Out and About

Ladies who lunch … Last week the Junior League of Beaumont hosted its Holiday Luncheon that honored the oh-so-deserving Michele Smith. The luncheon was a smashing success with all tables filled to capacity and almost 250 well-heeled women and a few dapper gents in attendance. Alison Kiker (the honoree’s sis) and Jennifer Smith showered her with touching tributes and accolades before the honoree spoke. Never one to mince words, the admirable Mrs.

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A-marketing we will go … The Junior League of Beaumont will once again host Main Street Market beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, and running through Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Girls Night Out will kickoff this year’s fab finds on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. with wonderful holiday shopping, a style show, live entertainment by the Kay Miller Trio and a chance to win a diamond necklace graciously donated by Mathews Jewelers. General admission tickets priced at $5 are good for the entire Market.

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Beerfest … More than 500 beer lovers descended upon the Art Museum of Southeast Texas last week to attend the Art of Beer benefiting AMSET and then head into the Yappy Hour hosted by Beaumont Main Street. Distributors of the tasty brews were Giglio Distributing, Del Papa Distributing Co. and Ben E.

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All the way live … Having fun and raising funds is de rigueur when chairing any fundraiser, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) achieved that goal and then some with the unveiling of ARTopia last weekend.

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Ad man … Michael Lee, owner of the successful advertising agency that bears his name, has embarked on a second chapter in his life. A 2003 trip to France inspired him to paint and now the enterprising artist works in oil on canvas using brushwork and techniques that emulate the late 19th century Impressionist masters. You can see his efforts when Café Arts at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas presents Michael Lee: Second Wind on view in the museum’s café from Thursday, Aug.

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Downtown get around … Beaumont Main Street hosted Recreate recently with creative duo Grace Mathis and Lorena Head co-chairing this innovative fundraiser. This fun-filled event combined all art mediums — music, fashion and visual art. Guests noshed on tasty bites and sipped ice-cold beer and wine as they took in all the happenings in and around the historic Fire Museum of Texas.

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Patriotic parade … The Calder Place annual Fourth of July Parade will take place again this year come rain or shine on Monday, July 4. Anyone and everyone is invited to watch or participate in the annual event. All the fun begins at 8:30 a.m., leaving the BISD Administration Building parking lot heading west on North Street, turning right on 22nd and then east on Harrison Street back to the parking lot where it began. Refreshments and awards will be given for the “best of” at the conclusion of the parade route. Everyone is encouraged to come decked out in red, white and blue.

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Vacationville … Proprietors at the marvelous Mildred Building including the Book Bazaar, Caves Interiors, Katharine & Co. and One Vase will be closed beginning July 4 through July 8. Finders Fayre will close July 4 but remain open the rest of the week. Mark Lowe and Above All Photography are open by appointment only. The first week in August welcomes the next exciting First Thursday (actually Aug. 4) at the Mildred, so mark your calendars for all the wonderful wares that will be on sale that evening.

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Lighting the torch … Anderson Ford Mercury in Cleveland and Operation Refuge Inc. of Cleveland are the winners of the 2011 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust presented May 10 by the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas during its 14th annual awards presentation. The BBB Consumer Education Foundation Inc. made a $10,000 contribution to continue funding endowed Better Business Bureau College of Business scholarships at Lamar University, bringing total contributions for the past 14 years to $140,000.

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Like father, like son … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Randy and Bryan Welborn: Moments to Remember, the artwork of father/son duo Randy and Bryan Welborn, in Café Arts June 2 through Aug. 7. This exhibition features 15 paintings from the Welborn’s nostalgic painting series Moments to Remember. Randy, a native Southeast Texan who now resides in Kountze, captures life growing up in Beaumont during the 1950s.

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