FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE BIG TOWN
Watching the weather: Meteorologist Gary England was honored at a party in the home of Jenny and David Oliver. Co-hosts were Kay and Gates Oliver and Chelin and Gregg Satherlie. It was a cool and rainy evening at the Oliver home, and they had planned to be outside, so they set up heaters on the porch for the changing atmospheric conditions.
Invitations: The invitations invited friends to celebrate the fact that England will enter the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November. They were asked to wear “Gary attire” (sport coat, jeans and boots). On the RSVP card was “Please keep us advised” and “Yes, we will be taking our weather precautions, and will be there” or “No, we are too afraid and already in the basement.”
Toasts: “Blue Loretta” was the blue rum drink served in special Champagne glasses with “Oklahoma Hall of Fame” written on them. A huge ice sculpture featured a swirling tornado and sign that said “Clear Skies Ahead.”
Decor/food: Hurricane lanterns decorated the tables and England's favorite foods such as chili, tamales and fried chicken and gravy were served. Napkins in Doppler colors featured England's favorite sayings such as “Three Dog Night, “ “Get Val on the Gentner,” “We'll Keep You Advised,” “Jump Back Throw Me Down Loretta “ and “Stay Weather Aware.” The drink glasses said “It's A Grinder,” “Get Below Ground Immediately” and “We Lost Val.”
Tornadoes on the ground: At the party were Mary England, Sharon and Gary Jarrard, Blake Oliver, Cheryl and Tommy Hewett, Kay Murcer, Lana and Dave Lopez, Jack Constant, David Thompson, Cindy and Larry Stacy of Dallas, Williams, Jill and Trey Greene, Linda Haneborg, Dee and Dick Dugan, Larry Parman, Sherry and Larry Howell, Linda and Bill Niemann, Cheryl and Sterling Baker, Judy and Hannah Saadah, Nancy and Geoff Pruett, Mike Boettcher, Barbe and Randy Von Netzer, Andy and Mike Snyder, Judy and Gerald Keeton, Nancy and Kim Kimberling and Janice and Larry Cook.
Take shelter: Guests took home red printed drinking cups and a copy of the “Gary England Drinking Game.”
Blue skies: England has been reporting on the weather for 40 years and has a new role at KWTV-9 as vice president of corporate relations and weather development.
WALL OF FAME CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Reunion: Jo Carol Cameron, Wanda Jackson and Jim Loftis were honorees at the Champagne Reception and fourth annual Wall of Fame reunion at the Independent Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. They were entertained the night before the 2013 Wall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Former award winners also attended.
Speakers: Wall of Fame Chairman David Harlow and Oklahoma City public schools teacher Daniel Buckmaster talked briefly.
Decorations: Ceramic vases created by Southeast High School students filled with flowers were set on all the tables.
Seen: At the event were Jan and Jim Loftis, Jo Carol Cameron, Wanda Jackson and Wendell Goodman, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Barbara and Bill Durrett, Annie Bohanon, Barbara and Ralph Thompson, Sara Jane Rose, Jay Shanker, Wallace Johnson, Meg Salyer, Joy and John LaBar, Marnie and Clayton Taylor, Joyce Henderson, Christy Watson, Dave Lopez, Tim DeGiusti, Jack DeGiusti and Aimee and David Harlow.
HONORING MOLLY AND ZACH
Party: Molly Marantz and Zach Hoffman were honorees at a pre-wedding party in the home of Gaye and Steve Sherman. The engaged couple plan to be married in February in New York City.
Hosts: Cathy and Mike Cross, Peggy and Nick Duncan, Shirley and Pete Everest, Susan and Peter Hoffman, Anne and George Hover, Lucinda and David Huffman, Janie Law, Sarah and Paul Malloy, Barbara and Bill Miller, Laura and Reeder Ratliff, Mary Kay and Bobby Samis, Gaye and Steve Sherman, Susan and Marc Silver, Gayla and Tommy Stapleton were hosts for the event.
At the party: Among the guests were Geni and Alan Marantz, Seyan and John Hefner, Christy and Jim Everest, Becky and David McCubbin and Theresa Stringer.CELEBRATION!
Dinner: Jim Vallion honored his longtime friend, Betty Burnham, Fleet's Landing, Fla., at a dinner for her 90th birthday. She is visiting Vallion for several weeks. The seated dinner for 40 people was at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Food/flowers: Dinner included filet of beef and salmon, chocolate birthday cake and Brandy ices. Flowers on the table were bouquets of roses, lilies, iris and white hydrangeas from Trochta's Flowers.
Seen: Genea Vallion, Jean Dale, Ann Alspaugh, Maggie Barrett and Jerry Jennings were among those at the party.
Birthdays: All members of Central High School's Class of 1956 turned 75 years old this year and they celebrated with a private birthday party at Junior's Restaurant. Forty-seven class members came for Dutch-treat dining and birthday cake, reminiscing about high school days and listening to music from the 1950s.
Tables: Held various stuffed toy Cardinals (school mascot) and figurines, along with flower bouquets. The birthday cake was decorated with a red Cardinal created with frosting.
History: Central High School, once called Oklahoma High School from 1892 until the early 1920s, is on the National Registry of Historical Places and was purchased by Oklahoma City University in 2013. It will become the OCU Law School.
DINNER WITH JACK
Occasion: Television personality and animal ambassador Jack Hanna, of Knoxville, Tenn., was guest of honor at a dinner held in the Canopy Restaurant at the Oklahoma City Zoo the night before his talk for the Town Hall Lecture Series.
Hosts: Sharlene Branham, Carol Kaspereit, Hugh Rice and Sally Whitten. Dinner sponsors were OKC Town Hall and the OKC Zoo. Carol Kaspereit is Town Hall president.
Seen: At the event were Vicki Howard, Alice and Phil Pippin, Dwight Scott, Kent Williams, Carol and Gary Sander, Jan and Richard Smith, Kaye Adams, Patti and Bill Birchall, Karen and John Gray, Grace and Pat Ryan, Bette Jo and Frank Hill, Cindy Batt, Vicki Gourley, Kristi Mathis-Mikawa, Vicki and Bob Howard, Stacy and Darryl Schmidt, Carolyn and Lloyd Bean, Elizabeth and Keith Peters, Jon Trudgeon, George McDowell, Anita and Alan Webb and David Kelly.
Event: Members of the Milam family from Oklahoma City were in Claremore for “The Event,” a Diamond Jubilee party of the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. A total of $226,000 was raised to help celebrate and expand the legacy of Will Rogers.
A little history: The museum opened Nov. 4, 1938, three years after Will's death in an Alaska plane crash and on the anniversary of his Nov. 4, 1879, birth in Oologah, Indian Territory. Among the people who attended the event were Carl Milam, member of the foundation; Carleen Burger, her father, the late Tom Milam, was Will's great-nephew; Doris “Coke” Meyer, Bartlesville, who is Will's great-niece and the only living member of her generation of Will's great-nieces and nephews and Mike Workman, a cousin on the Milam side of the family.
Reception: Barbara and Ralph Thompson were hosts for a reception honoring 10 French students who arrived Oct.12 to stay with their American peers until Saturday. They attended Mustang High School and conducted research on selected topics. Members of the Alliance Francaise d'Oklahoma City were co-hosts.