This week’s Art Talk Monday is written by Laura Hunt Miller, NCLAC’s Executive Assistant.Next Monday we’ll feature the final chapter in the Royal Party. As a reminder, if you’ve reserved seats for this year’s Ball, today is the last day to pay for your tickets. We have a list of folks on the “waiting list,” ready to hop on any available seats that open tomorrow. Queen Libby is in the Box Office at (318)255-1450, and will be happy to help you.
We are excited to announce the Royal Party Members of the 2014 Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball! Officiating over the Ball ceremoniously this year, and representing the Ruston Civic Symphony Society, is King Lue Charles Napper and Queen Elizabeth English. Long live Lue and Libby!
Lue Napper, a Simsboro native, moved to Ruston when he was 16 years old. President of Napper and Napper Real Estate and the Secretary of the Marbury Companies, Lue has served on the Boards of the RCSS, Ruston Chamber of Commerce and the Louisiana Peach Festival. Lue was also the Executive Director of the Queen Dixie Gem Pageant for over 40 years, and is now retired from the Executive Board of the Miss Louisiana Pageant where he served as the Secretary and as Judges Chairman for the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Lue lives in Ruston with his wife Becky, son and daughter-in-law, Sandy and Lomax Napper, and his grandson whom he is very proud of, Camdyn.
Elizabeth “Libby” English taught Office Administration at Louisiana Tech University for 7 years, and proudly pioneered the field of “right-of-way acquisition” that had been open only to men until the early eighties, until her retirement to care for her elderly parents. In Ruston she has loved being a Board Member for NCLAC, RCSS, RCT and at present, the Dixie Center for the Arts. She is still a member of all these organizations and a part-time volunteer at the Dixie Center. Libby is looking forward to a fun evening at the Mardi Gras Ball as Queen and perhaps turning some frogs into Princes…or vice versa.
Representing the other four arts-non-profit groups that are helping to orchestrate the Ball this year, are John Emory Jr. and Mary Ann Woods, Duke and Duchess of the Dixie Center for the Arts; Richard and Janine Lewis, Duke and Duchess of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council; Saul Zalesch and Dianne Douglas, Duke and Duchess of the Ruston Community Theatre; and Kiley Stephenson and Stephanie Smith, Duke and Duchess of Troupe Dixie. We will tell you more about these great folks in next week’s Art Talk.
We would like to thank all our 2014 Ball Sponsors as well: Title Sponsor Bank of Ruston; Marsala Beverage; National Jewelry Co. Inc.; Sallie and John Emory Community House; Carole Tabor; Jan and Randall Murphy; Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and its Branch Manager Bobby J. Conville, Jr.; Walmart; Chris Turner with Super One; Johnny and Annette Maxwell; John Emory Sr.; and North Louisiana Medical Center Senior Circle.