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New Orleans Events: Christmas Fun, Celebration In The Oaks, Nutcracker, NOMA
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Another glorious victory for our Saints making it a very jolly Christmas. They are now officially qualified for this year’s playoffs!

  

This past week was full of fun events that included my sold-out holiday Round Table Luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. It featured a champagne and sparkling wine tasting by Lisa Tull of Republic Beverages, a brief talk about keeping pounds off during the holiday by Ochsner Nutritionist Elesha Kelleher and safety tips by Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas. The entertainment by talented cabaret singer Suzaune Yee McKamey accompanied on piano by Harry Mayronne was fabulous. The highlight was when Chief Serpas and Jack Pruitt dressed as elves joined Suzaune singing the Christmas “Chipmunk Song.” It was hilarious, and Chef Greg Page outdid himself with a delicious menu.

That evening I attended the St. Charles Avenue 's Activists of the Year 2011  at the Columns Hotel. The honorees were Leslie Jacobs, James Reiss Jr., Mimi Bowen, Leah Chase, Dr. Norman Francis, Diana Lewis, Dr. E.Ralph Lupin and Suzanne Walter Rusovich. Congratulations to all of them!

On Thursday, I attended a delicious Bravo Luncheon at the Elms Mansion, the Men and Women of Fashion nominees’ party at the Ritz and the Mahalia Jackson Centennial Plus One Celebration honoring Mahalia Jackson's 100 birthday and the first anniversary of the Mahalia Jackson Center, with special performance by Irma Thomas at the First NBC. I also attended the fun-filled Politics with a Punch.

After that day I needed a rest , but On Friday, I attended a lovely tribute to former Mayor Sidney  J. Barthelemy at Gallier Hall. It was like a big reunion and loved seeing old familiar faces.
On Sunday, after watching the Saints Game, I attended the 37th Annual Marigny Candlelight Christmas Caroling and Art Market at Washington Square with the Pfister Sisters. On Monday, I saw the Coco Robicheaux Second-line Parade that passed in front of Casell Gallery, 818 Royal  in their way to the House of Blues. There were thousands of family, friends and fans commemorating his life. I concluded my week on Monday,  by attending a very enlightening lecture about the History of Distilling in New York by Allen Katz at the Museum of American Cocktail.

This week is going to be very special because I will doing my Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and then transform myself as the Baroness of Pontalba so I can participate as one of the Louisiana Belles at the Southern Repertory Theatre. I hope you can join us. (See below for details)

On Wednesday, my brother Lorenzo Bergen will exhibiting at the J.W. Marriott from 5:30 to 8 p.m. I am also looking forward to attending the sold-out Tales of the Toddy at the Hyatt and a few friends’ parties.

This weekend , the New Orleans Museum of Arts is celebrating  31-HOUR FREE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION!Friday, December 16 at 10 am to Saturday, December 17 at 5 pm Not to be missed.

On Sunday, I would like to invite all of you to stop by Casell Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. on your way to Christmas Caroling at Jackson Square at 7 p.m. I also want my darling friends to pick up a copy of Gambit and the inset Cue magazine since it features my darling Chiquita Linda as a work dog. It is just precious.

Here is what else this week has lined up and read below about all these events and make sure that you check out the website of the Christmas New Orleans Style Visit www.fqf.org so you can take advantage of all the free concerts, cooking demonstrations, and many other events

Tuesday, December 13

Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze

Join me for an evening of delcious cocktails and networking from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Complimentary Cheese Tray and "Happy hours " prices.

DON'T MISS THIS SPECTACULAR SPECIAL EVENT SERIES

STARTING DECEMBER 13TH WITH

THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION LOUISIANA BELLES!

 

THE LOUISIANA CYCLE

200 Years of Voices

Worth Celebrating

in honor of Louisiana's 200th anniversary of statehood

The series that began in June with LOUISIANA LADIES continues ...

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LOUISIANA BELLES

December 13 at 7pm

A celebration of holidays in New Orleans - memories, myths and carols.

This evening is presented in collaboration with WWNO.

Featuring: Margarita Bergen, Maureen "Mo" Brennan, Leslie Castay,Madelaine Feldman, Peggy Scott Laborde, Tari Hohn Lagasse, Diane Mack, Barbara Motley, Nell Nolan,Joyce Pulitzer, Janet Shea, Carol Sutton,& Ros Wingerter!

LOUISIANA CUISINE

January 23 at 7pm

From the fields, the shrimp boats and kitchens, the voices of those who have put the food on our plate.

This evening is presented in collaboration with Chef Susan Spicer.

LOUISIANA SIRENS

April 23 at 7pm

The lyrical ladies of Louisiana, their stories and songs, performed by New Orleans' favorite songstresses.

VIP RESERVED SEATS - $45

GENERAL ADMISSION - $25

OR BOOK THE WHOLE SERIES NOW!

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December 13

at Christmas New Orleans Style Concerts

at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

All concerts are free and open to the public and take place at St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, in the French Quarter. Concerts begin at 6 pm and last approximately one hour. December 13,14,19,20,21

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December 13

Organ & Labyrinth at Trinity Church

@ 6 pm until 7 pm: “Organ & Labyrinth” with Albinas Prizgintas, organist -Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas on the 5000 pipe trinity tracker organ.From Classical Baroque to Vintage Rock and Popular Tunes.1329, Jackson Ave. N.O – Call: 670 2520 . Please visit: www.albinas.org


 December 13,15,20.22,27,29
Holiday Tea and Tour At Longue Vue House and Gardens
Come celebrate the season at a Holiday Tea! Tour the house—decked in twinkling lights and festive greenery, toast the holidays with a complimentary glass of champagne, savor tea with friends, enjoy seasonal sounds, and find the perfect gift at The Shop at Longue Vue. 1;30 to 3: 30 p.m. Reservations are required and seating is limited. 504.293.4701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday,December 14

Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This Week :
Welcoming back: Lorenzo Bergen
New original acrylic paintings on canvas, some painted in the Dominican Republic this fall)Live Entertainment by:
Riccardo Crespo -
(Brazilian musician, singer and songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica) Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres. Lobby Bar- JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, (504) 525-6500

December 13 -24

Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band

Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band stroll the the Riverwalk Marketplace playing holiday favorites and Dixieland jazz.504.522.1555 Visit website for more information on performance times:riverwalkmarketplace.com

December 13-23

Cooking Demonstrations

Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations take place at the French Market Stage(between Ursuline and Gov. Nicholls) Cooking Demonstrations are free and open to the public and begin at 2pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

Learn the secrets of the local cuisine from the chefs who make New Orleans the culinary capital of the world! Acclaimed chefs from throughout the area share their favorite recipes at free cooking demonstrations and samplings that are guaranteed to spice up your holidays. Space is limited.

December 13-23

Celebration in the Oaks

City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. A New Orleans family tradition featuring ‘Cajun Night Before Christmas,’ dancing lights, a new nativity scene, photo with Santa,musical laser show, and more! : Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.http://www.celebrationintheoaks.com - New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. (504)483-9415. Admission: $7 per person, children under 3 and Friends of City Park enter free.

December 14

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 Wednesday, December 14

Opera Returns to Bourbon Street Series:
"Come Celebrate the Holidays with Bon Operatit!"
featuring Ryan Asprion on trumpet at The Inn On Bourbon from   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Inn On Bourbon, 541 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. FREE!!!; $5.00 valet parking at the hotel

December 14
“Fête De Nöel”

The Ladies Leukemia League will once again host its annual luncheon and fashion show at noon at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. $65 per ticket with tables from $650 to $1,000, Contact: (985) 703-0831

 

December 15

Baroque Christmas : Handel and Bach with LPO

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in New Orleans and on December 16 at the First Baptist Church on Covington. 504-525-2111 or www.symphonyhorus.org

Dec 17

Christmas Concert Series at St. Augustine Church

new this year is a series of concerts at St. Augustine, the oldest African-American Catholic Church in the United States. The free concerts start 4 p.m. Free parking at Henriette Delille St(formelly St. Claude Avenue.

 

Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours at Historic New Orleans Collection

Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews; December 24, 1957

Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews; December 24, 1957

December 13–29
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 & 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m., 2 & 3 p.m.
Admission: $5, free for THNOC members
The Collection will be closed December 23–25.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to once again offer Holiday Home Tours of the Williams Residence. The two-story brick townhouse, built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, was owned by the founders of THNOC, General L. Kemper and Leila Williams. Filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by the couple in their wide travels, the Williamses lived in the house from 1946 through 1963.

During the holidays, the residence is festively adorned with some of the Williamses’ original decorations, including a beautiful Christmas tree with vintage ornaments and family photos of the Williamses from 1956 through 1961. In addition, visitors will learn about their unique holiday family traditions.

 
 
Friday, December 16-17
 NOMA's 31-HOUR FREE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Join us on Friday, December 16, 2011 as we celebrate NOMA’s 100th Birthday – FREE and open to the public!
The Isaac Delgado Museum of Art opened its doors on December 16, 1911 owning just nine works of art. Today NOMA has almost 40,000 art objects in the permanent collection and is a cultural cornerstone for New Orleans.
To commemorate 100 years, NOMA will be open for 31 continuous hours with music, family art making activities, exhibition walk-throughs and more.
Friday, December 16th:


Saturday, December 17th:


Interested in Volunteering? Visit our Volunteer Page for more information!

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Saturday, December 17 

RUNNING OF THE SANTAS DEBUTS IN NEW ORLEANS December 17

Costumed Holiday Revelers to take to the streets of the Warehouse District

Scat Back Productions is hosting the highly popular “Running of the Santas” from Noon to Midnight in the city’s popular Warehouse District.


“Running of the Santas” started in Philadelphia 13 years ago and is now held in 22 cities across the country. The event featuring a day-long festival and “fun run” . Among the Santas are always plenty of Mrs. Clauses and the occasional Elf. New Orleans’ day-long “Running of the Santas” festival will include three stages involving several restaurants and bars in the Warehouse District. Activities at Stage Two commence at 3 pm at the “South Pole” which will be set up at Ernst Café, followed by a fun run starting at South Peters and Lafayette Streets at 6 pm. Runners and crawlers will make their way to the “North Pole” set up at Generations Hall at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. “Category 6,” New Orleans newest party band, will provide the entertainment at Generations Hall till midnight.
Event sponsors are planning to set up several food booths at both venues as well as hold a “Naughty Mrs. Claus” contest, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue later in the evening at Generations Hall.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.Ticketfly.com or by visiting the “Running of the Santas” website at www.runningofthesantas.com/new-orleans. Advance VIP ticket prices start at $35 and General Admission tickets start at $15.

Here is what else this week has lined up and read below about all these events and make sure that you check out the website of the Christmas New Orleans Style Visit www.fqf.org so you can take advantage of all the free concerts, cooking demonstrations, and many other events

Saturday, December 17

The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild and MetroPelican Opera Presents:

Hansel and Gretel


3PM | $15 ADULTS | $10 CHILDREN at GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 3700 CANAL STREET,(Next to Mandina’s)-REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED | MULLED WINE, HOT CHOCOLATE & SWEETS-
 (Reservations Requested) RSVP Gina Klein (504) 529-2278 x227- New Orleans Opera Association, 1010 Common Street, Suite 1820

December 17

Christmas Concert at St. Augustine Church

 

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December 17

CREOLE QUEEN’S CAJUN HOLIDAY TEA WITH PAPA NOEL

The enchanting book, The Cajun Night Before Christmas, will come to life this Holiday Season aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler at a very special Cajun Children’s Holiday Tea Saturday December 10 and 17 featuring Papa Noel, the Cajun Gingerbread Boy, Gaston the Gator and other jolly holiday characters. Enjoy storytelling, children’s activities, and the opportunity to hold a real live alligator! Additionally, each child will receive a stuffed gator to take home. Guests board the Creole Queen at 1:30pm at the foot of Poydras Street at Riverwalk and cruise the mighty Mississippi River from 2-3:30pm. Cost is $49 for adults and $34 for children under 12 years of age. Reservations are required by calling 504.529.4567 or at www.creolequeen.com

 

December 14
“Fête De Nöel”

The Ladies Leukemia League will once again host its annual luncheon and fashion show at noon at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. $65 per ticket with tables from $650 to $1,000, Contact: (985) 703-0831

 

 

December 15

Baroque Christmas : Handel and Bach with LPO

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in New Orleans and on December 16 at the First Baptist Church on Covington. 504-525-2111 or www.symphonyhorus.org

December 16-23
Royal Teddy Bear Tea

Treat your family to a New Orleans tradition with a Royal Teddy Bear Tea experience. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Your children can dance with the Royal Teddy Bear, sing along with Rudolph and friends, meet the New Orleans Saintsations, and enjoy story-time with Mrs. Claus at the Royal Kingdom.Word has it that Santa himself will make an appearance! For reservations or details on seating times, call the Holiday Desk at 504-553-2328.
Sunday, December 17

Casell Gallery and Margarita Bergen 's Fiesta Navidena

818 Royal Street - from 4 to 6 p.m.

December 17

St Louis Cathedral Basilica Annual Christmas Concert

The mission of this extraordinary choir is to present affordable live concerts in spiritual venues featuring world-class musicians, and the finest repertoire of sacred and classical music, for the cultural enrichment, education, and enjoyment of its audiences. 5:00 pm.St Louis Cathedral Church. (504) 522-5730

December 17
Caroling in Jackson Square
Join in a truly moving 65-year-old tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral. Candles and song sheets provided.Free. Gates open at 6:30 pm; Caroling 7:00 pm. http://www.patioplanters.org (504) 523-7047

December 18

Holiday Home Tours-Patio Planters

Savor the holiday spirit and tour lovely French Quarter residences dressed for the season in a self- guided walking tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets available at 533 St. Ann St and 527 St. Phillip St.

December 20-24

Circle Dreams Holidaze

Watch an international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists comes to live and perform astonishing feats of disbeliefs at 8 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theatre.; www.BroadwayinNewOrleans.com


Wednesday, December 21  

Join us for our wildly popular Holiday Party at the Inn On Bourbon on Wednesday December 21. We will be singing some of your favorite opera pieces plus a few local holiday favorites like the 12 Yats of Christmas, to get you in the mood. So bring your friends and family to the Inn On Bourbon to raise a glass and your voices for our favorite Opera on Tap of the year! : 7PM - 8:30PM

: Inn on Bourbon - 541 Bourbon Street in the Puccini Bar

PARKING: Inn on Bourbon has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the concert when you mention you are there for the Opera on Tap event.

COST: FREE and open to the public so please invite your friends.Can't wait to see you there!

December 22

Chanukah at Riverwalk

Enjoy Chanukah celebrations at Riverwalk from 4p.m.to 6 p.m. The event features traditional Israeli music,dancing food and the lighting of the 12-foot menorah.
December 23
“Home for the Holidays”
The NOCCA Institute's Home for the Holiday is a spectacular night of art and music benefitting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. The fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students

December 24

Christmas Eve "Bonfire Adventure"

Celebrate the time-honored Louisiana tradition of touring community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus from 2:30 to 5p.m aboard a narrated motor coach tour. Visit www.graylineneworleans.com

December 24

Preservation Hall Presents - A Creole Christmas

Join Preservation Hall for a Creole Christmas featuring Lars Edegran, Big Al Carson, Topsy Chapman, and the St. Peter Allstars -Times: 1st Concert 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm; 2nd Concert 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm. 726 St. Peter Street, (504) 522-2841

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Event Date/Time

Dec 29, 2011
7:30 pm

Description

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

“Knock-out dancer, thrilling” The New York Times; “Aristocratic” Plain Dealer; “Breathtaking” Charleston Today; “Spellbinding” San Francisco Stark Insider; “Astounding” DC’s ionarts.com. Moscow Ballet tours the Great Russian Nutcracker across North America with 40 top Russian dancers in each performance of this family Christmas story featuring lavish costumes, Russian puppets and nine, hand-painted backdrops.

Cost

$27.50-$68; VIP and Platinum packages available

Location

Mahalia Jackson Theater
1419 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA


December 31

A NOLA New Year's Eve

The Crescent City Countdown Club will present the traditional New Year's Eve festivities in the New Orleans French Quarter including live local music and a gumbo pot drop to launch the midnight barrage of fireworks over the mighty Mississippi River. 9:00 pm; http://www.crescentcitycountdown.com. Jackson Square, French Quarter.

December 31

New Year's Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez

Midnight aboard the Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River is unforgettable. Revel in delicious holiday food, party favors, live entertainment and the most unique view for the community-sponsored fireworks. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Toulouse St. and Mississippi River.504-569-1401.

January 2-3, 2012
Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest
Don’t miss the excitement of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship Fan Fests. The Fan Fest will include fun interactive activities and music concerts each evening.12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adjacent to JAX Brewery at the intersection of Decatur and St. Louis Street - in the heart of the French Quarter

Margarita Bergen,
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181

 

 

 

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Opera On Tap - New Orleans

Annual Holiday Party at the Inn on Bourbon

Join us for our wildly popular Holiday Party at the Inn On Bourbon on Wednesday December 21. We will be singing some of your favorite opera pieces plus a few local holiday favorites like the 12 Yats of Christmas, to get you in the mood. So bring your friends and family to the Inn On Bourbon to raise a glass and your voices for our favorite Opera on Tap of the year!

 

DATE: Wednesday, December 21

TIME: 7PM - 8:30PM

PLACE: Inn on Bourbon - 541 Bourbon Street in the Puccini Bar

PARKING: Inn on Bourbon has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the concert when you mention you are there for the Opera on Tap event.

COST: FREE and open to the public so please invite your friends.

Can't wait to see you there!

Anais St. John

Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court on Friday and Saturday from 9 to Midnight.

Jeremy Davenport

Every Thursday and Weekend at the Ritz Carlton

BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972

Presents:LIVE MUSIC -No Cover Charge

Jazz Trio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday

Pianist Monty Banks @ 6-9 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday & Every Sunday 7-10pm

Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm

 

 

Have a great week!

 

Margarita Bergen, M.Ed, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty

Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine

Cultural Diva- www.neworleans.com

Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

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504-495-9181 Fax/504-524-0611

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