Hello summer, our old frenemy. We love you when it’s sunny, but why are you sweating all over us with your BFF NOLA humidity? It’s melt-your-face-off hot thanks to the NOLA heat. It’s like the sun isn’t kissing our skin, but rather smothering us with a towel out of the dryer. But beyond the sweltering, sweaty and swampy conditions, we have some ways to keep it cool or to add some spice to your life. Let’s go to the dewy slopes of things to help you out this week.
Get outta town – Avery Island
Just over two hours west of New Orleans in the coastal marsh of Iberia Parish lies Avery Island. It is not an island in the true sense, but rather a geological formation known as a “salt dome,” and it is here that Ned McIlhenny — of McIlhenny Co. — first began producing Tabasco sauce in 1868. Click here on how you can take a day trip to this spicy place.
Celebrating a legend – Dave Bartholomew
“Ain’t That a Shame’ on a ‘Blue Monday.” We went and celebrated the life of the architect of the New Orleans sound Dave Bartholomew. A second line in Treme had mourners and family members remembering the legend. Bartholomew died at 100. Here are images from the second line.
Life in bloom – Blucid Floral changes hearts, builds community
Brandi Charlot is matter-of-fact when she talks about her successes. Carol’s Daughter, Dillard University, Ciara, Diana Ross, Jazz Fest; these are just some of the clients she has cultivated since opening her business, Blucid Floral (pronounced Be Lucid), in 2015. She talked to us about her confidence and clear vision of building her success.
What To Do This Weekend
Official Release: Brewe of Tucks Friar Water | Port Orleans | 5:30 p.m. | $8
Krewe of Tucks has partnered with Port Orleans Brewing Company to create a Mardi Gras brew and this feels like a great way to stay cool on a hot summer night.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prytania | Prytania Theater | 11:59 p.m. | $12
The cult classic is best enjoyed in the overnight hours and at one of the best theaters in town — The Prytania. Not only will you see sweethearts Brad and Janet meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but a shadow cast by The Well-Hung Speakers will perform along with the movie.
Pool-Party Yoga | The Drifter Hotel | 10:30 a.m. | $15
Get your day started with an upbeat power yoga at The Drifter Hotel with other yogis. Practice gets a boost with a complimentary adult beverage and the pool! And you know you’ll need to cool down in this summer heat.
Summerween Spooktacular | Broad Street Cider | 3 p.m.
Because once a year isn’t enough for Halloween in New Orleans, Broad Street Cider and Planchette are hosting a Summerween Spooktacular event so you can don your best summer costume with themed cocktails and tunes. Vendors will be around to get some local spooky items to add to your lair.