Because great parties are so much fun, people often forget that it involves an awful lot of hard work. Andrew Bellard, Kenny Ritter and Neil Faulkner were the hosts with the most when they threw a Feb. 9 engagement party for friends Erin Bellard and Craig Ashbaugh. This party started like most — a couple of cocktails, nibbles and of course casual conversations, but by the end of the party the guys were fighting for the feather boas. Who would have thought boas would be the couple’s most popular souvenir out of all of the other party favors! Erin and Craig enjoyed their engagement party immensely, especially having their closest relatives and friends around. Among the guests were Jane and Glenn Bellard (parents of the bride), Nicholas and Julie Bellard, Kevin and Jennifer Bellard, Lauren Bellard (maid of honor and sister of the bride), Robin and Chuck Langlinais, Bethany Bazare (matron of honor), Marie Morehizer (grandmother of the bride), C.J. Ashbaugh (brother of the groom and best man), Douglas Ashbaugh (father of the groom), Huey and Verna Romero, John Morehiser and Sherry and Kevin Stutes. Thanks guys, the party was a blast. Hope you don’t mind if I just attend the wedding reception, because I know that’s going to be quite the shindig!
Party Girl knows a promise should never be broken — especially when it comes to making a promise that local R&B/hip-hop sensation Cupid will be visiting your school. Students at Cathedral-Carmel were ecstatic when their principal told them if they raised more than $110,000 selling magazines, their hard work would be rewarded with an appearance by Cupid. Guess what, they did it. Congratulations, CCS! Party Girl can’t think of anything better than having my very own “Cupid Shuffle” Party. I am so jealous, but I guess being a bystander wasn’t a bad deal after all. Cupid has Party Girl’s stamp of approval after he told the kids to stay in school and get a good education, which has been the foundation of his career. Cupid also promised the parents that it was his responsibility to keep his music “clean” for the today’s kids.
In serious fashion, Pierre Vimont, France’s ambassador to the United States, made his first official visit to Louisiana on Feb. 21 and 22. Of course, I already adore anyone who comes from the land of Givenchy, Yves Saint-Laurent and Comme-des-Garçon, but I loved Vimont even more when he told Gov. Bobby Jindal and many Francophone groups that France has donated more than $20 million to Louisiana since the storms of 2005. Representing Acadiana at the event were Bernard and Francoise de Reynies, Agnes Capello, Philippe Gustin, John Hernandez III, Warren A. Perrin, Karel Roynette and Collin and Muriel Castille.
Party On! — PG
Rod Latiolais and Neil Faulkner
Craig Ashbaugh, the groom-to-be opening his presents
Neil Faulkner, Andrew Bellard, Rod Latiolais, Yvette Monteleone and Ken Ritter
Cupid demonstrating the “Cupid Shuffle” to the CCS students
Principal-elect Kay Aillet, Cupid, and Vice Principal Greg Dubois
John Hernandez III, president of the Francophone section of the Louisiana Bar; Karel Roynette, French attorney and intern; Pierre Vimont, French Ambassador to the United States; and Warren A. Perrin, president of CODOFIL.
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.
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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.