The first weekend of August marked the 12th anniversary of The Historic New Orleans Collection “Antiques Forum,” which, themed “Fancy Footwork,” offered a series of educational and entertaining talks by renowned experts from across the country. Presentations explored the use of various types of decorative feet in furniture, silver, and paintings as well as actual footwear. The champagne reception at the conclusion of Friday’s sessions kicked off the rest of the weekend of learning.

The afternoon soirée was held in THNOC’s original campus at 533 Royal St. Food and live music were stationed in THNOC’s Counting House, the elegant hall lined with beautiful portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries. The bars were outdoors in THNOC’s picturesque French Quarter courtyard.

Joey Landry of Arbor House Floral designed the grand centerpiece set in an antique decorative wheelbarrow provided by Keil’s Antiques.

Ralph Brennan’s Catering and Events prepared a delicious menu inspired by a classic Southern summer picnic, with passed hors d’oeuvres including red fish remoulade and avocado toast. A buffet featured shrimp remoulade salad rolls, South Carolina pulled pork sliders and Southern fried chicken salad in waffle cones. Guests were treated to warm peach cobbler served over vanilla bean ice cream for dessert as they sipped champagne or white wine.

Joe Goldberg on clarinet, and Alex Belhaj on guitar performed traditional New Orleans jazz. Jack Pruitt, Director of Development and Community Relations at THNOC, organized the program with support and assistance from THNOC’s President/CEO. This year, both Priscilla Lawrence, who retired as President/CEO in June, and Daniel Hammer, the current President/CEO, assisted. Neal Auction Company served as the presenting sponsor. The forum drew capacity crowds, and approximately 150 guests attended the reception.

Event at a Glance

What: “Champagne Reception for New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection

When: Friday, August 2

Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Royal Street Campus

Philanthropic Fun: Champagne and Shoes

THNOC President/CEO Daniel Hammer, John Lawrence, Former THNOC President/CEO Priscilla Lawrence and Tom Savage

Philanthropic Fun: Champagne and Shoes

Gayle Dellinger and Alexis Navarro