The Witchery’s Kimberley and Clyde Wood have thrown the Witches’ Ball for eight years now. They wanted a fun way to give back to the community so they donate all the profit to local charity, the Galveston Island Humane Society, because they love animals and Artist Boat because they care about our environment.

As the popularity of the ball has grown, people come in from all over the country, even as far away as New York and Chicago this year. They only sell 300 tickets and they go on sale July 1 and usually sell out by Sept. 1. This year’s theme was A Midsummer Night’s Scream, a twist on Shakespeare’s play. The ball is held every year at the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown. They bring in HVK Studios from Austin to do the production and this year it was catered by Chopin Mon Ami Catering.

Voted best witch was Linda King, best couple was won by Elizabeth Punches and Becky Major, who came dressed as a lunar eclipse. Elizabeth owns Elizabeth Punches Gallery on 22nd Street. Becky is the Creative Director for the National Hotel Artist’s Lofts and chair of the Commission on the Arts. She’s also co-owner of the Proletariat Gallery and Public House.

Most creative was won by a gentleman named Robert Frank. He came as Edgar Allan Poe. He’s a Realtor for Joe Tramonte Realty. Heidi Lutz and Sran Cameron were adorable in their scary outfits and the crowd favorite award was won by Miranda Brown and Vanessa Sickler. They came as life and death. Miranda owns several vacation rentals on the island.

Happy Birthday to Ann Stubbs, Debbie Dyda Beall, Victor Hegman, Leonard Woolsey, Linda Ford Coker, Cynthia Sapio, Margaret Canavan, Diana Puccetti, Charlie Parsley, Sherry Kirwin, Mike Dean, Katherine Vanderpool Provost, Divafave Mary Jo Naschke. Craig Kovacevich, Ann Masel, Sherwin Smith, Amaya Ramirez (on the 24th), and Elizabeth Rogers-Alvarado.

Congratulations to David O’Donohoe who is celebrating 50 years on Nov. 19 as an Allstate Insurance agent, agency owner and an agency consultant. His son, Sean O’Donohoe, is running the agency now.

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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