One of the fun aspects of spending the night with my grandmother on the eve of some social outing was knowing that I’d get to put on a little “stinkum.” She never left the house without a spritz of her favorite fragrance and, on those special occasions, she’d sprinkle a dash on me, too. Thus began my lifelong love of perfume.

Textile Friends

Naturally I was ecstatic when I got to join the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum at their Sept. 18 luncheon at Juban’s in creating a signature fragrance. Mary Behlar, owner of Bourbon French Parfums in New Orleans, was the featured speaker for the event. After passing out a brief questionnaire related to our favorite scents, she and her assistant helped each of us create our own signature scent, which will remain on file at the French Quarter perfumery.

“My, this is a spicy group of women,” quipped Mary as she whipped up yet another fragrance.

The day’s agenda also included the election of officers for 2015-2016. Taking over the helm from outgoing President Joy Smith was Dusty Manson. Her fellow officers include Vice President Diane Deaton and Secretary Tatsie Jeter. Pam Vinci presented the Patron of the Year Award to the LSU Rural Life Museum, which the Friends partner with each year for “Tea, Fashion & Fancies.”

Special guests at the luncheon included Molly Sanchez and Elaine Ellis with Rural Life; scholarship winner Grace Chetta, who interned with Vera Wang in New York over the summer; and new members Carolyn Bennett and Laura Phillips.

Aside from all the tantalizing smells, the main topic of conversation was the group’s upcoming Your Friends’ Closet Sale, which takes place Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini Farm. An early bird pre-sale begins at 7 a.m.

Junior League social

The night before, the Junior League honored its sustaining members at a Fall Social at the home of Kristen Spring. A large group of somewhat retired league members turned out for the annual get-together.

I had fun visiting and exchanging air kisses with Winnie Byrd, Donna Saurage, Whitney Higginbotham Greene, Liz Harris, Meg Gerald, Rose Hudson, Sylvia Weatherspoon, Nell McAnelly, Laura Poché, Yolanda Dixon, Janet Vidrine, Jill Roshto, Sugar McAdams, Nancy Crawford and Dovie Brady.

Camelot honors

After the Junior League party, I headed to the Marriott Hotel for the Camelot College Foundation’s sixth annual Awards of Excellence Banquet. Emcee for the evening was WAFB-TV news anchor Donna Britt.

This year’s honorees included state Rep. Regina Ashford Barrow; George Bell, Baton Rouge General - Mid City administrator; attorney Walter Dumas; Sarah Holliday-James, founder of the Capital City Republican Women; James Kaiser, treasurer of Volunteers of America of Greater Baton Rouge and the Oaks Kiwanis Club; Bryant Moore, Towne Center MidSouth Bank’s banking center manager; Aaron Simon, CFO of Camelot College; Kelli Terrell Temple, Baton Rouge City Court judge; and Doug Welborn, East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court.

Award presenters were foundation board members Jeff LeDuff, Hall Davis, Carolyn Bergeron, Jade Spears and Earl Hill; Carolyn Pittman; Louis Reine; Brian Wilson and Ernest Stephens.

Also recognized at the dinner were scholarship recipients Trevior Christy, Joanne Evers, Dariana Jefferson and Britton Shipley.

Congratulating all the night’s honorees were foundation Executive Director J.W. Vaughn and Camelot College President Ronnie Williams.

Knock Knock

Curious as to the construction progress on the Knock Knock Children’s Museum? Just log onto its new website,

Created by Chuck Sanchez and his team at STUN Design, the website offers the most up-to-date information on the museum’s early learning initiative as well as the construction progress.

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