If you saw a coven of witches and other creatures circling through River Oaks midday Tuesday, no worries. It was the 13th annual "Trick or Toy" Halloween luncheon hosted by self-proclaimed "wicked witches" Sidney Faust and Cora Sue Mach.
But anyone who knows those two generous femmes understands that they are anything but wicked, as if their frothy ball gown costumes weren't a giveaway.
This was the 13th year that the duo has hosted the event at the Faust home where guests are required to bring new holiday toys for patients at Texas Children's Cancer Center. By the party's end, hundreds of toys had been stacked up around the wagon in the Faust yard.
Lunching on fare from Pappas, having their fortunes read and handwriting analyzed were Melinda Berkman, Denise Bush Bahr, Andy Delery, Dr. Ronada Davis, Joann Crassas, Alice Mosing, Karen Mayell and loads more.
Partying in Manhattan
A duo of Houstonians took over New York's Metropolitan Room on Thursday to showcase their talents. Filmmaker and art collector Michel Muylle presented an abridged screening of his Gold REMI Award-winning documentary Collector's Waltz, which features gallerist Wade Wilson and six Houston-based artists and their collectors.
Not coincidentally, Houston vocal talent Kristine Mills was on the same billing with Muylle. She wrote and performed all music for the film soundtrack and presented those ballads and more in the Metropolitan Room, where she is a popular talent.
Applauding the Houston artists were fans including Neal Hamil, Mark Addison, Dustin Mansyur, Samira Salman, Erinn McMahon, Channing Sanderson, Julie Levy, Penny Sidik, Tammy Dowe and Adam Paige.
The in-crowd lunching at La Griglia including wheeler dealer Fred Zeidman, attorney Jim Moriarty, developer Art Lopez, political strategist Cindy Clifford and social butterfly Neil Strauss, celebrating his birthday in the bar with about 30 friends . . .
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Karen and Mike Mayell and Diane and John Connally III having a casual dinner at Brasserie 19.