Another man who made his mark on Lafayette is artist Eugene Martin. This nationally known artist and extremely generous man died last year, but local galleries are still remembering him with exhibits. And his wife, Suzanne Frederiq, is working hard to make sure his work stays out there. Party Girl stopped in on his current exhibit at CafÃ© Des Amis for the opening party, which brought out a who's-who of Breaux Bridge and the art community. Artist Kelly Guidry only had to travel a street over for the opening, while furniture maker Don Brasseaux came from a couple blocks away. Jennifer Grand, Stephanie Patton, Brian Guidry, Kendall and Vergie Banks and Liz Dejean also came out for the show, and cafÃ© owner Dickie Breaux entertained guests at a corner table. Party Girl also got to visit with Maria Ponce de Leon, freshly rested from a trip to Puerto Rico. It was such a lively group that Party Girl didn't want to leave. Not to fret though, Eugene's work will also be on display at CitÃ© Des Arts this Saturday. I'll be there!
Another lively group is the Leadership Lafayette alumni, who gather at LaFonda once a year to catch up. The new class for the following year is usually announced, but since the program is taking a break this year, alums just had more time to visit and sip on some margaritas. Although I'm not a graduate, Party Girl appreciated the invitation and had the chance to visit with Henry Florsheim, Mike Olivier, Katharine Schendel, Greg Daigle, Michelle Izzo and Tom Will. But the highlight of the night was seeing Carleen Castille, fashionably dressed, of course, in a Bohemian outfit that was perfect for summer! Always a pleasure, Carleen.
Party On! ' 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.