Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
FamilyTime has announced its 2017 Women of Achievement! Congratulations to this year’s honorees: The Arts-Sheila Childers, Education-Barb Campbell, Business-Jill Curran, Entrepreneur-Martha Serna, Homemaker-Bebe Turner, Medical-Lauralee Veitch, Visionary-Susan Pollard, Human Services-Sheila Aron and Monica Strange, Women’s Advocate-Kathryn Townsend-Grinan, Volunteer-Diana Rutherford, Community Activist-Luz Rebollar, Spirit of FamilyTime-Jackie Cate, and Special Recognition-Jayne Hampson. The reception was held at Janet and Dan Huberty’s beautiful new waterfront home, where the honorees were photographed by Pat Guard in the picture-perfect backyard. We served up some mushroom quiches, spinach and taleggio quiches, pineapple meatballs, and a cheese board all washed down with Jennifer Bohner’s delicious wine selections. Seen visiting with fellow Women of Achievement were Twila Carter, Diane Blanco, Halene Crossman, Judy Cox, Juanita Zavala, Susan Meinholz, Kathy Adkins, Ginger Robertson, Michele Dykstra, Tamara Paul, Jessica Beemer, Casey Christman, Linda Prator, Diana VanHorn and Betty Newton.
Lyndsi Nicole Philen married Justin Ravi Cleveland at the Kingwood Marriott wearing a beautiful lace gown with a blush tulle train and key hole back. The groomsmen – Savan Cleveland, best man and brother of the groom; Alex Valdez; Kody Philen, brother of the bride; Nikhil Patel; and Dev Patel – were dashing in sharp gray suits. The groom’s other brother, Katan Cleveland, served as officiant. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in deep maroon dresses: Maid of honor and the bride’s older sister, Sarah Williams; Tara Mayer; Henali Patel; Lexi Vance; and Jessica Cleveland. The rings were borne by the bride’s nephew Maverick Williams and flowers scattered by the groom’s niece, Ari Cleveland. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father, Troy Philen, displaying her ornately hennaed hands and feet, called mendhi. She wore several beautiful bracelets and bangles of gold and maroon. Both the bride and groom changed after the ceremony into gorgeous traditional customary Indian outfits known as lethenga. The flowers and colors were vibrant and gorgeous – sunflowers, peonies, zinnia and greenery. As a thank-you for their guests, the couple had pre-made s’more kits to take home. Kelly Paull, mother of the bride, sends a special thank-you to Robin Martinez, Millie Garrison, Danell Fields, Denine Smulan and the amazing DJ Kdub Mark Linabury for all their help.
Big shout out to Ida and Mike Sullivan who have just moved to their temporary apartment in King’s Landing after spending two months at Geralyn and Danny Sullivan’s while their Royal Shores home is being worked on. Ida and Mike were so excited that they were finally meeting with the cabinet maker this week. I’m sure you all saw the posts on Facebook during Harvey. But what you didn’t know was that Ida and Mike, the day after being evacuated, were celebrating their 58th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations! We should all be so blessed!
Congratulations to Emmie Dalton, daughter of my friend, Linda, who pledged Pi Beta Phi at Pepperdine University in September!
If you haven’t yet, get a foursome together for the Ho Ho Hole in One Golf Tournament at the Atascocita Golf Club on Thursday, Dec. 7. There will be a Four-Man-Team Scramble with registration beginning at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Look out for us serving some holiday-inspired cocktails at both the front and back nines to help quench your thirst! Each golfer will also receive two tickets to the Ho Ho Ho-Down on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at The Overlook. You can also buy Ho-Down tickets separately if you’re not much of a golfer. Dine, dance and bid on silent auction items in your very best Texas holiday attire! Proceeds will benefit the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund. Both events will also be a Toy Drop for Humble Area Assistance Ministries Empty Stocking Drive, so bring an unwrapped gift for children and young adults.
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the resilience of our community. Our friends, neighbors and strangers who had to be evacuated suffered through loss then the subsequent displacement, clean up, bureaucracy, more clean up, the slow rebuilding, not being in their own homes for Thanksgiving dinner – they are hopeful every day, working through with little complaint, grateful for what they still have. Then also there are our other friends, neighbors and strangers – those that were physically unaffected by rising waters who have been absolutely tireless in their support, so giving in ways big and small, who have responded with patience and understanding and open hearts. I am incredibly grateful for all of you and proud to be part of this community.