I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. It was a good one for Katherine Scherer, Forum 35 and the Baton Rouge Ballet.
The Manship Theatre presented its third annual Marquee Award to Katherine Scherer, deputy director of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, at the beginning of its Cool Winter Nights & Hot Jazz performance Dec. 17. In addition to her day job, Katherine is a fine art photographer and artist member of the Baton Rouge Gallery, with two photography books to her credit: “The Society of St. Anne: A Neighborhood Celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “San Miguel de Allende: a Journey to the Heard of Old Mexico.”
She was presented the award by last year's award recipient, Adrienne Moore.
Mix & Mingle
The next evening, members of Forum 35 gathered at one of downtown’s newest hot spots, the Draft House, for their annual meeting and holiday social. At the event, the group unveiled its new logo and named this year’s Member of the Year — M att Laborde.
The night’s festivities also included karaoke, and Dixon McMakin was warming up for some Elvis tunes when I left. Melissa Parmalee, vice president of individual membership, was in charge of the event.
The week ended with the “Nutcracker” party at Terry Serio’s house on Dec. 20. What started off several years ago as a cast party for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday production has now turned into a cast and friends of Terry party. The Nick Abraham Trio kept the night hopping and enticed at least one couple to the dance floor before I called it a night. Martha and Mark Upton can really trip the lights fantastic!
I also got to visit with Terri and Conway LeBlanc, Ann and Steve Storey, Mary Elizabeth and Sid Bowman, Lady Katherine and Smiley Anders (who I followed from The Advocate newsroom’s party hosted by Editor Peter Kovacs’ and wife Ruth), Leonard Augustus and Thomas Telihard, Debbie Daniel, LeBrian “Mr. Chocolishous” Patrick, BRBT co-artistic directors Molly Buchmann and Sharon Matthews and, of course, the hostess and her fiancé, Sam Hebert.
It was a good finale to the round of recent holiday parties.
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