Medicine woman

Lanier Cordell spoke to a Sunday crowd about the benefits of medicinal herbs, the strictly legal variety, that is. An herbalist and Louisiana Master Gardener, the Opelousas resident makes almost all her own home remedies, and those taking it in over cookies and tea at the Alexandre Mouton House included Carol Trosclair Lamson, Kathleen Williams, Ann Clark, and lone gentleman Billy Mouton.

Opening night gala

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot opened to acclaim at Downtown’s Cité des Arts. The dark comedy Broadway drama was presented by the Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company, and among the principal players accepting well-earned accolades at the après party were director Cooper Helm, feisty Angela Thomas, Cortland Melton, Andre Trahan and Satan (Joe Riehl). The play will run through May 3.

Republican Women lunch

The Acadiana Republican Women mixed a little business with pleasure over lunch at River Oaks’ Napoleon Room, and that business included two lucky high school seniors, Kayla Marceaux and Madison Proctor, who received scholarships from the hands of Marsha Vining. The ladies lunched and listened to political racehorse Matt Parker, and we’re guessing a good time was had by all — conservatively speaking, of course.

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