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Bev's Note

This year the “Lark in the Park” is raising money for the revitalization of Storyland in City Park! We are so grateful to Friends of City Park Board President Larry Dale; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Lisa Romano; Co-Chair and Board Member Robin Bordelon Borne; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Vincent Giardina; and Co-Chair, former Board Member and Head of U.S. Corporate Banking/Market President of Capital One Karen DeBlieux for gracing our cover. I am so proud to be their Honorary Chairman, and I want everyone to be at the “Lark in the Park” on March 15 to help restore this iconic landmark that every child in the city loves! As many of you know, Peggy Read and I Chaired the restoration in 1985 and we were so grateful to Harry Batt for creating Storyland in the 1950s. The new, updated and modern Storyland will encourage participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through fun, play, education and entertainment. They are incorporating the latest educational methods, such as STEM and inclusive play and, of course, ADA accessibility.

The icing on the cake is that we’ll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Friends of City Park, which Peggy Read founded!

The party will be in front of the Botanical Garden and will feature live music, cuisine from over 40 of our best restaurants, libations from Republic National Distributing, multiple live entertainers, a car raffle from Bryan Subaru, live and silent auctions and fireworks! We would love to see your support at any level, and there are a few exhibits left to buy. Call Jennifer Montgomery at 483-9369 for tickets or sponsorships. I will see you there!

Mardi Gras is March 5, and we want to get you ready with What’s Hot for Mardi Gras so you can add the perfect piece to your Carnival collection. Once you decide on your new addition, take it for a test drive. Our feature “Setting the Table” features restaurants who are preparing for the collision of romance and debauchery of Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Rediscover old favorites and encounter your new regular haunt!

You will be blown away by our Couture Wedding Guide, featuring advice, ideas and more from 12 of the best in the business.

Be safe and have a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day and Happy Mardi Gras!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

This is the 35th anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association’s fabulous “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” themed “Enchanting Moments With Alice,” which will be held March 19 at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street. The Committee Chairs (pictured here) and Chairmen Gail Mckenna and Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa promise a festive event with a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a raffle for a mink stole and prizes from celebrity judges for all of the categories of festive hats! This year’s honorary chair is Betty Brooks, and all proceeds go to production and education as well as free performances for schools and the public. Please call (228) 860-7284 for tickets and to buy a table!


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