The Symphony ladies held their annual autumn coffee in the Island Point home of their president, Dr. Sangeeta Shah. Wild hibiscus flowers in champagne flutes greeted this elegant bunch, who bestowed yellow roses upon their past presidents Judy Dunn and Sally Burdette, but mostly mixed and mingled over a buffet of homemade treats, Indian delicacies and coffee, of course. Looking muy hermosa was Estela Brewer, stunning with her amethyst pendant and matching ring. “I have large earrings also, but it’s too much for day,” she explained. We believe you can never have too much of a good thing, and wearing it well themselves were pretty Pallavi Simon, Kay Texada and Sylvia Turner.

Party in the park

The Oil Center let its hair down at an after-hours shindig, courtesy of party guy Gustavo “Gus” Rezende and the Oil Center Renaissance Association. The zydeco stomp was held in Oil Center Park across from The Heymann complete with VIP tent sponsored by Darren Domingue’s Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors. Bread & Circus doled out the food, the band played, everyone stayed, and Rhythms on the River has up-and-coming competition. What we loved: You can actually park.

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