|A black tie gala on Silver Oak Lane in Broussard’s Vintage Park Development marked the official opening of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Decorator ShowHouse (www.acadianasymphony.org) — with Sally Burdette serving as veteran hostess and thrice chairwoman of the incredibly successful community project and co-chair David Bennett moving non-stop to ensure that all was running smoothly. Speaking of running smoothly, have you seen the 2009 Benz CLS 550? After I got a good a good look at this piece of machinery, thanks to curbside champagne served for the event by Moss Motors under a crisp, clear moonlit night (no wonder attendance exceeded even the highest expectations), I know exactly what I want for Christmas. Once again, a la carte came through with incredible food, and everyone was in true Party Girl fashion, especially the debonair Johnny Abdalla, who raised nearly $9,000 as the official auctioneer of the event. McClain Homes’ Sylvia McClain’s dramatic black silk Teri Jon dress accented by a belt and full skirt with pockets (the same one I’d been eyeing through the window at Moseley & Hollard) got my attention, as did Tish Johnson’s iridescent gold/copper long skirt, top and jacket from Little Town — perfectly accessorized with her Vivian Alexander egg purse. But I have to admit that the highlight of the night was meeting New York-based designer Jeffery McCullough, who was recently voted a top “10 Under 40” designer (he’s 33, thank you!) by New York Spaces magazine, and Lafayette native Tim Allis, former senior editor at InStyle. Talk about big city coming to our little town.
Nobody loves to play dress-up more than Party Girl, so Halloween is one of my favorite personal party picks (plus it’s on Friday night this year, which is even more faBOOlous!) It starts with a trip to Old Vogue, of course, and PG has been known to spend an entire afternoon there because they always make sure I’m lookin’ good. This year, those clever folks at The Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium gave Party Girl’s Halloween plans an early BOOst with the launch of a new fund-raiser — A Night at the Museum — and what a SPOOK-tacular debut! Party Girl couldn’t resist the Dead Silent Auction (love my new set of silver goblets) and a visit with the Gypsy Fortune Teller, who predicted lots of parties in Party Girl’s future. The second-floor exhibit space was so elegant, filled with beautifully decorated cabaret tables for dining (Zea’s food was extraordinary) and the music of the jazz quintet In-Harmony. Gwen Jacobs looked great as a brunette (she found her cute little Halloween headpiece at Koi), and museum staffer Kevin Krantz was perfectly cast as the reporter, complete with trench coat and press card tucked into his fedora. I don’t know who won the costume contest, but my vote would have gone to museum foundation President David Andrus as Beetlejuice, who is so enthusiastic about the new event that he’s headed to a haunted house convention in Florida in a few weeks to get some new ideas. Can’t wait till next year.
Party On! — PG
Adison Norland’s Glenda Delahoussaye and daughter Heather, designers of upstairs bedroom No. 4
Jeffery McCullough, designer of the modern master bedroom, and writer/editor Tim Allis
Tracy Glenn and Bobbijo Vittorio
Regan Guillory, Holly Stelly, Avery Andrus and Aubrey Spisak
Sandra Barrera and Chuck McAdams
Gwen and David Jacob
David and Michelle Andrus
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
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As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
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Acadiana's Top 50 Private Companies
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Hampton Toyota has been serving Acadiana as the premier Toyota dealership for more than 10 years. And now, the glossy Johnston Street dealership is looking forward to a makeover.
Even when Floyd Degueyter is on “vacation” he’s hard at work.
As the second largest metal heat treating company in the country, Analytic Stress Relieving Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1979.
When the Prohibition era came to an end in 1933, Joseph R. Streva saw an opportunity to make a little extra money to supplement his day job.
When a hurricane hits, Brent Mouton doesn’t run. The convenience store chain owner is proof that the challenges of mother nature can almost break a business, but Mouton learned to grow out of temporary closure from near devastation in 2002 and of lost potential revenue.
By launching a Super PAC to end all Super PACs, our Top 50 keynote speaker hopes to change the game in Washington.
The 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Symposium is new to the line up and will debut in early December.
Oil Center-based private facility extends its offerings with special events venue in failed women’s store.
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Newspaper industry insiders question John Georges’ expansion plan.
How the U.S. has gotten itself into another fine mess
The Heymann Center was transformed into a culinary adventure in mid-June for the EatLafayette kick-off event, A Taste of Lafayette, and for the third consecutive year, a sellout crowd filled the Cajundome Convention Center June 19 to hear LEDA chief Gregg Gothreaux’s State of the Economy report.
A look at recent hirings, promotions and other announcements from Acadiana's business community.
Anne Pyle puts a bow on a stellar, expectations-defying career with her latest venture.
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Prince George turns 1 today; crash victims' bodies headed home; homeless attacked in New Mexico and more national and international news for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
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The legal challenge is part of a continuing struggle over Common Core, which has become controversial since the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the standards in 2010.
The company currently has 10 branches throughout Louisiana, including an Ambassador Caffery location which opened last year.