Empty Bowl Fundraiser

To benefit their men’s shelter and commemorate a century and a half of good works, the Salvation Army hosted its second annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at Lafayette’s River Oaks. Sponsored by The Acadiana Advocate, the event featured handmade pottery bowls for guests, door prizes, both a silent and live auction, and jazz by JB Saxx and blues singer Patsy Bienvenu. Those opening their hearts as well as their wallets were Sarah Schoeffler et famille, Jim and Nancy Prince and Gail Romero. The Salvation Army provides for the hurt and those in need in six parishes throughout the year. What we loved: Besides Majors Mel and Esther James, our gray pottery bowl made by UL-Lafayette student Lacey Hargroder and the soup buffet with chef Brian Blanchard’s signature spinach and tasso bisque.

February ArtWalk

Lafayette’s biggest block party was out in force just 72 hours after Mardi Gras, and from opera at the AcA to Cajun music in the park to King Rob Harris, everyone was there. Jack and Marilyn Castle discussed the art of marriage — they are celebrating 40 years — and Season Bivens at Sans Souci discussed her papier maché masks, which are completely wearable, by the way.

Museum exhibition

The Acadian Museum met with Morgan LeBlanc, a representative of the family of the late Sen. Dudley J. LeBlanc Sr., to discuss the upcoming exhibit Revisiting The Acadian Miracle — the 50th Anniversary. “We will strive to make this the definitive exhibit on the life of Sen. LeBlanc,” said Robert B. Vincent, chairman of the exhibition committee. “We invite the public to consider donating or loaning objects to the museum which they have from LeBlanc’s personal life, political career or various products that he marketed, including Hadacol.” The exhibition is scheduled to open in Erath in April.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.