The Arts and This Unique County

Our theme for this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle is “The Arts.” There are so many arts-related activities occurring year-round in this county, the problem wasn’t finding story ideas, but rather which to feature! That’s a nice dilemma to face. Norman’s Medieval Fair, now in its 40th year, has become the state’s largest weekend event and the third-largest event in…

Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival

Approximately 2,500 people attended this year's Chocolate Festival at the Marriott Conference Center & Hotel in Norman. During the festival, the art center's only annual fundraiser and membership drive, vendors offer thousands of samples of 
delectable chocolate-inspired delights. Proceeds support Firehouse Art Center art education programs.

Around Town

Visitors to Frontier State Bank in Oklahoma City may, at least for a few minutes, forget the main reason they came. The reason? A stunning, rainbow-hued, 30-foot-tall, 15-feet-wide prismatic chandelier (see cover photo). The rainbow-hued Prism Chandelier is composed of approximately 6,100 individual, hand-blown glass pieces and weighs in at about 7 metric tons, easily making it the focal point.…

Vets Helping Vets

As soldiers, sailors and pilots, Oklahoma’s veterans were often forced to destroy. Now they’re being offered a unique opportunity to create–and to heal themselves in the process. The healing is beginning at the Norman Veterans Center, where residents are taking part in a pilot program sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. Launched on…

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! 40th Annual Medieval Fair Offers Art, Merriment and More

Of course, an event of such epic proportions does not simply spring up overnight. OU’s first Medieval Fair was held in 1977 on OU’s south oval, with modest attendance. According to a fair history written by longtime Medieval Fair coordinator Linda Linn, the event was the brainchild of two Chaucerian scholars: Medieval English Professor Sally Mussetter, who had returned, inspired,…

New Addiction and Recovery Center Offers Hope to Women With Dual Diagnoses

If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction and mental health concerns–called dual diagnoses–you know how difficult it is to find appropriate, effective treatment locally. A new alcohol and substance abuse treatment and recovery center, housed on the third floor of Valir Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma City, is providing a trusted option for women ready to take the…

Legend’s Cuisine Relies on Its Dedication to Freshness

Saute shallots and capers until simmer. Deglaze pan with grapefruit juice and reduce by half. When reduced, slowly whisk in butter until emulsified. Served with a cilantro quinoa salad. Although Legend’s originated with 13 partners in 1967, only Rebecca Sparks and her husband, Joe, remain as the two official owners. Joe invested in the restaurant in 1968. Inadvertently supporting their…

The 2016 Cadillac SRX: Engineered to Surpass Expectations

The 2016 Cadillac SRX was engineered to surpass expectations. Featuring a roomy interior, with seating for five and a large cargo area, and a design that is classic Cadillac, the SRX–from its technology-rich dashboard and high-performance power train to its exclusive comfort and convenience features–defines luxury.

2nd Friday Art Walk Draws Artists, Crowds

Downtown Norman isn’t typically a destination on a Friday night, especially when that night is dark, cold and rainy. The second Friday of each month is an exception. What started as a Winter and a Spring Art Walk has turned into a highly successful monthly arts and cultural event that draws large crowds and offers local artists and musicians a…

All Art Tells a Story

We are truly blessed to live in a place where the arts–written, visual, performing and other–thrive. Whether your tastes run more toward the traditional or avant-garde, there’s always something just down Interstate 35 or street, if not your very own neighborhood, to please the eye and ear, to nourish your soul. Sooner Theatre in Norman offers young and older residents…

Meet Cathy Billings: Community Mental Health Center’s New Director

The Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center was the first facility of its kind in the United States. During the administration of President John F. Kennedy, federal and state funds were used to build and staff COCMHC under the Community Mental Health Act of 1963. COCMHC offers mental health and substance abuse services to children, youth, adults and families. All…

The ARC’s Opening Reception and Ribbon-cutting

Members of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, health care personnel and members of the public attended 
a ribbon-cutting and open house for The ARC, a new alcohol and substance addiction and recovery center that opened 
in February on the third floor of Valir Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma City.

How to Accelerate the Process of Paying Your Home Off …

For most Americans, their mortgage loan is their largest debt. Think about your own mortgage for just a minute … how many years do you have left before it is paid off and you own your home free and clear? If you are like me, the possibility of owning your home with no mortgage payment is an exciting thought. However,…