Seeking Adventure Along the 
Oklahoma River

What is it about fall that makes us want to take to the road in search of adventure? Like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales set in Middle Earth, autumn is when I most feel the desire to grab a sturdy walking stick and set out for parts unknown in search of amazing new sights and thrills, though not necessarily fire-breathing dragons or trolls.

Fortunately, adventure takes many forms, and can be found close by. In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, which carries the theme “Wild Adventures,” you’ll learn about the multitude of activities offered along the Oklahoma River. Though the water sports activities are closed over the winter, the Boathouse District offers plenty of cool-weather fun in the form of a zip line that takes riders on a heart-pounding 700-foot slide across the river and the SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world.

November also marks the launch of the hectic winter holiday season. Whether you’re planning one party or more, at your home or at your place of business, why not let the experts take care of all the prep work, cooking and even serving? Whether the event is large or intimate, formal or informal, the experienced caterers at Benvenuti’s, La Baguette and Oliveto can be counted on to expertly execute every detail so you can sit back and enjoy the company. Fair warning: our catering story includes photos of beautiful, made-from-scratch dishes–images that are guaranteed to make your mouth water!

This month’s Hot Spot restaurant review also will tantalize your taste buds. Nosh, located in Moore, offers delicious home-style meals with an elegant spin. The restaurant grew out of the catering company Catering Creations, which still operates in tandem with the dining establishment. In addition to serving up such delectable delights as pot roast pie and a macaroni-and-cheese du jour special, Nosh offers “take-and-bake” meals and elegant tea parties for children and adults.

Two other features tie in to the holidays. Our Giving Back feature this month is on the Christmas Store of Cleveland County, which for over four decades has helped make the yuletide merrier for scores of low-income families through a program that allows families to earn “credit” toward holiday purchases. The other takes aim at a malady that affects many people over the winter months. If you or a loved one suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, you won’t want to miss this story, which offers advice on ways to fight this disorder.

Before closing, publisher Jimmy Darden and I wish to express our hope that all of our readers and advertisers have a fun, safe and (relatively) stress-free Thanksgiving.