October 2017

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JD SIMPSON by Don Steel

Recently I lost a friend and neighbor, and Mesta Park lost a long-time resident, JD Simpson.

JD and his beloved wife, Jackie, moved to 16th Street in 1950, and he remained here until his death on August 29th. Jackie carries on with grace and strength, in her ever stoic way, and continues to greet neighbors, mailmen, and children every day from her porch. It’s the same porch I met her and JD on when my children first rushed over there in 2007 as toddlers.

Over the years we became friends, and I will forever miss his bringing a chair over to my yard whenever any outdoor work was being done. He would sit and oversee the job while making comments here and there and just enjoying seeing the progress.

His death was the first that my children experienced of someone they loved and adored, and some of the younger ones on the 900 block of 16th Street still can’t grasp what it means for JD to be gone. His presence is deeply missed because he was a constant in all of our lives; a man who knew everyone’s name and all our comings and goings.

His life was one that I think we all hope to have and to emulate as we live out our lives in this neighborhood: loving the one you’ve chosen to spend your days with, working hard to support your family while raising little people that grow into adults with their own children and lives, and offering your time and energy to your community and city. Farewell to our JD. We will continue to love Jackie, sit on your porch, and hold your laugh and smile in our hearts.

MESTA FESTA THANKS

by Jennifer Bowman

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 22nd Annual Mesta Festa! We would especially like to thank our sponsors for their continued support. Thank you!

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HOMES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 40TH MESTA PARK HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

by Sarah Jordan and Katie Huskerson

Hello friends and neighbors! The weather is cooling off, Mesta Festa has come and gone, and it is time to start looking forward to the home tour. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 2nd, 4 - 8pm and Sunday, December 3rd, 1- 5pm! Wow! How things have changed in our neighborhood over the past four decades! Although the tour has grown and changed with the neighborhood, we are anxious to show you the same things that we always hope to show you on the first weekend in December: commitment to our community, honor of historic preservation, love of urban living, and a festive kick-off to your holiday season. Without further ado, is a list of participating homes on the 40th Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour!

  • 805 NW 19th Street
    The Home of Keri and Reagan
  • 812 NW 19th Street
    The Home of Dr. Elizabeth Hooper
  • 931 NW 18th Street
    The Home of Matt Warren and Randy Smith
  • 714 NW 18th Street
    The Home of Christine and Garrett Colton
  • 610 NW 17th Street
    The Home of Brittney and Marshall Matlock
  • 801 NW 17th Street (Refreshments)
    The Home of LaWanda and Dr. Jim Pickens
  • Wilson Arts Integrated School (Open for tours and festivities)

PRESERVATION OKLAHOMA PRESENTS: A DESIGNER HOLIDAY AT THE OVERHOLSER MANSION

by David Pettyjohn

For decades, the Henry Overholser Mansion served as the place for holiday parties and festivities. The home was adorned with decorations, and the rooms were filled with merriment and yuletide cheer. This year, those days return when Preservation Oklahoma presents A Designer Holiday at the Overholser Mansion.

Local designers from Interior Gilt, Winter House Interiors, A-Line Designs, and Calvert’s Plant Interiors have been selected to decorate rooms in the downstairs of the Overholser Mansion in their own unique style. The home will feature holiday trees and mantles reflecting styles from modern to traditional. Freedom Lawn Care will install holiday lights brightening the home’s exterior for neighbors and motorists. The home will be open for tours throughout the season during normal operating hours.

Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a dinner to kick off the event. For the first time in over a decade, a special preview dinner will take place in the mansion on Tuesday, November 28. The dinner will feature holiday music and a chance to meet with designers. Seating is very limited. Tickets are $150 each, and all proceeds will be used towards the upkeep and maintenance of the mansion.

In addition to the wonderful designers mentioned above, Preservation Oklahoma is seeking volunteers from Heritage Hills and Mesta Park to join in the festivities and decorate additional spaces. We have decorations available but would welcome more and a designer’s touch. The tentative date to decorate is Sunday, November 19.

For more information on the event or to volunteer, please contact Preservation Oklahoma at 405.525.5325 or david@preservationok.org.

HELP WANTED: HOME TOUR

by Sarah Jordan

The home tour committee is seeking involvement for the weekend of the tour (December 1-3) as well as in the weeks leading up to the tour. If you are interested in lending a hand, we would love to have your help! Please contact Sarah Jordan and Katie Huskerson at HomeTour@MestaPark.org for more info.

THANK YOU, MRS. BOWMAN!

by Sarah Jordan

My friend Jennifer is a terrifically hard worker, a committed neighbor, and a constant helping hand; she never shies away from a project, and she never drops the ball. This was all very obvious at this year's Mesta Festa. Heading up an event like Mesta Festa, especially so successfully, is no easy task. The list of details involved in hosting a festival for a few thousand of your closest friends is pretty daunting, and it's easy to forget how much work is involved to pull it off. Jennifer put in hundreds of hours over many, many months so that our neighborhood could host such a unique, exciting, fun-filled event for our city, and she deserves a huge THANK YOU and round of applause from all of us. If you see Jennifer, go give her a hug and thank her for all that she does to contribute to our little neighborhood. Great job, Jennifer!

 

September 2017

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22nd ANNUAL MESTA FESTA TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 24

by Jennifer Bowman

The Mesta Park Neighborhood Association presents the 2017 Mesta Festa, which will take place Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, located at NW 18th and Shartel Ave.

Mesta Festa is free and open to the public, and will include a beer and wine garden, outdoor games like bocce ball and kubb, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, sand volleyball, local artist and pop-up shopping booths, as well as food trucks. Funds raised at Mesta Festa benefit the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association, contributing a significant portion to its annual budget.

Admission to the beer and wine garden requires a wristband, which will be available for purchase at the entrance to the garden for $20 per person. (Only those 21 years of age and older may enter the beer and wine garden.) Mesta Festa t-shirts will also be available for sale on the day of the event. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

UPTOWN FUN(5)K IN MESTA PARK ON SEPTEMBER 24

by Jennifer Bowman

Uptown 23rd District Association is excited to work with Mesta Park on Uptown’s first ever fun run! We will start and finish our race at the edge of the Uptown District, 22nd and Shartel. Runners will head east on 22nd, and turn south on Robinson to wind back through the historic, tree-lined streets of Mesta Park and Heritage Hills. A detailed race map is located at www.uptown23rd.com/5k. After the race, runners will head to Mesta Festa to celebrate. Runners will be in Mesta Park for the event from 9:30am to 11:00am on Sunday, September 24th.

Uptown 23rd is working closely with the City of OKC and your Mesta Festa planning committee to be sure we have appropriate safety and traffic control options in place.

This is one of the first runs of the fall season in Oklahoma City. Our friend, Bronda Williams of Precision Timing Solutions, will manage this chip-timed, USATF certified race. All ages are welcome, and runners who are 21+ receive a special deal on their run registration: a wristband to the Mesta Festa beer garden!

Thanks to Mesta Festa, we have an awesome after-race party. Plus, there are awards, swag bags for our runners and some other fun surprises in store. We’ll see you all there!

RUN DETAILS at www.uptown23rd.com QUESTIONS: Call Amanda de la Torre at Uptown, 405-698-2320

June - July 2017

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Annual Neighborhood Picnic & Business Meeting

by Reagan Bradford

All residents of Mesta Park are invited to the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association’s Annual Neighborhood Picnic and Business Meeting at Perle Mesta Park located at NW 18th Street and Shartel Boulevard on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm. MPNA will provide the fried chicken along with sodas, water and ice. Residents of even- numbered houses are asked please to bring a vegetable, and

residents of odd-numbered houses are asked please to bring a fruit dish or dessert. For any residents of Mesta Park that are not members of the Neighborhood Association or the Historic Neighborhood Security Association, the picnic will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about becoming members. A table will be set up with information and membership forms for the residents. The proposed slate of officers and board members is listed on page 5 of this newsletter.

An invitation has been extended to the local Fire Department, EMSA, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City Police department to attend the picnic. All residents of Mesta Park are encouraged to attend the picnic for an evening of good food and community. Come mingle and eat, and don’t forget your picnic blanket and chairs!

KIDICAL MASS OKC

by Tom Peryam

Come ride with Kidical Mass OKC! Join us on June 10th at Perle Mesta Park at 10 AM. We'll have some socializing and a safety check- in before we depart at 10:30. The June ride is all about "Fun in the Sun" so we will be heading to the splash pad at McKinley Park in historic Classen-Ten-Penn (1.1 miles away). Bring towels and sunscreen and, of course, your bike! Kidical Mass is a slow, family- friendly bike ride where no one gets left behind. Two wheelers, trail-a-bikes, trailers, cargo bikes, etc. are all welcome. Parents, please plan on riding with your kids. Ride Fun! Ride Safe! Ride Together!

Wilson School News

by Susan Marshall-Armstrong

Annual Wilson Yard Sale, June 3! We need your toys, furniture, sporting goods, and other donations!

Donation dates will be Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 before Saturday’s sale.

Congratulations to our very own Shannon Larsen! She is the OKCPS 1st runner-up for district Teacher of the Year!

It has been a wonderful year at Wilson Integrated Arts! We would like to thank our tutors for all their hard work this school year. We would also like to thank all the people who support us year after year, such as our friends at Sonic for our beautiful landscaping and the hundreds of volunteer hours they provide each year. A huge Thank You to Wilson Arts Inc. for all of your support and generosity, and Cathedral of Hope church for our extra school supplies and all your support.

Have a fun and safe summer Wolves!

Fall 2017 Enrollment, Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade.

New student enrollment for all grades Pre-K through 5th will be July 17th -28th 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Returning student address verification (mandatory for all students) will be July 17th -21st.

First day of school is Tuesday August 1, 2017.

(NOTE: 6th grade will enroll at Taft Middle School starting in 2017-18)

22nd Annual Mesta Festa To Be Held September 24

by Jennifer Bowman

The Mesta Park Neighborhood Association presents the 2017 Mesta Festa, which will take place Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, located at NW 18th and Shartel Ave. Mesta Festa is free and open to the public, and will include a beer and wine garden, outdoor games like bocce ball and giant Jenga, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, sand volleyball, local artist and pop-up shopping booths, as well as food trucks. Funds raised at Mesta Festa benefit the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association, contributing a significant portion to its annual budget. For more information contact: Jennifer Bowman, (405) 426-9698 or jenbowman24@gmail.com

Proposed Slate of MPNA Officers and Board Members for 2017-18

The Nominations Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of individuals who have expressed their willingness to serve as officers and board members next year:

Officers: (serve a one-year term)

President: Don Steel
Vice-President: Cassi Peters
Secretary: Jennifer Bowman
Treasurer: Amy Dalebroux

Board Members: (serve three-year terms)

Term Ends 2018:
David Howald Steve Mathis Sherry Helsel Tyler Clinton Sarah Jordan

Term Ends 2019:
Dr Leonardo Baez Tyler Huskerson Lawanda Pickens Matt Hix
Dr Amy Wisniewski

Term Ends 2020:
Clayton Fike Micah Andrews David Carlson Ru Bradley Kyle Olson

Thank you to these members who have graciously agreed to serve our neighborhood in these positions. In June, the Nomination Committee will be slating Vice Chairs for the various committees in the neighborhood. Please take a look at the different ways you can get involved by visiting http://www.mestapark.org/association-leaders. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please contact President Don Steel at president@mestapark.org.

Dates to Remember

June 3: Wilson Yard Sale
June 10: Kidical Mass OKC, Perle Mesta Park, 10am
June 13: Picnic in the Park, Perle Mesta Park, 6:30pm
Sept 24: Mesta Festa, 12-6pm, Perle Mesta Park

May 2017

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MPNA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

by Jenn Tupps

As a voluntary neighborhood organization, we rely on your donations to keep our neighborhood great! Thank you to the following neighbors for joining the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association:

  • Sean & Jenny Bauer James & Natasha Bennett Annie Bohanon
  • Andy & Jennifer Bowman Kristi Baumeister
  • Judy Denwalt
  • David & Jane Edmonds Bonnie Goodrich
  • John Heisch
  • Sherry Helsel
  • Greg & Julie Johnson
  • Kirk & Michele Keller
  • Justin Lawrence
  • Robin Olander
  • Edgardo Szyld
  • Terry Taylor
  • Jim Tomasek & Carol Haaksma Lauren Warkentine

ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC & BUSINESS MEETING

by Reagan Bradford

All residents of Mesta Park are invited to the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association’s Annual Neighborhood Picnic and Business Meeting at Perle Mesta Park located at NW 18th Street and Shartel Boulevard on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm. MPNA will provide the fried chicken along with sodas, water and ice. Residents of even numbered houses are asked please to bring a vegetable, and residents of odd-numbered houses are asked please to bring a fruit dish or dessert. For any residents of Mesta Park that are not members of the Neighborhood Association or the Historic Neighborhood Security Association, the picnic will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about becoming members. A table will be set up with information and membership forms for the residents.

An invitation has been extended to the local Fire Department, EMSA, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City Police department to attend the picnic. All residents of Mesta Park are encouraged to attend the picnic for an evening of good food and community. Come mingle and eat, and don’t forget your picnic blanket and chairs!

WILSON SCHOOL NEWS

by Susan Marshall-Armstrong

Movie Night at Wilson, May 19th! Please join the Wilson Elementary PTA for a movie night on Friday, May 19th! We will be showing the movie Sing. This is a FREE event hosted by the Wilson PTA, and we would love to see many of our neighbors there. We will also provide a meal of pizza, fruit, and popcorn at a cost of $5/person. The movie will begin at 7:30 PM on the playground, but the gates will open at 6:00 PM for food and playtime. Bring your sleeping bags or camping chairs and join us for a night of fun!

Annual Wilson Yard Sale, June 3! We need your toys, furniture, sporting goods, and other donations! Donation dates will be Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 before Saturday’s sale.

22nd ANNUAL MESTA FESTA TO BE HELD SEPT 24

by Jennifer Bowman

The Mesta Park Neighborhood Association presents the 2017 Mesta Festa, which will take place Sunday, September 24, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, located at NW 18th and Shartel Ave. Mesta Festa is free and open to the public, and will include a beer and wine garden, outdoor games like bocce ball and giant Jenga, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, sand volleyball, local artist and pop- up shopping booths, as well as food trucks. Funds raised at Mesta Festa benefit the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association, contributing a significant portion to its annual budget. For more information contact:

Jennifer Bowman, (405) 426-9698 or jenbowman24@gmail.com

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OU STUDENTS DONATE TIME & ENERGY TO PERLE MESTA PARK

by JB Schuelein

OU students and staff representing two campus organizations participated in the University’s Big Event on April 1st to give our neighborhood park a thorough Spring cleaning. The OU Muslim Student

Association (MSA) and the South Asian Student Association (SASA) brought nearly 50 students who gave up their Saturday morning moving tons of mulch around all the trees, painting the handrails around the gazebo, pulling weeds, raking leaves (and thousands of sweet gum balls) and

generally made our park a cleaner, safer space for all to enjoy.

The students were assisted by nearly two dozen Mesta Park neighbors, families and friends who provided oversight and snacks, bottled water and Gatorade to ensure the group was nourished and hydrated for our work day.

The OU Big Event is a day of community service when students volunteer at local non-profit organizations across the entire Oklahoma City metro area. Nearly 6,000 students representing more than 100 campus organizations participated this year and, in addition to Perle Mesta Park, helped with other neighborhood projects including along NW 23rd in Uptown and at Wilson School.

Mesta Park Neighborhood Association expresses its most sincere thanks to OU President David Boren and the OU Big Event Committee for their continuing support for this outstanding program – and particularly the Muslim Student Association and the South Asian Student Association, who donated their time and energy to make our park look so very nice.

DAVE KNOX

by Steve Mathis

Daguerreotype and Tintype are terms from the early days of photography. The name Matthew Brady might come to mind to some. Dave Knox is a photographer right here in Mesta Park that not only is familiar with these processes but specializes in them as an artist.

Dave was born in Wichita but moved with his family to Edmond in 1966. After high school he attended Baylor University in Waco Texas, graduating with a degree in history. Like most history majors Dave has been driven by his interest in History for the rest of his life but never actually “used” it in a commercial sense. He then received an M.B.A. in International Management, from the American Graduate School for International Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

In fact he went into the Import/Export business after school. Ever wondered where the old equipment goes when your dentist upgrades his office? Dave knows – he sold used dental equipment to Russian dentists for two years. After a studio tour when he was 30 he decided that he wanted to pursue art as a career. Specifically he was interested the field of photography, and took night classes.

Night school was not quite enough so he moved to Atlanta and attended Photo School for 18 months to complete his training. This led to a 10-year career in commercial photography – shooting for brochures, model portfolios and annual reports. At the same time, he taught classes in photography for continuing education classes. This paid the bills and allowed him some freedom to pursue his real interest in art. Around the turn of the century he began a transition to art photography after taking classes in the process of Tintype and daguerreotype.

In 2003 thru 2005 he went back to school at the San Francisco Art Institute to get his MFA in Photography. He moved back to Atlanta and continued to teach and shoot. A gallery owner saw some of his work and encouraged him to continue on the path to being a full time artist. Dave found his calling in the history of the south, driving back roads with a Polaroid 665 to capture images on the road after he got a commission to document the South in pictures.

Dave prints these images on metal. In his words: “The ghosts of past centuries find undisturbed refuge from the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains down to the fertile flatlands of the Coast. They inhabit the remains of yesterday while lingering stubbornly in the world of today. In my photography the past resides in the present in many forms - land, crops, architecture, and people. I seek out those images that harbor these ghosts and, acting as icons, deliver a modern interpretation of such themes as religion, home, loss, ritual, birth, and death.”

Dave moved back to Oklahoma in 2012 and settled in Mesta Park. He supervised construction on two houses in MP while he was settling in to the creative side of the city. Now he is close to his mom and enjoys living in the neighborhood. His house on NW 21st is a Craftsman bungalow that is decorated with photos and art. In the back is his “map” room; a comfortable bar and reading area decorated with framed maps, including one cherished keepsake: the map his father used to sight German positions as a reconnaissance officer during World War II.

Dave’s work can be seen at knoxphoto.com. It is well worth a visit to see the images.

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 19: Wilson Movie Night, Wilson

School, 6pm Food, 7:30pm Movie June 3: Wilson Yard Sale

June 13: Picnic in the Park, Perle Mesta Park, 6:30pm

Sept 24: Mesta Festa, 12-6pm, Perle Mesta Park