Although the official end of summer, the autumnal equinox, isn’t until Sept. 22, in terms of the social season, this past Labor Day marked the end of summer as we know it.

It is termed gauche to wear white (though “winter white” is becoming fashionable, I still don’t believe one should wear white shoes after Labor Day ever, but if you’re a bride, you’re exempt), seersucker and white linen (well, wearing linen at all should pretty much be discouraged) after Labor Day. I know that these are old and possibly outdated rules, but there are plenty of hot-weather styles that don’t include the above. On the other hand, there are famous style-makers who never abided by this rule, including Coco Chanel. And since our fair city stays well above the 80-degree mark into October, linen and khaki can be worn past this cut-off made long ago.

In terms of food, there are also many changes that Labor Day heralds. The bad news is that Hansen’s Sno-Bliz traditionally closed on Labor Day; the good news is that it now stays open later! Hansen’s will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-7 p.m., until Tuesday, Oct. 1. The other good news is that Casamento’s (now serving chargrilled oysters as well as some of the freshest raw oysters in town, and an amazing oyster loaf, and crab claws and…) will be opening Tuesday, Sept. 10.

In addition to all that, it’s also time for the New Orleans nonprofit gala season to ramp up. Below are just some of the nonprofit events happening from Labor Day through the month of September. While we enjoy these changes and find the right attire for attending a whole bunch of events in the heat, at least we know that cooler weather is on the way, along with a whole new set of rules, openings and events!


September Nonprofit Events:

6: “Juliette & Cameron’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament”

Benefits: Make-A-Wish of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana

Contact: 230-1810


11: “Crimestoppers GNO Patron Party, Featuring: Dr. John and Bobby Rush”

Benefits: Crimestoppers GNO

Contact: Darlene, 837-8477


13: “A Night at the Oscars”

Benefits: Boys Hope Girls Hope

Contact: 484-7744


14: “Q’n for Kids 2013”

Benefits: Each One Save One

Contact: 896-9979


15: “Champagne and Jazz Brunch”

Benefits: Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association

Contact: 267-9527


20: “Martini Madness”

Benefits: Friends of City Park

Contact: 483-9376


20: “Justice for All Ball”

Benefits: The Pro Bono Project

Contact: 581-4043


20: “Scales & Ales”

Benefits: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Contact: 401-6267


23: “Kick-Off for Komen”

Benefits: Susan G. Komen New Orleans Affiliate

Contact: 455-7310


24: “Community Arts Awards”

Benefits: The Arts Council of New Orleans

Contact: 523-1465


26: “Celebration of Life Luncheon”

Benefits: Cancer Crusaders

Contact: 913-3041


26: “The River Between Us Opening Reception”

Benefits: Long Vue House and Gardens

Contact: 488-5488


27: “Belles and Beaus Ball”

Benefits: American Cancer Society

Contact: 219-2272


27: “Colin Goodier Annual Golf Tournament”

Benefits: Colin Goodier Annual Gold Tournament LSU Scholarship

Contact: 895-7076,


27: “Fore! Recovery Golf Tournament”

Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House

Contact: 821-7135,


27: “Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Dinner”

Benefits: Girl Scouts Louisiana East

Contact: 355-5864


27: “Golden Tassel Gala”

Benefits: Jefferson Dollars for Scholars

Contact: 831-1565


27: “LOVE in the Garden”

Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art

Tickets: Members: $75; Non-Members: $100

Contact: 658-4121


27: “Vino on the Bayou”

Benefits: Louisiana Landmarks Society

Contact: 482-0312


28: “Art On Oak (for Symphony Book Fair)”

Benefits: Symphony Volunteers, Inc.

Contact: 861-2004


28: “Black and Gold Gala”

Benefits: Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation

Contact: 529-6681


28: “Friends of the Poor Walk/Run”

Benefits: Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Contact: 289-2465


28: “New Orleans on Tap Beer Festival & Fundraiser”

Benefits: Louisiana SPCA

Tickets: Free, but donations suggested; Beer samples start at $1

Contact: 762-3307


28: “VCPORA’s 75th Anniversary Gala”

Benefits: Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates, Inc.

Contact: 581-7200


28: “La Masque Carnivale”

Benefits: Crimestoppers GNO

Contact: Darlene, 837-8477