This is, of course, the year that our fair city is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Le Marquis de la Fayette, our namesake. And since many historians suggest that Le Marquis was close enough to our nation's first president to be his adopted son, Party Girl knew that the Annual George Washington Ball was a 'definite' on the party calendar this year. Hosted annually by the local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, it's a presentation of Debutantes and Young Patriots (as the gentlemen are called) and a celebration of each family's relationship to the brave soldiers who served in our nation's first army. The understated, elegant ceremony is steeped in tradition and was simply lovely. It's hard to say which family ' The Henkes or The Moodys ' was best represented. Joining the soiree (wouldn't Le Marquis love that Party Girl learned at least un petite peu in French class?) were Lauren and Jason Mott, T. J. Fontenot with his daughters Cassie, Jackie and Mary Gayle and their spouses.
How well do you balance life's work and play? Members of The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce can hold their own in that regard and proved it once again at the recent Building Community Conference at Toledo Bend. This year's ambitious agenda made it a little harder than usual; in fact the only people Party Girl saw in golf carts all weekend were chamber staff moving supplies between events! Attendees made up for it after hours. Lynne Durel's chocolate fountain was popular in the LUS suite, and Mike Skinner's chili suggested he's ready for a hot campaign for district attorney next year. When you see Trey Hill, ask him about the pork roast in the Atmos Energy suite, and where did Judy Briscoe come up with that awesome Catfish Louisiana for the Home Bank suite? The generous sponsors made sure no one went hungry ' food for thought, you might say. Party Girl learned a wee bit about Texas Hold 'Em and held her own at the karaoke microphone, although Doug Meaux and Don Bacque were the crowd favorites. I just can't pass up a chance to join in when the singing starts. We are familyâ?¦ I love all my sisters and meâ?¦..
Party On! Â' PG
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.