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Around Town: Symphony Show House has 1907 background, 2019 future.

Byline: Joan Gilmore

In 1907, Lizzie Swisher came to Oklahoma City to help orphans. She found a house where she could care for the children. As her missionary work grew, she sought larger houses and found one that became the Sunbeam Home in an area now called Mesta Park, 620 NW 21st St.

In the 1920s the name became the Sunbeam Home Association and it was filled to capacity.

In 1956, the name became Sunbeam Home and Family Services, then Sunbeam Family Services. Now Sunbeam has a new building on Classen Boulevard and the brick Sunbeam home on NW 21st has been purchased by Marva Ellard, owner of MidTown Builders.

She plans to have affordable housing in this historic home, near Wilson Elementary School, where Sunbeam children have attended for years. She has allowed the Oklahoma City Orchestra League to restore it to a lovely setting,

The remodeled home will have 13 units and a community area, all of which will be beautifully furnished by Oklahoma designers and artists as the 2019 Symphony Show House. The redecorated residence will open to the public on June 8 and close on June 16, Father's Day. The house will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Special screening

Tulsa's Bob Dylan Center has a special program coming up on July 14.

Comedy legend Larry Charles jumped right into the deep end with his directorial debut Masked and Anonymous, which is part psychodrama, a cinematic "meta-fiction" starring Bob Dylan.

As part of the second annual Circle Cinema Film Festival, the film's screening will be followed by a conversation between Charles and the author and poet Robert Polito.

The Circle Cinema Film Festival keeps drawing interesting attendees.

The theater is at 10 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. For tickets, call 918-592-3456.

Sheriff for a Day?

To make the 29th annual Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Museum just a bit more exciting, a Sheriff for a Day contest has been offered. The festival will be May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two young winners will patrol on May 26. The winners will earn a cowboy hat, badge and stick horse and will help cut the ribbon to kick off the day's activities."

To enter a child in the sheriff contest, simply fill the form at

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
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Date:May 17, 2019
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