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Nell Nolan: The Links, Holy Name of Jesus School, Landmarks, Opera Club

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Holy Name of Jesus School. Ricky and Cheryl Dietz

“It promises to be more fun than last year’s Cotton Club affair,” said Chimene Grant Connor about the proposed “A Night at Studio 54” of the New Orleans Chapter of The Links Inc. Needless to say, that was a huge come-on because the 2014 revelry produced limitless compliments. The… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Daughters of Charity, Neighborhood Development Foundation, Louisiana Colonials

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Daughters of Charity -- Mary Wyatt Milano, Kerry Milano Jr.

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans held its fourth annual gala, “Keeping Our Promises,” in the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, launched by a one-hour patron party with music by Tanya Boutte. During the course of the following three-hour gala, the foundation honored Steve Worley, the former president and CEO of Children’s Hospital, with the prestigious — and beautiful — Inspired Cross Award. It is presented annually to individuals or organizations who work with Daughters of Charity Services to transform health care. Joining the honoree were spouse Patty Worley and daughter Laura Fornash. Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Striking the Right Chords

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  Opus Ball -- Phyllis Taylor, Paul Leaman, Marilyn Dittman

Louie, Louie The Board of Trustees of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto requested the pleasure of note-worthy company for the LPO’s 24th Opus Ball at the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Paulette and Frank Stewart chaired the festive evening that included a full orchestral concert, dinner, dancing and a live… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Sugarplum Ball, Crimestoppers Awards, French Quarter Fest gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Sugar Plum Ball. Cherie Albro, Heather Trahan

“Sugarplum Ball 2015 Celebrates the Classics” mastheaded the invitation from Children’s Hospital that gave as the location Children’s Hospital State Street Campus. After being greeted by valet car parkers, guests were wowed upon entering a tented area that was about the size of a football field.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Archishop’s Community Appeal, McGehee to-do, St. Andrew’s ‘Amore’

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal. Michael Read, Jamie Sablich

The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans held an end-of-campaign reception at the residence of Archbishop Gregory Aymond to thank volunteers and extraordinary donors, to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2014 campaign and to hail the anniversaries of service of its honorees: 40, 35, 25, 20, 15 and five… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Tennessee Williams birthday bash; Dominican and Chapelle galas

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Tennessee Williams Festival Party. Lolis Elie, Annette Saddik, John Lawrence

Fest Features Tennessee Williams, who would have been 104 on March 26, thus enjoys centenary status in the pantheon of playwrights. He also gives his name to one of the city’s most anticipated festivals, which keeps him very much alive in memory. A plethora of activities surrounds the fest, the Tennessee… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Spring Fiesta, Historic French Quarter Easter Parade; Freedoms Foundation

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Spring Fiesta. Kelly Thibeaux, Michael Cates, Tyra Treadway, Lynette Stilwell

A brace of activities occurred in the Vieux Carre to mark vernal vitality, while elsewhere, patriotism made socializing happen. All three had the underscoring of history. n Spring Fiesta “Thankfully, mild ‘temps’ and no rain,” said Tara C. Doskey about the coronation ceremony of the annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Lark in Park in City Park, Secret Garden Tour on St. Charles Avenue, Jazzin’ on Jackson at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lark in the Park. Alden and Rachel Kellogg

Three recent events not only anticipated spring but also the seasonal delights of Easter. And each one nodded to indoor-outdoor socializing. In City Park, Lark in the Park delighted hundreds; sponsored by Iberia Bank, the 2015 Secret Gardens Tour rounded up patrons to the bank on St. Charles Avenue, and then days later, held the touring, all to benefit… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Country Day, Hibernians and Stuart Clan

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Country Day School. Carolyn Chandler, Jean-Paul and Claire Layrisson

Inspired by the Metairie Park Country Day School’s edible garden, the most recent City Nights fundraiser was “A Farm to Table Feast” featuring chefs David Slater of Emeril’s Restaurant (which just celebrated 25 years), Alon Shaya of Shaya, and Mark Uddo of Country Day. More table tributes came during the 139th annual Banquet of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Mad Hatter’s luncheon; SweetArts 2015

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Mad Hatters Opera. Jane Kahn, Faith Peperone

Two recent events stirred up creativity, thanks to the annual Mad Hatter’s luncheon and fashion show presented by the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association at the Hilton Riverside, and, the later, SweetArts 2015, a CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) on-site fundraiser, which regaled attendees with the opening preview of “The Grand Parade.” Each was… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Let’s hear it for the kids

Photo by Cheryl Gerber - Stuart Hall. Ashley Nolan Maguire, Cate Cummins Stag, Kristin Shannon, Kevin Avin

Three events made youngsters the festive focus. With Superior Energy Services as the Presenting Sponsor, Stuart Hall School for Boys staged “Speakeasy Knight,” its 31st annual auction, at the Lakefront Airport Terminal, while concurrently, Jewish Children’s Regional Service held its gala, “Jewish Roots of Music,” at the Hyatt Regency. Five days later, KIPP New Orleans Schools… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Soul Revival, Toast for Coast, Cabrini

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Merrit Lane, Ransdell Prieur, Elly Lane, and William Prieur at the Soul Revival Party in New Orleans on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015.

You can “judge” a bash by its title, and with three recent events, the bannered name promised substantive socializing. “Celebration of Life” was the Legacy Donor Foundation’s reason for purposeful revelry at the annual Soul Revival; “Toast for the Coast” was presented by the New Orleans Pelicans to benefit Coastal Restoration Initiatives; and “Night of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Sybarites and NOMA Fellows

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Sybarites. Marilyn Aiken, Elizabeth Woolverton, Kay McArdle

Motown Momentum “A Musical Night with the Sybarites” marqueed the merriment purveyed with retro gusto by the women’s organization, the Sybarites. Founded decades ago by five local ladies, the organization made dancing their reason to revel. At the most recent event, that call was heeded with glee. Rosy’s Jazz Hall was the site… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Dinners Donors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Hermann Grima Wine Auction. Katherine McHugh, Stephanie Carroll, Maria Argote

“You can go home again” underscored the socializing at the recent Amazing Grapes 2015 event, which was chaired by Elise Merlin and Pierce Young, with Tricia King and Stephanie November as the auction chairwomen, and a bunch of banks, Whitney, Fidelity, Iberia, First NBC and Gulf Coast (Bank &… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, Italian-American Marching Club pre-parade party

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- UNCF Gala. Lynn Whitfield, Hoda Kotb

On Saturday, the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball rounded up lively legions for a bash at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with Entergy as the presenting sponsor, Dr. Norman Francis as the honoree, and “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” in support of UNCF fundraising and scholarships, as the slogan. Concurrent with the formal-attire gala was… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: New Orleans Ballet Association events; Academy of Ophthalmology

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- BRAVO Ballet Tango event. Carlo Mulvenna, Henri and Terry Hall

The New Orleans Ballet Association and BRAVO (Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization) amassed its members and Terpsichorean pals for two recent events. The first, a bal masque, held at the Windsor Court Hotel, was titled a “Tribute to Jenny Hamilton and Staff: A Century of Service to NOBA” and made leadership the levity, while the second, weeks-later one… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: French Quarter Business Association, Good Apple gala, Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- French Quarter Business Association. Louis Bartels, Jorge Henriquez, Tim Spratt

The French Quarter Business Association held its installation and awards dinner, tapping those involved with the commerce of the Vieux Carre; Louisiana Appleseed honored “outstanding community members who have shown tremendous generosity and commitment to pro bono excellence”; and the Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology came under the aegis of the Louisiana State Health Sciences Center,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Degas exhibit, Caledonians, Met auditions

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Degas Exhibit. Jeffrey Landau, Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Robert Johnson, Stewart Denenberg

Four men — two long gone from the world of art and poetry, and another brace for whom opera is the whirl — stirred up recent socializing. In shortened form, they were Edgar, Robbie (for the deceased), Michael and Bryan. With surnames, Messrs. Degas, Burns, Adams and Hymel.Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Zulu Ball, the Townsmen

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Townsmen. Dr. Emmett and Jovita Chapital, Howard and Belinda Rodgers

It’s a wrap! Carnival 2015 came to a chockablock conclusion on Fat Tuesday with the excitement of parades and balls. Leading approximately 50 floats and multiple units, Zulu king Andrew “Pete” Sanchez Jr. and queen Dr. Janice T. Sanchez garnered tributes right and left. So did Zulu’s legendary characters and court maids. History reminds us of the most famous of the organization’s monarchs: Louis Armstrong in 1949. Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Arthurians and Bards of Bilges

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Arthurians Ball. Arthur Landry, Lawrence Kurzius

Two recent Carnival balls had aqueous connections. At the Winter Palace on St. Charles Avenue, The Arthurians celebrated King Arthur, whose legendary sword, Excalibur (or Caliburn), was associated with the Lady of the Lake. For the Bards of the Bilges, festive focus turned to a man, King Neptune LIV, who alighted from the Royal Yacht on Lake Pontchartrain… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Proteus and Mystery

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Proteus Ball. Linda Westfeldt, Catherine Brewster, Mary Hines, Maria Johnson

Beauty and the ‘Beasts’ On Lundi Gras, the parade of the Krewe of Proteus rolled with 20 floats under the title “Nature of the Beasts.” Founded in 1881, Proteus is the second-oldest parading organization (and the oldest nighttime parading krewe), taking its name from the sea deity considered the shepherd of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Mystic and Alexis at New Orleans’ Hilton Riverside hotel

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Anne Lynne Charbonnet and Kelly Duncan

Within the Carnival framework, two gala events focused on dates and dresses of yore. Both organizations — the Mystic Club (founded in 1923 with Mrs. Frank B. Hayne as the first queen) and Alexis (founded in 1973 with Mrs. Thomas Norton Bernard wearing the crown) — honor married ladies for their monarchy and courts.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Krewe of Hermes, Knights of Babylon

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Babylon Ball. Front: Ayushi Purohit, Hadley Mary, Kay Frederickson, Sadie Cohen. Back: Lilly Brown, Emily Persich, Abby Brown, Eva Cohen

Concurrent Carnival festivity occurred when the Krewe of Hermes and the Knights of Babylon held their masked balls, respectively at the Hilton Riverside and the Marriott New Orleans hotels. Gracing the courts as their majesties were Miss Anna Elise Reed (Hermes), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marc Leslie Reed, and Miss Miriam Mae Lobrano, daughter… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Elves of Oberon, Prophets of Persia

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Oberon Ball. Becca Lapeyre

In 1895, principals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” appeared on the Carnival horizon with the Elves of Oberon, whose namesake was the king of Fairyland. Moving into the 20th century, the Prophets of Persia, in 1927, began a tableau tradition that continues to this day. “The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine” titled the first… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Original Illinois Club Ball, Harris deb party

Photo provided by Anthony Maheia -- OIC Ball -- Original Illinois Club King John Michael Blanchard and 2015 Queen Taylor Renee' Harris

“Reigning as the 2015 queen of the Original Illinois Ball was one of the most memorable events of my life. I was given the opportunity to develop friendships with other OIC debutantes whom I will always cherish and I feel proud to carry on the family tradition.” So said… Continue reading →