You know Mardi Gras in the Capital City is in full swing once you start seeing lots of pink. It means the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe, better known as Spanish Town Mardi Gras, is starting to party, and no one does it better.

Spanish Town Royalty

The Lyceum was awash in a sea of pink for the Spanish Town Ladies Auxiliary’s 10th annual Royalty Brunch Jan. 17. Special guests were this year’s queen, Johanna Smith, and stand-in king Doug Cossman. The late Shelby Holmes, whose tragic death ended up saving friend Cossman’s life via a kidney transplant, is being honored as king. Representatives from LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Association) were on hand distributing information about organ donation.

Past royalty spied in the crowd included David Manship, Tom Sylvest, Liz Walker, Robert King, Marsanne Goldsby, Smiley Anders and Laura McDavitt , who was also among four auxiliary members recognized for 10 years of membership. Her fellow honorees were Cherie Brumfield, Susan Deshotel and Sherri Swoffer.

Mark your calendars, the Spanish Town Ball is Jan. 31 and the parade rolls at noon on Valentine’s Day. If you can’t make it to the parade, don’t worry, just join me for all the fun at as we stream live from Spanish Town Road.

Arbor Day

Hug a tree and it just might hug you back. Well, not literally, but trees are important to our overall health, and there’s lots of research to back it up. That’s the message delivered by University of Washington professor Kathleen Wolf to those attending Baton Rouge Green’s annual Arbor Day luncheon Jan. 16 at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center.

In other business, outgoing President Sage Roberts presented her successor, Rawlston Phillips III, a gold shovel with the question, “Can you dig it?”

PEO Founders’ Day

The day before I had lunch with the 11 chapters of PEO at the Baton Rouge Country Club. They were celebrating Founders’ Day with a special program conducted by Judy Zollinger, from Chapter AJ. She talked about each of the founders — Hattie Briggs Bousquet, Frances Roads Elliot, Mary Alice Stafford, Ella Stewart, Alice Virginia Coffman, Alice Bird Babb and Suela Pearson Penfield — and presented a gift to the member whose name was pulled. Each gift had some relation to the founder’s story.

Special guests for the 146 anniversary celebration were PEO Louisiana Secretary Janie Saxon and Treasurer Rieta Reiser, both of whom are from Baton Rouge. I had the pleasure of sitting next to them for lunch at Chapter K’s table. These two have been burning up the road of late as they travel across the state for the various Founders’ Day events. The day before they’d been in New Orleans and heading to Lake Charles on Friday.

‘Building Baton Rouge’

That’s the name of an exhibit of projects receiving Rose Awards from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the Manship Theatre Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts. A reception the evening of Jan. 15 opened the exhibit and had many of the award-winning architects on hand.

Architecture is something we often take for granted, but the next time you’re walking downtown or driving around this wonderful city of ours, take a moment to notice the buildings around you. You just might find yourself awed by their beauty. Even better, pop into the Shaw Center and check out this exhibit of the best of the best for 2014.

Cinderella Project

Ladies, it’s time to cull through your closets for that dress and pair of evening shoes you know you won’t wear again. The Cinderella Project and No Glass Slippers are now collecting new or gently used prom appropriate dresses and shoes through Feb. 8. Just drop off your donations at any location of the Capital Area YMCA.

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