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June 20 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous weather and multiple entertainment options around the lake for the long Father’s Day/Juneteenth holiday weekend. We have to wait another week before we have another three-day weekend!


Ironically, before we celebrate America’s freedom on July 4, we’ll have election day in Oklahoma to see if we still get to keep it. Primary Election Day in Oklahoma is June 28; and the biggest contests are in Republican Primaries – two U.S. Senate Races, Congressional races, Governor, Attorney General, State Superintendent, Labor Commissioner, Corporation Commissioner, State Auditor, and State Treasurer are the biggest attention-getters. Locally, we also have races for County Sheriff and District Attorney – and several state legislative races, and some school board slots. There is also one “County Question” in Delaware County. There are only two things you need to know about the County Question: 1) It does not increase taxes; and 2) It earmarks money to improve roads. If you want to improve roads, vote yes.


If I may give a bit of election advice, it’s this: there are 14 Republican candidates for the open 2nd District Congressional seat (which includes Grand Lake); and 13 for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jim Inhofe (which includes the entire state). The other races are equally important to our future, and they undoubtedly all include lots of candidates many voters have never heard of. Please do me one of two favors: 1) Carefully research the positions of each candidate for each office; or 2) Don’t vote. I really don’t want the future of our county, state, and nation decided by people who pick some sort of familiar-sounding name, or just throw darts to select the candidates who will get their votes. There! End of rant. I’ll get off my soap box now.


Truth is stranger than fiction. A Missouri appellate court has ordered GEICO to pay $5.2 million to a woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease while having sex in a car insured by GEICO. I feel a new trend coming on.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Susan Renea Dyer, Sharie Cox, Jim Chapman, Jeremy Mullen, Mary Reneau, Autumn Love, Jason Benson, Bill Thune, Patricia McDonald, Jason Morgan, Rob Stallings, Angella Johnson, Joe Zaloudek, Shana Hartley, Terri Fowler, and Dallas Sorrels.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: Start the weekend Thursday afternoon at 4:00 with a Summer Soiree at Grand Panache in Grove. Friday is the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Later in the day Friday, there is a Taste Testing at Royal Liquor in Grove (4:00-7:00) and Dinner Theater with Elizabeth Montgomery at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove (6:00). There’s a ton of music, food, and fun Friday & Saturday at the Grand Jam Music Fest at Grand Meridian RV Resort. Next week, there is a Youth Pickleball Camp at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La Monday-Wednesday.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Before Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker had a band called Leather Canary. The drummer was an aspiring comedian named Chevy Chase.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: What a week for Shangri-La Resort! The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association awarded them the coveted top RedBud Award as the “Outstanding Attraction in Oklahoma”  - and Tulsa World readers voted Shangri-La the state’s “Best Lake Resort.”


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I thought my new girlfriend might be the one. But after looking through her knicker drawer and finding a nurse’s outfit, a French maid’s outfit, and a police woman’s uniform, I finally decided if she can’t hold down a job, she’s not for me.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Join Our Team! Bbwjobs.com. (Bath and Body Works may want to rethink their website name.)  


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Divorced couples in Colorado are having trouble deciding who gets the marijuana. Judges have started issuing joint custody.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Bread is like the sun. It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How come “you’re a peach” is a compliment, but “you’re bananas” is an insult? Why are we allowing fruit discrimination to tear society apart?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: If you earn less than $36 per hour, you earn less than a penny per second. It’s literally worth your time to pick up a penny on the ground.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Singer/songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson turns 86 years old this week.  Iconic film actress Meryl Streep turns 73; and the legendary superstar Madonna is 63.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: For those who really love live music, this is an incredible week at Grand Lake. On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Scott Musick performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar features Friday night entertainment by Travis Kidd and a live performance Saturday night by Crash Funk. Thursday and Tuesday nights are karaoke nights with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early both Wednesday and Friday night at the Swine.  Kerry Kimmons leads the karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights while DJ K-Bandito provides the dance music both nights across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and Saturday is karaoke & line dancing night with DJ Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, it’s a gigantic weekend of music at the Grand Jam Music Fest at Grand Meridian RV Resort. Music starts Friday at 6:00 with Puzzle Pieces, Kevin Upshaw & One Night Stand, and The Magen Faulconer Band. Festivities resume at 2:00 Saturday including music from Southland Ride, True Swagger, the George Brothers, Reverse Reaction, Travis Bond & the Rebel Souls, and Framing the Red.

Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens the weekend entertainment Friday night with Blackridge. The Barrett Lewis Band entertains Saturday night and Jeff Jenkins performs Sunday afternoon. Dustin Moore leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at the Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill. Brent Giddens takes over entertainment Friday night followed by Home Skillet Saturday. Gusto Dave will be on stage Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney followed by Bad Decisions Friday. Jake Flint wraps up the weekend Sunday with a solo show beginning at 4:00. Ugly’s Grill & Bar now features karaoke entertainment every Friday night.

In Grove, Twice as Nice Harpists provide the Friday night entertainment at The Regatta (along with a rooftop movie), with Laron Simpson performing Saturday night. Following Thursday night karaoke, there is live entertainment by Morgan Squared Friday night at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino followed by more karaoke Saturday night. The Widowmakers will be on stage at Cherokee Casino Grove Friday night, followed by The Shotgunbillys Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents JJ Taylor in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features Bobby DeGonia, followed by Thanks for Nothing Saturday. The Midwestern Playboys entertain Saturday night at River Bend Casino’s Club 60 West.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Grove Royal Liquor offers “Taste Testing” each Friday from 4:00-7:00. “Brunch & Bloody Marys” is a new offering at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill, Saturday & Sunday mornings 9:00-Noon. Mooney’s has also expanded kitchen hours. Food service is now available until 9:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday (closed Tuesdays).


BUM MUST-SEE TV: The NBA Draft airs live Thursday evening at 7:00 on ABC. Who will the Thunder draft? The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live at 8:00 Friday night on CBS. The fourth season of Westworld begins Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO; and Only Murders in the Building returns to HULU next Tuesday. If you want something to cool you off, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel begins their “Merry Movie Week” Thursday, with Christmas movies all week.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Elvis, Lightyear and The Black Phone join blockbusters Jurassic World Dominion, Top Gun: Maverick and Downton Abbey: A New Era in movie theaters this week. Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe premiers Thursday on Paramount+. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On opens in theaters Friday.


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, July 1 – Serious taste testing at Grove Royal Liquor – free hot dogs 11:00-3:00 and beer, liquor & wine tasting 11:00-6:00. Friday, July 1 – Vinita Fest at Vinita High School (7:30). Friday, July 1 – Movies in the Park at Langley City Park (Jungle Cruise). Friday-Monday, July 1-4 – Food Truck Roundup at Marina Del Rey Resort. Saturday, July 2 – Commerce Fireworks at Commerce High School. Sunday, July 3 – Monkey Island Fireworks at Shangri-La, Horse Creek Fireworks across from the Unfinished Bridge, Grand Lake Fireworks at Disney, July 3rd Extravaganza & Fireworks at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Monday, July 4 – Duck Creek Fireworks, Blue Bluff Harbor Fireworks, Huckleberry Fireworks in Jay, Miami Fireworks, and Parade of Flight (4:00 p.m.) at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 – Grand Lake Summer Expo at Civic Center in Grove. Wednesday-Sunday, July 13-17 – 2022 Visions Off Road at Mid-America Outdoors. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza at Grand Lake RV Park in Duck Creek.


In the sports world, the College World Series continues this week, with the best-two-out-of-three Championship series set for Saturday at 6:00, Sunday at 2:00, and (if necessary) Monday at 6:00.

We’re down to the final two teams in the hockey world. Stanley Cup Finals competition continues in the best-of-seven series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche. The final three games (as necessary) will be Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday at 7:00.

PGA players are at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. Coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

The eight USFL teams are now four USFL teams as they engage in playoff games Saturday. Philadelphia faces New Jersey at 2:00 Saturday on Fox, and New Orleans and Birmingham face off at 7:00 on NBC.

NASCAR drivers are back in action this week. They’re in Nashville for the Ally 400. Coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 4:00 on NBC.


We’re looking forward to fabulous summertime weather for the weekend ahead. Sunny skies, light winds, highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid-70s. There’s a lot going on, so get out there and have some Grand Lake fun! Remember, though, no matter where you decide to 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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

Bella Donna’s at Honey Creek Landing Marina

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

Cafeteria at The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

Cesar’s Place in Vinita

Cesar’s Place in Langley

Changos Locos at Littlefield Corner, Monkey Island

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Copper Penny Bar in Ketchum

Copper’s Tea and Coffee House in Grove

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

Cove Club in Langley

Danny’s Dockside Pizza at Honey Creek Landing

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

Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill at Grand Meridian

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

Forage 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 Coffee Company in Grove

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

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)

Sugar Shack at Lee’s Grand Lake Resort

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

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

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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