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FUHWE connects explorers and locals in person to create authentic, memorable experiences beyond the rench Quarter that contribute to the sustainability of the city

FUHWE (pronounced fawe) offers the more than 9 million tourists athering in the Big Easy each year the opportunity to explore like a local from their mobile devices, and ew Orleanians a chance to monetize their passions. The platform launched at national tech summit
Collision in April 2016, and added its app for iPhone in June.

FUHWE is the brainchild of Grenada citizens, Patricia Maher and Shawn Louis, whose fiery passion for ravel and connecting with locals inspired them to create a better way to explore destinations. The ntrepreneurs won the top prize at New Orleans Startup Weekend in October 2015. The name is a aribbean expression meaning "for us." The pineapple logo is an international symbol of hospitality and arm greetings symbolizing FUHWE's warm welcome to explorers.

Click here for the full press release. 

Marriott's MOXY Partners with The Sweat Social to Bring PUMP #attheMoxy

The Sweat Social, a fitness services company designed for travelers, today announced a new partnership with Marriott Hotel's new property MOXY in the Central Business District of New Orleans. The partnership solidifies The Sweat Social as the hottest workout experience in the city for visitors, offering a fitness experience not found at home. Created by The Sweat Social's team of experienced fitness professionals, "PUMP #attheMOXY" will give participants a 30-minute blast of exercise with some exciting twists. Kicking off June 8th, PUMP #attheMOXY will be a weekly class held onsite at the hotel.

"Walking into The MOXY, you instantly feel welcome and comfortable within an ambiance that's undeniably cool, but certainly not pretentious." said Rupa Mohan, CEO and Master Instructor. "You check into the hotel at the bar, how awesome is that? Partnering with MOXY was a no brainer. Here is a hotel that caters to young, intelligent, professionals who truly value new experiences. That's what The Sweat Social is designed to do, provide an experience unlike anything you'll find at home. While getting in a cutting edge workout, participants meet likeminded travelers and gain local insights about the city. 30-minutes later, they are right back to work or play. It's something no traveler ever regrets doing."

Just beyond the mixologists, in the MOXY living room, you'll find The Sweat Social teaching heart pumping classes set to locally inspired playlists. PUMP #attheMOXY will conclude with a social hour at the hotel's interactive bar, including drink specials and giveaways. 

"MOXY is so excited to work with The Sweat Social to bring our fun hunters a pumpy work out that is perfect for the both the business traveler and the NOLA reveler! The Sweat Social is transforming the way travelers stay fit on the road and we know our MOXY guest is going to fall in love with Rupa's effervescent spirit and butt kicking workout. We hope everyone comes in, breaks a sweat and than clinks cocktails in our buzzy bar. We can't wait to see everyone #atthemoxy!" - Jennifer Merryman, Sales. 

According to the Stanford Research Institute, recent studies show that wellness travel makes up 15 percent of overall tourism spend worldwide. Roughly 600,000 of these travelers, or "fitsetters", come to New Orleans each year for business and pleasure, spending significantly more than typical visitors and demanding a unique and authentic experience of the city. The Sweat Social wants to give that to them - demonstrating a side of New Orleans that most visitors don't normally have on their itinerary, but truly make the city the global icon for food, music, culture, fun and now, wellness. 

To learn more about The Sweat Social's fitness experiences from running tours to corporate events as well as pricing and schedules, click here.


Locally owned and operated, NOLA DMC is a full service destination management company specializing in event design, custom excursions, teambuilding, CSR programs, creative entertainment and efficient top of the line transportation. 

NOLA DMC Founder, Meg Baird, CMP, DMCP knows New Orleans inside out. With twenty years of experience in Destination Management and a life time of NOLA knowledge, Meg leads a team of professionals, determined to create outstanding, unforgettable events. 

NOLA DMC event experiences designed by Meg and team are exceptional. Leveraging local culture and enhancing the clients brand through moments so memorable that they actually create a digital buzz for the brand. Meg doesn't just have experience; she has career of proven success.


Meg has New Orleans in a bottle and cannot wait to uncork all the city has to offer. A NOLA DMC experience, customized especially for your unique occasion, will reflect the vibrant personality of New Orleans and the needs of your event.

Glenn de Villiers with G L-f de Villiers Tours featured on
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Named a "Top Workplace" for 2nd Consecutive Year by The Times-Picayune and

THNOC publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect" captures award

Henry Howard Book CoverThe Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to announce that its publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect," which was co-published by the Princeton Architectural Press, has received the Victorian Society in America's Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award.
This honor reflects author and photographer Robert S. Brantley's decades-long effort to document the work of one of Louisiana's most prolific architects of the 19th century with the help of his late wife, Jan White Brantley, and the late Victor McGee, a direct descendant of the book's subject. The volume provides a comprehensive survey of Howard's career, lavishly illustrated with photographs both new and historical, and interspersed with archival drawings and plans.
"I am grateful for all the hard work and astuteness of The Collection's editors and for the untiring effort and knowledge of the editors of Princeton Architectural Press, who have helped make this work on Henry Howard a success," said Brantley. "Mostly, I am forever in the debt of my beloved wife, Jan, for her unwavering support and talents in both research and photography and to my friend Victor McGee for keeping the memory of Henry Howard alive and for all his insightful thoughts and work in the writing of this book. Lastly, to Henry Howard, without whose genius this work would not need to exist."
Given annually, the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award is one of three book awards that the Victorian Society in America (VSA) presents to works "that best advance an understanding or appreciation of the decorative arts or architecture of the 19th century." This particular prize honors works "centered on architecture or the decorative arts," including biographies of designers or architects.
"We are thrilled to see Howard's contribution to 19th-century architecture acknowledged by such a significant organization as the Victorian Society in America," said Dorothy Ball, senior editor at THNOC who headed the project, "We congratulate Robert Brantley, along with Jan and Victor McGee, for the phenomenal effort they expended in bringing this unsung story to light."
The Victorian Society in America, which has a sister organization in the United Kingdom, was founded in 1966 and is committed to historic preservation and the protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of 19th-century heritage. The society's 15 chapters across the country host a wide range of local events and lectures that help promote its enrichment and publication work. "Old House Journal" identified the founding of the society as one of the 25 most significant milestones in American preservation.
The award will be presented at The Victorian Society in America's annual meeting this year on April 30 in Los Angeles.

CATAHOULA HOTEL/CAFE/ BAR Officially open to public

The Catahoula Hotel, a 35-room boutique hotel nestled in the Central Business District, is officially open . The café and bar will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. daily for coffee, cocktails and a full menu.

The Catahoula is a former Creole Townhouse which now resides amongst skyscrapers in downtown New Orleans. A Peruvian-inspired cafe/bar is at street level, 35 hotel rooms above, and tropical courtyards, balconies and terraces throughout. Rooms start at $129.

Click here for the full press release.


The Historic New Orleans Collection Opened a new exhibition titled Money, Money, Money!

Tuesday, May 17 - through Saturday, October 29
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter.

The Historic New Orleans Collection wants you to follow the money into Louisiana's past. The museum, research center and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Louisiana has just opened a new exhibition titled Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection at its Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The display includes more than 200 objects illustrating the many-and sometimes bizarre-incarnations of money that existed before US currency was codified.

Stay Alfred Opens Entire New Building of 49 New Orleans Vacation Rentals

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Stay Alfred doubles its lodging availability in the Big Easy with dozens of new vacation rentals a short walk from the French Quarter

The nationwide urban vacation rental firm headquartered in the Spokane, Wash., announced today the opening of 49 brand new vacation rentals just three blocks from the French Quarter in the historic Factors Row Building on the corner of Carondelet and Perdido Streets.

The 19th-century building, languishing vacant since Hurricane Katrina, maintains the Italiante-style architectural façades and other details that caught impressionist Edgar Degas' eye when he painted A Cotton Office in New Orleans in 1873.

Click here for the full press release. 


Louisiana Landmarks Society announces new Executive Director, 2016 Board of Trustees Election results

The Board of Trustees for Louisiana Landmarks Society is pleased to announce that Carol Gniady has joined the organization as Executive Director, effective May 23, 2016. Gniady replaces Walter Gallas, who left Landmarks in April for a position with the City of Baltimore as a Preservation Planner.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society May 9 Annual Meeting 2016-2017 Board of Trustees election results are as follows:
President: Sandra L. Stokes
1st Vice President: James R. Logan, IV
2nd Vice President: Michael Duplantier
Treasurer: Louis McFaul
Assistant Treasurer: R. Stephen Chauvin, AIA, NCARB
Recording Secretary: Hilary Somerville Irvin
Corresponding Secretary: Carol Allen
Charles A. (Chuck) Berg, AIA
Elizabeth M. Landis
Nathan Lott
Amanda McFillen
Howard W. Mielke, Ph.D.
Thomas W. (Tommy) Milliner
Jerry Pepper
Mary Price Robinson
Jay Seastrunk
Drew Stewart
Justin Stone
Ex Officio: T. Casey Stuart

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will celebrate the opening of its three newest exhibitions on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Opening reception festivities for Top Mob: A History of New Orleans Graffiti, /'pāpər/ and In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith will commence at 5:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include remarks by photographer Raymond Smith and remarks by members of the Top Mob graffiti collective. Music will be provided in the Patrick F. Taylor Library by DJ Alfa Leone and DJ Quickie Mart, both affiliated with Top Mob.

Top Mob: A History of New Orleans Graffiti sponsored by Mo's Art Supply
June 4 - November 6, 2016

June 11 - November 6, 2016

In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith
June 12 - September 18, 2016

For more information on the exhibits visit

The Historic New Orleans Collection to Host a Culinary Symposium entitled "Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World

Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25

The Historic New Orleans Collection will host a culinary symposium to examine the history, production and consumption of the most widely produced liquor in Louisiana - rum! Entitled "Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World," the symposium will take place on Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25. The event will include an evening happy hour at Palace Café's rum-focused Black Duck Bar on Friday, and presentations by various culinary and rum experts at THNOC's Williams Research Center on Saturday, followed by a rum tasting at the Hotel Monteleone.

Registration is required, and reservations can be made online at or by phone at (504) 523-4662.

Hip Hop Ya Brass FREE Summer Fitness Series at Crescent Park
Tuesdays June 28-August 2nd
Mandeville Wharf 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Presented in partnership with Move Ya Brass

Come have some summer fun with the Hip Hop Ya Brass Class presented by Crescent Park in partnership with Move Ya Brass. This free and fun one hour class is great for all ages so be sure to bring the whole family!

Maafa Commemoration Presented by Ashé Cultural Arts Center

July 2, 2016
7:00 AM at Congo Square, 701 N. Rampart St., NOLA
Free and Open to the Public

Maafa Commemoration & Procession Ending at the Mississippi River

Maafa is a Kiswahili word that means "great tragedy" or "horrific tragedy," referring to the period called the Middle Passage or Transatlantic Slave Trade. This commemoration honors our ancestors, known and unknown in a sacred ceremony in Congo Square. Afterwards, attendees participate in a narrated procession visiting places of significance during the slave trade. The procession ends at the Mississippi river. Drummers, you are invited to bring a drum and join in.

Featuring Maafa's Grande Griot Dr. Sonia Sanchez, along with local drummers, visiting drummers Nubian Messengers (Brooklyn, NY), N'Fungola Sibo Traditional African Dance Company, FiYiYi, Michaela Harrison, Freddi W. Evans, Morikeba Kouyate, Hidden History, LLC, and others

The procession begins at St. Peter and N. Rampart Streets at Congo Square.
Turn right onto St. Louis St. Proceed and merge onto Basin Street.
Turn right onto N. Villere St.
Turn right on Gov. Nicholls St. (Brief stop at Tomb of the Unknown Slave at St. Augustine Church)
Turn right onto Royal Street.
Turn left onto Conti Street
Turn left onto Chartres Street. (Pause at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel)
Turn right onto Toulouse Street.
Proceed on Toulouse Street to Woldenberg Park for final prayers and releasing of flowers at the Mississippi River

Happy 3rd of July
July 3rd, 2016
7:15pm - 9pm

Enjoy patriotic music with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans and fireworks from the Peristyle on July 3rd. Bring your chairs & blankets and enjoy patriotic music with The Marine Corps Band New Orleans on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and fireworks at the Peristyle. Concessions, snoballs, wine, and beer will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own picnic.

Don't forget to wear your red, white, and blue! Connect with us on social media using the hashtag #iheartcitypark. The Happy 3rd of July event runs from 7:15 pm to 9 pm and is FREE and open to the public.

GO 4TH AT CRESCENT PARK, in partnership with Go 4th on the River

Monday, July 4, 2016
5pm - 10pm
Crescent Park

Celebrate Independence Day Monday, July 4th from 5 pm -10 pm in Crescent Park! Crescent Park is the perfect location for fireworks viewing on the river. This year, get started early with a DJ dance party, food trucks and adult and family friendly beverages on Mandeville Wharf. Piety Wharf will be open for viewing as well with its own drink station.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support Crescent Park, which receives limited public funding for its operations. No outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed. Chairs are welcome! There will be security checkpoints at all three entrances to the park; Bartholomew Street, Piety Street and Mandeville Street. Parking in Crescent Park lots will be $15 a car and will fill up fast!

Click here for more parking information and maps. Click here for more information on GO 4TH ON THE RIVER. 


Ashe Cultural Art Center Presents:Nzila Afrobeat Project

July 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Free and open to the public.


Nzila Afrobeat Project is a dynamic musical group from Caracas, Venezuela called, based on African music, Afro-Venezuelan. The music is merged with genres such as Afrobeat, funk, jazz, acid jazz, and new wave. 

Sponsored by Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans, Citgo, Santa Barbara Airlines, and Ashé. 


Flower Workshop
Saturday, July 9, 2016
10am - 11am

This workshop will cover instructions on how to press flowers. Instructor Susan Capley, Education Director for the New Orleans Botanical Garden, will also lead a discussion about the many uses of pressed flowers. The class is $12/person, July 9th, and will run from 10 am to 11 am in the Garden Study Center building in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Each participant will make a bookmark to take home. Supplies will be provided. There is a class limit and registration ahead of time is required.

Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment. To register call 483-9473 or email

Basic Beekeeping Class
Saturday, July 30, 2016
10am - 11am

Are you interested in making your own honey, candle wax, or providing the honeybees to pollinate your fruits and flowers? Russell Harris will explain what is needed to start your own hive. Join us to learn more about the fascinating subject of honeybees.

The class is July 30th, $10/person, and the class will run from 10am to 11am in the Garden Study Center in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. To register call 483-9473 or email Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment.

The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles return to the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion in the French Market District for two Saturday afternoon concerts: July 30 & August 27th

Saturday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday August 27th at 1:00 p.m
French Market

In what has become a summer tradition, the Victory Belles take their "show on the road" from The National WWII Museum to the French Market for two free public summer concerts: Saturday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday August 27th at 1:00 p.m.

Concert-goers will be treated to a 45 minute concert by the vocal trio The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles, who will sing favorite WWII era songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Chattanooga Choo Choo , and I'll Be Seeing You. Seating is first come, first served at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion, located in the French Market District between St. Phillip and Dumaine Streets, behind Pop City, a French Market District retail shop at 940 Decatur Street. There will be National WWII Museum staff on hand to answer questions about the museum.