UAM Opening

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum opened its spring exhibitions to the crowd with an elite members-only cocktail mixer. Director LouAnne Greenwald greeted guests Cajun-style with meat pies and music, courtesy of real deal Zachary Fuselier, Kegan Navarre and Phillip Huval, while making their way through the galleries were Ernest Gaines Center Director Cheylon Woods, Robert and Jolie Shelton, writer Leonard Earl Johnson and Judy Kennedy, artfully dressed in a traditional pattern from Provence. Speaking of dresses, run, don’t walk to see Carrie Ann Schumacher’s sculptural “Romance Novel” paper dresses on view through mid-May.

Happy birthday

Women of Delta Sigma Theta’s Opelousas Alumnae Chapter observed Founder’s Day by witnessing the signing of a proclamation by Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum. Jan. 13 marked 103 years since the day the sorority was founded, and since then more than 1,000 chapters internationally have collaborated to improve political, education, social and economic conditions in their communities. Following the signing of the proclamation, the women celebrated at Soileau’s Restaurant.

Joyeux anniversaire

Grand dame Rena Boudreaux turned 103 with a party at PACE Lafayette on West St. Mary. Family and friends wished her well with cake and all the trimmings, and the lady took it all in stride. One of 11 children, Boudreaux worked into her 90s, speaks fluent Cajun French, likes Booker T and the MG’s and is proud of her family — as no doubt they are of her.

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