The Widdershins


Posted on: June 15, 2013


Good day Widdershins.  I hope this turns out to be a great day for you.  Yesterday was a delightful day relatively low humidity for a summer day and the night was actually coolish.  Today should be more of the same with the temps just a tad higher.  As long as that humidity stays down that’s okay with me.

A Gathering of Gals

I saw this on and wanted to mention it here.

The gathering would be for FestiGals a weekend gathering for women in Nola, June 20th – 23rd.  The event bills itself as Entertaining and Enriching Women, New Orleans Style!  There will be workshops for things like “Smarter, safer travels,“Living on Purpose” Pursuing Your Given Path”, Be On Your Best Business Behavior”,   “Manufacturing a Dream” and other business related seminars and conferences.  But of course, this happening in New Orleans, there’s also the “Bodacious Bras” Luncheon and auction, said auction for the benefit of breast cancer awareness, education, and early detection.  You can even check out the bodacious bras here.

Now it’s not all seminars and conferences.  You’ll get to participate in the Stiletto Strut down Bourbon Street.  As local event planner Diane Lyons says:

“The Strut helps women find their inner diva,” Lyons said. “It’s a chance to own the street, to be someone else for the length of the parade. And the parade is a perfect fit with the purpose of FestiGals – to have a good time, but also to step outside our familiar roles as caregivers, spouses and busy professionals, and examine who we are from a fresh angle.”

To do that, Lyons and her FestiGals colleagues draw on decades of experience in planning events for corporate groups and conventions.

Fest-galsYou’ll even get to strut your stuff wearing a boa for the Stiletto Stroll if you so choose and no, stilettos are not required for the strut down Bourbon Street.

As Diane Lyons the founder of Festigals says:

As a proud native New Orleanian and an established meeting and event planner for more than 25 years, I had often wondered how our city (known for its many festivals and over-the-top events) had never before hosted a celebration just for us girls. So in 2011, I put my heart, soul, time and talent into creating FestiGals, New Orleans’ first and only all-ladies festival.

During this one-of-a-kind series of events, CEOs, soccer moms, and retirees will unite to celebrate life, laughter and womanhood, and share ideas, talents, and passions with other like-minded ladies in a city where food, fun and fabulousness run rampant around every corner! For just one weekend, you’ll have the chance to get away from it all or soak it all in, to get revved up or to wind DOWN. Whatever it is you want to do, just do it – it’s a weekend that’s all about YOU!

It is my hope that by engaging in our excusive, authentic events – from lunching with Hoda Kotb at the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon to parading in our signature Stiletto Stroll—that FestiGals will build a network of amazing women from all walks of life who will make lifelong memories and look forward to rekindling connections in the years to come. It is also my hope that you’ll be as excited to attend as we are to host you year after year!

To wrap things up on Sunday there will be Hangover Hospital and then the Drag Queens Brunch at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, described as :

Saints and Sinners Morning, featuring a Drag Queen Brunch at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. Boys will be boys, or maybe girls, and we all know that girls just wanna have fun… Gaiety with flair in the beautiful Orleans Ballroom, dating from 1817 and once known as the famous Quadroon Ballroom. Naughty but nice, join some of our favorite local queens for a lavish breakfast buffet and entertaining experience from 10am until 12 noon. Enjoy bottomless Mimosas featuring Flip Flop Sparkling Moscato.  The menu for the brunch looks awesome!


Most of the events this year will center around the Hotel Monteleone  in the French Quarter which is a fantastic place. One of the places in the hotel to check out is the Carousel Bar and Lounge.  I’ve been there a number of times and it’s a great place to unwind after having a great dinner in the Quarter, hitting some of the jazz clubs and heading back for that one, last civilized drink.  Also, for those who may be “lebaneze”, the Montelone is also gay-friendly.

It might be too late to attend this year, but it’s an annual event and I’ve put the website in a link above, however if you need it again, here it is:

Here’s a restaurant making it easier on the diner

Sushi Yasuda a New York, upscale restaurant just started something that will endear it to its customers for a long time:
They have banned tipping in their restaurant.  When a dinner guest there gets the bill this is printed on the bottom of it:

Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”

 Isn’t that fantastic!  Here’s what the piece says:

Sushi Yasuda’s staff, on the other hand, is paid a salary with a benefits package complete with vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. Tips were accepted but went directly to the restaurant, not to the servers.

I find it amazing!  The wait staff will have a regular salary, health insurance, vacation and sick days!  I’m not gonna hold my breath to see if any other restaurants try to follow the lead because in the Think Progressive article it does say:

Sushi Yasuda’s benefit package is also a rarity in the industry. Nearly 90 percent of servers do not get health insurance through their employer, a dangerous status quo many restaurant chains have fought hard to maintain in the face of new Obamacare requirements.

Yeah, about what I thought.  Gotta blame it on Obamacare, just like about everything else is blamed on Obama.


So how is your Saturday going Widdershins?  Tell me in the comments below.

This is an open thread.


15 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

A Hangover Hospital — now that is exactly why women should run government — they think of everything.

The day is a good one, hope yours is too.

A Hangover Hospital — now that is exactly why women should run government — they think of everything.

I’ve said the same thing for years!

Prolix, you’ve got email.

Meanwhile, I’m going to try to find a gif to put in here that shows the post was a dud. 😆

Most ERs are just that after events. There are mobs of people sleeping it off while receiving IV fluids with vitamins.

Pearls of wisdom from Sarah on Syria:

I say let Allah sort it out

I’m so glad we have her opinion on the matter. 🙄

That woman should just quit talking.

I think most of the countries I’ve been to in Asia did not have tipping. I remember in Korea all the restaurants had little cards on the tables that said (in English) “No Tipping Is Our Pride”.

socal@7: Wouldn’t it just be so much easier if the places here would just pay the wait staff a decent wage and then the staff wouldn’t have to worry about tips?

That woman should just quit talking.

Problem is though, as long as someone’s dangling a check in front of her (and paying for the private jet?) she’ll show up and talk. 😦

I had better not hear one friggin’ Senator make a comment about not knowing what Prism is about or anything else regarding this mess in light of this.

I hope we get a list of the ones who showed up for the meeting.

Well Rick “good hair” Perry may have signed the Merry Christmas bill, but he vetoed the state’s version of the Fair Pay Act.


Cereal on floor. Yup, that’s pretty much the way my Saturday’s going.
And was that T.R. Knight before he became George O’Malley?

Well Fredster, here’s a story I’ve forgotten about until “Festigals”. My daughter decided a few years ago that she wanted to be married on the beach. She and her fiancé drove to Provincetown and actually found a lovely UCC minister who was willing to put on a suit and head over to Truro to perform the ceremony on Labor Day.

We arrived the night before, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, to find Provincetown in full celebration mode, of course. Daughter’s European in-laws had never seen the sights. No sooner had we parked and started walking toward Commercial Street, than we came upon a beautiful Victorian with a wrap-around porch where a bunch of fellows were decked out in feather boas, having a tea party. Daughter asked if she could have a boa for her wedding and they all cheered.

The next morning, daughter and I drove down Commercial Street to the hairdresser, who just about swooned when he saw her long thick strawberry blond hair and decided to do an honest to god Audrey Hepburn updo, because as he said, you usually have to have hairpieces for these. So an hour and a half later, there we were, walking back up Commercial Street with daughter in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s updo, veil attached and waving in the breeze, wearing jeans and a tank top, at 11:00AM on Labor Day morning in Provincetown. More guys, more cheers! Where else, except possibly Key West, could they take that for granted?

Mary Luke, when you said P-town on Labor Day I mentally went “uh-oh”. 😉
It sounds like the boys were willing to help out with her boa problem and it sounds like the wedding was fantastic.

I really thought the idea of festigals would go over better here. I liked the idea (from their website) of: Empowerment Entertainment Cocktails Tours Shopping. And then naturally the opportunity to network, which never hurts. Oh well, maybe it was the drag queen brunch that was the turnoff. To me it was funny as hell along with the Hangover Hospital.

Mary Luke, cute story about your daughter. I enjoyed Provincetown, the one time I was there.

Fredster, I did love the Festigals, just had non stop stuff going on today. We went to a Blues club tonite and I forgot my earplugs and my poor ears feel whacked out. It doesn’t seem to bother hubbie & laker, loud music, that is, but I have sensitive ears I guess.

That Rick Perry is such an asshole. There’s a lot of things I like about Texas, but I can’t tolerate their insane, religious politics. Ugh.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

socal said: Fredster, I did love the Festigals, just had non stop stuff going on today.

Oh okay. It wasn’t a biggie. I did think it would show a gathering of women which could not only be enlightening but also where they can have some fun too when getting together. I kinda liked the image of them parading down Bourbon Street en masse in the Stiletto Strut. 🙂

You may need to get a set of ear plugs the next time you all go clubbing to the music clubs. LOL!

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