Inside New Orleans Museum of Art
#1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park / New Orleans, LA 70124
The 10th anniversary in August since Katrina got me reminiscing and remembering what it was like when we first returned in March 2006 to New Orleans. Reading my past columns helped me remember how bleak it was and how uncertain we all were as to whether the lakefront would in fact be rebuilt.
The neutral grounds were grey and devoid of wildlife. There was still trash piled 3 stories high on West End, boats were still in the streets and the sound outside was deathly silent when we walked our dogs back in that time. Soon we began to see signs of rejuvenation as a few homes and businesses began to get rebuilt, birds returned and neutral grounds and gardens were replanted.
Now the neutral grounds of Lakeview are beautiful once again, thanks to many hours of hard work done by community members. In the early days it was people like Connie and Mark Uddo, Denise Thornton, Deborah Langhoff and Al Petrie who really helped get the ball rolling with the beautification. This was very important to the sanity of all of us who were here in the beginning. The act of planting made us feel that this was something that we could do that made a difference.
The birds, wildlife and people began to return over the next nine years. We have seen dramatic change to the area with many old businesses returning and new ones added. City Park has made vast improvements to everything from the landscape, museum, big lake, tennis center, soccer fields, golf and equestrian center. So, our area has really created momentum and a blueprint on how to make a devastated area comeback. It is what happens when lots of people care and are willing to help.
One of the early people who helped was Mark Uddo. I found out that Uddo is going to be given an honor from the Young Leadership Council at the Role Model award Gala September 12. He is the chef for Metairie Park Country Day School but he is also a neighborhood "can do" person. Mark has helped plant trees, do clean up and general will just lend a hand when needed.
The Twilight Concert Series in City Park will feature Julio and Cesar Herrera of New Orleans on July 9. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m.
The New Orleans Museum of Art will offer Café NOMA's Artful Palate summer cooking program July 10 with seven art-inspired cooking demonstrations led by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs.
Also, NOMA's exhibition, "A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste & Context," celebrates the acquisition of a rococo revival parlor from the Butler-Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville. In honor of the exhibition, the Artful Palate demonstrations will feature Creole-inspired dishes and traditions.
Chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph's on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Brennan's, Heritage Grill, Napoleon House and café b will lead the demonstrations, along with local guest chefs and purveyors.
Artful Palate is free, and open on a first come, first served basis from 5-8 p.m.
A plant sale will be held July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pelican Greenhouse off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive just south of the I-610 underpass. Bring a wagon and arrive early for best selection. Admission is free. For information call 504-483-9464.
Learning 'Bout Swamps will be presented July 18 at 10 a.m. at New Orleans Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden Growing Gardeners program introduces children to gardening as they learn about plants, food, and ecosystems. Children ages 6-9 are welcome. The fee is $15 per class. For more information call 483-9470.