GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Witte Museum Celebrates 51st Game Dinner

By Jake Gaines         Photography by Kurtis Kronk Photography

THE SETTING: The 51st Annual Witte Game Dinner, an iconic event in San Antonio, was held with pandemic protocol in place, outside the Witte Museum’s beautiful eight-acre campus in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden. The event’s theme, The Lone Star Revival, celebrated the organization’s emergence from survival mode to a new revival. And, for the Witte, it was a reinvigoration of its mission to have a part in shaping the future of Texas. Fireworks rounded off the celebrations as the total amount raised was announced, adding to the already sparkling evening.

THE STYLE: Many of San Antonio’s most philanthropic donned their Western finery for a night of delicious wild game cuisine by the RK Group, live auctions, and a live country music performance by Aaron Watson at the Mays Family Center. This year, the Witte honored Kathy Mays Johnson and the Mays Family Foundation as the Texas Heritage Award recipients for their impact on the organization and across the state.

THE PURPOSE: The event chairs, Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling, and their committee created the theme for the evening that raised nearly $1.2 million to support the Museum’s recovery fund, including $115,000 in field trip funding. The Game Dinner is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, having funded educational programs, operations, and exhibitions for 51 years.

The pandemic made this year’s event crucial to ensure the funding needed for approximately 350,000 school-aged children and families to experience all the Witte has to offer, physically and virtually. XPEL and the Mays Family Foundation were the dinner’s presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors included Valero (Scholarship Sponsor), Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling (Entertainment), and the Tex Elliott Family (Texas Heritage Awards).

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NEW, NOW & NEXT

NEW, NOW & NEXT

Onward and upward. From this moment on. Starting here, starting now. Moving on up. The myriad of euphemisms we consistently use to help propel us forward is legion. Because, really, the past is like a foreign country: they do things differently there, and those customs should be acknowledged, but you don’t have to make it your own. That means, really, let’s not be absorbed in the past, shall we, but make way to embrace the new, the bold, the brilliant things that we can all create with the talents we have…and can form. 

 

And oh, how we love talent. With the New Year, New You sensibility on our minds around here, we well know how talent works. It’s either inherent (too rare) or acquired (talent and luck happens when preparation meets opportunity, to paraphrase the Roman philosopher, Seneca). Both ways, we embrace how talent can positively affect so many, especially as our world has both contracted and expanded over the last couple of years with the pandemic. So, I think we can all agree that turning the calendar page from 2021 to 2022 felt like a breath of fresh, optimistic air. Out with the old, in with the new.

 

Something that we always love are weddings and new marriages that represent new life journeys, as you’ll see throughout this special issue devoted to them. From around the state, we have corralled so many fine examples of how the big day was achieved flawlessly…and yes, with plenty of talent to make it happen behind the scenes. What is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for most is memorialized within these pages. I know that I love to look back on family photos of marriages to see how they have progressed from comparatively simple affairs to exuberant expressions of love with many family and friends in attendance as well-wishers. Plus, as we can all attest, the reception is usually the best party in town that weekend. 

 

So, enjoy these spectacular weddings as we kick the New Year into high gear. We’re excited to take another trip around the sun with you in 2022, and we love being a part of your lives. So, cheers, Skol, down that hatch, and here’s to mud in your eye…as we toast the future with open arms. See you in the ballroom.  

 

Lance Avery Morgan

Editor-In-Chief &

Creative Director

Lance@SocietyTexas.com

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Portrait photography by Romy Suskin

BRIGHTLY BEAMING

BRIGHTLY BEAMING

Our editorial team has assembled some of our favorite jewelry recommendations for your big day. You can do anything you want, so why not dazzle in these bold, tempting and tantalizingly gleaming gems? Go ahead, adorn.

Art Deco platinum and diamond necklace, circa 1920. Price upon request.

At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

CANDLE
PAN

Estate platinum square emerald-cut diamond engagement with trapezoid diamond sides. Price upon request.

At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

Korman Collection 18KT diamond multi-shape dangle ear climbers. Price upon request.

At KormanFineJewelry.com.

French Oil
EYE MASK KEEP BOX IN

Single Stone 18KT 5.64 Ct emerald cut diamond ring. Price upon request.

At KormanFineJewelry.com.

Butterfly diamond bracelet, $77,800. By Nini Jewels.

At NINIJewels.com.

BOOK
CHARGER

Assemble diamond ring, $24,900. By Nini Jewels.

At NINIJewels.com.

8.73 Carat weight pear-shaped sapphire drop earrings with marquise and pear shape diamond accents and diamond halo totaling 5.10 cts in 18K white gold, $75,000.

At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. LMFJ.com.

PJS NEW
your birthday can be any day

5.01 carat round diamond engagement ring with diamond halo and diamonds accented both the front, back and sides of the ring, set in platinum, $145,600.

At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. LMFJ.com.

8KT gold BoHo ring with blue aquamarine center stone and the highest quality diamonds. Price upon request.

At L Majors Jewelers. LMajorsAustin.com.

GLOSSIER
your birthday can be any day

For the groom, the 18KT gold IWC Portuguieser Perpetual Calendar watch is the perfect gift. Price upon request.

At L Majors Jewelers. LMajorsAustin.com.

ALL THAT JAZZ

ALL THAT JAZZ

Children’s Museum of Houston’s Gatsby–Era Gala

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

THE SETTING: The Corinthian in Houston was the opulent setting for an incredible night of fun and fundraising. Nearly 450 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs turned out for the 29th Annual Children’s Museum Gala. The night’s The Great Gatsby theme ensured a roaring good time was had by all fortunate enough to be a part of the evening.

 

THE STYLE: The Roaring ‘20s-inspired black tie crowd began the night with a lively cocktail hour. Upon arrival, guests had the opportunity to pose for pictures with costumed flappers to commemorate the evening. The speakeasy theme ensured that the spirits flowed as freely as the witty repartee. Patrons also had an opportunity to bid on an impressive array of silent auction packages, inspiring them to get into the giving spirit of the evening.

 

Partygoers then gasped as they stepped down onto the main floor of the Corinthian to head to their seats for the main program. The space was transformed into an underground Cotton Club that would have made those who attended such parties a century ago green with envy. As guests dined on a delectable multi-course meal, they were treated to the evening’s program. Highlights included a spirited live auction featuring an Astros suite with a baseball signed by the entire 2021 Houston Astros team, as well as an opportunity to host a night at the Children’s Museum of Houston. The evening was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away to the tunes of the Love and Happiness band.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Devorah and David Krieger and Ashley and Jonathan Sloan, raised over $960,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. The museum’s mission is to transform communities through innovative child center learning.

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BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

With the world vigorously coming back to life, one of the things we are most excited to see return are weddings. With weddings come honeymoons. And with honeymoons come travel wardrobes. As the top trends from the recent women’s wear 2022 runways have shown us, fashion is answering that call with a brighter, more contemporary take on fashions. THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason share their favorite finds.

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TREND: RETRO RESORT VIBE

Description: A fresh take on the most nostalgic vacation-ready looks. While many resort trends pretend to be somewhat on the clock, Retro Resort is unabashedly Out Of Office.

Key Details: Hot pants, short shorts, and mini-skirts. Bandeaus, as well as bra and bikini-inspired tops, will be a hit. Look for hypnotic swirls, psychedelic paisleys, and retro florals. Coverups are evocative of the 60s and 70s caftans. This is also a great trend to play with scarves worn as tops, sarongs, or headdresses.

As Seen On: Pucci, Lanvin, Balmain, and Stella McCartney.

Destinations: Palm Springs, Miami, and The Azores.

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TREND: CUT IT OUT, ALREADY

Description: Body-baring and confident, this trend redefines sexy by highlighting collarbones, shoulders, and sides. In fact, it speaks to both comfort and confidence.

Key Details: Cut-outs, crops, open backs, and asymmetrical necklines. Look for body-hugging knits and other body-con fashions in travel-friendly materials.

As Seen On: Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Diotima, and David Koma.

Destinations: Ibiza, Bora Bora, Nice, and Saint Tropez.

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TREND: MODERN COLLEGIATE

Description: The traditional school uniform-inspired looks injected with hints of optimism with its use of vibrant color. Borrowed from the boys made feminine with pops of pink, eye-catching florals, and modernized rugby stripes.

Key Details: Letterman jackets, varsity sweaters, and vests. Look for collegiate stripes and color-blocked neon with moments of neutral to ground the look. Form-hugging hot pants and leggings join tennis skirts and preppy outerwear.

As Seen On: Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Sacai.

Destinations:  Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, Paris, and Milan.

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TREND: RAINBOW BRIGHTS

Description: The most overt happy dressing for a post-pandemic ethos, this trend features 60s and 70s, mod to groovy vibes with a dash of 80s optimism. While it is possible to style bright colors for hotter temps, the collections were full of cold weather fashions in these vivid hues.

Key Details: The brighter, the better, as this trend is all about color. Look for color-blocked knits in playful color combinations. Also, look for all-over prints, oversized stripes, oversaturated colors, bright neons, and tie-dye fashions. A more colorful take on graphics and logos will be seen in everything from tee-shirts to tote bags.  

As Seen On: Coach, Christophers John Rogers, and Marina Mascone.

Destinations: Reykjavík, Aspen, and St. Moritz.

THE NEW CIVILITY

THE NEW CIVILITY

You can always count on our Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, to be on the scene and on the go, solving social conundrums like wedding festivities do’s and don’ts, as found in his new book, The 6 Pillars Of Civility.  

My new book, The 6 Pillars Of Civility, is essentially a road map to, well, civility. There is an appetite for returning to a society where we treat each other with respect and courtesy. Fortunately, thanks to a handful of curious scientists, we are beginning to understand how our brains function, allowing us to realize our behaviors are primarily grounded in survival, not just pleasure.  

How people interact with one another should reflect mutual respect and kindness both publicly and in their private interactions. Civility is the umbrella under which etiquette and decorum rest. Since overwhelming incivility often surrounds us at times, I thought sharing my observations could offer a positive perspective on how to regain civility, often by employing the self-reflective exercises that follow each chapter. One favorite is Blended Families and Holidays. Family structures can be complicated and confusing today, particularly as multiple marriages create blended families. As a result, tensions can arise, especially around holidays, weddings, graduation ceremonies, and other celebrations. However, these command performance events should bring out our best behavior, which can sometimes mean biting your tongue and showing compassion.

Difficult as it may be, we must put our core differences aside in deference to why we have gathered together in the first place. This can be much more challenging for some people than others. If you cannot control your emotions or maintain a level of acceptable civility, then it is best not to accept the invitation in the first place.

Dinner parties involving assorted family members and friends can challenge the host when planning a seating chart. Placing potential combatants well apart and out of range of even possible eye contact makes the meal more pleasant for everyone. The host must know the dynamics of the guest list well in advance of their arrival. We usually know where danger may lurk, but we would do well to get the current state of affairs from someone in the know. However, surprises will occur, and it’s best to start by defusing any negative vibes as quickly as possible. Remembering to keep our composure in the face of turmoil is the sign of a great host.

Being a great guest can present challenges as well. As somewhat of an extrovert, I like to converse with everyone at most gatherings, including people who may be difficult. Take the high, less traveled road and approach everyone with the same sense of humility and respect.

At weddings, family tensions can arise. Adhering to proper protocol is helpful. First, the host must determine the guest list in order of importance. In most cases, the relationship between the marrying couple and their guests determines priority. However, flexibility is necessary because each family is unique. Remember weddings are for brides and grooms and celebration.

In fact, another life transition moment, funerals, are often highly emotional celebrations of life. Most people attending share great sadness and grief. Funeral arrangements are often the shared responsibility of the deceased’s next of kin, the funeral director, and a clergy member. Too often, well-meaning friends and family are actually in the way. Allowing the grieving process to unfold for people in their own way is the compassionate way to handle these stressful times. No two people experience grief or loss in the same way. Kindness goes a long way in letting others understand your true intentions and feelings.

Graduation ceremonies can also be stressful events for a variety of reasons, as well. Sometimes, seating is limited. Perhaps the scheduling makes attending difficult. Nonetheless, it’s a significant milestone in anyone’s life, and we should accord it the proper respect. Emotions can play a role in any celebration like this, and allowing each of us to show our feelings is a compassionate act we can all embrace.

No matter the occasion, we must always keep the real purpose of the gathering in focus. If we do, we will likely think less about ourselves and more about others—it’s a foundational principle of civility for wedding occasions and beyond.