New events bring fresh vibes to city
Two new FABULOUS events top this week’s Party Line — Kenneth Brown’s CHAIRS VIP sneak preview and the Libra Ball, both of which took place Oct. 3 and brought new, exciting vibes to our city.
Kenneth, a local boy who rose to fame hosting HGTV’s “redesign,” was smiling ear-to-ear as his downtown studio turned gallery was humming with those lucky enough to be invited to a VIP cocktail reception kicking off “Kenneth Brown Design presents CHAIRS featuring Ann Connelly ART.”
The lucky party goers got first dibs on the 17 chairs donated by top designers such as Paris-based Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt, Los Angles-based Nancy Corzine, Vioski, Kelly Wearstler and the late Charles Pollock on sale to benefit City Year, as well as art from Ann Connelly Fine Art. And those chairs were flying out the door! The art specially chosen by Kenneth’s buddy, Ann, was also a hot commodity.
Kenneth said this was just the first such event he’s planning to host giving locals a unique shopping experience while benefiting a local nonprofit. We can’t wait until the next one.
I had just enough time after CHAIRS to get dressed for the debut Libra Ball, which took me back towards downtown to the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, which was the recipient of this unique fundraiser. It was quite the birthday party for Libra friends Chris Brooks, Heather Sewell Day, Rachel and Michael DiResto, Joshua Holder, Jaimee Little, Jared Loftus, Gabby Loubiere, Melissa Rainbow Parmelee, Heather Kleinpeter Savoy, Rhetta Sellers, Christopher Suba and Jim Urdiales, who sold tickets to their friends and friends of friends.
Rhetta and her fellow #Medicare gang let me hang with them, and what a fun bunch they are. We proved that age is just an attitude. We were also celebrating the 20th anniversary of my party hopping in the Capital City. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Garland Goodwin Wilson and her Of Moving Colors team thrilled attendees with their “Thriller” performance. A group of very talented acrobats also entertained later in the evening. Spinning tunes and keeping the dance floor hopping was DJ Otto. My tootsies were throbbing by the time I left, but the dance floor was still packed.
I had to call it quits because the Libras were my fifth stop of the day. My first was the Woman’s Club. It was good to see “my ladies” after the summer hiatus. Dr. David Baker with the LSU Vet School and caretaker of Mike the Tiger was the featured speaker. He shared the remarkable story of bringing Mike VI to LSU. Cameo artist for the coffee was Danni Shobe.
Stop No. 2 was the Baton Rouge Country Club, where the Questors book club was celebrating its 65th anniversary. The group was founded was Mary Lou Shetterly and Frances Adcock, who served as the first president. Winnie Byrd was in charge of the day’s program, which featured a presentation by John Sykes, director of Magnolia Mound Plantation and a Baton Rouge historian. He presented a slide show, “Reflection of Baton Rouge in 1948.” As members visited and enjoyed their lunch, pianist Kenny Kleinpeter played songs from the 1940s.
Adele Williamson and Nancy Cadwallader were chairwomen of the luncheon. Hostesses were Sara Barrow, Sue Edrington, Lola Lynch, Ann McMains, Sarah Munson, Joy Ward, Rosemary Williams and Williamson. Frances Fish is president of the club.
Stop No. 3 of the day was Mignon Faget’s store in Towne Center, where the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum were hosting a wine and cheese reception to help launch Faget’s new fall jewelry line “Heir.”
Faget, who actually started off as a clothing designer, donated a few items from her personal wardrobe to the museum, and they were on display along with drawings of designs she did for no-longer-with-us department store D.H. Holmes. The friends were also collecting donations for their annual “Your Friends’ Closet Sale,” which takes place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini Farm.
I reconnected with another group of friends Oct. 4 when I joined Campus Club for its first get-together of the year at the home of Kitty Ingram. What a trusting soul she must be, turning her home over to the group because she was out of town with her husband, who was receiving an award. The menu had a Mexican theme, and trust me when I tell you this group has some wonderful cooks. Welcomed into the fold were new members Claire Advokat, Izabela Lomnika, Myla Phillips and Nola Sharky.
Light Up the Night
Nichelle Cook, state Rep. Pat Smith, Healthy Baton Rouge, the Southern University Rehabilitation Student Association and the Louisiana Budget Project were recognized by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity at its third annual Light Up the Night Gala at the Baton Rouge Gallery on Oct. 5. LCHE’s mission is to promote the elimination of health disparities caused by poverty, lack of access to quality health care and unhealthy environmental conditions with a focus on wellness and community health.
My next stop was the Krewe of Artemis’ coronation cocktail party, held at the home of krewe captain Joanne Harvey and husband Charles. The royal court will be presented at the krewe’s annual Mardi Gras Soiree Jan. 18.
Crowned as King and Queen Artemis XIII were John Delgado and Abby Hamilton Aaron. Introduced to board and krewe members and their guests were royal maids Chloe Callerame and Cassidy Dickinson; and royal dukes Keegan Callerame and Carson Rhodes.
Members of the junior court include maids Abbigail Ardoin and Abby Blaize; ladies in waiting Lauren Bankston, Isabella LaLonde and Ashton Pellerin; and queen’s pages Amelia and Sophia Lalonde and Macon James. Junior dukes include Patrick Charpetier and James Lalonde III; dukes in waiting Landry Kerth, Braden Small and Cruz Purpera; and king’s pages Aiden Campbell and Nathan Small.
10/31 Consortium Gala
The final stop Saturday night was the 10/31 Consortium’s Halloween Gala next door to the 13th Gate. When I tell you this is a group of Halloween lovers, I am NOT exaggerating.
This is the group that puts on the Halloween Parade, so they went all out for the costume contest judged by this year’s king and queen, Corey Tullier and Jessica Edwards, Consortium president Kelley Criscoe Stein, Denise Claus and Jay Magee. As the band Werewolf played “Thriller,” the “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters,” the contestants were eliminated from the dance floor until only the winners remained. They included Kelly and Steve Miller, Funniest; Julie and Donald Gonzales, Best Theme; Krista Kemper and Lance Parker, Most Original; Jennifer Chick and Pam Taylor, Most Creative; and Alexa Arinder and Westen Kinnaird, Scariest. LeBlanc’s Food Store won the sweet treats display contest with its Evil Snow White-theme cake.
Red Stick welcome
Baton Rouge rolled out the welcome mat Sept. 30 for Margarita Louis-Dreyfus. She was visiting from Paris for the opening of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Export Elevator at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge the following the day.
The Riverview Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts never looked more glam than it did that evening. Among those on hand to welcome the chairwoman of the Louis Dreyfus Group were Baton Rouge Chamber CEO Adam Knapp, West Baton Rouge Chamber CEO Kathy Stuart, state Rep. Dan Claitor, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain, Port Executive Director Jay Hardman, state Rep. Major Thibaut and 18th Judicial District Attorney Ricky Ward.
Fall fashions from Russo Ross were center stage at the Woman’s Hospital Auxiliary fall luncheon and membership meeting Oct. 2 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Models were auxiliary members Kay Aucoin, Sandi Cox, Frankie Edwards, Sherry Eubanks, Christina Lawrence and Marybeth Mauroner. Also in the spotlight was Rosemary Pillow, who received this year’s Healthcare Auxilian Award from her fellow volunteers.
Nancy Hubiak, chairwoman of the grants committee, announced this year’s grants’ recipients: the NICU, assessment center, physical therapy, social services, audiology department and therapy department. In all, some $7,500 was distributed.
Later that evening I popped in at the Baton Rouge Gallery to check out its latest exhibit featuring the works of artist members Charles Barbier, Paul Dean and Matt Morris. I had fun visiting with former co-workers Ed Cullen and Chet Folkes, as well as the inimitable Roy Powell Davis. Made my night.
The exhibit runs through Oct. 31 and is free and open to the public during normal galley hours — noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
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