A note from Bev

It is Sentimental Journeys time again, and we’re thrilled to feature their three gorgeous and talented co-chairs, Shane French, Cindy Weinmann and Diane Zink, and Honorary Chairs O. Miles and Mary Pollard. Longue Vue House and Gardens is a treasure, and this fundraiser is always “over the top,” offering the best in travel, cuisine and entertainment.

Get your friends together and buy a table! The fun starts on April 15 at the elegant patron reception at Fred and Jennifer Heebe’s, featuring the cooking of Chef Michael Ferrell of Le Meritage. The main event on April 16 will feature the dinner and auction of some of the most fabulous trips in the world! It will be held at the new FlightLine Hangar at the Lakefront airport and you’ll be treated to the Southern-style menu of James Beard Award-winning chef, John Currence.

You will be dying to bid on a golf resort stay in Brunel, an exotic safari in Kenya, a dove shooting holiday in Argentina and other adventures that will be featured in their opulent catalogue! Their incredible designer Keith Ribbeck will dazzle you with fabulous creations creating a “Springtime in Paris,” and you’ll be supporting an institution that not only is working on the restoration of Longue Vue House but is also helping to restore Pontchartrain Park; get your tickets today!

Everyone is buzzing about Francine Ballard’s new column “Personal Stylist,” and this month she’s giving tips on what to add to your wardrobe for a sublime spring; and OnStage is once again a part of this issue, making certain that you know exactly what performing art events to put on your calendar.

Dominique Giordano Jewelry is located at 5420 Magazine St., and she’s offering the most amazing workshops!

Giordano says that no experience is needed – just a desire to have fun and explore your creative side. Her classes will feature making “Caviar Hearts,” crescent moons and fleurs-de-lis. Workshops are on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m., and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Each person will go home with a piece made of sterling silver and freshwater pearls that comes with a sterling silver chain; you can also add a picture to the back. Visit www.dgiordano.com to learn more or call 895-3909 to set up a workshop – minimum of 10 people for each class.

If you fancy yourself a disco queen or king, you won’t want to miss dancing the night away at Studio HNJ on March 20, 7-11 p.m.! Boogie on down to Holy Name of Jesus School, 6325 Cromwell Place, to bid on far-out silent auction items, and enjoy a signature “Discotini” and fabulous food from New Orleans’ best restaurants. Tickets are $50 per person; for more information, call the school at 861-1466.

Thanks to all of you who sent donations to Haiti and especially to all of you who support our local charities, from both Morgan and me!

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