|Bill Fenstermaker and Congressman Charles Boustany||Kirby Pecot and Bill Fenstermaker|
|Nan Briggs||Linda and Joe Broussard, whose father co-founded Washington Mardi Gras with Sen. Russell Long|
|Mayor President Joey Durel offers a Twelfth Night Toast||Linda Allen, King Williams and his wife Ann Fenstermaker|
|The Twelfth Night Revelers at Village Cafe||Clay and Linda Allen|
|Bill and Ann Fenstermaker and Brent Stolzenthaler||Bill Hakeman and Debbie Sonnier|
|Adrian Fulton and Lynn Breaux||Caricature artist Adrian Fulton sketches|
|Luddita Salama, Jace Fogelman and Meagan Cameron||Penny and Marion Edwards|
Tradition holds that Twelfth Night (Jan. 6) marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. Although few local krewes celebrate this transition of holidays (also known as The Night of the Epiphany), Party Girl has a solemn vow to self: either find a group of revelers to share a Twelfth Night toast or organize one. This year I was delighted to join a small gathering at The Village Café in River Ranch in honor of the 62nd king of Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras, Bill Fenstermaker, and his gracious wife, Ann. Turns out Jan. 6 is also King William’s birthday, which made for a festive gathering indeed. Following Mayor President Joey Durel’s proclamation prepared for the occasion, Bill held forth on plans for his weekend reign over The Mystic Krewe of Louisianians, who convene annually in our nation’s capital (coincidentally, this weekend). In lieu of any traditional gifts bestowed on the king, Bill has requested that donations be made to the Community Foundation of Acadiana. The chairman of this year’s ball, Congressman Charles Boustany, and his wife, Bridgett, enjoyed the chicken-and-sausage gumbo, Veuve Cliquot champagne and amaretto walnut king cake, along with the krewe’s senior lieutenant, Joe Broussard, and his wife, Linda, Ed and Roxanne Breaux, Linda and Clay Allen, Nan and Don Briggs, Brent Stolzenthaler, among others. The café was the perfect place for a Twelfth Night fête. Maybe Chef Jude Tauzin will make it an annual affair.
Although it was Penny Edwards’ fourth annual Christmas party, it was the first year Party Girl made the guest list, and hopefully it will not be the last! The vibrant yoga instructor (and wife of Marion Edwards) opened up her wonderfully festive Le Triomphe home to many of her students and friends, who sipped champagne and nibbled on caviar while waiting for the evening’s elegant musical performance. Sopranos Luddita Salama (one of Penny’s students) and Meagan Cameron joined young tenor Jace Fogleman (a close family friend) for a one-hour classical program of holiday selections from around the world. Both Luddita and Jace were celebrating CD releases (coincidentally, it was the same day Marion’s brother Edwin released his 631-page biography), and all three talented singers gave captivating performances. Bravo!
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more national and international news for today, April 24, 2014:
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
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After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.