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Essence Music Festival – July 3 – 6, 2014 – Stay with Us!

essenceThe Essence Music festival is one of the premier music festivals in the United States. The featured artists are at the top of the R&B industry, which draws thousands of people each year. Held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome, these three days over the July 4th weekend will be the hottest (in more ways than one!) scene in New Orleans!

This year is the 29th anniversary of the Fest, and on the 4th, the main stage will feature princeHis Royal Purpleness, PRINCE! Buy your tickets as soon as possible, they sell out early for this fabulous festival. Among the many excellent artists are Mary J Blige, Nas, Jill Scott, and Lionel Richie.

In addition the the concerts, for which tickets are required, there are several free events with such diverse speakers as Alicia Keyes, Bishop TD Jakes, Donnie McClurkin and Rep. Maxine Waters! All of these presenters will be speaking on the subject of Empowerment.

After a full day of concert-going, come back to the 1896 O’Malley House for some relaxation in our courtyard with a glass of wine or beer before slipping off to sleep in your comfortable bed. Wake to a delicious home-made breakfast before you’re off to the day’s festivities. We will treat you right with our Southern Hospitality!

 

 

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New Orleans JazzFest : April 25-27 & May 1-4, 2014

20147 JazzFest Poster The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a.k.a. JazzFest is one of the premiere music festivals in the United States. We in New Orleans are proud to be the home of Jazzfest, celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana which attracts some of the best Louisiana musicians in the genre, and also a number of the super stars of many other kinds of music.

This year, some of the NOLA Jazz artists included are Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Little Freddie King,   rockin-dopsieKermit Ruffins, James Rivers, Dukes of Dixieland, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters.

The internationally known acts are amazing this year. Among them are Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Cristina Aguilera, Santana, Phish, John Fogarty and Vampire Weekend. This is music for all ages and inclinations! There are twelve different stages within the fairgrounds.

Music is the main thing, but not the vampire-weekendonly thing- you will be able to see the famous Mardi Gras Indians, with their fabulous costumes and headdresses, as well as crafts and other items available at three different areas; Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and Louisiana Marketplace.

meat-pieAnd of course, the food. No festival in NOLA would be complete without it. This year there are NINE different places to get sustenance: Food Area I, Food Area II, Congo Square, Cultural Exchange 2013, Heritage Square, Around the Grounds, Folk Area,     Grandstand, and even Kids’ Food. You can get everything from barbecue to Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll) and Sno Balls, and much, much more. Tempting sweet treats compete for your attention with African specialties, Mexican street food and Japanese grill items.

Make sure to get your lodging reservations booked early. This festival draws over 650,000 people from all over the world. 1896 O’Malley House has the distinction of being very close to the festival. The event is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is less than three miles from the inn. You can leave your car here and take the Canal Streetcar line to the festival. Buy your Jazzy Passes in advance for only $3 and ride all day. Return after a day and night of incredible music and food and enjoy our free beer and wine, available 24 hours a day, rest in the courtyard, and sleep in your comfortable bed before partaking of your breakfast, which is included in your room rate. We’d love to be your host for Jazzfest!

Larry Watts

 

 

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Rock ‘N’ Bowl: a New Orleans Favorite – 2013

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Are you looking for some great music and a good time?  You should definitely check out New Orleans’ own Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl!  This place has it all!  What began as a local bowling alley featuring once a week Zydeco music has exploded into dancing destination for locals.

Bowling is available for $24 per lane, per hour – and you can have up to 6 people on each lane.  You can rent shoes for $1 a person, unless you’re a Buddhist monk and don’t wear shoes.  That’s one of the many interesting stories about this place, six monks wanted to experience what it was like to bowl and did so at Rock ‘n’ Bowl many years ago.  There are many more interesting stories…

Johnny Blancher’s Front Porch Grill offers a variety of delicious things to eat including typical pub faire like Pizza to New Orleans favorites such as Beignets.

A variety of packages are available to book parties for all types of events, and can be customized to meet your needs.

The best part, though, is the music!  Check out their calendar to see who is playing and plan your visit based on who you want to hear and what makes you want to dance.  That’s right – you don’t have to bowl to enjoy Rock ‘N’ Bowl.  Once the music starts, everyone starts dancing!  Check out everything from Swing and Southern Rock to Zydeco.

The Rock ‘N’ Bowl is just 1.5 miles away from our inn at 3016 S. Carrollton Ave, and you could probably walk there in under 15 minutes.  When you’re visiting 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, make sure a dinner there is on your itinerary.  It’s a cool place that you’ll never forget!

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Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

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Get in the Holiday spirit during your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast with a visit to the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park from November 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of white lights will dazzle you as they twinkle and light up the 13 gated acres of the oak groves and the rest of the landscape.

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This is a New Orleans tradition, beloved by natives and visitors alike.  There is something for everyone here including an amusement park with a carousel and train rides.  You won’t want to miss the Cajun Night Before Christmas display as well as Mr. Bingle: a favorite New Orleans snowman.  (This photo of Mr. Bingle is from 2008 and was featured in The Times-Picayune)

Enjoy this holiday display from Thanksgiving through January 4th (closed 12/24-12/31)

Admission is $8 per person – children under 3 and friends of City Park are free.  The train ride is $4 and amusement park rides are $3/single ride or $17/unlimited.

Pets are not allowed, and visitors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

City Park has recently added 300 parking spaces right across from the Botanical Gardens.  This is conveniently located close to the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.  Click here for a map and parking information.

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Support your Team: 40th Annual Bayou Classic – Nov 26-Dec 1, 2013

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Check out a week full of events leading up to the Bayou Classic, a football game featuring one of the oldest college rivalries: Grambling State University and Southern University (in no particular order).  Events kick-off on November 26 and continue through Sunday Brunch on December 1, 2013.  We invite fans and alumni of the universities to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast their home-base throughout the week, as it is less than 3 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - the primary location for most events.

Highlights that you don’t want to miss include:

Thursday 11/28
3:30-6pm – Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market

Friday 11/29
9am – Bayou Classic Golf Tournament at the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course at Pontchartrain Park
12pm-6pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
6-10pm – Battle of the Bands and Greek Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10pm – Soiree Gala 2013 at Club XLIV

Saturday 11/30
8am – Doc Griggs 2x’s Around the Dome Funwalk at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10am-5pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
1:30pm – Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
7-10pm – River Jam at the Natchez Steamboat

Sunday 12/1
10am – Gospel Brunch at House of Blues

For more information about of these events, to purchase tickets, register for events, and so much more, check out the Bayou Classic website.

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The Haunted Mortuary of New Orleans: Halloween 2013

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New Orleans is a remarkable city with spirit!  Thanks to the local history and legends you’ll find that New Orleans also contains remarkable “spirits.” What better time, than Halloween, to check out New Orleans’ haunted past?

How about a haunted house visit – in a real haunted house?  Check out:

The Haunted Mortuary
4800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ghost Tours by advanced arrangement:
To schedule a visit to The Haunted Mortuary call 504.579.4431 or email 

The historical and actively haunted mansion, The Haunted Mortuary is a Victorian mansion, built in 1872 as a family home, is at the end of the Canal Street  Cemeteries street car line.  The architecture featured neo-classical revival style exterior, while the inside of the house resembles the eclectic Victorian style.  Around 1930, this became the building where many bid their final farewells to loved ones, as the P J McMahon and Sons Undertaking Company.  The interior was further modified to accommodate the activities of a funeral home including an embalming room and onsite cold storage.

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The mansion was sold in 1996 and changed hands a few times, was gutted and eventually abandoned. But the mansion continued to have life to it, as the structure survived Hurricane Katrina.  Jeff Bourne purchased the home and renovated it to become The Haunted Mortuary that it is today.  It is the site of paranormal investigations and visitors have hailed it the scariest place in New Orleans.  Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunting is available at The Mortuary, and this year, the dead walk the earth at this year’s The Mortuary Haunted House: Zombie Outbreak.

Whether you happen to be in New Orleans during the Halloween season, or if you’re journeying here to scare your socks off – we recommend a visit to The Haunted Mortuary.  Then return to the safety and cheerful ambiance of 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – to rest and relax in comfort, knowing that spirits can’t reach you here…or can they?

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5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl: October 19, 2013 – New Orleans

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Will you be here October 19th?  Join the 5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl!  This event begins around the corner at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and includes a stop at 1896 O’Malley House, and a visit to our new courtyard bar.  Wear your costume and enjoy Rum Cocktails at each participating Porch!  The Halloween-esque event will take you on a tour of gorgeous Mid-City Porches where you can enjoy unique beverages, mouth-watering local food, and a good time with fellow crawlers.  Each porch provides unique flavors and drinks – and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Finn McCool’s will host the kick-off and after parties, and guests are invited to stroll with tour guides to each porch.  After party awards include “Best Costume,” “Best Cocktail,” and “Best Decorated Porch,” so stick around to see if we win!

Tickets for the Mid-City Porch Crawl are $45 for non-Mid City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) members – and it is worth every dime.  This is a fundraiser to help improve our neighborhood, and MCNO has donated funds to such worthy causes as Easton High School Band and The Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Library.  Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful refreshments and a good time – but your contribution will help make the Mid-City community better.

Looking forward to porch crawling with you!

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New Orleans Oktoberfest, October 2013

oktoberfestFall is here – and with it comes milder temperatures, changing leaves, and BEER!  Enjoy lots of beer along with good German food, music, and lots of activities for three weekends in October.  That’s right – it’s time for Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest is organized every year by Deutsches Haus, known as The German Presence in New Orleans.

Enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 during the weekends of October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.  Each of those weekends Oktoberfest happens on Fridays from 4-11 pm and Saturdays from 1-11 pm.  After the party, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, just a short drive away, to rest up from the events and rejuvenate for another full day of exploring NOLA.

Each day of Oktoberfest you can enter into a $500 Cash Door Prize, the drawing will be held October 26.  You do not need to be present to win.  Also, every day at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30  you can participate in the Masskrugstemmen which is a Beer Stein Holding Contest.  Can you beat the current record of 20 min 19 sec?

Other events include:
Saturday, October 12 – Dachshund Races:  Who can resist those tiny little legs racing to the finish line!  Proceeds from this event go to a good cause, NOLA Dachshund Rescue.

Saturday, October 19 – Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk:  This is the first annual Oktoberfest 5K, and is organized by the New Orleans Track Club.  Entry into the race includes admission to Oktoberfest after the race, so you can refuel.  So whether you are an avid runner or enjoy a brisk walk – you’ll enjoy this course.

Saturday, October 26 – Wine Tasting of Wines of Europe:  Beer isn’t the only think that Oktoberfest is about, check out wines from Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region.  The wine tasting is $30 per person – and a ticket to the wine tasting includes admission to Oktoberfest.  What more could you want?

Don’t miss the fun, and we look forward to hearing all about it at the inn.  Bis später!

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Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans – October 5, 2013

New Orleans is the place to be for artists of all sorts – and Art for Art’s Sake is the perfect party for both artists and art-lovers! This event happens the first Saturday every October, so this year the street party is October 5th. This is the perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing in New Orleans when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

Art for Art’s Sake is an art festival where galleries in the Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street are open from 6-9pm. Whether you are interested in browsing locally created paintings, sculptures, and photos or are looking for a valuable addition to your collection – everyone is welcome. Along the 5-6 mile stretch of Magazine Street, you’ll find boutiques and gift shops, as well as food and beverages stands along the street.

To extend the evening, you can reserve a table in a nearby restaurant.  You might try Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar – a sports bar featuring delicious pub fare with New Orleans flair!  You might also enjoy the late night menu at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant which is also a Louisiana exclusive but with a surfer twist.

Feel like more art?  Attend the special reception at the Contemporary Arts Center – which will host a party till midnight. Admission to this party is $10 and allows you to explore new exhibits and enjoy live music.

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It’s the greatest art event of the year in New Orleans – and everyone is welcome. Wear showed you don’t mind walking in, and enjoy the atmosphere of a sophisticated New Orleans street party!

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Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans – 2013

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When you’re visit to New Orleans includes staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – check out the Old U.S. Mint built in 1835 on the old Fort St. Charles site in New Orleans.  This is known as the only mint to have produced American and Confederate money, and produced coinage from 1838 until Louisiana succeeded from the Union in 1861.  It was the only southern mint to reopen after the Civil War, resuming full production from 1879 through 1909.

Currently, the Mint also serves as a musical venue offering a recording space, web streaming, music related exhibits, and performances.

September offers a couple of wonderful events.

September 14 – Ben Sollee and Helen Gillet featuring moving compositions  mixing various music styles.  Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $10.

September 18 – Be part of a truly unique experience as Sybil Gage comes back to her home.  Known as “Little Dynamo,” you’ll enjoy her Pre-war Blues, Vaudeville, and Traditional Jazz set.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $12.