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January 25th, 2008 at 12:36 am

New Orleans Bash

New Orleans Bash

Can’t get enough Mardi Gras? Join the revelry in a “French Quarter” atmosphere at The Bothwell Arts Center’s first annual New Orleans Bash, on Saturday, February 9, 2008. The party begins at 6:00 p.m.

Party on “Bourbon Street” with Louisiana-style cooking, including gumbo, jambalaya, pralines and desserts. Sip on a Hurricane, Mint Julep, chicory coffee or local wine and beer.

Shop for Mardi Gras trinkets, masks, and beads, while strolling along “Royal Street”, where you will also find Collector’s Masks, artists, street vendors and Fortune Telling. Enjoy Bistro café-seating at a “Jackson Square” Street Party with New Orleans party music and dancing.

Wear a mask and enter the Mask Contest, or make your own mask at “Pirate’s Alley”.
Enjoy a “Preservation Hall” experience featuring Big Money in Gumbo at 7:00 p.m., with limited seating and advance tickets required.

On Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m., there will be a Mask-Making Workshop at the Bothwell Arts Center, where you can make your own party Mask.

Pre-registration for the mask workshop is necessary due to space and supplies limitation. The $25 workshop fee includes all needed supplies, with a few specialty feathers and beads available for additional purchase. All funds raised throughout the celebration benefit the Bothwell Arts Center, a project of the Livermore Performing Arts Center.

Artists and Fun Stuff at the Bash

Mask artist Lorra Lee Rose will exhibit her exquisite feathered masks at the Bash. Since 1987, Rose has been creating her unique constructions from feathers collected through a network of aviaries and pet owners she’s developed over the years.
She often takes years to collect and create her works, painstakingly constructing the paper mache’ mask structure, and waiting for just the right feathers. Check out her work at, and let your maskcollecting friends know that they can meet the artist in person.

Geraldine De Parra, a Dublin artist who specializes in oil paintings of masks and mask figures, will exhibit, along with the works of local artists who work in the theme of New Orleans — musicians, figuratives, pin-ups and masks.

What else to expect?
Up and down the streets of the French Quarter, you’ll find vendors selling trinkets, art, masks, food, hurricanes and beads, beads and more beads. Local artists and volunteers will be busy re-creating the feel of the quarter, and we’ll have plenty for you to shop, with a corner of “Pirate’s Alley” (an alley off of Jackson Square famous for
its infamous patrons in the early days of New Orleans) set aside for last-minute mask-making during the party.

Fortune-telling, a staple throughout the Quarter, will be available as well. And, expect to find music, partying, dancing, New Orleans’ style dining and partying throughout
the Bash. See you there!

The website isn’t very good, but here it is:

Be a Part of the Party!
Help out with the New Orleans Bash at the Bothwell! We need volunteers to make it work, such as:
• A Decorating Committee to plan and create the feel of New Orleans throughout the center
• Vendor Coordination— work with artists & mask artists
• Booth Workers—help setup, staff and take down Bothwell’s own “trinket and souvenier” stalls
• Poster Distribution
• Postcard labelers
• Food Assistants and Sales
• Bartending
• Ticket Takers and Door Monitors
• Security
• Setup and Cleanup—and More!
To particpate, contact

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