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Nell Nolan: Learning and Levity

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Belle Reve Breeze

Guests who attended recent events learned about Belle Reve New Orleans and its role in providing assistance to homeless adults and families affected by HIV/AIDS at a gala in Generations Hall; others, the educational plan of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans during a cocktail reception at the home of Kathleen and Andrew “Drew” Ramsey; and still others,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Cultural Connections

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Culture Collision.  Kacey Edwards, Bill Reeves, Jess Brown

On two social and cultural fronts, hundreds — a thousand? — of followers gathered at the National WWII Museum for Cultural Collision, which kicked off the season for more than five dozen of the city’s nonprofit visual and performing arts organizations. Dozens were in attendance for the opening night of the first 2014-15 season production of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Having a Ball!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Yulman Stadium Gala. Brett Yulman, Richard Yulman, Katy and Greg Williamson

Both football and bowling balls were causes for excitement when Tulane University “proudly” invited supporters and friends to the Yulman Stadium Kick-Off Party, which was hosted by the namesake Yulman family at Mardi Gras World. Days before, Seasons Grief and Loss Center teamed up with the Louisiana Chapter of the NFL Players Association for a… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Come Marching In

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- More than 1,000 members of the Touchdown Club, including Saints players and other local notables,  enjoyed lunch, awards and a silent auction at the Marriott.

“Meet” was the message at two recent events when The Touchdown Club of New Orleans held its 46th annual Meet the Saints Luncheon at the New Orleans Marriott. Who Dats were out in numbers, well over a thousand. Days later, “Please join us for Dinner honoring Steve Scalise on his election as Majority Whip”… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Sound Bites

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- James Beard Foundation scholarship Dinner. Mia and Justin Devillier

Gastronomic amis gathered at La Petite Grocery on a recent Monday for the Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner; students off to Southern Methodist University in Dallas departed in style at a party in the home of alumnus Jeff and Kathryn Scurlock; and for movable merriment, the first Lakefront History Trolley Tour and Social served up… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Playing it Forward

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- De La Salle High School. Johnny Altobello Jr, Neil Anderson

De La Salle High School amassed about 200 Cavaliers on site for the Summer Alumni Party with a wrap-up of the waning season and a “Lead On!” exhortation for the coming months, all in celebration of “65 Years on the Avenue.” Two additional gatherings, made “pay” the play. Mount Carmel Academy held its Circle of Roses Reception at the Southern… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Getting a Move On!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Greenie Gals. Allison Cranford, Candy Ulmer Cranch

Two future events involving feats of feet prompted earlier assembling, thanks to the Tulane University Women’s Association’s on-campus co-hosting of the Greenie Gals Tea and, not far away, but on a different date, the NO/AIDS WALK’s Kick-Off event at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen on South Carrollton Avenue. The tea honored the TU Green Wave’s coaches’ wives and generated… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Take Your Seats!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Louisiana Restaurant Association Dinner. Erich Ponti, Eldon Rogillio

“Groove on Down” and Downtown were party signals when the Louisiana Children’s Museum held the 16th annual CHAIRish the Children to benefit the museum with Capital One Bank as the presenting sponsor and the Julia Street museum as the spot for a take on “Saturday Night Fever” and fun.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Collegiate Chromatics

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- University of Virginia Party. John White, Ashbrooke Tullis

Alums and students, current or incoming, gathered for three separate collegiate parties with school colors as the dominant decoration. In each case, blue figured, thanks to the orange and navy blue of the University of Virginia, blue and gray of Georgetown University, and red and blue of the University of Pennsylvania. UVa Ado Students were sent off with style… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: 'Role Call'

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Young Leadership Council - Role Models. Michael Smith, Melissa Sawyer, Iray Nabatoff.

Line ’em up! Two recent events hailed individuals who exemplify fine qualities, both personal and professional. The Young Leadership Council presented its 28th annual Role Model Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Empire Ballroom with an attendance cast of approximately 600. Hundreds will also be expected at the Sept. 26 Belles & Beaus Ball, the 14th, in the Mardi Gras… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: ‘Golden’ Gatherings

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Rolland Golden - art show. Britton Trice, Betty Lou Furash, Harold Burns

Art gallery excitement and a brace of global gatherings gave summer socializing a definite boost. An opening reception titled “The Artistry of Rolland Golden” was a paean to both the past and present, with a decided nod to the future. Held at the Garden District Academy, it gathered… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Opening doors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Amici - Met Opera. Alexander Sibley, Claire Stahel, Ellen McGlinchey, Michael Harold

“Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898,” is a current come-on at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where formerly “closed doors” (related to these homes) have been opened for public perusal and appreciation. Elsewhere, Claire Stahel opened the doors of her and husband Harry’s Uptown home for Amici, a “friends” local support group for the Metropolitan… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Centers of Attention

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- THNOC - Antiques Forum -- reception. Priscilla Lawrence, Jack Pruitt

A presentation of The Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Antiques Forum 2014 bore the title “Southern Expression” and amassed an assembly that represented 16 states for four days of touring, sessions and speakers, and socializing. Spearheading the activity was Jack Pruitt, director of development and community relations.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Matriculation and Music

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Young Men Illinois, Duncan deb party. Austin Duncan, Barbara Duncan, Sandra Rhodes-Duncan, Justin Duncan

Two institutions of higher learning, Vanderbilt University and Rhodes College, rounded up their own for send-off gatherings, with many new matriculates. Another event unfolded at the end of an exciting, but suspenseful, week of pianism. Held on the campus of Loyola University, in Roussel Hall, the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition & Keyboard Festival/Piano Institute booked both a… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Care and Couture

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Seasons Grief Center. Vinnie Varisco, Paul Varisco Jr., Tom Capella

Seasons Grief and Loss Center amassed a caring crowd at Galatoire’s for the annual Dine A Rama, while, and earlier, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul took to the Mississippi for its fundraising merriment. Back to terra firma it was for the New Orleans Chapter of Fashion Group International, which held a professional powwow over cocktails at The… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Summer Stars

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lindy's Place. Phyllis Taylor, Stewart and Renee Peck

What becomes New Orleans legends most? Parties! And two renowned Orleanians, Lindy Claiborne Boggs and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, were the inspiration for important fundraising. A third event, “Summer Cure,” made health a happening while it hailed a culinary constellation. “Close (and Clothes) Encounters With Lindy Boggs” remembered… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Brotherhood

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bachelors' Club. Claire Clay, Kyle Lutkewitte, Sydney Lowe

The Bachelors’ Club of New Orleans enjoyed organizational bonhomie and the pleasure of the company of many of the debutantes who’ll be presented by the club in November. The New Orleans Country Club was the setting for the soiree. That same evening, siblings showed that two could tango. Casa Argentina presented a unique feat of feet… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Baby, It’s Happening Outside!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- St. Henry's reunion. Robert Morton, Donna Williams, Alden Hagardorn, Cynthia Robidoux

Three recent events beckoned for daytime al fresco frolics. The Junior League of New Orleans gathered up generations for “Family Fun in the Garden” at Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Audubon Nature Institute made “ZOObilation” the members’ excitement, and the 25th Feast of St. Henry Mass & Reunion billed “Block Party.” A free event, people were told to… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Missions accomplished

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Medical Mission. Dan Milham, Marie Hasney.

For the 12th year, New Orleans Medical Mission Services held its Mission Possible Gala to raise money for international health care. A chockablock evening, the 2014 gala at Generations Hall commenced with an hour-long patron party before the main merriment. Cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by The Yat Pack filled… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Fashionable Fun

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Festigals. Denise LeMieux, Shelley Middleberg, Sandra Lindquist.

Two recent events made “wear” worthy. During the course of the FestiGals fun, participants were asked to “celebrate women and support our sisters with cancer.” Thus, the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction. A benefit for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, it was held in La Nouvelle Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone. Elsewhere, but on… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Florescence

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Floral Trail. Front: Isabella St. Philip. Back: Shelby Robicheaux, Matthew Hedrick Jr., Shelby Marie Lasalle

Pageantry in Bloom A demoiselle’s dreams of wearing a crown were realized when Miss Faith Madeline Baggett was selected to be the 78th queen of the Greater New Orleans Floral Trail. She had previously been in the court for 10 years as a demoiselle and maid. Now, the scepter was hers. Faith, the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Accolades

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- C. Alvin Bertel Award Luncheon. Mike Kearney, Cathy Vienne, Scott Howard. Thursday June 26, 2014.

Two lunchtime events honored a deserving set, thanks to the World Trade Center’s presentation of the C. Alvin Bertel Award to David Fennelly at the Sheraton New Orleans, and for distaff laurels, those hailed by the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. during its Focus on Women Luncheon at the Crystal Palace East. Moving… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Bastille Day Brigades

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bastille Day Reception. Mathias Royer, Maria Camargo, Marcus Ledoux

Three recent events rallied around the bleu, blanc and rouge of the French flag to celebrate the French National Day, July 14, or as it is better known in the States, Bastille Day. Then-Consul General of France Jean-Claude Brunet and his wife, Muriel, hosted a reception at the Degas House (Maison Degas) on Esplanade Avenue while, Uptown… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Achievements

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Jr. Achievement Hall of Fame. Gary Solomon, Scott Cowen, Ashton Ryan

Business Hall of Fame, “An Evening in the English Countryside,” and Installation Supper rounded up festive followers, thanks to the rallying by Junior Achievement, the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Metairie Rotary Club. In addition to the instilled good will, accolades abounded. The Bounty of Business Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Rep, Red and Ready

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Southern Rep Theatre Gala. Bruce Gordon, Renee Zack, Leslie Castay, Richard Lee Mathis

The social “3 R’s” celebrated the Southern Rep Theatre at a gala dinner in the Windsor Court Hotel, while on separate dates, and at The Cannery, Ladies in Red added chromatics to the calendar and School Leadership Center blended fun and fundraising to hail a readiness for education. ‘Louisiana’ Levity “Southern Rep Celebrates Louisiana” marqueed the merriment that billed… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Beautillion

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Beautillion -- Linda Nash, Christine Mitchell, Sharon Carter-Sheridan

The 26th annual Beautillion took place with a focus on young men, their families and their futures. Formality, too. The hosting organization was the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the location, the Xavier University-McCaffney Ballroom. Bryan L. Fulton was the master of ceremonies at “My Brother’s Keeper,” as the male cotillion was… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Good Living — and Giving

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Famous G Club. James and Audrey Scott

A trio of titles bannered recent bashes. “The Legacy Lives On,” “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” and “Un Refuge de l’Orage II (Shelter from the Storm)” headlined, in turn, the 86th annual Summer Ball of the Famous “G” Club, and fundraisers for the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana Inc. and Animal Rescue New Orleans: ARNO. Good times, good… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: True Colors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Picnic in Paris - French American Chamber of Commerce. Todd Woodruff, Muriel and French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet

The bleu, blanc et rouge (blue, white and red) of the French tricolor dominated the d├ęcor of “Picnic in Paris” when the French American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast hosted its 15th annual Summer Wine Festival in The Shops at Canal Place; “A White Rose Evening: Celebrating 20 Years of Service” bannered the gallivanting for the Pontchartrain Chapter of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: The lilt and spirit of youth

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- TU Shakespeare - opening night

Two recent events hailed a younger set, thanks to the love-interest focus in the play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented as a premiere (and continuing through tonight, Saturday, July 12) by the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the Summer Party of the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association. Supporters within the party packs headed… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Hi, Notes!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- WYES Producers Circle. Bobby and Bridget Bories, Mary Clare and Danny Conwill

Three recent events focused on programming with television, chamber music, and judges in sight. The Producers Circle of WYES gathered at the home of Circle Chaircouple Mary and Bill Hines for a cocktail reception; the Birdfoot Festival slated “Musical Feast,” a seated dinner with music (and stupendous views of the city) hosted by Jones Walker LLP in… Continue reading →