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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 →

Nell Nolan: Introducing Adelaide Goodyear, Lily Saer and Libby Rudolf

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Libby Rudolf Debutante Party. Stover and Amy Smith

A brace of debutante bashes occurred back to designer-clad back during the holidays with Vieux Carre locations. Both generated comments of “fabulous and fun.” Days later, debs and moms sipped tea. “We wanted to create a very traditional deb party,” related Elizabeth Dabezies Goodyear (Mrs. Charles Waterhouse Goodyear IV), concerning the lovely levity that she, husband Chip, and very close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayes Saer, Katherine (née Van Horn) and Robbie, gave to honor their debutante daughters, Misses Adelaide Dabezies Goodyear and Lily Reiss Saer. Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Debutantes Hamrick, Williamson, Rome, Cimini and Martin

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Hamrick and Williamson Debs Party. Ashley Alexander, Kirk Jones

Three recent debutante parties rallied guests to Vieux Carre locations. The Red Fish Grill, just on the edge of Quarter boundaries, was the venue for the first of three parties. The honorees were Aby Hamrick and Grace Williamson. Paces away on Bourbon Street, kin and kith of Mary Callaghan “Callee”… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Pickwick Club presentation, Mid-Winter Cotillion

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Pickwick Club Presentation. P. Albert Bienvenu, Gigi Bienvenu, Hailey Becker, Karl Hoefer

A favorite Dickensian character, Mr. Pickwick, welcomed a debutante set to the stunning rooms in the downtown club that bears his name. “Mr. Pickwick requests the pleasure of your company in his club rooms…at his Reception honoring Debutantes of the Season” graced the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Opera Ball, Lawn Tennis, Metairie Women’s club

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Opera Ball. Debbie Alciatore Empey, Joseph Young Jr, Dr. Erin Fleming

“This is a beautiful example of an elegant evening with friends,” said one ball-goer as she observed the black-tie assembly in the gorgeous, newly renovated Orpheum Theater. “And so appropriately staged to benefit the Opera,” she added. Opulence was to the fore. Indeed it was. For the 47th annual Opera Ball, the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Celebratory Sequence

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Xavier Homecoming. Blair Dottin-Haley, Leslie Rose, Ralph Johnson

The Mary and William and McCaffrey Ballroom at Xavier University was the location for levity and laurels when alumni under the age of 40 were celebrated and honored. Titled “40 Under 40 Awards Celebration,” the event hailed those who are living the Xavier mission of leadership and service. Nearly 200 nominations were… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Curtsies and Cotillions

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Debutante Club. Seated: Lucy Gille, Corinne Guillot. Standing: Isabella Healy, Emily Louise Nelson

Miss Charlotte Lane Langenstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Langenstein III, surveyed the room of radiant debutantes in the Founder’s Room of the New Orleans Country Club prior to addressing them in her role as the club’s president. She called for a champagne toast to the bevy of beauties… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Funding & Fraternizing

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Emeril's Carnivale. Suzanne Pride Bryan, Carr and Bridget Bender

There are auctions — and there are auctions! Founded 13 years ago by famous chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and his wife, Alden, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment for children. To raise the funds to do all that, the foundation… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Giving and Gallivanting

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Southern Dominican Gala. Carey Bond, Madelaine Kuns

Note the dates: 1216-2016. And that was the bannering during the recent gala at the Sheraton Hotel, when the 2015 Southern Dominican Province held its New Orleans Gala and celebrated the eight centuries that Dominicans have been preaching the Gospel.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Ochsner Moonlight & Miracles, Odyssey Ball, West Jeff Hospital Moonlight & Martinis

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Odyssey Ball. Joel Vilmenay, Mike Siegel, Hunter Hill

“Under the Dome and beneath the Stars” was touted for Ochsner’s Moonlight & Miracles Gala in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which was bannered “A Celebration of Care” and chaired by Gayle M. Benson. Proceeds will benefit cancer programs at Ochsner. One hundred fifty volunteers gave their time and effort for the gala, the third… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan for Nov. 24, 2015: Historic Houses Society, March of Dimes, French Quarter Citizens, more

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Historic Houses Society. Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer

. Three recent gala events linked levity and largesse, as well as the Vieux Carre. The Historic Houses Society rounded up guests at the Uptown home of Deirdre and Christian Hooper in support of the society’s house museums in the Vieux Carre; the March of Dime’s “Purple Party with a Purpose” booked the Riverview Room on Decatur… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social Strides

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- SUNO Gala. Dr. Victor Ukpolo, Sybil Morial, Frank Williams

A tribute to a life and legacy underscored the recent Bash given by Southern University at New Orleans in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Honored in memoriam was alumnus Ronald E. Gardner, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation founder, who was described by Bobby and Karen Major as “a life… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Headlining and Hobnobbing

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Spirit of Charity. Paolo Zambito, Karen Arceneaux, Dr. Lee Hamm

On a recent Friday evening, the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation presented the 16th annual Spirit of Charity Award Dinner at the JW Marriott and honored Dr. Joseph F. Biundo Jr., “LSU, Rheumatology and PM&R.” An amateur radio operator, a cellist and a former high school boxer (ranked… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Pasta and Puccini, Magic in Moonlight, Boo at the Zoo

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Pasta and Puccini. Carrel Epling, Ed Marshall, Sibyl White

“I don’t know where to focus,” exclaimed an elegant long-gowned guest as she entered the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center for the 20th annual Pasta and Puccini Gala Fundraiser and the celebration of the 38th season of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The gala benefits the society’s “cultural endeavors, intern… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Saks Key to the Cure, Blesses Seelos gala, Feast with the Stars

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Parkway Partners Feast with the Stars. Norma Grace, Kristi Trail

Legions poured into Saks Fifth Avenue at Canal Place for the annual Key to the Cure at the invitation of The Louisiana Cancer Research Center and Saks. The event, which was nationally widespread in sundry Saks locations, bannered Julianne Moore, the 2015 Oscar-winning Best Actress, as the 2015 Ambassador… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: James Beard gala, Junior Achievement, St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- James Beard Foundation. Stephen Stryjewski, Susan Ungaro, Mark Romig

James Beard is a stellar name in the culinary world and for New Orleans, a city that loves to eat and vice versa, the national epicurean tour that bears his name provided a welcome fit. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast, which celebrates America’s… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Trinity Counseling, Red Mass, CADA and Breastoration

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Trinity Counseling. David Gaines, Edie and David Darragh

On a recent Thursday evening, and at the beautiful home of Frances and Calvin Fayard, Trinity Counseling and Training Center honored Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish coroner, and artist Tim Trapolin, and recognized honorary Chairmen Debbie Poitevent and Toto Robinson.… Continue reading →