|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!
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.