Spring time brings a bounty of outdoor gatherings, and Party Girl was delighted in late March when more than 200 VIPs and special guests strolled around the Houmas House Plantation gardens awaiting the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ 2008 Humanities Awards Ceremony. The plantation in Darrow was in full bloom, and I highly recommend the short trip for an afternoon visit. One of the event’s honorees was Darrell Bourque, a resident of St. Landry Parish, who was named Louisiana’s Poet Laureate by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco. His award was presented by Michael Sartisky, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. Another esteemed honoree was Ellis Marsalis, the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, professor, and patriarch of New Orleans’ renowned family of musicians. Marsalis was named Humanist of the Year; the award was presented by Henry C. Lacey, LEH board member. Keeping still for too long has never been Party Girl’s best feature, but listening to all of the nice comments about these distinguished honorees made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Elsewhere, on March 27, Emily Marine and Mallory Chastant created their own ceremony by celebrating the opening of River Ranch’s newest retail addition, Vinyl. No, not records, but a modern sign concept place; Emily and Mallory, owners of Vinyl, provide services from printing on canvas, static cling (sounds like Party Girl’s worst nightmare) and wall covering materials. The grand opening was in conjunction with the first Rhythms on the River concert series. I saw at least 65 of their family and friends stop by to wish them well. You go girls! “We were overjoyed with the turnout of people for the grand opening,” says Emily. “We will continue to have pre-Rhythms on the River get-togethers each week.” “I like that you can walk in here, relax, and not be afraid to be creative,” notes Jim Keaty of Keaty Real Estate. Party Girl looks forward to seeing y’all again soon at Vinyl and other fabulous party spots in town!
Party On! — PG
Michael Sartisky, Ellis Marsalis, LEH Humanist of the Year, and Henry C. Lacey, LEH board member
Michael Sartisky, Endowment for the Humanities president and executive director, and Dr. Darrell Bourque, Poet Laureate of Louisiana
Emily Marine, Mallory Chastant, Easton Hebert and Mary Domingue
Joey Durel, Lynne Durel and Dr. Harold Chastant
Joey Durel, Mallory Chastant and Emily Marine
Robin Hebert, Easton Hebert, Mary Beth Perkins and Sam Perkins
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.
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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
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Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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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
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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.