The Acadiana Symphony League met at the Old Settlement home of Debra Sonnier, and we don’t know of a prettier setting or ladies either, for that matter. There were mimosas and more while the members chatted, and not missing a beat were Pat Olson, Executive Director Jenny Krueger, Maestro Mariusz Smolij, Veronica Rodrigue, Chorale Acadienne’s Beth Finch, newcomers Sherry Dagenais and Roe Patrone, devoted Mary Ann Daigle and opera fan Christa Delfavro. What we loved: Adorable party crasher Cooper Antill, who was most well-behaved.

AcA Board meets over cocktails

The Acadiana Center for the Arts kicked off its planning season with a meet ’n’ greet in its atrium downtown. Gulf Brew, the AcA’s annual beerfest, is looming large, and under discussion was the VIP Tent and other Parc International logistics. “I thought the first thing we should do is have a party,” said Jay Ruffin, newly appointed hospitality head of a five-man committee. “We’re going to need a lot of help.” Mingling over the Marcello’s wine was president of the board John Chappuis, AcA Director Gerd Wuestemann, Margaret Ruffin, Sharon Moss, Matt Dugas, Mary Guidry, Connie Smith and Olivia Regard. What we loved: Jay’s chafing dish crab and bouchées. Don’t ever wonder why he’s hospitality chairman.

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