Jane Debaillion and Carole D'Amico standing with Denise Chapman, Margie McClendon and Debbie Moret
Mary Callaway and Sue Golden
Jeanie Rush and friends in their Vail flea market finds
Karen Hail, Linda Terry and Brenda Curtis
Cameron Foreman as The Mad Hatter
Ready to Compete for Most Beautiful Hat Prizes
The annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon is at the top of the list of Party Girl’s favorite rites of spring. It’s one of many annual fund-raisers for the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League, and founder Mimi Prevost still remembers how it all started, 20 years ago, when she rounded up vintage hats, spats and other accessories from her grandmother’s, grandfather’s and mother’s closets to start a new tradition. Mimi eventually donated her heirlooms to UL. They are still available for loan on request, but each year the ladies build upon that inspired memory by making new treasures of their own. Some can whip them up at the drop of a….well, hat. Sue Golden, who often wins best of show, used a door wreath this year to make her show-stopping sensation. Rose Cormier added a red feather boa to a non-descript chapeau for her fabulous creation. Jeanie Rush snatched up linen floppy-brimmed hats from a flea market in Vail to share with her table of friends. The group got together for a party and voila! A little organza, a few silk flowers and a glue gun and you’d think they were a designer’s handiwork. Having a party to decorate the bonnets before the luncheon seems to be a common strategy. Just ask the cat ladies, the flappers and the peacock-feathered flock — just a few of the many themes for this year’s chic chapeaux. The MidSouth Bank table was heard brainstorming a money theme for next year’s competition. The City Club was the venue, and the food was excellent. Good thing they cut the chocolate mousse cake in half because I ate it all (one of Party Girl’s well-informed table mates estimated a whole one at 700 calories). After a peek at spring fashions, courtesy of the Lemon Drop Boutique, the lovely League ladies headed out in their haberdashery to enjoy the rest of an absolutely gorgeous spring day.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.