eating almost every single egg, thus ruining the hunt, although it was pretty funny at the time. Just tie-up the pooches. You might want to consider separating kids by age groups to keep the searches fair. Older kids can participate in more difficult searches, but little ones have to easily be able to find eggs and they have shorter attention spans. Don’t make it too hard for them to find their eggs. You will need something for everyone to put their eggs in too (paper bags are fine). If you don’t want to eat egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks you can always use the plastic eggs and put prizes in them for your hunt. It’s only limited to your creativity. Other ways to get the kids outside and active while still enjoying the seasonality is to have various games such as an egg toss, egg roll (where kids roll their eggs to see whose egg can get closest to the white egg in the center without actually moving it) or obstacle course. Some great ideas can be found at www.facebook. com/AmazingMoms or www.kaboose.com. If your kids get Easter baskets, you can fill them with cheap little goodies that are not chocolate or candy if you are concerned about your kids’ overall health. One bigger gift instead of a basket of junk food is also okay. Games, books, sports equipment or whatever your kids want can be purchased for the same price as candy these days. We priced candy and it’s going for as much as $4-$7 a bag and let’s not even get started on the dental bills! Easter is a great day for starting up the grill and having kabobs or doing the traditional sit-down fare or going out for pizza (we have some destinations on our Dining Out pages to help you find a new favorite spot for pie), but whatever you do, don’t let another Easter pass you by without remembering this holiday that has somehow been lost in the shuffle. Happy Easter Green Country!

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Saint Patrick’s Day: origins, facts, myths and celebrations
Many of us celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, but few of us know why. If you are Irish, you may have been raised with it as a part of your heritage, but many of us were never told why it is celebrated or what purpose this holiday serves other than a day of drinking green beer and eating corned beef and cabbage. Let’s start with the man. Saint Patrick really lived. He was half Brit and half Roman born in England in 387. His Irish roots stem from being kidnapped and sold into Irish slavery where he claims God came to him in a dream and told him that a ship was coming for him to escape back to Britain. The dream came true and entered the church in Gaul where he studied to be a priest. Later, St. Patrick returned to Ireland where paganism was still practiced and reformed many of the pagans to Christianity. He visited a tavern where he told the proprietor that if he filled his glasses full of whiskey instead of half full which the innkeeper was known to do, a devil residing in the basement would waste away, thus teaching a lesson of generosity to the innkeeper and creating the custom of consuming alcohol on March 17, the day corresponding to St. Patrick’s death. When Patrick visited the inn later, he and the innkeeper went in to the basement to find the devil emaciated from the innkeeper’s generosity. At least that’s the story. Patrick’s ties to the shamrock comes from his tying the holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the three leaves on clovers, so many in Ireland will place a leaf from a three leaf clover in the bottom of their shot of whiskey to honor Saint Patrick. This custom is known as “Pota Phaidraig” or “Patrick’s Pot” but many call it “drowning the shamrock.”

Wearing of green is a newer tradition, as wearing of blue was initially how folks honored the man, but the farm fields of Ireland and the Irish flag are green, so the green tradition became the norm over the years.


St. Patrick’s was first celebrated in the U.S. in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737 and while the St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a religious observance, in the U.S., it is more of a day of drinking and fun. Many church officials in Ireland have spoken out against the parties and festivals that are held in name of St. Patrick’s Day, but here in the U.S., it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue. Claremore is celebrating St. Patrick’s life in a big way on Mar. 15 and all are welcome, Irish or not. It’s all happening in downtown Claremore, so wear some green and check out the Irish food and Celtic bands they have lined up for the day. Bring the kids and teach them a bit about the history of Irish influence on America’s growth. We also have some recipes for you to serve traditional Irish fare to the family for a real Irish feast on March 17. We tried to find recipes where the ingredients were available locally and all seem to be easy enough to make, so give something new a try. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Slainte mhaith! (SLA-ncha Va: to your good health)

Easter is time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the beginning of Spring. The resurrection of life after the seeming death of winter. Churches are filled with Easter dresses and suits as bright and as colorful as the flowers that are beginning to pop up all over Oklahoma. But Easter is not just for the religious. Egg dying kits and Easter baskets fly off the shelves of stores. Chocolate bunny rabbits and Peeps chicks are smeared on little faces everywhere.

The mystery of Easter revealed By Angel Waldo

Easter is filled with mysteries. How did Easter begin? Why is it never on the same day of the year? What is the significance of hunting dyed eggs? How on earth did a rabbit get the job of delivering all the eggs in a basket? How do they get the peanut butter into the middle of those wonderful chocolate eggs? Let’s start with the origins of Easter. Easter was originally a pagan celebration of the goddess Eostre, known as the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon peoples. Known by other names in other regions, the holiday began as a celebration of fertility. It was celebrated in Spring to represent the fertility of Mother Earth. This coincided with the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The German word for this Christian celebration was “Ostern”, or white celebration. Which is believed to be the origin of the name, “Easter.” The date for Easter changes every year to coincide with the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere. To make

this even more confusing, the full moon used to determine the date of Easter is not astronomical, but ecclesiastical. Which means it is based on a set of tables, not astrology. To keep from getting in over our heads, just know that Easter will always be between March 22 and April 25. No earlier and no later. On to the eggs. The egg is seen in many cultures as a symbol of fertility and new life. It has been used in many cultures’ celebrations of both Spring and birth. According to legend, St. Mary Magdalene went to Rome to meet with Tiberius, the Emperor. She brought an egg with her as a symbol of the resurrection and the new life it brings. Tiberius scoffed at this and told her that Christ had not risen from the grave anymore than that egg she held was red. Suddenly, the egg turned scarlet in color. Giving someone a red egg on Easter became a Christian symbol of the resurrection. The hare has been a symbol of fertility in many cultures. The hare can become pregnant with a new litter of babies while still carrying another litter. The hare, which was later replaced by the rabbit in Easter legends, is thought to be one of the main symbols that brought the Christian celebration and the pagan celebrations together. The Saxons had a legend of the goddess, Eostre, finding an injured bird at the end of winter and turning it in to a hare to save its life. This hare could still lay eggs. Since the pagan celebration of Eostre was March through April, when Christianity spread into the area many of the rituals of the Saxons’ celebration were incorporated into the celebration of Easter to ease the Saxons’ conversion to Christianity. Thus the Easter Hare (later rabbit) that could deliver eggs. As for the peanut butter in the middle of the chocolate eggs, some mysteries just cannot be solved.


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& Powerful March 8, PG

Oz, The Great
James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician who is hurled into an amazing and magical land where his antics gain him immediate notoriety. He thinks he’s hit the big time until three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) put him to the test. Soon he finds that not only must he redeem himself but save the wonderful world of Oz. With Sam Raimi at the helm and an incredible ensemble of performers, “Oz” is one of the most anticipated films over the last year or so and is sure to be an audience pleaser. Another prequel movie that appears to be well worth the wait.

The Croods

March 22, PG
When their cave is destroyed the Croods, the world’s first prehistoric family, must leave their familiar surroundings and venture off into the great unknown and find adventure along the way. This new outing from Dreamworks animation stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Kirk De Micco (“Space Chimps”) and Chris Sanders (“Lilo & Stitch”, “How to Train Your Dragon”) are co-directors on the film. With a great cast and directors this one should be a hit for the whole family.

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Also in Theaters in March
March 22 March 29

“21 and Over” (R); “Jack, the Giant Slayer” (PG-13); “The Last Exorcism Part II” (PG-13); “Phantom” (R); “Stoker” (R) “ABC’s of Death” (NYR); “Dead Man Down” (R)

“Admission” (PG-13); “Olympus Has Fallen” (R); “The Sapphires” (PG-13); “Spring Breakers” (R) “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (NYR); “The Host” (PG-13); “The Place Beyond the Pines” (R); “Starbuck” (R); “Tyler Perry’s Temptation” (PG-13)

March 15

“The Call” (NYR); “Ginger & Rosa” (PG-13); “Hummingbird” (NYR); “The Incredible Bert Wonderstone” (PG-13)



March 2
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” (PG-13)

March 5

“Lay the Favorite” (R); “Playing for Keeps” (PG-13); “Red Dawn” (PG-13); “Unconditional” (PG-13); “Wreck-It Ralph” (PG)

March 12

“Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” (PG); “Hitchcock” (PG-13); “Life of Pi” (PG); “Rise of the Guardians” (PG); “This Must Be the Place” (R)

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“Bachelorette” (R); The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13) “This is 40” (R) “The Collection” (R); “Killing Them Softly” (R); “Parental Guidance” (PG)

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With the warmer weather comes the art shows and we couldn’t be more excited about both. There are plenty of shows going on all over Green Country, so be sure to pay at least one a visit and see what your local artists have spent their winter doing. We start with a show that will make any animal lover excited. It’s Matt Moffett’s annual show at The Canebrake, starting Mar. 1 at 5:30 pm and running the whole month. Moffett is self-taught, but he must have inherited the gift for art somewhere (we hear his mom has some pretty spectacular talent) because when his dog died suddenly, he decided to pay tribute through his own works rather than paying another to do it. What started out as a tribute to a beloved pet has blossomed into a career for Moffett. If you are a dog lover, be sure to pay a visit to The Canebrake in March. If you can, bring your dog on Thursday evenings when dogs eat free with a paid meal for you on the patio. Where else can you get that kind of puppy love? Get more at www. thecanebrake.com or via (918) 485-5810. The Canebrake is located at 33241 East 732nd Road in Wagoner. While you are there, you may want to pay a tribute to your pooch as Matt does his art for others and we hear his prices are affordable. We’ve covered this event on our Creek County page, but in the event you missed it, the Glenpool Spring Market is going on March 2 at the Glenpool Convention Center. Get your details on page 17. Tulsa is celebrating the Oklahoma artist and crafter with the Made in Oklahoma Craft Fair happening Mar. 9-10 at Persimmon Hollow Village located just off 71st Street in Broken Arrow. With a convenient location and lots of vendors offering Okie-made crafts, it’s a perfect time to find those special gifts for others or just show for yourself. While the temperatures are still cool, this is also a great time to visit Persimmon Hollow and give the kids a bit of an education while you shop like they did way back when. Persimmon Hollow is located at 6927 S. 115th E. Ave. and can


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be reached at (918) 408-5082 or at www.persimmonhollowvillage.com. Winding our way into April, we couldn’t be more excited about all that Muskogee has to offer, but one event that brings folks from all over the country is the Art Under the Oaks Art Show & Sale that has been held in years past, but this year, they’ve changed things up a bit and rolled it into the competitive art show at Five Civilized Tribes Museum going on all April long. If you are a collector of Native American art, you can’t miss this event and if you are appreciative of it, you will be amazed at the beauty on display everywhere you look. The show is widely acclaimed and should be one you attend no matter what. Find out more by calling (918) 683-1701. Five Civilized Tribes is located at 1101 Honor Heights Drive in Muskogee.


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Theatre’s March Madness
As we all knew it was coming, the good folks who put on the various productions we have come to know, love and expect are seriously back at it. If we missed anything, please accept our sincerest apologies and let us know at editor@mypulsemag.com. We really do our best to put everything theatre-related onto our theatre pages, but it’s not an easy feat. If you know of a local theatre company that regularly puts on shows, we want to know about it. Without further ado, let’s get into March’s theatre madness. Tulsa Opera is bringing in “The Most Happy Fella” Mar. 1 and 3 to 1610 S. Boulder Ave. and it looks to be a story worth your time and attention. See our Website for details on the story line or call (918) 587-4811 or (918) 582-4035 for more information or logon to www.tulsaopera.com for tickets. You might like a bit of fun in your theater and we can’t think of anything more fun than “Hairspray,” now showing at Tulsa Convention Center Mar. 1 -10. Set in 1960’s Baltimore, it’s all about an overweight adolescent girl’s coming to terms with her need to dance, the racial tensions in Baltimore at the time and her parents’ need to control her. It’s funny while teaching you a bit about Baltimore in the early ‘60’s. It’s won many Tony awards and we think you’ll love it too. Find out more at www.tulsaconvention.com. The Coleman Theatre is showing the silent Movie “Speedy” with Dennis James accompaniment on Wurlitzer on both Mar. 2-3. “Speedy” stars the famous silent movie star Harold Lloyd and is a classic. You won’t want to miss this great silent film. Get ready for a big celebrity to start your March with Cathy Rigby as she revisits her role as Peter Pan in none other than “Peter Pan” Mar. 5-10 at Tulsa PAC (110 E. 2nd St.). It’s all there; Wendy, Peter and evil Hook will make this a magical evening to remember. Get more information at www.tulsapac.com or call (918) 596-7109. Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan


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10 Days of Film, Music, Food and Fun
April 4th: After Hours at The Roxy April 5th-13th: MOVIES April 11th: Clu Gulager tribute showing “Vic” and LIVE MUSIC April 12th: Unmasking Domestic Violence PAIN MOVIES and LIVE MUSIC including Glitter Rose & Super T April 13th: Muskogee to Nutbush The Search for Tina Turner an American Icon documentary plus LIVE MUSIC April 14th: The 14th Annual Bonehead Awards Gala & Red Carpet Event

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The folks at Help in Crisis in Tahlequah are having a fundraiser by hosting the latest in “The Vagina Monologues” at the Unitarian Church in March on Mar. 7-9. While it might not be to everyone’s tastes, it’s a guaranteed to be a great night to leave the kids with the men and get out with your gal pals for an evening of female camaraderie. You’ll be helping a great cause at the same time. Find out more at (918) 456-0673. This is controversial but very enlightening and a must-see to start an open and frank discussion about sexual violence against women. The Heller Theatre presents “Laughing Matters” on Mar. 8, but while this is a funny show, we recommend you leave the kids at home for this show. Find out more by calling (918) 746-5065. Heller Theatre is located at 4825 South Quaker Avenue in Tulsa. The Tulsa Ballet has been really busy preparing for spring with “Balanchine and Beyond” with performances Mar. 15-17 and Mar. 22-24 at the Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. This is three performances for the price of one ticket for all of you ballet fans. It starts with the premiere of “Classical Symphony” by Yuri Possokhov, then the haunting performance of “There, Below” by James Kudelka with George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments” rounding out the evening. Find out more by logging onto www.tulsaballet.org or by calling (918) 749-6030. Grove Playmakers have been hard at work preparing for the new season and they are keeping romance and comedy alive and well with “Almost Maine” by John Cariani. This a series of four shorter plays with only one woman and man for most of the sets, set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine in mid-winter. The play will be performed Mar. 15-17. Find out more at www. gcplaymakers.com or by calling (918) 786-8950. The Playhouse is located at 121 W. Third Street in Grove.

Tulsa Theatre is gearing up for the classic “Oliver!” to be performed Mar. 15-23 and if you’ve never seen this play, it’s one you won’t want to miss. There is just the right amount of singing and dancing to make it interesting without becoming overdone or interfering with the plot. Bring tissues because there are some very sad parts too. Tulsa Theatre is located at 412 N. Boston Ave. in Tulsa. Find out more about the Theatre at www.tulsatheatre.org or by calling (918) 587-8402. Some of the world’s best comedians are making stops right here in Green Country and with the warmer weather, you’ll want to venture out for a night of laughs and maybe make it a nice date night out just the two of you. Jim Gaffigan is making an appearance at the Brady Theater on Mar. 23 for one night of comedy and if you’ve never seen his stand-up act, you have to see it at least once, because you’ll be a big fan. His humor is pretty dang funny but not for children, so leave the kids at home. Find out more at www.bradytheater.com or call (918) 582-7239. If you want a name everyone knows how about Jay Leno? That’s right, Mr. Late Night TV is coming to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a one-night only show on Mar. 30. The only way we’ll believe you if you say you’ve never heard of Jay Leno is if you’ve been in a coma or on Mars for the past five years, because everybody knows this funny man and with a venue like the Joint, every seat is a good one. Get your deets at www. hardrockcasinotulsa.com or call (918) 266-4352. The Hard Rock is located at 777 Cherokee Street in Catoosa. Even though April seems so far away, we had to give you a little information to tease you about the April line-up. We found a few shows to start the month off right. “A Small Fire” will be at the Henthorne PAC Apr. 5-14. It’s a story of a couple whose nice little middle-class life is upended when the wife begins to lose all her senses one by one. The Henthorne is located at 4825 S. Quaker Avenue in Tulsa. Find out more by calling (918) 746-5065. The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is gearing up for spring with “The Cemetery Club” playing Apr. 5-14. “Every month Ida, Lucille and Doris meet for tea and take a field trip to their husbands’ graves. Doris is the most recently bereaved, and she’s far from finished with her grieving. Ida, still missing her husband of 40 years, might be ready to move on and Lucille is the wild one, flirting madly with every man in view. Enter Sam the butcher and let the fun begin!” Find out more or buy tickets at (918) 258-0077 or at www.bacptheatre.com.



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Ropin’, rodeos and ranglin’ all March long
We started out wondering if we even wanted to cover rodeos and horse-related events for March, but as time passed, we found more and more events that led to a longer list than we could have even hoped for or expected. Read on and see what grabs you. The first thing we have to chat about is a bit outside our normal coverage area, but we thought it worth mentioning; it’s the Timed Event Championship Mar. 1-3 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie where 20 of the top PRCA cowboys in the world will be competing for the coveted “World’s Best All-Around Timed Event Cowboy” prize. This is a big deal and it covers three days and five performances, so you are ensured a good seat and a good show no matter when or where you attend. Find out more at (405) 282-3004 or at www.lazye.com. If your tastes are a bit more sedate or you just need to be closer to home for the first weekend of March, then check out the Green Country March Mania Paint Horse Show at Tulsa Expo Mustang Arena Mar. 2-3. It’s a chance to see all the painted ponies in not quite their natural setting, but at least you get to see them put on quite a show. Find out more by calling Tammie Creamer at (918) 397-3460. Further south, you can visit the Lightning C Arena Rodeo, AKA Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo in McAlester on Mar. 9-10 where all the teens and tweens are showing off their prowess on the ponies at Lightning C Arena for your entertainment. Find out more about times and events at www.okjhsra.com. Wanna git a little wild? Are you not sure of how to get there? Well we heard of a school in these here parts where they teach you these things. Yup, there are folks who will teach you to ride a bull. Tell your friends you heard it here at The Pulse. We found out that Monster Bull Riding School is in session Mar. 22-24 in Locust Grove and while you need to get going to make sure they can reserve your slot, it looks like it could be fun for all you adrenaline junkies (and you know who you are). Get your details at www.monsterbull.com or give them a call at (918) 639-0924, but time is a-tickin’! Once you have gotten your bull riding diploma, we have a place to show off your education and that’s at the Junior Bull Riders Finals Rodeo in Kellyville on Mar. 24-25. We figure it’s at the usual spot, but you’ll need to check to be sure we’re not telling tales. Find out what you need to know by checking out www.kjba. org or by calling (785) 733-2468. Who can resist something called the ‘Ride & Slide’? Just the name has our attention and it should have you curious too. It’s at the Ford Truck Arena at Quik Trip Expo Center and while they are sketchy on the details right now, that makes us want to go even more. Call and find out what all the secrecy is about: (918) 3716968 or logon to www.okrha.com and get some more info. There’s an OKRHA Show (Oklahoma Reining Horse Association) happening Mar. 22-23 at QT Expo Center and this is for those of you that want to show off your championship showman skills or learn more about horseback riding. They have clinics, banquets and all kinds of things going on, but apparently there’s a buckle at stake and that’s a big deal in these parts, so check out www. nnrha.com or call (405) 946-7400 for information. If you are really ready for a throwdown, how about heading over to the Mustang Arena at the QT Expo Square for Rope the Ozarks Oklahoma Showdown Mar. 23-24 where we are certain things are gonna get at least a little wild and wooly? Makes any

rodeo goer feel a bit frisky. Find out more at www.ustrc.com or give them a call at (254) 968-0002. If you are thinking about entering the rodeo world, but haven’t got all of the equipment to make it happen, check out Sycamore Springs Ranch on Mar. 28 where they will have an auction starting at 5 pm. The horses and livestock start auctioning at 7 pm, but you’ll find all kinds of tack, buggies, trailers and things you can use for a good price, even if you only need some odds and ends, but you can get that horse you wanted too. They also have food to feed your new critter. Find out more at www.sycamorespringsranch.net. There are plenty of horse shows in our area that herald spring’s arrival; Claremore is having a Pinto Show Mar. 9 at the Expo Center, Tulsa has too many to list here (see our Tulsa page for more) and many other counties are sure to have more for April, so stay tuned for more as we get into the warmer weather. Okay, did we get to at least something that made you sit up and take notice? The sun is shining, the temperatures are warming up, the birds and bees are buzzing about and it’s time to get back to what we Okies do best and that’s RIDE, so let’s get to it. Now, get out there and be the cowboy you are meant to be (or at least watch someone else do it). No excuses. Happy spring!


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What? Pizza for March? The month of corned beef and cabbage? Are we crazy? Well, maybe a little, thanks for asking, but the way we see it, there’s no bad time for a big slice of pizza – all that gooey cheese oozing off a crispy crust hand tossed by someone’s two little hands. We are already drooling. Okay, well, what we like second about pizza is that pizza is pretty much a universal food. Everyone likes it and you get most of the required food groups. If you are stopping for dinner on the way home, pizza works for the whole family, negating the need for multiple stops for you and the kids. The hardest part of selecting your best pizza is the toppings, but that’s a topic all unto itself. Pizza works any time of year and some would argue that it works for any meal of the day, so without further ado, we’re going to give you some pizza places we feel are worth your time right here in Green Country. Gambino’s Pizza, Hwy 85, Ketchum, www.gambinospizza. com, (918) 782-4471 While Gambino’s has more than just pizza, they have some originals that caught our attention: the bacon cheeseburger, the Mobster, Taco and the Capone were only a few of the signature/ specialty pizzas that you can order by name or you can create your own Masterpizza with 20 different toppings to choose from. Add to that the choice of original or thin crispy crust and you have dinner hot and ready in no time. Add an appetizer, dessert pizza or Buffalo wings to make it exciting or add a salad for some extra veggies. While they have limited hours until April, you can get pizza at Gambino’s year-round, so give them a shot while the tourists are still waiting for warmer weather. Pensacola Pizza and Pasta, 592 Hwy 28, Langley, (918) 7823333, Facebook Dawn, our Distribution Diva, found this hidden gem in Langley and when we saw the menu we were stunned. PP has a threepage menu with so many selections; we didn’t know where to

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start. They have a kids’ menu, a lunch special menu, and plenty of pizza for all tastes and party sizes. Plenty of sides make this place a great stop to stay and eat or grab your meal to go. They have soup, fries, salads and plenty of chicken to encourage you to return. We also have word that Pensacola will be revamping their menu for this season to offer some gluten-free options for all you gluten allergy sufferers. Keep your eyes on this place because Pensacola Pizza and Pasta is going places! Pisano’s Pizza, 102 N. 2nd St., Muskogee, (918) 683-3838 We’ve heard that Pisano’s pizzas are good, but what keeps people coming back are their calzones, which from what we know, are addictive. Their best pizza sounds like the Alpine Pizza and they have sandwiches if you are not a pizza fan but everyone else in your party is. They have a lunch buffet that many swear by and if you want to try a new place without fear, giving a buffet a try is the best way to sample. Pisano’s is open Mon. – Sat. Paradise Pizza, 12931 Historic U.S. 66, Claremore, (918) 341-4166 Paradise Pizza might call itself a pizza joint, but what wowed us most was the variety of different foods they offered in addition to the usual fare, including cheese steaks made like they make them in Philadelphia. If you’ve never had a Philly cheese steak, you need to right that wrong as soon as possible. They are the food dreams are made of. Paradise might just be the right name for a place that makes cheese steaks and gyros, along with a whole slew of other sandwiches that can’t be found elsewhere in Green Country along with some healthier options such as soups and salads if you are watching your figure. We also love that they are conveniently located on U.S. 66. Go get a little Paradise right here at home.


The Pizza Place, 3803 Nowata Road, Bartlesville, (918) 3335000, www.thepizzaplace.net Apparently, the whole wheat pizza served at The Pizza Place just can’t be beat and anytime someone can slip healthy in with yummy, we are all over it. Many customers swear by this place and eat there more than once a week. It’s family-owned and operated with many options for whatever you are in the mood for today. They also have a lunch buffet and you know what big fans we are of the buffet! Pizzas are made from scratch, New York style, hand-tossed and stone baked. They have pasta and many varieties of grinders (huge oven-baked hoagies with melted cheese). Andolini’s Pizza, 1552 E. 15th St., Tulsa, (918-728-6111), 12140 E. 96th St., Owasso, (918-272-9328), www.andopizza.com With plenty of appetizers, gluten-free selections, salads and a list of pizzas that seem to go on forever, Andolini’s knocks our socks off. They have the sublime as well as the exotic with everything from olives to pineapple and everything in between as well as strombolis, calzones, sandwiches and all kinds of Italian entrees. They also have the Andolini’s Market where you can buy meats and bread in bulk and take it home to incorporate into your own sauces and recipes. Both locations are conveniently located and easy to get to. They have online ordering, fundraisers and catering. Goodfella’s Pizza, 103 S. Vann St., Vinita, (918-256-2498), 450677 E. Hwy. 85, Cleora, (918-782-2000), 124 N. Broadway, Coweta, (918-279-0630). www.goodfellapizza.com, Facebook. Twitter Funny names but serious pizza: Hoffa Buried in Cheese, The Hitman Deluxe, The Badabing, plenty of Calzones, salads, wings and salads makes Goodfellas an instant hit. We always love businesses that make it fun for their customers to participate and Goodfellas has the fun thing down. Their locations are convenient but each has different hours, so don’t assume the store in Cleora will be the same as the one in Vinita. It’s a family owned business, but this is one family we wouldn’t want to mess wit’. Just eat the pizza and don’t ask dem about their business.






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Pasti Italian Grill, 4601 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, (918) 456-0444, www.pastitaliangrill.com We love Pasti’s pizza; especially when they are always willing to do something special, and it’s been the rule, not the exception that the good folks at Pasti are just that way. They make great pizza and it’s not some premade that sits in a warmer for hours. Each pizza is made to order and hot when you arrive. The crust is thin and we feel that many places don’t put enough into a special crust but Pasti has the crust thing down pat. They have many options for the toppings and variations too. The lunch buffet offers hot and cold options with a nice salad bar with plenty of toppings to make your salad as interesting as your hot food. They have plenty of seating or grab your pie to go – either way, you’ll be pleased. Check out their website for free 4-piece bruschetta with large pizza or calzone. Chaney’s Pizza, 135 S. Main St., Eufaula, (918) 689-9899 Crust, crust, crust. Chaney’s has the crust thing really down pat and they know that the crust is the true heart and soul of any really good pizza. Folks rave about theirs, but another thing Chaney’s does right is great service with a smile. Sometimes, service can get back-burnered in take-out joints, but visitors to Chaney’s gush about both the crusts and the service so we give them an ‘A’ for both. They have a buffet and great prices as well as a small that offers six big slices for a measly little $6, offering enough for two to share of take the other half home for a second meal. You guys might want to know that they have some pretty cute waitresses - which always makes a meal better when the décor is pretty too. Check ‘em out before the lake crowds fill in and tables pack with tourists.

Red’s Pizzeria, 24192 Oklahoma 51, Broken Arrow, (918) 286-7711 A local pizza joint with the crust making a name for it, Red’s competes with the big guys, but the prices are competitive and many people endorse the fact that Red’s is the whole package. They also have sandwiches and other selections for the non-pizza eater, but many claim that Red’s has the ambiance one would expect in a pizza place too. Plenty of toppings, sizes and two kinds of crusts make Red’s good choice for a stop for pizza in Broken Arrow. They are conveniently located on Hwy. 51.


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Farmers’ Market season heats up
Although it’s not quite spring, many of us are just too antsy to get outdoors and start our spring lives. Folks have started their seeds, cleaned out the winter wear, put away the bulky sweaters and we are all sitting at the window, awaiting the arrival of that special time of year, SPRING. If you didn’t know it, many people think that spring’s arrival is synonymous with the start of the farmers’ markets, but there are many places here in Oklahoma where the local farmer’s market has been king all winter long, and to those markets, we salute you. There’s no rule that says you can only have your market in the warmer times; many lodges, parking garages and other buildings sit empty much of the time and would welcome the warmth of a winter market where farmers’ wares could still be sold. Frozen/canned fruits and veggies, meats, eggs, wood, soaps, non-perishables and a whole host of other goods are welcome no matter the time of year and a few farmers’ markets have seen the need and filled it quite nicely. Stillwater might be a bit of a drive for some of our readers, but we understand it to be worth the trip to see what you might find. Open Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm at 1118 W. Hall of Fame (at the NOC Building in Cowboy Mall), this market has a bit of everything, including lunch fare to keep your blood sugar level while you shop. If you want to know more about Stillwater’s Farmer’s Market, check them out on the web at www.stillwaterfarmersmarket.com or give a call to (405) 385-1086. A bit closer to home but only open every other Saturday is the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market Winter Market at Brookside located at 41st and Peoria in the Food Pyramid parking lot. Open from 8:30 – 11 am on Mar. 9, 23 and 30 with the regular season resuming the first Saturday in April, this is a big market in the regular season and we are certain that the turnout for the winter is no slouch either. They do quite a bit to help local families in need get the proper nutrition they need and they have a Double Up the Food Bucks Program that they have been continuing all winter to help Tulsans in need. They need our help to keep it going, however, so if you are able to contribute in any way, now would be a good time to reach out to them. Find out more about Cherry Street Farmer’s


Market at www.cherrystreetfarmersmarket.com. Downtown Tulsa Farmer’s Market, located at 3rd and Boston at William’s Green in Tulsa runs Tuesdays from 10:30 am – 2 pm year-round, depending on the weather, and they have bread, birdhouses and lots of fun things in addition to your usual farmer’s market fare, so while you take your usual lunch break, head over to DT Tulsa Farmer’s Market and see what you find. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Find them on Facebook for more information. Just a quit jaunt up Hwy 169 is the lovely town of Owasso where you find Tulsa in miniature. We just love Owasso and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the Owasso Farmer’s Market is also continuing all winter long, every other Saturday at the YMCA Parking Lot located at 8300 N. Owasso Expressway. Their big draw this time of year is Blakley’s Meat’s from Oolagah where they sell their meats, eggs, honey and crafts. Find out more about this quaint little farmer’s market at www. owassofarmersmarket.com. We’ll have more about the fabulous farmers’ markets in Green Country for April and May so stay tuned to The Pulse for more to come. Until then, think warm thoughts and get those gardens started.


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March 6:
Check with the venue or venue website for specific information and ticket availability.

March 2013
March 1:

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Yonder Mountain String Band, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

March 15:

March 7:

Little Anthony & the Imperials, River Spirit Event Center, Tulsa Oliver, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Tech N9ne’s Independent Powerhouse Tour, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Clint Black, River Spirit Event Center, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami The Most Happy Fella, Tulsa PAC Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Of Mice and Men, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Radio Golf by August Wilson, Tulsa PAC - Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Taddy Porter, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa STS9, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

March 16:

March 8:

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Darius Rucker, The Joint, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Reckless Kelly, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami Robert Earl Keen, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Oliver, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Tulsa Symphony: Violet, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Willie Nelson, The Joint, Tulsa Zomboy, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa


March 17:

Quartetto Di Cremona, Tulsa PAC John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa

March 2:

March 9:

Bob Wills Birthday Celebration, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Of Mice and Men, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Radio Golf by August Wilson, Tulsa PAC - Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Rita Rudner and Paul Reiser - He Said She Said, Osage Casino Tulsa Event Center, Tulsa

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Tulsa’s 4th Annual 24 Hour Play Festival, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, BOK Center, Tulsa

March 19:

Dual Pianos Ragtime w/Brian Hollard & Paul Asaro, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa

March 20:

March 10:

March 3:

Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa The Most Happy Fella, Tulsa PAC Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Of Mice and Men, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Muse, BOK Center, Tulsa

Brown Bag It: Joesf Glaude & James Ruggles, Tulsa PAC - Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa Lady Gaga, BOK Center, Tulsa (CANCELLED)

March 21:

March 11: March 12: March 13:

Oliver, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa

Tegan & Sara, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

March 22:

March 4:

Clutch, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Lindsey Stirling, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

March 5:

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Hairspray, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Martin Sexton, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Brown Bag It: Cairde Na Gael, Tulsa PAC - Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa They Might Be Giants, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

EOTO, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Maroon 5, BOK Center, Tulsa Oliver, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Randy Rogers Band, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami

March 23:

March 14:

Easton Corbin, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Trace Adkins, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami

Citizen Cope, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Jim Gaffigan, Brady Theater, Tulsa Oliver, Tulsa PAC - Liddy Doenges

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Theatre, Tulsa Step Africa!, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa

March 25: March 27:

R5, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

Brown Bag It: Jambalaya Jass Band, Tulsa PAC - Kathleen Westby Pavilion, Tulsa


March 29:

Jonny Lang, River Spirit Event Center, Tulsa Turnpike Troubadours, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami

March 30:

Jay Leno, The Joint, Tulsa Kix Brooks (Of Brooks & Dunn), Osage Casino Tulsa Event Center, Tulsa

April 2013
April 3:
An Evening with Margaret Atwood, Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa

April 4:

Colt Ford, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Sesame Street Live, BOK Center, Tulsa

April 5:

James B. Stewart, Tulsa PAC - Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Love, Loss and What I Wore, Tulsa PAC Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Sesame Street Live, BOK Center, Tulsa

April 6:

Leon Russell Birthday Bash, Brady Theater, Tulsa Love, Loss and What I Wore, Tulsa PAC Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Sesame Street Live, BOK Center, Tulsa Tulsa Symphony: Orange, Tulsa PAC Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa


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Mark Meyer and his Hydrants of Hope help kids with cancer find a way
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Since we started writing this series, we’ve talked to people who warmed our hearts, enlightened our minds and made us feel good, but Mark Meyer touched our souls. His story is not just one of being a good person doing good deeds; it’s about a great man doing great things selflessly - all while facing his own adversity. And through it all, he never seems to feel sorry for himself or lament his problems; he only cares for others without sparing a thought for his own issues. Mark Meyer has dealt with risking his life in all kinds of situations. He’s a Tulsa firefighter who probably walked into more scary situations in one year than many of us face in a lifetime. Top it all off with the fact that Mark contracted cancer last year. He went for his annual routine physical in March of 2012 where the doctor found a lump in his abdomen. Mark was sent to the Tulsa Cancer Institute where they thought it might be adrenal cancer. He was sent elsewhere for further testing where it was found that he had a sarcoma. Since then, Mark had a 32-pound growth removed from his abdomen, but it metastasized, so Mark is still in the thick of the fight with cancer, but that isn’t the story Mark wants told. He actually wants you to know of another story. It’s a story of kids. Kids right here in our area that are also fighting cancer. Many of their parents are overwhelmed by the costs of the medications, medical bills and the myriad of other costs associated with keeping their child alive while paying their day-to-day bills. Many of these parents are just starting out and don’t have any disposable income, never mind the incredible expenses incurred by doctors’ visits, prescriptions, missed time from work, fuel costs to and from appointments and the emotional toll. What really grabbed Mark was the sheer number of children he saw when he initially went for cancer treatment. He walked into the hospital to see many children in the cancer wing. Children who should be outside in the sun, playing or at school learning, but instead they were singled out by cancer and being picked on by it.


If you have kids who are healthy, thank God every day for your incredible luck

“I want people to know that cancer does not discriminate. The fact that it is so prevalent in the lives of so many children is so unfair. Their normal day is to get up and go to doctor appointments and treatments when it should be to go to school and go outside and play. I had a great childhood, so seeing that really got me. I knew right then that I had to do something.” Mark says that his childhood was so wonderful and that is what gave him the idea for Hydrants of Hope. It is an organization he created to help kids at local hospitals whose parents are struggling to afford their prescriptions and the travel expenses to bring their children back and forth to the hospital. ALL of the money Mark raises goes to helping the kids. Mark created the logos for the tee-shirts, key chains, wrist bands, lapel pins and jelly bracelets that he sells on www.hyrantsofhope.com for a nominal amount of money and every penny goes to the kids. What really touched us the most is that Mark bought all of the items with his own money and he hasn’t taken a penny back; even to repay himself for his out-of-pocket expenses. EVERY penny goes into these kids and their care. Nothing he sells on his site is more than $20 and many of the items are $5 or less. How many of us have wasted $10 on nonsense?

Now is the time for all of us to do the right thing and help our fellow Oklahomans help their children fight this disease. If you have kids who are healthy, thank God every day for your incredible luck. You might also want to consider helping Hydrants of Hope to help kids were not so lucky to have to fight this horrible disease that does not seem to care who it picks on. Cancer is the worst bully on the school yard, but this bully has an arsenal of deadly weapons and doesn’t care who he hurts or even kills. We’ve watched in horror as kids have opened fire on other kids in schools but cancer has done far worse damage and yet it continues on bullying these innocent kids day in and day out without much fanfare. Mark is not letting this bully off the hook so easily and we think that if Mark had the medical schooling, he would be tirelessly dedicated to finding a cure for cancer as we speak. His dedication knows no bounds and he is working endlessly to help these small soldiers fight on the front lines against a foe that has no face and no name because cancer is a terrorist that has limitless energy and the biggest arsenal of weapons ever known. Help Mark help others by making a donation to Hydrants of Hope. You can choose to get a pin, bracelet or t-shirt, but if you opt out of buying something, Hydrants of Hope can do more good with your gift donation. And every amount is welcome, so even if you can only give a small amount, they will put your money to great use. Mark’s story in and of itself is a testament to people who give so much more than they receive in this life. While many of us sit by and let others do, there are people like Mark who haven’t let life’s setbacks keep them from moving forward, but he took it as a sign that he was meant to do something more than fight fires. Mark was meant to help children who were hardly given their first chance at life and are already fighting just to get their lives started. Hydrants of Hope has raised over $13,000 to date to help these kids, but the need continues. We were so touched and moved by Mark’s story and determination to help children, we have decided to help and we want your help too. PLEASE help these children by logging onto www.hydrantsofhope.com and giving. Every bit helps. Please mail any amount you can afford to: Hydrants of Hope, 12898 East 510 Road, Claremore, OK 74019. If you are interested in learning more about Hydrants of Hope, visit Mark’s website: www.hydrantsofhope.com


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Eat like the
Original recipe makes 6 servings


Makes 1 pie - 4 servings 12 inch Pie pastry 1 or 2 pounds of Round steak 1 tablespoon of Flour 1 tablespoon of Brown sugar 1 tablespoon of Raisins 5 medium size onions 1 bottle of Guinness stout (not the ‘draught’ variety) 8 slices of bacon 3 tablespoon of shortening/butter Some Chopped parsley Dice the steak, cover with flour and brown, with the bacon on a medium heat using the butter. Peel and chop the onions and brown over a good heat. Add to the meat in a casserole dish. Add raisins and brown sugar and Guinness. Cover the dish, simmer and cook over a low heat for 2.5 hours. Add water of the gravy mixture starts to thicken excessively. Coat a pie dish with half of the pastry and bake. Add the Meat and Gravy mix when cooked and place the remaining pastry on top and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with potatoes and vegetables.

1 (12 ounce) package bacon 1/4 cup bacon drippings 1 small head cabbage, cored and finely chopped ground black pepper to taste 1. Cook bacon in a deep skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1/4 cup drippings in skillet. 2. Cook and stir cabbage in hot bacon drippings over medium heat until cabbage wilts, 5 to 7 minutes. 3. Crumble bacon over cabbage. Stir and simmer until bacon is warmed, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with black pepper.

Makes 6 Scones 1 cup white flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 pound butter, softened 2 ounces sugar (1/4 c) 1 egg, slightly beaten 2 ounces milk (1/4c) Sultanas (white raisins) optional Walnut halves (optional) Mix flour and baking powder. Add butter, blending until mixture is butter-colored. Add sugar and continue to mix well. Add half the beaten egg and all the milk. Add raisins or some nuts, if desired, mixing well to make sticky dough. Turn dough onto floured board and knead at least 5 minutes or longer. Cut dough into

Makes 8 Cakes 6 oz. Fine Oatmeal (3/4 c) 2 oz. Flour (1/4 c) 1 teaspoon of Salt 10 fl. oz. of Warm Water (1 ¼ c) Mix the flour and salt together. Slowly add the warm water. Roll out the mixture on a floured board and knead until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles. Cook on a pan or griddle until golden on both sides. Dry out in a cool oven at 150C/300F until crisp. Eat with butter.

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rounds and place on greased baking sheet or hot frying pan. Brush tops of scones with remainder of beaten egg. Place walnut halves on top, if desired. Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until brown. If preparing over an open fire, heat frying pan till very hot. Place scones in pan and cook 7 to 8 minutes. Turn and cook 7 to 8 minutes more.

2 oz. of chopped almonds (1/4 c) 2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey Mix 1 egg and the sugar in a bowl and then add the lemon rind. Add the other eggs, mixing very well. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and then add the fruit, mixing well. Transfer the mix into a cake tin coated in butter. Garnish the top with the chopped almonds. Bake for 2.5 hours in moderate oven heat. When cooked (the cake will begin to shrink away from the side of the tin) remove from oven and coat the top with the whiskey - leave to cool completely before serving.

Makes 8 Farls 1.25 lbs. of Potatoes (4 potatoes) 2 Teaspoons of Melted Butter 1 Cup of Flour Half Teaspoon of Salt 4 Teaspoons of Vegetable Oil Peel and half the potatoes and boil in water for 20 minutes or so until soft. Drain and then add the butter and mash thoroughly. Add the flour and salt and mix. Divide the mixture in half and put the first half on a lightly floured surface. Knead until flat - approx 1/4 inch thick. Divide into 4. Repeat the process for the other half of the mixture. Fry using the oil for approx.. 2 minutes or until crispy brown on each side. Serve warm.

Serves 6 2 pounds of good quality pork tenderloin or lean pork chops 2 tablespoons of butter 2 tablespoons of apple cider or water if preferred Pinch of salt and pepper First make some Irish Potato Stuffing (see other recipe, below) Lightly salt and pepper the meat coating it with the butter. Place in a dish and cover with foil. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 1.5 hours. Serve with the stuffing and fresh cooked vegetables.


Makes 6 portions of stuffing 4.5 large potatoes, boiled or steamed and coarsely mashed, not overcooked Large portion of butter 1 large onion 2 large cooking apples, chopped Good handful of herbs: chopped fresh sage and thyme Salt and pepper Add the butter to the potato. Chop the onion well and add to the mixture. Stir in the apples, herbs salt and pepper. Stir well. Cook with Irish pork.

Serves 4 1 pound Cooking apples 2 pounds Potatoes 1 tablespoon Sugar 2 ounces Butter Peel potatoes and cook in salted, boiling water. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place them in a pot with a tablespoon of water, and the sugar. Cook until soft. When the potatoes are cooked, drain and mash thoroughly. Beat in the apples and butter. This mash goes particularly well with bacon, or fried herring.

1/2 lb. of Butter (1 c) 1/2 lb. of Sugar (1 c) 9 oz. of flour slightly more than 1 c) 4 large eggs Half a lemon rind, grated 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder 1/2 lb. of sultanas (white grapes) (8 oz.) 1/2 lb. of currants (8 oz.) 2 oz. of red cherries (1/4 c)


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MARCH 2013
March 2013
March 1:
Creek County Livestock Show, Kellyville EWomen Conference, Tulsa Mark Moffett Art Show opens, Wagoner Muskogee Home & Garden Show, Muskogee Outdoor Sporting Expo, Claremore Timed Event Championship, Guthrie Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Tulsa “Vagina Monologues,” Tahlequah

March 14:

March 8:

Healthy Aging Expo, Muskogee Tulsa International Car Show, QuikTrip Center, Tulsa

Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show, Grove Green Country Hamfest, Claremore “Laughing Matters,” Tulsa Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Tulsa “Vagina Monologues,” Tahlequah

March 15:

March 9:

March 2:

Arrowhead Yacht Club Welcome Back Weekend, Grove Creek County Livestock Show, Kellyville Eagle/Loon Tours, Vian /Hulbert EWomen Conference, Tulsa Glenpool Spring Market, Glenpool Muskogee Home & Garden Show, Muskogee Outdoor Sporting Expo, Claremore Peoria Stomp Dance, Miami “Speedy”, Miami Timed Event Championship, Guthrie

March 3:

Azalea Pageant, Muskogee Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival, Muskogee Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show, Grove Green Country Hamfest, Claremore Made in Oklahoma Craft Fair, Broken Arrow Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo, McAlester Pinto Horse Show, Claremore Red Cross Dodging For Disasters Dodgeball Tournament, Muskogee Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Tulsa “Vagina Monologues,” Tahlequah

“Almost Maine,” Grove Playmakers Creek Capital Swap Meet, Okmulgee Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee Smokin’ at the Run BBQ, Miami St. Paddy’s Party, Claremore Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa Tulsa International Car Show, QuikTrip Center, Tulsa


March 16:

Creek County Livestock Show, Kellyville Muskogee Student Art Show opens, Muskogee Outdoor Sporting Expo, Claremore “Speedy”, Miami Timed Event Championship, Guthrie

March 10:

March 4: March 5: March 6: March 7:

Creek County Livestock Show, Kellyville

Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show, Grove Made in Oklahoma Craft Fair, Broken Arrow Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo, McAlester Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Tulsa

“Almost Maine,” Grove Playmakers Creek Capital Swap Meet, Okmulgee Disney Rock Climbing Event, Disney Easter Bunny at Arrowhead Mall, Muskogee Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee Nineteenth Century Etiquette Workshop, Tahlequah Smokin’ at the Run BBQ, Miami Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa Tulsa International Car Show, QuikTrip Center, Tulsa

March 17:

Creek County Livestock Show, Kellyville

March 11:

Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee

“Almost Maine,” Grove Playmakers Creek Capital Swap Meet, Okmulgee Disney Rock Climbing Event, Disney Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa Tulsa International Car Show, QuikTrip Center, Tulsa

Pancake Breakfast, Muskogee

March 12:

March 20: March 21:

Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee 21st Annual Taste of Pryor, Pryor

FFA Calf Fry, Claremore Muskogee Public Schools Art Display, Muskogee

Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

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March 22:
Monster Bull Riding School, Locust Grove Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee Rogers County Home & Garden Farm & Ranch Show, Claremore Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa

March 30:

March 23:

Daffodil Day, Muskogee Easter Fun at Annabelle’s Farm, Welch Monster Bull Riding School, Locust Grove Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee Rogers County Home & Garden Farm & Ranch Show, Claremore Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa

Claremore Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, Claremore Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, Wagoner Easter Egg Dive, Muskogee Easter Egg Hunt, Eufaula Easter Fun at Annabelle’s Farm, Welch Fin & Feather Easter Weekend, Gore Okie Flyers Fly-In, Claremore Pets in the Park, Eufaula Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee Strawberry Queen Pageant, Stilwell

April 7:

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, Tulsa

April 8:

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow


March 31:

March 24:

Easter Fun at Annabelle’s Farm, Welch Junior Bull Riders Finals Rodeo, Kellyville Monster Bull Riding School, Locust Grove Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee Rogers County Home & Garden Farm & Ranch Show, Claremore Tulsa Ballet “Balanchine and Beyond,” U of Tulsa, Tulsa

Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show Opens, Muskogee Claremore Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, Claremore Easter Fun at Annabelle’s Farm, Welch Fin & Feather Easter Dinner, Gore Fin & Feather Easter Weekend, Gore

April 9:

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow

April 10:

April 2013
April 1: April 2: April 4: April 5:
Azalea Festival begins, Muskogee Azalea Festival begins, Muskogee

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow

March 25:

Junior Bull Riders Finals Rodeo, Kellyville Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

March 26: March 27:

Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

Indian Territory Days, Tahlequah

Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee Rogers County Livestock Judging Competition, Claremore

March 28: March 29:

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow Indian Territory Days, Tahlequah

Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

April 6:

Founder’s Day, Miami Pride Amusements Carnival, Muskogee

“A Small Fire,” Tulsa Bare Bones International Film Festival, Muskogee “The Cemetery Club,” Broken Arrow Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, Tulsa


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Coming in April
Awesome April Approacheth
We have a sneak preview of April, but we don’t want to give away the farm. Here are just a few tidbits to whet your appetite for what The Pulse has in store for your warmer days ahead: • Azaleas, art and chili have a lot in common, namely Muskogee. BUT, there are other things in Muskogee that you might not hear about elsewhere. We want you to have the complete lowdown of all things spring in that crazy town. • The red ferns are sprouting up all over the place in Tahlequah, and that’s not all the folks there are celebrating. We’ve got all kinds of things that the town of Tahlequah has been getting into. • It’s planting season and plenty of growers have festivals, sidewalk sales and the farmers’ markets are also in full bloom. We’ve got lots to tell you about to get you in the spring swing. • Art, art, everywhere and plenty to make you think. Lots of the quieter towns are getting into the action too, so no matter what your destination, we can help you find a place to find a feast for the eyes. We’ll also have more recipes, music, events and fun for you to experience by yourself, with your special someone or with the family, so stay tuned to The Pulse for all things spring and be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook. Until then, have a Happy Saint Paddy’s, a warm and wonderful Easter and we’ll be back to keep you informed of all things Green Country. Sláinte Mhath!


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