BOUNTY on the BAYOU

Over 600 children arrived Halloween night to join the
Pirates of Fortier Park for Bounty on the Bayou.

 
There was music and bottled water in the park and, of course, all manner of treats for the kids supplied by Faubourg St.John neighbors. Below are just a few photos of a very Happy Halloween in Faubourg St. John:

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Go Ride the Streetcar


Riding the St. Charles streetcar down its historic line is a great opportunity to see different areas of New Orleans, including the mansion lined Garden District and oak tree canopied university area of Uptown. A single ride is $1.25, or purchase a day pass for $3for unlimited rides.

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photos below by Charlie London (originally posted at FSJNAdotORG on May 24, 2012)

Upon returning from the May 10th BlightStat meeting, I had the opportunity to, once again, ride New Orleans’ fine public transportation.

Click on the map for a larger view

If you haven’t taken a ride on a New Orleans streetcar or bus lately you really are missing out.

The streetcar operator told me each one of these refurbished streetcars cost 1 million dollars!

Get a great view of New Orleans’ architecture. Take the bus or the streetcar!

Architectural Vignettes
New Orleans, with its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated – sometimes almost disreputable – air, and its Hispanic-Gallic traditions, has more the flavor of an old European capital than an American city. Townhouses in the French Quarter, with their courtyards and carriageways, are thought by some scholars to be related on a small scale to certain Parisian “hotels” – princely urban residences of the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors particularly remember the decorative cast-iron balconies that cover many of these townhouses like ornamental filigree cages.

European influence is also seen in the city’s famous above-ground cemeteries. The practice of interring people in large, richly adorned aboveground tombs dates from the period when New Orleans was under Spanish rule. These hugely popular “cities of the dead” have been and continue to be an item of great interest to visitors. Mark Twain, noting that New Orleanians did not have conventional below-ground burials, quipped that “few of the living complain and none of the other.”

One of the truly amazing aspects of New Orleans architecture is the sheer number of historic homes and buildings per square mile. Orleanians never seem to replace anything. Consider this: Uptown, the City’s largest historic district, has almost 11,000 buildings, 82 percent of which were built before 1935 – truly a “time warp.”

The spine of Uptown, and much of New Orleans, is the city’s grand residential showcase, St. Charles Avenue, which the novel A Confederacy of Dunces aptly describes: “The ancient oaks of St. Charles Avenue arched over the avenue like a canopy…St. Charles Avenue must be the loveliest place in the world. From time to time…passed the slowing rocking streetcars that seemed to be leisurely moving toward no special designations, following their route through the old mansions on either side…everything looked so calm, so prosperous.”

The streetcars in question, the St. Charles Avenue line, represent the nation’s only surviving historic streetcar system. All of its electric cars were manufactured by the Perley Thomas Company between 1922 and 1924 and are still in use. Hurricane Katrina flood waters caused severe damage to the steel tracks along the entire uptown and Carrollton route and had to be totally replaced and re-electrified. The cars themselves survived and are included in the National Register of Historic Places. New Orleanians revere them as a national treasure.

Creole cottages and shotgun houses dominate the scene in many New Orleans neighborhoods. Both have a murky ancestry. The Creole cottage, two rooms wide and two or more deep under a generous pitched roof with a front overhang or gallery, is thought to have evolved from various European and Caribbean forms.

The shotgun house is one room wide and two, three or four rooms deep, under a continuous gable roof. As legend has it, the name was suggested by the fact that because the rooms and doors line up, one can fire a shotgun through the house without hitting anything.

Some scholars have suggested that shotguns evolved from ancient African “long-houses,” built here by refugees from the Haitian Revolution, but no one really knows.

It is true that shotguns represent a distinctively Southern house type. They are also found in the form of plantation quarters houses. Unlike shotgun houses in much of the South, which are fairly plain, New Orleans shotguns fairly bristle with Victorian jigsaw ornament, especially prominent, florid brackets. Indeed, in many ways, New Orleans shotguns are as much a signature of the city as the French Quarter.

New Orleans’ architectural character is unlike that of any other American city. A delight to both natives and visitors, it presents such a variety that even after many years of study, one can still find things unique and undiscovered.

This material may be reproduced for editorial purposes of promoting New Orleans. Please attribute stories to New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2020 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 504-566-5019. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/.

FORTIER PARK FESTIVAL

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Platofortierfest20apr

SO GOOD IT SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC

JMR

John Michael Rouchell will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

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Allen Toussaint will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

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Walter “Wolfman” Washington will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

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4 pm | April 20 | Mystery and Esplanade

Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, David Armond, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar on April 20th and plan to be at the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John.
Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

FORTIER PARK FESTIVAL

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Platofortierfest20apr

SO GOOD IT SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC

JMR

John Michael Rouchell will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

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Allen Toussaint will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

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Walter “Wolfman” Washington will perform at the
Fortier Fest on April 20th.

FortierFun

4 pm | April 20 | Mystery and Esplanade

Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, David Armond, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar on April 20th and plan to be at the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John.
Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

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4 pm | April 20 | Mystery and Esplanade

Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, David Armond, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar and bring lots of money on April 20th to the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John. Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

FORTIER PARK FESTIVAL

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Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar and bring lots of money on April 20th to the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John. Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

FORTIER PARK FESTIVAL

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FortierFun

4 pm | April 20 | Mystery and Esplanade

Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, David Armond, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar and bring lots of money on April 20th to the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John. Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

Park Excellance

photos by Charlie London. All photos were taken in Fortier Park on the afternoon of March 23, 2013.
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Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar and bring lots of money on April 20th to the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John. Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

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Fortier Park This Saturday

This Saturday, July 28 walk on over to Fortier Park.

COFFEE | RAKE | GAB | GARDEN
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Come for coffee or come to help for a while! Help your neighbors, gab and laugh and plant or rake and sweep or mulch and play. Bring the kids to play, everyone is welcome!

SATURDAY MORNING | July 28th | 9 am to NOON |
3200 Esplanade Avenue

Free coffee, snacks and fun

Bring a rake or broom, bring a shovel or pruners and help keep Fortier Park the best park in the city!

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