Holiday Happenings

Staff Salutes

“Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank” headed the silver-bordered, invitation that announced The Roosevelt as the venue and “black tie optional” as the attire. Cocktails were at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8.

A holiday themed menu that started with a slew of hors d’oeuvres pleased every palate. Cocktail and martini bars offered the first libations. On to the main course, the attractions were soup, salad, sorbet (satsuma mint granite), dinner of filet mignon, and a chocolate dome dessert. The tables were decorated with pretty white roses in large glass bowls.

Headlining the activity was 2017 medical staff President Dr. Robert Shackleton, who was joined by wife Kim; hospital CEO Anthony DiGerolamo with spouse Kippy; Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Michael Boucree with Ivan Griffin; and immediate past chief of staff Dr. Cherie Bragg with Dr. James Bragg. Dr. Scott Habetz, with Julie, is the chief of Surgery Department and the incoming medical staff president.

More notables were associate medical director, West Bank, Dr. Laura Nicosia; West Bank, medical director pathology, medical staff member-at-large Dr. Don Hemelt with Rosemary; and Drs. Kearny Robert III, Michael Castine, Charles Leithead, Edwin Ross and Sergio Castillo with spouses Kathleen, Virginia, Kelli, Nancy and Maria.

In his words of appreciation, Dr. Shackleton thanked the medical staff officers, the governing board members and the executive staff for continued dedication and service. In another show of appreciation, all guests received a fleur-de-lis trivet plate.

Finally music had its say. Inviting all to shake a leg, Louisiana Spice Band added just the right ingredients to get the crowd dancing.

Big Green

Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, was founded in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, and is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. An Ivy League private research university, it boasts Big Green as its nickname and, as notable alumni journalist Jake Tapper, Daniel Webster and Dr. Seuss.

Local alums gathered at the Blanc Place home of Ann Wailes Sinnott and alumnus John for the annual Holiday Party. Everyone admired the house and its seasonal decorations, while making tracks to Ann’s elegant charcuterie board, mushroom canapes and delicious sweets. The party also afforded an opportunity to acknowledge outgoing Dartmouth Club of the Gulf Coast President Ken Klemm (with Leslie) and to welcome successor Ann Koppel Schreiner. Joining alumna Ann was her husband, Mark Schreiner, whose alma mater is Carleton in his native Minnesota.

Others on the Big Green scene were Ali Ward Kramer, Jack and Barbara Hopke, FJ and Kathy Eicke (from Ocean Springs, Mississippi), Jake and Caitlin Carlson, Kim Davis, Kirk Jones, and recent graduate Lulu Carter, who moved to the Crescent City to work with alum Kevin Wilkins. Also, Dee and Libby Flint and daughter Caitlin. The Flints had three children (Connor, Brian, Caitlin) attend Dartmouth. The fourth, Dale, went to Northwestern, but is marrying a “Dartmouth girl.”

As a special note, the Schreiners’ little sons were given a luminous present, “a fabulous Christmas light display,” by their Calhoun Street neighbors, John and TeeZimmerman. Thanks aplenty for the gift of lights!

Christmas in October

Held in the Metairie home near Lake Pontchartrain of Betsy and Mark Henson, the annual Christmas Party of the Metairie Woman’s Club celebrated “Christmas in October.” It’s a fundraiser that benefits Pennies for Bread of St. Joseph Abbey, Grace House and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Jefferson.

A cold night, the home was most welcoming with fireplaces aglow in the living and dining rooms. On the mantel were decorations of beeswax Christmas trees made by the Hensons from their own beehives. A fir Christmas tree glowed in the dining room, where a buffet feast, complete with beef Wellington and pulled pork, beckoned.

Headliners included Debby Hughes, who co-chaired the fun with the Hensons, as well as club President YvonnePerret, former President Fran Puig, President-elect Elsie Manos, and committee chairwomen Karen Villavaso (community service) and Linda Sharp (membership) with husband Edmond. Spotted, too, in Christmas finery were Cindy Garic, Melanie Rose, Iona Myers, Judy Wood with Elm, Ginger Crawford, Kathleen McGregor, Linda Deichmann with Dan, Coleen and Elgin Landry, and Jerri and Burt Klein.

To conclude the evening, and appreciate the spirit of club camaraderie, everyone held hands and joined in the traditional singing of “God Bless America.”

Cocktails and Conversation

“Join us!” was atop the invitation extended by host committee Andrew Glasgow, Jan Katz and Jim Derbes, Larry and Sharon Schmidt, Louise Sontheimer Glickman, Roger Ogden, and Ann and Dick Strub for “Cocktails and Conversation with The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.” Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the center has prominent involvement from a number of New Orleanians.

Always a treat to visit, the location was the home of arts maven Jim Mounger. Immediately within, guests eyed a stunning decorative “piece”: a beautifully decked-out collection of chartreuse tinsel trees under a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. One of the initial greeters was the above former Orleanian Louise, who now calls Asheville home. She brought representatives from the center to meet arts leaders in New Orleans. 

CCCD is visiting major American communities to offer opportunities for student fellowships, curatorial internships and craft research grants.

Mastheaders included CCCD director Stephanie Moore from Asheville; Asheville resident Andrew Glasgow, former head of the American Craft Council and former trustee of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; and the Schmidts, who had recently returned from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebration.

Others were John Chrestia, who recently married Ricky Taylor at an intimate ceremony in Ralph’s on the Park; Jeremy Jernegan, head of the Newcomb Art Department; Vivian Cahn, who enjoyed hosting activity; and ceramicist Sarah House, a recipient of a Wingate Fellowship through CCCD. Based on her recent excursion to Iceland, she did the ceramic icebergs that were grouped on the buffet table. There, guests enjoyed small bites purveyed by Chez Nous.

And, arts activist Bev Church, stationery designer AlexaPulitzer, Ogden Museum Executive Director William Andrews, museum founder Roger Ogden, film notables Nicelle and TG Herrington, and MelBuchanan, curator of “Personalities in Clay” from the collection of E. John Bullard. It’s on display now at the New Orleans Museum of Art, running through April 8.