Excited Demons set for season opener at UT Martin – TONIGHT!

MARTIN, Tennessee – Senior quarterback Shelton Eppler’s personality usually is best described as even-keeled.

When it comes to Thursday’s season opener at UT Martin, Eppler can sum up his feelings in one word.

“I’m very excited,” Eppler said, using a word echoed by his head coach and several teammates as the 2019 season draws closer. “We finally get to hit someone other than ourselves. I know our defense is very excited. I’m ready to go out and see what this team is made of.”

The Demons (5-6 in 2018) and Skyhawks (2-9) meet at 6:30 p.m. inside Hardy M. Graham Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 94.9 FM The River in Natchitoches.

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Eppler’s excitement may be slightly out of character, but it is echoed by head coach Brad Laird, who kicks off his second season in charge of his alma mater.

“We’re all excited about game week,” Laird said. “Even as we’ve implemented UT Martin, it’s still been Northwestern State vs. Northwestern State at practice. We’ve put in more scout team work, but until we’re able to take the field, to be somewhere else other than Turpin Stadium, you don’t really get to feel it.

“You’re always excited for that first week. This is a Thursday game, so things are a little different, but I’m excited for our team and this opportunity.”

Northwestern State begins the season on the road for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in the past seven seasons.

Laird said the location of the game doesn’t matter to him.

“I like road games,” he said. “Sure, we all wish we could play all 12 at home. We love playing at Turpin Stadium. We love our fans. We love our community. Road trips help build team chemistry.

“On this trip, when we leave Wednesday morning, our guys will be together from then until when we get back around 8 a.m. Friday. We get to talk about different things. On the bus, we’re not always talking about football. It’s an opportunity to talk about different things and do different things.”

One of those could be to start the season with a road victory.

Both the Demons and Skyhawks reside in conferences that produced multiple FCS playoff teams a season ago. Three Southland teams reached the 24-team tournament while Ohio Valley Conference members Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri State were part of the postseason.

The success of their conferences puts NSU’s and UT Martin’s 2018 records in perspective.

“We’re better than we were last year,” Laird said. “We’re still 0-0, just like UT Martin. They were 2-9, but they lost five games by seven points or less, two in overtimes. They lost by six to Jacksonville State, who’s preseason No. 6, in overtime. Each team is different, but they got better form last year to this year, just like we did.”

Eppler gives the Demons a strong linchpin offensively after throwing for 2,639 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first season after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College. The Demons also return running backs Jared West and Stadford Anderson, who combined for 1,075 rushing yards.

West and Anderson will run behind an experienced offensive line that features four seniors in the rotation. Similarly, the Demons’ defensive line is a veteran group that will give Northwestern State a chance to be strong where it matters most.

On top of that, the entire Demons coaching staff returns intact, which has helped all three phases of the game entering Year 2 of the Laird era.

“When coach Laird became coach, we had a meeting and guys didn’t show up on time,” senior punter Parker Pastorello said. “We kept having that meeting until everyone was there on time. Everyone had to buy in if they wanted to be on this team and get to the point where we are now. The culture has shifted from when I first got here. Last year, we had that shift. This year, we’re ready to take it all. I’m excited about it.”


Louisiana is the World Champion — of Little League Baseball

By Joe Darby

Louisiana is enjoying a world championship. Brought to us by a great group of little children. The boys that I’m talking about would probably resent being referred to as little children, but after all, they range in age from only 10 to 12 years old.

The lads are from Jefferson Parish’ East Bank, which includes the cities of Kenner and Harahan and unincorporated areas like Metairie and River Ridge. The latter community, in fact, was the name by which they were known in the 2019 Little League playoffs.

These boys went through five levels of competition, winning local, state and regional tournaments, before they won the national championship last week.

So there they were, in Williamsport, Pa., the home of the Little League World Series, to face Curacao for all the marbles. Curacao is a rather small island in the Caribbean, close to the Venezuelan coast. They have produced some talented Major League ballplayers in recent years and it’s likely that some of the kids on the 2019 Curacao Little League team may end up in the Bigs also.

But, in last Saturday’s game, they were no match for the boys from East Jeff. The pitcher, Egan Prather, tossed a two-hit game against the lads from Curacao, who had been hitting very well in the tournament up to that point. A Louisiana player who also hit quite well was Reece Roussell, who broke the Little League World Series record by banging out 17 hits in the championship tournament.

I watched the game, from start to finish, and it was over before I expected. I thought the game was to go seven innings, but it was in fact, six. So when the Louisiana boys got Curacao to line out in their final at bat in the bottom of the sixth, I was surprised to see the players’ jubilation and the traditional dog pile, as they jumped into a heap in the center of the diamond.

But what a pleasant surprise it was for me. Sometimes we Louisianians don’t have too much to brag about — except for our people, our food, our joie de vivre — but I digress. Last weekend a bunch of pre-teen boys from the suburbs of New Orleans brought us some much deserved pleasure and pride. Well done, lads.


Kris Vidos: Mayor of Campti Candidacy Announcement

I’ve lived in Campti since about 2010. I was a field tech and I bought a house in the middle of my territory. I had a good friend that lived on the same block so I thought it was a good spot.

I like to fix things. It doesn’t matter what it is. I like to look at how things work and if it’s not right I like to fix it. Most of the time I work in IT and travel around doing contract jobs involving computer system and network installation, administration, troubleshooting and optimization. I’m hanging around right now because the town is harassing me over my house and property.

I’ve had a poor experience in general dealing with the town government. I have difficulty viewing or obtaining copies of laws. I feel I’ve been harassed over my house. I’ve tried working with the town but it’s not working out.

I’d like to change things that bother me about Campti. I want:

For the town to help its people instead of harassing, fining and squeezing them for money.
To reduce or remove costly permit requirements to install or restore utilities.
To reduce or remove franchise fees for utilities.
To make it easier to get exceptions to current permit requirements.
To make water bills consistent and lower if possible.
To make local laws available for viewing online and be able to view and get a copy at the town hall.
To have incomplete, overly restrictive, incorrect and unconstitutional laws repealed.

Some other things I’d like to do are:

Bring back our municipal court.
Hire local people to police the area instead of the sheriff’s department.
Make Campti a marijuana sanctuary.
Have a bar-b-q with free food for the town’s people at the town meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.

Some things I’d like researched are:

Opening a local grocery store and farmer’s market perhaps selling local goods on consignment.
A solar farm to help mitigate the town’s power usage.
A water park.
Repair, upgrade and maintenance of roads, water and sewer systems.
Water drainage throughout the town.
A local credit union.
Small business help center for local businesses.

I’ve never managed a town. I manage and automate computer systems. When I look at any task I try to automate it. I can find ways to use low cost computer systems to bring new services to the people of Campti. I’m going to have to learn how to manage a town. I hope we can bring the townspeople together to let us decide what we want Campti to be.


Walk of Fame: The plaques are back

The City has good news for fans of the Walk of Fame plaques that previously resided on the sidewalk in front of City Bank on St. Denis Street in downtown Natchitoches. Some of them have found new homes!

Seven were installed in the pocket park on the corner of Pine and Cypress, which is funded by the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC). This park is dedicated to Susan Harling, so it was a natural fit for the six main ladies from the Steel magnolia movie that Natchitoches is famous for. Granite plaques honoring Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, and Dolly Parton were set onto raised concrete slabs and surrounded by a brick border. The seventh plaque for Bobby Harling is located on the Cypress Street side of park beside the interpretive plaque for Susan Harling.

Community development and maintenance crews built forms in the shop, poured concrete slabs at a slight angle for easy viewing.

The plaques were removed from the bank’s sidewalk when the City redid St. Denis Street. The plaques became an issue over many years as a slip hazard and when the City had the opportunity to remove them they did. The plaques went into storage for the short term, but different people came forward expressing their desire for the plaques to be on display once more.

There’s ongoing discussion to install the plaques for Producer Ray Stark, Gene Callahan and Director Herbert Ross at the Steel Magnolia house location. Callahan was instrumental in bringing the movie to Natchitoches.

There’s also talk about installing the plaques for Cammie Henry, Clementine Hunter, Kate Chopin, Caroline Dormon, and Luis Juchereau De St. Denis at the Jefferson Street Pocket Park, which would happen as soon as they complete landscaping at the park.

The City has spoken with the National Park Service about installing the plaques for John Wayne and John Ford at one of its properties south of Natchitoches.

No further comments have been made about the other plaques, which include Pat Listach, Jackie Smith, Natchitoches Dixie Debs, Grits Gresham, Bobby Hebert, Stan Humphries, Nettles Brown, Ray Stark, Herbert Ross, Gary Reasons, Gene Callahan, and Joe Dumars.

The reinstallation of plaques which relate to movies filmed in Natchitoches is happening at the perfect time according to Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Arlene Gould. The Natchitoches Film Trail will launch on Nov. 9 with a special Blush and Bashful event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Steel Magnolias and a new brochure to outline Steel Magnolias and other movies filmed in the area. This comes in the wake of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser launching the Louisiana Film Trail last year, on the 100 year anniversary of the filming of the original Tarzan movie, which was filmed in 1918 in Morgan City.


NSU announces 2019-20 tenure, promotion list

Sixteen Northwestern State University faculty have received tenure and 25 have received promotion effective with the start of the 2019-20 academic year, according to Dr. Greg Handel, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System approved the tenure and promotion recommendations.

Faculty who received tenure were Dr. Nicholaus Cummins and Mirla G. Enriquez of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts, Dr. Gregory Bouck, Dr. Erik Braun and Dr. Katrina Jordan of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development and Dr. Jafar F. AlSharab of the Department of Engineering Technology.

Also receiving tenure were Dr. Julie Gayle, Dr. Cheryl Adair, Dianna Hill, Dr. Anna Morris. Dr. Robyn Ray and Dr. Rebecca N. Weston of the of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health, Dr. Cynthia Doffitt and Millard Mangrum of the School of Biological and Physical Sciences, Dorothy W. Jones of the Department of Criminal Justice, History, and Social Sciences and Denise Bailey of the Department of Social Work.

Those promoted from associate professor to professor were Dr. Dana Clawson and Dr. Kelli W. Haynes of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health, Dr. Wanda Goleman of the School of Biological and Physical Sciences, Dr. Keith Dromm of the Louisiana Scholars’ College, Dr. Shane Rasmussen of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies and Dr. Julie McDonald of the School of Business.

Faculty promoted from assistant professor to associate professor were Adair, Dr. Debra Clark, Dr. Donald Johnston, Morris, Ray, Weston and Dr. Kathleen Tate of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health, Cummins, Enriquez, Doffitt, AlSharab, Dr. Nabin Sapkota of the Department of Engineering Technology, Dr. Marcia M. Hardy, Dr. Carmella Parker and Dr. Sarah Wright of the School of Business, Bouck, Braun and Jordan.

Leah Forsyth of the School of Creative and Performing Arts was promoted to assistant professor.


New master’s in computer information systems approved for Northwestern State

A Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems at Northwestern State University has been approved by the State Board of Regents.

The 33-hour degree program would be offered completely online, the only program of its type offered by a public college or university in Louisiana. Students would take nine required classes along with two electives.

“Students seeking a MS in Computer Information Systems will enhance their knowledge in a variety of areas within information systems while relating this knowledge to the success of an organization and using it to improve organizational information systems,” said Curtis Penrod, coordinator of the computer information systems program. “The online nature of this degree will allow working adults to further their education wherever they are located and at times convenient to their busy schedules. This degree will help further the growing information technology sector in Louisiana.”

This will be the first graduate program offered by the School of Business in more than 30 years.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this new master’s degree that will help fulfill the need of a knowledgeable workforce in the high-demand areas of computer systems and related technologies,” said Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “The curriculum content includes practical applications which provide the foundation for students seeking leadership and research opportunities. The completely online degree program will allow students to advance their knowledge and skill-sets from anywhere in the world. It is a win, win, win for our students, our community and our state.”

The required classes are advanced cyber security, strategic data management and analysis, advanced data communication systems, data structures and algorithm analysis, strategic information systems project management, applied project management, strategic application of enterprise software, research methods in computer information systems and research project and/or thesis.

The elective choices are emerging technologies and human-computer interaction, advanced mobile development, information assurance and decision support systems.

Three of the top 10 largest areas of growth requiring a baccalaureate degree are in the computer information system field. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can return to college to increase computer information systems skills and develop new skills. Those without information systems backgrounds can develop new skills to change to an occupation with a higher salary and larger number of job prospects.

The master’s program would build up on Northwestern State’s nationally recognized bachelor’s program in computer information systems. Enrollment in the program has nearly doubled over the past five years to more than 300 with the assistance of a grant from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and GDIT. New concentrations in application development, networking and systems management, web development, core programming and cyber security have been added. The program has been ranked first in the nation by bestcollegereviews.org. Students in the undergraduate program have won 17 national championships since 2000 at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference.


“Music for Two Pianos” program to be performed Sept. 5

Pianists Chialing Hsieh and Michael Young will present a recital at Northwestern State University on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program, “Music for Two Pianos,” includes “Las Niñas from Tres Romances Argentinos” by Carlos Guastavino, “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein/John Musto, “Metamorphose” on M. C. Escher’s “Metamorphose III” by Young and

“Paraphrase” on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca,” Op. 129 by Nilolai Kapustin.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Hsieh is devoted to promoting new piano solo and chamber works. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on seven CDs for the Centaur, Innova, Enharmonic and Ballpark labels. She joined NSU’s faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor of collaborative piano. In the summer, she is the piano instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy and the Sounds of Summer Institute. Hsieh earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts and a master’s and doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Young’s compositions have been performed in Korea, Taiwan and throughout the United States, including at several of the College Music Society’s regional conferences and its 2011 international conference, the 2010 Society of Composers Inc. National Conference, the 2010–2018 Southeastern Composers League Forums and the 2008 Ball State University Festival of New Music. As the 2016 pedagogical composer for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, he composed and performed “Six Inventions” for solo piano at the KMTA state conference. His “Capriccio” for clarinet, bassoon, and piano was performed at the 2014 international conference and Mid-America Festival of the International Clarinet Association and recorded by Trifecta! on the CD Cumulus Accumulation.

His modernized arrangement of Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” for saxophone quartet, piano, and percussion was performed at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance and the 2011 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Taiwan. Young is the immediate past president of the Southeastern Composers League. He is an accompanist for music majors at Northwestern State and the choir accompanist for the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Northwestern University and his Master of Music in piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Free Classes for ESL at the NPL

In partnership with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Education Department, the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) will be offering a free English as a second language (ESL) class. The classes are completely free and open to the public. The classes will meet every Monday from 2 PM to 6 PM, beginning September 9. This will be the first class and registration day. Anyone considering attending is encouraged to come to the first meeting of the class to talk with the teacher and have them assist with the registration.

For those with children, there will also be free tutoring available during the same period from 2 PM to 6 PM. Tutors will assist children, from pre-k to elementary, with reading and math. Three to four tutors will be present each day. Multiple spots may be booked if there are extra tutors available. To reserve a spot, call the NPL Children’s Desk at 318-238-9222.

“Many of you may know someone who has traveled quite a way to make Natchitoches their home, and many are looking to better their English skills,” says Alan Niette, NPL Community Outreach Coordinator. “This partnership with BPCC will be a great, and totally free to attend, resource for our community.”

If you have any questions, about this or any other NPL activities, you may call the NPL 318-357-3280.


LSMSA graduate to speak at matriculation ceremony Friday, August 30

A member of the Class of 1987 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will deliver the address for the matriculation ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Natchitoches Events Center.

Damian Duke Domingue came to LSMSA from Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette in 1985.

With a math/science and arts focus, he participated in the first incarnations of Theater Rep and Encore, as well as student life and the Eagle cheerleading squad.

In the fall of 1987, Domingue segued into the inaugural class of the Louisiana Scholars’ College where he completed his degree in ethnomusicology.

Afterward, on a whim, he accepted a year-long internship at Jackson, Miss.’s, New Stage Theatre, performing a Shakespeare tour through the rural south. It was an unexpected, life changing adventure, which ultimately landed this accidental actor at Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina. During his tenure there, he served in various capacities: actor, director, designer and composer; and he penned and premiered four musicals. “Rootabaga! a musiCarl,” an adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories,” ran for 17 years at Connemara, the Sandburg National Historic Site and part of the U.S. National Park Service.

After more than 20 years, 100 productions and 3,865 performances, Domingue decided it was time to reinvent himself and move from the acting boards to the auction block.

In 2012, he attended World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and Denver, Colo., and is currently licensed in 38 states, territories and beyond.

His company, Duke Says Sold, is based near Asheville, N.C., and works exclusively in the non-profit sector, fundraising through the auction process.

Domingue believes he has finally discovered his métier with a job he describes as a fusion of cheerleader and evangelist – raising millions each year for education, hospital foundations, health and human services and the arts. National clients include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish and others.

Since 2000, he has played his upright bass (named Myrna) with the Americana/Rockabilly outfit the Carburetors in the southeastern United States, as well as Germany, Belgium and Holland.

Recent independent film credits include “Shadows on the Wall” and “Possession.”


Kappa Pi supports 2020 “Hotter ‘N Hell” exhibition

Northwestern State University’s chapter of Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society donated more than $1,000 to Friends of Hanchey to support promotion of “Hotter ‘N Hell,” a national juried collegiate art exhibition that will feature art created with the use of heat and fire.

Kappa Pi raised funds by raffling a quilt pieced together from vintage NSU t-shirts.

“’Hotter ‘N Hell’ will feature a national juried exhibition of pyrotechnical art and include a one-day event we are calling the, Hotter ‘N Hell Happening, that will be the week of July 4, 2020,” said Phyllis Lear, professor art and coordinator of the show. “The’ Hotter ‘N Hell’ Art Exhibition will showcase a juried collegiate art exhibition from across the United States that features fire and/or heat during production or as an element of each work of art.” Creations by artists who work with glass, ceramics, bronze, metal sculpture and other mediums will be featured.

“NSU’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art will host the exhibition in Orville Hanchey Gallery April 20 through August 20, 2020, the hottest months in Demonland,” Lear said.

NSU Artist James Borders will be juror for the exhibition.

For more information about “Hotter ‘N Hell,” contact Lear at (318) 357-4056.


Notice of Death – August 28, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Charles L. Helaire

August 28, 2019
Arrangements TBA

SanCedrick DeAngello Green
August 21, 1978 – August 27, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Billy Ray “Goat” Milam
October 11, 1930 – August 27, 2019
Service: Friday, September 6 at 10:30 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

James William Johnson
April 8, 1938 – August 22, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 -10:30 am at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11 am at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum in Natchitoches

James D. Barnes
August 23, 2019
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES PARISH:

Betty Mary Hippler Laurent
November 30, 1929 – August 26, 2019
Service: Friday, August 29 at 10 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church

Jerry Judson Phillips
December 18, 1935 – August 24, 2019
Interment: Friday, August 29 at 1 pm at Alexandria Memorial Gardens

RED RIVER PARISH:

Ronnie Lynn Walters, Sr.
June 29, 1944 – August 27, 2019
Service: Thursday, August 29 at 1 pm at First Baptist Church of Coushatta

WINN PARISH:

Bobbie Pittman
August 25, 2019
Arrangements TBA


Cane River Tigers Annual Pre-Season Event

Rodney Harrington, Larry Paige, Jack Duty and Lee & Ginny Waskom

The Annual Pre-Season LSU Cane River Tigers group met on Tuesday August 27th at the local brewery.  The football season is fast approaching. Special guests were Lynn Rollins and Bart Schmolke, who host a weekly radio show primarily focused on LSU football in Alexandria.

Greg Burke, NSU Athletic Director and NSU Head Football Coach Brad Laird were also invited guests to preview the upcoming football season for Northwestern. 2019 takes on special significance as NSU travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in Tiger Stadium on September 14th. The last time NSU faced LSU in Tiger Stadium was 2011.

Rollins and Schmolke provided detailed information and inside information regarding the outlook for the LSU Tigers this year.

A highlight of the evening was a live auction of a George Rodrigue “Blue Dog” LSU print autographed by LSU’s Head football Coach Ed Orgeron. The auction was designed to benefit CASA of Natchitoches Parish. CASA’s mission statement is to provide quality advocacy and a strong voice to abused and neglected children. CASA was represented by Jack Duty and Larry Paige. Lee Waskom, pictured below won the auction, after spirited and boisterous bidding, all for a good cause.

The next meeting of The Cane River Tigers Booster group will be held on Monday,September 9 in Natchitoches, at a time and place to be determined. This meeting will coincide with game week for the LSU-NSU game and LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward and Assistant Athletics Director Verge Ausberry are expected to attend. Valencia Sarpy-Jones, a resident of Natchitoches Parish and a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors will also be in attendance.

NSU Athletic Director, Greg Burke and Head Football Coach Brad Laird have been invited to attend to add to the excitement of game week.

The public is invited to attend this event which will surely add to the build-up and anticipation of this rare match-up between the Tigers and Demons.

Details of the event location and time will be published upon confirmation.


According to Kris: Labor Day Whites

By Kris James

With labor day approaching, I think this is the perfect time to address the elephant in the room. Why one can’t wear white after Labor Day and where this rule comes from. We all grow up hearing that white is not acceptable after the first Monday of September. For me, it wasn’t until I saw the 1994 Serial Mom, a punctilious psycho mom who murdered another character who white shoes to court. But I always wondered how this rule came to be. So why can’t we wear white after Labor Day?

For centuries wearing white was a simple way to stay cool in the summer. We have to remember that times were different. There was no air-conditioning and people didn’t wear t-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would consider causal formal clothes. Society flocked from city townhouses to seaside cottages to flee from the heat. Leaving city clothes behind and trading them in for a much lighter and whiter choice. Beating the heat became fashionable in the early 20th century. In those hot summer months, fashion editors and tastemakers wore white clothing to keep cool. That sensibility was reflected in the pages of magazines like Vogue.

Labor Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the first Monday of September, which marks the traditional end of summer. Of course, for those living in the south, fall doesn’t start until mid-October. But for the vacationers located in northern climates that actually have seasons, they pack away their summer looks and bring out their heavier darker colored fall clothing. This would make logical sense, but when has fashion ever been logical.

While no one is completely sure where this rule originated from some suggest it was created to separate the old money elitists from the new money group. Some etiquette authorities like Judith Martin said, “There are always people who want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery. There were many little rules that people did dream up in order to annoy those from whom they wished to disassociate themselves. But I do not believe this to be one of them.”

Regardless to where the rule came from, it’s safe to say no one in 2019 should feel the need to follow it. So of course you can wear white after labor day. Especially in Louisiana where our September temperatures are hardly fall-like. It’s more about the fabric choices and not the color. I personally love a full white look in December.

Fashion is the only game you can win by breaking the rules.” -Sissy Gavrilaki