Sheffield At Night

Posted by ginger On Tuesday, April 14, 2015

*Had* to take a pic of the sign of this little motel in Sheffield, Alabama:

Hillcrest Motel, Sheffield AL

Wondering what the rooms looked like?
Hillcrest Motel, Sheffield AL

The interiors, I have no idea. But I do have the excellent Cheap Motels book of photography.

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

Posted by ginger On Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On our last visit to Arnaud's, we brought Shugie up to see the Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum (which is inside the restaurant) -- it's named for the daughter of Count Arnaud, who has the record of reigning as queen of 22+ balls, the most of any woman in the history of Carnival, and 13 of the more than 24+ items on display here are hers.


Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans


Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, Arnaud's, New Orleans

Shug had a sleepover one evening, so we decided to make it a special night with Shugie -- complete with supper at Arnaud's.  On the way, though, we stopped by where Silver Man was performing.  Shugie gave him some cash and got a big high-five in return!
Shugie High-Fives Silver Man

These exterior shots are older, from walking by one day in the sunshine:
Arnaud's

Arnaud's

The evening we took Shugie, it was really nice and he was our perfect gentleman.
Arnaud's

We had gumbo, turtle soup (Shugie's favorite), speckled trout meuniere, petit filet Lafite, souffle potatoes, bread pudding, and pecan pie. And Shugie ended with chocolate ice cream. Nice!
Arnaud's

We passed on the $5000 bottle of 1949 Chateau Cheval Blanc, but were tickled to see a pic of Av's cousin-by-marriage(-that-we've-never-met), Dustin Hoffman. And he doesn't even look particularly happy (maybe it's the whole underdressed thing he's got going on). Please, how can you not be happy at Arnaud's?
Dustin Hoffman at Arnaud's

But really, what was this fantastic plus was going to the Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum inside the restaurant -- which I'll put in the next post.
Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum
YES.

Empty Barbershop Series: The Monteleone

Posted by ginger On Thursday, April 02, 2015

Continuing the series...here, the Monteleone Hotel Barber Shop in New Orleans:

Monteleone Hotel Barber Shop

Monteleone Hotel Barber Shop

Saint John Cathedral, Lafayette LA

Posted by ginger On Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Saint John Cathedral in Lafayette was founded in 1821 and I really was looking forward to seeing the inside of the building. Actually, this one was the third building built on the site and dates only to 1916, but *still*. When we stopped by, the doors were open and they were preparing for Mass.  It's just gorgeous:

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

The center mosaic on the main altar is of a mother pelican feeding her babies.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

In underground crypts, Bishop Jules Benjamin Jeanmard and Bishop Maurice Schexnayder, the first two bishops of Lafayette are interred:
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

Relic of Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, a French missionary who was martyred in Vietnam.  He was canonized in 1998 by Pope John Paul II.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

behind, the cemetery -- which is the oldest one in the city.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

and this, the Saint John Oak Tree -- and legend has it that the first pastor of this church chose to have the church built here because of this majestic tree, which at that time, it would have been ~275 years old. It's the third-oldest member of the Live Oak Society.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette LA

Never Missing This Again

Posted by ginger On Thursday, March 26, 2015

A few days ago, I went as a guest of the Alabama Folklife Association with other friends to the installation of Kathryn Tucker Windham to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame at Judson College.  First of all, what an honor to be there among all those other sons and daughters of Alabama.

Alabama Women's Hall of Fame

In fact, when there was a little technical glitch at the very beginning of the event, Dr. David Potts, the President at Judson, got up and did this impromptu about what does this (stellar) woman have to do with this (also stellar woman) with this (you guessed it) woman and it must have gone on for three or four minutes, rattling off astrophysicists with CEOs and back and forth and back and forth and of course what did they all have in common? Judson.  Which I think probably made us all wish we had been daughters of Judson.

Installation of Kathryn Tucker Windham to Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Judson College, Marion AL

But what we were all happy to have been was connected in some way with the great Kathryn Tucker Windham.  I have a few little stories (my favorite being once when she introduced herself to me and I explained sweetly that ohmygosh, it's so sweet you would do that when every second grader in Alabama knows who you are).  No one that's ever graced the cover of any checkout aisle magazine has mattered one whit to me: KTW was/is my kind of celebrity.

Shug, Daddy, and Kathryn Tucker Windham
We took Shug to meet her when he was a baby, in 2008.

We all laughed when Norton Dill got up and spoke about doing a documentary on her, and how frankly hilarious and touching her funeral was.  It was so emotional when Dilcy and Ben, her children, came up to unveil her memorial plaque for the Hall of Fame.  And next, when we all sang Alabama together, you know me.  I cried.

Installation of Kathryn Tucker Windham to Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Judson College, Marion AL

Although I do have to break and take a moment here and mention that in middle school, when we all sang Alabama at every school assembly, we only did the first verse and it never dawned on me that in the second verse the lyrics go 'Goodlier than the land that Moses climbed lone Nebo's Mount to see...'.

(Alabama is even better than when Moses went atop Mount Nebo to see the Land of Israel?)

Reminded me of how the last thing said at my wedding was a pronouncement of marriage according to the Laws of Moses and the State of Alabama.  Which sounded funny.

One last little treat: the luncheon, served on Judson's own Staffordshire:
Installation of Kathryn Tucker Windham to Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Judson College, Marion AL

Loved being there with 'my people' -- seeing friends from all over the state and making new ones -- and I don't want to ever miss another AWHoF installation.

I'm in the middle of filling out the form to nominate someone for next time: Miss Alice.  Yes, yes, yes.

They Took A Droll Square Facade, And Voila

Posted by ginger On Monday, March 23, 2015

Had to stop for this one: the Bank of Erath in Erath, Louisiana:

Bank of Erath, Erath LA

Buddha

Posted by ginger On Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This, at Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana. Magic.
Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

The gardens were developed by Edward Avery 'Ned' McIlhenny, the son of the inventor of Tabasco sauce.  The Tabasco factory (and store) are here in the area, but you'd never know it once you've entered the gardens:

Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

This building was constructed to house a buddha that is ~1000 years old.  Legend has it that it had been shipped to a NYC warehouse in the 1920s by a Chinese warlord, and had sat unclaimed until 1936 when two of Ned's friends bought it and sent it to him as a surprise.

Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

Jungle Gardens, Avery Island LA

Ghost, In Bullet Casings

Posted by ginger On Monday, March 16, 2015

Av and I had just been talking about Charles Hoffacker's art when he happened to visit Treo in New Orleans on Tulane Avenue with some friends.  He knew I'd be happy when he sent me these pics of Hoffacker's 'Ghost of Telly Hankton' (if you're interested in seeing it, call and make sure it's still on display).

Charles Hoffacker Art: Ghost of Telly Hankton

The work was completed in 2012, is 42" x 56.5", made up of .40 cal spent rounds on a plywood base, finished with oxidation chemicals and polish.  It was being offered at $14k.

Charles Hoffacker Art: Ghost of Telly Hankton

The artist was in the news last summer as part of an investigation into a complaint that was made, alleging that he used a murder victim's blood to write a message at the crime scene.  His lawyer noted that the case was blown out of proportion, that the crime scene wasn't compromised and the victim had long been moved from the scene.

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Next month Treo is having a month-long 'ArtPolice' show, with opening reception:
Come for the opening reception of this New Orleans Police Officer exhibition…there will be complimentary libations.

The exhibition is curated by Charlie Hoffacker and highlights his work and other police officers with artistic talent.

Join him and fellow officers , Liz Garcia, M NOLA Rolla Watson and James ” Pepe” Martin and help raise money for the 1st district.