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Morgan's Note

February is a fun-filled month with Valentine’s Day in the center and Carnival season running the entire month. In this issue, we’re making your shopping, planning and partying easier, with What’s Hot for Valentine’s Day, a feature on spring restaurant specials and our annual Couture Wedding Guide. To pull on your heartstrings a little further, we present photographer Jeff Strout’s “Isn’t It Golden,” in which four couples married over 50 years share some of their secrets for long and happy relationships.

As we gear up for months heavy with balls, galas and parties, I want to go back to our December 2016 issue for a moment. In our Snapshots section we highlighted the 50th anniversary celebration of Mrs. Herman deBachellé Seebold’s gift of her home to the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association. Recently, Renaissance Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde received a brochure printed in 1974 outlining the history of the home, its donation, its renovation and the Guild itself.

Some facts I found interesting include: in the formal double parlor hang “two chandeliers of fire-crystal and gilt from a Royal Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia;” the crest of the Guild portrays a shield with four quadrants representing “Music, Art, Drama and Dance,” flanked by the figures of Mimi of La Boheme and Carmen; and the brochure’s final statement, “The Home stands in stately beauty and elegance amid lovely gardens. It is to be treasured and preserved by all of us through the years to come and the generations ahead.”

We hope you enjoy your February and this issue,
Morgan's Note
Morgan Packard

February Events

“Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300

“Cookies & Cocktails Gala,” benefiting Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 355-5885

“SweetArts” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center, CACNo.org

“Get Yah Praise On,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629

“WYES Orpheus Den Tour,” benefiting WYES, 486-5511

“Recycled Fashion Show,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7288

March Events

“Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9369

“Amazing Grapes,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744

“Art in Bloom” presented by IberiaBank, benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4121

“When the Stars Align: Stars of American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy,” benefiting the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization of the New Orleans Ballet Association, 522-0996, extension 208

“Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-6530

“UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting the United Negro College Fund, 523-6312

“Gryphon Gala XL,” benefiting Lutheran High School, 628-7819

“Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, No-Hunger.org

“Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” benefiting the Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527

“Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144

“WYES 60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala,” 486-5511

15th annual “Next Generation Golf Tournament,” 885-0980

“Keeping Our Promises” gala benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 231-0659

“40th annual Julia Jump,” benefiting the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032

“Saints and Sinners Literary Festival,” benefiting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 581-1144

“Un Bal Guinguette,” benefiting Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 568-0770

“Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045, extension 235

“Soul Revival 2017,” benefiting the Legacy Donor Foundation, 558-8900

“Children’s World’s Fair,” benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415

“ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities, 888-1223

“10th annual Cancer Crusaders Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament,” 913-3041

“Artists in the Park,” benefiting the New Orleans Botanical Garden, 483-9386

“An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 421-1060

31-April 1
“Hogs for the Cause,” 583-5550


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