June 22 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum
As we roll toward July, I’m always amazed at the generosity and personal involvement of so many Grand Lakers. Area fireworks fundraising efforts are all nearing their goals, even in the midst of a pandemic. Last weekend, in the midst of boat parades, packed golf courses, and raft-ups all over the lake, Monkey Islanders still pulled out their golf carts to participate in the 2nd Annual Monkey Island Golf Cart Poker Run to continue to raise funds to support the popular Monkey Island Trail. Organizers hoped to raise $3,000 – and the had that accomplished halfway through the event. A total of $6,290 was raised – probably because Islanders are always smart enough to tie fundraising efforts to a five-hour party! Congratulations to all. Thanks to organizer Amanda Cousins and her team of elves, as well as participating Poker Run stops – Doc’s at Shangri-La, The Shebang
It’s nice to see live entertainment returning to the popular lake spots, too. All six clubs on Monkey Island had live entertainment Saturday night – and every place was busy, busy, busy.
Speaking of the entertainment world, there’s double bad news for Brandon Blackstock this week. 1) Superstar Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from him this week; and 2) they had a pre-nuptial agreement. It may be triple bad news. I don’t know if she’s keeping him as her manager or not.
Maybe just one little rant from me. This would be a good place to have some responsible parents. Stolen golf carts, Wrecked golf carts. Vandalized signs. Stolen golf flags. Stolen signs. Golf course green damage. Could we get a few responsible parents to start keeping a closer eye on your kids? And while I’m at it, golf carts, the course trails, and the highway are NOT good ways to occupy your unsupervised 10-year-old drivers. The end.
Land O Lakes Butter has changed their packaging as part of the new political awareness movement. They have removed the Indian from the center of the package. The rest of the landscaped background remains the same. Nothing new about that idea. They got rid of the Indian and kept the land. That started centuries ago, right?
CONGRATULATIONS to PGA Tour player and Shangri-La Golf Club member Rhein Gibson. Last week, he not only got an albatross (3-under par) by holing the Par 5 Mickey Mantle hole at Shangri-La in two shots, but, in the process, set a new course record at Shangri-La. He shot 60. (Watch for him back on the tour in a couple of weeks.)
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). Doc’s at Shangri-La offers curbside pickup of pizza, wine and beer, but is not yet 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: 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 ENTERTAINMENT NOTE: All Grand Lake area casinos are now open.
BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Grand Jam Music Fest is Friday & Saturday at Grand Meridian RV Park. Primary Election Day in Oklahoma is next Tuesday, June 30.
BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Erin Fitzgibbon entertains Wednesday nights for “Biker Night” at Blind Swine. KJ Flip leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at the Swine. Torn performs live at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Saturday night. Big Shots will feature Great DJ Entertainment 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.
On South Grand, this weekend is the Grand Jam Music Fest Friday & Saturday. The Faulconer Duo, Brett & Terri, Outlaw Willie, Doctor Junior, and Free Fallin Band (Tom Petty Tribute) will all be entertaining at the Grand Meridian RV Resort. Should be a really fun weekend!
Area casinos are coming back to life. Croy & Company will be on stage at Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino Friday night, followed by Harley Hamm & Crew 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: Bobby Shantz and Tim Collins are the only pitchers under 5-feet, 7-inches to appear in a World Series.
BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Breaking News: School Drops “Cougars” as mascot name because it might offend older women.
BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: If you want to impress me with your vehicle, it had better be a food truck.
TWEET OF THE WEEK: Has COVID-19 forced you to wear glasses and a mask at the same time? You may be entitled to condensation.
BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Seriously. People who take care of chickens are literally…chicken tenders.
OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: For all the ladies - yanking off your mask when you get in your car is the new taking off your bra when you get home.
FEEL OLD MOMENT OF THE WEEK: How long have we been blaming investor and philanthropist George Soros for initiating and funding every protest in the world? I did a little research that indicates, if he has done half the stuff folks blame him for, he would be broke – and undoubtedly very, very tired. He turns 90 next month.
GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Autumn Love, Jackie Durrett, Jason Benson, Jason Morgan, Bill Thune, Rob Stallings, Tammy Bailey, Rudy Moritz, Angella Johnson, Leslie Wolfe, Shana Hartley, Terri Fowler, Dallas Sorrels, Patricia Sanford, Bobbie Owens, Craig Maxwell, Katie Bennett, Katharyn Hart, Tonya Moorhead, John Jameson, Lisa Sneed Long, and Mary Brewer.
UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If God made man in his own image, why aren’t we all, like…invisible? (Father Guido Sarducci)
BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new season of Yellowstone is now available on Paramount. The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Friday night at 7:00 on CBS. The special George Lopez: We’ll Do It for Half is available next Tuesday on NETFLIX.
BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Audition, My Spy, and Irresistible bypass theaters and go straight to streaming video Friday. Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash is available next Tuesday.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” – Will Rogers
SAVE THE DATE: 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. Thursday, July 2 – Wyandotte Fireworks and Commerce Fireworks. Friday, July 3 – Wolf Creek Fireworks (live music by Members Only), Horse Creek Fireworks, and Monkey Island Fireworks at Shangri-La (live music by 5th Element at Eddy’s). Saturday, July 4 – Duck Creek Fireworks, Miami Fireworks, Jay Fireworks and Spavinaw 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: The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut this weekend for the Travelers Championship. Coverage 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.
NASCAR drivers will be at Pocono this weekend for two days of racing and two days of television. Coverage of the Pocono Organics 325 starts Saturday at 2:30 on Fox; and coverage of the Pocono 350 starts Sunday at 3:00 on Fox Sports 1.
It looks like another nice weekend ahead on Grand Lake. We may have a shower or two here & there Saturday and late Sunday, but just enough to cool things off a little. We’ll have highs in the mid-80s and lows around 70. Another outstanding Grand Lake weekend awaits! Wherever you party this weekend, 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
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