Oh, what a night. The Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley hosted its inaugural fundraising gala on Dec. 30 in Le Grand Hall Ballroom.

Décor donor Paul Michael conjured the faerie glamour complete with aerialists, dancers, living statues, servers and guardsmen — all in costumes reminiscent of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — as guests whiled away the hours with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to The Grand Opera House. Originally built in 1901 by David E. Lyons and fully restored to its original grandeur in 2004 by the Lazar Gielen family, today The Grand Opera House is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Eve of the Eve will be held annually and is scheduled for the same date next December.

Krewe of Oberon Ball

Oberon held its 86th annual Mardi Gras Ball, and backstage at the Heymann was wall-to-wall proud parents. This young court sings for its supper in the form of community projects throughout the year. Winsome and ready to wave were Queen Titania Kaitlyn Young, King Oberon Tate Michael Simon, Sapphire Princess Rebecca Gerami and mother Andree, ball Captain Chance James Womack, pretty Jennifer Potier and Trenton, her knight in shining armor, and Braxton Swilley and Cie.

“My mother didn’t know what she had coming when she had twins,” said Gold Princess and royal sister Hailey Young.

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