A Note From Bev

Our cover this month celebrates The Sugarplum Ball for Children’s Hospital, which will take place on April 1. We are so excited to help celebrate the ball’s 30th anniversary and so pleased to present co-chairs Julie Habetz and Amanda Lo, honoree David Haydel Sr. of Haydel’s Bakery and Michael Gray, a patient who was saved from a near-drowning accident because he was taken to Children’s Hospital. What a story! This year’s theme is “The Sugarplum Stakes” and attendees will raise mint juleps and sweet teas in toasts at the Fair Grounds. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 896-9373, visit chnola.org or email kleaumon@chnola.org.

This month is chock-a-block with events, including the second annual “Edible Evening” benefiting the Green School and the Edible Schoolyard. Leila Gamard is the chair and is also co-chairing Lark in the Park. This issue features OnStage, which has generously been sponsored by one of our favorites: Richard Mathis of Symmetry Jewelry. Thanks for bringing all of the best!

If you haven’t seen The Historic New Orleans Collection’s star-studded exhibition on Tennessee Williams, time is running out! The display at 410 Chartres St. combines the playwright’s personal materials (from The Collection’s permanent holdings) with drawings by legendary artist Al Hirschfeld. This month The Collection presents three screenings: The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (Sunday, March 13), The Fugitive Kind (Sunday, March 20) and Eric Paulsen’s 1981 interview with Williams. The exhibition and the screenings are free. Details are available at www.hnoc.org or by calling 523-4662.

Now that you’ve seen our special couture wedding guide, I just wanted to remind you about some of my very favorite stores to keep in mind while you’re planning your wedding. Mimi at 550 Magazine St. is the largest authorized Vera Wang dealer in the Southeast! They are having a fabulous Vera Wang Bridal Trunk Show May 12, 13 and 14 that you won’t want to miss. Also, Los Angeles designer Kevin Hall will be there April 1 and 2 Check out their website www.miminola.com or call them at 269-6464 for more information. Pearl’s Place at 3114 Severn Ave., in Metairie is the South’s largest bridal store, stocking a stunning array of styles at every price range. A Schulman family member is always in sight to help with your selection. Visit www.pearlsplace.com or call 885-9213 for more information. Town & Country Bridal Salon at 1514 St. Charles Ave. has been helping brides find the perfect gown since the 1930s! They are the source for all of your needs from bridal and bridesmaid’s dresses to jewelry – even shoes. They stock one of the largest selections of featured designers: Ulla-Maija, Christos, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Amsale and more. Call them at 523-7027 or visit their website www.townandcountrybridal.com, for more information.

St. Martin’s School is one of the top private schools in our area – both of our boys attended. They are a co-educational faith-based independent school that has served the greater New Orleans Area since 1947. St. Martin’s has recently introduced a new half-day program for its George Cottage. Limited space is available for 2- and 3-year-olds for either the half- or full-day program. If you’re interested in the George Cottage early education program, or their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational program centered on faith, scholarship and service, call director of admissions Susan Pansano at 736-9916.

Try to attend as many of these events as possible to help our incredible city!

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