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2013 Buku Music + Art Project in New Orleans

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Are you looking for something fresh and modern?  Want some innovative indie rock mixed with art and the local flavors of New Orleans?  Look no further than Buku Music + Art Project.  You’ll find the featured bands provide fresh interpretations of genres and sub-genres, as you enjoy local fare and art from resident artists.

The 2013 Buku Music + Art Project will be held on March 8th and 9th at Mardi Gras World found in downtown New Orleans’ warehouse district.

On Friday, March 8th, you’ll find such acts as Kid Cudi, Primus 3D, Flux Pavilion, and more.

On Saturday, March 8th, rock out with Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.

Buku will bring amazing art installations to the 2013 festival, but they are keeping the details quiet in anticipation of the event.  Buku will also delicious food stands provided by local restaurants, a wonderful alternative to the typical festival fare.

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If you are participating in Buku Music + Art Project, stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House.  We know you’ll need a quiet retreat to wind down from the excitement; and our inn is the ideal destination

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Get Into History with the New Orleans Spring Fiesta – 2013

Well, Mardi Gras is underway and we survived the Super Bowl – it’s time to step back in time for the New Orleans Spring Fiesta.  The festival features two weekends of events packed full of historic New Orleans culture, and entertainment.  Make your reservation to stay at 1896 O’Malley House, to complete your weekend of history and elegance.

Events kick off on Saturday, March 2nd with a French Quarter Walking Tour in the 2004Parade_3morning.  This is a reasonably priced guided walking tour will give you the chance to explore the luxury and grandeur of historic homes that are not featured in any other walking tour.  Saturday afternoon features a walking tour of more historic homes in the Lower Garden District.  Enjoy stunning decor and intriguing stories of the homes among massive oaks.  Saturday ends with the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court followed by a  “Night in Old New Orleans” Parade.

Walking Tours are available all day Sunday, March 3rd; Saturday, March 9th; and Sunday, March 10th.

To round off the Spring Festival, don’t miss the brunch on Saturday, March 9th at Antoine’s Restaurant.  Reserve your place as the brunch is limited to only 48 people.

Don’t miss this change to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of New Orleans.  You’ll enjoy the renowned New Orleans hospitality during the walking tours and participate in one of our many delightful traditions.

 

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Join the Krewes and Parades in New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2013


While you stroll in New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for
–Professor Longhair

It’s time!  Time to make your plans for Mardi Gras! 

Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras celebrations began as early as 1699, before the French adopted it and brought it to North America.  Once in New Orleans, balls and fetes thrived, were forbidden, and eventually resumed …the party could not be stopped!  Mardi Gras grew from masked people traveling through the streets to official parades.  In spite of the ups and downs, Mardi Gras remains to be America’s biggest party, and truly an amazing event!

Mardi Gras Krewes and Parades

RexDon’t miss out on the festivities throughout this time!  From Balls to the Parades, the Krewes are anxious to provide a great time and memorable experiences.  Mardi Gras Krewes organize parades, throw balls, and a variety of social events throughout the Carnival season.  The Krewes are responsible for maintaining several Mardi Gras traditions such as the flag and choosing the Mardi Gras King!

Please see New Orleans Online, for a schedule of all of the parades, including information about each Krewe.  New Orleans Online is our resource for this information (and more) about Mardi Gras, so check it out!

Recharge with us!

When you’re reading to call it a night, come back and stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House, our bed &  breakfast is just 15-20 minutes from the French Quarter by streetcar – and our comfortable rooms will provide the perfect rejuvenation for the next day’s merriment.

 

 

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3 Weeks till Mardi Gras 2013 – New Orleans’ Biggest Party!

Happy New Year from 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast!

It’s that time again – time to make your reservations for the biggest party around!  Mardi Gras is just around the corner and you need a place to stay during the festivities!   In New Orleans, you’ll find every Creole delight such as Jambalaya and Beignets to Gumbo and King Cake.  You can enjoy the parades and parties from January 19 through February 12, 2013.  But where will you stay?  1896 O’Malley House still has available rooms during this time – but don’t delay in booking your room – check our availability, and make your reservation today!

Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located near the French Quarter, city park, fairgrounds, the Garden District, and more; providing easy access to all of the festivities!  During your stay you’ll experience comfortable accommodations including:

  • Comfortable beds
  • Luxurious Linens
  • Jacuzzi tubs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • LCD TVs

And don’t forget you’ll start each day with a hearty bed and breakfast, preparing you for the exhilarating events ahead.

Don’t wait -  have rooms available, but that won’t last long!  Contact us at (866)266-1896 or email Larry at larry@1896omalleyhouse.com .

We can’t wait for you to join us for Mardi Gras!

(The Mardi Gras image can be found for free here.)

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New Year’s Eve – An All Night New Orleans Party!

Well the holidays are upon us which means 2013 is right around the corner!  So, may we ask, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

As you know, the party never stops in New Orleans where there is something for everyone!

Enjoy live entertainment in Jackson Square where the revelry starts several hours before midnight.   Then at midnight, from the rooftop of Jax Brewery, a large object falls from an illuminated perch – a tradition signaling the start of 2013.  Join the festivities to find out exactly what the large object is, as it’s a mystery every year!  Then the skies of New Orleans brighten with its famous 15-minute firework show, displayed from two barges in the river.

For most people, this is when the New Year’s celebrating ends – but not in The Big Easy.  Throughout the city you can find local music, endless dancing, unique cocktails, and delicious food for hours; all of the things for which New Orleans is famous in one night!  For more information about New Year’s Eve merriment in New Orleans, please see New Orleans Online.  (This website also features the photo used in this blog.)

When you are ready to call it a night, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast for a deep, comfortable sleep and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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Celebrate Christmas – New Orleans Style

 

New Orleans is an amazing place to be year round, but December is a special time to be here.  NOLA is known as an amazing place to spend Christmas – and I can’t wait to share some if the festivities with you!

The New Orleans Online website is a tremendous resource for Christmas – New Orleans style.  The website provides details about Revellion Dinners, Music, Nightlife, Shopping, and Holiday Events.  I’ve highlighted a few “can’t miss” events, here.

Throughout the month of December, enjoy a holiday show featuring the vocal trio, Victory Belles.  This Christmas performance features songs to put you in the spirit of the season.  For more information see their website.

From December 7-9, enjoy the 13th Annual Holiday on the Boulevard Festival for a family festival and holiday marketplace.  In true New Orleans flavor, party with local rhythms and celebrate Christmas NOLA style.

Speaking of New Orleans Christmas traditions, don’t miss the 37th Annual Holiday Home Tour on December 8-9.  You have the opportunity to tour seven historic homes and take in the history, architecture, and festive decor.

For a very special event, check out the Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel Cruse.  Throughout the weekends in December, embark on the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler with Papa Noel, and enjoy many Cajun traditions such as storytelling, treats – entertainment for the whole family!

Finally, on Christmas Eve, celebrate a long-standing Louisiana custom by touring the bonfires built to guide the Cajun Santa Clause, also known as Papa Noel.  For more information, check out the Christmas Eve “Bonfire Adventure.

Looking for a more adult celebration?  Take a steamboat on the Mississippi River and enjoy live jazz and an amazing holiday buffet and drinks in a dining room decorated in the Victorian Style.  For more information, see Christmas Even on the Steamboat Natchez.

We hope this gives you a start in planning for the holidays in New Orleans – and we can’t wait to see you at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

 

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Museums Around Town – New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

What is a stay at 1896 O’Malley House without a visit to to the New Orleans Museum of Art? Just a short walk (about 1.5 miles) away, and you can get lost in an art collection covering 4000 years. This amazing collection lives in 46 galleries and is worth about $200 million. The collection features pieces from America, Europe, Asia, and Africa; including Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and Native American pieces.  NOMA has been around over just over 100 years, and the fascinating collection within its doors will take you on a journey through art history through the Americas, and around the world.

NOMA also boasts an incredible selection of art on the peacefully landscaped grounds with 200-year-old live oaks. For a small fee, Wellness Classes are offered every Saturday morning and Monday evening – you can enjoy Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

During your visit to NOMA, enjoy your lunch at Cafe NOMA by Ralph Brennan.  The delicious menu and atmosphere reflects the values of the museum.  You might even run into our innkeeper, Larry, as he enjoys lunch at the Cafe frequently!

NOMA  ensures that visitors of all ages discover entertainment and enlightenment within their doors! From talks, films, and book clubs for adults to a Saturday Storyquest featuring professional children’s authors and illustrators for kids; NOMA provides creative and engaging activities to the community.

Currently, NOMA is celebrating expressionist and sculptor Ida Kohlmeyer who would be 100 this year, with a special display of items from the permanent collection called “Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights.” Also featured this fall is the art of local artist Jim Richard in an exhibit called “Make Yourself at Home.” Finally, if you’re a fan of photography, check out the thought-provoking exhibition, “Photography, Sequence, & Time.”

We hope you’ll take advantage of this New Orleans masterpiece!  For more details about this wonderful place visit their website,our resource for this information and photo.  Also, the New Orleans Museums website has several more museum suggestions!

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2012 Wizard World Comic Con at New Orleans

Calling all fans of comics, movies/TV, toys, and much more; to 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.  This amazing 3 day event kicks off on Friday, November 30 and wraps up on Sunday, December 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
You simply won’t want to miss the following highpoints that we are happy to share  from Wizard World’s website!:

  • Stan Lee will be at Wizard World!!  Don’t miss a chance to see and get an autograph from this comic book legend, co-creator of well-known Marvel comics Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, and more!
  • “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fans will be excited to experience the 25-year reunion featuring seven key stars, and fans have the opportunity to pose in a photo with them!
  • WWE Superstar CM Punk, known as “The Straightedge Superstar” due to his choices to live his life in a positive way that focused on personal development and not on drugs, alcohol, and a dependency lifestyle.
  • “Walking Dead” viewers will be excited to meet Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, and Jon Bernthal, who are ready to sign autographs, pose for photos, and will contribute to a Q&A panel.

Escape to Wizard World to experience excitement, magic, imagination, and terror with other like minded people.  We know you will have a blast!

Each night, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast for relaxation and to restore for the next day of Comic Con adventures!

For more information about this year’s Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, see their website.  Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check Wizard World videos to see previous Comic Cons and more!

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This Halloween Explore the Haunted History of New Orleans

October is a special month in New Orleans, with its haunted history and intriguing characters.  The history of this city is so bizarre – we don’t have to make it up!  What better way to celebrate this month of spirits than to explore the spookier side of the Big Easy?

Explore one of the chilling Top Ten Most Haunted New Orleans Locations such as the Lalaurie House – a high society doctor’s home and also the site of a gruesome scene during a house fire.  Another stop on your investigation could Arnaud’s Restaurant and Mardi Gras Museum, said to be haunted by Arnaud Cazenave and his daughter Germaine who watch over the operations of the creole restaurant and the operation of the museum filled with festive keepsakes.

Get to the heart of New Orleans’ past by checking out one of the Top Ten Haunted Cemeteries in New Orleans.   These cemeteries are the final resting places of 2000 yellow fever victims, Union soldiers, writers, and a variety of famous and infamous local characters.

Participate in a variety of guided tours of NOLA through Haunted History Tours, known for guided Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, Cemetery and Garden District tours.  These tours have been featured on networks such as A&E, The History Channel, and The Travel Channel.  Still not sure if you want to participate in New Orleans’ ghostly times gone by?  Check out this YouTube video about Haunted History Tours.

After a day of exploring the darker side of New Orleans, we know you will happily return to our 1896 O’Malley House for rest and relaxation.  We look forward to providing a sanctuary for your respite.

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New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum

New Orleans historic VooDoo Museum established 1972

Culture, secrecy, education, entertainment, magic, mystery, folklore, history, and legacy – New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum has it all.  This is an attraction that you won’t want to miss when you stay at 1896 O’Malley House.  This unique and interesting little institution in the heart of the French Quarter will make your visit complete.

At the New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum, you can learn…

History – VooDoo came straight from Africa to our own city of New Orleans!

Zombies, Gris-Gris, and Marie Laveau –  Beings, objects, and important people in the world of VooDoo.

Current Practices and Practitioners – Curious?  Explore modern use of VooDoo through local contemporary experts.

The museum also offers a VooDoo-Cemetary Walking Tour, which takes you to none other than the tomb of Marie Laveau, the VooDoo Queen!  The tour doesn’t miss other notable sites throughout “America’s Most Interesting City.”  The cost for the walking tours is $19 for adults and $10 for children (12 & under), and automatically includes free admission to the museum.  Schedule the tours with 24 hours advance notice, and will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Take home a mystical souvenir to remember New Orleans’ religious culture from our gift shop.  We have everything from VooDoo dolls to informational books.

The museum is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm – check it out!

All of this information has been obtained from the website for New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum.