Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
February 2018 sure went by in what seems to be the blink of an eye!
Did everyone enjoy the Humble BBQ Cook Off and Rodeo? Although a little rainy on cook-off weekend, things were still hopping. I have to confess eating my weight in funnel cakes, churros and those delicious Street Tacos from Taco Flores. The next weekend boasted fantastic performances by Sundance Head and Tracy Byrd, enjoyed by a whole lot of people including Lisa Doughty, Kelly and Rick Paull, Dan and Janet Huberty, Cheryl Johnson, Kerry Baker, Garrett Wilcox, Sarah Williams, Marilyn Mann, Chelsea McGinnis and Wendy Alexander. Thanks to the executive committee that works year long to put this event on – Bodie Wagener, Adam Foster, Jerri Monbaron, Robert Comstock, Julia Arcuri, Diana Quiroz, Larry Buford, Latisha Klentz and Helene Webster.
The weather was absolutely amazing for the Putts and Prayers Golf Tournament for Kevin Kilgore. More than 200 golfers set out on all 27 holes of The Atascocita Golf Club! So many generous people donated, volunteered, played golf, outbid each other at the silent auction, or donated their 50/50 winnings back to the cause. We started the day out with micheladas, mimosas, breakfast biscuits and pastries from A Grand Affair, followed by fajita tacos from Taco Flores, a chef’s salad and pimiento cheese sandwiches from A Grand Affair for lunch, and capped it off with yummy chicken Marsala from Marsala’s, southwest rigatoni from Amedeo’s, and the most darling little desserts from Yummy Tummy at dinner. Delicious homemade goodies were available all day from the wonderful baking parishioners of St. Phillip’s. Some pretty amazing people got this all done – Cynthia Calvert, Gina Remmes, Gwendolyn Crawford, Ken Kirchhoffer, Kelly Paull, Debbie Bullard, Amy Hargrove, Amy Emerick, Ashley Adair, Becky Pursell and Lynette Zaunbrecher. We raised more than $40,000 towards the cost of medical bills for Kevin Kilgore, Sr. – amazing day!
Have you voted yet? Yes, early voting has begun and I have my “I voted” sticker to prove I’ve been to the polls. Amedeo’s hosted the Lake Houston Pachyderm Club’s forum for the nine congressional candidates running for Ted Poe’s seat. It was a packed house and the forum, moderated by The Tribune’s own Cynthia Calvert, was quite interesting and informative. I believe video is available online as well as of the other forums that have been assembled by other groups. If you haven’t yet voted and have not had a chance to listen to ALL the candidates, I urge you to look these videos up and listen to what they all have to say. Faces in the crowd at Amedeo’s included Monica Zubia, Larry Shiflet, Gus Faris, Cheryl Austin, Daniel Ledoux, Charles Cunningham, Bryce Howe, Carole Covey, Pam McEver, Anne Ferrell and Aggie Green.
Humble Area Assistance Ministries threw a “Party at a Palace for Pillars” at Ron Holley’s beautiful home, where donations were collected for the silent auction at HAAM’s Pillars of the Community Gala April 6 at The Overlook. I took a look at the treasures collected – you all are going to love all of them! The Pillars committee – Devon Alexander, Dorothy Alspaugh, Tom Broad, Connie Chandler, Nathalie Cras, Gwendolyn Crawford, Danell Fields, Millie Garrison, Diane Heinricks, Tracy Hobson, Ellen Johnson, Kelly Paull and Betti Welch – hosted a great pre-party, complete with Mark Linabury spinning some tunes. Enjoying meatballs from Amedeo’s, peach cobbler from David Welch, jumbo shrimp-stuffed deviled eggs and spicy spinach dip from A Grand Affair and so many other goodies were Jeremy Webb, Dave Crawford, Rick Paull, Kathaleen Wall, Rick Walker, Paul and Denise Krieger, Greg and Emmy Lee, Robin Martinez, Wayne Garrison and about a hundred other guests.
A quick belated birthday greeting to all my February birthday babies – Marilyn Mann, Robin Chance, Kevin Kilgore, Jr., Cristie Herring and the one and only DJKDub, Mark Linabury.
Congratulations to BonBon (Bonnie Longnion’s grandma name – how cute is that?)! Her son, Jeff, and his wife, Annie, welcomed their first child in Boise, Idaho. Welcome to the world, Reed Edward Lloyd Longnion!
My prayers and thoughts are with Ruth Holloway’s family – Jim Holloway, Darla Bartlett, Daira Quentel and Michael Holloway. Ruth was a mentor and a colleague and, most of all, my friend. She was unfailingly supportive and fiercely loyal. As the events manager of The Nathaniel Center, she was a huge part of the happiest day of a whole lot of newlyweds and those who celebrated milestones like anniversaries and quinceaneras. Every event held at the venue, including those hosted by many nonprofit organizations, benefited from her generous and creative touches. I will miss you greatly, dear friend.
See y’all Out and About in the next month!