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Kappa Alpha Theta's have Flaming Festival in Oklahoma City

by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: May 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm •  Published: November 9, 2010

Pansies (Kappa Alpha Theta flower) greeted guests as they arrived at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club for the 54th annual Flaming Festival. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

The Kappa Alpha Theta Flaming Festival at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club featured White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib.  He cooked there from 1995-2005 and has written a cookbook called “White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen.” The Festival, featuring 18 decorated tables, a pantry filled with homemade foods, candles, and 18 commercial tables, was from  10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Scheib spoke at noon.

Scheib also planned the luncheon menu with wonderful recipes from his cookbook which included sweet corn and Maryland crab soup, lime and tequila-glazed chicken breast with tropical fruit salsa and mango barbecue sauce and peach and blackberry cobbler with honey lavender ice cream

Table themes included “Our Most Important Guests…Our Children” by Kim Henry; “Falling for Theta,” by Sarah Geiger, Kristen Bohanon and Dana Clifton; “Award Night on the Silver Screen” by Linda Kennedy Rosser; “Whimsical Christmas” by Oklahoma City Theta Moms Club and “A Sentimental Sisterly Social” by Judy Phillips and Janie Axton.

Two Pi Phi guest tables were also featured: “Sisters Birthday Tea-Dreaming of Paris” by Aimee Harlow and “Pi Beta Phi Celebrates 100 Angelic Years with OKC Thetas” by Betty Crow, Beth Hammack, Debbie McCord, Jan Smith and Kay Smith.

Among the commercial tables were Bebe’s, Casey’s, Trochta’s, 42nd Street Candy Co. and No Regrets.

The tea table was decorated with stacks of white plates and soup tureens creating a White House look with roses and greenery. Tea cookies, baked by members, were on the tables and Kappa Alpha Theta past presidents poured tea and coffee.

Janie Axton and Sue Ryan were co-chairmen. Committee members were Emily Blake, Martha Bradshaw, Julie Branch, Leanne Deason, Lisa Elder, Jill Farrand, Betsy Felton, Lisa Franklin, Kathy Hendrickson, Millie Hightower, Teri Hubbard, Suzanne Holmgren, Becky Johnston, Carol Joullian, LeAnn Lienhard, Mary Lippert, Anne Looney, Joan Markwell, Penny McCaleb, Barb Munneke, Beth Portman, Lisa Prince, Johnna Schick, Susan Sigmon, Betty Lou Stewart, Kay Lynn Sturm, Barbara Thornhill, Marsha Waldo, Mary Lynn West and Camilla Winfrey.

Chef Walter Scheib, Beth Portman, Janie Axton, Sue Ryan greet guests as they arrive.

“My Granny’s Treasures” was the theme of Bonnie Waters Schwarz and Marge Waters’ table.

This table, called “Autumn’s Delight” was set by Connie Weber and Joan Zubik for CASA of Oklahoma City.

Kappa Alpha Theta Moms decorated this table. It was called “Whimsical Christmas.”

Marni  Sigmon and Susan Sigmon check out the fabulous Pansy Pantry stacked with cakes, cookies, pies, sauces and other holiday treats.

Beth Portman, Janie Axton, Sue Ryan and Lisa Elder have fun at the Flaming Festival.

Pi Phi guest Aimee Harlow set this table. She called it “Sisters Birthday Tea-Dreaming of Paris.”

“Visions of Sugar Plums” table setters were Beth Lockard, Beth Portman, Susie Kemp, Laura Ratliff and Suzanne Bockus.

The Tea Table.


Pansy Patch honorees supported the Festival and were acknowledged on the Pansy Wall.


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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