Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Congratulations, Megaton Brewery! After the huge success of its soft opening a few weeks ago, Megaton followed up with its grand opening, hosting over 500 people during its first official day with over a dozen brew flavors and live music. Everyone who knows Daniel Ledoux well, knows that he absolutely loves a costume party, so despite having worked until late, he still showed up decked out in all steampunk gear. Kingwood’s newest brewery, located off Northpark on Russell Palmer, is decorated in steampunk/Fallout (the video game) style so lots of vintage and antique industrial details abound. If you were one of the first few there, I hope you got to enjoy some of my seasoned pretzels. If not, then I hope you were able to have some of Dave Welch’s Firecraft BBQ before he ran out. Megaton’s brewmaster, Jered Montgomery, and business partner, Chris Sarvadi, were all over the place greeting guests, pouring drinks, busing tables, washing glasses and fetching more beer from the very cool brew room. We got there a little later than we expected since we were coming from work, but still got to say hello to Paul and Vicki Sarvadi, John Paul Barkley, Jackie Thornton, Darla Bartlett, Jim Holloway, Jennifer Summer Green, Juanita Zavala and a few others. Well done, Megaton!
Jennifer and Juanita were coming straight from an also very successful first annual Kingwood festival at Town Center Park hosted by Jay Chappell of Truwin Windows and Doors and Mike Wemberly of Framestead and The Bath Program. The event celebrated businesses being back in business post-Harvey and was just as much a celebration of community. The Festival raised over $7,000 that was donated to FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. Janet Huberty, Judy Cox, Kyle Campbell, David Escobar, Janie Branham, Missy Ruben, Sergio Zavala, Michelle Stanley, Tamara Paul, Michelle Wimberly and Monica Hains were just some of the many purple-garbed volunteers for FamilyTime helping spread awareness of their mission. In other FamilyTime news, congratulations Brenda Graham on your retirement! Brenda ran FamilyTime’s Thrift Shop in Porter and has given over 20 years to the mission. Thank you and enjoy your retirement, Brenda!
Everyone was decked out in fancy dress for the Kingwood Country Club’s dinner at Deerwood inspired by the RMS Titanic and the club was glammed up in white table elegance complete with an elegant backdrop for glitzy photos. The 10-course menu, inspired by the April 14, 1912 Titanic First Class menu, was mouth-watering from the oyster first course and the filets mignons Lili to the romaine punch and Waldorf pudding. Not to mention the accompanying beverages which included classic cocktails like the Tom Collins and Rob Roy to French Champagne and California wines. And, of course, brandy and cigars to top it off. What a night! Every table was the captain’s table and enjoying the evening were Rick and Kelly Paull, Wayne and Millie Garrison, John and Michelle Sorrentino, Dave and Donna Wenner, Maryrose Lebus, Kelly Schrang, Michael and Rose Sladek, and Darren and Shannon Kennedy.
March Mart began in 1974 featuring plants in old coffee cans and milk cartons donated by local garden-club members of The Mercer Society to raise funds for the Mercer Botanic Gardens. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest plant sales in the Gulf Coast region, averaging 3,000 attendees a year. This year’s two-day plant sale attracted 4,000 people and raised over $110,000 which will go a long way in helping with the Gardens’ Harvey recovery! Anyone interested in supporting Mercer Botanic Gardens can become a member of The Mercer Society or donate online at themercersociety.org.
Mark your calendars and watch this space for more information and ticket sales for “Courage in Hope,” benefiting Camp Hope and The PTSD Foundation of America.Veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help and hope at Camp Hope while benefiting from an intensive peer support and mentoring program for post traumatic stress. The event, featuring U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, will be held at The Nathaniel Center in Kingwood May 31 and will have entertainment provided by the very talented group from Pete’s Dueling Pianos with food and drink donated by A Grand Affair and Megaton Brewery. Discounted tickets will be available for active military and those of you who have selflessly served our country. I can’t wait for this one and I hope to see a whole lot of you there!