n Fabric Fun!
The calendar tells us differently, but we are decidedly in a summer state of mind. And that’s what Sippin’ in Seersucker banks on for its annual merriment hosted by The Shops at Canal Place to benefit Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
In accordance with the name of the fete, seersucker was the dress code and a contest (with master of ceremonies Charles Divins of WDSU as the host) hailed the look. Judges Tracee Dundas and L. Kasimu Harris roamed throughout the crowd to select contest participants for the best and most creative seersucker ensemble. Favorites were numerous, but soon pared down for delightful suspense.
Teamed to chair “Sippin’” were Jolie Bensen Hamilton and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey (co-owners of the clothing company Jolie & Elizabeth) along with Ariel M. Wilson and the above L. Kasimu Harris, who, together, lined up a committee of 28. More lining up came from the restaurants, 14 total, which offered light bites and cocktails on two different levels of the party site; the entertainers, Luke Winslow-King String Band and Smoking Time Jazz Band; and the raffle packages. To remember the sartorial romp, attendees queued up for the Big Easy Photo Booth. Smile and say, “Seersucker.”
Milling about the first two floors of The Shops at Canal Place, gazing and grazing, were Ogden Board of Trustees President Allison Kendrick, director William Pittman Andrews, Roger Ogden (spearheader of the museum which has the “largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world” and bears his name), John Berendt, Laurie Haspel Aronson, Shops general manager Lisa Manzella, Hattie and Corey Moll, Bill Haltom (author of “Milk & Honey: The Complete Book of Seersucker”), and about 570 others in fine fabric fettle.
A few days later, some of the “Sippin’” set assembled at the invitation of the above museum director William Andrews and the Ogden’s trustees for the Richardson Society Soiree. Guests were delighted with the invitation and the venue, the stunning Garden District home of Jane Scott and Philip Hodges. Conversation coursed a gamut, but some of it centered on the museum’s next event: the June 11 Magnolia Ball.
n Branching Out
Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais cordially invited a collective “you” for cocktails to honor “Sponsors and Speakers of Tree School Fifteen.” The showplace Rabalais home on Northline in Metairie was the site for the conviviality. Guests were awed by the gardens, outdoor seating areas and lovely Plant Gallery flower arrangement that featured roses, hydrangeas and stock. Lacee Arbo of Ciao Bella Vita Catering provided the nice nibbles with the baked raspberry white chocolate brie as the piece de resistance.
Relishing the Tree treats were Canadian professor Brendon Larson of the University of Waterloo, Celia and Dr. Arnold Lupin, Friends President Lucy Thomas with husband David, education Chairwoman Carey Hammett, Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken and Stephen Dwyer, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, and, with wife Rebecca, Dr. Neil Odenwald, master of ceremonies and Edith Stern Award winner.
Also, Sue Ellen and Joe Canizaro, Mary and Michael Whealdon, Elesha and Albert Kelleher, Cynthia and Joe Baucum, Jackie Madden, Holley Haag, and Shelia Sparacio, who showed their support for the annual Tree School, an award-winning seminar, which is in its 16th year.
n Promises Kept
For its fifth annual gala, the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans headed to Stars and Stripes. That’s the name of the boulevard for the party location, the New Orleans Lakefront Airport and more specifically, Messina’s at the Terminal. “Keeping Our Promises” bannered the cocktail-attire bash at which Mayor Mitchell “Mitch” J. Landrieu was presented the 2016 Inspired Cross Award.
Paired as 2016 “Keeping Our Promises” chairmen were Dr. Corey Hebert and Mullady Voelker, whose committee included Austin and Therese Badon, Michael and Tracie Griffin, Holley Haag, Terrance and Stephanie Osborne, Mark Romig, Cleveland Spears, and Pierre and Margaret Villere. All thanked the sponsors, especially the “Premier” one, Louisiana Healthcare Connections. In the next category, Creativity, were two, Ascension and Curry & Friend PLC.
They abetted the work of the Daughters of Charity and their ministry of health, which can “only be achieved through the dedication and generosity of many people and organizations that offer their talents and resources.”
Patrons arrived at 7 p.m. for their one-hour hobnobbing and the start of the good food. For the next three hours, the gala was underway and Tanya Boutte and Friends showed what musical amity was all about.
n Around and About
Birthdays have rallied dearest and nearest on several festive fronts. “Celebrate 90 Wonderful Years with Betty Bagot” headed the pretty pink-and-lime-green-on-white invitation for Betty’s natal day. At least three generations of those closest to her gathered mid-afternoon at the Orleans Club. For the occasion, she chose a vivid green look. When it was time for the celebratory cake, guests gathered around for the huge confection that repeated the motif of the invitation, was surrounded by rose petals, and iced with “Happy 90th Birthday” in green. Congratulations flowed all afternoon.
Knowing that her close friend and neighbor, Sue Ellen Canizaro, yearned to pet some cute little animals, Carey Hammett came up with one of the most creative birthday gifts ever: a brought-in Petting Zoo for her. A handful of select distaff pals were invited to Carey’s Metairie home for a buffet luncheon that was preceded by a chance to pick up and pet some little animals (piglets, etc.) and then, after the departure of the imported zoo, sit for lunch and chatter. In lieu of a birthday cake, each guest received a box of Animal Crackers.