Every year I make it a point to remember some of those who've brought glad tidings my way. Whatever invisible force nudges you forward, I never fail to notice, and I'm always grateful.
Thanks go to people like:
Milton firefighter Amy Bordeaux, who walked up at Townsquare's First Responders Banquet and said, "You used to be my teacher." Thank you for remembering me, but most of all, for turning out brave and strong. And my former fifth-grade "investigative" reporter Madison Andrus, now grown up, graduated and beginning her fist year at Columbia University in New York. Her youthful story on the lack of security at her school caused the principal to shutter our class newspaper. Two of my finest hours.
The guests at the Attakapas Ball, employees of the Heymann Center and all those on social media pulling for the return of my mother's brooch. Thank you for a genuine Mardi Gras miracle and for listening to your better angels, one of which I'm convinced, was my mother.
Dennis Wooten, who told his poker buddies that he liked my column on cats, dogs and partisanship. I can't make men do much, Dennis, but I can make them read society. Gene Louviere, who said my column reminded him of Erma Bombeck's. Lafayette lawyer Cyd Anderson, who asked where I was from and then replied, "You are so New Orleans — and that's a compliment." Don't I know it, and I've never forgotten.
Finally, the two things I remind readers of every year and firmly believe. The first is Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angles unawares."
And, second, a good party is what the devil likes most.
Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.
The UL Lafayette Foundation honored its distinguished donors with a cocktail buffet and recognition at Le Pavillon. Honorees were known by their red ribbons, and among the majors were "Handsome" Sam Landers, Richard Carlisle, father-son duo Sy and Hunter Arceneaux, Elmore Laborde Sr. and Naomi Maraist, representing husband Mike who was out of town. The night's support totaled in excess of $9 million from individuals, organizations and corporations, and represented gifts of $10,000 or more. The thank-you party attracted university VIPS Stan Hardee, Julie Falgout, Ramesh Kolluru and President E. Joseph and Gail Savoie, who like Fête, hurried over from the Civic Cup just in time. What we loved: Those minicrab cakes on a stick and the Arceneaux men. But then who wouldn't?
Poet Laureate Jack Bedell came to the Paul and Lulu Hiliard University Art Museum for readings from "Revenant" and "Bone Hollow True." The newly minted laureate hails from Houma and is a professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Bedell also planned to conduct a poetry workshop at the museum, using artwork as inspiration.
It was all UL all of the time this week. The Heritage Society hosted its 2017 inductees for a Champagne brunch at the Oakbourne Country Club. Those honored have pledged future support for the university and were greeted at the door by students from the Association of Future Alumni. Also dancing attendance on the donors were university President E. Joseph Savoie, event chairman David Comeaux, John Blohm, John Claude Arceneaux and the university's primo Cajun band, the Angelle Aces. Wonderful also was all that bacon, the magnificent fleur-de-lis ice sculpture by Ice Slicers and PR major Megan Baptiste. Someone should sign her before she graduates; she's that good.
And a lovely night for an art stroll it was. Fine Arts Co-op started early with sculptors Travis Prejean and Tucker Kendrick, while Anita Hughes demonstrated how "art and function collide" with her ceramics at Sans Souci. Across the street, painter Rocky Perkins turned up at his high school reunion — Class of '63 — and Seth Derouen, formerly the lead in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," is now waitstaff at Don's downtown. We still couldn't get a table. What we did get was one of Kendrick's custom steel sculptures — rebar, sawblade and hardware. His work comes down soon at the Co-op, so hurry.