Bonefish Grill hosted a two-day martini-thon with Tuesday falling on the Fourth this year, but bartender Chase Prejean was happy to shake up his pomegranate-sage martinis to benefit Healing House just the same. “It’s one of our seasonal cocktails; we collaborated and chose it,” said Prejean. “Absolut Vodka, of course, Art in the Age Sage liqueur, pomegranate and lemon juice, bitters and egg white — it gives it a velvety texture.” Will it win Absolut Best Martini? “We sure hope so. We’ve won once or twice in the past.” And what could be more patriotic than sage, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s own Monticello garden and based on his 1806 recipe? Those present declared it delicious, and Bonefish is stiff competition — they took second in the taste category last year. Sadly, Fête was five minutes too late for the Scottish couple dressed in red, white and blue. As Braveheart says, “Freedom!”

Tennis, anyone?

The Lafayette Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section held their first annual tennis tournament at Red Lerille’s. Organized by YLS committee members Robert Felder, Adam Credeur, Jaclyn Bacon, Travis Broussard and Keith Salzman, and fired up by UL-Lafayette tennis coach Mark Jeffrey, participants faced off for men's and women's doubles following brunch provided by Another Broken Egg, with each team having the chance to play at least two matches. Winners were in by evening, and included Felicia Smith and Michelle Smith, Women’s Gold Division; Jennifer Ardoin and Danielle DeHart, Women’s Platinum Division; Adam Credeur and Derek Bergeron, Men’s Gold Division, and Drew Meyers and Tommy Alonzo, Men’s Platinum.

Cajun Regatta

What better way to spend the Fourth than doing some Cajun yachting. While society’s away, the ladies will play, and these escaped to one of the privately-owned floating docks in the middle of the basin. It was the perfect picnic spot, but as for Cajun waterskiing via tube, “Never again,” said one. We saw picture proof that Veronica Rodrigue et famille — sons Jacques and André and daughter-in-law Mallory — went yachting on the Tchefuncte River, but we’re still waiting on that one. Saving the best for last, there's Pink, as in the world famous singer, courtesy of Fête friend Raoul Blanco and his New York cousin Alberto Guzman, hairstylist to the stars. You can't beat that.

Ici on Parle Français

Everything sounds better in French. The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum conducted its Yoga en Français class, courtesy of instructor Erin Segura. “The great thing about teaching here is it’s a little more welcoming,” she said. “Unexpected places are more relaxing than the studio.” We can’t think of anything more meditative than yoga and art, and Segura demonstrates as she goes for English-only practitioners, who are welcome also. The French yoga classes are limited edition in conjunction with the Pierre Bonnard exhibit, and for the record, “Downward Dog” is “Chien Tête en Bas.”


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