Despite the afternoon deluge, authors and book lovers alike flooded the Alumni House for the UL Press reception. The event showcased the university’s academic elite and some very scholarly titles, such as “Anthologie de la Littérature Louisianaise” and “The Aesthetics of Mandé Hunting Tradition in African Fiction” as well as debut auteur Denise Gallagher’s “A Tip Tap Tale.” “The UL Press has really taken off,” said May Waggoner, who co-authored "Anthologie" alongside Barry Ancelet — incidentally in his Catahoula Reeboks — and Tamara Lindner. “I’ve seen this event when it was elbow-to-elbow.” Among the learned of letters and arts were "Mandé" author Amadou Ouédraogo, photographer Philip Gould, quintessential Cajun Zachary Richard and former Gov. Buddy Roemer, surrounded by fans and signing copies of his memoir, "Scopena." “It’s about death, life and change,” he told them, while his wife Scarlett told us they stayed an hour on the bridge. “It was at a standstill,” she said. Now there’s a book waiting to be written.

Twisting the Night Away

Tammy Milam painted and sipped her last with a “Paint and Twist” party at — where else? — Painting With a Twist. Milam has sold her business and has moved on to other challenges. Her last “Paint and Twist” party was enjoyed by family and friends as well as her loyal twisters, one of whom, Pat Lavino, has painted 69 masterpieces. Milam introduced the concept of paint and sip in Acadiana with her “boots on the ground” effort and opened the first Painting with a Twist in 2009.

Dressed for Success

We love this. The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Eta Chi Omega Chapter turned seamstresses to make pillowcase dresses for girls in Africa, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the U.S. and here in Acadiana. One of the sorority’s many global initiatives, members mobilized by cutting out the patterns, pinning, ironing and sewing. The global project was led by President Quintella Thibeaux-Baskerville, Vice President Dr. Marilyn Marshall and Chairman Connie Y. Butler. Approximately 150 dresses of all colors were packed and prepared for shipping by the sorority, which is dedicated to serving mankind.

Top of the Heap

Acadiana Profile announced their own best-of winners with a Tops of Acadiana soiree at the Madison. The Lost Bayou Ramblers played, everybody stayed, and it’s our understanding they enjoyed blackjack and roulette tables in addition to area cuisine, Ketel One vodka and Bayou Teche beer. Area individuals and businesses receiving recognition were selected by the magazine’s readership and an editorial panel.

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