Author: Diane Sustendal

Along the Avenue September 2011

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…

August 2011

’Tis the season for debutantes. In keeping with tradition for several decades, Le Debut des Jeunes Filles de la Nouvelle Orleans hosts the first official presentation of the year for those counted in the coterie of formal debutantes. The season…

Along the Avenue July 2011

It started with Easter, rolled into Jazz Fest and by Derby Day it was a full-blown trend – suddenly men and women everywhere were decked out in hats. Huge hats, tiny fascinators, serious hats, silly hats, cool hats and hats…

Along the Avenue June 2011

What a spring! Funds were raised for good causes, glasses raised in praise of birthdays and celebrations and there was general merrymaking all around. There was a royal wedding in England (come now, admit you watched it on the telly).…

Along the Avenue May 2011

French Quarter Festival and the Jazz & Heritage Festival aside, some of the most danceable music is at the Stage Door Canteen in the National World War II Museum. Presently, On the Air is taking its turn in the theater,…

Along the Avenue April 2011

Mardi Gras is over but the memories linger on: From the gold bean at Twelfth Night to the waning hours of Carnival night, when royalty retreated to the Queens’ Supper of Comus and Rex, it was a wonderful time.People sang,…

Along the Avenue March 2011

It is Carnival … at least for the next week. But before the balls and queens’ suppers really got under way, there were parties requiring serious jewelry, designer duds and very pretty pumps.The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary with…

Along the Avenue

They danced and they sang and it’s not even – but almost – Mardi Gras! It seems everyone had something to celebrate in a flurry of debutante parties, seminal birthdays and love. The season’s debutante parties were gracious, musically memorable…

Along the Avenue

It is hard to believe it’s a new year. The holidays flew by so quickly, the only way I can really tell they’re somewhat over (Twelfth Night is January 6 and the opening salvo of Carnival) is that my feet…

Along the Avenue

It seems a nanosecond from Le Debut to the Debutante Club’s Presentation, but now, members of that pretty coterie await December – when their calendars really get crowded. It isn’t just the Deb Set that have kept the social wheels…

Along the Avenue

Oh, how busy are we? The symphony is playing, opera is sining, ballet shoes are strapped on and artists are showing work they diligently created over the summer. All the hard work of volunteers and committees – your mail box…

Along the Avenue

The marking of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina continues in traditional ways – art exhibits, concerts and gatherings profane and sacred – and surprisingly familiar, including second-line parades. It has been an extraordinary journey from the shock and horror…

Along the Avenue

From rooftop celebrations to dancing at tennis clubs to fireworks over the Mississippi, New Orleanians celebrated Independence Day with patriotic aplomb. And, this being a city that cherishes its French heritage, most folks left the tri-color up for Bastille Day…

Along the Avenue

The social calendar heated up in late spring as if all the world needed to do one last dance before Memorial Day Weekend. There were graduations, reunions, pre-debutantes and birthday parties to squeeze in before travel. One could say the…

Along the Avenue

Dodging raindrops and Jazz Fest crowds, April seemed a month when chefs became saints and everyone came out in droves to applaud their efforts (and eat their treats). Tip your cap to Chef Emeril Lagasse. Not only did he opt…

Along the Avenue

St. Charles Avenue magazine and New Orleans Bride’s own Morgan Packard couldn’t have been more surprised when long-time beau Mike Griffith served up a rare, antique lavender sapphire in an Art Deco setting as dessert on her birthday. The avowed…

Along the Avenue

The South Louisiana Sporting Clays Classic brings out the competitive spirit in gals and guys who like firing off at biodegradable clay pigeons. Started by former Rex Thomas Dugan Westfeldt and favorite cohort and wife Linda, the event benefits The…

Along the Avenue

They laughed; they danced; they cheered; they sang; they kissed; and pigs flew. More men than usual paraded in dresses. People pigged out, rocked out and partied hearty. There was décor galore between the black and gold and the purple,…

Along the Avenue

February is a holiday trifecta: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Mardi Gras! But before looking forward to reinstating New Year’s resolutions as Lenten practices, let’s talk about the joys and excesses of Christmas and New Year’s past.Love’s magic spell is…

honeymoon in south america

A honeymoon is a way to decompress and explore an exotic, unknown destination. With a summer wedding, and a less than favorable currency exchange to the dollar, we looked toward South America with a plan that balanced city and country,…

Along the Avenue

They put on their party clothes, got out and danced, sang, cheered and made merry!You can’t say folks in and around the city, on the South and North Shores, haven’t been doing their bit for the economy! And now it’s…

Along the Avenue

October and November were a blur of benefits and book signings, soirees and send-offs, parties and presentations, all squeezed in ahead of the holiday crush. I am a gal who starts shopping for presents in July, and yet am always…

Along the Avenue

Autumn in New Orleans means pumpkins, gourds and faux turning leaves … What can you say about a town where I recently spotted a magnolia about to bloom in October? The flowers are out in the Botanical Gardens and elsewhere,…

Along the Avenue

This city loves the arts as “Culture Collision” proved. Some 1,200 folks piled the New Orleans Museum of Art to see what’s on tap for the coming year at cultural institutions as Le Pêtit Théâtre, Ogden Museum of Southern Art,…

Along the Avenue

New Orleans summers are hot, humid and uncomfortable, so lots of folks bagged the “stay-cation” idea and headed for different climates. Gretchen and Charlie Bosworth parked themselves in a cottage in the Poconos, where the mountain air required sweaters and…

Along the Avenue

By the time you read this, you’ll have noticed the city seems to be a sea of white clothing. It is not just because it’s so very hot; August is a month traditionally dominated by White Linen Night, when a…

Along the Avenue

Spring went out with a bang, a whistle, applause and tears. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra closed its regular season with a bang. Well, not literally but when you perform both Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and 9 in one performance at…

Along the Avenue

May was a merry month, indeed. There were birthdays, graduations, festivals, concerts and all manner of celebrations from crawfish boils to crème-de-la-crème soirées.    Before the month began, both the Cabildo and The Historic New Orleans Collection threw open the…

Take a bite of Manhattan

For some couples, honeymoon destinations in far away places with exotic-sounding names have great appeal. The idea of an active getaway with diving, hiking and exploration certainly has appeal. Others want to do no more than toss a towel on…