Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Jack Fields, together with daughters Jordan and Lexi and in collusion with Rhonda Simpson and Judy Luquette, had been planning a fabulous surprise birthday party for Lynn Fields and everyone had been so successful about not “spilling the beans” when Tropical Storm Imelda just had to have her say. Jack and Lexi had been delayed leaving Washington, D.C. because of the storm and then, hours before the party, their flight was diverted to Shreveport. In the end, the surprise was on the guests when Lynn herself greeted them at the door. Jordan, Rhonda and Judy ‘fessed up to the plan to Lynn which actually worked rather well – since the cat was out of the bag, decorating the Fields house and getting the party together was a much more mellow affair. The theme was retro ‘60s and tie-dye, fringe and peace signs abounded. Lynn was sparkly and lovely in her retro blinged-out mini dress and tall boots. I didn’t own anything remotely retro but had picked up a Mary Quant-type mini-skirt and retro hat at an estate sale earlier that day while Daniel went with tweed and vintage political campaign buttons from the ‘60s. Live music courtesy of the Fab 5 was fabulous and the birthday girl even joined them rocking a tambourine for a couple of songs. Some fabulous appetizers (including delicious phyllo-wrapped asparagus), dinner and two very easy-to-drink specialty cocktails were enjoyed by some very groovy guests – Gwendolyn Crawford, Bernie and Gina Remmes, Wayne and Millie Garrison, Greg and Emmy Lee, Terri and Dr. Rob Stanton, Dr. Vic and Miquette Uhrenholdt, Melva and Byron Kelley, Dr. Jose and Debbie Ortega, Dr. Jack and Robin Stephens, David and Roxanne DeLeon, Philip and Kay Levin, Mike and Lara Rizzo, Drew and Shannon Tipton, Charlie and Cheryl Jones, Jack and Jill Coogan, David and Joanne Carpenter, Steve and Laurel Eckerson, Pam Hall, Troy and Cathy DeHart, Angela Hughes and Lynn’s grandson, Jackson, to name a few. Props to Lynn’s son Josh Hughes who arrived with the biggest ‘fro I’ve ever seen. All in all, a very successful party – surprise or no surprise. Happy birthday, Lynn!
Kingwood Area Republican Women celebrated with a “flock” of people attending their recent event. Most of the ladies were decked out in stunning evening attire. The dinner of macadamia-crusted chicken was outstanding. For dessert, Marilyn Harkrider made a buffet table’s worth. Tables were decorated with red, white and blue accents and even the podium had a blue and red light shining at the corners. The atmosphere was festive and appropriate for the evening’s speaker, Nick Adams, an immigrant who stuck with his desire to become a U.S. citizen. Rick Perry even made him an “honorary Texan.” His book,”Green Card Warrior,” tells his story about his road to citizenship. Brandon Creighton gave an update on how KARW had helped him. Sadie Adams, Dan and Janet Huberty, Judge Laryssa Korduba, Charles and Stella Cunningham, Mike Sullivan, Dave Martin, M’Liss and Chuck Painter, Kaaren Cambio, Bob and Linda Robertson, Alice Rekeweg, Orlando Sanchez, Justin and Elizabeth Lurie, Devon Alexander, Betty Newton, Terice Richards, Jan and Roland Pohler, Halene and Ron Crossman, Marilyn and Jim Harkrider, Jim and Lanelle Johnston, Colleen Rose, Claire and Hans Vermaat, Regina Thompson, Mardi Long and Anne Ferrell Thomsen were only some of the many attendees.
A Grand Affair catered the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, serving a Pear and Spiced-Pecan Salad, Piri Piri Roasted Chicken, Chimichurri Pork Loin and Banana Pudding for dessert. Guest speaker David Maulsby moved the crowd, speaking about Camp Hope, their mission and their work with veterans suffering from PTSD. Chamber President Mark Linabury and Girl Friday, Cheri Huber, welcomed guests including John Darst, Stan Hollibaugh, Connie Chandler, Pauline Worth, Tamara Paul, Michele Dykstra, Pam Dickinson, Tony Raffa, Wendy Alexander and Tracy Zachek.
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for this year’s In the Pink of Health 2019 luncheon at the Bush International Airport Marriott. This year’s guest speaker will be King’s Point resident, Natalie Gaskamp. Natalie is a financial advisor, active member of the Kingwood community, and mother of five. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 34. Two weeks later, her mother, Debbie Gordon, received the news that she also had breast cancer. Natalie’s story of strength, endless energy and positivity are sure to inspire the room and impact our community.
The pledges are in! Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association welcomes this year’s college pledges. At the University of Oklahoma: from Kingwood High School – Kaley Bates at Gamma Phi Beta, Grace Larimore at Chi Omega, Abigail McCollum at Delta Delta Delta and Cassidy Whittaker at Gamma Phi Beta. At Auburn University: from Kingwood Park High School – Rylie McQueen at Delta Delta Delta. At Mississippi State University: from Kingwood High School – Martha Anne Dyer at Pi Beta Phi. At the University of Alabama: from Kingwood Park High School – Emma Engelage at Chi Omega. At Stephen F. Austin State University: from Kingwood High School – Camille Jones at Chi Omega and Audrey and Edie Shanahan at Delta Zeta. At Louisiana State University: from Kingwood Park High School – Audrey Manning at Alpha Phi; from Kingwood High School – Beverly Painter at Kappa Alpha Theta. Congratulations and good luck, young ladies!