Contemplation & Groovy Action

One star-packed party: A wild dance floor, Cuban music and a landmark in moonlight

One star-packed party: A wild dance floor, Cuban music and a landmark

The venue withBarnett Newman's Broken Obelisk in the background at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
The venue with Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk in the background at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Lynn Wyatt, left, and Gayle DeGeurin at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Lynn Wyatt, left, and Gayle DeGeurin at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Maxim Poletaev, from left, Katia Hadjiyska, Nao Kusuzaki and Mila Golovine at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Maxim Poletaev, from left, Katia Hadjiyska, Nao Kusuzaki and Mila Golovine at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Raye Rath, from left, Lex Gillan, Cathy Nunnally, Emilee Whitehurst and Michael Piana at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Raye Rath, from left, Lex Gillan, Cathy Nunnally, Emilee Dawn Whitehurst and Michael Piana at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Bob Richter, from left, Olive Hershey and Frank Briscoe at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Bob Richter, from left, Olive Hershey and Frank Briscoe at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Jennifer Elkins, left, with Mark and Katherine Yzaguirre at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Jennifer Elkins, left, with Mark and Katherine Yzaguirre at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Marcel Witte, left, and Travis Johns at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Marcel Witte, left, and Travis Johns at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Joshua Newcomer, from left, Katy Atkiss, Barsamian, Ashley Clemmer Hoffman and Brendan Hoffman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Joshua Newcomer, from left, Katy Atkiss, Barsamian, Ashley Clemmer Hoffman and Brendan Hoffman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Frank Briscoe and Cullen Geiselman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Frank Briscoe and Cullen Geiselman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Eric and Katherine Houston, from left, Mike DeGeurin and Travis Landers at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Eric and Katherine Houston, from left, Mike DeGeurin and Travis Landers at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Carol Price, from left, Thuy Tran, Gary Gee and Michael DeVoll at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Carol Price, from left, Thuy Tran, Gary Gee and Michael DeVoll at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Deedee and Toby Enquist, from left, and Danielle and David Magdol at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Deedee and Toby Enquist, from left, and Danielle and David Magdol at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Deborah Brock, left, and Hanne-Elin Rodriguez at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Deborah Brock, left, and Hanne-Elin Rodriguez at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
Carol Price, from left, Rex and Daniela Koontz and Dan Price at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Carol Price, from left, Rex and Daniela Koontz and Dan Price at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
The buffet at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
The buffet at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
The Reflecting Pool at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
The Reflecting Pool at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
El Rectorado del Son band performing at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Members of El Rectorado del Son band performing at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza. Photo by © David A Brown/dabfoto.com
The venue withBarnett Newman's Broken Obelisk in the background at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Lynn Wyatt, left, and Gayle DeGeurin at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Maxim Poletaev, from left, Katia Hadjiyska, Nao Kusuzaki and Mila Golovine at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Raye Rath, from left, Lex Gillan, Cathy Nunnally, Emilee Whitehurst and Michael Piana at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Bob Richter, from left, Olive Hershey and Frank Briscoe at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Jennifer Elkins, left, with Mark and Katherine Yzaguirre at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Marcel Witte, left, and Travis Johns at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Joshua Newcomer, from left, Katy Atkiss, Barsamian, Ashley Clemmer Hoffman and Brendan Hoffman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Frank Briscoe and Cullen Geiselman at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Eric and Katherine Houston, from left, Mike DeGeurin and Travis Landers at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Carol Price, from left, Thuy Tran, Gary Gee and Michael DeVoll at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Deedee and Toby Enquist, from left, and Danielle and David Magdol at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Deborah Brock, left, and Hanne-Elin Rodriguez at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
Carol Price, from left, Rex and Daniela Koontz and Dan Price at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
The buffet at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
The Reflecting Pool at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013
El Rectorado del Son band performing at Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party on the Plaza October 2013

While walkways fringed with twinkling lights added to a contemplative milieu leading up to the serene grounds of the Rothko Chapel, the thumping bongos and reverberating trumpets from Cuban band El Rectorado del Son beamed through the silence — in a way suggesting the Houston landmark's dual vocations of contemplation and action.

Meaning executive director Emilee Dawn Whitehurst wasn't shy to get on the dance floor and bust a move.

Brisk autumn temps delighted the 180 guests at "Moonrise Party on the Plaza." While they strolled around sipping on Hendricks Gin and Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt Scotch Whiskey potations, the candle-lit reflection pool in which Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk appears suspended on water couldn't have been more beautiful.

Tables decorated with mini obelisks set up underneath strings of lights draped from mature trees provided yet another ambiance that added to the evening. A video projection by Lynn Birdwell and Travis Johns highlighted some of Rothko's programs, including the 1978 visit from the Turkish Whirling Dervishes.

Stationed opposite to the living wall of bamboo were representatives from the Houston Astronomical Society manning a handful of powerful telescopes. Venus, double stacked stars, even a nebula in the form of a faint halo circling a dead star could be observed with guidance from the informative experts.

As for the sustenance, Canopy outdid itself with a buffet teeming with Cuban sandwiches, seafood and seasonal veggies.

Basking in the moonlight were Lynn Wyatt, Gayle and Mike DeGeurin, Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre, Eric and Katherine Houston, Marcela and Fernando Brave, Jennifer Elkins, Cullen Geiselman, Daniela and Rex Koontz, Kellye Sanford and Fritz Lanham, Bennie Flores Ansell and David Ansell, Caro and Dan Price, Nicole Laurent Romano and Joey Romano, Mila Golovine and Stephen Fox.