22 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 27. 1987
Grab Your Partner and
Get Ready for Mardi Gras
Around Town by Elroy Forbes
Montrose Voice Social Director
□ Good News
The Brazos River Bottom was packed
Tuesday night. Country and Western
dance fans from The Ranch, BRB, and
some I recognized from old Bears filled
the dance floor and reviewing areas
around the bar.
Six couples made the finals. Prizes
were awarded from Tom's Back
Pocket, TNT Shirts, The Pot Pie,
I.W. Marks, Puppies Boot Parlor,
TGRA, Baba Yega, The Fitness
Exchange, Blue Iris Florist, Eurotan, JRs, The Mining Co., Heaven,
The Galleon, and The Barn.
First place country and western dance
contest winners, June Archibald and
□ Mardi Gras Time
This Saturday there will be three
parades in Galveston. At noon, the
Truckers Parade will go down the Seawall with floats and decorated trucks as
they celebrate the big island event. At
3:00 p.m., the campy Hou-Dah Parade, a
take off on the famous California New
Year's Day Do Dah Parade, will feature
briefcase drill teams from many Houston corporations as well as campy
entries competing for cash donationnof
$1000, $500 and $200 to their favorite
charities. At night, by torchlight, is the
big blow out and the long parade that
will wander through the historic Strand
District. This is the parade everyone
If you are like me and just a little shy
about driving to Galveston, The Krewe
of Hydra has buses leaving The Rip-
cord at noon on Saturday, returning to
Houston by 10:00 p.m. The estimated
time of return is in time for Chutes Customer Contest and the big doings with
Drummer magazine. The cost of the
Mardi Gras trip is $20 before Saturday
and $25 the day of the big party. Call
The Ripcord or Timeless Taffeta for
d Out and About
I have to admit that Go Country Day at
Mary's was not only a pleasant, but
was a relaxing experiene. I know that is
not characteristic of Mary's but that's
how it all worked. It was fun to pay a
visit the other night to find my favorite
doorman, Fannie, was working and
having a good time.
Mary's is doing a Pardi Gras (pronounced Party Gras) weekend with costume awards after 11:00 p.m. Saturday
All of these activities are being
pumped into their new April Fool
event—The Miss Vacant Lot title.
Booths are available to organizations
and businesses such as Maria's: She
can read neither English nor Spanish
but she can read beads. No telling what
they have in mind for Pickles.
At Neartown Association's meeting, Channel 2 newsmen showed up to
check into president Ron Rod rick's fight
with City Hall over the recent lower
Westheimer fires. Petitions are being
circulated to demand municipal action
on the many promises made to clean up
the vacant buildings. Four area leaders
on the Needy Persons Help programs
also spoke at the meeting held at Rering
Memorial Methodis Church.
Popular Tom Horan has invited
many of our community groups and
individuals to come to the first ever
"indoor" Mardi Gras parade inside the
lobby of the Wyndham Hotel Greenspoint, 12400 Greenspoint Drive on
March 3 at 7:00p.m. The festivities will
include bands, floats, clows and more.
Call Tom at 875-2222.
The Annual Bering Memorial Mardi
Gras Pancake Festival begins Saturday
at 7:00 a.m. All you can eat for $4. It will
be in the basement of the Main Build-
1987 treasurer of the Gi
Montrose Business Guild is Jim
A combined cash prize from the BRB
and The Ranch reminded everyone that
there are two C&W dance bars in Houston.
Winners were: first place, David Kiser
and June Archibald from BRB: second,
Carol Martinez and Evie Dne Ranieri
from The Ranch; third, Andrew Bester-
man and Brent Leefgreen from the
BRB. These three couples will represent
Houston in the Texas finals starting
March 22 in Ft. Worth's 651 Club.
The state contest continues in Austin
on April 5 at Snuffy's; April 19 at the
Silver Dollar in San Antonio and ends
here in Houston at the BRB May 3.
While I was in Ft. Worth last weekend, I visited the 651 Club. The new
facility is very impressive and spacious.
Announcements proclaimed their
upcoming C&W contest. I tell you, they
really had some serious dancers. All of
our people need our support in this competition. Congratulations and best
wishes to all!
D Christmas in
The next organizational meeting is on
Fat Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. at
Grace Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh
Dr. Call The Tire Place, 529-1414 for
Guest bartenders at Mary's Goes Country party included: (bottom, left to
right) Dick Sanderson of Mary's, Alan Pierce of BRB, Debbie Powell of
Bacchus; (standing, left to right) Maria of Mary's, Robin of Mary's, Betsy
of The Ranch. Becky of The Ranch, and Buzz of The Barn
Richard Barbeau is visting Houston
New members of the Greater Montrose Business Guild include Carpenter
Bob, Bill Marberry. and Bobby Gund-
lack of Union Auto Parts, W. Alabama at Almeda Road. Jim Spence of
Immunotherapy Clinic was elected
1987 treasurer ofthe guild.
The Great Montrose Garage Sale is
coming to your neighborhood on May 2.
A $6 entry fee will entitle businesses or
individuals to a special sign to mark
your location, a map indicating where
you are and multi-media promotion.
George Benedict chairs this event. More
info is available by calling 528-0443 or
We just have time to Mardi Gras/
Rodeo then it's Let Us Entertain You
Weekend. That's enough for now. I hope
to see you Around Town.
Welk, the Acid
LOS ANGELES (UPI)—Fans expecting the bubbly sounds of I_awrence
Welk's polkas were instead confronted
by a raucous punk-rock soundtrack
after a mix-up at a compact disc plant.
The label for Welk's "World's Greatest Polkas" was accidentally placed on
about 10,000 compact discs ofthe soundtrack of the film "Sid and Nancy," triggering a minor uproar among the
Polka fans were unexpectedly treated
to such songs as "Love Kills" and Sid
Vicious of the Sex Pistols singing a violent parody of Frank Sinatra's "My
Way," said Bernice McGeehan, spokeswoman for Welk Enterprises, the bandleader's record company.
"It was a big shock to the Welk people
who bought that particular CD and we
are now in the process of recalling all of
them," McGeehan said.
Welk's office began receiving complaints almost immediately after the
CD hit the stores a few days ago.
"The first thing that happened was a
very nice lady from West Covina called,
and she was more astounded than anything else," McGeehan said. "She took
it to her polka club party, and they were
going to play it for a dance party. She
called and said the music was loud and
screaming and she couldn't repeat the
language she heard on the CD."