Every time I go to City Park, and I go a lot, there’s another exciting project that they’re undertaking! Bob Becker is a great leader, and the Friends of City Park and the Board of Commissioners deserve a huge round of applause.

We are so proud to bring you this cover promoting “Lark in the Park” presented by Friends of City Park, which will be on March 4! Thanks to Co-Chairs Kuffa Jones and Emily Ostuw Shaya; to Karen DeBlieux, President of the New Orleans Market for Premiere Sponsor Capital One Bank; to Morgan Lee, Marketing and Advertising Director at Sponsor Bryan Subaru; and to Leigh Thorpe, board member of the Friends of City Park for being on our cover! This year, “Lark in the Park” is raising funds to benefit the expansion of the conservatory in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. There will be cuisine from over 40 fabulous restaurants, live music and entertainment, full bars, an auction, raffles and more – all in the majestic Botanical Garden. Be sure to get your tickets early by calling 483-9369. You will be supporting a great park and the beautiful garden and conservatory that’s one of the best in the South!

Right after Mardi Gras comes Valentine’s Day, and we have the best ideas in What’s Hot for your gifts from nail polish to sparklers and, of course, a little red number. If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate an intimate Valentine’s Day (or if you’re looking for a way to escape all of the heart-themed celebrations) we have the restaurant feature for you!

You also don’t want to miss our annual Couture Wedding Guide. Each year this piece features the best of the best in weddings locally – and this year is better than ever.

We are still getting compliments on our tri-fold cover with so many of our former Activists! Thanks to our models and to Sarah George for producing such a beautiful cover. Thanks to photographer Danley Romero from Romero & Romero Photography as well!

Have a safe Mardi Gras and a great Valentine’s Day – spend it with someone you love!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

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TOP: Genevieve Munson Trimble will be honored at a reception and book signing on February 17, 5-7 p.m. at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park. Trimble's book, Afton Villa; the Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth Century Garden, tells the story of her and her late husband's decades-long restoration of these historic gardens in St. Francisville after a devastating fire.

BOTTOM: On February 26 at 7 p.m., the New Orleans Ballet Theatre will be hosting a night of drinks, dancing and a silent auction called “Dancing with Degas.” The NOBT was founded on the idea that: Cities and their people deserve access to excellent dance. To that end, the NOBT is launching its School to Stage outreach program as well as hiring its first group of dancers.

For more information on NOBT and to purchase tickets to this fundraiser, visit NOBT.org.