Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
So, how was everyone’s Easter Sunday/April Fools Day? We ended up having to work about six hours or so on Easter Sunday, and I thought I’d share how my day started. Went to the 7 a.m. Mass, stopped at the store on the way home, got a head start on that meat-filled menu for what was supposed to be our Easter lunch before finding out we had an appointment in a couple of hours. Started sending and receiving Easter greetings from family around the world while in the car on our way to our meeting when I got a phone call from one of my aunts in Australia – who wanted to let us know that their flight came in early into Bush International. No hurry, they still had to find their luggage and were trying not to snack since they knew I was probably preparing a huge Easter lunch. Cue my freakout – yelling at Daniel to turn the car around! How could we possibly have forgotten that I had family coming to stay! I needed to clean the house, get rooms ready! I needed more meat for Easter lunch! About 45 seconds after my aunt’s phone call, she called back. April Fools Day. Ha! Don’t think I’ll be falling for that again.
Calling all ye fair lassies! Diane Blanco and Kathy Adkins are heading up a trip to Scotland Sept. 5-16. They are promising a royal tour of many of the locales where “Outlander” is filmed. The series is set amidst the unique and rugged Highlands, the ancient castles and historic churches that are the setting for Diana Gabaldon’s nine novels. In the first volume, “Outlander” (1991), World War II nurse Claire Randall time travels to 18th century Scotland, where she falls in love with the powerful and handsome Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. The entire collection traces their adventures and the ups and downs of one of the greatest love affairs in literature. While there is no guarantee travelers will see Jamie and Claire, they will visit many of the historic sites and locales that are part of the unique heritage and raw, natural beauty that makes this country so iconic. Highlights of the trip include Glasgow, Loch Lomond, “Over the Sea to Skye,” the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides, Edinburgh and much more! Blanco and Adkins are two of the most bubbly and fun ladies I know, so the trip should be amazing! Call Diane at 281-380-7939 or Kathy at 281-682-8192. If you are not familiar with the “Outlander” series, you can find previous seasons on Starz or Amazon Prime Video. Prepare to swoon. And while we are on the subject of the British Isles, the public is invited to attend the opening and dedication of the Shakespeare Garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m. The new garden is the first of its kind in Houston and replaces an underutilized lawn area. The garden features strategically placed garden benches that overlook a decorative water fountain and William Shakespeare bust to form a quiet enclosure reminiscent of gardens popular during the English Renaissance. For more information, visit hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer.
Our elected officials – and those who would love to be an elected official – knew that the best ticket in Lake Houston April 6 was at The Overlook in Atascocita where Humble Area Assistance Ministries hosted their only fundraiser of the year, the Pillars of the Community gala. Executive Director Millie Garrison and Pillars Chair Devon Alexander could be seen making sure things ran smoothly and that emcee Sam Schrade kept to the script. Insperity, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and The Tribune were front and center as the major contributors this year. The Trib’s Chief Marketing Guru, Derise Bunn, collected quite a group for her table of 10, including Suzzette Cotto, Garth and Liz Hentges, Riley and Tracie Meith, Sheela Singh, Ken Summers, and Christy Walker and hubby, Brian. Noel and Cristi Cardenas oversaw the Memorial Hermann table. There were too many politicos in the crowd to mention, but we saw the two GOP contenders for Ted Poe’s seat, Dan Crenshaw and his wife, Tara, and Kevin Roberts and his wife, Hollie. And a couple seats down from them was Todd Litton, the Democrat one of them will face in the fall election. Kudos to our newest Pillars, Bill and Ginny Power, Joe and Corinn Price, and Guy and Judy Williams, who received beautiful glass pillars donated by Nancy and Kenny Shortsleeve and proclamations from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, thanks to Council Member Dave Martin.
Some events I’m hoping to see y’all at soon include the FamilyTime Mothers are Jewels luncheon, the annual Chicks and Hogs BBQ Cook off at the Harley Davidson store on Northpark benefiting Family Promise of Lake Houston, and the annual Fallen Heroes Golf Tournament which is held in honor of three Kingwood Fallen Heroes: Sgt. Brandon C. Bury, Lance Cpl. Luke C. Yepsen, and Sgt. William Meeuwsen. Hope to see y’all Out and About, enjoying this amazing weather which we all know won’t last!