HAIL TO THE KING
Event: The 67th annual Beaux Arts Ball and presentation of the Beaux Arts king, debutantes and their escorts.
Venue: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
The king: David Rainbolt was introduced as Beaux Arts king and then made his way as close to 600 guests clapped and cheered through the rooms to the Great Hall to a red-cushioned king's chair. His young pages, dressed in white satin coats and knickers, were Drake Parsons and Michael Crabb.
The decor: Floral designers Jim and Genea Vallion sprinkled their usual “magic dust'' throughout the rooms to create an elaborate lush floral garden. The foyer was lined with lattice fences, which were covered in live boxwood and large bouquets of flowers in cerise, red, pink and yellow colors. Pictures of the debs and escorts were mounted between the flowers. A large oval-shaped arrangement in the same colors was suspended above the entry hall table. These colors were reflected in the flowers banked on the mantel and over archways. Centerpieces were smaller versions centered on tablecloths in varying shades of cerise.
Tradition: Past Beaux Arts kings were introduced as they walked from an upstairs private dinner through the rooms to their tables. Escorts in pairs were introduced, made their bows to the king, and stepped up on risers in front of the fireplace, which flanked the throne. Debutantes in long white dresses and gloves, escorted by their fathers, walked through the rooms, made their curtsies to the king and joined the escorts on the risers. Following this traditional ceremony, the king and his wife, Kim, led off the dancing, followed by debs and their fathers, followed by escorts and debs and the rest of the guests. The Wavetones Band played for the processional and the dancing. Jeremy Gossett announced the court members.
Making it happen: Mindy Brown was chairman and Leslie Russell co-chairman.
Event: Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale.
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Sponsored by: Susan and Peter Hoffman.
Local sponsoring caterers: Dining on Persimmon Hill, The Petroleum Club, Running Wild Catering, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, The Melting Pot and On The Border.
What: A one-night art sale that offered works from 111 artists and an additional 28 new artists. More than 200 works of art were on sale.
SCORE ONE FOR TENNIS
Event: The Greens Country Club Thanksgiving Classic.
To benefit: The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
What: 200 players donated food items during the weekend tourney. Also, players and the public entered the dessert contest by entering homemade desserts to further benefit the food bank.