The Friends of the Humanities welcomed author Barbara Barnes Sims to the podium at a recent Petroleum Club luncheon. Sims was employed at Sun Records as a publicist and remembered Elvis, in addition to legendary entertainers Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, while accompanied by footage and her memoir, “The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.” Topping the charts in our opinion were Anne Patin, Roselyn Caldwell, Carol Ross, fondateurs Suzan Allen and Ron Gomez, Pat Olson and immediate past president Linda Alesi, who announced the FOH awarded just over $24,000 is interdisciplinary grants this year.

Rhythms on the River Returns

Block party buffs had it their way after two weeks of rain, and River Ranch Town Square was standing room only as Gregg Martinez opened for native son Marc Broussard. Brand-new Village Café owner Courtney Vincent was kept hopping and the koozies flew from The Advocate tent, while taking in the local color were Pittsburgher Tim Nagy and Steve Brady from Philly, guests of fly fishing enthusiasts Jimmy and Virginia Atkins. “We’ve never fished for redfish,” said Nagy, down south for a convention in New Orleans. Also enjoying some Lafayette sunshine were Dan and Barbara Bloomer, Advocate mother-daughter duo Celeste and Cheyenne Morvant, Alexa John, and pretty girls Lacie Bernard and Kathryn Ziegler.

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