Charlene Moore and Rod Roberts celebrated the winter-solstice season with 80 friends in Charlene’s decked-out home, with three roaring fireplaces and beautiful new gazebo. Charlene’s son, Adam, was stranded in Manhattan during the December blizzard but made it in time for New Year’s Eve. Rick and Jennifer Montgomery, Kathy Covey, Julianna Lind, Mary and Keith McNair, Kurt and Lee Ann Adkins, Cristi and Wink Harvey, Bob and Linda Zamorano, Jo Ann Peterson and Mary Nurre, Jon and Samantha Lancos, Phillip and Trish McRae, David and Mary Van Grindle, Mike and Meghan Rao, Diane Eilbeck, Jack Raines, Mike King and Sharon Roark enjoyed the holiday spirit and spirits.
Ellen Kurio and Lucy Foyt drove 3,000 miles throughout Germany, traveling from Frankfurt through the Mosel Valley to Munich and the Southern Alps and onward to the borders of Switzerland and Austria. Each quaint village they stumbled upon had markets worth exploring. Their wintertime travels meant they got to enjoy goulash for Thanksgiving. The ladies were excited to see Alan and Mimi Withers Berck and their children, Lauren, Stephen and Logan, who live on the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
It was quite a splash! Karen and Tom Wolff were in Seattle visiting their daughter, Leslie Phillips, and grandson, Graham Johnson. Leslie and Tom participated in the Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Washington on New Year’s Day and braved the frigid 46-degree water. Some of the others making a splash were dressed as Darth Vader, a gorilla and polar bears, of course.
Some things are just meant to be. They met on three random occasions before Trip Spencer asked Stefanie Noble out for a date. They were both stuck on Richmond Avenue during one of Houston’s many street floods, caught a glimpse of one another at the annual Lights in the Heights party, and ran into each other once again at a Harry Potter book release. Trip proposed to Stefanie amid snowfall in December as Stefanie walked her dog, Jake, near Richmond Avenue. Jake wagged his tail in approval, and Stephanie said yes. A fall wedding is planned.
When Cs are all good. Holly and Michael Cimo of Fort Worth are the proud parents of Clara Camille Cimo, making Jim and Judy Spring and Phil and Diane Cimo very excited grandparents. Big brother Jack is three and eager to play with his new sister.
They arrived in Austin at 5:45 a.m. for a casting call with Paramount Studios. Joni Zavitsanos’ daughter, Anastasia, was among 300 girls auditioning for the part of Maddie in a movie that will be shot in Austin and New Mexico this spring. Unfortunately, Anastasia didn’t possess the cowgirl look the producers were after. As they say, it wasn’t in the stars – just yet.
Politically correct. Paulette Levine met with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and a staffer in Rep. John Culberson’s office in Washington D.C. to ask for more appropriations for scleroderma research, a disease involving connective tissue and skin pain. Paulette also ran into Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain.
Houston, we have a problem. Is America is fighting a cold war on energy, with energy being a strategy of defense, not offense? That is the essence of the film Houston We Have a Problem, which is part of the United Nations Association Film Festival. Henry Groppe, former director of the U.S. Energy Association, and former Houston mayor Bill White were featured in the film. Jennifer Roosth was in the Houston audience.
Benjamin James Taylor and Lisa Elizabeth Llano married Nov. 21 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. A dinner honoring the newlyweds was held in Scanlon Hall at the University of St. Thomas. Ben’s brother, Kyle Taylor, and his mother, Karen O’Connell Taylor, as well as step-dad Bryan Carlile, welcomed the couple home following a Puerto Rico honeymoon.
Many organizations joined together for the annual Joyful Toyful gathering at Gigi’s Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar to bring toys to disadvantaged children in time for Christmas. Grace and Robert Givens, Renee and Jim Jongebloed, Richard Rolland, Barbara and LeRoy Hermes, Judy and Craig Fecel, Tom and Bibi Anderson, and Lois Alba and Art Watcher were in the treasure trove of donors and supporters.
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