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September 5 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

The last big summer holiday weekend is in the books – and the last big on-the-water concert of the year is in the rearview mirror, as well. Weather was perfect, the bands were fabulous, and the crowd was HUGE for the big two-day Redneck Raft Out concert in Check-In Bay Saturday & Sunday. Event organizers Jeff & Amanda Silvers did a fabulous job putting together such an incredible event, but they’re planning a move to the north country. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that was the last RRO or not.


We’re closing in on the wrap-up of the summer season. Sadly, we have seen our last sunset of the year at 8:00 p.m. or later. Our next 8:00 p.m. sunset won’t happen until April 12. The official beginning of the Fall season is just two weeks away. There is a silver lining, though. That means the very best boating season of the year has arrived. The weather is a little cooler, the lake isn’t as busy, the water is flat, the scenery is beautiful – and gets a little prettier every week from now until the end of October. Enjoy!


Depending on the size of your boat, your fall boating may not include passage under the Bernice Bridge in Horse Creek. The 40-foot high center section will be closed for two months to allow construction workers to install the final piers in the center section of the new bridge. If your boat is small enough, you may still be able to get under the other sections of the bridge, but the high clearance center section is now closed for construction. Be careful out there.


By the way, if you’re following the golf battle between the PGA and LIV, there’s big news. Greg Norman now says LIV players can wear shorts! Well, there you have it. This changes everything!


Boating and golf aren’t the only perfect entertainment options at Grand Lake for this time of year, though. It’s football season! I learned the hard way that, if you want to watch your favorite team on those gigantic video walls at The Anchor Sports Bar at Shangri-La, you need to get there before kick-off. By the way…just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for football at The Anchor, they now offer complimentary snacks and $3 well drinks on game day at The Anchor Sports Bar to kick off my own personal favorite season. Happy drinking season!


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Kate Lindley, Tena Smith, Karla Ruth, Eddy Gibbs, Jack McDonald, Terry Weppler, Amanda Silvers, Krista Bruggeman, Brad McMullan, Michael Hitsman, Stevie Fernandez, Rachel Henderson, Steve Pace, Donna Guffey, Julie Rahhal, and Dave Deardorff.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: Thursday is Grove Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon at the Community Center (12:00). Friday is the Grove Chamber Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Country Club (1:30). Harvest Fest 2022 is at Camp Copperhead in Spavinaw Thursday-Saturday. Friday morning is Farmers Market at the Grove Community Center Lawn; and the final Shangri-La Sip & Sail Sunset Cruise of the year is Friday evening 6:00-8:00.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Miracle Whip was named for the giant mixer used to mix the first batch.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles per year. Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol per year, which means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind of makes you proud.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: According to the Book of Genesis, we all come from Adam and Eve, who had three sons. Think about it. Take all the time you need.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Restrooms are for eating customers only.  


BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: I had a lot of stuff to do today. Now I have a lot of stuff to do tomorrow.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I once worked in a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If you donate hair to Locks of Love and the recipient commits a crime, would the DNA incriminate you?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Why is it so much easier to fall asleep on the couch unintentionally than to fall asleep in bed intentionally?


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The legendary Doc Severinsen who led The Tonight Show Orchestra for 30 years during the Johnny Carson era, played his final concert last week in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is 95 years old. Iconic actor/comedian Bob Newhart turned 93 years old this week. It has been 33 years since Barry Switzer last coached the Oklahoma Sooners. Coach will turn 85 next month.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It is frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.” – George Orwell


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the weekend fun kicks off Thursday night at the Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan 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 DJ Matt followed by The Larry Brown Band Saturday night. 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. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang and Saturday nights; and DJ K-Bandito keeps the crowd hopping both nights across the street at Big Shots. Saturday is Rockstar Karaoke with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Magen Faulconer will entertain Thursday night at Blind Swine on Duck Creek. Ryan Graham performs live Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill. At the Drunken Rooster, Reverse Reaction provides the entertainment Saturday night. The Faulconer Duo will be on stage at Harvest Fest in Spavinaw Friday night.

In Grove, Twice as Nice Harpists provide the Friday night entertainment downstairs at The Regatta and Zeke Daniels will be on stage Saturday night. There is karaoke fun every Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night from two great bands – Paralandra and T.D.M., and more karaoke Saturday. Johnny Dale Roberts performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The Backroads Band Saturday.

Jon Dooly starts the weekend music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino followed by Stonehorse Friday night and Dirty Saints Saturday. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be in concert Saturday night at the Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina is closed for the season (although VIP Pizza is still open), and this weekend is the last weekend of the season for operation of Eddy’s Lakeside Bar. Blind Swine on Duck Creek is now open only Friday-Sunday. The Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda is no longer serving their Saturday-Sunday Breakfast Buffet. Doc’s at Shangri-La now offers a breakfast buffet seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. The Fire Pit Bar & Grill at Wildwood Cove Resort has resolved their air conditioning issues and is now open Wednesday-Sunday. The Café at Indian Hills is now closed on Wednesdays. Bella Donna’s has a new lunch menu.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Cars on the Road premiers Thursday on Disney+ and The Good Fight kicks off its final season on Paramount+. A new season of College Bowl gets underway Friday at 7:00 on NBC. Sunday night marks a new season for two great series -  Monarch airs at 7:00 on Fox and American Gigolo is on Showtime at 8:00. The 74th Annual Emmy Awards air live at 7:00 next Monday night and the Country Music Association Honors is Tuesday night at 7:00, both on NBC.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Barbarian opens in movie theaters this week. Pinocchio and Thor: Love and Thunder are available Thursday exclusively on Disney+.


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 15 – 84th REC Drive-Thru Event (3 p.m.) Thursday, September 15 – Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell’s “Luau on the Green” at Shangri-La. Friday, September 16 – Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell’s Annual Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Friday, September 16 – Couples Nine & Wine at Shangri-La Golf Club (5:30). Friday, September 16 – Cherokee Golf Classic at The Coves Golf Club. Friday, September 16 – Opening Night for performances of “2 Across” at Playmakers in Grove. Friday-Saturday, September 16-17 – CASA of N.E. Oklahoma Fun Family Festival at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove. Tuesday, September 20 – Food Truck Tuesday at Langley City Park (5:00-8:00). Friday-Sunday, September 23-25 – Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village in Grove.  Saturday, September 24 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show and Vintage Car Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club (10:00-3:00). Saturday, September 24 – Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party. Saturday, September 24 – A Taste of Grand at INTEGRIS Health Grove. Sunday-Tuesday, September 25-27 – MSSU Invitational Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, October 1 – Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Monkey Island Fire Department (8:00-11:00). Saturday, October 1 – Miss Pelican Festival Pageant at The Legacy in Grove (6:30). Sunday, October 2 – John Daly/Major Ed Heart of a Lion Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9 – Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Friday, October 7 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s 25th Annual Coves Golf Tournament. Saturday, October 8 – River Bend Car Show at River Bend Casino in Wyandotte. Tuesday, October 11 –Lake O’ The Cherokees Sub-Watershed Association Annual Meeting at NEO Student Union (4:00).


College football is in full swing, and there’s a great Saturday line-up. OU hosts Kent State Saturday night at 6:00, Tulsa is at home against Northern Illinois, also at 6:00; and OSU plays host to Arizona State at 6:30. Arkansas starts the day early with South Carolina at 11:00 – and the big Alabama at Texas game is also at 11:00.    

The NFL regular season has finally arrived – and there are great match-ups to start the season. The L.A. Rams host Buffalo to get things started Thursday night at 7:00. Sunday, Cleveland is at Carolina at noon, Arizona hosts Kansas City at 3:00, and Tampa Bay is at Dallas at 7:00. Monday Night Football kicks off with Denver at Seattle at 7:00.

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament wraps up this week, too, with daily coverage on ESPN. Women’s Singles Final is Saturday at 3:00 with Doubles Finals at noon Sunday. The Men’s Final match is Sunday at 3:00.

NASCAR drivers are in Kansas City this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400. Coverage begins at 2:00 Sunday afternoon on USA.

There are also some great Major League Baseball games televised this weekend, including Minnesota at the New York Yankees Thursday at 6:00. The Yankees host Tampa Bay Friday night at 6:00. The Chicago Cubs are at home for a pair of games against the Giants – Saturday at 1:00 and Sunday at 7:00. The L.A. Angels are at Houston Saturday evening at 6:00. The Dodgers are at Arizona Monday night at 8:30, Pittsburgh is at Cincinnati Tuesday at 11:30, and Oakland is at Texas next Wednesday night at 7:00.   


Weather for the weekend ahead looks absolutely perfect! Sunny skies, light winds, highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid-60s. It couldn’t be better weather for every conceivable Grand Lake entertainment option. Enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, both indoors and out. 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

Casa Gutierrez in Grove

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 Restaurant in Grove

Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill

E&H Liquor Store at Littlefield Corner, Monkey Island

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

Fire Pit at Wildwood Cove Resort in Drowning Creek

Forage in downtown Grove & The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

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

Grand Lake RV Resort at the back of Duck Creek

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)

Monkey Island RV Resort

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

Pier 13 Liquor Store 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

Regatta Restaurant & Bar at Sailboat Bridge, 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)

Royal Liquor Store in Grove

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 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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