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The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

April 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
If you’re a fan of history, medicine, or just interesting collections of unusual and mildly creepy antiques, then a visit to the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is just what the doctor ordered!

You could be excused for thinking that a pharmacy museum sounds a little dull – but before you dismiss it, check out this quote from Rand McNally’s Best of the Road: “Almost every cobbled street in the Big Easy houses some eclectic museum or another, and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is one of the best.”

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Opa! It’s New Orleans Greek Festival 2016

April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016If you’re a fan of Greek food, drink, culture, and music, then you’ll want to head to Bayou St. John, Memorial Day weekend – May 27th through the 29th – for the 2016 annual New Orleans Greek Festival!

New Orleans is nothing, if not a melting pot of culture. As with many other groups, the Big Easy has long been home to a sizable Greek community. Every year, for the past 43 years, members of this colorful community have put together a festival celebrating one of the Western world’s oldest cultures: The New Orleans Greek Festival.

Gyros, souvlaki, baklava, moussaka, spanakopita, olives, roast lamb, wine – who wouldn’t take the opportunity to savor the annual New Orleans Greek Festival, with all of its unique and mouth-watering foods? As a matter of fact, this year’s New Orleans Greek Festival is celebrating the humble yet delightful dolmades: stuffed grape leaves. Yum!

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016 - DolmadesNew Orleans Greek Festival is more than just food, though. Along with all the food and drink, there will also be traditional Greek dancing: Hellenic Dancers in colorful costumes moving to the distinctive sounds of a live Greek band. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself caught up in the rhythm, too – but that’s okay: it’s a festival! Join in!

Other attractions include the Agora outdoor marketplace with vendors selling local, imported, and handcrafted Greek-style clothing, jewelry, and other gifts. The Greek grocery will be offering delectable cheeses, dips, spices, as well as holding cooking demonstrations, such as how to roll your own dolmades.

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016 - roast LambAttendees may also purchase an official, 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival poster, t-shirt, and sportswear – and be sure to register for the $1,000 Entrance Raffle. Other random drawings during the festival will reward lucky ticket-holders with trips to Greece and the fabled Grecian islands of the Aegean and Mediterranean. And on Sunday, the 29th, if you come to the festival in a tasteful toga, you’ll get in free!

NOLA Greek Fest takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, with its magnificent, Byzantine-style dome on Robert E. Lee Boulevard, adjacent to Bayou St. John. Founded in 1866, the cathedral is reputed to be the first and oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in the United States – and during Greek Fest you can – and should! – tour it. You’ll marvel at the beautiful and distinctive, Eastern Orthodox style of the frescoes, stained glass windows, and decor.

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016

Memorial Day Weekend – May 27th, 28th, & 29th
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1200 Robert E Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
For tickets and a full list of scheduled activities for the 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival, be sure to visit them online at: www.greekfestnola.com

New Orleans Greek Festival Lodging
Hotel and motel blues got you down? The next time you’re in the Big Easy, try a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn, instead! One experience with a New Orleans B&B’s deep-dish amenities, personal service, delicious, get-you-on-your-feet breakfasts, and insider info about what to do and where to go, and you’ll NEVER book a stay at a mediocre hotel or motel again.

Celebrate at Freret Street Festival 2016

March 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Freret Street Festival 2016New Orleans’ annual Freret Street Festival is a colorful start to New Orleans’ celebrated festival season, with live music on 3 stages, food & drink, and over 200 vendors: April 2, 2016 – 11am to 6pm.

Held the first Saturday, every April, Freret Street Festival celebrates the street’s lively culture. Considered a gem of the Uptown district, Freret Street is home to singular cocktail bars, eclectic boutiques and galleries, and to-die-for restaurants.

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New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016

March 1st, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016The 80th anniversary of the annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta, March 5-6, 12-13, 2016, is an excellent opportunity to explore the interiors of 20 privately owned, historic New Orleans homes!

Begun in 1937 by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, New Orleans Spring Fiesta is a multi-faceted event encompassing the first two weekends of March and celebrating the arrival of spring with a parade of horse-drawn carriages through the French Quarter, historic home tours, a special brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant, and presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court at Jackson Square.

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Visit the Beauregard-Keyes House

December 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

General PGT Beauregard - the Beauregard-Keyes House

General PGT Beauregard

Dating back to 1826, New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House Museum is a French Quarter landmark that has served as home to a series of famous and influential personalities.

The Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, may have a colorful history, serving as home to a number of personalities and purposes over the years – but it bears the names of a Civil War general and the author who ultimately saved the building from ruin.

The house, itself, was commissioned by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier in 1825, designed by François Correjolles and built by James Lambert. The design combines elements of a Creole cottage with Greek Revival features, includes a central hall, and is fronted with a Palladian façade.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve!

December 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

a New Orleans New Year's Eve

It seems like, no matter the date, there’s always a reason to celebrate in New Orleans – but when a national holiday rolls around? Look out. The Big Easy knows how to do it right – and a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is no exception!

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Enjoy A New Orleans Christmas Getaway

November 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Christmas Celebration In the OaksThere’s always something to do in New Orleans, and once Christmas rolls around, there’s almost too much to do! If you’re hoping to enjoy a New Orleans Christmas getaway, here’s a short guide of just a few New Orleans Christmas traditions you may not want to miss.

Celebration in the Oaks – You really haven’t enjoyed a New Orleans Christmas unless you’ve taken in the beloved, traditional Celebration In The Oaks: a month-long event in City Park including thousands of colorful lights, Storyland, amusement rides, displays, activities, even a two-mile long, miniature train you can take a ride in!

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Get a Taste of the South at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Southern Food and Beverage MuseumThe Southern Food and Beverage Museum – also know as the SoFAB Institute – celebrates the food and drink of the American South. Best of all, when you visit you can, too!

Creole, bourbon, grits, and po’boys. It’s easy to overlook and even undervalue the heritage of food and drink when it’s right in front of you – at that point, all you really want to do is dig in! – but the culinary identity of the American South is as important a part of the region’s past, present, and future as its visual art, music, history, or any other aspect of a culture, which you would find in a museum.

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Discover the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival 2015 LogoA two-day smorgasbord of gumbos and live music in Armstrong Park’s Congo Square celebrating the neighborhood known as the birthplace of jazz: that’s the 8th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, scheduled for the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2015.

Despite the name, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is really more a celebration of the Tremé neighborhood’s heritage than it is a celebration of gumbo – but don’t get too despondent: there’s plenty of gumbo involved in the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, too. Why, there’s even a vegan gumbo cook-off!

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A New Orleans Halloween!

October 8th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Halloween - Jack o' lanterns

Halloween and New Orleans seem made for each other and, sure enough, when the spooky, autumn holiday rolls around, the Crescent City comes to life with a number of crazy and fun ways to enjoy a New Orleans Halloween!

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