Fire and water. Jack and Julie Perry had the worst winter after their home in Ethan’s Glen burned, but they had a great summer vacate, thanks to Judy and Bill Maynard. They offered their Beaver Creek condo to Jack, Julie and their children, Annie and Jackson, for two weeks. The Perry family hiked, fished and, when Jack’s mom Helen Perry joined them, went white-water rafting. Back home, the young family lived in a generous family’s pool house in Memorial until July 3 when they moved to The Lofts CityCentre. They expect their rebuild to be finished around Christmas.
Follow the Silk Road. Terry and Kathy Hatchett, inspired by an exhibit on Genghis Khan at The Houston Museum of Natural Science a few years ago, went in search of Khan’s history. They traveled to remote ‘stan places – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – to see where Khan’s sons were given territory to colonize and control from China to Turkey. They crossed the borders of five countries in a little more than three weeks. In Nukus, a very remote part of Uzbekistan, the president’s daughter gave them a private art tour at the Savitsky Museum; Igor Savitsky was able to collect more than 90,000 pieces of art.
From Toronto to Niagara Falls. Laya Bloom cycled in a Canadian cycle event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, with 4,000-plus riders. Her team, Steve’s Cycle Paths, raised more than $729,000, and the ride raised more than $18 million for research and treatment benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital. Her team honored her and six other riders with bronze and silver sculptures for being five-year cancer survivors. Go, Laya!
Will we see Dorothy and Toto? The car trip that Jim and Keli Tuschman took their children Mai and Max and dog Rosie on headed directly to Kansas to the grandparents’ house, but the ride back made many random stops. In Fort Worth they saw a cattle drive with cowboys and longhorns. And who knew that in Palmer, Texas, the drive-in movie would be such a treat? Mai and Max saw Madagascar 3 from the moon roof of the car. The grand finale stop on the way back to Houston was lunch at Lake Livingston and an unexpected rest stop at a gas station where they took shelter from a thunderstorm with a group of bikers, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion.
First-class friends. Tracy Curry and Sue Vogel celebrated their summer birthdays with friends at the Memorial Wine Cellar. Hosted by best buds Kallie O’Malley and Monica Hendricks, the friends enjoyed wine and salmon and caper dip, plus other light hors d’oeuvres. Some of the partiers were Madeline and Mark Willis, Sarah and Bren Ridley, Sandy Walker, Riham Baumgartner and Amy Stinton. Sue and Tracy met 10 years ago at Bunker Hill Elementary when their boys were in the same first-grade class.
Laughter echoed off the walls. Jennifer Rose celebrated a big birthday with Girls’ Night Out. We are not telling the birthday girl’s age, but it is a number that ends with zero. Her fun gathering of friends included Lisa Reed Feinsilver, Annie Amante, Kathryn Rageot, Donna Boyd, Janice Murphy and Elizabeth Rape. At a dinner at Ibiza where the champagne flowed, a huge silver ice bucket filled with cotton candy blazed with silver sparklers. It was passed around for all the giggling gals to enjoy and was indeed a sweet ending.
Fant-astic escape. Arthur and Brenda Fant hosted four local couples for a vacation at a 10,000-square-foot home in the Colorado mountains. The Fants found the Beaver Creek home through their membership in Inspirato, a luxury-destination club with multimillion-dollar vacation residences around the world. Steve and Donna Palmer, Brian and Cindy Atlas, Dr. Alan and Debby Stanton, and Sharon and Mike Brier completed the fivesome. Natalie Davis and friend DeeAnn Templeton joined the group later in the week. The friends used the billiard room and theater room at night when not indulging in Double Dominos. They saw a fox outside the kitchen door while cooking a gourmet dinner one night. Another evening they ventured to a high-tech bowling alley, Bol, in Vail. Arthur, who had not bowled in 45 years, had the high score (196) for the guys, while Debby was top scorer (85) for the girls.
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