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February 2014

Friends of City Park Board President Mary Johnson, co-chairs Ann Heslin and Andrea Frischhertz, and (seated) City Park Executive Director Beau Bassich and Friends of City Park Board Member Jackie Palumbo for Friends of City Park’s 32nd annual “Lark in the Park.”

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Chaired by Andrea Frischhertz and Ann Heslin, this year’s “Lark in the Park” presented by Friends of City Park to benefit the City Park Carousel promises to be an exciting ride. With a patron party at 7 p.m. and gala at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, the evening should be a magical one – all the better to wind down from this year’s late Mardi Gras. Presented by Friends of City Park, this year’s gala will be also hosted by Friends of City Park Board President Mary Johnson, board member Jackie Palumbo and honorary chairs Mr. and Mrs. Beau Bassich, who invite patrons and special guests to join them at the Pavilion of Two Sisters for entertainment by Anais St. John, hors d’oeuvres by Tableau and specialty libations from Hotel Monteleone. The gala will be held in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens promptly at 8 p.m., immediately following the patron party, where local favorite Flow Tribe will be playing, and edibles and cocktails from over 40 of the city’s top restaurants, as well as an exciting live auction, will add to the entertainment. At the event, guests will be able to contribute directly to the restoration of the carousel. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 483-9368 or visit

Special thanks to Stephanie Kaston Gutierrez of City Park. Photographed by Jeffery Johnston | 1


features 22 Blue Dog Memories

The 2013 “O What A Night” honored George Rodrigue.

24 125 Years of Helping Animals

The LA-SPCA presented its annual “Howling Success.”

26 Gathering On the Avenue

The Jewish Community Center celebrated its 65 years.

28 Mixing It Up


This year’s “Cocktails for KID smART” honored Adrian Deckbar.

30 Artfully Entertaining

Poydras Home’s 19th annual “Home Art Show and Patron Party.”

32 A Cause to Cha-Cha

Bridge House/Grace House danced for funds.

34 Cruising in Costume

Alternatives Living, Inc., dressed up to raise funds.

36 Viva the Volunteers

St. Elizabeth’s Guild honored its 10 volunteer activists of 2013.

38 Ponying Up


The “Harvest Cup Polo Classic” celebrated 17 years.

40 Being Bonnie and Clyde

The LMF celebrated “An Arresting Experience.”

42 To Dos for Your I Dos

Our 2014 Couture Wedding Guide

51 Spice Up Your Spring

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Local restaurants introduce new menus, cocktails, and specials.


in every issue 8

A Note From Bev

10 Cruisin’ the Crescent 10 Skin Deep Find Your Red: Simplifying the best –


and often most complicated – lip color.

12 Kids Play Space Travelers: A fun and inexpensive

way to entertain the kids

16 What’s Hot Valentine’s Day 18 On the Menu

Fork Tender: Prime 33 T-bone Bonne Femme from executive chef Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak

20 The Dish

Local Standards: Community cornerstone restaurants

54 Vintage Wedding Jean Gladys McKenzie to Dr. Walter Palmer Diaz:

June 24, 1944 – Sydney, Australia

56 With This Ring


Edwards – Pierson

58 Young Bloods

Volunteer Chris Riggleman, RUBARB

59 Student Activist

David Trepagnier: Brother Martin High School

60 Shop Talk

Peggy Roth: Owner, Banbury Cross

61 Shop Talk

Larry Conner: General Manager, Stone Creek Club and Spa

66 Snapshots 68 Performing Arts

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OnStage Performance Calendar

72 Nostalgia Going Gaga for Gondolas: The rise and fall of the MART

New Orleans’ definitive social magazine february 2014 / Volume 17 / Issue 9

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events FEBRUARY 3 “Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon,” benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women, 861-7788

It’s a Love Fest We all know what a phenomenal renaissance is happening at City Park, and we’re so excited to feature Capital One’s “Lark in the Park!” Thanks so much to honorary chair Beau Bassich, co-chairs Andrea Frischhertz and Ann Heslin, board member Jackie Palumbo and President of Friends of City Park Mary Johnson! Beau Bassich, Executive Director of City Park, has been the heart and soul of the park for decades, and he inspires all of us to fight for this beautiful park, which serves everyone in the community. This year, the carousel is the beneficiary of the “Lark in the Park,” so put Friday, March 14, on your calendar. The patron party, from 7 to 8 p.m., is at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters with entertainment by Anais St. John, specialty cocktails by the Hotel Monteleone and passed hors d’oeuvres by Tableau. And, Andrea and Ann have promised real excitement for the main event! You will be entertained by Flow Tribe, have libations from Republic

and be treated to over-thetop cuisine from 40 of our top restaurants! There is even a live auction for a Vespa presented by Terminex with Juli Miller Hart and Mark Romig as auctioneers. You can also take a chance on a car donated by Bryan Subaru; you can learn more, as well as purchase raffle tickets and tickets to the patron party and gala by calling 483-9368 or visiting events.htm. Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, so check out What’s Hot where you’ll find the perfect gift for that special lady in your life,and ideas so that you can give hints for what you really want – just leave the magazine out open to the page and the items with big stars next to them for your significant other to find. Luis Colmenares has a great new idea for the pet lovers in your family and has the best Valentine’s gift you could give (see photo). We all know what an incredible artist he is and how generous he is to every

7 “SweetArts 2014,” benefiting the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, 528-3805 7-8 “The Louisiana Sporting Clays Classic Fun Shoot,” benefiting The Chartwell Center, 899-2478

fundraiser in town. He also teaches art to students for free and he’s raising money for his new studio. It is time for us to support him! Call 891-0726 to reserve a place and for more information. We are gearing up for all of those weddings and wedding parties. Of course we’re presenting our annual Couture Wedding Guide with the best information on planning a wedding or wedding-related event from local retailers. Now that spring is almost here, your favorite restaurants are offering specials. You know how much we all love to eat, so check it out! You will also love reading about Dr. Walter and Jean Diaz’s wedding that took place in Sydney, Australia in 1944 – don’t miss it! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a safe Mardi Gras! – Beverly Reese Church

13 “Go Red for Women Luncheon, benefiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300 14 “Touching a Life Luncheon,” benefiting Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association, 523-3525 18 “Mardi Gras Mambo Bingo,” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9373 28 “Mardi Gras Fete 2014,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Guild,” 529-3000, extension 227, MardiGrasFete2014.

MARCH 1-20 11 “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527 14 “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park and the City Park Carousel, 483-9368 15 “2014 Secret Gardens Tour,” benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, 18 “An Evening Benefitting Louisiana Lighthouse,” 899-4501 extension 219 19-23 “Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144

Luis Colmenares and Bev at his new studio. On Thursday, February 6, from 9 to 11 a.m., bring the picture of the animal you’d like Colmenares to create, along with the name of the pet and for $100 a face, he’ll create a wall hanging with a place for leashes and keys. He also can take orders for chairs, beds, tables and more. Call 891-0726 to reserve a place and to learn more.

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19-23 “Art in Bloom,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans, 658-4121, 20 “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045 20 “Jazzin’ on Jackson Gala,” benefiting Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, 568-0607

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cruisin’ the crescent

By Shelby Westfeldt mills

This year my company had a very dear employee retire who had been with us for over 40 years. Although we’re sad to see him go, we wanted to thank him for all of his hard work by giving him a very special gift that he could always look to as a reminder of his time with our company. So after much thought we decided to have a portrait created of him “cupping coffee.” Cupping coffee is similar to wine tasting and was one of his specialties at our company. As we started brainstorming on where to go to commission such a thing, my colleague said, “Why don’t we just walk down to Jackson Square?” What a brilliant idea! That afternoon we walked to the famed artist colony and perused the different paintings hanging on the black iron fence. I have walked past these vendors several times, but it has been a while since I stopped and actually looked at the craftsmanship of these artists. Each vendor had a different style, story and inspiration. Some of the vendors had even been in the square for generations learning the craft from their mother or father. We finally settled on a local artist whose style was similar to James Mouton, and she did an amazing job. It is mind blowing to think about all the wonderful artists who have been inspired by New Orleans: Edgar Degas, George Rodrigue and James Michalopoulos to name just a few. (Actually, Michalopoulos started his career painting portraits in Jackson Square for $3 a pop!) So the next time you’re looking for a piece of local art head down to the French Quarter; you never know, your purchase may become a huge investment!

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The Recess Club of New Orleans held its annual Christmas party this year at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. The members invited their children and grandchildren to have lunch, bowl and mingle with the other guests. Among those guests were the boys from the Waldo Burton home, who were all very excited to show off their bowling skills. The Waldo Burton home is a nonprofit private home that has housed boys in need 1 since 1824. The Recess Club invites the Waldo Burton boys every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities and sends them home with the Christmas gift of their choice. The boys were very happy and made sure 2 to thank the Recess Club and its president Storey Charbonnet. 1. Anna Morse bowls with her mom Janet Morse and grandfather Allan Colley 2. Daniel and Adeline Weidner and Louise, Joe and Frances Mann with Parker, Regan and Rollins Leopold

They are back! Brothers Jonathan and David de Laureal have moved back to New Orleans. To celebrate their homecoming everyone gathered at their parents’ house for a welcome home party. Guests caught up with David and Jonathan over sushi, fried oysters and cocktails.



3. Patrick Browne, David de Laureal, James Montgomery and Hyder Brewster 4. Anne and Edmund Redd with Jonathan de Laureal 5. Valerie Gernhauser of Sapphire Events 6. Julia Hohne of Mrs. Vintage



The first “Renegade Bridal Fair” was held this year at the Beauregard-Keyes House. Hosts Ella Camburnbeck, House Director for the Beauregard-Keyes house, Hattie Moll of Hattie Sparks and Molly Pittman of Loomed NOLA wanted to create a space so brides could “shop local every step down the aisle.” Laura Rockett was on hand to take pictures of the fair that featured vendors from Tisa Beauty Bar, Wedding Belles and Judy’s at the Rink among many more.

Heard something interesting for “cruisin’ the crescent?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005 or email: | 11

skin deep

By Cat Wall Aschaffenburg

1. There isn’t one perfect shade of red for every woman. There are so

Find Your Red Simplifying the best – and often most complicated – lip color Red lipstick has been around for centuries and graced the mouths of just about every iconic woman you can name. Red lips are a statement, like a great piece of jewelry, heels or that much-coveted handbag. In fact, in all my years as a makeup artist the question I’m asked constantly is: How do I find the perfect red lipstick? So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a quick guide to the rules of wearing red along with some of my favorite picks.

many gorgeous shades suitable for every skin tone, so the objective is to try on as many as possible and look in the mirror. Which shade makes you look brighter, fresher and more radiant? If a color doesn’t have that effect, then that red isn’t the best for you.   2. Never wear red with heavy makeup. Apply eye makeup after putting on red lipstick – less eye makeup looks better while wearing red lipstick. When wearing red, the rest of our makeup pallet should be understated and super-casual. The quickest way to add age to your appearance is to wear heavy makeup.

My picks: Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in “Red Carpet” ( Goes on creamy but dries matte, and the best part is that it won’t budge for eight hours. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in “Iconic” ( Channel the “It Girl” downtown vibe by pairing this bright, creamy red with a low-key eye, disheveled ’do and flushed cheeks. ELF Cosmetics Essential Lipstick in “Fearless” (EyesLipsFace. com): Thanks to its tiny flecks of mica, this red shade shines bright like a diamond on your lips. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in “The Red” ( This newcomer doesn’t come in bullet form, however its stick-like stature houses an opaque stain that dries into a velvety lipstick-like

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finish. In my opinion, it’s kind of amazing. Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in “Pirate” ( Pair a satiny red mouth with a classic cat eye to channel your inner Marilyn. Chanel has been at the top of the red lipstick game since 1924, when they produced their first lipstick.   Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in “Russian Red” (MacCosmetics. com): One of the greats, this oldie-but-goodie lip color has had a cult following ever since it launched in the 1980s.  Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Romantic” ( If you aren’t ready for a full-on, opaque red lip, try a stain like this one. It still gives you a pretty pigmented finish, but it isn’t as saturated as a lipstick.

3. It’s okay to dump the matching lip pencil. A more modern approach

to wearing red is to build color by using a lip brush or your fingertip. 4. Keep your options open. Sometimes the texture of a red lipstick can be intimidating and there are many new formulations of red. Look at glosses, stains, tints, glazes, matte, sheer and shimmers.   5. Remove the thoughts of associating red lips with youth. Red lipstick is the quickest youth-giving, skinilluminating, eye- brightening beauty trick around.   6. Remember that you can achieve red without wearing red. Bricks, berries and sheer red glosses give the effect of wearing red without being high maintenance. | 13

kids play

By lynne gibbons

Space Travelers A fun and inexpensive way to entertain the kids If you travel east on Interstate 10 heading to Mississippi, Alabama or Florida, you may have noticed a new, modern, steel-and-glass building just past the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. My family spends a lot of time in Pass Christian, Miss., so we’ve passed this building and have actually taken the exit countless times, but we had never ventured inside. Finally, curiosity got the best of my 9-year-old son, Beau, so we rounded up some of his buddies and took the approximately 45-minute drive to the INFINITY Science Center, the 75,000-square-foot visitors’ center at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The Stennis Space Center is one of 10 NASA facilities in the United States and is the second largest, occupying over 130,000 acres of land. Built in the 1960s as a rocket engine test site, the facility has tested the rockets for the Saturn V as well as all manned Apollo and space shuttle flights. Its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico made it easy for NASA to transport the large

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engines to and from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once the cargo made it to the Mississippi coast, it traveled up the East Pearl River to Stennis. When we arrived at INFINITY, my group of excited boys quickly ran for the front door, but there’s actually plenty to see before you go inside. It would be hard to miss the H-1 and F-1 rocket engines, simply because they’re so huge! Clusters of these rockets were used to produce the 7.5 million pounds of thrust needed for the Apollo spacecraft to achieve lift-off. Once inside, the first exhibit you’ll see is the “Science Express,” a maze where you travel through time from the early days of Egyptian civilization to current-day space exploration. The maze is interactive, so visitors make choices as they proceed. Some choices lead to more discoveries, others lead to dead ends. Next, you approach a circular theatre with a large globe suspended from the center of the ceiling. This globe is actually a blank screen on which

four different projectors play amazing scenes of the Earth and other planets. There are many different programs, more than 200, which are shown on the sphere. The day we visited there was a fascinating demonstration of weather patterns and how they move across the Earth’s surface. As we moved deeper into the building, the boys immediately spied what would turn out to be my gang’s unanimous favorite attraction: The Omega Flight Simulator. This 9,000-pound structure is more than 6 feet tall and 25 feet long and resembles a space shuttle. The approximately 5-minute ride utilizes the same technology NASA uses to train their astronauts. According to my amateur pilots, the flight simulator makes you feel like you have a front row seat while exploring space! Then we took the glass elevator to the second floor where we found the “Space Gallery” containing a full-sized model of part of the International Space Station. A video

approximately 20-minute bus tour of the Stennis Space Center. The bus tour is included in your admission, but make sure you sign up for a tour as they do fill up. This tour takes you into areas not accessible to the public. The tour guide explains that Stennis is like a little city with its own post office, hospital and over 5,000 employees. As you approach the test facility, the bus stops at the locks that regulate the water level of the East Pearl River, so that if the river goes above flood stage NASA doesn’t have to worry about the facility flooding. Soon the bus arrives at the structure that everyone has come to see: the test stands. Made with more steel than the Eiffel Tower and enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from Stennis to Memphis, Tenn., the test stands are simply enormous. Our tour guide allowed us to exit the bus and take pictures in front of the largest test stand, another highlight for the boys! In just a few hours, we had not only had an amazing walk through

tour describes different aspects of everyday life for our astronauts living in a space station. There are also many NASA artifacts on the second floor, including the space suit worn by Biloxi native and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. Keeping an eye on the clock, I realized it was time for us to head outside and catch our bus for the

history but also an inspiring glance into the future of space exploration. This is a one-day trip that the kids will enjoy as much as their parents and grandparents, so bring everyone and take advantage of this treasure in our neighboring state. For additional information, admission prices and hours of operation, visit n | 15

what’s hot

by Lexi Wangler

Valentine’s Day All right, ladies, it’s that time of year again – and before we get into singles versus couples and the Great Valentine’s Day Debate (i.e. who you’re going to share it with), let’s step back and consider this: whether you have your date planned or reservations made for a night out with the girls, this Valentine’s Day remember you’re worth spoiling, and you’re absolutely capable of doing that yourself. So check out what’s red-hot this month, whether you’re treating yourself or dropping a few well-placed hints.

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Christie Foom Photography

1. With Mardi Gras right around the corner, we have a lot of reasons to dress up this season, and with pieces like these Sennod vignette chains, a lot of opportunities to change up your look. Diverse and unique, these chains from FeBe Clothing in Metairie allow you to create several different looks by interchanging different pieces – at home, at the office or out on the town. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250 2. Whether you’re shopping for a Valentine’s present or looking for a way to ring in 2014 right, the new blow dry bar craze might be just the thing. Get your hair done for fun and a look that you simply can’t get in your bathroom at Dry Bar Bleu for that perfect Valentine’s Day outfit. Dry Bar Bleu, 701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A, 309-5999,

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6 3. Whether you’re your own Southern belle or someone’s lucky lady this Valentine’s Day, this magnolia pendant from local jewelry designer Cristy Cali is a much-needed staple for your jewelry box this spring. In sterling silver, this simple statement piece will turn heads wherever you go. Available exclusively at select retailers and online, 4. Red lingerie is a great festive way to start out your Valentine’s Day date, but you don’t have to stop there this spring with this look and more from Trashy Diva, the local boutique that’s getting national attention. Surprise someone special or just remind yourself you’re beautiful in this Elle MacPherson Exotic Plume Set from Trashy Diva Lingerie. Trashy Diva, 2044 Magazine St., 831 Chartres St., 522-5686, 5. Beloved winter trends continue into the spring with these beautiful stackable rings from Saint Germain at the Shops at Canal Place. From the gorgeous Sethi Couture line, these assorted 18-karat pink and yellow gold stackable rings with colored diamonds can be mixed and matched with almost any ensemble. Saint Germain, 333 Canal St., Suite 208, 522-1720, 6. A diamond ring might not be something you would buy yourself, but these earrings certainly could be! With this glitter and glam look this Valentine’s Day, sparkle for you or that special someone with diamond hoop earrings from 1 to 8 carats from Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry. Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry, 505 Royal St., 525-4855, | 17

on the menu REcipe Prime beef 32-ounce T-bone 3 onions, thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons oil Pinch salt 1 ounce Worcestershire 6 slices bacon     In a small pot with a lid, add oil and then thinly sliced onions on top. Cover with lid and simmer to release liquid from onions. Sweat them until they are soft and without color. Remove lid and continue to cook, as the liquid starts to evaporate the onions will start to caramelize slowly. Stir with a wooden spoon for consistency.  When the onions reach a beautiful brown color and the bottom of the pot has a brown layer on it, add Worcestershire and salt and continue to stir. Should take about 30 minutes. Set aside. Fry bacon in the same pan until cripsy. Add onions to the bacon and reheat. Grill steak to your desired temperature. Serve steak with onions and bacon on top.   Serves 1

Fork Tender Prime 33 T-bone Bonne Femme from executive chef Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak

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Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak 209 Bourbon St, 525-2021,

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the dish

By jyl benson

Seafood Platter, Stuffed Artichokes, Bell Pepper Rings at Frankie & Johnny’s

TRY THIS Pastry Chef Rhonda Ruckman of The Link Restaurant Group has created a line of specialty King Cakes for sale at Cochon Butcher until the day after Mardi Gras. The gorgeous cakes, which pack little surprise plastic pigs in lieu of the traditional baby, are available in 6-inch (individual, $7.25) and 10-inch (for sharing if you must, $30) sizes, in fun flavors including cinnamon, chocolate-peanut butter, apple and Creole cream cheese, lemon Doberge, and the “Elvis,” which is filled with peanut butter, banana and cured bacon, topped with marshmallow.

multi-legged appetite suppressant scampered across the worn floor in the back dining room as we cheerily munched through piles of

spicy boiled crawfish, heaping platters of crisp fried seafood, smothered pork chops, bowls of dark-roux etouffee and slabs of peanut butter pie.

Local Standards Community cornerstone restaurants I bought my house Uptown just a few blocks from Franky & Johnny’s in 1996 and my daughter Cecilia, now 17, literally cut her teeth on their stuffed artichokes, fried chicken and fried bell pepper rings. Thirteen years ago when I started dating my husband Andrew, who also lived in the neighborhood, it made sense to suggest dinner there. “N-O to the hell no,” he said. “It’s

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filthy. No way.” I knew he was right: For years those of us with lower standards – pretty much everyone except him – had ignored the musty smells and sticky floors in the barroom just inside the front door, the chipped Formica tables and the torn, ketchup-stained menus. We packed the house and averted our eyes as the occasional

Despite its dubious shortcomings F&J’s was Uptown New Orleans’ only quintessential family-style seafood restaurant/neighborhood hangout/sports bar. The atmosphere left a whole lot to be desired but the food was always good, the prices reasonable, the jukebox stocked with local music, the parking ample and the comfort that comes with the familiar was guaranteed. It was the nucleus of the neighborhood. Last winter the doomsday bell finally tolled on F&J’s when the operators of the restaurant ran afoul of health inspections and they were evicted by business owner, John Morreale Jr., whose family had owned it since 1942. The doors closed right around Mardi Gras. After muddling our way through crawfish season alone, new operators Anthony Macaluso and Woody Valls reopened the restaurant as Frankie & Johnny’s the day after Thanksgiving. Windows uncovered by the removal of faux wood paneling shed light on a gleaming renovation that includes pristine restrooms with level floors, a new digital jukebox and the addition of outdoor seating and an

oyster bar. The same reliable local

standards – seemingly prepared the same exact way – are once again sustaining the relieved masses that go there for so much more than the food. In recent years Rocky & Carlo’s has rebuilt following both flood (2005) and fire (2013). I recall going back to the Chalmette institution immediately after its post-Katrina re-opening in 2006. We stood in line with our trays laden, cafeteria style, with veal Parmesan, lasagna, friend catfish and rich macaroni and cheese made from thick Buccatini pasta and drenched with thick red gravy alongside rolls of beef Bruciolone and little dishes of bread pudding and spumoni ice cream. When we reached the cashier to pay there were gold boxes stacked alongside the register and they were filled with curious-looking little necklaces made entirely from Fava beans and gold beads. It turns

out the “necklaces” were rosaries a regular customer had made and was selling to raise money to properly re-bury his mother, who had been lifted from her resting place during Katrina’s flooding. That pretty much sums up the vibe at Rocky’s, which despite its justifiable fame, is really all about the immediate community in which it exists. If more evidence is needed, just check out the seats of honor reserved closest to the buffet line for the guys who come for lunch every day from the Chalmette refinery across the street. n

Cochon Butcher: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675, Frankie & Johnny’s: 321 Arabella St., 243-1234 Rocky & Carlo’s: 613 W. Saint Bernard Highway, Chalmette, 279-8323

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philanthropic fun

By Lexi Wangler


Blue Dog Memories The 2013 “O What A Night” honored George Rodrigue. “O What A Night” began with a bang on the evening of October 26 at the nationally acclaimed Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The late George Rodrigue received the 2013 Opus Award for his iconic paintings of the loup-garou. More commonly known as the “Blue Dog,” Rodrigue’s paintings have become a Southern art craze that has begun to represent New Orleans internationally. The night centered around Rodrigue’s achievements as a community activist, philanthropist and artist with a vintage Cajun menu provided by Restaurant R’evolution’s chef John Folse and silent and live auctions featuring art from Southern artists. This year’s silent auction was sponsored by locally owned New Orleans Auction Galleries, one of the premier auction galleries in the country. CK Swett of Heritage Auctions in New York and Dallas served as celebrity auctioneer. Event co-chairs Katy Weil and Dathel Georges presented a patron party and auction preview, cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions, as well as dancing in the space of two very busy nights in late October. Auction highlights included a vintage Mercedes convertible, a Saints Football Experience and much more. n



event at a glance What: “O What A Night,” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

1. Ashton Thomas, Mallory Paige and Jacques Rodrigue 2. Chris and co-chair Katy Weil with co-chair Dathel and John Georges 3. Roger Ogden, Michelle Ogden and Dr. Field Ogden 4. William Andrews, William Goldring and Coleman Adler 5. Gayle and Tom Benson 6. Art on display at the patron party

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philanthropic fun

By Lexi Wangler


125 Years of Helping Animals The LA-SPCA presented its annual “Howling Success.” The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrated 125 years of great success on the evening of November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with their “Howling Success” patron party and gala. Chaired by Christine Fontana, Suzanne Lanks and Catherine Shreves, the evening raised money to help over 20,000 animals that come through the doors of the LA-SPCA every year. Event festivities included the presentation of the 2013 Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian of the Year Award to Rachel and Herb Dyer of local favorites the Bulldog and the Velvet Cactus for their generous work on behalf of the organization. Led by celebrity chairs Angela Hill, Katherine LaNasa and Grant Show, patron party guests enjoyed music by Sasha Masakowski, while gala guests watched Jubilation!, a special event presentation by the 610 Stompers and an appearance by the New Orleans Saints Mascot, Gumbo. Over 30 landmark New Orleans restaurants provided edibles and libations while guests mingled, danced and enjoyed live and silent auctions. n



event at a glance What: “Howling Success” patron party and gala, benefiting The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Don Sistrunk and Ana Zorrilla with Georgianne and John Poteet 2. Machelle and Keith Hall 3. Que Smith, Dr. Coller Ochsner, Alli Raynor and Toni Reeder 4. Jean Simmons, Lisa Robinson, Sandy Miller and Kim Austin 5. Lynda Woolard and Jac Brubaker 6. Eve Masinter and Monica Frois

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Gathering On the Avenue The Jewish Community Center celebrated its 65 years. On Saturday, November 2, New Orleans’ Jewish Community Center hosted its annual fundraising event, this year titled “Celebrating 65 Years On the Avenue.” Chaired by Cathy and Morris Bart, the evening included a cocktail hour, a seated dinner crafted by chef Rommel Hernandez and entertainment featuring acclaimed musical revue “Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.” Guests danced the night away to timeless hits such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more before the highlight event, an exciting live auction with Lee Zurik performing the honors as auctioneer. Hit auction items included an in-home feast for 10 prepared by chef Jacques Leonardi of Jacques-Imo’s Cafe, dinner for 12 with chef-inspired food and wine pairings at Ralph’s on the Park, the Drago’s Specialty Charboil Truck at the location of the winner’s choice and a Saints Youth football signed by Drew Brees with a football T-shirt signed by Thomas Morstead and Sean Payton. Proceeds of the evening went to the JCC’s general programs such as the Alzheimer’s respite care program, the regionally acclaimed four-star Nursery School, summer day camp and senior recreational programs. n



event at a glance What: “Celebrating 65 Years On the Avenue,” benefiting the Jewish Community Center When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Where: Jewish Community Center

1. Jane and Rodney Steiner with Walda and Sydney Besthoff 2. Martin Fischman, Dr. Daniella Miller and Leslie and Martin Fischman 3. Vivian Cahn, Hertha Bart and Carrie and Austin Marks 4. Cathy and Charlie Glaser with Carole and Morton Katz 5. Tim and Anamaria Lupin with Aimee and Steven Bain 6. Beth and Ashley Kirschman

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Mixing It Up This year’s “Cocktails for KID smART” honored Adrian Deckbar. Held at the elegant home of Andrew and Susu Stall in the Garden District, this year’s “Cocktails for KID smART” honored celebrated artist Adrian Deckbar for her mixed media pieces of Louisiana swamps. Though a native New Orleanian, Deckbar’s work has been featured in over 50 exhibitions all over the globe. KID smART is an organization that seeks to promote local education through arts integration, with strategies such as long-term teaching artist residencies in local public school classrooms and a multi-component professional development program for classroom teachers. Chaired by Joanie Quinlan and the “Cocktails for KID smART” event committee, cuisine was provided by Joel Catering and Event Planning and spirits by the Sazerac Company. The evening’s patron party for sponsors was held earlier in the evening with cocktails, and included a presentation of a signed and numbered giclée of a work by Adrian Deckbar for each sponsor. n



event at a glance What: “Cocktails for KID smART” When: Thursday, November 7, 2013 Where: Home of Andrew and Susu Stall

1. Gretchen and Joel Dondis with Celeste Coco-Ewing 2. Walton and Jeffrey Goldring with chair Joanie Quinlan and hostess Susu Stall 3. Tim Ware, Echo Olander, Allison Stewart and Campbell Hutchinson 4. Lisa Puckett Sinders, host Andrew Stall and honoree Adrian Deckbar 5. Scott and Janet Howard with Logan Crowe 6. Jackie Sullivan, Troy Scroggins and Kathy Hebert

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Artfully Entertaining Poydras Home’s 19th annual “Home Art Show and Patron Party.” The first weekend in November celebrated the 19th annual “Poydras Home Art Show and Patron Party.” Poydras Home, a nationally acclaimed continuing care retirement community, honored past presidents of its board of trustees with an evening of art and elegance previewing the weekend’s three-day art show. Chaired by Anne Buescher, the patron party included a silent auction, entertainment, a preview of juried art and unjuried art and cuisine by Vincent’s, Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s and more. Mary Len Costa served as this year’s art show judge, while local favorite big band Swingaroux provided an evening of entertainment and dance-worthy music. This year’s art show showcased more than 2,500 original works of art by Louisiana and regional artists, including traditional and contemporary paintings, photography, sculptures, fine jewelry and more. All of the evening’s proceeds went to benefitting the residents and programs of Poydras Home, with the artists also donating a percentage of their sales to Poydras Home. n



event at a glance What: 19th annual “Poydras Home Art Show and Patron Party” When: Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, 2013 Where: Poydras Home

1. The Winston Family: William, Sarah, Marc, Jill, Heide and Sam 2. Libby Adams, chair Anne Buescher, Donna Flower and Cindy Ellington 3. Ella and Walter “Chip” Flower with Anne and Edmund Redd

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A Cause to Cha-Cha Bridge House/Grace House danced for funds. In a fun rendition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Bridge House/Grace House hosted its fourth annual “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars” on Saturday, November 2, at Generations Hall. One of Bridge House/Grace House’s many annual fundraisers, “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars” raised money for the organization’s extensive substance abuse treatment programs. The contestants weren’t the only stars in the hall that night – local celebrities also joined the panel of judges, including Denise Gerarve of the Pussyfooters, Kenny Lopez, Chet Pourciau and John Young Jr. Featuring seven local amateur dancers, the winner of the contest was the dancer that raised the most funds for Bridge House/Grace House, though the judges awarded several prizes in other categories, such as “best performance,” “best routine” and “best costume.” Chaired by Jeralyn Wheeler, the event received donations by over 30 restaurants including Milk Fish, Cochon Butcher and the Court of Two Sisters. WGNO-TV’s Anne Cutler and Jon Huffman emceed. Jacqueline Delery won first place, with Nell Nolan and Tracy Stewart in second and third places, respectively. The judges awarded Preston Meche with “best performance,” and the crowd gave “best performance” to Anil Paramesh. The two other outstanding performers were Buddy Ganier and Sharonda Williams. n



event at a glance What: “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars IV,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Where: Generations Hall

1. Else Pedersen and Michelle Gaienne 2. Chet Pourciau, Kenny Lopez, John Young Jr. and Denise Gerarve 3. Stephanie Margavio, Mel Werner and Darlene Wapegan

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By Lexi Wangler


Cruising in Costume Alternatives Living, Inc., dressed up to raise funds. Alternatives Living, Inc. held its third annual “Costume Cruise Fundraiser” aboard the popular Creole Queen Riverboat on a cool October night this past fall. Devoted to providing a host of services to individuals and families living with mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical and medical challenges, Alternatives Living, Inc. threw a costume party cruise on the Mississippi River to raise money for their programs. The evening featured live music and dancing, an open bar, silent auction, door raffle and costume contest. Guests danced the night away to the dulcet sounds of Naydja Cole and the Jazz Experience, and one guest swept the costume competition by donning a homemade Iron Man costume, complete with lit eye sockets and chest power plate. Auction highlights included a New Orleans Saints football autographed by Jimmy Graham, a one-week 5-star stay through RCI to be used almost anywhere in the world, a 13-week WWOZ business advertising package, a weekend stay at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi and a couple’s night package featuring a night at the Hilton Riverside and jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. n



event at a glance What: Third annual “Costume Cruise Fundraiser,” benefiting Alternatives Living, Inc. When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 Where: Creole Queen Riverboat

1. Stephen Gopaul, Karen Gros and Marc Byrd 2. Dr. Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson Sr. 3. Elizabeth and Ronald Lyon with Delan and Lolita Carter

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By Lexi Wangler


Viva the Volunteers St. Elizabeth’s Guild honored its 10 volunteer activists of 2013. On the afternoon of October 23, Saint Elizabeth’s Guild gathered its honorees for its “New Orleans’ Best Volunteer Activists of 2013 Luncheon” at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. Chaired by Kathy Mitchell and Maria Huete, the luncheon honored Erin Caruso, Joan Boudreaux Cuccia, Anne Favret, Ann Fuselier, Juli Miller Hart, Dr. Anna Monhartova, Ashton J. Ryan Jr., Jennifer Steel Bourgeois, Julie C. Vanderbrook and Denise Woodward for their outstanding charitable work during 2013. With over 600 guests in attendance, the luncheon raised funds for the many programs that Saint Elizabeth’s Guild supports, including the “Saint John the Baptist Headstart Program: Independent Living Skills,” which prepares young adults who have outgrown the foster care system to become successful in life, and “Padua Pediactrics,” a facility for mentally and physically disabled children who are cared for by a loving staff and doctors. The event featured a fashion show by Dillard’s, entertainment by the 610 Stompers and an auction. Patron party music was provided by the Royal Jazz Ensemble, while Karen Swensen of WWL emceed and Archbishop Gregory Aymond performed the invocation and award presentation. n



event at a glance What: “New Orleans’ Best Volunteer Activists of 2013 Luncheon,” benefiting Saint Elizabeth’s Guild When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Where: New Orleans Marriott Grand Ballroom

1. Cindy Wooderson, Fay Young, Joan Ingram and Cat Foy 2. Maria Winn, Jamie Moreau and Eileen Capritto 3. Kathi Zimmerman, Suzette Herpich, Cindy Paulin and Cheryl Cabes

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Ponying Up


The “Harvest Cup Polo Classic” celebrated 17 years. The first Sunday of November witnessed the presentation of the 17th annual “Harvest Cup Polo Classic” by the Junior League of Greater Covington and the 2013 Harvest Cup Polo Committee. Held at Leah Farm in Folsom, the home field of the New Orleans Polo Club, the major annual fundraiser of the Greater Covington Junior League supports organizations and events such as Read for the Record, Career Corner, Project Prom, Girls’ Health Day, Spring Stomp Run and more. With over 1,200 guests in attendance, the “Harvest Cup” celebrated its 17th year with exciting polo matches by the New Orleans Polo Club, a parade of breeds from local horse farms, food from over 30 regional restaurants and specialty libations from Effen Vodka, New Orleans Rum and Covington Brewhouse. Fine jewelry company Lee Michaels also held a raffle and photo booth inside its corporate tent. Silent and live auctions featured work from poster artist Gretchen Armbruster, and live auction honors were performed by Mark Romig. Saints fans needed not despair of missing the game that day, as a catered air-conditioned VIP lounge tent broadcasted the New Orleans Saints versus New York Jets game. n



event at a glance What: 17th annual “Harvest Cup Polo Classic,” benefiting the Junior League of Greater Covington When: Sunday, November 3, 2013 Where: Leah Farm, Folsom

1. Sharon Lo Drucker, Stephanie Dupepe, Janice Perkins and patron party committee member Cindy Petry 2. Don and Janice Perkins with Cindy and Brett Petry 3. Michael and Kim Williamson with Shawna and Brandon Hunt

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Being Bonnie and Clyde The LMF celebrated “An Arresting Experience.” The Louisiana Museum Foundation celebrated a novel night on November 2 at the Old U.S. Mint with a speakeasy-themed gala fundraiser. In this unique opportunity to raise money for the state’s historic treasures, guests presented codes and were admitted through a speakeasy door and were able to post bail in a fun nod to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s late Prohibition crime spree. Well-known supporters of the Louisiana Museum Foundation inhabited the cells in the Old US Mint for a few hours that night; surrogate Bonnies and Clydes included City Council President Jackie Clarkson and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who donned prison stripes for this cause. The gala also showcased period artifacts from the Roaring Twenties, including a smuggler’s boat, a flapper frock and an original FBI Wanted Poster for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The evening was chaired by Anne Flower Redd and presided over by master of ceremonies WWWL-TV’s Eric Paulsen. Entertainment was provided by the Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie and solo pianist Sam Kuslan, while partygoers danced the night away with the likes of the NOLA Chorus Girls. n



event at a glance What: “An Arresting Experience! Jails, Jazz, Bonnie & Clyde,” benefiting the Louisiana Museum Foundation When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Where: Old U.S. Mint

1. John and Bonnie Boyd with Melissa Steiner and Gary Brewster 2. Edmund and chair Anne Redd with Leo Marsh 3. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and City Council President Jackie Clarkson

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To Dos for Your I Dos Our 2014 Couture Wedding Guide by Lisa Tudor

Planning a wedding weekend in your hometown starts with visits to local pros for “I do” advice on every “to do.” From buying a diamond to saving the date, from shopping for gowns to booking the perfect venue, sourcing locally creates a celebration that’s both uniquely yours and uniquely New Orleans. Read on for profiles of and tips from local experts to take you from engagement past your walk down the aisle. Jewelry & Gifts

Founded in 1976, family-owned Friend & Company Fine Jewelers designs and crafts custom diamond engagement rings and is home to a wideranging collection of spectacular antique and estate jewelry, as well as South Sea pearl collections. With headquarters in Uptown New Orleans and offices in New York, Russia, Israel and Hong Kong, Friend & Company boasts global resources while keeping its neighborhood boutique feel. Their full-service bridal registry offers individual assistance in selecting china, crystal, sterling flatware and unique gifts. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry specializes in gems, timepieces and giftware by the world’s most distinguished designers and craftspeople. Chad Berg serves as General Manager at his family’s New Orleans location at Lakeside Shopping Center, where you’ll find an extensive collection of diamond engagement rings and wedding bands to fit any style and budget. Lee Michaels travels internationally each year to purchase diamonds directly from the source. A family member personally evaluates each stone before it ever makes it into the store, which puts Lee Michaels value at a premium. Gift ideas for the wedding party include pearl studs, monogrammed jewelry boxes and money clips, customizable and available for purchase. Leontine Linens owner Jane Scott Hodges believes one’s linens should be a reflection and an extension of one’s personal taste and lifestyle and that they’re meant to be used every single day – not pulled out of a drawer for special occasions. Showroom consultants at their Magazine Street flagship store offer expert guidance on how to decorate with fine linens and how to stock your linen closet with necessities for your newlywed home. This sought-after luxury brand was founded in New Orleans in 1996 and is famous for its extensive collection of monogram styles and embellishments that 42 | St. Charles Avenue February 2014

This page, top: 18 karat white gold and rose cut diamond earrings and companion necklace at Adler’s Bottom: Stack of diamond wedding bands in various styles and settings in white gold or platinum at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Facing Page: Amy Casbarian of Wedding Belles and Kaki Foley of Tattered Design joined forces with Peony Fine Children’s Clothing to style and stage a cozy casual banquet beneath the branches of Audubon Park’s famous Etienne de Bore Oak, dubbed “The Tree of Life”. These images captured by wedding photographer Sarah Becker Lillard demonstrate how completely magical New Orleans weddings can be. Photo credits: Wedding gown “Regan” by Modern Trousseau; “Isabella” cuff and “Helena” hairpiece by Enchanted Atelier; Big girl’s dress by Peony Fine Children’s Clothing available at Angelique Baby. | 43

are embroidered, appliquéd or quilted. Each piece is made to order in the fabric and style of your choosing, creating textile heirlooms that will be cherished by future generations. Since the 1960s, generations of brides have been choosing to register with Adler’s because of the convenience of their unique gift card system, which allows for flexibility in purchasing and receiving gifts. Couples aren’t limited to only the items on their original registry but can tailor their final selection based on their registry credit, which may be used in Adler’s tabletop and gifts department as well as at Waldhorn & Adler Antiques. With its generous selection of fine jewelry, wedding party gifts and stationery, Adler’s offers newly engaged couples all they need for their big day and beyond. Stationery & Invitations

Discover your wedding stationery trousseau at Scriptura. Sisters Sallie and Margaret Jones’ turn-of-the century letterpress studio creates couture designs featuring signature New Orleans themes. With almost two decades of experience, their personal attention and expertise are unparalleled. In addition to letterpress, Scriptura also provides engraved, thermographed and foil stamped invitations from the finest wedding purveyors in the United States. Thank you notes, cups, napkins, programs and customized party invitations from Scriptura will set the perfect tone for your event. If you’ve lived in New Orleans for any amount of time, chances are you’ve received an invitation created by Betty Hunley. Her fun party characters have made Betty Hunley Designs a hallmark of the New Orleans entertainment scene. From the minute you walk into the traditional New Orleans cottage that serves as her design studio and retail storefront, you’re surrounded by the creative energy of her team. Offering custom-

crafted formal invitations and fine personal stationery, Hunley and her staff will also help you create the perfect party accessories to give your event its own unique feel and spirit. An important emerging tradition is to send friends and relatives “Save the Date” announcements, which helps out-of-town guests set aside dates and plan travel well ahead of the traditional six-week lead time for the formal invitation.

Wedding Dresses & Apparel

Amy Casbarian, owner of Wedding Belles, represents boutique design companies that are unique to the region, offering stylish brides in New Orleans a fun and fresh alternative to traditional styles. Her young, fashionable team takes appointments to make fittings intimate and fun Uptown in an enchanting boutique environment. Wedding Belles contacts each bridesmaid personally and handles each order individually, allowing the bride to sidestep that time-consuming task. Beautiful fabrics, moderate price points and flattering designs from chic designers make Wedding Belles a destination for sophisticated modern brides. Yvonne La Fleur creates beautifully feminine original designs incorporating romantic touches from around the world, including custom turn-of-thecentury flowers from France and silk ribbons from Switzerland. The “Fashion Galleries” of her eponymous Riverbend Boutique offer a unique European approach to shopping, featuring exclusive, romantic selections of silk dresses, evening gowns, lingerie and custom millinery. In the Bridal Room you’ll find gowns suspended from the ceiling, each displayed like a work of art, and best of all La Fleur and her daughters are on hand to personally assist you through an unforgettable shopping experience, including champagne with which to celebrate when you find “the dress” and free expert alterations.

Facing Page: Big Girl’s dress by Peony Fine Children’s Clothing; little girls’ dresses models’ own from Pippen Lane. This page, top: Lazaro Ivory lace organza wave bridal gown with jeweled ribbon belt and chapel train at Town & Country. Bottom, left: Lela Rose gown at Mimi. Bottom, right: Nicholas Kirkwood printed lace heel at Mimi and CeCe Shoe | 45

Left: “Vintage Modern” letterpress invitation suite at Scriptura. Middle: Paul Andrew Chalk high heel pump at Mimi and Cece Shoe Bottom: Towels in white terry with buff poplin trim and Alcott appliqué monogram to order at Leontine Linens.

Mimi, owned by motherdaughter duo Mimi Robinson and CeCe Colhoun, is now, even more than ever, New Orleans’ premiere party dress and shoe resource. At Mimi and CeCe Shoe, boutique designer dresses by Lela Rose, Kevan Hall and Monique Lhuillier, and shoes by Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Loeffler Randall are stylish power picks for celebrations. Mimi also houses a stellar beauty team including Jesse de Leon, New York trained hairstylist and resident manicurist Glenda Larsen. The Trish McEvoy collection of makeup is new at Mimi in 2014, and makeup artist Teresa Waters is the on-site specialist. Resident seamstress Maria Martin makes certain every garment is perfectly fitted, so add Mimi to your pre-nuptial to-do list. In continuous operation since 1932, Town and Country Bridal Salon & Ladies Apparel is a grande dame among New Orleans area bridal salons, where many a flower girl and bridesmaid return as a bride. Owners Lisa and Collum Swords are always on hand to greet you when you walk in the door of their St. Charles Avenue boutique, and their experienced and friendly

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consultants enjoy guiding you through their stunning collection of designer wedding attire for brides, mothers of the bride and bridesmaids. Their impressive collection of ready-to-wear includes a fabulous selection of party dresses for rehearsal dinners and late-night dancing. Frequent trunk shows by the top names in bridal fashion, spacious fitting rooms and professional in-house alterations experts combine to make this a one-stop shop. Perlis, a mainstay in the men’s clothing business since 1939, is known regionally for its selection of summer-weight suits in poplin, seersucker and white linen, as well as its fully stocked young men’s and boys’ department, also carrying classic Eton suits for the smallest members of the bridal party. Perlis also offers superior formalwear rentals including tuxedos and tails, as well as morning and afternoon attire. The in-store Ladies Boutique collections cater to special occasion needs, and the Perlis signature crawfish shirt remains a popular gift for groomsmen. In 2012, friends Jennifer Atkins and Crickett Lapeyere established

Peony, a line of fine children’s clothing beautifully designed with a splash of modern and vintage elements. Designed and made in New Orleans and marketed via trunk shows throughout the South, the clothing combines classic styling, luxurious fabrics and gorgeous lace with admired old-fashioned and modern sewing techniques.

Extra Touches Tattered Design started as a decorative and faux painting business that has evolved to include visual display, window and environmental installations and design and consultation for any creative project. In addition to original painted furniture, artist Kaki Foley creates handcrafted objects, including a lace furniture

Left: Charlotte Olympia Pandora clutch at Mimi. Bottom: Race and Religious

line, colorful garlands, nests and mixed media creations. Staging an enchanted space, telling a meaningful story and celebrating the romance of life, whether it’s for a special event, personal sanctuary, home or business, the only limit is your imagination. Ken Marino’s Fabulous Flowers has captured The Knot Best of Weddings New Orleans honors annually since 2011, and his design studio specializes in decorating venues of all sizes. Whether your dream is to repeat your vows in a large church or say “I do” in an intimate ceremony in a garden tent, Fabulous Flowers can reflect your personal style with traditional, contemporary or European-inspired designs. A distinctive location for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and special events, Race & Religious, a Greek revival row house and its slave quarter, was built in

1836. Welcoming up to 275 guests to its romantic compound, it offers state-of-the-art venue accommodations with event fees starting at $7,000 and two tailored packages that include security guards and access to all three buildings. Options include coordination, rehearsal dinner and overnight accommodations, and vary from leisurely weekend stays to all-inclusive coordinated celebrations. Wedding Photographer Sarah Becker Lillard relocated to New Orleans in 2012 from Chattanooga, Tenn., where she spent three years shooting weddings and earning a reputation for capturing wedding photographs that tell stories with every frame. Her secret to getting the best shots is to connect with her clients, and her emotional photo-journalistic style is natural and vibrant. In addition to working regionally, she says she’s “always happy to travel for love.” n

Adler’s: 722 Canal St., Lakeside Shopping Center: 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 523-5292, Betty Hunley Designs: 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870, Fabulous Flowers: 2020 Chestnut St., 909-0253, Friend & Company Fine Jewelers: 7713 Maple St., 866-5433, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry: Lakeside Shopping Center: 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 832-0000, Leontine Linens: 3806 Magazine St., 899-7833, Mimi & CeCe Shoe: 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464,

Perlis: 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, Race and Religious: 510 Race St., 523-0890, Sarah Becker Lillard: Scriptura: 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 219-1113, Tattered Design: Kaki Foley, 210-7166, Town & Country Bridal Salon: 1514 St. Charles Ave., 523-7027, Yvonne LaFleur: 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666, Wedding Belles: 3632 Magazine St., 891-1005,

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Caterers/Food Service Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines 750 St. Charles Ave. (and other locations) 1-800-642-7257 Toll Free Ralph Brennan   Catering & Events 539-5511

Children’s Clothes Angelique Baby 5519 Magazine St. 899-8992 Banbury Cross 100 Atherton Drive 837-0447


Bridal Resource Directory

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Liberto Cleaners 4814 Prytania St. 897-2161 Russell’s Cleaning Services 3704 Robertson St. (and other locations) 482-3153

Clothing & Accessories

(Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Cocktail, Lingerie) Angelique Boutique 7725 Maple St. 866-1092 Ballin’s 721 Dante St. 866-4367 2917 Magazine St. 891-4502

Perlis 6070 Magazine St. (and other locations) 895-8661 Rise 3650 Magazine St. 304-5485 Town & Country 1514 St. Charles Ave. 523-7027

Bra Genie 2881 U.S. 190 Mandeville (985) 951-8638

Trashy Diva 2048 Magazine St. (and other locations) 299-8777

Chatta Box 4114 Veterans Blvd. 454-1527

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St. 866-9666

FeBe 474 Metairie Road 835-5250 Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave. 885-9213

Shoes Angelique Shoe 5421 Magazine St. 891-8992 Feet First 4122 Magazine St. (and other locations)

899-6800 Perfect Fit Shoes 5525 Magazine St. 456-5993

Tuxedo John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd. 455-5353

Flowers Fabulous Flowers 2020 Chestnut St. 909-0253

China & Silver Adler’s 722 Canal St. 523-5292 Friend & Company 7713 Maple St. 866-5433

Gifts/Home Furnishings Judy at the Rink 2727 Prytania St. 891-7018


Race + Religious 510 Race St. 985/768-2956


Cristy’s Collection by Cristy Cali

Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St. 528-3805

Friend & Company 7713 Maple St. 866-5433

Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave. 895-9200

Ralph’s on the Park 900 City Park Ave. 488-1010

Images by Robert T 985-966-2793

Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Lakeside Shopping Center 832-0000

Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak 215 Bourbon St. 335-3932

Rosy’s Jazz Hall & Catering 500 Valence St. 896-7679

Locations Antoine’s 713 St. Louis St. 581-4422

Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites 3626 St. Charles Ave. (and other locations) 899-9990

Southern Oaks Plantation 7816 Hayne Blvd. 245-8221

Friend & Company 7713 Maple St. 866-5433

Arnaud’s 813 Bienville Ave. 523-5433

Intercontinental New Orleans 444 St. Charles Ave. 525-5566

The New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of New Orleans Place 527-0400

Judy at the Rink 2727 Prytania St. 891-7018

Bayona 430 Dauphine St. 525-4455

Kingfish 337 Chartres St. 598-5005

Broussard’s 819 Conti St. 581-3866

New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins Diboll Circle 658-4139

Louisiana Custom Closets 13405 Seymour Meyer Blvd., Suite #24 885-3188 Newcomb Art Gallery Woldenberg Art Center 865-5238 Rivers Spencer Interiors 4610 Magazine St. 609-2436

Invitations Betty Hunley Designs 6057 Magazine St. 895-2870

Jewelry Adler’s 722 Canal St. 523-5292 Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers 701 Metairie Road 831-2602 4550 Highway 22, Mandeville (985) 626-1666

David Tompkins 738-7944

Registeries Adler’s 722 Canal St. 523-5292


Landscaping Mullin Landscape Associates, LLC 621 Distributors Row 275-6617

Wedding Services Advantage Bridal

Dry Bar Bleu 701 Metairie Road 309-5999 The Spa at Stone Creek 1201 Ochsner Blvd., Covington (985) 801-7120 •



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Boudin wontons and brie and jalapeño stuffed shrimp at Arnaud’s

Local restaurants introduce new menus, cocktails, and specials. by Kelcy Wilburn Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

Spice Up Your Spring

Food is a favorite topic year-round in New Orleans, so this month we’ve checked in with some local favorites to see what’s new this year and what to look forward to during Mardi Gras and early spring. For the first two months of the year, Bayona has revived its “Ooh La La” three-course lunch with complimentary champagne every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, ending the last Friday of February. If you can’t get to Paris for champagne and dejéuner, look to the Ooh La La menu, which puts a local spin on the French midday meal, adding a bubbly component to a refined yet casual weekday lunch. The affordable meal from worldrenowned chef Susan Spicer rings in at only $26. “Why let the champagne end with New Year’s Eve?” says Regina Keever, Bayona Events Coordinator. Keever offers that the Ooh La La lunch is the perfect way to start off a happy new year in the French Quarter in Bayona’s 200-year-old cottage or, when available, out in the courtyard. | 51

Traditional mussels and french fried potatoes at Broussard’s

On Sundays in the French Quarter the Jazz Brunch at Antoine’s continues to please both locals and visitors alike with its extensive brunch offerings. These include the Huîtres en Coquilles à la Rockefeller, oysters baked on the half shell with the original Rockefeller sauce created by Antoine’s in 1889, and Crevettes Remoulade, boiled Louisiana shrimp served cold in Antoine’s unique Remoulade dressing. Post-appetizer, offerings include decadent omelets, traditional brunch dishes and entrées such as Trout Amandine, Grillades and 52 | St. Charles Avenue February 2014

Grits and Shrimp and Grits. Additionally, the threecourse Sunday Brunch Special offers a choice of crab cake appetizer or fresh spring salad to start; a Poached Egg Cochon or Soft Shell Crab Florentine entrée; and a creamy cheesecake dessert with a complimentary mimosa, all for $31 exclusive of tax and tip and for parties of 15 or less. To experience a Jazz Brunch any day of the week, head over to The Court of Two Sisters, currently celebrating 50 years under the proprietorship of the Fein family, now in their third generation of family restaura-

teurs. Believed to have become a restaurant shortly after Prohibition, The Court of Two Sisters was acquired by Joe Fein Jr. in 1963. Since then, the Fein family has maintained the legacy of the property’s history and reputation. The daily Jazz Brunch buffet, offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m., presents a vast selection of hot and cold dishes, from madeto-order omelets and Eggs Benedict to pancakes, cocktail or remoulade shrimp, seafood and pasta salads, desserts and more. The afternoon’s sampling include Creole jambalaya, turtle soup, Duck a l’Orange and Shrimp Etouffee in addition to egg dishes. The Creole à la Carte Dinner at The Court of Two Sisters is served from 5:30-10 nightly, and features salads and hors d’oeuvres in addition to creole entrées such as Corn Fried Des Allemands Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Stuffed Filet of Trout and Trout Meuniére or Amondine. This year, Ralph’s on the Park celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Ralph’s has played host to numerous Carnivalthemed events and celebrations over the last decade, and this year pastry chef Brett Gautier, alum of the prestigious Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, is handcrafting individual King Cakes for diners during lunch, dinner and brunch, now through Lundi Gras on March 3. Each personalized briochestyle King Cake is flavored with cinnamon and topped with a sugar glaze, and each comes with Louisiana Strawberry Preserves and Cream Cheese

Icing in small jars on the side, allowing two people to share one cake and customize it with every bite using the housemade spreads. Theatergoers can enjoy pre-theater dining at Ralph’s on the Park for the Broadway New Orleans Series at the Saenger Theater. Enjoy an early three-course meal and a limo bus ride to and from the theater for $55 per person. Additionally, according to chef Chip Flanagan, Ralph’s is proud to now feature Prime Beef from Lockport in specials offered at lunch and dinner. Café Adelaide invites all for “eating, drinking and carrying on” by joining Café Adelaide’s Cocktail Club, with a February “meeting” on Saturday, February 15. Join the cocktail club by filling out an application in the restaurant and you’ll be privy to special discounts, exclusive events and all things cocktail at Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar. The February 15 meeting is a cocktail-paired brunch called “Bad Cupid,” but according to Samantha Fritz, Community Manager at the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, “We promise everything you try will be good!” Additionally, Café Adelaide chef Carl Schaubhut intends to honor his Italian heritage and that of New Orleans with a special St. Joseph’s Day altar and special dishes throughout March. Café Adelaide is a sister restaurant of Commander’s Palace and is named for the Brennans’ beloved Aunt Adelaide, who personified the avant-garde cocktail culture of

New Orleans in the late 1950s and ’60s. Drinks are also a main attraction at recently renovated Broussard’s in the French Quarter, where a new happy hour has been introduced in the Empire Bar and courtyard. Happy hour features drink specials alongside Moules et Frites seven days a week 4-7 p.m. “We are excited to present the traditional mussels and french fried potatoes during happy hour,” says classically trained and Alsatian-born executive chef Guy Reinbolt. “With several options to choose from, we encourage our guests to share so you can try them all.” The menu of moules ($7 per bowl) include four choices: Marinières, Fra Diavolo, Creole or Forestière. The pomme frites are $4 per basket and include Traditional, Creole, a la Corse or Broussard. Head bartender Paul Gustings will serve Imperial Punches, daily glass wine specials and the traditional absinthe service. Four Imperial Punches, which are $7 each, are hot bottled punches made fresh daily and served while they last. The absinthe service ranges from $5 to $7 and is available only from its traditional 5 o’clock hour until 7 p.m. A few blocks away, the French 75 Bar at Arnaud’s also delights cocktail connoisseurs with its array of premium spirits and seasonal drink menu by master mixologist Chris Hannah. The French 75 Bar also offers light bites 6-10 p.m. nightly and features Boudin Wontons, Brie & Jalapeño

Stuffed Shrimp and Oysters en Brochette, among other dishes. Arnaud’s is a popular Valentine’s Day destination, and according to restaurant proprietor Katy Casberian, the dining room will be overflowing with hearts and romantic decorations. A special lovers’ dessert will be featured. While Fat Tuesday is in March, February will see numerous Mardi Gras celebrations, parades and events. Mardi Gras is a fantastic reason to gather with friends and family in the French Quarter, and Arnaud’s, with decades of experience hosting events of various sizes, remains a popular private party destination. At Restaurant R’evolution, the joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, a new early spring menu has just been introduced. “Every month at R’evolution we challenge the culinary team to create innovative dishes for the season,” says executive chef John Folse. “For the spring menu, sous chef Jana Billiot created the Cauliflower and Camembert Bisque garnished with Hazelnut and Chervil; executive sous chef Eric Veney created Braised Lamb Shank with Butternut Squash, Pistachios, Satsuma and Sage that’s drawing rave reviews from our guests; chef de cuisine Chris Lusk cooked up an Asianinspired fish dish: Hoisin-glazed Grouper with Blue Crab Pho and Thai Basil. Not forgetting the pastry department, pastry chef Erin Swanson created a ‘Champagne Cocktail,’ which consists of Frozen Grapefruit Mousse, Violet Macaron and

Braised lamb shank with butternut squash, pistachios, satsuma and sage at Restaurant R’evolution

Brochette de Aqui Granite.” While the soup is offered on the lunch, brunch and dinner menus, the Braised Lamb Shank and Hoisin Glazed Grouper are available for dinner only.

Take advantage of the Mardi Gras mindset and get your fill of these fabulous dishes and cocktails available this season. Eat like a king now, for Lent is just around the corner! n

Antoine’s: 713 Saint Louis St., 581-4422, Arnaud’s: 813 Bienville Ave., 523-5433, Bayona: 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Broussard’s: 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Café Adelaide: 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, The Court of Two Sisters: 613 Royal St., 522-7261, Ralph’s On the Park: 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Restaurant R’evolution: 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, | 53

vintage wedding


Jean Gladys McKenzie to Dr. Walter Palmer Diaz June 24, 1944 – Sydney, Australia World War II was raging, Australia had joined the Allied Powers and Dr. Walter Diaz was stationed in New Guinea and on leave in Sydney. All prominent families were encouraged to take in soldiers, and Jean McKenzie’s parents and best friends, the Perrys, offered soldiers rooms for free. Walter was staying at the Perrys’ home when Jean happened to meet him while she was visiting Mrs. Perry. It was love at first sight for Walter, but not for Jean. The first thing Walter said was “Baby, I’d like to wrap

you up in cellophane and take you home.” She was shocked, but finally warmed up to him after a year of courting. They were married on June 24, 1944, the feast of St. John the Baptist Day at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney at 11 a.m. Her parents had a grand wedding breakfast for about 100 guests at a private club. Jean’s dress was made of cotton lace, and her veil was silk illusion. Her flowers, which included peonies, orchids and stephanotis, were created by the foremost florist in Sydney. Her best friends pooled

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their wartime clothes ration books and helped to buy Jean’s trousseau. Her three-tiered wedding cake was a rich, dark fruitcake, as was the custom in Sydney. They honeymooned in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains before Walter was called back to service in New Guinea. When they finally returned to the United States, they spent the rest of the war in San Francisco. Finally they were able to come home to New Orleans, where the Diazs had a beautiful reception for Jean at the Orleans Club. n


By Mallory Lindsly

Edwards – Pierson Eugenia Baker Edwards and Mathews Edward Pierson first met in 2003 when Mathews moved to Washington, D.C. with a fellow Michigander who coincidently worked on the Hill with Eugenia. The two remained in the same circle of friends for years before dating. Mathews had a crush on Eugenia for years. He would always make a point of joining outings with the group when he knew she would be there. At a particularly cold Saints-Redskins game, Mathews lent Eugenia his coat, vest and scarf – watching the rest of the game only in a sweater. Even though the two had been friends for years and Mathews wanted to ask Eugenia out on a date, something always prevented the two from following through. The two were finally single at the same time in the spring of 2011, and Mathews invited Eugenia to watch the sunset on a boat in the Potomac.

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Just before Christmas 2012, Eugenia and Mathews saw Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center. After the performance, Mathews brought Eugenia to her apartment, where he had decorated placed with twinkle lights to guide her down the hall to the Christmas tree. A surprised Eugenia noticed a bottle of her favorite champagne and two glasses – Mathews then got down on one knee and proposed in front of the Christmas tree. Immediately following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in the Maldives and Turkey for two weeks. They currently live in Washington, D.C., where Eugenia is a policy advisor and health care lobbyist at Patton Boggs LLP and Mathews is a consultant and advisor to domestic and international political campaigns. n Bride: Eugenia Baker Edwards Groom: Mathews Edward Pierson Bride’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David Floyd Edwards Groom’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David Emanuel Pierson Date of Wedding: November 16, 2013 Ceremony Location: St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church Reception Location: Orleans Club Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher, In Any Event Celebrant: Dr. Donald R. Frampton Ceremony Music: Steven B. Blackmon and a quartet from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, from Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Washington, D.C., worn with her mother’s veil Maid of Honor: Catherine Richardson Edwards Bridesmaids: Anne Pierson Allen, Kimberly Monique Doley, Jessica Anne Mandel, Erin Leigh McGrain and Catherine Gordon Todd Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, from Wedding Belles Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren black tie Best Man: Joseph Clark Pierson Groomsmen: Abraham Benjamin Dyk, Benjamin Bailey Edwards, Chad Richard Grant, Philipp Michel Pierson and Joseph Edward Zepecki Ushers: Brandon Jesse Clark and John Meyers Seale Groomsmen’s and Ushers’ attire: Tuxedos Greeters: Nicole Michele Nice and Mary Lousteau Roche Rings: Custom Florist: Meade Wenzel Calligrapher: Jeanne D. Morehiser Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs, Inc. Caterer: Orleans Club Wedding and Groom’s Cake: The Royal Cakery Photographer: Sandy Courvoisier Videographer: Bob Eutsler Productions Hair: Marcia Wehr Gauthreaux Music: Tip Tops, Mobile, Ala. | 57


By Lindsay Mack

RUBARB Volunteer Chris Riggleman

New Orleanians and bicycles go together like grits and grillades – they’re a perfect pair. After all, bicycles offer transportation, exercise and most importantly, fun. Fortunately, the RUBARB (Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes) organization provides an opportunity for New Orleans citizens of all ages to experience the joys of bike ownership. Born in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, RUBARB grew out of the 2006 rebuilding efforts. Volunteers salvaged flooded bicycles from debris piles, restored the machines to their former glory and donated the functional bikes to residents in need. Given the level of debris and disorder following Katrina, the bicycles provided residents with a welcome form of transportation.

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Thus, with the help of dedicated volunteers such as AmeriCorps member Liz Lichtman, RUBARB soon gained recognition for its positive efforts with Upper 9th Ward residents. As New Orleans regained its footing in recent years, RUBARB has focused more on children. With its funky artwork, vivid murals and colorful bikes, the RUBARB residence is equal parts workshop and playhouse. With lessons on proper bike maintenance and safety, RUBARB volunteers teach children about bicycles from the ground-up. RUBARB’s popular Earn-a-Bike program encourages students to work their way into bike ownership. First, the students learn about bike maintenance basics, such

Chris Riggleman and Darren Knox

as how to fix a flat tire or repair broken brackets. Next, students are asked to help beautify the RUBARB residence by contributing artwork or organizing bike parts. Then, students can take home their restored bicycles to enjoy. By choosing a bike, repairing it and contributing back to the shop, a young cyclist can gain a sense of responsibility and ownership – along with a nice set of wheels. When Chris Riggleman first moved to New Orleans, he didn’t know anyone in town. Volunteering with RUBARB helped him connect with locals and inspired him to take a job in education. Riggleman now enjoys

“sharing a lot of life moments” with the kids and volunteers. New volunteers are always needed. RUBARB is open Monday and Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., as well as Saturday from 2-6 p.m. No skills are necessary – the current staff can teach new volunteers all about bicycle maintenance. The bulk of RUBARB’s donations are generated at the organization’s annual March fundraiser. Past events have been held at John Paul’s on Elysian Fields and at Maison. Attendees can enjoy live music, a shadow puppet show and a live auction. Local artists are welcome to donate their work to the benefit auction. n

To donate or to learn more, visit their website:

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student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

David Trepagnier Brother Martin High School Picasso


“There are many reasons it’s important be involved in one’s community. For me, it shows that I have pride in my community and that I want to make it better,” says David Trepagnier, a senior at Brother Martin High School. Trepagnier visits the elderly at St. Joseph’s Nursing home and Jefferson Healthcare Center. He feels the most rewarding part of visiting these two facilities was the feeling after meeting with the residents. He would visit with the residents but would face an issue when some of the residents couldn’t speak English, didn’t want company or had Alzheimer’s. “The saddest part was that most residents never had visitors, family or friends,” says Trepagnier. “There were people that hadn’t seen a single family member in 25 years. Being able to make a person in a situation like this feel better was one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve had.” Trepagnier acknowledges the Brothers of the Sacred Heart as those who mentored and

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influenced him into becoming a student activist. “The Brothers are founded on helping others,” he says, “they do it everyday, and that’s truly inspirational. They are always looking to help others, unconditionally. Just trying to be like that makes me better and everyone around me.” Through volunteering, Trepagnier has gained a sense of responsibility and love for humanity. He has created a responsible commitment to his obligations. He now spends life worrying less about himself and more about others. By helping those who are less unfortunate, he learns to love life more. At Brother Martin, Trepagnier is involved in a number of school activities, including serving as: a Varsity Cheerleader, NJROTC Company Commander, NJROTC Armed Drill Team Commander, Student Recruiter, a member of the Dionysians, Student Ambassador E-board Member, Eucharistic Minister, Student Minister, Student Council Member and a member of the Conlin Crazies. Outside of Brother Martin, he is also a St. Matthew Eucharistic Minister and Alter Server, Teen Ambassador Against Crime and a Crimestopper. This upcoming summer, Trepagnier is attending the Brothers of the Sacred Heart’s mission in Arizona, which ministers to and houses American Indians. He ultimately wants to take a mission trip to Africa with the Brothers and to attend Louisiana State University, where he wants to go to law or dental school. n

Mrs. James A. Noe, Jr. Whitney National Bank Woodward Design + Build

Luzianne Dena L. Olivier and Sammy Spalitta Standard Mortgage Corporation


First NBC Ella and Walter Flower In Memory of Ella S. Montgomery

Mr. and Mrs. C. James McCarthy, III Star Service, Inc. of New Orleans Triton Healthcare, Inc.


Katherine and Bob Boh Linda and Alan Brackett Mr. and Mrs. Gary H. Brewster Chevron Beryl and Conrad Collins Deborah C. Conery Crescent Growth Capital, LLC – Ray Rabalais Louise Carroll Collins Dabezies Connie Dahlberg Diabetes Management & Supplies Lucy and David Eustis Eustis Insurance & Benefits Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick The Goldring Family Foundation Feild Gomila and Snappy Jacobs

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Huger A Friend of Poydras Elly and Merritt Lane Latter & Blum, Inc. Marco Outdoor Advertising Mathes Brierre Architects Omnicare, Inc. Patricia and Charles Pollard Pontchartrain Materials Corporation, LLC Howard H. Russell, Jr., MD Katherine and Rob Saer Sibley Gallery Waters, Parkerson & Co., LLC Jill and Marc Winston A Friend of Poydras Elizabeth and Hayden Wren

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Acadian Ambulance Service Libby and Mark Adams The John B. Anderson Family In Memory of Beverly Roussel Anderson Deanna and Rod Ashworth Mrs. Beauregard Avegno Cathy and Morris Bart Bellwether Technology Corporation Wendy and Thomas Beron Big Easy Plumbing Services Anne and Frank Buescher Jordana M. Civetti Mr. and Mrs. John Colbert Mary Allen Corder Penny Saer and Jim Coulter In Honor of Teetsie Van Horn Katie and Howell Crosby Katherine M. Determan Marion and Lee Eagan Dr. and Mrs. Val Earhart Catherine and David Edwards Elkins, PLC Drs. Leslie and Lance Estrada Executone Systems Co. of LA, Inc. Sandy Feingerts and Jack Wiener Beverly and Dominic Gianna JoAnn Flom Greenberg Susan and Jimmy Gundlach Yvonne and Oscar Gwin The Charlotte J. Habliston Family Delia L. Hardie Beth and Bobby Hassinger Home Instead Senior Care Hospice Compassus HUB International HUMANA

Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Jones Jones Walker, LLP Frederick C. Jung, Jr. In Memory of Rubye Alice Barbre Jung Leonard B. Kancher Susan T. Kartzke Betty Lou and Lansing Kolb Martha and John Landrum Mary Myrick Langlois Laporte CPAs & Business Advisors Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Lawder, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Barry Leader Liskow & Lewis Missy McLellan Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Meyers Ann C. Middleton Passages Hospice Maria and Curtis Pellerin Right at Home Courtney and Jay Rivé Pat and Sam Rosamond DeeDee and Allen Roussel Puddin and Jimmy Roussel Mr. and Mrs. Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. Nelda and Riley Sibley Karen Gleye Smith Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Stahel Clare and John Stewart Melanee and Steve Usdin Micheline and Fred VanDenburgh Wegmann Dazet - CPAs Blair and Bob Wehrmann Patricia M. Woodstein Xpress Ray, Inc. Cynthia and Ames Yeates | 59


By Mirella Cameran

Peggy Roth Owner, Banbury Cross

How did you get your start? When I

was 10 I was given my first sewing machine. I sewed for friends and family and had my own customers by the time I was in high school.

How did you start your business? I

opened Banbury Cross in 1996 in Natchez, Miss., and then in New Orleans. We had four shops before Hurricane Katrina. Our house flooded and I lost all of my patterns and fabric, but by October we had reopened in Baton Rouge and Metairie.

What’s special about Banbury Cross?

Everything! We’re a family-run business and we hope the 10 (with two more on the way) grandchildren will carry on our tradition of caring for every single customer. What’s Banbury Cross’ specialty? We

are a one-stop shop for infants up to girls 16 and boys 12. We carry the often hard-to-find basics, as well as special occasion wear for the whole family.

What do you like most about the business? I love it all; I find it really

satisfying providing clothes that

both children and parents will love.

What else do you like about running Banbury Cross? Our loyal clientele.

It’s special to have a mom coming in to shop for her new baby and you’ve sewn for her as an infant. Serving generations is a privilege and seeing the items become heirlooms, an honor. What are you excited about at the moment? The new spring arrivals;

the special outfits for weddings, First Communions and Easter; the fun, colorful vacation clothing; and our Mardi Gras collection. Which are you favorite lines?

Including our own, clients love brands such as Feltman and Florence Eiseman n

Banbury Cross Banbury Cross 100 Atherton Atherton Drive, Drive, 837-0447, Metairie, 837-0447, 100

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By Mirella Cameran

Larry Conner General Manager, Stone Creek Club and Spa

How did you get into the business?

I’ve been involved in club management for many years, but what I love most is customer service and making a difference.

What makes the Spa at Stone Creek so popular ? It’s an everyday getaway

for members and guests, and it’s a great setting for the employees, too – everyone pitches in. What are your three most recommended products? 1. Glo

Minerals Primer, a silicon-based filler. 2. Astara Golden Flame Hydration Mask; it applies to all skin types and can be used as a mask or just a moisturizer. 3. Clarisonic Mia 2, it takes off much more than what meets the eye

What are your clients’ biggest beauty mistakes? Not coming in for a

correct color match and improper hydration.

Which service has you most excited?

One of our best-kept secrets is our 90-minute back facial, which includes a warm foot soak, a scalp

treatment and a foot massage as well as the back treatments.

What advice do your beauty therapists give most often? They like

to remind their clients that weekly exfoliation and a hydration mask make a big difference. Is there another spa that you admire?

The Trellis Spa at The Houstonian is close enough for a weekend but with a destination feel. If a client can only have one treatment, what should it be?

Ceremony of Earth, it’s very unique for our area and takes place in our Vichey Treatment Room; it’s two-hours of head-to-toe relaxation. n

Stone Creek Club and Spa 1201 Ochsner Blvd., Covington, (985) 801-7100,

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Mardi Gras Friend & Company 866-5433 Crown bottle stoppers featuring hand-set Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, hand-enameling and expert hand craftsmanship

Rise Clothing & Accessories 304-5485 Limited Edition ‘Carnivalesque’ line by LipScape

Rivers Spencer Interiors 609-2436 Amy Howard Annalee Bench

Perlis Clothing 895-8661, 674-1711 Mardi Gras Striped Rugby Dress for girls 62 | St. Charles Avenue February 2014

Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry 832-0000 Sterling silver and enamel Mardi Gras themed charm bracelet

Feet First 899-6800 Colorful, sparkly evening clutches for the perfect party accessory

Chatta Box 454-1527 Sherri Hill yellow evening gown

Adler’s 523-5292 Exclusive 18th century antique reproduction silver plate Mint Julep ($85.00 includes a single initial engraved)

Trashy Diva 299-8777 With glitzy rhinestone and pearl beading, you’ll be the belle of the ball this Carnival season in the vintage-inspired Candice Gwinn Eva Marie Dress | 63


Mardi Gras

Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines 1-800-642-7257 TOLL FREE Parades, Parties, & Pralines. Aunt Sally’s Pralines are great for all festivities; including Mardi Gras. Enjoy their Pralinette Party Platter (filled with 50 mini Pralines)

Betty Hunley Designs 895-2870 Mardi Gras-inspired invitations with King Cake wreath

FeBe 835-5250 Mini Mac by Rebecca Minkoff in Azure

Bra Genie Bra Genie in Mandeville has everything for under your ballgowns! Bras from 28-50, AA-KK. Strapless, bustiers, shapewear XS to 6X

Ballin’s LTD 866-4367, 891-4502, 985-892-0025 Ballin’s LTD has been dressing New Orleans for Mardi Gras for over 30 years. With three locations, you’re sure to find the perfect gown

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by Lexi Wangler



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1. At City Park on October 23, 2013, the Family Service of Greater New Orleans held its annual “Ten Outstanding Persons Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony” at the scenic Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Pictured are honorees Ti Martin and Dr. Karen DeSalvo with Ron McClain, CEO of the Family Service of Greater New Orleans along with fellow honorees Carroll Suggs and Tulane University President Scott Cowen. 2. The 40th anniversary of the “Ten Outstanding Persons Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony” celebrated the achievements of 10 local people who have contributed incredibly to the community, including honorees Robert Becker, Sonia Perez, Anthony Recasner, Dorothy “Dottie” Reese and Guy Williams, pictured. 3. The Louisiana Cancer Research Center opened the doors of its brand new state-of-the-art research facility on October 23, 2013. Representing Louisiana’s commitment to eradicating cancer among its citizens, pictured above is the ribbon-cutting by board members and city officials, including (back row) Dr. Larry Hollier, Dr. L. Lee Hamm, LaToya Cantrell, Diana Bajoie, Dr. William Pinsky, Jared C. Brossett and (front row) Pamela Ryan, Cleland Powell, Walter Leger III, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, John A. Alario, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Dr. Norman Francis, Carroll Suggs and Aaron Miscenich. 4. The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans presented its inaugural “Children’s Hero Awards” on October 25. Created to celebrate individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment to children in metropolitan New Orleans and to raise awareness around the mental health challenges many children in our community face, 11 honorees were celebrated that evening, including the honorable Judge Calvin Johnson and Dr. Stephen Hales, pictured. 5. Held at the home of Calvin and Francis Fayard on St. Charles Avenue, the Children’s Bureau used the evening to not only honor their celebrants, but also campaign further for the children in need in our community. In lieu of plaques and trophies, the Children’s Hero Awards committee engaged local artist Damion Hunter to create unique portraits of each of the honorees, which were unveiled that evening. Dr. Norman C. Francis is pictured above with artist Damion Hunter and his portrait. 6. On November 30, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Fore!Kids Foundation held its annual “Golf Ball” in the Empire Ballroom. The annual fundraiser and auction for the Fore!Kids Foundation, all of the proceeds of the evening went to supporting children’s charities in southeast Louisiana. Pictured above are Mike Bach, Carrie Daigle, Jill Marie and Chris Kenyon.

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7. Eddie Boettner, Michael Rodrigue and Ralph Cox pose for the cameras at “Golf Ball” while mixing and mingling to the sounds of Groovy7 at the organization’s 14th annual fundraiser. 8. Damien and Gail Serauskas at the “Golf Ball,” where Damien did the honors as master of ceremonies. Since 1958, Fore!Kids Foundation has helped to raise over $20 million, providing healthcare, education and hope for more than 200,000 kids each year. 9. On October 29, 2013, the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge hosted a fun Halloween party for cancer patients residing at the Hope Lodge. Chef Gason Nelson, 2012 finalist of the Food Network’s popular show “Chopped,” created an amazing dinner for the residents. 10. Another fun Halloween party on October 31, 2013 also celebrated the birthday of Ron Bienvenu of the St. Bernard Project. Celebrants included Britney Penouilh, Ron Bienvenu, Ann Williams, Zack Rosenburg, Sean Meenan and Lauren Lipscomb. Proceeds of the event benefitted the St. Bernard Project, an award-winning rebuilding organization that has rebuilt more than 500 homes in the Greater New Orleans Area. 11. The inaugural “Wax and Seals Gala” for the Easter Seals Louisiana organization took place on November 1, 2013 at the Musee Conti Wax Museum. Pictured above are Easter Seals Louisiana Board President Eric Guerin and his wife Lindsay. The evening included dancing, food, drinks, a silent auction and champagne tours of the Louisiana history scenes in the Wax Museum. 12. Dione Grayson and gala committee member Jason Saul of WWNO pose at the museum during the first year of the gala benefit, the proceeds of which went to the Louisiana Easter Seals, a nonprofit organization that strives to assist children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in achieving independence. | 67

performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

Performance Calendar February Through Feb. 1 Marilyn: Forever Blonde The one-woman play based on the life of Marilyn Monroe finds the star on photo shoot before her death. Joy Theater,

1200 Canal St., 528-9569, Through Feb. 8 Golda’s Balcony

William Gibson’s play tells the life story of Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister who grew up as an impoverished Russian immigrant. Le Petit Theatre,

616 St. Peter Street, 522-2081,

Through Feb. 23 The Totalitarians

Southern Rep presents the world premiere of the comedy, which follows an ambitious politician who encounters an obstacle when her husband hooks up with a mysterious stranger. Southern

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 523-6530, 4-9 Beauty and the Beast

The Oscar-winning Disney animated film comes to life in this musical. Saenger Theatre,

1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

7-23 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tommye Myrick directs WDSU meteorologist Damon Singleton and former New Orleans School Board President Gail Glapion in the Tennessee Williams play. Anthony Bean

Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529,

Rep Theater, Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 522-6545,

14 and 16 Cinderella

The kid-friendly tale transports Cinderella to Marigny, where she lives with her cruel stepmother Evangeline and her catty daughters, Feliciana and Tangipahoa. Rivertown Theaters

Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 801 N. Rampart St., 529-3000,

7-16 Cinderella Batistella

for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475,

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of compositions by Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel.

The New Orleans Opera Association presents Jules Massenet’s retelling of the fairy tale. New Orleans Opera

20-23 … and the Ball and All

Ricky Graham’s comedy follows the fictitious Mystic Krewe of Terpsichore and its yatty krewe organizers, played by Becky Allen and Amanda Hebert. Rivertown Theaters

for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475, n | 69

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Properties ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer

CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS Office: (504) 891-1142 Home: (504) 891-9023 891-6400 5631 St. Charles Avenue.....SOLD...............$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$6,000,000 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ..............$4,500,000 8 La Salle Place ...............................................$3,650,000 521 Gov. Nicholls................SOLD...............$3,750,000 18 Rosa Park ...................................................$2,590,000 1776 State Street ..................SOLD...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD...............$2,300,000 841 Barracks Street ........................................$2,250,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue......SOLD...............$2,199,000 2600 Gay lynn Drive ......................................$1,950,000 1427 Eighth Street .........................................$1,850,000 1328 Felicity Street ..............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ..............SOLD...............$1,700,000 1518 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,750,000 1415 Cadiz Street ...............SOLD...............$1,700,000 2708 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,625,000 1233 Second Street..............SOLD...............$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,595,000 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 ..........................................$1,488,000 1542 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,450,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street .................SOLD...............$1,399,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................SOLD...............$1,370,000 71607 Riverside Drive ...................................$1,350,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD ..............$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place ........................SOLD...............$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,300,000 1207 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,250,000 571 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 4901 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,100,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD...............$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ..............SOLD...............$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street .............SOLD...............$1,075,000 1919 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd .........SOLD...............$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,000,000 1844 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $995,000 1022 Webster Street ............SOLD.................. $995,000 3447 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln ...................................... $950,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.......SOLD.................. $950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD.................. $950,000 4525 Prytania Street ............SOLD.................. $950,000 3937 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 508 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 2331 Chestnut Street...........SOLD.................. $949,000 1922 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $899,000 6161 Loyola Avenue............SOLD.................. $895,000 1205 Arabella Street ............SOLD.................. $895,000 6047 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $850,000 836 State Street ....................SOLD.................. $849,000 5951 Tchoupitoulas.............SOLD.................. $815,000 500 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $825,000 5933 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $799,000 1443 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD.................. $789,000 405 Exposition Blvd ...........SOLD.................. $755,000 7315 Dominican Street .............................................$520,000 1513 Hesiod Street ............................................ $499,000 7337 W. Roadway Street ......3 Slips.................. $150,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge ................$2,750,000 595 Sandy Hook Dr. MS. ..............................$1,100,000

Belle Alliance Plantation ...... $3,785,000 838 Lowerline........................ $2,549,000 10 Swan .................. SOLD.... $1,300,000 1440 Camp St.........................$1,295,000 500 Audubon ........ SOLD........ $998,000 22 Farnham ............ SOLD........ $950,000 5232 Chestnut ...... SOLD........ $920,000 1566 Calhoun ........ SOLD........ $875,000 704 Webster .......... SOLD........ $850,000 5111 Pitt .................. SOLD.........$749,000 1240 Eighth ............ SOLD........ $725,000 328 Julia.................. SOLD........ $595,000 6313 Laurel ............ SOLD........ $568,000 6308 Camp ............ SOLD........ $549,000 6219 Magazine St. SOLD........ $530,000 4919 Dryades ........SOLD..... .... $517,000 924 Bellecastle ...... SOLD........ $485,000 234 Audubon St .... SOLD........ $479,000 8233 Freret St ....... SOLD........ $445,000 5120 Chestnut ....... SOLD........ $439,000 700 S. Peters .......... SOLD........ $428,000 6300 Colbert St ..... SOLD.........$419,000 4 Stilt ........................ SOLD.........$415,000 4440 Bienville ........ SOLD........ $399,000 915 Cadiz ................ SOLD........ $396,000 422 Henry Clay Ave.SOLD.... . $368,000 3432 Nashville .......................... $299,000 721 E.Jefferson Park ............... $229,000 4323 Danneel .......................... . $189,900 801 Henry Clay Ave, Unit 114 ................$124,500 | 71

new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

Going Gaga for Gondolas The rise and fall of the MART While it was the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition that made a gondola across the Mississippi River a reality, the idea had long been brewing in the mind of Blaine Kern, who dreamed of an aerial transportation system connecting the East and West banks. Partnering with architect (and president of the Expo) August Perez III, they formed Mississippi Aerial River Transport (MART). The plan was to build the gondola system in time for the Expo

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and feature it as a top attraction, and then use it as a permanent transit system for cross-river commuters. With financing, permits and city approval secured, the MART was made a reality. The MART was a 2,200-foot cable trip across the Mississippi River, 350 feet in the air. The 55 mostly “plexi-cabins” could six people each for the four-minute ride between Algiers and the Expo. While publicity about MART spoke glowingly of the smooth and

easy ride, there were mechanical problems that left people stranded and riders commented on the unsettling feeling on windy days. However, the stellar views of the river and the city kept people riding. The gondola did indeed prove to be one of the most popular amusements of the Expo, attracting a total 1.7 million riders. Unfortunately, that was only a bit more than half of what was predicted, and the financial hit was severe. While plans were to keep the MART in place after the Expo as an alternative commuter system, it again didn’t get the hoped-for

ridership and lost money rapidly. It shut down in April 1985, and despite various plans to reopen, it never did. The loan defaulted, and in ’89 the gondola was sold at auction. The new owner tried to find buyers for the system but never could. The MART was dismantled, but the towers remained standing until January of 1994, when the New Orleans Dock Board, citing the structures as hazardous to river navigation, had them demolished. n Note: This is Part 2 of a yearlong focus on the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair.

Mayor Dutch Morial poses with a gondola car in April 1985, the last month the MART was in service. After the gondola was dismantled, the gondola cars were left on private property for years until the property owner started selling them individually in 1992, marketed as potential “greenhouses, playhouses, swings, Mardi Gras floats and deer stands.” Photo by Harold Baquet, provided courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.

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St. Charles Avenue February 2014  

St. Charles Avenue February 2014