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“Every great city needs a great park that needs great friends!”

Friends of City Park Presents

Friends of City Park’s annual non-scary, family friendly Halloween event Ghosts in the Oaks is being held on Friday, October 22 in City Park Carousel Garden Amusement Park and Storyland. Activities include crafts, games, trick-or-treating in Storyland, children’s entertainers, and unlimited amusement park rides. Concessions will be open for purchases. Early admission ($20 per person) is from 6-7 p.m. General admission ($15 non-members, $12 members 3 years and older) is from 7-10 p.m. Costumes encouraged! • All rides, games and activities are included in admission price. Concessions, pizza, and Pinkberry frozen yogurt will be available for purchase. • Games and activities including pumpkin patch, bean bag toss, ring toss, fishing pond, trick or treating in Storyland, hayrides and more! Prizes galore! • Crafts include trick-or-treat bag decorating, pumpkin decorating, and other fun Halloween themed crafts. • Entertainment to include

Carmen and the Storyland Theatrical Players, balloons and magic from Chris Miller, DJ Pat Barbaro, airbrushed tattoos from

Pirate Ink. • New this year: Photobooth on site for families to create a keepsake of their Halloween fun!

For tickets, further information or to join Friends of City Park, call 504-486-9376 or visit www.friendsofcitypark.com .


Debbie Hall Perrone, President Friends of City Park

President’s Message Fall is getting closer and City Park will greet record numbers of visitors soon. Our fall events promise fun and community for everyone! Adults celebrated Martini Madness in September with great food and the newest martini libations. Ghosts in the Oaks will be celebrated before Halloween and once again we will have our early admission for those families that need the evening to end early, or just don’t want to wait in the longer lines. Members’ discounts for regular tickets will be issued. Tickets can be

purchased online or at the Friends’ office. We hope that all of our members enjoyed the annual Friends’ Fest. Over 900 members were in attendance. We would also like to welcome our new members. Membership reports will show you how dues usually pay for themselves in one or at most two visits to City Park for an average family. Our staff and volunteers conducted a survey of like facilities around the country and Friends of City Park membership was one of the greatest values regarding benefits and overall price points. We are proud that we fit into the top of family-valued attractions. Members have their own annual expiration date. Your cards are labeled with your month of membership and expiration month. If you have any questions about your membership and what the card translates to, please call the office for information. Your membership and volunteering is what keeps City Park growing and we thank you enthusiastically!

Debbie Perrone, President Friends of City Park

Membership Report Friends of City Park is proud to announce that a new member benefit has been added to the Friends of City Park membership. Members will receive a discount on Celebration in the Oaks Children’s Preview Party tickets! Tickets for Friends’ members are now only $25.00 when purchased in advance (limit 4/membership). Now your Friends’ Membership is an allin-one pass to Celebration in the Oaks with a discount for both Adult and Children Preview Party tickets in addition to free, unlimited admission to Celebration in the Oaks. Friends of City Park is also excited to announce that membership is now over 3,000 patrons, the highest it has been 2 • Friends of City Park • Fall 2010

since Hurricane Katrina. We would like to thank all of our loyal members for your dedication to our mission and to City Park! With our growth, Friends switched over to a new ticketing and membership card system All Friends’ should have their plastic membership card. All of your renewals (if you stay at the same membership level) go onto your existing plastic membership card, regardless of the year on the back of the card. If you upgrade or downgrade your membership, you should expect a new card in the mail from Friends after you renew. If you do not have a correct card, please call the Friends office at 504-483-9376. We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we switched over to the new, high tech system! - Kelley Allenspach

Bring Us Your Scarecrows We are looking for a few good scarecrows to showcase at the Garden Fall Festival to be held at the New Orleans Botanical Garden on October 16 & 17. We invite you to create a one-ofa-kind scarecrow for the competition. Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and schools are all encouraged to participate. Scarecrows are such a familyfriendly activity and have been part of the American expression of the Fall season. We encourage all to participate by creating and entering a scarecrow or just coming to see and enjoy them. Your creation can be traditional, funny, scary, original or miniature (for individual children up to age 15). Please remember these are for family viewing. We can hardly wait to see what you can create! For more information please call 504-483-9386.

Reserve your 2010 Friends of City Park ornament today! This is the second in the Storyland Series. The first was the Storyland Castle in 2009. Only 1000 are being minted. The cost is $10.00. Purchase online at www.friendsofcitypark.com . For more information, please call the Friends’ office at 504-483-9376.

1 Pa l m D r i ve New Orleans, LA 70124 504-483-9376 2010 Friends of City Park Board of Directors OFFICERS P re s i d e n t D e b b i e Pe r r o n e P re s i d e n t E l e c t Dessa Giff in I m m e d i a t e Pa s t P r e s i d e n t Diann Sanborn Pa s t P r e s i d e n t Cheryl Cabes R e c o rd i n g S e c re t a r y Ta n i a H a h n Tr e a s u r e r Ly n n e R o s s Tr e a s u r e r E l e c t Peg g y M c C r a n i e Fund Development Kelley Abbott Membership Co-Chair Karen DiBlieux Mary Johnson Special Events Co-Chair J e a n i e Fa v r e t Jackie Palumbo Vo l u n t e e r C o - C h a i r Suzette Herpich Kathi Zimmerman Communications Chair/Editor C o l e e n Pe r i l l o u x L a n d r y S t a ff / E x . D i re c t o r Rodney Thoulion D i r. o f M a r k e t i n g / M e m b e r s h i p Kelley Allenspach Staff/Accountant S u s i e Ve t e r s Staff/Special Events Rebecca Thiel

Committee Members Tr e e s Betty Bagert NOMA Rep Ann Duffy Anne Lea Nola Bark Liaison Sue Guarisco Jackie Shreves

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Magic in the Moonlight The New Orleans Botanical Garden announces a new special event Friday, October 15, entitled “Magic in the Moonlight”, a dinner that will be held on the main grass axis of the New Orleans Botanical Garden on one long table stretching almost 300’ from the Pavilion of the Two Sisters to the Conservatory. The funds raised from the dinner will go toward increasing educational programming and establishing new gardens. The dinner will be presented by Certified Master Chef James Corwell of Le Foret, recently named top new restaurant in New Orleans. The event will also serve as a preview to view the art and landscape architect exhibits that will be on display as part of the Fall Festival being held in the New Orleans Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17. Champagne Patron Reception 6-8 p.m., Preview of Exhibits 7-8 p.m., Dinner 8 p.m. $250 and up patron level; $150 individual tickets; $75 individual tickets 35 and under. For more information call 504-483-9386.

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Lark in the Park 2011: “Swing Fore City Park!”

2011 Chairmen (L-R): Mary Hassinger Schmidt, Joey Marcotte Brown, and Leila Sutherlin Gamard.

On Friday, March, 2001, the Friends of City Park will present its premier fundraiser, Lark in the Park. Lark 2011’s “Swing Fore City Park!” will raise funds for Miniature Golf to be located across from the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland. Miniature Golf will add another family attraction to New Orleans’ beloved City Park. To make this venue a reality, the Lark 2011 chairmen have hit the ground running. Collectively, the chairmen’s fundraising endeavors include Art in Bloom Patron Party at NOMA, Chairish for the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Junior League of New Orleans, the Garden Study Club, Preservation Resource Center, Saint Andrew’s Village, Sugarplum Ball for Children’s Hospital, Soul Revival for the Legacy Donor Foundation and YA-YA. Friends of City Park welcomes Joey, Leila and Mary and looks forward to an exciting, fun-filled Lark 2011. Stay tuned as more detials unfold!

Celebration in the Oaks 2010 Celebration in the Oaks in City Park remains one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country, attracting over 120,000 people in 2009. This beloved New Orleans holiday tradition will continue to grow, not only in the quality of the Botanical Garden & Amusement Park, but expanded light exhibits throughout the Park and train route! Holiday Dates: Fri., Nov. 26 - Sun., Jan. 2, 2011 Weekend only Nov. 26, 27, 28 Open nightly Dec. 3 - Jan. 2, 2011 OPEN CHRISTMAS NIGHT!!!!! (Closed Dec. 24 and 31) Holiday Hours: Sunday thru Thursday: 6-10 p.m. Friday evenings: 6-11 p.m. Saturday evenings: 6-11 p.m. Walking Tour Admission: $7.00 per person (Friends members and children under three are free) Avoid the lines, purchase tickets on-line at www.celebrationintheoaks.com Walking Tour: Park and walk through the Botanical Garden, Storyland, a children’s theme park, and the Carousel Gardens, an amusement ride area aglow with holiday magic at every turn! Event Encompasses: • NEW life-size Nativity • NEW 50’s Retro Christmas exhibit • NEW (one of a kind) Dripping Snow exhibit • Nightly visits and photos with Santa • Musical entertainment each evening • 100 Christmas trees decorated by children from local schools and organizations. • Animated laser show featuring music from New Orleans artists • “Dinobration”, Artist Village, Dancing Lights • Amusement Rides (including the Historic Carousel and Miniature Train) • NEW RIDE – Musik Express (17 rides in all) • Neon Sculpture “Celebration SWAMP LILY” by Venusian Gardens), and Santa’s Veggie Delight exhibit CAJUN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS animated display • Full-service Pat O’s Café • … and millions of beautiful lights!

Preview Party

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Sponsored by: CAPITAL ONE; Main Sponsor: The Azby Fund. Friday, November 19, 2010, 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Located at The New Orleans Botanical Garden and City Park Amusement Area Admission: $100.00 per person in advance (general public); $90.00 per person FOCP members – limit of 4 in advance; or $120.00 per person day of event, Attendance is limited to 2,500 (Must be 21 yrs. old to attend). Ticket Purchase: Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.celebrationintheoaks.com, by telephone: 504-483-9415, or in person at City Park Tennis Center (on Victory Drive) This sparkling holiday party previewing the Celebration in The Oaks light display benefits the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Food and unlimited adult beverages from over 100 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and spirit providers are featured along with “Satisfaction”, Band Camp, The Yat Pack, The DeSoto Street Band and three additional local bands to satisfy everyone musical appetite! And for the kid in all of us, the historic Carousel and Train is also back again to ride in 2010!

Children’s Preview Party An all-inclusive party just for pint-sized “patrons” and their parents. Sponsored by: CAPITAL ONE. Sunday, November 21, 2010, Time: 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Located at Hines Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland Admission: $30.00 per person (general public); $25.00 per person for Friends of City Park (limit 4). Attendance limited to 1500 The Children’s Preview Party is a terrific opportunity for kids to enjoy their very own “holiday tradition” before the nightly crowds start and feel like little kings and queens at the same time. And, just think… moms and dads don’t have to do a thing this one holiday evening, but enjoy the family experience.

Parking: Tennis Court Lot and throughout City Park. For further information, call 504-483-9415. Visit our website at www.celebrationintheoaks.com. Email: cpcito@nocp.org Fall 2010 • Friends of City Park • 3


2 0 1 0 N e w O r l e a n s C i t y Pa r k I m p rove m e n t A s s o c i a t i o n OFFICERS P re s i d e n t

M r. M i c h a e l J. M a r s i g l i a

Bob Becker, CEO

P re s i d e n t - E l e c t

M r. R o b e r t E . S . L u p o Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. W i l l i a m H o f f m a n Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

Ms. Susan Hess Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. A l a n H e i n t z e n Tr e a s u r e r

Ms. Karen DeBlieux

Board of Commissioners Pam Breaux Susan Brennan Jane S. Brooks E r r o l l F. B r o u s s a r d, J r Edgar Chase L a u r a M . C l av e r i e Karen DeBlieux S . S t e w a r t Fa r n e t Thomas G. Fierke E d w a r d N . “ Te d ” G e o r g e Dessa R. Giff in Ben Hales Cynthia Hedge-Morrell A l a n T. H e i n t z e n Steven C. Hemperley S u s a n O. H e s s Wi l l i a m D. H o f f m a n Larry Katz Errol Laborde Ti m L a F r a n c a Andrea LeGrand Rober t Edward Smith Lupo M i c h a e l J. M a r s i g l i a P a u l J. M a s i n t e r Pe g g y M c C r a n i e Shelley S. Midura Joseph Pappalardo D av i d B. P ay t o n Mark C. Romig Gerard L Schoen, III Edmund Schrenk Jacqueline Shreves M r. D av i d E d w a r d s Representing Botanical Garden Foundation Chief Executive Officer

M r. R o b e r t W. B e c k e r E x e c u t i v e D i re c t o r

M r. B e a u L . B a s s i c h Chief Operating Officer

M r. R o b e r t D e V i n e y D i re c t o r o f D ev e l o p m e n t

M r. J o h n H o p p e r Chief Administrative Officer

M r. G e o r g e P a r k e r C o n t ro l l e r

Mrs. Adrienne Moore

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Letter from the CEO Terrible weather in the month of August has made us adjust the time frame for some of our projects. The new tennis complex is expected to be complete by the end of the year and our new administration building should be ready for occupancy by the end of October. Our new landscaping project at Big Lake should be complete by the end of September. The Dog Park repairs were completed by the first part of September. Our new parking lot adjacent to the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn is still on schedule and we are hoping for a completion by the end of October. In spite of the heat, hundreds of volunteers have worked hard over the summer to beautify Popp Fountain, the Amusement Park,

areas along I-610 in front of the dog park and the fountain, as well as continuing efforts in the Garden and in Couturie Forest. The volunteer effort is extremely important to our ability to keep the Park clean and beautiful so if you have an organization that would like to volunteer in the Park or if you would like to come on one of our “Super Saturdays”, give Jim Morrison, our Volunteer Coordinator, a call at 504-483-9459. We are proud that Gambit readers recently rated the pavilion of the Two Sisters as the “Best Place for a Wedding Reception” as well as giving us high marks for the tennis courts, North Golf Course and the bike path system. Fall is a time of great activity in the Park including over 70 football games, many weddings and special events such as the Friends Martini Madness, the Voodoo Music Experience over Halloween, road races, soccer games, tennis and golf play, concerts in the Garden and the fall Garden Show and many functions in the Amusement Park. I hope you and your family are able to enjoy some of these events or just take advantage of the cooler weather on the way to walk, jog, bicycle, picnic, fish, or just enjoy the beauty of this magnificat Park.

Robert W. Becker Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer City Park

“Thank You” to Friends’ Fest Volunteers Special thanks go out to Tania Hahn and Peggy McCranie for all of their hard work on the very successful Friends’ Fest which took place on July 28. FOCP board and committee member volunteers did a fabulous job as usual Jeanie Favret, Sue Guarisco, Cheryl Cabes, Andrea Legrand, Dessa Giffin, Jackie Shreves, Mary Johnston, Karen Deblieux, Kathi Zimmerman, Betty Baggert, Lynne Ross, Nancy Plough, and outside volunteers Gary Schully, Michael Maples, and Mary and Alexa Bonadona. Thanks also to our regular FOCP volunteers as well as the YLC volunteers - we know we can always count on you! It was a wonderful night enjoyed by our members.

Thanks to Thursdays at Twilight, June, July & August Concerts Volunteers: John & Mignonne Bankston, Carly Bartholomew, Barbara Blackwell, Jean Fasnacht, Lynette Fried, Dessa Giffin, Elaine Hinojosa, Adele Mangipano, and Mary Moises. - Suzette Herpich and Kathi Zimmerman

Friends’ Fest was a Huge Success The membership appreciation party, “Friends’ Fest” was held on Wednesday, July 28 in the Carousel Gardens and Storyland. The event was free to all Friends members, family and friends as provided for under their membership level. The over 900 party guests were treated to free snowballs, rides, water, popcorn, face painting, magic, balloons, and Storyland entertainers. The Membership Committee was available to answer questions and provide information regarding our membership program and benefits. Representatives from Park administration were also there with information on the Park’s ongoing improvements and Master Plan. Tania Hahn and Peggy McCranie, Co-Chairs of the event, would like to express appreciation to Bob Becker, City Park Executive

Director; Lisa Laraway, Director of the Amusement Park and Storyland; Rudy Brown of Nola Snow; Chris Miller of Chris Miller Magic; Carmen Rose and the Storyland Theatrical Players, Kentwood Water and City Park catering. Many thanks also to our staff: Rodney Thoulion, Kelley Allenspach and Rebecca Thiel, Board Members: Debbie Perrone, Jeanie Favret, Sue Guarisco, Cheryl Cabes, Andrea Legrand, Dessa Giffin, Jackie Shreves, Mary Hounson, Karen Deblieux, Kathi Zimmerman, Betty Bagert, Lynne Ross and Nancy Plough, Membership Committee member Ledora Yerks as well as Julie LaCour, Gary Schully, Michael Maples, Mary Bonadona and Alexa Bonadona for all their help in hosting this event. A special thanks also go to our volunteers

from the Young Leadership Council’s Volunteer in the Arts, Adrienne McFaul and Cristin Corso. Additionally, Friends of City Park expresses its appreciation to our members, all of whom are important to the success to our organization and its efforts to provide capital improvement assistance to City Park. The Membership Committee continues to develop our membership program and benefits. Director of Marketing and Membership, Kelley Allenspach, is available to provide information or answer questions regarding membership. Look for information for next year’s party and hope to see you there! - Tania Hahn and Peggy McCranie


Friends’ Fest

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Photos: © Coleen Perilloux Landry and Michael Maples

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Tragedy to Triumph Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina stormed through New Orleans followed by the levee breaks that flooded eighty percent of the City and all of City Park, the water receded and soaked into the ground allowing one to walk in the Park, cautiously and carefully. The winds had pruned the live oaks so well that piles of branches, at least four and five feet high, were everywhere. A huge palm tree lay across the entrance at Anseman Avenue blocking any vehicular traffic, not that there was any, as the City was deserted and under lockdown. Martial law had been declared. I felt like the only person in the world that day, alone in the Park. Tons of salt water had bleached and drowned almost everything in its path. The Botanical Garden, for the most part, was gray and brown. The antique Carousel, which was about to celebrate its 100th birthday, sat in its house where the floor was warping and the mold was blooming. The golf courses were waterlogged, full of holes and debris and generally, a mess. Couterie Forest lost most of its trees except for the live oaks. Popp Fountain was in an undignified condition. The horticultural potting sheds near the I 6-10 were no longer green and all of its pots were in piles

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at the gates as though trying to escape. The Casino building had flooded as well as the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. The Botanical Library lost all of its books and the Gift Shop and its items were soggy and mildewed. The Administration Building and most of its contents was a total loss. The family of white swans, parents and five cygnets only four months old, were no where to be found. Only one swan, a three year old female, bewildered, hungry and lonely, was swimming in the stinking water behind the Museum. Paddleboats were in the middle of Roosevelt Mall and the gondola sat on the picket fence near McFadden’s Cabin. There were no sounds, no birds, no ducks, no snakes, no people or cars, no animals except for one starving raccoon. The heat was almost unbearable with high humidity and a glaring sun shining through trees stripped of their leaves. The Spanish moss had been blown to kingdom come; someone told me that the people of Jackson, Mississippi, awoke to find their town covered in moss, possibly ours. The New Orleans Museum of Art had water in its basement and was

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under guard by NYPD officers hired by the Museum a few days after the storm. I was told that some of the officers saved a priceless cacti collection in the Botanical Garden by opening the windows and doors and allowing air to circulate. As I surveyed the damage that day and photograhed as quickly as possible because of the stench and debris, I wondered if our beloved Park could ever come back. However, three months later, in December, a pared down version of Celebration in the Oaks opened with a party on a bitter cold night. More than 5,000 people, starved for their City and Park, hugged each other and asked “how did you do?” and “where are you living now?” City Park had the only lights for miles around and Mr. Bingle glowed among the live oaks. In the next months and years, thousands of volunteers came from around the world to help the recovery. Almost immediately, donations began pouring in to restore the Botanical Garden and Carousel. Money was donated to buy three pairs of swans and a mate for the lone swan left in the Park. Throughout the Park evidence of people’s generosity can be seen. The Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn was dedicated in the spring of 2009 in conjunction with a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Hundreds of people and organizations gave donations and every penny is appreciated. Thank you, thank you. The Administration of the Park, the Friends of City Park and New Orleans neighbors worked tirelessly to revive the Park. Today, five

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years later, all the efforts speak for themselves. When asked about the Park’s magnificent recovery, these are some of the remarks: “When people find out I am president of Friends of City Park, they immediately tell me what a good job Friends is doing. I always follow up with a thanks, and that our members are the real heroes. We could not do it without the support of the membership. Attendance at our events is up and it is a great feeling,” said Debbie Perrone. Volunteer Coordinator Suzette Herpich said “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Friends of City Park and to have the opportunity to collaborate in the many wonderful projects that are taking place within the Park, in most cases as a direct result from Katrina.” “The ever-evolving beauty of City Park five years after Katrina reflects the optimism, spirit and resilience of the people of New Orleans. Heartfelt thanks to the New Orleanians and those from around the world who worked tirelessly to fulfill the dream of a magnificent park in the heart of the city!” Special thanks from Kathi Zimmerman, volunteer coordinator of Friends. Tania Hahn, executive board member of Friends, said “I ran in City Park five weeks after the storm. I had to dodge downed tree branches, power lines and other debris, but remember feeling the sense of being home. It was the start of a new beginning for us all.” - Coleen Perilloux Landry Fall 2010 • Friends of City Park • 7


“Magical City Park” Poster to be Reissued

Proceeds to benefit Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland Price of ticket includes admission, unlimited rides, crafts & treats!

In late 1992 Claire Stahel, president of the Friends of City Park, Lucille McDonnell, chairman of Product Development for the Friends, and Peggy Conley, volunteer coordinator, began work on a Friends’ poster. Suggestions brought forth by Lucille included a poster commemorating special attractions of the Park and the operating of a Friends’ gift shop during Celebration in the Oaks, both of which were approved by Friends’ Board. An artist competition for the poster was scheduled for early Spring 1993 and Grace Newberger’s poster was chosen. She appeared in the shop on several occasions during which she signed and

personalized the poster, and its overwhelming popularity necessitated several printings. Due to continuing requests from those whose poster was lost or destroyed by Katrina and by requests for a reprint, The Friends of City Park have decided to

reissue “Magical City Park.” For information please inquire at The Friends’ Office 504-483-9376 for details on how to place your order. It will be available as a regular issue, a signed and numbered issue and as a personal inscription, signed and numbered issue.

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Mark Your Calendar October 15, 2010 Magic in the Moonlight

October 22, 2010 Ghosts in the Oaks

Nov. 26, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011 Celebration in the Oaks

March 18, 2011 Lark in the Park

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