SAYING IT WITH MUSIC
Event: Lyric Theatre's 50th Anniversary Concert.
Venue: Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Background: Lyric Theatre was founded in 1963 and is Oklahoma's leading professional theater company.
The evening: Lyric Theatre delivered a free concert from the band shell on the Botanical Gardens grounds that had everyone smiling and clapping to the beat, which was a welcome relief from the devastating tornado and floods the evening before. A VIP tent and chairs was set up for Lyric sponsors and board members, where box suppers prepared by Aunt Pittypat's Catering were served and a bar was housed. Sponsors were Chickasaw Nation and Inasmuch Foundation. Cash donations were collected for tornado relief efforts.
Entertainment: Artistic Director Michael Baron welcomed the crowd, which included concert lovers spread out on the grounds, and introduced the band and performers.
Brian Hamilton was the music director. Lyric performers were: Jamard Richardson, Alex John Eneterline, Heather Geery-Mayfield, Kate Moore, Kelly Weaver, Tom Orr and Isaiah Baily. When vocalist Julie Johnson, who brought her own band, took the stage and started belting out her “Patsy Cline voice-alike'' numbers, the crowd came alive and forgot about the wet grass they had been sitting on!
Mary Streich and Paula Love were co-chairmen.
Patrons spotted were: Linda and Steve Garrett, Sharlene Branham, Earl and Pat Austin, Dee Hessell, Paula and Carl Stover, Lil and Bill Ross, Barbara and Mason Jett, David Thompson, Phil and Bev Watts, Karen Mayfield and Carolyn and Don Zachritz.
Event: Dean A. McGee Awards.
Sponsored By: Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Where: Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
What: Black-tie reception, dinner and awards.
Honored: Carl Edwards, Dean A. McGee Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Downtown OKC; Roy Williams, Stanley Draper Award for Community Excellence in Downtown OKC; Chip Fudge, Neal Horton Award for Renaissance of a Downtown Area.
Co-Chairmen: Cathy O'Connor and Kirk Humphreys.
What: Beaux Arts Reception.
Where: Oklahoma City Art Museum. The party was originally set for the roof terrace, but inclement weather moved it inside.
Hosted by: The Board of Trustees of the OCAM along with E. Michael Whittington, president and CEO.
The evening: The reception honored debutantes, escorts, families and committee members of the 2013 Beaux Arts Ball. Mindy Brown, 2012 Beaux Arts Ball chairman presented a check for $50,000 to the OCMA for the Beaux Arts Society Fund for Acquisitions, to Board Chairman Frank Merrick and Whittington.