Autumn Time for 
Tailgates and Road Trips

Shorter days and cooler temperatures. Trees and bushes covered in a riot of multi-hued leaves. These are just a few of the heralds of autumn.

In Sooner Country, the arrival of autumn also means University of Oklahoma football and, for some, the long-awaited tailgate party. On home football gamedays, Sooner Village and other venues across campus hum with activity as a multitude of fans prepare for their celebrations, big and small. Some pitch tents, while others use their truck bed, RV or trailer as their base of operation. Soon, the scent of barbecue, hamburgers and other deliciousness wafts through the air as tailgaters light up their grills and prepare their favorite foods. In this issue, we profile an extended Sooner family that takes tailgating seriously.

For many, fall also is a favorite season for embarking on road trips. This month’s Road Trip column takes readers to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and parts of northwest Arkansas. In approximately four hours, motorists from Cleveland County can reach this destination, where they can view glorious fall foliage, experience first-rate cuisine and visit a first-class museum featuring architectural treasures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Moshe Safdie and Buckminster Fuller, as well as hundreds of masterpieces by American artists from over the past 500 years.

Other highlights:

  • The Wines of Autumn. In our Food and Wine column, our local wine expert recommends several red blends, as well as suggestions on foods that pair well with them.
  • Caution: cooler temperatures and an increase in outdoor activities may lead to greater appetites. In our Culinary Creations column, Royal Bavaria Restaurant, Brewery and Beergarten proprietor Andy Gmeiner offers up recipes for Wiener Schnitzel and Schnitzel Holstein, along with German potato salad and home-fried potatoes. Yum.
  • Holiday season is upon us. As you’re making your plans, make sure to pencil in two events being planned by the Assistance League of Norman: their Holiday Gala, which this year carries the theme “Hollywood Trivia Night,” and is scheduled Nov. 18 at Riverwind Casino, and later, its popular Holiday Home Tour. Find out more about this nonprofit and how you can support it in our Giving Back column.

We hope you enjoy these and the other stories contained in this issue. As always, we strive to feature people, businesses, places and events that make this community such a wonderful place in which to live, work and play.