The parade of hats as the lunching ladies head to th party tent.
Luncheon co-chairs Greggory Burk, Francine Ballard
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Doreen Stoller at Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park luncheon. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Pepper Edens, Marita Fairbanks
Kelley Young, Laura Whelees
Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider at Hats in the Park. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Phoebe Tudor, Diana Hawkins
Beth Dow, Alicia Smith, Cyndy Garza Roberts
Micah Kurtenbach, Holly Alvis, Ashley Strickland
Jennifer Harkins, Morgan Garvey, Judy Nyquist
Katie Mattingly Brass, Stephanie Cockrell
Kim Tutcher, Gracie Cavnar, Ellen Susman
Mary D'Andrea, Gina Bhatia, Karen Bradshaw
Stephanie Tsuru at the Hermann Park Conservancy 'Hats in the Park' luncheon
Karina Barbieri, Clifford Pugh, Varda Dror Field
Alice Burguieres, Kay Watson, Linda Webster
Merele Yarborough, Sharon-Marie Hogge, Dina McMearn
Kelley Lubanko, Leigh Smith
Liz Stephens, Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Kenedy Hughes
Luba Bigman, Kristy Bradshaw, Isabel David
Paula Harris, Demetra Jones
Mary Kay Story, Bonnie Longcope, Dedee Roberts, Linda Fields
Letty Knapp, Jerri Anne Woodfin-Costa & Victor Costa, Lynda Underwood
Ladies al fresco lunch from City Kitchen
Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park luncheon in the McGovern Centennial Garden
Even though Hermann Park Conservancy has held the Hats in the Park luncheon for the last 10 years, number 11 brought out the most spectacular array of chapeaux in its history. Queen Elizabeth and friends at the Royal Ascot would have felt so at home.
Almost every woman in the chic assembly donned some form of fancy millinery for the al fresco affair. Fascinators vied with wide, wide brimmed beauties while feathery appendages swayed in the spring breeze on what was an absolutely perfect day for a luncheon in the park.
Perhaps it was the hat requirement that provided the style inspiration, for the ladies dressed in spectacular fashion. It was a vision of loveliness in the middle of the McGovern Centennial Gardens, luncheon guests creating a floral tableau to vie with the surrounding gardens.
Displaying the diversity of the hat choices were luncheon chairs Francine Ballard in a wide-brimmed confection and Greggory Burke in a voguish fascinator. And then there was Mayor Sylvester Turner who, attending his third Hats in the Park fundraiser, decided he needed to get in step with the fashion dictate. For his remarks, Turner donned a hilarious, enormous 10-gallon hat (make that 30-gallon) that added to the light-heartedness of the day.
Applause, applause for conservancy board chair Phoebe Tudor and conservancy president Doreen Stoller for hosting the royal success (the event raised $400,000) and for keeping the program short and sweet. Likewise, congratulations to honoree Diana Hawkins, who with her husband, Russell Hawkins, are long-time supporters of the park.
The lively event began with a champagne and wine reception on the terrace of the Cherie Flores Pavilion overlooking the three fountains that splashed merrily in the breeze that occasionally challenged a few of those in larger hats. The ladies and handful of gents moved on to the party tent for a delightful pre-plated luncheon from City Kitchen.
None playfully described the scene better than Jana Arnoldy, who viewed the colorful assembly as “an elegant Halloween party where everyone gets to really dress up.”
Mad hatters: Lindley Arnoldy, Russell Hawkins, Rachel Volz, Lisa Oren, Laura Davenport, Katie Brass, Nick Espinosa, Kathleen Jennings, Liz Anders, Monica Bickers, Joel Luks, Beth Zdeblick, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Clifford Pugh, Luba Bigman, Merele Yarbrough, Kristy Bradshaw, Kelley Lubanko, Holly Alvis, Fady Armanious and Hallie Vanderhider.