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The magical moment arrives at Grand Lake right in the middle of Happy Hour – Friday afternoon at 5:45 marks the official arrival of Spring 2015!  We made it.

I was lucky to live through the five-day St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  That holiday drinking weekend was longer than Thanksgiving weekend!  I guess it was good training for the Memorial Day weekend coming up in less than six weeks!  Better get in shape, Grand Lakers.  Partying is like any other sport.  To get really good at it, you must practice every day.


The St. Patrick’s celebration at Grand Lake apparently wasn’t quite as rough as it has been at Yellowstone National Park over the last few years.  Officials there report that the famous hot spring known as “Morning Glory” has now changed colors.  It used to be bright blue.  Now, it’s kind of a yellowish green color.  The cause?  People throwing green St. Patrick’s Day coins in the spring for good luck.  Staff members at Yellowstone have now (only half-jokingly) changed the name of “Morning Glory” to “Faded Glory.”


If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate this weekend (aside from the famed “March Madness” celebration), you can celebrate “Twitter Day” on Saturday.  It’s not really any official holiday, but you can still celebrate the 9th anniversary of the very first Tweet, sent out by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey nine years ago this coming Saturday.  What a difference nine years makes! Today, there are an average of 500 million tweets…per day. Cheers.

In the Texas legislature, there is a bill gaining momentum to stop adhering to Daylight Saving Time in Texas.  Go for it!  I’m sure the marinas and other tourism industries on the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma would love to see this happen.  Admittedly, it might be a little weird to have darkness on the Texas side of Lake Texoma an hour earlier than on the Oklahoma side.


In fact, that reminds me of one of my favorite jokes about the stuffed shirt Texas rancher who visited the operator of a little truck farm in New Hampshire and asking about the size of the gentleman’s vegetable farm – about 40 acres. 

“My place in Texas is so big,” bragged the Texan, “I can get in my truck at sunrise, drive all day, and still be on my property at sunset.”

“Yeah,” said the truck farmer sympathetically. “I had a truck like that once.”

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: If you were all excited to see the State Senate approve a bill that would allow the sale of strong, cold beer in Oklahoma liquor stores, don’t get carried away.  The author of the legislation said it won’t go any further until all parties sit down at the table – wholesalers, retailers, etc.  The last time all those players agreed on anything was the 1958 repeal of prohibition.  Don’t hold your breath.

Just when you think things can’t get any more embarrassing in the Oklahoma legislature, another day passes.  The House of Representatives adopted their newfound “baby with the bathwater” philosophy last week, passing a proposed law by Representative Todd Russ of Cordell.  In an overabundance of paranoia about same sex marriages being legal in Oklahoma, the House voted to do away with the state’s approval of ANY marriage whatsoever.  No, really.  You can’t make this stuff up.  If that bill becomes law, good luck with sorting out your insurance, Social Security benefits, etc. because the State of Oklahoma would not approve your marriage – to anyone!


A humiliating political happening that wasn’t Oklahoma (but it was Kansas).  Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp has always fought hard against LGBT rights and in support of “family values.”  In 2012, in fact, he was named the most homophobic man in Congress.  It must have been particularly embarrassing last week when one of his staffers, Matthew Pennell, was arrested on 17 counts of child sexual exploitation due to the discovery of explicit images of children on his computer. 


Dumb-ass award goes to New York zillionaire Robert Durst, long suspected of three murders dating back to the disappearance of his first wife in 1982.  For more than three decades, he has skated all charges; but when HBO wanted to do a documentary about him, he couldn’t resist taking a starring role and doing an interview.  He was arrested Saturday night.  You can’t fix stupid.


A minor league baseball team has connected with Krispy Kreme White Castle to create a special “sweet but salty” treat for its fans.  The Wilmington (Delaware) Blue Rocks are still searching for an appropriate name for their newly created treat consisting of a bacon-covered hot dog in a donut bun covered with raspberry drizzling. Fat Dog? Death by Donut?


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (in front of a nursery): Spring is here!  I’m so excited I wet my plants.


Entertainment note for a great cause: I can’t wait until April 11.  The fabulous Old Bulldog Band will be performing at Big Shots on Monkey Island, with proceeds benefiting extension of the Monkey Island Trail!  Usually, we can’t get reserve seats at Big Shots, but a $25 purchase (paid in advance) will do it this time.  $20 at the door. This’ll likely be a standing-room-only event.  It always is when these guys & gals hit the stage!


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Congratulations to the First Lady of Country Fiddle – Grand Lake’s own Jana Jae – inducted over the weekend into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame! Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Rusty Fleming, Dave Hine, Todd Segress, Bill Slepka, Richard Lippitt, Linda Eller, Jan Smith, Julie Londagin, Lee Harris, and Helen Oden. 


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Do you find it strange that the people who live in the District of Columbia – home of our nation’s government – have no voting representation in the United States Congress?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Tommy James and the Shondells concert Saturday night at The Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Doors open at 7:00. Concert at 8:00.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s no shortage of incredible musical entertainment and fun around Grand this weekend including a great Led Zeppelin tribute at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill. Let’s Zeppelin: A Tribute will be featured both Friday & Saturday nights. At Downstream Casino, there are plenty of entertainment options, highlighted by the Tommy James & The Shondells concert Saturday night. Howard Gayles will entertain with his solo piano performance in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights.  In Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, the legendary George Brothers will take the stage Friday night followed by Makenna & Brock on Saturday night.

At Grand Lake Casino, there’s a crowd favorite on stage this week.  Lickitty Split will perform beginning at 10 Saturday night.

At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Runnin’ on Empty Thursday night. Leah & The MoJo Doctors take the stage for Friday night’s show, with Uncrowned Kings on stage Saturday night.  If comedy is your thing, the zany A.J. Finney will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest Mike Smith.

If you’re in the Grove area, check out the action at J.R. Spanky’s with a late St. Patty’s Day Blow-out featuring the great Western Justice performing both Friday and Saturday nights.

If you’re on Monkey Island, there’s ALWAYS a party on the weekends at Island Joe’s Kentena, Big Shots, Monkey Island Pub, and Big Shots. South Grand Lake partiers can always find great music and sports entertainment at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley.

The best spots to catch NBA, NCAA March Madness, NASCAR and PGA play are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, J.R. Spanky’s and JJ’s Wing ‘N’ It in Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Bloodline – new thriller series begins streaming on NetFlix Friday.




QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Viagra is the only performance enhancing drug that’s going to get you anywhere in your efforts to keep it long & straight.”  - PGA Tour Professional Henrik Stenson


SAVE THE DATE: Friday & Saturday, March 27-28 – Rock Crawlers’ “Big Meat Run” at Disney. Saturday, March 28 – “Paint and Sip Party” hosted by Girlfriends of the Airport at Cherokee Yacht Club, 1:30 p.m. in the Poolside Dining Room. Saturday, April 4 – Grand Dam Run (8:00-11:00) at the Pensacola Dam. Saturday, April 11 – Old Bulldog Band concert & dance at Big Shots, raising money for the Monkey Island Trail ($20 at the door, $25 reserved seats paid in advance). Saturday, April 11 -  South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Bootleggers Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, April 11 – The Temptations in concert at Buffalo Run Casino. Saturday, April 18 – Ales and Tails Crawfish Festival at the American Legion Rodeo Arena in Vinita (gates open at 4:00). Friday, May 8 – GRDA “Lake Launch” party at the Ecosystems Building in Langley.


The time is here.  It’s officially March Madness time with great teams in great games everywhere you look beginning this week and continuing through the first week of April! Games are primarily on TBS and TNT, with a few on TruTV and a handful on CBS. You’re pretty much on your own, kids.  As they say, “check your local listings.” OU plays Albany and OSU faces Oregon in the first round.  Arkansas has Wofford and Kansas has New Mexico State.  Big 12 matched the Big 10 for most teams in the NCAA Tournament (seven).

The OKC Thunder continue the fight for the playoffs with a few games at Chesapeake Arena.  They are are at home Friday night hosting the hottest team in the NBA – the Atlanta Hawks (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma); and there’s not much time to rest up before they host the Miami Heat in OKC Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (Fox Sports Oklahoma).  Most of the airtime is burned up with NCAA games, but there is a great NBA doubleheader next Tuesday (March 24) with the Lakers visiting the OKC Thunder at 7:00and Golden State at Portland at 9:30, both on TNT.

The PGA Tour hits Orlando, Florida this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 1:00 Thursday and Friday, and at 11:30 Saturday and Sunday mornings.  NBC has coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday.

The NASCAR guys will be Auto Club Speedway Sunday. Coverage of the Auto Club 400 begins at 2:30 on Fox.


It looks like a great First Weekend of Spring just ahead.  High temperatures hit the upper 50s on Friday and continue to rise from there – with sunshine!  Get out your clubs, get your boat, and get out your party shoes.  Spring is springing! Remember, wherever you choose to party around Grand Lake, 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 (smoking in the bar)

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

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)

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

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)

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.J.’s Wing ‘N’ It in Downtown Grove

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

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

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.)

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (Langley)

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Rancho Viejo in Grove

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)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

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)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

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)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

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