For 50 years, ever since she arrived in Baton Rouge from her native Bogotá, Colombia, BeBe Facundus has worked tirelessly for the cultural arts.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Twenty-four young women were fêted at the River Road Chapter of the National Charity League's annual Senior Soirée. A week before, a group well past its high school days was honored at a Celebration of Women.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Things have slowed down some since the beginning of Lent, but spring is a busy time here in the Capital City and so we continue to party on. If you're looking for something fun to do in the next few days, there's lots to choose from — and they all…
Saturday, March 18, 2017
For 100 years, the YMCA of the Capital Area has been enhancing the quality of life spiritually, mentally, physically and socially. From one location, the organization has grown to nine branches.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
One sure sign that spring is around the corner is the numbers of events recognizing members of our community for a variety of accomplishments and services.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Can you believe it's March? The first two months of 2017 have flown by, packed with Carnival fun and a host of other celebrations. And, spring's social calendar is filling up quickly. The YMCA celebrates 100 years of service to the community at a …
Saturday, March 04, 2017
One of the most fun things about my job is getting to experience some of the best of our city and then getting to share it with my readers. This week's column will remind you what makes Baton Rouge and its people so special.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Things were a little slower last week, a sure sign that Carnival is winding down. After all, you do have to conserve your energy for Fat Tuesday! But we did get to peek in while several of our community's dedicated volunteers and generous donors g…
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Fat Tuesday is just around the corner, bringing a close to Mardi Gras 2017. And, while things slow down a tad during Lent, there's always a party somewhere. To make sure you never miss any of the many social events taking place in the Capital City…
Saturday, February 11, 2017
In a matter of two days, the Raising Cane's River Center went from a sea of red to a pool of pink, as the American Heart Association and the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana held their annual events.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Looking for some fun things to do this coming weekend? The Baton Rouge Irish Club hosts a Pub Night at Café Americain Friday night beginning at 7.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Friends who don't live here often remark how Louisianans can always find a reason to party. Who am I to argue? We can make the anticipation of baseball into a party for more than 850; we throw a white-tie ball for young women coming of age; and wi…
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Mardi Gras is in full swing here in the Capital City, with balls taking place every Saturday night until Feb. 18. That's when the city's oldest krewe, Tucumcari, holds its ball, and the Krewe of Orion takes over the River Center Exhibition Hall fo…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Every now and then, a week's events seem to have a common theme. Last week was education, with Cox Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Louisiana both hosting events.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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 …
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.