Willard Dale Judkins, 85

Born Sunday, October 9, 1932

Died Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Dennis Wayne Goad Sr., 59

Born Wednesday, July 23, 1958

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Willie Lee Griffin, 85

Born Saturday, December 12, 1931

Died Monday, December 11, 2017


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Friday, December 8, 2017, 3:28 PM

Pretty much the only books you'll ever need.

Many readers of MuskogeeNOW may not know I’m also a published author. I will be at the Muskogee Public Library tomorrow signing copies of my books, along with 15 other authors.

The Muskogee Public Library is hosting its third-annual Good Reads for Christmas: A Local Author Signing Event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. December 9, on the first floor of the library.

The selection features various types of reading for different age groups. The offering includes history, children, historical fiction, young adult, Christian, biography, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, poetry, and thrillers.

Attendees are invited to have cookies and punch.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 8:52 AM

Thirty-two students from three schools earned places in Oklahoma All State and American Choral Directors Association Regional Honor Choirs, according to Muskogee High School choral director Teresa Pointer.

Students began practicing in May for auditions in the fall semester for prestigious honor choirs. For the all state choir positions, students competed against other students from across the state. For the ACDA Regional choirs, students competed against other students from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Missouri.

Oklahoma Music Educators Association Children’s All-State Choir: McKenzie Brown, Sadler; Kate Fullerton, Sadler; Maddy Kate Jackson, ARJH; Annalea Miller, ARJH; Meredith Stevenson, ARJH

These students will rehearse in Tulsa, Jan. 17 to 19 and will present a concert at the Tulsa Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets are required.

Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Junior High Treble and Mixed All-State Choirs: Gracie Dunn, MHS (not pictured); Maida Escobar, MHS; Haley Hitt, MHS; Rylee Lane, MHS; Rosie McClure, MHS; Abby Mix, MHS; Davin Wilson, MHS.

These students will rehearse in OKC at the Cox Convention Center, Jan. 11 to 13, and will present a concert on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany at 1:30 p.m. No tickets are required.

Oklahoma Music Educators Association High School All-State Treble and Mixed Choirs: Phillip Bruch, MHS; Gage Clark, MHS; Madison Eckerson, MHS; Brady Gallaway, MHS; Meredith Gilmartin, MHS; Megan Jacobs, MHS; Kayleigh Langley, MHS; Anna Mix, MHS; Alexandria Munzenrider, MHS; Ethan Turner, MHS; Michael Yadon, MHS

These students will rehearse in Tulsa, Jan. 17 to 19 and will present a concert on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at noon. Tickets are required for this concert.

Southwest American Choral Directors Association Phillip Bruch, MHS; Gage Clark, MHS; Brady Gallaway, MHS; Meredith Gilmartin, MHS; Noah Holden, MHS; Alexandria Munzenrider, MHS; Jasmine Speer,MHS; Ethan Turner, MHS; Michael Yadon, MHS

The Southwest American Choral Directors Association will be hosting their convention in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center on March 7 to 11, 2018. Students in the honor choirs will be rehearsing with other selected students from across Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. They will be working with internationally recognized clinicians and will present concerts on Saturday, March 11.

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Friday, December 1, 2017, 1:14 PM

There’s a lot going on around Muskogee, and has re-introduced its events calendar.

To access the calendar, simply click “Events” at the top of this page, and a calendar will come on-screen, showing you everything going on around you.

To submit an event for inclusion on the calendar, email Inclusion of events is free.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:40 AM

Kendall Place, a self-described “eclectic” band playing classic and modern rock—with a splash or two of country—is set to play the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Admission is $5, all ages are welcome. Beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is at 401 S. 3rd St.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:39 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Second Wind for a night of music after Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 24th at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

This multi-generational group of musicians have come from a couple of different bands including Hearts on fire and Crossfire to form Second Wind. Their musical experience goes back as far as the 60s and features everything from classic rock, blues, soul, country and from Frankie Vallie to Pink Floyd.

The band features Roy Roberson on guitar/vocals, David Holloway on drums and new addition Derek Gibson on guitar, keys and vocals and Wayne Buck on bass guitar/vocals.

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:38 AM

The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum present the Polar Express Pajama Party on November 24 and 25 and December 7 and 8.

All ages are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. The theater says viewers should feel free to bring a blanket or favorite stuffed animal too.

Visitors will be greeted at the door with a train ticket, hot cocoa and popcorn.

The event happens at The Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:45 p.m. Run time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

After the movie, parents and children will be transported to the North Pole at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, to meet Santa and receive a bell just like the one in the movie.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at The Roxy and Three Rivers Museum. If you would like to sponsor a child for the Polar Express Pajama Party please contact the Roxy for more information. Group discounts are available.

For information, contact Fonda Richmond at the Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee, 918-684-6366 or Angie Rush at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Street, 918-686-6624.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 2:25 PM

Mudbound, the movie based on Muskogee native Hillary Jordan’s worldwide bestselling novel of the same name, premieres Friday on Netflix, the streaming service that has been taking the entertainment world by storm with its original programming.

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Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Mudbound was inspired by Jordan’s family stories of a year spent on an isolated farm without running water or electricity. Over time, the story grew to encompass greater themes and deeper layers, which screenwriter Virgil Williams and writer-director Dee Rees address in their emotionally rich and resonant screenplay.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 9:32 AM

Yonkers, Oklahoma is but a fading memory for most people in this part of the state and a footnote in Wagoner County history.

But those memories are revived in the book “Yonkers, Oklahoma, recalling the good old days,” which will be released at the Wagoner City Historical Museum on Nov. 18, said Liz McMahan, author. The book will be offered for sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $10.

The book is a consolidation of two books she and her mother, Nell Gilbert, compiled for community reunions in 1986 and 1987. Plus, new material has been added, McMahan said.

“There are stories of good times and hard times, of large families and one-room school houses,” she said. “Some of the families had 10 or more children and just getting by must have been rough. But they survived and have many happy memories of growing up in Yonkers.”

The community had stores, a post office, a railroad depot and a grist mill.

“Everyone knew everybody, doors were not locked at night and if a neighbor needed help, the community was there for them.”

Yonkers ended when Fort Gibson lake was filled and the town was flooded. There remains a small community in the area that was annexed to Wagoner County in 1924. Before that, it had been a part of Cherokee County.

On the east side of the lake, Yonkers is accessible to the Wagoner County sheriff’s office only by boat or routing officers north into Mayes County to Chouteau, then east, or by having them go through Hulbert in Cherokee County, then north.

Liz McMahan is a longtime former reporter for the Muskogee and Wagoner newspapers and has been recognized as a historian of the Wagoner area.


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Friday, November 10, 2017, 9:18 AM

PAWS is hosting garage sale Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at PAWS shelter on East Access Road of the Muskogee Turnpike.

There will be a new man’s bike, lots of dog and cat items, large and extra large dog crates, extra large canvas crate rugs, clothes, baby gate and more.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:55 AM

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms, from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life.

Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” traces the overall arc of relationships.

Muskogee actors and actresses portray vibrant characters and sing the songs of the hit play.

Catch the musical starting tomorrow at the Muskogee Little Theater, 311 S. 3rd St. Friday and Saturday, the show starts at 8 p.m. On Sunday, it starts at 2 p.m.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:32 AM

When Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves met at this year’s Folk Alliance International events, the two songwriters found an instant kinship.

“When I listened to Jared perform later that night, I was moved by the power and the vulnerability of his voice,” Gleaves said. “His songs were crafted so beautifully that I felt like I knew the people he was singing about.”

After several late night sessions harmonizing on spirituals and gospel songs, the two musicians returned home and immediately began planning their first tour together.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame presents Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves as part of the Live at The Frisco Depot series on November 9, showtime 7 p.m. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is located at 401 South Third Street, Muskogee, OK 74401. For more information, call 918-687-0800 or visit

For more information on Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves, please visit and



Monday, November 6, 2017, 9:26 AM

The city of Muskogee’s public works offices will close for Veterans’ Day on Friday.

Residential and commercial trash pickup will run on schedule, and yard waste pickup will continue.

The recycle drop-off center at 120 Iola will be open on Friday.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:19 AM

Replicas of the Niña and the Pinta, two of the three ships Columbus used to stumble upon the Caribbean in search of a water route to India, will be on display at the Muskogee Port from Nov. 22 to Dec. 3, according to a press release.

Columbus, who many mistakenly believe discovered an America already populated with people, sailed from Portugal in 1492 with the ill-informed belief that the earth was much smaller than it is, thinking he could arrive in India before his supplies ran out, establishing inexpensive trade routes over the ocean. For generations, schoolchildren have been taught that Columbus was one of the few people who believed the earth to be round. In fact, most people at the time knew the earth to be round, but believed (correctly) that the earth was too big for a sailing expedition to leave the west coast of Europe and arrive on the east coast of Asia. Since Europeans didn’t know of the existence of the American continents, most believed no vessel of the time could make the trip.

Columbus did not realize he had landed on a new continent and died believing he had discovered a faster route to India.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:36 AM

Bob Weeden and The Iron Horse Band​ and others will perform​ a Night at the Opry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the Roxy Theater.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Concessions available. Credit cards accepted. The family-friendly event happens every first Saturday of the month at the Roxy, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.


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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:51 AM

Connor wants to be a sponsored skateboarder. Sarah wants to travel the world. Nick dreams of being a rock star. Carina wants to be the first member of her family to graduate high school. These four teenagers are each trying to achieve their dreams. But they face an additional challenge: they are blind.

Blind people of all ages, their families, educators, and others who face discrimination based on low expectations will learn from these inspiring young people and their stories in Do You dream in Color?, a new, critically acclaimed documentary.

A screening of the film, hosted by the Oklahoma Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, will be held at the Oklahoma School for the Blind auditorium at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 30.

Admission is free and is open to students, parents, teachers and the Muskogee community. The documentary depicts the problems blind students experience in public schools and other challenges they face due to low expectations and misconceptions about blindness. A town-hall-style discussion with audience questions answered by local blind individuals will follow the screening of the film. The National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma will host a reception with light snacks and treats for the kids immediately following the film and discussion. Resources about programs and scholarships available to blind youth will be provided.

You can view the trailer here.


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 8:41 AM

Phil Goldfarb

Phil Goldfarb of Tulsa will be the speaker at the October 26 meeting of the Muskogee County Genealogical Society. His topic will be “Naturalization from 1790 to the Present.” The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in Muskogee Public Library.

He is no stranger to Muskogee and has spoken to the society on Jewish migration into Oklahoma. His wife is related to one of the early Muskogee families. As part of a project in Oklahoma, he came to Muskogee in 2009 and photographed all 118 headstones in the Jewish Section of Greenhill Cemetery which is online on the Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry for all to see. One of the first people buried in that cemetery is a Gremm who is a relative of his wife.

Goldfarb is the founding and current president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa and recently completed work on a Tulsa documentary.

The genealogical society welcomes visitors. Those attending bring refreshments and genealogy stories to share during the evening.


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Monday, October 23, 2017, 9:52 AM

Keep your eyes low to the ground and your ankles covered, because on Sunday, dachshunds will descend upon Muskogee for The Schnitzel Stampede. From 1 p.m. to 4 pm, weenie dogs and their humans from all over the area will be running free south of downtown Muskogee at the Bark Park in the biggest sausage party in northeast Oklahoma.

Stampede attendees can expect an afternoon of doggie door prizes, doggie costume contest and awards in categories including Longest Wiener, Fattest Wiener, Teeniest Weenie, and more. A professional photographer will be on hand, plus concessions including hot dogs (of course) and funnel cakes. Perhaps you can find another doxie to add to your family from the LowRider Dachshund Rescue.

Even if you don’t have a dachshund, enjoy a hot dog and watch the fun. The first 100 doxies thru the gate go home with a Treat Bag courtesy of Petco.

There will be a cover charge of $5 per dog and all humans get in free. If you have a non-weenie dog but still want to come with your four-legged friend, one side of the Bark Park dedicated to spectator dogs/friends of weenie dogs with a $5 entry fee for the dog and free entry for their people. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Bark Park as well as the City of Muskogee Animal Control spay/neuter program.

For more information, call Schnitzel Stampede organizer Holly Rosser Miller at (918) 348-9848. Log onto the event’s Facebook page (Schnitzel Stampede) or check out Eventbrite.

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Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:18 AM

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make cheese, now is your chance.

Pecan Creek Winery is hosting a Chèvre cheese-making class on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Chèvre cheese is a soft goat cheese.

The class costs $25 per person and includes a glass of Pecan Creek wine and all supplies to be able to take away five ounces of cheese.

The class is limited to 30 people. To reserve a spot, call 918-633-6908. Pecan Creek Winery is five miles west of The Castle of Muskogee on Fern Mountain Road.


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Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:40 AM

Muskogee’s Bedouin Shrine is hosting the Bedouin Brew and Barbecue Contest this weekend, all day Saturday and Sunday, at Love-Hatbox field.

During the event, sanctioned by Oklahoma Barbecue Society and Kansas City Barbecue Society State Championship, enjoy food, fun and of course, beer.

A home brewer’s tasting contest lets basement tinkerers show off their wares, pulled pork sandwiches, inflatable jump houses, soft drinks and beer are complemented by live music from several area bands.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9:25 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Bluefish tonight at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

In Oklahoma, few bands last more than half a decade, unless of course you’re Muskogee-based band - Bluefish.

Since 1987, vocalist John Fabian, guitarist Shane Cook and bassist Jim Loftin have been turning out groovy, bluesy, soulful tunes to dancing room only crowds all over Oklahoma and Arkansas. Nowadays they’re joined by drummer Bill Padgett.

They’ve got more 20 original songs submerged in the Blues, including uncanny compositions like, “Alimony Blues,” “Big Fat Woman” and “I Love My Pussycat.”

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 at the door – and all ages are welcome


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:41 PM

Dustin Ashworth puts a calzone inside his wood-fired brick oven.

It’s been a long time since people asking each other “where do you want to eat?” have had so many choices in Muskogee, with more on the way. New chain restaurants along the Shawnee Bypass have combined with locally owned favorites to present a larger array of culinary choices across the edges of the city.

But the owner of American Pie Wood-Fired Pizza at 107 W. Broadway says downtown often slips potential diners’ minds. Downtown revitalization has been buzzing around town for a while, but the big stores on the edges of town make downtown dining the result of a conscious decision.

“We do great during lunchtime,” Dustin Ashworth, who owns American Pie with his wife, Jamie, said. “Come five o’clock, nobody even thinks there’s something downtown to eat.”

Ashworth’s place offers unique pizza made the old-world way.

Ashworth makes a calzone from bread imported from Italy.

“We cook in a brick, wood-fired oven in the true Neapolitan style,” he said. “It’s cooked between 900 to 1,000 degrees, which causes the dough to be much more crunchy on the bottom, but airy above that.”

The wood—he uses about half a rick of firewood each week—lends unique flavors to the pizzas, he said. The oven, imported from Italy, cost $20,000: “It’s not just something you go pick up. We had to wait about a month and a half to get it after we bought it.”

Since going downtown to get dinner isn’t foremost on people’s minds, Ashworth believes the revitalization of downtown hinges on reminding Muskogee residents that Shawnee and 69 don’t offer Muskogee’s only culinary options, and parking at night is much more abundant.

Along with Max’s Garage and other restaurants and nightclubs, Ashworth hopes his place is just the beginning for Muskogee’s downtown.

DISCLAIMER: Ashworth is an advertiser on He did not pay anything for this story.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9:27 AM

Jack Nicholson plays the iconic Jack Torrance in The Shining.

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block.

He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions.

As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, The Shining plays 7 p.m. tonight at the Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee, 220 W. Okmulgee. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Concessions available. Credit cards accepted.


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Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:26 AM

Saturday is Bikelahoma for The Barracks, a bike rally fundraiser to get the Barracks veterans’ facility repaired after vandal damage this spring. The Barracks will be a veteran facility to help educate, train, and provide homeless veterans a safe place.

Bikelahoma begins at 2 p.m. at Hatbox Field with family activities from a free bounce house land for the kids, a military museum in the hanger with military vehicles displayed, helicopters, and great music throughout the day.

At 6 p.m., the bike rally kicks off with the national anthem and the posting of the colors. Throughout the night, various bands will be playing as well as veterans sharing their stories on stage.

There will be plenty of food trucks, music, and beer. Admission is by donation.


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Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:21 AM

Dinner, drinks and live music will punctuate the Moonlight and Monarchs celebration at Honor Heights Park tonight on the Papilion Event Lawn.

With proceeds benefitting the Papilion education programs and butterfly costs, live and silent auctions will happen on the lawn as well.

Seating is limited and tickets are $50 per person. Hurry, because reservations are required. Must be 21 to attend.

For more information, call 918-684-6303.


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Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:18 AM

The Murrell Home in Park Hill is hosting an antique agriculture festival this weekend, today, Saturday and Sunday.

Experience nineteenth-century agriculture and heritage farming on a historic 1850s farm. Experience demonstrations, entertainment, food and shopping.

For more information call 918-456-2751.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:52 AM

Wil Maring plays the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame tomorrow.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin Thursday at 7 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

As a teenager Wil Maring sat for long summer hours at her family’s roadside vegetable stand, picking out self-made tunes on her Sears guitar to pass the time. She never dreamed of the path she would one day follow.

Wil has become a highly respected songwriter, a winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry with her original music, in addition to touring extensively in Europe and Japan. Added to the contributions of the accomplished musicians with whom she tours, it becomes a beautiful original acoustic music that straddles the fence between bluegrass, folk, and acoustic country, sometimes containing subtle hints of Celtic, old time and even pop music.

As Dave Higgs, respected host of Nashville Public Radio’s nationally syndicated bluegrass program describes the performance, “Absolutely, hands-down some of the most mesmerizing, exciting, interesting and enjoyable acoustic music I have ever heard. Wil’s songs are just in a league of their own, and the picking.... the interplay between (the musicians) is simply astonishing.”

Robert Bowlin started at age 1 and a half playing the ukelele, graduated to his dad’s guitar at age 5, and has been creating unique and beautiful guitar music ever since. He won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas in 1979 and got 2nd in the Flatpicking Guitar Contest in 1978. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O’ Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Faron Young, Ricky Van Shelton.

He was a session guitarist and fiddler in Nashville for countless recordings. He has played onstage with artists such as BB King and Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and Vassar Clements. He has performed his original music on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 10:25 AM

YETI FLW College Fishing is heading to Fort Gibson Lake on Oct. 14 for the third and final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. The tournament was originally scheduled for early May, but was forced to be rescheduled due to flooding and dangerous water conditions. A full field of college fishing clubs will be competing for the top award of a $2,000 club scholarship and a berth into the 2018 College Fishing National Championship, which will be hosted on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, next May.

“Fort Gibson is a good fishery and I think the college anglers will do well,” said FLW Tour pro Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier who finished in 4th place when the Costa FLW Series competed on Fort Gibson Lake in 2016. “There are a lot of 3 to 4 pound fish in it, and there are some good spotted bass as well.

“A good limit that I would feel very proud of is 15 pounds and up. However, I think the winning weight will likely be 18 to 22 pounds. It should be an exciting tournament for these college anglers.”

Anglers will take off from Taylors Ferry North Recreation Area in Wagoner, at 7:30 a.m. CDT Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the launch ramp beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at


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Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:03 AM

While the Red Dirt music genre gained significant exposure in the 1990s, one of the early Stillwater groups to use the word “Red” became a staple on the Stillwater music scene in the early 1980s.

The progressive bluegrass band’s last performance was at the legendary Stillwater venue, “Willy’s Saloon”, in 1986. After more than 31 years, the band will reunite at Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie on October 7. However, a “warm-up” to the reunion will occur at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Frisco Depot tonight, sharing the bill with Harley Hamm Jimmy Jamm.

The Red Valley Barnstormers began in Stillwater, Oklahoma circa 1982 with original members Gary Sampson, Tim Terral, Kevin Richmond, Kurt Nielsen, and Buddy Watson. In 1983 they were joined by Jim Blair on banjo. Mark Stephens joined the group in 1984 on mandolin. For the next four years, they worked the Stillwater music scene with appearances in Tulsa and OKC on occasion. During this time, many “honorary” barnstormers performed with the group including Jim Harris, Kenny Cornell, Shelby Eicher, Rick Morton, Cliff Parrett, Dale Pierce, Brett Franzman, Johnny Wright, Tom Skinner, Mike Skinner and even Garth Brooks for a special gig opening for New Grass Revival at Horse Thief Canyon near Stillwater.

“We played a lot of ‘Old and In the Way (a bluegrass group featuring Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan and John Kahn),’” said band member Jim Paul Blair. “We also did a lot of Hot Rize, New Grass Revival, Leon Russel, Jimmy Hendrix, the Beatles, and Van Morrison.”

The Red Valley Barnstormers haven’t performed together since 1986, Blair said. Terral, Sampson, and Nielsen are back, and will complete the “Skinner Trifecta” adding Craig Skinner on bass for the reunion.

They will join Harley Hamm Jimmy Jamm tonight at OMHOF for a warmup, but their official reunion will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cottonwood Creek Stage at Guthrie’s Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival on October 7.

Admission to the show at OMHOF is $5 at the door. Tickets to the bluegrass festival can be obtained at A pair of three-day tickets to the festival (value $172) will be given away at the OMHOF performance on Thursday.


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Friday, September 15, 2017, 9:26 AM

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will host a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Sunday, September 17 at 1 pm at the Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd in Muskogee.

Several members of the Association of Muskogee Musicians and Performers are donating their time and talents in order to raise money for the hurricane relief efforts in Houston. Bands and supporting artist in order of stage time are Chloe Tucker, The 3 F’s, Maddie Parks, Wes Parish, Jana Cox, The Mike Herndon Band, Nathan Byrd, JJ Hall and Midnight Traveler, Jimmy Gamblin Band, The Ahna Jennings Band. For more info on how you can help the hurricane relief, please visit: or

Admission is by donation. Doors open at 12:30, show starts at 1 pm. All ages are welcome.

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Friday, September 8, 2017, 11:41 AM

Pecan Creek Winery, just down Fern Mountain Road west of the Castle, is hosting its third-annual Grape Stomp tomorrow at the winery.

During the festival, you can take part in the grape stomping, even competing in stomping grapes, get a private winemaker tasting and a tour of the vineyard and winery.

The event is geared toward all ages, so there are also activities and refreshments available for children, as well as three bands playing, a wine tasting, food trucks and vendors and even an I Love Lucy lookalike competition.

The grape stomp starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m. To get to the winery, turn west on Fern Mountain Road from US 69 and drive five miles.


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