Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Toast of New Orleans July 18-22: Tales of the Cocktail/Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail and More...

Darlings,



I hope you survived the Bastille Day Celebrations as well as the San Fermin's Running of the Bulls Celebrations, and how could I forget - the FIFA's World Soccer Cup Finals. Congratulations to France winning vs. Croatia 4 to 2 in Russia.Inline image OWAPstImg752351

Last week was indeed a social tsunami for me but if you know me, you know that I loved it, which I did. I must confess I did not make it to all the celebrations as I normally do but the ones that I did I loved.

I started my weekend by attending a lovely reception for the opening of "Reflection and the Diasporic Epic" by artist Piki Mendizabal presented at the Consulate of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans.Inline image OWAPstImg707061

Mexico, Cuba and New Orleans shared a strong cultural bond throughout history. This cultural bond makes New Orleans a warm multicultural and welcoming place for people of Latin-American countries who, for many reasons, have come to call it home. This exhibition is a visual narrative that echoes to every single immigrant, who has to follow the painful path to leave their homeland to become part of a different one without failing to keep and embrace their own culture in a new place.

I was running between soirees because, on Thursday night, I joined Degas House for a Bastille Day celebration honoring Edgar Degas' 184th birthday! The free and open to the public party took place at the New Orleans home of the family of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas who temporarily resided there in the early 1870s. The celebration included remarks by Consul General of France, Vincent Sciama, a champagne toast, live entertainment, passed hors d'oeuvres cash bar and gourmet birthday cake in honor of Edgar Degas. Inline image OWAPstImg733867


That evening it was time for me to attend the annual Spanish Wine Dinner to kick off the 2018 Running of the Bulls. The historic ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel was the setting for the occasion and it was indeed a very enjoyable, four-course dinner with wine and entertainment by talented guitarist, Coyote Anderson.
On Friday, July 13, it was time to attend the annual Krewe of Cork's Bastille Day Luncheon at the Palace Cafe which was lovely and delicious. Vive La France!
The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. Inline image OWAPstImg115637Inline image OWAPstImg820312



On Saturday morning, it was time for the 12th Annual El Encierro: the Running of the Bulls 2018. Duchess Chiquita Bergen and I got up early to catch up the beginning of the event on Poydras Street. A beautiful sunny sky greeted the New Orleans Roller Derby Girls, the “running bulls,” as they pursued the runners.

Each year the Crescent City hosts its own version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamplona. But instead of running from real bulls, New Orleanians gather in the traditional red and white colors of Spain’s bull run and they run from Roller Derby Girls, some of whom wear plastic bull horns on their helmets. They chase the runners on their rollerblades and swat the slowest ones with plastic bats. Thousands of runners gathered early in the morning in Downtown New Orleans to participate in the event and thousands more watched as amused spectators cheering them on.

On Saturday night, I was invited to celebrate the 10th Wedding Anniversary of my darling friends Russ and Sandra HermanThe spacious and beautiful Briquette Restaurant owned by AJ and Anna Tusa was the setting for the lovely and delicious celebration. I enjoyed so much being surrounded by so many longtime friends, as well as meeting Russ and Sandra's family. Pianist Jim Walpole, looking very dapper, entertained the crowd and played all the sing-along songs. It was a very memorable evening and I cannot wait to celebrate their 20th.
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Are you ready for a very spirited week? I am!

Darlings, my week ended last night by attending a lovely cocktail soiree at Commander's Palace hosted by Crystal  Tales of the Cocktail's Kick-Off Soiree.

Tales of the Cocktail - July 17-22

This summer the worldwide cocktail community will descend on New Orleans once again as Tales of the Cocktail returns for its 16th year. This annual gathering that’s equal parts cocktail conference and family reunion will feature a spirited schedule of brand new seminars, tastings, competitions and networking events representing the latest that the industry has to offer.
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Last night I was invited by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and Crystal Hot Sauce’s Red Beans & Rice Soiree  at Commander’s Palace .

The evening kept going and this time it was The Museum of the American Cocktail's State of the Art: A Cocktail Extravaganza on Monday, July 16. The annual fundraiser, cocktail party, and competition featured some of the best bartenders in the city of New Orleans and it kicked-off the week of Tales of the Cocktail. I sampled some of the creative concoctions, met the NOLA bartending community and supported The Museum of the American Cocktail.Inline image OWAPstImg651276

The Cocktail Museum is located in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum at  1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., in the Central City Neighborhood of New Orleans. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155366718775870.1073743224.581200869&type=1&l=2934ec1914

Today I have to go early to pick up my badge to the Tales of the Cocktail and start what I know will be a very hectic and spirited week.

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival where the international spirits community visits New Orleans for a week for the exchanging of new ideas, products, and techniques.


For complete information and schedule go to https://talesofthecocktail.org  

And, of course, the highlight of my week is going to be my very spirited annual Round Table luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail on Wednesday, July 18 at noon in the historic ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Here are the details:

Spirited Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail hosted by Margarita Bergen
Wednesday, July 18, from 12 noon-2 p.m.; socializing and seating at 11:30 a.m.
Co-hosted by Caroline Rosen, the new executive director of Tales of the Cocktail, the nonprofit that produces the annual spirit industry conference. The TOC will be held from July 17-22.
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The guest speaker will be mixologist Marvin Allen, author of a new book, Magic in a Shaker- A Year of Spirited Libations. The featured spirit will be Hendrick's Gin. Live entertainment by talented vocalist Jordan Kelley and cocktail historian Elizabeth Pearce, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole.

The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking. Make your reservations now by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com.

Enjoy your week!

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Love New Orleans & She'll Love You Back.
Sincerely,
Frank Stansbury
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TALES OF THE COCKTAIL 2018 FOOD & DRINK PAIRINGS:
SPIRITED DINNERS HOSTED BY NEW ORLEANS' TOP CHEFS
Tuesday, July 17th & Wednesday, July 18th
Sac-a-Lait
Kick off the first night of Tales of The Cocktail 2018 with "A Cajun Road Trip" at Sac-a-Lait restaurant, presented by Sazerac Company. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6PM Food Network's Cajun Aces Chefs Cody andSamantha Carroll, Chef de Cuisine Ian Mitchell, and Beverage Director Norton Christopher will host a five-course dinner pairing local cuisine and beautiful cocktails. The evening will feature signature cocktails made with Sazerac Rye, Peychaud's Aperitivo, Buffalo Trace, Ojen, and Wheatley Vodka. Throughout the event, culinary & cocktail Historian Elizabeth Pearce will lead a thought-provoking conversation on the history of rye in New Orleans along with locally-popular Ojen, an anise flavored liqueur. Priced at $99 per person (excluding tax and gratuity),



The 4th Annual North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition will take place in New Orleans during the same week as the Tales Of The Cocktail Festival. The competition is dedicated to promoting excellence in Bourbon, Whiskey, and Moonshine.

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, an intimate celebration of the 2018 winners will take place at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, at the Royal Garden Terrace from 7 to 9:30 pm. Just 50 Bourbon and Whiskey enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample a selection of the 2018 competition winners together with a variety of delicious of bites.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet our 2018 judges and highly acclaimed whiskey expert and author Blair Bowman from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Tickets: $50
 7 PM - 9:30 PM
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
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On Wednesday, July 18, the annual, spirited Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel will be co-hosted by social editor Margarita Bergen and Caroline Rosen, the new executive director of Tales of the Cocktail, the nonprofit that produces the annual spirit industry conference. The TOC will be held this year on July 17-22.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and seating and the luncheon and speakers start at 12 noon.
The featured spirit will be Hendrick's  Gin and will be represented by its International Brand Ambassador, Charlotte Voisey, and Jorge Lauriano Jr., Louisiana District Manager for William Grant & Sons, Inc. The guest speaker will be mixologist Marvin Allen, author of a new book, Magic in a Shaker. 
The live entertainment will be by talented vocalist Jordan Kelley and cocktail historian Elizabeth Pearce, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole. The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking. Make your reservations now by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com.


TRINITY ARTIST SERIES
call: 504 670 2520
Trinity Episcopal Church 

504 670 2520   


Sunday, July  22 @ 5 pm: "Hometown Harmony Show" 50 singers,featuring:
The Mardi Gras Chorus (All Men) (Barbershop Harmony Society)
The Crescent City Sound Chorus (All Ladies) (Sweet Adelines International Society)
The SouthernTradition Quartet
Over 50 singers featuring Traditional Barbershop Harmony
Please visit: www.mardigraschorus.org

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Toast to New Orleans July 3-8 : 4th of July Celebrations/ Essence Festival and more

: A Toast to New Orleans July 3-8 : 4th of July Celebrations/ Essence Festival and more


Darlings,

I am wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July 2018!



I just returned from having a very brief, spirited and fun weekend in Sandestin, Florida. I am afraid that i need a vacation after my fun-filled holiday!
Here are some of the highlights of my visit: 

Night Life of Sandestin and Miramar Beach
Darlings, discovering the night life of Sandestin and Miramar Beach with the help of my talented hostesses, Insurance Agent Vicky Kerlagon and Realtor Teri McCall was so much fun, and then, to top it off, at Graffiti, running into my darling New Orleans friend, RK Hoddinott, who spends the summer at his home in Sandestin, was a hoot. 

The full moon added the perfect touch to make the evening to be a very memorable one. I know I was there to rest but I just loved tagging along with my lively, fun-loving friends.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155332331165870.1073743213.581200869&type=1&l=64a931cb15

Discovering scenic Hwy 30A, Florida


It feels so good to be back in my beloved New Orleans after a very brief but spirited and fun sojourn to my favorite nearby holiday getaway destination, the Emerald Coast. I really enjoyed touring Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with Vicky and Teri. They introduced me to a lot of their friends and showed me all the different communities along Sandestin and the Scenic Highway 30-A, a beach road in South Walton that stretches along the Emerald Coast, famous for its azure waters and white sand beaches.

I enjoyed discovering, along Highway 30-A, picturesque Rosemary Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, and an exquisite, under- development, Kaiya Beach Resort. While there I loved meeting Lisa Burwell, the publisher of the beautiful VIE, a national luxury lifestyle magazine that fuses fashion, travel, philanthropy, health and art. VIE has inspired readers with elegance and grace since 2008. 

I think Sandestin will be seeing a lot more of me since I love getting away from the New Orleans scorching heat. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155334870125870.1073743214.581200869&type=1&l=44d63e4f68

RTA's GoMobile Conference & Ride
Before I left I attended a very important RTA press conference where it was announced that starting July 1, 2018, the RTA has a GoMobile App. Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined members of the New Orleans City Council, members of the RTA board of directors and the media for a short drive. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155321345705870.1073743212.581200869&type=1&l=2b6739987a

July Digital Edition of New Orleans Living Magazine  http://www.livingneworleans.com/New-Orleans-Living-July-2018/mobile/index.html
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New Orleans Living July 2018


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New Orleans Living July 2018
Darlings, please put in your calendar that the annual Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail will be on Wednesday, July 18 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. 
The spirited Luncheon will be co-hosted by Caroline Rosen, the new executive director of Tales of the Cocktail, the nonprofit that produces the annual spirit industry conference which will be held this year on July 17-22
Tales of the Cocktail® - July 17th to 22nd, 2018
The feature spirit maker will be Hendrick Gin and will be represented by its international Brand Ambassador Charlotte Voisey.and Jorge Lauriano Jr, District Manager LA
William Grant & Sons Inc. The cocktail will be mixed by James Beard award winner Neal Bodenheimer, co-chair of Board of Directors of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. So far I have invited as guest speakers author Tom Fitzmorris and Ian McNulty, Food columnist for the Advocate. The live entertainment will be talented vocalist Jordan Kelley accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole.

The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking. Make your reservations now by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com.








Darlings, if you know me, you know that I couldn't stay away too long from my beloved New Orleans. I was disappointed that I did not make it back in time to attend the annual fun-filled  Trinity Episcopal Church's patriotic 4th of July Celebration on Sunday.

Tuesday Lafete News Link July 3, 2018
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Love New Orleans & She'll Love You Back
Sincerely,
Frank Stansbury
Lafete News
Last week to see this fabulous exhibit: 


 Now-July 8
Recovered Memories Exhibition
@The Cabildo
Delve into the shared history of Spain and Louisiana through an exhibition at the Cabildo in Jackson Square.The exhibition showcases hundreds of historic artifacts, documents, and works of art exploring Spain's influence on the development of New Orleans, its support of the American Revolution, and Spain's lasting legacy on American culture
https://louisianastatemuseum.org/cabildo/exhibit/recovered-memories-spain-new-orleans-and-support-american-revolution


701 Chartres St. New Orleans, 70116 504-568-6968 or 800-568-6968


Tuesday, July 3, 6:00pm
FREEDOM'S DANCE
Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans
Karen Celestan
Eric Waters
Octavia Books | 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115 | octaviabooks.com
Please join us for a special evening with writer Karen Celestan and photographer Eric Waters celebrating their new book, FREEDOM'S DANCE: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans.

In this pivotal book, the captivating and kinetic images of noted photographer Eric Waters are paired with a collection of insightful essays by preeminent authors and cultural leaders to offer the first complete look at the Social, Aid and Pleasure Club (SAPC) parade culture in New Or-leans. Ranging from ideological approaches to the contributions of musicians, development of specific rituals by various clubs, and parade accessories such as elaborately decorated fans and sashes, Freedom’s Dance provides an unparalleled photographic and textual overview of the SAPC Second Line, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in black New Orleans culture.



July 3
FREE UNCLE SAM JAM Presented By Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie
On July 3 the annual  Independence Day at Uncle Sam Jam will take place in Lafreniere Park with food and craft booths and live music featuring Amanda Shaw, The Eli Young Band and The Top Cats, with fireworks in between at 9 pm. Here is the lineup:

Time: 5:00-11:00 pm
5:00 pm - Gates Open
6:00 pm - Amanda Shaw
7:30 pm - Eli Young Band
9:00 pm - FIREWORKS
9:30 pm - The Top Cats


Personally, I am looking forward to attending the annual 3rd of July at City Park where we will enjoy patriotic music with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans and fireworks from the Peristyle.

This is a free event. The annual Happy 3rd of July event promises to be a spectacular show. Join in for the party dressed in your red, white and blue best! Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy patriotic music from The Marine Corps Band on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and fireworks from the top of the Peristyle. Arrive early for patriotic giveaways and a great spot on the lawn. The Marine Band will play patriotic music including the “1812 Overture,” “America the Beautiful” and other favorites. Here is their schedule:

7-8:15 pm: Marine Introductions and Marine Corps Brass/Funk Band on the  Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn
8:30-9 pm: The Marine Corps Band New Orleans
9  pm: Fireworks from the top of the Peristyle

Happy 4th of July! 
Send 4th of july Quotes
We are the land of the free, we are the home of the brave. Let's pay tribute to our brave American Heroes on this special day and forever. Happy Independence Day!



4th of July in New Orleans




New Orleans Summers are hot – and there is no hotter place to be for the Fourth of July than in the Crescent City.

The biggest celebration happens on the banks of the Mississippi with the annual Go Fourth on the River extravaganza. “Dueling Barges” is an exciting fireworks show to the tune of patriotic music – it’s a world renowned, one-of-a-kind spectacle! Spend the day exploring the French Quarter before settling down for the show, which usually starts around 9 pm. There are a lot of different locations to catch the excitement along the river, so no matter where you watch, you’ll be front and center for the action.
From fireworks to festivals and more, New Orleans knows how to celebrate. Enter Fourth of July and the weekend that follows, and there's plenty to see and do in NOLA.
Independence Day 2018: Where to watch fireworks and ...

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Here's a list of 2018 fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations in the New Orleans metro area.
Love fireworks. Enjoy it- remembers that pets do not like fireworks. Keep them at home!


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Robin Barnes The "Songbird of New Orleans" 
performs funky jazz and soul music with her trio
Thursday, July 5, 2018  2pm – 3pm

New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue, 3rd Floor
French Quarter New Orleans

Free and open to the Public
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THREE MAAFA EVENTS
Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Ashé Power House
1731 Baronne Street, Central City New Orleans
Coming Together for Healing Through Art and Culture
All Free and open to the public

Book Signing: "Freedom's Song"  5pm - 7pm
Author: Karen Celestan Photographer: Eric Waters 
In this pivotal book, the captivating and kinetic images are paired 
with a collection of insightful essays by preeminent authors and 
cultural leaders to offer the first complete look at the Social, Aid 
and Pleasure Club (SAPC) parade culture in New Orleans. 

Maafa Concert 7pm – 9pm
Join Jean Lafitte NHP & PS and New Orleans Jazz NHP for the annual
Maafa concert featuring Grand Griot: Kalamu ya Salaam, Bichini
Bia Congo Dance Theater Company, and the National Park Service
Arrowhead Jazz Band featuring Robin Barnes, Cole Williams,
Leroy Jones and Roland Guerin


While at the Ashé Power House, please view our


3rd ANNUAL SIDE BY SIDE EXHIBITION


MAAFA: Creativity, Faith, Tradition and Resilience


Featuring works by: Jerome AndersonAtsar Alfred Scott, 
Cosette RichardKarel Sloane-BoekbinderCharles Muir LovellChristine Bro, Charlie Johnson, Régine M. Romain, 


Free and Open to the Public * On exhibit through August 23, 2018
Curated by Gason Ayisyin
This exhibit seeks to display our continued connection to 
the ancestors. From the Maafa ceremony in Congo Square
to drumming on the mighty Mississippi, this exhibition
represents years of honoring our ancestors  depicted from
paint brushes and camera lenses.  


Maafa is a Kiswahili word that means “great tragedy” or “horrific
tragedy,” referring to the period called the Middle Passage or
Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Please view our calendar of other MAAFA events All Free to the Public:



ESSENCE Festival
July 5-8

ESSENCE Fest takes place after the Fourth this year from July 5-8, and on Friday, the nighttime concerts kick off with a lineup of superstars including Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu andMiguel. Keep your other nights this weekend clear as well, with artists Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah taking the stage Saturday night and Janet Jackson and Fantasia closing out the festival Sunday night.
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Get up and dance to the biggest names in music on the Mainstage or see intimate performances by today's hottest stars in our Superlounges, all at the New Orleans Superdome!




Sunday, July 8 2018 
Trinity Artist Series presents
Cathy and Kyle Anderson
  5 pm 
Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
Police security provided
Handicap access and elevator available
Free and Open to the Public