A Note from Bev

We all watch WYES and love it, so we’re featuring the WYES inaugural “An Evening Inspired by Downton Abbey” on our January cover! This is your chance to support WYES and have fun doing it! Thanks to Randsell and William Prieur, Margaret and Pierre Villere II and Tommy Westervelt for chairing this incredible event. It will be held at Anne Montgomery and William Grace’s home at 2525 St. Charles Ave. on Friday, January 24. Honorary chairs are Minnie and Jimmy Coleman and Anne and Herschel Abbott. The patron party will start at 6:30 p.m. with the gala beginning at 7:30 p.m.

   Relive the splendor and saga of the Edwardian age and the roaring 1920s while supporting our local PBS affiliate, its quality programming and helping to bridge the generation gap between the traditional PBS viewer and the new younger audience that “Downton Abbey” has help bring. For tickets, please call 840-4894. If you’ve even watched one program on WYES, you’ll want to support this event!

The New Year has inspired us to come up with new and exciting ideas for you, and we’re starting with a column by Lynne Gibbons called “Kids Play.” She will give you incredible ways to keep your children and their friends busy with projects and trips, including what she calls “Mom Camp,” that she’s had for the past few years! Speaking of new, we have a new writer for “The Dish” that you’ll love. Jyl Benson will be covering the restaurant scene and will share not only what’s going on around town, but also the history and cultural significance behind what and where we love to eat.

Also, check out “What’s Hot” for what’s “New for the New Year” and you’ll find everything from your soon-to-be favorite activewear to the leopard dress you’ve always wanted.

We are all trying to keep our New Year’s resolutions, so we have a feature on health, beauty and wellness that we’ll all find helpful. Whether you need beauty tips or a new workout routine, you’ll find it here.

Be sure to view our “Registry of Charitable Events” from January to April. St. Charles Avenue had become the clearinghouse for the important fundraising events in our city, and we count on you to tell us all about your next big event! Our city is the best because of all of your hard work for your nonprofits, and we want to celebrate you all!

Be sure to attend the fabulous Mad Hatter’s luncheon and fashion show this year because it’s celebrating its 30th birthday! The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Committee had their holiday luncheon at Ralph’s on the Park hosted by Penny Baumer (see below) to get everyone excited about the event. You don’t want to miss it!

Have a great New Year!

PICTURE: (Standing) Margarita Bergen, Tony Lala, President Erin Fleming, Melissa Gordon, Amanda Green, Barbara Ballard, Denise Mehurin, Karen Villavaso, Jane Miller, Cherry Bordelon, Lee Lynch and Mary Dana Dandry with (seated) Jean Rice, Penny Baumer, co-chairs Gail McKenna and Mary Katherine Tusa and Margie Mielke for the annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Saks Fashion Show,” Tuesday, March 11, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Call 529-7668 extension 227 or email gklein@neworleansopera.org for more information and to purchase tickets.


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