LEE ALLAN SMITH DAY→What, who: Dinner, dancing and unveiling of a Lee Allan Smith statue. Gov. Brad Henry designated Jan. 30 as Lee Allan Smith Day in Oklahoma. Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed Lee Allan Smith Day in Oklahoma City. There are two statues for the honoree: one at State Fair Park; the other at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. →Where: Centennial Building at State Fair Park was converted into an elegant room with white leather sofas and chairs, chandeliers, tall glass centerpieces filled with yellow orchids and topped with chocolate brown lampshades. Candles and orchids were on the dinner tables. →Giving tributes: Ed deCordova, Tom McDaniel, Clay Bennett, Mike Anderson and master of ceremonies Barry Switzer. →Also: Tom McDaniel announced the creation of the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma Legacy Award, honoring a person who exemplifies the spirit of Oklahoma’s people and promotes the community.
CELEBRATING KAREN, KATHY→Celebration: A party honored Karen Browne and Kathy Walker, two of Oklahoma City University 2009 Women of Distinction honorees. →Hostesses: Friends of Browne and Walker who gave the party were Gene Barth, Annie Bohanon, Cheryl Browne, Ann Hoover, Sue Ann Hyde, Karen Luke, Polly Nichols, Lela Sullivan and Carol Troy in the Troy home. →Setting: One of January’s snowy and icy days. People had been housebound several days and, although it was slick on the streets, no one missed this party that featured lovely springlike flowers of white roses, irises, tulips and hydrangeas, and the pretty honorees.
AFTERNOON TEA→Party: The tea honored past and present Byliner Award honorees prior to the 51st annual Byliner Awards dinner, held Feb. 5. This year’s winners are Miki Farris, Marti Ferretti, Molly Ross Fritch, Cathy C’Connor, Marion Paden, Sandra Gales Shapard and Billie Thrash. →Hostesses: Members of the Association for Women in Communications in the home of Susan Chambers, 2008 Byliner honoree. →Introductions: WIC President Amanda Spencer.
FRIENDS CELEBRATE JANUARY→Who: Friends who share January birthdays met in the home of Ranell Brown to celebrate. Co-hostesses were Carleen Burger, Anne Holbrook, Lil Ross and Betsy Thorpe. →Sweet treats: Three birthday cakes were decorated with fresh flowers. →Decor: Trees were decorated with heart ornaments. The table had crystal hearts and large bowls and vases filled with red, white and pink candies.
COFFEE, CONVERSATION, FINE ART→Sustainers: Seventy Junior League sustaining members met in the home of Julie Hall. Sustainer co-chairmen are Sally Stringer and Sandy Meyers. →Speaker: Ghislain d’Humieres, director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He talked about his life in auction houses, museums and at OU. →Admission fee: To get in the door, sustainers brought new children’s books to support the Junior League literacy program.
SURPRISE BIRTHDAYS→Honorees: Pearl Hamblin and Myrle Janota, 92-year-old twins; Geneva Hyatt, 97; and Flossie Cutsinger, 91, for a birthday party. →Hostess: Mary Duncan entertained honorees and 25 of their friends in her home. "They were all raised close together, and their birthdays are a few days apart,” Duncan said.