The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society heralded the summer social season with Juleps in June, which took place on June 3 at the beautiful residence and gardens of the Houmas House Plantation, owned by local entrepreneur Kevin Kelly.

The gala began at 4 p.m. with bus transportation from New Orleans to Burnside, where the plantation is a lavish paradise tucked away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

At the gala, the faculty of the MFA writing program at LSU was honored. Musical entertainment was provided by the Tuxedo Brass Band and Chef Jeremy Langlois of the Houmas House restaurant, Latil’s Landing, provided delicious cuisine. Partygoers also sipped on refreshing beverages including—of course—Mint Juleps, a signature drink of the South, while celebrating the life and works of William Faulkner, who was one of the most prominent writers to emerge from the region.

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is a nonprofit educational and literary organization, and Juleps in June is the Society’s major fund-raiser for projects to benefit developing writers as well as programs for the general public.

Vivian Dubé,  Joe DeSalvo, Kevin Kelly, Kacey Hill and Sarah Hershberger

Moira Crone, Rodger Kamenetz and Michael Sartisky

Rosemary James with Margarita Bergen and her four-legged friend, Tito

Marti Speights, Josie Markey, George Markey and Margot Wilkinson

Bryan Francbur and Leslie Perrin

Michael San Michel, Jude Swenson, Pamela Lott and James Lott