- With a Spring in their Step
For 39 years, Julia Jump has rallied festive folks to a venue in support of the season and the Preservation Resource Center. Funds raised help restore, rebuild and revitalize New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. Sort of a “3 Rs” to which “revelry” can be added.
The Cannery on Toulouse beckoned for the recent romp that featured a patron party with Creole cuisine by Arnaud’s, music by The Necessary Gentlemen, auction bidding and champagne courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company; and, during the main event, a specialty cocktail by Cane & Table, tasty noshing purveyed by 18 generous restaurants, more big bidding and music to “dance the night away” by the Honey Island Swamp Band. First NBC was the presenting sponsor. They, along with the Platinum and Gold ones, made the party planners jump for joy.
Immediately the festive theme was experienced as guests arrived. Decorations Chairwomen Sweet Dupuy and Evelyn Kissel created an elegant swamp style atmosphere with appropriate greenery. All this served as background to those who logged time for the auction ado, and the 173 choice items up for bidding. One of the top items was the Lum Vintage Lighting-donated Murano hand-blown glass lamp. A true touch of glass!
For the raffle, folks put up bucks for the diamond pendant earrings by Wellington & Co., Fine Jewelry – and then invoked Lady Luck.
Headliners included JJ Chairwomen Amy Farnsworth, Adrienne Casbarian and Andrea Mahfouz, with husbands Stephen, Archie and Mark; Ed Marshall of First NBC Bank; PRC board President Julie Habetz with Dr. Scott; Vice President Will Hales; Elizabeth and Tim Soslow; and Ben Dupuy with Sweet. And, within the comely crowd of 400, Jeanne and Sherman Boughton, Mary Martin and Richard Roth, Scott and Becky Slatten, Elder Brown III and Mary Beth Crifasi, Alma and Bob Pettit, Liz and Dunbar Healy, the Rev. Henry and Mary Beth Hudson, Jill and Minor Pipes, Gaynell Lawrence, Janie Blackmon, Peter Trapolin, Al and Genie Melillo, and with Roy, Mandi Frischhertz, a board liaison along with Carol Starr.
Mastheaded as the patron Chaircouple were Anne and Sandy Villere, and as the executive director, Patricia “Patty” Gay.
Hundreds and hundreds of PRC supporters gave their feet a fine workout as they coursed the Garden District for the recent two-day Shotgun House Tour. Taylor and Martin Pospisil chaired the activity (still reaping thanks for opening their home last year) and headed up a committee of 21.
People first arrived at the Day of Tour Headquarters, The Rink, and then fanned out to the shotgun homes of Dr. and Mrs. Ted Borgman, Dr. Michell Thurmond (whose home was formerly that of her late grandparents, Richard and Cody Baumbach), Friends of PRC, Ken and Kathy White, Trent and Corie Robinson, Barbara “Bee” Fitzpatrick, and Doug Kleeman. n Nobel Hobnobbing
At the Prix d’Elegance Luncheon on Tuesday, Dr. Nicolas G. Bazan was recognized as one of the 10 Men of Fashion.
But it was at a dinner recently, that he also shone, alongside his gracious wife, Haydee, as a host. At their Broadway home, they arranged a sit-down dinner in honor of two Nobel Laureates, both Ph.D. They, the guests of honor, were Edmond H. Fischer of Seattle, Washington, 1992 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, whose award was for the discovery of reversible phosphorylation; and Jerome Isaac Friedman of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 for the experimental demonstration of quarks, the smallest components of atoms.
Warm and friendly, the two eminent scientists met the other dinner guests, saying, “Call me Eddy” and “Call me Jerry.” Both have answered to husband and to father. Ironically each considered another career before embracing their respective fields. Dr. Fischer considered music and Dr. Friedman, art.
Considered “epic,” their visit was a three-day period at the LSU Neuroscience Center of Excellence during which time they interacted with students and faculty in many ways, including lectures and round-table discussions. Host Nicolas Bazan, who also holds a Ph.D., is professor and director of the center at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.
At the Bazans’ dinner table, beautifully set for the occasion and embellished with lovely floral arrangements, the culinary attraction was a menu by John Besh with the acclaimed chef present. A “chop salad” with crawfish started the dining that moved into an oyster dish, pan roasted Louisiana black fish, lamb, and a cornmeal chess pie for dessert. From the cellar was the vinous accompaniment, Pinot Noir Nicolas Bazan Haydee 2009 and Pinot Noir Nicolas Bazan Una Vida 2011. The latter, refers to the novel scripted by Dr. Bazan and titled “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind,” which has been made into a compelling movie. Edmond Fischer wrote a nice quote about author Bazan for the book’s publication.
Among those at the dinner table were the Bazans and son and daughter-in-law Drs. Hernan A. Bazan and Jasmine Elison; the Nobel Laureates; Francois Fischer, son of Edmond, from Bainbridge Island, Washington; and soprano Jennifer Rowley, who was escorted by Maestro Robert Lyall of the New Orleans Opera Association. She just thrilled audiences in the title role of “Tosca,” but at the Bazans’ dinner, she chatted about her love of sports and musical theater. “I came into opera late,” she added. (Now she has lead roles in many esteemed opera houses.)
Noted, too, were Jake and Andie Bollinger Giardina, Lenny Alsfeld, Robert E. Young, and Michael and Marlene Hecht.
Pianist Charlie Miller entertained. After dessert, more pianism came from Dr. Fischer, who took to the keys to play one of the last things Schubert ever wrote.
- Accolades and Alumni
Hundreds made tracks to U.S. Freedom Pavilion of The National WWII Museum for the 2016 Tulane University Alumni Awards Gala. A half-hour reception preceded the dinner and program, which was opened at 8:10 p.m. by Michael Rubenstein, B ’90 and L ’93, who presides over the Tulane Alumni Association Board of Directors. “They are leaders,” he said about the awardees, “and we are thrilled that we have an opportunity to honor them.” He continued with, “Each award represents Tulane’s history and tradition.” He then thanked the dinner’s sponsors.
Dr. James W. Jones, the first one cited, received the Tulane Medical Alumni Association Award as the Outstanding Alumnus. In succession were Johanna M. Gilligan for the Scott Cowen Service Award; Meredith A. Beers, the Robert V. Tessaro Young Alumni Volunteer Award; Juan David Morgan Jr., the International Award for Exceptional Achievement; Terry A. O’Neill, the Professional Achievement Award; Walter Isaacson, who is not a Tulane alumnus, but is, according to TU President and award presenter Mike Fitts, “a longtime friend of Tulane,” the Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lawrence Gordon, the Distinguished Alumni Award. One of the film industry’s most successful and prolific executives and producers, he has been behind such “classic” movies as “Field of Dreams,” “48 Hours” and “Die Hard.” A few clips of his 40-plus movies were shown.
Supporting the award recipients were family members Deirdre Gordon, Blaise Gordon, Cathy Isaacson, Joan Jones, Marie O’Neill, Cynthia Lindo, Bradleigh O’Hart, and Brad and Kylene Beers. From the university came David Mayer, James MacLaren with Gina, James Stofan, Dr. L. Lee Hamm, Yvette Jones, and with spouse Louellen, TU board Chairman Darryl Berger. They, in turn, rubbed shoulders with Jill Glazer, Chuck and Lynda Gordon, Andree Moss, Sylvan and Judy Steinberg, Dr. George “Kin” Pankey and Pat, McGlinchey sisters Deirdre and Fionuala (Monsted), Frank and Paulette Stewart, Judge Terri Love , and Dr. Mary and Robert Lupo.
To mention a few, who supped on pre-set salad, fish and a pre-set dessert, all placed on chic black table cloths; admired the floral arrangements by Urban Earth Design Studios; and turned an attentive ear to music by the Bobby McIntyre and Rebirth Brass bands.