Area fun includes flocks, fashion, forum and antiques
I went from divine to devilish all in one Saturday and what a trip it was! The day after Valentine’s started off sweetly enough, but oh what a finalé it had at the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball.
Phil, Willie and the gang weren’t at the always rollicking ball, but hundreds of their look-alikes were, although I can’t envision the North Louisiana boys sporting pink camouflage in their duck blind. But make no mistake, there was a plethora of pink camo worn at the River Center on this night … beards, too. Reigning as king and queen of “Flamingo Dynasty” were Laken Boudreaux and Gil Leachman. Gil and wife Roxanne are the only husband and wife to have had the honor of both serving as Spanish Town royalty. This year’s grand marshal, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, couldn’t make the party so former king Tom Sylvest delivered his humorous message in fine style.
Co-worker Smiley Anders had the honor of handing out the Ron Zappe Award for best table decoration but, since this is a family newspaper, I can’t describe the winner. Hey, we are talking about Spanish Town.
The dance floor stayed full, thanks to Louisiana’s LeRoux and the Chris LeBlanc Band. I danced my tootsies off with partners Scott Brewer, Leonard Augustus, Thomas Telhiard and LeBrian “Mr. Chocolishous” Patrick. Word to wise, always leave this party before they turn on the lights — not a pretty sight!
The day began with the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, who were celebrating the 106th anniversary of the sorority’s founding at Howard University. Featured speaker for the event was Dr. Rani Whitfield, aka the Hip Hop Doc. All of the Baton Rouge area chapters were gathered together at the Renaissance Hotel for the celebratory luncheon, which had them also presenting awards to six outstanding young people.
Receiving this year’s Youth Awards were Dominique Arielle Thomas, academics, Donaldsonville High School; Kaleb Harmon, athletics, Scotlandville Magnet High; Jyron André Walker, leadership, Dunham School; Caché Marchell Brown, the arts, Zachary High; Ari Charlynn Burns, service, McKinley High; and SháMyra Brianna Stevenson, Emerging Young Leader, White Castle High.
Also recognized were golden sorors: Gamma Eta Omega Chapter — Omergene Amar, Pearl Andrews, Dorothy Andrews, Prince Armstrong, Elizabeth Bellaire, Carolyn Collins, Doveal Exxex, Ann Fenelson, Eva Fields, Marian Griffin, Gloria Hall, Sandra Hall, Joyce Harrison, Laurabeth Hicks, Myrtly Joyner, Demetria McJulien, Melba Moye, Janifer B. Peters, Rosa Polk, Marily Ray-Jones, Geraldine Roberts, Willie Honeywood Smith and Gloria Spooner.
Also, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter — Rose White; Tau Kappa Omega — Juanita Dandrige, Dolores Henderson, Octavia Lewis, Audrey Preston and Alma Walker; and Phi Sigma Omega — Mary Ann Edwards.
Alexis Alexander chaired the celebration with Adrianne Williams serving as her co-chairwoman. Committee members included Shondra White, Olivia White Bessix, Toyia Charles, Jewel Payne, Meegan Barnes, Valerie Broussard, Tawanda Wilson-Prater, Shelia Bergeron Harrell, Eileen Kennedy, Laurie Metoyer, Renée Woods, Michelle Jackson, Veniayetta Johnson, Denise Graves, Joyce Trusclaire, Debra Jackson, Cassandra Washington and Jasmine Paul.
‘Tea, Fashion & Fancies’
After lunch it was time for a little shopping, visiting with girlfriends and tea at the fourth “Tea, Fashion & Fancies” sponsored by the LSU Rural Life Museum and the LSU Textile & Costume Museum. The Rural Life Barn was transformed into a tea room thanks to the hard of work of its docents and volunteers, who along with Friends of the Textile & Costume Museum made sure everyone had a lovely afternoon.
As we sipped our tea and noshed on our delectable fancies, Baton Rouge native cum New York hat designer June Gumbel showcased some of her latest creations, modeled by members of the Friends group. Hat models were followed by those wearing jewelry created by designer Jane Olsen-Phillips. Both artists had their creations on display and available for sale after the tea, donating a portion of the proceeds back to the museums.
Mid City Mix
Businesses who call Mid City home got together for a Mardi Gras-themed mixer Feb. 12 at Boudreaux’s. Organized by David Kenny Johnson and Jamie Bell, the night was a chance for local professionals to meet and network with each other. It included a fashion show featuring party looks from Bella Bella and Carriages, and painted jeans from Jill Mulkey. Hair and makeup were done by Avallon Salon, which also cosponsored the event.
Before heading to Boudreaux’s I made a quick stop by Baton Rouge Gallery where Forum 35 was hosting “Forum Fever.” This volunteer rally gave members a chance to get information on the various projects of Forum 35 and how they could get involved. It also featured a special presentation by Tim Young, executive director of HAART, on HIV/AIDS in the community.
If you’d like to get involved with Forum 35, visit forum35.org.
There was much buzz when “Antiques Roadshow” came to town to film its popular show last fall, and almost as much leading up to the premiere of that show. Everyone wanted to see who made the cut!
Friends of LPB hosted a reception at Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s main studio on Feb. 11 prior to the show for its members and those who were filmed for the segment. Special guests included Executive Producer Marsha Bemko, Mayor Kip Holden and Visit Baton Rouge Executive Director Paul Arrigo.
If you missed the big debut, you still have another chance. “Antiques Roadshow” airs Monday night at 7 on LPB, Channel 12, Cable Channel 27.
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