Wyatt and Becky Collins hosted artists from the Plein Air Competition for a reception at their New Iberia home. “I did this in Maryland and thought New Iberia could try it,” said Jerome Weber, chair of Plein Air, which translated means “open air,” à la Monet. “You have to be fast and accurate. It’s become popular in the last 10 years and it’s very high quality art.” Guests could dine plein air as well, and enjoying the pork tenderloin and buttermilk cake as well as the 2,000-piece Collins folk art collection were Joy Maher, Fifi Billeaud, Joyce Bonin, Robert and Jolie Shelton and pretty Fête fan Danelle Waisley.

Rollin’ on the River

The Vermilionville Performance Center welcomed the environmentally-minded for a Rep the River Rally on behalf of the Bayou Vermilion District. The District is a busy bunch, overseeing the 23-acre Vermilionville in addition to helping protect and preserve natural and cultural resources, all while keeping the Vermilion River clear of debris and monitoring its water quality. Attendees enjoyed live Cajun music and a film, and gathered information about the imminent millage/bond renewal impacting the BVD. “We’re here to represent the river and get the word out to the public,” said spokesman David Cheramie. “We want everyone to know about us.”

Moonlight & Music

Love was in the air as Chorale Acadienne, Lafayette’s oldest arts organization, welcomed spring at the Petroleum Club with Moonlight & Music. The osso bucco, chocolate mousse and silent auction were followed by a concert featuring selections from Cole Porter to “Cindy,” and included solos by alto Patsy Bienvenu, Sylvia Turner, Harry Leonard and newer members Parisa Memarian, Dyan Schnaars and Juanita Hall, plus ensemble pieces by Les Chanteurs. Endless thanks go out to Kathleen Gannon, who stepped into the breach so we could cover Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.