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Prohibition be damned! This 1920s Mardi Gras party went heavy on the wine, women and song

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — Even with the passing in July of its founder, George Mitchell, the Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball went on just as it has since 1985 when Mitchell and his wife, Cynthia, invited a l ...


Woodlands island life

Fantasy island? Woodlands' hottest new address isn't landlocked any more

By Tyler Rudick

Vacant for nearly three decades, an artificial island in the middle of Lake Woodlands is gearing up to become one of the region's most exclusive gated communities. The Howard Hugh ...


Iconic Billionaire Dies

Visionary oilman who saved Galveston and invented The Woodlands: George Mitchell is dead at 94

By Clifford Pugh

George Mitchell, the visionary billionaire oilman who developed The Woodlands and led the revitalization of Galveston, died Friday morning. He was 94. Mitchell died of natural causes in Galvest ...


Ultimate power players

The Houston billionaires club gets a new member: City's grip on Forbes Billionaires list tightens

By Whitney Radley

Billionaires are easy to come by these days, with Forbes Magazine's 2013 tally at an all-time high — 1,426 members worldwide.  The United States leads Forbes' just-relea ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mardi Gras goes cowboy: George Mitchell shakes up the party with a Tremont House waltz

By Shelby Hodge

Galveston might have adopted the "Jazz, Jazz, Jazz" theme for its 2013 Mardi Gras celebrations, but George Mitchell, venerable king of the island's Mardi Gras, opted for a Western the ...


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Friends with money: Dueling Docs at a heartfelt dinner help raise $600,000 for research

By Shelby Hodge

The 11th annual Friends Dinner rolled in the dough at River Oaks Country Club where the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation matched every dollar raised, resulting in a generous $600,000 destin ...


Kinder is richest

The rich get richer: Tilman Fertitta joins 12 Houston billionaires on Forbes 400 list

By Whitney Radley

Texas banked on the 2012 Forbes 400 list, with 46 of the billionaires calling the Lone Star State home. Wal-Mart heiress and Fort Worth resident Alice Walton (No. 8, with a ...


Team Woodlands pep rally

Is The Woodlands becoming the next energy corridor? Real estate experts are bullish on the future

By Marlo Saucedo

During a recent real estate event called “The Future of The Woodlands,” a crowd of nearly 900 suited corporate types meandered past the chocolate fountain and munchie smorgasboard at Th ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The best Mardi Gras party of all? It's beads, floats and music at tempting Tremont House bash

By Shelby Hodge

"Mr. Galveston" himself, George Mitchell, and the entire Mitchell clan rolled out the purple, green and gold carpet for more than 600 revelers Saturday night for the 28th annual Tremont H ...


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RDA celebrates The Woodlands at Bayou City Event Center and 1,000 show up to party

By Shelby Hodge

Applause, applause for The Woodlands Development Co., which has continued through half a century to honor the gentle urban vision of founder George Mitchell. That was the focus of the Rice Design A ...


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