Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Greetings from Vancouver! I am here celebrating my mother’s birthday and having a blast eating spot prawns (it’s a very short season for this delicacy), ketchup chips, poutine and buck-a-shuck oysters. We are waddling our way through Chinatown every other day trying all the dumplings and the other days grazing our way through Granville Market. It helps that it’s 76 degrees, sunny and with a slight cool breeze. What’s the weather like in Houston?
I’ve got a funny Vancouver story to tell: My mom and I were walking through historic Gastown when I spotted a cigar store and thought I would run in as I promised a friend I would bring some back for him. Inside was pretty swanky and my mother and I were the only customers. While deciding on what to buy in the humidor room, another customer came in and the salesperson followed him around with a silver tray as he made his selection. We ended up at the register at the same time and as the salesman rang me up, my mom turns to the guy and says, “You look really familiar. Like I should know you. Maybe a country singer?” I look the guy over and he’s wearing a ballcap, gray tee, jeans and boots. I say, “Country as in Texas?” It was an inside joke. The man smiles and says, “Oh, I’m definitely not from Texas. But I am from West Virginia.” I’m still in the middle of my transaction but my mom continues to have a conversation with him and she’s telling him about me visiting for her birthday, how I live in Kingwood, etc. He turns to me and says, “I know Kingwood well, I have lots of friends in The Woodlands.” By this time, I’ve gotten a pretty good look at him and I know I should know him but can’t figure it out. As we’re leaving he wished my mom a happy birthday, told me to have a safe trip back, all the while smiling like he knew something we didn’t. We walk off and I say to my mom, “He has something to do with Steve Martin. Why do I keep thinking ‘Father of the Bride?’” Trust Google to connect the dots for me – Kimberly Williams starred in the movie with Steve Martin and is married to … Brad Paisley. I was probably the only Texan in Vancouver who didn’t know who he was. LOL.
The Courage in Hope fundraiser benefiting Camp Hope and the PTSD Foundation of America was a resounding success! With over 160 guests in attendance and over $35,000 raised, it was definitely a night to remember. Alice Rekeweg led the Pledge of Allegiance while Halene Crossman said the invocation. Samuel Askins, Jessica Brassington and Stephanie Martin spoke about the impact of Camp Hope on their lives while Congressman Dan Crenshaw stressed the need our servicemen and women have for help organizations like the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope. Beer from Megaton Brewery paired with bar food like Frito pies and a Chicken Wing Bar as the audience both sat back and interacted with the great guys from Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. Seen grazing, singing and sometimes dancing onstage were Claire King and the guys from Kingwood Emergency Hospital, Joseph Colunga, Jane Schilmueller, Marc Coward, Tanya Stewart, Bonita Williams, Rod and Janice McMahon, Brenda and Rusty Brice, Michelle Davis, Chris Schmidt, Cynthia Reeves, Roger Horn, Robert Taylor, Aaron Stryk, Lisa Zeve, Blanca Aleman, Kolby Simpson, JoAnna Guelker, Mark Higgen, Wes Sarvadi, Darla Bartlett, Paul and Denise Krieger, Cristie and Steve Herring (whose birthday happened to be the very same day), Ron Crossman, Cheryl Johnson (who was having a blast with her sister, JoJo), Bill King, representatives of Tony Buzbee, John and Michelle Sorrentino, the Linabury family – Mark, Mark and Marie, Rick and Kelly Paull, Dave and Gwendolyn Crawford and Wayne and Millie Garrison. Special thanks to RC’s Pizza and Pasta of Valley Ranch, The Giving Business, The Nathaniel Foundation, Megaton Brewery, A Grand Affair and Apex Estate Sales for their support, the Porter High School ROTC for providing the color guard and a great big thank you to Gina Remmes and her great group of ladies who worked on all the centerpieces. We hope to plan a couple of Courage in Hope events every year, each one benefiting a different charitable organization with an emphasis on those in service to our country and our communities – veterans organizations, law enforcement, emergency services. We hope to give back to those who don’t think twice about giving their all.
Good golly, Miss Molly! Shirley Acres was rocking recently when 200 or so gathered to wish a very happy 90th birthday to Judge H.N. McElroy. The judge presided over the local JP Court of Precinct 4 a few years back. Gorgeous wife, Emily (his high school sweetheart as they both graduated from Bender High School), along with darling daughters Kelly and Shannon, rolled out the fun. The judge delighted the crowd with a hilarious song he wrote – playing the guitar and singing to the crowd of an unfortunate day at the Harris County Jail. He quipped to the crowd, “I can’t help you with the tickets so I am not sure why y’all are here!” Seen enjoying the Mexican buffet were State Representative Sam and Patricia Harless, Pauline Adams, Constable Mark Herman, former constable and sheriff Ron Hickman, and his wife, Connie, Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle, former State Senator Jon Lindsay, current Justice of the Peace Lincoln Goodwin, Cynthia and Larry Shiflet, and Pam and Craig Bailey. Cagle read a proclamation naming the day Judge McElroy Day in Harris County and quipped, “Most of you are here to see one thing – to see him pick up a check!”