Allison Powell crowned Lunar Rendezvous queen

September 1st, 2014

Queen Allison Powell, a Clear Lake High senior, poses for pictures with her parents, Justine and Patrick Powell of Clear Lake.

Queen Allison Powell, a Clear Lake High senior, poses for pictures with her parents, Justine and Patrick Powell of Clear Lake.

By Mary Alys Cherry

ALLISON POWELL, who is a senior at Clear Lake High, is the new queen of Lunar Rendezvous.

The pretty brunette daughter of Justine and Patrick Powell of Clear Lake was chosen by a vote of her fellow princesses and crowned by 2014 Queen Sydney Schroder at the Coronation Ball at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston.

Demerle Monks, daughter of Annette Dwyer and her husband, Pat Monks, and a senior at Clear Brook High, was elected Queen Alternate and will join Allison in reigning over next summer’s festival, along with Capt. Jack Mullen, son of Sara and Lt. Col. Joseph Mullen and a senior at Clear Falls High, who was chosen by the lieutenants to represent them.

2014 Queen Alternate Ashton Reason and 2014 Capt. Grant McGough also assisted in the coronation ceremony as the other 56 princesses, 13 lieutenants and 13 little ladies in waiting and pages and their escorts looked on, along with Festival King Jerry Foyt and his wife, Kate.

Festival General Chairman Lea Bodie and her husband, Jason, who emceed the presentation of the royal court, were on hand to greet the black tie crowd of more than 500, as were Ball Chairmen Debby Reichert, Laura Parker and Clair Reichert Peters.

Inside, they found the ballroom elegantly decorated in white satin, accented with blue lighting and illuminated by chandeliers and centerpieces filled with candlelight.

The Sassy Sistas enjoy dinner at the Jones House. They are, from left, standing, Jan Larson, Angie Weinman, Becky Reitz; seated, Sandi Allbritton, Emmeline Dodd, Diane Vest, Pam Culpepper, Carol Bergman, Karen Keesler and Anita Fogtman. Linda Flores Olson is missing from the photo.

The Sassy Sistas enjoy dinner at the Jones House. They are, from left, standing, Jan Larson, Angie Weinman, Becky Reitz; seated, Sandi Allbritton, Emmeline Dodd, Diane Vest, Pam Culpepper, Carol Bergman, Karen Keesler and Anita Fogtman. Linda Flores Olson is missing from the photo.

The Sassy Sistas mark anniversary

TEN YEARS AGO 12 women formed a group for social purposes only. Each anniversary has involved a weekend trip. This year for the 10th anniversary Emmeline Dodd planned the trip to her hometown and university alma mater – Nacogdoches, and Stephen F. Austin University.

The group – Pam Culpepper, Angie Weinman, Anita Fogtman, Jan Larson, Sandi Allbritton, Becky Reitz, Diane Vest, Karen Keesler and Carol Bergman, stayed with Emmeline in the Jones House, a Victorian bed and breakfast near old town Nacogdoches where they shopped and played and danced at the Liberty Bell Wine Bar on Main Street. Another of their many activities involved a golf cart tour of the SFA campus.  Linda Flores Olson missed the event.

Bay Oaks Women’s Association Vice Presidents Becky Hensley, left, and Cambrey Rogers go over plans for their Fall Fashion Show Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Bay Oaks Women’s Association Vice Presidents Becky Hensley, left, and Cambrey Rogers go over plans for their Fall Fashion Show Tuesday, Sept. 9.

2 fashion shows on the horizon

THE LONG, HOT summer is slowly coming to an end – yes, ever so slowly, but we’ll get there one day. Promise!

Meanwhile, there’s good news for the ladies – fashion shows. Two of them – in air conditioned comfort!

The first will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, when the Bay Oaks Country Club Women’s Association puts on its annual fall fashion show for members and their guests at the club.

BOWA Vice Presidents Becky Hensley and Cambry Rogers are chairing the event and have already signed up Grace Cameron, Veronica Hernandez, Jennifer Simmons, Lea Bodie and her daughter, Olivia, as models while waiting for confirmation from others and preparing to model fall fashions from six area boutiques — Back Bay Boutique, Casanova’s Downfall, Melinda’s Boutique/Grand Central Station, The Clothes Horse, Adelaide’s and Christina Marie’s.

CLEAR LAKE PANHELLENIC members are busy these days, preparing for their big annual fundraiser, the fall fashion show. It’s on the calendar for Friday, Oct. 24, with Chairman Holly Williamson and Co-Chairman Sandy Records as co-chairman.

“Flashback 1964 – 50 Years of Style” will be this year’s theme as they continue celebrating Panhellenic’s 50th anniversary. And yes, Lenny Matuszewski will be back working his magic as producer, helping Panhellenic models show off the latest fashions from Dillard’s at Baybrook Mall.

Tickets are already on sale with runway seats going for $100 and general seating for $75. Reserve yours by emailing Kelli Baliker at clearlakeareapanhel@gmail.com or call her at 281-488-3943. Make out your reservation check to C-Z Scholarship Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 58355, Webster, Texas  77598-8355.

Ballet planning season kickoff

BAY AREA HOUSTON Ballet & Theatre will host its season kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Space Center Houston to mark a metamorphosis into the next chapter in its history.

Guests will preview vignettes from each of their upcoming productions while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The event will honor inductees into the BAHBT Volunteer Hall of Fame, along with the City of Webster, which will be the recipient of the coveted Bravo! Award for its very generous support through the years.

The award was created in 2003 to honor those individuals who have greatly furthered efforts to bring cultural enrichment to the community. Previous winners include Kimberly DeLape (2003), Sheree Frede (2003), Martha Ferebee (2003), Kippy Caraway (2004), Councilwoman Addie Wiseman (2004),  Jim Reinhartsen (2005),  Dr. Pat Wilson (2006), Mary Alys Cherry (2007), Pam Culpepper (2008), Bob Mitchell (2009), Matt Wiggins (2010), Councilman Mike Sullivan (2011), Jill Reason (2012) and Ellen King, (2013).

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 281-480-1617 by Sept. 2.