WYES Gala, Screening, Book Talk Celebrate Downton Abbey’s Series Finale

NEW ORLEANS – The sixth and final season of “Downton Abbey” will come to an end in March and WYES will send-off the beloved series by celebrating all along the way.

         Kicking off the events on Thursday, March 3, 2016, is the WYES Gala, DOWNTON ABBEY: GOING OUT IN STYLE presented by Latter & Blum, at the home of Lisa and Trip Ludwig at 570 Woodvine Ave. in Old Metairie. Guests will enjoy cuisine by Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court and champagne, wine and cocktails by the Goldring Family Foundation, Uncorked, The Wine Seller and Frank Maselli. Deacon John & The Ivories will provide entertainment for dancing.

         The Gala will transport guests back in time to the glamorous lives of the fictional Crawley family. Guests are encouraged to wear either period or formal attire to celebrate the evening.

         The Gala’s Patron party begins at 6:30 p.m. where Paulette and Frank Stewart will be recognized with the WYES Chairman’s Award and Paul Spencer of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation will be awarded the WYES President’s Award.

         General admission begins at 8:00 p.m. Ticket levels are $100 – $500 with junior prices available (ages 21-35) and may be purchased online at wyes.org.

         Fans of the series will want to be the first to see the final episode of “Downton Abbey”…and they can!

         On Sunday, March 6, the Orpheum Theatre will open its doors for the WYES DOWNTON ABBEY GRAND FINALE SCREENING. All guests will enjoy a free, two-hour screening beginning at 3:15 p.m.

         For $45 guests can be a part of the VIP reception beginning at 2:00 p.m. where attendees will enjoy first floor seating; champagne; V’s Teas; and a goodie bag from Chef/ Owner Lisa Tanet of Catering ETC/ Bistreaux at the Bank. The goodie bag includes a “Downton Abbey” cookie, Cabot cheese straws, savory treats and other “Downton Abbey” delights.

         Don your best “Downton Abbey” attire and enter the costume contest.

         “To Marry An English Lord” co-author Carol Wallace wraps up the events by going back to where it all started – the book that served as inspiration for Julian Fellowes. In partnership with the English-Speaking Union, WYES presents a cocktail, champagne and tea sandwich reception with Wallace on Thursday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m. at the House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. The author will speak at 6:00 p.m.

         The event is $75. VIP tickets are available for $100 including the book and photo-op with Wallace.

         Proceeds from these events support WYES’ mission of serving greater New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with educational, entertaining and enlightening programming.

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