My Top 5: Cissy Segall Davis of Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Cissy Segall Davis, managing director of the Miller Outdoor Theatre advisory board.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Cissy Segall Davis

  1. McGovern Lake in Hermann Park – Water has always had a calming effect.. I was a water baby, could swim before I could walk, so a lake or ocean is where I can breathe deeply and clear my head. When I’m stressed to the max, I love to walk over to the plaza around McGovern Lake, find a comfy seat in the shade and watch the brave souls on the Paddle Boats. It’s much harder than it looks! I remember taking my niece and nephew out for a spin many years ago only to discover that the peddle power was all me and the giggles were all them. Looking at that lake brings back warm memories and makes me smile.
  2. Spectacles on Montrose – I love this place. The selection is amazing, current, hip, whimsical, stylish, colorful, perfection. I always find something that is unique and that makes me feel good about having to wear glasses. (Regretfully, I have a formula that just doesn’t work in contacts.) And, I get compliments on my frames all the time.
  3. Tila’s Restaurante & Bar – My husband and I can stroll over for happy hour on the patio, especially in the early Spring when the weather is cooler. I love the margaritas, the food is great, and the service attentive without being intrusive. The patio is quite cozy and the greenery reminds me of Mexico. Even though this stretch of Shepherd is crazy busy, the surroundings seem to insulate us from the noise and heat.
  4. The Rose Garden in the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park – I am a sucker for flowers, most particularly roses that actually are aromatic. This area is a marvelous showcase for varieties that grow well in our area. It’s peaceful and fragrant, colorful and enchanting. Nature at her finest. A wonderful respite from the noise of the city and the stress of programming 125 or more performances a year.
  5. Mockingbird Bistro – There’s just something about John Sheely’s approach to food and service that draws me in. The space is warm, inviting, comfortable and quirkily charming; the food superb, and the wine selection outstanding. I’ve never had a bad meal there. Not to mention the happy hour is one of the best in town.

About Cissy Segall Davis

Cissy Segall Davis has been involved in the production, management, and promotion of the theatrical, entertainment and special event industries since 1972. She follows her passion for the performing arts on a daily basis, serving as Managing Director of the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, overseeing a grants program for Houston performing arts and community organizations and curating a presented series to create an annual season of 125+ artistically and culturally diverse free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Under her guidance, the series has grown into the largest program of its kind in the U.S, attracting multi-generational, multicultural audiences of more than 450,000 annually. She is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum and was named by Houston Woman’s Magazine as one of Houston’s “50 Most Influential Women of 2012.”