Wow, what a week that last week of February was! Most importantly because I have a new granddaughter. I promised hundreds of you to let you know when the big moment arrived so here are the details: Sofia Agnes Lee Kennon arrived Feb. 27 weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 18½ inches long.
Fortunately she got here before the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, because I had commentary duties for The Advocate’s live streaming of the fun on Spanish Town Road.
Co-hosting the March 1 parade with me was Farren Davis. We had an interesting time trying to describe several of the floats in “Flamingo Dynasty.” The parade is almost as irreverent as the ball. I bumped into Mayor Kip Holden while scouting out the 70-plus floats before they rolled, and he said he was pretty sure it was a record crowd for the parade. I have to agree. Downtown was packed thanks to the spring-like weather and what is arguably one of the over-21 crowd’s favorite parades.
Once we wrapped up the broadcast, I moseyed over to co-worker Smiley Anders and wife Lady Katherine’s open house for some relaxation. Within a few minutes, the judges arrived to determine this year’s float winners, and, to add a bit of icing on the bribery cake, the Prancing Babycakes did a special performance out front just for Smiley. Surrounded by this group of women for a photo, Smiley showed how he got his nickname.
Hall of Distinction
Dennis R. Aucoin Sr., of Clinton; Clarence Berken, of Lake Arthur; and the late Ellis S. Martin, who lived in Alexandria, were inducted into the inaugural Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a banquet hosted by the Louisiana Radio Network at White Oak Plantation on Feb. 27. The awards were presented in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry and the LSU AgCenter.
Aucoin, owner of Slaughter Logging, was recognized for his work in forestry. He was inducted into the Louisiana Loggers Hall of Fame in 2012.
Berken, who is president of the Louisiana Rice Council, was recognized for rice, soybean and wheat farming. He was tapped as Rice Farmer of the Year in 2013.
Martin, who served as president of Martin Timber Co. and Roy O. Martin Lumber Co., was known as one of the most important mentors in the state’s forestry industry. He was represented by his son Jonathan Martin.
My friend Leonard Augustus kicked off his “birthday season” with dinner at Juban’s Restaurant on Feb. 28, the eve of the actual big day. Perhaps the best gift he’ll get this year was meeting actor Danny Glover, who also was there for dinner and who graciously agreed to pose for photos with the birthday boy. Can you say jealous?
Rahliat Cole Animashaun , of Baton Rouge, daughter of Sharon and Tunde Animashaun, of Baton Rouge, was chosen to reign over the Beau Brummell Club’s 74th Carnival celebration Feb. 14 at the Landmark Hotel Mardi Gras Ballroom in New Orleans. She was chosen by last year’s queen, Shelby Cynclaire Cloud, who was escorted by club Vice President James K. Bonds, from the 11-member debutante coterie. That group included Dominique Karrinelle Nash, daughter of Nicole Holmes, of Baton Rouge, and Kelsey Nash.
As each deb was introduced, she placed a capsule containing her name into a crystal urn. Joseph F. White Sr. was captain of the ball, whose theme was “G iants Two” and celebrated the lives of Pierre Caliste Landry, a former slave who became the first black mayor in the United States, and Roy L. Clay Sr., a native of Kinloch, Mo., the state’s oldest black community and a pioneer in the computer industry. Dr. Reginald A. Parquet served as mater of ceremonies.
Pam’s Party Calendar
It’s finally here! A comprehensive party calendar to help make planning the next gala, fundraiser, luncheon or your own private party a little easier. Our goal is to prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night, dividing up the attendees and the fundraising dollars. To help us achieve our goal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have a date for your event. We can always fill in the details once they get finalized.
Meanwhile, check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at http://theadvocate.com/columnists/pambordelon/8530318-123/story.html
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