So much Halloween Party goodness!
Nolan Nix’s Home Run Realty has moved offices and Danell Fields organized an open house at the Chase Bank Building in Humble with a very definite Halloween theme. Giant spiders, Jack-o-lanterns, zombie butlers, ghosts and ghouls adorned the very spacious balcony where a bar was set up complete with a vodka cocktail in a smoking (dry ice is so cool) cauldron. Congressman Ted Poe took a well-deserved break from election madness and enjoyed some of the spooky nibbles I came up with. Also seen around the buffet were Michelle Parnell, John Sorrentino, Michele Dykstra, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Cynthia and Stan Nix, Bob and Mary Roy, Eric and Natalie May, and Denise and Paul Krieger.
The Herring Family threw their first Halloween bash in their fabulous new home. Cristie, Steve and Cade decked the house in black and orange and whipped up some snazzy drinks and adult Jello to go with the halloweenie treats we set up on the buffet table. Mike and Tammy Winders, Jamie and Kris Barnsfather, Meredith Miniat, Liz Travioli, Gary and Liz Julie Williams, and Robert and Michelle Adkins all had a ghoulish good time.
Then on to the Café du Bois Halloween celebration where I bumped into Larry Lane on the patio, Sparky Nolan and Mary Knapp-Nolan with their chubby bunny, Jackson, all bundled up in the cutest costume, before making my way through all the decorations CJ Johnson had tirelessly put up to transform the place into Halloween central. Seen singing along to Pamela Saxon’s tunes and enjoying their dinners were Georgia Gray with a full table of her friends, Brian Turner, Danny McKnight, Shawnda Wilkins and her mother, Tessa.
The Knights of Columbus committee for their upcoming Wine Tasting at St. Martha’s has been meeting weekly at Café du Bois. Masters of Ceremony Scott Villwoch and John Buerkett, co-chairs John Simonetti and Victor Canales, Marty Krupp, Gary Everett, Mike Hvizdos, Cheryl Johnson, Manny Rivera and Head of Sommeliers Duane Sobczak are planning on outdoing last year’s very successful event.
And now onto a few 50th and almost 50th birthdays –
Dan Thornton managed the almost impossible – a surprise 50th birthday party for his wife, Jackie Thornton, facility manager at The Nathaniel Center. Together with Ruth Holloway, events manager, who pulled the ballroom together with iridescent blue and gold tablecloths from everyone’s favorite linen supplier, Elegant Beginnings; Tony Perez, who built a 10-foot number '50' lined with white lights on the stage; and the rest of the staff - Lori Cooper, Chris Sarvadi and Mike Petty, who set up a pretend quinceanera and kept the secret for over a month, Jackie’s family pulled off the big reveal. Enjoying the buffet as well as my gift to the birthday girl (two cakes I make that are both favorites of Jackie’s – Lemon Curd Cake with Swiss Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Buttermilk Cake) were the Thornton kids - Alexandria, Kriste, Brandon and Tessa, Michael, Caleb, Josh and Joy Cortina, the Houghton Family: Gene, Tina, Bill, Julie and Corey Houghton, Liz and John Lipsomb, John and Christy Selma, Cookie and Dennis Smith, Kendra and Ben Lee a good chunk of the Sarvadi Family, Mike and Christina Molinar and Manfred and Daira Quentel.
Tickets are still available for the HAAM Empty Stocking Ladies Night Out event Dec. 4 at Lynn Fields’ house, sponsored by Stiletto Santas. For those who want to know where to purchase tickets, they are available during business hours at The Tribune office in Humble. I will also have a table set up at two Danell Fields' events selling tickets. The first is the Stilettos meeting at Raffa’s on November 17. On Nov. 20, also at Raffa’s, Danell is hosting a showing of her jewelry line (just in time to fill out your holiday wish lists) and from 5:30 – 9 p.m. there will be a table from which tickets can be purchased. So make a date to come see me or drop by The Tribune offices. Looking for other ways to support Humble Area Assistance Ministries? The Union Kitchen is celebrating its first Kingwood anniversary with a wine and food pairing Nov. 19 from which all proceeds go to HAAM. Tickets at the door – stop in and sample their new fall menu items and wine for just $20! And to wrap up HAAM news, congratulations to Millie Garrison, who now officially steps into the role of Executive Director!