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Movie Quotes To Live By

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Life can be tough. However, if you surround yourself with positive people who exude an optimistic attitude and love to laugh, you’ll get through the toughest of times. This was how our “get to know us” question came to be. What is your favorite inspirational movie quote? That’s what we asked our team. We hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did!


Jason Roy, Sevie Zeller Publishing Assistants: Laura Domingue, Jessica Myers Editor: Sevie Zeller Editorial Assistant/Lead Writer: Heather Salsman Graphic Designer: Jason Roy Senior Account Executive: Blair Blanchard Suire Account Executives: Mindi Bernard, Nancy Fawcett Promotional Assistant: Jennifer Griggs Fashion Editor: Michelle Judice Ad Design: Abby Meaux, Bobbijo Vittorio Digital: Heather Salsman, Jessica Myers Intern: Heather Johnson


- A League of Their Own

- Star War The Empi s, Strikes Bacre k

– Almost Famous




Brandon Alleman, Adam Chauvin, Cheré Coen, Brandon Comeaux, Hannah Comeaux, Sonia Desormeaux, James Eckhoff, Emily Gaudet, Curt Guillory, Lisa Hanchey, Heather Johnson, Michelle Judice, Sandra McKinney, Jessica Myers, Justin Price, Mandie Kiddy, Justin Price, Theresa Russell, Heather Salsman, Eat Fit Acadiana

– Shawshan k Redemption



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4 Cajun Nation: Opelousas 6 Local Limelight 8 Louisiana Authors 11 How LA Businesses Were Born 21 Nonprofit Spotlight

HOME + STYLE 22 Home Improvement Resource Guide 23 Getting Creative with Family Photos 26 Moms, Dads and Grads 30 Organic Pest Control 34 Seasonal Fetes 38 Hers Fashion: Spring Into Color 40 His Fashion: Springtime Basics

FOOD + DRINK 43 BBQ, Burgers and Beer 46 Dining Destination: Midway on the Square 47 Bocage Crawfish 49 Eat Fit Acadiana: Blue Dog Café



50 Detox Deceptions 52 Vaginal Health 54 Expectant Mothers and Felines 55 Farmers Markets with Flair

DATING + MARRIAGE 56 Customize Your Outdoor Wedding 58 Mr. & Mrs. 59 I Do…Or Do I?



KIDS + PETS 60 The Battle to B.E.A.T. Bullying 62 Creative Summertime Ideas 63 Revive Performance Training 65 In-home Dog Care

SPORTS + ADVENTURE 66 McNeese State University 67 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 68 Louisiana State University 69 Youngsville Sand Volleyball Complex

LEISUE + EVENTS 72 New Natives Brass Band 73 Straight Whiskey 74 Local Playgrounds 75 337 West 76 International Travel 77 The Seen 80 Featured Artist: Steve Seneca

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By Cheré Coen



Stop at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center on I-49 and be amazed. Yes, it’s all about the great things happening in the parish, but the center is unique in that it focuses on sustainability and green construction. Look for the water cistern that collects rainwater next to the landscape of indigenous plants, the wind turbine that generates energy and the photovoltaic panels capturing solar energy. Inside are salvaged materials and an art exhibit by area artists, craftsmen and students.

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Get Outside

A few miles north of Opelousas outside Ville Platte is Chicot State Park with its centralized lake, hiking trails, cabins and campsites, boat rentals, fishing and much more. Nearby is the 300-acre Louisiana Arboretum, a natural classroom for Louisiana vegetation in a landscape that ranges from flatlands to rolling ridges. Both are excellent day trips for an outdoor experience and the Arboretum offers special events and educational exhibits.

Roadside Attraction Step back in time at Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas (Historical Park & Heritage Museum) at the eastern entrance of Opelousas along U.S. Hwy. 190. This recreation of a village using authentic buildings from Opelousas’ past include exhibits on Jim Bowie, the American hero of the Alamo who once lived in Opelousas; the Zydeco Music Exhibit; and the Venus Home, the oldest Creole home of its kind west of the Mississippi.

Stay the Night

Evangeline Downs Hotel, located next to the Evangeline Downs Racetrack which begins thoroughbred horse racing in April, is a pet-friendly boutique hotel with modern amenities. In addition to its proximity to the racetrack and downtown Opelousas, visitors may enjoy a fitness center, indoor heated pool and hot tub, and free continental breakfast. 4

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Opelousas owns a long and varied history, from being one of the original outposts of the Louisiana colony to the origins of Creole and Zydeco music. The town hosts world-renowned festivals every year, including the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival. It broadcasts its indigenous music at its famous dancehalls and special events such as the Music and Market concerts at Le Vieux Village. Opelousas is also home to famous Creole seasoning Tony Chachere’s and Lou Ana Cooking Oil.

Little Known Fact

Opelousas is the third oldest town in Louisiana (established in 1719), one year past New Orleans. During the Civil War, Opelousas briefly became the capital of Confederate Louisiana after Union forces occupied Baton Rouge.

Diners Delight

Whether you are looking to freshen up your next dinner date or just want to satisfy that boudin and cracklin craving, Opelousas’ food game is strong. • Soileau’s Dinner Club, 1618 N. Main Street • The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor, 2235 Creswell Lane Ext. • Back In Time, 123 W. Landry Street • Crawfish House and Grill, 1214 S. Union Street • Yamato Steakhouse of Japan, 1434 Heather Drive • The Varsity Grille, 704 Creswell Lane • Billy-Ray’s Boudin, 904 Short Vine Street

Don’t Miss These Museums

• The New York Foundling Hospital sent orphans by train to new families from 1854 to 1929, and Opelousas was one of the stops for the “Orphan Train.” The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum showcases items telling the story of these orphan train riders. • Part of the state’s African-American Heritage Trail, the Creole Heritage Folklife Center relives traditions of the African-American community with Creole folklorist and St. Landry Parish native, Rebecca Henry. Guided tours offered weekly and by appointment. • The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center explains the history of Opelousas with exhibits on Louisiana’s prehistory, the city’s businesses and professions, music and the origins of zydeco, the Civil War, a Hall of Fame and the barbershop chair where Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde fame got his last haircut.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT By Heather Salsman


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Real Estate Broker and Co-owner of Century 21 Bessette Realty 337: What do you love most about your job? Hodgkins: I focus on new agent training for our company, and I love helping our new agents learn about the business and reach their goals. It’s extremely rewarding to watch them succeed! 337: Where is your favorite place to visit in the 337? Hodgkins: I really love to attend events in Downtown Lake Charles. It has come a long way in the last 10 years, and every month there are fun events scheduled. 337: What do you do when you are off the clock? Hodgkins: My husband and I both love to travel, so I have to say that would be No. 1. I also like to stay active. We bike ride with a local group, and I also go to the gym every day. 337: What cheers you up? Hodgkins: Getting to spend time with my boys. They both go to school out of state. I love when they’re home for school breaks. 337: What is the most distant place you’ve visited? Hodgkins: St. Petersburg, Russia. 6

337: Name any place in the world you would like travel to right now. Hodgkins: My husband and I are planning a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa this summer. 337: What is your favorite pizza? Hodgkins: The wine lover’s pizza at Bodega Wine Dive. 337: Is there a specific community effort that you find yourself drawn to? Hodgkins: I currently serve as the chair of the board of directors for the Chamber SWLA and the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. I have served on the board on and off for the last 10 years. It’s so important for businesses to be involved with the Chamber to stay up to date on workforce development, quality of life and public policy initiatives. 337: What is one of the best steps we could take to make the world a better place? Hodgkins: Focus on civility. We might all have different opinions, but we should always strive to treat each other with respect and kindness.

McGrew of LAFAYETTE Realtor for Keaty Real Estate & Co-founder of Maddie’s Footprints 337: What do you love most about your job? McGrew: I love to have the opportunity to work with a variety of different people with one of the biggest investments of their lives. Every day is different and brings a new adventure! 337: What are your biggest fears? McGrew: Heights and mice. 337: What is the last picture you took with your phone? McGrew: A picture of my two beautiful daughters. 337: What do you do for fun? McGrew: I love spending quality time with friends and family. Dance parties with my daughters are always a blast! 337: What is your favorite kind of music? McGrew: There is nothing better than listening to a soulful voice with an acoustic guitar. 337: Finish this sentence: In a perfect world… McGrew: Everyone would be kind to one another.

337: What cheers you up? McGrew: Fun music and beautiful weather. 337: What is the most distant place you’ve visited? McGrew: Jamaica. 337: Name any place in the world you would like travel to right now. McGrew: Bora Bora. 337: What is your favorite movie? McGrew: My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption. 337: What is your favorite pizza? McGrew: Grilled chicken margherita. 337: Tell us about Maddie’s Footprints. McGrew: My heart and soul is Maddie’s Footprints. My husband and I started this organization in honor of our first baby Madeline who died in 2009. It’s been an incredible experience to watch it grow over the last eight years and to see the community of families that have evolved from it. The support we receive from the people of Acadiana is truly phenomenal.

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NEW IBERIA CHIEF OF POLICE TODD D’ALBOR Experience at his back and community at heart By Heather Salsman Todd D’Albor grew up in St. Martinville and spent a lot of time in the neighboring city of New Iberia. What he loves most about the area is the people. D’Albor served as the Chief of Police in Jennings for seven and a half years where the community treated him like family. However, he grew to know what the term homesick meant, leading him back to his hometown in 2017. After moving back to the New Iberia area, D’Albor noticed that the increase of crime had become heart wrenching and was hurting not just individuals, but the community as a whole. “Seeing the passion that Mayor Freddie DeCourt has to improve the city was what drew me back home. It’s refreshing to know that this city has a leader that puts politics aside to do what needs to be done to address the most pressing issue to better this city,” said D’Albor. It is no easy task to tackle the intricacies of the newly created New Iberia Police Department. It’s a good thing D’Albor has experience at his back. He has also worked for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Martinville Police Department, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office and, most recently, served as police chief in Jennings. “Each of these stints allowed for my growth in law enforcement and has led me to this point,” he explained. This experience and a heart for improving the community has residents hopeful. One thing is for sure, it is the dawn of a new day in the Deep South.

“It is no easy task to tackle the intricacies of the newly created New Iberia Police Department. It’s a good thing D’Albor has experience at his back.”

Q&A with New Iberia Chief of Police 337: What is your daily routine like and what do you see a lot of on the job? D’Albor: Very unique. This hasn’t been done on this level. Bringing a police department back from scratch is a huge task. The mayor, our staff and I are working everyday to get everything that is needed done so that when we take over law enforcement services July 1, it will be seamless. As of now, we are trying to be in as many places as possible to hear the community concerns. 337: What is one experience that you’ll never forget? D’Albor: On a memory in 1997, I led a deep undercover narcotics operation “Operation Spiderweb,” where a deep undercover officer went out into the city in St. Martinville with the purpose of making cases on individuals that were selling illegal drugs in the community. This drug sting lasted for eight months and 36 cases were made. The highlight of this was that all 36 were convicted, which showed the integrity of how well these cases were made. The deep undercover, Daniel Declouet, who put his life at risk every day is someone that I will always admire. It takes a really special person to put himself at this risk everyday, especially since he had no backup. I’m humbled to this day to call him not only a hero, but a friend. Both of us received the Meritorious Service Award.

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PAGE TURNERS - PART 1 Shining the spotlight on talented Louisiana authors By Sevie Zeller


t’s no secret that a multitude of talent abounds from our region. The best chefs, famed musicians, sports legends, worldrenowned artist and master craftsmen all call south Louisiana home. Local authors are no exceptions. Please consider supporting these remarkable writers and the journey to tell their story. And if you have a story to tell, shoot an email to Thank you for your support and here’s to finding a new favorite page turner! Christine Word’s newest release, “Sparks of Light,” is considered a spiritual primer for all ages. The simple teachings will help parents to share their own family beliefs and provide a place to start a conversation on the delicate and universal topic of death. Illustrated by award-winning Lafayette artist, Cayla Zeek, “Sparks of Light” is available at Heaven on Earth in Lafayette, House of Broussard, Books Along the Teche in New Iberia, The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau, Chloe Rose in Abbeville and Amazon. Hailing from Sunset, award-winning author Alysson Foti Bourque is best known for her “Rhyme or Reason Travel” book series and her popular Alycat series illustrated by Chiara Civati. Families love “Alycat and the Monday Blues,” “Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day!” and more. Coming Fall 2018 is her newest release “Alycat and the Friendship Friday,” which


teaches children about using creativity to embrace new friendships. Get this book and a matching plush toy at or at one of these local retailers: The Cajun Coleective, Zoosiana, Books Along the Teche, Lolli & Bop, Kiddeaux’s and more!

This book touches the soul of humanity by uncovering truths that races in America attempt to cover up. Find a copy at, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million websites.

Hot off the press, “Kletus & Kid: Kletus Learns About Patience” by Alan Shaw is certified Cajun and sure to please. The story tells of a fullblooded Catahoula Leopard dog Klete’s struggle to join the baseball team, coping with fear, frustrations and overcoming obstacles. This great book on life lessons is available on Amazon.

“Walking Into Winter: Writing to Warm the Frostbitten Soul” by Moriah Rabeaux is collection of soul-baring poetry that chronicles the struggles of a young woman as she comes to terms with living with bipolar disorder and chronic physical illness. The poems dance between being frank and simplistic in language to weaving fantastical worlds of dragons and other mythical creatures. The collection is a glimpse inside the mind, heart and soul of someone who sees the world through a lens of often shifting colors. This kaleidoscope of sounds, images, rhythms and feelings can be found on Amazon.

“Racelift” by Myron Guillory will help ambulate races to the emergency room where their minds and hearts can experience healing from Christ. It is premature to talk about healthier race relations before being touched by the healing hands of Christ.

“On May 1, 2013, I got the call that every mother dreads. My family was in a terrible car accident. As the day unfolded, I would say my final goodbye to my eldest daughter. My husband would become paralyzed from the neck down. And just 10 days later, I gave birth five weeks early to my fourth child. This would put my faith to the test. But, by God’s grace and

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support of my spiritual family, I found beauty in the storm.” Ivette Vasquez’s “Beauty in the Storm” is a powerful read about finding peace in life’s unforeseen tragedy. Get a copy ay, Google Play, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Angela Tezeno, a native of Lake Charles and local middle school teacher, has written and published a life management book that shows women the secret to managing a busy lifestyle. “Cura Your Life” is a practical “howto” guidebook to master the balancing act of all aspects of life. It utilizes a self-help tool Tezeno created herself, The Cura Canvas. It focuses on seven areas of life: spiritual, self, health and fitness, leisure, relationships, finances and career and helps the reader to create a master plan to successfully manage these seven key areas. Find out more at

between her loyalty to the only Family she has known or the love of the FBI agent. The book is being well received by many readers and book bloggers. It is currently available at Books Along the Teche and Amazon. Earnest J. Gaines, world-renowned novelist, debuted his latest book “The Tragedy of Brady Sims” at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. A few of his other books worth reading include “A Lesson Before Dying,” “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “A Gathering of Old Men.”

Michele Le Blanc is a multi-awardwinning author originally from Lafayette who has just published new revised editions of Acadian and Cajun history nonfiction books written by her famous grandfather, Senator Dudley J. “Coozan Dud” Le Blanc (the “HADACOL” patent medicine inventor). “The True Story of the Acadians,” 90th Anniversary Edition, and “The Acadian Miracle,” 50th Anniversary Edition, are available on Amazon and Google Play. Recently released, “The Boss’s Daughter” by Jennifer Bates is a suspense/thriller about the daughter of a mob boss. Her father murders her fiancé on her wedding day, then threatens her. She runs away from Boston and ends up in Louisiana where she meets and falls in love with the FBI agent who is investigating a string of murders her father is connected to. When she is found by the Family, she must choose

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“Dad’s War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific” by Neil Bertrand recounts the real journey of his father during World War II. Curtis Bertrand returned home from WWII in the South Pacific with over 600 photos. These never-before-seen pictures from his private collection, along with official battalion journal entries and stories of near-death experiences entail drama, adventure and depict the reality of war. “Dad’s War Photos” covers many aspects of Curtis’s experiences: leaving the farm in Opelousas, Louisiana, going to boot camp, being sent overseas, and coming back home, all through the lens of his Kodak fold-up camera passed down to him from his parents.

Cherie Coen’s current book, which came out Valentine’s Day, is “Trace of a Ghost.” It’s the third book in her Viola Valentine paranormal mystery series under the pen name of Cherie Claire. The notable book by Coen were preceded by “A Ghost of a Chance” and “Ghost Town.” The books are available at all online bookstores as ebook downloads (first book is free to download) and in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, including the Lafayette Barnes & Noble store.

“Plane!”—a word squealed in delight by toddlers who hear, look up and see a big gray object flying overhead. Diana Cash Lennon’s new book, “Why Do Airplanes Have Tails?” helps inquisitive minds understand the wonderous world of flight. Being released this summer, the book will answer questions such as “How did it get up there?” “What are the different parts called?” and, of course, “Why Do Airplanes Have Tails?” The book is illustrated by David Stanley, a student in the gifted program at Lafayette High School. 25 percent of the profit of every book sold (print or e-book) will go to help people in Burma, the country from which he came.


ST CK OUT OF TH E CROWD Print will always remain relevant. Its rich history is laden with respectability and trust. The clearly defined target audiences and high engagement rates drive online searches. Readers trust print and want to support local business. Be seen.

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ouisiana BUSINESSES How

Born What does our community have in common? The drive, the hard work, and the support that it takes to build the 337 into what is has become. Let’s look into how these local businesses were born and their strength in numbers, proving their commitment to building our community.

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SLEMCO 3420 NE Evangeline Thrwy. Lafayette, LA 70507 337-896-5834 (Main Switchboard) 1-888-275-3626 (To report an outage)

All SLEMCO employees make reliable electric service priority #1.

SLEMCO is one of Acadiana’s

oldest and most respected business organizations. They’ve been providing electric service to homes and businesses since 1937. What started out as a small rural electric cooperative serving only 256 customers has grown into a cutting-edge electric provider to more than 108,000 homes and businesses throughout Acadiana. SLEMCO serves customers in Acadia, Avoyelles, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes. Each of the 267 employees begin and end each day with one goal in mind – to provide safe, reliable electricity to SLEMCO’s members, 24/7/365.

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Dispatchers are on duty 24/7, and crews are dispatched day or night when power outages occur. No matter the department, SLEMCO employees go through extensive training to develop the skills needed to excel at their jobs. Because they are as dedicated to their employees as they are to their customers, most workers remain with them until they retire. SLEMCO actively supports the communities they serve through their annual college scholarship program, providing Operation Round-Up grants to the needy, and through economic development projects designed to bring more jobs to Acadiana. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.COM

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Gulf Coast Bank 221 S. State St Abbeville, LA 70510 337-893-7733

On Feb. 1, 1971, Gulf Coast Bank opened its doors for the first time. The first branch was a small trailer at the location of the current main office in Abbeville with only three employees: Richard Dubois, Ruby Bertrand and the founder of Gulf Coast Bank, Charles A. Patout. Paul Patout said of his father, “He understood business; he was a business man. He was a workaholic.” Charles recognized the underserved market in Vermilion Parish and made

Paul Patout, Gulf Coast Bank President and CEO, and Pat Patout, Gulf Coast Bank Chairman of the Board


The number of Gulf Coast Bank branches in Acadiana it his mission to open a new bank. The local businessman was extremely proud to be a veteran, and that fighting spirit proved useful with working to open the bank. It took roughly seven years to open the doors. Today, Gulf Coast Bank has grown to 13 locations throughout Acadiana and employs more than 150 people. Customer service has remained the central focus of the locally-owned establishment for more than 47 years. Currently run by sons Paul Patout, President and CEO, and Pat Patout, Chairman of the Board, the fullV OL U M E 4 I S S U E 2


Gulf Coast Bank employees at the Main Office Branch in Abbeville wearing Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana t-shirts in support of the Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks fundraiser

The founder of Gulf Coast Bank Charles A. Patout with his sons Paul Patout and Pat Patout

service financial institution offers a variety of services including loans, credit cards, investments, insurance, a mobile app with check deposit and more. Their graduation promotion also kicks off in April! This promotion is an opportunity for high school graduates to open a personal checking account and receive a few perks as a “thank you” for choosing Gulf Coast Bank. When graduates open their account, they will receive no monthly service charge for five years and a free first box of checks. In addition to these benefits, they will receive $20 deposited into their account and

two free movie tickets to The Grand Theatre! Gulf Coast Bank has received countless accolades for its community involvement and philanthropy. The Bank embodies the spirit of Acadiana by building lasting relationships and always being willing to help its customers and community. Visit their revamped website,, to find more information about the bank and the services they offer. Gulf Coast Bank cares about helping you achieve your financial goals! 13


300-500 Estimated age (in years) of the oldest piece of sinker cypress log

300-500 Estimated age (in years) of the oldest piece of sinker cypress log

Rustic Living & Cypress 2463 N. Bayou Des Glaises Road Moreauville, LA 71355 318-240-4688

In summer 2012, Cody Coco found a beautiful pecky sinker cypress log in a private lake that he ducks hunts throughout the winter. Pecky sinkers are a type of cypress log that have a variety of irregular shapes and holes, which give every piece stunningly unique characteristics. Coco remembers that as a kid his dad had similar pieces of wood that were saved for years at their house. His dad worked with cypress boards a lot, so Coco knew it was time to try it out for himself. He pulled the log out of the lake, got it cut and uncovered the beautiful wood.


After advertising the pieces of cut wood on Facebook, he sold out in a 15-minute time period. Coco always knew that the shed of wood his dad had would be something that folks would want, and he was right. In the years since, Coco has honed his business and skillset. Rustic Living & Cypress now offers fresh cut sinker, reclaimed and new cypress, antique hand hewn beams, and barnwood from all over the USA, designing services. From flooring and tables to mantles and counter tops, Louisiana cypress is always a good decision.

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Number of Louisiana workers employed by Gulf Pro Services

Gulf Pro Services 1537 Coteau Road Houma, LA 70364 985-879-1002 105 Swaco Way Broussard, LA 70518 337-330-2456

Owner Randy Deroche Sr. founded Gulf Pro Services, an oil field equipment rental company, in 2008 in Houma, LA. Around this time, the oil field was “booming” because of fracking and the huge increase in drilling in shale plays in the U.S. Equipment was in short supply for many companies. Seeing an opportunity, Randy started renting specialty equipment to drilling service companies. He gradually increased Gulf Pro’s equipment line to supply well test and flowback companies, and later

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offshore oil and service companies. Like all companies in the oil field, Gulf Pro was hit hard by the downturn that began in 2013. However, by 2017 business had increased enough that Gulf Pro opened a second facility in Broussard to better service companies in the Lafayette area. The homegrown company now employs over 50 Louisiana workers between the two facilities. With an extreme dedication to quality and customer service, Gulf Pro is optimistic about the oil industry over the next few years.



109 Craft beers available

Blackened Brew 112 W. Thomas Street Hammond, LA 70401 985-393-0169

At 20 years old, Anthony Donze knew what he wanted after working in the restaurant industry for several years. “As a craft beer and burger lover, I felt there was a void for an all-around dining experience with gourmet burgers and the exploding interest into craft beer,” he said, adding, “Downtown Hammond is a growing culinary and entertainment epicenter.” Donze’s chance came in September 2015 at a conveniently located, vacated restaurant. After waiting nearly 10 years for the historic downtown to be revived from a near 80 percent vacancy rate, on Feb. 5, 2016 Blackened Brew was open for business and bringing commerce to the area.


With 24 craft taps and 85 craft beers in bottles, there is an option to suit anyone’s palette. Blackened Brew also carries wine and spirits from all over the country and has a notable happy hour. Voted Best New restaurant 2017, Blackened Brew is Hammond’s premier gastropub. The chefs use only the finest meats and the freshest local ingredients to create the gourmet burgers. The crew at Blackened Brew is Louisiana proud! They also have a kid’s menu, so bring the whole family. Stop in to take advantage of the daily food specials along with live entertainment every weekend.

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Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors 204 Toledo Drive Lafayette, LA 70506 337-237-ROOF

Serving Acadiana for over 18 years,

Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors has established itself as a reliable resource in the community, whether the project is a new build or sudden damage from unexpected weather. And because it is locally owned, customers will not only know where to find them but can be assured that any issues that arise will be resolved in a timely manner. Owner Darren Domingue attributes the family-run company’s success to a


The number of years Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors has served Acadiana solid foundation of skilled, licensed staff. He elaborated further by saying that Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors has established a dependable network of experienced, regional subcontractors who not only offer a wide variety of skillsets but bring decades of experience to the table. V OL U M E 4 I S S U E 2


Co-owners Billy Savely, JR (left) and Darren Domingue (right)

Domingue currently sits on the board of directors for the Acadiana chapter of the Better Business Bureau where he is making efforts to change the negative stigma often attached to the contract labor industry. His dedication to the community can also be seen in his company’s support of local events such as Uncle Sam’s Jam and Acadiana Po’boy Festival. Furthermore, Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors gives away a free roof replacement a year to a veteran in need (info on Take a minute to check your roof

for sagging, water damage or torn shingles so that a minor issue can be repaired before it turns into a major one. Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors will ensure that your family and your assets are covered and exceed expectations while at it. 17


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2007 was a big year for Michael Suire and his son, Dustin Suire. The two had spent a lifetime working to build relationships with community members and area businesses. It all came together that fateful year when Michael and Dustin Suire took a leap of faith and founded LA Energy Services of Iberia. In the decade that followed, the company has grown into a full-service machine shop and oil field repair facility. The hardworking team at LA Energy Services of Iberia specializes in the repair and replacement of all types of cylinder heads, compressors valves, air starters, pump parts and components.


Years of combined experience of oil and gas repair and maintenance The Suires have over 45 years of combined repair and maintenance experience in the oil and natural gas industries. “Our success is directly related to the satisfaction of our customers,” said Dustin. “We take pride in the fact that we can repair all compressor and engine components regardless of your make and model,” he continued, “Our goal is to meet all of your repair and/or manufacturing needs in one location.” Other areas of expertise include manifolds, packing glands, piston/rod assemblies and power cylinders, as well as general


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machine work. The parts and service departments are available 24 hours a day. Throughout years filled with peaks and valleys, Michael and Dustin are still running strong and are more dependable than ever. As second and third generation oil field service providers, they look forward to serving their loyal customers for many more years to come.

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Fitness is Hard Strategies for Success By Tiffany Saltzman, CPT, M.S. Manager, ILoveKickboxing Youngsville

Raise your hand if you’ve ever blown off a workout, or gotten “out of shape” because well, life happens. Listen, I hear you! Fitness is hard! Don’t get so down on yourself; you got life to do and sometimes your health gets put on the back burner. You are NOT alone! Here are some strategies that can set you up for success: 1. Plan out your workouts! Write them down in a calendar as if it’s an appointment, then when completed, check it off 2. Journal! Don’t only cross it off the to-do list, but journal about how the workout went. How you felt, if you were sore, etc. This way you can look back and know what works best for you and your body 3. Meal prep! Set aside time during the weekend to make your week ahead much easier. Also, if you have healthy meals prepared you are less likely to skip a workout 4. Move when and where you can! Busy days come up sometimes and there’s nothing we can do about it. Keep some workout clothes in your car and if all else fails, go for a quick jog, brisk walk, or do a quick body weight workout in your office/home. Put the smart phone down while you’re waiting for the kids at soccer practice and go get some laps in 5. Find your “fit-fam!” ACCOUNTABILITY! Get into a gym that has classes so you’re surrounded by like minds. You can do it! I know you can!


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he story of Journey House began on December 2017 with Matt Mclain as the founder. Mclain is bringing awareness to the Lafayette area and helping others continue their path of sobriety. The Journey House is the home to men that are able to step away from environments that in the past have staggered their recovery process and are able to start a sober life. Jamey Doyle is the in-house manager. He assists the guys with their resumes for potential jobs, provides them with the tools they need to live a sober life, and helps everyone in the house maintain structure. The Journey House is a nonprofit sober living for men who are going through similar journeys. It gives them a positive and supportive environment to thrive in. The home is the perfect example of a second chance in life and a new sober beginning. If you are wanting more information on the Journey House or interested in donating, visit or you can also follow Journey House LA on Facebook.

Journey House 108 Ophelia Lane Lafayette, LA 70506 337-315-7546

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Emily used glass jars to house photos from a recent trip to the beach.


This antique wall phone lends itself to a perfect photo display.

Photos mounted on cutting boards or blocks of wood add interest and dimension.


Getting Creative with Family Photos A new approach to an old tradition By Emily Gaudet,


amily photos are something that just about everyone has on display in their home, so why not make them interesting? I admit that I used to think that family photos were the simplest and most mundane way to decorate; In some ways they are, but they don’t have to be. As a child I remember our family photos being so staged and unnatural. We would put on our Sunday best and take a trip to Olan Mills once a year to sit on a block of carpet in front of a hazy gray background and hope that everyone smiles at the same time. Fortunately, today’s photos have evolved into candid shots in familiar settings that better reflect each person’s personality. As photographers become more creative with their work, it makes sense to get more creative in our display. When creating a display, think unconventional. What things do you have in the home that can be used to showcase a photo other than the assumed picture frame? Some of my favorites include blocks of aged wood, cutting boards and even glass jars. The best places to find some of these unique items are estate sales and flea markets. Often times, a rustic find can be cheaper than purchasing a plain picture frame. I once found a whole collection of small aged cutting boards at a garage sale for $1 each. It helps when you know what you are looking for, but it can also be very exciting when coming across something interesting like an antique, plain-front wall phone.

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Make a bold presentation with a large-scale pencil drawing.

A simple way to display photos on a larger scale is to get them printed on canvas. This has become very popular in recent years because it doesn’t require a frame and adds dimension to the wall. Another option is to search for artists in the community who can paint a portrait or do a pencil drawing from a recent photo. This technique can transform a photo into a work of art that becomes a keepsake for future generations. Hopefully this has inspired you to get creative about presenting these treasured memories as an artistic focal point in your home!




Get Cultured New processes rekindle love of hassle free cultured marble surfaces Lafayette Marble & Granite has the largest cultured marble manufacturing facility in the Gulf South. Cultured marble is a manmade product made from ground up marble particles which are then mixed with resin. This product is very similar to the manmade quartz counter tops that have gained popularity recently. The new processes and products available allow cultured marble to fit design styles ranging from modern and contemporary to the rustic farmhouse feel. Cultured marble is very low maintenance and requires no resealing like natural stone and tile showers do. Have you ever walked into an older bathroom and been hit by a musty smell? That smell is most likely the tile, grout or natural stone that has not been resealed. That material is now holding moisture and has started to mildew. Cultured marble’s waterproof design makes it a preferred product for those looking for something hassle free. Cleaning it with antibacterial soaps or a mild bathroom cleaner is all the maintenance required to keep it looking showroom new. A simple polish using RainX or Pledge can even prevent soap scum from building up along with hard water and calcium deposits. Because of the longevity of the product as well as its beauty, all major hotel chains have switched to exclusively using cultured marble for all their shower and tub surrounds. The available color options mimic marble, granite and quartz products. Unique options available include tile patterned walls, wheelchair accessible showers and Jacuzzi marble tubs. A multitude of trims, colors and accessories are available to customize your bath. Come by to design your dream bath with Lafayette Marble & Granite as your one stop shop.


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MOMS, DADS, AND GRADS Spoil mom, commend dad, and congratulate a grad! Gift giving shouldn’t be stressful when there are an array of local businesses offering products and services for all hobbies, personalities and styles. Something small goes a long way, especially when you buy from a homegrown shop. Your mom, dad or grad will do a little happy dance, and so will a local business owner.

If mom is dreaming of upcoming summer days, this TRS designed and manufactured Nassau straw beach tote with straw button closure is a must-have. Available in stores and online.

THE ROYAL STANDARD 2015 Johnston Street Lafayette, LA 70503 337-289-1144

UnbelievaBrella, the reverse closing umbrella by Shedrain, is a practical gift any mother will love!

VIVIAN’S DÉCOR & GIFTS 1212 Albertson Pkwy. Broussard, LA 70518 337-893-0820

Sweeten her Mother’s Day gift with a sweet grace candle and lotion by Bridgewater Candle company.

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Get Mom her favorite sized handbags from Simply Noelle. The quality of these handbags is top notch, and they come in great designs with reasonable prices and beautiful colors too! Pictured is Simply Noelle All Tied Up signature bag.

GUILBEAU’S THRIFTY-WAY PHARMACY & GIFTS 208 E. Saint Peter Street Carencro, LA 70520 337-896-3241

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Flowers are classic gift that never goes out of style! This swig insulated combo cooler is filled with fresh flowers in colors to compliment. Use the insulated, sweat-free container as a cup with the lid and drinking spout or use it as a coozie for a can or bottle!

FLOWERS & MORE BY DEAN 292 Ridge Road, Suite 7 Lafayette, LA 70506 337-988-3326

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Made entirely from heat treated stainless steel, WildCard knife is only slightly thicker than a credit card, allowing it to be stored in your wallet or comfortably in your pocket. The patentpending FlyOff technology also enables you to remove the blade quickly and without any tools. Featuring built-in screwdrivers, a prybar and bottle opener, this is the ultimate tool for dad’s everyday carry.

Offering maximum performance and priced hundreds of dollars less than competitors, the Cajun Delta series of custom rods are designed for the ultimate inshore fishing experience. Dad will appreciate longer casts, pin-point accuracy, CFX power hook sets and reeling in a trophy from the salty depths!

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This Father’s Day, bring the outdoors to a whole new level with these portable, weatherproof and quiet outdoor cooling fans. Simply fill with water, plug in and enjoy 15-25-degree cooler air on your patio, deck, shop, barn, garage or tailgating spot! Choose from multiple sizes to fit your family’s needs

Made in the USA from heat-treated stainless steel, the PocketMonkey is the ultimate multitool for dad. It has 12 functions, fits in your wallet and is even TSA compliant. From opening bottles to adjusting screws, PocketMonkey will help dad conquer life’s everyday tasks!

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Your grad is going places. Give them the Power Trip Power Trip Outlet + USB Port Travel Charging Station to stay in touch along the way. A universal outlet and four USB ports, 1 copper 3-prong universal outlet nestle together in 1 compact travel charging station ensures all devices are charged so nothing is missed!



Power House - Power House Outlet + USB Port Charging Station from Tech Candy Techcessories is the gift any grad would love. The two USB 2.0 Smart Chip ports and two copper 3-prong outlets are strong enough to handle up to four devices at once. When you plug into the USB port, the Power House senses your specific device and delivers the right amount of power, charging as fast and as stable as possible.

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Meet your fairy “goomother.” Tech Taffy Dust-Devouring Compound is a miracle cleaning compound for keyboards, electronics, car vents and crevices. It busts dust and battles bacteria. It’s totally reusable and is really fun (not to mention oddly pretty in a swirl of pink, yellow and orange ombre colors) to use.

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MASSAGE ENVY LAFAYETTE 130 North College Road, STE B Lafayette, LA 70506 (337) 232-7040 Open Daily: 8a - 10p *Offer ends May 13, 2018. Promotional voucher redeemable at participating Massage Envy franchised locations nationwide between April 24, 2018 and August 11, 2018. Offer is not valid online, from a third-party retailer, or for previous purchases. Min. $125 transaction in gift card transactions. Voucher cannot be used the same day as the gift card purchase and cannot be combined with other offers. Session times include up to a total of 10 minutes of time for consultation and dressing, which occurs pre and post-service. Gift cards are not redeemable or refundable except where required by law. Other rules may apply. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC. LA E2665





Organic Pest Control


Don’t just “reach for the bottle”

DJ Seth Fangue 337-857-3303 512 Johnston Street Lafayette, LA 70501


By Justin Price,


pring brings many natural delights, as plants burst with color and songbirds visit in multitudes during their great migration. With this seasonal reawakening of life, however, comes the inevitable presence of garden pests. Advertisers and big box stores would have you believe that the first sign of a pest means you must “reach for the bottle” of synthetic pesticide. This can actually cause more trouble in the long term, as broad-spectrum pesticides kill everything -- including beneficial insects that help keep pests under control. Using the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can reduce or even eliminate the need for pesticides. Maintaining healthy plants and identifying the particular pest are crucially important. Minor leaf damage is not a problem for plants, and pest predators will usually arrive to keep things under control. If damage is spreading unabated, identifying the pest allows you to use selective measures. Hand-pick large pests such as tomato hornworms and potato beetles. Soft-bodies insects such as aphids can be suffocated with horticultural oil. Slugs can be trapped with DIY beer traps (which also gives you a good excuse for a cold refreshment). If chewing pests are wreaking havoc, Neem oil is an effective, organic plant extract. Discourage the development of pest populations by keeping the garden clean, removing dead foliage and diseased or infested plants. Keep the garden and nearby areas clear of weeds, which can provide a place for pests to hide. Encourage beneficial insects by planting nectar and pollen plants. Pest predators such as parasitoid wasps, syrphid flies and lacewings are innocuous and tiny but play a huge role in organic pest control. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.COM

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FASHION CONTEST With style and fashion changing ever so often, we’d love to know your favorite trends, icons and looks. Submit a photo of a trend, icon or look that you like best to Include a description of why you like it and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Evelyn Rose Boutique in Youngsville.

Instant Style Tricks Quick and simple tips to maximize your style By Michelle Judice,


ost individuals struggle with similar issues when it comes to their wardrobes. From not knowing how to get various uses out of clothing to never feeling “put together,” read below for easy ways you can make the most of your clothing and feel great.

shoe or smoking slipper will do) to toss in the car each morning. Even for you men, switching from a dress shoe to a leather or canvas sneaker after work can make you feel much more comfortable (yet still stylish) while traversing the town.

SMART TRANSITIONS Learning how to transition your clothing from day to night will allow you to get the most use out of what you own. A simple swap in jewelry, shoes and layering pieces can completely transform your look! Don’t be afraid to wear that blouse you purchased for work into the evening with denim and a fun pump. And why not try out that floral dress with a lightweight blazer for work? Experiment and blur the lines a bit to make the most of your clothes.

LOVE THE LAYERS No matter the season and regardless of whether you run hot or cold, it’s always smart to bring an extra layer along. In the cooler months it can be a scarf and/or a blazer, and in the summertime, it could be a linen cardigan or denim jacket. You never know when a restaurant will be extra cool; not to mention, an extra layer always helps to pull your look together! Winwin.

BE PREPARED If your day consists of client visits and meetings followed by picking up the children from school, or running various errands after hours, be sure to pack an extra pair of shoes with you. This simple trick will take your look from professional to casual chic in an instant. Every woman should own a basic (and comfortable!) pair of flats (ballet flat, driving

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Michelle is a personal stylist in South Louisiana with experience working with men and women of all body types, ages and lifestyles. Contact her if you’re interested in stepping up your style game for spring and summer! @ styledbymichellejudice

“My fashion icon is Blake Lively. She has the perfect mix between a glamorous and laid back style. Whether she is walking down the red carpet or running errands she always looks perfect.” -Katie Mayeaux




River’s Bend Bead Studio One-of-a-kind pieces at a one-of-a-kind shop By Heather Johnson


iver’s Bend Bead Studio is the place to shop for handmade pieces by jewelry designer Sue Nations. Here you will find gorgeous multistrand pearl necklaces as well as unique bracelets and earrings. Nations loves the natural, organic look and loves the asymmetry of freshwater pearls, and most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind. She also offers services for unique home parties. Nations has designed jewelry for several years now and only wishes she found jewelry-making sooner. She discovered her passion one day when she dropped by a store to have a broken bracelet repaired and discovered women who were creating their own pieces! Since then, she’s been hooked. As a lawyer, Nations felt that the creative side of her brain was dormant for too long. Now, she loves being surrounded by creative people. Visit her shop at! You can also find her jewelry at Louisiana Marketshops at the 115 in Henderson/ Cecilia, which represents over 300 Louisiana artists.


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Road to the Runway Local model struts around the globe By Jessica Myers, mily Gafford has graced the runways of London, Milan, Paris and most recently, New York during the most coveted of runway shows: New York Fashion Week. She shared how surreal it felt, “Walking in New York Fashion Week was more than I ever dreamed it would be. The feeling you get when you are walking down the runway is something so special.” Gafford was raised in Florida, but while bartending in New Orleans she met Simone Foreman of Images Model & Talent Agency who thought Gafford had what it took to succeed in the modeling world. She accepted Simone’s card but didn’t think much of it at first, since others before had approached her about modeling. Gafford recalled, “It wasn’t until a couple of months later, that I really got to thinking. I figured why not give it a try.” She sent Foreman an email and shortly thereafter signed with her first agency in New York. Taking that leap of faith catapulted Gafford’s fashion career and opened the doors to walk for many fashion shows like Burberry, Hermès, House of

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Designer: Haider Ackerman/Paris


Holland and Versace (to just name a few). Traveling all over Europe, Gafford has even gotten to shoot with Stephan Meisel, one of the biggest photographers in the industry. We were curious to see what the fashion model looks forward to the most when she arrives home to South Louisiana after her modeling travels. “The number one thing I look forward to seeing when I come home is definitely my dog Leo. I wish I could take him with me everywhere,” she admitted. Gafford is presently signed with the VNY New York, M+P London, and MP management Milan, Paris. To be continued! 33

The 411 on 337 festivals and events

Second Annual Sterling Grove Blues, Jazz and Motown Festival & National Historic District Home Tour April 21, Lafayette Free Live Music + Free Yoga + Face Painting + Food to purchase

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Flea Fest April 21-22, Lake Charles This semiannual bargain and vintagelovers festival has grown to be one of the largest events in the state! Vendors and shoppers alike have fallen in love with this unique flea market and shopping festival, which takes place over an unprecedented two days – and on four covered acres.

Festival International de Louisiane April 25-29, Downtown Lafayette The 32nd annual Festival International de Louisiane will feature six music stages, arts and crafts vendors, local food and other family-friendly activities. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 27-May 6, New Orleans The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a 10-day cultural feast that showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine and artisans from around the world demonstrating and selling their work.

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Louisiana Pirate Festival May 3-13, Lake Charles Festivities begin with the Buccaneer Landing when pirates take over the City of Lake Charles. Come and enjoy great live entertainment, showcasing Louisiana musicians; sample great regional cuisine; Family Night (alcohol-free); Swashbuckler Pirate Party; Pirate Parade Extravaganza; Fireworks Display; Children’s Area; children’s costume contest; Bed Races and more!

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival May 4-May 6, Breaux Bridge Enjoy delicious crawfish while rockin’ out to famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians! This festival hosts over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day fête. El Festival Espanol de Nueva Iberia May 11-13, New Iberia Celebrating New Iberia’s Spanish roots with “Dave Robicheaux Running of the Bulls” 5K race, re-enactment of the arrival of the Spanish on Bayou Teche, paella/jambalaya cook-off, fais-do-do at the Pavilion, food demonstrations, original Spanish family genealogy, guest lectures, exhibits, the Downtown Art Walk featuring a Spanish artist and more.

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Straw Fedora with Feather Accent

Linen Blend Beach Floral ButtonUp Shirt

Chocolate Brown RawEdge Short

Downtown at Sundown – Outdoor Concert Series May 18-June 8, Downtown Lake Charles Downtown at Sundown gives the Lake Area a reason to celebrate the diverse culture and local businesses of Downtown Lake Charles. For four consecutive Fridays, Downtown at Sundown will showcase live music by regional bands along with children’s activities, food from downtown restaurants, table top art galleries, and arts and craft sales. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience May 23-27, New Orleans In its 26th Anniversary year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premier events in the Big Easy, showcasing excellent food, exceptional wine and a great time.

New Orleans Oyster Festival June 2-3, New Orleans The New Orleans Oyster Festival educates the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honors and celebrates the restauranteurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter’s position as the Oyster Capital of America and help raise funds for Coastal Restoration.

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408 Jefferson St. • Lafayette, LA 70501 337-484-3175 • Find on Facebook, Instagram Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival June 23, Lake Charles The whole family can enjoy the savory tastes of Gulf shrimp and smooth sounds of local jazz musicians Mickey Smith, Jr. and J.B. Saax. The festival promotes the cultural importance of jazz and cuisine and the thriving local community that features a unique blend of music, performance and visual arts.

Krewe Tortoise Frame Sunglasses

Printed Peyton Jumper with Pockets

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival June 23-24, New Orleans The 12th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is set to be the best yet! It is the only festival that features exclusively Cajun and Zydeco music.

Navy Campus Backpack

The Big Easy Essentials You Need Festival Edition Festival Checklist:  Reusable Water Bottle  Sunglasses  Sunscreen  Backpack/Fanny Pack  Comfortable Shoes  Event Map  Check if festival is pet friendly & family friendly  Check to see if you can bring your cooler, your own snacks & refreshments

Festival Volunteer: Festivals are a lot of fun to attend, but have you ever wondered what it was like to volunteer at one? Experience the festival world from a new perspective, and be a part of your community and join in on the fun! Volunteers are always needed for the festivals that are listed above, and who knows, this could be the start of a new tradition for you and your family.

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Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Navy Sandal






Mommy-daughter duos show us how to work in color this season



S E PA R AT E S A beautiful swing top bloomer set is great for warm, springtime playdates

Kiddeaux’s 1921 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette Model: Caroline Fenstermaker



Traditional smocked dresses are the sweetest Kiddeaux’s

1921 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette Model: Caroline Fenstermaker

Feeling BLUE

One of the easiest-to-wear trends of the moment is tuxedo striped denim

Striking HUES

A pleated, abstract print is tough not to fall for Amor

500 Settlers Trace Blvd #4, Lafayette Model: Erin Fenstermaker

Photographer: Carlie Faulk

Fashion Editor: Michelle Judice Location: Zoosiana

Hair & Makeup: Annie Bonaventure

Amor 500 Settlers Trace Blvd #4, Lafayette Model: Erin Fenstermaker

Golden GIRL

Pair bold pops of color with basics for a simple, yet modern look

Partners, Ltd 1907 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette Model: Mandie Harrington


POWER Try a sweet floral onesie in pale pastels - perfect for Spring


1921 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette Model: Harper Harrington

Embroidered EDGES Details like colorful embroidery make ordinary denim extra special

Brother’s on the Boulevard 101 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette Model: Mandie Harrington



BASICS Attire that will surely keep you cool all season long


Cool blues and corals are a simple way to brighten up basics for the season

Brother’s on the Boulevard 101 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette Model: Ross and Jude Mouton


PAISLEY Tiny new patterns are gracing both short and long sleeved button ups this season

Brother’s on the Boulevard 101 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette Model: Ross Mouton


CLASSIC Nothing better than a breathable polo in classic red and white stripes

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The best boys shorts for play or dress are this linen pair

Melodi’s Belles & Beaus 2811 Johnston Street, Lafayette Model: Jude Mouton



For the warmer days, opt for an unlined jacket in a stunning new hue

Moseley & Hollard 1200 Camellia Blvd #103, Lafayette Model: Ross Mouton

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Sink your teeth into this perfectly cooked, half pound, 100% beef burger covered with melted Monterey Jack cheese, dressed with mayonaise, mustard, lettuce, onions and tomato, and served with battered French fries. Make it your own with sautéed onions, grilled mushrooms, bacon, avocado or jalepeños!

TON’S DRIVE IN 101 West Main Street Broussard, LA 70518 337-837-6684

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Celebrating 55 years in business, the mouthwatering burgers at Ton’s are still homemade with 100 percent black angus and no fillers! Served with mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion on bun or toast, these patties are seasoned perfectly and available through the convenient drive thru, which was the first drive thru window in Lafayette Parish! 44

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Slow-smoked beef brisket, fall off the bone pork ribs, pulled pork, marinated chicken breast, turkey and sausage are just a few mouthwatering specialties diners enjoy at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Choose from 10 or more choices of sides including baked potato casserole, creamed spinach, cornbread muffins and fried okra for a meal that really hits the spot.



111 Old Camp Road (by Costco) Lafayette, LA 70508 337-806-9400 Call for to go orders and catering


Come try “True to the Brew” flights. Pick from100 beers on tap.


1901 Chemin Metairie Pkwy., Suite E Youngsville, LA 70592 (Only Growler USA location in Louisiana)


Nothing satisfies a burger craving more than the classic bacon cheeseburger from Growler USA. The burger is cooked to perfection with your choice of cheese and thickly cut bacon, which is then served with your choice of one of their home-made barbecue sauces. Or go for the Sunrise Burger: it has delicious tater-tots, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo and topped with a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg. Growler USA has seven specialty burgers and they are all available as 1/2 or 1 pound burgers. 45 V OL U M E 4 I S Sto U Echoose 2 3 3 7from MAG AZINE.COM





Midway on the Square Italian Steakhouse By Jessica Myers, Whether you are looking for a new place to enjoy date night, wanting a great family dinner, or just a night out with your friends, Midway on the Square (116 N Jefferson St, Abbeville, 337-740-1010) offers many great specials throughout the week.


idway on the Square is a beautiful family-owned restaurant located in the great city of Abbeville. 337 magazine recently visited with executive chef Sean McRee. He not only co-owns the restaurant but is also the man behind the mouthwatering dishes prepared daily. Midway on the Square has been running under McRee and his wife, Jennifer; Julie and Shane Broussard; and Charles Hulin since July 2017. The gorgeous building and catchy name, however, have been around for far much longer -- over 100 years to be exact! The historic restaurant naturally has a romantic ambiance, which is perfect for date nights, but it simultaneously emits a family-friendly vibe. It probably has to do with the fact that the owners’ families help throughout the restaurant. The Italian/Cajun inspired dishes are simply divine and sure to leave foodies wanting to try more! Chef McRee prepared three of Midway’s top dishes.


(clockwise from top to bottom). Seared scallops served over yellow corn grits, topped with bacon, tomatoes, white wine cream sauce and fried crawfish tails, beer braised pork cheeks placed on top of portabella polenta with a pork demi cream sauce make a perfect combination, Last but not least; The Veal Abbeville is a fried veal cutlet that is drizzled with a portabella brandy cream sauce and topped with lump crab.


Follow @adamceats on Instagram Photo by Adam Chauvin Joey’s in Lafayette combines ham, salami, mortadella, cheese and housemade olive salad on an Italian loaf for their version of the muffuletta. The warm sandwich is rich, briny and soft. Served whole, it can easily feed two. I get the whole sandwich and save the second half for later to eat cold!



New Flare in Breaux Bridge

Chef Bonnie’s Shrimp and Grits

Tuesdays: All you can eat spaghetti and meatballs Wednesday: Wine Down Wednesdays - enjoy half price off select bottles of wine Thursdays: Live music from 6:30 p.m. until closing Fridays: Happy hour on Fridays (3-6:30 p.m.) - enjoy $2 domestics, $4 wells, $5 doubles and $6 martinis Saturdays: Enjoy the “Chefs Best Dinner Specials”

The 2017 Louisiana Seafood Queen, Chef Bonnie Breaux is the executive chef at Café Sydnie Mae and The St. John Restaurant. Newly opened, Cafe Sydnie Mae features certified angus beef as well as Chef Bonnie’s creative seafood dishes. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, offering a daily lunch special. Get your appetite ready for crawfish spinach dip, fried green tomato Caprese salad, compound butter steaks and white chocolate bread pudding. View the full menu and make a reservation at

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Crowley boasts new Louisiana crawfish processors and retail store By Sevie Zeller


att Roberts has a love for Louisiana red gold: crawfish. For the last eight years, he has been working with third and fourth generation rice/crawfish farmers to wholesaling live crawfish to various markets. “One of the biggest problems we have is moving crawfish Monday thru Wednesday. When wholesalers get choked up with an oversupply of crawfish they cut the farmers off until demand catches up with supply, usually by Thursday and into the weekend. When the farmers are not fishing, they are leaving money in their fields,” Roberts stated.   Roberts, along with Benji Guillot, decided to build a processing plant in Crowley to address the issue. Since they will always


need crawfish to process, they will be fishing seven days a week. The plant will offer peeled crawfish tails (fresh and frozen) and minced crawfish. “We run the whole, cooked crawfish through a machine that squeezes all of the meat and fat from the shell. This is the product we are really excited about. It has a ton of applications, and the best part, it’s price point is competitive with Chinese crawfish,” Roberts said.  Furthermore, sacks of live crawfish that have been washed and graded (small crawfish removed) will be available to the public along with whole, boiled crawfish. This is a fully cooked crawfish in its shell but packaged with the

Avocado Dip

Clementine on Main Once a local favorite, Clementine’s in New Iberia, has recently reopened their doors as Clementine on Main. The quaint restaurant provides a southern, casual, fine dining experience, bringing customers an exclusive menu with exquisite flavors. Start dinner off with the avocado dip (steamed gulf shrimp, served with Southwest Tex-Mex deconstructed guacamole, chimichurri and tortilla chips). Other customer favorites include the pan-seared salmon on a bed of gremolata and the chargrilled filet with garlic butter. V OL U M E 4 I S S U E 2


What you’ll find at Bocage Crawfish: 1. Peeled crawfish tails 2. Minced crawfish 3. Sacks of live crawfish 4. Whole boiled crawfish 5. Other Louisiana products

seasoned water. It stays good for a year, so people can get their fix in the offseason. Bocage Crawfish will also have a retail space in the front of the building where Louisiana products, either frozen or dry goods, will be offered. The idea with this retail space is to highlight local products that


aren’t as mainstream. The new plant is located at 6118 Egan Hwy. (on I-10 at the Iota/Estherwood exit just west of the main Crowley exit). If you would like more information, visit the Facebook page @BocageProcessors, click to or email

Rise and Grind Cue trumpets and angels with clouds parting...Acadiana’s first and only gourmet coffee truck has arrived! Stocked with top-of-the-line coffee and espresso equipment, Courtney Istre and Jess Kibodeaux are on a mission to bring warmth and goodness to the coffee lovers of the world. Follow Rise and Grind on Facebook to see where they will be brewing up their next good morning. 47



SUPERFOOD BEAUTY LIST 10 essentials to keep you looking and feeling your sexiest By Sonia Desormeaux, File this one under “duh,” but superfoods never cease to amaze me! It’s the stuff our bodies REALLY need, inside and out. I won’t lecture (this time) on why you should start eating this stuff to heal your body, clear your mind, etc. Instead, let’s discuss what I call the “Superfood Survival Beauty Kit.” Here are my Top 10 essential superfoods to keep you looking and feeling your sexiest.



1. Cilantro: Clears, tones, softens and smooth’s skin as well as cleanses the body of unwanted toxins.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Relieves skin irritations, increases metabolism and controls blood sugar levels.

2. Sage: Reduces cellulite by cleansing the body of stored toxins.

8. Cinnamon: Promotes weight loss by naturally boosting your metabolism and lowers blood sugar.

3. Peppermint: Contains the rosmarinic acid known to calm inflammation that causes breathing issues and muscle tension. 4. Cherries: Protects the heart, soothes achy joints, improves cholesterol and contains melatonin: a hormone that improves sleep. 5. Turmeric: Has antiinflammatory properties, reduces acne scars, stretch marks and burns.

9. Cashews: Stimulates healthy, natural hair coloration and is a healthy weight loss alternative as it contains good fats. Their magnesium content aids in maintaining healthy gums, and strong, white teeth. 10. Ginger: Increases hair follicle growth and enhances natural shine. It also acts as a natural conditioner as it reduces dandruff by stimulating the flow of blood to the scalp.

6. Red pepper: Assists in burning fat by raising the metabolism and opening up blood vessels to fight inflammation.

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EAT FIT ACADIANA Featuring: Blue Dog Café


his issue’s featured Eat Fit recipe is from Blue Dog Café. The team at Blue Dog Café is very excited to recently have added new fresh Southern items and more classic Cajun dishes to their menu.   By partnering with Eat Fit Acadiana, Blue Dog Café shows their passion for not only serving Cajun food that tastes delicious but also food that will help their customers to stay healthy. Check out Blue Dog Café’s Pompano en Papilotte recipe and be sure to visit Blue Dog Café for more signature Eat Fit meals!

Pompano en Papilotte Makes 4 servings Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

20 cherry tomatoes (halved) 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 Tsp Kosher salt Set the oven on high broil (500 degrees) and allow to heat. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly. Let the tomatoes rest in the cooler to draw out some of the juices. Remove the tomatoes from the cooler, drain any standing liquid, and place skin side up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast under the broiler for 5 minutes are until skin starts the char in spots. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Pompano 4 pompano filets, 7-8 ounce skin off and bones removed 2 lemons, sliced 1/4 inch thick 8 thyme, whole sprigs about 4 inch in length 4 bay leaves, fresh 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 6 ounces cold pressed pecan oil Roasted cherry tomatoes (from recipe above)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep fish by making sure it is trimmed of all cartilage, skin has been removed, and bones have been picked and discarded. Cut a piece of parchment paper about 2 inches longer than the fish. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, then open it flat. Place lemon slices, thyme, bay leaves and sliced garlic on one half of the paper. Pour 1 ounce of pecan oil on top of the herbs and use the rest to fully coat each fillet. Place each fillet on top of the lemon and herbs on the parchment paper. Spread the roasted tomatoes evenly over the fish. Fold the other parchment half over the fish and roll the edges to seal the fish tightly in the bag. The bag should be formed in the shape of the fish. Place the bag on the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Sautéed Swiss Chard 2 pounds Swiss chard 1.5 ounces cold pressed pecan oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 ounce white wine (preferably chardonnay) 2 lemons, juiced Dash of salt Dash of black pepper

Prepare Swiss chard by separating the leaves from the stems. Set aside the leaves. Dice the stems. Heat pecan oil in a large sauté skillet over medium high heat 1 minute or until oil is hot. Add the diced stems to the pan and sauté 1 minute while maintaining the heat of the skillet. Once stems are tender add the leaves, toss and sauté for 30 seconds. Add garlic, toss and sauté 30 seconds. Deglaze with the white wine and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove pan from the heat and add lemon juice, salt and black pepper.

Final Steps Cut away the top of the parchment paper bag and set on the plate. Serve an 8-ounce serving of Swiss chard on the side. For a more extravagant presentation use stainless steel scissors to remove the top of the parchment table side in front of your guest. Per serving: 580 calories, 38 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 790 mg sodium, 18 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar (0 added sugar), 40 grams protein

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So, what can you do to improve real detoxification and decrease your toxic load? EXAMINE FOOD QUALITY

DETOX DECEPTIONS A concept that’s becoming confusing By Brandon J. Alleman, OMP, IK, HHP, D.PSc;


he word detoxification is often misused. “Detox” seems to be synonymous with “cleanses” or “detox” supplements.

Avoid conventional processed foods. Eat whole, real food. Do what you can to buy from local Farmer’s Markets, etc. Even if these are not certified, organic/biodynamic foods, it is likely better than what you will find in the average grocery store. CONSIDER WATER QUALITY

A filtration system that filters fluoride, chlorine and chloramines is essential. My “go-to” company for filtration is Friends of Water. Excellent filters can be found at REDUCE TOXIC EXPOSURE IN THE HOME

The Environmental Working Group, Mountain Rose Herbs and Young Living are excellent sources for nontoxic skin care, household cleaners, etc. Visit, and for more information.

Taber’s Medical Dictionary defines detoxification as, “the reduction and chemical alteration of the toxic properties of a poisonous substance, which when taken into the body by ingestion, inhalation, injection or absorption causes damage to structure and interferes or disturbs normal physiological function.”


The detoxification system (liver, intestinal mucosa, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system and skin) performs the function of detoxification defined above. The liver is the chief organ of detoxification filtering roughly 60 ounces of blood every minute!

Use whatever methods of decreasing toxic load work for you. High quality water and food will give you the most bang for your buck, not some miracle “cleanse.” Do what you can, take things slow, and enjoy the process of creating health!

There are purifiers that can clean the air you breathe. Check out the Austin Healthmate series of filters at There are about 18-20 common household plants that can also detoxify certain chemicals in the air.

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AWARENESS OF OTHERS Do we really try to hear those around us? By James Eckhoff, MS, NCC, LPC, LAC;

RESPECTFUL CONNECTION BUILDING As a counselor, I recognize the importance of rapport and relationship building. For example, to make therapeutic progress it is typically imperative to learn what a person likes and is comfortable with discussing, such as interests, passions and personal abilities. Additionally, and more importantly sometimes, it helps to learn what they do not like and what causes discomfort such as fears, guilt and personal limitations. This is not to say that these less pleasant topics are strictly taboo and outside of possible discussion, but that when they are broached they should be treated with respect and appreciation of the impact had on the client. WHY WON’T YOU LISTEN TO ME? This concept is not limited to counseling but is the key to developing healthy connections with other people. Respecting the thoughts and needs of those around us in daily life, though, seems less of a priority than expressing our own thoughts and needs. However, if we only want to be heard and avoid hearing others,

the whole system breaks down. This is reflected in the number of people seeking counseling due to deficits and difficulties in relationships, pointing to this integral part of socialization being a desperate craving that we all need. Whether the relationship involves two friends, parent and child, romantic partners or simply society in general, it is paramount that we acknowledge the need for both being heard, as well as for hearing those around us.

t our practice, we believe that every patient deserves the highest level of compassionate care. We understand that each patient is unique and we take the time to understand how your condition affects you and your life. Treatment plans are created on a case-by-case basis and geared toward helping you return to normal activities as quickly as possible.” –Ilyas Munshi, M.D. , Board Certified Neurosurgeon Areas of Special Interest: Adult and Pediatric Brain Tumors • Pituitary Tumors • Epilepsy and Seizure Surgery Complex Spinal Surgery and Instrumentation • Minimally Invasive Surgery Computer-Assisted, Image-Guided Surgery (Neuronavigation) Dr. Munshi has privileges at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and Lafayette Surgical Hospital.

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VAGINAL HEALTH But is that such a bad thing? Dr. Mario Cardinale, OB-GYN at Acadiana Women’s Health Group


any women experience unexpected changes in their vaginal health that can be life-changing. Childbirth, the natural aging process, appearance and bladder issues are just a few of the many changes women experience throughout their premenopausal and postmenopausal years. Due to the normal course of pregnancy and childbirth, up to 50 percent of women may experience symptoms of vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence. Approximately 20-50 percent of US women experience symptoms sometime after menopause including dryness, burning, bleeding, irritation, discomfort or pain during intercourse. These symptoms are likely related to a decrease in estrogen which leaves the vaginal walls thinner, less elastic and less flexible. WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

The aforementioned changes of laxity, discomfort or pain during intercourse, dryness, appearance and urinary incontinence may result in ongoing discomfort, low self-esteem and even relationship difficulties.

So, if you are reading this saying, “This is me!” know that there are treatments available including a new nonsurgical, nonhormonal laser treatment that can be done in your physician’s office in minimal time, with mild to no discomfort, no incisions, sutures or downtime. If you desire enhancement in sexual functioning, vaginal cosmetic improvement, and decrease or potentially eliminate urinary incontinence, you are not alone. There is new therapy to get you back to living life to the fullest! Vaginal health is an integral part of a woman’s overall health. Don’t attribute these symptoms to aging. Be confident, not embarrassed, and engage in an open-ended conversation with your provider.

Acadiana Women’s Health Group welcomes

Mario Cardinale, MD Dr. Cardinale is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

Acadiana Women’s Health Group specializes in women’s health, providing obstetrical and gynecological care.

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Locally made protein snacks on the go By Heather Salsman

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oung entrepreneur, Charlie Mayeux, has wasted no time. He found his niche and launched his company: Charlie and the Peanut Butter Factory. While preparing to take his Athletic Training Board exam, preparing for physical therapy school and taking on 20 credit hours at UL, Mayeux found himself eating mostly snacks throughout the day. Wanting something more nutrient dense, he took his favorite snack (peanut butter) and stuffed every superfood possible into what he calls power poppers. Packing them into single serving containers, Charlie and his peanut butter factory started selling at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. The poppers are glutenfree, low sugar, high protein, high fiber and keto friendly. Customers can choose from a variety of flavors like snickerdoodle, strawberry cheesecake, caramel coconut and apple cobbler and can even find almond butter options. Order from an array of packages online at and have them delivered to your door! The poppers are also available for pick up at several locations in Acadiana: Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club, Juice Bar Lafayette, Sandra’s Healthfood Store, Good Eats Kitchen and all Planet Nutrition stores. Charlie and the Peanut Butter Factory is offering a product that everyone desires. It’s a convenient, nutrient dense snack on the go that will hold you over until your next meal. Beat hunger and support local business!



EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND FELINES Do pregnant women really need to avoid cats to prevent infection?

By Dr. Threvia West, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist


f you’ve ever wondered whether it was true that pregnant women should stay away from cats because their feces can cause birth defects, here’s the somewhat surprising answer: yes and no. It turns out that cats do expel a parasite in their feces that can be harmful to a fetus. But, this parasite is also easily contracted in other


ways, handling raw meat or consuming undercooked meat for example. There are plenty of ways to prevent this parasite from affecting a fetus, so expectant mothers don’t need to shoo away cats for fear of their babies’ health. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a specific parasite, which normally causes minimal symptoms or goes entirely undetected. Cats spread the parasite via their feces after eating contaminated animals like birds or rodents. While the cats are rarely affected by the infection, the parasites they expel are potentially dangerous to human pregnancy. The chances of most women contracting the infection from their cat are fairly low. Women don’t need to avoid cats and certainly don’t need to give up their beloved pet if they are a cat owner. A few simple precautions can prevent the spread of the parasite. If you are pregnant, have someone else clean the litter box. If you absolutely must do it yourself, reduce your risk by wearing disposable gloves and immediately and thoroughly washing your hands when you’re finished. Interestingly, if a woman contracts the infection before her pregnancy, she becomes immune and will not pass the infection to her fetus during pregnancy. A blood test can confirm if a woman has already been exposed to the parasite. Dr. Threvia West is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist with Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center, 4704 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Suite 302, Lafayette and the Women’s & Children’s Center, 1811 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. Call 337-443-6870 for an appointment or to learn more.

Our approach is comprehensive. Our care is unmatched. Now providing OB services and treating high-risk pregnancy conditions in the St. Martin Parish-area at 1811 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. Call 337-443-6870 for an appointment. Dr. Threvia West, Maternal-Fetal Medicine


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Discover the best of Louisiana’s Farmers and Artisans By Heather Johnson


Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church grounds, 308 N. Church St., Washington, LA When: Saturdays, March through December, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This market has everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, natural soaps, baked goods, holiday items, hand painted cards, fresh eggs and even chemical free laundry detergent! Washington Farmers Market is sponsored by the Steamboat City Association and does not charge a vendor fee. All who garden are welcome! CHARLESTOWN FARMERS MARKET

Where: Bilbo Street behind the Historic City Hall Arts & Culture Center in Lake Charles When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open May to November The Charlestown Farmers Market highlights the best of Louisiana, including grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, gumbo, canned goods, baked goods, honey, herbs, plants and homemade arts and crafts. DELCAMBRE SEAFOOD AND FARMERS MARKET


Where: 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA When: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You’ll find more than just produce on Saturdays at the Horse Farm! Lafayette Farmers and Artisan Market has educational programs ranging from cooking classes and gardening workshops to heritage events and traditional craft demonstrations. Here you can find farmers, gardeners, nutritionists, yoga instructors, chefs and artists building collaborative relationships in our community! HUB CITY FARMERS MARKET

Where: 427 Heyman St., Lafayette, LA When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hub City Farmers Market is on a mission to build and educate our community about local and sustainable farming. Here small family farms can sell their goods directly to consumers for a strong, producer-only market. Artisan Foods, Gotreaux Family Farms and Nur’s Kitchen are just some of the vendors you’ll find here! OPELOUSAS FARMERS MARKET

Where: 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas, LA When: Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 6:30 a.m. Discover the bounties of homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves and jellies, and more at the Opelousas Farmers Market. Here you can great local seasonal produce like squash, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, kale, leeks, potatoes, garlic, green beans, sweet corn and berries—just to name a few!

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Where: Bayou Carlin Cove at 605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre, LA When: The 1st Saturday of the month starting March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market wants to preserve and promote Louisiana heritage while providing access to local fresh and sustainable foods, but fresh fish and produce are not the only things you’ll find here! With vendors of homemade soaps, bath bombs, art and baked goods, Delcambre has something for everyone! CASH & CARRY FARMERS MARKET

Where: 801 Enterprise Blvd., Downtown Lake Charles When: Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cash & Carry was founded in 2010 by Rick Richard, Brett Marino and Jacob Manceaux. Listen to local musicians while you shop for fresh produce, delicious homemade goods and work by community artisans. Cash & Carry has something for everyone!




5 Ways to Customize Your Outdoor Wedding


ith wedding season just around the corner there are many ways to customize your outdoor wedding to make it reflective of your personal style. From scenic backdrops to sentimental family homes, the staff at Party Central can help you create the setting of your dreams. Their expert knowledge and top quality rentals will ensure your special day will be a success and your guests will feel right at home in the great outdoors.



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Keep your guests feeling comfortable by making them feel at home. Providing a lounge area where guests can sit will give them the feel of being in a living room. Using a mix of love seats and arm chairs can create a personal feel by integrating family photos, coffee table books, and ottomans.



If you are having your ceremony outdoors in addition to your reception, using architectural elements is a way to create a unique space for your nuptials. Using these elements will help to create an area that feels separate from the celebration after you’ve said, “I do!”


Incorporating your surroundings into the décor is a great way to customize your wedding. Whether you’re hanging chandeliers from a tree or covering your pool to transform it into a dance floor, the possibilities for personalization are endless.


When constructing a tent for your wedding the options are endless in the ability to create a unique space for your guests. From being able to cool the interior so your guests don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat while breaking it down on the dance floor to using fabric draping and lighting to create a romantic setting, you can create a dream setting that is tailored just to you. V OL U M E 4 I S S U E 2






MR. & MRS.


COURTNEY DALE CLARK; 28; Architectural Designer; Marrero, LA JAMES CLARK; 39; E7 - Sergeant First Class in the Louisiana National Guard & Custom Steel Superintendent/Safety Specialist; Moreauville, LA

SISTERLY LOVE Courtney Dale, a N’Awlins girl, met her future husband, Moreauville native James Clark, through his sister. The cute couple dated for six and a half years and endured some lows and lots of highs during their relationship. But in the end, the opposites -- creative Courtney, an architectural designer, and James, who worked his way up to Sergeant First Class in the Louisiana National Guard -- knew that they were meant to be together. He keeps me wild, and I keep him safe,” Courtney explained. “We just sort of balance each other.” A PRIVATE MOMENT The couple had a spectacular wedding at Visitation of Our Lady Church in Marrero, which Courtney attended as a child. Courtney wore a gorgeous, cap-sleeved dress with a flowing train and a traditional long veil. The elegant reception was held at the gorgeous Champagne Palace in New Orleans. The white-tiered bride’s cake was surrounded by fresh multicolored roses and topped with a gold-lettered “Mr. & Mrs. Clark” sign. James’ groom’s cake honored his military service and was boldly emblazoned with “2228th MP Co” atop the American flag’s red and white stripes and backed by photographs of the handsome groom in uniform. There was plenty of dancing to the tunes of New Orleans Party Band, Bag of Donuts. Keeping with New Orleans tradition, the couple led a second line through the reception hall. However, for the couple, the most special moment was the very first dance. “Our wedding was pretty eventful. That was the only time we had where no one else was talking to us and we could just take it all in together,” Courtney revealed.


A CARIBBEAN/MEXICAN HONEYMOON CRUISE For the honeymoon, the couple embarked on a seven-day cruise. The first stop was Montego Bay, Jamaica, followed by Grand Cayman Islands and then Cozumel. What a beautiful start to a wonderful new life together! 58

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I DO...OR DO I??

Questions to ask before tying the knot By Hannah Comeaux, M.A, LPC, LMFT


edding bells are ringing for the summer wedding season! You’ve planned every detail to ensure that your wedding day is perfect. Before heading down that aisle, here are seven questions to explore that can predict whether your marriage will be just as great. 1) What does commitment mean to you? Marriage is a journey; it’s important to know neither of you are going to throw in the towel the first time things get rough. 2) Do you want children? Don’t assume your partner does. It’s a good idea to discuss desires beforehand. 3) What are your career goals? Discuss possible scenarios about work hours and relocation and establish boundaries that balance work and home life. 4) How do you prioritize finances? Salaries and personal debt as well as spending habits are predictors of future financial patterns. Having these conversations early can prevent heated discussions about household finances later on.

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5) How did your family resolve conflict? Most of the time we emulate the communication style that we grew up with. Did your parents allow arguments to escalate, calmly discuss frustrations, or just shut down? Exploring past conflict is the best way to decide how you will handle it in the future. 6) What are your religious views or thoughts on spirituality? Even if you share the same beliefs, you may be at different levels of involvement or commitment. Or, you may have opposing intentions about a religious (or non-religious) approach to raising your children. 7) Do you know my love language? It’s important that you discover what makes your partner feel loved and appreciated. Giving words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, gifts or physical touch will make sure their love tank stays on the full mark.

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Away for a Day Keeping the kids entertained during summertime By Jessica Myers,

HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY 337? There are so many great people, places and things to enjoy in our area. How is your family enjoying the best of 337? Submit your picture along with the names of the people and details pictured to The winner will receive a cookie cake from Hershey’s Ice Cream/Great American Cookie Company. 1

CHILDREN’S THEATER SUMMER WORKSHOPS IN LAKE CHARLES 809 Kirby Street, Suite 313 Lake Charles, LA 70601 337-433-7323 Have a little one who has a natural knack for theatre? Or simply one that is just dipping their toes into acting? Then the Children’s Theater is just the place for them! They have camp classes during the summer for ages ranging from 5-18 years old. Their camp classes include “Acting for the Camera,” “Shakespeare Workshop,” and they even offer “Musical Theatre.” It’s truly a grand experience to inspire your little ones to dig deeper into their talents and passion! TECHBYTES AND SOUNDWAVES SUMMER CAMP Lafayette Science Museum 433 Jefferson Street Lafayette, LA 70501 337-291-5544

Science and music come together to create a perfect harmony this summer! Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the Lafayette Science Museum have joined forces to make a great experience for your little ones! Children will learn to play instruments while learning about Dinosaurs, the Earth, Astrology and many more great classes that combine music and science together. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

CAMP CALVARY 328 Guilbeau Road Lafayette, LA 70506 Director: Lori Guillory 337-984-3640

“I love fishing with my baby girl at my sister’s house in Forest Hill” Summer camp classes that offer field trips for your children. Trips to Zoosiana, Lafyette Science Museum, 5 Star Stables and Riverside Swim Club are just a few of the places that your child will get to make memories this summer.

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MIX IT UP COOKING CAMP 1517 Polk Street; Houma, LA 127 Arnould Blvd.; Lafayette, LA 337-534-0202

Have a kiddo who loves to help you around the kitchen? Mix It Up offers the perfect setting for your kids to expand their culinary knowledge! Not only will they learn to cook, but they will also learn about kitchen safety, nutrition and so much more.



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READY, SET, SUMMER! Creative ideas to keep kids busy all summer long By Hannah Comeaux, M.A., LPC, LMFT




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uring the school year, we hope our children are getting the education needed to prepare them for a successful career and life! Summer break is around the corner, and while most kids just want to have fun, there are many great options that will keep them busy AND learning without the boredom! You may already be researching summer camps that build character, teach teamwork and encourage prosocial involvement. Here are a few additional options that will fuel those growing hearts and minds without breaking the bank. • Look for summer camps that emphasize relationships, character and similar values that you teach in your own home. If the budget is tight, there are many camps that offer financial aid or scholarships. • Summer reading programs at your local library will keep their brains sharp over the long break and maintain a cycle of continuous learning. • State and local recreational parks offer classes and events that will get them outdoors and teach them a love for nature. • Team summer sports are time-consuming but teach important social skills such as

cooperation, conflict resolution and respect for authorities like coaches and referees. • Local pools and zoos offer discounts on certain days for a fun-filled outdoor adventure. • Teach your kids entrepreneurial skills such as cutting the neighbor’s grass, washing cars, baby-sitting, dog walking and pet sitting that instill a sense of responsibility and teaches them the value of money. • Schedule quality family time with low-budget weekend outings such as picnics or free concerts in the park. Browse online for coupons to local family fun parks and activity centers for a day of mini-golf, go karts, etc. It might take a little extra time, but the payoff will be a summer of family fun that will not only make memories but also keep your children going and growing! Hannah Comeaux is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist. Her passion is working with couples and families to restore and cultivate more meaningful relationships.

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YOUNG ATHLETES No ability left behind at this sports center By Sandra McKinney


ot everyone is born with athletic abilities. Fortunately for them, Revive Performance Training in Youngsville, LA can help you to become the athlete you wish to be. Opened since September 2017, Jonathon Smith and his staff make a conscious effort to have their middle and high school student’s focus on their goals. Unlike most gyms, Revive allows students to work on developing every aspect of their sport. Strength training, agility and flexibility are taught by the coaches allowing each child to become stronger and more confident over time. With the Revive program being set up in small groups, each student receives individual attention. An aspect that makes Revive unique is the team training offered to local schools. Whether it be soccer, football, baseball or powerlifting, the coaches develop a plan to get each team member excelling in their performance. Each student is screened and assessed before any training begins. As the program goes on, each student is given a performance test. This allows the coach and athlete to change the program to suit the athlete’s needs. Revive also attracts adults looking to increase their fitness level and performance goals by offering yoga, strength, conditioning and punch as well as pedal and lift classes. For students looking to do something fun when school is out, Revive will soon be announcing their summer schedule! In a world of fly by night fitness fads, Revive offers a unique approach to each athlete’s way of getting results, through the passion of fitness.

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All Pets Go To Heaven


The Battle to B.E.A.T. Bullying Local artist starts anti-bullying organization By Heather Johnson

So how do we honor their passing? By Heather Salsman


omething that no pet owner wants to talk about: the day our pets will pass away. Even though they are only here for such a short time, pets aren’t just pets, but become members of the family who leave a mark on our hearts forever. Since 2004, Heavenly Pet Heavenly Pet Memorials Memorials in New Iberia 337-280-0011 or has been offering on-site 337-577-2566 cremation and memorial heavenlypetmemorials services for pets that have passed away, giving owners Also visit their Facebook to the opportunity to mourn read 5-star reviews from many and honor the ones they thankful customers. loved so dearly. Beautiful stones are available that are perfect for a garden that can be paw imprinted and engraved with names and designs. The local business also has several memorial items to choose from like urns, name plates, paw imprints, frames and key chain urns. As they know that the time of passing is tough, Heavenly Pet Memorials is there to assist you with all needs during the difficult time. All pets go to heaven but will always hold a place in our memory.



errance Morgan has been B-boy dancing with his original dance group, the Kabuki Kru, since 1998. He is a dancer, choreographer, motivational speaker and performer, expressing himself through urban dance. Morgan works as a traveling artist for a New Orleans based company named Young Audiences, which supplies the talent for Arts in Education programs presented at schools, libraries and other venues where dynamic problem-solving solutions are delivered through artistic expression. Morgan performed all throughout the state of Louisiana and heard firsthand accounts from children and young adults about bullying. He was inspired to create a new antibullying program in 2017. This new program, Drop The B.E.A.T. (Bullying Ends After

Talking), addresses the many forms of bullying present in the lives of children today. Their goal is to discuss cause and effect, as well as the role of self-confidence and communication when dealing with bullying of all kinds: physical, verbal or cyber. The B.E.A.T. performers keep the audience engaged while discussing how to cope and overcome bullying through dance, spoken word poetry and live conga drums. Starting in March 2018, Drop The B.E.A.T. is performing in Lafayette Parish schools as part of the Acadiana Center for the Arts Touring Artist Program. Their members include the Kabuki Dancers (Terrance Morgan, Jude “Juice” Romero and Torrez “Dance Machine” Hypolite), Alex “Poetic Soul” Johnson performing spoken word, and percussionist Herb “Pucci” Green.

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ROUTINE. ROUTINE. ROUTINE. Let your pets stay while you are away By Heather Salsman


ith summer approaching, making arrangements to travel is on the rise. As a dog owner, it is stressful to think about solutions for your pet when away from home, and many people even think that traveling is out of the picture.

There are several great facilities in the area that offer boarding and superior care for our beloved fur babies. However, some dogs cannot handle changes in routine or environment, causing stress and/ or a decline in behavior. What if your dog could stay home while you are gone? Fideaux In-Home Dog Care located in Lafayette is a loving, trustworthy and reliable alternative type of dog care to

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give owners peace of mind while away. The owner, Megan, and her trained sitters will look after and care for your pet, allowing them to stay in their comfort zone. Services include Feed N’ Play for 25 minutes, Feed N’ Play for 35 minutes, Dog Walk, At Home Play for 20 minutes and Bath Without Bubbles. Feed N’ Play includes feeding your dog based on your instructions, play time with their favorite toy, administering medication if needed, and waste clean up! Visit for more information and pricing, or visit their Facebook page for customer testimonials. Let your pet stay while you are away!

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From Managing Pitchers to Managing Loans Catching up with former McNeese and pro baseball player Danny Ardoin By Brandon Comeaux


cNeese baseball fans know the name Danny Ardoin well. The Ville Platte native was able to take a successful stay at McNeese and turn it into a productive pro career in the Major Leagues. Now, he’s using his talents to help others provide for themselves. The former Cowboys catcher is now First South Farm Credit’s regional manager for the Southwest Louisiana Region, giving out loans to farmers in need. Ardoin said serving people is what motivates him. “I’m trying to help people meet their needs and fulfill their dreams,” said Ardoin, who was asked to get into the loan business by First South Farm Credit after gaining a great reputation in sales in Hospice. “I want to help farmers be successful.” Ardoin is in the process of moving into the company’s new office location at the corner of Highway 397 and East McNeese Street in the Morgan Field Development. But, as busy as his career may be, Ardoin makes time to stay involved with the sport he loves

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– a sport his three sons now play (his daughter plays softball). He coaches a summer team with his second son. “It is really nice to see them be successful in a sport that I have a passion for. My greatest passion today is to see my children chase their own dreams. If they never played baseball, as long as whatever they pursue they do it to the best of their ability, I will be a proud father.” GETTING TO KNOW DANNY ARDOIN 337: What do you love most about McNeese University? Ardoin: I come from a small town. McNeese felt like home. When you go there, you feel right at home. 337: What was the highlight of your Major League career? Ardoin My first big league hit was a home run. That was certainly memorable. Also, in 2008, I got to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Being so close to a World Series (Lost 4-1 in National League Championship Series

against Philadelphia Phillies) and getting to play with so many great players like Russell Martin, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra. I got to be Greg Maddux’s personal catcher (Maddux is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame) too! 337: What is your favorite MLB team? ArdoinWell, I played for five teams: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. So, whoever I was playing for, that was my favorite team. But, I’ve always like the Houston Astros. And now, with my friends Reid Ryan as the team president and AJ Hinch as the team’s manager, the Astros are my favorite team. AJ and I competed with and against each other in the minor leagues.



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Conquering any challenge

A lot of firsts are going down for players of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns golf team! The group played in March at the Lake Charles Invitational at the par-72, 6,869-yard Country Club at the Golden Nugget Golf Course. Honorably, they claimed their first tournament title with a total score of 14-under par (850). Scoring the best 54-score in program history, Jack Tolson took home the individual tournament title with an overall score of 15-under par (201). Tolson has two top 10 finishes this season, along with three top 25 performances. Other achievements for the golf team include: Bjorn Gudjonsson carding a career-best 68 (-4) in the final round – finishing in third place with a score of 208, and Peter Hinnant finishing in 20th place with an overall score of 2-over par (218). The Cajuns golf team wraps up their season at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship at the Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, MS.

Staff Report

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With a successful season so far, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team continues into their Sun Belt series ranking as No. 21. The 2018 season will carry on with games against Georgia State, Southeastern, Texas State, McNeese, Georgia Southern, UTA and ULM; followed by the Sun Belt Conference Tournament May 9 – May 12. Despite the absence of former Coach Lotief, the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team will conquer yet another successful season.


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With five sessions to choose from, this youth camp is geared to provide coaching, competition and facilities necessary for improvement through fundamental drills, hard work and game situations. Information will also be given on having a positive mental attitude, goal setting, and other skills designed to make a difference in fulfilling potential both on and off the field. All campers will receive a camp T-shirt, cap and photo. The sessions are offered weekly Monday-Friday and are available as half-day (9 a.m.-noon) or full day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Age range is 7 years old through completion of the 8th grade. Visit for more information.






By Curt Guillory

Who Says Cats Don’t Like Water? Photo By: Wesley Hitt


Briscoe Runs Away with the Title

Tiger Feels the Burns

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LSU junior swimmer Harrison Jones recently set a new school record for the 200-meter butterfly. The great thing about that is that he broke his own record. In addition to that, the Tiger swim team has been busy setting personal records left and right. Fifteen other Tigers recorded personal best times at a recent meet in College Station, Texas. LSU associate head coach Jeana Kempe said about the performance, “To get 15 personal-best times, including a school record, is a very successful weekend for this group. This is a great way to end the season for many of these swimmers and will definitely help to carry momentum into next season.” Holy swimming Tigers!

LSU Track and Field programs are no strangers to accolades and honors; add senior sprinter Mikiah Briscoe to that list. Briscoe was named the USTFCCCA (what and acronym) -- that’s the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association if you’re wondering -- track athlete of the year. When asked of the honor head coach Dennis Shaver said, “Being honored as one of the top athletes in the nation puts her in elite company and shines the spotlight on how amazing her performances have been this season.”

Those Flippin’ Lady Tigers To say the Lady Tiger gymnastics team is on a roll is an understatement. They are on a flipping, vaulting, running, tuck and roll. At a recent home meet against Auburn, the LSU Lady Tigers had not one, but two perfect tens recorded. Sarah Finnegan (junior) rang up the ten spot on the floor exercise, while her teammate, and No. 1 ranked in the country, Myia Hambrick (senior) earned a 10.00 herself. This latest team effort boosted the Lady Tigers RQS (regional qualifying score) to 197.715 which places them second in the national rankings, a mere 0.200 behind Oklahoma. The nationals are heating up, and the Tigers are roaring.

How do you define icy cold nerves of steel? If you’re PGA rookie and LSU phenom Sam Burns, maybe it’s by playing Sunday at the Honda Classic with your childhood golfing idol Tiger Woods and beating him by two strokes. That’s exactly what happened, but it wasn’t exactly easy for young Burns. He described teeing off at the first hole as, “It was like everything was numb. … It’s almost like I’m speechless. You see the guy on TV; you see him all over the place. You’re standing there next to him on the tee box, and you’re like, ‘That’s Tiger Woods.’” With that feeling though, Burns striped the first fairway, threw a dart to 3 feet, and drained an opening birdie. The Shreveport native will need nerves as his PGA career progresses, but for now he faced down Tiger and let his game speak for him. Well done Sam…icy cold.

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CAN YOU DIG IT? Youngsville Sports Complex to feature sand volleyball complex

By Brandon Comeaux





t’s only fitting that “Louisiana’s premier sports complex” adds the fastest growing outdoor sport and fastest growing NCAA Division 1 sport to its repertoire. A sensational sand volleyball complex is coming soon to the Youngsville Sports Complex on Savoy Road. “All YSC sports programs have increased in popularity since our opening, so we look forward to this project moving ahead,” said Tim Robichaux, Youngsville Sports Complex Director. “This will be a family-friendly facility that will be available for residents to enjoy.” PHASE 1 Phase 1 of the two-phase project will start off with 4-5 courts with the concessions/restrooms building. There will be nine courts total. The complex will be located between the tennis complex and Savoy Road (north). “This solidifies our position as the premier sports complex in the region,” said Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter after the Youngsville City Council unanimously voted to move ahead with design plans for the complex. “It continues our tradition of offering excellent recreational opportunities while driving economic development.” With the LHSAA looking to make sand volleyball an official sport, Robichaux said he’s looking forward to YSC hosting local, state and even national volleyball games, league play, and tournaments in the future. There will also be many unique sponsorship opportunities coming soon. For more information about the new sand volleyball complex, visit

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WHAT THE YOUNGSVILLE SPORTS COMPLEX OFFERS 6 Soccer Fields • Fields are divisible into 12 smaller fields for tournaments • Hosts up to 2,000 participants per weekend • Can also be used for flag football 4 Softball Fields Youth • Adult • Fast-pitch 5 Baseball Fields AstroTurf • Portable mounds Convertible to softball and T-ball fields 7 Batting Cages • 10 Tennis Courts Scenic 1-mile walking path with two exercise stations Fully stocked fishing pond Playground • 10 multipurpose pavilions Amenities Concessions stands • Pro tennis shop Air-conditioned restrooms • 979 parking spaces Lighted fields • Covered and uncovered bleachers Facilities for hosting concerts, festivals and corporate events Nearby lodging, restaurants and entertainment Free Wi-Fi • Video streaming 69




SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE One of the great things about time spent at camp is getting to relax and laissez les bon temps rouler. From fun in the sun to the stories by the bonfire, there’s nothing quite like camp life in Sportsman’s Paradise. Show us your favorite part of camp culture (email for a chance to win a specialty meat package from Don’s Specialty Meats. C’est bon!

AWAY FOR SUMMER Out of town summer camps for kids By Jessica Myers,

4 H Camp Grant Walker 3000 LA-8 Pollock, LA 71467 318-765-7209

Bringing the fam’ duck hunting in Henderson, La. Amy Acosta Broussard

Y.E.S. Camp

62883 LA-1089 Mandeville, LA 70471 337-397-7863

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Y.E.S. Camp (Youth Extreme Summer Camp) is located at the Fontainebleau State Park in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. They offer a teen camp (July 7-10) and a pre-teen (July 10-14) camp. Y.E.S Camp’s main goal is to teach teens about kindness and respect. For $10 they will offer a bus trip from Baton Rouge or Lafayette to the camp destination.

4 H Camp Grant Walker is a 5-day, 4-night camp that will teach your kids to be self-sufficient while having the time of their lives with their peers. They will learn from the seven educational tracks (science, engineering and technology; outdoor adventures; hunter safety; water safety; Louisiana wetlands; food and fitness; and general arts). Also, they will get to experience swimming, kayaking, camping and many more camp activities! There are different weeks throughout the summer separated by each parish that children can attend.

Lions Camp

292 L. Beauford Drive Anacoco, LA 71403 337-239-6567

An amazing free summer camp experience for children with special needs, diabetes and pulmonary disease. Lions Camp not only brings a great group of youths together, but it also brings volunteers from our community! From May to July, Lions Camp offers different camping dates for children to enjoy and for you to volunteer.

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BRASS BAND 337’s own big brass experience By Mandie Kiddy


ounded in March 2016 by Henry Holmes and Myron Saul, New Natives Brass Band has quickly become one of Louisiana’s leading brass ensembles. They perform traditional New Orleans-style brass band tunes, jazz standards and pop tunes, while bringing an exciting level of energy with them wherever they play. To attend one of their shows is to live. It’s nearly impossible to keep yourself still in the midst of the trumpets, saxophones, trombones and tuba -- all the musicians dancing while they play. You get that New Orleans feel of live jazz, big sound and a lively cadence.

So, who are these New Natives? Musicians at heart, they are also teachers, artists, rappers, church musicians, UPS drivers, a tow


truck driver and a high school band director. They are almost entirely from Louisiana; however, they do have a New Jersey transplant in the mix. What brings these 16 people, ranging in age from 20-38, and from such different walks of life all together? The love of music.

How did they meet? Most of them met through the University of Louisiana’s music department and band. They loved to play and decided to share their gift and enthusiasm by playing pretty much everywhere they could lift a spirit or help a cause. They have played more fundraisers than they can remember and have gigged an amazing 52 times just this last year. Considering that many shows and the fact that they also must rehearse, that is quite a commitment to their craft.

Looking Ahead New Natives Brass Band is playing at both the Zoo-niquely Yours Expo at Zoosiana and Festival International de Louisiane in April, the Rayne Frog Festival in May, as well as multiple shows at local venues. One day soon, they hope to be onstage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Book ‘Em! New Natives Brass Band is available to play weddings, indoor and outdoor events, parties, receptions, parades and jazz funerals. If interested in booking, email NewNativesBrass@ or call Henry Holmes (337-2518297) or Myron Saul (985-209-4723). More information can be found at NewNativesBrass. com or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Lead Singer Robby Cyr, the bands lead singer, was born in New Orleans and now lives in St. Martinville, LA. The singer credits his father, Marshall Cyr for being his inspiration. Cyr started at the age of eight in the music business as a D.J. in early 2011. While standing in a Lafayette pawn shop admiring guitars, he struck up a conversation that led to the beginning of Straight Whiskey. Cyr is thankful for the musicians that make Straight Whiskey the band it is today and feels he’s been blessed having the opportunity to play a variety of music with such seasoned musicians. Cyr has also begun to write music again and has completed three songs; one of his original’s is “I Can’t Explain It.” Cyr said, “All I can say is that I don’t know what I would do without music. It is huge part of my life and who I am. Music has always been my therapy.”


You are sure to have a great time when this band is in the house


By Mandie Kiddy

traight Whiskey isn’t just a classic drink, it’s also the name of a local band that reflects the same characteristics; classic and straightforward. These guys are no nonsense, tried and true

musicians. Combined, they have decades of music under their belts and still have a great

passion for playing live. They play everywhere from

Lafayette’s Agave locations to Beau’s Garage in Opelousas to

Neighbors in Kaplan and points in between. Their blend of country, rock and rhythm and blues hits keep people dancing and singing along with their

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Lead Guitar Player Originally from Dayton, Ohio, lead guitar player Guy Gamache has lived in Acadiana since 1968. He got his first electric guitar at age 10 and never looked back. In the summer of 1969, at age 15, Gamache was hired to play rhythm guitar for Percy Sledge. Since then, he went on to play lead with such bands as Heartland, River Road, C.O.D., Kim Brasso and Louisiana Boogie, Chris Himel and Outbound, and the Jason Leblanc Band. He has opened for nationally known acts such as Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Alabama, just to name a few. Gamache has played all genres and is recognized for his versatility. He is respected by generations of musicians, and his hope is just to keep music alive and well in Louisiana.

Drummer Drummer John Gossen is from Rayne but calls Carencro home. Gossen has been enjoying music and performing for the last 25 years. During this time, he has played with many different country/variety bands including The Longshot Band, Chris Himel & Outbound, and the original Texas country artist, Bronco Jr.

Bass Dwayne Bertrand is from the Lafayette area and comes from a musical family. He started playing bass at the young age of seven and then began performing onstage with his dad at just ten years old. Through the years Bertrand has performed with numerous bands playing it all: country, classic rock, rhythm and blues, gospel, funk and Zydeco/ Cajun.

Book ‘Em You can find Straight Whiskey playing gigs in almost every in the 377 and beyond. Be sure to look up their shows on their Facebook page @straightwhiskeybandLA. If you would like to book them for your event or venue, please contact Robby Cyr at or visit 73



LOCAL PLAYGROUNDS Spring fun is a short road trip away

Spring means festivals, festivals and more festivals. But there’s so much more to do, from enjoying thousands of blooms outdoors in the glorious weather, sipping on a New Orleans cocktail made especially for the city’s 300th birthday, or searching for colorful migratory birds in Galveston. Here are some fun ideas to get you started. By Cheré Coen

Food Tour of Shreveport

Bellingrath Gardens Spring means 2,000 roses in 75 varieties at Bellingrath Gardens outside Mobile, MS, and April is a top month to view them. The roses bloom throughout the spring and summer, but April means a rose extravaganza, which is why the “Rose Bloom Out” will be April 21-30 at the gardens. Another great time to visit is Mother’s Day, when the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra presents its annual Mother’s Day Evening Concert beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 13.

Chef Hardette Harris led an effort to celebrate north Louisiana’s foodways and in 2015 convinced the Louisiana Legislature to establish the Official Meal of North Louisiana, which includes items such as fried chicken, catfish, black-eyed peas and hot water cornbread. You can enjoy these items on Harris’ Us Up North Food Tour, which introduces visitors to unique places such as Eddie’s Seafood and Soul Food, which serves up an incredible stuffed shrimp with a family tartar sauce recipe that’s to die for.

Golden Nugget


Every year dozens and dozens of migratory species fly through the barrier island of Galveston, and birders flock to catch a sight of them. FeatherFest is the event that honors this annual event, held in the spring at the peak of migration. This year, FeatherFest occurs April 19-22 at locations throughout Galveston and the surrounding region, such as Port Allen, Katy Prairie and the Bolivar Peninsular. Fledging Fest, designed for ages 6 and older with accompanying grown-ups, will also be held that weekend.


Spring is hot with entertainment at Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles. Look for Three Dog Night April 20, multi-Grammy award winner George Benson April 27, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons May 12, Air Supply May 19, the Marshall Tucker Band May 25 and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The O’Jays May 26. Then June 8 it’s Queensryche and Skid Row. Golden Nugget’s H2O Outdoor Concert Venue features Hank Williams Jr. Friday, May 11.

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A weekend of fun By Heather Johnson


This little theatre is always filled with big events! Founded in 1927, the Lake Charles Little Theatre is the second oldest community theatre in Louisiana. Join them as they celebrate their 91st season!


Sharing the same newly renovated building as Pure Press Juice, The Parlor House is a high-end, full service salon that also offers barber services and unique gifts.


Gourmet popcorn at its best, locals are raving about the delicious flavors (basic butter, nutty caramel, crawfish and shrimp scampi to name a few) and custom packages for events!



Rolled ice cream has rolled its way into Lake Charles. Children and adults alike will enjoy this unique ice cream experience. With eight signature flavors, the option to create your own, and options for vegan and dairy-free customers, there’s something for everyone at Louisiana Reauxl!


This luxury medical spa is quickly gaining a stellar reputation for their skin rejuvenation, hydrafacials, oxygen facials, chemical peels, UltraShape and more.


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Lead by respect, trust and courage, Her Body Fitness is helping teach women of all ages about health, wellness, nutrition and making life changes. It offers a variety of products including personalized fitness routines, online coaching, nutrition coaching and more.


Coming to Prien Lake Mall, this one-of-a-kind center allows gamers 10 and older to plat virtual reality, augmented reality and Xbox One. Become a member for unlimited play and exclusive perks!


Lauren and Jesse O’Neill began selling their gourmet, gluten-free cake doughnuts at the Charlestown farmers market in late 2015. Now, they have expanded their horizons—and their menu—to a full-fledged bakery with one mission in mind: to provide the people of Lake Charles with safe, gluten-free baked goods! 75

UnWINE to WIN WINE Email a picture of you and/ or your crew unwinding to for your chance to win two premium bottles of wine from Marcello’s Wine Market Café. Must be 21 years old to enter.



Not to be conquered in a day

Photos by Teresa Russell


-Danielle Elizabeth


Athens By Theresa Russell

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odern Greeks continue to follow Socrates’ advice to enjoy life, even if you have nothing. You will find the people of Athens friendly, helpful and pleased when you are trying to speak Greek. So, learning some essential phrases and using them will go a long way in making a good impression. Climb to the top of Athens’ Acropolis for a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings. Do it early in your visit to get your bearings, to understand how the city is laid out, and to marvel at the Parthenon and other monuments on this most famous acropolis.

Museum near the base of the Acropolis. The modern building displays many artifacts from the archaic and classical periods including original sculptures and friezes from the Parthenon. A few other worthwhile visits include the Benaki Museum, combining history with art and culture and Panathinaikon, the ancient stadium where the first Olympics took place, which was used as the blueprint for many present-day sports stadiums. The more you learn about Athens, the more interesting your visit to the Acropolis will be. From

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A visit to the outstanding Archaeological Museum requires many hours to view the extensive collection. The chronological displays dating back thousands of years puts the history of Greece and the world into perspective and details the culture of the Greeks. You may wish to visit before going to the Acropolis to better appreciate what you will see. Another place to visit prior to your climb is the Acropolis



Acropolis Museum

the Propylea entrance looking out to the port of Pireaus, you will see the islands and mountains of the Peloponessos. Go to the platform where the large Greek flag is flying, and you will see the Plaka below, the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Athens spreading out endlessly. Just below the Acropolis you will find more great views at the

Rock of Areopago, where Saint Paul preached to the Athenians. Further down you find the Theaters of Herod Atticus and Dionysious, both still in use for musical and cultural performances. DIVERSIONS

Scattered throughout Athens are markets, pedestrian areas and shopping. Monastiraki boasts a typical flea market. Athens is very walkable with a pedestrian area basically bounded by Plaka, Dionysiou Areopagitou street and Keramikos an area where most of the historical monuments are found, but also offers a good public transportation system. Bus and metro tickets are good for an hour and a half, and taking a bus is a cheap sightseeing tour and a good way to become oriented to the city. FOOD

Athens’ proximity to the sea makes seafood a popular item on menus along with traditional Greek foods. Gyros make a good, quick and inexpensive snack or quick boost for utilizing every minute of the day exploring Athens. Other typical dishes include mousaka, pastistio and souvlaki with tsatsiki, and all should be accompanied by Greek wine; finish them off with baklava, kataifi or other sweets. Greece is famous for its olive oil, an essential ingredient in its recipes and salads. Of course, if you are looking for other types of ethnic food, you will find it in international Athens. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.COM

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