Knights of Momus Present Annual Mardi Gras Coronation Ball
By Jason Grosgrain
Photography by Rhea’s Photographic Art
THE SCENE: Continuing its tradition of Mardi Gras court presentations, the Knights of Momus, Galveston’s oldest krewe, officially kicked off the first weekend of Mardi Gras with extravegant celebrations for a sold-out crowd of 850 revelers. The weekend began with the President’s welcome reception and cocktail party at The Tremont House in the Davidson Ballroom, followed by the Coronation Ball at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Highlighting the weekend was the presentation of 25 Duchesses from Houston, Cypress, Galveston, San Angelo and Oklahoma City as Momus saluted “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The Duchesses charmed the audience with their Texas Bows and stunning gowns in a variety of striking colors and designs.
THE VIBE: The Coronation marked the crowning of King Frivolous CII Lawrence C. Estes, Jr., co-founder of Dawson/Estes, Inc., and Momus Queen Lauren Balentine, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin. The members of the King’s retinue who contributed to the revelry on stage included A. Reed Estes, Chris R. Estes, James E. McLean, Frank Dominquez III, Anthony P. Brown and Robert D. Kline. The reveal of the Queen was introduced by pirates from METdance, who enthralled the audience with their on-stage sword fight and theatrical Coronation of the Queen by a Proclamation found in a treasure chest. Following the presentation, Jolyn and Russell Scheirman chaired a grand gala at The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort. Cadets from the Hearn Honor Guard of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston, were a regal sight to behold as the Duchesses and their Presenters entered the Ballroom for the King’s Father Daughter Dance.
Party goers entered the festivities to pirate themed ships, cannons and treasure chest decorations by Kathy and Richard Rush, and show-stopping entertainment featuring Chinatown Band and DJ Andres Santiago. The menu included shiver me timbers shrimp scampi at the buried treasure buffet and a swashbuckling dessert buffet with cake balls, pots de crème and more. President of Momus, Robert Kline, and his wife Sally, were found on the dance floor under pirate ship banners and flags. Guests danced the night away, wearing their pirate hats, eye patches, hooks and swords, including VJ Tramonte, Peggy and Johnny Listowski, Hayley and Jason Hardcastle, Joan Scheirman, Tyler Melton, Jessica and Hal Rochkind, Renee and Scott Rice, and Kim and Robert Kirschner.
THE CROWD: After dessert, festively clad guests were found mingling and socializing with pirates, amongst a forest of palm trees, orchids, parrots, pelicans and live monkeys. Those enjoying the scene were the master of ceremonies and KTRK news anchor, Tom Koch and his wife Brenda, Knights of Momus Parade Grand Marshall J.P. Bryan, Paige Fertitta, Michael Fertitta, Maria Bush, Weez and Mike Doherty, Julie and Kenny Shelton, Libbie and Bill Ansell, Mary and Gary Peters, Joan and Doug McLeod, Dancie and Jim Ware, Jennifer and Frank Dominguez, Jim and Tessie McLean, Andrea, Carolyn and Carroll Sunseri, Wayne and Catherine Bertrand, Scott and Martha Livanec, Michelle and Bryan Ritchey, Marcie and Herb Ehmann, Tara Wegryn and Terry Brooker, Cindi and Vic Matthews, and Lisette and Tony Brown.