As I write this it’s the Monday after (just for a moment there) Hurricane Barry mostly bypassed New Orleans. The damage from this storm could’ve been so much worse, and I’m glad that so many people took the appropriate precautions. Just because widespread flooding didn’t occur, doesn’t mean that the next time a tropical storm is headed our way we can ignore it.
During the almost five days of hurrication with my husband and son, we often found ourselves getting stir crazy. When our amazing home started to feel like the walls were closing in, we would go for a walk around the neighborhood – even in the drizzle. Many neighbors must have thought we were crazy, but stretching our legs, taking deep breaths of humid air and even splashing in puddles would immediately lighten our moods, and seeing our always-busy neighborhood quiet and empty was like exploring a new city. It also had the added benefit of some exercise, which – even when I really don’t want to get out of bed – always makes me feel better.
We are nearing the end of summer – though the temperature doesn’t feel like it –and it’s time to look forward to school, sports and the holidays. Whether you’re throwing an end-of-summer party or already planning a festive soirée, look to our feature for advice from our local “Entertaining Impresarios.” If you’re ready to premiere a new look at one of these parties, look to our feature “Fresh Looks for Fall: Seven ways to help you look your best, all along Metairie Road.” And if what you need is that perfect touch for your gameday, this month’s What’s Hot has exactly what you’re looking for to, as our columnist says, “take you from geaux time to show time.”
So, go through your hurricane prep bag while this experience is fresh and add and renew those items you thought about (we added Zantac to ours and changed out the batteries). Then look to the future and get excited about all the fundraisers, openings – my family can’t wait to experience the Louisiana Children’s Museum in its new location – and games on the horizon!
Morgan Packard Griffith
“2019 New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, 598-7146
“Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center, 528-3805, CACNO.org
“Dirty Linen Night,” benefiting
the Royal Street Arts District, DirtyLinen.org
Our next issue includes our Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2019. If you have not already filled out our online form, please do so quickly so that we can try to include it in our calendar and consider it for coverage: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent