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FROM OUR DESK LETTER FROM THE EDITOR And The Heat Goes On

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CULINARY SHOWCASE A Taste of Food and Culture

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SHRIMP AND PETROLEUM FESTIVAL Two Industries, One Event

A LOOK AT EVENTS FROM JULY Your submitted photos from last month

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WEEK 1 EVENTS August 1 - August 4

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PARTY LIKE A PIRATE Pirates of the Gulf Fishing Rodeo

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WEEK 2 EVENTS August 5 - August 11

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CAJUN SAINT Charlene Richard’s Cajun Altar

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WEEK 3 EVENTS August 12 - August 18

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DR. STEPHEN HULBERT: WHAT NOW Nicholls State President says Goodbye

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WEEK 4 EVENTS August 19 - August 31

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UP IN YA BUSINESS Educate Yourself on BP Claims

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FYI, YOU CAN DIY Photo Collage Frame

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SPREAD THE HEALTH Back to School, Back to Health

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FOUL BALLS A Lighter Look at Sports

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MMM’ MMM’ GOOD Eggplant Casserole & Mac-N-Cheese

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YOUR LIFE, YOUR STYLE You’re Worth It

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STAYING IN Things to Do at Home

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A LOOK AT UPCOMING EVENTS Plan now for these events in September

OUR DESK TO YOURS A Letter From Our Editor, Ben Jones Jr

AND THE HEAT GOES ON Hopefully you have enjoyed the past five issues of What Now Magazine. We are very excited for this issue, being that it is our sixth issue since the beginning of Fathom Media and What Now Magazine. We hope you have been informed on local events and happenings and have experienced new adventures through our publication. We will continue to improve What Now based on our loyal readers suggestions. This magazine is FOR you and ABOUT you. South Louisiana is your home, and we want you to Photo by: Brian Waitz know what’s at your back door each month. We are especially excited about our August issue front cover story on Dr. Stephen Hulbert, Nicholls State University’s outgoing president. Dr. Hulbert has been a tremendous supporter (and reader) of What Now Magazine, and we were glad to have attended Nicholls during his presidency. With so much going on in Lafourche, Terrebonne, and the surrounding areas, don’t forget to send us your events so that we can share them with our readers. Over the past five months, we have seen “What Nowers” of all ages attend local events that they found through reviewing our calendar section of the magazine and reading our special event stories each month. Also, no matter what the event or occasion, email your pictures from things you do and places you visit in August to info@fathomla.com. We are more than happy to feature recitals, birthdays, weddings, concerts, and anything you can think of. Who wouldn’t want to be featured in a magazine? We hope you are enjoying What Now Magazine and all that it has to offer the area. We look forward to continuing our mission of promoting local events and happenings as well as things to do. What now? Never be bored again.


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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Ginger Gaubert Kelly Granier CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Kassie Barrancotto Stuart Percle Celeste Roberts CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS: Susan Arcement Chris Breaux Kelly Granier Lee LeBoeuf Kate Theriot Katherine Toups MARKETING AMBASSADORS: Hannah-Marie Avants Jordan Reed EVENTS CORRESPONDENT:

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BAR ROUSSELL CELEBRATES TWO What Now staff members Cody Blanchard (left), Hannah-Marie Avants (center) and Ben Jones Jr. (right) posed during Bar Roussell’s two year anniversary party in Houma.

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SUMMER CAMP FUN Children all smiles while attending a weeklong summer camp at the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux.

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A group of children posed for a quick photo during a camp at the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Jennifer Armand with Earl Eues during the Business After Hours at Cypress Columns hosted by the HoumaTerrebonne Chamber of Commerce.

CAMP BAYOU PRIDE

Campers of Camp Bayou Pride posed at the Run for Fun in memory of Mrs. Lou Estay.

FIREWORK SHOW

The annual Fourth of July firework show was held in Peltier Park in Thibodaux to celebrate the holiday.

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Treater put on a performance during the Manning Passing Academy camp held at Nicholls State University.

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Senator Norby Chabert posed on the What Now red carpet during the two year anniversary disco-themed party at Bar Roussell in Houma.

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BEFORE Willie and Rayna Rollins take a picture with their kids, Morgan and Grayson, before the Color The Island 5K in Grand Isle.

AND AFTER Willie and Rayna Rollins, along with their kids, Morgan and Grayson, looked colorful after participating in the Color The Island 5K in Grand Isle.

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THIBODAUX FIREWORKS Fireworks shot into the air after a firework show put on in Peltier Park in Thibodaux for Fourth of July festivities.

STRIKE A POSE A group of ladies posed for a red carpet photo at Bar Roussell’s two year anniversary party in Houma.

COLOR THE ISLAND 5K A group gathers in front of the start line to begin the Color The Island 5K on the beach in Grand Isle.

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FIGHTING CANCER Team and board members of TGMC and Mary Bird Perkins along with Loney Grabert and Mukul Verma cut the ribbon to unveil the Early Bird II.

CAUGHT IN THE CROWD The two year anniversary of Bar Roussell was a success with a 70s themed night full of great tunes and decorations.


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an’t get enough of shark week? What about pirate adventures? Put on your pirate gear, grab your tackle box,

and head down to Moran’s Marina in Fourchon the first weekend

in August to the Blake Terry (BT) Memorial Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Pirates of the Gulf” Fishing Rodeo.

The BT Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed as a search, rescue, and recovery support

foundation for divers like Blake Terry − who was lost in the Gulf of

Mexico, August 13, 2011. With the increase of popularity locally for sports such as diving and spear-fishing, there has been an increase in fatalities and missing cases. The Pirates of the Gulf Fishing Rodeo supports these efforts.

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Foundation Website explains, “Trying to

rescue and recover Blake, we learned that the Coast Guard only performs surface searches, not dives. The USCG Command

Center

out of New Orleans

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kept us informed as to what they were doing at all times; however, because of the support from the different divers and business owners who cared for and knew Blake, we were able to have an unlimited amount of divers, numerous boats, and an ROV. All were donated in hopes of rescuing or recovering Blake. Although we knew that the depth of water made recovery unlikely, the dive teams did not give up until we, as a family, told them to stop. We knew they had exhausted all efforts in trying to find him. Through the BT Memorial Foundation, our goal is to draw awareness to families and friends on what to do and how to take action if necessary.”

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“Spearfishing was Blake’s true passion,” explained Allen Gautreaux, a friend of BT. “He fished as many rodeos as

he could but was disappointed that no one ever had a shark

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fishing rodeo…he, along with other friends and fishermen in the Fourchon area, had every intention on putting on their own rodeo where the grand prize would be for the biggest shark caught. This is why we named the biggest shark caught in this rodeo the Captain BT award. That is what is most significant about this rodeo.”

Fishing Categories include Inshore, Offshore, Blue Water, Tag and Release, Spearfishing Division, Special Categories

including BT’s Biggest Shark Award, BT’s Most Barracuda Award, BT’s Most Hardhead Catfish Award, and BT’s Captain Award, as well as a Children’s Division. In addition to the various fishing categories, event-goers can look forward to an all-around great time. There will be delicious food, live music, door prizes, spacewalks, a dunk tank, crab race, and a live auction. On Saturday evening, there will be the notorious pirate costume contest, which is judged by audience applause. Events start on Thursday, August 1, at 6 PM with the

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captain’s welcome and carry on through Sunday, August 4, where the Sunday memorial boat ride starts at 1 PM. The boat ride begins at Moran’s Marina. All are welcome to join the family and friends of Blake, but you must furnish your own boat.

“In our first year (2012), we far exceeded our expectations with donations being brought in and people in attendance.

People and donations poured in from five states wide, every state that touches the Gulf, which says a lot about the person Blake was and the impact he had to the Gulf Coast Community,“ said Gautreaux. “The saying that we carry for the way Blake lived his life is to ‘work like a captain, party like a pirate.’ And this rodeo depicts every aspect of that lifestyle.” WN


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Matthew 19: 14--Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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o you believe in miracles? In southern Louisiana, many people do; some can even tell you that they have witnessed

such blessings firsthand: infertility banished, marriages saved, and diseases cured. The power of prayer and faith is extraordinary, and many residents in South Louisiana turn their sorrows to Charlene Richard, their “little Cajun saint.” Charlene Marie Richard was born on January 13, 1947, to Joseph Elvin and Mary Alice Richard of Richard, LA, which is close to Lafayette. She was the second oldest of ten children. People who knew her didn’t see anything remarkable about her: she was a smart girl who attended Mass and prayed her rosary. She played outside with her friends and siblings, and she helped around her home with the chores. She had a deep admiration for and devotion to St. Theresa of Lisieux, and she asked her mother how she could become a saint

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like her, to which her mother replied that praying for sinners was the best way.


In the summer of 1959, Charlene became sick and went to

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Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Lafayette. She was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia and endured intense pain. The hospital’s chaplain was the newly ordained Father Joseph Brennan, and he visited her often. Charlene’s parents asked Father Brennan to explain to their daughter that she was dying, and when he told her that she would not survive, she replied, “I know that, Father.” Father Brennan suggested that she could offer her pain and suffering to God for other people, a type of penance or devotion meant to help others who are enduring hardships. Charlene happily obliged until her death on August 11, 1959. “She was a faith-filled little girl,” Father Brennan said. “I see Charlene as a witness for people of all ages to the power different in any way, except that when the crisis came into her life, she accepted it with faith, trust, and love.” Charlene Richard’s tomb is in St. Edward Catholic Church’s cemetery in Richard, LA. It is not uncommon to find people kneeling before her grave, their hands clasped in prayer. A black bowl filled with stones lies at the foot of her tomb; the stones serve as paperweights for the written petitions people have placed in the bowl. The meek and devoted twelve-year-old girl seems to respond to the prayers of those who ask for her intercession. Nicole

according to her grandmother, Charlene’s intercession saved her life. Father Brennan claimed that not all of her miracles are physical: “A lot of people were cured and healed in grace. They got jobs, their marriages were saved, and they had things put back together in their lives. Those are the kind that don’t show up on X-rays.” Charlene’s story has helped to inspire thousands of people to pray for her intercession in their times of need, and several devotees are realizing the significance of their Cajun heritage. In celebration and honor of the Cajun people, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on St. Mary Street in Thibodaux will have a Cajun altar on Sunday, August 11, the anniversary of Charlene’s passing. Father Mike Bergeron, the church’s priest, explains, “I’ve been doing the St. Joseph altar for years, but it’s all about Italian heritage. What about a Cajun altar to honor our heritage? People are coming from Richard, LA, to honor Charlene as well. Everybody knows about her—three books are out about her, too.” The altar will be filled with Cajun food: jambalaya, gumbo,

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of resignation and acceptance of God’s will. She wasn’t any

Price of Morgan City was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and,


rice dressing, pralines, and much more. Father Mike has collected and assembled a Cajun village, and people are bringing their carved wooden toys and items to display. Charles Duet, Jr. and David Duet, Sr. of The Duet Bros. Band, Vernon Rodrigue, and

Leo Landry will be playing music in the annex all morning while people enjoy the event.

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... Those are the

kind that don’t show up on X-rays... - FATHER JOSEPH BRENNAN

AUGUST 11 CAJUN ALTAR

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH THIBODAUX

The Mass times are 8:00am and 11:00am. Father Roch Naquin will say the Mass in French, and Father Mike will give the homily, which will be about Cajun people, in English. “Cajuns aren’t about cayenne pepper and gumbo. They’re about being Catholic, honoring the Blessed Mother, and being devoted to the family,” Fr. Mike explains. “People don’t understand Cajun values, and they become a caricature of our heritage.” Around 1:00pm, the altar’s food will be served for attendants to enjoy. The day will celebrate fellowship and the beauty and mystery of the Catholic faith, leaving all who enjoy it with a stronger sense of their past and their culture. WN For more information on the Cajun history, check out Fr. Mike’s Website, www.fathermike.info. If you would like to know more about this special Mass, contact the church office at 985-447-3995.


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FROM THE COVER

W H A T

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“Retire from work, but not from life.” M. K. Soni

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or the last decade, Nicholls State University’s students, faculty, staff, and community have noticed a chipper pug trotting along walkways, his tail wagging with delight

and his eyes inviting any passers-by to scratch his head. If someone decides to bend down and pet him, he or she usually says, “You must be Max.” When the stranger looks up at the pug’s male companion, the next statement is usually, “And you must be the president.” Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert says that his beloved Max is more well-known than he is. “I would say that eighty percent of students don’t even know who the president [of Nicholls State University] is,” he quips. “Everyone knows who Max is, though. That’s how

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they identify me. He’s even on the cover of The Colonel, Nicholls’ alumni magazine. Ten years here, and who gets the picture? What am I, leftover mashed potatoes?”

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STEPHEN HULBERT DR.

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ALL ABOUT THE OYSTERS Since July 1, 2003, Dr. Hulbert has served as the university’s

had visited New Orleans previously a few times; when he

fourth president after leading the University of Montana-

decided to make Thibodaux his home, he viewed it as “an

Western as chancellor from 1999 to 2003. Before that, he had

exciting opportunity.”

several roles in higher education, from commissioner of higher

“I wondered about the people,” he says. “I soon found

education and chief executive officer to the Rhode Island Board

them to be warm, welcoming, and passionate about

of Governors of Higher Education to his earlier days as the

their lifestyle. The people here are so kind and gracious.

director of placement, student activities, and housing at Western

I’ve enjoyed holidays with friends here, like Mardi Gras,

New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I can’t think of a better place

Originally from Boston (“I wondered how southern Louisiana

for [Becky and me] to spend our final decade of our career

would feel about a ‘Yankee’ down there,” he jokes), Dr. Hulbert

than in the bayou region.”

married his wife, Rebecca, who is from Arizona, and together they have one son, Scott Wesley, a practicing attorney in Phoenix.

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When asked what he plans to do after leaving Thibodaux and heading back to Prescott, Arizona, Dr. Hulbert happily states,

After experiencing the classroom life of teaching seventh

“I’m going to spend time with him, [his wife], Kate, and [their

and eighth graders, Dr. Hulbert realized he’d prefer higher

child], Rowan James Hulbert.”

education. Since his time down here, he has had little free

So, what drew a northern boy down to the bayou country?

time to leave Nicholls’ campus. “I have mixed emotions

“The oysters,” Dr. Hulbert immediately replies. “You all thought

about retiring,” he admits, “but now I will have time to do

I came here for the presidency. I love oysters any way, whether

the things I didn’t have time to do. I was on the university

they’re raw, fried, charbroiled, in gumbo. Any way at all. They

calendar twenty-four/seven. I met with rotary clubs,

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helped me put on more than twenty pounds.” Dr. Hulbert

You all thought I came here for the presidency. I love oysters... - STEVE HULBERT


chambers, student council… never a dull moment. Going out

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and about is infrequent; we usually had lunch and dinner on campus due to events. Becky and I liked to go to local restaurants like Fremin’s and Flanagan’s occasionally with friends, though.” Fortunately for Dr. and Mrs. Hulbert, the “southern hospitality” greeted them immediately upon their arrival. Thanks to the friendliness of the locals, the two have created memories and enjoyed favorite festivities. “For years, we

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attended Thibodeauxville, Mardi Gras with friends, and the Fourth of July activities. That’s the advantage of a small town— you’re acquainted with so many people. “ Dr. Hulbert chuckles and recalls his Mardi Gras experiences. “Becky and I have ridden in Endymion four or five times on the Zapp’s purple fire engine, tossing Zapp’s chips. My favorite flavor friend riding on a float has tried to knock me over with a bag of beads. I learned to hide when their floats were coming.” As for the university itself, Nicholls has made remarkable progress in the ten years that Dr. Hulbert has led it: higher graduation rates, more academic programs, selective admissions . . . the list goes on. However, the president’s opinion of the state government’s hindrances to higher education is clear: “Baton Rouge is not my favorite place. I think Louisiana deserves better. The lawmakers don’t stop to think how their decisions will affect

areas need to stand up; otherwise, we will continue to suffer.” Thanks to the faculty, staff, and the university’s spirit, though, Nicholls has flourished. “Nicholls gets its job done on the backs of the employees,” Dr. Hulbert says. Despite the tiring requirements and responsibilities that accompany the role of the president of a university, Dr. Hulbert has found joy and peace in living on campus (literally!). “There is always something going on,” he explains. “A football game, a baseball game, a track meet, a play, a concert. After walking out of a boring meeting, I could go outside and watch the students interact with one another and engage them in conversation. Becky and I always had something fun to look forward to just outside of our door.”

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is jalapeno, by the way. Now, here in Thibodaux, more than one

the people at the university. That is a lack of leadership. Regional


“I say I never graduated from college,” he adds. “I’ve been

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part of universities for thirty-two years. [Becky and I] still feel young because the faces are young.” Hobbies are difficult to come by. “For hobbies, you have to

He and Mrs. Hulbert are no strangers to the world of travel;

be flexible,” he says. “Among mine, I read and study about

they have enjoyed seventeen international cruises. “We prefer

Abraham Lincoln. I collect books and memorabilia about him.

cruises. We’ve seen much of the world. St. Petersburg in Russia,

When I was fifteen, my father and I visited an old colonial home

Denmark, Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain. Now

in Cape Cod that was being auctioned off. There was a framed

that we’ll be retired, we look forward to exploring the Native

picture of Abe Lincoln, and my dad bid on it for $15. We got it

American culture around Arizona and the Southwest. I might go

and had it reframed. When we looked at the picture outside of

back to golf, too. Becky and I love to golf. I do hope to continue

the frame, we found Lincoln’s signature on a corner. It’s really his,

to serve in interim positions, temporary positions. Organizations

too.” Why the interest in the nation’s 16th president? “He was

provide access for three to nine months taking the place of

just an extraordinary individual. He was also our first Commander

someone at a university.”

34 in Chief.”

Since 2003, Dr. Hulbert has seen Nicholls’ mascot change;

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Dr. Hulbert is also an avid collector of campaign items,

he has literally weathered storms, such as Hurricanes Katrina,

especially buttons, and he and his wife enjoy cooking together.

Rita, Gustav, and Isaac; he has fought to preserve the quality

There is also, of course, plenty of time spent with Max.

of education despite budget cuts; and he has established roots

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that will be hard to remove in August. “Becky and I will cry when leaving,” he sighs. “It will be painful. We have had such great experiences here.”

After being a self-proclaimed “career-long administrator,” Dr.

As for the students, most will not remember Dr. Hulbert’s face

Stephen Hulbert is packing his belongings with his sights set on

or even what his role entailed. While walking along the sidewalk,

Arizona and his family there. “It’s time for us to fully enjoy our

though, some may remember seeing Max walking with a man

family time,” he says. “It’s like that with pretty much anyone.

who loved the university and the people who welcomed him to

What do people look forward to in their free time? Their family.”

Bayou Country. WN


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• A pair of dress pants with a crisp, ironed shirt • A skirt with a fashionable blouse or dress • A splash of cologne/perfume • Polished shoes or a pair of chic heels • An empty stomach • The willingness to have an unforgettable time at what is certain to be one of the area’s best events this year • A $25 ticket to the Bayou Chapter Culinary Showcase on August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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or only $25, aspiring food connoisseurs will have the opportunity to sample the area’s top cuisine provided by twenty local restaurants and

enjoy beverages from a cash bar. For no additional cost, guests will be able to taste signature dishes from each of the twenty neighboring establishments and satisfy their thirst with water, tea, and Community Coffee. Entertaining and informative, in-depth cooking demonstrations from four experienced chefs employed by nearby restaurants will give insight to the guests as to how these delectable dishes are prepared. Mirrors will hang above the cooking stations to provide an accessible environment for the spectators. This allows the audience to not only enjoy the skill and precision of these local chefs, but to learn some helpful tips and return the world-class recipes of the four exhibitioners back to their respective kitchens. Proceeds will go to the Bayou Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. They are hosting an annual fundraiser to raise money for ProStart, an education foundation, as well as advocate to both federal and state legislatures that there is a need for additional funding in various areas. It is beneficial for local restaurants to be part of the LRA, and as a result they helped raise $51,000 that will be given to twenty-four students in the ProStart program to pursue higher culinary education. Currently, ProStart is active

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in forty-two schools statewide, reaching nearly 1,300 students throughout Louisiana.

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Ingredients


Chef Randy Cheramie will emcee the live exhibition; the

a Yankee from upstate New York and the well-known Folse is a

demonstration lineup is as follows: Roy Guilbeaux of La Casa

local Cajun-cuisine cooking legend who has a school with his

Del Sol, Derrick Smith of Grady V’s, Minh Le of Spahrs, and Kevin

namesake and a successful food packaging company.

Templet of Flanagan’s/Fremin’s. Each chef will be preparing a

Another raffle will be held at the showcase, one that would inebriate any alcohol patron with a mere thought. An expected

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crowd pleaser, this draw has been referred to by Barrios as a “stock-your-bar” raffle. It will furnish the winner’s residence with various liquors and wines, ice chests, and other necessary accessories for a successful bar. In past years, the Bayou Chapter has held golf tournaments as their annual fundraiser with minimal success. A lack of community involvement played a large role in not succeeding, which led to

culturally traditional dish of their choice with a unique flair.

the supplementing of a culinary showcase instead.

For those bargaining enthusiasts, there will be both a silent

in the past, we have held golf tournaments,” Barrios said. “We

38 Instructions: eat, drink, bid, be happy.

“This is the first year we are doing a culinary showcase because

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and live auction. The silent auction will feature nearly two-dozen

started thinking, ‘There are fifteen of us here, but only two play

alluring items, and the live auction has a comparable amount,

golf.’ We were going out there to raise money while drinking

with one item that Chef Randy Barrios, current president of the

beer and sweating, so we figured, ‘Why don’t we do what we do

Bayou Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, praises.

best?’ This led us to put together the Bayou Chapter Culinary

“One item in particular that I am excited about has been

Showcase. We know people in this area love food, love a party,

graciously provided by Restaurant R’evolution,” Barrios said.

and love to watch chefs demonstrate their cooking talents.”

“They are giving us a dinner for four to auction off, which by my

An event of this magnitude and complexity is bound to

estimation, could be appraised at a $500 value.”

succeed while facilitating an environment that is fun for the

The notable Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans was

community and delicious for our taste buds, despite the damage

cooked up by the famous tandem of chefs John Folse and Rick

it might do to our waist lines. According to Barrios, tables at the

Tramonto. The duo is an unlikely pair, considering Tramonto is

showcase have been highly coveted, and available tables are


This event offers its guests delicious food from a variety of twenty local restaurants - CHEF RANDY BARRIOS

running low.

“There were two large VIP tables as well as sixteen other tables that have all been sold,” Barrios said. “So at the moment, we already have around 150 people coming. With the help of flyers, posters, and word of mouth, we are hoping to get as many guests as possible. Tickets will be sold the night of the event at the door. 400 tickets were printed, so if we get 350 people at the event, we will be very excited. I definitely think that number is achievable.”

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• An overwhelming amount of delicious, savory food • A fabulous opportunity to win great prizes • Valuable knowledge on the finer points of Cajun cooking • An evening of fun and memories that will endure the test of time Financially, attending the showcase can be more cost efficient than taking your better half to eat at a restaurant. When you take into account the money you will spend for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and gratuity, a similar hole will burn into your wallet if you do not pay the $25 ticket for entrance into the showcase. According to Barrios, the package offered by the showcase is not only more enjoyable, but more pleasing to the palate.

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of twenty local restaurants, cooking recipes from the demonstrations, the opportunity to look at some outstanding auction items with the possibility of purchasing one at a very reasonable price,” Barrios said. “It takes you out of your house for a wonderful evening of fun. Rather than sit in a restaurant of forty people, you can spend the same money to join 400 other food-loving patrons in a night you won’t forget.” With ingredients such as copious amounts of free food, several enticing components, and a ticket, the Bayou Chapter Culinary Showcase promises to make an evening spent with the greatest chefs and culinary geniuses in the tri-parish area a fabulous recipe for success. WN

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Shrimp &petr oleum Fe st iv al


FAIRS & FESTIVALS

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ake your way down to Morgan City for the annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival! For seventy-eight years, Morgan

City has been celebrating the industries that allow the city to thrive with the annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. The celebration that centers on the communities began in 1936 when the placid port of Morgan City and Berwick received the first boatload of jumbo shrimp, fresh from the deepest Gulf waters ever fished by a small boat. The festival became the

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in 1967, when the oil industry was firmly implanted into the local economy. “Shrimp and Petroleum?” you say? Quite a combination— and quite a festival. “Each year the goal of the festival is to honor the seafood and petroleum industries which are the backbone of the area’s economic development,” said Lee Daigle, executive director of the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. “The festival also emphasizes the unique way in which these two seemingly different industries work hand-in-hand culturally and environmentally in our area. It STORY BY: KASSIE BARRANCOTTO PHOTOS BY: SUBMITTED

is designed in such a way that people from all socioeconomic backgrounds can enjoy and participate in festival events.” The festival events are held within the beautiful downtown


historic district of Morgan City. They are free to the public and

If you are looking for musical entertainment, the line-up for

continue for five days when the city comes alive with culinary,

the festival has something for everybody. The bands include

musical, and cultural treasures. Each year the festival attracts

Crossroads, Cayenne, Bag of Donuts, Blue Eyed Soul Revue,

tens of thousands of guests. Will you be there this year?

Voodoo Bayou, Six Gun Rail, Driftwood, 90 Degrees West, Supercharger, Mojeaux, Louisiana Roadhouse, Déjà vu, South

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70, Chubby Carrier, and Amanda Shaw. Bands from Louisiana, bands from local areas, and bands of national acclaim are enjoyed beneath the ancient oaks in picturesque Lawrence Park for all five days. In addition, Fellowship of Love Gospel Stage offers a platform for churches to showcase their talent, along with premiere visiting gospel entertainers. Approximately 200 artists will be set up at the festival grounds

The schedule of events is Thursday through Friday, August 29

42 and 30, from 5 PM until 11 PM. The fun continues Saturday and

to show and sell their creations. Other events held during the festival weekend include a bass tournament, horse shoe

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Sunday, August 31 and September 1, from 9 AM till 12 PM. The

tournament, rodeo, swim meet, 5k run, softball tournament,

festival wraps up on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, with a

art show and sale, and a car show. Visitors can even tour an

jammed-packed day starting at 9 AM and ending at 9 PM.

authentic offshore drilling platform. Traditional events of the

Children can come out and enjoy the Children’s Village, where

festival include the nondenominational church service held in

they can participate in a magical hands-on adventure land with

Lawrence Park, the historic Blessing of the Fleet, and the water

field events, races, storytelling, and a walking parade. There are

parade, which includes petroleum, seafood, and pleasure craft

no costs associated with participation in these events. A carnival,

participating.

a spectacular fireworks display, and both water and street parades

Come out Labor Day weekend and participate in the state’s

are enjoyed by thousands of children and adults alike.

oldest chartered harvest festival. See y’all there! WN


UP IN YA BUSINESS EDUCATE YOURSELF ON BP CLAIMS

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the BP-licensed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed eleven men, and millions of gallons of oil gushed towards the Louisiana Coastline. Since that devastating day, the economy of the Gulf Coast has suffered tremendous damage and still faces economic uncertainty.

On June 4, 2012, the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center (DHECC) became the only claims processing avenue for residents and businesses in the Gulf Coast. The Settlement Agreement allows individuals, businesses, and property owners from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas to file claims with the DHECC for economic losses, whether directly or indirectly related to the BP tragedy. Individuals, businesses, and property owners may file claims in twelve unique categories of recovery under the Settlement Program. What Now? The deadline to file a claim in the Settlement Program is April 22, 2014. Therefore, an individual or business owner that possibly suffered financially after the BP oil spill still has an opportunity to find out whether he or she can recover compensation from the BP Settlement. The determination of BP to help boost the economy in the Gulf Coast through the DHECC is commendable; however, local residents must take action to find out whether they may recover under the Settlement Program. In order for your business to file a claim in the Settlement Program, you must provide the following: 1. Monthly Income Statements (Profit & Loss) for 2009-2011 (2007 & 2008 are optional)

3. Monthly State Sales & Used Tax Returns (if applicable to your business) In order for an individual to file a claim in the Settlement Program, he or she must provide the following: 1. W-2’s for 2009-2010 (2007 & 2008 are optional) 2. Paystubs, Payroll Records, or Bank Statements for 20092010 (2007 & 2008 are optional) Types of Qualifying Businesses: Hotels, Construction, Retail Shops, Non-Profit Organizations, Restaurants/Bars, Physician Centers/Offices, Agriculture, Gas Stations, Car Dealerships, Equipment Rental/Sales Almost all businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama WN

“LOCAL RESIDENTS MUST TAKE ACTION TO FIND OUT WHETHER THEY MAY RECOVER” COLUMNIST chris breaux

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Consequently, in May 2012, BP and the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC) signed a comprehensive Settlement Agreement intended to resolve thousands of civil claims. The Settlement Agreement is one of the largest and most sophisticated class action settlements of all time. The Settlement Agreement alone is over 1,000 pages. It created a new claims process by which individuals and businesses of virtually all types can make claims for economic losses. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, an uncapped fund was created, and BP has agreed to compensate all qualifying claims. Therefore, if an eligible business from Louisiana qualifies under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, it will be compensated without taking available monetary compensation from another claimant.

2. Federal Tax Returns for 2009-2011 (2007 & 2008 are optional)


FYI, YOU CAN DIY PHOTO COLLAGE FRAME

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While I was scrolling through my favorite blogs the other morning, searching for my daily inspiration, I came across a beautiful frame filled with small pictures attached with clothespins running along wires. I couldn’t wait to bring the image to life, but nowhere on the vast world-wide web could I find directions! After very few trials and errors, I was able to reproduce something very similar, and now you can, too, with the steps below!

Step 3: Cut pictures down to 4x4 inches and hang from the wire using the miniature clothespins. I liked the look of the tan clothespins, but they could also be painted the same color as the frame. If you would like to display more than twelve pictures in the frame, the pictures could be cut down smaller, and the distance between the wires can be shortened to allow for another row.

Materials: A large frame Spray paint color of choice Thin wire Wire cutters Staple gun Ruler and pencil Small clothespins 12 printed pictures (4x6) Step 1: Get a 16x20 frame without backing or glass. I found a vintage-looking white frame from a local craft store with a 50% off discount. Although leaving the frame white would have been fine, I decided to add a pop of color by spray painting it a vibrant turquoise. Let the paint dry for at least two hours. Step 2: Using wire cutters, cut three strips of wire long enough to reach from one end of the frame to the other. From the top of the inside of the frame, measure one inch, and mark with a pencil on both vertical sides. Place two more markings down the sides of the frame every five inches. Run the strips of wire across the width of the frame and align with the pencil markings. Secure the wire with a staple gun, making sure the wire is pulled straight and tight.

Step 4:Hang your creation on the wall! My frame came with the necessary attachments, but if yours doesn’t, you will need to purchase a frame hanging kit.

Have a project that you would like to see in a future “FYI, you can DIY” column? Please e-mail suggestions to info@fathomla. com! WN

“I COULDN’T WAIT TO BRING THE IMAGE TO LIFE” COLUMNIST kelly granier


SPREAD THE HEALTH BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO HEALTH

• For a fun snack, try fruit and cheese kabobs. Put sliced fruit with low fat cheese on a stick and enjoy!

• Schedule a workout into your day as though it were an important meeting with yourself. Think about when you will work out the day before and stick to that schedule. No excuses!

• Plain yogurt is very nutritious. Add fresh fruit, granola, and cinnamon to make it taste delicious.

• Use apps such as Myfitnesspal and Lose It on your smart phones to track your calorie intake and your exercise. Knowing how many calories you eat on a daily basis may shock you. • Set goals! Sign up for a 5K and commit to the training schedule, or set a number of pounds that you want to lose in a certain amount of time. • If you are having trouble staying on track, set ONE goal and go from there. For example, set a goal to walk for at least 15 minutes, three days a week. • Think of all the great benefits that you will get from exercise: weight loss, more energy, clearer skin, better sleep, cancer and disease prevention, and many more! • Think “fun” and “variety.” If the treadmill bores you to death, don’t use it. Look for fitness classes in your area to change things up, or purchase some new exercise DVDs. • Reach out to others for support! If you tell your friends and family about your goals, you will be more likely to reach them. So spill it!

• Whole grain mini waffles with natural peanut butter and raisins are a great source of protein and grains.

• One hard boiled egg and a handful of grapes are a great filling snack! • Whole grain pita chips and hummus – much healthier than potato chips. • Smoothie – made at home! Be sure to use fruit that has no added sugars. You can also add honey to make it taste sweeter. • Make it fun and have the kids make their own snack mix. Include popcorn, nuts, dried fruit, whole grain cereal, and pretzels. WN

“THE PERFECT TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO GET ON A CONSISTENT EXERCISE ROUTINE” COLUMNIST katherine toups

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• Find a reliable workout partner. Doing this will increase your chances of staying on track tremendously. Staying on a consistent workout schedule can be tough, and eating healthy can be as well. Below are some snack ideas for you to try with the kids and even for yourself. Healthy eating and activity can boost a child’s brain power and increase their clarity in the classroom. Try the snacks below to increase you and your children’s nutrition!

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“Back to School” is in the air, and with that comes routines and schedules. This is the perfect time for you and your family to get on a consistent exercise routine and a healthy eating plan! See the tips below on ways to stay motivated through the busy school months!


FOUL BALLS

A LIGHTER LOOK AT SPORTS

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Although football is a nationwide sport and people everywhere enjoy it, many people south of the Mason-Dixon Line live and breathe football. For these people there are two seasons: football season and not football season. You won’t see them at a basketball game—they’ll more likely be shining their stainless steel Kenmore gas grill preparing for their second favorite sport, tailgating. So, no matter who your favorite team is or what day of the week they play on, here are the essentials for throwing a bad-ass tailgating party. Food: Depending on how fancy you are, tailgating food can be simple or incredibly complex. Staples include hamburgers, hotdogs, jambalaya, fried anything, among others. However, you’re really only limited by your imagination. I would suggest baconwrapped anything and deep fried to crispy deliciousness. (The writer of this article is not liable for any cardiovascular-related injuries sustained in enjoyment of deep-fried bacon covered hotdogs or the like.) Drinks: Though your mom may say that you don’t need alcohol to have fun, drinking a few (too many) beers gets the people going. So, pick out a case or two of your favorite brew, but make sure you get cans because we all know how intimidating those campus police are. Also, make sure to pack some water because you should drink a little, especially in the early part of the season, to offset dehydration. Games: While sitting around stuffing hotdogs in your face and chasing it with a Natty Light can be fun, playing games while simultaneously drinking and stuffing your face is more fun. Beer pong seems to be the game of choice for most, but there’s also ladder golf, corn-hole, and everyone’s favorite, throw-theFrisbee-to-knock-the-can-off-the-PVC-pipe (naming rights still up for grabs). Television: While successful tailgates do not require TV, it may add to the allure of your party, especially if there’s a big game that weekend that lots of people will watch. So, sneak into your buddy’s house while he’s still asleep from drinking himself stupid Friday night, “borrow” his 60-inch flat-screen, and prepare to please the masses. Music: This may be the most important item on the list (definitely in the top two). If there’s no music, all you’ll hear is silence and people chewing. It’s best to include a variety of genres, artists, and songs because, you know, diversity. Territory: It’s important to get a good spot of green grass to party on. The proximity to a bathroom and the availability of shade (see next item) are important. The best way to insure you


get the best spot is to go out the night before and stake out some turf (or send proxies in your place).

This list is not all-inclusive—so be creative, have some fun, and Geaux [insert team here]! WN

“HERE ARE THE ESSENTIALS FOR THROWING A BAD-ASS TAILGATING PARTY” COLUMNIST lee lebouef

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Shade: This is important in the beginning of the season when it’s still 110 degrees in South Louisiana, and people need to escape the harmful rays of the sun. This can be accomplished by getting a great spot or bringing artificial sources of shade. Most important is keeping people and an ice chest full of delicious beer away from the harmful rays of the sun.


MMM’ MMM’ GOOD EGGPLANT CASEROLE & MAC-N-CHEESE

I love that Rouse’s offers locally-grown produce by our neighboring farmers. When I walked into the Epicurean Market and saw all those beautiful purple eggplants, it gave me a craving for an eggplant casserole.

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Casseroles are great for busy moms. You can prepare them ahead of time and just pop them in the oven on those busy school nights. These recipes for mac and cheese and eggplant casseroles both can be made days ahead. They both go in the oven at the same time and come out hot and ready to serve in twenty minutes. Add a fresh salad and one of Rouse’s flavorful artisan breads to complete the meal. Eggplant Casserole 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped

1 eggplant cut in small cubes 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste Breadcrumbs

Combine all ingredients, except breadcrumbs, in a pot and cook down for about 1/2 hour, covered, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook out liquid, about 15-20 minutes. Put in casserole dish and bake at 350°F until top is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Mac and Cheese 3 tablespoons butter ¼ cup flour 1 cup milk ½ lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 cups elbow macaroni ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350°F. Boil 2 cups macaroni in salted water. Drain and set aside. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Add Velveeta; cook 3 minutes or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.Spoon into 2-quart casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar. Bake 20 minutes. WN

“...AND COME OUT HOT AND READY TO SERVE IN TWENTY MINUTES.” COLUMNIST susan arcement


YOUR LIFE, YOUR STYLE YOU’RE WORTH IT

myrtles. There’s a boardwalk and decking along the bank with benches to sit on and watch the ducks. It’s a quiet place to relax on your lunch hour, after work, or on the weekends.

I’m sorry to say we all have many days where our thoughts run to this conversation, and we can’t run away from life—there are too many people depending on us. However, we can take a break, and a short quality break can refuel our energy sources as well as a month vacation. So, where can you go for that break? Here is my list of the top five places I visit when I need time alone or time to refuel.

# 2 – Grand Isle Beach

# 5 – The Labyrinth at Lumen Christi Retreat Center. The Labyrinth is a meditation in mind, body, and soul. Walk into the labyrinth, releasing the worries and stresses of the day (Purgation), and as you enter the center, enter the presence of the Divine (Illumination). Allow yourself to stay there a while, just being in the Presence. As you begin to walk out, you’ll feel a sense of renewal, and the energy in your body will return as well as a renewal of the Soul (Union). The Labyrinth is nestled in a setting of pure serenity among the cypress trees, the oaks, and the ponds of Lumen Christi Retreat Center grounds. Lumen Christi is located on Hwy 311 in Schriever, LA. Everyone is welcome; however, if you see the “Do Not Enter” signs, please respect the privacy of those on retreat. The grounds are not open to the public during retreats. The Labyrinth is located on the backside of the main retreat building – Pere’ Menard Building. For more information on the labyrinth and its history, go to www.gracecathedral.org/visit/labyrinth/. # 4 – Houma’s Downtown Marina

Have you been lately? The town of Grand Isle has taken great pride in rebuilding and keeping the beaches clean. In my opinion it rivals those in Florida for two reasons: it’s a shorter drive, and there are not as many people. Even in the height of summer, you can find a quiet spot along the beaches of Grand Isle to sit and enjoy the beauty of our Creator; my favorite time to visit is during the winter. Take a drive and discover one of Louisiana’s treasures, refueling with a walk on the beach. # 1 – Brownell Memorial Park and Carillon Tower This is by far my favorite spot and is one of our area’s unknown treasures where all of the beauty of our region comes together in one package. This memorial park has been compared by some to an “outdoor Church,” and I would agree. The park is located along Hwy 70 in Morgan City, LA, and is the legacy and gift of the Brownell family by Mrs. Claire Horatio Brownell. “It was her wish that the park be a nondenominational setting retaining its wild atmosphere, where a person might retreat to commune with God.” Need I say more? The Carillon tower bells chime every 15 minutes and lend beautiful music to the beauty of nature. The park is open Wednesday (10-4), Thursday through Sunday (9-4), and is closed on Monday, Tuesday, and holidays. For more information, you can call 985-384-2283. Take time to refuel—you’re worth it! WN

Houma’s Downtown Marina is located “Entre deux ponts” (between the two bridges) at the intersection of Bayou Terrebonne and the Intracoastal Canal. There is a walking track and a park area spanning both sides of the bayou under the bridges. At the end of the park, you can sit and watch the boats and barges passing in the Intracoastal Waterway. If you’re lucky, you may even see a paddleboat passing through and hear the calliope. # 3 – Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve The park is located on Hwy 1 in Thibodaux along Bayou Lafourche and is open every day of the week to the public. Typically, it’s a quiet walk along the bayou under the cypress trees and crepe

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With many events and happenings going on, sometimes it’s nice to just stay in for the night. Whether you want to cuddle up with your loved one, enjoy some family bonding, or have the gang over, here are a couple favorites of the month for a night at home!

BOARD GAME

Let’s take it back to a classic board game: Risk. Widely accepted as the first mainstream war game, players are given army units to place onto the map of the world. When it’s your turn, you use your units to attack other players’ positions in an attempt to conquer the world. Combat is a simple dice-rolling affair that calls for luck, and reinforcements are given to players who collect sets of cards. This is the only instance What Now Magazine supports war between friends.

MUSIC

Hall of Fame is the upcoming second studio album by American rapper Big Sean. The album is scheduled to be released on August 27, 2013. Big Sean has said Hall of Fame will be a far more inspirational and a more conceptually-driven project than his debut album. He intends to teach and make a lasting impact on people’s lives with this album. The hip-hop album will include skits to give it a “classic feel.” Kanye West, Nas, Tyga, Common, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Juicy J and 2 Chainz, among others, are confirmed to make appearances as featured artists.


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Funfetti Cake Batter Pieces: 5 cups Chex cereal, 10 oz vanilla flavored Almond Bark, 1 1/2 cups Funfetti cake mix, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening. Melt the Almond Bark according to the package directions, adding vegetable shortening to thin it. Pour the cereal into a large bowl and drizzle the melted Almond Bark over the cereal. Mix it gently with a large spoon or spatula. Dump the cake mix and powdered sugar onto the cereal and mix them gently with a large spoon until all the cereal is evenly coated.

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On August 5, check out James Patterson’s newest book, Mistress. Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia, and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

MOVIE

Olympus Has Fallen is an action-thriller being released to DVD on August 13. When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster. Plus, it has Morgan Freeman, so you know it’ll be good.

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