Sentimental Journeys 2015 celebrated “the fleeting beauty of the tulip and Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands” and honored the Garden Study Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, for the many years of support the club has given Longue Vue. The benefit raised significant funds in support of Longue Vue’s educational programming for children and families in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, along with providing funds needed to maintain the Longue Vue National Historic Landmark estate.
Chairs Elizabeth LeBlanc and Ann Koppel Schreiner steered the event.
Josh Starkman Trio performed at the Patron Party. Patron gifts of ceramic dishes with a tulip accent were designed and donated by Stephanie Huger. Locally Preserved created a signature cocktail called Lavender Rain.
At the main event, colorful Mardi Gras float flowers in yellow, orange, pink and purple provided by Blaine Kern Studios hung at the party entrance and on the sides of the large, clear tent, where guests dined on a Dutch-inspired menu by Galatoire’s and danced under a drape of white lights. Pam Hayne designed the colorful floral table arrangements, and The Essentials provided musical entertainment.
This year featured a new slant on the event’s live auction, including signature “Longue Vue-only” items such as a dinner for 12 at the dining room at Longue Vue facilitated by chef Slade Rushing of Brennan’s New Orleans, which was donated by Ralph Brennan and Terry White. Also available was a private wine tasting in the wine cellar at Longue Vue provided by Republic National Distributing Company. In keeping with the event theme, a trip was auctioned to visit the Netherlands to see the tulips of Keukenhof in Lisse.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Sentimental Journeys 2015,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens
When: Friday, April 17
Where: Private residence of Danielle Kavanagh in Old Metairie