Some enchanted evening

And it was, but then it usually is at Carolyn French’s house. Fernewood’s foremost hostess and husband Mike Huber welcomed Chorale Acadienne for a fundraiser and a little singing ’round the grand piano, courtesy of Chorale’s talented male members. No arm-twisting here, the fundraising was subtle as vapor, just a simple bowl in the foyer for those so inclined. No escargot jambalaya this time, either — shucks — but plenty of the regular kind and other treats, and a special audience with Angel the cockatoo, who made her social rounds like any good guest. We’re told the name is misleading, however. “She’s really a naughty, naughty girl,” said Cheryl Evans. “She ruins shoes.” What socialite doesn’t.

For she’s a jolly good fellow

And so say all of us. Grande dame Rose Hare turned 90 amid friends and family at an elegant Petroleum Club cocktail party. Mustered by son and host Dan Hare, relatives from here to Baton Rouge assembled for the event, including The Advocate’s own Roxanne Hare et famille, daughter Dovie Brady, longtime neighbors Wes and Denise Castille, smooth talker David Landgrave and A.J. and Sally Antoine. “I used to date her (Rose) when I was single,” said Antoine. “We’d go to Bunkie and dance. She was a knockout.” And still is in that fur coat — white fox for a white fox.

Epiphany Day school gala

The EDS Parents Club hosted its annual auction and gala fundraiser for the nonprofit elementary school on the last day in February at Avery Island’s Marsh House. EDS Parents Club President and Chief Event Organizer Sharon Fremin kicked off the night with an exclusive Patron Party for sponsors, and over 200 guests enjoyed the evening under the beautiful oaks, with Sen. Fred Mills conducting the live auction which raised over $50,000. EDS is a Louisiana A+ School with the George Rodrigue Foundation whose mission is to provide a challenging academic program enhanced by the arts.

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