As his 12 years as mayor of Baton Rouge came to a close, Kip Holden presided over one last hurrah — downtown's Red Stick Revelry New Year's Eve celebration. To kick off the festivities, Visit Baton Rouge CEO Paul Arrigo presented the mayor with a …
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
As we bid farewell to 2016, Baton Rougeans celebrated — a lot. More so than usual, getting together with friends and family had restorative powers.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
It's over! Finally 2016 has come to a close, and not a moment too soon. I hope you and yours had fun ringing in the New Year. For one group of young women and their parents, the days leading up to New Year's Eve was a special time.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Happy New Year! How sweet it was to bid farewell to 2016 and usher in a new year filled with hope and the promise of better things to come.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Whew! Finally, 2016 is over. What a trying time for our community. Let us all pray that 2017 brings healing and renewed efforts as the greater Baton Rouge area moves on from the devastating events of the summer. While the shootings of July tried t…
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Well, Santa's recuperating back at the North Pole after his whirlwind Christmas trip around the world. Now we're gearing up to say goodbye to 2016, and it can't happen soon enough. I think we can all agree that this year has been fraught with enou…
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Merry Christmas! I hope Santa left you some goodies in your stocking and not switches and coal. After the year we've had here in the Capital City, it's nice to take a day to be with family and friends, exchange gifts and say a prayer or two of thanks.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Rising stars of the Greater Baton Rouge area were honored by the Business Report as the Top Forty Under 40 on Dec. 1 at the L'Auberge Event Center. They were selected on the basis on their professional and personal achievements in both business an…
Saturday, December 17, 2016
One week until Santa arrives! I hope you're ready. Me, I'm behind schedule getting the house decorated and gifts purchased because I've been too busy popping in and out of all the holiday celebrations — not that I'm complaining. It's been a blast!
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Christmas parties with friends, co-workers and fellow club members have kept Baton Rougeans hopping of late. After the year we've all experienced, it's been extra special to pause and share a cup of Christmas cheer with those who are part of our lives.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
OK, I'm now officially in the Christmas spirit. Several events last week are always guaranteed to do the trick. They've become part of my own personal holiday traditions
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
With National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15, it was rather fitting that several organizations took the opportunity to celebrate those who go above and beyond in our community. It made for a jam-packed week of events before the Thanksgiving holiday. …
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Tomorrow's the big day — Thanksgiving! And, while our city has seen more than it's share of tragedy the past few months, there's still a lot to be thankful for — family and friends topping the list. So, in the all-too-hectic holidays about to get …
Saturday, November 19, 2016
As we approach Thanksgiving, there's much for which to be thankful. Baton Rouge has had quite a year, but hopefully we can take that united spirit that imbued us in the aftermath of August's historic flood and build on it as we go forward together…
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Two organizations that serve our area youth recently held major events. The Raising Cane's River Center was the site for the Boys & Girls Club's annual Steak & Stake Dinner on Nov. 3 while the City Club hosted the YMCA's annual Cornerstone…
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Don't know about you, but I enjoyed my extra hour of sleep last Sunday. After a very busy few days, it couldn't have come at a better time. That said, some of my favorite events took place the first week in November.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, but there's lots of great fundraisers filling the calendar until then. Thursday night offers two choices, both guaranteed to be great ones: the Friends of Capitol Park's "Dock to Dish" and Rural Life Museum's "…
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
October was one very busy month here in Red Stick, but it sure was a lot of fun. November's starting out pretty great, too. On the night of Nov. 3, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana hosts its annual gala. This year's event celebrates Baton R…
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Andy Dupuy, president/CEO of Brown & Root, was named the Kiwanian of the Year at the Red Stick Kiwanis Installation & Awards Banquet Oct. 13 at the City Club.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Fall fun in the Capital City continues this week with the Bengal Belles luncheon and Blue Ribbon Soirée taking place on Thursday, Oct. 20, followed by the Baton Rouge Symphony League's belated Opening Night Gala and Southern University's Gala on t…
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Last week marked 23 years of party hopping in Baton Rouge; eight of them here at The Advocate. It's been a blast, and I feel so honored to have been a part of so much fun and so many organizations. Two of them had events last week that I've never …
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The floodwaters have receded, and recovery is underway. And, just to keep our sanity, every now and then we need take a well-deserved break and get together with friends for a bit of fun. Often, that might include doing something for others. That'…
Saturday, October 08, 2016
What a fun week! I got to taste all kinds of sweets across the river, meet LSU's new interim football coach, reconnect with old friends, hang with some royalty and celebrate several anniversaries.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Saturday, October 01, 2016
What a fun week last week! We got busty to battle breast cancer, went back to nature for a great night at the museum, dined with queens and got illuminated about light pollution.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
If you're a music lover, I've got just the ticket for you. It all starts Wednesday as the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge kicks off the 10th anniversary of its River City Jazz Masters Series at the Manship Theatre with a performance by guitari…
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Belles and BigWigs, stars and jazz topped last week's party agenda here in the Capital City, a sure sign that things are getting a little better. Still, every time you see someone for the first time, you have to ask, "Did you flood?" — a reminder …
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Since the great flood of 2016, there hasn't been a whole lot of time for socializing — unless you count helping friends and family, and sometimes perfect strangers, gut their homes and haul their possessions to the trash heap. And as much as we en…
Saturday, September 17, 2016
LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication inducted four alumni into its Hall of Fame at a gala at Juban's Restaurant Sept. 9. Jim Engster served as master of ceremonies for the 42nd annual event.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
When floodwater rose across the greater Baton Rouge area last month, it disrupted lives and important fundraising efforts of our nonprofits. As our fall social season was just kicking into gear, numerous events had to be canceled or postponed, whi…
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Just as things were starting to return to normal, Mother Nature decided to inundate the Greater Baton Rouge area with record-setting floodwaters. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and dry at this point in time. It's going to be a long proces…
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Today is the first day of school in East Baton Rouge Parish. Several nearby parishes have been in class for almost a week now. That means summer's officially over, even though the long Labor Day weekend — which used to herald summer's end — is sti…
Saturday, August 06, 2016
It's August and things are heating up here in Red Stick, both literally and figuratively. Sweltering temperatures have ACs running full blast 24/7 and, with the kids heading back to school this week, the social calendar is starting to fill up. Two…
Saturday, July 30, 2016
After going through the trauma of the past few weeks in our city, it was nice to do something normal last weekend. It helped that two of the events featured music and art because both of those experiences can heal the soul — and they did.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
When the Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center held its 10th annual Celebrity Waiter Event July 12, several of its veteran tip earners were missing. District Attorney Hillar Moore, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, East Baton Rouge Parish Sh…
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Tiffany Stewart, the Dudley and Beverly Coates endowed professor, took members of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation’s Council of 100 through the process of how discoveries made in the laboratory transition into products and services th…
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Baton Rouge Gallery was THE ticket the night of July 6 as hundreds turned out to celebrate its 50th anniversary and get the first look at the exhibit, “50/50,” of works by its artist members through the years.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
What is enough? That’s the question dancer/choreographer Mina Estrada sets out to answer in a series of performances by her Currently Known As dance company.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
I hope you and yours enjoyed the long Fourth of July weekend. The highlight of mine was spending time with family and friends and the 44th annual Kenilworth Civic Association’s Fourth of July parade, which rolls right in front of our house.