Girl power… Moms and daughters galore shared bonding time at the Girl World Tour 2010 hosted by Brazos Bookstore and St. John’s School. The auditorium was packed with, among others, Lynn and Riley Marsh, Laurie and Bennett Geston, Rachel and Macy Clements, Kathleen and Amanda Andrade, and Katie and Claire Craig. Guided by bestselling author Rosalind Wisemann, ‘tween girls and moms talked through the issues most troublesome to middle schoolers. Hilarity abounded when Rosalind asked the girls to mimic their moms having a meltdown. One mom joked that is was very unfair the tables did not get turned on that exercise, but that, if she had, her daughter may have never forgiven her.
Hangin’ out with the band… Not only did they get their hands on this year’s hottest Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets to the Black Eyed Peas, but Amanda Bernacchi and Ashley Collazo also scored tickets to the band’s after party at Venue following the rodeo. The singers and dancers arrived around midnight. Band members mingled with the crowd while sampling Bacardi’s libation created in honor of singer Fergie’s birthday, the V.I.Pea.
Seen on the art scene… Always the consummate host, Ron Gremillion opened a photo exhibit at Gremillion and Company Fine Art Gallery as part of Fotofest. In addition to the packed house of adults, Gabrielle Welch brought kiddos Ashton Welch, Ella Welch, Gigi Welch and Catherine Matthews-Ederington. Gabrielle said her kids love the chance to dress up for openings, and she likes the events because the whole family develops a better eye for great art. As a bonus, sales of Jon Edwards’ island photographs at the exhibit benefit the Galveston Island Arts Council.
Happy hour benefit… Women of Wine hosted an educational happy hour at the recently opened Haven restaurant. Buffy Cauthen, Jessica Bager, Anne Murphy, Monique Studak, Lynn Ellis and Donna Ellis were all in attendance. The tasting featured wines that were organic, sustainably grown or from vintners consciously trying to minimize their carbon footprint. Haven’s nibbles were created by executive chef Randy Evans from local foods served in an environmentally conscious setting. Women of Wine is a girls’ night out with a purpose, with proceeds benefiting Houston Area Women’s Center.
Touring the ‘hood… A sloppy Saturday gave way to a beautiful Sunday for Rice Design Alliance’s annual Architecture Tour, which this year featured Southgate as an urban oasis. The tour reflected the best architecture in the neighborhood, highlighting recent modern homes, including those of Erik Ragni and Emily Sing, as well as stylishly done renovations, such as the residences of Cindy and Ronald Baur and Betsy and Mitchell Taylor. More than 1,000 visitors toured some of Southgate’s premier addresses.
Spring Break road trip… Driving to New York over Spring Break was part of the fun for the Lanier family – Kevin, Robin, Brennan, Sophie and Elise. The family piled in the car for a week in the mountains with family and a few days in the Big Apple. Highlights included the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, hanging out with cousins and drinking all the soda they wanted from the soda gun at their Uncle Kent’s Brooklyn tavern, the Black Rabbit. Sophie and Robin had the special treat of seeing a taping of The Martha Stewart Show. Sophie’s advice, if you ever go to a television show taping, is “to wear bright colors because they seat you in front where you are more likely to get on TV.”
Under the Mediterranean sun… Ann and Dan Ahuero hosted Southampton Garden Club’s Flower Show in April at their gracious River Oaks home. The Mediterranean theme added to the charm of this not-to-be-missed event attended by Les and Marcia Randall, Sandra Wilson, Judy Brunch, Gregory and Susan Boer, Mary Bradshaw, Irene Bond, Fred and Leslie King, Peggy Vineyardom, Phyllis Carney, Marcia Faschingbauer, Janet Kohlhase and Stephen Craig, Lin Neese, Edie Archer, Connie McMaken and David and Joanne Storm.
March Madness comes to Houston… Baylor fans John and Anna Allison, along with daughter Meredith, loved the chance to cheer their Bears on to victory over St. Mary’s in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament held at Reliant Stadium. With so many Baylor starters returning next season, they are hoping this was a warm-up for Baylor making the Final Four, which will be held in Houston next year. Meanwhile, next-door neighbor and Butler grad Jennifer Vallone headed to Indianapolis to see her alma mater face Duke in the finals.
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