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SECRET NEW ORLEANS: TJ & Di w/Miss Marion Colbert of Tremé!

VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #2! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! Miss Marion demonstrates her New Orleanian attitude and bounce-back approach to life to TJ and Di: Shake the devil off your back! The secret wisdom for proper second-lining, survival, happiness in the moment and longevity. Miss Marion is a lifelong parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the country, the cornerstone of the city’s jazz music and second-line parade traditions. Miss Marion’s church has historical connections to nearby Congo Square.

At age 82, Creole lady Miss Marion remains the spirited queen of Jazz Funeral second lining, rejoicing and dancing back from the grave. Her effervescent spirit and magic were captured on film Easter Sunday — during her regular work day, with a little dancing weaved in amid her normal-routine duties and responsibilities.This clip was filmed onsite in the ladies’ restroom of the elegant and famed French Quarter Brennan’s Restaurant. (Audible toilets flush in the background.) Miss Marion has served as the establishment’s beloved washroom attendant for four decades, and she walks to work from her historical Tremé neighborhood.

Miss Marion is a living example of New Orleans ability to recover post-disaster, to triumph over sorrow, through a belief in, and a living testament, to the power of faith, hope, prayer, worship, music, dance, courage, collective memory, history, cultural identify, local customs and religious heritage.

Miss Marion says, “What’s life? Life is what you make it. A smile goes a long way.”

Miss Marion poignantly and proudly reveals her wisdom — the counsel of Father Jerome LeDoux, a beloved Afro-American priest — in post-Katrina New Orleans. During storm, Miss Marion lost her home and stayed with the masses at the New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome; post-Katrina her beloved grandsons Damon Brooks, 16, and Ivan Brooks, 17, were murdered in 2007 the 9th Ward. Her story was profiled in The New Yorker (New Orleans Journal) and elsewhere.

Despite breathtaking losses, Miss Marion perseveres and enjoys life, with a smile, joy and celebration, as she continues to take her own advice.

Miss Marion played herself in the Peter Entell documentary, Shake the Devil Off.

Miss Marion dances on video with VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) mischief-making provocateurs TJ Fisher and Di Harris!

Quirky French Quarter author/Bourbon Street resident TJ Fisher and style maven/artist Di Harris carve a unique niché among New Orleans eccentric notables and flamboyant characters. TJ previous dedicated an original New Orleans-based 2008 nonfiction book to Miss Marion.

TJ and Di are known for their offbeat sense of satire and signature panache — adventuresome hijinks, biting wit, high-octane passion and theatrical style. TJ drives a ’59 pink Caddy convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. TJ is the accolade-winning author of multiple works of New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction. Award-winning designer Di is the proprietor of where the stars shop, Zogwald’s of the French Quarter, an ever popular and famed international boutique. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.)

See outrageous Sandcastle Queen TJ Fisher and her idiosyncratic friend and partner in shenanigans Lady Marigny Di Harris in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings:

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The vintage-style clip of Miss Marion (an afternoon in the life of TJ and Di, and their intriguingly surreal real world) ends with unforgettable imagery of Miss Marion in motion. Miss Marion regularly doles out her inspirational secrets of life and pearls of wisdom to, and is beloved by, an endless parade of superstars, luminaries, VIPs, ladies of society, the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy, common folks.

The duality of New Orleans and French Quarter life seems extreme. Here the unlikely happens frequently; ironic situations and chance meetings are an everyday occurrence. In New Orleans, history is not merely something observed from afar by leafing through the pages of textbooks. The rich cultural heritage of the city’s forebears still shapes, pervades and surrounds daily life. Here the band plays on, and life goes on. Joie de vivre.


HBO and David Simon’s lush new drama series Treme “gets” New Orleans, they definitely get it, do you? Do you get the resilient heart, soul, spirit and humor of the people and places of New Orleans…?


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What is the Name of this movie?

Name of movie i think it showed on lifetime it was really long like over 3 hours, 4 hrs name is a four letter female name it was a romantic drama that followed the life of title character from young woman to old woman. For some reason i’m thinking zola nola nora

Could it be this one?
Zoya (1995 TV miniseries)
aka Danielle Steel’s Zoya
starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Denise Alexander, David Warner, Diana Rigg, Samuel (Sam) West
IMDb synopsis:
A young Russian countess escapes the 1917 revolution and, despite hardship, makes a new life for herself in America.
Here’s a film clip:

WSP NOLA 10-28-01 Sandbox

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“Tie the Knot” on the Steamboat NATCHEZ in New Orleans

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How cool would it be to get married aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi?  Well you have a chance to find out.  Registration starts on Valentine’s Day!  Get your entry in.

Sharon Denise Talbot


“Tie the Knot” on the Steamboat NATCHEZ Wedding Giveaway Sweepstakes

Kicks Off on Valentine’s Day

Total prize package for one lucky couple values more than $5,000


NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 2012) – On February 14, the New Orleans Steamboat Company is kicking off its “Tie the Knot” on the Steamboat NATCHEZ Wedding Giveaway Sweepstakes on its Facebook page for the second year. Valued at more than $5,000, the prize package for one lucky engaged couple includes a wedding and a reception on the Steamboat NATCHEZ.


To enter the giveaway, couples have to become a fan on the Steamboat NATCHEZ Facebook page starting Tuesday, Feb. 14 and post the following on the Sweepstakes tab: the date they got engaged and why they want to get married on the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Couples can only enter the sweepstakes once and Louisiana licenses are the responsibility of the couple. This sweepstakes is for a wedding and reception only.


On Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00pm (CT), the NATCHEZ will randomly select 10 finalists and will contact the couples directly for a photograph to post on its Facebook page. It will then be up to Facebook fans to vote for their favorite couple by clicking the “Like” button under their picture. The Steamboat NATCHEZ will post the picture and names of the winning couple on Friday, March 30 at 12:00pm (CT).


The complete wedding package includes a ceremony on the boat’s stern underneath the stern canopy; one musician to play a jazz entrance for the bride; an ordained Steamboat NATCHEZ Captain to officiate the ceremony; flowers for four people in the wedding party; a reception in the Magnolia Suite for 40 guests (during the 11:30am cruise or 7:00pm cruise); the Oak Alley Buffet; beer, wine, Bloody Marys and mimosas; a champagne toast for everyone and NATCHEZ champagne toasting glasses for the bride and groom; a $250 wedding cake; a personalized calliope concert of “Here Comes the Bride” and a one-night stay at the Maison Dupuy, located in the French Quarter. (based on availability).*


The couple can choose their wedding date based on availability and must book it at least 30 days in advance. The prize package expires at midnight on February 13, 2013. The sweepstakes does not include transportation to and from New Orleans. The couple must agree to share photos with the Steamboat NATCHEZ after the event for use on post-contest promotion if needed.


“A person’s wedding is one of the most important days of their life,” says Adrienne Thomas, director of marketing and public relations for the New Orleans Steamboat Company. “We are proud that the NATCHEZ has been a part of this special day for so many couples and we can’t wait to show our appreciation by making one lucky couple’s dream come true with our wedding giveaway.”


For the complete list of sweepstakes guidelines and to enter the sweepstakes, visit For more information about the Steamboat NATCHEZ and to make reservations, call (504) 586-8777 or visit Follow the Steamboat NATCHEZ on Twitter @steamernatchez.


*Additional guests or upgrades can be added at the expense of the winning couple.


The New Orleans Steamboat Company was founded by Wilbur and Bill Dow after the rebuilding of the Toulouse Street Wharf in the French Quarter in 1974. Less than one year later, the 1600 passenger Steamboat NATCHEZ was christened. New Orleans Steamboat Company is well recognized and regarded for its contribution to the New Orleans cultural landscape and tourism industry. Since 1975, the Steamboat NATCHEZ has sailed daily offering Mississippi River cruises featuring live jazz, wonderful New Orleans cuisine and the best view in town! Take a cruise and experience part of our American Heritage.

The New Orleans Steamboat Company also owns Gray Line Tours. For more information, please call 504-586-8777 or visit


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Royal Street – French Quarter New Orleans

A beautiful driving tour down Royal Street through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. (while poorly whistling the saints song.)

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Wet, Wild and Wonderful

Spring is festival season in Louisiana and at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo. Soul Fest was last weekend, a colorful celebration of African-American culture. Creole cuisine and soul food mixed with R&B and hip hop kicked off a round of happenings at NOLA’s own “animal house”. I have been to my share of Zoos and believe me when I say Audubon Zoo out shines them all. The Audubon Nature Institute is one class act.

Following directly on the heels of Soul Fest is Earth Fest, Asian Pacific American Society and then popular fund raisers for the Audubon Society, the Whitney Zoo To Do and Zoo To Do for Kids sponsored by Humana. These fundraisers will help underwrite a new attraction at our favorite Zoo called Cool Zoo, an animal themed splash park. Wet, Wild and Wonderful!

Cool Zoo is a new wet and wild splash park right at the Zoo. Highlights include jumping water spouts, a huge alligator (we are in Louisiana after all) water slide, a spider monkey soaker and water spitting snakes just to name a few! The splash park will offer three different splash zones with one specifically for toddlers and younger zoo goers.

In addition to all the custom animal features in the new Cool Zoo, there will be animal sounds in the “Sound Spray” area. When the water sprays you hear matching animal sounds like croaks, bleats, roars or squawks. The Caterpillar sprayer is designed to look like a monarch butterfly and the giant alligator’s tail is the waterslide! This new hot spot will be located between the Endangered Species Carousel and the Embraceable Zoo. Construction should begin soon. So get ready for some Cool Zoo fun.

Another exciting new attraction set to open this summer is Parakeet Pointe. Located at the Aquarium of the Americas, this will be an 800 square foot tropical environment and home to more than 1,000 free flying parakeets! For an even closer encounter, purchase a feed stick for a dollar and feed the bright beautiful little birds. These guys are all naturally curious and playful. The kids and you kid-like adults will love it!

By Sharon Denise Talbot

The Secret of VertiMarte

VertiMarte is a staple on my “must try” list when sharing Quarter tips with visitors.  What makes it so awesome is after all this time it is still as good every time as it was that first time!


The legend of “All that Jazz”, Paranormal po’boy claims another victim.

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There are plenty of tall tales and legends associated with the New Orleans French Quarter.  Most are rooted in enough truth to make them believable. With others there is just no way to really know.  Either way it leaves you a little spooked. For at least ten years I have been told the story of the “Jazz” sandwich. Spawned in the back of a little Quarter grocery store called the VertiMarte, this mythical Manna of the Gods is said to put you under its spell with one bite.

Oh, my gosh! What is a “Jazz”? you ask while goose bumps chase up your arms. This paranormal po’boy is one of several specialty sandwiches conjured up by the back-of-the-store sandwich magicians. This one is actually called “All that Jazz”.  It is a medley of grilled ham, turkey & shrimp, Swiss & American cheese accompanied by grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, on grilled French bread with the VerdiMarte’s own original “Wow Sauce”.

Finding myself on the corner of Royal Street and Governor Nicholls last evening, I decided to do my own version of a myth buster experiment and brave this 100 plus year old establishment.  With my trusty sidekick by my side (one of the perpetuators of this tale) we armed ourselves with two Barq’s Root beers, a bag of Zapp’s Cajun Crawtators and ordered one “All that Jazz” to split.   The tag team strategy was highly recommended for a light weight like myself.

I am here to bear witness, the “Jazz” lives up to the legend and then some.   The spell is definitely working because I’m thinking a “Jazz” for breakfast sounds amazing.   Despite the sign over the deli counter saying “Sssh- The Quarter’s Best Kept Secret”, stick a needle in my eye, this is one secret I have to tell.

By S.D. Talbot

VertiMarte        1201 Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans
Open 24 hrs, 7 days a week
phone 525-4767  |  fax 566-0948



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Hey y’all!  Make plans to be at the beautiful Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.  Is there a better setting for a paranormal romance? Meet the author, Sara Humphreys and enjoy an evening in the Quarter.  See you in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot



WHO: Hotel Monteleone andauthor Sara Humphreys

WHAT: Untouched Book Signing Party

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Monteleone 214 RoyalStreet New Orleans, LA 70130

HOW: This event is free and open tothe public. Books will be available for sale at the event.

WHY: The historic Hotel Monteleone welcomes you to join acclaimed author Sara Humphreys as she debuts her latest novel, Untouched.

The book follows lead characters Dante Coltari and Kerry Smithson on an epic, paranormal romance. The Hotel Monteleone serves asthe backdrop for several scenes in the book. Humphreys will do a reading andsign books at the event.

The Hotel Montelone is a designated literary landmark, serving as a muse for authors throughout its history. William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty,Winston Groom, Ben Lucien Burmah and Richard Ford are among the literary legends that have a connection to the Monteleone. The Hotel Monteleone and the famous Carousel Bar and Lounge have become popular settings in countless novels and short stories.

For additional information aboutthis event or the Hotel Monteleone, please visit For additional information about Sara Humphreys and Untouched, please visit

Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone,, has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in thefamous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest full-service hotel,featuring 600 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions and is conveniently located 11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, aconsecutive AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power andAssociates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience.”

The New Orleans Hotel Monteleone celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011.


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Tour New Orleans On A Segway

Here is a different way to tour the Big Easy! How fun will this be?!


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I see more and more Segway tours in and around the French Quarter. What a great idea for those who would rather not walk or prefer something a little more untraditional. Hey, what can I say? There are so many ways to experience New Orleans and this is just another one.  See you in NOLA!

Tour New Orleans On A SegwaySegway New Orleans Tours if you are looking for a unique way to get around New Orleans.

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A silent musical comedy from New Orleans. . . if you can imagine that.

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