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July 12 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

It seems like Grand Lake is becoming the epicenter of the recreational universe! Last week, we hosted some of the nation’s elite musicians and sports figures for Toby Keith’s 60th birthday party at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La – and this week, we host both legislators from across the state for their Annual Grand Lake Getaway & Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La, as well as boaters and music fans from throughout the region at 2021 Aquapalooza at Grand Lake RV Park at the back of Duck Creek. Grand Lake is becoming America’s place to be!


It looks like Wal-Mart’s “self-checkout only” experiment is extending into our area. Against my better judgment, I went to Wal-Mart in Grove last week. The store was packed, but only one check-out lane was open. Otherwise, it was a massive cluster of people jammed into the job-killing self-checkout sections under a giant cloud of confusion. I don’t know about you, but I’m done!


With the 4th of July behind us, Grand Lake area boat dealers are already looking toward plans for the winter boat shows. It looks like there will be two shows in Tulsa this winter – the historic Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show which lost the vast majority of boat dealers last year during the height of the pandemic. It looks like they won’t be back at that show, either. Almost all the Grand Lake dealers have joined forces with other dealers throughout the state to host their own show in Tulsa next January. Maybe by that time some of them will have a little inventory.


We have a new nationally ranked athlete in our region. Alex Hicks, an eleven-year-old boy from Parsons, Kansas is now the #1 ranked cornhole player in the world. I didn’t even know there was such a ranking – but it’s a great accomplishment for a youngster, for sure. By the way, someone needs to start a petition to change the name of that sport before someone gets really confused and causes a big ruckus.


Here’s another odd sports fact. With Sunday’s win of the Wimbledon Championship, Novak Kjokovic became the third man to win 20 major tennis championships. The other two are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Ironically, all three of those major champions are playing during the same time in tennis history.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The newly revitalized Cove Club is now open in Langley for breakfast, lunch & dinner Monday-Saturday and breakfast & lunch Sundays. The Galley is now open Thursday-Monday at The Anchor Activity Park at Shangri-La. QuickQue BBQ Shack is now open Wednesday-Sunday from 11:00-8:00 at Monkey Island RV Park. Blind Swine on Duck Creek (at Harbors View Marina) has breakfast service Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Doc’s Bar & Grill, Road Hog Saloon, and Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda both offer Saturday & Sunday breakfast.


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thursday night is the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Big Shots. Friday & Saturday is the annual Legislative Grand Lake Getaway including the Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Saturday morning. The monthly Shangri-La Sunset Cruise sets sail Friday evening from Shangri-La Marina. Saturday is the big 2021 Aquapalooza Grand Lake raft-out & concert in the back of Duck Creek at Grand Lake RV Park. The 2021 Junior Skills Camp is next Monday-Wednesday at Shangri-La Golf Club; and next Wednesday is Shangri-La Sports Camp at The Anchor.


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the Thursday Night Shrimp Boil and Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend on the patio at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday night, Cory Lee entertains at Doc’s. DJ Max provides the music Friday night at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar, followed by Brett & Terri Saturday. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang provides great karaoke fun with Kerry Kimmons Friday & Saturday nights; and just across the street, there’s great dance music Friday & Saturday nights at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze – the hottest dance club in the Four States. KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Thursday night at Blind Swine – and he’s back for more Karaoke & Cocktails Sunday night – and there’s always live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at the Swine. Erin Fitzgibbon will perform Friday night at 6:00 at the Swine/Monkey Island – and Saturday night is great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub -  Karaoke with Tim.

On South Grand, Zac Wenzel performs Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney, followed by The Trailer Park Kings Saturday night and a solo performance by Barrett Lewis late Sunday afternoon. Erin Fitzgibbon entertains every Thursday night at Blind Swine on Duck Creek (at Harbors View Marina) and KJ Flip leads the musical fun every Wednesday night. Jump Suit Love will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Sharky’s; and RockFiscH performs Saturday night.

In Grove, entertainment starts Thursday night at The Regatta with JR Neal. Friday night, KJ Flip will host the karaoke fun.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents The Stonehorse Duo in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Morgan Squared both Friday and Saturday. Friday night, Brent Giddens entertains Friday night in Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino. 90LB Wrench will take over Saturday night. At Cherokee Casino Grove, Brett & Terri provide the entertainment Friday night, followed by Stonehorse Saturday night.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: In June 1841, Illinois outlaws John and William Driscoll were executed by a vigilante firing squad of 111 men.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: he first ever speeding fine was given to Walter Arnold of Kent, UK in January, 1896. His speed: 8 miles per hour in a 2 mph zone. He was caught by a policeman on a bicycle.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Please keep your dogs and children quiet in the mornings. Some of us have been up all night setting off fireworks. Thanks.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Respect St. Croix – Welcome! You came here from there because you didn’t like there, and now you want to change here to be like there. We’re not racist, phobic, or anti-whatever you are. We simply like it the way it is and most of us actually came here because it’s not like it is there, wherever there was. You are welcome here, but please stop trying to make here be like there. If you want here to be like there, you should not have left there to come here, and you are invited to leave hear and go back there at your earliest convenience.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: I woke up hungover to the sound of my neighbor mowing the lawn. I figured he’ll just have to mow around me. I’m not moving.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I drank a bottle of food coloring. The doctor says I’m fine, but I feel like I’ve dyed a little inside.


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I don’t drink to forget my problems. I drink to celebrate the fact that I survived them.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Talented fiddle & mandolin player Byron Berline (The Dillards, Flying Burrito Brothers, Country Gazette, etc.) died over the weekend. He was 77. Actress Cheryl Ladd, best know for her role as sexy Kris Monroe in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels,” turned 69 years old last week.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Tev Brackin, Deborah Burns, Carolyn Frans, Tony Russell, Melody Casper, Jimmy Young, Judy Florida, Claudia Suits, Erik Altom, Brooke Bolton, Angie Prideaux Jones, Jay Fleming, Bill Flegler, Nick Humphrey, Carolyn Cavins, Bobby Stem, Erin Davis Joe Carter, Sharon Burnett, Rene Talley, and Bailey Stanphill.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why is Miss Universe always from Earth?


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Dr. Death debuts Thursday night on Peacock; and Paul McCartney’s new music exploration miniseries McCartney 3,2,1 makes its debut Thursday night on HULU. The End airs Sunday night at 7:00 on Showtime.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Die in a Gunfight, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, and Space Jam: A New Legacy open in theaters this week How It Ends will be available digitally next Tuesday; and Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans will be available next Wednesday on NETFLIX.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Two things I don’t like – a disrespectful child, and a parent who thinks that’s funny.” – Morgan Freeman


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, July 22 – Grove Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at United Fidelity Funding Corp. Thursday-Friday, July 22-23 – Junior Club Championship Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25 – Club Championship Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Sunday-Monday, August 1-2 – Shangri-La Invitational Golf Tournament.


SPORTS WATCH: The NBA is all about Milwaukee and Phoenix now. The Championship series continues with Phoenix at Milwaukee Wednesday night at 8:00. The series continues (if necessary) with game 5 Saturday and game 6 next Tuesday. Games are all on ABC at 8:00 p.m..

The PGA players are at Royal St. George’s Golf Club this week for The Open Championship. Coverage begins in the early, early morning on The Golf Channel; but if you want to watch at a more civilized time, coverage will be on the Golf Channel at 2:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and 1:00 Sunday. NBC features live coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Following Tuesday’s All-Star game in MLB, some great rivalries crank back up this week. The Yankees host the Red Sox Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00. Cleveland is at Oakland Saturday at 3:00 followed by the Giants at Cardinals at 6:00; and the Cardinals host the Cubs next Monday and Wednesday at 7:00. Games are on ESPN.

 NASCAR drivers are in New Hampshire this week for Sunday afternoon racing. Coverage of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 begins at 2:00 Sunday on NBCSN.


It looks like a good weather weekend ahead. As is normally the case this time of year, there’s a chance for an isolated pop-up thundershower now & then, but for the most part, we’ll have partly cloudy skies with highs around 90 and lows in the mid-70s. It’s Aquapalooze and Legislative Getaway Weekend – and there are fun activities and great music everywhere you look. Remember, though, wherever you party, 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.

Ailey’s Café in Langley

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

Big Shots on Monkey Island (Open Friday & Saturday nights)

Blind Swine on Duck Creek at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Blue Bluff Café at Blue Bluff Harbor

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café at Har-Ber Village

Café Yum in Grove

Cesar’s Place in Vinita

Cesar’s Place in Langley

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Copper Penny Bar in Ketchum

Coppers Tea & Coffee House in Grove

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

Cove Club in Langley

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Domino’s in Grove

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 (smoking)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Galley at The Anchor, Shangri-La Resort

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lake Public House in Grove

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Honey Creek BBQ in Grove (south of Honey Creek bridge)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lester’s Third Street Diner in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Marina’s Place at Littlefield Corner

Matt’s Place in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Monkey Grind at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

Monkey Island Trail Rides

Monkey Island Winery

Mulligan’s at Patricia Island Golf Club in Grove

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Pappy’s Bar on Hwy 10 east of Grove

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pistol Pat’s on Honey Creek in Grove

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Red’s Buffet & Ice Cream in Disney

Riggs & Company in Langley

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

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 Pourhouse at The Regatta in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove


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