Column: COFFEE WITH CAROL ANNE AND MARY
SO THE BATON ROUGE SUNDAY ADVOCATE (BATR)
LP Baton Rouge had some mighty happy dogs when their young owners completed Wok 'n Whisk's class, "Dog's Best Friend." Teacher Cecilia Dalme, assisted by her son, Clay Shields, instructed the children in the making of dog biscuits. Students learned to carefully measure and mix their ingredients, which can be found in any home pantry. Dalme then let the children roll the dough and cut out cookies in many shapes, including fire hydrants, large and small bones and cats. After the biscuits were baked, each student took home an entire tray of warm treats. Ten year old Kristin Hogan, daughter of the Eric Hogans, made her cookies for a friend's dog, while Cecilia's daughter, Piper Shields could not wait to deliver her final product to a neighbor who has two chickens, two cats, two goats, two hamsters and a doberman. Katie Gossett, daughter of the Kent Gossetts, baked for her dog Christmas, which Katie reported as being of the "black" breed.
TX Jonathan and William Nelson, sons of Bill and Julie Nelson, were in charge of measuring ingredients as Mary Robert, daughter of Martha and Jim Robert, wildly sifted. Mary's treats were for her Sheltie, Laddie. Virginia Middleton, daughter of Linda and Vernon Middleton, had to make an especially large order, sinces he was not only baking for her Miniature Schnauzer, Sugar Petite, named for a favorite children's book, but she had also promised cookies for Queen Victoria, the Boston Terrier belonging to her grandparents, Jane and Frank Middleton. Dakota Roemer had been scheduled to take the class to bake his cookies for the First Dog, but couldn't make it. Lifetime television aired a movie last week based on a novel by former Baton Rougean Joanna Brent Leake. Leake, who now lives in New Orleans, wrote the novel "A Few Days in Weasel Creek," which was adapted for television by Larry McMurtry and starred Colleen Dewhurst, John Hardy and Mare Winningham. Leake, daughter of Adelie and Allan Brent, is working on a new novel and is co-authoring a textbook on remedial writing. She is chairman of freshman English at the University of New Orleans. She and her husband, David, are the parents of five-year-old Madeleine. Judy Kaufman and Lisa Westmoreland, alumnae advisors to LSU's Zeta Tau Alpha chapter recently returned from the sorority's National Leadership Conference in Memphis. Over 400 members attended the five days of meetings and workshops on service programs, fund-raising and scholarship. Members of the Baton Rouge Opera enjoyed a festive musical annual dinner at the City Club. Robert Grayson, the internationally known tenor and a voice instructor at LSU, entertained the group with three of his students, Rebeca Oropesa, Amy Reiff, and Melanie Boney. Marlene Weyand, board member and acting director, announced several awards during the evening. The group honored a number of individuals who have helped the opera in its 12 years in Baton Rouge. Included were its two conductors, Henry Holt of Carmel Valley, Calif., and Richard Aslanian, who is leaving to take a position at Baylor University. It also recognized outgoing president Donald Tieken and outgoing vice president Joseph Palumbo. New officers are Marcia Moser, president, Dr. Donn Bowers, vice president, William Newman, treasurer, and Dr. Daryl Wedwick, secretary. The Women's Club held its election of officers Wednesday at a board luncheon hosted by returning board members. The officers for the coming year are Mary Katherine Paine, president; Genny Baker, first vice president; Edith Atkinson, second vice president; Diane Olinde, treasurer; Frances Landry, parliamentarian; and Frances Cox, past president. New board members are Ann Bowman, Sis Hardin, Wanda Harris, Lois Hogue, Evelyn Lambert, and Joann McLean. Marna Bass Shortess, the new membership chairman, is a third generation member of the Clubhouse. Her grandmother, the late Mary Adelaide Amey Bechtold, was a charter member. Her mother, the late Anna Amey Bechtold Bass was a member for many years, and her daughter, Mary Amey Shortess Crousillac, is now a fourth generation member. The board is beginning plans for the monthly programs and coffees for the coming year. The 10, 50- year members of the club will be recognized at several of the events. The members of L'Assemblee Francaise and friends from France Louisiane and Codofil celebrated the Bicentennial of the French Revolution at a cocktail buffet at White Oak Landing on Bastille Day. French and American flags decorated the tables, and the flag colors were used throughout the reception room. Chef John Folse prepared a variety of French foods. Diane Meyrat directed and accompanied a group of young singers in a medley of French songs of the period. Jeremy Wood explained the background of each presentation. The chorus included Fred Graham, Dana Head, Benjamin Meyrat, Stephane Meyrat, Lee Nguyen, and Mona Zohld. At the end of the program, the audience joined in singing "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem. Transplanted Baton Rougean Robert E. Weiss, son of Sylvia Weiss and the late Al Weiss, recently visited his mother in Baton Rouge. Weiss who has many friends from his years at Baton Rouge High, Tulane, LSU and the LSU Law School, works with a New York company which produces large fund raising events. He is presently handling publicity for a gala sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. The event, which will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the * Eiffel Tower, is chaired by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth's daughter. The site of the gala is the Seagram Plaza, where guests will dine and dance under a translucent tent while viewing a 36-story high laser image of the famous Tower. First Lady Barbara Bush is honorary patron of the October event. The League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge hosted a summer salad supper Tuesday evening for new members at Elizabeth Franks' home on Bancroft Way. Twenty-five potential Leaguers were greeted by Sandy Ashby, president; Lorraine Moore, first vice president; Carolyn Stutts, second vice president, and Irene Gatchell, membership chairwoman. @Art: PHOTO @Art Caption: Kristin Hagan stirs flour in a bowl; Mary Roberts concentrates on sifting flour; Katie Gossett's face illustrates the mess involved (By Stephan Savoia)
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