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ON THE COVER: The Milky Way shines over Black Mesa, where night skies unpolluted by city lights provide optimal stargazing conditions. Photograph by Kim Baker.
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The Night Shift
Though they are big, the state’s skies are anything but empty. In rural areas like Black Mesa, the Gloss and Wichita Mountains, and Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma nights offer owe-inspiring views of the galactic neighborhood.
Photography by Kim Baker
Are you an iPod addict? Take a journey through the state’s music scene. Are you fascinated by geology? Northwest Oklahoma beckons. School is out for summer, and the highways are calling. In these ten maps, we illustrate a road trip for any interest and a way to fill the days until the bell rings again in August.
Illustrations by JJ Ritchey
When Guymon experienced an influx of African immigrants displaced by decades of war, famine, and political strife, the town opened its arms to new residents with an exuberant festival celebrating their diverse cultures.
By Holly Wall
Photographs by Arlene Winfrey
Going Wild: The Oklahoma Today Guide to Camping
The idea of camping pulls many travelers in two directions: The desire to commune with nature is strong, but embarking on an outdoor getaway can be daunting In this extensive package, adventure writers Susan and Bill Dragoo demystify the process, showing would-be campers the where, the how, and the why of roughing it in Oklahoma.
By Susan and Bill Dragoo
60 Years of Photography: Part Three
For Oklahomans, watching the sky is more than a pastime—it’s a fascination bordering on the religious. These ten images represent some of the best weather photographs ever to appear in the magazine’s sixty-year history.
Celebrate nine decades of Route 66 with a trip down the Mother Road; near the Tenkiller Lake dam, Blue Doors at Tenkiller welcomes travelers who want to relax without an agenda; find jewelry, books, fashion, and food in downtown Weatherford; and in Muskogee, G Fest’s inaugural outing brings can’t-miss musical performances.
Ducky Reding turns his Geary plumbing shop into a destination for homemade creations; Casey Moeller, an Okie living in Texas, shares what she misses most about her home state; Oklahoma City seamstress Carolyn Humphrey makes customers’ sartorial dreams a reality; and World Literature Today editor Daniel Simon shares book recommendations—and a new poem.
Writer Silas Allen travels the state in search of the ultimate plate of chicken and waffles—visiting Mama E’s in Oklahoma City, Caz’s Chowhouse in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, and Brooklyn’s Restaurant in Stillwater for an inventive take on this classic. And just in time for Cinco de Mayo, learn to make your own queso—with help from McNellie’s in Tulsa.