What, not one but TWO snow days off in Houston? How weird was the snow white look for four whole days? It sure was pretty, though. I absolutely LOVE cold weather, even if it makes me a little homesick. The fact that I got to enjoy the look of snow without having to shovel the driveway or salt the front walkway was a nice little bonus. And so was being able to wear shorts by the weekend. Another little bonus? Being housebound for a full couple of days to do stuff like clean my bathroom and bake banana bread. I am all sorts of recharged.
Our World Series Champions Astros were back in the starlight as the Astros Foundation held their annual gala featuring Gladys Knight. The event, chaired by Kingwood resident and Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter, raised more than $1.4 million. Carolyn Galle, Claudette McKee, Elizabeth Chapman, Dr. Linda Stegall and husband Eddie, State Farm agent Christine Zenker, Beth Higgins, Kathy Adkins, Vicky Stansifer, Carole Covey, Lisa and Mike Ryan, Diane Blanco, and Memorial Hermann Northeast Chief Operating Officer Noel Cardenas and wife Christi rocked out to the rich voice of the inimitable Ms. Knight. They feasted on amazing food, anisette-braised short ribs and jalapeno buerre blanc and bacon-wrapped, crab-stuffed shrimp. The dessert featured a miniature edible Commissioner’s Trophy with gold-dusted passion fruit mousse accompanied by chocolate truffles, graham cracker crumble and macerated berries. The centerpieces were exquisite, all-white bouquets of orchids, lilies, tulips and hydrangeas. Guests had the opportunity to line up for a professional photograph with the 2017 Commissioner’s Trophy, which I am sure was the absolute highlight of many people’s night. Each guest carried home a lovely ivory-and-gold blanket embossed with the Diamond Dreams Gala logo. The Astros Foundation has been so generous in helping out with the renovation of Kingwood’s baseball fields in the wake of Harvey, donating millions of dollars to make sure all our little Astros are back in their game.
H-E-B General Manager Tony Klaus was at the front door as they opened for the first time since Harvey. All throughout the store was the “Welcome Home” message as Kingwood showed up in full force to see, shop and get somewhat back to normal. I am a little sad that the noodle bar that never got a chance to open will now not be coming in at all. I love barbecue as much as the next gal but my Asian side was looking forward to noodles. Coffee, you ask? Yes, at last, they now have an area for coffee with tables and chairs. Or you can elect to sip and stroll, of course. I have to mention that the renovations that Randalls undertook with their stores also carved out a really nice space for Starbucks so you can have your favorite java fix as you get the groceries. I ended up the day at my neighborhood Kroger which, I have to say, has been a trooper all throughout the Harvey fracas. For a good few months it felt like all of Kingwood was shopping there.
Jill Curran looked absolutely fantastic as she was honored by FamilyTime with the Women of Achievement award in Business. Her family – Christopher Curran, Jan Fry, Bob Fry, Ella Green, Courtney Green, Tay Bagley and Gail Fry – accompanied her on her big night. Jill is an inspiration to many and so deserving of this title. Also honored that evening was Capt. David Escobar of Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office who received the Life Time Achievement Award. David has always been so tireless and generous with his time and efforts in our community. Congratulations to all winners!
Don’t forget to come by to say hello and have a few beers at the Humble BBQ Cook-off and Rodeo. Some exciting new things are going on during both weekends. I believe the McDonald’s Hamburgler will be livening up the Kids’ Zone at the cook-off. I wonder if he’ll try out the mechanical bull – that should be a sight. Meanwhile, at the rodeo, main acts Sundance Head and Tracy Byrd will be doing duets with some of the brightest stars of Humble ISD. You won’t want to miss that!
See y’all Out and About in the next month!