Kindred Spirits Unite

Source: Outsmart, March 1, 2007
By Nancy Ford

Marion Coleman, Kindred Spirits

Marion “Kindred Spirits” Coleman

SUSTAINING SPIRITS. Plans are well underway for the sixth annual Kindred Spirits Celebration, a reunion of the friends and family who frequented that fabled ’80s era women’s bar (and those who wish they had), owned by Marion E. Coleman (pictured here on right, applauding with organizing committee member Renee Tappe at the 2006 event).

As is their custom, the organizers plan to kick off the reunion with a gala fundraiser-for-the-fundraiser party, scheduled for April 1 at the Historic Magnolia Ballroom downtown

As a special enticement, individuals who performed regularly at the now-closed nightclub will provide entertainment for the invitation-only kick off party. Confirmed to strum and hum are former Spirits’ regulars, Brooke McDonald, Marianne Troiano, this writer, and surprise guests.

The kickoff provides financial support for the main event, scheduled April 28 at the Edwin R. Hornberger Conference Center. This year, the reunion carries with it a travel theme, with raffle prizes including airline tickets, trips, and more. The annual event raises funds for AssistHers, Bering Support Network, Houston Buyer’s Club, and Lesbian Health Initiative. Details: www.kindredspiritshouston.org.