Knot-tying not tiring for groom
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.