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Parties Extra: Jan. 14-21

Nick Tankersley Published: January 15, 2007

Casteels celebrate Epiphany with party

Patty and Len Casteel’s annual Epiphany festival in their home was the best ever. Friends gathered for excellent food and music.

Their collection of 50 sets of the Three Wise Men was displayed seemingly everywhere — on the mantel, the tables, at the front door and the fireplace hearth. Denise Smith and her band provided music.

The party, held Jan. 6, is always 12 days after Christmas.

The Casteel invitation noted: “‘Tis time to sing the carols of joy as we celebrate the birth of the Boy. We do this along with hymns of praise as the wise men did in olden days.”

Patty Casteel wore a black sweater embellished with sequined Wise Men.

Grandson Jaxon Casteel, 5, assisted the band on the drums.

Among the partygoers were Kaye and John Adams, Joe Kernke, Marilyn and Jim Case, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Julia and Bob Hinkle, Mike McPherson, Judy and Bill Phillips, Nita Giles, Shirley and Mike Kirshner, Bert Reed, Martha Baxter, Virginia and Stanley Brown, DeeAnn and Vance Winningham, Carol McCroskey, and Marcela Sullivan, who has just moved here from Tucson, Ariz.


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Fun with friends

Mary Marshall Eilerts, assisted by Sabrina Rogers, surprised their friend Mary Ann Morrison with a 65th birthday party Jan. 5 at Cousin’s. Everyone was seated and having a wonderful time when Mary Ann walked in. She received a sparkly tiara, which she wore throughout the party.

Balloons decorated the chairs. Precious photos of the honoree as a young girl, some in dance costumes, decorated all the tables.

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January Art Walk

The January Art Walk at the Paseo Art District opened Jan. 5 with receptions in most of the galleries. The show “Centennial Celebrations” at In Your Eye Studio and Gallery featured paintings, photography and jewelry. There was a wine-tasting party with wines from Sand Hill Vineyards near Calumet.

Artists showing at that gallery are Carolyn Chandler, Gayle Curry, Sarah Davison, Sue Hale, Jack Hill, Karen Orr, Randy Poe, Dana Powell, Jerry Rousseau and Doris Swanson. Closing date for the show is Jan. 27.

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Place to be

Game day at the Fiesta Bowl was filled with tailgating parties, pep rallies, marching bands, cheerleaders and the University of Oklahoma’s Boomer Bash at the alumni headquarters at the Westin Kierland Hotel. Seven hundred people attended that event.

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Surprising Bill

Deanna Kamp surprised her husband, Bill, at a 50th birthday party Jan. 2 at Bin 73 Wine Bar. There were 60 people there. Chris Balaban arranged the flowers, and Franny Pasternik made the cake. Other party food was from Bill Kamp’s Meat Market.

Shot glasses with photos of the honoree were given as party favors to guests who included Shannon and Chip Fudge, M.E. Gumerson, J.R. Hefner, James Mennella, Michelle and Ralph Frohling, Frank Boggs, Gerald Grimes, Joe White, Charles Weddle, Ken Brokaw, and Christa and Brooks Richardson.

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