Neighbors sit, sip for Porch Crawl fundraiser

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association recently hosted its third annual Porch Crawl fundraiser. Broad Street, Orleans Avenue, Carrollton Avenue and Onzaga Street at the Fair Grounds are the boundaries for the historic neighborhood, which was established in 1708.

The area’s lush tree-lined streets are home to more than 4,000 residents who are accustomed to hosting unique celebrations.

The recent Porch Crawl highlighted seven Faubourg St. John homes and their front porches.

Each home was paired with one of seven neighborhood restaurants. At each stop along the way, patrons sampled tastings from each establishment while sipping refreshing summer cocktails, provided by Glazer’s.

Before air conditioning existed, New Orleans neighborhood porches were popular gathering places for friends, family and neighbors to socialize, with relative comfort, during the warmer summer months.

Today, many porches still have furnishings and fans to make outdoor entertaining more enjoyable.

It is this local tradition that inspired the members of the Faubourg St. John neighborhood to embrace history while simultaneously raising funds to support FSJNA’s many community improvements.

Supporting that cause were Liuzzas by the Track, Pal’s Lounge, Fat Falafel Food Truck, Serendipity, CafĂ© Degas, Santa Fe Restaurant, Lola’s and Ralph’s on the Park.

Some locations featured entertainment, but most patrons eventually found their way over to 1100 block of North Gayoso Street to take in the sounds of jazz trumpeter James Andrews and his trio.

FSJNA’s Porch Crawl attracted more than 150 patrons to highlight one of our city’s most-beautiful neighborhoods.

The Crawl is the perfect way to get a feel for and appreciation of a great neighborhood so if you missed it, make sure to check out http://www.fsjna.org for the organization’s next party. Bastille Day is just around the corner, with a celebration planned July 13. See you there!

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