The really naughty guys from last year must’ve gone hunting, for all was tame as Van Eaton & Romero hosted its annual office party and ugly sweater contest at Le Pavillion. Judged by none other than Fête and A.J. McGee, of Right Angle, the regular outweighed the risqué this year, but we were able to weed out a few wicked ones nevertheless. Roger Arabie with his politically incorrect “Make Christmas Great Again” pullover; Don Perron’s original interpretation of the elf on a shelf; funny guy Troy Hebert in a light up bow-tie and shoes, sporting a suit that would blind you; “Sweet Christmas Kitties” Betsy Arabie; best couple competitors Jackie Lyle and “Reindeer Whisperer” Conrad Comeaux, and festive Gail Romero in her first foray into Christmas sweaters — a snowman and a blow dryer. You’ll need a new category next year, Gail. Most Macabre.

Born to be Wild

Xanadu Captain Tina DeRouen, aka "Harley Rose," hosted a Captain's Appreciation Party to thank members and committee chairwomen for their assistance throughout the year. The event was held at 730-I-10 Frontage Road in Scott, a venue known for its nostalgic décor of cars, gas stations and old signs, and perfect for the theme, "Xanadu's 2018 Grand Prix." Attire was “Biker, Babe, Racy or Lacy” and among the costume contest winners were Brenda Dudley and couple Chris and Liz Catalonotto.

Fighting the Good Fight

The Frame Shop & Gallery 912 held its annual Cancer Fighters Art exhibition at its Oil Center location. “We have teamed up with the Lafayette General Foundation since last year to create culturally competent care within the Lafayette General health care system,” said owner Jeromy Young. “We want to help those who have language barriers, and anyone who may not know what options are available to get screened for cancer, or if they already have cancer, to make it easy for them to go exactly where they need to go for the best possible care.” Cancer Fighters Art was founded my Jarunee McBride. Money raised from the art sales remain in the community.

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