St. Charles Avenue March 2021

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MARCH 2021

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34 WITH THIS RING Bright – Baldwin

6 CALENDAR & MORGAN'S NOTE

36 ENTERTAINING WITH BEV Seeing Beyond Spectacle: The Rex Organization and the Pro Bono Publico Foundation know the future of our city depends on the success of our children.

8 KIDS PLAY The Woodlands Conservancy: Crocodiles, armadillos, WWII magazines and more 10 CHANGEMAKERS Catherine Todd: Co-Founder & Creative Director, Where Y’Art 12 WHAT’S HOT Home Décor 14 THE DISH Taco Nation: Barracuda’s rapid growth points to a winning formula

FEATURE 25 SPRING HOME RENEWAL Increasing Function & Style

37 STUDENT ACTIVIST Tess Fouchi: Louise S. McGehee School

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PHILANTHROPIC FUN 16 LONGUE VUE’S “GAMES IN THE GARDENS” Approximately 85 guests mingled throughout the grounds at the Longue Vue House and Gardens benefit. 18 LCM’S “CHAIRISH THE CHILDREN” The 22nd annual event pivoted to become a take-home gourmet dining experience.

20 “COCKTAILS FOR KID SMART” The annual benefit supports KID smART’s work of integrating the arts into public school classrooms. 22 OGDEN'S “O WHAT A NIGHT!” The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted live and silent auctions featuring works by more than 100 Southern artists.

38 SHOP TALK Amanda Fritscher: Event Sales Manager, Chateau Golf & Country Club 40 SHOP TALK Skye & Susan Price: Realtors, Latter & Blum 42 SNAPSHOTS 48 NOSTALGIA Brother Isaiah: The faith healer and his “Camp of the Saints”


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B E V ' S N OT E

City Park must raise 89 percent of its revenue on its own, and they should be congratulated for a successful “Celebration in the Oaks” and “Floats in the Oaks” and of course the “Lark Picnic in the Park”! The “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon” is coming up as well, and the Botanical Garden is asking 1,000 people to donate $1,000 each to support the garden. Please support them in any way possible! Now that we’re all staying home more, be sure to look at What’s Hot for Home Décor for the items to fill a particular nook in your house in just the right way with unique accents. Then read our feature on Spring Home Renewal for larger changes – from moving furniture to adding to your home’s footprint – to make the places we’re spending the majority of our time more comfortable and functionable. Because Mardi Gras parades and balls for this year has been cancelled, there has been great concern about what will happen to the debutante season. I just spoke to James Reiss, a representative of the Rex Organization, about the debutante season for 2021. Reiss said that there have been many meetings with all of the debutante-related organizations and there’s agreement that this year’s class will be honored in 2022. This decision was made with the most positive interest of the city at heart! The economic impact of Mardi Gras is substantial, and this decision will help all businesses related to the season with their planning: artists, restaurants, party venues, florists, party planners, costume and dressmakers ... the list goes on. We also want to congratulate everyone who created house floats to celebrate Mardi Gras! We are a city that knows how to celebrate in the most unique ways and at the same time help artists, float builders, designers and even nonprofits like YAYA! Get ready to start shopping again now that we’re starting to get the vaccine!

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This spring Friends of City Park and the New Orleans Town Gardeners are tipping their hats in gratitude to supporters of the “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon” presented by IBERIABANK/ First Horizon on Wednesday, April 21. This remarkable fundraiser will once again benefit the care of the iconic live oak trees in New Orleans City Park and projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners. Reimagined, the event will have the same celebratory feel of its signature “Hat Luncheon,” all while ensuring a safe event experience featuring a unique lunch pick up in City Park’s Botanical Garden and a fun-filled online art auction. For more information and to make a donation call 483-9376 or email Friends@friendsofcitylark.com. Pictured Left to Right Catherine Freeman, Anne Lynne Charbonnet, Barbara Rosenberg, Molly Baumer and Linda Miller.

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ON THE COVER We all know how important our parks are to us in New Orleans – especially during this pandemic. City Park, with its 1,300 acres of green space, is one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the country! On Sunday, March 14, Friends of City Park will bring you “Lark Picnic in the Park,” which will give you a chance to safely “picnic with your pod” and support the building of the endowment fund for City Park. The event will feature two daytime seatings (for those 21 and up), personal picnic baskets, strolling entertainment, open bars, exclusive access to 13 outdoor acres in the New Orleans Botanical Garden and more! Tickets start at $100 for the 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. seating, and $500 tickets for the 4-7 p.m. seating. Visit FriendsOfCityPark. com/event/lark-in-the-park or call 483-9376 for tickets and more information. Thanks so much to our cover models: Executive Committee Member Shannon Brice, Majestic Oaks Sponsor Capital One representative Karen DeBlieux, Director of Special Events and Marketing Andrea Lockwood, Development Committee Chair Matthew Sherman, Special Event Committee Chair Lindsey Wands, and Executive Director Stephanie Bell. We also want to thank the Co-Chairs who promise an event you don’t want to miss: Lindsey Darnell and Nolan Marshall III; Anne Teague Landis and Cuyler Boad; Alejandra Guzman and Barrett Cooper; and Emily and Matthew Sherman.


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I won’t lie, I’m not great. I thought that I would enjoy a Carnival season off, but I missed the camaraderie, the sounds and even the smells more than I ever knew I would. I thought that I would be ready to turn 40 (March 16, for those wondering). I was going to have a big party – one I have, fair warning, been planning since I was 12. But – lack of party aside – I’m not ready to enter the next age bracket on forms or embrace what society has decided being “the big 4-0” means. I thought that I’d be ready – more than ready – to send my son to full days of school. But I find myself dreading the end of the summer before it has even started. These are what are often known as champagne problems, I know. But I find myself ruminating on them, and sad thoughts like them, more than I feel I should. I have gotten through this pandemic very well, all things considering. Many of my friends have had to make horrible decisions, lost family and friends, suffered sickness and depression … this past year has not been a kind one. But I know that hope is on the horizon. My parents and in-laws have all had their vaccines. I have a new nephew whom I can’t wait to meet. And thanks to more time at home and the prevalence of classes moving online, I’m adding embroidery and darning to my cross-stitch, beading and button sewing skills. (Maybe I’ll even share a project or two here!) Margo DuBos, a 2020 Activist and former Co-Owner of Gambit, has recently launched a new business showing off her skills. The Road Trip Collection (TheRoadTripCollection.com, Twitter @trtcollection, Facebook @TheRoadTripCollection) is a custom line of jean jackets inspired by her travels. These one-of-a-kind pieces range from casual to full-statement-dusters deigned with your personality using re-purposed fabrics and amazing patches. If you’re not ready to take your home hobbies prime time until you have just the right spot in your home to house the tools necessary, look to What’s Hot for Home Décor, our feature on Spring Home Renewal and Changemakers’ profile on Where Y’Art. Wondering what to do with your kids this weekend? Look no further than Kids Play on The Woodlands Conservancy. You will need fuel, so look to the Dish to learn more about our burgeoning Taco Nation. As always, we have our Philanthropic Scene profiles, Snapshots and much more. Oh! And there’s one more thing to look forward to: St. Charles Avenue will be commemorating its 25th anniversary this June! We have a lot of fun things planned and can’t wait for you celebrate with us. Thank you for reading and enjoy spring!

Morgan Packard Griffith

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MARCH 2-4 “An Edible Evening at Home,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 941-0089, Bidpal.net/EdibleEvening 5 “New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting Greater New Orleans American Heart Association, 872-3498, NewOrleansGoRed.heart.org 20 “Sinai Soiree in Slippers,” benefiting Temple Sinai, 861-3693, TempleSinaiNola.com 20 “UNCF's Virtual Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting United Negro College, Inc. (UNCF), 581-3794, UNCF.org/NOLAmaskedball 28 “Parkway Promenade XXIX – An Evening at the Moulin Rouge,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc., 466-6063, JeffersonBeautification.org

We want to apologize to the American Heart Association for printing the wrong text on our cover last month. We thank them for their understanding; we regret the error.


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The Woodlands Conservancy Crocodiles, armadillos, WWII magazines and more By Brittany Kennedy

The flat terrain and often intense climate in these parts don’t make for the best hiking. While there’s ample green space for walks and runs, there aren’t a ton of hiking trails that offer a diversity of terrain or wildlife. A notable exception, however, is just a short jaunt over the Crescent City Connection near English Turn, and our mild spring weather is the perfect time to explore another great outdoor activity. The Woodlands Conservancy is a wooded wetland forest with easy to moderate hiking trails. The “conservancy” part of the forest began in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when storm damage caused previously introduced invasive species of trees to propagate at an alarming rate, thus reducing the storm protection and water drainage capabilities. A group of volunteers began removing the species and introducing native plants. In the past several years the nonprofit has partnered with local schools and universities to help maintain

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and develop more native plants, and they’ve added a bird observatory as well. The result is a forest canopy that offers shade but that lets enough light and air to filter in to keep most bugs at bay. While you

don’t need “hiking” gear per se, long pants and a shoe with a grip are probably your best bet (although, in full disclosure, the author wore running shoes and was fine, just a bit muddy). The Bottomland trail is the most

direct and unobstructed route post Hurricane Zeta and takes about an hour and a half going at my 8-yearold’s pace. When arriving at the first turn-off as the LA Recreational Trails Bridge, we were shocked to see one of the largest gators I have ever seen in the wild – even bigger than ones I’ve seen at the Barataria swamp. However, the biggest draw in terms of wildlife are the armadillos. The Woodlands is home to a large number of armadillos that scavenge for food throughout the brush of the trees. We saw four that day, both large and small, and they seemed less bothered by us than by our Border Collie. (Note: Dogs are welcome but must remain leashed at all times.) At the end of the trail, hikers find a relic from our city’s military history: a series of 10 World War II magazines that were used by the United States government for ammunition storage. The military occupied about 5,000 acres of the peninsula as ammunition was shipped


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in and out by ship and rail. The magazines are built into the landscape and covered by grass now, but most of them are open for exploration. In addition to hiking trails, there are also equestrian trails for folks wanting to bring horses. The trail that follows the edge of English Turn, however, is another walking trail that has more obstacles and mud (especially after our active storm season) than the Bottomland trails, and it takes about 20 minutes longer but at least offers a different view heading back

to the parking lot. While the space is free to visit, they do offer memberships to help further promote their mission. Although it may not be the type of hiking that people are accustomed to thinking about, the Woodlands Conservancy is a wonderful example of preserving our native habitat to protect our environment from further f looding and erosion while creating an outdoor space that can inspire adventure while learning a little bit about the city’s World War II history. ✦

➺ Just the Facts: 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse Free from Dawn to Dusk every day. (Note: The Turn off Sign is hard to see and faded. Turn by the SPCA) Directions: From downtown New Orleans, take the Crescent City Connection to the Westbank. Take the General DeGaulle East exit (9B). Merge onto General DeGaulle and travel 2.9 miles, continuing over the Intracoastal Canal. Enter the traffic circle at the end of the bridge ramp and exit left to go under the bridge. Drive 0.6 miles on Highway 406/ Woodland Highway to the caution light. Turn left at the caution light onto F. Edward Hebert Blvd. Continue 0.6 miles. The entrance is on the left. Drive on the dirt road along the canal to the parking area at the trailhead.

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CHANGEMAKERS

Catherine Todd Co-Founder & Creative Director, Where Y’Art By Lindsay Mack

Catherine Todd with Co-Founder & Managing Director Collin Ferguson

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creators.” Even a quick glance at the online gallery shows off the many different mediums represented, including photography, illustration, painting, street art, sculpture, digital art, mixed media and bead art. There’s also a wide range of styles and subjects, with a healthy selection of New Orleans buildings, streets scenes and musicians in the mix. Even those without a background in art will find the Where Y’Art gallery accessible and inviting. Artists are at the forefront of the website, and they speak to the audience and answer questions that break down the mystery of their creative process. By relying on

interesting art curators from a variety of backgrounds, including DJs and architects, Todd hopes to help new audiences find a way into the art world. In addition to giving local artists a platform, the Where Y’Art team also hopes to create awareness and value for local art. As Todd explains, supporting local art is about more than buying a painting or photograph, because it also helps sustain culture in New Orleans. “In 2020 alone, gallery sales have paid $370,000 to local artists and framemakers, and they have kept artists on staff full-time,” says Todd. Thanks to the consulting services from Where Y’Art, clients

can get a curated selection of local pieces for their business, whether that’s a hotel, restaurant or shop. “Art is good for business,” says Todd, “and local art is even better for business.” Todd invites everyone to check out the gallery and bring more attention to this vital part of New Orleans culture. ✦

➺ Get Involved You can find Where Y’Art at the Where Y’Art Gallery at 1901 Royal St., online at WhereYArt.net or learn more by emailing hello@whereyart.net.

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Drawing on a lifetime of art appreciation, Catherine Todd realized that New Orleans needed a single place where locals and visitors alike could fall in love with the city’s art scene. After a fortuitous meeting with fellow artist and businessperson Collin Ferguson, the duo founded Where Y’Art, an online gallery showcasing the works of over 100 New Orleans artists. With the online showcase and a physical gallery in the Faubourg Marigny, the Where Y’Art team is determined to shine a light on the city’s creators. “I would love NOLA art to be as well-known as music and food is here,” says Todd. “Behind the canvas of culture, artists are our


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Home Décor

By Amy Gabriel You get a little thrill every time you discover a decorative accent that will fill a particular nook in your house in just the right way. Perk up your abode with unique, personal accents and décor that aim to delight and intrigue.

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5. Give your greenery a whimsical Grecian twist when placed in a handpainted cement planter. Anthropologie, Anthropologie.com

6. Present your stems in an unexpected way by displaying them vertically in a nuts-and-bolts test tube vase holder with a stone base. Ashley Hall Interiors, 832 Howard Ave., 524-0196, AshleyHallInteriors.com 7. An ode to one of the most beautiful streets in the country, “St. Charles Column” by Whitney M Jeffreys is an artistic nod to the stately homes

that line the avenue. Art Gumbo, WhitneyMJeffreys.com 8. Incense becomes a lovely visual when delicately held in a flat brass flower holder. Saint Claude Social Club, 1933 Sophie Wight Place, 218-8987, SaintClaudeNola.com PHOTO CREDIT: EMILY FERRETTI

9. For the dog lover, a laminated patterned fabric window shade with a puppy print design from The Dupuy Design Co. Direct purchase inquiries to Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409, WrensTontine.com

� 1. Pep up your kitchen counters and arrange a beautiful selection of fruit in a handcrafted woven medium desert flower bowl. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, SotreCollection.com 2. Check your reflection and envision far off lands with a natural and black raffia mirror, handmade in Morocco. Voyage at Dr. Bob’s Folk Art, 3027 Chartres St., Warehouse F, Voyage-Living.com

3. A mixed media ceramic and deer skull art piece dubbed “Brother Blue” by Marcy Lally adds a touch of nature’s bounty to your interiors. LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., 522-5988, LeMieuxGalleries.com 4. The funky geometric brass candle holder is the perfect combination of balance and design. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206, ModernMarketLifestyle.com

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THE DISH

Taco Nation Barracuda’s rapid growth points to a winning formula By Jyl Benson

The Mexican and Central American immigrants who came to our aid in rebuilding our shattered region after the Big Bath in 2005 brought their culinary traditions and, in some cases, their taco trucks with them. In doing so they radically elevated the standards by which we regard tacos. Our demand for the fresh little hand-held meals has grown ever since, seemingly ever more so throughout this unwelcome pandemic. The Poncho’s allyou-can-eat Mexican buffets of our childhoods wouldn’t cut it anymore. We have been enlightened. We want freshly made corn and flour tortillas, freshly made salsas, grilled local vegetables and meats and long-simmered, richly flavored proteins to seal the deal. Since many are currently feeling the financial pinch of a year of upended employment and financial compromise, we want these vibrant parcels on the cheap and since many of us are stressed out, we want them with potent, quality cocktails at value-driven prices. Barracuda, a small, counter service-only taco stand offering only outdoor seating via picnic tables, was popular from the moment Brett Jones opened it on Tchoupitoulas Street in March 2019. Jones, 35, a southeast Louisiana native

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An assortment of chips + dips, tacos and fresh margaritas from Barracuda

with a successful background as a hospitality consultant, keeps his winning formula simple. Patrons have responded enthusiastically from the beginning. Lines to order at the window routinely stretch down and around the block. “Our goal is to be a fresh and accessible,” Jones says. “We aren’t necessarily trying to pledge allegiance to any specific region.” He says Barracuda offers real food that isn’t a big deal to get your head around and he’s unthreatened by the recent explosion in taco joints springing up in the immediate vicinity to Barracuda. “Every place has something that makes it special, that gives it its personality,” he says. “There is room for us all.” The recent addition of rolldown, transparent curtain barriers, a covered outdoor dining space with the feel of a cozy, open-air greenhouse and infrared heaters to chase away any lingering winter chills have made Jones’ hot spot even more so. With the recent expansion came expanded menu offerings for delivery, take-out and outdoor-only on-site dining to include Family Meals, Party Packs (Breakfast, Deluxe Nacho and DYI Taco) and the return of the Deluxe Nacho Hour, offered Tuesdays-Fridays, 3-6 p.m. In addition to $5 classic margaritas, $4 make-your-own michelada kits and $3 Modelo & Paradise Park beers, the happy hour concept features bargainpriced thin, crisp, blue corn and homestyle tacos filled with ground beef picadillo, as well as Ballpark Style Nachos made with house made chips topped with queso, creamy salsa verde,

crema, pickles, pepitas and cilantro. There are also specials on queso and chips and rotating specials on tacos and pitchers. Jones’ expansion of the Barracuda concept will open in the Algiers Point neighborhood this spring within walking distance of both the ferry terminal and the Crown & Anchor (200 Pelican Ave., 227-1007, CrownAndAnchor. pub), a British-style pub popular for trivia nights and reruns of Dr. Who. Like its predecessor, the new Barracuda’s Algiers Point outpost will feature a walk-up stand with outdoor-only seating and a “margarita garden” with potent cocktails served up on tap at thrifty, friendly prices. The new menu will mirror the one Uptown with a variety of tacos, including seafood and vegetarian varieties and a selection of fresh salsas. The new location will also sell fresh salsas and hot sauce in large sizes for take away. ✦

➺ Try This: A few blocks downriver from the original Barracuda and also heavy on outdoor seating, El Cucuy, opened by Austin Lane early last fall with a quasihorror show theme and a focus on Mexican street food and hefty margaritas. The specialty here is trompo (spinning rotisserie) al pastor tacos served on homemade tortillas. Other taco and torta fillings include carne asada, pollo asada, and napales (cactus) for vegetarians. Duros (puffed wheat wheels coated with lime, salt and hot sauce) pair nicely with cocktails and beer.

Barracuda, 3984 Tchoupitoulas St., 266-2961, EatBarracuda.com El Cucuy NOLA, 3507 Tchoupitoulas St., 897-5395, ElCucuyNola.com

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Longue Vue’s “Games in the Gardens”

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Approximately 85 guests mingled throughout the grounds at the Longue Vue House and Gardens benefit. By Shelby Simon

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Games in the Garden,” benefiting Friends of Longue Vue WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2020 WHERE: Longue Vue House and Gardens

1. Elizabeth Leblanc, Executive Director Baty Landis and Sponsor Sweet Dupuy 2. Joann Letten, Mark Berger and Andree Khalif 3. Alisha Reed and Amanda Blaum 4. Kathy Weidner and Lauren Gibbs 5. Sponsor Elizabeth Landis 6. Longue Vue House and Gardens

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True to its name, “Games in the Gardens” welcomed guests to Longue Vue House and Gardens with a festive, engaging and safe atmosphere throughout the lush grounds. Flower arrangements created from Longue Vue’s gardens decorated the venue. Patrons enjoyed music by the Harry Hardin Trio on the Drawing Room Balcony overlooking Longue Vue’s Portico Garden and Spanish Court. The Red Stick Croquet Club and Pétanque Lafayette led games of croquet and boules throughout the evening for guests to engage in socially distanced recreation. Speakers included President of Friends of Longue Vue Marian Gibbs; Executive Director Baty Landis; and Director of Gardens Amy Graham. Deidre Hall, of Edith & Edgar’s Museum Cafe, presented individualized bamboo plates of garden-fresh hors d’oeuvres using mint, lemon, basil and kale from the Longue Vue Gardens. Auction items included seasonal flower arranging workshops led by Amy Graham, a behind-the-scenes tour of how the Sterns entertained led by Historian & Curator Lenora Costa and an antique silver gravy bowl donated by New Orleans Silversmiths. Sponsors included JoAnn Christopher; Marian and Larry Gibbs; Elizabeth and James Landis; Barbara and Biff Motley; AOS Interior Environments; Mary Len and Louis Costa; Sweet and Ben Depuy; Rene Fransen; Dodie Spencer Smith; Stephanie Stokes; Shaun and Foster Duncan; and Beverly Church. Immediately preceding the main event, Sponsors enjoyed a preview with caviar and champagne. This event took the place of the seated, indoor “Design Symposium” traditionally hosted by Friends of Longue Vue each fall. While borne of creative necessity, “Games in the Gardens” was a success, with more than $13,000 raised to support gardens-based education in the Longue Vue Discovery Garden. ✦


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LCM’s “CHAIRish the Children”

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The 22nd annual event pivoted to become a take-home gourmet dining experience. By Shelby Simon

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: 22nd annual “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2020 WHERE: At Home 1. Will and CEO Julia Bland with Dr. Kim and Will Bland 2. Host Committee Members Ben and Allison Tiller, Patrick Schindler and Host Committee Member Kendall Winingder 3. Steve and Suzanne Dumez, Camille and Board President Scott Zander 4. Scott and Board Vice President Colleen Levy 5. Buck Williams with Scott and Board Vice President Colleen Levy and Joey and Eileen Devall 6. John and Liz Eiser with Jeffrey and Host Committee Member Lauren Doussan and Philip and Susie Ewbank

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Partygoers dined safely and socially distanced for the 22nd “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans.” The annual event benefits the Louisiana Children’s Museum, for which COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects, and helps to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the museum and its focus on safe, innovative and educational play experiences for young children and families. Diners could select the pickup location, day and time for their gourmet take-home dinner, either on Friday, October 2, 2020 or Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Acorn Café located at the Louisiana Children’s Museum or The Commissary – Market & Eatery, both Dickie Brennan & Co. eateries. Guests were greeted by LCM and Dickie Brennan & Co. team members and event volunteers who helped participants by delivering their meals to their cars. Student volunteers at St. Michael Special School assembled the packets that accompanied every dinner. LCM also hosted a photo content via social media using #CHAIRishedPhotos, the winner of which won a two-year museum membership. Anyone could participate by bidding on the online auction packages, buying tickets to the Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry raffle or by purchasing a limitededition poster by local artist Dr. Bob. The 2020 Host Committee ensured more than 340 take-home dinners were delivered, offered more than 120 auction packages donated by local businesses and individuals and gathered the support of more than 40 sponsors and in-kind partners. Approximately 400 people participated. Hospitality Sponsors included Dickie Brennan & Co., Louisiana Seafood, Goldring Family Foundation and raffle sponsor Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Sponsors had the choice to determine if they would like to receive dinners or support healthcare heroes with a gift of 12-month family memberships granted to nurses, nurse aides, lab technicians and others who are bravely serving the community. Heroes will be chosen from Tulane Medical Center and Children’s Hospital staff. ✦


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“Cocktails for KID smART”

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The annual benefit supports KID smART’s work of integrating the arts into public school classrooms. By Shelby Simon

“Cocktails for KID smART” was held virtually over Zoom, with in-person “Parties in Place” hosted across the city. These small gatherings offered opportunities for people to watch the virtual program, celebrate their support of the arts in schools, eat, drink and be merry, all in a safe and intimate environment. “Parties in Place” were hosted by Jill and Minor Pipes, who also served as Event Chairs; Board Chair Suzanne and Steve Dumez; incoming Board Chair Toryah Cameron; Board Member Felicia Rabito and Bill Ellison; Katie and Stephen Miles; Mary Martin and Richard Roth; Stephanie Goliwas Huger; and Mimi and Claude Schlesinger. Emcee and Executive Director Elise Gallinot Goldman kept the evening fun and upbeat, with recorded programming interspersed with live check-ins with Party in Place hosts. The virtual program included interviews with featured artist Hunt Slonem and featured emerging artist Jessica Strahan, and a virtual home tour of the home of Calais and Patrick Waring. Hunt Slonem’s “Silver Line,” a painting of his iconic bunnies with a layer of diamond dust over the top, was auctioned online and won by Event Chairs Jill and Minor Pipes. Regions Bank served as the Presenting Sponsor. Additional Major Sponsors were Azby Fund and Entergy. Sponsor and Patron gift bags included cheese, small bites and champagne from Martin Wine Cellar, and a bottle of Handy & Schiller from Sazerac House. Approximately 100 guests participated in the program. Through this event, more than 2,500 New Orleans students receive arts-rich learning throughout the school year. ✦

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➺ Event at a Glance

1. Mike and Aimee Siegel, Randy Fertel and Celeste Coco-Ewing at the Dumezes’ “Party in Place” 2. Board Chair and Hostess Suzanne Dumez, Nicole Johnson, Board Member Ralph Johnson and Chuck Schadt at the Dumezes’ “Party in Place” 3. Hunt Slonem’s “Silver Line” up for auction 4. Event Chairs Jill and Minor Pipes at their “Party in Place” 5. Steve and Board Chair Suzanne Dumez at their “Party in Place” 6. Executive Director Elise Gallinot Goldman emceed the event on Zoom

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF KID SMART

WHAT: “Cocktails for KID smART,” benefiting KID smART WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2020 WHERE: Zoom & “Parties in Place”


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Ogden’s “O What a Night!”

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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted live and silent auctions featuring works by more than 100 Southern artists. By Shelby Simon

➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “O What a Night!” Benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art WHEN: October 12-18, 2020 WHERE: Online 1. Executive Director William Pittman Andrews, Event Chair and Board of Trustees Member Catherine Makk and Auctioneer CK Swett 2. Curator Bradley Sumrall, Coordinator for Curatorial Affairs & Collections Samantha Scoggins and Exhibitions Specialist Amy Newell 3. Executive Director William Pittman Andrews with “Spellcaster” by Amanda Stone Talley 4. Auctioneer CK Swett with “MaPo Kinnord” by Aron Belka 5. Auctioneer CK Swett with “Cerridwen” by George Dunbar 6. Auctioneer CK Swett with “Fishing for Love (Women with Catfish)” by Thornton Dial

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With the health and safety of its supporters in mind, Ogden Museum of Southern Art transitioned its annual “O What a Night!” gala to an online format, featuring live and silent art auctions that supported the museum’s educational mission to share the art and culture of the American South. The event raised nearly $370,000 for Ogden, and almost $10,000 went back to silent auction artists. Both art auctions were open to the public for online bidding and on view at Ogden. The live auction was held on Live Auctioneers, and the silent auction was held on Givergy. Additionally, the museum held a Curated Conversation on Zoom with Curator of the Collection Bradley Sumrall and John Isiah Walton, an artist with work in the live auction. Curator of Photography Richard McCabe held discussions with silent auction artists Trenity Thomas and Richard Sexton. The 2020 Chair of the Committee was Catherine Makk. Introductions were made by Makk, Board Chair Charlie Urstadt and Executive Director William Pittman Andrews. Benefactors enjoyed a private champagne viewing for 10 of the live and silent auctions in the days leading up to the streamed live auction. Sumrall and McCabe joined the groups to discuss the donated works of art with prospective bidders. The auction house was full of energy as Neal Auction Company took phone bids for the live auction art, and CK Swett kept attendees entertained with his wild personality and humor. Thibodeaux’s Floral Studio’s extravagant array of plants and flowers transformed the auction stage into a tropical environment. The live auction was made possible through the support of Ogden Museum’s Live Auction Host Neal Auction Company. Other sponsors included Goldring Family Foundation, The New Orleans Advocate and Sazerac, Inc. “O What a Night!” supporters received baskets at various levels. Baskets may have included artist made masks from the Altar New Orleans and Mountain Kingdom Clothing, traditional Adler’s “O Pins,” dessert from Beth Biundo Sweets, Champagne, a small bottle of Sazerac Rye and a signed and matted photograph by McCabe. ✦


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SPRING HOME RENEWAL Increasing Function & Style By Kelcy Wilburn

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ver the last year the No. 1 place to dine with loved ones, celebrate birthdays, indulge in happy hour or see the latest film has been, well, home. And the No. 1 place for hitting the books, putting in office hours

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mer, and beyond mosquito and flea control there are numerous ways to

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Bright – Baldwin By Megan Holt

Though Ella Monsted Bright and Christopher Lee Baldwin grew up in New Orleans, they went to different high schools and never knew each other. That changed when Chris’ cousin got engaged to one of Ella’s best friends in December 2018. Chris’ aunt introduced them that night. Chris and Ella had their first date at Audubon Zoo in January 2019. Shortly after, Chris – who had only been in town for the holidays – returned to Houston. Luckily, there were many reasons for him to come back to New Orleans, and soon he and Ella were dating long-distance. As they got to know one another, they realized that their dads had grown up as next-door neighbors! More and more, it seemed like they were meant to be. Chris moved back home in January 2020. The next month was his mom’s birthday, and Ella was planning to join the Baldwins at dinner. When Chris arrived to pick her up, he proposed out of the blue! Though it was a complete surprise, he must have known she would say yes, because when they arrived at dinner both of their families were waiting to celebrate. That February day they couldn’t have imagined COVID would impact their wedding. However, they had enough time to work with their venues to create safe spaces for their special moments. Pre-wedding celebrations included two classic New Orleans restaurants – a bridesmaid’s luncheon at Brennan’s and a rehearsal dinner

at Arnaud’s. The wedding day itself began and ended at Ella’s parents’ house, where she and her bridesmaids watched the setup for the reception come to life as they got ready in Mi Golondrina dresses. When they were ready, they headed to St. Stephen’s Church, where Ella’s parents and maternal grandparents had married. On November 14, 2020, Ella became the third generation to say her vows there. When they arrived back at

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the Brights’ for the reception, Ella and Chris found a surprise front-porch bar stocked with wine purchased by her father and brother in the months leading up to the wedding. Above the bar hung a sign reading “The Star Bar – for one night only” made by Ella’s Aunt Holly. She also made other signs found around the reception, including “Temperature Check & Mask” and signs detailing special moments in the bride’s

and groom’s lives. The signs stood next to the pink, green and white décor designed to perfectly complement the Brights’ garden. In this elegant atmosphere, guests enjoyed sipping Ranch Water and Old Fashioneds. To pair with the cocktails, Joel Catering created a menu featuring ahi tuna cornettes, beef tenderloin, fried chicken and a grits station. Aquarius Desserts and Pastries served up an unforgettable wedding cake. After cutting the cake, the newlyweds drank from the same heirloom silver cup that Ella’s parents and grandparents had toasted with at their weddings. They danced their first dance to Louis Armstrong’s “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” which was special not only for its message but also because it was one of Chris’ dad’s favorite songs. As guests left the reception, they were given burlap bags made by Sweet Olive Gifting Co. The bags featured two lovebirds flying – original artwork by Simon Gunning, commissioned by Ella’s parents. While saying goodbye to their guests, Ella wore her mother’s vintage denim jacket, which had been decorated for the occasion by Avery Rowan. Ella wore the jacket frequently on their honeymoon, a week-long road trip through California. They then returned to New Orleans, where Ella is VP of Marketing for Standard Mortgage Chris works as a Commercial Manager for Seacor Holdings Inc. ✦


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Seeing Beyond Spectacle The Rex Organization and the Pro Bono Publico Foundation know the future of our city depends on the success of our children. By Bev Church

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to the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, which means “for the public good,” but many serve on boards of charter schools, tutor students and personally work to make sure that these children have an opportunity to be successful! In 2005 barely 50 percent of our children graduated from high school and in 2019 nearly 80 percent graduated. Many of the recipients of this year’s grants got to say thank you to Rex in such heartfelt ways over Zoom. The Pro Bono Publico Foundation and Rex personify one of the most visible and important Carnival organizations in the city of New Orleans who are making positive changes for our youth. Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the 1872 founding of Rex! What a treasure we have in our city with these

civic minded men who are taking on changing public education for the better. Hail Rex! You don't need to be a member of Rex to donate to the Pro Bono Publico Foundation. Please send your donation to: Pro Bono Publico

Foundation, PO Box 531024, New Orleans, LA 70153-1024. ✦ Thanks to Storey Charbonnet, Ben Dupuy, James Reiss and Denise Galloway for their input for this article.

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Though we weren’t able to enjoy the entertainment that the Rex Organization usually provides the city of New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, there’s much more to this group than spectacle. The Rex Organization, through their Pro Bono Publico Foundation, has donated $9.3 million for public and parochial schools and support organizations over the past few years. Following Hurricane Katrina, members of Rex realized that the future of our city depends on the success of educating all of our children, and hiring great teachers is paramount to this end. With its first grant, the Foundation’s Strategic Innovation Grants Fund partnered with New Schools for New Orleans aimed at improving the city’s ability to recruit and retain great teachers. After the pandemic hit and closed local schools, the Foundation partnered with New Schools and New Orleans Public Schools to buy laptops, smart tablets and home connectivity for public school students. This year, Rex granted more than $1 million to 74 grantees that serve over 49,000 students (83 percent who are economically challenged) and Storey Charbonnet, Chairman of Pro Bono Publico Foundation who reigned as Rex last year, did it on Zoom! The members of Rex Organization not only donate


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Tess Fouchi Louise S. McGehee School By Mallory Lindsly

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“I think it’s important to be involved in one’s community in whatever capacity you’re able. I strive to be a role model for others and encourage them to use whatever resources and passions they have to help give back, too,” says Tess Fouchi, a senior at Louise S. McGehee School. Michelle Macicek inspired Fouchi to become an activist. She created the first Raise Your Voice concert when Fouchi was 12. That concert had 10 young performers and they raised $2,500 for Covenant House. “Ever since I performed in that concert, I knew I wanted – and needed – to keep the momentum of the show going to help as many more local charities as I could,” says Fouchi. That first iteration of Raise Your Voice inspired Fouchi to create her own concert four years later. “I saw the enormous potential in the project, and I knew I could grow it into something even bigger,” says Fouchi.

Fouchi was able to direct, choreograph and produce two benefit concerts also named Raise Your Voice. The first performance raised $6,000 for the Henry Aucoin Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance and support to families needing pediatric cardiovascular surgeries. The second performance raised $12,000 for Angel’s Place, a charity dedicated to providing families with children facing a life-threatening disease with support services. The second performance was during November 2020, and even with all of the COVID-19 restrictions she was able to pull together a successful performance. Angel’s Place used the money to fund a new Critical Care ICU and waiting room at Children’s Hospital. Fouchi says, “These endeavors have helped me develop creative, leadership, entrepreneurial and fundraising skills

I can carry with me to future projects.” Through organizing and spending time on these shows, Fouchi is able to show her peers that young people are able to make a difference. “When our generation stays involved, it helps strengthen gaps in our community, and keeps us connected with others who we may not interact with on a daily basis,” says Fouchi. When she isn’t producing a show, Fouchi is involved with many clubs at school. She is part of the Mu Alpha Theta, National Art Honors Society (President) and National Honors Society, and the EditorIn-Chief of the yearbook. Fouchi is deciding between three colleges right now, but she wants to work in a creative management position for The Walt Disney Company because she loves the uplifting environment and joy that the company brings to many people. ✦

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Amanda Fritscher Event Sales Manager, Chateau Golf & Country Club By Lani Griffiths

What do you do for Chateau Golf & Country Club? I’m the Event Sales Manager for Chateau Golf & Country Club. A typical day for me would be reviewing events scheduled for the week with the Food and Beverage Manager and the Chef to check that all of our needs are met. I check into each room to ensure they are set to the customers’ satisfaction, along with answering all calls and emails for future events. I also oversee Member Events. I help plan and execute fun and enriching activities for our members such as dinners, dances and more. What are some of the amenities? Our amenities include a full-service golf practice facility, nine tennis courts, a resort-style swimming pool and fitness facility and multiple dining venues. Our elegant clubhouse can accommodate 10 to 500 guests for luncheons, dinners, showers, meetings, cocktail parties and weddings. What is included in a regular membership? With our regular golf membership, members and their families can enjoy full use of the Club’s facilities – golf course, driving range, practice areas, tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse dining room, lounge, card and game playing areas, line dancing and a children’s swim team membership (for an additional fee). We have specific ladies and senior discounts available as well. Our young adult members ages 21 through 34 can enjoy full use of the Club’s facilities as listed above (excluding Saturday mornings tee times, depending on availability). At the age of 35, conversion to a regular membership is required and doesn’t require an additional initiation fee. Monthly dues would increase to the current rate at the time of conversion. Regular and intermediate tennis memberships are available with similar amenities and restrictions. Members can also enjoy a social membership with access to all of our amenities with additional fees for the golf and tennis courts. We even have corporate offerings for companies who wish to offer memberships as privileges to their employees.

Is the Club easily accessible from the city? Chateau Golf & Country Club is conveniently located just 15 minutes from New Orleans and five minutes from the airport.

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Are there any exciting new events on the horizon? We just finished a comprehensive renovation of our green’s complexes; our championship golf course is among the best in the state and we are currently in the process of getting our clay courts resurfaced.

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Skye & Susan Price Realtors, Latter & Blum By Lani Griffiths

What makes your unique real estate partnership effective? We are a mother-daughter team, and we complement each other in all aspects, including business, where we both bring different perspectives. With a combined experience of 40 years on the job we can offer a wealth of knowledge as well as a fresh perspective. As a family we enjoy spending time together, which lends itself to serving our clients as a team. How would describe your style of business? Our style is service-orientated. Every client is completely different in this business. It is vital to be able to recognize your clients’ wants and needs and adapt in order to have a successful sale. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, and even with our extensive experience we learn something new with each sale. Our goal is always to cultivate long-term relationships. What are you excited about in the real estate landscape of 2021? This year has started out with a bang for us as far as listings and sales. The current low interest rates offer us a great opportunity to buy, and properties are selling quickly. We are excited to see what’s to come this year. What is your favorite thing about real estate in New Orleans? New Orleans is a city like no other. It has beautiful architecture and a unique diversity of neighborhoods. There is a huge variety in the style of architecture from one neighborhood to the next. It is always fun going wherever the business takes us. Whether it’s a listing a home for sale or helping a buyer decide what area or style of home is best for them, each day is a new adventure. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourselves or your business? Susan has a vast experience in real estate and knows the history of many neighborhoods. Skye has a great attention to detail, which lends itself to getting homes ready to list and following through to closing. We both have many long-term clients that we have had the pleasure of working with throughout our careers. The combination of experience and eagerness to work hard and learn new things makes us the perfect team.

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1. First Tee Greater New Orleans hosted its inaugural “100 Hole Golf Marathon” at the Metairie Country Club in August 2020 to raise funds for First Tee’s after school programs. Fourteen golfers played the 100-hole event, raising more than $25,000 and each receiving this gift for their participation. 2. The New Orleans Film Society reunites cast and crew members from the 1997 film Eve’s Bayou for a special live-streamed conversation as part of the New Orleans Film Festival in August 2020. 3. The Higgins Hotel, Gary Sinise Foundation and Zapp’s Potato Chips partnered to donate and deliver 3,000 meals over the course of six weeks to the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center in September 2020. 4. Higgins Hotel general manager Daniel Rhodes posed with Marc Becker and Charlotte Delery at the Higgins Hotel for their partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation and Zapp’s Potato Chips to donate 100 lunches every day for six weeks to the New Orleans VA Medical Center. 5. Freddie Johnson, Yolanda Mills and Higgins Hotel Executive Chef Virgile Brandel prepared lunches to donate to the New Orleans VA Medical Center in September 2020. 6. Ochsner Health and Son of a Saint staff and participants gathered at a distance in August 2020 to celebrate Ochsner Health’s pledge to donate $1 million to Son of a Saint. Pictured are (back row) Ola Adeboye, Andy Wisdom, Ryan Burks, Bill Hines, Warner Thomas, Warmoth Guillaume, Tamica Lee and Barry Smith; (middle row) Carol Asher, Deborah Grimes, Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, Cynthia Guillaume Lee, Tracey Schiro, Kevin Green and Teresita Guillaume; and (front row) Javier Castellon and Quinten Crump.

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7. Son of a Saint Founder and CEO Bivian “Sonny” Lee III posed with Tracey Schiro, Deborah Grimes, Andy Wisdom, Bill Hines, Warner Thomas and Kevin Green to celebrate Ochsner Health’s commitment to donating $1 million to Son of a Saint over the next five years. 8. Headshots of all 100 mentees currently enrolled in the Son of a Saint program were displayed during Ochsner Health’s announcement of their pledge to donate $1 million over the next five years to strategically expand Son of a Saint’s programming activities and accelerate the organization’s growth. 9. Daniel Hogan, Mario Fletez, Eva Roger, Leah Johnson, Kathy Cashman and John Cashman attended Next Generation Ministries’ online fundraising event “Generation’s House Party” in August 2020. The 1990s-themed virtual event was held in lieu of an in-person gala and highlighted stories from teens positively impacted by Next Generation Clubs and mentors. 10. Alli Pritchett, Mikalah LasSalle and Leah Johnson showed off their 1990s looks for the online “Generation’s House Party” event in August 2020. The event was made up of 40 individual household parties in the New Orleans area who all received individualized party boxes and then tuned in to celebrate together in a remote and safe way. 11. Christina Oldacre won “Best Dressed” at “Generation’s House Party” in August 2020, an online fundraising event held to benefit Next Generation Ministries. More than 300 people attended the event between the 40 host party locations and additional guests from across the nation joined in to watch. 12. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities received a $175,000 grant from the Shell Oil Company Foundation to support its PRIME TIME Family Reading literacy programs in Louisiana and Texas. The funds will also help to implement a STEM-themed series of the nationally implemented program, created in partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center. (Photo by Frank L. Aymami III)

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ELIZABETH B. MCNULTY

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504.908.0289

sold 625 Dauphine St. 1311 Jefferson Avenue 1220 Dauphine Street #B 6048 Perrier Street 2B 1531 Exposition Boulevard 1518 First Street 6048 Perrier Street 2C 822 Barracks Street #A 2237 Constance Street 822 Barracks Street #B 2308 Prytania Street 3804 Prytania Street 1127 Terpsichore Street 1000 Milan 2725 Esplanade Avenue 5701 Camp Street 1128 Constantinople Street 1035 Arabella Street 1013 Ninth Street 716 Esplanade Avenue 5630 Annunciation Street 35 Newcomb Boulevard 5429 Camp Street

$3,850,000 $3,400,000 $2,995,000 $2,725,000 $2,550,000 $2,500,000 $2,350,044 $2,200,000 $1,998,000 $1,950,000 $1,850,000 $1,425,000 $1,249,000 $1,225,000 $1,195,000 $1,185,000 $1,150,000 $1,117,000 $1,050,000 $998,000 $959,000 $950,000 $915,000

294 Garden Road 527 Exchange Place 1376 Camp Street 2823 Chestnut Street 1501 Napoleon Avenue 1422 Melpomene Street 1201 Chartres Street #7 1135 Terpsichore Street 625 Esplanade Avenue 5707 Magazine Street 1672 Robert Street 1729 Robert Street 929-31 Jefferson Avenue Charlie’s Steak House

$900,000 $890,000 $889,000 $880,000 $855,000 $849,000 $795,000 $765,000 OFF MARKET OFF MARKET OFF MARKET OFF MARKET OFF MARKET OFF MARKET

under contract 2713 Laurel St.

$649,000

active 4225 Magazine St. 600 Port of New Orleans Place #4H 538 Soraparu St. 1919 Robert St. 3420 St. Claude Ave. 920 St. Louis #4

$1,425,000 $895,000 $849,000 $767,000 $275,000 $200,000

7934 Maple Street, New Orleans LA 70118 Licensed in Louisiana

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Brother Isaiah The faith healer and his “Camp of the Saints” By Seale Paterson

would spend days trying to get to the front for hands-on prayer. Bonfires were lit at night for those who refused to leave their place in line. One reporter referred to the atmosphere as “Carnival and the Day of Judgment combined” and estimated 10,000 people in attendance. Brother Isaiah accepted no payments for his prayers and insisted everyone could be healed if they just had enough faith, regardless of their ailments: blindness, muteness, paralysis, cancer. Many people claimed they had been healed. Steps were taken, sight improved, words were uttered … and these stories were passed back through the crowd,

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embellished and exaggerated until tales of truly miraculous healings spread like fire. What wasn’t passed along were the stories later told by the hundreds who had been “healed,” many acknowledging the power of suggestion and how the outright hysteria of the moment greatly amplified their perceived results. Months after Brother Isaiah’s levee healings, only a handful claimed any actual improvements in their conditions. He left for California in July to set up another healing camp, but accidentally killed a woman during “treatment.” He returned first to New Orleans, then Biloxi, then back to California where he died in 1934. His disciples,

whom he told he would never die, initially refused to bury him, convinced he would rise from the dead. Readers, he did not. ✦

Brother Isaiah, pictured in his white robe among a crowd of spectators in 1920, lived with his mother and sister aboard a small, ramshackle houseboat on the batture at Calhoun Street while he worked as a ships’ watchman. He became known among the nearby residents and squatters for his immense faith as well as his ministrations to them when they were sickly. They started spreading tales of his ability to heal through prayer; when the newspaper wrote about it, New Orleans went absolutely wild for him.

IMAGE BY JOHN T. MENDES APPEARS COURTESY OF: THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, GIFT OF WALDEMAR S. NELSON, 2003.0182.254.

When John Cudney, aka “Brother Isaiah,” first arrived in New Orleans from Pennsylvania in 1916, nobody knew who he was. By the summer of 1920, his fame as a faith healer had spread nationwide. He set up his “Camp of the Saints” on the levee in February 1920 and started drawing large crowds with his sermons. People filled streetcars beyond capacity and jammed the surrounding streets with cars and wagons, all eager to see or be cured by this white-clad healer. Police were brought in to maintain order, booths were set up to sell refreshments and the Red Cross provided beds and tents for the most ill of the miracle seekers. Those who came for healing