July is a big month for my family: Our son turns 1 the first week of the month! At this moment he’s “helping” me write this column while we practice throwing a ball back and forth, standing and pushing buttons with a turtle that plays classical music and teaches the different sections of the orchestra. […]
Founded in 1876, the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club is the oldest tennis club in the United States. The founding members were mostly English, working in the cotton business in New Orleans. Over their first decade as a club, they moved their courts to several different locations in or near the Garden District. In February […]
Sarah Harding, Ed Hardin, Maria Daigle, Corey Wax and Jennifer Suare attend “A Patriotic Affair for Tomorrow’s Military Leaders, the 2017 All Service Academies Ball” in December. The event was held in the National World War II Museum as an evening to honor the men and women from across Louisiana who will serve as future […]
HOW DID PERLIS START? My grandmother convinced my grandfather to start the business with the promise to marry him if he did. That was in 1939, and he worked seven days a week in the early years. My father and I both joined the business while in our 20s. RETAIL FACES SO MANY CHALLENGES, YET […]
HOW DID MYSTIC BLUE SIGNS START? Mystic Blue Signs began when I moved to New Orleans from San Francisco at the end of 1995. With New Orleans’ strong appreciation of its architectural history, I thought I could paint traditional signs here. My husband, Vince Mitchell, joined the company in 2003. HOW DID YOU COME INTO […]
“Activism is more about a sense of belonging and adding value to the community. I feel that by working together something has been accomplished,” says Cecelia Zimmermann. “It isn’t all about oneself but it’s really about others and the community as a whole,” says Catherine Zimmermann The sisters attend St. Mary’s Dominican High School, where […]
Can a designer sock company help alleviate some of the issues associated with homelessness? Austin McCann, Founder and CEO of Open Thread, thinks so. After coming up with the idea for a graduate school project at Loyola University New Orleans, McCann decided to turn his business marketing homework into a reality. Now Open Thread is […]
5-8 ESSENCE Festival The ESSENCE Fest returns to New Orleans with conferences, speakers and, of course, fantastic music featuring artists like Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and The Roots. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 587-3663, Essence.com 6-22 Macbeth Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of Lord Macbeth’s thirst for power that leads to his downfall hits the […]
When Margaret Anne Henican and Cameron Lawrence Simon met at a family friend’s crawfish boil sparks flew immediately; the couple’s first date to Cameron’s favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, El Patio in Houston, Texas was the start of a romance to last a lifetime. To ask for Meg’s hand in marriage, Cameron invited both families for dinner […]
We have adorable new neighbors who just moved in, and to welcome them we decided to have a pool party for the children: Weston, Ann Colin and Kate! We already have several flamingos in our garden, as well as in the pool, so I decided to center the theme on them. After trips to Party […]
Tennessee Williams once wrote, “Liquor goes fast in hot weather” and he was definitely onto something. Refreshing summer cocktails are one way to make our humid summers a little more tolerable. The following hot-spots, bars and restaurants have updated their menus just in time to help us all beat the heat. Arnaud’s French 75 Bar […]
Everything about summer lends itself to an excuse to indulge in a little self-pampering. With its skin-revealing clothing and shoes, skin- and hair-damaging sun rays and a designation as the vacation and staycation time of year, the season makes a visit to the spa, salon or clinic a no-brainer. If you’re looking for ways to […]
A quintessential New Orleans evening set the stage for “Amazing Grapes 2018:” string lights overhead, jazz music wafting through the air and the historic garden in bloom. The event benefits the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the ongoing challenge of preservation of the two 19th century historic houses: Hermann-Grima House, built in 1830, and […]
A nautical “Party on Lake Pontchartrain” offered a fun and festive way for 300 partygoers to give back to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event honored 8-year-old Daniel Wedge IV, Honored Hero, who’s now in remission from T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. James C. Wade served as Event Chair, and Guy Brierre served as Commodore […]
Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans held its seventh annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala” inside the elegant Messina’s at the Terminal at the Lakefront Airport on March 23. The Patron Party preceded the gala, which included the presentation of the Inspired Cross Awards, a live fundraiser and a silent auction. The four individuals honored […]
“Hogs for the Cause” transformed the UNO Lakefront Arena into “Hogusta National” with a “Hoggyshack”-themed Gala Dinner benefit, attended by 350 patrons. Partygoers enjoyed a four-course “I’m Alright” meal, which included an appetizer course of “My Dinghy is Bigger than your Boat” Seafood Platter, a salad course, a prime rib course and a “No Respect” […]
The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts served two roles: as the venue for this year’s “Julia Jump” and as a fantastic example of the adaptive reuse of a historic building, underlining one of the PRC’s key goals. In keeping with the 1920s Art Deco theme of the event, vintage attire was encouraged and […]
At this year’s “Parkway Promenade,” Jefferson Beautification, Inc. presented the Frederick Law Olmsted Award, accepted by Marilyn Charvet for her husband, the late Carol Vincent Charvet. The award is given to an individual who has assisted Jefferson Beautification, Inc. in fulfilling its mission. Mildred Zorick-Congemi served as Event Chairman, and Michele Shane L’Hoste served as […]
This year marked the fifth anniversary of the UNCF New Orleans “Mayor’s Masked Ball.” Mayor Mitch Landrieu received the UNCF MASKED Award for his commitment to higher education and support of minority children getting to attend college. In a special tribute, students from Xavier and Dillard universities walked into the gala with candles to the […]
The eighth annual “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner” fêted major donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ 2018 Annual Campaign; 57 major donors were in attendance. Darryl and Louellen Berger and the Windsor Court Hotel were the generous underwriters and hosts of the black-tie affair, which took place at the Windsor Court Hotel. The […]
The gardens of Wilkinson-Bruno home served as the backdrop of New Orleans Film Society’s annual Patron Party and gala. Decor courtesy of Lovegood Event Rentals and Mardi Gras Productions, with flowers reviving the garden courtesy of Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts, set the slate for the Midnight in the Garden theme. Celebrities […]
Under the stars in the Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden, a production garden of herbs, fruits, chickens and pygmy goats in the schoolyard of the Langston Hughes Academy, 1,000 patrons attended Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ premiere annual benefit. Seguenon Kone welcomed guests to the venue with his signature balaphone tones, and Otis and Friends, The […]
In January, Karla Kilgore, an internationally celebrated sommelier and New Orleans native, opened Barrel Wine Bar in Covington offering tastes, flights, by-the-glass and bottles of over 50 wines from all over the world. Small-plates include savory cheese and charcuterie boards, baked brie, buttery escargot and addictive bacon-wrapped dates. A small selection of desserts changes frequently. […]
Ingredients 3 large sea scallops, cut into ¼-inch pieces 2 ounces lime juice 1 ounce Aji Amarillo Paste 2 teaspoons red onions, diced 1 teaspoon red bell pepper, diced 1 teaspoon yellow bell pepper, diced ½ teaspoon cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve on a cold […]
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July is a big month for my family: Our son turns 1 the first week of the month! At this moment he’s “helping” me write this column while we practice throwing a ball back and forth, standing and pushing buttons with a turtle that plays classical music and teaches the different sections of the orchestra. It has taken me over an hour to write just this much – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Though I wouldn’t trade the time I get to spend with him for anything, making time for myself is also important. I loved reading our feature, “Pampering Yourself: Achieving that summer glow” for ideas on how to make the most of the time I set aside for myself. My husband and I also make sure to find time for the two of us, though our date nights have definitely changed! Happy hours are wonderful ways to fit in a date or reconnect with a group of friends that feel like a splurge, but are reasonably priced and get us home before our new, much earlier, bedtime. Our feature on “Summer Happy Hours” highlights nine of the most refreshing around town.
Starting this month I’m adding a new section to my note! Inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour, each month I’m going to share “what’s making me happy,” and to kick things off I’m featuring two!
Seersucker Gin seems made for New Orleans summers, and believe me when I tell you that the following recipe for a Frozen Cherry Limeade (courtesy of Seersucker’s Founder and Master Distiller of Trey Azar) is an incredibly tasty adult way to cool off!
Add 2 ounces Seersucker Southern Style Gin Limeade (which you can find at Grande Krewe and Prytania Wine & Spirits, among others), ½-ounce grenadine, ½-ounce lime juice, 4 ounces water and 8 ounces ice to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a lime wedge and a Maraschino cherry (or 4, if you’re like me) and enjoy! The Seersucker Gin company shared a sample with me (enough for two of these cocktails) and I wanted to share this with you.
After learning about my sensitive skin (I think if you look at my neck wrong I break out in a rash), Whitney Wilcox, Co-Founder of locally made Bombshell Organics (BombshellOrganics.com), shared her story and some of her products with me. Handmade in small batches, all of her products are 100 percent organic and unrefined, and made without water fillers, parabens, petroleum, waxes or synthetic vitamins. I encourage you to visit their website and talk to Whitney and her sister with questions and concerns about your skin. Their Liquid Gold serum has revitalized the skin around my eyes and neck, and the texture of their Vita-Body Butter is unlike anything else I’ve ever tried.
Stay cool and enjoy your summer!
Morgan Packard Griffith
“Opening Night Party: Macbeth,” benefiting New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, 865-5106
“Chicken Jam,” benefiting the Al Copeland Foundation, 620-3727
“Mr. Legs XVIII,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134