The ninth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum’s final Friday activity, the cocktail reception, drew approximately 135 guests to THNOC’s Royal Street complex. Guests included registered attendees of the forum, speakers, sponsors, members of the Honorary Advisory Committee, staff of THNOC and members of the board of directors. The theme for this year’s forum was “Dinner Is Served.”
The evening’s festivities began with a cocktail reception in the elegant Counting House, THNOC’s portrait gallery. Entertainment included performances of traditional New Orleans jazz by guitarist Seva Venet, pianist Chuck Chaplin and bassist Chris Severin. The cocktail reception also included passed hors d’oeuvres and grand floral arrangements to fit the formal dining theme.
The 2016 panel of speakers included the following: Lydia Blackmore, John H. Lawrence, Priscilla Lawrence and Jack Pruitt of THNOC; Kelly Conway, Corning Museum of Glass; Nick Dawes, Heritage Auctions, New York; Adam T. Erby, George Washington’s Mount Vernon; John Stuart Gordon, Yale University Art Gallery; Leslie B. Grigsby, Winterthur Museum; Roger W. Moss, Director Emeritus, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Laurie Ossman, The Preservation Society of Newport County and Sumpter T. Priddy III, Sumpter Priddy III Inc. American Antiques and Fine Art.
Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, returned as the forum’s moderator, a role he has held since the inaugural event in 2008.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: Cocktail Reception of the New Orleans Antiques Forum, benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection
Where: Counting House of The Historic New Orleans Collection
When: Friday, August 5