Barry Ancelet to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Lafayette’s own cultural ambassador at-large, educator, cultural historian, and music and television host is to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education by Offbeat Magazine during their annual Best of the Beat awards show. It proves that hard work pays off somewhere down the line if you work hard and long enough. Over the past 30 years, Ancelet has guarded the spiritual heart of Cajun culture by teaching French and folklore at the University of Louisiana, hosting the weekly live radio program “Rendezvous des Cajuns” broadcast in Eunice, writing books, articles, and liner notes for audio CDs, transcribing Cajun and Creole lyrics, and actively involving himself in the southern Louisiana community on a host of other issues.
His latest projects include co-producing a CD compilation of Louisiana folk music by women, a CD anthology of Cajun and Creole Mardi Gras music, and musical collaborations with Acadiana musicians like Sam Broussard and Wayne Toups.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.