PASA’s Annual Golden Gala Wine Auction showcased rare and interesting wines as part of an event that also allows guests to bid on jewelry, art, food, travel opportunities and more. Schilling Distributing was transformed with a French flair by a golden Eiffel Tower that was the event’s centerpiece, twinkling lights, umbrellas, and lots of premium wines on which to bid. Trio del Rio, a local band led by Philip Gould, performed throughout the evening. More than 350 guests sampled delicious gourmet fare from 17 area restaurants. While wine was the main event, Schilling Distributing poured premium beers. Glazer’s of Lafayette, a longtime sponsor of the event, served up wine from its cellars, and martinis flowed throughout the night. The last gavel fell around 10 p.m. on this successful and fun event.
|Judy Swindle, Queen Victoria XVII, and Larry Swindle||Tish and Don Johnson, Prince Albert XVII|
| Renee Borne and Jim Guilbeaux
|Gwen and Ray Dugal
||Jim and Peggy Grace|
|DeeDee Becquet, Helen Smith, Lori Broussard, Debra Crowe, Katy Svendson, Melissa Fleming, Mel Lorio and Claire Thom||Golden Eiffel Tower|
| Irvin and Karin David
||Don and Tish Johnson|
|Elizabeth Bernard and Lara Warren||Janet Wood and Scott Berg|
|Quinnie Coury and Sharon Moss|
The ladies of the Krewe of Victoria presented their royalty lineup for the 2010 Mardi Gras season on a gorgeous evening at Les Saisons at a la Carte. Queen Victoria XVII was Judy Robey Swindle, beautifully dressed in a flowing white garb. Her consort, Prince Albert XVII, Don Johnson, treated the audience to an unexpected and hilarious dance routine with two fellow conspirators, a la ‘Dreamgirls!’ Renee Borne and Jim Guilbeaux were the evening’s announcers dressed as a “saucy wench” and Captain Jack “Soileau,” going along with the pirate theme of this year’s pageant and ball to be held Jan. 8, 2010, dubbed “A Pirate Fantasy.” The dukes and duchesses of the Royal Court were also presented: Dr. Sangeeta and Anil Shah, Drs. Sue and Chuck Lein, Misty and Sam Nightingale, Peggy and Jim Grace, and Gwen and Ray Dugal. Partygoers in evening dress were treated to a delicious buffet dinner afterwards including: Eric’s brisket au jus, chicken with lemon sauce over pasta, eggplant Audrey with seafood topping, Caesar salad, praline yams and assorted tempting desserts. The centerpieces at the tables were crystal bowls of fragrant red roses, since the rose is the symbol of the krewe. The festivities then downshifted as the Hydromatics pumped out a rocking beat and everyone spent the rest of the evening dancing until their tootsies hurt.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.