Sunday Morning: Nov. 17, 2019; Helen Ford Wallace
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGINIA
Celebration: Former Oklahoma City resident Virginia Eason Weinmann celebrated her 90th birthday at her home in New Orleans, and several Oklahoma City people attended the event. The dinner featured the honoree’s favorite foods, including fried catfish.
Fly-in: George Records took a group of the party guests on his plane, including Sarah Hogan, Dan Hogan, Jeanne Hoffman Smith, Patricia Lester and Ted Elam. Also, among those at the birthday dinner were former Oklahoma City residents Shirley and DeVier Pierson, of Washington, D.C.
Hosts: Virginia’s children were hosts for the event. They are Brooke Weinmann, Winston Weinmann, Robert Weinmann, Cici Weinmann, Giffen Weinmann, Mary Virginia Coffman, Peter Coffman, Beibei Weinmann and George Weinmann.
Tour: The group went to New Orleans earlier in the day to tour the National World War II Museum. Virginia is a board member and benefactor of the museum.
A little history: Virginia’s husband, the late Jack Weinmann, was a diplomat and U.S. Ambassador to Finland in the late 1980’s and was chief of protocol of the White House in 1991. He was also Rex, King of the Mardi Gras Carnival, and Virginia was Queen of Mardi Gras.
Baby shower: Mallory Musallam Tompkins was the honoree at a baby shower in the home of Vicky and Mack Martin. Hostesses were Terri Dougherty, Mollie Campbell, Amber Strasser, Karen Chaudry and Natasha Prado. Blue and white flowers and baby blue pumpkins decorated the home.
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The baby: Baby boy Asher Tompkins is scheduled to be born to Mallory and Hal Tompkins at the end of the month.
Seen: Among the people at the party were Sandy Faught, Hunter Faught, Lisa Farhood, Joyce Morales, Katie Say, Michelle Lee Morrow and Anden Bull.
COCKTAILS AT THE COWBOY
Event: A cocktail reception and art show “Small Works, Great Wonders” was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. One hundred artists brought their traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures for a ballot box sale. Guests dropped their signed ballot into a box by the artwork they wished to buy and names were drawn at 7 p.m.
Occasion: The 24th annual Lyric Theater Broadway Ball was at the Embassy Suites Hotel and featured dinner, entertainment and an auction. The John E. Kirkpatrick Award was given to the Tom and Brenda McDaniel family and the Creative Artist Award was presented to Jane Hall and Charlotte Franklin.
THANK YOU LUNCHEON
Luncheon: Oklahoma City Orchestra League members honored Symphony Show House volunteers at a thank you luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Hostess was Jose Freede. Oklahoma City Philharmonic Director Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev was special guest.
Food/flowers: Fall lilies decorated the tables and Freede’s favorite menu of chicken crepes, spiced peaches, fruit salad and lemon tarts was served.
Show house: This year’s Show House featured 3,000 visitors and was a fundraiser for the philharmonic.
WELCOME FRENCH FELLOWS
Welcome reception: Barbara and Ralph Thompson were hosts for the eight Franco-American Fellows and their sponsors who visited Oklahoma. This group of French students attends different high schools in the Picardie region of France.
Students: Hosting the students was the Classen School of Advanced Studies/Northeast. They have been here to conduct research as part of the Alliance Francaise Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American student reciprocal exchange program. They stayed with various host families in the city.
CHRISTMAS TREE EXTRA!
Event: Streaming live recently from Red River, New Mexico, (a vacation destination for many Oklahomans and Texans), was the harvesting of a beautiful 60 foot blue spruce tree from the Carson National Forest and Red River. The tree is currently en route to Washington, D.C. to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “The People’s Tree.” It will be set up on the west lawn and will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, many of them handmade.
Tree cutting: Dignitaries were seated on a festive stage in the forest and viewed every step of the tree cutting. There was a Native American blessing for the tree. Two large cranes held the tree in place for the sawing and then cranes lifted it to a flatbed truck.
Track the tree: Follow the tree on its journey to Washington online at www.capitoltreetracker.com.
The tree: It will be delivered to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Nov. 24, and the official tree lighting is Dec. 4.