Applause. Griffith Greer, a junior at The Kinkaid School, had no idea what to expect when she was invited to Carnegie Hall for the 90th National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. She received a Gold Key Award (regional) and a Silver Medal (national) for her photograph inspired by the book The Simple Truth by David Baldacci. It was an advanced-photography assignment given to her class by their teacher, David Veselka. Special guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Posen, Terrance Hayes and Usher each spoke at the ceremony. Her twin sister, Courtney, and mom Mary Margaret Greer applauded loudly. By the way, there were more than 230,000 submissions from art students across the United States.
Celebrate! Love was in the air as Jennette and Perry Hunnicutt celebrated their 60th wedding anny at a seated dinner of lobster and filet mignon at The Forest Club. Hosted by Jenny Hunnicutt, Hap Hunnicutt, Timmy Streller and Chrissy Wilson, the celebration included the Harbor Light Choir with their upbeat serenades for a triple whammy. Perry turned 86 on the anniversary, and Jenny recently blew out 80 candles. Among the 65 celebrants were John and Carol Howenstine, Mary Jane Sponsel, Jim and Jeannie Janke, Jas Gundry, John Jamail, Fran and Sandy Bruce, Bob Weselak, Jackie and Ben Duffie, Bob and Judy Dabney, Ethelyn Kuldell, Bob, Ann and Anna Bahme, Mike and Marilyn Wells, and Lance and Carol Kassab.
Sweet event. Partiers nibbled exotic-flavored macaroons at Le Grand Concours Macaron. Held at the spectacular bayou home of Caroline and Jean-Louis Guirette, the benefit for the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts Open the Door art project was chaired by Mickey Henry and Karine Parker-Lemoyne. The 100 guests sampled Spicy Dark Chocolate, Texas Roasted Pecan, and Orange and Chocolate Crème au Beurre, among the many flavors. Meredith and Fielding Cocke, Linda Fair and Miles Redfield, Divya and Chris Brown, Peter Brown, Noel Bezette-Flores and Bill Flores, Judy Nyquist and Lynn Wyatt were impressed with the artistic endeavors of the 10 chefs and the hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef Olivier Ciesielski. Hail to the chefs!
New friends. Kyle “Skip” and Robin (Hargrove) Rowley escaped last minute to Italy to relax. Highlights from their 11-day hop to Rome, Capri and the Amalfi coast were the Borghese art gallery, a dinner on Capri in a cave during a thunderstorm and the gardens in Ravello, Italy. They randomly met couples from Germany, England and California, and, despite talking politics, enjoyed hearing foreigners’ views of the United States and Americans. It was an unintentionally diplomatic evening. And by the way, when they returned to the United States, they were hardly relaxed from their busy trip.
Biz with pleasure. Cindy Diggs and District Judge Elizabeth Ray tripped to Salzburg to attend a meeting of the International Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys’ European chapter. Cindy and Elizabeth’s before-and-after trips found them on a Sound of Music tour in the foothills of the Alps. They didn’t expect to eat white asparagus (spargel) every day, but restaurants have entire menus, called “spargel cartes,” during the spring harvesting season. Spargel, they discovered, goes very well with both German beer and German white wine.
Feast. Steven Maislos moved into his new home in November, and, finally settled in, his family and friends gave him a birthday party in June. Samara Silverman, Dr. Francisco and Judy Maislos, Amalia and Brian Stanton, and Gabriel and Hayley Maislos arranged the summer Argentine barbecue with 20 entrees of beef and seafood. Homemade white sangria, limoncello, port and champagne were a few of the beverages making sure no one was thirsty. Steven left to give lectures at a national urology meeting in Argentina before a playcation in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine country.
Gem of an event. Nancy Reichek was surprised to walk into Ciao Bello and see 125 of her friends and family from afar to celebrate her milestone birthday. To symbolize her love of all things feminine, purses and jewelry stands with flowers were scattered on tables as centerpieces. Guests were busy taking mug shots for a take-home coffee mug. Hubby Mark Reichek, who threw the party, grinned when the ginormous ice-cream sculpture was rolled out. In the line-dancing mix were Laurie Lee and Dico Hassid, Jan and Lesley Cohen, Sherrie Atlas and Tony and Gary Miller.
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