This is my wonderful yellow lab Mazie Grace lazing in front of her misting fan during the hot Oklahoma summers. She gets all the comforts of home and then some. I call her the Will Rogers of Medicine Park - she's never met anyone she didn't love.
This is one of the older homes of Medicine Park which has been restored. Notice part of the old home (mainly the upper portion) has the cobblestones and the base or foundation consists of large granite pieces cemented in place. A very common occurrence in the original houses.
I thought this would make a good subject to sketch on a drizzly, dreary Sunday. It is located on Hwy 49 in Medicine Park. A true beer garden, it was re-opened about 18 months ago by the longtime owners, Les & Dora. Les, unfortunately, passed away about 6 months ago. Dora, in her 90's has turned the operations over to her two sons. It is another familiar landmark in Medicine Park.
This Medicine Park landmark was in its early years a roller skating rink. I have seen swimmers in the adjacent Medicine Creek come up with old, completely rusted skates, a few still with a roller or two attached. Apparently when the Hall was abandoned people just threw the skates into the creek from the overhanging balcony. Later it became a southwest Oklahoma showplace for many famous performers, Bob Wills among them. Presently, for sale, it is used primarily for wedding receptions and other private parties. At the entrance to the Hall stands a large sculpture of a buffalo (symbolic of the adjacent Wichita Mountains). The buffalo is the art of the late Robert Dean and hopefully will stand sentinel for many years to come. At one point the Hall was visited by a para-normal group who even swore there were ghosts present from past performances. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for such a storied building.
Watercolor of recording artist Kenneth Morrow outside his shop "Gone Fishin" in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Kenneth has recently finished recording his first CD of country western music. It is available at stores in Lawton and Medicine Park. He is an ex-bullrider who, because of injuries had to abandon that career path, and has elected to produce his first CD. He has a wonderful voice and plays a great guitar.
This illustrates the constant restoring of very old cobblestone homes going on in Medicine Park, OK. The only common features to both pictures (with the exception of the tree) is the granite wall in the lower left and the granite wall in the lower right (only seen in the 2011 sketch). It is hidden by the shrubbery in the 2012 sketch and cobblestones were added on top up of the wall against the house. There are many old ruins remaining in Medicine Park (some of which I have sketched earlier in this blog) which will eventually be restored. Medicine Park has become a very popular resort destination and is the home to a rapidly growing number of artists. New home constructions continue at an amazing pace slowed only by the growing shortage of land and builders.