New Orleans Events: Mad Hatter, Mardi Gras Parades
Written by  // Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:24 //

Margarita Bergen--Bayoubuzz.comDarling friends,

I hope you have been enjoying this glorious weather . One of my favorite lines has always been, “If Winter is here, can Spring be far?” by Shelley. Well, I am so happy to give a rest to my furs and winter attire and start wearing brighter colors.

Once again, it was a busy week for me. Among  the many events that I attended was the  opening on Tuesday of the "Before, During and After" exhibit, a collection of extraordinary images illustrating the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the vision and work of 12 Louisiana photographers, that just opened at the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere on Jackson Square.

On Wednesday, I attended the beautiful art exhibit by my brother Lorenzo Bergen at the JW Marriott. I got to see for the first time, the exquisite paintings that Lorenzo created while he was away for six weeks in our beloved Santo Domingo.

On Saturday, I was looking forward to see the 2011 Krewe of Vieux parade that was heralded by King Don Marshall, who was one of the founders 25 years ago. I think the costumes and the theme "25 Years Wasted" was undoubtedly one of the best for this beloved irreverent  parade. I didn't get a chance to see the entire parade because that evening was also the lovely Temple Sinai Gala honoring Saundra K. Levy.

The next day, I attended the: Patron Party for the Mad Hatters at Frank Stewart's home and on Monday, I  attended the annual Galatoire's Auction which, by the way, raised over $67,000 for NOCCA and Dress for Success.

Last night I  went to Galatoire's for its 6th Annual Mardi Gras Auction. Within a few hours, and endless flowing Taittinger champagne and delicious hors d' oeuvres by Chef Landry, the auction raised over $65,000 to benefit the Galatoire's Foundation, Dress for Success and the NOCCA Institute.

Among the many events that I am planning to attend this week are my favorite Mardi Gras events: Krewe of Cork and Krewe of Barkus. One again my beloved canine companion has been sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel to be a Duchess. So look for Duchess Chiquita Bergen when she will be sniffing her way through the French Quarter in Royal Splendor as part of 2011 Mystic Krewe of Barkus on Sunday, February 27. This year’s theme is Broadway Tails, and of course, Chiquita will be a Broadway Star. Not to be missed!

By the way, the great Barkus Ball will be on Friday, February 25 at the Windsor Court. That Friday is also the Krewe of Cork King and Queen Ball. As a former Queen, I will be joining the festivities early in the morning for the Queen Toast to be followed by a fabulous luncheon at the Court of Two Sisters. Following the parade is the great party afterwards that usually I miss so I can be sober for the Barkus Ball.

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This week is going to be an super busy week because I am planning to attend on Tuesday, the French Quarter Business Women's Darlin' Heart Award.  This year honorees are: Annie Flettrich,French Quarter Business Association, Executive Director;Chief Ronal Serpas,New Orleans Police Chief

Officer Don Powers,French Quarter, 8th District Police Officer and Ann Tuennermann, Tales of the Cocktail, Founder

 I will be hosting that evening  my every other week - Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze at 5:30 to 7 p.m.

On Thursday, it is time for the annual Mad Hatter's Luncheon, the theme of which this year is "Masquerade." That evening is the Krewe of Cork's reception on top of Jax Brewery.

On Friday is the eagerly anticipated Krewe of Cork Parade and the evening gala at the Royal Sonesta and for me the Krewe of Barkus Ball at the Windsor Court.
Would you believe that I am actually looking forward to resting on Saturday night because, all my energy will be dedicated to the Mystic Krewe of Barkus on Sunday, February 27 from 2 p.m. on.


Before I share this week event, I would share this information that I received from the French Quarter Festival:

Need Volunteers - Volunteer for the 2011 French Quarter...since you're already going to the Festival, why not become part of the Festival?
The 2011 French Quarter Festival is 44 days away and we need over 1500 hard working, festival lovers to lend a hand.  For the first time in 27 years, French Quarter Festival has extended the weekend by adding Thursday to our lineup of music, food, special events and fun! With that addition means an another day of volunteer support; therefore, our staffing needs are greater than ever.  It is easy to help! The Festival, which has always been a free admission festival, is truly a New Orleans community effort.  Give back to the French Quarter, Louisiana musicians, our award winning Chefs and our beautiful city by donating your time while having a good time!

How can I get involved, you ask?  Volunteer to work at the Festival in a beverage, merchandise, survey, information or raffle booth.  Commit to complete one shift of up to 5 hours, attend an orientation, arrive on time for your shift and wear the official, limited edition volunteer t-shirt.  Please visit www.fqfi.org   

If you cannot volunteer this year, but would still like to help, please consider forwarding this email to a friend.


So darlings, enjoy your week and, fortunately, I will see you at one of these events.

Tuesday, February 22

2011 Dawlin Heart Awards Luncheon
The Board of Directors of the French Quarter Business Women's Network Invites you to the 2011 Dawlin Heart Awards Luncheon
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Broussard's Restaurant,819 Rue Conti. The honorees are: Annie Flettrich,French Quarter Business Association, Executive Director,Chief Ronal Serpas,New Orleans Police Chief;Officer Don Powers ,French Quarter, 8th District Police Officer and Ann Tuennermann
Tales of the Cocktail, Founder. $40 per Person,advanced reservations required.contact Margaret Walker,phone: 773.354.6366
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Wednesday, Feb. 23
Book signing at THNOC w/ all 5 authors, creative team of "Furnishing Louisiana"‏
 The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting a book signing with all five authors and the creative team for its latest and most ambitious publication, Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735–1835. The event is scheduled for 6 – 8 pm at 533 Royal Street.

 Wednesday, February 23

Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Featuring: New Works by Sarah Dearie-(Colorful paintings inspired by Nature and the African and Afro-Brazilian belief systems.)
Live Entertainment by: "Suzaune & Company" featuring Larry Sieberth on piano -Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Lobby Bar,JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street,

February 23

VIVAZ! Salsa Night

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Thursday, February 24

Winemaker Dinner at Vegas Cafe

You are cordially invited to a winemaker dinner featuring guest host, Andrew Rich,owner/winemaker of Andrew Rich Wines,Thursday, February 24th  ·  7pm at Vega Tapas Cafe,2051 Metairie Road in Old Metairie -$65 per person inclusive-LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED


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Friday February 25
Krewe of Cork

"Wine, Food, Fun" is the slogan of the Krewe of Cork, an eleven-year-old Carnival walking parade that takes to the streets of the French Quarter eleven days before Fat Tuesday every year.
This year's parade is on Friday, February 25. Patrick Van Hoorebeek is the krewe's perennial king but each year a new queen is selected. Membership in the krewe has grown rapidly over the years to its present 540 members. The parade, accompanied by a 12-piece band, begins around 2:00 p.m. in front of The Court of Two Sisters and takes in the French Quarter's key streets - Royal, Bourbon and Dauphine - ending at The Royal Sonesta for the King and Queen’s party. They are also accompanied by "wine police" on golf carts, whose motto is "To serve and pour," and they are responsible for filling krewe members' wine glasses and keeping them supplied with bottled water. Unlike other Carnival krewes, the Cork parades keep the same theme each year, and paraders must wear costumes with a wine-related theme. Not to be missed.

Sunday, February 27
Krewe of Barkus Parade- A Broadway Tail
THROW ME A BONE, MONSIEUR! New Orleans' only Carnival parade for dogs, Barkus trots down the streets of the French Quarter two Sunday's before Mardi Gras. Each year a new Queen is chosen, always a rescued or adopted female dog. Be on the lookout for my darling Dutchess Chiquita Bergen - dressed as a Broadway Star.

February 27
Oscar Night America
The American Red Cross Southeast Chapter will hold the only official Oscar Night America in the state – with a live telecast, the event’s official program, dinner and drinks at 6:30 p.m. at Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 3rd Floor. 620-3162

February 28
National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah G. Solomon Luncheon -

The National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Sector
This annual award is given to someone who has brought about important community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity and has been a catalyst for social change.
11:30 a.m.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 861-7788

Monday, February 28

Trip Orientation by Susan Spicer at Longue Vue House and Gardens

You are cordially invited to be among only 16 fortunate travelers who will experience a luxury food and wine trip of a lifetime—led by our own beloved celebrity chef Susan Spicer.  On “A Foodie's Wildest Dream” journey through Burgundy and Champagne, Chef Susan will cook lunch for us in a private chateau, one of the world's leading wine writers will show off his neighborhood and local insiders will open their homes, wineries & kitchens.  This is no itinerant cooking class, but rather a journey of cultural, culinary and oenological indulgence that will have Susan going toque-to-toque with a top Burgundian cuisinier in a chef showdown inside an ancient stone farmhouse in a village outside of Beaune;  world-renowned wine writer Clive Coates hosting an outing through southern Burgundy, stopping at the home a personal friend for lunch;  and one of the rising star chefs in all of France, Philippe Mille, preparing a grower-Champagne tasting dinner at the legendary Les Crayères in Reims.

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22-29 May 2011
* Great Chefs *
* Stellar Winemakers *
* Superb Chateau Hotels *
* Amazing Insider Access *
from $9,984 per guest (depending on room selections)

        Please join us for a small gathering at Longue Vue to hear more about this wonderful trip from Chef Susan Spicer and trip organizer Kevin Molony of Royal Insider.

Monday, February 28th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Longue Vue House & Gardens, Bamboo Road
(Free parking, wine will be served)
R.S.V.P. 524-7094 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place at this event



Until  April 3, 2011

Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams

In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to present Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.
The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the legendary artist.

Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screenDrawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 3, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday and will be extended to Sunday, April 3; no admission is charged.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Gallery hours will be extended through Sunday, April 3
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street


to March 13

All That Glitters: Carnival Jewelry from the Golden Age

All That Glitters, a fabulous treasure-trove of Carnival jewelry from the Golden Age, the dazzling period from the late 19th century to 1930, runs through March 13.  This glittering exhibit, which includes Rex crowns, scepters, and ducal badges, Comus cups, and numerous krewe and court favors, is guest curated by Henri Schindler, Carnival historian and designer.  View with paid admission to Longue Vue

 Contact Longue Vue at 504.488.5488 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Until March 6
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Garden District  Gallery proudly presents  – "Eat, Drink & Be Merry"  - extended by popular demand, through March 6, 2011.   This group invitational features the work of local artists in celebration of the season!
Participating artists include Patti Adams, Peter Briant, Jean Cassels, Nini Bodenheimer, JoAnn Greenberg, Martha Guthrie, Robert Guthrie, Diego Larguia, Carol Peebles, Michael Prokos, Don Rhodes, Jacques Soulas, Garth Swanson and Kris Wenschuh. Garden District Gallery,1332 Washington, Avenue,504-891-3032 or visit www.gardendistrictgallery.com.


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Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!

Every Sunday
Jazz and blues every Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with local singer Maryflynn Thomas. Enjoy a musical brunch of jazz and blues at St. Charles Tavern, 1433 St. Charles Avenue. 523-9823. No cover charge. Corner of Melpomene, next to Office Depot.

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LIVE MUSIC  -No Cover Charge

JazzTrio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday in February

PianistMonty Banks @ 6-9 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday & Every  Sunday  7-10pm in February

Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February

Have a great week

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