Wedding Shower, OSU Tour, 73rd Anniversary, OKCPhil---Helen Ford Wallace---Sunday Morning
OSU SCULPTURE WALK
In Stillwater: Ann Hargis, Oklahoma State University’s first Cowgirl, was hostess to Oklahoma City residents, Terri Cooper and Nancy Ellis. She took them on a sculpture tour and showed them where the Cooper’s donated art pieces were placed on campus. Cooper gave numerous artwork sculptures in memory of her late husband, Bert Cooper. Hargis drove a golf cart and they stopped along the way to also appreciate OSU’s public art.
Stylish gardeners: There are several new topiaries in full array this year, including "OSU" spelled out in greenery, and other new gardens. The trio walked through the Mother’s Garden just after "Oklahoma Gardening" had filmed a segment there. They helped harvest some of the peanut plants growing there. The Rancher’s Restaurant uses the plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables from this garden as ingredients for dishes on its seasonal menu. They had lunch at Rancher’s.
Preserving a legacy: They also toured the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Bert Cooper Engineering Laboratory, which opened several years ago.
CELEBRATING 73 YEARS
Anniversary: Shan and Jim Samis celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary at their home recently with a visit from several of their six children. Drinks were served, along with peanuts, popcorn and candy kisses. The couple has 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. They were married in Oklahoma City.
Dropping by: At the event were Shirley Everest, Pete Everest, Peter Hoffman, Linda James, Ron James, Karen Samis and Veronica Reyes.
HONORING LINDSEY AND SCOTT
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Dinner/shower: Lindsey Henderson and Scott Shimp were honored at a dinner and wedding shower on the pool deck of the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. It was an outdoor Italian dinner. Guests included friends of Lindsey and Scott and many came from Dallas, where the engaged couple live.
Highlights: Themed cookies by The Cookie Princess were served for dessert and Julie Hall was emcee for a “Shoe Game” following dinner.
Hostesses: Party hostesses were Leslie Akin, Terri Benear, Jessica Bevers, Dedee Blaik, Melinda Cox, Terri Cummings, Libby Denner, Jill Dobbins, Susie Dougherty, Kelly Gentry, Julie Hall, Aimee Harlow, Caroline Hendee, Patti Lane, Tracy Martin, Kelly McLain, Susie Moock, Camilla Ostrowe, Dana Price, Lana Raupe and Lisa Richardson.
The wedding: The wedding is set for December in Oklahoma City.
CONCERT DEDICATED TO JOSE
Opening concert: The Philharmonic Classics Concert called “Celebrating the Americas” was held Oct. 17 at the Civic Center Music Hall and the concert was dedicated to the late Jose Freede. Freede, who died recently, was honored posthumously for her decades of community service to the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the OKC Philharmonic.
Music to remember: The concert featured works by African American composer Carlos Simon, Argentinian composers Piazzola and Golijov, and orchestral and movie composer Korngold.
The set up: The socially-distanced concert for the audience and the musicians on stage was for one hour. There was no intermission and tickets and programs are all digital. Ticket holders had the option of attending the concert or dress rehearsal or receiving a virtual concert sent the next day.
Statements: On the the email invitation to the concert there were several testimonials to Freede, including these three:
•Kristen Ferate, Oklahoma City Orchestra League board president: “In life one is fortunate if they have a hero. The Orchestra League members were blessed with a shared hero. Mrs. Freede was our patron, our friend and our hero. We unite in holding her memory eternal.”
•Alexander Mickelthwate, OKCPHIL music director: “Although I knew Jose only for three years, I will not only remember her for her big heart supporting ‘her' Philharmonic but I will always remember her as one of the most cheerful, bright and sunny people I have ever known. Especially one incident will be carved into my memory, where, sitting in her corner spot at the Metro, cheerfully waving hello, after a while sending me a little note saying that the lemon cake was delicious. Sometimes we feel that angels are walking amongst us. She for sure was one.”
•Joel Levine, OKCPHIL music director emeritus: “Jose Freede was one of those people who made an enormous difference for the residents of Oklahoma City. Her ‘can do’ spirit and willingness to be an active volunteer and extraordinary patron inspired others to sprint to keep up! We at the Philharmonic shall miss her smiling face and unending kindness.”