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 www.facebook.com/steamboatnatchez. For more information about the Steamboat NATCHEZ and to make reservations, call (504) 586-8777 or visit http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/reservations. 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 www.neworleanssteamboatcompany.com.
My friends and I want to hit an earlier parade, and one that happens in the quarter. Any ideas or recommendations?
The first answer is correct and none of the traditional Mardi Gras parades have traveled through the French Quarter since the 1960s.
However, the Krewe du Vieux is a parade (with small floats) that goes throught the FQ about 2 weeks before Mardi Gras Day:
A good place to watch the K du V parade is from the balcony of Margaritaville on Decatur Street:
Go to http://www.mardigras.com/ for more info on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The FAQ section can be very informative.
Hope you have a great time!
Hey y’all! My first children’s book is now available. WHOOP! WHOOP! This is so exciting! This first book is a true labor of love dedicated to my beautiful granddaughters. It is also extra special because the illustrations were done by my daughter, Laura Ashley Talbot. “I Love You Bigger than The Sky!” is not only a favorite saying that my little hunny bunnies and I share, but the book is full of our favorite things that pale in comparison to how “BIG” we love each other! I know you can relate.
I love being a parent but for me being a grand- parent is a whole new kind of joy. Who knew?! It has inspired me in so many ways. Whether you are a grand-parent, parent or just have a little someone who you love really “BIG” tell them with this super cute book. This is a tuck-in time essential!
Follow the link below to order your first edition copy of “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” Check back for dates and locations of forthcoming book signings. Bring your copy!
Look for more of my upcoming children’s books to be available shortly. Thanks so much for your support!
One Bedroom SUITE – a King bed in high ceiling INTERIOR bedroom with triple sheeting and down pillows. Although there are no windows, this impressive suite has a Separate Parlor / living room with small dining room area, mini-fridge, Plasma TV
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Hey Y’all! Come be a part of the festivities. Bury Katrina with a Jazz Funeral and celebrate NOLA. See release below.
Sharon Denise Talbot
Hotel Monteleone Invites You to Bury Katrina on the 5th Anniversary The Hotel Celebrates the City’s Progress with a Jazz Funeral
WHO: The Hotel Monteleone and the New Orleans Community
WHAT: In commemoration of the 5th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and to help in laying Katrina to rest once and for all, the Hotel Monteleone invites you to a weekend of marking the city’s forward progress since the storm.
Highlights include the following events:
WHEN: Thursday, August 26 (Carousel Bar) Come visit with “Katrina Heroes” – 5 – 7 pm Special Katrina Cocktails Available
Friday, August 27 (Carousel Bar) Come visit with “Katrina Heroes” – 5 – 7 pm Jazz tribute featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson – 7 pm Special Katrina Cocktails Available
Saturday, August 28th (Carousel Bar) Live Jazz tribute featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson – 7 pm Live Jazz tribute featuring Leah Chase accompanied by John Autin – 9:30pm Special Katrina Cocktails Available
Sunday, August 29th Brunch in Le Café – 6:30 – 11:00;
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Jazz Funeral Procession from Hotel Monteleone to Jackson Square – 1:00pm From the front doors of the Hotel Monteleone, we will march down to Jackson Square in a Jazz Funeral procession complete with the Jaywalkers Second Line Jazz Band, mourners and casket as jazz funerals truly embody the spirit of New Orleans. It is certainly appropriate to mourn the loss of those we love, but we believe it is equally as appropriate to honor them by celebrating their lives.
Interfaith Memorial Service at St. Louis Cathedral – 1:30pm
WHERE: The Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square Convenient parking located at the Hotel Monteleone Garage, entrance on Bienville or at Solari’s between Bourbon and Royal on Iberville. WHY: We offer a recreation of the jazz funeral for those who wish to bury the distressing memories of Katrina as our city moves forward. This jazz funeral can be theoretical or you can toss some real Katrina era items in the coffin to bury for good. We suggest a scrap of blue tarp, a Clorox bottle, a fly swatter, an MRE or a list of excuses. Surely we can all think of a few more things.
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone, www.hotelmonteleone.com, has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous 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 eleven miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, a consecutive AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience”.
If you live on the gulf coast hurricane season is a fact of life. Dealing with a hurricane big or small is not for everyone. Sadly and more often than not the effects last much longer than the storm. Loving where you live enough to go through it again and again is a hard concept for some to understand. I was blessed to ride out Isaac in the New Orleans French Quarter high and dry with minimal damage and electricity the majority of the time. Even so there are so many emotions that surface before, during and after a hurricane comes to visit. At least for me there is all this pent up stuff that I need to get out. It’s a roller coaster of highs and lows. But what rises to the top out of all of that is the pride I feel in knowing that in Louisiana, this place I call home the people are not quitters and never will be. I needed to share and vocalize that feeling. I dedicate this poem to all who have dealt with and are still dealing with the devastation of a hurricane and refuse to let it keep them down.
Hey Isaac. We need to talk. There are some things I just have to say.
You seem a little shaky. Having some trouble holding it together?
Face it. You can never be her just because you showed up on the same day.
The simple truth is around here we don’t like that kind of weather.
Your friend Katrina at landfall was one cruel 3 Cat.
That bitch knocked us down, but not out and the city still stands.
She got up, got stronger, rebuilt and she is still coming back.
Just know you are wasting your time whatever your plans.
It’s a given that your bullying tactics are designed to make us run.
Planning to use things like rain and wind? Go on then, bring it.
Fair warning, we will be back when you are done.
Broken glass, downed trees, power outages, nothing new there, already seen it.
The blood of those who settled here runs through our veins.
They overcame countless hardships and disasters determined to stay.
Proud, resilient people arriving from places like France, Haiti, Germany and Spain.
Isaac, we are stronger than we even know and we are not the one going away.
You can rip out our hearts making us watch suffering friends and neighbors laid low by your deeds.
But our spirits are stronger than you can ever comprehend.
We take care of our own, heal each other and rally around those in need.
You can’t break these people. They only bend.
Flooding the unprotected is a pretty low blow.
I’ve seen your kind. You don’t fight fair.
But tell me something I didn’t know.
Look let’s cut to chase here. I’m just about done with what I wanted to share.
Let me spell it out for you just as plain as I can
Real simple, so even you can understand.
Been there, done that and when it comes to it, will do it again.
You can take it to the bank we will still be here when you meet your end.
It doesn’t matter how often the nation, the world looks to see.
Down here we roll up our sleeves, put things back together and strengthen our shores.
That’s who we are, that is who we will always be.
Good riddance Isaac. You might have been a hurricane once, but now, well, you’re just not any more.
Sharon Denise Talbot
Guitar Slim, Jr., the son of New Orleans blues legend, Guitar Slim, has made a name for himself beyond his famous father’s legacy. His first album, “The Story of My Life” earned Guitar Slim, Jr. a Grammy award nomination. A talented guitarist in his own right, Guitar Slim, Jr., aka Rodney Armstrong carries on his father’s legacy as a blues guitar virtuoso and a masterful entertainer.
The original Guitar Slim was an early blues guitar sensation, both electrifying musician and entertaining performer. He is considered, along with B.B King and Buddy Guy to be one of the original blues greats. Unfortunately, the hard living of a blues musician took Guitar Slim too soon. He died in 1959 at the age of 34. Thankfully, before he died he was able to impress upon his young son Rodney the spirit of his guitar mastery. Because the name “Guitar Slim” was never trademarked there are many others who have adopted the name in an attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Only one, Guitar Slim’s own son, Rodney Armstrong, has both the right and the style and technique to carry on his father’s legacy.
In this video Guitar Slim, Jr. and his band, including two other masterful blues guitarists, play “Pride & Joy,” an R&B song at Banks Street Bar in New Orleans the location of the Sweet Home New Orleans Summer R&B Series. Each Thursday night through the summer Sweet Home New Orleans presents some of New Orleans’ most talented R&B and blues musicians. The Summer R&B series is one of the many programs sponsored by Sweet Home New Orleans in their “Bringing the Music Back to New Orleans” initiative.
To find out how you can help Sweet Home New Orleans preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, go to SweetHomeNewOrleans.org.
This video includes three excellent blues guitar solos. Starting at the 3:00 point, all three of the band’s incredible guitarists take a turn soloing. Close ups of the guitarist’s fingers during their solos is included. Song 2 of this performance is a more traditional blues song and includes even more amazing guitar solos.
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If you are in New Orleans and you want to try a local favorite then this article “Fiorellas Fabulous Fried Chicken” looks at a great choice. There are additional links below with other great food choices when you are in New Orleans.
People come to New Orleans for all kinds of reasons and for some that reason is food. If you love food there are few places better than N’awlins to indulge that passion. I always get the question, “Where can I get good food in New Orleans?” Now really, how am I supposed to answer that? Just about anywhere you turn are some really great places, but if you are looking for the best fried chicken in the Big Easy it has got to be Fiorella’s. Hands down. If you don’t believe me just ask Southern Living Magazine.
Fiorella’s is located across from the New Orleans French Market at 45 French Market Place, but also has an entrance on Decatur St. The menu is quite extensive and includes some traditional N’awlins fare like over stuffed po’boys and thick, spicy gumbo. It even stretches to things like Liver and Onions, pastas and fried pickles to name but a few. If you don’t feel like getting out, no problem, Fiorella’s delivers in the French Quarter. You really should make the effort to dine in though; the experience is as enjoyable as the chicken and the tab is easy on the wallet .
My suggestion is find a seat and order a big frosted goblet of beer and a plateful of piping hot, crispy fried chicken and prepare to be amazed by this kickin’ chicken. Just another little tip, let the pieces of the crispy golden brown skin crumble into the bowl of warm home-made mashed potatoes covered in brown gravy. Yum. Are you hungry yet? Fiorella’s is a fun, casual place with the feel of being at your Mom’s for a big family meal. Don’t be surprised if you are carrying on a conversation with the whole dining room between mouth watering bites.
This is a favorite hangout for locals, and you never know who might stop in. Fortunate are the New Orleans visitors who find out about Fiorella’s fabulous fried chicken before they leave town. You can bet it will be one of their first stops on the next trip. Steaming hot from the first piece to the last this chicken is worth a return trip all by itself. We are talking a whole new degree of finger-licking!
Hey Y’all! Well, the excitement and anticipation that has been building for months is about to blow, not just in New Orleans but circling the globe. In just two more days the eagerly awaited web series Subrosan’s first episode will be available on you tube. You have been taunted with trailers and teasers, even interviews with the Director, Producers and some of the cast but finally you get a big scrumptious bite of the sinfully delicious Subrosan.
Subrosan will have you dancing on that fine line between myth and history. Have you questioning what is real and what is, well… not. Subrosan is a lot like my beloved New Orleans, some of you will deep down get it, some of you will barely scratch the surface, and others will completely miss the subtle undertones that make Subrosan a must see phenomena. The amazing part is no matter which category you fall in you can’t help but be sucked into this web of secrets and lies tangled with truth that are just a little too close to real life to be comfortable.
Tag along with Ray Roche, a down and almost out private eye, as he gets caught up in this web. From the “end of the world” down in the Parish, through the historic New Orleans French Quarter streets, across Southwest Louisiana, and around the globe, Subrosan has a very long reach. Who do you trust? The college jock? The Priest? The Politician? Subrosan says: Trust No One… Believe Nothing. You decide.
Written and directed by Dwayne Coots this wild ride through shadowy societies intertwined with everyday life showcases loads of Louisiana talent from the dedicated cast of actors to all the behind the scenes players. This is a great example of how people in the Bayou State roll up their collective sleeves and get things done.
Please join us for the premiere episode of Subrosan this Thursday April 19th at 8:00 central time at http://subrosan.com/ .
Sharon Denise Talbot
New Orleans and the world – it’s almost time for …SUBROSAN.
You can also help Subrosan by supporting us at our IndieGoGo page. Thanks!