Sunday Morning: Sept. 29, 2019, Helen Ford Wallace
Event: The Maestro’s Ball was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club and featured the theme of “Silks and Saris” with a nod to the Oct. 5 Philharmonic concert, which includes a musical piece “Life of Pi,” about a boy from India. Inducted into the Maestro’s Circle at the Ball was Eddie Walker. He joined two other honorees from past years, Joel Levine and Jose Freede.
Ambience: Guests wore silk scarves and colorful Indian saris. Some women sported floral henna tattoos. Flower centerpieces, by Trochta’s Flowers, of bright colors were set in brass vases and on some tables were beaded votive cups and tea lights with bowls of pink, purple and clear crystals. All centerpieces were accented with rose petals and traditional India flower arrangements were set up throughout the country club. Chicken and salmon kabobs on a beds of jasmine rice were served with Chana Masala, naan bread, an assortment of chutneys, and a mango custard dessert.
Taking the stage: The dancers were Nritya-Arpan Folk Dancers under the direction of Nishita Shah, and Classical Dancers from Sainrithya Dance Academy under the direction of artistic director Sowmya Sridhar.
Honorary chairmen: Introduced during the evening were honorary chairmen Sody Clements, Robert Clements, Geetika Verma and Bobby Verma. Alexander Mickelthwate, the Philharmonic’s music director and conductor, and Lisa Reed, OKC Orchestra League director, were emcees.
Event: The 44th annual Renaissance Ball, benefiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Caroline Hendee and Durward Hendee were chairmen and Lindsay Graham and Jeff Graham were co-chairmen. Honorary chairmen Leslie Hudson and Cliff Hudson, chosen for decades of dedication to the arts and the community, were introduced. The evening’s theme was from the French impressionism Van Gogh, Monet, Degas exhibition.
Décor: The club’s entrance was transformed into a French garden and large prints from the exhibition were hung. In the Great Hall, there was a rotating floral sculpture hung above a live ballerina emulating the Degas sculpture “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Floral sculptures throughout the country club featured fuchsia and blue plume-like foliage. Trochta’s Flowers provided the flowers and has supported the ball since its inaugural year.
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Food: The French-inspired dinner featured a steak and scallop duo and apple tart for dessert.
Late night after party: Jacquelyn Lamar and Tim Berney were chairmen for the after party and Souled Out played with a 20-foot backdrop of a recreation of Bonnard’s "The Pont de Grenelle and the Eiffel Tower."
OKLAHOMA SPIRIT IN CALIFORNIA
LA evening: Oklahomans and Californians were at a party to benefit the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum (AICCM). Museum architect Bill Fain and his wife, Jennifer, hosted the evening in their home in Los Angeles, with Christine Lowry and Hunt Lowry.
Spirited: Many of the guests were in town for the OU-UCLA football game and were greeted by the Pride of Oklahoma and the OU Spirit Squad. Native American musical group Injunuity performed. Emcees Barry Switzer and Bart Conner thanked the special guests. Entertainer Jimmy Webb sang and was introduced by Jane Jayroe Gamble. Clay Bennett welcomed vocalist Steve Tyrell for a few songs.
At the event: Guests included Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Chris Anoatubby, Sherri Lance, Bill Lance, Donna Wade, Blake Wade, James Pepper Henry, Amber Sharples, Lee Allan Smith, Shoshana Wasserman, Louise Bennett, Clay Bennett, Susan Turpen, Mike Turpen, Jane Gamble, Jerry Gamble, Cathy Keating, Frank Keating, Tara Nouri, Bob Nouri, Christine Lowry, Hunt Lowry, Joe Harroz, Ashley Tate, Mayor David Holt, Rachel Holt, DeLee Smith, Julia Lyles, Wendy House, Ethan House, Jennifer Kiersch, Fritz Kiersch, Johnny Bench, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Becky Switzer, Barry Switzer, John Herrington, Terri Cornett, Mick Cornett, John Kennedy, Kristen Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Rachel Selmon, Zac Selmon, Rex Linn, Julie Knott, Robert Knott, Laura Hood, Henry Hood, Kim Henry, Brad Henry, Julie Chew, Chimene Burke, Bob Burke, Roy Williams, Jim Day, Allen Wright, Jill Hughes, Bill Hughes, Stan Rosenfield, Dan Boren, Lana Lopez, Dave Lopez and Robyn Elliott.