Caught up in the whirlwind romance of his brother Drake’s dream wedding, Destin Alexander McIntosh invited his girlfriend, Hayden Elizabeth Duplantis, to go on a Sunday morning drive with him. He took her to the Veterans Honor Garden at Creekwood Middle School where they first met in the sixth grade.  Destin dropped down to one knee and asked Hayden to marry him. She said yes and made him one of the happiest McIntosh men that weekend. Both Destin and Hayden work for United Airlines in Chicago as pilot crew schedulers. Destin is the son of Phil and Shannon McIntosh and Hayden is the daughter of Wil and Katherine Duplantis, both of Kingwood.

Purple flowers, purple scarves, purple shoes, purple dresses and more filled the double ballroom of the Kingwood Country Club Friday, Oct. 14, for FamilyTime’s sixth annual Purple Ribbon Luncheon. Guests sipped mimosas and wine and perused the abundant auction items. Tables, decorated by guests, were stacked with items needed at The Door, FamilyTime’s shelter for battered women. Martha Serna and her guests won the contest but it was Linda Prator who was surprised to be named the Woman of Excellence. Prator, a long time supporter of the agency, co-chaired this year’s luncheon with Kathy Adkins and they did a superb job. Gayle Sampley, Kyle and Charlie Campbell, Nancy Morrison, Halene Crossman, Eunice Dennis, Carol Sutton ((happily announcing daughter Allison’s upcoming wedding,) Tracy Monk, Emmy Lee, Lanelle Johnson and Dorothy Alspaugh were laughing and enjoying the day. The Tribune hosted a “power” table with Humble Mayor Merle Aaron, Harris County Constable Mark Herman, Precinct 4 Captain Toby Hecker, Tom Broad, Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske, Humble City Council member Norman Funderburk, Jill Curran and Larry and Cynthia Shiflet. As usual, Cynthia had special personalized party favors for her guests – this year it was purple lace boxes filled with special purple-wrapped kisses.

Also in FamilyTime news – Kathy Adkins is calling out to all past Women of Achievement. The annual reception where the newest inductees are recognized will be held at the beautiful home of Larry and Ellie Csengery in Kings River. Don’t forget to RSVP and while you’re thinking of it, reserve your tickets to the Hearts of Gold Gala. The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown and it will serve as the formal introduction of this year’s Women of Achievement .  

After the lovely and heartwrenching funeral for Birdie Nell Liberda, the mother of Danell Fields, several friends got together at Las Palomas to share their memories of this fine, beautiful lady. Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford, Cheryl Johnson, Kelly Paull and Millie and Wayne Garrison all spent some time with fond thoughts of Nell.

Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford hosted a pre-gala party for the Village Learning and Achievement Center – creating a 1920’s Speakeasy. Guests were asked to bring bottles of spirits to stock the Village Prohibition liquor pull. Secret passwords had to be surreptitiously spoken by guests for entrée into the Speakeasy. How fun! According to Kelly Paull, this year’s Village gala at the DoubleTree Greenway Plaza is sold out!  Fantastic news for this worthwhile cause!

We are in debate frenzy, aren’t we?  I was watching the presidential debate on a cruise ship going down the Yangtze River surrounded by Germans, Scots, Englishmen, Swiss, Californians, Japanese and Indians who all seem to have strong opinions on the U.S. presidential election.  It got pretty loud. But in other debate news:  from the more than 150,000 student applications received by the USA Debate Team, only nine high school students from across the country were selected, together with nine underclassmen for the USA Debate Development Team. Congratulations to Kingwood High School Senior Colette Faulkner and Kingwood High School Sophomores Emily Grantham and Leila Saklou. Fantastic job, ladies!

Holy Comforter Lutheran Church hosted a fantastic take on Oktoberfest with food from Rudi Lechner’s German restaurant in Houston, music by Texas Sound Check Band and craft brews from Bobby Harl of Back Pew Brewery. There was a little something for everyone in the family including polka music and dancing, a video arcade truck, an Oktoberfest gift shop and booths demonstrating German heritage.  Proceeds help support the church’s many ministries including the many outreach programs they serve throughout the world.  

I’m off to the airport in the morning to see pandas in the wild. Don’t forget to drop me a line or two about all the happenings around our neck of the woods as you go Out and About!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..