Spring is in the air, mes amies. Easter is approaching, and that means only one thing ' time to don a hat. (Party Girl also gives her fashionable friends the green light to break out those white pants and skirts in honor of the season.) An array of hats took over the City Club at River Ranch recently for the Acadiana Symphony Women's League's 14th annual Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon & Style Show. All of Party Girl's musical friends turned out, wearing hats ranging from silly to vintage to themed. There were more groups of hats this year than ever before, including the Hot Flashes, with elegant black hats and red bows, the Shady Ladies, wearing stylish lampshades on their heads complete with chain pulls, a group of ladybugs and "I Love the Arts" headgear created by Laura Byrd. TrÃ¨s cute! While a light lunch of chicken cordon bleu and roasted potatoes was served, the ladies took over the stage for the Parade of Hats, followed by a fabulous spring style show from Abdalla's. Party Girl had the pleasure of sitting next to Sally Burdette, looking beautiful in a hat decorated with bright pink azaleas from her own yard. But Clarisse Moroux nearly stole the show, wearing a wreath of vines on her head and a sign on her back that said "Martha Stewart's Back." I never know what Clarisse is going to come up with next! Lynn Crochet looked adorable in a zebra print suit and orange hat during the parade and later modeled in the style show. Lori Meaux also took over the runway wearing the latest fashions. More than 100 silent auction items rounded out the wonderful event. Party Girl's already planning her hat for next year! Thanks for the invite, ladies.
The opening of artist Dennis Paul Williams' exhibit at The Frame Shop and Gallery 912 in the Oil Center was just as elegant and entertaining. It's always a pleasure visiting the gallery and its owners Roger Laurent and Janie Bayard. And of course, seeing Dennis Paul Williams and his wonderful, mystical works of art is a treat. Roger has known Dennis for years. "He is a fine artist and a gentle man," he says. Janie agrees, and says, "Dennis' works are known internationally, and he is a fabulous artist." While viewing Dennis' beautiful works and sipping on some wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres, Party Girl ran into art lovers Paul and Lulu Hilliard, Stanley and Susan Blackstone, Lea and Kirt Carleton, Sally and John Hebert and Sue Boagni. And I can't forget Bera Smith, who created a fabulous abstract flower arrangement for the evening. Janie summed up the night: "Fun was had by all!"
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.