Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend Fun w/a First and Fresh Fridays, Cocktails for Dogs, Christmas Fun, Markets and Holiday on the Boulevard!

Happy Friday and TGIF!!

Friday Fun

Don't miss the First Friday on Fulton Street (right around the corner from Harrah's) tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The special festive evening includes a special sampling selection from the Abita Beer Christmas Ale tap in the Manning’s Courtyard, along with featured guest Archie Manning!! Grand Isle will be serving up shrimp & grits with andouille gravy alongside other tastings from Fulton Street neighbors including - Ruth’s Chris, Manning’s, Gordon Biersch and Besh Steakhouse!! All this yummy fun is just $20.00 per person and includes a featured glass of wine. There's also going to be entertainment from The Hot 8 Brass Band!
*Be sure to stop in at Grand Isle for their holiday happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and check out their brand new festive drinks tonight and all season long: Under the Mistletoe Martini, Hot Apple Cider and Peppermint Martini - Ho! Ho! Ho!

Come let the dogs out at Spun Crossroad's Fresh Friday!  Experience fresh, local, seasonal produce under the backdrop of fresh, local specialized art, all while helping out a local non-profit!  Tonight it's Think DOG, it's Friday!  A FREE event at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) from 7:00 to 10 pm.  There's going to be libations created by Yolanda Butler, mixologist extraordinaire with a "Battle of the cockTAILs", cast your ballot by seleting from two fresh delicious drinks that will have your tail wagging!  There will also be cooking demos by Fatoush!  Proceeds from all the fun will go to Dag's House!!

Tonight is Finn's Christmas Party and Tacky Sweater Contest at Finn McCool's Irish Pub (3701 Banks Street). There's a festive evening in store for you with FREE DRINKS and FREE FOOD plus:
- 5 to 7 pm: Tree trimming...bring in your best handmade ornament...get a delicious free drink and try to win a $20 bar tab
- 7 to 9 pm: Come sit on Santa's lap and get a wee hug from Mrs Claus. You'll get something whether you've been naughty or nice.
- 7 to 9 pm: Help the IRISH NETWORK NEW ORLEANS and THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at their meet and greet. Bring an unwrapped gift for "TOYS FOR TOT'S" or a pair of kiddies pajamas and book for THE PAJAMA PROJECT"
- 10pm: A Free drink for every tacky sweater wearer...who will win the Contest
- 9 to Midnight... Sing along to the tunes of Aine O'Doherty and Danny Burns

It's Toys for Tots at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles) all day long! There's a toy drive all day long, and anyone who brings a toy gets the military and service discount. Tonight Comedy Fusion will also be a part of the Toy Drive. The comedy show features RedBean, James Cusimano, Jonah Bascle and J.D. Sledge - Admission is $15 at the door or $5 with an unwrapped donation of a toy!

Saturday Fun!

Get all your holiday presents at the Piety Street Holiday Market at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety) - Saturdays 12/8 and 12/15..Piety Street Market decks the halls for *two* big holiday markets. Creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles, flea market finds & great local music with:
Saturday, December 8: Jesse Reeks
Saturday, December 15: Frenchmen String Trio
12/8 & 12/15: New Orleans Nightingales: Ingrid Lucia & Friends

And you don't want to miss Freretstivus!! A true holiday celebration on Freret and Napoleon from Noon to 5:00 pm....There's gonna be a 90 local vendors, selling food, art, jewelry, and collectibles. Please shop locally for the holiday season.
This fun fest features:
*The Airing of Grievances. Win a prize if your grievance is selected!
*Feats of Strength. Tug of war with the Big Easy Roller Girls.
*Freretstivus Pole. Unadorned, of course.
*Regifting Booth. Give one. Take one.
*Pet Adoptions from Zeus' Place
*FREE live music by with - 3 Piece Spicy at Noon - ChaWa at 1:45 - Parishoners at 3:30...Don't miss out on the fun!!

It's that time again boys and girls. The Very Bad Santa Crawl 2012!! No matter if you've been naughty or nice all year. It's time to get your RED on and bust loose in the Quarter. And...What a Deal! Only $5 and what do you get for this? A Very Bad Santa button for your collection, discounted drinks at all stops, ladies dancing on the bar at Coyote Uglies, no cover charge to Barely Legal with VIP access - saving you up to $25, and a number of surprises along the way. What a night!  Santas, Elves, Reindeer Games, Ho Ho's, and YOU!  Want to pay now and get it over with? Only $5 online, and $10 day of because you are making us work when we want to be partying. If you pay online, your wristband will be waiting for you when you show up.

All Weekend Long Fun!

Celebrate Holiday on the Boulevard! For the thirteenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) lights up the boulevard with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. All entertainment is indoors, free and open to the public. Check out the amazing schedule of events below:

10:00 am Kwanzaa Demonstration with the iconic Mama YéYé Imagination Tour (dance & drum workshop) with Bamboula 2000
Noon Community Leaders Luncheon and Open House
7-10 pm “Healing Force” CD Release Party

Noon – 8:00 pm | Vendor Marketplace
Noon Ashé’s Kuumba Institute
12:45 pm Ashé College Unbound
2:00 pm Green Charter School Dancing Dolls & STV Dancers
2:30 pm Lucky Lou with F & S
2:45 pm Cfreedom
3:00 pm Black Kold Madina
3:45 pm Rudy Mills & The Caribbean Funk Band
5:00 pm Bamboula 2000 with special guests Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians
6:30 pm The Healing Force All-stars featuring Kidd Jordan, Germaine Bazzle, Rev. Lois Dejean
Kalamu ya Salaam, Monica McIntyre, Morikeba Kouyate, Carol Bebelle

1:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Vendor Marketplace
1:00 pm Golden Voices Community Choir
1:30 pm John Mosley & Friends
2:15 pm Gina Brown
3:15 pm Phat Word
4:00 pm Lloyd Daly & Friends
4:45 pm Michaela Harrison
5:30 pm Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Orchestra
7:00 pm Zion Trinity

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -!!  And be sure to tune in to WWOZ today from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm it's the Fund Drive and time to pledge with my hubby Bill deTurk - remember to support "your live local music" station!!!

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