Karen and Mike Samis were hosts for an engagement party honoring daughters Carter Samis and her fiance, Fred Sellers III, and Katharine Samis and her fiance, Kent Regens. Carter and Fred will be married in November in Charleston, S.C., and Katharine and Kent will be married in May in Mexico. The Samis' yard was lighted, and an ivy and orchid wreath marked the garden gate. Orchids floated in the waterfall pool and in a big rock filled with water. A mantel in the side yard was decorated with Mexican pots filled with peonies, roses and orchids. For dinner, guests returned to the house. Carter wore a strapless green and white floral dress. Katharine wore a sleeveless beige, silk-beaded dress. Guests included Linda and Fred Sellers and Denise Hudson, Columbia, S.C.; Craig Regens, Iowa City, Iowa; Lynn and Jimmy Samis, Fort Worth, Texas; Sarah and Dustin Dorr, Corona Del Mar, Calif.; and Betty Lou and Mike Stewart, Louise and Clay Bennett, Mollie Bennett, Anne Heatly, Cindy and John Heatly, Michael Meade, Natalie and Jonathan Fowler, Shan Samis, Sherry and Jerry Cash, Fanny and Don Bolen, Becky and Brad Johnston, Kent Potter, Debora and Ronald Morey, Laura and Austin Kirkpatrick, Lawre Everest and Peter Everest, all of Oklahoma City. STAR ON HAND • Documentary film producer, writer, director and communications specialist David Kennard from San Francisco was in town recently to talk about his new documentary "ReCreating America” for national public television. He told of his plans for Oklahoma to be the subject for one of his hourlong film segments. He discussed his plans and fundraising efforts with guests at a cocktail buffet hosted by Lolly and Mike Anderson. "We want to show Oklahoma to itself,” Kennard said. "And show Oklahoma to the rest of the nation.” The series will feature seven creative people, seven eras of creativity and seven chapters in a creative life. Kennard also noted in a news release that the creativity theme for the documentaries would answer, "How does our social and work environment promote or tend to prevent creativity? Is creativity inherited? Can it be taught?” Kennard has produced and directed many international documentary series including "Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, "Connections” with James Burke, "The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski,” and more. Jeanie Edney, incoming director of Creative Oklahoma, discussed the center and creativity in commerce, culture and education. Among the guests were Lisa and Tom Price, Jeannette and Dick Sias, Lou Kerr, Ann and Burns Hargis, Jane and David Thompson, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Susan and Carl Edwards, and Marti Ferretti. DINNER UNDER THE STARS • If you heard excellent music while driving down Grand Boulevard near N Pennsylvania, it was not coming from your Sirius radio. It was the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing near the driving range of the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Tables for 350 members were set up at the "Evening in Hollywood” outdoor dinner and 90-minute concert. Orchestra members performed beneath a white tent. Champagne cocktails were served on the plaza near the golf shop. Black tablecloths and napkins were used, and centerpieces were tall crystal vases filled with white flowers. Caladiums and trees were used around the orchestra tent. MEET ME AT THE RIVER • One of the parties given in connection to the third annual Riverfest on the Oklahoma River was the VIP Launch Party at Regatta Park. Called "Rhythm and Ribs on the Oklahoma River,” the event featured a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the USS Oklahoma City submarine and Oklahoma City Navy Week. The U.S. Navy Freedom Band played, and guests enjoyed boating outings on the Devon Energy River Cruisers. There also were Chesapeake Boathouse tours. Events on Saturday and Sunday featured rowing races, river runs and walks, bicycle tours and lots of music. FANTASY GUEST • Cheryl Hewett celebrated her birthday with friends and a surprise guest: a large gorilla bringing her a birthday gift of a banana. Pots of flowers decorated the Hewett home, and garden utensils, seed packets and flowers decorated the buffet table. But the gorilla was not part of the theme. He danced the Twist, Watusi and Swim before revealing his identity. He was Dr. James Hochtritt, friend of the Hewett family. Although this was not a surprise party, the honoree was definitely surprised. Guests included Judy Keeton, Rose Clark, Wanda Myers, Sherry Quiring, Sherry Strebel, Andrea Jones, Jan Smith, Jane Thompson, Karen Swyden, Vicki Richards, Andy Snyder, Darlene Shadid and Robin Byford.
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