Art in Bloom, March 21 through 24, is of course one of our favorite events in March with flowers galore and the New Orleans Museum of Art transformed! Thanks to our cover models: NOMA’s Director Susan Taylor; co-chairs Joey Brown and Jeanette Slakey; Carol Short, Chair of the NOMA Volunteer Committee; and Kate Werner, President of the Garden Study Club. You really want to be a patron because you get to go to the opening cocktail party on March 20 and be the first to view the incredible designs, participate in the silent auction of one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and more and savor delicacies from the best restaurants in town. On Thursday there will be a lecture by Susan Haltom, who will speak on Eudora Welty’s mother’s garden and then the “Iron Florist” will offer Welty’s unique and colorful perspectives on floral design. A luncheon will be accompanied by a fashion show put on by Saks. All proceeds benefit NOMA and The Garden Study Club’s community projects, which include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, The Beauregard-Keyes House and the Lazarus House and more. Call 658-4121 for tickets and more information. You don’t want to miss this!

Now that Mardi Gras is over, we can concentrate on making our houses fabulous again, so check out our feature on Home Entertaining where you’ll get fabulous ideas for your next fête from centerpieces to signature cocktails. And since entertaining at home is back in style, you’ll want to see our What’s Hot for Home Décor to share your new look with friends and cook up new recipes from our featured chefs.

Everyone loves shopping on Magazine Street! There are new stores opening every day and our old favorites always offer new and exciting ideas and trends, so check out this month’s special section for more!

Speaking of new, you’ve got to check out Manhattan Jack next to the Creole Creamery on Prytania Street. Jack Petronella, aka Manhattan Jack, and Coleman Jernigan have brought this amazing coffee house/bakery/confectionery to New Orleans from New York and New Jersey. They bake over 20 breakfast items fresh daily, from bacon and cheese croissants to doughnuts, muffins, biscuits, cornbread, bagels and more! Coleman is a barista and has coffee and espresso handcrafted just for them. Check out their website

Now that we’re all aware that we want to save money on our utility bills, there’s a great program to help us! NOLA Wise is an energy efficiency program managed by the nonprofit Global Green USA, in partnership with the city of New Orleans and the Department of Energy. With NOLA Wise, homeowners can reduce their utility use and have a safer, healthier and more comfortable home, all while saving on monthly energy bills. They will connect you with reliable contractors to provide the upgrades and low interest financing through Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank! Call 523-WISE or visit

Have a great spring; it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy all of our parks – especially City Park!