Wright Light: 2013's to-do list for Tulsa area
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 5:30 AM
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For years, I associated Epiphany with the start of carnival season.
Not that our family went to Mardi Gras all the years we lived near New Orleans or Mobile (the latter of which, by the way, is where the first carnival celebrations started in the United States).
But, unless I missed that lesson in Sunday School, I never really heard about Epiphany until college, which was when Mom and Dad moved to Picayune, Miss., just five miles from the Louisiana border - less than an hour to the French Quarter.
Many a New Orleanian will tell you Epiphany is the start of Mardi Gras season, which goes through Fat Tuesday (Feb. 12, aka Valentine's Eve Eve). Some Christians will tell you it's the day they recognize Jesus' visit from the wise men.
I acknowledge both of those. But this year, my personal epiphany came on New Year's Day, and it's much less climactic than the aforementioned meanings. Still, I realized I have a whole new year of opportunities to do some fun things in Tulsa I've either never done before or haven't done in 10 years or more.
My goal is to do at least one new or new-ish thing each weekend and tell y'all about it here in this column in case you'd like to do it yourself the following weekend.
Granted, many of you have lived here far longer than I have, and you could write a novel - or, perhaps, a small pamphlet - about some of the things on my possible to-see list. Then again, maybe it's been a while since you've seen this site or eaten at that restaurant or been hither or yonder, whatever - it's all about local fun and exploration.
For example, I've never been to the Blue Whale of Catoosa.
I've never had Sunday brunch at The Canebrake in Wagoner or a steak at Molly's Landing or, as often as I've fantasized about it publicly, had a progressive supper along Cherry Street.
I've been to Gilcrease, Philbrook and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, but only for work-related photo shoots, weddings or fundraisers. I've never been just for the sake of going - so all those are going on my list.
So is Woolaroc. Sorry, haven't been. Ditto for the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore (followed, I hope, by refreshments at Hammett House).
It's been 10 years since I've hiked Turkey Mountain, so that's something to do come spring. That, and a 5K (more on that later).
So that's 50 things I need to do between now and year's end. Crikey ... It seems a bit intimidating to type it out like that. Still, I believe there are that many and more things to do at any time of the year in the Tulsa area.
Do you have any suggestions? Kindly let me know on my blog, tulsaworld.com/livingwright
In the meantime, Happy Epiphany Eve Eve Eve.
The Blue Whale is a Route 66 landmark in Catoosa. Been there lately? Tulsa World file
A visit to the Gilcrease Museum makes the bucket list of top things to do in the Tulsa area. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World