I am writing while my son takes a nap, which is pretty much the only time I can sit quietly and focus on one thing for more than three minutes. I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would though, because the deficit of quiet working time has been more than filled by being able to watch the exact moment when he discovers something, and the hugs and kisses he has just learned to give.

Though our days are often subject to his temperament and health (his teething often presents with fever), we as a family have a very definite routine. We start each day with a walk, and on weekends take those at the zoo, aquarium, French Quarter or Magazine Street. The heat of summer tends to push us into the shops and has definitely upped our pace.

At least this month brings the official start to fall, even if the cooler temperatures have yet to truly arrive. This is the perfect time to begin to fill our calendars with the myriad nonprofit events that benefit our beloved city. We have more than 60 events between September and December listed in our Registry of Charitable Events! If you don’t see yours there, make certain to fill out our online form now: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent.

Next month, we at St. Charles Avenue will present our annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events benefiting Bastion presented by Royal Honda at the Audubon Tea Room October 3 and 4. This event is always beautiful, inspiring (both the tables and the stories about Bastion)and lots of fun. The Preview Party is a wonderful way to view the 25 decorated tables and enjoy some drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music, and the Luncheon the following afternoon is a great opportunity to partake in a delicious lunch with wine and iced tea while bidding on fabulous auction opportunities and examining the incredibly decorated tables up close. Visit WineDineNDesign.com today to learn more and purchase your tickets! If you are unable to make the events, I encourage you to learn more about Bastion and make a donation directly by visiting JoinBastion.org.

This month, “LOVE in the Garden,” benefiting NOMA is what’s making me happy! Offering a night of cuisine from 50 local restaurants; a cocktail competition; entertainment by The Storyville Stompers, The Boogie Men and Otto; a Kendra Scott jewelry pull; and a late-night party complete with food trucks, this event in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an evening not to be missed! Call 658-4100 or visit NOMA.org/event/love-garden-2018-presented-whitney-bank to learn more and purchase your ticket today!

Morgan's Note

Morgan Packard Griffith