Throw Me Somethin’: Encore Shop’s Fall into Fashion sale will benefit LPO _lowres

Photo provided by Loyola University New OrleansÑ James Gaffney is a former chairman of the department of religious studies at Loyola University New Orleans.

Donald Pliner, Hermes, Minon Faget, Judith Liebet, Louis Vuitton, Cole Haan, Coach, Kate Spade and Gucci. How’s that for an attention grabber. And here’s the kicker: these designer brands are being offered at bargain prices for a good cause.

Be in that number during Encore Shop’s fall shopping days to benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The fun starts with a pre-patron party purchase night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the shop, 7814 Maple St. The Fall into Fashion patron party, featuring boutique accessories, including scarves, handbags and jewelry, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 100 Audubon Blvd.

Fall consignment and donated items also will be featured from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-25, at the shop, and a personal shopper will be on hand Friday, Oct. 24, to offer ways to tie items together.

Encore Shop has donated all proceeds from its sales to orchestra musicians since the Women’s Committee of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra opened its first store on Perrier Street in 1966. Now on Maple Street, the store is managed by LPO volunteers and four part-time employees. Last year, the shop raised $69,000 for the orchestra.

Tickets for the patron party and pre-party shopping are $65, and tickets for the party only are $50. For information call Encore Shop at (504) 861-9028.

“Wear Y’Hat” benefit

The annual hat sale to benefit the St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave.

This year’s sale will feature sparkling wine, and music by Bart Ramsey on French accordion and Zazou City.

Hats offered for sale will include creations found at “estate sales and flea markets along my drive from New Orleans to Western New York this summer,” said parade founder Claudia Lynch. “We have oodles of vintage hats, fun hats, pretty hats, you name it.”

Proceeds will help finance this year’s parade, inspired by the Catherinette parade in Paris. It will start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street. This year’s theme is “Wear Y’Hat!”

St. Catherine is the patron saint of milliners and single women. The parade is open to hat-wearing women and girls of all ages. As always, men and boys are welcome to tag along. For information contact Claudia Lynch at, or visit www.

Goodwill Halloween ball

“Ghoulwill Goes Hollywood” is the theme of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana’s third annual Ghoulwill Ball from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.

Tickets are $50 for the ball or $100 for the ball and patron party at 7 p.m. featuring an open bar, a silent auction and music by Sasha Masakowski.

Music at the ball will include Luke Winslow-King, Mia Borders and the Stooges Brass Band with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

Costumes are encouraged, especially portrayals of dead or living Hollywood celebrities, and there will be a costume contest. For information visit

Free resource fair

A Community Housing and Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at First Pilgrims Church and School, 1228 Arts St. in Gentilly.

This is a free event offering help for veterans, employment assistance, free legal assistance, Road Home information, free light bulbs, free vegetable gardens, clothing, utility assistance, construction help, financial assistance from bank counselors and a workshop for young people.

Refreshments will be served. For information call (504) 884-0829 or (504) 948-0808.

Lecture examines Catholics and slavery

“African Slaves and Catholic Liberators: Why Bad Things Went Unnoticed by Good People” is the subject of a free lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Loyola University in the Audubon Room on the second floor of the Danna Center, 6363 St. Charles Ave. A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. Parking is available in the West Road Garage.

Loyola’s College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and the Department of Religious Studies is sponsoring the fall Yamauchi lecture, presented by James Gaffney, professor Emeritus of Ethics and former chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola. For information call (504) 865-3953.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at