A brace of French Quarter-located events and a chromatic caper added spring to social footsteps. Presented by the Newman Parents Association of Isidore Newman School, “Newman en Blanc et Vert” colored an on-campus fundraiser. At Antoine’s, the French Quarter Festival held its Opening Night Gala with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Roots of Music. Not long after, and on Easter Sunday, it was back to the famed restaurant, with many repeats of festival revelers, for a Continental breakfast and a lunch that flanked the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Louis Cathedral that was celebrated by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond. Members of the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade delighted in their paschal tribute.

With All the Thrills Upon It

Easter bonnets topped many a coif during the above parade, which was led by longtime member Jacquelyn “Jackie” Brechtel Clarkson, who shared the decorated carriage with sister-in-law Rebecca Brechtel, and daughter and granddaughter Royce Ann Brechtel Fugler and Care Fugler. Post breakfast, organization President Amy Carbonette Cioll, with husband Nick, led the entourage to the carriages and convertibles to start the parade that wound its way through the Vieux Carre. Following Mass, members either promenaded in Jackson Square or attended the newly created Easter Egg Hunt in St. Anthony’s Garden sponsored by Cathedral Rector the Very Rev. Philip Landry and the archbishop. Then it was back to Antoine’s for another promenade – one through the dining rooms, where the restaurant’s Yvonne Blount welcomed the parade pack. Joining her were son Timothy and spouse Pamela and daughter-in-law Claudia.

Tables were decorated with Easter bunnies and eggs nestled in a bed of “grass,” while elsewhere there were festive baskets filled with goodies. As for the luncheon fare, it included several Antoine’s specialties capped most sweetly with baked Alaska with chocolate sauce.

Savoring all the socializing were the above Ciolls with Amy’s sister Madeline Carbonette; Janice and Dr. Ed Foulks, who hosted the earlier Members’ Coffee in their French Quarter home and courtyard; and Carol Greve with her in-from-Texas family: Catherine and Peyton Hall, Becky Hall and Kathleen Goemer. Also, Ginger Gould and David Speights, Bonnie and Walter Lee, Penny and Al Baum, Amy and Jason Gray and daughter Alexis, Dr. Russell and Shane Sibley Levy with Barbara Ryans, Terry and Dr. Thomas Keister, Lynn Abide and Cindy Janecke, Julie Jackson Brandt and daughter Reilly, Rita and Jerry Satawa, Sandra Junius, Ruth De La Cerda, Pat and Greg Kahn, and Nancy Kincaid, with daughters Mary and Rachel. They are already red-circling Easter Sunday of 2015, April 5.

On the eve of the Vieux Carre peregrination, many of the HFQEP members raised a twilight glass of cheer at Muriel’s Restaurant.

The Fest Flock

To hail the Chevron-presented French Quarter Festival, the “largest free music festival in the U.S.,” the Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s welcomed 446 attendees (with 150 patrons), who turned an attentive ear to the New Orleans Moonshiners Trio, and later, Davell Crawford with special guest Irma Thomas, and an attentive appetite to a slew of restaurant and libation donors. Particular gratitude went to Antoine’s above-mentioned Yvonne Blount, Ricky Blount, executive chef Michael Regua and the restaurant’s personnel.

Mastheading the merriment were event chairwomen Janice Foulks and Shelley Hardison, French Quarter Festivals Inc. board President Ann Wills and executive director Marci Schramm with husband Scott Campbell (in a few months, they’ll welcome another child to their family), Chevron’s Sakari Morrison and Sarah Hughes, and from the major sponsors, Tracy Thomas (GE Capital), Chris and Kendra Reade (Carrollton Group) and Capital One Bank’s representatives.

Noted as well were Errin Bellan, Deborah Moench, Jeremy Thibodeaux, Barrett Cooper (and parents Arnold and Arlene), Al Groos, Lary Hesdorffer, Jackie Clarkson, Jon Smith, Tod Smith, Susan Couvillon, Bonnie Broel, Irene and Tom Lutkewitte, and Darryl and Louellen Berger, who’ve become grandparents for the fifth time, thanks to little Brooks Berger, whose parents are Daphne and Brandon.

Many of the gala-goers participated in the French Quarter Festival fun that amassed more than 732,000 participants. And for those who missed it, Satchmo SummerFest (also presented by Chevron) will rally crowds July 31-August 3.

White and Green Scene

Moving Uptown, Newman’s annual spring party limelighted Anne Guillot, Laurie Oliphant and Angele Thionville as the chairing threesome for “Newman en Blanc et Vert” and Susu Stall as the president of the Parents Association. The bash committee ran the A-Z gamut, starting with Dimple Agrawal and concluding with Jennifer Fontenot Zurik. “White outdoor party attire” was scripted on the invitation that featured the thematic colors of white and green.

During the patrons’ hobnobbing, special attractions included the Newman Jazz Band, palm reading, Hourglass Dancers, and French 75 Cocktails, while the hour-after celebration spotlighted the New Orleans Brass Review, and still later, the “Sit-Down Dinner on the Green” had food by Calcasieu and private dining by chef Donald Link. An extensive auction created stand-up movement.

Within the “Blanc et Vert” scope were Ali Kramer, Tamara Jacobson, Linda Miller, Andrea Finkelstein, Tina Andrews, Jennifer Heebe, Catherine Freeman, Laura Sillars, MB Koper, Melanie Fischmann, Nora Lasky, Melissa Rufty, Michelle Enright, Anne Birdsong Knister, Courtney Rive, Stephanie Carroll, Mary Schmidt, Betsy Laborde and countless others. Effusive thanks went to the top-category Lagniappe patrons, whose listing included Melissa and Donald Doyle (parents of Rebecca Bronson Doyle, who swapped vows last fall with Richard Fox Weber Jr.), Susan and Jimmy Gundlach, Elly and Merritt Lane, Kristie and Jeffrey Singer, Tommy and Sarah Usdin and the above Susu Stall and her husband, Andrew.

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