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Food Friday: Donut Man

Imagine sitting at the light to turn from May to NW 36th, as you start to turn you see a cute van in red and white. I had just enough time to read Donut Man on the side, when I got home I looked it up. There was the cute van and it was a food truck. I started following the Facebook page right then and kept track of their location. Problem was, there was never a point that we would be in the same area at the same time. For years I have wanted to try these donuts and finally the stars aligned last Saturday. Normally he parks somewhere in Mustang on Saturday mornings and I was going to be in Mustang for the Old Volks Show.

We hunted the Donut Man van down at Highway 152 and Mustang Road, he was parked in a commercial parking lot. The line wasn’t long, so I had time to take pictures of this adorable little van while Big K and Mae ordered. We had already decided to get a “bucket”, 35 mini donuts and we just mixed and matched the flavors. These are made fresh in the van, so it was a short wait but it was worth it. Served up warm, these donuts are the best donuts I have ever eaten (and I will call myself a donut expert). They aren’t quite as light as a Krispy Kreme but much lighter than most at “regular” donut shops. Not too sweet either, the toppings take care of that part. We got blueberry, maple, Oreo, and caramel as our toppings. The 3 of us had no trouble taking down these mini donuts and had to leave before we got more.

Looks like the Donut Man has been around for about 4 years. As for his van, it’s name is Kirby and it’s a 1956 International Metro. These vans were produced in different variations by International from 1938 to 1975. They were mostly used as delivery vans, this one in particular was a mail truck in California.

I will say these are definitely the best donuts in the OKC metro, and for that matter, the state. Follow the Donut Man on Facebook to find out where he will be each weekend. I have seen that he travels all over the metro area. I will give him 5 strips of bacon as long as they come with some donuts.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: September 29th- October 2nd

Another nice weekend. Should be in the 80’s with sun. Lots to do, several festivals, car shows, and Tulsa has it’s fair going on as well. Wish I had more time I would be at the Bigfoot festival in Honobia but I’ll settle for the Czech festival in Yukon and, if I have time, the Greek Festival. I want everyone to get out and enjoy something this weekend, no excuses. As always, check the internet for the exact location and times for an event.

Food Truck Thursday- Claremore Downtown- Sept 29th

Art for a Cause- Oklahoma City Paseo Arts & Creativity Center- Sept 29th

ZOObrew- Oklahoma City Zoo- Sept 30th

Taps & Taco’s- Oklahoma City The Paramount- Sept 30th

Fiestas de las Americas- Oklahoma City Historic Capitol Hill- Oct 1st

Pauls Valley Opry- Pauls Valley High School Auditorium- Oct 1st

Shawnee Trading Post & Flea Market- Shawnee- Oct 1st

Western Spirit Celebration- Duncan Chisholm Trail Heritage Center- Oct 1st

Plaza Walls Mural Expo- Oklahoma City Plaza District- Oct 1st

Bricktoberfest- Oklahoma City Bricktown- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Southeastern Art Show & Market- Tishomingo- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Fort Sill Oktoberfest- Fort Sill- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Honobia Bigfoot Festival & Conference- Honobia Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Red River Thunder Airshow & Open House- Altus Air Force Base- Oct 1st

The 23rd Plaza District Festival- Oklahoma City Plaza District- Oct 1st

Rock the Block- Oklahoma City 8300 N Oklahoma Ave- Oct 1st

Old School Car Club Car Show- Midwest City Heritage Plaza- Oct 1st

Octoberfest- Harrah Lumber Shack- Oct 1st

Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale- Shawnee Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center- Sept 29th– Oct 1st

Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration- Tahlequah Keetoowah Tribal Grounds- Sept 29th– Oct 1st

Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale- Oklahoma City National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Chalk It Up! An Art Festival- Broken Arrow Rose District- Sept 30th– Oct 1st

Henryetta Cruise Knights- Henryetta Downtown- Oct 1st

Family Farm Day- Enid Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center- Oct 1st

Prague Pumpkin Festival- Prague- Oct 1st

Holdenville Fall Festival & Car Show- Holdenville- Oct 1st

Wildflower Festival- Coyle St Francis of the Woods- Oct 1st

Drumright Monthly Market- Drumright- Oct 1st

Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops- Oklahoma City- Oct 1st

Meeker Pumpkin Festival- Meeker Downtown- Oct 1st

The Cement Opry- Cement- Oct 1st

OK Mozart Festival Oktoberfest- Bartlesville- Oct 1st

Oklahoma Food Truck Championship- Chickasha- Oct 1st

National Indian Taco Championship- Pawhuska- Oct 1st

Hennessey Wine & Chocolate Festival- Hennessey Memorial Park- Oct 1st

Caddo Heritage Day- Caddo- Oct 1st

Harvest Market- Enid- Oct 1st

Belle Starr Day- Porum- Oct 1st

Oklahoma Czech Festival- Yukon- Oct 1st

Fall Festival & Dick Tracy Birthday Celebration- Pawnee Courthouse Square- Oct 1st

Garyson File Gumbo Festival- Henryetta- Oct 1st

Hometown Harvest Day- Hobart Kiowa County Courthouse Lawn- Oct 1st

Market in the Park & Pigs in the Park- Harrah Heritage Park- Oct 1st

Dewar Harvest Festival- Dewar- Oct 1st

McNellie’s Harvest Beer Festival- Tulsa Oneok Field- Oct 1st

OU Aviation Festival- Norman Max Westheimer Airport- Oct 1st

Fort Reno Historic Spirit Tour- El Reno Historic Fort Reno- Oct 1st

Central Plains Stone Age Show- Fairview Major County Fairgrounds- Oct 1st

Guthrie Crazy Days- Guthrie- Oct 1st

Hard Times Celebration- Hartshorne- Oct 1st

Route 66 Vintage Shop Crawl- Tulsa- Oct 1st

Old Timers Day- Jones- Oct 1st

Fall Marketplace- Moore Central Park- Oct 1st

Walters Car Cruz & City-Wide Garage Sales- Walters- Oct 1st

Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting & Festival- Tishomingo- Now- Oct 1st

Okie-Tex Star Party- Kenton Camp Billy Joe- Now- Oct 1st

2022 Oklahoma City Greek Festival- Oklahoma City St George Greek Orthodox Church- Sept 30th– Oct 2nd

Comanche Nation Fair- Lawton Comanche Nation Complex- Sept 30th– Oct 2nd

Oklahoma Regatta Festival- Oklahoma City Boathouse District- Sept 30th– Oct 2nd

Rock Island Arts Festival- Chickasha Rock Island Depot- Sept 30th– Oct 2nd

Western Oklahoma Historical Society Flea Market- Elk City Ackley Park- Sept 30th– Oct 2nd

Free Fall Festival at Merry Meadows Farm- Kingston- Oct 1st– Oct 2nd

Marland Estate Oktoberfest- Ponca City Marland Mansion Grounds- Oct 1st– Oct 2nd

Paracon- Davis Treasure Valley Casino & Hotel- Oct 1st– 2nd

Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour- Oklahoma City Overholser Mansion- Oct 1st– Oct 2nd

BarkWalk & Pet Festival- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park- Oct 2nd

Pumpkin Drive- Oklahoma City Zoo- Oct 1st– Oct 7th

Tulsa State Fair- Tulsa Expo Square- Sept 29th– Oct 9th

October Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses

OKC Ghost Tour- Oklahoma City- Now- Oct 28th

Newcastle Nightmare- Newcastle- Sept 30th– Oct 29th

Psycho Path Haunted Attraction- Sperry- Sept 30th– Oct 29th

Happy Day Farms Pumpkin Patch- Terral- Oct 1st– Oct 29th

Downtown Norman Ghost Tour- Norman- Now- Oct 29th

Annabelle’s Fun Farm- Welch- Now- Oct 30th

Cross Timbers Farm Pumpkin Patch- Harrah- Now- Oct 30th

Lil Gladys’ Farm & Pumpkin Patch- Stigler- Now- Oct 30th

Fright Fest- Oklahoma City Frontier City- Now- Oct 30th

Snider Family Exotics Pumpkin Patch- Sterling- Oct 1st– Oct 30th

The Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch- Bartlesville- Now- Oct 30th

Hugo Pumpkin Festival- Hugo Endangered Ark Foundation- Sept 29th– Oct 30th

Oh My Gourd Pumpkin Patch- Glencoe- Sept 30th– Oct 31st

Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park- Lawton- Sept 30th– Oct 31st

The Patch at Glenpool- Mounds- Oct 1st– Oct 31st

Cornerstone Kids Ranch Pumpkin Patch- Ada- Oct 1st– Oct 31st

The Patch at Sand Springs- Sand Springs- Oct 1st– Oct 31st

Pleasant Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch- Sand Springs- Oct 1st– Oct 31st

Wicked Forest of Terror- Oklahoma City- Now- Oct 31st

The Hex House- Tulsa- Now- Oct 31st

Pumpkin Patch- Stillwater- Now- Oct 31st

Chester’s Pumpkin Patch- Piedmont Chester’s Party Barn & Farm- Now- Oct 31st

Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill- Cyril- Now- Oct 31st

Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch- Bixby- Now- Oct 31st

Oklahoma Heritage Farm Fall Festival, Maze, & Pumpkin Patch- Ramona- Now- Oct 31st

Pumpkin Town Farms- Tulsa- Now- Oct 31st

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch- Shawnee- Now- Oct 31st

P-Bar Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch- Hydro- Now- Oct 31st

Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross- Claremore Shepherd’s Cross- Now- Nov 5th

Oklahoma Senior Games- Oklahoma City- Now- Nov 5th

Lexington Zombie Farm- Lexington- Sept 30th– Nov 5th

Guthrie Haunts- Guthrie- Now- Nov 5th

Rustic Roots Pumpkin Patch- Lamont- Now- Nov 6th

Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm- Oklahoma City Orr Family Farm- Now- Nov 12th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Now- Nov 27th

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch- Arcadia- Now- Nov 13th

First Christian Church

When I woke up this morning and checked my phone, I had several texts from friends and family who know I love Oklahoma history. Concerned I read the one from Big K first, “The egg church has been torn down”. I hoped that what he said wasn’t true but a quick look at my Facebook feed confirmed it. The iconic First Christian Church, the “Egg Church”, was a pile of rubble.

The First Christian Chruch was one of the first churches organized in Oklahoma City. Historical records show that their first baptismal was in June 1889. By 1910, the congregation had built a new home for their church at 1104 N Robinson after occupying a few other buildings. This would be their home for many years until the completion of the new sanctuary (this building does still stand and is on the National Register of Historic Places). In 1946, the minister of the church, Bill Alexander, helped the church buy land that had previously been part of the Edgemere Golf Club for a new location. By 1947, an outdoor auditorium had been built. The Sunday evening services were held here, “Edgemere Under the Stars”. On Christmas Day in 1953, the church announced its “Christmas present to Oklahoma City”, a new modern building that was a landmark to all who could see it, the “church of tomorrow”. The church was designed by architects R. Duane Conner and Fred Pojezny. They used concrete to make the large dome by pouring the concrete on steel mesh that was laid on a wooden form. After the concrete cured, the form was removed.

Sunday, December 23rd, 1956, the new church welcomed its first worshipers. It is said that over 2000 people attended that first service in the new sanctuary. The architecture for the time was so spectacular that the church was featured in Life magazine in 1957. This church was a center for the community for many years. It hosted events from weddings to funerals, from school concerts to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. But most importantly it served as “The Center” during the time shortly after the Murrah Building bombing in 1995. Set up by the church, the medical examiner, and a group of funeral directors, the American Red Cross also set up in the building. It served as a safe haven from the media for those who lost loved ones in the attack. It’s rumored that Oprah Winfrey herself even went to the church to help the victims and their families. For 16 days after the bombing, it was a place of solace for those closely affected. In 2016, the First Christian Chruch put the property up for sale. The size of the congregation had shrunk and the building was becoming expensive to repair. By 2018, the first whispers of demolition started. Many tried to fight back, even trying to get the city council involved. Even though it had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, it was at risk. A couple of other churches stepped forward to buy it but in the long run the property just needed to many repairs.

I never got to go in the building. I only got a few pictures back in 2019, never thought to go back and take more. A sad day for Oklahoma history and for those who love mid-century designs.

Food Friday: Basic Knead

I don’t often get to eat on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, but when I get to Norman, I try to stop by Basic Knead. This is a small university run cafe that specializes in personal pizzas and pastas.

I learned about it last year when Mae was a freshman. She was trained to work there just in case someone called out. Soon I was hearing about the pasta she was eating almost every night and I wanted to try it. So one Saturday night last year, we drove down and got our own personal pasta dishes. The have several options but I went with a penne pasta, drizzled with alfredo, then added pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives. After a topping of cheese, the dish is placed in a brick oven to be fired. After a wait, my pasta dish was delivered and it was glorious. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the cheese was melted crisp. On my next trip, I got a personal pizza. This was prepared similarly, personal sized crust, with alfredo, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and topped with cheese. Baked in the same fired oven, this pizza was just as good as a pizza you would get at Hideaway (and much better than the national pizza places).

Basic Knead was her go to dinner spot for the fall semester but it was shut down in the spring due to not enough employees. Mae was anxious when she went back to campus this fall, would her beloved Basic Knead be open again. Fortunately it is and she says it’s just as good as last year. So if you find yourself on campus and looking for some pasta or pizza, try Basic Knead. You can find it south of Lindsey in Cross Village.

Address: 1695 Asp Ave., Norman.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: September 22nd- September 25th

Happy Fall to All!!! Hopefully this hot summer has now come to an end. Lots going on this weekend. Last weekend of the Oklahoma State Fair, pumpkin patches are opening, and my favorite car show, Old Volks Show in Mustang. Try to get out and enjoy the events going on this weekend.

Autumnal Equinox Walks- Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center – Sept 22nd

Fall Festival Art Walk- Pryor- Sept 22nd

Territorial Tunes and Tasting- Edmond- Sept 22nd

VIP Grape Stomp- Lexington Canadian River Winery- Sept 23rd

National Public Lands Day- Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge- Sept 24th

Oklahoma Iris Society iris Sale- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Park- Sept 23rd– 24th

Oklahoma Historical Societies Annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser- Hominy Fred and Addie Drummond Home- Sept 24th

28th Annual Down Syndrome Festival- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Sept 24th

Tinkerfest- Oklahoma City Science Museum Oklahoma- Sept 24th

National Cavalry Competition- El Reno Historic Fort Reno- Sept 21st– 24th

Mahogany & Chrome Boat Show- Afton Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina- Sept 22nd– 24th

Banjo Fest- Oklahoma City American Banjo Museum- Sept 22nd– 24th

Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival- Skiatook Central Park- Sept 22nd– 24th

Greek Street Drive-Thru- Tulsa Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church- Sept 22nd– 24th

Ponca City Arts Crawl- Ponca City- Sept 23rd– 24th

Route 66 Cruisers Cruise-In & Car Show- Claremore Lake- Sept 23rd– 24th

Ponca City Fine Arts Festival- Ponca City Cann Memorial Garden- Sept 23rd– 24th

Vision Eufaula’s Art Walk- Eufaula- Sept 23rd– 24th

Gospel Fest- Eufaula- Sept 23rd– 24th

Illinois River Jam- Tahlequah Peyton’s Place- Sept 23rd– 24th

Major County Historical Threshing Bee & Two-Cylinder Show- Fairview- Sept 23rd– 24th

Red River Ranch Round-Up Rodeo- Duncan Claud Gill Arena- Sept 23rd– 24th

Standing Bear Powwow- Ponca City Standing Bear Park- Sept 23rd– 24th

Fall Fest Craft Fair- Duncan Simmons Center- Sept 23rd– 24th

PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Sept 23rd– 24th

Brickfest- Pauls Valley Downtown- Sept 24th

Mufflers on Main- Blanchard Downtown- Sept 24th

Old Settler’s Day- Perkins- Sept 24th

Fling at the Springs Music Festival- Enid Government Springs Park- Sept 24th

Okeene Germanfest- Okeene- Sept 24th

The Blue Whale’s 50th Birthday Bash- Catoosa- Sept 24th

Battle on the Blacktop Street Race- Muskogee Okie Raceway Park- Sept 24th

Art for All Festival- Eufaula- Sept 24th

Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion- Bartlesville Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve- Sept 24th

Algonquian Language & Cultural Convention- Oklahoma City First Americans Museum- Sept 24th

Festival in the Park- Cushing Memorial Park- Sept 24th

Wheels-N-Deals Car Show- Poteau- Sept 24th

Cleveland Pioneer Day- Cleveland- Sept 24th

Empire Car & Motorcycle Show- Duncan- Sept 24th

Jim Bob & Big Willie Poker Run- Okeene- Sept 24th

Guided Walking Tour- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Sept 24th

Chuck Wagons for Heroes- Stillwater Payne County Expo Center- Sept 24th

Old Volks Show- Mustang Wildhorse Park- Sept 24th

Make Ready Market- Oklahoma City- Sept 24th

Sucker Day Festival- Wetumka- Sept 24th

Rock Creek Festival- Sapulpa Kelly Lane Park- Sept 24th

OKC Pagan Pride Day- Oklahoma City Wiley Post Park- Sept 24th

SKC Fall Festival & Car Show- Snyder- Sept 24th

Old Settlers Day Celebration- Wakita- Sept 24th

Open House at Oklahoma Contemporary- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Contemporary- Sept 24th

Clinton Arts & Crafts Festival- Clinton- Sept 24th

Theatre Crude Fringe Festival- Oklahoma City Jewel Box Theater- Sept 15th– 24th

Eufaula Mural Festival & Art Walk- Eufaula- Sept 17th– 24th

Creek County Fall Free Fair- Kellyville- Sept 22nd– 25th

International Festival- Lawton Elmer Thomas Park- Sept 23rd– 25th

Oklahoma Born & Branded Festival- Stillwater- Sept 23rd– 25th

Red Dirt Treasure Shootout Metal Detecting Festival- McAlester Southeast Expo Center- Sept 23rd– 25th

Fin & Feather Fall Festival- Gore Fin & Feather Resort- Sept 23rd– 25th

Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village- Grove Har-Ber Village Museum- Sept 23rd– 25th

Roman Nose Hills Trail Ride- Watonga Roman Nose State Park- Sept 23rd– 25th

Bedouin Shrine Circus- Muskogee Civic Center- Sept 24th– 25th

Oklahoma City Spirit Fair- Midwest City Reed Conference Center- Sept 24th– 25th

Shriner Circus- McAlester Southeast Expo Center- Sept 24th– 25th

Alpaca Farm Days- Newcastle Magnolia Blossom Ranch- Sept 24th– 25th

Oklahoma Derby Day- Oklahoma City Remington Park- Sept 25th

Czeck-Slovak Royalty Pageant- Yukon Czech Hall- Sept 25th

Oklahoma State Fair- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Sept 15th– 25th

Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting & Festival- Tishomingo- Sept 23rd– Oct 1st

Okie-Tex Star Party- Kenton Camp Billy Joe- Sept 23rd– Oct 1st

OKC Ghost Tour- Oklahoma City- Now- Oct 28th

Downtown Norman Ghost Tour- Norman- Now- Oct 29th

Annabelle’s Fun Farm- Welch- Sept 24th– Oct 30th

Cross Timbers Farm Pumpkin Patch- Harrah- Sept 24th– Oct 30th

Lil Gladys’ Farm & Pumpkin Patch- Stigler- Sept 24th– Oct 30th

 Fright Fest- Oklahoma City Frontier City- Sept 24th– Oct 30th

The Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch- Bartlesville- Sept 24th– Oct 30th

Wicked Forest of Terror- Oklahoma City- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

The Hex House- Tulsa- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Pumpkin Patch- Stillwater- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Chester’s Pumpkin Patch- Piedmont Chester’s Party Barn & Farm- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill- Cyril- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch- Bixby- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Oklahoma Heritage Farm Fall Festival, Maze, & Pumpkin Patch- Ramona- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Pumpkin Town Farms- Tulsa- Sept 24th– Oct 31st

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch- Shawnee- Sept 17th– Oct 31st

P-Bar Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch- Hydro- Sept 17th– Oct 31st

Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross- Claremore Shepherd’s Cross- Now- Nov 5th

Oklahoma Senior Games- Oklahoma City- Sept 3rd– Nov 5th

Guthrie Haunts- Guthrie- Sept 16th– Nov 5th

Rustic Roots Pumpkin Patch- Lamont- Sept 24th– Nov 6th

Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm- Oklahoma City Orr Family Farm- Sept 24th– Nov 12th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Sept 17th– Nov 27th

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch- Arcadia- Sept 22nd– Nov 13th

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

If you want to learn about Oklahoma’s history way before it became a state, take a trip to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Here you can see dinosaurs, get an idea of current animals native to the state, and learn about the history of the natives who lived here before us.

Opened on May 1, 2000, this museum is popular with schools and any parents who have dinosaur loving children. There is so much to learn here as well. Upstairs is the Hall of the People of Oklahoma exhibit, here you can learn about the residents in Oklahoma over the past 36,000 years. There are clovis tools on display along with a map showing where these items were found. Spiro Mounds is also featured prominently in this exhibit, with several items that were unearthed from the mounds in the late 1930’s. There are reproductions of Native homes and transportation as well as artifacts from those who lived here many thousands of years ago.

Another part of the museum is the Hall of Natural Wonders which has taxidermy of animals that are native to Oklahoma. It’s a nice way for kids to get up close to an animal. They have been placed in settings that are natural to their habitat.

Of course, the big draw to the museum are the dinosaurs. The Hall of Ancient Life where you can trace the history of the Earth from formation. You can see the different time periods that dinosaurs roamed the lands. They do have the largest skull on record for the Pentaceratops. You can also get in the elevator and see the Apatosaurus looking at you. Several of the smaller dinosaurs were unearthed in the Tillman County area of southwest Oklahoma. I like to make the joke that some of them were pets that my dad had.

The long history of the museum goes back to 1899 when the territorial legislature created the Department of Geology and Natural History. The first curator of the museum was Dr. Albert Heald Van Fleet, who spent much of his time collecting artifacts. There were 2 fires, the first in 1903, the second in 1918, that damaged much of the collection. But professors at the University of Oklahoma kept collecting and displaying artifacts in buildings around campus. After many attempts to fund a proper museum, this museum found a home in 1947. Housed in former military buildings on Asp Avenue, south of the main campus, it became the Stovall Museum of Science and History. Named after Dr. J Willis Stovall who came to the university in 1930 and helped fight for funding to house the collection. While the collection grew, there was a danger of the artifacts being destroyed by fire or water, so in 1991 the city of Norman passed a bond that helped the state fund the new building. The new building is named after Samuel Noble, an oilman from Ardmore.

I always enjoyed the Stovall Museum and now enjoy this new museum as well. I encourage all to visit if they are in Norman. It is a fun way to learn about the early history of Oklahoma.

Address: 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman.

Food Friday: Not Cho Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. Not going to lie, one of my favorite desserts. It is hard to find a decent cheesecake though, most are just ok (even though my daughter makes a really good mint chocolate cheesecake). I have been hearing about Not Cho Cheesecake for a while and on a beautiful Friday night, I decided to stop and try it. Everything I had heard was right, this place is good.

We got some personal cheesecakes to go, I got the Tennessee Whiskey and Big K got the chocolate chip cookie dough. We tried them after we got home and WOW!! So much flavor!! Mine had a graham cracker crust that was perfect. Gave the cheesecake a crunch that I had never had before. Then the cheesecake itself was so creamy, the cheese flavor really popped. Then the homemade caramel sauce on top was just the best. The owner could bottle it and sell it for topping or just spoon straight from the jar. As for the chocolate chip cookie dough that Big K had, after only a couple bites he looked at me and said, “if I die while eating this, put it in the coffin with me. I’m taking it with me.” He thought it was rich and decadent.

This small cheesecake bakery has only been around since 2020. The co-owner passed away not long after the opening and now her husband runs the cafe in her honor. He was the one running the register when we stopped in. He was so nice and friendly. He obviously takes pride of the product he delivers. He has a large variety of cheesecakes from plain to fancy. If you need dessert and want a good cheesecake, stop and see what he has in the case. I guarantee you’ll find something you love. A definite 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 3934 N College Ave., Bethany.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: September 15th- September 18th

Lots going on again this weekend, more car shows, a couple more county free fairs, and of course, the Oklahoma State Fair started today. Weather should be a bit cooler than last weekend, so get out and enjoy.

Yukon Cruise-In- Yukon- Sept 15th

Art Awakening- Oklahoma City Northcare- Sept 15th

Central 4D Barrel Racers- Chickasha Grady County Fairgrounds- Sept 16th

Atoka County Free Fair- Atoka County Fairgrounds- Sept 13th– 16th

Pushmataha County Free Fair- Antlers Pushmataha County Fairgrounds- Sept 14th– Sept 17th

Osage County Free Fair- Pawhuska Osage County Fairgrounds- Sept 14th– 17th

Coweta Fall Festival- Coweta- Sept 15th– 17th

Cherokee Strip Celebration- Enid Downtown- Sept 16th– 17th

Tahlequah Rock & Mineral Show- Tahlequah Cherokee Community Building- Sept 16th– 17th

Cherokee Strip KPRA/IPRA/ACRA Rodeo- Perry Cherokee Strip Riding Club Arena- Sept 16th– 17th

Cherokee Strip Cook-Off- Ponca City Lake Ponca- Sept 16th– 17th

Perry Cherokee Strip Celebration- Perry Historic Downtown Square- Sept 17th

Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Community Day- Guthrie- Edmond Regional Airport- Sept 17th

Black Buggy Day- Chouteau Guy Williams Park- Sept 17th

Green Country Classic Mustang Round-Up- Tulsa Little Lighthouse- Sept 17th

Blue Moon Car Show- Ada North Hills Shopping Center- Sept 17th

BBQ Showdown- Duncan Fuqua Park- Sept 17th

Los Festivales y Mercados: Dia de Independencia de Mexico- Tulsa- Sept 17th

Gore Cruise Night, Car Show, & Burnout- Gore- Sept 17th

The Market Craft Show- Enid Stride Bank Center- Sept 17th

AdaFest- Ada East Central University- Sept 17th

Shawnee Trading Post & Flea Market- Shawnee- Sept 17th

Touch a Truck- Norman Cleveland County Fairgrounds- Sept 17th

India Food & Arts Festival- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Sept 17th

Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch- Oologah Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch- Sept 17th

Will’s Cowboy Trader Days at the Ranch- Oologah Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch- Sept 17th

Heard on Hurd- Edmond- Sept 17th

Cruise in for Coffee- Midwest City- Sept 17th

Woolaroc Fall Trail Ride- Bartlesville Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve- Sept 17th

Chillin & Grillin BBQ Festival- Sand Springs- Sept 17th

Butterfield Biker Bash- Wilburton- Sept 17th

Glencoe Motorcycle & Car Show- Glencoe- Sept 17th

Tecumseh Frontier Days- Tecumseh Downtown- Sept 17th

Wiley Post Festival- Maysville- Sept 17th

First Day of Fall Hike- Norman Lake Thunderbird State Park- Sept 17th

Arts ‘N Action Festival- Frederick Tillman County Courthouse Square- Sept 17th

Glencoe Founder’s Day Celebration- Glencoe Main St.- Sept 17th

Owl Fest- Fairland City Park- Sept 17th

5th Annual Cancer Carnival- Oklahoma City Encore Dance Centre- Sept 17th

6th Annual Faith Clinic Car Show- Yukon- Sept 17th

Music in the Park- The Village Duffner Park- Sept 17th

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day- Oklahoma City Oklahoma History Center- Sept 17th

September Coffee and Cars Yukon- Yukon- Sept 17th

Ballet Under the Stars- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park- Sept 17th

Cruis’n Oklahoma- Apache- Sept 18th

Guymon Fiesta- Guymon- Sept 18th

Mesta Festa- Oklahoma City Perle Mesta Park- Sept 18th

Fiestas Patrias Festival- Oklahoma City Community College- Sept 18th

Oklahoma Anthropological Society Fall Dig- Muldrow-  Sept 15th – 18th

Kay County Free Fair- Blackwell Fairgrounds- Sept 13th– 18th

Nowata County Free Fair- Nowata County Fairgrounds- Sept 14th– 18th

Rogers County Free Fair- Claremore Expo Center- Sept 15th– 18th

The Big Cruise & Car Show- Alva- Sept 16th– 18th

ScotFest- Broken Arrow Event Park- Sept 16th– 18th

Eastern Shawnee Tribal Powwow- Wyandotte- Sept 16th– 18th

Born & Raised Music Festival- Pryor- Sept 16th– 18th

Elk City Fall Festival- Elk City Convention Center- Sept 17th– 18th

2022 Nitro Nationals- Tulsa Osage Casino & Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park- Sept 16th– 17th

American Miniature Horse Registry National Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Sept 8th– 17th

Theatre Crude Fringe Festival- Oklahoma City Jewel Box Theater- Sept 15th– 24th

Eufaula Mural Festival & Art Walk- Eufaula- Sept 17th– 24th

Oklahoma State Fair- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Sept 15th– 25th

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch- Shawnee- Sept 17th– Oct 31st

P-Bar Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch- Hydro- Sept 17th– Oct 31st

Oklahoma Senior Games- Oklahoma City- Sept 3rd– Nov 5th

Guthrie Haunts- Guthrie- Sept 16th– Nov 5th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Sept 17th– Nov 27th

Food Friday: HD’s Onion Burgers & Gyros

hd's onion burger

There are so many good places to eat in Oklahoma City that you can drive by and never notice. HD’s Onion Burgers & Gyros is one of those places, I know it’s there and love their food but forget about them. I need to be reminded that when I want a good burger, they’re close to home.

HD’s sits on the corner of a large strip mall on the NW corner of Rockwell and NW 122nd. Just a small restaurant with a big menu and flavor. I always get the bacon cheeseburger, perfectly seasoned beef patty with cheese melted on top. They chop up the bacon and pile it on top, while a pile of fried onions is under the patty. The lettuce and tomato are fresh, and the bun has been toasted to a buttery perfection. This is a good-sized burger, so bring your appetite. We also got the onion rings and bacon cheese fries to share. The onion rings are fried nice and crispy. The bacon cheese fries are a true work of art, crisp fries with shredded cheese and chopped bacon on top. No, not bacon bits, chopped bacon, most pieces were about an inch long. They were so good.

The service was great, plenty of places to sit. This place is a true hidden treasure in NW Oklahoma City. They have lots more on their menu that I haven’t tried, sandwiches, gyros, salads, and lots of burgers to choose. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 12417 N Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: September 8th- September 11th

From the forecast, I guess it’s going to be a bit warmer Friday and Saturday but Sunday might be nice. So much going on in Oklahoma this weekend, no reason for anyone to stay home. Free fairs in almost every county, festivals, car shows, and different places to spend money like Junklahoma or the Edmond Iris sale or even the Metropolitan Library’s book by the box sale. Even the Hello Kitty truck will be in town at Penn Square Mall. Lots of arts shows as well. I’ll be out, hope you will be as well.

Guided Walking Tour- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Sept 8th

Atoka Trail Riders Rodeo- Atoka- Sept 9th

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk- Norman Arts District- Sept 9th

LIVE on the Plaza- Oklahoma City Plaza District- Sept 9th

Busker Street Fair- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Sept 9th

OU School of Dance Five Moons Festival- Oklahoma City- Sept 9th– 10th

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show- Tahlequah Cherokee Springs Plaza- Now- Sept 10th

Hooker Car Show- Hooker- Sept 10th

Carter County Free Fair- Ardmore Hardy Murphy Coliseum- Sept 6th– 10th

Comanche County Free Fair- Lawton Comanche County Fairgrounds- Sept 6th– 10th

Pottawatomie County Free Fair- Shawnee Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center- Sept 7th– 10th

Delaware County Free Fair- Jay Delaware County Fairgrounds- Sept 7th– 10th

Garfield County Free Fair- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Sept 7th– 10th

Murray County Free Fair- Sulphur Murray County Expo Center- Sept 7th– 10th

Pittsburgh County Free Fair- McAlester Southeast Expo Center- Sept 7th– 10th

Pawnee County Free Fair- Pawnee County Fairgrounds- Sept 7th– 10th

Custer County Free Fair- Clinton Custer County Fairgrounds- Sept 7th– 10th

Tillman County Fair- Frederick Tillman County Fairgrounds- Sept 8th– 10th

Choctaw County Free Fair- Hugo- Sept 8th– 10th

Woods County Free Fair- Alva Woods County Fairgrounds- Sept 8th– 10th

McClain County Free Fair- Purcell McClain County Expo Center- Sept 8th– 10th

Okmulgee County Fair- Okmulgee County Fairgrounds- Sept 8th– 10th

Harper County Fair- Buffalo Harper County Fairgrounds- Sept 8th– 10th

Pryor Patchers Quilt Guild’s Comforts of Home Quilt Show- Pryor Mid-American Expo- Sept 9th– 10th

Norman Film Festival- Norman- Sept 9th– 10th

Oklahoma County Livestock Show- Jones Don Ramsey Agriculture Center- Sept 9th– 10th

Bluegrass & Chili Festival- Wagoner Downtown- Sept 9th– 10th

Wine’n on the Chisholm Trail- Duncan- Sept 9th– 10th

Mustang Western Days- Mustang Wild Horse Park- Sept 9th– 10th

Kan-Okla 100 Mile Highway Sale- Dewey- Sept 9th– 10th

Lawton Fort Sill Stamp, Coin & Sports Memorabilia Show- Lawton- Sept 9th– 10th

Inola Hay Day- Inola Downtown- Sept 9th– 10th

Battle of the Bands & Art Show- El Reno- Sept 9th– 10th

Amish School Auction, Crafts & Antique Show- Clarita Raymond Miller Home- Sept 10th

Fall Into the Holidays Craft Show- Stillwater Payne County Expo Center- Sept 10th

Bedouin Shrine Clown Car & Bike Collectors Show- Muskogee Honor Heights Park- Sept 10th

Air Force Community Ball- Enid Stride Bank Center- Sept 10th

Sand Plum Celebration- Woodward- Sept 10th

Harrah Day- Harrah Heritage Park- Sept 10th

City of Springs Car Show- Sulphur Downtown- Sept 10th

Piedmont Founders’ Day- Piedmont- Sept 10th

Championship Bullriding- Perkins- Sept 10th

Agra Trade Days- Agra- Sept 10th

Roadkill Chili Cook-Off- Jay Delaware County Fairgrounds- Sept 10th

Jesse James Festival & Car Show- Cement Downtown- Sept 10th

Junklahoma- Piedmont- Sept 10th

Second Saturdays- Stillwater Oklahoma State University Museum of Art- Sept 10th

Monarch Butterfly Awareness Day- Oklahoma City Zoo- Sept 10th

4th Annual Great Americana Hatch Chile Festival- Oklahoma City Power House- Sept 10th

Festival Amistad- Oklahoma City Putnam City High School- Sept 10th

Buy the Box Book Sale 2022- Oklahoma City Friends Sort Site 300 NE 50th– Sept 10th

2022 Iris Rhizome & Plant Sale- Edmond Rodkey House- Sept 10th

Second Saturday Architecture Tour: Tulsa Arts District- Tulsa Guthrie Green- Sept 10th

Charlie Adams Day- Newkirk Kay County Courthouse Lawn- Sept 10th

Guthrie Road Celebration Car Show- Guthrie Mineral Wells Park- Sept 10th

Murder at the Masquerade- Ardmore- Sept 10th

Stampede Car Show- Mustang First Baptist Church- Sept 10th

Food Truck Party & Car Show- Anadarko- Sept 10th

Okarchfest- Okarche- Sept 10th

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck- Oklahoma City Penn Square Mall- Sept 10th

BCHS Class of 2024 Car Show- Bridge Creek- Sept 10th

El Reno Fly-In & Community Day Airshow- El Reno- Sept 10th

Daylily Sale- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Park- Sept 10th

Route 66 Blowout- Sapulpa Downtown- Sept 10th

City Night of Worship- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park- Sept 11th

Cleveland County Fair- Norman Cleveland County Free Fair- Sept 8th– 11th

Greenleaf Fall Craft Show- Braggs- Sept 9th– 11th

Wyandotte Nation Tribal Powwow- Wyandotte Nation Tribal Grounds- Sept 9th– 11th

Anime Oklahoma- Midwest City Delta Hotel- Sept 9th– 11th

Diamond Stone Music Festival- Tahlequah Diamondhead Resort- Sept 9th– 11th

Do-Wacka-Do Trail Run- Erick Sandy Sanders Wildlife Preserve- Sept 10th– 11th

Artfest- Tulsa GAST Center- Sept 10th– 11th

Pig Fest- Wellston Rainbow Valley Ranch- Sept 9th– 11th

Sunflower Days- Carnegie Horn Canna Farm- Sept 2nd– 11th

Round Barn Rendezvous- Arcadia Round Barn- Sept 11th

Thunder Fan Fest- Oklahoma City Paycom Center- Sept 11th

Mayes County Fair- Pryor Mayes County Fairgrounds- Sept 7th– 12th

American Miniature Horse Registry National Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Sept 8th– 17th

Oklahoma Senior Games- Oklahoma City- Sept 3rd– Nov 5th

Miss Mae with the Hello Kitty Cafe truck in 2017

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