It’s Christmastime in the city. The Palmetto Club hosted Silver Bell Soiree 2014, complete with Champagne and sleigh bells at the door. The annual fundraiser benefits the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic and proceeds go to provide much-needed services for the working uninsured. Doing their share: Terry and Jan Cromwell, Sangeeta and Anil Shah, Elizabeth Abdalla, Jeigh Stipe, Sister Betty Lyons, Elizabeth Arnold, Darlene Lovas and Tyson and Danielle Cromwell.

Deck the halls

The Alexandre Mouton House officially opened Lafayette’s holiday season with its traditional Southern soiree. A mainstay of Christmas, the house party in the city’s oldest home is the sign for many that Santa’s on the way. Floral designer Kim Veillon did the dining room. “I try to keep it traditional to the time period,” Veillon said. His simple evergreens in the chandelier were just the ticket, and resting merry were gentlemen Stuart Clark and Bill Ganucheau, Clif Lane and wife Marianne, and divas Yvette Naquin and Dione Green. Other events that same day did nothing to impact the crowded festivities. “The first Thursday after Thanksgiving is ours,” spokesperson Lennie Sobiesk said.

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