Jun 032019
 

The Scandinavian Jazz Church closed at the end of 2018. (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office)

Plans for a wellness center in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church on Prytania Street won the approval of the City Planning Commission last week, despite a recommendation from the staff planners to deny a required zoning change.

The center is the brainchild of Diana Fisher, Deborah Peters and Kendall Wininger, three sisters who live in the Lower Garden District. “The idea was born out of one sister’s need during a serious illness,” Peters told the City Planning Commission. “Her treatment required her to drive around town seeking help from different practitioners.” Continue reading »

Apr 122019
 

Broadmoor Community Church will host an event this Sunday, April 14, that will feature free food, music, games for kids, an easter egg hunt, and more. This “Party in the Park” takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Broadmoor Play Spot, 2021 S. Dupre. Continue reading »

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Apr 042019
 

Residents of the Lower Garden District look at plans and discuss a proposed wellness center Wednesday, April 3. The center would occupy the space held by the Scandinavian Jazz Church — also known as the Norwegian Seaman’s Church — for the past 112 years. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

One-hundred and twelve years as a religious hub for the Norwegian community makes a space on Prytania Street ideal for yoga classes, meditation and water aerobics, its new owners told residents of the Lower Garden District on Wednesday.

If all goes as planned, the site of the former Scandinavian Jazz Church — previously called the Norwegian Seamen’s Church — will be transformed into a wellness center called the Santosa Center for Healthy Living by the fall of 2020. The property’s owners say the development will be a unique, all-inclusive wellness center not found anywhere else in New Orleans.

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Mar 192019
 

The Rev. Ted Dziak, right, blesses the St. Joseph’s altar at Loyola University. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Locations across Uptown hosted public St. Joseph’s altars on March 19, the Feast Day of St. Joseph. The Catholic tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants. The altars celebrate how St. Joseph helped Sicilians in a time of famine. Here are scenes from the altars at Loyola University, De La Salle High School and St. Stephen’s Church.

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Mar 172019
 

An offering of fava beans in front of an image of St. Joseph at the altar in St. Stephen’s Church on Napoleon Avenue in 2015. Behind the beans is a pignolatti, pastry molded into the shape of a pine cone, representing the pine cones Jesus played with as a child. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The St. Joseph’s altar is one of those Catholic traditions, in this case a Sicilian Catholic tradition, that, through some very creative adaption, south Louisiana has made its own. Among all the breads and cakes shaped into religious symbols — a monstrance, chalice, cross, heart, dove, Bible — it’s not unusual to find an alligator. A Lenten symbol, perhaps. Continue reading »

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Mar 142019
 

Kathleen Fitzgerald marches on Magazine Street with the Irish Famine Orphan Society in the 2018 Irish Channel parade.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

It seems like the Carnival parades just passed by, and it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Channel Parade. On Saturday, March 16, cabbages, kisses and green bling will be flying along the parade route.

Riders on the “Jennifer and Christy’s Rebelettes Celebrating Holly Arnold” float roll down Magazine Street in 2018. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 082019
 

Brother Martin High School in Gentilly holds its annual fish fry. (via brothermartin.com)

Lenten fish frys at Catholic churches and schools start today and continue throughout Lent. Here’s some local Friday fish fries from a list compiled by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. If you know of a fish fry in the Uptown area that’s not on this list, we invite you to leave the information in the comment section. Continue reading »

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Mar 022019
 

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church presents its 25th Annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band.

All are invited to this one-of-a-kind worship service at 9 a.m. and the following king cake reception this Sunday, March 3, at the church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. at Broadway. This is a free community event.

Dr. White, renowned New Orleans clarinetist, and the Original Liberty Jazz Band have led the Jazz Service since it began in 1994. The Jazz Service always packs the church on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday as it presents a festival of hymns and spirituals in the New Orleans jazz style. Continue reading »

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Nov 302018
 

St. Augustine Catholic Church holiday concert (courtesy of French Quarter Festivals Inc.)

Celebrating Christmas doesn’t have to involve opening your wallet. You can fill your ears and your spirit with sweet yuletide sounds, and enjoy a respite from holiday frenzy, at free concerts throughout the city during December.

Gospel choirs, jazz bands, classical artists and more perform in historic church settings during December. Here’s a list below — and if you know of others, please put the information in the comments section below or email uptown@nolamessenger.com.

All of these concerts are free and open to the public – although donations, of course, are always welcome. Continue reading »

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Nov 092018
 
First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church buildings (via First Presbyterian Church)

The First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans—second oldest Protestant church in New Orleans—turns 200 this year. The church will celebrate both its own history and the history of the Presbyterian Church in the city with a festive weekend of events on Nov. 10 and 11.

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Festivities will begin on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a Birthday Bash for all ages at the church, located at 5401 S. Claiborne Ave. Activities will include a scavenger hunt and a bounce house, along with food and beverages hosted in the churchyard. The bash will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Continue reading »

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Nov 012018
 

Traditional Norwegian food, such as open-face sandwhiches, smoked salmon, cakes and cookies, are on display during the 2011 Scandinavian Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Nicole Harvey)

After 112 years in New Orleans, the Scandinavian Jazz Church on Prytania Street will close and be sold at the end of the year, but not before holding its final annual Christmas festival this weekend.

The festival features homemade Scandinavian food, handmade crafts, live music, a raffle and silent auction, and cooking demonstrations.

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Oct 182018
 

The property at 4505 South Claiborne Avenue. (photo via City of New Orleans)

A new radiology office is planned for a vacant portion of the South Claiborne Avenue property occupied by the Church of the Annunciation, and it has received initial approval from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Dec 182017
 

A rendering by Garrity & Accardo architects of the proposed community center at New Hope Baptist Church. (via city of New Orleans)

New Hope Baptist Church received final approval from the New Orleans City Council last week to build its new, 18,000-square-foot community center along Felicity Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Nov 222017
 

Premium, fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees (2 to 12 feet), wreaths and fresh garland have
arrived at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson). All proceeds go to
support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs. Continue reading »

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