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Patricia Gannon: Red ’n’ White Night

Linda Broussard and Phyllis Giordano

No, it wasn’t the Ragin’ Cajuns, just Krewe of Zeus showing their support thereof. This elegant group teams up several times a year for dining and dancing at the Petroleum Club, and if it falls on game night, oh well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Kicking it old school were Commodore Dan Devenport, glamorous… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: An apple a day

Mark Evans, Pat Evans, Pat Miller

The Petroleum Club’s Grill Bar played host on a Thursday night to Crescent Crown Distributing and their hard cider. Club members were treated to tasting and as well as a little history lesson by division Vice President Chris Bourg. “It’s the old made new again,” said Bourg, who explained that cider’s been around since time… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The real reason women don’t do sports talk

Wayne Hebert, Jake Delhomme, Glenn Hebert

With another football season upon society, women are still markedly absent from the conversation. Not from serving the snacks and cheering from the sidelines, but from the real narrative, the men in suits on the air who define what is and isn’t happening on the gridiron. These are the advisers, the consultants, the panels of pundits who… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Moss BMW plays host

Lainey and Rye Tuten, Sharon Moss, Angela Cole

What better place to throw a party. Sharon Moss did a two-for-one (sorry, not BMWs) when she both shot her commercial and honored the IND Style nominees. Pretty stylish herself, Moss held cocktail court in the showroom where she doled out wine and mini-muffalettas to, among others, publisher Cherry Fisher May, Mary Ann Mirian, Kiki Frayard, Angela Cole,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: What’s in a name? Plenty

Kathy Broussard, Liz Baudoin, Robert and Denise Torian

Just in time for the new hurricane season, the National Academy of Sciences recently brought to light that female-named storms are the real killers because society takes fewer precautions. Somehow people believe the female of the species isn’t as deadly as the male. Really. Although the implied sexism underlying people’s reactions is subtle… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Bread and ‘Jam’

Lee Koch,J.P.and Michelle MacFadyen

Who beat this guy, anyway? Former NBC’s “The Voice” competitor Lee Koch stopped in Lafayette for a visit with Great Harvest owners Michelle and J.P. MacFadyen, plus a little live performance. The singer-songwriter met the couple two years ago when they traveled to California, they hit it off and the rest is history. Koch actually goes back even further… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Society’s green, and it’s not with envy

Larry Cox, Joseph Daly, Mark Wilson

Kale is a symbol for a certain food elitist lifestyle, and a more-politically charged plant has never existed unless perhaps it was tea — the kind the colonists dumped in Boston Harbor — or marijuana. Boiled or raw, kale is a great society filter. People who don’t know what it is can safely… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Lynne performs in Lafayette

Ben Tyrrell, Charon and Frankie Harris

Lynne performs in Lafayette Frank and Tony Productions presented Shelby Lynne in concert at the Vermilionville Performance Center. A dressy-casual crowd turned out to hear the Alabama singer-songwriter play somethin’ country, including Tony Morrow, Rebecca Comeaux, Frankie and Charon Harris, and Steve and Monica Boutte. “This is our 15th show and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Weaseling out of traditional weddings

Ben Andrus, Whitney Garland

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the wedding industry’s finally getting what it deserves. After decades of soaking engaged couples everywhere — the average cost of the American wedding in 2013 was $30,000 — they’re taking the hosing for a change. Pop-up weddings are the latest romantic rage and are just what… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Cajun Tennis Classic comes back

Robert Daigle, Karen Daigle, P.J. Naomi

ITA College Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Simmons kicked off the Cajun Tennis Classic’s return to Lafayette with a swanky City Club news conference. Backed by a Who’s Who list of sponsors, including presenting sponsor Moss Motors, River Ranch, City Club, Louisiana Tennis Association, Schoeffler Energy Group, The Acadiana… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: A rose by any other name

David Bennett, Pam Zuschlag, Teresa Meza

Somewhere along the line, what to call grandmothers became tantamount to christening the Hoover Dam. “Grandmother” or “Grandma” was simply not sufficient, and what the next generation would utter in their adorable, drooling way took on a whole new precedence. This is largely a quaint Southern custom and elsewhere in society, grandmas are still grandmas. However, here… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: It’s a matter of class

Nicole Lopez, Karen Fontenot, Rachel Sudul

You either have it or you don’t. And if you don’t, it can’t be bought. Wealth and power confer privileges and status, but class is not a perk included in the package. Class is different and has no price tag. Not the sort as in social class, a group of people who possess the same income,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Vive La France

Kevin Domingue, Michelle Fontenot, David Cheramie

Celebrating with gusto Le jour de gloire est arrivé. The Alliance Française celebrated Bastille Day with gusto both at Girard Park and at The Acadiana Advocate’s own backyard neighbor, Blue Moon Saloon. The combination patriotic observance and fundraiser benefitted from some merciful cloud cover as well as a crowd of loyal Francophones. “We’re so glad… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Man’s best friend? It’s barbecue

Christy Ferris, Rickie Maloney

Barbecue is not society fare, but it’s getting there. Its devotees endlessly debate the merits of low ’n’ slow, fundamentals and simplicity, discussing origins like appellations in a manner that would put a sommelier to shame. At one level, barbecue is simple. It’s pork or beef. Defined as slow cooking at low heat using smoke rather than… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Club Hosts 705 Luncheon

Ryan Cazares, Zachary McNeal

City Club hosts 705 luncheon There was a lot more going on than just crabmeat and avocado at 705’s June Learn and Lunch. Dr. Derrick Hines, owner of Acadiana Pain and Performance Rehab, spoke to a select audience about modern movement and pain. “Only 8 percent of people today have jobs that can be considered… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Walk on the wild side

Brittney Michelle Crawford, Galen Istre

There’s just something about men who cook we can’t resist. The Wild Side BBQ Cook Off and Ride rallied at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, and the lure of competition drew one and all. Benefitting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana and sponsored by Courtesy Jeep and Louisiana Jeepers, the event was a state championship barbecue… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The new power dressing

Chris and Michelle Canty, Travis Guillory

Lately it’s become chic for those who “lean in” to do so in a purple dress, not a power suit. Women at the top say they’re no longer afraid to be themselves style-wise, and eschew the masculine for something more “themselves.” Don’t kid yourself. No one takes a flower print seriously. Sure, a chosen few can wear colorful attire,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Penny parties on

Jim Faresy, Coni Smith, Gerd Wuestemann

Not your average potluck Why stop once you get started? Society hostess Penny Edwards invited close friends back for some potluck and company, the better to entertain family matriarch Dorothy Foreman. Penny’s idea of potluck is champagne and a kitchen full of delicacies, not the least of which was a do-it-yourself… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Settling scores like gentlemen

Lori Landry, Barbara Richard, Julie Broussard

Society used to have such an efficient way of settling its differences. Men who thought they’d been wronged simply arranged to meet, counted off 10 paces and took a shot at each other. The one who emerged had his honor restored, and the one who didn’t was considered repaid for his insult. Called an affaire d’honneur, President Andrew Jackson participated as… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: When Opelousas was the capital

Louise Ganucheau, Linda Alesi, Ramona Mouton

Mouton House holds lecture The Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum and the Lafayette Public Library System banded together for a Civil War lecture, “When Opelousas was The Capital of Louisiana.” Civil War re-enactor and Confederate son John Reed discussed the capital’s move in 1862 after Baton Rouge fell to Union troops, but sadly sans uniform.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The face of our fathers

Joshua Murrell, Pat Bonin, Don Allen

Beards are back, and they’re not just for the Amish anymore. They are men’s resounding answer to the metrosexual. Johnny Depp has one; so do Hugh Jackman, Jeff Bridges, Keanu Reeves and Javier Bardem. And let us not forget George Clooney. But it’s the guy in the street who’s got one, too, not just the… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Hilliard holds ‘cool’ show

Wanda and Isadore Tansil, Michael Adams, Don Fuson

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum heralded its summer exhibitions with an elegant cocktail show-and-tell. On view in the coming weeks will be “Contemporary Masters: Works on Paper, Earth and Element” by New Orleans abstract minimalist George Dunbar and works by Mississippi artist Walter Anderson et famille. “We’re very excited… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Spare the rod, spoil the child

Linda Trahan, Charlene Ducote, Libby Sanford

Some experts may disagree, but society could use a visit to the woodshed. A recent study by Southern Methodist University Professor George Holden has singled out the South as the last bastion of spanking. “A lot of parents, particularly in the South, think of it as a good technique to use. They were reared that way so they’ve developed this fundamental belief… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: L’Opéra de Lafayette

Sasha Massey, Hanna Mayo

Christa Del Favero held a rehearsal in her home for L’Opéra de Lafayette’s diva voices. Dorothy Slater, Sasha Massey and Hanna Mayo tuned up for their upcoming Lieder Abend in Wien at First Baptist. “A minor or G minor, your favorite first,” went the conversation around spinach quiche. Massey sings like an angel and German never sounded so beautiful,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Mind your millennial manners

Kathleen and Jeffrey David, Annette and Leo Meaux

You may have noticed millennials — those born roughly between the 1980s and 2000 — lack certain basic social skills and polish, which are understandably hard to acquire with your fingers snapping selfies. However, this is where their value lies — they are social media savvy, forerunners of whatever’s running up front, but… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Best Dressed announced

Norris and Collette Rader, Shamra Menard, Nicholas Rader

The Best Dressed of the Teche gathered at City Club to learn the ropes of runway walking for charity. Event director Miriam Krepper handed out the black folders while Grammy-winning DJ Joshua Murrell took those all-important music requests. Strutting the catwalk for charity on June 5 will be Mrs. Louisiana Michelle Merrill, Cindy and Jim Falterman,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: No country for old men

Sheila Runnels, John Georges, Kathie Zimmermann

Grandfathers everywhere, please come back. Society needs you to fly the plane. Without you, we have no chiefs, no kings. We need your frowns of disapproval and your presence. We are in disarray and most of it is our own fault. We need those who can remember when men did the right thing… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Ici on parle français

Dennis Sullivan, André Neto, Pauline Neto, Christophe Pilut

L’Alliance Française a passé du bon temps at Poupart’s downtown, the purpose of which was apéritifs and conversation, all in French, of course. Held in conjunction with Downtown Alive, guests mingled amid hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the sake of la langue maternelle, and keeping the mother tongue alive were director of CODOFIL Charles Larroque, Gabrielle Quarmenil, André Neto,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Women and alcohol: The untold story

Eddie and Ann Palmer, Lance Harris

Most American women drink at home, but not for the reasons you might think. Of all the freedoms society accords women in the United States, they still don’t have the liberty to drink alone at a public bar. To accomplish this sortie, they must enlist the aid of a man or other women. For… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Sunday tea schools youngsters

Madeline Thibodeaux, Chris Preis, Meghan Colomb (standing) Emelise Lalonde

Mums and grandmas alike brought their young ladies to tea at the Petroleum Club, the better to be charm-schooled by Grace Notes’ Jan Swift and Lynley Jones. There was no shortage of small fry and dainties to practice with, and Jones preached the message hard. “The way you behave on the outside is a reflection of… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: On mothers and daughters

Suzan Allen, Mitu Dasgupta

It’s good that society honors Mother’s Day, because there’s precious little else devoted to the female end of things. The mother-daughter dilemma has never been the subject of scrutiny compared to father-son sagas. Patriarchal to the core, movies, novels, history and civilization all celebrate masculine bonds. From the moment Eve got a bad rap until Terms of… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Zonta raises money with art bras

Chris and Pat Weaver, Mary Jane Bauer

The Petroleum Club hosted Zonta of Lafayette’s infamous “Save Ze Ta-Taz” art bra auction and fundraiser for the Breast Health Symposium. For those who don’t know, art bras are like art cars — an object that has had its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. Judges JoAnn Miller and Michele Landry chose… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Taking your tiara to town

Charlotte Marullo, Tish Johnson, Lynn Crochet

The tiara. It’s that rarest of accessories and the one most American women will never own, much less have the occasion to wear. That small jeweled crown is worn by females on formal occasions. Not only do we not have the formal occasions, America’s never had anyone who needed a crown. This doesn’t keep our ladies from… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Keeping spirits high

Jerry Brice, Mella and Raoul Viera

The Petroleum Club hosted Bayou Rum for a tasting party and spirits seminar. The handcrafted, hyper-local rum comes from Lacassine and uses only Louisiana cane. “We’re hoping to be the national brand,” said Bayou spokesman Skip Cortese. “We support local sugar cane farmers and they get a boost as well.” Bayou is a new distillery… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The Bold and The Beautiful

Melinda Merckle, Tish Johnson, Karen Clark

We’re pleased to announce wedding photography’s return to old-school ways by seeking inspiration in bridal portraits of the past. While wedding photos have straightened up considerably, couples’ engagement pictures continue to come off like some photographic version of Twister — her arm over his leg over her knee. Why not just formalize the whole process and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Allons à Lafayette

Carolyn French, Cheryl Evans, Mike Huber, Sandra Wilcox

Was this fun or what? Shining Light Foundation packed them in at Vermilionville for a little zydeco fais do-do only no one went to sleep, that’s for sure. Raising funds for children’s academic, cultural and personal enrichment, the nonprofit had a play list a mile long and even managed to get accordioniste extraordinaire Roddy Romero to… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Caffeine as art

Ken and Ashley Blanc, Jake Delhomme, Don Allen

Coffee has always been a society drink, ever since the days when well-off Victorian men spent their money on coffeehouses and clubs. Coffeehouses are still a badge of status among the elite, maybe even more so. People now parse a cup of coffee the way many do fine wine, straining not for grounds, but to detect… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Delta Sigma Theta summons sisters

Lillie Ewell

“Women Empowering Women” was the theme as ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Opelousas Alumnae Chapter debuted their Hat and Glove Dinner Party at the Opelousas Civic Center. Serenaded with a special vocal tribute written and performed by Lee Ella Williams, of Lake Charles, emotions ran high as members joined the musical homage to charter members Lillie Ewell,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: By the Bacque book

Don Bacque, Kim Graham, Rocky Perkins

If an author writes an e-book and it publishes, does it make a noise? Absolutely. Don Bacque’s “A Walk in the Park: A Vietnam Comedy” was welcomed with open arms by fans and well-wishers at The Village Café in River Ranch. Gathered for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a little Author! Author! were Steve and Cherry May, book editor… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: In the ring

Karen Primeaux, Bryan Breaux

Golden Gloves come to town The Hotel Acadiana ballroom played host to a much different gloved set this weekend — amateur boxers from all over Louisiana converged in Lafayette to compete in the State Golden Gloves tournament. Sponsored by Glenn Armentor Law Corp., among other VIPs, director and former heavyweight himself Beau Williford managed a… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: SPARK Award

Dickie Landry, Steven Breaux, Konrad Comeaux, Kathleen Reed

Keith Sonnier and Dickie Landry accepted the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s prestigious SPARK Award for their lifetime achievements in the arts. “We are so, so excited,” said Gordon Brooks, UL-Lafayette’s dean of College of the Arts. “They’re giants in the art world. The impact that they’ve made is phenomenal.”… Continue reading →