Sarofim, Lanier wedding planned

The Houston Chronicle – Monday 2 STAR EDITION
MAXINE MESINGER

FROM the romance department: In line with my long-running saga of different ways for bachelors to pop the big question, how about Christopher Sarofim taking his intended, Courtney Lanier, to the grounds of the River Oaks swankienda he recently bought for them to live in? He bought it before he even popped the question. However, before he asked her, Sarofim did make his way to the Huntingdon penthouse apartment of her parents, former Mayor Bob and Elyse Lanier, to ask for her hand. They said yes, she said yes, and wedding plans are under way for a merger before the end of the year. As if that weren’t enough to make for a happy and eventful Labor Day weekend, the Laniers also welcomed their seventh grandchild. It’s a boy, Rhett Ezekiel, for Sara and Kevin Robins. The new addition, born Thursday, makes John and Eva Bird and Jackie and Ronnie Robins grandparents again. He also makes Sylvia Robins and Ida Robinson great-grandmothers. . . .

On the subject of engagements, KIPP Academy bossman Mike Feinberg and fiance Colleen Dipple are all smiles, because KIPP Academy’s “60 Minutes” segment that has gotten so much attention for the charter school, has been nominated for an Emmy. They’ll learn the outcome Wednesday night. Lots of people are taking notice of this Houston-born success, started by Feinberg, , that is producing top-scoring students, based on long hours and hard work. Meanwhile, Colleen and Mike will tie the knot in May. . . . Richard’s Liquors and Fine Wines is celebrating 50 years in business this year. Richard Trabulsi Sr. opened his first store in River Oaks. Richard Trabulsi Jr. now runs the company and congratulated staffer Shirley O’Brien for 23 years of service with – what else – a primo bottle of wine. . . .

Andrea Finger recently purchased a 2-year-old show horse in South Carolina, unaware that his name was Rocket City, much less that he was destined to become the world champion three-gaited adult park pleasure show horse. Last week in Louisville, Ky., at the American Saddlebred World Show Horse Championship, Andrea and Rocket City took first place against fierce competition from Dow Jones heiress Elizabeth Goth and actor William Shatner. Andrea’s love for horses began as a child when her mother, Bonnie Turtur, worked with Joan Robinson Hill on the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. . . . Tours of Enchantment’s Gregory Patrick hosted a private party for Sting and his seven band members at Tonic after their show last Sunday night in Houston. Earlier this year, Patrick had a group in Florence, Italy, who wanted to see Sting’s concert in Vienna, Austria. So he hired a private jet to get them there, and Sting provided them with 10 backstage passes. Some of Sunday’s partygoers included Kelly Letsos, Rob and Mary Errera, and Stuart Robles. Closing Tonic, Sting and his band members continued partying at Gregory’s Yoakum Boulevard mansion. . . .

A surprise guest at the city of Houston’s 164th birthday party last Wednesday night at the Hyatt Regency downtown was none other than 85-year-old former City Councilman Lee McLemore and his wife, Billie. McLemore has been ailing of late, and his buddies were saying all evening, “Now there’s a tough old bird.” I’ll drink to that! . . . On Sept. 21, Dallas architect Frank Welch will be at Brazos Bookstore to sign copies of his just-published book, Philip Johnson & Texas. Johnson had only one building to his name, the famous “Glass House” in Connecticut, when Dominique and John de Menil asked him to design their home in Houston in 1950. Johnson’s later Texas clients, all of whom figure prominently in Welch’s book, are a Who’s Who of the state’s art patrons. Houstonians Jane Blaffer Owen and Gerald Hines, Anne Burnett Marion and the Amon Carter family in Fort Worth, Caroline Hunt in Dallas, Patsy Dunn Singer in Corpus Christi. His buildings for them, including Houston’s Pennzoil Place and Transco Tower, put Texas on the architectural map. . . .

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