Mad Hatters plan unique event _lowres

Photo provided by Jackie Elliot -- At a recent meeting of the Mad Hatter's Luncheon committee, the chairmen announced the names of the characters to play the costumed parts for the luncheon. Shown in the picture seated from left, are Kathleen Robert to play Alice, Erin Fleming to be the Queen of Hearts; and back, Karen Villavaso, co-chairwoman; Bruce Gordon, Mad Hatter; Larry Pugh, White Rabbit; and co-chairwoman Dr. Jane Miller.

“Uniquely New Orleans” will be the theme for the fabulous hats women will be making for the 31st annual Mad Hatters Luncheon and Fashion. Sponsored by the New Orleans Opera Association Women’s Guild, the event benefits the New Orleans Opera. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, march 10 and continues through 3 p.m. at the N.O. Hilton Riverside. Doors open at 10:30.

A hat contest is a highlight of the event, with patrons creating individual as well a group themed chapeau.

Tickets start at $100. For information, visit or call Gina Klein at (504) 267-9527, or email