Organizers of the second annual Gulf Brew are calling this past Saturday's event another success. The fundraiser for the Acadiana Arts Council got underway at Parc International at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and despite a line of people waiting to get into the park's gates, AAC organizers stopped selling tickets at 5:30 p.m.
Gene Nelson of the local homebrewing club the Dead Yeast Society says his popular booth served up 95 gallons of beer, including the extremely popular brews - the Bourbon Vanilla Porter and Tabasco-flavored light beer.
Rose Courville, the AAC's curator of exhibits and event coordinator, says 2,000 tickets were sold, and 2,500 people attended. "We're going to make it bigger," she says. "Last year we ran out of beer, and I was not going to let that happen again. But I'm definitely going to get more ice [next year]. We went through about 6,500 pounds of ice." Courville says she and the AAC staff were satisfied with the number of breweries and attendees but hope to secure more space for the growing annual event.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.