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The Grand Lake Bum 6-11-17

Sunday is Father’s Day, and I want to save you some grief. Your Dad does not want a tie. He does not want cologne; and most of all, he does not want to work his butt buying steaks to grill for his extended family. I have a better suggestion. Clean his boat. Fill it with fuel. Load an ice chest with his favorite beverage(s). Take him to the boat, put him aboard, make sure it runs, remove the dock lines, then stand on the dock and wave goodbye. I know enough Dads to know that peace and quiet with adult beverages aboard a boat with no distractions is always a welcome gift. If your Dad doesn’t have a boat, several of my boat sales pals are standing by to help you make Father’s Day REALLY special. Be safe. Have fun.

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If your anniversary is coming up, you probably can’t top the gift a Missouri woman gave her husband. Linda Fisher gave her husband John a nice Happy Anniversary card with 10 Missouri Lottery Bingo scratch-off tickets inside.  Instead of just a nice meal, John says he might also take his wife on a camping trip. One of the scratch-off lottery cards was a $55,000 winner!  

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I knew someday my dream would come true…and now it’s on the horizon. All the fat guys who give me trouble about smoking may be worse off than I am! A new study by the American Cancer Society says obesity and inactivity may soon surpass smoking as a cause of cancer. The study says 13 kinds of cancer are linked to obesity. If that’s not enough, the study also says carrying all that excess weight around all your life could lead to mental disorders. So, there! Just keep eating! You’ll be fat, diseased, and maybe a little crazy. I may also end up diseased and crazy, but not as quickly. And I won’t be fat! Well, unless you count that caloric intake from bottles of brown liquid.

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If that stresses you out, I have an idea that might help you reverse the effects of stress in your life. Have you noticed that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? Might be worth a try.

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School is out in New York, and First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron are preparing to start slumming it at the White House. The East Wing of the White House has operated pretty much with the First Lady pretty much in absentia, remaining in Trump Tower luxury while their son finished the school year. Now…it’s off to the White House, possibly as soon as this week.

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We’re #1. We’re #1. Oklahoma ranks #1 in reduced funding for education since the 2008 recession. Education funding has been cut by 26.9% since that time. The next closest is Alabama with a 14.2% cut. This is getting downright embarrassing.

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We’ve all heard the bizarre and outrageous stories about school officials overreacting to anti-violence rules by suspended kids who point their fingers at others with their hand simulating the shape of a gun. But maybe there’s more to the power of finger-guns than we thought. In Auckland, New Zealand last month, a cop actually faked a suspect to the ground and arrested him, even though the cop had no weapon. He confidently pulled his finger and was apparently convincing enough the suspect hit the ground. If he gives up law enforcement, he might have a career in convincing improvisational acting!

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How to win the corporate game – step up your own game. Abu Musa was a 7-Eleven franchise owner in Boston for many years before getting into an unwinnable war with headquarters over the chain’s hot food items which Musa describes as “gross.” Finally, he settled an expensive legal battle with 7-Eleven and was removed from his own store. Now, Musa has decided to one-up the chain. He opened a new store right across the street from his old 7-Eleven. He sells everything 7-Eleven sells – except hot food – and his prices are cheaper. His new anti-7-Eleven store is appropriately named….6-Twelve.

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GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La’s Resort Hotel is now open. Grand Lake now has its first restaurant/bar open from 7:00 a.m. until midnight seven days a week, 52 weeks a year – and it’s accessible by water, too! If you haven’t seen the new resort hotel and the amenities now offered at Grand Lake…OMG!! Go look!

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen in front of a Mexican restaurant): Taco Emergency: Dial 9 Juan Juan

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: 1) Going to bed early. 2) Not leaving my house. 3) Not going to a party. My childhood punishments have become my adult goals.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: My favorite tweet this week, following a repeat as national champions, had to do with a proposed transfer of softball coach Patty Gasso to the football program: “Gasso for new Defensive Coordinator.”

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COOKING TIP OF THE WEEK: If you stir coconut oil into your kale, it makes it easier to scrape into the trash.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Junk, John Link, Jessica Franczyk, Kevin Dennis, Thomas Straigis, Josh Russell, Mike Ward, Lisa Wright, and Brittani Isaac.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  What do you call a male ladybug?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday evening is the annual Grove Rotary Club Lobsterfest, Grove Civic Center at5:30. Saturday afternoon is the first Splash Bash of the summer in Ketchum Cove from noon-6:00. Tuesday, June 20  District Attorney Kenny Wright will speak at the Men Against Violence luncheon at noon at 1st Methodist Church in Grove.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s great entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, you provide your own entertainment with Friday & Saturday night karaoke in the Balcony Bar upstairs at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Downstairs in the Burlesque Room, Randy Lunsford provides the entertainment. Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best dance tunes Friday and Saturday night, as well. Just down the highway from there, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and Saturday night is the big “Woodstock Costume Party” at The Pub. A little further down the road, there’s always great live weekend entertainment at the Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Risky Business will be on stage Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina. Saturdayafternoon, Brett & Terri will entertain at the Splash Bash raft-up in Ketchum Cove, followed by RPM Saturday night at Sharky’s.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well, except for Downstream Casino where Legends Sports Bar will be closed for remodeling this week. Lickitty Split will play at Grand Lake Casino Saturday night.  There are plenty of other choices, though, highlighted by The Righteous Brothers Thursday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Showplace. Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill will host Solace Friday night and DMS Saturday.  Cherokee Casino Grove will feature KC Eliminator (with a ZZ Top tribute) and The Band DeLorean Friday night. I’m not sure aboutSaturday night, because both Cherokee Grove and Grand Lake Casino show Lickitty Split performing Saturday night. Hmmm. Sounds like a bidding war is upcoming. At River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino), Club 60 West hostsEarl & Them Friday night. Saturday night is an unusual show at River Bend, to say the least. Extreme Midget Wrestlingkicks off at 7:00 Saturday night in the Club 60 West Event Center. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Low Flying Goats. Friday night features the music of Libby Starks & Bandit, followed by The Rumor Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NASCAR and PGA Golf are Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton is Thursday night at 9:00 on TNT.  Season 4 of Turn: Washington’s Spies premieres Friday night at 8:00 on AMC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Rough Night and Cars 3

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Despite (former FBI Director James) Comey’s testimony, a White House staffer said ‘Today is a regular Thursday at the White House.’ America was like, 'Yeah, that's what worries us.’” – Jimmy Fallon

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By the way, don’t worry. The newly named FBI Director, Christopher Wray, is not the same Christopher Wray who works at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Same spelling…but not the same guy.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 23 – formal dedication of Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel (4:00 p.m.). Saturday &Sunday, June 24-25 – Men’s Golf Association Member/Guest Invitational at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, June 24 – Free Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (8-5). Friday, June 31 – Vinita Fireworks. Saturday, July 1 – Disney Fireworks. Sunday, July 2 – Monkey Island Fireworks. Monday, July 3 – Duck Creek Fireworks, Grove Fireworks (Wolf Creek) and Miami Fireworks (Riverview Park). Tuesday, July 4 – Jay Fireworks (J.B. Earp Stadium).Monday-Thursday, July 10-13 – Kids Sports Camp at Shangri-La (Members’ children only). Saturday, August 19 – Barkarita (fundraising party for Second Chance Pet Rescue) at Honey Creek Landing in Grove.

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It’s a huge week on the PGA Tour. This week is the U.S. Open which will enjoy 45 hours of coverage from the networks of Fox. Coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. Thursday & Friday on FS1, and at 10:00 Saturday & Sunday mornings on Fox.

NASCAR drivers are Michigan this weekend for the Firekeepers Casino 400. Coverage starts at 2:00 Sunday on FS1.

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The weather for the upcoming weekend looks like June usually looks. We may have a few scattered showers for a little while Friday, and some late afternoon stuff Saturday. Other than that, highs around 90. Sunday looks absolutely perfect for Father’s Day – sunshine, light winds and a high of 91. Get out and enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, but remember, wherever you decide to play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Bobbers Café in Langley

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

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

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)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (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

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

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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

Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island (smoking deck)

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)

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

Grand Lake Bum 6-4-17

With the combination of the annual Home of Hope Banquet and the opening of the new Shangri-La Resort Hotel, we showed off our lake in style over the past weekend. Governor Fallin, Lieutenant Governor Lamb, and former Governors Nigh, Walters, Keating, and Henry were all on hand to take part in a weekend that will surely be a major waypoint on the Grand Lake history chart. It was all very impressive – but I was most impressed with the new 28-seat bar and the rooftop patio at the Shangri-La Hotel. Wowzer!

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Here’s a really important medical update you should know about. A research paper prepared by Dr. Mercedes G. Lopezat a meeting of the American Chemical Society indicates tequila may be helpful in efforts to lose weight. The spirit can help lower your blood sugar too, according to the research. I suddenly feel the urge to lose a LOT of weight! (Of course, as one observer noted, the weight loss may actually be a result of consuming too much tequila and puking your toenails up.)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are playing in the NBA Championship series. I ran across a couple of fun facts that might be an indication of how you “buy your way to the top.”  (1) Andrew Bogut, signed as a free agent by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in March and expected to be a key player in the team's quest to defend its league championship, checked into his first game and played 58 seconds before crashing into a bench and breaking his leg. For that 58 seconds, the Cavs owe Bogut $383,000. (2) Jose Calderon signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors in March, but the NBA-leading Warriors changed their mind (for unforeseen reasons) two hours after the deal and released Calderon. For his 119 minutes as a Warrior (6:06 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.), Calderon was paid $415,000.

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way…but improvising can sometimes create some ironic results. For example, Havana winemaker Orestes Estevez doesn’t have all the fancy tools available to wineries in this country, so he tops his bottles of fermenting juice with condoms. As the fruit ferments, it releases gases which make the condoms inflate. Appropriately enough, when fermentation is done, the condoms go limp. 

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I can’t believe it. There’s a State Representative (Mickey Dollens) who actually understands the Constitution, fairness, and his constituents: “The $1.50 cigarette "smoking cessation" fee was passed under the guise of a public health issue during the last week of session. I don't advocate smoking, but we need to call it like it is. SB845 is an unconstitutional sin-tax that disproportionately punishes working class adults for an activity some view unfavorably. That's not how you balance a budget.” It’s getting expensive to be one of the sinners. I wish some of the do-gooders would start picking up some of the load.

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In all fairness, just in case you think the Oklahoma legislature is the only one with some wacky ideas, look around. In a legislative battle waged since a 1979 state court decision, some North Carolinians tried once again this year to change a state law that explicitly states that once a person (almost always, of course, a "female") has "consented" to an act of sexual intercourse, that consent cannot be withdrawn -- even if the encounter turns violent. Said state Sen. Jeff Jackson, whose bill to change the law failed to even get a legislative hearing, "We're the only state in the country where 'no' doesn't mean 'no.'" 

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I wonder if Kathy Griffin has the same public relations team as Tiger Woods.

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Randy Krehbiel’s Random Factoid of the Day: New York City's first speeding ticket was written in 1899, by a bicycle cop who chased down a cab going 12 miles per hour. (Sounds like driving through Bernice.)

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GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La’s Resort Hotel is now open. Grand Lake now has its first restaurant/bar open from 7:00 a.m. until midnight seven days a week, 52 weeks a year – and it’s accessible by water, too!

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Nothing says “I mean business” like using a cart at the liquor store.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: You never appreciate what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: A big Happy Birthday wish goes out to former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh who turns 90 on Friday. It was great to be a participant in his celebration at Grand Lake over the weekend. Happy Birthday wishes also go out this week to Dan Arnold, Shawn Alexander, Bill Pettit, Marnie Pettit, Matt Nash, Don Davis, Jim Gray, Ron Young, Doug Ohlstrom, and Brooke Talley.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If methadone is free to addicts because they have a disease, why isn’t chemo free to cancer patients?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Saturday is Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Park (10-2). *****

CANCELED EVENT: The Barkaritaville party that was supposed to be held Friday, June 2, at Honey Creek Landing Marina was postponed for the second time due to the weather forecast. It has now been rescheduled forSaturday, August 19 during the dog days of August, appropriately enough. It’s a fundraiser for Second Chance Pet Rescue. An August date should solve their rain problems!

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s great entertainment around the lake this weekend. Dennis James, Terry Jordan, and Ron Young present Musica Curiosa: Livin’ the Ragtime Life at the Coleman Theater in Miami Saturday & Sunday (7:30 Sat – 2:30 matinee Sunday).

On Monkey Island, you provide your own entertainment with Friday & Saturday night karaoke in the Balcony Bar upstairs at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Downstairs in the Burlesque Room, Randy Lunsford provides the entertainment. Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best dance tunes Friday andSaturday night, as well. Just down the highway from there, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and just a little further down the road, Lickitty Split will perform Saturday night at the Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Mike Barham will be on stage Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina followed by CMT entertainer Wayne Garner Saturday night.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. Cherokee Casino Grove will feature Another Alibi and Reverse Reaction Saturday night. At River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino), Club 60 West hosts Big Smitty Friday night. Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar will spotlight The Nace Brothers BandFriday night and the Scott Keeton Band Saturday night. Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill will hostWestern Justice both Friday and Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Kevin Upshaw and One Night Stand. Friday night features the music of Dirt Road Daisies, followed by Diversity Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA Championship action, NASCAR, and PGA Golf are Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The series premier of Queen of the South is Thursday night at 9:00 on USA.  Season 5 ofOrange is the New Black is available Friday on NetFlix. The71st Annual Tony Awards will be televised liveSunday night at 7:00 on CBS; and So You Think You Can Dance premieres Sunday night at 7:00 on Fox.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Hero and The Mummy

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m going to have to have my bedroom inspected for mold. My wife gets a headache every time she goes in there.” – One of my running buddies – name withheld to protect his safety

 

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 16 – Grove Rotary Club Lobsterfest, Grove Civic Center at 5:30. Tuesday, June 20 – Men Against Violence luncheon at noon at 1st Methodist Church in Grove (D.A. Kenny Wright will speak).Friday, June 23 – formal dedication of Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel (4:00 p.m.). Saturday, June 24 – Free Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (8-5).

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The NBA Championship series continues this week. The Warriors and Cavaliers face off Friday night in Game 4 at 8:00. If necessary, they’ll play again Monday night at 8:00. All games are on ABC.

The PGA Tour heads to Memphis and TPC Southwind this week for The FedEx St. Jude Classic. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 3:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds Saturday & Sunday at 2:00.

NASCAR drivers are at Pocono this weekend for the Pocono 400. Coverage starts at 2:00 Sunday on FS1.

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The weather for the upcoming weekend looks absolutely perfect. We’re likely to have plenty of boaters and golfers enjoying sunshine, light winds, and high temperatures approaching 90 degrees and lows around 70! Get out and enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, but remember, wherever you decide to play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Bobbers Café in Langley

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

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

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)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (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

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

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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

Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island (smoking deck)

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)

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

Grand Lake Bum 5-28-17

I always say don’t pay any attention to the weather forecasters – and I’m right about that more often than they’re right about their forecast. I felt sorry for holiday weekenders who didn’t make it out on the waterSaturday because they believed the forecast about terrible storms with grapefruit sized hail at Grand LakeSaturday at 2:00. No, wait. 3:00. Uh, 4:00. Nope. 7:00. Well, finally at about 10:00 Saturday night, it rained for a while. Sunday, of course, everybody hit the water. If you wondered whether the season was going to be as busy as everybody thought…there’s no need to wonder anymore. People were here. They boated, they partied, they ate, they drank, they danced. And my pals in boat sales and real estate report that a bunch of ‘em were also in the mood to buy boats & houses. It’s gonna be a goodtime year!

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And about that forecast of “grapefruit size” hail…whaaat?  If there really was such a thing, those flying meteors would smash right through most roofs and kill anybody instantly who got hit by just one piece. Some of my Facebook pals got tickled at all the weather guys & gals trying to scare people more than all their competitors. One of my pals suggested “watermelon size” hail. “Run for your lives.” Be patient. I’m sure the TV meteorologists will get there at some point.

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Five of Oklahoma’s six living governors will be at the lake this weekend to be honored at the Home of Hope Admirals Banquet at Shangri-La. How cool is that? Eddy Gibbs and his army of able leaders have brought that Grand Lake landmark back to the forefront of tourism destinations. Thanks, Eddy!

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I like ranch dressing as much as the next guy, but I never would have believed it could make it onto everybody’s list of favorites. The Twisted Ranch Restaurant in St. Louis has almost doubled its business this year after revamping its menu to include more than two dozen items made with ranch dressing (including ranch-infused Bloody Marys). As one satisfied customer put it, “Ranch is everyone’s guilty pleasure.”

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People are just weird. In Titus County, Texas, a guy – with no reason whatsoever – walked up to a game warden “out of the blue” and asked if he would like to inspect his hunting license. He did. It was fine. The game warden did, however, arrest the guy for possession of a shotgun – his third such arrest, as it turns out, for possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. You can’t fix stupid!

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Tori Lee Castillo’s shot at the Mother of the Year title is probably out the window. The 39-year-old Riverdale, Utah woman was greeted by police and a few good Samaritans who had rescued her two kids (age 2 and 5) from the trunk of her car. She had locked them in the trunk so she could go shopping at Wal-Mart without interruptions. People just keep getting nuttier!

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I may be smarter than I thought. A new study by a panel of experts on smartness says really smart people tend to go to be late, are messy, and use bad language. I may be brilliant!

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While our legislators struggled unsuccessfully to come up with a decent budget and a way to fund it, repercussions are already starting. Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year said “I’m sorry it has come to this,” but he would be silly to stay in Oklahoma when other states pay their teachers so much more. He’s leaving Norman for…Texas, so he will be fairly compensated. Pretty sad. Texas! Sheesh.

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We lost another great musician last week. I don’t know which shocked me more – the fact that Gregg Allman died…or the fact that he was 69.

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GRAND LAKE DRINKING UPDATE: Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La’s Resort Hotel opens this weekend.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: If you eat well, get good sleep, exercise, and drink plenty of water, you’ll die anyway.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: Just sold my homing pigeon on ebay for the 22nd time.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Brinda Russell, Jim Sellers, Andrew Doney, Joe Chouteau, Tiana Douglas, Erica Paden, Valerie Carter, Chris Mullen, Hank Craft, Kiersten Riggs, Jim Oden and Julie McFerron.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If somebody threw a rock and knocked you off your donkey, would you be considered stoned off your ass?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: I think there may be more going on this weekend than there was over the holiday. Friday is the “Barkaritaville” party at Honey Creek Landing & Marina featuring live music and cheeseburgers in paradise, as well as an auction to raise money for the Second Chance Pet Rescue (6:00-10:00 p.m.). Saturday is the SLWGA-sponsored Women’s Scramble for all female Shangri-La Club members (12:30).Saturday night is the Home of Hope Admirals Banquet at Shangri-La Resort Hotel. Next Monday-Thursday, June 5-8 is the Junior Players Academy at Shangri-La Golf Club; and Wednesday the Shangri-La Team will unveil all the new resort amenities at their hotel at the Grove Rotary Club luncheon.  

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: You provide your own entertainment with Friday &Saturday night karaoke in the Balcony Bar upstairs at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Downstairs in the Burlesque Room, Randy Lunsford provides the entertainment. Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best dance tunes Friday and Saturday night, as well. Just down the highway from there, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and just down the road, there’s always great entertainment at the Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Cathy & Barry and the Side Project will be leading karaoke singers Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina followed by 5th Element Saturday night. Left on Harvard will perform at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney Saturday night.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. Cherokee Casino Grove will feature the acoustic sounds of Western Justice Friday night and FM Live Saturday night. At River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino), Club 60 West hosts The Stonehorse Band Friday night. Saturday night is another big UFC 212 Fight Night Watch Party: Aldo vs. Holloway. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Rocked N Loaded. Friday night features the music of Thomas Martinez, followed by Hi-Fidelics Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA Championship action, NASCAR, and PGA Golf are Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Season 2 of Flaked will be available on NetFlix Friday.  The Season 3 premiere ofBloodline is available Friday on NetFlix. Sergeant Pepper’s Musical Revolution is Saturday night at 7:00 on PBS; and Season 3 of Fear The Walking Dead premieres Sunday night at 8:00 on AMC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Wonder Woman and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It makes me sick to my stomach when I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of our kids. We expect less from our kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly all about. We’re the ones that have changed.” – South Carolina Basketball Coach Frank Martin

 

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 10 – Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Park (10-2). Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11Dennis James, Terry Jordan, and Ron Young present Musica Curiosa: Livin’ the Ragtime Life at the Coleman Theater in Miami (7:30 Sat – 2:30 matinee Sunday). Friday, June 16 – Grove Rotary Club Lobsterfest, Grove Civic Center at 5:30. Tuesday, June 20 – Men Against Violence luncheon at noon at 1st Methodist Church in Grove (D.A. Kenny Wright will speak). Friday, June 23 – formal dedication of Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel (4:00 p.m.). Saturday, June 24 – Free Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Lanley (8-5).

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If it’s June, it must be time for the NBA Championship series. The Warriors and Cavaliers face off beginningThursday night. They’ll play again Sunday night, and again on Wednesday. All games are on ABC.

The PGA Tour heads to Dublin, Ohio this week for The Memorial. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 1:30Thursday & Friday, 11:30 Saturday, and 11:00 Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds Saturdayat 1:30 & Sunday at 1:00.

NASCAR drivers are in Dover this weekend for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Coverage starts at noon Sundayon FS1.

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Our normal Memorial weekend showers appear to be a week late this year. The upcoming weekend forecast calls for a few off & on showers Friday, Saturday & Sunday morning. Of course, that’s just the forecast – and folks who do that work seem to be right only about 40 percent of the time! I’m sure we’ll all find some fun stuff to do, but remember, wherever you decide to play, 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 grandlakenewsonline.com and www.360grandlake.com, as well as Grand Times on Grand Lake, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact grandlakebum@gmail.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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Bobbers Café in Langley

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

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

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)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (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

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

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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

Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island (smoking deck)

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

Grand Lake Bum 5-21-17

Welcome to Grand Lake’s Memorial Holiday 2017. We filled the lake up all the way so there would be room for everybody’s boat. It’s hard to find a silver lining in all the flooding, but at least there are a lot more waterfront homes and businesses than there were a few weeks ago. This too shall pass. Just be careful out there.

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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!  As with all summer holiday weekends, you may have a little longer wait for a seat, a drink, or some food. Be nice. If everybody who’s coming this weekend would come every weekend, everybody could staff up for giant crowds. So, maybe you should buy a house while you’re here and come join the party all year! By the way, don’t get cranky on your attempt at Sunday morning drinking. Bars & restaurants can’t sell beer until noon and can’t sell liquor until 1:00 on Sundays. Establishments in Mayes County can’t sell liquor on Sunday at all. Don’t be mad. It’s not their fault. It’s the law. We’re still the biggest party spot in Oklahoma! Have fun and remember to leave big tips for the people who are working through your party weekend to make sure you have fun.

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My gal pal Vicki Graper celebrated her 65th birthday Saturday night, the same way she celebrated her 60th – by proving she can still do the splits – five times over the course of the evening – each time on top of the bar at a different club. It was an amazing feat; and by the time she finished her congratulatory beverages at the fifth bar, she was REALLY limber! “Limp” might be a better word. #islandersareflexible

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Grand Lake dentist Dr. Rick Miller is affectionately referred to as “Dr. Gadget” by his staff because of his affinity for the latest & greatest medical equipment inventions – but I don’t recommend that he follow the rather extreme lead of Alaskan dentist Seth Lookhart who authorities viewed on a video of the good doctor extracting a sedated patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard. He had apparently sent the video to his office manager under the heading “A New Standard of Care.” Medical authorities weren’t impressed, by the way.

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In Tennessee, State Representative Mike Stewart set up the ultimate curbside one-stop shopping spot. In an attempt to show the absurdity of Tennessee’s non-regulation of private gun sales, he put up a sign at his roadside establishment on Capitol Hill in Nashville offering passersby a variety of sale items – “Lemonade, Cookies – and AK 47 Assault Rifles.” What could go wrong?

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Smart is a matter of interpretation. As the great writer H.L. Mencken said, “You can always tell a truly brilliant man because his opinion always pretty much coincides with your own.” IQ is, however, a fair accepted rule of thumb. So what President of the U.S. had the highest IQ? Keep in mind, the “normal” IQ of intelligent humans is 95-105. George Washington, George H.W. Bush, John Adams, FDR, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Millard Fillmore all had IQ ratings in the 140s. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Kennedy were in the 150s. Thomas Jefferson was the only one with an IQ rating in the 160s…but John Quincy Adams, and Barack Obama had ratings in the 170s. Trump? We don’t know yet. His test at 156 was later proven false, but we don’t know if his IQ is lower or higher.

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Promoters say Paul McCartney will be in concert at OKC’s Chesapeake Arena July 16. Hmmm. Are we sure that’s Paul? Are we sure it’s not really Billy Shears. Poor Ringo Starr. I think the butter has finally slid off his noodle. He told reporters last month that Paul McCartney was actually killed in a car wreck in 1966…but they replaced him with Billy Shears, winner of a Paul McCartney look-alike contest back then. They must not have even told Paul’s family. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the kind of thing they could have hidden. For the record, Paul called reporters to his house to tell them the reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated by “a pool old senile man.”

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Only in America! Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, now in prison for sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy, says he paid $1.7 million in secret hush-money payments in an effort to keep the boy quiet. Since the victim talked to authorities and testified against Hastert, the former Speaker of the House says the victim should refund the $1.7 million due to “breach of contract.” Sheesh.

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GRAND LAKE DRINKING UPDATE: The Blind Swine Bar & Cigar Lounge opens Thursday at 4:00 for drinks only (former location of The Armadillo on Monkey Island). The non-smoking family-friendly restaurant portion of The Blind Swine will open in the near future – prior to the 4th of July.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (outside an employee dressing room): Raise your hands and touch your toes. If anything shows, go change your clothes.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: I planned to work out and have a nice body for people to look at this summer; but as it turns out, I like food better than I like people.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Pam Jackson, Todd Mlnarik, Don Oden, Cheryl Ayer, Ron Blaylock, Jim Arnold, Kelli Dyer, Seth Lewandowski, Bill Hodge, Lori Magoulas, Drew Wyrick, Arlene Seybolt, and Ron Griffin.

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

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s Memorial Weekend on Grand Lake. We don’t need any special events. However, GRDA’s free tours of the Pensacola Dam begin Monday, Memorial Day, and run through Labor Day.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Needless to say, there’s a TON of live entertainment around the Grand Lake area for Memorial Weekend. If you’re into the hair band scene, Rocklahoma claims rights to the biggest Memorial Weekend Party in the country at Pryor this weekend with non-stop shows Friday-Sunday from literally dozens of bands. Details and band line-ups are at www.rocklahoma.com.

At The Shebang on Monkey Island, you are the entertainment. There’ll be karaoke at the Balcony Bar Friday,Saturday & Sunday nights. Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best dance tunes and the wit and wisdom of DJ Sway nightly, Friday-Sunday. Just down the highway from there, Friday night isKaraoke Night at Monkey Island Pub; and just down the road, there’s always great entertainment at the Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Rick Hancock & Bulletproof will perform at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney on Friday night, with Chunky Monkey taking over the entertainment at Mooney’s Saturday night.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. Lickitty Split will be on stage at Grand Lake Casino both Friday night – and Sunday night, with This Side Up sandwiching a show in between on Saturdaynight. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Audio Crush will entertain Friday night, and The Leslie Serrano Band takes the stage Saturday night. Cherokee Casino Grove will feature the acoustic sounds of Darren Ray Thursday night, Almost Kiss Friday night and Phil Vaught Saturday night. At River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino), Club 60 West hosts Lucas Gates Friday night. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, there’s great music both Friday and Saturday night with Fun House. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Chris Hyde. Friday night features the music of Mayday by Midnight, followed by Dirty Saints both Saturday and Sunday nights.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA playoff action, NASCAR, and PGA Golf are Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Andy Cohen’s revival of Love Connection debuts Thursday night at 7:00 on Fox – and theRed Nose Day Special is also Thursday night at 7:00 on NBC.  The Season 3 premiere of Bloodline is availableFriday on NetFlix. Season 13 of Whose Line Is It, Anyway kicks off Monday night at 8:00 on CW; and Season 12 of America’s Got Talent premieres Tuesday night at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: I’m losing my mind, but as long as I keep the part that tells me when I gotta go pee, I should be okay. (Appropriately shared by the stressed out Shangri-La Catering Director Linda Wall and Executive Chef Michael Bujold)

 

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 2 – “Barkaritaville” party at Honey Creek Landing & Marina featuring live music and cheeseburgers in paradise, as well as an auction to raise money for the Second Chance Pet Rescue (6:00-10:00 p.m.). Saturday, June 3 – SLWGA-sponsored Women’s Scramble for all female Shangri-La Club members (12:30). Saturday, June 3 – Home of Hope Admirals Banquet at Shangri-La Resort Hotel. Monday-Thursday, June 5-8 – Junior Players Academy at Shangri-La Golf Club. Wednesday, June 7 – Shangri-La Team presentation to Grove Rotary Club. Saturday, June 10 – Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Park (10-2). Saturday& Sunday, June 10-11Dennis James, Terry Jordan, and Ron Young present Musica Curiosa: Livin’ the Ragtime Life at the Coleman Theater in Miami (7:30 Sat – 2:30 matinee Sunday). Friday, June 16 – Grove Rotary Club Lobsterfest, Grove Civic Center at 5:30. Tuesday, June 20 – Men Against Violence luncheon atnoon at 1st Methodist Church in Grove (D.A. Kenny Wright will speak). Friday, June 23 – formal dedication of Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel (4:00 p.m.). Saturday, June 24 – Free Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Lanley (8-5).

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This weekend, NBA Conference finals continue although, the way the Warriors have been playing, we may not have as many televised games as are on the schedule. Eastern Conference games featuring the Celtics and Cavaliers are scheduled for Thursday, Saturday, and Monday (as needed) on TNT – and the Western Conference finals with the Warriors and Spurs are scheduled Friday and Sunday (if needed) on ESPN.

The PGA Tour moves all the way from Irving, Texas to Fort Worth this week for the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 3:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds Saturday & Sunday at 2:00.

Everybody’s favorite automobile race, the Indianapolis 500 is this weekend with coverage beginning Sundaymorning at 11:00 on ABC. NASCAR drivers are in Charlotte again this weekend, and they’ll be running Sunday, as well. Coverage of the Coca Cola 600 begins at 5:00 Sunday on Fox.

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Weather for the Memorial Day holiday weekend looks pretty darn good. After a week of rain chances, skies are set to clear on Friday, Saturday,Sunday and most of Monday. We may have a handful of scattered storms lateMonday, but other than that it looks excellent with high temperatures around 80 and lows around 60. Watch out for debris and high water hazards, but other than that, it looks like a dandy party weekend to roll out the summer season! Remember, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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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 grandlakenewsonline.com and www.360grandlake.com, as well as Grand Times on Grand Lake, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact grandlakebum@gmail.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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Bobbers Café in Langley

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

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

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)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (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

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

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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

Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island (smoking deck)

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

The Grand Lake Bum 6-19-2017

Friday is a big day for a big economic boost for Grand Lake. It’s the Grand Opening date for Shangri-La’s new resort hotel (4:00 p.m.). The place has already caught a lot of attention both in local publications and other not-so-local operations including the Tulsa World, KJRH-TV, Channel 2 in Tulsa, Golf Oklahoma Magazine, Midwest Golfing Magazine, Destination Golfer Magazine, and Oklahoma Today Magazine who have a crew here this week. I’ll be at the Grand Opening Friday for sure! It’s not the first time they’ve had the hotel open, but it’s the first time a free drink has been included in the deal! Count me in.
I thought current trends and my personal fashion taste had finally arrived at a spot for co-existence. I walked into the Monkey Island Pub Saturday night, and a lot of people were actually dressed like I was. I guess my joy was short-lived, though. As it turns out, the Pub was hosting a Woodstock Costume Party.
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I’m not sure it’s true, but I heard this week that Catholic chefs who die must remain in Purgatory until they eat all the garnish they put on plates during their life on earth.
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Anybody who is a professional drinker can tell you that the sensory experience and surroundings are part of the experience (ergo Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar). Apparently our word wasn’t good enough for the experts. It took an actual study of wine tastings to determine once and for all that we like wine more when sipping it in a tasting room while on vacation far from the responsibilities of family and career than when you drink it straight from the bottle on Tuesday night after the kids have gone to bed. Genius.
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Note to bicyclists clogging Highway 125 on Monkey Island: the reason islanders built that expensive concrete pathway beside the highway was, in part, to get you off the highway!
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Katrina Bookman is suing Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York…and I can’t say I blame her. To no one’s surprise, it turns out Ms. Bookman would rather have $43 million than a free steak dinner and $2.25. The screen on the slot machine she was playing clearly displayed that she had won $43 million – the most ever won on a slot. The casino said (and the New York State Gaming Commission agreed) that the machine malfunctioned. They offered a steak dinner and a refund of her $2.25. Personally, I think her claim of “mental anguish” is pretty believable. If I thought I had won $43 million life-changing dollars, only to be told I was just as poor as I used to be, I’d have a little anguish myself!
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From the “you-can’t-fix-stupid” file: Michael McCormick was arrested for selling heroin in Norfolk, Virginia. Here’s some free advice for Mr. McCormick – if you sell heroin close to the school where you are a teacher, there’s a chance someone might recognize you. Here’s your sign.
It’s getting deep in Washington. Apparently all the investigations are causing a little concern. President Trump’s personal lawyer has now hired his own personal lawyer. I’ll bet that doesn’t give the President a warm fuzzy feeling of confidence.
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Democrats finally won something in Washington – the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Democrats 11, Republicans 2. Demonstrating their willingness to share the wealth, the Democrats gave the trophy to the Republicans.
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Come on OU. Get your act together. Delish.com has released its 2017 list of 50 Best College Bars in America – and Norman is never mentioned. OSU saved us this time. Thanks, Eskimo Joe’s.
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GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: Monkey’s Uncle is open at Littlefield Corner at the entrance to Monkey Island. Great breakfast & lunch. Blind Swine on Monkey Island (formerly The Armadillo) is open for cocktails only at 5:00daily.
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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen near a farm pond): Frog parking only. All others will be toad.
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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so they can tell when they’re really in trouble.
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TWEET OF THE WEEK: The first five days after the weekend are the hardest.
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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): It’s probably not a good idea to bring your “morning pick-me-up” with you to drink in court, then call the judge “Honey.”
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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Liz Follis, Kyle Frans, Jeremy Mullen, Autumn Love, Max Tyrrell, Jason Benson, Rob Stallings, Rudy Moritz, Lynn Garman, Bill Thune, and Jason Morgan.
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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why does Donald Duck wear a towel when he comes out of the shower when he doesn’t normally wear any pants?
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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday at 4:00 p.m. is the formal Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony for the fabulous new Shangri-La Resort Hotel. Friday, June 23 – formal dedication of Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel (4:00 p.m.). Saturday & Sunday is the Shangri-La Men’s Golf Association Member/Guest Invitational and Saturday is also the date for a free Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (8-5).
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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s great entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, Broadway performer Ron Young will open Grand Opening festivities with his stirring performance of the National Anthem at 4:00 Friday afternoon at Shangri-La Resort Hotel. Friday night, Nashville recording artist Travis Marvinwill perform at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina. You provide a big part of the entertainment at The Balcony Bar at The Shebang, with Friday & Saturday night karaoke. Downstairs in the Burlesque Room, Randy Lunsford provides the entertainment. Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best dance tunes with D.J. Deeko Friday night.Saturday night, by popular demand, classic rock ‘n’ roll artists The Normal Street Band return to Grand Lake for a one-night performance at Big Shots ($10 cover). Just down the highway from there, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub. A little further down the road, there’s always great live weekend entertainment at the Road Hog Saloon.
On South Grand Lake, The Brent Giddens Band will be on stage Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, followed byReverse Reaction Saturday night. The Diamondback Band will be live at Pickles at the Lake just north of Ketchum Saturdaynight.
Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino is freshly remodeled and re-opened. Friday night, Mr. Lucky will be on stage at Legends, followed by Oreo Blue Saturday night. Buffalo Run Casino’s Peoria Showplace will feature Melissa Etheridge in concert Friday night. Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill will host Six-Foot Landing both Friday and Saturday nights.  Cherokee Casino Grove will feature James Muns Friday night andThe Bobby D Band Saturday night. At River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino), Club 60 West spotlights Uncrowned Kings Friday night. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music byBrett & Terri. Friday night features the music of Heath Wright & The Hangmen followed by Leah and the Mojo DoctorsSaturday night.
The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NASCAR and PGA Golf are Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.
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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new production of The Gong Show debuts Thursday night at 9:00 on ABC. Season 4 of The Night Shift premieres Thursday night at 9:00 on NBC. The new series GLOW will be available Friday on NETFLIX.
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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Big Sick, Transformers: The Last Knight, and The Beguiled
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK (after the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods for $13.4 billion): “Amazon wants to become Wal-Mart before Wal-Mart becomes Amazon.” – John Egenes
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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 31 – Vinita Fireworks. Saturday, July 1 – Disney Fireworks and Horse Creek Fireworks.Sunday, July 2 – Monkey Island Fireworks. Monday, July 3 – Duck Creek Fireworks, Grove Fireworks (Wolf Creek) and Miami Fireworks (Riverview Park). Tuesday, July 4 – Jay Fireworks (J.B. Earp Stadium). Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9 – SDBA Drag Boat Races at Wolf Creek. Monday-Thursday, July 10-13 – Kids Sports Camp at Shangri-La (Members’ children only).Thursday-Saturday – July 13-15 – Oklahoma Legislative Retreat on Grand Lake. Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16 – GLOC Performance Boat Challenge. Saturday, July 15 – Aquapalooza. Saturday, July 22 – Bobber Drop. Friday-Sunday, August 18-20 – Thunder on Wolf Creek (boat races). Saturday, August 19 – Barkarita (fundraising party for Second Chance Pet Rescue) at Honey Creek Landing in Grove.
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It’s another big week on the PGA Tour. Players head to Connecticut for The Travelers Championship this weekend. Coverage begins at 2:30 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up the final two roundsSaturday & Sunday at 2:00.
NASCAR drivers are in Sonoma this weekend for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Coverage starts at 2:00 Sunday on FS1.
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The weather for the upcoming weekend looks pretty darn good. Friday will be sunny with highs in the mid 90s. Saturday, we may have a scattered storm or two, but otherwise we’ll have partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s Saturday & Sunday. It looks like a great weekend to play. Get out and enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, but remember, wherever you decide to play, 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.
 
1909 in Downtown Grove
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)
Blind Swine on Monkey Island
Bobbers Café in Langley
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
Coffee Shelter in Ketchum
Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)
Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel
Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina
Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)
Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor
Drake’s Restaurant in Grove
Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina
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)
Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina
Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (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)
Monkey's Uncle at Littlefield Corner (Breakfast & Lunch)
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
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
River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)
Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)
Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island (smoking deck)
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)
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
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