This is the final schedule for our 50th reunion, October 24-26, 2014. All events are non-smoking. Dress code is casual unless otherwise noted.
|Breakfast at English Turn
|Golf at English Turn
|Ladies Lunch at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
|Dinner and Music at Little Gem Saloon
|Class Gift Presentation at Franklin
|Cocktails and Dinner
|Ogden Museum of Southern Art - Docent-led Tour
|Cocktails and Dinner at Ralph’s on the Park
|Lunch at Victor and Catherine's
Breakfast at this unofficial event is for the golfers, but everyone one is welcome. Victor Farrugia is buying, and keeping tally of those that would like to have breakfast. His contact info is below. Dress code same as for golfers below.
1 Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131
Victor has secured one tee time for this unofficial event, but he can get more if there is interest. English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus design and the venue where the New Orleans PGA Tour event was played for many years. Contact Victor (see contact information below) if you would like to play.
Cost: $65 + Tax for Green Fee/Cart/Range Balls
Dress Code for golf and the breakfast is traditional golf attire (Pants or Bermuda length shorts with collared shirts for men).
If you have not signed up fro this unofficial event and want to, contact Ginny Tuman (see below for info). Spouses of classmates are welcome. Ginny needs to confirm the head count by Monday, October 20, 2014. Ginny can give you info on the cost.
416 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
This is an unofficial event. Little Gem Saloon is an original venue from the early 20th century and was part of the “unofficial” Storyville that existed on S. Rampart St. at that time. It was restored and reopened just in the past two to three years. Buddy Bolden and Louis Armstrong played just up the street. They might have even played at the Little Gem Saloon. The area is where others, such as Professor Longhair, learned their trade.
Dinner is individually paid ($46 per person plus tax and tip; choices for appetizer and entrée). A guitar player plays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. if you want to be an early arriver. We will start dinner at 7:00 p.m. and then music will commence at 8:00 p.m. The group is Viper Mad Trio. Little Gem Saloon has waved the regular $10 cover charge for the music.
Richard is keeping the book on this event. Call or e-mail (see below) if you have not already signed up.
445 S. Rampart St. (at Poydras), New Orleans, LA 70112
We will meet at the Cafeteria (not the Cafetorium, as they have an Auditorium). Lunch will be served. We will meet with the Principal and several current Ben Franklin students, including the Student Council President, present the Class Gift and have some other Fun Reunion Activities. Events are expected to run until about 3pm.
Benjamin Franklin Senior High School
2001 Leon C. Simon Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70122
This is a casual evening with food catered by Deanie’s and a cash (no credit cards) bar. For those who do not live in New Orleans, Deanie’s has an “old” New Orleans style menu that recalls the old sea food restaurants in the West End (dey ain’t dere no mo’). Dinner will be served at approximately 7pm.
A handful of Ben Franklin grads from other years will attend. This is an evening designed for talking. Since the venue is not in a restaurant, there will be no one tapping their foot trying to get us to leave. There might even be a late evening party at Richard’s condo upstairs. There will be some early live music provided by Myron Tuman and Richard Derbes (any contributions are welcomed by them) followed by some recorded music from our era provided by Victor and Catherine.
Building Entry: There is an obvious button/speaker to the left just inside the main door off of St. Charles Avenue. Use it, and the concierge on the 4th floor will let you into the building. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and make an immediate left into Reunion Land.
Parking: This venue is Richard’s condo building. Unfortunately, there are no available parking slots in the building. There is often parking available on the streets nearby, especially on the two side streets of Lafayette Square between St. Charles Ave. and Camp St. There is no public parking garage near the building. It should be easy to arrange for taxis when people are ready to leave. Also, for those staying Uptown, there is a streetcar stop immediately in front of the building.
625 St. Charles Avenue, 4th Floor Function Rooms
New Orleans, LA 70130
A docent-led tour of this museum has been arranged by Ginny Tuman. Only a few of the 15 spots remain unfilled, so let Ginny know immediately if you are interested.
925 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
There are at least four Brennan restaurant groups in New Orleans. Our venue for Saturday evening is the flagship restaurant of the Ralph Brennan branch of the family. Dinner is buffet style, but of high quality. We will have a cash (real cash preferred) bar. Ralph’s has complimentary valet parking. Ralph’s has a very good bar on the first floor. So for any classmates who want to get started early or keep reminiscing after others have left, this is the place to do so. The plan has always been for the stragglers to migrate downstairs to the bar after dinner. Dress Code: At the last reunion, many men chose to wear coat and tie.
900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
Thanks to Victor and Catherine for opening their home to us. Get in your final reminiscing. The event will have a British Invasion theme (as in the Beatles, etc.). For those not familiar with where Victor’s house is located, it is in Lakeview west of Canal Blvd. and almost to Robert E. Lee. Those who are staying Downtown or in the Garden District might want to try to “leach” (a term from our day at Franklin) a ride with someone. Side comment.......the infamous 17th Street Canal Levee breach from Katrina occurred a few blocks directly west of Victor’s house.
6908 Milne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
If problems develop when you are in New Orleans, Victor, Ginny and Richard did most of the in town arrangements, so they are likely to be the most useful Committee members/classmates to help you solve a problem. Their cell phone numbers (later) and e-mail addresses are: