Polyester, live music and a little liquor have one thing in common — let the competitions begin! Ever since I went to my first Polyester Power Hour Party I have been a sucker for ’70s costumes and boogying down. Outdoing my costume each year has been a difficult task when half of Lafayette rents costumes every year at the same time. Luckily Party Girl always has a back-up plan. The PO-HO — as the 99.9 KTDY crew calls it — always takes place on the Friday before Mardi Gras at NiteTown downtown. The KTDY ’70s Retro Extravaganza packed the house. Live music was provided by Krossfyre and special guest Connie Garrett doing her famous Tina Turner Tribute. NiteTown was transformed into a ’70s disco-hippie wonderland, and highlights of the evening included a Polyester Power Hour ’70s Costume Contest. The Grand Prize was a Travel Machine Cruise for two funkadelic people to travel on the CJ & Debbie Ray Sail-away 2009 aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas — oh, I am so there! Mitch and Karen Trahan won the contest dressed as Gilligan and Mary Ann from the TV show Gilligan’s Island. The couple accessorized with a small white transistor radio (like the Skipper had) transformed into an mp3 player that played the Gilligan’s Island theme song. Ginger, the Professor, the Howells and an SS Minnow Life Preserver were also included in the festivities. KTDY personalities CJ Clements, Debbie Ray, Steve Wiley, JayCee, Shelley Lynne and special guest Bernadette Lee greeted “Poly Po Ho” fans from the stage, throwing T-shirts and collectible Mardi Gras beads from Beads Galore into the crowd. No one should miss The Polyester Power Hour Party; this is a place to throw back your hair and strut your groovy stuff! Party Girl will catch you on the flip side; can you dig it?
Switching gears to a more subdued setting I ventured to Grant Street on Thursday, Feb. 21, to hear and witness the soulful melodies of the subdudes. This intimate evening was part of Louisiana Crossroads’ Season 8 lineup. Grant Street overflowed with more than 350 guests, resulting in a sold-out performance for the Crescent-City-by-way-of-Colorado quintet. The V.I.P. party was held right before the show, and it was the perfect time for Party Girl to rub elbows with all the socialites in town. And besides Party Girl had to get a good seat! Among the guests there were Ann Savoy, Jim McGehee, Ed and Elaine Abell, Jerry Ramsay, Steve Pruett and Paula Pruett. I also spotted Greg David of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living handing out lots of smoke-free schwag! Don’t miss Louisiana Crossroad’s season finale on March 14 (featuring Sue Foley and this week’s cover girl Barbara Lynn) at Grant Street Dancehall. Party Girl wouldn’t miss the finale for the world! Party On! — PG
Bo Ramsay, Michael Morton, Jim McGehee, Ed and Elaine Abell
Gerald Breaux and Helen Gardiner
Jennifer and Todd Mouton and Dave Maraist
Jerry Ramsay, Elaine Abell and Jen Mouton
Jim and Penny McGehee, Coury and Sarah Moss, Flo Meadows and John Bernhardt
Mike Mitchell, Sarah Mitchell, Brad DeHart and Don Begnaud
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.