Bev’s Note

Bev's Note

We are so excited about our cover, which features our 2019 Activists! Thanks to Susan Brennan, Daryl G. Byrd, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III, Susan O. Hess, Robert “Bob” Merrick and Kim S. Sport for gracing our cover and for all they do to make New Orleans the best! The nonprofits that they support cover the gamut and include the art scene, women’s health, the United Way, WYES and so much more. IBERIABANK always has a beautiful party to celebrate our Activists and honor their contributions to our city; thanks so much!

And double congratulations go to Daryl! “Upon the closing of the merger of equals between IBERIABANK and First Horizon next year, Daryl will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined organization,” says IBERIABANK Community Relations Director Megan Beer Eustis.

The holiday spirit runs right through to New Year’s Eve, so look to our annual feature for our guide to everything you need: How to Prep, What to Wear, How to Finish, Where to Eat and What to Do! This month also features What’s Hot for Holiday Jewelry. Look no further for a piece that will surprise your friends, family and significant other with something that will last forever!

On December 7 will be the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s second annual “Improvisations Gala!” Come together for an elegant and extemporized mix of music, dancing, art and illuminations. The Patron Party begins at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Jazz Museum. There will be an elegant cocktail hour, catering by Ruth’s Chris and intimate performances by artists like Christian McBride and Detroit Brooks. The Gala will begin at 8 p.m. with music and food from fabulous local restaurants and a fantastic auction. Call 390-0639 or visit for ticket information.

Jen Hale announced that Sideline Pass’ fifth annual “Holiday Toy Drive” is Wednesday, December 4, at Canal Place, with VIP shopping beginning at 5 p.m., and the Christmas Carnival starting at 6 p.m. The Hynes School Choir will sing Christmas carols and the band Groovy 7 will be performing. They also will have food, a cash bar, face painting, ornament decorating, family photos by the Christmas tree and more. There will be prizes for the most festive outfit, best holiday shoes and outfit for a child. Admission is free with a donation of a gift for children living in group foster  homes across Louisiana. These gifts go to over 1,000 children in 25 parishes living in foster group homes or shelters. A cash contribution will be welcomed as well. For more information, email

I just got to meet with Kelly Lind, (who was a producer for Sean Penn; wow!) and I want you to keep an eye out for Garden District, a new series by renowned playwright Rosary O’Neill and starring local notables Bryan Batt and Janet Shea. Uptown native Kelly Lind is a producer and one of the lead actors. “The series pulls you into the secret regimented world of Garden District Society,” she says. The team is currently producing the pilot episode, which will then be pitched to TV networks. The goal of the show isn’t only to entertain audiences, but to create an entirely local TV series that will provide jobs for and showcases local talent. Learn more at

Have a wonderful holiday season celebrating with friends and family and be safe!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church


Bev's Note

Poydras Home will be hosting their first “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” on Thursday, December 5. Co-Chaired by Bridget Bories, Lesley Hardin, Dee McCloskey and Deborah Mooney, the Patron Party will be held 6-8 p.m. inside Poydras Home’s historic 1857 Hall, and will feature music by the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts with jazz and vocal students led by Vocal Coach Anne Sumich. Food and libations will be available from Ralph’s On The Park, The Pelican Club Restaurant, Vincent’s Italian Cuisine, Galatoire’s Restaurant, Creole Creamery and more.

At 7 p.m., Poydras Home’s Magazine Street gate will open wide as Patrons and the public are welcomed to assemble on the front lawn to hear holiday favorites and gospel music performed by the New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir under the direction of Mrs. Rhea Dokes. (This portion of the evening is free and open to the public.)

Refreshments of hot cocoa by CC’s Coffee House and cookies compliments of Poydras Home will be available in advance of the big moment when, at 7:30 p.m., their majestic 30 foot tall tree will be brightly lit!

Their tree will continue to light up the sky through January 1, to serve as a beacon of holiday cheer.

Visit to find out more about the “Tree Lighting & Music Festival” or contact Poydras Home’s Philanthropy Department by calling 897-0535.

Credit: Watercolor invitation art by Marina G. Reed



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