OU Football is Making its Mark!

OU Football is Making its Mark!

A look at the unique impact the Sooners are having on America’s favorite pastime.


Remem­ber Bak­er May­field? A lot has hap­pened in the foot­ball world at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Okla­homa since the Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, and num­ber one pick over­all in the 2018 NFL draft, car­ried his lega­cy to lift a defunct Cleve­land Browns foot­ball team out of the dol­drums in his rook­ie year. Notably, anoth­er OU Quar­ter­back, Kyler Mur­ray, kept the torch in the OU camp by win­ning the Heis­man Tro­phy again before going num­ber one over­all in the 2019 draft to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals. Not bad Soon­ers…

Mean­while, May­field capped off his first sea­son in the NFL by pass­ing Pey­ton Man­ning and Rus­sell Wil­son to break the record for rook­ie pass­ing touch­downs at 27 (a feat he accom­plished in only 13 starts) and by lift­ing the Browns to their best sea­son since 2014. A year ago, this was far from a fore­gone con­clu­sion. Since the Browns last win­ning sea­son in 2007 they have run through sev­en dif­fer­ent Head Coach­es a host of young quar­ter­backs who had the hopes of a promis­ing career. Notable names such as John­ny Manziel, Bran­don Wee­den, Brady Quinn, and Colt McCoy all came in, and they all failed to lift Cleve­land past a los­ing trend. More­over, May­field had some con­tro­ver­sy to over­come with some ques­tion­ing his matu­ri­ty and lead­er­ship. Ques­tions that many Okla­homans and fans felt con­fi­dent he would answer on the field. And he did…


Now, with anoth­er full sea­son of OU foot­ball behind us, we are see­ing some inter­est­ing par­al­lels with Mur­ray. The Car­di­nals Head Coach, Kliff Kings­bury, had the bird’s eye view on Mur­ray through his stand­out high school career. Kings­bury, who had been the Head Coach of the Texas Tech pro­gram, and Mur­ray got to know each oth­er well through the recruit­ment process before fate would lead them in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. With Kings­bury hav­ing the over­all num­ber one draft choice for the upcom­ing sea­son it was no sur­prise who his pref­er­ence would be. Indeed, it would have been no sur­prise to see Mur­ray be any­one’s first pick, but this match has a ring of des­tiny to it. No doubt, antic­i­pa­tion is high, and it is going to be a lot of fun to watch what they do.


Speak­ing of those two Heis­man win­ners who went as the first over­all pick in the NFL draft two years in a row, it is worth cel­e­brat­ing that this all hap­pened under the first two years of Lin­coln Riley tak­ing over as the Head Coach. To that point, Riley’s first two sea­sons have been leg­endary as he went 11–1 through reg­u­lar sea­son play, won the BIG 12 Cham­pi­onship and made it to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­offs both years.


While many Soon­er fans are a bit torn about com­ing so close two years in a row the fact remains the Riley is achiev­ing some his­toric accom­plish­ments. Fur­ther, Soon­er fans should be encour­aged to see that Riley is not stay­ing sat­is­fied with the sta­tus quo. It is no secret that while the Soon­ers had an immense­ly pow­er­ful offense, the defense seemed to go in the oppo­site direc­tion. And as suc­cess­ful as the Soon­ers have been, it’s been a frus­tra­tion to fans won­der­ing what might have been had the defense has been more ade­quate. It does­n’t seem that Soon­er fans will have to ask that ques­tion again in 2019.


Dur­ing the off-sea­son, Riley hired Alex Grinch, the cel­e­brat­ed Co-Defen­sive Coor­di­na­tor from the 13–1 Ohio State Buck­eyes. Riley is quot­ed as say­ing, “Alex has an out­stand­ing track record as a defen­sive coach and a defen­sive coor­di­na­tor, He’s been one of the most sought-after guys in the coun­try here the last cou­ple of years, espe­cial­ly for the work that he did at Wash­ing­ton State. Tak­ing that defense where he did in a short amount of time is one of the best coach­ing jobs in the coun­try over the last sev­er­al years.”

Much like the duo of Mur­ray and Kings­bury, the addi­tion of Grinch to the Soon­er coach­ing staff is cause for a high­ly antic­i­pat­ed sea­son, and the defense should be fun to watch this year. But how do you build on offense after two Heis­man Tro­phy-win­ning Quar­ter­backs two years in a row? You do it by mak­ing his­to­ry.


Jalen Hurts had a 26–2 record as a starter at Alaba­ma. Through a series of events, he lost his start­ing job to Tua Tago­v­ailoa, the even­tu­al Heis­man run­ner up to Mur­ray in 2018. Hurts is an immense­ly tal­ent­ed quar­ter­back and rather than spend his senior year at Alaba­ma he has trans­ferred to OU, and some­thing his­toric seems to be in the mak­ing.


Some­one of Hurt­s’s tal­ent being replaced as a starter is vir­tu­al­ly unheard of. But what a great for­tune for the Soon­ers, because it gave, Hurts a top tier pro­gram where he could go and get full use of his tal­ents. Replac­ing a string of Heis­man win­ners sounds impos­si­ble, but it is hap­pen­ing for the Soon­ers. So after two leg­endary years, could there be a chance for the OU Soon­ers to do it again? Is there a chance they could do more?

Soon­er fans can’t wait to find out.


Lee Bren­nan

Author, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment

Lee Bren­nan has worked across a broad spec­trum in his career rang­ing from jour­nal­ism, culi­nary arts, min­istry and liv­ing the life of an entre­pre­neur. Cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Tul­sa, OK where he is rais­ing his beloved daugh­ter, and enjoy­ing life with his friends and fam­i­ly, Lee is dri­ven by a love for peo­ple and a pas­sion for telling great sto­ries.

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Tulsa Stained Glass

Tulsa Stained Glass

Tul­sa Stained Glass, Teach­ing How To Pick Up The Pieces And Put Them Togeth­er

CL Har­mon, Lead Author, Osage Nation Mem­ber


For over 1,000 years stained glass art has been a part of the cre­ative world. It is an art form that is like no oth­er in the world; a dec­o­ra­tion viewed in church­es, restau­rants, busi­ness­es and even some homes.  What is most inter­est­ing about stained glass is how it is used to con­vey a mes­sage or sto­ry. One such instance was its use in Medieval Times as visu­al accounts of Bib­li­cal sto­ries for those com­mon­ers who could not read the Bible.  Anoth­er instance was one I was not expect­ing. It was when I met Richard Bohm, own­er of Tul­sa Stained Glass Com­pa­ny.  This encounter would not be one of the art of telling a sto­ry, but of the artist telling how art was to become his sto­ry.

Expect­ing a sim­ple inter­view about the mechan­ics and the­o­ry of stained glass­works, I was sur­prised to learn about a man who stepped out on faith, suf­fered loss, found pur­pose and shared hope. Life is always a jour­ney and often what makes these jour­neys so inter­est­ing is how far we trav­el from the direc­tion from which we began the jour­ney. Bohm embarked on his life path using the left side of his brain as his com­pass. In oth­er words, he was using log­ic and math­e­mat­ics in a pro­fes­sion to prob­lem solve for oth­ers. It pro­vid­ed an income and a cer­tain amount of sta­bil­i­ty, but as with most jour­neys in life, there was a curve up ahead that would lead him into an entire­ly new direc­tion.

My wife Car­ol took a class on stained glass art, and she showed me how to do it. It was fun! That was 42 years ago,” Bohm said. The cou­ple began play­ing around with their new found hob­by at home and soon began to real­ize that there was a mar­ket for qual­i­ty stained glass. Although Bohm used the left side of his brain to earn a liv­ing at this time, he did exer­cise his cre­ative right side through his pho­tog­ra­phy hob­by. He had also been taught an appre­ci­a­tion for the arts by a high school teacher that obvi­ous­ly had a last­ing impact. The dis­cov­ery of stained glass art opened up that less­er used right brain, and it quick­ly became dom­i­nant. Using his skills from work­ing as a prob­lem solver, Bohm was able to mesh both sides of his brain into a fun and reward­ing career.

Pho­to­graph by CL Har­mon

Ini­tial­ly, the busi­ness start­ed in their din­ing room. Less than two years lat­er, the cou­ple moved to their first com­mer­cial loca­tion in Tul­sa. The busi­ness grew as they cre­at­ed and sold what Bohm calls “wid­gets” (var­i­ous pieces of stained glass art and sculp­tures). The growth con­tin­ued as cus­tomers would order cus­tom pieces or need repairs on exist­ing works of stained glass. The work kept them busy, and it was a labor of love for them. How­ev­er, life would bring Bohm anoth­er curve. This time it was a sharp one that he did not see com­ing. After 28 years of strug­gling and oper­at­ing the busi­ness togeth­er, Car­ol passed away. The art that had been his busi­ness, but now it need­ed to be some­thing else…a ther­a­pist.

While deal­ing with his grief, Bohm began ques­tion­ing if there was more to life. Although busi­ness was sta­ble, there were always lean times and cash flow issues. With the pass­ing of his wife, it was time to reflect and to heal. In his efforts to do so, he began tak­ing the busi­ness aspect out of his busi­ness and replac­ing it with the art that had appealed to him all those years ago.  It’s what he calls “self-ther­a­py.”

I began to devel­op a pas­sion for art, and that grew into self-ther­a­py. And from this came my new pas­sion of teach­ing oth­ers how to use art to solve prob­lems, self-ana­lyze and how to be hap­py,”

I began to devel­op a pas­sion for art, and that grew into self-ther­a­py. And from this came my new pas­sion of teach­ing oth­ers how to use art to solve prob­lems, self-ana­lyze and how to be hap­py,” Bohm said.  He began teach­ing oth­ers about the pow­er of hav­ing a pas­sion for art and how cre­at­ing some­thing releas­es inner heal­ing prop­er­ties and brings about answers to life’s ques­tions. It has been a win-win that keeps pay­ing off. In life, we are always look­ing to fit the pieces togeth­er and cre­ate an exis­tence that is our own work of art. For Bohm, those pieces in his life began to take on a new shape when he began teach­ing oth­ers to how to pick and assem­ble their pieces into a work of art.

He cur­rent­ly teach­es two class­es now at his store/studio locat­ed at 4131 S. Sheri­dan Road in Tul­sa. The first is a begin­ner class where he teach­es about the process and tech­nique that has been in prac­tice since the Mid­dle Ages. Each stu­dent is giv­en the same assign­ment which is designed by Bohm and focus­es on the fun­da­men­tals of cre­at­ing a pane of art such as a small win­dow which can be hung for dec­o­ra­tion. In this les­son, all of the pieces must touch and then be sol­dered togeth­er to become a sol­id pan­el. Class­es are avail­able on Thurs­day evenings sev­er­al times each year for 2.5‑hour ses­sions run­ning for eight weeks.

Pho­to­graph by CL Har­mon

The sec­ond is called Gar­den Spir­it Sculp­tures class which is one ses­sion only but it is a “fun and intense” three-hour class. This class allows each stu­dent to choose their mate­ri­als and cre­ate a design of their choos­ing. In this les­son, the pieces do not have to inter­lock. Thus it is called a sculp­ture.  He empha­sizes that the pur­pose of these projects is to allow stu­dents to cre­ate some­thing that “feels good to them.” This feel­ing allows the stu­dents to dis­cov­er pas­sion and use their life expe­ri­ences to cre­ate some­thing tan­gi­ble while allow­ing the process to help them work through issues in their lives. These class­es are avail­able every Sat­ur­day.

What’s most inter­est­ing about Bohm is not that he was able to build a busi­ness out of an inter­est­ing hob­by, but that he has been able to build an inter­est in help­ing oth­ers through his busi­ness with these ther­a­peu­tic class­es. There is an excite­ment in his every word when he describes how art ther­a­py affects people’s lives. It has become a part of his iden­ti­ty; a self-sculp­ture of what his life has become.  So much so that he has even pub­lished a book on the sub­ject.  In addi­tion to his reg­u­lar class­es, he even teach­es pro­fes­sion­al ther­a­pists to use art ther­a­py to help their patients over­come chal­lenges.  Per­haps Bohm is onto some­thing. Peo­ple are always work­ing to pick up the bro­ken shards in their lives hop­ing to repair them. Bohm sim­ply con­nects these peo­ple to those who have been putting the pieces togeth­er for over 1,000 years by sol­der­ing bro­ken shards togeth­er to cre­ate some­thing new, whole and beau­ti­ful.

To learn more about Bohm’s class­es, vis­it his web­site tulsastainedglass.com. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing his book, Expe­ri­ence the Pow­er of Art, they are avail­able on Ama­zon and at his store.


New Osage Casino Opens With a Winning Hand

New Osage Casino Opens With a Winning Hand


New Osage Casi­no Opens With a Win­ning Hand

CL Har­mon, Lead Author, Osage Nation Mem­ber


*This is not a paid adver­tise­ment and we have received no com­pen­sa­tion for the pub­li­ca­tion of this sto­ry.

It’s an excite­ment like no oth­er. The antic­i­pa­tion builds as you watch the dials spin­ning through the screen. The first dial stops and your eyes become fixed as the sec­ond one drops into place, match­ing the first one. Then your eyes widen, and a smile marks your face as the third dial drops into place…JACKPOT! Yeah, it’s an excite­ment like no other…like an arcade for adults. And thanks to the Indi­an gam­ing indus­try, Okla­homa gam­blers have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to try their luck with­out hav­ing to go to Vegas. How­ev­er, as the trib­al casi­nos gain more pop­u­lar­i­ty, the com­pe­ti­tion steadi­ly stiff­ens. In this com­pet­i­tive game, the Osage Casi­no has just been dealt a new hand, and with it, the tribe may be now hold­ing an Ace high hand.

The Osage tribe recent­ly anted up $160 mil­lion to play in the high stakes com­pe­ti­tion that becomes more preva­lent by the day it seems. Already a major play­er, the tribe has raised the stakes with their new casi­no locat­ed at 951 West 36th st North behind the one built in 2005. Unlike their oth­er casi­nos, this one is con­struct­ed to com­pete with oth­er tribes that have gam­bled on bring­ing more of a “Las Vegas” feel to the state with hotels and enter­tain­ment for its patrons. The 400,000 square foot casi­no opened on August 29 to a crowd of over 6,000 peo­ple.

This ele­vates our prod­uct and brings our game to a whole new lev­el. We are very excit­ed to show it off to every­one,” Byron Bighorse, CEO for the Osage Casi­nos said. He added that the guests in Tul­sa have become accus­tomed to a hotel/casino expe­ri­ence with their competition’s enter­pris­es and this will cer­tain­ly enhance that expe­ri­ence for Tul­sa guests while offer­ing some unique aspects that set them apart from their com­peti­tors.

Rib­bon Cut­ting

Pho­to­graph by Shane Bev­el

As for what one can find in this new addi­tion to the Tul­sa scene, there are 1,628 elec­tron­ic games which triple the size of gam­ing floors in Tul­sa. There are also cur­rent­ly 16 table games with the inclu­sion of roulette and craps to be added soon. The casi­no also offers a high-lim­it room for those high rollers who enjoy a night out of high stakes. Bighorse said, to make patrons even more com­fort­able, the casi­no has an updat­ed ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem which turns out fresh air through­out the facil­i­ty nine times every hour which is three more than an aver­age office space.

There are also four food and bev­er­age out­lets on the floor. The first of these is Stone Creek Kitchen which is a sit-down style café/restaurant and dou­bles as a break­fast buf­fet bar for hotel guests. There is also a piz­za place that is of their design dubbed ‘The Orig­i­nal Roni Pep­pos’ that works like a Sub­way where each cus­tomer picks his/her top­pings. There is also a bar & grill called Thun­der Bar & Grill which offers mixed drinks, beer and var­i­ous styles of food. Last­ly, is the Nine Band Brew Pub where there is a selec­tion of craft beers from fruity to dark bar­leys.

As for the hotel, there are 137 hotel rooms and four hos­pi­tal­i­ty suites which are unique to any­thing else in the area, Bighorse said. He added that “it’s get­ting a four or five-star hotel for a three-star price.” Anoth­er unique aspect of the rooms is that each one con­tains orig­i­nal art from Osage artists. The tribe com­mis­sioned these artists to pro­vide the art­work for both the rooms and the décor of the hotel itself. Bighorse expressed how much artis­tic tal­ent there is in the tribe. He said by using their art; it allowed the tribe to help out its mem­bers while adding a unique aspect of Osage cul­ture and his­to­ry to the hotel. In addi­tion, there is a pool area which he said is “beau­ti­ful” and a 1,039 space park­ing garage for guest con­ve­nience and ban­quet space avail­able.

We know there is a need for new event venues, par­tic­u­lar­ly in close prox­im­i­ty to down­town,” said Bighorse. “These ver­sa­tile ban­quet spaces are ful­ly staffed and give breath­tak­ing views of the Osage Hills that you just can’t find any­where else.”

One of the most unique aspects of the casi­no is that it has its own brewery…yes, they brew their own beer! Now, this is some­thing to raise your mug in a toast for. The brand is Nine Band Brew­ery out of Allen, Texas. Bighorse explained that craft beer is very pop­u­lar in Okla­homa and this brew­ery is the twelfth brew­ery to open in Tul­sa with­in the last year. As a bonus, the casi­no is work­ing on what Bighorse calls a “brew­ery crawl” where beer enthu­si­asts will ride in Mer­cedes shut­tles from the Nine Band pub to oth­er craft beer facil­i­ties where they can try dif­fer­ent brands of crafts beers. Then each of the par­tic­i­pants will be giv­en a hotel room for the night to sleep off the evening crawl.

View of the new Slots!

Pho­to­graph by Shane Bev­el

We are going to make a major state­ment with some major tal­ent with our event cen­ter. We are going to bring some major tal­ent and rock n roll,” Bighorse said. In Feb­ru­ary of 2019, the 2,000 seat event cen­ter will be com­plet­ed. He went on to say that this aspect adds to their new gam­ing expe­ri­ence they have brought to Tul­sa. He added that it’s a very inti­mate set­ting that is mod­eled after the Brady The­atre in Tul­sa and even has VIP box­es in the mez­za­nine.

The future is look­ing bright based on the ini­tial open­ing response, accord­ing to Bighorse. He is already seek­ing approval for $30 mil­lion more dol­lars to add anoth­er hotel wing, spa, and a brand name steak­house. He is hop­ing that approval will come this month and is poised to begin this phase in ear­ly 2019 with com­ple­tion in ear­ly 2020.

The new Tul­sa Osage Casi­no in down­town Tul­sa brings a great enter­tain­ment expe­ri­ence with the new games, event cen­ter, and hotel,” said Osage Nation Prin­ci­pal Chief Geof­frey Stand­ing Bear. “This casi­no rev­enue pro­vides finan­cial sup­port of Osage lan­guage and cul­ture activ­i­ties, includ­ing the Osage lan­guage Immer­sion school. All prof­its go to edu­ca­tion, health, hous­ing, lan­guage, cul­ture, and the oth­er pro­grams for our Osage peo­ple. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all those involved in bring­ing this project into oper­a­tion.”

Oklahoma Ladies Are Keeping in Fashion

Oklahoma Ladies Are Keeping in Fashion

Make a Run for Fash­ion at the Cain’s



*This is not a paid adver­tise­ment and we have received no com­pen­sa­tion for the pub­li­ca­tion of this sto­ry.

So I heard about this event where there are beau­ti­ful mod­els sport­ing some of the coolest garbs around. There will be wine flow­ing like stream­ing rib­bons and catchy music play­ing, and it’s at this real­ly cool old build­ing to boot. It’s kind of a New York meets Paris meets Tul­sa soiree, and you are all invit­ed. Sound fun? It is! So fun in fact that even the fash­ion police join in.

From some­one who has expe­ri­enced this event, I can only describe it as a liv­ing atmos­phere where ideas, pas­sion, and art jump to life cre­at­ing a col­lec­tive per­son­al­i­ty of ener­gy, tal­ent, and excite­ment. It was like find­ing buried trea­sure in my backyard…or for a woman, a clos­et full of design­er clothes in their home I would guess. Clary Sage Col­lege in Tul­sa has tak­en the best ele­ments of the fash­ion indus­try and sewn togeth­er an ensem­ble that is run­way wor­thy.



The fash­ion scene in Tul­sa is grow­ing,” Depart­ment Head for Fash­ion Design at Clary Sage and own­er of Dyana’s Designs cloth­ing line, Dyana Har­ri­son said. Clary Sage Col­lege is a cos­me­tol­ogy and design learn­ing insti­tu­tion where stu­dents are trained to be pro­fes­sion­als upon com­ple­tion of stud­ies as opposed to tra­di­tion­al col­leges where stu­dents are pre­pared to enter pro­fes­sions at an entry lev­el and then learn indus­try skills. This teach­ing phi­los­o­phy lets the instruc­tors cre­ate real busi­ness expe­ri­ences for the stu­dents through an 11-month pro­gram that allows stu­dents to cre­ate their designs from con­cep­tion to cre­ation. These skills include sewing, pat­tern mak­ing and illus­tra­tions among many oth­ers that are rel­e­vant to the fash­ion world. Also, stu­dents learn the skills nec­es­sary to enter the indus­try as pro­fes­sion­als with knowl­edge about fash­ion trends, design con­cepts, mar­ket­ing strate­gies and the hands-on expe­ri­ence of actu­al­ly cre­at­ing prod­ucts that can be the mar­ket­ed.

Design­er Ralph Lau­ren said, “Fash­ion is not nec­es­sar­i­ly about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about some­thing else that comes from with­in you.” This quote describes the atti­tude behind the Clary Sage Run­way Show and pro­gram because it encour­ages and fos­ters orig­i­nal­i­ty and char­ac­ter in each student’s designs. With this orig­i­nal­i­ty must come to the approval of their con­cepts by the pub­lic who then become clothes con­sumer. The Clary Run­way show encour­ages cre­ativ­i­ty to flour­ish. From 3‑D print­ed gar­ments to a wed­ding gown or a dress cre­at­ed from zip ties, one nev­er knows what will flow down that run­way. Clary Sage pulls out all the stops to give this oppor­tu­ni­ty to its bud­ding design­ers.

Accord­ing to Cam­pus Direc­tor Pam Mar­tin, every­one gets to be involved. Skilled servers pour­ing wine and offer­ing hors-d’oeu­vres, inte­ri­or design­ers cre­at­ing the per­fect set, mar­ket­ing team mem­bers strate­giz­ing, hair, make­up and mod­els, the entire col­lege plays a role. The event is planned and imple­ment­ed through­out the entire year. So plan­ning for the next year begins as soon as the cur­rent show is over, she added.

Our fash­ion show is an event, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a par­ty where we are pro­mot­ing all of the pro­grams in the school with the fash­ion being only a part of the par­ty,” Har­ri­son said. The show has been per­formed for sev­en years grow­ing larg­er each year. Har­ri­son cred­its this, in part, to the cre­ativ­i­ty of the design­ers but acknowl­edges that it is the sup­port of the whole col­lege that makes the event so fun and suc­cess­ful. She explains how much fun it is for the atten­dees to expe­ri­ence joint cre­ativ­i­ty that they rarely see any­where else. She added that the design­ers high­light the event by using their imag­i­na­tions to incor­po­rate objects not asso­ci­at­ed with cloth­ing to cre­ate a gar­ment that is tru­ly unique as well as beau­ti­ful and ele­gant cre­ations that would be appre­ci­at­ed on any run­way.

More than just enter­tain­ment for fash­ion enthu­si­asts, the event is a fundrais­er for the col­lege. Clary Sage is a 501(c)(3) non-prof­it cor­po­ra­tion and pub­lic char­i­ty. Mar­tin said that the show is the major fundrais­er for the year and that all of the pro­ceeds go for stu­dent schol­ar­ships so that more stu­dents have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn a skill and pur­sue a pas­sion. Last year the show brought in over $100,000. This year the col­lege has set their goal for $200,000. Although it is a high goal, Mar­tin expressed how those who spon­sor Clary Run­way and the tick­et buy­ers under­stand that they are invest­ing in the futures of those who will even­tu­al­ly enter the work­force, pay tax­es and add to the bet­ter­ment of soci­ety.

We had a great response last year. I think Cain’s Ball­room is a great venue and atmos­phere that sells itself. We have music, wine, audi­ence inter­ac­tion and so many oth­er activ­i­ties hap­pen­ing. It’s excit­ing. As I said, it’s a par­ty,” Har­ri­son said. She explained that the school goes this extra step to give the show excite­ment and ener­gy because peo­ple who have nev­er been to a fash­ion show or those who have been to “flop” shows have pre­con­ceived ideas of a snooze fest and are appre­hen­sive about com­ing. The extra step, how­ev­er, is work­ing as the show out­grows its venues every two years.

Sev­er­al spon­sors have stepped up to help make the show pos­si­ble, but more are wel­come. Mar­tin said. These spon­sor­ships include the Plat­inum $15,000, Dia­mond $10,000, Gold $10,000, Sil­ver $5,000,  Bronze $2,500, VIP Tick­et $250 and Gen­er­al Admis­sion tick­ets at $50. Each of the spon­sor­ships come with dif­fer­ent and/or addi­tion­al perks so check out claryrunway.com to learn what each pack­age con­tains. Pur­chas­es and dona­tions may be made on the site as well. The show is Sep­tem­ber 22 at Cain’s Ball­room locat­ed at 423 North Main Street in Tul­sa. Doors open at 6 pm.

Check out the show!



Find Your Oklahoma Fireworks and Freedom Celebrations – 2018

Find Your Oklahoma Fireworks and Freedom Celebrations – 2018

Cel­e­brate the 4th of July all over Okla­homa with fire­works.  Here is a list of cel­e­bra­tions we know about com­ing up.  Not all are just on the 4th, rather on sev­er­al dif­fer­ent days!

There will be live music, food trucks, fire­works, and fun at some of the var­i­ous events.  Click on the events below for the loca­tion and day you want to know more about.  There are so many events planned for this 4th of July that they are start­ing days in advance!  As we con­tin­ue to locate infor­ma­tion on the events hap­pen­ing in Okla­homa we will update THIS post.

Auton­o­my Anniver­sary, Eman­ci­pa­tion Fes­tiv­i­ty, Lib­er­a­tion Jubilee, Self-deter­mi­na­tion memo­ri­al­iza­tion, sov­er­eign­ty spree, enfran­chise­ment jol­li­fi­ca­tion… call it how­ev­er you want.  Just make sure you show up!  Don’t know where to go?  Now you do!

Check often and tell your friends and fam­i­ly where you got your info.  Unique­la­homa is ded­i­cat­ed to find­ing these events and let­ting you know!

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Cel­e­bra­tions on July 1st

Rock­ets Over Rhe­ma

The Amer­i­can Dream

Rockin’ the Park

Lib­er­ty Fest


Cel­e­bra­tions on July 2nd

Blanchard’s Inde­pen­dence Cel­e­bra­tion

Lib­er­ty Fest


Cel­e­bra­tions on July 3rd

Fan­ta­sy in the Sky


Red, White & Boom

Yukon’s Free­dom Fest

Fairview’s Fes­ti­val & Fire­works

Grand Lake Fire­works

4th of July Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar

Inde­pen­dence Cel­e­bra­tion

Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar

Boom in the Val­ley Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar


Cel­e­bra­tions on July 4th

Tul­sa Free­dom­Fest

OKC 4th Fest

Jenks Free­dom Fest

Boomer Blast

Lib­er­ty Fest

Yukon’s Free­dom Fest

Fire­works Extrav­a­gan­za & 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion

Sal­li­saw 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion

4th of July BBQ Buf­fet and Fire­works

Old-Fash­ioned Inde­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion

Free­dom Cel­e­bra­tion Parade

Lav­erne 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion

Chero­kee 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion

Boom­fest at River­walk

Fish and Fire­works


















Cel­e­bra­tions already passed

Bix­by Free­dom Fire­works Cel­e­bra­tion

Bob McSpad­den Memo­r­i­al Fire­works Show

Law­ton-Ft. Sill Free­dom Fes­ti­val

Can­ton 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion

Rockin’ the Park

John­ston Coun­ty Red, White & Boom Cel­e­bra­tion

Hon­or Amer­i­ca Day


Mar­ble City May­hem & Fire­works Show

Lib­er­ty Fest




Be sure to check out our oth­er events on the Unique­la­homa Event Cal­en­dar!

If you would like for us to post about your event let us know.  We would love to hear from you.  Unique­la­homa is a very active com­mu­ni­ty. We wel­come you to join us in cel­e­brat­ing the unique, weird, and inspir­ing aspects of our love­ly state.  Do you want to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to let every­one know about your events? Here is your chance!


Step Out Of Your Car And Into The Past

Step Out Of Your Car And Into The Past


Step Out Of Your Car And Into The Past

C. L. Har­mon

May 25, 2016

When the wind came sweep­ing down the plains of Okla­homa in the 1870’s and 80’s, it brought Native Amer­i­cans from all cor­ners of what would become the con­ti­nen­tal Unit­ed States. In addi­tion, it brought set­tlers look­ing for a piece of earth to call their own and ulti­mate­ly an end of the west­ward expan­sion.  It was a melt­ing pot of chal­lenges and changes that would even­tu­al­ly lead to a boil­ing point that his­to­ry would remem­ber as the Land Run of 1889. Thou­sands would stake claims of 160-acre plots for them­selves while Native Amer­i­cans were set­tled onto reser­va­tions and indoc­tri­nat­ed into “white man’s” cul­ture. Whether one may argue as to what hap­pened dur­ing that peri­od was right or wrong, what can­not be argued is the incred­i­ble dynam­ic that poured out of that melt­ing pot.

Var­i­ous peo­ples from all types of dif­fer­ent back­grounds found them­selves in a ter­ri­to­r­i­al wilder­ness where they would cre­ate a soci­ety like no oth­er. Each day these peo­ple were mak­ing his­to­ry in their efforts to not only sur­vive but thrive. One room school hous­es and com­mu­ni­ty church­es would sprout up, leg­ends would be born, and cus­toms would begin los­ing their ori­gins only to be replaced by new ones under one name…Oklahomans.  In such a whirl­wind, these peo­ple would become one; they would form a state and an iden­ti­ty as the years passed. One Okla­homa town would rec­og­nize this amaz­ing accom­plish­ment and show­case it to those of who were not there to expe­ri­ence it.

Pis­tol Pete Stat­ue at the Okla­homa Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Plaza in Perkins, Ok.

C. L. Har­mon Pho­to

In all, there were sev­en land runs begin­ning with the famous ini­tial run of April 22, 1889. The town of Perkins near Still­wa­ter was opened up short­ly after one of those runs in 1891. It was the “gate­way to the Ioway and Sac and Fox reser­va­tions and the sym­bol­ic join­ing of white man and Indi­an lands. Fast for­ward over a cen­tu­ry lat­er, and one can find a memo­r­i­al of sorts to that time in state his­to­ry when the build­ing blocks of diverse cul­tures became a com­mon peo­ple. It began in 2005 when the city man­ag­er of Perkins want­ed to acquire con­gres­sion­al fund­ing for a stat­ue of its most famous cit­i­zen, Frank “Pis­tol Pete” Eaton who is most known today as the mas­cot for Okla­homa State Uni­ver­si­ty.

Ini­tial­ly, I thought this is a waste of time. There is no way Con­gress is going to give us $200,000 for a cou­ple of stat­ues. But lo and behold, they did give us the mon­ey,” David Sass­er said. He was the one who the city man­ag­er asked to write the pro­pos­al for the project dubbed the Okla­homa Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Plaza. How­ev­er, Sass­er explined that at first, it was only going to be two stat­ues; one of Pis­tol Pete and the oth­er of Ioway Chief  Nacheninga or “No Heart”. The idea was to high­light the two cul­tures who worked togeth­er to form a soci­ety of uni­ty and work­ing togeth­er for the greater good.

It has been real­ly inter­est­ing how so many things came togeth­er to cre­ate the plaza from the begin­ning.”

It was an idea that would quick­ly gain momen­tum. As the word spread about this small project, oth­er ideas would be sug­gest­ed to cre­ate an entire vision. The first of these was to move an old church which the city-owned to the site. Next to be added was a log cab­in built in 1901 and restored by the grand­son of its orig­i­nal own­ers. The one-room school was moved to the site a short time lat­er. With so many ideas for exhibits, space would quick­ly become an issue. For­tu­nate­ly, a local devel­op­er stepped up and offered to donate three acres to the project if the orga­niz­ers agreed to buy one across the street from the orig­i­nal loca­tion.  They did! Short­ly, after that move, anoth­er donor offered up more land allow­ing the park to be six acres.

C. L. Har­mon Pho­to

Now, the park need­ed a cen­ter attrac­tion to go along with the stat­ues and oth­er exhibits. Even­tu­al­ly the trust would acquire Pis­tol Pete’s house. It would take some time though. After his death in 1958, the fam­i­ly had used it as a gift shop. But it had fall­en into dis­re­pair over the years, and the fam­i­ly even­tu­al­ly donat­ed it to the plaza. With the help of an Okla­homa His­tor­i­cal grant, the orga­niz­ers were able to restore the house.

It has been real­ly inter­est­ing how so many things came togeth­er to cre­ate the plaza from the begin­ning,” Sass­er said. He is the chair­man of the trust which oper­ates the plaza and has been on board since the plaza’s incep­tion. Anoth­er exam­ple of how “things came togeth­er” was the Cimar­ron Val­ley Rail­road Muse­um estab­lished by Bob Reed in Cush­ing in 1970. Reed donat­ed an old train depot build­ing and all of the con­tents to the plaza upon his pass­ing. Sass­er explained that Reed’s col­lec­tion is one of the best any­where and makes a great addi­tion to the plaza’s theme of ear­ly Okla­homa ter­ri­to­r­i­al his­to­ry. The exhib­it also includes a 1903 Cana­di­an Pacif­ic car, a caboose and even exec­u­tive coach donat­ed by oth­er fam­i­lies. All of these are open and avail­able for the pub­lic to walk through and expe­ri­ence what trav­el would have been like in those ear­ly days.

The best part about the plaza though is that it’s free. Also, it’s open every day of the year for those who like to walk the grounds and its trails. Although the build­ings and train cars are only open from Memo­r­i­al Day to Labor Day, vis­i­tors are wel­come to peek into the win­dows any­time when they are locked. Dur­ing the sum­mer months, the grounds are oper­at­ed by vol­un­teers who make the build­ings avail­able to vis­i­tors. In addi­tion, the grounds also have a splash pad for chil­dren to enjoy the sum­mer heat and pic­nic pavil­ions for adults

Pho­tos left and mid­dle are the inside of Pis­tol Pete’s home. Pho­to right is inside the train depot build­ing. C. L. Har­mon Pho­tos

As I men­tioned, this is free. As such, it can be con­sid­ered a gift that out of state trav­el­ers and Okla­homans alike can enjoy. Sass­er explained that $1.5 mil­lion had been donat­ed by locals to help bring this his­tor­i­cal gift to life. He added that each year a fundrais­er is held which rais­es mon­ey to sus­tain the plaza which is held as a munic­i­pal trust. As such, the City of Perkins allo­cates some fund­ing for main­te­nance as it would for any city-oper­at­ed park. Anoth­er source of income for the plaza is through rent­ing out the old church and one of the two only mod­ern build­ings on the premis­es, the com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter, for wed­dings, fam­i­ly reunions, and recep­tions.
Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the plaza has reached its capac­i­ty to bring more exhibits with the com­ple­tion of the oth­er mod­ern build­ing, a small muse­um that hous­es many more arti­facts that were not able to fit into the oth­er exhibits. Sass­er said he hopes it will be open this year.
The plaza is a unique jour­ney through some of the state’s incred­i­ble his­to­ry and life that poured out of that melt­ing pot over the years. While walk­ing about, one can almost feel the days of old…the ones that can­not be expe­ri­enced from the teach­ings in a his­to­ry book. The plaza tru­ly is a gift from the City of Perkins to every­one who wants to see his­to­ry come alive for a few min­utes. It’s a rare find to expe­ri­ence his­to­ry that is not safe­ly pro­tect­ed behind a pane of glass. The ter­ri­to­r­i­al plaza gives one the up close and per­son­al expe­ri­ence; the smells of the old build­ings, the feel of a train seat, the creaks in the floors and the true under­stand­ing of what it must have been like all those years ago in a lit­tle place we like to call home. Let the winds of the plains sweep you into anoth­er time this sum­mer at the Okla­homa Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Plaza.
The plaza is locat­ed at 750 N. Main Street in Perkins, OK. For more infor­ma­tion, call (405) 547‑2777 or vis­it [email protected]