Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Green Drinks at The Canebrake

While I'm not sure what you might look for on a vacation, or a weekend getaway, I can tell you what suits my taste: rest, relaxation, good food, peace & quiet, healthy activities, and massage. A book and wine are typically included in that mix, in more than one (if not all) of those areas. It isn't so often that I can find all of that under the labels of sustainable, organic, local... In fact, hotels and resorts can be quite the opposite. But we have a special little gem here in Oklahoma: The Canebrake.

The Canebrake is Oklahoma's only certified ECO resort. This beautiful country get-away (think Napa, with an Oklahoma twist), is the premier boutique resort in this region. Owners Sam and Lisa Bracken, Executive Chef and CYO - Chief Yoga Officer (no, that is not her official title but I deemed it fitting for now!), moved back to Sam's family roots and started building their vision. It began with the Yoga Barn and has grown into a resort that offers not only accommodations but also a spa, restaurant, live music venue, boutique, and events center.

September 8th, 6-9pm
The Canebrake
33241 East 732nd Road
Wagoner, OK 74467

If you haven't guessed by now, it's a pretty nice place. So when The Canebrake and Green Drinks decided to partner I was more than excited - I was thrilled to shine a light on a company that has made such great strides to create a sustainable operation which respects the land and the well being of it's guests. And it isn't just the ambiance of the resort itself. Lisa, Sam, and Marketing Director Adam Miller are lively and welcoming people. All three of these folks have a magnetic energy that clearly says "I love what I do for a livin'" I can't blame them...

We will be hosting September's Green Drinks #2 (see previous entry for #1) on September 8th from 6-9pm at The Canebrake. There will be live music from Rick Reily on the patio, complimentary snacks, and a cash bar. Wagoner is approximately 45 minutes from Tulsa, so please consider carpooling or riding with friends. Remember, it's a green event! For those interested, there is a yoga class taught by Lisa at 6pm - Hour of Power - for $10. The entrance to the Yoga Barn is next to the main entryway.

It is not often that events such as this are hosted out here, at no cost to you. That's right, it is free. You will not want to miss this opportunity to visit, but you must RSVP for this event. Please send your RSVP to me directly at amandakforman@gmail.com.

An Evening With Jonathan Safran Foer

Green Drinks is very excited to be partnering, once again, with Booksmart Tulsa to welcome author Jonathan Safran Foer. He will be speaking at Congregation B'Nai Emunah on September 2nd at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

"What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument."
—O, The Oprah Magazine

"One of the most distinctive literary voices of his generation." - Malcolm Gladwell

"I'm still eating meat but I'm eating less of it. And, I'll never look at shrink-wrapped chicken cutlets the same way again."
—Mickey Rapkin, GQ

He can be seen here on Larry King Live discussing his new book along with Anthony Bourdain and Dr. Colin Campbell.

Jonathan is also the author of Everything Is Illuminated, which was made into a film in 2002, starring Elijah Woods.

This is an event you will not want to miss.

Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 South Owasso Avenue
September 2nd, 7-11:30pm
Free and open to the public

For more inforation on Booksmart Tulsa, visit www.booksmarttulsa.com

Sunday, August 1, 2010

smartcenter Tulsa and Green Drinks pair up for August's event

This twosome is a match made in Hambach, France (where the smart fortwo is manufactured) and Tulsa, OK. Green cars in a city where personal vehicles are the primary means of transportation are an ideal solution to improving our air quality and fuel economy, which is exactly what you can discover at the August event. This month we will host our monthly Green Drinks at smatcenter Tulsa.

Created back in 1993, these cars have been saving space on the road for over a decade. The smart fortwo is 8 ft shorter that the average American car. In fact, if every vehicle sold in the US were a smart, this would free up 24,242 miles of roadway (which is just shy of the circumference of Earth). I bet all those folks who commute to and from the 'burbs would appreciate getting home a little sooner. The small size of the vehicles is also part of how they maximize fuel economy. These cars get 33 city/41 highway MPG. For reference, one of the more popular SUVs sold in the US gets 11 city/16 highway MPG. That is TRIPLE the savings on emissions and (arguably) more importantly your wallet.

It's not just what these cars don't use after production, it's also what they save before they make it to their happy eco-friendly owners. The parts are shipped in re-usable containers and the cars themselves are 95% recyclable. How do they do that? You'll have to come to Green Drinks and ask the specialists themselves!

The representatives from smart center Tulsa will present the green features of the smart. Enjoy catering from Bohemia and sip on a glass-o-vino while listening and mingling.

What: Green Drinks and smarts, catering from Bohemia Catering
Where: smart center Tulsa - 9393 S Memorial Drive
When: August 11, 2010 from 6-8pm

While you're at it, mark your calender for next month, because you are going get a double dose of Green Drinks. That's right. (Apparently two is the magic number these days) On September 2nd we're partnering, once again, with Booksmart Tulsa to welcome author Jonathan Safran Foer. He'll be speaking about his newest released book: Eating Animals. This event will be held at Congregation B'Mai Emunah. On September 15th you will get a once and a lifetime, complimentary treat at The Canbrake. We'll hear how owners Sam and Lisa Bracken have made this little slice of heaven the greenest resort in the Mid-West. Meanwhile you'll be able to enjoy the live music and catering. If you haven't been out to The Canebrake, I highly reccomend it. Eat at the top notch restaurant, take a yoga class, get a massage, go for a hike, just go and unplug!! It is an awesome, awesome (yeah, double awesome) place.

See you next Wednesday!!