Annual Fête Champêtre held at Lejeune House

Friends of French Studies at LSU and L’Assemblée Française held the annual Fête Champêtre Oct. 12 at the Lejeune House in New Roads.

LSU students from the Department of French Studies gave guided tours of the house and gardens after learning the property’s history from owners Randy Harelson and Richard Gibbs.

Serving on the committee were Neil Ann Parks, first vice president of Friends of French Studies; Anne Boussert, president of L’Assemblée Française; Dasha Pugasheva, liaison, Department of French Studies; Louis Curet; Smitty Bolner; and Carol Goldsmith.

Stacia Haynie, new dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and John Protevi, new chairman of the Department of French Studies, were guests. Ben Herrington performed French and Cajun songs on the accordion.

BR Woodworkers elect new officers for 2015

The Baton Rouge Woodworkers Club elected 2015 officers on Nov. 1 at Alvin Fort’s shop in Wilson: Terry Landry, president; Alvin Fort, vice president; Keith Bryan, treasurer; Mark Monistere, secretary; Jim Landry, webmaster; and Kerry Hawkins, Paul Hornsby and Warren Dufrene, members at large.

Lee Owens, club project coordinator, conveyed thanks to members from the IRIS Center for the 14 bookcases and 14 night stands they made and donated. Roland Dommert and Landry led discussions on selecting, fitting and installing cabinet drawers. Members demonstrated several show-and-tell items, including the computer-directed CNC router table built by Jim Landry.

The club website is

LSU Retirees hear political analyst Nickel

Political analyst Jim Nickel spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Nov. 10. Nickel said a major reason why Republicans did so well in the Nov. 4 elections is because President Barack Obama is not a good politician. Nickel said he expects Sen. Mary Landrieu to lose the runoff election.

With the passage of state budget amendments protecting special interests, he predicts LSU will have its funds reduced or raided to balance the budget. Next year’s legislative session will focus on the budget and not much else, he said.

The retirees’ club budget, however, is healthy, Treasurer Don Franke reported. Susan Hodges, Joy Bagur, Pat Lee, Jintana Cochran and Judy Lithgoe provided refreshments. Retirees meet on the second Monday of the month during the academic year.

LSU retirees and their spouses are invited to join. Contact

Music Club of BR takes ‘Stroll Down Broadway’

Mezzo-soprano Rita Lovett, soprano Celeste Veillon, baritone Bob Smith, pianist David Easley and violinist Ruth Roland performed “A Stroll Down Broadway” for the Music Club of Baton Rouge on Nov. 11.

Selections included “Meadowlark” from “The Baker’s Wife,” “You Walk With Me” from “The Full Monty” and “How Can I Lose You?” from “Myths and Hymns” song cycle, performed by Veillon; “Stars” and “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables,” sung by Smith; and “If I Sing” from “Closer Than Ever,” “I Don’t Want to Know” from “Dear World,” “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music” and “I’m Still Here” from “Follies,” sung Lovett. Easley played a medley of Broadway tunes. Janelle Couvillon was program chair.

The Hospitality Committee consisted of co-chairs Sue Rainer and Norma Roberts, Adrienne Aronstein, Patsy Borie, Dr. Joann Bowers, Andree Chol, Nanette Egros, Warren Fraser, Janie Silver, Ramona Veillon and Janene Wacker.

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