If you talk to anyone about why they’re most proud of New Orleans, they’ll probably mention our National WWII Museum! We are so proud to present the 2018 “American Spirit Awards” presented by The National WWII Museum, which will be held June 7-8. Thanks to 2018 American Spirit Medallion Recipient Archie Manning, Hancock Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios, 2018 American Spirit Medallion Recipient Susan Hess and President & CEO at The National WWII Museum Stephen J. Watson for gracing our cover.

The “American Spirit Awards” is a gala that celebrates the values and spirit of the “Greatest Generation” with recipients of three Spirit Awards, three American Spirit Medallions, three Silver Service Medallions and 51 Billy Michal Student Leadership Awards being honored. This year’s proceeds will support educational programming at the museum, including development of classroom materials for schools all over the world. The gala will feature food by five different chefs and entertainment by The Temptations Review with Special Guest Theo Peoples. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 528-1944 or visit NationalWW2Museum.org/American-Spirit-Awards.

FestiGals is back June 21-24 inspiring, connecting and celebrating women while supporting causes important to their wellbeing. This year’s program features an à la carte menu including a Tricentennial Women’s Day with sessions on fashion, wellness, empowerment and sexual advances in the workplace, plus the exciting “Step Up Second-Line Parade” shining a light on domestic violence and raising funds for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Visit FestiGals.org to pick your passion and sign up.

Now that school is out, you can visit the National WWII Museum or go to our feature, “Taking the Kids,” which will give you over 10 local ideas for what to do with your kiddos and grandchildren as the temperatures heat up. If those ideas aren’t enough, look to the Kids Play column to learn what’s new at Audubon Zoo, and What’s Hot for “Children’s Chic,” because while traveling around town, you’ll want your children to look their best!

A new store on Magazine Street, Lily New Orleans (3649 Magazine St.), is offering a party every single day with a collection of new items from $5 T-shirts to $1,000 Zimmerman dresses, fabulous accessories, local designers, Gucci and more. They also offer top-quality consignment for fashion-forward women for all sizes from 000 to 16, including Mardi Gras gowns and jewelry.

Owner Jeanne Roberson says to come on in – they have wine and champagne every day and even doggie treats and water for your favorite companions!

Dana Hansel, community volunteer extraordinaire, once again brings us her annual “Encore!” feature. She spotlights the past social season in review including “the bests” list. You don’t want to miss this!

Have a wonderful summer and be safe on your travels or vacationing at home in our incredible city!

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Beverly Reese Church