Parties, Etc.: January 15, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace
Sidney on the drums
Drum roll, please: Drummer Sidney Sudberry Greathouse, 73, played with her jazz band, The Lost And Found Jazz Trio, at a recent event at JRB Art at the Elms. She truly enjoys playing with Band Leader Dick Curtis and his group. “It's a passion,” she said. And she didn't begin taking drum lessons until she was 60 years old.
You know the story: “I just talked about it all my life with no plans to follow through. Every time I heard a drummer, I would tell my husband that in my next life, I wanted to be a drummer," she said. “ I knew it would not happen. I was too busy. There were a million reasons why I could not play the drums. I had played the piano a little growing up, but I didn't know anything else about music.”
The gift: Husband Les Greathouse decided he had heard enough about her dreams and gave her a complete drum set when she turned 60. He thought she should start practicing in this life. “You are never to old to start something," Sidney added. She took lessons in California, where they were living at the time, and learned the beats to jazz, rock 'n' roll and swing music.
The band: When the Greathouses moved to Oklahoma City, a drummer was retiring from the Curtis Band and she was in. “I just give a good, steady background to the band," Sidney said. “I have been playing with them about 10 years.” The Lost and Found Band consists of Dick Curtis (he plays guitar and many other instruments); Carla Hale, (she plays the keyboard and flute); Sidney on drums, and Pat Curtis, singer.
Pass the black-eyed peas
Yearly brunch: Joy Reed Belt was hostess for a New Year's Day Brunch at her gallery, JRB Art at the Elms. She invited the public to eat, drink and enjoy her new exhibits, “Tres Blanc,” art using the color white as inspiration and subject, and ETA, the Tulsa Collective, seven artists from Tulsa. The Lost and Found Jazz Trio played during the event.
On the menu: Food items included black-eyed pea hummus crostinis for luck in the New Year; southern fried chicken, biscuits with gravy, cinnamon French toast and cheddar potato breakfast casserole.
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Seen: Guests included Kitty Champlin, Eleanor Inglis, Julie Plant, Alison Taylor; Nancy, Bob and Elizabeth Anthony; Pat and (Ret.) Gen. Jay Edwards, Beth Adams, Mike Krywucki, Darlene Parman, Annabel Givens, Beverly Chansolme, Kelley Barnes, Nance Diamond, Joy and Jerry Richardson, Marion Paden, Sally Bentley, Doug Hoke, Linda Haneborg, Donna Vogel, Terri Cooper, Anne and Barry Gray, Beth and Jim Hammack, Kathy Frazier, Kathleen Wilson, Elyse and Ron Page, Neta Wilson, Bonnie and Bert Seabourn, Rita and Al Dearmon, Susan Gabbard and Arden Barrett.
Traditional angel ornaments
Event: Pi Beta Phi alumnae Elizabeth Wilson was hostess for the Oklahoma City Alumnae Club of Pi Phi in her home. Her focus in supporting a local nonprofit organization was Whiz Kids and members brought children's books and after school snacks to give to that group. In keeping with the club's tradition, members also brought angel-themed tree ornaments and each member selected an ornament off the tree to take home.