Celebrating with gusto

Le jour de gloire est arrivé. The Alliance Française celebrated Bastille Day with gusto both at Girard Park and at The Acadiana Advocate’s own backyard neighbor, Blue Moon Saloon. The combination patriotic observance and fundraiser benefitted from some merciful cloud cover as well as a crowd of loyal Francophones. “We’re so glad you’ve come,” said Vice President Brenda Comeaux Trahan, resplendent in red, white and blue. We were, too. Nick Hebert cooked the poulet and put half the chefs in Louisiana to shame. Among those standing up for liberté, egalité and fraternité were Alliance President David Cheramie, front porch fiddle player Pat Thibodeaux and wife Joy, Canadienne Brenda Broussard, Debra Taghehchian, Kevin Domingue, real-deal Christophe Pilut, Emily Thibodeaux and Ray Trahan, who did his best to engage us in French. Alliance Française is a forum for intercultural dialogue with a special emphasis on French and its local varieties.

Just a little retail therapy

Sharon Moss and some fortunate friends jetted to Houston for a little R & R recently. Moss bid on the trip during an auction benefitting the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and won, sharing the largesse with longtime pal Kathie Zimmermann and others. “The private jet was unbelievable,” said Zimmermann. “We had Champagne going up. Good thing it was a private jet.” Other lucky ladies included Swags & Tassels owner Larayne Guidroz, Sarah Citron, Janie Bayard and Debbie Pierce. We have it on good authority they not only shopped and lunched at top Houston restaurant RDG, but met 23 floors up at Johanna Mounir’s for dessert before flying home.

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