|Summer was not about to end until Party Girl hit the floor with the Krewe of Rio. In fantastico Rio style, the krewe threw a “Flamingo Revue” at the Petroleum Club for its fourth annual members-only Rio Sambada. Wheeled out on Brazilian drums were the new King Dom Pedro and Queen Isabel IV, Cyrus Champagne and Kelley Gauthreaux. They shared a toast with past kings Pete Nicolosi, Warren Shepherd and Larry Comeaux and past queens Rebecca Bernhard, Clara Mosing and Gayle Milam. When it was time to choose the new Rio court, Queen Isabel invited Party Girl to come up and spin the lottery basket. I reached in and selected 10 lucky new Corte Real members: Darrin Babineaux, Ashley Dugas, H.L. Huffman, Bill Lukasko, Art Price, Dawn Quirk, Jeff Riggs, Judy Swindle, Doug Trahan and Keith Trahan. I must have pulled some good names because then that party really got going! I hope to be back with the Krewe of Rio when its Rio Parada rolls on Valentine’s Day 2009.
Board members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, along with sponsors and special guests, gathered at Zea restaurant to celebrate the kick-off of the 25th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner event. The event this year will be held Oct. 9 at the Cajundome Convention Center. Enjoying the kick-off party was Lynn Lejeune, director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana; Karmen Blanco of Cox Communications; Bonnie White of Superior Manufacturing & Hydraulics; and BGCA board volunteer Elisabeth Arnold. Also present was Dale Miniex, Robert Michalk, Bryan and Janet Courville, Angie Doyle of TMC Foods/Popeyes, Vickie and Patrick Patout of Gulf Coast Bank and Susan Fisher. Judy Briscoe of Home Bank and Danny Jones of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open also joined Boys & Girls Clubs’ Executive Director Arlene Armentor-Bonner in celebrating the kick-off of the Silver Anniversary of the Steak & Burger Dinner. By reserving a table for the Oct. 9 event, you’ll help impact the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana — a sure way to bring happiness to a child and nosh the best steaks and burgers you’ll ever eat.
Party. Early Christmas Shopping. Good Cause.Google these words and “Tinsel and Treasures” pops up. I just received my invitation to the kickoff preview party, and because this is such a great event, the excitement of what to wear, who will be there and what they will be wearing gets me all “tinsely.”
Last year’s cocktail dresses were bursting with colors of coral and apple green, and I could have been mistaken but Naomi Maraist seemed to be prancing around in a beautiful pair of silver Manolo Blahnik shoes. This season the new black is purple (in a big way), rose, mulberry, pearl grey and shades of creamy vanilla. Last year we should all have paid special attention to the wonderful necklace that Jeannie Patton wore that evening — that girl knows how to accessorize. And, more important, she was ahead of this season’s big trend, which is chunky necklaces and bold bangles. After my recent skim through the September issue of Vogue, brooches are back as well.
With more than 130 vendors selling everything from clothes, jewelry, decorative home items and food, I am sure to get something for myself and get some early Christmas shopping done. This year marks the 15th anniversary for the event, an annual holiday shopping extravaganza sponsored by the Junior League of Lafayette. I like to call this event my birthday party with a little guilt-free shopping because it defines who I am as Party Girl, and the shopping is for a good cause. These ladies know how to throw a party, and I promise to be there all night checking out who’s hot — and who’s not.
Party On! - Party S. Girl
James and Marie Reinhardt cut a rug at the fourth annual Rio Sambada.
Elisabeth Arnold and Angie Doyle
Judy Briscoe, Danny Jones and Arlene Armentor-Bonner
Lynn Lejeune, Karmen Blanco, Bonnie White and Jamila Prejean
Vickie and Patrick Patout and Susan Fisher
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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 vibe of the tribe done modern
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.
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.
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