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Annie Oakley Society, Artist's Party, Opening Night, Birthday Trip, Pre-Wedding Parties, Luncheons
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: June 22, 2014

photo - Lynn Friess, Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, Cathy  Keating.
Lynn Friess, Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, Cathy Keating.


Luncheon: Annie Oakley Society members and guests recently celebrated several major happenings at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. They celebrated Kristin Chenoweth, who won the Annie Oakley Society Award; Pat Summitt, the Annie Oakley Society Lifetime Achievement Award; Cathy Keating and Lynn Friess, who won the newly established Annie Oakley Society Trailblazer Award, and the unveiling of a plan for an addition to the NCWHM, pending a member vote at the end of the month.

Theme/food/flowers: A construction theme was used, including a drafting table, which served as the podium where Cathy Keating, chairman, and Lynn Friess, co-chairman, presided. Balloon flower bouquets decorated the stage. Pink construction hard hats for guests were at each place, along with workman’s black metal lunchboxes filled with shrimp and vegetarian sandwich wraps, tabouli and fresh fruit. Yellow, turquoise and orange ladders, interspersed with red flowers, were set at each end of the room, along with drawings of the proposed addition. Colorful Gerber daisies with latticed ribbons were table centerpieces.

Details: Gov. Mary Fallin and the chairmen of the society welcomed the guests and Lance Benham gave the museum master plan update. The Oklahoma City University American Spirit Dancers, directed by Jo Rowan, entertained. For the awards, Jane Jayroe Gamble represented Kristin Chenoweth and Sherri Coale represented Pat Summitt.

People: At the event were Judy Love, Linda Carpenter, Susan Hoffman, Lee Allan Smith, Polly Nichols, Sue Ann Hyde, Steve Karr, Michael Myers, Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Karen Browne, Judy Hatfield, Cindy Rice, Heather Ross, Sylvia Slater, Freda Deskin, Ann Alspaugh, Gayle Semtner, Barbara Simons, Lela Sullivan, Lee-Ann Graham, Judi Freyer, Barbara Brou, Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Jeanetta Dobson, Bob Funk and Barbara Green.

Aim high: The mission of the Annie Oakley remains: “To build and sustain world-class educational experiences for children and families to teach the rich history of the American West for generations to come.” The “Aim High” saying comes from Annie Oakley herself. She said: “Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success.”

The society and project: The Annie Oakley Society is composed of women leaders who, like Oakley, play significant roles in shaping communities and support the museum. The project is a large-scale playground project featuring cowboys, Native Americans and Western landscape. It will provide educational opportunities incorporated into play for children of all ages.


Party: Susan and Peter Hoffman for hosts for a dinner for artists participating in the annual Prix de West Art Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and for members of the board of directors at the museum. The group was at a preview party at the museum before dinner.

People attending: At the party were Linda and Lance Benham, Carrie and Steven Karr, Jeanetta and Everett Dobson, Polly and Larry Nichols, Sally and Jeff Starling, Janine Regiers, Bob Funk, Danielle and Jeremy Lipking, Russell Case, Logan Hagege, Pamela and George Carlson and Curt Walter.


What: Opening night festivities for the 14th annual deadCenter Film Festival was sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation and featured a rooftop party, open to all pass holders, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. It was the first opportunity for pass holders to meet with the filmmakers, actors and other industry professionals. There was a long line at the elevator for people to get in. All four Oklahoma Film Icon Award winners attended.

Film: The opening night film “The Trip to Italy” was held at the museum following the party, and it was sold out.

Fast facts: Here are a few facts about the Festival: The 2014 deadCenter Film Festival featured 90 independent films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world. More than 1,000 films were submitted this year. The deadCenter Film Festival is named for its central geographic location, in the center of the U.S. and in the downtown center of Oklahoma City.


Partying: Sody Clements celebrated her birthday with her mah jongg group and their husbands. They went to the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur. The women played mah jongg, and the husbands joined them for wine tasting at the Rusty Nail Winery on Main Street. Cocktails and dinner were at the Artesian where they spent the night.

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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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