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Patricia Gannon: Junior League Dinner

Kelly Breaux, Katie Bernhardt, Julie Broussard

The Junior League of Lafayette hosted its sustainer members for a dinner at The Doubletree Hilton. Ladies congregated upstairs for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres first with a banquet to follow. “We’ve changed,” said sustainer Tori Guidry. “The age requirement is gone. When you find the right time in your life, the Junior League is here.”… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ’Til Divorce Do Us Part

Paula Dronet, Paula Gibbens

In America, where a third of marriages will end in divorce, you’d think society would know how to respond. Whether it’s the cavalier attitude of those divorcing or the fact that others think the condition’s contagious, the soon-to-be unwed are often society’s undead — still walking among the living but not quite the same. Divorce is… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Hall of Fame

Philip, June and Elizabeth DeBaillon

Junior Achievement of Acadiana’s Business Hall of Fame filed into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Union ballroom for cocktails and congratulations. Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving the young the knowledge and skills they need for economic success. Celebrating a bit of their own achievement were Rising Young Business Leader… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Dear Millennials …

Ramesh, Paresh, Roma, and Padma Kolluru

As a generation, millennials officially outnumber everyone now and have begun calling the rest of us “dear.” They do this via email and in their face-to-face conversations. No one quite knows why, only that they should stop. As if YOLO were not enough. The few who can get away with “dear” are grandmothers, Santa Claus, people… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Acadia Hospital Gala

Jude and Anne Sittig

More than 350 guests attended Acadia General Hospital’s 2016 Gala at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley. The annual event raised $132,000 to benefit the expansion for the hospital’s new emergency room, and since the inaugural Gala in 2015, more than $700,000 has been raised for project. In the receiving line was… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Allons à Lafayette

Janice Copeland, Julie and Matt Galloway, Michael Doumit, Robert Copeland

Francophones and everyone else descended on downtown for the city’s premier annual event, Festival International de Louisiane. Hyped for days in advance, the event lived up to its reputation, and reportedly crowds of 400,000 came and went throughout the four-day lollapalooza. Weathermen anxiously scanned the skies, everyone wanted to see The Waifs… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Make Thee Beds of Roses

Jerome and Michael Weber

It’s no longer enough to landscape, townscape or even manscape. Now those with means must also bedscape. A bedscape is more than simply nice sheets and pillows, a coordinating duvet cover and some pictures. It’s a whole room full of personal expression, walls and all, about where you end the day. Stylized florals, color palettes, Fendi… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: On wabi sabi & women

Erica Gauthier, Hannah Mason, Jennifer Raggio, Jessica Allain

I live in a wabi sabi home, or at least I aspire to. Wabi sabi is a Japanese frame of mind as well as a design concept, hard to understand and even more challenging to achieve. It’s like the tea ceremony, but for houses. Wabi sabi values authenticity, not warehouse stores; wood, not plastic laminate; salvaged not… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Too Sexy for My Shirt

Dale Erdey, Deana Vickry

Gentlemen, we need to have a talk. Specifically those of you with your shirttails out after five. Perhaps you’ve watched too many episodes of “Party Down South.” You had it going on during “The Great Gatsby,” but shortly thereafter you began a monumental backslide that continues today. Now no one knows where casual stops and cocktail begins.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Plein Air Party

Jerome Weber, Kathy Indest, Joyce Bonin

Wyatt and Becky Collins hosted artists from the Plein Air Competition for a reception at their New Iberia home. “I did this in Maryland and thought New Iberia could try it,” said Jerome Weber, chair of Plein Air, which translated means “open air,” à la Monet. “You have to be fast and accurate. It’s become popular… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Here’s to You, Ladies

Nancy and Bill Broadhurst

According to official sources, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will sign a memo this week instructing the Pentagon to open all combat jobs to women, an historic move that aims to strike down gender barriers in the military. Women have been going to war without society’s approval for centuries, and as March is Women’s History Month, it’s… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Tally Ho & Ta-Ta

Shelby Frugé, Kate Brady

Recently “Downton Abbey” galloped across the lawn and into television history with its much-anticipated grand finale. Downtonites must now grieve the loss of dinner gloves and under butlers. The series detailed the life and times of the English aristocracy and their servants, always an object of fascination for Americans enjoying a peek at standards they left… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Sweethearts for the arts

Scott Brillhart, Kathy Jack, Deborah and David Gordon

Cité des Arts lured guests looking for a little romance and wine to their day-before-Valentine’s fundraiser on Vine Street. The debut event featured complimentary roses and more, plus signature drinks by Glazer’s and food by Bailey’s, The Filling Station, Petroleum Club, Vermilionville and Reve Coffee Roasters. “This is going to benefit our programming for the entire… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: All Hail the King

Corky Hutchison, Michelle and Kenny Crouch

King Gabriel LXXVII Dewitt Clinton David arrived at City Club for a little kingly repast before float time. Elite members of the Mardi Gras krewe dined royally indeed before proceeding to the parade start, among them president of the Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association Robert Foard, former Queen Evangeline Leanne Saloom… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Meet the Press

Dewitt and Neetzie David

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVII Dewitt Clinton David Jr. and Queen Evangeline LXXVII Katherine Elise Blanchet conducted their first official media interviews at the Woodvale home of royal parents Bill and Rebecca Blanchet. Television and newspapers alike gathered to meet Their Highnesses, who posed for photographs amid their families.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The Lion King

Andy Harwood, Mark Mitchell

Troubadours held their past kings’ party at DeGaulle Square Bistro in River Ranch. The party started in the bar next door and went from there, as Richard Coeur de Lions both past and present gathered for a last hurrah before the ball. Lions were everywhere, including Darrellyn Burts’ minaudière, and reveling at the elite sit-down… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: UAM Opening

LouAnne Greenwald, Karl Bourque, Ann and Walter Dobie

UAM Opening The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum opened its spring exhibitions to the crowd with an elite members-only cocktail mixer. Director LouAnne Greenwald greeted guests Cajun-style with meat pies and music, courtesy of real deal Zachary Fuselier, Kegan Navarre and Phillip Huval, while making their way through the galleries were Ernest… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Junior League social

Maggie Simar, Josette Abshire

The Junior League of Lafayette enticed new members with a swanky social at City Club. Some 40 women didn’t look like they needed much persuading, however, and the sign-in line was out the door. “Last year’s class was 63,” said JL President Maggie Simar. “It’s crazy the ladies who want to join.” There’s no prettier nonprofit… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Sorry, just following up …

Josh and Natalie Dworaczyk

Some experts think women have a problem with their language. Too soft-spoken, too accommodating, apologetic and self-deprecating, females undermine themselves in the business world. Others think society is the one with the problem. Nevertheless, there is a new Chrome app to solve this. “Just Not Sorry” is a plug-in for Gmail that highlights when you type “just”… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Downton Abbey, etc. made easy

Mike and Kathleen Williams

Americans never cease to love British television. Whether it’s the flirting with class distinction or the tea and gloves, the immaculate presentation, glorious formality, wonderful accents, stiff upper lip or cool society reserve, Americans enjoy looking nostalgically at what they gave up. Sadly, the British don’t include subtitles with those wonderful accents, which most Americans need to… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Puttin’ on the Ritz

Standing from left, Amber Barlow, Skylar Ruding, Margaret Patton, Kristi Obafunwa, Rachel Vincent, Michelle DeShazo, Michelle Horn; seated, Amy Gautreaux, Krystin Frazier, Andrea Telttleton, Kelly Perrier, Nene Gianfala, Linda Cummings, Valerie Mayhall

The Women’s Energy Network had holiday tea at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, and what could be nicer? Nothing beats the Quarter at Christmas, unless it’s women in the energy industry getting together to help one another get ahead. Enjoying the NOLA elegance were Valerie Mayhall, Cherrie LeBlanc and Nene Gianfala.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Lafayette Bar Association holiday fête

Colin Riggs, Anne Marie Hightower and Dona Renegar

The Lafayette Bar Association got together for its annual party at the LBA building, and a classy affair it was. “It’s the only time you get to see some people,” said LBA Executive Director Josette Gossen Abshire. Seeing and being seen were LBA prez Kyle Gideon, Kirk and Brenda Piccione, Lafayette Young Lawyers Association President Dwazendra… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Houston, we have a problem, part 2

Toni Eddy, Angi Davis

Clarify one misconception and others arise to take its place. Now that you know I don’t live in Baton Rouge, it’s time to put other mistakes to rest. Newspapers have a certain inner structure, a hierarchy, and like any other closed society, the various differences are not always clear to the general public. I function in… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Music & Merriment

Donna Moity, Jeanie Rush

The most wonderful time of the year and just the event to go with it. Friends of Music held a holiday tour of homes in Greenbriar — 112 Canterbury, 155 Shannon and 307 Asbury — all to benefit the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Department of Music. Live jazz, carolers and the food was good,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The Naughty List 2015

Angela Aberitt, Lisa Heath, Kathryn Hill

Like singer-songwriter Huey Lewis once said, “I stay cool as a rule, but sometimes bad is bad.” Voilà, this year’s list of society miscreants, heads on a platter. First, the country music celebrity who offered in-person interviews for a local nonprofit as part of a benefit concert. The in-person then devolved into phone, then to email, then… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Festival of Trees Gala

Jennifer Gainer, Wendy Veron, Amber Geesey, Christie Moore

Hearts of Hope held their yearly Festival of Trees fundraiser at downtown’s Acadiana Center for the Arts on a recent Thursday evening. It was a glamorous setting for auctioneer/La. State Sen. Fred Mills, who probably didn’t have to pump up the bidding on Mitch Reed’s magnolia wreath — we took a really long look at that one ourselves.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: I’ll drink to that

Ginger and Jim Roy

Southerners have had it rough in recent months, and now the sipping whiskey’s running low. Numerous distillers have warned their supplies may not be able to meet society’s sudden appetite for bourbon. Buffalo Trace, in particular, spoke for all when it declared, “We’re making more bourbon everyday, more than we have in the last 40 years. Still,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Just Desserts

Ed Abell, Buddy Webb

The League of Women Voters recognized those who have made contributions to the League’s mission and policy positions. Given their “just deserts” at a swanky Petroleum Club reception were Earl Picard, Safeguarding Democracy Award; Nick Pugh, Improving the Quality of Education Award; Celeste White, Increasing Community Dialogue Award; Melinda Taylor, Mobilizing People to Take Action Award,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ’Twas the night before Thanksgiving

Lynn and Mike Crochet, Tish and Don Johnson

Often in society I get more than I give, and it’s become my custom to acknowledge the souls I meet whose comments have kept me going throughout the year. Unknown, they step forward out of nowhere, introduce themselves, and never fail to make work worthwhile. Like the nurse in pink at the gala for the working uninsured… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Festival Fête

Andrea Gammons, Kristie Chamberlain, Peggy Feehan

Festival International de Louisiane held a ’20s-themed fundraiser at The Grouse Room and the flappers flocked despite umbrellas and the downpour. In the VIP Room were Helmer Directional Drilling sponsors Richard and Renee Helmer and friends Troy and Amy Lewis, while around the bar we found Festival artist Denise Gallagher, whose Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Houston, we have a problem

Lauren Swan, Hannah Breaux, Kathleen Menard

A lady I met in society recently told me how much she missed my column since I’d moved to Baton Rouge. Even as I gently corrected her and wondered how I made it into the Baton Rouge census, she introduced me to a bystander as “Patricia Gannon, who works in Baton Rouge at The Advocate.” It’s rare… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Leaders in Philanthropy Awards

Cathy and Johnny Indest

The Community Foundation of Acadiana acknowledged its outstanding philanthropists with a luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center. Honorees sported boutonnieres and corsages, and among those chosen for accolades were Johnny and Cathy Indest, Pat and Alice Morrow, Bill Bacque and Mark Suellentrop. “People who… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Lunatic fringe

Michelle Crouch, Sally Ware

Ladies, consider this an intervention. I know, you don’t start out to become addicted. First it’s a tassel or two, and before you know it, moccasins. Next comes a pair of high heels with fringe, then comes the morning you wake up with squaw boots to the knee. The purses follow, then come the vests and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: From 9 to 5

Andrea Pelletier, Allyson Prejean, Kim Domingue

But not anymore for Kim Domingue, who received a fabulous LaFonda send-off in honor of her retirement. Leaving Southern Petroleum Laboratories after 34 years, Domingue was surrounded by associates, friends and fiancé James Broussard. “I used to bring her my high school papers to look over,” said SPL’s Christopher Brown, whose grandfather started the company in… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: It’s not that kind of party

Fran Williams

After years in the etiquette catbird seat, Southerners have lost their perch. Although the idea that a funeral is a dandy outing still prevails, recent observations make a review of the rules necessary even south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s not that difficult. Dress up and be quiet, turn off your phone, tell the bereaved how sorry you… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Society and App-ropriate Parenting

Mary Virginia Guice, Taylor Boagni, Michael Baber, Meghan Bush, Miller Ezell, Greer Naudin

The backbone of any society is its parents, those rearing the next generation of citizens to helm the ship. This used to be a fairly straightforward proposition, involving a husband, a wife, and chores for the children to complete or else. Then the kiddies got to play outside, but had to be home by dinner time.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Ask not for whom the desk toils

Aaron and Kristel Deese

Among society’s many necessities, you now must have a deskscape. A deskscape is not simply a business surface for work, but a place where you sit and contemplate the waking world. It reflects your individualism. As your workplace probably doesn’t allow this sort of reverie, home is where the deskscape is. Deskscapes aren’t piles of… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

Brandi Darbonne, Rachael Sudul

I have a galley kitchen. There. I’ve confessed, and it’s out in the open. Not an open-concept kitchen, the kind every realtor loves and much of society thinks it must have, where someone forgot the walls between the kitchen and the living room, but a closed-off, separate-from-the-dining-room, galley kitchen. It came with my New Orleans-style townhouse, and,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The color of the season

Antoinette Guthrie, Emily Tate, Sarah Zuschlag

It’s oxblood, ladies You can’t miss it. The color is everywhere in mall window displays and magazine pictures. Already heralded as the new black, it’s been done up in coats, dresses, leggings and skirts, leather, jeans and evening gowns. Fall fashion’s darling is oxblood. Yes, ladies, that’s what it’s called. Recoil… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The times, they are a-changin’

Rachel Comeaux, Mark Becnel, Erica Hawkins

A recent Pew Research Center survey has noted that the acts of the many may eventually outweigh the rules of the few. For instance, fully 98 percent of young adults use their cell phones at social events and a third of all adults never turn them off. Survey results also determined that many feel cell phone use in… Continue reading →

Dafford exhibit at UL-Lafayette depicts Acadians’ epic journey

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Robert Dafford works on his mural about German heritage in Louisiana on the side of the German-American Culture Center in Gretna. Dafford's series of works on 'Expulsion of the Acadians' is on exhibit in Lafayette.

This year’s official poster for Festival des Acadians et Créoles commemorates the arrival of the Acadians to Louisiana. It shows settlers stepping ashore amid blue skies and cypress moss, with little trace of the hardships endured. For that, there are other paintings. “Expulsion of the Acadians: The Epic Journey From Acadie to Louisiana” by Robert Dafford… Continue reading →

Autumn coffee

Pallavi Simon, Estela Brewer

The Symphony ladies held their annual autumn coffee in the Island Point home of their president, Dr. Sangeeta Shah. Wild hibiscus flowers in champagne flutes greeted this elegant bunch, who bestowed yellow roses upon their past presidents Judy Dunn and Sally Burdette, but mostly mixed and mingled over a buffet of homemade treats, Indian delicacies and… Continue reading →