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Nell Nolan: Zoo-to-Do, THNOC gala, Shakespeare jazz funeral

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Zoo To Do. Cathy Cary, Prentiss Havens

Bird House Bash Approximately 4,000 fine festive friends gathered on a Friday for the birds. The 39th annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do at the Audubon Zoo celebrated the restoration of Audubon Zoo’s Tropical Bird House, and thousands came to feather their social nests and enjoy the offerings of 70-plus local restaurants and… Continue reading →

Nell Nolam: Groove Giving

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Jazz Fest Gala.  Penny Randolph-Biagas, Rick and Leslie Tallant

Getting on the love train Hitting an apex during a heady round of socializing, and after the “Step by Step” lyrics of “Stairway to Heaven” and prior to “For the Love of Money,” everyone did just what the latter song dictated: “Listen to me y’all.” And folks did. And reacted. When… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: University Ado

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- University of Holy Cross. Darrel Saizan, the Rev. Thomas Chambers, CSC, Dr. Jack Andonie

Hope Happening The newly dubbed University of Holy Cross, formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College, joined with its faculty, staff and board of trustees in extending an invitation for the Spes Unica (One Hope) Award Dinner on a recent Thursday evening at the Metairie Country Club. Hailed as awardees were Ashton Ryan… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan for May 3, 2016: French Quarter Fest, The Links, 25 Club, more

Photo provided by The Links, Incorporated -- Nailah Jefferson, Patrick Anderson

Before music-loving crowds trekked to the Vieux CarrĂ© for the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival Inc. presented by Chevron, smaller, but no less enthusiastic throngs, headed to a venerable Quarter landmark, Antoine’s Restaurant, for the Opening Night Gala. Folks were beckoned by the format of a one-hour patron party and the subsequent 3-D delights: “Dinner, Drinks… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: May awaits

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Townsmen. Rosa and Preston Edwards

Three fine fĂȘtes filled the calendar on a recent Sunday in April, giving the day social “showers” of conviviality. More festive “flowering’’ will fill up the May days. Men about Town Well over 400 partygoers assembled as they have for years at the Omni Royal Orleans for the annual Dansant… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: All on a Saturday Night

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Cochon Cotillion. James Carville and Mary Matalin

Piggy Bucks Squeal for 20 years and the fun and frolicking of the Cochon Cotillion presented by Bridge House/Grace House and the Krewe of Pork and Beads. Prior to the swine time at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World (Eastbank), a Court Party with delish catering by Southern Hospitality unfolded to piggy… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social staging

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Tennessee Williams Festival. Paul Willis, Janet Duval, Dick Cavette and Martha Rogers Cavette

Lyricism and levity were scripted on a recent Friday evening at The Historic New Orleans Collection when VIPs of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival rubbed shoulders. During the course of several jam-packed days, they had assembled for the fest’s 30th anniversary for Tennessee talk. As they wandered… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Styles and schools

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Salvation Army Luncheon. Betty Gambino, Brenda Gillen

Outfitting Ado “Fashion Show” and “Luncheon” so often fuse on an invitation for midday mingling. And so it was recently when the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Audubon Tea Room with models sporting looks from the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Family Thrift Store.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Soul Revival, YouNight, Chapelle gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Soul Revival. Jeremy and Stacy Head, Megan and Ari Cohen

With names like Stage Sponsor, Loving Legend, Brilliant Benefactor and Soul Savior, who wouldn’t want to be a top patron? These and four other categories labeled the headliners for the 17th annual Soul Revival to benefit the Legacy Donor Foundation. Each spring, the foundation celebrates the Gift of Life at the bash,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: AKA cotillion, Hibernians banquet, VOA golf tourney

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- AKA Cotillion. Seated: Semaj Brisco, Amiyah Adams, Skyler Givens, Makailah Williams. Standing: Riley Brown, Janai Lowe, Mia Thompson, Paige Parent

Pearls of Pride and Promise In the Mary and William McCaffrey Ballroom of Xavier University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter, held its 11th annual cotillion. It was titled “Pearls of Pride and Promise.” Launching the levity were mistress of ceremonies Charlene Larche-Mason, along with chapter President… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: NOBA Festive Soiree, Freedoms Foundation, People Program

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- New Orleans Ballet Association. Maria Leon Vallejo, Cuqui Moore

On a recent Sunday, festive folks enjoyed dance, ethnicity and senior hobnobbing, all within social formats and within a few hours. “Celebrate” was the beckoning on the invitation extended by the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO). The… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Lighthouse benefit, St. Catherine gala, Le Petit season announcement

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lighthouse Louisiana. Katy Casbarian, Curtis Eustis, Renee Vidrine, Celeste Eustis

Midway through the party, the combo played “La Vie en Rose.” It could have been “View” as the focus was on sight (in its various manifestations) and socializing. The Gumbo Pot Trio were the music makers with their traditional jazz styling, the venue was Arnaud’s Restaurant, and the presenting sponsor, Postlethwaite… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Spring Fiesta, Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, Italian-American Marching Club celebration

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Spring Fiesta. Francois Beals, Sylvie Kahn, Emma Passler, Liam Oufnac, Ainsley Ancira

Four score marks the lovely longevity of the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, which is known for its home tours — this year the Historic Home Tours were in the Vieux Carre — and a radiant queen and her court. Fittingly, Spring Fiesta promotes the beauty and heritage of the Crescent City.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Art in Bloom, Mad Hatters, Jefferson Chamber

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Art in Bloom. Pixie and Jimmy Reiss

Rooms Full of Blooms “Artful Entertaining” titled the five-day social tilling that amassed thousands to the 28th annual Art in Bloom at the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was presented by the museum and the Garden Study Club with Carol Bienvenu and Mathilde Currence as the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Stepping Sprightly

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lark in the Park. Clarice and Jules Moise

Winging It! “Amazing weather, which brought us a record attendance at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters,” were the effusive words from Jennifer Montgomery of Friends of City Park about the recent Lark in the Park, An always-popular fundraiser, it was held in the New Orleans Botanical Garden of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: YMCA award dinner, Jewish Federation, Caledonians

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- YMCA of GNO. Claudia Medina, Dr. Felton Winfield, Meg Vitter Greene, Tricia Vise

“I feel so humbled. It’s been an honor to join with this group of volunteer leaders in serving the YMCA and the community.” So said G. Pratt Provosty, who was honored on a recent Thursday evening as the C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year. Awardee… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Hermes and Babylon balls

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Hermes Ball. Luciana Bertucci

Just blocks away, the Carnival masked balls of the Krewe of Hermes and the Knights of Babylon celebrated in glorious style the ritual of Crescent City royalty. They also showcased glittering parades with Babylon rolling right before the ball using the theme “Enchantments and Transformations” and Hermes, the following day with “The Tempest,” which, coincidentally, was about… Continue reading →

Origins of Mystic Club ball date from 1923

A tableau ball that relates a historical episode with elegance and handsome thematic costumes, the Mystic Club ball is always special. The organization presented its first ball in 1923 at the erstwhile Athenaeum with Mrs. Frank B. Hayne, a prominent name in social circles in the city, as queen. Unlike old-line debutante balls, Mystic chose, and… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Shows and Socializing

Photo by John Barrio -- Rivertown Announcement -- SEATED: Gary Rucker, STANDING: Kelly Fouchi, Mike Yenni, Michelle Yenni

In Kenner, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts kicked off the New Year with happy hobnobbing and an announcement of its forthcoming season. Elsewhere, coming together for a purpose occurred when the French Quarter Business Association introduced its 2016 board of directors and honored French Quarter advocates at a dinner in the Royal Sonesta… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Balls of Achaeans, Athenians

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Achaeans Ball. Gigi Bienvenu

A nod it was to Hellenism when a brace of Carnival balls paid tribute, one on a Friday evening and the second on Saturday, to Athena, the goddess of the arts and wisdom. The Achaeans held forth with seasonal majesty at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, titling their masked ball “Athena and Odysseus.” The following evening, the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Young Men Illinois’ 2016 Carnival ball

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Young Men Illinois Club Ball. Lauren Bagneris

A visit to the Mardi Gras Indians was the elegant excitement when the Young Men Illinois Inc. held its 2016 Carnival ball at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Reigning was Miss Lauren Elizabeth Bagneris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emile A. Bagneris III. Two sisters of her majesty preceded her on the YMI… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Nereus, Osiris balls

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Nereus Ball. Callee Rome, Anne Elizabeth Whitsell, Alison Mikes

In Carnival annals, the krewes of Nereus and Osiris both enjoy centennial-plus status. The former, the seventh oldest krewe, was founded in 1896 and given the name of a sea god. Osiris — who in Egyptian mythology was the beloved god of (among several associations) fertility and resurrection — gave his name to a krewe that… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Advocate toasts Gov. John Bel Edwards; Louisiana Museum Foundation; Latkes with a Twist

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Edwards dinner --  Donna Edwards, Governor-elect  John Bel Edwards  Dinner in honor of Governor-elect John Bel Edwards.

Greeting the Governor “Please join us for Dinner honoring Governor-elect John Bel Edwards,” read the invitation extended by Dathel and John Georges, owners of The Advocate, and The Advocate team. The venue was Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak and the format, cocktails and dinner.

Advocate cartoonist Walt Handelsman (joined by wife Jodi) did the invitation’s cover design, which… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Making merry with Les Pierettes and Squires

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Les Pierrettes. Lillian Gorman, Catherine Lapeyre, Kingsland LeBourgeois, Anna Schmidt, Ana Marie Rapier, Lauren Favrot

The high school set was duly entertained during the recent holidays with glorious seasonal balls, thanks to The Squires and Les Pierrettes. Both took place, complete with a queen and court, in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Majesty and youthful merriment prevailed. A vision of classic… Continue reading →