Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Nothing I love better than a fiesta! And our good friends, including owner Kathie Jaimes, at Chachi’s is having their 10th, yes 10th, annual Cinco de Mayo party in Kingwood’s Town Center. Drop by Saturday, May 5 from 4-10 p.m. for fajitas, margaritas, live music, kids activities and mucho mas!
We’re thrilled when wonderful things happen to our Lake Houston friends – like Vivien Bond and Reggie Martin. First Vivien Bond. Vivien and hubby, Chris, moved here from The Heights when Vivien took a service line administrator position at Memorial Hermann Northeast in Humble. She was in charge of marketing, planning, medical staff services, and physician recruitment. More important, she was a board member for HAAM, active with the Lake Houston Chamber, and a prime mover behind the Northeast Hospital Foundation’s annual In the Pink of Health luncheon, and a couple years ago the chamber named her Health Care Provider of the Year. We were all devastated when she took a VP position at corporate Memorial Hermann as the system’s chief planner. Now she’s taken on a bigger role, as VP of operations for Memorial Hermann’s Katy campus. At Katy, she’ll be joining another of our former Lake Houston residents, Heath Rushing, who also left us to become VP and CEO at the Katy campus. Good luck Vivien. We’ll miss you, Chris and your two adorable offsprings, Elizabeth and Nickolas.
Reggie Martin, on the other hand, is staying in our fine community. Don’t know who Reggie is? He opened up Kingwood’s first Kroger on Northpark and W. Lake Houston Parkway and, a few years later, moved up the road to open the new Kroger on Northpark and Highway 59. Still don’t know who Reggie is? You’d remember his deep, mellifluous baritone occasionally over the Kroger PA system. Reggie may have left the new Kroger but I’m told he’s got a new position based out of Kroger’s new Summerwood store making sure store employees throughout the area meet his high standards. Wherever Reggie managed, you always knew the customer service would be first class and the store in tip top shape. Congrats to Reggie. Let’s hope Kroger lets him speak over their PA system because we just love his Barry White baritone.
The much anticipated annual Good Oil Days Festival was Saturday, April 7. Though the day arrived with cold wind and rain, there was a great turnout. Vendors lined the street; we could feel a bit of the rich oil history as Main Street was lined with oil derricks and signs of years past. Among those present were Karla and Glen Redmon, Katrina and Kristy Mittag, Larry Martin, Char Weisenbaker, Roberta Francis, City Manager Jason Stuebe, Assistant City Manager Aimee Phillips, City Councilmen Norman Funderburk, Allan Steagall, and David Pierce, and former Mayor Donnie McMannes.
It was a cabin camping weekend for Gwendolyn Crawford, Mary Manifold, Brenda Miller, Cindy Johnson, Karen Sartan and Bobbie Rogers. The ladies went up to Livingston and stayed in a cabin at Lake Tom Big Bee. Rumor has it they may have gone over to Naskilla to gamble a bit, in between roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. They also went to a beautiful pow wow at the Alabama Coushata Tribe Community Center. Sounds like they had a blast!
The Village Learning Center Golf Tournament was another sold out event! Miss Texas was in attendance to take photos with players and spectators and she also handled the golf ball drop with the Atascocita Fire Department. Cher Pope was the lucky winner of the ball drop. Enjoying a gorgeous day of golf, sandwiches from Jason’s Deli, and dinner by Tony Chachere’s were Larry Shiflet, Mike Byers, Gary Warman, Ken Kirchhofer, Dave Crawford (who, by the way, bought the golf pro for the day, Lori Tatum), Dan Dempster, Rick Darling, J.B. Buerkett, Joe Cleary, Gary Osona, Steve Weirich, Rick Paull, Kody Philen, Rob Sawyer, Curt Goldtrap, Bob Bias, Brian Rawlings, Gregg Stegman, Tim Harless, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, Gwendolyn Crawford, Kelly Paul, Millie Garrison, Kim Brusatori and Leonard Brusatori.
FamilyTime’s Mothers are Jewels Luncheon was another fabulously successful event! The early shopping opportunity for Mother’s Day presents was outstanding with clothes, wraps, purses and accessories from Dorothy May and handmade jewelry from Songbird Design. The silent auction was packed with more goodies for mom from spa days to Kendra Scott jewelry and some lovely artwork. Corey Turner emceed the event and, of course, there was not a dry eye in the room as everyone listened to Tamara Paul, Twila Carter and Sam Schrade honor their mothers with such touching words. Gwendolyn Crawford, Diane Blanco, David Escobar, Mark Herman, Sharon Lewis, Pat Guard, Kathy Adkins, Cristi Cardenas, Brooke Baugh, Michelle Dykstra, Sevala Benton, Bonnie Longnion, Millie Garrison, Kelly Paull, Robin Martinez, Ginger Bertrand, Halene Crossman, Linda Prator, Mark Linabury, Kevin Kilgore, Jr. and Lori Auclair greeted friends, drank some wine and celebrated mothers at the packed event.
Birthday greetings to two great friends of mine – Cheryl Johnson and Janet Huberty! I know my schedule has been impossible but I promise you both wine and crème brulee as soon as I can!