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The January issue kicks off the new year with our Most Interesting People honorees. You can also find health & fitness resources, including tips to make sure your mental health is in check moving into 2021. 

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It would have been normal for anyone replacing New Iberia Catholic High’s legendary coach Indest to feel a little pressure. But Scott Wattigny says he felt excitement at the challenge of taking the position of head football coach and athletic director last January. Before accepting the posit…

President of Envision the Berry, Carl Cooper Jr. works very hard at making New Iberia neighborhoods more self-sufficient and health conscious. As manager of Da Berry Fresh Market, he has positioned it not only as a springboard to a healthier life, but as a home base for residents to talk, le…

The Iberia Film Festival was held this year while maintaining complete COVID19 protocol. There were 40 people in attendance who were able to enjoy short films of various genres created by local film makers. Head to their Facebook page for a complete list of winners.

While so many local festivals and events were cancelled or scaled back in 2020 due to COVID-19, Acadian's two largest music festivals took their acts even further. In April, Festival International (FIL) was one of the first music festivals around the world to host a virtual event that proved…

Chris Warner, the author of “The Tailgater’s Guide to SEC Football,” never set out to make a living as an author. In fact, Warner only got the idea to write a book after an accountant, who read Warner’s column in Tiger Rag Magazine, told him he could write off all his column-related expenses…

People start collections for various reasons: for their monetary value, to create decorative spaces in their homes, or the challenge of finding something rare. For Patrick Theriot, it was a tugging urge after finding an unknown collection of his father’s that led him to pay homage to his gra…

At the end of last year, fans of the group Spank the Monkey crowded into the Youngsville bar Route 92 waiting for the band to begin, when they were taken aback by the opening act. A group of young teens jumped on the stage and amazed the audience, belting out songs from an era before they we…

Embroidery, once the leisurely activity of proper women in Victorian times, is gaining a presence in galleries thanks to stitchers like Marie Palmer, the Lafayette-based artist behind Artemis-Unravelled. She is one of the modern embroiderers who is updating and enlivening the traditional wom…

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…

At a Burger King, Leonard “Bot” Buteaux sat at a table with an erect posture and his hands resting in a polite manner on the table. A kind face is framed by neatly groomed gray hair and matching close-trimmed beard. Dressed in khaki pants and a navy lightweight windbreaker over a plaid shirt…

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.

How fortunate for the city of Breaux Bridge that when its “native daughter” Coatney S. Raymond believes in something, she is 150 percent involved. So, when the managing partner of the well-known Buck & Johnny’s Restaurant says she’s passionate about her city and her restaurant, all that’…

It would have been normal for anyone replacing New Iberia Catholic High’s legendary coach Indest to feel a little pressure. But Scott Wattigny says he felt excitement at the challenge of taking the position of head football coach and athletic director last January. Before accepting the posit…



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…