If any of my brides were ever fortunate enough to have members of the Kingwood Garden Club create their centerpieces, their receptions would be as breathtaking to behold as the club’s annual luncheon. Each and every table was crowned with a different creation of greens, blooms and props. Our table’s centerpiece, created by Nancy Transier, had an “Afternoon Tea in the Garden” air complete with a cleverly suspended teapot “spilling” tea and a fallen-over teacup that children must have upended on their way to snag some of the darling cookies that completed the tableau. It was enchanting. Sharing the table with me were Melissa Miller and her son, Preston Miller, who, with a grant from the Kingwood Garden Club, transformed an unused space in front of Greentree Elementary into a beautiful butterfly garden as an Eagle Scout project. What an impressive young man. I saw pictures of the project from beginning to end over a delicious lunch of steak and vegetables (shout out to Patty and Rosa from Chimichurri, it was as yummy as usual!) capped off with desserts of lemon, rhubarb and chocolate made by two of the Club’s members. Among the ladies adorned with hats and fascinators were Ruth Ann Koza, Millie Smaardyk, Linda Odell, Mark Haywood, Lynne Findlay, Mary Baker and Patricia Barry.
For some more Eagle Scout news, five amazing young men received the Eagle Award, the highest rank in scouting. If you are unfamiliar with scouting, let me just say that it takes dedication, perseverance and very hard work for very many years to achieve this rank. Congratulations to Kingwood High School seniors Andrew Prince and Jason Greenwood, Kingwood High School sophomore Carson Bartholomew, Kingwood Park High School senior John Hale and Kingwood Park freshman Sam Warr. Between the five of them, these young men organized food drives, blood drives, sent care packages for Operation Military Embrace and coordinated several renovation projects for Humble Area Assistance Ministries. I wish you all the very best, especially as John heads to Lonestar College to study biology and Andrew and Jason head off to Brigham Young University to major in mechanical engineering. Well done.
May 4, if you are at all just a little bit nerdy and a little bit geeky (I admit to having hidden depths and we’ll leave it at that), is a special Star Wars day, same as celebrating with pie on March 14 (another rather geeky reference), but some choose to celebrate Cinco de Cuatro instead, like the fun-loving wild and wet group of Hydro Fit Class Swimmers at Lifetime Fitness who chose to go to Chachi’s on Thursday and avoid the crowds celebrating the more traditonal Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Indulging in nachos, fajitas, stuffed avocados and more were Susan Chapman, Vicki Gibbs, Barbara O’Hara, Teri Fontenot, Annie Poort, Susan Burroughs, Jan Nicholson, Kathy Remkes, Melva Taylor, Karen Boughton and Donna Hunter. They also mucho enjoyed the macho man and assured me that cardboard men cutouts are fairly harmless after all!
The fabulous Sola Gratia Concert and fundraiser for Oaks of Righteousness was uplifting with inspirational music and enthusiastic supporters at Kingwood UMC Sunday, April 23. Oaks of Righteousness is a faith-based residential home that offers support for female ex-offenders who desire to make positive life changes and become productive members of society. Kudos to Beth Whittier, founder of Oaks, who has worked tirelessly to purchase what was formerly known as Harkins House where they will be housing their residents. The concert was attended by a large crowd which included Richard Whittier, Genie and Dan Pearce, Becky and Steve Reeves, Joy and Dave Jerger, Carolyn and Joe Dickerson, Kathy and Jerry Humphries, Ginger Robertson, Carol Sloane, Jan Willis, Julie Payne, Pat and Dale Nierode and Halene Crossman.
Susan and Bill Burroughs hosted neighbors on Greens Edge as well as others from the Kingwood Greens neighborhood for a fun and bittersweet going away party honoring Marguerite and Bernie Tamasy who were one of the first to build on their street 17 years ago. Attending the party to wish the Tamasys a fond farewell as they head to Dallas were: Phil Boughton, Nancy and John Berggren, Pat and Butch Himel, Fran and Mike Leslie, Marilyn and John McCabe, Jacquie and Rick Seguin, Bob and Mary Tannehill, Janet and Barry Wilson, Mitch and Dianne Lansden, Sara and Ed Fuchs, and Joan and Ralph Imperato.
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