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Patricia Gannon: For the girls

Mary Neiheisel, Lisa Leblanc, Paulette and Aimee Yandle

The Lafayette chapter of Zonta Club International held its annual Save Ze Ta-Ta’z and scholarship awards at the Oakbourne Country Club complete with a much anticipated art bra auction. Chris Weaver chaired their sixth such event, the proceeds from which benefit Zonta, who in turns uses them to fund scholarships for area women, and the… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Memorial Day more than a party

Raoul Blanco, Jennifer LeBlanc, Robert Haven

Ah, Memorial Day. It signals the end of school for students everywhere and the beginning of backyard cookouts, as well as sales, sleeping in and an extra day off. Since it’s the most traveled weekend on the calendar except for Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, society comes to a standstill. In fact, Memorial Day’s date has… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: St. Jude Dream Home

Jennifer LeBlanc, Robert Haven, Raoul Blanco

Builders Bryan and Sylvia McLain revealed their latest giveaway house at a grand opening in Broussard. Located in The Reserve subdivision at 103 Habitat Ridge Drive, the home caused its own traffic jam as fans turned out for tours. “We donate the lot and build the house,”… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Ladies who lunch

Lauren Naquin, Dana Young, Erin Smith

Ladies who lunch took on a whole new meaning as United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council met at the newly re-designed Hilton. A movement of women whose goal is to influence the condition of Acadiana children through advocacy, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project has purportedly reached 17,000 area children and the focus was early learning and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Friend of the Humanities Lunch

Sylvia Bienvenu, Joyce Bonin, Patricia Coleman, Didi Battle

The Friends of the Humanities welcomed author Barbara Barnes Sims to the podium at a recent Petroleum Club luncheon. Sims was employed at Sun Records as a publicist and remembered Elvis, in addition to legendary entertainers Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, while accompanied by footage and her memoir, “The Next Elvis: Searching… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Medicine woman

Kathleen Williams, Lanier Cordell, Carol Trosclair Lamson

Lanier Cordell spoke to a Sunday crowd about the benefits of medicinal herbs, the strictly legal variety, that is. An herbalist and Louisiana Master Gardener, the Opelousas resident makes almost all her own home remedies, and those taking it in over cookies and tea at the Alexandre Mouton House included… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ‘Krewefish Boil’

Catherine Trahan, Kim Minyard

They managed to get a deal on crawfish somewhere, because we certainly can’t. The ladies of Xanadu treated their men to a spring couples social at Route 92 in Youngsville, complete with happy hour crawfish boil, thanks to organizers Kim Minyard, Kathy Sawyer, Stefani Celio and Susan Moncrief. By the… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Rhythms on the river

Christine LeBlanc, Anna Rucks, Katie Romig

It’s the place to see and be seen, at least for the next six weeks. The outdoor concert series in River Ranch Town Square was alive with block party fans as Bag of Donuts took the stage. The quarter-century strong New Orleans cover band covered every rock song known to man in full regalia, and with… Continue reading →

Exploring Judas’ last days through theater

Photo provided by the Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company -- Cortland Melton (left) takes on the role of Jesus and rebukes Judas, played by Andre Trahan, right, in 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.'

While “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” may be a too-hot cup of tea for the theologically fragile, it’s a delicious post-Easter dessert for everyone else. First staged off-Broadway in 2005 and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Adley Giurgis’ dark comedy-drama employs flashbacks to an imaginary childhood, plus lawyers who call for the testimonies from… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Follow the money

Lisa Bouillion, Christel Jones, Jeanne Lantier

Follow the money Lafayette’s own Suzy Orman, Linda Malin, addressed the ladies at a Petroleum Club Tea on the subject of money and managing it. Malin, a certified financial planner with UBS, says “It looks hard, but it’s like a recipe. Planning to manage your money is not complicated, you follow the… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Mouton House vignettes

Melanie McKenzie, Laura Ann Edwards

You couldn’t stir them with a stick — everybody who is anybody was at this one and a bunch more besides. Twenty-two designers displayed their table talents at Vignettes — The Art of the Tabletop 2015 on behalf of the Alexandre Mouton House. The Lafayette Museum Association provided… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The British aren’t coming, they’re here

Helene Marie Thian, Raoul Blanco

Anglophiles are ecstatic over “Downton Abbey,” and why not. The series, now in its fifth season with another already commissioned, has its own recaps in the Washington Post and women everywhere are enthralled. “It’s so … Downton,” said one surveying a department store jewelry counter to her friend. It’s hard to argue with success. Admirers of all… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Hospice does brunch

Elizabeth Kobetz, Eli Touchet, David Kobetz

What better way to spend a spring Sunday? Hospice of Acadiana spent theirs fun-raising at River Oaks with JB Saxx &The Band plus a slew of guests, and if flowers weren’t quite blooming yet, they were on the dresses. Just back from a milestone trip to Australia, band… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Will you marry me is good, guys

Forrest and Esther Sadler

It’s come to my attention recently that there are brides with the temerity to say, “I love my boyfriend but hated my proposal.” Gentlemen, just when you thought you were home free, it turns out your proposal must now be the product of a marketing firm. This is because there are those among you who stage… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Some enchanted evening

Mike Huber, Carolyn French, Megan Domingue

And it was, but then it usually is at Carolyn French’s house. Fernewood’s foremost hostess and husband Mike Huber welcomed Chorale Acadienne for a fundraiser and a little singing ’round the grand piano, courtesy of Chorale’s talented male members. No arm-twisting here, the fundraising was subtle as vapor, just a… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Acts, sacrifice required by military personnel transcend our own

Estela Brewer, Deborah Girouard, Jan Williams

So far this year, several well-known men have co-opted military service — heretofore respected NBC journalist Bryan Williams, followed by bombast Bill O’Reilly and his Argentine debacle and sadly, even head of Veterans Affairs himself, Robert McDonald, who fibbed about once being in the Special Forces. Padding their manhood résumés may not seem like much until you… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Bienvenidos, Amigos

Delilah Desonza, Estela Brewer

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette feted its foreign visitors with a cocktail reception at The International Center. The VIPs from Mexico were in town to cement relations with the university regarding both technological development and higher education. “They have quite an operation,” said university President Dr. E.J. Savoie. “Economically and geographically,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The king’s breakfast

PJ Voorhies III

Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king? Pothier Jean Voorhies III was in high spirits as host of a City Club breakfast Mardi Gras Day. Lights and sirens preceded his arrival as the King’s Men escorted him to his traditional pre-parade breakfast, and attending the merry monarch were Leisa and Sonny… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: All Hail the King

Josh and Lindsey Billeaud, Becky Voorhies, Sport Voorhies

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVI Pothier Jean Voorhies III held his royal luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center amid family and loyal subjects. The Second Line played outside to welcome one and all, while inside security was heavier than the White House as dukes and maids posed for portraits upstairs. Among those awaiting their boutonnieres and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Let’s move forward, please

Tim Lege, Justin Lege,Danielle Lege, Phillip LeBlanc

Like guests who don’t know when to go, certain phrases have camped out in our language living room. Doubtless they were clever when they arrived and entertaining in small doses, but they’ve worn out their welcome in society. English is a wonderful thing and passed the million-word mark some time ago, so it’s not as if there… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: College basketball reunion, Allons Danser

Pamela and Pavel Samsonov, Laurie Abshire, William Cheung

It was so loud, you’d have thought it was game day. Basketball royalty from forever ago met at the UL-Lafayette Alumni House to reunite and reminisce. “This was the heyday, one of them at least,” said “Voice of the Cajuns” Don Allen. Celebrating the players, coaches and their supporting casts at The University of Southwestern Louisiana… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Rumor has it

Rumors, those twisted tales with just enough truth to keep them going, where somebody told someone else about something somebody said. You know it when you hear it — a story in circulation without confirmation or certainty, yet somehow impossible to stop. Society’s rife with them, so much so their coverage often has a section all to itself.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Triton queen holds luncheon

Donna Lyon, Lorinda Chavez, Rocha Alemany

There were mimosas and more as Triton Queen Kelly Ortego feted her ladies and a few gentlemen with a private Sunday luncheon at Joey’s. Although predominantly a ladies’ affair, His Majesty Troy Knight was there along with the queen’s husband, Craig Ortego. Among those dancing attendance on her majesty were Pat Liebert, Donna Lyon, pretty Rocha Alemany, Julaine… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Brigands Ball

Peter Piccione, Blaine Goodrich

Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum. Les Brigands de Lafitte held its masked ball at the Heymann Center, and as is tradition, ladies were lined up for days — some as early as 3 p.m. — for the honor of being called out for an evening dance with these pirate gentlemen. The January sunshine… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Attakapas Maids

A woman complained recently within earshot about a new, nationally known store whose service fell short of expectations. She’d called the manager, who explained the offending employee was just visiting and the unfortunate scenario would likely not recur. Unmoved, the lady replied, “Well, she needs to learn how to visit in Cajun country.” The woman was right.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: And the winner is...

As a former movie columnist, I consider it my duty to help society make sense of the Academy of Motion Pictures Oscar nominees. Rest assured, there is a method to its madness, and it never takes long for the pattern to emerge. In fact, with very little exception, it is the same selection process as always, and you… Continue reading →

Getting financially fit in 2015

Advocate staff photo by Patricia Gannon -- Linda Malin is a certified financial planner with UBS.

Linda Malin used to accompany her grandmother when she conferred with her stockbroker. As a little girl, Malin didn’t know what was happening, but somehow knew her grandmother was taking care of business. “She was unusual for her time,” Malin said. “When I grew up, it became my ambition and business to manage money like my… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Our new favorite

Chad Theriot, Rachael and Ethan Sudul

The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio showed its fun Brazilian side to a full house at the Cajundome Convention Center. Latin cuties welcomed the crowd upon arrival, but inside all was on “Lock Down” for King Dom Pedro Blake Williams and Queen Isabel Lynn Williams. Keeping law ’n’ order were PR Director Rachael Sudul, “Judge Judy”… Continue reading →

Hunters reconnect veterans with the outdoors

Advocate photo by Patricia Gannon -- Troy Coleman, a veteran of Iraq, is now president of Hero Hunts, an organization that takes veterans hunting.

Troy Coleman was once an infantry front line gunner in Iraq. Now his sights are set on a different target. As president of Hero Hunts, an organization based in Maurice whose mission is to reintroduce disabled veterans to the outdoor life, he provides equipment such as wheelchairs and specially equipped boats. He doesn’t talk… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Eve of the Eve

Jennifer Trahan, Chee Chee Gielen, Renee Nugier

Oh, what a night. The Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley hosted its inaugural fundraising gala on Dec. 30 in Le Grand Hall Ballroom. Décor donor Paul Michael conjured the faerie glamour complete with aerialists, dancers, living statues, servers and guardsmen — all in costumes reminiscent of Shakespeare’s “A… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Word on the street is …

Head’s up, gentlemen. Although your fashion trends have been fortified against intruders for ages, your suit and tie are under siege and somewhere between society and the gym, your clothes were sacked. The guys who ordered this fashion coup come from the entertainment and sports industries, and your Mad Men days may be numbered. Just… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Spring fashion trends

Nancy and Jim Prince

Being a fashion designer is a lot like living south of the Equator. When it’s cold elsewhere, it’s warm and vice versa. So even as you button up against wintry blasts, next season’s sunny trends are already fixed. They’re difficult to narrow down this spring, because, according to who you believe, there are as few as 10 or… Continue reading →

Patrica Gannon: A true Christmas carol

Christmas came early this year, judging by the stores stringing lights before Halloween and Black Friday shoppers stepping out before the turkey thawed. “You see it and grab it before anyone else can get to it,” said one shopper in The Acadiana Advocate. “I don’t need two TVs, and I don’t plan on giving my kids… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Ring-a-ling

Jeigh Stipe, Sister Betty Lyons, Elizabeth Arnold, Darlene Lovas

It’s Christmastime in the city. The Palmetto Club hosted Silver Bell Soiree 2014, complete with Champagne and sleigh bells at the door. The annual fundraiser benefits the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic and proceeds go to provide much-needed services for the working uninsured. Doing their share: Terry and Jan Cromwell, Sangeeta and Anil Shah, Elizabeth Abdalla, Jeigh Stipe, Sister… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Announcing 2014’s ‘Naughty List’

Society has always been my favorite crime, and 2014 was a very good year. Like the foreign gentleman who approached my daughter at a local restaurant. In our society, women may venture out alone and this does not spell loose. They are often waiting to have lunch with their American mothers, who make D-Day look like a… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Holiday tea

Jeanne Lantier, Cindy Robichaux, Pat Olson

The Petroleum Club ushered in the holidays with some festive red and green — tea that is. Barbara Judice and Kelli Hanna of Indulge riffed on the topic while the guests made merry with the results. “If you can’t connect with someone over a cup of tea and dessert, it’s a sad day,” said Judice. Connecting were Fran Kellner,… Continue reading →

Festival to feature master puppeteers

Photo provided -- A large puppet armature in progress.

Brady McKellar used to get up at 5:30 a.m. as a child just to watch “The Muppets.” As a result, that’s his 20-foot, 5-man egret you’ll see chasing fish down the street at Festival International 2015. “All of a sudden, there’s art that happens in front of them,” said McKellar. “We’re still talking about scheduling.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Honors for former governor

Kathleen Blanco, Robert and Jackie Vincent

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco has been inducted into the Order of Living Legends by the Acadiana Museum of Erath. Blanco was honored by the Fondation Culturelle du Patrimoine Acadien for her dedicated promotion of Acadian culture, and among those attending were Warren and Mary Perrin, Daniel Bentley, Kermit Bouillion and Robert and Jackie Vincent.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in society, like everywhere else, deceit and duplicity run their crooked courses, and every year I’m forever grateful for angels who step forward out of nowhere. “Rob” at CC’s on Johnston, who introduced himself just to say how much he… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette alumnus exhibits at Art Association

Advocate staff photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Artist Terry Palmer considers his sculptures to be shaman, traiteurs, witch doctors, wise men or other characters that acknowledge forces of the spirits and other dimensions.

Most people sense when they’ve drifted onto the high plains of the masculine psyche, because the signposts are obvious — dangerous edges, metal, and jagged wood are dead giveaways, so are hard surfaces, any kind of camouflage, dark hooded features and Terry Palmer’s sculpture. “I don’t use the broken rough ends anymore,” he said. “I… Continue reading →