Knot-ty­ing not tir­ing for groom

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - JEN­NIFER CHRISTMAN Email: jchrist­man@arkansason­

WED CRED: Ja­son Chacko of Lit­tle Rock, a fi­nan­cial ad­viser with Mor­gan Stan­ley, has been well-groomed to be­come a groom.

The 33-year-old counts he has been a mem­ber of 39 (!) wed­ding par­ties.

“I have a re­ally good Chicken Dance,” he says with a laugh, adding, “I’ve been lucky to know a bunch of great people.”

When he par­tic­i­pates in his 40th cer­e­mony on Satur­day, it will fi­nally be his own. He’s mar­ry­ing Kristin Smith at the An­nun­ci­a­tion Greek Ortho­dox Church.

After that, Chacko will surely re­tire from his long-run­ning grooms­man gig, right?

Not just yet, he says: “I’m in a wed­ding in Oc­to­ber.”

SWEETIE EADY: Arkansas pageant purists clutched their se­quins dur­ing last Sun­day’s Miss Amer­ica Com­pe­ti­tion, when Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonac­quisti per­formed the ex­act same tal­ent — a folksy ven­tril­o­quist/yo­del­ing ren­di­tion of “I Want to Be a Cow­boy’s Sweet­heart” — as Al­yse Eady, Miss Arkansas 2010.

So unique was the act of Fort Smith na­tive Eady — the 2011 Miss Amer­ica first run­ner-up who be­came a morn­ing an­chor at Lit­tle Rock’s KTHV-TV — that she got to per­form it on Late Show with David Let­ter­man.

In re­sponse, Eady, now a morn­ing an­chor with WAGA-TV in At­lanta, says, “I ac­tu­ally didn’t get to watch the pageant, but was touched by all the com­ments from Arkansans who re­mem­bered my tal­ent.”

Eady has our vote for Miss Con­ge­nial­ity.

MEET AND EAT: Ta­ble 28 chef Scott Rains was given a sur­prise last week: ac­tress Robin Givens.

She, Jac­kee Harry and other cast mem­bers of Priest Tyaire’s Momma’s Boy, which was per­formed at Robin­son Cen­ter Per­for­mance Hall on Thursday, dined at his restau­rant in the Bur­gundy Ho­tel where they stayed.

Rains reports Givens “ate very healthy.” Beef tartare. Brus­sels sprouts. Kale Cae­sar salad (“she didn’t eat the crou­tons”).

He says, “She seems like a very sweet lady.” Even if she didn’t eat any sweets.

WIN, KIN! The Cham­bers fam­ily of Lit­tle Rock com­peted and con­quered on Fri­day’s episode of Fam­ily Feud. They’ll ap­pear again on Mon­day (check lo­cal list­ings; it’s at 6:30 p.m. on Lit­tle Rock’s Chan­nel 38, KASN-TV).

Earl, ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor of lab­o­ra­to­ries at Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, his wife, Emily, and daugh­ter Erica live in Lit­tle Rock. Team cap­tain Erin and her hus­band, Fredar­ick Wil­son, live in Abi­lene, Texas.

Erin says her tight-knit “wolf­pack of four” fam­ily al­ways watched the Feud to­gether and said they’d go on when they found a fifth player. Erin wed Fredar­ick last fall. And then the Cham­bers fam­ily at­tended two au­di­tions be­fore tap­ing in April.

Erin gushes that be­ing there in per­son and meet­ing host Steve Har­vey was like “game night on steroids!”

Here’s hop­ing they leave the ex­pe­ri­ence as the Cham­bers of com­merce.

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