Anything but Old Hat! Glam Al Fresco Luncheon Draws Chic Millinery, Raises Big Bucks for Park

Anything but Old Hat! Glam Al Fresco Luncheon Draws Chic Millinery, Raises Big Bucks for Park

Kristy Bradshaw, Kelley Lubanko, Phoebe Tudor

ONE OF SPRINGTIME'S most lovely events — the annual Hats in the Park luncheon, served up in a beautifully tented space at Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens — was more spectacular than ever. Thanks, weather, for the crisp, blue-sky day!

The 16th annual event, which raised nearly half a million bucks for the park’s conservancy, drew a who’s-who of lovely ladies — some 480 in all — each trying good-naturedly to outdo the other with haute headgear! Julie Longoria Chen, Isabel David and Rishma Mohamed served as chairs; Paula Harris, a Houston Astros Foundation honcho and longtime park patron, was the honoree.

“The amount of excitement was abundant amongst all the mingling and catching up during the Champagne reception,” gushed a rep for Hermann Park Conservancy, “before the guests were ushered to their seats on the formal lawn for an alfresco lunch crafted by City Kitchen.” Poached shrimp and sliced beef were on the menu, with cheesecake for dessert.

Conservancy board chair Kristy Bradshaw updated guests on developments at the park, including the imminent opening of the long-under-construction McWilliams Dog Park and the Commons. “To say that I’m excited to bring my family to the Commons is a massive understatement,” said Bradshaw. “This excitement is matched by just how grateful I am for each and every person who has worked on this and supported this incredible project as it’s nearly ready to be enjoyed by our community.”

“We have this amazing milestone just around the corner, but we would be remiss to forget the daily work that has maintained the rest of our beloved Park, keeping it the oasis that it is for our six million annual visitors.”

Spotted in the miles of millinery were Fady Armanious, Susie Criner, Allie Fields, Brigitte Kalai, Melissa Juneau, Doreen Stoller, Phoebe Tudor, Hallie Vanderhider.

Allison Stasney, Ting Bresnahan

Lindley Arnoldy, Allie Fields

Ayesha Rashid, Brigitte Kalai, Alice Mao Brams

Brooke Bentley Gunst, Holly Radom, Carolyn Sabat

Phyllis Williams, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Lauren Randle

Catherine Matthews, Elizabeth Abraham Colombowala

Kristen Berger

Gracie Cavnar, Laura McWilliams

Demetra Jones

Hats in the Park Chairs Isabel David, Rishma Mohamed, Julie Longoria Chen

Holly Alvis

Neekie Kashani, Katherine Whaley

Ping Sun, Mei Leebron

Susie Criner

Paula DesRoches, Morgan Garvey, Doreen Stoller

Chlorophyll Water, Special Spa Treatments, More: Tips for Mom Bods Emerging from Long Winter’s Nap

The author suggests Pilates as part of her plan for ‘mom bods’ to renew for spring.

AS WE SWAP out our warm comfy PJs for swimsuits, the thought of showing off our bodies can stir up all kinds of emotions, especially for us moms. Here are a few strategic steps to stride into the spring and summer months with confidence and feeling your best.

Keep ReadingShow less

Filet and shrimp at Haywire, opening next month in Memorial City

A HANDFUL OF newcomers have arrived in the Memorial City area in recent months, and there are plenty more buns in the oven! The biggest news is that Aaron Bludorn's Bar Bludorn is officially open. Read more here.

Keep ReadingShow less

Neula at MARCH (photo by Zach Horst)

OUT WITH THE old, in with the new. Spring has sprung, and so have local seasonal ingredients and our taste for something fresh and light. Here are some of the best spring flavors to savor!

Keep ReadingShow less