Houston Jays Host 4th Annual Crawfish Reunion

Posted June 9, 2014 / Last updated June 12, 2014

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Jesuit New Orleans alumni in the Houston area gathered at Jackson’s Watering Hole in the Montrose area of the city for an afternoon of food, drinks, and Blue Jay camaraderie.The 4th Annual Crawfish Reunion took place on Saturday, May 24. A light sprinkle provided a reprieve, albeit a temporary one, from the Houston heat.

Sixty-five folks, including a handful of newcomers, enjoyed 350 pounds of crawfish prepared by Jerry Eumont ’80, and about fifty pounds of jambalaya. Eumont’s son, Christopher — a 2013 alumnus of Strake Jesuit in Houston — served as the chef’s assistant. Children and guests preferring less spicy fare, munched on hot dogs. Soft drinks and Abita beer added to the down-home feeling of the event.

Houston alumni leader Christopher Cola and "boil master" Jerry Eumont '80 at the 4th Annual Blue Jay Houston Crawfish Boil.

Houston alumni leader Christopher Cola and “boil master” Jerry Eumont ’80 at the 4th Annual Blue Jay Houston Crawfish Boil. Event photos provided by Shawn O’Brien ’89.

Organizer and Houston alumni captain Christopher Cola ’93 handed out an assortment of Jesuit-themed goodies, which were provided by Jesuit’s office of institutional advancement.

The oldest alumnus to participate was Ted Pfister ’51. The largest turnout came from one of the younger classes — five guys from 2001. Joe Nesser ’84 brought an unexpected guest — Ken Miller, a classmate from Orange County, California — who was in town to attend a First Communion. Miller is the godfather of Nesser’s son, James.

The group hopes to hold a toy drive in the fall.

If you would like to join the Houston Jays leadership team, contact alumni director Mat Grau ’68 at grau@jesuitnola.org or Christopher Cola at cwcola@gmail.com.