Fairmont Creamery Breathes New Life

Today we drove into Lawton, OK.  Not for groceries for a change but to take a look at The  Fairmont Creamery Co. historic building be renovated and take photos. Fairmont2It was languishing amidst of other brick buildings long time abandoned and then fortuitously someone had enough imagination and the vision to see it brought back to life. As I peeked through the windows I discovered that major work has been done but there is a lot more to do and a load of bricks stacked up in front  of the building in the ready. These folk who take it upon themselves to preserve history are my heroes.

fairmont1 Fairmont3Fairmont Creameries were once spread out through the mid section of the US as far north as Minnesota, as far east as Buffalo NY and as far south as Lawton, OK. It all started about 1930 in Iowa. They must have been built to last as a number of them have been restored/ repurposed as Lofts and retail space which is the plan for the Lawton version

Check out these links to other Fairmont Creameries.


Kicking the Bucket List


I had never even heard of the term “Bucket List” until the movie came out. Maybe its a good list to have if someone just gave you the news that you time is limited. We all have expiration dates we just don’t know when or how. The way I view my life I have done amazing things, gone amazing places, met and heard amazing people and experienced much more than most can imagine. I have no need for a bucket list.


I have traveled and toured 45 states, toured and/or worked in 9 countries outside the US. To get to these places I took cars, trains, airplanes, bus and boats (mostly ferries). Among my favorite places: Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, St. Augustine, FL, Portland, OR, Taos, NM and Natchez, MS. I haven’t taken count of the Museums I have been to but no matter where I visit if there is a museum I go.

Name Dropping

I’ve seen near 100 live performances by some of the most famous bands and bands that would become famous like Elton John when he was the warm band. I have been present during readings by extraordinary writers, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Toni Morrison, Alice Walk and Scott Momaday. I took in two Broadway plays in NYC, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Sunday in the Park with George”. Being an illustrator I have the opportunity to meet and or talk to renowned artists, Tom Wilson (Ziggy) was my boss, Garfield creator Jim Davis, visited Laurel Burch,  Debbie Mumm and Mary Englebreit in their Studios. Lest I should forget was the chance talk given by Jacques Cousteau. FYI: Coincidently we share a birth date.


I’ve ran down the center of Medicine Park dressed as Little Britches the outlaw. Performed Western reenactments for the likes of NATO visitors. Given demonstrations and talk before audiences of all ages and size of groups. Concepted and graphically illustrated characters for cards and licensing including Strawberry Shortcake and Friends, Care Bears and Get-Along-Gang. Slid down a 60ft concrete slide in the historic Castro district of San Francisco.

As you can surmise by my life experiences are more like a book of lists. I am 70, more Travel, Performances, People, Action will be added not because it is a goal because the opportunity presents itself.


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Artists Never Retire: My Recent Art


Muriel Fahrion lifts her glass to Creativity

Muriel Fahrion lifts her glass to Creativity

Just in case you were wondering what the woman who was a concept artist on Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and friends back in the 70s and 80s is doing today I have added a place you can view my are and if you are so inclined you can purchase a print. I do not do mass printings. I print them at home on high quality paper. Hand sign and date them. I know longer work for corporations but for myself. Click Here to view online portfolio.


No Cable, No Dish, No Direct TV, No Kidding

When cable became the hot thing back in the late 70s and 80s we were the hold outs. We got calls all the time (too often during dinner) giving us better and better deals if would only subscribe. Our kids were in their growing years. They never really begged us for cable. Or if they did I chose not to hear them. One summer as we sat quietly in the backyard two men walked back our driveway. I assumed because of the suits that they must have been Jehovah Witnesses. It was a bit of shock to find out they were cable salesmen. I guess we were the last hold out in our suburb. We could have afforded it we just didn’t see the need.

1991 we moved (because of job) to Chicago. Our son stayed in Cleveland where he was going to College our daughter 16 came with us kicking and screaming. I promised her cable.

1995 we moved to Oklahoma for a job again. Our daughter was not amused. We kept cable and she got the first cell phone in the family as she went off to college. My interest in cable was minimal. HGTV, A&E, and CNN were the most watched for me. History and Discovery for my husband.

2002  my job disenigrated. We moved to the small town of Medicine Park. Cable was not an option as we lived on a small mountain, although Direct TV and Dish were and are doable our budget was tight we didn’t give a thought to pay for TV. After awhile finances got better and my daughter (now living in Tulsa) thought she’d give us Direct TV for Christmas. My husband and I looked at each other and said “NO thank you” in unison. We didn’t miss it, we didn’t need it and we would rather spend our money on something else.

We have nothing against TV. Currently we watch network TV and PBS starting with the 5 o’clock news and a couple of shows, cop dramas or PBS series a night. Occasionally we take in a movie through HULU. Our TV is hardly ever on after 10:15. If the only offering is reality shows, predictable comedies or reruns we just turn it off.  As for daytime TV we might turn it on for breaking news or sever weather  but that’s the exception.

Let this be a declaration, if you are Cable, Direct or Dish TV salesman don’t waste your time or money sending us any more ads we are not your customer base. I don’t imagine any salesman coming up our steep driveway anyway.

Kyffin watches AFV

Kyffin watches AFV