The annual “Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala” recognizes members of THNOC’s two highest membership levels: the Laussat Society and the Bienville Circle. Funding generated by these levels supports the acquisition and preservation of fine and decorative art connected to Louisiana, as well as THNOC’s original publications.
Upon arriving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Martin, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres. The festivities took place on the first floor and back lawn of the home, illuminated by candlelight on the tables and floating paper lanterns in the pool. A jazz trio performed traditional favorites on the rear patio. Following a presentation, guests were invited to eat dinner prepared by Joel Catering.
THNOC board president Drew Jardine opened the formal presentation portion of the gala, welcoming everyone to the event and thanking the hosts and staff. E. Alexandra Stafford followed, greeting the crowd in French in keeping with the French names of the membership circles, followed by orating the tale of John James Audubon’s journey to life in New Orleans. His sons posthumously published Audubon’s book of avian watercolors, Birds of America, contracting with Julius Bien to produce the volumes; since the Civil War halted production, it is expected that only 45 copies of this edition survive today. Ultimately, it was revealed that thanks to the funds of the Laussat Society, THNOC will now house one of the rare Bien editions of Audubon’s Birds of America.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “2016 Bienville Circle and Laussat Society Gala,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Where: Home of Mr. & Mrs. Cedric Martin