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“Le Marché des Fêtes,” Unique Holiday Boutique Benefiting the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s Pitot House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Louisiana Landmarks Society's Pitot House
Liz Burger
(504)482.0312
info@louisianalandmarks.org
http://www.louisianalandmarks.org/

"Le Marché des Fêtes," Unique Holiday Boutique
Benefiting the Louisiana Landmarks Society's Pitot House

Le Marché des Fêtes is a unique holiday boutique benefiting the historic Pitot House, home of the Louisiana Landmarks Society on Bayou St. John.  Shoppers are invited to visit with Papa Noël, groove to guitarist John Rankin, shop for one-of-a-kind handmade art and accessories and Mignon Faget jewelry, purchase great books autographed by their favorite New Orleans authors, munch on tasty local and exotic treats, and much more. With home and garden gifts and holiday decorations galore, the Pitot House lawn will be a magical market land for one delightful day.

Le Marché des Fêtes is more than a holiday market-- at this celebration, shoppers and visitors will experience the Pitot House's history and culture.  Artisans will demonstrate on the grounds of the c. 1799 Creole colonial-style Pitot House.  Visitors will also be able to tour inside the house where they will see traditional greenery in the Creole taste by Perfect Presentations Floral Design and learn about Creole holiday celebrations.       

What: Le Marché des Fêtes, a unique holiday boutique and seasonal celebration

When: Saturday, December 1, 2012; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.  

Where:The Pitot House, 1440 Moss Street, New Orleans on Bayou St. John near City Park

Featuring:          

  • Photographs with Papa Noël, by photographer Jana Mahoney, high-quality 4x6 prints for purchase on the spot between 10 AM and 3 PM!
  • Students from ENCORE Academy performing holiday songs from 10-11 AM

The Louisiane Vintage Dancers (LVD) of Baton Rouge will perform 19th-century dances in Regency-period costumes and mingle with shoppers from 11AM-1PM.

Live music by John Rankin, well known local solo guitarist from 1-3 PM. 

  • Book signings throughout the day (in coordination with Pelican Publishing and other presses) will include: Johnette Downing, Ashley Merlin, Diane de las Casas, David Spielman, Earl Hampton, Jr., Stephanie Bruno, Cecilia Dartez, Phil Sandusky, Jack Stewart, Rene Brunet, and Lake Douglas. A full listing of times and titles will be on our website: www.louisianalandmarks.org
  • Handcrafted local artwork and accessories produced by Shaun Aleman; Judy Allen; Stirling Barrett; Michelle Baugnon; Peggy Bishop Pottery; Brian Bush; Clay Creations; Claudia Garofalo; Kathleen Olson Grumich; Heather Elizabeth Designs; Lydia Ksionda; Paulette Lizano of Lizano's Glass House; Louisiana Music Factory; Maple Street Books; Pamela Marquis; Peg Martinez; Marlowe McGraw; Annie Odell; Larry and Diane Pickering; Glenda Rauch; Julie Ray; Raegan Robinson; Tracy Thomson; Unique Products; YAYA; Ze'daluz; and Carol Zehner.
  • Plants and garden accessories including a variety of citrus trees (kumquat, grapefruit, satsuma, meyer lemon, blood orange) from Patrick Becnel in Plaquemines Parish and colorful poinsettias.
  • Crafting demonstrations by YAYA-string art; Mary Cooper-caning; and Tomio Thoman-satsuma citrus cello, which guests can taste!
  • Local and exotic delicacies, including donated Italian cookies and cannoli from Angelo Brocato's; delicious gumbo z'herbes and jambalaya from Crescent Pie and Sausage; Bayou Brew Wellness Tea; Alligator cheesecake and shrimp and tasso pasta from Jacques-Imo's & Crabby Jack's; Calas with demonstrations by Babs Ryan; Savory teats from Cafe Degas; Pitot House pamplemousse preserves; and herbed oils & vinegars.
  • Itemized Raffle: Guests will have the chance to win plenty of great prizes at our raffle including: a cooking lesson for two from New Orleans Cooking Experience, a two night stay at the Prince Conti Hotel, passes to Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, a gift card to Massey's Outfitters, a crystal ball reading by Sallie Glassman, five sessions of force-free dog training with Gallivan Burwell of Upward Dog Training & Counseling, a two hour color consultation with Louis Aubert, ASID, a set of pearls and earrings from Crescent City Auction Gallery and more!

Sponsors, Presenting Partners, and Donors:
Neal Auction Company, Charles Schwab, The Almar Foundation, Mr. Lyndon Saia, Ms. Susan Couvillon, Mrs. Anne Morse, Mr. and Mrs. William K. Christovich, Pelican Publishing Company, Crescent Pie and Sausage Company, Angelo Brocato's, Jacques-Imo's & Crabby Jack's, Cafe Degas, Boscoli, River Parish Disposal, New Orleans Cooking Experience, Maximillion's International Showroom, and Perfect Presentations Exclusive Floral Design.

Cost:
With their $5.00 donation at the gate, shoppers will receive a ticket redeemable for a full tour of the charming 1799 Creole country house during regular Pitot House tour hours.  Market admission is free to Louisiana Landmarks Society members.  All food and beverage sales at the market will support Landmarks' stewardship of the Pitot House.

About the Louisiana Landmarks Society:
Established in 1950, the Louisiana Landmarks Society promotes historic preservation through education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House. Through its annual New Orleans' Nine Most Endangered Sites List, the preservation organization aims to build awareness of architecturally and historically significant places in New Orleans that are in danger of being lost.

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