High-Octane River Oaks Party
Wild biker mamas and dudes in do-rags take over River Oaks for bayou-lovin' party
When a winding boulevard in a well-mannered, well-heeled neighborhood becomes a biker haven...let's just say Lazy Lane will never be the same.
Revving up a high-octane party for a gang of conservation easy riders Wednesday was the fabulous manse of Ginni and Richard Mithoff, which was transformed into a rowdy bayou-side ice house of sorts for the Bayou Preservation Association's "Born on the Bayou." Born to be wild, more like it, as the scene was overrun by a posse of biker mamas and dudes who traded their usual couture for do-rags, leather, off-the-rack T-shirts and (gasp) sleeveless denim — not the habitual philanthropic duds, don't you agree?
Guests were welcomed by a receiving line of raw power in a collection of Harley-Davidson choppers — and one adorable yellow Vespa (it is River Oaks, after all).
Guests were welcomed by a receiving line of raw power in a collection of Harley-Davidson choppers — and one adorable yellow Vespa (it is River Oaks, after all) — and onto a forested lawn glowing with rainbow-colored lights. Perched around the lengthy circular driveway were bars stocked with Jack Daniels for a healthy selection of whiskey-inspired concoctions.
Riding two fists to the wind were chairs Jana Arnoldy and Kim Tutcher, who marshalled a party complete with faux leather linens and a pop-up tattoo parlor applying temporary ink.
When feeding time rolled around, A Fare Extraordinaire rocked it out with what the chef called "bad to the bone-less" braised beef short ribs, beer battered fish and (refined) barbecue-type accouterments. SweetRide! food truck (seriously, could the theme had worked out any better?) topped that casual feast with frozen treats that included scoops of blackberry cabernet and spiced Amaretto cheesecake.
Cruising right along with executive director Katharine Lord were party chair hubbies Scotty Arnoldy and Dan Tutcher along with Elaine and Marvy Finger, Laurie and Reed Morian, Claire and John Caudill, Susan and Dick Hansen, Lynn and Ty Kelly, Beth Madison, Judy and Peter Meyer, John Poindexter, Laurie and Doug VanderPloeg, Jo Furr, Lauren Baughman, Lindley Arnoldy, Roseann Rogers and Terry Hershey, whose efforts to save Buffalo Bayou are legendary.