Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Toast to St Patrick's and Joseph's Festivities: It is Festival Time at Groovin Round Table Luncheon/ Art In Bloom/ Opus Ball and more

I want to wish all of you a Happy St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Day. 
An Irish Toast
May the road rise to meet you - May the wind be always at your back - May the sun shine warm upon your face - the rains fall soft upon your fields - until we meet again - May God hold you in the hollow of His hand - And may you be in Heaven an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

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I’m so happy that I took a brief sojourn to Pensacola Beach, to rest my weary body because, since my return, it has been like a social tsunami that  hit me last week and this upcoming week. 
Fortunately, my roommate David Martins drove  my brother Lorenzo and I at 80 miles per hour on Friday so I could attend some of the fun events. 
 I made it in time to stop on Friday by the historic Hermann-Grima House for their annual “Amazing Grape” event which featured my darling friend, Dr. James Moises, owner of Bizou Wines. I also stopped at the Jazz in the Courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection. I saw a few of my darling friends there as well.

Of course, I kept going and my final destination was the always-fun, Friends of City Park’s biggest fundraiser, Lark at the Park which, this year, took place at Tad Gormley Stadium. The proceeds of Lark in the Park will benefit the restoration of the Tad Gormley Stadium field. Over 40 restaurants shared their signature dishes at the well-attended event.
I have been suffering from allergies so I stayed home the rest of the weekend in anticipation of a very hectic week.
I have a few parties to attend on Tuesday but I am really looking forward to hosting my "It is Festival Time" at the Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday, March 15 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. (See calendar for complete information.) 
My darling friend, Irma Thomas, preceded by the Jamal Batiste Band, will be the featured entertainers at the YLC's Wednesday at Lafayette Square concert. Read more at this link:www.wednesdayatthesquare.com 
Unfortunately, I am going to miss Irma because, that same evening, March 15, is the annual New Orleans Museum of Art's Art in Bloom event. This much-anticipated springtime event showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that will remain on display for five days (March 15-19). This year’s theme is “Rhythm ‘n’ Blooms” and proceeds will benefit education projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of the Garden Study Club of New Orleans.
Former White House Chief Florist and author, Laura Dowling, garden and floral designer and author James Farmer, trumpeter Jeremy Davenport and New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians are among the talent set to participate in this event that is a tribute to the integral role music plays in New Orleans' culture. The event is presented by IBERIABANK.
On Thursday, March 16, the Bishop Perry Center will continue its annual Lenten series of free public concerts at 6 p. m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres Street with a performance by the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Peter Collins. The series highlights the contributions made by Spain and the Latin American nations to the world’s body of great music. Among the selections will be works by 19th century New Orleans composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
That evening, I have been invited to cover the 2017 Annual Dinner meeting of the French American Chamber of Commerce at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint from 5 to 8 p.m. The keynote speaker will be J. Stephen Perry, President & CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. (See calendar for more details.) 
Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto will be conducting  the LPO on March 16 in New Orleans and March 17 in Covington: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.  Cellist  
Jesús Castro-Balbi joins the LPO to tackle Witold Lutoslawski’s ground-breaking Cello Concerto in a program featuring works from across Europe. To begin the program, Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the LPO in Albéniz’s Iberia Suite, a colorful musical portrait of Spain, before concluding with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

St Patrick's Day and, in the past, I have attended the fabulous Media Day at Kevin Kelly's Houmas House. However, this year I cannot attend since I am committed to covering the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) of the New Orleans Ballet Association's fundraiser: “When the Stars Align: Stars of American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy.” I cannot wait!
BRAVO’s formal event will transport guests back to the glamor of Hollywood in the 1940s and ’50s, as guests dance the night away, alongside the Stars of American Ballet. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will feature star New Orleans chefs and luminaries of the philanthropic community at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Hotel. 
The Gala night begins with champagne and Sazeracs at 7:00 p.m., followed by an elegant seated dinner featuring recipes from New Orleans’ top chefs, dancing to the sounds of Deacon John & the Ivories, a raffle, and a silent auction, all in the splendor of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood glamor. Through this event, BRAVO proudly contributes to NOBA's programs, including the presentation of world class performances in our city and over 5,500 dance classes, workshops, and activities each year--all tuition-free.
The gala events culminate Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. with the Stars of American Ballet Encore! performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Daniel Ulbricht, founder of the traveling ballet troupe and a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, brings the “Stars” back for the second time since November 2014 with a completely different program: one that features New Orleans prominently.
Saturday’s one-night-only performance will feature the world premiere of a NOBA-commissioned new work based on the 1964 hit record, “House of the Rising Sun,” which takes place in a fictitious New Orleans brothel. Another dance will be to the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Tarantella” and yet another dance will “swing” to the tune of New Orleanian Louis Prima’s “Sing Sing Sing.”
The entire performance promises to be a memorable evening. You can read more about it in this Thursday’s BEAUCOUP magazine in the New Orleans Advocate, which will also be posted Wednesday night on their website. Be sure to get there early if you want to hear Daniel Ulbricht’s pre-performance talk in the theater at 7:15 p.m.
The songs of Louis Prima will also be front and center on that same evening, Saturday, March 18, at the annual Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's Opus Ball which is the LPO’s annual signature event. This year’s orchestra will present A Tribute to Louis Prima and it will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel downtown on Canal Street.
I don't know about you, but I am exhausted just thinking of all of these events. It’s going to be a marathon but, as always, a FUN one!
As in the past, I have been invited by my darling friend Tony Marino to his annual St. Joseph's Day's Altar and celebration that will take place on Sunday on Bourbon Street.
So darlings enjoy your week and keep some energy for next week. 
Darlings, today is the last day to make reservations if you do not want to miss the upcoming "It is Festival Time" Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday, March 15, at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
I hate to run out of the flowing champagne that has been generously donated by my darling friend, Tony Award-winning producer, Sue Vaccaro, who will be in attendance. That is why we need a head count before the doors open: that ensures that we have enough of the bubbly to go around.
We will be grooving and celebrating not only festivals and cultural/social fundraisers, but also St. Patrick's Day. For that occasion, I have invited as our live entertainer, Irish guitarist/singer, Vali Talbot, to sing Irish songs in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day. I have also invited representatives from the upcoming festivals, including the French Quarter, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Tennessee Williams Literary and New Orleans Film Festival.
I also have invited BRAVO Gala Chair, Sandra Herman, to speak about the upcoming New Orleans Ballet's "When the Stars Align" Ball and Men and Women of Fashion Luncheon, as well as the upcoming New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild Mad Hatter's Luncheon. Rosemary James will be representing the Bishop Perry Series of Hispanic-themed Lenten concerts at St. Mary’s Church in the French Quarter. Bill Hess, President of the Board of LPO, will be representing LPO and its upcoming Opus Ball.  Author Valerie Grubb will represent the New Orleans Film Festival. Mamie Gasperecz, Board President of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival will represent the TWF and Rebecca SellMarketing and Publicity Manager of French Quarter Festivals. 
I also would like to tie the Luncheon to the upcoming WYES' “60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala.” So please pull out your ‘60s attire and join us. The price is only $55 all inclusive of three-course gourmet luncheon/ wine/champagne and valet parking.
This is the delicious menu:
Mixed Field Greens Salad
Topped With Sliced Almonds, Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Panko Pecan Encrusted Catfish
With Tasso Cream Sauce
Chef’s Choice of Starch and Veggie
New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
Please make your reservation by calling Judy LeBlanc at 504-571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be accepted, as the hotel will only prepare meals for the number of guests who have made reservations.

link March 13, 2017


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Editor / Publisher: Frank Stansbury


The concerts will take place every
 Wednesday, March 15 through May 24, and Tuesday, May 2, from
 5 to 8 p.m. 
at Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans
 (between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Gallier Hall).

Checkout the full 2017 line-up below!
March 15             Irma Thomas, opened by Jamal Batiste Band
March 22             Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, opened by Daria and The Hip Drops
March 29             Marc Broussard, opened by Kristin Diable & The City
April 5   George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, opened by RumpleSTEELSkin
April 12 Jon Cleary and co-headliner John Papa Gros Band
April 19 Big Sam's Funky Nation, opened by Naughty Professor
April 26 Flow Tribe, opened by Robin Barnes
May 2    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuag, opened by The Tipitina's Interns
May 3    Kermit Ruffins & The Barbeque Swingers and co-headliner Marcia Ball Band
May 10 PJ Morton, opened by Andrew Duhon Trio
May 17 Headliner to be announced, opened by Mia Borders
May 24 Sweet Crude and co-headliner Tank and the Bangas *May 31 and April 7 reserved as rain dates.

March 15-19

Music, Flowers and Art at NOMA, March 15 - 19
Former White House Chief Florist and author Laura Dowling, garden and floral designer and author James Farmer, musician Jeremy Davenport and New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians are among the talent set to participate in the 29th annual Art in Bloom at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Themed Rhythm & Blooms as a tribute to the integral role music plays in New Orleans' culture, the annual springtime celebration of floral arrangements, educational programs and social events is set for March 15 - 19. The event is presented by IBERIA BANK.

NOMA's Quincy Crawford and The Garden Study Club's Sarah Feirn are co-chairing Rhythm & Blooms. "We are lucky to have so many artists - both musical and visual - in New Orleans, and even luckier to have so many of them represented in this year's Art in Bloom: Rhythm & Blooms," says Crawford. "We can't wait to see how music, flowers and art come together in this beautiful event. It's truly a celebration of New Orleans' vibrant arts culture, and the beginning of spring in the city!"

In collaboration with The Garden Study Club, this five-day event showcases over 100 exhibitors of spectacular floral designs. Proceeds benefit educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA, and community projects of the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Recipients of Garden Study Club grants include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Long Vue House and Gardens, the historic parterre garden at the Beauregard-Keyes House, rain gardens at City Park, and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
The annual Art in Bloom Patron Party, one of the spring's premier social events in New Orleans, and the subsequent Preview Party, will be held Wednesday, March 15, with entertainment from Joe Simon's Jazz Music and the Trinity Episcopal School Honor Choir. The popular Art In Bloom lecture series and the annual Art in Bloom luncheon and fashion show are scheduled for the following day, Thursday, March 16.

One of the distinguishing elements of the Patron Party is the silent auction, which will, for the first time ever, For the first time ever, feature an online component, allowing art for the first time ever, feature an online component, allowing art enthusiasts from all over to bid on the unique pieces. Contributing artists include Hunt Slonem, Raine Bedsole, and George Dunbar, whose works and career were recently celebrated in a comprehensive retrospective at NOMA, titled George Dunbar: Elements of Chance.

James Farmer is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, A Time To Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook; Dinner on the Grounds; and A Time to Celebrate, all published by Gibbs-Smith Publisher. Southern born and bred, James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; cook; author and lifestyle expert. In addition, Farmer is editor-at-large for Southern Living and a frequent guest on television and radio. Whether he's teaching how to plan the perfect summer picnic, using everyday items to create exquisite tabletops, creating drop-dead gorgeous flower arrangements and wreaths, or making his grandmother's skillet peach pie, Farmer masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living. 
Laura Dowling is a floral designer, former White House Chief Florist, and author of Floral Diplomacy. Laura served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. In this position, she planned and implemented decorations for major events at the White House, including the White House Christmas, state dinners, the presidential family quarters, the public tour route displays, and Camp David, an imposing portfolio of literally thousands of large and small events, floral arrangements, table settings and innovative volunteer projects. She is renowned for creating a new romantic style of flower arranging featuring free-flowing lines of vines and flowers emanating from a classical bouquet. 

12:30 PM  
Pavilion of the Two Sisters | City Park
The Best of Spring 2017
Fashions for Men & Women
March 16

The Chefs' Charity for Children
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The Chefs' Charity for Children is Thursday, March 16, 2017 10am - 2pm!
Join us at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for the 40th anniversary of this amazing event!  Experience New Orleans' most talented chefs coming together to cook, teach, entertain and serve up an amazing lunch. 
The program will feature cooking demonstrations by chefs:
Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea's
John Besh of Restaurant August
Leah Chase of Dooky Chase
Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery/Balise
John Folse of Restaurant R'evolution
Goffredo Fraccaro
Emeril Lagasse chef de cuisine David Slater of Emeril's
Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace
Greg Reggio of Zea
Alon Shaya of Shaya
The Wong Brothers of Trey Yuen
Chef Nina Compton of Compere Lapin
$250 per person Patron Level ticket (limited number) CALL SCHOOL FOR AVAILABILITY 504.524.7285
Includes reserved seating during cooking demonstration, dining upstairs in Versailles Ballroom, meet and greet with chefs, thank you gift handcrafted by students, a special memento, and a cookbook featuring more than 35 of the chef's recipes.  Wine is served with lunch.
$75 General Admission ticket
Includes buffet lunch, featuring a sampling of the dishes prepared, and a cookbook featuring more than 35 of the chefs' recipes.  Wine is served with lunch.

March  16

Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Show Begins at 8 p.m.; 
Eiffel Society; 2040 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 
Be sure to arrive early to enjoy cocktails, dinner and musical entertainment 
at the exquisite Eiffel Society. Valet Parking is provided.   

As usual, we have picked an outstanding panel for Thursday night with some of our favorite all-stars plus some exciting newcomers. This program will be the spectacular 2017 Kickoff of Politics with a Punch. 
Check out the exceptional line-up of celebrities that have been selected for this New Orleans Political Comedy Tradition:

Dr. Laura Badeaux
Director; LA Center for Women in Government and Business    
Tee Ray Bergeron  
All-Star Comedian; Local Headliner; Punch Favorite
Hon. Leon Cannizzaro   
District Attorney of Orleans Parish 
Hon. Danny Martiny (R-Kenner) 
Louisiana State Senator
Spud McConnell   
Stage and Film Actor; Local Icon; Host of WLAE-TV Show   
Gregory Ricks   
Host of "Winning at Life," LA's 401k & Retirement Authority  
Laura Sanders 
National Comedy Show Headliner; #1 I-Tunes Comedy Album
Discount Tickets: $15.00 per person/$25.00 per couple.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, purchase tickets in advance on-line at our website:
Tickets at the door will be $20 per person/$35.00 per couple. 
At Punch, we guarantee everyone will have a good time, and anyone who has attended one of our events can attest to that fact.
For more information, call me at #504-669-6076.
Thanks again for your support of Politics with a Punch. Without you and other friends, we could not have such successful events each and every month.
Hope to see you this Thursday night at the EIFFEL SOCIETY!
Jeff Crouere                                                                
Host, Politics with a Punch

free public concerts at 6 p. m. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St.
 16 and running through April 6, all featuring Hispanic and Hispanic inspired music of the Americas.

The Bishop Perry Center will kick-off its annual musical 
series, "A Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter," 

St. Mary's Catholic Church To Be Setting For Two Musical Events This week:
Bishop Perry Concert Three in its Free Public Series of Lenten Concerts
And Happy Birthday, Mr. Bach! Presented by The Catholic Cultural Center


On Thursday, March 16, the Bishop Perry Center will continue its annual Lenten series of free public concerts at 6 p. m. at
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres Street with a performance by the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Peter Collins. The theme of the 2017 concert series is "Hispanic Music of the Americas," and Peter Collins will present a program of Hispanic inspired music
for piano by both Latin American composers and others inspired by the rhythms of Spain entitled "Iberian Echoes."  The series is presented annually by the Center with St. Louis Cathedral and the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is produced by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and its subsidiary, Words & Music, for the Bishop Perry Center. The series is offered to the public free
so that those without resources may enrich their lives with music and it is made possible this year with underwriting of the New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Center, and other generous sponsors. Any donations to the voluntary
collection will benefit the Bishop Perry Center's ministries to the disadvantaged. For information about the Bishop Perry Center and
it's programs and to donate time, talent, and gifts of money, food, or clothing, contact the Center's Director, Barbara Holdsworth,
(504) 227-3272. Donations also be mailed to the Bishop Perry Center, 1941 Dauphine St, NOLA 70116.
Peter Collins is Professor of Music-Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Area at Missouri State University.  A native of New Orleans, he began his formal piano studies with Melvin Alford.  He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory under the instruction of Lillian Freundlich.  After winning awards in several piano competitions (the Washington International Piano Competition, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the American Chopin Competition, the American Beethoven Foundation) he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan as a student of Louis Nagel.  He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna.   Peter Collins has performed  a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart to recently composed works.  At Missouri State University, he originated the Missouri Chamber Players and toured Scandinavia three times with members of the ensemble in concerts of music by American composers.  His important European appearances also include solo performances at the Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw) and the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest).  As a concerto soloist he has collaborated with the Polish State Orchestra (Jelenia Góra), the Florida State Orchestra, the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks.  Peter Collins has completed nine compact-disc recording projects (for the Albany, MSR and Centaur labels) featuring works of living American composers, music by women composers, original arrangements and transcriptions and piano music of nineteenth-century New Orleans.

OnSunday, March 19, there will be a one-performance recital at 6 p. m. at  St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres Street, which is an
integral part of the historic Catholic Cultural Center, which also includes the Old Ursuline Convent and its garden. The recital
will be by organist and harpsichordist Emmanuel Arakelian, who currently is artist-in-residence at St. Louis Cathedral.
The recital will feature and all-Bach program in celebration of the birthday anniversary of one of the most important figures
in musical history, Johann Sebastian Bach.  The recital is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations will benefit the
musical instruments program of St. Mary's. 
March 16 and 17

LPO presents: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 | New Orleans
Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:30 PM
$20.00 - $140.00
Purchase Tickets
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 | Covington
Friday, March 17, 2017 7:30 PM
$20.00 - $55.00
Purchase Tickets
Isaac Albéniz (orch. Arbos)Iberia
Witold LutoslawskiCello Concerto
Pyotr Ilych TchaikovskySymphony No. 5

Program Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes with 20 minute intermission
There will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to this performance.

Friday, March 17
Molly's at the Market & Jim Monaghan's Parade - 6:00 p.m. 

In the French Quarter, riders in carriages and marching groups. Begins and ends at 1107 Decatur St. 

Friday, March 17

Downtown Irish Club Parade - 6:00 p.m. 

The annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, proceeds roughly up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Canal to Bourbon. The parade makes several "pit stops" on its way to Bourbon St. 

Friday, March 17

Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club block party - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

This block party takes place on St. Patrick's Day and is located at Annunciation Square on the 1500 block of Chippewa. This block party has Irish music, food, drinks, and dancers, and proceeds benefit St. Michael's Special School. 

Saturday, March 18

Italian-American St. Joseph's Parade in the French Quarter - 6:00 p.m. 

The Italian American Club celebrates St. Joseph with a parade through the French Quarter. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Convention Center Blvd. and Girod Street. It includes 16 floats, nine marching bands and a whole lot of guys dressed in tuxedos. 

Sunday March 19

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) - 12 Noon 

The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll at 12:00 noon, on the traditional Veternas Highway route in Metairie. 

TRINITY ARTIST SERIES   www.trinityartistseries.com
Tuesday, March 14 @ 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! Since Katrina, a unique and magical distinctively 
New Orleans musical meditation. All are welcome. See  www.albinas.org for more details
Sunday, March 19 
@ 5 pm: Alessandra Belloni, singer, percussionist, director, joined by organist  Albinas Prizgintas, present a Musical Journey 
Featuring music, myths and legends from "The Voyage of The Black Madonna". The program blends healing chants, 
dances and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy and Spain, Brazil 
and France, and around the world.  Please visit:   alessandrabelloni.com
@ 8 pm sharp: Jazz Vespers with James Andrew, trumpet/singer
A short late night meditation featuring New Orleans Top Jazz Musicians. 
From 8 to 8:30 pm the spiritual nature of Jazz blends with Bible readings and Prayer in a spirited Lenten Offering


St Joseph's Altar
St Joseph Altar Society on Bourbon Street
Viewing: 6:00 PM
Blessing: 7:30 PM
Italian Feast To Follow
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Marino Residence
1028 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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Please join us and continue the tradition of building an altar on St Josephs' Feast Day.
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The St Joseph Altar Society on Bourbon Street, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Joanie Bayhi

the Amazing Grape fundraiser for the Hermann -Grima  House.  It was Dr. James Moises 's birthday and I wanted to be there since he was the featured wine maker at the Amazing Grapes Fundraiser to benefit Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses,

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