NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Put on pause in 2020, the annual fundraising event for the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Gardens returns on Sunday, Sept. 12, with a new name, new date and new look but with the same goal to continue to preserve and maintain the French Quarter architectural gem that’s been home to notable figures since 1826.
This year’s celebration will take place from 5-8 p.m. with a movable feast of fabulous food, cocktails and entertainment throughout the historic interior and exterior courtyards. Bon Bon Vivant and The Last Straws will perform outdoors, and a delicious Sunday supper will be provided by Palate New Orleans. Attendees will also get a first peek at the newly restored dependency where Frances Parkinson Keyes lived and penned famous novels such as Dinner at Antoines until her death in 1970.
Soiree’ chairs Hal Williamson and Dr. Dale LeBlanc felt that the move from spring to fall would be best represented with a fresh approach that highlights the variety of open spaces and changes the vibe of the event. “We depend on our community for support and want our patrons to be in a safe environment for a festive evening of fellowship. Soiree’ just feels like more fun on a Sunday afternoon!”
Annie Irvin, BK executive director, said Covid protocols will be strictly enforced, and attendees will be required to mask up and show proof of vaccination or negative COVID testing results 72-hours prior to the Soiree’. “Our historic property is a living, on-going preservation project that requires painstaking accuracy and authenticity and use of skilled craftsmen for repairs and construction,” commented Irvin. “Our annual fundraiser is essential, as well as support from foundations, corporations and individuals, is paramount to our survival and ability to offer varied programming.”
The Beauregard-Keyes House is located at 1113 Chartres St., across from the Old Ursulines Convent. Nearby parking is available at the French Market Riverfront lots or surrounding streets. A wide screen TV will be set up for Saints fans who don’t want to miss a play.
Tickets and sponsorship categories range from $250 per couple to $15,000 with benefits commensurate with each level and may be purchased in advance from bkhouse.org based on availability. Supporters 40 and under may secure two tickets for $150. For additional information, call 504-523-7257.