King Cimmer LXII, Michael Shane Goff, and his Queen, Karen Badon Spaetgens
Mardi Gras royalty crowned
The Krewe of Town Revelers’ Carnival Ball was held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Rice Festival Building in Crowley.
The 2017 theme was “Big City Cimmer.” The royalty for this celebration was King Cimmer LXII, Michael Shane Goff, and his Queen, Karen Badon Spaetgens.
Goff is married to Angie Peters Goff and they have two daughters, Christana and Cassidy, and one son, Casey. Goff is a graduate of McNeese State University where he was also a member of the golf team. Goff was a coach for the Notre Dame High School girls’ and boys’ golf teams where he led the girls’ team to a state championship two years in a row. He served on the board of directors for the Crowley Town Club from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Lafayette. He was a duke on the court of King Cimmer the 48th, Dean Bergeaux, and his Queen, Patti Brammer, in the Krewe of Town Revelers’ production of “Cimmer’s Odyessy: Above and Beyond.”
Spaetgens is married to Larry Spaetgens and they have one daughter, Lesley Spaetgens Meaux, one son-in-law, Ryan Meaux, and one son, Jacob. She is the grandmother to Oliver and Cecilia Meaux. Spaetgens is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech pathology and audiology. She is also certified to teach Pre-K through eighth grade. She was the recipient of the National Distinguished Catholic School Teacher Award. She is a volunteer for the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum at UL Lafayette where she has helped introduce arts to children in the Acadiana area. Spaetgens is a retired teacher from St. Michael Catholic School. She was a maid on the court of King Cimmer the 45th, Lyle Fogleman Jr., and his Queen, Gloria Fogleman, in the Krewe of Town Revelers’ production of “Broadway Our Way.”
The evening began with The National Anthem sung by Tina Reaux. Master of Ceremonies, Paul Landry, introduced past royalty and the returning 2016 Court of King Cimmer LXI Jeremy “Jay” Suire and his Queen, Sue Croughan.
The Ball Revelers, dressed as taxi cab drivers, hit the streets of Big City Cimmer honking their horns and causing a commotion while entertaining the crowd. Ball revelers included Chris Brammer, Clayton Dailey, Benji Guillot, Ronald Stelly, Terry Shuff, Dr. Kyle Richey, Dwayne Fulton, Bryan Benoit, Scott Lowry and Andy Ardoin, ball captain.
The adventure continued to FAO Schwarz with the introduction of the court pages. They were Ava Shuff, daughter of Terry and Sandy Shuff; Brylee Thibodeaux, daughter of Brandon and Amy Thibodeaux; Reagan Suire, son of King Cimmer LXI, Jeremy “Jay” Suire, and Queen to King Cimmer LV, Laurie Suire; and Andre Bergeaux, son of King Cimmer XLVIII, Dean Bergeaux, and Alecia Bergeaux.
Representing Times Square, King Cimmer LXII was announced. He was dashing in a black and gold reversible sequin suit lined with black and gold mesh. He wore a white ascot with a gold and red crystal brooch. His colorful tissue lamé vest represented each of his dukes and maids. He wore the ducal of the Krewe of Town Revelers and carried a gold fleur de lis scepter. His gold crown featured an array of rhinestones and symbols representing his interests which included golf clubs, a dollar sign, LXII, family tree of birthstones and the king’s initials “MSG.”
The Queen to King Cimmer LXII, Karen Spaetgens, was beautiful in an elegant vintage style black and gold sequined dress embellished with colorful stones. Her dress exhibited a bateau neckline. Her skirt had a multi-colored inset reflective of her dukes and maids. Her collar resembled a city skyline with black diamond flocked organza. She wore a full crown adorned with rhinestones featuring a family cross of birthstones, ABC representing a teacher and her initials “KBS.” She carried a scepter to compliment her crown.
The King and Queen wore identical mantles displaying colorful appliques representing their court. The mantles were made of black glitter swirl velvet bearing this year’s theme, “Big City Cimmer 2017.” Detailing the mantle’s border was a gold city skyline and colorful tissue lamé trimmed with gold and silver sequins. Each mantle exhibited a capelet.
The king, queen and pages took their places on the regal stage, a recreation of New York City’s big apple, awaiting the performance of their royal court. Dukes and maids were then presented, each portraying iconic images of New York City.
Throwing the celebrity first pitch at Yankee Stadium was Maid Amber Rodriguez Jones as Madame Goo Goo. Her duke, Dr. Stuart Taylor, was a Yankees baseball player. Jones is married to Greg Jones and is the membership service coordinator for the Louisiana Municipal Association. Taylor is married to Dr. Kristy Meaux Taylor and he is a family dentist at Acadiana Smiles in Crowley.
The journey continued to Radio City Music Hall where the stunning Rockette, Maid Tiffany Fruge Richey, and handsome Frankie Valli, Duke Glen Howie Jr., rocked the stage. Richey is married to Dr. Kyle Richey and is a stay-at-home mom. Howie is a bank officer and assistant manager of Home Bank in Crowley.
Making an appearance at Central Park in a carriage was Duke Robbie Cramer as a coachman. His Maid, Nichole Landry, was a balloon vendor. Cramer is the owner and CEO of Cramer Equipment and married to Amanda Monk Cramer. Landry is the office manager of Sibley Construction.
Pulling up on the curb of 5th Avenue was limo driver, Duke Jared Monk. He picked up the chic shopping girl, Maid LaKayla Romero Stelly, after a shopping extravaganza on 5th Avenue. Monk is the co-owner of Jaguar Energy Services. Stelly is married to Ronald Stelly.
Next the journey brought the crowd to a pair of New York City Professionals fighting over a cab in the Financial District. They were Duke Bryan Comeaux as a Wall Street executive and Maid Kelly Richard Bergeaux as a magazine editor. Comeaux is the district manager for Aflac and married to Pharabie Comeaux. Bergeaux is the manager of Acadiana Wound Care and Hyperbarics of Crowley and married to Dr. Dwayne Bergeaux.
The final destination brought the guests to the Empire State Building. Maid Sandra Williams Royer represented the Statue of Liberty gracefully. Duke Joey Foreman represented the Empire State Building. Royer is an accountant with Rice Belt Distributors and is married to John Royer. Foreman is the owner of AFC Towing and Recovery and is married to Gwen Simon Foreman.
The music finale performance was followed by the traditional court throw, promenade, grand march of the courts of King Cimmer LXI and King Cimmer LXII and a toast by Reveler Captain, King Cimmer LI, Hank Capel to King Cimmer LXII and his court.
The Showstoppers, under the direction of Dolores Nutt, included Lisa Dupuis and Dr. Stephen Cannon, Denise Maddie and Ted Reaux, Kevin and Lynn Spell and Hank and Judy Capel.
Extras included Brooke Lowry, traveler; Don Marx and Carissa Hamilton-Toups, chess players; Andy Ardoin, skater; Alecia Bergeaux, jogger; Patricia Wilson, picnicker; and Kevin Spell, Uber driver.
Dancing for the Krewe de les Dames were Darlene Scarborough, Katie Chiasson, Jessica Ardoin, Hamilton-Toups, Lynne Broussard and Lynn Spell, and the Rockettes were Christine Leleux, Lydia Frey, Sandy Shuff and Christine Fulton.
Director of this year’s ball was Laurie Suire; assistant director, Sandi Doré; ball captain, Andy Ardoin; backstage manager, Casey Vercher; and general coordinator, Gina Trisler. Other committee chairs included Elliot Doré, royalty; Hank Capel, Reveler captain; Katie Chiasson, Krewe de les Dames captain; Judy Guillot, costume coordinator, program ads design; Tina Reaux, court assistant, king’s luncheon; Donna Landry, page assistant; Ellen Dailey, script; Dolores Nutt, choreography; Lisa Dupuis, Reveler costume coordinator; Judy Borill, court makeup; Angie Goff and Blane Faulk, music and sound; Larry Dubose, spotlights; Shane Goff, props; Kevin Spell, prop assistant; Larry Chiasson, south stage chairman; Krewe de les Dames, side room/bar décor; Clayton Dailey, marquee; Court of 2016, entrance; David Wilson, video production; Denise Maddie, TC media; Katie Chiasson, publicity coordinator; Brooklyn Lowry, publicity journalist; Laurie Suire, program/logo design; Joshlynn Guidry, program advertising; Carey Lawson, invitations/reserved seating/online ticketing; Petry’s Photography, photography; Blane Faulk, graphics; Brittany Faulk, T-shirts; Sandi Doré, gifts; Brandon Thibodeaux, bar; Sandra Marx, extras coordinator; Lynn Spell, queen’s luncheon; and Revelers, parade.