Party Girl also looks forward to the Halliburton Chili Cookoff every year. Since it moved to the Mall of Acadiana, there's plenty of room for cookin' chili and tasting until your lips burn. This year was no different, and highlights included Stone Energy's spirit award-winning skit from Grease, the mall's "exotic" chili and the No.1 winner in the traditional category, Air Logistics. That was some good chili!
River Ranch has been busy as usual, with several new businesses opening just in time for the holidays. Moseley and Hollard and Julie's Etc., located inside the Onebane building, recently cut their ribbons. The shops were decked out for Christmas, and Julie's is the place for gifts. Julie Wimmer, one of the owners, looked radiant and kept saying the shop is a dream come true! Y'all have to pick up one of her Rosemary Garden candles, and try Moseley and Hollard for the man on your list. Congrats to Roy Hollard and Joe Moseley, who met long ago at Gaidry's Menswear, on their dream as well.
I was also lucky enough to be invited to a reception at the home of Ambassador Jean-David Levitte in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to the French government and French firms that have committed a total of more than $20 million to Katrina hurricane relief efforts. As if traveling to D.C. wasn't great enough, PG got to sample the fabulous French wines that were served and finally settled on Mumm's Cordon Rouge champagne for the evening's toast. The Ambassador's residence is a 1905 mansion in Georgetown, and my driver noted that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's personal residence was across the street. Nice neighborhood! Among those in attendance were Joey Durel, Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, Lois Breaux (who helped organize the fÃªte), Cokie Roberts and Lindy Boggs, Mitch Landrieu and Bob Livingston. Nice group, too!
There's always plenty of "local" celebrities to come home to though. The Woman's Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration brought together a wonderful group to celebrate at The Townhouse Nov. 17. Party Girl sat with Gerri and Bo Ramsey and Elaine and Ed Abel, while applauding all the great efforts of the Woman's Foundation. Did y'all know they've given $279,000 in grants since 1988 and received a national Philanthropy Award from the Planned Giving Council the same week as their silver anniversary? Congrats to Rose Cormier and her staff!
Party On! ' PG
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.