With a family that once owned a chain of movie theaters in small towns throughout Alabama, I was super excited when Preserve Louisiana chose "Lost & Found Theaters of Louisiana" as the theme for its Old Governor's Mansion Gala on Nov. 2. It coincides with a cool exhibit that's on display at the mansion throughout the month.
Old Governor's Mansion Gala
The banister of the mansion's sweeping staircase was wrapped to look like movie film, setting a festive tone for the gala. Upstairs, downstairs and all around the house were adult libations and tasty morsels from some of Baton Rouge's best caterers and restaurants.
There were fewer people in costume this year, but those who were in costume hit it out of the park. Martha Upton came as the torch-bearing Columbia Pictures goddess; Melissa Eastin was all old Hollywood glam. I had my grandfather's theater names pinned to my dress and had fun sharing their stories throughout the evening.
Beth and Steve Tope chaired this year's gala. Helping make the night one for the books were committee members Phil Cangelosi, Angela deGravelles, Kelly DeRossette, Cynthia Graves, Whitney LaNasa, Pug and Larry Gussman, Bernadine and Tommy Holliday, Mary Helene Mason, Karen and Bill Profita, Maleiya Porter-Jones, Jessica Richardson, Alison Saunders and Eastin.
You know those friends who whatever they ask, you always say yes? Well, Kris Cangelosi is one, so when she asked if I'd perform in a holiday production benefiting a scholarship program for her nonprofit Cangelosi Dance Project, I told her to sign me up. I got to formally meet everybody else who said yes at a reception at Tyler & Possa law firm's offices the afternoon of Nov. 5.
The production, which takes place at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Manship Theatre, reunites several of us who met through Dancing for Big Buddy — both Star Dancers and professionals. It's going to introduce to some of Kris' other friends, including her Dance Moms, LaTonya Dorsey, Tanji Gremillion and Kellie Schmeeckle. Tickets are on sale at manshiptheatre.org.
On Oct. 28, Chad Coppola and Sonya Morris were crowned as King and Queen Orion at the krewe's coronation social hosted by krewe Captain Darren Coates and wife Angie. They will reign over Orion's Mardi Gras parade and ball on Feb. 3.
Emcee for the coronation was krewe member Larry Rosendahl, who began by introducing last year's king, Jeremy Couvillion. He was presented his commemorative royal medallion by Coates.
Members of the 2018 royal court include Maids Lindsey Elise Lanehart, daughter of Andrea and Scott Lanehart, and Ashlynn Renée Howell, daughter of Lori Fernandez and Dr. Todd Howell; queen's pages Kailie Blythe, daughter of Jessica and Justin Blythe, and Halle Kuriger, daughter of Paige and Kurt Kuriger Jr.; and king's pages Ian and Ryder Coates, sons of Toby and Elliot Coates.