Greatwood - November 2022

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Greatwood NOVEMBER 2022






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November 2022

MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin




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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | It’s Jingle Tree time!

ADVERTISING Stefanie Bartlett

Ruby Polichino WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Marquita Griffin Scott Reese Willey GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Melinda Maya Rachel Cavazos

TO ADVERTISE If you are interested in advertising in the Greatwood Monthly, please call 281-342-4474 and ask for Stefanie Bartlett or Ruby Polichino. We’ll be happy to send rates, and deadline information to you. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the West Fort Bend Living. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to with “West Fort Bend Living” in the subject line. ©2022 Greatwood Monthly. All Rights Reserved. Greatwood Monthly is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, West Fort Bend Living Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly and is a publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471.

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Fort Bend History Association names Calcote-Garcia new executive director


o replace its longtime and retiring Executive Director, the Fort Bend History Association is bringing home an experienced museum director raised in the shadow of the organization’s two most visited locations ¬– the Fort Bend Museum and the George Ranch Historical Park. The FBHA recently completed a $2 million renovation of the Fort Bend Museum, located in downtown Richmond. Along with the Historic Moore Home next door, the two sites create a natural hub of history for the county, right in the middle of its county seat. In addition, the FBHA supports the living history experience of the George Ranch Historical Park, with visitor center staffers, costumed interpreters/tour guides, and modern-day cowboys presenting a memorable ranching experience for adults and school groups alike. Madeleine Calcote-Garcia, a former Sugar Land resident, received a Master of Museum Studies from Baylor University, and most recently has served as Executive Director at the Museum of North Texas History in Wichita Falls – will become the FBHA’s new Executive Director on November 7. She replaces Claire Rogers, who is retiring after eight years in the role and 20 years with the organization. “I grew up in Fort Bend County and I’m so excited to be part of the community again,” said Calcote-Garcia. “I look forward to working with the staff and board to continue to preserve and interpret the distinct history of the county.” The blend of both practical experiences running a history museum and formal training in museum studies made Calcote-Garcia the first choice of the FBHA’s search committee. More than 75 applicants from across the country expressed interest in the position. “Obviously, Claire Rogers leaves big shoes to fill,” said Steve Nel-

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son, chair of the search committee and current FBHA board member. “The number and quality of applicants speaks to the strength of the FBHA, the reputation Claire has helped establish, and the opportunity it presents moving forward.” Rogers will stay on through December to provide a smooth transition of leadership. “I’m fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people who share in a passion for Fort Bend history and are willing to support it with their skills, presence, and connections,” Rogers said. “Leading the organization and seeing real progress in many different areas is something I will look back on with great pride.” For more information about the Association, call 281-342-1256 or visit

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amar CISD and the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation announced the sixth-annual Golf Fore Greatness tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a new addition to the schedule the evening before with the Mulligan Mixer. The Mulligan Mixer will run 5-7 p.m. at Black Hawk Country Club in Richmond. Join LCISD leaders for food, drinks and patio games to engage with district representatives and community partners to learn more about partnering with Lamar CISD. Tickets can be purchased online at for $125. The purchase also gives access to light appetizers, desserts and an open beer and wine bar. Tickets to the Mulligan Mixer do not include admission to Tuesday’s tournament. Team spots for the tournament are available in groups of eight

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Museum crawl attracts hundreds of history buffs



n celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the structure known as “Fort Bend,” The Fort Bend County Historical Commission hosted a museum crawl and history fair in September. Hundreds of history buffs took part in the tour, which began and ended at the Mirabeau B. Lamar Homestead Park in Richmond, just about a half mile from where the “fort” was likely located. The day-long event included a living history experience by the Texian Time Machine, live music and dancing by the Celtaire String Band, a historical document exhibit by the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office, a book signing by author and historian Dr. Paul Spelllman, an excavation project and exhibit by the Fort Bend Archeological Society and three guided bus tours to museums throughout the county. Visitors could choose from three tours, or they could take all three. Each tour lasted about two hours. “It was very educational and a lot of fun,” one visitor said. Re-enactors who frequently appear at the George Ranch Historical Park, educated visitors on how people lived in the 1800s. Multiple sites were set up at Lamar Park on Saturday. Some of the re-enactors sang, played the fiddle, made fire from flint and steel while others demonstrated cotton picking and cleaning, how pioneer children were educated and how they entertained themselves before electricity and TV. Spellman, who teaches at Wharton Junior College, welcomed visitors with a brief recounting of the settling of the area now known as Fort Bend County. Surprisingly, members of Stephen F. Austin’s “Original 300” settlers didn’t build a fort on the bend of the Brazos as history now proclaims, Spellman told the audience. He said the

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The hostesses for the September meeting of the Garden Club of Richmond were, from left, Emily Scherer, Lynn Hewitt, Keely Knipling, Cathy Madrone, and Cindy Bass.

The Garden Club of Richmond met for the first time in 2022. Courtney Raska, front center, presided over her first meeting as president, aided by the officers and committee chairwomen. These ladies are, first row, Sandy Scott, Deidre Doggett, and Mike Greenwood; second row, Vona Morefield, Lynn Hewitt, Justine Huselton, Emily Scherer, Claudia Wright, Roberta Terrell, Laurel Wendt, Barbara Benes, Nancie Rain, Carol Edwards, Bobbie Hood, Keely Knipling, Marilyn Long.

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ne of Fort Bend’s most beloved events—Jingle Tree — returns to the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land Nov. 11-17. Presented by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Jingle Tree is a week-long event that features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees and décor, which will be up for bid in an online silent auction. Proceeds support the Museum’s daily operations, expand access to underserved communities and support innovative sensory-friendly programming. For more information, visit HMNS at Sugar Land is located at 13016 University Blvd in Sugar Land. Proceeds benefit the Fort Bend Education Foundation.

to much grander homes than existed in Fort Bend County. Oil had recently been discovered on some of their land and that may have been part of their motivation to enlarge their Victorian cottage into the house seen today. Unfortunately, there are no photos or written records of how the family decorated the house during the Gilded Age, so the Fort Bend Museum docents are decorating the home to represent the type of decorations a wealthy Texas family would have had. The Moore House is located at 410 S. Fifth Street in the downtown historic district of Richmond, Texas. Candlelight tours will be on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Friday tours are from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday tours are from 5-8 p.m. Complimentary wassail and cookies are served at the end of the tours. The docents will be selling handcrafted items and raffle tickets will be available for the Gift Card Tree fundraiser. All proceeds from the event go to fund the museum’s education and preservation programs. Daytime group tours and VIP tours are available on additional days by appointment. The VIP tours include family artifacts, upstairs rooms not shown on the other tours, and special refreshments. Prices for the evening Candlelight Tours are $5 per person, and daytime group tours are $10 per person. VIP tickets are $25 per person. Group sizes must range from a minimum of 6 people to a maximum of 16 people. Advance tickets can be purchased online at fortbendmuseum. org/candlelight-tours or at the door on Candlelight Tour nights. Group and VIP tickets require online purchases.



he Fort Bend Museum Docents cordially invite the community to attend the 41st annual Candlelight Christmas Tour of the 1883 John M. Moore House. This year’s theme is “A Gilded Age Christmas, in Texas.” The Moore house will be lovingly and lavishly decorated to represent the early 1900s when many Texans made their fortune in the oil, gas, and timber industries — and one way of spending their new wealth was to build larger, more elaborate homes. In 1905, local rancher John M. Moore became the first person born in Fort Bend County to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Moore, his wife, Lottie, and their five children began making frequent trips to Washington D.C. and were invited



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o you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of singing boys inviting the public to the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Christmas Musicale. Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church-Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd in Missouri City. Although tickets will be available at the door, purchasing online is the best option, said choir officials. Adult admission is $18, and children 12 and under are $5. All proceeds from the Christmas Musicale benefit the music program support and the organization’s continued financial recovery from COVID-19. Auditions on-going Boys who love music and singing are encouraged to audition for the award-winning Fort Bend Boys Choir. No experience is necessary, and boys should be eight years of age or older with an unchanged voice. At this time, auditions are by special appointment at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City.

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Through the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, choirboys from all over Fort Bend and the Houston metro area have the opportunity to learn more about music and singing. They will also have a chance to experience many of life’s lessons like leadership, making friends, and building self-confidence and self-esteem — all in a safe, proactive setting. Take advantage of this life-changing activity before your boy’s voice changes, choir officials said. Visit the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s website,, or call 281-240-3800 for more details about Christmas Musicale tickets and auditions.




ince her peers often use their skills to illustrate and design books, Richmond artist Nina Struthers is setting the stage for a public event that will offer them a chance to showcase their book illustrations or writings. The event, suitably called The Book Signing & Meet and Greet, will feature more than a dozen creators whose works cover several topics. “We want the community to know that there are plenty of talented and creative authors and illustrators right here in Fort Bend County and [the surrounding] area,” said Struthers, who is also the marketing director of the Fort Bend Art Center. The Book Signing is set for noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 26 at The Fort Bend Art Center (2012 Ave. G in Rosenberg) and coincides with Small Business Saturday, which Struthers said was intentional. “Many artists commonly have their own businesses,” Struthers said, explaining that holding the book signing on Small Business Saturday will help local artists promote or sell their work. As the center’s marketing director and an Art League Fort Bend member, Struthers is adamant about getting recognition for Fort Bend artists and encouraging the community to support the knacks of established and budding creators. In September, the art center hosted its Art & Antiques Walk during the 5th Annual Ride to Rosenberg community car show. Although she said the art walk felt a bit dwarfed by the car show, she wasn’t disappointed because the atmosphere was energetic, and the participating artists had a chance to showcase paintings, jewelry, ink art, and fused glass. “One artist did abstracts with children which was a lot of fun for the kids,” said Struthers. “Between the car show and the art, there was a big crowd and a lot of color and music.” The upcoming Book Signing event, however, focuses on artists who also flourish in writing or illustrating books. On Nov. 26, the Fort Bend Art Center in Rosenberg will open for business as usual, but, this time, each author will have a table with most of them displaying their books for sale, which, of course, they’ll sign. Coffee and refreshments will be available, too. The featured artists include Struthers, Jennifer Frnka, Cheryl Pavlas Harris, Denise Adams, Russell Autrey, Elizabeth Marie, Sharon Collins, Terry Golden, Joy Saxton, Julie Conner, Denise Bossarte, Linda Pietz, George Becket and Nanette Stein. “If you love books, as well as, children’s books, we will have a wonderful assortment available,” Struthers said. For more information about the Art League of Fort Bend and The Fort Bend Art Center visit

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GETTING TO KNOW THE WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS ? Nina Struthers of Richmond has published 12 coloring books, including one that illustrates famous buildings in Fort Bend County. Her other book, The Runaway Hen, was inspired by her 20 years of raising chickens. ? Jennifer Frnka of Richmond is the author of Grandma’s Dancing Shoes, which focuses on family life and the love and fond memories that last through generations. The book is illustrated by artist Nina Struthers. ? Sheryl Pavlas Harris of Rosenberg is a poet whose works include My Truth and Inspiration, which focuses on her strong Christian faith and how it helped her overcome loss, grief and adversities. She will also show her book, Puzzles of My Life in Poetry. ? Russell Autrey of Galveston, a photographer, and Denise Adams of Fulshear, a writer, will be promoting their book The Bolivar Point Lighthouse, which showcases the Historic Bolivar Lighthouse. It turned 150 years old this year and needs a complete renovation. Part of the sales proceeds will be donated to restoring this beautiful Texas landmark. The duo also created the children’s book Penny and Percival Save Capt. Bolivar. Autrey, a lifetime professional and news photographer (he retired from the Fort Bend Herald newspaper after 20 years) uses his photographic skills to record Gulf Coast shore life. Adams is a weekly columnist for the Fort Bend Herald, occupying the Thursday editorial spot for the past 25 years. She’s a retired highschool journalism teacher who put into practice the word she learned first-hand at the newspaper — deadline. ? Elizabeth Marie of the Fort Bend area is an author, artist and illustrator who will feature several of her charming children’s books including An Eagle Soars and Leaving the Nest. ? Terry Golden, an ordained minister and police chaplain who is a member of the Fort Bend County Chaplain Association, will be showcasing his book Stories Behind the U.S. State Borders: How they were established and surveyed. The book includes maps and illustrations showing how the early surveyors eventually created the U.S. state borders. ? Sharon Collins of Houston will be featuring her book Becoming His Masterpiece: Fifty-two Devotional and Abstract Art Pairings to Encourage You on Your Lifelong Journey. She has served on the board of Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc. ? Joy Saxton of Houston anchored a children’s show called “Kids TV Express” in Austin, Texas when she was 8 years old and continued for more than 10 years. She also implemented the movie-making school Joy Kids Studio in Houston, Texas, where kids learned how to direct, film and act in movies. Her children’s book series, Joy and the Far Away Lands are self-illustrated, and she will be promoting her new book Joy goes to Mexico. ? Julie Gianelloni Connor of Houston will be featuring her book Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike, which is about making an ancient pilgrimage trail and the joy that she experienced during this venture. She also has a second book about international adoption, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise: An International Adoption Story. ? Denise Bossarte of the Houston area will feature her novel Glamorous: A Grace Bishop Novel. She is an award-winning poet, writer, artist, and member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, the Texas Author Association, and the Writer’s League of Texas. She will also be promoting her book Thriving after Sexual Abuse. ? Linda Pietz, a textile artist, will be featuring several of her books, some of which she co-authored with her sister Noal including Knitting Rugs: 39 Traditional, Contemporary, Innovative Designs, Crochet Baskets: 36 Fun, Funky, & Colorful Projects for Every Room in the House and Crocheting Rugs: 40 Traditional, Contemporary, Innovative Designs. She has taught in many venues throughout the nation.






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6Michael Cornelius Delacruz’s kitten 7Alysa painting receives the Lillian McClain Memorial Award, presented by Lillian’s mother.

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Continued from page 15 settlers built a structure to store their belongings, but over time folks started calling the structure a fort. “It was in the shape of one of the old dog-run cabins with two rooms on each side and a breezeway down the middle and it served as a storage shed for the food and other supplies they were bringing up (from the ship, The Lively, which they traveled on), and they had to put the supplies somewhere, so they built this storage shed. Over time, people began calling it a fort. I guess fort just sounded better than storage room.” Spellman said he was citing a story in a historical quarterly magazine that came out 50 years after the events and which was written by one of the original settlers who helped erect

the structure. Of the 20 who arrived on The Lively, two died and 14 later left, Spellman said. Only four chose to stick it out, he noted. Fort Bend County Archaeological Society President Paul Spana and other members spent several hours excavating a site at Lamar Park that Saturday, and showing visitors how excavations are done. The group found some glass about five feet beneath the surface. Spana said the park is located about half a mile from where the original “fort” structure was most likely built. He said the structure site is now located in the middle of the Brazos River, which has shifted over the decades.

TOP LEFT: Betty and Mel Peters of Lockhart and some visitors sing traditional folk songs popular in the 1800s, including“Old Susanna.” TOP RIGHT: 1800s re-enactor Nicole Douglas of Houston shows children how to pick and clean cotton. She is a regular performer at the George Ranch Historical Park. BOTTOM RIGHT: Wharton County Junior College history professor Dr. Paul Spellman discusses the settlement of Fort Bend County by Stephen F. Austin’s “Original 300” settlers, who arrived here in 1822 aboard the schooner The Lively. BOTTOM LEFT: Dave McClain demonstrates the one-room schoolhouse popular the 1820s Texas. He passed out chalk and slates to the students and took them through several math and spelling exercises. MIDDLE: Ralph Hoeting of Pearland, another member of the Fort Bend County History Association’s Texian Time Machine, demonstrates how 1820s settlers in Texas made fire with flint and steel. He also played the fiddle and dulcimer and other favorite pastimes of the original settlers of Fort Bend County. He and other members of the Texian Time Machine regularly demonstrate 1800s life at the George Ranch Historical Park.

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