The new year has come and with it a new board of directors for the prestigious Artillery Club. The membership gathered in the middle of the coldest night since 1996 to hold the annual meeting and dinner. Much was discussed, and, ultimately, the club’s new board of directors was elected by a thunderous majority. The new officers are officers for 2018 are: President E. J. “Jere” Pederson; Kevin Harrington; Alton Todd; Anthony Brown; John Smith, Dr. Courtney Townsend, David Salyer, Dr. Tom Kimbrough. The evening progressed with a wonderful buffet supper prepared by our long term Chef Michael.

Much conversation was had about the upcoming year and plans for a wonderful Mardi Gras ball and debutante season. Talk continued about holding an all-you-can-eat oyster night, comfort food night, etc. The new board has many plans on the table for The Galveston Artillery Club in 2018. If any of the club members has any suggestions please feel free to forward them to

The Holy Family Parish Altar Society Champagne Brunch was very successful, with guests of honor Pastor Jude Ezuma, Father Orrin Halepeska, Father Stephen Payne and the deacons of Holy Family Parish and their wives.

Close to 100 parishioners and guests enjoyed the seated Champagne Brunch catered by Benno’s. Some of those lucky guests were Betty Jo and Bill Dyda, Anne and Harry Forester, Barbara Schattel, Joan Tramonte, Rose Zapp, Dorothy and W.H. Nelson, Leslie and Donald Borsellino, Becky Collier and Earl Nash, Martie Terry, Duck Jacobson, Tommie Mallini, Cynthia Greer, Amy Bly, Helen Valdez, Janice Connard, Ellen and Jesse Perry, Donna and Jerry Mittendorf, Jane Terry, JoAnne and Jim Gilmore and many more. Games were played and there were enough door prizes that everyone went home a winner.

The members of Mystic Krewe of Aquarius and their guests gathered recently for their annual Epiphany Day party in the Mariner Room at Fishermans Wharf.

Proving that a great show is always in fashion, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is a comedy written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. All performances for this don’t-miss show are at Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., in Galveston. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee at 2:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available for purchase at

Happy to usher in the 2018 Mardi Gras season were Aquarians Cheryl and Tony Mancuso, Tess and Joe Guerrero, Ron and Betty Jo Dyda, Billie Raitano, Tony Garcia, Ellen Goerlich and Tommy Verkin. The evening was filled with talk about beads — 7,000 pounds of beads — just ask Skippy “The Beadman” Schaper and wife, Denise, they were in charge of one of the Krewe’s biggest bead orders in many years. Pat Muldowney was showing off the Krewe’s special kissing bead for 2018 featuring the Aquarius motto. “We end what we begin.” 2017 King Kevin Riley and his Queen, Donna Leasure, will bid farewell to the throne as Krewe Captain Johnny Lidstone celebrates his 25th year as the captain introduced soon-to-be-crowned Chuck Ellis and wife Rachel Ellis. Members of the 2018 royal court Audrey and Marty Entringer and Tim and Gwen Bourgeois were presented. Also recognized were ladies of the court Donna Barnett and Donna Petri. Royal knights are Marc Hopkins and Sandy Skeeters. They will all be presented at the Aquarius “Pardi Gras” on Saturday.

Enjoying the evening of Mardi Gras revelry were Merle and Pat Lidstone, Pam Gibson, Leslie and John Hey, Ruth Canales, Marie Cruz and Glenda Willis. Aquarius will parade on Feb. 3.

Happy Birthdays to Cheri Daigle, Caroline Dorsett-Pate, Gina Spagnola, Machele Chalhub, Elena Schmidt, Jay Carnes, Michelle Robertson Glickman, John Maisel, Pete Fredricksen, Connie DeRome Dryden, John Ford, Lloyd Criss and Elizabeth Jane Hernandez.

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

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