The grande dame of women's Mardi Gras krewes in Lafayette will celebrate its 50th anniversary ball this coming season. Attakapas has already begun marking the milestone with an elaborate anniversary party at Acadian Village and custom T-shirts depicting the theme, “Ceremony of the Golden Sun.” Members enjoyed casual dining, skits, music and line dancing amid kachina masks and teepees. The Krewe of Attakapas was established in 1968 as a mystic krewe. They honor men in the community who contribute to the development of Mardi Gras in Lafayette.

Sip n’ Shop

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist gift shop and museum hosted an evening for those seeking more sacred shopping. Wine, cheese, petits fours and more put shoppers in a Christmas mood, but none more than the angelic voice of soprano Sasha Massey. Accompanied by piano man Jake Spinella, Massey sang some opera, gospel, a few secular songs and, of course, "Ave Maria." Angels we have heard on high and also right here in downtown Lafayette. In the mix: the rector himself, the Very Rev. Chester Arceneaux, Joan Landry and international cathedral photographer Cecil Fuselier. Money from the sale of the items goes to the church.

The Art of Giving

There was more sipping and shopping as the UL Alumni House hosted area artists for two days of The Art of Giving, a special fundraiser featuring 20 area artists and authors. “Twenty percent of the sales goes to the Alumni Scholarship Fund,” said senior director of special projects Dan Hare. “And every year we award scholarships to worthy students.” There were complimentary wine and snacks, and present and accounted for was the UL Press, photographers Philip Gould and Jay Faugot, event coordinator Catherine Baudoin, painter and now auteur Paul Schexnayder and Chris Caillier’s wood-burned art. Gentlemen, tell Santa you need that last one for your camp, guaranteed.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at