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“The Secret Gardens Tour” to you for our cover this month! This is the ninth tour of private gardens they have hosted, and all proceeds go to brain and spinal cord injury recovery efforts and awareness. Thanks so much to Kathleen Waring and Marianne Mumford who started the tour of these very special private gardens – this year it’s in the Garden District! Thanks also to garden owners Jane and Henry Casselli, Co-Chair Barkley Rafferty and Brain Injury Association of Louisiana Executive Director Catherine Howard for gracing our cover. “The Secret Gardens Tour 2015” will be March 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Private guided tours begin at 8:30 in the morning, and there will be one every half-hour; at noon the self-guided tours begin. You will be treated to 15 gardens, including the Mannings, Geldermans, Tessiers and many more. Each garden will have a landscape architect on hand to answer any questions you might have. There will be a first this year with the inaugural patron party on Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Iberia Bank on St. Charles Avenue themed “The Great Outdoors.” Get your tickets now by visiting SecretGardensTour.org, calling (719) 306-6871 or by emailing secretgardensNOLA@gmail.com. Also, the Secret Gardens Tour has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. Together, they’re compiling a comprehensive list of resources for survivors and caregivers coping with a brain or spinal cord injury.
I hope you’ve noticed our new picture for our Editors’ Note, which includes Morgan Packard and myself! This magazine wouldn’t happen without Morgan, who is exceptional in all that she does for St. Charles Avenue and in her role as Managing Editor for New Orleans Magazine and “Uptown Life” blogger every other Tuesday on MyNewOrleans.com. We create this magazine together along with our staff, but Morgan is there every day and is amazing!

This month, find the perfect Valentine’s Day present in What’s Hot; find your next favorite dish in our feature on local restaurant specials and plan your wedding or just learn more about the industry in our annual Couture Wedding Guide – you don’t want to miss any of it!

Happy Carnival and Valentine’s Day!
Bev Church
 

I am so pleased to have

a space to share with you both a few of my favorite things in this issue, as well as a couple upcoming events I’m looking forward to experiencing – either in person or through our coverage in an upcoming issue.

Cat Wall’s tips (pg. 12) on when your makeup needs to be tossed are immensely useful (consider tearing out the page and tacking the quick list up somewhere you might put it into practice). The Motorsport Mondays promotion featuring four “Grand Prix” sushi rolls, three Don Q rum-based cocktails, starters and dessert at Chiba, featured on pg. 50, benefits the Son of a Saint organization, and is a tasty way to help a great cause. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to attend the “Go Red for Women Luncheon” on the sixth – if you do decide to go, consider bidding on the “purseanality” I put together containing 10 of my favorite things in a fabulous bag.

Have a fabulous February,
Morgan Packard
 



EVENTS: February

6    “Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting the American Heart Association, 473-6494

7 & 13    “Mardi Gras Fete,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527

26    “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner,” benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, 780-5601

27    “Amazing Grapes 2015,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, Wine@hgghh.org
 


I urge you to read about this incredible family who has been touched by senseless violence. Jimmy Reiss told me about this article by Katy Reckdahl in The Advocate, and we decided we have to do something to help this family. Independent journalist Katy Reckdahl brought it to our attention, and now it’s our time to act! A gunshot robbed Sterling Everidge, who has been deaf since birth, of his ability to communicate. He was a hardworking man who has a beautiful wife and five children who is now paralyzed from the neck down. A fund has been set up to help this family get back on their feet and you can help by donating to GoFundMe.com/js529c. The family name is Sterling Everidge. For more, please look up the article in The Advocate for Saturday, January 3, 2015; it’s the front-page story!

 

 

 

 

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