Read the entire May 2013 issue of Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine.
Article Eddie Stephens | Photography Ed Battaglia It’s been said that a house doesn’t make a home. Ed Battaglia and his family transformed that cliché with their home on the lake. Battaglia and his wife, Maureen, have added meaningful value to their Grand Lake residence since purchasing it in 1992. It is the same year that …View full post
Article Megan Miers Photography Ace Cuervo She’s a successful realtor, children’s book author, business woman, motivational speaker, wife and mom of two, but things haven’t always been so rosy for Tenisha Edwards. Now 40, Edwards spent nearly half of her childhood in foster care, an ordeal she speaks about candidly and credits with helping shape …View full post
Come Play for the Day and Stay: Crosstimbers Marina offers concierge boat service, wake boarding lessons, and more
Article Stacey Schifferdecker | Photography Courtesy of Crosstimbers Marina Crosstimbers Marina is Tulsa’s preferred choice for quality, convenience, and fun—offering every amenity possible, from service and security to food, overnight accommodations, and even wakeboarding lessons. And all of this is on Skiatook Lake, which offers the cleanest, clearest water in Oklahoma. “We are in a very …View full post
Article Debra Laizure | Photography Ace Cuervo Gracefully perched on a scenic point at Grand Lake, a vacation home is waiting for friends and family to arrive and enjoy the weekend. The home is monumental in size but nestles into the landscape like an Oklahoma limestone cliff. The home’s interior boasts lavish Old World amenities but …View full post
Article Louann Buhlinger Almost everyone has a fish story…something spectacular and incredible. And, although those stories differ from each other, everyone who fishes talks about the peacefulness and joy it brings. “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers,” said Herbert …View full post
Article Amanda Simcoe | Photography Ace Cuervo Ten years ago, if one were to go looking for sushi in Tulsa, there would have been a couple of options from which to choose. They would of course offer nigiri, sashimi, edamame, miso soup and an assortment of rolled sushi; some classic and some the creations of …View full post
The lakes in Oklahoma are grand. With more than 55,000 miles of shoreline in our lakes and ponds, we can enjoy fishing, swimming, and water sports most of the year. In fact, Oklahoma contains approximately 1,400 square miles of water area in those lakes and ponds (larger than the state of Rhode Island) and has approximately 167,600 miles of rivers/streams.
As we move closer to summer, I’m sure there will be a few Friday afternoon “appointments” being made or folks playing hooky from school and work. Soon the highways will become filled with trucks hauling boats away from the city, and lots of hot dogs, marshmallows, Hershey® chocolate bars, and graham crackers will be bought at the grocery store.
And why not? A weekend or day at the lake is an inexpensive way to relax and get away from the stress of work or overscheduled school activities. It’s a great place to be with family and friends, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.
My most cherished childhood memories are centered around the lake. Each summer, I was so excited to visit my grandparents at their cabin on the lake in Maine. We would canoe, hike, ski, read books (remember those?) and play cards late into the night. I loved swimming in the clear water, gathering wild blueberries for breakfast, feeding the curious chipmunks by hand, and falling asleep to the hypnotic sound of the loons.
Back in Tulsa, my parents would pack our car on Thursday night and head for the lake as soon as school was out on Friday. We would return Sunday night from Lake Keystone or Ft. Gibson a little sunburned, but rejuvenated and ready for another week of work and school.
It doesn’t matter if you have a boat or a fancy RV. Starter tents can be purchased for $50-$100 and fishing off a dock can garner the biggest fish. It’s really about the experience of being outdoors and having fun with the people you love.
As I write this, my daughter and her college friends are on their way to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a long weekend of camping, hiking, and making s’mores by the campfire. Oh, how I love s’mores…
Debra L. Laizure, Editor | DLaizure@LifestylePubs.com
Spring is in the air as Tulsa Boys’ Home prepares for its 9th Annual Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby party. All proceeds benefit Tulsa Boys’ Home to support troubled Oklahoma boys. The Run for the Roses gala and auction is slated for Saturday, May 4, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Expo Square. As one of Oklahoma’s oldest residential treatment facilities, Tulsa Boys’ Home has graciously benefited from outstanding community support.
Guests will enjoy savory food, more than one hundred silent and live auction items, and horse races simulcast live from Churchill Downs on Jumbotron TV screens. Ladies wear Derby Day hats and the charming dresses typical of the Kentucky Derby style, while men wear everything from colorful Hawaiian shirts to three-piece suits. Guests may also place bets on the afternoon Kentucky Derby horse races courtesy of the Fair Meadows Racetrack staff. Table reservations of eight guests are available for $1,200. Individual reservations are $175. For ticket information, visit TulsaBoysHome.org.
You know their policies and politics, and heard their stands on the issues. What we want to know is: Can they cook? Join KRMG, OKfoodie and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for the first-ever event to put politics in a REAL pressure cooker. KRMG’s Dan Potter and Chef Amanda Simcoe along with special guest Rick Couri host a special taping of the OKFoodie show featuring mayoral candidates, Dewey Bartlett, Kathy Taylor and Bill Christiansen.
Each candidate will prepare one of their favorite dishes while Potter and Simcoe talk to them about food and politics (but mostly food). Plus, each campaign will have informational tables about their candidates along with the candidates for Tulsa city council. There will be music and other entertainment as well. Held on May 21st at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the evening begins with a cocktail hour and facility tour at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. OKFoodie.com.
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Tulsa Children’s Museum is announcing the Electric Lime Gala, its inaugural fundraising gala, to be held at Discovery Lab on Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m. Monies raised at the gala will fund operations, exhibits, and programming in Discovery Lab, and aid in the planning and design of a permanent facility. A seated dinner featuring an elevated kids menu will be served followed by a live auction and entertainment and dancing with Val Joe and the Strike Anywheres. Sponsorship packages are available with tables starting at $2,500. Individual tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling 918.295.8144 or visit TulsaChildrensMuseum.org.
Tulsa broadcaster Becky Dixon has purchased Ayerplay Productions Inc., owned by satellite and cable television pioneer Ed Taylor. The company’s two divisions, On Hold Advantage and MultiMedia Advantage, offer clients a full spectrum of web-based and traditional integrated marketing solutions, including a state-of-the art on hold message production company, servicing a national client base of over 7,000 businesses. MultiMedia Advantage focuses on web-based strategies, guiding clients in implementing marketing plans that utilize the newest, most innovative technology.
Come celebrate Volunteers of America’s earliest work in Oklahoma, when they tended to the needs of travelers on the Old West Wagon Trail. When most people think of the late 1800s, they think boots and cowboy hats, but the 1890s were also a time for extravagant jewelry generously adorned with rhinestones! The event will be held May 23, 5:30-11 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center located at 6808 S. 107th E. Ave., Tulsa. The evening kicks off with refreshments and happy hour, followed by a barbecue, silent auction, live auction, country music and dancing. Purchase your ticket or become a sponsor: 918.307.3051 or VOAOK.org.