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 board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.