Simple Gifts with the Symphony … The Symphony of Southeast Texas is kicking off its 60th season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Julie Rogers Theatre with “Simple Gifts from the Symphony of Southeast Texas,” a concert full of celebration and recognition of the milestone year for the orchestra featuring an original work commissioned from SOST Principal Timpanist Gary Parks, an orchestra member for more than 40 years. The concert will also include Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” well known for its use of the “Simple Gifts” theme, which is based on a Shaker melody of the same name. Maestro Chelsea Tipton also invites guests to arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert discussion. The performance will then begin at 7:30 p.m. Single ticket prices range from $15 to $36; senior, student and group discounts are available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to www.sost.org  or call (409) 892-2257. The concert is sponsored by Rosine McFaddin Wilson. An added “sparkling” attraction for the four Master Series concerts during this milestone season is a diamond jewelry giveaway. Our fair city is so fortunate to have such a longtime outstanding symphony!
Life’s a Cabaret … From many folks, the word is that the fundraiser for Studio 33 held at the Gig this past Sunday evening was a soldout success. Congrats!
Tickling the ivories … Stacey Savino sang and Jimmy Simmons played the piano last Thursday evening to a packed house at Goodfella’s. In attendance were Suzye and Steve Doblin, Lauren and Phil Spotts, Rocky Chase, Sissy and Jim Parks, Jane Broussard, Jenifer and Shawn Sparrow, Eleanor Shuffield, May Jane Broussard, Becki Burton and Les Warren, to name a few. Look for this talented duo to regroup and perform in the near future!
News of I do’s … Loring “LoLo” Bell and Brandon Barchus recently became engaged. Congratulations! And congrats to Marilyn and Jeff Williams for 34 years of wedded bliss!
Candles and cakes … Belated best to Ray Woodard, Robin Seawald, Matt Danna, Liz Bradford andMichael Clayton. Birthday wishes to Maryclaire Strassburger, R.C. Parigi, Blayne Williamson, Lee Freeland, Brian Jaynes, Julie Toups, Bill Munro, Patti McSpadden, Liz Cleveland, Lori Alter, Maureen Croley, Kevin Kearns, Randy Ney, Ann Callaway, Vicki Shaw, Carlita Zummo, Paige Windham, Ashley Messina, Kathy Butler, Kimberly Gonzales, Joe Turner, Susan Wennerbom, Carol Ann Paddock and divine diva Barbara Quinn.
Until the next RSVP!