I was also invited to attend to the Children's Museum where there was an announcement of a major youth initiative in South Louisiana.that Chris Paul and Rita Benson LeBlanc Lead Charge for Regional Effort to Teach Kids Entrepreneurial Skills. John Georges, CEO, Georges...Enterprises and Todd Graves, Founder and CEO, Raising Cane’s are the program’s sponsors. The announcement is part of a nationwide initiative to teach youth the skills they need to be successful in life. The goal is to have kids serve lemonade in over 5,000 or more stands throughout Louisiana. The program is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care while training the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging and empowering activity.
I was looking forward, like I do every year, to the 27th annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon that benefits the New Orleans Opera Association. This year's theme was Mad Hatter Masquerade. I knew that I wanted to compete in the theme category so, fortunately for me, I just knew where to go to get the perfect costume. Thanks to Carl Mack Presents, at 223 Dauphine Street, he dressed me from head to toe, including the hat, the mask, the wig, etc. and I won for the “Best of Theme.” The luncheon included a style show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a celebrity-judged hat contest, a silent auction, raffle and a delicious luncheon.
That evening it was time to attend the lovely, breathtaking reception on top of the Jax Brewery for the Krewe of Cork, whose parade was on Friday. To me, as former Queen 2 and 10, it is one of the most exciting times of the Mardi Gras Season.
Once again the weather was glorious as we got into our wine-themed costume. I was accompanied by my beloved "Chiquita" who never fails to amaze me with her incredible composure. We had a ball!
Every year, I have to exercise a certain degree of discipline to make it through the delicious luncheon, the ever-flowing champagne and wine and the parade. The costumes of the members of the krewe were extremely creative and beautiful and I enjoyed very much being part of it.
That evening it was time to get ready to attend the elegant Mystic Krewe of Barkus and the introduction to the King and Queen of Barkus 2011. Duchess Chiquita Bergen, sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel, was a vision as a returning royalty for the Sunday's Barkus parade. She was accompanied by her friend Isabella as Broadway stars and I escorted her, along with my friends Janelle Crescioni and Dean Shapiro and his newlywed daughter, Heather, who kindly carried the Duchess sign. I offer my congratulations to Heather and her husband, Rob Jones, who were married in the Jefferson Parish Courthouse in Gretna, two days before the parade on Friday, February 25!
Before, I share all the exciting events that are happening this week, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of my longtime friends: attorney Paul Galuska, Dr. David Newsome, who founded the Meal on Wheels and was, for years, involved in the French Quarter Easter parade; teacher-extraordinaire and tour guide Lloyd Sensat; and Harold Judell. They were pillars of our community and will be sorely missed.
Among the many soirees that I am planning to attend will be, on March1, “Tea on Tuesday”: The History of Mardi Gras by Arthur Hardy at the Longue Vue House & Gardens. On Friday, March 4, the annual “Greasing of the Poles” at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 10 a.m. Open to the public on Bourbon Street and not be missed.
The rest of the of the week will be spent masquerading and attending private parties to enjoy watching the parades and the Mardi Gras festivities. So enjoy your Carnival season and hopefully I will see you along the way.
Tea on Tuesday: The History of Mardi Gras by Arthur Hardy
Armand St .Martin entertains at Tulane University
ARMAND ST. MARTIN
ENTERTAINS FOR MARDI GRAS TIME
with his Mardi Gras-flavored show
TUESDAY MARCH 1, 2011
NOON - 1 PM
Check out Armand's Music Video:
"Must Be the Mardi Gras"
(c) (p)Armand St. Martin
This is the last week to take the Mardi Gras-themed tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's Louisiana History Galleries, "Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans."
"Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans"
Wednesday, March 2
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: Local artist exhibit, Live Entertainment Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Lobby Bar,JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street,
Greasing of the Poles
The Royal Sonesta Hotel will hold its traditional "Greasing of the Poles" at 10 a.m. sharp with a !Second Line Parade. King & Queen of Zulu, plus Zulu Warriors will participate with the Official Toast, Members of the N.O. Sainsations, Celebrity Greasers, Competition with Awards.The practice of greasing the poles was first initiated by the Royal Sonesta Hotel forty years ago to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted balcony space above Bourbon Street.
MARDI GRAS 2011 SCHEDULE
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.
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
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
NEW ORLEANS' OWN SONG & PIANO MAN
RETURNS TO THE
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
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Have a great week
Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor
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This online album has 23 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/30/2011.
This online album has 53 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/30/2011.
This online album has 60 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 05/30/2011.