Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
The Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are one lively bunch. Since the GEMCC is growing by leaps and bounds, they have been kept busy greeting new members to make them feel welcome and facilitate introductions to their growing network. Recently, the group met for lunch at the new Olive Garden in New Caney to compare notes. Enjoying what looked to be unlimited breadsticks were Margaret Jones, Diana Sanders, Allison McCrady, Bill Hildebrandt, Kim Land, Linda Robertson, Ryan James, Renee Flores, Bobby Robertson, Rodney Youngblood, Lagala Doran, Myra Bruns, Cheri Huber and Chamber Prez Mark Linabury.
Congratulations to Bryan Henry, a Kingwood High School alum and teacher of English, AP World History, AP U.S. Government and AP European History for Humble ISD, who was awarded for excellence in his teaching career by the Texas Council for Social Studies. The Texas Council for Social Studies gives awards to the best elementary, middle and high school teachers in the state. He is currently a Lone Star College-University Park assistant professor of political science and a candidate for the Texas House of Representatives for District 130 following nine years in Humble ISD. The Texas Council for Social Studies awarded Henry the Teacher of the Year Award at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin Nov. 22. Henry was the founder of the Kingwood High chapter of Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, the sponsor for three Close Up Foundation trips to Washington D.C., organized voter registration drives, hosted elected officials on campus, and promoted civic engagement opportunities in the community.
The first ever Dunk-a-Dude fundraiser by the Crosby Education Foundation for Giving Tuesday was a huge success. Twenty people from the Crosby community took 15-minute shifts in one of the two dunking booths in the parking lot of Crosby Middle School for people to have a chance at hitting the target, dunking whoever was in the booth into a tub of cold water for a small donation. Local luminaries including State Representative Briscoe Cain, Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis, Dan Meaux from the Crawfish Shack, Crosby High School Principal Dustin Bromley, Charlie Dahu from Hungry Jack and Pastor Keenan Smith from Crosby Church all took their turns suspended on the precarious perch. The event was such a fun success that the foundation is thinking of turning it into an annual fundraiser.
The 28th annual Humble Christmas Parade of Lights helped kick off the holiday season with a Charlie Brown theme down the historic Main Street of downtown Humble, starting at North Bender Ave. and continuing down to Ave. H with over 100 floats and an estimated 10,000 attendees. Spectators shopped the downtown stores before and after the parade and followed the fun to the park where Humble Mayor Merle Aaron crowned the night with the lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree. Over in Kingwood, it was a whole day of fun booths, rides, great food and pictures with Santa Claus before the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony then followed the weekend after with the Kingwood Christmas Market with more booths for shopping and food and live musical performances.
It was all Greek to Karen Boughton’s helpers as she hosted another Baklava and Bubbles Demo event. Watching the demo and enjoying an array of homemade Greek meze and drinks were neighbors and friends. Among the helpers were Sue Schmidt, Gail Pinsonat, Elle Brinks, Danell Fields, Michele Dykstra, Deon Byrne, Judy Hinkle, Claudia Mabesoone, Michelle Sorrentino, Millie Smaardyk, Larry and Dede Wedekind, Barb O’Hare, Ellen Delap, Bev Sandler, Mar Webb and many more lovers of Greek food.
I wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas filled with all the good cheer, hope and good tidings that the season brings. See y’all Out and About in 2020!