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St. Charles Avenue April 2020

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Nonprofit Event Updates

  St. Charles Avenue’s calendars are compiled through our nonprofit events link: MyNewOrleans.com/submit-a-charitable-event/. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email Editor Morgan Packard Griffith directly: Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com. Note: Calendars are confirmed the 12th of the month prior. Please confirm directly with the nonprofit before making plans.   DECEMBER   1 & 19      […]

With This Ring: Olson – Burton

Virginia Catherine Olson, like many 21st-century women looking to meet someone, downloaded the dating app Bumble. The app matched her with Jeffrey Harris Burton Jr., and the two arranged to meet at Delachaise for drinks. Catherine noticed Jeff’s welcoming smile right away, and drinks soon turned into a five-hour conversation. Before long, the two were […]


The menu at Rockrose, the contemporary Greek restaurant in the International House Hotel, recently unveiled a new spring menu to reflect the abundance of Gulf seafood and regional produce now coming into season while retaining the signature enhancements of bright lemon, garlic, fresh herbs and rich olive oil the restaurant has become known for since […]

Student Activist: Elizabeth Drennan

“A community catches people when they fall and helps them get back up. This is why everyone must be involved in their community – for the help you may need in the future is the help someone else needs right now,” says Elizabeth Drennan a junior at Louise S. McGehee School.  Drennan is involved in […]

Philanthropic Fun: Home Fulfillment

“Building Dreams” for Eden House raised funds to support the Eden House operating costs and to furnish the second Eden House residence via an interactive home registry. The event was held at the home of Eden House Founder and Board President Kara Van de Carr her husband Daryl Byrd.  Flowers were arranged by Leslie Stidd […]

Bev’s Note

When spring arrives it’s time for all of the “Zoo-To-Do” and “Kids-Zoo-to-Do” Chairmen to fly their flags, so look out for those iconic reminders that both events are coming up! We are proud to present “2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Dr. Leslie P. Gottsegen, “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” Chair […]

A Magazine Adventure

Fashion & More Starting on the far end of Magazine Street, near Audubon Park, PERLIS has long been selling high-end Southern fashion for men, ladies and children. Perlis is a hot spot in spring for one of the South’s most iconic fabrics: seersucker.  “Our wide variety of seersucker and white linen suits allow men to […]

Shop Talk: Martha Claire Breland

What is your role at Judy at the Rink?  As a small business owner I get to do all the fun stuff. I’m the buyer, merchandiser and sales associate. I do the marketing, deliveries and all the paperwork, too. What are some of the favorites at the store?  My favorites right now as we move […]

Hippity Hop

This year’s mild winter means that spring basically sprung before Mardi Gras. The Japanese magnolias bloomed a while ago. We already got the citrus off of the trees, and we’ve had warm temperatures for a while now. However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot welcome spring with several Easter events in the city, finally allowing […]

Morgan’s Note

As I write, my email is being flooded with events postponing and cancelling. The news seems to change hourly if not faster, and yet the adage that no one knows what the future holds has never been more true.  That said, there are a few things that we know for sure: Wash your hands and […]

Philanthropic Fun: By the Light of the Moon

Large white spheres hung from the ceiling of the Superdome created a celestial ambiance for “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System on November 8, 2019. Dr. David Margolin and Dr. Bobby Rodwig were this year’s Miracle Makers. The event was Chaired by Gayle Benson with the Rault Family. This year’s theme, “A World of […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Star-Studded Soirée

One of two annual fundraiser events held to sustain and enhance Kingsley House programs and services, “A Benefit Under the Stars” raised funds to meet the ever-evolving needs of the more than 7,000 children, families, seniors, veterans, mentally-fragile adults and caregivers who the organization serves annually. A Patron Party welcomed guests with glasses of sparkling […]

Youngbloods: Connie Uddo

One organization is dedicated to restoring the New Orleans tree canopy in a fun, spirited way that fits the city’s vibe. Originally founded by Monique Pilie as Hike For Katreena, the NOLA Tree Project was created to help replant the estimated 100,000 trees lost during Hurricane Katrina. With an increased focus on the sustainability, resilience […]


Jeff Gulotta and Alexis, a Liberty Kitchen alumna, celebrate 10 years of impact at Liberty Kitchen’s annual “Come Grow With Us” fundraiser in September 2019. The event featured chefs from nearly 20 of New Orleans’ hottest restaurants serving up signature dishes, alongside Liberty’s Kitchen trainees and alumni, for attendees to vote on for Best in […]

Performing Arts/OnStage Calendar

Through 5 Disney’s Moana, Jr. Rivertown’s stage adaptation of the recent Disney blockbuster is performed by kids, for kids. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com 4-May 3 Songs That Won the War The Victory Belles perform musical gems of the World War II era like “La Vie En Rose,” “I’ll […]

Craving Comfort

Ingredients:  1 ⅔ pounds rabbit 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter 3 Tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tablespoons flour 1 cup red wine 2 cups dark chicken stock 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme Salt to taste Black […]

Philanthropic Fun: Historic Heritage

The “Historic Houses Society Gala” welcomed and honored the organization’s highest level of museum members. Their support allows the organization to maintain and preserve two 19th century historic house museums, which are National Historic Landmarks and important to the architecture, culture and history of New Orleans. Poe and Guy Carpenter opened their historic home for […]

Philanthropic Events Calendar

APRIL 1  11th annual “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, 729-2820 1  37th annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9534 2  43rd annual “Ben Smith Fete Gala,” benefiting ACLU of Louisiana, LaACLU.org/bensmithfete 2  11th annual “An Edible Evening,”  benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 941-0089 3 […]

Nostalgia: Straw Hat Day

Straw Hat Day – the day designated for men to switch from winter hats to the straw hats of spring and summer – quietly started in New Orleans in the late 1910s.  But in April of 1922, Mayor Andrew McShane decided to make it official, issuing a Straw Hat Day proclamation and urging men to […]

Shop Talk: Autumn Adamme

Tell us a little background about your business.  Dark Garden supports uncommon beauty with beautifully curated boutiques centered around our world-renowned corsetry line. My team and I are determined to provide clothing to fit any body type and any personal style because I firmly believe everyone deserves to feel beautiful. I established Dark Garden in […]

Philanthropic Fun: Reclaiming Sustainable Creativity

The Green Project’s mission is to cultivate a culture of creative reuse and build a marketplace for reclaimed materials. “Salvations Exhibition + Auction” exemplifies this mission in real time by pairing reclaimed materials with beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind design as featured in the fundraiser’s main event, the Salvage Design Competition. The event was hosted at the […]

Fore!Kids Foundation

When my sons were young they loved memorizing the license plate designs and nicknames of each state. Of course, their favorite was Louisiana’s displaying the pelican and phrase “Sportsman’s Paradise.” It is understood “Sportsman’s Paradise” refers to the plentiful hunting and fishing opportunities around our state but there are definitely additional sports that deserve recognition, […]

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance and Exhibitions

More than 500 attendees filled the New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden to fète “Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane” presented by IBERIABANK for an evening of opulence amongst art. Sound House presented by Élan Artists performed live music. In addition to the natural beauty of the museum and sculpture garden, Z Events and […]

Bright & Breezy

Dress by Ulla Johnson at FeBe; shoes by Kate Spade and bracelets, both at Feet First FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250, FeBeClothing.com Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com Photography by Theresa Cassagne Hair by Thomas Roney and Kelly Ann Snesrud Makeup by Megan Teachworth Model Ashley A. with FT45 Dress by Costarello at SOSUSU; […]

Philanthropic Fun: Art + Entrepreneurship

The YAYA Arts Center was filled with artwork made by youth artists, YAYA alumni artists and glass artists from across the city to welcome patrons to “Just Say YAYA Celebrating ARTrepreneurship” on Friday, November 15, 2019. AOS interior environments created a lounge space on the second floor and seating areas comprised of historic YAYA painted […]

Philanthropic Fun: Loving the Local Library

Latter Library opened its doors to local vendors and artists for a family-friendly party benefiting the library’s future projects and continued maintenance of the beautiful gardens. The current project in the works is an outdoor reading garden that can be used as an amphitheater-style seating for other library events with the goal of bringing indoor […]

What’s Hot: Spring Fashion Accessories

1. Carry all of your essentials in a tassel accented, hand-woven crossbody. Hola Guava, HolaGuava.com 2. A Paris-made cuff bracelet with an interchangeable silk scarf makes for an ideal double-your-delight accessory. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com 3. Keep your passport fashionably protected in a full-grain leather wallet, etched with a 1934 map of New […]

Vintage Wedding: Flora Sanders Fenner Weds Ronald James French

Flora Fenner met Ron French during her debut year when she was queen of Carnival in 1959. Her brother had introduced them the year before, and Ron was her escort in Atlanteans. Ron, who was from Houston, was attending medical school at Tulane and Flora was at Goucher in Maryland, so it was a long […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Salute to Veterans

The National WWII Museum’s 2019 “Victory Ball” presented by the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation took place on the weekend of Veteran’s Day and saluted the men and women who have and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. The festive event featured cocktails and culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant and […]

Philanthropic Fun: Wonderful Wines

“Carnivale du Vin 2019” marked the 15th year for the nationally recognized wine auction and gala dinner for Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, and nationwide nonprofit youth organizations supported by the foundation’s community grants program. The event was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The evening began […]


Arnaud’s Restaurant 813 Bienville Street, New Orleans (504) 523-5433 ArnaudsRestaurant.com Arnaud’s Sunday Jazz Brunch adds another layer of New Orleans charm with the sounds of Dixieland accompanying a decadent and leisurely meal with sweet starters such as the Creole Cream Cheese Evangeline, and savory entrées like Eggs Fauteaux or Grillades & Grits.   Drag Diva […]

Easter Gifts

Art & Eyes 504.891.4494 ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com PIERO  MASSARO from Venice, Italy, makes the most beautiful frames. The acetate mirrors the fine glass tradition of this elegant city, $520.   Ballin’s LTD 504.866.4367 BallinsLtd.com Ballin’s has an array of designs from Hazel Smyth Jewelry including these gorgeous Klecks with Moonstone Cabochon, Faceted Aqua Chalcedony and Turquoise Glass […]

Summer Camp

Academy of the Sacred Heart Summer Camp 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (504) 269-1230 | ASHRosary.org/Summer Calling all boys and girls ages 1-13! Choose your adventure with a wide variety of festive and fun summer activities and enrichment opportunities every day. Arts, sports, water fun, music, cheerleading, competitive games, yoga, fitness, sports, track and […]

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