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
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
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Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
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Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.