Where do the singles mingle on Friday afternoons? Normally I stop by
Lounge after a long day at the office, and on a recent Friday the party
was already in progress. On Feb. 22, my gal pal Katie Ferguson turned
28. I recall one of my conversations with Katie that every birthday will
be an annual gathering for her friends and family (I already have my
calendar marked for 2009), so, same place, same time, right Katie?
Getting a head start on the evening, Party Girl ordered her favorite:
dirty martini. At least 25 of Katie’s friends and family were happily
greeting all who entered Lounge and of course singing to the birthday
girl every chance they had. I stopped counting the number of times I
heard “Happy Birthday” around 7 p.m., when I had to excuse myself for my
Friday night date. I don’t know what time Katie’s party ended, but I do
know birthdays are the best excuse to get all of the attention!
The next Friday, more than 70 works by local, regional, and national artists went on view Feb. 29 at Frame Shop & Gallery 912 in the Oil Center. The art — incorporating pressed-tin ceiling tiles salvaged from the old Heymann’s Department Store in downtown Lafayette — is being sold to benefit the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. A few of the artists participating in this exhibit include Ramsey Ayers, Lisa Ayres, Scott Bailey, Steven Breaux, Joellen Breakfield, Sidney Creaghan, Thomas Emmerson, Donald LeBlanc, Bhi C. Wooley, Kristy Caldwell, Troy Broussard and Christopher LaBauve. The opening reception was a huge success — almost $5,000 was raised for CMA that night. And exhibit coordinator Deborah Norsworthy has since told me that more tiles have been sold since the opening night. “This beautiful, diverse, imaginative exhibit shows what a treasure Acadiana has in its artistic community, not only in talent, individual vision, and the high level of the work, but in the community spirit of the artists,” says Norsworthy. “I am very moved by these people’s supportiveness and generosity, especially that of Gallery 912 director Roger Laurent, who donated his space, his time, and his materials. He treated this project as if it were his own.” The Tile Exhibit display continues through March 29 and will soon be shown at the Big Easel in River Ranch before journeying over to Jefferson Street Market in May.
Speaking of journeys, when the beautiful Alicia Burleigh told Party Girl that she and Allison Herrera were heading to New York for one of their fashion market trips, I was envious. After all, Alicia and I have something in common — we both have great taste in clothes. But I haven’t been lucky enough to meet Lauren Conrad. Alicia met the reality TV show star turned fashion designer on a previous New York buying trip for her store, Alicia’s clothier in the Oil Center. Conrad first appeared on the MTV reality-based series Laguna Beach; when she and her friends graduated high school the series ended and MTV followed Lauren to Los Angeles where she attends fashion school and works at Teen Vogue. She also has a very successful new television series called The Hills. Alicia and Allison are fans of this good girl in Hollywood, and got a special invitation to Conrad’s first runway show in Los Angeles on March 11 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. “She is very sweet and is such a positive role model for my young daughters. We are all excited by her success!” says Allison. Alicia and Allison loved Lauren’s new line of California chic dresses and tops and placed one of the first orders. Since Alicia’s in the Oil Center is an exclusive retailer of the Lauren Conrad line, looks like Party Girl won’t have to travel far to get one of Conrad’s designs.
Party On! — PG
Amy Guidry and Deborah Norsworthy
Bonnie Camos, Kelly Guidry, Gabe Mills and Rosie Turpie
Amy Guidry and Kathy Mere
Alicia Burleigh, Lauren Conrad and Allison Herrara
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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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
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.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.