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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh January 2017


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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but the years are going by way too fast for me… sometimes I wish I had a pause button! But since I don’t, here’s to a fabulous year in Fort Bend! Wishing you and yours all the best for 2017. Please continue to send in your event photos so you can be “Scene in the Bend”! Please be sure to send photos original size (do not reduce for email) and include the names of all people.


Harvest Fest In Harvest Green

More than 3,000 people turned out for the inaugural Harvest Fest, a seasonal autumn celebration in Houston’s first farm-centric community, Harvest Green. Held Nov. 5, Harvest Fest offered a cornucopia of fall activities, including decorating pumpkins, a pie-eating contest and bobbing for apples. A highlight were “gourd-geous” pumpkins by New York City-based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, who did live demonstrations of their culinary carving skills. A farmers market featuring produce from Harvest Green’s Village Farm was popular, as were sack races, face painting, balloon art and a host of tasty food trucks. “It was a terrific launch of what we plan to be an annual event,” said Shay Shafie, general manager of Harvest Green. “Expect even more activities for all ages next year.”

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1) Remington and Anthony Reilly decorating their perfect pumpkins

2) Mark Evan with Maniac Pumpkin Carvers shows progress on one of several artistic pumpkins

3) Jaxson and Cody Graham “driving” a tractor

4) Oscar Cervantes celebrates after winning the pie-eating contest

5) A living scarecrow photobombed Morgan Pinkleton and Daniel Yiu after the pair visited one of several food trucks

Photo Credit: Colleen Lastrapes


Fort Bend Chamber Golf Tournament

Another successful Fort Bend Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament was held at the beautiful Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. The sold-out tournament participants enjoyed the weather while playing on the El Dorado course, one of Missouri City’s finest. Everyone was a winner but special recognition goes to the First Place team of Mayor Allen Owen, Steve Startzell, Chris Parsons, and Tyler Stamm of the Sugar Land Skeeters Team. Second-place winners were John Thayer, Craig Stephen, Tim Lambrecht, and Joe Cunneff with the Thayer O’Neal team. Third place went to Gilbert Jalomo, Sonny Salinas, Christian Jalomo, and Mike Lopez of the All Star Storage team. Ted Volf of HoldFast Industries won the Chamber Challenge raffle, which was a framed, signed photograph of Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, and Hakeem Olajuwon.


1) The Classic Chevrolet Team: Brandon Sine, Ray Aguilar, Grayson Sebastian and Jeff Sebastian

2) The Consolidated Communications Team: Gabe Castaneda, James Quinet and Rene Moreno

3) The Early McClintic & McMillan Team: Ian McClintic, Jason Herbrich and Chad Gerke

4) The Fluor Team: Dan Spinks, Jeff Wiley, Rick Conley and Mayor Jimmy Thompson

5) The Frost Bank Team: Kyle Liner, Turner Vaught, Michael Williams and Jonathan Pursch

6) The Legacy Fitness Team: Jan-Michael Jenkins, Sean Burnett, Jeff Hogan and Brett Laird

7) The LJA Engineering Team: Alvin San Miguel, Amanda Carriage, Noe Escobar and James Brown

8) The Fort Bend Publishing Team: Kevin Messer, Steve Babadeaux, Joe Welch and Bob Messer

9) Fort Bend Chamber Staff: Keri Schmidt, President & CEO; Matthew Ferraro, Director of Programs; Dewan Clayborn, Director of Special Events; Derek Rogers, Director of Membership Services; Sheridan Labbé, Director of Marketing; and Jessica Morante, Director of Administration

Photo Credit: Ted Volf and Randy Kozlovsky


Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Speakeasy

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation hosted its second annual Speakeasy party at Anson Aviation’s hangar on Nov. 10. Guests were dazzled with exciting entertainment all evening. Featured performers were Gail Best, the jazz duo of Vel Lewis and Gianna Welling Nitzberg, Ron “The Chairman of the Board” Bailey, and the incomparable Sugar Land Heritage Flapper Girls! Adding to the ambiance were games of chance (a.k.a. casino) and music from the Prohibition era. Attendees were given special opportunities to have their pictures taken with three authentic vehicles from the era and a 1930s Stearman Biplane (provided by Texas Taildraggers). In addition, ladies were encouraged to kick up their heels by joining the Flapper Girls in a dance routine to the song “New York, New York.”

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1) Cyndia Rodriquez, Vicki Latham, Melissa Ives, Teresa Cox Reading, Karen Sfara, Sharlene Jacobson, and Gail Best

2) Janet Chobotar, Yvette John, Karen Sfara, Vicki Latham, Patti Martin-Stewart, Diana Collins and Cyndia Rodriguez.

3) Mario Dominguez, Greg Rios and John Vega

4) Brenda and Mario Dominguez, Maria and John Vega, Greg and Ida Rios. Photo Credit: Randy Kozlovsky

5) Mary Joyce, Claire Rogers and Bettye Anhaiser

6) Pat Houck, Ron Bailey and Maggy Horgan

7) Steve Stewart, Patti Martin Stewart and Becky Parmer

8) Event auctioneer, Jake Messinger

9) Farha Ahmed, Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Zubair Ashcaf

10) Becky Parmer, Ron Bailey and Stacy Bynes


HMNS Sugar Land Jingle Tree

This holiday season, over 700 guests joined the merriment with the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land’s third annual fundraiser, Jingle Tree. The special event, presented by Sterling McCall Acura, featured a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that were up for bidding in a six-day-long mobile auction. The trees are sponsored and decorated by Fort Bend designers, museum supporters, local celebrities and artistic vision­aries. This year, the event began during Cookies with Santa, held on Saturday, Nov. 12. It was the first chance for families to view the trees and catch Santa during an early holiday visit to Sugar Land. The Bubbles, Bites and Belles Coffee was held Tuesday, Nov. 15, whenthe first tree was sold and other bids really picked up speed. Finally, festivities wrapped up at the Jingle Jangle Happy Hour, Thursday, Nov. 17, an evening filled with cocktails, tree viewing, mobile bidding and a fabulous live auction.


1) Event Co-Chairs: Laura Thompson, Wanda Sdao, Kavita Self, Ashley Van Hoozer; Director and Chief Development Officer, Adrienne Barker; and event Co-Chair, Jana Baumann

2) Nancy Olson with the tree that she designed

3) Rod and Dorine Craig

4) Seeju Dupre with the Elvis tree that she designed

5) Catherine Kubala and Linda Page

6) Nancy and Pete Olson with Adrienne Barker and Doug Goff

7) Paul and Judy Maddison

8) Nell Ciancarelli and Bridget Yeung.  Photo Credit: Mary Favrel

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