Let's welcome Autumn and its colorful shower of leaves: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus ,
― Albert Camus ,
But as predicted, the highlight of my week was the annual Round Table Luncheon Saluting the Cultural Season 2016-17 at the ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The luncheon was co-hosted by Scott Hutcheson, Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Cultural Economy of the City of New Orleans, and yours truly, Margarita Bergen. The informative, entertaining and delicious luncheon was memorable because of the featured speakers: Jenny Hamilton, New Orleans Ballet; Maestro Robert Lyall, New Orleans Opera; Allison Gouaux, New Orleans Museum of Art; Bill Hess, President of the Board of Directors, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; and Dave Hurlbert , Executive Director of the Marigny Opera House. Unfortunately, at the last minute, Maestro Dennis Assaf and featured entertainers Kathleen Halm Simmons, and her husband, Timothy Todd Simmons, Director of New Orleans Opera were under the weather.
Special guests included Consul of France, Hon. Gregor Trumel, and Consul General of Mexico, Hon. Carlos Ponce.
The champagne and wines were flowing, thanks to the generosity of Ross and Sandra Herman. A toast to you
My next one will be on Wednesday, October 26 when we will salute the Jefferson Performing Arts Society and its upcoming Pasta and Puccini Gala. Hopefully, it will be the same venue - the Bourbon Orleans Hotel - since our attendees liked the location, the delicious food and valet parking.
My social week continued on Thursday when I went to see my darling friend Robin Barnes, “The Songbird of New Orleans,” performing at the Ogden After Hours. I rushed to attend Touro and Crescent City Physicians for the 4th Annual Pints for Prostates Beer Tasting & Prostate Cancer Awareness Event at the New Orleans Brewery.
That evening I was invited to be part of an outstanding panel of the always fun and irreverent Politics with a Punch. Panelists included Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich: Coroner of Jefferson Parish; John Fourcade:TV/radio analyst & host and former Saints QB; Yvonne Landry: comedienne, actor, improv teacher & writer; Travers Mackel: WDSU-TV investigative reporter and Emmy Award nominee; Eric Skrmetta:LA Public Service Commissioner; Oliver Thomas: former City Councilman, actor & WBOK Radio talk show host. The moderator, as always, was Jeff Crouere and it took place at The Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue I had such a ball last night at the always irreverent Politics with a Punch at the Eiffel Society!
On Friday, I attended and covered the annual St. Elizabeth’s Guild's 46th Annual Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency.
Congratulations to the recipients of St. Elizabeth Guild's 10 Community Activists Awards. This year's honorees were: John Besh, Karen Saunders DeBlieux, L. E. Eagan, Jr., Diane Hollis, Jonathan Kernion, Natasia T. Kissinger, Doris D. Rappold, Darlene Robert, Pat Shane and Steve Stumpf. Additionally, Marilyn V. Dittman was honored as a Hall of Fame Activist for her extensive and continued support of the community. The event included a fashion show presented by Dillard’s, musical entertainment by The Mystics, a silent auction, various raffles and a parade of prizes.
St. Elizabeth’s Guild supports the various children’s programs of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. Proceeds from this year’s luncheon will support Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isaiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153699099170870.1073742712.581200869&type=1&l=f12705f2c8
On Saturday, I was going from one soiree to another but they were both so much fun. The “LOVE in the Garden,” presented by Whitney Bank, to benefit the New Orleans Museum of Art was just lovely and delicious. This year’s honorees were New Orleans artists Elenora Rukiya Brown, Skylat Fein, Gene Koss, Ashley Longshore, Alexa Pulitzer and Josephine Sacabo. It was co-chaired by my darling friendsPenny Baumer, Jennifer Heebe and Shelby Sanderford.
It was a fun, festive and casual evening served to celebrate both the visual and culinary arts in New Orleans. The event included food from over 60 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, local entertainment and craft cocktails mixed by the city’s top bartenders, who competed in the second annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153699028495870.1073742710.581200869&type=1&l=df8d9f2876
Unfortunately, I keep missing the competition because I was invited to cover the lovely Belles & Beaus Ball: A Salute to Survivors” to benefit the American Cancer Society.
“The American Cancer Society 2016 New Orleans Belles & Beaus Ball at Mardi Gras World was superb. The 2016 honorees were: Shannon Able, Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, Susan Brunet, Susan Foret, Heidi Fox, Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano, Lauren Marshall, Suzanne Phelps, Claudette Vicks, and Mullady Voelker; and Beaus: Tony Abadie, Sidney W. Degan III, Ken Friend, Hunter Hill, Dr. Keith LeBlanc, Michael W. Murphy, Council Powell, Ike Ryan, Ronald Stein, and Dr. Steve Venturatos.
The fundraiser featured great food and drinks from local establishments, dancing and live music from Karma, a spectacular live and silent auction, Money raised at the party benefits the society's Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, which provides overnight accommodations to patients who come to New Orleans for cancer treatment.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153698993755870.1073742709.581200869&type=1&l=8e35e3a0fe
After attending all those soirees I needed to say "No" to the parties and "Yes" to myself and spend quality time at home which I did. Unfortunately, I realized after luncheon at my return from working at Casell Bergen Gallery that I had completely forgotten about attending the Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon that benefits the National Council of Jewish Women at the Hyatt.
My darling beloved friends, Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik, have been chosen to be the recipients of the Solomon Award and they were honored at the luncheon. NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers who turn progressive ideals into action. Congratulations, darlings and I am so sorry I missed it.
This week is going to be exciting as well.
I am going to start my social week by attending The Historic New Orleans Collection Opening Reception “Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825-1925” on September 28.
HNOC’s latest offering invites visitors to explore 100 years of the city's cosmopolitan retail scene. The display will include a replica shop window, period showcases and more than 150 artifacts. Guests will also have an opportunity to see merchandise from showrooms that lined Royal, Chartres and Canal Streets in the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Articles on display include ceramics, silver, furniture and clothing. An interactive map and historical records will show the shops' locations, their dates of operation and descriptions of their wares.
On September 29, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is presenting Tujague's 160th Anniversary Grand Finale At SoFAB. On that evening, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception in the Tujague's exhibit, followed by a five-course wine-pairing dinner and culinary demonstration by newly appointed Executive Chef Guy Sockrider. On hand will be Tujague's owner, Mark Latter, and culinary historian/author of Tujague's Cookbook, Poppy Tooker, who will regale guests with legendary lore from the famed restaurant that has graced the French Quarter for over 1½ centuries. Signed copies of the cookbook will also be available for sale in the museum gift shop.
Here are the details:
Location: 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. Times: cocktail reception 6:30 pm; dinner 7:00 pm. Admission: $90 per person - all-inclusive. Seating is limited and reservations are required and must be made in advance with a credit card.
On September 29, Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concerts is featuring Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans at New Orleans City Park - Pavilion of the Two Sisters.
Le Petit Theatre will continue running PIPPIN from September 29–October 2, at 616 St. Peter Street, in the French Quarter . Show times are evenings at 7:30 pm Sunday matinees at 3:30 pm.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Named 2016 New Orleans All-Star for James Beard Foundation's Fourth Annual Taste America®
Ten-City Culinary Tour to Visit New Orleans this September
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is pleased to announce the fourth consecutive year of the Taste America® national culinary tour, which will bring celebrated chefs and eager diners together for a unique series of delectable events this fall.
Taste America New Orleans will kick off on Friday, September 30, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation.
The evening will begin with a walk-around tasting reception filled with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, followed by an extraordinary four-course dinner crafted by chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a local Star Chef, who will be paired together to create an unforgettable one-night-only menu. For information on which local chefs are participating in A Night of Culinary Stars visitwww.jbftasteamerica.org.
It is finally here! September 30 is opening night for West Side Story at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center on Airline Drive in Metairie. Make sure to reserve your tickets that ensure you will be transported to New York City to experience one of the most classical and innovative musical dramas of our time.
Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm. Click here for Tickets!
Treme Fest: Saturday, October 1
From 11 am-7 pm on Saturday, October 1, attendees can expect a full day of live music, art, crafts, food and more. The festival will also host a kid's fest with painting, building projects and entertainment, as well as free health screenings and tours of St. Augustine Church. There's a full lineup of incredible local musicians throughout the day on Saturday.
The festival is located at the intersection of Henriette Delille and Governor Nicholls streets, near St. Augustine Church in Treme. Admission is free.
The Contemporary Arts Center hosts this evening to allow guests to freely peruse the art galleries, gift shops, exhibits, and more. The event lasts up to six hours and is FREE and open to the public. Created by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in 1980, this annual celebration has become one of fall’s hottest events, gathering art lovers from New Orleans and surrounding areas. From contemporary to classic art, including photography, sculpture and more, hundreds of galleries and local businesses will open their doors to the public.
The downtown art walk includes 20 museums and galleries. Explore local artisans’ galleries like Arthur Roger, George Schmidt and Jonathan Ferrara.
That same evening, October 1, I have been invited to the Second Annual ORACLE GALA at the Presbytère,751 Chartres Street on Jackson Square, from 7-10 pm. Presented by the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, there will be fabulous food and drinks, live music by the Paulin Brothers, a performance by the NOLA Jewels dance/marching club, special guest emcee David Bernard, Chief Meteorologist, WVUE Fox 8, a silent auction with amazing works of art, packages, jewelry, and even a chance to ride in the Orpheus parade.
Proceeds benefit The Mike Moreau/Opal Masters Krewe of Amon-Ra Collection at the Louisiana State Museum. A one-night-only exhibit of some of the treasures from the collection will be on display during the Oracle Gala.
Have a great week and enjoy the Fall.
Please read this special announcement and put on your calendar:
“Galatoire’s Goes Pink” on Monday, October 3, 2016
Dear Supporters of Breast Cancer Survivors:
We are excited to offer you a unique opportunity to join us for an exclusive cocktail reception and dinner when “Galatoire’s Goes Pink” on Monday, October 3, 2016 in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from this dinner will benefit Breastoration, a local organization which provides education and financial assistance to women requiring breast reconstruction following mastectomies for breast cancer.
Since 2011, Breastoration has provided educational information to thousands of women, provided financial assistance to 70 women for 92 reconstructive surgeries at eleven surgical institutions in Louisiana, and revived dormant legislation which requires physicians to inform every woman diagnosed with breast cancer in Louisiana of all of her options before any medical or surgical treatment can begin. We are working right now on legislation introduced in the 2016 session to close all loopholes in our laws which discourage or fail to provide coverage for each stage of medically necessary reconstructive procedures.
Breastoration is a small organization which makes a huge impact in the lives of women facing the most difficult of all decisions following a breast cancer diagnosis.
THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans.
September 29: Nawlins Johnnys and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
4:00 - 8:00 pm Every Thursday through November 3
NEW ORLEANS - Just outside of the French Quarter lies the famous Louis Armstrong Park, the perfect place to go if you want to dance to live music and bring in the cool fall weather.
September 29 LPO
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre - 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA, 70116,
(504) 522-2081 x1
September 29-October 3
New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
@Dutch Alley and more
Put your dancing shoes on and head to the French Market District and surrounding areas this weekend for a swinging good time! This festival features live music, dance performances and dance classes for all ages.More info
The New Orleans
Swing Dance Festival
Sept 29th-Oct 3rd 2016
New Orleans, LA
2016 Festival Schedule
FOR FESTIVAL TICKETS CLICK ON THIS LINK
Thursday Sept 29th 2016
(Thursday events are not included in any event passes)
I have been invited to attend this fun event and I can not wait.