St. Charles Avenue Magazine is proud to present its “Activists of the Year” for 2009 – Darryl Berger, Louellen Berger, Ana Gershanik, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Roger Ogden. Each year when we recognize the “Activists of the Year,” we are acknowledging the many years of time, talent and effort that New Orleanians have volunteered to […]
Remember when dressing up meant shimmering fabrics, big bows, bare shoulders and shiny baubles? It still does. If you’re the kind of girl that yearns for an occasion that demands sky-high heels, dark nail polish and your grandmother’s vintage fur then take note: The elegant look of wartime glamour and pin-up girl perfection continues to […]
At the end of this month Michael Friedlander will be turning 18, and in past years he has proved that he’s very committed to the science community. Friedlander began his journey as a student activist when he joined the National Honor Society his junior year at Benjamin Franklin High School. His volunteer services grew to […]
Daphne Hackley Johnson and Brandon Brooks Berger met at Vanderbilt University while Daphne was still a student and Brandon had recently graduated. Both were in relationships at the time but bumped into each other occasionally at Vanderbilt and during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. After college, Daphne moved to Boston to pursue her career and […]
Everyone loveS a Hollywood moment: the elegance, the sumptuous clothing and costumes and, of course, a plot with drama and romance. While that era of film may be long-gone, fear not: The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bringing it back with their annual fundraiser, A Howling Success 2009! This year’s […]
Autumn in New Orleans means pumpkins, gourds and faux turning leaves … What can you say about a town where I recently spotted a magnolia about to bloom in October? The flowers are out in the Botanical Gardens and elsewhere, so go have a look. If you haven’t stocked your Christmas list with books by […]
We are all thrilled about our cover for the LA/SPCA’s Howling Success 2009, “Hooray for Howlywood.” Thanks so much to D. Paul Spencer and J. Coller Ochsner M.D. two major sponsors, CEO Ana Zorilla, Celebrity Restaurateur of Howling Success Joel Dondis and, of course, dogies Pudin and Buddy Young. They all want us to show […]
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Have you ever dreamed of having a party on a float when no one is expecting a parade? Several couples and I got together and did just that! On October 2, 30 friends climbed aboard a float escorted by police cars. Music by Julio and Cesar made the night festive and we have Barry and Brian Kern to thank for the revelry. Everyone was dropped off at Tipitina’s at the corner Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue. Guests were given flashing necklaces, bracelets, rings and glasses, and enjoyed champagne, wine and a special drink created by Nan and Britt Galloway.
We made our way down Napoleon and turned onto St. Charles Avenue and then on to Mardi Gras World, where the perfect set-up was waiting for us in their Plantation Room. If you haven’t seen the new East Bank Mardi Gras World, it’s unbelievable: giant oak trees, the facade of a plantation, water features and more!
We decorated the tables with my centerpieces, in which were placed palm fronds and branches of magnolia, lagustrum and holly. We added leaf placemats, bandanas for napkins and flower napkin rings, along with votive candles.
When we arrived, Julio and Cesar continued with us so we could dance the night away. After passing out maracas, tambourines and small drums, everyone was out on the dance floor.
We paused for a beautiful dinner created by Kay Roussel of Mardi Gras World that included Shrimp Creole; rosemary risotto cakes; a walnut, cranberry vinaigrette dressing over exotic organic baby lettuces; and a warm apple tart drizzled with caramel sauce.
After more dancing, the Mardi Gras World van took us to the Sazarac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans and then on to Cure on Freret Street. Everyone was returned safely home after the last stop. What a special night!