Society Column: New Orleans-themed party in Carmel


The Scene, the young professionals group at the Carmel Performing Arts Center, hosted a Mardi Gras party Jan 15, complete with feathered masks, beads, props and Cajun Creole food from Yats.

The pre-event party, held in the Studio Theatre, was coordinated by Ann O’Brien, marketing director, Stephanie Decker, donor relations manager, John Henne, leadership council, Robyn Ferguson, graphics production coordinator, and Ashley Ulbricht, event chair, among others.

Some of the attendees included: Trip – most popular and best dressed – Butler University bull dog mascot. Other attendees included, among others: Danielle Wright, Chris Drewry, Alicia Wanker and Andrew Tkach, all from Carmel, Jennie Deedrick from Fishers, Katie Smardo from Noblesville and Michelle Rickey from New Palestine.

The pre-event party proceeded to the Tarkington for the Jon Batiste and Stay Human performance.  Batiste is a musical prodigy, New Orleans native and Julliard graduate. Batiste’s music is an inspired blend of jazz and other genres which he calls “social music.” His style is inclusive, purposefully engaging the audience in exuberant enthusiasm of the pure artistry of sound.

Batiste is from a long lineage of musicians from the same New Orleans family. Batiste encouraged the crowd to get up and dance and at one point brought students from Shortridge High School and IU to the stage for an impromptu group dance.

Upcoming events for The Scene can be found on Facebook.

If you would like Current in Carmel to attend your party, gala or social function, please call Tonya Burton at 432-2451 to schedule your event. We would be happy to photograph guests and let our readers know about upcoming society events.

Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at


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