Trish set out on her extraordinary outing with the Assisted Living and Memory Care Residents in July. They decided to visit the northeastern part of the state, first stopping in Tulsa to eat lunch at the Blue Rose Café. It is the only restaurant on the Arkansas River in Tulsa and it has a beautiful riverfront view from all around the entire restaurant. You can also eat outside on the deck…but since it was 100+ weather in Oklahoma that day, they opted to eat inside! The restaurant specializes in burgers, but they are also famous for their fried catfish, salads, pasta, and sandwiches.
After lunch, the group headed east to Claremore, Oklahoma… home of the famous Will Rogers. A tour guide was waiting to join the residents taking them through the Will Rogers Museum. There were many photos of Will Rogers throughout his career as an actor on the stage and in the movies. He was also a vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist and social commentator. He was most famous for his profound and witty quotes, such as “I don’t make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts,” “A fool and his money are soon elected,” “I am not a member of any organized political party, I am a democrat,” “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” and “Never let yesterday use up too much of today”. There are too many to mention, but he was way ahead of his time and certainly had a lot of insight into human behavior that still applies today. The museum is 19,052 square feet, opened November 4, 1938 and houses the largest amount of Will Rogers memorabilia in the country. There are 12 galleries, a children’s museum, theater and library. On the grounds is a sunken garden where Will Rogers, his wife Betty, and several family members are entombed. This was a very interesting and fun day for all!