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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Sept. 15

Centennial Luncheon, Birthday Party, Launch Event, Concert, Gallery Anniversary, Reunion
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: September 15, 2013

Decor: Enlarged copies of the cover were on display.

Guests: At the party were Amber Sharples, Barbara and Benjamin Harjo jr., David Campbell, Lou Kerr, Freda Deskin, D.g. Smalling, Erin Shaw, Leslie Zinbi, Carl Milam and Mary Ellen Meredith.


Dinner/music: The Overholser Mansion, in partnership with Preservation Oklahoma, recently featured the sixth annual concert on the lawn. Admission was free. Guests brought chairs and blankets and listened to the music of Kyle Reid and John Calvin. Eight area restaurants provided food. They were 1492, Bubba's BBQ, Big Truck Tacos, Cheever's, McNellie's Public House, Jazmoz Bourbon Street Cafe, Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs and Urban Wine Works.


Reception: Joy Reed Belt and JRB Art at the Elms celebrated the 10th anniversary of the gallery during the Paseo First Friday Walk with solo exhibits by Gail Rothschild, Nick Bayer and Harolyn Long. Also on display was a special showing of the Gallery's 10th Anniversary Print Portfolio with signed limited edition prints from 10 of its artists.

Flowers/food: Arrangements of colorful oriental flowers (ginger and birds of paradise) decorated the buffet table where 10 different desserts were served from Iguana Lounge.

People: At the event were Liz Eickman, John Yoeckel, Carolyn and Kelley Barnes, Jim and Beth Hammack, Sally Bentley, Laurie Stansbury, John Wolfe, Janie Axton, Peter Dolese, Brian Fitzsimmons and Titi Nguyen, Bill and Elaine Jackson, Laurie and Kim Keffer, Diane Coady, Ginna Dowling, Carol Beesley, Lenise Frank and Tim Trujillo, Marco Paliotta, Patrick and Helen Dailey, Elaine and Frank Parker, Thomas Batista, and Kim Cooper-Hart.


Weekend party: A group of former and ongoing Children's Hospital health care professionals got together for its 23rd reunion. They call themselves “the River Gals,” and the reunion was at the Wauhilla cabin of Shirley Beckman.

Socializing: The registered nurses and child life specialists enjoyed shopping, eating great food and a weekend of renewed friendships.


Festival: Kimray Inc., an Oklahoma-based manufacturer of oil and gas control equipment, recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. Officers of the group hosted an anniversary festival to celebrate with family, friends and the community. There were carnival rides, games, food, a zip line and clowns.

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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