Out and About: And 2018's dancers will be...

Albert Nolen

So you think you can dance

And these Junior League of Beaumont Dancing with the Southeast Texas Stars will certainly try Friday, March 2, 2018. Last Friday at the JLB House, the 2018 dance contestants and their sponsoring dance studios were unveiled at a luncheon by DWTS of Southeast Texas chair Sarah Wells. The first contestant named, along with her partner, was Becky Ames and Michael Manuel, who will be choreographed by Charlie Rule, iRule Dance. The second pair is Vanessa Holmes and Jacob Wills, choreographed by Dawn Fitzgerald, Academy of Dance. Third is Charlotte Mains and Baylor Wortham, choreographed by Lancaster Dance Academy. The fourth couple is Tiffany Murphy and Garrison Fuller, trained by Ashland’s Affirming Arts. Beth Rogers and Albert Turner are fifth, choreographed by City Dance Studio. Sixth is Terri Sherlock and Ray Callas, choreographed by Monique Steinhagen, Marsha Woody Dance Academy (Ray’s father and Monique’s mother danced together in our city years ago). The new sheriff in town, Zena Stephens, will be dancing with Damon West, choreographed by Bonnie Cokinos Dance Studio. The final couple, Alesha Wells and Jonathan Stovall, will take dance instructions from Exygon. All of the contestants are thrilled to be part of this exciting dance adventure benefitting so many programs in our town!

Inspiring dinner

Young Life held its banquet recently at the Beaumont Civic Center, and it was a moving, motivational evening coordinated by Energizer Bunny (and an incredible young man) Kyle Burdick. Tommy Goth gave the annual report and two young speakers, Janie Bowers and Walker Reese, shared their story of finding their path through Young Life leaders and the organization. David Moore encouraged dinner participants and supporters to open their hearts and checkbooks to help future young adults participate in the program and the many summer camps provided by YL. Energized by the inspirational evening were Sherry Goth, Joy and Will Crenshaw, Curtis Guillory, Lisa and Sam Parigi, Paige Windham, Jennifer Gordy, Sue Philp, Roy Philp, Kim and John McAtee, Nancy and Steve McGrade, Julie Toups, Ann and Kyle Hayes, Susan and Jordan Reese, Kathryn Grace and Eric Meadows, Marci and George Brown, Christy and Mike Persia, Carolyn Perkins, Molly Moore, Patricia Moore, Tonya and Mitch Toups, Heather and Mark Petkovsek, Jennifer and Kirk Smith, Peggy and David Starnes, and so many more!

Proud to call Beaumont home 

Native Beaumonter, New York transplant and renowned artist John Alexander was again honored by the New York Academy of Art several weeks at the Take Home a Nude art party and auction at Sotheby’s. This down-to-earth creative genius is one of the best representatives of our city and is constantly touting the benefits of growing up in Southeast Texas through his art and speaking engagements. Chairs for this fantastic event were Caroline Kennedy and Ed Schlossberg, Jane and Jimmy Buffett, Anna Chapman and Ronald O. Perelman, Alice and Lorne Michaels, Amy Cappallazzo, and Marcie and Richard Mishaan. Patrons and celebrities attending this international soiree were Peggy Guggenheim, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Kathryn and David Berg, Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune, Sara Paschall, Dodd and Will Denton, Suzanne and Bob Cochran and too many more to mention. Congrats on this incredible honor!

Tasty treat

The weather seems to be cooperating for the delicious lunch, dinner and take out for the annual St. Mark’s Chili Supper and Bazaar being held Thursday, Nov. 9, with lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner from 5-8 p.m.

News of I do’s

Congrats to Alyce Henley and Nick Oszczakiewicz on their recent marriage merger!

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Jeff Kilgore, Mellie Bevilacqua and Mackenzie Harken. Champagne toasts to Jefferson Fisher, Carla Meaux, Connie Berry, Alan Crammer, David McSween, J. T. Leone, Shayla Zuzukin, Greg Saleme, Sr., Ryan Zummo, Jackson Winslow, Ann Creswell, Will Black, Jo Vance, Janci Kimball, Anne Winslow, Mary Jane Benning, Carolyn Wood, Catherine Klein and R.C. Tortorice.

Until the next RSVP!

Albert Nolen is a native of Beaumont  and a time-honored presence on the local party scene. His column appears in The Examiner weekly. To share  your social tidbits with Albert, call (409) 832-1400 or fax information to him at  (409) 832-6222.