Lawyers, judges and friends gathered at Lafayette Bar Association’s beautifully decorated Johnston Street headquarters for its packed-to-capacity Christmas party. Servers from á la carte passed around fabulous hors d’oeuvres, and partygoers got in the holiday spirit with libations from the open bar and wine/champagne table. Kenny Oliver’s festive Christmas tie and Ed Marquet’s tiger-flocked purple shirt topped the best-dressed list for the fête.
Artists and art lovers gathered at the Lafayette Art Association’s gallery on East St. Mary Boulevard for its fabulous holiday social. Guests mingled and perused local artisans’ works, including watercolors, oils, photographs, metals, glass and jewelry. A highlight was the tribute to watercolor painter Sara Parker (“Sparker”) lovingly sung by the association to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Cars lined up around the block for the annual All-Female Open House hosted by Barbara Black, Helen Mendel Barnes and Sylvia Lowe. Black’s beautiful Twin Oaks home was the venue for this year’s boisterous event attended by well-dressed ladies from Lafayette and beyond. Wowing the crowd were Janie Campbell in a striking red fur-lined coat, Eleanor Patout in her classic mink and bejeweled handbag, and hostess Barnes in a rich burgundy velvet ensemble.
Brian Derouen and Maggie Simar
Greg Daigle, and Kenny and Cindy Oliver
Kenny Oliver, Claire Oliver and Cindy Oliver
Larry Curtis, Blake David and Miles Matt
Martha Falterman, Gail Wolf, Marlene Milam and Phyllis Weitzel Giordano
Carolyn Carlon, Kathy Prejean and Camilla Drobish
Eleanor Patout, hostess Sylvia Lowe and Karen Hardy
Janie Campbell and Martha Abshire
Julie Roy and Lisa Cross
Karen Lippman and Peggy Giglio
Linda Henshaw, Katie Vincent, Camille Domingue and Debbie Mahoney
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.