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Fall is the perfect time to celebrate everything outdoorsy in Acadiana, so grab your paddle, put on your camo, prep the tailgating gumbo, and head out to the nearest festival. This month is all about fresh air and fun!

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In June of 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, a group of restaurant workers banded together and decided they were ready to make a change. Determined to open their own place – and run it by their own rules – they combined their talents and opened Misfits Dine & Drink, an upscale-casua…

You have your father’s twinkling blue eyes. You laugh like your mom. Didn’t Aunt Nora make that same face in pictures? There are so many characteristics and tendencies we inherit from our families. And if you’re an Hébert from Acadiana, you probably have some creative abilities that run deep…

Sometimes the creative contrast of something beautiful against something edgy makes for jaw-dropping imagery. That’s what we discovered when styling this month’s bridal photoshoot at an abandoned paper mill in New Iberia. The iconic brick smokestack near the corner of East Main and North Lew…

Gene Todaro was born and raised in Palermo, Sicily – and he definitely knows authentic Italian cuisine. His tight-knit Sicilian family and the cherished recipes they’ve carried across continents are the lifeblood of Marcello’s Lafayette, the restaurant he founded decades ago.

Raising enough money to help families buy a home of their own sounds like serious business, but it doesn’t have to be serious at all. A group of enterprising New Iberia women has shown what can be achieved with crazy costumes, brightly colored wigs, rhinestone tiaras, and lots of planning an…

Over the past year, our students, parents, teachers and administrators have been asked to manage a herculean task during COVID. Depending on the school your child attended, you may have seen uninterrupted in-class learning, remote learning or a hybrid of both. As of publication date for this…

The academic landscape went from bustling halls to Zoom calls, and teachers and students had to constantly adapt to new standards. One Iberia Parish public school teacher and one Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA) student share their stories of

The past year’s damaging storms and pandemic-related woes have created increased needs throughout Louisiana, yet fundraising has become more difficult for local nonprofits, schools and churches. That’s why Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) hoped 2021 SOLA Giving Day would be especially …

When my husband and I moved to New Iberia last year, we didn’t know exactly what our lives would look like. Like so many others, the pandemic had forced us to adapt, so we settled in and embraced our new community. Eventually, though, I began to feel a tug – at first faint, then insistent. A…

The word “fate” had to come to mind when Edward Fremin discovered that the New Iberia home he and partner Joey Billeaud had purchased, in 2006, was designed by Owen Southwell, who built the former and present St. Peter’s Church. What better place for Fremin to display his collection of over …



Life is almost always easier when you’re healthy, and the concerns around the coronavirus has made staying in good health more of a priority than ever. The vaccine for COVID19 has officially been rolled out. However, it’s still critical to build up your body’s natural immunity. Here are 10 w…