|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!
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
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A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Marijuana source of disputes for HOAs; experts say still safe to fly; Russian-supported attacks on Ukraine and more national and international news for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
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Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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