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Grand Lake Bum 8-28-16

I warmed up sufficiently in preparation for the holiday over the past weekend.  I started Thursday night at Ugly’s for a get-together paying tribute to one of the great Grand Lakers of all time, George Silzer. If you have a big boat on Grand Lake, chances are good that George brought it here. Congrats on your retirement, my friend! Friday night, I had to catch the great Diversity at Island Joe’s – and Saturday, we celebrated the birthday of one of my very favorite gal pals, Gretchen Smith, with a boat ride to Juana Montez at Red Arrow with great friends.  Also great food and great karaoke fun. By Sunday, I was worn so slick I sat perfectly still while swilling bourbon and munching on prime rib at the home of my great friends, Mike & Kelly Aberle. I’m not sure how we can top that for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, but I’m sure we’ll give it our best shot!

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Remember, the Official Lake Bum Holiday Rules are in effect this weekend.  No fighting, no puking, no hitting on someone else’s date, no griping at over-worked servers and bartenders, no bragging about how much money you have (or your parents have), no drunk driving, no public nudity, no yelling, no discussion of religion - and especially no politics!  The Presidential General Election Campaign doesn’t officially start until after Labor Day, so how about saving your snarky comments, and mean-spirited thoughts about your least favorite candidate until then? Can’t we all just get along?

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With the perfect weather forecast, the Sooners on the road, and the Cowboys playing a school we’ve never heard of, the lake will undoubtedly be packed this weekend.  Be patient. Business who must survive all year can’t possibly keep enough staff members to serve the expected holiday onslaught like they would like to.  Be nice to the people who are working so you can play.  Be patient, tip well, and have a wonderful holiday weekend on Grand Lake!

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As it turns out, members of Congress are like the rest of us in one regard – they are really chapped at Mylan drug company for increasing the price of lifesaving EpiPens by 400% (from $57 to two-for-$600), while CEO Heather Bresch gave herself a raise – up to $19 million per year. They want her called on the carpet!  They want her before a Congressional Committee!  They want her head!  Oh, wait.  What? She’s the daughter of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin?  Well, ummm…. AWKWARD!

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People from Oklahoma City and Tulsa who are enjoying the Grand Lake life over the Labor Day weekend might want to check out the purchase of a home at Grand Lake while you’re at it.  The blog www.mylife.comrecently ranked the danger of living in cities in America.  The study considered population, number of police officers, deadly crashes, violent crimes, property crimes, registered sex offenders and the number of people enrolled in health care coverage.  Tulsa took top honors as “The Most Dangerous City in the United States.” Oklahoma City was way down the list at number….2.  Yikes! I guess we’d better shut up about everybody else, huh?

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More Karma!  Remember Ken Adkins?  He’s the anti-LGBT crusading pastor in Georgia who said the victims killed in the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub “got what they deserved.” He also opposed expansion of anti-discrimination laws to protect the LGBT community, saying such expansion would make it easier for sexual predators to assault victims. Yeah, well… he was arrested last week by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation – charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation. SMH

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Sunday was “Go Topless Day” for ladies in support of gender equality.  I don’t know if Grand Lake ladies didn’t want to lower themselves to being equal or what – but I went all over the lake and saw nothing.  Not even at Dripping Springs. Go figure. Maybe things will look up over the Labor Day weekend.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis):  It’s probably not a good idea to wear your bracelet that says “I heart weed” to your court appearance on your felony drug charges.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Vote NO on Libarry

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The last remnants of Kevin Durant are slowly drifting away in OKC. “KD’s” restaurant has now officially been renamed “Legacy Grill.” At least they won’t have to change it every two years that way.

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Honestly, I think perhaps Ryan Nazari of Edmond has taken the anti-Kevin-Durant sentiment a little far. He’s the guy who started the official petition last week proposing that the name of the southeastern Oklahoma community of Durant be officially changed to Westbrook, Oklahoma.

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Sunday mornings will never be the same.  Charles Osgood is retiring as host of CBS Sunday Morning.September 25 is his last day. I guess he’s due a little time off.  He’s almost 84. I was just as sad when Charles Kuralt left – but Charlie was a great replacement. Who’s next? Jane Pauley, maybe.  That would be good.

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MONKEY ISLAND TRAFFIC ALERT: With completion of the Monkey Island Pedestrian and Cart Path Trail from Port Duncan to Shangri-La Marina, golf cart traffic is now prohibited on that stretch of highway. Signs are up. They’ll be writing tickets!  Speed limit on that stretch is now back up to 35 mph.

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DINING & DRINKING BY WATER UPDATE: Morrows Bar & Grill is NOW OPEN (formerly Morrows Landing, Oliver’s Twist, The Decks…) They officially opened for business Friday, August 26. They’re open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed Tuesday). Open 11:00-Midnight Wednesday & Thursday and until1:00 a.m. Friday & Saturday,  but they close at 7:00 Sunday evenings.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Tammie Koehler, Dennis Patrick, Chad Randall, Cathy Storey, Sally Cole, Emily Baggett, Gary Morgan, Pat Dunn, Bob Prine, Kenton Wheatley, Marilyn Mlnarik, Mike Magoulas, and Stephanie Hollingshead.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do we say an alarm clock is going off when it’s really coming on?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There is terrific entertainment virtually everywhere you look on the Labor Day weekend, but there are a couple of very special events. Saturday is the Annual Redneck Yacht Club party & raft-up – tail waters of Duck Creek from 1-5 with music by Lickitty Split; and a huge Country Music Festival is hosted at Downstream Casino both Saturday and Sunday. Jana Jae’s Fiddle Camp & Music Fest is in Grove this weekend, as well (Friday-Sunday) with events at both the Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campground. The “Woodward Holler Rockin’ the Waves Concert” featuring music from Exit 34, among others, is Sundayfrom 2:00-8:00 in the back of Woodard Hollow.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have four big shows over the holiday weekend. T-Bird kicks off the weekend fun Friday night.Diversity takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility performs Sunday night. DJ Larry Bolton will be back to wrap up the holiday Monday afternoon & evening. Big Shots Rhythm & Booze features popular DJ Sway Friday, Saturday & Sunday night with great dance music. Across the street at The Shebang,Clint Walker performs Friday and Sunday nights this week, along with great karaoke fun Friday, Saturday &Sunday nights upstairs at The Shebang Balcony Bar.  Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and there’s great live music all weekend at Road Hog Saloon. In Woodard Hollow, Exit 34will be the featured band in the Rockin’ the Waves Concert from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend and every weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, Mike Barham will be on stage at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina Friday night followed by Beau Tyler Saturday night and Reverse Reaction Sunday night. Michelle’s Grand Bar & Grill in Ketchum features live music from Whiskey Poet Society  Friday night; and Friday night is karaoke night at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley.

Saturday afternoon is the annual Redneck Yacht Club Raft-Up in the tail waters of Duck Creek 1-5. Lickitty Split will entertain on the water during the raft-up.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend highlighted by the 2nd Annual Country Music Festival at Downstream Casino’s Venue Saturday and Sunday. Saturday performers include Josh Turner, Maddie and Tae,and Clare Dunn. Sunday’s spotlight will be on Barrett Barber, Backroad Anthem, Thompson Square, Cowboy Troy and Big & Rich. Showtime is 6:00 each night. In Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, South Bound Saintswill entertain Friday night.  Saturday night, The Leslie Serrano Band will perform at 10:00 followed by Rick Monroe at midnight. Howard Gayles will perform both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Dirt Road Daisies will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by The Bobby Dale Band Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, the weekend starts Thursday night with music by Leslie Serrano. Rocked ‘N Loaded entertains Friday night followed by Dirty Saints Saturday. Eddie Valen entertains Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Derek Richards will entertain in the Loony Saloon both Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Ryan Bates.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including the opening weekend of college football, are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The second season of Narcos is available beginning Friday on NetFlix. Sunday night, you can get a preview of all the new fall shows on ABC.  The ABC Fall Preview Show airs at 6:00 on ABC.The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe will be presented Monday night at 9:00 on Comedy Central.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Light Between Oceans and Morgan

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The majority of the U.S. Olympic Team’s medals were won by females. So, boys, the next time someone on the playground says you throw like a girl, say ‘Thank you.’” – Stephen Colbert

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, September 9Sammy Hagar & The Circle concert at Downstream Casino. Saturday, September 10 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, September 10 – Dam Jam bicycle tour cross the Pensacola Dam. Tuesday-Wednesday, September 13-14 – Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Partnership Championship Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday, September 17 – REC Day at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, September 17 – Grand Nautical Market at Captain’s Corner north of Langley (9-4). Monday, September 19 – Grand Lake Open Golf Tournament benefiting the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce (at Shangri-La). Saturday, October 1 – A Taste of Grand in Grove benefiting Integris Grove Hospital Foundation.  Sunday, October 2 – Jim Beam Folds of Honor Golf Tournament at Shangri-La.

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College football season is officially here – and all my favorites are in action Saturday and they’re all on television. OU is at Houston (11:00 on ABC), Oklahoma State hosts Southeastern Louisiana (2:30 on FSN), Louisiana Tech is at Arkansas (3:00 on SEC), and Tulsa hosts San Jose State (6:00 on CBSSN).

You don’t have to wait until Saturday for college football, though. Thursday night at 6:30 Appalachian State is at Tennessee (SEC) and Florida International hosts Indiana (ESPNU). At 7:00 Thursday, South Carolina is at Vanderbilt (ESPN). Colorado State is at Colorado Friday night at 7:00 (ESPN).

Other great Saturday games include Hawaii at Michigan (11:00 on ESPN), Missouri at West Virginia (11:00 on FS1), LSU at Wisconsin (2:30 on ABC), Miami (Ohio) at Iowa (2:30 on ESPNU), Georgia at North Carolina (:30 on ESPN), USC at Alabama (7:00 on ABC) and Clemson at Auburn (8:00 on ESPN). There is also a rare Sunday college game on the schedule at Texas hosts Notre Dame Sunday night at 6:30 on ABC. Monday night, Florida State will host Ole Miss at 7:00 on ESPN.

Professional golfers play a Friday-Monday schedule this week in the Deutsche Bank Championship.  Coverage begins at 1:30 Friday & Saturday, noon Sunday, and 10:30 Monday morning on the Golf Channel. NBC has the final two rounds, Sunday at 2:00 and Monday at 1:00.

In the NASCAR world, it’s time for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington.  Coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on NBC.

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The weekend weather for the Labor Day Holiday weekend looks absolutely perfect! We’ll have sunshine and highs around 90 – lows around 70.  You can’t beat that! There’s something to do at Grand Lake everywhere you look this weekend – but a lot of other people will be looking around, too. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 8-21-16

Congratulations to all the golfers who showed such support for the Grand Lake community last weekend. A hundred golfers at Shangri-La participated in the Mary Moore Charity Golf Event benefiting the Special Olympics program at the Home of Hope. Simultaneously, another 23 teams participated in the annual Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf and Blackjack Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club and Grand Lake Casino raising thousands for the Turkey Ford Schools maintenance needs. Nobody likes to have fun like Grand Lakers – but, if there’s a need, we always party and play for a cause.  This is such a great place to live, isn’t it?

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The pajama party at Monkey Island Pub was a hoot Saturday night.  I’ve never seen so many people drinking in their pajamas – and so many others trying to get them out of their jammies. Come to think of it, some of the final Friday of Monkey Island Olympics at Big Shots looked a little like that, too.

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Thank goodness the Summer Olympics are finally over and we don’t have to risk another international embarrassment. Actually, the media made a big deal out of the swimmers who apparently tore up a restroom to relieve themselves. I suppose it’s a big deal because they’re supposed to be proudly representing our country, but Grand Lake businesses have been putting up with that crap for decades! Congrats to our great USA Olympians, by the way, and now…FOOTBALL!

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I’ve always said “former President of the U.S.” is the best possible job, except for all the crap you have to go through to get the “former” on your Presidential status.  I think I’ve found a better deal.  All I have to do is convince some college that I’m a fabulous coach – then take a season or so on the job to prove otherwise. Best example is Charlie Weiss, who’s contract is finally up at Notre Dame. They paid him $2.05 million dollars last year – five years after he was fired. They’ve paid him a total of $15 million since they gave him the boot.  Don’t worry about him, though.  He’s still drawing several million dollars from the University of Kansas – where he was also fired.

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Karma. Tony Perkins is president of the anti-gay lobbying group The Family Research Council.  He has long argued that God sends natural disasters to punish gays and an increasingly gay-tolerant world community.  Last week his home was destroyed by flooding in Southern Louisiana. Things that make you go “hmmmm.”

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OKC Thunder star Steven Adams has changed his look dramatically since he entered the league as a clean-cut, close-shaven rookie.  Now, his flowing locks, lengthy mustache, and periodic beard have made a few folks ask “Why?” Now we know. He says it was the money.  “They were charging me $60 for a haircut – and that was every month! I just thought it was too much money, so I quit getting haircuts.  Now, it’s become a thing,” he said. It’s good that his contract is up next summer so he can make some money.  I feel his pain.  He only made $2.2 million last year. How can a guy afford to waste $60 on a haircut on that kind of income??

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BREAKING NEWS: Donald J. Trump has announced he’s going to stop the Zika virus threat by building a giant net around the United States – and he’s going to make the mosquitoes pay for it!

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DEFINITION OF THE WEEK: Synonym: A word used in place of a word you can’t spell.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: The Olympics must have cost like a Brazilian dollars.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis):  If you’re going to call the cops on your kid at your house, try not to leave your bong sitting in the living room, dad.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Will glass coffins be a success? Remains to be seen.

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It’s a little out of my geographic territory, but it’s certainly a sad day for my pals who have spent much time on the OKC dining circuit. The historic Charcoal Oven on Northwest Expressway just east of May Avenue will soon be gone. The iconic diner, built in 1958 as one of the first drive-thru restaurants in the state has been sold. Look for this piece of OKC history to be replaced by a Discount Tire store soon.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Everett Lees, Debbie Howell, Larry Steckline, Randy Krehbiel, Gretchen Casto, Jim Basgall, DiAnna Westcott, Patty Davis, Jenean Perryman, Brian Broaddus, Seth Smiley, Larry Mlnarik, Teresa Lay, and Janet Link. Happy birthday to the National Park Service – 100 years old this week!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If Adam & Eve were the first two people on earth, and they had two boys, where did Cain & Able’s wives come from?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The 80th Annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo runs Wednesday through Saturday nights in Vinita. The rodeo parade will be at 11:00 Wednesday morning in downtown Vinita. Saturday afternoon is “Party at the Point” – a raft-up party off the Duck Creek RV Park point in the tailwaters of Duck Creek from 1-5 p.m. Live music, Bikini contest and Best Six-Pack contest.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows this weekend. Diversity kicks off the weekend fun Friday night. Jim Green takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility will be back to wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon & evening. Big Shots Rhythm & Booze always features Friday & Saturday night dance music from an array of talented DJs. Across the street at The Shebang, Randy Lunsfordperforms Wednesday-Sunday evenings, along with great karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night upstairs at The Shebang Balcony Bar.  Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and there’s great live music every weekend at Road Hog Saloon.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend and every weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, the “Party on the Point” in the tailwaters of Duck Creek adjacent to Grand Lake RV Park will feature live music from 1-5 Saturday afternoon - Law Dogs, Travis Kidd, and Alaska & Madi, along with both a bikini contest and “best six-pack” competition. The Cody Clinton Band will be on stage at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina Friday night followed by Robby V and the Smoking Section Saturday night. Michelle’s Grand Bar & Grill in Ketchum features live music from Glam R Us  Fridaynight; and Friday night is karaoke night at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley.

In Vinita, Lickitty Split will entertain after the Will Rogers Rodeo nightly at the American Legion in Vinita.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend highlighted by an outdoor concert Friday night by Eli Young with special guests A Thousand Horses at the amphitheater. At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday andSaturday nights. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Thursday night is another Throwback Thursday free concert with 90s rock from Oakville. Audio Crush will entertain Friday night, and Mayday by Midnight wraps up the weekend Saturday night.Kenny Babb performs both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge at Downstream. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Duke Mason will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by The Bobby D Band Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, the weekend starts Thursday night with music by Honkytonk Renovators. Paralandra entertains Friday night followed by Nick Gibson Saturday. The Stonehorse Band entertains both Fridayand Saturday nights at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Luke Thayer will entertain in the Loony Saloon both Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Lance Weiss.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including weekend pre-season football, are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: A comedy special, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… is available beginning Friday on NetFlix. Aquarius moves to a new night this week – Saturday night at 8:00 on NBC. Sunday morning at 9:00Barbra Streisand will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning. The MTV Music Awards will be presented Sunday night at 8:00 on MTV.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Mechanic: Resurrection and Don’t Breathe

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.’” – Will Ferrell

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 3 - Annual Redneck Yacht Club party & raft-up – tail waters of Duck Creek from 1-5.Saturday & Sunday, September 3-4 – Country Music Festival at Downstream Casino. Saturday, September 10 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, September 17 – REC Day at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, September 24 – A Taste of Grand.

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In the TV sports world, we trade the Olympics for the last weekend of NFL pre-season football. Six games are televised this week: Atlanta at Miami Thursday night (7:00 on NBC), Cleveland at Tampa Bay Friday night (7:00 on CBS), Tennessee at OaklandSaturday night (7:00 on CBS) and three games Sunday – San Diego at Minnesota (12:00) and Arizona at Houston (3:00), both on Fox, and Sunday Night Football featuring Cincinnati at Jacksonville (7:00 on NBC).

If there’s no way you can wait one more week for College Football, you can tune in to ESPN Friday night at 9:00 for the first game of the year – Hawaii vs. California. Other than that, you’ll have to wait until Thursday, Sept. 1 for the big kick-off weekend.

Professional golfers head to Farmingdale, New York this weekend for The Barclays. Coverage begins at 1:00 Thursday & Friday,noon Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & 1:00Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, fans are off to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Pure Michigan 400.  Coverage beginsSunday afternoon at 1:00 NBCSN.

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The weekend weather for the last weekend in August looks pretty darn nice. We might have a shower or two now & then, but it’ll be nice – highs in the low 80s. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 8-14-16

Another Grand weekend is in the books.  We got all the bobbers dropped, most of them picked up by a mass of boaters with fishing nets; and we had another fabulous floating celebration of Grand Lake’s birthday with a terrific Woodstock on the Water concert at the Pensacola Dam. We exposed more people to the wonders of Grand Lake at the Shangri-La Men’s Golf Association Member-Guest Tournament – and we got more Monkey Island Olympics in the books, allowing every willing participant to make fools of themselves.  Hey… it’s what we do!

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With closing ceremonies coming Sunday night, the Summer Olympics will be in the books for another four years. It’s amazing to watch the records continue to fall.  I think my pal Jared has a good point – every event should have a normal person entered so we would have some fair comparison to which we could compare in order to appreciate the incredible talent these guys & gals really have!

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With football season just around the corner, it occurred to me that there are some polls where you probably don’t want your football team to rank #1. Sports reporter Mike Rosenburg studied the number of arrests per team in the last five years – and Washington State was the #1 team, by far, with 31 players having been arrested. Florida was a distant second, with 24 of their players having been arrested. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for third with 23 players arrested, and Oklahoma rounded out the Top (?) five with 21 arrested players. Two other Big 12 schools, Iowa State and West Virginia, joined Missouri and Ole Miss in a four-way tie for 6thplace. Florida State and Tennessee finished out the Top 10 (20 arrests). OSU and Arkansas were tied for 19th place, by the way, with a paltry 14 players arrested, but… another season is not yet underway. There’s still time to move up!

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Congratulations are certainly order for the GRDA, Grand Lake property owners and especially Grand Lake boaters.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week approved a variance for this year allowing GRDA to maintain lake levels high enough to provide safe boating. The lake will stay at 743’ until well after Labor Day, then it will only drop one more foot to 742’ for the winter. I’m not usually very serious about things, but this is a really serious matter to continue Grand Lake’s appeal to tourism & economic development.  Thank goodness our elected officials, GRDA officials, and countless community leaders were able to help FERC realize the importance of the lake level issue, despite distractions from some CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything).

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I have often wondered why people take prescription drugs whose side-effects are worse than the symptoms they are supposed to treat – but I guess the same scenario is possible in emergencies. In Italy, jockey Chris Meehan fell from his mount, and was knocked unconscious when another horse kicked him in the face.  He probably would have been okay, except the ambulance that came to get him backed over his leg. Sounds like my luck.

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Yes, there is now officially a club for everything – even French towns with silly names.  The latest inductee is the village of Trecon. Translated literally, “Tres con” means “very stupid.” Other municipal members of the club include Monteton (“My Nipple”) and Marial (“Dumb Ass”).  Nope.  I do NOT make this stuff up!

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I guess it is possible to get so famous that it overtakes everything in your life – including who you are!  Actor Michael Caine (whose real name is Maurice Micklewhite) finally had his name legally changed to Michael Caine.  He travels a lot and is obviously well-known; and he finally tired of needless delays from customs agents questioning him about why he had Maurice Micklewhite’s passport.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (Shared by my friends at Juan Montez Restaurant at Red Arrow Marina): Taco Emergency? Dial 9 Juan Juan.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis):  It’s probably not a good idea to show up in court for your DUI wearing a shirt that says “It’s Beer Season.”

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Things I will not judge you for: 1) Sexuality 2) Religion 3) Race.  Things I WILL judge you for: 1) Not signaling while driving 2) How you treat the wait staff 3) Which way you place the toilet paper roll.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Lynda Fleming, Debi Saied, Mike Hegeman, Vern Spain, Jo Eve, Tim Hicks, Kirt Mowery, Emilio Arizpe, Anna Stafford, Barry Hurley, Skip Helms, and Gretchen Casto.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  How did the guy who invented cottage cheese know when he was done?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There are two fantastic golf tournaments for great causes Friday. The Mary Moore Charity Golf Event benefiting the Special Olympics programs at Home of Hope is at Shangri-La Golf Club, and the Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf & Blackjack Tournament benefiting Turkey Ford School is at Patricia Island Golf Club (Blackjack tournament is at Grand Lake Casino). Friday night, the outrageous Monkey Island Olympics competition continues at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and Saturday night is a Pajama Party at Monkey Island Pub. Robin Gallo’s Tribute to Reba at Club 60 West Event Center at Wyandotte Casino is also Saturday night. Next Wednesday, August 24, is the 80th Annual Will Rogers Rodeo Parade at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Vinita.  The four-day rodeo starts that night and continues through Saturday.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows this weekend. Mason/Dixon kicks off the weekend fun Friday night. Sassafras takes over the IJK stage Saturdaynight, and DJ Larry Bolton will be back to wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon & evening. Friday night is the last night of the Monkey Island Summer Olympics competition at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, plus Big Shots always features Friday & Saturdaynight dance music from an array of talented DJs. Across the street at The Shebang, Randy Lunsford performs Wednesday,Thursday, and Saturday evenings and Clint Walker performs Friday night, along with great karaoke fun every Friday & Saturdaynight upstairs at The Shebang Balcony Bar.  Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, andSaturday night is the big Pajama Party. There’s great live music every weekend at Road Hog Saloon.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend and every weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, Wayne Garner will be on stage at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina Friday night followed by EmpireSaturday night. Michelle’s Grand Bar & Grill in Ketchum features live music from Billy K and the Bottom Feeders Friday night andFishbone Gypsy Saturday night.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend highlighted by the concert by country great John Anderson Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Showplace. At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Let’s Zeppelin will be on stage both Friday andSaturday nights. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Retrorockerz will entertain Friday night, and Lost on Utica wrap up the weekend Saturday night. Howard Gayles performs both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge at Downstream. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This weekend, T.J. McFarland will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by The Boston Mountain Playboys Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, the weekend starts Thursday night with music by T.J. McFarland.Shawna Russell entertains Friday night followed by The Uncrowned Kings Saturday. The Hi-Fidelics entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  Saturday night, it’s Robin Gallo’s Tribute to Reba. There is also a UFC 202 Watch PartySaturday night at 7:00 at Club 60 West prior to the Robin Gallow show. At Grand Lake Casino, Lickitty Split will be on stageSaturday night. If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Kevin Zeoli will entertain in the Loony Saloon bothFriday & Saturday nights along with special guest Justin Sullivan.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including the Olympic Games, are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Olympic Games continue day & night on the networks of NBC-Universal – closing ceremonies areSunday night at 7:00 on NBC. A special NEW episode of The Voice airs after Olympic coverage, Sunday night at 9:30 on NBC. You might also want to check out J.L. Family Ranch which premieres Sunday night at 8:00 on The Hallmark Channel.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: War Dogs, Ben Hur and Kubo and the Two Strings

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers at the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams.  If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.’” – Jack Handy

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SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday-Saturday, August 24-27, 80th Annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo at the Vinita Rodeo Grounds. Saturday, August 27 – “Party at the Point” raft-up off the Duck Creek RV Park point in the tailwaters of Duck Creek from 1-5 p.m.Live music from Law Dogs, Travis Kidd, and Alaska & Madi – Bikini contest and Best Six-Pack contest.

Saturday, September 3 - Annual Redneck Yacht Club party & raft-up – tail waters of Duck Creek from 1-5. Saturday & Sunday, September 3-4 – Country Music Festival at Downstream Casino. Saturday, September 10 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, September 17 – REC Day at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, September 24 – A Taste of Grand.

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NFL pre-season football continues this week but, with the exception of a few games featured in delayed broadcasts on the NFL Network, nobody in the big TV world thought any of this week’s games were worth televising.  Rest up.  There are six games on the TV schedule next week.

The 2016 Olympic Games wrap up this week.  Daily coverage continues on the networks of NBC Universal through the closing ceremonies on NBC Sunday night.  Networks include Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network among other specialty channels.  Good luck! You can catch up by watching prime time coverage 7-11 each night on NBC.

Professional golf doesn’t slow down just because of the Olympics. The pros head to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for the Wyndham Championship. Coverage begins at 4:00 Thursday & Friday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, fans are off to Bristol this weekend for a little night racing.  Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race begins at 7:00 Saturday night on NBCSN.

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The weekend weather ahead looks absolutely fantastic. There might be a shower or two Saturday morning, but otherwise, we’ll have sunshine with highs in the low to mid-80s. Weather will be even better than last weekend’s great temperatures, because we’ll have a little less wind. It looks like a great weekend for outdoor activities. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 8-7-16

Happy Elvis Week!  And that’s not even the biggest celebration of the week.  Saturday is a day set aside for guys like me.  It’s National Left-Handers Day – honoring the last minority group against whom it is still acceptable to discriminate. Find somebody who’s left-handed and do something nice for them Saturday.  Life may be hard for you, but it’s harder for us because all the useful tools to make life easier are designed for you!

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Congratulations to the folks who organized the Friday night barbecue and Saturday golf tournament to raise money for Grove schools – and to the crew at Arrowhead for another great Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & Barbecue event benefiting South Grand Lakers helping children. The events were fun, and contributors to these worthy causes were plentiful.  Welcome to Grand Lake.  It’s what we do!

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The real Olympics couldn’t hold a candle to the Monkey Island Summer Olympic games at Big shots. Competition was both fierce and hilarious (as best I remember).  If you didn’t make it last week, the Island Olympics will be at Big Shots for two more Fridaynight competition rounds.  Who knows?  You may have enough drinking skills to become a Gold Medalist yourself!

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Personal note: I had my flashback to the sixties moment – and it was worth every penny and every minute.  If you missed theChicago concert at Buffalo Run Casino, you missed a dandy! Saturday was officially National Wiggle-Your-Toes Day, but those guys made me wiggle ALL my stuff. They’ve still got it!

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I guess the Inter-Tribal Council has joined the anti-Grand Lake club.  For almost a quarter of a century, we have been trying to approve a new rule that would eliminate the dangerous and unreasonable draw-down of the Grand Lake level prior to the bit Labor Day weekend. Anybody who has tried to communicate with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about approving such an amendment to GRDA’s Grand Lake operating license knows it is virtually impossible.  But when the Inter-Tribal Council called, FERC representatives came running to Miami to hear what they had to say. For some inexplicable warped reasoning, they want such reasonable action stopped because of some vague unkept promise from the 1940’s. I thought maybe they had signed on to the blackmail efforts of a small group in Miami that is trying to continue the unsafe draw-down of Grand Lake until some government entity comes up with money to raise the roadways in Miami.  Maybe it’s not that, though. Maybe they think if people are afraid to get on a too-shallow lake, they might decide to go to casinos instead!  I don’t get it.  By the way, don’t blame the Quapaws or the Cherokees.  All the other tribes in the area signed on to the “hold Grand Lake hostage” position.  Sheesh.

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For every stupid rule on the books, there’s a history of one or more idiots who made the rule necessary.  In the case of Philadelphia’s newest rule, the idiots in residence were members of the Cedar Creek Neighborhood Block Party.  They rented a trash dumpster, filled it with water from a fire hydrant, and had a “Dumpster Pool Party.” So, now…Philadelphia has a rule against swimming in a trash dumpster. Wouldn’t that be like the opposite of a bath?

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Between nasty water, incomplete facilities, Zika-carrying mosquitoes, and rough law enforcement in Rio, I was having trouble getting excited about the Summer Olympic Games. Then I turned on the TV Saturday and remembered why I love the Summer Olympics – beach volleyball!

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Here in Oklahoma, we may not be moving quite as fast as the rest of the nation, but some states are plowing new ground.  At the Oregon State Fair this year, there was a new category in horticulture judging – best marijuana plant.  I’m not kidding. Since it is now legal to grow, sell, and smoke the stuff in Oregon, we might as well find out who is growing the best stuff, right?  Actually, it’s a perfect plan. What better place to get the munchies than the fairway at the state fair?  Fried twinkies, anyone?

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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH: A new study says intelligent people tend to be messy, sleep less than normal, and swear more than normal.  Holy cow!  I must be brilliant!

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (reminded me of Monkey Island): Our town is so small, we don’t even have a town drunk; so we take turns.

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BEST FACT OF THE WEEK:  42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Being cremated is my last hope for a smoking hot body.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: My best wish for a Happy Birthday to a true Grand Lake legend!  Gene Gregg turns 90 onSunday, August 14. Birthday wishes go out this week also to Casey Smith, Dennis Boyles, Jeff McDougall, Jamie Perryman, Heather Cole, Candi Bullard, Allen Evans, Hershel Lamirand, Maggie Mae, and Stephanie Graves. With football season upon us, congratulations this week also to our two biggest state schools.  OU was the preseason #3 pick in the Coaches’ Poll (behind Alabama and Clemson).  OSU was #19.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If 40 is the new 30, and 50 is the new 40, why can’t Thursday be the newFriday?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: This weekend is HUGE on the “things to do” front. The famed Run a Monkey Golf Tournament isFriday & Saturday at Shangri-La. Friday night is the first of three Friday night Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots on Monkey Island (individual and team “sports” – yes, there are prizes.) Friday night is also a YMCA BBQ benefitting Grove Public Schools (5:00-8:00) at Grove Civic Center. Saturday is the Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club (benefitting South Grand Lakers Helping Children) and a YMCA Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefitting Grove Public Schools.Saturday night, there are two fabulous shows -  Chicago in concert at Buffalo Run Casino and the Hi-Fidelics live at Big Shots.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows this weekend. The Jim Green Band will be live Friday night. Diversity takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, andLow Compatibility will be back to wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon & evening. Big Shots Rhythm & Booze always featuresFriday & Saturday night dance music from an array of talented DJs, and across the street at The Shebang, Randy Lunsford performsWednesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings, and there’s karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night upstairs at The Shebang Balcony Bar.  Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and Lickitty Split will be on stageSaturday night at Road Hog Saloon.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend and every weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, Dustin Pittsley will be on stage at Sharkys at Hammerhead Marina Friday night. Saturday night, Sharky’s patrons will hear from The Detinators.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Band DeLorean will be on stage Friday night followed by Dead Metal Society Saturday night. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Joe Giles & The Homewreckers will entertain Friday night, and Uncrowned Kings wrap up the weekend Saturday night. Kenny Babb performs both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge at Downstream. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This weekend, Travis Kidd will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by Jake Hooker Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, the weekend startsThursday night with music by Dewayne Bowman. September’s End entertains Friday night followed by The George Brothers with Leslie Wright Saturday. Smoke and Moonshine entertains Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  Saturday night, The Bobby D Band takes the stage. If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Enjoy the one-two comedy punch of Robby Wagner and Andre McSween on stage in the Loony Saloon both Friday & Saturday nights.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including the Olympic Games, are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Get Down will be available on NetFlix beginning Friday.  There are two great prime time movies on The Hallmark Channel this weekend – Summer in the City Saturday night and Chesapeake Shores Sunday night, both at 8:00 p.m. The Olympic Games continue day & night on the networks of NBC-Universal. Highlights air nightly at 7:00 p.m. on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Florence Foster Jenkins, Pete’s Dragon and Sausage Party

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: I think I need professional help…a chef, a maid, and a butler should do it.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 12 – Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Friday-Saturday, August 12-13 – Shangri-La Men’s Golf Association Member-Guest Tournament. Sunday, August 14 – Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour brings comedians Andrew Frank and Dan Frigolette to Har-Ber Village Museum’s Event Tent in Grove at 7:00. Saturday, August 13 – Woodstock on the Water 76th birthday celebration of the Pensacola Dam – bands at state park in Disney. Monday, August 15 – SLWGA’s Grand Lady Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La benefiting the Special Olympics programs at Home of Hope. Friday, August 19 – Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf & Blackjack Tournament benefiting Turkey Ford School (Golf at Patricia Island, Blackjack at Grand Lake Casino). Friday, August 19 – Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Saturday, August 20 – Pajama Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, August 20Robin Gallo’s Tribute to Reba at Club 60 West Event Center, Wyandotte Casino. Saturday, September 3 – 4th Annual Redneck Yacht Club party & raft-up – tail waters of Duck Creek from 1-5. Saturday, September 24 – A Taste of Grand.

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I can’t believe it’s already football season.  Saturday night is the first NFL pre-season game of the year (except the Hall of Fame Game). The Dallas Cowboys will be at Los Angeles Saturday night at 7:00 (ESPN). There are other games, of course, but that’s the only televised action this week.

The 2016 Olympic Games continue, of course.  Daily coverage continues on the networks of NBC Universal through the closing ceremonies on NBC August 21.  I’m not sure how to help you find what you’re looking for.  The networks of NBC Universal are providing 2,084 hours of live coverage (whew!). Networks include Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network among other specialty channels.  Good luck! You can catch up by watching prime time coverage 7-11 each night on NBC. Olympic golf competition will be on the Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday this week.

Professional golf doesn’t slow down just because of the Olympics. The pros head to Illinois this weekend for the John Deere Classic. Coverage begins at 4:00 Thursday & Friday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday &Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, fans are off to Bristol this weekend for a little night racing.  Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race begins at 7:00 Saturday night on NBCSN.

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The weekend weather outlook is “continued summertime.  High temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s with lows in the low 70s – sunshine and light breezes. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

 

Grand Lake Bum 7-31-16

Here we go, kicking off yet another month of Grand Lake fun!  You’d better make sure you have plenty of fuel in the tank, fluids in your flask, and lots of sunscreen if you’re going to make it to the myriad of events & concerts that are happening around the lake this weekend. We are certainly kicking off August with lots of action.

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I can’t believe it’s time for the Olympics, already!  The ones on TV will undoubtedly be pretty good, even though about half the world’s best athletes chose to stay home to avoid the Rio violence and the Zika virus.  That’s okay, I always thought watching the outrageous Monkey Island Olympic Games on Friday nights at Big Shots was a lot more fun, anyway.  If you haven’t watched those “games” (or participated), mark a Friday night Big Shots stop on your calendar.

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It might not be the Summer Olympics, but “We’re Number 1” – and it isn’t even football or basketball.  The United States team of high school math wizards won the annual Math Olympiad held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, competing against top students from 100 countries. It’s probably not much of a spectator sport, but we’re proud anyway!  The last time the U.S. won was 1994.

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Speaking of sports-related items, the OKC Bricktown restaurant named for Kevin Durant has closed.  The Hal Smith Group which actually owns the restaurant, says it will re-open in the fall with a new theme and a new name – one that doesn’t remind OKC Thunder fans of the sore spot they still have. I guess they could name it “Russell’s,” but it looks like that might not last too long, either.

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With the national political conventions in the rear view mirror, we are now officially into the heat of battle.  Trump made it official, announcing that he’s now developed a “no more Mr. Nice Guy” attitude.  I was unaware that anyone had accused him of being Mr. Nice Guy. He’s already on a role, accusing the Clinton campaign of rigging the debate schedule to put them up against NFL football games.  He said the NFL had sent him a letter complaining about it.  I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that the NFL says they never sent him such a letter – or any letter about anything. I think it’s more probably that nobody in the NFL front office even knew any debates were scheduled – or cared. I’m starting to feel a little that way myself!

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The U.S. Supreme Court might have a different opinion, but the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) defines “sexual intercourse” as being between a man and a woman. Air Force Colonel Eugene Caughy, if nothing else, has a creative lawyer. Facing court martial this month for six counts of adultery, he is alleging the charges constitute illegal discrimination against him because he is a heterosexual.  Things that make you go, “Hmmm.”

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“HEY…do those nuts have nuts in ‘em?”  The United States doesn’t have a corner on the “stupid government regulations” market. In Germany, the supermarket chain Lidl was forced to recall its house brand of “Yogurt and Honey Peanuts” because regulators said it had no warning label indicating it contained milk products and peanuts.

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A couple of my buddies headed out on a road trip this week without saying where they were going. After reading Sunday’snewspaper, I wonder if they went to Montana where the annual “Testicle Festival” is being held this week.  I used to refer to Vinita’s Calf Fry Festival by that name, but that’s not what the Montana event is about. In fact, it’s not about anything at all – just running around naked and having fun. “If you miss the Testicle Festival,” their web page points you, “…you’re NUTS.”

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GRAND LIFESTYLE MEDICAL TIP: If you eat well, get good sleep, exercise, and drink plenty of water…you’ll die anyway.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (in front of a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant): Jalapenis Chicken Poopers 8 for $2.99  #spellingisimportant

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I just saved a ton of money on Christmas presents by discussing politics on Facebook.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Jennifer Eve Fish, Paula Harbuck, Peggy Howard, Daniel Nagle, Don Baxter, Kari Filson Baker, Gerald Keeton, Bob Abraham, Lori Gray, Jack Adkisson, Linda McCulla, and Mary Stallings. Congratulations, also, to Grand Laker Scott Verplank who joins Brian Bosworth, Bob Barry, Jr., Leon Heath, Jimmy Houston and Joe Dial this week as the latest inductees into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If a fly has no wings, would you call it a walk?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: This weekend is HUGE on the “things to do” front. The famed Run a Monkey Golf Tournament isFriday & Saturday at Shangri-La. Friday night is the first of three Friday night Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots on Monkey Island (individual and team “sports” – yes, there are prizes.) Friday night is also a YMCA BBQ benefitting Grove Public Schools (5:00-8:00) at Grove Civic Center. Saturday is the Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club (benefitting South Grand Lakers Helping Children) and a YMCA Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefitting Grove Public Schools.Saturday night, there are two fabulous shows -  Chicago in concert at Buffalo Run Casino and the Hi-Fidelics live at Big Shots.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Big Shots Rhythm & Booze has a rare live showSaturday night featuring the Hi-Fidelics. Of course, there is always great Friday & Saturday night dance music from an array of talented DJs at Big Shots. Across the street at The Shebang, Randy Lunsford performs Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdayevenings, Clint Walker performs Friday evening, and there’s karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night upstairs at The Shebang Balcony Bar. Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows to kick off a new month this weekend. Dustin and Myranda will be live Friday night. T-Bird takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Randy Lunsford will be back to wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon & evening.  Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend and every weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, Don White and Steve White will be on stage at Sharkys at Hammerhead Marina Friday night with Don’s full recording band. Saturday night, Sharky’s patrons will hear from South of Vertical with Bucky Hopwood. Saturday afternoon, there will be live music by Beau Taylor & We the Ghost Acoustics at the Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ party at Arrowhead Yacht Club, as well as a bikini contest.  Lickitty Split will perform Saturday night at Michelle’s Grand Lodge Bar & Grill in Ketchum.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by Saturday night’s concert by the legendary Chicago at Buffalo Run Casino’s amphitheater. At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Paralandra will be on stage both Friday and Saturdaynights. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, the Scott Keeton Band, will entertain Friday night, and The Bobby D Bandwraps up the weekend Saturday night. Howard Gayles performs both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge at Downstream. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This weekend,Bo Phillips will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by Southern Green Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino,there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Donnie Ray Stephens Friday night and Sweet Trouble Saturday. The Band DeLorean entertains Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  Saturday night, The Uncrowned Kings take the stage. If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Michael Joiner will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Risky Betts (seriously).

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Olympic Preview Special Thursday night and Olympic Opening Ceremonies Friday night at 7:00 on NBC.The Little Prince will be available beginning Friday on NETFLIX.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Suicide Squad and Nine Lives

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “My biggest fear about Putin is that he will inspire Trump to take off his shirt in public.” – Andy Borowitz

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 12 – Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Friday-Saturday, August 12-13 – Shangri-La Men’s Golf Association Member-Guest Tournament. Sunday, August 14 – Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour brings comedians Andrew Frank and Dan Frigolette to Har-Ber Village Museum’s Event Tent in Grove at 7:00. Saturday, August 13 – Woodstock on the Water 76th birthday celebration of the Pensacola Dam – bands at state park in Disney. Monday, August 15 – SLWGA’s Grand Lady Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La benefiting the Special Olympics programs at Home of Hope. Saturday, Friday, August 19 – Monkey Island Olympics competition at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. August 20 – Pajama Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, September 3 – 4th Annual Redneck Yacht Club party & raft-up – tail waters of Duck Creek from 1-5.

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There are more sporting events on TV this weekend than you can possibly watch. It’s time for the 2016 Olympic Games.  Although the opening ceremonies are Friday night, action really begins two days earlier (group soccer including the USA Women). Coverage continues on the networks of NBC Universal through the closing ceremonies on NBC August 21.  I’m not sure how to help you find what you’re looking for.  The networks of NBC Universal are providing 2,084 hours of live coverage (whew!). Networks include Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network among other specialty channels.  Good luck! You can catch up by watching prime time coverage 7-11 each night on NBC.

Professional golf doesn’t slow down just because of the Olympics. The pros head to Connecticut this weekend for the Travelers Championship. Coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, fans are off to Watkins Glen this weekend for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen beginning Sunday at 1:30 on the USA Network.

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The weather outlook for the first weekend in August looks pretty good (considering it’s August).  High temperatures will be 90ish with a chance of some afternoon Thundershowers Saturday & Sunday.  UV indexes are out the roof, however. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

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