Along the Avenue

August 2011

’Tis the season for debutantes. In keeping with tradition for several decades, Le Debut des Jeunes Filles de la Nouvelle Orleans hosts the first official presentation of the year for those counted in the coterie of formal debutantes. The season…

Along the Avenue July 2011

It started with Easter, rolled into Jazz Fest and by Derby Day it was a full-blown trend – suddenly men and women everywhere were decked out in hats. Huge hats, tiny fascinators, serious hats, silly hats, cool hats and hats…

Along the Avenue June 2011

What a spring! Funds were raised for good causes, glasses raised in praise of birthdays and celebrations and there was general merrymaking all around. There was a royal wedding in England (come now, admit you watched it on the telly).…

Along the Avenue May 2011

French Quarter Festival and the Jazz & Heritage Festival aside, some of the most danceable music is at the Stage Door Canteen in the National World War II Museum. Presently, On the Air is taking its turn in the theater,…

Along the Avenue April 2011

Mardi Gras is over but the memories linger on: From the gold bean at Twelfth Night to the waning hours of Carnival night, when royalty retreated to the Queens’ Supper of Comus and Rex, it was a wonderful time.People sang,…

Along the Avenue March 2011

It is Carnival … at least for the next week. But before the balls and queens’ suppers really got under way, there were parties requiring serious jewelry, designer duds and very pretty pumps.The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary with…

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They danced and they sang and it’s not even – but almost – Mardi Gras! It seems everyone had something to celebrate in a flurry of debutante parties, seminal birthdays and love. The season’s debutante parties were gracious, musically memorable…

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It is hard to believe it’s a new year. The holidays flew by so quickly, the only way I can really tell they’re somewhat over (Twelfth Night is January 6 and the opening salvo of Carnival) is that my feet…

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It seems a nanosecond from Le Debut to the Debutante Club’s Presentation, but now, members of that pretty coterie await December – when their calendars really get crowded. It isn’t just the Deb Set that have kept the social wheels…

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Oh, how busy are we? The symphony is playing, opera is sining, ballet shoes are strapped on and artists are showing work they diligently created over the summer. All the hard work of volunteers and committees – your mail box…

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The marking of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina continues in traditional ways – art exhibits, concerts and gatherings profane and sacred – and surprisingly familiar, including second-line parades. It has been an extraordinary journey from the shock and horror…

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From rooftop celebrations to dancing at tennis clubs to fireworks over the Mississippi, New Orleanians celebrated Independence Day with patriotic aplomb. And, this being a city that cherishes its French heritage, most folks left the tri-color up for Bastille Day…

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The social calendar heated up in late spring as if all the world needed to do one last dance before Memorial Day Weekend. There were graduations, reunions, pre-debutantes and birthday parties to squeeze in before travel. One could say the…

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Dodging raindrops and Jazz Fest crowds, April seemed a month when chefs became saints and everyone came out in droves to applaud their efforts (and eat their treats). Tip your cap to Chef Emeril Lagasse. Not only did he opt…

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St. Charles Avenue magazine and New Orleans Bride’s own Morgan Packard couldn’t have been more surprised when long-time beau Mike Griffith served up a rare, antique lavender sapphire in an Art Deco setting as dessert on her birthday. The avowed…

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The South Louisiana Sporting Clays Classic brings out the competitive spirit in gals and guys who like firing off at biodegradable clay pigeons. Started by former Rex Thomas Dugan Westfeldt and favorite cohort and wife Linda, the event benefits The…

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They laughed; they danced; they cheered; they sang; they kissed; and pigs flew. More men than usual paraded in dresses. People pigged out, rocked out and partied hearty. There was décor galore between the black and gold and the purple,…

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February is a holiday trifecta: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Mardi Gras! But before looking forward to reinstating New Year’s resolutions as Lenten practices, let’s talk about the joys and excesses of Christmas and New Year’s past.Love’s magic spell is…

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They put on their party clothes, got out and danced, sang, cheered and made merry!You can’t say folks in and around the city, on the South and North Shores, haven’t been doing their bit for the economy! And now it’s…

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It’s spring; it’s spring! The flowers are in bloom, Easter is on its way and it seems everyone is out and about, on the move and doing all sorts of springtime things.Spring fever is rampant. How else do you explain…

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About this time of year, I feel like the police who, at the stroke of midnight, head up Bourbon Street announcing, “Mardi Gras is over. Lent has begun. Please clear the streets.” Much as we love our rhinestone royalty, fantastic…

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’Twas and ’Tis the season!As we march toward Mardi Gras there’s been no shortage of merriment and mirth. All those along the avenue, places and boulevards pulled out their prettiest pumps for deb parties, the opening of both the Mahalia…

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Happy New Year, and raise a toast to our new look! We hope our bubble of optimism is infectious.No matter the economic scene, take a deep breath and repeat after me: Things will be fine in 2009. OK, there’s a…

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Yikes! Just yesterday it seems it was college football season; now people are decking the halls. With parties, benefits and assorted events, one does well just to keep the calendar straight. Oh, but there’s music in the air! The opera…

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Bien sur, I do believe the French took over the month of October and it’s not because “le Beaujolais est arrivé.” Mais non, mon vieux. French conversations among friends, French sung with passion with operatic themes, French cinema, French dining…

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Neither wind, nor rain, nor Hurricane Gustav can stop the course of true love.The elegant Trinity Church ceremony and Orleans Club reception of E.Lee Jahncke and Jason Mead morphed into a barefoot-on-the-beach event. The pair exchanged vows in Grayton Beach,…

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Did I hear school bells ring at McGehee’s? Are they back in uniform at Sacred Heart? The debutante set has come, curtseyed, partied and pretty much left until Thanksgiving. Yet, here I sit looking a stack of mail and a…

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It is time for polo shirts, pink pants and cabana stripes – and I’m not just talking about on the gals. But before summer’s hottest month sweeps away our early summer memories, let’s look back at a few of June’s…

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E. Lee Jahncke and fiancé Jason Mead celebrate their engagement. Wayne Curtis, Louise Klaila and Ann and Paul Tuennerman celebrate Paul’s birthday. Stephen Putt with Simon and Nadine Blake at ESU. Happy Birthday! Seems everyone, including this great country, is…

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Sarah Winston and Arthur Mendonca Issac Delgado Award Recipient Prescott Dunbar Dr. Terry Creel of the Royal Society of St. George and wife Liz Murray Nelson helps close the old Bruno’s We danced, sang, laughed, cried, welcomed back, sent forth…