October is one of the busiest months on the local social scene and the first week had us running.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Wow, the social scene has been on fire lately. I've been meeting myself coming and going, and while I try to get to as many events as possible, it just isn't possible. Luckily we have a great group of "correspondents" that help out. This page is d…
Saturday, October 06, 2018
A busy week kicked off Sept. 26 with Woman’s Hospital’s annual BUST Breast Cancer event. It's one of numerous events I've covered over the 25 years of party hopping across the greater Baton Rouge area. It's been a blast, and I've had the pleasure …
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Last week had me stomping grapes, feasting on culinary delights and once again learning about amazing efforts to make Baton Rouge one of America’s greatest cities.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Actor John McConnell thrilled those attending Preserve Louisiana’s Preservation Awards with his portrayal of the late Gov. Huey P. Long. A congenial crowd celebrated historic preservation projects and champions on Aug. 30 at the Old Governor’s Man…
Saturday, September 22, 2018
When Cancer Services merged with Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center earlier this year, it created a fundraising quandary. Each was well-known for two of the city’s longest-running culinary events — Capital Chefs Showcase and Th…
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Several fun events are on horizon. Woman’s Hospital’s BUST Breast Cancer art bra auction takes place Sept. 26 at L’Auberge, and then on Sept. 28, Cat Haven will hold its “Cat Tails & Cocktails” fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza. Hope to see you a…
Saturday, September 15, 2018
And we’re off! The summer slowdown on the social scene is over. In one day, I went to four events, starting with the Bengal Belles season kickoff luncheon.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The cherry on top of my social to-do list last week was the Grandparents Day celebration with grandson TJ Kennon at Woodlawn Elementary School. He’s in Ms. Lakeisha Bergeron’s first-grade class — one of five at the school, so there were lots of gr…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
The Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Rites of Passage ceremony is beautiful. The debutantes and sorority members don brightly colored African attire for the celebration.
Saturday, September 01, 2018
LSU plays its first football game of the season Sunday night, but Mardi Gras events are already filling our calendar, and Fat Tuesday isn’t until March 5.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
With the Labor Day holiday looming, summer is pretty much done for, except for this weather. When will it end? What it does mean, though, is that the local social scene is heating up and our calendar is filling up fast.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
One of the perks of this job is getting asked to judge wine and food events. Such was the case Aug. 17, when the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society hosted its 12th annual Fête Rouge Food & Wine Fête.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
The crowd of 1,400 that filled the Raising Cane's River Center Exhibition Hall on Aug. 11 were dressed almost as well as those honored on stage for the 51st annual Best Dressed Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
In the past couple of weeks, one group of young ladies had a special moment in the spotlight while a group of young professionals began a life-changing journey.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Kickoff for LSU’s first game of the 2018 season is a mere 21 days away, and already the Tiger faithful are dreaming in purple and gold.
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Aprons, pink wigs, art and all things Italian starred in last week's round of events. Fortunately, everything was inside because no one wanted to be outside for any reason!
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
There are many ways to serve your community. You can volunteer for your favorite nonprofit, serve on the board of a civic organization or collect items for those in need. Today, we turn the spotlight on some of our fellow citizens who stepped up t…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018
I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of thunderstorms every afternoon turning south Louisiana into one giant steam room. It’s making it really hard to plan outdoor fun, and you know how we all like backyard get-togethers. Hopefully, this w…
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Baton Rouge is home to one of the world’s largest Rotary Clubs, and on June 27, I joined a small group of members at an off-site luncheon at Cangelosi Dance Project.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Several hundred parishioners, friends and family filled St. Joseph Cathedral on June 24 for a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Robert Muench. The Mass was followed by a lovely reception in t…
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Every summer, Theatre Baton Rouge stages a special performance of its summer musical to benefit Volunteers in Public Schools. The theater was packed for this year’s June 14 performance of "Mamma Mia," which quite literally had the audience dancing…
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Thirty-two years ago, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber began a leadership program to help train up-and-coming members of the community how to be better volunteers and have a positive impact on the many issues facing our community.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Has it been hot enough for you? Our weather seems to have skipped June and gone straight to August-like temps. So, pour yourself a glass of iced sweet tea to enjoy while you read today's column.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
School’s out, and graduations are done. While there are always events on our social calendars, at this time of year they tend to be backyard barbecues and poolside cocktails with friends and family. So, enjoy the lazy days of summer before things …
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Several area nonprofits as well as private and governmental agencies were honored by Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge at its sixth annual Solaris Awards Gala on May 9 at the L’Auberge Event Center. The awards recognize teamwork as opposed to ind…
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Last week's party scene sent us back to the '80s with the Emerge Center, to sip cocktails at the Governor’s Mansion and poolside at L’Auberge, to hang out with the BigWigs, to meet a lovely group of debutantes and to celebrate the Silver Magnolias…
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Do you remember what downtown Baton Rouge looked like in 1998? There were acres of parking lots, boarded-up buildings and, at 4:30 p.m. when state workers left for the day, it became a virtual ghost town. There was no Shaw Center for the Arts, no …
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Looking for something fun to do Thursday night? Join The Advocate and L’Auberge Casino & Hotel for Cocktails at Sunset. At the poolside event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can sample the six finalists in the annual contest. The cost i…
The long Memorial Day weekend is getting here just in time! It's been a very busy spring social scene so we need to pump the brakes and start the slower pace that is summer in south Louisiana. That doesn't mean there isn't anything to do around he…
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
For 28 years, the Rispone family and a group of friends have celebrated “What’s Good in Baton Rouge” with a spring luncheon to honor the area’s religious, civic and sports leaders. What started out as a father-son event has evolved into a much-ant…
Saturday, May 05, 2018
If you missed the 12th annual Dancing for Big Buddy, you missed a night of big fun for a great cause. It was one of several great events last week.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Champions of Service honors were bestowed on eight Louisianans, one service club and one corporation by Volunteer Louisiana and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser at an April 18 gala at the Capitol Park Museum.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The craziness that is the spring social scene here has us running from one end of the parish to the other. Thanks goodness Mother Nature has cooperated and given us lots of sunshine and cool weather.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Spring break is over and the race is on to get all the social events on the calendar before graduation and summer. One reason I know this for sure is because Dancing for Big Buddy is just around the corner — April 28 to be exact. I’ll be judging a…
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Songs from “The Wiz,” “West Side Story,” Godspell” and “Flight” performed by members of LSU’s Musical Theatre Club entertained the Baton Rouge Music Club and guests at the group’s annual Scholarship Luncheon on March 22.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
With the approach of spring comes award season, and we’re not just talking among the Hollywood and music industry folks. It’s also when we take a few moments to recognize our own.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
There were several fun events last week, including seeing several of my friends receive deserved awards, but the cherry on top was the amazing performance by Chicago, which has sold more than 100 million albums, at the 15th Pennington Great Perfor…
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge kicked off March by honoring individuals, companies and service groups for their service to the community at a breakfast at the Salvation Army Church & Community Center.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Louisiana Nurses Foundation recognized the achievements of nurses, hospitals and nursing programs across the state at its 17th annual Nightingale Awards Gala on March 3 at the Renaissance Hotel.