’Twas a merry bunch of islanders sallying forth to Houston’s fashionable Brennan’s Restaurant when the Club 25 mems took their semiannual dinner on the road.

Led by the estimable club Prez Jim and Cindy Earthman and Veeps Pat and Fred Burns were Don and Danna Sparks, Anne and Harry Forester, Lavinia and Ed Bircher, Dr. Gwen Richardson and Randy Garcia, Dale and Diane Olson, Darlene and Larry Walters, Howard and Helen Hackney and Norman and Addie Pappous.

Keeping us all together was Rosemarie and Edward Welsh.

Brennan’s provided a lovely four-course dinner from turtle soup to bananas foster.


The annual luau for the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius was held at the Knight’s of Columbus’ Poolside July 19 hosted by incoming King and Queen for 2015, Jerome and Joanne Anselmo.

Welcoming guests and members also were co-hosts the newly elected Knight Marty Entringer and newly elected lady-in-waiting Audrey Entringer.

Aquarians Myrle and Pat Lidstone danced the night away to the music of deejays 2014 King Pat Muldowney and Mark Thornton as did all the krewe members and guests hopping at poolside.

Betty Dyda made it a double c’bration as she celebrated her birthday at the luau with a cake from her hubby Ron.

Thanks and mucho gracias to Ruth Canales for her fabbo margaritas.

Queen 2014 Nancy Muldowney, spotted swimming in the pool with Krewes captain, Johnny Lidstone. This was the krewe’s night out to party and let the good times roll.


There’s a new kid on the block at 24th Street and The Strand, where Luigi’s used to be. The historic building now houses the fabbo Italian ristorante called Riondo’s.

The Doc and The Diva had the pleasure of dining there with great friends Herroner Lyda Ann Thomas, Elise Stephens, Trey Click and the Gaidosburgs Carolyn Torregrossa Gaido and Rusty Eversburg.

Owners, the adorable ginger-topped Don McClaugherty and Chef Rico Caminos, have decorated their space with crazy beautiful lighting topped only by their delicious menu offerings. Aaannddd, bananas fosters for dessert.


Happy midsummer’s birthday to Divakid Andrew Rourke, the aforementioned Betty Dyda, Carrie King, Margie Broussard Alessi, Linda Thoresen Overbeck, Bob Ford, Jeannette Soler, Kim Morales, Ellie Trochesset, L’chaim to Leon Kaplan, Jeff Pennington, Susan Falgout, MaryBeth Bassett, fellow ink-stain’d wretch Billy Cochrane, former judge and mystery writer Susan Baker and TeeCee Hizzoner Charles “Chuck” Doyle.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to divascenes@aol.com or call 409-744-6540.

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