Debutantes and bunnies highlighted the past week of socializing, and few things say spring more than that. It was the perfect way to gear up for the long Memorial Day weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine.

Memorial Day is also a sort of anniversary for me. It was 35 years ago that I moved to Baton Rouge, a city and its people that I have grown to love … it is my home in every sense of the word. So, thank you John Spain for the gift of Red Stick. I feel so blessed!

Assembly tea

Speaking of a love for this city, the Baton Rouge Assembly was formed in 1961 by a group of men who had grown up together and, realizing how the city was changing after World War II, wanted an organization that could provide social contact between families who’d been living in the area prior to 1910.

The Assembly introduced its 54th debutante coterie to the wives of its members at the traditional tea May 21 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Welcoming guests were Melissa Fahrmann, wife of Assembly Chairman John Fahrmann; Julie Folse, wife of assistant Assembly Chairman Scott Folse; Kyler Selser, wife of Ball Chairman John Selser; and Cathy Hall, wife of assistant Ball Chairman Dr. Chris Hall.

The debs were introduced by debutante co-chairwomen Barbara Anne Eaton and Ashley Lawson. They are Jane Cameron Barney, daughter of Jane and Scott Barney; Mary Katherine Bernard, daughter of Ann and Floyd Bernard Jr.; Kathleen McCraney Brown, daughter of Kate and Tee Brown; Caroline Blakeley Cordell, daughter of Holli and Robert Cordell III; Elizabeth Brady Countryman, daughter of Shannon and Clay Countryman; Lauren Nadine Dabadie, daughter of Rachel and Joseph Dabadie III; Rainey Elizabeth Gerald, daughter of Meg and Don Gerald Jr.; Charlotte Washburn Gladney, daughter of Pamela and Wally Gladney Jr.; Mary Katherine Freeman Koch, daughter of Lisa and Burton Guidry, and K.J. Koch; and Susannah Lee LeBlanc, daughter of Terri and Conway LeBlanc.

Also, Taylor Katherine LeBlanc, daughter of Teri and Gordon LeBlanc Jr.; Lauren Gray Martin, daughter of Janie and Richard Lauve, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and David Keith Martin; Mary Gail McCowan, daughter of Autumn and Charles McCowan III; Lauren Nicole McKowen, daughter of Erin and John McKowen Jr.; Mae Amanda Murrell, daughter of Charlotte and George Murrell, of Sunshine; Gwendolyn Ann Peek, daughter of Gwendolyn and Robert Peek Jr.; Allison Claire Poché, daughter of Shannon and James Poché III; Elise Frances Richard, daughter of Virginia and Patrick Richard; Anna Marie Singletary, daughter of Kimberly and Scott Singletary; Austen Siebert Turner, daughter of Sari and Thomas Turner; Mary Caroline Vinning, daughter of Cindy and Lance Vinning.

Carter Stone chaired this year’s tea. Adele Netterville was assistant tea chairwoman. Tea servers included Mary Beth Armstrong, Lorilin Braymer, Cyndi Deshotels, Betsy Harper, Mollie Hill, Susan Holliday, Glynes Hyde, Amy Marionneaux, Rebecca Nelson, Jennifer Price, Catherine Saurage and Gabriella St. Amant.


Internationally renowned American artist Hunt Slonem is quite colorful — both as an artist and a person. He thoroughly entertained those of us who turned out for his gallery talk about his “Bunnies” exhibit at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on May 20. The paintings can’t help but make you smile.

Slonem has had a “thing” for bunnies since the early ’80s when he discovered he was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Now, drawing the fuzzy creatures is part of his “warm up” ritual. Each morning he populates his studio with portraits of charming fuzzy bunnies, each brandishing their own distinctive ears and whiskers and rendered in his characteristic abstract style. To see him talking about them — one in particular that he named Minnie — check out the video at

Slonem also talked about his love of birds, of which he has owned and kept up to 100 of in his New York studio, and his two Louisiana plantation homes — Albania Plantation on Bayou Teche in St. Mary Parish and Lakeside Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish. The exhibit runs through June 22, and LASM also has Slonem’s book, “Bunnies,” on sale in the its gift shop along with some other goodies.


The ladies of Trianon, an auxiliary to the ARC of Baton Rouge, wrapped up the year with their annual luncheon meeting at the Bocage Racquet Club on May 22. It was the last hurrah for outgoing President Tammy Duos, who passed the gavel to successor Ann Suire by meeting’s end. Other officers for 2014-2015 include Vice President Chris Enright, Recording Secretary Sharon Lanius, Treasurer Duos and Parliamentarian Trish Sedlin.

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