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Parties Extra!---April 25, 2008---On The Oklahoma River

by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: May 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm •  Published: April 25, 2008

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Ray and Lou Ackerman were at the 2008 U.S. Sprint Canoe/Kayak Olympic Trials reception. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

STRICTLY VIP… A VIP reception was held during the 2008 U.S. Sprint Canoe/Kayak Olympic Trials. Location was at Regatta Park, adjacent to the Chesapeake Boathouse.

Members of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation were hosts and members of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau were co-hosts.

On the upper tier of Regatta Park, a three-piece jazz band called “Romantic Jazz” played for guests. A wine bar was set in the middle of the area and bistro chairs and tables and large comfy lounge ottomans were set up throughout the Park in conversation groupins. Mike Knopp welcomed guests and introduced the dignitaries.

The Devon Energy boat took guests down the Oklahoma River where canoes and kayaks were still coming in. The outdoor atmosphere by the River, with redbud trees in bloom throughout the Park, was celebratory.

Burns and Ann Hargis welcome Jim Vallion to their Stillwater home. (Photo by Lela Bennett Sullivan.)

The first party at Oklahoma State University’s Willham House, new home of OSU President Burns Hargis, and his wife, Ann Hargis, was given for members of the OSU art department.

The group was invited in appreciation for the works of art, on loan, that they have placed throughout the President’s home.

The Hargises invited members of the Art Department, faculty, staff and students, as well as other friends and associates, who assisted them in getting the home ready for occupancy. Hargis is the seventh OSU President to live there.

Linda Tuma Robertson, Kay Smith, Stacey Swafford and Maxine Permenter check out the artwork at the Oklahoma Art League guest day meeting .(Photo by David Faytinger).

PARTY FOR ART….Three artists gave the program at the Oklahoma Art League guest day meeting at All Souls Episcopal Church.

They were Linda Tuma Robertson, landscape oil paintings; Suzanne Mears, contemporary glass, and Carol Egger, jewelry designer.
Past presidents of the group were honored and OAL President-Elect Barbara Kerrick gave each of them a rose.

Ezell Potter, Erma Stewart, Wanda Davidson and Pam Woolbright were at the Ladies Music Club Tea .( Photo by David Faytinger).

LUCKY RECIPIENT…Wally Brown was the “2008 Musician of the Year” for the Ladies Music Club and he was introduced at the registration tea. The event was at the Mayflower Congregational Church.

Brown received commendations from Gov. Brad Henry, Mayor Mick Cornett and the Oklahoma Senate. After he received his honor, he played a piano solo.

Chairmen included Ezell Potter, hostesses and food; Pam Woolbright, decorations, and Kay Hedges, award chairman.

Nanette Everest, Jane White and Lacy Saak were among the artists at the Studio Gallery Art Show. ( Photo by David Faytinger).

NEW ART….Friends who paint together with Dennis Johnson as their teacher had a special art show at The Studio Gallery.

They cooked their own hors d’oeuvres and served wine to about 100 guests.

The watercolor, oil, acrylics and pastel painters and hostesses were Lu Beard, Anne Dalton, Sally Davis, Nanette Everest, Beth Hammack, Alice Hoffman, Bonne (cq) Hollingshead, Alice Jay, Claire Kennedy, Virginia Lynn, Peggy McMillen, Susan McPherson, Shirley Pool, Betty Rowntree.
And Lacy Saak, Mary Lee Smiser, Jann Schwabe, Mary Tevington and Jane White.

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by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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