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Acadiana’s famous festival culture honors virtually everything from the food, heritage, music, wildlife, land and people. With the temperatures starting to warm and spring on the way, local festivals are popping up ahead of the summer months. Acadiana Lifestyle has prepared a comprehensive r…

Jerome Weber is a banker and artist, and he’s blended these roles like paint on a palette. In 2014, Weber helped establish Louisiana’s only plein air painting competition. The juried event, now in its sixth year, is presented by the Shadows-on-the-Teche. It gives artists the opportunity to h…

Pictured is Plein Air artist Auseklis Ozols painting in the rain at the 2018 Plein Air Competition. Photo by Kathy Chassee. The upcoming art competition that is equal parts painting and performance art is coming to New Iberia March 14-21. Find out more on Page 13 of this month's Acadiana Lifestyle.

The photographs and videos from your wedding day will serve as a treasure for years to come. New Iberia artist Paul Schexnayder adds even more to that treasure with his live-action wedding painting. He likes to call what he does, "Wedding Story Painting." Live-action wedding paintings not on…

Did someone say crawfish? Crawfish season is among us, and it's time to start the greatest season of the year by making some Petit Crawfish Pies! From the chef at Crawfish Town USA, Chef Johnnie G’s Petit Crawfish Pies recipe is a great way to experience the season by making these personal p…

Dockside Studio is like no other place on the planet. The dusty front porch of the old barn, still sporting its weathered exterior, belies the state-of-the-art music studio a few feet away, just inside the wooden door with its four window panes staring blankly, hiding their secrets.

Stuck in a gift-buying rut? Not sure what to gifts to buy your partner for Valentine’s Day? For this Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some fun, local experiences to give the man in your life on the loveliest day of the year!

Newlywed Morgan Stockstill Berard’s wedding was stylish and modern. You can read all about her wedding and her vendors in our Bridal Review story “I Do” on Page 13. Photo by Sydney Martien Photography.

Few of us have an appreciation for sawdust, but Emily Broussard loves the making of it. She caught the woodworking bug when she was 10, making baseball bats and tops. She has enough love of woodworking to have long felt a responsibility to share it by way of teaching it in the woodworking cl…

Teche Center for the Arts presented the first ever St. Martin Parish Mega Trivia Game Night hosted by Senator Fred Mills. The night was a fun, community-spirited, Parish-wide event of friendly competition with proceeds going to Teche Center for the Arts’ operating and programming budget. 

If you’ve been to St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Iberia and enjoyed the choir, you’ve sampled the work of its music director Ben LeBleu. For the past four years, Ben has enriched the church’s sacred music program leading an ensemble of 18 to 20 singers and a separate Cantorum of seven pr…

It was a story that Phebe Hayes grew up hearing from her grandmother - about the expulsion of the black doctors of New Iberia – but didn’t think she’d end up proving its accuracy to the next generation. Now retired from UL, the former dean of the College of General Studies and professor of C…

Tommy Romero began his career in the New Iberia Sheriff’s Office in 1978, served 14 years as an undercover narcotics agent, was a state trooper and was personal security for two governors before he retired, in 2018, from the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Now, he continues his oath to serve when he …

Since he was young, Mark Boyancé has had an interest in short films, making home movies with his Sears VHS camcorder. Today, he is an active member of the Iberia Performing Arts League (IPAL) and creator and director of the New Iberia Film Festival. While he encourages those behind the camer…

With the holiday season behind us, Acadiana turns its sights on the next joyous event in every Cajun’s life- Mardi Gras. The Bayou Teche Museum is giving us one more opportunity to celebrate with their 10th annual Bayou Teche Museum “Night at the Museum” Gala this year. The 2020 Gala is set …

It's always next to impossible to choose a favorite story. However, each issue has a few stand out that select members of our staff just can't get enough of! These are our favorite January stories! 

Kate Gulotta was sitting outside with her husband and 17-month-old, going through some emails, when she got the news of a lifetime. She’d made it as a top 10 finalist in Broadway's nationwide search for the part of Roxie Hart in “Chicago the Musical,” a part she’d auditioned for in October. …

Four years ago on December 8, a decommissioned ambulance on a very unique mission parked outside of a grocery store, a mall and a high school. At the end of the day, 48 confessions were heard by Father Michael Champagne, head of the Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville.

The 10th annual New Iberia Beneath the Balconies was held on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 along Main Street. The event, presented by Iberia Preservation Alliance and New Iberia Main Street Program featured the area’s best talent singing from Main Street’s historic balconies.



Celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA), has not wavered from its mission to help people develop strong, healthy, prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. Based in New Iberia, the not-for-profit has evolved into a nationally-recognized, award-wi…