Saturday, Feb. 24, should have been proclaimed as LSU Museum Day. Two really fun events that day benefited three of LSU’s museums — the Museum of Art, Rural Life Museum and the Textile & Costume Museum.
La Fête de la Riviére
Patrons of the LSU Museum of Art were enjoying the cool breeze, sunset and cocktails on the sixth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts when all of a sudden, the rains came. We scampered inside Tsunami to take the elevators down a floor to the museum for the rest of the evening’s La Fête de la Riviére.
Chairwoman Fran Harvey and committee had transformed the museum into a nightclub. We were all a bit soggy but that didn’t dampen the festive mood of the debut celebration on the river. Heirloom Cuisine put out quite the spread to nosh on as guests swayed and tapped their feet to the sounds of award-winning jazz vocalist Quiana Lynell. Guaranty Broadcasting’s Gordy Rush conducted the night’s live auction.
I had fun visiting with Susan and Fredrick Billings, Pat Alford, Nedra Hains, Beth Fuller, Gail Gaiennie, Gwen and Leo Hamilton, Whitney Vann and Robert Schneckenburger, Genny and Ford Thomas, Camp and Barbara Matens, Kathy and Charlie Cole, Sissy and John Bateman, Donna Saurage and brother-in-law Cary, Matt Edwards, Garland Goodwin Wilson, Elizabeth Weinstein, Shirley Porter and Phyllis McLauren. This may have been the first La Fête de la Riviére but let’s hope it’s not the last.
Earlier that afternoon I was at the Rural Life Museum for Tea, Fashion & Fancies, a joint fundraiser for the Friends of Rural Life and Friends of the Textile & Costume Museum. Welcoming everyone were Rural Life Executive Director David Floyd and Costume & Textile Museum Director Pam Vinci.
This year’s featured guest was Susan Davis, founder of Grandmother’s Buttons. She enlightened us all on the history of buttons and how she started her business of taking antique buttons and turning them into fabulous rings, bracelets, broaches and necklaces. Several people were wearing their own Grandmother’s Buttons' creations.
While Susan was talking buttons, the younger attendees were using buttons to adorn picture frames that, when completed, featured the photo of its creator. Needless to say, they were beaming with pride when they rejoined their mothers, grandmothers and aunts.
WAFB’s Diane Deaton chaired the tea and served as mistress of ceremonies for the day. She and members of the Friends of the Costume & Textile Museum board were all attired in ensembles from that group’s Your Friends Closet Sale, which is coming up March 10-11 at LSU's School of Human Ecology.
Under the direction of docent coordinator Elaine Ellis and “Kitchen Queen Bee” Montez LeGrande, lots of goodies were served by Rural Life docents Ann Barney, Judy Broussard, Corinne Cook, Linda Dawkins, Sally Evans, Pam Fisher, Kay James, Carol Kinchen, Rosemary Lane, Chris LeBlanc, Kay Ledet, Kathleen McDonald, Tonja Normand, Susan Smith, Barbara Verdin, Donna Welch and Melba Weiss. Also assisting were Rural Life staffers David Nicolosi, Steve Ramke, Elizabeth McInnis and Molly Sanchez.
The color red ruled on Friday, Feb. 23, as the Capital Area American Heart Association held its Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Raising Cane’s River Center. While there were too many stylish red ensembles to mention, there was one singled out as the winner of this year’s “Lady in Red.” Presented by Albemarle Foundation, that honor went to Kathy Victorian, who’s also been honored as one of the city’s Best Dressed.
The program also featured a presentation by chef Jeremy Coco on how to make a Dijon vinaigrette salad dressing. At the conclusion, we were introduced to the inspiration behind this heart-healthy creation — his wife, Mary Leah, who has heart failure. Her story was shared in a moving video after which she thanked her mom, Leah Moore, who also suffers from heart disease, for helping to save her life. Because Mary Leah knew of her family history, she was proactive in going to see to a cardiologist and discovered her heart failure early, allowing for immediate treatment.
Jeremy and Mary Leah’s 9-year-old daughter, Annie, was one of the models in the fashion show presented by national Go Red sponsor Macy’s. Also among the 53 strutting the runway were nationally acclaimed interior designer Kenneth Brown and daughter Harper; 5-year-old Charlie Hudson, who had open heart surgery when only 9 months old; LeighAnna Kingvalsky, 2017 Miss Black U.S. Ambassador; WBRZ’s Brittany Weiss; Katie Spears, daughter of AHA employee Karin Spears; and The Advocate’s Bonnie Smith.