Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
It has been nearly two and a half years since Hurricane Harvey forced the closure of the Humble Museum. The City of Humble, in conjunction with the efforts of the Humble Museum Board, has found a new home – the previous board room of Humble ISD located on the ground of the gorgeous Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble. Dr. Robert Meaux has spearheaded the former board room’s renovations and it won’t be long before the museum will be back – but oh, so much better! Chairing the brand new Humble Museum Foundation is Cynthia Calvert. She has been joined by Pam McNair, Claire King, Mike Carr, Charles Cunningham and Tracy Monk. And they are making big plans. Soon Lake Houston residents can join the foundation and help support the fantastic tributes to Humble’s rich history. Thousands of area schoolchildren will have the chance to experience hands-on activities and events. The museum will be open at Good Oil Days – although no exhibits will be ready. Come by just to look around.
If being stunningly beautiful is not enough, Humble’s Jennifer Wooden, Mari Guevara and Pat Gill are also extraordinary festival planners. The dynamic trio are in the middle of planning the 40th Good Oil Days Festival, April 2-5, but they have outdone themselves for this big anniversary. Thursday, April 2 kicks off with a senior health fair, followed from 6-8 p.m. by a Sip And Stroll, Music on Main, carriage rides and a photography exhibit – all on Main Street. Friday from 7-11 p.m., come out for the second annual Blowout Street Dance, with live bands, local brews, food trucks and a mechanical bull. Saturday is the festival, all along Main Street, with the famous plant sale, booths of shopping, a kids zone, contests, free live music and crawfish. Sunday is the Houston Barbecue Festival at the Civic Center from 1-4 p.m. It will be a weekend to remember. Working like crazy on the planning are Sharon Mittag, Gwen Key, Cheryl Donatto, Polly Heil-Mealey, Kate Ebbs, Deborah Rose Miller, Debbie Bixby, Carley Jones, Suzette Cotto, Bonnie Gardner, Aimee Phillips, Jacob Schulze, Jeremy Mittag and Connie Chandler. Get all the info at GoodOildDays.com.
Have you been to The Cove? Kingwood High School Class of 1985 graduates Shawn Geiser and Jeff Rielag opened The Cove on Hamblen late last year to fill the need of a neighborhood bar they thought Kingwood was still missing. With a dog-friendly patio, 30 rotating beers on tap and 20 different wines on their wine list, The Cove aims to be a local, quiet, friendly neighborhood place to get together and sit a spell. They also make a point to offer local craft beers made in our area. Shawn and Jeff are working on being a community-oriented business highlighting their history in Kingwood. If you or someone you know was at Kingwood High around the same time the guys were, you might want to check out the bar’s walls, which are covered with photos of classmates circa 1985. They are, in fact, encouraging the community to add to the collection.
Congratulations to Patty Howard, R.N., recently named chief nursing officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. She will be focusing on the development of nurses and their growth in skills and education in order to improve patient outcomes. Welcome, Patty!
Sanna Roling, president and founder of Dream Catcher Stables, is excited to announce that the therapeutic riding facility can very soon begin building on their new premises. The therapeutic horsemanship program is open to all persons with disabilities who are 5 years of age or older with their physician’s approval. They also have a youth outreach program for school-aged youth who have been ordered to do community service by the court or their parents. Dream Catcher Stables is an all-volunteer public charity whose aim is to provide a place in perpetuity where people with disabilities can be successful, equal and capable, growing to their maximum life’s potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment. All their horses have been gifted to the charity throughout the years and they welcome anyone who may want to donate their horses to the cause.
Tara Crenshaw, wife of Congressman Dan Crenshaw, recently hosted a luncheon at La Griglia to gather input from some of the district’s top community leaders. The group, who came from all parts of the district, discussed Crenshaw’s upcoming youth summit at the George R. Brown Convention Center as well as ideas on the environment and women’s issues. Representing the Lake Houston area were Millie Garrison, Cynthia Calvert and Twila Carter. Dan Crenshaw also just announced the upcoming publication of his memoir, “Fortitude,” which will combine personal memories and “no-nonsense” advice as Crenshaw addresses today’s growing political and cultural divisions. “I see my country ripping itself apart at the seams, driven by outrage and cancel-culture,” Crenshaw said in a statement. “I believe there’s a path to a more resilient America, with each lesson in this book providing a real and relatable solution,” he said. The book will be out in April.
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