Morgan's Note

Now that we've survived Carnival and are in the throws of dealing with the loss of whatever we decided to give up for Lent (and probably weighing the merits of a Friday steak versus the very low market price of early season crawfish), what's next?

Well, what's next is a whole bunch of fantastic fundraisers, music festivals and those beautiful spring days that make living in New Orleans a true pleasure.

So while you're enjoying sitting on your favorite patio pondering what your next project should be, look to What's Hot: Home Décor and our "Small Spaces" feature for the new trends, tips and tricks from local experts and shops that will inspire you to a spring cleaning, and possibly even a room renewal, of your own.

I live a block off Magazine Street and have been amazed by its growth! Every week it seems a new business or restaurant is opening, or a beloved stalwart is moving to a new space. Look to our "Shop Snapshots" feature for 12 stories that showcase why this thoroughfare continues to shine.

Our March issue is always one of my favorites for a very special reason: Debutante Snapshots! This year we bring you a rundown of four events – including that of this year's Queen of Carnival!

The Debutante Snapshots are only a prelude to our next issue, which contains our much heralded "Courts of Carnival" section! A labor of love by our staff and those who are closest to the 15 groups we profile, it helps make the April issue one of our most popular each year. Make sure to call Sara Kelemencky at 830-7231 to get your subscription started today!

Put away your purple, green and gold, and pull out your sun hats – festival season is here!

Morgan's Note

Morgan Packard

March Events

“‘Downton Abbey’ – Going Out in Style,”
benefiting WYES, 486-5511

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

 35th annual “Sugarplum Ball: All That Jazz,”
benefiting Children’s Hospital,

“Paint the Town Green,”
benefiting Raintree Children & Family Services,

“Jewish Roots of Celebration,”
benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service,, (800) 729-5277

“Children's Hospital bass classic presented by gerry lane enterprises,”
(985) 209-5277,

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

“Spring Benefit at Arnaud’s,”
benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana, 899-4501

“Blue Jeans Ball with Battle of the Bands 2016,”
benefiting the MKO Foundation,

“Egg Hunt and Family Festival,”
benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4121

“UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,”
benefiting United Negro College Fund, 581-3794

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

“Fêtes des Chefs,”
benefiting The John Besh Foundation, 475-4709

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

25th anniversary “Opus Ball,”
benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-6530

18th annual “Children’s World Fair Presented by Dow,”
benefiting the  Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415

9th annual “Golf Tournament in Memory of Dr. Keith Collins,”
benefiting Cancer Crusaders of Greater New Orleans,

“Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Annual Gala,”



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