Bev's Note

“Sentimental Journeys 2016: Coming Home to Longue Vue” is our cover story this month and what a homecoming it will be! Longue Vue is a national treasure and for the first time in many years, the fundraiser will be held at 7 Bamboo Road on Friday, April 8. Thanks so much to our cover participants: Sentimental Journeys Co-Chairs Anna Schaefer and Stephanie Laborde; Honorary Co-Chairs Lynne and Hugh (not pictured) Uhalt, Edgar and Edith Stern’s grandchild Bill Hess and Carol McMichael Reese, Longue Vue Board Chair.

Anna and Stephanie promise a night that you won’t soon forget! It all starts at the patron reception at 6:30 p.m., where guests will explore the house and gardens at this “progressive party” inspired by the romance of the pre-war era. As the night drifts away, guests will be treated to magnificent entertainment, cuisine by Galatoire’s Restaurant paired with fine wines by Kobrand and Champagne Taittinger and a silent auction at three different sites on Longue Vue’s eight-acre estate! This beautiful party will give you an excuse to visit the house and gardens and to see the innovative programming in the areas of art, design, horticulture, preservation and civic engagement. Longue Vue serves as one of the premiere educational and cultural resources that our city has! For tickets, please call 293-4723.

Mardi Gras was incredible this year as always in part because of all of the beautiful parties that were given to honor our debutantes! We are featuring four parties that will give you a taste of the finest soirées you could imagine – everything from The House of Blues to Antoine’s.

Now that Mardi Gras is over, we turn our attention to improving our homes! What’s Hot features Home Décor with everything from watercolors to decorative trays. Along those lines, many people are downsizing from a large home and young people are moving into new apartments or condos, so we wanted to give you tips on home renewal. Our feature holds tips and tricks from nine local experts who will wow you with great ideas!

We all love Magazine Street and the shopping is better every year! This month we’re featuring 12 of our favorites so you can get a snapshot of what they have to offer.

Be sure to pick up Gen Trimble’s new book, Afton Villa: the Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth Century Garden, if you missed the book signing. It will be available at the bookstore and shop at the Botanical Garden. The book catalogues the photos and notes that Mrs. Trimble took over the years of her beloved Afton Villa. You don’t want to miss it!

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Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Patron Party Chair Tony Lala stands with Invitation Artist Maria Grisaro, and (seated) Faith Peperone and Gail McKenna, who are in charge of the hat auction for this year’s “Mad Hatters Luncheon and Saks Fashion Show.” This year on Tuesday, March 8, “The Mad Hatters Go to the Opera,” while, as always, proceeds go to support the New Orleans Opera – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The committee met recently at the lovely home of Diane Dupin while plans were being fine tuned for the event, which will include hat contests (both individual and group), a silent auction and lunch at the Hilton Riverside. Reservations can be made with Gina Klein at, or calling 267-9527.



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