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June 15 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

Another incredible weekend at Grand Lake is in the books. Lots of live entertainment returned to the lake, not the least of which was the fantastic “Toes in the Grand” Trop-Rock Music Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, sponsored by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Combining the popular music festival with the Thunder on Wolf Creek boat races and the American Heritage Music Festival & National Fiddlin’ Competition made for a huge weekend! Congratulations to everybody involved.


A lot of people expressed concern about the Black Lives Matter and the All Lives Matter Protest Rallies held in Grove during the Toes in the Grand Festival, but all went well. I don’t know why everybody was so concerned about a little free speech expression; and I got tickled at people who thought the peaceful protests would distract from the musicians. In my lifetime, almost all of the protest movements in this country have actually been started or led by musicians. In fact, we might be able to soften the opposition to protest rallies by just adding a band to the agenda and calling it a music festival. Everyone who opposes protests, graduation ceremonies, weddings, and funerals seems fine with the idea of music festivals – so, let’s call ‘em that. Just add a band and roll on! It’s not what you do. It’s what you call it, right?


President Trump has apparently figured out how to solve the potential Covid-19 issue in jam-packed events. In order to get tickets to his Saturday night rally at Tulsa’s BOK Center, attendees had to sign a release promising not to sue him if they get the Coronavirus. Instead of the potential of another lockdown, maybe that could become the new normal for busy businesses. “Welcome to our standing-room only, full-house bar! Just sign this release – and join the fun!”


Any-who…here we are at one of the biggest weekends of the year. It’s Summer Solstice time. I hear people saying Saturday will be the longest day of the year. Technically, that’s not true, I suppose. All of the days are 24 hours. But Saturday will feature the longest period of daylight hours of the year, and the shortest period of darkness. Enjoy your favorite outdoor activity to the fullest.


Sunday is also Fathers’ Day, of course. If you don’t already have a gift, let me make a suggestion. Wash Dad’s boat or golf cart, load it up with ice cold beer, fill it with fuel, load all his necessary amenities aboard – then stand back and wave goodbye as you send him off alone to do whatever the hell he wants. Best gift ever! (note: Buying steaks so Dad can work his butt off preparing dinner for your entire extended family is NOT a good gift. Just sayin’.)


NASCAR announced last week that they are banning Confederate flags from all their events, but I that’s not true. They didn’t ban ALL Confederate flags. I know, because I watched the race Sunday, and they are still using that white flag.


Ray Ciccarelli announced he is retiring from NASCAR because he disagrees with the NASCAR decision to ban the Confederate flag. To save you the effort, I Googled him to find out who he was any why his thoughts would make the news. You haven’t heard of him because he’s a NASCAR Truck Series driver, not a regular driver you watch on Sundays. He’s an appropriate defender of the old Confederacy, though. His won/loss record is 0-31.


So, if your order is wrong at Sonic…call 911? It actually boiled up to that point in Del City, Oklahoma last week when tempers flared after a couple received the wrong sauce on their chicken tenders. Long story short, the situation escalated to the point refund money was thrown into the car, in exchange for which the passenger put a bottle through the glass of the Sonic front door – since the building had been placed on lockdown. With everything else going on, who knew we also needed to worry about “wrong sauce riots?” It’s a sign of the times, I guess. There’s nothing too big or too small to fight about.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina is only open during VIP Pizza hours as an extension of the restaurant (open until 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m. Sunday). Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney is now fully open and back to regular hours. Doc’s at Shangri-La offers curbside pickup of pizza, wine and beer, but is not open for dine-in service until later this month. FYI, The Landings Restaurant and Morrow’s Bar & Grill have no plans for opening this season.


PUBLIC EVENT CANCELLATION NOTICE: The Grove Rotary Lobsterfest, originally scheduled this Friday, has been canceled. Splash Bash in Ketchum Cove and Rock the Dock Music Festival in Check-in Bay, both originally scheduled for this Saturday, have been canceled. Aquapalooza, originally scheduled for July 18, has been canceled for 2020. The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament has been postponed until Friday, September 18.

The Grand Lake Fireworks Cliff Elliott Memorial Fireworks Show has been canceled this year – but Duck Creek, Monkey Island, Horse Creek, and Wolf Creek scheduled fireworks shows are a “go.” Monkey Island, Horse Creek, and Wolf Creek on July 3 – Duck Creek on July 4.


ANOTHER OPENING: All Grand Lake area casinos are now open. Cherokee Casino Grove was the last one. It reopened last Wednesday.


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The rescheduled “Big Meat Run” is Friday & Saturday at the off-road area below the Pensacola Dam in Disney. The Grand Lake Queen Riverboat cruises from Royal Bay marina at 6:00 Friday & Saturday and 2:00 Sunday.

Saturday is the 2nd annual Monkey Island Golf Cart Poker Run & Luau starting at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La at 2:00 Saturday and ending at Monkey Island Pub for the luau. The Junior Players Academy is next Monday-Wednesday at Shangri-La Golf Club. Don’t forget Sunday is Fathers’ Day.


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: KJ Flip leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at Blind Swine and The Faulconer Duo will provide the musical entertainment Saturday night. Western Justice performs live at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Saturday night; and Broken Aces will be on stage at Monkey Island Pub. Big Shots will feature DJ K Bandito Friday and Saturday nights. Karaoke with Kerry on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday. The Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda will feature Whiskey Jim & The Outlaws for a Summer Solstice party Saturday night 5:00-8:00.

Area casinos are coming back to life. Paralandra will be on stage at Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino Friday night, followed by Jesse Joice Saturday night. Other area casinos are open utilizing COVID-19 protocol, but are still working on restoration of their live entertainment options.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Elephants are approximately 13% bone.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Fat lives matter, too. Open the damn buffets, already.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen on Monkey Island): Exercise makes you look better naked. So does tequila.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Doing crunches twice a day during the pandemic. Captain in the morning and Nestle in the evening.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Before my surgery, the anesthesiologist offered to knock me out with gas or a boat paddle. It was an ether/oar situation. (thanks to Rita Hitzeman for sharing this)


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I’m always disappointed when a liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire. That would make it a lot easier to find the truth.


FEEL OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Judy Garland, the iconic star of such legendary classics as “The Wizard of Oz,” “A Star is Born,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis,” died 51 years ago this week in 1969. She would have been 102. We might have finally arrived at the point I would be willing to challenge iconic martial artist and actor Chuck Norris. The famed “tough guy star” of “Walker, Texas Ranger” is now 80 years old.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Kevin Dennis, Judy Love, Josh Russell, Mike Ward, Cory Bowker, Lisa Arizpe, Sandy Busch, Brittani Isaac, Gary Palu, Jim Chapman, and Jeremy Mullen.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If a woman is always right and a man is always wrong, then if a man tells a woman she’s right, is the man right or wrong? (thanks to Mike Magoulas for sharing this one)


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn premiers Friday night at 7:00 on HBO. The Politician debuts Friday on NETFLIX. The 2020 Espy Awards air Sunday night at 8:00 on ESPN; and the mini-series Perry Mason begins airing Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO. Yellowstone returns to Paramount TV Sunday.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy and Babyteeth bypass theaters and go straight to streaming video Friday.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “There’s a bit of irony when people copy/paste/share long posts they didn’t write because they want to warn you not to be a ‘sheep’.” – Jimmie Tramel


SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Saturday, June 26-28 – Grand Jam Music Fest at Grand Meridian RV Park. Thursday, July 2 – Eddy’s Lakeside Bar will be open 4:00-close (in addition to regular Friday-Sunday hours). Thursday, July 2 – “Yellow Rabbit Run” Alternate Shot Horse Race at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, July 3 – Wolf Creek Fireworks (live music by Members Only) and Monkey Island Fireworks at Shangri-La (live music by 5th Element at Eddy’s). Saturday, July 4 – Duck Creek Fireworks. Saturday, July 11 – Shangri-La Marina Slip Renters Appreciation Luau. Saturday, July 11 – Murder Mystery Dinner at Buffalo Run Casino. Friday, July 17 – Xtreme Fight Night #368 at Buffalo Run Casino.


SPORTS WATCH: Professional Golf is BACK! The second tournament since the Covid-19 hiatus will be played in Hilton Head, South Carolina this week, but with no crowds except those of us watching on television. Coverage of the RBC Heritage will be on the Golf Channel at 2:00 Thursday & Friday afternoons and noon Saturday & Sunday. CBS will pick up the final two rounds Saturday & Sunday at 2:00.

It's time to start the Triple Crown countdown for horse racing fans. The races are out of order this year, but they will all be run. The first is The Belmont Stakes, and it’s this week. Coverage is on NBC beginning at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Next up? The Kentucky Derby September 5.

NASCAR drivers will be at Talladega Super Speedway Sunday for the Geico 500. Coverage begins at 2:00 on Fox.


The coming weekend looks hot and perfect for the most part, with high temperatures in the mid 90s and lows around 70. Friday & Saturday look better than Sunday. We may have a pop-up thunderstorm or two on Father’s Day. On second thought, since that’s in the forecast, it probably won’t happen. No worries. Another perfect Grand Lake weekend awaits!  Wherever you party this weekend, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be someone’s Dad…or 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

Ailey’s Café in Langley

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 (Open Friday & Saturday nights)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Blue Bluff Café at Blue Bluff Harbor

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Café Yum in Grove

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and at Littlefield Corner

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coppers Tea & Coffee House in Grove

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

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

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

Henrie’s Grill 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

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Matt’s Place in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Monkey’s Uncle at Littlefield Corner (Breakfast & lunch)

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

Morrow’s Bar & Grill at Morrow’s Landing

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

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)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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 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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