If you haven’t been to the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the French Quarter lately, you need to visit soon! The Hermann-Grima House, built in 1831, and the Gallier House, circa 1860, are two National Historic Landmarks and accredited museums that illustrate the history of New Orleans and Louisiana’s unique Creole culture. The preserved properties evoke the city’s cultural diversity as guides share stories of the many generations of people who inhabited both residences. The house museums represent the challenges faced in building New Orleans, and why our remarkably resilient city continues to rebuild. We are so proud to welcome to our cover the important people who are bringing the museum’s 2016 “Amazing Grapes Wine Auction” to you on Saturday, April 23. More than 30 different fine artisan wines will be presented at a wine tasting provided by Bizou Wines, along with a silent auction featuring rare and hard-to-find wines, and other fabulous items! Thanks to Zeid Ammari, Chief Operating Officer of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts; Dr. James Moises, ER physician and founder of Krewe du Bizou Wines and Moises Wines; Tricia King and Stephanie November, Co-Chairs; and Caroline Ferguson, President of The Woman’s Exchange, the parent organization that runs both museums. Please call 274-0746 or visit HGGHH.org for tickets and help support the educational programs of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses.

While you’re visiting these historic houses, read up on our feature, “Vieux Carré Views,” which outlines an amazing day in the French Quarter and gives you tips on shopping, where to have coffee and lunch, places to relax and hang out, theatre opportunities and more! New Orleans is known for the French Quarter all over the world. Go be a tourist in your own town!

Mark April 12 on your calendar for an amazing evening at Beth Claybourn Interiors 6-8 p.m. She is located at 401 Tchoupitoulas St., right across from the Windsor Court Hotel, where parking is available. At this event you’ll see her incredible collection of antiques, luxurious bedding, china, stemware, art and more! This event is supporting YAYA artists who will be there as well, and will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres. Please join me and Kay Kerrigan and call Margaret at 830-7264 to let us know if you will be there!

Morgan has worked so hard on this year’s “Courts of Carnival,” and we’re so proud to present it to you this month! What an incredible reminder of the beautiful balls, their participants, the gowns and décor. It is definitely a collector’s item you’ll want to keep.

Now that Easter’s over, it’s time to check out What’s Hot for Spring Fashion Accessories, everything from belts to briefcases.

Be sure to attend Bridge House’s 20th anniversary of “Cochon Cotillion" (see the caption with this photo). Mary Matalin and James Carville are this year’s King and Queen, and as always this event promises a night of sheer revelry for such a good cause!

Thanks to all of you who give so many volunteer hours to our nonprofits! We are a great city because of you!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note
The largest fundraising event for Bridge House/Grace House is the “Cochon Cotillion” now in it's 20th year! This year they will celebrate alongside 2016 monarchs James Carville and Mary Matalin (pictured above with former royalty Dana Hansel). This fun event is Saturday, April 2, at Mardi Gras World. Great food, libations, music and more. For tickets, call 821-7134.