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.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
Fiery style for game day
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Google vs. Amazon in drone race; more deaths in Syria; Russia escalates Ukraine conflict and more national and international news for Friday, August 29, 2014.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
Three bedroom Port Barre cottage or three bedroom historic district Opelousas home
No laboring for shoppers this holiday
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage