Suzanne Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Whitney Bank and a New Orleans Museum of Art Trustee, is pictured to celebrate Whitney Bank’s sponsoring “Art in Bloom” for another year! Other events coming to NOMA include: “Friday Nights at NOMA,” which feature everything from gallery walk-throughs with artists to special lectures, music, kids’ art activities and film screenings. “Meet Us at the Fair” on Friday, August 2, will transform NOMA into a Speakeasy and you’re encouraged to dress in 1920s style while taking special tours and enjoying live music, specialty cocktails and more. “Love in the Garden” will honor the 10th anniversary of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden on Friday, September 27; helmed by co-chairs Elizabeth LeBlanc and Jennifer Rareshide and honorary co-chairs Sydney and Walda Besthoff, the event will feature over 35 of New Orleans’ top restaurants and caterers, an open bar and live music by the Brassaholics.

“O What A Night,”

the biggest fundraiser for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, has become one of the most exciting parties to attend for the fall and it’s all to make sure that the Ogden can continue to showcase the diversity and importance of Southern art through exhibitions and educational initiatives!
Thanks to co-chairs Dathel Georges and Katy Weil, and to Jacques Rodrigue, son of Opus Award-winner George Rodrigue.
The patron party will be held at the spectacular home of Dathel and John Georges on Friday, October 25, where patrons will be able to preview the live auction pieces.
The gala will be the next evening at the museum, 925 Camp St., from 6 to 11 p.m. As in years past, the gala’s cuisine will be created by award-winning chefs and the lineup of musical guests and all-star performers will have you dancing the night away! Please look out for your invitation or contact Colleen Connor at for ticket information.

Everyone anticipates our phenomenal Wedding Issue, this year with seven fabulous weddings that will give you ideas galore. In addition, I’m featuring Ann and Howard Barnett’s wedding from 1952. She is even more beautiful today and is re-opening her gallery with daughter Holly, so check it out! We are gearing up for sports again with the Saints, Pelicans and college teams, so check out What’s Hot for Sports and Spirit. You will find everything from tutus for the little ones to decorations for your home.

Shopping along Metairie Road is always a favorite because while a new shop is always popping up, all of your favorites are featured as well! The Louisiana Children’s Museum’s 15th annual “CHAIRish the Children” gala takes place August 24 and will feature entertainment by the Wiseguys, their signature one-of-a-kind chairs up for auction and so much more! Celebrate in Oz, as the LCM transforms for the theme: There’s No Place Like Home. For tickets and more information, visit
August is a great time to be a tourist in your own town! Also, don’t forget NOMA (see above), The Ogden on Thursday nights, concerts at City Park and the new City Putt is fabulous. Then head off the Cool Zoo! We have an incredible city, even in the heat, so get out and enjoy it!