Oh, August ... when we’re tired of sweating the moment we leave the house and cooler weather seems like it will never arrive. But students are headed back to school by the end of the month and though our Septembers aren’t usually what the rest of the country would call “cool,” fall really is on its way.
With that in mind, look to this month’s What’s Hot for Sports & Spirit for the perfect accessory to add to your cheering section. And to our feature on Metairie Road for air conditioned places that will keep you cool as your shopping heats up – both new and perennial favorites. In addition, as you plan for fall, our Guide to Entertaining has the best tips from local experts that will help you throw the perfect back-to-school bash, block dinner party or even black-tie event!.
Our September issue as always will include our Registry of Charitable Events for September through December 2018. If you haven’t done so, please submit your event now and I’ll do my best to include it! All you have to do is fill out our online charitable events form as completely as possible: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me: Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com.
What is making me happy this month (to continue what I started last month in this column) is swimming. I love swimming – in any body of water – and I’ve been really enjoying passing that love on to my son. Though he’s just barley one year old he already can kick, climb out of the pool and doesn’t mind putting his head under water. Soon he’ll be starting classes in order to teach him how to roll on his back and float. I encourage any one of any age who doesn’t know how to swim to take classes; water doesn’t have to be scary, it can be amazingly therapeutic – especially in our heat! If you don’t have access to a swim instructor, check out LoveSwimming.com and the New Orleans Jewish Community Center (NOJCC.org) today.
Though grocery shopping isn’t my bag (so to speak) I absolutely love going to the Crescent City Farmers Market in Uptown Square (200 Broadway St. at the river) every Tuesday morning. I put a cooler and reusable bags in my car, and my husband and I take separate cars to the market so that we can spend as much time as we can talking to the sellers and picking out the perfect tomato, pepper or peach (all in season at the moment). My son and I then take the amazing produce (and beef or goat, eggs, cheese, flowers and more) home, then prep and go through them together talking about colors and taking taste tests. Everything tastes amazing and I feel good buying directly from people I can speak to about their products – and the prices are great, too!
Enjoy the heat as much as you can, because we’ll all be bundling up soon enough!
Morgan Packard Griffith
“2018 New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting Historic New Orleans Collection, 523-4662
“Hancock Whitney White Linen Night™,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center, 528-3805, CACNO.org/hwwln2018
17th annual “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans, 455-7310
Sixth annual “Mom’s Night Out,” benefiting New Orleans Moms Blog, NewOrleansMomsBlog.com
“An August Night at Antoine’s,” benefiting Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, 289-0633, SymphonyChorus.com
Seventh annual “Senior Moments,” benefiting Jefferson Council on Aging, 207-4691
20th annual “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415, LCM.org
“ArtVue,” benefiting Longue Vue House & Garden, 293-4725