Three years in a row, special event designer Richard Young and his wife Crystall have celebrated the holidays in style. I'd heard rumors of a glowing dance floor, so my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to stop by and see for myself. After guests had arrived and were mingling, they passed through a black tent and specialty dÃ©cor as curtains opened to unveil ... the Youngs' pool transformed into a disco! Let me explain: a clear acrylic platform covered the entire swimming pool with laser lights glowing underneath. To top last year's party, the guests watched awestruck as professional break-dancers bust the first moves on the dance floor. On the guest list attending this soirÃ©e were artist Thad Morgan and his wife Dawn, Gallery 549 owner Don Leblanc, Bruce Odell, Randy Leblanc and renowned local artist Melissa Bonin. The fabulous food was provided by five different caterers, including Pallette Catering of New Orleans. Friends of the Youngs had lots to choose from, and my favorite was the Martini Mashed Potatoes, whipped with spices and served in a martini glass for a very classy combination. At times I had my reservations if the floor could hold all of us, but it did without incident. One thing became crystal clear by the end of the night: Richard and Crystall dazzled their guests. Next time I hear a rumor of special effects at a party, you can bet I'll be there.
Party Girl marked her calendar in advance for Twelfth Night ' Saturday, Jan. 6. For those of you who are still dragging their heels from Christmas and New Year's Eve, it's time to get back into the spirit because Mardi Gras season is here! Another way I get into the Mardi Gras spirit is by eating King Cake. I had my first bite of the scrumptious treat that morning from Keller's Bakeryâ?¦ yummy. On Twelfth Night, the Krewe of Carnivale en Rio brought the spirit of Rio de Janeiro to the Cajundome Convention Center during its second annual Rio Ball. Entertainment by Rio's royal court and live music from suave Latin band Vivaz lasted through the night and into the morning. I've never seen a dance floor this packed. All were especially amused with this year's theme, "Circus de Rio." The krewe members and their guests performed a variety of acrobatics and gymnastics during their indoor parade, including flying trapeze acts ' wow, what a show! By the time breakfast was served, this party-going acrobat was ready to rest up for all the Mardi Gras festivities on the horizon!
Party On! ' PG
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
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.