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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 14

Receptions, Birthdays, Cocktail Party, Pahellenic Luncheon, Awards, Opening party
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: April 14, 2013
/articleid/3785575/1/pictures/2011296">Photo - Shelly Soliz, Sherry Sage, Jan Schechter, state Sen. Constance N.  Johnson. PHOTO BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
Shelly Soliz, Sherry Sage, Jan Schechter, state Sen. Constance N. Johnson. PHOTO BY DAVID FAYTINGER, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Officers: Officers of the group include Blackburn, president; Millonn Lilly, event chairman/ vice president; Suzanne Bockus, secretary; Amy Edwards, historian; Michelle Nisbett, treasurer, and Suzy Smith, member-at large.

Seen: Katie Davis, Jose Freede, Linda Lowe, Dee Dee Chumley, Lela Sullivan, Linda Rodgers, Karen Luke, Bette MacKellar, Connell Branan, Aimee Harlow, Betty Crow, Sunshine Myers and Kim Wallace.


Awards dinner: The annual Oklahoma Humanities Awards Event was held at the Oklahoma History Center. Two special programs were presented: Oklahoma's State Poet Laureate, Dr. Nathan Brown, recited a poem and Oklahoma's State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, Dr. Hugh Foley, led songs.

Award winners: Arn Henderson, FAIA, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Humanities Award; Dr. Harbour Winn, Oklahoma City University, Public Humanities Award; Richard A. Grounds, PhD, Director, Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project, Sapulpa, Humanities in Education Award; PLS The Big Read: The Joy Luck Club, Pioneer Library System, Community Leadership Award, and Five Tribes Story Conference, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Outstanding OHC Project Award.

Seen: Emily Virgin, Steve Eddy, Debbie and Dr. Bob Blackburn, Brent Skarky, Joyce and Bailey McBride, Ralph McCalmont, Jeanne Hoffman Smith, Stacia and David Gillett, Mary Blankenship Pointer.


Celebration: B.C. Clark Jr. celebrated his 100th birthday at his home recently with 46 relatives including his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their spouses. The family celebrated his birthday on a Saturday afternoon, complete with balloons and birthday cake, and had dinner at Quail Creek Country Club that evening.

His birth date: B.C. Clark Jr. was born April 4th.

At the store: In honor of his centennial birthday, BC Clark Jewelers and the rest of the Clark family invited the public to stop by any of the store locations for birthday cake and to sign a birthday card in his honor. He was active in the family jewelry business until he was 94 years old and currently is chairman emeritus of BC Clark Jewelers.


What/where: Oklahoma native Richard Rosser's “Piggy Nation The Musical” officially opened its off-Broadway production at the Snapple Theatre Center, 50th and Broadway, in New York City.

Seen: Among those enjoying the humor and songs were Linda Rosser, Sara Jane Rose, Jay Shanker and Rachel Rose.

After hours: Following the performance, Richard hosted the cast and crew at the Irish pub two doors from the theater.

Our own Piggy Nation: Check the Sunday Oklahoman Comics for the weekly Piggy Nation cartoon by Richard Rosser and Shane Sowell, illustrator.


Reception: Marianne and Thomas Rumsey, teachers at Casady School, retired June 2012 after 30 years at the school, and a group of parents recently honored them with a come-and-go reception in the home of Rachel and David Holden. Co-hosts were Tina and Elby Beal, Sody and Robert Clements, Millie and John Hightower, Adelaide and Bill Liedtke, Marcia and Mack Morgan, Kathy and Hal Brown, Jamie and Clay Farha, Cheryl and David Merritt and Jill Walker.

Gift: Dr. David Holden spoke and presented them with a framed Jim Keffer original oil painting of the Casady chapel. The plaque read “With highest regard and appreciation, the Casady students and their families.” Marianne taught first grade at Casady and is still tutoring students and Thomas Rumsey taught British and European history and was the collegiate adviser.

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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