Bev’s Note

Our annual holiday fashion feature offers fabulous outfits modeled by Martine Chaisson Linares in her own exquisite gallery! Discover your new favorite going out and staying in outfits, then add a new accessory from our What’s Hot for Holiday Fashion Accessories column!

Take a break from doom scrolling and follow Avenue on Facebook (@StCharlesAvenue) and Instagram (@StCharlesAveMagazine)! In addition to featuring pieces from our current issues, we have contests, exclusive content, events and things to do and see around town! Follow today!

And, don’t forget to go to “Just Say YAYA,” the virtual fundraiser on November 18, 6-8 p.m.! You will be treated to a performance by Tank and the Bangas, an art lesson from Terrance Osborne, an online auction and store featuring YAYA artists and more. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 520-3306.

Be safe and have a great Thanksgiving!

Editors' Note

Beverly Reese Church



On the Cover

Get ready for the Preservation Resource Center’s 45th annual “Holiday Home Tour,” presented by McEnery Residential December 11-13. We are so pleased to have Co-Chairs Courtney Sherman Lane and Jenny Longwell; Katherine Eshleman and Ansley Marshall representing Title Sponsor McEnery Residential; and “Holiday Home Tour” homeowner Penny Francis grace our cover this month! This year’s tour invites you to be festive from your own home as the tour goes virtual.

Patron Chairs Sarah Martzoff, Katie Witry and Jessie Haynes are offering a sneak peek on December 11, 7-8 p.m. when you can enjoy a three-course meal from Brennan’s with wine, PRC swag bags with gifts, a listing in Preservation in Print and see special appearances from some of the homeowners in the video series.

On December 12-13, PRC Executive Director Danielle Del Sol will lead you on a tour of six stunning private homes, all decked out for the holiday, including the homes of Mary Matalin and James Carville; Debra Shriver; our cover hosts Penny and Todd Francis; Alexa Pulitzer and Seth Levine; and Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi! There is even a bonus house: Pres Kabacoff and Sallie Anne Glassman’s environmentally sensitive Bywater villa! These exclusive video tours will showcase the incredible diversity of New Orleans historic neighborhoods and architecture with fascinating details about the history of each house and the community around it. If you’re a PRC member you get a discount, so join now by visiting That website is also your go-to for tickets and more information!




The American Cancer Society’s “Shuck Cancer” event, in partnership with Superior Seafood and presented by Latter & Blum, returns for its third annual party with a purpose on November 19 via “Shuck Cancer” may look a little different this year but make no mistake, it will still be the best block party in town! The online event will showcase oysters from across the country, wine pairings, musical performances and a silent auction along with to-go “party boxes” guests can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. Funds raised from sponsorship dollars of “Shuck Cancer” go toward the ACS’s local “Access to Care” program, which includes transportation grants to Greater New Orleans area health systems. These grants make a direct impact on individuals from our community who are battling cancer by providing them with much-needed transportation to treatment at no cost to them. Support the American Cancer Society – save lives and shuck cancer!



Morgan’s Note

I am so happy to see nonprofit events returning to our calendar – even if it means I have less space here. Halloween has come and gone with trick-or-treating inside our home. It was fun, but I hope to never have to do it again. And now the holidays are zooming toward us (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun) and we’ll all be making travel and gathering decisions as our extended families – both blood and chosen – have to decide what’s the best and safest way to celebrate.

If you need to take a break from the constant decision-making, I suggest visiting City Park to take a last look at Dale Chihuly’s beautiful towering sculpture, Rose Crystal Tower, outside the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The sculpture will be removed shortly after the New Year, so there’s no time like the present!

This month be present, be safe and try to enjoy celebrating holidays that will (hopefully) look like none other!


Editors' Note

Morgan Packard Griffith





Eighth annual “Moonlight and Miracles,” virtual event benefiting Ochsner Cancer Institute,


31st annual “New Orleans Film Festival,” benefiting New Orleans Film Society,


Magnolia Moonlight Virtual Gala,” benefiting Magnolia Community Services,  731-1397,


“You Night Cancer Survivor Virtual Runway Show & Celebration,” benefiting You Night Events, (877) 591-5936,

6, 13 (sold out) & 14

Odyssey Ball 2020,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4121,


19th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk,” benefiting National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500,


La Fete 294,” virtual event benefiting Ursuline Academy,


Center Celebration 2020 – JCC’s Big Night IN,” virtual event benefiting New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 897-0143,


You Night Cancer Survivor Virtual Celebration,” benefiting You Night Events, (877) 591-5936,


13th annual “Mark Mitchell Golf  Tournament,” benefiting Cancer Crusaders, 606-7328,


Just Say YAYA,” benefiting YAYA, 529-3306,


Words & Music Literary Festival,” benefiting One Book One New Orleans, (205) 310-8537,


Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,” benefiting the Touro Infirmary Foundation, 897-8435,


Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744,


Bryan Bailey, Gregg Porter & Tommy Coleman present “Down at the Rivershack,” benefiting the CAC,


Virtual Tour de Cure New Orleans,” benefiting American Diabetes Association, 889-0278,