The historic Lang House in Old Mandeville recently held an Abita Brewery “Craft Beer Tasting” fundraiser. The home, located at 605 Carroll St., hosted guests and patrons from throughout the parish for the special event. Diane Pratt organized the beer tasting.

Proceeds from the event will go toward continued renovation of the Lang House, which now houses Mandeville historical artifacts and a gift shop, and is also available for weddings and receptions.

Helping on the historic association’s organizing committee are Adele Foster, Becky Deano, Richard Boyd and Paula Cannon.

Several of the very popular Abita craft beers were available for sampling, and food was donated by Opal Basil, Scott’s Tapas & Wine Bar, Alex Patout’s Renaissance Bistro and George’s Mexican Restaurant.

Guests were able to tour the home and dine out on the patio while enjoying the music of guitarist Jojjo Wight.

The event was sponsored by the Old Mandeville Historic Association, which has made the renovation of the Lang House, built more than 160 years ago on the Mandeville lakefront by tobacco merchant Jean Baptiste, one of its major projects. The home was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and owners at the time donated it to the city, which had it moved to the Carroll Street location.

For more information on the Lang House, visit www.old

Sweet Soiree

Children with disabilities and their families were the beneficiaries of the fifth annual Sweet Soiree held at Stone Creek Club & Spa. The event was presented by Adapting and Changing Children’s Environments with Successful Solutions.

ACCESS gives grants to families of children with disabilities to pay for adaptive equipment, assistive devices as well as vehicle and home modifications. Since its inception in 2010, ACCESS has been honored to provide financial grants totaling in excess of $100,000 to more than 40 families who were denied funding by their private insurance and/or Medicaid.

The event featured live music by Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys; Batiste Father and Sons of New Millennium; Rockin’ Dopsie Jr.; Russell Batiste and Friends featuring Jason Neville; James Andrews; Donald Harrison and Conga Square; Mike “Soulman” Baptiste; Mark Mullins, of Bonerama; Sharmar Allen; the Chosen Ones Brass Band; and the New Birth Brass Band. Additional entertainment featured the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, the Zulu Connection Stilt Walkers and other special guests.

The silent auction featured original artwork, sports memorabilia, retreat packages and home dé cor. Also included were original artworks by Sally Knox Funderburg Hall; home decorative items; a family night package; a ladies day package; a signed Anthony Davis jersey; a Creekside Retreat from the Spa at Stone Creek; and others.

Guests remarked on the lovely outside décor of the venue, which featured white linens with floral bouquets and paper lanterns hanging among the white, twinkling lights. Trey Yuen, Jimmy Johns, K Gee’s and Longhorn Steakhouse were just a few of the local restaurants providing culinary treats for the patrons at the event.

Joining Dr. AaronKarlin on the committee was his wife, Cheri Karlin, Scott Boudreaux, Lynda Bradley, Larry Conner, Melissa Funk, Nicole Gonzales, LeaAnne Krieger, Kim Melvin, Sonja Newman, Kevin Samrow and Jim Silvestri.

For more information on ACCESS, visit www.access

Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at