Oct 192012
 

Thousands attend the First Annual Children’s Book Festival at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Uptown New Orleans festival calendar is crowded this weekend with compelling options that include the Children’s Book Festival at Latter Library, the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Festival and the annual Fall Fête at Audubon Charter School.

The Children’s Book Festival actually includes two distinct events, a symphonic performance on the Latter Library lawn on Friday night, followed by the festival itself on Saturday, according to the event website:

Twinkle, Twinkle
A Night of Music Inspired by Children’s Literature
Friday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Twinkle, Twinkle is a special performance by the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras in celebration of the 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival. On the evening of Friday, October 19th, the Youth Orchestra will perform music inspired by children’s literature.

Bring picnic blankets and baskets for a night of music and magic under the stars!

New Orleans Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Listen to stories read by your favorite authors…

…Grab a sweet treat or tasty snack…

…Play with a pony who has her own book…

…Hang out with Clifford the Big Red Dog…

…Get FREE Books!

These are but a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy at the New Orleans Children’s Book Festival.

The Broadmoor Fest will include all the necessities of a fine New Orleans neighborhood festival: world-class music and food, art and kids’ activities (and, maybe a hint of politics, since its organizer is running for City Council):

Seventh Annual Broadmoor Fest: Come Celebrate with the Lil’ Neighborhood that Could

With music, food, art, and children’s activities, Broadmoor will be the place to be on Saturday, October 20, 11 am -7 pm for the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Fest. The New Orleans neighborhood, which has come to represent a model for neighborhood recovery, will hold the festival on the grounds of Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center (4300 South Broad Street). The festival is hosted by the Broadmoor Improvement Association and sponsored by Ochsner Baptist Hospital and Entergy.

“Since our first Broadmoor Fest back in 2006, this has been a vital community event,” says LaToya Cantrell, president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association. “It’s a chance for people to get together, celebrate and show off what our dreams and dedication have brought to the community.”

This year’s music includes the incomparable Charmaine Neville, vocalist Sharon Martin, keyboardist and singer Leslie Smith, renowned New Orleans guitarist Carl Leblanc, vocalist Danon Smith, an all-star band headed up by bassist Chris Severin with Thaddeus Richard, piano; Herman Jackson, drums; Clarence Johnson, saxophone; Wendell Brunious, trumpet; Aaron Stampley, guitar and many more.

You can’t have a festival in New Orleans without food and there will be plenty to tempt attendees’ taste buds. Woody’s Fish Tacos, Dat Dog, Crepes ala cart, and Cane River Meat Pies will all have booths open and culinary creations available. Plus, there will hamburgers, nachos and other kid-friendly food for sale.

For those who like to shop and browse, there will be a number of artists including Bunny’s Beads, Noyo Designs, Crescent City Quilters, Planet Pilar and other local artisans. To find more about area professional services and community nonprofits, festival goers can stop by and talk to with representatives from New Bath Company, NOLA Wise, Magnolia Physical Therapy, the Broadmoor Development Corporation, Broadmoor Community Care and others.

The New Orleans Public Library will also get into the act with storytelling performance by local children’s author Cornell Landry and a Crafts Extravaganza.

Finally, Audubon Charter School will put a French twist on the festival scene with its Fall Fête:

AUDUBON CHARTER SCHOOL’S “FALL FÉTE 2012”
- A unique festival to benefit a unique school -

WHAT: Audubon Charter School’s Fall Féte 2012

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 11am – 5pm

WHERE: Audubon Charter School, 719 Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

WHY:
MUSIC! The Fête will feature local bands, with sponsorship from the New Orleans Musician’s Assistance Foundation (NOMAF), performing a variety of music live including: Andy J. Forest Band; Deep Roy, Kelcy Mae; Jessie McBride Presents the Next Generation; the UNO Jazz Ensemble; and various student acts, on two stages.
FOOD! The Fall Fête is pleased to offer international and local cuisine from event sponsors: Big Momma’s Chicken and Waffles; Byblos; Creole Country Sausage; Fresco’s; Jazzy Wings; Smoothie King, and MORE!!!!
ACTIVITIES! Activities for the kids and adults include: inflatables, face painting, confetti eggs, fun games, children’s entertainment, French and English book and DVD sale!

Audubon Charter School’s Fall Féte 2012 is free and open to the public. This is the PTO’s largest fundraiser and community outreach event of the year. All proceeds benefit Audubon Charter School and its student programs. For more information, visit www.audubonpto.org or contact Todd Taylor 504.232.0362; audubonvolunteer@yahoo.com.

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