October 3, 2022

Saturday’s incredibly beautiful weather made for an interesting day watching the boats on Grand. If “sailboat race” isn’t already too much of an oxymoron, the poor guys & gals in the blow boats were whisked along by a breeze that varied between 1 and 2 mph. For a while, I thought they were anchored and having a sailboat raft-up…but they were still “racing.” I hope they packed plenty of food and beverages.

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The weather was perfect for everyone else, though, including powerboaters, golfers, and the OMG crowd of pickleball players in the Shangri-La Open benefiting NEO A&M Saturday & Sunday and the Stars & Stripes Classic golf tournament at Shangri-La Sunday benefiting the John Daly-Major Ed Heart of a Lion Foundation. No matter the season, Grand Lakers are always skilled at having a good time for a good cause!

Mary Moore Pickleball Charity Challenge

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The white pelicans have arrived at Grand in droves – just in time for the festival in their honor this week. Yep. It’s Pelican Festival time at Wolf Creek Park in Grove this weekend. I hope you haven’t winterized your boat yet, though, because that’s the best way to find the flocks of feathered festival honorees! Enjoy!

Shebang and Big Shots

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Social media platforms were certainly all busy last week. Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day…okay. Even Grandparents’ Day. But now we have Daughters’ Day, Sons’ Day? What’s next? Step-parents’ Day? Cousins’ Day? Uncles’ Day? Geez. The folks at Hallmark must have a full crew thinking up new “holidays.”

Cari Williams Real Estate

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Another solution in search of a problem. Sixty girls, including the Homecoming Queen, were banned from the Homecoming Dance at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah for violating the dress code. Their dresses had actually been pre-approved by the administration, but the girls were removed from the dance because “their body was not the same as the picture of the model.” So, to be clear, the girls weren’t banned from the dance because the administration didn’t approve of the dresses. They were banned because the administration didn’t approve of their bodies. It doesn’t get much worse than that!

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Sometimes it is better to think before you speak. In France, the pork lobby recently attacked vegan bacon manufacturer La Vie saying their non-pork vegan bacon tastes too much like the real thing…to which a La Vie spokesperson replied, “Really? Thank you.”

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to David Hampton, Lauria Givens, Joe Wilburn, Patty Northrop, Nancy Saamer, Barry Eller, Pat Flanagan, Luke Curley, Renee Russell, Rick Harper, Lane Worley, Art Couch, Saunie Boeve, Mark Funke, Richard Leuszler, Bob Altmiller, Tom Love, Russ Arnold, and John Walter.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: It’s Pelican Festival time! Main events are Thursday-Sunday at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. The Pelican Festival Parade is Saturday morning at 9:30. Friday & Saturday is the “Shop, Dine & Fun Shop Local Weekend at participating Grove area merchants. Friday is also the South Grand Lake Chamber’s 25th Annual Coves Golf Tournament, and the First Friday Wine Share is at 6:00 Friday evening at Rustic Rehab in Grove. Crawl-a-Palooza is Friday-Sunday in the offroad area at Disney. Saturday is a big OU-Texas Watch Party and Cookout at The Anchor at Shangri-La (11:00 a.m.). Saturday is also the River Bend Car Show at River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (9:00-1:00), as well as a Fall Festival at DK Home Accents in Grove (9:00-2:00).

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Woods County, Oklahoma, was named for Kansas politician Samuel Newitt Wood. It became Woods rather than Wood County because of a ballot printing error.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: I checked the United Kingdom lineup in the Royal dugout. There will not be another Queen of England in our lifetime.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: A kid in the park informed me smoking was bad for you. So, I popped his balloon with my cigarette and told him so was talking to strangers.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen at a hotel): Enjoy fall from your private balcony.

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BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: It was only after I shot the third zombie that I started to wonder why they were carrying bags of candy and ringing my doorbell.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I drove all over the lake area looking for my favorite kind of paper towels. That’s right. I’m a Bounty hunter.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If the definition of wind is “the perceptible movement of air,” can any of the television weather wizards explain to me how they can say, “the wind is calm”?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Only during a hurricane can you purchase a shovel, duct tape, rope, and a tarp, and no one questions your motive.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Iconic broadcast journalist and television personality Barbara Walters is 93 years old. Remember when David Letterman announced he had a new baby son? His “baby” Harry started college this month. The popular TV show “My Three Sons” made it’s small screen debut this month…62 years ago.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the weekend fun kicks off Thursday night at the Italian Buffet & Karaoke with Jason Morgan at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Mark Ingram performs indoors at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights when the weather is warm enough; and DJ K-Bandito is now hosting Big Shots Big Saturdays across the street at Big Shots. Saturday is Rockstar Karaoke night with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub. Puzzle Pieces will perform Sunday afternoon at 5:00 at Quarterdeck Café.

On South Grand Lake, Jake Flint performs Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill (9:00) and The Barrett Lewis Band will entertain Saturday night. At the Drunken Rooster, RocKFiscH will provide the music Saturday night.

In Grove, Mid Life Crisis entertains Friday at 7:30 at The Pelican Festival in Wolf Creek. DJ 2 Legit provides the Saturday afternoon music 1:00-4:00 and Double Vision-The Foreigner Experience wraps up the festival music Saturday night at 7:30. Dale & Gayle will entertain at Goodfella’s Pizza Saturday from 5:00-8:00. There is karaoke fun every Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night by Oreo Blue, and more karaoke Saturday. Whiskey Poet Society performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by Reversing Radio Saturday.

Brett ‘N Terri start the weekend music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino followed by The Downbeat Friday night and Derryl Perry Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Thursday night Shrimp Boil at Doc’s Bar & Grill has been replaced by a Thursday night Italian Buffet each week. Jason Morgan still leads the karaoke fun. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now closed Sunday & Monday. Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La now also offers a breakfast buffet seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. including expanded brunch buffets Saturday & Sunday until 1:00 p.m. The Galley at The Anchor at Shangri-La is now closed Monday & Tuesday, open 4:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar, Blind Swine on Duck Creek, and Sharky’s are now closed for the season.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Grey’s Anatomy returns for a new season Thursday night at 8:00 followed by the premiere of Alaska Daily at 9:00, both on ABC. Fire Country debuts Friday night at 8:00 followed by the season premiere of Blue Bloods at 9:00, both on CBS. NCIS: Los Angeles returns Sunday night at 9:00, also on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Amsterdam and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile both open in movie theaters this week. Luckiest Girl Alive and The Midnight Club are both available this week on NETFLIX.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday-Saturday, October 13-16 – Rocktoberfest Rock Crawling below the dam in Disney. Friday & Saturday, October 14-15 – Classic & Antique Car Auction at Buffalo Run Casino’s Peoria Showplace. Saturday, October 15 – Octoberfest Celebration at Lee’s Grand Lake Resort (noon-8:00 p.m.). Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16 – The Race to Shangri-La Tour Championship Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, October 22 – Fall Fest at the Courthouse Square in Jay (9:00-4:00). Sunday, October 16 – Gary Dunham Memorial Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Country Club. Friday, October 28 – Halloween Costume Pickleball Mixer at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La (7:00-8:30 p.m.). Friday, October 28 – Crawl-O-Ween off-road spook trail in the South Grand Lake Recreation Area (4:00 p.m.). Friday, October 28 – World Series Game 1. Saturday, October 29 – Mary Moore Pickleball Charity Challenge benefiting Special Olympics at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La (8:00 a.m.). Saturday, October 29 – Kids’ Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00-8:00 p.m.). Saturday, October 29 – Halloween Party at Grand Meridian RV, Cabin & Tiny Home Resort (6:00 p.m.). Monday, October 31 – “Trunk or Treat” at the Courthouse Square in Jay (6:00-8:00 p.m.).

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It’s another big college football weekend. It’s OU-Texas Weekend. Kick-off for both the OU-Texas game and the Arkansas-Mississippi State game is at 11:00 Saturday morning, immediately followed by OSU hosting Texas Tech and Tulsa facing Navy, both at 2:30.

Other great Saturday games include Kansas State at Iowa State and BYU vs. Notre Dame, both at 6:30, and Texas A&M at Alabama at 7:00.  

The Colts and Broncos kick off the NFL weekend Thursday night at 7:00. Sunday games include another early start with the N.Y. Giants facing Green Bay in London at 8:30 a.m. Noon games feature Atlanta at Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh at Buffalo, and the L.A. Rams host the Cowboys at 3:30. Cincinnati is at Baltimore Sunday night at 7:00; and Monday Night Football features the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Las Vegas Raider.

PGA Players are in Las Vegas this week for the Shriner’s Children’s Open. Coverage is exclusively on the Golf Channel beginning at 4:00 Thursday-Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are in Charlotte. Coverage of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 begins at 1:00 Sunday afternoon on NBC.

It’s finally playoff time for Major League Baseball. Wild Card action begins with four games per day scheduled Friday-Sunday. Division Playoffs begin Tuesday. Playoffs continue throughout the month with the World Series set to begin with Game 1 October 28.

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Weekend weather looks like a perfect fall weekend! We’ll have clear skies, light winds, highs in the mid-70s and lows around 50; so get out there and enjoy all the many weekend Grand Lake entertainment options. 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!

GRAND LAKE BUM


September 26, 2022

This weather is awesome, isn’t it? We sure had a beautiful weekend for all the incredible outdoor events – and it was really fun seeing all the old boats on the lake who were on hand for the Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show!

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Congratulations to Kristi Wallace and her entire crew for another absolutely phenomenal Taste of Grand Event. I had no idea I could eat and drink that much in one evening! Everyone who is always complaining about not knowing about all the restaurants on Grand Lake should have been at that event. I’m pretty sure they were all there! Shout-outs to all the winners – Changos Locos topped the night as winner of the “Supreme Cuisine” trophy. The Market at 216 was “People’s Choice” winner. “Best Dessert” honors went to Back Porch Ice Cream, and the coveted Five-Star Awards of Excellence honored Shangri-La, Blind Swine, Moon Soups, and Lighthouse Restaurant.

Mary Moore Pickleball challenge

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Family Affair. The odds against this have to be higher than odds against winning the lottery. NSU Golf Team member Christian Yanovitch made an Albatross (shot a 2 on a par 5) on Heritage #4 a Shangri-La last week. The only other person to ever double-eagle that particular hole is Shangri-La’s PGA Director of Golf, Rob Yanovitch – Christian’s uncle!

Cari Williams Real Estate

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I’m ready to pass out my “Ripoff of the Year Award.” I won’t name the restaurant, because I’m just not that guy. I don’t want to be the one to close a place down and cost innocent staffers their jobs. But this the greatest story of “creative billing” I’ve seen in my long and distinguished drinking career. I am accustomed to a mark-up for specifying a particular bourbon, but this place offered “bourbon & water” for five bucks – or six bucks for Jim Beam. I ordered Beam. When my bill came, it was for $11. Five bucks for the drink, and another $6 charge for specifying a brand! I argued, but to no avail. One drink for the price of two! That should be a place that’s making serious money, but it won’t make any more off of me. The only bright spot is…I only had one drink.

Shebang and Big Shots

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Oklahoma made it onto another “Top Ten” list – “Top FIVE,” in fact. A new survey by Forbes Advisor says Oklahoma drivers are the fourth most confrontational of drivers across the nation. Our inclination to engage in Road Rage outperforms drivers in 46 other states. Imagine That!

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“The Right Stuff,” the new ultra-conservative dating site backed by PayPal founder Peter Thiel is in trouble. It was designed to get MAGA supporters together, but it has run into two problems: 1) They have received a “cease and desist” order from a group who has already utilized that name for a dating site for 20 years, and 2) They don’t seem to be attracting any women to the site. That’s awkward. Since the name is already taken, a buddy of mine suggested a good name to make their intent more clear – Q-pid.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Congratulations to Shangri-La Resort for nailing down another award. Tulsa World readers voted Shangri-La as “Best Lake Resort” in the newspaper’s “Best in the World” voting.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to William Durrett, Mickey Tyrrell, Susan Satterlee, Tim McCrary, Jack Counts, Chris Bolt, Danny Head, Jim Anderson, Robin Bergstrom, Andy Newman, Mike Lillie, Carl Fiddner, Mike Mitchell, Gary Hardman, Chris Merillat, Mary Bulten, Mark Athey, Randy Wheeler, Jerry Lee, Gary Nichols, Kira McDonald, Reggie Stone, Thane Swisher, Sue Wilkinson, Jan Castelli, Colleen Garrett, Angela Estep, Jared Jeffers, and Cari Williams.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: There are plenty of fun options on this week’s Grand Lake activities list. Friday- Sunday, Sept 30-Oct. 2 – Round 7 of the MAO Racing SXS Championship Series and the Pit Bike Championship Series are at Mid-America Outdoors in Jay Friday-Sunday. Saturday is a Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Monkey Island Fire Department (8:00-11:00), and Saturday evening is the Miss Pelican Festival Pageant at The Legacy Event Center in Grove (6:30). Saturday & Sunday, The Anchor Racquet Club hosts the Shangri-La Open Pickleball Tournament benefiting NEO A&M. Sunday is also one of the biggest charity golf tournaments of the year at Shangri-La Resort – The Stars & Stripes Classic benefiting the John Daly/Major Ed Heart of a Lion Foundation (12:30 shotgun). That tournament will be followed by the three-day Okie Quota Golf Tournament next Monday-Wednesday, also at Shangri-La.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The “s” on the end of many English family names is a vestigial patronym meaning “son.” The name Williams, for instance, means “son of William.”

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Over 100 marijuana plants sprouted on the Anaheim Stadium playing field in 1976 after The Who played a concert there.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: My Mom was cleaning out their liquor cabinet and offered me a bottle of vodka they’ve had for ages. I had to say no because I know it’s 70% water from me stealing it when I was sixteen.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: No soliciting! We are too broke to buy anything. We know who we are voting for. We have found Jesus. Seriously, unless you are giving away beer, please go away!

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BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: I woke up this morning determined to drink less, eat right and exercise…but that was 4 hours ago when I was younger and full of hope.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I have had Duck in orange sauce in France, and I have had Figgy Pudding in raisin sauce in London, but I always come back to the United States for Eggs Benedict because there’s no place like home for the Hollandaise.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If I write a book about all the things I should have done in my life, would it be called an oughtobiography?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I don’t know what to call this season in the South, but it’s the one where the grocery store has a pallet of watermelons next to the Halloween candy, right in front of the Thanksgiving specials and Christmas decorations.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Can you still hear “The Sound of Music”? Super-actress/singer Julie Andrews turns 87 years old this week. The popular show Perry Mason premiered on CBS 65 years ago!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you need the threat of hell to be a good person, then you’re just a bad person on a leash.” – Paul Kinsella

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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. Eli Mattson performs indoors at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. 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 nights. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights; and DJ K-Bandito is now hosting Big Shots Big Saturdays across the street at Big Shots. Saturday is Rockstar Karaoke night with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Ryan Graham performs Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill (9:00) and Gusto Dave will entertain Saturday night. At the Drunken Rooster, Brent Giddens provides the entertainment Friday night.

In Grove, this is the final weekend of the live theater production of 2 Across at Playmakers with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances at 7:30. There is karaoke fun every Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night from Western Justice, and more karaoke Saturday. Encore performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The Widowmakers Saturday.

Erin Detherage starts the weekend music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino followed by Diversity Friday night and Thomas Martinez Saturday. Wheeler Walker, Jr. will host a concert Friday night at Downstream Casino; and Warrant & Winger will be on stage Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Peoria Showplace.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La, Blind Swine on Duck Creek, and Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina are now closed for the season (although VIP Pizza is still open). Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now closed Sunday & Monday. Ugly’s Grill & Bar is now open Friday 5:00-9:00, Saturday 12:00-9:00, and Sunday 12:00-4:00. A new restaurant is coming to The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island. Bailey’s Bistro plans opening October 18. Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La now offers a breakfast buffet seven days a week from 7:00 a.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Fall season has arrived. Young Sheldon returns for a new season Thursday night at 7:00 and So Help Me Todd debuts at 8:00 followed by a season premiere of CSI: Vegas at 9:00, all on CBS. on NBC. Welcome to Flatch and Call me Kat also debut Thursday night at 8:00 and 8:30 respectively on Fox. America’s Funniest Home Videos returns Sunday night at 6:00 on ABC, opposite 60 Minutes on CBS. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Smile and Bros both open in movie theaters this week. Hocus Pocus 2 is available on Disney+. The Greatest Beer Run Ever is available beginning Friday on Apple TV+ and My Best Friend’s Exorcism is on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: 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, Saturday, October 8 – OU-Texas Watch Party and Cookout at The Anchor at Shangri-La. 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). Saturday, October 15 – Octoberfest Celebration at Lee’s Grand Lake Resort (noon-8:00 p.m.). Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16 – The Race to Shangri-La Tour Championship Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, October 28 – Halloween Costume Pickleball Mixer at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La (7:00-8:30 p.m.). Friday, October 28 – Crawl-O-Ween off-road spook trail in the South Grand Lake Recreation Area (4:00 p.m.). Saturday, October 29 – Mary Moore Pickleball Charity Challenge benefitting Special Olympics at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La (8:00 a.m.). Saturday, October 29 – Kids’ Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00-8:00 p.m.).

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It’s another big college football weekend. OU is on the road at TCU at 11:00 Saturday morning. OSU is at Baylor at 2:30, and Arkansas hosts Alabama, also at 2:30.

Other great Saturday matchups include Kentucky at Ole Miss and Texas Tech at Kansas State, both at 11:00, Texas A&M at Mississippi State at 3:00, LSU at Auburn and Tulane at Houston, both at 6:00, Georgia at Missouri, and North Carolina State at Clemson at 6:30, and Arizona State at USC at 9:30.

NFL action gets underway Thursday night with Miami at Cincinnati. Sunday games include an early start with Minnesota facing New Orleans in London at 8:30 a.m. Noon games feature Washington at Dallas and Buffalo at Baltimore. Arizona takes on Carolina in a battle of former OU quarterbacks at 3:00, and Green Bay hosts New England at 3:30. Kansas City is at Tampa Bay Sunday night at 7:00; and Monday Night Football features the L.A. Rams at San Francisco.

PGA Players are in Jackson, Mississippi this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship. Coverage is exclusively on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:30 Thursday & Friday and 3:00 Saturday & Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are in Talladega. Coverage of the YellaWood 500 begins at 1:00 Sunday afternoon on NBC.

Some of the great Major League Baseball games this weekend include the Yankees hosting Baltimore Friday at 6:00 and St. Louis at Pittsburgh Monday at 5:30. Next Wednesday, the Yankees are at Texas at 3:00.

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Weekend weather to kick off the month of October looks absolutely fabulous! We’ll have clear skies, light winds, highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-50s; so get out there and enjoy all the many weekend Grand Lake entertainment options. 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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