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Pam's Party Line: Music makes the party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Mozart on the Lake' --- At the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Mozart on the Lake' evening at White Oak Plantation are, from left, sponsors Dr. Jonathan and Yolunda Taylor, music director Timothy Muffitt, event chairwoman Betty Schwartzberg and Executive Director Cary Byrd.

In a little less than 24 hours I went from ABBA to Mozart last week. The Mozart was courtesy of the Baton Rouge Symphony; ABBA courtesy of the Emerge Center. Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation was the setting for the symphony’s Mozart on the… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: For love of the children

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fur Ball --- Royal court members for the fourth annual Fur Ball are, seated, Nadine Carter Russell and Duchess Abby; and, standing, Brien Buxton and Queen Tullulah Jane, Chadwick Kenny-Possa and King Cobalt; Hunt Odom and Countess Chloe; Jenni Peters and Baron Spike; Margo Mathews and Baroness Gretl; Susan Nickel and Duke Harry, and Randy del Rio and Earl Mikey.

I need to start this week’s column by apologizing to Travis McLavy, who won the award for Most Graceful at this year’s Dancing for Big Buddy. She and professional dancer River Peterson were accidentally left out of the story recapping that exciting night. This week’s party scene includes… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Parties keep us going day & night

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON ---  'Always & Forever'--- On hand to congratulate the St. Elizabeth Foundation's Pam Kinamore Award recipient Jim George, right, are Hays and Gay Town and wife Judy George.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I hope you got breakfast in bed and that the rest of your day is relaxing. Events day and night filled the past week’s busy social calendar, so let’s get right to the fun. Jim George received the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: ‘A Carousel of Pearls’

Photo provided by Miles Photography --- 'A Carousel of Pearls' --- Presented at the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha's annual Debutante Cotillion & Spring Ball are, from left, Johnna Alise Johnson, JLynzia Malaya Glover, Lezli Denise Slaughter, Biaunka Nichole Robinson, Kourtney Trénelle Jackson, Tamara Kay Fluker, Tayler Jalise Fort and Maya Alexis Kleinpeter.

Sixteen young women were presented by the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at its annual Debutante Cotillion and Spring Ball on March 28 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Welcoming the 400 guests and leading them in a toast was President Chandra Stacie. Michelle McCalope served as mistress of ceremonies… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Hop to it

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'It's Showtime!' --- Serving on this year's Best Dressed Ball committee are, from left, Mandy Samson, M'Elaine Booth, American Cancer Society Development Director Jessica Gagliano, Lindsay Madatic, Chairwoman Marsha Baker, Tanya Toups, Kristen Bell, Janae Giblin and Meghann Tullos.

The past week was so busy I seriously contemplated confiscating my granddaughter’s new rollerblades to get me around, but figured I’d end up with something broken so I party-hopped the old-fashion way and made all my appointed rounds. A new venue, the Baton Rouge River Center, provided just… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Afternoon Delights

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Scholarship Tea --- At the Baton Rouge Opera Guild's spring Scholarship Tea are officers, from left, Connie Smith, Pat Felder, Cassie Felder, Peggy Catsikis and Jackie Creaghan.

Last week was nirvana for local opera fans with two afternoons of arias. LSU Voice Professor Robert Grayson led attendees of the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s spring tea in singing “Happy Birthday” to veteran member Ann Keogh April 15 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. It… Continue reading →

It’s time to party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- PCAL luncheon --- At Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana's third annual Community Engagement Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel April 1 are, from left, board President Lana Crump;  Karen Fournet; Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services; Dr. Vincent Felitti; Alice Greer; and Executive Director Amanda Brunson.

Easter and spring break slowed down the social scene in and around the Capital City, but now it’s back to full speed ahead and the calendar’s packed from now until the end of May. We all needed to rest up for all the fun headed our way. That said, there were a few events on our… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Be in the know, now!

Photo provided by EILEEN B. KENNEDY ---- Community Service Award ---  Presenting Mary F. Thompson, center, with the AARP Mid-Town Louisiana Chapter  No. 5433's annual Community Service Award at its April 2 meeting are AARP Louisiana Director Jewel Constance, left, and chapter President Eileen Kennedy. Thompson was recognized for coordinating the chapter's service/outreach activity serving meals every second Friday of the month at the Society of St. Vincent dePaul Dining Room.

Planning an event? Want to know what’s happening on the Baton Rouge social scene? Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at http://theadvocate.com/columnists/pambordelon/8530318-123/pams-party-calendar. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital photos should be emailed to pbordelon@theadvocate.com. Hard… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Delights of spring

Photo provided by JEAN BROWN --- Women's Ministry --- At the Women's Ministry of Florida Boulevard Baptist Church's annual Women's Tea are, from left, committee members Suzanne Anderson and Karen Crawford, featured speaker Judi Jackson, associate dean of students and coordinator of women's programs at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; ministry director Dianne Miller; and committee members Valerie Daniel and Vickie Abshire.

I hope you and yours had a blessed Easter. Things are rather quiet this week, what with schools out for spring break. But the social scene quickly heats up the next week. The McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center holds its second annual Sips & Suds champagne and beer stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Gala honors Greek alumni

Photo provided by CLARA WILLIAMS --- Happi Llandiers --- Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Happi Llandiers at its Feb. 28 Founders' Banquet at the Happi Llandiers Community Center in St. Francisville are board members, from left, Greta Scales, Director Helen Whitfield, Sarah Williams, Elijah Lewis, Clara Williams, Mary Henderson and Thelma Minor.

Twenty-nine individuals were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their communities, their professions and their fraternity or sorority at the 11th annual Greek Excellence Gala at the LSU Royal Cotillion Ballroom March 5. The gala is part of the Greek Excellence Program designed to celebrate the accomplishments of LSU Greek alumni as well as serve as a… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Fun is in the air

Photo provided by SHELIA JUNEAU  --- Bishop's Day --- At the annual Bishop's Day celebration luncheon March 15 at Boudreaux's are, from left, Bishop Robert W. Muench; St. Joseph Apprentices Don and Janice Aucoin, Jackie Kreutzer, Jane Skerkoske, Heather Kirk-Ballard and Goldie Domingue;  Community Award recipient Pat Shingleton; and the Rev. Paul Counce, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Three huge events are taking place in the Capital City on Thursday night — Our Lady of Lake Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala featuring Huey Lewis & the News, the 20th annual Women Chefs’ Showoff benefiting the Iris Domestic Violence Center and the LSU Museum of Art’s 10th anniversary Masquerade on the Mississippi.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Signs of Spring

Photo by GARY DOBBS --- 'Wearin' of the Green' --- Melissa Parmalee, Jenny Peters and Pam Bordelon, from left, at the 30th annual 'Wearin' of the Green' St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was live streamed on TheAdvocate.com.

Spring is here! And not a moment too soon. We got an early taste at the 30th anniversary of the “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend. Thanks to Melissa Parmalee for being my sidekick for The Advocate’s live streaming webcast of all the festivities and to our sponsors: Varsity Sports, Goodwood… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: It was an honor

Photo provided by RICHARD VLOSKY --- Phi Kappa Phi --- At the 85h annual Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Induction Ceremony are student vice presidents, from left, Emily Hodges, Deepthi DeSilva, Clay Hyde, Stephanie Sharuga, Thu Nguyen, Davis Cowles, Madaline King and Jonathan Aker.

LSU’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society held its 85th annual Awards and Induction Ceremony Feb. 24 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Keynote speaker for the ceremony, presided over by chapter President Richard Vlosky, was LSU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Duples s is. Students receiving awards were… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 4, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Burger Bash --- At the Big Buddy Burger Bash are, front from left, Little Buddies Tylon Kent and Aniyhya Foster; and, back, Rhonda Loy, Keaton Koch, Brett Vidrine, Emily Caruso and Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack.

Pals, presidential welcome, perennial prof
Catholic High was the place to be on the night of Feb. 24 as students from CHS and St. Joseph’s Academy teamed up with the Big Buddy Program for the 25th annual Big Buddy Burger Bash.
Burger Bash
The aroma of grilling burgers filled the lunch room as Little Buddies, students and supporters turned out for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Sweethearts --- 2015 Beta Sigma Phi Sweethearts are, from left, Sally Ann Collins, Dixie Gregory, Linda Grabski, Bobbie Ramsey and Anna Marie Burns.

The first week made for a slow social calendar but that’s OK, it gave us all time to catch our breaths after a whirlwind Carnival season. We don’t get to rest too long, though. Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at theadvocate.com see what’s coming up. For all they did for… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 25, 2015

Photo provided by NEIL ANN PARKS --- French Friends --- At the Friends of French Studies at LSU annual dinner meeting are, from left, Jacqueline Labat, CODOFIL President William Arceneaux, Allison Roark and CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque.

N eil Ann Parks was elected president of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at its 18th annual dinner meeting Feb. 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Special guests were Stacia Haynie, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Studies, and Jill Roshto, former director of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Great Performers --- At the VIP gala prior to the Baton Rouge Symphony's Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert featuring Johnny Mathis are, from left, Debbie and Julio Dumas, Alice Kronenberger, Becky and Jack Harris, Paula and Jack de la Bretonne, Rena and Todd Ledet, Leslie and Scott Berg and Diane and Johnny Tate.

This Valentine’s is one I’ll never forget. It started out in Spanish Town and ended up with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Irene & C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert. BRSO Executive Director Cary Byrd promised a magical evening and everyone involved delivered. Great Performers More than a few of us got “Misty” listening… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 18, 2015

Photo provided by JENNIFER MAYER --- CASA leaders --- At a Jan. 22 reception following their election to the Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association are Vice Chairman Reginald Brown, left, and Chairwoman Deborah Lamb.

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association officially welcomed its 2015 board of directors and newly trained volunteers at a swearing-in ceremony Jan. 22 conducted by Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson. These individuals will work to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care in the East Baton… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Feb. 8, 2015

This week we go from the frivolity of Spanish Town Mardi Gras to the humbleness of 12 amazing volunteers to the brave “Champions for Change,” so let’s get started.St. Valentine’s Day Masquerade Several thousand party-goers filled the River Center Exhibition Hall Jan. 31 for the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball. Reigning over the festivities as the Queen of Hearts was Johanna… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Calendar

Welcome’s to Pam’s Party Calendar! We hope this information makes your event planning easier. In an effort to prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night, competing for the same fundraising dollar, we’re trying to maintain a comprehensive list of all upcoming nonprofit fundraisers and related events in the Greater Baton Rouge area. We’ve even… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Roasting the ‘Pols’

Photo provided by LEO HONEYCUTT --- Politicians beware! --- Madly working on this year's Gridiron script are, from left, Marji and Mike Hasten, Marsha Shuler and Leo Honeycutt.

Politicians beware! Members of the Capitol Correspondents Association are currently writing the scripts for this year’s Gridiron. The scribes include The Advocate’s Marsha Shuler, Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt and Gannett News’ Mike Hasten, and my sources tell me their pens and wits are extra sharp this… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 25, 2015

You know Mardi Gras in the Capital City is in full swing once you start seeing lots of pink. It means the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe, better known as Spanish Town Mardi Gras, is starting to party, and no one does it better. Spanish Town Royalty The Lyceum was awash in a sea of pink for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Jan. 21, 2015

Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT --- Women's Council --- At the Women's Council of Greater Baton Rouge's installation luncheon are, from left, Kristina Shapiro, Karen Vingiello, Sydney LeJeune and Dee Mather-Muenzler.

Karen Vingiello was sworn in as president of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge at its installation luncheon Jan. 8 at First Methodist Church. Also taking the oath of office from past President Kr istina Shapiro were Secretary Penny Stobaugh, Treasurer Mary Beth Groze, assistant… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 18, 2015

Freezing temps tried to damper the 15th annual Laurel Street Palooza Jan. 9, but it takes more than an arctic blast to slow down the party scene here in the Capital City. Several hundred brave and heavily bundled souls turned out for the Arts Council of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Meet the new members LSU’s Public Administration Institute’s honor society

Photo provided by JOSHUA DUPLECHAIN --- Honors Banquet --- At the LSU Public Administration Institute Student Association Honors Banquet Dec. 12 are, from left, Charles Brown, Ellice Richardson and PAI Director Jim Richardson.

Christmas came early for several graduates of LSU’s Public Administration Institute. Inducted in to Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for public affairs and administration were Cameron Golden, Drew Larose, Jasemane Brown and Crystal Carter, who was also presented with the David B. Johnson Outstanding Student Award at the December honors banquet at… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Making Merry

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Mix & Mingle --- Standing in front of Forum 35's new logo are board members, from left, President Eric Dexter, Tori Thomas, Kasey Henry, Melissa Parmalee, Jason Hijuelos, Jennifer Dyer, Kelly Glymph, Kenissa Mckay, Candace Parker, Bryan Fontenot, Sarah Moran, Sean McDonald and Sabrina Vutera.

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. It was a good one for Katherine Scherer, Forum 35 and the Baton Rouge Ballet. The Manship Theatre presented its third annual Marquee Award to Katherine Scherer, deputy director of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, at the beginning of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Celebratory mood and a great time for several Baton Rouge members of YMCA Capital Area staff

Photo provided by KRISTEN HOGAN --- Y awards --- At the YMCA's Staff Recognition Dinner are, from left, Joe Capece, Don Clark, Eddrick Martin, Ronald Smith, Ronnie Walters and Debbie and Bob Jacobs.

Happy Christmas Eve and last night of Hanukkah! I hope this holiday season finds you and yours doing well. It was certainly a great time for several members of the YMCA of the Capital Area staff. Courtney Guillen was named the Staff Associate of the Year, and Kevin Broussard and Jonathan Lee were named Directors of the Year at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 21, 2014

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat …” and parties galore are filling the calendar leading up to the big day. If you have no plans tonight, join us in Kenilworth subdivision for luminaries. It starts at 6, and I promise it’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread Tea The ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel was abuzz the afternoon of… Continue reading →