Quarter Notes

  • October in the French Quarter & Music Legends Park Shelly GallichioOctober is the most delightful month to enjoy the French Quarter, with its usually perfect weather, relatively low humidity, and daily celebrations. It is considered “wedding month” and many restaurant courtyards and lobbies spill bridal parties out into the streets following a traditional brass band. Everyone is smiling and laughing as bystanders wave to the parade ...
  • New Orleans Museums to See Now Shelly GallichioNew Orleans Museum Month August was New Orleans Museum month and the air-conditioned exhibits catered to and welcomed thousands of guests. In the heart of the Quarter, the newly opened French Quarter Museum Association (FQMA) at 533 Royal is a great place to begin your introduction to the history of culture and arts in this great ...
  • Quarter Notes: Report From Jazz Fest Shelly GallichioIt is often said that “getting there is half the fun,” but when it comes to the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, I’ll beg to differ—making one’s way through the crowds clamoring for positions close to the open stages hoping to get a glimpse of the headliners is an ordeal at best. The ...
  • Report from the Gary Church’s Celebration of Life. Shelly GallichioQuarter Notes The French Quarter temporarily relocated to Chandler, Arizona, on Sunday, May 20th, to celebrate the life of cornetist Gary Church who passed away February 19th. The Valley of the Sun Cemetery offers an open-air gazebo where the band set up to begin a New Orleans-style funeral. I have attended many “mock” funerals in New Orleans ...
  • Quarter Notes Shelly GallichioThe French Quarter is known not only for its music but its restaurants—as we often tell visitors, just follow your nose! One of the most famous restaurateurs—dubbed the “doyenne of brunch” by the Chicago Tribune —passed away May 31st at the age of 92. Ella Brennan was one of six children born to Owen and Nellie ...