Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
One of my dearest friends, Denise Krieger, together with her husband Paul, worked tirelessly on her parents’, Dudley and Alice Cardwell’s, ranch in Erna, Texas, for several weeks in preparation for their youngest son’s wedding. Cameron Kyle Krieger, who I can’t say I’ve known since he was knee-high to a grasshopper but just about, married Tory Elizabeth Ray on the beautifully decorated Texas Hill Country ranch on the one cool and dry day after the heavy rains. Denise and Paul, together with sons Patrick and Kody, who also served as officiant, and his lovely wife Andrea, weaved tulle through the tree canopy, built a beautiful backdrop of tree trunk candle stands, hung lanterns among tree branches and strung twinkling white lights everywhere. A feast of Texas barbecue was laid out at the reception together with, for the vegans in attendance, a beautiful spread of fresh salads, grilled vegetables, hummus and more. Cameron’s nephews, Weston and Dayton, served as ring bearers while Tory’s nieces, Peyton and Ainsley Chesney, served as flower girls. Cameron’s grandmother, Chick, flew in from California and Tory’s parents, Tom and Donna Ray, made the long drive from Humble. Other family members and guests included Jayme Cardwell, Holly Smith, Mandi Eddy, Al and Autumn Gross, Donna Kay, best man Justin Frederick and Teagan Frederick (who also served as third flower girl), Greg Chesney and Makena Chesney, Tory’s sister and her maid of honor. All in all, around 60 guests were able to make the trip from one coast to the other and all around Texas to celebrate with the happy couple. Congratulations, Cameron and Tory!
There were Mad, Mad, Mad Hatters everywhere at the annual Mad Hatters luncheon which this year benefited Mothers Against Cancer. Thanks to all of the attendees, this event raised over $11,000! Annette Wood presented the always popular fashion collection from Talbot’s and Chico’s. Hat judges Laryssa Korduba, Millie Garrison, Susan Meinholz, Lincoln Goodwin and Mike Netek took a gander at all the hats on offer. Mothers Against Cancer had winners in the following hat categories: Most Beautiful – 2nd place – Kelly Sloan; Most Humorous – 2nd place – The Flower Girls (Ann Dominick, Ann Crawford, Pam Wilson, Ginger Bertrand) and Best Group – 3rd place – Melisa Dion, Donna Liptak, Margaret Sanches, Susan Sowyrda, Bebe Turner, Jacqueline Widman, Marge Wyatt and Jennifer Yoder. Winner of the overall Most Humorous went to a group titled “Runaway Brides” whose members all wore white with stick horses and bridal veils. More Mad Hatters were Gwendolyn Crawford, Kelly Paull, Ronda Herbez, Gail Ireland, Karen Adelman, Fran Leslie, Tracie Leslie, Patti Rome, Truett Vondrak, Janice Fox, Michelle Sorrentino, Jennifer Yoder, Devon Alexander, Joan Clinton, Donna Wenner, Kristen Price, Pam Wilson, Ginger Bertrand, Kelly Sloan, Ann Crawford, Brenda Benigno, Natalie Snyder and Kelley Earle.
Belated happy birthday to another dear friend, Janet Huberty, who has had a very busy few weeks. She was honored as Volunteer of the Year at Atascocita High School because she’s seriously there all the time, she celebrated a birthday, and as a FamilyTime Woman of Achievement she has taken it upon herself to get this growing group of amazing women together every once in a while. Juanita Zavala, Kathy Adkins, Beth Higgins, Diana VanHorn, Linda Prator, Katy Weirich, Pat Guard, Susan Meinholz, Alice Rekeweg, Susan Lunson, Judy Cox, Shannon Walker and many other past and present WOA enjoyed snacks and drinks at the Huberty home. I hear plans are already in the making for future get-togethers.
Game night with the girls is always fun although I work so much that I miss going most of the time. But I got to go for a change and enjoyed it so much, I think I was hoarse from laughing the next day. Thanks for the laughs, Lynn Fields, Judy Luquette, Karyn Brenza, Jill Coogan, Donna Locke, Suzanne Monk and Candice Galkin. We played Center Left Right for hours while stuffing ourselves with shrimp dip, egg salad, pimiento sandwiches, tamales, samosas, cheese and stuffed jalapenos. We stuffed ourselves again the next day with popcorn, pretzels and Icees when we went to see an afternoon showing of “Poms.” Thanks, ladies!
May 22 was a lovely day for an outdoor celebration honoring the many volunteers who donate their time to the Mercer Botanic Gardens. Nancy Ackley, president of the Mercer Society, gave a lively talk on the club, and Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Hartwell and Park Director Chris Ludwig handed out certificates of appreciation to attending volunteers. Receiving pavers for their 2,000 or more hours of service were Jere Noerager, Don DuBois, Merle Reynolds, Dennis Samoska and Carol Kobb. Bea Tharp had the most hours for 2018 at 1,024.
Congratulations to the graduates! Just a few who are dear to me: Mark Linabury (the younger), Michael Sullivan (the rocket scientist), Joshua Schueyfler (the lawyer), and Ashley Parnell (the pediatric cardiac nurse). Good luck on another brand-new adventure!