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May 11, 2014

AND, STILL THE WATERS RUN: A little mom time; Activities can unite family for several hours

STILLWATER, Okla. — With consumer forecasts predicting spending increases for Mother's Day, most moms are assured of getting something on their special day. Yet, crayon cards and pasta jewelry are treasured handmade gifts from youngsters in the plethora of possible purchases. Because, what says “I love you” more than refined carbohydrates from the pantry glued to a picture frame or glittered rigatoni strung on hemp rope?

While painted dry macaroni necklaces are a right of passage for most moms, the greatest desire of many is to escape from the everyday duties of motherhood. But as children grow, the gift of time becomes more precious. Many moms with an empty nest would prefer spending an afternoon with their kids over any well-thought out present.

There are many ways to spend a day sometime with your mother in Stillwater. One suggestion from Gayle Robinson, a Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History founding member, is to purchase tickets now to “In the Garden,” a chance to step behind the locked gates of the Garden Pointe and Boulder Creek neighborhoods. The garden tour is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. June 7.  A reception with garden cuisine at the Sheerar Center from 3:30-5 p.m. will feature mini scallion pancakes with pesto and grilled shrimp from Good Little Eater, along with smoked salmon mousse in pastry cups, olive tapenade, pecan cheese wreath, fresh vegetable platter, rosemary bars, lemon meringue bars, lavender sugar cookies and lemon rose madeleines with rose petal punch and assorted wines. Enjoy a day with your mother with flowers, friends and food touring the 13 private gardens and two public gardens – the Sheerar Heritage Garden and Patsy's Path, along with the Kameoka International Friendship Garden. Tickets are $65 and are available at 702 S. Duncan St. The garden tour is not only a special way to spend time with your mother but benefits the Sheerar Museum.

 Supporting a cause is a great way to spend time together. Barbara Gnagy and her daughters, Jessica and Amelia, work together on mission projects including the Child S.H.A.R.E. Co-op. Sorting clothes and other tasks are ways the dedicated mother and her girls support a program they believe in – providing support for Circle of Care foster families. The co-op is available to provide encouragement and necessities to foster families as they welcome children into their homes. There are many ways to volunteer with the co-op. A meeting about services provided, along with information about foster parenting, is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. May 18 at the Stillwater First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Email or for more information.

Elizabeth Keys writes for the Stillwater News Press. “And, Still the Waters Run” tells stories about people and events in the area. Share your stories by emailing activities, photos or news tips to

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