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Mission Control

Clear Lake Lunar Rendezvous Festival is dedicated to providing community based support including scholarships for higher education, youth development and educational programs, funding for the arts and historical preservation in the Bay Area Houston/NASA area.

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Dinah Parker Matthews
2018 Lunar Rendezvous Chairwoman


Dinah Parker Matthews has deep roots in the Clear Lake community, having moved to the area in 1965, when her father started work as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA and her mother as a 4th grade teacher in CCISD. Dinah graduated from Clear Lake High School and attended Texas A&M University where she earned a BBA in Marketing.

Dinah is married to Joe Matthews, who recently retired after 40 years as an Oil & Gas executive. He spends his time fishing and volunteering with Sailing Angels and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). They have 2 daughters, Holly and Natalie, both of whom also graduated from Clear Lake High School. Holly recently graduated from the University of Texas -Austin with a BS in Biology and a Business Foundations Certificate. She is currently pursuing a Physician Assistant graduate degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. Natalie is a junior at the University of Texas-Austin studying Corporate Communications.

Dinah has volunteered for the Lunar Rendezvous Festival in many capacities, including serving as the Festival General Chairman in 2017. She has also been an active volunteer with the Clear Creek Education Foundation, having served as a Board Member for 2 terms and as Chair or Co-Chair of the annual Fashion Show for 8 years. Dinah was recently honored with the "CCISD Superstar Award" for her volunteer work in the Clear Lake/NASA area.

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Festival History

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival began in 1965 as a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization formed to preserve the rich history and many accomplishments in the space sciences made in the Bay Area. The first Festival, which took place over two weekends in June of 1966 and included more than two dozen events, was a salute to the space program’s historic 1965 rendezvous of Gemini VI and Gemini VII in space. Since its inception, Lunar Rendezvous has hosted fun and entertaining festivals enjoyable for the entire family. Each year hundreds of volunteers join together to promote charity, celebrate, and honor our community. Festival proceeds are used to maintain the Bay Area Museum, award college scholarships to local students, and fund other non profit programs in our community.