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The holidays bring opportunities for celebrations with friends, family and associates. From shimmering holiday lights to the fireworks of New Year’s Eve, looking and feeling your best is all part of the fun. Deciding how to prepare, what to wear and where to go are some of the fun of holiday and New Year’s planning, so start planning yours on pg. 50.

St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year 2017 by Mirella Cameran photographed by Jeff Johnston


Sparkling Nights & Twinkling Lights A guide to celebrating the holiday season into the New Year by Kelcy Wilburn photographed by Mike Lirette

On the Cover When the time comes each year to choose St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year, we end up with a list much longer at the end of the meeting than it was when we started, because one of the most amazing things about New Orleans and her people is that a list of those who give back only expands.

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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In this, our 22nd class of Activists, we’re proud to honor Mary and Roland von Kurnatowski, Stephanie and Terrance Osborne and Linda and Tommy Westfeldt for their energy, their gifts, their ideas and their time. Their profiles illuminate the boards, nonprofits, committees, foundations and groups with which they’re associated across the entirety of New Orleans.

We hope that as you read more about them, their stories will inspire you, as they have us, to strive to achieve and give back to the city that gives so much to us all. Without them, our city wouldn’t be the same. Special thanks to the Orpheum and Kristin Shannon for her invaluable assistance.

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In Every Issue



8 & 10


Editors’ Notes

Vintage WEdding

12 Making a difference

Bridging Generations: Promoting inter-generational friendships


Philanthropic Fun

14 Kids Play

Celebration in the Oaks: Illuminated fun for all ages 16 What’s Hot

Jewelry 18 On the Menu

Fish for Fall: Executive Chef Michael Nelson shares GW Fins’ Gulf Cioppino

Starlit Soirée A celebration of art, music and cuisine filled with local LOVE. 22 Supportive Shopping Louisiana Cancer Research Center and Saks Fifth Avenue teamed up again. 24 Culinary Collaboration An impressive lineup of celebrity chefs created a dining experience to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s local scholarship funds. 26

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’Tis the Season: Holiday shopping and lunch with my mother

Local Literacy The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society teamed up with the Louisiana State Museum and One Book One New Orleans to celebrate New Orleans authors. 28 A Neighborhood Gathering The “Fall Affair” benefited the ongoing operations of the Garden District Association. 30

Soaring Toward a Cure More than 800 partygoers supported the American Cancer Society. 32 Dining in the Dark Eighty patrons experienced a blindfolded culinary adventure for WRBH Reading Radio. 34 A Star-Studded Lineup Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans honors ethical entrepreneurs. 36

Elizabeth McLundie Bolton to Robert Conery Hassinger: September 24, 1966 64 With This RIng

Sacca – Brennan 66 Young Bloods

MarkAlain Dery: Executive Director & Co-Founder, WHIV 67 Student Activist

Grace Morse: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts 68 Shop Talk

Lauren Bott: Owner & Designer, Crowe Jewelry

Volunteer Veterans Ten Volunteer Activists and two Hall of Fame Activists were honored for continued charitable efforts. 38


Bouncing Back After Brain Injury The inaugural Friends of BIALA benefit supported recovery services for brain and spinal injuries. 40


Shop Talk

Lauren VanCamp: Owner & Manager, Liberto Cleaners 70 74 Schooldays

84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

French Opera House: The heart of the old French Quarter

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December 2017 Vol. 22 Issue 7 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

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We are thrilled to present our Activists of the Year on our December cover! Thanks to Linda and Tommy Westfeldt, Stephanie and Terrance Osborne and Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski! These incredible New Orleanians have made huge contributions in the fields of arts and education and beyond. I can’t wait for you to read their profiles and get inspired by the contributions that these generous men and women have made to our city! IberiaBank hosts a thank you party for our activists every year and we’re so grateful. The holiday season is here, and with all the frenzy of the season I’m hoping that you’ll shop at all of our local stores instead of going online! I know this is difficult, but so many of our Magazine Street stores have had a difficult time with the construction on their street, and also on feeders like Jefferson and Louisiana avenues. I talked to Kevin Gillentine of Kevin Gillentine Gallery and he said that it’s so important to support local stores because you actually get to see what you’re purchasing. All the stores have specials and sales, and by going into a favorite store like Feet First, Art & Eyes, Ballin’s, Joseph, Swap, Crowe Jewelry or Perlis, you might see something that you can’t live without that you never would’ve discovered otherwise! Gillentine, who was President of the Magazine Street Merchants Association for three years and is now a Board Member, says that the organization tries to help everyone on the street – even if they aren’t members. They produce advertisements, create banners and host special events, such as “Merriment on Magazine Street,” which began the last week in November and lasts through December. Gulf Coast Bank is the presenting sponsor, and they’ll have a trolley with Santa Claus going up and down the street; Petcetera will have dog portraits with Santa; and there will be prizes for the best selfies taken in front of the stores on Magazine Street. Gillentine is hoping that more people will join the Magazine Street Association (for only $300 a year!) by visiting to help promote the businesses that are the life blood of our community. I want to thank every one of the designers who created designs for ‘Wine Dine & Design,” but especially Candice Gwinn, Owner of Trashy Diva. Not only did she design her area, but she has been with us supporting our wounded warriors from the beginning and was even a program sponsor in 2016! Thanks, Candice! Have a safe holiday and keep your family and friends close to you. Why not write everyone a note and tell them how much they mean to you? Happy Holidays!

Beverly Reese Church

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Steve and Kathy Price are pictured enjoying a little slice of Daniels Heaven at NOCCA’s “Home for the Holidays.” “Home for the Holidays” is a night of spectacular art and music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. In keeping with Daniel’s twin passions of art

and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. Irma Thomas will play for the Patron Party. This year’s event will be on Friday, December 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Blues. Call 310-4999 for more information and to purchase tickets. 9

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Christmas has always been a magical holiday for my family, and every year of my life (even when I was delayed due to snow in New Orleans) I’ve travelled to Dallas to celebrate with my parents in my childhood home. Though some things have changed – we no longer put out fried okra for the reindeer, my fiancé (now husband) has joined us, we moved our Christmas Day to the 26th so that Mike and I could throw a Reveillon – our core traditions have always remained. This year, our son’s first, offers the opportunity for a whole new set of traditions. Though our Reveillon has morphed into to a New Year’s party and my parents are coming to us, I think I’ll put out some fried okra – just in case. If you’re looking for ways to add some shine to you and your holiday traditions, look no further than our guide “Sparkling Nights & Twinkling Lights” with local favorites for health and beauty, fashion, food and entertainment in sections on how to prepare, what to wear and where to go through the season and into your New Year. Every December we’re honored to present St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year. This year’s group has tirelessly given their time, efforts and energies to nonprofits across our city – and beyond! Learn more about Stephanie and Terrance Osborne, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Linda and Tommy Westfeldt and why we’re proud honor them, starting on pg. 43. Whether you celebrate a holiday this season or not, take some time to set aside your devices and concentrate on family because, blood or chosen, time spent with loved ones is never wasted.

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49th annual “Fete de Noel,”

“Holiday Home Tour Patron Party,”

benefiting The Ladies Leukemia League, 836-2470 1 Eighth annual “Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting

Young Audiences of Louisiana, Inc., 304-5197 1 “Son of a Saint Fifth Annual Gala,” 2 “2017 Azúcar Ball,”

benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 636-0107 4 “Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge Press Conference,” benefiting

Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8652 5 “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,”

benefiting the AntiDefamation League, 780-5602

Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032; 8 “Changing the Face of Homelessness Gala,” benefiting the

New Orleans Mission, 9-10 “Holiday Home Tour,”

benefiting Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032; 14 Latkes with a Twist,” Jewish

Children’s Regional Service, 828-6334 22 “Home for the Holidays,”

benefiting The NOCCA Institute, 310-4999

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Bridging Generations Promoting inter-generational friendships by Catherine Freeman

I grew up across the street from my

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at Tulane filling that need, Rimawi and her friends secured funding from the Tulane Center for Public Service and founded Bridging Generations. Now beginning its fourth year visiting five facilities (Our Lady of Wisdom, Lambeth House, Poydras Home, Unity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and St. Margaret’s) Bridging Generations’ 20 devoted student volunteers have touched the lives of over 150 local elderly during their Saturday visits. Bridging Generations volunteers offer activities that cultivate relationships with nursing home residents and enhance the existing facility’s programs. There are socials, jewelry making, bingo, music, reading and even armchair travel excursions on Google earth. One of the more powerful initiatives is led by Tulane graduate student Allison Barnwell, who sketches portraits of residents they may hang in their rooms or give to loved ones. Residents treasure the artwork but also the individual attention received throughout the process – a commodity often hard to come by for the elderly. Although Rimawi will graduate next spring, she’s confident Bridging Generations has a bright future with the current passionate volunteers and their commitment to expanding the volunteer base and reach of the organization. Rimawi professes that companionship and just having someone to chat with is the simple but most valuable service Bridging Generations volunteers provides. Our Lady

of Wisdom resident Alice Cangelosi shared that “Unselfishness and kindness are the most important to me. Knowing Rimawi through Bridging Generations has really brightened my life because she has an unlimited supply of both.”You can’t hold them in your hands but the tangible results of happiness and friendship Bridging Generations gives New Orleans elders and the volunteers is certainly better than any gift wrapped up with a shiny bow. n

A little more … In spring 2016, Tulane’s Center for Public Service awarded Hanan Rimawi The Jena Hellman Leblang Emerging Leader in Service Award, which was established to recognize the work of one undergraduate student who is following in Mrs. Leblang’s path by bringing smiles to the faces of those who need it.

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elderly great-grandparents. Each Sunday while walking home from church, my parents “highly encouraged” my brother and me stop and visit them – a ritual we began as children and continued until they passed away when we were in high school. I recall we weren’t always thrilled with the obligation, but once there we were always enthralled with their stories, wise advice and anecdotes. As we’ve grown older ourselves, my brother and I have come to realize that the visits we naively believed were a nicety on our part were actually the most wonderful gifts our great-grandparents could have ever given to us. Searching for a December topic, my interest was piqued upon learning of an elder care organization that found its beginnings when a 12-year-old Hanan Rimawi reluctantly tagged along with a friend to visit Our Lady of Wisdom nursing home residents. While there she formed an immediate connection upon meeting an effervescent couple, Mr. Bobby and Ms. Lorraine. As the visit ended, they asked Rimawi when she’d return and – while admitting it may seem surprising – she knew she’d stumbled upon a calling that would later inspire her to form Bridging Generations. In the period between this first encounter and becoming a student at Tulane University, Rimawi remained a frequent visitor at Our Lady of Wisdom. She recognized how her experience working with the elderly brought abundant joys (alongside some challenges), and thought it important to engage more students to promote inter-generational friendships and provide an outlet to encourage empathy, instead of avoidance and cynicism on subjects such as illness and old age. Without an elderly outreach project 13

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Celebration in the Oaks Illuminated fun for all ages By CeCe Colhoun

With the holidays upon us, often we become nostalgic for family traditions. Having young children is a great time to begin establishing traditions of our own, and Celebration in the Oaks is a tradition that I believe everyone should incorporate into their family’s holiday time. I have enjoyed Celebration in the Oaks since its inception in the mid-1980s, and since then I venture into the exceptional beauty that is the oak trees of City Park lit, glowing and glittering with lights almost every year. I can remember walking through the brisk air with my father and stepmother as a young girl, peering up into the eyes of giant, glowing snowmen. Even in high school at Newman, our friends would go in one of our parent’s vans, all packed in together to drive through to see hundreds of twinkling stars dangling alongside 100-year-old Spanish moss. The time brought us together, brought warmth to our hearts and, quite literally, light to our eyes. This holiday delight quickly gained notoriety as a holiday spectacular. The event now boasts more than 165,000 spectators, and hundreds of thousands of state-of the-art lights throughout 25 acres of parkland, including the Botanical Gardens, Storyland and the Amusement Park and Carousel Gardens. Children and adults alike are awestruck by the illuminated wonderland, and a visit on foot or by automobile is a great tradition to commence or continue with any group of family or friends alike during this magical time – they’ve even been known to be the backdrop for young lovers to get engaged.

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Many different events happen during the Celebration in the Oaks season, including a family focused event called “Family Party” where mom and dad can sit back, relax and let the kids roam freely beneath blankets of twinkling lights. Walking around and ready for photo-ops are Stormtroopers and Jedi, characters from Frozen, a Christmas tree stilt walker and even an juggler dressed as an elf. Included at the event are American kid food classics such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers and mac and cheese. Live entertainment and unlimited rides on the carousel and the train are offered to delight the whole family. For young adults at least 21 years of age, they offer an event called “Jingle Bells and Beer,” which is a great way for families with kids away at college to experience Celebration. A beer garden is set up in Storyland where craft beer may be sampled, and food vendors supply nachos, jambalaya and gumbo along with other tasty treats. An added bonus at this event is the ugly sweater contest! The season of Celebration in the Oaks is not to be missed, and hopefully will become or remain a tradition for families to enjoy with their kids for a lifetime. Once seen, the nostalgia for the glowing oak trees will forever be on everybody’s hearts for many seasons to come. n

Celebration in the Oaks recommends you purchase tickets well in advance because the park fills up quickly due to high demand. Also, Saturdays are the most popular nights so be sure to get there well in advance!

Just the Facts: Open: November 24-January 1, 2018 excepting: November 27-30 and December 25 and 31 Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m. Friday 6-11 p.m. Saturday 5-11 p.m. Sunday 5-10 p.m. Note: Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing Tickets: Celebration in the Oaks: $9 per person; free for Children under 3 and Friends of City Park Members Train Ride: $5 per person (Train ticket sales on-site end 1 hour before closing, at which time you cannot join train line. Individual train tickets may be used in place of any single ride ticket for any other ride in Carousel Gardens.) Amusement Park Rides: $4 per single ride ticket (excludes train); $18 per unlimited ride band (includes train, must be purchased at event) Notes: Tickets are good for any event night during the current season. No refund for closing due to rain, power outages, or other unforeseen conditions. No pets. Minors 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Anyone 21 years or younger should be prepared to show a driver license, state ID or passport before purchasing a ticket. Wheelchairs available at front gate first come, first served. 15

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Jewelry By Amy Gabriel

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When it comes to holiday gifting, small boxes can often cause the biggest reactions. Let the twinkly lights of December and the magic of the season complement these sparklers and dazzlers that are sure to be make spirits bright. n

1. Circle your wrist in a dazzling 18 karat rose gold, six carat diamond cuff bracelet. Aucoin Hart, 1525 Metairie Road, 8349999. 2. Lovely up your lobes with a pair of 14 karat rose gold Slice The Cake stud earrings with 24 hand-set white diamonds. CROWE, 3903 Magazine St., 50-.0628, Photo credit: Ollie Alexander

3. It will truly be the most wonderful time of the year in a Ladies Omega Constellation watch in steel and red gold with diamond markers. Boudreaux’s Jewelers, 701 Metairie Road, 831-2602, 4. Wow in a pair of 14 karat white gold and diamond hoops. Friend & Company, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433,

� 5. The Crescent double tassel lariat with goldstone, moonstone and freshwater pearls will look divine for both casual and cocktail affairs. Mignon Faget, 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 835-2244; 333 Canal St., 5242973; 6. Available in rose, yellow or white gold, the XXX ring is the modern way to say merry. Porter Lyons, 631 Toulouse St., 5184945,

7. A cocktail ring to ring in the new year, the one-of-akind pale pink Morganite ring is handcrafted in 22 karat yellow gold. Katy Beh, 8. Swoon over this stack of 18 karat yellow gold, 14 karat white gold and 14 karat rose gold rings with seven diamonds on each from gallery co-owner Ann Marie Cianciolo. Gallery Two, 831 Royal St., 5138312,

9. Hanging decorations one by one will be even prettier when glancing at your John Hardy diamond and freshwater pearl dot bangle. Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry, 3301 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., 832-0000,

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Fish for Fall Executive Chef Michael Nelson shares GW Fins’ Gulf Cioppino

Gulf Cioppino 1 whole 2-pound fish, filleted, skinned and cut in 1-inch dice; reserve skin and bones 2 pounds Louisiana shrimp, peeled and deveined; reserve shells 1 pound fresh Louisiana crabmeat, picked through to remove shells 1 cup onions, small dice 1 cup fennel bulb, small dice 2 Tablespoons garlic, thinly sliced ½ cup salt cod, small dice and rinsed under running water for 10 minuets 1 Tablespoon shallot, small dice ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 4 cups tomatoes, crushed by hand in small pieces 16 fluid ounces clam juice ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (*Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic preferred) 2 teaspoons old Bay Seafood seasoning ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/3 cup white wine 1/3 cup fresh basil, julienned In a large pot place shrimp shells and fish bones and skin, barely cover with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and reserve to finish soup. In a large pot sweat onions in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add fennel and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. When onions are soft, add shallot, garlic and salt cod and cook 5 minutes more. Stir in the spices and tomato paste, and cook for 3 minutes. Deglaze with white wine and briefly cook out the alcohol. Add tomatoes and clam juice, and simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Stir in fresh basil. (*If desired, this part can be made ahead and refrigerated.) To finish, add strained seafood stock (2-4 cups) to thin to desired consistency. Then add fish, shrimp and crab and bring to a simmer. Gently cook for 15-20 minutes.

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GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-3467,

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Shrimp Pastrami Sandwich at Curio

Holiday shopping and lunch with my mother By Jyl Benson

“Shower the people you love with love. Show them the way that you feel.” – James Taylor, “Shower the People”

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Mary Elizabeth Steinlage Benson was born in New Orleans in 1929, and she spent the weekend afternoons of her youth taking in matinees at the Saenger, the Civic and the Joy theaters. A trip downtown was a reason for celebration, an occasion for proper attire. As a child in the 1970s, holiday shopping with my mother meant an itchy dress and having my feet covered in silky white, lacetrimmed socks before they were crammed into horrible, stiff, patent leather Mary Janes. The socks would slip down into the shoes causing my clumsy self to slip and trip along as I tried to eliminate the discomfort of the bunched-up lumps growing like tumors under my feet in the already torturous shoes. I would complain until we ditched the car in the D.H. Holmes parking garage and stepped out to the magic of once Canal Street. Mr. Bingle flew over Maison Blanche, the street lights and the streetcars were adorned with spruce garland and red ribbon and the sidewalks teemed with armies of elegant ladies like my mother, their wrists dragged down by rainbows

of shiny shopping bags, their starry-eyed children following dutifully behind. The air rang with the bells of Salvation Army Santas who stood sentry outside of Krieger’s, Gus Mayer, Marks Isaacs, Godchaux, Labiche’s and the like. Despite these considerable thrills, the highlight of such a memorable day was lunch somewhere in the French Quarter. I was reminded of those days with my late mother as I enjoyed lunch at Curio. Located on the corner of Royal and Bienville streets with outdoor seating on the covered wrap-around second floor balcony, this spot would have been a sure bet on my mother’s radar. Though holiday decorations had yet to go up when I visited, the view was lush with the beauty of the hanging gardens on nearby balconies. Holiday finery and the sweet ringing of bells were easy fathom. That chef Hayley Vanvleet is a woman and her menu brilliant and seemingly crafted just for Mary Beth herself, would have sent my mother into orbit. Crisp boulettes that explode at the bite with a pop of sweet shrimp; earthy roast duck and Compere Lapin (in The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery) 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119, Curio 301 Royal St., 717-4198, DTB 8201 Oak St. No. 1, 518-6889, GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-3467, Toups Meatery 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, Toups South (in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum)1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 304-2147,

Try This: In addition to the numerous Reveillon menus on offer all over town (FollowYourJoy. com) many restaurants are offering special opportunities this holiday season. On December 6, Executive Chef Michael Nelson of GW Fins will reign over his annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, the traditional Italian holiday feast serving more than seven different species of seafood, each of which will be paired with wines. Both Toups’ Meatery and Toups’ South will be offer New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe dinners with optional wine and cocktail pairings. Toups’ South will also throw down for a festive New Year’s Day brunch. DTB will offer a lavish New Year’s Eve Dinner with à la carte specials and an optional prix fixe menu featuring chef Carl Schaubhut’s modern coastal Cajun cuisine. At Compere Lapin, chef Nina Compton will offer a familystyle feast with a Caribbean flair on Christmas Day, 1-8 p.m.

black-eyed pea gumbo that’s just the ticket on a crisp day; a unique Reuben sandwich with pastrami shrimp, Swiss cheese and thousand island relish on a toasted onion bun. That sandwich, a combination of my mother’s favorites – shrimp and thousand island – surely would have been her chosen entrée. For dessert, my mother would have labored a bit trying to choose between the browned butter rum pound cake with coconut semifreddo and caramel, and the café au lait crème brulée with mini beignets before suggesting we get one of each to share. Life is fleeting and precious. Meals shared make for beautiful memories. This holiday season take extra care to love your people. n 21

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Starlit Soirée A celebration of art, music and cuisine filled with local LOVE. By Shelby Simon

More than 1,400 patrons gathered under the live oaks at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The evening honored New Orleans artists Anita Cooke, Simon Gunning, Karoline Schleh and Bob Snead. This year’s theme was “Unrequited LOVE,” and the fourth annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge gave guests the opportunity to vote on who served the spirits best. Participating New Orleans bartenders included: Tyler Chauvin of Trèo; Megan Devine of Twelve Mile Limit; Alia Fawaz of Marcello’s; Paul Gustings of Tujague’s; Konrad Kantor of Cane and Table; Hadi Ktiri of The Sazerac Bar; Beth McCaskey of Kenton’s; Chris McMillian of Revel Cafe and Bar; Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Latitude 29; Daniel Victory of Victory; Evan Wolf of Company Burger. The winner was Tyler Chauvin of Trèo with his aptly named gin beverage: “She Keep On Passion Me By!” Six participating restaurants served food during the Garden Party. The Late Night Party’s cuisine was provided by Cocoa and Cream, Grita Tacos, Morning Call in the Oaks, Nola Snow Snowballs and The Red Stove Food Truck. Kinfolk Brass Band entertained during the Patron Party, BRW performed during the Garden Party and DJ Brice Nice kept the Late Night Party lively. Event Co-Chairs were Olivia Carisella, Eleanor Davis, Glendy Forster, Joanna Giorlando, Kathleen Mix and Carol Short. n



Event at a Glance What: “LOVE in the Garden,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art When: Friday, September 22 Where: New Orleans Museum of Art

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1. Event Co-Chair Carol Short, Whitney Bank’s Suzanne Thomas and Event Co-Chair Glendy Forster 2. Event Co-Chairs Joanna Giorlando and Kathleen Mix 3. Honored Artists Anita Cooke, Simon Gunnning, Karoline Schleh and Bob Snead 4. Valerie Besthoff, Sydney Besthoff and Walda Besthoff 5. NOMA Director Susan Taylor and NVC Chair Lynda Warshauer 6. Whitney Bank’s Gary Lorio with Event Co-Chairs Olivia Carisella and Eleanor Davis



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Louisiana Cancer Research Center and Saks Fifth Avenue teamed up again. By Shelby Simon

Saks Fifth Avenue opened its three floors to shoppers eager for high fashion, fine food and libations, lively local music and a social event in support of finding a cure for cancer. Over the past 15 years, the annual “Key to the Cure” weekend has raised more than $2 million for the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. This year’s fashion show featured clothing by Etro, a bohemian chic line from Italy. The show delighted shoppers, who were further encouraged to peruse the modern styles amongst Saks Fifth Avenue throughout the weekend, when 2% of sales would be donated to cancer research in Louisiana. Dozens of New Orleans’ finest restaurants provided light bites throughout the venue’s three floors. Entertainment on the first floor was provided by Music Box, ELS on the second floor and the Don Vappie Duo on the third floor. Co-Chairs were Barbara Greenberg and Lauren Wakeman, with Corporate Liaison Sue Singer. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, October 11 Where: Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans 1. Carolyn Elder, Co-Chairs Lauren Wakeman and Barbara Greenberg and Corporate Liasion Sue Singer 2. Mark Greenberg, Sean Greenberg, Devin Wakeman and Betty Kohn 3. Sven Davisson, Carla Adams, Diane Franco and Steven Putt 4. Meghan Carollo, John Thetford and Jessica Carollo 5. Richard Granen, Social Media Chair Allison Hoffman and Dr. Adam Riker 6. Dr. Thomas Wiese, Gillian Stagg and Richard Granen

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What: “Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure,” benefiting the Louisiana Cancer Research Center



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Culinary Collaboration An impressive lineup of celebrity chefs created a dining experience to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s local scholarship funds. By Shelby Simon

The James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” is a national culinary tour celebrating the diversity of American cuisine while also giving back to local communities through a Taste America Scholarship. New Orleans hosted the Fifth Annual Taste America weekend, which featured a panel of top chefs at the Royal Sonesta on Friday, October 6 for “A Night of Culinary Stars,” an exclusive dining event to support the mission. A tasting reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres kicked off the event, featuring selections from local chefs: Zachary Engel of Shaya; Michael Stolzfus and Kristen Essig of Coquette; Martha Wiggins of Sylvain; Nick Lama of Avo; and Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s. Later, guests were seated for a dinner prepared by a collaboration of culinary experts who created a multi-course dining experience unlike any other. Featured chefs included Taste America All-Star Rocco DiSpirito, Author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant Based Recipes For Everyday Life; Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint; and Host Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution and Royal Sonesta; and Pastry Chef Michael Regua of Antoine’s. Bread service was served by Chef Kelly Fields of Willa Jean, and a special cocktail was provided by Arnaud’s: the French 75. Al Groos of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Octavio Mantilla of Besh Restaurant Group, Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s, Melvin Rodrigue of Galatoire’s and Marv Ammari of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts served as Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance What: “A Night of Culinary Stars from the Fifth Anniversary Taste America Culinary Tour,” benefiting James Beard Foundation Where: Royal Sonesta

1. Eric Paulsen with Jenny and Shane Mutter 2. Jorge Henriquez, Eric Cook, Dwyre McComsey, David Barreca and Co-Chair Melvin Rodrigue 3. Chef Josh Boekelman with Melissa and chef Nick Lama 4. Chef Donald Link and Cameron Benson 5. Tony Bentley and Valerie Besthoff 6. Chef Kristen Essig and Darcy Flinn

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Local Literacy The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society teamed up with the Louisiana State Museum and One Book One New Orleans to celebrate New Orleans authors. By Shelby Simon

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. welcomed friends of literature and literacy to celebrate the 120th birthday of the organization’s namesake, the great American writer and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum and One Book One New Orleans. The program began with a performance reading from Mr. Faulkner’s novel, The Reivers, by Michael Arata and other actors at The Cabildo. New Orleans native Anne Gisleson also offered a reading from her new book, The Futilitarians. The performances were followed with music, food and beverages. A painting depicting Faulkner donning his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform was generously auctioned by the artist Grayce deNoia Bochak, to benefit the society’s projects for developing writers, youngers at-risk for illiteracy and the general reading public. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. offers a year-round calendar of events, many devoted to New Orleans authors and their new works, to bring the joy of reading to the New Orleans community and to combat illiteracy. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, September 24 Where: The Cabildo

1. Melanie McKay, Jason Berry and Co-Founder Rosemary James 2. Alix Rico, Co-Founder Rheba Schlesinger and Sandy Monahan 3. Chair Anne Pincus and Kevin Gilheany 4. David Marcello with Elaine and Douglas Grundmeyer 5. Susan Dodd and Joe DeSalvo 6. Vicki Lee, John Case and Karon Reese

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A Neighborhood Gathering The “Fall Affair” benefited the ongoing operations of the Garden District Association. By Shelby Simon 2

The 31st annual “Fall Affair” brought more than 200 patrons to Commander’s Palace to support the Garden District Association. Guests included lots of new young faces in the crowd and many new neighbors along with the long-term neighbors and supporters of the association. Lally Brennan, Ti Martin and chef Tory McPhail mingled throughout the event. The evening began with cocktails on the patio, followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room and the Garden Room. The menu received many compliments, and included Commander’s Romaine Salad, Veal Osso Bucco, Citrus Flan and wine pairings. The centerpieces by Steve Baker Designs matched the invitation and program with miniature birds of paradise as the motif. Johnny Parker, the great one-man jazz band, performed and entertained. “Fall Affair” Co-Chairs were Sue Peters, Isabel and Moye Sanders and Anne and William Summerour. n 3

Event at a Glance When: Sunday, September 24 Where: Commander’s Palace

1. Co-Chairs Anne and William Summerour 2. John and Jenny Charpentier, Raelynn Loop and chef Tory McPhail 3. Co-Chair Isabel Sanders and Ellie Sanders

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Soaring Toward a Cure


More than 800 partygoers supported the American Cancer Society. By Shelby Simon

Cast in shades of blue, silver and white and complete with moving

Event at a Glance What: 17th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball,” benefiting American Cancer Society When: Friday, September 22 Where: Mardi Gras World 1. Honorees Carla Adams, Giorgio Valobra and Dr. Deirdre Hooper 2. Honorees Dr. Eric Griggs and Kiki Baker Barnes 3. Honorees John Colfry, Shelby Sanderford, Laura Claverie and Jerry Bologna 32 st. charles Avenue December 2017



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clouds, an aerial artist above and the Crescent City Fae in whimsical fairy attire, Mardi Gras World evoked a feeling of flying through the air for the 17th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball.” The event honored 20 individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. The 2017 Belles are: Ruby Brewer, Senior VP, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, East Jefferson Medical Center; Laura Claverie, Retired Freelance Writer, New Orleans Magazine; Sarabpreet Khara, MBA, MHA,Vice President of Neuroscience, HCA Osceola Regional Medical Center; Alix Schaubhut, Co-founder and Owner, Grace Pilates and Yoga; Dr. Deirdre Hooper, MD, Owner and Dermatologist, Audubon Dermatology; Kiki Baker Barnes, Athletic Director, Dillard University; Shelby Sanderford, Founder,YIPS LLC; Crystal Bell, Director of Marketing,Take 5 Oil; Ashlie Chocheles, Physician Account Executive, Quest Diagnostics; and Carla Adams, Event Planner, Carla Adams Events. The 2017 Beaus are: Dr. John Colfry III., Breast Surgical Oncologist, Touro Infirmary; Dr. Oliver Sartor, Medical Oncologist, Tulane University School of Medicine; Jacob Giardina, President and CEO, Honiron Corporation; Carl Schaubhut, Owner and chef, Bacobar and DTB; Jerry Bologna, President and CEO, Jefferson Economic Development Commission; Michael Milling, Teacher and Advisor, Isidore Newman School; Dr. Eric D. Griggs, Director Of Community Medicine, Access Health LA; Steven Blumhagen, Account Executive, Eustis Insurance; David Gaines, CEO, System Retail Services and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Ochsner Health Systems; and Giorgio Valobra, Owner,Valobra Antiques. The VIP Patron Party preceded the event in the Grand Oaks Mansion Room at Mardi Gras World, where 300 patrons enjoyed a VIP-only auction and cuisine from Clancy’s, Patios and Boucherie. Stoli mixed up signature Moscow Mules in custom “geaux” cups and Superior Seafood debuted a frozen pink pomegranate mojito. Live music was provided by the Bill Malchow Trio. The evening was hosted by Nancy Parker, along with her husband and longtime newsman-turned-public information officer for Jefferson Parish Sheriff ’s Office, Glen Boyd. The black-tie auctioneer, Chuck Mutz, served as the event auctioneer, announcing vacation packages, jewelry, sports tickets and artwork, including a live painting of the evening by artist B. Spellman. Kendra Scott returned for the popular 50-bag jewelry pull, and a new Wine Pull debuted, featuring more than 50 high-end wines including a priceless 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon New Orleans Pete Fountain Collector’s Edition. n 33

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Dining in the Dark Eighty patrons experienced a blindfolded culinary adventure for WRBH Reading Radio. By Shelby Simon

“A Blind Taste” gave patrons an opportunity to gain awareness of the challenges faced by blind and print impaired listeners experience daily. WRBH Reading Radio and La Petite Grocery partnered to allow guests to dine on a delectable palette of dishes and wine pairings blindfolded. Event Chairs were Angela Hill and Charles Smith. Beth Arroyo Utterback served as Keynote Speaker. The event was hosted by chef Justin and Mia Devillier. The Patron Party featured hors d’oeuvres and champagne with live music. The main event menu was provided by La Petite Grocery with wine by Purveyor of Fine Wines. The courses featured: Beef Carpaccio paired with De Martino Itata Valley Cinsault Rosé 2016; Potato Gnocchi paired with Lustau Muy Seca Manzanilla Papirusa; Pan Roasted Gulf Fish paired with Spy Valley “Envoy” Waihopai Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014; Roasted Lamb Loin paired with Maison Passot “Les Rampaux” Fleurie 2014; and Fig Leaf Panna Cotta paired with Chateau Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV. Greg Smith and Mark Welicky provided musical entertainment. Key auction items included suite tickets to a Saints game, a staycation package and a cocktail party for 25 guests. Proceeds from “A Blind Taste” will be used to support programming on WRBH, the United States’ only reading radio service to operate on the FM dial. n

When: September 18 Where: La Petite Grocery

1. Event Chairs Charles Smith and Angela Hill 2. Hosts chef Justin and Mia Devillier 3. Executive Director Natalia Gonzalez and Keynote Speaker Beth Arroyo Utterback

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A Star-Studded Lineup Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans honors ethical entrepreneurs. By Shelby Simon

A Hollywood Walk of Fame, each inscribed with the name of a 2017 Rising Star, welcomed more than 350 guests to the “City Stars Soirée” gala to honor 10 young individuals who have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical values. The honorees included Jennifer Bond of Partner Bond Moroch; Edgar Chase IV, President of Dook’s Place Restaurant and Chase Catering and Concessions LLC; Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk and James Orintas, Co-Founders of Theo’s Pizza; Chase Mullin, President of Mullin Landscape; Donny Rouse, Chief Executive Officer of Rouses Market; and Scott Wolfe Jr., Chief Executive Officer, zlien. Nineteen restaurants participated in catering the gala. Celebrate! Catering by Windsor Court catered the Patron Party and Cure provided a signature cocktail. Spirits were provided by Crescent Crown Distributing Company and Republic National Distributing Company. Jimmy Maxwell and his Orchestra provided “Rat Pack” music and photo opportunities were available with Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe impersonators. Auction tables with more than 100 items carried the Hollywood theme with packages such as “For the Leading Lady, “For the Leading Man,” “Hollywood Home,” “Red Carpet Experiences” and “VIP Staycation and Travel.” Chairperson Diedra Dias and Co-Chair Wesley Palmisano coordinated the event. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, October 6 Where: JA BizTown

1. JA President Larry Washington and Co-Chair Diedra Dias 2. Adam Biderman, Board Members Brandon Smith and Kevin Ericksen and Co-Chair Wes Palmisano 3. Honoree James Orintas, Ted Neikirk, Chairperson Lee Anne Sciambra and Honoree Greg Dietz

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Volunteer Veterans


Ten Volunteer Activists and two Hall of Fame Activists were honored for continued charitable efforts. By Shelby Simon

St. Elizabeth’s Guild hosted its annual luncheon to honor the “2017 Volunteer Activists” who provide for the many needs and well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities. The charities currently being supported are Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isaiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services. The Volunteer Activists Honorees are: Constance Albert, Dianne Breaux, P. Kevin Colomb, Carol V. Hall, Russ M. Herman, Nora Nolan Lambert, Joyce W. Laporte, Paula Peterson Pizzaloto, Linda D. Sunseri and Cindy Schule Wooderson. The Hall of Fame Activists included Cheryl S. Cabes and Peter R. Quirk. These Hall of Fame Activists were previously honored in 1993, and were chosen for their continued community services throughout the years. The Special Guest was Most Reverend Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans. Luncheon Co-Chairs were Lisa Baynham and Anne Favret. Joan Ingram narrated the Fashion Show by Dillard’s, and Mark Romig served as Emcee. The Victory Belles provided entertainment, compliments of The National World War II Museum. The Parade of Prizes featured 75 items to win. Additionally, a silent auction was composed by Suzette Herpich and Kathy Mitchell. The 148 items on the auction boards included of original artwork, designer jewelry and clothing, restaurant packages, home décor items and more. A specialty auction item featured a David Yurman sterling silver and 18 karat yellow gold pendant with pavé diamonds donated by Aucoin Hart Jewelers. Two season tickets to East Jefferson General Hospital “Broadway Across American Series” were won by Lisa Baynham, and the winner of the Southwest Airlines ticket raffle was Margaret Diaz. n

What: “2017 Volunteer Activists Luncheon,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild When: Friday, September 29 Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Co-Chairs Lisa Baynham and Anne Favret 2. Hall of Fame Activists Peter R. Quirk and Cheryl S. Cabes with Volunteer Activist Honoree Paula Peterson Pizzalot 3. Volunteer Activists honorees Cindy Schule Wooderson, Constance Albert, P. Kevin Colomb and Dianne Breaux

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Bouncing Back After Brain Injury The inaugural Friends of BIALA benefit supported recovery services for brain and spinal injuries. By Shelby Simon

The State Street home of Kathleen and Ben Waring transformed into an indoor garden, complete with garlands entwined with white lights and handcrafted papier mâché flowers on loan from Royal Artists and large white Japanese paper lanterns for the intimate inaugural “Friends of BIALA, Philanthropic Leadership Circle" benefit. This dedicated community of partners engage in compassionate support of brain and spinal cord injury survivors in Louisiana through a focused investment of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism. A dinner of marinated steak tips and marinated chicken was prepared by Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House, accompanied by a casserole donated by Laura Arrowood Catering and a salad contributed by Langenstein’s. Dessert of cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream was provided by hosts Kathleen and Ben Waring. Lula Distillery provided a selection of their own line of spirits, and wine was provided by a private donor. Drag Queens Kitty D’Litter and the Ladies of Petronius ambled through the various rooms singing show tunes. Jake Thomas of AfterDark Productions managed the entertainers and volunteered other services. Kathleen Waring, Nicole Marquez and Kathleen Mulvihill served as Event Chairs. n



Event at a Glance When: September 16 Where: Home of Kathleen Waring

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of the Year St. Charles Avenue magazine is proud to present its Activists of the Year 2017 – our 22nd year! Read on to learn why we’re honoring Stephanie and Terrance Osborne, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Linda and Thomas Westfeldt. Though we’re only able to scratch the surface of their activism in this feature, we outline how these six individuals have given their time, efforts, energies and specialties to our city. We hope that these profiles encourage and embolden you to take a more active role in our community and the nonprofits that make up its framework. By Mirella Cameran Photographed by Jeffery Johnston 43

Stephanie Osborne Stephanie Osborne grew up in a family where giving back wasn’t a thing you did, it was a way of life. Her parents, Warren J. and Helen Green, were both educators and heavily involved in church and social organizations. For Stephanie, this sense of community is apparent in her commitment to empowering women and guiding meditation. Stephanie credits meditation for keeping her calm, present and clear-headed and helping her manage stress. She also credits it for healing her ulcerative colitis. Stephanie is the owner and lead meditation guide for Meditate New Orleans and offers guided meditation in corporate settings as well as in workshops, private sessions and group sessions at the Terrance Osborne Gallery. At the moment, Stephanie is particularly excited about three projects which are centered around her two passions, mindfulness and female empowerment, both based in New Orleans. Director Misty Marshall and Stephanie are producing The Vagina Monologues at Terrance Osborne Gallery on the evenings of March 2 and 3, 2018, following International Women’s Day. Reclaiming the Goddess Within is a women’s empowerment and mindfulness weekend at New Orleans Museum of Art on June 2-3, 2018, for which Stephanie is one of the lead organizers. The weekend will include inspirational talks, mindfulness practices and connective exercises. In October 2018, Stephanie will be leading a group on a Women’s Empowerment and Mindfulness retreat to Greece. Stephanie also enjoys working with many other nonprofits. She started working with Young Audience of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to bring education in the arts to public schools. YALA has since expanded to create a sister nonprofit Young Audience’s Charter School, and Stephanie works with students on age appropriate meditation skills. Stephanie is also actively involved with the American Heart Association in finding ways to bring community awareness to heart disease in both men and women (her father died from a heart attack and her mom and grandmother suffer with heart issues). While busy with these nonprofits, Stephanie never loses focus on her priorities at home. For 21 years, she has been the “woman behind the man,” supporting her artist husband Terrance Osborne. In 2001, Stephanie started managing Terrance’s work so he could give 100 percent focus to his passion. Stephanie and Terrance have three children and they credit raising their two sons and one daughter as kind, loving individuals as their greatest achievement.

Terrance Osborne Internationally celebrated artist Terrance Osborne believes standing by and doing nothing is a choice, so his choice is to do the opposite; he explains, “If I can contribute to making the world a more loving place to live then it’s an easy choice for me. There is enough heartache, division and injustice in the world. I’m happy to put my energy into equality, unity and love.” Growing up in New Orleans, Terrance graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and then from Xavier University in Fine Arts. He taught in the public school system for five years before Hurricane Katrina. Terrance now works full time as an artist and has a gallery on Magazine Street. He finds being a fine artist exhilarating, and this joy and love of his native city is transparent in his work. Describing his artistic process Terrance says, “Painting to me is like creating my own language which I use to tell stories about my life in New Orleans. “Sometimes it’s hard to tell what direction I’m going in with my art. But I know it’s the rummaging around in uncharted territory that leads every creative person to discover something new. Lately, I’ve had a fascination with creating figures that look like cultured New Orleanians and placing traditional New Orleans houses on their heads and positioning them like hats. It’s sort of ‘New Orleans on my mind’ type of direction.” Terrance’s success is partly due to his ability to translate the life and culture of the city he loves so much in a fresh, relevant and beautiful way. He loves everything about the city, the food, the culture and the music. However, he says, “The thing that I love most about New Orleans is the people, because they produce all of these things; we celebrate hard and love even harder.” Terrance is also well known for his four Jazz & Heritage Festival posters and his partnerships with brands such as Nike, Heineken, Coca-Cola and Amuse Bouche winery. Terrance credits his art teacher Richard Thomas and Richard Colton, a philanthropist and arts patron, as two inspirational figures who have always embodied kindness and opened their doors to young artists trying to find their way. Terrance also works with the Louisiana Children’s Museum and is particularly impressed by the way the museum enables children to create childhood memories centered around art. One of Terrance’s proudest accomplishments is being married to his best friend, Stephanie Osborne; together they take pride in the kind of children they have raised, “Our kids are ages 14, 17 and 23, and we can rest in the fact that whatever they do in their lives, they will be fine because they know why it’s important to be loving human beings.”

Roland von Kurnatowski If you have been lucky enough to enjoy a Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performance at The Orpheum Theatre lately, you have Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Dr. Eric George to thank. This beautifully restored Beaux Arts building dating back to 1918 was nearly demolished in 1983 but survived only to be damaged by Katrina. For 10 years, the venue stood empty until the von Kurnatowskis and Dr. George partnered to bring the venue back to life. The partnership invested $13 million into turning The Orpheum into a state-of-the-art, multiple purpose venue with air-conditioning, a modern sound system and an adjustable floor and seats. The original walls, ceiling and decorations have been restored to their former glory, and it is now the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places, and its acoustics are so pure they are said to rival those of Carnegie Hall in New York. Having visited The Orpheum as a boy to watch movies, Roland is committed to the success of the venue in its new guise, “After wrapping up the construction phase, we are continuing to establish it as a premier, multi-purpose event facility. This process is mostly about relationship building.” Roland is also the owner, with his wife Mary, of Tipitina’s and founder of the Tipitina’s Foundation. He credits this relationship for his success, “My wife Mary and I have developed a very strong personal and working relationship. We manage to weave our projects into our family routine without undue stress, mainly because of her endless creativity, energy and patience. It is all very rewarding.” On his philanthropy Roland comments, “Everyone should give back to their community to the best of their ability. It makes the community stronger and healthier.” These values were instilled in Roland at an early age by his mother and sister, and he feels very fortunate to have found a partner like Mary who works with him side-by-side in rebuilding the city, even though both of them balk at such recognition. The von Kurnatowskis are now working on revitalizing another part of the city, the lakefront, with Lakeshore Landing, which is being developed into a premiere waterfront entertainment and family-friendly recreation destination. The location will include a marina store and fuel dock, open air pavilion, food hall style restaurant with outdoor decking and a multipurpose recreational and live event space to include an amphitheater, festival grounds, green space and waterfront recreational opportunities. It will also include the newly constructed boathouse for the National World War II Museum’s fully restored PT-305 boat. The boathouse will provide a dedicated training space, workshop and boat side exhibit area. The von Kurnatowskis don’t just give back, they literally build it back.

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Mary von Kurnatowski Mary von Kurnatowski is very humble about the pivotal role she and her husband Roland play within the cultural life of New Orleans. Describing her entrée into the workforce, Mary says: “I still feel like I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to be when I grow up. The last several years I’ve found myself renovating old buildings, some of them historic landmarks, both here in New Orleans and elsewhere. It wasn’t ever anything I actually planned on, it just sort of happened. I went to graduate school for political and economic sociology, and then I met this guy and then he had this project!” Renovating old buildings is an understatement. Already established property developers, Mary and Roland bought Tipitina’s, the iconic music venue in the city, in 1996. Their first job was to update the place, adding new wiring and a new sound system while maintaining its original spirit and feel. In 2003, the couple launched the Tipitina’s Foundation, which started with a small fundraiser and has now distributed $3.25 million worth of instruments to 101 schools across Louisiana. Over 4,000 young people participate in school band programs and music programs using these instruments. The foundation also runs an internship program, which places high school students in after-school music lessons. The Sunday Youth Music Workshops bring students and professional musicians together, and the Foundation also provides administrative and legal support to the music community. Mary says, “I appreciate the sheer number of young people that the foundation touches every year in a very material, meaningful and long-lasting way. But I’m by no means taking the credit – a lot of people have worked on and supported the foundation since its inception almost 20 years ago.” Mary’s understatement is one of her core traits, “I have a strong policy against taking pride in anything I have done. ‘Never believe your own press’ is embroidered on one of our bed pillows.” Roland and Mary have a daughter, Mary Grace, and Mary credits being a good wife and mother as her most important roles and as her greatest accomplishments. “I am really proud of whatever our daughter is doing next,” she says. Her husband and her daughter are also her greatest inspirations, “Roland sets such a good example for me in his consistent, quiet, steadfast way and I’ve never in 25 years seen him not act on an opportunity to help someone else; and if he can do it without anyone knowing, so much the better.” Mary’s love of the city even extends to its humidity, which she credits as being good for the skin! However, it’s the people of New Orleans that have made the greatest impression on her. “After Katrina, I’ve been known to remark that living through history is overrated, but it was a rare opportunity to see some of the best of humanity. Ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things, for years and against incredible odds.” 47

Linda Westfeldt “A community is like a garden, it has to be cared for and tended to in order to produce. The more you give, the more you receive! We all benefit from a strong community.” Linda Westfeldt’s belief in giving back has informed her entire life. Starting with a degree from Louisiana State University in education, Linda began her career teaching. She quickly realized she was drawn to those students with learning difficulties, so she went back to night school to earn a Special Education Certificate from St. Mary’s Dominican College. Linda went on to complete a Masters in Reading from Loyola University and spent the rest of her teaching career as a Special Education teacher in public schools. In 1999, Linda joined with a group of concerned parents and three local agencies to form the Chartwell Center. Chartwell is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve individuals on the autism spectrum and who have related disorders by providing educational services, therapy and by offering training and support to parents, teachers and other professionals. Chartwell started with eight students in one section. Today, in addition to the Educational program, Chartwell operates an Applied Behavior Analysis clinic and an adult program called PATH. Linda and Thomas Westfeldt’s son, Dugan, is currently in Chartwell’s adult program. Linda says the adults are easy to spot in the community taking the bus or streetcar to go horseback riding, grocery shopping and to their various jobs around town. They, too, give back; they recently voted to give the profits from the dog treats they make and sell to a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. Linda is proud of all of her children and has enjoyed watching them grow into adults who understand the importance of philanthropy in their communities. Linda’s mother encouraged her to get involved in various service organizations when she was young, and so she learnedfrom an early age that the smallest act of service can make a profound difference. Linda and her husband Tommy are proud to have successfully instilled these same values in their son and their two daughters.

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Thomas “Tommy” Westfeldt Thomas “Tommy” Westfeldt’s story is a story of New Orleans. In 1844, Gustave Adolphus Westfeldt (Tommy’s great-great-grandfather) was sent by the Swedish government to Mobile, Alabama to take up the position of Vice Counsel to Sweden. By 1848, Gustave gave up his diplomatic career for a business importing and financing green coffee, mainly from Brazil. Gustave moved his family to New Orleans because of the maritime trade opportunities to South America, and in 1851 his two brothers joined him from Sweden to form Westfeldt Brothers, Inc. Tommy is delighted that his oldest daughter Shelby Westfeldt Mills and Ryan Todd McKinnon, who’s married to his youngest daughter Mary Scott Westfeldt McKinnon, have now been successfully operating the company for the past five years. As well as being run by the sixth generation, Westfeldt Brothers, Inc., is a family business in the broader sense. The Westfeldts love their work, their customers, suppliers and employees. They also love life in their adopted city, including the food, the culture, the art, the history and most of all the people because they care about other people. As do the Westfeldts, as Tommy explains, “We need to help people who are less fortunate by filling a void in their lives, whether it’s material, health related or education. Sometimes people just need a little help to get themselves back on track.” One of the organizations Tommy and his wife Linda are most involved in is The Chartwell Center. “Having an autistic son made us realize that New Orleans and Louisiana have minimal education for autistic children, and in general for children with various learning disabilities. “Autism is closest to my heart because it affects not only myself and my family but hundreds of other children in New Orleans and the surrounding areas and their families. The Chartwell Center provides a strong educational program that helps autistic children better themselves and hopefully teaches them to provide for themselves and lead an independent and normal lifestyle.” The second nonprofit that the Westfeldts are fully engaged with is The Society for The Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys’, now known as The Waldo Burton Memorial Home. This charity began in 1824 to provide a home for orphan boys, and the Westfeldts were involved from the beginning. Now located on South Carrolton Avenue, it houses 25 to 30 boys ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old. Boys receive room and board and are placed in local public and charter schools. If they have special educational needs, the in-house school program meets them. 49

Sparkling Nights Twinkling Lights


A guide to celebrating the holiday season into the New Year

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Celebra tion in th e Oa ks


A season of merriment, the holidays bring abundant opportunities for celebrations with friends, family and associates. From shimmering holiday lights to the fireworks of New Year’s Eve, the sparkle and shine of the season is fun to mirror with our outfits and attitudes at parties, festive events, dinners and galas. Looking and feeling your best are all part of the fun as camera flashes help capture the memories we make with loved ones year after year. Deciding how to prepare, what to wear and where to go are some of the fun of holiday and New Year’s planning, so we’ve taken a look this month at some local favorites for health and beauty, fashion, food and entertainment. By Kelcy Wilburn Photos by Mike Lirette 51



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The Woodhouse Spa is all about luxury and relaxation, which for many people is hard to come by during the often-hectic holiday season. Relaxation is good for the body and mind and is a great first step to take in preparation for busy days and nights. Woodhouse Spa offers full-service amenities including male and female changing lounges with rainfall showers, robes and reflexology sandals for all guests, relaxation rooms with reading materials, hot teas and a complimentary glass of wine or champagne for each guest. To refresh before the holidays, owner Stuart Rome recommends the Woodhouse Escape service: a 110-minute, head-to-toe service that includes an exfoliating body scrub, therapeutic salt stone massage, neck and shoulder upper body tension release treatment, scalp, hand and arm massage and a restorative reflexology treatment. “We always recommend our various bath salt products to soak and relax in the comfort of your own home. For the big night out, our skin care treatments are a sure bet, especially our Hydrafacial treatments that result in immediate visible benefits,” says Rome. Located just a few blocks away is Salon M, where Owner and Stylist Lisa Marquette has taken a century-old Victorian house and turned it into a styling mecca for hair and makeup. According to Marquette, the main floor features an open concept with color bar, while the café-like waiting room offers a comfortable and welcoming space for clients. The salon stays busy with blow-dries, updos and makeup during the holiday season. “Your must-have for holiday hair wardrobe is Swept Up by Oribe. This is the

most amazing, versatile product, whether you decide to wear your hair up or down, or whether your hair is clean or dirty. It will take you from day to night,” says Marquette. “Our Façade eyeliner in Bardot (black) or Lido (rich blue) will transform you, whether you’re looking for a sharp, clean look or a smudged, smoky look.” The recently renovated Belladonna Day Spa combines the spa and salon experience with a menu of services that includes massage and body treatments as well as cosmetics, brow and lash services and waxing. “I think a lot of people don’t know about our lash and brow tinting services. Tinting can be done in about 30 minutes and lasts up to a month. Both services are a wonderful way to enhance your features and shave a few minutes off your morning makeup routine,” says Director Melissa Benitez. “I’d recommend coming in for one of our makeup appointments or even a makeup lesson before the holiday parties start. Our makeup artists will have you feeling and looking great before an office party or a family get-together,” says Benitez. Skincare and aesthetics are another go-to area for smoothing the face and body or for adding extra glow before a big event. At Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sean Weiss offers a number of non-surgical treatments to achieve aesthetic enhancement. “This year we have seen the release of several new injectable fillers, which continue to revolutionize the aesthetic industry and allow for beautiful remodeling and subtle enhancements of even the most delicate facial features,” says Weiss. “Combine these fillers with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and microneedling for a truly dramatic

effect. Finally, polish your skin with a laser genesis treatment a day or two before your important events and feel great about the way you look,” he says. According to Weiss, these treatments have little to no downtime with immediate initial results that continue to build as your body increases collagen production. At Khoobehi & Associates, boardcertified plastic surgeons Drs. Kamran Khoobehi and Jules Walters and boardcertified dermatologist Dr. Sophia Mai offer a number of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for improving your skin and body. According to the practice, body contouring with CoolSculpt is a popular option that achieves results within a couple of months, which allows for a more contoured body in time for the New Year. A non-invasive fat removal procedure, CoolSculpting freezes fat cells that the body then naturally disposes of, resulting in a slimmer contour. The treatment can be applied to various parts of the body.

Woodhouse Spa 4030 Canal St. 482-NOLA (6652) Salon M 4336 Canal St. 304-6525 Belladonna Day Spa 2900 Magazine St. 891-4393 Dr. Sean Weiss - Facial Plastic Surgery 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 408 Metairie 814-FACE (3223) Khoobehi & Associates 901 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 779-5538 4500 Magazine St., Suite 1 304-1248

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Swap 7716 Maple St. 5530 Magazine St. 304-6025 Lukka Boutique 1000 Girod St., Suite 3-B 218-7113 Elizabeth’s 204 Metairie Road Metairie 833-3717 Sosusu 3427 Magazine St. 309-5026

At Swap, local shoppers can find designer clothes at deep discount thanks to the store’s consignment approach to sales. Catering to fashion lovers who also love a deal, the boutique offers dresses, tops and accessories from designers such as Kate Spade, Prada, Gucci, Chloe and Rebecca Taylor. According to owner Michelle Reinhardt, winter brings the store a variety of playful and cozy trends in styles ranging from business wear to sports lines, casual to formal wear. Their curated selection could include a pair of Rag and Bone jeans, a Vince sweater or a classic DVF wrap dress. Swap also has formal gowns for Mardi Gras, Halston and Tibi for galas and everything in between. “Deep gem tones in reds, blues and greens are filling up our closets this season,” says Reinhardt. “You will also see colors on the lighter side, such as pale pinks and subdued yellows. We are loving all of the options for textures and patterns – plaids, florals, patent leather, velvet, metallics and even comfy fleece are all fair game this winter.” On a long night like New Year’s Eve, Reinhardt recommends going for both style and comfort. “I would wear port-colored velvet pants with a navy sleeveless blouse paired with a black, structured belted jacket and, of course, black pointed-toe stiletto heel boots,” she says.

Lukka Boutique is a CBD fashion destination located inside the Beacon Building in the Southmarket District across from the downtown Rouses. Buyer and Partner Michele LaCour Percy quotes the discerning critics of Vogue in relaying the latest trends: “… fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its color and glamour, always with a sense of determination and self-assuredness. In short, this season it’s all about celebrating the individuality of style.” At Lukka, Percy brings in fashionable items that likewise combine comfort and fun with the latest trends for winter being velvet, cozy knits and multi-colored furs. Velvet is a popular choice this year for a glitzy night out like New Year’s Eve. “I would go for a rich velvet top, pants, with an interesting hem and a fabulous statement caftan or fur,” says Percy. Cozy knits and cashmere provide a welcome option for more relaxed gathering or a dinner out. “Some of our favorite pieces are luxe cashmere by 360 Cashmere, cozy knits by The Great, Wilt or Sundry and a pair of Instasculpt distressed denim by DL 1961 for a casual yet chic look,” she says. At Metairie Road boutique Elizabeth’s, Owner and Buyer Sal Trentacoste agrees that velvet is one of the biggest trends. “Velvet, velvet and more velvet,” he says, noting the coveted, textured material is available in a variety of colors: greens, blues, merlots and more. Other trends that are continuing in winter this year include “anything shiny,” metallics, ruffles and open shoulder tops and dresses. For a glitzy holiday celebration, Trentacoste recommends a snappy cocktail dress, or, for a more casual affair, a one-shoulder top with skinny velvet pants or jeans. Ruffled and bell sleeves are also in and great options for fun, fashionable tops. Elizabeth’s also offers more casual options for family gatherings or outings, such as cashmere sweaters and casual styles in velvet. A recent addition to Magazine Street, Sosusu is the vision of Owner Susu Stall, who in 2016 realized her dream of opening her own boutique of contemporary fashion. Stall also emphasizes velvet this season – especially in navy – in addition to silver, ruffles and dark florals. “Daring and flashy” is the phrase she uses to describe an outfit for New Year’s Eve or a glamour-filled event – something with silver and sequins, perhaps. “We offer the full range, from a flirty top from Tanya Taylor paired with jeans to the sophisticated clean lines from Brandon Maxwell for going out to dinner or a silver fringed skirt to party the night away in,” says Stall.



Shoes and accessories can put the exclamation point on a statement outfit, and how you finish the look can make it or break it. Knowing what to pair with your velvet pants or little black dress can make the difference in ensuring the outfit is a memorable one. New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and you’ll definitely want to a shoe to match the occasion. “A fun yet comfortable pair of heels is necessary for all NYE outfits,” says Jessy Jacobs, owner of Babe New Orleans on Freret Street. “For a shoe fanatic, I would go with a statement heel that has pops of color and looks like a work of art. For those who prefer a basic heel with a little edge, I would go with a suede pump with a gold-plated heel and a velvet ankle wrap – it’s all about mixing textures!” For winter and other holiday happenings, Jacobs is “obsessing” over other accessories such as the knee boots, beaded clutches and fur wraps. At Feet First, shoppers will find a variety of dress-up or dress-down options. Velvet is inescapable, even in shoes, and some favorites at Feet First include velvet smoking slipper flats and a “killer” crushed velvet block heel bootie, according to manager Kagan Taylor. “For the glitzy and glam look, I would recommend the brand VanEli, which is both chic and comfortable!” she says. In heels by VanEli, Feet First offers a few block heel options: peep toe shooties, ankle strap sandals, black shimmery pumps and suede wedge pumps. According to Taylor, Corso Como is another brand that specializes in high heels with exceptional padding and comfort. “We have a gunmetal ankle strap block heel sandal by Corso Como that would be perfect for a NYE night of dancing as well as some versatile suede pumps that have a modern update to classic silhouettes,” she says. Taylor loves the store’s current selection of evening bags, including the varied materials used by Ricki Designs and some vintage-inspired, embellished, statementmaking handbags perfect for a little black dress or a simple holiday outfit. “For bags, texture is definitely ruling this season, from tweed to animal print calf hair

to heavily jeweled clutches,” she says. Another fabulous and somewhat unexpected accessory for adding fun to your wardrobe throughout the year is frames. “The thing that’s really cool about eyewear is that it isn’t a dirty word anymore. Americans have finally figured out, like Europeans have for a long time, that frames are so much fun to accessorize the face with. They’re more prominent than earrings and you can change your look so easily and have a lot of fun,” says Starr Hagenbring, Co-Owner of Art & Eyes. An “art-to-wear” boutique, Art & Eyes busts the myth that glasses should look the same and solely provide function aside from fashion. Hagenbring emphasizes the quality and style of the independent designers they carry from Europe, Japan and America. Designs are handpicked and feature a variety of styles and materials. For fun and fancy holiday events, frames can add a lot of pop to an outfit in a variety of ways and for a variety of personalities. “If you’re wearing a lovely little black dress with an interesting cut, you could go two ways with that dress. You could go with an extremely angular black frame to accentuate the angularity of your dress, or you could go

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with a pair of complete glitzy frames that would go with your necklace or just be your necklace,” she says. Another fun approach to buying frames can be matching to your lipstick. “A lot of people have signature color lipsticks, whether a bright cherry red, or orange or a certain color pink. There’s nothing more fun than matching frames to lipstick. Then you can wear that same frame and lipstick with any outfit.”



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Dining out is always part of the holidays, whether it’s a pre-New Year’s Eve stop, a traditional Réveillon meal with family or a quiet, romantic dinner with a date before hitting the road to visit family elsewhere. During the holiday season, restaurants add to the charm with twinkling lights, verdant displays and festive specials. Throughout December, Arnaud’s revels in the holiday season with a number of events, from the special Réveillon menu offered at dinner, to out-of-the-ordinary lunchtime service, “12 Days of Moët” specials and a festive New Year’s Eve dinner that rings in a special year for the legendary restaurant. “At Arnaud’s, we say any occasion is a cause for celebration. New Year’s Eve is always a festive time at the restaurant, but this year will be a little different as we’ll be ringing in more than just the New Year – 2018 marks the year of our founding 100 years ago and the city’s tricentennial,” says Proprietor Katy Casbarian. “As we commemorate these milestones, we’ll continue to honor our legacy by keeping one foot in the past with another firmly planted in the future.” Prior to midnight, the restaurant distributes celebratory

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accessories to guests joining in the revelry. Arnaud’s French 75 Bar will offer holiday cocktails such as master mixologist Chris Hannah’s Dickens’ Toddy, Tom and Jerry and hot buttered rums. Over in the Garden District, The Columns Hotel will also be a hot spot for holiday festivities, feasts and cocktails. Throughout the month, the Victorian Lounge will offer its current bistro menu of à la carte items with the four-course Réveillon menu running Wednesday through Saturday nights and on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, brunch is offered 11 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the first floor and front gallery and porch. “New Year’s Eve is all about a casual ‘blast,’” says Adam Miller, Director of Catering and Events. The bistro menu will be available until 10 p.m. with cocktails pouring all day and live music offered at night. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. “What a lot of people might not know is that the Victorian Lounge on New Year’s Day has a happy hour with black eyed peas, ham and cabbage – that old New Orleans tradition to start the year off right,” says Miller. For those looking to add a bit of nostalgia to your holiday celebrations and culinary experiences, The Caribbean Room harkens back to the glory days of the original restaurant in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The recently revived restaurant was resurrected after 25 years and brightened with the look of a garden party featuring white wicker furniture and alligator leather chairs. Featuring updated yet traditional Creole cuisine, the menu is designed by Executive Chef Chris Lusk with highlights that include the Softshell Shrimp Saki appetizer and the famous Mile High Ice Cream Pie. The holidays bring special menus to The Caribbean Room, including its own Réveillon menu, a special Christmas Day menu and a separate prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu. Since Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on Sundays, you can choose to celebrate with friends

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and family at either brunch or dinner at The Caribbean Room. In addition to a special dinner menu on New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer specials on champagne and champagne cocktails. Seafood is a staple to New Orleans cuisine, but if you’re looking to enjoy the bounty of the sea in a less traditional setting, Tsunami offers a chic, downtown destination in the midst of the city’s many holiday celebrations. Southern-inspired Asian cuisine, Tsunami’s menu combines traditional Japanese nigiri and sashimi with local delicacies such as crawfish, alligator and oysters in its original sushi rolls as well as the popular misomarinated grilled Sea Bass. For New Year’s Eve, the culinary team plans to work up a menu that will include exotic fish direct from Japan paired with sake and sparking wine. “When the weather turns crisp, our guests will seek out heartier dishes. We will have seasonal ramen dishes, Asian bisques and fried noodles,” says Owner Michele Ezelle. “Japanese whiskey, on the rocks or in a cocktail, should be on everyone’s must-try list this winter.”

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Holiday celebrations abound across the metro area and for 31 years, Celebration in the Oaks has brought a spectacular light show and throngs of visitors to New Orleans City Park for family fun. “City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park,” says Amanda Frentz, Assistant Director of Public Relations. The festivities run throughout December, and though the event is closed on New Year’s Eve it will be open on January 1st, weather permitting. Attendees strolling through the park marvel at the light displays installed throughout the park, including in the Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Amusement Park, while also enjoying the rides of the amusement park such as the train, Ferris wheel and carousel. Ticket lines for the holiday attraction can be long, so purchasing tickets online and in advance is recommended. Another holiday event draws visitors across town to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, where NOLA ChristmasFest transforms the conference hub into a winter wonderland of fun and activities. Impervious to weather, the indoor festival welcomes people of all ages to enjoy 11 days of fun, scores of decorated Christmas trees, thousands of lights, themed inflatables and carnival rides such as the Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Blitzen Flyer, Polar Express and Snowy Summit Climbing Wall. Other attractions include the Snowball Fight Zone, Children’s Craft Area, holiday characters, a life-sized maze and themed-movies. Thirty-minute private ice skating lessons will be available before opening daily. Adults can find respite in the beverage lounge with holiday cocktails, and the event provides a unique setting for corporate entertaining, company holiday parties and birthday parties. NOLA ChristmasFest will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, with special hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day. Convenient parking is available directly across from the entrance for $15. Parents with young children looking for family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun can get the best of both worlds at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. The museum’s annual Kids’ Countdown to Noon is a family tradition that takes place during the day on December 31st.

“For more than 20 years, the Louisiana Children’s Museum Kids’ Countdown has welcomed generations of families who come together to celebrate the arrival of the New Year at noon. It’s a wonderful way for young children to ring in the New Year with a fun and memorable celebration that doesn’t require that they stay awake until midnight,” says the museum’s CEO Julia Bland. Crafting is part of the fun, and guests of all ages are invited to create paper bag party hats and festive noisemakers. Everyone gathers around the atrium at 11 a.m. to dance to the Blu Kru Brass Band and at noon, the celebration culminates with the museum’s traditional countdown complete with a colorful, three-story confetti toss and balloon release to welcome the New Year. The event opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., just in time for parents to get home and call in the babysitter. For family members traveling in from out of town or friends looking for a New Orleans New Year’s Experience, a variety of hotels offer holiday packages. One such locale is the Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center Hotel, which is a short distance from many of the activities and restaurants featured. “On top of the many promotions and discounted rates we offer year-round, for the month of December we participate in the Papa Noel Promotion with the CVB. This is a great opportunity for tourists or Louisianans in the surrounding cities to visit New Orleans during the holidays and enjoy a few nights at one of our beautiful Hotels,” says Katie Northcutt-Edwards,

Celebration in the Oaks 5 Victory Drive NOLA ChristmasFest New Orleans Morial Convention Center – Hall 1 Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 523-1357 Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd. 566-9990

Area Revenue Manager for the Hampton Inn Hotels and Suites of New Orleans. “We have a lot of families stay with us over the holidays and it’s great to be their home away from home,” says NorthcuttEdwards. Additionally, the hotel will play host to visitors for the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. For locals, it never hurts when making your New Year’s and party plans to consider a little stay-cation and spend your night out in the safety and comfort of a luxurious local hotel.

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Elizabeth McLundie Bolton to Robert Conery Hassinger September 24, 1966 By Bev Church

Elizabeth “Beth” McLundie Bolton is from Alexandria, Louisiana; she had graduated from college, was working at D.H. Holmes in New Orleans as a computer programmer and was living with one of her best friends from college, Ginger Witherspoon. Robert “Bobby” Hassinger was getting his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Tulane, and he got a call to play bridge one night with Beth and her friends. After the blind date, Bobby told a friend that he was going to marry Beth! They dated for two years when Bobby gave Beth an engagement ring on her birthday. 62 st. charles Avenue December 2017

They were married four months later in Alexandria at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. The reception for about 500 friends and family was at Beth’s parents’, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harvey Bolton’s, home. Only champagne could be served, but Mrs. Bolton set up a bar outside for all of the friends from New Orleans. Beth’s dress was from Neiman Marcus and was a candlelight peau de soie gown accented with imported Alençon lace. Her veil was of silk illusion. She carried a cascade of lilies of the valley and stephanotis.

Her bridesmaids’ dresses were from Neiman Marcus as well, and were pumpkin alaskine (a silk/wool blend) with empire bodices, short ruffled sleeves and matching hats made of tiered double ruffles. They carried cascades of cymbidium orchids in shades of gold and bronze. After the reception, Beth and Bobby went up to change because they were taking a private plane to Dallas. Bobby came out with chains on his wrists and legs. They left in a state police car to keep friends from following them and Bobby told the pilot to be sure to

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bring a hack saw. (You can imagine the tricks that Bobby must have played on his friends for them to respond this way.) When they got off of the private plane and onto a regular flight, Beth still didn’t know where they were going until they were

at the gate: Hawaii. After the honeymoon they opened presents for about 10 days and then decided to go to Africa for two months because they would never have this much time again, once they each started new jobs upon their return.

Beth and Bobby have been married for 51 years and their three daughters – Bessie Van Horn, Cathy Drennan and Mary Schmidt – held a 50th anniversary party for them at Mary’s home last year. They have 10 grandchildren who all live in New Orleans, n 63

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Sacca – Brennan By Mirella Cameran

In April 2015, Katherine Joy Sacca took her black Labrador retriever, Wilson, to her local dog park. A few minutes into chatting with a handsome stranger Patrick Gore Brennan, owner of a cute Brittany spaniel called Murphy Katie realized how much she was enjoying herself. Katie and Patrick starting dating, and the following fall, while on a rainy tandem bike ride in Mississippi, Patrick popped the question. One of the first places Patrick had taken Katie was to his family’s property in Waveland, on the Mississippi Sound where he had spent his summers growing up. Katie had grown up by the sea in Massachusetts and had always wanted an outdoor wedding, so Waveland provided the perfect setting. The couple engaged Sapphire Events and Kim Starr Wise to create the wedding of their dreams with all the décor inspired by the beautiful setting, featuring sea blues, natural tones and an abundance of greenery. Everything was set for the wedding on Saturday October 7, 2017. However, as fate would have it, on Wednesday, October 4, Hurricane Nate started barreling towards the Gulf Coast and was predicted to make landfall at precisely the time of the outdoor wedding. Sapphire Events and family and friends scrambled a plan together, and instead Katie and Patrick were married at Waveland on Friday, October 6, 2017. The Hon. Jennifer Ulwick, aunt of the bride and a Massachusetts state judge, officiated the ceremony. Katie’s mom and Patrick’s dad surprised the couple with readings they had chosen. Katie looked stunning in a beautiful Amy Kuschel gown from Wedding Belles and the sapphire earrings that her dad had given to her mom when they were married 34 years earlier. Patrick and Katie said the vows that they had written under a semi-circle of trees and hydrangeas that have been replanted in the couple’s Uptown New Orleans home.

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Guests enjoyed a reception catered by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events in classical New Orleans style with shrimp and grits, oysters and a raw bar. When Katie and Patrick brought their wedding forward by a day, they decided to push the rehearsal dinner and welcome party back by a day, effectively switching the events. So, during the day on Saturday, until the 6 p.m. curfew, wedding guests celebrated again at The Napoleon House in the French

Quarter. Guests enjoyed jambalaya, an ice cream sandwich bar and bananas Foster. The Soul Rebels, the band booked for the wedding (which couldn’t switch to the Friday) played. After all the hurricane defying fun, Katie and Patrick spent two and a half weeks in Tanzania and South Africa. Katie is a maternal and child health data analyst for the Louisiana Department of Health and Patrick is a manager at Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. n

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Wedding Belles Groom’s Attire: Custom Luca Falcone Engagement & Wedding Rings: Friend & Company Invitation: Boarding School Collective Wedding Cake: Ralph Brennan Catering & Events Photographer: Michelle Boyd Hair & Make up: Flawless Bride 65


MarkAlain Dery Executive Director & Co-Founder, WHIV By Lindsay Mack

While sitting in a rickshaw in

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call letters were chosen with deliberation. “How do you destigmatize a stigma? Remove the power out of the word,” says Dery. Repetition is one effective way to do that. After hearing the letters WHIV spoken over and over, the last three letters lose some of their stigma. Although it may feel like HIV is a distant issue, Dery is quick to note that New Orleans has the second-highest rate of HIV infection of any U.S. city, surpassed only by Miami. But in part because HIV still faces such stigma, the transmission rates in the city are much higher than necessary. As Dery explains, even though there isn’t a cure or vaccine available, it’s possible to bring the HIV transmission to zero if a community works together. Educating more New Orleanians about HIV infection is a crucial goal of WHIV. In addition to the focus on HIV awareness, WHIV also provides

programming dedicated to human rights and social justice issues. Even the music the station plays is dedicated to human rights. Although the 100-watt station’s FM broadcast is just powerful enough to cover the greater New Orleans area, the station also streams to listeners all over the world. In fact, people in around 90 different countries listen to the stream on a regular basis. Overall, WHIV is dedicated to creating a more informed, peaceful and healthy listenership in New Orleans and the world over. n

Get Involved Because the ad-free programming is entirely powered by volunteer work, WHIV always welcomes donations. To learn more about the organization and stream the free program, visit

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Cambodia, MarkAlain Dery listened to a podcast news story about low power FM (LPFM) radio stations. Designed to help communities develop new voices for the radio, these stations promote educational or public safety concerns. Although the infectious diseases physician was busy with medical work in Cambodia, Dery immediately thought of the ways such a station could benefit New Orleans. After learning New Orleans was slated to get four of these stations, Dery claimed 102.3 FM when he returned home. With support from his wife and Co-Founder, Liana Elliott (also pictured above), WHIV was launched. Drawing on Dery’s background as an HIV doctor, the radio station WHIV was created to get the word out about health and human justice issues that most affect people in New Orleans. Even the station’s

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Grace Morse New Orleans Center for Creative Arts By Mallory Lindsly

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Grace Morse, a senior at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, is highly involved in student activism projects both at NOCCA and within the city, including the school’s Feminism Club and finalizing her nonprofit foundation, Read Me My Rights. Morse enjoyed volunteering with the students from Akili Academy with their submissions to Pizza Poetry, an opportunity for youth in New Orleans to craft their own poems that are distributed with pizza boxes. “It is an absolute joy to see young thinkers use writing and visual arts as a way to express themselves and further their communication skills as they use rhyme, simile, metaphor, alliteration and other literary devices to convey their perspectives on the world,” says Morse. Morse is also involved with Suit Up for the Future, a legal program hosted during the summer. During this opportunity, Morse was able to learn local, state and national law, and confirmed that she wants to study law when going to college. “This program also brought me to a place of realization; I understand now that activism does not (and certainly should not) have a single voice or face. My identity and experiences are what shape the ways I practice my activism, and each individual should be able to advocate in their own way,” says Morse. Dr. Kate Kokontis, Morse’s

teacher and mentor throughout high school, is her inspiration to be a student activist. Kokontis encouraged Morse to navigate the world of academia between being on a Leadership Council, her Humanities III class and Feminism Club. “Dr. K has shown me that a passionate person can be successful in professional settings without compromising one’s integrity or supporting injustice,” says Morse. “Instead, I’ve learned how to use my writing and my research abilities to re-discover and unpack the social and political foundations of my life and be critical of the institutions in my life that disenfranchise and degrade people and the environment.” Morse is finishing her final year at NOCCA and wants to attend a university that allows her to study language, history law and communication. Morse would like to go down a career path that involves law, linguistics and writing. n 67

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Lauren Bott Owner & Designer, Crowe Jewelry By Mirella Cameran

How did you start designing? I began designing out of necessity. I work in film and television and was constantly searching for simple, delicate designs. I decided it might be easier to make my own. I underestimated this endeavor. Using my kitchen as a workspace, I began teaching myself simple techniques. After many years of training and practice, I have fine-tuned Crowe into what it is today. Where is your store located? My store is located on Magazine Street behind my favorite boutique: Pilot and Powell.

Crowe Jewelry 3903 Magazine St.

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What’s coming up that you’re excited about? I am hosting a piercing party at the store in December. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? There are no rules in jewelry! You don’t have to be young to wear simple, dainty necklaces or mismatched ear jackets. Layering jewelry is easy and a great way to showcase your style. Come see me and we can pick out pieces together. n

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What are some of your favorite pieces? The ear jackets; the simplicity of the design makes them easy to add to any earrings. I can make an outfit into a statement with just a diamond ear jacket.

What do you think makes your jewelry different? My pieces are a marriage between simplicity and originality. Each idea has a very organic feel while maintaining a level of femininity. You don’t have to buy a set to make it work. Crowe can complement traditional pieces that you already have in your jewelry box.

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Lauren VanCamp Owner & Manager, Liberto Cleaners By Mirella Cameran

How can you tell a good dry cleaner? If you walk in and smell that “dry clean” odor, that’s a sign of old technology that emits vapors, which isn’t good for you, your clothes or the environment.

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What makes Liberto different? We clean and press everything in-house with hand irons because hand pressing is more delicate with finer fabrics. I also think we’re the only cleaner with the owner’s personal cell phone number on the website. My customers have instant contact with me, and some like me to personally handle their clothes from start to finish. Has technology changed? Yes! We were the first cleaners in the Gulf South to install a wetcleaning system, which is an eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning for delicate dyes used in fabrics today. We can also text or email customers when orders are ready.

Tell us something most people don’t know? Bedding should be cleaned weekly; we also clean feather pillows. It really helps get a good night’s rest! What are the worst stains? Blood, because there’s a lot of variability so we have to treat each stain as an isolated incident. The type of fabric that’s stained plays a huge part in whether the stain can be removed safely or not. Can you give us some garment care advice? The internet and old wives’ tales are not your friend when it comes to stain removal! Fabrics, dyes, methods and processes of making garments have evolved, so my best advice is: don’t touch the stain, bring it to us! n

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1. Executive Brian Friedman and Producer and Co-Director Alen Frederic of New Orleans are pictured at the Napa Valley Film Festival where their film The King of New Orleans won Best Narrative Feature. 2. Shardae Rickson, Mary Byrd, Amy Rodriguez, Angelle Zeringue and Catherine Singleton (kneeling) and Stephanie Maurice and Vickie Wilson pose with costumed Romi Milburn, Kym Copeland and Kevon Singleton at Children’s Hospital for “Spot’s Birthday Celebration” in July. The Children’s Hospital Guild partnered with the New Orleans Firemen’s Federal Credit Union to surprise 112 Children’s Hospital patients with a visit from Spot the Dalmatian. 3. Dr. Jack D. Holden, Pat Holden, Kay and Dr. Trent James attend the “2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum and Sponsor Dinner” in August. The event was hosted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and Holden was one of this year’s forum speakers. 4. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Judith H. Bonner, forum speaker Tom Bonner and Neal Alford are pictured at the Hotel Monteleone for the “2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum and Sponsor Dinner.” This year marked the event’s 10th year with the theme “In Their Hands: Creative Masters of Southern Decorative Arts.” 5. Eileen Long and Pam Smith model outfits styled by Hemline Magazine Street for the “2017 You Night” fashion show. About 500 guests attended this year’s “British Invasion” themed event at the Contemporary Art Center in August. 6. This year’s graduating You Night class celebrates backstage after the program’s annual fashion show. You Night is a six-month program that teaches woman recovered or battling cancer to embrace life beyond their diagnosis. The woman are pictured wearing gowns by Fluert and hair and makeup by H2O Salon and Spa Metairie. 70 st. charles Avenue December 2017 71

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7. Elizabeth Hyman, Melinda Palacio, Megan Holt and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society founder Rosemary James attend the season preview of the “One Book One New Orleans” season. The event was held in July and included poetry readings and refreshments. 8. Poets Gian Smith, Peter Cooley, Melinda Palacio and Bill Lavender celebrate the opening of the 2017 “One Book One New Orleans” season. Each read a selection from Counting Descent by Clint Smith at the season preview in July. 9. Authors Joyce Blaylock and Karen Essex at the “One Book One New Orleans” season preview. Blaylock and fellow author Randy Denmon were recognized at the event for their recent contributions to New Orleans literature. 10. Lauren Campisi, Hillary Lambert, Daniel Plunkett, Deirdre McGlinchey, Kathy Celestine and Dustin Alonzo competed in the Sushi Smackdown competition during the annual “Food from the Bar Campaign,” a fundraiser and food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. 11. Lauren LeBlanc Haydel, Chris Reade, Denice Gerarve and Chriss Knight judged Bridge House/Grace House “Mr. Legs Pageant” in July. This year’s event was held at Generations Hall and featured performances by Les Rebelles and the Pussyfooters. 12. Natalie Shepherd and Mike Hoss emceed the 17th annual “Mr. Legs Pageant.” After 10 years of competing, Roberto Espinoza was crowned the 2017 Mr. Legs.

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1. Committee members Christy Simeon, Annie Palmisano, Melanie Branton Manzella and Wanda Castaneda are pictured at St. Martin’s “Spring Gala” in April. The event’s theme was “Totally 80s,” and the money raised will help with school upgrades and modernizations. 2. Kim Sorrells, Head of School Merry Sorrells, Shannon Huber and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Stephen Huber sport their best 80s styles at St. Martin’s “Spring Gala.” The night featured live music, 80s memorabilia and a live and silent auction. 3. Maria Kuhn, Assistant Head of School Rev. Dr. Michael Kuhn and the Rev. Ford Jeff Millican Jr. at St. Martin’s “Spring Gal”a in April. Didriksen, Saucier Woods & Pichon PLC sponsored the evening and the St. Martin’s Board of Trustees hosted the patron party at the Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design. 4. Laurie Williams, Dodie Powers and Brad Powers enjoy an evening of Casablanca inspired food and décor at Isadore Newman School’s annual event, “N’Spiration.” 5. Jay and Kristi French, Darbi and Rik Philibert and Jennifer Rosen pose with performers at Newman’s “Magic Carpet Ride”-themed fundraiser party in April. 6. Hilary and Mickey Landry, Mary Lucy Lane and Machelle Payne were among the 400 guests treated to an evening of magic at Newman School’s annual fundraising event. This year’s N’Spiration featured catering from Byblos Mediterranean Grill, unique cocktails and an extravagant auction.

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7. Tina Gray, Mary Avery Pinkerton, Alaila McMillian and Aiden Boykins share a smile at the 36th annual Holy Name of Jesus School “Gator Run” in May. 8. Father Edwin Gros, SJ, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish races in the 36th annual Gator Run at Audubon Park. In addition to the race, the day included a crawfish cook-off sponsored by the Holy Name Men’s Club, hotdogs and hamburgers and live music and activities. 9. Victoria Duhe, Chloe Miller, Jack Falter, Jack Ryan, Patrick McCausland, Harrison Dietz and Cohen Calogers participate with the over 330 runners and walkers at Holy Name of Jesus School’s annual “Gator Run.” 10. Keith Bartlett and Jeffray Teague attend Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans their annual “L’Extravagance,” a fundraiser to benefit the public French immersion charter school. 11. Martin Honoré, Jacob Brashear, Emilie Graell, Claire Honoré, Karianne Chassee, Philippe Chavet and Emelia Warzewska pose together at “L’Extravagance.” The event featured music from an all-star lineup of musicians and food from local restaurants. 12. Mark Casemore, Kristin Casemore and Amanda Struckhoff enjoy an evening of fine food and entertainment at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans’ annual fundraiser.

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Luxury Gifts Ballin’s 504-821-4000 Ballin’s offers a large selection of Baroque Pearls priced $425-650 depending on size and color.

Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602 Boudreaux’s Signature collection sapphire and diamond earrings set in white gold, $4,995.

Symmetry 504-861-9925 Platinum emerald and diamond ring, 2.5CT emeralds surrounded by 0.30CT diamonds, $8,000.

Salon M 504-304-6525

Feet First 504-899-6800 One bag for all occasions: mixed metals lend extra versatility to your holiday glitz and glam! By Sondra Roberts, $124.99.

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Get the glam look! Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray inflates hair for extra thickness and lushness, $42 large/$22 purse size. Cote d’Azur hair perfume will take you from one party to the next, $26. Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray gives you tousled, touchable waves with a sun-kissed shine, $42 large/$22 purse size.


Claire Elizabeth 504-309-4063 Abstract design meets beauty of nature with Boule de Coton en Gris, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 60 in. by George Marks. Price upon request.

Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry 504-832-0000 18k white gold 3 row diamond chandelier earrings, $9500.

Sosusu 504-309-5026 GG Maul Mini GG Tiger with sholder strap, $575.

Art and Eyes 504-891-4494 The only rolled aluminum eyewear in the world! From avant-garde Belgian company Theo. Handmade in France, $630.

Bon Temps Boutique The Cajun Christmas Tree is perfect for every event this season, from pictures with Santa to “Celebration in the Oaks.” Locally printed and hand drawn, Bon Temps is designed by Ursuline graduate and local artist, Laura McPhail. Laura brings her own twist to classic Southern culture. 79


Cristy Cali 504-407-5041 The Fleur de Knot Skeleton Key: Sterling silver and diamond key design inspired by the ancient Celtic love knot represents finding the key to happiness in love, $350.

Belladonna 504-891-4393

Louisiana Custom Closets 504-885-3188 985-871-0810 Louisiana Custom Closets represents the pinnacle of quality design, materials and service for all of your home and office organizational and storage needs. They manufacture their products, which provides endless solutions for home storage.

Malin + Goetz “The Vices Votive Set” features their best-selling Dark Rum, Mojito, and Cannabis votives. Each candle is handmade and poured with a blend of natural waxes for a clean, slow burn that lasts up to 25 hours. Burn individually or pair them together to create your own signature scent! $46.95.

Perlis Uptown 504-895-8661 Mandeville 985-674-1711 Baton Rouge 225-926-5909 The Stone Embossed Python Leather Zip Pouch by GiGi New York is the perfect luxury for your day or evening essentials. Measuring 6”w x 4”t in a variety of colors with gold tassel cap and option to personalize with stamped gold foil initials.

The Linen Registry 504-831-8228 Glittery vintage glamour ornaments in three different styles: pig, deer head and flamingo, $20 each.

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Swap 504-304-6025 Diane Von Furstenberg Gallery Folio Fringe crossbody bag at Swap Boutique, 5530 Magazine St., $119.99.

Optical Shoppe

Elizabeth’s 504-301-1726 504-833-3717

Magnifique by Dita Eyewear – handcrafted in Japan by master craftsmen, 100% UV protection, $375.

Genuine fox reversible raincoat.

Friend and Company 504-866-5433 Edwardian ruby and diamond ring set in platinum with open-work filigree detailing, $7,500.

Antieau 504-304-0849 Original embroidered artwork by Chris Roberts-Antieau: “Beagle” (13” x 16”).

Delta Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker 504-888-0931 Delta Festival Ballet presents it’s 36th season of The Nutcracker with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at Mahalia Jackson Theater December 22 & 23. Tickets from $35-$85. 81


Louisiana Children’s Museum 504-523-1357 Find the imaginative and educational items you expect from the Louisiana Children’s Museum Store with an eco-friendly focus. From Crayon Rocks created from soy beans ($7.95) to Mudpuppy puzzles made with recycled greyboard ($9.95), your holiday gifts from the Louisiana Children’s Museum Store will leave a lifelong impression without the lasting impact to our environment.

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Wildflower 504-507-0628

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14k yellow gold bezel set 3-4mm untreated blue sapphire on a 32” chain.

Kendra Scott Darci stackable ring set, $110.

FeBe 504-835-5250 Rebecca Minkoff Darren top handle crossbody bag, $245.

Kevin Gillentine Gallery 504-891-0509 Audubon Trumpeter Swan, 52” x 41” framed, Amsterdam Edition, $6,425.

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Relish 504-309-3336 Metallic python bags custom-made from Italy. Select bags in stock. Custom available upon request.

Lukka Boutique Facebook & Instagram @LukkaNewOrleans 504-218-7113 H Brand hand-knitted rabbit fur jacket with peaked hem, long sleeves and open front in atlantic blue, $698.

Woodhouse 504-842-6652 Serene House ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser. Defuses various natural essential oils with 7 changing LED lights. Run time settings from 4-8 hours, $39.95. Essential oils range from $9.95-$28.

The Shops at Canal Place 504-522-9200 Purchase a gift card this holiday season from Canal Place. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, this world-class shopping center boasts a superb mix of stores and exclusive designer boutiques, and a 9-screen in-seat service movie theater.

Joseph 504-900-1422 Kit Bracelet Bag in leopard calf hair with 24k gold finished hardware, $2,595. 83

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December by Fritz Esker Through Dec. 23



Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

A Man and His Prostate

New Orleans Ballet Theater – The Nutcracker

Revisit your favorite Jane Austen characters in time for the holidays as Mary Bennet looks for love. Southern Repertory Theatre, Location TBD, 522-6545, 1-26 Home for the Holidays with the Victory Belles

For multiple nights a week during the holiday season, the Victory Belles will perform both secular and sacred holiday classics with beautiful voices, costumes and choreography. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, 1 The Avett Brothers

Critically acclaimed folk rock band The Avett Brothers comes to New Orleans after missing its originally scheduled March date due to illness in the band. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 5 Cirque Dreams Holidaze

This show is an acrobatic cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show rolled into one, called “a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent” by The New York Daily News. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 8-17 Steel Poinsettias

For those looking for an adult antidote to the holiday season, try this show of Mrs. Sandy Claus doing hair and talking trash with Cherie Snowman, Wheezy Grincheaux and other colorful characters. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, 8-17 Tuck Everlasting

Based on the classic novel, this musical tells the story of free-spirited 11-year-old Winnie Foster, who meets the magical Tucks, who hold the secret to eternal life. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Ed Asner stars a man who goes on a journey of pain, anatomy and laughter in this story of a hilarious visit to the hospital. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

Revisit the magical world of the Sugar Plum Fairy with the New Orleans Ballet. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,



Orpheum Holiday Spectacular with the 610 Stompers

White Christmas

The Louisiana Philharmonic celebrates the holiday season with the help of New Orleans’ favorite ordinary men with extraordinary moves. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 12

Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, this musical tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show at a Vermont inn and falling for a sister act in the process. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Randy Newman


American composer and singersongwriter Randy Newman (Toy Story, The Natural) comes to The Orpheum for one night only. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Trans-Siberian Orchestra


Over the past 20-plus years, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s concerts have become a beloved holiday tradition. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

Debauchery! Holiday Edition!


New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera continues as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. Church of Yoga NOLA, 1480 N. Rocheblave St., 522-6545,

Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears

14 Outside the Bachs – a Baroque Christmas

The Louisiana Philharmonic presents a selection of Christmas classics, including Handel’s Messiah. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 15 The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddesses

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure, this orchestral and choral rendition of The Legend of Zelda soundtracks is in its fourth season. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Harry Shearer of The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap and his wife, musician Judith Owen, bring their annual yuletide Christmas party to Le Petit with music, laughter and special guests. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, 26 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet’s presentation of this classic Christmas tale is known for its awardwinning dancers, lavish Victorian costumes and stunning backdrops. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 29-31 New Year’s Eve Special Featuring The Revivalists

If you buy a three-day pass for the New Year’s Eve Special Featuring The Revivalists, you’ll get a signed event poster, T-shirt and a champagne toast drink ticket. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


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French Opera House The heart of the old French Quarter By Seale Paterson

1790s, but it wasn’t until 1859 that the French Opera House, designed by James Gallier Jr., was built on the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse streets. Construction was completed in seven months, thanks to around-the-clock work lit at night by street bonfires. The first performance, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, was held on December 1, 1859. The Opera House quickly became the center of entertainment for the high society set, hosting not just opera performances, but also Mardi Gras balls, debuts and other social events. At 2 a.m. on December 4, 1919, a fire of undetermined origin (but suspected to be a restaurant on the first floor) destroyed the Opera House. While no person was hurt, almost all of the costumes, props and

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instruments were lost to the fire. A dozen scores, one or two costumes and a handful of instruments – a violin, a flute and a harp – were saved, but nothing more. Within days of the fire, talk began of rebuilding the Opera House just as it was, using the original Gallier plans. Donations came in from many sources, and two years after the fire, on December 5, 1921, a parade was held to raise even more. Starting at Elk Place and led by the police band and the Shriners, girls with sheets collected coins thrown by the crowd. They were followed by Boy and Girl Scouts, the Shalimar Grotto Band and more, marching down to the Opera House site where an aria from Gallo was sung, followed by a duet from Madame Butterfly. Despite the public passion, the Opera

House was never rebuilt. In 1947, the still-empty space became a parking lot until talk began of erecting a hotel on the site. On December 4, 1965, exactly 46 years after the French Opera House burned down, the Downtowner Motor Inn opened. After a few changes in ownership, the site is now Four Points by Sheraton. n The French Opera House on the morning of December 4, 1919, with water still being sprayed onto the fire. The day after the fire, Lyle Saxon in The Times-Picyaune addressed the emotional heartache the city collectively suffered. Devastated people came to see the French Opera House smoldering, to mourn a place that for decades the primary site of their social lives and favorite memories. As he wrote: “There is a pall over the city; eyes are filled with tears and hearts are heavy. The heart of the old French Quarter has stopped beating.”

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Opera first came to New Orleans in the