New Orleans socialite and long-time French Quarter denizen Margarita Bergen doesn’t miss a beat - or a party - when it comes to the Quarter’s jazzy social scene.
There are three sections to each column: Social Swirl (where Margarita's been), The Fabulous Future (what's ahead) and Quarter Buzz (things knows about that we mere mortals aren't privy to).
Ever since I arrived from New York in 1978, I have considered the French Quarter my home. That's over 30 years. The exquisite Lower Pontalba Building at the corner of St. Ann and Decatur streets was home for a decade, followed by 20 years above my gallery -- Bergen Gallery at the corner of Royal and Orleans.
After I sold the gallery in 2000, I moved to the Faubourg Marigny. And believe me, you can take me out of the French Quarter but not the French Quarter out of me. I have my present home for sale and I cannot wait to return to my beloved Vieux Carré.
The Social Swirl
Looking back, there were so many cultural and social soirees that made the long summer days seem short! Below are just a few special occasions happening in the French Quarter, the center of my world.
Another event that I can't wait for is for the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel, located on the corner of Canal and North Rampart directly across from the fabulous Saenger Theater. My longtime friend,Dennis Pearse, has been appointed general manager of the hotel. He recently hosted three famous London designers who were hired by Hard Rock to design the uniforms for the hotel. Dennis asked me and my darling friendTracee Dundas, founder and director of theNew Orleans Fashion Week, to join him in showing the London visitors our beloved New Orleans. Among the places we took them - besides the French Quarter, of course - was to a Julia Street art opening that included Arthur Roger Gallery.
Expecting the best!
At the same festive event, I also enjoyed seeing longtime friend,New Orleans business and hotel magnate Joseph Jaeger Jr., who owns 15 hotels in and around the French Quarter -plus the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel in Kenner, and the Nottoway Plantation- in addition to The Royal Orleans and the Omni Riverfront— which he owns 50-50 with hotelier Darryl Berger.
Around The Block
Behind The Scenes
Boho Back Pages
It's A Living
Passing A Good Time
Rheta Grimsley Johnson
St. Peter Street Sketchbook
The Eyes Have It
What's In Store