Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 28, 2007

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 28, 2007

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Big brims won out over cloches at the Mad Hatter's Tea hosted by the Oklahoma Heritage Association for former members of the committees who planned the annual summer garden parties for OHA. Shannon Nance, president of the association, welcomed guests and introduced the co-chairs of the upcoming garden party on June 1. They are Melinda Johnson, whose husband, Glenn, is new chairman of the board for OHA, and Brenda McDaniel, whose hubby, Tom, is chairman-elect.

The party took place in the new Edward L. Gaylord-Boone Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Center, 1400 Classen Dr., built in 1927 as the offices of the Mid-Continent Life Insurance Co.. Guests were asked to don their spring bonnets for the "delightful afternoon of friends, food and frivolity," and the ladies certainly did just that. Most of the bonnets were wide-brimmed picture hats, done in white, wheat or black and swathed in matching organza. Linda Barnett, wearing an apple green, "Southern Lady" hat, won the prize for prettiest chapeau.

On the third floor of the former insurance company building where the lovely space will be available for special events like this tea, square tables covered in bright pink satin, topped with wide bands of white satin dotted in big black circles, were centered with 4- foot-tall paper mache flowers, reminiscent of those of Munchkinland in Wizard of Oz. Tea was served, of course - along with wine and cheese and cupcakes of various types of cheesecake.

Among the guests were Sally Burpee, Betsy Daugherty, Susan Amis, Jane Harlow, Joy Richardson, Lil Ross, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Vicki Gourley, Lois Salmeron, Kay Cook, Betty Crow, Joan Frates, Mary Price, Wanda Swisher, Debbie Dudman, Patsy Hunzicker, Polly Nichols, Annie Bohanon and Jean Harbison from Lawton.

Most fun for the ladies was having the opportunity to tour the historic building, which is under renovation and to be completed soon. Stacked in corridors were impressive pieces of furniture original to the building, which was owned by R. …

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