On Friday, March 19, patrons of Lark in the Park 2010 gathered at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters for its largest annual fundraiser, “In Style at the Peristyle…Dancing Under the Stars.”

The evening kicked off with the Patron Party at 6:30 p.m., featuring music by the Orleans Original Jazz Ensemble. The night continued with the main event at 7:30 p.m.. The black-tie optional function featured music from The Bucktown All-Stars as well as live and silent auction.

Auction items included a Panama City getaway, catered cocktail party for 200 guests, an abstract painting of City Park, artist Martin Welch’s signature crab entitled “Minty Fresh,” a sunset sailing cruise and many more. Everyone dined on food from more than 20 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and divulged in drinks provided by Republic National Distributing Company.

Partygoers enjoyed food from several vendors, including Acme and Venezia. Ralph’s on the Park provided a huge crowd-pleaser with seared gulf tuna with ginger soy sauce. Diane Mouton of Fat Cat Flowers set the scene with white lilies, Tibet roses, snapdragons, New Guinea impatiens and tulips throughout the Pavilion.

All proceeds from this glamorous event go to raise awareness and funds for the restoration of City Park’s Peristyle, which has served a historic and iconic open colonnade in the heart of the park since 1907. The Neo-Classical structure was originally built as a dancing pavilion and is one of City Park’s oldest structures. The Peristyle’s last restoration occurred in the late 1980s due to donations by Vincent and Mae Saia.