From the editor: Summer traditions
Summer traditions tend to take shape in June.
For me, summer means listening to cicadas and june bugs while sitting on the patio. Growing up, our windows remained open until we absolutely had to turn on the air conditioner, which meant plenty of early June nights falling asleep to the cricket chirps of my rural Tulsa neighborhood. Nothing warms my heart more than nature’s nighttime chorus.
Berry picking is another tradition I’ve tried to carry into adulthood. There are several farms near Tulsa that cater to us city folk who yearn for the juicy taste of country life. I’ll be one of many venturing to the outskirts of Tulsa to pick blueberries and blackberries at farms like the ones featured in this month’s Where To.
Picnics are aplenty in the spring, summer and fall. Recently, most of my picnics have occurred on a sandbar while my husband and I kayak, but there’s nothing quite like finding a quiet, shady spot at a Tulsa park or attraction. We’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite picnic destinations, along with several recipes and places to pick up picnic items, in Natalie Mikles’ feature. I tend to preview her recipes before they hit the pages of TulsaPeople, and I must say the Lebanese Chopped Salad has already become a Brockman household favorite.
There’s nothing quite like a summer road trip. It’s a tradition I think we can all recollect and savor. There are several spots on my summer road trip itinerary, including Santa Fe, Kansas City and Eureka Springs. For some Okie-inspired fun, I’ll be taking the advice of Rhys Martin. He suggests a trip to southcentral Oklahoma and the Wichita Mountains. A road trip like that will help check several sites and cities off my Oklahoma bucket list, too.
June in Tulsa means many realized traditions as we flock to the multitude of summer events that have become a seasonal mainstay. Tulsa Tough and thousands of cyclists descend on Tulsa for three days of racing. Read about this year’s event and the pink-wearing Tulsa Tough Divas here. Our calendar has a bevy of summer traditions, such as the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s annual Chautauqua showcase, the Starlight Concert Band series at Guthrie Green, Tulsa Drillers games, and countless outdoor concerts around the city.
Whether you are new to Tulsa or have lived here since birth, you can’t deny that summer in Tulsa is special. Start your own Tulsa summer tradition this month with friends and family.
I promise you, it’s worth it.
See you around.