Mariska Mes 2016 Lunar Rendezvous queen

September 1st, 2015

2016 Lunar Rendezvous Queen Mariska Valerie Mes joins 2015 King Jerry Ross, Queen Alternate Jessica Michelle Monette and Capt. Joseph Michael Corrao for a photo shortly after she was crowned during the festival finale, the Coronation Ball at the Galveston Convention Center.

2016 Lunar Rendezvous Queen Mariska Valerie Mes joins 2015 King Jerry Ross, Queen Alternate Jessica Michelle Monette and Capt. Joseph Michael Corrao for a photo shortly after she was crowned during the festival finale, the Coronation Ball at the Galveston Convention Center.

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Lunar Rendezvous Festival Chairman Jana Miller, right, and Board of Directors Chairman Michael Landolt congratulate Coronation Ball Chairmen Elizabeth Byrd Olin and Co-Chairman Katie Jones, second and third from left, on a very successful evening.

Clear Lake Chatter

By: Mary Alys Cherry

A PRETTY BLONDE Clear Falls High senior is the new queen of Lunar Rendezvous as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Mariska Valerie Mes, who was elected by her fellow princesses, was crowned at the Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball in the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston and will reign over the 2016 festival next summer.  She is the daughter of Brenda and Rudolf Mes of League City.

The 2016 queen alternate is Jessica Michelle Monette, daughter of Terri and Todd Monette, also of League City, and a senior at Lutheran South Academy. Joseph Michael Corrao, son of Joseph and Brandie Corrao of Nassau Bay, was chosen by his fellow lieutenants to be the 2016 captain. He will be a senior at Clear Lake High.

The Reason sisters make a pretty picture as they enjoy the Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball. They are, from left, Sydney Reason, Ashton Reason and Savannah Reason, daughters of Dan and Jill Reason of League City. Ashton was the 2014 queen alternate and her twin sisters were princesses this year.

The Reason sisters make a pretty picture as they enjoy the Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball. They are, from left, Sydney Reason, Ashton Reason and Savannah Reason, daughters of Dan and Jill Reason of League City. Ashton was the 2014 queen alternate and her twin sisters were princesses this year.

Ball Chairman Elizabeth Byrd Olin and Co-Chairman Katie Jones welcomed a black-tie crowd of more than 600 to the festival finale, where they enjoyed an elegant dinner and danced to the music of Password — – much to the delight of some 50 former kings, court members and past royals in attendance.

Besides the presentation of the royal court of princesses and lieutenants along with 2015 King Jerry Ross, Queen Allison Powell, Queen Alternate Demerle Monks and Capt. Jack Mullens by U.S. Army Col. (Ret) and former astronaut William McArthur, who emceed the event, it was also a night to honor the little court – the pages and little ladies in waiting, who always add charm to the event.

EARLIER IN THE WEEK, another big crowd of about 600 gathered at the Convention Center for the 50th Lunar Rendezvous Fashion Show, chaired by Michelle Holland and Deborah Reichert and produced by fashion guru Lenny Matuszewski Jr. for the 27th time.

Meet the Little Court, which was presented at the 2015 Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball in Galveston. They are, from left, front row, Madelaine Louise Kelly, Andrea Victoria Hernandez, Bella Burton Rogers and Mary Addison Culp; middle row, Isabella Jade Amdur, Lily Ellen Chuoke, Claire Elizabeth Farley, Gwendolyn Ellen Cook, Helen Grace Byrd, Emme Ann Lyon and Natalie Grace Lehman; and top row, Wyatt Mitchell Chuoke, Gregory Maddox Culp and John David LeBlanc.

Meet the Little Court, which was presented at the 2015 Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball in Galveston. They are, from left, front row, Madelaine Louise Kelly, Andrea Victoria Hernandez, Bella Burton Rogers and Mary Addison Culp; middle row, Isabella Jade Amdur, Lily Ellen Chuoke, Claire Elizabeth Farley, Gwendolyn Ellen Cook, Helen Grace Byrd, Emme Ann Lyon and Natalie Grace Lehman; and top row, Wyatt Mitchell Chuoke, Gregory Maddox Culp and John David LeBlanc.

Melanie Lovuola and Kathy Panneton, two long-time volunteers committed to the mission of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, were presented the Golden Jubilee Award, and Kimberly Barker won the Spirit Award as volunteer of the year at the always popular event.

LOTS OF FORMER festival chairmen were on hand for the annual Lunar Rendezvous Dining Event, at Tommy’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Clear Lake.

While Festival Chairman Jana Miller mingled with the crowd, Chairman Tisa Foster and Co-Chairman Tracy Clause were at the door welcoming all with big smiles, including Past Festival Chairmen Ann Wismer Landolt, Mary Ann Shallberg, Mike and Kathy Reeves, Gloria Wong, Jill Reason, Annette Dwyer, Pat Wilson, Terri Dieste, Peggy Clause, Mary Williams, Kelli McCorkle Byrd and Jill Williams Lammers, who is the current Advisory Board chairman.

Five who once chaired a Lunar Rendezvous Festival swap stories during this year’s Dining Event. They are, from left, Jill Williams Lammers, who is the current chairman of the Lunar Rendezvous Advisory Board; Pat Wilson, Mary Williams, Kathy Reeves and Kelli McCorkle Byrd.

Five who once chaired a Lunar Rendezvous Festival swap stories during this year’s Dining Event. They are, from left, Jill Williams Lammers, who is the current chairman of the Lunar Rendezvous Advisory Board; Pat Wilson, Mary Williams, Kathy Reeves and Kelli McCorkle Byrd.

Shuttle complex opens on Jan. 23
It’s a date! Space Center Houston will open the new international landmark Independence Plaza on Jan. 23. The eight-story-tall multiple-exhibit complex is the biggest project for the nonprofit since the center opened in 1992 and features a shuttle replica mounted on top of the first shuttle carrier aircraft.

The announcement comes on the anniversary of the first free flight of a shuttle on Aug. 12, 1977, when Enterprise was released from atop what is now Space Center Houston’s shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905. That SCA ferried shuttles 223 times and now carries the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence, the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only place where the public will be able to enter both.

Lewis Jewelers hosts festival sponsor party

July 9th, 2015

Lewis Jeweler’s Cindy Lewis, from left, enjoys the Lunar Rendezvous Sponsor Party at her business in Webster with Festival Captain Jack Mullen, Judge Holly Williamson and Festival Chairman Jana Miller. Photo by J. Pamela Photography

Lewis Jeweler’s Cindy Lewis, from left, enjoys the Lunar Rendezvous Sponsor Party at her business in Webster with Festival Captain Jack Mullen, Judge Holly Williamson and Festival Chairman Jana Miller. Photo by J. Pamela Photography.

 

Cindy and Slade Lewis, owners of Lewis Jewelers, hosted more than 200 guests for the Lunar Rendezvous Festival’s annual Sponsor Appreciation Party June 24 to thank its many sponsors as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer.

Advisory Board Chairman Jill Williams and Corporate Sponsor Chairman Jenny McCorkle, greeted guests on arrival as members of the Golden Jubilee Court — Festival Queen Allison Powell, Queen Alternate Demerle Monks and Capt. Jack Mullen — mingled with the crowd.

Also in attendance were former Festival Chairmen and Advisory Board members Kelli Byrd, Terri Dieste, Jill Reason, Karen McCorkle, Kathy and Michael Reeves, Peggy and Jerry Clause, Dawn Kayser, Mary Williams, Mary Ann Shallberg and Gloria and Tom Wong. Several Board of Directors were in attendance including its chairman, Michael Landolt and his wife, Ann Wismer, plus Wendell Wilson and his wife, Pat.

Other festival staff attending included Fun Run Chairman Jay Lee, Fashion Show Co-Chairman Deborah Reichert, Court Co-Chairmen Melanie Lovuola and Kathy Panneton and Publicity Chairman Melissa McKinnie.

Guests enjoyed discussing the upcoming events such as Dining Night at Tommy’s Restaurant Sunday, July 12; the 5K Fun Run at Space Center Houston, July 18; Spa Night at Oasis Medispa July 16; the Sunset Service Sunday, July 19, the Solid Gold Couture Fashion Show Tuesday, July 21; and the festival finale, the Coronation Ball July 25.

Festival General Chairman Jana Miller and Vice Chairman Brandie Corrao presented the details about the Opportunity Drawing for a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Black LT 2WD Crew Cab Truck by Norman Frede Chevrolet. Tickets are $100 and are now available for purchase at Lewis Jewelers and Norman Frede Chevrolet or by contacting Brandie Corrao at 832-830-6110.

The Clear Lake Lunar Rendezvous Festival is dedicated to providing community-based support including scholarships for higher education, youth development and educational programs, funding for the arts and historical preservation in the Bay Area Houston/NASA area.

It is a 501c3 non-profit celebrating its 50th year serving the Clear Lake community. For more information about this year’s festival, contact 2015 Festival Chairman Jana Miller at goldenjubilee@gmail.com or the Bay Area Museum, 281-326-5950, or visit the festival website, www.lunarrendezvous.org

Oasis Salon & MediSpa Hosts Lunar Rendezvous Spa Night 2015

July 1st, 2015

DSC_1204Thursday, July 16 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Oasis Salon and MediSpa celebrated its four year anniversary last month and has dominated the Bay Area market for the past three years, collecting Best of the Bay Awards in both Salon and Spa services.

Oasis has made its mark by honing in on one-stop-shop mentality by meeting the demands of all clients. They have always understood the importance of modeling a business plan that would take care of everyday beauty needs, as well as medical grade beauty treatments. Todd W. Adam, M.D. and Melissa Adam are the founders and owners of Coastal Plastic Surgery and Oasis Salon and MediSpa.  They have taken customer service to another level by saturating the everyday spa experience with a medical precision that exudes luxury with top notch bed side manner. Oasis turns clients into a friends that then become family.

pediOne of the biggest assets of Oasis is the wonderful ambiance created by salon, spa and skincare staff that are passionate about their trade.  This year, Oasis is excited to announce that it will host its second annual Lunar Rendezvous Spa Night  in July. Spa Night was introduced in Lunar’s Calendar of Events in 2014 and is well on its way to becoming a Festival event favorite. Spa Night offers the Bay Area community the opportunity to gather together and indulge in pampering services such as manicures, massages, make up consultations, as well as VIP medical grade services.

To learn more or inquire about the list of services that Oasis Salon and Medi Spa offers, visit them at www.oasisclearlake.com or call 281.316.8888.  For Spa Night info visit, www.lunarrendezvous.org/events.php

This event sells out quickly and this year will be no exception. Come join in the fun and help raise money that is distributed back into the Bay Area community!

Record-Setting Astronaut Named Golden Jubilee King

May 1st, 2015

Festival king, retired astronaut Jerry Ross, left, is introduced to the crowd at the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party by the 2014 Lunar Rendezvous king, Jerry Foyt, who is general manager of Mercedes Benz of Clear Lake.

Festival king, retired astronaut Jerry Ross, left, is introduced to the crowd at the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party by the 2014 Lunar Rendezvous king, Jerry Foyt, who is general manager of Mercedes Benz of Clear Lake.

Record-Setting Astronaut Named Golden Jubilee King

By Mary Alys Cherry

Retired astronaut Jerry Ross will reign as king over this year’s Golden Jubilee Rendezvous Festival.
He was introduced as Lunar Rendezvous began celebrating its 50th anniversary at its Golden Jubilee Kickoff Party March 28 in the NASA Hilton’s Admiral Ballroom in Nassau Bay.

Jerry Foyt, the 2014 Lunar Rendezvous Festival king, introduced Colonel Ross to the standing-room-only crowd that cheered his selection. Among the celebrants were several former festival chairmen, kings and queens, advisory board members and volunteers who have made the festival a big success every year since its founding by the late Maggie Plumb DeNike and the Clear Lake Chamber back in 1966.

Tennis Tournament Co-Chairmen Kevin and Ruth Duke, right, prepare to sign up players for the April 24 event during the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party at the Hilton, with help from their son, Ashton.

Tennis Tournament Co-Chairmen Kevin and Ruth Duke, right, prepare to sign up players for the April 24 event during the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party at the Hilton, with help from their son, Ashton.

Past Advisory Board President Michael Reeves served as chairman of the Kickoff Party.

Born and raised in northwest Indiana, Ross said he was in the fourth grade when the first satellites were launched into space and those events caused him to decide to go to Purdue University, to become an engineer, and to get involved in our country’s space programs.

After earning his master’s degree at Purdue, he entered the Air Force, graduating from the Air Force Test Pilot School in 1976 as a flight test engineer and helping conduct flight testing of the B-1 bomber.

Ross came to the Johnson Space Center in February 1979 to work on the Space Shuttle program. In May, 1980, he was selected as an astronaut. He flew on Space Shuttle missions STS-61B in 1985; STS-27 in 1988; STS-37 in 1991; STS-55 in 1993; STS-74 in 1995; STS-88 in 1998; and STS-110 in 2002.

Former Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, now back practicing law with Vinson & Elkins, and his daughter, Princess Louisa Smitherman, enjoy the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party.

Former Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, now back practicing law with Vinson & Elkins, and his daughter, Princess Louisa Smitherman, enjoy the Lunar Rendezvous Kickoff Party.

With seven missions, he set and still holds the individual world record for the number of space flights flown. During his astronaut career he performed nine spacewalks, including three on STS-88 that started the assembly of the International Space Station.

Colonel Ross has logged more than 4,100 flight hours, received numerous awards and has authored three books. He has been married for more than 45 years to his wife Karen. He is the father of a daughter and a son, and a grandfather of three beautiful granddaughters.

He retired from NASA in 2012 and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2014. Colonel Ross says he feels extremely blessed to have lived his dream and to have served our great country in such a unique, exciting, and rewarding way.

 

Lunar Rendezvous Festival to host its 50th anniversary Kickoff Party

March 23rd, 2015

LLunar Rendezvous will host its 2015 Festival Kickoff Party Saturday, March 28, from 6-10 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel on Clear Lake at 3000 NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay.

This festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The Golden Jubilee Kickoff Party is a complimentary event featuring appetizers, dancing and a cash bar. The 2015 Golden Jubilee Princesses, Lieutenant, Little Ladies in Waiting and Pages will be presented for the first time. In addition, the 2015 King will be announced. Mike Reeves, long-time Lunar Rendezvous volunteer and Advisory Board member will chair the party.

Any community members who are interested in volunteering with the Lunar Rendezvous Festival are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Festival Chairman Jana Miller at lrfgoldenjubilee@gmail.com

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization benefiting the Bay Area Museum, area libraries and charities and providing college scholarships for local students. In the past 10 years alone the Festival has donated over $1.5 million to the Houston Bay Area.