Last call comes late at Bruno’s, the Uptown tavern that has been a beacon for debs, dads, dudes and delighted
patrons for generations.

“Last Call” was particularly late August 4, when a motley crew donned togas (think Animal House) to surprise Billy Treadway on his birthday. The invitation read: “The Old Goat turns 60!” Billy’s wife, aka “Saint Frances,” played hostess; daughter Liz Garrison played secret secretary; Nostalgic Ned spun the platters and folks rocked out with the abandon oft seen in days of old at the DKE house.

There was no last call at the beautiful Berger home, scene of the now-famous Vanderbilt “Annual Summer Send-Off Party.” Louellen and Darryl (class of 1969); Corinne (class of 2003) and Darryl Jr. (class of ’02); Daphne (class of ’06) and Brandon (class of ’03); and Ryan Berger (class of ’05) welcomed new and present students, parents and alumni. This year, Frank Wcislo, Dean of the Ingram Commons and Associate Professor of History, was on hand to mix and mingle. When the party was over, it was time to hit the books and root for the Commodores.

Debs Elizabeth Eshleman, granddaughter of the ever-popular Charles Eshlemans, and Megan Beer made a quick turnaround in New Orleans from Innsbruck, Austria, before heading back to root for their Georgia Bulldogs.

Carter and Claiborne Perrilliat III have traded late-night rooting to respond to baby Cole’s calls. Carter’s sister E.Lee is taking lessons as she and husband, Jason Meade, prepare for their own addition come fall.

Other autumnal events include the marriages of Katherine d’Aquin, of Katie’s Restaurant in Mid-City, to James Denman on Avery Island; and Adair Williams to Patrick Ranieri at the Orleans Club. Both weddings are, as one mother of the bride described it, “small by New Orleans standards.” Katherine was recently spotted at Bouligny with her future in-laws. As for Adair and Patrick, she’s an attorney, and he’s a real estate developer, so there’s probably a bit of real estate shopping in their not-too-distant future.

August was full of notable art events. The Historic New Orleans Collection hosted another sold-out symposium, “French at Heart: Continental Influence in the Gulf South,” where all manner of items – from maps to bustles and silver to landscapes – were given the scholarly approach for which THNOC is acclaimed.

At the New Orleans Museum of Art all eyes turned to India for the opening of “The Elegant Image,” featuring more than 100 bronzes from the Indian Subcontinent. The show, which also displays many works from the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection, is an astonishing achievement spanning 15 centuries. The accompanying book, by Pratapaditya Pal, is the first comprehensive survey of the Jain, Hindu and Buddhist religions in a half-century. Dr. Bhansali is a major force behind the creation of the space dedicated to the arts of India at the museum. The show will be up until October 23.

The Whitney may have been bought by Hancock Bank, but it’s still “Whitney White Linen Night,” and it brought out the Julia Street-meets-Ogden Museum of Southern Art-meets Contemporary Arts Center crowds wearing their whitest for an evening stroll in and out of galleries, museums and parties. Then the French Quarter’s galleries hosted “Dirty Linen Night.” Then, it was about time to put away the linens that came out for the “Juleps in June” (the Faulkner Society sell-out this summer recently followed with a salute to “Two Toms” – Tom Carson, author of Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter, and Tom Piazza, who has a new essay collation titled Devil Sent Rain.

Just as with white linen suits, some things change and some remain the same. There are changes in store for this writer as I bid a fond farewell to my readers and coworkers in pursuit of new ventures. It has been my privilege to write this column for seven years. Since September 2004, we’ve shared laughter and tears, and we’ve seen people come and people go. To each of you who has graciously shared information, become a friend and enlarged my world, I wish you well. Perhaps we’ll see each other soon “Along the Avenue.” Meanwhile, keep dancing, keep singing and keep believing in this wonderful city.


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