Roll Green Wave!
“Pre-Season Tea and Silent Auction” topped the invitation that continued, on a green background, the names of the hosting organizations: Greenie Gals Booster Club, Tulane University Women’s Association and Newcomb Alumnae Association. They honored wives of the 1998 football team and Green Wave coaches’ wives.
As for rest of the message, the invitation continued with “Real women watch sports, wear olive & blue (Tulane’s colors) and cheer Hullabaloo!”
The oak-paneled Josephine Louise Ballroom near Broadway on the Tulane-Newcomb campus was transformed into an English tea garden. Topiaries adorned with football-laced ribbons and teapot-shaped cookie cutters were perched on opposite ends of the auction table, which was the focal point of the room. Ivy trailed from the mantels and floral-filled teapots in shades of green and blue dotted the tables. A ceramic bird in a birdcage was a nice touch.
Credit where credit was due. Alysia Fortier of Tent Man Tents of Mandeville decorated inviting seating areas, pulling from a collection of antique linen doilies, silver and china candy dishes, and vintage copies of The Jambalaya, Tulane’s yearbook.
The food offerings were extensive and ever so delicious. Classic tea sandwiches from Martin Wine Cellar and miniature flavored scones baked by Fresh Market were part of the afternoon enticements, along with green tea and chocolate cheesecake, rosemary-roasted walnuts, and green/blue teapot-shaped and iced sugar cookies that were contributed by members. Dawn Harris Catering of Baton Rouge made the white-chocolate dipped strawberries with the Roll Wave “T” logo. As for the libations, sparkling Verdi Spumante punch and Tipsy Sweet Tea cocktails were the signature drinks. Hot tea and almond iced tea were further favorites.
Another sort of “green”ing concerned the purchasable items and the auctions, both silent and live. A Greenie Gal BouTEAque featured green Wave-inspired game-day essentials for feminine fans, men, and even little micro “Waves” and pets. Popular items included silver bracelet cuffs, monogrammed stadium afghans, “Roll Wave” embroidered kitchen towels, and green and blue scarves for game day. Handsome sun hats attracted several buyers.
As they socialized, sipped and nibbled, attendees perused the enticing auction items. Included were a homecoming ride on the “Krewe of Green Wave Volkswagen Bus,” 2015 football season tickets, a membership to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, restaurant gift certificates, a trip to the Gulf Coast, and jewelry by Newcomb College alumna Mignon Faget. The auction raised more than $4,300 to benefit student game-day spirit groups at Tulane.
Among the many present were Greenie Gals Booster Club President Fergie Lewis, Treasurer Kimberly Buck, Vice President Shannon Kottemann, and Tulane University Women’s Association past President Barbara Knill. Also, Ashley and Madeline Jones, respective mother and grandmother of freshman All American tight end Charles Jones.
The honored wives of the 1998 team members included Charlotte Ordeneaux (Jimmy), Rheneisha Robertson (Bernard) and Toni Curtis (Jeff). Milling as Green Wave coaches’ wives were Susan Pierce — David is TU’s 23rd head baseball coach; Lyndsey Miller — Philip is assistant coach; and Stephanie Allen — Sean is batting coach. Susan Kubiak Pierce is the sister of Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak.
Noted, too, were Gina Purnell MacLaren, wife of Newcomb-Tulane College Dean James MacLaren; Charlotte Travieso, former TU alumni director; Janet Spanier, whose husband, Barry, directs the Tulane Marching Band; Judy Weaver; Lucienne Harris; adjunct professor and alumna Allison Russell Waldron, who, with husband Ryan, had just attended a wedding in Ireland; Ginny Conroy, whose husband, Ed, is the head basketball coach; and Judge Bernadette D’Souza, whose daughter Christina, is engaged to David Gelb. His father is Peter Gelb, who, since 2006 has been the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. (Peter’s late father, Arthur, an author, is the former managing editor of The New York Times.)
Still more within the tea set were Meredith Beers of the Newcomb Alumnae Board, former District Attorney of Shreveport Martha Ellard, and Conchetta Cordova, whose husband, Wayne, is director of football personnel. More coaches’ wives included Mindy McDonell — John is the offensive line coach; Jody Price — Eric is the offensive coordinator; Kimberly Lichtenberger — Doug is the director of football operations; and Laura Booras — Mark is head tennis coach.
The afternoon ended with a spirited live auction of an emerald and aquamarine white gold ring donated by Gold’n Creations of Gretna and a pair of “Tulane” leather cowboy boots by Allen Boots of Austin, Texas.
As guests departed they picked up favor bags with loads of goodies. The wording on the bags was “Real women watch sports, wear olive green and blue, and love the Green Wave.”
Bows and Beaus
With the opening date of the New Orleans Opera season just a month away — it opens on Fri., Oct. 9, with “La Traviata” — the Junior Committee of the NOOA orchestrated a party prelude. It was held at the Opera Guild Home in the Garden District on a recent Sunday. Guests were encouraged to “grab a bow and bring a beau” to the afternoon fun, the theme of which was a celebration of the art of being Southern. Women and men planned ways to incorporate a bow into their estival attire.
Among the many attractions were the taste treats from Ralph Brennan Catering (such as assorted specialty sandwiches), Bourbon cocktails and white wine, a display of Southern bow ties and accessories from NOLA Couture, and raffles. The winner of the “Second Line” bow tie, courtesy of NOLA Couture, was Dr. Ranney Mize, NOOA board president; and of jewelry, Amy Bosworth (earrings) and Shelly Lowry (bracelet) from White House Black Market located in The Shops at Canal Place.
Headliners included Summer Party Event Chairwoman Sarah Roy Harbison; Junior Committee board Co-Chairwomen Torry Dean and Summer Duperon; past JC board Chairwoman Autumn Harrell with Justin; NOOA general and artistic director Robert Lyall; and board Vice President Larry Pugh and Nina. And, Elise Johns, Candace Faubion, Autumn Town, Janique Davalie, Morris and Alisha Reed, Tracy Joseph and Sarah Wellman; and NOOA executive director Timothy Todd Simmons and spouse Kathleen Halm Simmons.
A highlight of “Bows and Beaus” occurred when Todd Simmons sat at the piano to accompany his wife, who sang. Her selections were from forthcoming NOOA operas, “Die Fledermaus,” “Tosca,” and the above “La Traviata.” All gorgeous!
Around and About
The above Tulane University Women’s Association assembled to ring in the 2015-16 Tulane academic year at a spot with a name ever so familiar to them and their kith: Bruno’s Tavern. Within a designated area, TUWA members socialized and sipped.
Lesley Poche, a Realtor, claims Southern Methodist University as her alma mater. In fact, she is the New Orleans Alumni Chapter president. In a few weeks, she’ll travel to the Dallas-located school for a 30th reunion, which coincides with SMU’s Centennial Celebration. Other (and earlier) travels were east-bound when Lesley, with husband Al, went to Natchez, Mississippi, over the July 4 weekend and stayed at Dunleith Historic Inn. Some folks say that it’s haunted, thanks to the apparition of a woman who plays the harp. Boo!
Little Hayward Manson “Hays” Adams was born on Aug. 26 and, according to his thrilled family, “joy” is the word. He has made Pierce and Cameron Adams first-time parents and Mark and Libby Adams first-time grandparents.