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Spring is in the air, which is the perfect reason to update your wardrobe with fresh looks. This season’s fashion includes everything from whites to brights, and is as diverse as it’s fun and fabulous. Use these five outfits as a starting guide or replicate them down to the last shoe, starting on pg. 86.

St. Charles Avenue’s Courts of Carnival 2018 Compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith



Spring Protocol

Stories & Stop-Ins

This season’s fun and fabulous fashion

Festivals, food and fun in the French Quarter

Styled by Tracee Dundas Photographed by Theresa CASSAGNE

by Kelcy Wilburn Photographed by Cheryl Gerber

On the Cover The inaugural “Heart of the Park” hat luncheon will take place Wednesday, April 11 at the Arbor Room and Popp Fountain in City Park. Chairs Ashley Bright and Pam Bryan; President and Chief Executive Officer of Major Sponsor The Helis Interests in New Orleans David Kerstein; and Chair Susan Brennan; as well as (not pictured) Chair Bev Church invite you to take part in this fun event to benefit the protection Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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and management of City Park’s iconic oak trees and projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, such as Grow Dat Youth Farm, the Edible Schoolyards, the grounds at Latter Library and more. The Patron Party will begin at 11, and will feature Moët & Chandon Champagne. Entertainment will include the St. Augustine Marching Brass Band and Johnny Parker’s Band, who will lead guests in

a second-line into a gourmet lunch with tables decorated with dramatic centerpieces. City Park’s urban forest is home to the largest grove of mature live oak trees in the world, with some more than 800 years old. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 259-1509 or visit NewOrleans.BoldTypeTickets. com/events/51002883/heartof-the-park-hat-luncheon.

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Editors’ Notes

vintage wedding



Making a difference

826 New Orleans: Writing the future

Philanthropic Fun


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: A new way of seeing a favorite fest

Flower-Filled Fiesta NOHHF created the Cristina Fowler Memorial Scholarship Fund. 22


Houses With History A Patron Party opened the PRC’s 42nd annual weekend tour of Garden District homes. 24

Spring Fashion Accessories 18 On the Menu

Drumming In Spring: Arnaud’s Chef de Cuisine Tommy DiGiovanni shares their Herb-crusted pan-seared Black Drum with Buerre Rouge and spring corn maque choux 20 The Dish

Creole Italian: A long, happy marriage of cuisines

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Pellerin – Stakenborghs

Kids play

What’s Hot

Pierce Bienvenu Landry Weds Hans Adolph Boegh Jonassen: September 4, 1963

Passing the Torch The ADL honored Robert Merrick and Arthur Roger, and special honoree Allison PadillaGoodman. 26 Activists of the Year St. Charles Avenue proudly honored six local activists in its 22nd year. 28 Celebrating the Season with a Reason The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated $100K in grants and honored young people fighting cancer. 30

Born to Eat March of Dimes’ benefit offered chef tastings ranging from Louisiana classics to a whole alligator. 32 Under the Luminous Oaks The 31st “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party” offered an exclusive first look at the spectacular lights. 34 Dazzling Dances Inspired by “Dancing with the Stars,” the sold-out “Dancing for the Arts” benefited YALA. 36

102 Young Bloods

Monique Pilié: Executive Director, LA Green Corps 104 Student Activist

Evan Pierce McCollum: St. Martin’s Episcopal School 106 Shop Talk

Melissa Cousans Mortillaro: Owner & Manager, Gem Printing 107 Shop Talk

A Grand Slam for Students More than 200 partygoers gathered to support A’s & Aces. 38

Sondra Berger: Owner, The Optical Shoppe

Champions of Literacy “Faulkner for All” doubled as a surprise tribute for literacy pioneers Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo. 40


108 Snapshots

OnStage calendar

120 Nostalgia

The Gunga Den: A brief history of an infamous spot

April 2018 Vol. 22 Issue 11 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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Our cover features the most exciting inaugural “Heart of the Park” hat luncheon, which will be on Wednesday, April 11 at the Arbor Room and Popp Fountain in City Park! Proceeds from luncheon with benefit the protection and management of City Park’s iconic oak trees and projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, such as Grow Dat Youth Farm, the Edible Schoolyards, the grounds at Latter Library and more. Thanks so much to Chairs Ashley Bright and Pam Bryan, one of the major sponsors, David Kerstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Helis Interests in New Orleans, and Chair Susan Brennan (Edit Note: I’m also a Chair). Guests will arrive in their finest spring ensembles, complete with fabulous hats, and sip Moët & Chandon Champagne at the Patron Party. Entertainment will include the St. Augustine Marching Band and Johnny Parker’s Band, who will lead guests in a second-line into a gourmet lunch with tables decorated with dramatic centerpieces. Thanks to Auseklis Ozols for his beautiful painting, which is featured on the invitation and will

be auctioned at the luncheon! City Park has the largest grove of mature oak trees in the world! Some are over 800 years old! You don’t want to miss this! Please call 259-1509 or buy your ticket online at NewOrleans. This is the perfect time to update your wardrobe, so check out our annual spring fashion feature for the best styled outfits, our What’s Hot for the perfect accessory and our feature on French Quarter for where to go to show off your new outfits! We are so proud of our annual Courts of Carnival feature! We know you’ll want to save it and see all of your favorite friends who are in the courts, whether they’re debutantes, Kings, Queens or Pages. “For our 75th Anniversary and the city’s 300th, we’re going bigger to celebrate our mission: ‘To bring the joy of opera to everyone!’” says Director of Marketing & Audience Development of the New Orleans Opera Joe McKesson. “We’ve added three chamber operas, one of which kicked off the 150th anniversary of a famous a sauce by the same name, Tabasco.We’re producing one of our most lavish productions in years to bring Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: An Opera in Jazz home to New Orleans and of course,

our big “Birthday Bash,” which will have stars both local and from abroad sing beloved classic opera arias, amazing Broadway crossovers and epic scenes from your favorite operas.This year, more than ever, we want opera to connect with all of New Orleans, as we are ‘America’s first city of opera’ – 222 years and still counting!” To learn more, purchase tickets and support our opera, visit today! Tuesday, May 1 is the fifth annual GiveNOLA Day, which is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving day. On GiveNOLA, we have the opportunity to come together as a community to support our incredible nonprofits who work to improve the quality of life for us all. We have a culture of giving and the generosity of our people is astounding. In the past four years, GiveNOLA Day has raised more than $15 million for regional nonprofits. Last year alone, the giving day raised an astonishing $4.9 million. This year, the Greater New Orleans Foundation hopes to raise at least $5 million from 40,000 donations for more than 700 local nonprofits. To learn more visit

Beverly Reese Church

Students in the Arise Academy charter school band arrived in class one day last month to a wonderful surprise: Tipitina’s Foundation presented the school with trombones, clarinets, flutes, saxophones and trumpets to help expand their impressive music program. On Monday, April 30, you can join Tipitina’s Foundation in their efforts to promotes childhood music education at the 17th annual “Instruments A Comin’.” Tipitina’s uptown music club will host this outdoor festival, battle of the bands, silent auction and star-studded benefit concert that raises $150,000 each year for the purchase of musical instruments. Through their Instruments A Comin’ program, Tipitina’s Foundation has provided $3.2 million in musical instruments to more than 100 schools throughout Louisiana. Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased online at or by calling 895-8874.

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April Events When the weather begins to warm, I want to go outside and spend as much time there as possible – before it gets too hot to do so, which in this town may be next week! I know I’m not alone in this, because during my family’s morning walks we’ve gone from seeing the same few walking groups (Hello Rick and “The Ladies”!) to having to dodge between groups of friends, joggers and dog walkers alike. Snow ball stands are open, the azaleas are in bloom and our cars are covered in yellow pollen, which means it’s the perfect time to visit the French Quarter. This time of year there’s even more to do than the usual eating, drinking, shopping and perusing of art – there are tons of festivals! Learn more about those and where to stop in while enjoying them in our feature starting on pg. 86. Whether you’re looking to add a few key pieces to your usual spring outfits to bring them up to date or want to go all out with the latest trends, let our fashion feature and What’s Hot for Spring Fashion Accessories serve as your guide. This is also our sixth annual Courts of Carnival edition! This labor of love is more beautifully showcased than ever and includes some of your favorite people in the stunning gowns and regalia of the season just past. This issue is jam-packed with great ideas, information and profiles, but I want to bring special attention to this month’s Making a Difference column on 826 New Orleans, the eighth member of the prestigious 826 national network (you should really look this group up, it’s incredible) and its first Southern chapter. Formerly known as Big Class, this nonprofit will also soon be celebrating the opening of its new 7th Ward-based 826 New Orleans Youth Writing Center. In addition, they just funded their $20K Kickstarter in just 25 days (as of March 11) and are working on stretch goals. If by the time you read this the Kickstarter has ended, consider learning more about 826 New Orleans yourself and finding alternative ways to help. I am personally so excited to have a chapter here and can’t wait to see what they accomplish! Our annual “Registry of Charitable Events May-August 2018” will be in our next issue! To make certain your event is listed, make sure to fill out our online form: Now, get outside while you can and enjoy our beautifully blooming city!

5 “The Man & Woman of the Year Kickoff Party,” benefiting The

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3210

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“FOREver Green Golf Classic,”

benefiting Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 733-8220 19


“21st Annual A ward Luncheon,”

“Bow Tie Bash,” benefiting

benefiting CADA Prevention & Recovery Center,

the NO/AIDS Task Force, bow-tie-bash/ 6 “Studio 504: Disco for Dance,”

benefiting Upturn Arts, 390-8399 7 “Party on Lake Pontchartrain,”

benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 837-0945 7 “Paint the Town Green,”

benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045, extension 235 7 “Asian Pacific American Society Festival,” benefiting Audubon

Nature Institute, 581-4629, 7 “Cochon Cotillion XXII,”

benefiting Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134

20 “WYES Studio 12 Gala,” benefiting

WYES, 486-5511 20 “Spring Party 2018: Lost N Shangri-La – A Visit to Utopia,”

benefiting Isidore Newman School, 20 “2018 Roast of the Town,” the Delgado Community College Foundation, 671-5412

20 “Grow Dat Hootenanny,”

benefiting Grow Dat Youth Farm, (917) 846-7418 21 Harry Thompson Center Gala,”

benefiting the Harry Thompson Center, 504-273- 5547, extension 1 21 Second annual “I am for the Child Music Festival,” benefiting


CASA Jefferson, Inc., 620-5887

Fifth annual “Freret 5K and Half Mile Fun Run,” benefiting The


Junior League of New Orleans, 12 “Be Our Guest: Annual Freindraising Luncheon,”

benefiting Kingsley House, 523-6221, extension 127 18 “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting Men

and Women of Fashion, 522-0996, extension 208

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“Tails But No Black Tie,”

benefiting Equest Farm, 483-9398, 25 “Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal,” Catholic Charities,

592-5690 25 “School House Rock,” City Year

New Orleans, 302-5067 27 30th annual “Zoo-To-Do For Kids Presented by Tulane Pediatrics,” benefiting Audubon

Nature Institute, 861-6160, 11

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826 New Orleans Writing the future by Catherine Freeman

“Thunder is like a truck rolling over us in the cloudy darkness. Its wheels rumble in the damp, dark clouds above the city.” – Ava M., Age 8, Pizza Poetry 2016 April is National Poetry Month which couldn’t be more appropriate for local non-profit 826 New Orleans. The organization will not only become the eighth member of the prestigious 826 national network and its first Southern chapter but will also hold the opening of its new 7th Ward-based 826 New Orleans Youth Writing Center. Since 2011, the program formerly known as Big Class has been the only youth writing nonprofit in New Orleans dedicated to supporting students’ writing skills and is now poised to significantly expand its impact. They may be starting a new chapter in their work, but their mission remains the same to cultivate and support voices of young writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities. The 150 volunteers associated annually with 826 New Orleans have inspired 3,000 students to discover the power and possibilities of the written word through improving literary skills and developing published authors. Over 100 student publications have been produced and range from This is How it All Began – Animal Origin Stories by fourth graders at Green Charter School, to History Between These Folds, personal narratives by 11th graders at Carver High School.

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“At Big Class, there is an integrity and openness that is contagious, and this goes hand in hand with a real work ethic around the daunting challenge of writing well,” says Big Class Workshop leader and author Rebecca Snedeker. Big Class dates back to 2009, when creative and culturally curious Doug Keller moved to New Orleans with Teach for America. He struggled for a way to offer project-based interactive learning in his class of 43 first graders. Inspired by an 826 NYC seminar he attended in 2003, Doug decided a class book project was the perfect fit. After the first publication, book signing and growing interest from other teachers, Doug recognized the project’s potential and began offering the free Big Class programs to schools in 2011 and as an after school program in 2013. Now Executive Director Doug and the Big Class staff will join the 826 national network of youth writing nonprofits giving local students opportunities to connect with over 32,000 students in cities across the United States and fostering civic dialogue on a national scale. Beginning in April, the transformative work of 826 New Orleans will come alive in the educational space of the 826

New Orleans Writing Center. Their 4,500 square foot home will provide a welcoming community space to offer 1,500 students this year innovative and exciting workshops, field trips, after school programs and a Young Writer’s Council – doubling the capacity of students they serve. They will also continue to offer six-month or two-week book project programs in schools and community writing collections that bring together youth voices from across the city. The nonprofit operates from the belief that “reading is access, but writing is agency.” Amplifying the youth voice through writing and publishing allows students to be heard and in turn become empowered in all areas of their lives. Big Class student Gabrielle says it best, “As soon as I come through the door I feel like I can do anything.” n

A little more … Enjoy a pizza delivered with a poem written by a young person on the fifth annual “Pizza Poetry Day:” April 27, 2018. A portion of the proceeds benefit 826 New Orleans. Find participating restaurants at 13

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival A new way of seeing a favorite fest By Brittany Kennedy

For many locals and tourists, the idea of bringing a child to Jazz Fest isn’t a question of if you should do it, but why you would want to in the first place. Yet, for many New Orleanians, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival gives us an opportunity to share the things we love about our city in one place: its music, its food and its culture all come together for 10 days of sweaty – sometimes muddy – fun. There are several online resources that give tips and tricks to Jazz Fest with babies, toddlers and young children, and most of that knowledge boils down to one basic piece of advice: Know your kids, which means knowing their limits and finding the spaces and opportunities at the fest to ensure that everyone (including adults) can end the day with minimal meltdowns. For most parents (and many Jazz Fest veterans), your day will involve a few trips to the Grandstand, with its air conditioning and clean restrooms. It also has the Lagniappe stage, which has a quieter vibe, a usually decent act and seats in the shade to enjoy a snack and a beverage. In addition to the sealed bottled water that fest security lets you bring in, most parents report being allowed to bring snacks and juice boxes. While strollers are allowed, many people opt 14 st. charles Avenue April 2018

for a carrier of some kind, as maneuvering a stroller across a muddy fairground through thousands of festivalgoers can become an Olympic event where, instead of a gold medal, the winner gets a Rose Mint Tea and a Cochon de Lait Po-Boy. In addition to having snacks and water, the Jazz Fest parent is likely to be the most prepared person you encounter in 10 days. Like being on the parade route, going camping or spending a week at Disney World, if you need a dab of sunscreen, a wet wipe or hand sanitizer, chances are a fest parent is going to be able to help you out. Meanwhile, if you find yourself in need of these items, you can meander to the Kids Tent, located strategically and blissfully near the Grandstand. With its own lineup, activities and food to attract smaller festivalgoers, this area gives kids a chance to have a little time with their peers after spending a day surrounded by a sea of sweaty adults, and the Mac and Cheese there is a festival favorite among folks of all ages. While it’s easy to spend your day between the Grandstand and the Kids Tent, the

Louisiana Cultural Pavilion and the Cultural Exchange Pavilion often have events and performances that can really attract school-age children. This year, the Cultural Exchange Pavilion is celebrating that New Orleans Tricentennial, and the art, crafts and performances are likely to mirror a lot of events going on in town and what kids are learning in school. Last year’s focus on Cuba resulted in my 4-year-old son being mesmerized by Robert Guerra Hechevarría’s 20-foot mural, and we kept finding our way back there throughout the day. My son’s discovery of Cuban naïve painting brings me to my last piece of Fest parenting advice: Go with the flow. Jazz Fest is a wash of music, color, excitement and good food. These are all things that kids of all ages love, and, while it’s tempting to find constant respite in the Grandstand and Kids Tent, letting them discover the different things the fest has to offer (with a hat, sunscreen and some well-timed breaks) can open our eyes to things we may not have noticed before, perhaps seeing our beloved fest in a new light. n 15

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Spring Fashion Accessories By Amy Gabriel

From concerts at Paradigm Gardens and perusing the perennials at the Botanical Garden at City Park to shared bottles of chardonnay in the Café Amelie courtyard, springtime in New Orleans is a time to be out and about. Celebrate the season of renewal in statement-making accessories that will keep you stylish from head to two-tone espadrille.

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� 4. A perfectly placed hair bow with a French barrette will make your little one the sweetest at the snowball stand. Nola Tawk, 487-0044,

5. A luxe leather passport case from local label Four Rivers Designs is the ideal addition to your globetrotting summer travels. Four Rivers Designs, Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352, HomeMaloneNola. com; 6. A sweet gift to split, the to the moon and back necklace pairs a guitar pick pendant with a small heart charm. Cristy Cali, Adler’s, 722 Canal St., 523-5292; 3301 Veterans Blvd., 523-5292; 862-6652, 1. Pink-and-gold Winnie shades will put you in a sunny frame of mind. Warby Parker Frame Studio, 3964 Magazine St., 799-2830

2. Sun kissed shoulders await in a L*Space bikini in a neutral shade. Basics Underneath Fine Lingerie | Swim & Gym, 5513 Magazine St., 894-1000, 3. Provide your own shade while wearing a classic men’s Brighton High straw fedora with a trendy speckled crown and solid gray brim. Goorin Bros., 2127 Magazine St., 522-1890; 709 Royal St., 523-4287,

7. The mini Gulf oyster bow tie reminds that you’re never too young to dress dapper. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 8753522, 8. Swap your weekday satchel for a suede fold over clutch in blush. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, 9. Add a little stripe to your step with a lightweight crisscross stretch espadrille style sandal. Charleston Shoe Co., 333 Canal St.; 519 Wilkinson St., (855) 9967463, 17

on the menu

Drumming in Spring Arnaud’s Chef de Cuisine Tommy DiGiovanni shares their Herb-crusted pan-seared Black Drum with Buerre Rouge and spring corn maque choux Herb-crusted Black Drum 2 6-8 ounce Drum or Redfish fillets 1½ Tablespoons chopped chives 1½ Tablespoons dill 1½ Tablespoons oregano 1½ Tablespoons Italian parsley Sea salt to taste Pepper to taste 4 ounces olive oil Chop fresh herbs coarse or fine depending on preference. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Sprinkle and gently pat down herbs on top of the fillets. Add oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot, place fish in the pan, herb-crusted side down. Cook for about 1 minute and gently flip the fish over. Let cook on that side to completion; it’s best to lower the heat and cook slowly, probably 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and reserve.

Spring Corn Maque Choux 2 ears fresh yellow corn 1/4 cup onion, finely diced 1/4 cup celery, finely diced 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced 1 Tablespoon jalapeño pepper, finely diced 1/4 cup green onion, finely diced 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced Sea Salt to taste Pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil

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1/3 cup dry white wine 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 large shallot, very finely chopped 2 Tablespoons tomato paste 1½ sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, snipped small In a small saucepan, combine wine, tomato paste, cream and shallot over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently until reduced to about 3 Tablespoons, watching carefully, about 10 minutes. (Set aside for up to 1 hour before finishing sauce, if desired, or finish immediately.) Place pan over low heat to warm through, if necessary. As soon as it’s steaming, add all the butter at once and swirl or whisk the sauce continuously until butter has been thoroughly absorbed and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat immediately and stir in the pepper and chives. Use within 10 minutes or keep warm, covered, in the top of a double boiler over warm but not simmering water for up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

To Plate: Place the hot corn maque choux in the center of a dinner plate. Place the fillet atop the corn and drizzle sauce atop and around the fish. Garnish with a sprig of one of the herbs used in preparation. Serves 2


Arnaud’s, 813 Bienville St. 523-5433,

Shuck corn and reserve kernels. In a large sauté pan, add oil and butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add all ingredients except the green onion, corn, salt and pepper. Sauté vegetables until al dente, about 2 minutes, stirring so they won’t stick or caramelize. Add corn and cook on low heat, about 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Add green onion, salt and pepper and reserve.

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Creole Italian A long, happy marriage of cuisines By Jyl Benson

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House-made pastry basket from AVO photo by Mike Lirette

By the dawn of the 20th century, the food of New Orleans had been firmly established as an identifiable cuisine, Creole, which was a source of cultural identity and pride. However, that cuisine wasn’t static then and isn’t now. As waves of immigrants moved into the city the culinary traditions they brought with them were slowly absorbed into the “mother” Creole cuisine, and they found their places at the table. Creole cuisine’s ability to amalgamate with another is most evident in Creole Italian dishes. Following the Civil War the city recruited labor from other lands to work in agricultural interests, especially the cultivation of sugar cane, to maintain production to meet demand. Among those recruited by the Louisiana Immigration League were the Italians, many of them Sicilian. Sicilian immigrants flowed directly into the Port of New Orleans, bypassing Ellis Island, from 1885 to 1915. Like the people they found already living in New Orleans, food was central to the Sicilians’ life and identity. Creole red gravy is the foundation of Creole Italian foods. It evolved as a traditional slow-cooked tomato sauce was adapted to Creole tastes. Instead of the fresh tomatoes commonly used in traditional Creole cooking, new

dishes used the canned tomatoes the Sicilians had long favored. The sauce is made with a dark roux and includes bell peppers in its aromatic base, ingredients that would never have been used in a traditional Italian dish. This new Creolized Italian sauce is used as the foundation for many familiar dishes, such as meatballs and spaghetti, lasagna and baked ziti. To those of us who grew up with our city’s reinterpretation of one of the world’s great cuisines, fresh, Italian grandmother-made marinara sauce can fall flat. A New Orleanian by way of Sicily Vincent Catalanotto opened his first eponymous restaurant in Metairie in 1989 and another in 1997 with business partner Tony Imbraguglio on St. Charles Avenue near the Riverbend, my local haunt. The place never seems to be stacked less than three deep at the moodily lit bar and those hoping to get lucky and score a table without a reservation fill the thoughtfully placed benches lining the Fern Street sidewalk. The food at Vincent’s is as fresh, flavorful and robust as it has ever been in the restaurant’s 20-year history. The Rose of Sicily pairs two pan-fried long-stemmed artichokes with a sauté of fresh sage, garlic and tomato with ribbons of prosciutto. The Garlic Chicken is baked and served bone-in topped olive oil, herbs and enough garlic to

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, Avo 5908 Magazine St., 509-6550,

Try This: Chef Nick Lama of Avo is a third- generation Sicilian. Like the children in most close-knit immigrant families he grew up watching his mother and grandmother recreate the foods of the family’s ancestral home, and he often accompanied his father and grandfather to work their historic seafood market, St. Roch, in the 9th Ward. At Avo, which translates to “grandfather” or “ancestor,” Lama pays homage to the foods of his ancestors while elevating them with respect and restraint. He recently began offering Saturday and Sunday brunch at the verdant courtyard restaurant he opened in 2015. The menu encourages sharing. Starters include a basket of house made pastries, meatballs and polenta, and an everything spice bagel flatbread with smoked salmon, capers, red onion and leek cream. Large plates include spaghetti alla carbonara, tuna with orzo, hanger steak with soft scrambled eggs and gnocchi alla Romana with egg, sausage, peppers,and arrabbiata.

render any date a safe. The Chicken Parmigiana could be a standard bearer for the New Orleansstyle red gravy classic as could the Lasagna, which layers ground beef and Italian sausage between thin sheets of fresh pasta, mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, basil, finished with red gravy, and the Veal Bracialoni, which is stuffed with artichoke hearts, bacon, garlic and Parmesan cheese before it is tied together and braised low and slow in that same satisfying red gravy. n 21

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Flower-Filled Fiesta


NOHHF created the Cristina Fowler Memorial Scholarship Fund. By Shelby Simon

For nearly 30 years, the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation has awarded more than 800 scholarships to high school students of Hispanic descent that allows them to attend local private or parochial high schools, as well as providing scholarships to high-achieving public high school seniors who will be attending college. This year, NOHHF started a fund in the name of one of the organization’s founders, Cristina Fowler, who passed away. A champion of students, the “Azúcar Ball” took place in her honor. Named “El Festival de las Flores,” the flower-filled fiesta featured beautiful arrangements throughout the room, as well as flower crowns provided and worn by patrons. A stunning flower wall step and repeat offered a whimsical photo opportunity for guests. The Galvez Cup recipient and honoree was Jenny Hamilton. Herbsaint generously hosted the Patron Party. Musical performances throughout the evening were provided by Ashe Son and Julio y Cesar. Chairpersons were Mary Petikas and Mullady Voelker, two dynamic women who helped raise a record amount for NOHHF. n



Event at a Glance What: “Azúcar Ball,” benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

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1. George Fowler, Chairpersons Mary Petikas and Mullady Voelker and Raul Fonte 2. Honoree Jenny Hamilton, Ewell Smith and Luz Caputto 3. Janeice Jaynes, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Maria León Vallejo 4. Ileana and Jose Suquet with Heidi Kiesling 5. Adriana Lopez, Patty Riddlebarger and Arnaldo and Carmen Perez 6. Ernesto Salas, Nga Quinlan and Max Moreno



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Houses With History


A Patron Party opened the PRC’s 42nd annual weekend tour of Garden District homes. By Shelby Simon

One of the largest fundraisers for the Preservation Resource Center, the “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party” kicked off with a lavish cocktail reception at the historic Garden District home of Liz and Terry Creel, complete with an open bar, live music and local cuisine. New Orleans Banjos +2 led by Joan Pizzolato (“the Queen of New Orleans banjo” according to Spud McConnell), Johnny Parker and more of New Orleans’ top traditional Dixieland Jazz artists provided musical entertainment. Pigéon Caterers provided a host of delectable bites, including coconut beer-battered Gulf shrimp with Creole orange horseradish sauce, fried green tomato with spiced cornmeal coating and Creole aioli, a charcuterie station and a grits bar including Southern-style, barbecue shrimp, andouille and more. Kristin Van Hook Moore and Mary Martin Roth served as Patron Party Chairs. “Holiday Home Tour” Chairs were Elizabeth Harper Emmett and Ashley Payne Gonzalez. Approximately 300 patrons attended the event. n



Event at a Glance What: “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party,” benefiting the Preservation Resource Center When: Friday, December 8, 2017

1. Brian Moore and Patron Party Co-Chairs Kristin Van Hook Moore and Mary Martin Roth and Richard Roth 2. Holiday Home Tour Co-Chair Ashely Payne Gonzalez with Kathleen and Drew Ramsey and Co-Chair Elizabeth Harper Emmett 3. Jack Davis with Hosts Liz and Terry Creel 4. Adele and Graham Ralston, Catherine Makk 5. Mark Hensgens and Tim Armstrong 6. Leigh Bell with Ryan and Lauren Haydel

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Passing the Torch


The ADL honored Robert Merrick and Arthur Roger, and special honoree Allison Padilla-Goodman. By Shelby Simon

The Torch of Liberty Award is presented by the Anti-Defamation League to individuals who personify the noblest traditions of the United States of America. Honorees are well-known for their community and public service, philanthropic endeavors and personal commitment to making the world a better place. This year’s A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Awards were presented to honorees Robert Merrick and Arthur Roger and Special Honoree Allison Padilla-Goodman. Joe Exnicios, Lacey Conway, Hardy Fowler, Rick Haase, Sherry and Alan Leventhal, Tim Francis, Marc Behar and Jack Sullivan served as Dinner Chairs. A VIP cocktail reception at 8-Block Restaurant prior to the dinner allowed honorees and their distinguished guests an opportunity to share a special toast in honor of their contribution to our community. Passed hors d’oeuvres included Smoked Salmon on a Buckwheat Blini with Lemon Chive Crème Fraiche and Ahi Tuna Poke with Wakame Salad. The gala featured wine and liquor provided by Republic National Distributing Company and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Dinner was catered by the Hyatt Regency. Centerpieces were created with great care by Vivian Cahn with beautiful red roses provided by Canseco’s. More than 630 attendees at the dinner. This was also the first “Torch of Liberty Dinner” under the leadership of Aaron Ahlquist, the ADL South Central Region’s new Regional Director. n



Event at a Glance What: “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting Anti-Defamation League When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1. Dinner Chair Tim Francis, Honoree Arthur Roger and Dinner Chairs Jack Sullivan and Marc Behar 2. Nancy B. Timm, Advisory Board Chair Jonathan Lake and Special Honoree Allison Padilla-Goodman 3. Sheryl Merrick, Honoree Robert Merrick and Dinner Chair Lacey Conway 4. Dinner Chairs Rick Haase, Hardy Fowler and Joe Exnicios 5. Michael Botnick, Julie Breeden, Bill Goldring and Regional Director Aaron Ahlquist 6. Rachael Kansas Feder, Peter Sperling and Carrie Marks

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Activists of the Year


St. Charles Avenue proudly honored six local activists in its 22nd year. By Shelby Simon

Each year, St. Charles Avenue recognizes the outstanding achievements of New Orleanians who dedicate their passion, time and resources into making our city better. The by-invitation-only “Activists of the Year” gala brings these activists and approximately 150 patrons together for an evening of celebration and recognition. The 2017 Activists of the Year included Stephanie and Terrance Osborne, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Linda and Thomas Westfeldt. Stephanie Osborne was recognized for her contributions to wellness, women’s empowerment and mindfulness through her leadership and founding of a variety of programs combining these passions, in addition to her activism with several nonprofits. Internationally celebrated artist Terrance Osborne, a full-time artist and gallery owner on Magazine Street, was honored for his inspired and colorful contributions to the city of New Orleans, which he depicts in his acclaimed artwork. Patrons of the arts, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski are to thank for the revival and stunning restoration of The Orpheum Theatre, the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. They also launched the Tipitina’s Foundation, which has now distributed $3.35 million worth of instruments to 101 schools across Louisiana. Linda Westfeldt’s passion for special education and serving individuals with special needs led her to form the Chartwell Center, which offers educational services, therapy and training to support students, parents, teachers and other professionals. Thomas Westfeldt and his family have been actively involved with their adopted city of New Orleans for generations, operating maritime trade company Westfeldt Brothers, Inc. He, too, is actively involved with the Chartwell Center, as well as The Society for The Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, now known as The Waldo Burton Memorial Home. Harpist Helen Maxwell provided musical entertainment as guests mingled throughout IberiaBank, which hosted and offered beverages and catering. n



Event at a Glance What: “Activists of the Year,” hosted by St. Charles Avenue and the Renaissance Foundation Where: IberiaBank 1. Activists Terrance and Stephanie Osborne and Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski with Executive Editor Bev Church and Activists Thomas and Linda Westfeldt 2. Blair and Lydia Scanlon with Bill Langenstein, Executive Editor Bev Church and Cleland Powell 3. Susan Johnson, Dathel Coleman, Kay Kerrigan and Barbara Bush 4. Lynn Morgan and Tommy Westerfeldt 5. Denise Thornton and Dana Hansel 6. Editor Morgan Packard Griffith and Executive Editor Bev Church

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Celebrating the Season with a Reason


The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated $100K in grants and honored young people fighting cancer. By Shelby Simon

Celebrating forty-eight years of raising funds and finding cures, the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. held their annual “Fete de Noel” in early December at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand Ballroom. Over the years, the LLL has donated over $3.4 million to finding a cure. This year’s theme was “Oh, What Fun It Is To Give.” One lucky winner at each table won the gold present decorating each table. More than 1,000 attendees joined in the festivities, topped with the presentation of $100,000 in grants for 2017-2018 to: George A. Calin M.D., Ph.D.; Maro Ohanian M..D;Victoria Belancio Ph.D.; and Rachel E. Rau M.D. Also in attendance and honored were young people fighting cancer: Callen Kott, Kailee Taylor, Annabelle Thomas and Macie Goleman. They modeled fashions from Dillard’s and were excited to have each outfit as their own. The Dillard’s fashion show, “A Decade of Friendship,” featured scenes from throughout the 10-year partnership between Dillard’s and LLL. The show included scenes themed: Chorus Line, In the Jungle, Painted by Monet, Paris, Madrid, Boots Are Made for Walkin’, James Bond and Ladies in Red. Pre-event entertainment was provided by Louisiana native T-Ray, the violinist. Richard Kernion also made an appearance as Santa. There were more than 100 silent auction items in addition to door prizes, including a shopping spree from Dillard’s, travel, jewelry and more. Chairwoman Jacquelyn Milan kept everything running smoothly, and Camille Whitworth of WDSU-TV served as Mistress of Ceremonies. n



Event at a Glance What: “Fete de Noel,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

1. Chairwoman Jacquelyn Milan, Mike Jones, Denise Woodward and Meb Cefalu 2. Deborah Blancher, model and survivor Callen Kott, Bobbie Long and Calolyn D’Antonio 3. Michele Danos, Paula Skaggs, Anna Eller and Joan Ingram

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Born to Eat


March of Dimes’ benefit offered chef tastings ranging from Louisiana classics to a whole alligator. By Shelby Simon

The “Signature Chefs Auction” in November raised more than $90,000 to help fund the fight to end premature birth. The funds raised support prematurity research and local programs to support healthy moms and babies. A stunning lineup of chef ’s tastings included: chef Mark Quitney of Hilton Riverside Hotel; chef Rene Bajeaux of Palace Cafe; chef Thorsten Leighty of Marriott; chef Nathan Richard of Cavan; chef Mike Lena of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; chef Stephen Marsella of Creole Concepts; chef Brack May of Cowbell; chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s; and chef Thomas Wolfe of Royal Orleans. The highlight of the chef ’s tastings came from chef Carlos Lainez, who featured an impressive presentation of a whole barbecued alligator. The Honey Island Swamp Band performed and entertained more than 200 attendees. There were seven live auction packages, the highlight of which was a Mardi Gras at the Marriott prize. Secretary of Health, Dr. Rebecca Gee, was in attendance, in addition to Co-Chairs the Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken and Steve Dwyer. n



Event at a Glance What: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting March of Dimes Where: Sheraton Hotel

1. Co-Chairs Steven Dwyer and the Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken 2. Chefs Rene Bajeux, Randall Denny, Carlos R. Lainez, Spiro Dimitriou and Thorsten Leighty 3. Paige and Paul Prechter

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Under the Luminous Oaks


The 31st “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party” offered an exclusive first look at the spectacular lights. By Shelby Simon

The dazzling soirée kickoff for the 31st annual holiday light festival in New Orleans City Park served as the park’s largest fundraiser of the year. One of the most spectacular holiday light festivals in the United States, “Celebration in the Oaks” features the famous oak trees draped in hundreds of thousands of lights and creative light exhibits on display throughout the 25 acres, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the miniature train route and winding lagoons. The event also served as Mr. Bingle’s 70th birthday. More than 1,200 attendees got the first glimpse of the holiday lights and were given exclusive access to the New Orleans Botanical Garden and train route. Patrons were treated to a tantalizing array of food from 35 local restaurants, caterers and endless spirits. This year’s culinary competition winners were Lagniappe Luncheonette, Palace Cafe, Marcello’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Three Legged Dog and Milagro. Additional highlights included Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar, Crescent City Steakhouse, Haydel’s Bakery, Pascal’s Manale Restaurant and Ralph’s on the Park. Musical entertainment included Dat Band, Brass Hatters and DJ RQ Away. Rebecca Bayer Jostes and Mayra Pineda served as Event Chairs. n



Event at a Glance What: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans City Park Where: City Park

1. Tania Hahn, John Hopper, Co-Chair Rebecca Bayer Jostes and Kurt Jostes 2. Cassie Carreras, Steven Barnett and Andrea Legrand 3. Nicholas Brasset, Natalie Weiss, Fred Holley and Leigh Morgan Thorpe

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Dazzling Dances


Inspired by “Dancing with the Stars,” the sold-out “Dancing for the Arts” benefited YALA. By Shelby Simon

By supporting Young Audiences Louisiana’s mission of inspiring, empowering and connecting children and communities through education, arts and culture, the eighth annual “Dancing for the Arts” impacted the lives of over 60,000 children throughout southeast Louisiana. The event featured dance competition performances, which took place in the round, and tables of guests radiated out from the dancefloor. Centerpieces were created by aspiring artists led by Young Audiences’ teaching artist Todd Shaffer during a holiday arts workshop. A mural was created by students at Young Audiences Charter School for guests’ pictures. Dance competition judges included Tamika Jett, dancer, choreographer and cast member of “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce”; Dennis Lomonaco, CEO of Story Block Media; Kenny Lopez, WGNO-TV Reporter; and Beverly Matheney, Event Founder. Inspired by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” awards were presented to participating dancers. People’s Choice and Sizzling Swagger were awarded to Christine Guillory, Judges’ Choice and Most Mesmerizing Movement were presented to Punkin Habet, Superior Sophistication to Dr. Jane Miller, Technical Excellence to Ben Sherman, Showstopper to Carl Mack and Smooth Operator to Tai Teamer. Black Pearl Catering Company provided hors d’oeuvres and a full dinner for over 250 guests. In addition to the dance competition, the event opened with a rousing performance by Young Audiences Charter School’s jazz ensemble featuring talented students in grades 3-7. The band played during intermission followed by the beautiful West Jefferson High School dance ensemble that presented a combination of the Haitian Dance “Yanvalou” and the Cuban Dance “Palo.” The silent auction chaired by Anita Demps and Allison Kupperman featured an array of 36 fabulous items, including six Delta Airlines tickets, a citrine and white diamond ring set in gold, a signed Drew Brees football, an autographed Pelicans jersey and ball and a variety of exclusive hotel and restaurant experiences. A champagne-skirted model made a special appearance. All proceeds from the gala fund Young Audiences’ afterschool and summer arts education programs. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, December 1, 2017 Where: The Civic Theatre

1. Event Founder Beverly Matheney, Silent Auction Co-Chair Anita Demps, Charles Gaspard and Silent Auction Co-Chair Allison Kupperman 2. Christine Guillory, Warren and Gail McKenna and Joycelyn Reynolds 3. Edna Moore, Joyce Pulitzer, Mary Nass and Ana Gershanik

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A Grand Slam for Students


More than 200 partygoers gathered to support A’s & Aces. By Shelby Simon

Hosted by the Cooper family, the Waring family and the Fitz-Hugh family in their State Street homes, the 1100-1210 blocks of State Street served as the party venue for the A’s & Aces benefit. A’s & Aces aims to provide academic assistance, life skills and tennis programming to New Orleans public school children, utilizing a sport-based youth development model to support their success in academics and beyond. The event raised approximately $25,000 for the organization. Linda Bjork, Pam Cooper, Jane Cross, Barbara Fitz-Hugh, Aly Goldberg, Anna Monhartova, David Schumacher, Kathleen Waring and Wendy Waters served as Event Chairs. The honorees were: Nicholas Crockens, A’s & Aces Player of the Year; Elijah Lopez, A’s & Aces Most Improved Player of the Year; William Bostick, USTA Southern NJTL Essay Contest Winner; Jordan Mitchell, A’s & Aces Excellence Team Player; Eadan Waters, A’s & Aces Most Improved Player of the Year; and Teah Johnson, Southern Championship Louisiana Representative Player. For decor, Pam Cooper and friends re-purposed tennis balls into adorable candle and foliage holders, Kathleen Waring decked out her house with neon green tulle and vintage tennis rackets and volunteers sported Mardi Gras beads with tennis balls on the end and tennis outfits that marked them as “servers.” All three homes were marked by tennis balloons. Many guests wore cocktail attire, chatting while enjoying food and drinks. Pam Cooper, Kathleen Waring, and Barbara Fitz-Hugh arranged for and provided the catering at their respective homes. The first home had a signature cocktail called “The Ace” curated by Neil Bodenheimer of the bar Cure, and had passable, light appetizers. The second house had heavier appetizers. The final house was marked by champagne and cupcakes. All three homes offered wine and beer as well as an assortment of soft drinks and water. The auction had a total of 95 lots ranging from experiences to art to food. Prizes of note include: Rod Laver memorabilia including a signed tennis ball, vintage racket and Laver Cup program, a Drew Brees-signed Wilson racket and New Orleans Saints football and hat, a plethora of art and a trip to stay at Longwood Tennis Club. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Where: 1100-1210 blocks of State Street

1. Event Chair Pam Cooper, Executive Director David Schumacher and President Anna Monhartova 2. Vick and Margie Ronger with Event Chairs Jane Cross and Linda Bjork 3. Ben and Event Chair Kathleen Waring with Anderson and Michelle Baker

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Champions of Literacy


“Faulkner for All” doubled as a surprise tribute for literacy pioneers Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo. By Shelby Simon

A celebratory atmosphere welcomed approximately 200 patrons to “Faulker for All,” which served as a surprise tribute to the contributions of Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo for their tireless contributions to improving literacy in New Orleans. Honored for “A Generation of Heavy Lifting for Literary New Orleans,” James and DeSalvo founded the Faulkner Society 27 years ago and Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans 20 years ago. Gold medal and A Legand In His/Her Own Time winners received their prizes at a cocktail reception preceding the gala. Gold medal winners were: Timothy Jay Smith, Novel; Dave Barnette, Narrative Non-fiction Book; Martha Moffett, Novella; Andrew Comenelli, Short Story; Sean W. Murphy, Novel-inProgress; Megan Baxter, Essay; Stacey Balkun, Poetry; Abigail Lyman, High School Short Story. ALIHOT winners were: Patty Friedmann, Fiction; Tim Gautreaux, Fiction; Adam Johnson, Fiction; Stewart O’Nan, Fiction; Resa Aslan, Non-Fiction; and Walter Isaacson, Non-Fiction. During the tributes, Megan Holt surprised Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo with the news that One Book One New Orleans will establish the James-DeSalvo award, given each year at Words & Music, to someone who has dedicated their time and energy to making New Orleans a more literate city. The inaugural JamesDeSalvo award went, of course, to Rosemary and Joe for their work with the BIG READ program. Anne Simms-Pincus served as Event Chair, and Roy Blount Jr. was the Toastmaster. Hotel Monteleone provided catering and beverages. Entertainment included Fruta Brutal, led by Martin Better, at the cocktail reception, and a tribute to Fats Domino by Craig Adams at the gala. Additionally, Gerald McRaney attended and performed a part from Faulkner’s first novel, Soldiers’ Pay. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 Where: Hotel Monteleone 1. OBONO Director Megan Holt with Honorees Joe DeSalvo and Rosemary James 2. Cathy and ALIHOT Honoree Walter Isaacson with Anne and Ron Pincus 3. Faulkner-Wisdom Sponsor Jana Napoli, Faulkner-Wisdom Honoree Dave Barnette and Sibley Barnette

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St. Charles Avenue’s 2018

Courts of

Carnival St. Charles Avenue’s sixth annual Courts of Carnival reminds you that Mardi Gras really is the most wonderful time of year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse chronological order from Mardi Gras to Twelfth Night, the Courts of Carnival march through our memories, complete with sparkling trains and glittering crowns. Long live the season! By Morgan Packard Griffith 43

Mistick Krewe of Comus Year Founded: 1857

Theme: “Encore au Théâtre de l’Opéra”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Anne Summers White Photographer: Nola Vows Photography

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Maids Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, Miss Margaret Ann Bryan, Miss Katherine Kergosien Simmons and Miss Sarah Elizabeth Grehan, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Anne Summers White, and Maids Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, Miss Virginia Currin Bryan, Miss Julia Murphy Grehan, Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Miss Layne Watkins Nalty Pages Master Brandon Freret Favrot, Master Cooper Suthon Woods, Master Neil Pope Phillips IV and Master Tucker Caldwell Graham

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Rex Year Founded: 1872

Theme: “L’Ancienne Nouvelle-Orléans”

Her Majesty Queen of Carnival Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman His Majesty King of Carnival Mr. Lynes R. “Poco” Sloss Charity: Rex’s Pro Bono Publico Foundation had given more than $6 million since Hurricane Katrina to support public education. Photographer: Nola Vows Photography

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His Majesty King of Carnival Mr. Lynes R. “Poco” Sloss and Her Majesty Queen of Carnival Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman King’s Page Master Walter Douglas Goliwas and Queen’s Page Master Tullis Ritter Gambel Duke Mr. William Kethley Dossett Jr., Maid Miss Jane Talley Hodges, Duke Mr. Edouard James Kock IV, Maid Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, Duke Mr. Frank Mooney Nalty III, Maid Miss Elizabeth Lockwood Atherton, Duke Mr. Stephen Henry Boh Jr. and Maid Miss Ellen Ashley Feringa, with King’s Page Master Walter Douglass Goliwas, His Majesty King of Carnival Mr. Lynes R. “Poco” Sloss and Her Majesty Queen of Carnival Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman and Queen’s Page Master Tullis Ritter Gambel, with Maid Miss Catherine Reese Bickham, Duke Mr. David Merrick Lane Jr., Maid Miss Julia Anne Charbonnet, Duke Mr. William Robert McNeal, Maid Miss Elise Lockett Clay, Duke Mr. Harold Granberry Tabb III, Maid Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White and Duke Mr. Morgan Williams LeCorgne

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Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Year Founded: 1909

Theme: “Celebrating the Tri-centennial Zulu Style”

His Majesty King Mr. Brent D. Washington Sr. Her Majesty Queen Mrs. Troye Madison Washington Photographer: Gavin Goins with Goins Photography

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Miss Mhya Brown

Miss Nia Brown

Miss Deja Crayton

Miss Aaliyah Dumas

Miss Aliyah J. East

Miss Tayla Gaines

Miss Caleigh Gauthier

Miss Nia Hudson

Miss Summer Johnson

Miss India Keys

Miss Kenadi R. Maupin

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Miss Kenaydj Montgomery

Miss Jalen D. Moore

Miss Aalaina Newman

Miss Destynee Payne

MissMichaelaF. Stevenson

Miss Kailey Strozier,

Miss Jada A. Taylor

Miss Camry Wharton

Miss Autumn Williams

Miss Kaitlyn Williams

Miss Maici Williams

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Krewe of Proteus Year Founded: 1881

Theme: “Les Grâces des dieux pour la Nouvelle Orléans”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Layne Watkins Nalty Page Master Howard Chapman Gleason, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Layne Watkins Nalty and Proteus 2018, and Page Master James Joseph Reiss IV Maids Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman and Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Layne Watkins Nalty, and Maids Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Miss Jane Talley Hodges Pages Master James Joseph Reiss IV and Master Howard Chapman Gleason Maids Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, with Page Master Howard Chapman Gleason, and Her Majesty Queen Miss Layne Watkins Nalty and Proteus 2018, with Page Master James Joseph Reiss IV, and Maids Miss Jane Talley Hodges and Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman Photographer: Nola Vows Photography 56 st. charles Avenue APRIL 2018 57

Original Illinois Club Year Founded: 1895 Theme: “The Original Illinois Club presents: Jack Conrad’s Voodoo on the Bayou” Debutante Miss Victoria Thomas with Escort Mr. Mark V. Joseph Sr.; Debutante Miss Alyssa Lastrapes with Escort Mr. Gregory Perrault Jr.; Pages Miss Imari Felix and Miss Zoe Smallwood; Royal Maid Miss Kaitlyn August with Escort Mr. Lynn J. Dedeaux; Tableau Character Jack Conrad portrayed by Dr. Robert R. Newsome Sr.; Her Majesty Queen Miss Anya Isabella Rose Knudsen Washington; Royal Maid Miss Brice Berger with Escort Mr. H. Kenneth Johnston; Pages Miss Sky Paxton and Miss Jamie Barnes; Escort Mr. Anthony F. Maheia with Debutante Miss Andi Robinson; and Escort Mr. Charles F. Webb Sr. with Debutante Miss Jaya Young Photographer: Aaron Cormier Photography

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Her Majesty Queen Miss Anya Isabella Rose Knudsen Washington Herald Miss Rayion Payton, Royal Debutante Miss Alyssa Lastrapes, Page Miss Jamie Barnes, Royal Debutante Miss Victoria Thomas, Page Miss Zoe Smallwood, Royal Debutante Maid Miss Kaitlyn August, Her Majesty Queen Miss Anya Isabella Rose Knudsen Washington, Royal Debutante Maid Miss Brice Berger, Page Miss Imari Felix, Royal Debutante Miss Jaya Young, Page Miss Sky Paxton, Royal Debutante Miss Andi Robinson; and Herald Miss Rayven Payton 59

Knights of Babylon Year Founded: 1939

Theme: “Gifts of the Gods to New Orleans”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Maia Elizabeth-Pari Massiha and Sargon LXXIII Pages Master Avery William Paulin, Master Jordan Robert Paulin, Master William Ray Everitt Jr., Master Caylan Daniel Sinclair and Master Strauss Murray Sinclair Pages Master Caylan Daniel Sinclair, Master William Ray Everitt Jr. and Strauss Murray Sinclair, with Sargon LXXIII and Her Majesty Queen Miss Maia Elizabeth-Pari Massiha, and Pages Master Avery William Paulin and Jordan Robert Paulin Ladies-in-Waiting (front row) Miss Louise Katherine Hymel, Miss Camille Marguerite Hymel and Miss Therese Louise Hymel, with Princesses Miss Lillian Clare Brown, Miss Constance Emma Richardson, Miss Reese Riddell King, Miss Hadley Elizabeth Mary and Miss Amelia Rivé Mary, with Maids Miss Alona Joy Wideman, Miss Mercy Ann Lindell and Miss Kelsey Corrin Cahill Wideman, and Her Majesty Queen Miss Maia Elizabeth-Pari Massiha, with Maids Miss Abigail Jordan Anger, Miss Alia Elizabeth Ryan and Miss Lynn Mary Hammel, and Princesses Miss Eleanore Reese Hammel, Miss Charlotte Emory Richardson, Miss Bridget Claire Ott, Miss Margaret Sinclair Smith and Miss Abigail Elizabeth Brown, and Ladiesin-Waiting (front row) Miss Marigny Starr Wilklow, Miss Charlotte Johanna Hammel and Miss Maya Parker Sinclair

Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit organization is The Humane Society because, “it does a lot of excellent work educating people on proper animal care, current situations and developments in animal welfare.” Photographer: Darryl Schmitt of Darryl Schmitt Photography

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Krewe of Mystery Year Founded: 1911

Theme: “Mystery in Casablanca�

Her Majesty Queen Miss Julia Anne Charbonnet Trainbearers Miss Gabriella Anne Jensen, Miss Lyla Dayton Gordon, Miss Virginia Lyle Capshaw and Miss Laine Campbell Schreiber Page Master William Mitchell Long, with Maid Miss Sarah Ann McKendrick, and First Maid Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, and Maids Miss Elizabeth Ann Burvant, Miss Riley Marra Kirkpatrick, Miss Caroline Renee Christmann, Miss Katherine Michelle Bickham, Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, Miss Elizabeth Allen Texada Hotard, Miss Sophia Jane Hotard, Miss Michelle Marie Yacoubian, Miss Elizabeth Macon Hamrick, Miss Whitney Caroline Appel and Miss Alysse Elizabeth Burvant, and Page Master George McKay Pipes Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video

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Krewe of Hermes Year Founded: 1937

Theme: “New Orleans Arts and Letters”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Isabel Rose Coleman Maids Miss Mary Catherine Ortemond Franques, Miss Katherine Sophie Diliberto, Miss Caroline Elizabeth Perlis, Miss Chandler Elizabeth Black, Miss Katy Reneé Crosby and Miss Claire Linnette Crosby Pages Master Charles Maitland Smallpage, Master Cooper Jack Rubin, Master Jacob Anthony Valentino, Master Carter Alexandre Garcia, Master Javier Francisco Rodriguez, Master Marshal Christopher Serio and Master Blaise Coleman Garcia Pages (front row) Master Jacob Anthony Valentino, Master Javier Francisco Rodriguez, Master Marshal Christopher Serio and Master Carter Alexandre Garcia, with Ladies-in-Waiting Miss Madeleine Rose Adatto, Miss Laura Anne Ortemond Franques, Miss Lily Marie McKay, Miss Cecelia Violet McKay, Miss Sally Edrington Irwin and Miss Anna Elizabeth Watson, with Bearer of the Flowers Miss Ada Schoen Holmes, and Maids Miss Mary Catherine Ortemond Franques, Miss Katherine Sophie Diliberto and Miss Caroline Elizabeth Perlis, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Isabel Rose Coleman and His Majesty Hermes LXXIX, with Maids Miss Chandler Elizabeth Black, Miss Katy Reneé Crosby and Miss Claire Linnette Crosby, and Bearer of the Scepter Miss Melanie Hayes DeMarcay, with Ladies-in-Waiting Miss Piper Hanley Rubin, Miss Eugenie Elizabeth Montz, Miss Willow Cabrini May, Miss Fiona Josephine May, Miss Darby Elizabeth Hayes and Miss Elizabeth Spier Stassi, with Pages (front row) Master Cooper Jack Rubin, Master Charles Maitland Smallpage and Master Blaise Coleman Garcia Charity: The Hermes BTP Foundation, Inc., supports New Orleans’ first responders on a year-round basis. Photographer: Darryl Schmitt of Darryl Schmitt Photography

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Knights of Momus Year Founded: 1872 Theme: “The World Turned Upside Down� Her Majesty Queen Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon Maids Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, Miss Elizabeth Lockwood Atherton, Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Miss Julia Murphy Grehan, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon and Momus, and Maids Miss MaryClair Mitchell Ives, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, Miss Anne Summers White, Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White and Miss Mimi Elizabeth Waggoner Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video

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The Atlanteans Year Founded: 1890

Theme: “Bogue Chitto Choctaw Bugalu�

Her Majesty Queen Miss Jane Talley Hodges Maids Miss Grace Catherine Williams, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd and Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Jane Talley Hodges, and Maids Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Miss Anne Summers White Page Master Christopher Forsyth Hovet, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Jane Talley Hodges and Poseidon, with Page Master Collier Pratt Villere Photographer: Nola Vows Photography

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Elves of Oberon Year Founded: 1895

Theme: “The Delicate Dilemma of Sleeping Beauty”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Mary Fleming England Redd Maids Miss Elizabeth Allen Texada Hotard, Miss Catherine Claire Walker, Miss Ellen Ashley Feringa and Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenu, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, and Maids Miss Megan Lane Feringa, Miss Elle Colton McLeod and Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon Pages Master Charles Wilhelm Adriance, Master William Carriere Cook, Master John Benjamin Cowan and Master Brandon Freret Favrot Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit is Madison House, a student driven volunteer service at the University of Virginia, where she’s currently a student. She also enjoys volunteering as a student tutor at a local middle school. Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video

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Prophets of Persia Year Founded: 1927 Theme: “The 1840 Reception of Otto of Bavaria and Amalia of Oldenburg honoring the visitor, Herr Frederick S. Schmidt” Her Majesty Queen Miss Katherine Michelle Bickham Page Master Harrison David Joint, with Maids Miss Charlotte Marshall Mitts, Miss Ashley Elizabeth Sanders and Miss Cameron Bay Lowry, with Page Master James Michael Adams Jr. Ladies-In-Waiting Miss Emma Winn Freeman, Miss Mary Kathleen Haase Luetkemeier, Miss Lane Katherine Whitsell and Miss Kristina Schwing Bickham, with Maid Miss Cameron Bay Lowry, and Her Majesty Queen Miss Katherine Michelle Bickham and His Majesty the Great Shah of all of the Persias, with Maids Miss Ashley Elizabeth Sanders and Miss Charlotte Marshall Mitts, and Ladis-In-Waiting Miss Taylor Michelle Franks, Miss Margaret Elizabeth Adams and Miss Cecelia Frances Zimmermann Page Master James Michael Adams Jr., with Princesses Miss Eileen Perks Dugan, Miss Eleanore Scott Habetz, Miss Laine Campbell Schreiber and Miss Jeanne Elizabeth Adams, with Ladies-In-Waiting Miss Emma Winn Freeman, Miss Mary Kathleen Haase Luetkemeier, Miss Lane Katherine Whitsell and Miss Kristina Schwing Bickham, with Maid Miss Cameron Bay Lowry, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Katherine Michelle Bickham and His Majesty the Great Shah of all of the Persias, and Maids Miss Ashley Elizabeth Sanders and Miss Charlotte Marshall Mitts, with Ladies-In-Waiting Miss Taylor Michelle Franks, Miss Margaret Elizabeth Adams and Miss Cecelia Frances Zimmermann, with Princesses Miss Riley Helyn Ralston, Miss Amelia Claire Moore, Miss Merritt Lucille Ott and Miss Julia Paige Mahfouz with Page Master Harrison David Joint Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit is The American Diabetes Association Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video

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The Achaeans Year Founded: 1947 Theme: “Orion and His Golden Bow� Her Majesty Queen Miss Megan Lane Feringa Maids Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenu and Miss Ann Gordon Finney, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Megan Lane Feringa, and Maids Miss Ellen Ashley Feringa, Miss Elle Colton McLeod and Miss Elle Alexandra Lovick Photographer: Nola Vows Photography

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Krewe of Athenians Year Founded: 1909

Theme: “A Midnight Raid”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt Pages Master Jacob Martin Trask and Master William Taylor Long, with Maids Miss Ellie Alexandra Lovick, Miss Madeleine Woolverton, Miss Emily Frischhertz, Miss Elizabeth Allen Texada Hotard, Miss Helen Claire Marsh, Miss Sophia Jane Hotard, Miss Michelle Marie Yacoubian, Miss Anna Elizabeth Michiels, Miss Karin Bellingrath Chappelle and Miss Allison Riegel Woolverton, with Pages Master William Mitchell Hall and Master Thomas Jennings Hotard Pages Master Jacob Martin Trask and Master William Mitchell Long, with Princesses Miss Emerson Burke Keen, Miss Elizabeth Claire Guy, Miss Samantha Hanlon Midkiff, Miss Catherine Elise Griffith, Miss Olivia Hainkel, Miss Lucille Dansereau, Miss Courtney Habetz and Miss Lydia Leontine Anderson, with (second row) Maids Miss Ellie Alexandra Lovick, Miss Madeleine Marie Woolverton, Miss Emily Elizabeth Frischhertz, Miss Elizabeth Allen Texada Hotard and Miss Helen Claire Marsh, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt and King, with Maids Miss Sophia Jane Hotard, Miss Michelle Marie Yacoubian, Miss Anna Elizabeth Michiels, Miss Karin Bellingrath Chappelle and Miss Allison Riegel Woolverton, and Pages Master William Taylor Hall and Master Thomas Jennings Hotard Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit is Prevent Child Abuse America. Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video

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Krewe of Osiris Year Founded: 1915

Theme: Osiris always has an Egyptian theme, reflecting its namesake Her Majesty Queen Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White

Maids Miss Caroline Elizabeth Perlis, Miss Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff, Miss Virginia Currin Bryan, Miss Margaret Ann Bryan, Miss Sarah DeJean Hufft, Miss Mary Elizabeth Adrienne Conwill, Miss Riley Marra Kirkpatrick, Miss Emily McQuown Ellison, Miss Whitney Caroline Appel, Miss Elle Colton McLeod, Miss Sarah Ann McKendrick, Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenu, Miss Elizabeth Macon Hamrick and Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt Princesses (front row) Miss Emma Rhodes Perez, Miss Caroline Myra Marie Conwill, Miss Mary Kate Haase Luetkemeier, Miss Lucy Sawyer Bryan, Miss Abigail Montgomery Hufft, Miss Eugenie Louise Philipson, Miss Taylor Ayers Hurd, Miss Eugenie Eustis McLeod, Miss Mary Esther Pilant, Miss Mason Ann Mentz, Miss Emily Clay Weinmann, Miss Claire Vining Morrison, Miss Ansley Holmes Schwing and Miss Margaret Elizabeth Latham, with (second row) Pages Master William Mitchell Long and Master Christian Moreau Ehrensing, with Maids Miss Caroline Elizabeth Perlis, Miss Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff, Miss Virginia Currin Bryan, Miss Margaret Ann Bryan, Miss Sarah DeJean Hufft, Miss Mary Elizabeth Adrienne Conwill and Miss Riley Marra Kirkpatrick, with Her Majesty QUeen Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White, and Maids Miss Emily McQuown Ellison, Miss Whitney Caroline Appel, Miss Elle Colton McLeod, Miss Sarah Ann McKendrick, Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenu, Miss Elizabeth Macon Hamrick and Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt, with Pages Master Henry Connolly Houghton, Master Gustavo Antonio Rivera Jr. and Master Walker Edward Heartfields Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit is the Bright School for the Deaf, which was established in 1959 by the Bright and White families. Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen at Mike Posey Photography & Video 78 st. charles Avenue APRIL 2018 79

Krewe of Apollo Year Founded: 1929

Theme: “All You Need Is Love”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Katie Grace Walshe Pages Master Henry Fitch, Miss Anne Cameron Prieur and Master Thompson Schmidt, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Katie Grace Walshe, and Pages Miss Frances Mann, Master Merritt Wrighton and Miss Elle Marshall Pages (front row) Master Merritt Wrighton, Master Thompson Schmidt, Master Henry Fitch, Miss Anne Cameron Prieur, Miss Elle Marshall and Miss Frances Mann, with (second row) Maids Miss Adele Reynoir, Miss Caroline Morrison, Miss Stirling Kennedy, Miss Elisabeth Hoffman, Miss Catherine Wellborn, Miss Helen Charbonnet, Miss Nanine Cowan, Miss Ella Flower and Miss Pixie Anderson, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Katie Grace Walshe, and Maids Miss Anna Catherine Guillot, Miss Ella Freeman, Miss Everett Heebe, Miss Kathleen Kelleher, Miss Malise Favrot, Miss Julia Nelson and Miss Lady Reynolds Charity: Her Majesty’s favorite nonprofit is Kingsley House; she started volunteering there during her junior year at Sacred Heart. Photographer: Norris Gagnet of Norris Gagnet Photography

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High Priets of Mithras Year Founded: 1897

Theme: “A Night to Remember�

Her Majesty Queen Miss Charlotte Worley Huger Maids (front row) Miss Mimi Elizabeth Waggoner, Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb, Miss Caroline Renee Christmann, Miss Ellie Alexandra Lovick, Miss Ashton Elizabeth Politz and Miss Anne Summers White, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Charlotte Worley Huger, and Maids Miss Ellie Colton McLeod, Miss Sarah Turner Collins, Miss Margaret Ann Bryan, Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd, Miss Julia Murphy Grehan, Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenu, (back row) Miss Evelyn Lanier Langdale, Miss MaryClair Mitchell Ives, Miss Virginia Currin Bryan, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Grehan, Miss Julia Anne Charbonnet, Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon, Miss Chandler Elizabeth Black, Miss Ann Gordon Finney, Miss Jane Talley Hodges, Miss Elise Lockett Clay, Miss Isabelle Walet Mulkin and Miss Catherine Reese Bickham Pages Master Collier Pratt Villere and Master John Elliott Paige, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Charlotte Worley Huger and Caliph, with Pages Master Terrence Denechaud Charbonnet and Master Conner Lee Heaviside Photographer: Nola Vows Photography 82 st. charles Avenue APRIL 2018 83

Twelfth Night Revelers Year Founded: 1870

Theme: “Mother Goose’s Tea Party”

Her Majesty Queen Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb Her Majesty Queen Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb and the Lord of Misrule Junior Cooks Master Brent Conway Schwing, Master Brandon Freret Favrot, Master David Reymond Hulefeld, Master William Mauro Souza, Master George McKay Pipes, Master William Carriere Cook, Master Henry Lawes Cook, Master James Joseph Reiss IV, Master Leonard Henry Aucoin III and Master Colin McGlinchey Moffett Maids Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White, Miss Katherine Kergosien Simmons , Miss Page Ferrier Morehead, Miss Charlotte Worley Huger, Miss Megan Lane Feringa, Miss Virginia DeRussy Dodenhoff and Miss Madeleine Anne Bienvenue, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Caroline Bailey Acomb and the Lord of Misrule, with Maids Miss Elise Lockett Clay, Miss Ellen Ashley Feringa, Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Grehan, Miss Jane Talley Hodges, Miss Madeline Ann Landry, Miss Mary Fleming England Redd and Miss Eugenie Cecile Whealdon Charity: The krewe’s nonprofit is the United States Marine Corps Reserve Band. Photographer: Ann Cresson of Cresson Photography

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Spring Protocol This season’s fashion includes everything from whites to brights, and is as diverse as it’s fun and fabulous.

Photographer: Theresa Cassagne Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup Artist: Glenn Mosley Hair Stylist: Heidi Schirrmann Model: Jenna Harvey, Aboutfaces mtm Location: Le Pavillon Hotel

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Above the Grid White long-sleeved chiffon, feather-textured A-line dress at Elizabeth’s; gold feather pendant, butterfly necklace and dragonfly cuff bracelet, all at Relish; Blush floral-adorned peeptoe shoe from Sosusu.

Southern Comfort Matching tomato red striped button-front top and high-waist shorts, and lemon print bandeau, all at Stonefree; blue pineapple canvas clutch and blue striped wedge sandal, both at Charleston Shoe Co.; Navy and white striped fringe earrings at Wildflower Boutique.

Neutral Corner Navy-and-white striped spread collar top with long sleeves, and olive green full skirt with brown leather belt both at Sosusu; silver three-in-one bezel gemstone pendant at Ballin’s LTD; floral brocade clutch at Elizabeth’s 89

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Jump Start Sleeveless, wide-legged tangerine crisscross neckline jumpsuit with long belted sash and gold double hoop

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earrings, both at Lukka Boutique; gold wide strapped

Powder blue chiffon long bell sleeved,

sandal at Charleston Shoe Co.; multi-colored beaded

ruffle hem dress at Ballin’s LTD;

and gold pendant lariat at Ballin’s LTD.

drop earrings at FeBe

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Stories & Stop-Ins

Festivals, food and fun in the French Quarter By Kelcy Wilburn

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he French Quarter is a diverse neighborhood where locals and visitors mingle amidst historic landmarks, modern restaurants, eccentric shops and basic necessities like grocery and hardware stores. It can feel like a city within a city. With world-famous food and entertainment, southern hospitality, unique shopping and its own festivals, it’s always a hub of activity – especially in spring. Whether you find yourself wandering down to this month’s French Quarter Festival (April 12-15) or just happen to be visiting for a spell, allow your curiosity to lead you into the open doors of the neighborhood’s many purveyors of goods, services, arts and culture; you’ll learn there’s a story to every locale. “Lots of folks tell us that Aunt Sally’s is their first stop when they get to town and the last stop as they head back home,” says Mary-Jo Webster, CEO of Aunt Sally’s. The French Quarter confection shop was founded in 1935, when French Creole couple Diane and Pierre Bagur started making and selling pralines and offering locally crafted gifts.

“Today, 83 years later, we’re still doing the same thing and although we ship all around the world, we’re still a family-owned New Orleans company and very proud of it,” says Webster. Aunt Sally’s is undoubtedly most famous for its classic Creole and creamy pralines, handmade daily in the store. Webster says working in the French Quarter is like being a diplomat for the best city in the world. “People come in to shop and sample our pralines, but they also really appreciate meeting some New Orleanians and having that personal connection,” she says. A more recent arrival to the French Quarter is one of Royal Street’s many notable galleries: Antieau Gallery New Orleans. The gallery exclusively features the work of Chris Roberts-Antieau, a self-taught artist who works in fabric appliqué and embroidery. The gallery is often packed on Dirty Linen Night (usually the second Saturday of August), when art enthusiasts from across New Orleans descend on Royal Street. This month, the gallery will draw in fans for an Opening Recep-

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tion for new work by the artist on April 21. “This is our biggest event of the year, and people come from all over the country to be among the first to see Chris’ newest work,” says Gallery Manager Lauren Donovan. According to Donovan, New Orleans is the first place Chris Roberts-Antieau ever felt like she belonged. In 2010, the artist rented the gallery space as a pop-up gallery to test the waters. The test proved successful, and the gallery celebrates its ninth anniversary this month. As with many French Quarter buildings, the history often goes much deeper than the current occupant, and that’s the case a few blocks away at elegant event space Latrobe’s on Royal. Originally built as the Louisiana State Bank, the building brings historical charm to its events. “Not only are we in the process of documenting and restoring thousands of Louisiana State Bank documents found in between the first and second roofs of this building, but we’re

extremely excited to soon embark on a project to unearth one of the original tunnels that runs underneath and determine its original purpose,” says Owner-Operator Mildred Adler. Meanwhile the architectural allure, combined with Latrobe’s in-house event planning, production and catering services, means you’ll find a variety of events taking place at Latrobe’s on any given day or night, from weddings and receptions to corporate events, film productions and more. Preserving history and bringing it to life is an important work for the Louisiana State Museum, which owns a number of properties in the French Quarter. The museum is excited to welcome a new exhibition to the Cabildo in Jackson Square this spring, beginning April 21. “Recovered Memories: Spain, New Orleans, and the Support for the American Revolution,” organized by Iberdrola in association with the Louisiana State Museum, will showcase hundreds of historic artifacts, documents and

works of art exploring Spain’s influence on the development of New Orleans, its support of the American Revolution and Spain’s lasting legacy on American culture. The exhibition brings notable items to view from Spain, including: paintings by Francisco de Goya, Luis Paret and others; the original British flag captured at the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Baton Rouge in 1779; naval models; clothing; and more. The Louisiana State Museum will also offer a host of events and other exhibitions this spring at its other French Quarter locations: The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old Mint, The Presbytère, the 1850 House, and Madame John’s Legacy. Around the corner from The Cabildo is another New Orleans treasure, Le Petit Théâtre, which has existed in its French Quarter home for nearly a century. Founded in 1916 as a community theatre by a group called the Drawing Room Players, the theatre

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acquired its official home at its current location in 1922. Today it operates as a professional union theatre, offering a combination of musicals, comedies and American classics in addition to special events, entertainers, concerts and film screenings. “Because we’re located in such an iconic and treasured corner of the French Quarter, we strive to provide events and activities that appeal to the wide and diverse populations that visit us, whether residents, tourists or students,” says General Manager Ashley Robison. To that end, the theater welcomes the students of Lusher High School as they present their spring cabaret (April 10-11), the French Quarter Festival’s annual film festival (April 14-15) and, in May, David Javerbaum’s Broadway smash comedy, An Act of God, starring Bryan Batt. History buffs and arts seekers aren’t the only people to find solace in the French Quarter. Foodies satisfy their appetites in the

neighborhood as well with a veritable treasure trove of restaurants. “We like to say we’re located in the lively ‘gateway’ to the French Quarter, and we’re often credited with revitalizing the once sleepy block. But we continue to provide a welcome oasis from the Bourbon Street mayhem,” says Executive Chef Austin Kirzner of Red Fish Grill. Opened in 1997, the restaurant is located on the first block of Bourbon Street and serves up fresh Gulf seafood. A fan favorite at Red Fish Grill is the signature BBQ Oysters, which are flash fried and tossed in a Crystal BBQ sauce. At French Quarter Festival, the restaurant will be serving the signature oysters up on their BBQ Oyster Po’ Boy. “In terms of new items, the Crawfish and Fried Green Tomatoes that will be offered this spring is sure to impress,” says Austin. Another casual French Quarter eatery is Emeril’s NOLA, a recently renovated three-story restaurant featuring an open-action kitchen,

chef’s food bar, signature wood-fired brick oven and private event space. Weather permitting, the restaurant hopes to begin opening its balcony for happy hour this season. At NOLA, Chef de Cuisine Philip Buccieri works with chef Emeril and the team to feature rustic Louisiana cooking with local ingredients. According to Buccieri, fan favorites of late are a few newer additions, such as hot Frog Legs, Miso Cobia Lettuce Bundles, Wild Boar Pizza from the wood burning oven and NOLA’s Steamed Artichoke, stuffed with fresh whole wheat spaghetti, crabmeat and Cajun caviar. “We look forward to welcoming French Quarter Fest revelers in for a bite, beverage or both. It’s a beautiful time of year to take in the French Quarter. I’m also thrilled to be part of this year’s Jazz Fest (April 27-May 6) programming and conducting a cooking demo in the Cajun Cabin,” says Buccieri. Hospitality is part of what New Orleans does best, and when you tack on the word

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“southern,” it gets even better. Royal Sonesta New Orleans is one of the French Quarter’s numerous hotels, but according to General Manager Alfred L. Groos, it’s the only luxury hotel on Bourbon Street. Because of that, the hotel receives guests from all over the world looking to explore New Orleans from its most renowned street. “Visitors not only like to stay in our guest rooms, swim in the pool and have that oneof-a-kind experience in our Bourbon Balcony Suites, but guests also enjoy live jazz music at The Jazz Playhouse, dining on authentic Louisiana cuisine at Desire Oyster Bar and experiencing unbeatable fine dining at Restaurant R’evolution,” says Groos. During this year’s French Quarter Festival, The Jazz Playhouse will serve as an official stage with hours of live music. If you consider the French Quarter the heart of the city, then you could say that music is

what keeps the beat. One of the many gems in the French Quarter is an understated little store where you might rub elbows with some of the city’s greatest musicians. The only music supply store in the French Quarter, Downtown Music nearly shuttered its doors three years ago, but by partnering with three local music professionals, Owner Sheryl Martin was able to revive the business and continue supplying the local music community and visiting musicians with a full-service music store.

“Everyone on our staff is committed to preserving, expanding, and sharing the unique musical culture we have here in the great city of New Orleans,” says Partner Kristin Maguire. “Being located in the Quarter makes us easily accessible for musicians who play in nearby venues and street musicians alike. We also meet tourists from around the world who pop into the store after enjoying local music and who are looking to bring some musical magic from New Orleans home.”

Aunt Sally’s 810 Decatur St., 524-3373, ••• Antieau Gallery 927 Royal St., 304-0849, ••• Latrobe’s on Royal 403 Royal St., 299-0601, ••• Louisiana State Museum The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., 568-6968, ••• Le Petit Théâtre 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, ••• Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, ••• NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, ••• Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300, ••• Downtown Music 527 Dumaine St., 358-3100,

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Pierce Bienvenu Landry Weds Hans Adolph Boegh Jonassen September 4, 1963 By Bev Church

Hans Jonassen and Pierce Landry met each other at Ice Breakers and saw each other on and off through the years. Hans took Pierce to McGehee graduation and then they both went on to college, Hans to Tulane University and Pierce to Southern Methodist University. Her junior year, she returned to Tulane and was elected Miss Pauline Tulane. Hans was president of Delta Kappa Epsilon and editor of the Jambalaya, Tulane’s yearbook. Other honors included his election to the military honor society Scabbard and Blade, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges and to the Jambalaya Hall of Fame. Pierce and Hans started dating seriously and finally decided to get married. They went to Adler’s to pick out a ring and then went to the Sazarac Bar to celebrate their engagement. Hans went off to officer training and Pierce and her mom planned the wedding and reception. They were married at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 1963, at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue. The reception for 600 friends and relatives was a cocktail buffet at the New Orleans Country Club with The Last Straws playing their classic repertoire. Gladys Maginnis made Pierce’s dress, and the bridesmaids’ dresses were from Town & Country. Pierce, who’s an amazing artist, made the headpieces for the bridesmaids. While the reception was going on, Pierce and Hans sneaked out because they were afraid that some of the groomsmen – AB Monroe,

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Charles Carriere, Henry Walker, Freddy Carroll, Johnny Boles and Richard Keenan – might tie him up or do something worse! They were off to their honeymoon at the Broadwater Hotel on the coast.

After the service, Hans worked for Cortney Company Inc. and its successors for 53 years. Hans and Pierce have two children, Hans and Pierce, and two grandchildrens! n

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Pellerin – Stakenborghs By Mirella Cameran

For naysayers of social media, this one is for you. Corrie Wright Pellerin had known Robert “Bobby” Joseph Stakenborghs Jr. for 15 years before they reconnected on Facebook. Bobby was always quick to like or respond to Corrie’s posts and finally found the courage to ask her for a drink via direct message. Their first date at Oak Wine Bar went extremely well, and before it ended they had arranged their next one. Just eight months later, Corrie was Co-Chairing “Lark in the Park” with her business partner, Aimee Gowland. Bobby made sure both of their families attended the event and just at the right moment, he dropped to one knee and proposed. Corrie was completely taken by surprise and while fighting back tears, said “Yes!” On December 30, 2017, Fr. Joseph Kraft married the couple at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue. The wedding reception was held at the New Orleans Country Club, where guests were treated a wonderful bar and a specialty cocktail, a Moscow Mule, Bobby’s favorite drink. The catering included crowd favorites such as sushi from Rock-n-Sake, a St. James cheese display and a bacon-wrapped dates by the NOCC. Toward the end of the reception, guests were served a late night snack of sliders and fries. The couple took to the floor for their first dance to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison before guests joined them to dance the night away to Atlanta-based I Love This Band. A high definition photo booth was set up so guests could leave with a beautiful blackand-white photo memory of the day. The bride chose Suzanne Perron St. Paul to design a custom gown. Corrie had interned with Suzanne so they already knew each other well, and they had collaborated on her sister’s dress some years before. It was important to Corrie to have someone close to her make the most important dress of her life. Corrie wanted a winter white wedding with a “Provence Garden” feel. Giverny Designs used lots of lightly colored flowers, greenery and touches of rose gold. Corrie and Bobby enjoyed their honeymoon in the Bahamas and returned to New Orleans, where they live. Corrie is the Co-Owner of ALGStyle, a personal shopper and styling firm, and Bobby works as a Lab Manager for Saybolt. n 100 st. charles Avenue April 2018

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wedding Belles Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Tails from Perlis Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Band and Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Rehearsal Dinner: Metairie Country Club Invitation: Alexa Pulitzer Wedding Cake: La Louisiane Groom’s Cake: La Louisiane, a replica of Bobby’s trombone case Photographer: Greer Gattuso Videographer: Mary M. Cinema Hair: Naomi Corass at John J. Salon Make-up: Andrea Wyman at Wyman Studios Favor: mini cakes from La Louisiane PHOTOS OPPOSITE PAGE Middle Left: Brock Pellerin, James Pellerin, Stephen Furtado, Mark Westguard, Lindsey Pellerin, Caroline Pellerin, Jamie Pellerin, the Bride and Groom, Margaret Favre, Stacy Pellerin, Katherine Furtado and Casey Westguard Bottom Left: Andre Toujas, Johnathan Pansano, Ramon Vallejo, Andre Meehan, Mark Westguard, Brock Pellerin, Ryan Stakenborghs, Jason Wood, William Perkins, Alejandra Rosales, Elizabeth Wands, Alyssa Fletchinger, Jamie Pellerin, Caroline Pellerin, Katherine Furtado, Emmeline Furtado, Harry Westguard, Oliver Westguard, Mary Frances Baldwin, Sophia Stakenborghs, Lindsey Pellerin, Alexandra Facey, Ginny Branch Stelling, John Lagarde and Lauren Wood Middle Right: Richard Bergez, Sarah Bergez, Norman Anseman Jr., the Bride and Groom, Patricia Stakenborghs, Steve Ledet, Linda Bergez, Ryan Stakenborghs, Jason Wood and Leslie Bergez Bottom Right: Robert Stakenborghs, the Bride and Groom and Patricia Stakenborghs

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Monique Pilié Executive Director, LA Green Corps By Lindsay Mack

Launching a new career is a stressful

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Students get both classroom and construction experience. In addition, the program teaches soft skills such as interview techniques and professional problem management techniques. When the program wraps, the LA Green Corps team helps students locate jobs in the city with upward mobility. By connecting their students to employment opportunities in New Orleans, the LA Green Corps can have a tremendous positive influence on the overall community. “It makes such a big difference in their lives, the community, and our city,” says Pilié. Plus, LA Green Corps students can get hands-on training with organizations such as the St. Bernard Project and Habitat for Humanity. With these partnerships, students gain crucial job skills while giving back to the community. In addition to the affordable housing renovation projects, students also

participate in wetland restoration and park maintenance jobs. Thanks to the program’s opportunities, many students have already found success at jobs in the city. Whether they’re in carpentry or construction, former LA Green Corps students can look forward to stable careers with upward mobility. n

Get Involved At this time, the LA Green Corps needs more companies to get involved with their program. Any local businesses that are open to hiring students, even as interns, are encouraged to reach out. Green industries, warehouse work, and manufacturing are only a few of the industries that are welcome to partner with LA Green Corps. For more information visit

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undertaking, but many young adults in Louisiana can get a hand up thanks to help from a dynamic nonprofit. This awesome conservation corps serves both people in need of jobs and the state’s economic development at the same time. To learn more, I spoke with Monique Pilié, executive director of the Louisiana Green Corps. The LA Green Corps is a job training program for opportunity youth, or young adults age 15 to 24, who are disconnected from school and work. New Orleans is home to the third largest population of opportunity youth in the country, approximately 26,000 young adults. To address this population, the 14-week LA Green Corps program provides education on topics such as construction skills, energy efficiency and stormwater management. 103

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Evan Pierce McCollum St. Martin’s Episcopal School By Mallory Lindsly

“Through all sorts of different

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his community. He was a camp counselor at Camp Rainbow, a camp for special needs children in Jefferson Parish, a representative at the 2017 Louisiana Boys State (LABS) program, and a number of organizations at St. Martin’s. At LABS, he spent a week at Northwestern Louisiana State University with over 400 rising senior boys. They learned about state and local government systems. As a result, McCollum learned that in order to make a real change in the community, one needs to communicate their message effectively and get buy-in from all stakeholders. McCollum wants to learn more about Homeland Security, so in 2016 he attended the National Student Leadership Conference on Intelligence and Homeland Security in Washington D.C. He participated in several seminars where he learned more about career options in the future. McCollum’s life goal is to become an Aviator in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. He hopes to go the United States Naval Academy or join the NROTC program at Tulane University. n

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volunteering opportunities I’ve gained an awareness of the struggles that other people have, and an appreciation for all of the many blessings that I enjoy. After every instance of helping other people, I feel a strong sense of community,” says Evan Pierce McCollum, a senior at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. McCollum is an Eagle Scout as part of the Boy Scouts of America. One of the rank requirements for the organization is to plan and lead a service project to benefit a nonprofit organization. McCollum decided to plant trees to combat the deforestation caused by Hurricane Katrina and flooding. “When I became an Eagle Scout, I pledged on my sacred honor to do my duty to God and my country. I pledged to live a life of honor, loyalty and courage, providing cheerful service to my community. I strive to do a ‘good turn’ for someone each day,” says McCollum. He managed 25 volunteers planting 125 native Louisiana trees on the spillway, including nut all oaks and bald cypress trees. From the 125 original seedlings, over 75 percent survived and grow stronger and taller over four years later. Joe Hasney, McCollum’s first Scoutmaster, was an example of leadership and was a role model to him. “Hasney’s gentle encouragement of the Scout Oath, which asks us to ‘help other people at all times’ really resonated with me and made me want to be a productive member of my community,” says McCollum. McCollum is also involved in many positive activities to help 105

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Melissa Cousans Mortillaro Owner & Manager, Gem Printing By Mirella Cameran

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Tell us about Gem; what makes it special? Gem Printing is a fourth generation family business. The owners include my father Sidney, my uncle Dennis, my brother Tommy and myself. My great grandfather Sidney founded it in 1918. My grandfather, Sidney Cousans Jr., took over at the age of 14, when his father passed away. We are social printers, meaning we specialize in weddings and parties. We are able to produce small run orders and we print many of our items in house, in just one day.

Tell us something we might not know about stationery? Stationery doesn’t have to be stuffy. Colorful inks, exciting monograms and beautiful embossing can add pizzazz to your personalized notes. Have fun with them. 106 st. charles Avenue April 2018

What’s coming in that you want to tell us about? We are in the process of putting together some fun calling card designs. What else would you like to share about Gem? We just turned 100! We are very proud of this accomplishment, especially being family owned and operated. We’ve been serving New Orleans for a third of the city’s history. What items, other than stationary, are available? We carry an extensive line of wedding and party invitations, cups, koozies, handkerchiefs, napkins, guest books, toasting flutes and engraved gifts, to name a few. n

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How did you come to work in the family business? I think it happened pretty organically, for all of us really. One day in high school I was told it was time to go to work. At first it was part-time, after school and on the weekends; after college I stayed on.

What are excited about in the store right now? Party invitations! We have some great modern styles, as well as an entire book of New Orleans designs. Customers even provide us with custom PDFs that we can print, if our designs don’t work for them.

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Sondra Berger Owner, The Optical Shoppe By Mirella Cameran

How did you get your start in the business? I began my optical career when I was 19, working for an optometrist in Alexandria, Louisiana. I’ve worked in just about every facet of the optical business and I have over 30 years experience. It is wonderful to help someone see better and look great. What makes Optical Shoppe different? The Optical Shoppe stays on the cutting edge of eyewear fashion and optical lens technology. Our staff is highly trained to help customers select proper fitting eyewear as well as the best lenses for their visual needs.

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What is coming into the store that you’re excited about? I will be ordering the newest styles from a trade show in NYC in March.

Are all lenses equal? No, all lenses are not equal. We sell only the latest in digital lens technology to offer our customers the best vision. There is no comparison to the quality of lenses and coatings that we offer compared to a discount optical. Give us the best advice for choosing glasses? A proper fit is key to seeing your best and having your glasses be comfortable. It is important for the optician to see your prescription in helping with your frame selection. Our opticians are trained on all the aspects of fitting eyewear. Also, buying from a local optical shop that will be there for you to help with repairs and adjustments is a wise decision. n

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1. Kay Favrot, Dickie Brennan and Mamie Gasperecz pose with Tennessee Williams at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival preview party in November 2017. (Photo by Ride Hamilton) 2. Susan Couvillon, Susie Hoskins, Patricia Brady, Louise Hoffman and Peggy Scott Laborde at the preview party for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, which was hosted in Hoskins’ home on Saint Charles Avenue. 3. Kara Van de Carr and Daryl Byrd at the opening reception for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Sheila E concert in October. Byrd hosted the event at the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard IberiaBank branch before the sold-out show. 4. Fernando Perez-Hickman, Jeff Parker and Maria Escolar at the Sheila E reception at IberiaBank. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to provide music education to the city and specifically the Central City neighborhood. 5. Robért LeBlanc, Elizabeth Eglé, Elisa Esperanza and Zack Rosenburg attend SBP’s annual fundraising party, “Answering the Call.” The event celebrated the individuals who dedicate their lives to help those struggling to recover from disasters and LeBlanc and Esperanza were honorees. 6. Penn Iarocci and Loftin Brooks at Lula Restaurant Distillery to attend “Answering the Call” in November 2017. Over 500 guests attended the fundraising event and proceeds will go towards assisting families recovering from natural disasters in New Orleans, Texas, Florida, California and Puerto Rico.

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7. Republican Woman’s Club of Jefferson Parish members Barbara Beck, Debbie Albert, Jean Rice, Janet Schwary, Carolyn Enterante, Bett Bonura, Joyce Laporte, Faith Peperone and Barbara Lawle check out the gifts they brought to residents of the Southeastern Louisiana War Veterans Home, in Reserve, Louisiana. 8. Dr. Shaminder Gupta and Torie Kranze participate in the 16th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk” in Audubon Park in November 2017. The walk is hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana and more than 1,000 people participated. 9. Nicole and John Regan raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation at the 16th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk.” 10. Marina Benigno, Thomas Benigno, Myron Webb, Deborah Bellina and Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B attend “Deo Gratias,” the Saint Joseph Seminary College’s annual fundraising gala. Guests were invited to join in the seminary’s Vespers before being treated to food prepared by chef John Folse, fine wines and cheeses by Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket and desserts by Zoe’s Bakery. 11. Brian Boudreaux, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Seminary College President-Rector Rev. Gregory Boquet, O.S.B. and Leslie Boudreaux pose together at “Deo Gratias” at the Saint Joseph Seminary College’s Covington campus. The evening included music by the Ed Barrett Jazz Trio and a silent auction. 12. Dr. Cynthia Thomas, Dr. Michelle Sanchez, Dr. Donata Henry, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Sandra Holub and Margie Loud Zeno show off their awards at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s “Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon,” which honors individuals and organizations that exemplify the legacy of the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Low. 110 st. charles Avenue April 2018 111

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April by Fritz Esker

Through April 1 Tennessee Williams Double Bill

Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Southern Rep stages two rarely seen Williams works, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens and The Two Character Play. Loyola University Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 522-6545,

Through April 7 Men On Boats

The true(ish) story of an 1869 expedition on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is an insightful commentary of American history turned on its head, with the male characters being played by women. Lusher Lions Gate Theatre, 5624 Freret St., 302-9117,

6 John Cleese Presents Monty Python and the Holy Grail

John Cleese of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python presents the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a Q&A (silly questions welcome!) and stories of his career. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

6 Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with Shostakovich’s “Tenth Symphony”

Internationally acclaimed violinist Nigel Armstrong interprets Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” then the concert concludes with Shostakovich’s “Tenth Symphony.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

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Mary Poppins


Recapture the magic of the classic Disney musical about everyone’s favorite nanny in this Rivertown production. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

The blockbuster Broadway musical about young bohemians struggling to make it in New York City returns to New Orleans. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Purple Rain: The Music of Prince

The LPO is joined by a full rock band as they honor rock legend Prince with performances of the music from his film/album Purple Rain. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,



Bach “Easter Oratorio”



The LPO’s last concert in its “Outside the Bachs” series features classical Bach compositions alongside the works of 20th century composers. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

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,

Maks, Val, & Peta: Confidential



Confidential is the all-new dance tour celebrating dance, love and life from the stars of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

18-May 6

Terrance McNally adapts Steven Spielberg’s hit film based on the incredible true story of a daring young con man. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s play focuses on the friendship of two captive wives of a Liberian rebel officer. Loyola University Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, 522-6545,



Derek Smalls with the LPO: Lukewarm Water Live!

New Orleans Voices of Congo Square

Catch Me If You Can

Harry Shearer appears in character as Spinal Tap member Derek Smalls as he performs with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

This stage production brings to life the music, dance and chants of historic Congo Square and illustrates the mystical beauty of the traditions that have shaped Mardi Gras. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

28 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Treme Threauxdown

Trombone Shorty has announced his fourth annual Treme Threauxdown during the first weekend of Jazz Fest. Previous guests have included Juvenile, Usher and other stars. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 113


Summer Camps

Ecole Bilingue Le Camp d’été 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans 504-896-4500 Join Ecole Bilingue for a fun-filled French summer camp where children will learn the art of French cuisine, the joy of chanter (singing) and l’amour de la scene (theatre)! Camp is open to all children and French language background is not required. Give your child the experience of a lifetime by learning about French culture in a small group experience with a highly-trained staff. For more information, visit or email

Lil’ Yats Art Studio 202 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-214-3442 Come explore your creativity and imagination during camp at Lil’ Yats. They have weeks devoted to all kinds of makers and creators. From puppetry to slime, it’ll be a grand time at Camp Yats! Sessions begin in June and run through August. Camp days are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with option of aftercare 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Email to reserve a spot for your Lil’ Yat(s)! $70 a day / $325 a week (Aftercare is $12 an hour).

Academy of the Sacred Heart Summer Camp 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-269-1213 Calling all boys and girls ages 1 through 13! Sacred Heart is excited to offer Summer Fun Day Camp for girls and Sports ‘N More Day Camp for boys. Popular sessions include Creative HeARTS, Middle School Creative Choice, ASH Theater Camp (Junie B. Jones, The Musical), Cheer Camp, Sports Clinics and their school year kick-off Jump Start. Lunch is included in the tuition, and before and after-care arise available for all camps June 5–July 20, 2018. Campers ages 1 through 13. $225-275 per week (depending camp choice).

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Cabrini High School

Louise S. McGehee School

1400 Moss St., New Orleans 504-482-1193

2343 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-561-1224

Join Cabrini for a summer of fun! Camp Cabrini offers five sessions of activities including swimming, sewing, cooking, STEM, athletics, dance, cheer, games, arts and craft, painting, drama, kickball, jewelry making and more for girls and boys entering grades 1-7! Plus, camps and clinics that explore a variety of sports and the performing arts including drama, singing, instrumental music and movement! Camps begin May 28 and run through July 26. Before and after care is available.

This all-girls summer day camp aims to foster leadership and inclusion. They believe that summer is a time for personal exploration and growth in all girls, and their dedicated staff of McGehee teachers and alumnae work tirelessly to create an academically-engaging environment that promotes problem-solving and independent thinking, all while reveling in the good times. They are small by design (lowest student-teacher ratio in town!), allowing them to customize each camper’s experience so that they can maximize their summer fun! Weekly registration available from June


18 to August 4 (no camp week of July 4), with Extended Care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Campers will enjoy daily morning activities in Wacky Science, Broad Beats (performance), Makerspace and S.A.S.S. (Sports and Silly Stuff ). Parents and campers can choose a personalized afternoon adventure via one of the exciting 90-minute Afternoon Stream Options. Enjoy dress-up days, water play every Friday and all the exciting fun you’ve come to expect from Summer at McGehee. Please visit for more details and to register today!

Louisiana Children’s Museum LCM Summer Camp 420 Julia St., New Orleans 504-523-1357 The Louisiana Children’s Museum is the cool place to play this summer with weekly themed camps that explore food, art, science, fitness and more! Design a floor plan, orbit the planets and explore the galaxies. Whip up culinary creations; create, design and innovate inventions; or dig into the past and search for fossils. Learning has never been more fun!

Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St., New Orleans 504-539-9608 Through the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s series of small, specialized camps, kids in grades 2 through 12 can explore fashion design, photography, painting, printmaking, puppetry, mixed media and more! Each session draws inspiration from Southern works of art and gives campers the chance to learn from professional artists in a unique museum setting. In celebration of each session, family and friends are invited to a final show or gallery exhibition showcasing camper artwork. Space is limited, register today to reserve your camper’s spot!

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie 504-736-9925 St. Martin’s offers three summer programs for children ages 18 months to 14 years old: Summer Day Camp, Theatre Camp, and George Cottage Summer Camp. StM’s Summer Day Camp (ages 4-13) programming includes American Red Cross swim instruction, a Carnival, the Culminating Show, yoga, scuba, sports, arts and more! Older campers may attend a Teen Trek Orlando in July. An Uptown shuttle is available. Rising second graders to rising high school sophomores will take the stage with two magical performances of Willy Wonka Jr. at StM Theatre Camp. At George Cottage Summer Camp (ages 18 months-3 years), each session is filled with music and movement classes, yoga, soccer, water play and more!

Love Swimming: Swim and Camp Prep 5221 S. Front St., New Orleans 504-891-4662 Make sure your child is ready for camp, swim tests and summer vacation by enrolling today! Love Swimming is the premier swim school of New Orleans where the main focus is teaching children 6 months and up how to swim in an enjoyable and effective way! The facility contains two heated indoor saltwater pools making lessons comfortable and possible whether rain or shine. Classes are taught by experienced, patient and fun instructors who intend to keep your child safe and engaged. 115


St. Mary’s Dominican High School Fun and Variety at Dominican’s Summer Camps 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans 504-518-5004 St. Mary’s Dominican High School Summer camps, voted Best of Summer Camps in the Pint-Sized NOLA’s Best of the 504 Winners, offer fun and variety for girls to explore the arts, science and sports. Camps start June 4: Jumpin’ for Joy (girls entering grades 2-5), DominiCamp (grades 5-9); specialized camps of Band, Drama and Studio Art; sports camps for Basketball, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball. All camps, except soccer and softball camps, on campus. Before and after care available. Visit Summer Programs at For more information, contact Camp Director Meg Womble at 518-5004 or mwomble@

Trinity Episcopal Camp Trinity 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-525-8661 ext. 761 Camp Trinity offers 30+ specialty week-long full and half-day camps. Camps are led by Trinity faculty and staff and include a variety of options for students ranging in age from 18 months through eighth grade. Summer camp runs over four consecutive weeks in June and for two full weeks and one partial week in August. Before and after camp care is available from 7:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. each day for campers ages 5 and older. Visit CampTrinityBrochure2018 to see the brochure of camp descriptions or contact Chris Core, Camp Trinity Director, at ccore@ for more information.

Ursuline Academy Camp U 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-861-9150 Ursuline Academy presents Camp U, with five individual camp styles to mix and match with your interests! Camp Invention empowers girls to take on fun challenges emphasizing STEM, creative problem-solving, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Camp Create offers fun classes in art, acting, singing, cooking, sewing, music, swimming and more! Camp ROAR and MANE Camp are for reading and math enrichment so girls can strengthen their academic skills. Camp of Champions includes volleyball, softball, basketball, running, cheer, tennis and soccer. 116 st. charles Avenue April 2018 117

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P r o p e r t i es ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 620 Ursulines Avenue...................................$10,300,000 5631 St. Charles Avenue ..... SOLD ............... $6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ...............$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road ............... SOLD ...............$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ................ SOLD ...............$5,250,000 3711 St. Charles Avenue................................$4,500,000 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ...............$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell.......... ...............$4,250,000 295 Walnut Street ............... SOLD ...............$3,990,000 1649 Joseph Street .............. SOLD ...............$3,700,000 8 La Salle Place .................. SOLD ...............$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue .....SOLD ...............$3,000,000 525 Madison Street............. SOLD ...............$2,800,000 1512 Seventh Street........................................$2,795,000 8 Rosa Park.........................SOLD................$2,490,000 1527 Sixth Street ................. SOLD ...............$2,385,000 1776 State Street ................. SOLD ...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD ...............$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD $2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .....SOLD ............... $2,195,000 138 Audubon Boulevard................................$2,000,000 1505 Nashville Avenue.............SOLD...........$1,985,000 1938 State Street.......................SOLD...........$1,895,000 841 Barracks Street ............. SOLD ............... $1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street .............. SOLD ............... $1,850,000 7 Rosa Park ........................ SOLD ............... $1,800,000 1518 First Street .................. SOLD ............... $1,750,000 909 Ursulines Avenue......... SOLD ............... $1,750,000 418 Common Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,750,000 1328 Felicity Street ............. SOLD ............... $1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street .............. SOLD ............... $1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ............... SOLD ............... $1,700,000 1800 Jefferson Avenue ........ SOLD ............... $1,700,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .................................... $1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue............SOLD...........$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,625,000 1233 Second Street.............. SOLD ............... $1,600,000 1414 Eleonore Street ..................................... $1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,595,000

19 Richmond Place ............ SOLD ............... $1,575,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD............$1,497,500 1663 Valmont Street.............SOLD................$1,495,000 4613 St. Charles Avenue ..... SOLD ......... ......$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street ........... SOLD ............... $1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue .............. SOLD ............... $1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street............ SOLD ............... $1,450,000 1641 State Street...................SOLD..............$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ............... $1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ................ SOLD ............... $1,399,000 1203 Marengo Street ...........SOLD ...............$1,390,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ............... $1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................ SOLD ............... $1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD .............. $1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street............ SOLD ............... $1,300,000 1137 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $1,295,000 1211 Calhoun Street..........................................$1,275,000 6502 Woodwards Bluff, Long Beach, MS..... $1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway...... SOLD ............... $1,275,000 622 Barracks Street ....................................... $1,250,000 1333 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $1,250,000 1207 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $1,250,000 234 Brockenbraugh Ct, Metairie......SOLD . $1,235,000 571 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ............... SOLD ............... $1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive............ SOLD ............... $1,200,000 441 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,199,000 1839 Calhoun Street. ..................................... $1,199,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue ........ SOLD ............... $1,100,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington .......................$990,000 6031 Pitt Street.................... SOLD ..................$978,000 1410 Philip Street................SOLD...................$975,000 1239 S Carrollton Avenue ................................$925,000 1545-47 Calhoun Street............SOLD..............$875,000 21431 Bob’s Road, Long Beach, MS ...............$850,000 5328 Bellaire Drive...........................................$829,500 528 First Street.................................................$699,000 1637 Harmony Street........................................$675,000 1430 Sixth Street..................SOLD...................$625,000 119

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The Gunga Den A brief history of an infamous spot By Seale Paterson

325 Bourbon St. in 1947. By the early 1950s – the beginning of what was arguably Bourbon Street’s swankiest era of colorful characters – the Gunga Den was one of the most popular burlesque spots in the city. Featured dancers during the 1950s-1960s included Von Ray the Texas Tornado (the Most Beautiful World’s Champion Flagpole Sitter), Carol Lynne (“Tanniger The Red Bird” who performed in a swinging bird cage), Penni Peyton (and her $100,000 Treasure Chest), Sandy Shore (the Shakin’ Queen of New Orleans), Wild Cherry and Kitty West (Evangeline the Oyster Girl). But no act was more famous – or infamous – than Linda Brigette, “America’s Most Beautiful Exotic,” who won the hearts of many with her “Dance of a Lover’s Dream”

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routine, including Gunga Den owner (and reputed mobster) Larry Lamarca, whom she married. Brigette was arrested twice for this dance and sentenced to jail. But her repeated claims that her performance was merely an innocent “form of exercise” reached all the way up to Baton Rouge, and she was given a full pardon by Gov. John McKeithen. Dancing shared the Gunga Den stage with music. The 1950s era featured jazz greats like Pete Fountain, Johnny Elgin and Paul Barbarin. In the late 1960s, it was English Mod music and late-night jam sessions, as well as singer-songwriters, including the then-unknown Jimmy Buffet. Clarence Frog Man Henry had a nightly gig at Gunga Den in the early 1970s. As burlesque started losing its allure, the club turned to other ventures. In 1970, a

cabaret theater took over with a show that was advertised with instructions for the “Faint-hearts” and “Shock-easies” to stay home. Shortly after, like at most Bourbon Street clubs, female impersonators took over the stage. According to frequent visitor Truman Capote, the Gunga Den had the best acts in town. But high praise from a literary powerhouse wasn’t enough to keep Gunga Den open; it closed in the mid-1980s. n

The Gunga Den in 1949, two years after opening. In 1965, a newspaper ad ran with a photo of a donkey and the text: “Everyone’s going to the Gunga Den but me!!!! I’m a Jackass.” Days later Din the Donkey walked down this block of Bourbon Street and was steered inside and onstage to amuse patrons. Management claimed: “Now, even jackasses go to Gunga Den.”

Photo by Lise Marthe Detruit. Appears courtesy of the Louis iana Division at the N ew Orleans Public L ibrary.

The Gunga Den nightclub opened at