Around Town December 2016
MARKET STREET NAMES TWO-YEAR-OLD NEAR-DROWNING VICITM AS 2016 LIGHTING LUMINARY
Two-year-old Dominic Larkin of The Woodlands was selected to light up Market Street and its 70-foot Christmas tree as part of the “Market Street in Lights” holiday spectacular held in Market Street’s Central Park on Nov. 17.
With the help of his mother, father, brother and sister along with family and friends, Dominic flipped the switch to officially kick off the holiday season and start Market Street’s holiday light show. Dominic suffered major medical complications and was in a drug-induced coma for nearly two months following a near-drowning incident at his home last February.
Sewell and Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands were the official sponsors for the 2016 event. Since 2004, Market Street has honored a deserving child to start the holiday season.
Both Amy LeCrone and Shawn Creswell of The Woodlands nominated Dominic.
In February, Dominic was found floating in his family’s pool by his mother, who quickly performed CPR. He was sedated and intubated upon arriving at Children’s Memorial Hermann. Dominic fought hard even as his lungs were showing signs of failure, and faced many more complications.
“Dominic made it through all these challenges for three reasons: God was with him, Dominic is a fighter, and his medical teams were precise in all the procedures they performed,” says Larkin. “The only lasting effect of his accident is the closeness and support surrounding him that we have formed in our community.”
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The “Market Street in Lights” synchronized holiday light performance will continue evenings during the holidays, every hour on the half hour, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Market Street is located in the heart of The Woodlands Town Center at the corner of Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive.
THE WOODLANDS SHOW CHORUS MEDALS AT RECENT INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
The Woodlands Show Chorus, an 81-member women’s a cappella singing ensemble, continued to break all records recently in Las Vegas by winning a ninth-place medal in Sweet Adelines International (SAI) competition as the youngest chorus to ever win a top-ten placement. This was only the second time the chorus has sung in an international competition, after placing 14th in its first international competition in Baltimore in 2014.
The chorus competed against choruses from all over the world, some as close as Dallas, and others as far away as Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.
The tight-knit group is directed by Betty Clipman, master director and renowned Sweet Adelines International coach, who came out of retirement to lead The Woodlands ladies.
This group of high achievers holds records for the fastest chartering SAI chorus and chartering with the largest number of members in 2012. They attained unusually high scores while winning their first and second regional competitions, and are due to again compete regionally in March.
The group rehearses each Monday night. Ranging from ages 17 to 79, these women sing barbershop style tunes, as well as more modern songs, and come from all over.
“We have members that drive here from Austin, Lufkin, Beaumont, League City and South Houston,” said member Mary Smith. “People want to belong to a competitive, championship-level chorus.”
For more information, visit thewoodlandsshowchorus.org, email email@example.com or call 713-208-0863.
WOODFOREST CRAFT FEST DRAWS 2,000 IN FIRST YEAR
More than 2,000 beer lovers converged on Woodforest to see what was brewing for the community’s inaugural Woodforest Craft Fest held Sept. 24.
The free event featured samples of lagers, ales and stouts from local breweries including 2015 Great American Beer Festival medalists Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Karbach Brewing Co., as well as Cyclers Brewery, Spindletap and 11 Below Brewing. Several food trucks were on hand and performances by Josh Fuller and the Cody Bryan Band entertained the crowd.
The Woodforest Craft Fest also featured Texas barbecue, a jumbotron airing college football games and a Texas truck show courtesy of Gullo dealerships of Conroe. Texas Truckworks displayed a RZR®, and 18-wheeler and custom-wrapped trucks. Mechanical bull riding and inflatable jousting added to the fun.
Vendors offered numerous beer-related products. Haus of Growlers sold custom-designed growlers. NYM Boutique showcased custom RTIC cups, while Cold Leather Products displayed its handmade Koozies. The Montgomery Band Booster Club sold blankets, fans and sunglasses.
“It was a great day,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “Area residents were thrilled to have a different kind of event of this magnitude right in their own backyard. We are already talking about next year’s craft fest.”
Woodforest is located seven miles west of Interstate 45 between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information, visit
“GREAT PUMPKIN SHOOT – AIMING TO FEED SENIORS” RAISES $34K FOR MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) held their first annual “The Great Pumpkin Shoot – Aiming To Feed Seniors” sporting clay tournament sponsored by SWBC Mortgage on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Blackwood Gun Club in Conroe. The fundraising event was a great success with over 100 people in attendance and raised more than $34,000 to feed local homebound elderly seniors in need in Montgomery County.
The 100-clay tournament featured fabulous auction items, including a Benelli M2 Semi-Automatic, and the opportunity to blast away water-filled pumpkins. Guests enjoyed breakfast sponsored by Entergy Texas. Blackhawk Specialty Tools cooked their special homemade jambalaya for everyone for lunch, which was sponsored by both Great American Title and Russo’s Pizzeria Conroe. Other sponsors included Vitruvian Exploration II, LLC, Entergy Texas, Inc., Cannon Custom Homes, Strike, Milstead Service Center, Morris Builders, The Strong Firm, P.C., Kroger, Ray Larson Real Estate Group and Corporate Housing Associates, LP.
Serving on the event committee were Mark Keough, Nancy and George Gray, Jim Kunning, Shelly Sauer, Eddie Murray, Marco Padilla, Mary Jo Schroeder, Rodney Anderson and Brent Wulf.
Sponsorships are currently available for next year’s “The Great Pumpkin Shoot – Aiming To Feed Seniors” which is set for Friday, Oct. 27. For sponsorship information, contact Bonnie Pfrenger, director of development at MOWMC, at 936-756-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, visit mowmc.org.
WOODLANDS NORTH HOUSTON CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN
The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) held its inaugural Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women on Nov. 8 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.
The event, co-chaired by Judy Olson of Spirit of Texas Bank and Sally T. Rainer of Entergy Texas, honored five trailblazing women in their industries: Tracey Abram-Anthony, Crane Worldwide; Robin Fielder, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Vicki Fullerton, Re/Max The Woodlands & Spring; Lana Hawayek, M.D., Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; and Maria O’Neill, American Bureau of Shipping. Additionally, the conference featured two dynamic keynote speakers, Pam Jeffers and Linda Lorelle, who shared their personal stories of success.
The GHWCC is a nonprofit business organzation of highly influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through avenues of leadership, education, advocacy and mentoring. For more information, visit ghwcc.org.
JUDGE NATHANIEL HART DAVIS CHAPTER, DRT HOSTS DISTRICT SIX WORKSHOP
On Oct. 22 the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) District Six Workshop was hosted by the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis DRT chapter. The DRT chapters in attendance from Houston and surrounding areas were Bluebonnet Branch, Dr. Richard Fox, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis (hosts); Miss Ima Hogg, New Kentucky, President Houston, San Jacinto, Seth Hurin Bates and Texas Star.
On Friday evening, the DRT Board of Management and Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis members gathered at the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, where Pat and Ted Spackey presented a program on the Flag Park and its future plans. The monument and flag park, dedicated on April 21, 2011, was the vision of artist Craig Campbell with main sponsor Dean Bass of Spirit of Texas Bank. Following the presentation, visitors were treated to a reception in the home of member Carol Hicks.
Saturday’s workshop was filled with history as attendees learned about Montgomery County from speaker Larry Foerster, Chairman of the Montgomery County Historical Commission. Coyla Holmes, District Six representative, presided at the meeting and Conroe Mayor Toby Powell, brought greetings to the crowd as the workshop opened. The Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flag were led by Andrew and Emily Mathieson, members of the Charles B. Stewart Chapter, Children of the Republic of Texas. The workshop was a very informative and educational meeting and luncheon with DRT Board of Management reports and committee reports sharing the DRT vision.
Shelly Lane, president of the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis DRT chapter, thanked all of the DRT chapters in District Six and the Board of Management for their inspiration and leadership. The DRT chapters in attendance from Houston and surrounding areas were Bluebonnet Branch, Dr. Richard Fox, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis (hosts); Miss Ima Hogg, New Kentucky, President Houston, San Jacinto, Seth Hurin Bates and Texas Star.
TEXIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The Woodlands Rose Chapter of the T.S.O.C.R. (Texas Society Order of the Confederate Rose) recently participated in the Texan Heritage Festival held in Fernland Park in Montgomery. The Woodlands Rose actively promotes, preserves and celebrates Confederate history. The ladies are mainly from the Montgomery County area, but membership is welcome to anyone interested in Confederate History. For more information, contact Renee Kernan at