Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Park Tavern Under New Ownership

Jeannette and Bill Patty, Penny and Tom Zynda have ended their ownership of the Park Tavern. They have been running the Tavern since 1997 and have built its reputation as being a welcoming place of fun and camaraderie. They are pleased to see the new owners step in and call it their own. We (the town of Medicine Park), the hundreds of visitors that frequented from Oklahoma and beyond and musicians who played there are most thankful their hospitality.

The Park Tavern will open up Friday Night (3 July) under new ownership (McBride Family). These are REALLY nice folks! Everyone is looking forward to well established Park Tavern continuing to be a cool place to hang out.  
Come out, grab a cold one and introduce yourselves to the McBride Family!!
I see a new watering hole for Citizens, Friends and neighbors of Medicine Park.....hope we can park all the cars!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Red Dirt Ball • May 22 thru 24

The Red Dirt Ball • May 22 - 24 

Come and you'll be in for a whole lot of good music and fun!

Hard to believe this is the 6th Red Dirt Ball! I've been to all and it never disappoints. This year there is 5 different stages with music. I recommend you print out the schedule or have it on your smart phones. 

You can't miss that it is FREE! NO ice chests or coolers will be allowed. There are plenty of reasonably priced venders. Parking can found off of HWY 49. With golf cart transport if you need it. (It is 1/4 mile from the stage). If you want a comfortable seat I suggest you bring your own lawn chairs otherwise it is standing room or a few empty benches. "Sleep Inn" is offering special rates and shuttle to and from. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Memorial Service for Henry (Hank) A. Sabine III

Hank Sabine's Memorial service will take place

Thursday at 7 PM at the Medicine Park Community Center, 19001 HWY 49, Medicine Park, OK 

Hank Sabine far right playing a deputy in the Medicine Park Marauders
Hank Sabine has been friend and resident of Medicine Park since he and his wife Lee purchased a home here in 2002 permanently residing since 2006. Hank was no stranger to the Park being born in Lawton Oklahoma attended Lawton public schools and graduated from Cameron University. His family tree harkened back to the early years of Medicine Park.

To his neighbors and friends of Medicine Park he was often the one who gave them the friendly greeting of the day. He was active in the community from the fun and frolic of Medicine Park Marauders, to serving important roles as chairperson of MP Planning and Preservation to a City Trustee. He and Lee welcomed friends to their home. They helped however the could.

Hank and his friendly and generous ways will be missed greatly by the community of Medicine Park.  Fellow Parkies send their sincere sympathy to Lee Sabine and his family. For more about Hank here is a link to the Lawton Constitution.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bridging a Community: A New Coat of Paint

Bridging a Community

 A source of pride for the town of Medicine Park is Bath Lake, Medicine Creek and its surrounds looking very much like it did when the town was a private resort back in first part of the 20th century. What you see today is a faithful reconstruction built to match the original thanks to the efforts of those arriving on the scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Two of those reconstructions are the walking bridges, the one to the island (a project directed by Charley Wright) and the Curtis Davis Bridge spanning Medicine Creek named in honor of Candace McCoy's dad who owned much of what was Medicine Park back in the 60s. Read more...

The town Medicine Park, all 400+ of us, has as many opinions as it has citizens and on how things ought to be run with more ideas than you can throw a cobblestone at on how to add to the already entertaining and inspiring list of town events.  Despite our individual dissimilarities, what we have in common is that WE LOVE THIS TOWN. 

It is amazing that we make it through all the chatter and on occasion concurrent events unscathed. But when the call goes out asking for volunteers people show up. *(That's how my husband and I got roped in to join The Medicine Park Marauders street theatre. But thats a whole other story) Three months ago Planning and Preservation began hatching a plan to paint our walking bridges. Chairperson Barbara Boguski made it her "mission" to get 'er done.  It takes time to secure donations for the paint and to make sure all the proper rules are in place to protect the environment. 

After having to cancel due to weather the group gathered on Saturday April 25th morning around 9:00 am. They eagerly grabbed up paint rollers and brushes and set to work. The Base Camp Adventure Outfitters lent their boards so a few of the guys could paint the island bridge. All and all the first coat of paint was complete by about 3:30 PM thanks to approximately 20 volunteers which is what would squeeze on to the Curtis Davis. 

I was not part of this volunteer project but I was there to applaud the paint splattered workers when they arrived at the Tavern for some refreshment and to listen to live music. (I believe me not being there, left room for more skilled and efficient painters)

When visitors/tourist come they are struck by the beauty of it all, both the natural stream and the historic manmade structures around the town and how it is well maintained. They take it for granted, this place of beauty. Once overheard was a visitors asking if the resort was open all year round. They just needed to ask a Parkie.

Check out Josh Rouse's article in the Lawton Constitution for more of the 

*the Medicine Park Marauders 2003 to 2013 are now disbanded

Photo credits: Shelly Cope, Jennifer Ellis, Dale Rouke Nomura, Toni Capra and Muriel Fahrion

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