A cozy seven-bedroom villa… Barbara and Jim Stearnes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Casa Tres Palabras in Acapulco. Family members John and Brad Stearnes and Cheryl and John Giangrosso as well as a few friends joined in the celebration. The villa had a staff of seven who kept the margaritas, pina coladas and cerveza flowing as the group enjoyed two private swimming pools and the view from atop the 600-foot cliff overlooking Acapulco Bay.
Worldly love… Jeff Jackson met Finnish beauty Alexandra Pasternak in St. Petersburg, Russia, when they studied abroad while working on their degrees in Russian language and culture. The couple married in a rose garden in Helsinki, Finland, on Aug. 19 and honeymooned in the Baltic region of Latvia. The bride’s mother and grandmother were also married on Aug. 19. Henry and Judy Jackson and their daughter, Jenny Jackson, spent two weeks in Helsinki to host the Jacksons’ rehearsal dinner on the UNESCO World Heritage Fortress Island of Soumelinna and to celebrate Henry’s 65th birthday. Guests toasted the couple overlooking the Baltic Sea as ships passed on their way to Sweden. American ambassador Bruce Oreck presided over the nuptials, and the newlyweds are now living in Helsinki.
Italy twice as nice… Pam and Mike Graham escaped with former Houstonians Evelyn and Roger Aiello (who now live in England) for a 10-day Italian journey that began and ended in Rome. Stops in hillside towns and Tuscany allowed for wine tasting, and most of their stay was spent in Chianti, where they bunked at Il Borro, the Ferragamo family’s Tuscan estate. Pam and Evelyn, friends from Spring Branch High School days, returned to Italy weeks later for a 12-day girls’ trip to visit SBHS classmate Cindy Ho. Joined by other gals, the group stayed at Palazzo Cinzia, Cindy’s home in Vogogna, in the Piedmont area near Milan. Nice to have friends in the right places.
A whale of good time… Nancy and Mel Gross cruised to Alaska aboard the Silver Shadow. A group of whales swam and played for almost an hour alongside their ship while Nancy breakfasted on the balcony. In Sitka, she attended services at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church while Mel had his own religious experience with bears, sea otters, sea lions and a visit to a refuge center for bald eagles. Their son and daughter-in-law, David and Priscila Gross, playcationed on the beach at Capella Pedrigal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to celebrate Priscila’s 26th birthday.
Non-stop culture… Beverly and Howard Robinson met friends Ed and Betsy Schreiber in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Fringe Festival, one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. There were thousands of performers on a multitude of stages for non-stop performances of one-man dramas, ensemble plays, comedy and music.
They’re back again… Guy and Kristie Rowland and daughters Libby and Emily Rowland moved from Wayne, Penn., to Whispering Oaks, not too far from their former Bunker Hill house. They had no idea they would be in Wayne for only eight months. New to Hunters Creek are David and Jean Park, who arrived from Los Angeles with their toddler son, Caleb. David grew up in Memorial and is pleased to be back in Houston. Chevron has relocated Bob and Meg Guldner back to Houston from San Francisco. They previously lived in Frostwood two years ago. Their son, Sutton Guldner, feels right at home at Memorial High School and has seen many familiar faces.
A golden celebration… Sheila and Lewis Train celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party for 100 at their home. A second celebration took place during their Mediterranean cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity, which sailed from Barcelona, Spain. The Italian coast will never be the same after the “Train stops” in the romantic Italian ports of Amalfi, Sorrento and Venice. The gondolier serenades didn’t hold a fiddle to Lewis, who plays the violin.
A first for everyone… Andrew and Macy Monteverde Taylor have given Bill Monteverde III his first granddaughter, Kinsley Monteverde, born on June 25. Shortly thereafter, Scott and Brandi Monteverde added the first grandson, Hunter Bradshaw Monteverde, on Sept. 13.
Live music, oceanside… Robert and Barbara Maidenberg rented a cottage on a bluff in Nova Scotia overlooking the Atlantic, with wild canaries serenading them each morning. The haunting music of the loons echoed on the cove at sunset as they dined on steamed lobster, fresh fish and creamy chowder.
The view from above… Pam Royal treated her son, BJ, daughter-in-law Tracy Elliott, and grandkids Alex, 9, and Abby, 5, with a trip to Maui. Because Alex loves to fly, Nana (a.k.a. Pam) surprised him with an hour-long helicopter ride over the island, provided by a charter company called Alex Air, of course.
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