This month I’m writing just days after our successful annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events sponsored by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln, which benefited Bastion. I just want to say thank you again to all of you who attended the Preview Party and Luncheon, and to those who created the astoundingly beautiful tables! I always enjoy seeing the ideas that spring forth from these artists and watching the faces of those who attend as they enjoy the display. I also love getting to chat with representatives from Bastion (Hi Dylan, Lauren and Charise!) and, selfishly, I love this event because my mother and I host a table together. So, even though I don’t always get to relax with our guests and hosts (Hi Stephen and Jackie!), I enjoy seeing everyone enjoying themselves and getting some time with my mom.
While she was here, my mom brought to my attention the Bra Ministry. “In May of 2016,” says Founder Donna Smith, “I recognized a need in our community for bras. With the help of a network of friends and family, we’ve distributed more than 6,000 bras to 18 organizations. We have honored specific requests for people needing special sizes, sports bras, nursing bras and mastectomy bras. … My sister, Sammye Cravens in Oklahoma City, was mailing me bras until she gathered a group of friends and they now have their own ministry. I hope this works in New Orleans too!” To learn more and donate, or if you’re considering starting a group of your own, contact Donna directly by calling (501) 681-8187!
Closer to home, on November 7, 6-9 p.m., Make Music NOLA will host its third annual “Adopt-An-Instrument Drive” sponsored by Williams Architects at Urban South Brewery. Currently in its ninth year, MMN (profiled in our “Making a Difference” column in our February issue) provides tuition-free music instruction to local students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. This fall, interest in MMN’s string programs doubled and the organization is currently fundraising to purchase additional string instruments, specifically quarter-size violins and cellos. Former MMN teacher T-Ray the Violinist (Trenton Thomas) will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with advanced MMN students. The event is all ages, and attendees are encouraged to sign up to make a small monthly donation to MMN. Raffle tickets will also be available, and a portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be generously donated by Urban South and Gulf Coast Crawfish. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 266-6091. To make a donation visit MakeMusicNola.org/donate.
The holiday season can be stressful – between gifts, parties, hosting family and friends and, if you have a little one (or difficult one) in your life, managing expectations – so make your holiday dining reservations now! Our feature “Something Special” will help you decide where to go and our annual holiday fashion feature and What’s Hot on Holiday Fashion Accessories will help you decide what to wear. Lock it all in now and glide through the holiday season with less stress!
Hopefully by the time I’m writing my next note to you it will actually feel like fall. Until then, at least velvet comes in short sleeves and pumpkin spiced beverages can be served over ice!
Morgan Packard Griffith