The post-Mardi Gras slump is over, as evidenced by the long list of events filling the March calendar. The last week of February was pretty busy, too, so let’s get started on recapping all the fun, most of which took place at one of Baton Rouge’s many fine museums.

Tea, Fashion & Fancies

Hundreds of girls from 7 to 70 put on their tea-party best for the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum’s fourth annual Tea, Fashion & Fancies held in conjunction with the Rural Life Museum Feb. 28 at Rural Life. Special guest for this year’s event was jewelry designer Mignon Faget, who shared her story of getting started in the biz as well as donating one of her designs for a drawing to raise funds for the two museums.

Faget also made the day of all the younger set, who during her talk with mistress of ceremonies Diane Deaton, made their own jewelry creations à la Faget’s style under the guidance of Carol Goldsmith and Sarah Losavio. Faget got up from her table and personally examined and commented on each piece made by the budding designers, which included 10-year-old birthday girl Emmy Lou Fabre and her birthday party guests — sister Ella Fabre, Amily Loup, Marty Gauthier and McKenna Newton.

Jeanne Triche chaired the elegant tea party. Assisting were committee Chairwomen Molly Sanchez, Montez LeGrande, Elise Blewster and Kathleen McDonald.

Shamrocks & Champagne

Before enjoying afternoon tea, I popped in at the Woman’s Club where the Baton Rouge Irish Club was holding its annual Shamrocks & Champagne Brunch. Entertaining guests were Brian Breen, Will Brian and Irish dancers from the Ryan School of Irish Dancing in New Orleans, which also has classes in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

Also in the spotlight at the brunch were Aaron Bayham, winner of this year’s Emerald Shamrock award, and Rex Fortenberry, who received the Crystal Harp award.

Palooza thank-you

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge hosted a party on Feb. 27 at the home of Linda and McClish Dawkins for committee volunteers to celebrate the success of this past January’s Laurel Street Palooza. It was fun to hear all the tales of what went on prior to and during this huge street party fundraiser. I especially had fun visiting with Mary Boston, Karen and Glen Duncan, Dovie Brady, Sandy Parfait and the hosts.

LSU Museum

The LSU Museum of Art hosted a reception Feb. 26 for featured artist Sandra Russell Clark, a contemporary Louisiana photographer. Her works, “Venice, Traces: The Art of Sandra Russell Clark,” remain on exhibit through April 19.

In 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, Clark lost all of her photo negatives and prints of Venice, the product of decades of work. She returned to Venice in 2012 to retrace her steps and recapture these lost images, several of which she took with her iPhone. Among those checking out the exhibit were Michael Robinson and Don Boutté, Carole and Charlie Lamar and Fran Harvey.

New Orleans Style

Across the street at the Old State Capitol, Andi Eaton, another New Orleans resident, was wrapping up a talk on her debut book, “New Orleans Style.” Eaton is the designer of New Orleans’ women’s wear line, Hazel & Florange, and founder of the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design. Her book explores the city’s diverse fashion influences of “French sophistication, Spanish exuberance and deep Creole roots” as well as jazz and Mardi Gras.

I got to visit with Jeanne Triche, her twin sister Joan nie Hebert, Jackie Ceeghan, Harriett Babin Miller, Jackie Kretzer and Mary Durusau.

On the Move

Guests at the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s On the Move luncheon heard from another author, MS patient Ronda Giangreco. In her book, “The Gathering Table: Defying MS with a Year of Pasta, Wine & Friends,” the Sonoma, California, resident details how she turned her 2008 diagnosis into a journey filled with pain, confusion, pasta, wine, family and friends both new and old by cooking a huge feast every Sunday for an entire year.

She wrapped up her talk by auctioning off two of her memorable pasta dinners combined with a personal wine tour through Napa Valley to generate $6,000 for the MS Society.

Luncheon goers also heard from Dr. April Erwin, who gave a hope-inspiring, state-of-the-union speech on current MS research and medications. Jennifer McGehee made the appeal for donations to help continue that research.

Special guests were representatives from this year’s Company on the Move, Peoples Health, and Donna and Tom Hilde - brandt, recipients of the People on the Move award.

WAFB ’s Diane Deaton served as emcee. Members of the Baton Rouge Leadership Council include Holly Arceneaux, Robin Baker, Frances Billeaud, Mary Boudreaux, Beth Bryant, Jamie Burgess, Jennifer Cope, Cynthia Kragthorpe, Karen Lambert, Carolyn Moore, Jim Nichols, Kathy Pearce, Aimée Simon, Connie Smith, Linda Vannoy, the Hildebrandts and McGehee.

LASM anniversary

Louisiana Art & Science Museum Executive Director Carol Gikas was honored for her 35 years of leadership at the Feb. 23 annual meeting and following reception. Honored along with her were LASM’s decade members. At the meeting, outgoing board chairman René Ragas turned the gavel over to David Faulk.


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