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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 →

Patricia Gannon: Death by Chocolate

Kay Texada, David Bennett, Mariusz Smolij, Pat Olson

You needed a shoe horn to get them in. People were lined up like a New York nightclub for Death by Chocolate, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s newest fundraiser, and it’s a good thing the fire marshal didn’t happen by. Presented by Lee Michaels, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Schilling and Three Olives Chocolate et al, the entire evening centered on… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: 'I’m not a feminist, but ... '

Frank Creaghan, Janet and Joel Gooch

Alright, ladies, just quit it. Stop starting your cocktail conversations with “I’m not a feminist, but …” and then finish with whatever political, social or economic statement you’ve started to make in public. You’re a feminist or you wouldn’t be speaking up politically, socially or economically in public. The definition of a feminist is one who adheres… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Reception Fetes Homecoming Queen

Julie Hebert, Madeleine Ortte, Danika Arenibas

What a pretty girl, and a credit to her family and school to boot. Madeleine Ortte was honored with an Alumni House champagne reception at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Friends, family, and VIP guests paid court after the traditional Sunday Mass and the autumn sun shone brightly on Miss Ortte. Arriving early were proud grandparents John and… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: What’s in a Name? Plenty, Part II

Carolyn Guilbeaux, Carol Fox Behrens, Barbara Savoie

Not so very long ago, Lone Star state representative Dennis Bonnen made the mistake of comparing Katrina evacuee children to those now coming into Texas from Central America. The unfortunate Bonnen made the comment during a government hearing that, “There’s a significant difference. We had to have a teacher who could do coonass in English but here… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Dancing With the Stars

Dancing with the local stars The Academy of the Sacred Heart held its third annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser at the Cajundome, no less — that’s what it took to hold guests and supporters. A society darling since its inception, the event graduated this year to a larger facility, and among the many tripping the light fantastic… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Women and that age-old question

Judy Kennedy, Kat Movassaghi, Amy Hanks

Sadly, it’s still depressingly popular for women in society to decry their age, to demur and refuse to announce the arrival of Father Time, to hide from him like he’s some kind of bad date come to pick them up in a beat-up Cadillac. Ladies, he knows where you live. Granted, America is a tough… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: What not to say to the seriously ill

Michael Doumit, Darrellyn Burts, Keith Derouen

Society used to have ways that the miserable among us could warn people to treat them gently, such as black clothes, black-edged writing paper or black wreaths on the door. But those were the days before the Internet notion that what everyone really needed was complete disclosure. Enter the seriously ill, who now must not… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: For she’s a jolly good fellow

Lou Oliver, Valerie Barnes, Barb Hardesty

Lucky Sally Ware turned another year older in the company of family and friends. Honored with a house party at the Harrington Drive home of Marlene Milam, it was the perfect birthday with a cocktail buffet, three cakes and a lovely autumn view. Among those wishing the lady well were Foxie and Stephan Palumbo, Lou Oliver, Dan Hare, Marty… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Social hugging is epidemic

Mitch Reed, Kendrick Benoit

Come all ye young huggers and listen to me. Social kissing’s bad enough, now this. Millennials have brought their college customs to the workplace and among them is hugging. The men hug the men, the women hug the women, the men hug the women and they’re going to hug you. Hugging’s here and those of… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Apollo does brunch

David Moore, Jimmy Poole, Danny Davis

Fresh from their revelry the night before, The Mystic Krewe of Apollo was back at it for Sunday brunch at the Bons Temps Grill. Hosted by past royalty Kendrick Benoit and Mitch Reed in honor of majesties David Moore and Danny Davis, the place was packed, parking was in the road, but everyone was bright-eyed including Darrell Frugé, Conrad… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: How to talk FashionSpeak, updated

Mattie Coffman, Glenda Matt, Vernon Coffman

September was fashion’s biggest month. It’s when New York Fashion Week takes place, now dubbed the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for its official sponsor, and only industry insiders and other terrificos get to attend. The rest of the world must do its best to not only figure out what to wear but what they’re talking about.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Hemophilia Foundation hosts gala

Anna Stevens, Peggy and Robert Wooley

These are nice people, ladies and gentlemen all. The Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation held A Night of Culinary Delights at River Oaks to raise money and awareness for their cause. “We actually provide anything families need — co-payments, meals, gas, as well as education and retreats,” said Erica Simpson. “It’s the most expensive disease of all to treat, often upwards… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Jim Slatten, Pat Olson, Lou Anne Greenwald, Lise Anne Slatten

Getting together face to face instead of on Facebook requires a different skill set. While no longer the primary or even secondary interaction for many, actually going out to meet people was once the way society worked. It’s just that people without the social savvy to do so are increasingly the norm and genuine conversation’s become an alien… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Symphony League stages autumn coffee

Sally Burdette, Lea Carleton, David Bennett

The Acadiana Symphony League met at the Old Settlement home of Debra Sonnier, and we don’t know of a prettier setting or ladies either, for that matter. There were mimosas and more while the members chatted, and not missing a beat were Pat Olson, Executive Director Jenny Krueger, Maestro Mariusz Smolij, Veronica Rodrigue, Chorale Acadienne’s Beth Finch, newcomers Sherry… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Tennis, anyone? And other society pursuits

Jerry Simmons, Ashley Rhoney

It’s true, some sports are society sports and some are not. Tennis, golf, horses and lacrosse are society sports, long indulged in by the wealthy or those wishing to affect it. Hockey and football are not, and neither is bowling. It doesn’t matter that the president has bowling lanes in the White House. “Tennis, anyone?” is still… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Physicians host kickoff party

Dr. Troy Antill and Kati Antill

Was there a doctor in the house? Yes, more than 50 of them, and their spouses, too, as the Lafayette Parish Medical Society and the Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance kicked off the season with a membership party at Mazen Grill. The boards of both… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Acronyms should be against the law

Doug Saloom, Kaliste Saloom, Robert McBride, Kyle Gideon, Chuck Mouton

As if the English language were not in enough trouble, acronyms are gaining momentum. Their popularity shows no sign of waning, and as a shortcut to communication they appear here to stay. It’s not so much the onslaught of texting shorthand — the ROFLs, LOLs and TTYLs that get on the nerves — these tend to stay in… Continue reading →

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 →

Specialists seeing increases in 'modern movement pain'

Dr. Derrick Hines

Most Americans sit too much — nearly 10 hours a day. And with all that sitting in front of a computer, television or smartphone, we’re inflicting pain on ourselves, according to movement specialist Dr. Derrick Hines. He preaches one simple message — move. Hines, owner… 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: City Bar Hosts Celebrity Bartenders

Aileen Dauterive, Robin Chapman, Lance Knoll

Uptown met downtown as Sharon Moss & Co. tended bar on behalf of Animal Aid. Taking tips for the kitty also was Townsquare’s DJ Digital, and guests had a doggone good time. “I’ll have a Grey Goose martini, extra dirty” was heard more than once, and, judging from all the olives flying, the two did… 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: Age-old question: To gray or not to gray

Brittani Pitre, Antoinette Guthrie

Now with gray a go-to color in fashion and décor, some women are longing to let the Loving Care go. This is going to be hard. For eons, women have sought to cover their gray and retain the illusion of youth. One of society’s great inequities is it dismisses women with gray hair while men with such… 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 →