Monday, April 14, 2008

Wild Weekend

This last weekend was a whirl for me and I apologize for not having time to write a blog yesterday. Despite the draw of the French Quarter Festival and the V-Day celebrations in the Central Business District, my place was out in God's country with the Chilankatoba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, an honor society of Boy Scouts and selected adult leaders. While the Boy Scouts of America will be 100 years old in 2010, the Order of the Arrow will mark its centennial five years later in 2015. For its entire history the group has dedicated itself to cheerful service work both in and out of the BSA. This coming weekend the Southern Region Section 1 of the Order of the Arrow will be gathering at the Salmen Scout Reservation maintained by the Southeast Louisiana Council . It was the job of the host lodge to make sure the camp was well-prepared for the other lodges who are expected to attend with nearly 500 Arrowmen, as members are known. Substantial repairs to the existing facilities were made by dedicated Scouts and Scouters and I can report with pride that the camp is in tip-top shape. This next weekend will mark the first time in 30 years that the Southeast Louisiana Council has played host to the Conclave. It should be a wonderful time.
Kudos to Cabaret Le Chat Noir for the past two weekends of shows as they hosted the All Kinds of Theatre production of Amanda McBroom's show with pianist Joel Silberman. It was a spectacular show consisting of most of her own penned material. McBroom's performance culminated with her special rendition of "The Rose" that was used in the film of the same title featuring Bette Midler. McBroom's husband, George, a former star in the San Francisco production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," came on stage for last night's final encore to sing a duet of "Some Enchanted Evening" with his wife. McBroom, considered one of the very finest cabaret singers in the world, was overwhelmed with New Orleans and all of its charms. She stated she had to leave because her clothes no longer fit. A fine tribute to New Orleans' fattening cuisine.

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