The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Home and Art Tour will return to the New Orleans Garden District Saturday, March 9.

The Home and Art Tour occurs every other year, and is organized by the NOMA Volunteer Committee (NVC).

Guests will tour the Garden District homes of Susan Kittredge Hoskins, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stall, Patricia Strachan, Dorothy Weisler, and other homeowners who wish to remain anonymous.

Participants are free to create their own schedules, and visit the homes between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. NVC volunteers will greet guests at each home and provide historical information. Visitors will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to shop at a NOMA boutique at one of the homes.

Ticket prices for the event start at $25 for NOMA members, and $30 for non-members. Tickets start at $35 on the day of the event.

For those who want to skip the line, priority tickets are available for $75. Will call tickets may be picked up at 2826 St. Charles Avenue the day of the tour.

A new feature of this year’s Home and Art Tour is the addition of a Patron Home. Starting at $150, guests and sponsors will receive a tour of this exclusive location, as well as a buffet luncheon with champagne and white wine by Catering D’Orleans. The Patron Home is open from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Repairs limit camping

Campsite availability at Palmetto Island State Park near Abbeville will be limited through July 1, due to necessary electrical renovations.

Repairs will take place throughout the campground, beginning with vacant campsites. Existing reservations will be honored, though some visitors might be moved to a different site to accommodate the ongoing project. Additionally, extensions of current reservations and walk-in reservations will not be available. As the sites are completed, they will be reopened. The cabins and day-use facilities remain available for guests.

The park, located south of Abbeville off La. 82 in Vermilion Parish, has six cabins and 96 RV camping sites for overnight visitors. The park also features a visitor center, conference room and picnic pavilions.

Daytime and overnight guests have access to all of these amenities along with a boat launch into the Vermilion River, fishing piers, a water playground and a three-quarter mile nature trail. For more information about Palmetto Island State Park, call (877) 677-0094.


Martinis on the Queen

The Creole Queen’s Mad Hatter’s Martini Mayhem, is slated for Sunday, March 3.

The first-time event, held aboard the award-winning paddlewheeler docked in New Orleans, will feature live music by the Yat Pack, a celebrity hat fashion show, as well as a hat boutique by Les Dames Chapeaux, unlimited martinis by Pinnacle Vodka and lite hors d’oeuvres, all while cruising the Mississippi River.

Celebrity hat models include Camille Whitworth of WDSU, Chriss Knight of NOLAsocialite, Margarita Bergen of New Orleans Living Magazine, Catherine Shreves of WGNO and Tim Shirah of the Yat Pack.

Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. from Riverwalk/Poydras Street Wharf and the boat will cruise from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost is $60 inclusive and includes the two-hour cruise, unlimited martinis, hors d’oeuvres, the Yat Pack live performance, and fashion show. Tickets are limited. Call (504) 529-4567.


Eagles at Kisatchie

Kisatchie National Forest in Pineville is hosting an event about Bald Eagles on Sunday, March 3.

The event is free and open to the public. Nationally recognized biologist, conservationist and author David Hancock is the guest speaker. Hancock is known for his work using live streaming video online to help promote and educate children and adults about the importance of wildlife conservation.

The event will offer two opportunities to learn more about Bald Eagles. The first part of the event will take place at Tunk’s Cypress Inn at 2 p.m. Hancock will give a presentation called, “The Incredible Bald Eagle.”

This presentation is geared more toward teens and adults and will last about one hour. The second part of the event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Kincaid Recreation Area (swim beach/picnic area) and is family-friendly.

There will be a short guided hike to view the eagles and their nest. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring some bottled water.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, call the Calcasieu Ranger District at (318) 793-9427 or email Brandi Michel at

Staff at Kistachie also announced last week that the Kisatchie Hill Wilderness area is closed until further notice for a controlled burn.

To find out when the area will reopen, call (318) 472-1840.

Louisiana Travels is a biweekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.