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Hi everyone! Brrr… how awesome is this cold front?! Sooner rather than later this will be the norm, and it is supposed to be back in the 80’s by Thursday, so for all that LOVE cooler weather, I hope you’re enjoying it. I stopped by to see some semblance of Fall at Hafer Park this last weekend, and nothing yet. Actually it is beautiful, lush and green at the parks right

First cold front of the season rolls in!

now, so barring any wind events, this November is shaping up to be a spectacular changing of the colors.

This week I am finishing up the new issue of Edmondactive Magazine, and am reminiscing about my very first issue from October of 2009. Since then, I have had the opportunity to interview some amazing people who were then and still are making an impact on our community, and who have caused not only an economic change but also a social change in our community, and am so humbled to be able to continue to work with them still. I am excited to continue on telling more stories of amazing people and business owners around Edmond.

Recently, I’ve faced some unexpected changes that should for all rights and purposes frighten me and cause me to walk away from Edmondactive. I reached out to someone whom I’ve known for 25 years, or since I was a baby 🙂 , and that has been a peer of sorts, and whom I’ve always understood to be, and respected, as a great leader – as a publisher, and in matters of life and community, even when that community view wasn’t fully understood by him. I understand there is nothing you can do about things that can’t be understood as to why they happen the way that they do, but that sometimes when something seems to be falling apart, things are most likely just actually falling together, and the advice to simply keep moving and just get on with it, while a simple direction, may just be the best advice to change I’ve ever received. So, Edmondactive in all its forms happily will be moving forward into its 9th season, and I am more than excited and humbled the print magazine has a demand and following, and that Edmondactive’s organically grown social networks of over 30,000 are still supportive and engaging.

Painted Sky Opera performs Tosca for the first time since the 1960’s in OKC and it’s a hit!

I had the opportunity to step out last Friday on my own and head to the Civic Center’s Freed Little Theater to see Painted Sky Opera’s rendition of Puccini’s Tosca. This particular opera hasn’t been performed in OKC since the 1960’s, and it’s return October 6th was a resounding success, after the weekend finished.

This opera was a tale of love, determination, deceit and sorrow, set originally in Rome during the Napoleonic wars, but for this performance’s purposes, moved forward to the Spanish Civil War era to emphasize the universal themes of love and bravery that persist even in the darkest of times.

This particular opera was fast moving, gripping, and the cast and crew did such an incredible job. This was my first time to ever see an opera, and if this performance was any indication of what I’ve missed over the years, I’ll be back in March when Painted Sky Opera presents the comedic Souvenir: a Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, and again in May when this company presents Three Decembers, both of which have never been performed in Oklahoma.

In its second season, Painted Sky Opera has enormous support and the Civic Center has asked Painted Sky Opera to be one of their resident companies. For more information, please visit Paintedskyopera.org, and consider becoming a season ticket holder, I can guarantee you will fall in love with their work.

Arcadian Getaway’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe to start Fall off right!

By Martha Hall, Innkeeper of Arcadian Getaways Cottages

Do you have a family holiday treat that everyone looks forward to, even if they are grown and married? Who would ever dream that the 4th of July could hold as much family tradition meaning as Christmas or Thanksgiving?!

It didn’t start out that way. Actually, 4th of July used to go right by us and we hardly even celebrated. We lived in a humble home on the west side of the tracks in downtown Edmond. The children were very little guys. It was a holiday from work, so of course we tried to sleep in. Then one 4th of July morning, we woke to find cars parked up and down our street and people walking to downtown! It was the first time we knew about the annual LibertyFest Parade in Edmond! As history tells, we moved from our humble home on the west side of the tracks to a fabulous historical home on the east side of downtown.

We lived right on the LibertyFest Parade route! For our family of 4, Mom and Dad and 2 little boys, the 4th of July grew into a great big party starting with breakfast at the Bed & Breakfast, a usually hot colorful parade, and followed with a huge potluck dinner for family and friends. There we were to celebrate the 4th of July in hometown style for the next 27 Independence Days! Let me share our tradition with you! We start the night before, making dough for Aunt Judy’s Cinnamon Rolls. Even the grandchildren get in on the action now. Miss Allie (15) made the dough for us last year! My son, Stephen, likes to roll them out precisely adding just right amount of butter, cinnamon sugar and pecans. The rolls bake in the morning along with Gail’s Chili Relleno Casserole. Grandma Edith looks forward to the fresh tomato salsa I make to go with the casserole. Also the night before, we start roasting the Beer Jalapeno Brisket and Martha’s Rub Ribs.

These would be the stars of the potluck dinner following the parade. Pastor Joe would go on and on about the brisket, made better every year he said. Yes, the holiday is tasty with family recipes and filled with stories. The morning that it started raining at 5 am after I had been up 2 hours baking for the party. It turned cold and we were afraid they would cancel the parade! We actually still had the parade but had to wear jackets! One year the holiday fell on Sunday so the parade was held on Monday, the 5th. Uncle Mark didn’t know that and early on Sunday morning he arrived with cousins Jason and Jesse for cinnamon rolls. Yes, he had to come back. There was Bob, the famous photographer from New York City, who came just to be with our family for the 4th of July. He invited friends to join us for lunch. Several of us were sitting with them at the dining table when his guest mentioned that he had been sailing. Jack asked if he had been sailing at Lake Hefner. Bob’s guest answered, “No, the America’s Cup.” The table became very quiet. No one could top that! We had our annual 4th of July guests, Virginia and Albert, who stayed in the Crown Jewel Suite to watch their children in the parade. Gary and I loved to carry their breakfast tray and candelabra out the back door of the Inn and over to their separate Villa. There was always a crowd lined up across the street waiting for the parade. We had an audience!

Our two little boys are grown now with wives and children of their own. Many of the family members that used to join us are gone. The Inn is gone. Yet the family love and tradition is as strong as ever. You see, it wasn’t the place that made the 4th of July great, it was the company, the love, and the tradition. Time moves on. We have moved to the country to host our guests. The 4th of July holds even more importance as we are grateful for the freedoms and opportunities afforded us as Americans. Our traditions may change yet making memories will carry on.

Judy’s Cinnamon Rolls

1 box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix

2 1/4 cups warm milk

2 pkgs. yeast

pinch of salt about

5 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let set, should begin bubbling if yeast is alive. After 5 minutes or so, add yeast to cake mix and salt. With dough hook in electric mixer, slowly add flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto floured counter and knead for 5-10 minutes. Place in large greased bowl, turning once to grease all of the dough, and cover with towel. Set in draft-free space and let rise 1 hour until doubled in size. Turn out onto floured counter again and roll into rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Spread with 1/2 cup melted butter, then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, raisins, and nuts (all to your own tastes). Roll wide side towards you and slice into 2 inch thick slices. Place slices in greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Let rise till doubled and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

Glaze… To powdered sugar gradually add milk until you get the desired consistency (not too thick, not too thin).

Brush with melted apple jelly immediately after removing from oven. Drizzle powdered sugar glaze over cinnamon rolls just before serving.


Citizen’s Bank of Edmond is at it again, with their support of all things local with a Cash Mob meant to encourage all of us to stop by new and existing local businesses and give our support! This week, Wednesday October 11, 2017 please stop by the newest boutique and salon Hello Love, at the north end of Broadway & Campbell, in Downtown Edmond, and welcome them to Edmond by joining in this Citizen’s Bank of Edmond Cash Mob.

Edmond Shines Tickets are now available at Edmondshines.Edmondfamily.org!

Shop Edmond This Week!

I am excited to head out for new Fall and Winter photos! This week retailers all over town have been getting prepared for Open House season in November. Here are some new items and specials going on, and I’d like to welcome Soulful Charm of Spruced Cooperative to Edmondactive for the holidays, they are such a talented set of sister in laws, you’ll love what they have in store for the upcoming season!

Emory Anne Interiors at 150th & Santa Fe

Anne is in the process of redesigning her Design Center in the back of the store for more convenience for all of you. Did you know you can request design help no matter the size of your space and even based on just a single piece of inspiration?! Anne prides herself on the level of customer service offered at Emory Anne Interiors, and so I’m excited to see what she comes up with in this space. Stop in to see how the over 29 vignettes are changing for the Fall season and upcoming holidays!

Edmond Wine Shop at 15th & Boulevard

With the seasons and our menu’s changing, stop in to stock up on new seasonal wines at Edmond Wine Shop! Remember, you save 10% when you buy 6 or more bottles of wine!

Paper Arts at 632 W Edmond Rd (next to The Fixx)

Be sure to follow Paper Arts at Facebook to receive Susan’s weekly updates within her newsletter, and to schedule your favorite upcoming holiday class and be in the know as to when Take and Make projects are available! Love some of the cards coming out of this adorable shop…

Serendipity Market at 917 E Danforth Rd

The Vendor’s at Serendipity Market are in full Fall swing and are already starting to debut Christmas decor! Stop by to see what’s new and keep your eye out for their holiday Open House announcement!

Two Doors Down Furniture Consignment on 33rd & Bristol Park Blvd.

Teri and Stacie are well underway planning their holiday Open House and they are cleaning and rearranging to get ready for all of you! This store carries gently used high end home furnishings and decor and so much more and inventory changes daily!

Soulful Charm inside of Spruced Cooperative at 610 S Kelly Rd

You might remember Soulful Charm as one of the previous vendor’s at Serendipity Market, and now they are inside of and part owner’s of Spruced Cooperative. When you walk into this really unique space you’ll immediately be inspired by the home decor, Soulful Charm clothing that always inspires and the amazing work space of Refunk My Junk in the back, as well as the adorable hair salon space. This boutique is open Tuesday through Fridays 10-6 pm and Saturdays 10-4 pm. Watch out for all new items at our Instagram account, as we highlight this sweet boutique during the holidays!

Thanks so much for reading, and keep your eye out this Friday to see what’s happening this weekend around Edmond!

Take Care ~ Sherri