Parties, Etc.: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace
Event: A barbecue dinner was held at the newly renamed Mollie Spencer Farm, Yukon. It celebrated the changing of The Kirkpatrick Family Farm's name to the Mollie Spencer Farm, to honor the original purchaser and great-great grandmother of Christian Keesee, president of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
A field of supporters: Community members and board members from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Foundation were at the party, which also celebrated future programming with Yukon Middle School. The farm will help subsidize the science and biology curriculum to meet science unit requirements for the state, as well as study the farm's existing honeybee and pollinator initiative and agriculture education working with the farm's sheep, donkeys, chickens and cows. The farm also educates the community on prairie living during the post-Civil War cattle drive era. The annual Iron Thistle Scottish Festival held there is a celebration of Celtic culture, complete with music, dance, food, athletic competitions and sheep herding demonstrations.
Landmark occasion: One of the oldest pieces of continually-owned family real estate in Oklahoma, the 33-acre Spencer Homestead was originally purchased in 1894 by Mollie Spencer, whose husband, L.M. Spencer, and brother-in-law, A.N. Spencer, founded the town of Yukon in 1891. Mollie Spencer was the grandmother of Oklahoma philanthropist, John Kirkpatrick. Last year Keesee, Eleanor and John Kirkpatrick's grandson, gifted the farm to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to ensure the protection of the property for public use and wildlife protection for generations to come.
“The Kirkpatrick Family Fund is pleased to rename the Kirkpatrick Family Farm to the Mollie Spencer Farm in honor of my great-great grandmother,” Keesee said. “By doing so, we can gather together in her memory and celebrate the farm in her honor. We look forward to continuing our tradition of the farm festivals and the preservation of this historic land, along with our educational programming and community events that we all enjoy.”
THE ROYAL COMMAND
Stag party: Former Beaux Arts Ball kings got together for cocktails in the home of 2016 King Johnson Hightower. He issued an invitation “commanding” them to attend the annual stag party. The theme for the event was “Long Live the Kings.”
Monarch's menu: In addition to several of Johnson's wife, Millie's, special appetizers, the featured menu item was T. Ray's smoked salmon prepared by Hightower from the Cookshack recipe book.
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Royal treatment: Featured in the front hall was the original Beaux Arts King's throne that Hightower inherited from his great-great aunt, Mrs. Hugh Johnson. There also was a Thunder flag by the front door.
At the event: Attending the king's party were Hightower, Larry Nichols, Carl Edwards, Bob Johnson, Ted Elam, Morton Payne, Frank Hill, Ed Cook, David Rainbolt, Jim Meade, John Bozalis, Ralph Thompson, Bill Ross, Ron Elkins, Fred Hall and John Mee.
New art: The opening reception for the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists 30th Anniversary Show was held at the Howell Gallery. The show will be on exhibit through Oct. 26.
About the OSI: The OSI began in 1987 when a group of artists met at a Taos, New Mexico, plein-air workshop. They then formed to represent and support Oklahoma artists painting in the impressionist style and to raise public appreciation for plein-air painting.
The artists: Those in the group are Diane Ainsworth, Nick Berry, Jim Bruce, Claudia Kates Doyle, Jody Ellison, Mary Anna Goetz, Joan LaRue, Jay O'Meilia, Derek Penix, Carla Perry and Romona Youngquist.
At the reception: Guests included Barbara Watson, Judy Jordan, Seyan and John Hefner, Robert Margo, Jan and Richard Smith, Marian Kiker, D'Arline McCubbin, Christi Coyle, Carolyn and Richard Howell, Linda Steinhorn, Carol Hall, David Wilson, Lida and Ron Elkins, Joy and Jerry Richardson, Jeremee Cloud, Carol and Don Kaspereit, Robin Cauthron, Debbie and Kay Harper, Lucy and Gale Smith, and Janet and William Cook.