Five sisters attended their 30th consecutive gala, August 25-29th, on South Padre Island. Opening with a "Hello Sister" brunch, the five sisters sang to the tune of "Hello Dolly" while presenting gifts to revel the name of each one's Secret Sister of the past year.
At the Beach House, overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf, lace, china, roses and fans provided the perfect English setting for a Victorian tea. Each sister donned a hat that expressed her unique personality. The hostess, Janice Mumford, engaged the group in learning the "secret language of the Victorian fan." Ending the afternoon party, the sisters creatively painted attire for "Milady" paper dolls. The new Victorian wardrobe will be placed in their childhood homestead where playing with paper dolls was a favorite pasttime in their youth.
Other special activities included sunset walks on the beach, sand sculpting, a beach party picnic, a homestead "turkey dinner," a south of the border fiesta, a birthday surprise party with SP fireworks, and their traditional Hawaiian luau.
Left to right: the Hall sisters - Bettie Sanford, Mulberry, TX; Ella Mae Smith, Alice, TX; Nea Young, Mason, TX; Bobbie Lightfoot, Anthony, FL; and Janice Mumford, McAllen, TX.