When the weather begins to warm, I want to go outside and spend as much time there as possible – before it gets too hot to do so, which in this town may be next week! I know I’m not alone in this, because during my family’s morning walks we’ve gone from seeing the same few walking groups (Hello Rick and “The Ladies”!) to having to dodge between groups of friends, joggers and dog walkers alike.
Snow ball stands are open, the azaleas are in bloom and our cars are covered in yellow pollen, which means it’s the perfect time to visit the French Quarter. This time of year there’s even more to do than the usual eating, drinking, shopping and perusing of art – there are tons of festivals! Learn more about those and where to stop in while enjoying them in our feature starting on pg. 86.
Whether you’re looking to add a few key pieces to your usual spring outfits to bring them up to date or want to go all out with the latest trends, let our fashion feature and What’s Hot for Spring Fashion Accessories serve as your guide.
This is also our sixth annual Courts of Carnival edition! This labor of love is more beautifully showcased than ever and includes some of your favorite people in the stunning gowns and regalia of the season just past.
This issue is jam-packed with great ideas, information and profiles, but I want to bring special attention to this month’s Making a Difference column on 826 New Orleans, the eighth member of the prestigious 826 national network (you should really look this group up, it’s incredible) and its first Southern chapter. Formerly known as Big Class, this nonprofit will also soon be celebrating the opening of its new 7th Ward-based 826 New Orleans Youth Writing Center. In addition, they just funded their $20K Kickstarter in just 25 days (as of March 11) and are working on stretch goals. If by the time you read this the Kickstarter has ended, consider learning more about 826 New Orleans yourself and finding alternative ways to help. I am personally so excited to have a chapter here and can’t wait to see what they accomplish!
Our annual “Registry of Charitable Events May-August 2018” will be in our next issue! To make certain your event is listed, make sure to fill out our online form: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent.
Now, get outside while you can and enjoy our beautifully blooming city!
Morgan Packard Griffith