The Pokeno Divas do New Orleans at Windsor Court! The group, which includes Gina Remmes, Joan Clinton, Kathleen Labbe, Jennifer Arthur, Dawn Holder, Elizabeth Daughtery and Susan Tillinghast, do an annual trip every year for the last 17 years and this year it went Cajun! There were walking tours of food and ghosts, eating and shopping and more eating. They enjoyed a few drinks (maybe more than a few) and even made it to Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. Who says you can’t drink and spin! They discovered that Tea at Le Salon at Windsor Court doesn’t have to be just tea. Cafe du Monde didn’t disappoint, nor did Commander’s Palace, where the martinis were only 25 cents. Shopping on Magazine Street and in Lafayette filled the cars with lots of treasures. The prize for the most luggage once again goes to Kathleen Labbe!
People who thought they were going to hear a traditional classical concert were pleasantly surprised on Sept. 15 when Kingwood resident Jade Simmons took The Bender stage. Who would have thought you’d get to hear three versions of the very familiar “Flight of the Bumble Bee” – the original played as Rimski-Korsakow wrote it, a second bluesy version updated by a female African-American composer, and Simmons’ own modern rap version, which included an audience-pleasing, throbbing bass background. Simmons stole the hearts of The Bender crowd when she invited all the young people in the audience, at least 30 of them, to join her on the stage. “I decide what they get to hear,” Simmons told the kids gathered at her feet as she pointed to all us older people, “but you get to choose what I play next.” The Rice grad plays and motivates for corporations all over the world but this was her first hometown performance and we are counting on The Bender to bring Simmons back for another motivational concert. The Bender was packed with members from Simmons’s church. Her mom and dad, husband and children were also there. Among the audience: Deborah Rose Miller and her daughter; Andy Curry representing the City of Humble, which owns and operates The Bender; Quentin Wright, who is in charge of staffing Lone Star College’s newest and seventh campus along Interstate 45; Kingwood Professor Brian Shmaefsky and his wife; John Denton; and, from The Tribune, Lawrence Kuslich and Tom Broad. Jennifer St. Julian-Wooden, director of Humble’s Civic Center and The Bender, has quite a line-up for the rest of the year, including the Sounds of Motown with Mary Griffin Nov. 3 and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company Nov. 9.
All info is on their website, humblepac.com. A few of us got together to celebrate Chimichurri’s reopening. The space looks better than it’s ever looked, with a few little touches here and there as a reminder of the year’s struggle post-Harvey. Gorgeous art that Ronald has found in his travels once again graces the walls, one of which looks like the sand they found covering the floors once the waters had receded. Tony, Mama and Rosa were there to greet us and many of the other familiar faces were also present. Patricia and Juan stopped by to say hello later in the evening. The menu was still pared down, but the food was as delicious as ever and service was as attentive as it has ever been. Daniel and I had our first non-working night out in a long time and enjoyed a festive few hours with Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Sparky and Mary Nolan, Rick and Kelly Paull, Hector and Robin Martinez, and Wendy Alexander.
Speaking of Alexander, congratulations to her on her new dream job as community relations for Camp Hope! Camp Hope is a nonprofit group that provides interim housing for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat-related PTSD.
Have you bought something pink to wear yet? There will be tons of pink at the annual In The Pink luncheon, planned for Friday, Oct. 19 at the Airport Marriott hotel. In The Pink raises money to pay for mammograms for women who can’t afford them. Luncheon chairs Cristi Cardenas and Cynthia Calvert, along with their committee chairs, affectionately called the “Hot Pinks,’ have been planning, meeting and gathering items for the fantastic raffle and bid board. Raffle chairs Kelly Paull and Millie Garrison, along with Gwendolyn Condeleo-Crawford, spent the day recently putting all the donated items into absolutely wonderful packages. Special bid board items include two tickets to the Astros Foundation gala, starring Earth, Wind and Fire, donated by Twila Carter, who is the foundation executive director. Dr. Angel Munoz is donating a week-long stay at his stunning oceanfront condo in Playa del Carmen. Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman is once again donating a ride-along with one of his commanders, followed by lunch with Herman himself.
If you know someone with cancer, or lost someone to the disease, consider buying a hole sign for the In The Pink golf tournament, set for Oct. 26.
The signs will be on display at the luncheon and on the golf course. Tickets are nearly sold out - go to northeasthospitalfoundation.org to buy a ticket, a sign or to make a donation!
I’ll see you out and about!