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Parties, Etc.: Sunday, July 2, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace

HERITAGE TRUST GRAND OPENING

Cocktails: The Heritage Trust Grand Opening Party was held at 621 N Robinson and officially opened The Heritage Building.

Looking it over: 400 community members and friends turned out to help celebrate the opening. Heritage Trust employees told about the history of the building and the various changes, the private offices, the bottom two floors, as well as the sixth floor penthouse. A communications and marketing firm occupies the top two floors and the penthouse and a tax and accounting firm are on the second floor. Lease space is still available. Bond Payne Jr., chairman of Heritage Trust Co., greeted guests as they arrived.

Art: Guests at the opening party enjoyed seeing paintings and sculptures created by Oklahoma artists, including a large painting by Mike Larsen called “Heritage,” which was especially commissioned to depict the Payne family heritage. A 14-feet long sculpture at the entryway called “Bloodline, Past, Present and Future” was created by Holly Wilson.

Menu/music: Aaron Newman provided music and Aunt Pittypat's provided mini-appetizers of salami and cheese skewers, watermelon bites with feta mousse and mint, BLT's, crabcakes, key lime tartlets, pecan praline cheesecake bites and chocolate churros.

Seen: Among those at the event were Bob Ellis, Renzi Stone, Carolyn and Don Zachritz, Ken Fergeson, Millie and Johnson Hightower, Darlene and Larry Parman, Terri Cooper, D'Arline McCubbin, Martha Williams, Kay and Gates Oliver, Marilyn Balyeat, Kirk Hammons, Drew Dugan, Susan Sigmon, Chuck Vose, Homer Paul, William Paul, James Pickel, Joan Gilmore, Lisa and Steve McLaughlin, Meg Salyer, Hedra and Harry Merson, Teresa Rose Crook, Nancy and Bob Anthony, Jane Sutter and Debby Hampton.

A little history: The building started out as the Masonic Temple in 1923 and then became the Journal Record Building. It now houses The Heritage Trust and other offices after being extensively remodeled. The building has a south wall that is part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. There are window views of the Survivor Tree and of the memorial. The Heritage building withstood the blast that hit the A.P. Murrah Federal Building.

NEW TRADITION: THE ART OF BRUNCH

Party: A new event, The Art of Brunch, from Oklahoma Contemporary, was highly successful. It had a sellout crowd, (over 300 people); was held outdoors at Campbell Art Park, NW 11 and Broadway, on a beautiful Saturday morning; featured a variety of specialty dishes, including oatmeal banana pancakes, stuffed French toast, ham and cheese biscuits (all great brunch items); and had party favors of white, yellow and hot pink parasols for all the guests (to shield them from the summer sun).

Other food: Also on the menu from Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, Hatch and Packard's New American Kitchen were smoked salmon, loaded potato tumblers, and bacon, avocado and tomato biscuits, and goat cheese and peach jam biscuits. Mini-donuts by Itsy Bites from Dallas were served. Mimosas from Waters Edge Winery were offered with Beer on tap from Twisted Spike Brewery and Wine from Artesian Fine Wine & Spirits. There was a coffee bar by Coffee Slingers.

Art: Interactive art included Leanne Regan Fitzpatrick creating fashion sketches and Short Order Poets crafting custom poems for the guests. MVP had a photo booth and DJ Carte Blanche provided music. Lawn games included chess and checkers.

Outside decor: Paper lanterns and parasols hung from the trees and there were yellow and pink peonies and white, yellow and hot pink roses in the centerpieces from Trochta's, featuring gold vases from Interior Gilt. Fern garlands anchored with bouquets of roses and peonies were on the long tables.

Brunch fashion: Several of the women had on summer hats, including Debby Dudman and Annie Bohanon. Among the men wearing summer jackets were Scott Davis in a red seersucker jacket and white jeans and David Leader, navy cotton blazer and white slacks.

Committee members: On the brunch committee were Aimee Harlow and Lori Burson, chairmen; Jayme Phillips, Glenna Tanenbaum, Amy Richtner Bankhead, Kirsten Griffin, Lauren Johnson, Rich Johnson, Dana Garner, Brad Simons, Nick O'Hara, Tomra Russell, Julie Beffort and Brenna See.

LET'S CELEBRATE

Party: Susan and Ramsey Drake were hosts in their lovely home for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres celebrating Mercy Foundation and Kay Oliver's 30 years with the foundation. Kay is foundation director and Susan is board president.

Flowers/food: White peonies, blue and lime green hydrangeas, and blue delphiniums in blue vases were on the tables. Cheese and fruit trays, shrimp, tenderloin sandwiches, chicken salad and dips were served to the guests.

Program: Oliver thanked guests and friends of the foundation for attending the event and for support through the years.

People: Among the guests at the party were Sara and Kyle Sweet, Christy and Jim Everest, Suzy and Paul Merritt, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Mary and Gary England, Jill Greene, Amy and David Sine, Bob Ross, Marilyn Balyeat, Kirk Hammons, Jeaneen Naifeh, LaRue and Bill Stoller, Joan Gilmore, Teresa and Charles Brekke, Nicole Dobbins Blad, Mary Kay and Bob Samis, Nicole and Nick Dell'Osso.

HONORING JENNIFER AND TREY

Occasion: A cocktail party honored Jennifer Farha and Trey Homsey who will be married in August. Hosts were Dominique and Craig Gross and Julie and Chad Homsey, the future groom's sister and brother-in-law and brother and sister-in-law. The party was in the Gross home.

Food/flowers: On the menu was tenderloin, salmon, Greek salad, brandy ices and wedding cookies. The hosts gave special toasts to the engaged couple. Orchids, hydrangeas and peonies decorated the tables and there were large pots filled with flowers.

Guests: Among those attending were Cindy and Dr. Richard Homsey, Saundra and Jim Farha, Katherine Shadid, Nadia and Sam Shadid, Noelle and Tyler Williams, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Benji Homsey, Erin and Blake Beeler, Libby and Bobby Nelson, Sally Bentley, Vicki and Frank Shadid, Stephanie and Dr. Greg Shanbour, Libby and Todd Naifeh, Rachel and Nelson Bolen, Lauren and Andy Sullivan, Leigh and Nick Bentley, Jennifer Farha and Trey Homsey.

PRIX DE WEST

Friday night party: During the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Prix de West weekend, guests gathered to view the spectacular artwork and to make their bids by silent auction. The Petroleum Club catered the party food.

The weekend: There were 700 patrons for the weekend event, which included seminars, artist demonstrations, receptions, awards and a trunk show at the museum store.

The art: Artwork will remain on display through Aug. 6.

OPENING RECEPTION

Event: The opening reception of the Mark Alan Stansberry Encaustic Abstract Art Exhibit was held at the CHK/Central Boathouse. There also was a debut showing of his music video “La La La Da.” The 26 pieces of art will be on display through July.

About the art: Encaustic abstract art is a painting method, also known as hot wax painting. It involves melted beeswax and resin. One of Stansberry's pieces is on display at Encaustic Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Nancy Payne Ellis, Anna Payne, Bond and Lori Payne, Kathy Brown. PHOTO BY HELEN FORD WALLACE

Nancy Payne Ellis, Anna Payne, Bond and Lori Payne, Kathy Brown. PHOTO BY HELEN FORD WALLACE

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Helen Ford Wallace

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... Read more ›

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