Happiest New Year, Lake Houston friends. I’m actually amazed that we are starting yet another new year. I am really not sure where the time has gone, and many of our friends are no longer here to celebrate with us. Rest in peace Greg Dyakon, Carole Covey, David Dickson, Joseph Stanton, GayLynn Schiller and others.

Deerwood hosted the Friends of the Vine Home for the Holidays wine dinner. It was a truly festive affair with attendees in bling and suits. Guests were served Wycliff California champagne with a variety of appetizers, followed by the Unshackled sauvignon blanc and a shellfish spring roll. The chicken Gorgonzola cannelloni was served with Banshee chardonnay. My favorite, braised osso bucco with gremolata on risotto Milanese, was paired with J. vineyards pinot noir and finally the evening concluded with a chocolate almond galette and Wente cabernet sauvignon. This event has become so popular — reservations required. When wine and great food is involved — this intimate affair doesn’t stay secret for long.

Dan and Janet Huberty hosted their annual party with a purpose, with the intent to gather donations for FamilyTime’s Women of Achievement gala. Ryan Huberty wore his holiday jacket and plaid pants — who does he remind you of? Dan and Janet Huberty, Marques Holmes, Mitzi and Terry Vaughn, Kelsey Ciletti, Tom Huberty, Audi Huberty, Victoria Zamani, Monica Foster, Leigh Marcus, Laura Linskey, Justin Lurie, Tracy Gonzales and Michelle Golden were there along with gorgeous Dorothy Alspaugh in festive red, Judy Cox in floral, Vicki Kreger, Lea Hartung, Kathy Neal, Ivan Canales, Laura Cox, Jarrah Jo, Michael Fulghum, Deann and David Otis, Kay Pass, Diane Heinricks and Juanita Zavala. Ellie Csengery always gorgeous in black with a red drop necklace, David Broussard, Nancy Morrison, Heather Brodersen, Jerri Monbaron, the area’s newest single lady Pam Singletary, and Sam and Casey Schrade were all on hand to celebrate.

Kody Philen and Sydney Rambo exchanged wedding vows Dec. 22 at Rustic Miller Events in Montgomery, Texas after a yearlong engagement. The stunning bride wore a beautiful mermaid style, long sleeved lace see through gown. While the groom wore bluejeans and a navy sports jacket, the men brandished American flag pins and the bridesmaids wore beautiful floor length navy wrap around gowns. The mother of the bride, Kelly Rambo, and mother of the groom, Kelly Paull, had all the details covered. The bridal party included the groom’s sisters, Sarah Williams and Lyndsi Cleveland, and sister of the bride Jordan Rambo and longtime friend from Canada, Jace Bews. Groomsmen included father of the groom Troy Philen, brothers in law Justin Cleveland and Garrett Wilcox, Evan Raffa and Carson Arndt. Friends and family in attendance included the groom’s grandparents, Kay and Wayne Manning, parents Kelly and Rick Paull and Troy Philen and Michelle Martin, bride’s parents Kelly Rambo and Adam Coleman, the groom’s grandfather Bill Philen, twin aunts Terry and Tammy and uncle Todd Philen. Amanda Rossen, Nancy, Rob and Andrew Sawyer were also in attendance. Danello’s Catering provided dinner and the wedding cake was by Nothing Bundt Cakes. The groom’s cake was an Italian cream cake made by grandmother Kay Manning. 

Lead elves Betty Welch and Pastor Jerry Martin of Light of the World were in charge of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) Empty Stocking community-wide toy store. Pastor Kelvin McDaniel directed the bike allocation. Humble ISD and HAAM gift distribution was managed by Matt Smith and Jennifer Karlstrom. Many thanks for the Rotarian elves Valerie Copeland, Pam McNair, Chris Johansson and Jim Carranza. Texan Dealership new GM Greg Wilhelm delivered in a big red truck/sleigh and helped hand out toys. Many thanks to Humble ISD Superintendent Liz Fagen who was immersed into the holiday spirit assisting with gift distribution.

Did anyone see Bev Wright’s spectacularly decorated home this season? There wasn’t an inch that wasn’t covered in holiday ornamentation. Her Michigan “Go Blue” tree was a sight to behold. Bev hosted several events for her numerous groups. Frances Criner, Gloria Harvey, Linda Dumas, Connie Saunders, Linda Prator, Anne Viault, Darcel Weller, Helen Reuland and Lana Garcia were just a few of the lucky invitees.

Held at Los Cucos in Kingwood, Charles Cunningham announced his candidacy for Texas House seat 127 being vacated by Dan Huberty. In attendance, among many, were Lawrence and Myra Bruns, Jim and Robin Lennon, Millie Garrison, Martina Dixon, Devon Alexander, Mayor Norman Funderburk, Connie Chandler, Philip Owens, Sharon Mittag and Duane and Erica Johnston.

Happy birthday to Kim Land, Stephanie Fisher, Kilee Northrup, Lisa McSwain, Cindy Parks, Cindy Brocker, Danielle Schaaf, Lexi Field, Lexie Langley, Ellen Schmidt, Cheryl Mosley, Tammy Nigro, Kelley Matlage, Ron Holley, Taylor Paramore, Tracy Barrow, Stacey Wilms, Gary McIntire, Barb Mayfield, Khaled Khalaf, Jan Knecht, Desirae Perry, Ellyn Mead, Leigh Marcus, Fred Frey, Judy Gollub, Erin Mattingly, Candace Wall, Ann Crawford and Rusty Rivet.

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