The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a gem in our city and is known internationally as a repository for the most fabulous Southern artists and their creations. This year, the biggest gala for the museum, “O What A Night!” will be held Saturday, October 21, and will honor Pamela Joyner & The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. The exhibition, “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” presented by The Helis Foundation, will be on view at the Ogden September 30 to January 21. The exhibition will begin its tour of the United States here in New Orleans, which is a huge feather in our cap!

Thanks to our cover models: Ogden Museum of Southern Art Executive Director William Pittman Andrews, The Helis Foundation Managing Director Jessie Schott Haynes, “O What A Night!” Co-Chairman Alexa Georges and The Helis Foundation President David Kerstein. Guests will be treated to a fabulous black-tie evening spotlighting the collection, along with a gourmet gala dinner by chef Justin Devillier, cocktails, music, décor by Ware Porter a live auction featuring artists Elizabeth Bick, Mallory Page, Aron Belka, George Dunbar, Gregory Saunders, David Borgerding, Ida Kohlmeyer, Michael Deas and John Alexander, and more. The evening will begin at 6 p.m., and will be held at the museum. For tickets, call 539-9618 or visit You don’t want to miss this amazing night!

Attention brides and grooms: In this year’s annual St. Charles Avenue’s Weddings we’re bringing you weddings that were held in Maine, Alys Beach, Florida and, of course, in New Orleans. Thanks to Christina Marie deLucca and Brent James Gibbs; Katherine Duncan du Quesnay and Peter “Perry” Murray Cunningham Jr.; Frances Brett Ford and James Martial Lapeyre; Elizabeth Hallowell Gardiner and Clifford Sewall Webster Jr.; Kathryn Lane Scanlon and James Campbell Roche; and Rebecca Ann Shultz and Dr. Daniel Goddard Lester for sharing their memories with us!

We all love our shops and restaurants on Metairie Road, so check out our feature that spotlights new places and our old favorites, from I’Land PediSpa to The Linen Registry.

All of our children and grandchildren are involved with baseball, golf, swimming and more sporting activities for the summer, so check out What’s Hot Sports and Spirit, where you’ll find a Superdome certified bag, gold sneakers and great accessories in between.

Last but not least, our annual Guide to Entertaining offers more than 20 tips and tricks from local experts – including new trends and new ways to use old pieces.

I hope you’ll celebrate the last days of summer in special ways; there are so many fun things to do with families here in New Orleans, so take advantage of our parks, museums, restaurants and more! Happy end of summer,

Bev's Note
Beverly Reese Church