By Mary Alys Cherry
THE BAY AREA has some amazingly talented women. And, all you have to do to find evidence of this is look around at the Bay Area Museum Guild’s Just A Pretty Table Luncheon.
One would think they might run out of ideas, but as the event celebrated its 10th anniversary this October, it was quite evident they hadn’t. Just looking at all the decorated tables, one simply runs out of adjectives.
Each table has a theme and those sitting at the table dress to carry out the theme – in head-turning costumes. Many bring their fine china and silver to decorate. Makes for more oohs and aahs from the crowd at Bay Oaks Country Club than you can imagine.
Angie Weinman heads up the committee that puts this all together – Anita Fogtman, Ava Galt and Sandi Allbritton – and then is there by the door greeting the arriving crowd on the big day, including regulars such as Joy and Jill Smitherman and Barbara Clariday and Carole Murphy.
And some former Clear Lake residents, including Sonya Moore, who jetted in from California; Sheila Cooper, who came from Sugar Land; and Connie Lopez, from downtown Houston.
Just like the rest of us, their eyes lit up as they made their way around the ballroom, passing “Cheers to 10 years” which was decorated with beautiful white feathers and gold figurines; “Girls Gone Wild,” which used an eye-catching animal print theme and, yes, you guessed it, the girls all dressed in zebra prints.
Ann Wismer Landolt is another long-time participant with Donna Rieves, Doreen Stringer, Connie Lopez, Kippy Caraway, Cassandra Brunson and Tonya Ferris dressed in black and wearing red scarves joining her to carry out a Christmas theme while Missy Rorrer, Jana Miller and Alexandra Stanley buzzed by in their elegant hats.
Some of the others in the crowd included Kathleen Courville, Sabine Stromeyer, Michelle Kellett, Michelle Richardson, Barbara Wahl, Stephany Roush, Kristy Tankersley, Stashia Hardman, Marie Sharp, Jill Reason, Tracey Webb, Kimberly Weathers, Lori Ray, Gail Ashby, Dr. Cindy Castille, Cathy Osoria, Robyn Weigelt, Era Lee Caldwell, Teresa Vencil, Julie Howell, Krista Williamson, Jill Williams, Terri Dieste, Kelli Byrd, Karen McCorkle and Jenny McCorkle, to name a few.
Ballet honors attorney Dick Gregg Jr.
BAY AREA ATTORNEY and community leader Dick Gregg Jr. was honored Oct. 8 as the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre hosted its annual kickoff reception at Space Center Houston.
During the evening, the long-time supporter of the ballet was presented the 2015 Bravo! Award as his family, Dick Gregg III and Stacy Foerschner and Chris and Mitzi Gregg looked on.
Making the presentation was Vanessa Handrick Garner, daughter of his late wife, Lynette Mason Gregg, who founded the ballet 30 years ago.
Ballerinas Brooke Carothers and Millie Becker greeted the arriving crowd and ballet board members, including Vanessa, Chairman Cindy DeMasi, Jill Reason and Ellen King were there to welcome everyone to what turned out to be a delightful evening.
The Bravo! Award was created to honor the contributions to BAHBT made by community members and honors those who have helped further BAHBT’s efforts to bring cultural enrichment to the community.
Festival of Trees coming up Dec. 3
INTERFAITH CARING Ministries, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will host its 22nd annual Festival of Trees Gala and Big Band Swing Night Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 in South Shore Harbour’s Crystal Ballroom.
And, Suzy Dominguez, who is chairing the event, is inviting the community to help ICM celebrate while enjoying a live musical performance by The Houstonian Big Band, a Wine Pull, special guest speakers, dinner, live and silent auctions and much more.
This is ICM’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and as Suzy points out, “This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for both businesses and individuals to come together with the common goal of assisting our neighbors in need and work to prevent homelessness and hunger.”
For tickets, which are $100, call Mike Young at 281-332-3881.