'Paradis Francais'

Old guard and newcomers celebrate a fine heritage at beautiful River Oaks garden party

Old guard, newcomers embrace fine heritage at River Oaks garden party

Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Jana and John Mchenry; Chaille Strake; Mace and Melanie Meeks
Jana McHenry, John McHenry, Chaille Strake, Mace Meeks, Melanie Meeks. Photo by Jenny Antill Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Elise Reckling, James Reckling
Elise Reckling, James Reckling. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Kara Montgomery, Libba Blalock, Devon Liedtke.
Kara Montgomery, Libba Blalock, Devon Liedtke. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 John and Angie Reckling; Georgie and Dane Stewart
John Reckling, Angie Reckling, Georgie Stewart, Dane Stewart. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling
Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling. Photo by Jenny Antill Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Abby Venegas, Judy Crawford
Abby Venegas, Judy Crawford. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Christopher Gardener, Gary Tinterow
Christopher Gardner, Gary Tinterow. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Gail Adler, Louis Adler
Gail Adler, Louis Adler. Photo by Jenny Antill Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Carroll Goodman, John Fain
Carroll Goodman, John Fain. Photo by Jenny Antill Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Christine Gervais, Richard Aste
Christine Gervais, Richard Aste. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Barbara Van Postman; Joe Amberson; Toni Napolitano
Barbara Van Postman, Joe Amberson, Toni Napolitano. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Victor Costa, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa
Victor Costa, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  scenery
Setting up for a dinner party on the lawn at Rienzi. Photo by Jenny Antill, Courtesy of Dior and W Magazine
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Jana and John Mchenry; Chaille Strake; Mace and Melanie Meeks
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Elise Reckling, James Reckling
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Kara Montgomery, Libba Blalock, Devon Liedtke.
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 John and Angie Reckling; Georgie and Dane Stewart
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Abby Venegas, Judy Crawford
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Christopher Gardener, Gary Tinterow
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Gail Adler, Louis Adler
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16 Carroll Goodman, John Fain
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Christine Gervais, Richard Aste
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Barbara Van Postman; Joe Amberson; Toni Napolitano
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  Victor Costa, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa
Rienzi Spring Party, 5/16  scenery

It is always a lovely affair when supporters of Rienzi gather to celebrate the antique- and decorative arts-filled mansion in River Oaks. Just as the Rienzi Society annual dinner in winter is a black-tie dream so the spring party is a special soirée. Case in point last Thursday.

The accent was definitely on soirée when close to 350 well-heeled guests, many representing Houston's oldest and most philanthropic families, gathered for the "Paradis Francais" themed evening, the French accent inspired by dinner sponsors Dior and W Magazine.

Guests perused the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum for European and decorative arts and sipped cocktails on the terrace and around the pool before moving to the expansive lawn overlooking a lush forest.

Jana and John McHenry, Melanie and Mace Meeks and Chaille Strake chaired the event that earned $145,000 for Rienzi's operating budget.

They were a brave and optimistic bunch opting to have the dinner from A Fare Extraordinaire on the green grass, totally al fresco, no tent to ward off any unexpected bad weather. Mother Nature smiled and all went well.

Soaking up the genteel affair were Isla and Tommy Reckling, Christiana and Luke McConn, Ann Trammell, Eleni and Thad Fuller, Carroll Goodman and John Fain, Annette and George Strake, Jo-anne and Mike Cousins, Lynn Wyatt, Kathy and Marty Goossen, and MFAH director Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner.

ADVERTISEMENT