The inaugural Light Up the Holidays closed out 2021 for the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee on Dec. 17. The event was sponsored by NextERA Energy.

Theresa Hay, Arts Council board president, worked with a team of board members and volunteers to give the Poydras Center into a festive holiday environment.

Guests were treated to food from Hot Tails, MaMama’s Kitchen and Morel’s and sweets from Dough and Joe’s and Sprinkled Pink Cookies.  

An arrangement of red roses from Pap and Pris towered over the holiday table arranged by volunteer Judy Fucich and her helpers.

The guests enjoyed the treats from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. while surveying the array of original art by local artists Ann Bachmann, Angela Campbell, Cecile Fabre, Sarah Fabre and Terry Vought.  

At 7 p.m., guests moved into the auditorium where Gale Roy, Arts Council executive director, welcomed them and introduced Ian Rice, NextERA Energy representative.  

Sixteen door prizes were awarded throughout the event and Rice drew the first six names.  

Roy then introduced the featured performer, pianist Michael McDowell, who performed in January as the first performer in the Arts Council’s 2021 Performing Arts Series.

Classically trained, McDowell entertained the audience with holiday favorites, weaving selections with other popular tunes.  

The performance was divided into two 45-minute sets with a 30-minute intermission, allowing guests to grab refreshments or continue last-minute shopping from the artists.

Organizers for the holiday event will evaluate all aspects of the evening as they begin planning for the 2022 Light Up the Holidays.  

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