Leave it to Crystall and Richard Young and the creative crew at Event Rental to throw an over-the-top holiday party with a sexy goth theme. Searchlights led guests deep within River Ranch to the Youngs’ coven, which was covered in dark draperies with strategic spotlighting to complete the spooky theme. Partygoers decked out in black frocks and fangs, with a few vamps in red, to dance the night away over the plexiglass-covered pool. Rocking ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds belted out party faves from the decade of decadence to the packed house. From behind red backlit bars, fetchingly-clad bartenders poured libations to the thirsty crowd. It was truly a “bewitching” evening!
Julie and Barry Bleichner’s River Ranch abode was the locale of their lively annual ornament exchange party. Julie outdid herself with the décor this year, decking the halls, doorways, balconies and mantels with gorgeous gold garlands, sparkling white lights and glittery delights. Ginger Doucet cooked up a delicious garlicky pork tenderloin, a scrumptious brie baked in puffed pastry topped with homemade praline sauce, and a spicy shrimp dip, while Stacy Lee whipped up an exquisite white chocolate bread pudding dessert. Once the exchange began, there was plenty of good-natured (and heated) swapping and stealing. The most oft-exchanged ornament was the realistic mini armadillo acquired by Tom Swett at a specialty shop in Texas.
Beautiful music and festively decorated homes put patrons in the holiday mood at Music and Merriment, benefitting UL Lafayette School of Music scholarships. As guests toured Kent Byron’s elegant River Ranch home, tastefully decorated by Jeffrey McCullough, they were treated to the soothing sounds of a jazz ensemble. At Dr. Maria and Nicholas Doucet’s stately-columned residence, the resounding voices of UL’s chorale echoed from the staircase and upstairs loft. Further down at Babette and Fred Werner’s spectacular riverside estate, decked out for the season by Jody’s of Lafayette, an intimate group of singers belted out traditional Christmas carols.
Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate held an elegant Christmas party at Abacus for owners, agents, business contacts and guests. The festive gathering filled the entire facility from the boisterous bar to white table-clothed dining room to the dance floor. Abacus served up plenty of delicious dishes, including spinach and artichoke dip served with garlic butter croutons and crawfish and corn pasta. Assorted desserts consisted of Christmas petit fours, lemon squares and bread pudding bites.
|Bob Pastor (in spider hat), Janice Copeland
and Ed Lanza
|Janie and Mike Campbell|
|Olivia and Jady Regard||Richard and Crystall Young|
|Monroe Stevenson||Sharon Moss, Julie Calzone and Stacy Lee|
|The Molly Ringwalds||Harry and Shirlen Stansbury|
|Ginger Doucet, Tom Swett and
|Joanna Swett and Barry Bleichner|
|Dean and JoLynn Cole||Fred and Babette Werner|
|Julie Bleichner and Bonnie Ritter||Kent Byron|
|Paula Dronet and Beth Jaschke||Beth Barber, Kim King and Teri Desormeaux|
|Craig and Jennifer Pugliese, Vernon Moret
and Beverly Davis
|Mike and Harriet Lofton, and Angie
and Hammy Davis
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Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.