Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Toast to NO : Dec. 12-18 Hanukkah Celebration/ Round Table Luncheon/ Final Fiesta Navidena at Bergen-Casell/ Caroling in Jackson Square and more.....

A Toast to NO : Dec. 12-18 Hanukkah Celebration/ Round Table Luncheon/ Final Fiesta Navidena at Bergen-Casell/ Caroling in Jackson Square and more.....

For those  of you that are attending my Round Table Luncheon on Wed. December 13 at noon, please come early or take an Uber to avoid long line for the Valet parking.


I hope you’ve been enjoying this seasonal weather and the recent snow. I enjoyed the warmer weather and I am praying that the temperature will be warmer rather than cold. Fortunately, I have a lot of heavy clothes to keep me warm as I attended many fun cultural and social events. 

Please open the links so you can enjoy the photos. 

2017 Louisiana Women Leaders Conference

The 2017 Louisiana Women Leaders Conference took place on December 2 at the Marriott New Orleans at 9 a.m in conjunction with Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame event. Featured presenters included Elizabeth Smart and Mike Wagenheim. ,https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154867237025870.1073743026.581200869&type=1&l=e7e19bafee

2017 Luna Fete
Darlings, the rain did not dampen my spirit as well as my darling friend, Constance Adams and her darling daughter Chloe, visiting from Houston, TX. She wanted to experience an evening with me so we started it at the preview party sponsored by Pan American Life for the exquisite installation of The Art Council of Luna Fete. It was spectacular and magical. We were in awe and loved it. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154869050375870.1073743027.581200869&type=1&l=dadb3d5df5

Gamblers, Whiskey and Flying Horses with Dale DeGroff

My evening with Constance Adams and Chloe continued and this time we went to SoBou where my darling friend, James Beard Award-Winning Mixologist, author and “King of the Cocktail,” Dale DeGroff, was presenting a very interesting lecture: “Gamblers, Whiskey and Flying Horses,” He was joined by his talented wife and also an author, Jill DeGroff.
We joined Dale for a Runyonesque romp through the world of whiskey and thoroughbred racinghttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154869085530870.1073743028.581200869&type=1&l=0afb2ae72d

Bubbles and Best of It!
Darlings, if there one thing I love besides Chiquita Bergen it’s drinking French Champagne and today, at the annual Republic Beverage Distributing Soiree at Calcacius, I had plenty of it. Titled “Bubbles and the Best of . . . “ it was indeed a tasting of exquisite sparkling and elite stills and I loved it. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154869873095870.1073743029.581200869&type=1&l=e846f7da0d

St. Charles Ave's 2017 Activists of the Year

Congratulations are in order to my darling friends talented artists Terrance and Stephanie Osborne, recipients of the St. Charles Avenue magazine's Activists of the Year 2017 awards along with Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Linda and Thomas Westfeldt. They were honored  at a lovely reception at Iberia Bank on St. Charles Ave.

BRAVO Holiday Social
The annual BRAVO Holiday Social at the Sandra and Joel Chaisson elegant ballroom was awesome . We discussed the upcoming Bravo Gala: “Une Affaire d'Avant Garde: En Blanc et Noir” at the Hyatt on Feb. 23 and the return of Les Ballet de Monte Carlo on February, 24 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. I cannot wait! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154873625780870.1073743031.581200869&type=1&l=add953ca76

4th Annual New Orleans Mission
The 4th Annual New Orleans Mission's "Changing the Face of Homelessness" Gala at the Hyatt Regency was awesome. The Gala featured Ron Hall, author of the New York Times bestseller novel, now Paramount Pictures movie, Same Kind of Different as Me and entertainment from nationally-acclaimed musician Jonny Diaz. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154875679685870.1073743032.581200869&type=1&l=cedb544fa1

31st Annual Art Against AIDS
Darlings, it is holiday party time and I love it. I just wish that these soirees were not at the same time and were in one location but I really try to stop at each one because I care about the causes and the people who organize them. I went briefly to the 31st Annual Art Against AIDS and it was lovely. The Gala helps support men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the New Orleans community. It honored my darling friend, etcher Phillip Sage at the Club XLIV at the Superdome and it featured American Idol finalist, David Hernandez. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154877941695870.1073743033.581200869&type=1&l=2b3a95581b

Krewe of Stars -Caroling on the Bayou
Last night, I had the opportunity to greet Santa on the historic Bayou St. John when I attended the Krewe of Stars Caroling on the Bayou at Marshall Manor on Bancroft Drive. It was so much fun and the evening was perfect for a festive soiree on the Bayou. Many thanks to our gracious host and talented entertainer, Marshall Harrishttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154877969780870.1073743034.581200869&type=1&l=ff502fb566
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Brass at Houmas House

Holiday Brass at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens by the Baton Rouge Symphony was spectacular. More than 600 festive guests enjoyed Associate Conductor, David Torns, and the BRSO Brass, Percussion and Harp as they performed all of our holiday favorites in the Burnside Restaurant. I was delighted to see that snow that was still around the gardens and the Plantation and how festive Houmas House Plantation and Gardens were decorated. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154879331020870.1073743035.581200869&type=1&l=bc9ac336c1

My sincere prayers for former Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Blanco, our first and only female Governor who is battling melanoma of the liver.

Darlings, it is the Holiday Season and, as such, I have been invited to more parties than I could possibly attend but I know that the highlight of my week is going to be my annual Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday, December 13 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. (See calendar below.) 
Lafete News Link December 12, 2017

Love New Orleans & She'll Love You Back.
Frank Stansbury
Lafete News

December 12
Hanukkah celebration will light up Riverwalk
An 11-foot menorah, the largest in Louisiana, will be lit next week, not only to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, but also to honor the memory of the man who helped start the local celebration in 1989 and, as back then, to combat hate: the late David Kaufmann.
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sunset December 12 and concludes December 20. The oversized menorah was constructed by the late Isak Borenstein, a Polish Holocaust survivor who moved to New Orleans in 1951. It will be lit by Richard Cahn, president of Dixie Mills, as part of a celebration at The Riverwalk. The event, from 5-7 p.m. is sponsored by Chabad-Lubavich of Louisiana. It will take place on the terrace of The Riverwalk overlooking the Mississippi River, instead of the tradition staging area adjacent to Spanish Plaza.
Wednesday, December 13 
Round Table Luncheon saluting the Holidays and New Orleans Tricentennial 

Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, will be the co-host, along with social columnist, Margarita Bergen. The Cultural and Historical Co-chairs of the New Orleans Tricentennial, Priscilla Lawrence and Sybil Morial, have been invited, as well as the new Mayor-elect of New Orleans, Latoya Cantrell; the Consul of Mexico,Carlos Ponce; the Consul General of France, Vincent SciamaRomi Gonzalez; Jenny Hamilton, Executive Director of New Orleans Ballet; and Patti Lock, Director of Special Projects for Tall Ships of America.

As in the past, the Luncheon will feature a tasting of red wine by winemaker, Dr. James Moises, and a tasting of Champagne and sparkling wines by Lisa Tull of  Republic National Distributing Company.
The live entertainment will provided by a myriad of entertainers that will include Becky Allen, Carl Mack, Marshall Harris, pianist Jim Walpole, Suzaune Yee McKamey, Conductor Paul Mauffray , burlesque dancer Trixie Minx and vocalist Anais St. John.

And here are some more holiday events . . . \

DECEMBER 13, 201 

Presented By: Bon Operatit!
Address: 541 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Times: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free!
View Website | P: (504) 232-1046

The Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré 
hosting home tours of select French Quarter homes
Sunday,  December 17, 1-4 p.m.  $20  

December 17

Sunday, 4 PM · Casell Bergen Gallery · New Orleans

Sun 4 PM · Casell Bergen Gallery · New Orleans
December 17
Caroling in Jackson Square 
Sunday, December 17, 7 pm. Gates open 6:30 p.m. 
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans

Jackson Square is illuminated by hundreds of candles held by singers, both amateur and professional, crooning Christmas favorites that everyone is familiar with. The event is free to 
all who wish to participate, regardless of religious affiliation. Candles and song sheets are provided. https://followyourjoy.com/2014/11/24/caroling-in-jackson-square/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Toast to New Orleans: Dec. 5-13 : Christmas New Orleans Style/ LUNA Fête 2017/ Words and Music: A Literary Feast/ 4th Annual New Orleans Mission Gala! and Round Table Luncheon on 12.13

Sue Vaccaro and yours truly at the victorious  Saints Vs. Carolina Panthers game


I am still savoring the memories of being in the Superdome for the fabulous victory of our beloved Saints vs. the Carolina Panthers. My darling friend, Tony Award-winning producer Sue Vaccaro, invited me to join her as the guests of Fox TV. It was so much fun bumping into friends and being on the field and later having drinks in our friends’ suites. And when my darling friend Grammy Award winner Irma Thomas sang the National Anthem that made it super special.  Geaux Saints GO!

My week was a social decathlon that I am thankful to God for providing me with the energy to keep doing it. 

I hope you will enjoy these links:

2017 Lighting of the Lobby of The Roosevelt

Darlings, the annual Lighting of the Lobby Ceremony in the majestic Roosevelt Hotel was magical. Spearheaded by the General Manager, Dennis Pearse, the actual throwing of the switch, a holiday tradition since the 1930s, was done by the family of the late Fats Domino. The lobby display features 44 birch trees, more than 22,000 twinkling lights and scores of festively dressed Christmas trees. I was invited to attend a private soiree in the Blue Room after the lighting of the Lobby

Royal Sonesta's 12th Annual ‘Lighting of the Balconies
On the other side of Canal Street, three blocks into the French Quarter, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans kept one of their great traditions going as they presented the 12th Annual “Lighting of the Balconies.” As always, it was very festive and I loved the orange trees in the background.

Hosted by WGNO ABC 26’s Kenny Lopez, the newly renovated landmark hotel officially ushered in the French Quarter holiday season with its beloved holiday tradition. Due to the construction on Bourbon Street the soiree took place inside the property's lush interior courtyard. Guests were entertained by talented vocalist, Quiana Lynell, and everyone there enjoyed a very sumptuous and delicious buffet.

With a ceremonial flip of the switch, two young patients from Children's Hospital New Orleans (Landon Arceneaux and Miley Carbo) magically illuminated thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the hotel's classically designed wrought iron balconies. The event is regarded as one of the most memorable local celebrations of the season. Once again, this year's show was infused with plenty of surprises, along with some great entertainment designed to make the holiday season bright for the hotel's guests and patrons.

2017 Prix d' Elegance Award Nominees

Darlings, every year the members of Men and Women of Fashion nominate candidates to become the recipients of the award of Best Dressed Man and Woman of the year. 14 women and 17 men were nominated for the honor but only 10 men and 10 women will be selected. The lovely and delicious 2017 Prix d' Elegance Award Nominee Reception took place at the Ritz-Carlton.

Men & Women of Fashion's Prix d'Elegance Awards Luncheon is Wednesday, April 18 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), the main fundraising entity of the New Orleans Ballet Association, annually produces the much-anticipated gala, and is the recipient of the proceeds. BRAVO is comprised of over 200 dedicated members. My darling friends Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa and Henry Shane are the Hall of Fame Recipients.

Ladies Leukemia League's Fete De Noel
The annual Ladies Leukemia League's Fete De Noel at the Hilton was once again a fabulous, very festive soiree. The fashion show by Dillard's was spectacular as well as the delicious luncheon. The cava was pouring at the three tables that Sammy Steele sponsored and, of course, I loved it. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154857545125870.1073743016.581200869&type=1&l=e7aafdd146

2017 Holiday Soiree for New Orleans Consular Corps
On Friday night, I started my fabulous, busy evening at the lovely home of Frank Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy, where the Consular Corps’ Holiday Soiree took place. I saw so many longtime friends. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154859097795870.1073743017.581200869&type=1&l=3bd03a1d02

2017 Louisiana Women Leaders Conference
The 2017 Louisiana Women Leaders Conference took place on December 2nd at the Marriott New Orleans at 9 a.m in conjunction with Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame event.Featured Presenters included Elizabeth Smart and Mike Wagenheim 

Son of a Saint 5th Annual Gala
It was that time of year again to attend the lovely SON OF A SAINT 5TH ANNUAL GALA! 
It was held at the Le Meridien Hotel on Friday December 1. The evening started with a Patron Party from 7-8 pm, which I attended briefly and was followed by Dinner and Entertainment from 8-10 pm. There was also an after-party from 10 pm-midnight

2017 New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Azúcar Ball

Of course, I do not have to tell you that the highlight of my week was the annual super elegant, black tie Azucar Ball 2017 that honored my darling friend, Jenny Hamilton, with the Galvez Cup. It was spectacular. Themed “Festival de Las Flores” and held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, it was a festive night of music, dancing, great food and entertainment. The prestigious Gálvez Cup was awarded to Jenny who is the dynamic, longtime Executive Director of the New Orleans Ballet Association.
The Gálvez Cup, the highest recognition awarded by the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, is presented to a person or entity that has been, through unselfish effort and devotion, of the greatest assistance to the Foundation in its work. The award is named after the most efficient and progressive governor of Louisiana during the Spanish governance period (1776-1783), Don Bernardo de Gálvez. Jenny has worked with the NOHHF in several programs that allow local young Hispanics access to free dancing classes and she has been instrumental over the years in bringing to New Orleans the Ballet Hispánico of New York, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Folklórico de México, tango groups from Argentina and many other dance and artistic groups showcasing the Hispanic culture throughout the world. My congratulations to Jenny for a well-deserved honor! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154860664215870.1073743019.581200869&type=1&l=40de0006cb

8th Annual Dancing for the Arts

The annual Young Audiences of Louisiana's 8th Annual Dancing for the Arts at the Civic Theater was so much fun. I enjoyed so much seeing my darling friends competing and which they all won in one category or another. I was so disappointed that beautiful Sandra Thompson Herman was under the weather.

Game Twelve: Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - which we won 31-21
WOW! I am so proud of our Saints. What a victory for our Saints vs. the Carolina Panthers 31 to 21. Their victory put them in first place in their division, one game ahead of the Panthers who were tied with the Saints going into Sunday’s contest. So congratulations to the Boys in Black and Gold for a great, exciting game. It will be wonderful to see them hang onto their division lead and go into the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season. I loved being there and, because of our press passes were able to be on the field, in the press box and visiting our friends at their suites. I also enjoyed listening and videotaping my darling friend, Grammy Award winner and "Soul Queen of New Orleans" Irma Thomas, who sang the National Anthem.
Thank you to my darling friend, Sue Vaccaro, for inviting me to join you. I loved it! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154862768790870.1073743023.581200869&type=1&l=ae6955b730

I concluded my social week by attending the annual Galatoire's Foundation's Christmas Auction that will benefit charities.
Galatoire Foundation's Auction of Tables for Dec. 22
Oh What a night. I started it at the annual Annual Galatoire Foundation’s auction of Tables for the Friday before Christmas. It will benefit Eden House And Make Breakthroughs  Happen Charities. I hate to leave because Veuve Clicquot was pouring but i love seeing my friends bidding for those very desirable tables.
Last night was also Tableau's Mistletoe Lighting Party sponsored by Kendrick Gin.

This upcoming week is going to be another social marathon for me. I have to attend many private parties that I will send you photos next week but here are the soirees that should be fun to attend: 

Lafete News Link December 5, 2017

Love New Orleans & She'll Love You Back.
Frank Stansbury

December 4-31
Christmas New Orleans Style- Follow your Joy

33rd Annual Christmas New Orleans Style Event Overview
Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events, Hotel Deals
'Cause it's Christmastime in New Orleans
 For complete Christmas New Orleans Style information and schedules, or to request a guidebook, visit fqfi.org

The Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series at St. Louis Cathedral started yesterday and tonight my darling friend, talented guitarist Javier Olondo is having a very special concert: Latino Christmas Traditions Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France 

615 Pere Antoine Alley
Jackson Square, French Quarter New Orleans 
Free and Open to the Public
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6pm
Javier Olondo presents Latino Christmas Traditions
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 6pm
Beau Soleil Trio avec Michael Doucet
Thursday, December 7, 2017 6pm
Opera Creole
Sunday, December 10, 2017 6pm
The Boutté Family Gospel Concert

Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series Please find the French Quarter Fest concert series Schedule listed below: Monday, December 4, 6pm Ellis Marsalis (Jazz) Tuesday, December 5, 6pm Javier O...


December 5 
Hotel Storyville Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 5
LUNA Fete Artists Lecture 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:30PM - 6:30 PM 
Newcomb Art Museum, Woldenberg Art Center 
Tulane University, Uptown   
New Orleans

Come hear from the artists behind LUNA Fête 2017 
Pedro Narvaez and Emma Lopez of AVA will discuss how 
they made the transition from graphic design to projection 
mapping in addition to the application of design principles 
in new media and the challenges that come with it. 

Tues., Dec. 5
Horseplay and the Sporting Life in America!

6pm - 7:30pm
SoBou, 310 Chartres Street

Join James Beard Award-winning Mixologist and Author, DALE DEGROFF, for a romp through the world of whiskey and thoroughbred racing. Discover the best whiskey drinks through the ages as we celebrate the rich heritage of Bourbon Whiskey and the entrepreneurs who pioneered this great American spirit. Cocktails by Dale DeGroff and Bar Chef Laura Bellucci. USBG members discount available - emailsam@commanderspalace.com for code. Tickets available herehttps://www.sobounola.com/upcoming-events?utm_source=second-street&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=November+30+- 

December 6 – 9 
LUNA Fête 2017 
LUNA Fête 2017 is presented by Pan-American Life insurance Group and is a New Orleans Tricentennial Signature Event. This visionary initiative was created by the Arts Council of New Orleans in 2014 to utilize New Orleans iconic landscape as the canvas for outdoor, public artworks created with light and technology. This annual outdoor spectacle connects New Orleans’ tradition of street-based celebration with connecting people to a new era of contemporary art.
 An official New Orleans Tricentennial Signature Event, LUNA Fête 2017 will take place on December 6 – 9 in Lafayette Square and along Lafayette Street to Fulton Street.  This multi-day celebration is free and open to the public and features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and art animated by technology – intended to engage and inspire audiences of all ages Luna Fête
Christmas Holiday Music

Tuesdays at 6 pm: Organ and Labyrinth
Albinas Prizgintas plays the 5000-pipe tracker organ with ambient 
lighting and occasional guest musicians. From Bach to the Beatles 
and beyond! A unique and magical distinctively New Orleans musical 
meditation. All are welcome. See www.albinas.org for more details

Friday, December 8, 2017  7 pm
Krewe de Voix Chamber Choir, Paul Weber, director

Christmas Concert featuring Traditional Carols, Monteverdi 
Motets, A Christmas Cantata from 1736 given to the New 
Orleans Ursulines Sisters in 1754

Saturday, December 9, 2017  6:30 pm 
New Orleans Black Chorale Christmas Concert directed 
by Dr. John E. Ware, delightfully accompanied on piano by 
Veronica Downs-Dorsey www.neworleansblackchorale.com

Sunday, December 10, 2017   5 pm 
TRISH FOTI & Friends "Home for Christmas," a Christmas 
program featuring Trish Foti, soprano, Jesse Reeks, piano , 
Albinas Prizgintas, organ and others

Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
Police security provided
Handicap access and elevator available
Free and Open to the Public

Southern Syncopators   
perform the Music of Armand Piron  
Wednesday, December 6, 2017  at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Preservation Hall 
726 St Peter St  
French Quarter  
 New Orleans
 All Ages Welcome


Little Gem’s Official Holiday Jazz Celebration 
Join us for sing-a-longs, specialty cocktails, & the New Orleans 
party to start your holidays merry & bright featuring
John Diaz, Monty Banks and Naydja CoJoe
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 7:30pm  
- 11:30pm
The Little Gem Saloon and Restaurant
Refined Creole fare plated in a circa-1903 tavern 
with live performances by local jazz artists
445 S Rampart St, CBD New Orleans 
Wednesday, December 6
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents
Handel Messiah
Wednesday, December 6, 2017  7:30 p.m
Holy Name of Jesus Church, Loyola's Campus
6367 St. Charles Avenue, Uptown New Orleans
or <www.symphonychorus.org> Group & student tickets $15

Its uplifting to see generations of families coming to hear Messiah
and experiencing firsthand the true meaning of the season. - Director Steven Edwards.
First performed during the Easter season in 1742, the baroque
oratorio has become an annual favorite and is a part of the
December holiday ritual for many concertgoers

December 6 
Young Leadership Council's Holiday Party 
Join YLC's board, volunteers, and staff in celebrating another great year at YLC! This year's Holiday Party will take place at Republic New Orleans on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your network and celebrate the amazing work of YLC's volunteer leaders.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members, and include two drink tickets for beer and wine, plus food from the incredible Blue Oak BBQ! Vegetarian options will be available. YLC Members must log in before buying tickets to see their discounted price.

December 6-10
Words & Music, Highlights , December 6 – 10
This year’s message from the founders, Rosemary James and Joseph DeSalvo
Dear Friends:
The 20th anniversary of Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, sponsored annually by the Faulkner Society, promises to be among the best of the 20 years.  

We hope you will join us for some of the events and hear some of the best minds of or time discuss everything from Leonardo da Vinci to war and collateral damage as inspiration for the arts here and abroad to opera and burlesque, to the counter cultural revolution in Brazil and the literature and music the brutal dictatorship and its war against its own people inspired, to how to read Faulkner and Love It, all interspersed with daily doses of music and great food as
only New Orleans can prepare it. All the while some of the country's top agents and editors, who come to New Orleans looking for new literary talent will be critiquing manuscripts submitted by registered writers and conducted advice sessions on writing craft.

Attached is a highlights pamphlet and here is a direct link to our on-line schedule, where the event descriptions are more complete and contain links to biographical material on presenting authors and artists.


Dec 7
Thu 8:25 pm
Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA

 Friday, December 8
CURRENTS PhotoNOLA Exhibition
Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.,

 Ogden Museum of Southern Art 
925 Camp St  
reet, CBD New Orleans

CURRENTS is an annual exhibition which was initiated 
to highlight the contemporary photographic work created
 by NOPA members. The show will include work by as 
many as fifteen artists, featuring several images by each 
selected photographer.  The opening reception and juror’s
 talk will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., and 
the PhotoWALK will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
December 8

 4th Annual New Orleans Mission Gala!
December 8, 2017 at 6pm
The Empire Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Featuring RON HALL
Author of the New York Times bestseller novel, now paramount picutre movie,
"Same Kind of Dfferent As Me"
An American contemporary christian pop artist, his song "More Beautiful You"
has charted No. 1 on American Christian Music Charts

⇒You can purchase your tickets here
⇒ Silent Auction - You can bid on your computer, smart phone, or tablet before and during the event. If you don't have a smart phone or tablet to bring to the event, don't worry! We'll have attendants with iPads and laptops helping you make your bids throughout the night.

Dec. 9 
 Martin Lawrence Gallery Invites you to our Erté Art Deco Holiday Party and special exhibit, Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4 - 7pm at 400 Royal Street
Come celebrate Erté, the father of Art Deco, and his  birthday!  Please stop in anytime from 4pm – 7pm Saturday and join in the merriment with wine, musicand the magnificent works of Erté at Martin Lawrence Gallery’s annual holiday exhibition!
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
New Canal Lighthouse  
8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 
(504) 836-2216 
Food and drinks will be available. All food items will be $4 and under
Admission to Lights at the Lake is FREE
Parking will be available in the public parking lots all along Lakeshore Drive


The best spot to view the parade is from the New Canal Lighthouse! 

Christmas New Orleans style. Come see the King of Christmas 
live on the lake closing out the Bash. 
You've never seen the 12 Yats of Christmas like this before!

(Availabe in Advance) **Winners need not be present to win**
More More More Details

Saturday, December 9

Jazz & Heritage Concert Series 
presents a Free Concert featuring
Helen Gillet and Leyla McCalla
Saturday, December 9, 2017 
Sets at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.)
No tickets or advance registration required. No reserved seating. 

December 13 
The annual festive Round Table Luncheon Saluting the Holidays and the upcoming New Orleans Tricentennial will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, will be the co-host, along with  social columnist Margarita Bergen. The Cultural and Historical Co-chairs of the New Orleans Tricentennial Priscilla Lawrence and Sybil Morial,  have been invited, as well as  the new Mayor-elect of New Orleans, Latoya Cantrell;  the Consul of Mexico, Carlos Ponce; the Consul  General of France, Vincent Sciama;  Romi GonzalezJenny Hamilton, Exec. Director of New Orleans Ballet and Patti Lock, Director of Special Projects for Tall Ships of America.

As in the past  the Luncheon will feature a tasting of red wine by winemaker, Dr. James Moises, and a tasting of Champagne and sparkling wines by Republic National Distributing Company. The live entertainment will provided by a myriad of entertainers that will include Becky Allen, Carl Mack, Marshall Harris, pianist Jim Walpole  burlesque dancer Trixie MinxSuzaune Yee McKamey, Conductor Paul Mauffray and vocalist Anais St. John.

Guests are encouraged to wear their finest holiday outfit or costumes and prizes will be given to the best! The $60, all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking.

ADVISORY: At last report, the luncheon may be sold out but there might still be some last minute seats available. Call Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her atJudy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com to inquire. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be accepted, as the hotel will only prepare meals for the number of guests who have made reservations.